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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, MTV Presenter Laura Whitmore and British singer Tinie Tempah, pose for photographers in London at the MTV headquarters, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, following the announcement that the 2017 MTV European Music Awards are to be held in London.

2017 MTV Europe Music Awards to be held in “musical epicentre” London

LONDON - The MTV Europe Music Awards will take place in London this year, more than 20 years since the ceremony was last held in the British capital, channel MTV said on Tuesday. The awards show is hosted in a different European city each year. Last year’s edition took place in Rotterdam.

“London is arguably the world’s musical epicentre,” David Lynn, chief executive of MTV’s parent company Viacom International Media Networks, said in a statement. “The (awards ceremony) creates an incredible buzz wherever it lands it; that will be amplified tenfold in London.” The awards show was last held in London in 1996. The 2017 edition will take place in November. (rtr)

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, photo, travelers pass through the low-budget airline terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport where North Korean Kim Jong Nam was reportedly assassinated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Murder at the airport: the brazen attack on N.Korean leader’s half-brother

KUALA LUMPUR - It was about 8:20 a.m. on Monday morning and there was a bustle of passengers in the departure hall of Kuala Lumpur airport’s budget terminal when the two women moved in on Kim Jong Nam, estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader. A few steps away from a Starbucks cafe and a Puffy Buffy Malaysian food stall, one of the women stood in front of their quarry to distract him. Her accomplice approached from behind, pulled a cloth drenched in some chemical from a blue handbag, reached around his head and clamped it onto his face. That was enough to deliver a deadly poison to the portly 46year-old relative of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to a senior Malaysian government source and Malaysian police official Fadzil Ahmat, who both spoke to Reuters. After the attack, Kim Jong Nam approached a help desk and explained that someone seemed to have grabbed or held his face

and now he felt dizzy. He was taken to the Menara Medical Clinic, a small glass-fronted surgery one floor down near the arrivals area. “He still felt unwell there, so they decided to send him to the hospital, and he died in the ambulance on the way to Putrajaya Hospital,” said Ahmat. Media reports said the two women fled the airport in taxis. The government source

declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the case. Malaysian officials have publicly released little about the killing. Indeed, it was 36 hours after the murder before they acknowledged it had happened, and then only after the news was broken by South Korean media. Malaysian police said on Wednesday they had arrested a woman with a Vietnamese travel document as she was trying to take a flight from the same terminal. According to local media, this was the same woman whose image was captured in a grainy airport CCTV image wearing a white shirt with the acronym ‘LOL’ on it. A second woman, who was holding an Indonesian passport, was also identified from CCTV footage and detained on Thursday.

Vietnam has said it is investigating. Indonesia has confirmed the second arrested woman was an Indonesian national and is seeking consular access to her. A third suspect, apparently a boyfriend of one of the women, has also been taken into custody, Malaysian police said. “It’s like a mystery novel,” said a foreign diplomat in Kuala Lumpur who is closely following developments, which have included comments by South Korean officials that Pyongyang agents were behind the killing, and now the arrest of two women carrying passports from Southeast Asian countries. Many key details about the brazen attack on Kim Jong Nam are still unclear, particularly in-

formation about the two arrested women and whose orders, if any, they were following. North Korea has made no public comment on the killing, and calls, an email and a fax message to its embassy in Malaysia were unanswered. A source in Beijing with ties to the North Korean and Chinese governments told Reuters that Pyongyang was not involved and had no motive for killing Kim Jong Nam. Continued to page 6 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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Bali hit by disasters, Deputy regent affirms not to change Bali’s landscape

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Long-term solution Especially for the handling of disaster at Tianyar village, Kubu, he claimed to have summoned all the relevant agencies. Technically, the handling will include the short-term and long-term measure. Short-term handling will be focused on the victims of flood disaster by making use emergency funds for disaster management. Meanwhile, the long-term solution is being planned to repair the river, road access and bridges. Condition of the rivers should be restored,

so that when it rains heavily, flash floods will no longer occur. Road repair has also been coordinated with provincial and central government because there are also national and provincial roads that are damaged after the flash flood. Preliminary data of West Tianyar village stated there are quite severe damages to infrastructure. Headman of West Tianyar, Agung Pasrisak Juliawan, revealed that the damages include the break of Maspait road in Karobelahan River and main road of Muntigunung Bukit Sari as buried in the sand, collapse at some points and damages of Nyelinti road towards Tiyingtali due to crushed by overflowing river. In addition, the road of Taman Sari to Kayu Selem Temple is broken along one kilometer as eroded by river water. Besides, the road at Batu Meyeh is also broken due to river floods. A legislator of the Karangasem House of Representatives from Kubu electoral district, Nyoman Musna Antara, said that road access from Daya hamlet, Ban, Kubu, leading to Pempatan village, Rendang, was also severely damaged. Asphalt layer of the road access frequently passed to Denpasar washed away due to floods. This Golkar Party politician hoped the road access can be immediately repaired so that it can be re-used by Kubu community. (kmb31)

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Land cover in Bali remains inadequate

DENPASAR — Currently Bali has forest land with a percentage of 22.7 percent. In terms of land cover, this percentage is considered inadequate. Ideally, forest land area should reach 30 percent. The amount of 22.7 percent is even feared to only be based on forest area that can never be changed. In the meantime, the existence of plants or trees in it remains doubtful. “I am very confident that 22.7 percent is also relatively constant because the comparison is based on forest area. However, the problem is that whether the forest still has the plants/ vegetation or not,” said Chief

of the PPLH of Udayana University, Dr. I Made Sudarma, in Denpasar on Thursday (Feb. 15). According to Sudarma, there is a tendency that forest vegetation changes and reduces. For instance, it can be caused by encroachment or forest use. However, the forest area remains in such amount even though the trees inside reduce. This should be evaluated again by the government because the existence of forests also has something to do with the availability of water and disaster mitigation. “There must be no ‘mustache’ forest. From outside, it looks to grow

flourishingly, but inside it is really barren,” he added. Currently, added Sudarma, the land conversion does not only happen from land to building, but also happens in the types of plant. For example, there is switch from estate plants to seasonal crops such as vegetables and so on. Meanwhile, annual crops are generally not strong enough to hold the land. “This makes the soil surface loose, and when hit by rainwater it will get eroded more easily,” he explained. Sudarma added that even if there is green movement, it is never monitored. The movement with good intention eventually ends up as a

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Various disasters hitting the Island of Bali this time really become deep sorrow news. Nature has reminded that Balinese people must be mindful with nature. Changing the landscape will have fatal impacts on the people of Bali in the vicinity. effect with that of Songan? He is deeply aware of it. Therefore, all the illegal quarrying sites have been already stopped and focused onto Kubu subdistrict. Determination of the quarrying locations in Kubu, he affirmed, is not carried out arbitrarily. However, it has passed through careful technical study by involving academicians where is allowed and disallowed. Then, to prevent similar disasters with that of Songan, considering it was triggered by the almost the same cause namely illegal quarrying activities, deputy regent claimed to have been making a study and analyzed in depth at some points of the former quarrying location in Selat, Bebandem and Rendang subdistrict. “From the study, we will make an analysis, what will be the impact if it rains heavily, so that we can give early warning,” he said.

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This was affirmed by Deputy Regent of Karangasem, Wayan Artha Dipa, when met at the tennis court of Gunung Agung Stadium at Tuesday night (Feb. 14). Nature has been repeatedly proved its power. On that account, Artha Dipa asked that the disaster should be observed universally that landscape should not be changed. For example, wide landscape of river is narrowed and hills as a natural buffer are dredged blindly without considering the condition of the surroundings circumstances will become a time bomb or threat of natural disasters for people living in the vicinity. “We have often been reprimanded by nature. Let us be aware, the landscape should not be changed arbitrarily,” he said. He asserted, if not realized, similar disasters like avalanche, flash floods and other disasters will continue to occur annually every rainy season. Therefore, learning from disasters at Songan, Bedugul, Pancasari and Tianyar, he had stressed this to subdistrict heads and headmen across Karangasem to jointly maintain the balance of nature. All people are asked to maintain sanitation and balance of nature in their respective territories. Changing the landscape arbitrarily equals to wait for disasters. So, what about the quarrying activities in Karangasem, does it change the landscape and bring in a similar

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populist program that just takes place for a moment. “Whether the plants we’ve planted is appropriate, can really hold soil and water as well as how many can grow should be re-evaluated so as not to haste when disasters occur,” he said. In the meantime, the Head of the Bali Environment Agency, Gede Suarjana, said that 22.7 percent of the forest area can indeed be optimized by planting the entire area to increase forest cover in Bali. Currently, the index of land cover just reaches 36.86 from the ideal point of 45. “Every tree will produce enough

oxygen for us to breathe. So, each person needs 16 to 40 trees to breathe well. So far, the capability of governments remains inadequate to pursue the entirety, so that it needs public participation,” he said. Suarjana added that customary communities in the forest areas should be empowered other than seeking green open space of at least 30 percent. The land areas having not been built for long time must be made a rule so that they can be planted. For example, issuing regulation about the land area where if they are not built within two years, they should be obliged to be reforested. (kmb32)

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New York Fashion Week Fall/ Winter 2017: Marchesa NEW YORK - Florals for fall? Now that’s what Miranda Priestly would call groundbreaking. Marchesa’s classic collection of garden-inspired gowns wasn’t necessarily fresh for the American brand—but it’s classically beautiful to the point where one can’t complain. Marchesa simply did what Marchesa does best—and that’s being unapologetically, stereotypically feminine with floral, pastels, and glitter. At Marchesa, more is more—the extra is embraced. After all, Keren

Craig and Georgina Chapman, the co-founders and creative directors of Marchesa, live in the fantasy land that they’ve created for their fashion—where flowers blossom eternally and floral is forever in season.

Craig and Chapman took the flower motifs to the shoes and styling, as well, reintroducing flower crowns (again, despite the fall/winter season) and embellishing a few heels with feathers. The Italian word marchesa stems from

a woman who holds the rank of marquess (or noble person) in her own right—and by that definition, the brand ultimately proves that feminine and feminist are not mutually exclusive. Craig and Chapman certainly embody the term themselves, stepping out for their finale wave wearing the pink “Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood” pins from the CFDA.

This season’s gowns showcased a garden in full bloom—from beaded and embroidered buds that grew into flowers with feather petals and ended on a grand mauve gown. Marchesa may have planted its seed 11 years ago, but regardless of whether it produces anything beyond its standard each season, the timeless collections remain a favorite. (IBP/net)

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currently public schools continuously compete to recruit new students as many as possible, without considering the buildings owned and the carrying capacity of its human resources.

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Private schools complain as public schools recruit infinite new students

DENPASAR is different from Karangasem. Condition of its private school is highly contrasting. Fate of private schools in Karangasem is increasingly sluggish. It does not happen due to being incapable of making achievement, but due to regulations that tend not to take side in private schools. Public schools are allowed to recruit students as many as possible without any clear regulations to restrict. The greatest concern is certainly the quality of learning and graduates that will increasingly decline because public schools only pursue quantity. This situation has long been anxiety of private school as revealed by principal of SMK PGRI Amlapura vocational school, I Ketut Sutarsa, recently. The anxiety does not happen due to being afraid to compete, but in terms of educational interest in broader sense. Currently, the condition of public school is getting out of control. If only pursuing quantity to the maximum, this will be obviously

hazardous for the implementation of long-term improvement of education quality. In addition, the task of local government is certainly not just building public schools, but private schools also play an important role in producing outstanding students. In big cities like Denpasar, private schools even have greater motivation to make achievement so as to show off something more even than public and favorite schools. According to Sutarsa, local government should have a clear policy to limit the number of students in each school, prior to recruitment of new students in the middle of next year. It should be prepared from now, so

that this issue will not continuously drag on and make private sectors lose motivation in contributing to quality education in Karangasem. Responding to this situation, the association of private schools, he said, had time to send a letter to local government. However, so far he does not know about the follow up. “Now, high schools have become the responsibility of provincial government. Regent of Karangasem should respond to it and send a letter to the provincial education agency. This is a problem and must be addressed. Do not be left as such. Do not wait until the situation is getting worse to respond to. It will be too

late,” said Sutarsa. Chief of private school association (BMPS) of Karangasem, Wayan Bagiarta, said that the letter to respond to complaints of private school to local government has no follow up from relevant agency. To address this issue, Bagiarta is going to take the BMPS Karangasem to meet the regent of Karangasem to discuss about the fate of private junior high schools that are marginalized every year. For the level of high schools, the BMPS will meet the Bali education agency. He wanted there are clear regulations governing the number of students in public schools. According to him, currently public schools continuously compete to recruit new students as many as possible, without considering the buildings owned and the carrying capacity of its human resources. “Private schools are the form of

public participation in jointly developing and promoting education. This has been proved for decades in Karangasem. Their graduates are absorbed in the majority of job opportunities. However, why are private schools even increasingly eliminated?” he questioned. Currently, he said, some private schools have not been able to recruit new students, such as SMP Saraswati and SMP Parisada. Meanwhile, the number of students of high school and vocational school continues to decline, particularly in urban areas. If this problem is not immediately followed up, within few years, high schools will also undergo similar fate with junior high schools. Certainly it is not good in the development process of education in Karangasem because there is unfair competition. (kmb31)

To preserve potential of marine tourism Travelers ready to pay USD 5-15

DENPASAR - Marine territory located within 0-12-miles becoming the authority of the province has not been accompanied with the revision of Law No.28/2009 on Regional Taxes and Levies. In Bali alone, the provincial government finally cannot collect a levy for marine conservation efforts. It includes keeping the adequately huge potential of marine tourism on the Island of the Gods. Actually, foreign travelers are ready to pay as much as USD 5 to 15 for it. “The tasks have moved to the province. Surely the cost of rescue, conservation, destination establishment, maintenance of potential and

others become a burden,” said a member of Commission II of the Bali House of Representatives, A.A. Ngurah Adhi Ardhana, to Bali Post on Tuesday (Feb. 14). According to Adhi Ardhana, the existing levies are only oriented to mainland pattern. In other words, it is only used for the improvement of infrastructures on mainland. Conversely, there is no attention paid to the marine areas. On that account, it is important to rethink of this levy pattern in the future. “Seeing the existing potential, it is indeed remarkable and today is really too free. In other words, the

marine potential can be used by the public. However, there is absolutely no contribution to the government other than licensing or levy of the mainland,” said this politician from Gerenceng, Denpasar. Actually, based on the data of the Indonesian marine tourism association (Gahawisri), added Adhi Ardhana, there is potential of more than 1 million foreign travelers that play in waters. This figure does not include domestic travelers. Of course, this is a great potential that can be used for marine conservation purposes, preserve marine destination as well as provide international standards of

comfort for travelers. “Especially yesterday, Tulamben, Bali, in particular has been named as the best dive site in the world. Meanwhile, in terms of it beaches, it’s really sorry whereas in the sea is quite magnificent,” explained this PDI-P politician. Adhi Ardhana added that Conservation International (CI) Indonesia has conducted a study to travelers. In general, they are ready to pay levies in the range of USD 5 to 15 for the sake of keeping the potential of marine conservation and marine tourism. In the meantime, today they are not charged anything. At some places,

they are only subject to levy of mainland patterns between IDR 7,000 to IDR 15,000. “Now, just imagine if they pay USD 5 (equivalent to IDR 66,000— Ed) or IDR 100,000, there will be an income of about IDR 100 billion. It’s incredible and we can develop the undersea destination,” he concluded. In the meantime, Program Manager of the Bali Conservation International (CI) Indonesia, I Made Iwan Dewantama, said that to manage Bali tourism asset namely nature and culture does require financial support. Actually the financial support is necessary to be sought. (kmb32)


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Avalanche disrupts classroom activities at Subaya

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Bali Post handed over logistic assistance to the avalanche victims at Songan, Kintamani, on Wednesday (Feb. 15).

Bali Post hands over assistance to avalanche victims at Songan, Kintamani

BANGLI - Bali Post handed over logistic assistance to the avalanche victims at Songan, Kintamani, on Wednesday (Feb. 15). The assistance handed over is deposit of donation given by Balinese people as well as loyal readers of Bali Post and viewers of BaliTV by using truck. Delivery of the donation was represented by Chief Editor of Bali Post, Nyoman Wirata, accompanied by the staff. Nyoman Wirata stated the assistance include 46 boxes of instant noodles, 20 boxes of mineral water, nine sacks of rice, five boxes of clothes, 5 kg of sugar, 1 box of oil and two packs of pampers. “The assistance delivered today (Wednesday—Ed) is a donation deposited through Bali Post having collected from February 12 to February 15. The next donation will be handed over in stages,” he said. Additionally, Wirata explained that Bali Post and BaliTV are also working with Prima Medika Hospital to provide a free health checkup for avalanche victims at Songan. This disaster awareness activity is a social action to ease the burden of surviving avalanche victims at refugee camps. In the meantime, Director of Prima Medika Hospital, Dr. Dian, said the donations disbursed are in the form of groceries, kitchen equipment, blankets

and medicines. It was also resumed with free medical services. “Prima Medika Hospital involves 10 medical personnel and 15 paramedics that serve refugees at Yeh Mampeh post, Songan,” said Dian. Meanwhile, Secretary of Indonesia Red Cross (PMI) Bali, Nyoman Puasa Aryana, said the assistance in the form of basic food continuously arriving until this time is sufficient. Considering the logistic assistance considered to have been sufficient, he expected there will be other assistance in the form of kitchen appliances, cash and school supplies. “We hope the assistance can be given in the form of cash to be allocated to handle damages. It does not necessarily mean to ask. It is considering that the logistics received has been already sufficient,” he said while adding that cash assistance received so far at the Songan post has reached IDR 131.9 million,” he said. In the meantime, chief of Yeh Mampeh hamlet, I Nengah Sukarta, also admitted that logistic support in the form of food is sufficient for his residents. Moreover, the assistance continues to arrive at the refugee camp. “We think the food is enough. If possible, the next assistance can be provided in the form of cash. With such assistance, we can use the money to repair home, farmland, et cetera,” hoped Sukarta. (kmb41)

BANGLI - Classroom activities at some schools in Kintamani are recently disrupted due to avalanche disaster. One of them happened to the integrated elementary and junior high school at Subaya. Since last Friday, the classroom activities at the school could have not taken place as usual because road access to local village is buried by avalanche materials so that it is difficult for teachers from outside the village to teach. Headman of Subaya, Nyoman Diantara, explained on Wednesday (Feb. 15) that since the road access to the center of the village was buried by avalanche, some teachers of the integrated elementary and junior high school teachers from outside the village have not been able to teach since the past few days. This condition disrupts classroom activities at the school. “Junior high school in particular cannot learn because teachers from outside the community

cannot come to the village. Fortunately, the elementary students can still learn because there is a teacher who lives at the village,” he explained. Other than the children attending school in the village center, some elementary and junior high school students living at Yeh Tangga (lower area of Subaya) are equally unable to attend school at Tejakula (Buleleng). To get to their school, they are constrained by road access. The only a bamboo bridge connecting Subaya to Tejakula was already washed away by river floods. “Fortunately, an emergency bridge for bringing logistics was already made last Wednesday,” he said. He estimated that children of Subaya will be able to go back to school as before within the next two days. Currently, the road to village center previously covered up by avalanche has begun to be cleaned up. “Hopefully, children can soon learn normally as usual,” he said. (kmb40)

Fall headfirst in sand, two foreigners critical

M A N G U P U R A - Tw o Swedish citizens, Andrie and Simon, were found in critical condition and lying in the sand of Batu Bolong Beach, North Kuta, Badung, on Wednesday (Feb. 15). Allegedly they had traffic accident because people heard the sound of speeding motorcycle. “Possibly they are out of control at that time. It happened at 03:00,” said a member of Badung police. From the narrative of I Made Supcianto, 26, a security guard at Oldmand Restaurant, who happened to be on duty at that night, he initially heard the sound of motorcycle at high speed, but suddenly disappeared. A few moments later, came Mario, 34, from Brazil, and Robin, 23, from the Netherlands. They told Supcianto that there was a traffic accident. Supcianto then called Kadek Gunawan, 30, a security guard of Old Bumper. “They came down to the scene. When arriving there, they

saw two victims lying down on the sand,” said the official who declined to be identified. The victims were found in critical condition, where their nose and ears were bleeding. Besides, they had injuries on the head but were still conscious. A local resident called an ambulance to take the victims to Canggu Medical. Few moments later, the members of Badung police traffic accident unit arrived at the scene. The officers assisted by residents evacuated the victims and took to Siloam Hospital, Kuta, by using Canggu Medical ambulance. In the meantime, the victims’ motorcycles consisting of Honda Scoopy and Honda Spacy were taken to Badung police station. “This case is handled by Badung police traffic affairs unit. We are still investigating this case and the examination of witnesses is still ongoing,” said Chief of Badung Police Traffic Affairs, Raka Wiratma. (kmb36)

A woman carries a wood walking past a closed Catholic church at a relocated wholesale market in Shanghai, China February 15, 2017.

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China demands Vietnam’s apology for attack alleged by tourist

BEIJING - China on Thursday demanded that Vietnam apologise to a Chinese tourist who says he was beaten up by Vietnamese border guards after failing to pay a bribe, an incident that provoked outrage among Chinese internet users. The call comes a month after the neighbours pledged to safeguard peace in the disputed South China Sea, nearly all of which is claimed by China, although Vietnam and four other Asian nations also have claims in the oil-rich area. Last week, a group of about eight uniformed men beat a Chinese man surnamed Xie in Vietnam’s northern city of Mong Cai on the border with China, after he failed to pay a “tip”, the state-run China News Service said on Saturday, citing Xie. The head of the consular affairs office of China’s foreign ministry “had a special appointment” on Thursday

with the Vietnam ambassador to “once more express our stern position,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. “China demands that Vietnam apologise and pay compensation to the victim, severely handle those involved and take effective measures to ensure an incident does not happen again,” Geng told a regular news briefing. Vietnam has already suspended eight people involved in the incident, he added. On Wednesday, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry told Reuters by email that it was “clarifying” information on the incident provided by China, and would “resolve the issue (according to) the nature of the event”. Xie, accompanied by his mother and fiancee, was returning from a trip to Vietnam planned for the couple to take location photographs ahead of their wedding, the agency said. The fiancée, identified as Xiao Li, told China News the

women had tried to halt the beating and make a video recording of it, only to be restrained, and have their phones confiscated. State media pictures of a bruised Xie in hospital were widely shared online, sparking angry comments calling the incident a matter of national pride for China and targeting Vietnam. Chinese tourists made up nearly 30 percent of all visitors to Vietnam last year at just under 2.7 million, figures from Vietnam’s tourism administration show. The border crossing between Mong Cai and the city of Dongxing in China’s southern region of Guangxi is the main crossing-point between the two nations. Although China and Vietnam regularly talk up their common interests as “traditional” friends and neighbours in public statements, conflicting claims of sovereignty in the South China Sea have become a major source of tension in recent years. (rtr)

Thai authorities enter Buddhist temple to search for wanted monk

BANGKOK - Thai security forces entered the country’s biggest Buddhist temple on Thursday to search for an influential monk wanted for money laundering after the junta leader declared he was imposing control over the vast temple complex. With political parties and many activists silenced since a coup in 2014, the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple is a rare institution in defying the junta, which has so far trodden warily in confronting a group that claims millions of followers. “Authorities have already started a search operation seeking the

individual under arrest warrants,” Paisit Wongmuang, chief of the Department of Special Investigation, told reporters. They went in hours after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha used a security measure that critics dub “the dictator’s law” to give forces a free hand to arrest, search, demolish or do anything else they see fit to apprehend Phra Dhammachayo. The former abbot, 72, faces charges of conspiracy to launder money and receive stolen goods, as well as taking over land unlawfully to build meditation centres.

His aides dismiss the accusations as politically motivated. The controversy in part reflects more than a decade of divisive politics in Thailand, which have penetrated all aspects of life - including the religion followed by some 95 percent of Thais. Although the temple has no overt political affiliation, the abbot is widely believed to have had links with populist former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was overthrown in 2006. Prayuth became leader after a government led by Thaksin’s sister was toppled in 2014. (rtr)

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Buddhist monks chant inside Dhammakaya temple while police block access to the place in Pathum Thani province, Thailand February 16, 2017.


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Swift deal on Greece needed to avert fresh uncertainty-EU’s Dombrovskis

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to adress the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, February 16, 2017.

Trudeau says Canada, EU must lead world economy

STRASBOURG - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that the whole world benefited from a strong European Union and that the bloc and his country needed to lead the international economy in challenging times.

Trudeau told the European Parliament that the Union was an unprecedented model for peaceful cooperation in a speech that marked his distance from both the United States under new President Donald Trump, who has questioned the value and future of the bloc, and from Britain, which has voted to leave it. An effective European voice on the global stage was not just preferable, but essential, Trudeau said. “You are a vital player in addressing the challenges that we collectively face as an international community,” he told EU lawmakers a day after they backed an EU-Canada free trade deal. “Indeed the whole world benefits from a strong EU.” Trudeau, who will also visit Germany, said that Canada and the European Union shared a belief in democracy, transparency and the rule of law, in human rights, inclusion and diversity. “We know that, in these times, we must choose to lead the international economy, not simply be subject to its whims,” he said, according to a text made available in advance of his speech, adding both parties had shown they valued trade and a belief that it could bring prosperity to their citizens. With the passage of their trade deal, Canada and

the European Union offer a counter to Trump, who has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and wants to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement. For Canada the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is important to reduce its reliance on the neighbouring United States as an export market. For the EU, it is a first trade pact with a G7 country and a success to hail after months of protests at a time when the bloc’s credibility has taken a beating from Britain’s vote last June to leave. Trudeau’s speech, in English and French, got a warm welcome from lawmakers in Strasbourg as he signalled Canada’s distance from both its big neighbour to the south under Trump and from London, where Brexit supporters argue that ties to Britain’s old empire can help expand trade once out of the European Union. Both Canada and the EU, said Trudeau, needed to ensure that their Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), set to enter force in months, worked for people. “If we are successful, CETA will become the blueprint for all ambitious, future trade deals. If we are not, this could very well be the last. So make no mistake, this is an important moment for us.” Trudeau said many people were worried that the current system only benefited society’s luckiest few and that this was a valid concern. Trade, he said, must be inclusive, so that everyone benefited. “And this agreement ... delivers just that.”(rtr)

ATHENS - There are costs in delaying agreement on Greece’s bailout review, the European Commission’s vice president responsible for the euro was quoted as saying on Thursday, and a solution needs to be found swiftly. Inconclusive talks between Greece and its international creditors on economic reforms and debt relief have cast doubt over the future of Greece’s 85 billion euro bailout programme. “There is a common understanding that time lost in reaching an agreement will have a cost for everyone,” Valdis Dombrovskis told Greek news portal Euro2day. Dombrovskis, however, said the situation in Greece could not be compared with to the situation in early 2015 when the country narrowly avoided default and toppling out of the euro zone. Delays in the bailout review mean delays in financial aid. Greece has about 7.5 billion euros of debt falling due by July, which it is unable to pay without more loans from lenders. So far it has received some 31.7 billion from

the latest bailout accord, its third since 2010. Disagreements over labour and energy market reforms lenders want Greece to adopt have been complicated by broader misgivings from the International Monetary Fund, which will not participate in the most recent bailout because of concerns Athens will never be able to extricate itself from debt. European policymakers have said that the bailout programme cannot continue without IMF input, although a German politician close to Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday IMF participation is no longer crucial. The fundamentals of the Greek economy have been strengthened, Dombrovskis said, but that strong growth potential was contingent on reforms being implemented. “So policy makers are faced with this choice - work hard to reach an agreement that will build on progress made or slip back into uncertainty. I think the choice is obvious,” he said. Recent Greek economic data has shown how tenuous the recovery is. (rtr)

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A Greek farmer holds a flag depicting a tractor during a demonstration to demand tax reductions and compensation, in Athens, Greece February 14, 2017. The flag reads: “Larissa Prefecture”.

Preserves Nyakan Diwang Tradition

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North Bali is truly wealthy when it comes to traditional cultural practices that have been passed down uninterrupted for countless generations. One example is the tradition known as ‘nyakan diwang’ that the people of Catur Desa Adat Dalem Tamblingan, Umajero Village, Gobleg, Munduk, Gesing continue to practice. Nyakan Diwang essentially means ‘cooking by the side of the road’ and this tradition manages to strengthen the peace and harmony amongst the people who practice it. The process begins anywhere between midnight and dawn. Head of the Traditional Village of Munduk, Jro Putu Ardana, explained that the nyakan diwang tradition is part of the ‘Ngembak Geni’ celebrations that take place the day after the Holy Day of Nyepi (day of Silence). The people of Catur Desa Adat Dalem Tamblingan, and surrounding area feel their relations and communications thus become more intense and believe strongly in the power of nyakan diwang to give rise to a strong sense of community. “This tradition is related to Nyepi and so local residents will cook their food

Have you ever tasted tipat santok? This traditional food is the most popular on the Bali Island. Balinese people of all walks of life really like this simple menu. Children, teenagers and old people never get bored with this food because it is easily obtained. Moreover, the flavor can be customized because the sauces can be increased or decreased as desired. Tipat santok is a breakfast menu which is very well known in Bali. Tipat santok with spicy sweet sauces are often becoming people’s choice. It is called so because it offers sweet and spicy flavor. Spicy here does not happen due to too much pepper but because of spicy chili, while the sweet flavor is

outside their house before bringing it inside. While they are cooking, their communication with their neighbors is woven into harmony as they exchange recipes. The value of togetherness is thus passed down from generation to generation with a feeling of peace and harmony. During this activity there is no separation among people and great joy is taken in tasting each others food” said Ardana. Dalem_Tamblingan_Traditional_Village_2 Umajero Busungbiu Village public figure, I Nyoman Arya, added that the nyakan diwang tradition has been well guarded by the people of this village since long ago. “The people of Gobleg, Umajero, Munduk, Gesing and other villages in the area have passed down this tradition from generation to generation. Starting at midnight people are already getting ready to start cooking’’ he said. The tradition of nyakan diwang’s meaning is philosophically related to a manifestation of the sense of gratitude towards Creator for having provided blessings, abundance, safety and peace. “We do this to show our gratitude and every year we have been blessed with ease in conducting this activity”, added Arya. Durign Nyepi, just like other Balinese, people here

honor the four abstinences; amatigeni (no lighting of fire or lamps), amati lelanguan (no sensory pleasure), amatilelungan (no traveling/walking around), dan amatikarya (no work). Through the nyakan diwang tradition as people gather outside their homes, they enjoy a friendly atmosphere and it is no surprise that they exchange friendly greetings. This type of activity truly strengthens the peace and harmony of the community. “By cooking together on the street, a feeling of togetherness arises and people naturally greet each other. This activity -that takes place right after Nyepi, helps to safeguard togetherness” emphasised Arya. Cooking implements such as makeshift hearths made of stone or brick are made ready for the dry wood that will be used as fuel for the fire. Mornings in the mountain are cold so the first thing that people prepare is hot water for coffee or tea. Then they start cooking rice and other dishes. “While enjoying the atmosphere of the early morning, local residents prepare their meals over the course of an hour or two. Once everything is cooked, the food is brought inside to be enjoyed by the family. Another aspect of this unique tradition is the exchanging of recipes with neighbours” he said. (kmb)

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given by the brown sugar. In Java this food is commonly known as gado-gado. Tipat santok is very easy to find. It is cheap and served fresh because it is prepared after being ordered. Almost at every village street people can enjoy this food because many merchants of this food are open until late evening. They usually sell at village roadside, traditional markets and in the aisles. Basically the main ingredient is ketupat (rice bag) wrapped in young coconut leaf. However, in later development, people also use plastic or banana leaves as the wrapper. In the presentation, the tipat santok is served

with various vegetables such as water spinach, sprouts, and cucumber. Optionally it is accompanied with tofu or tempeh and fried red beans. In the meantime, the spice is made from fried peanut mixed with garlic, aromatic ginger, lime, palm sugar, fermented shrimp paste and fermented soy beans where all these herbs are then pulverized. After that, it is sprinkled with fried shallot. Now, it is ready to be served. One portion of tipat santok costs varies according to the venue and merchants. At villages, a portion is sold for IDR 4,000 – IDR 5,000 while in urban areas ranging from IDR 6,000 to IDR 10,000. (kmb)

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JAKARTA - Indonesia and the US will cooperate to realize a US$40 million program for the conservation of Indonesias marine habitats and sustainable fishery resources.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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The Malaysian police and the government source’s accounts of what happened in the departure hall From page 1 contradicted early media reports that Kim Jong Nam had been poisoned by injection with a needle. An autopsy began on Wednesday and is still ongoing, a senior police officer said. When asked if he could confirm that a woman with the Vietnamese documents was the one seen wearing the ‘LOL’ T-shirt, state police chief Abdul Samah Mat said: “We are investigating to confirm that.” Local media identified her as the main attacker. MANHUNT FOR ACCOMPLICES The sources said Kim Jong Nam - travelling under the name of Kim Chol - had flown on Feb. 6 from Macau to the Malaysian capital, which he visited often because he had friends there. He was booked on a return flight with the low-cost airline AirAsia on Monday, the day he died. Police are looking for four foreign men they believe worked with the two women, the government source said. The entire team involved in the attack landed in Malaysia - although it was not clear where from - some days before the attack, checked into a hotel near the airport and monitored their target’s movements, the government source said. Two employees of the help desk Kim Jong Nam approached declined to discuss the incident when asked by Reuters reporters, several people working at the Starbucks cafe said they had seen nothing unusual that morning, and the medical centre’s receptionist said she could not confirm that he had been brought into the clinic. The government source said the woman whose documents showed the Vietnamese name of Doan Thi Huong told police that the group split up after the incident and had not seen each other since. The woman said she hadn’t been aware that she was killing someone, but the source said police doubt that and believe it was a well-planned operation. (ap)

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WASHINGTON - In a blow to President Donald Trump as he tries to assemble his administration, his nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday amid concerns that he could not garner enough Senate votes to be confirmed. Puzder’s decision to withdraw is yet another setback this week for a White House still grappling with fallout from Monday night’s abrupt resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, after less than a month in the job. Puzder, the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc, which primarily franchises fast-food chains including Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr, has been at the center of a swirl of controversies, complaints and potential conflicts. He admitted earlier this month that he and his wife had employed an undocumented person as a housekeeper. He faced a flurry of complaints and legal cases brought in recent weeks and months by workers against his business and its franchises. Most recently, a decades-old Oprah Winfrey tape raising allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife resurfaced, though those allegations had been withdrawn.(rtr)

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gestures as Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, departs after their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S. on November 19, 2016.

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Trump backs away from commitment to Palestinian state

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday dropped a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the longstanding bedrock of Washington’s Middle East policy, even as he urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to curb settlement construction. In the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, the Republican president backed away from a U.S. embrace of the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, upending a position taken by successive administrations and the international community. “I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like,” Trump told a joint news conference with Netanyahu. “I can live with either one.” Trump vowed to work toward a peace deal between Israel and Palestinians but said it would require compromise on both sides, leaving it up to the parties themselves ultimately to decide on the terms of any agreement. But he offered no new prescription for achieving an accord that has eluded so many of his predecessors, and Palestinian anger over his abandonment of their goal of statehood could scrap any chance of coaxing them back to the nego-

tiating table. Dropping a bombshell on Netanyahu as they faced reporters just before sitting down for talks, Trump told him: “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit.” The right-wing Israeli leader appeared momentarily startled. It was a rare concession sought by Trump as the two leaders tried to set a new positive tone after eight years of friction under Trump’s Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama. Netanyahu insisted that Jewish settlements were “not the core of the conflict” and made no public commitment to reduce settlement building in the occupied West Bank. He later told reporters traveling with him that he hoped to “reach an understanding” with Trump on settlements. Trump echoed Netanyahu’s calls for Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state - something they have refused to do - and to halt incitement against Israelis. But even as Trump promised to

pursue peace, saying “it might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand,” he made no effort to address the deep distrust and other obstacles that have prevented any substantive negotiations since 2014. Setting an initially chummy tone, Trump greeted Netanyahu on a red carpet rolled out to the White House driveway. The two leaders smiled, shook hands and chatted amiably before heading inside, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and Netanyahu’s wife, Sara. Among the questions that figured prominently on the agenda was the future of the two-state solution - the idea of creating a Palestine living peacefully alongside Israel. Foreshadowing Trump’s policy shift, a senior White House official said on Tuesday that peace did not necessarily have to entail Palestinian statehood. Palestinians responded by warning Trump that such a move would seriously damage U.S. credibility. (rtr)

“The US and Indonesia have a strong partnership in the maritime sector, including through a new program aimed at protecting the vital marine biodiversity,” US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph Donovan stated during the signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement at the office of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Jakarta on Thursday. In addition, Donovan noted that the cooperation covered efforts to promote sustainable use to secure food resources and the livelihood

of Indonesians. The US ambassador explained that the program of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to improve the management of six million hectares of marine habitat and deal with the fishery crisis. The program also targets to build and support 15 marine protected areas, increase productivity in the fisheries sector, ensure food security and nutrition, and secure sustainable livelihood for the people in 13 districts in the prov-

inces of Maluku, North Maluku, and West Papua. Meanwhile, Director General of Strengthening Competitiveness of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Nilanto Perbowo outlined the USAIDs program of marine conservation and sustainable fisheries comprising several projects closely related to the priorities of the Indonesian government. “The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is optimistic of continuing its partnership with the US government,” Perbowo emphasized. The program will also help to overcome important challenges in the management of marine and

The program of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to improve the management of six million hectares of marine habitat and deal with the fishery crisis.

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Minister Susi wins Peter Benchley Ocean Awards 2017 JAKARTA - Indonesias Maritime Affairs and Fishery Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has won the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards 2017 for Excellence in National Stewardship for her efforts in managing the countrys marine sector. Susi has aggressively protected the countrys economic and environmental interests by targeting the multi-billion dollar pirate fishing operations of foreign fleets, Marine Affairs Ministry said in a statement here on Tuesday. Susis courage to blow up and sink more than 200 illegal fishing boats, which were caught poaching, has deterred organized crime efforts that have invaded and resulted in overfishing in Indonesias biologically rich waters for years. She has been instrumental in the

freeing of slave crews held on many of these foreign vessels and the freeing of illegally trapped whale sharks, it said. Her work has proved vital to protecting Indonesias unique and worldfamous marine ecosystem, while providing important economic benefits and sustaining the livelihoods of tens of thousands of domestic fishermen, their families, and communities. The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards 2017 would be awarded on May 11 during the commemoration of its 10th anniversary held at the Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC. A seminar on sea leadership would also be held on the occasion, which would focus on global efforts to end illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing (IUUF). (ant)

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fishery resources and improve the welfare of coastal communities in the three provinces as the focus of the efforts, Perbowo pointed out. In addition to offering support to Indonesias efforts to improve the sustainable management of fisheries and conservation of marine biodiversity, the program will assist the country in combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated

fishing. The signing of the cooperation agreement was also part of the Indonesian Maritime and Fisheries Business Forum, which was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, other government agencies, local governments, as well as entrepreneurs from the fisheries sector. (ant)


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Olympic champion Hackett found after going missing

MELBOURNE - Australian swimming great Grant Hackett has been found safe and sound after being reported missing on Thursday, the triple Olympic champion’s father Neville said.

Sanur Beach

BADUNG - Sanur Beach, Bali’s earliest beach resort, features a relaxed coastal ambiance. Located on the eastern side of the island’s isthmus, it is the opposite of Kuta, both in characteristics and nuance. The former fishing village maintains most of its charm and continues to attract repeat visitors, mostly from Europe. Among Bali’s first hotels and beachfront retreats, together with an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops and bars and an assortment of innovative and modern entertainment venues share the Sanur Beach coastline. Known for its laidback atmosphere, Sanur Beach maintains its wealth in arts and culture, making it an ideal destination to enjoy the best of both eras, classic and contemporary. (IBP/net)

Ubud Traditional Market

GIANYAR - At the same location known as the highly popular art market in the centre of Ubud town, you can witness a fresh morning market scene where local daily goods are featured besides the regular art shops and stalls. Any open spaces are occupied by vendors who offer vegetables, fruits, flower offerings and more. The best time to observe this is before sunrise, when local Ubud villagers go about their early morning shopping. Afterwards, the scene transforms as the mainstay stalls open shop and open spaces shift to feature woodcarvings and paintings. Check out the peculiar shrine near the entrance, overflowing with flower offerings placed by shop owners who ask for a productive business day. (IBP/net)

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Hackett, who has struggled with drug and alcohol problems away from the pool, was detained by Gold Coast police on Wednesday after his parents reported he had suffered a “breakdown” at their family home. He was released after a few hours without charge but a day later, his parents said he had disappeared. “Grant’s been found alive and sober,” Neville Hackett said outside the family’s Mermaid Waters home. “He’s spoken to police. “He’s actually hiding because he’s very, very embarrassed about all this,” he said, adding that while he was unsure where his son had been he had made contact with police. Earlier on Thursday, Hackett’s father had put out a plea to find the former Olympic swimmer. “He’s definitely a missing person,” he told local media. “He’s mentally disturbed and needs urgent help ... If anybody has seen him contact the media or the police or the Hackett family. “Grant, let us know where you are. We love you and we want to help you.” The swimmer’s brother Craig told reporters on Wednesday that Hackett was a “danger to himself and to the community” and that his family were unable to help him alone. However, before he was reported missing, Hackett posted a photo of himself on Instagram with cuts and bruises to his face and said his brother had beaten him. “My brother comments to the media... but does anyone know he beat the shit out of me,” Hackett wrote. “Everyone knows he is an angry man.” It is unclear when or where the photo was taken and Hackett did not appear to be sporting any injuries when he was released by police. The incident has shaken Australia’s sporting community and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) expressed its concern for Hackett. “This is just a big shock and surprise,” AOC President John Coates told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper. “I am very worried for him and his family. “He is one of ours. He’s an Olympian, and one of our greatest Olympians. We’ll give him whatever support we can.” (rtr)

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Grant Hackett of Australia holds his silver medal for the men’s 1500m freestyle swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 17, 2008.

Jamaica’s Nesta Carter after competing.

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BERN - Embattled Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after he was retroactively found guilty of doping at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Carter is awaiting a date to come before the CAS for his appeal, lawyer Stuart Stimpson told Reuters after confirming the appeal had been submitted to the Switzerland-based body within the 21-day deadline.

“Yes, they were sent electronically today and the hard copies (sent by courier) will get there tomorrow, so they (documents) have been filed,” Stimpson said. “We’ve paid our fees and we met our time line.” Carter retroactively tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine in 2008 and on Jan. 25 was stripped of his 4x100 gold medal along with team mates Usain Bolt, Asafa

Powell, and Michael Frater. The filing of the appeal came four days after the 2013 world championship 100m bronze medallist made his competitive return by anchoring his MVP track Club’s 4x100m team to second place at the Milo Western Relays in Montego, ending 17 months of inactivity. That came after clearance was given to him by the IAAF, the world track and field governing body. (rtr)


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Despite twilight years, Robben sparkles for Bayern in rout

MUNICH — Bayern Munich officials must be dreading the day Arjen Robben decides to retire or leave. The 33-year-old Dutch winger was at the heart of almost all of Bayern’s attacking play in the 5-1 rout of Arsenal that put the Champions League quarterfinals within reach on Wednesday. Robben was a constant threat to the Arsenal defense, his performance crowned early on with one of his trademark goals. But it was his runs, his interplay, his movement and the danger he posed any time he faced a defender that earned a standing ovation from Bayern fans when coach Carlo Ancelotti took him off with just two minutes remaining. Robben provided the breakthrough early on, cutting inside from the right to set his left foot, before letting fly with a shot that went in off the underside of the bar. “It worked before a few times,” he joked. Defenders might know what’s coming, but they seem helpless to stop it. Robben almost did it again minutes later, and he forced a corner with another effort shortly after that. Despite his own outstanding contribution, Robben was keen to focus on a great team performance overall. “In the second half, we really played some amazing football. We really killed the game,” he said. Altogether, Robben had three attempts on target apart from the goal, all blocked, while his interplay with Philipp Lahm and Thiago Alcantara helped make the Arsenal defense look weak. Nine passes went to Thiago, who scored two goals, and 20 to Lahm of 47 completed passes altogether. Almost nine out of every 10 attempted passes found their target. “It worked very well today,” Robben said. “I myself am a little surprised that we played so well. On the other hand, not so much, because I know that the team has a great character and the ability to always step up a level when it needs to.” Robben has a knack for scoring important goals. It was his 89th-minute strike that gave Bayern its last Champions League title against Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium in London in 2013. Former Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, who led the team to the Champions League title in 2001, has spoken of Bayern’s problem when it comes to replacing Robben, with neither Douglas Costa nor Kingsley Coman at the Dutch star’s level. Since joining from Real Madrid in 2009, Robben has scored 84 goals and set up 50 more in 156 league games. No wonder the club was so keen to extend his contract beyond this season, even if he’s entering the twilight of his career. Robben signed a one-year extension to June 2018 last month. “If Arjen has the feeling he can no longer compete at the highest level, then he’ll stop,” Robben’s father Hans said last month after his son signed the contract extension. On Wednesday’s showing, it doesn’t look like he needs to stop any time soon.(ap)

Bayern’s Arjen Robben celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Arsenal, in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema jumps over Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina during the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Real Madrid and Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017.

Madrid’s Benzema ends drought with a record-setting goal

MADRID — Karim Benzema responded to criticism of his recent form with a goal that helped him to make some history. Benzema scored Real Madrid’s first goal in the 3-1 win over Napoli on Wednesday, helping move his club closer to the quarterfinals of the Champions League and surpassing Thierry Henry as the top French scorer in the European competition with 51 goals. “It was a great night,” said Benzema, who was voted player of the match. “We all played a great match. I’m very happy with my display today. I feel good as I saw that the fans were supporting me after the goal. That’s important for my confidence.” It was the type of

night Benzema needed to put behind a series of disappointing performances. He hadn’t scored in six games and was making headlines for his numerous

missed chances. “I’ve dealt with criticism since a young age,” the 29-year-old Benzema said. “I work very hard, but sometimes you score many goals and sometimes you don’t. I’m not the type of striker that only wants to score. I like to play for the team as well.” Benzema scored with a header from close range in the 18th minute after a well-placed cross by Dani Carvajal. Benzema hadn’t found the net since a late equalizer against Sevilla in a Copa del Rey match in early January. The striker almost added another in a breakaway just before halftime, but his attempt struck the post. “He showed that he has personality and that in difficult moments, like

the one he had been going through recently, he answers the best possible way, by scoring goals,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “He hadn’t been scoring in the last few games and I’m happy with his goal and his play in general.” Benzema’s poor performances had raised doubts about his future at the club. His contract runs through 2019, but the Spanish media said there were talks about a possible transfer involving the Frenchman in the near future. He has been an indisputable starter recently, though, especially with the lengthy absence of Gareth Bale because of a right ankle injury. Benzema started a few games on the bench, but only because of a rotation introduced by Zidane to rest players in a stretch with several games in a short period. Benzema’s 51 goals in the Champions League came with both Madrid and his former French club, Lyon. He is Madrid’s top scorer in the European competition this season with five goals, three more than anyone else in the team, including Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.(ap)

Former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has urged the relegation-threatened Premier League champions to rediscover their identity and concentrate on the formula that worked for them their title-winning campaign. Following last season’s stunning triumph, Leicester have fallen into a remarkable tailspin and are currently hovering just a point and a place above the drop zone with 13 games remaining. “I think what they need to do is get back to their identity You ask people what Leicester City are they would say they are a

very good team who work hard,” Pearson told British media. Leicester were bottom for most of the 2014-15 campaign but pulled off a stirring turnaround under Pearson to stay up after winning seven of their last nine matches to finish 14th. He was replaced by Claudio Ranieri in the subsequent off-season. “They out-work people and even that has been questioned of them this season. They have to make sure if there are any question marks internally they find the answers. That is the bottom line,” Pearson added.

“You can’t spend your time listening to people who have opinions externally. There have been criticisms coming their way and they have to find the answers to that. “You can spend a lot of time talking but now is probably the time for actions rather than words.” Leicester travel to thirdtier Millwall in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.(rtr) Leicester City’s Demarai Gray looks dejected with Shinji Okazaki after the match

Man United will give Europa tilt full focus, says Mourinho Going deep into the latter stages of the Europa League will only add to Manchester United’s concerns about a hectic schedule but manager Jose Mourinho says his side must keep all their options open to get into next season’s Champions League. United have already had one Premier League game, an away trip to Manchester City, postponed after they reached the final of the League Cup and their schedule could see further disruption depending on their FA Cup and Europa League progress. “The accumulation of FA Cup and League Cup and the match postponement make it really hard for us,” Mourinho told British media. “If we progress in the competitions we will be in trouble in May.” Mourinho’s side resume their

Europa League campaign against St Etienne in the first leg of their round-of-32 clash on Thursday. “It will be difficult but we don’t throw away competitions.” he said, adding that the automatic Champions League berth reserved for winners of the Europa League was a huge reason to give the competition their all. “We prefer difficult and progressing to easy and being out of the competition. The plus is it is another opportunity to qualify for the Champions League. We have two doors still open. “One is the Europa League but we know we are in the last 32, not even the last eight or four, so there is a long way to go. In the Premier League the door is also open but we still have a long way to go.”(rtr)

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Despite twilight years, Robben sparkles for Bayern in rout

MUNICH — Bayern Munich officials must be dreading the day Arjen Robben decides to retire or leave. The 33-year-old Dutch winger was at the heart of almost all of Bayern’s attacking play in the 5-1 rout of Arsenal that put the Champions League quarterfinals within reach on Wednesday. Robben was a constant threat to the Arsenal defense, his performance crowned early on with one of his trademark goals. But it was his runs, his interplay, his movement and the danger he posed any time he faced a defender that earned a standing ovation from Bayern fans when coach Carlo Ancelotti took him off with just two minutes remaining. Robben provided the breakthrough early on, cutting inside from the right to set his left foot, before letting fly with a shot that went in off the underside of the bar. “It worked before a few times,” he joked. Defenders might know what’s coming, but they seem helpless to stop it. Robben almost did it again minutes later, and he forced a corner with another effort shortly after that. Despite his own outstanding contribution, Robben was keen to focus on a great team performance overall. “In the second half, we really played some amazing football. We really killed the game,” he said. Altogether, Robben had three attempts on target apart from the goal, all blocked, while his interplay with Philipp Lahm and Thiago Alcantara helped make the Arsenal defense look weak. Nine passes went to Thiago, who scored two goals, and 20 to Lahm of 47 completed passes altogether. Almost nine out of every 10 attempted passes found their target. “It worked very well today,” Robben said. “I myself am a little surprised that we played so well. On the other hand, not so much, because I know that the team has a great character and the ability to always step up a level when it needs to.” Robben has a knack for scoring important goals. It was his 89th-minute strike that gave Bayern its last Champions League title against Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium in London in 2013. Former Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, who led the team to the Champions League title in 2001, has spoken of Bayern’s problem when it comes to replacing Robben, with neither Douglas Costa nor Kingsley Coman at the Dutch star’s level. Since joining from Real Madrid in 2009, Robben has scored 84 goals and set up 50 more in 156 league games. No wonder the club was so keen to extend his contract beyond this season, even if he’s entering the twilight of his career. Robben signed a one-year extension to June 2018 last month. “If Arjen has the feeling he can no longer compete at the highest level, then he’ll stop,” Robben’s father Hans said last month after his son signed the contract extension. On Wednesday’s showing, it doesn’t look like he needs to stop any time soon.(ap)

Bayern’s Arjen Robben celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Arsenal, in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema jumps over Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina during the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Real Madrid and Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017.

Madrid’s Benzema ends drought with a record-setting goal

MADRID — Karim Benzema responded to criticism of his recent form with a goal that helped him to make some history. Benzema scored Real Madrid’s first goal in the 3-1 win over Napoli on Wednesday, helping move his club closer to the quarterfinals of the Champions League and surpassing Thierry Henry as the top French scorer in the European competition with 51 goals. “It was a great night,” said Benzema, who was voted player of the match. “We all played a great match. I’m very happy with my display today. I feel good as I saw that the fans were supporting me after the goal. That’s important for my confidence.” It was the type of

night Benzema needed to put behind a series of disappointing performances. He hadn’t scored in six games and was making headlines for his numerous

missed chances. “I’ve dealt with criticism since a young age,” the 29-year-old Benzema said. “I work very hard, but sometimes you score many goals and sometimes you don’t. I’m not the type of striker that only wants to score. I like to play for the team as well.” Benzema scored with a header from close range in the 18th minute after a well-placed cross by Dani Carvajal. Benzema hadn’t found the net since a late equalizer against Sevilla in a Copa del Rey match in early January. The striker almost added another in a breakaway just before halftime, but his attempt struck the post. “He showed that he has personality and that in difficult moments, like

the one he had been going through recently, he answers the best possible way, by scoring goals,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “He hadn’t been scoring in the last few games and I’m happy with his goal and his play in general.” Benzema’s poor performances had raised doubts about his future at the club. His contract runs through 2019, but the Spanish media said there were talks about a possible transfer involving the Frenchman in the near future. He has been an indisputable starter recently, though, especially with the lengthy absence of Gareth Bale because of a right ankle injury. Benzema started a few games on the bench, but only because of a rotation introduced by Zidane to rest players in a stretch with several games in a short period. Benzema’s 51 goals in the Champions League came with both Madrid and his former French club, Lyon. He is Madrid’s top scorer in the European competition this season with five goals, three more than anyone else in the team, including Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.(ap)

Former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has urged the relegation-threatened Premier League champions to rediscover their identity and concentrate on the formula that worked for them their title-winning campaign. Following last season’s stunning triumph, Leicester have fallen into a remarkable tailspin and are currently hovering just a point and a place above the drop zone with 13 games remaining. “I think what they need to do is get back to their identity You ask people what Leicester City are they would say they are a

very good team who work hard,” Pearson told British media. Leicester were bottom for most of the 2014-15 campaign but pulled off a stirring turnaround under Pearson to stay up after winning seven of their last nine matches to finish 14th. He was replaced by Claudio Ranieri in the subsequent off-season. “They out-work people and even that has been questioned of them this season. They have to make sure if there are any question marks internally they find the answers. That is the bottom line,” Pearson added.

“You can’t spend your time listening to people who have opinions externally. There have been criticisms coming their way and they have to find the answers to that. “You can spend a lot of time talking but now is probably the time for actions rather than words.” Leicester travel to thirdtier Millwall in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.(rtr) Leicester City’s Demarai Gray looks dejected with Shinji Okazaki after the match

Man United will give Europa tilt full focus, says Mourinho Going deep into the latter stages of the Europa League will only add to Manchester United’s concerns about a hectic schedule but manager Jose Mourinho says his side must keep all their options open to get into next season’s Champions League. United have already had one Premier League game, an away trip to Manchester City, postponed after they reached the final of the League Cup and their schedule could see further disruption depending on their FA Cup and Europa League progress. “The accumulation of FA Cup and League Cup and the match postponement make it really hard for us,” Mourinho told British media. “If we progress in the competitions we will be in trouble in May.” Mourinho’s side resume their

Europa League campaign against St Etienne in the first leg of their round-of-32 clash on Thursday. “It will be difficult but we don’t throw away competitions.” he said, adding that the automatic Champions League berth reserved for winners of the Europa League was a huge reason to give the competition their all. “We prefer difficult and progressing to easy and being out of the competition. The plus is it is another opportunity to qualify for the Champions League. We have two doors still open. “One is the Europa League but we know we are in the last 32, not even the last eight or four, so there is a long way to go. In the Premier League the door is also open but we still have a long way to go.”(rtr)

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the press conference

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Olympic champion Hackett found after going missing

MELBOURNE - Australian swimming great Grant Hackett has been found safe and sound after being reported missing on Thursday, the triple Olympic champion’s father Neville said.

Sanur Beach

BADUNG - Sanur Beach, Bali’s earliest beach resort, features a relaxed coastal ambiance. Located on the eastern side of the island’s isthmus, it is the opposite of Kuta, both in characteristics and nuance. The former fishing village maintains most of its charm and continues to attract repeat visitors, mostly from Europe. Among Bali’s first hotels and beachfront retreats, together with an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops and bars and an assortment of innovative and modern entertainment venues share the Sanur Beach coastline. Known for its laidback atmosphere, Sanur Beach maintains its wealth in arts and culture, making it an ideal destination to enjoy the best of both eras, classic and contemporary. (IBP/net)

Ubud Traditional Market

GIANYAR - At the same location known as the highly popular art market in the centre of Ubud town, you can witness a fresh morning market scene where local daily goods are featured besides the regular art shops and stalls. Any open spaces are occupied by vendors who offer vegetables, fruits, flower offerings and more. The best time to observe this is before sunrise, when local Ubud villagers go about their early morning shopping. Afterwards, the scene transforms as the mainstay stalls open shop and open spaces shift to feature woodcarvings and paintings. Check out the peculiar shrine near the entrance, overflowing with flower offerings placed by shop owners who ask for a productive business day. (IBP/net)

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Hackett, who has struggled with drug and alcohol problems away from the pool, was detained by Gold Coast police on Wednesday after his parents reported he had suffered a “breakdown” at their family home. He was released after a few hours without charge but a day later, his parents said he had disappeared. “Grant’s been found alive and sober,” Neville Hackett said outside the family’s Mermaid Waters home. “He’s spoken to police. “He’s actually hiding because he’s very, very embarrassed about all this,” he said, adding that while he was unsure where his son had been he had made contact with police. Earlier on Thursday, Hackett’s father had put out a plea to find the former Olympic swimmer. “He’s definitely a missing person,” he told local media. “He’s mentally disturbed and needs urgent help ... If anybody has seen him contact the media or the police or the Hackett family. “Grant, let us know where you are. We love you and we want to help you.” The swimmer’s brother Craig told reporters on Wednesday that Hackett was a “danger to himself and to the community” and that his family were unable to help him alone. However, before he was reported missing, Hackett posted a photo of himself on Instagram with cuts and bruises to his face and said his brother had beaten him. “My brother comments to the media... but does anyone know he beat the shit out of me,” Hackett wrote. “Everyone knows he is an angry man.” It is unclear when or where the photo was taken and Hackett did not appear to be sporting any injuries when he was released by police. The incident has shaken Australia’s sporting community and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) expressed its concern for Hackett. “This is just a big shock and surprise,” AOC President John Coates told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper. “I am very worried for him and his family. “He is one of ours. He’s an Olympian, and one of our greatest Olympians. We’ll give him whatever support we can.” (rtr)

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Grant Hackett of Australia holds his silver medal for the men’s 1500m freestyle swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 17, 2008.

Jamaica’s Nesta Carter after competing.

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BERN - Embattled Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) after he was retroactively found guilty of doping at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Carter is awaiting a date to come before the CAS for his appeal, lawyer Stuart Stimpson told Reuters after confirming the appeal had been submitted to the Switzerland-based body within the 21-day deadline.

“Yes, they were sent electronically today and the hard copies (sent by courier) will get there tomorrow, so they (documents) have been filed,” Stimpson said. “We’ve paid our fees and we met our time line.” Carter retroactively tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine in 2008 and on Jan. 25 was stripped of his 4x100 gold medal along with team mates Usain Bolt, Asafa

Powell, and Michael Frater. The filing of the appeal came four days after the 2013 world championship 100m bronze medallist made his competitive return by anchoring his MVP track Club’s 4x100m team to second place at the Milo Western Relays in Montego, ending 17 months of inactivity. That came after clearance was given to him by the IAAF, the world track and field governing body. (rtr)


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JAKARTA - Indonesia and the US will cooperate to realize a US$40 million program for the conservation of Indonesias marine habitats and sustainable fishery resources.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017.

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Murder ...

The Malaysian police and the government source’s accounts of what happened in the departure hall From page 1 contradicted early media reports that Kim Jong Nam had been poisoned by injection with a needle. An autopsy began on Wednesday and is still ongoing, a senior police officer said. When asked if he could confirm that a woman with the Vietnamese documents was the one seen wearing the ‘LOL’ T-shirt, state police chief Abdul Samah Mat said: “We are investigating to confirm that.” Local media identified her as the main attacker. MANHUNT FOR ACCOMPLICES The sources said Kim Jong Nam - travelling under the name of Kim Chol - had flown on Feb. 6 from Macau to the Malaysian capital, which he visited often because he had friends there. He was booked on a return flight with the low-cost airline AirAsia on Monday, the day he died. Police are looking for four foreign men they believe worked with the two women, the government source said. The entire team involved in the attack landed in Malaysia - although it was not clear where from - some days before the attack, checked into a hotel near the airport and monitored their target’s movements, the government source said. Two employees of the help desk Kim Jong Nam approached declined to discuss the incident when asked by Reuters reporters, several people working at the Starbucks cafe said they had seen nothing unusual that morning, and the medical centre’s receptionist said she could not confirm that he had been brought into the clinic. The government source said the woman whose documents showed the Vietnamese name of Doan Thi Huong told police that the group split up after the incident and had not seen each other since. The woman said she hadn’t been aware that she was killing someone, but the source said police doubt that and believe it was a well-planned operation. (ap)

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Indonesia, US to cooperate for conservation of Indonesian marine habitats

WASHINGTON - In a blow to President Donald Trump as he tries to assemble his administration, his nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday amid concerns that he could not garner enough Senate votes to be confirmed. Puzder’s decision to withdraw is yet another setback this week for a White House still grappling with fallout from Monday night’s abrupt resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, after less than a month in the job. Puzder, the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc, which primarily franchises fast-food chains including Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr, has been at the center of a swirl of controversies, complaints and potential conflicts. He admitted earlier this month that he and his wife had employed an undocumented person as a housekeeper. He faced a flurry of complaints and legal cases brought in recent weeks and months by workers against his business and its franchises. Most recently, a decades-old Oprah Winfrey tape raising allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife resurfaced, though those allegations had been withdrawn.(rtr)

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gestures as Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, departs after their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S. on November 19, 2016.

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Trump backs away from commitment to Palestinian state

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday dropped a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the longstanding bedrock of Washington’s Middle East policy, even as he urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to curb settlement construction. In the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, the Republican president backed away from a U.S. embrace of the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, upending a position taken by successive administrations and the international community. “I’m looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like,” Trump told a joint news conference with Netanyahu. “I can live with either one.” Trump vowed to work toward a peace deal between Israel and Palestinians but said it would require compromise on both sides, leaving it up to the parties themselves ultimately to decide on the terms of any agreement. But he offered no new prescription for achieving an accord that has eluded so many of his predecessors, and Palestinian anger over his abandonment of their goal of statehood could scrap any chance of coaxing them back to the nego-

tiating table. Dropping a bombshell on Netanyahu as they faced reporters just before sitting down for talks, Trump told him: “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit.” The right-wing Israeli leader appeared momentarily startled. It was a rare concession sought by Trump as the two leaders tried to set a new positive tone after eight years of friction under Trump’s Democratic predecessor, President Barack Obama. Netanyahu insisted that Jewish settlements were “not the core of the conflict” and made no public commitment to reduce settlement building in the occupied West Bank. He later told reporters traveling with him that he hoped to “reach an understanding” with Trump on settlements. Trump echoed Netanyahu’s calls for Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state - something they have refused to do - and to halt incitement against Israelis. But even as Trump promised to

pursue peace, saying “it might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand,” he made no effort to address the deep distrust and other obstacles that have prevented any substantive negotiations since 2014. Setting an initially chummy tone, Trump greeted Netanyahu on a red carpet rolled out to the White House driveway. The two leaders smiled, shook hands and chatted amiably before heading inside, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and Netanyahu’s wife, Sara. Among the questions that figured prominently on the agenda was the future of the two-state solution - the idea of creating a Palestine living peacefully alongside Israel. Foreshadowing Trump’s policy shift, a senior White House official said on Tuesday that peace did not necessarily have to entail Palestinian statehood. Palestinians responded by warning Trump that such a move would seriously damage U.S. credibility. (rtr)

“The US and Indonesia have a strong partnership in the maritime sector, including through a new program aimed at protecting the vital marine biodiversity,” US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph Donovan stated during the signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement at the office of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Jakarta on Thursday. In addition, Donovan noted that the cooperation covered efforts to promote sustainable use to secure food resources and the livelihood

of Indonesians. The US ambassador explained that the program of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to improve the management of six million hectares of marine habitat and deal with the fishery crisis. The program also targets to build and support 15 marine protected areas, increase productivity in the fisheries sector, ensure food security and nutrition, and secure sustainable livelihood for the people in 13 districts in the prov-

inces of Maluku, North Maluku, and West Papua. Meanwhile, Director General of Strengthening Competitiveness of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Nilanto Perbowo outlined the USAIDs program of marine conservation and sustainable fisheries comprising several projects closely related to the priorities of the Indonesian government. “The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is optimistic of continuing its partnership with the US government,” Perbowo emphasized. The program will also help to overcome important challenges in the management of marine and

The program of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to improve the management of six million hectares of marine habitat and deal with the fishery crisis.

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Minister Susi wins Peter Benchley Ocean Awards 2017 JAKARTA - Indonesias Maritime Affairs and Fishery Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has won the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards 2017 for Excellence in National Stewardship for her efforts in managing the countrys marine sector. Susi has aggressively protected the countrys economic and environmental interests by targeting the multi-billion dollar pirate fishing operations of foreign fleets, Marine Affairs Ministry said in a statement here on Tuesday. Susis courage to blow up and sink more than 200 illegal fishing boats, which were caught poaching, has deterred organized crime efforts that have invaded and resulted in overfishing in Indonesias biologically rich waters for years. She has been instrumental in the

freeing of slave crews held on many of these foreign vessels and the freeing of illegally trapped whale sharks, it said. Her work has proved vital to protecting Indonesias unique and worldfamous marine ecosystem, while providing important economic benefits and sustaining the livelihoods of tens of thousands of domestic fishermen, their families, and communities. The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards 2017 would be awarded on May 11 during the commemoration of its 10th anniversary held at the Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC. A seminar on sea leadership would also be held on the occasion, which would focus on global efforts to end illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing (IUUF). (ant)

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fishery resources and improve the welfare of coastal communities in the three provinces as the focus of the efforts, Perbowo pointed out. In addition to offering support to Indonesias efforts to improve the sustainable management of fisheries and conservation of marine biodiversity, the program will assist the country in combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated

fishing. The signing of the cooperation agreement was also part of the Indonesian Maritime and Fisheries Business Forum, which was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, other government agencies, local governments, as well as entrepreneurs from the fisheries sector. (ant)


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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to adress the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, February 16, 2017.

Trudeau says Canada, EU must lead world economy

STRASBOURG - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday that the whole world benefited from a strong European Union and that the bloc and his country needed to lead the international economy in challenging times.

Trudeau told the European Parliament that the Union was an unprecedented model for peaceful cooperation in a speech that marked his distance from both the United States under new President Donald Trump, who has questioned the value and future of the bloc, and from Britain, which has voted to leave it. An effective European voice on the global stage was not just preferable, but essential, Trudeau said. “You are a vital player in addressing the challenges that we collectively face as an international community,” he told EU lawmakers a day after they backed an EU-Canada free trade deal. “Indeed the whole world benefits from a strong EU.” Trudeau, who will also visit Germany, said that Canada and the European Union shared a belief in democracy, transparency and the rule of law, in human rights, inclusion and diversity. “We know that, in these times, we must choose to lead the international economy, not simply be subject to its whims,” he said, according to a text made available in advance of his speech, adding both parties had shown they valued trade and a belief that it could bring prosperity to their citizens. With the passage of their trade deal, Canada and

the European Union offer a counter to Trump, who has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and wants to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement. For Canada the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is important to reduce its reliance on the neighbouring United States as an export market. For the EU, it is a first trade pact with a G7 country and a success to hail after months of protests at a time when the bloc’s credibility has taken a beating from Britain’s vote last June to leave. Trudeau’s speech, in English and French, got a warm welcome from lawmakers in Strasbourg as he signalled Canada’s distance from both its big neighbour to the south under Trump and from London, where Brexit supporters argue that ties to Britain’s old empire can help expand trade once out of the European Union. Both Canada and the EU, said Trudeau, needed to ensure that their Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), set to enter force in months, worked for people. “If we are successful, CETA will become the blueprint for all ambitious, future trade deals. If we are not, this could very well be the last. So make no mistake, this is an important moment for us.” Trudeau said many people were worried that the current system only benefited society’s luckiest few and that this was a valid concern. Trade, he said, must be inclusive, so that everyone benefited. “And this agreement ... delivers just that.”(rtr)

ATHENS - There are costs in delaying agreement on Greece’s bailout review, the European Commission’s vice president responsible for the euro was quoted as saying on Thursday, and a solution needs to be found swiftly. Inconclusive talks between Greece and its international creditors on economic reforms and debt relief have cast doubt over the future of Greece’s 85 billion euro bailout programme. “There is a common understanding that time lost in reaching an agreement will have a cost for everyone,” Valdis Dombrovskis told Greek news portal Euro2day. Dombrovskis, however, said the situation in Greece could not be compared with to the situation in early 2015 when the country narrowly avoided default and toppling out of the euro zone. Delays in the bailout review mean delays in financial aid. Greece has about 7.5 billion euros of debt falling due by July, which it is unable to pay without more loans from lenders. So far it has received some 31.7 billion from

the latest bailout accord, its third since 2010. Disagreements over labour and energy market reforms lenders want Greece to adopt have been complicated by broader misgivings from the International Monetary Fund, which will not participate in the most recent bailout because of concerns Athens will never be able to extricate itself from debt. European policymakers have said that the bailout programme cannot continue without IMF input, although a German politician close to Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday IMF participation is no longer crucial. The fundamentals of the Greek economy have been strengthened, Dombrovskis said, but that strong growth potential was contingent on reforms being implemented. “So policy makers are faced with this choice - work hard to reach an agreement that will build on progress made or slip back into uncertainty. I think the choice is obvious,” he said. Recent Greek economic data has shown how tenuous the recovery is. (rtr)

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A Greek farmer holds a flag depicting a tractor during a demonstration to demand tax reductions and compensation, in Athens, Greece February 14, 2017. The flag reads: “Larissa Prefecture”.

Preserves Nyakan Diwang Tradition

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North Bali is truly wealthy when it comes to traditional cultural practices that have been passed down uninterrupted for countless generations. One example is the tradition known as ‘nyakan diwang’ that the people of Catur Desa Adat Dalem Tamblingan, Umajero Village, Gobleg, Munduk, Gesing continue to practice. Nyakan Diwang essentially means ‘cooking by the side of the road’ and this tradition manages to strengthen the peace and harmony amongst the people who practice it. The process begins anywhere between midnight and dawn. Head of the Traditional Village of Munduk, Jro Putu Ardana, explained that the nyakan diwang tradition is part of the ‘Ngembak Geni’ celebrations that take place the day after the Holy Day of Nyepi (day of Silence). The people of Catur Desa Adat Dalem Tamblingan, and surrounding area feel their relations and communications thus become more intense and believe strongly in the power of nyakan diwang to give rise to a strong sense of community. “This tradition is related to Nyepi and so local residents will cook their food

Have you ever tasted tipat santok? This traditional food is the most popular on the Bali Island. Balinese people of all walks of life really like this simple menu. Children, teenagers and old people never get bored with this food because it is easily obtained. Moreover, the flavor can be customized because the sauces can be increased or decreased as desired. Tipat santok is a breakfast menu which is very well known in Bali. Tipat santok with spicy sweet sauces are often becoming people’s choice. It is called so because it offers sweet and spicy flavor. Spicy here does not happen due to too much pepper but because of spicy chili, while the sweet flavor is

outside their house before bringing it inside. While they are cooking, their communication with their neighbors is woven into harmony as they exchange recipes. The value of togetherness is thus passed down from generation to generation with a feeling of peace and harmony. During this activity there is no separation among people and great joy is taken in tasting each others food” said Ardana. Dalem_Tamblingan_Traditional_Village_2 Umajero Busungbiu Village public figure, I Nyoman Arya, added that the nyakan diwang tradition has been well guarded by the people of this village since long ago. “The people of Gobleg, Umajero, Munduk, Gesing and other villages in the area have passed down this tradition from generation to generation. Starting at midnight people are already getting ready to start cooking’’ he said. The tradition of nyakan diwang’s meaning is philosophically related to a manifestation of the sense of gratitude towards Creator for having provided blessings, abundance, safety and peace. “We do this to show our gratitude and every year we have been blessed with ease in conducting this activity”, added Arya. Durign Nyepi, just like other Balinese, people here

honor the four abstinences; amatigeni (no lighting of fire or lamps), amati lelanguan (no sensory pleasure), amatilelungan (no traveling/walking around), dan amatikarya (no work). Through the nyakan diwang tradition as people gather outside their homes, they enjoy a friendly atmosphere and it is no surprise that they exchange friendly greetings. This type of activity truly strengthens the peace and harmony of the community. “By cooking together on the street, a feeling of togetherness arises and people naturally greet each other. This activity -that takes place right after Nyepi, helps to safeguard togetherness” emphasised Arya. Cooking implements such as makeshift hearths made of stone or brick are made ready for the dry wood that will be used as fuel for the fire. Mornings in the mountain are cold so the first thing that people prepare is hot water for coffee or tea. Then they start cooking rice and other dishes. “While enjoying the atmosphere of the early morning, local residents prepare their meals over the course of an hour or two. Once everything is cooked, the food is brought inside to be enjoyed by the family. Another aspect of this unique tradition is the exchanging of recipes with neighbours” he said. (kmb)

Tipat Santok Lalah Manis

given by the brown sugar. In Java this food is commonly known as gado-gado. Tipat santok is very easy to find. It is cheap and served fresh because it is prepared after being ordered. Almost at every village street people can enjoy this food because many merchants of this food are open until late evening. They usually sell at village roadside, traditional markets and in the aisles. Basically the main ingredient is ketupat (rice bag) wrapped in young coconut leaf. However, in later development, people also use plastic or banana leaves as the wrapper. In the presentation, the tipat santok is served

with various vegetables such as water spinach, sprouts, and cucumber. Optionally it is accompanied with tofu or tempeh and fried red beans. In the meantime, the spice is made from fried peanut mixed with garlic, aromatic ginger, lime, palm sugar, fermented shrimp paste and fermented soy beans where all these herbs are then pulverized. After that, it is sprinkled with fried shallot. Now, it is ready to be served. One portion of tipat santok costs varies according to the venue and merchants. At villages, a portion is sold for IDR 4,000 – IDR 5,000 while in urban areas ranging from IDR 6,000 to IDR 10,000. (kmb)

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Avalanche disrupts classroom activities at Subaya

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Bali Post handed over logistic assistance to the avalanche victims at Songan, Kintamani, on Wednesday (Feb. 15).

Bali Post hands over assistance to avalanche victims at Songan, Kintamani

BANGLI - Bali Post handed over logistic assistance to the avalanche victims at Songan, Kintamani, on Wednesday (Feb. 15). The assistance handed over is deposit of donation given by Balinese people as well as loyal readers of Bali Post and viewers of BaliTV by using truck. Delivery of the donation was represented by Chief Editor of Bali Post, Nyoman Wirata, accompanied by the staff. Nyoman Wirata stated the assistance include 46 boxes of instant noodles, 20 boxes of mineral water, nine sacks of rice, five boxes of clothes, 5 kg of sugar, 1 box of oil and two packs of pampers. “The assistance delivered today (Wednesday—Ed) is a donation deposited through Bali Post having collected from February 12 to February 15. The next donation will be handed over in stages,” he said. Additionally, Wirata explained that Bali Post and BaliTV are also working with Prima Medika Hospital to provide a free health checkup for avalanche victims at Songan. This disaster awareness activity is a social action to ease the burden of surviving avalanche victims at refugee camps. In the meantime, Director of Prima Medika Hospital, Dr. Dian, said the donations disbursed are in the form of groceries, kitchen equipment, blankets

and medicines. It was also resumed with free medical services. “Prima Medika Hospital involves 10 medical personnel and 15 paramedics that serve refugees at Yeh Mampeh post, Songan,” said Dian. Meanwhile, Secretary of Indonesia Red Cross (PMI) Bali, Nyoman Puasa Aryana, said the assistance in the form of basic food continuously arriving until this time is sufficient. Considering the logistic assistance considered to have been sufficient, he expected there will be other assistance in the form of kitchen appliances, cash and school supplies. “We hope the assistance can be given in the form of cash to be allocated to handle damages. It does not necessarily mean to ask. It is considering that the logistics received has been already sufficient,” he said while adding that cash assistance received so far at the Songan post has reached IDR 131.9 million,” he said. In the meantime, chief of Yeh Mampeh hamlet, I Nengah Sukarta, also admitted that logistic support in the form of food is sufficient for his residents. Moreover, the assistance continues to arrive at the refugee camp. “We think the food is enough. If possible, the next assistance can be provided in the form of cash. With such assistance, we can use the money to repair home, farmland, et cetera,” hoped Sukarta. (kmb41)

BANGLI - Classroom activities at some schools in Kintamani are recently disrupted due to avalanche disaster. One of them happened to the integrated elementary and junior high school at Subaya. Since last Friday, the classroom activities at the school could have not taken place as usual because road access to local village is buried by avalanche materials so that it is difficult for teachers from outside the village to teach. Headman of Subaya, Nyoman Diantara, explained on Wednesday (Feb. 15) that since the road access to the center of the village was buried by avalanche, some teachers of the integrated elementary and junior high school teachers from outside the village have not been able to teach since the past few days. This condition disrupts classroom activities at the school. “Junior high school in particular cannot learn because teachers from outside the community

cannot come to the village. Fortunately, the elementary students can still learn because there is a teacher who lives at the village,” he explained. Other than the children attending school in the village center, some elementary and junior high school students living at Yeh Tangga (lower area of Subaya) are equally unable to attend school at Tejakula (Buleleng). To get to their school, they are constrained by road access. The only a bamboo bridge connecting Subaya to Tejakula was already washed away by river floods. “Fortunately, an emergency bridge for bringing logistics was already made last Wednesday,” he said. He estimated that children of Subaya will be able to go back to school as before within the next two days. Currently, the road to village center previously covered up by avalanche has begun to be cleaned up. “Hopefully, children can soon learn normally as usual,” he said. (kmb40)

Fall headfirst in sand, two foreigners critical

M A N G U P U R A - Tw o Swedish citizens, Andrie and Simon, were found in critical condition and lying in the sand of Batu Bolong Beach, North Kuta, Badung, on Wednesday (Feb. 15). Allegedly they had traffic accident because people heard the sound of speeding motorcycle. “Possibly they are out of control at that time. It happened at 03:00,” said a member of Badung police. From the narrative of I Made Supcianto, 26, a security guard at Oldmand Restaurant, who happened to be on duty at that night, he initially heard the sound of motorcycle at high speed, but suddenly disappeared. A few moments later, came Mario, 34, from Brazil, and Robin, 23, from the Netherlands. They told Supcianto that there was a traffic accident. Supcianto then called Kadek Gunawan, 30, a security guard of Old Bumper. “They came down to the scene. When arriving there, they

saw two victims lying down on the sand,” said the official who declined to be identified. The victims were found in critical condition, where their nose and ears were bleeding. Besides, they had injuries on the head but were still conscious. A local resident called an ambulance to take the victims to Canggu Medical. Few moments later, the members of Badung police traffic accident unit arrived at the scene. The officers assisted by residents evacuated the victims and took to Siloam Hospital, Kuta, by using Canggu Medical ambulance. In the meantime, the victims’ motorcycles consisting of Honda Scoopy and Honda Spacy were taken to Badung police station. “This case is handled by Badung police traffic affairs unit. We are still investigating this case and the examination of witnesses is still ongoing,” said Chief of Badung Police Traffic Affairs, Raka Wiratma. (kmb36)

A woman carries a wood walking past a closed Catholic church at a relocated wholesale market in Shanghai, China February 15, 2017.

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China demands Vietnam’s apology for attack alleged by tourist

BEIJING - China on Thursday demanded that Vietnam apologise to a Chinese tourist who says he was beaten up by Vietnamese border guards after failing to pay a bribe, an incident that provoked outrage among Chinese internet users. The call comes a month after the neighbours pledged to safeguard peace in the disputed South China Sea, nearly all of which is claimed by China, although Vietnam and four other Asian nations also have claims in the oil-rich area. Last week, a group of about eight uniformed men beat a Chinese man surnamed Xie in Vietnam’s northern city of Mong Cai on the border with China, after he failed to pay a “tip”, the state-run China News Service said on Saturday, citing Xie. The head of the consular affairs office of China’s foreign ministry “had a special appointment” on Thursday

with the Vietnam ambassador to “once more express our stern position,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. “China demands that Vietnam apologise and pay compensation to the victim, severely handle those involved and take effective measures to ensure an incident does not happen again,” Geng told a regular news briefing. Vietnam has already suspended eight people involved in the incident, he added. On Wednesday, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry told Reuters by email that it was “clarifying” information on the incident provided by China, and would “resolve the issue (according to) the nature of the event”. Xie, accompanied by his mother and fiancee, was returning from a trip to Vietnam planned for the couple to take location photographs ahead of their wedding, the agency said. The fiancée, identified as Xiao Li, told China News the

women had tried to halt the beating and make a video recording of it, only to be restrained, and have their phones confiscated. State media pictures of a bruised Xie in hospital were widely shared online, sparking angry comments calling the incident a matter of national pride for China and targeting Vietnam. Chinese tourists made up nearly 30 percent of all visitors to Vietnam last year at just under 2.7 million, figures from Vietnam’s tourism administration show. The border crossing between Mong Cai and the city of Dongxing in China’s southern region of Guangxi is the main crossing-point between the two nations. Although China and Vietnam regularly talk up their common interests as “traditional” friends and neighbours in public statements, conflicting claims of sovereignty in the South China Sea have become a major source of tension in recent years. (rtr)

Thai authorities enter Buddhist temple to search for wanted monk

BANGKOK - Thai security forces entered the country’s biggest Buddhist temple on Thursday to search for an influential monk wanted for money laundering after the junta leader declared he was imposing control over the vast temple complex. With political parties and many activists silenced since a coup in 2014, the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple is a rare institution in defying the junta, which has so far trodden warily in confronting a group that claims millions of followers. “Authorities have already started a search operation seeking the

individual under arrest warrants,” Paisit Wongmuang, chief of the Department of Special Investigation, told reporters. They went in hours after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha used a security measure that critics dub “the dictator’s law” to give forces a free hand to arrest, search, demolish or do anything else they see fit to apprehend Phra Dhammachayo. The former abbot, 72, faces charges of conspiracy to launder money and receive stolen goods, as well as taking over land unlawfully to build meditation centres.

His aides dismiss the accusations as politically motivated. The controversy in part reflects more than a decade of divisive politics in Thailand, which have penetrated all aspects of life - including the religion followed by some 95 percent of Thais. Although the temple has no overt political affiliation, the abbot is widely believed to have had links with populist former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was overthrown in 2006. Prayuth became leader after a government led by Thaksin’s sister was toppled in 2014. (rtr)

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Buddhist monks chant inside Dhammakaya temple while police block access to the place in Pathum Thani province, Thailand February 16, 2017.


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New York Fashion Week Fall/ Winter 2017: Marchesa NEW YORK - Florals for fall? Now that’s what Miranda Priestly would call groundbreaking. Marchesa’s classic collection of garden-inspired gowns wasn’t necessarily fresh for the American brand—but it’s classically beautiful to the point where one can’t complain. Marchesa simply did what Marchesa does best—and that’s being unapologetically, stereotypically feminine with floral, pastels, and glitter. At Marchesa, more is more—the extra is embraced. After all, Keren

Craig and Georgina Chapman, the co-founders and creative directors of Marchesa, live in the fantasy land that they’ve created for their fashion—where flowers blossom eternally and floral is forever in season.

Craig and Chapman took the flower motifs to the shoes and styling, as well, reintroducing flower crowns (again, despite the fall/winter season) and embellishing a few heels with feathers. The Italian word marchesa stems from

a woman who holds the rank of marquess (or noble person) in her own right—and by that definition, the brand ultimately proves that feminine and feminist are not mutually exclusive. Craig and Chapman certainly embody the term themselves, stepping out for their finale wave wearing the pink “Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood” pins from the CFDA.

This season’s gowns showcased a garden in full bloom—from beaded and embroidered buds that grew into flowers with feather petals and ended on a grand mauve gown. Marchesa may have planted its seed 11 years ago, but regardless of whether it produces anything beyond its standard each season, the timeless collections remain a favorite. (IBP/net)

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currently public schools continuously compete to recruit new students as many as possible, without considering the buildings owned and the carrying capacity of its human resources.

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Private schools complain as public schools recruit infinite new students

DENPASAR is different from Karangasem. Condition of its private school is highly contrasting. Fate of private schools in Karangasem is increasingly sluggish. It does not happen due to being incapable of making achievement, but due to regulations that tend not to take side in private schools. Public schools are allowed to recruit students as many as possible without any clear regulations to restrict. The greatest concern is certainly the quality of learning and graduates that will increasingly decline because public schools only pursue quantity. This situation has long been anxiety of private school as revealed by principal of SMK PGRI Amlapura vocational school, I Ketut Sutarsa, recently. The anxiety does not happen due to being afraid to compete, but in terms of educational interest in broader sense. Currently, the condition of public school is getting out of control. If only pursuing quantity to the maximum, this will be obviously

hazardous for the implementation of long-term improvement of education quality. In addition, the task of local government is certainly not just building public schools, but private schools also play an important role in producing outstanding students. In big cities like Denpasar, private schools even have greater motivation to make achievement so as to show off something more even than public and favorite schools. According to Sutarsa, local government should have a clear policy to limit the number of students in each school, prior to recruitment of new students in the middle of next year. It should be prepared from now, so

that this issue will not continuously drag on and make private sectors lose motivation in contributing to quality education in Karangasem. Responding to this situation, the association of private schools, he said, had time to send a letter to local government. However, so far he does not know about the follow up. “Now, high schools have become the responsibility of provincial government. Regent of Karangasem should respond to it and send a letter to the provincial education agency. This is a problem and must be addressed. Do not be left as such. Do not wait until the situation is getting worse to respond to. It will be too

late,” said Sutarsa. Chief of private school association (BMPS) of Karangasem, Wayan Bagiarta, said that the letter to respond to complaints of private school to local government has no follow up from relevant agency. To address this issue, Bagiarta is going to take the BMPS Karangasem to meet the regent of Karangasem to discuss about the fate of private junior high schools that are marginalized every year. For the level of high schools, the BMPS will meet the Bali education agency. He wanted there are clear regulations governing the number of students in public schools. According to him, currently public schools continuously compete to recruit new students as many as possible, without considering the buildings owned and the carrying capacity of its human resources. “Private schools are the form of

public participation in jointly developing and promoting education. This has been proved for decades in Karangasem. Their graduates are absorbed in the majority of job opportunities. However, why are private schools even increasingly eliminated?” he questioned. Currently, he said, some private schools have not been able to recruit new students, such as SMP Saraswati and SMP Parisada. Meanwhile, the number of students of high school and vocational school continues to decline, particularly in urban areas. If this problem is not immediately followed up, within few years, high schools will also undergo similar fate with junior high schools. Certainly it is not good in the development process of education in Karangasem because there is unfair competition. (kmb31)

To preserve potential of marine tourism Travelers ready to pay USD 5-15

DENPASAR - Marine territory located within 0-12-miles becoming the authority of the province has not been accompanied with the revision of Law No.28/2009 on Regional Taxes and Levies. In Bali alone, the provincial government finally cannot collect a levy for marine conservation efforts. It includes keeping the adequately huge potential of marine tourism on the Island of the Gods. Actually, foreign travelers are ready to pay as much as USD 5 to 15 for it. “The tasks have moved to the province. Surely the cost of rescue, conservation, destination establishment, maintenance of potential and

others become a burden,” said a member of Commission II of the Bali House of Representatives, A.A. Ngurah Adhi Ardhana, to Bali Post on Tuesday (Feb. 14). According to Adhi Ardhana, the existing levies are only oriented to mainland pattern. In other words, it is only used for the improvement of infrastructures on mainland. Conversely, there is no attention paid to the marine areas. On that account, it is important to rethink of this levy pattern in the future. “Seeing the existing potential, it is indeed remarkable and today is really too free. In other words, the

marine potential can be used by the public. However, there is absolutely no contribution to the government other than licensing or levy of the mainland,” said this politician from Gerenceng, Denpasar. Actually, based on the data of the Indonesian marine tourism association (Gahawisri), added Adhi Ardhana, there is potential of more than 1 million foreign travelers that play in waters. This figure does not include domestic travelers. Of course, this is a great potential that can be used for marine conservation purposes, preserve marine destination as well as provide international standards of

comfort for travelers. “Especially yesterday, Tulamben, Bali, in particular has been named as the best dive site in the world. Meanwhile, in terms of it beaches, it’s really sorry whereas in the sea is quite magnificent,” explained this PDI-P politician. Adhi Ardhana added that Conservation International (CI) Indonesia has conducted a study to travelers. In general, they are ready to pay levies in the range of USD 5 to 15 for the sake of keeping the potential of marine conservation and marine tourism. In the meantime, today they are not charged anything. At some places,

they are only subject to levy of mainland patterns between IDR 7,000 to IDR 15,000. “Now, just imagine if they pay USD 5 (equivalent to IDR 66,000— Ed) or IDR 100,000, there will be an income of about IDR 100 billion. It’s incredible and we can develop the undersea destination,” he concluded. In the meantime, Program Manager of the Bali Conservation International (CI) Indonesia, I Made Iwan Dewantama, said that to manage Bali tourism asset namely nature and culture does require financial support. Actually the financial support is necessary to be sought. (kmb32)


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Bali hit by disasters, Deputy regent affirms not to change Bali’s landscape

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Long-term solution Especially for the handling of disaster at Tianyar village, Kubu, he claimed to have summoned all the relevant agencies. Technically, the handling will include the short-term and long-term measure. Short-term handling will be focused on the victims of flood disaster by making use emergency funds for disaster management. Meanwhile, the long-term solution is being planned to repair the river, road access and bridges. Condition of the rivers should be restored,

so that when it rains heavily, flash floods will no longer occur. Road repair has also been coordinated with provincial and central government because there are also national and provincial roads that are damaged after the flash flood. Preliminary data of West Tianyar village stated there are quite severe damages to infrastructure. Headman of West Tianyar, Agung Pasrisak Juliawan, revealed that the damages include the break of Maspait road in Karobelahan River and main road of Muntigunung Bukit Sari as buried in the sand, collapse at some points and damages of Nyelinti road towards Tiyingtali due to crushed by overflowing river. In addition, the road of Taman Sari to Kayu Selem Temple is broken along one kilometer as eroded by river water. Besides, the road at Batu Meyeh is also broken due to river floods. A legislator of the Karangasem House of Representatives from Kubu electoral district, Nyoman Musna Antara, said that road access from Daya hamlet, Ban, Kubu, leading to Pempatan village, Rendang, was also severely damaged. Asphalt layer of the road access frequently passed to Denpasar washed away due to floods. This Golkar Party politician hoped the road access can be immediately repaired so that it can be re-used by Kubu community. (kmb31)

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Land cover in Bali remains inadequate

DENPASAR — Currently Bali has forest land with a percentage of 22.7 percent. In terms of land cover, this percentage is considered inadequate. Ideally, forest land area should reach 30 percent. The amount of 22.7 percent is even feared to only be based on forest area that can never be changed. In the meantime, the existence of plants or trees in it remains doubtful. “I am very confident that 22.7 percent is also relatively constant because the comparison is based on forest area. However, the problem is that whether the forest still has the plants/ vegetation or not,” said Chief

of the PPLH of Udayana University, Dr. I Made Sudarma, in Denpasar on Thursday (Feb. 15). According to Sudarma, there is a tendency that forest vegetation changes and reduces. For instance, it can be caused by encroachment or forest use. However, the forest area remains in such amount even though the trees inside reduce. This should be evaluated again by the government because the existence of forests also has something to do with the availability of water and disaster mitigation. “There must be no ‘mustache’ forest. From outside, it looks to grow

flourishingly, but inside it is really barren,” he added. Currently, added Sudarma, the land conversion does not only happen from land to building, but also happens in the types of plant. For example, there is switch from estate plants to seasonal crops such as vegetables and so on. Meanwhile, annual crops are generally not strong enough to hold the land. “This makes the soil surface loose, and when hit by rainwater it will get eroded more easily,” he explained. Sudarma added that even if there is green movement, it is never monitored. The movement with good intention eventually ends up as a

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Various disasters hitting the Island of Bali this time really become deep sorrow news. Nature has reminded that Balinese people must be mindful with nature. Changing the landscape will have fatal impacts on the people of Bali in the vicinity. effect with that of Songan? He is deeply aware of it. Therefore, all the illegal quarrying sites have been already stopped and focused onto Kubu subdistrict. Determination of the quarrying locations in Kubu, he affirmed, is not carried out arbitrarily. However, it has passed through careful technical study by involving academicians where is allowed and disallowed. Then, to prevent similar disasters with that of Songan, considering it was triggered by the almost the same cause namely illegal quarrying activities, deputy regent claimed to have been making a study and analyzed in depth at some points of the former quarrying location in Selat, Bebandem and Rendang subdistrict. “From the study, we will make an analysis, what will be the impact if it rains heavily, so that we can give early warning,” he said.

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”GORGEOUS & CLEAN!”

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This was affirmed by Deputy Regent of Karangasem, Wayan Artha Dipa, when met at the tennis court of Gunung Agung Stadium at Tuesday night (Feb. 14). Nature has been repeatedly proved its power. On that account, Artha Dipa asked that the disaster should be observed universally that landscape should not be changed. For example, wide landscape of river is narrowed and hills as a natural buffer are dredged blindly without considering the condition of the surroundings circumstances will become a time bomb or threat of natural disasters for people living in the vicinity. “We have often been reprimanded by nature. Let us be aware, the landscape should not be changed arbitrarily,” he said. He asserted, if not realized, similar disasters like avalanche, flash floods and other disasters will continue to occur annually every rainy season. Therefore, learning from disasters at Songan, Bedugul, Pancasari and Tianyar, he had stressed this to subdistrict heads and headmen across Karangasem to jointly maintain the balance of nature. All people are asked to maintain sanitation and balance of nature in their respective territories. Changing the landscape arbitrarily equals to wait for disasters. So, what about the quarrying activities in Karangasem, does it change the landscape and bring in a similar

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populist program that just takes place for a moment. “Whether the plants we’ve planted is appropriate, can really hold soil and water as well as how many can grow should be re-evaluated so as not to haste when disasters occur,” he said. In the meantime, the Head of the Bali Environment Agency, Gede Suarjana, said that 22.7 percent of the forest area can indeed be optimized by planting the entire area to increase forest cover in Bali. Currently, the index of land cover just reaches 36.86 from the ideal point of 45. “Every tree will produce enough

oxygen for us to breathe. So, each person needs 16 to 40 trees to breathe well. So far, the capability of governments remains inadequate to pursue the entirety, so that it needs public participation,” he said. Suarjana added that customary communities in the forest areas should be empowered other than seeking green open space of at least 30 percent. The land areas having not been built for long time must be made a rule so that they can be planted. For example, issuing regulation about the land area where if they are not built within two years, they should be obliged to be reforested. (kmb32)

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, MTV Presenter Laura Whitmore and British singer Tinie Tempah, pose for photographers in London at the MTV headquarters, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, following the announcement that the 2017 MTV European Music Awards are to be held in London.

2017 MTV Europe Music Awards to be held in “musical epicentre” London

LONDON - The MTV Europe Music Awards will take place in London this year, more than 20 years since the ceremony was last held in the British capital, channel MTV said on Tuesday. The awards show is hosted in a different European city each year. Last year’s edition took place in Rotterdam.

“London is arguably the world’s musical epicentre,” David Lynn, chief executive of MTV’s parent company Viacom International Media Networks, said in a statement. “The (awards ceremony) creates an incredible buzz wherever it lands it; that will be amplified tenfold in London.” The awards show was last held in London in 1996. The 2017 edition will take place in November. (rtr)

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, photo, travelers pass through the low-budget airline terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport where North Korean Kim Jong Nam was reportedly assassinated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Murder at the airport: the brazen attack on N.Korean leader’s half-brother

KUALA LUMPUR - It was about 8:20 a.m. on Monday morning and there was a bustle of passengers in the departure hall of Kuala Lumpur airport’s budget terminal when the two women moved in on Kim Jong Nam, estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader. A few steps away from a Starbucks cafe and a Puffy Buffy Malaysian food stall, one of the women stood in front of their quarry to distract him. Her accomplice approached from behind, pulled a cloth drenched in some chemical from a blue handbag, reached around his head and clamped it onto his face. That was enough to deliver a deadly poison to the portly 46year-old relative of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to a senior Malaysian government source and Malaysian police official Fadzil Ahmat, who both spoke to Reuters. After the attack, Kim Jong Nam approached a help desk and explained that someone seemed to have grabbed or held his face

and now he felt dizzy. He was taken to the Menara Medical Clinic, a small glass-fronted surgery one floor down near the arrivals area. “He still felt unwell there, so they decided to send him to the hospital, and he died in the ambulance on the way to Putrajaya Hospital,” said Ahmat. Media reports said the two women fled the airport in taxis. The government source

declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the case. Malaysian officials have publicly released little about the killing. Indeed, it was 36 hours after the murder before they acknowledged it had happened, and then only after the news was broken by South Korean media. Malaysian police said on Wednesday they had arrested a woman with a Vietnamese travel document as she was trying to take a flight from the same terminal. According to local media, this was the same woman whose image was captured in a grainy airport CCTV image wearing a white shirt with the acronym ‘LOL’ on it. A second woman, who was holding an Indonesian passport, was also identified from CCTV footage and detained on Thursday.

Vietnam has said it is investigating. Indonesia has confirmed the second arrested woman was an Indonesian national and is seeking consular access to her. A third suspect, apparently a boyfriend of one of the women, has also been taken into custody, Malaysian police said. “It’s like a mystery novel,” said a foreign diplomat in Kuala Lumpur who is closely following developments, which have included comments by South Korean officials that Pyongyang agents were behind the killing, and now the arrest of two women carrying passports from Southeast Asian countries. Many key details about the brazen attack on Kim Jong Nam are still unclear, particularly in-

formation about the two arrested women and whose orders, if any, they were following. North Korea has made no public comment on the killing, and calls, an email and a fax message to its embassy in Malaysia were unanswered. A source in Beijing with ties to the North Korean and Chinese governments told Reuters that Pyongyang was not involved and had no motive for killing Kim Jong Nam. Continued to page 6 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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