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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Entertainment

Review: Ethan Coen’s new play twisted, of course

Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Ethan Coen waxes entertainingly absurd on motherhood and deception, conjoining those themes in his first full-length play, the entertaining comedy “Women Or Nothing.”

Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, file

FILE - This May 19, 2013 file photo shows film director and playwright Ethan Coen during a photo call for the film “Inside Llewyn Davis” at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France.

The satirical, screwball-noirish production is world premiering off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company, where it opened Monday night. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Coen, who has written several short plays for the Atlantic, is best known for creating popular films with his brother Joel, including “No Country for Old Men,” ‘’Fargo” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” David Cromer directs a stylishly comedic cast of four, who ably represent their characters as real people without losing any of their absurd qualities or missing a beat with the quip-laden dialogue. Deborah Pourfar is delightfully uptight as prim concert pianist Laura, whose long-time girlfriend Gretchen (a sweetly kooky portrayal by Halley Pfeiffer) tries to persuade her to sleep

with a man she knows so they can have a baby together by “looking the genes in the eye.” The sit-com aspect is that they don’t want the man to know he’s fathering their child. While logical Laura wants the proven background checks she thinks a sperm clinic would provide for donors, flighty Gretchen launches into a screed about the kind of “social retards” that would “mate with glassware” at such a place. Robert Beitzel smoothly handles the difficult job of making the unwitting spermdonor Chuck a likable, decent guy who doesn’t question why Laura wants to sleep with him. Pourfar gives

Coppola, Domingo among Praemium Imperiale winners

Associated Press Writer

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 New Egyptian petition: Run, General, run

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Liverpool held to 2-2 draw at Swansea in EPL

UN confirms chemical weapons used in Syria

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Shooting spree at Washington naval base, 13 dead

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and Italian painter Michelangelo Pistoletto. The winners will receive their awards from Japan’s Prince Hitachi at a ceremony in Japan in October. Previous winners of the prize, founded in 1989, include Italian screen star Sophia Loren and British actress Judi Dench.

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LONDON — Moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola and opera singer Placido Domingo are among five winners of a lucrative arts prize that has been dubbed the “Nobel Prize of the arts.” The “Godfather” director and the Spanish tenor are recipients of the Japan Art Association’s

Praemium Imperiale Awards, which come with a 15 million yen ($150,000) purse. The awards are open to visual and performing artists — and architects — of any nationality. This year’s other recipients, announced Tuesday in London, are British sculptor Antony Gormley; British architect David Chipperfield;

Laura’s would-be flirtation with Chuck a hilariously serious, at times sternly confrontational tone, after Gretchen invites him over, then disappears. Deborah Rush is masterful as Laura’s overbearing, free-spirited mother, Dorene, who arrives at an inopportune time and politely refuses to leave. Rush’s delivery of her dialogue is a triumph of delicate venom. She spits out Dorene’s seemingly nonsensical thoughts or careless needling of her daughter with a precise diction ever-so-faintly echoed in Pourfar’s measured delivery of Laura’s lines.

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A U.S. Park Police helicopter removes a man in a basket from the Washington Navy Yard Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Earlier in the day, the U.S. A former US naval reservist, Aaron Alexiz (inzet) killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at a military base in the heart of Washington on Monday, before himself being killed in a shootout with police.

Master of ceremonies Marc Abrahams, left, introduces the winners of the Medicine Prize, Xiangyuan Jin, right mouse, of China, Masanori Niimi of Japan and Masateru Uchiyama of Japan during the annual Ig Nobel prize ceremony at Harvard University Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Cambridge, Mass.

Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON - A former US naval reservist killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at a military base in the heart of Washington on Monday, before himself being killed in a shootout with police.

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Police identified the alleged gunman as Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, who served in the Navy from 2007 to 2011 before becoming a defense subcontractor for computer giant Hewlett-Packard. US authorities probing the shooting spree at Washington’s Navy Yard, which local news outlets early Tuesday reported also injured 14,

said the gunman appeared to have acted alone. “We do now feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss of life inside of the base today,” police chief Cathy Lanier said late Monday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation appealed to the public for

information on the 34-year-old, whose military service was marked by disciplinary problems and who reportedly had once been arrested but not charged in Texas for shooting a bullet through his apartment ceiling. “No piece of information is too small. We are looking to learn everything we can about his recent movements, his contacts and his associates,” said Valerie Parlave, assistant director of the FBI’s Washington field office. The FBI released a photo of Alexis, who held the rank of an Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd

Class and had served full-time in a logistics support squadron in Fort Worth, according to the Navy. The shooting left Washington on edge and there was a security scare hours later at the White House when a man who apparently threw firecrackers over a fence at the US president’s residence was swiftly arrested. Even hours after the shooting, Alexis’s motivation for opening fire, reportedly with an AR-15 assault rifle, was unclear. His fouryear stint in the Navy was troubled, officers said. “There is definitely a pattern of

misconduct during his service,” a US military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. Friends in Texas told US media that Alexis had an interest in Buddhism and was conversant in the Thai language and had thought about moving to Asia. Most recently, Alexis was employed as an IT subcontractor for a company called “The Experts,” which was working on a HewlettPackard contract to upgrade equipment for an intranet network used by the US Marine Corps and Navy, HP said in a statement. Continued on page 6


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International

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bali News

International

Swept by floods, revetment of Yehembang River collapses Negara (Bali Post)—

Revetment of Yehembang River located at Bale Agung hamlet, Yehembang village, was broken as washed away by floods. A total of approximately 40 meters of concrete revetment in the east of the Yehembang Bridge has been damaged since three months ago. To date, it has not been repaired so that residents worry if the damage will be getting more serious and the revetment does not work.

Allegedly the project has poor quality so that it is easily broken when crashed by flooding river water. Meanwhile, some residents revealed on Monday (Sep 16) the revetment had broken since three months ago. Actually such condition had been reported to village authorities but there has been no improvement so far. The collapsed revetment occurred at two separate points and each spread along about 20 meters. So far, the debris of the collapsed revetment remains visible. Residents suspected the revetment collapsed because it could not hold the lunge of river water. Besides, the materials used to build the revetment were also

fragile. Earlier, the revetment had collapsed, but it was then repaired by the contractor. One of the local residents, Ketut Mudita, 45, said he alleged the materials in use had poor quality, so that it easily collapsed when hit by floods. In addition, it was alleged to be the impact of taking the river materials illegally. Materials along the river were always taken. As resident, his party also participated in supervising it and once suggested in order the revetment installation did not use any river stones because he worried it could not last long. Unfortunately, the contractor persisted in using river stones and it was then proved if the revetment had been destroyed.

Meanwhile, a number of other residents suspected the damage was the impact of the arising land utilization where people planted bananas and grass for fodder so that the river area was getting narrower. The water running from the upstream hit the revetment and accelerated the damage. The Headman of Yehembang, Made Semadi, confirmed that his party had reported the matter to the Public Works Agency. Besides, his party also hoped the revetment could be repaired immediately to avoid any impact of erosion and the river area could be dredged so that it could no longer be taken advantage by residents. (kmb26)

The Dean in charge of the Administration and Finance of the Faculty of Economics of the Udayana University, Prof. Dr. I Made Wardana, assessed the soybean import quota set had the potential to result in cartel. The soybean import was conducted by PT FKS Multi Agro with quota of 46.71 percent or reaching 210,600 tons, PT Gerbang Cahaya Utama with the quota of 46,500 tons (10.31 percent) and PT Budi Semesta Satria with the quota of 42,000 or 9.31 percent. “The existence of import quotas potentially results in cartel. To that end, the government should re-enhance the policies and regulations, particularly related to the soybean import,” said Prof. Made Wardana, Monday (Sep 16). He advised the government to perform strict supervision in short

term against the importers if there was an indication they had implemented cartel practice. When they were proved to do it, a sanction should be imposed. “Government needs to oversee the importers of soybean. It is intended to anticipate any scarcity of soybean supply in Indonesia because of the cartel practice in the process of soybean import,” he said. The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) also suspected if the Regulation of Minister of Trade No.45/2013 on the Provisions of Soybean Import could result in turmoil to the soybean price in the market. The importers should be registered and obliged to have an Import Approval (SPI). At least, there were three importers holding approximately 66.33 percent of the soybean import quotas. With the structure of import

quota tending to be controlled by cartel, when the Import Approval was issued late and the largest importer held the stock, it possibly kindled a scarcity that led to soaring price of the soybean. Meanwhile, Perum Bulog planned to import 150,000 tons of soybeans in October to December. Soybean import would be brought in from the United States and Myanmar. Such an effort needed carrying out to stabilize the price of soybean at home. A number of exploration and talks had been made by Bulog to several countries such as the U.S., Brazil, China and Myanmar. From a number of countries, the United States and Myanmar were considered the most potential. Of the total 150,000 tons, the import would be brought in gradually around 40,000 to 50,000 tons per month. (kmb27)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The collapses riverment on Yehembang River

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Bangli (Bali Post)—

Recent drought has a remarkable impact on the agricultural conditions in Bangli. Approximately 237 hectares of paddy fields cannot be planted due to shortage of water. A lot of farmers are forced to delay their rice planting period as having difficulty to get water. Such condition also occurs at Subak Bangkiang Sidem, Bangbang village, Tembuku. About 35 hectares of paddy fields face water shortage so that local farmers cannot grow rice. Additionally, some 49 hectares of farmland at Subak Bangbang Kawan delays its planting season. Meanwhile, the worst condition occurs in Susut subdistrict. Approximately 153 hectares of paddy fields cannot be planted with rice. Estimated, the delay will last until the next two months. Related to that issue, the Section Head of the Agricultural Production Enhancement at the Bangli Agriculture, Plantation and Forestry Agency, I Nyoman Pugera,

did not dismiss the existence of the delayed rice planting. He admitted such condition moderately affected the production of grain in Bangli. According to him, the delay occurred due to drought. The drought all this time was caused by the destruction of forests and the widespread use of water tapping and artesian wells. Due to persistent water shortages occurred so far, a lot of rice fields in the downstream region were converted into dry fields. Thus, it could be ascertained that such conditions would also have an impact on the food stocks in Bangli County. However, different comment was revealed by the Head of Bangli Agriculture Agency, Sukartana. According to him, despite the delay in planting season, the food stocks in Bangli County was declared secure because other than producing rice, local farmers over the years also produced non-rice food such as yams, cassava and maize. (ina)

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Kosenda Hotel opens in Jakarta IBP

JAKARTA - In the heart of vibrant Jakarta, Kosenda hotel stands as a beacon of design and originality. Part 21st century architectural landmark, part mid-century 1950’s modern aesthetics, Kosenda Hotel is the city’s newest design hotel. Offering a fun and funky escape with 60 individually tailored rooms, a stunning rooftop lounge, café, and restaurant headed up by celebrated Sydney and Melbourne restaurateur of 25-years, Stewart Gan. Founder Ruben Kosenda, has pooled decades of experience travelling and dining into a sensible and relaxed hotel built with guests’ wishes at the core. Inspired by international design trends, every space at Kosenda Hotel has been considered, every detail deliberated over. “For many years I dreamt of opening a design hotel in the heart of Jakarta,” says Ruben, “A hotel filled with character and individuality, with sensible spaces and innovative cuisine, I wanted to create an experience that was understated and relaxed with a modern edge.” Internationally recognised architects TonTon Studio were tasked with the design of Kosenda Hotel. The team crafted aneightstory building that rises out of the ground in a series of striking shards with diamond features. These unique features are inspired

by Jakarta’s ethnic Betawi tribe traditional houses, and carefully reinterpreted into a modern and urban design. Inside and the magic continues with Santi Alaysius and Hamphrey Tedja from celebrated design firm Domisilium Studio having shaped a bespoke and tranquil approach, with a nod to urban life. Delivering a sense of comfort and style, the lounge area sitsoriginal furniture from timeless designers Svend Skipper, PoulHenningsen and not to be missed, an original Hans Wagner 1950’s chair called, the ‘Ox’cheekily nick-named by the team, ‘the king’s chair in the house’. “The interior is a marriage of the hotel’s architecture and Mr. Ruben’s character, very warm and hospitable with a love of the old and new,” says Alaysius. “Guests can enjoy originally designed pieces and collectibles

from Javanese to Scandinavian.” An eight-story feature wall made entirely from solid teak wood offcuts stands proudly in the centre of the hotel. A humorous mural by local artist Sanchia T. Hamidjaja depicts life in present day Jakarta and can viewed through towering windows on the lower levels. Along the corridors art by Triyadi Guntur Wiratmo tells the stories and history of the city’s past. Energy has also been put into custom designing lighting, music and aromas. Inside the rooms bespoke products have been designed to create a visually spacious room, with the comfort of home. Wardrobe space is fitted with a luggage rack and a lengthy kitchenette bench doubles as a workspace with concealed international power points. An iPod dock and digital alarm rests on the bedside tables that are otherwise free from clutter. Together, the placement and design of the furniture and products have created a fuss-free and visually clean room that has functionality at the core.

Courtesy of Kosenda Hotel

At the top of Kosenda Hotel, Awan Lounge is a breathtaking rooftop bar and garden, delivering sweeping city views and one of Jakarta’s leading cocktail lists. On the lower level, Waha Kitchen is fast becoming a leader in Peranakan cuisine in Jakarta. “The idea is

Calendar Event for August 24 through September 28, 2013

Quota of soybean import Drought causes farmers potentially results in cartel to delay planting period Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Activities

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

to create an elevated level of service and dining focused around the freshness and lively flavours of Southeast Asian cuisine, “ says Gan. In the specially crafted menu, guests can taste an original Nyonyarecipe for Laksa curry soup, that can’t be found anywhere else in the Jakarta.

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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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Health

International

Drug-resistant bacteria are common killers Associated Press Writer

Bali News

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Tourism in Bali dominated by Australians Antara

ATLANTA — For the first time, the U.S. government is estimating how many people die from drug-resistant bacteria each year — more than 23,000, or about as many as those killed annually by flu.

DENPASAR - Australia led the top ten sources of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali in the first seven months of this year, said an official.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the number Monday to spotlight the growing threat of germs that are hard to treat because they’ve become resistant to drugs. Finally estimating the problem sends “a very powerful message,” said Dr. Helen Boucher, a Tufts University expert and spokeswoman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “We’re facing a catastrophe.” Antibiotics like penicillin and streptomycin first became widely available in the 1940s, and today dozens are used to kill or suppress the bacteria behind illnesses ranging from strep throat to the plague. The drugs are considered one of the greatest advances in the history of medicine, and have saved countless lives. But as decades passed, some antibiotics stopped working against the bugs they previously vanquished. Experts say their overuse and misuse have helped make them less effective. In a new report, the CDC tallied the toll of the 17 most worrisome drug-resistant bacteria. The result: Each year, more than 2 million people develop serious infections and at least 23,000 die.

A total of 458,109 Australians visited Bali between January and July this year, up 2.76 percent from 445,784 in the same period last year, added I Gede Suarsa, head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) office in Bali province. Australian tourists made up 25.58 percent of the overall tourist arrivals in Bali, which reached 1.79 million in the year ended July 31, 2013. He noted that Australia is a potential market for Bali’s tourism because it contributes significantly to the overall tourist arrivals in Bali. Most of the Australians traveled to Bali by direct flights from their country. Only 5,880 of them visited Bali by cruise ships, he said. China trailed behind in second place and Japan in the third place, contributing 12.65 percent and 6.35 percent respectively with regard to the overall tourist arrivals in the year ended July 2013, he added. Between January and July 2013, the number of Australian tourists to Bali rose by 18.74 percent, Japan - 15.86 percent, Malaysia - 9.97 percent, South Korea - 0.15 percent, Singapore - 13.45 percent, France - 0.91 percent, and the United States - 8.86 percent. Only tourist arrivals from Britain fell by 2.76 percent to 63,895 from 65,709 in the same period last year, he said.

Of those, the staph infection MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, kills about 11,000, and a new superbug kills about 600. That bacteria withstand treatment with antibiotics called carbapenems — considered one of the last lines of defense against hard-to-treat bugs. Germs like those have prompted health officials to warn that if the situation gets much worse, it could make doctors reluctant to do surgery or treat cancer patients if antibiotics won’t protect their patients from getting infections. “If we’re not careful, the medicine chest will be empty” when doctors need infection-fighting drugs, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. It’s not clear that the problem is uniformly growing worse for all bugs. Some research suggests, for example, that MRSA rates may have plateaued and a separate CDC report released Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine found that serious MRSA infections declined 30 percent between 2005 and 2011. MRSA bacteria have been the target of many hospital infection control efforts. These germs often live without

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In this undated photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one form of CRE bacteria, sometimes called “nightmare bacteria.” CRE bacteria is blamed for 600 deaths each year, and can withstand treatment from virtually every type of antibiotic. symptoms on the skin, but also can cause skin or tissue infections, and become more dangerous when they enter the bloodstream. Serious, invasive MRSA declined

in all settings for a total of 80,461 infections in 2011, the journal report found. Most were linked with health care in people who’d recently been hospitalized or received other medical

treatment. But for the first time, the more than 16,000 infections picked up in community settings outnumbered the 14,000 infections that began in the hospital.

Chileans sue Swedish mining firm over toxic waste Associated Press Writer

AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, File

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, radio antennas are spread out on the terrain as part of one of the worlds largest astronomy projects, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chajnator in the Atacama desert in northern Chile.

STOCKHOLM — A group of 707 Chileans sued Swedish mining company Boliden on Monday, demanding 91 million kronor ($13.9 million) in compensation for health problems allegedly caused by toxic waste the company dumped in northern Chile. The lawsuit filed with a Swedish district court claims Boliden exported 20,000 tons of mining waste to the Chilean town of Arica in the mid-1980s, despite knowing it was highly toxic and could not be handled safely at the site. Citizens in a residential area called Polygono claim the waste includes high levels of arsenic, lead and quicksilver, and that it has given them health problems such as cancer, aching bones, breathing difficulties, rashes and miscarriages. Attorney Johan Oberg, who represents the victims, says Boliden was an expert in the field and well aware of the dangers of handling the waste when it exported it to Chile, which was then ruled

by dictator Augusto Pinochet. Oberg said years before the export the company stated “there is no one else in the world but us who can handle” such waste. Boliden said it regrets what happened in Arica but claims the responsibility lies with Chilean authorities who allowed houses to be built near the dump site in the 1990s, and the Chilean company Promel that Boliden paid to take care of the waste. “What happened in Arica is truly tragic,” Boliden said in a statement. “Legal proceedings in Chile have ... established that Promel and the Chilean health authorities are responsible for what happened and for the harm suffered. Damages were paid out to the victims and a decision to evacuate the area was taken during the autumn of 2009,” it said. Boliden spokeswoman Marcela Sylvander said the company was convinced that Promel could handle the material properly and that one of its experts had been on the site twice to secure it was safe.

IBP/Eka Adhiyasa

Australia led the top ten sources of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali in the first seven months of this year, said an official.

Black stone theft threatens siltation at Lake Batur Bali Post

BANGLI - The area of Mount Batur, Kintamani, being famous for the beautiful panorama actually retains a lot of environmental problems. One of them is the existence of the black lava stone erupted by Mount Batur that makes it increasingly pockmarked due to rampant burglaries in the area. Even, the excavation is no longer carried out manually way but by using heavy equipment. The Head of Bangli Environment Agency, Ida Bagus Armaya, when met at his office some time ago did not dismiss such condition. He was deeply concerned about the environmental damage occurred in the region. However, he could not do much to stop the activities. On the one hand, most excavation activities were carried out

on the privately owned land. He actually argued if the authority to handle the matter completely lay in the Natural Resources Conservation Agency. “Related to this matter, it truly lies in the authority of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency,” he said. However, to prevent the widespread damage his party so far could only try to socialize and approach a number of local community leaders. His party hoped the mindset of the unscrupulous people that originally put more interests in the economic aspect by doing massive excavation into the earth could gradually switch to other professions that would not have an impact on the environmental damage. Meanwhile, a number of information mentioned if the stealing of the black lava stone was committed at

night. On that account, the theft resulting in damage to the environment was rarely touched by the apparatus. All this time, the excavation activity in the region had also indirectly threatened the condition of Lake Batur. Armaya had confidence if the lake becoming the proud of Bangli community continuously underwent siltation due to the avalanche of materials brought by rain to the lake. Evidently, though it had been entering the dry season, the lake water stayed to overflow and never subsided. To overcome to the siltation, his party with the funding help from central government would build a catchment wells in 2014. Thus, the rainwater would not go directly to the lake, but was first absorbed in the water catchment located near the mouth of the lake. (kmb21)

Textile exports up 36.45 percent Antara

DENPASAR - Bali earned US$60.67 million from the exports of textiles and textile products in the first five months of the year or an increase of 36.46 percent from US$44.47 million in the same period last year. The exports rose 44.78 percent in volume from 26.85 million pieces in the January-May period in 2012 to 38.88 million pieces in the same period in 2013 according to Central Statistic Agency (BPS) data. Textiles and garments are products of cottage and small and medium industries in Bali contributing 27.96 percent to Bali’s export earning of US$216.92 million in the five months period. Bali’s products of textiles are high in demand in various countries. Australia is the largest buyer accounting for 20.95 percent followed by the United States accounting for 20.26 percent of the textile and textile products exported from Bali. Other main buyers include Singapore, Hong Kong, Spain and a number of other European countries.


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Gunaksa Pier to be reviewed Semarapura (Bali Post)— Long polemic against the allegations of corruption in the construction of Gunaksa Pier was ascertained to be reviewed. Such certainty was made by the elected candidate of the Klungkung Regent, Nyoman Suwirta, when inspecting in person the project on the beach recently with the elected candidate of Deputy Regent, Made Kasta. Nyoman Suwirta assessed if seeing the condition in the field since it was built in 2008, the budget disbursed by central, provincial and county government was indeed not proportional to the realization in the field. Thus, by seeing such condition, he said that making a review was an appropriate measure as a comparison to the previous studies. It meant to know whether the work had complied with the comprehensive study or there was something wrong so that the implementation constantly delayed. He said the review performed would involve the competent parties in their field such as the Transportation, Communication and Informatics Agency and the Ministry of Transportation or private sector and academicians having the capability or competence to conduct the review for the project. The review was necessary in order the natural factors would not always become scapegoat of the irregularities in the field. “Later, we can see the results of the studies, whether it was correct if the problem all this time was due to natural factors,” he said. Additionally, he admitted that he did not want to interfere with the law because the project had been becoming a serious attention of the Klungkung Attorney and Bali Prosecutor’s Office. He explained that after being inaugurated as the regent, the review would be immediately carried out. Even, he encouraged the law enforcement officers to maximally investigate if any indications of corruption were found during the process. Even, it would be better if the legal issues on the execution of the Gunaksa Pier project could be resolved before his installment on December 14. “Thus, when serving as the regent, all issues

have been clear, so that we hope there will be a solution to realize the counterpart pier in the sea transportation to Mentigi Pier in Nusa Penida,” he said. Previously, the pressures by various community leaders in Klungkung, like Tjokorda Bagus Oka, Dewa Gede Sena, Made Raka Adnyana, Putu Tika Winawan, Ngakan Samudera to the maestro of Balinese classical painting, Gunarsa, had urged to perform immediate review. In essence, the review was required to examine the previous studies whether the Gunaksa Pier had been appropriate to be built at the location, whether a redesign was required or even the most extreme decision needed a relocation. But, if it was relocated, would the previous work turn useless? All this time, the location of Gunaksa Pier was often accused as the result of collusion request from the officers in Klungkung County. Today, the construction of Gunaksa Pier remains at the fourth stage, as per the contract agreement begun on May 28 and is scheduled for completion on December 23, 2013. Fourth stage of the development stayed to extend the breakwater in the west side where the current length has reached approximately 100 meters from the planned total length of 205 meters out to sea. At the fourth stage, the funds of the state budget worth IDR 19 billion was intended to connect the existing 45-meter breakwater. Therefore, the length of breakwater at the fourth stage from the west side became 145 meters with a height of six meter above sea level. Meanwhile, the remaining 60 meters will be worked on again next year. Earlier, the Head of Klungkung Transportation, Communication and Informatics Agency, Nengah Sukasta, in a press conference said the construction of Gunaksa Pier had spent a budget of IDR 144.5 billion. Of such amount, a total of IDR 94.7 billion was from the state budget of the Ministry of Transportation, IDR 28.3 billion from Bali regional budget and IDR 21.5 billion from the regional budget of county government. (kmb21)

Distribution of teachers in Denpasar both at the primary and secondary schools is still considered unequal. As evidence, there remains school that lacks of teacher or has not had a teacher of particular subject. On the other hand, there are schools have excessive teachers, so that it is not effective. Such condition happens to the SD Tulangampiang elementary school pilot project, Denpasar. Such condition was disclosed by Chairman of Commission D of the

Denpasar House, I Wayan Sugiarta, in Denpasar, Monday (Sep 16). “We’ve got a lot of reports about the condition of teachers at schools that has not been evenly distributed,” said Sugiarta. He said that for the SDN Tulangampiang pilot project his party had inspected with the ranks of the commission. Other than the matter of unresolved swap, the school also had a problem related to the transfer of irrelevant teacher. Position of class teacher at the school had been adequate. However, the school recently received a muta-

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Culture Agency urged to inventory traditional games Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Denpasar Culture Agency is urged to immediately inventory various kinds of traditional game existing in Denpasar area. Having completed the inventory process, the agency is expected to team up with the Denpasar Education Agency to introduce the traditional games to students, especially to the education at kindergarten, elementary and junior high school. When necessary, the Denpasar Culture Agency could even make synergy with the Education Agency to hold special event presenting various kinds of the traditional games. Chief of the Denpasar Sabha Yowana, I Made Ariawan Payuse, revealed the matter to Bali Post, Sunday (Sep 15). According to Ariawan Payuse, the inventory of traditional games was absolute because their existence was increasingly marginalized by various kinds of foreign games that were not necessarily positive for the formation of the character of younger generation. In this context, he also hoped the Denpasar Municipality to set aside a budget to reconstruct the traditional games having been extinct by involving the figures of traditional games such as Made Taro. “If the Denpasar Municipality indeed has a desire to inventory and reconstruct the traditional

games, the Sabha Yowana will surely support it. We are ready to be involved in this program,” he said. This member of Denpasar Electoral Commission added that Denpasar Municipality and other county government across Bali should immediately preserve the existence of traditional games. If conservation efforts were not immediately initiated, the games as heritage of traditional Balinese human would undoubtedly come to extinction. One day, the younger generation of Bali would no longer familiar with the traditional games

such as stilts, megala-gala and so on. “Sabha Yowana Denpasar indeed would like to be actively involved in the conservation activities. Starting in 2007, the Sabha Yowana had rolled out the program to re-popularize traditional games like matajog (stilts) packaged in the form of the competition. Our efforts will surely be more optimal if the educational institution is also involved actively in preserving the traditional games or it could be put into the subject of Physical and Health Education,” he suggested. (kmb13)

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tion of teacher with class teacher qualification. “So, it is not effective because the position of class teacher has been fully occupied,” he said. Sugiarta said that based on information received from the teachers at the school there was adjacent school that lacked of class teacher. Supposedly, the teacher mutated to SD Tulangampiang could be distributed to school in need of the class teacher. “It shows the distribution of teacher has not been well managed by the Education Agency,” he explained. It was justified by Committee

Chairman of SD Tulangampiang, AA Sagung Anie Asmoro, accompanied by one of the local teachers. The school actually lacked of a subject teacher, but it was provided with a class teacher. Sugiarta also received a report that at particular school there were two teachers teaching in a classroom. Such condition indicated if the teachers in Denpasar were not well distributed. On that account, he hoped the Education Agency could conduct an inventory of schools related to schools lacking of teacher

and the teachers ineffectively teaching due to the excessive teachers of the same subject. “It is not appropriate with the spirit to create a better quality of education in Denpasar,” he explained. To ensure such condition, his party planned to make a visit to schools. As the commission in charge of the education, his party did not want any education cases that should not have happened. “We will be monitoring directly the schools,” said the politician from South Denpasar. (kmb12)

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference following a meeting Syria on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. U.N. inspectors said there is “clear evidence” that chemical weapons were used in Syria.

UN confirms chemical weapons used in Syria Associated Press Writer

UNITED NATIONS - Careful not to blame either side for a deadly chemical weapon attack, U.N. inspectors reported Monday that rockets loaded with the nerve agent sarin had been fired from an area where Syria’s military has bases, but said the evidence could have been manipulated in the rebel-controlled stricken neighborhoods. The U.S., Britain and France jumped on evidence in the report especially the type of rockets, the composition of the sarin agent, and trajectory of the missiles - to declare that President Bashar Assad’s government was responsible. Russia, Syria’s closest ally, called the investigators’ findings “deeply disturbing,” but said it was too early to draw conclusions. The Syrian government’s claims that opposition forces were responsible for the attack “cannot be simply shrugged off,” Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin insisted. The conclusions represented the first official confirmation by impartial scientific experts that chemical weap-

ons were used in Syria’s civil war, but the inspectors’ limited mandate barred them from identifying who was responsible for the Aug. 21 attack. “This is a war crime,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council when he presented the report. “The results are overwhelming and indisputable. The facts speak for themselves.” Ban called it “the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them” in Halabja, Iran, in 1988, and “the worst use of weapons of mass destruction in the 21st century.” The deep division between Western backers of rebels seeking to overthrow

Assad and Russian and Chinese supporters of the regime has paralyzed the U.N. Security Council since the Syrian conflict began 2 1/2 years ago. Even though the United States and Russia agreed Saturday on the framework to put Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and precursors under international control for future destruction, their top diplomats were at odds Monday over a new Security Council resolution that would make the deal legally binding - and whether there should be a reference to possible military enforcement if Syria doesn’t comply. After months of negotiations, the U.N. inspectors went to Syria to visit the sites of three alleged chemical attacks earlier this year and were in the capital of Damascus on Aug. 21 when reports and videos began surfacing of a shelling attack in which victims experienced shortness of breath, disorientation, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, weakness and a loss of consciousness.

BANGKOK - Protesters blocked a highway in southern Thailand for a second day on Tuesday in a bid to force the government to increase a subsidy for rubber farmers, even though a curfew was imposed in the area after clashes with riot police on Monday. “We have put in place a 24-hour curfew to maintain order. Our biggest concern now is the safety of protesters and police,” said Wirot Chiwarangsan, governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat province, where the protest is taking place. Despite the order, about 200 protesters gathered at a major intersection on the highway early on Tuesday, disrupting traffic. Varathep Rattanakorn, a minister at the prime minister’s office, told reporters after a ministerial meeting on the matter that the government would not renegotiate a rubber subsidy offered to farmers last week. Most farmers’ groups have agreed in principle to the government’s offer of a 21.2 billion baht ($665 million) subsidy, which works out at about 10 baht per kg. On top of the current market price of about 80 baht, that would give farmers 90 baht ($2.82) for each kg of rubber they produce. But some are demanding 120 baht per kg. About 3,000 protesters had gathered at the protest site on Monday, police said. Some were armed with sling shots and clashed with riot police firing teargas. “The situation was very volatile so we had to retreat. Cars were set on fire, some acidic liquid was thrown and stones were hurled,” Kittisan Dejsoonthornwat, a deputy provincial police commander, told Reuters on Tuesday. At least 118 police were injured in the clash, he said. Kittisan said some of the protesters were teenagers who had no connection to the farmers and were simply out to cause trouble.

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A police truck burns during a clash between rubber farmers and anti-riot police in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, southern of Thailand Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

Powerful typhoon downgraded after lashing Japan Associated Press Writer

TOKYO — Crews were cleaning up wrecked houses and assessing damage Tuesday in the wake of a powerful typhoon that lashed Japan with torrential rains, leaving at least two people dead. Typhoon Man-yi weakened into a tropical storm by late Monday, though violent winds persisted into the night.

Dozens of people were injured and thousands of homes damaged. In the popular tourist destination of Kyoto, where 260,000 people were ordered to evacuate to shelters, the Katsura river remained flooded at midday Tuesday. Man-yi moved offshore of the northern island of Hokkaido late Monday, followed by torrential rains. Train services and flights had mostly returned to normal by

early Tuesday in most areas following disruptions over the three-day holiday weekend. At least two people were reported dead and five others missing, police said. 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. Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate across Japan. The Meteorological Agency said the storm dumped an “unprecedented” amount of rainfall in Kyoto and two neighboring prefectures — as much as 8 centimeters (3 inches) per hour.


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BUSINESS Soy rules in Latin America as China, Europe beckon Agence France-Presse

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A range of Mercedes cars are presented during the 65th Frankfurt Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. European Union car sales are still sagging despite the return of modest economic growth. For the first eight months of the year, passenger car sales were off 5.2 percent to 7.84 million compared with the same period last year, the European Auto Manufacturers’ Association said Tuesday.

European auto sales hit new low Associated Press

FRANKFURT — European Union car sales are still sagging despite the return of modest economic growth. For the first eight months of the year, passenger car sales were off 5.2 percent to 7.84 million compared with the same period last year, the European Auto Manufacturers’ Association said Tuesday. That’s the lowest January-August figure since the group started keeping track in 1990. New car registrations in August fell 5 percent from a year ago to 653,872, the association said. The economy in the 28-country EU grew 0.4 percent in the second quarter, ending a recession. But the unemployment rate remains high at 11.0 percent, making many consumers unable or afraid to buy a new car. Countries hit by the eurozone debt crisis, such as Greece and Spain, face even higher jobless rates that have hurt sales of moderately priced vehicles especially hard. Luxury carmakers are doing better. The August downturn was distributed across Europe’s biggest markets. Germany saw a 5.5 percent drop, despite a stronger economy than in other members of the 17-county eurozone.

Registrations fell 10.5 percent in France, 18.3 percent in Spain, and 6.6 percent in Italy. Britain’s was the only major market to expand, rising 10.5 percent. Among the major carmakers, Germany’s Volkswagen Group was off 11.2 percent in August while France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen slipped 17.3 percent. Renault Group rose 6.0 percent and General Motors was up 0.5 percent — as a large jump in sales of Chevrolet-branded vehicles made up for a 3.4 percent fall in sales of its main European Opel and Vauxhall brands. Ford was off 1.5 percent. Luxury brands did better. Daimler’s Mercedes was up 8.9 percent, excluding its compact Smart city car, and BMW AG rose 9.5 percent, excluding its Mini brand. However, VW’s Audi luxury brand, a chief competitor for Mercedes and BMW, was off 5.6 percent. The biggest market share over the first eight

months remained with Volkswagen Group, including the company’s other brands such as Audi, Seat and Skoda, with 24.9 percent, up slightly from 24.8 percent. Global auto executives expressed caution about the future in interviews at the Frankfurt Auto Show last week. They said the European market may have reached the bottom but do not see any significant increase in demand this year. The European market contrasts with a rebound in the United States, where figures show that sales are on track to reach 16 million vehicles a year — the level from before the recession. European annual sales were 15.6 million in 2007 but are heading for just under 12 million for all of this year. The auto association also issued figures for July, which showed a 5 percent increase over the previous year. July had one more working day than the previous July, while August had one less. In July, the only major market to shrink was Italy, which was down 1.6 percent. The association releases figures for July and August together. The figures excluded Croatia, which only joined the EU on July 1.

BUENOS AIRES - In row after neat row, lush green plants cover the fertile plains of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay -- soybeans destined for hungry markets in China and Europe. The green fever stems from this: soy is a great, cheap source of protein. And the stuff is here to stay. Cows make more milk when they are fed soybean meal, for instance. The Chinese go after soybean sprouts, which they then turn into oil or meal, while Europe wants the meal directly, for use as feed for poultry, cattle and pigs. Prices have quadrupled over the past dozen years or so, making the BrazilArgentina-Paraguay region the world’s soy powerhouse. Their harvest in 2013 was at an all time high. Brazil alone produced 81 million tons this year, matching that of the soybean pioneer, the United States, according to figures from the US Department of Agriculture. The last US soybean harvest was hit by drought. “The benefit is that soy has the same nutritional value as meat but it is a vegetable. Per hectare, it is the cheapest protein to produce,” said Marc-Henry Andre, author of a book entitled “Argentina, Brazil: the El Dorado of Agrobusiness.” At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, thanks to burgeoning demand soy prices have shot from $100 a ton in early 2000 to more than $500 now, said Argentine economist Luciano Cohan. China imported 60 million tons of soybean sprouts in the 2012/2013 season and plans to take another 70 million in 2013/2014. The soy is genetically modified but no one objects “because the benefits for the State are such that this is seen as a positive technology,” Cohan said. “Soy now has a central role in agriculture. A cow fed with soy clearly produces more milk than one fed with hay,” said French agronomist Marcel Mazoyer. Conservation groups are not thrilled, however. They worry about cattle raising and wheat growing being neglected as farmers jump on the soy bandwagon. Other problems are deforestation, aerial fumigation with pesticides and pollution of groundwater, they say. Beekeepers are buzzing too: they say their insects are being denied flowers for making honey as agriculture grows obsessed with the green leaves of soy. Soybean growing requires little manpower, so it has a social cost as well. Many small-scale farmers have given up agriculture and moved to sprawling slums in big cities.

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Are you a genuine adventurer? Try to explore the nature of the challenging Mount Batur. The steep trail with full of rocks is really appropriate to show off your guts. A genuine adventurer will be very proud to be able to conquer the volcanic nature on this island. Each step on the pointed rocks as if generated a thousand kinds of unique stories. And exploring the snaky paths between the steep cliffs leaves a very sweet experience. Moreover, when reaching the top of the mountain you can see and feel the gift of God which is second to none in the world. General Manager of Madu Sari Restaurant, I Wayan Winurjaya, said the trekking path was highly preferred by travelers. In addition to having a challenging terrain, a variety of natural beauty could also be seen. “Many of them said they were happy and proud after completing the path,” he said.In the course, the climbers would be accompanied by a guide who had known every curve and the powerful field along the trail. They received a variety of standard facilities. For convenience, every climber was expected to wear sports shoes, trousers and coats. “Mount Batur trekking enthusiasts are dominated by foreign tourists,” he said. Breakfast was taken at 3:30

a.m. at Madu Sari Restaurant and the trekking started at 4:00.a.m. An hour later, the journey led to Lake Batur by vehicle. The adventure was begun by passing through the path to penetrate the pine forests. Subsequently, it was resumed with the climbing to the top of Mount Batur taking place about two hours. Exploring the altitude of the mountain at 1717 meter above sea level, the climbers stopped for a while to enjoy the scenery from the top of the mountain. At 06.15 a.m. all climbers were invited to enjoy a beautiful sunrise among the three mountain views. While drinking coffee, the climber could watch the sunrise and shadows between Mount Abang, Mount Agung and Mount Rinjani in Lombok. After that, the journey continued to the crater to see the last eruption of Mount Batur occurred in 2000. Such activities were packed with breakfast of eggs and bananas boiled with volcanic heat. All climbers were asked to boil an egg and a banana that relied on the heat of the volcanic crater. Ultimately, the climbers were invited to come down the mountain toward the lake. Then, took a bath and nourished the body in hot water at the shore of Lake Batur. After that, all climbers went back to Madu Sari Restaurant to enjoy buffet lunch. (BTN)

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In 2012, the Pakerisan watershed was recognized by the UNESCO as a world cultural heritage (WCH) in the Soviet Union. Such recognition was simultaneously awarded to some areas in Bali such as the Taman Ayun Temple and Subak Jatiluwih area. Nearly a year after the recognition was given to Pakerisan watershed there has been no continuation to the conservation done so far. As a result, it kindles a question from local residents. As revealed by Chief of Tatad Hamlet, Made Yatna and Chief of Manukaya Let customary village, Made Mawi Arnata, some time ago, since it was recognized as the world cultural heritage there was no follow up so far. Conservation to the Pakerisan watershed whose upstream area had the Tirta Empul Temple had been posted a sign board saying the world cultural heritage. However, so far there had been no further action. On Monday (Sep 16), Assistant to Regional Secretary of Gianyar in charge of Administrative Affairs, Cokorda Rai Widiarsa Pemayun, said that after the determination, the response from central government and the provincial government did not indicate an immediate followup. Its budget and master plan were still being prepared, while the implementation was ascertained to be made early 2014. Currently, the Gianyar govern-

ment was answering the questions of the UNESCO related to the measures of the government after getting the worldwide recognition. By involving relevant agencies, the county government had addressed the issue, anticipated and prevented the land conversion along the Pakerisan watershed. Conservation throughout the Pakerisan watershed was divided into three zones namely the core zone within 100 meters from the mouth of the river (right and left side), supporting zone within 200 meters from the river and development zone within 300 meters from the river. “The three zones must be preserved so that there will be no damage to the environment,” he explained. Severe challenges in determining the world cultural heritage was to prevent the agricultural land conversion. Landowners in the core zone would be given tax exemption as well as other subsidies. Besides,

it would also be established a Subak Forum throughout Gianyar to facilitate the supervision, coordination and socialization as well as formed a Cultural Asset Management Agency by involving community leaders and academician to monitor, supervise and manage the cultural assets throughout the Pakerisan watershed. Without such preventive measures for the preservation, the region becoming the pride of the world would face the same destiny as the other tourist attractions in Bali, where their development was chaotic, uncontrollable and slum. Initial arrangement of the Pakerisan watershed along 14 km would be first performed from the upstream area at Tirta Empul Temple to Subak Kulub, Bukit in Tampaksiring. Further, it would be resumed to downstream area, namely at Masceti Temple, Medahan village. (kmb16)

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Supporters of Egypt’s Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Gamel Soliman, left, and Islam el-Nabwi, hold a campaign to nominate the minister to run for president at a hotel in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

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GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy - Engineers declared success on Tuesday as the Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright during an unprecedented, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany. The remarkable project now allows for a renewed search for the two bodies that were never recovered from the 32 dead, and for the ship to eventually be towed away. The Concordia’s submerged side suffered significant damage during the 20 months it bore the weight of the Concordia on the jagged reef, and the daylong operation to right it stressed that flank as well. Exterior balconies were mangled and entire sections looked warped, though officials said the damage probably looks worse than it really is. The damage must be repaired to stabilize the ship so it can withstand the coming winter, when seas and winds will whip the liner, and be towed to be turned into scrap sometime in 2014. Shortly after 4 a.m., a foghorn boomed off Giglio Island and the head of Italy’s Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, announced that the ship had reached vertical and that the operation to rotate it - known in nautical terms as parbuckling - was complete. It was a dramatic operation that unfolded in real time as TV cameras recorded the final hours when the rotation accelerated with gravity pulling the ship into place. “We completed the parbuckling operation a few minutes ago the way we thought it would happen and the way we hoped it would happen,” said Franco Porcellacchia, project manager for the Concordia’s owner, Costa Crociere SpA. “A perfect operation, I must say,” with no environmental spill detected so far, he said.

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CAIRO - A group of professionals and former army officers launched Monday a petition urging Egypt’s military chief, who ousted the country’s first freely elected leader, to run for president, highlighting the yearning for a strongman to take charge after nearly three years of turmoil. The campaign for Gen. AbdelFattah el-Sissi is propped up by a pervasive personality cult, based on his success in uprooting an Islamist ruling elite. Still, there has been a faint pushback from new political groups calling for a civilian leader for the nascent democracy -despite little public tolerance for criticism of the military and a deepening sense of nationalism. In his one major political speech after removing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, el-Sissi said he had no political aspirations. Soon after, a military spokesman denied reports the general would run for office. But the spokesman added that nothing would stop el-Sissi from doing so if he retired. The clamor for him to run in presidential elections expected in early 2014 has only grown, demonstrating the dramatic seesawing Egypt has undergone since the 2011 revolution toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, a former military man. In part the calls are fueled by a powerful antiIslamist fervor after Morsi’s one year in office, when bitterness grew over what many saw as attempts by

his Muslim Brotherhood to monopolize power and take the country in a more extremist direction. State media and sympathetic television stations have helped fan the el-Sissi sentiment. Pop songs praising him and the military flood the airwaves. Posters of el-Sissi in his dark glasses and military cap are plastered around the streets. Videos of him addressing troops or training with them have become a staple on TV. In the upscale Cairo district of Garden City, sweets shop owner Bahira Galal says she has been doing a brisk business with her new chocolates bearing el-Sissi’s picture. “I support el-Sissi in my own way, especially after millions went out in the streets, everyone in their own way, supporting him,” she said. Millions turned out for protests that began June 30 demanding Morsi’s removal, prompting el-Sissi to oust the Islamist leader. Morsi’s supporters have continued protests demanding his reinstatement, even as a security crackdown has jailed thousands of Islamists. Detained since his ouster, Morsi faces trial on charges of inciting the killing

of protesters, and prosecutors are preparing other charges, including insulting the judiciary. El-Sissi has said he was only acting in response to the people’s demands, dismissing charges of orchestrating a coup. El-Sissi installed an interim, civilian government that is paving the way for elections. El-Sissi has cultivated a popular image for himself - that of a strongman who acted to save the nation and, at the same time, a softspoken figure with the interests of the people at heart. That has helped restore the prestige of the military after the much criticized period when generals held direct power for more than a year and a half after Mubarak’s fall. Those generals came from an older generation than el-Sissi and have since been shunted aside. The new petition campaign announced Monday brands itself “complete your good deed” - urging el-Sissi to take the next step and run. Organizer Rifai Nasrallah, a judge, said the goal was to collect 30 million signatures to convince the general to give in to “popular will.”

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JAKARTA - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will inaugurate the Bali toll road on September 23, 2013, said State-owned Enterprises (BUMN) Minister Dahlan Iskan on Tuesday.”The president is scheduled to inaugurate the new toll road in Bali,” noted the minister after an international seminar on “How Much is Your Brand Worth?” Dahlan added that the head of state will inaugurate the toll road a week before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which will be held from October 1 to 8, 2013.

He said the Benoa-Ngurah RaiNusa Dua toll road project is completed. The cost of construction of the 12.7-kilometer-road that runs over water is Rp2.4 trillion.

New Australian PM to visit Indonesia on Sept 30 Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Tony Abbott is expected to visit Indonesia on September 30 for his first overseas trip since winning the Australian premiership, with boatpeople set to top the agenda, Indonesian officials said Monday. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said Abbott planned to visit on that date, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali. Teuku Faizasyah, a presidential spokesman on foreign affairs, told AFP: “Details are being finalised for the state visit on September 30.” Abbott, who swept to victory in an election on September 7, put a pledge to “Stop the Boats” at the centre of his campaign, vowing a crackdown on

asylum-seekers arriving by sea which will include towing back vessels to Indonesia where possible. His plans also include buying up Indonesian fishing boats to keep them out of the hands of peoplesmugglers, embedding Australian police in villages and paying locals for intelligence. But Natalegawa has said Jakarta will reject the plans as not in the spirit of partnership between the nations, and that the issue would be a top priority when Abbott visits. Australia has struggled to manage the stream of asylum seekers arriving on rickety, overloaded fishing boats which are boarded in Indonesia. Hundreds have died on the risky journey in recent years.

Shooting... From page 1 The suspect’s work as a naval contractor suggested he may have had a pass that could gain him entry to the Naval Sea Systems Command, which oversees ship-building programs carried out by defense firms. It was unclear if the military or HP had been aware of Alexis’ brushes with the law, including reportedly two shooting incidents, before he was hired for the IT job. The shooting sparked a massive show of force as police and federal agents descended on the Navy Yard, which is located on the Anacostia River, less than two miles (three kilometers) from the Capitol. President Barack Obama ordered that flags be flown at half mast in the US capital until Friday as a mark of respect for the dead. Obama called the shooting a “cowardly act” and said that America was confronting “yet another mass shooting,” saying troops in the military should not have to face danger at home. Earlier media reports said the shooter had allegedly barricaded himself in a room in a headquarters building. After the first reports of shots came at 8:20 am (1320 GMT) in the headquarters building of the Naval Sea Systems Command, police arrived within three minutes and exchanged fire in “multiple engagements” with the suspect, Lanier said. A Washington police officer was among those injured. Hospital officials said he suffered serious wounds to his legs but was expected to survive.

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Indonesian youths watch as Mount Sinabung erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. Thousands of people were evacuated from their villages following the eruption of the 2,600-meter (8,530-feet) volcano Sunday after being dormant for three years, sending thick ash into the sky with small rocks pelting neighboring villages.

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Indonesian workers march during a rally against cheap wages in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. The rallied made economic situation more fragile because foreign investor will see Indonesia as unsafe place to invest.

BI assures Fed will withdraw stimulus carefully Antara JAKARTA - The Governor of Bank Indonesia (BI), Agus Martowardojo, has assured that the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) will be careful while withdrawing monetary stimulus, thus preventing any major instability in financial markets. “It is impossible for the US not to be careful. It will make sure that it communicates well and does not shock the market,” Martowardojo said here on Monday. He further pointed out that the best way for Indonesia to deal with such an external issue was to retain the investors’ trust by insulating the fundamental domestic economy from any internal fluctuations. “We have action plans to control the inflation, to fix the purchasing balance and the current account, as well as to control our high imports. In the mid-term, this plan will allow the market to trust Indonesia and in the end, they will choose Indonesia over other countries for investing,” Martowardojo noted. Thus far, Martowardojo added, the investors’ trust had helped attract capital that had supported the purchasing balance and reduced pressure on the

current account deficit. “We can’t help but admit that Indonesia has a current account deficit. Therefore, in order to afford our economy, we need foreign investment to support our purchasing balance. If this mechanism can be fixed, we will have a better economic structure,” he stated. In the medium to long term, structural reformation in industrial labor, infrastructure including power plants, asphalt roads and licensing, as well as corruption eradication could help convince investors more, Martowardojo explained. The governor also confirmed that Bank Indonesia will continue monitoring the national banking development, even though its governance and risk management are better than the one seen during the 1997 to 1998 crisis. “The banking condition in 2013 is healthier and we are optimistic that the large to small-scale banks are also in a good condition, but we will continue with the monitoring, since we do not want to see this wellrun system rendered inefficient,” Martowardojo noted.


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Croatia’s Roko Leni Ukic, left, goes to score as Greece’ s Yannis Bourousis defends during their EuroBasket European Basketball Championship Group F match at the Stozice Arena, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

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This monument was built to remind us of a terrible incident, namely the bomb blast in Kuta Bali on Saturday night October 12, 2002 on Jalan Legian Kuta. It caused death toll as many as 202 people from 22 countries and 324 people suffered from serious injuries and wounds. Such very powerful bomb blast also caused damage to buildings and vehicles within a radius of one kilometer. Since the tragedy, tourism industry as the backbone of Bali’s economy suffered the most serious slump in the history, but thanks to the persistence of the whole society and government, now slowly but surely it has now undergone at restoration. The monument itself was established in the former area of explosion (Ground Zero). Most prominent part of the monument is Kayonan with a large white wooden leaf symbolizing the universe and its contents. At the bottom of this kayonan, there are inscription of `victims’ name list that died in the incident and their nationality.

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The latest defeat came on Monday, the last day of the second round, when Spain blew a 15-point lead and lost 86-81 to Italy in overtime despite Gasol’s 32 points and 10 rebounds. Luigi Datome cut inside to put in a layup at the buzzer to tie the game at the end of regulation, and also provided some key plays as Italy dominated the OT.

Spain stayed in the tournament courtesy of Croatia’s earlier 9288 victory over Greece in double overtime. Spain had lost to Greece — as well as to host Slovenia — and could have been eliminated with a Greece win. “I thought we had the game under control for three quarters, we defended well and we could run and score easy baskets. But then we

broke down, lost our game and they took the momentum into overtime,” said Gasol, whose brother Pau is sitting out the event. Spain had a similar meltdown against Slovenia and is clearly missing the likes of Pau Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Juan Carlos Navarro. In the first quarterfinal Wednesday, Spain will play Serbia. Serbia has the youngest team in the tournament and has been inconsistent, also losing three games, before a sound victory over 2011 finalist France. Serbia lost the 2009 final to Spain, was fourth at the 2010 world championship, but then flopped at the Europeans two years ago and failed to qualify for the last year’s London Olympics.

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performance. “I will be appealing that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport very shortly,” Cilic said in statement through his country’s tennis association. “I wish to emphasize that I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any banned substance in my life and that I am opposed to any use of performance-enhancing substances in sport.” The suspension has been backdated to May 1 to allow Cilic to return to the ATP circuit on Jan. 31 next year. The ITF said Cilic had

tested positive at the BMW Open in Munich in April this year. “Unbeknownst to me, the glucose tablets contained a substance that is banned in competition although it is allowed out of competition,” Cilic added. Cilic has not played since withdrawing from his second-round match at Wimbledon in June but retains a ranking of 24th in the world. The tall righthander reached a career-high ranking of ninth in the world in February 2010, spending 11 successive weeks in the top 10.

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — It’s been anything but a smooth ride for Spain as it seeks its third straight European basketball title. Marc Gasol and his teammates are in the quarterfinals but they have appeared vulnerable in getting there. Due to a generous format of a tournament that started with 24 teams and was pared down to 12 for the second round, Spain advanced despite three losses.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — With a chance to start over and maybe drive in any series he wanted, Juan Pablo Montoya thought long and hard about what mattered most at this stage of his career. The answer was simple: Winning. So when a team owner synonymous with winning put an offer in front of him, Montoya snapped up the opportunity. He’ll leave NASCAR behind for a return to open-wheel to drive for Roger Penske — the IndyCar Series rival of Montoya’s longtime boss, Chip Ganassi. “He’s very excited for me,” Montoya said on Monday after texting with Ganassi, who is in Europe. “Chip and I are very good friends. He had to make a decision this year to go in a different direction. I had to do the same thing. I had an opportunity and a great chance with Penske. We’re going to be competitors and I’m looking forward to the challenge.” Ganassi decided in August not to bring Montoya back next year to his NASCAR program. It put the Colombian on the free agent market, and even though Ganassi has said he’d not ruled out using Montoya in his other programs, Montoya considered everything. He spoke with Michael Andretti about an IndyCar ride,

and Furniture Row Racing about replacing Kurt Busch at the end of the NASCAR season. There were calls to Europe, and a new rumor about a possible test with Lotus in Formula One. Montoya will team next season with current IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves of Brazil and Will Power of Australia while driving for Penske, winner of 15 Indianapolis 500s. He could also drive in some NASCAR races as part of the deal. “My No. 1 choice was going to be in a winning car. I really wanted to be in a winning car,” he said. “It came down to I wanted to race for Roger. In a way it’s always been one of my dreams to be able to be part of his organization. Being here, it’s unbelievable. I’m so excited. I’m like a 5-year-old kid right now.” Some could also consider the move a big piece of gamesmanship in the racing rivalry that spans two series between Ganassi and Penske. Castroneves and Ganassi driver Scott Dixon of New Zealand are locked in a fierce battle for the title, and the competition has heated up over the last two races as Dixon has been involved in incidents with Power and the Penske organization. “He’s a great driver and deserves a great drive,” Ganassi told The Associated Press. “He will have that there at Penske Racing.”

Cilic to appeal doping ban ZAGREB - Former world number nine Marin Cilic has said he will be appealing a nine-month doping ban imposed on him after he tested positive for the banned stimulant nikethamide. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Monday they had imposed the ban on the 24-year-old despite accepting his explanation that he had ingested the substance in glucose tablets and not intended to enhance his

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Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya (42) leads a pack of cars down the backstretch early in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.


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Swansea City’s Miguel Michu, left, and Liverpool’s Leiva Lucas compete for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium,Swansea Wales Monday Sept. 16, 2013.

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Liverpool held to 2-2 draw at Swansea in EPL

SWANSEA, Wales — Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League standings on Monday night despite its perfect start to the season ending with a 2-2 draw at Swansea. Brendan Rodgers’ team had won its first three games and a fourth consecutive victory would have marked the club’s best start ever in the Premier League.

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B u t M i c h u ’s s e c o n d - h a l f equalizer ruined Liverpool’s plans after goals from Daniel Sturridge and Victor Moses had given the visitors a 2-1 lead following Jonjo Shelvey’s opener. Liverpool now has 10 points and is one clear of both Arsenal and Tottenham. Rodgers, a former Swansea manager, received a warm welcome on his return to the Liberty Stadium as he greeted some home supporters. But there was no time for nostalgia as Shelvey opened the scoring with a left-foot shot from the right side of the box in the 2nd minute after Liverpool defenders failed to clear the ball properly. Shelvey first missed a volley but recovered to get past Mamadou Sakho and beat goalkeeper Simon Mignolet at his

BERLIN - Hamburg SV sacked coach Thorsten Fink on Tuesday after their 6-2 demolition by Borussia Dortmund on Saturday compounded a bad start to the season. Reserve team coaches Rodolfo Cardoso and Otto Addo had been put in temporary charge, the club said. “I had very good relations with Thorsten Fink and I hope this will stay that way but given the situation we are in we decided last night to go our separate ways,” sports director Oliver Kreuzer told a news conference. The 45-year-old Fink, who angered club bosses after leaving the team following the heavy loss to join his family in Munich, had taken over in 2011 from Swiss side FC Basel. After a bad start to the current campaign and heavy defeats to

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second attempt. But Shelvey, who left Liverpool for Swansea in the summer, went from hero to villain within two minutes by allowing an equalizer when his slack backpass ended up in Sturridge’s path, with the England striker firing a low shot past Michel Vorm for his 12th goal in 10 games. Swansea had a good spell of pressure but Liverpool was the most dangerous team as Steven Gerrard celebrated his 400th game as captain with some superb passes. Sturridge missed a chance when his header from close range was blocked by Vorm. Shelvey made another big mistake when he misdirected a simple pass to Victor Moses, with the player on loan from Chelsea bursting forward from the middle

of the pitch before unleashing a shot from the edge of the box to score on his Liverpool debut in the 36th minute. Vorm was forced into a good save early in the second half to block Andre Wisdom’s volley from close range before tempers frayed — Shelvey and Lucas Leiva were both booked. Shelvey made some amends in the 64th minute as he picked out Michu with a fine headed pass for the Spaniard to level the score. Swansea had the best of the second half and created several good chances near the end but lacked the finishing touches. Michu could have given the hosts the three points but his last-minute effort in stoppage time was denied by a diving save from Mignolet.

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Dortmund and Hoffenheim, Hamburg are in 15th place on four points from five games, having conceded 15 goals so far for the league’s worst defence. Hamburg, who were hoping for a Europa League spot finish before the season start, are the only team to have played in the Bundesliga every season since its creation in 1963. “Rodolfo Cardoso and Otto Addo will take over this afternoon’s training. Obviously it is in our interest to present a successor very soon. There are a few names we are considering”, Kreuzer said. He said Fink had been “surprised, shocked and disappointed” by the decision which “he did not expect.” “But I did not have 100 percent confidence in him that the team with him in charge could show the necessary power to turn it around.”

MADRID — Goals by Mikel San Jose, Andoni Iraola and Benat Etxebarria gave Athletic Bilbao a 3-2 win over Celta Vigo at the inaugural match in its new San Mames Stadium in the Spanish league on Monday. “This is very good news for us, apart from the three points, we had the dream of starting off in this place with a win,” Athletic coach Ernesto Valverde said. Celta striker Charles Dias silenced the 36,000 crowd when he opened the scoring against the flow of play in the 14th minute from a cross by Rafinha after rushing forward on a swift counterattack. Mikel San Jose drew loud cheers from Athletic fans when he equalized in the 18th, beating goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez after controlling the ball from a free kick taken by Benat Etxebarria. Iraola scored his first goal of the season for Athletic in the 61st from a delicate back-pass by Iker Munain. Seven minutes later, Etxebarria timed his run forward to beat the offside trap, controlled the ball in the area, skilfully sidestepped a defender and calmly shot low into goal. “It was important that the inauguration should begin on a good footing with a victory and I’m absolutely delighted,” he said. Santiago Mina pulled one back for Celta when he angled a back-header over goalkeeper Iago Herrerin’s outstretched hands in the 79th. Celta missed other opportunities. Athletic goalkeeper Iago Herrerin gave away a penalty in the 26th when he brought down Manuel “Nolito” Agudo in the area, but the forward shot over the crossbar. Dias just missed a second in the 41st when his shot went high after having found himself alone in front of goal after a counterattack. “I’m focusing on the match. The stadium will likely be here another 100 years, but the three points being battled for today, if lost, won’t come back again,” said Jose Angel Iribar, 70, who played 614 games for Athletic from 1964-1980 and was watching from the stands.

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President of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Football Federation Elvedin Begic, right, talks with President of the European Football Federation (UEFA), Michel Platini .

Platini to decide in 2014 on FIFA presidential run Associated Press Writer

DUBROVNIK, Croatia — UEFA President Michel Platini will wait until next year before deciding whether to run for the FIFA presidency. “I will take my decision during or after the World Cup in Brazil and not before,” Platini told European football leaders on Tuesday. “I have not yet decided what I will do in the future and I want to have a few additional months to think. The FIFA election is in May 2015, and President Sepp Blatter could yet seek a fifth term in office. Blatter told UEFA members in 2011 that he would not stay in office

beyond 2015, when he would be 79, but has since suggested he could stand again. Platini, once a Blatter protege and long seen as the natural heir at FIFA, said it would be “egotistical” to make his potential candidacy a priority in world football. The France great addressed UEFA’s 54 member federations and its executive committee to begin a four-day gathering in Dubrovnik, Croatia. They will consider Europe’s position on an expected FIFA decision next month that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should move from summer to winter, threatening radical changes to the traditional football season.

Platini, who was elected to lead UEFA in 2007, faces his own reelection likely in March 2015. “These elections are in two years’ time and I think it would be egotistical to make it a topic for debate or discussion now when football faces much more important problems or issues than me or my situation,” he said in a speech. “I deeply love UEFA and it would be heartbreaking to choose another path. But at the same time, the question continuously pops up and it’s a legitimate one. This is the reason why it’s important for me to take my time, to make sure I take the right decision.

Roma beats Parma 3-1 to maintain perfect start Associated Press Writer

ROME — Roma rallied to beat Parma 3-1 on Monday night to maintain its unbeaten start to the Serie A season. Parma took a surprise lead six minutes from halftime when Jonathan Biabiany headed Mattia Cassani’s deep cross into the bottom right corner. After conceding its first goal this season, Roma leveled through Alessandro Florenzi in the second minute after halftime. Captain Francesco Totti gave Roma the lead in the 70th minute when he controlled Kevin Strootman’s ball over the defense and fired into the bottom left corner for his first goal of the season. Roma sealed the win six minutes from time when Strootman got his first goal for the club with an unstoppable penalty after Gervinho had been tripped by Cassani. “It was an important night,” Totti said. “We wanted to win at all costs. It’s been a long time since we won our first three games of the season. “We have the right spirit and mentality to have our say in the title race, but we have to keep our feet on the ground for now.” Roma and last year’s runner-up Napoli are the only teams to have won all three of their opening matches this season. AP Photo/Marco Vasini

AS Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match against Parma, at Parma’s Tardini stadium, Italy, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.


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Swansea City’s Miguel Michu, left, and Liverpool’s Leiva Lucas compete for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium,Swansea Wales Monday Sept. 16, 2013.

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Liverpool held to 2-2 draw at Swansea in EPL

SWANSEA, Wales — Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League standings on Monday night despite its perfect start to the season ending with a 2-2 draw at Swansea. Brendan Rodgers’ team had won its first three games and a fourth consecutive victory would have marked the club’s best start ever in the Premier League.

Hamburg sack coach Fink after heavy Dortmund loss

B u t M i c h u ’s s e c o n d - h a l f equalizer ruined Liverpool’s plans after goals from Daniel Sturridge and Victor Moses had given the visitors a 2-1 lead following Jonjo Shelvey’s opener. Liverpool now has 10 points and is one clear of both Arsenal and Tottenham. Rodgers, a former Swansea manager, received a warm welcome on his return to the Liberty Stadium as he greeted some home supporters. But there was no time for nostalgia as Shelvey opened the scoring with a left-foot shot from the right side of the box in the 2nd minute after Liverpool defenders failed to clear the ball properly. Shelvey first missed a volley but recovered to get past Mamadou Sakho and beat goalkeeper Simon Mignolet at his

BERLIN - Hamburg SV sacked coach Thorsten Fink on Tuesday after their 6-2 demolition by Borussia Dortmund on Saturday compounded a bad start to the season. Reserve team coaches Rodolfo Cardoso and Otto Addo had been put in temporary charge, the club said. “I had very good relations with Thorsten Fink and I hope this will stay that way but given the situation we are in we decided last night to go our separate ways,” sports director Oliver Kreuzer told a news conference. The 45-year-old Fink, who angered club bosses after leaving the team following the heavy loss to join his family in Munich, had taken over in 2011 from Swiss side FC Basel. After a bad start to the current campaign and heavy defeats to

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second attempt. But Shelvey, who left Liverpool for Swansea in the summer, went from hero to villain within two minutes by allowing an equalizer when his slack backpass ended up in Sturridge’s path, with the England striker firing a low shot past Michel Vorm for his 12th goal in 10 games. Swansea had a good spell of pressure but Liverpool was the most dangerous team as Steven Gerrard celebrated his 400th game as captain with some superb passes. Sturridge missed a chance when his header from close range was blocked by Vorm. Shelvey made another big mistake when he misdirected a simple pass to Victor Moses, with the player on loan from Chelsea bursting forward from the middle

of the pitch before unleashing a shot from the edge of the box to score on his Liverpool debut in the 36th minute. Vorm was forced into a good save early in the second half to block Andre Wisdom’s volley from close range before tempers frayed — Shelvey and Lucas Leiva were both booked. Shelvey made some amends in the 64th minute as he picked out Michu with a fine headed pass for the Spaniard to level the score. Swansea had the best of the second half and created several good chances near the end but lacked the finishing touches. Michu could have given the hosts the three points but his last-minute effort in stoppage time was denied by a diving save from Mignolet.

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Dortmund and Hoffenheim, Hamburg are in 15th place on four points from five games, having conceded 15 goals so far for the league’s worst defence. Hamburg, who were hoping for a Europa League spot finish before the season start, are the only team to have played in the Bundesliga every season since its creation in 1963. “Rodolfo Cardoso and Otto Addo will take over this afternoon’s training. Obviously it is in our interest to present a successor very soon. There are a few names we are considering”, Kreuzer said. He said Fink had been “surprised, shocked and disappointed” by the decision which “he did not expect.” “But I did not have 100 percent confidence in him that the team with him in charge could show the necessary power to turn it around.”

MADRID — Goals by Mikel San Jose, Andoni Iraola and Benat Etxebarria gave Athletic Bilbao a 3-2 win over Celta Vigo at the inaugural match in its new San Mames Stadium in the Spanish league on Monday. “This is very good news for us, apart from the three points, we had the dream of starting off in this place with a win,” Athletic coach Ernesto Valverde said. Celta striker Charles Dias silenced the 36,000 crowd when he opened the scoring against the flow of play in the 14th minute from a cross by Rafinha after rushing forward on a swift counterattack. Mikel San Jose drew loud cheers from Athletic fans when he equalized in the 18th, beating goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez after controlling the ball from a free kick taken by Benat Etxebarria. Iraola scored his first goal of the season for Athletic in the 61st from a delicate back-pass by Iker Munain. Seven minutes later, Etxebarria timed his run forward to beat the offside trap, controlled the ball in the area, skilfully sidestepped a defender and calmly shot low into goal. “It was important that the inauguration should begin on a good footing with a victory and I’m absolutely delighted,” he said. Santiago Mina pulled one back for Celta when he angled a back-header over goalkeeper Iago Herrerin’s outstretched hands in the 79th. Celta missed other opportunities. Athletic goalkeeper Iago Herrerin gave away a penalty in the 26th when he brought down Manuel “Nolito” Agudo in the area, but the forward shot over the crossbar. Dias just missed a second in the 41st when his shot went high after having found himself alone in front of goal after a counterattack. “I’m focusing on the match. The stadium will likely be here another 100 years, but the three points being battled for today, if lost, won’t come back again,” said Jose Angel Iribar, 70, who played 614 games for Athletic from 1964-1980 and was watching from the stands.

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President of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Football Federation Elvedin Begic, right, talks with President of the European Football Federation (UEFA), Michel Platini .

Platini to decide in 2014 on FIFA presidential run Associated Press Writer

DUBROVNIK, Croatia — UEFA President Michel Platini will wait until next year before deciding whether to run for the FIFA presidency. “I will take my decision during or after the World Cup in Brazil and not before,” Platini told European football leaders on Tuesday. “I have not yet decided what I will do in the future and I want to have a few additional months to think. The FIFA election is in May 2015, and President Sepp Blatter could yet seek a fifth term in office. Blatter told UEFA members in 2011 that he would not stay in office

beyond 2015, when he would be 79, but has since suggested he could stand again. Platini, once a Blatter protege and long seen as the natural heir at FIFA, said it would be “egotistical” to make his potential candidacy a priority in world football. The France great addressed UEFA’s 54 member federations and its executive committee to begin a four-day gathering in Dubrovnik, Croatia. They will consider Europe’s position on an expected FIFA decision next month that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should move from summer to winter, threatening radical changes to the traditional football season.

Platini, who was elected to lead UEFA in 2007, faces his own reelection likely in March 2015. “These elections are in two years’ time and I think it would be egotistical to make it a topic for debate or discussion now when football faces much more important problems or issues than me or my situation,” he said in a speech. “I deeply love UEFA and it would be heartbreaking to choose another path. But at the same time, the question continuously pops up and it’s a legitimate one. This is the reason why it’s important for me to take my time, to make sure I take the right decision.

Roma beats Parma 3-1 to maintain perfect start Associated Press Writer

ROME — Roma rallied to beat Parma 3-1 on Monday night to maintain its unbeaten start to the Serie A season. Parma took a surprise lead six minutes from halftime when Jonathan Biabiany headed Mattia Cassani’s deep cross into the bottom right corner. After conceding its first goal this season, Roma leveled through Alessandro Florenzi in the second minute after halftime. Captain Francesco Totti gave Roma the lead in the 70th minute when he controlled Kevin Strootman’s ball over the defense and fired into the bottom left corner for his first goal of the season. Roma sealed the win six minutes from time when Strootman got his first goal for the club with an unstoppable penalty after Gervinho had been tripped by Cassani. “It was an important night,” Totti said. “We wanted to win at all costs. It’s been a long time since we won our first three games of the season. “We have the right spirit and mentality to have our say in the title race, but we have to keep our feet on the ground for now.” Roma and last year’s runner-up Napoli are the only teams to have won all three of their opening matches this season. AP Photo/Marco Vasini

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Croatia’s Roko Leni Ukic, left, goes to score as Greece’ s Yannis Bourousis defends during their EuroBasket European Basketball Championship Group F match at the Stozice Arena, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

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This monument was built to remind us of a terrible incident, namely the bomb blast in Kuta Bali on Saturday night October 12, 2002 on Jalan Legian Kuta. It caused death toll as many as 202 people from 22 countries and 324 people suffered from serious injuries and wounds. Such very powerful bomb blast also caused damage to buildings and vehicles within a radius of one kilometer. Since the tragedy, tourism industry as the backbone of Bali’s economy suffered the most serious slump in the history, but thanks to the persistence of the whole society and government, now slowly but surely it has now undergone at restoration. The monument itself was established in the former area of explosion (Ground Zero). Most prominent part of the monument is Kayonan with a large white wooden leaf symbolizing the universe and its contents. At the bottom of this kayonan, there are inscription of `victims’ name list that died in the incident and their nationality.

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The latest defeat came on Monday, the last day of the second round, when Spain blew a 15-point lead and lost 86-81 to Italy in overtime despite Gasol’s 32 points and 10 rebounds. Luigi Datome cut inside to put in a layup at the buzzer to tie the game at the end of regulation, and also provided some key plays as Italy dominated the OT.

Spain stayed in the tournament courtesy of Croatia’s earlier 9288 victory over Greece in double overtime. Spain had lost to Greece — as well as to host Slovenia — and could have been eliminated with a Greece win. “I thought we had the game under control for three quarters, we defended well and we could run and score easy baskets. But then we

broke down, lost our game and they took the momentum into overtime,” said Gasol, whose brother Pau is sitting out the event. Spain had a similar meltdown against Slovenia and is clearly missing the likes of Pau Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Juan Carlos Navarro. In the first quarterfinal Wednesday, Spain will play Serbia. Serbia has the youngest team in the tournament and has been inconsistent, also losing three games, before a sound victory over 2011 finalist France. Serbia lost the 2009 final to Spain, was fourth at the 2010 world championship, but then flopped at the Europeans two years ago and failed to qualify for the last year’s London Olympics.

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performance. “I will be appealing that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport very shortly,” Cilic said in statement through his country’s tennis association. “I wish to emphasize that I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any banned substance in my life and that I am opposed to any use of performance-enhancing substances in sport.” The suspension has been backdated to May 1 to allow Cilic to return to the ATP circuit on Jan. 31 next year. The ITF said Cilic had

tested positive at the BMW Open in Munich in April this year. “Unbeknownst to me, the glucose tablets contained a substance that is banned in competition although it is allowed out of competition,” Cilic added. Cilic has not played since withdrawing from his second-round match at Wimbledon in June but retains a ranking of 24th in the world. The tall righthander reached a career-high ranking of ninth in the world in February 2010, spending 11 successive weeks in the top 10.

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — It’s been anything but a smooth ride for Spain as it seeks its third straight European basketball title. Marc Gasol and his teammates are in the quarterfinals but they have appeared vulnerable in getting there. Due to a generous format of a tournament that started with 24 teams and was pared down to 12 for the second round, Spain advanced despite three losses.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — With a chance to start over and maybe drive in any series he wanted, Juan Pablo Montoya thought long and hard about what mattered most at this stage of his career. The answer was simple: Winning. So when a team owner synonymous with winning put an offer in front of him, Montoya snapped up the opportunity. He’ll leave NASCAR behind for a return to open-wheel to drive for Roger Penske — the IndyCar Series rival of Montoya’s longtime boss, Chip Ganassi. “He’s very excited for me,” Montoya said on Monday after texting with Ganassi, who is in Europe. “Chip and I are very good friends. He had to make a decision this year to go in a different direction. I had to do the same thing. I had an opportunity and a great chance with Penske. We’re going to be competitors and I’m looking forward to the challenge.” Ganassi decided in August not to bring Montoya back next year to his NASCAR program. It put the Colombian on the free agent market, and even though Ganassi has said he’d not ruled out using Montoya in his other programs, Montoya considered everything. He spoke with Michael Andretti about an IndyCar ride,

and Furniture Row Racing about replacing Kurt Busch at the end of the NASCAR season. There were calls to Europe, and a new rumor about a possible test with Lotus in Formula One. Montoya will team next season with current IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves of Brazil and Will Power of Australia while driving for Penske, winner of 15 Indianapolis 500s. He could also drive in some NASCAR races as part of the deal. “My No. 1 choice was going to be in a winning car. I really wanted to be in a winning car,” he said. “It came down to I wanted to race for Roger. In a way it’s always been one of my dreams to be able to be part of his organization. Being here, it’s unbelievable. I’m so excited. I’m like a 5-year-old kid right now.” Some could also consider the move a big piece of gamesmanship in the racing rivalry that spans two series between Ganassi and Penske. Castroneves and Ganassi driver Scott Dixon of New Zealand are locked in a fierce battle for the title, and the competition has heated up over the last two races as Dixon has been involved in incidents with Power and the Penske organization. “He’s a great driver and deserves a great drive,” Ganassi told The Associated Press. “He will have that there at Penske Racing.”

Cilic to appeal doping ban ZAGREB - Former world number nine Marin Cilic has said he will be appealing a nine-month doping ban imposed on him after he tested positive for the banned stimulant nikethamide. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Monday they had imposed the ban on the 24-year-old despite accepting his explanation that he had ingested the substance in glucose tablets and not intended to enhance his

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Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya (42) leads a pack of cars down the backstretch early in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.


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Supporters of Egypt’s Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Gamel Soliman, left, and Islam el-Nabwi, hold a campaign to nominate the minister to run for president at a hotel in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

New Egyptian petition: Run, General, run

GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy - Engineers declared success on Tuesday as the Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright during an unprecedented, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany. The remarkable project now allows for a renewed search for the two bodies that were never recovered from the 32 dead, and for the ship to eventually be towed away. The Concordia’s submerged side suffered significant damage during the 20 months it bore the weight of the Concordia on the jagged reef, and the daylong operation to right it stressed that flank as well. Exterior balconies were mangled and entire sections looked warped, though officials said the damage probably looks worse than it really is. The damage must be repaired to stabilize the ship so it can withstand the coming winter, when seas and winds will whip the liner, and be towed to be turned into scrap sometime in 2014. Shortly after 4 a.m., a foghorn boomed off Giglio Island and the head of Italy’s Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, announced that the ship had reached vertical and that the operation to rotate it - known in nautical terms as parbuckling - was complete. It was a dramatic operation that unfolded in real time as TV cameras recorded the final hours when the rotation accelerated with gravity pulling the ship into place. “We completed the parbuckling operation a few minutes ago the way we thought it would happen and the way we hoped it would happen,” said Franco Porcellacchia, project manager for the Concordia’s owner, Costa Crociere SpA. “A perfect operation, I must say,” with no environmental spill detected so far, he said.

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CAIRO - A group of professionals and former army officers launched Monday a petition urging Egypt’s military chief, who ousted the country’s first freely elected leader, to run for president, highlighting the yearning for a strongman to take charge after nearly three years of turmoil. The campaign for Gen. AbdelFattah el-Sissi is propped up by a pervasive personality cult, based on his success in uprooting an Islamist ruling elite. Still, there has been a faint pushback from new political groups calling for a civilian leader for the nascent democracy -despite little public tolerance for criticism of the military and a deepening sense of nationalism. In his one major political speech after removing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, el-Sissi said he had no political aspirations. Soon after, a military spokesman denied reports the general would run for office. But the spokesman added that nothing would stop el-Sissi from doing so if he retired. The clamor for him to run in presidential elections expected in early 2014 has only grown, demonstrating the dramatic seesawing Egypt has undergone since the 2011 revolution toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, a former military man. In part the calls are fueled by a powerful antiIslamist fervor after Morsi’s one year in office, when bitterness grew over what many saw as attempts by

his Muslim Brotherhood to monopolize power and take the country in a more extremist direction. State media and sympathetic television stations have helped fan the el-Sissi sentiment. Pop songs praising him and the military flood the airwaves. Posters of el-Sissi in his dark glasses and military cap are plastered around the streets. Videos of him addressing troops or training with them have become a staple on TV. In the upscale Cairo district of Garden City, sweets shop owner Bahira Galal says she has been doing a brisk business with her new chocolates bearing el-Sissi’s picture. “I support el-Sissi in my own way, especially after millions went out in the streets, everyone in their own way, supporting him,” she said. Millions turned out for protests that began June 30 demanding Morsi’s removal, prompting el-Sissi to oust the Islamist leader. Morsi’s supporters have continued protests demanding his reinstatement, even as a security crackdown has jailed thousands of Islamists. Detained since his ouster, Morsi faces trial on charges of inciting the killing

of protesters, and prosecutors are preparing other charges, including insulting the judiciary. El-Sissi has said he was only acting in response to the people’s demands, dismissing charges of orchestrating a coup. El-Sissi installed an interim, civilian government that is paving the way for elections. El-Sissi has cultivated a popular image for himself - that of a strongman who acted to save the nation and, at the same time, a softspoken figure with the interests of the people at heart. That has helped restore the prestige of the military after the much criticized period when generals held direct power for more than a year and a half after Mubarak’s fall. Those generals came from an older generation than el-Sissi and have since been shunted aside. The new petition campaign announced Monday brands itself “complete your good deed” - urging el-Sissi to take the next step and run. Organizer Rifai Nasrallah, a judge, said the goal was to collect 30 million signatures to convince the general to give in to “popular will.”

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The Costa Concordia is seen after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, 2013.

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JAKARTA - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will inaugurate the Bali toll road on September 23, 2013, said State-owned Enterprises (BUMN) Minister Dahlan Iskan on Tuesday.”The president is scheduled to inaugurate the new toll road in Bali,” noted the minister after an international seminar on “How Much is Your Brand Worth?” Dahlan added that the head of state will inaugurate the toll road a week before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which will be held from October 1 to 8, 2013.

He said the Benoa-Ngurah RaiNusa Dua toll road project is completed. The cost of construction of the 12.7-kilometer-road that runs over water is Rp2.4 trillion.

New Australian PM to visit Indonesia on Sept 30 Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Tony Abbott is expected to visit Indonesia on September 30 for his first overseas trip since winning the Australian premiership, with boatpeople set to top the agenda, Indonesian officials said Monday. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said Abbott planned to visit on that date, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bali. Teuku Faizasyah, a presidential spokesman on foreign affairs, told AFP: “Details are being finalised for the state visit on September 30.” Abbott, who swept to victory in an election on September 7, put a pledge to “Stop the Boats” at the centre of his campaign, vowing a crackdown on

asylum-seekers arriving by sea which will include towing back vessels to Indonesia where possible. His plans also include buying up Indonesian fishing boats to keep them out of the hands of peoplesmugglers, embedding Australian police in villages and paying locals for intelligence. But Natalegawa has said Jakarta will reject the plans as not in the spirit of partnership between the nations, and that the issue would be a top priority when Abbott visits. Australia has struggled to manage the stream of asylum seekers arriving on rickety, overloaded fishing boats which are boarded in Indonesia. Hundreds have died on the risky journey in recent years.

Shooting... From page 1 The suspect’s work as a naval contractor suggested he may have had a pass that could gain him entry to the Naval Sea Systems Command, which oversees ship-building programs carried out by defense firms. It was unclear if the military or HP had been aware of Alexis’ brushes with the law, including reportedly two shooting incidents, before he was hired for the IT job. The shooting sparked a massive show of force as police and federal agents descended on the Navy Yard, which is located on the Anacostia River, less than two miles (three kilometers) from the Capitol. President Barack Obama ordered that flags be flown at half mast in the US capital until Friday as a mark of respect for the dead. Obama called the shooting a “cowardly act” and said that America was confronting “yet another mass shooting,” saying troops in the military should not have to face danger at home. Earlier media reports said the shooter had allegedly barricaded himself in a room in a headquarters building. After the first reports of shots came at 8:20 am (1320 GMT) in the headquarters building of the Naval Sea Systems Command, police arrived within three minutes and exchanged fire in “multiple engagements” with the suspect, Lanier said. A Washington police officer was among those injured. Hospital officials said he suffered serious wounds to his legs but was expected to survive.

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Indonesian youths watch as Mount Sinabung erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. Thousands of people were evacuated from their villages following the eruption of the 2,600-meter (8,530-feet) volcano Sunday after being dormant for three years, sending thick ash into the sky with small rocks pelting neighboring villages.

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Indonesian workers march during a rally against cheap wages in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. The rallied made economic situation more fragile because foreign investor will see Indonesia as unsafe place to invest.

BI assures Fed will withdraw stimulus carefully Antara JAKARTA - The Governor of Bank Indonesia (BI), Agus Martowardojo, has assured that the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) will be careful while withdrawing monetary stimulus, thus preventing any major instability in financial markets. “It is impossible for the US not to be careful. It will make sure that it communicates well and does not shock the market,” Martowardojo said here on Monday. He further pointed out that the best way for Indonesia to deal with such an external issue was to retain the investors’ trust by insulating the fundamental domestic economy from any internal fluctuations. “We have action plans to control the inflation, to fix the purchasing balance and the current account, as well as to control our high imports. In the mid-term, this plan will allow the market to trust Indonesia and in the end, they will choose Indonesia over other countries for investing,” Martowardojo noted. Thus far, Martowardojo added, the investors’ trust had helped attract capital that had supported the purchasing balance and reduced pressure on the

current account deficit. “We can’t help but admit that Indonesia has a current account deficit. Therefore, in order to afford our economy, we need foreign investment to support our purchasing balance. If this mechanism can be fixed, we will have a better economic structure,” he stated. In the medium to long term, structural reformation in industrial labor, infrastructure including power plants, asphalt roads and licensing, as well as corruption eradication could help convince investors more, Martowardojo explained. The governor also confirmed that Bank Indonesia will continue monitoring the national banking development, even though its governance and risk management are better than the one seen during the 1997 to 1998 crisis. “The banking condition in 2013 is healthier and we are optimistic that the large to small-scale banks are also in a good condition, but we will continue with the monitoring, since we do not want to see this wellrun system rendered inefficient,” Martowardojo noted.


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BUSINESS Soy rules in Latin America as China, Europe beckon Agence France-Presse

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A range of Mercedes cars are presented during the 65th Frankfurt Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. European Union car sales are still sagging despite the return of modest economic growth. For the first eight months of the year, passenger car sales were off 5.2 percent to 7.84 million compared with the same period last year, the European Auto Manufacturers’ Association said Tuesday.

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FRANKFURT — European Union car sales are still sagging despite the return of modest economic growth. For the first eight months of the year, passenger car sales were off 5.2 percent to 7.84 million compared with the same period last year, the European Auto Manufacturers’ Association said Tuesday. That’s the lowest January-August figure since the group started keeping track in 1990. New car registrations in August fell 5 percent from a year ago to 653,872, the association said. The economy in the 28-country EU grew 0.4 percent in the second quarter, ending a recession. But the unemployment rate remains high at 11.0 percent, making many consumers unable or afraid to buy a new car. Countries hit by the eurozone debt crisis, such as Greece and Spain, face even higher jobless rates that have hurt sales of moderately priced vehicles especially hard. Luxury carmakers are doing better. The August downturn was distributed across Europe’s biggest markets. Germany saw a 5.5 percent drop, despite a stronger economy than in other members of the 17-county eurozone.

Registrations fell 10.5 percent in France, 18.3 percent in Spain, and 6.6 percent in Italy. Britain’s was the only major market to expand, rising 10.5 percent. Among the major carmakers, Germany’s Volkswagen Group was off 11.2 percent in August while France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen slipped 17.3 percent. Renault Group rose 6.0 percent and General Motors was up 0.5 percent — as a large jump in sales of Chevrolet-branded vehicles made up for a 3.4 percent fall in sales of its main European Opel and Vauxhall brands. Ford was off 1.5 percent. Luxury brands did better. Daimler’s Mercedes was up 8.9 percent, excluding its compact Smart city car, and BMW AG rose 9.5 percent, excluding its Mini brand. However, VW’s Audi luxury brand, a chief competitor for Mercedes and BMW, was off 5.6 percent. The biggest market share over the first eight

months remained with Volkswagen Group, including the company’s other brands such as Audi, Seat and Skoda, with 24.9 percent, up slightly from 24.8 percent. Global auto executives expressed caution about the future in interviews at the Frankfurt Auto Show last week. They said the European market may have reached the bottom but do not see any significant increase in demand this year. The European market contrasts with a rebound in the United States, where figures show that sales are on track to reach 16 million vehicles a year — the level from before the recession. European annual sales were 15.6 million in 2007 but are heading for just under 12 million for all of this year. The auto association also issued figures for July, which showed a 5 percent increase over the previous year. July had one more working day than the previous July, while August had one less. In July, the only major market to shrink was Italy, which was down 1.6 percent. The association releases figures for July and August together. The figures excluded Croatia, which only joined the EU on July 1.

BUENOS AIRES - In row after neat row, lush green plants cover the fertile plains of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay -- soybeans destined for hungry markets in China and Europe. The green fever stems from this: soy is a great, cheap source of protein. And the stuff is here to stay. Cows make more milk when they are fed soybean meal, for instance. The Chinese go after soybean sprouts, which they then turn into oil or meal, while Europe wants the meal directly, for use as feed for poultry, cattle and pigs. Prices have quadrupled over the past dozen years or so, making the BrazilArgentina-Paraguay region the world’s soy powerhouse. Their harvest in 2013 was at an all time high. Brazil alone produced 81 million tons this year, matching that of the soybean pioneer, the United States, according to figures from the US Department of Agriculture. The last US soybean harvest was hit by drought. “The benefit is that soy has the same nutritional value as meat but it is a vegetable. Per hectare, it is the cheapest protein to produce,” said Marc-Henry Andre, author of a book entitled “Argentina, Brazil: the El Dorado of Agrobusiness.” At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, thanks to burgeoning demand soy prices have shot from $100 a ton in early 2000 to more than $500 now, said Argentine economist Luciano Cohan. China imported 60 million tons of soybean sprouts in the 2012/2013 season and plans to take another 70 million in 2013/2014. The soy is genetically modified but no one objects “because the benefits for the State are such that this is seen as a positive technology,” Cohan said. “Soy now has a central role in agriculture. A cow fed with soy clearly produces more milk than one fed with hay,” said French agronomist Marcel Mazoyer. Conservation groups are not thrilled, however. They worry about cattle raising and wheat growing being neglected as farmers jump on the soy bandwagon. Other problems are deforestation, aerial fumigation with pesticides and pollution of groundwater, they say. Beekeepers are buzzing too: they say their insects are being denied flowers for making honey as agriculture grows obsessed with the green leaves of soy. Soybean growing requires little manpower, so it has a social cost as well. Many small-scale farmers have given up agriculture and moved to sprawling slums in big cities.

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Are you a genuine adventurer? Try to explore the nature of the challenging Mount Batur. The steep trail with full of rocks is really appropriate to show off your guts. A genuine adventurer will be very proud to be able to conquer the volcanic nature on this island. Each step on the pointed rocks as if generated a thousand kinds of unique stories. And exploring the snaky paths between the steep cliffs leaves a very sweet experience. Moreover, when reaching the top of the mountain you can see and feel the gift of God which is second to none in the world. General Manager of Madu Sari Restaurant, I Wayan Winurjaya, said the trekking path was highly preferred by travelers. In addition to having a challenging terrain, a variety of natural beauty could also be seen. “Many of them said they were happy and proud after completing the path,” he said.In the course, the climbers would be accompanied by a guide who had known every curve and the powerful field along the trail. They received a variety of standard facilities. For convenience, every climber was expected to wear sports shoes, trousers and coats. “Mount Batur trekking enthusiasts are dominated by foreign tourists,” he said. Breakfast was taken at 3:30

a.m. at Madu Sari Restaurant and the trekking started at 4:00.a.m. An hour later, the journey led to Lake Batur by vehicle. The adventure was begun by passing through the path to penetrate the pine forests. Subsequently, it was resumed with the climbing to the top of Mount Batur taking place about two hours. Exploring the altitude of the mountain at 1717 meter above sea level, the climbers stopped for a while to enjoy the scenery from the top of the mountain. At 06.15 a.m. all climbers were invited to enjoy a beautiful sunrise among the three mountain views. While drinking coffee, the climber could watch the sunrise and shadows between Mount Abang, Mount Agung and Mount Rinjani in Lombok. After that, the journey continued to the crater to see the last eruption of Mount Batur occurred in 2000. Such activities were packed with breakfast of eggs and bananas boiled with volcanic heat. All climbers were asked to boil an egg and a banana that relied on the heat of the volcanic crater. Ultimately, the climbers were invited to come down the mountain toward the lake. Then, took a bath and nourished the body in hot water at the shore of Lake Batur. After that, all climbers went back to Madu Sari Restaurant to enjoy buffet lunch. (BTN)

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In 2012, the Pakerisan watershed was recognized by the UNESCO as a world cultural heritage (WCH) in the Soviet Union. Such recognition was simultaneously awarded to some areas in Bali such as the Taman Ayun Temple and Subak Jatiluwih area. Nearly a year after the recognition was given to Pakerisan watershed there has been no continuation to the conservation done so far. As a result, it kindles a question from local residents. As revealed by Chief of Tatad Hamlet, Made Yatna and Chief of Manukaya Let customary village, Made Mawi Arnata, some time ago, since it was recognized as the world cultural heritage there was no follow up so far. Conservation to the Pakerisan watershed whose upstream area had the Tirta Empul Temple had been posted a sign board saying the world cultural heritage. However, so far there had been no further action. On Monday (Sep 16), Assistant to Regional Secretary of Gianyar in charge of Administrative Affairs, Cokorda Rai Widiarsa Pemayun, said that after the determination, the response from central government and the provincial government did not indicate an immediate followup. Its budget and master plan were still being prepared, while the implementation was ascertained to be made early 2014. Currently, the Gianyar govern-

ment was answering the questions of the UNESCO related to the measures of the government after getting the worldwide recognition. By involving relevant agencies, the county government had addressed the issue, anticipated and prevented the land conversion along the Pakerisan watershed. Conservation throughout the Pakerisan watershed was divided into three zones namely the core zone within 100 meters from the mouth of the river (right and left side), supporting zone within 200 meters from the river and development zone within 300 meters from the river. “The three zones must be preserved so that there will be no damage to the environment,” he explained. Severe challenges in determining the world cultural heritage was to prevent the agricultural land conversion. Landowners in the core zone would be given tax exemption as well as other subsidies. Besides,

it would also be established a Subak Forum throughout Gianyar to facilitate the supervision, coordination and socialization as well as formed a Cultural Asset Management Agency by involving community leaders and academician to monitor, supervise and manage the cultural assets throughout the Pakerisan watershed. Without such preventive measures for the preservation, the region becoming the pride of the world would face the same destiny as the other tourist attractions in Bali, where their development was chaotic, uncontrollable and slum. Initial arrangement of the Pakerisan watershed along 14 km would be first performed from the upstream area at Tirta Empul Temple to Subak Kulub, Bukit in Tampaksiring. Further, it would be resumed to downstream area, namely at Masceti Temple, Medahan village. (kmb16)

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Gunaksa Pier to be reviewed Semarapura (Bali Post)— Long polemic against the allegations of corruption in the construction of Gunaksa Pier was ascertained to be reviewed. Such certainty was made by the elected candidate of the Klungkung Regent, Nyoman Suwirta, when inspecting in person the project on the beach recently with the elected candidate of Deputy Regent, Made Kasta. Nyoman Suwirta assessed if seeing the condition in the field since it was built in 2008, the budget disbursed by central, provincial and county government was indeed not proportional to the realization in the field. Thus, by seeing such condition, he said that making a review was an appropriate measure as a comparison to the previous studies. It meant to know whether the work had complied with the comprehensive study or there was something wrong so that the implementation constantly delayed. He said the review performed would involve the competent parties in their field such as the Transportation, Communication and Informatics Agency and the Ministry of Transportation or private sector and academicians having the capability or competence to conduct the review for the project. The review was necessary in order the natural factors would not always become scapegoat of the irregularities in the field. “Later, we can see the results of the studies, whether it was correct if the problem all this time was due to natural factors,” he said. Additionally, he admitted that he did not want to interfere with the law because the project had been becoming a serious attention of the Klungkung Attorney and Bali Prosecutor’s Office. He explained that after being inaugurated as the regent, the review would be immediately carried out. Even, he encouraged the law enforcement officers to maximally investigate if any indications of corruption were found during the process. Even, it would be better if the legal issues on the execution of the Gunaksa Pier project could be resolved before his installment on December 14. “Thus, when serving as the regent, all issues

have been clear, so that we hope there will be a solution to realize the counterpart pier in the sea transportation to Mentigi Pier in Nusa Penida,” he said. Previously, the pressures by various community leaders in Klungkung, like Tjokorda Bagus Oka, Dewa Gede Sena, Made Raka Adnyana, Putu Tika Winawan, Ngakan Samudera to the maestro of Balinese classical painting, Gunarsa, had urged to perform immediate review. In essence, the review was required to examine the previous studies whether the Gunaksa Pier had been appropriate to be built at the location, whether a redesign was required or even the most extreme decision needed a relocation. But, if it was relocated, would the previous work turn useless? All this time, the location of Gunaksa Pier was often accused as the result of collusion request from the officers in Klungkung County. Today, the construction of Gunaksa Pier remains at the fourth stage, as per the contract agreement begun on May 28 and is scheduled for completion on December 23, 2013. Fourth stage of the development stayed to extend the breakwater in the west side where the current length has reached approximately 100 meters from the planned total length of 205 meters out to sea. At the fourth stage, the funds of the state budget worth IDR 19 billion was intended to connect the existing 45-meter breakwater. Therefore, the length of breakwater at the fourth stage from the west side became 145 meters with a height of six meter above sea level. Meanwhile, the remaining 60 meters will be worked on again next year. Earlier, the Head of Klungkung Transportation, Communication and Informatics Agency, Nengah Sukasta, in a press conference said the construction of Gunaksa Pier had spent a budget of IDR 144.5 billion. Of such amount, a total of IDR 94.7 billion was from the state budget of the Ministry of Transportation, IDR 28.3 billion from Bali regional budget and IDR 21.5 billion from the regional budget of county government. (kmb21)

Distribution of teachers in Denpasar both at the primary and secondary schools is still considered unequal. As evidence, there remains school that lacks of teacher or has not had a teacher of particular subject. On the other hand, there are schools have excessive teachers, so that it is not effective. Such condition happens to the SD Tulangampiang elementary school pilot project, Denpasar. Such condition was disclosed by Chairman of Commission D of the

Denpasar House, I Wayan Sugiarta, in Denpasar, Monday (Sep 16). “We’ve got a lot of reports about the condition of teachers at schools that has not been evenly distributed,” said Sugiarta. He said that for the SDN Tulangampiang pilot project his party had inspected with the ranks of the commission. Other than the matter of unresolved swap, the school also had a problem related to the transfer of irrelevant teacher. Position of class teacher at the school had been adequate. However, the school recently received a muta-

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Culture Agency urged to inventory traditional games Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Denpasar Culture Agency is urged to immediately inventory various kinds of traditional game existing in Denpasar area. Having completed the inventory process, the agency is expected to team up with the Denpasar Education Agency to introduce the traditional games to students, especially to the education at kindergarten, elementary and junior high school. When necessary, the Denpasar Culture Agency could even make synergy with the Education Agency to hold special event presenting various kinds of the traditional games. Chief of the Denpasar Sabha Yowana, I Made Ariawan Payuse, revealed the matter to Bali Post, Sunday (Sep 15). According to Ariawan Payuse, the inventory of traditional games was absolute because their existence was increasingly marginalized by various kinds of foreign games that were not necessarily positive for the formation of the character of younger generation. In this context, he also hoped the Denpasar Municipality to set aside a budget to reconstruct the traditional games having been extinct by involving the figures of traditional games such as Made Taro. “If the Denpasar Municipality indeed has a desire to inventory and reconstruct the traditional

games, the Sabha Yowana will surely support it. We are ready to be involved in this program,” he said. This member of Denpasar Electoral Commission added that Denpasar Municipality and other county government across Bali should immediately preserve the existence of traditional games. If conservation efforts were not immediately initiated, the games as heritage of traditional Balinese human would undoubtedly come to extinction. One day, the younger generation of Bali would no longer familiar with the traditional games

such as stilts, megala-gala and so on. “Sabha Yowana Denpasar indeed would like to be actively involved in the conservation activities. Starting in 2007, the Sabha Yowana had rolled out the program to re-popularize traditional games like matajog (stilts) packaged in the form of the competition. Our efforts will surely be more optimal if the educational institution is also involved actively in preserving the traditional games or it could be put into the subject of Physical and Health Education,” he suggested. (kmb13)

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tion of teacher with class teacher qualification. “So, it is not effective because the position of class teacher has been fully occupied,” he said. Sugiarta said that based on information received from the teachers at the school there was adjacent school that lacked of class teacher. Supposedly, the teacher mutated to SD Tulangampiang could be distributed to school in need of the class teacher. “It shows the distribution of teacher has not been well managed by the Education Agency,” he explained. It was justified by Committee

Chairman of SD Tulangampiang, AA Sagung Anie Asmoro, accompanied by one of the local teachers. The school actually lacked of a subject teacher, but it was provided with a class teacher. Sugiarta also received a report that at particular school there were two teachers teaching in a classroom. Such condition indicated if the teachers in Denpasar were not well distributed. On that account, he hoped the Education Agency could conduct an inventory of schools related to schools lacking of teacher

and the teachers ineffectively teaching due to the excessive teachers of the same subject. “It is not appropriate with the spirit to create a better quality of education in Denpasar,” he explained. To ensure such condition, his party planned to make a visit to schools. As the commission in charge of the education, his party did not want any education cases that should not have happened. “We will be monitoring directly the schools,” said the politician from South Denpasar. (kmb12)

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference following a meeting Syria on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. U.N. inspectors said there is “clear evidence” that chemical weapons were used in Syria.

UN confirms chemical weapons used in Syria Associated Press Writer

UNITED NATIONS - Careful not to blame either side for a deadly chemical weapon attack, U.N. inspectors reported Monday that rockets loaded with the nerve agent sarin had been fired from an area where Syria’s military has bases, but said the evidence could have been manipulated in the rebel-controlled stricken neighborhoods. The U.S., Britain and France jumped on evidence in the report especially the type of rockets, the composition of the sarin agent, and trajectory of the missiles - to declare that President Bashar Assad’s government was responsible. Russia, Syria’s closest ally, called the investigators’ findings “deeply disturbing,” but said it was too early to draw conclusions. The Syrian government’s claims that opposition forces were responsible for the attack “cannot be simply shrugged off,” Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin insisted. The conclusions represented the first official confirmation by impartial scientific experts that chemical weap-

ons were used in Syria’s civil war, but the inspectors’ limited mandate barred them from identifying who was responsible for the Aug. 21 attack. “This is a war crime,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council when he presented the report. “The results are overwhelming and indisputable. The facts speak for themselves.” Ban called it “the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them” in Halabja, Iran, in 1988, and “the worst use of weapons of mass destruction in the 21st century.” The deep division between Western backers of rebels seeking to overthrow

Assad and Russian and Chinese supporters of the regime has paralyzed the U.N. Security Council since the Syrian conflict began 2 1/2 years ago. Even though the United States and Russia agreed Saturday on the framework to put Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and precursors under international control for future destruction, their top diplomats were at odds Monday over a new Security Council resolution that would make the deal legally binding - and whether there should be a reference to possible military enforcement if Syria doesn’t comply. After months of negotiations, the U.N. inspectors went to Syria to visit the sites of three alleged chemical attacks earlier this year and were in the capital of Damascus on Aug. 21 when reports and videos began surfacing of a shelling attack in which victims experienced shortness of breath, disorientation, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, weakness and a loss of consciousness.

BANGKOK - Protesters blocked a highway in southern Thailand for a second day on Tuesday in a bid to force the government to increase a subsidy for rubber farmers, even though a curfew was imposed in the area after clashes with riot police on Monday. “We have put in place a 24-hour curfew to maintain order. Our biggest concern now is the safety of protesters and police,” said Wirot Chiwarangsan, governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat province, where the protest is taking place. Despite the order, about 200 protesters gathered at a major intersection on the highway early on Tuesday, disrupting traffic. Varathep Rattanakorn, a minister at the prime minister’s office, told reporters after a ministerial meeting on the matter that the government would not renegotiate a rubber subsidy offered to farmers last week. Most farmers’ groups have agreed in principle to the government’s offer of a 21.2 billion baht ($665 million) subsidy, which works out at about 10 baht per kg. On top of the current market price of about 80 baht, that would give farmers 90 baht ($2.82) for each kg of rubber they produce. But some are demanding 120 baht per kg. About 3,000 protesters had gathered at the protest site on Monday, police said. Some were armed with sling shots and clashed with riot police firing teargas. “The situation was very volatile so we had to retreat. Cars were set on fire, some acidic liquid was thrown and stones were hurled,” Kittisan Dejsoonthornwat, a deputy provincial police commander, told Reuters on Tuesday. At least 118 police were injured in the clash, he said. Kittisan said some of the protesters were teenagers who had no connection to the farmers and were simply out to cause trouble.

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A police truck burns during a clash between rubber farmers and anti-riot police in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, southern of Thailand Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

Powerful typhoon downgraded after lashing Japan Associated Press Writer

TOKYO — Crews were cleaning up wrecked houses and assessing damage Tuesday in the wake of a powerful typhoon that lashed Japan with torrential rains, leaving at least two people dead. Typhoon Man-yi weakened into a tropical storm by late Monday, though violent winds persisted into the night.

Dozens of people were injured and thousands of homes damaged. In the popular tourist destination of Kyoto, where 260,000 people were ordered to evacuate to shelters, the Katsura river remained flooded at midday Tuesday. Man-yi moved offshore of the northern island of Hokkaido late Monday, followed by torrential rains. Train services and flights had mostly returned to normal by

early Tuesday in most areas following disruptions over the three-day holiday weekend. At least two people were reported dead and five others missing, police said. 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. Hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate across Japan. The Meteorological Agency said the storm dumped an “unprecedented” amount of rainfall in Kyoto and two neighboring prefectures — as much as 8 centimeters (3 inches) per hour.


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Drug-resistant bacteria are common killers Associated Press Writer

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Tourism in Bali dominated by Australians Antara

ATLANTA — For the first time, the U.S. government is estimating how many people die from drug-resistant bacteria each year — more than 23,000, or about as many as those killed annually by flu.

DENPASAR - Australia led the top ten sources of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali in the first seven months of this year, said an official.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the number Monday to spotlight the growing threat of germs that are hard to treat because they’ve become resistant to drugs. Finally estimating the problem sends “a very powerful message,” said Dr. Helen Boucher, a Tufts University expert and spokeswoman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “We’re facing a catastrophe.” Antibiotics like penicillin and streptomycin first became widely available in the 1940s, and today dozens are used to kill or suppress the bacteria behind illnesses ranging from strep throat to the plague. The drugs are considered one of the greatest advances in the history of medicine, and have saved countless lives. But as decades passed, some antibiotics stopped working against the bugs they previously vanquished. Experts say their overuse and misuse have helped make them less effective. In a new report, the CDC tallied the toll of the 17 most worrisome drug-resistant bacteria. The result: Each year, more than 2 million people develop serious infections and at least 23,000 die.

A total of 458,109 Australians visited Bali between January and July this year, up 2.76 percent from 445,784 in the same period last year, added I Gede Suarsa, head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) office in Bali province. Australian tourists made up 25.58 percent of the overall tourist arrivals in Bali, which reached 1.79 million in the year ended July 31, 2013. He noted that Australia is a potential market for Bali’s tourism because it contributes significantly to the overall tourist arrivals in Bali. Most of the Australians traveled to Bali by direct flights from their country. Only 5,880 of them visited Bali by cruise ships, he said. China trailed behind in second place and Japan in the third place, contributing 12.65 percent and 6.35 percent respectively with regard to the overall tourist arrivals in the year ended July 2013, he added. Between January and July 2013, the number of Australian tourists to Bali rose by 18.74 percent, Japan - 15.86 percent, Malaysia - 9.97 percent, South Korea - 0.15 percent, Singapore - 13.45 percent, France - 0.91 percent, and the United States - 8.86 percent. Only tourist arrivals from Britain fell by 2.76 percent to 63,895 from 65,709 in the same period last year, he said.

Of those, the staph infection MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, kills about 11,000, and a new superbug kills about 600. That bacteria withstand treatment with antibiotics called carbapenems — considered one of the last lines of defense against hard-to-treat bugs. Germs like those have prompted health officials to warn that if the situation gets much worse, it could make doctors reluctant to do surgery or treat cancer patients if antibiotics won’t protect their patients from getting infections. “If we’re not careful, the medicine chest will be empty” when doctors need infection-fighting drugs, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. It’s not clear that the problem is uniformly growing worse for all bugs. Some research suggests, for example, that MRSA rates may have plateaued and a separate CDC report released Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine found that serious MRSA infections declined 30 percent between 2005 and 2011. MRSA bacteria have been the target of many hospital infection control efforts. These germs often live without

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In this undated photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one form of CRE bacteria, sometimes called “nightmare bacteria.” CRE bacteria is blamed for 600 deaths each year, and can withstand treatment from virtually every type of antibiotic. symptoms on the skin, but also can cause skin or tissue infections, and become more dangerous when they enter the bloodstream. Serious, invasive MRSA declined

in all settings for a total of 80,461 infections in 2011, the journal report found. Most were linked with health care in people who’d recently been hospitalized or received other medical

treatment. But for the first time, the more than 16,000 infections picked up in community settings outnumbered the 14,000 infections that began in the hospital.

Chileans sue Swedish mining firm over toxic waste Associated Press Writer

AP Photo/Jorge Saenz, File

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, radio antennas are spread out on the terrain as part of one of the worlds largest astronomy projects, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chajnator in the Atacama desert in northern Chile.

STOCKHOLM — A group of 707 Chileans sued Swedish mining company Boliden on Monday, demanding 91 million kronor ($13.9 million) in compensation for health problems allegedly caused by toxic waste the company dumped in northern Chile. The lawsuit filed with a Swedish district court claims Boliden exported 20,000 tons of mining waste to the Chilean town of Arica in the mid-1980s, despite knowing it was highly toxic and could not be handled safely at the site. Citizens in a residential area called Polygono claim the waste includes high levels of arsenic, lead and quicksilver, and that it has given them health problems such as cancer, aching bones, breathing difficulties, rashes and miscarriages. Attorney Johan Oberg, who represents the victims, says Boliden was an expert in the field and well aware of the dangers of handling the waste when it exported it to Chile, which was then ruled

by dictator Augusto Pinochet. Oberg said years before the export the company stated “there is no one else in the world but us who can handle” such waste. Boliden said it regrets what happened in Arica but claims the responsibility lies with Chilean authorities who allowed houses to be built near the dump site in the 1990s, and the Chilean company Promel that Boliden paid to take care of the waste. “What happened in Arica is truly tragic,” Boliden said in a statement. “Legal proceedings in Chile have ... established that Promel and the Chilean health authorities are responsible for what happened and for the harm suffered. Damages were paid out to the victims and a decision to evacuate the area was taken during the autumn of 2009,” it said. Boliden spokeswoman Marcela Sylvander said the company was convinced that Promel could handle the material properly and that one of its experts had been on the site twice to secure it was safe.

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Australia led the top ten sources of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali in the first seven months of this year, said an official.

Black stone theft threatens siltation at Lake Batur Bali Post

BANGLI - The area of Mount Batur, Kintamani, being famous for the beautiful panorama actually retains a lot of environmental problems. One of them is the existence of the black lava stone erupted by Mount Batur that makes it increasingly pockmarked due to rampant burglaries in the area. Even, the excavation is no longer carried out manually way but by using heavy equipment. The Head of Bangli Environment Agency, Ida Bagus Armaya, when met at his office some time ago did not dismiss such condition. He was deeply concerned about the environmental damage occurred in the region. However, he could not do much to stop the activities. On the one hand, most excavation activities were carried out

on the privately owned land. He actually argued if the authority to handle the matter completely lay in the Natural Resources Conservation Agency. “Related to this matter, it truly lies in the authority of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency,” he said. However, to prevent the widespread damage his party so far could only try to socialize and approach a number of local community leaders. His party hoped the mindset of the unscrupulous people that originally put more interests in the economic aspect by doing massive excavation into the earth could gradually switch to other professions that would not have an impact on the environmental damage. Meanwhile, a number of information mentioned if the stealing of the black lava stone was committed at

night. On that account, the theft resulting in damage to the environment was rarely touched by the apparatus. All this time, the excavation activity in the region had also indirectly threatened the condition of Lake Batur. Armaya had confidence if the lake becoming the proud of Bangli community continuously underwent siltation due to the avalanche of materials brought by rain to the lake. Evidently, though it had been entering the dry season, the lake water stayed to overflow and never subsided. To overcome to the siltation, his party with the funding help from central government would build a catchment wells in 2014. Thus, the rainwater would not go directly to the lake, but was first absorbed in the water catchment located near the mouth of the lake. (kmb21)

Textile exports up 36.45 percent Antara

DENPASAR - Bali earned US$60.67 million from the exports of textiles and textile products in the first five months of the year or an increase of 36.46 percent from US$44.47 million in the same period last year. The exports rose 44.78 percent in volume from 26.85 million pieces in the January-May period in 2012 to 38.88 million pieces in the same period in 2013 according to Central Statistic Agency (BPS) data. Textiles and garments are products of cottage and small and medium industries in Bali contributing 27.96 percent to Bali’s export earning of US$216.92 million in the five months period. Bali’s products of textiles are high in demand in various countries. Australia is the largest buyer accounting for 20.95 percent followed by the United States accounting for 20.26 percent of the textile and textile products exported from Bali. Other main buyers include Singapore, Hong Kong, Spain and a number of other European countries.


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Swept by floods, revetment of Yehembang River collapses Negara (Bali Post)—

Revetment of Yehembang River located at Bale Agung hamlet, Yehembang village, was broken as washed away by floods. A total of approximately 40 meters of concrete revetment in the east of the Yehembang Bridge has been damaged since three months ago. To date, it has not been repaired so that residents worry if the damage will be getting more serious and the revetment does not work.

Allegedly the project has poor quality so that it is easily broken when crashed by flooding river water. Meanwhile, some residents revealed on Monday (Sep 16) the revetment had broken since three months ago. Actually such condition had been reported to village authorities but there has been no improvement so far. The collapsed revetment occurred at two separate points and each spread along about 20 meters. So far, the debris of the collapsed revetment remains visible. Residents suspected the revetment collapsed because it could not hold the lunge of river water. Besides, the materials used to build the revetment were also

fragile. Earlier, the revetment had collapsed, but it was then repaired by the contractor. One of the local residents, Ketut Mudita, 45, said he alleged the materials in use had poor quality, so that it easily collapsed when hit by floods. In addition, it was alleged to be the impact of taking the river materials illegally. Materials along the river were always taken. As resident, his party also participated in supervising it and once suggested in order the revetment installation did not use any river stones because he worried it could not last long. Unfortunately, the contractor persisted in using river stones and it was then proved if the revetment had been destroyed.

Meanwhile, a number of other residents suspected the damage was the impact of the arising land utilization where people planted bananas and grass for fodder so that the river area was getting narrower. The water running from the upstream hit the revetment and accelerated the damage. The Headman of Yehembang, Made Semadi, confirmed that his party had reported the matter to the Public Works Agency. Besides, his party also hoped the revetment could be repaired immediately to avoid any impact of erosion and the river area could be dredged so that it could no longer be taken advantage by residents. (kmb26)

The Dean in charge of the Administration and Finance of the Faculty of Economics of the Udayana University, Prof. Dr. I Made Wardana, assessed the soybean import quota set had the potential to result in cartel. The soybean import was conducted by PT FKS Multi Agro with quota of 46.71 percent or reaching 210,600 tons, PT Gerbang Cahaya Utama with the quota of 46,500 tons (10.31 percent) and PT Budi Semesta Satria with the quota of 42,000 or 9.31 percent. “The existence of import quotas potentially results in cartel. To that end, the government should re-enhance the policies and regulations, particularly related to the soybean import,” said Prof. Made Wardana, Monday (Sep 16). He advised the government to perform strict supervision in short

term against the importers if there was an indication they had implemented cartel practice. When they were proved to do it, a sanction should be imposed. “Government needs to oversee the importers of soybean. It is intended to anticipate any scarcity of soybean supply in Indonesia because of the cartel practice in the process of soybean import,” he said. The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) also suspected if the Regulation of Minister of Trade No.45/2013 on the Provisions of Soybean Import could result in turmoil to the soybean price in the market. The importers should be registered and obliged to have an Import Approval (SPI). At least, there were three importers holding approximately 66.33 percent of the soybean import quotas. With the structure of import

quota tending to be controlled by cartel, when the Import Approval was issued late and the largest importer held the stock, it possibly kindled a scarcity that led to soaring price of the soybean. Meanwhile, Perum Bulog planned to import 150,000 tons of soybeans in October to December. Soybean import would be brought in from the United States and Myanmar. Such an effort needed carrying out to stabilize the price of soybean at home. A number of exploration and talks had been made by Bulog to several countries such as the U.S., Brazil, China and Myanmar. From a number of countries, the United States and Myanmar were considered the most potential. Of the total 150,000 tons, the import would be brought in gradually around 40,000 to 50,000 tons per month. (kmb27)

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The collapses riverment on Yehembang River

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Bangli (Bali Post)—

Recent drought has a remarkable impact on the agricultural conditions in Bangli. Approximately 237 hectares of paddy fields cannot be planted due to shortage of water. A lot of farmers are forced to delay their rice planting period as having difficulty to get water. Such condition also occurs at Subak Bangkiang Sidem, Bangbang village, Tembuku. About 35 hectares of paddy fields face water shortage so that local farmers cannot grow rice. Additionally, some 49 hectares of farmland at Subak Bangbang Kawan delays its planting season. Meanwhile, the worst condition occurs in Susut subdistrict. Approximately 153 hectares of paddy fields cannot be planted with rice. Estimated, the delay will last until the next two months. Related to that issue, the Section Head of the Agricultural Production Enhancement at the Bangli Agriculture, Plantation and Forestry Agency, I Nyoman Pugera,

did not dismiss the existence of the delayed rice planting. He admitted such condition moderately affected the production of grain in Bangli. According to him, the delay occurred due to drought. The drought all this time was caused by the destruction of forests and the widespread use of water tapping and artesian wells. Due to persistent water shortages occurred so far, a lot of rice fields in the downstream region were converted into dry fields. Thus, it could be ascertained that such conditions would also have an impact on the food stocks in Bangli County. However, different comment was revealed by the Head of Bangli Agriculture Agency, Sukartana. According to him, despite the delay in planting season, the food stocks in Bangli County was declared secure because other than producing rice, local farmers over the years also produced non-rice food such as yams, cassava and maize. (ina)

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Kosenda Hotel opens in Jakarta IBP

JAKARTA - In the heart of vibrant Jakarta, Kosenda hotel stands as a beacon of design and originality. Part 21st century architectural landmark, part mid-century 1950’s modern aesthetics, Kosenda Hotel is the city’s newest design hotel. Offering a fun and funky escape with 60 individually tailored rooms, a stunning rooftop lounge, café, and restaurant headed up by celebrated Sydney and Melbourne restaurateur of 25-years, Stewart Gan. Founder Ruben Kosenda, has pooled decades of experience travelling and dining into a sensible and relaxed hotel built with guests’ wishes at the core. Inspired by international design trends, every space at Kosenda Hotel has been considered, every detail deliberated over. “For many years I dreamt of opening a design hotel in the heart of Jakarta,” says Ruben, “A hotel filled with character and individuality, with sensible spaces and innovative cuisine, I wanted to create an experience that was understated and relaxed with a modern edge.” Internationally recognised architects TonTon Studio were tasked with the design of Kosenda Hotel. The team crafted aneightstory building that rises out of the ground in a series of striking shards with diamond features. These unique features are inspired

by Jakarta’s ethnic Betawi tribe traditional houses, and carefully reinterpreted into a modern and urban design. Inside and the magic continues with Santi Alaysius and Hamphrey Tedja from celebrated design firm Domisilium Studio having shaped a bespoke and tranquil approach, with a nod to urban life. Delivering a sense of comfort and style, the lounge area sitsoriginal furniture from timeless designers Svend Skipper, PoulHenningsen and not to be missed, an original Hans Wagner 1950’s chair called, the ‘Ox’cheekily nick-named by the team, ‘the king’s chair in the house’. “The interior is a marriage of the hotel’s architecture and Mr. Ruben’s character, very warm and hospitable with a love of the old and new,” says Alaysius. “Guests can enjoy originally designed pieces and collectibles

from Javanese to Scandinavian.” An eight-story feature wall made entirely from solid teak wood offcuts stands proudly in the centre of the hotel. A humorous mural by local artist Sanchia T. Hamidjaja depicts life in present day Jakarta and can viewed through towering windows on the lower levels. Along the corridors art by Triyadi Guntur Wiratmo tells the stories and history of the city’s past. Energy has also been put into custom designing lighting, music and aromas. Inside the rooms bespoke products have been designed to create a visually spacious room, with the comfort of home. Wardrobe space is fitted with a luggage rack and a lengthy kitchenette bench doubles as a workspace with concealed international power points. An iPod dock and digital alarm rests on the bedside tables that are otherwise free from clutter. Together, the placement and design of the furniture and products have created a fuss-free and visually clean room that has functionality at the core.

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At the top of Kosenda Hotel, Awan Lounge is a breathtaking rooftop bar and garden, delivering sweeping city views and one of Jakarta’s leading cocktail lists. On the lower level, Waha Kitchen is fast becoming a leader in Peranakan cuisine in Jakarta. “The idea is

Calendar Event for August 24 through September 28, 2013

Quota of soybean import Drought causes farmers potentially results in cartel to delay planting period Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Activities

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

to create an elevated level of service and dining focused around the freshness and lively flavours of Southeast Asian cuisine, “ says Gan. In the specially crafted menu, guests can taste an original Nyonyarecipe for Laksa curry soup, that can’t be found anywhere else in the Jakarta.

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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Review: Ethan Coen’s new play twisted, of course

Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Ethan Coen waxes entertainingly absurd on motherhood and deception, conjoining those themes in his first full-length play, the entertaining comedy “Women Or Nothing.”

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FILE - This May 19, 2013 file photo shows film director and playwright Ethan Coen during a photo call for the film “Inside Llewyn Davis” at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France.

The satirical, screwball-noirish production is world premiering off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company, where it opened Monday night. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Coen, who has written several short plays for the Atlantic, is best known for creating popular films with his brother Joel, including “No Country for Old Men,” ‘’Fargo” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” David Cromer directs a stylishly comedic cast of four, who ably represent their characters as real people without losing any of their absurd qualities or missing a beat with the quip-laden dialogue. Deborah Pourfar is delightfully uptight as prim concert pianist Laura, whose long-time girlfriend Gretchen (a sweetly kooky portrayal by Halley Pfeiffer) tries to persuade her to sleep

with a man she knows so they can have a baby together by “looking the genes in the eye.” The sit-com aspect is that they don’t want the man to know he’s fathering their child. While logical Laura wants the proven background checks she thinks a sperm clinic would provide for donors, flighty Gretchen launches into a screed about the kind of “social retards” that would “mate with glassware” at such a place. Robert Beitzel smoothly handles the difficult job of making the unwitting spermdonor Chuck a likable, decent guy who doesn’t question why Laura wants to sleep with him. Pourfar gives

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and Italian painter Michelangelo Pistoletto. The winners will receive their awards from Japan’s Prince Hitachi at a ceremony in Japan in October. Previous winners of the prize, founded in 1989, include Italian screen star Sophia Loren and British actress Judi Dench.

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LONDON — Moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola and opera singer Placido Domingo are among five winners of a lucrative arts prize that has been dubbed the “Nobel Prize of the arts.” The “Godfather” director and the Spanish tenor are recipients of the Japan Art Association’s

Praemium Imperiale Awards, which come with a 15 million yen ($150,000) purse. The awards are open to visual and performing artists — and architects — of any nationality. This year’s other recipients, announced Tuesday in London, are British sculptor Antony Gormley; British architect David Chipperfield;

Laura’s would-be flirtation with Chuck a hilariously serious, at times sternly confrontational tone, after Gretchen invites him over, then disappears. Deborah Rush is masterful as Laura’s overbearing, free-spirited mother, Dorene, who arrives at an inopportune time and politely refuses to leave. Rush’s delivery of her dialogue is a triumph of delicate venom. She spits out Dorene’s seemingly nonsensical thoughts or careless needling of her daughter with a precise diction ever-so-faintly echoed in Pourfar’s measured delivery of Laura’s lines.

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A U.S. Park Police helicopter removes a man in a basket from the Washington Navy Yard Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Earlier in the day, the U.S. A former US naval reservist, Aaron Alexiz (inzet) killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at a military base in the heart of Washington on Monday, before himself being killed in a shootout with police.

Master of ceremonies Marc Abrahams, left, introduces the winners of the Medicine Prize, Xiangyuan Jin, right mouse, of China, Masanori Niimi of Japan and Masateru Uchiyama of Japan during the annual Ig Nobel prize ceremony at Harvard University Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Cambridge, Mass.

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WASHINGTON - A former US naval reservist killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at a military base in the heart of Washington on Monday, before himself being killed in a shootout with police.

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Police identified the alleged gunman as Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, who served in the Navy from 2007 to 2011 before becoming a defense subcontractor for computer giant Hewlett-Packard. US authorities probing the shooting spree at Washington’s Navy Yard, which local news outlets early Tuesday reported also injured 14,

said the gunman appeared to have acted alone. “We do now feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss of life inside of the base today,” police chief Cathy Lanier said late Monday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation appealed to the public for

information on the 34-year-old, whose military service was marked by disciplinary problems and who reportedly had once been arrested but not charged in Texas for shooting a bullet through his apartment ceiling. “No piece of information is too small. We are looking to learn everything we can about his recent movements, his contacts and his associates,” said Valerie Parlave, assistant director of the FBI’s Washington field office. The FBI released a photo of Alexis, who held the rank of an Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd

Class and had served full-time in a logistics support squadron in Fort Worth, according to the Navy. The shooting left Washington on edge and there was a security scare hours later at the White House when a man who apparently threw firecrackers over a fence at the US president’s residence was swiftly arrested. Even hours after the shooting, Alexis’s motivation for opening fire, reportedly with an AR-15 assault rifle, was unclear. His fouryear stint in the Navy was troubled, officers said. “There is definitely a pattern of

misconduct during his service,” a US military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. Friends in Texas told US media that Alexis had an interest in Buddhism and was conversant in the Thai language and had thought about moving to Asia. Most recently, Alexis was employed as an IT subcontractor for a company called “The Experts,” which was working on a HewlettPackard contract to upgrade equipment for an intranet network used by the US Marine Corps and Navy, HP said in a statement. Continued on page 6


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