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RIO DE JANEIRO — Just outside the Maracana Stadium’s main entrance, the debate rages on: Who is the greatest football player of all time? Over here is Argentinian Daniel Gonzalez, wearing Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup uniform and a wig with his trademark black curls and performing the midfielder’s waltzing warm-up routine.

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The street performing mime, Daniel Gonzalez, righ, who is dressed to resemble Argentine soccer great Diego Armando Maradona, looks back at Marcio Pereira, dressed up as Brazilian soccer great Pele as he controlls the ball in front of Maracana stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Nearby is rival Marcio Pereira da Silva, dressed in Pele’s No. 10 Brazil jersey and juggling a ball with his knees and shoulders. In the run-up to Thursday’s World Cup opener, the two street artists have been competing head-to-head — for the pocket change of fans from around the world, who flock to Brazil’s Temple of Soccer, below the statue of 1958 captain Hilderaldo Bellini lifting above his head the first of the country’s five championship trophies. “Maradona and Pele are making peace,” Silva said with a smile, stretching his arm around Gonzalez in front of a small crowd that included Mexican soccer fans in tall sombreros, well-dressed street preachers and a sunburnt cyclist who pedaled 3,500 kilometers from Argentina. “The fight is over. Now it’s time to party.” The 35-year-old Gonzalez traveled by bus from his hometown of Las Toninas, a beach resort south of Buenos Aires where he works as a leather artisan, to attend the tournament. On a good day, he said he’s able to take in 100 reais ($45), enough to pay for his food and lodging at a local hostel. While he hopes to get inside the Mara-

Judge: Daughter can stop food for Casey Kasem Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — Casey Kasem’s daughter has the authority to withhold food and fluids from her ailing father, a judge ruled Wednesday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy reversed a ruling from Monday that stated that Kasem should receive food, fluids and certain medications until after a court-appointed attorney met with the former radio host and his doctors. Murphy reviewed additional medical records on Wednesday and concluded that Kasem would endure more pain if he was given food or fluids, attorney Troy Martin said. Martin, who represents Kasem’s daughter Kerri, presented the updated information to Murphy during an emergency hearing. He also presented the judge with documents in which Kasem stated he did not want his life prolonged by food or fluids if he was mentally incapacitated. “It’s just flat out wrong,” said Steve Haney, an attorney for Kasem’s wife Jean. Haney said Murphy’s ruling wasn’t based on sworn declarations from doctors and relied on an outdated document in which Casey Kasem said he didn’t want to receive food or fluids if he was incapacitated. As of last week, Kasem still had the ability to communicate nonverbally, Haney said. Kasem’s wife of 34 years pleaded with the judge to restore food and fluids to her husband, who has a form of dementia. Jean

Kasem stormed out of the courtroom after Murphy issued his ruling, according to the New York Daily News, which first reported the decision. Jean Kasem and her stepdaughter Kerri have been fighting in court since May over Casey Kasem’s care. Murphy has given Kerri Kasem temporary authority to make medical decisions for her father.

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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2003, file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas.

cana to see Argentina play, his biggest ambition is to meet his idol, the real Maradona, who is in Rio providing commentary for Venezuela’s Telesur network. Silva, 50, says he began entertaining tourists with his freestyle juggling skills after an attempt at a professional playing career failed. “I wasn’t lucky. I had an injury. I tried very hard, but it didn’t happen, so I started coaching kids and doing acrobatics,” he said.

Police to deploy 507 personnel to securing BAF Bali Post/Antara

DENPASAR - The Bali Regional Police will deploy 507 personnel for securing the carnival and opening ceremony of the 36th Bali Art Festival on Friday, June 13. “We have coordinated with the Indonesian Military personnel in order to secure the festival,” Deputy Chief of Bali Regional Police Brigadier General I Gusti Ngurah Raharja Subyaktha noted on Thursday. A total of 507 personnel from the Bali Regional Police and Denpasar Resort Police will secure the carnival in front of Bali Bajra Sandi People’s Monument in Puputan Niti Mandala Renon Street. The police will engage several task units, such as the Sabhara unit, Crowd Control, Brigadier Mobile, and Traffic Police. The personnel will also secure the opening ceremony in Ardha Chandra Culture Park in Denpasar. The carnival will start at the intersection of Puputan Renon-Moh Yamin Street and conclude at Tukad UndaNiti Street. The carnival will be participated by 15 art groups such as from the Indonesian Art Institution of Denpasar, the team from nine districts in Bali, Kodam IX Udayana military art group, Udayana University Drum Band and guests from East Nusa Tenggara and India.

The police will also deploy metal detectors at the opening ceremony to be held in Ardha Chandra of Art Garden. The police will close vehicular access to the Nusa Indah Street in Denpasar during the opening ceremony, which will be attended by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono. Several ministers and more than a hundred businessmen related to the tourism sector from various countries will attend the festival. Inaugurates by President SBY

The Bali Arts Festival (BAF) XXXVI 2014 is planned to be inaugurated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) on Friday (Jun 13). After the parade around the Bajra Sandi Monument at Renon, Denpasar, it will be resumed with an exhibition referring to the central theme Kertamasa. In other words, it is the life dynamics of agrarian society towards universal welfare. It aims at encouraging creativity and empowerment of traditional

The Bali Regional Police will deploy 507 personnel for securing the carnival and opening ceremony of the 36th Bali Art Festival on Friday, June 13. ANTARA FOTO/Nyoman Budhiana

activities and crafts arts community. “This refers to the Regional Bylaw No.4/2006 on Bali Arts Festival,” said the Head of Bali Culture Agency, Ketut Suastika. The exhibition at the current Bali Arts Festival, said Suastika, was carried out in two categories, namely the active and passive exhibition. In addition, it would also be presented the utilization of palm-leaf, traditional healing (usadha) and painting. Meanwhile, classification of the exhibition booth was made into jewelry, clothing, handicrafts, souvenirs and many more. It posed the handicraft products, especially from Bali and a small portion of the other regions in Indonesia as participants of the representative of the regional handicraft council (Dekranasda). Meanwhile, the construction of booth, he added, was financed by Bali Regional Budget 2014. The Bali Culture Agency and the committee simply assigned the participants and the design of the arrangement, including the supporting activities and overall decor in the area of the Denpasar Art Center. “To support the cultural preservation and development needs the implementation of workshop, especially discussion on the issues and phenomena in the organization of the BAF as well as the discussion on the theme of the BAF 2015,” he explained. (kmb21)


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Tourism industrial waste allegedly pollutes beach Bali Post

MANGUPURA - Environmental pollution to coastal area alleged to have been caused by waste disposal of tourism industry has not been fully overcome. As a result, the government is requested to handle it more seriously so as not to tarnish the image of international tourist destination. In Badung, one of which occurs on Legian Beach, precisely in the coastal area around Jalan Padma. Black wastewater flows from a drain to the beach. On Wednesday afternoon (Jun 11), the waste caused a stench as well as was still seen flowing and inundating coastal sand. Ironically, the waste puddles were so visible because it was in the area where visitors were commonly sunbathing or doing other activities. When the volume increased, the waste was ascertained to flow directly into the sea. The pollution was not the first time to happen. Last year, it was becoming a quite serious problem. Even, at that time the Badung Environment Agency (BLH) with Legian Customary Village Coastal Management (PPDAL) already shut down some points of sewerage disposal alleged to derive from the disposal of a number of hotels and restaurants. According to a legislator of the Badung House from Legian, Wayan Puspa Negara, Wednesday (Jun 11), similar problems did not only occur at the end of Jalan Padma, Legian. He noted the current pollution also occurred in the vicinity of Jalan Legian, Jalan Double Six and Jalan Toya Ning, Kedonganan. He said the pollution was very harmful both for the environment and tourism. The waste disrupted the comfort of travelers and was feared to harm the image of tourist area. He also urged the Badung Environment Agency and the Highways and Irrigation Agency (BMP) to immediately come down to handle. He asked the Highways and Irrigation Agency to immediately mobilize a waste vacuum vehicle. Even, if it was necessary,

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Legian beach the officers would be assigned at location. His party also supported if the Badung Environment Agency took decisive steps by filing the environmental pollution issue to legal domain. When asked for his confirmation about this issue, the Head of Badung Environment Agency, Ketut Sudarsana, acknowledged the coastal pollution problem was still happening so far. He added that he was disappointed with the entrepreneurs who always played hide-and-seek with relevant agencies related to the waste disposal. According to him, the pollution was primarily caused by residual waste of processed vegetables and meat. His party alleged the waste from hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues was deliberately disposed in the local area through a special drain under local sidewalk. Various efforts had been made to address the pollution

problem, especially on Kuta and Legian Beach. For example, it was made by closing the sewage of 17 hotels and restaurants in Badung. Similarly, he admitted to have sent a notification or even reprimand letter to a number of businessmen in Kuta and Legian. “Unfortunately, some employers remain unaware of the environmental conditions,” he said while adding that his party would summon the entrepreneurs and residents to the office of Kuta subdistrict head to be given socialization on sewage treatment. Meanwhile, the Head of the Badung Highways and Irrigation Agency, Ida Bagus Surya Suamba, said that his party was ready to perform the handling of waste on coastal areas by mobilizing a waste vacuum vehicle. In addition, his party would also take action by closing the channels of industrial waste directly discharged into the drainage channel. (kmb25)

Bali’s man represents Indonesia to Mr. International contest Bali Post

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Two Bali representative in L-Men Competition 2014, Kevin Hendrawan(2nd-right) and Deny Himawan (2nd-left) received gift from the Vice Chief Editor of Bali Post I Gusti Alit Purnata(far right) and the General Manager of Bali Travel News, Gde Palgunadi

DENPASAR - Another achievement was attained by a man from Bali. This time, a young man from Nusa Dua, Badung, Kevin Hendrawan, 22, came to the winner of the L-Men of The Year 2014. This swimming athlete will represent Indonesia in the event of Mister (Mr.) International 2014 next October in Korea. With a healthy and proportionate body, this student majoring in tourism studies is optimistic to bring home such international achievement. “We continue to make preparation for the event from now on. Similarly, we must control the activity, consume healthy food and take sufficient exercise,” said Kevin Hendrawan during a visit to Bali Post Editorial Division on Jalan Kepundung 67A, Denpasar, Wednesday (Jun 11). This athletic man with a height of 177 cm explained that to have a healthy and ideal body was not difficult. Even it was very cheap, provided that there was intention to follow a healthy lifestyle. Some of them were not smoking and avoiding alcohol, saturated fats such as fried foods

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and others. “We try to eat boiled, non-oily and MSG-free vegetables. This method is good to maintain health and body posture,” said the son of the couple of Hendrawan and Yuni. Before competing in the contest of the L-Man of the Year 2014, he only took 10 months to form his body into an ideal and athletic body. Even, he just took light gym exercise for four hours a day and four times a week. His favorite food included red rice and he also reduced salt and sugar. As a result, from Bali he was able to set aside 300 contestants. Then, in Jakarta he outperformed around 3,000 contestants and was named the winner of the L-Man of the Year 2014 and the Best Health Presenter all at once. He hoped the teenagers of Bali to follow his simple measure in maintaining health. The cost was not too expensive. Other than Kevin Hendrawan, another Balinese youth, Deny Himawan, 30, also got similar achievement. This man won the grand finalist of the L-Men of The Year 2014 Bali 2. This resident living on Jalan Gatot Subroto, Denpasar also hoped that teenagers of Bali could live a healthy life and get achievement. (udi)

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Catch World Cup fever at Sofitel IBP

NUSA DUA - If you can’t be in Brazil to witness the 2014 World Cup firsthand, the next best place to enjoy the games and events is an immersive stay experience at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Relax and watch your favorite team on the big screen, with endless entertainment and dining possibilities. “Don’t miss out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony which we will air at our lovely Kwee Zeen dining venue promptly on Thursday, 12 June 2014, beginning at 8pm. We will be hosting a buffet style dinner, the main attraction will be a Brazilian food corner for you to enjoy during the feature,” stated Director of Marketing & Communications Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, Tommy Trisdiarto on release that received by IBP. Specials on drinks will include the wonderful Caipirinha as well as a special promotion on Bintang Beer buckets (x5) for only IDR 250K with an added pastel on the basket. Matches during World Cup will be aired at Kwee Zeen daily. Enjoy your World cup viewing experience at everyday from June 12 to July 13, open for 24 hours, to catch all the games no matter what time they are airing. Kwee Zeen will feature Brazilian tapas Platters which goes perfectly with imported Caipirinha. If in the mood for a different setting for the opening ceremony, visit

L’Oh bar, for drinks and tapas from 9-11:30pm. Feel the festivity ambiance as we decorate with themed country flags during game matches to support your teams, in addition to a home court feature of Brazilian decorations. The World Cup will be screened plasma high definition televisions. Samba dancers promise to keep guests entertained at all moments of the experience. Topping it off, our Sofitel ambassadors at each dining venue will happily be dressed to the occasion in football uniforms. There’s probably nothing more Brazilian than a churrascaria, or steak house. But not just a regular steak house, at CCC a steak house meets an all-you-can-eat

buffet. This Sunday June 15 from 12 to 4PM come to our Seafood, Steakhouse and Italian dining establishment, serving a very special French Sunday brunch. The brunch will feature the finest of French culinary palette and beverages including French 75 if the wine and champagne package is what you fancy. Sense the World Cup ambiance with French Flags decoration during match, large screen TV for viewing, and live acoustic music performances to make sure you have a good time. “Celebrate the excitement of World Cup at Sofitel Bali, home to delectable dining options, catering to international and local delights. So magnifique for you,” he concluded.

Calendar Event for June 1 through July 12, 2014 1 Jun Pura Sakenan Serangan Denpasar Pura Dalem Pahuman Bhujangga Penatih Denpasar Timur Pura Alas Harum Batur Kintamani Pura Alas Angker Munduk Kintamani Pura Dalem Kawitan Empuaji Klungkung 4 Jun Buda Cemeng Langkir Pura Tanah Lot Kediri Tabanan Pura Bucabe Mas Ubud Pura Puseh Desa Ganggang Canggi Batuan Pura Luhur Batur Pucangan Buahan Tabanan Pura Dalem Tarukan Cemenggaon Sukawati Pura Ida Ratu Sundaring Jagat Penataran Agung Besakih Pura Dalem bangun Sakti Tamiang Kapal Dalem Bias Muntig Ped Nusa penida 8 Jun Pura Agung Petilan Pengerebongan kesiman Denpasar Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kesiut Kangin Kerambitan Tabanan 10 Jun Anggarkasih Medangsia Pura Pesimpangan Gerya Sakti Yogaloka Lampung Selatan Pura Luhur Uluwatu Pura Bukit Pecatu Kuta badung Pura Penataran Agung Singakerta Ubud Pura Andakasa Karangasem Pura Gua Lawah Klungkung Pura Kawitan Arya Gelgel klungkung Pura Taman Ayun Mengwi Pura Suralaya Banda klungkung Pura Dalem Senapati Bebalang Bangli Pura Pasek Gaduh Blahbatuh Gianyar Pura Pasek Lurah Tutuan Kerambitan Tabanan Pura Pusering Jagat Tampaksiring

Gianyar Pura Gerya Sakti Tulikup Gianyar Pura Dalem Dauh Ubud Pura Segara Ketewel Sukawati Pura Mertha Sari Mas Ubud 11 Jun Pura Gede Purancak Jembrana Pura Dalem Dauma Batuan Sukawati Pura Nataran Kacang Dawa Klungkung Pura Bhatara Gede Apol Ubung Denpasar Pura Puseh Brahmana Klungkung Pura Kahyangan Jagat Dalem Purwa Denbantas Tabanan Pura Dalem Sukahet Klungkung Pura Dalem MuasPahit Guwang Sukawati Pura Taman Dukuh Tegallalang Pura Desa Sanding Tampak Siring gianyar Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Batan Buah Kesiman Pura Sahab Nusa penida Pura Dalem Cemara Serangan Denpasar 12 Jun Purnama Sasih Sadha Pura Pauman Bhujangga Tonja Denpasar Pura Amertha Sari Rempoa Jakarta Selatan Pura Ulun Swi Kediri Tabanan Pura Panti Pasek Gelgel Bitra Gianyar 15 Jun Kajeng Kliwon uwudan Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kekeran Mengwi 25 Jun Buda Kliwon Pahang Pura Luhur Puncak Padang Dawa Padangbai Karangasem Pura Aer jeruk Sukawati Gianyar Pura Dangin Pasar Batuan Sukawati Pura Penataran Batuyang Batubulan Pura Desa Lembeng Ketewel Gianyar Pura Pasek Bendesa Kediri Tabanan Pura Kawitan Dalem Sukawati gianyar Pura Kresek Banyuning Buleleng

Pura Puseh Bebandem Karangasem Pura Sad Kahyangan Batu Swana Nusa Penida Pura Buda Kliwon Penatih Denpasar Pura Penataran Dukuh Naga Sari Bebandem Karangasem Pura Batur Sari Ubud 27 Jun Tilem Sasih Sadha Pura Dalem Celuk Sukawati 30 Jun Kajeng Kliwon Enyitan Pura Pasek Gelgel Kekeran Delod Yeh Mengwi 5 Jul Tumpek krulut Pura Pasek gelgel Tengah Buleleng Pura Dalem Pemuteran Jelantik Tojan Klungkung Pura Pedarman Bhujangga Waisnawa Besakih Pura Taman Sari Penebel Tabanan Pura Benua Tarukan Besakih 9 Jul Buda Cemeng Merakih Pura Bendesa Mas Kepisah Pedungan Pura Natih Kalah Batubulan Pura Desa Silakarang Singapadu Pura Dalem Petitenget Kuta Badung Pura Dalem Pulasari Gianyar Pura Kubayan Kapisah Denpasar Selatan Pura Paibon Sumerta Denpasar Pura Pasek Lumintang Denpasar Pura Panti Penyarikan Sanding Tampak Siring Pura Pasar Agung Kediri Tabanan Pura Puaya Batuan Sukawati 11 Jul Hari Bhatara Sri 12 Jul Purnama Sasih Kasa Aci-aci Penaung Taluh Penataran Agung Besakih Pura Tirta Besakih Pura Purnama Cemangon Sukawati

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Balinese Temple Ceremony Every Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.


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Rem Koolhaas strips architecture in Biennale Associated Press Writer

VENICE, Italy — In an era of “starchitects,” Rem Koolhaas, who merits mention as one himself, wants to strip the discipline to its barest elements, bypassing the cult of personality and any architectural grandiosity. Koolhaas had no time to waste as he hurriedly but efficiently guided visitors through a onehour tour of his exhibit “Elements of Architecture” shortly before it opened here last weekend as part of the Venice Biennale’s 14th International Architecture Exhibit. The exhibit covers nothing less than architecture’s evolution from homo erectus’ first manmade fire to heating fixtures of the future, focusing on the plainer elements: ceilings unnoticed overhead; corridors too quickly bypassed; those overlooked conveyances, elevators. “If you look at each element in isolation” you can feel its powerful, psychological dimension, Koolhaas said, beyond any “technical, artistic and pragmatic details.” Koolhaas, 69, is known for eschewing a defined aesthetic in favor of using modern materials and technology to meet clients’ needs. Projects by the Dutch architect and the team he leads at Rotterdam-based OMA have included a plan for the city center of Lille, France, as well as such award-winning buildings as the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin and the new Seattle public library. In preparing for the Biennale, Koolhaas seemed thrilled to have found kindred spirits taken with the fundamentals of the architecture that surrounds us daily, such as a German professor’s thesis on the corridor and an Italian scholar’s study of false ceilings. He himself has written a treatise on elevators. While he has sought to distinguish architecture in this Biennale from art and design — a line that he says has blurred in recent years — he is actually one of the cross-disciplinary masters who have helped blur them. Koolhaas has designed fashion runways for Prada, stores for Coach and cantilevered furniture for Knoll. Despite his purist intentions at the Biennale, design

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Qataris cast eyes on foreigners in modesty push Associated Press Writer

DOHA, Qatar — Mariam Saleh avoids malls and outdoor markets on the weekends because the low-cut tops, sheer dresses and miniskirts that foreign women wear reveal much more than she would like her impressionable young children to see. Saleh is part of a campaign in Qatar that was spurred by locals who are fed up with the way many tourists and visitors dress, especially as temperatures soar in the Gulf Arab nation. The campaigners say Qatar is, after all, their country, and they should not be the ones feeling uncomfortable because visitors want to show some skin or dress like they would back home. The campaign is aimed at encouraging foreign women to dress more conservatively. However, it is not spearheaded by religious hard-liners, but by moderate locals who are concerned that a steady influx of foreigners is threatening to uproot their customs and traditions, which are intertwined with 1,400 years of Islam on the Arabian Peninsula. The campaigners say they are mothers and wives, but also gatekeepers of Qatar’s Islamic society. Most Qatari women cover their hair and wear long, loose black robes. Many also cover their faces as is common in neighboring Saudi Arabia, where morality police enforce the

region’s strictest dress code on locals and foreigners alike. The campaigners began handing out flyers this week. They will set up booths on June 20 throughout the capital, Doha, and plan to pass out more than 200,000 flyers to raise awareness about local sensitivities with slogans such as: “Leggings are not pants” and “If you are in Qatar, you are one of us.” Children will be wearing the slogans on Tshirts, and men and women will be passing out traditional coffee, chocolates and roses along with the brochures. The government, which allows alcohol in hotels to accommodate foreigners, is not involved in the campaign, which is being funded by volunteers, as well as a women’s business club in Qatar. The campaigners say it is a grassroots effort aimed at spreading information to foreigners rather than pressing for new laws or reforms. Political activism of any kind is heavily restricted by Qatar’s ruling monarchy. Similar efforts to curb Westernization are underway in other Gulf countries. In Kuwait, a lawmaker is calling for a ban on public “nudity” — a reference to bikinis on the beach and at hotel poolside. In Bahrain, lawmakers frequently call for banning alcohol in hotels, and in the United Arab Emirates, locals launched a similar dress code campaign in 2012.

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FILE - In this file picture taken on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, a woman walks under a poster of late architect Kim Swoo Geun as she wanders in the Korean Pavilion “Crow’s Eye View: the Korean Peninsula,” inspired by “Crow’s Eye View,” a poem by the Korean architect-turned poet Yi Sang (1910-1937) during the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. inevitably permeates the “Elements” exhibit, in the Knoll furniture sprinkled throughout the pavilion and in examples, of, say, door handles in a room dedicated to doors through the ages. Other luminary architects and designers, from Walter Gropius to Peter Eisenman to Philippe Starck, are prominently displayed there. And the exhibit coyly adds Koolhaas’ name with a big question mark — an invitation for him to design the perfect door handle. Inside the Central Pavilion, his first stop is the ceiling. Once, ceilings were architect’s playthings, vaunted and vaulted, canvases for fancy. Now, they’re more often simple planes concealing modern heating and cooling units. Sometimes, the

unadorned modern planes hide earlier wonders. Koolhaas points to the beautiful, painted domed ceiling in the pavilion, from which he has suspended a cross-section of modern machinery with a partial false ceiling to hide it. “You see a dome recently restored by the Biennale, at great expense,” Koolhaas motions upward. “The ceiling there is sort of a symbolic plane where there is room for beauty and meaning. You look also inside the belly of the false ceiling, and see how the two are fundamentally and radically changed, and how the ceiling has become a thick volume, completely charged with machinery, over which the architect has very little to say.”

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Tourism boosted, education facilities slump Bali Post

DENPASAR - Bali is synonymous with tourism. However, it does not necessarily mean if the other sectors, like the education, are forgotten as such. In addition, there are many students dropping out of school and too many public schools are destroyed. As a result, some students have to study in an infeasible place. Based on recent data of the Bali Education Agency, the number of heavily damaged classroom reaches 344 units spreading across Bali. The Head of Bali Education Agency, TIA Kusuma Wardani, said that her party continued to make an effort to handle the damaged schools in the county/municipality although it belonged to the responsibility of the county/municipal governments. Bali Province would allocate a budget for the increase or improvement of infrastructure for the levels of early age school, elementary school and junior high to high school/vocational school with a total of IDR 22.5 billion. In details, as much as IDR 3 billion would be intended for early age education, elementary education (IDR 5 billion) and secondary education (IDR 14.5 billion). “Responsibility of the elementary, junior high, high school/vocational school entirely lies in the county/ municipal government. But, it does not mean if the province will not help. In 2014, we are allocating as much as IDR 22.5 billion for school renovation based on the petition filed in 2013. The assistance includes the grants as it is directly managed by the county/municipality. In the subsequent fiscal year, we will continue to improve it,” said Kusuma Wardani. Although there had been assistance of central and provincial government, Kusuma Wardani admitted, in fact, there were many schools having not been touched by renovation. “The SDN 3 Songan elementary school (Bangli) includes the one getting the priority and it is mentioned in the special allocation fund of central government coming into the county/municipality budget.

Hopefully, in relatively a short time the school improvement can be processed by Bangli government,” she said. Meanwhile, in Denpasar there were also 164 damaged school buildings. “We have recorded that about 164 school buildings need to be fixed,” said the Planning Section Head of the Denpasar Education Agency, I Made Sudarya. The efforts to renovate the damaged buildings and classrooms could not be undertaken simultaneously. Repair of the damaged buildings would be done in stages. Last year, the Denpasar Education Agency renovated and built elementary school. At least, there were about 24 units of building were renovated and new buildings were built last year. “We have designed to build new buildings to cope with the overloaded condition of students,” he said. The obstacles, she said, lay in land availability in the city of Denpasar. To work around this, the construction of new building will be made in multilevel patterns. “Building a new elementary school will be designed in multilevel due to limited land available,” said Sudarya. Similar condition also occurred in Tabanan. The data in the Education Agency showed that 47 elementary schools had damaged classrooms. Of this amount, 11 schools were in severely damaged and 35 schools in damaged condition. Due to lack of budget, the repair of the damaged school buildings should be deployed incrementally. The remaining schools

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Bali is synonymous with tourism. However, it does not necessarily mean if the other sectors, like the education, are forgotten as such. were waiting for the help from central government. “Results of the last data collection indicated that at least 33 classrooms are in damaged condition, and they almost occurred in each subdistrict. Most of the damaged schools are in Kediri subdistrict. A total of 9 elementary schools whose classrooms are in severely damaged and moderately damaged condition,” said the Head of Tabanan Education Agency, Putu Santika. Aside from Kediri, Baturiti subdistrict had 6 damaged elementary schools, Marga (6 elementary schools), Penebel (2 elementary schools), Pupuan (5 elementary schools), East Selemadeg (4 elementary schools), Selemadeg (2 elementary schools), West Selemadeg (4

elementary school) and Tabanan (4 elementary schools). Most damaged buildings were caused by aging averagely reaching 40 years old. Related to the damage, his party had proposed a budget in stages. “As the budget is not available, it cannot be allocated at the same time. Thus, it should be undertaken by degrees,” he explained. This year, the budget allocation would amount to IDR 141 million for each school, depending on the level of damage. Moreover, the process of help from central government was not easy. “These data are temporary because the verification team checks it each year to schools having classrooms in poor condition. As planned, the team of Education

Agency, Public Works and Regional Development Plan Board will make data verification for updating in June,” he said. Qualified human resources

An observer of education, Wayan Sukla Arnata, said on Tuesday (Jun 10) the government should give priority to educational facilities, without exception for the school buildings where students were learning. Damaged building did not only interfere with the teaching and learning activities, but also harmed and inhibited the formation of qualified human resources. “If the government is concerned to establish the advancement of society, the education is the first sector to be repaired,” he said. (BP team)

In 2014, dog bite in Bali reaches 18,507 cases Bali Post

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In this Monday, June 2, 2014 photo, a woman sells Burqas at Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar. A number of Qatari women are aiming to raise awareness with a campaign called “Reflect Your Respect” that promotes modest clothing in the country.

DENPASAR - The dog bite cases on human occurred in Bali during 2014 reached 18,507 cases. At the same period, it was also recorded the positive case of rabies patient who died in January. The emergence of rabies victim from Umajero, Buleleng, automatically delayed the Bali rabies-free program in 2015. Bali will be rabiesfree again if within two years there is no positive case, calculated from the last case. In other words, if positive

case is not found until January 2016, then the target of Bali rabies-free can be achieved. It was presented by the Head of Bali Health Agency, Ketut Suarjaya, Monday (Jun 9). According to him, the dog bite case in Bali in 2014 was slightly lower than in 2013. In 2013, there were 44,690 cases of dog bites. Of that amount, averagely 82-94 percent of them got anti-rabies vaccine. Although the coverage rate was high, the cases getting no anti-rabies vaccine were feared to become posi-

tive case of rabies. “Some victims did not get injections of anti-rabies vaccine because they have got in previous bite cases, while there was also victim who did not get it due to being fear of getting injection. Thus, they can lead to positive cases,” said Suarjaya. On that account, he expected that people bitten by dog immediately should get medical attention and antirabies vaccine to prevent any positive cases. Regarding the stock of antirabies vaccine, Suarjaya said that in

2014 his party provided approximately 160,000 vials for 40,000 bite cases. The stock was supplied from the provincial and county/municipality procurement. “Our current stock is recorded to reach 38,082 vials and the procurement process is underway to increase the stock,” explained Suarjaya. Up to these days, rabies has claimed 147 fatalities. All the victims have the background of getting no anti-rabies vaccine or the vaccine administration stops and is incomplete. According

to Suarjaya, the anti-rabies vaccine administration needed 4 vials, provided on day 0, day 7 and day 21. The schedule should be met in order the vaccine could work maximally to provide protection against the virus. Other than with anti-rabies vaccine, according to Suarjaya, the most important step in preventing rabies was to raise dogs properly and did not let them roam around. Vaccinating dog regularly was also important in preventing rabies infection through rabies-carrier animals (kmb24)


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Future of Tanah Ampo Pier

County government optimistic, resident surrenders Bali Post

AMLAPURA - Expectation of the residents of Tanah Ampo, Manggis, Karangasem, to enjoy more prosperous life due to having a cruise pier like the one in Miami, Florida, the USA or Singapore and Malaysia apparently vanishes. The Tanah Ampo Pier spending the budget of more than IDR 155 billion is dormant so far. Supporting facilities of the pier like the Manggis Art Market is unusable. Finally, the art market building constructed by the state budget approximately worth IDR 600 million was converted into a traditional art market. Originally, the market in the proposal of Karangasem government to central government was indeed built for traditional market so the state budget flowed. On the way to support the cruise ship pier, it was transformed into the art market. After getting dormant, in order to look to function, local government invited a partner to open a night market with gaming arena. Then, a number of traders were required to trade at the night market. To support the pier, it had been released the land of moor and paddy field. At least 22 residents, including the land of family legacy of the Tanah Ampo headman, I Gede Suyadnya, allowed their ancestral heritage land for the use of throughway. As promised, said Nyoman Sadra having many families at the village, the rest of the land would be made a free certification by Karangasem government. Unfortunately, so far the promise was unclear. As a result, residents also complained and felt restless. Nyoman Sadra, a legislator of the Karangasem House from Manggis subdistrict, continued

to receive complaints from many residents. “Community leaders at Tanah Ampo also received a lot of complaints. It’s a pity the community leaders like the headman also experienced it,” said Sadra. Sadra added that in the past the farmers owning the land whose lands were used for the throughway were forced to release their land. At that time, some people insisted on not releasing their land, although given high compensation by the Karangasem government, because the land was ancestral heritage. However, as intimidated with a threat that they would not be served when applying for administration needs such as identity cards, the residents finally gave up. The government also promised that the rest of land released for the road construction or harbor building would be made a certificate on the account of local government. Unfortunately, the promise was not fulfilled for over three years. As a result, residents still had to pay full property taxes whereas the land only remained 800-1,000 square meters. “Not bad, residents

continue to pay taxes for the land that has no longer become the property of residents. Many lands of our ancestral heritage are also used to make road access,” said a community leader of Tanah Ampo who refused to be named. County government did not make the certificate for the remaining land because one of the residents involved lost his certificate. As frequently reported, the Tanah Ampo cruise ship pier claimed as the largest in Southeast Asia by the Regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Geredeg, has been worked on since 2008. It used joint budget. Karangasem government financed the land acquisition as well as built a ring road having been hardened with hot mix asphalt. Bali government established a number of buildings for the transit of cruise ship passenger, administrative buildings and other facilities. Meanwhile, central government allocated hundreds of billions of rupiahs to build a 150-meter long pier jutting into the sea. The total cost spent was around IDR 150 billion. Later, the project became the finding of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK). It happened because the Bali government and central government built on the land owned by others. The regent of Karangasem has tested the use of the pier for three times by inviting some big cruise ships to dock there for free. A number of cruise ships were about to moor at the pier, but ultimately

The Tanah Ampo Harbor in Karangasem Regency

moored in the middle of the sea. Thousands of passengers of the cruise ship mostly consisting of the elder should be transferred to the pier by using a lifeboat. Consequently, the elder travelers looked to be shaken and weak in the lifeboat to the pier. Ultimately, no skippers of cruise ship were willing to anchor at the pier. Other than considered inefficient, it was also highly risky to transfer elder passengers by lifeboat. Lately,

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the skippers or cruise operators no longer wanted to anchor at the pier. Even, they preferred to moor at Benoa Harbor. In other words, the Tanah Ampo cruise ship pier could no longer draw the interest of cruise operators, so it was then dormant. On the other hand, the Regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Geredeg, and the Head of Karangasem Transportation Agency, IBP Swastika, revealed his optimism if the cruise pier would not be dormant. (bud)

Islamic gunmen push into Iraq’s Sunni heartland BAGHDAD — Al-Qaida-inspired militants pushed deeper into Iraq’s Sunni heartland Wednesday, swiftly conquering Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts and yielded ground once controlled by U.S. forces. The advance into former insurgent strongholds that had largely been calm before the Americans withdrew less than three years ago is spreading fear that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, struggling to hold onto power after indecisive elections, will be unable to stop the Islamic militants as they press closer to Baghdad. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group took control Tuesday of much of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, sending an estimated half a million people fleeing from their homes. As in Tikrit, the Sunni militants were able to move in after police and military forces melted away after relatively brief clashes. The group, which has seized wide swaths of territory, aims to create an Islamic emirate spanning both sides of the Iraq-Syria border. The capture of Mosul — along with the fall of Tikrit and the militants’ earlier seizure of the western city of Fallujah — have undone hard-fought gains against insurgents in the years following the 2003 invasion by U.S.-led forces. The White House said the security situation has deteriorated over the past 24 hours and that the United States was “deeply concerned” about ISIL’s continued aggression. There were no reliable estimates of casualties or the number of insurgents involved, though several hundred gunmen were in Tikrit and more were fighting on the outskirts, said Mizhar Fleih, the deputy head of the municipal council of nearby Samarra. An even larger number of militants likely would have been needed to secure Mosul, a much bigger city. The militants gained entry to the Turkish consulate in Mosul and held captive 48 people, including diplomats, police, consulate employees and three children, according to an official in the office of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish officials believe the hostages are safe, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment to reporters on the sensitive issue. The White House said in a statement that Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Erdogan and called for the safe and immediate return of the Turkish personnel and family members. “The Vice President told Prime Minister Erdogan that the United States is prepared to support Turkey’s efforts to bring about the safe return of its citizens.”

Inauguration of KKP Nusa Penida considered silly SEMARAPURA - Inauguration of the Marine Conservation Area (KKP) of Nusa Penida by Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Sharif C. Sutardjo, was considered very silly. It happened because local government had not prepared the management agency. As a matter of fact, after the inauguration, the local government should have been ready with the infrastructure and management agency to preserve the underwater world against the environmental vandalism and to take advantage of it in increasing revenue. It was announced by Deputy Chairman of the Klungkung House, Putu Tika Winawan, Wednesday (Jun

11), responding to the inauguration of the Marine Conservation Area of Nusa Penida on Sunday (Jun 8) having been initiated since 2008. He claimed to be surprised after hearing that the Marine Conservation Area of Nusa Penida was inaugurated. Meanwhile, the management by local government had not yet been ready. Moreover, the levy would impose at IDR 70,000 per person whereas the regulation had not been ready, either. Such conditions would even not much change the protection against the threat of environmental damage around the Marine Conservation Area. Actually the inauguration of the Marine Conservation Area was meant to reinforce the protection of

waters and habitats as well as to use it in boosting tourism and increasing the regionally generated revenue. “The launch has been made, but the management is even unready. It’s very silly,” he criticized. Similar criticism was also revealed by a legislator of the Klungkung House, AA Gede Bagus. This senior figure of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) highlighted the tariff increase reaching 1,000 percent to be implemented by the executive from IDR 7,000 to IDR 70,000. His party questioned whether such a plan had been discussed with the tourism practitioners in Bali. Meanwhile, the coordination with the House had not been done. “The executive has not provided a clear

explanation. With the increase, how is the response of the community and tourism stakeholders? How much regionally generated revenue will be targeted to increase? Such program requires a careful planning. While being unready, it has even been inaugurated. When asked about the number of tourists visit to Nusa Penida, the executive was scrambling,” he said. Earlier, Regional Secretary of Klungkung, Ketut Janapria, admitted that after the inauguration, the executive had not formed the management agency. As planned, the management agency would be formed after the inauguration. He admitted if the condition was to the contrary because the executive had ideally established the management

agency first before inaugurated. Then, before the management was established, how would the executive account for the preservation of the Marine Conservation Area? He asserted if the executive would immediately conduct a meeting with relevant agencies. Similarly, the new regional bylaw was required to implement the new levy rate after the inauguration of the Marine Conservation Area. At least, it would take a year to prepare it. Moreover, the Marine Conservation Area of Nusa Penida had not owned an office yet. As planned, the executive would establish the office on the land of dormant bungalow for years owned by county government. (kmb31)

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Teenagers ride on an armored vehicle belonging to the Iraqi army in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, center, signs the guest book as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, and Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer watch, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Monday, June 9, 2014.

Australian PM’s climate stance watched on US visit

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WASHINGTON — The United States has few closer allies than Australia but climate change could prove a touchy issue when Australia’s conservative prime minister makes his first White House visit Thursday. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who was elected in September, arrives in Washington a week after President Barack Obama announced bold plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030 from 2005 levels. Abbott has described those as sensible steps but has made clear that he doesn’t view the fight against global warming as a top priority and is set against action that could crimp Australian business. He plans to scrap Australia’s carbon tax on polluters. “Is it (climate change) the most important issue the world faces right now? I don’t believe so,” he told reporters after visiting the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. “It is one of a number of significant issues that the world faces and we will do our bit.” Otherwise, there are plenty of

shared interests between the two leaders. Abbott is an unashamed cheerleader for the strong historical ties between the U.S. and Australia, epitomized by close security cooperation, and is a strong supporter of U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific. On Tuesday Abbot declared that “America has no better friend” than Australia. Australia is hosting a new deployment of U.S. Marines — a concrete outcome of the Obama administration’s so-called Asia “pivot” to counter the rise of an increasingly assertive China. Australia is also one of the 12 nations negotiating a U.S.-backed trans-Pacific free trade pact whose members would account for 40 percent of global economic output. Abbott, whose official gift for Obama will be a nine-foot-long surfboard bearing the U.S. presidential

seal, has heaped personal praise on the president this week. He has expressed regret for comments he made last when he was opposition leader and described Obama as leading the most left-wing U.S. administration in at least half a century. But it is Abbott’s stance on climate change that may be watched closest when he visits Washington. One Australian bookmaker has even billed it as a “climate clash” and is taking bets on how many times each leader will mention the issue. Abbott wants to replace Australia’s carbon tax that was introduced by the previous left-leaning government with taxpayer-funded incentives for polluters to reduce their emissions. He’s likened that to Obama’s plans for getting U.S. states to cut their emissions, but he appears out of step with the U.S. president.


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EU takes on Apple, Starbucks tax breaks

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BRUSSELS - The European Union launched a probe Wednesday into sweetheart tax deals negotiated by Apple, Starbucks and Fiat with three member states. The investigation will attempt to determine whether such arrangements offered by Ireland, Netherlands and Luxembourg give the companies an unfair competitive advantage and thus amount to illegal state aid. “In the current context of tight public budgets, it is particularly important that large multinationals pay their fair share of taxes,” EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said. Apple and Starbucks -- as well as a number of other multi-national companies including Amazon and Google -- have come under intense pressure from politicians and campaigners over their tax dealings. Critics and opponents say the deals allow the companies to move billions in earnings from higher-taxed countries to lower taxed ones, minimising their payments. The probes are far-ranging, including a deeper look into so-called “tax rulings”, where a company negotiates a tax arrangement before choosing where to domicile their activities. “We have reasons to believe that in these specific cases the national authorities have renounced to tax part of these profits,” Almunia said. The investigation will also focus on the use of transfer pricing, an accounting technique where units of a multinational pay ‘royalties’ to another unit of their business. The mechanism -- made possible by care-

fully crafted tax laws in Ireland, Netherland and Luxembourg -- allow operations in higher-taxed countries to post losses, meaning they do not have to pay any tax, while profits are moved elsewhere. Almunia said the various arrangements under scrutiny could amount to illegal state aid that discriminated against other member states. “Under the EU’s state aid rules, national authorities cannot take measures allowing certain companies to pay less tax than they should if the tax rules of the Member State were applied in a fair and non-discriminatory way,” Almunia said. California iPad maker Apple has shifted billions in international earnings through Ireland using such loopholes but Dublin insisted it had not breached EU rules. “Ireland is confident that there is no state aid rule breach in this case and we will defend all aspects vigorously,” a government spokesman said. The probe is a sensitive one for Ireland, which has faced widespread criticism for providing loopholes and benefits to corporations, such as Apple and Amazon, looking to save on tax. With a political storm brewing, Ireland last year closed a loophole used by Apple, but Dublin still firmly defends its low 12.5 percent corporate tax rate.

US records $130 billion budget deficit in May Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government’s monthly budget returned to deficit in May after a big April surplus. But the overall imbalance so far is far smaller than it was the same period last year, putting the country on track for the lowest annual deficit in six years. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the May deficit totaled $130 billion after a surplus of $106.9 billion in April, a month when the government usually runs surpluses because of a flood of tax revenues. For the first eight months of this budget year, the deficit totals $436.4 billion, down 30 percent from $626.3 billion for the same period in 2013. It was the smallest imbalance since 2008. The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting a deficit of $492 billion for the full budget year ending Sept. 30. The government has run a deficit in May, a month when there are no major tax payments, for 59 out of the past 60 years. This year’s May deficit was

slightly lower than the $138.7 billion deficit in May 2013. The improvement this year reflects a stronger economy and labor market, which translates into more income and higher tax revenues. The government has also trimmed spending to gain control of soaring deficits in recent years. Revenues this year totaled $1.93 trillion through May, up 7.5 percent from the same period a year ago. Government spending over this period totaled $2.37 trillion, a drop of 2.3 percent from a year ago. In 2008, the government recorded a deficit of $458.6 billion, which was the record high at the time. But that record was soon eclipsed as the government ran annual deficits surpassing $1 trillion for the next four years. Those deficits reflected a deep recession, which reduced tax revenue, and higher government spending to stabilize the financial system and pay benefits to people who had lost jobs. After peaking at $1.4 trillion in 2009, the deficit has been falling. It dropped to $680.2 billion last year.

British unemployment hits five-year low Agence France-Presse

LONDON - Britain’s unemployment has fallen to 6.6 percent, the lowest rate for more than five years, according to official data on Wednesday that also revealed however a drop in wages growth. Unemployment in the FebruaryApril quarter dropped from a rate of 6.8 percent during the three months to the end of March, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement. That had also been a five-year low. At 6.6 percent, the rate was at its lowest level since December 2008. The number of unemployed has meanwhile dropped to 2.16 million people, the ONS added on Wednesday. “Despite all this good news on jobs, pay growth in the UK economy has slumped. Average weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose year-on-year in the three months to April 2014 by just 0.9 percent,” noted Rob Harbron, senior econo-

mist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research. Analysts said the drop in wages growth would lessen the pressure on the Bank of England to begin raising its main interest rate, which has stood at a record-low 0.50 percent for more than five years. “While the unemployment rate is continuing to fall, there is still enough slack in the jobs market to prevent wage growth from picking up,” said Samuel Tombs, at consultants Capital Economics.

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In this May 16, 2014 file photo, shoppers walk past a now hiring sign at a Ross store in North Miami Beach, Fla. Different situation happen in Britain. Britain’s unemployment has fallen to 6.6 percent, the lowest rate for more than five years, according to official data on Wednesday that also revealed however a drop in wages growth.

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Pigs and cattle can also suffer rabies

DENPASAR - Some time ago, a pig breeder from Asah Teben hamlet, Datah, Karangasem, complained that his pig died and was suspected of being infected by rabies. When asked for his confirmation on this issue, the Head of Bali Health Agency, Ketut Suarjaya, admitted there had been no reports on the rabies transmission to pigs at the location mentioned. “It should be explored first whether it was really attacked by dog and whether the dog attacking was positive to rabies,” he said when contacted. Nevertheless, according to a researcher from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Udayana University, Prof. Dr. I Gusti Ngurah Mahardika, in Bali other than dogs, rabies had also been found to infect cattle and pigs. “So, if there was really a pig that died of rabies in Karangasem, it was not the first case,” he said. He explained that rabies was a virus that could live in warm-blooded animals. The disease attacking the brain also included in the disease that spread from animals to humans.

The popular rabies-carrier animal (HPR) was dog. In addition to dog, the other rabies-carrier animal included cat, monkey, rat and bat. However, other mammals such as cattle and pigs also potentially get infected by rabies. According to Mahardika, although infected by rabies, the potential of cattle and pigs to transmit rabies to environment or humans was very small because both animals did not bite. “When the virus is reaching the brain, the rabies characteristics are all the

same, ranging from being fierce and liking darkness. The difference is that the cattle and pigs are not biting, but plowing and goring so they have no potential to transmit,” said Mahardika. In principle, he continued, the transmission of rabies virus was the presence of infection and injury. The potential of rabies transmission in cattle and pigs occurred through the consumption of their raw meat, especially for meat in the head. “Rabies virus usually accumulates in the cerebral tissue and saliva,

so the meat in the head contains a lot of this virus,” he said. On that account, he added, it was not advisable for people to process the meat of animal positively infected by rabies, although the transmission potential was small. Infection in animal, he said, was the most feared thing when transmitting to mice and monkeys. But so far, the cases of rabies in monkeys and rats had not been found. “From an ecological perspective, the monkey has a natural instinct to avoid dog denoting a popular rabies-carrier animal. Meanwhile, ecologically mice are rarely associating directly with dogs,” he said. Regarding the possibility of Bali to be free from rabies, according to Mahardika, would remain stagnant and would not be free from rabies

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if people did not participate fully. “If only depends on the vaccination and elimination by the government, the rabies-free Bali will be difficult to achieve,” he said. According to him, the most important step in dealing with rabies was done by each village. Each village had to impose dog maintenance procedures. All the dogs brought in and out of the village had to be recorded and monitored by veterinarian. Similarly, the dogs raised should also be vaccinated properly and there should be punishment for villagers negligent in maintaining their dog declared positive to rabies and bit other people. “When the community has full participation in the effort, it is believed the Rabiesfree Bali will be quickly achieved,” he said. (kmb24)

Bitter gourd to crunchy anchovy

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Challenging food can encourage appetite, spirit and even togetherness. In megibung (shared meals) tradition, it is started by bitter flavor like that of star fruit leaf vegetable. Next, it is followed by other nicer flavor. Meanwhile, this delicacy attempts to present similar flavor with grated coconut spice. It combines distinctiveness of bitter gourd, fried peanut and small crispy fried or grilled anchovy being familiar seafood with Balinese life. As religious community, the Balinese also present this food for elements of their oblation. Some people also called it Bitter melon. It looks like a cucumber but with ugly gourd-like bumps all over it. As the name implies, this vegetable is a melon that is bitter. There are two varieties of this vegetable: One grows to about 20 cm long, is oblong and pale green in color. The other is the smaller variety, less than 10 cm long, oval and has a darker green color. Both varieties have seeds that are white when unripe and that turn red when they are ripe. The vegetable-fruit turn reddish-orange when ripe and becomes even more bitter. is generally consumed cooked in the green or early yellowing stage. The young shoots and leaves of the bitter melon may also be eaten as greens. Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber. It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana. Bitter melon contains a unique phyto-constituent that has been confirmed to have a hypoglycemic effect called charantin. There is also another insulin-like compound known as polypeptide P which have been suggested as insulin replacement in some diabetic patients.

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Junta engineers World Cup coup for Thailand Associated Press

BANGKOK — The junta that overthrew Thailand’s elected government has struck a blow for freedom — the freedom to watch soccer. As part of its goal to “return happiness to the Thai people,” the junta engineered a World Cup coup Thursday that will enable the country’s many soccer fans to watch all of the tournament’s 64 matches for free. The generals acted after Thai-

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In this June 10, 2014 photo, Kyaw Zin Oo, left, and his father take a break from hauling gravel baskets in Yangon, Myanmar. Every morning thirteen-year-old Kyaw Zin Oo and his father walk over to the riverside where boats and barges are docked. They join the queue of workers, seeking to earn enough to help feed their families by hauling baskets of stones, each weighing more than 19 kilograms (42 pounds), from boat to shore.

Hauling gravel: Daily toil for Myanmar boy, 11 Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar — Early every morning, 11-year-old Chit Toke wakes up in the small bamboo shack beside a creek where his family lives. In the near distance, he can see new high rises springing up. He pulls on oversized green trousers — part of a cast-off school uniform — and walks over to the river where boats are docked. They are waiting for laborers to unload gravel collected from river beds to supply the booming construction industry in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city and commercial capital. Chit Toke joins the queue of workers, seeking to earn enough to help feed his family by hauling baskets full of stones, each weighing more than 19 kilograms (42 pounds), from boat to shore. If he can haul that basket 100 times each day over a 30-meter (100foot) path, he can earn 3,500 kyats ($3.70). Child labor remains widespread in Myanmar as the country tries to rebuild its economy after five decades of military misrule. More than one-third of Myanmar’s children between the ages of 7 to 16 work, according to the United Nations. Chit Toke’s family moved to the city after Cyclone Nargis ripped

through the Irrawaddy delta farming region in 2008. “When we were hit by the cyclone, we had no hope and everything was gone. We could barely survive and I had to work from an early age, as my father had died,” the boy recalls. He has been doing this backbreaking labor for almost four years. “When I first worked here, I felt really tired. My shoulders were really painful at night and my legs, too,” Chit Toke says. He lifts a cane basket filled with gravel onto one shoulder and gets his balance, so that he can safely walk barefoot over narrow wooden planks that connect the boat to land.

Each time he dumps his rocks on a pile to be hauled away by trucks, he receives a chit to show he has hauled one basket’s worth. Each chit can be exchanged for 35 kyats (3.7 U.S. cents). He collects the chits in a small plastic bottle tied to his waist. An 8-year-old friend also works here. But some children are more fortunate. Each morning, he sees some of the neighborhood kids head to school in their uniforms. “I want to go to school with him,” he says, putting his arm around the shoulders of one of them, his best friend, Myo Oo. “But I cannot go because I cannot afford to go to school. I have to work.”

land’s telecom regulator lost an appeal Wednesday to have RS International Broadcasting, the exclusive rights holder, air the matches on free TV channels. RS had planned to allow just 22 games to be broadcast for free. On Thursday, the National Broadcasting and Telecoms Commission announced it had struck a 427 million baht ($13 million) compensation deal with RS so the entire World Cup can be shown on free channels.

Baltics prepare to counter Moscow TV propaganda Associated Press

PALDISKI, Estonia — The Russian news broadcast takes broadsides at Ukraine, trumpeting claims that Ukrainian democracy has degenerated into fistfights between right-wing nationalists in Parliament. Aleksander Danilov isn’t watching the show in Vladimir Putin’s Russian heartland. He’s in Estonia, an EU country where there increasingly are fears that Russia may turn its sights next to the Baltic states after grabbing a chunk of Ukraine. Danilov can choose from at least a dozen Russian TV channels via cable — and scores more if he could afford a satellite dish. Like many other ethnic Russians across the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the 55-year-old retiree doesn’t speak the local language and prefers watching broadcasts from Moscow to the smattering of news shows and programs provided in Russian by national Baltic broadcasters. The three Baltic nations watched with alarm as Russia took over Crimea and mobilized its military along Ukraine’s eastern border, pledging to protect all Russians abroad. Now the Baltics are moving to curtail Moscow’s influence through the airwaves, heedful of the need In this handout photo made available on April 28, 2014, provided by Estonia’s military, a company of U.S. Army paratroopers arrive at Estonia’s Amari air base as a part of America’s effort to reassure its NATO allies in the Baltic region of its commitment to defense against Russia’s aggression in Crimea and Ukraine.

to prevent pro-Kremlin agitation among the million Russian speakers who stayed after the Baltics regained independence following the Soviet collapse. Latvia and Lithuania have temporarily banned some pro-Russian TV stations, including Moscow-based RTR Rossiya and RTR Planeta. They are now planning with Estonia to set up a joint Russian-language channel to counter Russian propaganda, hoping for financial assistance from the European Union. Estonian Education Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski, of ethnic Russian background, said the project is “a matter of national priority” in a nation where Russian speakers make up around 28 percent of the 1.3 million population. “It’s a full-scale information war. The facts are portrayed in the way that Russia’s administration wants to,” Ossinovski said in an interview with The Associated Press. “In the end, it’s a strictly national question how we build up communication with our own people in our countries.” Ivars Belte, a Latvian state TV chief described as the mastermind of the plan, says a joint Baltic channel would be preferable to three separate channels to save costs and could be operational next year or in 2016. It was not clear whether the EU would cooperate.

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INDONESIA Foreign investors wait to see who will be president Reuters

JAKARTA/TAIPEI - Billions of dollars in foreign investment hinge on next month’s Indonesian presidential election, with at least one major company holding back after a former special forces general made a surprisingly strong entry into the fray. A tight July 9 election that will decide who runs Southeast Asia’s largest economy for the next five years pits popular Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo against the ex-general, Prabowo Subianto. Both favour a more nationalist agenda, underpinned by popular perceptions that the economy has for too long depended on selling off its vast natural resources cheaply to foreign buyers and that past governments have done little to nurture, and protect, local firms.

But Prabowo is seen as more fiercely nationalistic, while Jokowi is seen as a hands-on, more capable administrator. And despite Indonesia’s large pool of labour, relatively low costs and a growing middle class, many potential investors say they will wait until the election is decided. At the top of the list of foreigners with big money to spend is Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer and one of the major

suppliers to Apple Inc. Its chairman, Terry Gou, made no secret of the fact during a visit to Jakarta in February that he liked dealing with Jokowi in discussions over whether to bring his company’s next giant investment to the Indonesian capital. At the time, Jokowi was the clear front-runner in the election. He still is, but Prabowo has since been backed by the powerful Golkar party and opinion polls show the former general is catching up.

A large percentage of voters are undecided, one survey has said. Foreign direct investment in Indonesia was 270.4 trillion rupiah ($23 billion) in 2013, up about 22 percent from the previous year. But growth slowed sharply to 9.8 percent in the first quarter this year, the government has said. Foxconn, listed as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd in Taiwan, is waiting for the new government to take office in October before deciding whether to go ahead with a $1 billion manufacturing project in Indonesia, a company source had said. The investor community tends to favour Jokowi, a former furniture businessman, compared to Prabowo, according to interviews with senior executives and capital

market players. Indonesian stocks and currency were hit following Golkar’s unexpected announcement on the afternoon of May 19 that it would back Prabowo. The rupiah has weakened further, trading around 11,800 to the dollar currently against roughly 11,400 before the announcement. Jakarta’s main stock index remains more than one percent below the pre-announcement level. “Generally, business people feel that Jokowi is more businessfriendly,” said Kenichi Tomiyoshi, President Director of the Japan External Trade Organization in Jakarta. Jokowi has earned a reputation of being a hands-on leader and a problem solver, analysts say.

Vice president warns of larger risk of forest fires Antara

JAKARTA - Indonesian vice president Boediono has warned of a larger risk of forest fires in the country due to a possible intense and longer drought caused by the El Nino phenomena. “We must reduce the risk of forest fires. I appeal to all levels of the government to agree on action plans for a more coordinated and effective effort to prevent them,” he said when opening a meeting on the prevention and mitigation of forest fires at his office on Thursday. The meeting was attended by forestry minister Zulkifli Hasan, defense forces commander General Moeldoko, Attorney General Basrief Arief, deputy National Police chief Badrodin Haiti, deputy minister of agriculture Rusman Heriawan, chief of the Presidential Working Unit for Development Supervision and Control (UKP4) Kuntoro Mangkusubroto and chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Maarif. Boediono said every year, especially at the peak of the dry season, Indonesia is busy overcoming forest fires. While they are costly, uncontrolled forest fires can also tarnish Indonesia’s image before its neighbors as the smoke from the fires affect those countries. He said several factors had made him give special attention to the issue, including the possibility of the El Nino weather phenomenon.

He said although peak of the drought has not occurred, hot spots have already been detected in several locations. According to the UKP4 data, a total of 8,400 hotspots were detected in licensed forest concession areas in Riau province in the period of January-June. In view of that, he has emphasized the importance of taking law enforcement actions. “Law enforcement in the field is important for a deterrent effect,” he said, adding the government will not like to be burdened with extinguishing forest fires every year and waste trillions of rupiah in the budget. The Riau province’s regional police command had received 70 reports of forest fire cases, out of which 55 was investigated for the judicial process with 116 suspects and seven suspects still at large. “What is encouraging is that police officers have also tackled the intellectual actors,” Kuntoro said. Meanwhile, Zulkifli Hasan said Riau was the most vulnerable and therefore he will continue the assignment of the team that had so far been tasked with overcoming forest fires in the province, although the size of fires currently was smaller. “They must go for patrol every day, with two helicopters standing by. Soon after a fire occurs, the team will immediately handle it and if violations are detected suspects will be arrested,” he added.

ANTARA FOTO/Puspa Perwitasari

Indonesian vice president Boediono has warned of a larger risk of forest fires in the country due to a possible intense and longer drought caused by the El Nino phenomena.


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Nadal primed for switch to grass Reuters

Tracking in Plaga IBP

MANGUPURA - Plaga is a village located in Bali, exactly in the region of North Badung. The village is rich in natural resources and the potential of tourism is also promising. Many things can be explored there. Besides several tourist attractions such as Puncak Mangu and Tukad Bangkung Bridge which called the highest in all of Asia, in this area there is also an area that can be used for tracking which of course will be very interesting for tourists who love adventure and outdoor sports activities. The tracking path to be followed is through the plantation where there are many different kinds of plants and crops that we can meet. In detail,

the tracking activity begins at Banjar Kiadan pavilion to do breakfast or lunch depending on the time set to start the tracking itself. Then proceed to the inn as

a place to stay for the tourists. Not far from the inn, there is a building that is used to store coffee beans. If we go farther we will find the plantation that

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stretched wide variety of plants contained in them. When we are entering the plantation, we will be greeted by some herbal plants arranged neatly, then passed to the area of chayote which grows fertile. Farther then we will arrive in an area with a majority of bamboo plants that are embedded. Then spin a little bit we will find garden full of oranges and papayas. From that place, we will have

two options, continue the tracking or back to the inn. If we want to continue then there are many more interesting things that we can find. With such a vast plantation areas, beautiful scenery, beautiful surroundings and all natural resources within it then this is a good and very interesting tracking area which can be served as another option of tourism in North Badung region.

After washing the clay dust out of his socks following his ninth French Open crown, world number one Rafa Nadal switches to grass on Thursday with a second-round clash against wildcard Dustin Brown at the Gerry Weber Open. The Spaniard, who beat Novak Djokovic to continue his Roland Garros domination on Sunday, has been practising hard on the Halle lawns since arriving on Monday and is eager to get matches under his belt ahead of Wimbledon. “Each training session and each match on grass is very, very important for me,” Nadal told the tournament website on Wednesday. “It’s such a tough transition. You’ve got to give it all you’ve got to get into an ideal shape for the matches.” Nadal suffered early losses at Wimbledon on his last two visits, to Lukas Rosol in 2012 and Steve Darcis last year and is leaving nothing to chance. “In 2012, I had physical problems and last year I wasn’t at full strength,” the Mallorcan said. “Now I’ve got to and I want to show good form and get some self-confidence.” Dreadlocked Brown proved by reaching the Wimbledon third round last year that he is a force on grass. “You never know what to expect with him. He plays with a lot of inspiration, very aggressively,” said Nadal, who will be playing the 29-year-old for the first time. Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic’s Wimbledon preparations suffered a glitch with a shock defeat by lowly-ranked Peter Gojowczyk on Wednesday. After a quarter-final run at the French Open, third seed Raonic struggled to find his grasscourt feet, losing 6-4 6-4 to the German ranked 120th in the world. Raonic banged down eight aces but Gojowczyk thrived on the firepower heading his way, breaking once in each set to move into the quarter-finals. “I just love it when somebody serves hard and fast because it serves my return, which actually is my best shot,” the 24-year-old Gojowczyk told the ATP’s website. Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the world No.12, came through a tough encounter with Frenchman Gael Monfils, winning 6-1 3-6 6-3.

REUTERS/Chris Wattie

McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain takes a curve during the qualifying session of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal June 7, 2014.

McLaren F1 team confident for Austrian GP updates

The McLaren Formula 1 team is confident that the update package it is bringing to the Austrian Grand Prix will help deliver a good step forward in performance. The Woking-based team has been undergoing a restructuring in recent weeks, with racing director Eric Boullier overhauling working processes to help it recover from a poor start to the campaign.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain holds each of his nine French Open Tennis tournament tennis championship trophies in this combination photo taken at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The images are in chronological order from (L-R, top-bottom) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and June 8, 2014. When Roger Federer won his 17th grand slam title in 2012, it seemed his record haul would last forever as it took more than a century of trying for a super-human male athlete to come along and win that many major trophies.

And the first fruits of that effort will come on board at the Red Bull Ring with a major aerodynamic overhaul of the MP4-29. Boullier said the team was expecting a decent boost in speed, even if he knows that it will still take more before McLaren is back in a position of being able to win races. “It is obviously the game to try to produce some parts as fast as possible, but it all depends on where you start from,” he explained. “It is true that we started the season with a car that was lacking downforce and, at the same time, we had to redirect the strategy for the team where to go. “I think the package we are bringing in Austria is good enough to step up and close the gap with everyone in front of us. “Definitely we will not be winning races from that point - but it is a decent package to close the gap.” BUTTON UPBEAT ABOUT CHANGES

Although the aerodynamic package arriving in Austria will be the first big change produced by the

new McLaren structure, Jenson Button has noticed how different things are inside the team. He believes the increased presence of Group CEO Ron Dennis allied to new structures put in place by Boullier are already helping. “I like seeing Ron at the circuit, I think it has a positive impact on the team working here,” explained the former world champion. “Before every session, and after every session, Eric is pushing the team very, very hard and talking to us guys a lot more than I am used to, which is great “He is getting our feedback and understanding about what we have from the car and what we need from the car.” He added: “Things at McLaren have been the same for many, many years and now they are starting to change. I think it is time - and definitely the right direction. “I am sure Eric feels like he has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. It is going to be a tough few years but an exciting few months for everyone at McLaren because we will make our way back to the front and when we do, it is going to be enjoyed by all of us.”


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Italy can repeat 2006 glory, says Pirlo

Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has a message for the World Cup: Let football be a showcase for teamwork and solidarity, not an exhibition of racism and greed. The Argentine-born, footballloving pope recorded a video

returning to a more advanced position in the midfield. “It is not exactly the role I played when I was young, it is different, the midfielders rotate with a lot more movement to make it trickier for the opposition. But the important thing is to play well - there are lots of different solutions,” he said. The Juventus midfielder, who recently signed a new two-year deal with the Turin club, has already stated he will retire from the national team. “It is time to pass on the baton to others and in any case, if I ended up being called up and not playing, I’d be furious. So it’s better to leave,” he said.

message that will be broadcast on Brazilian television ahead of Thursday’s opening match. In it, Francis said football teaches three lessons that can promote peace and solidarity: the need to train and work hard to reach goals, the importance of fair play and teamwork, and the need to respect and honor opponents.

He said: “To win, one must overcome individualism, selfishness, all forms of racism, intolerance and manipulation of people.” He said being “greedy” in football, as in life, is an obstacle. “Let nobody turn their back on society and feel excluded!” he said. “No to segregation! No to racism!”

Armadillo, World Cup mascot, threatened with extinction

RIO DE JANEIRO - Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo is hoping to end his international career by winning a second World Cup and believes the Azzurri are capable of repeating their success from 2006. “We can win the World Cup. I always play to win and I won’t be satisfied by just getting out of the group stage or into the quarter-finals. This Italy team has everything it need to go all the way,” Pirlo told reporters on Wednesday. With Paris St Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, dubbed by some as the ‘next Pirlo’, back in full training there has been speculation that Italy coach Cesare Prandelli may select both playmakers. “That is no problem. If you know how to play football you can play alongside anyone. We have tried out a new look with one midfielder playing deep in front of the defence and two free playmakers to create and it is one that I like and that could bring results,” he said. Pirlo has enjoyed most of his success prompting from a deeper role but he would be comfortable

Reuters

OSLO - The armadillo, mascot of the FIFA World Cup, is threatened with extinction in the wild because of hunting, loss of habitat and even from the soccer tournament itself, scientists said on Thursday. Brazilian Three-Banded Armadillos defend themselves by rolling into a ball making them attractive as a symbol of the World Cup. But the tactic is pointless against a human hunter, who can pick them up without a chase. And there are fears all the World Cup publicity may lead people to adopt the cute animals as pets, putting their dwindling numbers under further pressure. “The species is believed to have declined by more

Italy’s Andrea Pirlo controls the ball during a training session ahead of the 2014 World Cup at the Portobello training center in Mangaratiba June 7, 2014.

than a third over the last 10 to 15 years due to a 50 percent loss of its dry shrubland ‘Caatinga’ habitat,” according to the Red List of endangered species. A 2014 version of the list, run by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), formally says the armadillo native to eastern Brazil is “vulnerable” to extinction, the same as in a previous assessment in 2009. But a top expert said new evidence from Brazil showed that threats to the animals, which grow up to about 50 cm (20 inches) long, were mounting and that it would would be put into a higher threat category as “endangered” in coming months. “The situation is even worse than we

thought,” Mariella Superina, chair of the IUCN’s anteater, sloth and armadillo specialist group, told Reuters by telephone. “Three-banded armadillos are very easy to catch.” “Fuleco”, the name of the FIFA mascot, is a combination of Futebol (football) and Ecologia (Ecology). Superina urged FIFA to fund measures to help protect the creatures, including from what might be damaging World Cup publicity. “People see it as a cute animal because it rolls itself up into a ball. We are worried that people will want them as pets. They are definitely not pets,” she said. The armadillo has come back from the brink before - it was widely believed to be extinct until rediscovered in the early 1990s.

All right on the night? World Cup stadium a worry Associated Press Writer

the perimeter fence when entering the stadium complex, were the reporter’s credentials and heavy bag scanned. “That’s outrageous,” said Lou Elliston, an inspector at the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, a British government regulator of football venues in England and Wales. She oversaw the openings of the renovated Wembley Stadium in London and the new Emirates Stadium that Arsenal moved to in 2006. “It’s just unthinkable. You could not wander around Wembley. You would just come across doors that you couldn’t get through. That is a big issue.”

REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

SAO PAULO — The biggest question for Thursday’s opening match of the World Cup isn’t whether host Brazil can beat Croatia but how the unfinished and troublesome Itaquerao stadium will hold up in its first ever encounter with a full-capacity crowd. Will everything work? More importantly, will the 61,600 spectators be safe? Not even World Cup organizers can be totally sure. Because of chronic delays, worker deaths and other problems during its construction, the new arena has never been match-tested at close to full capacity. Heads of state, VIPs and other lucky ticket holders will, like it or not, become guinea pigs by making up the first crowd to completely fill the stadium and put full strain on all its facilities, safety plans and equipment, managers and staff. “If that was me who had to run that event, I’d be extremely nervous,” said John Beattie, president of the European Stadium

and Safety Management Association, an industry group of sports-venue executives. Alarmingly, seemingly lax security at and around the Itaquerao allowed an Associated Press reporter to wander freely this week through unfinished and empty rooms, electrical rooms and uncompleted executive suites. Exposed wires and unfitted lights hung from ceilings. Corridors and other areas smelling strongly of plaster, paint and glue were clogged with uninstalled furniture and fittings, piled up crates of catering equipment and construction materials waiting to be carted away. Not once in more than two hours Tuesday — some 48 hours before the stadium fills for the opening match — did anyone ask or challenge the reporter as he explored multiple floors, in areas on all four sides of the stadium and in unfinished hospitality tents outside where sponsors and organizers will host guests and clients. Only once, at

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Pope to World Cup: Overcome racism, greed in sport

Reuters

Italy start their campaign against England in Manaus on Saturday and the classy and creative Pirlo has been impressed by what he has seen of Roy Hodgson’s team. Pirlo’s cool chipped spot-kick helped Italy beat England on penalties after a goalless draw in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 but the midfielder knows they will be up against a very different team. “England have improved a lot, they have rejuvenated their squad with young players who can cover a lot of ground. We have a very different style of play but we have a good record against them,” he said.

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REUTERS/China Daily

A student carves the 2014 World Cup mascot, Fuleco the Armadillo, on a watermelon ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in Shenyang, Liaoning province, June 10, 2014. Picture taken June 10, 2014.

AP Photo/Themba Hadebe

A groundsman cuts the grass at the 2014 soccer World Cup venue at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday June 11, 2014.

Spain concerned about World Cup pitch condition Associated Press

CURITIBA, Brazil — Spain is worried that poor pitch conditions in Brazil could hurt its playing style as it tries to defend its World Cup title. Spain often preaches the importance of a well-maintained playing surface for its quickpassing, possession-based game, which it said let it down in an opening 1-1 draw against Italy at Euro 2012. The campaign to ensure that playing surfaces are up to scratch in Brazil has already begun. Striker Diego Costa said “the field has to be wet and wellgroomed” for Friday’s opener against the Netherlands at Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova. That is looking like a tall order at some venues. Italy and England play Saturday at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, where the pitch is dry with white stripes visible. “For the moment all we know is that the pitch is brown,” Italian football federation vice president Demetrio Albertini said. The grass being used at World Cup venues combines a mix of European and South American seeds — with the latter known for slowing the ball. European “ray grass” grows vertically to provide a polished surface, while South American

seeds grow coarser grass blades that also emerge horizontally. “In a country this big with such a variety of climates it’s difficult to maintain a certain standard,” said Carlos Botella, a groundsman for Spanish company Royal Verd, which is managing seven of the 12 pitches, including at Salvador. “Luckily for the World Cup we have mixed the two seeds so that the blades remain strong to maintain resistance while also ensuring the ball moves quickly.” Royal Verd also maintains the pitch at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium, so Botella knows just what type of surface Spain’s players enjoy most as their style of play bears a close resemblance to Barcelona’s. But Botella said FIFA’s rules were clear, and that the grass length was set between 18 and 22 centimeters and that watering the field was not up to the teams but to the FIFA general coordinator. So Spain, shouldn’t worry — or get too used to the Atletico Paranaense training ground in the southeastern city of Curitiba where the squad has been preparing. “The field was good, it was short and fast, great for quick touches, which is what we like,” Spain midfielder Koke said Wednesday of Spain’s training facility. “That’s important so that the ball rolls quickly.”


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Italy can repeat 2006 glory, says Pirlo

Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has a message for the World Cup: Let football be a showcase for teamwork and solidarity, not an exhibition of racism and greed. The Argentine-born, footballloving pope recorded a video

returning to a more advanced position in the midfield. “It is not exactly the role I played when I was young, it is different, the midfielders rotate with a lot more movement to make it trickier for the opposition. But the important thing is to play well - there are lots of different solutions,” he said. The Juventus midfielder, who recently signed a new two-year deal with the Turin club, has already stated he will retire from the national team. “It is time to pass on the baton to others and in any case, if I ended up being called up and not playing, I’d be furious. So it’s better to leave,” he said.

message that will be broadcast on Brazilian television ahead of Thursday’s opening match. In it, Francis said football teaches three lessons that can promote peace and solidarity: the need to train and work hard to reach goals, the importance of fair play and teamwork, and the need to respect and honor opponents.

He said: “To win, one must overcome individualism, selfishness, all forms of racism, intolerance and manipulation of people.” He said being “greedy” in football, as in life, is an obstacle. “Let nobody turn their back on society and feel excluded!” he said. “No to segregation! No to racism!”

Armadillo, World Cup mascot, threatened with extinction

RIO DE JANEIRO - Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo is hoping to end his international career by winning a second World Cup and believes the Azzurri are capable of repeating their success from 2006. “We can win the World Cup. I always play to win and I won’t be satisfied by just getting out of the group stage or into the quarter-finals. This Italy team has everything it need to go all the way,” Pirlo told reporters on Wednesday. With Paris St Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, dubbed by some as the ‘next Pirlo’, back in full training there has been speculation that Italy coach Cesare Prandelli may select both playmakers. “That is no problem. If you know how to play football you can play alongside anyone. We have tried out a new look with one midfielder playing deep in front of the defence and two free playmakers to create and it is one that I like and that could bring results,” he said. Pirlo has enjoyed most of his success prompting from a deeper role but he would be comfortable

Reuters

OSLO - The armadillo, mascot of the FIFA World Cup, is threatened with extinction in the wild because of hunting, loss of habitat and even from the soccer tournament itself, scientists said on Thursday. Brazilian Three-Banded Armadillos defend themselves by rolling into a ball making them attractive as a symbol of the World Cup. But the tactic is pointless against a human hunter, who can pick them up without a chase. And there are fears all the World Cup publicity may lead people to adopt the cute animals as pets, putting their dwindling numbers under further pressure. “The species is believed to have declined by more

Italy’s Andrea Pirlo controls the ball during a training session ahead of the 2014 World Cup at the Portobello training center in Mangaratiba June 7, 2014.

than a third over the last 10 to 15 years due to a 50 percent loss of its dry shrubland ‘Caatinga’ habitat,” according to the Red List of endangered species. A 2014 version of the list, run by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), formally says the armadillo native to eastern Brazil is “vulnerable” to extinction, the same as in a previous assessment in 2009. But a top expert said new evidence from Brazil showed that threats to the animals, which grow up to about 50 cm (20 inches) long, were mounting and that it would would be put into a higher threat category as “endangered” in coming months. “The situation is even worse than we

thought,” Mariella Superina, chair of the IUCN’s anteater, sloth and armadillo specialist group, told Reuters by telephone. “Three-banded armadillos are very easy to catch.” “Fuleco”, the name of the FIFA mascot, is a combination of Futebol (football) and Ecologia (Ecology). Superina urged FIFA to fund measures to help protect the creatures, including from what might be damaging World Cup publicity. “People see it as a cute animal because it rolls itself up into a ball. We are worried that people will want them as pets. They are definitely not pets,” she said. The armadillo has come back from the brink before - it was widely believed to be extinct until rediscovered in the early 1990s.

All right on the night? World Cup stadium a worry Associated Press Writer

the perimeter fence when entering the stadium complex, were the reporter’s credentials and heavy bag scanned. “That’s outrageous,” said Lou Elliston, an inspector at the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, a British government regulator of football venues in England and Wales. She oversaw the openings of the renovated Wembley Stadium in London and the new Emirates Stadium that Arsenal moved to in 2006. “It’s just unthinkable. You could not wander around Wembley. You would just come across doors that you couldn’t get through. That is a big issue.”

REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

SAO PAULO — The biggest question for Thursday’s opening match of the World Cup isn’t whether host Brazil can beat Croatia but how the unfinished and troublesome Itaquerao stadium will hold up in its first ever encounter with a full-capacity crowd. Will everything work? More importantly, will the 61,600 spectators be safe? Not even World Cup organizers can be totally sure. Because of chronic delays, worker deaths and other problems during its construction, the new arena has never been match-tested at close to full capacity. Heads of state, VIPs and other lucky ticket holders will, like it or not, become guinea pigs by making up the first crowd to completely fill the stadium and put full strain on all its facilities, safety plans and equipment, managers and staff. “If that was me who had to run that event, I’d be extremely nervous,” said John Beattie, president of the European Stadium

and Safety Management Association, an industry group of sports-venue executives. Alarmingly, seemingly lax security at and around the Itaquerao allowed an Associated Press reporter to wander freely this week through unfinished and empty rooms, electrical rooms and uncompleted executive suites. Exposed wires and unfitted lights hung from ceilings. Corridors and other areas smelling strongly of plaster, paint and glue were clogged with uninstalled furniture and fittings, piled up crates of catering equipment and construction materials waiting to be carted away. Not once in more than two hours Tuesday — some 48 hours before the stadium fills for the opening match — did anyone ask or challenge the reporter as he explored multiple floors, in areas on all four sides of the stadium and in unfinished hospitality tents outside where sponsors and organizers will host guests and clients. Only once, at

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Pope to World Cup: Overcome racism, greed in sport

Reuters

Italy start their campaign against England in Manaus on Saturday and the classy and creative Pirlo has been impressed by what he has seen of Roy Hodgson’s team. Pirlo’s cool chipped spot-kick helped Italy beat England on penalties after a goalless draw in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 but the midfielder knows they will be up against a very different team. “England have improved a lot, they have rejuvenated their squad with young players who can cover a lot of ground. We have a very different style of play but we have a good record against them,” he said.

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REUTERS/China Daily

A student carves the 2014 World Cup mascot, Fuleco the Armadillo, on a watermelon ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in Shenyang, Liaoning province, June 10, 2014. Picture taken June 10, 2014.

AP Photo/Themba Hadebe

A groundsman cuts the grass at the 2014 soccer World Cup venue at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday June 11, 2014.

Spain concerned about World Cup pitch condition Associated Press

CURITIBA, Brazil — Spain is worried that poor pitch conditions in Brazil could hurt its playing style as it tries to defend its World Cup title. Spain often preaches the importance of a well-maintained playing surface for its quickpassing, possession-based game, which it said let it down in an opening 1-1 draw against Italy at Euro 2012. The campaign to ensure that playing surfaces are up to scratch in Brazil has already begun. Striker Diego Costa said “the field has to be wet and wellgroomed” for Friday’s opener against the Netherlands at Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova. That is looking like a tall order at some venues. Italy and England play Saturday at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, where the pitch is dry with white stripes visible. “For the moment all we know is that the pitch is brown,” Italian football federation vice president Demetrio Albertini said. The grass being used at World Cup venues combines a mix of European and South American seeds — with the latter known for slowing the ball. European “ray grass” grows vertically to provide a polished surface, while South American

seeds grow coarser grass blades that also emerge horizontally. “In a country this big with such a variety of climates it’s difficult to maintain a certain standard,” said Carlos Botella, a groundsman for Spanish company Royal Verd, which is managing seven of the 12 pitches, including at Salvador. “Luckily for the World Cup we have mixed the two seeds so that the blades remain strong to maintain resistance while also ensuring the ball moves quickly.” Royal Verd also maintains the pitch at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium, so Botella knows just what type of surface Spain’s players enjoy most as their style of play bears a close resemblance to Barcelona’s. But Botella said FIFA’s rules were clear, and that the grass length was set between 18 and 22 centimeters and that watering the field was not up to the teams but to the FIFA general coordinator. So Spain, shouldn’t worry — or get too used to the Atletico Paranaense training ground in the southeastern city of Curitiba where the squad has been preparing. “The field was good, it was short and fast, great for quick touches, which is what we like,” Spain midfielder Koke said Wednesday of Spain’s training facility. “That’s important so that the ball rolls quickly.”


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Nadal primed for switch to grass Reuters

Tracking in Plaga IBP

MANGUPURA - Plaga is a village located in Bali, exactly in the region of North Badung. The village is rich in natural resources and the potential of tourism is also promising. Many things can be explored there. Besides several tourist attractions such as Puncak Mangu and Tukad Bangkung Bridge which called the highest in all of Asia, in this area there is also an area that can be used for tracking which of course will be very interesting for tourists who love adventure and outdoor sports activities. The tracking path to be followed is through the plantation where there are many different kinds of plants and crops that we can meet. In detail,

the tracking activity begins at Banjar Kiadan pavilion to do breakfast or lunch depending on the time set to start the tracking itself. Then proceed to the inn as

a place to stay for the tourists. Not far from the inn, there is a building that is used to store coffee beans. If we go farther we will find the plantation that

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stretched wide variety of plants contained in them. When we are entering the plantation, we will be greeted by some herbal plants arranged neatly, then passed to the area of chayote which grows fertile. Farther then we will arrive in an area with a majority of bamboo plants that are embedded. Then spin a little bit we will find garden full of oranges and papayas. From that place, we will have

two options, continue the tracking or back to the inn. If we want to continue then there are many more interesting things that we can find. With such a vast plantation areas, beautiful scenery, beautiful surroundings and all natural resources within it then this is a good and very interesting tracking area which can be served as another option of tourism in North Badung region.

After washing the clay dust out of his socks following his ninth French Open crown, world number one Rafa Nadal switches to grass on Thursday with a second-round clash against wildcard Dustin Brown at the Gerry Weber Open. The Spaniard, who beat Novak Djokovic to continue his Roland Garros domination on Sunday, has been practising hard on the Halle lawns since arriving on Monday and is eager to get matches under his belt ahead of Wimbledon. “Each training session and each match on grass is very, very important for me,” Nadal told the tournament website on Wednesday. “It’s such a tough transition. You’ve got to give it all you’ve got to get into an ideal shape for the matches.” Nadal suffered early losses at Wimbledon on his last two visits, to Lukas Rosol in 2012 and Steve Darcis last year and is leaving nothing to chance. “In 2012, I had physical problems and last year I wasn’t at full strength,” the Mallorcan said. “Now I’ve got to and I want to show good form and get some self-confidence.” Dreadlocked Brown proved by reaching the Wimbledon third round last year that he is a force on grass. “You never know what to expect with him. He plays with a lot of inspiration, very aggressively,” said Nadal, who will be playing the 29-year-old for the first time. Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic’s Wimbledon preparations suffered a glitch with a shock defeat by lowly-ranked Peter Gojowczyk on Wednesday. After a quarter-final run at the French Open, third seed Raonic struggled to find his grasscourt feet, losing 6-4 6-4 to the German ranked 120th in the world. Raonic banged down eight aces but Gojowczyk thrived on the firepower heading his way, breaking once in each set to move into the quarter-finals. “I just love it when somebody serves hard and fast because it serves my return, which actually is my best shot,” the 24-year-old Gojowczyk told the ATP’s website. Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the world No.12, came through a tough encounter with Frenchman Gael Monfils, winning 6-1 3-6 6-3.

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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain takes a curve during the qualifying session of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal June 7, 2014.

McLaren F1 team confident for Austrian GP updates

The McLaren Formula 1 team is confident that the update package it is bringing to the Austrian Grand Prix will help deliver a good step forward in performance. The Woking-based team has been undergoing a restructuring in recent weeks, with racing director Eric Boullier overhauling working processes to help it recover from a poor start to the campaign.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain holds each of his nine French Open Tennis tournament tennis championship trophies in this combination photo taken at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The images are in chronological order from (L-R, top-bottom) 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and June 8, 2014. When Roger Federer won his 17th grand slam title in 2012, it seemed his record haul would last forever as it took more than a century of trying for a super-human male athlete to come along and win that many major trophies.

And the first fruits of that effort will come on board at the Red Bull Ring with a major aerodynamic overhaul of the MP4-29. Boullier said the team was expecting a decent boost in speed, even if he knows that it will still take more before McLaren is back in a position of being able to win races. “It is obviously the game to try to produce some parts as fast as possible, but it all depends on where you start from,” he explained. “It is true that we started the season with a car that was lacking downforce and, at the same time, we had to redirect the strategy for the team where to go. “I think the package we are bringing in Austria is good enough to step up and close the gap with everyone in front of us. “Definitely we will not be winning races from that point - but it is a decent package to close the gap.” BUTTON UPBEAT ABOUT CHANGES

Although the aerodynamic package arriving in Austria will be the first big change produced by the

new McLaren structure, Jenson Button has noticed how different things are inside the team. He believes the increased presence of Group CEO Ron Dennis allied to new structures put in place by Boullier are already helping. “I like seeing Ron at the circuit, I think it has a positive impact on the team working here,” explained the former world champion. “Before every session, and after every session, Eric is pushing the team very, very hard and talking to us guys a lot more than I am used to, which is great “He is getting our feedback and understanding about what we have from the car and what we need from the car.” He added: “Things at McLaren have been the same for many, many years and now they are starting to change. I think it is time - and definitely the right direction. “I am sure Eric feels like he has a lot of pressure on his shoulders. It is going to be a tough few years but an exciting few months for everyone at McLaren because we will make our way back to the front and when we do, it is going to be enjoyed by all of us.”


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Junta engineers World Cup coup for Thailand Associated Press

BANGKOK — The junta that overthrew Thailand’s elected government has struck a blow for freedom — the freedom to watch soccer. As part of its goal to “return happiness to the Thai people,” the junta engineered a World Cup coup Thursday that will enable the country’s many soccer fans to watch all of the tournament’s 64 matches for free. The generals acted after Thai-

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In this June 10, 2014 photo, Kyaw Zin Oo, left, and his father take a break from hauling gravel baskets in Yangon, Myanmar. Every morning thirteen-year-old Kyaw Zin Oo and his father walk over to the riverside where boats and barges are docked. They join the queue of workers, seeking to earn enough to help feed their families by hauling baskets of stones, each weighing more than 19 kilograms (42 pounds), from boat to shore.

Hauling gravel: Daily toil for Myanmar boy, 11 Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar — Early every morning, 11-year-old Chit Toke wakes up in the small bamboo shack beside a creek where his family lives. In the near distance, he can see new high rises springing up. He pulls on oversized green trousers — part of a cast-off school uniform — and walks over to the river where boats are docked. They are waiting for laborers to unload gravel collected from river beds to supply the booming construction industry in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city and commercial capital. Chit Toke joins the queue of workers, seeking to earn enough to help feed his family by hauling baskets full of stones, each weighing more than 19 kilograms (42 pounds), from boat to shore. If he can haul that basket 100 times each day over a 30-meter (100foot) path, he can earn 3,500 kyats ($3.70). Child labor remains widespread in Myanmar as the country tries to rebuild its economy after five decades of military misrule. More than one-third of Myanmar’s children between the ages of 7 to 16 work, according to the United Nations. Chit Toke’s family moved to the city after Cyclone Nargis ripped

through the Irrawaddy delta farming region in 2008. “When we were hit by the cyclone, we had no hope and everything was gone. We could barely survive and I had to work from an early age, as my father had died,” the boy recalls. He has been doing this backbreaking labor for almost four years. “When I first worked here, I felt really tired. My shoulders were really painful at night and my legs, too,” Chit Toke says. He lifts a cane basket filled with gravel onto one shoulder and gets his balance, so that he can safely walk barefoot over narrow wooden planks that connect the boat to land.

Each time he dumps his rocks on a pile to be hauled away by trucks, he receives a chit to show he has hauled one basket’s worth. Each chit can be exchanged for 35 kyats (3.7 U.S. cents). He collects the chits in a small plastic bottle tied to his waist. An 8-year-old friend also works here. But some children are more fortunate. Each morning, he sees some of the neighborhood kids head to school in their uniforms. “I want to go to school with him,” he says, putting his arm around the shoulders of one of them, his best friend, Myo Oo. “But I cannot go because I cannot afford to go to school. I have to work.”

land’s telecom regulator lost an appeal Wednesday to have RS International Broadcasting, the exclusive rights holder, air the matches on free TV channels. RS had planned to allow just 22 games to be broadcast for free. On Thursday, the National Broadcasting and Telecoms Commission announced it had struck a 427 million baht ($13 million) compensation deal with RS so the entire World Cup can be shown on free channels.

Baltics prepare to counter Moscow TV propaganda Associated Press

PALDISKI, Estonia — The Russian news broadcast takes broadsides at Ukraine, trumpeting claims that Ukrainian democracy has degenerated into fistfights between right-wing nationalists in Parliament. Aleksander Danilov isn’t watching the show in Vladimir Putin’s Russian heartland. He’s in Estonia, an EU country where there increasingly are fears that Russia may turn its sights next to the Baltic states after grabbing a chunk of Ukraine. Danilov can choose from at least a dozen Russian TV channels via cable — and scores more if he could afford a satellite dish. Like many other ethnic Russians across the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the 55-year-old retiree doesn’t speak the local language and prefers watching broadcasts from Moscow to the smattering of news shows and programs provided in Russian by national Baltic broadcasters. The three Baltic nations watched with alarm as Russia took over Crimea and mobilized its military along Ukraine’s eastern border, pledging to protect all Russians abroad. Now the Baltics are moving to curtail Moscow’s influence through the airwaves, heedful of the need In this handout photo made available on April 28, 2014, provided by Estonia’s military, a company of U.S. Army paratroopers arrive at Estonia’s Amari air base as a part of America’s effort to reassure its NATO allies in the Baltic region of its commitment to defense against Russia’s aggression in Crimea and Ukraine.

to prevent pro-Kremlin agitation among the million Russian speakers who stayed after the Baltics regained independence following the Soviet collapse. Latvia and Lithuania have temporarily banned some pro-Russian TV stations, including Moscow-based RTR Rossiya and RTR Planeta. They are now planning with Estonia to set up a joint Russian-language channel to counter Russian propaganda, hoping for financial assistance from the European Union. Estonian Education Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski, of ethnic Russian background, said the project is “a matter of national priority” in a nation where Russian speakers make up around 28 percent of the 1.3 million population. “It’s a full-scale information war. The facts are portrayed in the way that Russia’s administration wants to,” Ossinovski said in an interview with The Associated Press. “In the end, it’s a strictly national question how we build up communication with our own people in our countries.” Ivars Belte, a Latvian state TV chief described as the mastermind of the plan, says a joint Baltic channel would be preferable to three separate channels to save costs and could be operational next year or in 2016. It was not clear whether the EU would cooperate.

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INDONESIA Foreign investors wait to see who will be president Reuters

JAKARTA/TAIPEI - Billions of dollars in foreign investment hinge on next month’s Indonesian presidential election, with at least one major company holding back after a former special forces general made a surprisingly strong entry into the fray. A tight July 9 election that will decide who runs Southeast Asia’s largest economy for the next five years pits popular Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo against the ex-general, Prabowo Subianto. Both favour a more nationalist agenda, underpinned by popular perceptions that the economy has for too long depended on selling off its vast natural resources cheaply to foreign buyers and that past governments have done little to nurture, and protect, local firms.

But Prabowo is seen as more fiercely nationalistic, while Jokowi is seen as a hands-on, more capable administrator. And despite Indonesia’s large pool of labour, relatively low costs and a growing middle class, many potential investors say they will wait until the election is decided. At the top of the list of foreigners with big money to spend is Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer and one of the major

suppliers to Apple Inc. Its chairman, Terry Gou, made no secret of the fact during a visit to Jakarta in February that he liked dealing with Jokowi in discussions over whether to bring his company’s next giant investment to the Indonesian capital. At the time, Jokowi was the clear front-runner in the election. He still is, but Prabowo has since been backed by the powerful Golkar party and opinion polls show the former general is catching up.

A large percentage of voters are undecided, one survey has said. Foreign direct investment in Indonesia was 270.4 trillion rupiah ($23 billion) in 2013, up about 22 percent from the previous year. But growth slowed sharply to 9.8 percent in the first quarter this year, the government has said. Foxconn, listed as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd in Taiwan, is waiting for the new government to take office in October before deciding whether to go ahead with a $1 billion manufacturing project in Indonesia, a company source had said. The investor community tends to favour Jokowi, a former furniture businessman, compared to Prabowo, according to interviews with senior executives and capital

market players. Indonesian stocks and currency were hit following Golkar’s unexpected announcement on the afternoon of May 19 that it would back Prabowo. The rupiah has weakened further, trading around 11,800 to the dollar currently against roughly 11,400 before the announcement. Jakarta’s main stock index remains more than one percent below the pre-announcement level. “Generally, business people feel that Jokowi is more businessfriendly,” said Kenichi Tomiyoshi, President Director of the Japan External Trade Organization in Jakarta. Jokowi has earned a reputation of being a hands-on leader and a problem solver, analysts say.

Vice president warns of larger risk of forest fires Antara

JAKARTA - Indonesian vice president Boediono has warned of a larger risk of forest fires in the country due to a possible intense and longer drought caused by the El Nino phenomena. “We must reduce the risk of forest fires. I appeal to all levels of the government to agree on action plans for a more coordinated and effective effort to prevent them,” he said when opening a meeting on the prevention and mitigation of forest fires at his office on Thursday. The meeting was attended by forestry minister Zulkifli Hasan, defense forces commander General Moeldoko, Attorney General Basrief Arief, deputy National Police chief Badrodin Haiti, deputy minister of agriculture Rusman Heriawan, chief of the Presidential Working Unit for Development Supervision and Control (UKP4) Kuntoro Mangkusubroto and chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Maarif. Boediono said every year, especially at the peak of the dry season, Indonesia is busy overcoming forest fires. While they are costly, uncontrolled forest fires can also tarnish Indonesia’s image before its neighbors as the smoke from the fires affect those countries. He said several factors had made him give special attention to the issue, including the possibility of the El Nino weather phenomenon.

He said although peak of the drought has not occurred, hot spots have already been detected in several locations. According to the UKP4 data, a total of 8,400 hotspots were detected in licensed forest concession areas in Riau province in the period of January-June. In view of that, he has emphasized the importance of taking law enforcement actions. “Law enforcement in the field is important for a deterrent effect,” he said, adding the government will not like to be burdened with extinguishing forest fires every year and waste trillions of rupiah in the budget. The Riau province’s regional police command had received 70 reports of forest fire cases, out of which 55 was investigated for the judicial process with 116 suspects and seven suspects still at large. “What is encouraging is that police officers have also tackled the intellectual actors,” Kuntoro said. Meanwhile, Zulkifli Hasan said Riau was the most vulnerable and therefore he will continue the assignment of the team that had so far been tasked with overcoming forest fires in the province, although the size of fires currently was smaller. “They must go for patrol every day, with two helicopters standing by. Soon after a fire occurs, the team will immediately handle it and if violations are detected suspects will be arrested,” he added.

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Indonesian vice president Boediono has warned of a larger risk of forest fires in the country due to a possible intense and longer drought caused by the El Nino phenomena.


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EU takes on Apple, Starbucks tax breaks

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BRUSSELS - The European Union launched a probe Wednesday into sweetheart tax deals negotiated by Apple, Starbucks and Fiat with three member states. The investigation will attempt to determine whether such arrangements offered by Ireland, Netherlands and Luxembourg give the companies an unfair competitive advantage and thus amount to illegal state aid. “In the current context of tight public budgets, it is particularly important that large multinationals pay their fair share of taxes,” EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said. Apple and Starbucks -- as well as a number of other multi-national companies including Amazon and Google -- have come under intense pressure from politicians and campaigners over their tax dealings. Critics and opponents say the deals allow the companies to move billions in earnings from higher-taxed countries to lower taxed ones, minimising their payments. The probes are far-ranging, including a deeper look into so-called “tax rulings”, where a company negotiates a tax arrangement before choosing where to domicile their activities. “We have reasons to believe that in these specific cases the national authorities have renounced to tax part of these profits,” Almunia said. The investigation will also focus on the use of transfer pricing, an accounting technique where units of a multinational pay ‘royalties’ to another unit of their business. The mechanism -- made possible by care-

fully crafted tax laws in Ireland, Netherland and Luxembourg -- allow operations in higher-taxed countries to post losses, meaning they do not have to pay any tax, while profits are moved elsewhere. Almunia said the various arrangements under scrutiny could amount to illegal state aid that discriminated against other member states. “Under the EU’s state aid rules, national authorities cannot take measures allowing certain companies to pay less tax than they should if the tax rules of the Member State were applied in a fair and non-discriminatory way,” Almunia said. California iPad maker Apple has shifted billions in international earnings through Ireland using such loopholes but Dublin insisted it had not breached EU rules. “Ireland is confident that there is no state aid rule breach in this case and we will defend all aspects vigorously,” a government spokesman said. The probe is a sensitive one for Ireland, which has faced widespread criticism for providing loopholes and benefits to corporations, such as Apple and Amazon, looking to save on tax. With a political storm brewing, Ireland last year closed a loophole used by Apple, but Dublin still firmly defends its low 12.5 percent corporate tax rate.

US records $130 billion budget deficit in May Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government’s monthly budget returned to deficit in May after a big April surplus. But the overall imbalance so far is far smaller than it was the same period last year, putting the country on track for the lowest annual deficit in six years. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the May deficit totaled $130 billion after a surplus of $106.9 billion in April, a month when the government usually runs surpluses because of a flood of tax revenues. For the first eight months of this budget year, the deficit totals $436.4 billion, down 30 percent from $626.3 billion for the same period in 2013. It was the smallest imbalance since 2008. The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting a deficit of $492 billion for the full budget year ending Sept. 30. The government has run a deficit in May, a month when there are no major tax payments, for 59 out of the past 60 years. This year’s May deficit was

slightly lower than the $138.7 billion deficit in May 2013. The improvement this year reflects a stronger economy and labor market, which translates into more income and higher tax revenues. The government has also trimmed spending to gain control of soaring deficits in recent years. Revenues this year totaled $1.93 trillion through May, up 7.5 percent from the same period a year ago. Government spending over this period totaled $2.37 trillion, a drop of 2.3 percent from a year ago. In 2008, the government recorded a deficit of $458.6 billion, which was the record high at the time. But that record was soon eclipsed as the government ran annual deficits surpassing $1 trillion for the next four years. Those deficits reflected a deep recession, which reduced tax revenue, and higher government spending to stabilize the financial system and pay benefits to people who had lost jobs. After peaking at $1.4 trillion in 2009, the deficit has been falling. It dropped to $680.2 billion last year.

British unemployment hits five-year low Agence France-Presse

LONDON - Britain’s unemployment has fallen to 6.6 percent, the lowest rate for more than five years, according to official data on Wednesday that also revealed however a drop in wages growth. Unemployment in the FebruaryApril quarter dropped from a rate of 6.8 percent during the three months to the end of March, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement. That had also been a five-year low. At 6.6 percent, the rate was at its lowest level since December 2008. The number of unemployed has meanwhile dropped to 2.16 million people, the ONS added on Wednesday. “Despite all this good news on jobs, pay growth in the UK economy has slumped. Average weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose year-on-year in the three months to April 2014 by just 0.9 percent,” noted Rob Harbron, senior econo-

mist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research. Analysts said the drop in wages growth would lessen the pressure on the Bank of England to begin raising its main interest rate, which has stood at a record-low 0.50 percent for more than five years. “While the unemployment rate is continuing to fall, there is still enough slack in the jobs market to prevent wage growth from picking up,” said Samuel Tombs, at consultants Capital Economics.

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In this May 16, 2014 file photo, shoppers walk past a now hiring sign at a Ross store in North Miami Beach, Fla. Different situation happen in Britain. Britain’s unemployment has fallen to 6.6 percent, the lowest rate for more than five years, according to official data on Wednesday that also revealed however a drop in wages growth.

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Pigs and cattle can also suffer rabies

DENPASAR - Some time ago, a pig breeder from Asah Teben hamlet, Datah, Karangasem, complained that his pig died and was suspected of being infected by rabies. When asked for his confirmation on this issue, the Head of Bali Health Agency, Ketut Suarjaya, admitted there had been no reports on the rabies transmission to pigs at the location mentioned. “It should be explored first whether it was really attacked by dog and whether the dog attacking was positive to rabies,” he said when contacted. Nevertheless, according to a researcher from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Udayana University, Prof. Dr. I Gusti Ngurah Mahardika, in Bali other than dogs, rabies had also been found to infect cattle and pigs. “So, if there was really a pig that died of rabies in Karangasem, it was not the first case,” he said. He explained that rabies was a virus that could live in warm-blooded animals. The disease attacking the brain also included in the disease that spread from animals to humans.

The popular rabies-carrier animal (HPR) was dog. In addition to dog, the other rabies-carrier animal included cat, monkey, rat and bat. However, other mammals such as cattle and pigs also potentially get infected by rabies. According to Mahardika, although infected by rabies, the potential of cattle and pigs to transmit rabies to environment or humans was very small because both animals did not bite. “When the virus is reaching the brain, the rabies characteristics are all the

same, ranging from being fierce and liking darkness. The difference is that the cattle and pigs are not biting, but plowing and goring so they have no potential to transmit,” said Mahardika. In principle, he continued, the transmission of rabies virus was the presence of infection and injury. The potential of rabies transmission in cattle and pigs occurred through the consumption of their raw meat, especially for meat in the head. “Rabies virus usually accumulates in the cerebral tissue and saliva,

so the meat in the head contains a lot of this virus,” he said. On that account, he added, it was not advisable for people to process the meat of animal positively infected by rabies, although the transmission potential was small. Infection in animal, he said, was the most feared thing when transmitting to mice and monkeys. But so far, the cases of rabies in monkeys and rats had not been found. “From an ecological perspective, the monkey has a natural instinct to avoid dog denoting a popular rabies-carrier animal. Meanwhile, ecologically mice are rarely associating directly with dogs,” he said. Regarding the possibility of Bali to be free from rabies, according to Mahardika, would remain stagnant and would not be free from rabies

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if people did not participate fully. “If only depends on the vaccination and elimination by the government, the rabies-free Bali will be difficult to achieve,” he said. According to him, the most important step in dealing with rabies was done by each village. Each village had to impose dog maintenance procedures. All the dogs brought in and out of the village had to be recorded and monitored by veterinarian. Similarly, the dogs raised should also be vaccinated properly and there should be punishment for villagers negligent in maintaining their dog declared positive to rabies and bit other people. “When the community has full participation in the effort, it is believed the Rabiesfree Bali will be quickly achieved,” he said. (kmb24)

Bitter gourd to crunchy anchovy

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Challenging food can encourage appetite, spirit and even togetherness. In megibung (shared meals) tradition, it is started by bitter flavor like that of star fruit leaf vegetable. Next, it is followed by other nicer flavor. Meanwhile, this delicacy attempts to present similar flavor with grated coconut spice. It combines distinctiveness of bitter gourd, fried peanut and small crispy fried or grilled anchovy being familiar seafood with Balinese life. As religious community, the Balinese also present this food for elements of their oblation. Some people also called it Bitter melon. It looks like a cucumber but with ugly gourd-like bumps all over it. As the name implies, this vegetable is a melon that is bitter. There are two varieties of this vegetable: One grows to about 20 cm long, is oblong and pale green in color. The other is the smaller variety, less than 10 cm long, oval and has a darker green color. Both varieties have seeds that are white when unripe and that turn red when they are ripe. The vegetable-fruit turn reddish-orange when ripe and becomes even more bitter. is generally consumed cooked in the green or early yellowing stage. The young shoots and leaves of the bitter melon may also be eaten as greens. Bitter gourds are very low in calories but dense with precious nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fiber. It is rich in iron, contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana. Bitter melon contains a unique phyto-constituent that has been confirmed to have a hypoglycemic effect called charantin. There is also another insulin-like compound known as polypeptide P which have been suggested as insulin replacement in some diabetic patients.

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Future of Tanah Ampo Pier

County government optimistic, resident surrenders Bali Post

AMLAPURA - Expectation of the residents of Tanah Ampo, Manggis, Karangasem, to enjoy more prosperous life due to having a cruise pier like the one in Miami, Florida, the USA or Singapore and Malaysia apparently vanishes. The Tanah Ampo Pier spending the budget of more than IDR 155 billion is dormant so far. Supporting facilities of the pier like the Manggis Art Market is unusable. Finally, the art market building constructed by the state budget approximately worth IDR 600 million was converted into a traditional art market. Originally, the market in the proposal of Karangasem government to central government was indeed built for traditional market so the state budget flowed. On the way to support the cruise ship pier, it was transformed into the art market. After getting dormant, in order to look to function, local government invited a partner to open a night market with gaming arena. Then, a number of traders were required to trade at the night market. To support the pier, it had been released the land of moor and paddy field. At least 22 residents, including the land of family legacy of the Tanah Ampo headman, I Gede Suyadnya, allowed their ancestral heritage land for the use of throughway. As promised, said Nyoman Sadra having many families at the village, the rest of the land would be made a free certification by Karangasem government. Unfortunately, so far the promise was unclear. As a result, residents also complained and felt restless. Nyoman Sadra, a legislator of the Karangasem House from Manggis subdistrict, continued

to receive complaints from many residents. “Community leaders at Tanah Ampo also received a lot of complaints. It’s a pity the community leaders like the headman also experienced it,” said Sadra. Sadra added that in the past the farmers owning the land whose lands were used for the throughway were forced to release their land. At that time, some people insisted on not releasing their land, although given high compensation by the Karangasem government, because the land was ancestral heritage. However, as intimidated with a threat that they would not be served when applying for administration needs such as identity cards, the residents finally gave up. The government also promised that the rest of land released for the road construction or harbor building would be made a certificate on the account of local government. Unfortunately, the promise was not fulfilled for over three years. As a result, residents still had to pay full property taxes whereas the land only remained 800-1,000 square meters. “Not bad, residents

continue to pay taxes for the land that has no longer become the property of residents. Many lands of our ancestral heritage are also used to make road access,” said a community leader of Tanah Ampo who refused to be named. County government did not make the certificate for the remaining land because one of the residents involved lost his certificate. As frequently reported, the Tanah Ampo cruise ship pier claimed as the largest in Southeast Asia by the Regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Geredeg, has been worked on since 2008. It used joint budget. Karangasem government financed the land acquisition as well as built a ring road having been hardened with hot mix asphalt. Bali government established a number of buildings for the transit of cruise ship passenger, administrative buildings and other facilities. Meanwhile, central government allocated hundreds of billions of rupiahs to build a 150-meter long pier jutting into the sea. The total cost spent was around IDR 150 billion. Later, the project became the finding of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK). It happened because the Bali government and central government built on the land owned by others. The regent of Karangasem has tested the use of the pier for three times by inviting some big cruise ships to dock there for free. A number of cruise ships were about to moor at the pier, but ultimately

The Tanah Ampo Harbor in Karangasem Regency

moored in the middle of the sea. Thousands of passengers of the cruise ship mostly consisting of the elder should be transferred to the pier by using a lifeboat. Consequently, the elder travelers looked to be shaken and weak in the lifeboat to the pier. Ultimately, no skippers of cruise ship were willing to anchor at the pier. Other than considered inefficient, it was also highly risky to transfer elder passengers by lifeboat. Lately,

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the skippers or cruise operators no longer wanted to anchor at the pier. Even, they preferred to moor at Benoa Harbor. In other words, the Tanah Ampo cruise ship pier could no longer draw the interest of cruise operators, so it was then dormant. On the other hand, the Regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Geredeg, and the Head of Karangasem Transportation Agency, IBP Swastika, revealed his optimism if the cruise pier would not be dormant. (bud)

Islamic gunmen push into Iraq’s Sunni heartland BAGHDAD — Al-Qaida-inspired militants pushed deeper into Iraq’s Sunni heartland Wednesday, swiftly conquering Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts and yielded ground once controlled by U.S. forces. The advance into former insurgent strongholds that had largely been calm before the Americans withdrew less than three years ago is spreading fear that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, struggling to hold onto power after indecisive elections, will be unable to stop the Islamic militants as they press closer to Baghdad. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group took control Tuesday of much of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, sending an estimated half a million people fleeing from their homes. As in Tikrit, the Sunni militants were able to move in after police and military forces melted away after relatively brief clashes. The group, which has seized wide swaths of territory, aims to create an Islamic emirate spanning both sides of the Iraq-Syria border. The capture of Mosul — along with the fall of Tikrit and the militants’ earlier seizure of the western city of Fallujah — have undone hard-fought gains against insurgents in the years following the 2003 invasion by U.S.-led forces. The White House said the security situation has deteriorated over the past 24 hours and that the United States was “deeply concerned” about ISIL’s continued aggression. There were no reliable estimates of casualties or the number of insurgents involved, though several hundred gunmen were in Tikrit and more were fighting on the outskirts, said Mizhar Fleih, the deputy head of the municipal council of nearby Samarra. An even larger number of militants likely would have been needed to secure Mosul, a much bigger city. The militants gained entry to the Turkish consulate in Mosul and held captive 48 people, including diplomats, police, consulate employees and three children, according to an official in the office of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish officials believe the hostages are safe, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment to reporters on the sensitive issue. The White House said in a statement that Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Erdogan and called for the safe and immediate return of the Turkish personnel and family members. “The Vice President told Prime Minister Erdogan that the United States is prepared to support Turkey’s efforts to bring about the safe return of its citizens.”

Inauguration of KKP Nusa Penida considered silly SEMARAPURA - Inauguration of the Marine Conservation Area (KKP) of Nusa Penida by Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Sharif C. Sutardjo, was considered very silly. It happened because local government had not prepared the management agency. As a matter of fact, after the inauguration, the local government should have been ready with the infrastructure and management agency to preserve the underwater world against the environmental vandalism and to take advantage of it in increasing revenue. It was announced by Deputy Chairman of the Klungkung House, Putu Tika Winawan, Wednesday (Jun

11), responding to the inauguration of the Marine Conservation Area of Nusa Penida on Sunday (Jun 8) having been initiated since 2008. He claimed to be surprised after hearing that the Marine Conservation Area of Nusa Penida was inaugurated. Meanwhile, the management by local government had not yet been ready. Moreover, the levy would impose at IDR 70,000 per person whereas the regulation had not been ready, either. Such conditions would even not much change the protection against the threat of environmental damage around the Marine Conservation Area. Actually the inauguration of the Marine Conservation Area was meant to reinforce the protection of

waters and habitats as well as to use it in boosting tourism and increasing the regionally generated revenue. “The launch has been made, but the management is even unready. It’s very silly,” he criticized. Similar criticism was also revealed by a legislator of the Klungkung House, AA Gede Bagus. This senior figure of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) highlighted the tariff increase reaching 1,000 percent to be implemented by the executive from IDR 7,000 to IDR 70,000. His party questioned whether such a plan had been discussed with the tourism practitioners in Bali. Meanwhile, the coordination with the House had not been done. “The executive has not provided a clear

explanation. With the increase, how is the response of the community and tourism stakeholders? How much regionally generated revenue will be targeted to increase? Such program requires a careful planning. While being unready, it has even been inaugurated. When asked about the number of tourists visit to Nusa Penida, the executive was scrambling,” he said. Earlier, Regional Secretary of Klungkung, Ketut Janapria, admitted that after the inauguration, the executive had not formed the management agency. As planned, the management agency would be formed after the inauguration. He admitted if the condition was to the contrary because the executive had ideally established the management

agency first before inaugurated. Then, before the management was established, how would the executive account for the preservation of the Marine Conservation Area? He asserted if the executive would immediately conduct a meeting with relevant agencies. Similarly, the new regional bylaw was required to implement the new levy rate after the inauguration of the Marine Conservation Area. At least, it would take a year to prepare it. Moreover, the Marine Conservation Area of Nusa Penida had not owned an office yet. As planned, the executive would establish the office on the land of dormant bungalow for years owned by county government. (kmb31)

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Teenagers ride on an armored vehicle belonging to the Iraqi army in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, center, signs the guest book as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, and Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer watch, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Monday, June 9, 2014.

Australian PM’s climate stance watched on US visit

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WASHINGTON — The United States has few closer allies than Australia but climate change could prove a touchy issue when Australia’s conservative prime minister makes his first White House visit Thursday. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who was elected in September, arrives in Washington a week after President Barack Obama announced bold plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030 from 2005 levels. Abbott has described those as sensible steps but has made clear that he doesn’t view the fight against global warming as a top priority and is set against action that could crimp Australian business. He plans to scrap Australia’s carbon tax on polluters. “Is it (climate change) the most important issue the world faces right now? I don’t believe so,” he told reporters after visiting the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. “It is one of a number of significant issues that the world faces and we will do our bit.” Otherwise, there are plenty of

shared interests between the two leaders. Abbott is an unashamed cheerleader for the strong historical ties between the U.S. and Australia, epitomized by close security cooperation, and is a strong supporter of U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific. On Tuesday Abbot declared that “America has no better friend” than Australia. Australia is hosting a new deployment of U.S. Marines — a concrete outcome of the Obama administration’s so-called Asia “pivot” to counter the rise of an increasingly assertive China. Australia is also one of the 12 nations negotiating a U.S.-backed trans-Pacific free trade pact whose members would account for 40 percent of global economic output. Abbott, whose official gift for Obama will be a nine-foot-long surfboard bearing the U.S. presidential

seal, has heaped personal praise on the president this week. He has expressed regret for comments he made last when he was opposition leader and described Obama as leading the most left-wing U.S. administration in at least half a century. But it is Abbott’s stance on climate change that may be watched closest when he visits Washington. One Australian bookmaker has even billed it as a “climate clash” and is taking bets on how many times each leader will mention the issue. Abbott wants to replace Australia’s carbon tax that was introduced by the previous left-leaning government with taxpayer-funded incentives for polluters to reduce their emissions. He’s likened that to Obama’s plans for getting U.S. states to cut their emissions, but he appears out of step with the U.S. president.


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Rem Koolhaas strips architecture in Biennale Associated Press Writer

VENICE, Italy — In an era of “starchitects,” Rem Koolhaas, who merits mention as one himself, wants to strip the discipline to its barest elements, bypassing the cult of personality and any architectural grandiosity. Koolhaas had no time to waste as he hurriedly but efficiently guided visitors through a onehour tour of his exhibit “Elements of Architecture” shortly before it opened here last weekend as part of the Venice Biennale’s 14th International Architecture Exhibit. The exhibit covers nothing less than architecture’s evolution from homo erectus’ first manmade fire to heating fixtures of the future, focusing on the plainer elements: ceilings unnoticed overhead; corridors too quickly bypassed; those overlooked conveyances, elevators. “If you look at each element in isolation” you can feel its powerful, psychological dimension, Koolhaas said, beyond any “technical, artistic and pragmatic details.” Koolhaas, 69, is known for eschewing a defined aesthetic in favor of using modern materials and technology to meet clients’ needs. Projects by the Dutch architect and the team he leads at Rotterdam-based OMA have included a plan for the city center of Lille, France, as well as such award-winning buildings as the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin and the new Seattle public library. In preparing for the Biennale, Koolhaas seemed thrilled to have found kindred spirits taken with the fundamentals of the architecture that surrounds us daily, such as a German professor’s thesis on the corridor and an Italian scholar’s study of false ceilings. He himself has written a treatise on elevators. While he has sought to distinguish architecture in this Biennale from art and design — a line that he says has blurred in recent years — he is actually one of the cross-disciplinary masters who have helped blur them. Koolhaas has designed fashion runways for Prada, stores for Coach and cantilevered furniture for Knoll. Despite his purist intentions at the Biennale, design

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Qataris cast eyes on foreigners in modesty push Associated Press Writer

DOHA, Qatar — Mariam Saleh avoids malls and outdoor markets on the weekends because the low-cut tops, sheer dresses and miniskirts that foreign women wear reveal much more than she would like her impressionable young children to see. Saleh is part of a campaign in Qatar that was spurred by locals who are fed up with the way many tourists and visitors dress, especially as temperatures soar in the Gulf Arab nation. The campaigners say Qatar is, after all, their country, and they should not be the ones feeling uncomfortable because visitors want to show some skin or dress like they would back home. The campaign is aimed at encouraging foreign women to dress more conservatively. However, it is not spearheaded by religious hard-liners, but by moderate locals who are concerned that a steady influx of foreigners is threatening to uproot their customs and traditions, which are intertwined with 1,400 years of Islam on the Arabian Peninsula. The campaigners say they are mothers and wives, but also gatekeepers of Qatar’s Islamic society. Most Qatari women cover their hair and wear long, loose black robes. Many also cover their faces as is common in neighboring Saudi Arabia, where morality police enforce the

region’s strictest dress code on locals and foreigners alike. The campaigners began handing out flyers this week. They will set up booths on June 20 throughout the capital, Doha, and plan to pass out more than 200,000 flyers to raise awareness about local sensitivities with slogans such as: “Leggings are not pants” and “If you are in Qatar, you are one of us.” Children will be wearing the slogans on Tshirts, and men and women will be passing out traditional coffee, chocolates and roses along with the brochures. The government, which allows alcohol in hotels to accommodate foreigners, is not involved in the campaign, which is being funded by volunteers, as well as a women’s business club in Qatar. The campaigners say it is a grassroots effort aimed at spreading information to foreigners rather than pressing for new laws or reforms. Political activism of any kind is heavily restricted by Qatar’s ruling monarchy. Similar efforts to curb Westernization are underway in other Gulf countries. In Kuwait, a lawmaker is calling for a ban on public “nudity” — a reference to bikinis on the beach and at hotel poolside. In Bahrain, lawmakers frequently call for banning alcohol in hotels, and in the United Arab Emirates, locals launched a similar dress code campaign in 2012.

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FILE - In this file picture taken on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, a woman walks under a poster of late architect Kim Swoo Geun as she wanders in the Korean Pavilion “Crow’s Eye View: the Korean Peninsula,” inspired by “Crow’s Eye View,” a poem by the Korean architect-turned poet Yi Sang (1910-1937) during the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. inevitably permeates the “Elements” exhibit, in the Knoll furniture sprinkled throughout the pavilion and in examples, of, say, door handles in a room dedicated to doors through the ages. Other luminary architects and designers, from Walter Gropius to Peter Eisenman to Philippe Starck, are prominently displayed there. And the exhibit coyly adds Koolhaas’ name with a big question mark — an invitation for him to design the perfect door handle. Inside the Central Pavilion, his first stop is the ceiling. Once, ceilings were architect’s playthings, vaunted and vaulted, canvases for fancy. Now, they’re more often simple planes concealing modern heating and cooling units. Sometimes, the

unadorned modern planes hide earlier wonders. Koolhaas points to the beautiful, painted domed ceiling in the pavilion, from which he has suspended a cross-section of modern machinery with a partial false ceiling to hide it. “You see a dome recently restored by the Biennale, at great expense,” Koolhaas motions upward. “The ceiling there is sort of a symbolic plane where there is room for beauty and meaning. You look also inside the belly of the false ceiling, and see how the two are fundamentally and radically changed, and how the ceiling has become a thick volume, completely charged with machinery, over which the architect has very little to say.”

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Tourism boosted, education facilities slump Bali Post

DENPASAR - Bali is synonymous with tourism. However, it does not necessarily mean if the other sectors, like the education, are forgotten as such. In addition, there are many students dropping out of school and too many public schools are destroyed. As a result, some students have to study in an infeasible place. Based on recent data of the Bali Education Agency, the number of heavily damaged classroom reaches 344 units spreading across Bali. The Head of Bali Education Agency, TIA Kusuma Wardani, said that her party continued to make an effort to handle the damaged schools in the county/municipality although it belonged to the responsibility of the county/municipal governments. Bali Province would allocate a budget for the increase or improvement of infrastructure for the levels of early age school, elementary school and junior high to high school/vocational school with a total of IDR 22.5 billion. In details, as much as IDR 3 billion would be intended for early age education, elementary education (IDR 5 billion) and secondary education (IDR 14.5 billion). “Responsibility of the elementary, junior high, high school/vocational school entirely lies in the county/ municipal government. But, it does not mean if the province will not help. In 2014, we are allocating as much as IDR 22.5 billion for school renovation based on the petition filed in 2013. The assistance includes the grants as it is directly managed by the county/municipality. In the subsequent fiscal year, we will continue to improve it,” said Kusuma Wardani. Although there had been assistance of central and provincial government, Kusuma Wardani admitted, in fact, there were many schools having not been touched by renovation. “The SDN 3 Songan elementary school (Bangli) includes the one getting the priority and it is mentioned in the special allocation fund of central government coming into the county/municipality budget.

Hopefully, in relatively a short time the school improvement can be processed by Bangli government,” she said. Meanwhile, in Denpasar there were also 164 damaged school buildings. “We have recorded that about 164 school buildings need to be fixed,” said the Planning Section Head of the Denpasar Education Agency, I Made Sudarya. The efforts to renovate the damaged buildings and classrooms could not be undertaken simultaneously. Repair of the damaged buildings would be done in stages. Last year, the Denpasar Education Agency renovated and built elementary school. At least, there were about 24 units of building were renovated and new buildings were built last year. “We have designed to build new buildings to cope with the overloaded condition of students,” he said. The obstacles, she said, lay in land availability in the city of Denpasar. To work around this, the construction of new building will be made in multilevel patterns. “Building a new elementary school will be designed in multilevel due to limited land available,” said Sudarya. Similar condition also occurred in Tabanan. The data in the Education Agency showed that 47 elementary schools had damaged classrooms. Of this amount, 11 schools were in severely damaged and 35 schools in damaged condition. Due to lack of budget, the repair of the damaged school buildings should be deployed incrementally. The remaining schools

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Bali is synonymous with tourism. However, it does not necessarily mean if the other sectors, like the education, are forgotten as such. were waiting for the help from central government. “Results of the last data collection indicated that at least 33 classrooms are in damaged condition, and they almost occurred in each subdistrict. Most of the damaged schools are in Kediri subdistrict. A total of 9 elementary schools whose classrooms are in severely damaged and moderately damaged condition,” said the Head of Tabanan Education Agency, Putu Santika. Aside from Kediri, Baturiti subdistrict had 6 damaged elementary schools, Marga (6 elementary schools), Penebel (2 elementary schools), Pupuan (5 elementary schools), East Selemadeg (4 elementary schools), Selemadeg (2 elementary schools), West Selemadeg (4

elementary school) and Tabanan (4 elementary schools). Most damaged buildings were caused by aging averagely reaching 40 years old. Related to the damage, his party had proposed a budget in stages. “As the budget is not available, it cannot be allocated at the same time. Thus, it should be undertaken by degrees,” he explained. This year, the budget allocation would amount to IDR 141 million for each school, depending on the level of damage. Moreover, the process of help from central government was not easy. “These data are temporary because the verification team checks it each year to schools having classrooms in poor condition. As planned, the team of Education

Agency, Public Works and Regional Development Plan Board will make data verification for updating in June,” he said. Qualified human resources

An observer of education, Wayan Sukla Arnata, said on Tuesday (Jun 10) the government should give priority to educational facilities, without exception for the school buildings where students were learning. Damaged building did not only interfere with the teaching and learning activities, but also harmed and inhibited the formation of qualified human resources. “If the government is concerned to establish the advancement of society, the education is the first sector to be repaired,” he said. (BP team)

In 2014, dog bite in Bali reaches 18,507 cases Bali Post

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In this Monday, June 2, 2014 photo, a woman sells Burqas at Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar. A number of Qatari women are aiming to raise awareness with a campaign called “Reflect Your Respect” that promotes modest clothing in the country.

DENPASAR - The dog bite cases on human occurred in Bali during 2014 reached 18,507 cases. At the same period, it was also recorded the positive case of rabies patient who died in January. The emergence of rabies victim from Umajero, Buleleng, automatically delayed the Bali rabies-free program in 2015. Bali will be rabiesfree again if within two years there is no positive case, calculated from the last case. In other words, if positive

case is not found until January 2016, then the target of Bali rabies-free can be achieved. It was presented by the Head of Bali Health Agency, Ketut Suarjaya, Monday (Jun 9). According to him, the dog bite case in Bali in 2014 was slightly lower than in 2013. In 2013, there were 44,690 cases of dog bites. Of that amount, averagely 82-94 percent of them got anti-rabies vaccine. Although the coverage rate was high, the cases getting no anti-rabies vaccine were feared to become posi-

tive case of rabies. “Some victims did not get injections of anti-rabies vaccine because they have got in previous bite cases, while there was also victim who did not get it due to being fear of getting injection. Thus, they can lead to positive cases,” said Suarjaya. On that account, he expected that people bitten by dog immediately should get medical attention and antirabies vaccine to prevent any positive cases. Regarding the stock of antirabies vaccine, Suarjaya said that in

2014 his party provided approximately 160,000 vials for 40,000 bite cases. The stock was supplied from the provincial and county/municipality procurement. “Our current stock is recorded to reach 38,082 vials and the procurement process is underway to increase the stock,” explained Suarjaya. Up to these days, rabies has claimed 147 fatalities. All the victims have the background of getting no anti-rabies vaccine or the vaccine administration stops and is incomplete. According

to Suarjaya, the anti-rabies vaccine administration needed 4 vials, provided on day 0, day 7 and day 21. The schedule should be met in order the vaccine could work maximally to provide protection against the virus. Other than with anti-rabies vaccine, according to Suarjaya, the most important step in preventing rabies was to raise dogs properly and did not let them roam around. Vaccinating dog regularly was also important in preventing rabies infection through rabies-carrier animals (kmb24)


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Tourism industrial waste allegedly pollutes beach Bali Post

MANGUPURA - Environmental pollution to coastal area alleged to have been caused by waste disposal of tourism industry has not been fully overcome. As a result, the government is requested to handle it more seriously so as not to tarnish the image of international tourist destination. In Badung, one of which occurs on Legian Beach, precisely in the coastal area around Jalan Padma. Black wastewater flows from a drain to the beach. On Wednesday afternoon (Jun 11), the waste caused a stench as well as was still seen flowing and inundating coastal sand. Ironically, the waste puddles were so visible because it was in the area where visitors were commonly sunbathing or doing other activities. When the volume increased, the waste was ascertained to flow directly into the sea. The pollution was not the first time to happen. Last year, it was becoming a quite serious problem. Even, at that time the Badung Environment Agency (BLH) with Legian Customary Village Coastal Management (PPDAL) already shut down some points of sewerage disposal alleged to derive from the disposal of a number of hotels and restaurants. According to a legislator of the Badung House from Legian, Wayan Puspa Negara, Wednesday (Jun 11), similar problems did not only occur at the end of Jalan Padma, Legian. He noted the current pollution also occurred in the vicinity of Jalan Legian, Jalan Double Six and Jalan Toya Ning, Kedonganan. He said the pollution was very harmful both for the environment and tourism. The waste disrupted the comfort of travelers and was feared to harm the image of tourist area. He also urged the Badung Environment Agency and the Highways and Irrigation Agency (BMP) to immediately come down to handle. He asked the Highways and Irrigation Agency to immediately mobilize a waste vacuum vehicle. Even, if it was necessary,

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Legian beach the officers would be assigned at location. His party also supported if the Badung Environment Agency took decisive steps by filing the environmental pollution issue to legal domain. When asked for his confirmation about this issue, the Head of Badung Environment Agency, Ketut Sudarsana, acknowledged the coastal pollution problem was still happening so far. He added that he was disappointed with the entrepreneurs who always played hide-and-seek with relevant agencies related to the waste disposal. According to him, the pollution was primarily caused by residual waste of processed vegetables and meat. His party alleged the waste from hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues was deliberately disposed in the local area through a special drain under local sidewalk. Various efforts had been made to address the pollution

problem, especially on Kuta and Legian Beach. For example, it was made by closing the sewage of 17 hotels and restaurants in Badung. Similarly, he admitted to have sent a notification or even reprimand letter to a number of businessmen in Kuta and Legian. “Unfortunately, some employers remain unaware of the environmental conditions,” he said while adding that his party would summon the entrepreneurs and residents to the office of Kuta subdistrict head to be given socialization on sewage treatment. Meanwhile, the Head of the Badung Highways and Irrigation Agency, Ida Bagus Surya Suamba, said that his party was ready to perform the handling of waste on coastal areas by mobilizing a waste vacuum vehicle. In addition, his party would also take action by closing the channels of industrial waste directly discharged into the drainage channel. (kmb25)

Bali’s man represents Indonesia to Mr. International contest Bali Post

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Two Bali representative in L-Men Competition 2014, Kevin Hendrawan(2nd-right) and Deny Himawan (2nd-left) received gift from the Vice Chief Editor of Bali Post I Gusti Alit Purnata(far right) and the General Manager of Bali Travel News, Gde Palgunadi

DENPASAR - Another achievement was attained by a man from Bali. This time, a young man from Nusa Dua, Badung, Kevin Hendrawan, 22, came to the winner of the L-Men of The Year 2014. This swimming athlete will represent Indonesia in the event of Mister (Mr.) International 2014 next October in Korea. With a healthy and proportionate body, this student majoring in tourism studies is optimistic to bring home such international achievement. “We continue to make preparation for the event from now on. Similarly, we must control the activity, consume healthy food and take sufficient exercise,” said Kevin Hendrawan during a visit to Bali Post Editorial Division on Jalan Kepundung 67A, Denpasar, Wednesday (Jun 11). This athletic man with a height of 177 cm explained that to have a healthy and ideal body was not difficult. Even it was very cheap, provided that there was intention to follow a healthy lifestyle. Some of them were not smoking and avoiding alcohol, saturated fats such as fried foods

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and others. “We try to eat boiled, non-oily and MSG-free vegetables. This method is good to maintain health and body posture,” said the son of the couple of Hendrawan and Yuni. Before competing in the contest of the L-Man of the Year 2014, he only took 10 months to form his body into an ideal and athletic body. Even, he just took light gym exercise for four hours a day and four times a week. His favorite food included red rice and he also reduced salt and sugar. As a result, from Bali he was able to set aside 300 contestants. Then, in Jakarta he outperformed around 3,000 contestants and was named the winner of the L-Man of the Year 2014 and the Best Health Presenter all at once. He hoped the teenagers of Bali to follow his simple measure in maintaining health. The cost was not too expensive. Other than Kevin Hendrawan, another Balinese youth, Deny Himawan, 30, also got similar achievement. This man won the grand finalist of the L-Men of The Year 2014 Bali 2. This resident living on Jalan Gatot Subroto, Denpasar also hoped that teenagers of Bali could live a healthy life and get achievement. (udi)

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NUSA DUA - If you can’t be in Brazil to witness the 2014 World Cup firsthand, the next best place to enjoy the games and events is an immersive stay experience at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Relax and watch your favorite team on the big screen, with endless entertainment and dining possibilities. “Don’t miss out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony which we will air at our lovely Kwee Zeen dining venue promptly on Thursday, 12 June 2014, beginning at 8pm. We will be hosting a buffet style dinner, the main attraction will be a Brazilian food corner for you to enjoy during the feature,” stated Director of Marketing & Communications Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, Tommy Trisdiarto on release that received by IBP. Specials on drinks will include the wonderful Caipirinha as well as a special promotion on Bintang Beer buckets (x5) for only IDR 250K with an added pastel on the basket. Matches during World Cup will be aired at Kwee Zeen daily. Enjoy your World cup viewing experience at everyday from June 12 to July 13, open for 24 hours, to catch all the games no matter what time they are airing. Kwee Zeen will feature Brazilian tapas Platters which goes perfectly with imported Caipirinha. If in the mood for a different setting for the opening ceremony, visit

L’Oh bar, for drinks and tapas from 9-11:30pm. Feel the festivity ambiance as we decorate with themed country flags during game matches to support your teams, in addition to a home court feature of Brazilian decorations. The World Cup will be screened plasma high definition televisions. Samba dancers promise to keep guests entertained at all moments of the experience. Topping it off, our Sofitel ambassadors at each dining venue will happily be dressed to the occasion in football uniforms. There’s probably nothing more Brazilian than a churrascaria, or steak house. But not just a regular steak house, at CCC a steak house meets an all-you-can-eat

buffet. This Sunday June 15 from 12 to 4PM come to our Seafood, Steakhouse and Italian dining establishment, serving a very special French Sunday brunch. The brunch will feature the finest of French culinary palette and beverages including French 75 if the wine and champagne package is what you fancy. Sense the World Cup ambiance with French Flags decoration during match, large screen TV for viewing, and live acoustic music performances to make sure you have a good time. “Celebrate the excitement of World Cup at Sofitel Bali, home to delectable dining options, catering to international and local delights. So magnifique for you,” he concluded.

Calendar Event for June 1 through July 12, 2014 1 Jun Pura Sakenan Serangan Denpasar Pura Dalem Pahuman Bhujangga Penatih Denpasar Timur Pura Alas Harum Batur Kintamani Pura Alas Angker Munduk Kintamani Pura Dalem Kawitan Empuaji Klungkung 4 Jun Buda Cemeng Langkir Pura Tanah Lot Kediri Tabanan Pura Bucabe Mas Ubud Pura Puseh Desa Ganggang Canggi Batuan Pura Luhur Batur Pucangan Buahan Tabanan Pura Dalem Tarukan Cemenggaon Sukawati Pura Ida Ratu Sundaring Jagat Penataran Agung Besakih Pura Dalem bangun Sakti Tamiang Kapal Dalem Bias Muntig Ped Nusa penida 8 Jun Pura Agung Petilan Pengerebongan kesiman Denpasar Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kesiut Kangin Kerambitan Tabanan 10 Jun Anggarkasih Medangsia Pura Pesimpangan Gerya Sakti Yogaloka Lampung Selatan Pura Luhur Uluwatu Pura Bukit Pecatu Kuta badung Pura Penataran Agung Singakerta Ubud Pura Andakasa Karangasem Pura Gua Lawah Klungkung Pura Kawitan Arya Gelgel klungkung Pura Taman Ayun Mengwi Pura Suralaya Banda klungkung Pura Dalem Senapati Bebalang Bangli Pura Pasek Gaduh Blahbatuh Gianyar Pura Pasek Lurah Tutuan Kerambitan Tabanan Pura Pusering Jagat Tampaksiring

Gianyar Pura Gerya Sakti Tulikup Gianyar Pura Dalem Dauh Ubud Pura Segara Ketewel Sukawati Pura Mertha Sari Mas Ubud 11 Jun Pura Gede Purancak Jembrana Pura Dalem Dauma Batuan Sukawati Pura Nataran Kacang Dawa Klungkung Pura Bhatara Gede Apol Ubung Denpasar Pura Puseh Brahmana Klungkung Pura Kahyangan Jagat Dalem Purwa Denbantas Tabanan Pura Dalem Sukahet Klungkung Pura Dalem MuasPahit Guwang Sukawati Pura Taman Dukuh Tegallalang Pura Desa Sanding Tampak Siring gianyar Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Batan Buah Kesiman Pura Sahab Nusa penida Pura Dalem Cemara Serangan Denpasar 12 Jun Purnama Sasih Sadha Pura Pauman Bhujangga Tonja Denpasar Pura Amertha Sari Rempoa Jakarta Selatan Pura Ulun Swi Kediri Tabanan Pura Panti Pasek Gelgel Bitra Gianyar 15 Jun Kajeng Kliwon uwudan Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kekeran Mengwi 25 Jun Buda Kliwon Pahang Pura Luhur Puncak Padang Dawa Padangbai Karangasem Pura Aer jeruk Sukawati Gianyar Pura Dangin Pasar Batuan Sukawati Pura Penataran Batuyang Batubulan Pura Desa Lembeng Ketewel Gianyar Pura Pasek Bendesa Kediri Tabanan Pura Kawitan Dalem Sukawati gianyar Pura Kresek Banyuning Buleleng

Pura Puseh Bebandem Karangasem Pura Sad Kahyangan Batu Swana Nusa Penida Pura Buda Kliwon Penatih Denpasar Pura Penataran Dukuh Naga Sari Bebandem Karangasem Pura Batur Sari Ubud 27 Jun Tilem Sasih Sadha Pura Dalem Celuk Sukawati 30 Jun Kajeng Kliwon Enyitan Pura Pasek Gelgel Kekeran Delod Yeh Mengwi 5 Jul Tumpek krulut Pura Pasek gelgel Tengah Buleleng Pura Dalem Pemuteran Jelantik Tojan Klungkung Pura Pedarman Bhujangga Waisnawa Besakih Pura Taman Sari Penebel Tabanan Pura Benua Tarukan Besakih 9 Jul Buda Cemeng Merakih Pura Bendesa Mas Kepisah Pedungan Pura Natih Kalah Batubulan Pura Desa Silakarang Singapadu Pura Dalem Petitenget Kuta Badung Pura Dalem Pulasari Gianyar Pura Kubayan Kapisah Denpasar Selatan Pura Paibon Sumerta Denpasar Pura Pasek Lumintang Denpasar Pura Panti Penyarikan Sanding Tampak Siring Pura Pasar Agung Kediri Tabanan Pura Puaya Batuan Sukawati 11 Jul Hari Bhatara Sri 12 Jul Purnama Sasih Kasa Aci-aci Penaung Taluh Penataran Agung Besakih Pura Tirta Besakih Pura Purnama Cemangon Sukawati

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Balinese Temple Ceremony Every Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.


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RIO DE JANEIRO — Just outside the Maracana Stadium’s main entrance, the debate rages on: Who is the greatest football player of all time? Over here is Argentinian Daniel Gonzalez, wearing Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup uniform and a wig with his trademark black curls and performing the midfielder’s waltzing warm-up routine.

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The street performing mime, Daniel Gonzalez, righ, who is dressed to resemble Argentine soccer great Diego Armando Maradona, looks back at Marcio Pereira, dressed up as Brazilian soccer great Pele as he controlls the ball in front of Maracana stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Nearby is rival Marcio Pereira da Silva, dressed in Pele’s No. 10 Brazil jersey and juggling a ball with his knees and shoulders. In the run-up to Thursday’s World Cup opener, the two street artists have been competing head-to-head — for the pocket change of fans from around the world, who flock to Brazil’s Temple of Soccer, below the statue of 1958 captain Hilderaldo Bellini lifting above his head the first of the country’s five championship trophies. “Maradona and Pele are making peace,” Silva said with a smile, stretching his arm around Gonzalez in front of a small crowd that included Mexican soccer fans in tall sombreros, well-dressed street preachers and a sunburnt cyclist who pedaled 3,500 kilometers from Argentina. “The fight is over. Now it’s time to party.” The 35-year-old Gonzalez traveled by bus from his hometown of Las Toninas, a beach resort south of Buenos Aires where he works as a leather artisan, to attend the tournament. On a good day, he said he’s able to take in 100 reais ($45), enough to pay for his food and lodging at a local hostel. While he hopes to get inside the Mara-

Judge: Daughter can stop food for Casey Kasem Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — Casey Kasem’s daughter has the authority to withhold food and fluids from her ailing father, a judge ruled Wednesday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy reversed a ruling from Monday that stated that Kasem should receive food, fluids and certain medications until after a court-appointed attorney met with the former radio host and his doctors. Murphy reviewed additional medical records on Wednesday and concluded that Kasem would endure more pain if he was given food or fluids, attorney Troy Martin said. Martin, who represents Kasem’s daughter Kerri, presented the updated information to Murphy during an emergency hearing. He also presented the judge with documents in which Kasem stated he did not want his life prolonged by food or fluids if he was mentally incapacitated. “It’s just flat out wrong,” said Steve Haney, an attorney for Kasem’s wife Jean. Haney said Murphy’s ruling wasn’t based on sworn declarations from doctors and relied on an outdated document in which Casey Kasem said he didn’t want to receive food or fluids if he was incapacitated. As of last week, Kasem still had the ability to communicate nonverbally, Haney said. Kasem’s wife of 34 years pleaded with the judge to restore food and fluids to her husband, who has a form of dementia. Jean

Kasem stormed out of the courtroom after Murphy issued his ruling, according to the New York Daily News, which first reported the decision. Jean Kasem and her stepdaughter Kerri have been fighting in court since May over Casey Kasem’s care. Murphy has given Kerri Kasem temporary authority to make medical decisions for her father.

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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2003, file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas.

cana to see Argentina play, his biggest ambition is to meet his idol, the real Maradona, who is in Rio providing commentary for Venezuela’s Telesur network. Silva, 50, says he began entertaining tourists with his freestyle juggling skills after an attempt at a professional playing career failed. “I wasn’t lucky. I had an injury. I tried very hard, but it didn’t happen, so I started coaching kids and doing acrobatics,” he said.

Police to deploy 507 personnel to securing BAF Bali Post/Antara

DENPASAR - The Bali Regional Police will deploy 507 personnel for securing the carnival and opening ceremony of the 36th Bali Art Festival on Friday, June 13. “We have coordinated with the Indonesian Military personnel in order to secure the festival,” Deputy Chief of Bali Regional Police Brigadier General I Gusti Ngurah Raharja Subyaktha noted on Thursday. A total of 507 personnel from the Bali Regional Police and Denpasar Resort Police will secure the carnival in front of Bali Bajra Sandi People’s Monument in Puputan Niti Mandala Renon Street. The police will engage several task units, such as the Sabhara unit, Crowd Control, Brigadier Mobile, and Traffic Police. The personnel will also secure the opening ceremony in Ardha Chandra Culture Park in Denpasar. The carnival will start at the intersection of Puputan Renon-Moh Yamin Street and conclude at Tukad UndaNiti Street. The carnival will be participated by 15 art groups such as from the Indonesian Art Institution of Denpasar, the team from nine districts in Bali, Kodam IX Udayana military art group, Udayana University Drum Band and guests from East Nusa Tenggara and India.

The police will also deploy metal detectors at the opening ceremony to be held in Ardha Chandra of Art Garden. The police will close vehicular access to the Nusa Indah Street in Denpasar during the opening ceremony, which will be attended by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono. Several ministers and more than a hundred businessmen related to the tourism sector from various countries will attend the festival. Inaugurates by President SBY

The Bali Arts Festival (BAF) XXXVI 2014 is planned to be inaugurated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) on Friday (Jun 13). After the parade around the Bajra Sandi Monument at Renon, Denpasar, it will be resumed with an exhibition referring to the central theme Kertamasa. In other words, it is the life dynamics of agrarian society towards universal welfare. It aims at encouraging creativity and empowerment of traditional

The Bali Regional Police will deploy 507 personnel for securing the carnival and opening ceremony of the 36th Bali Art Festival on Friday, June 13. ANTARA FOTO/Nyoman Budhiana

activities and crafts arts community. “This refers to the Regional Bylaw No.4/2006 on Bali Arts Festival,” said the Head of Bali Culture Agency, Ketut Suastika. The exhibition at the current Bali Arts Festival, said Suastika, was carried out in two categories, namely the active and passive exhibition. In addition, it would also be presented the utilization of palm-leaf, traditional healing (usadha) and painting. Meanwhile, classification of the exhibition booth was made into jewelry, clothing, handicrafts, souvenirs and many more. It posed the handicraft products, especially from Bali and a small portion of the other regions in Indonesia as participants of the representative of the regional handicraft council (Dekranasda). Meanwhile, the construction of booth, he added, was financed by Bali Regional Budget 2014. The Bali Culture Agency and the committee simply assigned the participants and the design of the arrangement, including the supporting activities and overall decor in the area of the Denpasar Art Center. “To support the cultural preservation and development needs the implementation of workshop, especially discussion on the issues and phenomena in the organization of the BAF as well as the discussion on the theme of the BAF 2015,” he explained. (kmb21)

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