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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Taylor Swift shakes off copyright lawsuit over hit song

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LOS ANGELES - A lawsuit accusing singer Taylor Swift of stealing lyrics for her song “Shake It Off” was thrown out on Tuesday by a judge, who ruled the phrases in question were not sufficiently original to merit copyright protection. Swift’s 2014 song reached No. 1 on the pop charts and marked her evolution from country to pop music. Two songwriters said in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles last year that Swift’s song was based on the phrase “players, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate,” that they coined for a 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” by R&B girl group 3LW. Swift’s lyrics from the chorus of “Shake It Off” are, “the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” Attorneys for Swift asked U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald in January to dismiss the case. “In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here,” Fitzgerald ruled, according to court papers. The songwriters who sued Swift - Sean Hall

and Nathan Butler - did not allege Swift’s song stole musical elements, the judge said, and phrases about players and haters existed in pop culture before 2001. “In short, combining two truisms about playas and haters, both well-worn notions as of 2001, is simply not enough,” the judge said in his ruling. The judge left the door open for Hall and Butler to file a revised lawsuit. But Gerard Fox, the attorney for the two songwriters, said he had no intention to file an amended complaint and would instead appeal Fitzgerald’s ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Fitzgerald made a mistake by assessing the originality of the lyrics for himself, instead of relying on experts, Fox said. “He cannot make himself an expert in the music industry, I‘m sorry it’s actually embarrassing,” Fox said. (rtr)

Britney Spears to be honored for support of gay community

LOS ANGELES - Pop star Britney Spears will be honored for her support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at an awards ceremony this year, advocacy group GLAAD said on Tuesday. The GLAAD Vanguard Award is given to media personalities who have promoted equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people, GLAAD said. Previous winners include Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Taylor and Whoopi Goldberg.

Spears is a longtime supporter of the gay and transgender community, GLAAD said in a statement. She has spoken out against bullying of LGBTQ youth, publicly opposed bills in Texas that would have restricted transgender rights and participated in a musical tribute that honored the victims of the 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. She has also supported gay marriage, and last year wrote an open “love letter” to the LGBTQ community that read: “Your stories are

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Filipino workers who were repatriated from Kuwait fill out labour-related papers upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque, Metro Manila in the Philippines February 12, 2018.

Philippines to ask airlines to bring Filipinos home after Kuwait deaths

what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to be better people.” Spears will receive the Vanguard Award at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 12 in Beverly Hills, California. (rtr)

MANILA - The Philippines will ask its private airlines to evacuate its nationals from Kuwait within 72 hours after the discovery of a Filipino migrant worker dead in a freezer, the latest in what Manila calls a pattern of abuse in the Gulf state. An emotional President Rodrigo Duterte live on television showed graphic photos of the body of a Filipina found in the freezer of an abandoned apartment in Kuwait and made a plea to Gulf states to treat his countrymen with dignity.

Britney Spears performs at iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California U.S., December 2, 2016.

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“I implore you, I am making a plea to all Arabs, the Filipino is no slave to anyone, anywhere and everywhere,’ Duterte said. “Do not give us back a battered worker or a mutilated corpse.” The toughtalking leader said his suspension on sending workers to Kuwait, announced in January after a series of deaths of Filipino workers, would remain indefinitely. He warned of “drastic measures” to prevent further loss of lives. He did not say what that would be.

“What are you doing to my countrymen? And if I were to do it to your citizens here, would you be happy?,” he asked. The Kuwait government could not immediately be reached for comment. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah was last month quoted by Kuwait’s state news agency KUNA as saying that legal proceedings had been taken in the cases of four domestic workers mentioned by the president. More than 250,000 Filipinos work in

Kuwait, the Philippine foreign ministry estimates, most of them as domestic helpers. There are also large numbers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. “Those who want to be repatriated, with or without money I will ask PAL (Philippine Airlines) and Cebu Pacific to provide the transportation,” Duterte said. “I want them out of the country, those who want to go out, in 72 hours. We will count our lives by

the hours because apparently every hour there is suffering and agony,” Duterte said. He has repeatedly expressed anger about alleged abuse in Kuwait, where he said low-paid Filipinos were made to endure rape and starvation. More than 2.3 million Filipinos are documented as working abroad. Collectively they remit more than $2 billion of their income back to the Philippines every month, money that fuels consumer spending in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Condemned A top Kuwaiti official condemned on Tuesday a call by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

to evacuate his country’s workers from Kuwait, suggesting Duterte could damage ties between the two countries. Duterte said last week that his government would ask private airlines to evacuate Filipino nationals from Kuwait within 72 hours, after the discovery of the dead body of a Filipino migrant worker in a freezer. Continued to page 6

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MANGUPURA - The implementation of Hotel Security Management System (SMPH) in Badung has not been maximal yet. Until 2018, the number of tourism businesses having owned the security certificate only reached 80 of totally 1,320 businesses listed in the local Tourism Office.

Hotel security officers are guarding the entrance.

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Head of the Badung Tourism Office, I Made Badra, justified the lack of tourism businesses having possessed the SMPH. Actually, this effort is meant to provide a sense of security for in-house guests. “Of the 1,320 businesses in Badung, 150 have been verified and 80 others have been certified. We have continued to disseminate about this program. Moreover, 700 businesses have been provided with dissemination,” said Made Badra, on Tuesday (Feb. 13). According to him, the provisions of SMPH have been mandated in the regulation of the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Number 106 / PW.006 / MPEK / 2014 on Hotel Security Management System. This policy becomes a reference assessment in the standardization of business or classification of star- and no-star-rated hotels. “The SMPH is handled by the Bali Police team, while we just provide coaching and dissemination. However, for the common good, we hope that all the tourism businesses have this certificate for the security and comfort of tourists,” he explained. This bureaucrat originating from Kuta also asked the team of SMPH Badung to continuously provide dissemination by teaming up with the Business Certification Agency (LSU) of Bali region. “Hotel security verification is an important part in facing the free market next year. Moreover, a number of areas such as Nusa Dua which is often visited by state guests should do the verification,” he said. Division Head of Tourism Resources, Nyoman Suardana, previously admitted to have conducted dissemination. This activity is carried out in order to provide protection for business activities of tourism facilities that needs to assure the security in their business premises. In addition, it is also meant to encourage the role of entrepreneurs of tourism facilities in creating a sense of security and comfort for tourists in the business of tourism facilities. “The dissemination of SMPH is carried out in an effort to follow up the Regulation of Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the RI No.106/2011 on Hotel Security Management System, where every tourism business is required to apply the hotel security management system,” he said. In addition to providing dissemination, the participants are also taken to have field survey in order to check the completeness of the tourism business associated with security standards complying with the established security standards. “In the dissemination of this time, we include totally192 tourism businesses. Next time, we are going to organize a site inspection,” he explained. After the dissemination, tourism businesses are expected to proceed to the level of verification conducted by the Bali Police. The verification is important for hotels that will be upgraded from non-star to star-rated hotels. “We oblige them to classify the hotel after having got verification from Bali Police,” he concluded. (kmb27)

Bridge swept away, tens of residents at Subaya isolated again BANGLI - Dozens of families in Subak Yeh Tangga, Subaya village, Kintamani, gets isolated again after the bamboo bridge that all this time serves as the only transportation access in the local area was washed away by the river flows. To get to the market and the nearest school in Tejakula, Buleleng, the people in Subak Yeh Tangga are now forced to walk across the river.

A resident of Subaya, Wayan Windia, said on Tuesday (Feb. 13) the bamboo bridge extending over the Yeh Tangga River drifted last Sunday afternoon. Before the bridge was washed away, Subaya village was showered with torrential rain for several days. Heavy rains lasting on Sunday caused the flow of water in the Yeh Tangga River to overflow so the bamboo bridge extending

above it was washed away. Windia said the drifted bridge was last made around February 2017 by the Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel. It is also meant to facilitate the delivery of logistics to Subak Yeh Tangga during landslide and flood natural disaster. “The bridge was made by the TNI as the previous bridge was washed away during the disaster” he said.

Windia added the drifted bridge greatly hampers the economy of residents. Residents of Yeh Tangga are now isolated. Besides, dozens of local residents wishing to sell their agricultural products to the market and go to school are forced to cross the river. The depth of the river that must be crossed by residents and school students is around knee-high of adults. “When the bridge drifted,

the water level almost reached 1.5 meters,” he said. He said the drifted bridge was the only access of people’s transportation at Yeh Tangga to the outside region. The area of Subak Yeh Tangga is inhibited by approximately 22 families. To get to the center of Subaya village, residents of Yeh Tangga must travel very far on foot by climbing up the hills. (kmb40)

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HARD ROCK HOTEL BALI WINS 2018 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARD FOR HOTELS

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Health

Vigilant adherence to celiac diet linked with lower quality of life

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Current guidelines for managing celiac disease call for “lifelong adherence to a strict, gluten-free diet,” study leader Randi Wolf of Columbia University in New York City told Reuters Health in an email. But the ‘extreme vigilance’ required to follow a strict gluten-free diet may also have negative consequences, both physically and emotionally, Wolf said. “We absolutely must continue to advocate for a strict gluten-free diet with the caveat that, for some, such hypervigilance comes at a cost that needs to be supported and addressed,” Wolf said. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects roughly one of every 100 people in the U.S. People with celiac disease must avoid foods and medications that contain the gluten protein from wheat, barley or rye. Ingesting these proteins causes their immune system to attack their intestines, resulting in malnutrition and a host of other problems. As reported in Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Wolf’s team studied 80 teens and adults with celiac disease, most of whom had been diagnosed at least five years earlier. The participants spoke with the researchers in person and on the phone for a total of three times over the course of a month. Participants answered questions about dietary adherence, vigilance, energy levels, knowledge about glutencontaining foods, and quality of life issues related to celiac disease. Based on their answers, they were classified as being ‘extremely vigilant’ or ‘less vigilant.’ Twelve of the 50 adults and seven of the 30 teenagers in the study were considered extremely vigilant. “The ‘extremely vigilant’ adults” - that is, those who only used celiac-friendly restaurants, asked thorough questions when eating out, examined all food, medication, supplement labels, avoided all potential sources of cross-contamination in the home, etc. – “had significantly lower quality of life scores compared to their less vigilant counterparts,” Wolf said.

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People with celiac disease who are extremely vigilant about not ingesting gluten may perceive that their quality of life is reduced, according to a new study.

NEW YORK - People with celiac disease who are extremely vigilant about not ingesting gluten may perceive that their quality of life is reduced, according to a new study.

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For those “extremely vigilant” patients, “having supportive family and friends, cooking at home (as opposed to eating out) and using internet sites and apps to facilitate gluten avoidance were particularly prevalent strategies to maintain a strict gluten-free diet,” she said. The study can’t prove that being hypervigilant was the cause of participants’ worse quality of life. Wolf recommends ongoing involvement of a registered dietitian, beyond the initial diagnosis. “Conversations to promote both dietary adherence and support quality of life issues will take time and cannot be done in a single visit,” she said. “We also need to explore interventions that could be combined with visits to a dietitian that may help reduce some of the . . . anxiety and stress.” “We plan to pilot test various interventions, such as gluten sensor devices, cooking classes, and online discussion tools, to learn about their potential utility of promoting a strict gluten-free diet, but also maximizing the quality of life,” said Wolf. Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, a gastroenterologist with Columbia University who was also part of the study team, said physicians need to promote a strict gluten-free diet for the control of symptoms and improved long-term health outcomes. “But we must acknowledge that tightening the screws on gluten avoidance may come at a cost in terms of quality of life. It is easy for us to tell patients to take additional precautionary measures, but such measures may take a toll on the patient,” he said. Shayna Coburn, a psychologist with the Children’s National Health System Celiac Program, said the study is thought-provoking and highlights the struggle to balance safety and quality life for teens and adults with celiac disease. These findings remind us to not just encourage people to follow a strict gluten-free diet, but also to pay attention to their emotional and social needs, said Coburn, who was not involved in the study. “To achieve this, we need medical care that includes not only doctors, but dietitians and mental health professionals to support people in this challenging, lifelong diet,” she said. (rtr)

WASHINGTON - Women are more likely to develop breast cancer when a mother or sister had this disease, and the risk associated with family history doesn’t appear to diminish with age, a U.S. study suggests. Family history has long been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger women, who are generally advised to start getting screening mammograms when they’re ten years younger than the age their relative was at diagnosis. But family history has been thought to be less of a factor for the elderly, and women often stop routine screenings by their 70s. “Older women with family history have an approximately twofold higher risk of breast cancer compared to women with no family history,” said lead study author Dejana Braithwaite of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “As we go from age-based to risk-based screening recommendations, our findings show that older women with family history may benefit from continued mammography screening, even after age 74,” Braithwaite said by email. While current U.S. guidelines advise women to get a screening mammogram every other year from age 50 to 74, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force hasn’t found

sufficient evidence yet to weigh in on whether women should continue screening after that. The goal of mammograms is to detect tumors before they can be felt in a physical breast exam, catching cancer sooner when it’s easier to treat. Ideally, this should mean fewer women are diagnosed when tumors are bigger, rapidly growing, and harder to attack. But widespread screening can also catch small, slow-growing tumors that are unlikely to be fatal. Particularly when women are older or have a limited life expectancy, detection of these less dangerous tumors might result in needless tests and treatment. But for older women with a family history of breast cancer, the benefits of screening may still outweigh the risks. Researchers examined data on 403,268 women age 65 or older, including 10,929 who developed breast cancer during an average follow-up period of 6.3 years. When women ages 65 to 74 had a family history, they were 48 percent more likely to develop breast cancer, the study found. For women 75 or older with a family history, the increased risk was 44 percent. Overall, the elevated risk associated with family history didn’t appear to vary based on the relative’s age when diagnosed with breast cancer. (rtr)

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Women are more likely to develop breast cancer when a mother or sister had this disease, and the risk associated with family history doesn’t appear to diminish with age, a U.S. study suggests.

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Water of Lake Batur overflows

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The eastern apron is in the process of Detailed Engineering Design (DED) and land clearing.

To support IMF

Eastern apron expanded, western apron still awaits permit

MANGUPURA — In order to support the implementation of the IMF Annual Meeting to be held in Bali, various preparations have been made. Aside from road infrastructure, there are also preparations carried out at Ngurah Rai Airport such as the expansion of the apron or the aircraft parking lot. Currently, the eastern apron is in the process of Detailed Engineering Design (DED) and land clearing. “The progress remains 0.49 percent for the eastern apron. Now, the DED and land clearing process are under progrees,” said Communication and Legal Section Head of Ngurah Rai Airport, Arie Ahsanurrohim, on Monday (Feb. 12). Meanwhile, Arie added that the western apron is currently being prepared for the installation of zinc on the guardrail. No construction activities are held in the western side because it is currently waiting for environmental permits. Nevertheless, the construction of all the projects in preparation to support the IMF annual meeting is targeted to have completed in August 2018. “Overall work is expected to be completed by August, while certification and operational test is carried out in September. Thus, it can be used starting in October,” he concluded. In the meantime, the construction of VVIP buildings on the eastern side has completed auction process. Moreover, it is now in the preparation of contracts with the auction winner. Later, the eastern apron is indeed located adjacent to the VVIP building. Related to the IMF activities, this apron is expected to accommodate four narrow-bodied 737-900 ER air-

crafts. Then, the western apron, for the next IMF activities is expected to accommodate six narrow-bodied 737-900 ER aircrafts. Previously, Chairman of Central Executive Board of the Association of Indonesia Tour and Travel Agency (ASITA), Asnawi Bahar, said that in a series of the IMFWorld Bank meeting, his association has prepared 60 tour packages. Of these packages, they only offer seven destinations namely NTB, NTT, Toraja in South Sulawesi, Jogjakarta, Bali, and Lake Toba. “Only seven destinations are on offer in the IMF-World Bank activities,” he said. Selection of the seven destinations is made by considering the distance. However, if they indeed want to visit other destinations, it will remain to be served. To Bali alone, there will be totally ten travel agencies that will handle and their packages are adopted to be offered. He said that thousands of delegates that will arrive at the worldclass meeting are VVIP guests from 198 countries. Moreover, they have already issued tickets. From the target of 20,000 delegates that will participate, he hoped there will be more than this number. He estimated, specifically for the IMF later on, they will spend between USD 2,000 – USD 5,000 per person. So, if a delegate averagely spends USD 3,000 USD and multiplied by 20,000 delegates, they will totally spend as much as USD 60 million. “Of the 20,000 delegates in attendance, approximately a total of USD 60 million revenues will be obtained just in one week,” he explained. (kmb23)

Dozens of people’s houses at Trunyan submerged

BANGLI — Extreme weather that hit Bangli region some time ago caused the water of Lake Batur to overflow again. Dozens of houses of Terunyan villagers were also submerged.

As expressed by a resident of Terunyan, I Ketut Jaksa, the lake water has overflowed again since heavy rain continuously flushing the Bangli region. It has occurred since a month ago. It does not only cause people’s house to be submerged, but also makes road access unable to be passed through by pedestrians or vehicles. According to him, the high-rise water reached people’s residence at the height of adult’s waist. People wishing to go outdoors are forced to use boat. “Since

the water enters their home, some residents should temporarily leave theirs and flee to safer relatives’ homes. Then, people that do not have other house or relatives outside the village are forced to stay at home,” he said. Another resident, I Nengah Guantara, said that his house also re-submerged due to rising lake water. Last year, similar overflowing water also soaked his house for months. “Now, my house re-submerged because mine is the closest to lakeside area,” said this sport teacher at an elementary school at Terunyan. He could not predict when the lake water will recede. Based on his previous experience, it takes quite long time for lake water to recede. “The water will usually just subside when entering summer. If it still rains the water remains high,” he affirmed. (kmb41)

The high-rise water reached people’s residence at the height of adult’s waist.

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High market demands for fermented cacao

So far, Bali can only meet 60 tons

DENPASAR — Cacao is very much demadned in the western countries because almost all western food contains cacao derivatives. Consumption per person in the United States has reached the unit of kilograms, while in Indonesia remains in gram unit.

Head of the Bali Plantation and Food Crops Agency, Lanang Aryawan, said the world’s cacao demand reaches 3,290,000 tons per year. Indonesian cacao production reaches 700,000 - 900,000 tons per year. Such production figures put Indonesia in the third largest cacao-producing country in the world. From the results of Indonesian production, no more than two percent are fermented cacao. Approximately 90 percent of the Indonesia’s export is non-fermented cacao beans. Meanwhile, the world’s demand is fermented cacao. In the meantime, so far Bali has 14,000 hectares of cacao plantation. Of this acreage, more than 80 percent are produced in Jembrana and Tabanan. The 14,000 hectares of cacao plantation can produce 6,800 tons of cacao, while in 2017 dropped to 5,000 tons. Of the 6,800 tons, in 2016 Bali only fermented 60 tons, while the remaining production was non-fermented. Then, in 2017 the fermented cacao already reached more than 500 tons. So, there is an increase in fermented cacao production after making the efforts to increase fermentation. By 2018, it is targeted to reach 1,000 tons of fermented cacao. By producing fermented cacao, Indonesia is expected to no longer be imposed with automatic detention. “It means, it is charged with deduction as much as USD 350 per

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U.N. urges Australia to take responsibility for refugees

GENEVA - The United Nations called on Australia on Tuesday to take responsibility for around 800 refugees and asylum seekers stranded in a detention centre on Papua New Guinea where it said many lack medical and mental health care.

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Bali has 14,000 hectares of cacao plantation. Of this acreage, more than 80 percent are produced in Jembrana and Tabanan. metric ton. Such detention is not charged to exporters but to farmers,” he said. Previously, farmers were reluctant to do fermentation because the price difference between fermented and non-fermented cacao was only IDR 3,000. If the non-fermented cacao was sold for IDR 22,000 per kg, while the fermented one for IDR 25,000. Thus, the difference is considered not significant and unprofitable. By continuously performing

quality improvement, finally Bali cacao beans can be fermented. The districts also perform organic certification to increase the selling price. As a result, currently the Bali fermented cacao is sold for IDR 53,000 – IDR 58,000 while the non-fermented one is only for IDR 23,000. Currently, farmers face another problem where the fermented cacao beans must be selected from the large size. “Although the fermentation has been done, the bean size is

small, so the price remains cheap,” he said. Responding to this condition, the cacao bean production should be improved. As a result, in 2017 per 100 grams of packaging contained 80 cacao beans. This was found in the farmer group of Jembrana. Previously, per 100 grams contained 103 beans and in 2016 contained 133 beans per 100 grams. “It means the cacao bean belongs to small size,” he explained. On that account, the selling price of Bali

cacao can be higher. Deputy Head of Bali Representative Office of Bank Indonesia, Azka Subhan A, said that Bali chocolate has the best quality and organic nature. Its bean contains a little chemical substance. As evidence, all this time, cacao bean production of Jembrana can penetrate the export market of three countries. Seeing the potential and quality owned by Bali chocolate, BI hoped that Bali has a chocolate tourism village. (kmb42)

Evacuees return home, logistics still pile up

The remaining evacuees are only 79 people.

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SEMARAPURA — Almost all the evacuees of Mount Agung in Klungkung district have returned to their hometown. Amidst this condition, a number of logistics still pile up in Swecapura Stadium Post, Gelgel village. Subsequent utilization cannot be ascertained as remaining to wait for the regent’s decision. Head of the Klungkung Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), Putu Widiada, explained on Tuesday (Feb. 13) the remaining evacuees are only 79 people, namely at Semarapura Kaja village. As planned, their homecoming will be carried out on Thursday (Feb.

15). In line with the situation, the tent at Swecapura Stadium will also be dismantled. “Nearly all the evacuees have gone home. It is just waiting for the homecoming this Thursday,” he explained. He mentioned the remaining rice reaches about 21 tons. In addition, there are also 602 boxes of mineral water, 1,724 boxes of instant noodles and 4,150 liters of cooking oil. “We do not know where these logistics must be taken to. We are waiting for a letter from the regent. By and large, they are donated to social institutions, such as orphanages,” he said. During the evacuation for almost

five months, the total expenditures for public kitchen logistics reached about IDR 913,945,072. It is obtained from donors. During that period, the district government has not disbursed any unexpected assistance having been prepared as much as IDR 1.5 billion. In the meantime, the health insurance claim in Klungkung Hospital reached IDR 1,533,093,000. In details it consists of outpatient treatment worth IDR 452,424,800 and outpatient treatment worth IDR 1,080,668,200. A total of 40 evacuees died and they are mostly elderly people that have suffered illness before evacuating. (kmb45)

The refugees - many from Afghanistan and Pakistan, along with Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar - were removed from a holding camp in the remote Papua New Guinea island of Manus in November when Australia decided to close it. Australia’s government - whose policy of holding asylumseekers in offshore camps has bipartisan political support - has said the centre that the group was moved to on the island was adequate and that the Papua New Guinea government was responsible for running it. But Rico Salcedo, UNHCR regional protection officer, told journalists on Tuesday that Canberra had a duty under international law to take responsibility for the 800 who had been seeking sanctuary in Australia. “What stood out the most from this mission ... was a pervasive and worsening sense of despair among refugees and asylum seekers,” he said by video link from Canberra after returning from a trip to Manus Island. “Australia remains ultimately responsible as the state from whom refugees and asylum seekers have sought international protection for their welfare and long-term settlement outside of Papua New Guinea,” he added. There was no immediate response from Canberra to the UNHCR comments on Tuesday. Salcedo said that while services were still predominantly implemented by Australian-contracted providers, the Canberra government was no longer coordinating the operation there, leaving refugees and asylum seekers confused as to how they can obtain services. At least 500 of the 800 remaining on Papua New Guinea (PNG)await solutions or resettlement in third countries, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says. The UNHCR calls came as a group of 18 men departed PNG for U.S. resettlement. The men were part of a larger group that were approved for U.S. residency late last month. Under the Obama administration, the United States agreed to take up to 1,250 refugees, but transfers have been slow under Trump. (rtr)

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Asylum seekers occupying the closed Australian-run immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island climb on top of buildings at the centre to avoid police.

U.S. pushes motion to put Pakistan on global terrorist-financing watchlist

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People carry the coffin of human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, who died on Sunday, during her funeral in Lahore, Pakistan February 13, 2018.

ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The United States has put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watchlist with an anti-money-laundering monitoring group, according to a senior Pakistani official. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avert being added to a list of countries deemed noncompliant with terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure that officials fear could hurt its economy. The United States has been threatening to get tough with Islamabad over its alleged ties with Islamist militants, and last month President Donald Trump’s administration suspended aid worth about $2 billion.

Islamabad, which denies assisting militants in Afghanistan and India, has reacted angrily to U.S. threats of further punitive measures. A meeting of FATF member states is due to take place next week in Paris, where the organisation could adopt the motion on Pakistan. The FATF, an intergovernmental body based in Paris, sets global standards for fighting illicit finance. Pakistan’s de facto finance minister, Miftah Ismail, told Reuters that the United States and Britain put forward the motion several weeks ago, and later persuaded France and Germany to co-sponsor it. “We are now working with the U.S., UK, Germany and France for

the nomination to be withdrawn,” Ismail said, speaking by telephone from Europe. “We are also quite hopeful that even if the U.S. did not withdraw the nomination that we will prevail and not be put on the watchlist.” Pakistan had been on the FATF watchlist from 2012 to 2015. A senior U.S. official who follows U.S. policy in the region said Pakistan has “always been selective” in cracking down on militants who use its territory as a base. “It is time for that to stop, and so we are working with our allies, who also are affected, to see effective action against groups such as the Haqqanis and elements of the Taliban,” said the official, referring to militants operating along the border with Afghanistan. (rtr)


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BUSINESS Dollar drops as investors remain edgy before US inflation data

LONDON - The dollar hit a 15month low against the yen and fell versus the euro for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday with investors nervous ahead of key U.S. inflation numbers due later amid a fragile recovery in equity markets. The dollar, measured against a basket of currencies, has now given up two-thirds of the gains it notched up this month when investors rushed into the greenback as equity markets suffered a violent sell-off. The euro traded 0.2 percent higher at $1.2370, off the lows of $1.2206 hit on Friday. The dollar index was down 0.1 percent. Strong German economic numbers for the fourth quarter of 2017 underlined the strength of the euro zone economy. “People looking for a big bounce in the dollar from the volatility spike must be feeling pretty depressed right now,” said Kit Juckes, chief FX strategist at Societe Generale in London, referring to the dollar’s losses in recent sessions. He said that even if U.S. inflation numbers come in better than expected they would not lead to a sustained dollar recovery but a short-term gain for the greenback. “The dollar bulls have a weak hand right now, given where we are after the shake-out. The trouble with inflation numbers up now and further Fed hiking is that it just means a sugar rush before the end of the cycle and an earlier recession,” he said. Worries about rising inflationary pressures - and the need for central banks to tackle them - sent markets into a tailspin this month. U.S. January inflation data is due at 1330 GMT, and the numbers could

either upset the equity market’s fragile recovery or clear the way for additional gains. The U.S. currency attracted demand during the global market tumult this month, although it had fallen to a three-year low against a basket of currencies in January. It remains down 2.7 percent so far this year, weighed by factors including the prospect of the United States pursuing a weak dollar strategy and the greenback enjoying less interest rate advantage. The yen, which gained as investors sought safety in the currency after Japanese equity markets slid again on Wednesday, was up as much as 0.8 percent to its highest since November 2016 verus the dollar before falling back to trade up 0.4 percent, at 107.34. Despite the Bank of Japan reiterating that it has no intention of reining in its vast monetary stimulus, some investors are betting the central bank will follow others in slowly tightening. “However, following such a scenario and driving the yen higher means that the BOJ would be even more determined to stick to an easy policy and prevent the currency from appreciating and shield the domestic stock market,” said Koji Fukaya, president at FPG Securities in Tokyo. The yen was also up 0.3 percent against the euro at 132.82 yen. The New Zealand dollar gained 0.5 percent to $0.7308 after a Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s quarterly survey showed business managers forecasting more inflation. The Australian dollar was 0.2 percent higher at 78.77 cents. (rtr)

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‘Picking Coffee Dance’ Made into Mascot of Pupuan Subdistrict

Drizzles did not dampen the intention of participants of the cultural parade and folk party entitled ‘Tabanan Fiesta in Pupuan Subdistrict’ last Saturday (Oct. 14). A number of residents also looked enthusiastic to see a number of festive attractions. Performance of the ‘Picking Coffee Dance’ dedicated to a series of the 524th anniversary of Tabanan town received extraordinary appreciation from citizens. In addition, it was also graced with the presentation of Mandolin art by Gita Bhaskara Etnik and Joged Bumbung jazzing up the show at that time. Deputy Regent of Tabanan, I Komang Gede Sanjaya, representing the Regent of Tabanan gave a high appreciation to the implementation of folk performance in each subdistrict held in Tabanan district. Giving more space to the arts is aimed at preserving and developing customs and culture according to the characteristics of the local community. “I hope this activity will contribute positively to the cultural preservation, especially in Pupuan Subdistrict,” he said. Deputy Regent hoped that cultural parade and the people’s festivities can be implemented on an ongoing basis as an effort to strengthen and preserve local culture as the identity of the Tabanan community. In accordance with the theme of the 524th anniversary of Tabanan town this year, Buana Kerti that implies the fertility of the universe is a means of realizing the welfare of the people. Head of Pupuan subdistrict, Putu Hendra Manik Maswa, reported that other than cultural event, there are also various other events such as SME, culinary, penjor competition, pejati offering, gebogan contest, Balinese pop song karaoke and yoga class. (kmb)

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Exports drive solid German growth, inflation subdued

BERLIN - Strong exports drove robust growth in Germany at the end of last year while inflation stayed subdued in January, suggesting Europe’s biggest economy is on track to extend its upswing well into 2018. Growth was 0.6 percent on the quarter between October and December, according to Wednesday’s Federal Statistics Office data - in line with the consensus forecast and a slight slowdown from a downwardly revised 0.7 percent in the third quarter. “The German growth turbo remains fully activated,” Bankhaus Lampe analyst Alexander Krueger said, though production bottlenecks and capacity constraints were likely to dampen any future growth. The office said positive contributions in the fourth quarter came mainly from foreign demand. “According to provisional calculations, exports increased substantially,” it said. Government consumption expenditure increased while household spending was little changed, the office said. It will release more detailed results on Feb. 23. On the year, Europe’s biggest economy expanded a calendaradjusted 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, the data showed.

This was weaker than the consensus forecast of 3.0 percent but still the strongest pace of growth since the second quarter of 2011. The office confirmed an earlier estimate for full-year GDP growth of 2.2 percent in 2017 which translated into a calendar-adjusted rate of 2.5 percent. This was the strongest pace since 2011. ING Bank economist Carsten Brzeski said the economy grew in 33 of the last 36 quarters, at an “impressive” average rate of 0.5 percent on the quarter. “Judging from previous cycles, the economy could continue its current pace for at least one or two more years, without showing signs of overheating,” he said.

Separate data from the Statistics Office showed that inflation remained subdued despite the solid upswing. Consumer prices, harmonised to compare with other European countries, fell by 1.0 percent in January from the previous month and rose by 1.4 percent from the previous year. On a non-harmonised basis, consumer price inflation for January was also confirmed. The national index fell 0.7 from December and rose by 1.6 percent on the previous year. The weak German inflation data is lending support to the European Central Bank’s cautious approach to reducing its unprecedented monetary stimulus. (rtr)

Bali Ogoh-Ogoh Museum, Coming to Preserve Balinese Tradition

Silence Day or Nyepi is a New Year’s celebration for the Hindus all over the world. Various activities are held to celebrate this New Year. Procession of the celebration starts from the melasti or melis or purificatory rite for ritual paraphernalia and sanctified effigies to source of water such as to the beach is also intended for purifying impurities contained in human and its mind so the implementation of Nyepi Day can run smoothly, until the Ngembak Geni on the following day. Interestingly, in the series of Nyepi Day there is Pengrupukan, falling one day before. On this day, people parade ogoh-ogoh or papier máché demon to expel all the bad forces that can affect the course of the Nyepi celebration. Ogoh-ogoh are made in various sizes and paraded around the village. The activity of parading ogohogoh is a special attraction for tourists coming to Bali. Moreover,

the ogoh-ogoh is also a thing that makes tourists amazed at the uniqueness of the arts owned by Bali. It is not enough to see ogohogoh on Pengrupukan Day because Pengrupukan feast only takes place once a year like the Nyepi day. To relieve the curiosity with the ogoh-ogoh that actually exists only once in a year, in Bali there is now the ogoh-ogoh museum displaying various kinds of ogoh-ogoh. It is the Bali Ogoh-Ogoh Museum. The museum is a place dedicated to preserving one of the Balinese traditions namely the ogoh-ogoh. This place displays dozens of ogoh-ogoh from various regions in Bali especially Badung district. The Ogoh-Ogoh Bali is precisely located on Jalan Ayodhya, Pande hamlet, Mengwi, Badung. This Balinese ogoh-ogoh museum is located inside the complex of Manusa Yadnya Museum, in the west of the Taman Ayun attraction. It is clearly visible from the Taman

Ayun because in front of it lies a banner that reads the Ogoh-Ogoh Bali Collection. This attraction is managed by an artist from Mengwi, I Ketut Nuada. He is a painter inside the compound of the Taman Ayun temple. Besides, he is the first person who had the idea to establish an ogoh-ogoh museum in Bali. For many years, I Ketut Nuada has hunted ogoh-ogoh for collection at this location. Ultimately, after all collections have been obtained, he officially opened the ogoh-ogoh Bali in April 2012. With the museum, he would like to introduce more ogoh-ogoh figures to the world community as it cannot be found any time. However, it can only be found on the Caka New Year’s Eve in the series of Nyepi Day celebration where Balinese people make the ogoh-ogoh. In addition, the ogohogoh is also one of the works of art covering many fields of the art such as sculpture, architecture, painting,

decoration, music, dance et cetera. So, it is considered very important to immortalize some parts of it as an effort to participate in preserving Balinese culture. Existence of the museum makes the world community more familiar with Balinese culture. At

the same time, it is also meant to support the interest and talent of Balinese young generation in the art creativity. Before visiting the Ogoh-Ogoh Bali means you have not completed your travel in Bali. Here are some collections of the ogoh-ogoh. (kmb)


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JERUSALEM - Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, opening the way for what could be the biggest challenge yet to the right-wing leader’s political survival. Against the backdrop of Israeli flags in a televised speech at his residence, a sombre Netanyahu called the allegations baseless and vowed to complete his fourth term in office. It will be up to Israel’s attorney general to decide whether to file charges, a process that could take weeks if not months. The recommendations, which police made public on Tuesday night, were at the more serious end of the range of charges that had been expected to be levelled against Netanyahu in two criminal investigations that have gone on for more than a year. One of the cases, known as Case 1000, alleged the “committing of crimes of bribery, fraud and breach of trust by the prime minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu.” In a detailed statement, police named Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer and Israeli citizen, and Australian businessman James Packer, saying that for nearly a decade, from 2007 to 2016, they gave gifts that included champagne, cigars and jewellery to Netanyahu and his family. In all, the merchandise was worth more than one

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million shekels ($280,000), the statement said. Any legal proceedings would likely focus on whether political favours were sought or granted. Netanyahu’s lawyers said the presents were simply tokens of friendship. The second, Case 2000, also alleged “bribery, fraud and breach of trust by the prime minister” and by the publisher of the biggest-selling Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Arnon Mozes. The two men, police said, discussed ways of slowing the growth of a rival daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, “through legislation and other means”. Netanyahu, who has denied wrongdoing, has been questioned several times by police since the start of 2017. In his television appearance, minutes after police made their recommendations public, Netanyahu, 68, recounted his military service as a commando and said he had never sought personal gain from politics. “I will continue to lead Israel responsibly and faithfully for as long as you, the citizens of Israel, choose me to lead you,” he said. “I am certain, I am certain, that the truth will be revealed, and I am certain that at the next elections, which will be held on schedule, I will earn your trust again, with God’s help.” Israel is next scheduled to go to the polls in late 2019. “Because I know the truth, I tell you ... things will end in nothing,” Netanyahu said. (rtr)

U.S. 2018 elections ‘under attack’ by Russia -U.S. intelligence chief WASHINGTON - Leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies warned on Tuesday that Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections by using social media to spread propaganda and misleading reports, much as it did in the 2016 campaign. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a congressional committee that Russia and other foreign entities were likely to attack U.S. and European elections this year and beyond, adding that Moscow believes similar efforts successfully undermined U.S. democracy two years ago. Coats, a former senator appointed by President Donald Trump as Washington’s top intelligence official, said he had already seen evidence Russia was targeting U.S. elections in November, when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate are at stake, plus a host of positions in state governments. “Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Coats said at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on worldwide threats. Coats’ assessment runs counter to statements from Trump, who has cast doubt on the notion of Russian meddling and denied any collusion by his associates with Russia ahead of his surprise November 2016 defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton. U.S. spy agencies concluded more than a year ago that Russia used hacking and propaganda to try to tilt that election in favor of the Republican. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied this and Trump has said he believes him. “There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations,” Coats said. Coats said “persistent and disruptive cyber operations” would continue “using elections as opportunities to undermine democracy” in the United States and its European allies. Coats described a range of ways in which Russia might try to influence this year’s vote. “At a minimum, we expect Russia to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokespeople, and other means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States,” he said. The charge of Russian meddling spawned a federal probe and congressional investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow, throwing a shadow over the first year of Trump’s presidency. (rtr)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Jerusalem, in this picture grab taken February 13, 2018.

Two planes full of workers arrived in Manila from Kuwait on Monday on flights provided for free by commercial airlines at the president’s request. On Sunday, the Philippine labor minister said more than 2,200 Filipinos were r e a d y t o t a k e u p D u t e r t e ’s offer. “We are surprised and we condemn statements from the Philippine president, especially as we are in contact with the Philippines on a high level to explain the workers’ conditions in Kuwait,” said Kuwait’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah al-

Khalid al-Sabah. He was speaking at a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a meeting in Kuwait of the global coalition against Islamic State. “Escalation does not serve the ties between Kuwait and the Philippines,” Sheikh Sabah said, adding that 170,000 Filipinos “live a decent life in Kuwait ... but separate accidents unfortunately happen, and we are providing our Filipino counterparts with the results of the investigations.” The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait in January after reports that abuse by employers had driven several to suicide. (rtr)

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Minister receives UNESCO certificate for Pinisi

JAKARTA - Indonesia`s Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi received a certificate from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), acknowledging the inscription of Pinisi on the list of intangible cultural heritage. “The recognition of Pinisi as world`s intangible cultural heritage is a great honor for the Indonesian people,” Retno said here, Tuesday. The certificate was delivered by Indonesian Ambassador to France and UNESCO Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. “Pinisi: the art of boat-building from South Sulawesi” was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 12th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Jeju, South Korea, on December 7, 2017. Retno reminded the people that the acknowledgement was not the country`s final goal, but it would encourage Indonesia`s efforts to preserve national culture. “For each UNESCO acknowledgement

of an Indonesian culture or natural wealth, it will need to be complemented with a good preservation policy, including public education,” the minister added. She stressed the ministry`s readiness to cooperate with all stakeholders to preserve the national culture and wealth. Besides the newly inscribed Pinisi, Indonesia has eight cultures in the UNESCO list, namely wayang, keris, batik, angklung, Saman dance, Noken Papua, three Balinese dances and the batik education program at Batik Museum Pekalongan. The government has targeted to receive acknowledgement in 2018 for Pantun, nominated jointly with Malaysia, and Pencak Silat (Indonesian martial art) in 2019. Meanwhile, Hotmangaradja said, the Indonesian Embassy in Paris would observe the nomination process for Pantun and Pencak Silat. “UNESCO`s acknowledgement of an element of Indonesian culture and natural wealth is an encouragement for us to preserve our nature and culture, and at the same time, it has strengthened our love for the country,” Hotmangaradja remarked. (ant)

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Maxima encourages more systematic financial inclusion in Indonesia

JAKARTA - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani said Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary General`s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development, was expecting more systematic and programmed financial inclusion across regions in Indonesia.

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“Queen Maxima strongly supports the financial inclusion program in Indonesia and hopes that as a large country, Indonesia can implement the financial inclusion program more systematically to ensure social assistance is distributed based on `by name by address` scheme, through adequate access and better distribution,” Maharani told reporters after a meeting with Queen Maxima, Jakarta, Tuesday. Maharani received Maxima and her delegation at the Office of the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture. During the meeting, Maharani conveyed the Indonesian government`s efforts and achievements to promote inclusive finance for all communities in the country. To that end, Maxima appreciated Indonesia`s efforts and lauded the country`s progress in implementing the

financial inclusion program. “Of course, she (Maxima) appreciates what Indonesia has done for its inclusive finance, and expects that the inclusive finance program in Indonesia will be larger and simpler in future,” Maharani stated. She also explained that Indonesia had issued Smart Indonesia Card (KIP) to 19.7 million schoolchildren at the elementary, junior high school, senior high school and vocational school levels. The beneficiaries received non-cash assistance for education through state-owned banks (Himbara). The Himbara comprised PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk, PT Bank Indonesia Tbk (BNI), PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, and PT Bank Tabungan Negara (Persero) Tbk. She also elaborated on the non-cash aid distribution under the Family Hope Program (PKH) and stated the program`s recipients would be increased from six million to 10 million beneficiary families (KPM) in 2018. Under the program, each beneficiary receives Rp1,890,000 each year through the banks. Moreover, a total of 1.2 million KPMs received non-cash food assistance (BPNT), amounting to?Rp110,000 per month, to buy rice and eggs from electronic-stalls (e-Warong) through an electronic account mechanism. (ant)


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ATP investigate ‘racial prejudice’ allegations after HarrisonYoung clash Belok Village Bali Marigold Farm

MANGUPURA - Belok Village Bali Marigold Farm is a new tourist destination site that we discover recently. Located at Belok Village, just right at the border between Plaga village and Kintamani. Few minutes drive from Bangkung bridges, the longest and the tallest bridge in Bali island. Belok Village Bali Marigold Farm, the hidden paradise in Bali Island. During our Bali Tour trip toward Kintamani Bali we were stop at one nice village of flowers farm. That day was our family trip to Kintamani, our main concern is visit Hot Spring Water at Kintamani. We took unusual drive through Peteng district, Pelaga village and enter Kintamani from behind the volcano. That was amazing drive through stunning view of wonderful green landscapes. We don’t plan to stop at many place but we interested to know where is the location of the Marigold farm.

Bali Marigold Farm quite popular spot for local tourist. Recently become a trending topic at the social media. Many teenagers post their selfie picture with beautiful flowers background. To reach the place isn’t so difficult. Just along the main road toward Kintamani from Petang district. Approximately 1,5 hours drive from Kuta. This place may combine with other interesting site along the way to get there such as Sanger Monkey forest, Chocolate pod factory and Bali Elephant Camp . So we will not bother to drive for such long hours, there are few recommended stopping sites along the way. As soon as we enter the village, we will amazed with beautiful landscape. The terraces with beautiful yellow color, calm and cold weather surrounded by mountains. Fresh smell of the flowers bring us a wonderful feeling. (net)

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NEW YORK - The ATP are investigating “allegations of racial prejudice” after Ryan Harrison’s stormy first-round clash against fellow American Donald Young at the New York Open on Monday. The men’s tour said in a statement on Tuesday they would review video and audio from the match after the two players had a heated debate at a change of ends during the encounter won by world number 44 Harrison, with the umpire intervening to calm the situation. Following his 6-3 7-6(4) defeat

Young took to Twitter to offer his views on what had happened. “I’m shocked and disappointed, Ryan Harrison, to hear you tell me how you really feel about me as a black tennis player in the middle of our NY match. “I thought this was supposed to be an inclusive gentleman’s sport,” the 28-year-old world number 65 said.

Young did not elaborate on what was actually said between the pair, but Harrison was quick to respond. “The accusations made by Donald Young tonight following our match are absolutely untrue,” he said on Twitter. “I’m extremely disappointed that someone would say this in reaction to a lost tennis match. Any video/audio will 100 percent clear me and I encourage anyone with the available resources to find it.” The ATP issued a statement later

saying it had begun an investigation into the matter. “The ATP takes any allegations of racial prejudice extremely seriously. A further review of all video and audio recording from the match will take place as this matter is investigated further,” it said. “No further comment will be made until the completion of the investigation.” United States Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said the organisation would stay in close contact with the ATP during

the investigation. Straight after the match Harrison gave an interview in which he said any bad feeling had been in the heat of the moment. “At the end of the day, you see everybody, you like everybody and you want to be friends and friendly with everybody, but everybody out here I compete against, even the ones I like, they are the ones trying to take away my livelihood,” he said. “I have to do what I can to get through, and I was proud of myself for doing that.” (rtr)

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PYEONGCHANG - Four years ago in Sochi, American snowboarder Shaun White stood at the top of the halfpipe in tears reflecting on missing the chance to win a record third Olympic snowboarding gold. He finished fourth that day and decided to take some time off from the sport to play in a band and focus on other business interests. But as time wore on, White began to get the itch again and soon he was back on his snowboard, striving to push himself to be better. On Wednesday all of White’s heartache and pain from Sochi was dispelled as the 31-year-old put in a virtuoso performance to win the men’s halfpipe and claim his third gold medal, the most by any snowboarder. After his run, which scored an almost perfect 97.75, White roared and celebrated with his team, tear-

fully hugging Olympic bronze medallist Jarret ‘JJ’ Thomas and young rider Toby Miller, who have been by White’s side in the buildup to Pyeongchang. White said it was the best run of his career. “I have done when I really needed to, I have delivered when I needed to most,” said an exuberant White after the final. He admitted he had never landed the exact back-to-back 1440s that he dropped in Wednesday’s final. “I am so proud of myself, and I never say that,” he added, before jokingly patting himself on the back. White took to Instagram before the final to say he had been waiting four years for this moment. He said it was redemption for his crushing disappointment at Sochi. “I was so upset with my performance in Sochi and I had to wait so

long for this Olympics. There have been so many ups and downs in the process,” said White. For him it has always been about the Olympics but admitted he was not motivated enough for Sochi and needed to regain his love for the sport. White gave a lot of credit to his team for helping him reach the point where he could claim another gold medal. “I have to thank JJ and Toby and all the people around me. They kept it fun, they kept it motivating,” he said. Having already cemented his legacy as the greatest snowboarder in the sport, the competitive fire still burns deep in White and he was already looking to the future - not only to the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing but also the Tokyo Summer Games, where he hopes to compete in skateboarding. (rtr)

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Chelsea target top-four finish, says Hazard

Tottenham’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring their first goal

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Unstoppable Kane matches Gerrard’s magnificent seven

TURIN - Harry Kane continued his singlehanded assault on the record books when he scored Tottenham Hotspur’s opening goal in their comeback 2-2 draw at Juventus in the Champions League last 16, first leg on Tuesday. Kane’s 35th minute effort was his seventh goal in the competition this season -- matching Steven Gerrard whose seven for Liverpool in the 2008-09 campaign had stood as a record for an English player.

Not only that but Kane’s nine-goal haul from his first nine games is more than any other player in the history of Europe’s blue-riband club competition -- one more than the quartet of Ronaldinho, Simone Inzaghi, Didier Drogba and Diego Costa. Kane has scored nine goals in his last eight games in all competitions and has 33 for the season -- more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues. The 24-year-old, who this month reached 100 Premier League goals in only 141 appearances, could have added to his tally on Tuesday but for two great saves by Juve’s veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon in the first half. With the twice Premier League Golden Boot win-

ner in this sort of form, however, Tottenham will feel they can topple Juventus in the second leg at Wembley next month -- indeed they will be favourites to do so. Kane, who bagged Tottenham’s winner against rivals Arsenal last weekend, paid tribute to the way his team mates recovered from conceding twice in the first nine minutes on Tuesday -- Gonzalo Higuain striking twice for the hosts. “We could have capitulated, away from home in the Champions League. It showed character,” he said. “It was an excellent performance after that and we take two away goals to Wembley. A great result.” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said his side had been sloppy in the opening 10 minutes but felt they should have been celebrating a victory after recovering to enjoy 62 percent of the possession against a side starting with seven of the players who began last year’s final against Real Madrid in Cardiff. His opposite number Massimiliano Allegri said his side had been taken aback by Tottenham’s riposte. “We started very well but then we struggled to keep the ball because Tottenham were playing so well,” he said. “After going 2-0 up, we did not decide to defend deep, Tottenham forced us to. After their second goal, however, we were the more dangerous side.” (rtr)

Chelsea must strive to finish in the Premier League’s top four and secure Champions League football for next season, playmaker Eden Hazard has said as the London outfit got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday. The champions have failed to replicate last season’s dominance, winning just three of their last 11 matches across all competitions to sit fourth in the league, 19 points behind leaders Manchester City, and eliminated from the League Cup. Hazard scored a brace to lead Chelsea to a much-needed win over West Brom after consecutive league defeats by Bournemouth and Watford, and the Belgian is keen for the club to maintain their momentum throughout the rest of the campaign. “It was a good response to the two losses... We have great players and we need to finish in the top four at the end of the season, that’s our target,” Hazard told the club’s website. (www.chelseafc.com) “We have 11 games to play between now and then and we have to give everything to achieve that.” The Champions League and FA Cup are Chelsea’s only chances of winning a trophy this season as their gap to City appears to be insurmountable. Hazard, 27, called for his team mates to be united as Chelsea push towards achieving consistent results with the hopes of winning at least one trophy this season. “We are all together,” Hazard said. “We have to work and win

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games. When you play for Chelsea you have to put this in your mind and give everything on the pitch. “We need to be in the top four, for the Champions League next season, and it would be good if we can take the FA Cup. We are also in the Champions League, it’s not easy to win the Champions League but we will go for everything. “We have three months to play until the end of the season and we have to give everything to reach our targets... the target has to be to win trophies.” Chelsea host Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday before the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie against Barcelona on Tuesday.

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Ryan Mason’s retirement after he failed to recover from a serious head injury sufficiently enough to return to the pitch had “devastated” Gary Cahill, the Chelsea defender has said. Mason announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday after he suffered a fractured skull following a head clash with Cahill while contesting a corner during Hull City’s defeat to Chelsea in January 2017. “Devastated to hear today’s news from Ryan,” Cahill said on his official Twitter account. “Competing for a corner is something we’ve done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking. “Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him the best for the future.” (rtr)

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal

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Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan in action with Basel’s Taulant Xhaka

Ruthless City finish off Basel in 23 minutes

BASEL - Manchester City effectively killed off their Champions League tie against FC Basel after 23 minutes on Tuesday, flattening the Swiss champions with three quickfire goals on their way to a 4-0 away win. Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero scored within nine minutes of each other in the last 16 first leg tie to almost certainly extend Basel’s wait for a first quarter-final appearance in the competition. Gundogan curled in the fourth from the edge of the area in the 53rd minute as the runaway English Premier League leaders clocked up another emphatic win in their remarkable season. Basel did their best to make a game of it and created several openings but looked vulnerable every time City attacked. City, who have lost in three of their previous four appearances at this stage of the competition, enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession with 69 percent, although that was still unremarkable by their standards. “It’s an amazing result,” said City coach Pep Guardiola. “The tie is 180 minutes but we are almost there. We defended quite well, we were clinical. It’s not easy to keep the level but we did it.” Despite the scoreline, City had 12 shots to Basel’s

11 and the Swiss could have taken an early lead. Dimitri Oberlin got clear of City’s defence and tried to poke the ball past Ederson as the Brazilian rushed out of his area but got no power on the ball allowing Kyle Walker to clear easily. Oberlin also had a penalty appeal turned down as he went over under a challenge from Nicolas Otamendi. Reality struck for Basel in the 14th minute when Gundogan beat Fabian Frei to Kevin de Bruyne’s corner and headed in. Four minutes later, Leo Lacroix failed to cut out Raheem Sterling’s cross and the unmarked Silva lobbed his shot over Tomas Vaclik’s attempted save, then Aguero scored the third from outside the area -- City’s fourth shot on target of the game. Ederson made his first real save in the 49th minute, palming away Mohamed Elyounoussi’s long-range shot, but shortly afterwards, Aguero set up Gundogan who took one touch and placed a looping shot into the far corner. A brilliant Vaclik save denied Gundogan a hat-trick late on but, even so, the second leg looks little more than a formality for Guardiola’s side. (rtr)

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, freed two weeks ago from detention in a luxury hotel during a corruption sweep, said on Tuesday he was answering a government call to support local soccer clubs by donating half a million dollars. Prince Alwaleed, one of the country’s top international investors, says he spent his nearly three months of detention in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton hotel, along with dozens of senior officials and businessmen, part of a crackdown on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In an interview conducted hours before his release, he told Reuters he maintained his innocence and expected to keep full control of his firm. But when asked, he did not rule out making a donation to the government in return for his freedom.

A senior Saudi official later told Reuters he was freed after reaching a financial settlement with the attorney general, but neither party provided details. Most detainees have been released, after settlements that the attorney general said secured more than $100 billion from members of the elite. Prince Alwaleed tweeted a photo of himself on Tuesday watching a soccer game with his family and said: “Answering my brother Turki al-Sheikh’s invitation to support Saudi clubs ... I present 2 million Saudi riyals ($533,333) to support Al Hilal FC.” Al-Sheikh heads the government’s General Sports Authority and is seen as close to the crown prince. Prince Alwaleed’s fortune was previously estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion. (rtr)


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Chelsea target top-four finish, says Hazard

Tottenham’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring their first goal

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Unstoppable Kane matches Gerrard’s magnificent seven

TURIN - Harry Kane continued his singlehanded assault on the record books when he scored Tottenham Hotspur’s opening goal in their comeback 2-2 draw at Juventus in the Champions League last 16, first leg on Tuesday. Kane’s 35th minute effort was his seventh goal in the competition this season -- matching Steven Gerrard whose seven for Liverpool in the 2008-09 campaign had stood as a record for an English player.

Not only that but Kane’s nine-goal haul from his first nine games is more than any other player in the history of Europe’s blue-riband club competition -- one more than the quartet of Ronaldinho, Simone Inzaghi, Didier Drogba and Diego Costa. Kane has scored nine goals in his last eight games in all competitions and has 33 for the season -- more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues. The 24-year-old, who this month reached 100 Premier League goals in only 141 appearances, could have added to his tally on Tuesday but for two great saves by Juve’s veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon in the first half. With the twice Premier League Golden Boot win-

ner in this sort of form, however, Tottenham will feel they can topple Juventus in the second leg at Wembley next month -- indeed they will be favourites to do so. Kane, who bagged Tottenham’s winner against rivals Arsenal last weekend, paid tribute to the way his team mates recovered from conceding twice in the first nine minutes on Tuesday -- Gonzalo Higuain striking twice for the hosts. “We could have capitulated, away from home in the Champions League. It showed character,” he said. “It was an excellent performance after that and we take two away goals to Wembley. A great result.” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said his side had been sloppy in the opening 10 minutes but felt they should have been celebrating a victory after recovering to enjoy 62 percent of the possession against a side starting with seven of the players who began last year’s final against Real Madrid in Cardiff. His opposite number Massimiliano Allegri said his side had been taken aback by Tottenham’s riposte. “We started very well but then we struggled to keep the ball because Tottenham were playing so well,” he said. “After going 2-0 up, we did not decide to defend deep, Tottenham forced us to. After their second goal, however, we were the more dangerous side.” (rtr)

Chelsea must strive to finish in the Premier League’s top four and secure Champions League football for next season, playmaker Eden Hazard has said as the London outfit got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday. The champions have failed to replicate last season’s dominance, winning just three of their last 11 matches across all competitions to sit fourth in the league, 19 points behind leaders Manchester City, and eliminated from the League Cup. Hazard scored a brace to lead Chelsea to a much-needed win over West Brom after consecutive league defeats by Bournemouth and Watford, and the Belgian is keen for the club to maintain their momentum throughout the rest of the campaign. “It was a good response to the two losses... We have great players and we need to finish in the top four at the end of the season, that’s our target,” Hazard told the club’s website. (www.chelseafc.com) “We have 11 games to play between now and then and we have to give everything to achieve that.” The Champions League and FA Cup are Chelsea’s only chances of winning a trophy this season as their gap to City appears to be insurmountable. Hazard, 27, called for his team mates to be united as Chelsea push towards achieving consistent results with the hopes of winning at least one trophy this season. “We are all together,” Hazard said. “We have to work and win

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games. When you play for Chelsea you have to put this in your mind and give everything on the pitch. “We need to be in the top four, for the Champions League next season, and it would be good if we can take the FA Cup. We are also in the Champions League, it’s not easy to win the Champions League but we will go for everything. “We have three months to play until the end of the season and we have to give everything to reach our targets... the target has to be to win trophies.” Chelsea host Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday before the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie against Barcelona on Tuesday.

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Ryan Mason’s retirement after he failed to recover from a serious head injury sufficiently enough to return to the pitch had “devastated” Gary Cahill, the Chelsea defender has said. Mason announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday after he suffered a fractured skull following a head clash with Cahill while contesting a corner during Hull City’s defeat to Chelsea in January 2017. “Devastated to hear today’s news from Ryan,” Cahill said on his official Twitter account. “Competing for a corner is something we’ve done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking. “Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him the best for the future.” (rtr)

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal

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Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan in action with Basel’s Taulant Xhaka

Ruthless City finish off Basel in 23 minutes

BASEL - Manchester City effectively killed off their Champions League tie against FC Basel after 23 minutes on Tuesday, flattening the Swiss champions with three quickfire goals on their way to a 4-0 away win. Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero scored within nine minutes of each other in the last 16 first leg tie to almost certainly extend Basel’s wait for a first quarter-final appearance in the competition. Gundogan curled in the fourth from the edge of the area in the 53rd minute as the runaway English Premier League leaders clocked up another emphatic win in their remarkable season. Basel did their best to make a game of it and created several openings but looked vulnerable every time City attacked. City, who have lost in three of their previous four appearances at this stage of the competition, enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession with 69 percent, although that was still unremarkable by their standards. “It’s an amazing result,” said City coach Pep Guardiola. “The tie is 180 minutes but we are almost there. We defended quite well, we were clinical. It’s not easy to keep the level but we did it.” Despite the scoreline, City had 12 shots to Basel’s

11 and the Swiss could have taken an early lead. Dimitri Oberlin got clear of City’s defence and tried to poke the ball past Ederson as the Brazilian rushed out of his area but got no power on the ball allowing Kyle Walker to clear easily. Oberlin also had a penalty appeal turned down as he went over under a challenge from Nicolas Otamendi. Reality struck for Basel in the 14th minute when Gundogan beat Fabian Frei to Kevin de Bruyne’s corner and headed in. Four minutes later, Leo Lacroix failed to cut out Raheem Sterling’s cross and the unmarked Silva lobbed his shot over Tomas Vaclik’s attempted save, then Aguero scored the third from outside the area -- City’s fourth shot on target of the game. Ederson made his first real save in the 49th minute, palming away Mohamed Elyounoussi’s long-range shot, but shortly afterwards, Aguero set up Gundogan who took one touch and placed a looping shot into the far corner. A brilliant Vaclik save denied Gundogan a hat-trick late on but, even so, the second leg looks little more than a formality for Guardiola’s side. (rtr)

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, freed two weeks ago from detention in a luxury hotel during a corruption sweep, said on Tuesday he was answering a government call to support local soccer clubs by donating half a million dollars. Prince Alwaleed, one of the country’s top international investors, says he spent his nearly three months of detention in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton hotel, along with dozens of senior officials and businessmen, part of a crackdown on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In an interview conducted hours before his release, he told Reuters he maintained his innocence and expected to keep full control of his firm. But when asked, he did not rule out making a donation to the government in return for his freedom.

A senior Saudi official later told Reuters he was freed after reaching a financial settlement with the attorney general, but neither party provided details. Most detainees have been released, after settlements that the attorney general said secured more than $100 billion from members of the elite. Prince Alwaleed tweeted a photo of himself on Tuesday watching a soccer game with his family and said: “Answering my brother Turki al-Sheikh’s invitation to support Saudi clubs ... I present 2 million Saudi riyals ($533,333) to support Al Hilal FC.” Al-Sheikh heads the government’s General Sports Authority and is seen as close to the crown prince. Prince Alwaleed’s fortune was previously estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion. (rtr)


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Bali Marigold Farm quite popular spot for local tourist. Recently become a trending topic at the social media. Many teenagers post their selfie picture with beautiful flowers background. To reach the place isn’t so difficult. Just along the main road toward Kintamani from Petang district. Approximately 1,5 hours drive from Kuta. This place may combine with other interesting site along the way to get there such as Sanger Monkey forest, Chocolate pod factory and Bali Elephant Camp . So we will not bother to drive for such long hours, there are few recommended stopping sites along the way. As soon as we enter the village, we will amazed with beautiful landscape. The terraces with beautiful yellow color, calm and cold weather surrounded by mountains. Fresh smell of the flowers bring us a wonderful feeling. (net)

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NEW YORK - The ATP are investigating “allegations of racial prejudice” after Ryan Harrison’s stormy first-round clash against fellow American Donald Young at the New York Open on Monday. The men’s tour said in a statement on Tuesday they would review video and audio from the match after the two players had a heated debate at a change of ends during the encounter won by world number 44 Harrison, with the umpire intervening to calm the situation. Following his 6-3 7-6(4) defeat

Young took to Twitter to offer his views on what had happened. “I’m shocked and disappointed, Ryan Harrison, to hear you tell me how you really feel about me as a black tennis player in the middle of our NY match. “I thought this was supposed to be an inclusive gentleman’s sport,” the 28-year-old world number 65 said.

Young did not elaborate on what was actually said between the pair, but Harrison was quick to respond. “The accusations made by Donald Young tonight following our match are absolutely untrue,” he said on Twitter. “I’m extremely disappointed that someone would say this in reaction to a lost tennis match. Any video/audio will 100 percent clear me and I encourage anyone with the available resources to find it.” The ATP issued a statement later

saying it had begun an investigation into the matter. “The ATP takes any allegations of racial prejudice extremely seriously. A further review of all video and audio recording from the match will take place as this matter is investigated further,” it said. “No further comment will be made until the completion of the investigation.” United States Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said the organisation would stay in close contact with the ATP during

the investigation. Straight after the match Harrison gave an interview in which he said any bad feeling had been in the heat of the moment. “At the end of the day, you see everybody, you like everybody and you want to be friends and friendly with everybody, but everybody out here I compete against, even the ones I like, they are the ones trying to take away my livelihood,” he said. “I have to do what I can to get through, and I was proud of myself for doing that.” (rtr)

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PYEONGCHANG - Four years ago in Sochi, American snowboarder Shaun White stood at the top of the halfpipe in tears reflecting on missing the chance to win a record third Olympic snowboarding gold. He finished fourth that day and decided to take some time off from the sport to play in a band and focus on other business interests. But as time wore on, White began to get the itch again and soon he was back on his snowboard, striving to push himself to be better. On Wednesday all of White’s heartache and pain from Sochi was dispelled as the 31-year-old put in a virtuoso performance to win the men’s halfpipe and claim his third gold medal, the most by any snowboarder. After his run, which scored an almost perfect 97.75, White roared and celebrated with his team, tear-

fully hugging Olympic bronze medallist Jarret ‘JJ’ Thomas and young rider Toby Miller, who have been by White’s side in the buildup to Pyeongchang. White said it was the best run of his career. “I have done when I really needed to, I have delivered when I needed to most,” said an exuberant White after the final. He admitted he had never landed the exact back-to-back 1440s that he dropped in Wednesday’s final. “I am so proud of myself, and I never say that,” he added, before jokingly patting himself on the back. White took to Instagram before the final to say he had been waiting four years for this moment. He said it was redemption for his crushing disappointment at Sochi. “I was so upset with my performance in Sochi and I had to wait so

long for this Olympics. There have been so many ups and downs in the process,” said White. For him it has always been about the Olympics but admitted he was not motivated enough for Sochi and needed to regain his love for the sport. White gave a lot of credit to his team for helping him reach the point where he could claim another gold medal. “I have to thank JJ and Toby and all the people around me. They kept it fun, they kept it motivating,” he said. Having already cemented his legacy as the greatest snowboarder in the sport, the competitive fire still burns deep in White and he was already looking to the future - not only to the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing but also the Tokyo Summer Games, where he hopes to compete in skateboarding. (rtr)

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Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Netanyahu

JERUSALEM - Israeli police on Tuesday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, opening the way for what could be the biggest challenge yet to the right-wing leader’s political survival. Against the backdrop of Israeli flags in a televised speech at his residence, a sombre Netanyahu called the allegations baseless and vowed to complete his fourth term in office. It will be up to Israel’s attorney general to decide whether to file charges, a process that could take weeks if not months. The recommendations, which police made public on Tuesday night, were at the more serious end of the range of charges that had been expected to be levelled against Netanyahu in two criminal investigations that have gone on for more than a year. One of the cases, known as Case 1000, alleged the “committing of crimes of bribery, fraud and breach of trust by the prime minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu.” In a detailed statement, police named Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer and Israeli citizen, and Australian businessman James Packer, saying that for nearly a decade, from 2007 to 2016, they gave gifts that included champagne, cigars and jewellery to Netanyahu and his family. In all, the merchandise was worth more than one

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million shekels ($280,000), the statement said. Any legal proceedings would likely focus on whether political favours were sought or granted. Netanyahu’s lawyers said the presents were simply tokens of friendship. The second, Case 2000, also alleged “bribery, fraud and breach of trust by the prime minister” and by the publisher of the biggest-selling Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Arnon Mozes. The two men, police said, discussed ways of slowing the growth of a rival daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, “through legislation and other means”. Netanyahu, who has denied wrongdoing, has been questioned several times by police since the start of 2017. In his television appearance, minutes after police made their recommendations public, Netanyahu, 68, recounted his military service as a commando and said he had never sought personal gain from politics. “I will continue to lead Israel responsibly and faithfully for as long as you, the citizens of Israel, choose me to lead you,” he said. “I am certain, I am certain, that the truth will be revealed, and I am certain that at the next elections, which will be held on schedule, I will earn your trust again, with God’s help.” Israel is next scheduled to go to the polls in late 2019. “Because I know the truth, I tell you ... things will end in nothing,” Netanyahu said. (rtr)

U.S. 2018 elections ‘under attack’ by Russia -U.S. intelligence chief WASHINGTON - Leaders of U.S. intelligence agencies warned on Tuesday that Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections by using social media to spread propaganda and misleading reports, much as it did in the 2016 campaign. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a congressional committee that Russia and other foreign entities were likely to attack U.S. and European elections this year and beyond, adding that Moscow believes similar efforts successfully undermined U.S. democracy two years ago. Coats, a former senator appointed by President Donald Trump as Washington’s top intelligence official, said he had already seen evidence Russia was targeting U.S. elections in November, when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate are at stake, plus a host of positions in state governments. “Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Coats said at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual hearing on worldwide threats. Coats’ assessment runs counter to statements from Trump, who has cast doubt on the notion of Russian meddling and denied any collusion by his associates with Russia ahead of his surprise November 2016 defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton. U.S. spy agencies concluded more than a year ago that Russia used hacking and propaganda to try to tilt that election in favor of the Republican. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied this and Trump has said he believes him. “There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations,” Coats said. Coats said “persistent and disruptive cyber operations” would continue “using elections as opportunities to undermine democracy” in the United States and its European allies. Coats described a range of ways in which Russia might try to influence this year’s vote. “At a minimum, we expect Russia to continue using propaganda, social media, false-flag personas, sympathetic spokespeople, and other means of influence to try to exacerbate social and political fissures in the United States,” he said. The charge of Russian meddling spawned a federal probe and congressional investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow, throwing a shadow over the first year of Trump’s presidency. (rtr)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Jerusalem, in this picture grab taken February 13, 2018.

Two planes full of workers arrived in Manila from Kuwait on Monday on flights provided for free by commercial airlines at the president’s request. On Sunday, the Philippine labor minister said more than 2,200 Filipinos were r e a d y t o t a k e u p D u t e r t e ’s offer. “We are surprised and we condemn statements from the Philippine president, especially as we are in contact with the Philippines on a high level to explain the workers’ conditions in Kuwait,” said Kuwait’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah al-

Khalid al-Sabah. He was speaking at a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a meeting in Kuwait of the global coalition against Islamic State. “Escalation does not serve the ties between Kuwait and the Philippines,” Sheikh Sabah said, adding that 170,000 Filipinos “live a decent life in Kuwait ... but separate accidents unfortunately happen, and we are providing our Filipino counterparts with the results of the investigations.” The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait in January after reports that abuse by employers had driven several to suicide. (rtr)

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Minister receives UNESCO certificate for Pinisi

JAKARTA - Indonesia`s Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi received a certificate from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), acknowledging the inscription of Pinisi on the list of intangible cultural heritage. “The recognition of Pinisi as world`s intangible cultural heritage is a great honor for the Indonesian people,” Retno said here, Tuesday. The certificate was delivered by Indonesian Ambassador to France and UNESCO Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. “Pinisi: the art of boat-building from South Sulawesi” was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 12th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Jeju, South Korea, on December 7, 2017. Retno reminded the people that the acknowledgement was not the country`s final goal, but it would encourage Indonesia`s efforts to preserve national culture. “For each UNESCO acknowledgement

of an Indonesian culture or natural wealth, it will need to be complemented with a good preservation policy, including public education,” the minister added. She stressed the ministry`s readiness to cooperate with all stakeholders to preserve the national culture and wealth. Besides the newly inscribed Pinisi, Indonesia has eight cultures in the UNESCO list, namely wayang, keris, batik, angklung, Saman dance, Noken Papua, three Balinese dances and the batik education program at Batik Museum Pekalongan. The government has targeted to receive acknowledgement in 2018 for Pantun, nominated jointly with Malaysia, and Pencak Silat (Indonesian martial art) in 2019. Meanwhile, Hotmangaradja said, the Indonesian Embassy in Paris would observe the nomination process for Pantun and Pencak Silat. “UNESCO`s acknowledgement of an element of Indonesian culture and natural wealth is an encouragement for us to preserve our nature and culture, and at the same time, it has strengthened our love for the country,” Hotmangaradja remarked. (ant)

Queen Maxima and Indonesian President Jokowi

Maxima encourages more systematic financial inclusion in Indonesia

JAKARTA - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani said Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary General`s Special Advocate (UNSGSA) for Inclusive Finance for Development, was expecting more systematic and programmed financial inclusion across regions in Indonesia.

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“Queen Maxima strongly supports the financial inclusion program in Indonesia and hopes that as a large country, Indonesia can implement the financial inclusion program more systematically to ensure social assistance is distributed based on `by name by address` scheme, through adequate access and better distribution,” Maharani told reporters after a meeting with Queen Maxima, Jakarta, Tuesday. Maharani received Maxima and her delegation at the Office of the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture. During the meeting, Maharani conveyed the Indonesian government`s efforts and achievements to promote inclusive finance for all communities in the country. To that end, Maxima appreciated Indonesia`s efforts and lauded the country`s progress in implementing the

financial inclusion program. “Of course, she (Maxima) appreciates what Indonesia has done for its inclusive finance, and expects that the inclusive finance program in Indonesia will be larger and simpler in future,” Maharani stated. She also explained that Indonesia had issued Smart Indonesia Card (KIP) to 19.7 million schoolchildren at the elementary, junior high school, senior high school and vocational school levels. The beneficiaries received non-cash assistance for education through state-owned banks (Himbara). The Himbara comprised PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk, PT Bank Indonesia Tbk (BNI), PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, and PT Bank Tabungan Negara (Persero) Tbk. She also elaborated on the non-cash aid distribution under the Family Hope Program (PKH) and stated the program`s recipients would be increased from six million to 10 million beneficiary families (KPM) in 2018. Under the program, each beneficiary receives Rp1,890,000 each year through the banks. Moreover, a total of 1.2 million KPMs received non-cash food assistance (BPNT), amounting to?Rp110,000 per month, to buy rice and eggs from electronic-stalls (e-Warong) through an electronic account mechanism. (ant)


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BUSINESS Dollar drops as investors remain edgy before US inflation data

LONDON - The dollar hit a 15month low against the yen and fell versus the euro for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday with investors nervous ahead of key U.S. inflation numbers due later amid a fragile recovery in equity markets. The dollar, measured against a basket of currencies, has now given up two-thirds of the gains it notched up this month when investors rushed into the greenback as equity markets suffered a violent sell-off. The euro traded 0.2 percent higher at $1.2370, off the lows of $1.2206 hit on Friday. The dollar index was down 0.1 percent. Strong German economic numbers for the fourth quarter of 2017 underlined the strength of the euro zone economy. “People looking for a big bounce in the dollar from the volatility spike must be feeling pretty depressed right now,” said Kit Juckes, chief FX strategist at Societe Generale in London, referring to the dollar’s losses in recent sessions. He said that even if U.S. inflation numbers come in better than expected they would not lead to a sustained dollar recovery but a short-term gain for the greenback. “The dollar bulls have a weak hand right now, given where we are after the shake-out. The trouble with inflation numbers up now and further Fed hiking is that it just means a sugar rush before the end of the cycle and an earlier recession,” he said. Worries about rising inflationary pressures - and the need for central banks to tackle them - sent markets into a tailspin this month. U.S. January inflation data is due at 1330 GMT, and the numbers could

either upset the equity market’s fragile recovery or clear the way for additional gains. The U.S. currency attracted demand during the global market tumult this month, although it had fallen to a three-year low against a basket of currencies in January. It remains down 2.7 percent so far this year, weighed by factors including the prospect of the United States pursuing a weak dollar strategy and the greenback enjoying less interest rate advantage. The yen, which gained as investors sought safety in the currency after Japanese equity markets slid again on Wednesday, was up as much as 0.8 percent to its highest since November 2016 verus the dollar before falling back to trade up 0.4 percent, at 107.34. Despite the Bank of Japan reiterating that it has no intention of reining in its vast monetary stimulus, some investors are betting the central bank will follow others in slowly tightening. “However, following such a scenario and driving the yen higher means that the BOJ would be even more determined to stick to an easy policy and prevent the currency from appreciating and shield the domestic stock market,” said Koji Fukaya, president at FPG Securities in Tokyo. The yen was also up 0.3 percent against the euro at 132.82 yen. The New Zealand dollar gained 0.5 percent to $0.7308 after a Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s quarterly survey showed business managers forecasting more inflation. The Australian dollar was 0.2 percent higher at 78.77 cents. (rtr)

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‘Picking Coffee Dance’ Made into Mascot of Pupuan Subdistrict

Drizzles did not dampen the intention of participants of the cultural parade and folk party entitled ‘Tabanan Fiesta in Pupuan Subdistrict’ last Saturday (Oct. 14). A number of residents also looked enthusiastic to see a number of festive attractions. Performance of the ‘Picking Coffee Dance’ dedicated to a series of the 524th anniversary of Tabanan town received extraordinary appreciation from citizens. In addition, it was also graced with the presentation of Mandolin art by Gita Bhaskara Etnik and Joged Bumbung jazzing up the show at that time. Deputy Regent of Tabanan, I Komang Gede Sanjaya, representing the Regent of Tabanan gave a high appreciation to the implementation of folk performance in each subdistrict held in Tabanan district. Giving more space to the arts is aimed at preserving and developing customs and culture according to the characteristics of the local community. “I hope this activity will contribute positively to the cultural preservation, especially in Pupuan Subdistrict,” he said. Deputy Regent hoped that cultural parade and the people’s festivities can be implemented on an ongoing basis as an effort to strengthen and preserve local culture as the identity of the Tabanan community. In accordance with the theme of the 524th anniversary of Tabanan town this year, Buana Kerti that implies the fertility of the universe is a means of realizing the welfare of the people. Head of Pupuan subdistrict, Putu Hendra Manik Maswa, reported that other than cultural event, there are also various other events such as SME, culinary, penjor competition, pejati offering, gebogan contest, Balinese pop song karaoke and yoga class. (kmb)

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Exports drive solid German growth, inflation subdued

BERLIN - Strong exports drove robust growth in Germany at the end of last year while inflation stayed subdued in January, suggesting Europe’s biggest economy is on track to extend its upswing well into 2018. Growth was 0.6 percent on the quarter between October and December, according to Wednesday’s Federal Statistics Office data - in line with the consensus forecast and a slight slowdown from a downwardly revised 0.7 percent in the third quarter. “The German growth turbo remains fully activated,” Bankhaus Lampe analyst Alexander Krueger said, though production bottlenecks and capacity constraints were likely to dampen any future growth. The office said positive contributions in the fourth quarter came mainly from foreign demand. “According to provisional calculations, exports increased substantially,” it said. Government consumption expenditure increased while household spending was little changed, the office said. It will release more detailed results on Feb. 23. On the year, Europe’s biggest economy expanded a calendaradjusted 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, the data showed.

This was weaker than the consensus forecast of 3.0 percent but still the strongest pace of growth since the second quarter of 2011. The office confirmed an earlier estimate for full-year GDP growth of 2.2 percent in 2017 which translated into a calendar-adjusted rate of 2.5 percent. This was the strongest pace since 2011. ING Bank economist Carsten Brzeski said the economy grew in 33 of the last 36 quarters, at an “impressive” average rate of 0.5 percent on the quarter. “Judging from previous cycles, the economy could continue its current pace for at least one or two more years, without showing signs of overheating,” he said.

Separate data from the Statistics Office showed that inflation remained subdued despite the solid upswing. Consumer prices, harmonised to compare with other European countries, fell by 1.0 percent in January from the previous month and rose by 1.4 percent from the previous year. On a non-harmonised basis, consumer price inflation for January was also confirmed. The national index fell 0.7 from December and rose by 1.6 percent on the previous year. The weak German inflation data is lending support to the European Central Bank’s cautious approach to reducing its unprecedented monetary stimulus. (rtr)

Bali Ogoh-Ogoh Museum, Coming to Preserve Balinese Tradition

Silence Day or Nyepi is a New Year’s celebration for the Hindus all over the world. Various activities are held to celebrate this New Year. Procession of the celebration starts from the melasti or melis or purificatory rite for ritual paraphernalia and sanctified effigies to source of water such as to the beach is also intended for purifying impurities contained in human and its mind so the implementation of Nyepi Day can run smoothly, until the Ngembak Geni on the following day. Interestingly, in the series of Nyepi Day there is Pengrupukan, falling one day before. On this day, people parade ogoh-ogoh or papier máché demon to expel all the bad forces that can affect the course of the Nyepi celebration. Ogoh-ogoh are made in various sizes and paraded around the village. The activity of parading ogohogoh is a special attraction for tourists coming to Bali. Moreover,

the ogoh-ogoh is also a thing that makes tourists amazed at the uniqueness of the arts owned by Bali. It is not enough to see ogohogoh on Pengrupukan Day because Pengrupukan feast only takes place once a year like the Nyepi day. To relieve the curiosity with the ogoh-ogoh that actually exists only once in a year, in Bali there is now the ogoh-ogoh museum displaying various kinds of ogoh-ogoh. It is the Bali Ogoh-Ogoh Museum. The museum is a place dedicated to preserving one of the Balinese traditions namely the ogoh-ogoh. This place displays dozens of ogoh-ogoh from various regions in Bali especially Badung district. The Ogoh-Ogoh Bali is precisely located on Jalan Ayodhya, Pande hamlet, Mengwi, Badung. This Balinese ogoh-ogoh museum is located inside the complex of Manusa Yadnya Museum, in the west of the Taman Ayun attraction. It is clearly visible from the Taman

Ayun because in front of it lies a banner that reads the Ogoh-Ogoh Bali Collection. This attraction is managed by an artist from Mengwi, I Ketut Nuada. He is a painter inside the compound of the Taman Ayun temple. Besides, he is the first person who had the idea to establish an ogoh-ogoh museum in Bali. For many years, I Ketut Nuada has hunted ogoh-ogoh for collection at this location. Ultimately, after all collections have been obtained, he officially opened the ogoh-ogoh Bali in April 2012. With the museum, he would like to introduce more ogoh-ogoh figures to the world community as it cannot be found any time. However, it can only be found on the Caka New Year’s Eve in the series of Nyepi Day celebration where Balinese people make the ogoh-ogoh. In addition, the ogohogoh is also one of the works of art covering many fields of the art such as sculpture, architecture, painting,

decoration, music, dance et cetera. So, it is considered very important to immortalize some parts of it as an effort to participate in preserving Balinese culture. Existence of the museum makes the world community more familiar with Balinese culture. At

the same time, it is also meant to support the interest and talent of Balinese young generation in the art creativity. Before visiting the Ogoh-Ogoh Bali means you have not completed your travel in Bali. Here are some collections of the ogoh-ogoh. (kmb)


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High market demands for fermented cacao

So far, Bali can only meet 60 tons

DENPASAR — Cacao is very much demadned in the western countries because almost all western food contains cacao derivatives. Consumption per person in the United States has reached the unit of kilograms, while in Indonesia remains in gram unit.

Head of the Bali Plantation and Food Crops Agency, Lanang Aryawan, said the world’s cacao demand reaches 3,290,000 tons per year. Indonesian cacao production reaches 700,000 - 900,000 tons per year. Such production figures put Indonesia in the third largest cacao-producing country in the world. From the results of Indonesian production, no more than two percent are fermented cacao. Approximately 90 percent of the Indonesia’s export is non-fermented cacao beans. Meanwhile, the world’s demand is fermented cacao. In the meantime, so far Bali has 14,000 hectares of cacao plantation. Of this acreage, more than 80 percent are produced in Jembrana and Tabanan. The 14,000 hectares of cacao plantation can produce 6,800 tons of cacao, while in 2017 dropped to 5,000 tons. Of the 6,800 tons, in 2016 Bali only fermented 60 tons, while the remaining production was non-fermented. Then, in 2017 the fermented cacao already reached more than 500 tons. So, there is an increase in fermented cacao production after making the efforts to increase fermentation. By 2018, it is targeted to reach 1,000 tons of fermented cacao. By producing fermented cacao, Indonesia is expected to no longer be imposed with automatic detention. “It means, it is charged with deduction as much as USD 350 per

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U.N. urges Australia to take responsibility for refugees

GENEVA - The United Nations called on Australia on Tuesday to take responsibility for around 800 refugees and asylum seekers stranded in a detention centre on Papua New Guinea where it said many lack medical and mental health care.

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Bali has 14,000 hectares of cacao plantation. Of this acreage, more than 80 percent are produced in Jembrana and Tabanan. metric ton. Such detention is not charged to exporters but to farmers,” he said. Previously, farmers were reluctant to do fermentation because the price difference between fermented and non-fermented cacao was only IDR 3,000. If the non-fermented cacao was sold for IDR 22,000 per kg, while the fermented one for IDR 25,000. Thus, the difference is considered not significant and unprofitable. By continuously performing

quality improvement, finally Bali cacao beans can be fermented. The districts also perform organic certification to increase the selling price. As a result, currently the Bali fermented cacao is sold for IDR 53,000 – IDR 58,000 while the non-fermented one is only for IDR 23,000. Currently, farmers face another problem where the fermented cacao beans must be selected from the large size. “Although the fermentation has been done, the bean size is

small, so the price remains cheap,” he said. Responding to this condition, the cacao bean production should be improved. As a result, in 2017 per 100 grams of packaging contained 80 cacao beans. This was found in the farmer group of Jembrana. Previously, per 100 grams contained 103 beans and in 2016 contained 133 beans per 100 grams. “It means the cacao bean belongs to small size,” he explained. On that account, the selling price of Bali

cacao can be higher. Deputy Head of Bali Representative Office of Bank Indonesia, Azka Subhan A, said that Bali chocolate has the best quality and organic nature. Its bean contains a little chemical substance. As evidence, all this time, cacao bean production of Jembrana can penetrate the export market of three countries. Seeing the potential and quality owned by Bali chocolate, BI hoped that Bali has a chocolate tourism village. (kmb42)

Evacuees return home, logistics still pile up

The remaining evacuees are only 79 people.

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SEMARAPURA — Almost all the evacuees of Mount Agung in Klungkung district have returned to their hometown. Amidst this condition, a number of logistics still pile up in Swecapura Stadium Post, Gelgel village. Subsequent utilization cannot be ascertained as remaining to wait for the regent’s decision. Head of the Klungkung Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), Putu Widiada, explained on Tuesday (Feb. 13) the remaining evacuees are only 79 people, namely at Semarapura Kaja village. As planned, their homecoming will be carried out on Thursday (Feb.

15). In line with the situation, the tent at Swecapura Stadium will also be dismantled. “Nearly all the evacuees have gone home. It is just waiting for the homecoming this Thursday,” he explained. He mentioned the remaining rice reaches about 21 tons. In addition, there are also 602 boxes of mineral water, 1,724 boxes of instant noodles and 4,150 liters of cooking oil. “We do not know where these logistics must be taken to. We are waiting for a letter from the regent. By and large, they are donated to social institutions, such as orphanages,” he said. During the evacuation for almost

five months, the total expenditures for public kitchen logistics reached about IDR 913,945,072. It is obtained from donors. During that period, the district government has not disbursed any unexpected assistance having been prepared as much as IDR 1.5 billion. In the meantime, the health insurance claim in Klungkung Hospital reached IDR 1,533,093,000. In details it consists of outpatient treatment worth IDR 452,424,800 and outpatient treatment worth IDR 1,080,668,200. A total of 40 evacuees died and they are mostly elderly people that have suffered illness before evacuating. (kmb45)

The refugees - many from Afghanistan and Pakistan, along with Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar - were removed from a holding camp in the remote Papua New Guinea island of Manus in November when Australia decided to close it. Australia’s government - whose policy of holding asylumseekers in offshore camps has bipartisan political support - has said the centre that the group was moved to on the island was adequate and that the Papua New Guinea government was responsible for running it. But Rico Salcedo, UNHCR regional protection officer, told journalists on Tuesday that Canberra had a duty under international law to take responsibility for the 800 who had been seeking sanctuary in Australia. “What stood out the most from this mission ... was a pervasive and worsening sense of despair among refugees and asylum seekers,” he said by video link from Canberra after returning from a trip to Manus Island. “Australia remains ultimately responsible as the state from whom refugees and asylum seekers have sought international protection for their welfare and long-term settlement outside of Papua New Guinea,” he added. There was no immediate response from Canberra to the UNHCR comments on Tuesday. Salcedo said that while services were still predominantly implemented by Australian-contracted providers, the Canberra government was no longer coordinating the operation there, leaving refugees and asylum seekers confused as to how they can obtain services. At least 500 of the 800 remaining on Papua New Guinea (PNG)await solutions or resettlement in third countries, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says. The UNHCR calls came as a group of 18 men departed PNG for U.S. resettlement. The men were part of a larger group that were approved for U.S. residency late last month. Under the Obama administration, the United States agreed to take up to 1,250 refugees, but transfers have been slow under Trump. (rtr)

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Asylum seekers occupying the closed Australian-run immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island climb on top of buildings at the centre to avoid police.

U.S. pushes motion to put Pakistan on global terrorist-financing watchlist

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People carry the coffin of human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, who died on Sunday, during her funeral in Lahore, Pakistan February 13, 2018.

ISLAMABAD, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The United States has put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watchlist with an anti-money-laundering monitoring group, according to a senior Pakistani official. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avert being added to a list of countries deemed noncompliant with terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure that officials fear could hurt its economy. The United States has been threatening to get tough with Islamabad over its alleged ties with Islamist militants, and last month President Donald Trump’s administration suspended aid worth about $2 billion.

Islamabad, which denies assisting militants in Afghanistan and India, has reacted angrily to U.S. threats of further punitive measures. A meeting of FATF member states is due to take place next week in Paris, where the organisation could adopt the motion on Pakistan. The FATF, an intergovernmental body based in Paris, sets global standards for fighting illicit finance. Pakistan’s de facto finance minister, Miftah Ismail, told Reuters that the United States and Britain put forward the motion several weeks ago, and later persuaded France and Germany to co-sponsor it. “We are now working with the U.S., UK, Germany and France for

the nomination to be withdrawn,” Ismail said, speaking by telephone from Europe. “We are also quite hopeful that even if the U.S. did not withdraw the nomination that we will prevail and not be put on the watchlist.” Pakistan had been on the FATF watchlist from 2012 to 2015. A senior U.S. official who follows U.S. policy in the region said Pakistan has “always been selective” in cracking down on militants who use its territory as a base. “It is time for that to stop, and so we are working with our allies, who also are affected, to see effective action against groups such as the Haqqanis and elements of the Taliban,” said the official, referring to militants operating along the border with Afghanistan. (rtr)


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Vigilant adherence to celiac diet linked with lower quality of life

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Current guidelines for managing celiac disease call for “lifelong adherence to a strict, gluten-free diet,” study leader Randi Wolf of Columbia University in New York City told Reuters Health in an email. But the ‘extreme vigilance’ required to follow a strict gluten-free diet may also have negative consequences, both physically and emotionally, Wolf said. “We absolutely must continue to advocate for a strict gluten-free diet with the caveat that, for some, such hypervigilance comes at a cost that needs to be supported and addressed,” Wolf said. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects roughly one of every 100 people in the U.S. People with celiac disease must avoid foods and medications that contain the gluten protein from wheat, barley or rye. Ingesting these proteins causes their immune system to attack their intestines, resulting in malnutrition and a host of other problems. As reported in Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Wolf’s team studied 80 teens and adults with celiac disease, most of whom had been diagnosed at least five years earlier. The participants spoke with the researchers in person and on the phone for a total of three times over the course of a month. Participants answered questions about dietary adherence, vigilance, energy levels, knowledge about glutencontaining foods, and quality of life issues related to celiac disease. Based on their answers, they were classified as being ‘extremely vigilant’ or ‘less vigilant.’ Twelve of the 50 adults and seven of the 30 teenagers in the study were considered extremely vigilant. “The ‘extremely vigilant’ adults” - that is, those who only used celiac-friendly restaurants, asked thorough questions when eating out, examined all food, medication, supplement labels, avoided all potential sources of cross-contamination in the home, etc. – “had significantly lower quality of life scores compared to their less vigilant counterparts,” Wolf said.

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People with celiac disease who are extremely vigilant about not ingesting gluten may perceive that their quality of life is reduced, according to a new study.

NEW YORK - People with celiac disease who are extremely vigilant about not ingesting gluten may perceive that their quality of life is reduced, according to a new study.

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For those “extremely vigilant” patients, “having supportive family and friends, cooking at home (as opposed to eating out) and using internet sites and apps to facilitate gluten avoidance were particularly prevalent strategies to maintain a strict gluten-free diet,” she said. The study can’t prove that being hypervigilant was the cause of participants’ worse quality of life. Wolf recommends ongoing involvement of a registered dietitian, beyond the initial diagnosis. “Conversations to promote both dietary adherence and support quality of life issues will take time and cannot be done in a single visit,” she said. “We also need to explore interventions that could be combined with visits to a dietitian that may help reduce some of the . . . anxiety and stress.” “We plan to pilot test various interventions, such as gluten sensor devices, cooking classes, and online discussion tools, to learn about their potential utility of promoting a strict gluten-free diet, but also maximizing the quality of life,” said Wolf. Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, a gastroenterologist with Columbia University who was also part of the study team, said physicians need to promote a strict gluten-free diet for the control of symptoms and improved long-term health outcomes. “But we must acknowledge that tightening the screws on gluten avoidance may come at a cost in terms of quality of life. It is easy for us to tell patients to take additional precautionary measures, but such measures may take a toll on the patient,” he said. Shayna Coburn, a psychologist with the Children’s National Health System Celiac Program, said the study is thought-provoking and highlights the struggle to balance safety and quality life for teens and adults with celiac disease. These findings remind us to not just encourage people to follow a strict gluten-free diet, but also to pay attention to their emotional and social needs, said Coburn, who was not involved in the study. “To achieve this, we need medical care that includes not only doctors, but dietitians and mental health professionals to support people in this challenging, lifelong diet,” she said. (rtr)

WASHINGTON - Women are more likely to develop breast cancer when a mother or sister had this disease, and the risk associated with family history doesn’t appear to diminish with age, a U.S. study suggests. Family history has long been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger women, who are generally advised to start getting screening mammograms when they’re ten years younger than the age their relative was at diagnosis. But family history has been thought to be less of a factor for the elderly, and women often stop routine screenings by their 70s. “Older women with family history have an approximately twofold higher risk of breast cancer compared to women with no family history,” said lead study author Dejana Braithwaite of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “As we go from age-based to risk-based screening recommendations, our findings show that older women with family history may benefit from continued mammography screening, even after age 74,” Braithwaite said by email. While current U.S. guidelines advise women to get a screening mammogram every other year from age 50 to 74, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force hasn’t found

sufficient evidence yet to weigh in on whether women should continue screening after that. The goal of mammograms is to detect tumors before they can be felt in a physical breast exam, catching cancer sooner when it’s easier to treat. Ideally, this should mean fewer women are diagnosed when tumors are bigger, rapidly growing, and harder to attack. But widespread screening can also catch small, slow-growing tumors that are unlikely to be fatal. Particularly when women are older or have a limited life expectancy, detection of these less dangerous tumors might result in needless tests and treatment. But for older women with a family history of breast cancer, the benefits of screening may still outweigh the risks. Researchers examined data on 403,268 women age 65 or older, including 10,929 who developed breast cancer during an average follow-up period of 6.3 years. When women ages 65 to 74 had a family history, they were 48 percent more likely to develop breast cancer, the study found. For women 75 or older with a family history, the increased risk was 44 percent. Overall, the elevated risk associated with family history didn’t appear to vary based on the relative’s age when diagnosed with breast cancer. (rtr)

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Women are more likely to develop breast cancer when a mother or sister had this disease, and the risk associated with family history doesn’t appear to diminish with age, a U.S. study suggests.

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Water of Lake Batur overflows

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The eastern apron is in the process of Detailed Engineering Design (DED) and land clearing.

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Eastern apron expanded, western apron still awaits permit

MANGUPURA — In order to support the implementation of the IMF Annual Meeting to be held in Bali, various preparations have been made. Aside from road infrastructure, there are also preparations carried out at Ngurah Rai Airport such as the expansion of the apron or the aircraft parking lot. Currently, the eastern apron is in the process of Detailed Engineering Design (DED) and land clearing. “The progress remains 0.49 percent for the eastern apron. Now, the DED and land clearing process are under progrees,” said Communication and Legal Section Head of Ngurah Rai Airport, Arie Ahsanurrohim, on Monday (Feb. 12). Meanwhile, Arie added that the western apron is currently being prepared for the installation of zinc on the guardrail. No construction activities are held in the western side because it is currently waiting for environmental permits. Nevertheless, the construction of all the projects in preparation to support the IMF annual meeting is targeted to have completed in August 2018. “Overall work is expected to be completed by August, while certification and operational test is carried out in September. Thus, it can be used starting in October,” he concluded. In the meantime, the construction of VVIP buildings on the eastern side has completed auction process. Moreover, it is now in the preparation of contracts with the auction winner. Later, the eastern apron is indeed located adjacent to the VVIP building. Related to the IMF activities, this apron is expected to accommodate four narrow-bodied 737-900 ER air-

crafts. Then, the western apron, for the next IMF activities is expected to accommodate six narrow-bodied 737-900 ER aircrafts. Previously, Chairman of Central Executive Board of the Association of Indonesia Tour and Travel Agency (ASITA), Asnawi Bahar, said that in a series of the IMFWorld Bank meeting, his association has prepared 60 tour packages. Of these packages, they only offer seven destinations namely NTB, NTT, Toraja in South Sulawesi, Jogjakarta, Bali, and Lake Toba. “Only seven destinations are on offer in the IMF-World Bank activities,” he said. Selection of the seven destinations is made by considering the distance. However, if they indeed want to visit other destinations, it will remain to be served. To Bali alone, there will be totally ten travel agencies that will handle and their packages are adopted to be offered. He said that thousands of delegates that will arrive at the worldclass meeting are VVIP guests from 198 countries. Moreover, they have already issued tickets. From the target of 20,000 delegates that will participate, he hoped there will be more than this number. He estimated, specifically for the IMF later on, they will spend between USD 2,000 – USD 5,000 per person. So, if a delegate averagely spends USD 3,000 USD and multiplied by 20,000 delegates, they will totally spend as much as USD 60 million. “Of the 20,000 delegates in attendance, approximately a total of USD 60 million revenues will be obtained just in one week,” he explained. (kmb23)

Dozens of people’s houses at Trunyan submerged

BANGLI — Extreme weather that hit Bangli region some time ago caused the water of Lake Batur to overflow again. Dozens of houses of Terunyan villagers were also submerged.

As expressed by a resident of Terunyan, I Ketut Jaksa, the lake water has overflowed again since heavy rain continuously flushing the Bangli region. It has occurred since a month ago. It does not only cause people’s house to be submerged, but also makes road access unable to be passed through by pedestrians or vehicles. According to him, the high-rise water reached people’s residence at the height of adult’s waist. People wishing to go outdoors are forced to use boat. “Since

the water enters their home, some residents should temporarily leave theirs and flee to safer relatives’ homes. Then, people that do not have other house or relatives outside the village are forced to stay at home,” he said. Another resident, I Nengah Guantara, said that his house also re-submerged due to rising lake water. Last year, similar overflowing water also soaked his house for months. “Now, my house re-submerged because mine is the closest to lakeside area,” said this sport teacher at an elementary school at Terunyan. He could not predict when the lake water will recede. Based on his previous experience, it takes quite long time for lake water to recede. “The water will usually just subside when entering summer. If it still rains the water remains high,” he affirmed. (kmb41)

The high-rise water reached people’s residence at the height of adult’s waist.

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MANGUPURA - The implementation of Hotel Security Management System (SMPH) in Badung has not been maximal yet. Until 2018, the number of tourism businesses having owned the security certificate only reached 80 of totally 1,320 businesses listed in the local Tourism Office.

Hotel security officers are guarding the entrance.

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Head of the Badung Tourism Office, I Made Badra, justified the lack of tourism businesses having possessed the SMPH. Actually, this effort is meant to provide a sense of security for in-house guests. “Of the 1,320 businesses in Badung, 150 have been verified and 80 others have been certified. We have continued to disseminate about this program. Moreover, 700 businesses have been provided with dissemination,” said Made Badra, on Tuesday (Feb. 13). According to him, the provisions of SMPH have been mandated in the regulation of the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Number 106 / PW.006 / MPEK / 2014 on Hotel Security Management System. This policy becomes a reference assessment in the standardization of business or classification of star- and no-star-rated hotels. “The SMPH is handled by the Bali Police team, while we just provide coaching and dissemination. However, for the common good, we hope that all the tourism businesses have this certificate for the security and comfort of tourists,” he explained. This bureaucrat originating from Kuta also asked the team of SMPH Badung to continuously provide dissemination by teaming up with the Business Certification Agency (LSU) of Bali region. “Hotel security verification is an important part in facing the free market next year. Moreover, a number of areas such as Nusa Dua which is often visited by state guests should do the verification,” he said. Division Head of Tourism Resources, Nyoman Suardana, previously admitted to have conducted dissemination. This activity is carried out in order to provide protection for business activities of tourism facilities that needs to assure the security in their business premises. In addition, it is also meant to encourage the role of entrepreneurs of tourism facilities in creating a sense of security and comfort for tourists in the business of tourism facilities. “The dissemination of SMPH is carried out in an effort to follow up the Regulation of Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the RI No.106/2011 on Hotel Security Management System, where every tourism business is required to apply the hotel security management system,” he said. In addition to providing dissemination, the participants are also taken to have field survey in order to check the completeness of the tourism business associated with security standards complying with the established security standards. “In the dissemination of this time, we include totally192 tourism businesses. Next time, we are going to organize a site inspection,” he explained. After the dissemination, tourism businesses are expected to proceed to the level of verification conducted by the Bali Police. The verification is important for hotels that will be upgraded from non-star to star-rated hotels. “We oblige them to classify the hotel after having got verification from Bali Police,” he concluded. (kmb27)

Bridge swept away, tens of residents at Subaya isolated again BANGLI - Dozens of families in Subak Yeh Tangga, Subaya village, Kintamani, gets isolated again after the bamboo bridge that all this time serves as the only transportation access in the local area was washed away by the river flows. To get to the market and the nearest school in Tejakula, Buleleng, the people in Subak Yeh Tangga are now forced to walk across the river.

A resident of Subaya, Wayan Windia, said on Tuesday (Feb. 13) the bamboo bridge extending over the Yeh Tangga River drifted last Sunday afternoon. Before the bridge was washed away, Subaya village was showered with torrential rain for several days. Heavy rains lasting on Sunday caused the flow of water in the Yeh Tangga River to overflow so the bamboo bridge extending

above it was washed away. Windia said the drifted bridge was last made around February 2017 by the Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel. It is also meant to facilitate the delivery of logistics to Subak Yeh Tangga during landslide and flood natural disaster. “The bridge was made by the TNI as the previous bridge was washed away during the disaster” he said.

Windia added the drifted bridge greatly hampers the economy of residents. Residents of Yeh Tangga are now isolated. Besides, dozens of local residents wishing to sell their agricultural products to the market and go to school are forced to cross the river. The depth of the river that must be crossed by residents and school students is around knee-high of adults. “When the bridge drifted,

the water level almost reached 1.5 meters,” he said. He said the drifted bridge was the only access of people’s transportation at Yeh Tangga to the outside region. The area of Subak Yeh Tangga is inhibited by approximately 22 families. To get to the center of Subaya village, residents of Yeh Tangga must travel very far on foot by climbing up the hills. (kmb40)

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LOS ANGELES - A lawsuit accusing singer Taylor Swift of stealing lyrics for her song “Shake It Off” was thrown out on Tuesday by a judge, who ruled the phrases in question were not sufficiently original to merit copyright protection. Swift’s 2014 song reached No. 1 on the pop charts and marked her evolution from country to pop music. Two songwriters said in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles last year that Swift’s song was based on the phrase “players, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate,” that they coined for a 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” by R&B girl group 3LW. Swift’s lyrics from the chorus of “Shake It Off” are, “the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” Attorneys for Swift asked U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald in January to dismiss the case. “In order for such short phrases to be protected under the Copyright Act, they must be more creative than the lyrics at issue here,” Fitzgerald ruled, according to court papers. The songwriters who sued Swift - Sean Hall

and Nathan Butler - did not allege Swift’s song stole musical elements, the judge said, and phrases about players and haters existed in pop culture before 2001. “In short, combining two truisms about playas and haters, both well-worn notions as of 2001, is simply not enough,” the judge said in his ruling. The judge left the door open for Hall and Butler to file a revised lawsuit. But Gerard Fox, the attorney for the two songwriters, said he had no intention to file an amended complaint and would instead appeal Fitzgerald’s ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Fitzgerald made a mistake by assessing the originality of the lyrics for himself, instead of relying on experts, Fox said. “He cannot make himself an expert in the music industry, I‘m sorry it’s actually embarrassing,” Fox said. (rtr)

Britney Spears to be honored for support of gay community

LOS ANGELES - Pop star Britney Spears will be honored for her support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at an awards ceremony this year, advocacy group GLAAD said on Tuesday. The GLAAD Vanguard Award is given to media personalities who have promoted equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people, GLAAD said. Previous winners include Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Taylor and Whoopi Goldberg.

Spears is a longtime supporter of the gay and transgender community, GLAAD said in a statement. She has spoken out against bullying of LGBTQ youth, publicly opposed bills in Texas that would have restricted transgender rights and participated in a musical tribute that honored the victims of the 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. She has also supported gay marriage, and last year wrote an open “love letter” to the LGBTQ community that read: “Your stories are

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Filipino workers who were repatriated from Kuwait fill out labour-related papers upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque, Metro Manila in the Philippines February 12, 2018.

Philippines to ask airlines to bring Filipinos home after Kuwait deaths

what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to be better people.” Spears will receive the Vanguard Award at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 12 in Beverly Hills, California. (rtr)

MANILA - The Philippines will ask its private airlines to evacuate its nationals from Kuwait within 72 hours after the discovery of a Filipino migrant worker dead in a freezer, the latest in what Manila calls a pattern of abuse in the Gulf state. An emotional President Rodrigo Duterte live on television showed graphic photos of the body of a Filipina found in the freezer of an abandoned apartment in Kuwait and made a plea to Gulf states to treat his countrymen with dignity.

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“I implore you, I am making a plea to all Arabs, the Filipino is no slave to anyone, anywhere and everywhere,’ Duterte said. “Do not give us back a battered worker or a mutilated corpse.” The toughtalking leader said his suspension on sending workers to Kuwait, announced in January after a series of deaths of Filipino workers, would remain indefinitely. He warned of “drastic measures” to prevent further loss of lives. He did not say what that would be.

“What are you doing to my countrymen? And if I were to do it to your citizens here, would you be happy?,” he asked. The Kuwait government could not immediately be reached for comment. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah was last month quoted by Kuwait’s state news agency KUNA as saying that legal proceedings had been taken in the cases of four domestic workers mentioned by the president. More than 250,000 Filipinos work in

Kuwait, the Philippine foreign ministry estimates, most of them as domestic helpers. There are also large numbers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. “Those who want to be repatriated, with or without money I will ask PAL (Philippine Airlines) and Cebu Pacific to provide the transportation,” Duterte said. “I want them out of the country, those who want to go out, in 72 hours. We will count our lives by

the hours because apparently every hour there is suffering and agony,” Duterte said. He has repeatedly expressed anger about alleged abuse in Kuwait, where he said low-paid Filipinos were made to endure rape and starvation. More than 2.3 million Filipinos are documented as working abroad. Collectively they remit more than $2 billion of their income back to the Philippines every month, money that fuels consumer spending in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Condemned A top Kuwaiti official condemned on Tuesday a call by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

to evacuate his country’s workers from Kuwait, suggesting Duterte could damage ties between the two countries. Duterte said last week that his government would ask private airlines to evacuate Filipino nationals from Kuwait within 72 hours, after the discovery of the dead body of a Filipino migrant worker in a freezer. Continued to page 6

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