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Monday, January 14, 2013

Golden Globe nominees celebrate at tea party Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jon Bon Jovi, Hugh Jackman and other Golden Globe nominees celebrated their good fortune with a cup of tea. They were the guests of honor at the annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts annual Awards Season Tea Party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, where the agenda was merely to mingle with the Hollywood elite while nibbling on finger sandwiches and scones with cream. Sally Field milled about with her awards-

season date, her youngest son, Sam Greisman. Jackman and Bon Jovi talked shop. Lawrence collected kudos from her colleagues, “Life of Pi” director Ang Lee posed for photos and Harvey Weinstein, whose namesake company produced awardsseason contenders such as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Django Unchained,” smiled broadly as he worked the room. David O. Russell, who showed up wearing his trademark white sneakers, complimented a BAFTA member on his cologne. “You smell really good,” the “Silver Linings Playbook” director said. “What are you wearing?” Other guests at the afternoon affair in-

cluded Ben Affleck, “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow, Amanda Seyfried, Jacki Weaver, Olivia Munn, “Les Miserables” director Tom Hooper, Chris Tucker, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and filmmaker Ava DuVernay. The pre-Globes event was among many dotting the city Saturday, and one of three held at the hotel. Tea party guests could also get glamorous at the InStyle Beauty Lounge or gifted at the HBO Luxury Lounge. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live on NBC.

Brooklyn resident wins Miss America crown Associated Press Writer

LAS VEGAS — A 23-year-old blonde from Brooklyn, N.Y., won the Miss America crown Saturday night after deftly dealing with a question about armed guards in schools and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her contestant platform. En route to her victory in the Las Vegas pageant, Mallory Hagan also tap danced to James Brown’s “Get Up Off of That Thing,” strutted down the runway in an asymmetrical white gown, and donned a revealing black string bikini. She defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third. Hagan wins a $50,000 college scholarship and a year as an instant celebrity and role model to many girls. Her platform, the issue she will promote during her reign, is fighting child sexual abuse. She told The Associated Press in an

interview after her win that it was her mother who encouraged her to tackle the issue. She said that sexual abuse had “rippled through” her family, touching her mother, aunt, grandmother and cousins. Her mother had trouble at first convincing others of the trauma she had faced. “That kind of sent her into a whirlwind of anxiety and depression. So as a teen I lost my mom kind of for a couple years,” she said. “She was dealing with her own issues, and that’s something that now as an adult I understand, but then I certainly did not.” During an interview backstage,

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Miss New York, Mallory Hagan, right, reacts with Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers as she is crowned Miss America 2013 on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Las Vegas.

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Hagan’s mother Mandy Moore wiped tears away as she spoke. “It’s very overwhelming,” she said. “It’s all hitting me so fast.” Hagan said she will work to make child abuse education mandatory in all 50 states. “It’s something I can hopefully change for the next generation,” she said. Hagan left her native Alabama for New York at 18 with less than $1,000 in her pocket. She began competing in pageants when she was 13 and tried for Miss New York in 2010 and 2011 before winning last year. She studied communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been living in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Hagan, who aspires to be a global cosmetic company executive, ends a long dry spell for New York in the competition. The previous winner from that state was actress Vanessa Williams, who became the first black winner when she took the crown in 1984. Hagan is the first Brooklyn-dweller to claim the title. She was good enough during preliminary contests for the 92nd annual Miss America pageant to be chosen as one of 16 semifinalists who moved on to compete in the main show. Her bid lasted through swimsuit, evening wear, and talent competitions that saw cuts after each round. In the final moments of the show, “Good Morning America” weatherman Sam Champion asked her if schools should hire armed guards in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting. “I don’t think the proper was to fight violence is with violence,” she replied. “I think the proper way is to educate people on guns and the ways we can use them properly. We can lock them up, we can have gun safety classes, we can have a longer waiting period.”

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Out of slump, Serangan revives to build education tourism IBP/File

The tourists are using the boat the reach the Serangan Island. The island is started to develop and one of the aim is education. Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Serangan village planned to create education tourism on the island. This effort was especially intended to promote the economic recovery of Serangan villagers. As acknowledged by I Made Kanan Jaya, a member of the King Saguna Jaya shell craftsman group, any efforts had been carried out to promote the tourism on Serangan Island. Aside from being a fisherman, a lot of people previously worked as shell craftsmen. However, many craftsmen were then out of business due to marketing problem. “Our obstacle in developing the shell craft lies in the marketing,” said Kanan Jaya, Saturday (Jan 12). According to him, in order to survive amidst the sluggish sales

the craftsmen were planning to develop education tourism on Serangan Island. “Indeed, this kind of tourism has not been available on Serangan Island and it can support the other tourism,” he explained. He explained the shell handicraft was potential enough to be developed in various regions in In-

donesia. “Shell craft can be made a gift to beach tourist attraction and becomes a characteristic of each region,” he added. Additionally, the abundant shells on beaches across the archipelago could be use to produce handicraft in accordance with diverse people’s creativity. In order to realize the education tourism, the shell craftsmen group on Serangan Island would work closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs of the RI. Previously, the group had obtained a building aid used for the making of handicrafts. As planned, courtyard of the building would be arranged in order

to support the educational process. “The building assisted by the ministry will be further developed in order to support the education tourism,” he explained. He further explained that to accelerate the promotion of education tourism, administrator of the group would be working closely with travel agencies to visit Serangan Island. Expected, the attraction could be offered as education tourism in their tour package. “After enjoying marine tourism, visitors can resume to the package of education tourism,” he said. The education tourism was meant to teach visitors on how to make shell crafts with the materials and tools

provided at the scene. In addition, visitors would be accompanied by an instructor from local people who had worked as shell craftsmen since 15 years ago. “The education tourism is expected to support the development of shell handicraft and increase livelihood on Serangan Island,” he hoped. Previously, the number of shell craftsmen on Serangan Island reached more than 70 people. However, in keeping with the passage of time, many craftsmen went bankrupt because they found difficulty in marketing. Now, the number of surviving craftsmen only amounted to six people. (kmb27)


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Rain and gale harm dozen hectares of paddy plants Eroded by waves, road at Kampong Bugis disconnects

Singaraja (Bali Post)—

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The damage rice paddy is seen in Gianyar Regency. Gianyar (Bali Post)—

Rain and gale hitting the Gianyar area caused flooding and fallen trees claiming casualties. Besides, the disasters also made dozens of hectares of rice fields damaged in several areas of Gianyar. The rice plants existing in several subak groups in Gianyar County were damaged due to being submerged. Friday (Jan 11), the damage to rice plants occurred at Subak Tarukan at Pejeng Kaja, Tampaksiring, Subak Gondalangu at Peliatan, Ubud and Subak Siangan in Gianyar town. Dozens of hectares of local rice collapsed. To reduce huge losses, farmers were forced to harvest their rice early. Due to such damage, the quality of rice produced was low and the selling price would surely be cheaper. A farmer from Subak Tarukan admitted if their rice was not ready to be harvested. The rice straw submerged in water could threaten the result of their production waited for months, so that the rice soaked in the mud should eventually be harvested. “If the rice is not harvested, it will be moldy, while the grain will rot and fall off,” he explained.

Similar testimony was given by a farmer from Subak Gondalangu, Peliatan, Ubud, Balik Karma. The rice harvested was actually not mature enough. Early harvest was just intended to cover losses. The selling price of dry rice with such condition was previously at the average of IDR 2,800 per kg and then was sold for only IDR 2,000 per kg. The rain and gale lately did not only harm the rice plants. Such an extreme weather also complicated farmers to dry out their harvested grain. Against the conditions, farmers could not do much. Ascertained, the damage to rice plants would harm farmers. Their only hope was the attention from the government against the conditions experienced by farmers due to erratic weather. (kmb16)

Road section on the waterfront of Kampong Bugis I, Kampong Bugis village, Singaraja, was disconnected by tidal waves hitting the Buleleng waters lately. As disconnected, the road connecting the Kayu Buntil village to Kampong Bugis village and to Jalan Patimura could not be passed through by vehicles. As monitoring made on Friday (Jan 11), it was seen if more than a half of the road body with the width of three meters was eroded. Previously, the concrete barriers were eroded by waves, so that the condition was getting worse and disconnected the access. To prevent the more serious damage, local residents through mutual assistance built a dike as barrier against the waves. Aside from disconnected, along the asphalted road was filled with sand mixed with stone gravel. Such condition complicated the passing vehicles and the road body turned slippery as buried by sand and stone gravels. A local resident told if the road damage had occurred since two days ago. However, the concrete barriers had been collapsed by the waves earlier. Even, a hibiscus tree on the roadside near the concrete barriers toppled. Then, during this bad weather the waves continued to erode more than half of the road body and made it disconnected. “The road was damaged after being eroded by waves two days ago. Without the dike, the water will continue to erode the land and perhaps the road body will run out as eroded by the waves,” he said. On the other hand, residents admitted to be anxious because the tidal waves were increasingly ferocious to hit the settlement

located just a few meters from the beach. Earlier, the waves of five meters high crashed the village and the water came into the house of residents. Fortunately, the water quickly receded, so it did not soak the residents’ belongings. The tidal waves were estimated to reach its peak on Friday night (Jan 11) coinciding with the black moon. As usual, on the black moon the seawater generated high tide and caused huge waves. “Maybe, tonight (Friday, Jan 11) the waves will be getting higher than this, and we get ready to flee to a safer place,” said the resident Meanwhile, the hamlet chief of Bugis I, Sudarmo, admitted at the scene that the road damage complicated his residents because it connected two hamlets to Jalan Patimura, Singaraja. Since the road was disconnected, the residents were forced to find out another route. Only motorcyclists could still traverse the path. “Obviously, it is

disturbing our residents because the road is very vital and many people use it. As disconnected, our residents are forced to find alternative path,” he said. On the other hand, Sudarmo said that his party had reported the damage from the beginning to the office of Buleleng Public Works. However, the report had not been responded and given solution for improvement. Even, the damage was getting worse. “It’s been submitted and the disconnected road has been reported but there is no response,” he explained. Sudarmo added that since the bad weather occurred his party had appealed to residents to be vigilant and if the waves were getting bigger the residents were asked to flee to a safer place. The village authority had prepared a place to accommodate the residents that would flee in case of tidal waves came to soak the residents’ house. (kmb)

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The road at Kampong Bugis was disconnected because it was destoyed by the waves.

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Activities

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The Shack, opened at Waterbom Bali Waterbom Bali just launched the latest play toy called ‘The Shack’ on Friday, 21st December 2012 with a casual and fun Media Gathering. This rustic wooden structure is what stereotypes the image of being in a tropical environment, away from an urban setting, the opposite of being in a concrete office space.“This new installment will add to the overall experience at Waterbom Bali. Need a break from all the slides, The Shack offers the alternative, a full serviced bar serving the freshest ‘Mojito’s’, the mint is literally picked from Waterbom’s own garden.” Said Sayan Gulino, the Waterbom. Executive Assistant Manager .“Drinks or no drinks, The Shack also offers a place to ‘chill out’, sit in a hammock, play a game of backgammon, chess or any other strategy games and define the word ‘RELAX’, another relaxing option is to have a reflexology treatment, all whilst having great music to satisfy the soul.” He added. The Shack come to completed 20 world class waterslides, Raft River, Macaroni, Jungle Ride, Boogie Ride, Race Track, Smashdown, Superbowl, Boomerang, CLIMAX, Funtastic Aqua Playland & Kiddy Slides, exciting through 3.8 hectares of landscaped tropical parks situated at the Kuta stretch providing hours of fun and entertainment for the

young and young at heart. All World-class slides and rides are built and maintained to strict international safety standards.The advanced salt chlorination technique is soft on the environment and on your skin. there are: Waterbom Bali also provide several facilities inside the park such as: Fun Shop, The Wantilan Food Court, Locker, Changing Room, Water Blaster, Euro-Bungy Trampoline, Island Ink (Temporary Tattoo Corner), Paint Face, Foot Reflexology and Back and Shoulder Massage, Cute-X Nail Art, Fish Spa, Digiphoto, Large sunbathing area, Gazebo / Cabana, Tropical Garden, Pleasure pool with Sunken Pool Bar.(BTN/014)

Calendar Event for December 12 through December 27, 2012 12 Des B uda Keliwon Ugu Pura Dalem Tarukan Banjar Pulasari Desa Peninjoan Tembuku - Bangli Pura Pasek Gelgel Boading Kabakaba Tabanan Pura Pemayun Banyuning T e n gah - Buleleng Pura Desa Kayangan Tiga Desa Bubunan Seririt - Buleleng Pura Agung Gunung Raung Banjar Taro Kaja Taro - Tegalalang Merajan Pasek Dangka Bungbungan 22 Des H ari Tumpek Wayang Pura Majapahit Jembrana Odalan Betara ratu Gede Celuk Sukawati Odalan Betara Ratu Wedyadari Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Panti Gelgel Pengembungan Sesetan Denpasar Betara Ratu Alit dan Ratu Lingsir Singakerta Ubud Pura Pedarmaan Dalem Sukawati B esakih Pura Pedarmaan Mengwi Besakih Pura Pedarmaan Kaba-kaba Besakih Pura Pedarmaan dalem Bakas Besakih Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Gelgel

Pegatepan Gelgel Klungkung Pura Pemrajan Agung Sulang Kec Dawan Klungkung Merajan Pasek Bendesa Kori Agung Pengatepan Pura Pedarmaan Dinasti dalem sri Aji Kresna Kepakisan P u r a Besakih (Dalem Klungkung) Pura Penataran Giri Purwa dan Pesraman Dusun Kuto Rejo Kendal Rejo Tegal Delimo Banyuangi 26 Des Buda Wage Kelawu Pura Penataran Agung Teluk Padang Karangasem Pura Melanting D esa Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Ped Nusa Penida Pura Pasek Gelgel Pangembungan Bongkase Abiansemal Pura Pasek Bendesa Reyang Gede Penebel Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Br. Jawa Tengah Buleleng Pura Gaduhan Jagat Desa Singakerta Ubud Pura Masceti Tegeh Mancawarna Sanding Tampaksiring Pura Penataran Batu Lepang Kamasan Klungkung Pura Paibon Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Desa Kedonganan Kuta

Pura Goa Besakih Pura Basukian Besakih Penataran Agung Besakih Merajan Pasek Gelgel Pejeng Merajan Pasek Gelgel Songan Merajan Pasek Prateka Pekandelan Sidemen Merajan Pasek Prateka Taman Sari Sukasada Pura dadia Pasek Gelgel Sidemen Karangasem Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tampuagan, Tembuku, Bangli 27 Des Purnama Kepitu Pr. Benua Besakih. Pura Dalem Desa Camenggaon - Sukawati Pura Suranadhi Lombok Pura Narmada Lombok Pura Segara Ampenan Lombok Mr Agung Dewa Agung Klungkung Ulah Sidemen Pura Gunungrene S i d e m e n Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Ababi Mr. Pasek gelgel Tista Pura Gunung Gunung - Tianyar Kubu - Karangasem Pura Pingit Klenting sari Banjar Sumberkelompok - Gerokgak Singaraja Pura Payogan Agung Kutai Kartanegara

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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Millions of Hindus to enter Ganges during festival Associated Press Writer

ALLAHABAD, India — Indian authorities braced for one of the world’s largest religious gatherings with more than 10 million Hindus expected to enter the Ganges River early Monday to cleanse their sins in a festival held once every 12 years. Naked ash-smeared holy men with long hair and beards and tridents in their hands were taking their positions for a massive procession to the riverbank in Allahabad where the Ganges joins the Yamuna River, and according to Hindu belief, the mythical Saraswati River. They plan to enter the water at the auspicious time of 5 a.m. amid the chanting of hymns and blowing of conch shells. Masses of people, their hands clasped in prayer, will walk kneedeep into the frigid water, with temperature expected to dip to about 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees F). Devout Hindus believe bathing in the Ganges during the festival can cleanse their sins and free them from the cycle of death and rebirth. More than 100 million pilgrims from India and abroad are expected to attend the 55-day Maha Kumbh festival, said Devesh Chaturvedi,

an official of Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. The festival derives its name from a Hindu belief that gods and demons fought over a pitcher, or “kumbh,” of nectar that would give them immortality. The myth says one of the gods ran off with the pot, spilling four drops of nectar. Every three years, festivals are rotated among the four spots where nectar was said to have spilled. The Allahabad festival is considered the most blessed because it is near the confluence of the three rivers sacred to Hindus. The festival area, covering 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres), has been turned into a tented township of green, blue and saffron-colored tarpaulins. More than 30,000 makeshift toilets have been set up. About 50,000 government forces, including commandos, are providing security, police Inspector-General Alok Sharma said.

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Indian Hindu couples from Maharashtra state perform a ritual for the long life of their spouses at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati on a cold day, in Allahabad, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

Why attend car shows when US gun debate: Video game photos are a swipe away? industry defends itself Associated Press Writer

DETROIT — Why go to a crowded auto show when you can glimpse dozens of new models on the internet? Because you can’t catch a whiff of that new car smell through your iPhone. Photos can’t re-create the smell of leather seats or the smooth feel of a hood. At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opens to the public Jan. 19, visitors can see 500 cars and trucks spread over 18 carpeted acres (seven hectares). At least 800,000 people are expected to take in all the shiny models, amid the bright lights and thumping mood music. The biggest draw will be the first new Corvette in nine years. Technology lovers can see an experimental concept from electric carmaker Tesla and a diesel version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Young buyers can check out a small SUV concept from Honda. Big spenders — and big dreamers — can take a gander at the new Bentley convertible. But for all the gleaming metal,

most models won’t be new to fans. Corvette lovers have been salivating over drawings posted on the Web. Spy cameras snapped an Acura MDX last fall, months before its official debut in Detroit. Mercedes has already released photos of its E-Class coupe and convertible.

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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, file photo, Chrysler Group President and CEO Dieter Zetsche is surrounded by media as he sits on a Dodge Tomahawk concept motorcycle unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

But even with all those spoilers, visitors keep flocking to Detroit and other auto shows. They want to touch the cars, check out the trunk space or just hop in. “You can’t do enough on a screen. You can’t crawl inside and get a feel for it,” says Rod Alberts, a 23-year veteran of the Detroit show who is now its executive director. Detroit is one of 65 shows that will be held in the U.S. this year, from a tiny one in Toledo to New York and Chicago gatherings that attract more than 1 million visitors each year. Detroit has been holding an auto show almost continuously since the early 1900s, when local dealers lined up a handful of cars alongside fishing and hunting gear. More than half the visitors at the Detroit show are shopping for a new car, according to informal polls. And with car sales stronger than they’ve been in five years, attendance at NAIAS and other shows could be higher in 2013, after slipping during the recession. Car sales rose 13 percent to 14.5 million last year and could reach 15 million in 2013.

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — The video game industry, blamed by some for fostering a culture of violence, defended its practices at a White House meeting exploring how to prevent horrific shootings like the recent Connecticut elementary school massacre. Vice President Joe Biden, wrapping up three days of wideranging talks on gun violence prevention Friday, said the meeting was an effort to understand whether the U.S. was undergoing a “coarsening of our culture.” President Barack Obama appointed Biden to lead a gun violence task force after last month’s shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school that left 20 children and six educators dead. “I come to this meeting with no judgment. You all know the judgments other people have made,” Biden said at the open-

ing of a two-hour discussion. “We’re looking for help.” The gaming industry says that violent crime, particularly among the young, has fallen since the early 1990s while video games have increased in popularity. There are conflicting studies on the impact of video games and other screen violence. Some conclude that video games can desensitize people to real-world violence or temporarily quiet part of the brain that governs impulse control. Other studies have concluded there is no lasting effect. Cheryl Olson, a participant in Biden’s meeting and a researcher of the effect of violent video games, said there was concern among industry representatives that they would be made into a scapegoat in the wake of the Connecticut shooting. “The vice president made clear that he did not want to do that,” Olson said.

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Increase in basic power tariff affects handicraft export

INCREASE in the basic power tariff (TDL) is ascertained to have a significant impact on the handicraft export of Bali. Previously, the handicraft export had declined due to global crisis hitting the traditional European and American markets. Now, with the increase in basic power tariff, the handicraft export is predicted to collapse and difficult to rise as before. “Most optimistically, it can hold on, but perhaps it will go down again, not to mention the increase in the basic power tariff. Now, a lot of craftsmen, despite being of small enterprise, use electricity,” said the economist Prof. Dr. I Made Sukarsa. This rector of the Warmadewa University was seeing the handicraft industry generally used machines to cut, plane, smooth and even paint. Meanwhile, the machines definitely required electricity. “Now, they have to pay expensive electricity bill, at least the basic costs will surely rise,” he explained. Sukarsa saw the handicraft industry could still survive if the basic tariff of electricity did not rise. Moreover, the exported goods had artistic value with a relatively affordable price. “Our export products are unique. Firstly, they are handmade; secondly, they cannot be made in

mass production; and thirdly, they have artistic value. These are our advantages,” he said. On the other hand, Sukarsa even saw the global economic crisis had little real influence on the exports. The crisis having happened since 2008 was different because it dealt with stock market. “In Indonesia, those involved are fewer than 2 percent. That’s why the crisis did not affect us significantly. However, the number of tourists coming here to purchase the products is only a little,” he explained again. In terms of marketing, other than Europe, the countries such as China and India, including the domestic market of Indonesia, remained to be considered as a promising market for handicrafts of Bali. “The market is still really good and has not reached the saturation point. But, the increase in the basic power tariff should be watched out,” he concluded. (rin)

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One of the cratfsman in Klungkung Regency is working in his workshop. The increase in electric fare will increase the burden of the small handicraft business.

Tourism development master plan in Badung still assessed Mangupura (Bali Post)—

A number of circles question about the preparation of the Regional Tourism Development Master Plan (Ripda) and the establishment of the Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD)

in Badung. Both things are considered necessary to be immediately realized because it is the mandated by the Law No. 10/2009 on Tourism. A legislator of the Badung House, Putu Parwata, said that

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Kuta Beach, one of the tourism site in Badung Regency

Badung had become the heart of tourism in Bali. The development of tourism sector grew so rapidly and it was clearly indicated by the rampant development of tourist accommodation facilities. Construction of the accommodation facilities then resulted in problems such as the carrying capacity of Badung County and concerns regarding the saturation of tourist destination. He said that Badung should have a clear blue print of tourism development so that the development of tourism sector would not be excessive. The government needed to create a blue print to facilitate the tourism development and grow the tourist attractions. “The blue print meant is in the form of the Regional Tourism Development Master Plan,” he said. Similar opinion was revealed by Executive Director of the Indonesia Hotels and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of Badung, Made Sulasa Jaya. Not long ago, Sulasa Jaya also questioned about the implementation made by

Badung County to follow up the mandate of the Law No.10/2009 on Tourism, where one of which was the preparation of the Regional Tourism Development Master Plan. As far as he knew, so far the drafting of master plan in the Badung County was unclear. “In developing the policy, the government should ideally involve the stakeholders,” he added. Aside from the master plan, the Law No.10/2009 also mandated the establishment of the Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD). The promotion board was considered strategic to be established. Parwata mentioned, so far the tourism promotion made by the government and private parties were still not optimal. It was required the more structured and focused measures to promote the tourism of Bali and Badung in particular in international arena. “So far, all the components seem to run their own strategy independently. The government runs it by itself and so does the private parties. Therefore, it cannot reach

maximal results,” he said. Meanwhile, the Head of the Badung Government Tourism Office, Cokorda Raka Darmawan, said on Friday (Jan 11) the Badung Regional Tourism Development Master Plan was still in the drafting stage. It was prepared by the Badung Development Planning Board (Bappeda) and the Badung Research & Development Agency. The drafting itself had been started since last year. “We are still in the assessment process,” he said. The Regional Tourism Development Master Plan of Badung, he said, related to the national and provincial tourism development master plan. Until now, the provincial master plan was still under study. Raka Darmawan hoped the provincial authority would involve the Badung County in the assessment process. As the regional tourism development master plan, the formation of the BPPD in Badung was also still waiting for the development of the BPPD in the province. (kmb25)


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Bricks prices increased due to bad weather

The bricks are being dryed under the sun.

Investigator sketched robber of the Australian Citizen

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A week since an Australian, Paul Dauglas Gill (41), got robbed at Vila Chole, Pantai Brawa Street, Bisma Alley, Tibubeneng Village, North Kuta, Badung, the North Kuta Police still couldn’t solve it. For that, police is now creating a sketch of the robber’s face based on the witnesses that have been checked as stated by Head of the Police, APC Aldi Alfa Faroqi, last Friday (11/1). It is admitted that the sketch of the robber’s face hasn’t reached perfection as it needs more key witness’, the victim Paul itself, statements. On the recent sketch made, it seemed that the robber is skinny, height reaching 160 cm, wore a dark colored jacket and a hat. After perfected, then police will look to the recidivist data. “Paul hasn’t looked up the sketch in detail as his condition hasn’t been stabile. Maybe we will approach him next Friday or Saturday. There are six witnesses checked already and we have known the characteristic of this robber,” Faroqi explained. It is known that the Vila that Paul lived with his wife and two children got robbed last Friday (4/1). The two robbers went in equipped with weapon. As Paul fought them, he got stabbed five times and bled. Paul got rushed to BIMC Hospital and up until now he is still in a critical state. Meanwhile the case is being investigated by North Kuta Police backed up by Badung and Bali Police. When Faroqi was asked about the anticipation for the future, a patrol will be increased and hopefully nothing like it happened again. (kmb21)

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A number of bricks’ producers in Baluk and Cupel Village, Negara had to increase their products’ prices as the weather has been unsupportive for its drying process causing longer time needed, affecting the production fee. Due to the rain or cloudy weather, the production that usually takes 1-2 days producing 500 bricks now takes 3-4 days which caused the product’s price increased to IDR 25-40 thousand as stated by one producer, Ketut Sutarma, at Baluk Village. Sutarma have produced bricks since 15 years ago and admitted that customers are fine with the increase of the product’s price. The soil around Tegal Badenga Barat, Tegal Badeng Timur, Cupel, Banyubiru and Baluk spread to be used in producing bricks and roof tiles also mostly using traditional method. Sutarma is now developing the soils of his plantation, reaching 1700 meters squared, to be used for making bricks yet many of bricks producers rented unproductive lands to be used producing the bricks. (kmb26)

Hit by bad weather, egg harvest slumps Tabanan (Bali Post)—

Bad weather was not only complained by fishermen. Such condition also affected breeders. Due to erratic weather, the harvest yield of chicken egg declined sharply. Breeders also consequently threatened to lose out. The drop in harvest yields was triggered by the strike of chickens due to cold air and gale. Under normal conditions, 1,000 chickens could produce up to 950 eggs. Since the bad weather happened, the production dropped to averagely 3 crates per 1,000 chickens. “Many chickens go on strike to lay eggs due to cold air and gale,” complained Komang Supartayasa, a laying hen breeder at Babahan village, Penebel, Friday

(Jan 11). Drop in the egg harvest had been going on for a few days. Extreme weather had made chickens stressful and difficult to lay eggs. According to Supartayasa, the drop in egg harvest had become a regular occurrence when extreme weather hit. Despite being given vitamin, the poultry remained

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A man is collecting the eggs in a barn. The egg harvest slump due to the bad weather.

trauma due to cold weather, not to mention a gust of wind. As a result, chickens were unable to lay eggs normally. “Actually, they eat normally and are in fine condition. But cold weather has made them difficult to lay eggs,” explained the man raising at least 5,000 laying hens. Their chickens were capable of producing 24 crates of eggs where a crate contained 30 eggs. The decline in harvest yield was immediately followed by rising price. Egg price increased from IDR 27,000 to IDR 29,000 per crate, while the retail price went up from IDR 950 to IDR 960 per piece. The price was estimated to constantly increase in line with the worsening weather. “If the weather improves, the price can turn normal again,” said Supartayasa. The rising price gave a little fortunate to farmers. Nevertheless, they worried about losing money due to decreasing harvest yields. A month ago, the price of egg reached IDR 850 per piece. The price was far from the capital needs of breeders. The price of fodder continued to soar. A 45-kg fodder was sold for IDR 320,000 per sack and it was rising about IDR 45,000 per sack. “The price of fodder increased three months ago, but the price of egg tends to be stable. As consequence, many breeders go bankrupt due to loss of capital,” he explained. Within a day, the breeders averagely required 2 quintals of fodder. It was still added with other kinds of fodder. Breeders hoped the extreme weather could soon end and the harvest yield turned normal again so that they did not worried about bankruptcy. (kmb30)

RLD Riot police stand next to a burned out car after Loyalist protesters attacked police lines, in east BelfastNorthern Ireland, Saturday Jan. 12, 2013.

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29 Belfast cops hurt in Catholic-Protestant clash AP Photo/Paul Faith/PA

Associated Press Writer

DUBLIN — Northern Ireland police fought day-and-night street battles with Protestant militants Saturday as a protest march to Belfast City Hall degenerated into riots when many marchers returned home to the Protestant east side. The Protestants, who have blocked streets daily since Catholics on the council decided Dec. 3 to curtail the flying of the British flag, have frequently clashed with police in hopes of forcing politicians to overturn the decision. The street confrontations have stirred sectarian passions, particularly in Protestant east Belfast and its lone Catholic enclave, Short Strand, flashpoint for the most protracted rioting over the past six weeks. Saturday’s violence began as police donning helmets, shields and flame-retardent suits tried to shepherd the British flag-bedecked crowd past Short Strand, where

masked and hooded Catholic men and youths waited by their doors armed with Gaelic hurling bats, golf clubs and other makeshift weapons. The two sides began throwing bottles, rocks and other missiles at each other and, as police on foot struggled to keep the two sides apart, Protestant anger turned against the police. Police marched down the street with shields locked, backed by blasts from three massive mobile water cannons. Officers also fired at least a half-dozen baton rounds — blunt-nosed, inch (2.5-centimeter)thick cylinders colloquially known as plastic bullets — at rioters.

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After the initial two-hour clash subsided, police at nighttime confronted a renewed mob of Protestant youths on nearby Castlereagh Street, where a car was stolen and burned as a barricade. A police helicopter overhead shone its spotlight on the crowd, which chanted antipolice and anti-Catholic slogans. Police commander Mark Baggott said 29 of his officers were injured in the two operations, bringing total police casualties above 100 since the first riots outside city hall on Dec. 3. The clashes have cost Northern Ireland an estimated 25 million pounds ($40 million) in lost trade and tourism and in police overtime bills. Baggott described Saturday’s police deployment as “a difficult operation dealing with a large number of people determined to cause disorder and violence.” He credited his officers with “exceptional courage and professionalism.”

Hundreds of French troops drive back Mali rebels

Associated Press Writer

BAMAKO, Mali — The battle to retake Mali’s north from the al-Qaida-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists. At the same time, nations in West Africa authorized the immediate deployment of troops to Mali, fast-forwarding a military intervention that was not due to start until September. The decision to begin the military operation was taken after the fighters, who seized the northern half of Mali nine months ago, decided earlier this week to push even further south to the town of Konna, coming within 50 kilometers (30 miles) of Mopti, the first town held by the government and a major base for the Malian military. Many believe that if Mopti were to fall, the Islamists could potentially seize the rest of the country, dramatically raising the stakes. The potential out-

come was “a terrorist state at the doorstep of France and Europe,” French Defense Minister JeanYves Le Drian said Saturday. France scrambled Mirage fighter jets from a base in neighboring Chad, as well as combat helicopters beginning the aerial assault on Friday. They have also sent in hundreds of troops to the front line, as well as to secure the capital. In just 24 hours, French forces succeeded in dispersing the Islamists from Konna, the town the fighters had seized in a bold advance earlier in the week, Le Drian said. Malian military officials said they were now conducting sweeps, looking for snipers. “A halting blow has been delivered, and heavy losses have been inflicted on our adversaries, but our mission is not complete,” French President Francois Hollande said after a three-hour meeting with his defense chiefs in Paris. “I reiterate that it consists of preparing the deployment of an African intervention force to allow Mali to recover its territorial integrity.”

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In this Nov. 24, 2012 photo, soldiers from a Malian army special unit stand atop pick-ups mounted with machine guns, following a training exercise in the Barbe military zone, in Mopti, Mali.

Pakistani Shiites refuse to bury 50 bomb victims

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A Pakistani man holds a poster showing a victim of Thursday’s deadly bombings in Quetta, while he and others attend a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

QUETTA, Pakistan — About 3,500 Pakistani Shiites protested in southwestern Pakistan for a second day on Saturday, blocking a main road with dozens of coffins of relatives killed in explosions to demand better security from the government. Police in the city of Quetta had earlier said that the protest had ended, but a prominent Shiite leader Ibrahim Hazara said it would continue until the city was handed over to the army and the provincial government was dismissed.

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Some 50 coffins blocked the road near a place where Shiites worship in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province. Shiites protested to condemn security lapses they say were responsible for Thursday’s twin bombings of a billiards hall that killed 86 people. “My son went to a billiards hall to play, but now I am sitting with his body here. I want to know what was the fault of my son and who killed him and why?” said Begum Dilawar Shah. The dead included police, rescuers and journalists who rushed there

in response to the first attack on the billiards hall, which was located in a predominantly Shiite area. Mohsina Hissaini, who was sobbing near the coffins, said one of her cousins was among those who responded to the first attack. “Every month, our people are killed in gun attacks or with bombs,” she said. “We need security.” On Friday, Shiites laid about 50 of their dead on the street, saying they would not bury them until the government improved security. Islamic custom dictates that the dead be buried as soon possible.


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ZURICH - Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX) will cut its bonus pool for 2012 by 20 percent to around 2.3 billion Swiss francs ($2.52 billion), the fourth year in a row the Swiss bank has slashed payouts, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Citing unnamed sources, Der Sonntag newspaper said the 20,000 employees of Credit Suisse’s investment bank were allocated significantly over 1 billion francs, while the 14,000 staff of the private bank would get some 400-500 million francs. allowed to join the scheme. The creation of a new Credit Suisse scheme comes as banks bow to the demands of shareholders and regulators to move away from cash bonuses in favor of alternatives that are more aligned with the risks bankers are taking. Two earlier schemes have helped the bank to transfer $17 billion of troubled loans and derivatives off its balance sheet and have also allowed the bank to save about $1.4 billion on cash or share-based bonus payments. Further details of the Plus Bond, which will have a “similar” structure and composition to the 2011 scheme, will be announced to staff later in January, a spokesman has said.

A logo is seen in front of a Credit Suisse building in Zurich, May 4, 2012.

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Kuwait wealth fund had The New (Old) Payroll Tax Is Starting to Hit Hard $261 billion assets in March 2012: paper Reuters

KUWAIT - A rainy day fund managed by Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) had assets currently worth more than $261 billion at the end of March last year, a local newspaper reported on Sunday citing a government audit. Oil-producing Kuwait, one of the world’s richest countries per capita, puts a percentage of its annual revenues into the Future Generations Fund, a nest egg for when oil supplies diminish or for when the economy suffers other shocks. Daily al-Qabas said 47 percent of the fund was invested in stocks and that its total size was 73.63 billion Kuwaiti dinars ($261.61 billion) at the end of March. This would be $261.47 billion according

to the current exchange rate or $266 billion at the time. The KIA, which does not officially disclose its assets under management, was not immediately available for comment. In September last year, OPEC member Kuwait decided it would start putting 25 percent of revenues into the fund, up from 10 percent previously, in order to invest state money more efficiently. The fund, which invests outside Kuwait, was set up in 1976 and all investment income is reinvested. It is meant to provide for future generations in a country where more than half of nationals are under 25. The KIA also manages a large General Reserve Fund which acts as the main treasurer for the government and receives all revenues.

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Credit Suisse to cut bonus pool by 20 percent: paper A Credit Suisse spokeswoman declined to comment. The expected payout of 2.3 billion francs compares to 3 billion francs the bank allotted to bonuses in 2011 and 5 billion it paid in 2010. Der Sonntag said the bonus pool was likely to sink another 20 percent this year to 1.8 billion francs. Credit Suisse, which like other global investment banks has suffered from sluggish markets in the wake of the financial crisis, is axing jobs as it seeks to make 4 billion francs of cost savings by 2015. Reuters reported earlier this month that the bank is preparing to offload more risk exposure to investment bank staff in its 2012 bonus giveaway but significantly fewer managers will be

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Shortly after Congress passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff, with headlines touting that rates had been raised only on those making more than $400,000 per year, some buzz-killing news for the less-wealthy emerged. Workers’ share of the Social Security payroll tax, which had been temporarily cut from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent for two years, was immediately snapping back to the higher level. The result is smaller paychecks for all wage earners, with the country’s economic recovery still sluggish and unemployment stubbornly high. A worker making $50,000 in 2013 will take home $38.46 less per two-week paycheck, or $1,000 per year. The payroll tax holiday was never intended to be permanent; at a cost to the government of hundreds of billions of dollars, tax experts widely expected it to lapse. Already, it’s possible that we’re seeing the first impacts. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index—which measures Americans’ views on the economy, their own finances, and whether it’s a good time to make purchases—fell to -34.4, from -31.8, for the week ending

on Jan. 6. The index had been improving fitfully since August. At the same time, jobless claims rose unexpectedly, to 371,000, when economists had expected a drop to 365,000. Workers may not notice the payroll tax’s impact until they get their first paychecks of 2013, but employers have known the increase was likely. Six-point-two percent is just half the Social Security payroll tax. (Employers pay the other half.) That makes the hike especially onerous to the self-employed, who now face a rate of 12.4 percent. The tax stings in other ways, too. In 2013, it applies to only the first $113,700 in wages. A person making $1,000,000 pays $7,049, the same as a person making $10,000,000. In other words, the more you make above the cutoff, the less the payroll tax matters to you in percentage terms. Workers who earn below the cutoff feel the full 6.2 percent bite, making the payroll tax one of the federal code’s more regressive levies. The payroll tax whiplash could be especially hard on upper-middle-class families in which both parents work. Because it affects each earner’s pay, a

husband and wife making $100,000 apiece will end up owing more than would a single breadwinner earning $200,000. President Obama and Congress negotiated the 2 percent tax holiday in December 2010. Their hope was that extra money suddenly appearing in workers’ paychecks would get spent, boosting the economy. Neither side wanted to undercut Social Security funding, though, by making the reduction permanent—and now the result could be a form of antistimulus. Analysts have told Bloomberg News they expect sales at Dollar General, Family Dollar, and other stores that cater to low-income shoppers to fall as the payroll tax increase begins to take hold. It’s “like a splash of cold water,” Credit Suisse analyst Edward Kelly told Bloomberg News. “It represents a direct reduction of spending by the lower-end consumer.” The Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan group backed by the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, has created a calculator that lets filers get an idea as to what they can expect to owe in April 2014.

Government develops new bird flu vaccine Denpasar (Bali Post)—

To overcome the new variant of bird flu virus or the clade 2.3.2 attacking poultry like ducks in a number of regions, the central government is producing a new type of bird flu vaccine for the clade 2.3.2 that will start to be distributed free of charge to farmers in February 2013. A member of Commission II of the Bali House, Nyoman Gede Putra Astawa, said on Friday (Jan 11) the Department of Agriculture of the RI would produce vaccine for the new type of bird flu or the clade 2.3.2. Central government targeted to produce 75 million doses of vaccine in 2013 carried out in stages. In the early stage, 25 million doses of vaccine would be produced. Furthermore, Putra Astawa also asked the Bali provincial government to move quickly in order to find out the more optimal solution against the case of bird flu where one of them was to ask for fund to central government for handling the case of bird flu. Moreover, the more hazardous and deadly bird flu virus of new variant 2.3.2 had been detected in three counties namely Buleleng, Klungkung and Tabanan. He added that on Monday (Jan 14) the Bali House would come to central government to accompany the Livestock Agency with the purpose of applying more funds to tackle the outbreak of bird flu in Bali. But, Putra Astawa did not know about the amount of fund to be sought because it was drafted by the Livestock Agency. “We want the government to move quickly. Next Monday, the Bali House will leave for Jakarta to help the Livestock Agency communicate to the Department of Agriculture and the House of Representatives in order that Bali could receive financial assistance for handling bird flu,” he said. Meanwhile, a lecturer from the Udayana University, Prof. Gusti Ngurah Kade Mahardika, gladly welcomed the effort of government to create new vaccine that would be ready to be distributed starting next February. But according to him, before the new vaccine existed, it needed studying further whether the old vaccine could not protect the poultry. His party made cooperation with private parties to test whether the old vaccine could not still protect the poultry from the new virus variant. “Before the new vaccine arrives, rather than there was no vaccination, probably the old vaccine can still be used temporarily,” he said. Prof. Mahardika assessed the new type of bird flu virus was most likely originated from the migratory wild birds. Wild birds could migrate across the countries, and they could be geese, flying ducks or whistling duck. They migrated and looked for food like in lakes. Then, it came in contact with local poultry. It could happen directly and indirectly. Their droppings could contaminate the water. Meanwhile, the entry of virus to Bali was alleged to come through illegal poultry delivery to Bali. It was impossible to stop the migration of the wild birds, but at least there was a specific diagnostic tool for the development of the group of influenza viruses. Besides, to avoid the bird flu virus, poultry farmers were encouraged not to raise poultry nomadically in order not to be contaminated by the virus and had no contact with wild birds. Additionally, the water resources for poultry were expected to originate from springs and not from wells, ditches and streams because it had the risk of having contact with wild poultry. (kmb29)

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A chicken seller is checking his chickens in the market.

Predicted dragged by current

A man found decaying Semarapura (Bali Post)-

A corpse with no identity was found floating at Dusun Ceningan, Lembongan Village, Nusa Penida, Klungkung last Thursday (10/1) afternoon. The decaying corpse had its head only it skull appearing and after evacuated it was brought to Nusa Penida II Health Community Center, Jungut Batu to be checked then later on moved to Sanglah Hospital. Head of Nusa Penida Police, PC I Wayan Sarjana, last Friday (11/1) stated the corpse was found by a local, Wayan Darsa, around 5 pm local time. From the checking result at the Center, the corpse is a male, predicted to be 36 years old and height 179 cm. When found he is wearing a green t-shirt and blue pants. All parts of head

and neck have been damaged and predicted have been in the ocean for a week. It is not known what nationality is the corpse yet it is expected to be a victim of a huge current, high waves and strong wind that has been happening in Bali recently. Even Sarjana admitted he almost became a victim of it when sending the corpse to Sanglah Hospital as a five meters wave hit the ship he was in. “It seemed Mr. x was dragged just like the corpse found a while ago. On the TV it was reported there were two students missing dragged by current in Java. This could be one of them. The corpse is now at Sanglah Hospital and it a family feels this is their family member can check there straight away,” Sarjana stated. (kmb31)


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Passenger has baby aboard flight over Armenia Associated Press Writer

YEREVAN, Armenia — A passenger has given birth aboard a plane flying over Armenia and named her daughter after one of the flight attendants who helped with the delivery. The birth of the healthy baby occurred on Saturday, two hours before the Armavia airline flight landed in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, after a long flight from Siberia. Flight attendant Asmik Gevondyan said she noticed that 31-year-old passenger Armina Babayan appeared to be in labor and organized the delivery conducted by her and her colleagues. “All of our crew helped to deliver the baby,” Gevondyan told The Associated Press. Babayan, who had claimed to be 6-and-a-half-months pregnant during check-in, named her first child Asmik, local television reported.

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A visitor wearing a mask walks outside the Forbidden City on a heavy haze day in central Beijing January 13, 2013. Air quality in Beijing was the “worst on record” on Saturday and Sunday, according to environmentalists, as the city’s pollution monitoring centre warned residents to stay indoors with pollution 30-45 times above recommended safety levels.

Air pollution in Beijing goes off the index Associated Press Writer

BEIJING — People refused to venture outdoors and buildings disappeared into Beijing’s murky skyline on Sunday as the capital’s air quality went off the index. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center said on its website that the density of PM2.5 particulates had surpassed 700 micrograms per cubic meter in many parts of the city. The World Health Organization considers a safe daily level to be 25 micrograms per cubic meter. PM2.5 are tiny particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in size or about 1/30th the average width of a human hair. They can penetrate deep into the lungs, so measuring them is considered a more accurate reflection of air quality than other methods. The Beijing center recommended that children and the elderly should stay indoors, and others should avoid outdoor activities. The U.S. Embassy also publishes data for PM2.5 on Twitter, and interprets the data according to more stringent standards.

In the 24-hour period up to 10 a.m. Sunday, it said 18 of the hourly readings were “beyond index.” The highest number was 755 which corresponded to a PM2.5 density of 886 micrograms per cubic meter. The U.S.’s Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality index only goes up to 500 and it advises anything greater than 300 would trigger a health warning of “emergency conditions” with the entire population likely affected. While some people vowed to stay indoors with air purifiers turned on, streets were still fairly busy and there was the familiar sight of lines of traffic queuing on main thoroughfares. A young couple strolled along hand in hand in the central business district, both with matching white masks strung around their faces. Two Taiwanese tourists wore masks

they said they had brought with them because they heard Beijing’s pollution was so bad. “I don’t know why there is such heavy haze these past days. It’s really quite serious compared with the air quality three days ago,” said a 33-year-old lawyer, who would give only his surname, Liu, as he adjusted his own mask. He said he had only ventured out because he needed to go shopping. PM2.5 can result from the burning of fuels in vehicles and power plants. Weather conditions are a factor in the recent poor air quality as a lack of wind means pollutants can easily accumulate and fail to dissipate, said Pan Xiao Chuan, a professor at Peking University’s public health department. “Recent pollution doesn’t mean there is an increase in the discharge of pollutants,” he said.

Wind shift may have freed whales trapped off Quebec Reuters

A group of killer whales trapped under the ice of Hudson Bay and taking turns breathing from a small hole may have been freed by a shift in the winds, Canadian media reported on Thursday. The 11 whales, who sometimes appeared to be panicking as they fought for air, created a worldwide sensation as news and a video about their plight spread. The mammals, which likely included two adults and several younger ones, were first spotted by a local Inuit hunter on Tuesday. Residents from the nearby Inuit community of Inukjuak in northern Quebec had planned to widen the hole. But the whales were gone when they arrived at the site on Thursday morning, according to The Globe and Mail newspaper. One resident, Johnny Williams, told the paper that the ice likely broke up from the shifting winds, allowing the creatures to swim to freedom. The community’s mayor had asked for an ice breaker and other assistance from the Canadian government. Experts from Canada’s fisheries and oceans department were dispatched to the area.

Egyptian court accepts Mubarak appeal, orders retrial

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CAIRO - An Egyptian court accepted an appeal by ousted former president Hosni Mubarak and his former interior minister on Sunday, allowing him to be retried over the killings of protesters in the 2011 uprising. Mubarak and former interior minister Habib al-Adli were sentenced to life in prison in June last year in a court ruling that held them responsible for the deaths of protesters killed by security forces trying to quell the uprising. “The court has ruled to accept the appeal filed by the defendants ... and orders a retrial,” Judge Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman said. Crowds of Mubarak supporters attending the trial cheered. The 84year-old former leader was moved from prison to a military hospital in late December after breaking ribs in a fall. “The retrial will be based on the same evidence used in the previous trial. No new evidence will be added to the case,” Mohamed Abdel Razek, one of Mubarak’s lawyers, told Reuters. He added that the new panel of judges could consider Mubarak’s health when issuing a verdict. The court has also ordered a retrial of al-Adli’s aides.

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INDONESIA Floods force operator to close a bus lane Antara

Jakarta - Heavy rain falls in Sunday morning which triggered a one-meter flood in Pesing sub-district, Kalideres, West Jakarta, caused the operator of the Trans-Jakarta Busway to close the bus lane to the Kalideres Terminal. “There is no other way except closing the busway to Kalideres Terminal because of the flood waters in Pesing,” said Harmoni Central Trans-Jakarta Bus Stop official Arif Badri here on Sunday. The bus way was closed for all Trans-Jakarta Buses destination to Terminal Kalideres and vice versa, covering a total of 17 bus stops, including 5 transit bus stops namely Pasar Baru, Juanda, Pecenongan, Harmoni, and Grogol. Grogol is the nearest location from Pesing. “Trans-Jakarta operation is open fr0m 5 am to 10 pm, and we just received a call from the information center to close the busway to Kalideres Terminal around 10 am,” he said. Therefore, Badri said passengers to Kalideres Terminal who have already arrived at the bus stops are asked to go home as the time for the reopening of the busway operation had not been

decided yet. “About the refunding of their ticket, we don`t receive any confirmation yet,” he said. On the other hand, Sapariah (50), a cake and sweets seller in Pesing Market, one of the dozens passengers who still stand in line to Kalideres destination bus in Harmoni, said she was disappointed to the TransJakarta service in suddenly closing the busway. “So, how do we have to get there? I used to go to market for selling goods by Trans-Jakarta and now they treat me like this,” she said. Pesing area is one of the crowded locations in West Jakarta where traditional markets, train station, lines of public transportation, and large numbers of private cars stuck in one place. Meanwhile, the Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted heavy rain will continue to flush Jakarta until February.

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km to the northern east of Central Maluku district. The earthquake which took place about 10 km below the see surface had no potential to create a tsunami, Kifly said. An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit the district of Halmahera Selatan, North Maluku on Thursday, last week, but no immediate report of casualty or damage . The meteorology and geophysics office said the quake struck at 09.02 local time with epicenter in the sea 10 kilometers deep, 119 kilometers southwest of Halmehera Selatan. North Maluku, which lies at the confluence of three big plates -- Pacific, Indo Australia and Eurasia, is prone to quake disasters, vulcanologists said.

Magnitude-5.4 quake jolts Central Maluku

Ambon, Maluku - An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale hit Central Maluku at 2.30 local time on Sunday morning but it caused no damage, a local official said. Maluku`s Secretary for Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Kifly Makanno said here on Sunday that the earthquake whose epicenter was at 2.79 degrees southern latitude and 129.83 degrees eastern longitude, did not cause any damage. He said that the Central Maluku BPBD had contacted 14 subdistrict heads whose areas covered 173 villages and hamlets in the Central Maluku district. It found no damage incurred by the earthquake which took place about 81

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Workers build an elevated highway in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The highway is planned to be fully operational by mid 2013.

Truck queues at Merak port almost overcome Antara

Merak, Banten - The long queue at Merak port of trucks willing to be ferried to Bakauheni port of Sumatra has since Saturday night been reduced, a ferry operator spokesman said. “At present, the line of queues has been reduced to about six kilometers only from about nine kilometers last night,” Mario Oetomo Sardadi, the head of the public relations of Inland Waterway Service (ASDP) for Merak, said here on Sunday. He said his side has predicted the queue problem at the port would have been overcome Sunday night and the bad weather at Sunda Strait would be returning to normal. Apart from that the ASDP has also been operating 26 ferries to help overcome the port congestion, he said. Mario Oetomo said on Saturday that the ASDP was deploying 25 roll-on-roll-off (Roro) ferries to handle long queues of vehicles at the Merak ferry port caused by bad weather at the Sunda Strait. “We hope that with the addition of 8 Roro ships to the previous 17 ships, the long queues of trucks will be shortened,” Mario Oetomo Sardadi, ASDP Public Relations

Chief for Merak Branch, said here on Saturday. He noted that as a company catering to people who want to cross the Sunda Strait from Java to Sumatra or vice versa, the ASDP would remain committed to providing the best service to its customers. Mario said his company gave priority to the safety of passengers and the smoothness of their trips with on-time departure and arrival schedules. Therefore, he remarked, his company was operating a total of 25 ferries to help overcome the problem of long queues of trucks at the port. It was predicted that the number of vehicles crossing the Sunda Strait through the port during the weekend would total 93,500. “Now the number of passengers at the port is increasing because of the weekend,” he added. On Thursday, bad weather on the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra resulted in a two-kilometer queue of thousands of trucks and private cars on the road leading to the port of Merak. The ferry transport between Merak and Bakauheni in Lampung, on the southern tip of Sumatra, was

hindered by the angry sea and strong winds, Mario said. “ASDP Merak has to temporarily close two quays because of bad weather in the Sunda Strait, with waves rising as high as four meters,” Mario stated. ASDP operates only 17 units of large-capacity Roro ships, which serve the route between Merak and Bakauheni, he emphasised. “As a result, many vehicles, mostly trucks, have to queue and wait for their turn to board the vessels,” he explained. The number of ships will soon be increased if conditions allow it, he added. The situation has been bad since Wednesday night, he said. “We have been here for over five hours,” a truck driver stated. Besides this, floods have damaged some of the vehicles. Floods affected the Tangerang-Merak toll road at Km 57-58, but they had subsided by Friday. The flood began to subside after the toll road was closed, Indah Permanasari, a spokesman for the toll service, noted. The toll road has been closed since Wednesday, 11:43 p.m. local time, because of the flood, which was triggered when Ciujung River overflowed its banks.


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Come Enjoy Typical Fried Duck of Lake Beratan

Ulun Danu Beratan tourist object at Bedugul truly has become a fantastic holiday destination. It does not only offer a natural beauty, cool atmosphere and magical aura, but also offers culinary specialties. The existing restaurant has now been enriched with three culinary stands featuring different menus. It is located in the west of the existing restaurant. The culinary stands opened in December 2012 can have lured many tourists to shop. The stands opened consisted of the Taliwang Chicken, Ulun Danu duck specialty and typical Ulun Danu grilled fish. “Market target of these culinary booths

are domestic travelers. Previously, tourists are indeed difficult to find out an ideal place to eat,” said Operation Manager of the Ulun Danu tourist object, Wayan Mustika. For the development of this culinary adventure, the management of Ulun Danu had handled it seriously. Even, the management had undertaken a comparative study to the Island of Lombok. With these additional three stands, practically the management of the Ulun Danu Beratan tourist object had been operating four culinary divisions. For duck and fried fish, explained Mustika, all the ingredients were originally taken from the local lake. The spices

International were cultivated by local farmers in the village garden. Meanwhile, the cooking oil used was the traditionally processed coconut oil. On that account, it produced a distinctive aroma and flavor. From each stand, his party was able to sell food on average of IDR 5 million per day. By all means, his party faced a surge mainly in domestic visitors by the end of 2012, explained Mustika. Related to the number of tourist arrivals, Mustika said that during last December, especially on Christmas and New Year holidays, it increased by 40 percent. However, the foreign tourist arrivals decreased by 20 percent. (BTN/015)

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Chalmers hits 10 3-pointers as Heat rout Kings Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Often overlooked on the star-laden Miami Heat, Mario Chalmers came up big against the Sacramento Kings. Chalmers had career highs with 10 3-pointers and 34 points to lead the Heat to a 128-99 victory over the Kings on Saturday night. Chalmers’ 3s tied Brian Shaw’s franchise record and set the new mark at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena as he finished 10 of 13 from 3-point territory.

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Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings on January 12, 2013 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

‘’He had it going and we kept finding him. Mario was awesome,’’ LeBron James said. ‘’He was knocking down shots all game.’’ And that included the fourth quarter, when the Heat led by more than 30 points and the only suspense was whether Chalmers would exceed his career-high for points and break the Heat 3-point record. Chalmers came back in the game midway through the fourth quarter and made two more 3s to tie Shaw’s mark. But he never got off another 3 and left the game after playing just under three minutes in the quarter. ‘’I asked him (Heat coach Erik Spoelstra) to put me back in. I knew what the record was,’’ Chalmers said. ‘’I wanted to get one more to beat it.’’ It was a nice bounce-back game for the Heat, who had dropped two straight and five of eight since Dec. 26. They led by 22 points at the half and outscored the Kings 37-29 in the third quarter in cruising to the

lopsided victory. James had 20 points, seven assists, five steals and two blocks for the Heat, who had a season-high point total. Miami hadn’t topped 100 points in its previous four games. Chris Bosh had 16 points, Mike Miller had 12 and Dwyane Wade added 11 for Miami, which shot 56 percent and was 17 for 37 on 3s. The Heat also had a season-high 35 assists and played well defensively, finishing with 11 steals and 11 blocks - including four by Wade. Miami pestered the Kings into 17 turnovers that led to 34 points. ‘’For the most part we played to our identity, aggressive at both ends of the court,’’ Spoelstra said. ‘’It was good to get a game like this anywhere, home or away. It was good to see our team put its foot down on the pedal and keep it down.’’ Isaiah Thomas made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 34

points for the Kings, who dropped their fourth straight. DeMarcus Cousins had 11 points and eight rebounds, and James Johnson also scored 11. ‘’The Heat is a heck of a team and you have to pick your poison when you play them,’’ said Thomas, who had 24 points in the second half. ‘’Do you want to stop LeBron or D-Wade or do you want to stop the other players? It’s hard to defend them. But at home we could have done a lot better.’’ The Heat have struggled on the road this season and had lost four of five entering the game. But Sacramento has been a successful road venue for the Heat, who have won seven of their last eight visits and evened their road record this year to 8-8. ‘’Obviously this game got away from us in the first quarter,’’ Kings coach Keith Smart said. ‘’The game was over in the first five minutes for the most part. With this team you can’t make mistakes. They were a little bit hungry.’’ James had a near flawless third quarter when he had 10 points, four assists and an impressive block against Thomas. Chalmers also played a major role in Miami hiking its lead to 31 points after three quarters, scoring nine points on three 3s in the period.

Tomic and Stosur carry Australian hopes in Melbourne Reuters

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MELBOURNE - Take a walk around the Grand Slam Oval at Melbourne Park and it is easy to see why Australia has such high expectations of tennis success. A long semi-circle of bronze busts of the likes of Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Roy Emerson and Evonne Goolagong bear witness to an era when Australian winners at majors were the rule rather than the exception. Those expectations have not been met by a homegrown Australian Open singles champion for three and a half decades, however, and in recent years the lively Melbourne crowds have had scant opportunity to barrack for local heroes. That is unlikely to change this year, unless former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur suddenly overcomes the injury woes that have beset her over the last few weeks and stage fright that strikes when she plays in Australia. Warm-up tournament victories for Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt, though, have fired up hopes that the

former can fulfill his potential or the latter can enjoy one last triumphant day in the sun. Tomic’s triumph at the Sydney International was probably more significant than Hewitt’s at the Kooyong Classic exhibition but even so, it may still be a couple of years too early to talk about the 20-year-old as a potential Australian Open champion. Tomic has thrown off the shackles of a miserable end to 2012 and started the new season with eight successive wins, including a stunning victory over world number one Novak Djokovic at the Hopman Cup. Saturday’s Sydney title success was his first on the ATP Tour and he was still basking in the afterglow when he arrived in Melbourne on Sunday. “It’s amazing. It’s very important for tennis to have a lot of confidence, so I’m really confident. I’m going to use this as much as I can for Tuesday and this whole tournament,” he told reporters. “I’m playing really good tennis, feeling physically really well. That’s why I think I’ve been playing good out there.” Tomic has a rest day on Monday

before his first round tie against Argentine Leonardo Mayer, but most local eyes are fixed on a potential third round encounter with Roger Federer, who he played in the last 16 last year. “I would love to get in that position to play Roger in the third round,” he said. “He has to get there as well. You don’t know what can happen. Tennis is a funny sport.” Tomic has been lauded as the next big thing in Australian tennis but former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Hewitt shows no sign of letting the light flicker out easily on his grand slam dreams. The 31-year-old will drag his battered body into a 17th consecutive Australian Open on Monday with hope renewed after beating world number 15 Milos Raonic, number six Tomas Berdych and number seven Juan Martin del Potro at Kooyong. Runner-up to Marat Safin in 2005, Hewitt was reluctant to indulge his compatriots about the state of men’s tennis in Australia on the back of two titles at warm-up events. “Obviously we’re both hitting the ball well, but we’re both unseeded, too,” he said on Sunday.

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Australia’s Samantha Stosur plays a backhand shot to China’s Zheng Jie at the Sydney International Tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.


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Chelsea’s Frank Lampard celebrates after scoring against Stoke during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke, England, Saturday Jan. 12, 2013.

Hazard stunner wraps up dominant Blues win

A superb second-half display from Chelsea saw it cruise to a 4-0 win over Stoke and send the Potters to their first home defeat of the season. The first half lacked quality but a Jon Walters own goal right before the break gave the visitors the lead, and in the second half the Blues ran riot. Walters unluckily added a second own goal before a Frank Lampard penalty and a Eden Hazard rocket sealed the points. Stoke made one change to the side that started the last Premier League game against Manchester City as Matthew Etherington started on the left in place of Cameron Jerome. The visitors made four changes to the side that was beaten by Swansea in the Capital One Cup semifinal with Demba Ba, Petr Cech, Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand starting in place of Fernando Torres, Ross Turnbull, Gary Cahill and Oscar. The opening half was short on skill and entertainment with both sides limited to half chances until right before the break. Stoke had the game’s first chance as Kenwyne Jones found himself with room inside the Chelsea penalty area but he dragged his shot wide of Cech’s

goal. And the visitors responded 10 minutes later with a nice passing move that led to Ba finding Lampard inside the penalty area, but Begovic saved well with his feet from the midfielders low shot. With the half seemingly drifting to an end without a goal, Chelsea opened the scoring. Hazard released Cesar Azpilicueta on the right hand side, the Spaniard delivered a dangerous cross to the back post where Jonathan Walters headed past his own goalkeeper in his attempt to clear the cross. Stoke began the second half full of life and after a Steven N’Zonzi shot tested Cech, the Potters thought they won a penalty just before the hour. Azpilicueta appeared to bring down Etherington inside the penalty area. Andre Marriner awarded the penalty only for assistant referee Sian Massey to overrule the decision as the winger had drifted into an offside position. Four minutes later the Stoke players were cursing that decision as Walters again headed past his

own goalkeeper. Lampard challenged the winger from a rightwing corner and the ball hit the Stoke man before dropping into the back of the net. Stoke’s misery was compounded two minutes later as Robert Huth was adjudged to have brought down Mata inside the penalty area. The decision looked harsh but that made no difference to Lampard, who smashed the ball past Begovic from 12 yards to become Chelsea’s second highest goal scorer with 194 goals. Chelsea hammered the final nail into the Stoke coffin in the 73rd minute as Hazard fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner. The Belgian received the ball inside the Stoke half from Mata, drifted away from Glenn Whelan and lashed an absolute rocket past Begovic. Stoke was awarded a penalty in the closing seconds as substitute John Terry brought Walters down in the penalty area, but the forward lashed his spot kick over the cross bar to complete a dreadful day.

SCORING CHARTS

Sixteen goals in 18 games for Vitesse Arnhem this season makes him the top scorer in the Dutch league, the only African to head the scoring charts in a major league. Lancina Traore has been restored to the Ivory Coast squad after a run of nine goals for Anzhi Makhachkala in the Russian league, one more than Nigeria’s big hope Ahmed Musa, who has eight for CSKA Moscow. Musa first made an impact in the Dutch league too. Manucho, briefly on Manchester United’s books, has six goals for Spain’s Real Valladolid, including a pair last month against Real Madrid, but has often failed to fulfil his potential. Holders Zambia hope a return from injury for Jacob Mulenga will provide them with a prolific target man, while hosts South Africa are relying on Katlego Mphela, top scorer in domestic competition over the last three seasons but just back from a six month lay-off following knee surgery. The best bet to step up is a player proven at club level already. Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor has often been in the shadow of Drogba and Eto’o but, just when opportunity knocks, he has been embroiled in off-field turmoil which leaves little scope for him or his Togo team to make an impact

Disgraced former Juventus director to try politics Reuters

ROME - Controversial former Juventus director Luciano Moggi, who was at the heart of a 2006 match-fixing scandal, will stand as a candidate in Italian parliamentary elections in February. Moggi will stand in Piedmont for the Italian Reformists, a group which is set to ally with the centre-right People of Freedom party of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is seeking a fifth term in government. Moggi was banned for life from Italian football and sentenced to five years four months in prison following the Calciopoli corruption scandal. He was also convicted of trying to manipulate the transfer market via a management agency in a separate criminal trial. However he is unlikely to spend time in jail due to Italy’s lengthy appeals process and an edict not to imprison offenders for many nonviolent crimes. “For us, Moggi’s candidacy is a symbol of the political battle against the media and judicial circus which ruins lives and careers,” the Italian Reformists movement said in a statement.

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Kaka sees red as Real held to 0-0 draw at Osasuna

Africa awaits new goal king at Nations Cup finals JOHANNESBURG - Africa is waiting to anoint a new goal king at the Nations Cup to succeed Didier Drogba, likely to be playing in his last tournament, and Samuel Eto’o who misses out again. The list of potential successors at this month’s finals in South Africa is thin but there is always hope that at least one future goal machine could emerge from among the 16 finalists. Drogba, with 56 goals in 89 games for Ivory Coast, has been virtually unstoppable at international level while Eto’o holds the record for most goals at the tournament - 18 at six finals. However, Eto’o’s hopes of extending that have been halted by Cameroon’s failure to qualify for the last two editions. While a path is clearing for pretenders to emerge, there has been a dearth of striking talent from Africa in the last few years. The top scorers at the last Nations Cup managed just three goals - and there were seven of them. Drogba, Zambia pair Chris Katongo and Emmanuel Mayuka, Cheick Tidiane Diabate of Mali and Angola’s Manucho return for the 2013 finals, which kick off in Johannesburg on Saturday. But it is more likely that a new scoring sensation could emerge from near obscurity. Ivory Coast’s Wilfried Bony has been dubbed the ‘next Drogba’ and, if preferred in the starting lineup in South Africa to struggling pair Salomon Kalou or Gervinho, could go on to make good on his promise at club level.

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Inter Milan forward Rodrigo Palacio, of Argentina, celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Pescara, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

MADRID - Real Madrid’s faint hopes of retaining their La Liga title receded further when they had Kaka sent off and were held to a 0-0 draw at struggling Osasuna on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s side appeared lost without inspirational top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, suspended for the game in Pamplona, and unbeaten leaders Barcelona can go 18 points clear of their arch rivals with a win at fourth-placed Malaga on Sunday. Real stay third on 37 points, four behind Atletico Madrid, who meet Real Zaragoza at home on Sunday. In a poor-quality and bad-tempered clash at Osasuna’s Reyno de Navarra stadium,

the main incident came in the 76th minute when Kaka was shown a second yellow card for preventing Osasuna taking a quick free kick. The little-used Brazilian playmaker had been on the pitch for a little over a quarter of an hour and had been booked moments after coming off the bench for jumping with a flailing arm. It was the 2007 World Player of the Year’s first sending off since he joined Real from AC Milan in 2009 and his first red card since he was dismissed playing for Brazil against Ivory Coast at the 2010 World Cup. Osasuna’s well-earned point lifted them off the bottom of the table above Deportivo La Coruna, who play at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Inter boost title bid with victory over Pescara Reuters

ROME - Inter Milan invigorated their Serie A title challenge by beating Pescara 2-0 at the San Siro on Saturday to move within six points of leaders Juventus. Goals in either half from Rodrigo Palacio and Fredy Guarin gave Andrea Stramaccioni’s side their first win in four games and moved them up to third in the table on 38 points. Pescara remain in 16th place on 20 points, four points above the relegation zone. In Saturday’s earlier kickoff, Alberto Gilardino scored twice as Bologna hammered Chievo 4-0 at home. Inter’s victory gave them hope they might be able to catch Antonio Conte’s champions, who on Sunday face Parma (1400 GMT), the only side yet to lose at home this season. “The most important thing is that Inter have rediscovered that balance on the pitch ... and I think today we made progress in terms of our play against the type of side who will often have 10 men behind the ball all game,” Stramaccioni told reporters. “Every time we’ve come up against a side that defends with lots of players we have a much harder time of it than we did tonight. “We have a lot of players out and I think we did well because we didn’t concede anything and created plenty of chances, and I think part of Pescara’s poor performance was down to our good play.” It took Inter half an hour of toil to open the scoring, with first Palacio going close on seven minutes and then Antonio Cassano forcing a save from Mattia Perin 10 minutes later. It was a superb Cassano flick that led to

his strike partner Palacio giving the hosts the lead, the Argentine taking advantage of his team mate’s vision to roll his sixth goal of the season past Perin. Palacio had a goal ruled out for the most marginal of offside calls less than a minute after the break, and Esteban Cambiasso was lucky not to give away a penalty a minute later when he handled in the box. Inter doubled their lead on 54 minutes through Guarin, who was on hand to tap into an empty net after excellent work on the right from Palacio. Pescara gave up the ghost after that, and Inter could have added to their lead on more than one occasion. It was Palacio who forced Perin into his best save of the match on 82 minutes with a powerful left-foot strike after being fed by Marco Benassi, but Stramaccioni’s team wasted a host of promising positions. Inter had several players missing through injury and suspension, while Wesley Sneijder continues his exile because of a contract dispute, but their squad players, including 18-year-old midfielder Benassi, who made an impressive Serie A debut, were too strong for Pescara. “Taking part in my previous matches (in the Europa League against Rubin Kazan and Neftchi Baku) helped me with keeping my emotions under control tonight,” Benassi said. Earlier, Bologna eased their relegation worries as two goals from Gilardino, his first in nearly two months, led them to a comfortable victory over Chievo. Panagiotis Kone and Manolo Gabbiadini also found the net to lift Stefano Pioli’s side to 13th in the table on 21 points, five clear of the relegation zone. Chievo stay in 11th spot.

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Real Madrid’s Kaka (R) fights for the ball with Osasuna’s Alvaro Arbeloa during their Spanish first division soccer match at Reyno de Navarra stadium in Pamplona January 12, 2013.


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Chelsea’s Frank Lampard celebrates after scoring against Stoke during their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke, England, Saturday Jan. 12, 2013.

Hazard stunner wraps up dominant Blues win

A superb second-half display from Chelsea saw it cruise to a 4-0 win over Stoke and send the Potters to their first home defeat of the season. The first half lacked quality but a Jon Walters own goal right before the break gave the visitors the lead, and in the second half the Blues ran riot. Walters unluckily added a second own goal before a Frank Lampard penalty and a Eden Hazard rocket sealed the points. Stoke made one change to the side that started the last Premier League game against Manchester City as Matthew Etherington started on the left in place of Cameron Jerome. The visitors made four changes to the side that was beaten by Swansea in the Capital One Cup semifinal with Demba Ba, Petr Cech, Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand starting in place of Fernando Torres, Ross Turnbull, Gary Cahill and Oscar. The opening half was short on skill and entertainment with both sides limited to half chances until right before the break. Stoke had the game’s first chance as Kenwyne Jones found himself with room inside the Chelsea penalty area but he dragged his shot wide of Cech’s

goal. And the visitors responded 10 minutes later with a nice passing move that led to Ba finding Lampard inside the penalty area, but Begovic saved well with his feet from the midfielders low shot. With the half seemingly drifting to an end without a goal, Chelsea opened the scoring. Hazard released Cesar Azpilicueta on the right hand side, the Spaniard delivered a dangerous cross to the back post where Jonathan Walters headed past his own goalkeeper in his attempt to clear the cross. Stoke began the second half full of life and after a Steven N’Zonzi shot tested Cech, the Potters thought they won a penalty just before the hour. Azpilicueta appeared to bring down Etherington inside the penalty area. Andre Marriner awarded the penalty only for assistant referee Sian Massey to overrule the decision as the winger had drifted into an offside position. Four minutes later the Stoke players were cursing that decision as Walters again headed past his

own goalkeeper. Lampard challenged the winger from a rightwing corner and the ball hit the Stoke man before dropping into the back of the net. Stoke’s misery was compounded two minutes later as Robert Huth was adjudged to have brought down Mata inside the penalty area. The decision looked harsh but that made no difference to Lampard, who smashed the ball past Begovic from 12 yards to become Chelsea’s second highest goal scorer with 194 goals. Chelsea hammered the final nail into the Stoke coffin in the 73rd minute as Hazard fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner. The Belgian received the ball inside the Stoke half from Mata, drifted away from Glenn Whelan and lashed an absolute rocket past Begovic. Stoke was awarded a penalty in the closing seconds as substitute John Terry brought Walters down in the penalty area, but the forward lashed his spot kick over the cross bar to complete a dreadful day.

SCORING CHARTS

Sixteen goals in 18 games for Vitesse Arnhem this season makes him the top scorer in the Dutch league, the only African to head the scoring charts in a major league. Lancina Traore has been restored to the Ivory Coast squad after a run of nine goals for Anzhi Makhachkala in the Russian league, one more than Nigeria’s big hope Ahmed Musa, who has eight for CSKA Moscow. Musa first made an impact in the Dutch league too. Manucho, briefly on Manchester United’s books, has six goals for Spain’s Real Valladolid, including a pair last month against Real Madrid, but has often failed to fulfil his potential. Holders Zambia hope a return from injury for Jacob Mulenga will provide them with a prolific target man, while hosts South Africa are relying on Katlego Mphela, top scorer in domestic competition over the last three seasons but just back from a six month lay-off following knee surgery. The best bet to step up is a player proven at club level already. Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor has often been in the shadow of Drogba and Eto’o but, just when opportunity knocks, he has been embroiled in off-field turmoil which leaves little scope for him or his Togo team to make an impact

Disgraced former Juventus director to try politics Reuters

ROME - Controversial former Juventus director Luciano Moggi, who was at the heart of a 2006 match-fixing scandal, will stand as a candidate in Italian parliamentary elections in February. Moggi will stand in Piedmont for the Italian Reformists, a group which is set to ally with the centre-right People of Freedom party of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is seeking a fifth term in government. Moggi was banned for life from Italian football and sentenced to five years four months in prison following the Calciopoli corruption scandal. He was also convicted of trying to manipulate the transfer market via a management agency in a separate criminal trial. However he is unlikely to spend time in jail due to Italy’s lengthy appeals process and an edict not to imprison offenders for many nonviolent crimes. “For us, Moggi’s candidacy is a symbol of the political battle against the media and judicial circus which ruins lives and careers,” the Italian Reformists movement said in a statement.

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Kaka sees red as Real held to 0-0 draw at Osasuna

Africa awaits new goal king at Nations Cup finals JOHANNESBURG - Africa is waiting to anoint a new goal king at the Nations Cup to succeed Didier Drogba, likely to be playing in his last tournament, and Samuel Eto’o who misses out again. The list of potential successors at this month’s finals in South Africa is thin but there is always hope that at least one future goal machine could emerge from among the 16 finalists. Drogba, with 56 goals in 89 games for Ivory Coast, has been virtually unstoppable at international level while Eto’o holds the record for most goals at the tournament - 18 at six finals. However, Eto’o’s hopes of extending that have been halted by Cameroon’s failure to qualify for the last two editions. While a path is clearing for pretenders to emerge, there has been a dearth of striking talent from Africa in the last few years. The top scorers at the last Nations Cup managed just three goals - and there were seven of them. Drogba, Zambia pair Chris Katongo and Emmanuel Mayuka, Cheick Tidiane Diabate of Mali and Angola’s Manucho return for the 2013 finals, which kick off in Johannesburg on Saturday. But it is more likely that a new scoring sensation could emerge from near obscurity. Ivory Coast’s Wilfried Bony has been dubbed the ‘next Drogba’ and, if preferred in the starting lineup in South Africa to struggling pair Salomon Kalou or Gervinho, could go on to make good on his promise at club level.

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Inter Milan forward Rodrigo Palacio, of Argentina, celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Pescara, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

MADRID - Real Madrid’s faint hopes of retaining their La Liga title receded further when they had Kaka sent off and were held to a 0-0 draw at struggling Osasuna on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s side appeared lost without inspirational top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, suspended for the game in Pamplona, and unbeaten leaders Barcelona can go 18 points clear of their arch rivals with a win at fourth-placed Malaga on Sunday. Real stay third on 37 points, four behind Atletico Madrid, who meet Real Zaragoza at home on Sunday. In a poor-quality and bad-tempered clash at Osasuna’s Reyno de Navarra stadium,

the main incident came in the 76th minute when Kaka was shown a second yellow card for preventing Osasuna taking a quick free kick. The little-used Brazilian playmaker had been on the pitch for a little over a quarter of an hour and had been booked moments after coming off the bench for jumping with a flailing arm. It was the 2007 World Player of the Year’s first sending off since he joined Real from AC Milan in 2009 and his first red card since he was dismissed playing for Brazil against Ivory Coast at the 2010 World Cup. Osasuna’s well-earned point lifted them off the bottom of the table above Deportivo La Coruna, who play at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Inter boost title bid with victory over Pescara Reuters

ROME - Inter Milan invigorated their Serie A title challenge by beating Pescara 2-0 at the San Siro on Saturday to move within six points of leaders Juventus. Goals in either half from Rodrigo Palacio and Fredy Guarin gave Andrea Stramaccioni’s side their first win in four games and moved them up to third in the table on 38 points. Pescara remain in 16th place on 20 points, four points above the relegation zone. In Saturday’s earlier kickoff, Alberto Gilardino scored twice as Bologna hammered Chievo 4-0 at home. Inter’s victory gave them hope they might be able to catch Antonio Conte’s champions, who on Sunday face Parma (1400 GMT), the only side yet to lose at home this season. “The most important thing is that Inter have rediscovered that balance on the pitch ... and I think today we made progress in terms of our play against the type of side who will often have 10 men behind the ball all game,” Stramaccioni told reporters. “Every time we’ve come up against a side that defends with lots of players we have a much harder time of it than we did tonight. “We have a lot of players out and I think we did well because we didn’t concede anything and created plenty of chances, and I think part of Pescara’s poor performance was down to our good play.” It took Inter half an hour of toil to open the scoring, with first Palacio going close on seven minutes and then Antonio Cassano forcing a save from Mattia Perin 10 minutes later. It was a superb Cassano flick that led to

his strike partner Palacio giving the hosts the lead, the Argentine taking advantage of his team mate’s vision to roll his sixth goal of the season past Perin. Palacio had a goal ruled out for the most marginal of offside calls less than a minute after the break, and Esteban Cambiasso was lucky not to give away a penalty a minute later when he handled in the box. Inter doubled their lead on 54 minutes through Guarin, who was on hand to tap into an empty net after excellent work on the right from Palacio. Pescara gave up the ghost after that, and Inter could have added to their lead on more than one occasion. It was Palacio who forced Perin into his best save of the match on 82 minutes with a powerful left-foot strike after being fed by Marco Benassi, but Stramaccioni’s team wasted a host of promising positions. Inter had several players missing through injury and suspension, while Wesley Sneijder continues his exile because of a contract dispute, but their squad players, including 18-year-old midfielder Benassi, who made an impressive Serie A debut, were too strong for Pescara. “Taking part in my previous matches (in the Europa League against Rubin Kazan and Neftchi Baku) helped me with keeping my emotions under control tonight,” Benassi said. Earlier, Bologna eased their relegation worries as two goals from Gilardino, his first in nearly two months, led them to a comfortable victory over Chievo. Panagiotis Kone and Manolo Gabbiadini also found the net to lift Stefano Pioli’s side to 13th in the table on 21 points, five clear of the relegation zone. Chievo stay in 11th spot.

REUTERS/Vincent West

Real Madrid’s Kaka (R) fights for the ball with Osasuna’s Alvaro Arbeloa during their Spanish first division soccer match at Reyno de Navarra stadium in Pamplona January 12, 2013.


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Come Enjoy Typical Fried Duck of Lake Beratan

Ulun Danu Beratan tourist object at Bedugul truly has become a fantastic holiday destination. It does not only offer a natural beauty, cool atmosphere and magical aura, but also offers culinary specialties. The existing restaurant has now been enriched with three culinary stands featuring different menus. It is located in the west of the existing restaurant. The culinary stands opened in December 2012 can have lured many tourists to shop. The stands opened consisted of the Taliwang Chicken, Ulun Danu duck specialty and typical Ulun Danu grilled fish. “Market target of these culinary booths

are domestic travelers. Previously, tourists are indeed difficult to find out an ideal place to eat,” said Operation Manager of the Ulun Danu tourist object, Wayan Mustika. For the development of this culinary adventure, the management of Ulun Danu had handled it seriously. Even, the management had undertaken a comparative study to the Island of Lombok. With these additional three stands, practically the management of the Ulun Danu Beratan tourist object had been operating four culinary divisions. For duck and fried fish, explained Mustika, all the ingredients were originally taken from the local lake. The spices

International were cultivated by local farmers in the village garden. Meanwhile, the cooking oil used was the traditionally processed coconut oil. On that account, it produced a distinctive aroma and flavor. From each stand, his party was able to sell food on average of IDR 5 million per day. By all means, his party faced a surge mainly in domestic visitors by the end of 2012, explained Mustika. Related to the number of tourist arrivals, Mustika said that during last December, especially on Christmas and New Year holidays, it increased by 40 percent. However, the foreign tourist arrivals decreased by 20 percent. (BTN/015)

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Chalmers hits 10 3-pointers as Heat rout Kings Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Often overlooked on the star-laden Miami Heat, Mario Chalmers came up big against the Sacramento Kings. Chalmers had career highs with 10 3-pointers and 34 points to lead the Heat to a 128-99 victory over the Kings on Saturday night. Chalmers’ 3s tied Brian Shaw’s franchise record and set the new mark at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena as he finished 10 of 13 from 3-point territory.

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Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Sacramento Kings on January 12, 2013 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

‘’He had it going and we kept finding him. Mario was awesome,’’ LeBron James said. ‘’He was knocking down shots all game.’’ And that included the fourth quarter, when the Heat led by more than 30 points and the only suspense was whether Chalmers would exceed his career-high for points and break the Heat 3-point record. Chalmers came back in the game midway through the fourth quarter and made two more 3s to tie Shaw’s mark. But he never got off another 3 and left the game after playing just under three minutes in the quarter. ‘’I asked him (Heat coach Erik Spoelstra) to put me back in. I knew what the record was,’’ Chalmers said. ‘’I wanted to get one more to beat it.’’ It was a nice bounce-back game for the Heat, who had dropped two straight and five of eight since Dec. 26. They led by 22 points at the half and outscored the Kings 37-29 in the third quarter in cruising to the

lopsided victory. James had 20 points, seven assists, five steals and two blocks for the Heat, who had a season-high point total. Miami hadn’t topped 100 points in its previous four games. Chris Bosh had 16 points, Mike Miller had 12 and Dwyane Wade added 11 for Miami, which shot 56 percent and was 17 for 37 on 3s. The Heat also had a season-high 35 assists and played well defensively, finishing with 11 steals and 11 blocks - including four by Wade. Miami pestered the Kings into 17 turnovers that led to 34 points. ‘’For the most part we played to our identity, aggressive at both ends of the court,’’ Spoelstra said. ‘’It was good to get a game like this anywhere, home or away. It was good to see our team put its foot down on the pedal and keep it down.’’ Isaiah Thomas made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 34

points for the Kings, who dropped their fourth straight. DeMarcus Cousins had 11 points and eight rebounds, and James Johnson also scored 11. ‘’The Heat is a heck of a team and you have to pick your poison when you play them,’’ said Thomas, who had 24 points in the second half. ‘’Do you want to stop LeBron or D-Wade or do you want to stop the other players? It’s hard to defend them. But at home we could have done a lot better.’’ The Heat have struggled on the road this season and had lost four of five entering the game. But Sacramento has been a successful road venue for the Heat, who have won seven of their last eight visits and evened their road record this year to 8-8. ‘’Obviously this game got away from us in the first quarter,’’ Kings coach Keith Smart said. ‘’The game was over in the first five minutes for the most part. With this team you can’t make mistakes. They were a little bit hungry.’’ James had a near flawless third quarter when he had 10 points, four assists and an impressive block against Thomas. Chalmers also played a major role in Miami hiking its lead to 31 points after three quarters, scoring nine points on three 3s in the period.

Tomic and Stosur carry Australian hopes in Melbourne Reuters

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MELBOURNE - Take a walk around the Grand Slam Oval at Melbourne Park and it is easy to see why Australia has such high expectations of tennis success. A long semi-circle of bronze busts of the likes of Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Roy Emerson and Evonne Goolagong bear witness to an era when Australian winners at majors were the rule rather than the exception. Those expectations have not been met by a homegrown Australian Open singles champion for three and a half decades, however, and in recent years the lively Melbourne crowds have had scant opportunity to barrack for local heroes. That is unlikely to change this year, unless former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur suddenly overcomes the injury woes that have beset her over the last few weeks and stage fright that strikes when she plays in Australia. Warm-up tournament victories for Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt, though, have fired up hopes that the

former can fulfill his potential or the latter can enjoy one last triumphant day in the sun. Tomic’s triumph at the Sydney International was probably more significant than Hewitt’s at the Kooyong Classic exhibition but even so, it may still be a couple of years too early to talk about the 20-year-old as a potential Australian Open champion. Tomic has thrown off the shackles of a miserable end to 2012 and started the new season with eight successive wins, including a stunning victory over world number one Novak Djokovic at the Hopman Cup. Saturday’s Sydney title success was his first on the ATP Tour and he was still basking in the afterglow when he arrived in Melbourne on Sunday. “It’s amazing. It’s very important for tennis to have a lot of confidence, so I’m really confident. I’m going to use this as much as I can for Tuesday and this whole tournament,” he told reporters. “I’m playing really good tennis, feeling physically really well. That’s why I think I’ve been playing good out there.” Tomic has a rest day on Monday

before his first round tie against Argentine Leonardo Mayer, but most local eyes are fixed on a potential third round encounter with Roger Federer, who he played in the last 16 last year. “I would love to get in that position to play Roger in the third round,” he said. “He has to get there as well. You don’t know what can happen. Tennis is a funny sport.” Tomic has been lauded as the next big thing in Australian tennis but former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Hewitt shows no sign of letting the light flicker out easily on his grand slam dreams. The 31-year-old will drag his battered body into a 17th consecutive Australian Open on Monday with hope renewed after beating world number 15 Milos Raonic, number six Tomas Berdych and number seven Juan Martin del Potro at Kooyong. Runner-up to Marat Safin in 2005, Hewitt was reluctant to indulge his compatriots about the state of men’s tennis in Australia on the back of two titles at warm-up events. “Obviously we’re both hitting the ball well, but we’re both unseeded, too,” he said on Sunday.

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Australia’s Samantha Stosur plays a backhand shot to China’s Zheng Jie at the Sydney International Tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.


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Passenger has baby aboard flight over Armenia Associated Press Writer

YEREVAN, Armenia — A passenger has given birth aboard a plane flying over Armenia and named her daughter after one of the flight attendants who helped with the delivery. The birth of the healthy baby occurred on Saturday, two hours before the Armavia airline flight landed in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, after a long flight from Siberia. Flight attendant Asmik Gevondyan said she noticed that 31-year-old passenger Armina Babayan appeared to be in labor and organized the delivery conducted by her and her colleagues. “All of our crew helped to deliver the baby,” Gevondyan told The Associated Press. Babayan, who had claimed to be 6-and-a-half-months pregnant during check-in, named her first child Asmik, local television reported.

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A visitor wearing a mask walks outside the Forbidden City on a heavy haze day in central Beijing January 13, 2013. Air quality in Beijing was the “worst on record” on Saturday and Sunday, according to environmentalists, as the city’s pollution monitoring centre warned residents to stay indoors with pollution 30-45 times above recommended safety levels.

Air pollution in Beijing goes off the index Associated Press Writer

BEIJING — People refused to venture outdoors and buildings disappeared into Beijing’s murky skyline on Sunday as the capital’s air quality went off the index. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center said on its website that the density of PM2.5 particulates had surpassed 700 micrograms per cubic meter in many parts of the city. The World Health Organization considers a safe daily level to be 25 micrograms per cubic meter. PM2.5 are tiny particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in size or about 1/30th the average width of a human hair. They can penetrate deep into the lungs, so measuring them is considered a more accurate reflection of air quality than other methods. The Beijing center recommended that children and the elderly should stay indoors, and others should avoid outdoor activities. The U.S. Embassy also publishes data for PM2.5 on Twitter, and interprets the data according to more stringent standards.

In the 24-hour period up to 10 a.m. Sunday, it said 18 of the hourly readings were “beyond index.” The highest number was 755 which corresponded to a PM2.5 density of 886 micrograms per cubic meter. The U.S.’s Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality index only goes up to 500 and it advises anything greater than 300 would trigger a health warning of “emergency conditions” with the entire population likely affected. While some people vowed to stay indoors with air purifiers turned on, streets were still fairly busy and there was the familiar sight of lines of traffic queuing on main thoroughfares. A young couple strolled along hand in hand in the central business district, both with matching white masks strung around their faces. Two Taiwanese tourists wore masks

they said they had brought with them because they heard Beijing’s pollution was so bad. “I don’t know why there is such heavy haze these past days. It’s really quite serious compared with the air quality three days ago,” said a 33-year-old lawyer, who would give only his surname, Liu, as he adjusted his own mask. He said he had only ventured out because he needed to go shopping. PM2.5 can result from the burning of fuels in vehicles and power plants. Weather conditions are a factor in the recent poor air quality as a lack of wind means pollutants can easily accumulate and fail to dissipate, said Pan Xiao Chuan, a professor at Peking University’s public health department. “Recent pollution doesn’t mean there is an increase in the discharge of pollutants,” he said.

Wind shift may have freed whales trapped off Quebec Reuters

A group of killer whales trapped under the ice of Hudson Bay and taking turns breathing from a small hole may have been freed by a shift in the winds, Canadian media reported on Thursday. The 11 whales, who sometimes appeared to be panicking as they fought for air, created a worldwide sensation as news and a video about their plight spread. The mammals, which likely included two adults and several younger ones, were first spotted by a local Inuit hunter on Tuesday. Residents from the nearby Inuit community of Inukjuak in northern Quebec had planned to widen the hole. But the whales were gone when they arrived at the site on Thursday morning, according to The Globe and Mail newspaper. One resident, Johnny Williams, told the paper that the ice likely broke up from the shifting winds, allowing the creatures to swim to freedom. The community’s mayor had asked for an ice breaker and other assistance from the Canadian government. Experts from Canada’s fisheries and oceans department were dispatched to the area.

Egyptian court accepts Mubarak appeal, orders retrial

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CAIRO - An Egyptian court accepted an appeal by ousted former president Hosni Mubarak and his former interior minister on Sunday, allowing him to be retried over the killings of protesters in the 2011 uprising. Mubarak and former interior minister Habib al-Adli were sentenced to life in prison in June last year in a court ruling that held them responsible for the deaths of protesters killed by security forces trying to quell the uprising. “The court has ruled to accept the appeal filed by the defendants ... and orders a retrial,” Judge Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman said. Crowds of Mubarak supporters attending the trial cheered. The 84year-old former leader was moved from prison to a military hospital in late December after breaking ribs in a fall. “The retrial will be based on the same evidence used in the previous trial. No new evidence will be added to the case,” Mohamed Abdel Razek, one of Mubarak’s lawyers, told Reuters. He added that the new panel of judges could consider Mubarak’s health when issuing a verdict. The court has also ordered a retrial of al-Adli’s aides.

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Jakarta - Heavy rain falls in Sunday morning which triggered a one-meter flood in Pesing sub-district, Kalideres, West Jakarta, caused the operator of the Trans-Jakarta Busway to close the bus lane to the Kalideres Terminal. “There is no other way except closing the busway to Kalideres Terminal because of the flood waters in Pesing,” said Harmoni Central Trans-Jakarta Bus Stop official Arif Badri here on Sunday. The bus way was closed for all Trans-Jakarta Buses destination to Terminal Kalideres and vice versa, covering a total of 17 bus stops, including 5 transit bus stops namely Pasar Baru, Juanda, Pecenongan, Harmoni, and Grogol. Grogol is the nearest location from Pesing. “Trans-Jakarta operation is open fr0m 5 am to 10 pm, and we just received a call from the information center to close the busway to Kalideres Terminal around 10 am,” he said. Therefore, Badri said passengers to Kalideres Terminal who have already arrived at the bus stops are asked to go home as the time for the reopening of the busway operation had not been

decided yet. “About the refunding of their ticket, we don`t receive any confirmation yet,” he said. On the other hand, Sapariah (50), a cake and sweets seller in Pesing Market, one of the dozens passengers who still stand in line to Kalideres destination bus in Harmoni, said she was disappointed to the TransJakarta service in suddenly closing the busway. “So, how do we have to get there? I used to go to market for selling goods by Trans-Jakarta and now they treat me like this,” she said. Pesing area is one of the crowded locations in West Jakarta where traditional markets, train station, lines of public transportation, and large numbers of private cars stuck in one place. Meanwhile, the Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted heavy rain will continue to flush Jakarta until February.

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km to the northern east of Central Maluku district. The earthquake which took place about 10 km below the see surface had no potential to create a tsunami, Kifly said. An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit the district of Halmahera Selatan, North Maluku on Thursday, last week, but no immediate report of casualty or damage . The meteorology and geophysics office said the quake struck at 09.02 local time with epicenter in the sea 10 kilometers deep, 119 kilometers southwest of Halmehera Selatan. North Maluku, which lies at the confluence of three big plates -- Pacific, Indo Australia and Eurasia, is prone to quake disasters, vulcanologists said.

Magnitude-5.4 quake jolts Central Maluku

Ambon, Maluku - An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale hit Central Maluku at 2.30 local time on Sunday morning but it caused no damage, a local official said. Maluku`s Secretary for Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) Kifly Makanno said here on Sunday that the earthquake whose epicenter was at 2.79 degrees southern latitude and 129.83 degrees eastern longitude, did not cause any damage. He said that the Central Maluku BPBD had contacted 14 subdistrict heads whose areas covered 173 villages and hamlets in the Central Maluku district. It found no damage incurred by the earthquake which took place about 81

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Workers build an elevated highway in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The highway is planned to be fully operational by mid 2013.

Truck queues at Merak port almost overcome Antara

Merak, Banten - The long queue at Merak port of trucks willing to be ferried to Bakauheni port of Sumatra has since Saturday night been reduced, a ferry operator spokesman said. “At present, the line of queues has been reduced to about six kilometers only from about nine kilometers last night,” Mario Oetomo Sardadi, the head of the public relations of Inland Waterway Service (ASDP) for Merak, said here on Sunday. He said his side has predicted the queue problem at the port would have been overcome Sunday night and the bad weather at Sunda Strait would be returning to normal. Apart from that the ASDP has also been operating 26 ferries to help overcome the port congestion, he said. Mario Oetomo said on Saturday that the ASDP was deploying 25 roll-on-roll-off (Roro) ferries to handle long queues of vehicles at the Merak ferry port caused by bad weather at the Sunda Strait. “We hope that with the addition of 8 Roro ships to the previous 17 ships, the long queues of trucks will be shortened,” Mario Oetomo Sardadi, ASDP Public Relations

Chief for Merak Branch, said here on Saturday. He noted that as a company catering to people who want to cross the Sunda Strait from Java to Sumatra or vice versa, the ASDP would remain committed to providing the best service to its customers. Mario said his company gave priority to the safety of passengers and the smoothness of their trips with on-time departure and arrival schedules. Therefore, he remarked, his company was operating a total of 25 ferries to help overcome the problem of long queues of trucks at the port. It was predicted that the number of vehicles crossing the Sunda Strait through the port during the weekend would total 93,500. “Now the number of passengers at the port is increasing because of the weekend,” he added. On Thursday, bad weather on the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra resulted in a two-kilometer queue of thousands of trucks and private cars on the road leading to the port of Merak. The ferry transport between Merak and Bakauheni in Lampung, on the southern tip of Sumatra, was

hindered by the angry sea and strong winds, Mario said. “ASDP Merak has to temporarily close two quays because of bad weather in the Sunda Strait, with waves rising as high as four meters,” Mario stated. ASDP operates only 17 units of large-capacity Roro ships, which serve the route between Merak and Bakauheni, he emphasised. “As a result, many vehicles, mostly trucks, have to queue and wait for their turn to board the vessels,” he explained. The number of ships will soon be increased if conditions allow it, he added. The situation has been bad since Wednesday night, he said. “We have been here for over five hours,” a truck driver stated. Besides this, floods have damaged some of the vehicles. Floods affected the Tangerang-Merak toll road at Km 57-58, but they had subsided by Friday. The flood began to subside after the toll road was closed, Indah Permanasari, a spokesman for the toll service, noted. The toll road has been closed since Wednesday, 11:43 p.m. local time, because of the flood, which was triggered when Ciujung River overflowed its banks.


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ZURICH - Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX) will cut its bonus pool for 2012 by 20 percent to around 2.3 billion Swiss francs ($2.52 billion), the fourth year in a row the Swiss bank has slashed payouts, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Citing unnamed sources, Der Sonntag newspaper said the 20,000 employees of Credit Suisse’s investment bank were allocated significantly over 1 billion francs, while the 14,000 staff of the private bank would get some 400-500 million francs. allowed to join the scheme. The creation of a new Credit Suisse scheme comes as banks bow to the demands of shareholders and regulators to move away from cash bonuses in favor of alternatives that are more aligned with the risks bankers are taking. Two earlier schemes have helped the bank to transfer $17 billion of troubled loans and derivatives off its balance sheet and have also allowed the bank to save about $1.4 billion on cash or share-based bonus payments. Further details of the Plus Bond, which will have a “similar” structure and composition to the 2011 scheme, will be announced to staff later in January, a spokesman has said.

A logo is seen in front of a Credit Suisse building in Zurich, May 4, 2012.

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Kuwait wealth fund had The New (Old) Payroll Tax Is Starting to Hit Hard $261 billion assets in March 2012: paper Reuters

KUWAIT - A rainy day fund managed by Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) had assets currently worth more than $261 billion at the end of March last year, a local newspaper reported on Sunday citing a government audit. Oil-producing Kuwait, one of the world’s richest countries per capita, puts a percentage of its annual revenues into the Future Generations Fund, a nest egg for when oil supplies diminish or for when the economy suffers other shocks. Daily al-Qabas said 47 percent of the fund was invested in stocks and that its total size was 73.63 billion Kuwaiti dinars ($261.61 billion) at the end of March. This would be $261.47 billion according

to the current exchange rate or $266 billion at the time. The KIA, which does not officially disclose its assets under management, was not immediately available for comment. In September last year, OPEC member Kuwait decided it would start putting 25 percent of revenues into the fund, up from 10 percent previously, in order to invest state money more efficiently. The fund, which invests outside Kuwait, was set up in 1976 and all investment income is reinvested. It is meant to provide for future generations in a country where more than half of nationals are under 25. The KIA also manages a large General Reserve Fund which acts as the main treasurer for the government and receives all revenues.

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Credit Suisse to cut bonus pool by 20 percent: paper A Credit Suisse spokeswoman declined to comment. The expected payout of 2.3 billion francs compares to 3 billion francs the bank allotted to bonuses in 2011 and 5 billion it paid in 2010. Der Sonntag said the bonus pool was likely to sink another 20 percent this year to 1.8 billion francs. Credit Suisse, which like other global investment banks has suffered from sluggish markets in the wake of the financial crisis, is axing jobs as it seeks to make 4 billion francs of cost savings by 2015. Reuters reported earlier this month that the bank is preparing to offload more risk exposure to investment bank staff in its 2012 bonus giveaway but significantly fewer managers will be

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Shortly after Congress passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff, with headlines touting that rates had been raised only on those making more than $400,000 per year, some buzz-killing news for the less-wealthy emerged. Workers’ share of the Social Security payroll tax, which had been temporarily cut from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent for two years, was immediately snapping back to the higher level. The result is smaller paychecks for all wage earners, with the country’s economic recovery still sluggish and unemployment stubbornly high. A worker making $50,000 in 2013 will take home $38.46 less per two-week paycheck, or $1,000 per year. The payroll tax holiday was never intended to be permanent; at a cost to the government of hundreds of billions of dollars, tax experts widely expected it to lapse. Already, it’s possible that we’re seeing the first impacts. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index—which measures Americans’ views on the economy, their own finances, and whether it’s a good time to make purchases—fell to -34.4, from -31.8, for the week ending

on Jan. 6. The index had been improving fitfully since August. At the same time, jobless claims rose unexpectedly, to 371,000, when economists had expected a drop to 365,000. Workers may not notice the payroll tax’s impact until they get their first paychecks of 2013, but employers have known the increase was likely. Six-point-two percent is just half the Social Security payroll tax. (Employers pay the other half.) That makes the hike especially onerous to the self-employed, who now face a rate of 12.4 percent. The tax stings in other ways, too. In 2013, it applies to only the first $113,700 in wages. A person making $1,000,000 pays $7,049, the same as a person making $10,000,000. In other words, the more you make above the cutoff, the less the payroll tax matters to you in percentage terms. Workers who earn below the cutoff feel the full 6.2 percent bite, making the payroll tax one of the federal code’s more regressive levies. The payroll tax whiplash could be especially hard on upper-middle-class families in which both parents work. Because it affects each earner’s pay, a

husband and wife making $100,000 apiece will end up owing more than would a single breadwinner earning $200,000. President Obama and Congress negotiated the 2 percent tax holiday in December 2010. Their hope was that extra money suddenly appearing in workers’ paychecks would get spent, boosting the economy. Neither side wanted to undercut Social Security funding, though, by making the reduction permanent—and now the result could be a form of antistimulus. Analysts have told Bloomberg News they expect sales at Dollar General, Family Dollar, and other stores that cater to low-income shoppers to fall as the payroll tax increase begins to take hold. It’s “like a splash of cold water,” Credit Suisse analyst Edward Kelly told Bloomberg News. “It represents a direct reduction of spending by the lower-end consumer.” The Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan group backed by the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, has created a calculator that lets filers get an idea as to what they can expect to owe in April 2014.

Government develops new bird flu vaccine Denpasar (Bali Post)—

To overcome the new variant of bird flu virus or the clade 2.3.2 attacking poultry like ducks in a number of regions, the central government is producing a new type of bird flu vaccine for the clade 2.3.2 that will start to be distributed free of charge to farmers in February 2013. A member of Commission II of the Bali House, Nyoman Gede Putra Astawa, said on Friday (Jan 11) the Department of Agriculture of the RI would produce vaccine for the new type of bird flu or the clade 2.3.2. Central government targeted to produce 75 million doses of vaccine in 2013 carried out in stages. In the early stage, 25 million doses of vaccine would be produced. Furthermore, Putra Astawa also asked the Bali provincial government to move quickly in order to find out the more optimal solution against the case of bird flu where one of them was to ask for fund to central government for handling the case of bird flu. Moreover, the more hazardous and deadly bird flu virus of new variant 2.3.2 had been detected in three counties namely Buleleng, Klungkung and Tabanan. He added that on Monday (Jan 14) the Bali House would come to central government to accompany the Livestock Agency with the purpose of applying more funds to tackle the outbreak of bird flu in Bali. But, Putra Astawa did not know about the amount of fund to be sought because it was drafted by the Livestock Agency. “We want the government to move quickly. Next Monday, the Bali House will leave for Jakarta to help the Livestock Agency communicate to the Department of Agriculture and the House of Representatives in order that Bali could receive financial assistance for handling bird flu,” he said. Meanwhile, a lecturer from the Udayana University, Prof. Gusti Ngurah Kade Mahardika, gladly welcomed the effort of government to create new vaccine that would be ready to be distributed starting next February. But according to him, before the new vaccine existed, it needed studying further whether the old vaccine could not protect the poultry. His party made cooperation with private parties to test whether the old vaccine could not still protect the poultry from the new virus variant. “Before the new vaccine arrives, rather than there was no vaccination, probably the old vaccine can still be used temporarily,” he said. Prof. Mahardika assessed the new type of bird flu virus was most likely originated from the migratory wild birds. Wild birds could migrate across the countries, and they could be geese, flying ducks or whistling duck. They migrated and looked for food like in lakes. Then, it came in contact with local poultry. It could happen directly and indirectly. Their droppings could contaminate the water. Meanwhile, the entry of virus to Bali was alleged to come through illegal poultry delivery to Bali. It was impossible to stop the migration of the wild birds, but at least there was a specific diagnostic tool for the development of the group of influenza viruses. Besides, to avoid the bird flu virus, poultry farmers were encouraged not to raise poultry nomadically in order not to be contaminated by the virus and had no contact with wild birds. Additionally, the water resources for poultry were expected to originate from springs and not from wells, ditches and streams because it had the risk of having contact with wild poultry. (kmb29)

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A chicken seller is checking his chickens in the market.

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A man found decaying Semarapura (Bali Post)-

A corpse with no identity was found floating at Dusun Ceningan, Lembongan Village, Nusa Penida, Klungkung last Thursday (10/1) afternoon. The decaying corpse had its head only it skull appearing and after evacuated it was brought to Nusa Penida II Health Community Center, Jungut Batu to be checked then later on moved to Sanglah Hospital. Head of Nusa Penida Police, PC I Wayan Sarjana, last Friday (11/1) stated the corpse was found by a local, Wayan Darsa, around 5 pm local time. From the checking result at the Center, the corpse is a male, predicted to be 36 years old and height 179 cm. When found he is wearing a green t-shirt and blue pants. All parts of head

and neck have been damaged and predicted have been in the ocean for a week. It is not known what nationality is the corpse yet it is expected to be a victim of a huge current, high waves and strong wind that has been happening in Bali recently. Even Sarjana admitted he almost became a victim of it when sending the corpse to Sanglah Hospital as a five meters wave hit the ship he was in. “It seemed Mr. x was dragged just like the corpse found a while ago. On the TV it was reported there were two students missing dragged by current in Java. This could be one of them. The corpse is now at Sanglah Hospital and it a family feels this is their family member can check there straight away,” Sarjana stated. (kmb31)


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The bricks are being dryed under the sun.

Investigator sketched robber of the Australian Citizen

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A week since an Australian, Paul Dauglas Gill (41), got robbed at Vila Chole, Pantai Brawa Street, Bisma Alley, Tibubeneng Village, North Kuta, Badung, the North Kuta Police still couldn’t solve it. For that, police is now creating a sketch of the robber’s face based on the witnesses that have been checked as stated by Head of the Police, APC Aldi Alfa Faroqi, last Friday (11/1). It is admitted that the sketch of the robber’s face hasn’t reached perfection as it needs more key witness’, the victim Paul itself, statements. On the recent sketch made, it seemed that the robber is skinny, height reaching 160 cm, wore a dark colored jacket and a hat. After perfected, then police will look to the recidivist data. “Paul hasn’t looked up the sketch in detail as his condition hasn’t been stabile. Maybe we will approach him next Friday or Saturday. There are six witnesses checked already and we have known the characteristic of this robber,” Faroqi explained. It is known that the Vila that Paul lived with his wife and two children got robbed last Friday (4/1). The two robbers went in equipped with weapon. As Paul fought them, he got stabbed five times and bled. Paul got rushed to BIMC Hospital and up until now he is still in a critical state. Meanwhile the case is being investigated by North Kuta Police backed up by Badung and Bali Police. When Faroqi was asked about the anticipation for the future, a patrol will be increased and hopefully nothing like it happened again. (kmb21)

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A number of bricks’ producers in Baluk and Cupel Village, Negara had to increase their products’ prices as the weather has been unsupportive for its drying process causing longer time needed, affecting the production fee. Due to the rain or cloudy weather, the production that usually takes 1-2 days producing 500 bricks now takes 3-4 days which caused the product’s price increased to IDR 25-40 thousand as stated by one producer, Ketut Sutarma, at Baluk Village. Sutarma have produced bricks since 15 years ago and admitted that customers are fine with the increase of the product’s price. The soil around Tegal Badenga Barat, Tegal Badeng Timur, Cupel, Banyubiru and Baluk spread to be used in producing bricks and roof tiles also mostly using traditional method. Sutarma is now developing the soils of his plantation, reaching 1700 meters squared, to be used for making bricks yet many of bricks producers rented unproductive lands to be used producing the bricks. (kmb26)

Hit by bad weather, egg harvest slumps Tabanan (Bali Post)—

Bad weather was not only complained by fishermen. Such condition also affected breeders. Due to erratic weather, the harvest yield of chicken egg declined sharply. Breeders also consequently threatened to lose out. The drop in harvest yields was triggered by the strike of chickens due to cold air and gale. Under normal conditions, 1,000 chickens could produce up to 950 eggs. Since the bad weather happened, the production dropped to averagely 3 crates per 1,000 chickens. “Many chickens go on strike to lay eggs due to cold air and gale,” complained Komang Supartayasa, a laying hen breeder at Babahan village, Penebel, Friday

(Jan 11). Drop in the egg harvest had been going on for a few days. Extreme weather had made chickens stressful and difficult to lay eggs. According to Supartayasa, the drop in egg harvest had become a regular occurrence when extreme weather hit. Despite being given vitamin, the poultry remained

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A man is collecting the eggs in a barn. The egg harvest slump due to the bad weather.

trauma due to cold weather, not to mention a gust of wind. As a result, chickens were unable to lay eggs normally. “Actually, they eat normally and are in fine condition. But cold weather has made them difficult to lay eggs,” explained the man raising at least 5,000 laying hens. Their chickens were capable of producing 24 crates of eggs where a crate contained 30 eggs. The decline in harvest yield was immediately followed by rising price. Egg price increased from IDR 27,000 to IDR 29,000 per crate, while the retail price went up from IDR 950 to IDR 960 per piece. The price was estimated to constantly increase in line with the worsening weather. “If the weather improves, the price can turn normal again,” said Supartayasa. The rising price gave a little fortunate to farmers. Nevertheless, they worried about losing money due to decreasing harvest yields. A month ago, the price of egg reached IDR 850 per piece. The price was far from the capital needs of breeders. The price of fodder continued to soar. A 45-kg fodder was sold for IDR 320,000 per sack and it was rising about IDR 45,000 per sack. “The price of fodder increased three months ago, but the price of egg tends to be stable. As consequence, many breeders go bankrupt due to loss of capital,” he explained. Within a day, the breeders averagely required 2 quintals of fodder. It was still added with other kinds of fodder. Breeders hoped the extreme weather could soon end and the harvest yield turned normal again so that they did not worried about bankruptcy. (kmb30)

RLD Riot police stand next to a burned out car after Loyalist protesters attacked police lines, in east BelfastNorthern Ireland, Saturday Jan. 12, 2013.

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29 Belfast cops hurt in Catholic-Protestant clash AP Photo/Paul Faith/PA

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DUBLIN — Northern Ireland police fought day-and-night street battles with Protestant militants Saturday as a protest march to Belfast City Hall degenerated into riots when many marchers returned home to the Protestant east side. The Protestants, who have blocked streets daily since Catholics on the council decided Dec. 3 to curtail the flying of the British flag, have frequently clashed with police in hopes of forcing politicians to overturn the decision. The street confrontations have stirred sectarian passions, particularly in Protestant east Belfast and its lone Catholic enclave, Short Strand, flashpoint for the most protracted rioting over the past six weeks. Saturday’s violence began as police donning helmets, shields and flame-retardent suits tried to shepherd the British flag-bedecked crowd past Short Strand, where

masked and hooded Catholic men and youths waited by their doors armed with Gaelic hurling bats, golf clubs and other makeshift weapons. The two sides began throwing bottles, rocks and other missiles at each other and, as police on foot struggled to keep the two sides apart, Protestant anger turned against the police. Police marched down the street with shields locked, backed by blasts from three massive mobile water cannons. Officers also fired at least a half-dozen baton rounds — blunt-nosed, inch (2.5-centimeter)thick cylinders colloquially known as plastic bullets — at rioters.

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After the initial two-hour clash subsided, police at nighttime confronted a renewed mob of Protestant youths on nearby Castlereagh Street, where a car was stolen and burned as a barricade. A police helicopter overhead shone its spotlight on the crowd, which chanted antipolice and anti-Catholic slogans. Police commander Mark Baggott said 29 of his officers were injured in the two operations, bringing total police casualties above 100 since the first riots outside city hall on Dec. 3. The clashes have cost Northern Ireland an estimated 25 million pounds ($40 million) in lost trade and tourism and in police overtime bills. Baggott described Saturday’s police deployment as “a difficult operation dealing with a large number of people determined to cause disorder and violence.” He credited his officers with “exceptional courage and professionalism.”

Hundreds of French troops drive back Mali rebels

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BAMAKO, Mali — The battle to retake Mali’s north from the al-Qaida-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists. At the same time, nations in West Africa authorized the immediate deployment of troops to Mali, fast-forwarding a military intervention that was not due to start until September. The decision to begin the military operation was taken after the fighters, who seized the northern half of Mali nine months ago, decided earlier this week to push even further south to the town of Konna, coming within 50 kilometers (30 miles) of Mopti, the first town held by the government and a major base for the Malian military. Many believe that if Mopti were to fall, the Islamists could potentially seize the rest of the country, dramatically raising the stakes. The potential out-

come was “a terrorist state at the doorstep of France and Europe,” French Defense Minister JeanYves Le Drian said Saturday. France scrambled Mirage fighter jets from a base in neighboring Chad, as well as combat helicopters beginning the aerial assault on Friday. They have also sent in hundreds of troops to the front line, as well as to secure the capital. In just 24 hours, French forces succeeded in dispersing the Islamists from Konna, the town the fighters had seized in a bold advance earlier in the week, Le Drian said. Malian military officials said they were now conducting sweeps, looking for snipers. “A halting blow has been delivered, and heavy losses have been inflicted on our adversaries, but our mission is not complete,” French President Francois Hollande said after a three-hour meeting with his defense chiefs in Paris. “I reiterate that it consists of preparing the deployment of an African intervention force to allow Mali to recover its territorial integrity.”

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In this Nov. 24, 2012 photo, soldiers from a Malian army special unit stand atop pick-ups mounted with machine guns, following a training exercise in the Barbe military zone, in Mopti, Mali.

Pakistani Shiites refuse to bury 50 bomb victims

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A Pakistani man holds a poster showing a victim of Thursday’s deadly bombings in Quetta, while he and others attend a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

QUETTA, Pakistan — About 3,500 Pakistani Shiites protested in southwestern Pakistan for a second day on Saturday, blocking a main road with dozens of coffins of relatives killed in explosions to demand better security from the government. Police in the city of Quetta had earlier said that the protest had ended, but a prominent Shiite leader Ibrahim Hazara said it would continue until the city was handed over to the army and the provincial government was dismissed.

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Some 50 coffins blocked the road near a place where Shiites worship in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province. Shiites protested to condemn security lapses they say were responsible for Thursday’s twin bombings of a billiards hall that killed 86 people. “My son went to a billiards hall to play, but now I am sitting with his body here. I want to know what was the fault of my son and who killed him and why?” said Begum Dilawar Shah. The dead included police, rescuers and journalists who rushed there

in response to the first attack on the billiards hall, which was located in a predominantly Shiite area. Mohsina Hissaini, who was sobbing near the coffins, said one of her cousins was among those who responded to the first attack. “Every month, our people are killed in gun attacks or with bombs,” she said. “We need security.” On Friday, Shiites laid about 50 of their dead on the street, saying they would not bury them until the government improved security. Islamic custom dictates that the dead be buried as soon possible.


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Millions of Hindus to enter Ganges during festival Associated Press Writer

ALLAHABAD, India — Indian authorities braced for one of the world’s largest religious gatherings with more than 10 million Hindus expected to enter the Ganges River early Monday to cleanse their sins in a festival held once every 12 years. Naked ash-smeared holy men with long hair and beards and tridents in their hands were taking their positions for a massive procession to the riverbank in Allahabad where the Ganges joins the Yamuna River, and according to Hindu belief, the mythical Saraswati River. They plan to enter the water at the auspicious time of 5 a.m. amid the chanting of hymns and blowing of conch shells. Masses of people, their hands clasped in prayer, will walk kneedeep into the frigid water, with temperature expected to dip to about 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees F). Devout Hindus believe bathing in the Ganges during the festival can cleanse their sins and free them from the cycle of death and rebirth. More than 100 million pilgrims from India and abroad are expected to attend the 55-day Maha Kumbh festival, said Devesh Chaturvedi,

an official of Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. The festival derives its name from a Hindu belief that gods and demons fought over a pitcher, or “kumbh,” of nectar that would give them immortality. The myth says one of the gods ran off with the pot, spilling four drops of nectar. Every three years, festivals are rotated among the four spots where nectar was said to have spilled. The Allahabad festival is considered the most blessed because it is near the confluence of the three rivers sacred to Hindus. The festival area, covering 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres), has been turned into a tented township of green, blue and saffron-colored tarpaulins. More than 30,000 makeshift toilets have been set up. About 50,000 government forces, including commandos, are providing security, police Inspector-General Alok Sharma said.

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Indian Hindu couples from Maharashtra state perform a ritual for the long life of their spouses at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati on a cold day, in Allahabad, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

Why attend car shows when US gun debate: Video game photos are a swipe away? industry defends itself Associated Press Writer

DETROIT — Why go to a crowded auto show when you can glimpse dozens of new models on the internet? Because you can’t catch a whiff of that new car smell through your iPhone. Photos can’t re-create the smell of leather seats or the smooth feel of a hood. At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opens to the public Jan. 19, visitors can see 500 cars and trucks spread over 18 carpeted acres (seven hectares). At least 800,000 people are expected to take in all the shiny models, amid the bright lights and thumping mood music. The biggest draw will be the first new Corvette in nine years. Technology lovers can see an experimental concept from electric carmaker Tesla and a diesel version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Young buyers can check out a small SUV concept from Honda. Big spenders — and big dreamers — can take a gander at the new Bentley convertible. But for all the gleaming metal,

most models won’t be new to fans. Corvette lovers have been salivating over drawings posted on the Web. Spy cameras snapped an Acura MDX last fall, months before its official debut in Detroit. Mercedes has already released photos of its E-Class coupe and convertible.

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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, file photo, Chrysler Group President and CEO Dieter Zetsche is surrounded by media as he sits on a Dodge Tomahawk concept motorcycle unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

But even with all those spoilers, visitors keep flocking to Detroit and other auto shows. They want to touch the cars, check out the trunk space or just hop in. “You can’t do enough on a screen. You can’t crawl inside and get a feel for it,” says Rod Alberts, a 23-year veteran of the Detroit show who is now its executive director. Detroit is one of 65 shows that will be held in the U.S. this year, from a tiny one in Toledo to New York and Chicago gatherings that attract more than 1 million visitors each year. Detroit has been holding an auto show almost continuously since the early 1900s, when local dealers lined up a handful of cars alongside fishing and hunting gear. More than half the visitors at the Detroit show are shopping for a new car, according to informal polls. And with car sales stronger than they’ve been in five years, attendance at NAIAS and other shows could be higher in 2013, after slipping during the recession. Car sales rose 13 percent to 14.5 million last year and could reach 15 million in 2013.

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WASHINGTON — The video game industry, blamed by some for fostering a culture of violence, defended its practices at a White House meeting exploring how to prevent horrific shootings like the recent Connecticut elementary school massacre. Vice President Joe Biden, wrapping up three days of wideranging talks on gun violence prevention Friday, said the meeting was an effort to understand whether the U.S. was undergoing a “coarsening of our culture.” President Barack Obama appointed Biden to lead a gun violence task force after last month’s shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school that left 20 children and six educators dead. “I come to this meeting with no judgment. You all know the judgments other people have made,” Biden said at the open-

ing of a two-hour discussion. “We’re looking for help.” The gaming industry says that violent crime, particularly among the young, has fallen since the early 1990s while video games have increased in popularity. There are conflicting studies on the impact of video games and other screen violence. Some conclude that video games can desensitize people to real-world violence or temporarily quiet part of the brain that governs impulse control. Other studies have concluded there is no lasting effect. Cheryl Olson, a participant in Biden’s meeting and a researcher of the effect of violent video games, said there was concern among industry representatives that they would be made into a scapegoat in the wake of the Connecticut shooting. “The vice president made clear that he did not want to do that,” Olson said.

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Increase in basic power tariff affects handicraft export

INCREASE in the basic power tariff (TDL) is ascertained to have a significant impact on the handicraft export of Bali. Previously, the handicraft export had declined due to global crisis hitting the traditional European and American markets. Now, with the increase in basic power tariff, the handicraft export is predicted to collapse and difficult to rise as before. “Most optimistically, it can hold on, but perhaps it will go down again, not to mention the increase in the basic power tariff. Now, a lot of craftsmen, despite being of small enterprise, use electricity,” said the economist Prof. Dr. I Made Sukarsa. This rector of the Warmadewa University was seeing the handicraft industry generally used machines to cut, plane, smooth and even paint. Meanwhile, the machines definitely required electricity. “Now, they have to pay expensive electricity bill, at least the basic costs will surely rise,” he explained. Sukarsa saw the handicraft industry could still survive if the basic tariff of electricity did not rise. Moreover, the exported goods had artistic value with a relatively affordable price. “Our export products are unique. Firstly, they are handmade; secondly, they cannot be made in

mass production; and thirdly, they have artistic value. These are our advantages,” he said. On the other hand, Sukarsa even saw the global economic crisis had little real influence on the exports. The crisis having happened since 2008 was different because it dealt with stock market. “In Indonesia, those involved are fewer than 2 percent. That’s why the crisis did not affect us significantly. However, the number of tourists coming here to purchase the products is only a little,” he explained again. In terms of marketing, other than Europe, the countries such as China and India, including the domestic market of Indonesia, remained to be considered as a promising market for handicrafts of Bali. “The market is still really good and has not reached the saturation point. But, the increase in the basic power tariff should be watched out,” he concluded. (rin)

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One of the cratfsman in Klungkung Regency is working in his workshop. The increase in electric fare will increase the burden of the small handicraft business.

Tourism development master plan in Badung still assessed Mangupura (Bali Post)—

A number of circles question about the preparation of the Regional Tourism Development Master Plan (Ripda) and the establishment of the Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD)

in Badung. Both things are considered necessary to be immediately realized because it is the mandated by the Law No. 10/2009 on Tourism. A legislator of the Badung House, Putu Parwata, said that

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Kuta Beach, one of the tourism site in Badung Regency

Badung had become the heart of tourism in Bali. The development of tourism sector grew so rapidly and it was clearly indicated by the rampant development of tourist accommodation facilities. Construction of the accommodation facilities then resulted in problems such as the carrying capacity of Badung County and concerns regarding the saturation of tourist destination. He said that Badung should have a clear blue print of tourism development so that the development of tourism sector would not be excessive. The government needed to create a blue print to facilitate the tourism development and grow the tourist attractions. “The blue print meant is in the form of the Regional Tourism Development Master Plan,” he said. Similar opinion was revealed by Executive Director of the Indonesia Hotels and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of Badung, Made Sulasa Jaya. Not long ago, Sulasa Jaya also questioned about the implementation made by

Badung County to follow up the mandate of the Law No.10/2009 on Tourism, where one of which was the preparation of the Regional Tourism Development Master Plan. As far as he knew, so far the drafting of master plan in the Badung County was unclear. “In developing the policy, the government should ideally involve the stakeholders,” he added. Aside from the master plan, the Law No.10/2009 also mandated the establishment of the Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD). The promotion board was considered strategic to be established. Parwata mentioned, so far the tourism promotion made by the government and private parties were still not optimal. It was required the more structured and focused measures to promote the tourism of Bali and Badung in particular in international arena. “So far, all the components seem to run their own strategy independently. The government runs it by itself and so does the private parties. Therefore, it cannot reach

maximal results,” he said. Meanwhile, the Head of the Badung Government Tourism Office, Cokorda Raka Darmawan, said on Friday (Jan 11) the Badung Regional Tourism Development Master Plan was still in the drafting stage. It was prepared by the Badung Development Planning Board (Bappeda) and the Badung Research & Development Agency. The drafting itself had been started since last year. “We are still in the assessment process,” he said. The Regional Tourism Development Master Plan of Badung, he said, related to the national and provincial tourism development master plan. Until now, the provincial master plan was still under study. Raka Darmawan hoped the provincial authority would involve the Badung County in the assessment process. As the regional tourism development master plan, the formation of the BPPD in Badung was also still waiting for the development of the BPPD in the province. (kmb25)


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Rain and gale harm dozen hectares of paddy plants Eroded by waves, road at Kampong Bugis disconnects

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The damage rice paddy is seen in Gianyar Regency. Gianyar (Bali Post)—

Rain and gale hitting the Gianyar area caused flooding and fallen trees claiming casualties. Besides, the disasters also made dozens of hectares of rice fields damaged in several areas of Gianyar. The rice plants existing in several subak groups in Gianyar County were damaged due to being submerged. Friday (Jan 11), the damage to rice plants occurred at Subak Tarukan at Pejeng Kaja, Tampaksiring, Subak Gondalangu at Peliatan, Ubud and Subak Siangan in Gianyar town. Dozens of hectares of local rice collapsed. To reduce huge losses, farmers were forced to harvest their rice early. Due to such damage, the quality of rice produced was low and the selling price would surely be cheaper. A farmer from Subak Tarukan admitted if their rice was not ready to be harvested. The rice straw submerged in water could threaten the result of their production waited for months, so that the rice soaked in the mud should eventually be harvested. “If the rice is not harvested, it will be moldy, while the grain will rot and fall off,” he explained.

Similar testimony was given by a farmer from Subak Gondalangu, Peliatan, Ubud, Balik Karma. The rice harvested was actually not mature enough. Early harvest was just intended to cover losses. The selling price of dry rice with such condition was previously at the average of IDR 2,800 per kg and then was sold for only IDR 2,000 per kg. The rain and gale lately did not only harm the rice plants. Such an extreme weather also complicated farmers to dry out their harvested grain. Against the conditions, farmers could not do much. Ascertained, the damage to rice plants would harm farmers. Their only hope was the attention from the government against the conditions experienced by farmers due to erratic weather. (kmb16)

Road section on the waterfront of Kampong Bugis I, Kampong Bugis village, Singaraja, was disconnected by tidal waves hitting the Buleleng waters lately. As disconnected, the road connecting the Kayu Buntil village to Kampong Bugis village and to Jalan Patimura could not be passed through by vehicles. As monitoring made on Friday (Jan 11), it was seen if more than a half of the road body with the width of three meters was eroded. Previously, the concrete barriers were eroded by waves, so that the condition was getting worse and disconnected the access. To prevent the more serious damage, local residents through mutual assistance built a dike as barrier against the waves. Aside from disconnected, along the asphalted road was filled with sand mixed with stone gravel. Such condition complicated the passing vehicles and the road body turned slippery as buried by sand and stone gravels. A local resident told if the road damage had occurred since two days ago. However, the concrete barriers had been collapsed by the waves earlier. Even, a hibiscus tree on the roadside near the concrete barriers toppled. Then, during this bad weather the waves continued to erode more than half of the road body and made it disconnected. “The road was damaged after being eroded by waves two days ago. Without the dike, the water will continue to erode the land and perhaps the road body will run out as eroded by the waves,” he said. On the other hand, residents admitted to be anxious because the tidal waves were increasingly ferocious to hit the settlement

located just a few meters from the beach. Earlier, the waves of five meters high crashed the village and the water came into the house of residents. Fortunately, the water quickly receded, so it did not soak the residents’ belongings. The tidal waves were estimated to reach its peak on Friday night (Jan 11) coinciding with the black moon. As usual, on the black moon the seawater generated high tide and caused huge waves. “Maybe, tonight (Friday, Jan 11) the waves will be getting higher than this, and we get ready to flee to a safer place,” said the resident Meanwhile, the hamlet chief of Bugis I, Sudarmo, admitted at the scene that the road damage complicated his residents because it connected two hamlets to Jalan Patimura, Singaraja. Since the road was disconnected, the residents were forced to find out another route. Only motorcyclists could still traverse the path. “Obviously, it is

disturbing our residents because the road is very vital and many people use it. As disconnected, our residents are forced to find alternative path,” he said. On the other hand, Sudarmo said that his party had reported the damage from the beginning to the office of Buleleng Public Works. However, the report had not been responded and given solution for improvement. Even, the damage was getting worse. “It’s been submitted and the disconnected road has been reported but there is no response,” he explained. Sudarmo added that since the bad weather occurred his party had appealed to residents to be vigilant and if the waves were getting bigger the residents were asked to flee to a safer place. The village authority had prepared a place to accommodate the residents that would flee in case of tidal waves came to soak the residents’ house. (kmb)

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The road at Kampong Bugis was disconnected because it was destoyed by the waves.

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The Shack, opened at Waterbom Bali Waterbom Bali just launched the latest play toy called ‘The Shack’ on Friday, 21st December 2012 with a casual and fun Media Gathering. This rustic wooden structure is what stereotypes the image of being in a tropical environment, away from an urban setting, the opposite of being in a concrete office space.“This new installment will add to the overall experience at Waterbom Bali. Need a break from all the slides, The Shack offers the alternative, a full serviced bar serving the freshest ‘Mojito’s’, the mint is literally picked from Waterbom’s own garden.” Said Sayan Gulino, the Waterbom. Executive Assistant Manager .“Drinks or no drinks, The Shack also offers a place to ‘chill out’, sit in a hammock, play a game of backgammon, chess or any other strategy games and define the word ‘RELAX’, another relaxing option is to have a reflexology treatment, all whilst having great music to satisfy the soul.” He added. The Shack come to completed 20 world class waterslides, Raft River, Macaroni, Jungle Ride, Boogie Ride, Race Track, Smashdown, Superbowl, Boomerang, CLIMAX, Funtastic Aqua Playland & Kiddy Slides, exciting through 3.8 hectares of landscaped tropical parks situated at the Kuta stretch providing hours of fun and entertainment for the

young and young at heart. All World-class slides and rides are built and maintained to strict international safety standards.The advanced salt chlorination technique is soft on the environment and on your skin. there are: Waterbom Bali also provide several facilities inside the park such as: Fun Shop, The Wantilan Food Court, Locker, Changing Room, Water Blaster, Euro-Bungy Trampoline, Island Ink (Temporary Tattoo Corner), Paint Face, Foot Reflexology and Back and Shoulder Massage, Cute-X Nail Art, Fish Spa, Digiphoto, Large sunbathing area, Gazebo / Cabana, Tropical Garden, Pleasure pool with Sunken Pool Bar.(BTN/014)

Calendar Event for December 12 through December 27, 2012 12 Des B uda Keliwon Ugu Pura Dalem Tarukan Banjar Pulasari Desa Peninjoan Tembuku - Bangli Pura Pasek Gelgel Boading Kabakaba Tabanan Pura Pemayun Banyuning T e n gah - Buleleng Pura Desa Kayangan Tiga Desa Bubunan Seririt - Buleleng Pura Agung Gunung Raung Banjar Taro Kaja Taro - Tegalalang Merajan Pasek Dangka Bungbungan 22 Des H ari Tumpek Wayang Pura Majapahit Jembrana Odalan Betara ratu Gede Celuk Sukawati Odalan Betara Ratu Wedyadari Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Panti Gelgel Pengembungan Sesetan Denpasar Betara Ratu Alit dan Ratu Lingsir Singakerta Ubud Pura Pedarmaan Dalem Sukawati B esakih Pura Pedarmaan Mengwi Besakih Pura Pedarmaan Kaba-kaba Besakih Pura Pedarmaan dalem Bakas Besakih Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Gelgel

Pegatepan Gelgel Klungkung Pura Pemrajan Agung Sulang Kec Dawan Klungkung Merajan Pasek Bendesa Kori Agung Pengatepan Pura Pedarmaan Dinasti dalem sri Aji Kresna Kepakisan P u r a Besakih (Dalem Klungkung) Pura Penataran Giri Purwa dan Pesraman Dusun Kuto Rejo Kendal Rejo Tegal Delimo Banyuangi 26 Des Buda Wage Kelawu Pura Penataran Agung Teluk Padang Karangasem Pura Melanting D esa Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Ped Nusa Penida Pura Pasek Gelgel Pangembungan Bongkase Abiansemal Pura Pasek Bendesa Reyang Gede Penebel Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Br. Jawa Tengah Buleleng Pura Gaduhan Jagat Desa Singakerta Ubud Pura Masceti Tegeh Mancawarna Sanding Tampaksiring Pura Penataran Batu Lepang Kamasan Klungkung Pura Paibon Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Desa Kedonganan Kuta

Pura Goa Besakih Pura Basukian Besakih Penataran Agung Besakih Merajan Pasek Gelgel Pejeng Merajan Pasek Gelgel Songan Merajan Pasek Prateka Pekandelan Sidemen Merajan Pasek Prateka Taman Sari Sukasada Pura dadia Pasek Gelgel Sidemen Karangasem Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tampuagan, Tembuku, Bangli 27 Des Purnama Kepitu Pr. Benua Besakih. Pura Dalem Desa Camenggaon - Sukawati Pura Suranadhi Lombok Pura Narmada Lombok Pura Segara Ampenan Lombok Mr Agung Dewa Agung Klungkung Ulah Sidemen Pura Gunungrene S i d e m e n Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Ababi Mr. Pasek gelgel Tista Pura Gunung Gunung - Tianyar Kubu - Karangasem Pura Pingit Klenting sari Banjar Sumberkelompok - Gerokgak Singaraja Pura Payogan Agung Kutai Kartanegara

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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Golden Globe nominees celebrate at tea party Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jon Bon Jovi, Hugh Jackman and other Golden Globe nominees celebrated their good fortune with a cup of tea. They were the guests of honor at the annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts annual Awards Season Tea Party at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, where the agenda was merely to mingle with the Hollywood elite while nibbling on finger sandwiches and scones with cream. Sally Field milled about with her awards-

season date, her youngest son, Sam Greisman. Jackman and Bon Jovi talked shop. Lawrence collected kudos from her colleagues, “Life of Pi” director Ang Lee posed for photos and Harvey Weinstein, whose namesake company produced awardsseason contenders such as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Django Unchained,” smiled broadly as he worked the room. David O. Russell, who showed up wearing his trademark white sneakers, complimented a BAFTA member on his cologne. “You smell really good,” the “Silver Linings Playbook” director said. “What are you wearing?” Other guests at the afternoon affair in-

cluded Ben Affleck, “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow, Amanda Seyfried, Jacki Weaver, Olivia Munn, “Les Miserables” director Tom Hooper, Chris Tucker, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and filmmaker Ava DuVernay. The pre-Globes event was among many dotting the city Saturday, and one of three held at the hotel. Tea party guests could also get glamorous at the InStyle Beauty Lounge or gifted at the HBO Luxury Lounge. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live on NBC.

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LAS VEGAS — A 23-year-old blonde from Brooklyn, N.Y., won the Miss America crown Saturday night after deftly dealing with a question about armed guards in schools and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her contestant platform. En route to her victory in the Las Vegas pageant, Mallory Hagan also tap danced to James Brown’s “Get Up Off of That Thing,” strutted down the runway in an asymmetrical white gown, and donned a revealing black string bikini. She defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third. Hagan wins a $50,000 college scholarship and a year as an instant celebrity and role model to many girls. Her platform, the issue she will promote during her reign, is fighting child sexual abuse. She told The Associated Press in an

interview after her win that it was her mother who encouraged her to tackle the issue. She said that sexual abuse had “rippled through” her family, touching her mother, aunt, grandmother and cousins. Her mother had trouble at first convincing others of the trauma she had faced. “That kind of sent her into a whirlwind of anxiety and depression. So as a teen I lost my mom kind of for a couple years,” she said. “She was dealing with her own issues, and that’s something that now as an adult I understand, but then I certainly did not.” During an interview backstage,

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Miss New York, Mallory Hagan, right, reacts with Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers as she is crowned Miss America 2013 on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Las Vegas.

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Hagan’s mother Mandy Moore wiped tears away as she spoke. “It’s very overwhelming,” she said. “It’s all hitting me so fast.” Hagan said she will work to make child abuse education mandatory in all 50 states. “It’s something I can hopefully change for the next generation,” she said. Hagan left her native Alabama for New York at 18 with less than $1,000 in her pocket. She began competing in pageants when she was 13 and tried for Miss New York in 2010 and 2011 before winning last year. She studied communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been living in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Hagan, who aspires to be a global cosmetic company executive, ends a long dry spell for New York in the competition. The previous winner from that state was actress Vanessa Williams, who became the first black winner when she took the crown in 1984. Hagan is the first Brooklyn-dweller to claim the title. She was good enough during preliminary contests for the 92nd annual Miss America pageant to be chosen as one of 16 semifinalists who moved on to compete in the main show. Her bid lasted through swimsuit, evening wear, and talent competitions that saw cuts after each round. In the final moments of the show, “Good Morning America” weatherman Sam Champion asked her if schools should hire armed guards in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting. “I don’t think the proper was to fight violence is with violence,” she replied. “I think the proper way is to educate people on guns and the ways we can use them properly. We can lock them up, we can have gun safety classes, we can have a longer waiting period.”

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Out of slump, Serangan revives to build education tourism The tourists are using the boat the reach the Serangan Island. The island is started to develop and one of the aim is education. Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Serangan village planned to create education tourism on the island. This effort was especially intended to promote the economic recovery of Serangan villagers. As acknowledged by I Made Kanan Jaya, a member of the King Saguna Jaya shell craftsman group, any efforts had been carried out to promote the tourism on Serangan Island. Aside from being a fisherman, a lot of people previously worked as shell craftsmen. However, many craftsmen were then out of business due to marketing problem. “Our obstacle in developing the shell craft lies in the marketing,” said Kanan Jaya, Saturday (Jan 12). According to him, in order to survive amidst the sluggish sales

the craftsmen were planning to develop education tourism on Serangan Island. “Indeed, this kind of tourism has not been available on Serangan Island and it can support the other tourism,” he explained. He explained the shell handicraft was potential enough to be developed in various regions in In-

donesia. “Shell craft can be made a gift to beach tourist attraction and becomes a characteristic of each region,” he added. Additionally, the abundant shells on beaches across the archipelago could be use to produce handicraft in accordance with diverse people’s creativity. In order to realize the education tourism, the shell craftsmen group on Serangan Island would work closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs of the RI. Previously, the group had obtained a building aid used for the making of handicrafts. As planned, courtyard of the building would be arranged in order

to support the educational process. “The building assisted by the ministry will be further developed in order to support the education tourism,” he explained. He further explained that to accelerate the promotion of education tourism, administrator of the group would be working closely with travel agencies to visit Serangan Island. Expected, the attraction could be offered as education tourism in their tour package. “After enjoying marine tourism, visitors can resume to the package of education tourism,” he said. The education tourism was meant to teach visitors on how to make shell crafts with the materials and tools

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provided at the scene. In addition, visitors would be accompanied by an instructor from local people who had worked as shell craftsmen since 15 years ago. “The education tourism is expected to support the development of shell handicraft and increase livelihood on Serangan Island,” he hoped. Previously, the number of shell craftsmen on Serangan Island reached more than 70 people. However, in keeping with the passage of time, many craftsmen went bankrupt because they found difficulty in marketing. Now, the number of surviving craftsmen only amounted to six people. (kmb27)


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