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NEW YORK — She’s once, twice, three times a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover lady. Kate Upton is once again gracing the cover of the annual issue, becoming only the fourth woman to do so three times. This year, she’s making the splash with three different covers. Other women who did the cover three times include Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Christie Brinkley, who also is featured in this year’s edition with her two daughters. Elle Macpherson holds the record with five cover appearances. Other notables in this year’s edition include former cover girl Chrissy Teigen, an expectant mother and athletes including tennis champ Serena Williams and Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles. (ap)

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Men inspect a list of voters put up along with a poster of candidates at a polling station in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Voting was underway in the election for governor of the Indonesian capital after a divisive months-long campaign in which the monumental problems facing Jakarta took a backseat to religious intolerance and racial bigotry.

Unofficial tally points to second vote for Indonesia capital

JAKARTA — Unofficial counts indicate the acrimonious election for the Indonesian capital’s governor will head to a second round in April with the incumbent, a minority Christian, failing to secure the 50 percent needed for an outright win. Most of the quick counts carried out by research companies show incumbent Gov. “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, whose campaign was hurt by blasphemy charges, winning 40-43 percent of the vote. Anies Rasyid Baswedan, a former education minister who courted conservative and hard-line Muslims, trails by a couple of points.

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Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the photogenic son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was in a distant third place that eliminates him from the contest. Religion and Ahok’s Chinese ethnicity, rather than the slew of problems that face a car-clogged and sinking Jakarta, dominated the campaign and transformed the election into a high-stakes tussle between conservatives, who want Islam to be ascendant in politics and society, and moderates. Ahok’s chances appeared dashed after accusations he blasphemed the Quran led to criminal charges and trial but he rebounded in opinion polls following a series of televised debates. If convicted of blasphemy, he faces up to five years in prison. “We know that you all wanted to see us win in one round, but we should be grateful for the outcome of this struggle,” he told supporters. “When many considered that nobody wants to vote for me, it turns out we are most preferred.” The blasphemy trial and the ease with which hard-liners attracted several hundred

thousand to protest against Ahok in Jakarta in November and December have undermined Indonesia’s reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam and shaken the centrist government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Calls for Ahok to be killed and antiChinese sentiment were disturbing elements of the protests, one of which turned violent, with dozens injured and one person dying from the effects of tear gas. Some analysts say it will be difficult for him to win the second vote if the Anti-Ahok camp unites behind the remaining Muslim candidate and expect religious and racial divisions to be heightened ahead of the April election. Continued to page 6

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Not all people enjoy Bali’s development pie

DENPASAR - Bali’s development pie has not been enjoyed by the whole communities. This happens because the communities of the Island of the Gods are not willing to take advantage of the existing opportunities. This criticism was raised in the public consultation forum for regional government work plan preliminary draft (RKPD) 2018 at Wiswasabha, the Bali gubernatorial office on Tuesday (Feb. 14). An academician from Hindu University of Indonesia (Unhi) Denpasar, Prof. Dewi, observed that currently informal sectors

are dominated by residents from outside Bali. Conversely, local communities even prefer to idle. “Therefore, I hope the govern-

ment can continuously provide skills training for younger generation so that the Bali’s development pie can also be equally enjoyed by our society,” she affirmed. On the other hand, Chief of the Balinese language, literature and script agency of Bali province, I Gde Nala Antara, questioned that so far there is no demographic data describing the percentage of Balinese people who are still speaking

their mother tongue. Balinese language, script and literature are actually the forms of strengthening cultural roots through the arts. Currently, Balinese language has also been studied online by people from 86 countries. ”In order not to lose its cultural roots, it is vital for us to preserve Balinese language and literature. We also appreciate to the establishment of Balinese language

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Penelokan, One of the main tourist destination in Bangli

extension officers assigned to villages,” he said. Meanwhile, Director of Denpasar Health Polytechnic, Anak Agung Ngurah Jaya Kusuma, said that his institution is ready to work together with the provincial government of Bali, especially as government partner to undertake public services in the field of health. “We want to work together with the Bali provincial government in supporting a variety of excellent programs that have been established,” he added. Head of the Bali development planning board (Bappeda), research and development agency, I Putu Astawa, said that preliminary draft public consultation forum (RKPD) 2018 is meant to solicit inputs from the community. It complies with the mandate of the Regulation of Minister of Home Affairs No.54/2010 requiring public participation in the preparation of transparent RKPD. “We will use the inputs to improve the RKPD,” he said. Astawa added that RKPD is a derivative of regional long-term development plan (RPJMD). Having completed the RKPD, the entire regional agency in the Bali provincial government should prepare a work plan, including the lists of the budget required. “In the RKPD has been evidently carried the programs. Each agency will just need to describe the program into action. Bappeda will verify it later on,” he concluded. (kmb32)

Determination day of PASS and SURYA

SINGARAJA - After going through a long process, the candidates of regent and deputy regent Putu Agus Suradnyana-Nyoman Sutjidra (PAS-Sutjidra) and Dewa Nyoman Sukrawan-Gede Dharma Wijaya (SURYA) compete for the sympathy of 583,381 voters in Buleleng. Both candidates of the regent and deputy regent have background as experienced politician. Agus Suradnyana is incumbent candidate with his running mate Nyoman Sutjidra, an obstetrician. Meanwhile, Sukrawan is a former chairman of the Buleleng House of Representatives and was ever nominated as the candidate of

deputy governor of Bali. He also occupied the position as treasurer of PDI-P Bali but he was then fired for opposing the party’s policy. Then, Dharma Wijaya is a Democratic Party politician who also served as deputy chairman of the Buleleng House of Representatives. In the passage of their candidacy, PAS-Sutjidra hardly experiences any issues. Their candidacy is supported by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the National Democratic Party (Nasdem) and the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura). In addition, they are supported by Gerindra, PPP and PAN. In the meantime, SURYA candidacy originates from

independent element. But lately, they are backed up by Golkar Party and the Democratic Party. Since their candidacy, this pair reaped many obstacles so that they were not stipulated as regent and deputy regent candidate. This happened because the minimal requirements of support as independent candidate did not qualify. Due to hard struggle, SURYA finally won a lawsuit in the State Administrative High Court (PT TUN) Surabaya. The verdict then delivered SURYA to be designated as the regent and deputy regent candidate. Not surprisingly, this situation has changed political constellation in Buleleng that was formerly followed by sin-

gle candidate, but it then changed into two pairs of candidate. Both candidate pairs then go on to win sympathy of voters amounting to 583,381 that will determine their choice. Both pairs equally target to attain victory in the regional election held at 1,086 polling stations throughout Buleleng. During the campaign period, both PASS and SURYA equally delivered their vision, mission and programs that essentially promote the development in North Bali. In general, PASS delivers its vision, mission, and the programs to continue infrastructural development and will focus on agricultural sector in broader sense. This is

done because the agricultural sector is still experiencing a number of complicated problems. To that end, in 2017 PASS will build the agriculture from the upstream to downstream. Additionally, postharvest handling will be equipped with cold storage so that excessive agricultural production can survive and get a fair price. In the meantime, SURYA in general offers tridatu program that includes education, health and employment. Other than these three leading sectors, SURYA will also build other sectors in the effort to address poverty, social problems and agriculture and fisheries. (mud)

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China, India account for half world’s pollution deaths in 2015 - study

SHANGHAI - China and India accounted for more than half of the total number of global deaths attributable to air pollution in 2015, researchers said in a study published on Tuesday.

The U.S.-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) found that air pollution caused more than 4.2 million early deaths worldwide in 2015, making it the fifth highest cause of death, with about 2.2 million deaths in China and India. The institute’s study, the first of its kind, was based on the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project, a database backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that tracks the role that behavioural, dietary and environmental factors play in deaths across 195 countries. New evidence and methodologies mean that the estimate is significantly higher than the figure published by the World Health Organization last year, which put the number of global air pollution-related deaths in 2012 at 3 million, HEI said. The institute, which has also launched an online database showing the global impact of pollution on health (https://www.stateofglobalair.org), said 92 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with unhealthy air. Air pollution has been linked to higher rates of cancer, stroke and heart disease, as well as chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma. China and India, the world’s two most populous

countries, each accounted for 1.1 million deaths, the findings showed, but China is pushing ahead when it comes to taking action, HEI president Dan Greenbaum told Reuters. “(India) has got a longer way to go, and they still appear to have some ministers who say there is not a strong connection between air pollution and mortality in spite of quite a lot of evidence,” he said. A spokesman for India’s environment ministry could not be reached for comment, but minister Anil Madhav Dave said last week that “there is no conclusive data available” on the link between pollution and mortality, media reported. China’s environment ministry did not respond to a request to comment on whether the estimate of 1.1 million deaths was accurate. Though China has launched a campaign to improve air quality, authorities have been reluctant to draw direct links between air pollution and mortality, with the health ministry saying it had “no data” linking smog to higher incidences of cancer. “It is currently too early to draw conclusions about the extent of the impact of smog on health, especially its long-term impact on the body,” a ministry spokesman told media during a press briefing in January. In a long-term national healthcare plan published last October, the government acknowledged the link between health and pollution, and pledged to assess the precise impacts as well as boost environmental monitoring capabilities. (rtr)

People ride amid the smog in Beijing, China, February 14, 2017.

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A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist’s illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute to Reuters on May 15, 2012.

U.S. experts soften on DNA editing of human eggs, sperm, embryos

CHICAGO - Powerful gene editing tools may one day be used on human embryos, eggs and sperm to remove genes that cause inherited diseases, according to a report by U.S. scientists and ethicists released on Tuesday. The report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine said scientific advances make gene editing in human reproductive cells “a realistic possibility that deserves serious consideration.” The statement signals a softening in approach over the use of the technology known as CRISPRCas9 that has opened up new frontiers in genetic medicine because of its ability to modify genes quickly and efficiently. In December 2015, scientists and ethicists at an international meeting held at the NAS in Washington said it would be “irresponsible” to use gene editing technology in human embryos for therapeutic purposes, such as to correct genetic diseases, until safety and efficacy issues are resolved. Though the technology is still not ready, the latest NAS report says clinical trials for genome editing of the human germline could be permitted, “but only for serious conditions under stringent oversight.” Such editing is not legal in the

United States, and other countries have signed a convention prohibiting the practice on concerns it could be used to create so-called designer babies. CRISPR-Cas9 works as a type of molecular scissors that can selectively trim away unwanted parts of the genome, and replace it with new stretches of DNA. Genome editing is already being planned for use in clinical trials of people to correct diseases caused by a single gene mutation, such as sickle cell disease. But these therapies affect only the patient. The concern is over use of the technology in human reproductive cells or early embryos because the changes would be passed along to offspring. Research using the powerful technique is plowing ahead even as researchers from the University of California and the Broad Institute battle for control over the CRISPR patent. Although gene editing of human reproductive cells to correct inherited diseases “must be approached with caution, caution does not mean prohibition,” the committee said in a statement. Sarah Norcross of the Progress Educational Trust, which advocates for people affected by genetic conditions, called the recommendations “sensible and prudent.” (rtr)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

In Denpasar, from January to February of this year, the disasters are dominated by fallen trees.

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Early year disasters dominated by fallen trees

DENPASAR - Denpasar city located on lowland does not escape from disaster. However, the type of disaster happening in Denpasar is different from the other areas of Bali located on highlands. From January to February of this year, the disasters are dominated by fallen trees. This was disclosed by acting chief of Denpasar regional disaster mitigation agency (BPBD), I Made Prapta, at his office on Monday (Feb. 13). According to Prapta, extreme weather in the past few days has caused quite a lot of fallen tree incidents in Denpasar. Data of

the BPBD Denpasar indicated there have been at least 22 cases of fallen trees since January. However, they mostly happened at the beginning of February that injured three people, namely on the road to Serangan Island and Jalan Hassanuddin. Prapta added the potential for

fallen tree disaster in Denpasar occurs during rainy season. In addition to fallen trees, floods also threat the residents of Denpasar. However, earlier this year, floods have not been considered significant. Floods only occur in the form of inundation and when the rain stops the water will immediately subside. The greatest potential in Denpasar, said Prapta, is fire. In January 2017, there have been four times of fire incident with losses are estimated to reach IDR 515

million. “The handling of fire in Denpasar can last fairly quickly because the officers can reach disaster point from each nearest post only within 13 minutes,” he said. In the meantime, in 2016 there were a total of 101 times of fire cases occurred in Denpasar with the losses estimated to reach IDR 22.1 billion. No fatalities were reported in the fire incidents. Then, fire incident in 2015 happened for148 times. The losses are estimated to reach IDR 5.5 billion. Fortunately,

those incidents did not cause any casualties. Pursuant to the data, the fire was caused by electrical short circuit in 37 cases, absence of extinguishing incense stick (2 cases), stoves (12 cases) and others (75 cases). Meanwhile, it terms of the object on fire, they consist of residential buildings, public buildings, vehicles and others. Quantitatively, they include 65 cases of residential building, vehicles (11 cases), public buildings (1 case), and others (11 cases). (kmb12)

People asked to have disaster preparedness till end of February DENPASAR - High intensity of rain is estimated to last until the end of February. On that account, people asked to remain vigilant against possible disasters. At the same time, it is meant to anticipate casualties occurred due to bad weather. “Staying vigilant is meant to prevent victims caused by heavy rains because in the next few days heavy rain is still likely to occur,” said the Head of the regional disaster mitigation agency (BPBD) of Bali, Dewa Made Indra, in Denpasar, on Monday (Feb. 13). So far, added Dewa Indra, the loss caused by avalanche and flash floods in Bali has not been counted

yet. BPBD remains to focus on the handling of victims, whether the fatalities, injured victims or refugees. “For damages, many parties will count. Public Works, for example, will calculate the losses of roads and bridges. Later on, we will combine all of them. Now, we still focus on dealing with victims. There are the BPBD, national SAR agency, military and police,” he explained. Dewa Indra added that evacuation process of the victims buried by avalanche indeed has completed. Nowadays, his agency puts more emphases on serving. It includes the distribution of aids from the government. People wishing

to give donation or assistance can directly deliver theirs to the posts established by the BPBD. “As in Kintamani, for instance, there has been a post. So, any humanitarian donation can be delivered directly to the post at location,” he said. When interviewed separately, Coordinator of Indonesia Red Cross (PMI) Bangli, Kadek Ardif, said that so far foodstuff such as rice and noodles has been met, especially for disaster victims in Bangli. However, for two or three days ahead, refugees need side dishes and vegetables. “Avoid donating noodles. It is great pity for them to only consume noodles every day. So far, rice is

sufficient,” he said. Kadek Ardif added that refugees still require other needs such as herbs along with appliances such as stoves and others. Currently, cooking activities are only carried out by the team in the disaster post. When there are aids of cooking tools, people can cook according to their individual taste. “Now, they just keep silent. If provided with public kitchen for cooking, they will have activities so as not to only be dreamy. This will restore their psychological condition and forget the disaster they have just experienced,” he explained. In the meantime, the Head of the BPBD Bali emergency response,

I Komang Kusumaedi, said that Galungan village in Buleleng currently needs to repair roads. A total of 200 families are isolated due to recent flash floods. “Currently, emergency road construction is being worked on,” he explained. On the other hand, the Head of the Bali Public Works and Housing (PUPR), I Nyoman Astawa Riadi, admitted to have not completed the data collection on the nominal losses of damaged roads and bridges caused by the avalanche and flash floods in almost all districts. Likewise, the number of damaged roads and bridges are still being checked by quick response team of highways agency. (kmb32)


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Bedugul botanical garden operates, Some points still closed for tourist visit

TABANAN - After delayed from the original plan, Eka Karya Bedugul botanical garden ultimately ensured to operate on Wednesday (Feb. 15). This was presented by Section Head of Services and Information of the Eka Karya botanical garden, Wawan Sujarwo, PhD. According to him, the management has cleared the main road from the materials of floods hitting it some time ago. Although it has been operated, Wawan admitted there are still some points that are not allowed to be passed through by visitors. To that end, the management marks the area with safety line to prohibit visitors from passing. “We, the management, have just cleaned up the sludge materials at the botanical garden. So far, the infrastructural damage has not been repaired. Hence, the points of damaged infrastructure considered still dangerous when crossed have been marked with safety line,” explained Wawan. Safety lines are installed at six points of botanical garden, such

as at three-way intersection leading to Batu Meringgit Temple, three-way intersection of Teratai Bang Temple, the path to orchid garden, VIP guest house towards the bamboo bridge, three-way intersection of bamboo (ethno) and the reservoir. To repair the damaged infrastructure, the management has just submitted an assistance proposal to the ministry of public works and housing. “So far, the Indonesia Institute of Science (LIPI) has no budget for the repairs. We have sent a letter to ask for assistance to the ministry of public works and housing,” said Wawan. (kmb24)

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S.Korea suspects female assassins killed half-brother of N.Korea leader

SEOUL - South Korea’s spy agency suspects two female North Korean agents assassinated the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia, lawmakers in Seoul said on Wednesday, as Malaysian medical authorities sought a cause of death.

The officials are cleaning the Bedugul Botanical Garden

Marine police search for Klungkung police help visa Russian traveler from Bias extension of rape victim Putih to Seraya Beach AMLAPURA - The search process of Russian traveler named Sergey is continued by the officers. One of them is carried out by Karangasem marine police from Bias Putih Beach to Seraya Beach, Karangasem, to find out the victim on Tuesday (Feb. 14). However, the search process wa not successful. Chief of Karangasem Marine Police, I Made Wartama, said that since the victim was declared missing last February 9, there has been no indication on the victim’s emergence in the waters around it. From the initial search, virtually the entire coastlines in Karangasem have been explored in coordination with relevant institutions such as national SAR agency and regional disaster mitigation agency (BPBD) Karangasem. Similar effort is also conducted by police authority of other districts having coastal areas. However, until Tuesday (Feb. 14) or five days since the victim was declared missing, the search process has not produced any results. “We also continuously communicate with fishermen on the coastline near the location where the victim was diving and other fishermen. If they find, we ask to immediately contact us,” he said. As reported, the Russian traveler named Sergey, 45, disappeared while snorkeling on Bias Tugel Beach, Mimba hamlet, Padangbai, on Thursday (Feb. 9). Before declared missing, the bold-headed traveler was spending holiday with his wife and child. At first, they just strolled while enjoying the view of Padangbai Beach. Around 15:00, Sergey snorkeled alone. After that, Sergey did not appear for two hours. His wife, Daria, 27, became very upset and panic and then reported the incident to security officer. According to Made Wartama, the officers had time to do a search to Watu Klotok area, Klungkung. At that time, the sea current was relatively strong throughout the day. The search area has also been extended to Ujung Beach and Seraya, Karangasem district. Unfortunately, there has been no result. (kmb31)

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SEMARAPURA - A Swiss citizen becoming the rape victim by three young men from Nusa Penida is ascertained to follow legal process handled by Klungkung police. Other than detaining three suspects, Klungkung police also attempted to extend the visa of victim CM, 21, enabling her to follow the legal process. Chief of Klungkung Police, FX Arendra Wahyudi, delivered it is meant to simplify the process of investigation, mainly if there is additional information from the victim. His office will also provide necessary files required to extend the victim’s residence permit during the legal process. “We help send the letter of acceptance of police report to the victim. So, when the victim files a visa extension, we will accompany until the submission is completed,” he explained on Tuesday (Feb. 14). When confirmed about the victim’s presence, Chief of Nusa Penida Police, Ketut Suastika, stated that after the rape case afflicting to the female student from Swiss had gone to Denpasar but returned again to her accommodation in Nusa Penida. Currently, his office has handed over the three suspects to Klungkung police and the case is being handled by the Klungkung police criminal investigation unit. “Since the case involves foreigner, it is handed over to Klungkung police. The suspects have been detained at the district police sta-

tion,” he explained. When asked about legal proceedings of the three rape suspects, Chief of Klungkung Police Criminal Investigation Unit, Wiastu Andri Prajitno, confirmed that currently all the suspects have been handled by Klungkung police. The three suspects are detained during the interrogation process. “Now, it is still under process and the three suspects have been detained at police station,” he explained. Detention of the three suspects namely I Made YU, 21, I Gede KK, 24, and I Gede RS, 27, is made considering the penalty to be imposed is more than five years. The suspects reported for the gang raping are charged with Article 285 in conjunction with Article 286 in conjunction with Article 289 of Penal Code for committing rape with maximal imprisonment of 12 years. As information, CM, is a 21-yearold traveler from Switzerland who reported the three local youth namely I Made YU, 21, I Gede KK, 24, and I Gede RS, 27, to Nusa Penida police. This foreign traveler who is still a student did not accept to be raping victim committed by the three local youths. Based on field information, the rape incidence experienced by CM began when the victim and her companion, J, 22, from Switzerland, met one of the raping perpetrators, Gede RS at LDM stall located at Batununggul, Nusa Penida. Then, both teenagers were

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invited by Gede RS to another perpetrator’s home, I Gede KK, located at Batununggul village, Nusa Penida. As soon as arrived at the home of Gede KK, the victim CM and her companion J were invited to a drinking party of arrack mixed with Guinness Black Beer along with three reported persons (Made YU, Gede KK and Gede RS) and two other friends namely Kadek W and Wayan A. The drinking party lasted until early morning on Friday (Feb. 10). Around 01:00, the victim CM having been already drunk was taken into a room by the three reported persons. Meanwhile, her companion Y was taken to parking lot by Wayan A. When being in the room, the reported Made YU tried to put off the underpants of CM. This flawless traveler attempted to resist, but because in drunken condition she was powerless. After removing her underpants, CM was laid down on bed. The three perpetrators raped the victim in turn, while two other friends of the reported were only watching. CM continued to counter when being raped. She then pushed and screamed to go out of the room. One of the reported persons, I Gede KK, escorted CM to her accommodation at Mae-Mae Beach House at Kutampi village. The next day, CM and her companion Y reported the depraved behavior of the three local youths of Nusa Penida to local police station. (dwa)

U.S. government sources also told Reuters they believed that North Korean assassins killed Kim Jong Nam. Malaysian police said he had been assaulted on Monday in Kuala Lumpur International Airport and died on the way to hospital. South Korean intelligence believed Kim Jong Nam was poisoned, lawmakers said after being briefed by the spy agency. They said the spy agency told them that the young, unpredictable North Korean leader had issued a “standing order” for his half-brother’s assassination, and that there had been a failed attempt in 2012. Kim had been at the airport’s low-cost terminal to catch a flight to Macau on Monday, when someone grabbed or held Kim’s face from behind, after which he felt dizzy and sought help, Malaysian police official Fadzil Ahmat told Reuters. According to South Korea’s spy agency, Kim Jong Nam had been living, under Beijing’s protection, with his second wife in the Chinese territory of Macau, the lawmakers said. One of them said Kim Jong Nam also had a wife and son in Beijing. Portly and gregarious, Kim Jong Nam was the eldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated state. “If the murder of Kim Jong Nam was confirmed to be committed by the North Korean regime, that would clearly depict the brutality and inhumanity of the Kim Jong Un regime,” South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is also acting president, told a security meeting. The meeting was called in response to Kim Jong Nam’s death, news of which first emerged late on Tuesday. South Korea is acutely sensitive to any sign of instability in isolated North Korea, and is still technically in a state of war with its impoverished and nuclear-armed neighbour, which carried out its latest ballistic missile test on Sunday. (rtr)

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A forensic vehicle comes out from the forensic department at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Kim Jong Nam was killed Monday in Malaysia.

Sold into marriage: how Rohingya girls become child brides in Malaysia

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A Rohingya child bride who ran away from her husband carries her sister outside a shack she shares with her mother and siblings, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 9, 2017.Picture taken February 9, 2017.

KUALA LUMPUR - The slight girl in a turquoise headscarf held back tears as she recalled what happened when she fled to Malaysia from Myanmar’s violence-hit Rakhine state. Just 12-years-old at the time, she was forced to wed a man she did not know, and who was more than a decade older than her. The teenager, who is not being named by Reuters because she is still only 13, is like hundreds of Rohingya girls escaping persecution, violence and apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine, only to be sold into marriage to Rohingya men in neighbouring Malaysia, migrant groups and community members said. Separated from her family while

escaping to Malaysia, she said she was caught by traffickers and held for weeks in a filthy and brutal jungle camp near the Thai-Malaysian border with dozens of others. Her captors told her a Rohingya man was willing to give her freedom if she agreed to marry him. “The (trafficking) agent said I had been sold to a man and I asked, how could do they do that?... My heart was heavy and I was scared,” the girl said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur. Reuters could not independently verify certain aspects of her story but her mother confirmed she was held in the camp for weeks before being released. The girl’s plight is just one il-

lustration of the hardships faced by many Rohingya Muslims, a minority group in Myanmar who are regarded by the nation’s government as illegal migrants from Bangladesh, entitled only to limited rights. Since 2012, violence and communal clashes have seen hundreds of Rohingya killed while tens of thousands have fled, seeking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh. In the most recent crackdown, security forces and police committed mass killings and gang rapes and burned villages in northern Rakhine, a U.N. investigation published earlier this month found. (rtr)


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ACCRA - Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has taken power with ambitious plans to revive once spectacular economic growth, only to discover a $1.6 billion hole in the budget and a deficit twice as high as expected. He may have a strong sense of deja vu. The country has a vigorous democracy, with voters ready to eject any leader who falls short of expectations. But for a third successive time, the national finances have gone off track before elections, forcing the winner to confront a fiscal crunch. With Ghana more than half way through a three-year International Monetary Fund programme, the new government must reveal in its first budget next month how it intends to restore financial discipline while staying true to Akufo-Addo’s election promises to boost growth and fight poverty. Akufo-Addo entered office last month on pledges to spend the equivalent of $1 million a year on development in each of Ghana’s 275 parliamentary constituencies, build a dam in every village to ensure reliable water supplies and bring a factory to every district. In winning a big victory in December over incumbent John Mahama, he also promised to cut taxes. His plan is to stimulate private sector investment to raise economic growth - which peaked at 14 percent in 2011 - back into double digits from around 4 percent last year. The government said last week it would follow through on its promise to make secondary school education free. It has adopted a triple track approach: preparing the budget, reassuring investors who are major holders of Ghana’s local currency and dollar debt that it will not overspend, and holding fresh talks with the IMF. Finance Minister Ken OforiAtta acknowledges the balancing act. “One thing that I can commit to is there will be discipline. One thing that I can also assure you is that we are pro-private sector,” he told reporters. “(But) you cannot win a sweeping mandate of this nature where the cry out there is for jobs and come and have a budget that does not seem to address that,” added Ofori-Atta, a former investment banker.

“UNCHECKED OVERSPENDING” While the budget crises have coincided with the four-yearly election cycle, Ghana does not entirely fit the model of struggling governments spending freely just before voting in the hope of holding on to power. The fiscal blowout in the 2012 election year was largely due to pay rises for civil servants. But this was part of a long-term wage reform agreed by government and opposition parties. The current overshoot has several causes. Shortly before his defeat after only one full term in office, Mahama toured the country opening new schools, roads and bridges. But many of these projects, and spending on them, had been underway for several years. Revealing that the new government had inherited debt from stateowned enterprises and government ministries of at least 7 billion cedis ($1.6 billion), Ofori-Atta said “unchecked overspending” was part of the problem but he also blamed decreased revenue. Ghana’s boom years were fuelled by exports of oil, gold and cocoa. The 2014-15 dive in commodity prices hit it hard, along with a technical fault that halted production last year at its Jubilee oil field, operated by British company Tullow.. The $918 million IMF programme of 2015 was designed to stabilise state finances and the wider economy. Last year the IMF and the previous government repeatedly said that budgetary targets would be respected. Under the IMF deal, the 2016 deficit was supposed to be the equivalent of 5.25 percent of annual gross domestic product, but it came in at around 9 percent. Some foreign investors are willing to give the new government the benefit of the doubt. “We do see growth continuing to improve over the next 12-24 months. We do believe that the new administration is fiscally conservative, that they are investing in positive net present value projects like infrastructure,”

Green School – Sibang Kaja Village Becomes Pilot Project

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A general view of Adabraka in Accra, Ghana, December 5, 2016. Picture taken December 5, 2016. said Arif Joshi, emerging markets debt portfolio manager at Lazard Asset Management in New York. Ravi Bhatia, an analyst at Standard & Poor’s credit ratings agency, said the deficit appeared “sizeable but not humongous”. But others are less sanguine about the missed targets. “They promised they would be fiscally responsible and intentions seemed good, so it was a bit of a let-down. My feeling is Ghana for the time being is dead money,” said Uday Patnaik, head of emerging debt at Legal and General Investment Management. Elisa Parisi-Capone, a senior analyst at Moody’s ratings agency, said the initial IMF plan was now unachievable and would have to be adjusted. The government has discussed the possibility of trying to seek an extension of the IMF deal beyond April 2018 but no decision has been taken, a senior government official told Reuters on Tuesday. The IMF said after a visit last week to Accra that it estimated 2016 growth would be slightly higher than its initial forecasts, but inflation was

falling more slowly than expected and the deficit was higher. “SUPERVISED THE ROT” Almost two years into the programme, annual inflation was 15.4 percent in December. Public debt is over 70 percent of GDP, while the cedi currency has fallen more than 45 percent against the dollar since the end of 2013 to near historic lows. Mark Assibey-Yeboah, chairman of parliament’s finance committee, told Reuters that the IMF must share the blame. “The IMF has supervised the rot. Which indicators have shown improvement? None of the targets have been met,” said Assibey-Yeboah, a member of the president’s New Patriotic Party. One senior source close to the programme said success was crucial for the IMF’s reputation. “Ghana has to be in good shape at the end of the programme, otherwise the IMF has failed as an institution,” said the source, who declined to be identified. The IMF said the programme had reduced economic imbalances and engendered confidence. It

noted in an email to Reuters that the deficit had dropped from 10 percent in 2014 to 7 percent in 2015 and the currency had stabilised. However, it added that the deficit had deteriorated last year mainly due to poor oil and non-oil revenue performance and large expenditure overruns. “Stronger efforts will be required to achieve the targeted fiscal consolidation,” it said. Exotix Partners, an investment firm for frontier and illiquid markets, downgraded its recommendation on some of Ghana’s debt to hold from buy, pending the government’s response to its fiscal situation. One senior official in the ruling party said the bad economic news might offer the government a political advantage by enabling it to dampen expectations and buy time. So far, voters seem relatively patient. “Reducing taxes will bring in investment and help businesses to employ people,” said Aziz Ziblim, who holds a degree in communications and is one of tens of thousands of unemployed graduates in the country. “It is not only the government that will do things. It’s also the private sector,” he said.(rtr)

Green School and Sibang Kaja village, Abiansemal, Badung, have a very close relationship as well as mutually complement. Moreover, they have showed high enough dedication from the past three years. “This becomes a pilot project that is usually difficult to materialize,” said President of the Green School who is also Chairperson of the Kulkul Foundation, Tirka Widanti, friendly. Communication of the company to local people runs very well and shows off mutual understanding. It makes investors not scared and worried about investing due to the issue on ‘village mafia.’ “Existence of open communication has become closer and better. If there are issues, they must be quickly

resolved. It is the appreciation of the Green School and gratitude of the management of the Kulkul Foundation,” she said. Green School having entered the ninth year, explained Tirka Widanti, has noble intention namely to alleviate poverty, particularly at Sibang Kaja village. Existence of

the Green School can accommodate villagers as workers. Indeed, not everyone can be accommodated, but the people living here can establish their family life. “Honestly, here the workers come from some regions, but the workers from Sibang Kaja are the best. The people become good model for investment,” she said. Thus, continued Tirka Widanti, do not ever move to the other’s heart because the economy outside is erratic. Maintain the position so that it will not to be taken over by others. “We have about 230 employees including foreign staff, and about 70 people or 2.3 percent of them are from Sibang Kaja village. Meanwhile, there is totally nine foreign employees but are not permanent as they usually come and go,” she explained. Other than attended by all employees of Sibang Kaja village, the event was also attended by headman of Sibang Kaja, Ni Nyoman Rai Sudani. On that occasion, the headman expressed her gratitude for accommodating many local people. “Every applicant to Green School is always welcomed, so that it reduces unemployment at our village. The assistance is not only in the form of money, but also material,” she said. (kmb)

A Unique Pendet Pasepan Dance

The pendet dance perfromed for the piodalan of the Dalem Temple of Setra Batununggul customary village in Nusa Penida, is both sacred and unique. Although the form of this pendet dance resembles other pendet dances, here, supporting devotees of the temple perform the pendet while holding small bowls of fire -known as pasepan, in their hands as they dance. This sacred dance is performed after supporting devotees of the temple express their genuine devotion and gratitude for the blessings that have been bestowed, through the melasti or purificatory rite procession for Ida Bhatara (deities). Dance coordinator I Dewa Gede Rai Sudiarta explained that the form of this pendet is the same as other pendet dances exept that instead of holding flower offerings, the dancers carry the pasepan. “The concept of this sacred dance has

to do with generating an aura of spiritual purity. The means used is called agni hotra”, he said. The Pendet Pasepan Dance is a calssical Balinese ritual that is particular to Nusa Penida and is filled with spiritual nuances. The number of dancers involved is not determined, but depends on how many people are able to carry it out. It is categorized as a sacred dance because it is closely related to spiritual arts and ritual traditions . “It is danced with sincerity by young women who want to devote themselves sincerely and flexibly”, said Rai Sudiarta. This pendet dance is accompanied by terompongan gamelan instruments that carry classical spiritual meaning. The Pendet Pasepan Dance was last performed on the piodalan of Dalem Temple of Setra Batununggul customary village, Nusa Penida. (kmb)


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Cash offers for PNG asylum seekers to return home

SYDNEY - Officials at an Australian immigration centre in Papua New Guinea are increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fears a deal for the United States to take refugees has fallen through.

About a dozen Bangladeshi and Nepalese asylum seekers on Manus Island told Reuters they are being repeatedly called to meet with Australian officials and pressured to take amounts of up to $25,000 to return to those countries, or face deportation. The men, who have been ruled ineligible for refugee status by Papua New Guinea, said officials are also acting with urgency on deportation notices filed weeks or months ago. At least one Nepalese man was removed from his accommodation in the middle of the night last week, they said. “They told me and others that if you go back voluntarily you will get money about $20,000, if you guys go in group you will get more money,” detainee Mohammad Bilal, a crane driver who says he fled Bangladesh for political reasons, told Reuters about a meeting with Australian officials last week. Offering money to failed asylum seekers to return home is not illegal. However, the sums being offered by Australian officials have more than doubled since a year ago, and are far above the funds being offered elsewhere. Germany, for example, recently announced plans to offer up to 1,200 euros ($1,275) to asylum seekers to voluntarily return home. “Substantial assistance packages are available to help non-refugees depart voluntarily, return home and re-establish their lives in their home country,” Australia’s immigration department said in an emailed statement to Reuters. “In cases where non-refugees refuse to depart voluntarily, the government of PNG has indicated that it will enforce the removal of those individuals, in accordance with normal international practice.” The department declined to comment in more detail. Australia does not reveal the cost of its offshore processing program. However, a 2016 report from Unicef and Save the Children estimated the policy had cost A$10 billion ($7.7 billion) over the previous three years. (rtr)

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An Indonesian Muslim woman holds a voting paper at a polling station during an election for Jakarta governor in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Pratikno hints at likely Jokowi-Sby meeting after regional elections

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Accommodation for detainees is photographed inside the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, February 11, 2017. Picture taken February 11, 2017.

Maiden flight of China-built amphibious aircraft expected in first half of 2017

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China is rolling out AG600 amphibious aircraft, makes its official debut in Zhuhai.

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“It’s going to be very hard. The second round is going to be very ugly. The first round issues of religion and ethnicity were ugly enough,” said Tobias Basuki, a political analyst at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta. Defeat for Ahok would also be

a defeat for Indonesia’s moderate political and religious leaders and further embolden hard-liners, who say a non-Muslim should not lead Muslims. The governorship is also seen as a launching pad into national politics and possibly the presidency. Baswedan said he was open to an arrangement with Yudhoyono to secure his votes for the second round. “The mandate given through the

SHANGHAI - The world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the China-made AG600, has passed engine tests and is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of this year, state news agency Xinhua said. As China adopts a more muscular approach to territorial disputes in places such as the busy South China Sea waterway, it has stepped up research on advanced new military equipment, rattling nerves in the Asia-Pacific region and in

Washington. State aircraft maker Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has spent almost eight years developing the AG600, which is roughly the size of a Boeing 737 and is designed to carry out marine rescues and battle forest fires. In November, AVIC displayed the plane at China’s biggest meeting of aircraft makers and buyers, after it completed production of the jet in July.

The aircraft has received 17 expressions of interest so far, Xinhua said late on Tuesday, but gave no further details. The aircraft has a maximum flight range of 4,500 km and a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes. China also showed off its Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter in public for the first time at the November airshow and in June last year put into service a new, domestically-developed large transport aircraft. (rtr)

ballot this morning is a huge mandate. For us, this percentage is not just votes, it is trust,” he said. Prasetio Edi Marsudi, who heads Ahok’s campaign team, told a crowd of supporters that Wednesday’s vote was mismanaged at some of the 13,000 polling places including lack of ballot papers that meant some people couldn’t vote. “We are still waiting reports

from our team over possible irregularities in some places and we will follow it up with the authorities for further action,” Marsudi said. Official results of the election are due in late February. Ahok had been popular because of his drive to eliminate corruption from the Jakarta administration and his efforts to make the city more livable. But brutal demolitions of

some of the slum neighborhoods that are home to millions and illconsidered outspokenness proved to be his Achilles’ heel. Opponents seized their moment last year when a video surfaced of Ahok telling voters they were being deceived if they believed a specific verse in the Quran prohibited Muslims from electing a non-Muslim as leader. (ap)

JAKARTA - A meeting between President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) will probably take place after the simultaneous regional head elections on Wednesday, according to Minister/ State Secretary Pratikno. “Let us see after the regional head elections, as today is a national holiday,” Pratikno remarked while responding to the question of newsmen at the Presidential Palace complex on Wednesday. Pratikno said he will directly confirm with President Jokowi regarding a planned meeting with former president SBY. However, he added that the president was still monitoring the developments in the simultaneous regional head elections held across the country.

“Okay, I will ask the president, but the regional elections are in progress, and President Jokowi will continue to monitor the developments in the elections,” he reiterated. Pratikno affirmed that the regional elections in 101 regions should receive greater attention of the president. “Remember that the elections were not only held in Jakarta but also across the country,” the minister/state secretary noted. Earlier, Presidential spokesman Johan Budi had remarked that it was just a matter of time before a meeting between Jokowi and SBY, the Democrat Party chairman, would take place. Personally, Budi said there were no issues between President Jokowi and his predecessor, SBY. (ant)

Minor incidents reported during regional head elections in Papua

JAYAPURA - Several relatively minor incidents were reported during the regional head elections in Papua Province, but overall the elections ran smoothly and safely, an official said.

In Dogiyai District, a candidate hit Kamu Subdistrict Head, because he was disappointed with the distribution of ballot papers, Hery Dosinaen, secretary of the Papua Administration, said here on Wednesday. In Mappy, a car belonging to one of the candidates, carrying money and food, was seized by the local authorities for alleged money politics, he added. In Nduga District, distribution of election logistics was delayed due to bad weather. Polling was also de-

layed n Nduga, a remote area that needed a helicopter to deliver the logistics. The decision to delay or repeat the polling will be decided by the General Election Commission (KPU), and the Papua administration can only monitor its implementation, he stated. Meanwhile, pilkada was held in 11 districts and cities across Papua Province, with the number of eligible voters reaching 1,445,976, and the number of candidates reaching 38 pairs. Voting was held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time across 3,864 polling stations. Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw stated that the situation in Indonesias easternmost province of Papua was safe and under control. (ant)

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Indonesia lawmaker: Palm oil workers shot orangutan for meat JAKARTA — Palm oil plantation workers killed and ate a critically endangered orangutan on the island of Borneo, according to an Indonesian lawmaker who called for police to investigate what is a frequent but rarely prosecuted crime. Daniel Johan said Tuesday the workers shot the great ape after it ventured onto a plantation in a remote area of Central Kalimantan province,

probably looking for crops to eat. “It’s a blatant offense against Indonesia’s conservation laws,” said Johan. “Police have to investigate this cruel action.” Photos of the butchered orangutan provided by a witness show the beheaded animal sprawled on the ground next to a man holding a rifle. One picture showed the orangutan’s head floating in a pot. In another,

several people are cutting up the primate’s flesh. Last July, the International Union for Conservation of Nature classified Borneo’s orangutans as critically endangered. It estimates their numbers have dropped by nearly two-thirds since the early 1970s and will further decline to 47,000 by 2025. The animals are often killed for

their meat or to prevent damage to crops, a crime that can result in five years’ imprisonment, but prosecutions are infrequent. Their forest habitat has shrunk dramatically over the past half century, a victim of Indonesia’s rush to supply the world with timber, pulp, paper, and more recently, palm oil. Johan said he asked the witness to report the incident to police but

the person feared reprisals. He said the plantation where the orangutan was killed is owned by PT. Susantri Permai. It is a unit of Genting Plantations Bhd., a Malaysia-based palm oil company. In 2011, two Indonesian plantation workers admitted to killing at least 20 orangutans and proboscis monkeys for landowners looking to protect their crops. (ap)


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Bali Beach of Water Sports Lovers BADUNG - Tanjung Benoa is located at the southern tip of the island of Bali, located in the district of Tanjung Benoa, Badung Bali and adjacent to Nusa Dua area. It takes about 20 minutes from airport, 35 minutes from Kuta beach, and about 40 minutes from Sanur area by motor vehicle. Tanjung Benoa is

a quite beautiful beach. There are many small huts on the beach for shelter and basking. There are also many restaurants around this beach. With its beautiful beaches and a wide range of water attractions have made the Tanjung Benoa beach is known as a center for water attractions (watersports)

MINNESOTA - Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette can expect to face a lengthy ban after he was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild for slashing at linesman Shandor Alphonso.

and became one object of tourist destination. Various activities can be done on the beach like relaxing with friends or family, sunbathing, strolling along the beach, swimming and others. Tanjung Benoa beach has a very calm water, unlike in Kuta, Sanur or Uluwatu making Tanjung Benoa

area as the perfect place for gameplaying fun water sports. This water sport activities usually start from around 8 to 12 pm. Thereafter, the seawater tends to recede so it is difficult to sail or do the water sports at there. The main attractions of Tanjung Benoa is its variety of water sport. Bali Tanjung Benoa

beach has more complete water sports compared to the other beach. The tourists can play jet ski, diving, snorkeling, flying fish, banana boat, parasailing, and so forth. But this beach less suitable for surfing because the calm waves. There are also many instructors who qualified to ensure your safety. (IBP/net)

Jimbaran Market BADUNG - The Jimbaran market, also known as ‘Pasar Desa Adat Jimbaran’, is the main source of fresh groceries and daily necessities among the local residents of the Jimbaran village. This morning market is centrally located on the Jalan Uluwatu main road, before entering the sunset and seafood beachfront area of Jimbaran bay. Busiest at sunrise with locals and sellers doing their hard bargaining, it’s a great stopover for cheap tropical fruits and other fresh items. Mornings are quite the sight at the Jimbaran market, with mild traffic congestion on nearby roads being very commonplace, and parking also a hectic scene as locals shuffle in and out on motorcycles while sellers unload their wares. Nevertheless, a stopover and walk through the market gives you a glimpse into the fresh variety available, as well as a lot of photo opportunities. Most times, you’d only need to drop by the roadside stalls to catch the action. The market is often included as an itinerary item on market tours by cooking classes, such as Bumbu Bali based in Tanjung Benoa, Anika Cooking Class in Tuban, as well as guest activities offered by the notable Jimbaran resorts such as the Four Seasons and the InterContinental Bali Resort. The market often concludes visits to the island’s main seaside fish market in the neighbouring village of Kedonganan, found several minutes’ journey north. (IBP/net)

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The incident occurred with 12:27 to play in the third period of the road game when Vermette swung his stick at Alphonso and made contact with the official’s leg after losing a faceoff. Vermette was given a game misconduct and the Ducks are bracing for further action from the NHL. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Vermette was not being malicious in striking the linesman but was reacting to not being ready for the dropping of the puck. “He touched the official. What are you going to do?” Carlyle told the Orange County Register after the Ducks defeated the Wild 1-0. “These are things that the league reviews. We have a view on it; they have a view on it. Whatever they decide, we have to live with.” According to NHL rules, deliberately applying physical force to an official in any manner is worthy of an automatic 10-game suspension. Vermette, 34, is in his first season with Anaheim (30-18-10) and has Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports played in all 58 of the team’s games, Edmonton Oilers left wing Drake Caggiula (36) moves the puck against the defense of Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Verscoring eight goals. (rtr) mette (50) during the third period at Honda Center.

Cavs’ LeBron not fretting about loss of Love

CLEVELAND - LeBron James may take on a heavier workload down the stretch to make up for the absence of All-Star Kevin Love and the added wear and tear could prove costly in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ quest to repeat as NBA champions. Love will miss six weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and while his injury will not sink the Cavaliers it could cost them the Eastern Conference’s top seed and make their road to the NBA Finals a little tougher. It’s the latest injury for a Cavaliers team already playing without injured starting shooting guard JR Smith, but not a situation the team are unfamiliar with. “It’s just our road, every season Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) argues a call during the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.

one of our key guys gets hurt,” James told reporters before his team’s shootaround in Minnesota, where the Cavaliers play later on Tuesday. “This year has probably been the worst out of all years, having our starting 2 guard out for so long and then having our All-Star power forward out for an extended period of time. Just next man up.” The Cavaliers (37-16) have a two-game lead over a surging Boston in the East and might need to lean on James much more if they want to lock up the top seed, which would guarantee them homecourt advantage until at least the NBA Finals should they get that far. But having James healthy for the playoffs is the team’s top priority and likely only hope of winning a championship, which means they will have to quickly sort out how to get by during Love’s absence. “We can’t run LeBron into the ground because Kevin’s out,” said

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue. “Guys have to step up and be ready to play.” James, 32, is already averaging a team-high 37.6 minutes per game this season for a Cavaliers team that can’t seem to get by for long stretches without the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player on the court. So, with 29 games left in the regular season, the Cavaliers may ultimately decide to capitulate the East’s top seed in favor of keeping James fresh for the playoffs. But James, who has sat out only three games this season, said any extra workload would not be a burden. “I’ll rest when I retire,” said James. “As long as I’m in the lineup, we’ve got a chance. We’re good. Kev is out for an extended period of time. JR’s been out. But I’m in the lineup, obviously we’ve got a chance against anybody.” (rtr)


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Sp rt Front 3 of Cavani, Di Maria and Draxler gives PSG a CDD

PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain’s front trio of striker Edinson Cavani flanked by wingers Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler has the makings of a stunning attacking combination. Barcelona will testify to that, after the five-time European champion was swept aside 4-0 by PSG in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 match on Tuesday. Di Maria scored twice, with Cavani and Draxler getting one goal each — quite an impact in their first European match together. Soccer fans know all about Barca’s world famous attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar — known as the MSN. They led Barcelona to the Spanish league and cup double and the Champions League in 2015 and continue as constant threat in attack. Now European defenses have the CDD combination to worry about. If Cavani, Di Maria and Draxler continue like this, PSG can be a Champions League contender. At least the secret’s out ahead of the return leg in Barcelona on March 8. The fact Barcelona failed to deal with the CDD can partly

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PSG’s Angel Di Maria, second left, celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game during the Champion’s League round of 16, first leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

be explained by the simple fact there was no way of knowing what they would produce together. It is well known how the MSN operate. Stopping them is a different matter — although the information is there because countless videos of their matches are available. However, there was precious little Barca coach Luis Enrique could work with in terms of researching the CDD trio as a front three. For while they are established internationals in their own right— Cavani with Uruguay, Di Maria with Argentina and Draxler with Germany — they had previously started only one league game together. Draxler only joined in January; and since his arrival PSG coach Unai Emery has preferred Brazilian Lucas as his other winger, rather than Di Maria. Surprisingly, Emery dropped Lucas and selected Di Maria, despite his disappointing performances for most of the campaign. It proved an inspired move, with the rejuvenated Di Maria paying Emery back with an outstanding performance. There was an element of surprise in PSG’s favor, too, with Barcelona’s back four unsure how to defend against the trio. They seemed concerned about pushing up and leaving space behind. But when they sat back, PSG’s wingers switched flanks and pulled Barca’s defenders out of position. Each of PSG’s three forwards offers something different, and they complimented each other well. Cavani is a direct player, whose early runs are easily picked out by his quick-thinking wingers — who are both accurate passers. Cavani already has 34 goals this season, just four short of his career best set with former club Napoli. The 23-year-old Draxler is a quick and athletic player who reads the game well. He has excellent technique and an eye for goal, having scored five in nine games since joining after a frustrating spell with German club Wolfsburg, where he failed to score in 14 games this season. Di Maria likes to drift around and his tendency to crave space makes him less disciplined than Draxler, but Di Maria is more intuitive. “They are world-class players,” Luis Enrique said of PSG’s front three. “They have a big attacking potential, work hard in defense and are incredible on the ball.” PSG has been desperate to join Europe’s top clubs since Qatari owners QSI took over nearly six years ago. In the last four years, PSG went out in the quarterfinals and last year’s elimination led to coach Laurent Blanc being fired. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi liked what he saw in Emery, who guided Sevilla to three straight Europa League titles, and Blanc made way. “This was the best performance I’ve been part of since coming to PSG,” said midfielder Blaise Matuidi, one of QSI’s first signings after its takeover in June, 2011. The win over Barcelona sent out a warning to the rest of Europe that PSG — and its CDD — mean serious business. (ap)

Leroy Sane, the flying winger finally shining at Man City

Last-place Pescara fires Oddo after 1 win in 24 matches

Massimo Oddo

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PESCARA — Last-place Serie A club Pescara has fired its coach, Massimo Oddo, after winning just one of its 24 matches in its return to the top division. The move follows a 5-3 loss to Torino at the weekend. No immediate replacement was announced, with assistant Luciano Zauri directing training Tuesday. With 14 matches remaining, Pescara is 14 points from safety. The 40-year-old Oddo had taken over at the end of last season, when the team was fighting for promotion from Serie B. As a player, Oddo was a substitute in Italy’s victorious 2006 World Cup squad. It’s the sixth coaching change of the season, a much lower rate than recent years. Last season, there were 16 changes in the 20-team league.(ap)

Roma’s long-delayed stadium plan takes positive turn

ROME — Roma’s long-delayed plans for a new stadium have taken a positive turn following a meeting with city officials. Vice Mayor Luca Bergamo expressed his approval Tuesday over Roma’s scaled-down project, which the club wants to build in Tor di Valle, halfway between downtown and Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. Roma’s general manager Mauro Baldissoni says, “We’ve always said we want to build this stadium together with the city. ... We’ve tried to understand the needs of the city council and I think we’ve done so.” Bergamo’s support signals that the city will likely give formal approval next month. The mostly privately financed 1.6 billion euro ($1.7 billion) proj-

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ect has been criticized by environmentalists for its proposed location next to the Tiber River. With a design inspired by the Colosseum, the stadium is slated to seat 52,500 and be expandable to 60,000 for major matches. Roma currently shares the governmentowned Stadio Olimpico with city rival Lazio. James Pallotta, Roma’s American president, first presented the stadium plan in March 2014, saying then that it would be ready for the 2016-17 season. However, then-mayor Ignazio Marino acknowledged that that stadium would not open before an extensive amount of transport infrastructure was completed around the area. (ap)

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Manchester City’s Leroy Sane celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

MANCHESTER — Maybe it was the pressure of a $50 million price tag and being billed as European soccer’s next big thing. Maybe it was the early injury setback. Or maybe it was adjusting to a new country and culture at the age of 20. Whatever the reason, it took Leroy Sane half a season to really stand out at Manchester City. Now, he’s proving unstoppable. Sane is the lively winger with big hair — and even bigger bunch of tricks — who is proving to be a key factor behind City’s resurgence as a potential PREMIER LEAGUE title contender with three months left of the season. Starting for the fifth straight game in City’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Monday, the Germany international gave his opponents a tough time, leaving one on his backside with a darting run and the crossbar shaking with a fierce shot after another dribble. The son of Regina Weber, who won a bronze medal in the rhythmic gymnastics all-around competition at the 1984 Olympics, the left-footed Sane was a joy to watch with his balance and graceful style. It was the latest impressive display from a player who has the qualities City manager Pep Guardiola wants in a winger — pace, strong work rate and the ability to stretch a defense. To Guardiola, Sane is like a new signing. “The people say in the winter transfer window one guy arrived (in) Gabriel Jesus,” Guardiola said. “I think we had two arrive.” That’s because Sane was barely a factor for City in the first months of the season after his transfer from Schalke in August on a five-year deal for an initial 37 million pounds (then $50 million), a fee that could potentially rise by a quarter through performance-related add-ons. Upon joining, Sane said he would “need a bit of time” to get used to English soccer. A hamstring injury initially held him back, causing him to miss the start of the season, and he was tentative in his early perfor-

mances following his debut against MANCHESTER UNITED at Old Trafford. Comments from Guardiola in November suggested Sane was lacking self-belief. “Sometimes you need a bit more time to adapt,” the coach said, “to know the way that we play, to feel, ‘OK, I am here, I am good enough to play.’” The turnaround came when Sane was handed an unexpected start against ARSENAL on Dec. 18, a huge call by Guardiola as City was struggling for form at that stage. He was excellent in the second half, scoring the equalizer as City recovered to win 2-1. Sane then picked up a muscle injury but made a goal-scoring return against Tottenham on Jan. 21 and has started every game since. “Leroy came here a little bit scared but I think after the game against ARSENAL, something clicked,” Guardiola said. “He has showed us a lot of things. He is so

fast, his intensity helped us a lot and he helped us defensively, too. “He is only 21 years old. I am so happy for Manchester City. We have a good player for the next years.” Sane is part of a new-generation front three — also comprising Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling — that is thrilling the PREMIER LEAGUE and has Guardiola’s seal of approval, in terms of goal output, work rate and intensity. Sergio Aguero, City’s star striker since 2011, has been dropped as a result and may end up leaving in the offseason, although he could have a key role for the rest of this season after City said Tuesday that Gabriel Jesus broke a bone in his foot against Bournemouth. City is reported to have beaten Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to Sane’s signature, making him the club’s sixth most expensive signing in its history. Now that he’s injuryfree and in his best form this season, it’s easy to see why. (ap)


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Sp rt Front 3 of Cavani, Di Maria and Draxler gives PSG a CDD

PARIS — Paris Saint-Germain’s front trio of striker Edinson Cavani flanked by wingers Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler has the makings of a stunning attacking combination. Barcelona will testify to that, after the five-time European champion was swept aside 4-0 by PSG in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 match on Tuesday. Di Maria scored twice, with Cavani and Draxler getting one goal each — quite an impact in their first European match together. Soccer fans know all about Barca’s world famous attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar — known as the MSN. They led Barcelona to the Spanish league and cup double and the Champions League in 2015 and continue as constant threat in attack. Now European defenses have the CDD combination to worry about. If Cavani, Di Maria and Draxler continue like this, PSG can be a Champions League contender. At least the secret’s out ahead of the return leg in Barcelona on March 8. The fact Barcelona failed to deal with the CDD can partly

AP Photo/Francois Mori

PSG’s Angel Di Maria, second left, celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game during the Champion’s League round of 16, first leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

be explained by the simple fact there was no way of knowing what they would produce together. It is well known how the MSN operate. Stopping them is a different matter — although the information is there because countless videos of their matches are available. However, there was precious little Barca coach Luis Enrique could work with in terms of researching the CDD trio as a front three. For while they are established internationals in their own right— Cavani with Uruguay, Di Maria with Argentina and Draxler with Germany — they had previously started only one league game together. Draxler only joined in January; and since his arrival PSG coach Unai Emery has preferred Brazilian Lucas as his other winger, rather than Di Maria. Surprisingly, Emery dropped Lucas and selected Di Maria, despite his disappointing performances for most of the campaign. It proved an inspired move, with the rejuvenated Di Maria paying Emery back with an outstanding performance. There was an element of surprise in PSG’s favor, too, with Barcelona’s back four unsure how to defend against the trio. They seemed concerned about pushing up and leaving space behind. But when they sat back, PSG’s wingers switched flanks and pulled Barca’s defenders out of position. Each of PSG’s three forwards offers something different, and they complimented each other well. Cavani is a direct player, whose early runs are easily picked out by his quick-thinking wingers — who are both accurate passers. Cavani already has 34 goals this season, just four short of his career best set with former club Napoli. The 23-year-old Draxler is a quick and athletic player who reads the game well. He has excellent technique and an eye for goal, having scored five in nine games since joining after a frustrating spell with German club Wolfsburg, where he failed to score in 14 games this season. Di Maria likes to drift around and his tendency to crave space makes him less disciplined than Draxler, but Di Maria is more intuitive. “They are world-class players,” Luis Enrique said of PSG’s front three. “They have a big attacking potential, work hard in defense and are incredible on the ball.” PSG has been desperate to join Europe’s top clubs since Qatari owners QSI took over nearly six years ago. In the last four years, PSG went out in the quarterfinals and last year’s elimination led to coach Laurent Blanc being fired. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi liked what he saw in Emery, who guided Sevilla to three straight Europa League titles, and Blanc made way. “This was the best performance I’ve been part of since coming to PSG,” said midfielder Blaise Matuidi, one of QSI’s first signings after its takeover in June, 2011. The win over Barcelona sent out a warning to the rest of Europe that PSG — and its CDD — mean serious business. (ap)

Leroy Sane, the flying winger finally shining at Man City

Last-place Pescara fires Oddo after 1 win in 24 matches

Massimo Oddo

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PESCARA — Last-place Serie A club Pescara has fired its coach, Massimo Oddo, after winning just one of its 24 matches in its return to the top division. The move follows a 5-3 loss to Torino at the weekend. No immediate replacement was announced, with assistant Luciano Zauri directing training Tuesday. With 14 matches remaining, Pescara is 14 points from safety. The 40-year-old Oddo had taken over at the end of last season, when the team was fighting for promotion from Serie B. As a player, Oddo was a substitute in Italy’s victorious 2006 World Cup squad. It’s the sixth coaching change of the season, a much lower rate than recent years. Last season, there were 16 changes in the 20-team league.(ap)

Roma’s long-delayed stadium plan takes positive turn

ROME — Roma’s long-delayed plans for a new stadium have taken a positive turn following a meeting with city officials. Vice Mayor Luca Bergamo expressed his approval Tuesday over Roma’s scaled-down project, which the club wants to build in Tor di Valle, halfway between downtown and Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. Roma’s general manager Mauro Baldissoni says, “We’ve always said we want to build this stadium together with the city. ... We’ve tried to understand the needs of the city council and I think we’ve done so.” Bergamo’s support signals that the city will likely give formal approval next month. The mostly privately financed 1.6 billion euro ($1.7 billion) proj-

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ect has been criticized by environmentalists for its proposed location next to the Tiber River. With a design inspired by the Colosseum, the stadium is slated to seat 52,500 and be expandable to 60,000 for major matches. Roma currently shares the governmentowned Stadio Olimpico with city rival Lazio. James Pallotta, Roma’s American president, first presented the stadium plan in March 2014, saying then that it would be ready for the 2016-17 season. However, then-mayor Ignazio Marino acknowledged that that stadium would not open before an extensive amount of transport infrastructure was completed around the area. (ap)

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AP Photo/Dave Thompson

Manchester City’s Leroy Sane celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

MANCHESTER — Maybe it was the pressure of a $50 million price tag and being billed as European soccer’s next big thing. Maybe it was the early injury setback. Or maybe it was adjusting to a new country and culture at the age of 20. Whatever the reason, it took Leroy Sane half a season to really stand out at Manchester City. Now, he’s proving unstoppable. Sane is the lively winger with big hair — and even bigger bunch of tricks — who is proving to be a key factor behind City’s resurgence as a potential PREMIER LEAGUE title contender with three months left of the season. Starting for the fifth straight game in City’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Monday, the Germany international gave his opponents a tough time, leaving one on his backside with a darting run and the crossbar shaking with a fierce shot after another dribble. The son of Regina Weber, who won a bronze medal in the rhythmic gymnastics all-around competition at the 1984 Olympics, the left-footed Sane was a joy to watch with his balance and graceful style. It was the latest impressive display from a player who has the qualities City manager Pep Guardiola wants in a winger — pace, strong work rate and the ability to stretch a defense. To Guardiola, Sane is like a new signing. “The people say in the winter transfer window one guy arrived (in) Gabriel Jesus,” Guardiola said. “I think we had two arrive.” That’s because Sane was barely a factor for City in the first months of the season after his transfer from Schalke in August on a five-year deal for an initial 37 million pounds (then $50 million), a fee that could potentially rise by a quarter through performance-related add-ons. Upon joining, Sane said he would “need a bit of time” to get used to English soccer. A hamstring injury initially held him back, causing him to miss the start of the season, and he was tentative in his early perfor-

mances following his debut against MANCHESTER UNITED at Old Trafford. Comments from Guardiola in November suggested Sane was lacking self-belief. “Sometimes you need a bit more time to adapt,” the coach said, “to know the way that we play, to feel, ‘OK, I am here, I am good enough to play.’” The turnaround came when Sane was handed an unexpected start against ARSENAL on Dec. 18, a huge call by Guardiola as City was struggling for form at that stage. He was excellent in the second half, scoring the equalizer as City recovered to win 2-1. Sane then picked up a muscle injury but made a goal-scoring return against Tottenham on Jan. 21 and has started every game since. “Leroy came here a little bit scared but I think after the game against ARSENAL, something clicked,” Guardiola said. “He has showed us a lot of things. He is so

fast, his intensity helped us a lot and he helped us defensively, too. “He is only 21 years old. I am so happy for Manchester City. We have a good player for the next years.” Sane is part of a new-generation front three — also comprising Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling — that is thrilling the PREMIER LEAGUE and has Guardiola’s seal of approval, in terms of goal output, work rate and intensity. Sergio Aguero, City’s star striker since 2011, has been dropped as a result and may end up leaving in the offseason, although he could have a key role for the rest of this season after City said Tuesday that Gabriel Jesus broke a bone in his foot against Bournemouth. City is reported to have beaten Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to Sane’s signature, making him the club’s sixth most expensive signing in its history. Now that he’s injuryfree and in his best form this season, it’s easy to see why. (ap)


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Vermette facing lengthy ban after slashing at official

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Bali Beach of Water Sports Lovers BADUNG - Tanjung Benoa is located at the southern tip of the island of Bali, located in the district of Tanjung Benoa, Badung Bali and adjacent to Nusa Dua area. It takes about 20 minutes from airport, 35 minutes from Kuta beach, and about 40 minutes from Sanur area by motor vehicle. Tanjung Benoa is

a quite beautiful beach. There are many small huts on the beach for shelter and basking. There are also many restaurants around this beach. With its beautiful beaches and a wide range of water attractions have made the Tanjung Benoa beach is known as a center for water attractions (watersports)

MINNESOTA - Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette can expect to face a lengthy ban after he was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild for slashing at linesman Shandor Alphonso.

and became one object of tourist destination. Various activities can be done on the beach like relaxing with friends or family, sunbathing, strolling along the beach, swimming and others. Tanjung Benoa beach has a very calm water, unlike in Kuta, Sanur or Uluwatu making Tanjung Benoa

area as the perfect place for gameplaying fun water sports. This water sport activities usually start from around 8 to 12 pm. Thereafter, the seawater tends to recede so it is difficult to sail or do the water sports at there. The main attractions of Tanjung Benoa is its variety of water sport. Bali Tanjung Benoa

beach has more complete water sports compared to the other beach. The tourists can play jet ski, diving, snorkeling, flying fish, banana boat, parasailing, and so forth. But this beach less suitable for surfing because the calm waves. There are also many instructors who qualified to ensure your safety. (IBP/net)

Jimbaran Market BADUNG - The Jimbaran market, also known as ‘Pasar Desa Adat Jimbaran’, is the main source of fresh groceries and daily necessities among the local residents of the Jimbaran village. This morning market is centrally located on the Jalan Uluwatu main road, before entering the sunset and seafood beachfront area of Jimbaran bay. Busiest at sunrise with locals and sellers doing their hard bargaining, it’s a great stopover for cheap tropical fruits and other fresh items. Mornings are quite the sight at the Jimbaran market, with mild traffic congestion on nearby roads being very commonplace, and parking also a hectic scene as locals shuffle in and out on motorcycles while sellers unload their wares. Nevertheless, a stopover and walk through the market gives you a glimpse into the fresh variety available, as well as a lot of photo opportunities. Most times, you’d only need to drop by the roadside stalls to catch the action. The market is often included as an itinerary item on market tours by cooking classes, such as Bumbu Bali based in Tanjung Benoa, Anika Cooking Class in Tuban, as well as guest activities offered by the notable Jimbaran resorts such as the Four Seasons and the InterContinental Bali Resort. The market often concludes visits to the island’s main seaside fish market in the neighbouring village of Kedonganan, found several minutes’ journey north. (IBP/net)

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The incident occurred with 12:27 to play in the third period of the road game when Vermette swung his stick at Alphonso and made contact with the official’s leg after losing a faceoff. Vermette was given a game misconduct and the Ducks are bracing for further action from the NHL. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Vermette was not being malicious in striking the linesman but was reacting to not being ready for the dropping of the puck. “He touched the official. What are you going to do?” Carlyle told the Orange County Register after the Ducks defeated the Wild 1-0. “These are things that the league reviews. We have a view on it; they have a view on it. Whatever they decide, we have to live with.” According to NHL rules, deliberately applying physical force to an official in any manner is worthy of an automatic 10-game suspension. Vermette, 34, is in his first season with Anaheim (30-18-10) and has Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports played in all 58 of the team’s games, Edmonton Oilers left wing Drake Caggiula (36) moves the puck against the defense of Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Verscoring eight goals. (rtr) mette (50) during the third period at Honda Center.

Cavs’ LeBron not fretting about loss of Love

CLEVELAND - LeBron James may take on a heavier workload down the stretch to make up for the absence of All-Star Kevin Love and the added wear and tear could prove costly in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ quest to repeat as NBA champions. Love will miss six weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and while his injury will not sink the Cavaliers it could cost them the Eastern Conference’s top seed and make their road to the NBA Finals a little tougher. It’s the latest injury for a Cavaliers team already playing without injured starting shooting guard JR Smith, but not a situation the team are unfamiliar with. “It’s just our road, every season Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) argues a call during the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.

one of our key guys gets hurt,” James told reporters before his team’s shootaround in Minnesota, where the Cavaliers play later on Tuesday. “This year has probably been the worst out of all years, having our starting 2 guard out for so long and then having our All-Star power forward out for an extended period of time. Just next man up.” The Cavaliers (37-16) have a two-game lead over a surging Boston in the East and might need to lean on James much more if they want to lock up the top seed, which would guarantee them homecourt advantage until at least the NBA Finals should they get that far. But having James healthy for the playoffs is the team’s top priority and likely only hope of winning a championship, which means they will have to quickly sort out how to get by during Love’s absence. “We can’t run LeBron into the ground because Kevin’s out,” said

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue. “Guys have to step up and be ready to play.” James, 32, is already averaging a team-high 37.6 minutes per game this season for a Cavaliers team that can’t seem to get by for long stretches without the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player on the court. So, with 29 games left in the regular season, the Cavaliers may ultimately decide to capitulate the East’s top seed in favor of keeping James fresh for the playoffs. But James, who has sat out only three games this season, said any extra workload would not be a burden. “I’ll rest when I retire,” said James. “As long as I’m in the lineup, we’ve got a chance. We’re good. Kev is out for an extended period of time. JR’s been out. But I’m in the lineup, obviously we’ve got a chance against anybody.” (rtr)


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Australia increases pressure

Cash offers for PNG asylum seekers to return home

SYDNEY - Officials at an Australian immigration centre in Papua New Guinea are increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fears a deal for the United States to take refugees has fallen through.

About a dozen Bangladeshi and Nepalese asylum seekers on Manus Island told Reuters they are being repeatedly called to meet with Australian officials and pressured to take amounts of up to $25,000 to return to those countries, or face deportation. The men, who have been ruled ineligible for refugee status by Papua New Guinea, said officials are also acting with urgency on deportation notices filed weeks or months ago. At least one Nepalese man was removed from his accommodation in the middle of the night last week, they said. “They told me and others that if you go back voluntarily you will get money about $20,000, if you guys go in group you will get more money,” detainee Mohammad Bilal, a crane driver who says he fled Bangladesh for political reasons, told Reuters about a meeting with Australian officials last week. Offering money to failed asylum seekers to return home is not illegal. However, the sums being offered by Australian officials have more than doubled since a year ago, and are far above the funds being offered elsewhere. Germany, for example, recently announced plans to offer up to 1,200 euros ($1,275) to asylum seekers to voluntarily return home. “Substantial assistance packages are available to help non-refugees depart voluntarily, return home and re-establish their lives in their home country,” Australia’s immigration department said in an emailed statement to Reuters. “In cases where non-refugees refuse to depart voluntarily, the government of PNG has indicated that it will enforce the removal of those individuals, in accordance with normal international practice.” The department declined to comment in more detail. Australia does not reveal the cost of its offshore processing program. However, a 2016 report from Unicef and Save the Children estimated the policy had cost A$10 billion ($7.7 billion) over the previous three years. (rtr)

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An Indonesian Muslim woman holds a voting paper at a polling station during an election for Jakarta governor in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Pratikno hints at likely Jokowi-Sby meeting after regional elections

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Accommodation for detainees is photographed inside the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, February 11, 2017. Picture taken February 11, 2017.

Maiden flight of China-built amphibious aircraft expected in first half of 2017

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“It’s going to be very hard. The second round is going to be very ugly. The first round issues of religion and ethnicity were ugly enough,” said Tobias Basuki, a political analyst at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta. Defeat for Ahok would also be

a defeat for Indonesia’s moderate political and religious leaders and further embolden hard-liners, who say a non-Muslim should not lead Muslims. The governorship is also seen as a launching pad into national politics and possibly the presidency. Baswedan said he was open to an arrangement with Yudhoyono to secure his votes for the second round. “The mandate given through the

SHANGHAI - The world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the China-made AG600, has passed engine tests and is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of this year, state news agency Xinhua said. As China adopts a more muscular approach to territorial disputes in places such as the busy South China Sea waterway, it has stepped up research on advanced new military equipment, rattling nerves in the Asia-Pacific region and in

Washington. State aircraft maker Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has spent almost eight years developing the AG600, which is roughly the size of a Boeing 737 and is designed to carry out marine rescues and battle forest fires. In November, AVIC displayed the plane at China’s biggest meeting of aircraft makers and buyers, after it completed production of the jet in July.

The aircraft has received 17 expressions of interest so far, Xinhua said late on Tuesday, but gave no further details. The aircraft has a maximum flight range of 4,500 km and a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes. China also showed off its Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter in public for the first time at the November airshow and in June last year put into service a new, domestically-developed large transport aircraft. (rtr)

ballot this morning is a huge mandate. For us, this percentage is not just votes, it is trust,” he said. Prasetio Edi Marsudi, who heads Ahok’s campaign team, told a crowd of supporters that Wednesday’s vote was mismanaged at some of the 13,000 polling places including lack of ballot papers that meant some people couldn’t vote. “We are still waiting reports

from our team over possible irregularities in some places and we will follow it up with the authorities for further action,” Marsudi said. Official results of the election are due in late February. Ahok had been popular because of his drive to eliminate corruption from the Jakarta administration and his efforts to make the city more livable. But brutal demolitions of

some of the slum neighborhoods that are home to millions and illconsidered outspokenness proved to be his Achilles’ heel. Opponents seized their moment last year when a video surfaced of Ahok telling voters they were being deceived if they believed a specific verse in the Quran prohibited Muslims from electing a non-Muslim as leader. (ap)

JAKARTA - A meeting between President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) will probably take place after the simultaneous regional head elections on Wednesday, according to Minister/ State Secretary Pratikno. “Let us see after the regional head elections, as today is a national holiday,” Pratikno remarked while responding to the question of newsmen at the Presidential Palace complex on Wednesday. Pratikno said he will directly confirm with President Jokowi regarding a planned meeting with former president SBY. However, he added that the president was still monitoring the developments in the simultaneous regional head elections held across the country.

“Okay, I will ask the president, but the regional elections are in progress, and President Jokowi will continue to monitor the developments in the elections,” he reiterated. Pratikno affirmed that the regional elections in 101 regions should receive greater attention of the president. “Remember that the elections were not only held in Jakarta but also across the country,” the minister/state secretary noted. Earlier, Presidential spokesman Johan Budi had remarked that it was just a matter of time before a meeting between Jokowi and SBY, the Democrat Party chairman, would take place. Personally, Budi said there were no issues between President Jokowi and his predecessor, SBY. (ant)

Minor incidents reported during regional head elections in Papua

JAYAPURA - Several relatively minor incidents were reported during the regional head elections in Papua Province, but overall the elections ran smoothly and safely, an official said.

In Dogiyai District, a candidate hit Kamu Subdistrict Head, because he was disappointed with the distribution of ballot papers, Hery Dosinaen, secretary of the Papua Administration, said here on Wednesday. In Mappy, a car belonging to one of the candidates, carrying money and food, was seized by the local authorities for alleged money politics, he added. In Nduga District, distribution of election logistics was delayed due to bad weather. Polling was also de-

layed n Nduga, a remote area that needed a helicopter to deliver the logistics. The decision to delay or repeat the polling will be decided by the General Election Commission (KPU), and the Papua administration can only monitor its implementation, he stated. Meanwhile, pilkada was held in 11 districts and cities across Papua Province, with the number of eligible voters reaching 1,445,976, and the number of candidates reaching 38 pairs. Voting was held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time across 3,864 polling stations. Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw stated that the situation in Indonesias easternmost province of Papua was safe and under control. (ant)

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Indonesia lawmaker: Palm oil workers shot orangutan for meat JAKARTA — Palm oil plantation workers killed and ate a critically endangered orangutan on the island of Borneo, according to an Indonesian lawmaker who called for police to investigate what is a frequent but rarely prosecuted crime. Daniel Johan said Tuesday the workers shot the great ape after it ventured onto a plantation in a remote area of Central Kalimantan province,

probably looking for crops to eat. “It’s a blatant offense against Indonesia’s conservation laws,” said Johan. “Police have to investigate this cruel action.” Photos of the butchered orangutan provided by a witness show the beheaded animal sprawled on the ground next to a man holding a rifle. One picture showed the orangutan’s head floating in a pot. In another,

several people are cutting up the primate’s flesh. Last July, the International Union for Conservation of Nature classified Borneo’s orangutans as critically endangered. It estimates their numbers have dropped by nearly two-thirds since the early 1970s and will further decline to 47,000 by 2025. The animals are often killed for

their meat or to prevent damage to crops, a crime that can result in five years’ imprisonment, but prosecutions are infrequent. Their forest habitat has shrunk dramatically over the past half century, a victim of Indonesia’s rush to supply the world with timber, pulp, paper, and more recently, palm oil. Johan said he asked the witness to report the incident to police but

the person feared reprisals. He said the plantation where the orangutan was killed is owned by PT. Susantri Permai. It is a unit of Genting Plantations Bhd., a Malaysia-based palm oil company. In 2011, two Indonesian plantation workers admitted to killing at least 20 orangutans and proboscis monkeys for landowners looking to protect their crops. (ap)


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BUSINESS In Ghana, post-election fiscal crunch is politics as normal

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A surfer walks down to the water’s edge on a beach littered with driftwood in Bali, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. The driftwood was carried by the rivers on the resort island into the ocean where strong waves and currents pushed it ashore.

ACCRA - Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has taken power with ambitious plans to revive once spectacular economic growth, only to discover a $1.6 billion hole in the budget and a deficit twice as high as expected. He may have a strong sense of deja vu. The country has a vigorous democracy, with voters ready to eject any leader who falls short of expectations. But for a third successive time, the national finances have gone off track before elections, forcing the winner to confront a fiscal crunch. With Ghana more than half way through a three-year International Monetary Fund programme, the new government must reveal in its first budget next month how it intends to restore financial discipline while staying true to Akufo-Addo’s election promises to boost growth and fight poverty. Akufo-Addo entered office last month on pledges to spend the equivalent of $1 million a year on development in each of Ghana’s 275 parliamentary constituencies, build a dam in every village to ensure reliable water supplies and bring a factory to every district. In winning a big victory in December over incumbent John Mahama, he also promised to cut taxes. His plan is to stimulate private sector investment to raise economic growth - which peaked at 14 percent in 2011 - back into double digits from around 4 percent last year. The government said last week it would follow through on its promise to make secondary school education free. It has adopted a triple track approach: preparing the budget, reassuring investors who are major holders of Ghana’s local currency and dollar debt that it will not overspend, and holding fresh talks with the IMF. Finance Minister Ken OforiAtta acknowledges the balancing act. “One thing that I can commit to is there will be discipline. One thing that I can also assure you is that we are pro-private sector,” he told reporters. “(But) you cannot win a sweeping mandate of this nature where the cry out there is for jobs and come and have a budget that does not seem to address that,” added Ofori-Atta, a former investment banker.

“UNCHECKED OVERSPENDING” While the budget crises have coincided with the four-yearly election cycle, Ghana does not entirely fit the model of struggling governments spending freely just before voting in the hope of holding on to power. The fiscal blowout in the 2012 election year was largely due to pay rises for civil servants. But this was part of a long-term wage reform agreed by government and opposition parties. The current overshoot has several causes. Shortly before his defeat after only one full term in office, Mahama toured the country opening new schools, roads and bridges. But many of these projects, and spending on them, had been underway for several years. Revealing that the new government had inherited debt from stateowned enterprises and government ministries of at least 7 billion cedis ($1.6 billion), Ofori-Atta said “unchecked overspending” was part of the problem but he also blamed decreased revenue. Ghana’s boom years were fuelled by exports of oil, gold and cocoa. The 2014-15 dive in commodity prices hit it hard, along with a technical fault that halted production last year at its Jubilee oil field, operated by British company Tullow.. The $918 million IMF programme of 2015 was designed to stabilise state finances and the wider economy. Last year the IMF and the previous government repeatedly said that budgetary targets would be respected. Under the IMF deal, the 2016 deficit was supposed to be the equivalent of 5.25 percent of annual gross domestic product, but it came in at around 9 percent. Some foreign investors are willing to give the new government the benefit of the doubt. “We do see growth continuing to improve over the next 12-24 months. We do believe that the new administration is fiscally conservative, that they are investing in positive net present value projects like infrastructure,”

Green School – Sibang Kaja Village Becomes Pilot Project

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A general view of Adabraka in Accra, Ghana, December 5, 2016. Picture taken December 5, 2016. said Arif Joshi, emerging markets debt portfolio manager at Lazard Asset Management in New York. Ravi Bhatia, an analyst at Standard & Poor’s credit ratings agency, said the deficit appeared “sizeable but not humongous”. But others are less sanguine about the missed targets. “They promised they would be fiscally responsible and intentions seemed good, so it was a bit of a let-down. My feeling is Ghana for the time being is dead money,” said Uday Patnaik, head of emerging debt at Legal and General Investment Management. Elisa Parisi-Capone, a senior analyst at Moody’s ratings agency, said the initial IMF plan was now unachievable and would have to be adjusted. The government has discussed the possibility of trying to seek an extension of the IMF deal beyond April 2018 but no decision has been taken, a senior government official told Reuters on Tuesday. The IMF said after a visit last week to Accra that it estimated 2016 growth would be slightly higher than its initial forecasts, but inflation was

falling more slowly than expected and the deficit was higher. “SUPERVISED THE ROT” Almost two years into the programme, annual inflation was 15.4 percent in December. Public debt is over 70 percent of GDP, while the cedi currency has fallen more than 45 percent against the dollar since the end of 2013 to near historic lows. Mark Assibey-Yeboah, chairman of parliament’s finance committee, told Reuters that the IMF must share the blame. “The IMF has supervised the rot. Which indicators have shown improvement? None of the targets have been met,” said Assibey-Yeboah, a member of the president’s New Patriotic Party. One senior source close to the programme said success was crucial for the IMF’s reputation. “Ghana has to be in good shape at the end of the programme, otherwise the IMF has failed as an institution,” said the source, who declined to be identified. The IMF said the programme had reduced economic imbalances and engendered confidence. It

noted in an email to Reuters that the deficit had dropped from 10 percent in 2014 to 7 percent in 2015 and the currency had stabilised. However, it added that the deficit had deteriorated last year mainly due to poor oil and non-oil revenue performance and large expenditure overruns. “Stronger efforts will be required to achieve the targeted fiscal consolidation,” it said. Exotix Partners, an investment firm for frontier and illiquid markets, downgraded its recommendation on some of Ghana’s debt to hold from buy, pending the government’s response to its fiscal situation. One senior official in the ruling party said the bad economic news might offer the government a political advantage by enabling it to dampen expectations and buy time. So far, voters seem relatively patient. “Reducing taxes will bring in investment and help businesses to employ people,” said Aziz Ziblim, who holds a degree in communications and is one of tens of thousands of unemployed graduates in the country. “It is not only the government that will do things. It’s also the private sector,” he said.(rtr)

Green School and Sibang Kaja village, Abiansemal, Badung, have a very close relationship as well as mutually complement. Moreover, they have showed high enough dedication from the past three years. “This becomes a pilot project that is usually difficult to materialize,” said President of the Green School who is also Chairperson of the Kulkul Foundation, Tirka Widanti, friendly. Communication of the company to local people runs very well and shows off mutual understanding. It makes investors not scared and worried about investing due to the issue on ‘village mafia.’ “Existence of open communication has become closer and better. If there are issues, they must be quickly

resolved. It is the appreciation of the Green School and gratitude of the management of the Kulkul Foundation,” she said. Green School having entered the ninth year, explained Tirka Widanti, has noble intention namely to alleviate poverty, particularly at Sibang Kaja village. Existence of

the Green School can accommodate villagers as workers. Indeed, not everyone can be accommodated, but the people living here can establish their family life. “Honestly, here the workers come from some regions, but the workers from Sibang Kaja are the best. The people become good model for investment,” she said. Thus, continued Tirka Widanti, do not ever move to the other’s heart because the economy outside is erratic. Maintain the position so that it will not to be taken over by others. “We have about 230 employees including foreign staff, and about 70 people or 2.3 percent of them are from Sibang Kaja village. Meanwhile, there is totally nine foreign employees but are not permanent as they usually come and go,” she explained. Other than attended by all employees of Sibang Kaja village, the event was also attended by headman of Sibang Kaja, Ni Nyoman Rai Sudani. On that occasion, the headman expressed her gratitude for accommodating many local people. “Every applicant to Green School is always welcomed, so that it reduces unemployment at our village. The assistance is not only in the form of money, but also material,” she said. (kmb)

A Unique Pendet Pasepan Dance

The pendet dance perfromed for the piodalan of the Dalem Temple of Setra Batununggul customary village in Nusa Penida, is both sacred and unique. Although the form of this pendet dance resembles other pendet dances, here, supporting devotees of the temple perform the pendet while holding small bowls of fire -known as pasepan, in their hands as they dance. This sacred dance is performed after supporting devotees of the temple express their genuine devotion and gratitude for the blessings that have been bestowed, through the melasti or purificatory rite procession for Ida Bhatara (deities). Dance coordinator I Dewa Gede Rai Sudiarta explained that the form of this pendet is the same as other pendet dances exept that instead of holding flower offerings, the dancers carry the pasepan. “The concept of this sacred dance has

to do with generating an aura of spiritual purity. The means used is called agni hotra”, he said. The Pendet Pasepan Dance is a calssical Balinese ritual that is particular to Nusa Penida and is filled with spiritual nuances. The number of dancers involved is not determined, but depends on how many people are able to carry it out. It is categorized as a sacred dance because it is closely related to spiritual arts and ritual traditions . “It is danced with sincerity by young women who want to devote themselves sincerely and flexibly”, said Rai Sudiarta. This pendet dance is accompanied by terompongan gamelan instruments that carry classical spiritual meaning. The Pendet Pasepan Dance was last performed on the piodalan of Dalem Temple of Setra Batununggul customary village, Nusa Penida. (kmb)


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Bedugul botanical garden operates, Some points still closed for tourist visit

TABANAN - After delayed from the original plan, Eka Karya Bedugul botanical garden ultimately ensured to operate on Wednesday (Feb. 15). This was presented by Section Head of Services and Information of the Eka Karya botanical garden, Wawan Sujarwo, PhD. According to him, the management has cleared the main road from the materials of floods hitting it some time ago. Although it has been operated, Wawan admitted there are still some points that are not allowed to be passed through by visitors. To that end, the management marks the area with safety line to prohibit visitors from passing. “We, the management, have just cleaned up the sludge materials at the botanical garden. So far, the infrastructural damage has not been repaired. Hence, the points of damaged infrastructure considered still dangerous when crossed have been marked with safety line,” explained Wawan. Safety lines are installed at six points of botanical garden, such

as at three-way intersection leading to Batu Meringgit Temple, three-way intersection of Teratai Bang Temple, the path to orchid garden, VIP guest house towards the bamboo bridge, three-way intersection of bamboo (ethno) and the reservoir. To repair the damaged infrastructure, the management has just submitted an assistance proposal to the ministry of public works and housing. “So far, the Indonesia Institute of Science (LIPI) has no budget for the repairs. We have sent a letter to ask for assistance to the ministry of public works and housing,” said Wawan. (kmb24)

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S.Korea suspects female assassins killed half-brother of N.Korea leader

SEOUL - South Korea’s spy agency suspects two female North Korean agents assassinated the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia, lawmakers in Seoul said on Wednesday, as Malaysian medical authorities sought a cause of death.

The officials are cleaning the Bedugul Botanical Garden

Marine police search for Klungkung police help visa Russian traveler from Bias extension of rape victim Putih to Seraya Beach AMLAPURA - The search process of Russian traveler named Sergey is continued by the officers. One of them is carried out by Karangasem marine police from Bias Putih Beach to Seraya Beach, Karangasem, to find out the victim on Tuesday (Feb. 14). However, the search process wa not successful. Chief of Karangasem Marine Police, I Made Wartama, said that since the victim was declared missing last February 9, there has been no indication on the victim’s emergence in the waters around it. From the initial search, virtually the entire coastlines in Karangasem have been explored in coordination with relevant institutions such as national SAR agency and regional disaster mitigation agency (BPBD) Karangasem. Similar effort is also conducted by police authority of other districts having coastal areas. However, until Tuesday (Feb. 14) or five days since the victim was declared missing, the search process has not produced any results. “We also continuously communicate with fishermen on the coastline near the location where the victim was diving and other fishermen. If they find, we ask to immediately contact us,” he said. As reported, the Russian traveler named Sergey, 45, disappeared while snorkeling on Bias Tugel Beach, Mimba hamlet, Padangbai, on Thursday (Feb. 9). Before declared missing, the bold-headed traveler was spending holiday with his wife and child. At first, they just strolled while enjoying the view of Padangbai Beach. Around 15:00, Sergey snorkeled alone. After that, Sergey did not appear for two hours. His wife, Daria, 27, became very upset and panic and then reported the incident to security officer. According to Made Wartama, the officers had time to do a search to Watu Klotok area, Klungkung. At that time, the sea current was relatively strong throughout the day. The search area has also been extended to Ujung Beach and Seraya, Karangasem district. Unfortunately, there has been no result. (kmb31)

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SEMARAPURA - A Swiss citizen becoming the rape victim by three young men from Nusa Penida is ascertained to follow legal process handled by Klungkung police. Other than detaining three suspects, Klungkung police also attempted to extend the visa of victim CM, 21, enabling her to follow the legal process. Chief of Klungkung Police, FX Arendra Wahyudi, delivered it is meant to simplify the process of investigation, mainly if there is additional information from the victim. His office will also provide necessary files required to extend the victim’s residence permit during the legal process. “We help send the letter of acceptance of police report to the victim. So, when the victim files a visa extension, we will accompany until the submission is completed,” he explained on Tuesday (Feb. 14). When confirmed about the victim’s presence, Chief of Nusa Penida Police, Ketut Suastika, stated that after the rape case afflicting to the female student from Swiss had gone to Denpasar but returned again to her accommodation in Nusa Penida. Currently, his office has handed over the three suspects to Klungkung police and the case is being handled by the Klungkung police criminal investigation unit. “Since the case involves foreigner, it is handed over to Klungkung police. The suspects have been detained at the district police sta-

tion,” he explained. When asked about legal proceedings of the three rape suspects, Chief of Klungkung Police Criminal Investigation Unit, Wiastu Andri Prajitno, confirmed that currently all the suspects have been handled by Klungkung police. The three suspects are detained during the interrogation process. “Now, it is still under process and the three suspects have been detained at police station,” he explained. Detention of the three suspects namely I Made YU, 21, I Gede KK, 24, and I Gede RS, 27, is made considering the penalty to be imposed is more than five years. The suspects reported for the gang raping are charged with Article 285 in conjunction with Article 286 in conjunction with Article 289 of Penal Code for committing rape with maximal imprisonment of 12 years. As information, CM, is a 21-yearold traveler from Switzerland who reported the three local youth namely I Made YU, 21, I Gede KK, 24, and I Gede RS, 27, to Nusa Penida police. This foreign traveler who is still a student did not accept to be raping victim committed by the three local youths. Based on field information, the rape incidence experienced by CM began when the victim and her companion, J, 22, from Switzerland, met one of the raping perpetrators, Gede RS at LDM stall located at Batununggul, Nusa Penida. Then, both teenagers were

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invited by Gede RS to another perpetrator’s home, I Gede KK, located at Batununggul village, Nusa Penida. As soon as arrived at the home of Gede KK, the victim CM and her companion J were invited to a drinking party of arrack mixed with Guinness Black Beer along with three reported persons (Made YU, Gede KK and Gede RS) and two other friends namely Kadek W and Wayan A. The drinking party lasted until early morning on Friday (Feb. 10). Around 01:00, the victim CM having been already drunk was taken into a room by the three reported persons. Meanwhile, her companion Y was taken to parking lot by Wayan A. When being in the room, the reported Made YU tried to put off the underpants of CM. This flawless traveler attempted to resist, but because in drunken condition she was powerless. After removing her underpants, CM was laid down on bed. The three perpetrators raped the victim in turn, while two other friends of the reported were only watching. CM continued to counter when being raped. She then pushed and screamed to go out of the room. One of the reported persons, I Gede KK, escorted CM to her accommodation at Mae-Mae Beach House at Kutampi village. The next day, CM and her companion Y reported the depraved behavior of the three local youths of Nusa Penida to local police station. (dwa)

U.S. government sources also told Reuters they believed that North Korean assassins killed Kim Jong Nam. Malaysian police said he had been assaulted on Monday in Kuala Lumpur International Airport and died on the way to hospital. South Korean intelligence believed Kim Jong Nam was poisoned, lawmakers said after being briefed by the spy agency. They said the spy agency told them that the young, unpredictable North Korean leader had issued a “standing order” for his half-brother’s assassination, and that there had been a failed attempt in 2012. Kim had been at the airport’s low-cost terminal to catch a flight to Macau on Monday, when someone grabbed or held Kim’s face from behind, after which he felt dizzy and sought help, Malaysian police official Fadzil Ahmat told Reuters. According to South Korea’s spy agency, Kim Jong Nam had been living, under Beijing’s protection, with his second wife in the Chinese territory of Macau, the lawmakers said. One of them said Kim Jong Nam also had a wife and son in Beijing. Portly and gregarious, Kim Jong Nam was the eldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated state. “If the murder of Kim Jong Nam was confirmed to be committed by the North Korean regime, that would clearly depict the brutality and inhumanity of the Kim Jong Un regime,” South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is also acting president, told a security meeting. The meeting was called in response to Kim Jong Nam’s death, news of which first emerged late on Tuesday. South Korea is acutely sensitive to any sign of instability in isolated North Korea, and is still technically in a state of war with its impoverished and nuclear-armed neighbour, which carried out its latest ballistic missile test on Sunday. (rtr)

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A forensic vehicle comes out from the forensic department at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Kim Jong Nam was killed Monday in Malaysia.

Sold into marriage: how Rohingya girls become child brides in Malaysia

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A Rohingya child bride who ran away from her husband carries her sister outside a shack she shares with her mother and siblings, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 9, 2017.Picture taken February 9, 2017.

KUALA LUMPUR - The slight girl in a turquoise headscarf held back tears as she recalled what happened when she fled to Malaysia from Myanmar’s violence-hit Rakhine state. Just 12-years-old at the time, she was forced to wed a man she did not know, and who was more than a decade older than her. The teenager, who is not being named by Reuters because she is still only 13, is like hundreds of Rohingya girls escaping persecution, violence and apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine, only to be sold into marriage to Rohingya men in neighbouring Malaysia, migrant groups and community members said. Separated from her family while

escaping to Malaysia, she said she was caught by traffickers and held for weeks in a filthy and brutal jungle camp near the Thai-Malaysian border with dozens of others. Her captors told her a Rohingya man was willing to give her freedom if she agreed to marry him. “The (trafficking) agent said I had been sold to a man and I asked, how could do they do that?... My heart was heavy and I was scared,” the girl said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur. Reuters could not independently verify certain aspects of her story but her mother confirmed she was held in the camp for weeks before being released. The girl’s plight is just one il-

lustration of the hardships faced by many Rohingya Muslims, a minority group in Myanmar who are regarded by the nation’s government as illegal migrants from Bangladesh, entitled only to limited rights. Since 2012, violence and communal clashes have seen hundreds of Rohingya killed while tens of thousands have fled, seeking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh. In the most recent crackdown, security forces and police committed mass killings and gang rapes and burned villages in northern Rakhine, a U.N. investigation published earlier this month found. (rtr)


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China, India account for half world’s pollution deaths in 2015 - study

SHANGHAI - China and India accounted for more than half of the total number of global deaths attributable to air pollution in 2015, researchers said in a study published on Tuesday.

The U.S.-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) found that air pollution caused more than 4.2 million early deaths worldwide in 2015, making it the fifth highest cause of death, with about 2.2 million deaths in China and India. The institute’s study, the first of its kind, was based on the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project, a database backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that tracks the role that behavioural, dietary and environmental factors play in deaths across 195 countries. New evidence and methodologies mean that the estimate is significantly higher than the figure published by the World Health Organization last year, which put the number of global air pollution-related deaths in 2012 at 3 million, HEI said. The institute, which has also launched an online database showing the global impact of pollution on health (https://www.stateofglobalair.org), said 92 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with unhealthy air. Air pollution has been linked to higher rates of cancer, stroke and heart disease, as well as chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma. China and India, the world’s two most populous

countries, each accounted for 1.1 million deaths, the findings showed, but China is pushing ahead when it comes to taking action, HEI president Dan Greenbaum told Reuters. “(India) has got a longer way to go, and they still appear to have some ministers who say there is not a strong connection between air pollution and mortality in spite of quite a lot of evidence,” he said. A spokesman for India’s environment ministry could not be reached for comment, but minister Anil Madhav Dave said last week that “there is no conclusive data available” on the link between pollution and mortality, media reported. China’s environment ministry did not respond to a request to comment on whether the estimate of 1.1 million deaths was accurate. Though China has launched a campaign to improve air quality, authorities have been reluctant to draw direct links between air pollution and mortality, with the health ministry saying it had “no data” linking smog to higher incidences of cancer. “It is currently too early to draw conclusions about the extent of the impact of smog on health, especially its long-term impact on the body,” a ministry spokesman told media during a press briefing in January. In a long-term national healthcare plan published last October, the government acknowledged the link between health and pollution, and pledged to assess the precise impacts as well as boost environmental monitoring capabilities. (rtr)

People ride amid the smog in Beijing, China, February 14, 2017.

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A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist’s illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute to Reuters on May 15, 2012.

U.S. experts soften on DNA editing of human eggs, sperm, embryos

CHICAGO - Powerful gene editing tools may one day be used on human embryos, eggs and sperm to remove genes that cause inherited diseases, according to a report by U.S. scientists and ethicists released on Tuesday. The report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine said scientific advances make gene editing in human reproductive cells “a realistic possibility that deserves serious consideration.” The statement signals a softening in approach over the use of the technology known as CRISPRCas9 that has opened up new frontiers in genetic medicine because of its ability to modify genes quickly and efficiently. In December 2015, scientists and ethicists at an international meeting held at the NAS in Washington said it would be “irresponsible” to use gene editing technology in human embryos for therapeutic purposes, such as to correct genetic diseases, until safety and efficacy issues are resolved. Though the technology is still not ready, the latest NAS report says clinical trials for genome editing of the human germline could be permitted, “but only for serious conditions under stringent oversight.” Such editing is not legal in the

United States, and other countries have signed a convention prohibiting the practice on concerns it could be used to create so-called designer babies. CRISPR-Cas9 works as a type of molecular scissors that can selectively trim away unwanted parts of the genome, and replace it with new stretches of DNA. Genome editing is already being planned for use in clinical trials of people to correct diseases caused by a single gene mutation, such as sickle cell disease. But these therapies affect only the patient. The concern is over use of the technology in human reproductive cells or early embryos because the changes would be passed along to offspring. Research using the powerful technique is plowing ahead even as researchers from the University of California and the Broad Institute battle for control over the CRISPR patent. Although gene editing of human reproductive cells to correct inherited diseases “must be approached with caution, caution does not mean prohibition,” the committee said in a statement. Sarah Norcross of the Progress Educational Trust, which advocates for people affected by genetic conditions, called the recommendations “sensible and prudent.” (rtr)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

In Denpasar, from January to February of this year, the disasters are dominated by fallen trees.

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Early year disasters dominated by fallen trees

DENPASAR - Denpasar city located on lowland does not escape from disaster. However, the type of disaster happening in Denpasar is different from the other areas of Bali located on highlands. From January to February of this year, the disasters are dominated by fallen trees. This was disclosed by acting chief of Denpasar regional disaster mitigation agency (BPBD), I Made Prapta, at his office on Monday (Feb. 13). According to Prapta, extreme weather in the past few days has caused quite a lot of fallen tree incidents in Denpasar. Data of

the BPBD Denpasar indicated there have been at least 22 cases of fallen trees since January. However, they mostly happened at the beginning of February that injured three people, namely on the road to Serangan Island and Jalan Hassanuddin. Prapta added the potential for

fallen tree disaster in Denpasar occurs during rainy season. In addition to fallen trees, floods also threat the residents of Denpasar. However, earlier this year, floods have not been considered significant. Floods only occur in the form of inundation and when the rain stops the water will immediately subside. The greatest potential in Denpasar, said Prapta, is fire. In January 2017, there have been four times of fire incident with losses are estimated to reach IDR 515

million. “The handling of fire in Denpasar can last fairly quickly because the officers can reach disaster point from each nearest post only within 13 minutes,” he said. In the meantime, in 2016 there were a total of 101 times of fire cases occurred in Denpasar with the losses estimated to reach IDR 22.1 billion. No fatalities were reported in the fire incidents. Then, fire incident in 2015 happened for148 times. The losses are estimated to reach IDR 5.5 billion. Fortunately,

those incidents did not cause any casualties. Pursuant to the data, the fire was caused by electrical short circuit in 37 cases, absence of extinguishing incense stick (2 cases), stoves (12 cases) and others (75 cases). Meanwhile, it terms of the object on fire, they consist of residential buildings, public buildings, vehicles and others. Quantitatively, they include 65 cases of residential building, vehicles (11 cases), public buildings (1 case), and others (11 cases). (kmb12)

People asked to have disaster preparedness till end of February DENPASAR - High intensity of rain is estimated to last until the end of February. On that account, people asked to remain vigilant against possible disasters. At the same time, it is meant to anticipate casualties occurred due to bad weather. “Staying vigilant is meant to prevent victims caused by heavy rains because in the next few days heavy rain is still likely to occur,” said the Head of the regional disaster mitigation agency (BPBD) of Bali, Dewa Made Indra, in Denpasar, on Monday (Feb. 13). So far, added Dewa Indra, the loss caused by avalanche and flash floods in Bali has not been counted

yet. BPBD remains to focus on the handling of victims, whether the fatalities, injured victims or refugees. “For damages, many parties will count. Public Works, for example, will calculate the losses of roads and bridges. Later on, we will combine all of them. Now, we still focus on dealing with victims. There are the BPBD, national SAR agency, military and police,” he explained. Dewa Indra added that evacuation process of the victims buried by avalanche indeed has completed. Nowadays, his agency puts more emphases on serving. It includes the distribution of aids from the government. People wishing

to give donation or assistance can directly deliver theirs to the posts established by the BPBD. “As in Kintamani, for instance, there has been a post. So, any humanitarian donation can be delivered directly to the post at location,” he said. When interviewed separately, Coordinator of Indonesia Red Cross (PMI) Bangli, Kadek Ardif, said that so far foodstuff such as rice and noodles has been met, especially for disaster victims in Bangli. However, for two or three days ahead, refugees need side dishes and vegetables. “Avoid donating noodles. It is great pity for them to only consume noodles every day. So far, rice is

sufficient,” he said. Kadek Ardif added that refugees still require other needs such as herbs along with appliances such as stoves and others. Currently, cooking activities are only carried out by the team in the disaster post. When there are aids of cooking tools, people can cook according to their individual taste. “Now, they just keep silent. If provided with public kitchen for cooking, they will have activities so as not to only be dreamy. This will restore their psychological condition and forget the disaster they have just experienced,” he explained. In the meantime, the Head of the BPBD Bali emergency response,

I Komang Kusumaedi, said that Galungan village in Buleleng currently needs to repair roads. A total of 200 families are isolated due to recent flash floods. “Currently, emergency road construction is being worked on,” he explained. On the other hand, the Head of the Bali Public Works and Housing (PUPR), I Nyoman Astawa Riadi, admitted to have not completed the data collection on the nominal losses of damaged roads and bridges caused by the avalanche and flash floods in almost all districts. Likewise, the number of damaged roads and bridges are still being checked by quick response team of highways agency. (kmb32)


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Not all people enjoy Bali’s development pie

DENPASAR - Bali’s development pie has not been enjoyed by the whole communities. This happens because the communities of the Island of the Gods are not willing to take advantage of the existing opportunities. This criticism was raised in the public consultation forum for regional government work plan preliminary draft (RKPD) 2018 at Wiswasabha, the Bali gubernatorial office on Tuesday (Feb. 14). An academician from Hindu University of Indonesia (Unhi) Denpasar, Prof. Dewi, observed that currently informal sectors

are dominated by residents from outside Bali. Conversely, local communities even prefer to idle. “Therefore, I hope the govern-

ment can continuously provide skills training for younger generation so that the Bali’s development pie can also be equally enjoyed by our society,” she affirmed. On the other hand, Chief of the Balinese language, literature and script agency of Bali province, I Gde Nala Antara, questioned that so far there is no demographic data describing the percentage of Balinese people who are still speaking

their mother tongue. Balinese language, script and literature are actually the forms of strengthening cultural roots through the arts. Currently, Balinese language has also been studied online by people from 86 countries. ”In order not to lose its cultural roots, it is vital for us to preserve Balinese language and literature. We also appreciate to the establishment of Balinese language

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extension officers assigned to villages,” he said. Meanwhile, Director of Denpasar Health Polytechnic, Anak Agung Ngurah Jaya Kusuma, said that his institution is ready to work together with the provincial government of Bali, especially as government partner to undertake public services in the field of health. “We want to work together with the Bali provincial government in supporting a variety of excellent programs that have been established,” he added. Head of the Bali development planning board (Bappeda), research and development agency, I Putu Astawa, said that preliminary draft public consultation forum (RKPD) 2018 is meant to solicit inputs from the community. It complies with the mandate of the Regulation of Minister of Home Affairs No.54/2010 requiring public participation in the preparation of transparent RKPD. “We will use the inputs to improve the RKPD,” he said. Astawa added that RKPD is a derivative of regional long-term development plan (RPJMD). Having completed the RKPD, the entire regional agency in the Bali provincial government should prepare a work plan, including the lists of the budget required. “In the RKPD has been evidently carried the programs. Each agency will just need to describe the program into action. Bappeda will verify it later on,” he concluded. (kmb32)

Determination day of PASS and SURYA

SINGARAJA - After going through a long process, the candidates of regent and deputy regent Putu Agus Suradnyana-Nyoman Sutjidra (PAS-Sutjidra) and Dewa Nyoman Sukrawan-Gede Dharma Wijaya (SURYA) compete for the sympathy of 583,381 voters in Buleleng. Both candidates of the regent and deputy regent have background as experienced politician. Agus Suradnyana is incumbent candidate with his running mate Nyoman Sutjidra, an obstetrician. Meanwhile, Sukrawan is a former chairman of the Buleleng House of Representatives and was ever nominated as the candidate of

deputy governor of Bali. He also occupied the position as treasurer of PDI-P Bali but he was then fired for opposing the party’s policy. Then, Dharma Wijaya is a Democratic Party politician who also served as deputy chairman of the Buleleng House of Representatives. In the passage of their candidacy, PAS-Sutjidra hardly experiences any issues. Their candidacy is supported by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the National Democratic Party (Nasdem) and the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura). In addition, they are supported by Gerindra, PPP and PAN. In the meantime, SURYA candidacy originates from

independent element. But lately, they are backed up by Golkar Party and the Democratic Party. Since their candidacy, this pair reaped many obstacles so that they were not stipulated as regent and deputy regent candidate. This happened because the minimal requirements of support as independent candidate did not qualify. Due to hard struggle, SURYA finally won a lawsuit in the State Administrative High Court (PT TUN) Surabaya. The verdict then delivered SURYA to be designated as the regent and deputy regent candidate. Not surprisingly, this situation has changed political constellation in Buleleng that was formerly followed by sin-

gle candidate, but it then changed into two pairs of candidate. Both candidate pairs then go on to win sympathy of voters amounting to 583,381 that will determine their choice. Both pairs equally target to attain victory in the regional election held at 1,086 polling stations throughout Buleleng. During the campaign period, both PASS and SURYA equally delivered their vision, mission and programs that essentially promote the development in North Bali. In general, PASS delivers its vision, mission, and the programs to continue infrastructural development and will focus on agricultural sector in broader sense. This is

done because the agricultural sector is still experiencing a number of complicated problems. To that end, in 2017 PASS will build the agriculture from the upstream to downstream. Additionally, postharvest handling will be equipped with cold storage so that excessive agricultural production can survive and get a fair price. In the meantime, SURYA in general offers tridatu program that includes education, health and employment. Other than these three leading sectors, SURYA will also build other sectors in the effort to address poverty, social problems and agriculture and fisheries. (mud)

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NEW YORK — She’s once, twice, three times a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover lady. Kate Upton is once again gracing the cover of the annual issue, becoming only the fourth woman to do so three times. This year, she’s making the splash with three different covers. Other women who did the cover three times include Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum and Christie Brinkley, who also is featured in this year’s edition with her two daughters. Elle Macpherson holds the record with five cover appearances. Other notables in this year’s edition include former cover girl Chrissy Teigen, an expectant mother and athletes including tennis champ Serena Williams and Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles. (ap)

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Men inspect a list of voters put up along with a poster of candidates at a polling station in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Voting was underway in the election for governor of the Indonesian capital after a divisive months-long campaign in which the monumental problems facing Jakarta took a backseat to religious intolerance and racial bigotry.

Unofficial tally points to second vote for Indonesia capital

JAKARTA — Unofficial counts indicate the acrimonious election for the Indonesian capital’s governor will head to a second round in April with the incumbent, a minority Christian, failing to secure the 50 percent needed for an outright win. Most of the quick counts carried out by research companies show incumbent Gov. “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, whose campaign was hurt by blasphemy charges, winning 40-43 percent of the vote. Anies Rasyid Baswedan, a former education minister who courted conservative and hard-line Muslims, trails by a couple of points.

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Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the photogenic son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was in a distant third place that eliminates him from the contest. Religion and Ahok’s Chinese ethnicity, rather than the slew of problems that face a car-clogged and sinking Jakarta, dominated the campaign and transformed the election into a high-stakes tussle between conservatives, who want Islam to be ascendant in politics and society, and moderates. Ahok’s chances appeared dashed after accusations he blasphemed the Quran led to criminal charges and trial but he rebounded in opinion polls following a series of televised debates. If convicted of blasphemy, he faces up to five years in prison. “We know that you all wanted to see us win in one round, but we should be grateful for the outcome of this struggle,” he told supporters. “When many considered that nobody wants to vote for me, it turns out we are most preferred.” The blasphemy trial and the ease with which hard-liners attracted several hundred

thousand to protest against Ahok in Jakarta in November and December have undermined Indonesia’s reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam and shaken the centrist government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Calls for Ahok to be killed and antiChinese sentiment were disturbing elements of the protests, one of which turned violent, with dozens injured and one person dying from the effects of tear gas. Some analysts say it will be difficult for him to win the second vote if the Anti-Ahok camp unites behind the remaining Muslim candidate and expect religious and racial divisions to be heightened ahead of the April election. Continued to page 6

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