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Miss New York crowned 2014 Miss America Associated Press Writer

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — Nina Davuluri became the first contestant of Indian heritage and the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America pageant Sunday night. Davuluri, 24, won the title as the nationally televised pageant returned home to Atlantic City. She succeeds another Miss New York, Mallory Hagan, whose tenure was cut short when the pageant moved back to Atlantic City after a six-year stint in Las Vegas, where winners were chosen in January. Davuluri performed a classical Bollywood fusion

dance for her talent competition. After the traditional frolic in the Atlantic City surf Monday morning, she will head to the scene of a devastating boardwalk fire in the New Jersey communities of Seaside park and Seaside Heights on Monday afternoon. The pageant had pitted 53 contestants — one from each state, plus the District of

Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview competitions. “This is where we belong,” Sam Haskell, CEO of the Miss America Organization, told The Associated Press. “This is the home of Miss America, and this is where we’re going to stay.” Much attention had been given to Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, who is believed to be the first Miss America contestant to openly display tattoos. She has the Serenity Prayer on her rib cage and a military insignia on the back of a shoulder. While other contestants wore glamorous costumes and elaborately decorated footwear

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Miss New York Nina Davuluri, center, reacts after being named Miss America 2014 pageant as Miss California Crystal Lee, left, and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan celebrate with her, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J.

during Saturday night’s “show-us-yourshoes” parade on the Boardwalk, Vail wore camouflage gear and Army boots. In a Twitter message Sunday, Vail wrote: “Win or not tonight, I have accomplished what I set out to do. I have empowered women. I have opened eyes.” Vail made it to the Top 10 and won a nationwide voters’ choice award propelling her into the semi-finals. Another noteworthy contestant was Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones, who made it into the top 5 while wearing a bejeweled knee brace. She tore ligaments in her knee while rehearsing her baton twirling routine on Thursday. Sunday night, she performed the routine flawlessly. The pageant started in Atlantic City as a way to extend the summer tourism season for an extra weekend.

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Powerful typhoon lashes Japan; thousands evacuate

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Development project of the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, has not totally accomplished. Based on observation of Bali Post on Saturday (Sep 14), the project workers looked to do activities at some points, although the building worth IDR 2.8 trillion has been ritually inaugurated.

Development project of Ngurah Rai Airport speeded up

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Billboard names Pink woman of the year

MANGUPURA - Development project of the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, has not totally accomplished. Based on observation of Bali Post on Saturday (Sep 14), the project workers looked to do activities at some points, although the building worth IDR 2.8 trillion has been ritually inaugurated. PT Angkasa Pura I stated to have mobilized 4,000 workers to work on the project ahead of the APEC Summit next October.

Billboard has named Pink its woman of the year. Billboard announced Monday that the pop singer will receive the honor at its annual Women In Music event Dec. 10 in New York City. Pink’s sixth album, “The Truth About Love,” has sold 1.7 million albums since it was released last year. It launched three Top 10 hits, including the No. 1 jam “Just Give Me a Reason.” Past recipients of Billboard’s woman of the year award include Beyonce, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Pink is currently on her international “The Truth About Love Tour.”

“Construction of the airport development project has reached 92 percent of completion,” said the Airport Project Head, Yanus Suprayogi, amid the inauguration ritual of the airport. He said the project implementer would operate the international arrival terminal on the upcoming September 19. Meanwhile, the operation of the international departure terminal would be made later on September 29. “Originally

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the inauguration was scheduled on September 12, but it was then delayed to September 19,” he said. President Director of PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero), Tommy Soetomo, also recognized the development of the Ngurah Rai Airport was about to enter the final phase and ready to welcome to the implementation of the APEC Summit in October 2013. With the project requiring an investment of trillions of rupiahs, the airport managed by

the PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) would be able to accommodate 25 million passengers per year. It was the largest airport capacity in Indonesia today. “Physical work of the airport development project was started in May 2011 by involving more than 4,000 workers. With this development, the capacity of the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport will be ready to serve up to 25 million passengers per year,” he said. Capacity of the Ngurah Rai Airport after the expansion surpassed the capacity of the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, accommodating 22 million passengers per year. Ngurah Rai also had the capacity surpassing that of the Kualanamu Airport in Deli Serdang inaugurated not long ago. It had the capacity of 8.1 million passengers per year.

“Ngurah Rai Airport currently serves more than 14 million passengers per year, while the current capacity is only 7 million passengers per year. The growth in the airport passengers in 2012 compared to the year 2011 showed an increase of 15.5 percent per year,” he explained. The mega project by the Indonesian citizens despite spreading across the area of 285 hectares, it has a majestic and fairly large terminal size, and is equipped with advanced technology and cutting-edge airport facilities. It is the only the baggage handling system applying the Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) technology where passengers’ baggage was electronically and mechanically driven from the check-in counter to approaching the aircraft. The technology enables minimal physical contact of the officers, but it is much

more accurate, fast, effective and efficient. Through the development, many facilities also get the addition. For example, the check-in counter reached 96 units instead of only 62 units. Meanwhile, the passenger boarding bridge currently amounted to 24 units instead of 16 units. Aside from technological sophistication, the airport also adopts the richness of Balinese culture. Together with local government and related agencies, the Angkasa Pura established a design committee before starting the construction of the airport. The committee is reinforced by academicians from the University of Udayana, elements of practitioner, builder expert team of Balinese traditional building as well as customary leaders of villages around the airport.

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SEMARANG – Hotel NEO Candi Semarang was officially soft opened on September 4, 2013. The nonsmoking Hotel NEO Candi Semarang is Semarang’s only designers select service hotel with 105 guest rooms, 3 meeting rooms and a ballroom. Sitting in an ideal location on Jalan S. Parman at the very heart of Semarang, the new NEO lends itself as a base for business travelers and tourists alike, with a convenient address just 15 minutes from Semarang’s Tawang Train Station and 10 minutes to Lawang Sewu and Kota Lama Historical Building. Hotel facilities on offer raise the bar for budget hotels, boasting such comforts and conveniences as a “Noodles Now” Restaurant which focuses on freshly made authentic noodle dishes, ample onsite parking, a mini market and retail shops, as well as stylish meeting rooms intended for more intimate corporate affairs. IBP/Courtesy of Hotel Neo

Four motorcycles stolen Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Information obtained at the Denpasar Metro Police, Sunday (Sep 15), said there were four motorcycles of residents reported to police station after seven stolen motorcycles on the day before. By all means, such condition is very worrying. Although police have boosted some raids at a number of locations, the action of motorcycle theft seems unstoppable. The latest motor theft was reported by Nyoman Agustiawan, 21, where his motorcycle lost , on Saturday (Sep 14) at 07:30 a.m. Motorcycle of the victim was Honda Beat with license plate DK 6979 AR and known to have lost after parked at Jalan Tukad Bilok No. 24 Panjer, Denpasar. The culprit could easily take the victim’s motorcycle because the ignition key stayed to lodge. “His motorcycle was known to disappear after getting up and found no motorcycle at the location,” a police source said on Sunday. Meanwhile, on the day before, Friday (Sep 13), two victims reported similar cases. A unit of motorcycle vanished at 01:00 a.m. at a boarding house at Jalan Kebo Iwa Utara No.2 Denpasar. The victim was I Ketut Karya Weda, 44. Allegedly, the victim’s motorcycle was stolen by using a false key. “The vanished motorcycle of the victim is Yamaha Jupiter with license plate DK 7254 BQ. The victim was shocked to know when his motorcycle was not found at the parking lot,” said a source asking his name not to be mentioned on the paper. After the victim Karya Weda, another victim coming to police station was Muhamad Rifai, 23, suffering a similar fate. His blue Honda Supra Fit with license plate DK 6965 ID lost at his home on Jalan Pulau Maluku Gang IV No. 20 Denpasar. Next victim coming to police station was Salestinus Kasman, 36. His Yamaha Jupiter motorcycle with license plate DK 2261 IF disappeared while parked at his home at Jalan Supiori 26 Denpasar. Culprit stealing the motorcycle of victim allegedly stole by using fake key mode. Spokesperson of the Denpasar Metro Police, IB Sarjana, had not given information related to the motorcycle theft. (kmb21)

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Motorcycle theft cases in Denpasar on the rise

The motorcycle theft case within the jurisdiction of Denpasar is growing crazily. After seven motorcycles were stolen within the past two days, a similar action happened again. Four motorcycles could be burglarized by the culprits and were taken away. Unfortunately, none of the culprits could have been identified by police, let alone be arrested.

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The tourists are visiting Tirta Empul which is located in Gianyar Regency

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Tirta Empul attraction has no changing room for foreign travelers Gianyar (Bali Post)—

Tirta Empul Temple, aside from taken advantage as the venue of purificatory rite (melukat), also serves a spiritual tourist destination that is often visited by foreign travelers. Even, within the past few months many foreign travelers came to do purificatory rite at the bathing place. Even, when Bali Post made a visit early this month, approximately five foreigners were conducting the purificatory rite cramming with local residents. Unfortunately, the management of Tirta Empul tourist attraction had no special changing room for foreigners. As a result, they blended in with local residents in the same changing room. On Sunday (Sep 15), Chief of Manukaya Let customary village, Made Arnata Mawa, said that based on information from duty officer at the object, averagely 25 foreign travelers joined the purificatory rite every day. They came and did the purificatory rite accompanied by a tourist guide. So, foreign travelers could understand about the purpose of the purificatory

rite and finally got interested. Sometimes, a few travelers were not accompanied by tourist guide, so that they were provided with information by local guide prepared by the management before doing the purificatory rite. In response to the rapid growth of foreign tourist arrival doing the ritual, the management indeed planned to make a changing room for foreign travelers. All this time, there had been 600 lockers located in the east of wantilan hall. Unluckily, it had been not enough for local residents who came to do purificatory rite. Capacity of the locker room was no longer sufficient, so that it needed to be expanded. “As planned, a larger one will be built next to it on the land of 600 square meters,” he explained. In addition, the toilet availability at the object was considered to remain inadequate. At the moment, there are ten toilets scattered at different locations. In terms of necessity, it is required totally 30 medium and large standard toilets. (kmb16)

Repair of road to Tampaksiring Palace accelerated

Gianyar (Bali Post)—

Tampaksiring highway denoting the access to Tampaksiring Palace, repeatedly highlighted due to its damaged condition, seems to have been repaired within the past month. Such provincial road has been paved starting from Tarukan village northwards. Besides, the right and left side have also been hardened by road workers. On Sunday (Sep 15), the road repair project was seen to be accelerated. It was expected to complete prior to the implementation of the APEC Summit next October. It was seen from the paving activities carried out during the day. As consequence, it also caused slight traffic congestion on Jalan Raya Tampaksiring posing a tourist destination area.

Roadwork carried out this time looked slightly different from the ordinary repairs. When there would be a presidential visit to Tampaksiring, the repair was only in patchwork styles made to some potholes. Undeniably, this made the people’s representative from Sanding, Tampaksiring, Wayan Tagel Winarta, annoyed some time ago. Then, the repair was performed by using hot mixed asphalt in its entirety. The Head of Gianyar Public Works Agency, Ida Bagus Sudewa, when asked for his confirmation justified if the road improvement under the authority of the Bali Public Works was attempted to have been accomplished before the APEC Summit meeting. (kmb16)

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Soft Opening Hotel Neo Candi Semarang, seen in the picture from left to right Mr. Martheas Mulyawan, Hotel Manager NEO Candi Semarang, Mr. Norbert Vas, VP Sales & Marketing Archipelago International, Mr. Ir. Soepartono, Director PT. Lingga Jati Kemiko and Mr. Agus Setiawan, Contractor during the Press Conference.

Calendar Event for August 24 through September 28, 2013 24 Aug Purnama Sasih Kawulu & Tumpek Landep Pura Mutering Jagat Dalem Sidakarya Desa Adat Sidakarya Denpasar Pura Pasek Gelgel-Pedungan Denpasar Selatan Pura Agung Pasek Tangguntiti Kaler Tabanan Pura Agung Pasek Selemadeg Tabanan Pura Pasek Tangkas Kediri Tabanan Pura Kerta Banyuninng Barat Buleleng Pura Dalem Tenggaling -Sengguan Singapadu Pura Kawitan Wangbang Pinatih Peguyangan Singaraja Pura Bujangga Waisnawa Tegalcangkring Tabanan Pura Taman Desa Bubunan Seririt Buleleng Pura Penataran Pande Dalem Batur Jati Banjar Pandean Mengwi Pura Dalem Pingit Banjar Tarokaja Tegalalang Pura Dadia Pasek Gelgel-Gobleg Desa Selat Sukasada Buleleng Pura Ida Ratu Pande Besakih Pura Penataran Agung Pinatih Tulikup Banjar Menak Tulikup Gianyar Pura Penataran Pande Kusamba-Klungkung Pura Kumuda Saraswati Ubud Pamerajan Alit Ubud Pura Batur Arya “Warih Kepaon” Cengolo Sudimara Tabanan Pura Dalem Majapahit Banjar Denuma Kukuh Marga Tabanan Pura Dalem batur Bangli Pura Buana Kawan Besakih Pura Ida Ratu Pasek Besakih Pura Dalem Suci Desa Dukuh Sidemen Karangasem 25 Aug Hari Redite Umanis Ukir Sanggah Gede Dukuh Segening Tegal Tugu Gianyar

28 Aug Buda Wage Ukir Pura Pejenengan Kawitan Arya Tauman Banjar Jelantik Kuri Batu Desa Tojan Gelgel Klungkung Pura Pasar Agung Besakih (Alit) Besakih Pura Pasek bendesa Pasar Badung Legian Kuta Pura Gede Gunugn Agung D u k u h Munggu Badung Hyang Agung Pura Ibuwanasari Tegal Pura Puseh, Desa di Bebablang Bangli Pura Dalem Peruncak Badung Pura Pasek Bendesa Hyang Selat Kerobokan Badung Pura Kereban Langit Desa Sading Mengwi Badung Pemerajan Sareng Kangin Baleran Ubud 3 Sep Anggarkasih Kulantir Pura Penataran Tangkas Sukawati Pura Dalem Lagan Bebalang Bangli Pura Puseh Lembeng Ketewel Sukawati Pura Pasek Gelgel Penulisan Kerambitan Tabanan Pura Gaduh Sanding Pura Dalem Gandamayu Klungkung Pura Sang Hyang Tegal Banjar Tarokaja Tegalalang 4 Sep Tilem Sasih Karo Banjar Pasek Tangkas Pasekan Kaler Tabanan Pura Gaduh Benoh Ubung Denpasar 8 Sep Redite Keliwon Tulu Pura Dalem Alas Harum Banjar Tegal Kepuh Kediri Tabanan 9 Sep Soma Umanis Tulu Pura Puseh Bale Agung Ubung Kupang Penebel Tabanan Pura Kawitan Sakula Gotra Pasung Grigih Banjar Tegal Kepuh Kaba kaba

Kediri Tabanan Pura Paibon Tangkas Kori Agung Ceningan Kangin Lembongan Pura Batu Medeg Besakih Pura Penataran Agung Penatih banjar saba 11 Sep Buda Pon Tulu Pura Catur Buana Sanding Tampaksiring 12 Sep Wrespati Wage Tolu Pura Peninjoan Besakih 18 Sep Buda Kliwon Gumbreg Pura Pasek Gelgel kukuh Marga Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Dukuh Selemadeg Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Mambang Selemadeg Tabanan Pura Puseh, Desa Guwang Sukawati Pura Dalem Setra Batu Nanggul Desa Swana Nusa Penida Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Gelgel Ketewel 19 Sep Purnama Sasih Ketiga Pura Gunung Sari Lombok Pura Kawitan Arya Gajah Para Tianyar Kubu Karangasem Pura Pedharman Arya Telabah Besakih Pura Bukit Mentik Gunung Lebah Desa Batur kintamani Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Salahin Desa Suwat Gianyar 25 Sep Buda Paing Wariga Pura Pasek Gaduh Kayubihi Bangli 28 Sep Hari Tumpek Uduh Pura puseh, desa Desa Batuan Sukawati Pura Pasek Bendesa Desa Kekeran Mengwi Pura Manik Mas Besakih

Balinese Temple Ceremony Every Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.


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Bill would create California quake warning system Associated Press Writer

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DENPASAR - The Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) began preparing a strategy for the equality of Bali tourism. The promotion board inaugurated a few months ago would team up with a number of agencies to achieve the equitable distribution of tourism development on the Island of the Gods.

LOS ANGELES — California could join Japan, Mexico and other earthquake-prone countries that alert residents to the approach of powerful shaking under a bill awaiting approval from the governor. The state Legislature advanced the bill that would create a quake warning system during Thursday’s last hours of its session. Gov. Jerry Brown has until Oct. 13 to decide. The U.S. lags behind other nations in developing a public alert system, which provides several seconds of warning after a fault ruptures — enough time for trains to brake, utilities to shut off gas lines or people to dive under a table until the shaking stops. For the past several years, the U.S. Geological Survey and universities have tested a prototype that fires off messages to about two dozen groups in the state, mostly scientists and first responders. The biggest challenge is finding steady funding to support and maintain a statewide network. The bill does not address where funding to create the alert system would come from, but it can’t be built using general fund revenues. State emergency managers would have until 2016 to hash out the funding, estimated at $80 million for the first five years

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of operation. Seismic early warning systems are designed to detect the first shock waves from a large jolt, calculate the strength and alert people before the slower but damaging waves spread. The systems can’t predict quakes and are most useful during big events where it would be meaningful to warn people far away to expect strong shaking, scientists said. If the San Andreas Fault suddenly broke, people living close to the epicenter won’t receive any warning. But those living farther away would receive notice. During the 2011 Japanese disaster, millions of people received 5 to 40 seconds of warning depending on how far they were from the epicenter. The notices were sent to cellphones and broadcast over airwaves. “This is doable” in California, said USGS seismologist Doug Given, who heads the testing. So far, scientists have spent about $15 million since 2002 developing the test system.

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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2013, file photo, a computer-generated graphic that demonstrates an earthquake early warning system is displayed at a news conference at the California Institute of Technology Pasadena, Calif.

Wow, Voyager: Space probe leaves the solar system Associated Press Writer

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This artist rendering released by NASA shows NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft barreling through space. The space agency announced Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 that Voyager 1 has become the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space, or the space between stars, more than three decades after launching from Earth.

LOS ANGELES — Voyager 1 has crossed a new frontier, becoming the first spacecraft ever to leave the solar system, NASA said. Thirty-six years after it was launched from Earth on a tour of the outer planets, the plutonium-powered probe is more than 11 1/2 billion miles (18.51 billion kilometers) from the sun, cruising through interstellar space — the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, the space agency said Thursday. Voyager 1 actually made its exit more than a year ago, according to NASA. But it’s not as if there’s a dotted boundary line or a signpost out there, and it was not until recently that scientists with the space agency had enough evidence to say that the probe had finally plowed through the hot plasma bubble surrounding the planets and escaped the sun’s influence. While some scientists remain unconvinced, NASA celebrated with a news conference featuring the theme from “Star Trek.” “We got there,” said mission chief scientist Ed Stone of the California Institute of Technology, adding that the spacecraft was “setting sail in the cosmic seas between the stars.” While Voyager 1 may have left the solar system as most people understand it, it still has hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years to go before bidding adieu to the last icy bodies that make up our neighborhood. Voyager 1 will now study exotic particles and other phenomena in a never-before-explored part of the universe littered with ancient star explosions and radio the data back to Earth, where the Voyager team awaits the starship’s discoveries. The interstellar ambassador also carries a gold-plated disc containing multicultural greetings, songs and photos, just in case it bumps into an intelligent species.

The Tourism Policy Maker Council of the BPPD Bali, Ngurah Wijaya, said that as the first step his party would synergize the tourism activity with sports in cooperation with the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) of Bali. With the sport committee and regional government, his party would seize every sporting event in order to be held in Bali. “This event will be synergized with the tourism promotion program so that it is in line with the program of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. Surely, the implementation will be distributed so that the tourism growth is not only focused on Southern Bali,” revealed Ngurah Wijaya in Denpasar. According to him, all sporting activities packaged as tourism promotion would be organized in low season of tourist arrival. Such an attempt would be used to cover the lack of tourist arrivals in the season. “Our activities are focused on low season when a decline in tourist arrival occurs. Thus, each event organized is expected to cover the downturn coming about,” he said. Chairman of the BPPD Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, said his party had formed a sport division to focus on sportsmen as the target market. However, he asked that any sporting event held might not deviate from cultural tourism. “Bali Tourism must remain to be rooted in cultural tourism,” said the man familiarly called Tjok Ace. He said the BPPD Bali aimed the target markets that could be packed with cultural tourism. Sporting market share got special focus because the share could be processed and managed within the corridor of the culture. “Culture remains to be highlighted in the international competition. It must be made into synergy where it is even promoted and not marginalized in the international event,” said Made Eddy Putra, Chairman of the Sport Division at the BPPD Bali. He added when talking about the synergy of both sectors so that the content and context became two major elements. Content or the essence was cultural tourism, while the context or the situational event was sport as the packaging. “Suppose that it is an egg, the yolk is the content, while the albumen serves as the context. They both mutually give contribution or have its own role, but lay in different arrangement,” he said. (kmb27)

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At the end of the first day show, 4 of the contestant were invited to get flower necklace from an elephant, and to their surprise, Miss Portugal Elisabete Rodrigues was kissed by the elephant.

Miss World 2013 contestants Visit BSMP

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GIANYAR - Bali Safari & Marine Park (BSMP) as an integrated theme park with the mission of wildlife conservation, education, and cultural development hosted Miss World 2013 contestants with a series of activities that introduced the contestants to a number of Indonesian wildlife. According to Hans Manansang, General Manager of Bali Safari & Marine Park, the wildlife that being introduced especially the endangered species such as Komodo and Bali Mynah, Bali Safari’s conservation program, as well as Balinese cultural performance. Miss World contestants visited Bali Safari & Marine Park in two consecutive days, 12 and 13 of September 2013, with 65 contestants each day. As part of their activities of the contestants attended a number of workshop sessions guided by the Education Team of Bali Safari & Marine Park. They explained the characters and uniqueness of the 6 main spe-

cies: Bali Mynah (Curik Bali), Komodo, Orang Utan, Binturong, Java Leopard and Sumatran Elephant. Hans said the contestants also had the opportunity to witness the Elephant Educational Show that highlights the conflict between human and Sumatran Elephants. At the end of the first day show, 4 of the contestant were invited to get flower necklace from an elephant, and to their surprise, Miss Portugal Elisabete Rodrigues was kissed by the elephant. Miss World 2013 contestants were also invited to enjoy lunch at the Tsavo Lion, the restaurant that was designed in line with the whole concept of Bali Safari & Marine Park that deliver special interaction with the wildlife. Tsavo Lion Restaurant was built in the middle of the Safari Journey trail, precisely on the side of Lions’ exihibit thus allowing visitors to enjoy the national and international culinary wealth created by Chef Mahadi and a team of F&B professionals who have won numerous prestigious international

awards, with a direct view of a herd of Lions, Meerkats and Porcupines. The contestant’s visits were ended at Bali Theater, where they were captivated with Bali Agung, a spectacular show that involved over 150 dancers, that highlights the unique history, traditions, and social life of Bali. The Bali Agung show depicts the story of Jaya Pangus. The heroic and romantic tale is an integrated multimedia performance that combines shadow puppets, dance, drama, traditional music and orchestra, as well as the appearance of live animals. “Bali Safari & Marine Park welcomes Miss World contestants to get an up close and personal look on the uniquely Indonesian animal, to understand our conservation program, and hopefully promote this mission. We hope the visit from Miss World contestants who carry the spirit of “Beauty with Purpose” and try to make a difference, wildlife conservation can get a wider exposure and closer attention from people around the world,” Hans said. (kmb18)


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TOKYO - A powerful typhoon lashed Japan on Monday, leaving two dead and dumping torrential rains, damaging homes and flooding parts of the country’s popular tourist destination of Kyoto, where 260,000 people in the city center were ordered to evacuate to shelters.

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The farmer is cleaning his dried rice paddy

Crisis of irrigation water aggravates the destiny of farmers in Tabanan. Such condition is experienced by farmers at Subak Aseman III, Megati village, East Selemadeg. As a result of the drought, hectares of paddy plants faced harvests failure. Rice stalks dried out so that farmers had to cut them for fodder. The loss of water supply has occurred since 1.5 months ago whereas the paddy plants have started to bear fruit and been yellowing. Since there is no water, the paddy plants cannot grow normally. Even, the grains were turning empty. “When they bore fruits, the water supply already dried out. So, they could not grow normally

and farmers could not harvest,” complained Suparni, 40, one of the local farmers, Sunday (Sep 15). Originally, farmers had confidence if they could harvest so they grow rice. In reality, the rainfall did not last normally. Moreover, the water supply from the dam also turned sluggish. As a result, farmers could

only let their grain empty. Until approaching the harvest season, the grains remained empty. Ultimately, there were forced to cut them for fodder. “Rather than getting no harvest, we’d better clear them for fodder,” said the man having 4,000 square meters of rice field. The entire paddy plants could not grow normally due to water crisis. According to Suparni, the rice field facing harvest failure was in reasonable amount, more than 10 hectares. On average, the rice stalks turned yellow and wilted due to lacking of water. All this time, farmers relied on rainwater because the

water supply from the dam could not be relied upon. Other than farmers, the drought also hit the supply of clean water. This condition was experienced by residents at Belimbing village, Pupuan subdistrict. They were difficult to get clean water because the local springs at Mekori had dried up. Its water charge dropped drastically due to drought. In fact, the water crisis is a regular happening in dry season. Almost every year, the locals face the shortage of clean water. “During dry season, the water discharge at Mekori springs falls sharply. As a result, the water

supply is disrupted,” said the Division Head of Customer Service of Tabanan Municipality Waterworks (PDAM), Nyoman Astika Sapanca, Sunday. According to him, the water discharge at Mekori had dropped up to 3 liters per second. Such condition was estimated to continue before the coming of rainy season. As consequence, his party suspended the water supply to local subscribers. He said the loss of water discharge also started to be felt by urban customers. He appealed to people to collect water at night so that they would not get confused when the water supply was not normal. (kmb30)

Own marijuana, a Russian Police raid location of traveler charged for 6 years diesel fuel hoarding

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A Russian traveler, Anton Pudikov, 32, was sentenced to six years in prison with a fine of IDR 800,000 and subsidiary three months in prison by the Public Prosecutor Ida Ayu Ketut Sulasmi, Thursday (Sep 12). The defendant was proved to keep and possess first class narcotic belonging to marijuana plant in the form of wet leaves and seeds weighing 83.52 grams net. In the charges, the prosecutor declared that in accordance with the facts revealed in the trial, the act of the defendant Anton Pudikov met the elements of the charges as referred to the first paragraph of the article 111 (1) of Law No.35/2009 on narcotics. After considering the alleviating and incriminating aspects, the prosecutor asked the judge to sentence him to 6 years in prison deducted with the

detention period, a criminal fine of IDR 800 million and subsidiary penalty of 3-month imprisonment. Responding to the charges of the prosecutor, the defendant through his legal adviser Peter Loyani would deliver his defense or plea. Previously, the lineups of Bali Police raided Anton at his residence at the Asri Housing Jimbaran on Jalan Akuntansi, Gang Banteng No. 4, South Kuta, Badung County, on Saturday (Jan 19, 2013) around 4:30 p.m. Police found 17.16 grams net of wet leaves and seeds of marijuana in a glass plate on the table in the living room of the defendant’s residence as well as 66.36 grams net of wet leaves and seeds in a glass bottle behind the door leading to the backyard at his residence. Total evidence of wet marijuana secured amounted to 83.52 grams net. (kmb17)

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Water crisis, hectares of paddy plants at risk of harvest failure Tabanan (Bali Post)—

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Unit II of the Detective Criminal of Denpasar Metro Police could reveal the case on the allegation of subsidized fuel abuse, Thursday (Sep 12). A crime scene located around Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Denpasar, was raided and the officers found hundreds of liters of diesel fuel. Aside from confiscating the fuel, police also secured four culprits. They were still undergoing an intensive examination in the investigator’s room. Information compiled on Thursday told the raid was conducted around 3:00 p.m. Initially, police received a complaint if a hoarding of subsidized fuel occurred at the crime scene. Having been followed up, there was in fact diesel fuel kept in jerrycans

totally reaching 875 liters. “Allegedly, the fuel is not equipped with legal documents. Hence, the four people alleged to be the culprits were then secured,” said a source in the Denpasar Metro Police, Thursday. Hundreds of liters of diesel fuel and the four culprits were secured and taken to the Denpasar Metro Police for further investigation. Status of the four was still limited as the examinee, but it could be possibly raised to be a suspect because when raided they could not present the license. Unit Chief of Criminal Detective of the Denpasar Metro Police, Encep Syamsul Hayat when asked for his confirmation justified the raid. His party was still investigating further. “If they have a license, we will set them free or otherwise. Therefore, we still investigate the case,” he explained, Thursday. (kmb21)

Typhoon Man-yi, packing wind speeds of 162 kilometers per hour (100 mph) Monday evening, was centered over the city of Miyako, about 550 kilometers (350 miles) north of Tokyo. Trains in Tokyo and its vicinity were largely suspended and hundreds of flights were grounded. Dozens of people were injured. Police and disaster management officials said the body of a 72-year-old woman was dug out of the debris of her home, which was smashed by a mudslide the night before in Shiga prefecture, east of Kyoto. A 77-year-old woman was found dead in a mudslide in Fukui prefecture. The Meteorological Agency said the storm dumped an “unprecedented” amount of rainfall in Kyoto and two neighboring prefectures it passed overnight, dumping as much as 8 centimeters (3 inches) per hour. It lifted a “special warning” for the area Monday but urged residents to stay alert. In Kyoto, where the city’s major Katsura River flooded, some 260,000 people in the prefectural capital alone

were told to evacuate. Hundreds of thousands of others were also ordered to evacuate across Japan. NHK showed tourists in Kyoto being taken to safety on boats towed by rescue workers on a flooded riverside street. In the nearby town of Fukuchiyama, an aerial view showed a vast area of muddy water swallowing the town, with houses, fields or other structures half-submerged. The town’s entire population of more than 81,000 was ordered to evacuate. The government set up an emergency task force to assess damage and support rescue efforts, said Prime Minister’s Office official Hikariko Ono. Kyoto and Shiga prefecture asked the Defense Ministry to mobilize relief teams. Some 70 people were injured across the country since Sunday, public broadcaster NHK said, citing its own tally. A man was missing after he went to check fish traps in a river in Fukushima prefecture. More than 300 homes were flooded

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A man walks back from Enoshima beach as a typhoon approaches nearby in Fujisawa, near Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

across western and central Japan, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, and about 80,000 houses in the region were without electricity. As a preventive step, workers at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear

South Korea shoots dead man swimming to North South Korean troops have shot dead a man trying to swim across a border river into the North, officials say. Soldiers opened fire

after the man jumped into the Imjin river and ignored repeated warnings to stop. The North and South remain tech-

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South Korean business men wait to leave for South and North Korea’s joint Industrial Complex to conduct maintenance checks at their factories at Kaesong in North Korea.

nically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice and not a peace treaty. There are thousands of North Korean defectors living in South Korea, but few attempt to make the journey the other way. Instances of trying to cross the heavily-militarised border in broad daylight are extremely rare. The incident comes as South Korean workers returned to the Kaesong industrial park in North Korea, five months after work was halted amid high political tension. The man, who has not yet been identified, was spotted by guards near the western border in Paju, north of Seoul, at around 14:23 local time (05:53GMT). Soldiers fired off warning shots and told him to return to the South. When he disobeyed the order and jumped into the river, he was shot dead, military officials told Yonhap news agency. A military spokesman also told the Agence France-Presse news agency that the man’s body had been retrieved.

power plant, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo, were pumping away rainwater that was pooling around hundreds of storage tanks containing radioactive water. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the rainwater was

being released to the ocean and was believed to be untainted. TEPCO said it was pumping away the water to reduce the risk of flooding and potential tank leaks mixing with rainwater, then seeping into the soil or flowing into the sea.

13-yr-old Indian girl begins microbiology master’s

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LUCKNOW, India - In a country where many girls are still discouraged from going to school, Sushma Verma is having anything but a typical childhood. The 13-year-old girl from a poor family in north India has enrolled in a master’s degree in microbiology, after her father sold his land to pay for some of his daughter’s tuition in the hope of catapulting her into India’s growing middle class. Verma finished high school at 7 and earned an undergraduate degree at age 13 - milestones she said were possible only with the sacrifices and encouragement of her uneducated and impoverished parents. “They allowed me to do what I wanted to do,” Verma said in an interview Sunday, speaking her native language of Hindi. “I hope that other parents don’t impose their choices on their children.” Sushma lives a very modest life with her three younger siblings and her parents - eating, sleeping

and studying alongside them in a cramped single-room apartment in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. Their only income is her father’s daily wage of up to 200 rupees (less than $3.50) for laboring on construction sites. Their most precious possessions include a study table and a second-hand computer. It is not a great atmosphere for studying, she admitted. “There are a lot of dreams ... All of them cannot be fulfilled.” But having no television and little else at home has advantages, she said. “There is nothing to do but study.” Sushma begins her studies next week at Lucknow’s B. R. Ambedkar Central University, though her father is already ferrying her to and from campus each day on his bicycle so she can meet with teachers before classes begin. Her first choice was to become a doctor, but she cannot take the test to qualify for medical school until she is 18. “So I opted for the MSc and then I will do a doctorate,” she said.


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14 kilometers of beach in Jembrana eroded by abrasion

BUSINESS World Bank: China to meet 7.5% growth target

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NEGARA - Of the total 76 kilometer of coastline in Jembrana County, 14 kilometers are affected by coastal abrasion. The land that previously jutted into the sea has been eroded by sea water. As the data collected from the Jembrana Public Works, the abrasion can be found at least at 20 points. Of the affected areas, the most serious happens in Negara and Melaya subdistrict. Among others, they are on Cupel Beach, Perancak and Candikusuma.

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SHANGHAI - China is likely to achieve its growth target of 7.5 percent this year despite planned structural reforms to rebalance the world’s second largest economy, the World Bank president said Sunday. Jim Yong Kim is making a fourday visit focusing on issues relating to carbon emission reductions and China’s urbanisation push. “We think the growth (for China this year) will be at about 7.5 percent,” Kim told a press conference in Shanghai on the first day of his visit. “The data from August suggests that China will reach its goal of 7.5 percent.” Earlier this month the government announced a series of better-than-expected indicators for August, including strong exports and industrial output, that pointed to a pick-up in the domestic economy. China’s economy expanded 7.7 percent last year, its slowest growth since 1999. Growth eased to 7.5 percent in April-June, from 7.7 percent in the first quarter of this year and 7.9 percent in the final three months of 2012. Authorities have so far been reluctant to introduce large-scale stimulus measures. But they have pledged to push forward structural reforms to shift the economy from dependence on big-ticket investments and more towards consumer demand as the key growth engine. “The government is committed to financial-sector reforms and also fiscal policy reforms that we think will pave the way for meeting the long-term growth,” Kim told reporters in Shanghai. China is preparing an “experimental” free trade zone (FTZ) in its commercial hub Shanghai as it tries to promote economic reforms. Unfettered exchange of the yuan currency will be allowed within the proposed zone, according to a draft plan seen by AFP.

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 photo, job seekers check out companies offering more than 2,000 job opportunities at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The gap in employment rates between America’s highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press.

Jobs gap between US rich, poor widest in decade Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The gap in employment rates between America’s highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press. Rates of unemployment for the lowestincome families — those earning less than $20,000 (€15,000) — have topped 21 percent, nearly matching the rate for all workers during the 1930s Great Depression. U.S. households with income of more than $150,000 (€113,000) a year have an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, a level traditionally defined as full employment. At the same time, middle-income workers are increasingly pushed into lower-wage jobs. Many of them in turn are displacing lower-skilled, low-income workers, who become unemployed or are forced to work fewer hours, the analysis shows. “This was no ‘equal opportunity’ recession or an ‘equal opportunity’ recovery,” said Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University. The findings follow the government’s tepid jobs report this month that showed a steep decline in the share of Americans working or looking for work. On Sunday, President Barack Obama stressed the need to address widening inequality, warning that proposed budget cuts will worsen the gap.

“The folks in the middle and at the bottom haven’t seen wage or income growth,” Obama said on ABC’s “This Week.” While the link between income and joblessness may seem apparent, the data are the first to establish how this factor has contributed to the erosion of the middle class, a traditional strength of the U.S. economy. Based on employment-to-population ratios, which are seen as a reliable gauge of the labor market, the employment disparity between rich and poor households remains at the highest levels in more than a decade, the period for which comparable data are available. “It’s pretty frustrating,” says Annette Guerra, 33, of San Antonio, who has been looking for a full-time job since she finished nursing school more than a year ago. Last year the average length of unemployment for U.S. workers reached 39.5 weeks, the highest level since World War II. The duration of unemployment has since edged lower to 36.5 weeks based on data from January to July, still relatively high historically. Economists call this a “bumping down” or

“crowding out” in the labor market, a domino effect that pushes out lower-income workers, pushes median income downward and contributes to income inequality. Because many mid-skill jobs are being lost to globalization and automation, recent U.S. growth in lowwage jobs has not come fast enough to absorb displaced workers at the bottom. Low-wage workers are now older and better educated than ever, with especially large jumps in those with at least some college-level training. The figures are based on an analysis of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey by Sum and Northeastern University economist Ishwar Khatiwada. They are supplemented with material from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s David Autor, an economics professor known for his research on the disappearance of mid-skill positions, as well as John Schmitt, a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Washington think tank. Mark Rank, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, analyzed data on poverty. The overall rise in both the unemployment rate and low-wage jobs due to the recent recession accounts for the record number of people who were stuck in poverty in 2011: 46.2 million, or 15 percent of the population. When the Census Bureau releases new 2012 poverty figures on Tuesday, most experts believe the numbers will show only slight improvement, if any, due to the slow pace of the recovery.

Chairman of Commission C of the Jembrana House, Ida Bagus Susrama, told Bali Post that county government had no budget to handle the abrasion, chiefly for the making of levee. Since it required large amount of budget, the handling lay in the central and provincial government. Almost every year, according to him, Jembrana received the assistance for handling the abrasion. However, it could not cover the entire areas because the length of affected beach also increased each year. Originally, the assistance for levee started from the east coast (Pekutatan subdistrict). However, since the most serious impact of the abrasion occurred in the central and western region, the Commission C with relevant agencies provided information to the Ministry of Public Works to prioritize the areas severely hit by the coastal abrasion.

“Now, the most severe occurs at Candikusuma, Rening and Cupel. So, the next help will be focused on those regions,” he explained. The levee used for this year was different from previous years. Previously, the concrete levee at Cupel easily hollowed. So, it was then replaced with amour stone construction. It was indeed more expensive but considered more durable. The Water Resources Division Head in the Jembrana Public Works, I Wayan Darwin, said this year his party focused on the handling of abrasion on Candikusuma and Cupel Beach. At Cupel the area extended along 622 meters with the budget of IDR 15 billion and 242 meters at Candikusuma with the budget of IDR 6 billion. The construction used was armor stone, different from the previous one. Such material was assessed more durable from the onslaught of waves. (kmb26)

Indian artistes performed Ramayana IBP

DENPASAR - The artistes of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi, India magnificently performed the epic story of Ramayana in a dance-drama format on 15 September 2013 to the spell-bound audience at the capacity-filled Natya Mandala auditorium of Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Denpasar. The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, one of the premier cultural institutions of India, is focussed on preservation of India’s cultural heritage and promotion of performing arts ever since its inception in 1952. The Ram Lila (now known as Ram) performed by its artists over 2000 nights in India and abroad has been one of its major achievements. During a nearly two-hour long performance, the artists performed 17 different acts from the Ramayana epic, including the episode where the desire for the golden deer results in Sita getting out of Panchvati and the abduction of Sita by Ravana, which are often described in Kecak dance performances by the Balinese artistes. The spectacular performance engaged all from the start to finish and it was an outstanding team work carried out with great success. The entire cast performed with synchronization and energetically, with quick changes of costumes and scenes. The characters’ descending from the stage and walking through the audience created a sense of participation. The monkeys frolic and jump and moving in the audience created lot of fun and humour. Almost all scenes were absolutely spectacular and colourful, particularly the dance and song sequence with haunting music. The fusion of dance styles, the mesmerizing music score and the bright and beautiful

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Of the total 76 kilometer of coastline in Jembrana County, 14 kilometers are affected by coastal abrasion. The land that previously jutted into the sea has been eroded by sea water.

costumes and the flow – the continuity of storyline – were all captivating. The event opened with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Consul General of India together with the Rector of ISI Denpasar. Thereafter, Selat Segara dance was performed by the students of ISI Denpasar. The Consul General, during his address, spoke about the spheres touched by the Ramayana in Indonesia - in literature & the performing arts, in variety of Ramayana storey telling in the region ranging from the millennium-old sculptural masterpieces in the temples of Prambanan to the spectacular presentday enactment in open amphitheatre with the same temples illuminated in the background and to the poetic rendition of the late 9th century-old Javanese Ramayana Kakawin. During his address, the Consul General highlighted the great efforts made by Indonesia – in particular the islands of Java and Bali - in preserving and popularizing the Ramayana through performing arts, a variety of literary and oral forms, including the Ramayana Kakawin in old Javanese, Caritra Ramayana, Wayang Kulit, Wayang Wong, Sendratari, Kecak dance performances, paintings on cloth, wood and paper, etc. The Indian artists earlier visited Yogyakarta/Surabaya at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to participate in the International Ramayana Festival held there. They will also render a performance in Jakarta before proceeding to perform in Bangkok, Thailand. In Bali, besides ISI Denpasar, they will perform at Balai Budaya in Gianyar on 18 September 2013, which has been organized with the help of the Regency of Gianyar. They will conclude their visit to Bali with a performance at Puri Lukisan in Ubud on 19 September 2013.

Bali youth alliance rejects radical organizations

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DENPASAR - Several members of the Dvipa Bali Youth Alliance staged a protest outside Bali Police Headquarters here on Monday to denounce the presence of radical organizations in the country. “We strongly reject the presence of mass organizations (that have adopted a policy of) radical action against a series of international activities, including the hosting of the Miss World beauty pageant in Bali,” Dvipa Bali Youth Alliance coordinator Ida Bagus Purana Pidada said on Monday. Pidada called on the people of Bali to help ensure order and security since the Indonesian resort island is now under the international spotlight due to the issues surrounding the Miss World contest. Hardliners Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), and various other Islamic social organizations have protested against hosting the Miss World contest in Bali because they believe such events do not conform to the nation’s moral outlook and culture. However, the Bali Youth Alliance coordinator insisted that efforts to host such international events should not be shaken. “Do not hesitate to maintain order, and do not be influenced by the intervention of external parties (who wish) to interfere with international events being held in Bali,” Pidada stated. He added that hosting international events such as the Miss World contest, the APEC Summit, and the World Trade Ministerial Meeting in Bali would create a positive image of Indonesia in the eyes of the international community.


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Workers stand in front of the Costa Concordia ship lying on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Monday morning, Sept. 16, 2013.

Italy: OK to right shipwrecked Costa Concordia

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GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy - Authorities have given the final go-ahead for a daring attempt Monday to pull upright the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner from its side in the waters off Tuscany, a make-or-break engineering feat that has never before been tried in such conditions. The ship capsized there 20 months ago, and Italy’s national Civil Protection agency waited until sea and weather conditions were forecast for dawn Monday before giving the OK to try to right it. In a statement Sunday, the Civil Protection agency said the sea and wind conditions “fall within the range of operating feasibility.” The Concordia struck a reef near Giglio Island the night of Jan. 13, 2012, took on water through a 70-meter (230-foot) gash in its hull and capsized just outside the harbor. Thirty-two of the 4,200 passengers and crew members died. The bodies of two of the dead have never been recovered, and may lie beneath the wreckage. Never before have engineers tried to right such a huge ship so close to land. If the operation succeeds, the Concordia will be towed away and broken up for scrap. Salvage experts had originally hoped to right the 115,000-ton vessel last spring, but heavy storms hampered work. Crews have raced to get the Concordia upright before another winter season batters the ship against its rocky perch - damage that would increase the chance that it couldn’t be towed away in one piece. Salvage master Nick Sloane seemed optimistic in the final hours before the operation began, saying Sunday that testing of the machinery in recent days had actually lifted the 300-meter (985-foot) ship up about 10 centimeters (2.5 inches), or 0.15 degrees. There have been concerns that the rocks of the reef on which the Concordia is resting were so

embedded in the hull that the ship would resist being pulled off. “We know that ... she is lively enough to move,” Sloane told reporters. The operation to bring the ship vertical involves dozens of cranklike pulleys slowly rotating the ship upright at a rate of about 3 meters (yards) per hour, using chains that have been looped around its hull. Tanks filled with water on the exposed side of the vessel will also help rotate it upward, using gravity to pull the exposed side down. Once upright, those tanks - and an equal number that will be fixed on the opposite side - eventually will be filled with air, rather than water, to help float the ship up off the reef so it can be towed away. Last week, the head of Italy’s Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, said there was no “Plan B” if the rotation failed since there would be no other way to try again. But Sloane said he was confident the ship would withstand the stress of the rotation. The most critical time will be the first hour or so of the operation, since that’s when the ship will be detached from the reef. This weekend, tourists and locals waded and swam in pristine waters just beyond the harbor, with the hulking wreck an ugly backdrop and reminder of the harrowing night when a few thousand people straggled ashore. Since the Concordia came to rest on its side, visitors have come to gawk at the wreck, providing the tiny fishing island a year-round tourist season it never had before. Mayor Sergio Ortelli has asked for patience from the island’s 1,400

residents during Monday’s operation, which he expected would last about 10-12 hours. Ferries linking Giglio to mainland Tuscany stop running at dawn Monday, meaning teachers for Giglio’s two schools were arriving Sunday night for classes. Since the shipwreck, no major pollution has been found in the waters near the ship. But should the Concordia break apart during the rotation - a possibility authorities describe as remote - absorbent barriers have been set in place to catch any leaks. Fuel was siphoned out early in the salvage operation, but food and human waste are still trapped inside the partially submerged vessel and might leak out. As a precaution, Ortelli told islanders last week that water tanks on the island would be topped up in case the water supply becomes contaminated. Other inconveniences were expected. The island that lives off fishing and tourism sends its compacted garbage every Monday to the mainland by boat. That sanitation service will have to be re-scheduled when the port shuts down for the rotation operation, known in nautical parlance as “parbuckling.” One of the last ferries of the day Sunday brought a mix of tourists wanting to see the boat for what might be the last time on its side and many who had spent over a year preparing to bring it upright. They included Franco Ferraiuola, a crane operator who wouldn’t be working Monday - he has some time off - but was bringing his wife to the island to watch the dramatic attempt.

BAGHDAD - A wave of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq killed at least 58 people in mostly Shiite-majority cities on Sunday, another bloody reminder of the government’s failure to stem the surge of violence that is feeding sectarian tensions. Iraq is experiencing its deadliest bout of violence since 2008, raising fears the country is returning to a period of widespread killing such as that which pushed it to the brink of civil war following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. More than 4,000 people have been killed in attacks since the start of April, including 804 just in August, according to United Nations figures. Sunday’s deadliest attack was in the city of Hillah, 95 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad, where a car bomb near an outdoor market killed nine civilians and wounded 15 others, a police officer said. A few minutes later, another car bomb went off nearby, killing six civilians and wounding 14, he added. In the nearby town of Iskandariyah, 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the capital, another car bomb hit a parking lot, killing four civilians and wounding nine, police said. Another car bomb went off in an industrial area of the Shiite city of Karbala, killing five and wounding 25, a police officer said. Karbala is 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad. In the aftermath, security officials inspected burnt-out cars in front of what appeared to be a smashed row of workshops. In Kut, another Shiite-dominated city 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Baghdad, a car bomb targeted construction workers and food stalls, killing two and wounding 14, another provincial police officer said. Seven more civilians were killed and 31 others were wounded when four separate car bombs ripped through the towns of Suwayrah and Hafriyah outside Kut, police said. In Baghdad’s northern Sunni-dominated Azamiyah neighborhood, a car bomb that exploded near the convoy of the head of Baghdad’s provincial council killed three and wounded eight, police say. The council head escaped unharmed. Two other car bombs hit the southern cities of Basra and Nasiriyah, killing eight civilians and wounding 26, two police officers said. And two more civilians were killed when a bomb hit a police patrol in Baghdad’s Sunni western suburb of Abu Ghraib. Nine other people were wounded. To the northeast of Baghdad, gunmen broke into a farm in the village of Abu Sayda and killed three Sunni farmers, police said No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, which targeted commercial areas and parking lots in seven cities. But systematically organized waves of bombings are often used by al-Qaida’s local branch, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government. Sometimes insurgents launch multiple attacks for two or more days in a row. On Saturday, 27 people were killed in suicide attacks, bombings and shootings.

Development... From page 1 The principal building has a roof like an ocean wave. Undulating roof was chosen because it can accommodate a very wide expanse as well as the implementation of the eco-airport concept that maximizes natural lighting. Multi-storey parking building made in pyramid-style resembles the terraced rice field in Bali. The five-storied buildings with an area of 39,000 square meters will be able to accommodate the number of vehicles two times more than before. Besides, the local cultural treasures are also seen ranging from the architecture of split gates, gayor and tower of wooden split drum. The I Gusti Ngurah Rai statue that has become a landmark of Bali has been also relocated to the airport area in order to ensure the flow of traffic towards the airport. “Execution of this airport project is the most difficult because the implementation process takes place amid the ongoing operations with strict rules regarding the standards of safety and security. This condition makes the airport as the one with a high level of complexity in Indonesia,” he said. (kmb27)

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INDONESIA Miss World organiser attacks government for venue change

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JAKARTA - The billionaire media mogul who brought Miss World to Indonesia lashed out at the government Monday for bowing to Muslim hardline pressure by moving the entire beauty pageant to Bali. But Hary Tanoesoedibjo, head of MNC media group, the local organiser of the event, conceded the whole contest would now be held on the Hindu-majority island as there was no other option but to follow the authorities’ orders. Organisers originally planned to hold only the early rounds on Bali and later rounds and the final in and around the capital Jakarta, where there is considerable hardline influence. But days of Islamic radical protests across Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, prompted the government to order the whole three-week pageant take place on Bali. The authorities announced the decision on September 7 -- just a day before the competition got under way. MNC claimed last week it would be “impossible” to move the entire contest to Bali at such short notice and sought to lobby the gov-

ernment to change the decision. But Tanoesoedibjo said Monday the decision was now final and they would find a way to do it -- but he added he was “disappointed” at the move as it could further tarnish Indonesia’s reputation. “This will create the perception that we are not strong enough and that a decision can instantly be changed just because of some kind of pressure,” said the mogul, who has a fortune of $1.7 billion, according to Forbes. Authorities in Indonesia have changed or cancelled events in the past due to opposition from Islamic radicals -- most notably in the case of pop star Lady Gaga who called off a show in Jakarta last year following protests. Tanoesoedibjo said the final, on September 28, and preceeding rounds would be held around Nusa Dua, in south Bali, but gave no further details. The 47-year-old, whose empire

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Miss World pageant contestants leave Bali International Convention Center after a rehearsal in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. The billionaire media mogul who brought Miss World to Indonesia lashed out at the government Monday for bowing to Muslim hardline pressure by moving the entire beauty pageant to Bali. includes TV stations and newspapers, also said the government’s decision would cause “a significant loss” to MNC. Budi Rustanto, a member of

the organising committee, added that it had been a desperate rush to secure hotel bookings in Bali for thousands of contestants and guests at the last minute.

While the vast majority of Indonesians practise a moderate form of Islam, a vocal hardline fringe has become increasingly influential in recent years.

Thousands flee as volcano erupts on Indonesia’s Sumatra Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Thousands of villagers fled Sunday after a volcano erupted on Indonesia’s Sumatra island spewing rocks and red-hot ash onto surrounding villages, officials said. Mount Sinabung in Karo district, North Sumatra province, erupted violently before dawn. “More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from areas within a threekilometre (two-mile) radius of the volcano, and they are all safe,” Asren Nasution, the head of North Sumatra disaster agency, told AFP. AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara

A villager rides a cow cart as Mount Sinabung is seen in the background in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes after the volcano erupted Sunday.

Five halls normally used for traditional cultural ceremonies had been converted into shelters for those displaced. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, national disaster agency spokesman, said 3,710 people had so far been evacuated. Nugroho said it was second recent eruption of Sinabung. The volcano was dormant for nearly 100 years before erupting in August and September 2010, forcing about 12,000 people to flee. Indonesia has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the “Ring of Fire” between the Pacific and Indian oceans. Last month five people were killed and hundreds evacuated when a volcano on a tiny island in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted. The country’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions in 2010.


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BANGLI - It is situated at Kuning Hamlet in the south of Bangli, near Taman Bali Raja tourist object. This location can be reached by passing through a pathway along 500 meters surrounded by a verdant clove plantation on the right and left side. Here, visitors will perceive a cool and fresh air. The Kuning Waterfall itself is situated at an altitude of 25 meters from the surface of the water of Melangit River flowing southwards. Surrounding nature offers a very beautiful views and unspoiled atmosphere becoming the backdrop of waterfall. Tropical forest nearby still inhabited by thousands of

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grey monkeys makes this ecotourism object more challenging. From Denpasar, direct your vehicle to Bangli either by passing through Sukawati/ Gianyar road section or via Jalan Bypass Ida Bagus Mantra. When arriving at Taman Bali Village, approximately 3 km before the town of Bangli, you will see a T-junction. Take the right turn and follow the road until arriving at a junction near the NON MIN drinking water factory. Then, from the T-junction, turn right until the end of the road near the house of residents. From here, the journey should be resumed on foot along some 300 meters to reach the Kuning Waterfall.

Associated Press Writer BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbia reached the Davis Cup final Sunday after Janko Tipsarevic won the decisive singles match against Vasek Pospisil to clinch a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Canada. Tipsarevic beat Pospisil 7-6 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6) to send Serbia into the final against the Czech Republic, which beat Argentina at home. By winning the doubles on Saturday, Canada had moved within one victory of reaching its first Davis Cup final. But in the opening singles Sunday, top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Canada’s Milos Raonic 7-6 (1), 6-2, 6-2 to tie the series at 2-2. Canada had never made the semis before, while Serbia won the event in 2010. The final will be played in Serbia in November. Tipsarevic’s straight-set victory was more dramatic than the score suggested. The Serb served for the match while leading 5-3 in the third set, and then wasted four match points in the tiebreaker. He finally clinched the victory when Pospisil fell on the clay court while trying to reach a passing

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shouts with joy as he wins his Davis Cup semifinal tennis match against Milos Raonic of Canada, in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Lotus signs Ferrari chief aerodynamicist Lotus has moved to boost its technical department in the wake of recent departures by signing Ferrari’s chief aerodynamicist Nicolas Hennel. Amid of spate of personnel moves from Lotus to Ferrari - with James Allison, Kimi Raikkonen and Dirk de Beer all moving to Maranello - Lotus has convinced Hennel to move in the opposite direction. Hennel had been at Ferrari for just over a year, having had previous spells at McLaren and Renault. Lotus has not officially announced the signing of Hennel, but sources have told AUTOSPORT that he will start work there next month so as to be able to focus straightaway on the 2014 car. Hennel is not the only senior member of Ferrari technical staff set to move, with Felipe Massa’s race engineer Rob Smedley expected to join Williams for 2014.

shot, leaving his knee bloody. “This is fantastic win for me and my country,” Tipsarevic said. “It seems I can’t have a match without drama.” Pospisil said he thought he could turn the match around after forcing the third-set tiebreaker. “I believed I could do it, but obviously it didn’t happen,” said Pospisil, who broke in tears after the loss. He said he hurt his ankle in his fall as well. “At that moment, I was in a lot of pain,” he said. “Not only physically, but also psychologically.” Djokovic, coming off a fourset loss to Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open final on Monday, dimmed Canada’s chances with one of his trademark displays against the 11th-ranked Raonic. “This is like the (football) World Cup for us,” Djokovic said. “Winning the Cup in 2010 gave us players so much confidence.”

Matt Kenseth wins opening Chase race at Chicago Associated Press Writer

JOLIET, Illinois — Matt Kenseth restored order to a chaotic week for NASCAR with a steely victory over teammate Kyle Busch in the opening race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The top seed at the start of the Chase, Kenseth slid into Chicagoland Speedway under the radar as all the attention centered squarely on NASCAR’s investigation into the manipulation attempts of at least three teams to alter the outcome at Richmond the previous week. It led to severe sanctions against Michael Waltrip Racing, Martin Truex Jr. was replaced by Ryan Newman in the Chase field, and after NASCAR continued to review incidents long after cars began to practice for Sunday’s race, NASCAR chairman Brian France took the unprecedented step of expanding the field to 13 drivers to add Jeff Gordon. Then he held an ethics meeting for teams on the eve of the opening race to outline new “rules of the road,” demanding drivers give 100 percent going forward and banning any attempts to artificially affect the outcome of races as France sought to restore the integrity of NASCAR. A strong opener to the 10-race Chase would go a long way, but rain made for another bad day for NASCAR.

The start was delayed by mist for almost 90 minutes. Once the race began, it made it almost to the halfway point before the sky opened up again. In all, there were two stoppages totaling six hours, 30 minutes and Kenseth didn’t cross the finish line until early

Monday morning. It was worth the wait, though. He passed Busch on a restart with 27 laps remaining — in part because of a push from Kevin Harvick — then led Busch across the finish line for a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota.

AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, NASCAR Chase drivers celebrate making the Chase after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. . From left are Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth.


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Record Real spending faces first European test Reuters

MADRID - Real Madrid will get their first indication on Tuesday of whether unprecedented spending on players of more than 600 million euros over the past five years can secure the 10th European crown they have been chasing since 2002. World-record signing Gareth Bale, who alone cost 100 million euros ($133 million) when he joined from Tottenham Hotspur this month, is likely to line up with 94-million-euro man Cristiano Ronaldo when Real begin their Champions League campaign at Group B rivals Galatasaray. Wales winger Bale scored on debut in Saturday’s 2-2 La Liga draw at Villarreal, while Portugal forward Ronaldo netted his 203rd goal in as many official matches for the Spanish giants. Real, the world’s richest club by income, have splurged 611 million euros on players in the last five years, according to the latest Prime Time Sport Football Transfer Review. Their outlay is almost three times as much as European and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, who have spent 227 million, and only English Premier League side Manchester City come close with an outlay of 549 million. Real were boosted by the news on Sunday that Ronaldo had agreed a contract extension until the end of the 2017-18 season and club president Florentino Perez said the deal was in line with the club’s long-term policy of fielding the world’s best players. “(Former president) Santiago Bernabeu showed us that this team should always count on the best,” the construction magnate told reporters. “This is one of the main facets of our identity and with Cristiano we have the best,” he added. “Those of us lucky enough to have seen Alfredo Di Stefano play always say that in Cristiano we have the continuation of such unique giants of the game capable of making history.” QUESTION MARK

Real, whose draw at Villarreal was their first setback in four La Liga matches this term, travel to Istanbul with a question mark over coach Carlo Ancelotti’s policy of ro-

tating goalkeepers Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez. Spain captain Casillas lost his place in the starting lineup last season after falling out with Ancelotti’s predecessor Jose Mourinho and the Italian has decided that Lopez will play in La Liga and Casillas in the Champions League. The situation has prompted speculation that Casillas, a fixture for club and country for more than a decade and a hero to Real fans, could leave in the next transfer window in January. “The decision is taken,” Ancelotti said after the Villarreal game. “Iker and Diego know it and there is no problem.” Galatasaray’s disappointing start to the domestic season continued on Friday when they drew 1-1 at home to Antalyaspor, a third successive stalemate. Speaking after the game, coach Fatih Terim was critical of the team’s failure to put away their chances but confident about the upcoming match. “We don’t like losing points but the Real Madrid match will be different,” said Terim, a former Turkey and AC Milan coach. AP Photo/Alberto Saiz Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal celebrates after scoring against Villarreal during their La Liga soccer match at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

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Monaco beats Lorient 1-0 to move top of Ligue 1 Associated Press Writer

PARIS — Newly-promoted Monaco beat Lorient 1-0 in the French league on Sunday to return to the top of the table. Radamel Falcao won and converted a penalty in the sixth minute for his fourth goal of the season. The Colombia striker had been tripped by Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard. Falcao was signed from Atletico Madrid in an offseason deal worth an estimated 60 million euros ($79 million). Lorient offered little in attack all match. Sadio Diallo thought he had equalized in the 26th minute, but his effort was ruled out for offside. Monaco moved back to top spot, a point ahead of SaintEtienne. It has won four of its opening five matches. The principality club and defending champion Paris Saint-Germain — which is two points behind Monaco — are the only unbeaten sides in Ligue 1. The two sides meet in a mouthwatering clash next Sunday. “I was a bit angry at the end of the match because it was a comfortable match and then we made it difficult for ourselves at the end,” Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri said. “We were leading 1-0, it was very important for us to keep the ball. But we were very tired, the players travelled all around the world with their national teams. It was very difficult. “Nevertheless, there is a week to recover. I hope it will be another Monaco against PSG next Sunday. But I’m still happy as when you win this type of match, when it’s difficult, it’s a good sign.”

BUENOS AIRES — Boca Juniors moved to within two points of the lead in Argentina’s first division with a 2-0 win over Racing on Sunday in the seventh round of matches of Torneo Inicial. Newell’s Old Boys lead the standings after defeating Olimpo 2-1 on Saturday, with previous leaders Argentinos Juniors losing 4-0 to Lanus on Friday. Also Sunday, Arsenal and River Plate drew 1-1, Tigre won 2-0 against Rosario and Rafaela defeated Estudiantes 1-0. On Saturday, All Boys won 4-0 against

Quilmes and San Lorenzo drew 0-0 with Godoy Cruz. Belgrano defeated Velez 3-0 on Friday, while Gimnasia plays Colon in the last match of the round Monday. Juan Sanchez Mino opened the scoring for Boca Juniors in the 16th minute and Emmanuel Gigliotti sealed the win in the 68th. Newell’s came from behind to beat Olimpo as former France international David Trezeguet equalized in the 52nd with a tap in and Maxi Rodriguez netting from the penalty spot for the winner. Damian Musto opened for Olimpo in the 36th minute.

AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi

Fiorentina’s Mario Gomez fights for the ball during the Europa League, return leg, play-off soccer match between Fiorentina and Grasshoppers, at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.

Fiorentina concede late equaliser, Gomez injured

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Fiorentina conceded a late goal, had David Pizarro sent off and lost their 100 percent Serie A record in a 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari on Sunday, with an injury to Mario Gomez compounding their frustration. Germany forward Gomez suffered a partial tear to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee after colliding with Cagliari goalkeeper Michael Agazzi as he shot wide of the goal from six metres. Antonio Di Natale celebrated his 300th Serie A appearance for Udinese by scoring a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to Bologna and Lazio efficiently swept aside Chievo 3-0 with three first-half

goals. Genoa outclassed neighbours Sampdoria to win their derby 3-0 and pick up their first points of the season. Luca Antonini’s ninth-minute opener was followed by secondhalf goals from Emanuele Calaio and Francesco Lodi, who curled in an exquisite free kick which prompted coach Fabio Liverani to run on to the pitch and join the celebrations. Fiorentina, who dominated most of their match but struggled to find a way past a well-organised Cagliari defence, finally broke through in the 71st minute when Borja Valero headed in Giuseppe Rossi’s cross from close range. The Sardinians, however, had

looked dangerous throughout the second half and equalised in the 89th minute when Chilean forward Mauricio Pinilla, a secondhalf substitute, headed in Victor Ibarbo’s cross from the right. Fiorentina had a penalty appeal turned down in stoppage time when Rossi went down under a challenge and Pizarro, who had been on the pitch for 20 minutes, was shown a second yellow card for dissent. “I can accept technical mistakes but I don’t accept it when referees fail to judge the players’ behaviour in a uniform manner,” said Fiorentina coach Vicenzo Montella. “Other players were saying much worse things and that’s what I told the referee at the end.

Abidal says Dani Alves offered him part of liver

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Monaco’s Falcao of Colombia reacts after scoring the first goal against Lorient, during their French League One soccer match, in Monaco stadium, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.

BARCELONA, Spain — Eric Abidal said on Sunday that former Barcelona teammate Dani Alves had offered him part of his liver when he needed a transplant last year. Abidal told Catalunya Radio that Dani Alves, who now wears Abidal’s old number 22, “wanted to give me his liver, but it couldn’t be” because it would have hurt the Brazil right back’s ability to play. The France defender’s cousin ended up donating him part of his liver. “The story with Dani goes beyond the jersey,” Abidal said. “He knows it. Me too. We are friends and we talk about everything. He wanted to support me. And besides, he’s a very good person. He was my neighbor and his ex-wife and my wife are friends.” The 34-year-old Abidal had a liver transplant

in 2012, keeping him away from football for one year. He returned to make a few appearances for Barcelona before leaving to join Monaco in the offseason. Abidal also says his statement to the French press that he was upset with his treatment by Barcelona when it decided not to renew his contract this summer was a “misunderstanding.” Abidal had told sports daily L’Equipe that Barcelona had not paid his salary while he was ill. Barcelona denied that in a statement. “I have no problem with Barcelona,” Abidal said on Sunday. “Everything was agreed to, and what Barca said was true and what I said was also true. There isn’t any problem. Not with (president) Sandro Rosell, not with (sports director Andoni) Zubizarreta, not with (former coach Tito) Vilanova, not with the fans. Everything is fine. I will return to Barcelona with the same joy I have always had.”


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Record Real spending faces first European test Reuters

MADRID - Real Madrid will get their first indication on Tuesday of whether unprecedented spending on players of more than 600 million euros over the past five years can secure the 10th European crown they have been chasing since 2002. World-record signing Gareth Bale, who alone cost 100 million euros ($133 million) when he joined from Tottenham Hotspur this month, is likely to line up with 94-million-euro man Cristiano Ronaldo when Real begin their Champions League campaign at Group B rivals Galatasaray. Wales winger Bale scored on debut in Saturday’s 2-2 La Liga draw at Villarreal, while Portugal forward Ronaldo netted his 203rd goal in as many official matches for the Spanish giants. Real, the world’s richest club by income, have splurged 611 million euros on players in the last five years, according to the latest Prime Time Sport Football Transfer Review. Their outlay is almost three times as much as European and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, who have spent 227 million, and only English Premier League side Manchester City come close with an outlay of 549 million. Real were boosted by the news on Sunday that Ronaldo had agreed a contract extension until the end of the 2017-18 season and club president Florentino Perez said the deal was in line with the club’s long-term policy of fielding the world’s best players. “(Former president) Santiago Bernabeu showed us that this team should always count on the best,” the construction magnate told reporters. “This is one of the main facets of our identity and with Cristiano we have the best,” he added. “Those of us lucky enough to have seen Alfredo Di Stefano play always say that in Cristiano we have the continuation of such unique giants of the game capable of making history.” QUESTION MARK

Real, whose draw at Villarreal was their first setback in four La Liga matches this term, travel to Istanbul with a question mark over coach Carlo Ancelotti’s policy of ro-

tating goalkeepers Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez. Spain captain Casillas lost his place in the starting lineup last season after falling out with Ancelotti’s predecessor Jose Mourinho and the Italian has decided that Lopez will play in La Liga and Casillas in the Champions League. The situation has prompted speculation that Casillas, a fixture for club and country for more than a decade and a hero to Real fans, could leave in the next transfer window in January. “The decision is taken,” Ancelotti said after the Villarreal game. “Iker and Diego know it and there is no problem.” Galatasaray’s disappointing start to the domestic season continued on Friday when they drew 1-1 at home to Antalyaspor, a third successive stalemate. Speaking after the game, coach Fatih Terim was critical of the team’s failure to put away their chances but confident about the upcoming match. “We don’t like losing points but the Real Madrid match will be different,” said Terim, a former Turkey and AC Milan coach. AP Photo/Alberto Saiz Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal celebrates after scoring against Villarreal during their La Liga soccer match at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

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Monaco beats Lorient 1-0 to move top of Ligue 1 Associated Press Writer

PARIS — Newly-promoted Monaco beat Lorient 1-0 in the French league on Sunday to return to the top of the table. Radamel Falcao won and converted a penalty in the sixth minute for his fourth goal of the season. The Colombia striker had been tripped by Lorient goalkeeper Fabien Audard. Falcao was signed from Atletico Madrid in an offseason deal worth an estimated 60 million euros ($79 million). Lorient offered little in attack all match. Sadio Diallo thought he had equalized in the 26th minute, but his effort was ruled out for offside. Monaco moved back to top spot, a point ahead of SaintEtienne. It has won four of its opening five matches. The principality club and defending champion Paris Saint-Germain — which is two points behind Monaco — are the only unbeaten sides in Ligue 1. The two sides meet in a mouthwatering clash next Sunday. “I was a bit angry at the end of the match because it was a comfortable match and then we made it difficult for ourselves at the end,” Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri said. “We were leading 1-0, it was very important for us to keep the ball. But we were very tired, the players travelled all around the world with their national teams. It was very difficult. “Nevertheless, there is a week to recover. I hope it will be another Monaco against PSG next Sunday. But I’m still happy as when you win this type of match, when it’s difficult, it’s a good sign.”

BUENOS AIRES — Boca Juniors moved to within two points of the lead in Argentina’s first division with a 2-0 win over Racing on Sunday in the seventh round of matches of Torneo Inicial. Newell’s Old Boys lead the standings after defeating Olimpo 2-1 on Saturday, with previous leaders Argentinos Juniors losing 4-0 to Lanus on Friday. Also Sunday, Arsenal and River Plate drew 1-1, Tigre won 2-0 against Rosario and Rafaela defeated Estudiantes 1-0. On Saturday, All Boys won 4-0 against

Quilmes and San Lorenzo drew 0-0 with Godoy Cruz. Belgrano defeated Velez 3-0 on Friday, while Gimnasia plays Colon in the last match of the round Monday. Juan Sanchez Mino opened the scoring for Boca Juniors in the 16th minute and Emmanuel Gigliotti sealed the win in the 68th. Newell’s came from behind to beat Olimpo as former France international David Trezeguet equalized in the 52nd with a tap in and Maxi Rodriguez netting from the penalty spot for the winner. Damian Musto opened for Olimpo in the 36th minute.

AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi

Fiorentina’s Mario Gomez fights for the ball during the Europa League, return leg, play-off soccer match between Fiorentina and Grasshoppers, at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.

Fiorentina concede late equaliser, Gomez injured

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Fiorentina conceded a late goal, had David Pizarro sent off and lost their 100 percent Serie A record in a 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari on Sunday, with an injury to Mario Gomez compounding their frustration. Germany forward Gomez suffered a partial tear to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee after colliding with Cagliari goalkeeper Michael Agazzi as he shot wide of the goal from six metres. Antonio Di Natale celebrated his 300th Serie A appearance for Udinese by scoring a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to Bologna and Lazio efficiently swept aside Chievo 3-0 with three first-half

goals. Genoa outclassed neighbours Sampdoria to win their derby 3-0 and pick up their first points of the season. Luca Antonini’s ninth-minute opener was followed by secondhalf goals from Emanuele Calaio and Francesco Lodi, who curled in an exquisite free kick which prompted coach Fabio Liverani to run on to the pitch and join the celebrations. Fiorentina, who dominated most of their match but struggled to find a way past a well-organised Cagliari defence, finally broke through in the 71st minute when Borja Valero headed in Giuseppe Rossi’s cross from close range. The Sardinians, however, had

looked dangerous throughout the second half and equalised in the 89th minute when Chilean forward Mauricio Pinilla, a secondhalf substitute, headed in Victor Ibarbo’s cross from the right. Fiorentina had a penalty appeal turned down in stoppage time when Rossi went down under a challenge and Pizarro, who had been on the pitch for 20 minutes, was shown a second yellow card for dissent. “I can accept technical mistakes but I don’t accept it when referees fail to judge the players’ behaviour in a uniform manner,” said Fiorentina coach Vicenzo Montella. “Other players were saying much worse things and that’s what I told the referee at the end.

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Monaco’s Falcao of Colombia reacts after scoring the first goal against Lorient, during their French League One soccer match, in Monaco stadium, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.

BARCELONA, Spain — Eric Abidal said on Sunday that former Barcelona teammate Dani Alves had offered him part of his liver when he needed a transplant last year. Abidal told Catalunya Radio that Dani Alves, who now wears Abidal’s old number 22, “wanted to give me his liver, but it couldn’t be” because it would have hurt the Brazil right back’s ability to play. The France defender’s cousin ended up donating him part of his liver. “The story with Dani goes beyond the jersey,” Abidal said. “He knows it. Me too. We are friends and we talk about everything. He wanted to support me. And besides, he’s a very good person. He was my neighbor and his ex-wife and my wife are friends.” The 34-year-old Abidal had a liver transplant

in 2012, keeping him away from football for one year. He returned to make a few appearances for Barcelona before leaving to join Monaco in the offseason. Abidal also says his statement to the French press that he was upset with his treatment by Barcelona when it decided not to renew his contract this summer was a “misunderstanding.” Abidal had told sports daily L’Equipe that Barcelona had not paid his salary while he was ill. Barcelona denied that in a statement. “I have no problem with Barcelona,” Abidal said on Sunday. “Everything was agreed to, and what Barca said was true and what I said was also true. There isn’t any problem. Not with (president) Sandro Rosell, not with (sports director Andoni) Zubizarreta, not with (former coach Tito) Vilanova, not with the fans. Everything is fine. I will return to Barcelona with the same joy I have always had.”


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Kuning Waterfall IBP

BANGLI - It is situated at Kuning Hamlet in the south of Bangli, near Taman Bali Raja tourist object. This location can be reached by passing through a pathway along 500 meters surrounded by a verdant clove plantation on the right and left side. Here, visitors will perceive a cool and fresh air. The Kuning Waterfall itself is situated at an altitude of 25 meters from the surface of the water of Melangit River flowing southwards. Surrounding nature offers a very beautiful views and unspoiled atmosphere becoming the backdrop of waterfall. Tropical forest nearby still inhabited by thousands of

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grey monkeys makes this ecotourism object more challenging. From Denpasar, direct your vehicle to Bangli either by passing through Sukawati/ Gianyar road section or via Jalan Bypass Ida Bagus Mantra. When arriving at Taman Bali Village, approximately 3 km before the town of Bangli, you will see a T-junction. Take the right turn and follow the road until arriving at a junction near the NON MIN drinking water factory. Then, from the T-junction, turn right until the end of the road near the house of residents. From here, the journey should be resumed on foot along some 300 meters to reach the Kuning Waterfall.

Associated Press Writer BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbia reached the Davis Cup final Sunday after Janko Tipsarevic won the decisive singles match against Vasek Pospisil to clinch a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Canada. Tipsarevic beat Pospisil 7-6 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6) to send Serbia into the final against the Czech Republic, which beat Argentina at home. By winning the doubles on Saturday, Canada had moved within one victory of reaching its first Davis Cup final. But in the opening singles Sunday, top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Canada’s Milos Raonic 7-6 (1), 6-2, 6-2 to tie the series at 2-2. Canada had never made the semis before, while Serbia won the event in 2010. The final will be played in Serbia in November. Tipsarevic’s straight-set victory was more dramatic than the score suggested. The Serb served for the match while leading 5-3 in the third set, and then wasted four match points in the tiebreaker. He finally clinched the victory when Pospisil fell on the clay court while trying to reach a passing

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shouts with joy as he wins his Davis Cup semifinal tennis match against Milos Raonic of Canada, in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Lotus signs Ferrari chief aerodynamicist Lotus has moved to boost its technical department in the wake of recent departures by signing Ferrari’s chief aerodynamicist Nicolas Hennel. Amid of spate of personnel moves from Lotus to Ferrari - with James Allison, Kimi Raikkonen and Dirk de Beer all moving to Maranello - Lotus has convinced Hennel to move in the opposite direction. Hennel had been at Ferrari for just over a year, having had previous spells at McLaren and Renault. Lotus has not officially announced the signing of Hennel, but sources have told AUTOSPORT that he will start work there next month so as to be able to focus straightaway on the 2014 car. Hennel is not the only senior member of Ferrari technical staff set to move, with Felipe Massa’s race engineer Rob Smedley expected to join Williams for 2014.

shot, leaving his knee bloody. “This is fantastic win for me and my country,” Tipsarevic said. “It seems I can’t have a match without drama.” Pospisil said he thought he could turn the match around after forcing the third-set tiebreaker. “I believed I could do it, but obviously it didn’t happen,” said Pospisil, who broke in tears after the loss. He said he hurt his ankle in his fall as well. “At that moment, I was in a lot of pain,” he said. “Not only physically, but also psychologically.” Djokovic, coming off a fourset loss to Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open final on Monday, dimmed Canada’s chances with one of his trademark displays against the 11th-ranked Raonic. “This is like the (football) World Cup for us,” Djokovic said. “Winning the Cup in 2010 gave us players so much confidence.”

Matt Kenseth wins opening Chase race at Chicago Associated Press Writer

JOLIET, Illinois — Matt Kenseth restored order to a chaotic week for NASCAR with a steely victory over teammate Kyle Busch in the opening race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The top seed at the start of the Chase, Kenseth slid into Chicagoland Speedway under the radar as all the attention centered squarely on NASCAR’s investigation into the manipulation attempts of at least three teams to alter the outcome at Richmond the previous week. It led to severe sanctions against Michael Waltrip Racing, Martin Truex Jr. was replaced by Ryan Newman in the Chase field, and after NASCAR continued to review incidents long after cars began to practice for Sunday’s race, NASCAR chairman Brian France took the unprecedented step of expanding the field to 13 drivers to add Jeff Gordon. Then he held an ethics meeting for teams on the eve of the opening race to outline new “rules of the road,” demanding drivers give 100 percent going forward and banning any attempts to artificially affect the outcome of races as France sought to restore the integrity of NASCAR. A strong opener to the 10-race Chase would go a long way, but rain made for another bad day for NASCAR.

The start was delayed by mist for almost 90 minutes. Once the race began, it made it almost to the halfway point before the sky opened up again. In all, there were two stoppages totaling six hours, 30 minutes and Kenseth didn’t cross the finish line until early

Monday morning. It was worth the wait, though. He passed Busch on a restart with 27 laps remaining — in part because of a push from Kevin Harvick — then led Busch across the finish line for a 1-2 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota.

AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2013 file photo, NASCAR Chase drivers celebrate making the Chase after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. . From left are Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth.


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Bombings kill 58 in south and central Iraq Associated Press Writer

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Workers stand in front of the Costa Concordia ship lying on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Monday morning, Sept. 16, 2013.

Italy: OK to right shipwrecked Costa Concordia

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GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy - Authorities have given the final go-ahead for a daring attempt Monday to pull upright the crippled Costa Concordia cruise liner from its side in the waters off Tuscany, a make-or-break engineering feat that has never before been tried in such conditions. The ship capsized there 20 months ago, and Italy’s national Civil Protection agency waited until sea and weather conditions were forecast for dawn Monday before giving the OK to try to right it. In a statement Sunday, the Civil Protection agency said the sea and wind conditions “fall within the range of operating feasibility.” The Concordia struck a reef near Giglio Island the night of Jan. 13, 2012, took on water through a 70-meter (230-foot) gash in its hull and capsized just outside the harbor. Thirty-two of the 4,200 passengers and crew members died. The bodies of two of the dead have never been recovered, and may lie beneath the wreckage. Never before have engineers tried to right such a huge ship so close to land. If the operation succeeds, the Concordia will be towed away and broken up for scrap. Salvage experts had originally hoped to right the 115,000-ton vessel last spring, but heavy storms hampered work. Crews have raced to get the Concordia upright before another winter season batters the ship against its rocky perch - damage that would increase the chance that it couldn’t be towed away in one piece. Salvage master Nick Sloane seemed optimistic in the final hours before the operation began, saying Sunday that testing of the machinery in recent days had actually lifted the 300-meter (985-foot) ship up about 10 centimeters (2.5 inches), or 0.15 degrees. There have been concerns that the rocks of the reef on which the Concordia is resting were so

embedded in the hull that the ship would resist being pulled off. “We know that ... she is lively enough to move,” Sloane told reporters. The operation to bring the ship vertical involves dozens of cranklike pulleys slowly rotating the ship upright at a rate of about 3 meters (yards) per hour, using chains that have been looped around its hull. Tanks filled with water on the exposed side of the vessel will also help rotate it upward, using gravity to pull the exposed side down. Once upright, those tanks - and an equal number that will be fixed on the opposite side - eventually will be filled with air, rather than water, to help float the ship up off the reef so it can be towed away. Last week, the head of Italy’s Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, said there was no “Plan B” if the rotation failed since there would be no other way to try again. But Sloane said he was confident the ship would withstand the stress of the rotation. The most critical time will be the first hour or so of the operation, since that’s when the ship will be detached from the reef. This weekend, tourists and locals waded and swam in pristine waters just beyond the harbor, with the hulking wreck an ugly backdrop and reminder of the harrowing night when a few thousand people straggled ashore. Since the Concordia came to rest on its side, visitors have come to gawk at the wreck, providing the tiny fishing island a year-round tourist season it never had before. Mayor Sergio Ortelli has asked for patience from the island’s 1,400

residents during Monday’s operation, which he expected would last about 10-12 hours. Ferries linking Giglio to mainland Tuscany stop running at dawn Monday, meaning teachers for Giglio’s two schools were arriving Sunday night for classes. Since the shipwreck, no major pollution has been found in the waters near the ship. But should the Concordia break apart during the rotation - a possibility authorities describe as remote - absorbent barriers have been set in place to catch any leaks. Fuel was siphoned out early in the salvage operation, but food and human waste are still trapped inside the partially submerged vessel and might leak out. As a precaution, Ortelli told islanders last week that water tanks on the island would be topped up in case the water supply becomes contaminated. Other inconveniences were expected. The island that lives off fishing and tourism sends its compacted garbage every Monday to the mainland by boat. That sanitation service will have to be re-scheduled when the port shuts down for the rotation operation, known in nautical parlance as “parbuckling.” One of the last ferries of the day Sunday brought a mix of tourists wanting to see the boat for what might be the last time on its side and many who had spent over a year preparing to bring it upright. They included Franco Ferraiuola, a crane operator who wouldn’t be working Monday - he has some time off - but was bringing his wife to the island to watch the dramatic attempt.

BAGHDAD - A wave of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq killed at least 58 people in mostly Shiite-majority cities on Sunday, another bloody reminder of the government’s failure to stem the surge of violence that is feeding sectarian tensions. Iraq is experiencing its deadliest bout of violence since 2008, raising fears the country is returning to a period of widespread killing such as that which pushed it to the brink of civil war following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. More than 4,000 people have been killed in attacks since the start of April, including 804 just in August, according to United Nations figures. Sunday’s deadliest attack was in the city of Hillah, 95 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad, where a car bomb near an outdoor market killed nine civilians and wounded 15 others, a police officer said. A few minutes later, another car bomb went off nearby, killing six civilians and wounding 14, he added. In the nearby town of Iskandariyah, 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the capital, another car bomb hit a parking lot, killing four civilians and wounding nine, police said. Another car bomb went off in an industrial area of the Shiite city of Karbala, killing five and wounding 25, a police officer said. Karbala is 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad. In the aftermath, security officials inspected burnt-out cars in front of what appeared to be a smashed row of workshops. In Kut, another Shiite-dominated city 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Baghdad, a car bomb targeted construction workers and food stalls, killing two and wounding 14, another provincial police officer said. Seven more civilians were killed and 31 others were wounded when four separate car bombs ripped through the towns of Suwayrah and Hafriyah outside Kut, police said. In Baghdad’s northern Sunni-dominated Azamiyah neighborhood, a car bomb that exploded near the convoy of the head of Baghdad’s provincial council killed three and wounded eight, police say. The council head escaped unharmed. Two other car bombs hit the southern cities of Basra and Nasiriyah, killing eight civilians and wounding 26, two police officers said. And two more civilians were killed when a bomb hit a police patrol in Baghdad’s Sunni western suburb of Abu Ghraib. Nine other people were wounded. To the northeast of Baghdad, gunmen broke into a farm in the village of Abu Sayda and killed three Sunni farmers, police said No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, which targeted commercial areas and parking lots in seven cities. But systematically organized waves of bombings are often used by al-Qaida’s local branch, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government. Sometimes insurgents launch multiple attacks for two or more days in a row. On Saturday, 27 people were killed in suicide attacks, bombings and shootings.

Development... From page 1 The principal building has a roof like an ocean wave. Undulating roof was chosen because it can accommodate a very wide expanse as well as the implementation of the eco-airport concept that maximizes natural lighting. Multi-storey parking building made in pyramid-style resembles the terraced rice field in Bali. The five-storied buildings with an area of 39,000 square meters will be able to accommodate the number of vehicles two times more than before. Besides, the local cultural treasures are also seen ranging from the architecture of split gates, gayor and tower of wooden split drum. The I Gusti Ngurah Rai statue that has become a landmark of Bali has been also relocated to the airport area in order to ensure the flow of traffic towards the airport. “Execution of this airport project is the most difficult because the implementation process takes place amid the ongoing operations with strict rules regarding the standards of safety and security. This condition makes the airport as the one with a high level of complexity in Indonesia,” he said. (kmb27)

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INDONESIA Miss World organiser attacks government for venue change

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JAKARTA - The billionaire media mogul who brought Miss World to Indonesia lashed out at the government Monday for bowing to Muslim hardline pressure by moving the entire beauty pageant to Bali. But Hary Tanoesoedibjo, head of MNC media group, the local organiser of the event, conceded the whole contest would now be held on the Hindu-majority island as there was no other option but to follow the authorities’ orders. Organisers originally planned to hold only the early rounds on Bali and later rounds and the final in and around the capital Jakarta, where there is considerable hardline influence. But days of Islamic radical protests across Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, prompted the government to order the whole three-week pageant take place on Bali. The authorities announced the decision on September 7 -- just a day before the competition got under way. MNC claimed last week it would be “impossible” to move the entire contest to Bali at such short notice and sought to lobby the gov-

ernment to change the decision. But Tanoesoedibjo said Monday the decision was now final and they would find a way to do it -- but he added he was “disappointed” at the move as it could further tarnish Indonesia’s reputation. “This will create the perception that we are not strong enough and that a decision can instantly be changed just because of some kind of pressure,” said the mogul, who has a fortune of $1.7 billion, according to Forbes. Authorities in Indonesia have changed or cancelled events in the past due to opposition from Islamic radicals -- most notably in the case of pop star Lady Gaga who called off a show in Jakarta last year following protests. Tanoesoedibjo said the final, on September 28, and preceeding rounds would be held around Nusa Dua, in south Bali, but gave no further details. The 47-year-old, whose empire

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Miss World pageant contestants leave Bali International Convention Center after a rehearsal in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. The billionaire media mogul who brought Miss World to Indonesia lashed out at the government Monday for bowing to Muslim hardline pressure by moving the entire beauty pageant to Bali. includes TV stations and newspapers, also said the government’s decision would cause “a significant loss” to MNC. Budi Rustanto, a member of

the organising committee, added that it had been a desperate rush to secure hotel bookings in Bali for thousands of contestants and guests at the last minute.

While the vast majority of Indonesians practise a moderate form of Islam, a vocal hardline fringe has become increasingly influential in recent years.

Thousands flee as volcano erupts on Indonesia’s Sumatra Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Thousands of villagers fled Sunday after a volcano erupted on Indonesia’s Sumatra island spewing rocks and red-hot ash onto surrounding villages, officials said. Mount Sinabung in Karo district, North Sumatra province, erupted violently before dawn. “More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from areas within a threekilometre (two-mile) radius of the volcano, and they are all safe,” Asren Nasution, the head of North Sumatra disaster agency, told AFP. AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara

A villager rides a cow cart as Mount Sinabung is seen in the background in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes after the volcano erupted Sunday.

Five halls normally used for traditional cultural ceremonies had been converted into shelters for those displaced. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, national disaster agency spokesman, said 3,710 people had so far been evacuated. Nugroho said it was second recent eruption of Sinabung. The volcano was dormant for nearly 100 years before erupting in August and September 2010, forcing about 12,000 people to flee. Indonesia has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the “Ring of Fire” between the Pacific and Indian oceans. Last month five people were killed and hundreds evacuated when a volcano on a tiny island in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted. The country’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions in 2010.


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14 kilometers of beach in Jembrana eroded by abrasion

BUSINESS World Bank: China to meet 7.5% growth target

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NEGARA - Of the total 76 kilometer of coastline in Jembrana County, 14 kilometers are affected by coastal abrasion. The land that previously jutted into the sea has been eroded by sea water. As the data collected from the Jembrana Public Works, the abrasion can be found at least at 20 points. Of the affected areas, the most serious happens in Negara and Melaya subdistrict. Among others, they are on Cupel Beach, Perancak and Candikusuma.

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SHANGHAI - China is likely to achieve its growth target of 7.5 percent this year despite planned structural reforms to rebalance the world’s second largest economy, the World Bank president said Sunday. Jim Yong Kim is making a fourday visit focusing on issues relating to carbon emission reductions and China’s urbanisation push. “We think the growth (for China this year) will be at about 7.5 percent,” Kim told a press conference in Shanghai on the first day of his visit. “The data from August suggests that China will reach its goal of 7.5 percent.” Earlier this month the government announced a series of better-than-expected indicators for August, including strong exports and industrial output, that pointed to a pick-up in the domestic economy. China’s economy expanded 7.7 percent last year, its slowest growth since 1999. Growth eased to 7.5 percent in April-June, from 7.7 percent in the first quarter of this year and 7.9 percent in the final three months of 2012. Authorities have so far been reluctant to introduce large-scale stimulus measures. But they have pledged to push forward structural reforms to shift the economy from dependence on big-ticket investments and more towards consumer demand as the key growth engine. “The government is committed to financial-sector reforms and also fiscal policy reforms that we think will pave the way for meeting the long-term growth,” Kim told reporters in Shanghai. China is preparing an “experimental” free trade zone (FTZ) in its commercial hub Shanghai as it tries to promote economic reforms. Unfettered exchange of the yuan currency will be allowed within the proposed zone, according to a draft plan seen by AFP.

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In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 photo, job seekers check out companies offering more than 2,000 job opportunities at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The gap in employment rates between America’s highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press.

Jobs gap between US rich, poor widest in decade Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The gap in employment rates between America’s highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press. Rates of unemployment for the lowestincome families — those earning less than $20,000 (€15,000) — have topped 21 percent, nearly matching the rate for all workers during the 1930s Great Depression. U.S. households with income of more than $150,000 (€113,000) a year have an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, a level traditionally defined as full employment. At the same time, middle-income workers are increasingly pushed into lower-wage jobs. Many of them in turn are displacing lower-skilled, low-income workers, who become unemployed or are forced to work fewer hours, the analysis shows. “This was no ‘equal opportunity’ recession or an ‘equal opportunity’ recovery,” said Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University. The findings follow the government’s tepid jobs report this month that showed a steep decline in the share of Americans working or looking for work. On Sunday, President Barack Obama stressed the need to address widening inequality, warning that proposed budget cuts will worsen the gap.

“The folks in the middle and at the bottom haven’t seen wage or income growth,” Obama said on ABC’s “This Week.” While the link between income and joblessness may seem apparent, the data are the first to establish how this factor has contributed to the erosion of the middle class, a traditional strength of the U.S. economy. Based on employment-to-population ratios, which are seen as a reliable gauge of the labor market, the employment disparity between rich and poor households remains at the highest levels in more than a decade, the period for which comparable data are available. “It’s pretty frustrating,” says Annette Guerra, 33, of San Antonio, who has been looking for a full-time job since she finished nursing school more than a year ago. Last year the average length of unemployment for U.S. workers reached 39.5 weeks, the highest level since World War II. The duration of unemployment has since edged lower to 36.5 weeks based on data from January to July, still relatively high historically. Economists call this a “bumping down” or

“crowding out” in the labor market, a domino effect that pushes out lower-income workers, pushes median income downward and contributes to income inequality. Because many mid-skill jobs are being lost to globalization and automation, recent U.S. growth in lowwage jobs has not come fast enough to absorb displaced workers at the bottom. Low-wage workers are now older and better educated than ever, with especially large jumps in those with at least some college-level training. The figures are based on an analysis of the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey by Sum and Northeastern University economist Ishwar Khatiwada. They are supplemented with material from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s David Autor, an economics professor known for his research on the disappearance of mid-skill positions, as well as John Schmitt, a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Washington think tank. Mark Rank, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, analyzed data on poverty. The overall rise in both the unemployment rate and low-wage jobs due to the recent recession accounts for the record number of people who were stuck in poverty in 2011: 46.2 million, or 15 percent of the population. When the Census Bureau releases new 2012 poverty figures on Tuesday, most experts believe the numbers will show only slight improvement, if any, due to the slow pace of the recovery.

Chairman of Commission C of the Jembrana House, Ida Bagus Susrama, told Bali Post that county government had no budget to handle the abrasion, chiefly for the making of levee. Since it required large amount of budget, the handling lay in the central and provincial government. Almost every year, according to him, Jembrana received the assistance for handling the abrasion. However, it could not cover the entire areas because the length of affected beach also increased each year. Originally, the assistance for levee started from the east coast (Pekutatan subdistrict). However, since the most serious impact of the abrasion occurred in the central and western region, the Commission C with relevant agencies provided information to the Ministry of Public Works to prioritize the areas severely hit by the coastal abrasion.

“Now, the most severe occurs at Candikusuma, Rening and Cupel. So, the next help will be focused on those regions,” he explained. The levee used for this year was different from previous years. Previously, the concrete levee at Cupel easily hollowed. So, it was then replaced with amour stone construction. It was indeed more expensive but considered more durable. The Water Resources Division Head in the Jembrana Public Works, I Wayan Darwin, said this year his party focused on the handling of abrasion on Candikusuma and Cupel Beach. At Cupel the area extended along 622 meters with the budget of IDR 15 billion and 242 meters at Candikusuma with the budget of IDR 6 billion. The construction used was armor stone, different from the previous one. Such material was assessed more durable from the onslaught of waves. (kmb26)

Indian artistes performed Ramayana IBP

DENPASAR - The artistes of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi, India magnificently performed the epic story of Ramayana in a dance-drama format on 15 September 2013 to the spell-bound audience at the capacity-filled Natya Mandala auditorium of Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Denpasar. The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, one of the premier cultural institutions of India, is focussed on preservation of India’s cultural heritage and promotion of performing arts ever since its inception in 1952. The Ram Lila (now known as Ram) performed by its artists over 2000 nights in India and abroad has been one of its major achievements. During a nearly two-hour long performance, the artists performed 17 different acts from the Ramayana epic, including the episode where the desire for the golden deer results in Sita getting out of Panchvati and the abduction of Sita by Ravana, which are often described in Kecak dance performances by the Balinese artistes. The spectacular performance engaged all from the start to finish and it was an outstanding team work carried out with great success. The entire cast performed with synchronization and energetically, with quick changes of costumes and scenes. The characters’ descending from the stage and walking through the audience created a sense of participation. The monkeys frolic and jump and moving in the audience created lot of fun and humour. Almost all scenes were absolutely spectacular and colourful, particularly the dance and song sequence with haunting music. The fusion of dance styles, the mesmerizing music score and the bright and beautiful

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Of the total 76 kilometer of coastline in Jembrana County, 14 kilometers are affected by coastal abrasion. The land that previously jutted into the sea has been eroded by sea water.

costumes and the flow – the continuity of storyline – were all captivating. The event opened with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Consul General of India together with the Rector of ISI Denpasar. Thereafter, Selat Segara dance was performed by the students of ISI Denpasar. The Consul General, during his address, spoke about the spheres touched by the Ramayana in Indonesia - in literature & the performing arts, in variety of Ramayana storey telling in the region ranging from the millennium-old sculptural masterpieces in the temples of Prambanan to the spectacular presentday enactment in open amphitheatre with the same temples illuminated in the background and to the poetic rendition of the late 9th century-old Javanese Ramayana Kakawin. During his address, the Consul General highlighted the great efforts made by Indonesia – in particular the islands of Java and Bali - in preserving and popularizing the Ramayana through performing arts, a variety of literary and oral forms, including the Ramayana Kakawin in old Javanese, Caritra Ramayana, Wayang Kulit, Wayang Wong, Sendratari, Kecak dance performances, paintings on cloth, wood and paper, etc. The Indian artists earlier visited Yogyakarta/Surabaya at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia to participate in the International Ramayana Festival held there. They will also render a performance in Jakarta before proceeding to perform in Bangkok, Thailand. In Bali, besides ISI Denpasar, they will perform at Balai Budaya in Gianyar on 18 September 2013, which has been organized with the help of the Regency of Gianyar. They will conclude their visit to Bali with a performance at Puri Lukisan in Ubud on 19 September 2013.

Bali youth alliance rejects radical organizations

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DENPASAR - Several members of the Dvipa Bali Youth Alliance staged a protest outside Bali Police Headquarters here on Monday to denounce the presence of radical organizations in the country. “We strongly reject the presence of mass organizations (that have adopted a policy of) radical action against a series of international activities, including the hosting of the Miss World beauty pageant in Bali,” Dvipa Bali Youth Alliance coordinator Ida Bagus Purana Pidada said on Monday. Pidada called on the people of Bali to help ensure order and security since the Indonesian resort island is now under the international spotlight due to the issues surrounding the Miss World contest. Hardliners Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), and various other Islamic social organizations have protested against hosting the Miss World contest in Bali because they believe such events do not conform to the nation’s moral outlook and culture. However, the Bali Youth Alliance coordinator insisted that efforts to host such international events should not be shaken. “Do not hesitate to maintain order, and do not be influenced by the intervention of external parties (who wish) to interfere with international events being held in Bali,” Pidada stated. He added that hosting international events such as the Miss World contest, the APEC Summit, and the World Trade Ministerial Meeting in Bali would create a positive image of Indonesia in the eyes of the international community.


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TOKYO - A powerful typhoon lashed Japan on Monday, leaving two dead and dumping torrential rains, damaging homes and flooding parts of the country’s popular tourist destination of Kyoto, where 260,000 people in the city center were ordered to evacuate to shelters.

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The farmer is cleaning his dried rice paddy

Crisis of irrigation water aggravates the destiny of farmers in Tabanan. Such condition is experienced by farmers at Subak Aseman III, Megati village, East Selemadeg. As a result of the drought, hectares of paddy plants faced harvests failure. Rice stalks dried out so that farmers had to cut them for fodder. The loss of water supply has occurred since 1.5 months ago whereas the paddy plants have started to bear fruit and been yellowing. Since there is no water, the paddy plants cannot grow normally. Even, the grains were turning empty. “When they bore fruits, the water supply already dried out. So, they could not grow normally

and farmers could not harvest,” complained Suparni, 40, one of the local farmers, Sunday (Sep 15). Originally, farmers had confidence if they could harvest so they grow rice. In reality, the rainfall did not last normally. Moreover, the water supply from the dam also turned sluggish. As a result, farmers could

only let their grain empty. Until approaching the harvest season, the grains remained empty. Ultimately, there were forced to cut them for fodder. “Rather than getting no harvest, we’d better clear them for fodder,” said the man having 4,000 square meters of rice field. The entire paddy plants could not grow normally due to water crisis. According to Suparni, the rice field facing harvest failure was in reasonable amount, more than 10 hectares. On average, the rice stalks turned yellow and wilted due to lacking of water. All this time, farmers relied on rainwater because the

water supply from the dam could not be relied upon. Other than farmers, the drought also hit the supply of clean water. This condition was experienced by residents at Belimbing village, Pupuan subdistrict. They were difficult to get clean water because the local springs at Mekori had dried up. Its water charge dropped drastically due to drought. In fact, the water crisis is a regular happening in dry season. Almost every year, the locals face the shortage of clean water. “During dry season, the water discharge at Mekori springs falls sharply. As a result, the water

supply is disrupted,” said the Division Head of Customer Service of Tabanan Municipality Waterworks (PDAM), Nyoman Astika Sapanca, Sunday. According to him, the water discharge at Mekori had dropped up to 3 liters per second. Such condition was estimated to continue before the coming of rainy season. As consequence, his party suspended the water supply to local subscribers. He said the loss of water discharge also started to be felt by urban customers. He appealed to people to collect water at night so that they would not get confused when the water supply was not normal. (kmb30)

Own marijuana, a Russian Police raid location of traveler charged for 6 years diesel fuel hoarding

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A Russian traveler, Anton Pudikov, 32, was sentenced to six years in prison with a fine of IDR 800,000 and subsidiary three months in prison by the Public Prosecutor Ida Ayu Ketut Sulasmi, Thursday (Sep 12). The defendant was proved to keep and possess first class narcotic belonging to marijuana plant in the form of wet leaves and seeds weighing 83.52 grams net. In the charges, the prosecutor declared that in accordance with the facts revealed in the trial, the act of the defendant Anton Pudikov met the elements of the charges as referred to the first paragraph of the article 111 (1) of Law No.35/2009 on narcotics. After considering the alleviating and incriminating aspects, the prosecutor asked the judge to sentence him to 6 years in prison deducted with the

detention period, a criminal fine of IDR 800 million and subsidiary penalty of 3-month imprisonment. Responding to the charges of the prosecutor, the defendant through his legal adviser Peter Loyani would deliver his defense or plea. Previously, the lineups of Bali Police raided Anton at his residence at the Asri Housing Jimbaran on Jalan Akuntansi, Gang Banteng No. 4, South Kuta, Badung County, on Saturday (Jan 19, 2013) around 4:30 p.m. Police found 17.16 grams net of wet leaves and seeds of marijuana in a glass plate on the table in the living room of the defendant’s residence as well as 66.36 grams net of wet leaves and seeds in a glass bottle behind the door leading to the backyard at his residence. Total evidence of wet marijuana secured amounted to 83.52 grams net. (kmb17)

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Powerful typhoon lashes Japan; thousands evacuate

Water crisis, hectares of paddy plants at risk of harvest failure Tabanan (Bali Post)—

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Unit II of the Detective Criminal of Denpasar Metro Police could reveal the case on the allegation of subsidized fuel abuse, Thursday (Sep 12). A crime scene located around Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Denpasar, was raided and the officers found hundreds of liters of diesel fuel. Aside from confiscating the fuel, police also secured four culprits. They were still undergoing an intensive examination in the investigator’s room. Information compiled on Thursday told the raid was conducted around 3:00 p.m. Initially, police received a complaint if a hoarding of subsidized fuel occurred at the crime scene. Having been followed up, there was in fact diesel fuel kept in jerrycans

totally reaching 875 liters. “Allegedly, the fuel is not equipped with legal documents. Hence, the four people alleged to be the culprits were then secured,” said a source in the Denpasar Metro Police, Thursday. Hundreds of liters of diesel fuel and the four culprits were secured and taken to the Denpasar Metro Police for further investigation. Status of the four was still limited as the examinee, but it could be possibly raised to be a suspect because when raided they could not present the license. Unit Chief of Criminal Detective of the Denpasar Metro Police, Encep Syamsul Hayat when asked for his confirmation justified the raid. His party was still investigating further. “If they have a license, we will set them free or otherwise. Therefore, we still investigate the case,” he explained, Thursday. (kmb21)

Typhoon Man-yi, packing wind speeds of 162 kilometers per hour (100 mph) Monday evening, was centered over the city of Miyako, about 550 kilometers (350 miles) north of Tokyo. Trains in Tokyo and its vicinity were largely suspended and hundreds of flights were grounded. Dozens of people were injured. Police and disaster management officials said the body of a 72-year-old woman was dug out of the debris of her home, which was smashed by a mudslide the night before in Shiga prefecture, east of Kyoto. A 77-year-old woman was found dead in a mudslide in Fukui prefecture. The Meteorological Agency said the storm dumped an “unprecedented” amount of rainfall in Kyoto and two neighboring prefectures it passed overnight, dumping as much as 8 centimeters (3 inches) per hour. It lifted a “special warning” for the area Monday but urged residents to stay alert. In Kyoto, where the city’s major Katsura River flooded, some 260,000 people in the prefectural capital alone

were told to evacuate. Hundreds of thousands of others were also ordered to evacuate across Japan. NHK showed tourists in Kyoto being taken to safety on boats towed by rescue workers on a flooded riverside street. In the nearby town of Fukuchiyama, an aerial view showed a vast area of muddy water swallowing the town, with houses, fields or other structures half-submerged. The town’s entire population of more than 81,000 was ordered to evacuate. The government set up an emergency task force to assess damage and support rescue efforts, said Prime Minister’s Office official Hikariko Ono. Kyoto and Shiga prefecture asked the Defense Ministry to mobilize relief teams. Some 70 people were injured across the country since Sunday, public broadcaster NHK said, citing its own tally. A man was missing after he went to check fish traps in a river in Fukushima prefecture. More than 300 homes were flooded

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A man walks back from Enoshima beach as a typhoon approaches nearby in Fujisawa, near Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

across western and central Japan, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, and about 80,000 houses in the region were without electricity. As a preventive step, workers at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear

South Korea shoots dead man swimming to North South Korean troops have shot dead a man trying to swim across a border river into the North, officials say. Soldiers opened fire

after the man jumped into the Imjin river and ignored repeated warnings to stop. The North and South remain tech-

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South Korean business men wait to leave for South and North Korea’s joint Industrial Complex to conduct maintenance checks at their factories at Kaesong in North Korea.

nically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice and not a peace treaty. There are thousands of North Korean defectors living in South Korea, but few attempt to make the journey the other way. Instances of trying to cross the heavily-militarised border in broad daylight are extremely rare. The incident comes as South Korean workers returned to the Kaesong industrial park in North Korea, five months after work was halted amid high political tension. The man, who has not yet been identified, was spotted by guards near the western border in Paju, north of Seoul, at around 14:23 local time (05:53GMT). Soldiers fired off warning shots and told him to return to the South. When he disobeyed the order and jumped into the river, he was shot dead, military officials told Yonhap news agency. A military spokesman also told the Agence France-Presse news agency that the man’s body had been retrieved.

power plant, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo, were pumping away rainwater that was pooling around hundreds of storage tanks containing radioactive water. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the rainwater was

being released to the ocean and was believed to be untainted. TEPCO said it was pumping away the water to reduce the risk of flooding and potential tank leaks mixing with rainwater, then seeping into the soil or flowing into the sea.

13-yr-old Indian girl begins microbiology master’s

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LUCKNOW, India - In a country where many girls are still discouraged from going to school, Sushma Verma is having anything but a typical childhood. The 13-year-old girl from a poor family in north India has enrolled in a master’s degree in microbiology, after her father sold his land to pay for some of his daughter’s tuition in the hope of catapulting her into India’s growing middle class. Verma finished high school at 7 and earned an undergraduate degree at age 13 - milestones she said were possible only with the sacrifices and encouragement of her uneducated and impoverished parents. “They allowed me to do what I wanted to do,” Verma said in an interview Sunday, speaking her native language of Hindi. “I hope that other parents don’t impose their choices on their children.” Sushma lives a very modest life with her three younger siblings and her parents - eating, sleeping

and studying alongside them in a cramped single-room apartment in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. Their only income is her father’s daily wage of up to 200 rupees (less than $3.50) for laboring on construction sites. Their most precious possessions include a study table and a second-hand computer. It is not a great atmosphere for studying, she admitted. “There are a lot of dreams ... All of them cannot be fulfilled.” But having no television and little else at home has advantages, she said. “There is nothing to do but study.” Sushma begins her studies next week at Lucknow’s B. R. Ambedkar Central University, though her father is already ferrying her to and from campus each day on his bicycle so she can meet with teachers before classes begin. Her first choice was to become a doctor, but she cannot take the test to qualify for medical school until she is 18. “So I opted for the MSc and then I will do a doctorate,” she said.


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DENPASAR - The Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) began preparing a strategy for the equality of Bali tourism. The promotion board inaugurated a few months ago would team up with a number of agencies to achieve the equitable distribution of tourism development on the Island of the Gods.

LOS ANGELES — California could join Japan, Mexico and other earthquake-prone countries that alert residents to the approach of powerful shaking under a bill awaiting approval from the governor. The state Legislature advanced the bill that would create a quake warning system during Thursday’s last hours of its session. Gov. Jerry Brown has until Oct. 13 to decide. The U.S. lags behind other nations in developing a public alert system, which provides several seconds of warning after a fault ruptures — enough time for trains to brake, utilities to shut off gas lines or people to dive under a table until the shaking stops. For the past several years, the U.S. Geological Survey and universities have tested a prototype that fires off messages to about two dozen groups in the state, mostly scientists and first responders. The biggest challenge is finding steady funding to support and maintain a statewide network. The bill does not address where funding to create the alert system would come from, but it can’t be built using general fund revenues. State emergency managers would have until 2016 to hash out the funding, estimated at $80 million for the first five years

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of operation. Seismic early warning systems are designed to detect the first shock waves from a large jolt, calculate the strength and alert people before the slower but damaging waves spread. The systems can’t predict quakes and are most useful during big events where it would be meaningful to warn people far away to expect strong shaking, scientists said. If the San Andreas Fault suddenly broke, people living close to the epicenter won’t receive any warning. But those living farther away would receive notice. During the 2011 Japanese disaster, millions of people received 5 to 40 seconds of warning depending on how far they were from the epicenter. The notices were sent to cellphones and broadcast over airwaves. “This is doable” in California, said USGS seismologist Doug Given, who heads the testing. So far, scientists have spent about $15 million since 2002 developing the test system.

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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2013, file photo, a computer-generated graphic that demonstrates an earthquake early warning system is displayed at a news conference at the California Institute of Technology Pasadena, Calif.

Wow, Voyager: Space probe leaves the solar system Associated Press Writer

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This artist rendering released by NASA shows NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft barreling through space. The space agency announced Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 that Voyager 1 has become the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space, or the space between stars, more than three decades after launching from Earth.

LOS ANGELES — Voyager 1 has crossed a new frontier, becoming the first spacecraft ever to leave the solar system, NASA said. Thirty-six years after it was launched from Earth on a tour of the outer planets, the plutonium-powered probe is more than 11 1/2 billion miles (18.51 billion kilometers) from the sun, cruising through interstellar space — the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, the space agency said Thursday. Voyager 1 actually made its exit more than a year ago, according to NASA. But it’s not as if there’s a dotted boundary line or a signpost out there, and it was not until recently that scientists with the space agency had enough evidence to say that the probe had finally plowed through the hot plasma bubble surrounding the planets and escaped the sun’s influence. While some scientists remain unconvinced, NASA celebrated with a news conference featuring the theme from “Star Trek.” “We got there,” said mission chief scientist Ed Stone of the California Institute of Technology, adding that the spacecraft was “setting sail in the cosmic seas between the stars.” While Voyager 1 may have left the solar system as most people understand it, it still has hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years to go before bidding adieu to the last icy bodies that make up our neighborhood. Voyager 1 will now study exotic particles and other phenomena in a never-before-explored part of the universe littered with ancient star explosions and radio the data back to Earth, where the Voyager team awaits the starship’s discoveries. The interstellar ambassador also carries a gold-plated disc containing multicultural greetings, songs and photos, just in case it bumps into an intelligent species.

The Tourism Policy Maker Council of the BPPD Bali, Ngurah Wijaya, said that as the first step his party would synergize the tourism activity with sports in cooperation with the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) of Bali. With the sport committee and regional government, his party would seize every sporting event in order to be held in Bali. “This event will be synergized with the tourism promotion program so that it is in line with the program of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. Surely, the implementation will be distributed so that the tourism growth is not only focused on Southern Bali,” revealed Ngurah Wijaya in Denpasar. According to him, all sporting activities packaged as tourism promotion would be organized in low season of tourist arrival. Such an attempt would be used to cover the lack of tourist arrivals in the season. “Our activities are focused on low season when a decline in tourist arrival occurs. Thus, each event organized is expected to cover the downturn coming about,” he said. Chairman of the BPPD Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, said his party had formed a sport division to focus on sportsmen as the target market. However, he asked that any sporting event held might not deviate from cultural tourism. “Bali Tourism must remain to be rooted in cultural tourism,” said the man familiarly called Tjok Ace. He said the BPPD Bali aimed the target markets that could be packed with cultural tourism. Sporting market share got special focus because the share could be processed and managed within the corridor of the culture. “Culture remains to be highlighted in the international competition. It must be made into synergy where it is even promoted and not marginalized in the international event,” said Made Eddy Putra, Chairman of the Sport Division at the BPPD Bali. He added when talking about the synergy of both sectors so that the content and context became two major elements. Content or the essence was cultural tourism, while the context or the situational event was sport as the packaging. “Suppose that it is an egg, the yolk is the content, while the albumen serves as the context. They both mutually give contribution or have its own role, but lay in different arrangement,” he said. (kmb27)

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At the end of the first day show, 4 of the contestant were invited to get flower necklace from an elephant, and to their surprise, Miss Portugal Elisabete Rodrigues was kissed by the elephant.

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GIANYAR - Bali Safari & Marine Park (BSMP) as an integrated theme park with the mission of wildlife conservation, education, and cultural development hosted Miss World 2013 contestants with a series of activities that introduced the contestants to a number of Indonesian wildlife. According to Hans Manansang, General Manager of Bali Safari & Marine Park, the wildlife that being introduced especially the endangered species such as Komodo and Bali Mynah, Bali Safari’s conservation program, as well as Balinese cultural performance. Miss World contestants visited Bali Safari & Marine Park in two consecutive days, 12 and 13 of September 2013, with 65 contestants each day. As part of their activities of the contestants attended a number of workshop sessions guided by the Education Team of Bali Safari & Marine Park. They explained the characters and uniqueness of the 6 main spe-

cies: Bali Mynah (Curik Bali), Komodo, Orang Utan, Binturong, Java Leopard and Sumatran Elephant. Hans said the contestants also had the opportunity to witness the Elephant Educational Show that highlights the conflict between human and Sumatran Elephants. At the end of the first day show, 4 of the contestant were invited to get flower necklace from an elephant, and to their surprise, Miss Portugal Elisabete Rodrigues was kissed by the elephant. Miss World 2013 contestants were also invited to enjoy lunch at the Tsavo Lion, the restaurant that was designed in line with the whole concept of Bali Safari & Marine Park that deliver special interaction with the wildlife. Tsavo Lion Restaurant was built in the middle of the Safari Journey trail, precisely on the side of Lions’ exihibit thus allowing visitors to enjoy the national and international culinary wealth created by Chef Mahadi and a team of F&B professionals who have won numerous prestigious international

awards, with a direct view of a herd of Lions, Meerkats and Porcupines. The contestant’s visits were ended at Bali Theater, where they were captivated with Bali Agung, a spectacular show that involved over 150 dancers, that highlights the unique history, traditions, and social life of Bali. The Bali Agung show depicts the story of Jaya Pangus. The heroic and romantic tale is an integrated multimedia performance that combines shadow puppets, dance, drama, traditional music and orchestra, as well as the appearance of live animals. “Bali Safari & Marine Park welcomes Miss World contestants to get an up close and personal look on the uniquely Indonesian animal, to understand our conservation program, and hopefully promote this mission. We hope the visit from Miss World contestants who carry the spirit of “Beauty with Purpose” and try to make a difference, wildlife conservation can get a wider exposure and closer attention from people around the world,” Hans said. (kmb18)


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SEMARANG – Hotel NEO Candi Semarang was officially soft opened on September 4, 2013. The nonsmoking Hotel NEO Candi Semarang is Semarang’s only designers select service hotel with 105 guest rooms, 3 meeting rooms and a ballroom. Sitting in an ideal location on Jalan S. Parman at the very heart of Semarang, the new NEO lends itself as a base for business travelers and tourists alike, with a convenient address just 15 minutes from Semarang’s Tawang Train Station and 10 minutes to Lawang Sewu and Kota Lama Historical Building. Hotel facilities on offer raise the bar for budget hotels, boasting such comforts and conveniences as a “Noodles Now” Restaurant which focuses on freshly made authentic noodle dishes, ample onsite parking, a mini market and retail shops, as well as stylish meeting rooms intended for more intimate corporate affairs. IBP/Courtesy of Hotel Neo

Four motorcycles stolen Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Information obtained at the Denpasar Metro Police, Sunday (Sep 15), said there were four motorcycles of residents reported to police station after seven stolen motorcycles on the day before. By all means, such condition is very worrying. Although police have boosted some raids at a number of locations, the action of motorcycle theft seems unstoppable. The latest motor theft was reported by Nyoman Agustiawan, 21, where his motorcycle lost , on Saturday (Sep 14) at 07:30 a.m. Motorcycle of the victim was Honda Beat with license plate DK 6979 AR and known to have lost after parked at Jalan Tukad Bilok No. 24 Panjer, Denpasar. The culprit could easily take the victim’s motorcycle because the ignition key stayed to lodge. “His motorcycle was known to disappear after getting up and found no motorcycle at the location,” a police source said on Sunday. Meanwhile, on the day before, Friday (Sep 13), two victims reported similar cases. A unit of motorcycle vanished at 01:00 a.m. at a boarding house at Jalan Kebo Iwa Utara No.2 Denpasar. The victim was I Ketut Karya Weda, 44. Allegedly, the victim’s motorcycle was stolen by using a false key. “The vanished motorcycle of the victim is Yamaha Jupiter with license plate DK 7254 BQ. The victim was shocked to know when his motorcycle was not found at the parking lot,” said a source asking his name not to be mentioned on the paper. After the victim Karya Weda, another victim coming to police station was Muhamad Rifai, 23, suffering a similar fate. His blue Honda Supra Fit with license plate DK 6965 ID lost at his home on Jalan Pulau Maluku Gang IV No. 20 Denpasar. Next victim coming to police station was Salestinus Kasman, 36. His Yamaha Jupiter motorcycle with license plate DK 2261 IF disappeared while parked at his home at Jalan Supiori 26 Denpasar. Culprit stealing the motorcycle of victim allegedly stole by using fake key mode. Spokesperson of the Denpasar Metro Police, IB Sarjana, had not given information related to the motorcycle theft. (kmb21)

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The motorcycle theft case within the jurisdiction of Denpasar is growing crazily. After seven motorcycles were stolen within the past two days, a similar action happened again. Four motorcycles could be burglarized by the culprits and were taken away. Unfortunately, none of the culprits could have been identified by police, let alone be arrested.

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Tirta Empul attraction has no changing room for foreign travelers Gianyar (Bali Post)—

Tirta Empul Temple, aside from taken advantage as the venue of purificatory rite (melukat), also serves a spiritual tourist destination that is often visited by foreign travelers. Even, within the past few months many foreign travelers came to do purificatory rite at the bathing place. Even, when Bali Post made a visit early this month, approximately five foreigners were conducting the purificatory rite cramming with local residents. Unfortunately, the management of Tirta Empul tourist attraction had no special changing room for foreigners. As a result, they blended in with local residents in the same changing room. On Sunday (Sep 15), Chief of Manukaya Let customary village, Made Arnata Mawa, said that based on information from duty officer at the object, averagely 25 foreign travelers joined the purificatory rite every day. They came and did the purificatory rite accompanied by a tourist guide. So, foreign travelers could understand about the purpose of the purificatory

rite and finally got interested. Sometimes, a few travelers were not accompanied by tourist guide, so that they were provided with information by local guide prepared by the management before doing the purificatory rite. In response to the rapid growth of foreign tourist arrival doing the ritual, the management indeed planned to make a changing room for foreign travelers. All this time, there had been 600 lockers located in the east of wantilan hall. Unluckily, it had been not enough for local residents who came to do purificatory rite. Capacity of the locker room was no longer sufficient, so that it needed to be expanded. “As planned, a larger one will be built next to it on the land of 600 square meters,” he explained. In addition, the toilet availability at the object was considered to remain inadequate. At the moment, there are ten toilets scattered at different locations. In terms of necessity, it is required totally 30 medium and large standard toilets. (kmb16)

Repair of road to Tampaksiring Palace accelerated

Gianyar (Bali Post)—

Tampaksiring highway denoting the access to Tampaksiring Palace, repeatedly highlighted due to its damaged condition, seems to have been repaired within the past month. Such provincial road has been paved starting from Tarukan village northwards. Besides, the right and left side have also been hardened by road workers. On Sunday (Sep 15), the road repair project was seen to be accelerated. It was expected to complete prior to the implementation of the APEC Summit next October. It was seen from the paving activities carried out during the day. As consequence, it also caused slight traffic congestion on Jalan Raya Tampaksiring posing a tourist destination area.

Roadwork carried out this time looked slightly different from the ordinary repairs. When there would be a presidential visit to Tampaksiring, the repair was only in patchwork styles made to some potholes. Undeniably, this made the people’s representative from Sanding, Tampaksiring, Wayan Tagel Winarta, annoyed some time ago. Then, the repair was performed by using hot mixed asphalt in its entirety. The Head of Gianyar Public Works Agency, Ida Bagus Sudewa, when asked for his confirmation justified if the road improvement under the authority of the Bali Public Works was attempted to have been accomplished before the APEC Summit meeting. (kmb16)

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Soft Opening Hotel Neo Candi Semarang, seen in the picture from left to right Mr. Martheas Mulyawan, Hotel Manager NEO Candi Semarang, Mr. Norbert Vas, VP Sales & Marketing Archipelago International, Mr. Ir. Soepartono, Director PT. Lingga Jati Kemiko and Mr. Agus Setiawan, Contractor during the Press Conference.

Calendar Event for August 24 through September 28, 2013 24 Aug Purnama Sasih Kawulu & Tumpek Landep Pura Mutering Jagat Dalem Sidakarya Desa Adat Sidakarya Denpasar Pura Pasek Gelgel-Pedungan Denpasar Selatan Pura Agung Pasek Tangguntiti Kaler Tabanan Pura Agung Pasek Selemadeg Tabanan Pura Pasek Tangkas Kediri Tabanan Pura Kerta Banyuninng Barat Buleleng Pura Dalem Tenggaling -Sengguan Singapadu Pura Kawitan Wangbang Pinatih Peguyangan Singaraja Pura Bujangga Waisnawa Tegalcangkring Tabanan Pura Taman Desa Bubunan Seririt Buleleng Pura Penataran Pande Dalem Batur Jati Banjar Pandean Mengwi Pura Dalem Pingit Banjar Tarokaja Tegalalang Pura Dadia Pasek Gelgel-Gobleg Desa Selat Sukasada Buleleng Pura Ida Ratu Pande Besakih Pura Penataran Agung Pinatih Tulikup Banjar Menak Tulikup Gianyar Pura Penataran Pande Kusamba-Klungkung Pura Kumuda Saraswati Ubud Pamerajan Alit Ubud Pura Batur Arya “Warih Kepaon” Cengolo Sudimara Tabanan Pura Dalem Majapahit Banjar Denuma Kukuh Marga Tabanan Pura Dalem batur Bangli Pura Buana Kawan Besakih Pura Ida Ratu Pasek Besakih Pura Dalem Suci Desa Dukuh Sidemen Karangasem 25 Aug Hari Redite Umanis Ukir Sanggah Gede Dukuh Segening Tegal Tugu Gianyar

28 Aug Buda Wage Ukir Pura Pejenengan Kawitan Arya Tauman Banjar Jelantik Kuri Batu Desa Tojan Gelgel Klungkung Pura Pasar Agung Besakih (Alit) Besakih Pura Pasek bendesa Pasar Badung Legian Kuta Pura Gede Gunugn Agung D u k u h Munggu Badung Hyang Agung Pura Ibuwanasari Tegal Pura Puseh, Desa di Bebablang Bangli Pura Dalem Peruncak Badung Pura Pasek Bendesa Hyang Selat Kerobokan Badung Pura Kereban Langit Desa Sading Mengwi Badung Pemerajan Sareng Kangin Baleran Ubud 3 Sep Anggarkasih Kulantir Pura Penataran Tangkas Sukawati Pura Dalem Lagan Bebalang Bangli Pura Puseh Lembeng Ketewel Sukawati Pura Pasek Gelgel Penulisan Kerambitan Tabanan Pura Gaduh Sanding Pura Dalem Gandamayu Klungkung Pura Sang Hyang Tegal Banjar Tarokaja Tegalalang 4 Sep Tilem Sasih Karo Banjar Pasek Tangkas Pasekan Kaler Tabanan Pura Gaduh Benoh Ubung Denpasar 8 Sep Redite Keliwon Tulu Pura Dalem Alas Harum Banjar Tegal Kepuh Kediri Tabanan 9 Sep Soma Umanis Tulu Pura Puseh Bale Agung Ubung Kupang Penebel Tabanan Pura Kawitan Sakula Gotra Pasung Grigih Banjar Tegal Kepuh Kaba kaba

Kediri Tabanan Pura Paibon Tangkas Kori Agung Ceningan Kangin Lembongan Pura Batu Medeg Besakih Pura Penataran Agung Penatih banjar saba 11 Sep Buda Pon Tulu Pura Catur Buana Sanding Tampaksiring 12 Sep Wrespati Wage Tolu Pura Peninjoan Besakih 18 Sep Buda Kliwon Gumbreg Pura Pasek Gelgel kukuh Marga Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Dukuh Selemadeg Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Mambang Selemadeg Tabanan Pura Puseh, Desa Guwang Sukawati Pura Dalem Setra Batu Nanggul Desa Swana Nusa Penida Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Gelgel Ketewel 19 Sep Purnama Sasih Ketiga Pura Gunung Sari Lombok Pura Kawitan Arya Gajah Para Tianyar Kubu Karangasem Pura Pedharman Arya Telabah Besakih Pura Bukit Mentik Gunung Lebah Desa Batur kintamani Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Salahin Desa Suwat Gianyar 25 Sep Buda Paing Wariga Pura Pasek Gaduh Kayubihi Bangli 28 Sep Hari Tumpek Uduh Pura puseh, desa Desa Batuan Sukawati Pura Pasek Bendesa Desa Kekeran Mengwi Pura Manik Mas Besakih

Balinese Temple Ceremony Every Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.


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ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — Nina Davuluri became the first contestant of Indian heritage and the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America pageant Sunday night. Davuluri, 24, won the title as the nationally televised pageant returned home to Atlantic City. She succeeds another Miss New York, Mallory Hagan, whose tenure was cut short when the pageant moved back to Atlantic City after a six-year stint in Las Vegas, where winners were chosen in January. Davuluri performed a classical Bollywood fusion

dance for her talent competition. After the traditional frolic in the Atlantic City surf Monday morning, she will head to the scene of a devastating boardwalk fire in the New Jersey communities of Seaside park and Seaside Heights on Monday afternoon. The pageant had pitted 53 contestants — one from each state, plus the District of

Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview competitions. “This is where we belong,” Sam Haskell, CEO of the Miss America Organization, told The Associated Press. “This is the home of Miss America, and this is where we’re going to stay.” Much attention had been given to Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, who is believed to be the first Miss America contestant to openly display tattoos. She has the Serenity Prayer on her rib cage and a military insignia on the back of a shoulder. While other contestants wore glamorous costumes and elaborately decorated footwear

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Miss New York Nina Davuluri, center, reacts after being named Miss America 2014 pageant as Miss California Crystal Lee, left, and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan celebrate with her, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J.

during Saturday night’s “show-us-yourshoes” parade on the Boardwalk, Vail wore camouflage gear and Army boots. In a Twitter message Sunday, Vail wrote: “Win or not tonight, I have accomplished what I set out to do. I have empowered women. I have opened eyes.” Vail made it to the Top 10 and won a nationwide voters’ choice award propelling her into the semi-finals. Another noteworthy contestant was Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones, who made it into the top 5 while wearing a bejeweled knee brace. She tore ligaments in her knee while rehearsing her baton twirling routine on Thursday. Sunday night, she performed the routine flawlessly. The pageant started in Atlantic City as a way to extend the summer tourism season for an extra weekend.

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Development project of the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, has not totally accomplished. Based on observation of Bali Post on Saturday (Sep 14), the project workers looked to do activities at some points, although the building worth IDR 2.8 trillion has been ritually inaugurated.

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MANGUPURA - Development project of the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, has not totally accomplished. Based on observation of Bali Post on Saturday (Sep 14), the project workers looked to do activities at some points, although the building worth IDR 2.8 trillion has been ritually inaugurated. PT Angkasa Pura I stated to have mobilized 4,000 workers to work on the project ahead of the APEC Summit next October.

Billboard has named Pink its woman of the year. Billboard announced Monday that the pop singer will receive the honor at its annual Women In Music event Dec. 10 in New York City. Pink’s sixth album, “The Truth About Love,” has sold 1.7 million albums since it was released last year. It launched three Top 10 hits, including the No. 1 jam “Just Give Me a Reason.” Past recipients of Billboard’s woman of the year award include Beyonce, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Pink is currently on her international “The Truth About Love Tour.”

“Construction of the airport development project has reached 92 percent of completion,” said the Airport Project Head, Yanus Suprayogi, amid the inauguration ritual of the airport. He said the project implementer would operate the international arrival terminal on the upcoming September 19. Meanwhile, the operation of the international departure terminal would be made later on September 29. “Originally

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the inauguration was scheduled on September 12, but it was then delayed to September 19,” he said. President Director of PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero), Tommy Soetomo, also recognized the development of the Ngurah Rai Airport was about to enter the final phase and ready to welcome to the implementation of the APEC Summit in October 2013. With the project requiring an investment of trillions of rupiahs, the airport managed by

the PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) would be able to accommodate 25 million passengers per year. It was the largest airport capacity in Indonesia today. “Physical work of the airport development project was started in May 2011 by involving more than 4,000 workers. With this development, the capacity of the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport will be ready to serve up to 25 million passengers per year,” he said. Capacity of the Ngurah Rai Airport after the expansion surpassed the capacity of the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, accommodating 22 million passengers per year. Ngurah Rai also had the capacity surpassing that of the Kualanamu Airport in Deli Serdang inaugurated not long ago. It had the capacity of 8.1 million passengers per year.

“Ngurah Rai Airport currently serves more than 14 million passengers per year, while the current capacity is only 7 million passengers per year. The growth in the airport passengers in 2012 compared to the year 2011 showed an increase of 15.5 percent per year,” he explained. The mega project by the Indonesian citizens despite spreading across the area of 285 hectares, it has a majestic and fairly large terminal size, and is equipped with advanced technology and cutting-edge airport facilities. It is the only the baggage handling system applying the Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) technology where passengers’ baggage was electronically and mechanically driven from the check-in counter to approaching the aircraft. The technology enables minimal physical contact of the officers, but it is much

more accurate, fast, effective and efficient. Through the development, many facilities also get the addition. For example, the check-in counter reached 96 units instead of only 62 units. Meanwhile, the passenger boarding bridge currently amounted to 24 units instead of 16 units. Aside from technological sophistication, the airport also adopts the richness of Balinese culture. Together with local government and related agencies, the Angkasa Pura established a design committee before starting the construction of the airport. The committee is reinforced by academicians from the University of Udayana, elements of practitioner, builder expert team of Balinese traditional building as well as customary leaders of villages around the airport.

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Edisi 17 September 2013 | International Bali post