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Modigliani sells for $157.2 mn in New York: Sotheby’s

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NEW YORK - A stunning nude that is the largest painting produced by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani sold for $157.2 million in New York on Monday, becoming the fourth most expensive work of art sold at auction. Painted a century ago, Modigliani’s masterpiece “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)” fetched the highest price in Sotheby’s history and was the star single lot in the May art auction season in New York. Modigliani follows Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso as the third highest-selling artist at auction. Monday’s sale failed to eclipse the $170.4 million paid for another Modigliani nude at Christie’s in 2015. Nearly 58 inches (147 centimeters) wide, the picture was the cover star of a recent retrospective at the Tate Modern gallery in London. Modigliani reinvented the nude for the modern era, and when his series of paintings were first exhibited in 1917, they were considered so shocking that police closed the show in Paris. Bidding was restrained, lasting three to four minutes and opening at $125 million before auctioneer Helena Newman brought the hammer down at $139 million. The final

price includes a buyer’s premium. The price chalks up a healthy profit for its seller, who acquired the picture in 2003 for $26.9 million. Modigliani completed 22 reclining nudes and 13 seated nudes between 1916 and 1919. Most of the former are found in museums, such as The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Simon Shaw, co-head of impressionist and modern art at Sotheby’s, said the painting sold Monday, while rooted in tradition, reflected the changing status of women during World War I. “This is a nude of a very selfpossessed, sexually confident woman who is not looking out from a distance. She’s absolutely meeting our gaze,” he told AFP prior to the sale. Modigliani’s dealer Leopold Zborowski gave him a stipend of 15 francs a day and paid the models five francs to pose in a Paris apartment. (afp)

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In this file photo taken on May 04, 2018 “Nu Couche(sur le cote gauche)” by Amedeo Modigliani is seen during a Sotheby’s preview of the May Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, in New York on May 4, 2018.

Romancing the maid: Indian film tackles taboo

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The premise of the new film, “Sir”, an upstairs-downstairs love story of a kind that has never been seen in an Indian movie.

CANNES - As a child, Rohena Gera never understood why her family’s live-in nanny, the “woman she loved like a second mother” was kept at arm’s length by her Indian family. “I didn’t understand why this person who took care of me, who I loved... was so separate.” In a country where millions of servants sleep on the floor of the homes they work in, the idea that a “master” might fall for the meek low-caste woman who is there to

cook and scrub for him seemed “inconceivable”, she said. But that is the premise of Gera’s new film, “Sir”, an upstairs-downstairs love story of a kind she says has never been seen in an Indian movie. That the maid is a widow -- whose lives can be severely circumscribed in India -- adds another layer of taboo to the tenderly told tale which premiered at the Cannes film festival Monday. Young property developer Ashwin and his maid Ratna may live

“under the same roof but they are in completely different worlds,” said Gera. “They do not even speak the same language,” with him coming from the English-speaking Mumbai elite and her a poor villager. Even if by some miracle he married her, his family and friends might object to sharing a table with her. Nor would she “be able to sit on a sofa with his sister”, Gera told AFP. (afp)

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Bali tightens security amid series of East Java attacks

DENPASAR - Bali Police are enhancing security on the island after a string of terror attacks have rocked Indonesia’s East Java province, but are urging the public to remain calm. In just two days, there have been three deadly explosions targeting churches and the headquarters of the Surabaya City Police. Since Friday, Bali Police have raised the island province’s security to “Alert One,” Denpasar Police Chief Hadi Purnomo said yesterday, explaining that the increased alert was actually following the riot at the Depok Mobile Brigade Command Detention Center, that left five police and one prisoner dead last week. “We are currently operating under Alert One so that the security will be guarding churches today at time of worship. In addition, there has been increased security in places where tourists visit,” Purnomo said. The public should exercise increased vigilance and caution when in crowded spaces, but keep calm, says Bali Police spokesman Hengky Widjaja. “We ask all people to pray

that Bali remains safe and calm. In (public and worship) places, these areas are secured by patrols and increased police,” Widjaja said. “We are tightening the security at points of entry and exit of Bali, namely sea ports and the airport, tourist attractions, and places of worship,” he said. “Temporarily reduce activities outside and in public places and inform the near-

est police about any suspicious behavior,” he said. Australian Warned Australians travelling to Bali and other parts of Indonesia have been warned to exercise caution after recent bombing attacks in the country. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued a travel warning urging Australians to “exercise a high

degree of caution in Indonesia, including in Bali, Surabaya and Jakarta, because of the high threat of terrorist attack.” The holy month of Ramadan begins on Tuesday and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged Australians to take the threat of terror very seriously.“ISIS is still a very, very real threat and I want to say how much we condemn the shocking terrorist attacks in Surabaya,” he told reporters on Tuesday. However, many travellers remain defiant. Seven News spoke to several tourists at Perth Airport before they boarded a flight to Bali, who said they would not let terrorists change their holiday plans. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the

use of children in the deadly blast at the police station was a horrifying new level of terrorism. “What was particularly horrific about the attacks over the weekend was the use of children in the terrorist organisation. We have not seen that in Indonesian attacks before and this takes it to a whole new horrifying level,” Ms Bishop told Sunrise on Tuesday. (kmb) News can also be heard in “Bali Image” at Global Radio FM 96.5 from 9.30 until 10.00 am. Listen to Global Radio FM at http:// globalfmbali.listen2myradio.com or live video streaming at http:// radioglobalfmbali.com and http:// ustream.tv/channel/global-fm-bali.


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Bombings lead to concern that tourism in Bangli could be affected

BANGLI - The recent bombings in Surabaya have many worried that tourism in Bali could be adversely affected as five countries have already issued travel advisories following the acts of terror. Chairman of the Bangli branch of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) , Ketut Mardjana, said on Monday (May 14) asserted that tourism is very vulnerable to se-

curity issues. Marjana addd that many are concerned that the bombings in Surabaya on Sunday cold have a negative impact on tourism in Bangli particularly since Britain, Australia,

the United States and Hong Kong have all issues travel advisories for their citizens when visiting Indonesia. “This will quite likely have an impact on tourism. We are entrusted the police authorities to ensure that there are no bombings here”, he added. Mardjana added that the public is being asked to also be aware of their respective areas so that terrorists do

not enter their village. Tourism businesses are also being asked to pay attention to every visitor. Supervision can be done using CCTVs and better yet by security guards. With such vigilance on everyone’s part , the space in which terrorists can move ill certainly be narrowed, he said. So far tourist attractions in Bangli have not seen a decline in visitors fol-

lowing the bombings in Surabaya. Tourists attractions managed by the government have reported that things remain normal and the number of tourists stable. “Hopefully, the bombings in Surabaya will not have an impact on tourism here. We do not need to be fearful but we do need to be vigilant”, said this former President Director of PT Pos Indonesia. (kmb40)

Response to recent bombings

Tourism businesses asked to be alert and improve security

SINGARAJA - The recent bombings in Surabaya and surrounding areas, there is concern that tourism in Bali could be affected. The Bueleleng Tourism Office for example has been reminding tourism business in their region to remain vigilant and to make security a top priority at hotels, restaurants and tourists attractions in North Bali. Head of the Buleleng Tourism Office,, I Nyoman Sutrisna addressed this issue – especially with regards to the newly developing tourism sector in Buleleng. From

the Regent of Buleleng’s office on Monday (May 4), Sutrisna said that following the recent bombings in East Java, several threats were circulating on social media sites, so the Buleleng Tourism Office has been coordinating with tourism players in the region to tighten security so as to prevent any violent acts from taking place in the region. “We have created a schedule for verbal coaching with tourism players – including managers of tourist attractions in rural areas, explaining to them how to remain alert and

promote security in line with the concept of Sapta Pesona ( seven charms)”, he explained. When asked if the recent bombings had affected occupancy rates, Sutrisna said that tourism in Buleleng has not been affected. However he added that terrorist bombings around the world affect tourism in general including in Indonesia and Buleleng is no exception. In order to prevent such disturbing things from happening, everyone must work together to maintain security in their respective regions.

Any indications of potential acts of violence can thus be detected early on, he explained. “So far, we have not seen any adverse affects on hotel occupancy rates, However with rumours that subsequent acts of violence could take place which would affect tourism in our region, we are taking preventative measures. Hopefully with law enforcement officers assuring security, tourists will continue to be interested in visiting our region”, said Sutrisna. In a separate location, Deputy

Chief of Buleleng Police, Ronny Riantoko, said that so far tourist attractions in Buleleng remain secure. Tourism police, district police and subdistrict police have been alerted to be extra vigilant when conducting their patrols. If they see any visitors showing signs of suspicious behaviour, the public is being asked to report it to the nearest law enforcement authorities. With such participation on the part of the public, undesirable things can easily be prevented, he added. (kmb38)

Command headquarters tightly guarded, Joint security patrols involving Indonesian military

NEGARA - In addition to securing vital objects, the National Police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) are working together to secure the harbour and police stations in Jembrana so as to prevent any acts of terror from occurring. Chief of the Jembrana Police Operations Unit, M. Didik Wiratmoko, said that security at vital objects is being intensified by 120 Jembrana

Police officers and 91 Military police officers. Gilimanuk Harbour is receiving special attention as it is the main route into Bali from East Java. Coastal areas including traitional ports such as Pengambengan and Candikusuma are also being strictly supervised by the Jembrana Marine Police. As observed on Monday, security at the Jembrana Police headquarters

was also tighter than usual with the entrance to the Negara Police station fenced off. The fence was put up in direct response to the recent attack in which the perpetrator entered a police station directly and blew himself up – as opposed to entering the area using a secret plan. Chief Wiratmoko added that all security checks now also involve more than one officer as well as fire-arms.

Guards at eh front of the building are also equipped with bullet-proof vests. Previously, Commander of the 1617/Jembrana Military District, Djefry Marsono Hanok, explained that the TNI will help police to deploy personnel when securing places of worship, vital objects and will be conducting joint patrols in areas vulnerable to attack. Meanwhile, Chief of the Jembrana Municipal Police, I

Gusti Rai Budhi, said they have also been conducting intensive supervision of are areas with large migrant populations. “Previously, we have also regularly perform population operations to ascertain the identity of people living in Jembrana – particularly in boarding houses, rented houses and elsewhere”, said this former headman of Gilimanuk. (kmb26)

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EXPLORING THE TASTE OF THE ARCHIPELAGO AT HOTEL NIKKO BALI BENOA BEACH

Following the official announcement by the Ministry of Tourism recently on five national dishes of Indonesia, Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach has launched a special promotion featuring its take on the iconic dishes. “The five dishes announced by the Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, have been a part of our menu,” explained Jean-Charles Le Coz, General Manager of Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach, “And we take this opportunity to showcase them more prominently at our restaurants, Grand Benoa Resto and Bali Luna.” The five dishes, Beef Rendang, GadoGado, Nasi Goreng, Soto Lamongan, and Sate, will be alternately showcased during breakfast at the Grand Benoa Resto, along with Indonesian traditional herbal drink, Jamu. During the time of the promotion, guests can enjoy any of these dishes at Bali Luna at a special price of only IDR 99,000 net per portion, for lunch or dinner. “We try to keep them as authentic as we can, with the use of spices, herbs, and cooking method,” said Dewa Eka Putra, the new Bali-born Executive Chef. On each dish, Chef Dewa also added the calorie information per portion marking a new journey that the hotel is taking for Bali Luna. “The restaurant will soon offer a selection of healthier take on Asian and Westerninspired favorites,” said Chef Dewa, “Our goal is to let our guests know that healthy food can be delicious as well, indulge without guilt. We also want, whenever we can, to use local selected ingredients, it makes the food authentic, enhances the taste and reduce carbon footprint; it’s good for all.” Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach offers an extensive culinary experience for its guests, including the signature Italian restaurant,

Giorgio Italian Ristorante Pizzeria; a swimup pool bar, Aloha; a laid-back beachside bar, By The C; the lobby lounge, Samudera Lounge. The hotel plans to add an authentic Japanese restaurant to its collection this year, bringing a traditional, yet affordable, Japanese experience to Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa area


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New evidence for water plumes on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. A view of Europa created from images taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.

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Indonesian Economic Diplomacy in Central Europe:

The Potentials of Economic Cooperation with Visegrad

International trade is an inherent element of any nation’s foreign relations. Nations engaged in political and economic cooperation with other nations to sustain robust domestic economic strength for the welfare of its people. International trade will sustain economic growth, an essential indicator of economic development. Exporting domestic products will generate income, while importing products is also necessary to fulfill the products needed domestically or inadequately produced domestically.

Old NASA spacecraft points to new evidence of watery plumes over Europa

TAMPA - A fresh look at data from a 1997 flyby of Jupiter’s moon, Europa, suggests that NASA’s Galileo spacecraft flew directly through a watery plume, raising hopes of probing the jets for signs of life around the second planet from Earth. The revelations Monday came after scientists revisited a puzzling reading from an instrument aboard Galileo, which in 1995 became the first spacecraft to enter the orbit of a gas giant planet. What they found was the most direct evidence yet of plumes emerging from Europa’s frozen surface, researchers reported in the scientific journal Nature Astronomy.

Europa has long been thought to cover a salty ocean about twice the size of our planet’s. Given the suspected abundance of warm, liquid water under its thick ice shell, the moon is considered a “top candidate” by NASA for life on a solar system body other than Earth. In the last several years, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detect-

ed evidence of plumes on Europa, but from afar. Galileo came much closer during its 11 flybys of Europa. “On one particular pass by Europa, the spacecraft came very, very close to the surface -- as I remember less than 150 kilometers (93 miles) above the surface -- and it was on that pass that we saw signatures that we never really understood,” said Margaret Kivelson, professor emerita of space physics at the University of California, Los Angeles, on NASA TV. That region was in an area where the Hubble Space Telescope

had spotted repeated evidence of plumes. When another researcher presented findings recently on Hubble’s collection of observations, “that led us to realize we had to go back and look at Galileo data,” said Xianzhe Jia, associate professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. For the new study, experts measured variations in the moon’s magnetic field and plasma waves, based on data obtained during Galileo’s close flyby, and found they were “consistent” with the spacecraft crossing a plume.

“These results provide strong independent evidence of the presence of plumes at Europa,” they wrote in Nature. The team reconstructed the spacecraft’s path to pinpoint the plume’s location on the moon’s surface. “These findings will help plan future missions to Europa, such as NASA’s Europa Clipper and ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer spacecraft, both of which are expected to arrive at Jupiter between the late 2020s and early 2030s,” said a Nature summary. (afp)

BMW to be first foreign firm to test self-driving car in China

BMW to be first foreign firm to test self-driving car in China.

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BEIJING - Shanghai has granted BMW a licence for self-driving car testing, setting up the German luxury brand to become the first foreign automaker to test autonomous vehicles on the road in China. As global car giants race for an advantage in the world’s largest car market, the Shanghai Commission of Economy and Information Technology awarded the two licences for BMW’s 7 Series sedans on Monday, the regulator said. Since the city started issuing the testing permits in March, local state-owned automaker SAIC and Chinese electric vehicle startup NIO have logged more than 6,000 kilometres (3,728 miles) of driving without incidents, the commission

said. But the licences do not give automakers access to all of Shanghai’s chaotic streets. Instead they have a 5.6-kilometre stretch of road to drive up and down, according to state news agency Xinhua. The autonomous car market is ramping up in China as local upstarts, technology behemoths and foreign automakers go head-tohead to produce what many expect to be the future of transportation. Internet firms Alibaba and its rival Baidu recently predicted that self-driving vehicles will hit the road in the country within three to five years, and both have made big investments to be at the forefront of the shift. (afp)

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President Joko Widodohas determined that economic growth as one of the Administration’s priority. In his speech at the Coordination Meeting of Heads of Indonesian Representative Overseas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 12 February 2018, President Joko Widodo said that the key to Indonesian economic growth are investment and increasing exports. For that purpose, Indonesian economic diplomacy must work to support and achieve those goals. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, along with the other related ministries such as Coordinating Ministry for Ecenomic Affairs and the Ministry of Trade, has declared that economic diplomacy is one of the top priorities of Indonesian foreign policy. Minister Retno Marsudi’s “down-to-earth” diplomacy covers the economic diplomacy, as increasing economic growth will lead to the increasing welfare of the people. In strengthening Indonesian economic diplomacy, priorities has been set to enhance economic cooperation, bilaterally or regionally, with various regions. In addition to maintaining economic cooperation with traditional markets (the top trading partners), economic diplomacy have also been directed to non-traditional markets (where trade relations are prospective). Such regions as Africa, South Asia and Latin America are among the potential targets. With the growing regionalism, it is essential that economic diplomacy is also aimed at regional blocs such as ASEAN, European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Eurasian Eco-

nomic Union (EAEU) and Visegrad (or V4). Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Universitas Pendidikan Nasional (UNDIKNAS) Denpasar, Bali, hold an International Seminar on “Indonesian Economic Diplomacy: Economic Cooperation with Visegrad”. Visegrad is a regional bloc formed by Central European Countries (Czechoslovakia (later become Czech Republic and Slovak Republic in 1993), Poland and Hungary) covering political, economic, and cultural cooperation. All four members of V4 become parts of European Union in 2004. I would argue that for Indonesia, the V4 member states are potential trading partners and therefore economic cooperation with V4 need to be pursued. I based my arguments on the following points. First, with total population of around 64 million, the V4 countries provide a potential market for Indonesian products. Second, according to the Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics (Badan Pusat Statistik/ BPS),our total export to the four countries is USD 446.1 million. This means the V4

only absorbs around 0.45% of the total Indonesian non-oil and gas export. Meanwhile, our import from V4 worth 479.8 billion or roughly 0.23% of the V4’s total export. Third, As far as tourism is concerned, one of the V4 objectives is to enhance not only the economic cooperation, but also tourism cooperation with the Asian region, mainly the East Asian region. Indonesia has definitely the potentials to offer. According to the World Bank the number of Indonesians middle class is expanding. Today Indonesia middle class counts more than 52 millions people, which constitute potential markets for Visegrad. The number of tourist from Hungary is also increasing. Around 6 thousands Hungarian in 2014 and around the same number Slovakian visited Indonesia. More tourists come from Czech Republic (around 18 thousands in 2016 and 19 thousands in 2017) and Poland (around 15 thousands in 2014 ). Bali remains the main destination. Finaly, Indonesia needs to attract more investment from V4. Hungary has invested in energy sectors in Indonesia following Hungarian Prime Minister’s visit in 2016. Meanwhile total Czech investment in Indonesia reached USD $ 34.35 million between 2010 and 2015 . In conclusion, the economic cooperation between Indonesia and members of V4 Group have room for enhancement. Challenges may still on the way, involving diversed factors such as non-tariff measures, non-tariff barriers, the relatively high shipping cost and several other technical challenges. However, both parties—Indonesia and the V4— need to address these challenges to make way fora strengthened economic relations. For Indonesia, the message is clear: stronger market penetration towards the Central European region, including with members of V4 group, is of high importance. Written by Leonard F. Hutabarat, Ph.D. Director for Policy Analysis and Development on American and Europe Region at The Ministry of Foreign Affair of The Republic of Indonesia

Travel advisory issued for Indonesia

So far, no reported tourist cancellations in Bali DENPASAR - Some countries, including Britain, the United States and Australia are rumoured to have issued travel advisories for their citizens visiting Indonesia, following the bombings in Surabaya, East Java over the weekend. However these advisories have not affected Bali and the Bali Tourism Office confirmed on Monday (May 14), that there have been no tourist cancellations in the Island of the Gods. “Australia and the United States are said to have issued a travel warning so their citizen asking them to be careful when visiting Indonesia. Hopefully, this does not have on tourist who have planned their trip to Bali some time ago. There is no reason to cancel their trips to Bali as the recent bombings did not occur in Bali”, said Head of the Bali Tourism Office, A.A. Gede Yuniartha Putra, when contacted on

Monday (May 14). In addition, continued Yuniartha, such cancellations are not refunded. Fortunately there have not been any travel advisories for Bali -especially considering that Bali is just starting to recover from the negative impact on tourism that the eruptions of Mount Agung had. There has also been concern tha the recent eruption of Mount Merapi might be confused on social media for an eruption of Mount Agung. The Bali Tourism Office and the GIPI Bali have both provided clarification of this matter. “We do not want rumours circulating on social media that Mount Agung has erupted. We have not provided any specific information about the bombings in Surabaya as we do not ant to create unnecessary fear amongst tourists”, he explained.

Yuniartha is urging people to remain calm and and hopes that there will not be any bombings in Bali. The Bali Police are currently tightening security at the the entrance points of Bali. As of March 2018,m there have been 1. 3 million foreign tourists who have visited Bali, most of whom are from China, Australia and India. When interviewed separately, Governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, said that terrorists are increasingly offensive and sophisticated. Therefore, the people of Bali are asked to be more careful, even though security efforts have been improved. The simple formula that terrorist use, he said is intention and opportunity. “How can we see the intention? It’s difficult, right? However, we should be able to detect it based

on certain indications and therefor take preventative measures”, he said. According to Governor Pastika, law enforcement officials should be given the authority to take preventive action, through the ratification of the Bill on Terrorism. In Malaysia and Singapore for example, local authorities can take action based on indications of a potential crime without having to wait for the crime to be committed. Currently, Law enforcement in Indonesia, he said is like watching an aquarium with many fish in it. Even though authorities know the fish are dangerous- they cannot catch the fish. “As long as the terrorists do not take action -as long as there is no evidence ... the authorities are not allowed to take action, They have to wait until they find evidence such

as a weapon or explosives before they can deal with the situation. Without such evidence, the law stated that they cannot take action”, explained Pastika. Quoting a statement from the Chief of the National Police, Pastika said that there are 500 Indonesians who are tex-ISIS having returned home from Syria. In addition, there are still 1,100 other Indonesians who have not returned to Indonesia yet or are waiting to be deported. Police cannot supervise all of ISIS alone and what is more the ex-ISIS members are ready to die- it is very hard to change such a mindset. “We should not be surprised in one family is willing to die like that. We should therefor change the laws accordingly.Terrorism is different than robbery”, said Givernor Pastika. (kmb32)


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Development of Balinese woven clothes faced with material problems

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MANGUPURA - Until now, the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Bali engaged in weaving works are still experiencing constraints of raw materials. Actually, this Balinese cloth has the potential to be exported. Bali with the branding as the Island of Tourism makes the product of Bali popular. Business owner of Songket Jepun Bali, Gusti Ayu Made Mardiani, said she ever had trouble with silk raw material. So, she must do pre-order first to get the material looked for. Moreover, to get silk thread for her songket cloth she has to find in another district like Klungkung, while she herself lives in Denpasar. Head of the Bali Representative Office of Bank Indonesia, Causa Iman Karana, said that his institution has mentored MSMEs. The constraint submitted by the MSMEs to him in the face of competition is the raw material. Some raw materials are still imported like yarns and monotonous designs, including production problems. The MSMEs in Bali, especially those engaged in weaving works, are also experiencing competition issues with global market. Meanwhile, the Bali Representative Office of Bank Indonesia as the foster father of the MSMEs is attempting the MSME players in the typical weaving and jewelry center of Bali to penetrate the national and international markets. However, in reality the constraints of raw materials and production are still faced by the MSMEs. So, in order to be able to upgrade the class and go international, it should be supported with the quality and production capability as well as adequate raw materials. One of the BI’s efforts to take the weaving MSME of Bali to go international is bringing it together with the designers in the event entitled Fashion Trend 2019 organized by the

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Songket cloth Indonesia Fashion Chamber (IFC) on Friday (May 11) at TS Suite, Seminyak. The designers have a network and experience so they are invited in cooperation with the MSMEs of Bali to produce high valueadded creations products. “I hope the MSME players can upgrade their class both into national and international level,” he said. Iman said the weaving handicrafts spreading throughout Bali have their own peculiarities, including endek, songket and rangrang clothes. Therefore, he invited the MSME players of weaving handicrafts to innovate in producing new patterns and models. “If

only offering the same styles, the marketing will be limited,” he concluded. The presence of designers is expected to display products previously belonging to simple and mediocre design to be more modern and have competitiveness. On that account, the product can later enter the wider market and improve the life of craftsmen. Fashion designer Dwi Iskandar making collaboration with Putrimas Songket weaving group from Jembrana said that Balinese songket cloth is not inferior in terms of quality and is now widely accepted by overseas markets. This becomes the background of designing

songket weaving with gypsy style for men and women. “I combine the distinctive bright colors of tropical woven fabrics between maroon and orange with unusual upper cuts,” he said. Business owner of Putrimas weaving factory, Ketut Widiadnyana, said that Balinese woven fabric can be transformed into a beautiful dress and surely has high selling price. He also hoped the fashion show can provide added value, especially in the development of traditional fabrics in the future. “Similarly, other Balinese woven fabrics can get featured and prosper craftsmen,” he hoped. (kmb42)

Communicating with various music genres

BBF 2018 presents more collaboration

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The BBF 2018 held on Peninsula Island, featured a number of renowned musicians from home and overseas.

MANGUPURA - The fourth Bali Blues Festival (BBF) as the biggest blues festival performance in Southeast Asia, this year brings more collaboration. Of course blues music as the foundation of the music is expected to communicate with various other musical genres. “The BBF 2018 brings much collaboration such as blues collaborated with reggae and blues with rockabilly,” said I Gusti Agung Bagus Mantra, the owner of Pregina Art & Showbiz Bali, on Saturday (May 12) at the BBF event on the Island of Peninsula, Nusa Dua. In the future, to show off the new music, he wanted to explore the heritage of Bali such as how to ex-

plore the arts of Balinese tradition with blues. This is an optimal effort to synergize blues artists in Bali and Indonesia as well as composers of Balinese traditional music. “On that account, this will become a trade mark that Balinese blues on the Island of the Gods is rich in heritage diversity that can produce a blues composition in the world music sense,” he said. Meanwhile, Corporate Secretary of the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Miranti Nasti Rendranti, said the BBF 2018 as the implementation of the fourth year surely can enrich the tourist attractions in the Nusa Dua area, especially in the field of music. During the implementation of the

BBF, the number of tourist visits to Nusa Dua increased. Through collaboration of the Pregina Art & Showbiz and the Ministry of Tourism, the BBF 2018 held on Peninsula Island, The Nusa Dua, featured a number of renowned musicians from home and overseas. On the first day, the number of visitors amounted to 1,475 people, consisting of 590 foreign tourists from Australia and some countries in Europe and 885 domestic tourists. In the meantime, on the second day, the number of visitors reached 1,355 people, consisting of 552 foreign tourists from Australia and some countries in Europe and 803 domestic tourists. (kmb23)

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SEOUL - Satellite photos indicate North Korea has begun dismantling its nuclear test site ahead of a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a US monitor said Tuesday. In a move welcomed by Washington and Seoul, North Korea said at the weekend it will “completely” destroy the Punggye-ri test site, in a ceremony scheduled between May 23-25 in front of invited foreign media. But no observers from international atomic monitoring agencies have been invited, raising concerns over the openness of the process. Punggye-ri, in the northeast of the country, has been the site of all six of the North’s nuclear tests, the latest and by far the most powerful in September last year, which Pyongyang said was an H-bomb. North Korea pledged to close the testing ground after Kim last month declared the country’s nuclear force complete and said it had no further need for the complex. The respected 38 North website said Tuesday that satellite images dated May 7 showed “the first definitive evidence that dismantlement of the test site was already well under way”. Several key operational buildings as well as smaller sheds had been razed and rails connecting the tunnels to their waste piles were removed, the monitoring group said. Excavation of a new tunnel has

also been halted since late March, it added. Images showed preparatory work for the destruction ceremony had also begun, including a newly positioned foundation among the waste piles believed to have been built for the invited journalists. “It is conceivably for a future camera position to record the closure of the West Portal,” the group said. However no tunnel entrances appear to have been permanently closed and some main buildings are still intact, it added, saying the destruction of those facilities was likely to be carried out in front of the foreign media. Dialogue brokered by South Korea has seen US-North Korea relations go from trading personal insults and threats of war last year to a summit between Kim and Trump which will be held in Singapore on June 12. Kim’s latest diplomatic overture has seen him hold a summit with the South’s President Moon Jae-in and travel twice in less than two months to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The two Koreas are due to meet for a high-level meeting on Wednesday to discuss follow-up measures from their summit last month, Seoul’s unification ministry said. Washington is seeking the “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation” of the North and stresses that verification will be key. (afp)

WINDSOR - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this weekend was on Tuesday overshadowed by reports her father may not attend the ceremony following a paparazzi scandal, rocking the royal family’s meticulous planning for the landmark occasion. Kensington Palace, the official residence of the couple, pleaded in a statement for “understanding and respect” during a “difficult situation” as US media reported Thomas Markle had suffered a heart attack after fallout from allegedly staging paparazzi photos of himself. According to celebrity news website TMZ, he decided against travelling from his home in Mexico to accompany his daughter down the aisle at Windsor Castle due to his health -- and to spare her further embarrassment. Kensington Palace did not confirm whether Markle senior had pulled out of the wedding, but issued a statement hinting all was not well. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding,” it said.

“She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.” - ‘Positive photos’ Thomas Markle told TMZ he had agreed to pose for a paparazzi photo shoot in a bid to rehabilitate his image, rather than for money, but that he now regretted the move. It said he had suffered a heart attack last week due to stress following the episode and that he was continuing to suffer from chest pains. Markle senior said he had not heard from his daughter since the revelations broke, and that her mother and his ex-wife, Doria Ragland, would be a good choice to walk her down the aisle in his place, according to TMZ.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle’s half-sister Samantha Grant, who has criticised the bride-to-be’s relationship with her father’s side of the family, reportedly tweeted that it was her suggestion that Thomas Markle pose in the photoshoot. She said the “positive photos” were intended to combat his “bad” portrayal in the press, and reiterated it was not done for money. The images, showing him being measured for a suit and admiring a photo of the future royal couple on his computer, sold for $100,000 (83,000 euros/£74,000) according to British tabloid the Daily Mirror. A source close to Thomas Markle, cited by TMZ, said he was convinced to pose for the shots after being hounded by the paparazzi. He is now said to feel “like a total fool” who has been “scammed”. (afp)

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This picture taken on May 9, 2018 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 10 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shaking hands at the Workers’ Party of Korea headquarters in Pyongyang.


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Graduation Ceremony at GMIS Bali

Gandhi Memorial Intercontinental School (GMIS) Bali celebrated its graduation ceremonies of the preparatory class, PYP class (Grade 5) on the 11th of May 2018 and the next evening 12th May, 2018 was for the class of 2018 (Grade 12) & the Matriculating (Grade 10) class of 2018. Both the evenings were full splendor, grandeur and embellishments. The ambience of the school looked festive. 119 students from 10 different countries graduated on the two days.

The graduation ceremony of Gandhi Memorial Intercontinental School (GMIS) Bali

A general view inside the RHB Centre stock market in Kuala Lumpur on May 14, 2018.

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Asian markets down as attention turns back to trade talks

Asian markets mostly fell on Tuesday as trade issues returned to the spotlight with China and the US holding more high-level talks this week, while oil prices held gains as tensions in the Middle East simmer. A run-up in equities over the past week has also led to profit-taking, with Hong Kong hit after six straight days of gains. US markets rose again as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He -- President Xi Jinping’s right-hand man on economic issues -- headed to Washington on Tuesday for a new round of talks aimed at heading off a trade war between the economic giants. There are hopes the two sides can hammer out an agreement to end a dispute that has seen both sides threaten tariffs on billions of dollars of goods. Donald Trump’s call to help get Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE “back into business fast” soothed nerves, while Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday he was explor-

ing “alternative remedies” for the firm, which was in April banned from buying crucial US technology for seven years. “China is reportedly close to removing tariffs on agricultural products in exchange for relief for ZTE,” said Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trade at OANDA. “It helps explain why President Trump said he’d work with President Xi on this company.” The talks come as US officials try to reach agreements with Canada and Mexico on revising their three-way trade pact, while EU steel tariff exemptions are due to end on June 1.

- ‘Hornet’s nest’ Hong Kong closed 1.2 percent lower after racking up gains of more than five percent over the previous six sessions, while Tokyo ended 0.2 percent down. Sydney shed 0.6 percent, Singapore fell 0.4 percent and Seoul sank 0.7 percent, with Wellington, Taipei, Bangkok and Jakarta also lower. However, there were gains in Manila and Kuala Lumpur. And Shanghai rose 0.6 percent as global index compiler MSCI said 234 mainland shares would be on a final list to be included in its flagship index from next month. The big-cap shares, from banking giant ICBC to oil major PetroChina,

will account for 0.39 percent of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. But analysts said gains were capped as investors have already bought these shares in anticipation of the June inclusion.Mumbai’s Sensex jumped 0.5 percent as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP looked on course to win a key state election just a year before national polls. Concerns about the already tinderbox Middle East have helped put upward pressure on oil prices, with deadly clashes in Gaza during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem coming less than a week after Trump ripped up the Iran nuclear deal. “In general, the market is wholly focused on the hornet’s nest in the Middle East that is an accident waiting to happen,” Innes added. While both main crude contracts

dipped marginally Tuesday, they are still at highs not seen since November 2014, with economic uncertainty in major producer Venezuela also playing a key role. The increase in oil prices is helping fan inflation expectations in the United States, which has fuelled to talk that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates three more times this year. The dollar climbed against its major peers, with the euro weighed by data showing the German economy grew much more slowly than expected at the start of the year. And most high-yielding currencies were well down, led by the South Korean won, Mexican peso and Indonesian rupiah. In early European trade London and Paris each fell 0.2 percent while Frankfurt shed 0.3 percent. (afp)

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The Chairman of GMIS, Mr. Suresh G. Vaswani expressed, “I am extremely happy at the progress that our school GMIS-Bali has made in the last 11 years. The school accomplished its dream of being an IB world school in less than 10 years. GMIS- Bali has the three programmes of IB – PYP, MYP, & DP. We have Cambridge Curriculum also for grade 9 & 10. The school has been able to attract students and parents in the island of Gods. We have students from 35 countries.” Mr. A P Singh, the Principal of Mother school GMIS-Jakarta motivated and encouraged students as the key note speaker and asked them to be life-long dreamers, he marked, “Realize your dream through dedicated hard-work and passion driven diligence” Mr. Shyam Roopchand Jethnani, the President of The Gandhi Seva loka also graced the occasion along with the executive members of the trust. Ibu Dewa Ayu Eka Putri Kari

Ini S.E, M.Si, the Head of UPTD SMA Denpasar was also present at the graduation ceremony and congratulated the graduating students. The parents and the teachers were very happy on the achievements of the young achievers. They expressed their joy by congratulating the students and inspiring them to do better in life. The Principal – Ms. Jaba Biswas mentioned in her motivational speech, “Dream big and work very hard to achieve and capture your dream. The world is waiting for you to soar high”. The parents of many students expressed that school has been able to inculcate virtues of being global citizens with an open-minded approach, respecting your own culture and cultures of others. They expressed their firm faith in the mission statement of the school. Sumptuous dinners were served on both the evenings. Memorable evenings full of felicitations!(ad430)

Bindu River Becomes Centers for Water Attraction and Culinary Tourism

Sounds of rushing water accompany visitors’ playing activities. Sometimes they run, suddenly dive and then immediately appear to attack their companion with gunfire each other using water as the weapon. Some others jump merrily from riverside. The others are freely swimming, without using any style as in the swimming contest. Some take advantage of rubber tires like the tubing game becoming a trend. It is the atmosphere of daily life in Bindu River at Kesiman village, East Denpasar subdistrict. Formerly, the river was dirty and unkempt, but it has been transformed into a tourist attraction. So, do not be surprised if Bindu River is now thronged by many visitors. They are not only urban children playing with water, but also people from outside the region and even foreign tourists enjoying the city atmosphere. To get to Bindu River, visitors can pass Gang Sardula through Jalan Turi Denpasar. The alley can only be passed by motorcycle, and then parked in front of the temple. Come down the concrete stairs. The river offers quite cool atmosphere. Such green open space has many different types of local plants up to

a variety of flowers that can create a sense of peace. Dam of Bindu River formerly being mute has now looked so beautiful. All leaves look fresh and green, sometimes are moving and waving in the wind. Sound of birds and other animals overlap with the joyful sound of dozens of children jumping into the water. The atmosphere looks like the old days, where children are very close to nature of the environment. It is really fun. On top of the southern end, it has been prepared for people wishing to relax. Under the big trees there is a large wooden seating area. This is usually used by parents for chatting. Meanwhile, pupils or students will make use of it to accomplish their school assignments, study in groups or prepare their examination test. Few teenagers in particular take advantage of it for dating. Across the river, there is a sports arena and a gym. This facility is commonly used by people in the morning as well as in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the traditional game of pillow fighting is available on the north of the river, precisely in front of the culinary area. “Citizens from ??East Denpasar subdistrict and surrounding areas can take advantage

of the sports facilities while enjoying delicious food and water rides in Bindu River,” said hamlet chief of Ujung and Clean River Community, I Gusti Rai Ari Temaja. A variety of cuisines are available on the west side of Bindu River utilizing the land of local residents transformed into a green field. There is gazebo to sit back as well as tatami-style seating or lesehan on green grass. Each gazebo is equipped with electric

plugs for recharging hand phone or laptop. These culinary services are handled by local residents that are also tasked to maintain cleanliness of the river area. “Foreign tourists like this place and the culinary delight,” added Gung Nik, his familiar greeting. According to Gung Nik, the arrangement of sanitation and food stand has been done by the government of Denpasar with Bindu River Foundation. Bindu River is

also a place of education for community. “Hopefully, the increase of facilities will be able to draw more people visit to Bindu River, so indirectly it can improve the economy of the surrounding community,” he said while adding if the arrangement of Bindu River has got various awards. As evidence, many areas come to study to Bindu River, especially about the riverbank arrangement. (kmb)


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Gaza toll rises to 59 with more protests against Israel planned

GAZA CITY - Fresh protests were expected Tuesday a day after Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem in the conflict’s bloodiest day in years.

Palestinians on Tuesday mark the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation. It comes a day after the United States transferred its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem in a move that infuriated the Palestinians and was widely condemned. Most of the 59 Gazans who died Monday were shot by Israeli snipers, Gaza’s health ministry said. The toll included a baby who died from tear gas inhalation along with eight children under the age of 16, the ministry said. At least 2,400 others were wounded in the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war. Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya vowed protests in Gaza would continue on Tuesday. Hamas’s armed wing and other militant groups “will not prolong their silence over the crimes of the occupation”, he said. In the West Bank, Palestinian president Mahmud

JAKARTA - Terrorism along with radicalism are our common enemies, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) remarked here on Monday. “Let us together awaken the public that terrorism and radicalism have become our common enemies,” the president noted in his speech while attending the closing ceremony of the Extraordinary Congress of Justice and Indonesian Unity Party in Cipayung, Jakarta.

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Tear gas is fired at protestors during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, following the the controversial move to Jerusalem of the United States embassy.

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Abbas declared a general strike on Tuesday after accusing Israel of “massacres”. On Monday, tens of thousands had gathered near the border in protest while smaller numbers of stonethrowing Palestinians approached the fence and sought to break through, with Israeli snipers positioned on the other side.

The death toll led to strong condemnation from rights groups and concern from a range of countries. But the United States blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that would have called for an independent probe into the violence, diplomats at the United Nations said. Despite the violence, the embassy inauguration went on as planned in Jerusalem, attended by a Washington delegation that included US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both White House aides. Trump addressed the gathering by video. “Our greatest hope is for peace,” he said, despite the Palestinian anger the move has provoked. Israel’s military said 40,000 Palestinians had taken part in the protests and clashes. It said its aircraft had targeted 11 Hamas sites and tanks fired at “two terror posts belonging to Hamas”, accusing the Palestinian Islamist movement of opening fire towards Israeli forces. (afp)

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In this file photo taken on April 18, 2018, US First Lady Melania Trump arrives at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida April 18, 2018.

US first lady hospitalized with ‘benign’ kidney condition

WASHINGTON - US First Lady Melania Trump had surgery Monday for what aides called a “benign” kidney condition, and will remain in hospital for the rest of the week. The Slovenia-born wife of Donald Trump underwent an embolization procedure, said her communications director Stephanie Grisham. “The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” Grisham said. But the 48-year-old former model is expected to stay in hospital “for the duration of the week,” her office said. “The first lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.” Hours after the procedure, President Donald Trump visited his wife at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the first lady is being treated just north of Washington. The facility has provided medical care to many presidents and their families. “Successful procedure, she is in good spirits. Thank you to all of the well-wishers!” the president tweeted. Jeffrey Leef, associate professor

of radiology at the University of Chicago, told AFP that embolization is most frequently used to isolate a tumor, cancerous or benign. The procedure “introduces a small catheter into the arterial system of the body” with the aim of obstructing the blood vessel, Leef said. According to Elizabeth Kavaler, a urologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, the first lady may have a common, benign tumor of the kidney called an angiomyolipoma, or AML. “They are more common in women. They can grow but they are not cancerous,” Kavaler said. Leef said that “one of the ways it can manifest itself is with a little bit of blood in the urine, or maybe pain.” He added that it is common to stay overnight after the procedure. “The most common side effect is pain,” Leef said. “Often, you need temporarily a type of pain control that can only be provided within a hospital.” Earlier this month, the first lady unveiled the initiative she plans to focus on during her time at the White House -- the “Be Best” awareness campaign aimed at helping children. (afp)

According to the president, the community along with law enforcement officers must jointly protect the society, so that citizens are not influenced by radicalism. Jokowi recounted while witnessing the scenes of several suicide bomb attacks at a church in Surabaya on Sunday. The incidents also involved children aged nine, 12, 15, and 18. The president also invited participants at the event to pray for the souls of the victims and the families left behind. “Let us pray for our brothers and sisters, who fell victims to the suicide bombings in Surabaya, Sidoarjo, and other places,” the president emphasized. Suicide bomb attacks occurred in three churches in Surabaya on Sunday, while another bomb attack at the gate of the Surabaya Police Headquarters was also reported on Monday morning. (ant)

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This handout photo released by the Presidential Palace on May 13, 2018 shows Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (C) and other officials holding a press conference in Surabaya after a series of suicide bombings. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo visited the area after a family of six including two young daughters staged suicide bombings at three Indonesian churches during Sunday services on May 13, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

First Lady Iriana Jokowi invites hundreds of children to palace YOGYAKARTA - First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo (Jokowi) along with vice president`s wife Mufidah Jusuf Kalla invited hundreds of children to the Presidential Palace, Agung Building, Yogyakarta, on Monday. A total of 500 invited children comprising orphans and those of poor families from 25 foundations in Yogyakarta were invited to the event titled “Happy with the First Lady and Mrs. Hj Mufidah Jusuf Kalla.” “I want to pose question. Who

can dare to answer it?” the first lady stated while addressing hundreds of children. Suddenly, the children attending the event raised their hands. Three children got the opportunity to answer the question posed by First Lady Iriana. The three children were asked to name five regional songs, mention the names of the presidents of Indonesia, and to talk about Pancasila. A student named Emirensiana, 16, from the Brayat Pinuji Orphanage, Compassionate, Kulon Progo

District, was asked to mention the names of the first president of Indonesia until the seventh one. Despite first appearing awkward and thinking for long, Emirensiana was finally able to name the seven presidents of the Republic of Indonesia correctly and won a bicycle as a prize. Emirensiana said this was the second time that she had received a bicycle. She recalled that President Jokowi had handed out the first prize to her at the launch of the In-

donesia Smart Card in Kulon Progo last year. “I am happy to receive my second prize from the First Lady,” she stated with a smile. In addition to the bicycle, First Lady Iriana also handed out a laptop to children, who were able to answer the question. Not all children received bikes and laptops but were given bags and notebooks. Moreover, First Lady Iriana Jokowi, along with Mufidah Jusuf Kalla and several wives of ministers of the Working Cabinet, who

are members of the EAS Solidarity Action Organization, invited the kids to sing children`s songs and the national anthem. They were also entertained by clowns. Nora Tristyana, the wife of Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, conveyed that the program is an ongoing agenda, with the goal of boosting the spirit of children. “These are not ordinary children but are special and need more affection. The first lady is very concerned about them,” she added. (ant)

Golkar pushes for conclusion of debate on anti terrorism law JAKARTA - The Golkar party, which has the second largest seats at the House of Representatives is pushing for immediate conclusion of debate on the draft law on anti terrorism as a response to a series of terror attacks in the country over the past week. “The Golkar faction responds positively to call for strengthening the legal basis for action against terrorism,” deputy chairman of Commission I of the House of Representatives Satya

Widya Yudha from the Golkar faction said here on Monday. Satya said the suicide bombings in Surabaya on Sunday could not be tolerated . The state may not bow to terrorism that left a number of people including civilians and police officers killed. He said the series of terror attacks had given greater urgency for the draft law to be passed into law. President Joko Widodo has strongly asked the parliament to

conclude debate on the draft law in its session on 18 May this month to provide legal basis for police to prevent and to act against terrorism. “Unless the Parliament comes to an agreement to pass the anti terrorism bill into law by June, I would issue a regulation in lieu of law (PERPPU),” the president said here on Monday. The draft law was already submitted to the Parliament in February, 2016. Police chief Tito Karnavian also has asked for imme-

diate issuance of anti terrorism law. The country has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks over the past week began with the killing of five police officers in riot at detention center occupying by around 150 terrorist suspects in Jakarta on May 10 followed with the knifing of another police office at night on May 11 in the same location and the attacks on Sunday on three Christian churches in separate locations in Surabaya and the attempt

to attack police office on Monday in Surabaya. Police said until Sunday morning terror attacks left 25 people killed including 13 terrorists, who were killed in suicide bombings. Meanwhile Gen. Tito said he agreed to involve the military in the fight against terrorism. He said he had talked with the military chief about the military involvement but it would need legal basis. (ant)


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Warriors trounce Rockets in NBA playoff series opener

WASHINGTON - Season wins leader Houston battled an entire campaign to seize a home-court edge throughout the NBA playoffs, but defending champion Golden State stole it away with a 119-106 victory Monday.

Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 for the Warriors to capture the best-of seven Western Conference final opener in a rare series start on the road for a team seeking its third NBA crown in four seasons. “We’re just trying to win every game we play,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “It ends up being ‘stealing home court’ but we don’t look at it that way. We won one game on the road. Let’s try to win two.” Stephen Curry added 18 points, six rebounds and eight assists while Green contributed nine rebounds and nine assists for the Warriors. “It’s a great start. We played well,” said Thompson, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. “We’re not going to relax. We’re still not where we want to be. We still have a long way to go.” NBA scoring champion James Harden netted 41 points to lead the Rockets, who host game two on Wednesday. “We’ve got to do a better job of taking better shots, not turning the ball over and getting back on D,” Harden said. “We’ve got to make them rotate and take tougher shots. “They do a really good job if you take bad shots or turn the ball over. That’s what they thrive on. Those mistakes can’t happen.” Durant scored 17 first-half points and sparked Golden State after the Rockets played aggressively at the start, using two big runs to jump ahead only to have the Warriors overtake them by the middle of the second quarter. “You know they are going to come out

The Stalactite Cave Temple of Goa Gong

MANGUPURA - Goa Gong temple is a unique cave temple hidden away behind the modern development of the Jimbaran resort area. Turn right at the traffic light bypass towards Nusa Dua, you are entering Udayana University Campus. After a while down the winding road, turn left will bring you to Pura Goa Gong or Goa Gong Temple . Follow along the road and on sharp bends and steep climb, just at the left side you can find Pura Goa Gong. Faced Pura Goa Gong, exactly across the street, is the way to another temple named Pura Peteng or Night Temple. Pura Goa Gong is located in the Banjar Batu Mongkong, Jimbaran Village, Kuta District, Badung Regency. Before climbing the stairs to

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‘pengayatan’ to Mecca. At the bottom sides there is a ‘pengayatan’ to Betara Varuna, the authority of the ocean. According Ghanta Yoga faint sound of gamelan or gong usually heard on a ceremony day that will be held twice a year on Senin Pon wuku Shinta according to Balinese calendar., but not every ceremony or piodalan this gong sound. Gong’s voice was filled with signs of supernatural and mystery. The sound is derived from a large rock turned out to be a sound that is very smooth, and the sound can be heard until five square kilometers radius. That’s why this temple called Goa Gong which Goa means cave and Gong means gamelan. (net)

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Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors competes for a loose ball in the second half with James Harden #13 and Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. with a lot of energy,” Durant said. “We just tried to take their best punch and keep fighting.” “To withstand that run says a lot about our team,” Green said. “The further you get along

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine during the ATP Tennis Open tournament on May 14, 2018 at the Foro Italico in Rome.

ROME - Former world number one Novak Djokovic said Monday he felt reassured to be back playing on the familiar red clay of Rome as he dispatched Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets in the first round. The 12-time Grand Slam champion, who won the last of his 68 ATP titles at the Canadian Open in 2016, has slipped to 18th in the world, his lowest ranking in 12 years as he struggles with a nightmare elbow injury. But he got off to a comfortable start in his bid for a fifth ATP Italian Open title at the Foro Italico, taking 55 minutes to oust Ukrainian Dolgopolov in the first round. “Rome has always been a place where I felt good, where I received a lot of support, where I played well, and had a lot of great results,”

said Djokovic. “And today’s match encourages me and gives me reason to believe that it can be a good week for me. “Obviously I would like to go all the way but, at the same time, looking at my results I have to be a little more modest with expectations and see where it takes me.” The 11th-seeded Serb has reached eight of the last ten finals in Rome, including the past two years, and won four titles -- most recently in 2015. Djokovic broke 54th-ranked Dolgopolov three times in the opening set, with another break in the second helping him wrap up the match. He next plays either Nikoloz Basilashvili or Filippo Baldi, both qualifiers, before a potential third round meeting with US eighth seed John Isner.

And the 30-year-old said his focus was on the French Open where he won his last Grand Slam title in 2016. “The French Open is where I want to play my best tennis. That’s the big goal for this part of the season,” added Djokovic. “I know that I haven’t been up to the level that I desired but I feel like my game has been going in the right direction in the last couple of tournaments. “It’s a mental game for sure. Knowing that I’ve reached the biggest heights of this sport and been consistent with the best possible results for so many years. The bar has been raised so high. “When I step on the court, I expect to win every match against anybody on any surface. And it’s not a secret. (afp)


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Atletico bid to erase pain of finals past in Marseille showdown After painful defeats in recent continental finals, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are determined to justify their status as favourites in Wednesday’s Europa League showpiece against Marseille in Lyon. Atletico lost in extra time to Real Madrid in the Champions League final of 2014, having been seconds away from victory in 90 minutes, and then lost on penalties to their city rivals in the final of the same competition two years later.

An exit from this season’s Champions League in the group stage came as a big surprise for a formidable side spearheaded by Antoine Griezmann in attack, but they have put that behind them to close on glory in Europe’s less prestigious competition. Atletico are looking to win the Europa League for the third time in nine seasons, after triumphing in 2010 and again in 2012, shortly after ‘Cholo’ Simeone was appointed coach. “We can’t wait for the final to come around,” full-back Juanfran told Radio Marca as Atletico target a first trophy since 2014, when they won La Liga. “With ‘Cholo’ lots of things have changed at Atletico. Everything we have experienced in these last few years we will remember forever. I hope we can get another little medal.” It would be a first, and possibly last major medal as an Atletico player for Griezmann, who was raised not far from Lyon but has spent his whole career in Spain.The 27-year-old forward joined Atletico from Real Sociedad on the back of their title success in 2014, but could soon be on his way to Barcelona. Griezmann and Diego Costa will lead Simeone’s attack as Atletico return to Lyon, where they lost 3-0 to Dynamo Kiev in the final of the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. - Home advantage -

Atletico have had plenty of heartbreak in European finals down the years, as have Marseille. The French club have previously appeared in four, losing three, the exception being their victory over AC Milan in the inaugural Champions League final in 1993. Rudi Garcia’s team were not expected to make it this far, having started their European campaign in the qualifying rounds last July. But after rousing wins over RB Leipzig in the last eight and Salzburg in the semi-finals, OM and their passionate fans are now dreaming of glory on home soil. “Those who won the Champions League in 1993 are still heroes because nobody else has done it since,” Dimitri Payet told UEFA.com. “ W e know how tough it is. Of course, that’s an added source of motivation, and if we do win the final,

our names will be written into the club’s history books forever.” Marseille are also battling for a top-three finish in the French league, and the fear is that fatigue will be a factor as they try to break down Atletico’s brilliant defence. “They are a big club, a super team with great players and a great coach. They are used to playing in big European matches. They are clear favourites but we will do everything to create a surprise,” winger Florian Thauvin told sports daily L’Equipe. Payet is “optimistic” he will shake off a minor muscle problem to feature in Wednesday’s game, where Marseille will hope to have a big support behind them. Only around 11,500 of their fans will officially be in attendance, however, but several thousand more should make the three-hour trip to Lyon. Authorities are preparing for the threat of trouble, with a big rivalry developing in recent years between Marseille and Lyon. Since reaching the final, Marseille fans have taunted Lyon and their outspoken president Jean-Michel Aulas with chants of: “We’re going to smash up your house”. There will be 1,250 police officers deployed in the city and around the Groupama Stadium, where Wednesday’s match will start at 8:45pm (1845 GMT). (afp)

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Cahill defended as Hibs striker axed from Australia World Cup squad

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Teen wonder Sessegnon inspires Fulham to play-off final Teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon scored once and created another as Fulham edged closer to a Premier League return Monday with a 2-0 win over Derby County in their Championship playoff. Thanks to a 2-1 aggregate victory, the ‘Cottagers’ will now play the winners of Tuesday’s

clash between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough with the former leading 1-0 after the first leg at Wembley on May 26. English wingback Sessegnon, 17 -- whose performances have attracted the attention of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and French champions Paris Saint-Germain -- brought the tie level two minutes into the second-half with his 16th goal of the season, before his corner was headed home by centre-back Denis Odoi in the 66th minute. For Fulham -- bidding to regain their Premier League status after a hiatus of four seasons -- it is an historic moment as it was is the first time they have won in eight play-off matches. “We showed a lot of bottle today,” Sessegnon told Sky Sports. “Credit to the lads, we pushed and pushed and should have scored in the first half. “Thankfully I got the goal and it changed the game. The second put pressure on them. We believe in our style of play.” For Fulham owner Shahid Khan, Wembley may become part of

the furniture as the flamboyant proprietor of NFL franchise the Jacksonville Jaguars has made an offer reportedly worth £800 million ($1 billion) to purchase the 90,000-seater venue. “This club needs this kind of happiness,” purred Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic to Sky Sports. “After 43 years we will play at Wembley and it is an important achievement for us.” After a quiet first-half Sessegnon struck early in the second to rock Derby. Sessegnon -- who many are urging England manager Gareth Southgate to take to the World Cup finals this June -- seized on Stefan Johansen’s chest-down to fire the ball into the net past Scott Carson. Derby replied with Bradley Johnson bursting powerfully into the area and forcing Fulham ‘keeper Marcus Bettinelli into a smart save. However, the hosts -- unbeaten at home since October -- turned the screw ever tighter with Serbian international Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara going close. Carson, though, could do nothing about Odoi’s bullet header from Sessegnon’s corner in the 66th minute, the Belgian defender rising above his marker to power it into the net. Derby manager Gary Rowett realised dramatic action was required if his side were to avoid remaining outwith the top flight for an 11th season and threw on two of his substitutes including Czech international striker Matej Vydra. Vydra had a golden chance of bringing the tie all square on aggregate five minutes after his introduction but headed fellow substitute Kasey Palmer’s superb cross over the bar. (afp)

Australian football chiefs were forced to deny Tuesday that veteran Tim Cahill was in the country’s World Cup squad for commercial reasons after in-form Hibernian striker Jamie Maclaren was axed. The 38-year-old is the Socceroos’ most prolific scorer with 50 goals, hitting the net at three previous World Cups. His record speaks for itself, but he has only been a bit player for Millwall since returning to south London in January. Despite this, he made the cut as coach Bert van Marwijk trimmed his squad to 26 players from 32 Tuesday, with Maclaren’s omission the most controversial, having scored a hat-trick at the weekend for Hibs in their 5-5 draw with Rangers. It leaves Cahill and Swiss-based Tomi Juric as the two recognised strikers in the squad, although the highly-rated and uncapped Daniel Arzani kept his place. The announcement came as Cahill was unveiled as the face of the Socceroos’ key sponsor Caltex’s new advertising campaign. It will see five of the company’s petrol stations in major cities rebadged Cahilltex throughout May and June, featuring large pictures of Australia’s best-known player. Football Fed-

eration Australia chief David Gallop denied there was any commercial rationale behind Cahill seemingly certain to play a fourth World Cup.

- Track record -

“Absolutely not,” he told reporters at a Caltex promotional event. “Have a look at Tim Cahill’s track record. He’s a guy who has produced for the Socceroos and Australia so many times. “He’s going to Turkey, he’s got a few weeks of intense training and he’ll be right up there (for final selection).” The Socceroos link up for a training camp in Antalya on Sunday ahead of a clash with the Czech Republic in St Polten, Austria, on June 1, with the final squad of 23 announced two days later. They then face Hungary in a warm-up match in Budapest on June 9 before heading to Russia. Speaking to News Corp Australia ahead of the announcement, Cahill denied age and lack of playing time would hinder him in Russia. “I’ve fought every barrier, every single week of my life as a footballer. Mentally I’ve not been fazed. Physically, I’m in great shape,” he said. “I’m looking forward to Bert look-

ing for someone and if he looks on the bench or wants to start me, as a leader, that he knows he can count on.” As well as Maclaren, Bristol City skipper Bailey Wright was cut along with long-term back-up goalkeeper Mitch Langerak, Alex Gersbach, Apostolos Giannou, and Aleksandar Susnjar. “It is always a challenging task to reduce a squad, however this is the nature of professional sport at the highest level,” said van Marwijk. “I am sure that in training in Antalya, and in our match against the Czech Republic, we will see players pushing to go to a higher level as they compete for a place in the final squad.” Australia 26-man World Cup squad (to be cut to final 23 by June 3):

Goalkeepers: Brad Jones (Feyenoord/NED), Mathew Ryan (Brighton/ENG), Daniel Vukovic (Genk/ BEL) Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor/TUR), Milos Degenek (Yokohama Marinos/JPN), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Bluewings/KOR), Fran Karacic (NK Lokomotiva/ CRO), James Meredith (Millwall/ ENG), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney

Honda puts boot into fired Japan coach Halilhodzic

Japan forward Keisuke Honda has slammed former national team boss Vahid Halilhodzic’s methods as the fallout from his abrupt dismissal as coach continued in the run-up to the World Cup. The talismanic 31-year-old, who had become a peripheral figure under Halilhodzic, told Japanese broadcaster NHK that he was frustrated at the rigid tactics being deployed by the firebrand Franco-Bosnian. “I don’t have any regrets (about the change of leadership),” Honda said in a documentary that aired late on Monday. “To submit myself to the kind of football Halilhodzic played in order to get picked, that would be shameful for me,” sniffed the former AC Milan player. “I’m proud that I’ve stayed true to myself.” Honda, currently playing

for Mexico’s Pachuca, shot to fame at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when his goals helped Japan reach the last 16. But his relationship with Halilhodzic, who took the Japan job in 2015 before being dumped in April, had become increasingly fractious over the past year. Honda, instantly recognisable with his spiky, bleach-blond hair, sat glumly on the bench when Japan secured their spot at this year’s World Cup in Russia by beating Australia 2-0 at home last August. The Japan Football Association blamed Halilhodzic’s sacking on a breakdown of communication with players, a charge that has prompted the former Algeria coach to consider legal action. Halilhodzic claimed there were

only two players he did not see eye to eye with, thought by many to be Honda and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa -- Japan’s two best-known players. Honda, meanwhile, doubled down on bold statements he made in years past about Japan winning the World Cup, despite failing to progress beyond the last 16 in five previous attempts. “I know I promised the Japanese people we would win the World Cup,” he said. “I have not forgotten that. Frankly that’s why I want to go to the World Cup and show how much it means to me to fight for the title. “What I can’t accept is that there is a situation in which I might be dropped -not with the World Cup so close.” New Japan coach Akira Nishino is expected to name his 23-man World Cup squad on May 31. (afp)

Wanderers/AUS), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshopper Club Zurich/SWI)

Rogic (Celtic/SCO), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory/AUS)

Midfielders: Joshua Brillante (Sydney FC/AUS), Jackson Irvine (Hull City/ENG), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa/ENG), Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum/GER), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers/ENG), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli/KSA), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town/ENG), Tom

Forwards: Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City/AUS), Tim Cahill (Millwall/ENG), Tomi Juric (FC Luzern/ SWI), Mathew Leckie (Hertha BSC/ GER), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds/JPN), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets/AUS), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa/ISR)

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Bert van Marwijk, head coach of the Australian national football team, announces the team’s World Cup preliminary squad during a press conference in Sydney on May 7, 2018. Veteran Tim Cahill was included in Marwijk’s preliminary Australia squad for the World Cup, keeping him on track for a fourth appearance at the football showpiece.


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Atletico bid to erase pain of finals past in Marseille showdown After painful defeats in recent continental finals, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are determined to justify their status as favourites in Wednesday’s Europa League showpiece against Marseille in Lyon. Atletico lost in extra time to Real Madrid in the Champions League final of 2014, having been seconds away from victory in 90 minutes, and then lost on penalties to their city rivals in the final of the same competition two years later.

An exit from this season’s Champions League in the group stage came as a big surprise for a formidable side spearheaded by Antoine Griezmann in attack, but they have put that behind them to close on glory in Europe’s less prestigious competition. Atletico are looking to win the Europa League for the third time in nine seasons, after triumphing in 2010 and again in 2012, shortly after ‘Cholo’ Simeone was appointed coach. “We can’t wait for the final to come around,” full-back Juanfran told Radio Marca as Atletico target a first trophy since 2014, when they won La Liga. “With ‘Cholo’ lots of things have changed at Atletico. Everything we have experienced in these last few years we will remember forever. I hope we can get another little medal.” It would be a first, and possibly last major medal as an Atletico player for Griezmann, who was raised not far from Lyon but has spent his whole career in Spain.The 27-year-old forward joined Atletico from Real Sociedad on the back of their title success in 2014, but could soon be on his way to Barcelona. Griezmann and Diego Costa will lead Simeone’s attack as Atletico return to Lyon, where they lost 3-0 to Dynamo Kiev in the final of the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. - Home advantage -

Atletico have had plenty of heartbreak in European finals down the years, as have Marseille. The French club have previously appeared in four, losing three, the exception being their victory over AC Milan in the inaugural Champions League final in 1993. Rudi Garcia’s team were not expected to make it this far, having started their European campaign in the qualifying rounds last July. But after rousing wins over RB Leipzig in the last eight and Salzburg in the semi-finals, OM and their passionate fans are now dreaming of glory on home soil. “Those who won the Champions League in 1993 are still heroes because nobody else has done it since,” Dimitri Payet told UEFA.com. “ W e know how tough it is. Of course, that’s an added source of motivation, and if we do win the final,

our names will be written into the club’s history books forever.” Marseille are also battling for a top-three finish in the French league, and the fear is that fatigue will be a factor as they try to break down Atletico’s brilliant defence. “They are a big club, a super team with great players and a great coach. They are used to playing in big European matches. They are clear favourites but we will do everything to create a surprise,” winger Florian Thauvin told sports daily L’Equipe. Payet is “optimistic” he will shake off a minor muscle problem to feature in Wednesday’s game, where Marseille will hope to have a big support behind them. Only around 11,500 of their fans will officially be in attendance, however, but several thousand more should make the three-hour trip to Lyon. Authorities are preparing for the threat of trouble, with a big rivalry developing in recent years between Marseille and Lyon. Since reaching the final, Marseille fans have taunted Lyon and their outspoken president Jean-Michel Aulas with chants of: “We’re going to smash up your house”. There will be 1,250 police officers deployed in the city and around the Groupama Stadium, where Wednesday’s match will start at 8:45pm (1845 GMT). (afp)

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Cahill defended as Hibs striker axed from Australia World Cup squad

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Teen wonder Sessegnon inspires Fulham to play-off final Teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon scored once and created another as Fulham edged closer to a Premier League return Monday with a 2-0 win over Derby County in their Championship playoff. Thanks to a 2-1 aggregate victory, the ‘Cottagers’ will now play the winners of Tuesday’s

clash between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough with the former leading 1-0 after the first leg at Wembley on May 26. English wingback Sessegnon, 17 -- whose performances have attracted the attention of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and French champions Paris Saint-Germain -- brought the tie level two minutes into the second-half with his 16th goal of the season, before his corner was headed home by centre-back Denis Odoi in the 66th minute. For Fulham -- bidding to regain their Premier League status after a hiatus of four seasons -- it is an historic moment as it was is the first time they have won in eight play-off matches. “We showed a lot of bottle today,” Sessegnon told Sky Sports. “Credit to the lads, we pushed and pushed and should have scored in the first half. “Thankfully I got the goal and it changed the game. The second put pressure on them. We believe in our style of play.” For Fulham owner Shahid Khan, Wembley may become part of

the furniture as the flamboyant proprietor of NFL franchise the Jacksonville Jaguars has made an offer reportedly worth £800 million ($1 billion) to purchase the 90,000-seater venue. “This club needs this kind of happiness,” purred Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic to Sky Sports. “After 43 years we will play at Wembley and it is an important achievement for us.” After a quiet first-half Sessegnon struck early in the second to rock Derby. Sessegnon -- who many are urging England manager Gareth Southgate to take to the World Cup finals this June -- seized on Stefan Johansen’s chest-down to fire the ball into the net past Scott Carson. Derby replied with Bradley Johnson bursting powerfully into the area and forcing Fulham ‘keeper Marcus Bettinelli into a smart save. However, the hosts -- unbeaten at home since October -- turned the screw ever tighter with Serbian international Aleksandar Mitrovic and Aboubakar Kamara going close. Carson, though, could do nothing about Odoi’s bullet header from Sessegnon’s corner in the 66th minute, the Belgian defender rising above his marker to power it into the net. Derby manager Gary Rowett realised dramatic action was required if his side were to avoid remaining outwith the top flight for an 11th season and threw on two of his substitutes including Czech international striker Matej Vydra. Vydra had a golden chance of bringing the tie all square on aggregate five minutes after his introduction but headed fellow substitute Kasey Palmer’s superb cross over the bar. (afp)

Australian football chiefs were forced to deny Tuesday that veteran Tim Cahill was in the country’s World Cup squad for commercial reasons after in-form Hibernian striker Jamie Maclaren was axed. The 38-year-old is the Socceroos’ most prolific scorer with 50 goals, hitting the net at three previous World Cups. His record speaks for itself, but he has only been a bit player for Millwall since returning to south London in January. Despite this, he made the cut as coach Bert van Marwijk trimmed his squad to 26 players from 32 Tuesday, with Maclaren’s omission the most controversial, having scored a hat-trick at the weekend for Hibs in their 5-5 draw with Rangers. It leaves Cahill and Swiss-based Tomi Juric as the two recognised strikers in the squad, although the highly-rated and uncapped Daniel Arzani kept his place. The announcement came as Cahill was unveiled as the face of the Socceroos’ key sponsor Caltex’s new advertising campaign. It will see five of the company’s petrol stations in major cities rebadged Cahilltex throughout May and June, featuring large pictures of Australia’s best-known player. Football Fed-

eration Australia chief David Gallop denied there was any commercial rationale behind Cahill seemingly certain to play a fourth World Cup.

- Track record -

“Absolutely not,” he told reporters at a Caltex promotional event. “Have a look at Tim Cahill’s track record. He’s a guy who has produced for the Socceroos and Australia so many times. “He’s going to Turkey, he’s got a few weeks of intense training and he’ll be right up there (for final selection).” The Socceroos link up for a training camp in Antalya on Sunday ahead of a clash with the Czech Republic in St Polten, Austria, on June 1, with the final squad of 23 announced two days later. They then face Hungary in a warm-up match in Budapest on June 9 before heading to Russia. Speaking to News Corp Australia ahead of the announcement, Cahill denied age and lack of playing time would hinder him in Russia. “I’ve fought every barrier, every single week of my life as a footballer. Mentally I’ve not been fazed. Physically, I’m in great shape,” he said. “I’m looking forward to Bert look-

ing for someone and if he looks on the bench or wants to start me, as a leader, that he knows he can count on.” As well as Maclaren, Bristol City skipper Bailey Wright was cut along with long-term back-up goalkeeper Mitch Langerak, Alex Gersbach, Apostolos Giannou, and Aleksandar Susnjar. “It is always a challenging task to reduce a squad, however this is the nature of professional sport at the highest level,” said van Marwijk. “I am sure that in training in Antalya, and in our match against the Czech Republic, we will see players pushing to go to a higher level as they compete for a place in the final squad.” Australia 26-man World Cup squad (to be cut to final 23 by June 3):

Goalkeepers: Brad Jones (Feyenoord/NED), Mathew Ryan (Brighton/ENG), Daniel Vukovic (Genk/ BEL) Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor/TUR), Milos Degenek (Yokohama Marinos/JPN), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Bluewings/KOR), Fran Karacic (NK Lokomotiva/ CRO), James Meredith (Millwall/ ENG), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney

Honda puts boot into fired Japan coach Halilhodzic

Japan forward Keisuke Honda has slammed former national team boss Vahid Halilhodzic’s methods as the fallout from his abrupt dismissal as coach continued in the run-up to the World Cup. The talismanic 31-year-old, who had become a peripheral figure under Halilhodzic, told Japanese broadcaster NHK that he was frustrated at the rigid tactics being deployed by the firebrand Franco-Bosnian. “I don’t have any regrets (about the change of leadership),” Honda said in a documentary that aired late on Monday. “To submit myself to the kind of football Halilhodzic played in order to get picked, that would be shameful for me,” sniffed the former AC Milan player. “I’m proud that I’ve stayed true to myself.” Honda, currently playing

for Mexico’s Pachuca, shot to fame at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when his goals helped Japan reach the last 16. But his relationship with Halilhodzic, who took the Japan job in 2015 before being dumped in April, had become increasingly fractious over the past year. Honda, instantly recognisable with his spiky, bleach-blond hair, sat glumly on the bench when Japan secured their spot at this year’s World Cup in Russia by beating Australia 2-0 at home last August. The Japan Football Association blamed Halilhodzic’s sacking on a breakdown of communication with players, a charge that has prompted the former Algeria coach to consider legal action. Halilhodzic claimed there were

only two players he did not see eye to eye with, thought by many to be Honda and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa -- Japan’s two best-known players. Honda, meanwhile, doubled down on bold statements he made in years past about Japan winning the World Cup, despite failing to progress beyond the last 16 in five previous attempts. “I know I promised the Japanese people we would win the World Cup,” he said. “I have not forgotten that. Frankly that’s why I want to go to the World Cup and show how much it means to me to fight for the title. “What I can’t accept is that there is a situation in which I might be dropped -not with the World Cup so close.” New Japan coach Akira Nishino is expected to name his 23-man World Cup squad on May 31. (afp)

Wanderers/AUS), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshopper Club Zurich/SWI)

Rogic (Celtic/SCO), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory/AUS)

Midfielders: Joshua Brillante (Sydney FC/AUS), Jackson Irvine (Hull City/ENG), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa/ENG), Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum/GER), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers/ENG), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli/KSA), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town/ENG), Tom

Forwards: Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City/AUS), Tim Cahill (Millwall/ENG), Tomi Juric (FC Luzern/ SWI), Mathew Leckie (Hertha BSC/ GER), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds/JPN), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets/AUS), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa/ISR)

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Bert van Marwijk, head coach of the Australian national football team, announces the team’s World Cup preliminary squad during a press conference in Sydney on May 7, 2018. Veteran Tim Cahill was included in Marwijk’s preliminary Australia squad for the World Cup, keeping him on track for a fourth appearance at the football showpiece.


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Warriors trounce Rockets in NBA playoff series opener

WASHINGTON - Season wins leader Houston battled an entire campaign to seize a home-court edge throughout the NBA playoffs, but defending champion Golden State stole it away with a 119-106 victory Monday.

Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 for the Warriors to capture the best-of seven Western Conference final opener in a rare series start on the road for a team seeking its third NBA crown in four seasons. “We’re just trying to win every game we play,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “It ends up being ‘stealing home court’ but we don’t look at it that way. We won one game on the road. Let’s try to win two.” Stephen Curry added 18 points, six rebounds and eight assists while Green contributed nine rebounds and nine assists for the Warriors. “It’s a great start. We played well,” said Thompson, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. “We’re not going to relax. We’re still not where we want to be. We still have a long way to go.” NBA scoring champion James Harden netted 41 points to lead the Rockets, who host game two on Wednesday. “We’ve got to do a better job of taking better shots, not turning the ball over and getting back on D,” Harden said. “We’ve got to make them rotate and take tougher shots. “They do a really good job if you take bad shots or turn the ball over. That’s what they thrive on. Those mistakes can’t happen.” Durant scored 17 first-half points and sparked Golden State after the Rockets played aggressively at the start, using two big runs to jump ahead only to have the Warriors overtake them by the middle of the second quarter. “You know they are going to come out

The Stalactite Cave Temple of Goa Gong

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‘pengayatan’ to Mecca. At the bottom sides there is a ‘pengayatan’ to Betara Varuna, the authority of the ocean. According Ghanta Yoga faint sound of gamelan or gong usually heard on a ceremony day that will be held twice a year on Senin Pon wuku Shinta according to Balinese calendar., but not every ceremony or piodalan this gong sound. Gong’s voice was filled with signs of supernatural and mystery. The sound is derived from a large rock turned out to be a sound that is very smooth, and the sound can be heard until five square kilometers radius. That’s why this temple called Goa Gong which Goa means cave and Gong means gamelan. (net)

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Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors competes for a loose ball in the second half with James Harden #13 and Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. with a lot of energy,” Durant said. “We just tried to take their best punch and keep fighting.” “To withstand that run says a lot about our team,” Green said. “The further you get along

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said. “We ran out of gas a little bit in different spots and they didn’t. “It’s just a bunch of stuff we can clean up and we will. We’ll come out and attack them Wednesday.” (afp)

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine during the ATP Tennis Open tournament on May 14, 2018 at the Foro Italico in Rome.

ROME - Former world number one Novak Djokovic said Monday he felt reassured to be back playing on the familiar red clay of Rome as he dispatched Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets in the first round. The 12-time Grand Slam champion, who won the last of his 68 ATP titles at the Canadian Open in 2016, has slipped to 18th in the world, his lowest ranking in 12 years as he struggles with a nightmare elbow injury. But he got off to a comfortable start in his bid for a fifth ATP Italian Open title at the Foro Italico, taking 55 minutes to oust Ukrainian Dolgopolov in the first round. “Rome has always been a place where I felt good, where I received a lot of support, where I played well, and had a lot of great results,”

said Djokovic. “And today’s match encourages me and gives me reason to believe that it can be a good week for me. “Obviously I would like to go all the way but, at the same time, looking at my results I have to be a little more modest with expectations and see where it takes me.” The 11th-seeded Serb has reached eight of the last ten finals in Rome, including the past two years, and won four titles -- most recently in 2015. Djokovic broke 54th-ranked Dolgopolov three times in the opening set, with another break in the second helping him wrap up the match. He next plays either Nikoloz Basilashvili or Filippo Baldi, both qualifiers, before a potential third round meeting with US eighth seed John Isner.

And the 30-year-old said his focus was on the French Open where he won his last Grand Slam title in 2016. “The French Open is where I want to play my best tennis. That’s the big goal for this part of the season,” added Djokovic. “I know that I haven’t been up to the level that I desired but I feel like my game has been going in the right direction in the last couple of tournaments. “It’s a mental game for sure. Knowing that I’ve reached the biggest heights of this sport and been consistent with the best possible results for so many years. The bar has been raised so high. “When I step on the court, I expect to win every match against anybody on any surface. And it’s not a secret. (afp)


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Gaza toll rises to 59 with more protests against Israel planned

GAZA CITY - Fresh protests were expected Tuesday a day after Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem in the conflict’s bloodiest day in years.

Palestinians on Tuesday mark the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation. It comes a day after the United States transferred its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem in a move that infuriated the Palestinians and was widely condemned. Most of the 59 Gazans who died Monday were shot by Israeli snipers, Gaza’s health ministry said. The toll included a baby who died from tear gas inhalation along with eight children under the age of 16, the ministry said. At least 2,400 others were wounded in the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war. Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya vowed protests in Gaza would continue on Tuesday. Hamas’s armed wing and other militant groups “will not prolong their silence over the crimes of the occupation”, he said. In the West Bank, Palestinian president Mahmud

JAKARTA - Terrorism along with radicalism are our common enemies, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) remarked here on Monday. “Let us together awaken the public that terrorism and radicalism have become our common enemies,” the president noted in his speech while attending the closing ceremony of the Extraordinary Congress of Justice and Indonesian Unity Party in Cipayung, Jakarta.

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Abbas declared a general strike on Tuesday after accusing Israel of “massacres”. On Monday, tens of thousands had gathered near the border in protest while smaller numbers of stonethrowing Palestinians approached the fence and sought to break through, with Israeli snipers positioned on the other side.

The death toll led to strong condemnation from rights groups and concern from a range of countries. But the United States blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that would have called for an independent probe into the violence, diplomats at the United Nations said. Despite the violence, the embassy inauguration went on as planned in Jerusalem, attended by a Washington delegation that included US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both White House aides. Trump addressed the gathering by video. “Our greatest hope is for peace,” he said, despite the Palestinian anger the move has provoked. Israel’s military said 40,000 Palestinians had taken part in the protests and clashes. It said its aircraft had targeted 11 Hamas sites and tanks fired at “two terror posts belonging to Hamas”, accusing the Palestinian Islamist movement of opening fire towards Israeli forces. (afp)

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In this file photo taken on April 18, 2018, US First Lady Melania Trump arrives at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida April 18, 2018.

US first lady hospitalized with ‘benign’ kidney condition

WASHINGTON - US First Lady Melania Trump had surgery Monday for what aides called a “benign” kidney condition, and will remain in hospital for the rest of the week. The Slovenia-born wife of Donald Trump underwent an embolization procedure, said her communications director Stephanie Grisham. “The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” Grisham said. But the 48-year-old former model is expected to stay in hospital “for the duration of the week,” her office said. “The first lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.” Hours after the procedure, President Donald Trump visited his wife at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the first lady is being treated just north of Washington. The facility has provided medical care to many presidents and their families. “Successful procedure, she is in good spirits. Thank you to all of the well-wishers!” the president tweeted. Jeffrey Leef, associate professor

of radiology at the University of Chicago, told AFP that embolization is most frequently used to isolate a tumor, cancerous or benign. The procedure “introduces a small catheter into the arterial system of the body” with the aim of obstructing the blood vessel, Leef said. According to Elizabeth Kavaler, a urologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, the first lady may have a common, benign tumor of the kidney called an angiomyolipoma, or AML. “They are more common in women. They can grow but they are not cancerous,” Kavaler said. Leef said that “one of the ways it can manifest itself is with a little bit of blood in the urine, or maybe pain.” He added that it is common to stay overnight after the procedure. “The most common side effect is pain,” Leef said. “Often, you need temporarily a type of pain control that can only be provided within a hospital.” Earlier this month, the first lady unveiled the initiative she plans to focus on during her time at the White House -- the “Be Best” awareness campaign aimed at helping children. (afp)

According to the president, the community along with law enforcement officers must jointly protect the society, so that citizens are not influenced by radicalism. Jokowi recounted while witnessing the scenes of several suicide bomb attacks at a church in Surabaya on Sunday. The incidents also involved children aged nine, 12, 15, and 18. The president also invited participants at the event to pray for the souls of the victims and the families left behind. “Let us pray for our brothers and sisters, who fell victims to the suicide bombings in Surabaya, Sidoarjo, and other places,” the president emphasized. Suicide bomb attacks occurred in three churches in Surabaya on Sunday, while another bomb attack at the gate of the Surabaya Police Headquarters was also reported on Monday morning. (ant)

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This handout photo released by the Presidential Palace on May 13, 2018 shows Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (C) and other officials holding a press conference in Surabaya after a series of suicide bombings. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo visited the area after a family of six including two young daughters staged suicide bombings at three Indonesian churches during Sunday services on May 13, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

First Lady Iriana Jokowi invites hundreds of children to palace YOGYAKARTA - First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo (Jokowi) along with vice president`s wife Mufidah Jusuf Kalla invited hundreds of children to the Presidential Palace, Agung Building, Yogyakarta, on Monday. A total of 500 invited children comprising orphans and those of poor families from 25 foundations in Yogyakarta were invited to the event titled “Happy with the First Lady and Mrs. Hj Mufidah Jusuf Kalla.” “I want to pose question. Who

can dare to answer it?” the first lady stated while addressing hundreds of children. Suddenly, the children attending the event raised their hands. Three children got the opportunity to answer the question posed by First Lady Iriana. The three children were asked to name five regional songs, mention the names of the presidents of Indonesia, and to talk about Pancasila. A student named Emirensiana, 16, from the Brayat Pinuji Orphanage, Compassionate, Kulon Progo

District, was asked to mention the names of the first president of Indonesia until the seventh one. Despite first appearing awkward and thinking for long, Emirensiana was finally able to name the seven presidents of the Republic of Indonesia correctly and won a bicycle as a prize. Emirensiana said this was the second time that she had received a bicycle. She recalled that President Jokowi had handed out the first prize to her at the launch of the In-

donesia Smart Card in Kulon Progo last year. “I am happy to receive my second prize from the First Lady,” she stated with a smile. In addition to the bicycle, First Lady Iriana also handed out a laptop to children, who were able to answer the question. Not all children received bikes and laptops but were given bags and notebooks. Moreover, First Lady Iriana Jokowi, along with Mufidah Jusuf Kalla and several wives of ministers of the Working Cabinet, who

are members of the EAS Solidarity Action Organization, invited the kids to sing children`s songs and the national anthem. They were also entertained by clowns. Nora Tristyana, the wife of Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, conveyed that the program is an ongoing agenda, with the goal of boosting the spirit of children. “These are not ordinary children but are special and need more affection. The first lady is very concerned about them,” she added. (ant)

Golkar pushes for conclusion of debate on anti terrorism law JAKARTA - The Golkar party, which has the second largest seats at the House of Representatives is pushing for immediate conclusion of debate on the draft law on anti terrorism as a response to a series of terror attacks in the country over the past week. “The Golkar faction responds positively to call for strengthening the legal basis for action against terrorism,” deputy chairman of Commission I of the House of Representatives Satya

Widya Yudha from the Golkar faction said here on Monday. Satya said the suicide bombings in Surabaya on Sunday could not be tolerated . The state may not bow to terrorism that left a number of people including civilians and police officers killed. He said the series of terror attacks had given greater urgency for the draft law to be passed into law. President Joko Widodo has strongly asked the parliament to

conclude debate on the draft law in its session on 18 May this month to provide legal basis for police to prevent and to act against terrorism. “Unless the Parliament comes to an agreement to pass the anti terrorism bill into law by June, I would issue a regulation in lieu of law (PERPPU),” the president said here on Monday. The draft law was already submitted to the Parliament in February, 2016. Police chief Tito Karnavian also has asked for imme-

diate issuance of anti terrorism law. The country has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks over the past week began with the killing of five police officers in riot at detention center occupying by around 150 terrorist suspects in Jakarta on May 10 followed with the knifing of another police office at night on May 11 in the same location and the attacks on Sunday on three Christian churches in separate locations in Surabaya and the attempt

to attack police office on Monday in Surabaya. Police said until Sunday morning terror attacks left 25 people killed including 13 terrorists, who were killed in suicide bombings. Meanwhile Gen. Tito said he agreed to involve the military in the fight against terrorism. He said he had talked with the military chief about the military involvement but it would need legal basis. (ant)


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Graduation Ceremony at GMIS Bali

Gandhi Memorial Intercontinental School (GMIS) Bali celebrated its graduation ceremonies of the preparatory class, PYP class (Grade 5) on the 11th of May 2018 and the next evening 12th May, 2018 was for the class of 2018 (Grade 12) & the Matriculating (Grade 10) class of 2018. Both the evenings were full splendor, grandeur and embellishments. The ambience of the school looked festive. 119 students from 10 different countries graduated on the two days.

The graduation ceremony of Gandhi Memorial Intercontinental School (GMIS) Bali

A general view inside the RHB Centre stock market in Kuala Lumpur on May 14, 2018.

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Asian markets down as attention turns back to trade talks

Asian markets mostly fell on Tuesday as trade issues returned to the spotlight with China and the US holding more high-level talks this week, while oil prices held gains as tensions in the Middle East simmer. A run-up in equities over the past week has also led to profit-taking, with Hong Kong hit after six straight days of gains. US markets rose again as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He -- President Xi Jinping’s right-hand man on economic issues -- headed to Washington on Tuesday for a new round of talks aimed at heading off a trade war between the economic giants. There are hopes the two sides can hammer out an agreement to end a dispute that has seen both sides threaten tariffs on billions of dollars of goods. Donald Trump’s call to help get Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE “back into business fast” soothed nerves, while Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday he was explor-

ing “alternative remedies” for the firm, which was in April banned from buying crucial US technology for seven years. “China is reportedly close to removing tariffs on agricultural products in exchange for relief for ZTE,” said Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trade at OANDA. “It helps explain why President Trump said he’d work with President Xi on this company.” The talks come as US officials try to reach agreements with Canada and Mexico on revising their three-way trade pact, while EU steel tariff exemptions are due to end on June 1.

- ‘Hornet’s nest’ Hong Kong closed 1.2 percent lower after racking up gains of more than five percent over the previous six sessions, while Tokyo ended 0.2 percent down. Sydney shed 0.6 percent, Singapore fell 0.4 percent and Seoul sank 0.7 percent, with Wellington, Taipei, Bangkok and Jakarta also lower. However, there were gains in Manila and Kuala Lumpur. And Shanghai rose 0.6 percent as global index compiler MSCI said 234 mainland shares would be on a final list to be included in its flagship index from next month. The big-cap shares, from banking giant ICBC to oil major PetroChina,

will account for 0.39 percent of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. But analysts said gains were capped as investors have already bought these shares in anticipation of the June inclusion.Mumbai’s Sensex jumped 0.5 percent as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP looked on course to win a key state election just a year before national polls. Concerns about the already tinderbox Middle East have helped put upward pressure on oil prices, with deadly clashes in Gaza during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem coming less than a week after Trump ripped up the Iran nuclear deal. “In general, the market is wholly focused on the hornet’s nest in the Middle East that is an accident waiting to happen,” Innes added. While both main crude contracts

dipped marginally Tuesday, they are still at highs not seen since November 2014, with economic uncertainty in major producer Venezuela also playing a key role. The increase in oil prices is helping fan inflation expectations in the United States, which has fuelled to talk that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates three more times this year. The dollar climbed against its major peers, with the euro weighed by data showing the German economy grew much more slowly than expected at the start of the year. And most high-yielding currencies were well down, led by the South Korean won, Mexican peso and Indonesian rupiah. In early European trade London and Paris each fell 0.2 percent while Frankfurt shed 0.3 percent. (afp)

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The Chairman of GMIS, Mr. Suresh G. Vaswani expressed, “I am extremely happy at the progress that our school GMIS-Bali has made in the last 11 years. The school accomplished its dream of being an IB world school in less than 10 years. GMIS- Bali has the three programmes of IB – PYP, MYP, & DP. We have Cambridge Curriculum also for grade 9 & 10. The school has been able to attract students and parents in the island of Gods. We have students from 35 countries.” Mr. A P Singh, the Principal of Mother school GMIS-Jakarta motivated and encouraged students as the key note speaker and asked them to be life-long dreamers, he marked, “Realize your dream through dedicated hard-work and passion driven diligence” Mr. Shyam Roopchand Jethnani, the President of The Gandhi Seva loka also graced the occasion along with the executive members of the trust. Ibu Dewa Ayu Eka Putri Kari

Ini S.E, M.Si, the Head of UPTD SMA Denpasar was also present at the graduation ceremony and congratulated the graduating students. The parents and the teachers were very happy on the achievements of the young achievers. They expressed their joy by congratulating the students and inspiring them to do better in life. The Principal – Ms. Jaba Biswas mentioned in her motivational speech, “Dream big and work very hard to achieve and capture your dream. The world is waiting for you to soar high”. The parents of many students expressed that school has been able to inculcate virtues of being global citizens with an open-minded approach, respecting your own culture and cultures of others. They expressed their firm faith in the mission statement of the school. Sumptuous dinners were served on both the evenings. Memorable evenings full of felicitations!(ad430)

Bindu River Becomes Centers for Water Attraction and Culinary Tourism

Sounds of rushing water accompany visitors’ playing activities. Sometimes they run, suddenly dive and then immediately appear to attack their companion with gunfire each other using water as the weapon. Some others jump merrily from riverside. The others are freely swimming, without using any style as in the swimming contest. Some take advantage of rubber tires like the tubing game becoming a trend. It is the atmosphere of daily life in Bindu River at Kesiman village, East Denpasar subdistrict. Formerly, the river was dirty and unkempt, but it has been transformed into a tourist attraction. So, do not be surprised if Bindu River is now thronged by many visitors. They are not only urban children playing with water, but also people from outside the region and even foreign tourists enjoying the city atmosphere. To get to Bindu River, visitors can pass Gang Sardula through Jalan Turi Denpasar. The alley can only be passed by motorcycle, and then parked in front of the temple. Come down the concrete stairs. The river offers quite cool atmosphere. Such green open space has many different types of local plants up to

a variety of flowers that can create a sense of peace. Dam of Bindu River formerly being mute has now looked so beautiful. All leaves look fresh and green, sometimes are moving and waving in the wind. Sound of birds and other animals overlap with the joyful sound of dozens of children jumping into the water. The atmosphere looks like the old days, where children are very close to nature of the environment. It is really fun. On top of the southern end, it has been prepared for people wishing to relax. Under the big trees there is a large wooden seating area. This is usually used by parents for chatting. Meanwhile, pupils or students will make use of it to accomplish their school assignments, study in groups or prepare their examination test. Few teenagers in particular take advantage of it for dating. Across the river, there is a sports arena and a gym. This facility is commonly used by people in the morning as well as in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the traditional game of pillow fighting is available on the north of the river, precisely in front of the culinary area. “Citizens from ??East Denpasar subdistrict and surrounding areas can take advantage

of the sports facilities while enjoying delicious food and water rides in Bindu River,” said hamlet chief of Ujung and Clean River Community, I Gusti Rai Ari Temaja. A variety of cuisines are available on the west side of Bindu River utilizing the land of local residents transformed into a green field. There is gazebo to sit back as well as tatami-style seating or lesehan on green grass. Each gazebo is equipped with electric

plugs for recharging hand phone or laptop. These culinary services are handled by local residents that are also tasked to maintain cleanliness of the river area. “Foreign tourists like this place and the culinary delight,” added Gung Nik, his familiar greeting. According to Gung Nik, the arrangement of sanitation and food stand has been done by the government of Denpasar with Bindu River Foundation. Bindu River is

also a place of education for community. “Hopefully, the increase of facilities will be able to draw more people visit to Bindu River, so indirectly it can improve the economy of the surrounding community,” he said while adding if the arrangement of Bindu River has got various awards. As evidence, many areas come to study to Bindu River, especially about the riverbank arrangement. (kmb)


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MANGUPURA - Until now, the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Bali engaged in weaving works are still experiencing constraints of raw materials. Actually, this Balinese cloth has the potential to be exported. Bali with the branding as the Island of Tourism makes the product of Bali popular. Business owner of Songket Jepun Bali, Gusti Ayu Made Mardiani, said she ever had trouble with silk raw material. So, she must do pre-order first to get the material looked for. Moreover, to get silk thread for her songket cloth she has to find in another district like Klungkung, while she herself lives in Denpasar. Head of the Bali Representative Office of Bank Indonesia, Causa Iman Karana, said that his institution has mentored MSMEs. The constraint submitted by the MSMEs to him in the face of competition is the raw material. Some raw materials are still imported like yarns and monotonous designs, including production problems. The MSMEs in Bali, especially those engaged in weaving works, are also experiencing competition issues with global market. Meanwhile, the Bali Representative Office of Bank Indonesia as the foster father of the MSMEs is attempting the MSME players in the typical weaving and jewelry center of Bali to penetrate the national and international markets. However, in reality the constraints of raw materials and production are still faced by the MSMEs. So, in order to be able to upgrade the class and go international, it should be supported with the quality and production capability as well as adequate raw materials. One of the BI’s efforts to take the weaving MSME of Bali to go international is bringing it together with the designers in the event entitled Fashion Trend 2019 organized by the

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Songket cloth Indonesia Fashion Chamber (IFC) on Friday (May 11) at TS Suite, Seminyak. The designers have a network and experience so they are invited in cooperation with the MSMEs of Bali to produce high valueadded creations products. “I hope the MSME players can upgrade their class both into national and international level,” he said. Iman said the weaving handicrafts spreading throughout Bali have their own peculiarities, including endek, songket and rangrang clothes. Therefore, he invited the MSME players of weaving handicrafts to innovate in producing new patterns and models. “If

only offering the same styles, the marketing will be limited,” he concluded. The presence of designers is expected to display products previously belonging to simple and mediocre design to be more modern and have competitiveness. On that account, the product can later enter the wider market and improve the life of craftsmen. Fashion designer Dwi Iskandar making collaboration with Putrimas Songket weaving group from Jembrana said that Balinese songket cloth is not inferior in terms of quality and is now widely accepted by overseas markets. This becomes the background of designing

songket weaving with gypsy style for men and women. “I combine the distinctive bright colors of tropical woven fabrics between maroon and orange with unusual upper cuts,” he said. Business owner of Putrimas weaving factory, Ketut Widiadnyana, said that Balinese woven fabric can be transformed into a beautiful dress and surely has high selling price. He also hoped the fashion show can provide added value, especially in the development of traditional fabrics in the future. “Similarly, other Balinese woven fabrics can get featured and prosper craftsmen,” he hoped. (kmb42)

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BBF 2018 presents more collaboration

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The BBF 2018 held on Peninsula Island, featured a number of renowned musicians from home and overseas.

MANGUPURA - The fourth Bali Blues Festival (BBF) as the biggest blues festival performance in Southeast Asia, this year brings more collaboration. Of course blues music as the foundation of the music is expected to communicate with various other musical genres. “The BBF 2018 brings much collaboration such as blues collaborated with reggae and blues with rockabilly,” said I Gusti Agung Bagus Mantra, the owner of Pregina Art & Showbiz Bali, on Saturday (May 12) at the BBF event on the Island of Peninsula, Nusa Dua. In the future, to show off the new music, he wanted to explore the heritage of Bali such as how to ex-

plore the arts of Balinese tradition with blues. This is an optimal effort to synergize blues artists in Bali and Indonesia as well as composers of Balinese traditional music. “On that account, this will become a trade mark that Balinese blues on the Island of the Gods is rich in heritage diversity that can produce a blues composition in the world music sense,” he said. Meanwhile, Corporate Secretary of the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Miranti Nasti Rendranti, said the BBF 2018 as the implementation of the fourth year surely can enrich the tourist attractions in the Nusa Dua area, especially in the field of music. During the implementation of the

BBF, the number of tourist visits to Nusa Dua increased. Through collaboration of the Pregina Art & Showbiz and the Ministry of Tourism, the BBF 2018 held on Peninsula Island, The Nusa Dua, featured a number of renowned musicians from home and overseas. On the first day, the number of visitors amounted to 1,475 people, consisting of 590 foreign tourists from Australia and some countries in Europe and 885 domestic tourists. In the meantime, on the second day, the number of visitors reached 1,355 people, consisting of 552 foreign tourists from Australia and some countries in Europe and 803 domestic tourists. (kmb23)

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SEOUL - Satellite photos indicate North Korea has begun dismantling its nuclear test site ahead of a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a US monitor said Tuesday. In a move welcomed by Washington and Seoul, North Korea said at the weekend it will “completely” destroy the Punggye-ri test site, in a ceremony scheduled between May 23-25 in front of invited foreign media. But no observers from international atomic monitoring agencies have been invited, raising concerns over the openness of the process. Punggye-ri, in the northeast of the country, has been the site of all six of the North’s nuclear tests, the latest and by far the most powerful in September last year, which Pyongyang said was an H-bomb. North Korea pledged to close the testing ground after Kim last month declared the country’s nuclear force complete and said it had no further need for the complex. The respected 38 North website said Tuesday that satellite images dated May 7 showed “the first definitive evidence that dismantlement of the test site was already well under way”. Several key operational buildings as well as smaller sheds had been razed and rails connecting the tunnels to their waste piles were removed, the monitoring group said. Excavation of a new tunnel has

also been halted since late March, it added. Images showed preparatory work for the destruction ceremony had also begun, including a newly positioned foundation among the waste piles believed to have been built for the invited journalists. “It is conceivably for a future camera position to record the closure of the West Portal,” the group said. However no tunnel entrances appear to have been permanently closed and some main buildings are still intact, it added, saying the destruction of those facilities was likely to be carried out in front of the foreign media. Dialogue brokered by South Korea has seen US-North Korea relations go from trading personal insults and threats of war last year to a summit between Kim and Trump which will be held in Singapore on June 12. Kim’s latest diplomatic overture has seen him hold a summit with the South’s President Moon Jae-in and travel twice in less than two months to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The two Koreas are due to meet for a high-level meeting on Wednesday to discuss follow-up measures from their summit last month, Seoul’s unification ministry said. Washington is seeking the “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation” of the North and stresses that verification will be key. (afp)

WINDSOR - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this weekend was on Tuesday overshadowed by reports her father may not attend the ceremony following a paparazzi scandal, rocking the royal family’s meticulous planning for the landmark occasion. Kensington Palace, the official residence of the couple, pleaded in a statement for “understanding and respect” during a “difficult situation” as US media reported Thomas Markle had suffered a heart attack after fallout from allegedly staging paparazzi photos of himself. According to celebrity news website TMZ, he decided against travelling from his home in Mexico to accompany his daughter down the aisle at Windsor Castle due to his health -- and to spare her further embarrassment. Kensington Palace did not confirm whether Markle senior had pulled out of the wedding, but issued a statement hinting all was not well. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms Markle in the days before her wedding,” it said.

“She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr Markle in this difficult situation.” - ‘Positive photos’ Thomas Markle told TMZ he had agreed to pose for a paparazzi photo shoot in a bid to rehabilitate his image, rather than for money, but that he now regretted the move. It said he had suffered a heart attack last week due to stress following the episode and that he was continuing to suffer from chest pains. Markle senior said he had not heard from his daughter since the revelations broke, and that her mother and his ex-wife, Doria Ragland, would be a good choice to walk her down the aisle in his place, according to TMZ.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle’s half-sister Samantha Grant, who has criticised the bride-to-be’s relationship with her father’s side of the family, reportedly tweeted that it was her suggestion that Thomas Markle pose in the photoshoot. She said the “positive photos” were intended to combat his “bad” portrayal in the press, and reiterated it was not done for money. The images, showing him being measured for a suit and admiring a photo of the future royal couple on his computer, sold for $100,000 (83,000 euros/£74,000) according to British tabloid the Daily Mirror. A source close to Thomas Markle, cited by TMZ, said he was convinced to pose for the shots after being hounded by the paparazzi. He is now said to feel “like a total fool” who has been “scammed”. (afp)

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This picture taken on May 9, 2018 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 10 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shaking hands at the Workers’ Party of Korea headquarters in Pyongyang.


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New evidence for water plumes on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. A view of Europa created from images taken by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.

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Indonesian Economic Diplomacy in Central Europe:

The Potentials of Economic Cooperation with Visegrad

International trade is an inherent element of any nation’s foreign relations. Nations engaged in political and economic cooperation with other nations to sustain robust domestic economic strength for the welfare of its people. International trade will sustain economic growth, an essential indicator of economic development. Exporting domestic products will generate income, while importing products is also necessary to fulfill the products needed domestically or inadequately produced domestically.

Old NASA spacecraft points to new evidence of watery plumes over Europa

TAMPA - A fresh look at data from a 1997 flyby of Jupiter’s moon, Europa, suggests that NASA’s Galileo spacecraft flew directly through a watery plume, raising hopes of probing the jets for signs of life around the second planet from Earth. The revelations Monday came after scientists revisited a puzzling reading from an instrument aboard Galileo, which in 1995 became the first spacecraft to enter the orbit of a gas giant planet. What they found was the most direct evidence yet of plumes emerging from Europa’s frozen surface, researchers reported in the scientific journal Nature Astronomy.

Europa has long been thought to cover a salty ocean about twice the size of our planet’s. Given the suspected abundance of warm, liquid water under its thick ice shell, the moon is considered a “top candidate” by NASA for life on a solar system body other than Earth. In the last several years, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detect-

ed evidence of plumes on Europa, but from afar. Galileo came much closer during its 11 flybys of Europa. “On one particular pass by Europa, the spacecraft came very, very close to the surface -- as I remember less than 150 kilometers (93 miles) above the surface -- and it was on that pass that we saw signatures that we never really understood,” said Margaret Kivelson, professor emerita of space physics at the University of California, Los Angeles, on NASA TV. That region was in an area where the Hubble Space Telescope

had spotted repeated evidence of plumes. When another researcher presented findings recently on Hubble’s collection of observations, “that led us to realize we had to go back and look at Galileo data,” said Xianzhe Jia, associate professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. For the new study, experts measured variations in the moon’s magnetic field and plasma waves, based on data obtained during Galileo’s close flyby, and found they were “consistent” with the spacecraft crossing a plume.

“These results provide strong independent evidence of the presence of plumes at Europa,” they wrote in Nature. The team reconstructed the spacecraft’s path to pinpoint the plume’s location on the moon’s surface. “These findings will help plan future missions to Europa, such as NASA’s Europa Clipper and ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer spacecraft, both of which are expected to arrive at Jupiter between the late 2020s and early 2030s,” said a Nature summary. (afp)

BMW to be first foreign firm to test self-driving car in China

BMW to be first foreign firm to test self-driving car in China.

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BEIJING - Shanghai has granted BMW a licence for self-driving car testing, setting up the German luxury brand to become the first foreign automaker to test autonomous vehicles on the road in China. As global car giants race for an advantage in the world’s largest car market, the Shanghai Commission of Economy and Information Technology awarded the two licences for BMW’s 7 Series sedans on Monday, the regulator said. Since the city started issuing the testing permits in March, local state-owned automaker SAIC and Chinese electric vehicle startup NIO have logged more than 6,000 kilometres (3,728 miles) of driving without incidents, the commission

said. But the licences do not give automakers access to all of Shanghai’s chaotic streets. Instead they have a 5.6-kilometre stretch of road to drive up and down, according to state news agency Xinhua. The autonomous car market is ramping up in China as local upstarts, technology behemoths and foreign automakers go head-tohead to produce what many expect to be the future of transportation. Internet firms Alibaba and its rival Baidu recently predicted that self-driving vehicles will hit the road in the country within three to five years, and both have made big investments to be at the forefront of the shift. (afp)

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President Joko Widodohas determined that economic growth as one of the Administration’s priority. In his speech at the Coordination Meeting of Heads of Indonesian Representative Overseas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 12 February 2018, President Joko Widodo said that the key to Indonesian economic growth are investment and increasing exports. For that purpose, Indonesian economic diplomacy must work to support and achieve those goals. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, along with the other related ministries such as Coordinating Ministry for Ecenomic Affairs and the Ministry of Trade, has declared that economic diplomacy is one of the top priorities of Indonesian foreign policy. Minister Retno Marsudi’s “down-to-earth” diplomacy covers the economic diplomacy, as increasing economic growth will lead to the increasing welfare of the people. In strengthening Indonesian economic diplomacy, priorities has been set to enhance economic cooperation, bilaterally or regionally, with various regions. In addition to maintaining economic cooperation with traditional markets (the top trading partners), economic diplomacy have also been directed to non-traditional markets (where trade relations are prospective). Such regions as Africa, South Asia and Latin America are among the potential targets. With the growing regionalism, it is essential that economic diplomacy is also aimed at regional blocs such as ASEAN, European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Eurasian Eco-

nomic Union (EAEU) and Visegrad (or V4). Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Universitas Pendidikan Nasional (UNDIKNAS) Denpasar, Bali, hold an International Seminar on “Indonesian Economic Diplomacy: Economic Cooperation with Visegrad”. Visegrad is a regional bloc formed by Central European Countries (Czechoslovakia (later become Czech Republic and Slovak Republic in 1993), Poland and Hungary) covering political, economic, and cultural cooperation. All four members of V4 become parts of European Union in 2004. I would argue that for Indonesia, the V4 member states are potential trading partners and therefore economic cooperation with V4 need to be pursued. I based my arguments on the following points. First, with total population of around 64 million, the V4 countries provide a potential market for Indonesian products. Second, according to the Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics (Badan Pusat Statistik/ BPS),our total export to the four countries is USD 446.1 million. This means the V4

only absorbs around 0.45% of the total Indonesian non-oil and gas export. Meanwhile, our import from V4 worth 479.8 billion or roughly 0.23% of the V4’s total export. Third, As far as tourism is concerned, one of the V4 objectives is to enhance not only the economic cooperation, but also tourism cooperation with the Asian region, mainly the East Asian region. Indonesia has definitely the potentials to offer. According to the World Bank the number of Indonesians middle class is expanding. Today Indonesia middle class counts more than 52 millions people, which constitute potential markets for Visegrad. The number of tourist from Hungary is also increasing. Around 6 thousands Hungarian in 2014 and around the same number Slovakian visited Indonesia. More tourists come from Czech Republic (around 18 thousands in 2016 and 19 thousands in 2017) and Poland (around 15 thousands in 2014 ). Bali remains the main destination. Finaly, Indonesia needs to attract more investment from V4. Hungary has invested in energy sectors in Indonesia following Hungarian Prime Minister’s visit in 2016. Meanwhile total Czech investment in Indonesia reached USD $ 34.35 million between 2010 and 2015 . In conclusion, the economic cooperation between Indonesia and members of V4 Group have room for enhancement. Challenges may still on the way, involving diversed factors such as non-tariff measures, non-tariff barriers, the relatively high shipping cost and several other technical challenges. However, both parties—Indonesia and the V4— need to address these challenges to make way fora strengthened economic relations. For Indonesia, the message is clear: stronger market penetration towards the Central European region, including with members of V4 group, is of high importance. Written by Leonard F. Hutabarat, Ph.D. Director for Policy Analysis and Development on American and Europe Region at The Ministry of Foreign Affair of The Republic of Indonesia

Travel advisory issued for Indonesia

So far, no reported tourist cancellations in Bali DENPASAR - Some countries, including Britain, the United States and Australia are rumoured to have issued travel advisories for their citizens visiting Indonesia, following the bombings in Surabaya, East Java over the weekend. However these advisories have not affected Bali and the Bali Tourism Office confirmed on Monday (May 14), that there have been no tourist cancellations in the Island of the Gods. “Australia and the United States are said to have issued a travel warning so their citizen asking them to be careful when visiting Indonesia. Hopefully, this does not have on tourist who have planned their trip to Bali some time ago. There is no reason to cancel their trips to Bali as the recent bombings did not occur in Bali”, said Head of the Bali Tourism Office, A.A. Gede Yuniartha Putra, when contacted on

Monday (May 14). In addition, continued Yuniartha, such cancellations are not refunded. Fortunately there have not been any travel advisories for Bali -especially considering that Bali is just starting to recover from the negative impact on tourism that the eruptions of Mount Agung had. There has also been concern tha the recent eruption of Mount Merapi might be confused on social media for an eruption of Mount Agung. The Bali Tourism Office and the GIPI Bali have both provided clarification of this matter. “We do not want rumours circulating on social media that Mount Agung has erupted. We have not provided any specific information about the bombings in Surabaya as we do not ant to create unnecessary fear amongst tourists”, he explained.

Yuniartha is urging people to remain calm and and hopes that there will not be any bombings in Bali. The Bali Police are currently tightening security at the the entrance points of Bali. As of March 2018,m there have been 1. 3 million foreign tourists who have visited Bali, most of whom are from China, Australia and India. When interviewed separately, Governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, said that terrorists are increasingly offensive and sophisticated. Therefore, the people of Bali are asked to be more careful, even though security efforts have been improved. The simple formula that terrorist use, he said is intention and opportunity. “How can we see the intention? It’s difficult, right? However, we should be able to detect it based

on certain indications and therefor take preventative measures”, he said. According to Governor Pastika, law enforcement officials should be given the authority to take preventive action, through the ratification of the Bill on Terrorism. In Malaysia and Singapore for example, local authorities can take action based on indications of a potential crime without having to wait for the crime to be committed. Currently, Law enforcement in Indonesia, he said is like watching an aquarium with many fish in it. Even though authorities know the fish are dangerous- they cannot catch the fish. “As long as the terrorists do not take action -as long as there is no evidence ... the authorities are not allowed to take action, They have to wait until they find evidence such

as a weapon or explosives before they can deal with the situation. Without such evidence, the law stated that they cannot take action”, explained Pastika. Quoting a statement from the Chief of the National Police, Pastika said that there are 500 Indonesians who are tex-ISIS having returned home from Syria. In addition, there are still 1,100 other Indonesians who have not returned to Indonesia yet or are waiting to be deported. Police cannot supervise all of ISIS alone and what is more the ex-ISIS members are ready to die- it is very hard to change such a mindset. “We should not be surprised in one family is willing to die like that. We should therefor change the laws accordingly.Terrorism is different than robbery”, said Givernor Pastika. (kmb32)


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Bombings lead to concern that tourism in Bangli could be affected

BANGLI - The recent bombings in Surabaya have many worried that tourism in Bali could be adversely affected as five countries have already issued travel advisories following the acts of terror. Chairman of the Bangli branch of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) , Ketut Mardjana, said on Monday (May 14) asserted that tourism is very vulnerable to se-

curity issues. Marjana addd that many are concerned that the bombings in Surabaya on Sunday cold have a negative impact on tourism in Bangli particularly since Britain, Australia,

the United States and Hong Kong have all issues travel advisories for their citizens when visiting Indonesia. “This will quite likely have an impact on tourism. We are entrusted the police authorities to ensure that there are no bombings here”, he added. Mardjana added that the public is being asked to also be aware of their respective areas so that terrorists do

not enter their village. Tourism businesses are also being asked to pay attention to every visitor. Supervision can be done using CCTVs and better yet by security guards. With such vigilance on everyone’s part , the space in which terrorists can move ill certainly be narrowed, he said. So far tourist attractions in Bangli have not seen a decline in visitors fol-

lowing the bombings in Surabaya. Tourists attractions managed by the government have reported that things remain normal and the number of tourists stable. “Hopefully, the bombings in Surabaya will not have an impact on tourism here. We do not need to be fearful but we do need to be vigilant”, said this former President Director of PT Pos Indonesia. (kmb40)

Response to recent bombings

Tourism businesses asked to be alert and improve security

SINGARAJA - The recent bombings in Surabaya and surrounding areas, there is concern that tourism in Bali could be affected. The Bueleleng Tourism Office for example has been reminding tourism business in their region to remain vigilant and to make security a top priority at hotels, restaurants and tourists attractions in North Bali. Head of the Buleleng Tourism Office,, I Nyoman Sutrisna addressed this issue – especially with regards to the newly developing tourism sector in Buleleng. From

the Regent of Buleleng’s office on Monday (May 4), Sutrisna said that following the recent bombings in East Java, several threats were circulating on social media sites, so the Buleleng Tourism Office has been coordinating with tourism players in the region to tighten security so as to prevent any violent acts from taking place in the region. “We have created a schedule for verbal coaching with tourism players – including managers of tourist attractions in rural areas, explaining to them how to remain alert and

promote security in line with the concept of Sapta Pesona ( seven charms)”, he explained. When asked if the recent bombings had affected occupancy rates, Sutrisna said that tourism in Buleleng has not been affected. However he added that terrorist bombings around the world affect tourism in general including in Indonesia and Buleleng is no exception. In order to prevent such disturbing things from happening, everyone must work together to maintain security in their respective regions.

Any indications of potential acts of violence can thus be detected early on, he explained. “So far, we have not seen any adverse affects on hotel occupancy rates, However with rumours that subsequent acts of violence could take place which would affect tourism in our region, we are taking preventative measures. Hopefully with law enforcement officers assuring security, tourists will continue to be interested in visiting our region”, said Sutrisna. In a separate location, Deputy

Chief of Buleleng Police, Ronny Riantoko, said that so far tourist attractions in Buleleng remain secure. Tourism police, district police and subdistrict police have been alerted to be extra vigilant when conducting their patrols. If they see any visitors showing signs of suspicious behaviour, the public is being asked to report it to the nearest law enforcement authorities. With such participation on the part of the public, undesirable things can easily be prevented, he added. (kmb38)

Command headquarters tightly guarded, Joint security patrols involving Indonesian military

NEGARA - In addition to securing vital objects, the National Police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) are working together to secure the harbour and police stations in Jembrana so as to prevent any acts of terror from occurring. Chief of the Jembrana Police Operations Unit, M. Didik Wiratmoko, said that security at vital objects is being intensified by 120 Jembrana

Police officers and 91 Military police officers. Gilimanuk Harbour is receiving special attention as it is the main route into Bali from East Java. Coastal areas including traitional ports such as Pengambengan and Candikusuma are also being strictly supervised by the Jembrana Marine Police. As observed on Monday, security at the Jembrana Police headquarters

was also tighter than usual with the entrance to the Negara Police station fenced off. The fence was put up in direct response to the recent attack in which the perpetrator entered a police station directly and blew himself up – as opposed to entering the area using a secret plan. Chief Wiratmoko added that all security checks now also involve more than one officer as well as fire-arms.

Guards at eh front of the building are also equipped with bullet-proof vests. Previously, Commander of the 1617/Jembrana Military District, Djefry Marsono Hanok, explained that the TNI will help police to deploy personnel when securing places of worship, vital objects and will be conducting joint patrols in areas vulnerable to attack. Meanwhile, Chief of the Jembrana Municipal Police, I

Gusti Rai Budhi, said they have also been conducting intensive supervision of are areas with large migrant populations. “Previously, we have also regularly perform population operations to ascertain the identity of people living in Jembrana – particularly in boarding houses, rented houses and elsewhere”, said this former headman of Gilimanuk. (kmb26)

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EXPLORING THE TASTE OF THE ARCHIPELAGO AT HOTEL NIKKO BALI BENOA BEACH

Following the official announcement by the Ministry of Tourism recently on five national dishes of Indonesia, Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach has launched a special promotion featuring its take on the iconic dishes. “The five dishes announced by the Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, have been a part of our menu,” explained Jean-Charles Le Coz, General Manager of Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach, “And we take this opportunity to showcase them more prominently at our restaurants, Grand Benoa Resto and Bali Luna.” The five dishes, Beef Rendang, GadoGado, Nasi Goreng, Soto Lamongan, and Sate, will be alternately showcased during breakfast at the Grand Benoa Resto, along with Indonesian traditional herbal drink, Jamu. During the time of the promotion, guests can enjoy any of these dishes at Bali Luna at a special price of only IDR 99,000 net per portion, for lunch or dinner. “We try to keep them as authentic as we can, with the use of spices, herbs, and cooking method,” said Dewa Eka Putra, the new Bali-born Executive Chef. On each dish, Chef Dewa also added the calorie information per portion marking a new journey that the hotel is taking for Bali Luna. “The restaurant will soon offer a selection of healthier take on Asian and Westerninspired favorites,” said Chef Dewa, “Our goal is to let our guests know that healthy food can be delicious as well, indulge without guilt. We also want, whenever we can, to use local selected ingredients, it makes the food authentic, enhances the taste and reduce carbon footprint; it’s good for all.” Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach offers an extensive culinary experience for its guests, including the signature Italian restaurant,

Giorgio Italian Ristorante Pizzeria; a swimup pool bar, Aloha; a laid-back beachside bar, By The C; the lobby lounge, Samudera Lounge. The hotel plans to add an authentic Japanese restaurant to its collection this year, bringing a traditional, yet affordable, Japanese experience to Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa area


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NEW YORK - A stunning nude that is the largest painting produced by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani sold for $157.2 million in New York on Monday, becoming the fourth most expensive work of art sold at auction. Painted a century ago, Modigliani’s masterpiece “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)” fetched the highest price in Sotheby’s history and was the star single lot in the May art auction season in New York. Modigliani follows Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso as the third highest-selling artist at auction. Monday’s sale failed to eclipse the $170.4 million paid for another Modigliani nude at Christie’s in 2015. Nearly 58 inches (147 centimeters) wide, the picture was the cover star of a recent retrospective at the Tate Modern gallery in London. Modigliani reinvented the nude for the modern era, and when his series of paintings were first exhibited in 1917, they were considered so shocking that police closed the show in Paris. Bidding was restrained, lasting three to four minutes and opening at $125 million before auctioneer Helena Newman brought the hammer down at $139 million. The final

price includes a buyer’s premium. The price chalks up a healthy profit for its seller, who acquired the picture in 2003 for $26.9 million. Modigliani completed 22 reclining nudes and 13 seated nudes between 1916 and 1919. Most of the former are found in museums, such as The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Simon Shaw, co-head of impressionist and modern art at Sotheby’s, said the painting sold Monday, while rooted in tradition, reflected the changing status of women during World War I. “This is a nude of a very selfpossessed, sexually confident woman who is not looking out from a distance. She’s absolutely meeting our gaze,” he told AFP prior to the sale. Modigliani’s dealer Leopold Zborowski gave him a stipend of 15 francs a day and paid the models five francs to pose in a Paris apartment. (afp)

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In this file photo taken on May 04, 2018 “Nu Couche(sur le cote gauche)” by Amedeo Modigliani is seen during a Sotheby’s preview of the May Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, in New York on May 4, 2018.

Romancing the maid: Indian film tackles taboo

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CANNES - As a child, Rohena Gera never understood why her family’s live-in nanny, the “woman she loved like a second mother” was kept at arm’s length by her Indian family. “I didn’t understand why this person who took care of me, who I loved... was so separate.” In a country where millions of servants sleep on the floor of the homes they work in, the idea that a “master” might fall for the meek low-caste woman who is there to

cook and scrub for him seemed “inconceivable”, she said. But that is the premise of Gera’s new film, “Sir”, an upstairs-downstairs love story of a kind she says has never been seen in an Indian movie. That the maid is a widow -- whose lives can be severely circumscribed in India -- adds another layer of taboo to the tenderly told tale which premiered at the Cannes film festival Monday. Young property developer Ashwin and his maid Ratna may live

“under the same roof but they are in completely different worlds,” said Gera. “They do not even speak the same language,” with him coming from the English-speaking Mumbai elite and her a poor villager. Even if by some miracle he married her, his family and friends might object to sharing a table with her. Nor would she “be able to sit on a sofa with his sister”, Gera told AFP. (afp)

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Bali tightens security amid series of East Java attacks

DENPASAR - Bali Police are enhancing security on the island after a string of terror attacks have rocked Indonesia’s East Java province, but are urging the public to remain calm. In just two days, there have been three deadly explosions targeting churches and the headquarters of the Surabaya City Police. Since Friday, Bali Police have raised the island province’s security to “Alert One,” Denpasar Police Chief Hadi Purnomo said yesterday, explaining that the increased alert was actually following the riot at the Depok Mobile Brigade Command Detention Center, that left five police and one prisoner dead last week. “We are currently operating under Alert One so that the security will be guarding churches today at time of worship. In addition, there has been increased security in places where tourists visit,” Purnomo said. The public should exercise increased vigilance and caution when in crowded spaces, but keep calm, says Bali Police spokesman Hengky Widjaja. “We ask all people to pray

that Bali remains safe and calm. In (public and worship) places, these areas are secured by patrols and increased police,” Widjaja said. “We are tightening the security at points of entry and exit of Bali, namely sea ports and the airport, tourist attractions, and places of worship,” he said. “Temporarily reduce activities outside and in public places and inform the near-

est police about any suspicious behavior,” he said. Australian Warned Australians travelling to Bali and other parts of Indonesia have been warned to exercise caution after recent bombing attacks in the country. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued a travel warning urging Australians to “exercise a high

degree of caution in Indonesia, including in Bali, Surabaya and Jakarta, because of the high threat of terrorist attack.” The holy month of Ramadan begins on Tuesday and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged Australians to take the threat of terror very seriously.“ISIS is still a very, very real threat and I want to say how much we condemn the shocking terrorist attacks in Surabaya,” he told reporters on Tuesday. However, many travellers remain defiant. Seven News spoke to several tourists at Perth Airport before they boarded a flight to Bali, who said they would not let terrorists change their holiday plans. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the

use of children in the deadly blast at the police station was a horrifying new level of terrorism. “What was particularly horrific about the attacks over the weekend was the use of children in the terrorist organisation. We have not seen that in Indonesian attacks before and this takes it to a whole new horrifying level,” Ms Bishop told Sunrise on Tuesday. (kmb) News can also be heard in “Bali Image” at Global Radio FM 96.5 from 9.30 until 10.00 am. Listen to Global Radio FM at http:// globalfmbali.listen2myradio.com or live video streaming at http:// radioglobalfmbali.com and http:// ustream.tv/channel/global-fm-bali.

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