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Marvel icon Stan Lee in $1 bn lawsuit against company he started LOS ANGELES - Comic books legend Stan Lee is suing the entertainment company he co-founded for damages topping $1 billion, accusing bosses of trying to steal his image, according to court documents filed Tuesday. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and published by several US entertainment media outlets, alleges that POW! Entertainment CEO Shane Duffy and co-founder Gill Champion failed to fully disclose to Lee details of the firm’s 2017 sale to Camsing International. The entertainment icon contends that they took advantage of him at a time when he was despondent over the death of his wife Joan and suffering from macular degeneration, a condition affecting the eyes. The 95-year-old co-creator of many superhero characters, including Black Panther and Spider-Man, alleges he was duped into signing a fraudulent agreement that gave POW! exclusive rights to his name, identity and likeness. According to the lawsuit, Lee was unable to read the document due to his eye condition, and he doesn’t remember anyone reading it to him, suggesting that his signa-

At 36 and with a successful self-made career behind her, few doubt that the television star and humanitarian activist is ready to join the cast of the monarchy. Markle made her name as savvy paralegal Rachel Zane in the US legal drama series “Suits”, but cultivated a high profile for herself outside the show too. She became a United Nations advocate for women’s empowerment and a global ambassador for the World Vision Canada relief agency. The Los Angeles-born star had more than two million followers on her now-closed Instagram account and ran a successful lifestyle blog, The Tig. Markle was also revealed as the anonymous blogger behind The Working Actress, which chronicled the struggles of hustling for parts in Hollywood. “She comes across as very poised, eloquent, thoughtful,” said royal writer Andrew Morton, who has penned a biography of Markle. “She’s very focused and someone who has been very ambitious and really wants to give back. Her great phrase is ‘make the change’,” he told AFP. “Meghan’s a smart girl. She knows exactly what she’s getting into.” (afp) In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018 Meghan Markle, the US fiancee of Britain’s Prince Harry, attends an Anzac Day dawn service at Hyde Park Corner in London on April 25, 2018.

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LONDON - Meghan Markle once struggled for roles but the US actress has now landed the biggest part of all as she prepares to marry Prince Harry on Saturday and become the newest face in Britain’s royal family.

ture may have been forged, copied or induced. “In addition, POW! took control of Lee’s personal social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, thereby impersonating Lee before a combined 15 million followers worldwide,” the complaint reads. There has been no response from POW! Entertainment to the lawsuit. But in April, the company issued a statement expressing concern for Lee amid reports that he was the victim of elder abuse. “We at POW! Entertainment take great pride in our continuing work to create exciting new Stan Lee content and characters as well as safeguarding the legacy of the greatest storyteller of our time,” the statement said. “We are also fans and share the heartfelt admiration and love of the community who have voiced their sincere concern for Stan’s wellbeing.” There were more negative headlines when it emerged last month that Lee was being sued by massage therapist Maria Carballo for sexual assault and battery. She accuses him of inappropriate touching and misconduct during two sessions last year in Chicago. (afp)

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Indonesian policemen examine a car used by attackers outside the police headquarter in Pekanbaru, Riau following attacks on May 16, 2018. Four men were shot and killed as they staged an attack on a police headquarters that left one officer dead and two wounded, Indonesian authorities said on May 16, days after a wave of deadly suicide bombings in another part of the country.

Indonesia hit by new terror attack after deadly suicide bombings

Four men who attacked an Indonesian police headquarters with samurai swords were shot dead Wednesday and one officer also died, authorities said, days after a wave of deadly suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group rocked the country. The assault in the city of Pekanbaru on Sumatra island saw a group ram their minivan into a gate at the station and then attack officers with the swords, police said. It was not clear if Wednesday’s incident was linked to other attacks this week, which saw two families -- who all belonged to the same religious study group -- stage suicide bombings at churches and a police station in Surabaya on Java island, Indonesia’s second biggest city. The attacks have put Indonesia on edge -- and sparked a string of travel advisories from foreign governments -- as the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country starts the holy fasting month of Ramadan from Thursday. Police said they shot dead four of the police station attackers and later arrested another who had fled. One officer was killed by

the speeding vehicle and two others were wounded in the incident, they added. Local media said one attacker may have had a bomb strapped to his body but police have not confirmed the reports. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack. The bloody violence is putting pressure on lawmakers to pass a stalled security law that would give police more power to take pre-emptive action against terror suspects. Indonesia -- which is set to host the Asian Games in just three months and an IMF-World Bank meeting in Bali in October -- has long struggled with Islamist mili-

tancy. Its worst-ever attack was the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people -- including locals and foreign tourists. - ‘Better organised’ Security forces have arrested hundreds of militants during a sustained crackdown since the Bali bombing, and most attacks in recent years have been low-level and targeted domestic security forces. But on Sunday, a family of six -- including girls aged nine and 12 -- staged suicide bombings at three churches during morning services in Surabaya, killing 13. All six bombers died, including the mother who was Indonesia’s

first known female suicide bomber. It was also the first time children had been used in such attacks. A memorial service was held Wednesday for Vincencius Hudojo, 11, and Nathanael Hudojo, 8, two brothers who died after the blast at the Santa Maria Catholic Church on Sunday in Surabaya. Their mother was injured. Services were also held for Martha Djumani, 54, who was killed in the bombing at a Pentecostal church, just a day after she had got engaged. “My sister was always caring towards other people and taught her children to be compassionate,” Daud Samari, Djumani’s younger brother, told reporters. On Monday members of another family blew themselves up at a police station in Surabaya, wounding 10. The church bombing family were in the same religious study group as the Surabaya police sta-

tion bombers and a third family believed to be linked to the wave of attacks, authorities said. “They had the same teacher and they regularly met for Koran recital every week,” said East Java police chief Machfud Arifin. The coordinated church attack was a sign local extremist groups were becoming more proficient, and stirs concerns about an uptick in extremism as hundreds of Indonesians who flocked to fight alongside Islamic State in the Middle East return home. 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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Foreign workers having no IMTA directly deported

DENPASAR - The Bali Manpower and Energy and Mineral Resources Agency noted a number of issues related to foreign workers (TKA) working on the Island of the Gods. The issues arising are still associated with the Permission of Hiring Foreign Workers (IMTA).

“Foreign workers working without IMTA have been immediately deported,” said the Head of Bali Manpower and Energy and Mineral Resources Agency, Ni Luh Made Wiratmi, in the hearing that discussed about foreign worker problems in Bali in the Bali Parliamentary House on Tuesday (May 15). Wiratmi added there are also foreign workers that work not in accordance with the position specified in the IMTA. For this problem, the foreign workers are given coaching so as not to be deported. Coaching is done in order they can work according to the position as specified in the IMTA document. Coaching is also conducted for foreign workers found to fill in the position as personnel management. “Foreign workers should not be placed in personnel management. Some are found occupying it, that’s why we have provide them with coaching in order not to do such work,” she explained. According to Wiratmi, the submission of the IMTA should also be done appropriately. If foreign workers are working across districts, for example, in Denpasar and Badung, the IMTA submission should be done at the Integrated Investment and Service Agency (DPMPTSP) of Bali. However, if they are only working in one district, for example, in Badung, the IMTA will be issued by the DPMPTSP Badung. “We also found many illegal IMTAs. After being checked in the field by the supervisor and team, in fact, the foreign workers do not exist and they have worked in other companies,” she added. Based on the data from the Bali Manpower and Energy and Mineral Resources Agency in 2014 there were 2,284 IMTAs issued by the Ministry of Manpower as well as the Bali Manpower Agency. In 2015 there were 2,469 foreign workers, and then reduced to 2,457 in 2016. Since 2017, the IMTA is no longer issued by the Manpower Agency but by the DPMPTSP. Head of the DPMPTSP Bali, Ida Bagus Made Parwata, said the IMTA issued by the DPMPTSP is just the extension.

The IMTA extension must still get recommendation from the Manpower and Energy and Mineral Resources Agency. In 2017, her agency issued the extension of 996 IMTAs. As of April 2018, there have been 284 IMTAs extensions issued. “IMTA is given to companies, not to foreigners. Besides, it also issued in the form of extension permit. The first permit is issued in the Ministry of Manpower,” he said. When interviewed separately, Chairman of the Commission IV of the Bali House of Representatives, I Nyoman Parta, further questioned the foreign workers that work in Bali illegally. All foreign workers in Bali can actually be disciplined if the immigration office wants to be serious and

firm because all guests (foreign tourists) that come to Bali by air are recorded by the immigration office. Moreover, visa and passport have now been online. “When they do not return, they (immigration office) will also know. The point is that in Indonesia or in Bali there is a misuse of visa from travel visa or student visa to be misused as tour guide in Bali or a worker in Bali. The immigration office should know best about this matter,” he said. Parta requested the immigration office to carry out its duties more maximally considering the immigration has already owned enough devices to detect foreign workers, and has the authority to conduct investigations. (kmb32)

Market opportunities opened, Kamasan painting to be marketed to Europe

Semarapura - Kamasan painting of Klungkung district still survives in the midst of globalization. Promotion of the art believed to have existed since the kingdom era will continue to be expanded, both at home and overseas. This was revealed during the visit of the Polish Ambassador and diplomats of Visegrad countries facilitated by the Assessment and Policy Development Agency (BPPK) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday afternoon (May 15). Head of the Center for Assessment and Policy Development Agency of the Ministry

of Foreign Affairs, Leonard F, Hutabarat, said the visit is meant to see the potential of the region, especially Kamasan village, which was built by the BNI 46. He hoped the arrival of the Polish Ambassador and diplomats of the Visegrad countries can open up job opportunities in terms of marketing. “The foreign ministry is trying to open this opportunity,” he said. So far, Indonesian handicraft products, such as wood carvings, are potentially marketed overseas such as in Western Europe and America. It will attempt to

expand by targeting other European countries. “They appreciate Indonesian culture especially the rare ones. We want them to work together to introduce the products in the form of exhibitions. If necessary, it goes to commercialization. The most important thing is that we introduce first,” he explained. In addition, this activity was also conducted by back to back with Policy Planning Consultation meeting between the BPPK of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and Polish Foreign Ministry taking place on the same

day. In addition, during the visit in Bali, the delegates will also attend an International Seminar with the theme “Indonesian Economic Diplomacy: The Potential of Increasing Economic Cooperation with Visegrad Member Countries” held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the National Education University (Undiknas), Denpasar. “The seminar will be held tomorrow (Wednesday—Ed). The economic and trade opportunities of the Visegrad countries are introduced,” he added. Ambassador of Poland, H.E.

Beata Stoczynska, who was present with Maciej Pisarski, Director of Foreign Policy Strategy of Poland, admitted to appreciate the Kamasan paintings. It cannot be separated from the attractive looks and very detailed scratches. Meanwhile, the owner of the gallery visited, Gede Wedasmara, hoped the visit can give a positive impact on the existence of Kamasan painting remaining a source of livelihood of many people. “We hope the art and culture in Kamasan can be promoted overseas. The response is also very remarkable,” he said. (kmb45)

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Cancer docs feel unprepared, but recommend marijuana anyway

SEATTLE — Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use. The results reflect how marijuana policy in some states has outpaced research, the study authors said. All 29 states with medical marijuana programs allow doctors to recommend it to cancer patients. But no rigorous studies in cancer patients exist. That leaves doctors to make assumptions from other research on similar prescription drugs, or in other types of patients. “The big takeaway is we need more research, plain and simple,” said Dr. Ilana Braun of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, who led the study published Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Patients want to know what their doctors think about using marijuana. In the new study, cancer doctors said their conversations about marijuana were almost always started by patients and their families, not by the doctors themselves. Overall, nearly eight in 10 cancer doctors reported having discussed marijuana with patients or their families, with 46 percent recommending it for pain and other cancer-related problems to at least one patient in the past year.

Among those who said they recommended marijuana, 56 percent said they did not have sufficient knowledge to do so. “They’re not as close-minded as you might think, and they also feel they have a lot to learn,” Braun said. The survey was conducted in a random sample of cancer doctors; researchers got completed surveys from 237 doctors, or 63 percent. Marijuana is considered an illegal drug by federal officials and federal restrictions have limited research. Last year, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded the lack of scientific information about marijuana poses a risk to public health. There’s evidence marijuana can treat chronic pain in adults and medications similar to marijuana can ease nausea from chemotherapy. In the study, 67 percent of cancer doctors said they view marijuana as a useful addition to standard pain therapies, with 75 percent saying it posed less risk of overdose than opioids. About half view marijuana as equal to, or more effective than, standard treatments for cancer-related nausea. Marijuana isn’t harmless. The National Academies report said pot smoking may be linked to higher chances of traffic accidents, chronic bronchitis from long-term use and schizophrenia and other causes of psychosis, especially in the most frequent users. (net)

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The “mother” marijuana plants are keep healthy inside the “Mother Room” at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill but cancer doctors admit they don’t know enough about its medical use.

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Tourism not benefited by dollar increases

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WHO urged all countries to get rid of trans fats in their food supply, with laws banning them if necessary.

WHO urges all countries to ban trans fats

THE World Health Organization (WHO) urged all countries to get rid of trans fats in their food supply, with laws banning them if necessary. The artery-clogging fats kill half a million people a year and they’re completely unnecessary, the WHO said. “Why should our children have such an unsafe ingredient in their foods?” asked WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Trans fats are used widely to make cookies, crackers, microwave popcorn and to fry fast food. They’re made by processing liquid oils to make them solid or semi-solid and to make them stay fresh longer than liquid fats. But the chemical process used to make them solid like butter also makes them clog arteries just as butter or lard does. “Diets high in trans fat increase heart disease risk by 21 percent and deaths by 28 percent,” WHO said. They’re also found naturally in some meats such as beef and mutton, as well as in dairy products. There’s not a good way to remove trans fats from natural foods, but food policy experts agree there’s no place for artificially made trans fats in human diets. Nutrition expert Dr. Marion nestle of New York University complained that WHO was not using plain language to tell people about trans fats. “I wish that dietary recommendations would refer to foods, not nutrients,” she wrote in her blog. “We don’t eat specific fatty acids,” Nestle added. “Trans fats appear in highly processed foods. Therefore, they are a euphemism for snack and other foods containing them.” The Food and Drug Administration has ruled that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS. As of next month, U.S. food manufacturers may not use trans fats in food products without FDA approval. Some cities, notably New York City, have also banned them. (net)

DENPASAR - The increase of dollar is no longer profitable for Bali tourism. Since 2016, the enactment of the Law on the Rupiah Use Obligation in the territory of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, the rupiah shows no signs of strengthening. Moreover, the exports designed to increase foreign exchange earnings are not significant, reaching 13.71 percent (yoy) in the first quarter of 2018 in Bali. Meanwhile, the imports denoting a subtracting factor of the GRDP from the expenditure side rose significantly by 180.36 percent (yoy). Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) of Bali, A.A. Ngurah Alit Wiraputra, said the import of Bali in the first quarter of 2018 increased with the commodities like essential oil and sweetener drinks. These materials belong to tourism need. Thus, the strengthening of the dollar makes the Bali’s economy corrected. As a result, the circles of entrepreneurs have to tighten their belts and start oriented to the business by order. “Since they can no longer produce goods and the goods do not sell, entrepreneurs finally wait and see,” he said. Judging from the side of benefits, the rise of dollar is very insignificant and even meaningless. It happens because all tourism business such as hotel, restaurant, tourist object et cetera apply rupiah currency. “The benefited side here is tourist that comes because now they travel in Bali is at cheap price,” he said. According to Alit, before the use of rupiah, Bali tourism remained to apply rupiah rate. “In the past, when the exchange rate of dollar went up, we were happy. We can make a big profit with the dollar increase but now it does not happen. The application of rupiah is not profitable for tourism,” he said. He requested that tourism sector can be allowed to re-use dollar rate. When there is fluctuation of the increase, it is very profitable for the tourism sector. “Tourism sector of Bali in particular hopes the rate of hotels can use the dollar,” he concluded. He hoped the use of dollars can be returned. As already proven, the government cannot control the fluctuation of rupiah against the dollar. When the dollar drops, tourism income will also decline. “As soon as the dollar drops, the price of the need to be supplied to hotels will also decline, but if the dollar rises, revenues will decrease, as the price of supplies will go up,” he said. In addition to the volatile exchange rate, 70 percent of the

hotel needs are supplied from overseas (import). Therefore, the increase in the dollar also makes tourism difficult. “Our exports do not so significantly increase so this does not help at all because 80 percent of Bali’s economy is sustained by tourism,” he said. One of the solutions is that the government should take a policy by encouraging exports, finding markets overseas, leading entrepreneurs to penetrate export markets, improving export quality, leading Balinese handicrafts to penetrate export markets, and furniture quality should be improved. “Garments should also be upgraded. Although said to increase, it is not significant because some go bankrupt,” he concluded. An analyst of the Bali Representative Office of Bank Indonesia (BI), Umran Usman, said that in accordance with the Law on Currency having been approved in 2016, the transactions in Indonesia must all make in the rupiah. According to him, the strengthening of dollar has no impact on Bali tourism because the advantage of tourism industry is not from the exchange rate changes, but from the services generated. “With the weakening of rupiah, the cost of traveling to Indonesia, including Bali, is cheaper than ever. Thus, it will boost the number of foreign tourists to visit Bali which in turn will increase the benefits of Bali tourism industry,” he said. Previously, the Governor of BI in its official release said that Bank Indonesia is preparing a step to face the development of exchange rates. The required stabilization measures are continuing measurably the intervention in the foreign exchange market, stabilizing the State Securities Market (SBN) and optimizing various instruments of foreign exchange monetary operation and rupiah, including opening Forex Swap to maintain the availability of rupiah liquidity and stabilize the interest rate on the money market to ensure that the rupiah exchange rate pressure is well managed. Bank Indonesia is also preparing a firm and consistent monetary policy measure. It should include the maintenance of the seven-day Reverse Repo Rate policy by giving priority to stabilization to ensure market confidence and national macroeconomic stability. Bank Indonesia believes that Indonesia will also successfully pass the current pressure well, showed by the economic condition that continues to grow sustainably and steadily. (kmb42)

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Ngurah Rai Airport and ITDC Nusa Dua intensify security

MANGUPURA — Following the bomb attacks at a number of locations in Surabaya, Ngurah Rai Airport has stepped up security and assured that that all of their CCTV camera are operating well.

When contacted on Monday (May 14), General Manager of the Ngurah Rai Airport, Yanus Suprayogi, explained that they have coordinated with various relevant parties including the police and the Air Force base assisted by the army with both uniformed and plain clothes officers on the ground. “We do not want anything negative happening in Bali”, he said accompanied by the Legal Section Head of the Ngurah Rai Airport, Arie Ahsanurrohim. Suprayogi also that currently a quick reaction unit from the air force, Ngurah Rai Airport police (KP3) and 100 intelligence officers have been deployed to secure the outer perimeter of the airport. The Bali Police are the bomb squad are also working together to prevent any unwanted actions from occurring. In addition to improving security and ensuring that CCTVs are all working, airport authorities are also

profiling visitors and prospective passengers and all vehicles entering the airport area may be randomly checked. “We are also improving security at around the perimeter of the airport”, he added. Meanwhile, although the handling of SCP1 and SCP 2 has been very strict, officers have been reminded to conduct inspections according to standard operating procedures (SOP) and with extraordinary accuracy. Apart form public area, security in the Cargo and Post Terminals is also been tightened so as to prevent any dangerous goods from entering the airport. The Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) area of Nusa Dua is also tightening security. Managing Director of The Nusa Dua area , Wayan Karioka, added that security at each entrance is also being tightened and people are being asked to report anything suspicious. They are also continuing to coordinate with the Bali Police fro further security measures. “We have upgraded our CCTV monitoring, increased the number of personnel on duty at every post, entrance and on patrol”, said Karioka. (kmb23)


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A number of components condemn terrorist action in Surabaya

DENPASAR - The terrorist action in Surabaya shocked all parties. Such action was criticized by the public as performed by some components of society in the Catur Muka Statue, Denpasar, on Tuesday (May 15). They organized an action to condemn the actions of the terrorist group starting from the front area of Jaya Sabha Building towards the roundabout of Catur Muka Statue. They gave oration one after another.

Field Coordinator of the action, Eduardo Edwinramda, said the acts committed by the terrorists are very cruel. Many innocent people become the victims of their savage acts. Not only that, their action also makes people afraid and restless. The understanding on excessive radical teachings can trigger such actions. The idea creates a systematic, sporadic and well-organized terror action in strategic places. Seeing the action, a number of community components consisting of several elements such as the Ansor Youth, the Unity of Indonesian Hindu Dharma Student (KMHDI) Bali, Student Executive Board of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of Udayana University, Student Executive Board of the State Institute of Hindu Dharma Denpasar (IHDN), PMKRI of Denpasar, HAMI Bali, Catholic Youth, Manikaya Kauci Foundation, Agriculture Commissioner of GMNI Denpasar and a number of other components submitted a statement of attitude. At least, there are five statements of their attitude. Among others, they urged to pass the Anti-Terrorism Act, support the Indonesian Military (TNI) / National Police to eradicate terrorism, criticize the party members giving the space to radicalism group and prevent terrorism started from the family. (kmb12)

General view of “El Ensueno”, part of the Ciudad Bolivar slum, in the south of Bogota, Colombia on May 4, 2018.

On the edge: the forgotten poor left by Colombia’s war

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Some components of society organized an action to condemn the actions of the terrorist group starting from the front area of Jaya Sabha Building towards the roundabout of Catur Muka Statue.

Susik bondres passes away

Buleleng returns to lose an artist and pioneer of bondres art THE art realm in Buleleng returns to sorrow. The artist posing the pioneering figure of the revival of bondres art or traditional comedy in Buleleng, Made Ngurah Sadika, passed away on Tuesday (May 15) at the Buleleng Hospital around 04:00. The death of this bondres artist familiarly known as the female role player ‘Susik’ in the bondres is due to diabetes disease and complications of kidney failure having been suffered since several years ago. The death of Susik followed his fellow artist who is also the artist of Buleleng, the late Nyoman Durpa, who died earlier some time ago. The late Susik and Durpa had rendered a service in raising the bondres art in Buleleng, known for its distinctive jokes with the Buleleng dialect. The news of his death quickly spread to social media networks. Sorrow expression quickly sprang up. Not infrequently various photos of memories when the deceased decorated the stage both in Buleleng and outside areas were widely uploaded in social media. He started his acting on stage around the 1980s. At that time, the deceased pioneered the bondres art in Buleleng by joining with the Dwi Mekar Studio, Singaraja. Since then, his role name as Susik with female character was often teased with distinctive jokes This bondres artist familiarly known as the female role player ‘Susik’.

on the stage of local performances to overseas. Before falling ill around 2010, Susik decided to leave Dwi Mekar Studio. Although leaving the group, the figure Susik is still known. Right since midOctober 2017, Susik finally stopped his comedy performance due to his health did not allow. During the fight against the disease, Susik routinely performed dialysis to hospital. Meanwhile, the offer to make performance still flows although he was replaced by his son Gede Arya Darmadi. The son of the deceased Susik, Gede Arya Darmadi, at the funeral home on Jalan Krena, Singaraja, said that since his father suffering diabetes and complications of kidney failure he regularly had dialysis at hospital. The dialysis is undergone twice a week namely on Tuesday and Friday. After the last dialysis on Tuesday (May 8), doctors treating him suggested for hospitalization. This happened because the deceased had a blood deficiency (anemia). During the hospitalization, doctors found a narrowing disease in the back. Since then, his health condition dropped. It peaked last Tuesday where the deceased died peacefully. “Since suffering diabetes until he was declared to have kidney failure, my father has had dialysis regularly. After the last dialysis, his condition was getting weaker and finally the father left us forever,” he said. This man who is familiarly addressed as Cimcim admitted that before his deceased father died he left a message where her father asked him to continue the ideals of generating the bondres art in Buleleng. Similarly, the role name of Susik should be maintained all the time because it has become a ‘taksu’ or divine inspiration for the bondres art revival in Buleleng. Meanwhile, Cimcim admitted not to dare to use the mask with bloated cheeks left by his late father after replacing his late father in the bondres art per-

formances. Instead, he chose to make it sacred and historic mask. To fulfill the ideals of his late father, Cimcim chose to use a similarly made mask. The mask was made in Gianyar in 2013 and then he will establish Sunari Bajra Studio with the role name of the Gek Mawar. “Honestly, it is quite hard for me to receive the message. Since my father fell ill to death I have already been trying to learn in order to perform like father on stage. The hardest thing is to imitate his voice, father’s physical body is fatter and can appear in female characters, compared to me sometimes my male voice still appear when laughing. My father’s posture is also fatter and I have tried to replace all the roles of the deceased father,” he explained. Meanwhile, the second daughter of the deceased, Ni Made Ari Darmini, mentioned that before her deceased father died she had bad feeling. At that time, she always had bad feeling so she always slept late at night. In addition, before his father was hospitalized at the Buleleng Hospital, Darmini was asked to kiss him. Moreover, at that time her father showed indications if would say good-bye. Apparently, the feeling was correct where her father died. “Mom and I always feel bad and father asked me to kiss him when I wanted to join the seminar and continued to provide makeup in Denpasar. Mother was also asked to always accompany him. My father seemed to actually go forever,” she said. Until these days, the body of the deceased Susik is laid down in the funeral home located on Jalan Kresna, Singaraja. The deceased will be cremated on May 22, 2018. Later on, the procession of bathing corpse will be carried out at funeral home on Jalan Krishna, Singaraja and continued by cremation process at public graveyard of Panji village, Sukasada subdistrict. (mud)

BOGOTA - They live in shantytowns that overlook Bogota -- hundreds of families who fled the bloodshed in rural Colombia during decades of civil war for the relative safety of the country’s cities. A year and a half after the government signed a peace deal with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the poor still languish on society’s margins. They are the forgotten ones. Jose Pineda lives with his family lives in the ramshackle Ciudad Bolivar slum on the outskirts of

Bogota, which seems to hang off the gray, chilly Andes mountainsides. El Ensueno, their neighborhood, is perched at the summit. Most of the people in El Ensueno -- 600 households in all -- are victims of the conflict. Once thrown off their land, they have built shacks here, and constantly fear eviction.

Men, women, and children live in cramped conditions. Mud is everywhere. Water trickles down from the mountains above, and power is siphoned off from bootleg connections. If buses ever come, few have the money to afford a ticket. “Colombia is divided between those who have a real house, and those of us who have a shack with a tin roof... those who eat when they want to, and those of us who make do with one meal a day,” said the 50year-old Pineda, a father of three.

S.Africa’s ousted Zuma poses problems for new president JOHANNESBURG - Three months ago, Jacob Zuma was ousted as president of South Africa, in a humiliating end to his nine-year rule. But he and his supporters seem determined to not go quietly. Zuma reluctantly resigned from office after the ruling ANC party turned against him as his legal troubles and corruption scandals mounted ahead of next year’s elections. His forced exit brought an end to a presidency marred by increasing anger over unemployment, poor housing and decrepit services for many poor black communities in post-apartheid South Africa. His successor Cyril Ramaphosa promised a “new dawn” for citizens and foreign investors. But Zuma’s shadow is looming large over the Ramaphosa era as his allies launch a fightback within the African

The country is only just emerging from five decades of war, and even that isn’t fully over -- remnants of rebel forces still battle for control of the lucrative drug trade. Those years of conflict exacerbated poverty in Colombia, where the rich-poor divide is among the widest in the world, alongside Haiti and Honduras, according to the World Bank and the United Nations.

National Congress (ANC). “There is bad blood there, and Zuma is feeling betrayed -- it is an open secret,” political analyst Somadoda Fikeni from the UNISA university in Pretoria told AFP. Zuma, a Zulu traditionalist from the key province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), has tapped into his homeland support since being dethroned. “He has retreated to his traditional base of KZN -that’s where he may cause the most damage,” said Fikeni. “Some of his associates fear that his fall from grace may lead to their own fall -- so, by keeping him strong, they are attempting to bargain” for their own position. (afp)

Nearly eight million people have been displaced by the violence, which has pushed thousands “towards cities, generating pools of misery” on the fringes, Jorge Restrepo, a professor at Javeriana University and author of the study “Conflict and Poverty in Colombia,” told AFP. The conflict -- which drew in leftist guerrillas, paramilitary groups and state forces -- left about 260,000 people dead. (afp)


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Kamasan Painting Comes with a Message of Life

Kamasan painting has been familiar in the ears of Balinese people. This artwork has long been a wealth of Klungkung district. Apart from its classical appearance, this painting is rich in puppet and animal stories. It is really meaningful.

Eight-year-old Luisito is awaiting surgery for a brain tumor, a daunting prospect at the best of times -- but this is Venezuela, and the hospital, typically, has little medicine or functioning equipment. A four-month-old baby shares his nine square meter (96 square feet) hospital room. She suffers from an abnormally large head, or macrocephaly, and needs a drainage valve. The hospital doesn’t have one. The resulting fluid accumulation has left the baby girl’s head the size of a basketball. Anthony, aged seven, also shares this tight space. Following surgery, the wound on his back worsened, for lack of clean dressings either at the hospital or in local pharmacies. The litany of avoidable suffering is repeated from one ward to the next at the J.M. de los Rios Children’s Hospital in downtown Caracas. Venezuela’s Pharmaceutical Federation says just 20 percent of the drugs and medical equipment needed in hospitals and pharmacies across the oil-rich state are available. Chronic shortages of medicines as well as basic foodstuffs have been a wearying consequence of Venezuela’s crippling years-long economic crisis, blamed by the international community on President Nicolas Maduro, who is seeking a second six-year term in elections on Sunday. Medical materials can be bought over the internet, but in dollars only -- a currency inaccessible for the grandmothers of these children from families of modest means. “We don’t have dollars. We have our backs to the wall,” said Maria Silva, watching over little Anthony and his spreading wound. With better equipment, these cases could be easily treated, according to their doctor, Edgar Sotillo. “We don’t have drugs...I have patients who are suffering from hydrocephalus

(a build-up of fluid on the brain) and are waiting for a valve,” said Sotillo. “We are seeing cases of chickenpox, tuberculosis, malaria, scabies. Sometimes the hospital has no water. If patients contract infections, there are no antibiotics and their situation worsens,” said the doctor.

Iran said Wednesday that new US sanctions on its central bank governor would only make Iranians “more determined, patient and resistant than ever”. “We consider this inappropriate policy to be part of the continued unwise behaviour and hostile policies of the American government,” said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi in a statement on the ministry website.

On Tuesday, the US sanctioned Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, accusing him of helping the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps transfer millions of dollars to Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Ghasemi said this was an attempt to coerce other countries who have opposed last week’s decision by the US to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

- Brain tumor Blaming his country’s woes on an “economic war” being waged by the United States, the socialist Maduro has promised to fix the situation soon. But Yuriangela, 16, has no time to wait. Suffering from lung cancer, she is waiting for her next round of chemotherapy. Her mother, Sujer, weeps helplessly and does not know if she will be able to find the treatment her daughter needs. For chronic diseases such as cancer, nearly all -- 95 percent -- of the drugs needed for treatment are not available. “She needs to have 17 chemo sessions,” she said, adding that her family had to buy the medicine she needed abroad. “We don’t have the means, but we have received help.” Next door, four-year-old Luana cuts out the letters from a printed alphabet while waiting for treatment for a brain tumor. “For two months, we have not been able to get chemotherapy. It is the responsibility of the people who govern, who only take any notice of us when we demonstrate,” said

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A girl receives chemotherapy at the “Dr. JM de los Rios” Children’s Hospital in Caracas on April 10, 2018. The crisis in Venezuela has hit children’s health, with an increase of 30,12% in child mortality according to the most recent official sources. her mother, Rosa. Demonstrations to draw attention to the plight of the health service are frequent, whether by doctors, their patients with HIV, or the disabled. - Rats and roaches On this cancer ward, devices for medical imaging like MRI machines and radiotherapy equipment are out of order. “We cannot operate because of the lack of equipment,” one woman doctor said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We have had patients

whose conditions improved, but subsequently, for lack of medicine, they deteriorated and died.” From broken water pipes to a single functioning elevator and rats and cockroaches in the hallways, the J.M. de los Rios hospital has a long list of problems, doctors say. Doctor Belen Arteaga, the head of the nephrology department, earns only the monthly minimum wage of 2.5 million bolivars -- or $36 dollars at the official rate. That’s enough to buy a kilogram of meat in Venezuela, where the IMF predicts inflation will soar to

new heights of more than 13,000 percent this year. For want of antibiotics, Arteaga said she saw four children die at the hospital. Infant mortality jumped more than 30 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, the most recent official figures show. “The doctors are leaving,” Arteaga added. According to the Venezuelan Medical Society, onethird have already emigrated. “We are witnessing a humanitarian crisis,” said Huniades Urbina, head of the childcare and pediatrics society. “These are figures from sub-Saharan Africa.” (afp)

“Following the failure and destructive effects of its own mistakes and obvious misconceptions after its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA (nuclear deal), the US government is now trying to influence the will and decisions of the remaining members of the JCPOA and other countries in the world,” Ghasemi said. “These venomous policies have had, and will have, no success for

America, and have made the government and nation of Iran more determined, patient and resistant than ever to confront the US,” he added. Since its withdrawal from the nuclear deal last week, the US has announced new sanctions targeting the Revolutionary Guards financial networks. That has included a currency exchange network, another central bank official, and executives from

Iraq’s Al-Bilad Islamic Bank which Washington said provided a link to Hezbollah. “The United States will not permit Iran’s increasingly brazen abuse of the international financial system,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “The global community must remain vigilant against Iran’s deceptive efforts to provide financial support to its terrorist proxies.” (afp)

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Distinctive Star Fruit Leaf Vegetable

At glance, the vegetable of star fruit leaf (jukut don belimbing) or often called as lawar of star fruit leaf is usually presented in ceremonial events in Bali. By and large, the presentation is divided into two, namely for the offerings to God through oblations as well as presented through buffet invitation. The jukut don belimbing is commonly served with other menus processed by local society. Invitees can pick out and choose their preferred menus. Unfortunately, this star fruit leaf is only liked by certain people. Children are less interested because it’s slightly bitter. However, for adults this menu is very tasty. For people on the Island of the Gods, the star fruit leaf is taken advantage as a vegetable ingredient as it is quite tasty. Other than being easy to get, this leaf is also good for digestion. However, the star fruit leaf used is not arbitrary, but the young one (not too old and not too young). Besides, it does not belong to the type of star fruit having sweet fruit, but the fruit is sour and whitish. Lately, the star fruit leaf vegetable is also served at hotel, but has not something to do with ceremonial activities. In a chef competition, the star fruit leaf vegetable also becomes one of the contested menus. Of course, this vegetable has been processed in a modern way, so that it can be enjoyed by the tongue from

various regions and even countries. The ingredients used to make this vegetable are star fruit leaf, coconut milk and boiled pork or chicken blood. Meanwhile, the spices in use include onion, garlic, shrimp, coriander, chili, ginger, pepper, aromatic ginger, candlenut, palm sugar, salt and a few pieces of lime leaves. How to prepare it? At first, finely wash the star fruit leaf whose number is tailored to the needs. After that, boil until cooked and then squeeze the leaf to reduce its water. It is also meant to eliminate its bitterness as well as make the leaf tenderer. The spices are divided into two. A portion is used to make fine base genep (complete spice) and another portion to make raw spice. All the ingredients to make base genep are cut and then grounded or pureed by blender, so it becomes smooth. Then, fry it until cooked. The other spices namely onion and chili are sliced ??thin without frying. Next, prepare a basin and put the base genep into it along with coconut milk and boiled blood. After that, mix them well. Put sliced red onion and chili and add the thinly sliced ??brown sugar. Put the boiled star fruit leaf and then mix together well. Add lime leaves having been sliced ??thinly and salt (to taste). Stir again evenly and now it is ready to serve. (kmb)

At Kamasan village can be found many centers of the painting activities. There are also galleries where a number of works created by the artists have been displayed since several years ago. It applies classic colors of red and brownish perfectly combined. Some paintings offer a jungle feel following a pre-established pattern. They look very lively and beautiful to look at. The work is not just an expression of the art but there is a message of life. What is scratched is not a common thing. It presents a series of pictures depicting a number of characters contained in the story. One of the themes is heroic attractions on the battlefield. It’s like giving a moral message. It is adopted from various stories, such as Mahabharata and Ramayana epic. Occasionally, the artists also express his idea inspired by animal or tantric tales. The painter Mangku Muriati Mura said that in the midst of the art development, the appearance of other paintings is very possible. Nevertheless, he does not get dissolved in that situation. His great desire to maintain the art is believed to have emerged since the kingdom era that will not fade over the times. The norms are not neglected. Everything is still followed. “We still preserve them all,” he said, not long ago.

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This painting is not solely concerned with aesthetics but more than it, where it also offers strong philosophical values. His work is combined with religious elements or teachings quoted from the palm-leaf manuscripts. “We must understand the meaning, not just some scratches,” he said. Another painter, Kadek Natha, explained that in harmony with the development of times, Kamasan paint coloring began to use acrylic because natural materials are increasingly difficult to obtain. However, the classic impression never fades. It remains to looks sharp and has divine inspiration. “Pere is one of natural dyes, a kind of stone obtained from Sakenan. Its color is yellowish brown, but now many painters have switched from this color,” he explained. Profession as painter has been pursued since he was in elementary school. His works have been widely sold. The price is fantastic and comparable to the complexity. “There is a painting sold for IDR 9 million, even more. The cheaper is also available,” he said. His paintings are no longer just scratched on canvas, but many of them have been used as hotel room ornaments. “Many hotels ask me to paint in classical style,” said Natha. (kmb)

Typical Kite Fighting of Buleleng If southern Bali has been known to have the tradition of kite playing with the highlight in terms of aesthetic (art), Buleleng has a traditional game having developed since 1970. The culture is known as kite fighting game or commonly referred to as mekorot. Aside from competing kites in the air, the kite enthusiasts also apply strategies and techniques so as to win the game. Since first appearing, the kite hobbyists are playing a kite by putting it into competition. No wonder the game takes place with tight competition and implements strategies in order to defeat their opponents. Made Suitama, one of the hobbyists and experts of typical kite players of Buleleng said that since the appearance in 1970 he was taught by parents to get involved in kite fighting. At that

time, the supplies mainly the thread is not like it is today. He had to prepare in advance the thread coated with shatter of glass. To have sharpness to cut off the kite thread of the opponent, other than preparing the thread, the making of the kites also apply a specific technique in order to move swiftly. Ultimately, it will be easier to attack the opponents. In his journey the typical kite playing of Buleleng, added Suitama, originally had no standard rules in the kite fighting. From 1980 until the establishment of the Association of Buleleng Kite Sport (PORLAB) 2006, it was then created a rule by the kite hobbyists in North Bali. These standard rules regarding the size matter of the kite itself. (kmb)


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Israel faces outcry after 60 killed on Gaza border

GAZA CITY - Israel came under mounting international pressure amid calls Tuesday for an independent probe after its forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests along the Gaza border as the United States opened an embassy in Jerusalem. Protests and sporadic incidents flared again on the Gaza border, though they were far fewer in number than the previous day, with two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire, Gaza’s health ministry said. Palestinians on Tuesday marked the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation. The Israeli army said its troops responded to this “with riot dispersal means and fired live rounds”. “Additionally, 700 people violently rioted throughout Judea and Samaria,” it said referring to the West Bank. It came a day after tens of thousands gathered near the border while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians approached the fence and sought to break through, with Israeli snipers positioned on the other side. Most of the 60 Gazans killed Monday were shot by the snipers, Gaza’s health ministry said. The dead

included a baby who died from tear gas inhalation and eight other children. In the bloodiest day of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war, at least 2,400 other Palestinians were wounded. Israeli forces have killed 116 Palestinians since a campaign of protests on the Gaza-Israel border was launched on March 30. One Israeli soldier has been reported wounded over the same period. On Tuesday the Israeli army alleged “it appears that at least 24” of those killed were militants, mainly from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. But there were demands for an independent investigation, with Britain, Germany and Switzerland among those joining calls from the UN and European Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May called for restraint, saying “such violence is destructive to peace efforts”. French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the “violence of the Israeli armed forces against the protesters”. Ireland and Belgium summoned the Israeli envoys in their capitals, while South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel. (afp)

In this file photograph taken on March 22, 2018, this video grab taken from footage released by French television channel TF1 shows French former president Nicolas Sarkozy speaking during an interview at the TF1 headquarters in BoulogneBillancourt.

Ex-French leader Sarkozy faces ruling on campaign finance trial PARIS - Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy faces a hearing Wednesday on whether he must stand trial on charges of illicit financing of his failed 2012 presidential campaign, one of several legal inquiries which have dogged the rightwing politician since he left office. If an appeals court upholds a judge’s decision last year ordering the trial, Sarkozy could face a potentially embarrassing public ordeal as well as up to a year in prison if convicted. Prosecutors claim Sarkozy spent nearly 43 million euros ($51 million) on his lavish re-election bid -- almost double the legal limit of 22.5 million euros -- via fake invoices which a public relations firm charged instead to his UMP party. Sarkozy has angrily denounced the charges, saying he was unaware of the fraud by executives at Bygmalion, who are also facing trial alongside accountants and former UMP officials. His defence team is also arguing on procedural grounds, saying Sarkozy has already been sanctioned for campaign overspending by France’s Constitutional Council in 2013.

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Members of the Palestinian community and their supporters march toward the Israeli consulate to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 15, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

“They were better organised...and suggests a higher level of capacity than what we have seen in recent years,” said Sidney Jones, director of Jakarta-based Institute of Policy Analysis for Conflict. The families have been linked to the local chapter of Indonesian extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which police said

But that ruling involved just 364,000 euros of overspending, and came before the revelations of the “Bygmalion affair” and fake billings. If judges decide this argument is valid, the matter could be sent to the Cour de Cassation, France’s court of final appeal, which would delay any decision on whether a trial will be held. Bygmalion executives as well as Jerome Lavrilleux, the deputy manager of Sarkozy’s 2012 campaign, have acknowledged the existence of fraud and false accounting. So far investigators have not determined who ordered the fraud, but an investigating magistrate in the case says Sarkozy, a lawyer by training, could hardly have been unaware of the financing rules. “More than anyone else, he was supposed to know, respect and enforce... the legal requirements in this matter,” judge Serge Tournaire wrote when ordering Sarkozy to stand trial in February 2017. The appeal court’s general counsel has taken a similar stance, writing in a requisition seen by AFP that Sarkozy “had knowingly given instructions leading to higher spending,” a claim Sarkozy has denied. (afp) was behind the attacks. The radical group supports Islamic State, whose ambitions have been curbed after losing most of the land it once occupied in Iraq and Syria. Police have said the church and earlier police station attacks were likely motivated by the arrest of JAD leaders. They followed a deadly prison riot staged by Islamist prisoners at a high-security jail near Jakarta last week. (afp)

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China`s soft power approach through media cooperation

WUXI - Some 25 journalists from 10 ASEAN member countries, including four journalists from Indonesia, were invited on an 11 days excursion around the Zheijang province and Jiangsu Province in the eastern part of China. The trip that started on May 3 is a part of the media trip program named `ASEAN-China Media Trip`, in light of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative. The visit was initiated by the ASEAN - China Center (ACC), which is a non-governmental organization that was established to promote the cooperation between both parties through trade, investment, education, culture, tourism and media. The ACC had established a partnership with China Report, a media institution that had been around since 1950 and has transformed from traditional media into one that is digitally based. The trip started in Shanghai, the biggest city in China that is also its center for economic activities, followed by a visit to the cities surrounding it, including the industrial city of Jiaxing, Shaoxing, Hangzhou and ended in Wuxi, the city that is deemed as the `Pearl of Taihu Lake` for its natural beauty and cultural heritage. In Wuxi, all series of activities in the media trip was closed by the ASEAN-China Media Cooperation Forum that was the first event in the media cooperation sector. For the event, the ACC cooperated with not only the China Report, but also the Provincial Government of Jiangsu. The visitation program was the fourth one to be carried out, bearing a different theme from the other three that was held previously. The media safari series of activities started with a visit to a number of institutions in Shanghai, from the Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, International Import Expo, paying the Shanghai United Media Group a visit, meeting officials of the Shanghai City Government, visiting the Fudan University and touring around the Wukang Road, the historic lane with a set of Western architectures that is still well maintained. After three days in Shanghai, the trip continued with a journey down to the city of Jiaxing in the Zhejiang Province to directly take a look at the sophisticated technology in Wingtech Communication, a company that works

in the production of smart phone components and the Institute of Future Technology. After one day in Jiaxing, the journey continued to the South Lake, a historic place where the Chinese Communist Party first held their congress. In order to see China`s advancement in the textile sector, the entourage were taken to the garment product exhibition in the city of Shaoxing, 200 kilometres south from Shanghai. In the exhibition there were a lot of potential buyers from different regions, including the Middle East, West and SouthEast Asia which include Indonesia as well. “Out of all of our customers, most of them are from Indonesia. In fact, we just made a transaction with our Indonesian customers,” said Manager of Shaoxing Mulinsen Trading Co. Ltd, one of the hundreds of participants in the event. The journalists were also given the opportunity to take a look at China`s education sector as they were directed to the Hailiang Group in the city of Shaoxing. Aside from working in the copper processing as its main business, the Hailiang Group also expanded its business to the education sector under the name Hailiang Education. The company is focused on education in the Kindergarten, Primary School, Middle and High School levels, as they aim to prepare a high quality generation with wholesome education that is internationally recognized. The main target for Hailang`s education sector is to prepare students to be able to compete and acquire their spot in a number of wellknown universities, both in China or overseas. However, the most interesting part of the entire journey was the visit to the Alibaba Group headquarters in Hangzhou, which is the capital of Zhejiang Province. The Group was founded in 1999 and is currently the second biggest internet-based retail company in the world and the fourth biggest I.T. based company in the world, only after Apple, Google and Microsoft. In September 2014, Alibaba Group recorded its milestone as it carried out Initial Public Offering (IPO) for their share in the New Stock Exchange and gained 230 million US Dollars in a matter of one day. (ant)

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Kalla regrets children`s involvement in terror attacks

JAKARTA - Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla expressed regret over the involvement of children in suicide bombings at three churches and the Surabaya City Police Headquarters in Surabaya, East Java Province, on May 13-14.

“We deeply regret the involvement of children (in the terror attacks). It shows a brainwashing of children that destroys the entire nation. We grieve for the victims of the terror attacks. The perpetrators of terror attacks will receive punishment in the afterlife,” he noted at the Global Forum of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Tuesday. Kalla condemned the terror attacks that led to casualties involving police personnel and civil society. The vice president also called on all sections of society to remain vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police. “We need the public to report any information that can stop or supervise people with a deplorable nature. The Indonesian Police and Military have made efforts to keep the Indonesian country safe, but we should cooperate with each other, as we have a large population of 200 million people,” he stated. “I believe those people, who kill others, will go to hell. God surely gives punishment to all who commit ill deeds,” he stated. The series of suicide bombings on the Christian Church of Indonesia, Immaculate Santa Maria Catholic Church, and Surabaya City Police Headquarters involved children and adolescents as the perpetrators of the terror attacks. Suicide bomb attacks occurred at three churches in Surabaya on Sunday morning (May 13). The first bomb attack occurred at the Santa Maria Church at 7:30 a.m. local

time, Indonesian Christian Church at 7:35 a.m. local time, and Pantekosta Church at 8 a.m. local time. The death toll in the suicide bomb attacks rose to 18 as of Monday, the police stated.(ant)

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Relatives and friends of Martha Djumani, who died in a blast at the Pentekosta Church, attend her funeral in Surabaya on May 16, 2018. Indonesia’s elite anti-terror force Densus 88 conducted raids nationwide in the wake of a deadly wave of suicide bombings as calls grow to pass a stalled security law. A family of six including two young daughters staged suicide bombings at three Indonesian churches during services on May 13, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

Israel action against Palestine is genocide: politician

JAKARTA - The Deputy Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Body (BKSAP) of the RI House of Representatives, Rofi Munawar, has criticized Israel`s actions, which has led to the death of more than 55 Palestinians on the Gaza Strip`s border with the annexed territory. “It is ironic that this happened simultaneously with the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, while Israeli soldiers are brutally and blindly shooting Palestinians. It is an evidence which points out that Israel has deliberately committed genocide and premeditated murder,” Munawar told media here on Tuesday. He added that the United States should be responsible for the deadly incidents in Gaza Strip. “They are having a celebration amid the death of tens of Palestinians who fought

for their homeland. The US has contributed to the darkest history of the peace process in the Middle East,” he stated. He explained that Palestinians have been protesting for nearly six weeks as part of the commemoration of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe). “The Israeli strikes yesterday (May 14) killed tens of Palestinians, which is the highest number of deaths during the Nakba Day protests, which coincided with the day when the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem. It is very tragic and ironic. The UN must not stand still and must immediately take actions to respond to it,” Munawar asserted. The legislator explained that the majority of those killed were unarmed citizens. “The Palestinian authorities have stated that Israel committed a horrific massacre and

called for international intervention to stop the killing,” he explained. “The Indonesian government should protest the event and play an active role in pushing its firm actions against Israel, which has committed a systematic and massive massacre,” Munawar pointed out. More than 1.2 thousand Palestinians were shot and wounded during Monday`s protests (May 14). According to the Palestinian health ministry, among the dead were six children under the age of 18. The youngest victim was a 14-year-old boy named Ezzaldeen Al-Sammak. About 100 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since protesters started a series of the Great Return March six weeks ago, demanding their right to return to their homeland, which is now occupied by the Israeli colonialist. (ant)


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Celtics survive James’ attack to take 2-0 series lead

LOS ANGELES - Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics overcame a 42-point performance from LeBron James to beat Cleveland 107-94 on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

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after only several meters down. Vines grow further down into gaps and openings, reaching beyond tight spaces inside the cave. Dense air and bat chirps fill the hollow surroundings. Stalactites and stalagmites shimmer throughout. If you can stand the smell of guano and can endure the approximate 150 metre or 15minute descent, you’ll reach the freshwater pool at its base. It is said that on a full moon, a narrow passage opens as the water level lowers revealing a causeway that leads into a ‘hidden chamber’. (net)

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Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics dribbles against Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who improved to 8-0 this postseason at the Boston Garden. “We really lean on him,” said Brown of Horford. “He has been doing it all year. That is why they pay him the big bucks.” The Celtics, who overcame a double digit deficit, have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the postseason. Game three is Sunday in Cleveland. Brown said they can’t let up in game three because Cavaliers superstar James usually raises his game another notch after a loss. “We need tremendous focus. He (James) one of best players of all time. But if there is anybody I would put my money on it would be this group,” Brown said. The Celtics used a balanced attack as a half dozen players reached double figures. Cleveland had 15 turnovers leading to 13 Boston points and the Celtics had just six turnovers. James also delivered 12 assists and 10 rebounds, scoring 21 of Cleveland’s 27 points in the first quarter. His 42 points marked his fifth 40-point game of these playoffs. James had just 15 points and missed all five of his three-point attempts in a game one defeat.

“We have the opportunity go back home and take home court,” James said. “They did what they had to do to protect home court and now it is our time as well. “We will see what we are made of on Saturday.” Tuesday’s game got physical as the Celtics pulled out all the stops to try and contain James. James appeared to strain his neck in a first-half collision. The Cavaliers sagged in the second half, where they were outscored 59-39 by the Celtics. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said they need to be more physical and referred to the Boston players as goons. “We got to be tougher mentally and physically,” Lue said. “They are gooning it up and we have got to do the same thing.” Kevin Love finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds for Cleveland.Kyle Korver came off the bench to score 11 points but starters Tristan Thompson, JR Smith and George Hill combined for just 11 points in the loss. “Down the stretch we took some bad shots,” Lue said. “We didn’t close the half way we wanted to and they had a big third quarter. “In the third quarter we had some miscommunication on defence and they scored some easy baskets.” (afp)

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ROME - Russian star Maria Sharapova giggled with delight as she revealed how she plucked up the courage to pop the question and got to practise with Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open. The two former world number ones hit balls together on the red clay of the Foro Italico where they are both multiple winners. “I saw he was practising on the court right before me,” explained Sharapova, after advancing to the second round on Tuesday past Australian Ashleigh Barty. “And I said to my team ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if I just came up to Rafa and said ‘would you hit a couple balls with me?’ “And they’re like, yeah, what’s wrong with that? And I was like, a lot of things. There’s a lot of things wrong with just coming up to Rafa. “They’re like, no, you should.

It’s not like you’re asking him to go on a date. And so I did. “He probably thought I was really weird. I think he still thinks I’m really weird.” The Russian was overjoyed at being able to rally with the 16-time Grand Slam champion, tweeting: “Two minutes on court with the GOAT @RafaelNadal #BucketList Was so nervous.” In Tuesday’s match played in rainy conditions, five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova needed two and a half hours to master 18thranked Barty 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in their first round game. She next meets Slovak Dominika Cibulkova as she bids to recapture the title she won three times in 2011, 2012 and 2015. “This tournament has been special in my career,” said the 31-yearold, who received a wild-card entry last year as she made her comeback from a 15-month doping ban.

She retired injured from her second round match to end her hopes of qualifying on merit for Wimbledon’s main draw after being denied a wild-card entry to Roland Garros. “It’s brought me a lot of great matches and a lot of match play toward the Grand Slam that we all look forward to playing. “And usually it’s the last tournament I play before Roland Garros. So, it is an important one,” said two-time French Open winner Sharapova who reached the quarter-finals in Madrid last week. “But, I’ve also had very tough moments here, as well. Last year was a very difficult situation to be in and going into that match. “I’m just a little bit more relieved this year. I feel like I’m not thinking about things and just playing and not worrying about anything else. Which is nice.” (afp)

Maria Sharapova

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Money no obstacle to Mancini’s Italy ambitions

Roberto Mancini said Tuesday he had no problem severing his multi-million euro contract with Zenit Saint Petersburg to jump at the chance to coach the struggling Italian national team. The former Italy international had two years left on his lucrative three-year deal with the Russian club, bankrolled by energy giant Gazprom, worth an estimated 13 million euros ($15.4m). But he heard the national call after Italy’s failure to make the World Cup finals for the first time in six decades. “It’s a beautiful thing to represent the national side in a time of difficulty,” Mancini said at the team’s training camp at Coverciano outside Florence. “Money isn’t everything and I want to do things that I like,” continued the 53-year-old who will nevertheless earn an estimated two million euros ($2.3 million) per year plus bonuses based on success with Italy. His two-year Italy contract will take him up to Euro 2020. If successful, it will be automatically extended until June 2022, ahead of the World Cup in Qatar. “I think being an Italian manager is always difficult and now even moreso because we didn’t go to the World Cup in Russia. “But I’m excited, it’s not trivial to become coach of the national team. I was made to feel they wanted me 100 percent.” Mancini, who hails from Jesi on Italy’s Adriatic coast, said it was also emotional returning to Coverciano where he played football as a teenager. “I set foot for the first time in Coverciano in 1978 with the under 14s. Thanks to my parents, I think they can be proud and to all the coaches I have had.” “The national team is the maximum aspiration for all the coaches.” Both his sons 25-year-old Andrea, and Filippo, 27, were also footballers and played for the Inter Milan and Manchester City youth sides. - ‘Bring Italy back’ -

Mancini, a former Lazio and Sampdoria forward, never became a regular with Italy over a 10-

year international career that gleaned just four goals in 36 caps. He reached the semi-finals of Euro 1988, and was in the squad that finished third in the 1990 World Cup on home soil. He recalled: “As a player I think I was the only one to have worked with national coaches (Enzo) Bearzot, (Azeglio) Vicini and (Arrigo) Sacchi. “The relationship with the national team was not very lucky but I have been here in Coverciano for many years and we came close to winning a World Cup and a European Championship. “I want to bring Italy back where it deserves, on the roof of Europe and the world, we have not won a European championships for many years, this will be the first objective. “I hope to be a coach who brings Italy back to the victory of an important trophy.” Italy -- world champions in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 -have won the European title just once in 1968.Mancini coached Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan, Manchester City, and Galatasaray to titles. Italy next plays Saudi Arabia in a friendly on May 28, ahead of games against France and the Netherlands. (afp) Italy’s national football team newly appointed head coach, Roberto Mancini holds Italy’s jersey during a press conference on May 15, 2018 at the national team’s training centre at Coverciano near Florence. Italy head coach has the task of reviving Azzurri fortunes six months after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time s i n c e 1958.

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Mile Jedinak’s headed goal in the first leg was the decisive score of the tie.

Aston Villa reach playoff final with Boro stalemate

Aston Villa paid tribute to former defender Jlloyd Samuel, who died in a car crash at just 37 on Tuesday, as a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough at Villa Park booked their place in the Championship playoff final. Mile Jedinak’s header in a 1-0 first leg win for the visitors at the Riverside on Saturday proved enough as Middlesbrough failed to threaten until Stewart Downing’s free-kick hit the bar late on. Villa will face Fulham at Wembley on May 26 in what is often dubbed the richest game in world football due to the Premier League TV riches at stake. “We just shaded it over the two games, with a goal from a set-piece, but in the second half tonight there was only one team that was going to win it,” said Villa manager Steve Bruce. “It was agony towards the end, if I’m being honest. It means so much.” Despite the celebrations as Bruce’s side moved to within one match of bouncing back to the top flight, there was a sombre mood before kick-off with a minute’s applause for Samuel. Cheshire police confirmed earlier in the day that the former Trinidad and Tobago international had been killed when his Range Rover collided with a van early on Tuesday morning. Samuel spent the majority of his career at Villa before moving on to Bolton and loan spells at Gillingham and Cardiff before ending his playing career in Iran. Despite their late escape, Villa were well worthy of their place in the final as Boro ‘keeper Daniel Randolph kept the visitors in the tie for long spells. Bruce is now just one game away from a fifth promotion as manager to the Premier League, having also taken Birmingham and Hull up via the playoffs. “The game plan was superb so the manager deserves a lot of credit for that,” said Villa captain John Terry. “There’s a great team spirit among the boys. One more step and it’ll be the dream.” Villa centre-back James Chester wasted the best chance of the first period when he hooked his shot wide from close range. Randolph then came to the fore as he made two fine saves from Lewis Grabban before getting fingertips to a long-range effort from Jack Grealish. Middlesbrough hadn’t even produced a shot on target until a controversial moment three minutes from time. Villa ‘keeper Sam Johnstone was only booked for making a save outside the box from Adama Traore’s attempted chip. Downing then curled the resulting free-kick off the bar and Villa held out for six minutes of stoppage time to secure their trip to Wembley in 11 days’ time. (afp)

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Peru skipper Guerrero hits out at doping ban ‘injustice’

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero on Tuesday hit out the “injustice” of a 14-month doping ban that has ended his dream of appearing at the World Cup in Russia. “I’m a victim of injustice,” said Guerrero in Lima Tuesday, a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland increased a six-month ban for testing positive for traces of cocaine to 14 months. “I didn’t expect it, I’m sad I won’t be playing. They’ve taken my dream away from me.” Guerrero, who plays as a striker for Brazilian giants Flamengo, had been included in Peru’s preliminary 25-man World Cup squad announced on Sunday. But less than a week after he attended a CAS hearing in Lausanne hoping to totally annul a six-month suspension, world sport’s top arbitration court increased his sentence to 14 months. Not only is Guerrero ruled out of the World Cup, but the emblematic skipper will be sidelined until January 2019. “I’m sad but I’ve

come here to face things, because there have been a lot of rumours. I’m a victim of injustice,” Guerrero said in Lima Tuesday where he was met by hundreds of wellwishers shouting his name and offering messages of support. “I’m 100 per cent behind the team (Peru). In the good times, and the bad.” Guerrero was initially banned for one year after traces of the drug, which is on the banned list of the World Anti-Doping Agency, were found in a sample following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina on October 5 last year. World football’s ruling body FIFA reduced the ban to six months on appeal last December. That ban ended on May 3, making Guerrero eligible to play at the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russia. The emblematic Peru captain, however, wanted the ban annulled. He arrived at a CAS hearing last week flanked by lawyers to be met by around 30 flag-waving well-wishers and supporters shout-

ing “You can do it, Paolo!!” But WADA effectively retaliated, appealing to CAS to uphold their original sanction. CAS noted on Monday: “Both the Player and WADA filed appeals at the CAS. Paolo Guerrero sought to have the FIFA Decision set aside and replaced by a new decision in which no sanction was imposed on him. “WADA, on the other hand, had requested that the FIFA decision be set aside and that Paolo Guerrero be sanctioned with a period of ineligibility between 1 and 2 years with an expressed preference for 22 months.” The statement added: “The CAS decided to increase Mr Guerrero’s suspension from 6 to 14 months, starting today (Monday), with the period of provisional suspension of 6 months already served by Mr Guerrero being credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served.” Peru face France, Australia and Denmark in Group C at the World Cup. (afp)

Saudis suspend World Cup referee over bribery

The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Mirdasi was suspended for offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match, the federation’s disciplinary and ethics committee said late Tuesday. The 32-year-old is one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent referees, having earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017. Mirdasi was chosen to referee Saudi Arabia’s Kings Cup final

between top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game. In a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win. “The Ittihad president Hamad Al-Sanayeh called the Saudi Football Federation to state there was evidence that Fahad Al-Mirdasi had reached out via text messages on WhatsApp. He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game,” it said. The case was referred to the Saudi Football Federation, then the General Authority for Sport --

the highest sports authority in the kingdom -- triggering an administrative investigation. Mirdasi confessed to the charges, according to the statement, and it was decided “to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life”. The committee recommended that Saudi Arabia officially request FIFA to remove Mirdasi from the list of referees participating in the 2018 World Cup and suspend him for life. “Our integrity is above all considerations,” said Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the General Authority for Sport. Mirdasi was one of five Arab referees chosen by FIFA to officiate at the 2018 World Cup. (afp)

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Peru’s national football team captain Paolo Guerrero, arrives at the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima on May 15, 2018 a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) increased a previous sanction by imposing a 14-month doping ban on him. Striker Guerrero had been included in Peru’s preliminary 25-man World Cup squad announced on Sunday after an initial six-month ban imposed by world football governing body FIFA expired earlier this month. But less than a week after he attended a CAS hearing in a bid to completely annul a ban for testing positive for traces of cocaine, CAS increased his sentence for falling foul of “an anti-doping rule violation (presence of Benzoylecgonine metabolites)”.


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Money no obstacle to Mancini’s Italy ambitions

Roberto Mancini said Tuesday he had no problem severing his multi-million euro contract with Zenit Saint Petersburg to jump at the chance to coach the struggling Italian national team. The former Italy international had two years left on his lucrative three-year deal with the Russian club, bankrolled by energy giant Gazprom, worth an estimated 13 million euros ($15.4m). But he heard the national call after Italy’s failure to make the World Cup finals for the first time in six decades. “It’s a beautiful thing to represent the national side in a time of difficulty,” Mancini said at the team’s training camp at Coverciano outside Florence. “Money isn’t everything and I want to do things that I like,” continued the 53-year-old who will nevertheless earn an estimated two million euros ($2.3 million) per year plus bonuses based on success with Italy. His two-year Italy contract will take him up to Euro 2020. If successful, it will be automatically extended until June 2022, ahead of the World Cup in Qatar. “I think being an Italian manager is always difficult and now even moreso because we didn’t go to the World Cup in Russia. “But I’m excited, it’s not trivial to become coach of the national team. I was made to feel they wanted me 100 percent.” Mancini, who hails from Jesi on Italy’s Adriatic coast, said it was also emotional returning to Coverciano where he played football as a teenager. “I set foot for the first time in Coverciano in 1978 with the under 14s. Thanks to my parents, I think they can be proud and to all the coaches I have had.” “The national team is the maximum aspiration for all the coaches.” Both his sons 25-year-old Andrea, and Filippo, 27, were also footballers and played for the Inter Milan and Manchester City youth sides. - ‘Bring Italy back’ -

Mancini, a former Lazio and Sampdoria forward, never became a regular with Italy over a 10-

year international career that gleaned just four goals in 36 caps. He reached the semi-finals of Euro 1988, and was in the squad that finished third in the 1990 World Cup on home soil. He recalled: “As a player I think I was the only one to have worked with national coaches (Enzo) Bearzot, (Azeglio) Vicini and (Arrigo) Sacchi. “The relationship with the national team was not very lucky but I have been here in Coverciano for many years and we came close to winning a World Cup and a European Championship. “I want to bring Italy back where it deserves, on the roof of Europe and the world, we have not won a European championships for many years, this will be the first objective. “I hope to be a coach who brings Italy back to the victory of an important trophy.” Italy -- world champions in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 -have won the European title just once in 1968.Mancini coached Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan, Manchester City, and Galatasaray to titles. Italy next plays Saudi Arabia in a friendly on May 28, ahead of games against France and the Netherlands. (afp) Italy’s national football team newly appointed head coach, Roberto Mancini holds Italy’s jersey during a press conference on May 15, 2018 at the national team’s training centre at Coverciano near Florence. Italy head coach has the task of reviving Azzurri fortunes six months after their shock failure to qualify for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time s i n c e 1958.

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Mile Jedinak’s headed goal in the first leg was the decisive score of the tie.

Aston Villa reach playoff final with Boro stalemate

Aston Villa paid tribute to former defender Jlloyd Samuel, who died in a car crash at just 37 on Tuesday, as a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough at Villa Park booked their place in the Championship playoff final. Mile Jedinak’s header in a 1-0 first leg win for the visitors at the Riverside on Saturday proved enough as Middlesbrough failed to threaten until Stewart Downing’s free-kick hit the bar late on. Villa will face Fulham at Wembley on May 26 in what is often dubbed the richest game in world football due to the Premier League TV riches at stake. “We just shaded it over the two games, with a goal from a set-piece, but in the second half tonight there was only one team that was going to win it,” said Villa manager Steve Bruce. “It was agony towards the end, if I’m being honest. It means so much.” Despite the celebrations as Bruce’s side moved to within one match of bouncing back to the top flight, there was a sombre mood before kick-off with a minute’s applause for Samuel. Cheshire police confirmed earlier in the day that the former Trinidad and Tobago international had been killed when his Range Rover collided with a van early on Tuesday morning. Samuel spent the majority of his career at Villa before moving on to Bolton and loan spells at Gillingham and Cardiff before ending his playing career in Iran. Despite their late escape, Villa were well worthy of their place in the final as Boro ‘keeper Daniel Randolph kept the visitors in the tie for long spells. Bruce is now just one game away from a fifth promotion as manager to the Premier League, having also taken Birmingham and Hull up via the playoffs. “The game plan was superb so the manager deserves a lot of credit for that,” said Villa captain John Terry. “There’s a great team spirit among the boys. One more step and it’ll be the dream.” Villa centre-back James Chester wasted the best chance of the first period when he hooked his shot wide from close range. Randolph then came to the fore as he made two fine saves from Lewis Grabban before getting fingertips to a long-range effort from Jack Grealish. Middlesbrough hadn’t even produced a shot on target until a controversial moment three minutes from time. Villa ‘keeper Sam Johnstone was only booked for making a save outside the box from Adama Traore’s attempted chip. Downing then curled the resulting free-kick off the bar and Villa held out for six minutes of stoppage time to secure their trip to Wembley in 11 days’ time. (afp)

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Peru skipper Guerrero hits out at doping ban ‘injustice’

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero on Tuesday hit out the “injustice” of a 14-month doping ban that has ended his dream of appearing at the World Cup in Russia. “I’m a victim of injustice,” said Guerrero in Lima Tuesday, a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland increased a six-month ban for testing positive for traces of cocaine to 14 months. “I didn’t expect it, I’m sad I won’t be playing. They’ve taken my dream away from me.” Guerrero, who plays as a striker for Brazilian giants Flamengo, had been included in Peru’s preliminary 25-man World Cup squad announced on Sunday. But less than a week after he attended a CAS hearing in Lausanne hoping to totally annul a six-month suspension, world sport’s top arbitration court increased his sentence to 14 months. Not only is Guerrero ruled out of the World Cup, but the emblematic skipper will be sidelined until January 2019. “I’m sad but I’ve

come here to face things, because there have been a lot of rumours. I’m a victim of injustice,” Guerrero said in Lima Tuesday where he was met by hundreds of wellwishers shouting his name and offering messages of support. “I’m 100 per cent behind the team (Peru). In the good times, and the bad.” Guerrero was initially banned for one year after traces of the drug, which is on the banned list of the World Anti-Doping Agency, were found in a sample following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina on October 5 last year. World football’s ruling body FIFA reduced the ban to six months on appeal last December. That ban ended on May 3, making Guerrero eligible to play at the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russia. The emblematic Peru captain, however, wanted the ban annulled. He arrived at a CAS hearing last week flanked by lawyers to be met by around 30 flag-waving well-wishers and supporters shout-

ing “You can do it, Paolo!!” But WADA effectively retaliated, appealing to CAS to uphold their original sanction. CAS noted on Monday: “Both the Player and WADA filed appeals at the CAS. Paolo Guerrero sought to have the FIFA Decision set aside and replaced by a new decision in which no sanction was imposed on him. “WADA, on the other hand, had requested that the FIFA decision be set aside and that Paolo Guerrero be sanctioned with a period of ineligibility between 1 and 2 years with an expressed preference for 22 months.” The statement added: “The CAS decided to increase Mr Guerrero’s suspension from 6 to 14 months, starting today (Monday), with the period of provisional suspension of 6 months already served by Mr Guerrero being credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served.” Peru face France, Australia and Denmark in Group C at the World Cup. (afp)

Saudis suspend World Cup referee over bribery

The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Mirdasi was suspended for offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome of a match, the federation’s disciplinary and ethics committee said late Tuesday. The 32-year-old is one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent referees, having earned a FIFA badge in 2011 and officiating at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the Confederations Cup in Russia in 2017. Mirdasi was chosen to referee Saudi Arabia’s Kings Cup final

between top clubs Al-Faisaly and Al-Ittihad on Saturday but was pulled from the roster just a few hours before the game. In a statement, the disciplinary and ethics committee said Mirdasi had approached the president of Al-Ittihad asking him for a bribe to enable his team to win. “The Ittihad president Hamad Al-Sanayeh called the Saudi Football Federation to state there was evidence that Fahad Al-Mirdasi had reached out via text messages on WhatsApp. He asked for an illegal sum of money in exchange for helping his team win the game,” it said. The case was referred to the Saudi Football Federation, then the General Authority for Sport --

the highest sports authority in the kingdom -- triggering an administrative investigation. Mirdasi confessed to the charges, according to the statement, and it was decided “to deprive him from participating in any football activity for life”. The committee recommended that Saudi Arabia officially request FIFA to remove Mirdasi from the list of referees participating in the 2018 World Cup and suspend him for life. “Our integrity is above all considerations,” said Turki Al-Sheikh, head of the General Authority for Sport. Mirdasi was one of five Arab referees chosen by FIFA to officiate at the 2018 World Cup. (afp)

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Peru’s national football team captain Paolo Guerrero, arrives at the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima on May 15, 2018 a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) increased a previous sanction by imposing a 14-month doping ban on him. Striker Guerrero had been included in Peru’s preliminary 25-man World Cup squad announced on Sunday after an initial six-month ban imposed by world football governing body FIFA expired earlier this month. But less than a week after he attended a CAS hearing in a bid to completely annul a ban for testing positive for traces of cocaine, CAS increased his sentence for falling foul of “an anti-doping rule violation (presence of Benzoylecgonine metabolites)”.


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Celtics survive James’ attack to take 2-0 series lead

LOS ANGELES - Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics overcame a 42-point performance from LeBron James to beat Cleveland 107-94 on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

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after only several meters down. Vines grow further down into gaps and openings, reaching beyond tight spaces inside the cave. Dense air and bat chirps fill the hollow surroundings. Stalactites and stalagmites shimmer throughout. If you can stand the smell of guano and can endure the approximate 150 metre or 15minute descent, you’ll reach the freshwater pool at its base. It is said that on a full moon, a narrow passage opens as the water level lowers revealing a causeway that leads into a ‘hidden chamber’. (net)

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Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics dribbles against Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who improved to 8-0 this postseason at the Boston Garden. “We really lean on him,” said Brown of Horford. “He has been doing it all year. That is why they pay him the big bucks.” The Celtics, who overcame a double digit deficit, have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the postseason. Game three is Sunday in Cleveland. Brown said they can’t let up in game three because Cavaliers superstar James usually raises his game another notch after a loss. “We need tremendous focus. He (James) one of best players of all time. But if there is anybody I would put my money on it would be this group,” Brown said. The Celtics used a balanced attack as a half dozen players reached double figures. Cleveland had 15 turnovers leading to 13 Boston points and the Celtics had just six turnovers. James also delivered 12 assists and 10 rebounds, scoring 21 of Cleveland’s 27 points in the first quarter. His 42 points marked his fifth 40-point game of these playoffs. James had just 15 points and missed all five of his three-point attempts in a game one defeat.

“We have the opportunity go back home and take home court,” James said. “They did what they had to do to protect home court and now it is our time as well. “We will see what we are made of on Saturday.” Tuesday’s game got physical as the Celtics pulled out all the stops to try and contain James. James appeared to strain his neck in a first-half collision. The Cavaliers sagged in the second half, where they were outscored 59-39 by the Celtics. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said they need to be more physical and referred to the Boston players as goons. “We got to be tougher mentally and physically,” Lue said. “They are gooning it up and we have got to do the same thing.” Kevin Love finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds for Cleveland.Kyle Korver came off the bench to score 11 points but starters Tristan Thompson, JR Smith and George Hill combined for just 11 points in the loss. “Down the stretch we took some bad shots,” Lue said. “We didn’t close the half way we wanted to and they had a big third quarter. “In the third quarter we had some miscommunication on defence and they scored some easy baskets.” (afp)

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ROME - Russian star Maria Sharapova giggled with delight as she revealed how she plucked up the courage to pop the question and got to practise with Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open. The two former world number ones hit balls together on the red clay of the Foro Italico where they are both multiple winners. “I saw he was practising on the court right before me,” explained Sharapova, after advancing to the second round on Tuesday past Australian Ashleigh Barty. “And I said to my team ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if I just came up to Rafa and said ‘would you hit a couple balls with me?’ “And they’re like, yeah, what’s wrong with that? And I was like, a lot of things. There’s a lot of things wrong with just coming up to Rafa. “They’re like, no, you should.

It’s not like you’re asking him to go on a date. And so I did. “He probably thought I was really weird. I think he still thinks I’m really weird.” The Russian was overjoyed at being able to rally with the 16-time Grand Slam champion, tweeting: “Two minutes on court with the GOAT @RafaelNadal #BucketList Was so nervous.” In Tuesday’s match played in rainy conditions, five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova needed two and a half hours to master 18thranked Barty 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in their first round game. She next meets Slovak Dominika Cibulkova as she bids to recapture the title she won three times in 2011, 2012 and 2015. “This tournament has been special in my career,” said the 31-yearold, who received a wild-card entry last year as she made her comeback from a 15-month doping ban.

She retired injured from her second round match to end her hopes of qualifying on merit for Wimbledon’s main draw after being denied a wild-card entry to Roland Garros. “It’s brought me a lot of great matches and a lot of match play toward the Grand Slam that we all look forward to playing. “And usually it’s the last tournament I play before Roland Garros. So, it is an important one,” said two-time French Open winner Sharapova who reached the quarter-finals in Madrid last week. “But, I’ve also had very tough moments here, as well. Last year was a very difficult situation to be in and going into that match. “I’m just a little bit more relieved this year. I feel like I’m not thinking about things and just playing and not worrying about anything else. Which is nice.” (afp)

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Israel faces outcry after 60 killed on Gaza border

GAZA CITY - Israel came under mounting international pressure amid calls Tuesday for an independent probe after its forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests along the Gaza border as the United States opened an embassy in Jerusalem. Protests and sporadic incidents flared again on the Gaza border, though they were far fewer in number than the previous day, with two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire, Gaza’s health ministry said. Palestinians on Tuesday marked the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation. The Israeli army said its troops responded to this “with riot dispersal means and fired live rounds”. “Additionally, 700 people violently rioted throughout Judea and Samaria,” it said referring to the West Bank. It came a day after tens of thousands gathered near the border while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians approached the fence and sought to break through, with Israeli snipers positioned on the other side. Most of the 60 Gazans killed Monday were shot by the snipers, Gaza’s health ministry said. The dead

included a baby who died from tear gas inhalation and eight other children. In the bloodiest day of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war, at least 2,400 other Palestinians were wounded. Israeli forces have killed 116 Palestinians since a campaign of protests on the Gaza-Israel border was launched on March 30. One Israeli soldier has been reported wounded over the same period. On Tuesday the Israeli army alleged “it appears that at least 24” of those killed were militants, mainly from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. But there were demands for an independent investigation, with Britain, Germany and Switzerland among those joining calls from the UN and European Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May called for restraint, saying “such violence is destructive to peace efforts”. French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the “violence of the Israeli armed forces against the protesters”. Ireland and Belgium summoned the Israeli envoys in their capitals, while South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel. (afp)

In this file photograph taken on March 22, 2018, this video grab taken from footage released by French television channel TF1 shows French former president Nicolas Sarkozy speaking during an interview at the TF1 headquarters in BoulogneBillancourt.

Ex-French leader Sarkozy faces ruling on campaign finance trial PARIS - Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy faces a hearing Wednesday on whether he must stand trial on charges of illicit financing of his failed 2012 presidential campaign, one of several legal inquiries which have dogged the rightwing politician since he left office. If an appeals court upholds a judge’s decision last year ordering the trial, Sarkozy could face a potentially embarrassing public ordeal as well as up to a year in prison if convicted. Prosecutors claim Sarkozy spent nearly 43 million euros ($51 million) on his lavish re-election bid -- almost double the legal limit of 22.5 million euros -- via fake invoices which a public relations firm charged instead to his UMP party. Sarkozy has angrily denounced the charges, saying he was unaware of the fraud by executives at Bygmalion, who are also facing trial alongside accountants and former UMP officials. His defence team is also arguing on procedural grounds, saying Sarkozy has already been sanctioned for campaign overspending by France’s Constitutional Council in 2013.

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Members of the Palestinian community and their supporters march toward the Israeli consulate to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 15, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

“They were better organised...and suggests a higher level of capacity than what we have seen in recent years,” said Sidney Jones, director of Jakarta-based Institute of Policy Analysis for Conflict. The families have been linked to the local chapter of Indonesian extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which police said

But that ruling involved just 364,000 euros of overspending, and came before the revelations of the “Bygmalion affair” and fake billings. If judges decide this argument is valid, the matter could be sent to the Cour de Cassation, France’s court of final appeal, which would delay any decision on whether a trial will be held. Bygmalion executives as well as Jerome Lavrilleux, the deputy manager of Sarkozy’s 2012 campaign, have acknowledged the existence of fraud and false accounting. So far investigators have not determined who ordered the fraud, but an investigating magistrate in the case says Sarkozy, a lawyer by training, could hardly have been unaware of the financing rules. “More than anyone else, he was supposed to know, respect and enforce... the legal requirements in this matter,” judge Serge Tournaire wrote when ordering Sarkozy to stand trial in February 2017. The appeal court’s general counsel has taken a similar stance, writing in a requisition seen by AFP that Sarkozy “had knowingly given instructions leading to higher spending,” a claim Sarkozy has denied. (afp) was behind the attacks. The radical group supports Islamic State, whose ambitions have been curbed after losing most of the land it once occupied in Iraq and Syria. Police have said the church and earlier police station attacks were likely motivated by the arrest of JAD leaders. They followed a deadly prison riot staged by Islamist prisoners at a high-security jail near Jakarta last week. (afp)

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China`s soft power approach through media cooperation

WUXI - Some 25 journalists from 10 ASEAN member countries, including four journalists from Indonesia, were invited on an 11 days excursion around the Zheijang province and Jiangsu Province in the eastern part of China. The trip that started on May 3 is a part of the media trip program named `ASEAN-China Media Trip`, in light of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative. The visit was initiated by the ASEAN - China Center (ACC), which is a non-governmental organization that was established to promote the cooperation between both parties through trade, investment, education, culture, tourism and media. The ACC had established a partnership with China Report, a media institution that had been around since 1950 and has transformed from traditional media into one that is digitally based. The trip started in Shanghai, the biggest city in China that is also its center for economic activities, followed by a visit to the cities surrounding it, including the industrial city of Jiaxing, Shaoxing, Hangzhou and ended in Wuxi, the city that is deemed as the `Pearl of Taihu Lake` for its natural beauty and cultural heritage. In Wuxi, all series of activities in the media trip was closed by the ASEAN-China Media Cooperation Forum that was the first event in the media cooperation sector. For the event, the ACC cooperated with not only the China Report, but also the Provincial Government of Jiangsu. The visitation program was the fourth one to be carried out, bearing a different theme from the other three that was held previously. The media safari series of activities started with a visit to a number of institutions in Shanghai, from the Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, International Import Expo, paying the Shanghai United Media Group a visit, meeting officials of the Shanghai City Government, visiting the Fudan University and touring around the Wukang Road, the historic lane with a set of Western architectures that is still well maintained. After three days in Shanghai, the trip continued with a journey down to the city of Jiaxing in the Zhejiang Province to directly take a look at the sophisticated technology in Wingtech Communication, a company that works

in the production of smart phone components and the Institute of Future Technology. After one day in Jiaxing, the journey continued to the South Lake, a historic place where the Chinese Communist Party first held their congress. In order to see China`s advancement in the textile sector, the entourage were taken to the garment product exhibition in the city of Shaoxing, 200 kilometres south from Shanghai. In the exhibition there were a lot of potential buyers from different regions, including the Middle East, West and SouthEast Asia which include Indonesia as well. “Out of all of our customers, most of them are from Indonesia. In fact, we just made a transaction with our Indonesian customers,” said Manager of Shaoxing Mulinsen Trading Co. Ltd, one of the hundreds of participants in the event. The journalists were also given the opportunity to take a look at China`s education sector as they were directed to the Hailiang Group in the city of Shaoxing. Aside from working in the copper processing as its main business, the Hailiang Group also expanded its business to the education sector under the name Hailiang Education. The company is focused on education in the Kindergarten, Primary School, Middle and High School levels, as they aim to prepare a high quality generation with wholesome education that is internationally recognized. The main target for Hailang`s education sector is to prepare students to be able to compete and acquire their spot in a number of wellknown universities, both in China or overseas. However, the most interesting part of the entire journey was the visit to the Alibaba Group headquarters in Hangzhou, which is the capital of Zhejiang Province. The Group was founded in 1999 and is currently the second biggest internet-based retail company in the world and the fourth biggest I.T. based company in the world, only after Apple, Google and Microsoft. In September 2014, Alibaba Group recorded its milestone as it carried out Initial Public Offering (IPO) for their share in the New Stock Exchange and gained 230 million US Dollars in a matter of one day. (ant)

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Kalla regrets children`s involvement in terror attacks

JAKARTA - Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla expressed regret over the involvement of children in suicide bombings at three churches and the Surabaya City Police Headquarters in Surabaya, East Java Province, on May 13-14.

“We deeply regret the involvement of children (in the terror attacks). It shows a brainwashing of children that destroys the entire nation. We grieve for the victims of the terror attacks. The perpetrators of terror attacks will receive punishment in the afterlife,” he noted at the Global Forum of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Tuesday. Kalla condemned the terror attacks that led to casualties involving police personnel and civil society. The vice president also called on all sections of society to remain vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police. “We need the public to report any information that can stop or supervise people with a deplorable nature. The Indonesian Police and Military have made efforts to keep the Indonesian country safe, but we should cooperate with each other, as we have a large population of 200 million people,” he stated. “I believe those people, who kill others, will go to hell. God surely gives punishment to all who commit ill deeds,” he stated. The series of suicide bombings on the Christian Church of Indonesia, Immaculate Santa Maria Catholic Church, and Surabaya City Police Headquarters involved children and adolescents as the perpetrators of the terror attacks. Suicide bomb attacks occurred at three churches in Surabaya on Sunday morning (May 13). The first bomb attack occurred at the Santa Maria Church at 7:30 a.m. local

time, Indonesian Christian Church at 7:35 a.m. local time, and Pantekosta Church at 8 a.m. local time. The death toll in the suicide bomb attacks rose to 18 as of Monday, the police stated.(ant)

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Relatives and friends of Martha Djumani, who died in a blast at the Pentekosta Church, attend her funeral in Surabaya on May 16, 2018. Indonesia’s elite anti-terror force Densus 88 conducted raids nationwide in the wake of a deadly wave of suicide bombings as calls grow to pass a stalled security law. A family of six including two young daughters staged suicide bombings at three Indonesian churches during services on May 13, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

Israel action against Palestine is genocide: politician

JAKARTA - The Deputy Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Body (BKSAP) of the RI House of Representatives, Rofi Munawar, has criticized Israel`s actions, which has led to the death of more than 55 Palestinians on the Gaza Strip`s border with the annexed territory. “It is ironic that this happened simultaneously with the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, while Israeli soldiers are brutally and blindly shooting Palestinians. It is an evidence which points out that Israel has deliberately committed genocide and premeditated murder,” Munawar told media here on Tuesday. He added that the United States should be responsible for the deadly incidents in Gaza Strip. “They are having a celebration amid the death of tens of Palestinians who fought

for their homeland. The US has contributed to the darkest history of the peace process in the Middle East,” he stated. He explained that Palestinians have been protesting for nearly six weeks as part of the commemoration of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe). “The Israeli strikes yesterday (May 14) killed tens of Palestinians, which is the highest number of deaths during the Nakba Day protests, which coincided with the day when the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem. It is very tragic and ironic. The UN must not stand still and must immediately take actions to respond to it,” Munawar asserted. The legislator explained that the majority of those killed were unarmed citizens. “The Palestinian authorities have stated that Israel committed a horrific massacre and

called for international intervention to stop the killing,” he explained. “The Indonesian government should protest the event and play an active role in pushing its firm actions against Israel, which has committed a systematic and massive massacre,” Munawar pointed out. More than 1.2 thousand Palestinians were shot and wounded during Monday`s protests (May 14). According to the Palestinian health ministry, among the dead were six children under the age of 18. The youngest victim was a 14-year-old boy named Ezzaldeen Al-Sammak. About 100 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since protesters started a series of the Great Return March six weeks ago, demanding their right to return to their homeland, which is now occupied by the Israeli colonialist. (ant)


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BUSINESS Venezuela crisis cuts deep at children’s hospital

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Kamasan Painting Comes with a Message of Life

Kamasan painting has been familiar in the ears of Balinese people. This artwork has long been a wealth of Klungkung district. Apart from its classical appearance, this painting is rich in puppet and animal stories. It is really meaningful.

Eight-year-old Luisito is awaiting surgery for a brain tumor, a daunting prospect at the best of times -- but this is Venezuela, and the hospital, typically, has little medicine or functioning equipment. A four-month-old baby shares his nine square meter (96 square feet) hospital room. She suffers from an abnormally large head, or macrocephaly, and needs a drainage valve. The hospital doesn’t have one. The resulting fluid accumulation has left the baby girl’s head the size of a basketball. Anthony, aged seven, also shares this tight space. Following surgery, the wound on his back worsened, for lack of clean dressings either at the hospital or in local pharmacies. The litany of avoidable suffering is repeated from one ward to the next at the J.M. de los Rios Children’s Hospital in downtown Caracas. Venezuela’s Pharmaceutical Federation says just 20 percent of the drugs and medical equipment needed in hospitals and pharmacies across the oil-rich state are available. Chronic shortages of medicines as well as basic foodstuffs have been a wearying consequence of Venezuela’s crippling years-long economic crisis, blamed by the international community on President Nicolas Maduro, who is seeking a second six-year term in elections on Sunday. Medical materials can be bought over the internet, but in dollars only -- a currency inaccessible for the grandmothers of these children from families of modest means. “We don’t have dollars. We have our backs to the wall,” said Maria Silva, watching over little Anthony and his spreading wound. With better equipment, these cases could be easily treated, according to their doctor, Edgar Sotillo. “We don’t have drugs...I have patients who are suffering from hydrocephalus

(a build-up of fluid on the brain) and are waiting for a valve,” said Sotillo. “We are seeing cases of chickenpox, tuberculosis, malaria, scabies. Sometimes the hospital has no water. If patients contract infections, there are no antibiotics and their situation worsens,” said the doctor.

Iran said Wednesday that new US sanctions on its central bank governor would only make Iranians “more determined, patient and resistant than ever”. “We consider this inappropriate policy to be part of the continued unwise behaviour and hostile policies of the American government,” said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi in a statement on the ministry website.

On Tuesday, the US sanctioned Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, accusing him of helping the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps transfer millions of dollars to Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Ghasemi said this was an attempt to coerce other countries who have opposed last week’s decision by the US to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

- Brain tumor Blaming his country’s woes on an “economic war” being waged by the United States, the socialist Maduro has promised to fix the situation soon. But Yuriangela, 16, has no time to wait. Suffering from lung cancer, she is waiting for her next round of chemotherapy. Her mother, Sujer, weeps helplessly and does not know if she will be able to find the treatment her daughter needs. For chronic diseases such as cancer, nearly all -- 95 percent -- of the drugs needed for treatment are not available. “She needs to have 17 chemo sessions,” she said, adding that her family had to buy the medicine she needed abroad. “We don’t have the means, but we have received help.” Next door, four-year-old Luana cuts out the letters from a printed alphabet while waiting for treatment for a brain tumor. “For two months, we have not been able to get chemotherapy. It is the responsibility of the people who govern, who only take any notice of us when we demonstrate,” said

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A girl receives chemotherapy at the “Dr. JM de los Rios” Children’s Hospital in Caracas on April 10, 2018. The crisis in Venezuela has hit children’s health, with an increase of 30,12% in child mortality according to the most recent official sources. her mother, Rosa. Demonstrations to draw attention to the plight of the health service are frequent, whether by doctors, their patients with HIV, or the disabled. - Rats and roaches On this cancer ward, devices for medical imaging like MRI machines and radiotherapy equipment are out of order. “We cannot operate because of the lack of equipment,” one woman doctor said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We have had patients

whose conditions improved, but subsequently, for lack of medicine, they deteriorated and died.” From broken water pipes to a single functioning elevator and rats and cockroaches in the hallways, the J.M. de los Rios hospital has a long list of problems, doctors say. Doctor Belen Arteaga, the head of the nephrology department, earns only the monthly minimum wage of 2.5 million bolivars -- or $36 dollars at the official rate. That’s enough to buy a kilogram of meat in Venezuela, where the IMF predicts inflation will soar to

new heights of more than 13,000 percent this year. For want of antibiotics, Arteaga said she saw four children die at the hospital. Infant mortality jumped more than 30 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, the most recent official figures show. “The doctors are leaving,” Arteaga added. According to the Venezuelan Medical Society, onethird have already emigrated. “We are witnessing a humanitarian crisis,” said Huniades Urbina, head of the childcare and pediatrics society. “These are figures from sub-Saharan Africa.” (afp)

“Following the failure and destructive effects of its own mistakes and obvious misconceptions after its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA (nuclear deal), the US government is now trying to influence the will and decisions of the remaining members of the JCPOA and other countries in the world,” Ghasemi said. “These venomous policies have had, and will have, no success for

America, and have made the government and nation of Iran more determined, patient and resistant than ever to confront the US,” he added. Since its withdrawal from the nuclear deal last week, the US has announced new sanctions targeting the Revolutionary Guards financial networks. That has included a currency exchange network, another central bank official, and executives from

Iraq’s Al-Bilad Islamic Bank which Washington said provided a link to Hezbollah. “The United States will not permit Iran’s increasingly brazen abuse of the international financial system,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “The global community must remain vigilant against Iran’s deceptive efforts to provide financial support to its terrorist proxies.” (afp)

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Distinctive Star Fruit Leaf Vegetable

At glance, the vegetable of star fruit leaf (jukut don belimbing) or often called as lawar of star fruit leaf is usually presented in ceremonial events in Bali. By and large, the presentation is divided into two, namely for the offerings to God through oblations as well as presented through buffet invitation. The jukut don belimbing is commonly served with other menus processed by local society. Invitees can pick out and choose their preferred menus. Unfortunately, this star fruit leaf is only liked by certain people. Children are less interested because it’s slightly bitter. However, for adults this menu is very tasty. For people on the Island of the Gods, the star fruit leaf is taken advantage as a vegetable ingredient as it is quite tasty. Other than being easy to get, this leaf is also good for digestion. However, the star fruit leaf used is not arbitrary, but the young one (not too old and not too young). Besides, it does not belong to the type of star fruit having sweet fruit, but the fruit is sour and whitish. Lately, the star fruit leaf vegetable is also served at hotel, but has not something to do with ceremonial activities. In a chef competition, the star fruit leaf vegetable also becomes one of the contested menus. Of course, this vegetable has been processed in a modern way, so that it can be enjoyed by the tongue from

various regions and even countries. The ingredients used to make this vegetable are star fruit leaf, coconut milk and boiled pork or chicken blood. Meanwhile, the spices in use include onion, garlic, shrimp, coriander, chili, ginger, pepper, aromatic ginger, candlenut, palm sugar, salt and a few pieces of lime leaves. How to prepare it? At first, finely wash the star fruit leaf whose number is tailored to the needs. After that, boil until cooked and then squeeze the leaf to reduce its water. It is also meant to eliminate its bitterness as well as make the leaf tenderer. The spices are divided into two. A portion is used to make fine base genep (complete spice) and another portion to make raw spice. All the ingredients to make base genep are cut and then grounded or pureed by blender, so it becomes smooth. Then, fry it until cooked. The other spices namely onion and chili are sliced ??thin without frying. Next, prepare a basin and put the base genep into it along with coconut milk and boiled blood. After that, mix them well. Put sliced red onion and chili and add the thinly sliced ??brown sugar. Put the boiled star fruit leaf and then mix together well. Add lime leaves having been sliced ??thinly and salt (to taste). Stir again evenly and now it is ready to serve. (kmb)

At Kamasan village can be found many centers of the painting activities. There are also galleries where a number of works created by the artists have been displayed since several years ago. It applies classic colors of red and brownish perfectly combined. Some paintings offer a jungle feel following a pre-established pattern. They look very lively and beautiful to look at. The work is not just an expression of the art but there is a message of life. What is scratched is not a common thing. It presents a series of pictures depicting a number of characters contained in the story. One of the themes is heroic attractions on the battlefield. It’s like giving a moral message. It is adopted from various stories, such as Mahabharata and Ramayana epic. Occasionally, the artists also express his idea inspired by animal or tantric tales. The painter Mangku Muriati Mura said that in the midst of the art development, the appearance of other paintings is very possible. Nevertheless, he does not get dissolved in that situation. His great desire to maintain the art is believed to have emerged since the kingdom era that will not fade over the times. The norms are not neglected. Everything is still followed. “We still preserve them all,” he said, not long ago.

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This painting is not solely concerned with aesthetics but more than it, where it also offers strong philosophical values. His work is combined with religious elements or teachings quoted from the palm-leaf manuscripts. “We must understand the meaning, not just some scratches,” he said. Another painter, Kadek Natha, explained that in harmony with the development of times, Kamasan paint coloring began to use acrylic because natural materials are increasingly difficult to obtain. However, the classic impression never fades. It remains to looks sharp and has divine inspiration. “Pere is one of natural dyes, a kind of stone obtained from Sakenan. Its color is yellowish brown, but now many painters have switched from this color,” he explained. Profession as painter has been pursued since he was in elementary school. His works have been widely sold. The price is fantastic and comparable to the complexity. “There is a painting sold for IDR 9 million, even more. The cheaper is also available,” he said. His paintings are no longer just scratched on canvas, but many of them have been used as hotel room ornaments. “Many hotels ask me to paint in classical style,” said Natha. (kmb)

Typical Kite Fighting of Buleleng If southern Bali has been known to have the tradition of kite playing with the highlight in terms of aesthetic (art), Buleleng has a traditional game having developed since 1970. The culture is known as kite fighting game or commonly referred to as mekorot. Aside from competing kites in the air, the kite enthusiasts also apply strategies and techniques so as to win the game. Since first appearing, the kite hobbyists are playing a kite by putting it into competition. No wonder the game takes place with tight competition and implements strategies in order to defeat their opponents. Made Suitama, one of the hobbyists and experts of typical kite players of Buleleng said that since the appearance in 1970 he was taught by parents to get involved in kite fighting. At that

time, the supplies mainly the thread is not like it is today. He had to prepare in advance the thread coated with shatter of glass. To have sharpness to cut off the kite thread of the opponent, other than preparing the thread, the making of the kites also apply a specific technique in order to move swiftly. Ultimately, it will be easier to attack the opponents. In his journey the typical kite playing of Buleleng, added Suitama, originally had no standard rules in the kite fighting. From 1980 until the establishment of the Association of Buleleng Kite Sport (PORLAB) 2006, it was then created a rule by the kite hobbyists in North Bali. These standard rules regarding the size matter of the kite itself. (kmb)


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A number of components condemn terrorist action in Surabaya

DENPASAR - The terrorist action in Surabaya shocked all parties. Such action was criticized by the public as performed by some components of society in the Catur Muka Statue, Denpasar, on Tuesday (May 15). They organized an action to condemn the actions of the terrorist group starting from the front area of Jaya Sabha Building towards the roundabout of Catur Muka Statue. They gave oration one after another.

Field Coordinator of the action, Eduardo Edwinramda, said the acts committed by the terrorists are very cruel. Many innocent people become the victims of their savage acts. Not only that, their action also makes people afraid and restless. The understanding on excessive radical teachings can trigger such actions. The idea creates a systematic, sporadic and well-organized terror action in strategic places. Seeing the action, a number of community components consisting of several elements such as the Ansor Youth, the Unity of Indonesian Hindu Dharma Student (KMHDI) Bali, Student Executive Board of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of Udayana University, Student Executive Board of the State Institute of Hindu Dharma Denpasar (IHDN), PMKRI of Denpasar, HAMI Bali, Catholic Youth, Manikaya Kauci Foundation, Agriculture Commissioner of GMNI Denpasar and a number of other components submitted a statement of attitude. At least, there are five statements of their attitude. Among others, they urged to pass the Anti-Terrorism Act, support the Indonesian Military (TNI) / National Police to eradicate terrorism, criticize the party members giving the space to radicalism group and prevent terrorism started from the family. (kmb12)

General view of “El Ensueno”, part of the Ciudad Bolivar slum, in the south of Bogota, Colombia on May 4, 2018.

On the edge: the forgotten poor left by Colombia’s war

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Some components of society organized an action to condemn the actions of the terrorist group starting from the front area of Jaya Sabha Building towards the roundabout of Catur Muka Statue.

Susik bondres passes away

Buleleng returns to lose an artist and pioneer of bondres art THE art realm in Buleleng returns to sorrow. The artist posing the pioneering figure of the revival of bondres art or traditional comedy in Buleleng, Made Ngurah Sadika, passed away on Tuesday (May 15) at the Buleleng Hospital around 04:00. The death of this bondres artist familiarly known as the female role player ‘Susik’ in the bondres is due to diabetes disease and complications of kidney failure having been suffered since several years ago. The death of Susik followed his fellow artist who is also the artist of Buleleng, the late Nyoman Durpa, who died earlier some time ago. The late Susik and Durpa had rendered a service in raising the bondres art in Buleleng, known for its distinctive jokes with the Buleleng dialect. The news of his death quickly spread to social media networks. Sorrow expression quickly sprang up. Not infrequently various photos of memories when the deceased decorated the stage both in Buleleng and outside areas were widely uploaded in social media. He started his acting on stage around the 1980s. At that time, the deceased pioneered the bondres art in Buleleng by joining with the Dwi Mekar Studio, Singaraja. Since then, his role name as Susik with female character was often teased with distinctive jokes This bondres artist familiarly known as the female role player ‘Susik’.

on the stage of local performances to overseas. Before falling ill around 2010, Susik decided to leave Dwi Mekar Studio. Although leaving the group, the figure Susik is still known. Right since midOctober 2017, Susik finally stopped his comedy performance due to his health did not allow. During the fight against the disease, Susik routinely performed dialysis to hospital. Meanwhile, the offer to make performance still flows although he was replaced by his son Gede Arya Darmadi. The son of the deceased Susik, Gede Arya Darmadi, at the funeral home on Jalan Krena, Singaraja, said that since his father suffering diabetes and complications of kidney failure he regularly had dialysis at hospital. The dialysis is undergone twice a week namely on Tuesday and Friday. After the last dialysis on Tuesday (May 8), doctors treating him suggested for hospitalization. This happened because the deceased had a blood deficiency (anemia). During the hospitalization, doctors found a narrowing disease in the back. Since then, his health condition dropped. It peaked last Tuesday where the deceased died peacefully. “Since suffering diabetes until he was declared to have kidney failure, my father has had dialysis regularly. After the last dialysis, his condition was getting weaker and finally the father left us forever,” he said. This man who is familiarly addressed as Cimcim admitted that before his deceased father died he left a message where her father asked him to continue the ideals of generating the bondres art in Buleleng. Similarly, the role name of Susik should be maintained all the time because it has become a ‘taksu’ or divine inspiration for the bondres art revival in Buleleng. Meanwhile, Cimcim admitted not to dare to use the mask with bloated cheeks left by his late father after replacing his late father in the bondres art per-

formances. Instead, he chose to make it sacred and historic mask. To fulfill the ideals of his late father, Cimcim chose to use a similarly made mask. The mask was made in Gianyar in 2013 and then he will establish Sunari Bajra Studio with the role name of the Gek Mawar. “Honestly, it is quite hard for me to receive the message. Since my father fell ill to death I have already been trying to learn in order to perform like father on stage. The hardest thing is to imitate his voice, father’s physical body is fatter and can appear in female characters, compared to me sometimes my male voice still appear when laughing. My father’s posture is also fatter and I have tried to replace all the roles of the deceased father,” he explained. Meanwhile, the second daughter of the deceased, Ni Made Ari Darmini, mentioned that before her deceased father died she had bad feeling. At that time, she always had bad feeling so she always slept late at night. In addition, before his father was hospitalized at the Buleleng Hospital, Darmini was asked to kiss him. Moreover, at that time her father showed indications if would say good-bye. Apparently, the feeling was correct where her father died. “Mom and I always feel bad and father asked me to kiss him when I wanted to join the seminar and continued to provide makeup in Denpasar. Mother was also asked to always accompany him. My father seemed to actually go forever,” she said. Until these days, the body of the deceased Susik is laid down in the funeral home located on Jalan Kresna, Singaraja. The deceased will be cremated on May 22, 2018. Later on, the procession of bathing corpse will be carried out at funeral home on Jalan Krishna, Singaraja and continued by cremation process at public graveyard of Panji village, Sukasada subdistrict. (mud)

BOGOTA - They live in shantytowns that overlook Bogota -- hundreds of families who fled the bloodshed in rural Colombia during decades of civil war for the relative safety of the country’s cities. A year and a half after the government signed a peace deal with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the poor still languish on society’s margins. They are the forgotten ones. Jose Pineda lives with his family lives in the ramshackle Ciudad Bolivar slum on the outskirts of

Bogota, which seems to hang off the gray, chilly Andes mountainsides. El Ensueno, their neighborhood, is perched at the summit. Most of the people in El Ensueno -- 600 households in all -- are victims of the conflict. Once thrown off their land, they have built shacks here, and constantly fear eviction.

Men, women, and children live in cramped conditions. Mud is everywhere. Water trickles down from the mountains above, and power is siphoned off from bootleg connections. If buses ever come, few have the money to afford a ticket. “Colombia is divided between those who have a real house, and those of us who have a shack with a tin roof... those who eat when they want to, and those of us who make do with one meal a day,” said the 50year-old Pineda, a father of three.

S.Africa’s ousted Zuma poses problems for new president JOHANNESBURG - Three months ago, Jacob Zuma was ousted as president of South Africa, in a humiliating end to his nine-year rule. But he and his supporters seem determined to not go quietly. Zuma reluctantly resigned from office after the ruling ANC party turned against him as his legal troubles and corruption scandals mounted ahead of next year’s elections. His forced exit brought an end to a presidency marred by increasing anger over unemployment, poor housing and decrepit services for many poor black communities in post-apartheid South Africa. His successor Cyril Ramaphosa promised a “new dawn” for citizens and foreign investors. But Zuma’s shadow is looming large over the Ramaphosa era as his allies launch a fightback within the African

The country is only just emerging from five decades of war, and even that isn’t fully over -- remnants of rebel forces still battle for control of the lucrative drug trade. Those years of conflict exacerbated poverty in Colombia, where the rich-poor divide is among the widest in the world, alongside Haiti and Honduras, according to the World Bank and the United Nations.

National Congress (ANC). “There is bad blood there, and Zuma is feeling betrayed -- it is an open secret,” political analyst Somadoda Fikeni from the UNISA university in Pretoria told AFP. Zuma, a Zulu traditionalist from the key province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), has tapped into his homeland support since being dethroned. “He has retreated to his traditional base of KZN -that’s where he may cause the most damage,” said Fikeni. “Some of his associates fear that his fall from grace may lead to their own fall -- so, by keeping him strong, they are attempting to bargain” for their own position. (afp)

Nearly eight million people have been displaced by the violence, which has pushed thousands “towards cities, generating pools of misery” on the fringes, Jorge Restrepo, a professor at Javeriana University and author of the study “Conflict and Poverty in Colombia,” told AFP. The conflict -- which drew in leftist guerrillas, paramilitary groups and state forces -- left about 260,000 people dead. (afp)


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Cancer docs feel unprepared, but recommend marijuana anyway

SEATTLE — Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use. The results reflect how marijuana policy in some states has outpaced research, the study authors said. All 29 states with medical marijuana programs allow doctors to recommend it to cancer patients. But no rigorous studies in cancer patients exist. That leaves doctors to make assumptions from other research on similar prescription drugs, or in other types of patients. “The big takeaway is we need more research, plain and simple,” said Dr. Ilana Braun of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, who led the study published Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Patients want to know what their doctors think about using marijuana. In the new study, cancer doctors said their conversations about marijuana were almost always started by patients and their families, not by the doctors themselves. Overall, nearly eight in 10 cancer doctors reported having discussed marijuana with patients or their families, with 46 percent recommending it for pain and other cancer-related problems to at least one patient in the past year.

Among those who said they recommended marijuana, 56 percent said they did not have sufficient knowledge to do so. “They’re not as close-minded as you might think, and they also feel they have a lot to learn,” Braun said. The survey was conducted in a random sample of cancer doctors; researchers got completed surveys from 237 doctors, or 63 percent. Marijuana is considered an illegal drug by federal officials and federal restrictions have limited research. Last year, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded the lack of scientific information about marijuana poses a risk to public health. There’s evidence marijuana can treat chronic pain in adults and medications similar to marijuana can ease nausea from chemotherapy. In the study, 67 percent of cancer doctors said they view marijuana as a useful addition to standard pain therapies, with 75 percent saying it posed less risk of overdose than opioids. About half view marijuana as equal to, or more effective than, standard treatments for cancer-related nausea. Marijuana isn’t harmless. The National Academies report said pot smoking may be linked to higher chances of traffic accidents, chronic bronchitis from long-term use and schizophrenia and other causes of psychosis, especially in the most frequent users. (net)

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The “mother” marijuana plants are keep healthy inside the “Mother Room” at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill but cancer doctors admit they don’t know enough about its medical use.

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Tourism not benefited by dollar increases

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WHO urged all countries to get rid of trans fats in their food supply, with laws banning them if necessary.

WHO urges all countries to ban trans fats

THE World Health Organization (WHO) urged all countries to get rid of trans fats in their food supply, with laws banning them if necessary. The artery-clogging fats kill half a million people a year and they’re completely unnecessary, the WHO said. “Why should our children have such an unsafe ingredient in their foods?” asked WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Trans fats are used widely to make cookies, crackers, microwave popcorn and to fry fast food. They’re made by processing liquid oils to make them solid or semi-solid and to make them stay fresh longer than liquid fats. But the chemical process used to make them solid like butter also makes them clog arteries just as butter or lard does. “Diets high in trans fat increase heart disease risk by 21 percent and deaths by 28 percent,” WHO said. They’re also found naturally in some meats such as beef and mutton, as well as in dairy products. There’s not a good way to remove trans fats from natural foods, but food policy experts agree there’s no place for artificially made trans fats in human diets. Nutrition expert Dr. Marion nestle of New York University complained that WHO was not using plain language to tell people about trans fats. “I wish that dietary recommendations would refer to foods, not nutrients,” she wrote in her blog. “We don’t eat specific fatty acids,” Nestle added. “Trans fats appear in highly processed foods. Therefore, they are a euphemism for snack and other foods containing them.” The Food and Drug Administration has ruled that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS. As of next month, U.S. food manufacturers may not use trans fats in food products without FDA approval. Some cities, notably New York City, have also banned them. (net)

DENPASAR - The increase of dollar is no longer profitable for Bali tourism. Since 2016, the enactment of the Law on the Rupiah Use Obligation in the territory of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, the rupiah shows no signs of strengthening. Moreover, the exports designed to increase foreign exchange earnings are not significant, reaching 13.71 percent (yoy) in the first quarter of 2018 in Bali. Meanwhile, the imports denoting a subtracting factor of the GRDP from the expenditure side rose significantly by 180.36 percent (yoy). Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) of Bali, A.A. Ngurah Alit Wiraputra, said the import of Bali in the first quarter of 2018 increased with the commodities like essential oil and sweetener drinks. These materials belong to tourism need. Thus, the strengthening of the dollar makes the Bali’s economy corrected. As a result, the circles of entrepreneurs have to tighten their belts and start oriented to the business by order. “Since they can no longer produce goods and the goods do not sell, entrepreneurs finally wait and see,” he said. Judging from the side of benefits, the rise of dollar is very insignificant and even meaningless. It happens because all tourism business such as hotel, restaurant, tourist object et cetera apply rupiah currency. “The benefited side here is tourist that comes because now they travel in Bali is at cheap price,” he said. According to Alit, before the use of rupiah, Bali tourism remained to apply rupiah rate. “In the past, when the exchange rate of dollar went up, we were happy. We can make a big profit with the dollar increase but now it does not happen. The application of rupiah is not profitable for tourism,” he said. He requested that tourism sector can be allowed to re-use dollar rate. When there is fluctuation of the increase, it is very profitable for the tourism sector. “Tourism sector of Bali in particular hopes the rate of hotels can use the dollar,” he concluded. He hoped the use of dollars can be returned. As already proven, the government cannot control the fluctuation of rupiah against the dollar. When the dollar drops, tourism income will also decline. “As soon as the dollar drops, the price of the need to be supplied to hotels will also decline, but if the dollar rises, revenues will decrease, as the price of supplies will go up,” he said. In addition to the volatile exchange rate, 70 percent of the

hotel needs are supplied from overseas (import). Therefore, the increase in the dollar also makes tourism difficult. “Our exports do not so significantly increase so this does not help at all because 80 percent of Bali’s economy is sustained by tourism,” he said. One of the solutions is that the government should take a policy by encouraging exports, finding markets overseas, leading entrepreneurs to penetrate export markets, improving export quality, leading Balinese handicrafts to penetrate export markets, and furniture quality should be improved. “Garments should also be upgraded. Although said to increase, it is not significant because some go bankrupt,” he concluded. An analyst of the Bali Representative Office of Bank Indonesia (BI), Umran Usman, said that in accordance with the Law on Currency having been approved in 2016, the transactions in Indonesia must all make in the rupiah. According to him, the strengthening of dollar has no impact on Bali tourism because the advantage of tourism industry is not from the exchange rate changes, but from the services generated. “With the weakening of rupiah, the cost of traveling to Indonesia, including Bali, is cheaper than ever. Thus, it will boost the number of foreign tourists to visit Bali which in turn will increase the benefits of Bali tourism industry,” he said. Previously, the Governor of BI in its official release said that Bank Indonesia is preparing a step to face the development of exchange rates. The required stabilization measures are continuing measurably the intervention in the foreign exchange market, stabilizing the State Securities Market (SBN) and optimizing various instruments of foreign exchange monetary operation and rupiah, including opening Forex Swap to maintain the availability of rupiah liquidity and stabilize the interest rate on the money market to ensure that the rupiah exchange rate pressure is well managed. Bank Indonesia is also preparing a firm and consistent monetary policy measure. It should include the maintenance of the seven-day Reverse Repo Rate policy by giving priority to stabilization to ensure market confidence and national macroeconomic stability. Bank Indonesia believes that Indonesia will also successfully pass the current pressure well, showed by the economic condition that continues to grow sustainably and steadily. (kmb42)

Ngurah Rai Airport

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Ngurah Rai Airport and ITDC Nusa Dua intensify security

MANGUPURA — Following the bomb attacks at a number of locations in Surabaya, Ngurah Rai Airport has stepped up security and assured that that all of their CCTV camera are operating well.

When contacted on Monday (May 14), General Manager of the Ngurah Rai Airport, Yanus Suprayogi, explained that they have coordinated with various relevant parties including the police and the Air Force base assisted by the army with both uniformed and plain clothes officers on the ground. “We do not want anything negative happening in Bali”, he said accompanied by the Legal Section Head of the Ngurah Rai Airport, Arie Ahsanurrohim. Suprayogi also that currently a quick reaction unit from the air force, Ngurah Rai Airport police (KP3) and 100 intelligence officers have been deployed to secure the outer perimeter of the airport. The Bali Police are the bomb squad are also working together to prevent any unwanted actions from occurring. In addition to improving security and ensuring that CCTVs are all working, airport authorities are also

profiling visitors and prospective passengers and all vehicles entering the airport area may be randomly checked. “We are also improving security at around the perimeter of the airport”, he added. Meanwhile, although the handling of SCP1 and SCP 2 has been very strict, officers have been reminded to conduct inspections according to standard operating procedures (SOP) and with extraordinary accuracy. Apart form public area, security in the Cargo and Post Terminals is also been tightened so as to prevent any dangerous goods from entering the airport. The Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) area of Nusa Dua is also tightening security. Managing Director of The Nusa Dua area , Wayan Karioka, added that security at each entrance is also being tightened and people are being asked to report anything suspicious. They are also continuing to coordinate with the Bali Police fro further security measures. “We have upgraded our CCTV monitoring, increased the number of personnel on duty at every post, entrance and on patrol”, said Karioka. (kmb23)


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Foreign workers having no IMTA directly deported

DENPASAR - The Bali Manpower and Energy and Mineral Resources Agency noted a number of issues related to foreign workers (TKA) working on the Island of the Gods. The issues arising are still associated with the Permission of Hiring Foreign Workers (IMTA).

“Foreign workers working without IMTA have been immediately deported,” said the Head of Bali Manpower and Energy and Mineral Resources Agency, Ni Luh Made Wiratmi, in the hearing that discussed about foreign worker problems in Bali in the Bali Parliamentary House on Tuesday (May 15). Wiratmi added there are also foreign workers that work not in accordance with the position specified in the IMTA. For this problem, the foreign workers are given coaching so as not to be deported. Coaching is done in order they can work according to the position as specified in the IMTA document. Coaching is also conducted for foreign workers found to fill in the position as personnel management. “Foreign workers should not be placed in personnel management. Some are found occupying it, that’s why we have provide them with coaching in order not to do such work,” she explained. According to Wiratmi, the submission of the IMTA should also be done appropriately. If foreign workers are working across districts, for example, in Denpasar and Badung, the IMTA submission should be done at the Integrated Investment and Service Agency (DPMPTSP) of Bali. However, if they are only working in one district, for example, in Badung, the IMTA will be issued by the DPMPTSP Badung. “We also found many illegal IMTAs. After being checked in the field by the supervisor and team, in fact, the foreign workers do not exist and they have worked in other companies,” she added. Based on the data from the Bali Manpower and Energy and Mineral Resources Agency in 2014 there were 2,284 IMTAs issued by the Ministry of Manpower as well as the Bali Manpower Agency. In 2015 there were 2,469 foreign workers, and then reduced to 2,457 in 2016. Since 2017, the IMTA is no longer issued by the Manpower Agency but by the DPMPTSP. Head of the DPMPTSP Bali, Ida Bagus Made Parwata, said the IMTA issued by the DPMPTSP is just the extension.

The IMTA extension must still get recommendation from the Manpower and Energy and Mineral Resources Agency. In 2017, her agency issued the extension of 996 IMTAs. As of April 2018, there have been 284 IMTAs extensions issued. “IMTA is given to companies, not to foreigners. Besides, it also issued in the form of extension permit. The first permit is issued in the Ministry of Manpower,” he said. When interviewed separately, Chairman of the Commission IV of the Bali House of Representatives, I Nyoman Parta, further questioned the foreign workers that work in Bali illegally. All foreign workers in Bali can actually be disciplined if the immigration office wants to be serious and

firm because all guests (foreign tourists) that come to Bali by air are recorded by the immigration office. Moreover, visa and passport have now been online. “When they do not return, they (immigration office) will also know. The point is that in Indonesia or in Bali there is a misuse of visa from travel visa or student visa to be misused as tour guide in Bali or a worker in Bali. The immigration office should know best about this matter,” he said. Parta requested the immigration office to carry out its duties more maximally considering the immigration has already owned enough devices to detect foreign workers, and has the authority to conduct investigations. (kmb32)

Market opportunities opened, Kamasan painting to be marketed to Europe

Semarapura - Kamasan painting of Klungkung district still survives in the midst of globalization. Promotion of the art believed to have existed since the kingdom era will continue to be expanded, both at home and overseas. This was revealed during the visit of the Polish Ambassador and diplomats of Visegrad countries facilitated by the Assessment and Policy Development Agency (BPPK) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday afternoon (May 15). Head of the Center for Assessment and Policy Development Agency of the Ministry

of Foreign Affairs, Leonard F, Hutabarat, said the visit is meant to see the potential of the region, especially Kamasan village, which was built by the BNI 46. He hoped the arrival of the Polish Ambassador and diplomats of the Visegrad countries can open up job opportunities in terms of marketing. “The foreign ministry is trying to open this opportunity,” he said. So far, Indonesian handicraft products, such as wood carvings, are potentially marketed overseas such as in Western Europe and America. It will attempt to

expand by targeting other European countries. “They appreciate Indonesian culture especially the rare ones. We want them to work together to introduce the products in the form of exhibitions. If necessary, it goes to commercialization. The most important thing is that we introduce first,” he explained. In addition, this activity was also conducted by back to back with Policy Planning Consultation meeting between the BPPK of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and Polish Foreign Ministry taking place on the same

day. In addition, during the visit in Bali, the delegates will also attend an International Seminar with the theme “Indonesian Economic Diplomacy: The Potential of Increasing Economic Cooperation with Visegrad Member Countries” held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the National Education University (Undiknas), Denpasar. “The seminar will be held tomorrow (Wednesday—Ed). The economic and trade opportunities of the Visegrad countries are introduced,” he added. Ambassador of Poland, H.E.

Beata Stoczynska, who was present with Maciej Pisarski, Director of Foreign Policy Strategy of Poland, admitted to appreciate the Kamasan paintings. It cannot be separated from the attractive looks and very detailed scratches. Meanwhile, the owner of the gallery visited, Gede Wedasmara, hoped the visit can give a positive impact on the existence of Kamasan painting remaining a source of livelihood of many people. “We hope the art and culture in Kamasan can be promoted overseas. The response is also very remarkable,” he said. (kmb45)

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Marvel icon Stan Lee in $1 bn lawsuit against company he started LOS ANGELES - Comic books legend Stan Lee is suing the entertainment company he co-founded for damages topping $1 billion, accusing bosses of trying to steal his image, according to court documents filed Tuesday. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and published by several US entertainment media outlets, alleges that POW! Entertainment CEO Shane Duffy and co-founder Gill Champion failed to fully disclose to Lee details of the firm’s 2017 sale to Camsing International. The entertainment icon contends that they took advantage of him at a time when he was despondent over the death of his wife Joan and suffering from macular degeneration, a condition affecting the eyes. The 95-year-old co-creator of many superhero characters, including Black Panther and Spider-Man, alleges he was duped into signing a fraudulent agreement that gave POW! exclusive rights to his name, identity and likeness. According to the lawsuit, Lee was unable to read the document due to his eye condition, and he doesn’t remember anyone reading it to him, suggesting that his signa-

At 36 and with a successful self-made career behind her, few doubt that the television star and humanitarian activist is ready to join the cast of the monarchy. Markle made her name as savvy paralegal Rachel Zane in the US legal drama series “Suits”, but cultivated a high profile for herself outside the show too. She became a United Nations advocate for women’s empowerment and a global ambassador for the World Vision Canada relief agency. The Los Angeles-born star had more than two million followers on her now-closed Instagram account and ran a successful lifestyle blog, The Tig. Markle was also revealed as the anonymous blogger behind The Working Actress, which chronicled the struggles of hustling for parts in Hollywood. “She comes across as very poised, eloquent, thoughtful,” said royal writer Andrew Morton, who has penned a biography of Markle. “She’s very focused and someone who has been very ambitious and really wants to give back. Her great phrase is ‘make the change’,” he told AFP. “Meghan’s a smart girl. She knows exactly what she’s getting into.” (afp) In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018 Meghan Markle, the US fiancee of Britain’s Prince Harry, attends an Anzac Day dawn service at Hyde Park Corner in London on April 25, 2018.

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LONDON - Meghan Markle once struggled for roles but the US actress has now landed the biggest part of all as she prepares to marry Prince Harry on Saturday and become the newest face in Britain’s royal family.

ture may have been forged, copied or induced. “In addition, POW! took control of Lee’s personal social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, thereby impersonating Lee before a combined 15 million followers worldwide,” the complaint reads. There has been no response from POW! Entertainment to the lawsuit. But in April, the company issued a statement expressing concern for Lee amid reports that he was the victim of elder abuse. “We at POW! Entertainment take great pride in our continuing work to create exciting new Stan Lee content and characters as well as safeguarding the legacy of the greatest storyteller of our time,” the statement said. “We are also fans and share the heartfelt admiration and love of the community who have voiced their sincere concern for Stan’s wellbeing.” There were more negative headlines when it emerged last month that Lee was being sued by massage therapist Maria Carballo for sexual assault and battery. She accuses him of inappropriate touching and misconduct during two sessions last year in Chicago. (afp)

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Indonesian policemen examine a car used by attackers outside the police headquarter in Pekanbaru, Riau following attacks on May 16, 2018. Four men were shot and killed as they staged an attack on a police headquarters that left one officer dead and two wounded, Indonesian authorities said on May 16, days after a wave of deadly suicide bombings in another part of the country.

Indonesia hit by new terror attack after deadly suicide bombings

Four men who attacked an Indonesian police headquarters with samurai swords were shot dead Wednesday and one officer also died, authorities said, days after a wave of deadly suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group rocked the country. The assault in the city of Pekanbaru on Sumatra island saw a group ram their minivan into a gate at the station and then attack officers with the swords, police said. It was not clear if Wednesday’s incident was linked to other attacks this week, which saw two families -- who all belonged to the same religious study group -- stage suicide bombings at churches and a police station in Surabaya on Java island, Indonesia’s second biggest city. The attacks have put Indonesia on edge -- and sparked a string of travel advisories from foreign governments -- as the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country starts the holy fasting month of Ramadan from Thursday. Police said they shot dead four of the police station attackers and later arrested another who had fled. One officer was killed by

the speeding vehicle and two others were wounded in the incident, they added. Local media said one attacker may have had a bomb strapped to his body but police have not confirmed the reports. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack. The bloody violence is putting pressure on lawmakers to pass a stalled security law that would give police more power to take pre-emptive action against terror suspects. Indonesia -- which is set to host the Asian Games in just three months and an IMF-World Bank meeting in Bali in October -- has long struggled with Islamist mili-

tancy. Its worst-ever attack was the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people -- including locals and foreign tourists. - ‘Better organised’ Security forces have arrested hundreds of militants during a sustained crackdown since the Bali bombing, and most attacks in recent years have been low-level and targeted domestic security forces. But on Sunday, a family of six -- including girls aged nine and 12 -- staged suicide bombings at three churches during morning services in Surabaya, killing 13. All six bombers died, including the mother who was Indonesia’s

first known female suicide bomber. It was also the first time children had been used in such attacks. A memorial service was held Wednesday for Vincencius Hudojo, 11, and Nathanael Hudojo, 8, two brothers who died after the blast at the Santa Maria Catholic Church on Sunday in Surabaya. Their mother was injured. Services were also held for Martha Djumani, 54, who was killed in the bombing at a Pentecostal church, just a day after she had got engaged. “My sister was always caring towards other people and taught her children to be compassionate,” Daud Samari, Djumani’s younger brother, told reporters. On Monday members of another family blew themselves up at a police station in Surabaya, wounding 10. The church bombing family were in the same religious study group as the Surabaya police sta-

tion bombers and a third family believed to be linked to the wave of attacks, authorities said. “They had the same teacher and they regularly met for Koran recital every week,” said East Java police chief Machfud Arifin. The coordinated church attack was a sign local extremist groups were becoming more proficient, and stirs concerns about an uptick in extremism as hundreds of Indonesians who flocked to fight alongside Islamic State in the Middle East return home. 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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Headline : Indonesia Hit by New Terror Attack After Deadly Suicide Bombings

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