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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Francis Bacon artwork sets auction record in NY

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NEW YORK — A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon set a world record for most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was purchased for $142,405,000 at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art sale on Tuesday night. The triptych depicts Bacon’s artist friend. The work sold after “6 minutes of fierce bidding in the room and on the phone,” Christie’s said in a statement. The price includes the buyer’s premium. Christie’s did not say who bought the painting. The price surpassed the nearly $120 million paid for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which set a world record when it was sold at Sotheby’s in a 2012 sale. The previous record for Bacon’s artwork sold at auction was his 1976 “Triptych.” That sold for $86 million in 2008. Among other highlights scheduled to be auctioned at Christie’s is a bright orangeyellow and white oil painting by Mark Rothko. Reminiscent of a radiating sunset, the 1957 large-scale “Untitled (No. 11)” could fetch up to $35 million. In May 2012, Christie’s sold Rothko’s “Orange, Red, Yellow” for $86.8 million, a record for any contemporary artwork at auction. Christie’s also has an iconic Andy Warhol, “Coca-Cola (3),” estimated to sell for $40 million to $60 million. The Warhol

auction record is $71.7 million for “Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I),” sold in 2007. On Wednesday evening, Sotheby’s is offering Warhol’s “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster),” a provocative double-panel painting that could bring as much as $80 million. Warhol produced four paintings in the “Death and Disaster” series. The other three are in museums. Measuring 8 feet (2.4 meters) by 13 feet (3.9 meters), the 1963 silver work captures the immediate aftermath of a car crash, a twisted body sprawled across its mangled interior. It has been seen in public only once in the past 26 years. Other blue-chip offerings at Christie’s on Tuesday include Jeff Koons’ whimsical “Balloon Dog (Orange),” a 10-foot (3-meter)-tall stainless steel sculpture resembling a twisted child’s party balloon. It is expected to sell for up to $55 million. It is one of five balloon dogs Koons has created in different colors. All are in private hands.

It is being sold by newsprint magnate Peter Brant to benefit his Brant Foundation Art Study in Greenwich, Connecticut. Also on tap is a masterpiece by German painter Gerhard Richter from the collection of rock star Eric Clapton. Painted in gold and orange hues, the 1994 “Abstract Painting” is estimated to bring as much as $20 million. Richter’s photo-based “Cathedral Square, Milan” brought $37 million at Sotheby’s in May, setting a record for any living artist at auction. Roy Lichtenstein’s “Seductive Girl” could bring up to $28 million. The artist auction record is $56 million for “Woman With Flowered Hat,” sold at Christie’s in May.

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This undated photo provided by Christie’s shows “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” a triptych by Francis Bacon of his friend and artist Lucian Freud.

Kim Kardashian cited for speeding on LA freeway

Associated Press Writer

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, Kim Kardashian arrives at the inaugural Dream for Future Africa Foundation Gala at Spago in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File

LOS ANGELES — Kim Kardashian was cited for speeding Tuesday after a California Highway Patrol officer spotted the reality star apparently being chased by paparazzi on a Los Angeles freeway. CHP Officer Ming Hsu said Kardashian was pulled over at about 1 p.m. on the 101 Freeway near the Van Nuys Boulevard exit. Three other cars apparently driven by paparazzi were also stopped, although two of them left the scene before an officer was able to talk to the photographers, according to a news release. The third photographer, Juliano A. Goncalves, pulled around Kardashian’s vehicle and started taking pictures. He was cited for speeding and stopping in a nonemergency situation, Hsu said. An email sent to a representative for Kardashian was not immediately returned. Attempts to reach Goncalves for comment were unsuccessful. Kardashian, 33, who stars along with her family in the reality series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” has generally had a good relationship with the paparazzi. Her fiance, rapper Kanye West, however, has had several skirmishes with celebrity photographers. West has pleaded not guilty in a misdemeanor case in which he’s accused of fighting with a paparazzo and attempting to take his camera.

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Tourists walked at Nusa Dua area during the APEC Summit meeting recently. The growth of MICE tourism in Bali has not been maximally worked on. All this time, the circles of tourism players only handle the events like meeting, conference and exhibition. Bali Post

DENPASAR - The growth of MICE tourism in Bali has not been maximally worked on. All this time, the circles of tourism players only handle the events like meeting, conference and exhibition. Actually, when talking about MICE (meeting, incentive, convention, exhibition), there is a focus in the form of incentive. Section Chief of Convention Incentives and Event Tourism Facilities, Directorate of Special Interest, Convention, Incentive and Event Tourism Development, Directorate General of Tourist Destination Development, Ministry of Tourism and Economic Creative, Nur Fatonah, said that Indonesia especially Bali was potential to develop incentive tourism because Indonesia had many cultural and tourist attractions. Incentive tourism products required extraordinary creativity. Product design should always be creative.

Actually, the more satisfied the customers, the more creative people made a product covering the three criteria above. “The potential for MICE tourism is still not worked on optimally due to lack of corporate or MICE players that understand about the true criteria of the incentive travel management,” said Nur Fatonah. According to Fathonah, Indonesia had 16 cities with the potential to develop MICE tourism. However, the mindset of tourism players in Indonesia, including

in Bali, still considered the MICE tourism was only related meetings and conventions. “Meanwhile, incentive tourism contained in the MICE has not been worked on optimally. MICE organizers are rarely able to handle the MICE tourism properly,” Fathonah said. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Indonesian Congress and Convention Association (INCCA) of Bali Chapter, IB Surakusuma, revealed that incentive tourism was not only worked on by MICE Bali players, but had also started to be handled by MICE players in Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Medan including Makassar. “However, to work on the MICE market there must be an understanding among the MICE players related to the criteria of incentive tourism. It is required an experience in the field of MICE tourism so they can work on specifically the incentive tourism,” he said. Continued on page 6


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Gianyar govt drafts moratorium of tourist accommodation Gianyar (Bali Post)—

(overloaded). If this condition is allowed, it will definitely lead to unhealthy competition like underpriced room sale and so on,” he said. Based on existing record of 2012, when he was still serving as the Head of Licensing Office, there were about 800 tourist accommodations in Ubud area having no permit. Responding to such condition, the county government was currently still preparing data collection. “We will continue to ask for input from the PHRI as well as the approval from the House related to the moratorium plan because it involves regional spatial regulation,” he affirmed. Associated with the inputs of the PHRI, if the results of

analysis indeed required doing so, the moratorium was completely possible to be implemented early in 2014. The moratorium would not apply in its entirety of the Gianyar region. For southern part of Gianyar County, the opportunities were still very open and encouraged to build tourist accommodation. Even, the Integrated Licensing Office (BPPT) of Gianyar always directed the investors to build tourist accommodation in Southern Gianyar region. “This moratorium will also be intended for equitable development in Gianyar County,” he said while adding if the moratorium would be implemented it should be constantly evaluated. (kmb16)

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The rare birds wich is siezed by the officers in Tanah Lot area.

Ranger ranks of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of Bali seized four protected birds at Tanah Lot tourist attraction, Kediri, Tuesday (Nov 12). Those rare birds were forced to be arrested because they were not equipped with a permit. Every day, the birds were taken advantage for photo services to visitors. The four birds consisted of hornbill, hawk, helmeted friarbird and white cockatoo with yellow topknot. The raid was held around 2:00 p.m. When being approached by the officers, the bird owner Nyoman Wandi from Dukuh hamlet, Beraban village, Kediri, could only surrender. Those birds were finally confiscated by the officers. “These birds are protected species and the owner does not have a permit,” said Dewa

KUTA - This year’s festive season, Hard Rock Hotel Bali announces dinner and party events to make Christmas celebration extra wonderful for all the family. For the perfect Christmas Eve on the world’s renowned Kuta Beach, Chef Low Keng Meng has crafted a pre-concert Christmas Buffet Dinner Starz Diner restaurant that offers the traditional dining highlights of the season that includes Honey Glazed Ham, Roast Turkey, Christmas Yule Log Cake and more. All customers can delight in sumptuous culinary offerings and distinctive entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel Bali’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffet dinner at the price of Rp. 250,000++ per person, a child under 12 years old eats free for each paying adult.

2 Nov Saniscara Keliwon Kuningan. Pura Taman Pule di Mas-Ubud. Pura Ularan di Takmung-Klungkung. Pura Bukitjati di Gulingan-Kawan Bangli.

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Goa Gajah, one of the tourism attarction in Gianyar Regency

Nyoman Gede Yoga, Section Chief of Protection and Investigation of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency of Bali. It was described the findings of the four rare birds was due to the report of resident. Once heard, his party made an investigation. When the evidence considered enough, it was followed up with a raid. According to him, the four birds seized were in the category on the verge of extinction. On that account, they were then protected by the state. He pointed out that helmeted friarbird becoming the mascot of Lombok had very rare proliferation. Similar condition also happened to eagle and hornbill. The bird owner recognized, said Yoga, the four birds were recently displayed at Tanah Lot. “It is said to have been displayed for only a few weeks,” he said.

The bird owner would be charged under Article 21, paragraph 2 of Law No.5/1990 on Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems. The threat was imprisonment of five years and a fine of IDR 100 million. For a while, the birds would be commended in the Animal Rescue Center. “Temporarily, we will commend them while waiting for further instruction from our leadership,” he said. By all means, said Yoga, after entrusted to the Animal Rescue Center, the birds would be released into their native habitat as long as their condition had adapted to an open environment. All this time, they were cooped up in a cage and their interaction was also limited. With this arrest, Yoga asked people not to carelessly take care of protected wildlife. (kmb30)

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as he elegantly manages the audience with unstoppable energy and shouts out interactions making the audience ask for more every time he performs in different parts of the world. A percentage of the Christmas Eve Concert proceeds will be donated to the Solemen Indonesia Foundation to benefit the underprivileged families in Bali. The Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner and Concert are all inclusive as the part of the Wonderful Christmas room package. Stay for minimum 3 consecutive nights in the Christmas period from 22 – 28 December 2013. The package is offered starts from Rp 1.880.000++ per room per night for Deluxe Room (room

rate is valid for Indonesian citizens and KITAS holders). Hard Rock Hotel Bali also promises an unforgettable New Year’s Eve Dinner and Countdown Party with an extensive array of culinary delights. The dinner begins with a tantalizing lobster starter with a glass of premium sparkling wine, continued with a myriad of International food stations from Italian, Chinese to Japanese, from seafood to sashimi as well as a cheese and dessert selection, all served with free flow wine or beer during dinner. “Flashback to the 80’s” is the theme for the whole New Year’s Eve countdown party at the Sand Island. The guests will feel the glory of disco

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era, when neon-colored outfits are legit and everyone is ready to hit the Technicolor dance arena. Prepare your best costume and book the “Flashback to The 80’s” New Year package starts from Rp 2.080.000++ per room per night for Deluxe room (room rate is valid for Indonesian citizens and KITAS holders), period of stay is from 28 December 2013 – 5 January 2014 with minimum

Calendar Event for November 2 through December 11, 2013

Rangers seize rare birds at Tanah Lot tourist attraction Tabanan (Bali Post)—

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Enjoy festive season at Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Carlton J. Smith, a renowned soul singer from USA, will be the headline performance for the Christmas Eve Party at Centerstage, Hard Rock Hotel Bali on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Since 2002 Carlton has produced, hosted and performed in R&B/Soul Revues in New York City’s worldrenowned B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Initially a one-show deal, his first performance sold-out and inspired the club to book him monthly for a series of tributes to stars including Al Green, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Sly & The Family Stone, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye. A Carlton J. Smith concert experience is not to be missed

Quite rapid development of tourist accommodation in Gianyar County in recent years seems to be the concern of Gianyar government. Now, Gianyar is preparing a permit draft on moratorium of tourist accommodation in the Ubud tourist destination considering the existence of tourist accommodation in the region has been overloaded. On Tuesday (Nov 12), Regional Secretary of Gianyar Ida Bagus Gaga Adi Saputra confirmed the plan. Based on a number of entries received by the Regent AA Bharata, the moratorium would be planned to be enacted in 2014. However, to ensure the implementation, it was still awaiting the inputs from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurants Association (PHRI) as well as the approval of the Gianyar House, he said. Moratorium of tourist accommodation would be imposed selectively in particular regions. “This idea is based on a field overview where the number of tourist accommodation in Ubud area is estimated to have exceeded the limit

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6 Nov Buda Wage Langkir. Pura Tanah Lot Kediri Tabanan. Pura Bucabe Mas Ubud. Pura Puseh Desa Ganggang-Canggi Batuan. Pura Pasek Pertukangan Kediri-Tabanan. Pura Pasek Bendesa Gulingan Mengwi. Pura Masceti Desa Sanding-Tampak Siring. Puru Luwur Batur Pucangan Buahan-Tabanan. Odalan Alit di Pura Dalem Takuran di Cemenggoan Sukawati. Odalan Ida Ratu Sundaring Jagat Penataran Agung Besakih. Mr. Pasek Gelgel Silakarang. Pura Dalem Bangun Sakti Kapal. Pura Dalem Bias Muntig Ped-Nusa Penida. 10 Nov Redite Pon Medangsia. Pura Agung Pentilan Kesiman-Denpasar. Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kerambitan Tabanan. 11 Nov Soma Wage Medangsia. Pura Nataran Desa Getas Blahbatuh. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Aan-Klungkung. Pura Pasek Bakbakan Gianyar. 12 Nov Anggara Keliwon Medangsia. Pura Pesimpangan Geria Sakti Manuaba di Yogyakarta-Sumur Lampung Selatan. Pura Luwur Uluwatu Pecatu Kuta Selatan. Pura Penataran Agung Singakerta Ubud. Pura Andakasa Karangasem. Pura Gua Lawah Klungkung. Merajan Kawitan Arya Kubontubuh Gelgel Klungkung. Pura Taman Ayun Mengwi. Pura Suralaya Banda-Klungkung. Pura Dalem Senapati Bebalang-Bangli. Pura Gadung Blahbatuh Gianyar. Pura Pasek Lurah Tutuan. Pura Pasek Gadung Kerambitan Tabanan. Pura Dalem Tugu Gelgel Klungkung. Pura Dalem Banyuning Barat-Buleleng. Odalan Sepen di Pura Puseh. Pura Desa Cemenggaon-Sukawati. Pura Pusering Jagat Pejeng-Tampaksiring. Merajan Pasek Kubayan Mengwi. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Gegelang-Tabanan. Pura Geria Sakti (Dang Kahyangan) Tulikup Gianyar. Pura Dalem Dauh Ubud. 13 Nov Buda Umanis Medangsia. Pura Gede Perancak-Jembrana. Pura Dalem Dauma-Batuan Sukawati. Pura Nataran Kacangdawa-Klungkung.

Odalan Bhatara Gede Apol di Ubung Denpasar. Pura Puseh Brahmana Kamasan-Klungkung. Pura Kahyangan Jagat Dalem Purwa Denbantas Tabanan. Pura Dalem Sukehet Klungkung. Pura Dalem Muaspatih Guwang Sukawati. Pura Taman Tegalalang. Pura Desa Sanding-Tampaksiring. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa-Batanbuah-Kesiman. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Basangkawan. Pura Sahab Nusa Penida. Merajan Agung Gorokgak Dalem Sukawati. 14 Nov Wraspati Paing Medangsia. Pura Ulun Swi Kediri Tabanan. Pura Panti Pasek Gelgel Bitra-Gianyar. 17 Nov Redite Keliwon Pujut. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Kekeran-Mengwi. 17 Nov Purnama Kelima. Aci-aci Penaung Bayu di Pura Batumadeg di Besakih. Pura Kentel Gumi di Batur Baangli. Pura Pedarman Agung, Satria Denpasar. Pura Pemerajan Agung - Pemecutan Denpasar. Ngusaba di Pura Kehen Bangli. Pura Desa Pemenang di Lombok. Pura Agung Pasek Gelgel di Sumerta Denpasar. Pura Pasek Gobleg di Kekeran Mengwi. Pura Suranadi di Lombok. Pura Puncak Bukit Tampak Siring. Pura Dalem Puri Agung Kintamani. Pura Dalem Agung Nongan Karangasem. Pura Dalem Ubung-Kupang Dukuh Penebel-Tabanan. Pura Dalem Balingkang Kintamani. Pr. Tampurhyang Pusat Kawitan Mahagota Catur Sanak di Songan Kintamani. Pura Dalem Pulasari Desa Bantas Sudaji Buleleng. Merajan Pasek Gelgel di Lebih. Merajan Pasek Gelgel di Tulamben. Pura Penyusungan Pasek Tohjiwa Selemadeg Tabanan. Pura Pasar Agung Besakih Sebudi Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tengkulak Kaja. Pura Suci Desa Tianyar Kubu Karangasem. Pura Bukit Mentik ring Gunung Lebah Desa Batur Kintamani. Pura Narmada di Lombok. Pura Segara di Ampenan Lombok. Pura Ularan di Seririt Buleleng. 24 Nov Redite Paing Pahang. Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kekeran Mengwi. Pura Pasek Sandra Peguyangan Badung. 26 Nov Anggara Wage Pahang. Pura Batu Madeg (Meru Tumpang Sanga) di Besakih. Pura Hyang Tibha Batuan Sakah.

27 Nov Buda Keliwon Pahang. Pura Luhur Puncak Padang Dawa Baturiti Tabanan. Pura Silayukti Padangbai-Karangasem. Pura Aer Jeruk Sukawati. Pura Dangin Pasar Batuan-Sukawati. Pura Penataran di Batuyang-Batubulan. Pura Desa Lembeng Ketewel-Sukawati. Pura Pasek Bendesa Dukuh-Kediri-Tabanan. Pura Kawitan Dalem Sukawati Gianyar. Pura Kresek Banyuning-Buleleng. Pura Puseh di Bebandem-Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Kubayan-Gaji. Merajan pasek Gelgel Jeroan Abang-Songan. Merajan Pasek Subrata Temaga. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Bungbungan. Pura Sad Kahyangan Batu Medahu Swana Nusa Penida. Pura Buda Kliwon Penatih-Denpasar. Pura Penataran Dukuh Nagasari Bebandem Karangasem. Pura Pasek Bendesa Tagtag Paguyangan. Pura Pulasari Sibang Gede Abiansemal. Pura Batur Sari Ubud. Pura Penataran Agung Sukawati. 2 Dec Soma Keliwon Krulut. Pura Pasel Gelgel Kekeran Mengwi Badung. Merajan Pasek Subadra Kramas-Gianyar. 7 Dec Tumpek Krurut. Pura Pasek Gelgel Br Tengah Buleleng. Pura Dalem Pemuteran di Desa Jelantik Tojan Klungkung. Pura Pedarmaan Bhujangga Waisnawa di Besakih. Pura Taman Sari Desa Gunungsari Penebel - Tabanan. Pura Dalem Tarukan di Bebalang Bangli. Pura Benua Kangin Besakih. Pura Merajan Kanginan (Ida Betara Empu Beradah) di Besakih. 8 Dec Redite Umanis Merakih. Pura Parangan Tengah Banjar Ceningan Kangin Lembongan Nusa Penida. Pura Dalem Celuk Sukawati - Gianyar. 11 Dec Buda Wage Merakih. Pura Bendesa Mas Kepisah - Pedungan - Denpasar Selatan. Pura Natih Banjar Kalah - Batubulan. Pura Desa Silakarang - Singapadu. Pura dalem Petitenget - Kerobokan - Kuta. Pura Dalem Pulasari - Samplangan - Gianyar. Pura Kubayan - Kepisah - Pedungan - Denpasar - Selatan. Pura Pasek gelgel Banjar Tanahpegat - Tabanan. Pr. Paibon Banjar Bengkel - Sumerta - Denpasar. Pura Pasek Lumintang - Denpasar. Pr. Panti Penyarikan Medahan - Sanding - Tampaksiring. Pr. Pasar Agung Banjar Dauh Peken - Kaba-kaba - Tabanan.

stay of 4 consecutive nights. Festive season room packages are now on sale at the Hotel’s website, travel agents and via reservation center. To make a room reservation, please call (62) 361 761 869 or email to bookings@ hardrockhotels.net. To make dinner reservation, please call (62) 361 761 869 or email to starzdiner@ hardrockhotels.net.

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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Thursday, November 14, 2013

International

UN says Afghan opium production hits record high

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Bali tourism still promises investment opportunities Bali Post

Associated Press Writer

JAKARTA - Advancement of the tourism sector chiefly in Bali is taken advantage by investors to expand their business. “So far, Bali is still remarkably promising in the investment opportunities in the sectors supporting the tourism industry,” said Project Marketing & Investment Consultant of PT Bali Seminyak Sejahtera, Tony Eddy, when launching the Meratus Seminyak Resort Condotel in Jakarta, Tuesday (Nov 12).

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s opium production surged this year to record levels, despite international efforts over the past decade to wean the country off the narcotics trade, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.N.’s drug control agency. The harvest this past May resulted in a staggering 5,500 metric tons (6,060 tons) of opium, 49 percent higher than last year and more than the combined output of the rest of the world. Even Afghan provinces with some past successes in combating poppy cultivation saw those trends reversed, according to this year’s annual U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report. The withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan next year is likely to make matters even worse, said JeanLuc Lemahieu, the UNODC regional representative in Kabul. He warned that as international assistance falls off, the Afghan government will become increasingly reliant on illicit sources of income. Uncertainty is also driving up poppy production, as farmers worried about the country’s future turn to the tried and true. The big increase in production began in 2010 when farmers rushed to plant to take advantage of soaring prices, a result of a crop disease the previous year, the U.S. military surge in the south and the announcement of the U.S. and NATO’s transition

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out of Afghanistan, Lemahieu told The Associated Press.Lemahieu said those who benefit from the drug trade include farmers, insurgents and many within the government. Often, he said, they work together. Khan Bacha, who cultivates a small plot of land in eastern Nangarhar province, a Taliban stronghold, told the AP this week that the insurgents charge farmers a “religious tax” of one kilogram of opium for every 10 kilograms produced — though the price is “negotiable.” “They say we are going for jihad,” Bacha said. “It is the God money we give.” Past attempts by the international community to combat opium cultivation have included introducing alternative crops and paying farmers in some areas not to plant poppies. That backfired when farmers elsewhere started growing poppies in the hopes of getting money if they stopped. Cultivation also appears to be spreading to new parts of the country — with Afghans planting poppies in some 209,000 hectares (516,450 acres) across 17 provinces this year, compared with 154,000 hectares

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FILE - In this May 10, 2013 file photo, Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in Khogyani district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (380,540 acres) in 15 provinces in 2012, according to the report. The vast majority of Afghanistan’s poppy cultivation takes place in the south, southwest and east, areas where

the Taliban insurgency is thriving. But Kabul province in central Afghanistan saw a major spike: a 148 percent increase in cultivation between 2012 and 2013. But it wasn’t all bad news in the

report, which said Afghanistan has expanded its social services to deal with a growing addiction problem at home. “These are tangible and hopeful signs of improvement,” the report said.

For Argentine chemo patients, mirrors can hurt Associated Press Writer

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In this Nov. 8, 2013 photo, Maria Marta Casere paints her eyebrows during a “Look Good Feel Better” workshop that offers free lessons in makeup and skin care for women dealing with the physical and psychological trauma of cancer, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — For cancer patients dealing with the physical and psychological trauma of the disease, even looking in the mirror can be difficult. When chemotherapy robs your hair, it’s common to feel that a part of your identity goes missing as well. “Look Good Feel Better” is a program that offers free lessons in makeup and skin care, with tips on covering heads gone bald and using eye-liner to replace fallen eyebrows. It’s an opportunity for beauticians to share their skills, for companies to donate products and for people with cancer to find some hope. The idea began 25 years ago in the U.S., where more

than 700,000 women have participated, and it has spread to Argentina and 23 other countries where chemotherapy is increasingly common. Argentina was the first Latin American nation to launch it, in 1999, and it has since grown to 100 sites across the country. For Mariela Steinberg, 38, it has made all the difference. She’s had multiple surgeries in a yearlong fight with uterine and cervical cancer, and was shocked at first to look in the mirror. “You see a face but you don’t recognize it as your own. But now I can say, little by little, I am beginning to adapt,” she said during a twohour class. “All of a sudden I begin to recognize myself. I am made-up, beautified.” Cancer is the second-leading

cause of death in Argentina, after heart disease, and the country’s cancer mortality rate is the third highest in Latin America after Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, the Pan American Health Organization says. Staying optimistic is known to increase the odds of survival, and appearance can have an outsized impact. Thus the program’s theme, “Hope is beautiful.” Daiana Castro, a 23-year-old hairstylist with ovarian cancer, was traumatized at first. “I had red hair, beautiful and long, and when it fell out I didn’t leave the house for a week.” Then she sought out one of the classes at Hospital San Martin. “If you have makeup on, you feel better. It helps you not to feel down,” Castro said.

According to Eddy, a lot of factors drew the interest of investors to expand their business in Bali. Among others, it included the brand name of Bali as a world’s premier tourist destination promising an unparalleled exoticism in Indonesian. Additionally, it was also shored up by great concern of the government that supported the infrastructure making the tourist mobility convenient. Without reducing the expectations of other regions in developing the tourism sector, Eddy ascertained the factor of Balinese art and culture was also a complement to Bali tourism being well known around the world. “The world recognizes that Bali is a favorite destination for foreign tourists,” said Eddy. Regarding the development plan of the Resort Meritus Seminyak, Eddy said, Seminyak area was chosen because it posed the premier tourist resort in Bali. “Selection of a strategic location, quality and ho-

tel chain operator, quality of construction as well as an interesting condotel concept design are very basic stuff to become a winner in the condotel business competition in Bali,” he said. Resort Meritus Seminyak was built on an area of 3,100 square meters with an investment of IDR 186 billion. “PT Bali Seminyak Sejahtera will start the construction of the Meritus Seminyak in the third month of 2014 and is planned to go into operation by the middle of 2015,” he said. Meritus Seminyak featured the concept combining the former two kingdoms ever existing in Bali, namely the Majapahit and Chinese kingdom. The concept would give the Meritus Seminyak an oriental value among the branded hotels in the vicinity. “If you are looking for a different hotel that can provide a comfort in your investment, Meritus Seminyak is the right answer,” said Eddy. (010)

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Advancement of the tourism sector chiefly in Bali is taken advantage by investors to expand their business.

Jatiluwih tourist attraction hampered by parking space Bali Post

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Determination of Jatiluwih region in Penebel as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO has not been poised with maximal management. One of them is the issue related to parking space.

TABANAN - Determination of Jatiluwih region in Penebel as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO has not been poised with maximal management. One of them is the issue related to parking space. Apparently, this international tourist attraction has not owned a parking lot. All this time, the parking service is directed to privately owned space and roadside. This homework becomes a tough task for the Jatiluwih Management Board to be immediately inaugurated. The Head of Tabanan Tourism and Culture Agency, Wayan Adnyana, explained that Jatiluwih tourist area was still hampered by parking lot issue. Ideally, it should have its own parking lot, not be managed individually or even used the space at roadside. “The main task of the Jatiluwih Management Board is promptly thinking of the parking lot. It’s very urgent,” he said. The management board, he said, was still waiting for the decree of the regent. The management had been summoned and selected. He hoped the composition

of the board would not change again. So, it was just waiting for the decree and inauguration because the Jatiluwih area required a maximal management. With the inclusion into the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, Jatiluwih was increasingly flooded with tourists. On that account, it required a reliable operator and operational management. Especially for parking lot, said Adnyana, it could be resolved with few alternatives such as by purchasing and leasing land. “Procurement of parking lot becomes the main project of Jatiluwih development. So, it should be promptly considered,” he said. Aside from parking issues, the management board should also think about revenue target as well as other supporting facilities. Adnyana added that Jatiluwih would become one of the mainstays of Tabanan to boost the regionally generated revenue (PAD). In addition, this everlasting farm tourism was best favored by travelers. The governing body should also think about the continuity of the fate of farmers at Jatiluwih area and the surroundings. (kmb30)


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Parking lot construction at Goa Lawah Temple abandoned

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Project work on the parking lot at Goa Lawah Temple, Klungkung, has not accomplished. However, the contractor has fled from the project location. Such condition was complained by local residents. Actually, the locals really hoped the parking lot could be completed before the peak of pujawali ritual activities in the Goa Lawah Temple, Tuesday (Nov 12). Chief of Pesinggahan customary village, Nyoman Suastika, said the condition was very regrettable. He admitted to have seen the project planning from the opening of land to the hardening and then leveling with sand and gravel. However, the process in the field was just opening the land without being followed with hardening to leveling the parking area with gravel. Ultimately, when the temple anniversary with the padudusan alit arrived, the parking lot could not have been used to support the other parking lots having fully occupied with the vehicles of pilgrims. “More severely, when it rains heavily, the parking lot can be muddy because it has not been hardened and flattened with gravels. So, we do hope to the contractor to complete the project work accordingly,” he said. Suastika said the parking lot arrangement covering approximately 55 ares financed with the main regional budget 2013 worth IDR 140 million had been worked on since August 27 and should have been completed by the end of September. He admitted to have coordinated with the contractor CV Bali Sakepat. However, the answer received that it was only obliged to work on to the current condition. Suastika also said to have cross-checked to

Public Works twice, questioning about the answer given by the contractor. “Public Works official has come to location and promised to resolve the issue on the contractor. Unfortunately, the parking lot has not been worked on. Hopefully, the Public Works could respond to this issue, so the parking lot can be utilized,” he said. As planned, the parking area could accommodate about one hundred private cars. The making of new parking area in the southeast of parking lot of Goa Lawah was meant to provide more adequate parking space. Therefore, it would not interfere with the traffic around the temple due to insufficient parking space. Three other parking lots had no longer been sufficient to accommodate the vehicles of pilgrims during peak arrivals of the pujawali padudusan agung and padudusan alit. In addition, procurement of the new parking space was an anticipative measure by local village because the two parking lots in the west of Goa Lawah belonged to Klungkung Palace. Responding to such condition, the Head of Klungkung Public Works, AA Ngurah Agung, said last Tuesday that his party did not know about the problem. He said he would check it out and come to location to ascertain the real issue. (kmb31)

The stopped project in Goa Lawah area.

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Reasonable prices, prevent agricultural sector to be left Denpasar (Bali Post)—

The farmer is working on his ricefield

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Getting a reasonable price for each product yielded by farmers can be an incentive and motivation for them (farmers) so they can continue to sustain the sector. All this time, there is no guarantee of reasonable price so that many farmers are increasingly leaving the agricultural sector. “The most basic incentive for farmers is the price of products sold at a reasonable value,” said the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Mahasaraswati University Denpasar, Dr. I Ketut Arnawa, Tuesday (Nov 12). He said when farmers earned a decent price for their products it could become an incentive for them to try farming. On that account, the price received by farmers should be able to provide a considerable profit margin for the entire operating cost spent. “The government should also have a policy that can make farmers comfortable. The policy can help ease the burden of farmers in case they suffer crop failure due to drought, floods, pests, diseases and other calamities,”

he explained. The absence of guarantees for farmers also made the agricultural sector was no longer excellent because it was not promising. One of the measures that could be done by government was providing incentives for farmers whose land located at agricultural zonation. “The incentive can be a reduction to land and building tax or exemption of taxes and price certainty,” he said. The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of Bali also indicated that the agricultural sector in Bali was increasingly abandoned by the community. Evidently, people who pursued the sector continued to decline, even within the past year the number remained 545,830 people (Aug 2013) from 572,690 people (Aug 2012). The Head of Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of Bali, Gde Suarsa, said that among the business sectors dominantly absorbing the employment all this time, only the agricultural sector continued to experience setback. According to him, the decline

in employment in the agricultural sector posed the result of economic transformation from the agricultural sector to other sectors. Such condition should be addressed so the agricultural sector would not be increasingly abandoned considering the sector still had an excellence. “In terms of business scale, the agriculture sector is less promising because the average cultivated land area is small or limited. So, a lot of people are looking for alternatives considered more profitable,” he said. Decline in the number of people pursuing the agricultural sector in the past year was admitted by Gde Suarsa as conversely proportional to other sectors such as industry, construction, trade, finance and others. Though the number of worker decreased, said Gde Suarsa, the agricultural sector still had a significant role in absorbing workers. It was proved by the number of people working in the agricultural sector reaching 580,390 or 24 percent of the total working population. (kmb28)

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The remarks Tuesday marked a significant toughening of President Barack Obama’s stance towards Congress on sanctions as Washington prepares to resume high-stakes nuclear diplomacy with Iran later this month. The US president has vowed he will not allow Tehran’s leaders to develop an atomic weapon, but last week’s negotiations in Geneva between Iran and six world powers failed to reach an interim deal to halt its program. Fresh from the talks, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to make the case for continued diplomacy. Key senators from both US parties, some responding to Israel’s savaging of the proposed agreement, are proposing stiffer sanctions or may curtail Obama’s power to ease current measures, which have crippled the Iranian economy. But the White House said any new sanctions could scupper the diplomatic process and leave little option but the use of military force against Iran. “The American people do not want a march to war,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, saying US citizens “justifiably and understandably prefer a peaceful solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” “This agreement, if it’s achieved, has the potential to do that. The alternative is military action,” Carney said. “If pursuing a resolution diplomatically is disallowed or ruled out, what options then do we and our allies have to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon?” The White House believes in offering Iran some “modest” and “reversible” steps to ease the pain of some sanctions as part of an interim deal to bolster Tehran’s negotiators against hardliners who are skeptical of new President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic opening. But many US lawmakers believe that tightening sanctions will give the administration more leverage -- and doubt Tehran is serious about standing down its nuclear program. Republican Senator Mark Kirk maintains that sanctions are the best way to avoid war. “The American people should not be forced to choose between military action and a bad deal that accepts a nuclear Iran,” he said. White House aides, however, privately say that once warweary Americans understand the alternative to a deal with Iran means another Middle East conflict, they will warm to Obama’s approach. Tehran denies Western claims it is trying to develop a nuclear weapon.

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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano arrives at the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat November 12, 2013.

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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 file photo, survivors carry bags of rice from a warehouse which they stormed due to shortage of food at typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines.

Looting, gunfire break out in typhoon-hit city

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TACLOBAN, Philippines — Mobs overran a rice warehouse on the island worst hit by the Philippine typhoon, setting off a wall collapse that killed eight people and carting off thousands of sacks of the grain, while security forces Wednesday exchanged gunfire with an armed gang. The incidents in or close to the storm-ravaged city hosting international relief efforts add to concerns about the slow pace of aid distribution and that parts of the disaster zone are descending into chaos. Five long days after Typhoon Haiyan wasted the eastern seaboard of the Philippines, the cogs of what promises to be a massive international aid effort are beginning to turn, but not quickly enough for the some 600,000 people displaced, many of them homeless, hungry and thirsty. “There’s a bit of a logjam to be absolutely honest getting stuff in here,” said U.N. staffer Sebastian Rhodes Stampa against the roar of a C-130 transport plane landing behind him at the airstrip in Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit cities. “It’s almost all in country — either in Manila or in Cebu, but it’s not here. We’re going to have a real challenge with logistics in terms of getting things out of here, into town, out of town, into the other areas,” he said. “The reason for that essentially is that there are no trucks, the roads are all closed.” Planes, ships and trucks were all

on their way to the region, loaded with generators, water purifying kits and emergency lights — vital equipment needed to sustain a major relief mission. Airports were reopening in the region, and the U.S. military said it was installing equipment to allow the damaged Tacloban aiport to operate 24-7. Tacloban’s mayor, Alfred Romualdez, urged residents to flee the city because local authorities were having trouble providing food and water and maintaining order, The New York Times reported. He said the city was in desperate need of trucks to distribute relief shipments that were accumulating at the city’s airport as well as equipment to pull decaying corpses from the rubble. Eight people were crushed to death when the mob stormed a rice warehouse around 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Tacloban on Tuesday and carried off thousands of sacks of grain, according to National Food Authority spokesman Rex Estoperez. On Wednesday, gunfire broke out close to the city’s San Juanico bridge on Wednesday between security forces and armed men, but

the circumstances were unclear, according to footage on local TV. Since the storm, people have broken into homes, malls and garages, where they have stripped the shelves of food, water and other goods. Authorities have struggled to stop the looting. There have been unconfirmed reports of armed gangs of robbers operating in a systematic manner. An 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew was in place across the region. Despite incidents, police said the situation was improving. “We have restored order,” said Carmelo Espina Valmoria, director of the Philippine National Police special action force. “There has been looting for the last three days, but the situation has stabilized.” The death toll rose to 2,275, according a national tally kept by the disaster agency. That figure is expected to rise, perhaps significantly, when accurate information is collected from the entirety of the disaster zone, which spreads over a wide swath of the eastern and central Philippines but appears to be concentrated on two main islands, Leyte and Samar.


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This photo was taken on July 28 under courtesy of Conservation International. Scientists from the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Centre (a collaborative initiative of Udayana University in Bali, the State University of Papua in Manokwari, Diponegoro University in Semarang, and University of California Los Angeles) and Conservation International Indonesia have just described a new flasherwrasse fish species, Paracheilinus rennyae.

EU leaders urge swift response to youth employment crisis Agence France-Presse

PARIS - Europe’s leaders on Tuesday put urgency into the search for a solution to high youth unemployment at a meeting in Paris on what is seen as the continent’s most pressing challenge.

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A general view of the meeting on youth unemployment in the European Union at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

“What is important is to move quickly,” stressed French President Francois Hollande, who hosted heads of state or government from 24 of the EU’s 28 member states at the event. The conference followed a July summit in Berlin initiated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called youth unemployment “perhaps the most pressing problem facing Europe”. She warned that the continent faced the emergence of a “lost generation”, triggering a raft of measures aimed at reversing the trend. Hollande said a “youth guarantee” scheme, whereby young people are given jobs, further education or training within four months of leaving school, would be put in place in the next two years. To speed up the process, all member states who send in their plans for the scheme’s implementation before the end of the year can “access the necessary financing from January 1”. European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said resources for the scheme depended on member states. “We need something concrete, we need fast results,” he said. According to the European Commission’s latest statistics, the EU-wide youth joblessness rate stands at 23.5 percent. A total of 7.5 million aged 15-24 are not in work, education or training. The sting of the crisis is felt differently

across the bloc. The youth unemployment rate is pinned down at 7.7 percent in Europe’s healthiest economy Germany, but soaring past 50 percent in debt-crippled southern countries such as Greece or Spain. EU members have pledged 12 billion euros ($16 billion) over the next two years while the European Investment Bank and European Social Fund plan to spend similar amounts. The focus on training can help Europe’s youth become more employable but many observers argue no dramatic changes in joblessness statistics can be expected without economic growth. “Without growth, there will be no jobs for the youth. Politics doesn’t create jobs, business creates jobs,” said Merkel. Hollande, who is grappling with record-low popularity ratings, had made youth employment one of his mandate’s top priorities. He has vowed a return to employment growth by year’s end, but that looks an increasingly unlikely prospect. “In 2014 unemployment will unfortunately remain too high, but there is perspective, there is hope,” said European Council president Herman Van Rompuy. Despite the new sense of urgency among the EU’s leaders, critics say that Brussels’ moves to ease the crisis often lack boldness and tend to rely too heavily on German policies that are not easily replicated.

WTO talks enter crunch stage Agence France-Presse

GENEVA - Negotiators are under mounting pressure to finalise a deal ahead of a WTO summit seen as a make or break moment for the body that oversees the rules of global commerce. Roberto Azevedo, who took over as WTO director general in September, has vowed to spare no effort during last-ditch talks at its Geneva base, as diplomats struggle to craft a draft accord to ease barriers to global commerce. The World Trade Organization’s 159 member economies are locked in what officials dub a “meat-grinder”, striving to bridge differences between rich countries, emerging powers and the world’s poorest

nations over the concessions needed to yield a deal for a ministerial summit on December 3-6 on the Indonesian island of Bali. “It is all or nothing now. We must tie the package up once and for all in the next few days,” Azevedo, Brazil’s former WTO envoy, told negotiators on Tuesday. The WTO’s ruling body, the General Council, is scheduled on November 21 to decide whether it can put a deal on the table in Bali. Trade sources said there is little prospect for real negotiation in Bali itself to seal a deal. The summit is seen as perhaps the last chance to revive the WTO’s so-called “Doha Round” of talks, launched in 2001

in Qatar. The round’s goal is to craft a wideranging global accord on opening markets and removing trade barriers, in order to harness international commerce to develop poorer economies. WTO rules require such deals to be unanimous, but bitter differences over the necessary give and take have sparked clashes notably between China, the European Union, India and the United States, leaving the talks stalled for years and leading many countries to shift focus to bilateral and regional deals. No results in Bali would mean no serious WTO negotiations for a long time, trade sources said, underlining that regional deals tend to involve rich countries or

emerging powers, sidelining the poorest nations. Negotiators have long written off the chances of Bali offering major Doha Round headway, and have sought lower-level accords that could be fed into the wider package later. He said the “biggest iceberg” was the time-lag developing countries would get to smooth their customs rules, and the technical assistance they could expect from rich countries and international lenders such as the World Bank in order to do so. Another division is over “food security”, pushed by India, under which developing countries want to be allowed to subsidise grain stockpiling to help low-income farmers and consumers.

New flasherwrasse fish species named over Indonesian

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JIMBARAN – Scientists from the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Centre (a collaborative initiative of Udayana University in Bali, the State University of Papua in Manokwari, Diponegoro University in Semarang, and University of California Los Angeles) and Conservation International Indonesia have just described a new flasherwrasse fish species, Paracheilinus rennyae. The species was named in recognition of the scientific contributions of ichthyologist Renny Kurnia Hadiaty from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Cibinong, Java. The new species description was just published in the year-end edition of Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology. “I’m deeply honored by this recognition, not only because it is such a beautiful fish species, but also because the lead author on the description is my close colleague and internationally-renowned ichthyologist Gerald Allen,” said Hadiaty, the curator of fish collections at the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense (MZB) within the Zoology Division of LIPI’s Research Center for Biology. Hadiaty has had a productive career spanning 27 years at LIPI, during which time she has focused primarily on Indonesian freshwater fish taxonomy and has co-authored numerous papers with Dr. Allen, who now works for Conservation International as a consultant. The strikingly beautiful wrasse is known only from the coral reefs of southwestern Flores Island and the Komodo National Park area within East Nusa Tenggara Province of eastern Indonesia. Although it is the seventeenth known species of

flasherwrasse, it is unique in both its colouration and especially the rounded shape of its dorsal and anal fins and tail. The new species has also been shown to be genetically distinct from all other known flasherwrasses in the Coral Triangle, with its closest relative being Paracheilinus angulatus from East Kalimantan, Brunei, Sabah and the southern Philippines. “We’re delighted that one of our young local scientists, Ni Luh Astria Yusmalinda, was able to publish her first international journal paper based on her genetic analysis of this new species and its closest relatives,” said Dr. Ngurah Mahardika, the hosting laboratory director of the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Centre at Udayana University. “It is particularly fitting that the new species is named after our colleague Renny Hadiaty at LIPI, and we hope this will highlight the spirit of strong scientific collaboration between Indonesian universities, conservation NGOs like Conservation International and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences”. Flasherwrasses are rapidly becoming a favorite fish group among divers and underwater photographers due to their electric blue and red colour patterns, which are only

displayed as part of a daily mating ritual that normally occurs about an hour before sundown. At that time, the normally brownish-coloured males rise up in the water column and “flash” their spectacular mating colouration while erecting their fins and swimming in short bursts of speed in an attempt to impress nearby female flasherwrasses and encourage them to spawn. “Besides showing our deep appreciation of Renny Hadiaty and the hard-working scientists at LIPI, we’re also hopeful that this new species will add to the tourism value of Komodo National Park and the surrounding reefs of southwest Flores,” said Dr. Tiene Gunawan, Marine Program Director at Conservation International Indonesia. “Our colleagues in the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries are increasingly aware of the high non-extractive use values of our country’s tremendous marine biodiversity, and this new flasherwrasse species has strong potential to increase the tourism draw of East Nusa Tenggara. It is a great example of how our marine biodiversity heritage - some of which is only now being discovered - needs protection to ensure it can provide maximum benefits to our society.”

Indonesia optimistic WTO can agree on Bali Package Antara

JAKARTA - Indonesia is optimistic that the upcoming Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO MC9) in Bali can come up with an agreement that will restore the Doha Round negotiation, which was suspended in 2001. “We have a prepared the so-called Bali Package, which includes three elements in it, namely trade facilitation, agriculture and benefits for least developed countries,” Indonesian Trade Ministry Director General for International Trade Imam Pambagyo said. He argued that the package, if agreed upon, will restore trust among member countries towards the international trade system, which has suffered since 2001. Indonesia is currently preparing to host the WTO MC9, which will be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, from December 3-6. Participants will include trade ministers and officials from 159 countries. Earlier, Deputy Trade Minister Bayu Krishnamurti said the success of the upcoming Bali meeting is important. “If the WTO fails, every country in the world will have to fight for its interests on its own. No international trade system means that political and trade powers will take over, and only the strongest country will win,” he said. The WTO is an international organization in which member countries have agreed upon regulations in conducting international trade. Though it is a multilateral trading system with non-discrimination principles, WTO has been trying to reduce trade barriers and encourage member countries to conduct fair trade throughout the world. Apart from that, the WTO also has an effective legal instrument, the “dispute settlement” facility, where it bridges the difference between those countries seeking to resolve conflicts.


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INDONESIA Mt. Sinabung’s eruption destroys 1,893 hectares plantation

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Putin in Seoul pushes new ‘Silk Road’ via North Korea Agence France Presse

Seoul - Russian President Vladimir Putin was in South Korea Wednesday, pushing a pet project for a new trading route linking Asia and Europe by rail that requires prying open North Korea. The ambitious scheme envisages an “Iron Silk Road” uniting the rail networks of South and North Korea and connecting them to Europe via the Trans-Siberian Railway. But it faces huge political obstacles, given the volatility of interKorean relations and the international community’s struggle to contain the North’s nuclear ambitions through UN sanctions. Speaking to a South Korea-Russia business conference during his one-day visit, Putin acknowledged the difficulties but said they were outweighed by the project’s potential advantages. “I hope political problems will be solved at an early date, as South Korea, North Korea and Russia will reap great economic benefits when it’s completed,” Putin said, urging South Korean investors to come on board. “This project, if accomplished, will help make a great contribution to the establishment of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” he added Russia took a first step in September, when it completed a 54-kilometre (33-mile) track from its southeast border town of Khasan to the North Korean port of Rajin. Located in the far northeast, where the borders of North Korea, Russia and China converge, Rajin offers a warm-water port for the North’s two giant neighbours. Putin wants to see the rail link ex-

tended through North Korea, across the world’s last Cold War frontier, and all the way down to the southern South Korean port of Busan. Media reports say Russia is looking for South Korea to take a 34 percent share in the project, with Moscow holding 36 percent and Pyongyang 30 percent. Steelmaker Posco, train operator Korail and Hyundai Rotem have been suggested as possible members of a consortium to take on the South Korean share. Putin’s visit saw the two sides sign a memorandum of understanding in support of the project, but Andrei Lankov, a Russian expert on North Korea who teaches at Seoul’s Kookmin University, said he remained “very sceptical” about the entire undertaking. “The idea itself makes perfect sense from a trade and economic viewpoint,” Lankov told AFP. “But this is clearly going to cost billions of dollars and what companies are going to risk that much investment with North Korea in the current climate?” “I’m sure North Korea will be keen, because once it got started, it would provide Pyongyang with a new project to manipulate and use to pressure oth-

ers,” he added. Lankov said the same financial and political risks applied to plans to build a pipeline to supply both Koreas with Russian natural gas. Observers highlight the precedent of the Kaesong industrial zone jointly run by North and South Korea, which Pyongyang unilaterally shut down in April as military tensions surged. The zone reopened in September, but South Korean factory owners said they lost a small fortune during the five-month closure. Both the rail and gas projects were brought up in Putin’s talks with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. The two leaders also discussed North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme amid signs that Pyongyang, despite UN sanctions, is moving ahead on all fronts to acquire a credible nuclear deterrent. Russia is a member of the stalled six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme, along with China, the United States, Japan and the two Koreas. China and North Korea have been pushing to get the dialogue back on track and Putin told a joint press conference with Park that Moscow also favoured an “early resumption” of the talks.

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s parliament on Wednesday delayed a key vote on the release of jailed former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko, a move that threatens to derail this ex-Soviet republic’s push toward the European Union and shift Kiev back into Russia’s orbit. Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Rybak closed the session, attended by two top EU envoys, saying the bill allowing Tymoshenko to travel to Germany for medical treatment was not yet ready and thus could not be brought to a vote. He said they will take up the bill again on Tuesday, when parliament meets next. EU officials have warned that they will not sign a free-trade and political association agreement with Ukraine if Tymoshenko remains in jail and have urged her rival, President Viktor Yanukovych to release her for treatment in Germany as a compromise measure. The failure to pass the bill on Wednesday means that Ukraine has missed two key deadlines to meet EU conditions ahead of the Nov. 28-29 summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. Opposition leaders accused Yanukovych and his allies in parliament of selling out to Russia and purposely sabotaging the long-awaited EU deal. Russia staunchly opposes the signing of the agreement and has used threats, sanctions and offers of price discounts in an attempt to lure Kiev away from the EU and into a Moscow-led customs union instead. After the session was closed, parliament erupted with angry chants of “Shame! Shame!” from opposition lawmakers, some dressed in white sweaters that read “Freedom to Ukraine” and others wearing red sweaters reading “Ukraine is Europe.” “It’s a clear answer as to whether Viktor Yanukovych is ready to sign the agreement with the European Union,” opposition leader and top Tymoshenko ally Arseniy Yatsenyuk told parliament after it became clear that the vote would not take place. “You are ready only for political persecution, blackmail and pressure and to hold on to your power. We, however, want the power to belong to the people of Ukraine.” Later the opposition softened its stance, calling on Yanukovych to ensure the passage of the bill next week. Opposition leaders urged the two EU envoys, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former European Parliament President Pat Cox, who were scheduled to deliver a report in Brussels later in the day on Kiev’s readiness to sign the deal, not to give a negative assessment and give Ukraine some more time. Meanwhile, in another sign that Kiev might be tilting toward Moscow, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told his Cabinet on Wednesday that normalizations of ties with Russia is Ukraine’s top priority. Tim Ash, chief emerging-markets economist at Standard Bank, suggested that even after a possible red light from the Kwasniewski and Cox mission and from EU foreign ministers when they meet on Nov. 19, Yanukovych could theoretically save the EU deal by securing Tymoshenko’s release right on the eve of the summit.

Incentive... From page 1 He argued the handling of incentive tourism was different from the handling of leisure, convention and meeting tourism. Incentive tourism was provided by international and national companies for employees having an outstanding achievement. “Incentive tourism needs to get a special treatment, so that visitors can enjoy their holiday safely and comfortably in Indonesia, including in Bali,” he concluded. It was mentioned that criteria for the incentive should be for first time to enjoy a particular destination and experienced it once in a lifetime. Ultimately, it should be unforgettable. (kmb27)

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Indonesia air force personnel load relief supplies donated by Indonesian government for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Indonesia sends aid to typhoon affected Philippines Antara

JAKARTA - The Indonesian government has sent relief aid worth US$2 million to the Philippines to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Indonesia has sent assistance to help the Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan as a token of solidarity presented to a fellow ASEAN member nation, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said on Wednesday. Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono made a symbolic presentation of the assistance to Filipino Ambassador to Indonesia Maria Rosario C. Aguinaldo. The assistance includes 75 ton goods and logistical aid worth US$1 million, as well as US$1 million transferred to a current account. Indonesia’s Defense Minister deployed three Hercules C-130 aircraft and a number of personnel to transport the relief aid on Wednesday. On Thursday, three planes will fly to the Philippines again to send the assistance.The 75 ton in goods and logistical help consists of among other things food, food supplement, blankets, clothes, kids ware, medicines and 10 electricity generators. The deadly typhoon had slammed into central Philippines last Friday, with the wind velocity

touching 320 kilometers per hour. Nearly 800,000 Filipinos have been evacuated and around 4 million people have been affected. Meanwhile, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh contacted the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Albert Del Rosario to inform the latter that he was ready to facilitate ASEAN cooperation and coordination through the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan. “The ASEAN stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Philippines in these difficult times and we are ready to display the ASEAN spirit from a caring community for the affected population in the country,” Secretary General Minh stated in his capacity as ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator. His statement was posted on the Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat’s official website on Monday. In a letter sent to Secretary Del Rosario, the ASEAN Secretary-General also expressed “great concern and sadness” for the devastation wrought by the super typhoon Haiyan.

MEDAN - Volcanic material spewing from Mount Sinabung has destroyed 1,893 hectares of citrus plantations in Tanah Karo and impacted fruit production. “The number of damaged citrus plantations might be increasing as the data was only gathered from five sub-districts located near Mount Sinabung,” the Head of Karo District’s Agriculture Office Agustoni Tarigan said on Wednesday. The 1,893 damaged plantations are spread across five sub-districts, namely Merdeka, Berastagi, Namanteran, Simpangempat and Payung. In fact, data from the local agriculture office showed that there are around 14,000 citrus plantations in the Karo District. The low production is estimated to last until next year as the effect of the volcanic material will be seen during the next harvest. The local administration’s plan to rejuvenate damaged citrus plantations will have to wait until Mount Sinabung’s eruption has stopped. Mount Sinabung has erupted several times since September this year.The volcano, which is located 2,460 meters above sea level, erupted again on Sunday at 3:58 p.m.

Karo’s administration has set aside a budget to provide 165,000 citrus seedlings for local farmers to replace the old trees. “Providing the seedlings is one of the efforts being made to conserve and develop one of Karo’s typical fruits as many of the citrus trees were old and suffering from diseases,” Tarigan stated. In the meantime, Asiang, a local fruits merchant from the Medan Central Market pointed out that the supply of Karo’s citrus fruits had been limited because their production had been impacted by Mount Sinabung’s eruption. “The price of Karo’s citrus fruits has also shot up. It was being sold for Rp15,000 per kilogram, while its normal price was only Rp10,000 per kilogram,” Asiang said. This latest eruption had caused the volcano to send a cloud of smoke up to 4,000 meters into the sky in the southerly and southwesterly directions. The volcano also spewed hot clouds, which spread over a 1.2 kilometer radius. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the hot clouds had claimed no lives, as residents living within a 3 kilometer radius had been evacuated to safer areas.

Central Bank raise rate to curb deficit Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Indonesia’s central bank unexpectedly raised its key interest rate Tuesday to rein in a widening current account deficit blamed for exacerbating recent turmoil in Southeast Asia’s top economy. It also came as emerging markets were under fresh pressure amid renewed speculation the United States may begin rolling back its stimulus programme soon following better than expected growth data. The decision to raise the key rate by 25 basis points to 7.5 percent came as a surprise, with most economists expecting the central bank to keep rates on hold. Bank Indonesia has now increased rates by 175 basis points since June as it tries to protect the economy, which has come under pressure from both internal and external factors in recent months. Fears the United States was set to taper off its huge stimulus programme led to outflows of foreign capital from emerging markets, with Indonesia’s market stock index and the rupiah suffering heavy losses. Indonesia’s woes were worsened by

a large current account deficit and a surge in inflation sparked by a big rise in fuel prices. While the overall economy has stabilised in recent weeks, the current account has remained in sharp focus, particularly after the trade balance unexpectedly swung back to deficit in September. Central bank spokesman Difi Johansyah told reporters the decision to raise rates on Tuesday was “to ensure that the current account deficit goes down to a healthier level”. An increase in borrowing costs should trim the deficit because it reduces consumer spending power, meaning they should buy fewer imported goods. The Fed’s unexpected decision not to begin rolling back its $85 billion a month bond buying programme in September gave Indonesia some respite -but Friday’s strong US growth data has put emerging markets under renewed pressure. Bank Central Asia economist David Sumual told AFP that Tuesday’s hike was a “surprising move”. “Maybe the central bank thinks tapering is going to take place and fears there could be volatility,” he told AFP.


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Turtle Breeding at Deluang Sari IBP

Deluang Sari, a little delta overgrown by mangrove forests with coastal white sand and calm waves, is situated overlooking the sea recreation center of Benoa Harbor. Since it has an intact ecological system, clean beaches and lush mangrove forests, this place was then developed for breeding sea turtles. At low tide, we can get there on foot in the sidelines of the mangrove trees of Tanjung Benoa, while at high tides we have to cross by boat from Benoa Harbor for about 10 minutes. Aside from seeing turtle breeding, visitors coming here can also see different types of fighting cocks, animals and wild birds as well as a small temple, As a tourist destination, this small island has also been equipped with restaurants, souvenir shops and animal attractions.

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LONDON - Novak Djokovic said he will use his 22-match winning streak as a launchpad for an all-out assault on more grand slam titles next year.

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The Serb claimed the ATP World Tour Finals title for a third time on Monday with an authoritative win over world number one Rafa Nadal and believes he has taken his game to a new level since losing to the Spaniard in the U.S. Open final. Throughout his career the 26year-old has used setbacks as motivation to sharpen his game and the way he has steamrollered through the last two and a half months of the ATP season is ominous for Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and any other player with designs on the top silverware in 2014. His form is reminiscent of his incredible 43-match unbeaten streak in 2011 when he won three of the year’s four majors - a run that was sparked by Serbia’s Davis Cup triumph over France at the end of the previous year. Djokovic’s first priority is to regain the Davis Cup for Serbia in this week’s final against the Czech Republic, then after re-charging his batteries it will be all-systems go. “This can serve as a great platform for 2014 season,” Djokovic told reporters. “I’m extra motivated and inspired to work and get myself,

first of all, rested and recovered in the off-season, and then work on my game and get ready for the Australian Open. “The only thing I’m not as satisfied about (this season) is the fact that I lost the three big matches in the three grand slams. The grand slams are the tournaments where I want to win, where I want to get my hands on the title. “That will be my highest priority for next year.” Djokovic lost to Nadal in an epic French Open semi-final, Murray in the Wimbledon final and Nadal again in the U.S. Open final, and also lost his No.1 ranking to the Spaniard in November. That defeat in New York was particularly tough to take and Djokovic has since worked on a more attacking style of play to go with his incredible defensive qualities. On Monday he volleyed superbly, giving his game a new dimension. “Maybe I didn’t do that in U.S. Open final as much as I should have,” he said. “In our last two matches, in finals of Beijing and here, I’ve done it pretty well. “I feel more comfortable on the net than I was last year, that’s for sure.”

REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during their men’s semi-final singles tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London November 10, 2013.

LeBron scores 33, Heat roll past Bucks 118-95 Associated Press Writer

teve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) is pressured by Milwaukee Bucks power forward Khris Middleton (22) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 118-95.

MIAMI — LeBron James scored 33 points then sat out the entire fourth quarter as the Miami Heat had little trouble in beating the Milwaukee Bucks 118-95 Tuesday. Michael Beasley scored 19 off the bench and Mario Chalmers finished with 15 points and seven assists for the Heat, whose previous biggest victory margin was a 12-point triumph over Chicago on opening night. John Henson and Gary Neal each scored 18 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 for Milwaukee. Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points to pass Jerry West on the NBA’s career scoring list and help the Mavericks beat the Washington Wizards 105-95. Nowitzki hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third quarter, the second one putting him at 25,194 points for 16th place, two ahead of West. Trevor Ariza led the Wizards with 27 points, including five 3-pointers. He also had seven rebounds and four steals. At Los Angeles, Jordan Hill had a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds in his first start of the season, and Pau Gasol

added 14 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers downed the New Orleans Pelicans 116-95. Nick Young scored 17 points for Los Angeles, which lost five of its last seven before trouncing the Pelicans, who beat them handily last week in New Orleans. Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry scored 15 points each for the Lakers. Eric Gordon scored 17 points for the Pelicans, who have lost on the first two stops of their three-game West Coast road trip. The Golden State beat the Detroit Pistons 113-95 after Stephen Curry had 25 points and eight assists to help the Warriors build a 19-point first-quarter lead before sitting out the final 12 minutes. David Lee added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Klay Thompson had 14 points for the Warriors, who have won five straight over the Pistons. Curry scored 12 points as part of a 19-4 run in the third quarter then sat out the entire fourth quarter when Golden State coach Mark Jackson emptied his bench. Detroit’s Andre Drummond had 16 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight doubledouble and fourth in seven games.


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Sp rt With Mignolet as backup, Belgium looking good Associated Press Writer

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Iceland’s Kolbeinn Sigthorsson celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 World Cup qualifying football match against Norway at Ullevaal stadium in Oslo, October 15, 2013.

Lagerback has tiny Iceland finally thinking big Reuters

STOCKHOLM - Iceland’s laid-back Swedish coach Lars Lagerback has little doubt what beating Croatia in the World Cup playoffs would mean to one of the smaller teams in European soccer. “Because they haven’t made it to a final tournament before, it makes it extra big for them,” he told Reuters in an interview before the first leg in Reykjavik on Friday. “From being a small country and not believing it in the beginning, it’s bigger in that way,” said the 65-yearold veteran who took Sweden to five major championships in a row in 11 years and ed Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. “They didn’t have any huge hopes after a few tough years. If we do it, it would mean a little more than qualifying with Sweden.” Lagerback showed his usual modesty, playing down his own role and saying there were many factors resulting in the tiny island nation being on the brink of qualification. “Six or seven years ago they built seven

full-size indoor pitches. That means that they can train and play football year-round,” he said. “Then there’s been a generation of young players who went to the 2011 European U21 finals in Denmark. They’re the framework of the team now. A lot of them have gone to good clubs and they’re all playing.” In previous years even the most ardent soccer fan would be hard-pressed to name an Icelandic player other than former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen. But the likes of Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) are starting to put the country on the football map. Lagerback said resources were less available in Iceland and he does his own video analysis of opponents, a task usually given

to the coach’s staff. He splits his time between the two capital cities, working as a soccer pundit for cable TV station Viasat in Sweden before heading over to Iceland for weeks at a time. Success has also led to a huge growth in interest in the team. Tickets to Friday’s match sold out in two hours, contrary to many previous internationals. Lagerback’s pride in reaching the playoffs is obvious, but he is not content to stop there. “We have been underdogs the whole time. Many asked me when I took the job, ‘why take Iceland? What chance do you have?’. “If we succeed now, when nobody has given us a chance - you heard the playoff draw, everyone wanted us - if we do it, it would mean a little more than qualifying with Sweden.”

BRUSSELS — Simon Mignolet’s outstanding form for Liverpool in the English Premier League has earned him a rare start in goal for Belgium’s upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Japan. And Belgium coach Marc Wilmots knows how important it is to have a good second goalkeeper around in case Thibaut Courtois is unfit. Wilmots had already promised Mignolet the spot for Thursday’s game against Colombia and next Tuesday’s match against Japan before Atletico Madrid keeper Courtois twisted his ankle this week. Even though it is clear Courtois still is the No. 1 choice, Mignolet plans to make the fight as tough as possible. “Hopefully I can do well and show myself again in those two games,” the Liverpool keeper said. What’s even better, he came into training camp after a 4-0 win

over Fulham last weekend. “It’s always nice to arrive with the national team after a great victory and a clean sheet,” Mignolet said. With a series of great results, Belgium has shot up the FIFA rankings to fifth place. Courtois has been Wilmots’ choice throughout the qualifying campaign, and kept six clean sheets as they sealed qualification for the finals. Belgium has a good tradition when it comes to World Cup goalkeepers. Jean-Marie Pfaff was voted the best World Cup keeper in 1986 and Michel Preud’homme took that honor eight years later. Wilmots said Tuesday that the injury to Courtois was not that serious at first sight. He got a foot trapped in his netting during training late Monday. “He tweaked a ligament and will take an MRI (scan),” Wilmots said. “Let’s wait for the results. But in any case it was not too, too bad.”

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Deschamps fears Ukraine’s wingers in WCup playoff Associated Press Writer

PARIS — Ukraine’s attacking players are in good form ahead of the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff against France on Friday. France coach Didier Deschamps has pegged wingers Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konopolyanka as the ones who are likely to cause his side’s defense problems in Kiev. The left-footed Yarmolenko, who can play all across the attack, is expected to start on the right. He has eight league goals for Dynamo Kiev this season and 13 in 36 international appearances. The right-footed Konopolyanka, who plays on the left flank, has found the net in his past four games for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. “Going forward they have two players who stand out: Yarmolenko and Konopolyanka. They can make the difference with the ball at their feet, they take people on and they’re quick,” Deschamps

said. “Yarmolenko likes the ball to feet. He’s left-footed but likes to cut in from the right. But he’s also very good when he overlaps and crosses.” Laurent Koscielny will be certain to start in the center of the defense, but Deschamps has to decide whether to stick with veteran Eric Abidal, who is short of form with Monaco, or pick Raphael Varane, who has only three caps. Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi will play the holding role in France’s midfield and is looking forward to facing Yarmolenko again. “I’ve played against him for PSG. He’s a classy player and very dangerous. He scores goals and he’s got a very good left foot,” Matuidi said. “He causes a lot of problems when he does that, so we’ll have to be vigilant. But we’ve been warned.” Deschamps is uncertain who Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko will choose to lead the attack:

The mobile Roman Zozulya or Marko Devic, who is more of a poacher. Devic has 13 league goals in 15 games for title challenger Metalist Kharkiv, while Zozulya has five in 13 for Dnipro this term. However, neither has a particularly good record for Ukraine, which is still looking for a top-class No. 9 following Andriy Shevchenko’s retirement after last year’s European Championship. “Up front it depends who they pick. In general it’s Zozulya who plays, who is different to Devic, who is a bigger player, and more of a box player, whereas Zozulya is more involved in the game,” Deschamps said. “Up until now they’ve always played with a three-man midfield, apart from the two games against the Faeroe Islands where they went with a more attacking side.” That Ukraine put 17 goals past Faeroe Islands in their two qualifiers proves little.

FIFA to use WADA’s new steroid profiling at WCup Associated Press Writer

JOHANNESBURG — A new urine test designed to catch athletes who take steroids is to be introduced by the World AntiDoping Agency next year and will be used at the World Cup in Brazil. WADA called it “the twin” of the blood profiling currently system used in the athletes’ biological passport system. It will allow anti-doping authorities to build a profile of a person’s steroid levels from urine samples and to identify any changes — in a similar way that changes in blood may indicate doping. WADA said Tuesday the new technique will particularly target testosterone and will “complement” the biological passport. It can be used from Jan. 1, WADA President John Fahey said, announcing the introduction of the “steroidal module” at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in South Africa. FIFA will be one of the first

federations to use it. The world football body said later Tuesday it’ll be part of its drug testing at next year’s World Cup. “FIFA and WADA will ensure the best possible analysis of urine and blood samples and the proper implementation of the new strategy in the fight against doping by means of the steroid module,” FIFA said. The steroid technique had been developed alongside the current blood module but then fell behind, Fahey said. Blood profiling has been in use since 2008. Blood profiling has had success in detecting the use of the blood-boosting drug EPO and led to the banning of a number of cyclists. It is currently used by around 35 sports, WADA says. WADA has also developed a mobile App that allows athletes to give their whereabouts to antidoping agencies through their cellphones or other devices so they don’t miss out-of-competition tests. The new App will be available from next month.

AP Photo/Jon Super

Manchester United’s Michael Carrick, left, fights for the ball against Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Nov. 10, 2013.

Welbeck, Carrick out injured for England Associated Press Writer

AP Photo/Francois Mori

France’s soccer coach Didier Deschamps smiles during a press conference at Clairefontaine training center, south of Paris, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Ukraine.

LONDON — Manchester United players Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick have withdrawn from England’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany because of injuries. It takes the tally of United players pulling out of international duty on Tuesday to three, after Robin van Persie was ruled out of the Netherlands’ matches against Japan and Colombia with toe and groin complaints. Welbeck is out with a knee injury that has sidelined the forward since Oct. 19 while Carrick, a holding midfielder, has an Achilles problem. No additional players have been called up by England coach Roy Hodgson to his initial squad of 26. England plays Chile at Wembley Stadium on Friday and Germany at the same venue four days later.


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Sp rt With Mignolet as backup, Belgium looking good Associated Press Writer

REUTERS/Erlend Aas/NTB Scanpix

Iceland’s Kolbeinn Sigthorsson celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2014 World Cup qualifying football match against Norway at Ullevaal stadium in Oslo, October 15, 2013.

Lagerback has tiny Iceland finally thinking big Reuters

STOCKHOLM - Iceland’s laid-back Swedish coach Lars Lagerback has little doubt what beating Croatia in the World Cup playoffs would mean to one of the smaller teams in European soccer. “Because they haven’t made it to a final tournament before, it makes it extra big for them,” he told Reuters in an interview before the first leg in Reykjavik on Friday. “From being a small country and not believing it in the beginning, it’s bigger in that way,” said the 65-yearold veteran who took Sweden to five major championships in a row in 11 years and ed Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. “They didn’t have any huge hopes after a few tough years. If we do it, it would mean a little more than qualifying with Sweden.” Lagerback showed his usual modesty, playing down his own role and saying there were many factors resulting in the tiny island nation being on the brink of qualification. “Six or seven years ago they built seven

full-size indoor pitches. That means that they can train and play football year-round,” he said. “Then there’s been a generation of young players who went to the 2011 European U21 finals in Denmark. They’re the framework of the team now. A lot of them have gone to good clubs and they’re all playing.” In previous years even the most ardent soccer fan would be hard-pressed to name an Icelandic player other than former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen. But the likes of Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) are starting to put the country on the football map. Lagerback said resources were less available in Iceland and he does his own video analysis of opponents, a task usually given

to the coach’s staff. He splits his time between the two capital cities, working as a soccer pundit for cable TV station Viasat in Sweden before heading over to Iceland for weeks at a time. Success has also led to a huge growth in interest in the team. Tickets to Friday’s match sold out in two hours, contrary to many previous internationals. Lagerback’s pride in reaching the playoffs is obvious, but he is not content to stop there. “We have been underdogs the whole time. Many asked me when I took the job, ‘why take Iceland? What chance do you have?’. “If we succeed now, when nobody has given us a chance - you heard the playoff draw, everyone wanted us - if we do it, it would mean a little more than qualifying with Sweden.”

BRUSSELS — Simon Mignolet’s outstanding form for Liverpool in the English Premier League has earned him a rare start in goal for Belgium’s upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Japan. And Belgium coach Marc Wilmots knows how important it is to have a good second goalkeeper around in case Thibaut Courtois is unfit. Wilmots had already promised Mignolet the spot for Thursday’s game against Colombia and next Tuesday’s match against Japan before Atletico Madrid keeper Courtois twisted his ankle this week. Even though it is clear Courtois still is the No. 1 choice, Mignolet plans to make the fight as tough as possible. “Hopefully I can do well and show myself again in those two games,” the Liverpool keeper said. What’s even better, he came into training camp after a 4-0 win

over Fulham last weekend. “It’s always nice to arrive with the national team after a great victory and a clean sheet,” Mignolet said. With a series of great results, Belgium has shot up the FIFA rankings to fifth place. Courtois has been Wilmots’ choice throughout the qualifying campaign, and kept six clean sheets as they sealed qualification for the finals. Belgium has a good tradition when it comes to World Cup goalkeepers. Jean-Marie Pfaff was voted the best World Cup keeper in 1986 and Michel Preud’homme took that honor eight years later. Wilmots said Tuesday that the injury to Courtois was not that serious at first sight. He got a foot trapped in his netting during training late Monday. “He tweaked a ligament and will take an MRI (scan),” Wilmots said. “Let’s wait for the results. But in any case it was not too, too bad.”

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Deschamps fears Ukraine’s wingers in WCup playoff Associated Press Writer

PARIS — Ukraine’s attacking players are in good form ahead of the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff against France on Friday. France coach Didier Deschamps has pegged wingers Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konopolyanka as the ones who are likely to cause his side’s defense problems in Kiev. The left-footed Yarmolenko, who can play all across the attack, is expected to start on the right. He has eight league goals for Dynamo Kiev this season and 13 in 36 international appearances. The right-footed Konopolyanka, who plays on the left flank, has found the net in his past four games for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. “Going forward they have two players who stand out: Yarmolenko and Konopolyanka. They can make the difference with the ball at their feet, they take people on and they’re quick,” Deschamps

said. “Yarmolenko likes the ball to feet. He’s left-footed but likes to cut in from the right. But he’s also very good when he overlaps and crosses.” Laurent Koscielny will be certain to start in the center of the defense, but Deschamps has to decide whether to stick with veteran Eric Abidal, who is short of form with Monaco, or pick Raphael Varane, who has only three caps. Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi will play the holding role in France’s midfield and is looking forward to facing Yarmolenko again. “I’ve played against him for PSG. He’s a classy player and very dangerous. He scores goals and he’s got a very good left foot,” Matuidi said. “He causes a lot of problems when he does that, so we’ll have to be vigilant. But we’ve been warned.” Deschamps is uncertain who Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko will choose to lead the attack:

The mobile Roman Zozulya or Marko Devic, who is more of a poacher. Devic has 13 league goals in 15 games for title challenger Metalist Kharkiv, while Zozulya has five in 13 for Dnipro this term. However, neither has a particularly good record for Ukraine, which is still looking for a top-class No. 9 following Andriy Shevchenko’s retirement after last year’s European Championship. “Up front it depends who they pick. In general it’s Zozulya who plays, who is different to Devic, who is a bigger player, and more of a box player, whereas Zozulya is more involved in the game,” Deschamps said. “Up until now they’ve always played with a three-man midfield, apart from the two games against the Faeroe Islands where they went with a more attacking side.” That Ukraine put 17 goals past Faeroe Islands in their two qualifiers proves little.

FIFA to use WADA’s new steroid profiling at WCup Associated Press Writer

JOHANNESBURG — A new urine test designed to catch athletes who take steroids is to be introduced by the World AntiDoping Agency next year and will be used at the World Cup in Brazil. WADA called it “the twin” of the blood profiling currently system used in the athletes’ biological passport system. It will allow anti-doping authorities to build a profile of a person’s steroid levels from urine samples and to identify any changes — in a similar way that changes in blood may indicate doping. WADA said Tuesday the new technique will particularly target testosterone and will “complement” the biological passport. It can be used from Jan. 1, WADA President John Fahey said, announcing the introduction of the “steroidal module” at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in South Africa. FIFA will be one of the first

federations to use it. The world football body said later Tuesday it’ll be part of its drug testing at next year’s World Cup. “FIFA and WADA will ensure the best possible analysis of urine and blood samples and the proper implementation of the new strategy in the fight against doping by means of the steroid module,” FIFA said. The steroid technique had been developed alongside the current blood module but then fell behind, Fahey said. Blood profiling has been in use since 2008. Blood profiling has had success in detecting the use of the blood-boosting drug EPO and led to the banning of a number of cyclists. It is currently used by around 35 sports, WADA says. WADA has also developed a mobile App that allows athletes to give their whereabouts to antidoping agencies through their cellphones or other devices so they don’t miss out-of-competition tests. The new App will be available from next month.

AP Photo/Jon Super

Manchester United’s Michael Carrick, left, fights for the ball against Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Nov. 10, 2013.

Welbeck, Carrick out injured for England Associated Press Writer

AP Photo/Francois Mori

France’s soccer coach Didier Deschamps smiles during a press conference at Clairefontaine training center, south of Paris, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Ukraine.

LONDON — Manchester United players Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick have withdrawn from England’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany because of injuries. It takes the tally of United players pulling out of international duty on Tuesday to three, after Robin van Persie was ruled out of the Netherlands’ matches against Japan and Colombia with toe and groin complaints. Welbeck is out with a knee injury that has sidelined the forward since Oct. 19 while Carrick, a holding midfielder, has an Achilles problem. No additional players have been called up by England coach Roy Hodgson to his initial squad of 26. England plays Chile at Wembley Stadium on Friday and Germany at the same venue four days later.


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Djokovic says has perfect launchpad for 2014 assault

Turtle Breeding at Deluang Sari IBP

Deluang Sari, a little delta overgrown by mangrove forests with coastal white sand and calm waves, is situated overlooking the sea recreation center of Benoa Harbor. Since it has an intact ecological system, clean beaches and lush mangrove forests, this place was then developed for breeding sea turtles. At low tide, we can get there on foot in the sidelines of the mangrove trees of Tanjung Benoa, while at high tides we have to cross by boat from Benoa Harbor for about 10 minutes. Aside from seeing turtle breeding, visitors coming here can also see different types of fighting cocks, animals and wild birds as well as a small temple, As a tourist destination, this small island has also been equipped with restaurants, souvenir shops and animal attractions.

Reuters

LONDON - Novak Djokovic said he will use his 22-match winning streak as a launchpad for an all-out assault on more grand slam titles next year.

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The Serb claimed the ATP World Tour Finals title for a third time on Monday with an authoritative win over world number one Rafa Nadal and believes he has taken his game to a new level since losing to the Spaniard in the U.S. Open final. Throughout his career the 26year-old has used setbacks as motivation to sharpen his game and the way he has steamrollered through the last two and a half months of the ATP season is ominous for Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and any other player with designs on the top silverware in 2014. His form is reminiscent of his incredible 43-match unbeaten streak in 2011 when he won three of the year’s four majors - a run that was sparked by Serbia’s Davis Cup triumph over France at the end of the previous year. Djokovic’s first priority is to regain the Davis Cup for Serbia in this week’s final against the Czech Republic, then after re-charging his batteries it will be all-systems go. “This can serve as a great platform for 2014 season,” Djokovic told reporters. “I’m extra motivated and inspired to work and get myself,

first of all, rested and recovered in the off-season, and then work on my game and get ready for the Australian Open. “The only thing I’m not as satisfied about (this season) is the fact that I lost the three big matches in the three grand slams. The grand slams are the tournaments where I want to win, where I want to get my hands on the title. “That will be my highest priority for next year.” Djokovic lost to Nadal in an epic French Open semi-final, Murray in the Wimbledon final and Nadal again in the U.S. Open final, and also lost his No.1 ranking to the Spaniard in November. That defeat in New York was particularly tough to take and Djokovic has since worked on a more attacking style of play to go with his incredible defensive qualities. On Monday he volleyed superbly, giving his game a new dimension. “Maybe I didn’t do that in U.S. Open final as much as I should have,” he said. “In our last two matches, in finals of Beijing and here, I’ve done it pretty well. “I feel more comfortable on the net than I was last year, that’s for sure.”

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during their men’s semi-final singles tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London November 10, 2013.

LeBron scores 33, Heat roll past Bucks 118-95 Associated Press Writer

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Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) is pressured by Milwaukee Bucks power forward Khris Middleton (22) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 118-95.

MIAMI — LeBron James scored 33 points then sat out the entire fourth quarter as the Miami Heat had little trouble in beating the Milwaukee Bucks 118-95 Tuesday. Michael Beasley scored 19 off the bench and Mario Chalmers finished with 15 points and seven assists for the Heat, whose previous biggest victory margin was a 12-point triumph over Chicago on opening night. John Henson and Gary Neal each scored 18 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 for Milwaukee. Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points to pass Jerry West on the NBA’s career scoring list and help the Mavericks beat the Washington Wizards 105-95. Nowitzki hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third quarter, the second one putting him at 25,194 points for 16th place, two ahead of West. Trevor Ariza led the Wizards with 27 points, including five 3-pointers. He also had seven rebounds and four steals. At Los Angeles, Jordan Hill had a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds in his first start of the season, and Pau Gasol

added 14 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers downed the New Orleans Pelicans 116-95. Nick Young scored 17 points for Los Angeles, which lost five of its last seven before trouncing the Pelicans, who beat them handily last week in New Orleans. Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry scored 15 points each for the Lakers. Eric Gordon scored 17 points for the Pelicans, who have lost on the first two stops of their three-game West Coast road trip. The Golden State beat the Detroit Pistons 113-95 after Stephen Curry had 25 points and eight assists to help the Warriors build a 19-point first-quarter lead before sitting out the final 12 minutes. David Lee added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Klay Thompson had 14 points for the Warriors, who have won five straight over the Pistons. Curry scored 12 points as part of a 19-4 run in the third quarter then sat out the entire fourth quarter when Golden State coach Mark Jackson emptied his bench. Detroit’s Andre Drummond had 16 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight doubledouble and fourth in seven games.


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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye during their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Putin in Seoul pushes new ‘Silk Road’ via North Korea Agence France Presse

Seoul - Russian President Vladimir Putin was in South Korea Wednesday, pushing a pet project for a new trading route linking Asia and Europe by rail that requires prying open North Korea. The ambitious scheme envisages an “Iron Silk Road” uniting the rail networks of South and North Korea and connecting them to Europe via the Trans-Siberian Railway. But it faces huge political obstacles, given the volatility of interKorean relations and the international community’s struggle to contain the North’s nuclear ambitions through UN sanctions. Speaking to a South Korea-Russia business conference during his one-day visit, Putin acknowledged the difficulties but said they were outweighed by the project’s potential advantages. “I hope political problems will be solved at an early date, as South Korea, North Korea and Russia will reap great economic benefits when it’s completed,” Putin said, urging South Korean investors to come on board. “This project, if accomplished, will help make a great contribution to the establishment of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” he added Russia took a first step in September, when it completed a 54-kilometre (33-mile) track from its southeast border town of Khasan to the North Korean port of Rajin. Located in the far northeast, where the borders of North Korea, Russia and China converge, Rajin offers a warm-water port for the North’s two giant neighbours. Putin wants to see the rail link ex-

tended through North Korea, across the world’s last Cold War frontier, and all the way down to the southern South Korean port of Busan. Media reports say Russia is looking for South Korea to take a 34 percent share in the project, with Moscow holding 36 percent and Pyongyang 30 percent. Steelmaker Posco, train operator Korail and Hyundai Rotem have been suggested as possible members of a consortium to take on the South Korean share. Putin’s visit saw the two sides sign a memorandum of understanding in support of the project, but Andrei Lankov, a Russian expert on North Korea who teaches at Seoul’s Kookmin University, said he remained “very sceptical” about the entire undertaking. “The idea itself makes perfect sense from a trade and economic viewpoint,” Lankov told AFP. “But this is clearly going to cost billions of dollars and what companies are going to risk that much investment with North Korea in the current climate?” “I’m sure North Korea will be keen, because once it got started, it would provide Pyongyang with a new project to manipulate and use to pressure oth-

ers,” he added. Lankov said the same financial and political risks applied to plans to build a pipeline to supply both Koreas with Russian natural gas. Observers highlight the precedent of the Kaesong industrial zone jointly run by North and South Korea, which Pyongyang unilaterally shut down in April as military tensions surged. The zone reopened in September, but South Korean factory owners said they lost a small fortune during the five-month closure. Both the rail and gas projects were brought up in Putin’s talks with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. The two leaders also discussed North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme amid signs that Pyongyang, despite UN sanctions, is moving ahead on all fronts to acquire a credible nuclear deterrent. Russia is a member of the stalled six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme, along with China, the United States, Japan and the two Koreas. China and North Korea have been pushing to get the dialogue back on track and Putin told a joint press conference with Park that Moscow also favoured an “early resumption” of the talks.

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s parliament on Wednesday delayed a key vote on the release of jailed former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko, a move that threatens to derail this ex-Soviet republic’s push toward the European Union and shift Kiev back into Russia’s orbit. Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Rybak closed the session, attended by two top EU envoys, saying the bill allowing Tymoshenko to travel to Germany for medical treatment was not yet ready and thus could not be brought to a vote. He said they will take up the bill again on Tuesday, when parliament meets next. EU officials have warned that they will not sign a free-trade and political association agreement with Ukraine if Tymoshenko remains in jail and have urged her rival, President Viktor Yanukovych to release her for treatment in Germany as a compromise measure. The failure to pass the bill on Wednesday means that Ukraine has missed two key deadlines to meet EU conditions ahead of the Nov. 28-29 summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. Opposition leaders accused Yanukovych and his allies in parliament of selling out to Russia and purposely sabotaging the long-awaited EU deal. Russia staunchly opposes the signing of the agreement and has used threats, sanctions and offers of price discounts in an attempt to lure Kiev away from the EU and into a Moscow-led customs union instead. After the session was closed, parliament erupted with angry chants of “Shame! Shame!” from opposition lawmakers, some dressed in white sweaters that read “Freedom to Ukraine” and others wearing red sweaters reading “Ukraine is Europe.” “It’s a clear answer as to whether Viktor Yanukovych is ready to sign the agreement with the European Union,” opposition leader and top Tymoshenko ally Arseniy Yatsenyuk told parliament after it became clear that the vote would not take place. “You are ready only for political persecution, blackmail and pressure and to hold on to your power. We, however, want the power to belong to the people of Ukraine.” Later the opposition softened its stance, calling on Yanukovych to ensure the passage of the bill next week. Opposition leaders urged the two EU envoys, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former European Parliament President Pat Cox, who were scheduled to deliver a report in Brussels later in the day on Kiev’s readiness to sign the deal, not to give a negative assessment and give Ukraine some more time. Meanwhile, in another sign that Kiev might be tilting toward Moscow, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told his Cabinet on Wednesday that normalizations of ties with Russia is Ukraine’s top priority. Tim Ash, chief emerging-markets economist at Standard Bank, suggested that even after a possible red light from the Kwasniewski and Cox mission and from EU foreign ministers when they meet on Nov. 19, Yanukovych could theoretically save the EU deal by securing Tymoshenko’s release right on the eve of the summit.

Incentive... From page 1 He argued the handling of incentive tourism was different from the handling of leisure, convention and meeting tourism. Incentive tourism was provided by international and national companies for employees having an outstanding achievement. “Incentive tourism needs to get a special treatment, so that visitors can enjoy their holiday safely and comfortably in Indonesia, including in Bali,” he concluded. It was mentioned that criteria for the incentive should be for first time to enjoy a particular destination and experienced it once in a lifetime. Ultimately, it should be unforgettable. (kmb27)

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Indonesia air force personnel load relief supplies donated by Indonesian government for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Indonesia sends aid to typhoon affected Philippines Antara

JAKARTA - The Indonesian government has sent relief aid worth US$2 million to the Philippines to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Indonesia has sent assistance to help the Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan as a token of solidarity presented to a fellow ASEAN member nation, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said on Wednesday. Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono made a symbolic presentation of the assistance to Filipino Ambassador to Indonesia Maria Rosario C. Aguinaldo. The assistance includes 75 ton goods and logistical aid worth US$1 million, as well as US$1 million transferred to a current account. Indonesia’s Defense Minister deployed three Hercules C-130 aircraft and a number of personnel to transport the relief aid on Wednesday. On Thursday, three planes will fly to the Philippines again to send the assistance.The 75 ton in goods and logistical help consists of among other things food, food supplement, blankets, clothes, kids ware, medicines and 10 electricity generators. The deadly typhoon had slammed into central Philippines last Friday, with the wind velocity

touching 320 kilometers per hour. Nearly 800,000 Filipinos have been evacuated and around 4 million people have been affected. Meanwhile, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh contacted the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Albert Del Rosario to inform the latter that he was ready to facilitate ASEAN cooperation and coordination through the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan. “The ASEAN stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Philippines in these difficult times and we are ready to display the ASEAN spirit from a caring community for the affected population in the country,” Secretary General Minh stated in his capacity as ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator. His statement was posted on the Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat’s official website on Monday. In a letter sent to Secretary Del Rosario, the ASEAN Secretary-General also expressed “great concern and sadness” for the devastation wrought by the super typhoon Haiyan.

MEDAN - Volcanic material spewing from Mount Sinabung has destroyed 1,893 hectares of citrus plantations in Tanah Karo and impacted fruit production. “The number of damaged citrus plantations might be increasing as the data was only gathered from five sub-districts located near Mount Sinabung,” the Head of Karo District’s Agriculture Office Agustoni Tarigan said on Wednesday. The 1,893 damaged plantations are spread across five sub-districts, namely Merdeka, Berastagi, Namanteran, Simpangempat and Payung. In fact, data from the local agriculture office showed that there are around 14,000 citrus plantations in the Karo District. The low production is estimated to last until next year as the effect of the volcanic material will be seen during the next harvest. The local administration’s plan to rejuvenate damaged citrus plantations will have to wait until Mount Sinabung’s eruption has stopped. Mount Sinabung has erupted several times since September this year.The volcano, which is located 2,460 meters above sea level, erupted again on Sunday at 3:58 p.m.

Karo’s administration has set aside a budget to provide 165,000 citrus seedlings for local farmers to replace the old trees. “Providing the seedlings is one of the efforts being made to conserve and develop one of Karo’s typical fruits as many of the citrus trees were old and suffering from diseases,” Tarigan stated. In the meantime, Asiang, a local fruits merchant from the Medan Central Market pointed out that the supply of Karo’s citrus fruits had been limited because their production had been impacted by Mount Sinabung’s eruption. “The price of Karo’s citrus fruits has also shot up. It was being sold for Rp15,000 per kilogram, while its normal price was only Rp10,000 per kilogram,” Asiang said. This latest eruption had caused the volcano to send a cloud of smoke up to 4,000 meters into the sky in the southerly and southwesterly directions. The volcano also spewed hot clouds, which spread over a 1.2 kilometer radius. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the hot clouds had claimed no lives, as residents living within a 3 kilometer radius had been evacuated to safer areas.

Central Bank raise rate to curb deficit Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Indonesia’s central bank unexpectedly raised its key interest rate Tuesday to rein in a widening current account deficit blamed for exacerbating recent turmoil in Southeast Asia’s top economy. It also came as emerging markets were under fresh pressure amid renewed speculation the United States may begin rolling back its stimulus programme soon following better than expected growth data. The decision to raise the key rate by 25 basis points to 7.5 percent came as a surprise, with most economists expecting the central bank to keep rates on hold. Bank Indonesia has now increased rates by 175 basis points since June as it tries to protect the economy, which has come under pressure from both internal and external factors in recent months. Fears the United States was set to taper off its huge stimulus programme led to outflows of foreign capital from emerging markets, with Indonesia’s market stock index and the rupiah suffering heavy losses. Indonesia’s woes were worsened by

a large current account deficit and a surge in inflation sparked by a big rise in fuel prices. While the overall economy has stabilised in recent weeks, the current account has remained in sharp focus, particularly after the trade balance unexpectedly swung back to deficit in September. Central bank spokesman Difi Johansyah told reporters the decision to raise rates on Tuesday was “to ensure that the current account deficit goes down to a healthier level”. An increase in borrowing costs should trim the deficit because it reduces consumer spending power, meaning they should buy fewer imported goods. The Fed’s unexpected decision not to begin rolling back its $85 billion a month bond buying programme in September gave Indonesia some respite -but Friday’s strong US growth data has put emerging markets under renewed pressure. Bank Central Asia economist David Sumual told AFP that Tuesday’s hike was a “surprising move”. “Maybe the central bank thinks tapering is going to take place and fears there could be volatility,” he told AFP.


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This photo was taken on July 28 under courtesy of Conservation International. Scientists from the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Centre (a collaborative initiative of Udayana University in Bali, the State University of Papua in Manokwari, Diponegoro University in Semarang, and University of California Los Angeles) and Conservation International Indonesia have just described a new flasherwrasse fish species, Paracheilinus rennyae.

EU leaders urge swift response to youth employment crisis Agence France-Presse

PARIS - Europe’s leaders on Tuesday put urgency into the search for a solution to high youth unemployment at a meeting in Paris on what is seen as the continent’s most pressing challenge.

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A general view of the meeting on youth unemployment in the European Union at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

“What is important is to move quickly,” stressed French President Francois Hollande, who hosted heads of state or government from 24 of the EU’s 28 member states at the event. The conference followed a July summit in Berlin initiated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called youth unemployment “perhaps the most pressing problem facing Europe”. She warned that the continent faced the emergence of a “lost generation”, triggering a raft of measures aimed at reversing the trend. Hollande said a “youth guarantee” scheme, whereby young people are given jobs, further education or training within four months of leaving school, would be put in place in the next two years. To speed up the process, all member states who send in their plans for the scheme’s implementation before the end of the year can “access the necessary financing from January 1”. European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said resources for the scheme depended on member states. “We need something concrete, we need fast results,” he said. According to the European Commission’s latest statistics, the EU-wide youth joblessness rate stands at 23.5 percent. A total of 7.5 million aged 15-24 are not in work, education or training. The sting of the crisis is felt differently

across the bloc. The youth unemployment rate is pinned down at 7.7 percent in Europe’s healthiest economy Germany, but soaring past 50 percent in debt-crippled southern countries such as Greece or Spain. EU members have pledged 12 billion euros ($16 billion) over the next two years while the European Investment Bank and European Social Fund plan to spend similar amounts. The focus on training can help Europe’s youth become more employable but many observers argue no dramatic changes in joblessness statistics can be expected without economic growth. “Without growth, there will be no jobs for the youth. Politics doesn’t create jobs, business creates jobs,” said Merkel. Hollande, who is grappling with record-low popularity ratings, had made youth employment one of his mandate’s top priorities. He has vowed a return to employment growth by year’s end, but that looks an increasingly unlikely prospect. “In 2014 unemployment will unfortunately remain too high, but there is perspective, there is hope,” said European Council president Herman Van Rompuy. Despite the new sense of urgency among the EU’s leaders, critics say that Brussels’ moves to ease the crisis often lack boldness and tend to rely too heavily on German policies that are not easily replicated.

WTO talks enter crunch stage Agence France-Presse

GENEVA - Negotiators are under mounting pressure to finalise a deal ahead of a WTO summit seen as a make or break moment for the body that oversees the rules of global commerce. Roberto Azevedo, who took over as WTO director general in September, has vowed to spare no effort during last-ditch talks at its Geneva base, as diplomats struggle to craft a draft accord to ease barriers to global commerce. The World Trade Organization’s 159 member economies are locked in what officials dub a “meat-grinder”, striving to bridge differences between rich countries, emerging powers and the world’s poorest

nations over the concessions needed to yield a deal for a ministerial summit on December 3-6 on the Indonesian island of Bali. “It is all or nothing now. We must tie the package up once and for all in the next few days,” Azevedo, Brazil’s former WTO envoy, told negotiators on Tuesday. The WTO’s ruling body, the General Council, is scheduled on November 21 to decide whether it can put a deal on the table in Bali. Trade sources said there is little prospect for real negotiation in Bali itself to seal a deal. The summit is seen as perhaps the last chance to revive the WTO’s so-called “Doha Round” of talks, launched in 2001

in Qatar. The round’s goal is to craft a wideranging global accord on opening markets and removing trade barriers, in order to harness international commerce to develop poorer economies. WTO rules require such deals to be unanimous, but bitter differences over the necessary give and take have sparked clashes notably between China, the European Union, India and the United States, leaving the talks stalled for years and leading many countries to shift focus to bilateral and regional deals. No results in Bali would mean no serious WTO negotiations for a long time, trade sources said, underlining that regional deals tend to involve rich countries or

emerging powers, sidelining the poorest nations. Negotiators have long written off the chances of Bali offering major Doha Round headway, and have sought lower-level accords that could be fed into the wider package later. He said the “biggest iceberg” was the time-lag developing countries would get to smooth their customs rules, and the technical assistance they could expect from rich countries and international lenders such as the World Bank in order to do so. Another division is over “food security”, pushed by India, under which developing countries want to be allowed to subsidise grain stockpiling to help low-income farmers and consumers.

New flasherwrasse fish species named over Indonesian

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JIMBARAN – Scientists from the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Centre (a collaborative initiative of Udayana University in Bali, the State University of Papua in Manokwari, Diponegoro University in Semarang, and University of California Los Angeles) and Conservation International Indonesia have just described a new flasherwrasse fish species, Paracheilinus rennyae. The species was named in recognition of the scientific contributions of ichthyologist Renny Kurnia Hadiaty from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Cibinong, Java. The new species description was just published in the year-end edition of Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology. “I’m deeply honored by this recognition, not only because it is such a beautiful fish species, but also because the lead author on the description is my close colleague and internationally-renowned ichthyologist Gerald Allen,” said Hadiaty, the curator of fish collections at the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense (MZB) within the Zoology Division of LIPI’s Research Center for Biology. Hadiaty has had a productive career spanning 27 years at LIPI, during which time she has focused primarily on Indonesian freshwater fish taxonomy and has co-authored numerous papers with Dr. Allen, who now works for Conservation International as a consultant. The strikingly beautiful wrasse is known only from the coral reefs of southwestern Flores Island and the Komodo National Park area within East Nusa Tenggara Province of eastern Indonesia. Although it is the seventeenth known species of

flasherwrasse, it is unique in both its colouration and especially the rounded shape of its dorsal and anal fins and tail. The new species has also been shown to be genetically distinct from all other known flasherwrasses in the Coral Triangle, with its closest relative being Paracheilinus angulatus from East Kalimantan, Brunei, Sabah and the southern Philippines. “We’re delighted that one of our young local scientists, Ni Luh Astria Yusmalinda, was able to publish her first international journal paper based on her genetic analysis of this new species and its closest relatives,” said Dr. Ngurah Mahardika, the hosting laboratory director of the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Centre at Udayana University. “It is particularly fitting that the new species is named after our colleague Renny Hadiaty at LIPI, and we hope this will highlight the spirit of strong scientific collaboration between Indonesian universities, conservation NGOs like Conservation International and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences”. Flasherwrasses are rapidly becoming a favorite fish group among divers and underwater photographers due to their electric blue and red colour patterns, which are only

displayed as part of a daily mating ritual that normally occurs about an hour before sundown. At that time, the normally brownish-coloured males rise up in the water column and “flash” their spectacular mating colouration while erecting their fins and swimming in short bursts of speed in an attempt to impress nearby female flasherwrasses and encourage them to spawn. “Besides showing our deep appreciation of Renny Hadiaty and the hard-working scientists at LIPI, we’re also hopeful that this new species will add to the tourism value of Komodo National Park and the surrounding reefs of southwest Flores,” said Dr. Tiene Gunawan, Marine Program Director at Conservation International Indonesia. “Our colleagues in the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries are increasingly aware of the high non-extractive use values of our country’s tremendous marine biodiversity, and this new flasherwrasse species has strong potential to increase the tourism draw of East Nusa Tenggara. It is a great example of how our marine biodiversity heritage - some of which is only now being discovered - needs protection to ensure it can provide maximum benefits to our society.”

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JAKARTA - Indonesia is optimistic that the upcoming Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO MC9) in Bali can come up with an agreement that will restore the Doha Round negotiation, which was suspended in 2001. “We have a prepared the so-called Bali Package, which includes three elements in it, namely trade facilitation, agriculture and benefits for least developed countries,” Indonesian Trade Ministry Director General for International Trade Imam Pambagyo said. He argued that the package, if agreed upon, will restore trust among member countries towards the international trade system, which has suffered since 2001. Indonesia is currently preparing to host the WTO MC9, which will be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, from December 3-6. Participants will include trade ministers and officials from 159 countries. Earlier, Deputy Trade Minister Bayu Krishnamurti said the success of the upcoming Bali meeting is important. “If the WTO fails, every country in the world will have to fight for its interests on its own. No international trade system means that political and trade powers will take over, and only the strongest country will win,” he said. The WTO is an international organization in which member countries have agreed upon regulations in conducting international trade. Though it is a multilateral trading system with non-discrimination principles, WTO has been trying to reduce trade barriers and encourage member countries to conduct fair trade throughout the world. Apart from that, the WTO also has an effective legal instrument, the “dispute settlement” facility, where it bridges the difference between those countries seeking to resolve conflicts.


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Parking lot construction at Goa Lawah Temple abandoned

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Project work on the parking lot at Goa Lawah Temple, Klungkung, has not accomplished. However, the contractor has fled from the project location. Such condition was complained by local residents. Actually, the locals really hoped the parking lot could be completed before the peak of pujawali ritual activities in the Goa Lawah Temple, Tuesday (Nov 12). Chief of Pesinggahan customary village, Nyoman Suastika, said the condition was very regrettable. He admitted to have seen the project planning from the opening of land to the hardening and then leveling with sand and gravel. However, the process in the field was just opening the land without being followed with hardening to leveling the parking area with gravel. Ultimately, when the temple anniversary with the padudusan alit arrived, the parking lot could not have been used to support the other parking lots having fully occupied with the vehicles of pilgrims. “More severely, when it rains heavily, the parking lot can be muddy because it has not been hardened and flattened with gravels. So, we do hope to the contractor to complete the project work accordingly,” he said. Suastika said the parking lot arrangement covering approximately 55 ares financed with the main regional budget 2013 worth IDR 140 million had been worked on since August 27 and should have been completed by the end of September. He admitted to have coordinated with the contractor CV Bali Sakepat. However, the answer received that it was only obliged to work on to the current condition. Suastika also said to have cross-checked to

Public Works twice, questioning about the answer given by the contractor. “Public Works official has come to location and promised to resolve the issue on the contractor. Unfortunately, the parking lot has not been worked on. Hopefully, the Public Works could respond to this issue, so the parking lot can be utilized,” he said. As planned, the parking area could accommodate about one hundred private cars. The making of new parking area in the southeast of parking lot of Goa Lawah was meant to provide more adequate parking space. Therefore, it would not interfere with the traffic around the temple due to insufficient parking space. Three other parking lots had no longer been sufficient to accommodate the vehicles of pilgrims during peak arrivals of the pujawali padudusan agung and padudusan alit. In addition, procurement of the new parking space was an anticipative measure by local village because the two parking lots in the west of Goa Lawah belonged to Klungkung Palace. Responding to such condition, the Head of Klungkung Public Works, AA Ngurah Agung, said last Tuesday that his party did not know about the problem. He said he would check it out and come to location to ascertain the real issue. (kmb31)

The stopped project in Goa Lawah area.

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Reasonable prices, prevent agricultural sector to be left Denpasar (Bali Post)—

The farmer is working on his ricefield

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Getting a reasonable price for each product yielded by farmers can be an incentive and motivation for them (farmers) so they can continue to sustain the sector. All this time, there is no guarantee of reasonable price so that many farmers are increasingly leaving the agricultural sector. “The most basic incentive for farmers is the price of products sold at a reasonable value,” said the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Mahasaraswati University Denpasar, Dr. I Ketut Arnawa, Tuesday (Nov 12). He said when farmers earned a decent price for their products it could become an incentive for them to try farming. On that account, the price received by farmers should be able to provide a considerable profit margin for the entire operating cost spent. “The government should also have a policy that can make farmers comfortable. The policy can help ease the burden of farmers in case they suffer crop failure due to drought, floods, pests, diseases and other calamities,”

he explained. The absence of guarantees for farmers also made the agricultural sector was no longer excellent because it was not promising. One of the measures that could be done by government was providing incentives for farmers whose land located at agricultural zonation. “The incentive can be a reduction to land and building tax or exemption of taxes and price certainty,” he said. The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of Bali also indicated that the agricultural sector in Bali was increasingly abandoned by the community. Evidently, people who pursued the sector continued to decline, even within the past year the number remained 545,830 people (Aug 2013) from 572,690 people (Aug 2012). The Head of Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of Bali, Gde Suarsa, said that among the business sectors dominantly absorbing the employment all this time, only the agricultural sector continued to experience setback. According to him, the decline

in employment in the agricultural sector posed the result of economic transformation from the agricultural sector to other sectors. Such condition should be addressed so the agricultural sector would not be increasingly abandoned considering the sector still had an excellence. “In terms of business scale, the agriculture sector is less promising because the average cultivated land area is small or limited. So, a lot of people are looking for alternatives considered more profitable,” he said. Decline in the number of people pursuing the agricultural sector in the past year was admitted by Gde Suarsa as conversely proportional to other sectors such as industry, construction, trade, finance and others. Though the number of worker decreased, said Gde Suarsa, the agricultural sector still had a significant role in absorbing workers. It was proved by the number of people working in the agricultural sector reaching 580,390 or 24 percent of the total working population. (kmb28)

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The remarks Tuesday marked a significant toughening of President Barack Obama’s stance towards Congress on sanctions as Washington prepares to resume high-stakes nuclear diplomacy with Iran later this month. The US president has vowed he will not allow Tehran’s leaders to develop an atomic weapon, but last week’s negotiations in Geneva between Iran and six world powers failed to reach an interim deal to halt its program. Fresh from the talks, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to make the case for continued diplomacy. Key senators from both US parties, some responding to Israel’s savaging of the proposed agreement, are proposing stiffer sanctions or may curtail Obama’s power to ease current measures, which have crippled the Iranian economy. But the White House said any new sanctions could scupper the diplomatic process and leave little option but the use of military force against Iran. “The American people do not want a march to war,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, saying US citizens “justifiably and understandably prefer a peaceful solution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” “This agreement, if it’s achieved, has the potential to do that. The alternative is military action,” Carney said. “If pursuing a resolution diplomatically is disallowed or ruled out, what options then do we and our allies have to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon?” The White House believes in offering Iran some “modest” and “reversible” steps to ease the pain of some sanctions as part of an interim deal to bolster Tehran’s negotiators against hardliners who are skeptical of new President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic opening. But many US lawmakers believe that tightening sanctions will give the administration more leverage -- and doubt Tehran is serious about standing down its nuclear program. Republican Senator Mark Kirk maintains that sanctions are the best way to avoid war. “The American people should not be forced to choose between military action and a bad deal that accepts a nuclear Iran,” he said. White House aides, however, privately say that once warweary Americans understand the alternative to a deal with Iran means another Middle East conflict, they will warm to Obama’s approach. Tehran denies Western claims it is trying to develop a nuclear weapon.

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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano arrives at the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat November 12, 2013.

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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 file photo, survivors carry bags of rice from a warehouse which they stormed due to shortage of food at typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines.

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TACLOBAN, Philippines — Mobs overran a rice warehouse on the island worst hit by the Philippine typhoon, setting off a wall collapse that killed eight people and carting off thousands of sacks of the grain, while security forces Wednesday exchanged gunfire with an armed gang. The incidents in or close to the storm-ravaged city hosting international relief efforts add to concerns about the slow pace of aid distribution and that parts of the disaster zone are descending into chaos. Five long days after Typhoon Haiyan wasted the eastern seaboard of the Philippines, the cogs of what promises to be a massive international aid effort are beginning to turn, but not quickly enough for the some 600,000 people displaced, many of them homeless, hungry and thirsty. “There’s a bit of a logjam to be absolutely honest getting stuff in here,” said U.N. staffer Sebastian Rhodes Stampa against the roar of a C-130 transport plane landing behind him at the airstrip in Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit cities. “It’s almost all in country — either in Manila or in Cebu, but it’s not here. We’re going to have a real challenge with logistics in terms of getting things out of here, into town, out of town, into the other areas,” he said. “The reason for that essentially is that there are no trucks, the roads are all closed.” Planes, ships and trucks were all

on their way to the region, loaded with generators, water purifying kits and emergency lights — vital equipment needed to sustain a major relief mission. Airports were reopening in the region, and the U.S. military said it was installing equipment to allow the damaged Tacloban aiport to operate 24-7. Tacloban’s mayor, Alfred Romualdez, urged residents to flee the city because local authorities were having trouble providing food and water and maintaining order, The New York Times reported. He said the city was in desperate need of trucks to distribute relief shipments that were accumulating at the city’s airport as well as equipment to pull decaying corpses from the rubble. Eight people were crushed to death when the mob stormed a rice warehouse around 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Tacloban on Tuesday and carried off thousands of sacks of grain, according to National Food Authority spokesman Rex Estoperez. On Wednesday, gunfire broke out close to the city’s San Juanico bridge on Wednesday between security forces and armed men, but

the circumstances were unclear, according to footage on local TV. Since the storm, people have broken into homes, malls and garages, where they have stripped the shelves of food, water and other goods. Authorities have struggled to stop the looting. There have been unconfirmed reports of armed gangs of robbers operating in a systematic manner. An 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew was in place across the region. Despite incidents, police said the situation was improving. “We have restored order,” said Carmelo Espina Valmoria, director of the Philippine National Police special action force. “There has been looting for the last three days, but the situation has stabilized.” The death toll rose to 2,275, according a national tally kept by the disaster agency. That figure is expected to rise, perhaps significantly, when accurate information is collected from the entirety of the disaster zone, which spreads over a wide swath of the eastern and central Philippines but appears to be concentrated on two main islands, Leyte and Samar.


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JAKARTA - Advancement of the tourism sector chiefly in Bali is taken advantage by investors to expand their business. “So far, Bali is still remarkably promising in the investment opportunities in the sectors supporting the tourism industry,” said Project Marketing & Investment Consultant of PT Bali Seminyak Sejahtera, Tony Eddy, when launching the Meratus Seminyak Resort Condotel in Jakarta, Tuesday (Nov 12).

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s opium production surged this year to record levels, despite international efforts over the past decade to wean the country off the narcotics trade, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.N.’s drug control agency. The harvest this past May resulted in a staggering 5,500 metric tons (6,060 tons) of opium, 49 percent higher than last year and more than the combined output of the rest of the world. Even Afghan provinces with some past successes in combating poppy cultivation saw those trends reversed, according to this year’s annual U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report. The withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan next year is likely to make matters even worse, said JeanLuc Lemahieu, the UNODC regional representative in Kabul. He warned that as international assistance falls off, the Afghan government will become increasingly reliant on illicit sources of income. Uncertainty is also driving up poppy production, as farmers worried about the country’s future turn to the tried and true. The big increase in production began in 2010 when farmers rushed to plant to take advantage of soaring prices, a result of a crop disease the previous year, the U.S. military surge in the south and the announcement of the U.S. and NATO’s transition

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out of Afghanistan, Lemahieu told The Associated Press.Lemahieu said those who benefit from the drug trade include farmers, insurgents and many within the government. Often, he said, they work together. Khan Bacha, who cultivates a small plot of land in eastern Nangarhar province, a Taliban stronghold, told the AP this week that the insurgents charge farmers a “religious tax” of one kilogram of opium for every 10 kilograms produced — though the price is “negotiable.” “They say we are going for jihad,” Bacha said. “It is the God money we give.” Past attempts by the international community to combat opium cultivation have included introducing alternative crops and paying farmers in some areas not to plant poppies. That backfired when farmers elsewhere started growing poppies in the hopes of getting money if they stopped. Cultivation also appears to be spreading to new parts of the country — with Afghans planting poppies in some 209,000 hectares (516,450 acres) across 17 provinces this year, compared with 154,000 hectares

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FILE - In this May 10, 2013 file photo, Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in Khogyani district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (380,540 acres) in 15 provinces in 2012, according to the report. The vast majority of Afghanistan’s poppy cultivation takes place in the south, southwest and east, areas where

the Taliban insurgency is thriving. But Kabul province in central Afghanistan saw a major spike: a 148 percent increase in cultivation between 2012 and 2013. But it wasn’t all bad news in the

report, which said Afghanistan has expanded its social services to deal with a growing addiction problem at home. “These are tangible and hopeful signs of improvement,” the report said.

For Argentine chemo patients, mirrors can hurt Associated Press Writer

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In this Nov. 8, 2013 photo, Maria Marta Casere paints her eyebrows during a “Look Good Feel Better” workshop that offers free lessons in makeup and skin care for women dealing with the physical and psychological trauma of cancer, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — For cancer patients dealing with the physical and psychological trauma of the disease, even looking in the mirror can be difficult. When chemotherapy robs your hair, it’s common to feel that a part of your identity goes missing as well. “Look Good Feel Better” is a program that offers free lessons in makeup and skin care, with tips on covering heads gone bald and using eye-liner to replace fallen eyebrows. It’s an opportunity for beauticians to share their skills, for companies to donate products and for people with cancer to find some hope. The idea began 25 years ago in the U.S., where more

than 700,000 women have participated, and it has spread to Argentina and 23 other countries where chemotherapy is increasingly common. Argentina was the first Latin American nation to launch it, in 1999, and it has since grown to 100 sites across the country. For Mariela Steinberg, 38, it has made all the difference. She’s had multiple surgeries in a yearlong fight with uterine and cervical cancer, and was shocked at first to look in the mirror. “You see a face but you don’t recognize it as your own. But now I can say, little by little, I am beginning to adapt,” she said during a twohour class. “All of a sudden I begin to recognize myself. I am made-up, beautified.” Cancer is the second-leading

cause of death in Argentina, after heart disease, and the country’s cancer mortality rate is the third highest in Latin America after Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, the Pan American Health Organization says. Staying optimistic is known to increase the odds of survival, and appearance can have an outsized impact. Thus the program’s theme, “Hope is beautiful.” Daiana Castro, a 23-year-old hairstylist with ovarian cancer, was traumatized at first. “I had red hair, beautiful and long, and when it fell out I didn’t leave the house for a week.” Then she sought out one of the classes at Hospital San Martin. “If you have makeup on, you feel better. It helps you not to feel down,” Castro said.

According to Eddy, a lot of factors drew the interest of investors to expand their business in Bali. Among others, it included the brand name of Bali as a world’s premier tourist destination promising an unparalleled exoticism in Indonesian. Additionally, it was also shored up by great concern of the government that supported the infrastructure making the tourist mobility convenient. Without reducing the expectations of other regions in developing the tourism sector, Eddy ascertained the factor of Balinese art and culture was also a complement to Bali tourism being well known around the world. “The world recognizes that Bali is a favorite destination for foreign tourists,” said Eddy. Regarding the development plan of the Resort Meritus Seminyak, Eddy said, Seminyak area was chosen because it posed the premier tourist resort in Bali. “Selection of a strategic location, quality and ho-

tel chain operator, quality of construction as well as an interesting condotel concept design are very basic stuff to become a winner in the condotel business competition in Bali,” he said. Resort Meritus Seminyak was built on an area of 3,100 square meters with an investment of IDR 186 billion. “PT Bali Seminyak Sejahtera will start the construction of the Meritus Seminyak in the third month of 2014 and is planned to go into operation by the middle of 2015,” he said. Meritus Seminyak featured the concept combining the former two kingdoms ever existing in Bali, namely the Majapahit and Chinese kingdom. The concept would give the Meritus Seminyak an oriental value among the branded hotels in the vicinity. “If you are looking for a different hotel that can provide a comfort in your investment, Meritus Seminyak is the right answer,” said Eddy. (010)

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Advancement of the tourism sector chiefly in Bali is taken advantage by investors to expand their business.

Jatiluwih tourist attraction hampered by parking space Bali Post

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Determination of Jatiluwih region in Penebel as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO has not been poised with maximal management. One of them is the issue related to parking space.

TABANAN - Determination of Jatiluwih region in Penebel as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO has not been poised with maximal management. One of them is the issue related to parking space. Apparently, this international tourist attraction has not owned a parking lot. All this time, the parking service is directed to privately owned space and roadside. This homework becomes a tough task for the Jatiluwih Management Board to be immediately inaugurated. The Head of Tabanan Tourism and Culture Agency, Wayan Adnyana, explained that Jatiluwih tourist area was still hampered by parking lot issue. Ideally, it should have its own parking lot, not be managed individually or even used the space at roadside. “The main task of the Jatiluwih Management Board is promptly thinking of the parking lot. It’s very urgent,” he said. The management board, he said, was still waiting for the decree of the regent. The management had been summoned and selected. He hoped the composition

of the board would not change again. So, it was just waiting for the decree and inauguration because the Jatiluwih area required a maximal management. With the inclusion into the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, Jatiluwih was increasingly flooded with tourists. On that account, it required a reliable operator and operational management. Especially for parking lot, said Adnyana, it could be resolved with few alternatives such as by purchasing and leasing land. “Procurement of parking lot becomes the main project of Jatiluwih development. So, it should be promptly considered,” he said. Aside from parking issues, the management board should also think about revenue target as well as other supporting facilities. Adnyana added that Jatiluwih would become one of the mainstays of Tabanan to boost the regionally generated revenue (PAD). In addition, this everlasting farm tourism was best favored by travelers. The governing body should also think about the continuity of the fate of farmers at Jatiluwih area and the surroundings. (kmb30)


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Gianyar govt drafts moratorium of tourist accommodation Gianyar (Bali Post)—

(overloaded). If this condition is allowed, it will definitely lead to unhealthy competition like underpriced room sale and so on,” he said. Based on existing record of 2012, when he was still serving as the Head of Licensing Office, there were about 800 tourist accommodations in Ubud area having no permit. Responding to such condition, the county government was currently still preparing data collection. “We will continue to ask for input from the PHRI as well as the approval from the House related to the moratorium plan because it involves regional spatial regulation,” he affirmed. Associated with the inputs of the PHRI, if the results of

analysis indeed required doing so, the moratorium was completely possible to be implemented early in 2014. The moratorium would not apply in its entirety of the Gianyar region. For southern part of Gianyar County, the opportunities were still very open and encouraged to build tourist accommodation. Even, the Integrated Licensing Office (BPPT) of Gianyar always directed the investors to build tourist accommodation in Southern Gianyar region. “This moratorium will also be intended for equitable development in Gianyar County,” he said while adding if the moratorium would be implemented it should be constantly evaluated. (kmb16)

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The rare birds wich is siezed by the officers in Tanah Lot area.

Ranger ranks of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of Bali seized four protected birds at Tanah Lot tourist attraction, Kediri, Tuesday (Nov 12). Those rare birds were forced to be arrested because they were not equipped with a permit. Every day, the birds were taken advantage for photo services to visitors. The four birds consisted of hornbill, hawk, helmeted friarbird and white cockatoo with yellow topknot. The raid was held around 2:00 p.m. When being approached by the officers, the bird owner Nyoman Wandi from Dukuh hamlet, Beraban village, Kediri, could only surrender. Those birds were finally confiscated by the officers. “These birds are protected species and the owner does not have a permit,” said Dewa

KUTA - This year’s festive season, Hard Rock Hotel Bali announces dinner and party events to make Christmas celebration extra wonderful for all the family. For the perfect Christmas Eve on the world’s renowned Kuta Beach, Chef Low Keng Meng has crafted a pre-concert Christmas Buffet Dinner Starz Diner restaurant that offers the traditional dining highlights of the season that includes Honey Glazed Ham, Roast Turkey, Christmas Yule Log Cake and more. All customers can delight in sumptuous culinary offerings and distinctive entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel Bali’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffet dinner at the price of Rp. 250,000++ per person, a child under 12 years old eats free for each paying adult.

2 Nov Saniscara Keliwon Kuningan. Pura Taman Pule di Mas-Ubud. Pura Ularan di Takmung-Klungkung. Pura Bukitjati di Gulingan-Kawan Bangli.

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Goa Gajah, one of the tourism attarction in Gianyar Regency

Nyoman Gede Yoga, Section Chief of Protection and Investigation of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency of Bali. It was described the findings of the four rare birds was due to the report of resident. Once heard, his party made an investigation. When the evidence considered enough, it was followed up with a raid. According to him, the four birds seized were in the category on the verge of extinction. On that account, they were then protected by the state. He pointed out that helmeted friarbird becoming the mascot of Lombok had very rare proliferation. Similar condition also happened to eagle and hornbill. The bird owner recognized, said Yoga, the four birds were recently displayed at Tanah Lot. “It is said to have been displayed for only a few weeks,” he said.

The bird owner would be charged under Article 21, paragraph 2 of Law No.5/1990 on Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems. The threat was imprisonment of five years and a fine of IDR 100 million. For a while, the birds would be commended in the Animal Rescue Center. “Temporarily, we will commend them while waiting for further instruction from our leadership,” he said. By all means, said Yoga, after entrusted to the Animal Rescue Center, the birds would be released into their native habitat as long as their condition had adapted to an open environment. All this time, they were cooped up in a cage and their interaction was also limited. With this arrest, Yoga asked people not to carelessly take care of protected wildlife. (kmb30)

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as he elegantly manages the audience with unstoppable energy and shouts out interactions making the audience ask for more every time he performs in different parts of the world. A percentage of the Christmas Eve Concert proceeds will be donated to the Solemen Indonesia Foundation to benefit the underprivileged families in Bali. The Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner and Concert are all inclusive as the part of the Wonderful Christmas room package. Stay for minimum 3 consecutive nights in the Christmas period from 22 – 28 December 2013. The package is offered starts from Rp 1.880.000++ per room per night for Deluxe Room (room

rate is valid for Indonesian citizens and KITAS holders). Hard Rock Hotel Bali also promises an unforgettable New Year’s Eve Dinner and Countdown Party with an extensive array of culinary delights. The dinner begins with a tantalizing lobster starter with a glass of premium sparkling wine, continued with a myriad of International food stations from Italian, Chinese to Japanese, from seafood to sashimi as well as a cheese and dessert selection, all served with free flow wine or beer during dinner. “Flashback to the 80’s” is the theme for the whole New Year’s Eve countdown party at the Sand Island. The guests will feel the glory of disco

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era, when neon-colored outfits are legit and everyone is ready to hit the Technicolor dance arena. Prepare your best costume and book the “Flashback to The 80’s” New Year package starts from Rp 2.080.000++ per room per night for Deluxe room (room rate is valid for Indonesian citizens and KITAS holders), period of stay is from 28 December 2013 – 5 January 2014 with minimum

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Rangers seize rare birds at Tanah Lot tourist attraction Tabanan (Bali Post)—

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Carlton J. Smith, a renowned soul singer from USA, will be the headline performance for the Christmas Eve Party at Centerstage, Hard Rock Hotel Bali on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Since 2002 Carlton has produced, hosted and performed in R&B/Soul Revues in New York City’s worldrenowned B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Initially a one-show deal, his first performance sold-out and inspired the club to book him monthly for a series of tributes to stars including Al Green, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Sly & The Family Stone, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye. A Carlton J. Smith concert experience is not to be missed

Quite rapid development of tourist accommodation in Gianyar County in recent years seems to be the concern of Gianyar government. Now, Gianyar is preparing a permit draft on moratorium of tourist accommodation in the Ubud tourist destination considering the existence of tourist accommodation in the region has been overloaded. On Tuesday (Nov 12), Regional Secretary of Gianyar Ida Bagus Gaga Adi Saputra confirmed the plan. Based on a number of entries received by the Regent AA Bharata, the moratorium would be planned to be enacted in 2014. However, to ensure the implementation, it was still awaiting the inputs from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurants Association (PHRI) as well as the approval of the Gianyar House, he said. Moratorium of tourist accommodation would be imposed selectively in particular regions. “This idea is based on a field overview where the number of tourist accommodation in Ubud area is estimated to have exceeded the limit

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6 Nov Buda Wage Langkir. Pura Tanah Lot Kediri Tabanan. Pura Bucabe Mas Ubud. Pura Puseh Desa Ganggang-Canggi Batuan. Pura Pasek Pertukangan Kediri-Tabanan. Pura Pasek Bendesa Gulingan Mengwi. Pura Masceti Desa Sanding-Tampak Siring. Puru Luwur Batur Pucangan Buahan-Tabanan. Odalan Alit di Pura Dalem Takuran di Cemenggoan Sukawati. Odalan Ida Ratu Sundaring Jagat Penataran Agung Besakih. Mr. Pasek Gelgel Silakarang. Pura Dalem Bangun Sakti Kapal. Pura Dalem Bias Muntig Ped-Nusa Penida. 10 Nov Redite Pon Medangsia. Pura Agung Pentilan Kesiman-Denpasar. Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kerambitan Tabanan. 11 Nov Soma Wage Medangsia. Pura Nataran Desa Getas Blahbatuh. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Aan-Klungkung. Pura Pasek Bakbakan Gianyar. 12 Nov Anggara Keliwon Medangsia. Pura Pesimpangan Geria Sakti Manuaba di Yogyakarta-Sumur Lampung Selatan. Pura Luwur Uluwatu Pecatu Kuta Selatan. Pura Penataran Agung Singakerta Ubud. Pura Andakasa Karangasem. Pura Gua Lawah Klungkung. Merajan Kawitan Arya Kubontubuh Gelgel Klungkung. Pura Taman Ayun Mengwi. Pura Suralaya Banda-Klungkung. Pura Dalem Senapati Bebalang-Bangli. Pura Gadung Blahbatuh Gianyar. Pura Pasek Lurah Tutuan. Pura Pasek Gadung Kerambitan Tabanan. Pura Dalem Tugu Gelgel Klungkung. Pura Dalem Banyuning Barat-Buleleng. Odalan Sepen di Pura Puseh. Pura Desa Cemenggaon-Sukawati. Pura Pusering Jagat Pejeng-Tampaksiring. Merajan Pasek Kubayan Mengwi. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Gegelang-Tabanan. Pura Geria Sakti (Dang Kahyangan) Tulikup Gianyar. Pura Dalem Dauh Ubud. 13 Nov Buda Umanis Medangsia. Pura Gede Perancak-Jembrana. Pura Dalem Dauma-Batuan Sukawati. Pura Nataran Kacangdawa-Klungkung.

Odalan Bhatara Gede Apol di Ubung Denpasar. Pura Puseh Brahmana Kamasan-Klungkung. Pura Kahyangan Jagat Dalem Purwa Denbantas Tabanan. Pura Dalem Sukehet Klungkung. Pura Dalem Muaspatih Guwang Sukawati. Pura Taman Tegalalang. Pura Desa Sanding-Tampaksiring. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa-Batanbuah-Kesiman. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Basangkawan. Pura Sahab Nusa Penida. Merajan Agung Gorokgak Dalem Sukawati. 14 Nov Wraspati Paing Medangsia. Pura Ulun Swi Kediri Tabanan. Pura Panti Pasek Gelgel Bitra-Gianyar. 17 Nov Redite Keliwon Pujut. Merajan Pasek Tohjiwa Kekeran-Mengwi. 17 Nov Purnama Kelima. Aci-aci Penaung Bayu di Pura Batumadeg di Besakih. Pura Kentel Gumi di Batur Baangli. Pura Pedarman Agung, Satria Denpasar. Pura Pemerajan Agung - Pemecutan Denpasar. Ngusaba di Pura Kehen Bangli. Pura Desa Pemenang di Lombok. Pura Agung Pasek Gelgel di Sumerta Denpasar. Pura Pasek Gobleg di Kekeran Mengwi. Pura Suranadi di Lombok. Pura Puncak Bukit Tampak Siring. Pura Dalem Puri Agung Kintamani. Pura Dalem Agung Nongan Karangasem. Pura Dalem Ubung-Kupang Dukuh Penebel-Tabanan. Pura Dalem Balingkang Kintamani. Pr. Tampurhyang Pusat Kawitan Mahagota Catur Sanak di Songan Kintamani. Pura Dalem Pulasari Desa Bantas Sudaji Buleleng. Merajan Pasek Gelgel di Lebih. Merajan Pasek Gelgel di Tulamben. Pura Penyusungan Pasek Tohjiwa Selemadeg Tabanan. Pura Pasar Agung Besakih Sebudi Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tengkulak Kaja. Pura Suci Desa Tianyar Kubu Karangasem. Pura Bukit Mentik ring Gunung Lebah Desa Batur Kintamani. Pura Narmada di Lombok. Pura Segara di Ampenan Lombok. Pura Ularan di Seririt Buleleng. 24 Nov Redite Paing Pahang. Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Kekeran Mengwi. Pura Pasek Sandra Peguyangan Badung. 26 Nov Anggara Wage Pahang. Pura Batu Madeg (Meru Tumpang Sanga) di Besakih. Pura Hyang Tibha Batuan Sakah.

27 Nov Buda Keliwon Pahang. Pura Luhur Puncak Padang Dawa Baturiti Tabanan. Pura Silayukti Padangbai-Karangasem. Pura Aer Jeruk Sukawati. Pura Dangin Pasar Batuan-Sukawati. Pura Penataran di Batuyang-Batubulan. Pura Desa Lembeng Ketewel-Sukawati. Pura Pasek Bendesa Dukuh-Kediri-Tabanan. Pura Kawitan Dalem Sukawati Gianyar. Pura Kresek Banyuning-Buleleng. Pura Puseh di Bebandem-Karangasem. Merajan Pasek Kubayan-Gaji. Merajan pasek Gelgel Jeroan Abang-Songan. Merajan Pasek Subrata Temaga. Merajan Pasek Gelgel Bungbungan. Pura Sad Kahyangan Batu Medahu Swana Nusa Penida. Pura Buda Kliwon Penatih-Denpasar. Pura Penataran Dukuh Nagasari Bebandem Karangasem. Pura Pasek Bendesa Tagtag Paguyangan. Pura Pulasari Sibang Gede Abiansemal. Pura Batur Sari Ubud. Pura Penataran Agung Sukawati. 2 Dec Soma Keliwon Krulut. Pura Pasel Gelgel Kekeran Mengwi Badung. Merajan Pasek Subadra Kramas-Gianyar. 7 Dec Tumpek Krurut. Pura Pasek Gelgel Br Tengah Buleleng. Pura Dalem Pemuteran di Desa Jelantik Tojan Klungkung. Pura Pedarmaan Bhujangga Waisnawa di Besakih. Pura Taman Sari Desa Gunungsari Penebel - Tabanan. Pura Dalem Tarukan di Bebalang Bangli. Pura Benua Kangin Besakih. Pura Merajan Kanginan (Ida Betara Empu Beradah) di Besakih. 8 Dec Redite Umanis Merakih. Pura Parangan Tengah Banjar Ceningan Kangin Lembongan Nusa Penida. Pura Dalem Celuk Sukawati - Gianyar. 11 Dec Buda Wage Merakih. Pura Bendesa Mas Kepisah - Pedungan - Denpasar Selatan. Pura Natih Banjar Kalah - Batubulan. Pura Desa Silakarang - Singapadu. Pura dalem Petitenget - Kerobokan - Kuta. Pura Dalem Pulasari - Samplangan - Gianyar. Pura Kubayan - Kepisah - Pedungan - Denpasar - Selatan. Pura Pasek gelgel Banjar Tanahpegat - Tabanan. Pr. Paibon Banjar Bengkel - Sumerta - Denpasar. Pura Pasek Lumintang - Denpasar. Pr. Panti Penyarikan Medahan - Sanding - Tampaksiring. Pr. Pasar Agung Banjar Dauh Peken - Kaba-kaba - Tabanan.

stay of 4 consecutive nights. Festive season room packages are now on sale at the Hotel’s website, travel agents and via reservation center. To make a room reservation, please call (62) 361 761 869 or email to bookings@ hardrockhotels.net. To make dinner reservation, please call (62) 361 761 869 or email to starzdiner@ hardrockhotels.net.

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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Francis Bacon artwork sets auction record in NY

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NEW YORK — A 1969 painting by Francis Bacon set a world record for most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was purchased for $142,405,000 at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art sale on Tuesday night. The triptych depicts Bacon’s artist friend. The work sold after “6 minutes of fierce bidding in the room and on the phone,” Christie’s said in a statement. The price includes the buyer’s premium. Christie’s did not say who bought the painting. The price surpassed the nearly $120 million paid for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which set a world record when it was sold at Sotheby’s in a 2012 sale. The previous record for Bacon’s artwork sold at auction was his 1976 “Triptych.” That sold for $86 million in 2008. Among other highlights scheduled to be auctioned at Christie’s is a bright orangeyellow and white oil painting by Mark Rothko. Reminiscent of a radiating sunset, the 1957 large-scale “Untitled (No. 11)” could fetch up to $35 million. In May 2012, Christie’s sold Rothko’s “Orange, Red, Yellow” for $86.8 million, a record for any contemporary artwork at auction. Christie’s also has an iconic Andy Warhol, “Coca-Cola (3),” estimated to sell for $40 million to $60 million. The Warhol

auction record is $71.7 million for “Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I),” sold in 2007. On Wednesday evening, Sotheby’s is offering Warhol’s “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster),” a provocative double-panel painting that could bring as much as $80 million. Warhol produced four paintings in the “Death and Disaster” series. The other three are in museums. Measuring 8 feet (2.4 meters) by 13 feet (3.9 meters), the 1963 silver work captures the immediate aftermath of a car crash, a twisted body sprawled across its mangled interior. It has been seen in public only once in the past 26 years. Other blue-chip offerings at Christie’s on Tuesday include Jeff Koons’ whimsical “Balloon Dog (Orange),” a 10-foot (3-meter)-tall stainless steel sculpture resembling a twisted child’s party balloon. It is expected to sell for up to $55 million. It is one of five balloon dogs Koons has created in different colors. All are in private hands.

It is being sold by newsprint magnate Peter Brant to benefit his Brant Foundation Art Study in Greenwich, Connecticut. Also on tap is a masterpiece by German painter Gerhard Richter from the collection of rock star Eric Clapton. Painted in gold and orange hues, the 1994 “Abstract Painting” is estimated to bring as much as $20 million. Richter’s photo-based “Cathedral Square, Milan” brought $37 million at Sotheby’s in May, setting a record for any living artist at auction. Roy Lichtenstein’s “Seductive Girl” could bring up to $28 million. The artist auction record is $56 million for “Woman With Flowered Hat,” sold at Christie’s in May.

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This undated photo provided by Christie’s shows “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” a triptych by Francis Bacon of his friend and artist Lucian Freud.

Kim Kardashian cited for speeding on LA freeway

Associated Press Writer

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, Kim Kardashian arrives at the inaugural Dream for Future Africa Foundation Gala at Spago in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File

LOS ANGELES — Kim Kardashian was cited for speeding Tuesday after a California Highway Patrol officer spotted the reality star apparently being chased by paparazzi on a Los Angeles freeway. CHP Officer Ming Hsu said Kardashian was pulled over at about 1 p.m. on the 101 Freeway near the Van Nuys Boulevard exit. Three other cars apparently driven by paparazzi were also stopped, although two of them left the scene before an officer was able to talk to the photographers, according to a news release. The third photographer, Juliano A. Goncalves, pulled around Kardashian’s vehicle and started taking pictures. He was cited for speeding and stopping in a nonemergency situation, Hsu said. An email sent to a representative for Kardashian was not immediately returned. Attempts to reach Goncalves for comment were unsuccessful. Kardashian, 33, who stars along with her family in the reality series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” has generally had a good relationship with the paparazzi. Her fiance, rapper Kanye West, however, has had several skirmishes with celebrity photographers. West has pleaded not guilty in a misdemeanor case in which he’s accused of fighting with a paparazzo and attempting to take his camera.

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Tourists walked at Nusa Dua area during the APEC Summit meeting recently. The growth of MICE tourism in Bali has not been maximally worked on. All this time, the circles of tourism players only handle the events like meeting, conference and exhibition. Bali Post

DENPASAR - The growth of MICE tourism in Bali has not been maximally worked on. All this time, the circles of tourism players only handle the events like meeting, conference and exhibition. Actually, when talking about MICE (meeting, incentive, convention, exhibition), there is a focus in the form of incentive. Section Chief of Convention Incentives and Event Tourism Facilities, Directorate of Special Interest, Convention, Incentive and Event Tourism Development, Directorate General of Tourist Destination Development, Ministry of Tourism and Economic Creative, Nur Fatonah, said that Indonesia especially Bali was potential to develop incentive tourism because Indonesia had many cultural and tourist attractions. Incentive tourism products required extraordinary creativity. Product design should always be creative.

Actually, the more satisfied the customers, the more creative people made a product covering the three criteria above. “The potential for MICE tourism is still not worked on optimally due to lack of corporate or MICE players that understand about the true criteria of the incentive travel management,” said Nur Fatonah. According to Fathonah, Indonesia had 16 cities with the potential to develop MICE tourism. However, the mindset of tourism players in Indonesia, including

in Bali, still considered the MICE tourism was only related meetings and conventions. “Meanwhile, incentive tourism contained in the MICE has not been worked on optimally. MICE organizers are rarely able to handle the MICE tourism properly,” Fathonah said. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Indonesian Congress and Convention Association (INCCA) of Bali Chapter, IB Surakusuma, revealed that incentive tourism was not only worked on by MICE Bali players, but had also started to be handled by MICE players in Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Medan including Makassar. “However, to work on the MICE market there must be an understanding among the MICE players related to the criteria of incentive tourism. It is required an experience in the field of MICE tourism so they can work on specifically the incentive tourism,” he said. Continued on page 6


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