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Michelle Yeoh honored at Asian Film Awards Associated Press Writer

HONG KONG — Michelle Yeoh is happy to be honored with the “Excellence in Asian Cinema Award” but says she hopes there’s no hidden message. She asked reporters, “I hope it’s not their way of telling me that I need to retire?” The star of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and last year’s Aung San Suu Kyi biopic “The Lady” was being honored at the Asian Film Awards opening Sunday night. Yeoh said she’s happy

to receive the award where her career started, in Hong Kong. And while she acknowledged she’s long heard rumors of a “Crouching Tiger” sequel, she says she’s yet to see a script or other plans on the project. The 2000 original was directed by Ang Lee and won four Academy Awards. The recent reports have attached kung fu star Donnie Yen to the unconfirmed sequel, and Yeoh said she’s a fan and would welcome the opportunity to work with him if a project is developed. The Hong Kong film festival’s open-

NEW YORK — “Oz the Great and Powerful” is living up to its name at the box office. Walt Disney’s 3-D blockbuster led all films for the second week in a row, taking in $42.2 million according to studio estimates Sunday. Sam Raimi’s prequel to the L. Frank Baum classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” also took in $46.6 million overseas, leading to a two-week worldwide total of $281.8 million. In a winter of underperforming releases, that makes “Oz” easily the biggest hit of 2013 so far. “Boy, did we need it,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. “There have been a lot of box-office casualties this year. This is the shot in the arm that we needed, but we’re still waiting for the marketplace to gain some sort of momentum.” The box office is down nearly 13 percent from last year.

Among the weekend’s debuts, the Halle Berry thriller “The Call” far exceeded expectations with a $17.1 million opening for Sony and TriStar Pictures. The Steve Carell magician comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” fared worse, opening with a disappointing $10.3 million for Warner Bros. The performances of the two new releases continued a theme of 2013: Movies targeting female audiences

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ing night was featuring the premiere of “Ip Man: the Final Fight,” the latest film about the life and work of martial arts master Ip Man. Lead actor Anthony Wong and actress Zhou Chou Chou were among stars walking the red carpet. Veteran Hong Kong directors Johnnie To and Ronny Yu are also premiering works at the festival, which features “Infernal Affairs” director Andrew Lau. The festival closes in April with the Iranian film “Closed Curtain,” which is fresh off a win for best script at the Berlin Film Festival.

‘Oz’ again tops box office with $42.2 million Associated Press Writer

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have had more success than male-driven films. “The Call,” in which Berry plays an emergency operator, was deliberately marketed to women, who made up 61 percent of its audience, Sony said. “Burt Wonderstone,” starring Carell and Jim Carrey as rival Las Vegas magicians, sought a young male comedy audience that didn’t materialize. Female turnout has driven most all of the box office hits of the year, including the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Identity Thief” and the vampire romance “Warm Bodies.” Macho films like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” and Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” have fizzled. “Studios should take note,” says Dergarabedian. “There’s a lot of female power going on at the box office.”

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Michelle Yeoh, Hong Kong based Malaysian actress, poses before a cocktail reception to celebrate the recognition of the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award at the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Hundreds join mass tooth filing in Satria Palace

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Hundreds of Hindus joined the mass tooth filling that held by Satria Palace for free. The tooth filling was done on Monday while the procession already started since Sunday.

Bali Post DENPASAR - Hundreds of Hindus joined the mass tooth filling that held by Satria Palace for free. The tooth filling was done on Monday while the procession already started since Sunday.

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FILE - This file film image provided by Disney Enterprises shows James Franco, as Oz, left, and the character Finley, voiced by Zach Braff, in a scene from “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

The series of matatah kinembulan (mass tooth filing) ritual in Satria Palace, Denpasar, was commenced with the procession of mabyakala prayascita durmanggala and resumed with ngekeb ritual. A total of 850 participants from all counties and municipality across Bali joined the procession held in

the palace in a solemn and amicable atmosphere. The Manusha Yajna ritual was held in Satria Palace in collaboration with the Lumajang Ashram Tabanan and supported by the Indonesian Hindu Dharma Women (WHDI) of Bali and Balinese residents. According to a committee of pro-

gram section, Cokorda Putra Wisnu Wardana, the mabyakala prayascita durmanggala ritual aimed to purify the participants of tooth filing physically and mentally. Meanwhile, the accompanying ngekeb ritual implied a process in life that always began with something empty. In other words, it was a process of transition from childhood to adolescence. “Through this process, they are expected to have self-control in order to be physically and mentally ready to change the status of child to adolescence,” he said while adding that the makala-kalaan ritual was led

by a priest from Penyibeh hamlet of Satria Palace and temple priests throughout Denpasar and principal priest of Kuta Village Temple, AA Kompiang. Semara Ratih

In the ngekeb ritual, he said, the ishta devata was invoked to come down in the form of Lord Semara and Goddess Ratih denoting the god and goddess of affection. After the procession of ngekeb and makala-kalaan, it was resumed with the culmination of matatah kinembulan on Monday (Mar 18).

The ritual procession involving 75 filers or sangging was officiated by Ida Pedanda Istri Raka from Geria Telaga, Tegal, Denpasar. According to Cokorda Putra Wisnu Wardana, the tooth filing was visualized by filing six teeth namely four upper incisors and two canines. It meant to control negative effects of the Sad Ripu (six enemies in human self) arising from the nature of rajas and tamas. “The Sad Ripu influenced by the elements of rajas and tamas will lead the humanity to negative things. Continued on page 6


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Bali News NEGARA - Safe route of cattle smuggling in West Bali is highlighted by the public and the players of cattle dealers on the Buffalo Race Land. They question about the discrimination by police officers in taking action. So far, the smuggling of productive cattle to outside Bali is neglected, but the slaughtering of local cattle was imposed with fine. A number of cattle dealers in Jembrana told Bali Post on Sunday (Mar 17) that cattle smuggling in West Bali was still taking place and secure. They also asked why the authorities took no action. Saputra, a cattle dealer from Mendoyo said his party wanted in order the apparatus totally eradicated the rampant smuggling. The authorities did not only take action against local butchers based on the Regional Bylaw on the cattle slaughter. Meanwhile, the cattle smuggling still continued. It clearly harmed the state and Bali in particular. Saputra had confidence the illegal cattle dispatch did not pay attention to the limitation

on the kind of cattle dispatched whether they were productive or not. Most importantly, they could dispatch to outside Bali to meet the high demand. One of the cattle skippers from Negara also judged if there was injustice in the prosecution by relevant authorities in Bali related to the cattle protection. Some time ago, a number of beef cattle businessmen in Jembrana claimed to have been fined as they were considered to slaughter productive cattle. “Even, a butcher was fined at IDR 2 million, but why did the authorities not take action against the smugglers? They obviously harm the state, even their turnover is larger,” protested a cattle skipper who declined to mention its name. At the moment, the smuggling only sourced at one location in West Bali. According to local people, the delivery had become common knowledge and been managed by engaging local residents. However, the hamlet chief could not do anything because it did not have the authority to take action. (kmb26)

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A blueprint needed for future development of Bali DENPASAR - The increasingly reduced farmland in Bali will surely become a tough challenge for the government to revive the agricultural sector becoming the unique spirit of Balinese culture. No doubt, this sector seems to be gradually abandoned or even marginalized.

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Safe route of cattle smuggling in West Bali is highlighted by the public and the players of cattle dealers on the Buffalo Race Land. They question about the discrimination by police officers in taking action.

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This condition was recognized by an economist, Viraguna Bagoes Oka, recently in Denpasar, because so far the government had not owned a blueprint for the direction of development in Bali. As a result, the handling of the agricultural sector did not have a clear, focused and concrete concept. In addition to non-synergistic and nonintegrated leadership in the management of the agricultural sector to cultivate productive land, all this time the farmers also seemed to make effort independently in the production starting from the process of planting, harvesting through marketing their products. No doubt, many farmers faced crop failures, bad credit and so forth. Consequently, a lot of productive land owners were in despair. “Aside from the land giving less optimal yields, numerous unceasing products coming from outside Bali and high taxes have made them take a short-

cut by converting their productive land into commercial purposes considered to be more promising,” he said. He added it was the government’s failure in its function to become an agent of development and people’s welfare. At separate location, similar opinion was revealed by a player of agriculture, IB Raka Wiryanatha. According to him, the government gave a half-hearted attention to the sector deeply involved by almost 75 percent of Balinese people. “Actually, there is no obstacle to revive the agriculture from adversity if the government indeed has a will. Probably, since the agriculture is still considered less prospective, it has not been handled properly,” he said. Another obstacle becoming a dilemma was that farmers lacked of sufficient market to sell their crops. Establishment of a wholesale market for the agricultural products, especially

the local ones, was admitted as one of the forms to generate the economy of Bali that should be done by the government. “Most farmers sell their product to middlemen, so that the price offered is speculative. Even, during the harvest season, the price of agricultural products declined quite dramatically or the products were rotten due to lack of markets,” he said. To encourage the agriculture, according to him, the government at least should increase the agricultural production, such as grain. It would motivate farmers to develop the agricultural sector. Secondly, the government needed to ensure the availability of agricultural needs including the seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and other needs. “The need for the agricultural tools must be guaranteed so that the processing activities of farmers are not hampered by the limitations,” he said. (kmb28)

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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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LA Times hack: Security breach or harmless prank?

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SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors say Reuters’ deputy social media editor conspired with a notorious hacker network to cause an online security breach that should be punished by decades in federal prison. Fervent online supporters of Matthew Keys say the journalist was just taking part in an online prank that briefly altered the Los Angeles Times’ website, and he shouldn’t ever have been suspended from his job. system of Times’ parent company, Tribune Co. Tribune also owns a Sacramento television station Keys had been fired from months earlier. An attorney for Keys said he is not guilty, and that the government is overreaching in its zeal to prosecute Internet pranks. “No one was hurt, there were no lasting injuries, no one’s identify was stolen, lives weren’t ruined,” his Ventura-based attorney, Jay Leiderman, said Friday. “Mr. Keys was no different than any other embedded journalist. The story he was going after was inside this chat room, and he went there.” Keys was hired in 2012 as deputy social media editor for the Reuters news service. He didn’t return a phone call seeking comment. “I’m okay,” he tweeted Friday in response to a journalism colleague wondering how he was doing.

According to Keys’ Facebook profile, he is single and works at Thomson Reuters Corp.’s New York office, where “I get paid to use Twitter and Facebook at work.” He was suspended with pay late Thursday, said Reuters spokesman David Girardin, who did not elaborate. A spokesman for the Chicagobased Tribune Co. declined to comment.

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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2006 file photo, a worker cleans an entrance to the Los Angeles Times building in Los Angeles. Federal authorities allege that Matthew Keys provided hackers with login information to access the Tribune Company’s computer system in December 2010.

Celebrated Keck Telescopes Seek Samsung Galaxy S4 blitz Funding on 20th Anniversary may prompt Apple rethink

A celebration of the W.M. Keck Observatory’s 20th anniversary this week will also include a plea for more money to keep the iconic telescopes running in the next year. “We’re a little concerned because of what’s going on in Washington,” said Debbie Godwin, director of advancement for Keck’s foundation. Roughly $6.5 million, more than a quarter of the Keck Observatory’s annual budget, comes from the U.S. National Science Foundation, but that could change due to across-the-board federal cuts coming under the sequestration process, Godwin said. Half of the Hawaiian observatory’s $23 million budget comes from the University of California and the California Institute of Technology. Representatives from each institution sit on Keck’s board of directors. [10 Amazing Keck Discoveries] It’s not the universities but rather the philanthropists that

Keck hopes will fill the shortfall. Normally, the observatory’s minders “would really be over the moon if we received $5 million of philanthropy a year,” Godwin said. But this year, she said, they’ll really have to step that up. Godwin added that the directors are optimistic the 20th anniversary celebrations will convince philanthropists to be generous. “We are hoping that this anniversary will put a clarion call that says this is something of value in our world,” she said. Larger telescopes coming

At 20 years old, Keck is an invaluable tool for hunting down exoplanets, exploring galaxies on the edge of the universe and occasionally snapping pictures of moons and planets in Earth’s own solar system. The twin telescopes, each with 32-foot (10 meter) diameters, are the largest optical scopes around.

They boast an extensive legacy of discovery, ranging from codiscovering methane on Mars to charting the acceleration of the universe. Competition is fierce for observing time at Keck, with a typical research project receiving a couple of nights annually. Last year, the telescopes generated 315 research papers — almost a paper for every observing night of the year, Godwin pointed out. Look 10-20 years further down the line, though, and Keck will be a small telescope amid newer and larger observatories. For example, the European Extremely Large Telescope in Chile should come online around 2022. Its 129-foot (39.3 meter) mirror will be more than four times the size of one Keck telescope. Godwin anticipates demand for Keck will begin to fade around then, but that decreased traffic will be a boon to astronomers now jostling for observing time.

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Denpasar House urges executive to draft IMTA bylaw

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In an age when the line between tech superstardom and outright hacking grows increasingly blurry, the case against Keys, 26, lays bare sharp divisions about what constitutes Internet crime and how far the government should go to stop it. “Congress wants harsh penalties doled out for these crimes because they don’t want people defacing websites, but there has to be a way that we can bring the law into harmony with the realities of how people use technology today,” said Hanni Fakhoury, an attorney at the San Francisco-based nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation. Keys, a well-known figure in the Twitterverse, was charged Thursday with conspiring with the hacking group Anonymous to alter a Times news story in late 2010. The federal indictment accuses Keys of giving hackers the information they needed to access the computer

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D E N PA S A R - F o l l o w i n g the issuance of the Government Regulation No.97/2012 on the Expatriate Employment Permit (IMTA) where the authority of expatriate employment permit renewal will be transferred to local government. Previously, the permit administration was handled by central government. Unfortunately, local government, including Denpasar Municipality, has not had the legal basis to administer the renewal. Therefore, the rank of Denpasar House urges the executive to immediately submit the bylaw draft to be discussed. The Legislation Agency Head of Denpasar House, I Ketut Sugiata, accompanied by a member of Commission D, AA Putu Wibawa, said in his office on Friday (Mar 15) that executive should immediately follow up the regulation considering the potential of foreign labor in Denpasar was high enough. It would be a pity if it was not worked out seriously. “We will wait for the draft to be discussed shortly,” said Sugiata. Related to this insistence, the Head of Denpasar Manpower, Resettlement and Social Agency, I Made Erwin Suryadarma Sena, said his party would soon submit the bylaw draft on the IMTA. “Probably, we will submit it to the House on Monday,” said Erwin. Erwin said that so far the permit renewal of expatriate employment was handled by central

government. Local government was only authorized to sign it. Meanwhile, the fund was flowing to central government. “With this Government Regulation, the authority to handle the IMTA renewal will be granted to local government. Thus, it’s necessary to be followed up with the making of bylaw,” said the former Spokesperson of Denpasar Municipality. Handover of the authority, said Erwin, would increase the potential of regionally generated revenue (PAD) in Denpasar considering many sectors employed the expatriates. He added that education field also employed expatriates and so did the tourism and fishery sectors. “The potential is quite large, so that the law needs to be worked out properly,” he said. The renewal of IMTA was charged at USD 100 per month. However, for Denpasar it would be coordinated first, so that the amount would be known for sure. “Probably, we will charge it in rupiah currency so that it will be easier,” he said. Due to the absence of regional bylaw on the IMTA, Erwin said, the municipal government had lost revenue approximately USD 3,600 within three months. It happened because starting January 1, 2013 the central government no longer had the authority to charge the IMTA renewal. Meanwhile, local government had not owned a legal basis for charging it, so that it resulted in a loss of revenue. (kmb12)

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SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung’s newest, feature-packed Galaxy S4 may put pressure on Apple Inc to accelerate its pace of smartphone design and venture into cheaper devices - both departures from usual practice. The latest Galaxy, unwrapped with much fanfare in New York on Thursday, out-does the iPhone in most technical aspects. But the challenges it encapsulates run deeper than just a simple specifications comparison. “It would be overstatement to say Apple is far behind,” Charles Golvin, analyst with Forrester, said, but it does need to note the quickening pace of competitive devices being released. “If anything, what Apple needs to respond to is the cadence of their own releases, probably a completely new design every two years and a sort of speed bump every year is not an adequate cadence for Apple to remain at the forefront of smartphone innovation today.” Samsung’s apparent ability to go toe-to-toe with Apple on cutting-edge smartphones may prompt the U.S. titan to finally make its own assault on the lower-end of the market that it has famously stayed away from -- not least to get into untapped markets like China and India. Many analysts now say Apple has to respond in force to Samsung and other rivals that are grabbing attention. Much of Wall Street is now looking ahead to the next iPhone, but expectations are muted. Once the darling of Wall Street, Apple has in six months seen its shares fall 30 percent from a high of $705. Its Maps software was panned for inaccuracies; its once-reliable financial results, that rarely failed to surpass Wall Street estimates, missed analysts’ expectations.

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Following the issuance of the Government Regulation No.97/2012 on the Expatriate Employment Permit (IMTA) where the authority of expatriate employment permit renewal will be transferred to local government.

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Expansion of Ngurah Rai International Airport projects prepared to welcome the APEC summit later this year are nearing completion, a local councilor said.

Infrastructure for APEC nearing completion Antara

DENPASAR - A toll road, an underpass and expansion of Ngurah Rai International Airport projects prepared to welcome the APEC summit later this year are nearing completion, a local councilor said. “The three projects are expected to be completed next June. We were assured of the work progress after having a meeting with the project leaders and officials of relevant institutions on Friday,” Gusti Made Suryanta Putra, chairman of Commission III of the Local Legislative Assembly (DPRD), said. He said the toll road which connected the airport with Nusa Dua, Badung District, was now 83 percent completed. By June, the toll road is expected to undergo a test before being officially opened to the public. The underpass which is build under the Dewa Ruci (Kuta) crossroad has also been 87.5 percent completed. The 38-meter tunnel from the north to the south now remains to be completed with wall ornaments with Bali style architecture. The other remaining work is the installation of its water pump and tunnel lighting system. In the meantime, Suryanta Putra said, the work on the airport expansion has been 61.03 percent completed. “It`s a little bit late from the schedule. It is late by about 1.89 percent,” he added. He hoped that all infrastruc-

tures built in support of Bali in hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) would be completed soon. “If all completed, we will remain to do other preparations,” he added. “We are convinced the construction of the three projects would have been completed by June 2013,” the councilor said. Indonesia will host APEC summit in October 2013 in Nusa Dua Bali for the second time. In 1994, Indonesia hosted the APEC Summit in Bogor, West Java, where APEC leaders adopted the Bogor goals. The goals involved free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region by 2010 for industrialized economies, and by 2020 for developing economies. In order to achieve the Bogor goals, APEC focused on three areas: trade and investment liberalization,

business facilitation, and economic and technical cooperation. In 2013, the APEC meeting will focus on the expansion of trade and investment, as well as on structural reforms. As part of APEC`s efforts to achieve sustainable growth with equity in the region, the meeting will also focus on financial inclusion, food security and health. It will also discuss ways to improve the global competitiveness of small businesses (SMEs). Established in 1989, APEC is an economic cooperation forum for 21 Pacific Rim countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.


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Illegal drugs network uncovered

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Singakerta Art Market transformed into common market Bali Post

GIANYAR - Only a month after the inauguration on February 13, 2013, the Singakerta Market allocated for the art market following the renovation to the Ubud Art Market by Gianyar County has now been transformed into a common market. It happens because the Singakerta Market is left by the traders to Ubud Market. On Sunday (Mar 17), amidst the opening of fun bike activity in the square of Singakerta Market, Ubud, the Regent of Gianyar, Anak Agung Gde Agung Bharata, even proposed the Singakerta Market as a market providing the basic needs of society. Thus, the discourse to make the art market as previously discoursed when building the market was different from the post-completion of the market with some advantages. Singakerta Market was also expected to be the first traditional market with a good arrangement and drainage. It was intended to eliminate the stigma that traditional markets so far were vile and disorganized. Such an effort was to improve the functioning of traditional market as one of the economic institutions for the community amidst the onslaughts of modern stores coming with a variety of strengths. Meanwhile, observation made in Singakerta Market after being left by the traders to Ubud Market indicated if it was empty. Only a dozen of kiosks remained to be occupied, where most of them sold fabrics. Wayan from Taman, Ubud, an attendant of kiosk located in the southern side of the Singakerta Market, said there were indeed a few visitors to the market and their visit was uncertain and scarce. As described earlier by the Assistant II of Gianyar County government, Gede Widarma Suharta (BP/Jan 9, 2012), the Singakerta Market was built on the land provided by Singakerta customary village. Initially, the market was built on an area of 1.5 hectares for a temporary location to accommodate the relocation of the Ubud Market traders. The number of stalls built in Singakerta Market was pursuant to traders of the Ubud Market, namely 284 units consisting of 176 kiosks (3x4 meters) and 108 stalls (1.5 x 2 meters). The budget allocated for the development of market construction was in single package with the Ubud Market worth IDR 35 billion. The Ubud Market and Singakerta Market were inaugurated by Tjokorda Oka Arta Ardhana Sukawati before ending his tenure last February. (kmb16)

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DENPASAR - Denpasar Police on Illegal Drugs Section once again revealed network of drugs misusage last Sunday (10/3) evening as three accused I Nyoman Wiratama (31), A.A Ngurah Made Ratulangi (27) and Made Mertayasa (29) got captured holding methamphetamine. Police stated last Sunday (17/3), Wiratama has been chased a long time as he kept on consuming the drugs. Accused was then traced to have been staying at Teduh Ayu Inn, Kebo Iwa Street, North Denpasar. Police then raided his room around 9.20 pm local time and found a 0.08 gram methamphetamine as explained by Head of the Unit, PC I Wayan Suarda. A bong and broken light bulb were also found. Wiratama later on confessed that he got the item from Made Ratulangi who lives at Raya Kerobokan Street, Badung. At that day, Ratulangi was also then captured. It was then later found that he had ordered it from Mertayasa who lives at Gunung Guntur Street, Gang XVIII, Denpasar. There were 4.94 gram methamphetamine found, another 1.4 gram placed in a glass pipe, another 0.14 gram in a plastic, BlackBerry phone, Nokia phone and a crocs grey sandal also became evidence. “The case is still being developed. From what’s confessed so far, they only admitted to have only used it,” Suarda concluded. (kmb21)

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Price hike of garlic and onion recently began to have an impact on the rising prices of other spices. One of them was chili. Each kilogram of chili was sold for IDR 60,000. REUTERS/Yazen

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Chili follows to reach IDR 60,000 per kilogram Bali Post

SINGARAJA - Price hike of garlic and onion recently began to have an impact on the rising prices of other spices. One of them was chili. Each kilogram of chili was sold for IDR 60,000. As monitoring made to some traditional markets in Buleleng on Sunday (Mar 17), the price hike of chili due to influence of the price hike of onion and garlic made the traders distraught. Stock of chili habitually filling in the stalls was left blank by traders. They claimed to have to increase their capital for the purchase of chili supplies that had declined since the rainy season. A trader in Pancasari Market, Sukasada subdistrict, Wayan Sri, said the price hike of chili took place in the past few days. Its culmination occurred after the release of information mentioning if the price of garlic and onion was also on the rise. At that time, the local chili was usually sold for IDR 20,000 per kilogram

then rose to IDR 60,000. The increase reached IDR 40,000 per kilogram. Meanwhile, the large size chili also increased. It was usually sold for IDR 20,000 per kilogram and then rose to IDR 22,000 per kilogram, so that it increased as much as IDR 2,000 per kilogram. Other than persistent skyrocketing price, the supply of chili from farmers in Buleleng also began to slump. From the rainy season, the supply from collectors had even stopped. “The increase is unavoidable and it follows the increase in the price of onion. The price is expensive but the item is difficult to get due to few supplies from collectors,” she said. Additionally, Sri said the price hike happening to garlic, chili and

onion were estimated to continue. Moreover, it was ahead of Galungan and Kuningan festivities that were just around the corner. For this condition, Sri hoped that relevant agencies in Buleleng County could immediately take action to stabilize the prices of seasoning ingredients. Meanwhile, the observation at one of the chili farms at Dasong hamlet, Pancasari village, Sukasada subdistrict, a number of farmers looked busy maintaining their crops. Since the rains engulfed the area of Buleleng, most plants were unable to bear fruits. Many young and green chilies were rotting. As a result, the production dropped dramatically. Amidst of the decline in chili production due to rain, farmers could reap more benefits than the previous harvest season. “The fruits are rotten, but we are grateful as many fruits are still intact and the price is also quite expensive, so the profit is higher than usual,” said a farmer. (kmb)

Bought airplane ticket online, became fraud victim Bali Post

AMLAPURA - A victim of fraud through online promotion keep on happening, with this time Yulia Heryanti (34) reported her case after buying airplane tickets worth IDR 2 million. Yulia who lives at BTN Indah Gargita

Galiran Karangasem have been back and forth Bali-Jakarta by flying. As she wanted to go home to Jakarta she clicked an advert in the internet. To secure her tickets she transferred IDR 1,550,000 and later on she had to pay another IDR 500,000 to ease the reservation. Yet when the phone was

called, the phone was no longer active and realized she has been tricked. Head of Karangasem Police Public Relation, First Inspector Ketut Pasek Redita as permitted by the head confirmed the case. The report has been investigated further yet it is still not known who has done it. (013)

Syria rebels seize security compound near Golan Reuters

AMMAN - Syrian rebels on Sunday seized a Syrian military intelligence compound in the southern Hauran Plain near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, stepping up attacks in the strategic region which stretches to the outskirts of the capital Damascus, rebel commanders said. The frontier, quiet since Israel and Syria agreed on a U.S.brokered ceasefire in 1974, has turned volatile in recent weeks, after opposition brigades stepped up attacks against army and intelligence compounds dotting the agricultural plain stretching from the border with Jordan to the Damascus outskirts. At least 70,000 people have been killed since a peaceful protest movement led by Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority broke out two years ago against four decades of family rule by President Bashar al-Assad, who belongs to the minority Alawite sect, and his father, the late Hafez al-Assad.

The demonstrations were met by bullets, eventually sparking a Sunni backlash and a mostly Islamist armed insurgency increasingly spearheaded by the al Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front, creating a political dilemma for regional and Western powers and deepening the Shi’ite-Sunni divide in the Middle East. The compound near the Yarmouk River in the town of Shagara, 8 km (5 miles) from a ceasefire line with Israel, fell after a five-day siege, the sources said. “We have completely taken over this security compound this morning. It’s a command center for the shabbiha (pro-Assad mi-

litia). They retreated after strong blows dealt to them during a five day siege,” said Abu Iyas al-Haurani, a member of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade. “Anyone who was arrested in the Yarmouk Valley was sent to this military intelligence headquarters to be tortured and it has a strategic importance. With its fall we have completed our liberation of the town of Shagara,” he added. Another rebel commander said the aim of the attacks in western Hauran is to open a new front in the fight against Assad that would stretch troops deployed in Hauran, cradle of the two-year revolt, and to secure a supply route to the western and southern approaches of Damascus, where battles have been fierce. Assad’s elite forces, however, remain dug in at Qasioun Mountain in the center of Damascus.

CANBERRA - Australia will ease restrictions on military engagement with Myanmar following democratic reforms since the country’s ruling generals relinquished their half-century grip on power in 2011, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Monday. During a visit to Canberra by Myanmar’s President Thein Sein -- the first leader from the former Burma to visit the Australian capital since 1974 -- Gillard said restrictions would be lifted on military humanitarian aid and peacekeeping, but an arms sales embargo would stay in place. “What we’ve done today is taken a first step on defense relations between our two countries. It is not fully normalizing defense relationships,” Gillard told reporters at a press conference with Thein Sein at Australia’s parliament. Since Myanmar’s military stepped aside and a quasi-civilian government was installed in 2011, triggering a wave of political and economic reforms, western governments have cautiously dropped or eased sanctions against the country. But the government still maintains a constitution drafted by the

generals and reserves a quarter of parliamentary seats for military personnel, while barring Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar last week warned that progress had been erratic in Myanmar, with around 250 political prisoners still behind bars and 120,000 people internally displaced. Gillard said Australia, a rotating UN Security Council member and close U.S. ally, would soon post a defense attaché to its embassy in Myanmar, and would also provide additional aid worth $20 million to train the government in human rights. Thein Sein, a former junta general who has won praise for reforms since taking power in March 2011, said his government was looking to resource powerhouse Australia for investment and expertise in the country’s fledgling resource sector. “We have to make sure that the extraction and exploitation of these resources is done properly,” he said. Shut off from most of the world for decades, Myanmar is Asia’s poorest country.

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks at the National Press Club in Canberra January 30, 2013.

Indian police say 5 admit to raping Swiss tourist

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NEW DELHI — Five men have been arrested and have confessed to raping a Swiss woman who was attacked in central India while on a cycling vacation with her husband, police said. Two other suspects are being sought, said D. K. Arya, a senior police officer. The five men arrested in Datia on Sunday are

from villages near where the attack occurred Friday night as the Swiss couple camped in a forest in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh state. The couple told police that the woman had been raped by seven or eight men, but that it was dark and they could not be sure of the exact number, Arya said. They said the husband also was attacked by the men. The woman, 39, was treated

Saturday at a hospital in the nearby city of Gwalior and was released later that day, police said. Arya said the couple was heading to the Indian capital of New Delhi, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the north, later Sunday. The attack was frontpage news in Indian newspapers and happened three months after the fatal gang rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus, an attack that

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spurred outrage over the treatment of women in Indian society and the country’s justice system. Prior to the attack, the Swiss tourists, who were on a three-month visit, had visited the temple town of Orchha and were planning to cycle to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, nearly 210 kilometers (130 miles) away. They set out from Orchha on Friday and pitched their tent in a

forest near Jatia village when they were attacked by men armed with sticks, police said. The men beat up the husband, tied him to a tree and then raped the woman, police said. They also stole the couple’s cellphone, laptop computer and 10,000 rupees ($185). Police said they recovered the laptop and phone from one of the men who was arrested.


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An elderly man passes by a cooperative bank in Limassol, Cyprus, Saturday, March 16, 2013. Many rushed to the cooperative banks which are open Saturdays in Cyprus, after learning that the terms of a bailout deal that the cash-strapped country hammered out with international lenders, includes a one-time levy on bank deposits.

Cyprus parliament delays vote on bank deposits tax Associated Press Writer

NICOSIA - Frightened savers in Cyprus drained ATMs in a bank run, prompting parliament to postpone a crucial vote Sunday on a levy on all bank deposits, a move creditors had demanded in exchange for €10 billion ($13 billion) in rescue money. The announcement of the delay set off an immediate scramble among top European financial officials. One lawmaker told The Associated Press that European Central Bank was pressuring Cypriot authorities to hold the vote without delay. The stakes are high for the tiny island nation of one million people because a rejection of the one-time tax by lawmakers could send Cyprus into bankruptcy and possibly out of the common euro currency. Officials also fear negative global market reaction on Monday and a run Tuesday on Cypriot banks no matter which way the voting goes. Monday is a national holiday. The vote, which had been expected later Sunday, was pushed back to Monday afternoon, parliamentary official Antonis Koutalianos said. President Nicos Anastasiades had personally requested the postponement but no reason was given, state media reported. “There are two choices, voting in favor which allows the country to avoid a disorderly bankruptcy, or rejection, which will have us

face a disorderly bankruptcy with all that that entails,” said Averof Neophytou, deputy chief of the governing Democratic Rally party. The president was to address the nation Sunday night. The decision by Cyprus’ 16 eurozone partners and the International Monetary Fund to impose a one-time tax of 6.75 percent on all deposits under €100,000 ($131,000) and 9.9 percent over that amount was a significant shift. It marks the first time they have dipped into people’s savings to finance a bailout — a move that analysts worry may roil international markets and jeopardize Europe’s fragile economy. The levy is expected to raise €5.8 billion to recapitalize the nation’s banks and service the country’s debt. Cypriot banks got into trouble after losing some €4.5 billion on their Greek government bond holdings after eurozone leaders decided to write down Greece’s debt last year. The demand for the levy has enraged Cypriot politicians, who have condemned it as unfair and disastrous, bringing into doubt

its approval in the 56-seat parliament. At least 24 lawmakers from the Communist AKEL and the socialist EDEK parties have already said they will vote no. The governing Democratic Rally party and its allies generally control about 30 seats. Depositors flocked to ATM machines in Cyprus on Saturday, trying to pull out as much money as they could. “It’s a lose-lose situation. There will be a huge deposit withdrawal from Cypriot banks with or without a (levy),” said Cyprus Greens lawmaker Giorgos Perdikis. “We should have the courage to make the right decisions that will restore the public’s confidence, which was drastically shaken.” In an opinion poll Sunday nearly three quarters of respondents said Anastasiades and his delegation “failed to secure a good deal” at Friday’s eurogroup meeting in Brussels. Some 71 percent also believe that lawmakers should vote down the levy and an equal number believe that if it’s approved, it should be amended to leave deposits under €100,000 untouched.

CAIRO - A top International Monetary Fund official has begun several more weeks of talks with Egyptian officials over the country’s economic reform program to secure a $4.8 billion loan. In an IMF statement, top official Masood Ahmed said he welcomes Egyptian determination to move forward with their economic reform program. The IMF has in the past pushed for

reforms in taxation and subsidies before granting loans. Egypt sees the loan as a lifeline to boost critically low foreign reserves and lure back foreign investors. Ahmed met with officials Sunday in Cairo, including Egypt’s prime minister and the central bank governor. Talks were delayed in December when violent protests erupted and the president was forced to rescind austerity plans. Investors and activists demanded a national dialogue on the changes first.

Boeing puts 787 battery through tough tests it once avoided Reuters

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO - To get its 787 Dreamliner flying again, Boeing Co is testing the plane’s volatile battery system to a rigorous standard that the company itself helped develop -- but that it never used on the jet. Boeing’s decision has thrust an arcane standard known as RTCA to the center of the debate over whether Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were rigorous enough when they originally set standards for the 787 battery system in October 2007. The debate could have broad implications for the future use of lithium-ion batteries on aircraft. A committee co-chaired by Boeing published safety guidelines in March 2008 for using lithium-ion batteries on aircraft to minimize the risk of fire. But because they arrived five months after the FAA had approved a set of special conditions for the fire safety of the Dreamliner battery system, Boeing did not have to meet the more stringent guidelines. The FAA never required it, and Boeing did not choose to use them. Last week, Boeing decided to shift to the tougher RTCA standard for a revamped 787 battery system. The move came after regulators grounded Dreamliners worldwide in January following a battery fire on a Japan Airlines Co 787 at Boston’s Logan airport and a battery melt-

down on an All Nippon Airways Co flight in Japan. Some battery industry experts voiced surprise that Boeing did not apply the RTCA standard when it was published in 2008. Even though the tests were not required, they would have served as a check on Boeing’s design assumptions and possibly prevented the battery from overheating in January, they said. John Goglia, a former board member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), said he sees the use of the RTCA standard “as an admission that they didn’t do a good job in the beginning.” “It is going to be part of the final NTSB report,” he added. “It will be at least mentioned in there.” The NTSB last month questioned the assumptions Boeing and the FAA made when certifying the battery system in 2007. The safety agency plans to hold a hearing on the issue next month and is expected to recommend changes to FAA procedures after completing its investigation into the battery failures. Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said Boeing didn’t use the RTCA standard earlier because it came “after we had completed our certification plans and begun our testing efforts.” Under the special conditions, the Dreamliner passed “a rigorous test program and an extensive certification program conducted by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration,” he said.

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BAMBOO is often underestimated as considered to have no high economic value whereas if this commodity properly cultivated can penetrate foreign markets such as China. This cultivation has been carried out by giant bamboo farmers in Pupuan subdistrict, Tabanan.

Giant bamboo cultivation in Pupuan

Government indifferent, harvest yield penetrates China IBP

TABANAN - Bamboo is often underestimated as considered to have no high economic value whereas if this commodity properly cultivated can penetrate foreign markets such as China. This cultivation has been carried out by giant bamboo farmers in Pupuan subdistrict, Tabanan. Apparently, this bamboo shoot has become an export commodity with high selling value. Simply browse the profile below.

Even though local government gives less attention, the giant bamboo cultivation carried out by farmers in Pupuan remains to exist. At least, 800 farmers have been getting involved in the cultivation of this woody grass with hollow jointed stem. The cultivation of giant bamboo was first promoted by an agricultural technology expert doubling as a lecturer at the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Udayana University, Dr. Pande Ketut Diah Kencana. Her action began with the breeding and research in 2003. Incidentally, this woman from Gianyar was researching the bamboo as the object of her doctoral studies. She found the giant bamboo was a local wealth that had not been well cultivated. Her effort was successful. With her patience since 2006, she could make a bamboo plantation at Padangan village, Baturiti. Starting from this success, she took local farmers to cultivate giant bamboo and the results were tantalizing. In fact, the shoot of giant bamboo was marketable. Its tasty and tender flavor became the main attraction to people, especially the local markets. Due to its best-selling, the processing of giant bamboo shoots was overwhelmed to meet the demands. “We serve the supermarket in Bali and even it has penetrated to Bandung. Lastly, an investor from China wanted to import the bamboo shoots for foreign markets,” said Dr. Diah. She explained the giant bamboo had

distinctive features and uniqueness that did not exist in other countries, even in China though. The bamboo was the native plant to Pupuan. With these advantages, she had made a presentation to six ministries, such as the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Cooperatives, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Forestry and Ministry of Tourism. All the ministries agreed to the cultivation of giant bamboo. Unfortunately, no one had been working on this potential seriously, including the government of Bali and Tabanan County. “We’ve handed presentation, but the response looked indifferent,” she explained. Nevertheless, the farmers did not get frustrated. With independent capital, she built a nursery and processing center of giant bamboo shoots. Now, the bamboo shoot production had reached hundreds of kilograms packed in various types, such as the airtight plastic containers to cans. The technology in use was quite sophisticated. The bamboo shoots packaged could last up to 3 months, even the canned ones could last up to two years. High demand of the giant bamboo shoots made Dr. Diah continued to tighten her cooperation. She asked farmers to make giant bamboo cultivation, including the cooperative that would handle the marketing. “We do not want the harvest yield to

be taken over by middlemen. With the farmer group and cooperative, all the bamboo shoot proceeds will be accommodated pursuant to market price,” she explained. The price of giant bamboo shoot had exceeded IDR 1,000 per stem. On average, the farmers in Pupuan had 10-15 giant bamboo groves. Its harvest was carried out every rainy season. A clump could produce at least 15 pieces of bamboo shoots harvested every three days. With such high price, the bamboo shoots of farmers could boost their economy. Aside from being profitable, the giant bamboo cultivation also supported the reforestation and the use of critical land because the roots of bamboo reserved water source. Mature bamboo stalks could also be sold to handicraft artisans at reasonable price. Another advantage of the bamboo cultivation was only carried out once and could last up to 100 years, while the maintenance was very easy. Other than in Pupuan, the giant bamboo cultivation also began to be promoted in Gianyar on the land of 500 hectares. She hoped the giant bamboo could improve the economy of farmers provided that the breeding system and marketing should be done collectively, not controlled by collectors. “We promote this in Pupuan, where farmers are directly involved in the marketing,” she said accompanied by Ketut Remiyasa, 43, Chief of Subak Tumpang Telu, Batungsel, Pupuan. (kmb30)

DENPASAR - Even though connected agency has tried to deport non residents’ beggars that got caught during raids, Denpasar still not empty of beggars. On Monday (18/3) the Workers, Transmigration and Social Agency to deport some beggars from East Java. When contacted on Sunday (17/3), Head of the Agency, Made Erwin Suryadarma Sena, explained that dozens of them were captured around Denpasar last Friday (15/3). They operated around Imam Bonjol Street, Subur Street traffic light and Mahendradatta Street. Seven of them come from Banyuwangi, two from Jember and the rest from Lumajang. They have been caught and given socialization. “They are being sent back through the East Java Province Social Agency which they then will send them to their origins,” Erwin explained. It is explained that they were mostly 50-58 years old brought by their own friends who live in Bali. Thousands of them would usually come about during big days like Galungan and Kuningan which so Denpasar Government workers keep on raiding wearing normal clothes so that these beggars won’t know the workers’ existence. Erwin added the disciplinary was also to anticipate thousands of local beggars usually from Pedahan and Muntigunung Villages, Karangasem, especially the kids that started operating around Mahendradatta Street. “If they kept on being looked over by the workers, they would shift themselves to another area usually in Sunset Road, Badung,” Erwin continued. This disciplinary has been intensified by coordinating with the Peace and Order Agency also Denpasar City Police Civil Service under IB Alit Wiradana and villages officials. If the institution captured any then they would send them to the Agency. “We hope that the public and road users to not give anything to them as if they don’t receive anything in the place they begged on, they would get bored and leave their job as beggars,” Erwin clarified. (kmb13)

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Even though connected agency has tried to deport non residents’ beggars that got caught during raids, Denpasar still not empty of beggars.


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Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano gestures during a news conference following talks with German counterpart Joachim Gauck in Berlin February 28, 2013.

Italian president urges unity as poll pressure grows

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EREZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip — A freed Palestinian prisoner was given a hero’s welcome in the Gaza Strip on Sunday evening after ending his hunger strike in an Israeli jail and agreeing to a plea bargain that will confine him to the Hamas-run territory for the next 10 years. After his release from Israeli custody, Ayman Sharawneh arrived at the Erez Crossing in an ambulance with its siren blaring and red lights flashing as dozens of TV cameramen and photographers precariously gathered around the vehicle as it crossed into Gaza. Dozens of Palestinians waved national flags and chanted slogans calling for freedom. Sharawneh, 53, appeared weak, shaky and shrunken, and was taken to a hospital in Gaza City. Sharawneh, a resident of the West Bank, had been refusing food since last July to protest his incarceration. His lawyer, Jawad Bulous, said Sharawneh accepted the offer of confinement to Gaza, fearing he would be sent to prison for decades in a military court hearing set for Monday. “The occupation committed two crimes,” Sharawneh said, referring to Israel. “Arresting me, and then keeping me away from my family. But in Gaza, I am also with my family,” he said, his voice croaking as he spoke from his hospital bed. Sharawneh, who was serving a 38-year prison sentence for participating in militant attacks, was among about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners freed in 2011 in exchange for an Israeli soldier held for five years by Hamas militants in Gaza. In one attack, he detonated an explosives-filled handbag in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, wounding more than a dozen people. He was also involved in a kidnapping attempt, according to Israel’s Shin Bet security service. He was arrested again in January 2012 after being accused of violating the terms of his release by making contact with members of the militant Islamic group Hamas. The military court could have ordered him to serve out the remainder of his original sentence.

ROME - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano appealed to political leaders on Sunday to work together to form a government, but his appeal fell on deaf ears and pressure grew for a new poll after last month’s deadlocked election.

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The threat of months of political instability following the inconclusive ballot has triggered warnings across Europe that Italy cannot afford to delay urgent reforms to shore up its massive public debt and boost its sickly economy, now stuck in recession for over a year. Napolitano is due to begin consultations with political leaders on Wednesday to see if there is any chance of establishing a government after the election which left parliament split between three deeply opposed forces. Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), won control of the lower house but fell short in the Senate leaving him dependent on the support of his rivals if he is to form a government. Bersani said he would tell Napolitano he would not try to reach any set deals in advance but would present proposals to parliament based on attacking corruption and creating jobs. “The path is very, very narrow. I think I can say that other paths would turn out to be even narrower,” he said.

Meanwhile, when Sad Ripu is influenced by the elements of satyam, people will get a force to assist human activities in solitude to do goodness. Tooth filing is an obligation of parents in an effort to make their children real human beings. So, this is a process to humanize humans,” he said. Then, why are Semara and Ratih venerated? According to Kala Tattva palm-leaf manuscript, he said, the children underwent the matatah ritual because they had entered into puberty. They began to grow older and know about the love. By venerating Lord Semara and Goddess Ratih, they were expected to receive guidance so that they could realize their love into positive things. “Hinduism is strictly prohibited the bedha semara or improper love performed by teenagers. Love in relation to bhakti or devotion is something principle in human life,” he said at length. Series of the culmination of matatah kinembulan ritual was held on Monday (Mar 18) commenced with the mungkah lawang ritual. A total of 75 filers from all over Bali were involved in the ritual. According to Chairman of Ritual Committee, Cok Agung Ngurah Alit, all the participants of the mass tooth filling were free of charge. “We from the committee and Satria Palace did not charge a penny to the joining participants. It’s totally free to help those that are less fortunate. Actually, this mass tooth filing is not the first time conducted by Satria Palace but it has been done by our predecessors,” he said while adding that similar ritual had been organized in 1961 involving around 300 participants. (kmb13/rin)

However prospects of a deal with either former premier Silvio Berlusconi or the antiestablishment 5 Star Movement, which holds the balance of power, appear remote, raising fears of a return to the polls, possibly as early as June. Both Angelino Alfano, secretary of Berlusconi’s centreright People of Freedom party, and 5-Star leader Beppe Grillo prophesied a short life for parliament, which held its first sittings to elect house speakers on Friday and Saturday. “We are in favor of going to the vote as soon as possible so that Italians can give their opinion and we can begin a new legislature,” Alfano told RAI television in an interview. Before that can happen, parliament must elect a successor to Napolitano, whose mandate ends on May 15. An outgoing president does not have the power to dissolve parliament, so any new elections would have to be called by his successor. Alfano’s offer to cooperate with Bersani as long as his party was allowed to pick the next

president was rejected out of hand by PD officials. “FIG LEAF”

Despite some flutters, financial markets have so far been relatively relaxed in the face of the political stalemate, showing none of the panic seen during the crisis which drove Berlusconi from power in 2011. However Italy’s 2-trillion-euro public debt remains vulnerable to the kind of volatility which panicked investors less than two years ago with tensions over Cyprus highlighting the fragility of market confidence in the euro zone. In an address commemorating the 152nd anniversary of Italian unification in 1861, Napolitano said the country should not “divide into factions opposed on everything” but his call for unity bore no fruit. Bersani succeeded in getting his candidates elected as speakers of the lower house and Senate, helped by abstentions and a handful of votes from rebels in the 5-Star Movement but the vote only underlined the weakness of his position.

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INDONESIA Indonesia’s feuding soccer leagues agree to merge Reuters

JAKARTA - Indonesia’s rival soccer leagues agreed to merge on Sunday, hoping to end a split that had threatened to see the world’s fourth most populous nation suspended by the sport’s governing body FIFA. The long running battle over controls of the sport had left the soccer-obsessed Indonesia country with two leagues and two national teams. “This is remarkable. It’s a major leap for the future of our football,” Djohar Arifin Husein, chairman of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI), said after the PSSI’s special congress voted on the issue in a luxury Jakarta hotel. The meeting was marred by jostling and shouting. Nearly 500 police were on standby at the hotel. He said the rival Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI), had agreed to return to the FIFA-recognised PSSI. “We have one league, one national team, one football federation and we can avoid FIFA’s sanction.” FIFA has repeatedly threatened to suspend Indonesia unless it resolved the dispute. Its latest hearing on the issue was due later this month. The majority of the 100 votes at

the meeting agreed to unite the two leagues - the Indonesian Super League (ISL) and Indonesian Premier League (IPL), by 2014 with 18 clubs from ISL and four clubs from IPL. KPSI chairman La Nyalla Mattaliti was appointed vice chairman of the PSSI. Mattaliti and three other former members of PSSI’s governing executive committee were also reappointed. However, six of the 11 current committee members walked out of the meeting in protest. Mattaliti told reporters that the six members have been suspended until the next congress in six weeks time when PSSI will elect a new executive committee, including a chairman and vice chairman.

Women Ministry to push more women participation in politic Antara

JAKARTA - Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection has highlighted the lack of women participation in politic in Indonesia, hence they will push the female contribution through several policies. “One of which, we have pushed the issued of the Presidential Decree Number 9 Year 2000 about the Gender Mainstreaming in National Development,” said Executive Secretary of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry Mudjiati here on Saturday. Mudjiati said on behalf Minister Linda Gumelar during the opening ceremony of National Assembly of Islam Women Student Association (Kohati) XXI in Jakarta, that the inequlity between women and men participation in politic has became major concern of the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry (WECPM). Based on the report of WECPM and Central Statistic Agency of the Gender Based Human Development research, the women participation in politic is just 18 percent comparing to the men participation which is 82

percent. “Meanwhile, women who achieved first echelon position in the bureaucracy is under 10 percent,” she said. According to Mudjiati, the inequality in the politic sector was not only caused by the low participation of the women related with their education achievement, but also affected by the patriarch culture which is still dominant. Since the gender understanding among the community has many perspectives both from women and men, it has caused the difficulties for the policy maker to provide fair and equal policy for all genders, she explained. “Even some policy makers are not entirely understand about the essence of gender itself. If they don`t understand the basic, how do they will produce the fair policy?” she said. To push more the women participation in politic, the government has put the Gender Mainstreaming program in the National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2010-2014. “The acceleration plan on the mainstreaming gender program is important to be well-defined to accommodate the challenge of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2015,” she said.

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Chairman of The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Djohar Arifin speaks at the extraordinary congress in Jakarta March 17, 2013. Indonesian soccer has been ripped apart by the fighting between the country’s football association (PSSI) and the Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI) which resulted in the populous southeast Asian nation having two domestic leagues and two national teams.

Ministry frees 11 Indonesian fishermen

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YOGYAKARTA - The Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs (KKP) succeeded on Friday in freeing 11 Indonesian fishermen who were arrested by Malaysian authorities early this month, a cabinet minister said. KKP Minister Sharif Cicip Sutardjo told reporters here on Saturday that the Indonesian fishermen who came from Langkat District, North Sumatra, were released after his ministry officials held intensive lobbyings with the Malaysian side. He said that the Indonesian fishermen were arrested for fishing in the Malaysian waters. “They violated the water areas because they were only small fishermen who had no enough equipment to know their exact position,” the minister said. “The Indonesian fishermen admittedly had violated the border areas and were found guilty because they missed their way into the Malaysian water areas,” the minister said. The minister said the Malaysian side was ready to accept it if “we can provide them with reasonable legal arguments before the suspects

are taken to the court. After all, we made approaches from the humanity aspect.” In the meantime, Director General for Marine and Fisheries Resources Supervision Syahrin Abdurrahman said the 11 Indonesian fishermen were arrested by the Malaysian apparatuses about 60 miles away from Pangkalan Brandan, Langkat District. “Their fishing boat was categorically small, namely only 6 gross tons,” he said. The 11 fishermen who were arrested on March 1, 2013 were Helmi Suheri, Muhammad Amin, Jauhari, Vikindra, Iwan, Darwidin, Amri, Ahmad Dani, Zakaria, Muhammad Rio and Hasanuddin. Syahrin said his directorate, in cooperation the foreign affairs ministry, was able to repatriate 293 Indonesian fishermen who were arrested overseas in 2012. They included 115 were repatriated from Australia, 20 from the Republic of Palau, seven from Papau New Guinea and 14 from Timor Leste. Last week, the Australian government repatriated a total of 51 fishermen hailing from the Indonesian province of East Nusa Teng-

gara (NTT) after being detained since last year in that country. The NTT`s police public relations officer Febrina Ida Pello said that the fishermen were repatriated through the El Tari Kupang airport. “There are 51 fishermen arrived at the airport after flying Lion Air, but only two were identified as the other ones mingled with other passengers,” she said. The two fishermen, identified as Asrol Doro and Andri Giri still undergo investigation, before their departure to their village in Rote Island, she said. According to the two fishermen, the Australian police accused them to have entered the Australian waters and nabbed them in September 2012. “Actually we are fishing in Indonesian waters, but the Australian police accused us to have entered the Australian waters,” Asrol said in the NTT`s police office. Asrol said that the 51 fishermen have undergone their jail sentence after being accused of catching marine biota and brought illegal immigrants into the country`s territory.


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Gua Lawah IBP

Gua Lawah or Bat Cave is one of favorite places of interest in Bali and it is located near of hilly bank so it is called reef of Middle hill. This cave is located in Pasinggahan countryside, Dawan sub district, Klungkung Regency, east part of Bali and about 1,5 hours from Denpasar Town. There is a nature cave dwelt by thousands of tail bat located at north side from Jeroan/center of Gua Lawah Temple . Meanwhile the main road from Klungkung to Amlapura is just in front of the temple. This cave is apposite to the beautiful beach with black sand along the coastal area. Pursuant to the papyrus of Dwi Jendra Tattwa, the Gua Lawah’s name is Gua Lelawah, the name which is given by Danghyang Nirartha (a priest overspread the Hindu teaching in Bali) when he stop in this place on his Tirtha Yatra trips. He arrive at a cave which is a lot of bats hang on and its unbroken voice clamor as hymn to add the beauty of the cave. Therefore this cave is named by Gua Lawah/Bat Cave. On the above cave is growth by the flower trees with it’s smelt fragrance and stimulus the peace mind of Danghyang Nirartha, so that he overnight stay for some nights in this place. From the cave we see also the beautiful coast with the blue ocean with Nusa Penida Island as a backdrop. Gua Lawah Temple History * According to the chronicle of Bendesa Mas, it mentions that the elaborations of Mpu Kuturan (a Hindu priest who come from Java) then he live in Bali which has been hosted in Silayukti, Padang Bai. He also builds some temple like Gua Lawah Temple. * According to the Papyrus of Dwijendra Tattwa, it narrates that after Danghyang Nirartha stay some nights at Goa Lawah, then he build a Kahyangan Temple on the ground. It means that Danghyang Nirartha extends the Palinggih or temple building existing at Gua Lawah Temple. Temple festival at Gua Lawah is basically divided into 2 types that is Piodalan ceremony, and Ngusaba ceremony. On this event, many Hindu people from entire of the island come and pray. Gua Lawah is a place of interest in Bali and opened for visitors who wish to see the temple closely. IBP/File Photo

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Heat pull away from Raptors, win 22nd straight Associated Press Writer

TORONTO — Back where their winning streak started on Super Bowl Sunday, the Miami Heat kept rolling right into March Madness. Now it’s on to Boston to face the rival Celtics — the team who ended the last streak this long. The Heat equaled the secondlongest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter Sunday to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-91 for their 22nd consecutive victory. “It’s a special ride right now that we’re on,” LeBron James said. “The best thing about it is we’re doing it together.” James had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his career-best 32nd double-double of the season, Dwyane Wade had 24 points and nine assists, and Ray Allen scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the defending NBA champions. Chris Bosh finished with 18

points as the Heat matched the 22 consecutive wins recorded by the 2007-08 Houston Rockets. The NBA’s longest streak is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. Miami will try to move into sole possession of second on Monday when it visits the Celtics — who ended the Rockets’ run five years ago and have won 11 in a row at home. “If there’s any group that would be motivated in a circumstance like this, it’s that team in green,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I don’t know if the streak will be a big fac-

tor but they love playing against us, and vice versa. That’s what happens when you meet a team consecutively in the playoffs. There’s a history there, and that’s what makes these games special.” The Heat have faced the Celtics twice so far this season. They blew out Boston 120-107 in Miami on opening night, then lost 100-98 in double-overtime on the road on Jan. 27, the day Boston learned that Rajon Rondo needed knee surgery. “They played better than us for a large part of that game,” Spoelstra said. Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade, right, shoots over Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan during second half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday March 17, 2013.

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Nadal withdraws from Key Biscayne tourney

Force India Formula One driver Adrian Sutil of Germany runs off the track during the second practice session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne March 15, 2013.

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Adrian Sutil stunned by his F1 comeback form Adrian Sutil said he was amazed he could stay in the lead of the Australian Grand Prix, his first race since spending 2012 on the sidelines. The German, back with Force India after not racing last year, benefited from being one of the few drivers who started the race on the medium tyre compound to move into the lead after the frontrunners had pitted. Although he came under pressure from Sebastian Vettel, Sutil managed to stay ahead before he made his first pitstop. The

Force India driver then went on to finish in seventh position. “I wasn’t expecting that but I came back to do better and it was a great feeling to be straight up there,” said Sutil. “So I just tried to keep concentrated and use my chance. I was amazed we could be competitive at the front. “I gained first place back after the first pitstop so the pace was really there. Vettel was probably too close running behind [me and] maybe destroyed his tyres, but the pace was there and that was

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great to see. “I knew we were going to lose a few places [in the final stint] because I was on an opposite strategy but nevertheless seventh in first race, to lead quite a lot, it showed what was possible. It’s a sign you should never give up and always believe, anything’s possible.” Sutil said he had to keep his emotions in check when he realised he was leading the race, but he insisted he was ready for it thanks to his new mindset in his second Formula 1 spell.

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Sony Open that begins Monday in Key Biscayne, Fla., to rest his left knee. He won the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday at Indian Wells, Calif., his third title in four tournaments since returning in February after seven months off with the knee injury. ‘’I’m very sorry for the organization of the tournament and I’m very sorry for the fans, but we never thought we’d be able to play all matches possible since I came back,’’ Nadal said after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in three sets. ‘’The doctors recommend me to be back home for a few weeks and rest a little bit and keep practicing the right way. I need more power on the left leg quadriceps, so I need to keep working hard. The competition is hard for the body, so after four fantastic weeks I can’t go to Miami. I need to prepare and rest for the next one.’’ Sony Open tournament director Adam Barrett says he’s disappointed that Nadal won’t be competing in Miami. Nadal says he next plans to play on clay in Monte Carlo in mid-April, followed by two tournaments in his home country of Spain - Barcelona and Madrid - and then Rome.


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MILAN - Mario Balotelli is an excellent professional and AC Milan is his big chance to get his career on the right track, his coach Massimiliano Allegri said after the volatile forward scored two more goals on Sunday. The maverick striker, yet to be on the losing side with his new club, appears to have left behind the antics which marked his spell in the Premier League and has scored seven times in six appearances since his January move from Manchester City. Milan, two points behind second-placed Napoli, are in a transitional season with a young team, allowing Balotelli a bigger share of the spotlight. Balotelli’s arrival has helped lift Milan to third in Serie A and challenge for a place in next year’s Champions League which had looked highly unlikely during their stuttering start to this season. “It’s an important chance for him because he is playing a leading role,” Allegri told Sky Sports Italia after the 2-0 win over Palermo. “He has blended in very well. He is an excellent professional and wants to improve. He’s been on the European and world stage for six or seven years and this is his best chance to bring out his exceptional qualities.” Balotelli was not eligible to face Barcelona last Tuesday when Milan lost 4-0 and were knocked out of the Champions League. “I don’t know what would have happened if I had played,” the 22-year-old said. “Maybe we would have lost 8-0. We don’t play the same way as Barcelona but we can be like them, as we showed

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BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi extended his Spanish league scoring record to 18 straight games with a brace in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over visiting Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, making sure the leader avoided a letdown after its historic Champions League comeback against AC Milan. week that started with him scoring the goal that gave Barcelona the lead on aggregate against Milan. “It was a complicated game because of the effort we made the other day,” Villa said. “You could see that we hadn’t had time to rest, and that’s tough against a team like Rayo that comes at you as compared to many other teams that try to close up when they play here.” It was Messi’s 19th multi-goal game of the season. His 210th and 211th league goals took the 25-yearold Messi past Pahino into seventh place on the career scoring list. The four-time world player of the year scored 50 goals in the league last season to shatter a milestone that Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo had left at 40 the year before. He now has 10 more games to shoot for his own mark. Elsewhere, Malaga wasted a chance to regain its hold on fourth

place by slipping to a 2-0 loss to visiting Espanyol, while Sevilla rolled to a 4-0 win at home over 10-man Real Zaragoza. Levante, meanwhile, drew 1-1 at Granada three days after its exit from the Europa League.

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was waiting on Sunday to discover the extent of the injury suffered by his defender Massadio Haidara after a tackle by Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman that prompted widespread outrage. McManaman’s knee-high challenge led to substitute Haidara leaving the pitch on a stretcher and triggered a halftime fracas between coaches from the two Premier League clubs. Pardew, who said referee Mark Halsey had apologised to him for missing the incident, was not optimistic about Haidara’s condition. “Well it’s not going to be good because the tackle was so bad,” the Newcastle manager, whose side lost 2-1 after a late winner for the hosts, told Sky Sports. “And that’s the truth of it. “It was an awful tackle.”

Former Manchester United player Dwight Yorke was among the pundits who were highly critical of the tackle, saying during television commentary that it was “career-threatening”. Newcastle said on their website (www.nufc. co.uk) that 20-year-old Haidara was still being examined. “Massadio Haidara suffered a knee and thigh injury ... (he) immediately left the DW Stadium, heading to Newcastle where he will be assessed further,” the club said. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said 21-year-old forward McManaman was not a malicious player. “Remember it’s Callum’s full debut in the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports. “I haven’t seen the replay, I believe that he touches the ball and then it’s a bad challenge, but it’s nothing malicious, he’s not that sort of boy. “It’s the normal enthusiasm that you get in your debut.”

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by beating them 2-0 (in the first leg of their last-16 tie). “We’ll catch Napoli in the next round of matches.” His presence, however, has not been so good for 20-year-old striker Stephan El Shaarawy, who has scored only one Serie A goal since Balotelli’s arrival. “Stephan is having a great season, nobody could have foreseen these extraordinary things he is doing,” Allegri said. “There’s nothing unusual about a drop in his performances, today he nearly scored a goal in the first half and he played a good match, although there was a point where we needed fresh legs. “He just has to stay calm, and think about how he can improve. It’s natural that, after scoring so many goals, you get anxious when they stop flowing, but his performances help the team as much as his goals.” El Shaarawy remains Serie A’s second top scorer with 16 goals. AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Parma at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

PSG wastes 2-0 lead in 2-2 draw at Saint-Etienne

FC Barcelona’s David Villa, right back, reacts after scoring with his teammate Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, against Rayo Vallecano during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Newcastle await Haidara injury news after ‘awful’ tackle

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Milan is Balotelli’s big chance, says coach

Messi hits brace in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Rayo Messi set up David Villa to score Barcelona’s opener in the 25th minute, and Villa returned the favor in the 40th for Messi to take his first goal. Villa linked up with Messi again in the 57th as the Argentina forward used a delicate chip shot to net his leagueleading 42nd goal of the season and put the result beyond doubt. “The three goals were all similar and I am just happy to have participated in all three to give us the win,” Villa said. The victory restored Barcelona’s 13-point lead over Real Madrid, with Atletico Madrid a further one back after winning 2-0 at Osasuna thanks to Diego Costa’s double. Messi scored Barcelona’s first two goals in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Milan as it became the first team to overturn a 2-0 first-leg away loss in the Champions League and reached the quarterfinals. Villa also polished off a memorable

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England call up Lescott after Spurs duo withdraw

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LONDON - England called up defender Joleon Lescott for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro after Tottenham Hotspur pair Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon withdrew from the squad through injury on Sunday. Winger Lennon missed his club’s 1-0 home defeat by Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday with a damaged groin and a hamstring injury, while centre back Dawson was taken off at halftime with a hamstring problem. “Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has been added to the squad, who meet at St. George’s Park on Monday,” the FA said in a statement on its website (www.thefa.com). Roy Hodgson’s team are second in qualifying Group H with six matches to play and face struggling San Marino on March 22 before taking on pace-setters Montenegro on March 26.

PARIS — League leader Paris Saint-Germain blew a 2-0 lead and its stars blew their tempers with the referee in a 2-2 draw away to fourthplace Saint-Etienne in the French league on Sunday. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one goal and set up the other and still had enough energy left to berate referee Antony Gautier after the final whistle, standing inches from his face and saying “you’re a joke.” Moments after an altercation with SaintEtienne striker Branda, an angry-looking David Beckham jogged over and also had a word with Gautier, who had failed to spot Brandao’s stamp on center back Thiago Silva’s shin in the buildup to Saint-Etienne’s equalizer. “We make mistakes. So does the referee,” Ibrahimovic said. Ibrahimovic set up the first goal for Javier Pastore and netted his 25th league goal of the campaign with a twice-taken penalty to put PSG 2-0 up inside 20 minutes. But sloppy defending let PSG down as center half Alex scored an own goal before right back Francois Clerc equalized with a spectacular curling shot in the 72nd. “Our second half was very good and we got our reward by equalizing. We could have scored a third but you have to remember that we fought back from 2-0 down and with a lot of style,” Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier said. “The first goal was a gift and you just can’t do that against an opponent like that.”

With second-place Lyon losing 4-1 at Bastia on Saturday, a win would have moved PSG seven points clear at the top, but instead the lead is five points with nine matches remaining. “Both teams played very good football. But we’re really disappointed with what happened, because I think we could have won tonight,” PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu said. PSG has lost two and drawn one of its past three league games but has been strong at home since the start of the year. “The turning point was the goal we conceded at the end of the first half. If we had been 2-0 up halftime the second half would have been easier. Saint-Etienne played with a lot of intensity,” PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “It’s a good result at this stage of the season. Five points is a good lead for us. The title’s not over, there are a lot of games left.” Beckham made his first league start for PSG and was involved in a heated row with Brandao after the game, as both players pushed and shoved each other. Midfielder Blaise Matuidi’s pass helped set up the first goal in the ninth minute. Matuidi found space in midfield and played the ball out wide to Ibrahimovic, who flicked it superbly into the path of Pastore. Center half Moustapha Sall came across to cover and could have cleared the ball, but hesitated and Pastore took it off him before chipping goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier. Ruffier conceded the penalty in the 19th when he rushed off his line and dived at the feet of Ezequiel Lavezzi,

who had pushed the ball too far ahead and would have struggled to get to it. Ruffier had no need to rush off his line, and Lavezzi left a trailing leg and went to ground easily. Sall was perhaps lucky to escape with only a yellow card as he gave Gautier a shove. Ibrahimovic stepped up and slammed the spot kick into the top left corner, but Gautier ordered it to be retaken. It made no difference to Ibrahimovic as he stroked a superb Panenka over Ruffier, who had guessed the wrong way for this 25th league goal of the season.

It seemed to thrill the imposing Swede that he was barracked by SaintEtienne fans before the kick and he smiled broadly at them. Saint-Etienne got right back in the game when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang whipped over a cross from the right, Silva had his back to the ball and Alex turned it into his own net under pressure from Brandao. Saint-Etienne attacked again down the right and Clerc’s cross was almost fumbled into his own net by Sirigu. The home side started the second half brightly with PSG on the back foot

for the first 15 minutes and Sirigu then made a sharp save at his near post to keep out Aubameyang’s snapshot, and Ibrahimovic wasted a great chance to make it 3-1 when he blasted wide. Roared on by the passionate Geoffroy-Guichard crowd, Saint-Etienne equalized when Clerc curled the ball with the outside of his right boot into the opposite corner from 15 meters. Beckham tried his luck with two late free kicks but neither hit the target, and after the second attempt he seemed irritated with the referee, spinning round and muttering at Gautier.

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Paris Saint Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, second right with blue jersey, reacts during their French League One soccer match against Saint-Etienne, in Saint-Etienne, central France, Sunday, March 17, 2013.


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MILAN - Mario Balotelli is an excellent professional and AC Milan is his big chance to get his career on the right track, his coach Massimiliano Allegri said after the volatile forward scored two more goals on Sunday. The maverick striker, yet to be on the losing side with his new club, appears to have left behind the antics which marked his spell in the Premier League and has scored seven times in six appearances since his January move from Manchester City. Milan, two points behind second-placed Napoli, are in a transitional season with a young team, allowing Balotelli a bigger share of the spotlight. Balotelli’s arrival has helped lift Milan to third in Serie A and challenge for a place in next year’s Champions League which had looked highly unlikely during their stuttering start to this season. “It’s an important chance for him because he is playing a leading role,” Allegri told Sky Sports Italia after the 2-0 win over Palermo. “He has blended in very well. He is an excellent professional and wants to improve. He’s been on the European and world stage for six or seven years and this is his best chance to bring out his exceptional qualities.” Balotelli was not eligible to face Barcelona last Tuesday when Milan lost 4-0 and were knocked out of the Champions League. “I don’t know what would have happened if I had played,” the 22-year-old said. “Maybe we would have lost 8-0. We don’t play the same way as Barcelona but we can be like them, as we showed

Associated Press Writer

BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi extended his Spanish league scoring record to 18 straight games with a brace in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over visiting Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, making sure the leader avoided a letdown after its historic Champions League comeback against AC Milan. week that started with him scoring the goal that gave Barcelona the lead on aggregate against Milan. “It was a complicated game because of the effort we made the other day,” Villa said. “You could see that we hadn’t had time to rest, and that’s tough against a team like Rayo that comes at you as compared to many other teams that try to close up when they play here.” It was Messi’s 19th multi-goal game of the season. His 210th and 211th league goals took the 25-yearold Messi past Pahino into seventh place on the career scoring list. The four-time world player of the year scored 50 goals in the league last season to shatter a milestone that Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo had left at 40 the year before. He now has 10 more games to shoot for his own mark. Elsewhere, Malaga wasted a chance to regain its hold on fourth

place by slipping to a 2-0 loss to visiting Espanyol, while Sevilla rolled to a 4-0 win at home over 10-man Real Zaragoza. Levante, meanwhile, drew 1-1 at Granada three days after its exit from the Europa League.

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was waiting on Sunday to discover the extent of the injury suffered by his defender Massadio Haidara after a tackle by Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman that prompted widespread outrage. McManaman’s knee-high challenge led to substitute Haidara leaving the pitch on a stretcher and triggered a halftime fracas between coaches from the two Premier League clubs. Pardew, who said referee Mark Halsey had apologised to him for missing the incident, was not optimistic about Haidara’s condition. “Well it’s not going to be good because the tackle was so bad,” the Newcastle manager, whose side lost 2-1 after a late winner for the hosts, told Sky Sports. “And that’s the truth of it. “It was an awful tackle.”

Former Manchester United player Dwight Yorke was among the pundits who were highly critical of the tackle, saying during television commentary that it was “career-threatening”. Newcastle said on their website (www.nufc. co.uk) that 20-year-old Haidara was still being examined. “Massadio Haidara suffered a knee and thigh injury ... (he) immediately left the DW Stadium, heading to Newcastle where he will be assessed further,” the club said. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said 21-year-old forward McManaman was not a malicious player. “Remember it’s Callum’s full debut in the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports. “I haven’t seen the replay, I believe that he touches the ball and then it’s a bad challenge, but it’s nothing malicious, he’s not that sort of boy. “It’s the normal enthusiasm that you get in your debut.”

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by beating them 2-0 (in the first leg of their last-16 tie). “We’ll catch Napoli in the next round of matches.” His presence, however, has not been so good for 20-year-old striker Stephan El Shaarawy, who has scored only one Serie A goal since Balotelli’s arrival. “Stephan is having a great season, nobody could have foreseen these extraordinary things he is doing,” Allegri said. “There’s nothing unusual about a drop in his performances, today he nearly scored a goal in the first half and he played a good match, although there was a point where we needed fresh legs. “He just has to stay calm, and think about how he can improve. It’s natural that, after scoring so many goals, you get anxious when they stop flowing, but his performances help the team as much as his goals.” El Shaarawy remains Serie A’s second top scorer with 16 goals. AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Parma at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

PSG wastes 2-0 lead in 2-2 draw at Saint-Etienne

FC Barcelona’s David Villa, right back, reacts after scoring with his teammate Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, against Rayo Vallecano during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Newcastle await Haidara injury news after ‘awful’ tackle

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Milan is Balotelli’s big chance, says coach

Messi hits brace in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Rayo Messi set up David Villa to score Barcelona’s opener in the 25th minute, and Villa returned the favor in the 40th for Messi to take his first goal. Villa linked up with Messi again in the 57th as the Argentina forward used a delicate chip shot to net his leagueleading 42nd goal of the season and put the result beyond doubt. “The three goals were all similar and I am just happy to have participated in all three to give us the win,” Villa said. The victory restored Barcelona’s 13-point lead over Real Madrid, with Atletico Madrid a further one back after winning 2-0 at Osasuna thanks to Diego Costa’s double. Messi scored Barcelona’s first two goals in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Milan as it became the first team to overturn a 2-0 first-leg away loss in the Champions League and reached the quarterfinals. Villa also polished off a memorable

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AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

England call up Lescott after Spurs duo withdraw

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LONDON - England called up defender Joleon Lescott for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro after Tottenham Hotspur pair Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon withdrew from the squad through injury on Sunday. Winger Lennon missed his club’s 1-0 home defeat by Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday with a damaged groin and a hamstring injury, while centre back Dawson was taken off at halftime with a hamstring problem. “Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has been added to the squad, who meet at St. George’s Park on Monday,” the FA said in a statement on its website (www.thefa.com). Roy Hodgson’s team are second in qualifying Group H with six matches to play and face struggling San Marino on March 22 before taking on pace-setters Montenegro on March 26.

PARIS — League leader Paris Saint-Germain blew a 2-0 lead and its stars blew their tempers with the referee in a 2-2 draw away to fourthplace Saint-Etienne in the French league on Sunday. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one goal and set up the other and still had enough energy left to berate referee Antony Gautier after the final whistle, standing inches from his face and saying “you’re a joke.” Moments after an altercation with SaintEtienne striker Branda, an angry-looking David Beckham jogged over and also had a word with Gautier, who had failed to spot Brandao’s stamp on center back Thiago Silva’s shin in the buildup to Saint-Etienne’s equalizer. “We make mistakes. So does the referee,” Ibrahimovic said. Ibrahimovic set up the first goal for Javier Pastore and netted his 25th league goal of the campaign with a twice-taken penalty to put PSG 2-0 up inside 20 minutes. But sloppy defending let PSG down as center half Alex scored an own goal before right back Francois Clerc equalized with a spectacular curling shot in the 72nd. “Our second half was very good and we got our reward by equalizing. We could have scored a third but you have to remember that we fought back from 2-0 down and with a lot of style,” Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier said. “The first goal was a gift and you just can’t do that against an opponent like that.”

With second-place Lyon losing 4-1 at Bastia on Saturday, a win would have moved PSG seven points clear at the top, but instead the lead is five points with nine matches remaining. “Both teams played very good football. But we’re really disappointed with what happened, because I think we could have won tonight,” PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu said. PSG has lost two and drawn one of its past three league games but has been strong at home since the start of the year. “The turning point was the goal we conceded at the end of the first half. If we had been 2-0 up halftime the second half would have been easier. Saint-Etienne played with a lot of intensity,” PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “It’s a good result at this stage of the season. Five points is a good lead for us. The title’s not over, there are a lot of games left.” Beckham made his first league start for PSG and was involved in a heated row with Brandao after the game, as both players pushed and shoved each other. Midfielder Blaise Matuidi’s pass helped set up the first goal in the ninth minute. Matuidi found space in midfield and played the ball out wide to Ibrahimovic, who flicked it superbly into the path of Pastore. Center half Moustapha Sall came across to cover and could have cleared the ball, but hesitated and Pastore took it off him before chipping goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier. Ruffier conceded the penalty in the 19th when he rushed off his line and dived at the feet of Ezequiel Lavezzi,

who had pushed the ball too far ahead and would have struggled to get to it. Ruffier had no need to rush off his line, and Lavezzi left a trailing leg and went to ground easily. Sall was perhaps lucky to escape with only a yellow card as he gave Gautier a shove. Ibrahimovic stepped up and slammed the spot kick into the top left corner, but Gautier ordered it to be retaken. It made no difference to Ibrahimovic as he stroked a superb Panenka over Ruffier, who had guessed the wrong way for this 25th league goal of the season.

It seemed to thrill the imposing Swede that he was barracked by SaintEtienne fans before the kick and he smiled broadly at them. Saint-Etienne got right back in the game when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang whipped over a cross from the right, Silva had his back to the ball and Alex turned it into his own net under pressure from Brandao. Saint-Etienne attacked again down the right and Clerc’s cross was almost fumbled into his own net by Sirigu. The home side started the second half brightly with PSG on the back foot

for the first 15 minutes and Sirigu then made a sharp save at his near post to keep out Aubameyang’s snapshot, and Ibrahimovic wasted a great chance to make it 3-1 when he blasted wide. Roared on by the passionate Geoffroy-Guichard crowd, Saint-Etienne equalized when Clerc curled the ball with the outside of his right boot into the opposite corner from 15 meters. Beckham tried his luck with two late free kicks but neither hit the target, and after the second attempt he seemed irritated with the referee, spinning round and muttering at Gautier.

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Paris Saint Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, second right with blue jersey, reacts during their French League One soccer match against Saint-Etienne, in Saint-Etienne, central France, Sunday, March 17, 2013.


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Gua Lawah or Bat Cave is one of favorite places of interest in Bali and it is located near of hilly bank so it is called reef of Middle hill. This cave is located in Pasinggahan countryside, Dawan sub district, Klungkung Regency, east part of Bali and about 1,5 hours from Denpasar Town. There is a nature cave dwelt by thousands of tail bat located at north side from Jeroan/center of Gua Lawah Temple . Meanwhile the main road from Klungkung to Amlapura is just in front of the temple. This cave is apposite to the beautiful beach with black sand along the coastal area. Pursuant to the papyrus of Dwi Jendra Tattwa, the Gua Lawah’s name is Gua Lelawah, the name which is given by Danghyang Nirartha (a priest overspread the Hindu teaching in Bali) when he stop in this place on his Tirtha Yatra trips. He arrive at a cave which is a lot of bats hang on and its unbroken voice clamor as hymn to add the beauty of the cave. Therefore this cave is named by Gua Lawah/Bat Cave. On the above cave is growth by the flower trees with it’s smelt fragrance and stimulus the peace mind of Danghyang Nirartha, so that he overnight stay for some nights in this place. From the cave we see also the beautiful coast with the blue ocean with Nusa Penida Island as a backdrop. Gua Lawah Temple History * According to the chronicle of Bendesa Mas, it mentions that the elaborations of Mpu Kuturan (a Hindu priest who come from Java) then he live in Bali which has been hosted in Silayukti, Padang Bai. He also builds some temple like Gua Lawah Temple. * According to the Papyrus of Dwijendra Tattwa, it narrates that after Danghyang Nirartha stay some nights at Goa Lawah, then he build a Kahyangan Temple on the ground. It means that Danghyang Nirartha extends the Palinggih or temple building existing at Gua Lawah Temple. Temple festival at Gua Lawah is basically divided into 2 types that is Piodalan ceremony, and Ngusaba ceremony. On this event, many Hindu people from entire of the island come and pray. Gua Lawah is a place of interest in Bali and opened for visitors who wish to see the temple closely. IBP/File Photo

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Heat pull away from Raptors, win 22nd straight Associated Press Writer

TORONTO — Back where their winning streak started on Super Bowl Sunday, the Miami Heat kept rolling right into March Madness. Now it’s on to Boston to face the rival Celtics — the team who ended the last streak this long. The Heat equaled the secondlongest winning streak in NBA history, pulling away in the fourth quarter Sunday to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-91 for their 22nd consecutive victory. “It’s a special ride right now that we’re on,” LeBron James said. “The best thing about it is we’re doing it together.” James had 22 points and 12 rebounds for his career-best 32nd double-double of the season, Dwyane Wade had 24 points and nine assists, and Ray Allen scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for the defending NBA champions. Chris Bosh finished with 18

points as the Heat matched the 22 consecutive wins recorded by the 2007-08 Houston Rockets. The NBA’s longest streak is 33 games, set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. Miami will try to move into sole possession of second on Monday when it visits the Celtics — who ended the Rockets’ run five years ago and have won 11 in a row at home. “If there’s any group that would be motivated in a circumstance like this, it’s that team in green,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I don’t know if the streak will be a big fac-

tor but they love playing against us, and vice versa. That’s what happens when you meet a team consecutively in the playoffs. There’s a history there, and that’s what makes these games special.” The Heat have faced the Celtics twice so far this season. They blew out Boston 120-107 in Miami on opening night, then lost 100-98 in double-overtime on the road on Jan. 27, the day Boston learned that Rajon Rondo needed knee surgery. “They played better than us for a large part of that game,” Spoelstra said. Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade, right, shoots over Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan during second half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday March 17, 2013.

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Nadal withdraws from Key Biscayne tourney

Force India Formula One driver Adrian Sutil of Germany runs off the track during the second practice session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne March 15, 2013.

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Adrian Sutil stunned by his F1 comeback form Adrian Sutil said he was amazed he could stay in the lead of the Australian Grand Prix, his first race since spending 2012 on the sidelines. The German, back with Force India after not racing last year, benefited from being one of the few drivers who started the race on the medium tyre compound to move into the lead after the frontrunners had pitted. Although he came under pressure from Sebastian Vettel, Sutil managed to stay ahead before he made his first pitstop. The

Force India driver then went on to finish in seventh position. “I wasn’t expecting that but I came back to do better and it was a great feeling to be straight up there,” said Sutil. “So I just tried to keep concentrated and use my chance. I was amazed we could be competitive at the front. “I gained first place back after the first pitstop so the pace was really there. Vettel was probably too close running behind [me and] maybe destroyed his tyres, but the pace was there and that was

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great to see. “I knew we were going to lose a few places [in the final stint] because I was on an opposite strategy but nevertheless seventh in first race, to lead quite a lot, it showed what was possible. It’s a sign you should never give up and always believe, anything’s possible.” Sutil said he had to keep his emotions in check when he realised he was leading the race, but he insisted he was ready for it thanks to his new mindset in his second Formula 1 spell.

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Sony Open that begins Monday in Key Biscayne, Fla., to rest his left knee. He won the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday at Indian Wells, Calif., his third title in four tournaments since returning in February after seven months off with the knee injury. ‘’I’m very sorry for the organization of the tournament and I’m very sorry for the fans, but we never thought we’d be able to play all matches possible since I came back,’’ Nadal said after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in three sets. ‘’The doctors recommend me to be back home for a few weeks and rest a little bit and keep practicing the right way. I need more power on the left leg quadriceps, so I need to keep working hard. The competition is hard for the body, so after four fantastic weeks I can’t go to Miami. I need to prepare and rest for the next one.’’ Sony Open tournament director Adam Barrett says he’s disappointed that Nadal won’t be competing in Miami. Nadal says he next plans to play on clay in Monte Carlo in mid-April, followed by two tournaments in his home country of Spain - Barcelona and Madrid - and then Rome.


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Palestinian ends hunger strike in deal Associated Press Writer

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Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano gestures during a news conference following talks with German counterpart Joachim Gauck in Berlin February 28, 2013.

Italian president urges unity as poll pressure grows

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EREZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip — A freed Palestinian prisoner was given a hero’s welcome in the Gaza Strip on Sunday evening after ending his hunger strike in an Israeli jail and agreeing to a plea bargain that will confine him to the Hamas-run territory for the next 10 years. After his release from Israeli custody, Ayman Sharawneh arrived at the Erez Crossing in an ambulance with its siren blaring and red lights flashing as dozens of TV cameramen and photographers precariously gathered around the vehicle as it crossed into Gaza. Dozens of Palestinians waved national flags and chanted slogans calling for freedom. Sharawneh, 53, appeared weak, shaky and shrunken, and was taken to a hospital in Gaza City. Sharawneh, a resident of the West Bank, had been refusing food since last July to protest his incarceration. His lawyer, Jawad Bulous, said Sharawneh accepted the offer of confinement to Gaza, fearing he would be sent to prison for decades in a military court hearing set for Monday. “The occupation committed two crimes,” Sharawneh said, referring to Israel. “Arresting me, and then keeping me away from my family. But in Gaza, I am also with my family,” he said, his voice croaking as he spoke from his hospital bed. Sharawneh, who was serving a 38-year prison sentence for participating in militant attacks, was among about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners freed in 2011 in exchange for an Israeli soldier held for five years by Hamas militants in Gaza. In one attack, he detonated an explosives-filled handbag in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, wounding more than a dozen people. He was also involved in a kidnapping attempt, according to Israel’s Shin Bet security service. He was arrested again in January 2012 after being accused of violating the terms of his release by making contact with members of the militant Islamic group Hamas. The military court could have ordered him to serve out the remainder of his original sentence.

ROME - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano appealed to political leaders on Sunday to work together to form a government, but his appeal fell on deaf ears and pressure grew for a new poll after last month’s deadlocked election.

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The threat of months of political instability following the inconclusive ballot has triggered warnings across Europe that Italy cannot afford to delay urgent reforms to shore up its massive public debt and boost its sickly economy, now stuck in recession for over a year. Napolitano is due to begin consultations with political leaders on Wednesday to see if there is any chance of establishing a government after the election which left parliament split between three deeply opposed forces. Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), won control of the lower house but fell short in the Senate leaving him dependent on the support of his rivals if he is to form a government. Bersani said he would tell Napolitano he would not try to reach any set deals in advance but would present proposals to parliament based on attacking corruption and creating jobs. “The path is very, very narrow. I think I can say that other paths would turn out to be even narrower,” he said.

Meanwhile, when Sad Ripu is influenced by the elements of satyam, people will get a force to assist human activities in solitude to do goodness. Tooth filing is an obligation of parents in an effort to make their children real human beings. So, this is a process to humanize humans,” he said. Then, why are Semara and Ratih venerated? According to Kala Tattva palm-leaf manuscript, he said, the children underwent the matatah ritual because they had entered into puberty. They began to grow older and know about the love. By venerating Lord Semara and Goddess Ratih, they were expected to receive guidance so that they could realize their love into positive things. “Hinduism is strictly prohibited the bedha semara or improper love performed by teenagers. Love in relation to bhakti or devotion is something principle in human life,” he said at length. Series of the culmination of matatah kinembulan ritual was held on Monday (Mar 18) commenced with the mungkah lawang ritual. A total of 75 filers from all over Bali were involved in the ritual. According to Chairman of Ritual Committee, Cok Agung Ngurah Alit, all the participants of the mass tooth filling were free of charge. “We from the committee and Satria Palace did not charge a penny to the joining participants. It’s totally free to help those that are less fortunate. Actually, this mass tooth filing is not the first time conducted by Satria Palace but it has been done by our predecessors,” he said while adding that similar ritual had been organized in 1961 involving around 300 participants. (kmb13/rin)

However prospects of a deal with either former premier Silvio Berlusconi or the antiestablishment 5 Star Movement, which holds the balance of power, appear remote, raising fears of a return to the polls, possibly as early as June. Both Angelino Alfano, secretary of Berlusconi’s centreright People of Freedom party, and 5-Star leader Beppe Grillo prophesied a short life for parliament, which held its first sittings to elect house speakers on Friday and Saturday. “We are in favor of going to the vote as soon as possible so that Italians can give their opinion and we can begin a new legislature,” Alfano told RAI television in an interview. Before that can happen, parliament must elect a successor to Napolitano, whose mandate ends on May 15. An outgoing president does not have the power to dissolve parliament, so any new elections would have to be called by his successor. Alfano’s offer to cooperate with Bersani as long as his party was allowed to pick the next

president was rejected out of hand by PD officials. “FIG LEAF”

Despite some flutters, financial markets have so far been relatively relaxed in the face of the political stalemate, showing none of the panic seen during the crisis which drove Berlusconi from power in 2011. However Italy’s 2-trillion-euro public debt remains vulnerable to the kind of volatility which panicked investors less than two years ago with tensions over Cyprus highlighting the fragility of market confidence in the euro zone. In an address commemorating the 152nd anniversary of Italian unification in 1861, Napolitano said the country should not “divide into factions opposed on everything” but his call for unity bore no fruit. Bersani succeeded in getting his candidates elected as speakers of the lower house and Senate, helped by abstentions and a handful of votes from rebels in the 5-Star Movement but the vote only underlined the weakness of his position.

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INDONESIA Indonesia’s feuding soccer leagues agree to merge Reuters

JAKARTA - Indonesia’s rival soccer leagues agreed to merge on Sunday, hoping to end a split that had threatened to see the world’s fourth most populous nation suspended by the sport’s governing body FIFA. The long running battle over controls of the sport had left the soccer-obsessed Indonesia country with two leagues and two national teams. “This is remarkable. It’s a major leap for the future of our football,” Djohar Arifin Husein, chairman of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI), said after the PSSI’s special congress voted on the issue in a luxury Jakarta hotel. The meeting was marred by jostling and shouting. Nearly 500 police were on standby at the hotel. He said the rival Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI), had agreed to return to the FIFA-recognised PSSI. “We have one league, one national team, one football federation and we can avoid FIFA’s sanction.” FIFA has repeatedly threatened to suspend Indonesia unless it resolved the dispute. Its latest hearing on the issue was due later this month. The majority of the 100 votes at

the meeting agreed to unite the two leagues - the Indonesian Super League (ISL) and Indonesian Premier League (IPL), by 2014 with 18 clubs from ISL and four clubs from IPL. KPSI chairman La Nyalla Mattaliti was appointed vice chairman of the PSSI. Mattaliti and three other former members of PSSI’s governing executive committee were also reappointed. However, six of the 11 current committee members walked out of the meeting in protest. Mattaliti told reporters that the six members have been suspended until the next congress in six weeks time when PSSI will elect a new executive committee, including a chairman and vice chairman.

Women Ministry to push more women participation in politic Antara

JAKARTA - Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection has highlighted the lack of women participation in politic in Indonesia, hence they will push the female contribution through several policies. “One of which, we have pushed the issued of the Presidential Decree Number 9 Year 2000 about the Gender Mainstreaming in National Development,” said Executive Secretary of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry Mudjiati here on Saturday. Mudjiati said on behalf Minister Linda Gumelar during the opening ceremony of National Assembly of Islam Women Student Association (Kohati) XXI in Jakarta, that the inequlity between women and men participation in politic has became major concern of the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry (WECPM). Based on the report of WECPM and Central Statistic Agency of the Gender Based Human Development research, the women participation in politic is just 18 percent comparing to the men participation which is 82

percent. “Meanwhile, women who achieved first echelon position in the bureaucracy is under 10 percent,” she said. According to Mudjiati, the inequality in the politic sector was not only caused by the low participation of the women related with their education achievement, but also affected by the patriarch culture which is still dominant. Since the gender understanding among the community has many perspectives both from women and men, it has caused the difficulties for the policy maker to provide fair and equal policy for all genders, she explained. “Even some policy makers are not entirely understand about the essence of gender itself. If they don`t understand the basic, how do they will produce the fair policy?” she said. To push more the women participation in politic, the government has put the Gender Mainstreaming program in the National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2010-2014. “The acceleration plan on the mainstreaming gender program is important to be well-defined to accommodate the challenge of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2015,” she said.

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Chairman of The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Djohar Arifin speaks at the extraordinary congress in Jakarta March 17, 2013. Indonesian soccer has been ripped apart by the fighting between the country’s football association (PSSI) and the Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI) which resulted in the populous southeast Asian nation having two domestic leagues and two national teams.

Ministry frees 11 Indonesian fishermen

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YOGYAKARTA - The Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs (KKP) succeeded on Friday in freeing 11 Indonesian fishermen who were arrested by Malaysian authorities early this month, a cabinet minister said. KKP Minister Sharif Cicip Sutardjo told reporters here on Saturday that the Indonesian fishermen who came from Langkat District, North Sumatra, were released after his ministry officials held intensive lobbyings with the Malaysian side. He said that the Indonesian fishermen were arrested for fishing in the Malaysian waters. “They violated the water areas because they were only small fishermen who had no enough equipment to know their exact position,” the minister said. “The Indonesian fishermen admittedly had violated the border areas and were found guilty because they missed their way into the Malaysian water areas,” the minister said. The minister said the Malaysian side was ready to accept it if “we can provide them with reasonable legal arguments before the suspects

are taken to the court. After all, we made approaches from the humanity aspect.” In the meantime, Director General for Marine and Fisheries Resources Supervision Syahrin Abdurrahman said the 11 Indonesian fishermen were arrested by the Malaysian apparatuses about 60 miles away from Pangkalan Brandan, Langkat District. “Their fishing boat was categorically small, namely only 6 gross tons,” he said. The 11 fishermen who were arrested on March 1, 2013 were Helmi Suheri, Muhammad Amin, Jauhari, Vikindra, Iwan, Darwidin, Amri, Ahmad Dani, Zakaria, Muhammad Rio and Hasanuddin. Syahrin said his directorate, in cooperation the foreign affairs ministry, was able to repatriate 293 Indonesian fishermen who were arrested overseas in 2012. They included 115 were repatriated from Australia, 20 from the Republic of Palau, seven from Papau New Guinea and 14 from Timor Leste. Last week, the Australian government repatriated a total of 51 fishermen hailing from the Indonesian province of East Nusa Teng-

gara (NTT) after being detained since last year in that country. The NTT`s police public relations officer Febrina Ida Pello said that the fishermen were repatriated through the El Tari Kupang airport. “There are 51 fishermen arrived at the airport after flying Lion Air, but only two were identified as the other ones mingled with other passengers,” she said. The two fishermen, identified as Asrol Doro and Andri Giri still undergo investigation, before their departure to their village in Rote Island, she said. According to the two fishermen, the Australian police accused them to have entered the Australian waters and nabbed them in September 2012. “Actually we are fishing in Indonesian waters, but the Australian police accused us to have entered the Australian waters,” Asrol said in the NTT`s police office. Asrol said that the 51 fishermen have undergone their jail sentence after being accused of catching marine biota and brought illegal immigrants into the country`s territory.


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IMF delegation resumes talks with Egypt over loan Associated Press Writer

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An elderly man passes by a cooperative bank in Limassol, Cyprus, Saturday, March 16, 2013. Many rushed to the cooperative banks which are open Saturdays in Cyprus, after learning that the terms of a bailout deal that the cash-strapped country hammered out with international lenders, includes a one-time levy on bank deposits.

Cyprus parliament delays vote on bank deposits tax Associated Press Writer

NICOSIA - Frightened savers in Cyprus drained ATMs in a bank run, prompting parliament to postpone a crucial vote Sunday on a levy on all bank deposits, a move creditors had demanded in exchange for €10 billion ($13 billion) in rescue money. The announcement of the delay set off an immediate scramble among top European financial officials. One lawmaker told The Associated Press that European Central Bank was pressuring Cypriot authorities to hold the vote without delay. The stakes are high for the tiny island nation of one million people because a rejection of the one-time tax by lawmakers could send Cyprus into bankruptcy and possibly out of the common euro currency. Officials also fear negative global market reaction on Monday and a run Tuesday on Cypriot banks no matter which way the voting goes. Monday is a national holiday. The vote, which had been expected later Sunday, was pushed back to Monday afternoon, parliamentary official Antonis Koutalianos said. President Nicos Anastasiades had personally requested the postponement but no reason was given, state media reported. “There are two choices, voting in favor which allows the country to avoid a disorderly bankruptcy, or rejection, which will have us

face a disorderly bankruptcy with all that that entails,” said Averof Neophytou, deputy chief of the governing Democratic Rally party. The president was to address the nation Sunday night. The decision by Cyprus’ 16 eurozone partners and the International Monetary Fund to impose a one-time tax of 6.75 percent on all deposits under €100,000 ($131,000) and 9.9 percent over that amount was a significant shift. It marks the first time they have dipped into people’s savings to finance a bailout — a move that analysts worry may roil international markets and jeopardize Europe’s fragile economy. The levy is expected to raise €5.8 billion to recapitalize the nation’s banks and service the country’s debt. Cypriot banks got into trouble after losing some €4.5 billion on their Greek government bond holdings after eurozone leaders decided to write down Greece’s debt last year. The demand for the levy has enraged Cypriot politicians, who have condemned it as unfair and disastrous, bringing into doubt

its approval in the 56-seat parliament. At least 24 lawmakers from the Communist AKEL and the socialist EDEK parties have already said they will vote no. The governing Democratic Rally party and its allies generally control about 30 seats. Depositors flocked to ATM machines in Cyprus on Saturday, trying to pull out as much money as they could. “It’s a lose-lose situation. There will be a huge deposit withdrawal from Cypriot banks with or without a (levy),” said Cyprus Greens lawmaker Giorgos Perdikis. “We should have the courage to make the right decisions that will restore the public’s confidence, which was drastically shaken.” In an opinion poll Sunday nearly three quarters of respondents said Anastasiades and his delegation “failed to secure a good deal” at Friday’s eurogroup meeting in Brussels. Some 71 percent also believe that lawmakers should vote down the levy and an equal number believe that if it’s approved, it should be amended to leave deposits under €100,000 untouched.

CAIRO - A top International Monetary Fund official has begun several more weeks of talks with Egyptian officials over the country’s economic reform program to secure a $4.8 billion loan. In an IMF statement, top official Masood Ahmed said he welcomes Egyptian determination to move forward with their economic reform program. The IMF has in the past pushed for

reforms in taxation and subsidies before granting loans. Egypt sees the loan as a lifeline to boost critically low foreign reserves and lure back foreign investors. Ahmed met with officials Sunday in Cairo, including Egypt’s prime minister and the central bank governor. Talks were delayed in December when violent protests erupted and the president was forced to rescind austerity plans. Investors and activists demanded a national dialogue on the changes first.

Boeing puts 787 battery through tough tests it once avoided Reuters

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO - To get its 787 Dreamliner flying again, Boeing Co is testing the plane’s volatile battery system to a rigorous standard that the company itself helped develop -- but that it never used on the jet. Boeing’s decision has thrust an arcane standard known as RTCA to the center of the debate over whether Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were rigorous enough when they originally set standards for the 787 battery system in October 2007. The debate could have broad implications for the future use of lithium-ion batteries on aircraft. A committee co-chaired by Boeing published safety guidelines in March 2008 for using lithium-ion batteries on aircraft to minimize the risk of fire. But because they arrived five months after the FAA had approved a set of special conditions for the fire safety of the Dreamliner battery system, Boeing did not have to meet the more stringent guidelines. The FAA never required it, and Boeing did not choose to use them. Last week, Boeing decided to shift to the tougher RTCA standard for a revamped 787 battery system. The move came after regulators grounded Dreamliners worldwide in January following a battery fire on a Japan Airlines Co 787 at Boston’s Logan airport and a battery melt-

down on an All Nippon Airways Co flight in Japan. Some battery industry experts voiced surprise that Boeing did not apply the RTCA standard when it was published in 2008. Even though the tests were not required, they would have served as a check on Boeing’s design assumptions and possibly prevented the battery from overheating in January, they said. John Goglia, a former board member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), said he sees the use of the RTCA standard “as an admission that they didn’t do a good job in the beginning.” “It is going to be part of the final NTSB report,” he added. “It will be at least mentioned in there.” The NTSB last month questioned the assumptions Boeing and the FAA made when certifying the battery system in 2007. The safety agency plans to hold a hearing on the issue next month and is expected to recommend changes to FAA procedures after completing its investigation into the battery failures. Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said Boeing didn’t use the RTCA standard earlier because it came “after we had completed our certification plans and begun our testing efforts.” Under the special conditions, the Dreamliner passed “a rigorous test program and an extensive certification program conducted by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration,” he said.

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BAMBOO is often underestimated as considered to have no high economic value whereas if this commodity properly cultivated can penetrate foreign markets such as China. This cultivation has been carried out by giant bamboo farmers in Pupuan subdistrict, Tabanan.

Giant bamboo cultivation in Pupuan

Government indifferent, harvest yield penetrates China IBP

TABANAN - Bamboo is often underestimated as considered to have no high economic value whereas if this commodity properly cultivated can penetrate foreign markets such as China. This cultivation has been carried out by giant bamboo farmers in Pupuan subdistrict, Tabanan. Apparently, this bamboo shoot has become an export commodity with high selling value. Simply browse the profile below.

Even though local government gives less attention, the giant bamboo cultivation carried out by farmers in Pupuan remains to exist. At least, 800 farmers have been getting involved in the cultivation of this woody grass with hollow jointed stem. The cultivation of giant bamboo was first promoted by an agricultural technology expert doubling as a lecturer at the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Udayana University, Dr. Pande Ketut Diah Kencana. Her action began with the breeding and research in 2003. Incidentally, this woman from Gianyar was researching the bamboo as the object of her doctoral studies. She found the giant bamboo was a local wealth that had not been well cultivated. Her effort was successful. With her patience since 2006, she could make a bamboo plantation at Padangan village, Baturiti. Starting from this success, she took local farmers to cultivate giant bamboo and the results were tantalizing. In fact, the shoot of giant bamboo was marketable. Its tasty and tender flavor became the main attraction to people, especially the local markets. Due to its best-selling, the processing of giant bamboo shoots was overwhelmed to meet the demands. “We serve the supermarket in Bali and even it has penetrated to Bandung. Lastly, an investor from China wanted to import the bamboo shoots for foreign markets,” said Dr. Diah. She explained the giant bamboo had

distinctive features and uniqueness that did not exist in other countries, even in China though. The bamboo was the native plant to Pupuan. With these advantages, she had made a presentation to six ministries, such as the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Cooperatives, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Forestry and Ministry of Tourism. All the ministries agreed to the cultivation of giant bamboo. Unfortunately, no one had been working on this potential seriously, including the government of Bali and Tabanan County. “We’ve handed presentation, but the response looked indifferent,” she explained. Nevertheless, the farmers did not get frustrated. With independent capital, she built a nursery and processing center of giant bamboo shoots. Now, the bamboo shoot production had reached hundreds of kilograms packed in various types, such as the airtight plastic containers to cans. The technology in use was quite sophisticated. The bamboo shoots packaged could last up to 3 months, even the canned ones could last up to two years. High demand of the giant bamboo shoots made Dr. Diah continued to tighten her cooperation. She asked farmers to make giant bamboo cultivation, including the cooperative that would handle the marketing. “We do not want the harvest yield to

be taken over by middlemen. With the farmer group and cooperative, all the bamboo shoot proceeds will be accommodated pursuant to market price,” she explained. The price of giant bamboo shoot had exceeded IDR 1,000 per stem. On average, the farmers in Pupuan had 10-15 giant bamboo groves. Its harvest was carried out every rainy season. A clump could produce at least 15 pieces of bamboo shoots harvested every three days. With such high price, the bamboo shoots of farmers could boost their economy. Aside from being profitable, the giant bamboo cultivation also supported the reforestation and the use of critical land because the roots of bamboo reserved water source. Mature bamboo stalks could also be sold to handicraft artisans at reasonable price. Another advantage of the bamboo cultivation was only carried out once and could last up to 100 years, while the maintenance was very easy. Other than in Pupuan, the giant bamboo cultivation also began to be promoted in Gianyar on the land of 500 hectares. She hoped the giant bamboo could improve the economy of farmers provided that the breeding system and marketing should be done collectively, not controlled by collectors. “We promote this in Pupuan, where farmers are directly involved in the marketing,” she said accompanied by Ketut Remiyasa, 43, Chief of Subak Tumpang Telu, Batungsel, Pupuan. (kmb30)

DENPASAR - Even though connected agency has tried to deport non residents’ beggars that got caught during raids, Denpasar still not empty of beggars. On Monday (18/3) the Workers, Transmigration and Social Agency to deport some beggars from East Java. When contacted on Sunday (17/3), Head of the Agency, Made Erwin Suryadarma Sena, explained that dozens of them were captured around Denpasar last Friday (15/3). They operated around Imam Bonjol Street, Subur Street traffic light and Mahendradatta Street. Seven of them come from Banyuwangi, two from Jember and the rest from Lumajang. They have been caught and given socialization. “They are being sent back through the East Java Province Social Agency which they then will send them to their origins,” Erwin explained. It is explained that they were mostly 50-58 years old brought by their own friends who live in Bali. Thousands of them would usually come about during big days like Galungan and Kuningan which so Denpasar Government workers keep on raiding wearing normal clothes so that these beggars won’t know the workers’ existence. Erwin added the disciplinary was also to anticipate thousands of local beggars usually from Pedahan and Muntigunung Villages, Karangasem, especially the kids that started operating around Mahendradatta Street. “If they kept on being looked over by the workers, they would shift themselves to another area usually in Sunset Road, Badung,” Erwin continued. This disciplinary has been intensified by coordinating with the Peace and Order Agency also Denpasar City Police Civil Service under IB Alit Wiradana and villages officials. If the institution captured any then they would send them to the Agency. “We hope that the public and road users to not give anything to them as if they don’t receive anything in the place they begged on, they would get bored and leave their job as beggars,” Erwin clarified. (kmb13)

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Even though connected agency has tried to deport non residents’ beggars that got caught during raids, Denpasar still not empty of beggars.


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Singakerta Art Market transformed into common market Bali Post

GIANYAR - Only a month after the inauguration on February 13, 2013, the Singakerta Market allocated for the art market following the renovation to the Ubud Art Market by Gianyar County has now been transformed into a common market. It happens because the Singakerta Market is left by the traders to Ubud Market. On Sunday (Mar 17), amidst the opening of fun bike activity in the square of Singakerta Market, Ubud, the Regent of Gianyar, Anak Agung Gde Agung Bharata, even proposed the Singakerta Market as a market providing the basic needs of society. Thus, the discourse to make the art market as previously discoursed when building the market was different from the post-completion of the market with some advantages. Singakerta Market was also expected to be the first traditional market with a good arrangement and drainage. It was intended to eliminate the stigma that traditional markets so far were vile and disorganized. Such an effort was to improve the functioning of traditional market as one of the economic institutions for the community amidst the onslaughts of modern stores coming with a variety of strengths. Meanwhile, observation made in Singakerta Market after being left by the traders to Ubud Market indicated if it was empty. Only a dozen of kiosks remained to be occupied, where most of them sold fabrics. Wayan from Taman, Ubud, an attendant of kiosk located in the southern side of the Singakerta Market, said there were indeed a few visitors to the market and their visit was uncertain and scarce. As described earlier by the Assistant II of Gianyar County government, Gede Widarma Suharta (BP/Jan 9, 2012), the Singakerta Market was built on the land provided by Singakerta customary village. Initially, the market was built on an area of 1.5 hectares for a temporary location to accommodate the relocation of the Ubud Market traders. The number of stalls built in Singakerta Market was pursuant to traders of the Ubud Market, namely 284 units consisting of 176 kiosks (3x4 meters) and 108 stalls (1.5 x 2 meters). The budget allocated for the development of market construction was in single package with the Ubud Market worth IDR 35 billion. The Ubud Market and Singakerta Market were inaugurated by Tjokorda Oka Arta Ardhana Sukawati before ending his tenure last February. (kmb16)

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A man inspects rubble and trash in Al-Hamidiya neighbourhood in Homs March 16, 2013.

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DENPASAR - Denpasar Police on Illegal Drugs Section once again revealed network of drugs misusage last Sunday (10/3) evening as three accused I Nyoman Wiratama (31), A.A Ngurah Made Ratulangi (27) and Made Mertayasa (29) got captured holding methamphetamine. Police stated last Sunday (17/3), Wiratama has been chased a long time as he kept on consuming the drugs. Accused was then traced to have been staying at Teduh Ayu Inn, Kebo Iwa Street, North Denpasar. Police then raided his room around 9.20 pm local time and found a 0.08 gram methamphetamine as explained by Head of the Unit, PC I Wayan Suarda. A bong and broken light bulb were also found. Wiratama later on confessed that he got the item from Made Ratulangi who lives at Raya Kerobokan Street, Badung. At that day, Ratulangi was also then captured. It was then later found that he had ordered it from Mertayasa who lives at Gunung Guntur Street, Gang XVIII, Denpasar. There were 4.94 gram methamphetamine found, another 1.4 gram placed in a glass pipe, another 0.14 gram in a plastic, BlackBerry phone, Nokia phone and a crocs grey sandal also became evidence. “The case is still being developed. From what’s confessed so far, they only admitted to have only used it,” Suarda concluded. (kmb21)

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Price hike of garlic and onion recently began to have an impact on the rising prices of other spices. One of them was chili. Each kilogram of chili was sold for IDR 60,000. REUTERS/Yazen

Impact of onion price hike

Chili follows to reach IDR 60,000 per kilogram Bali Post

SINGARAJA - Price hike of garlic and onion recently began to have an impact on the rising prices of other spices. One of them was chili. Each kilogram of chili was sold for IDR 60,000. As monitoring made to some traditional markets in Buleleng on Sunday (Mar 17), the price hike of chili due to influence of the price hike of onion and garlic made the traders distraught. Stock of chili habitually filling in the stalls was left blank by traders. They claimed to have to increase their capital for the purchase of chili supplies that had declined since the rainy season. A trader in Pancasari Market, Sukasada subdistrict, Wayan Sri, said the price hike of chili took place in the past few days. Its culmination occurred after the release of information mentioning if the price of garlic and onion was also on the rise. At that time, the local chili was usually sold for IDR 20,000 per kilogram

then rose to IDR 60,000. The increase reached IDR 40,000 per kilogram. Meanwhile, the large size chili also increased. It was usually sold for IDR 20,000 per kilogram and then rose to IDR 22,000 per kilogram, so that it increased as much as IDR 2,000 per kilogram. Other than persistent skyrocketing price, the supply of chili from farmers in Buleleng also began to slump. From the rainy season, the supply from collectors had even stopped. “The increase is unavoidable and it follows the increase in the price of onion. The price is expensive but the item is difficult to get due to few supplies from collectors,” she said. Additionally, Sri said the price hike happening to garlic, chili and

onion were estimated to continue. Moreover, it was ahead of Galungan and Kuningan festivities that were just around the corner. For this condition, Sri hoped that relevant agencies in Buleleng County could immediately take action to stabilize the prices of seasoning ingredients. Meanwhile, the observation at one of the chili farms at Dasong hamlet, Pancasari village, Sukasada subdistrict, a number of farmers looked busy maintaining their crops. Since the rains engulfed the area of Buleleng, most plants were unable to bear fruits. Many young and green chilies were rotting. As a result, the production dropped dramatically. Amidst of the decline in chili production due to rain, farmers could reap more benefits than the previous harvest season. “The fruits are rotten, but we are grateful as many fruits are still intact and the price is also quite expensive, so the profit is higher than usual,” said a farmer. (kmb)

Bought airplane ticket online, became fraud victim Bali Post

AMLAPURA - A victim of fraud through online promotion keep on happening, with this time Yulia Heryanti (34) reported her case after buying airplane tickets worth IDR 2 million. Yulia who lives at BTN Indah Gargita

Galiran Karangasem have been back and forth Bali-Jakarta by flying. As she wanted to go home to Jakarta she clicked an advert in the internet. To secure her tickets she transferred IDR 1,550,000 and later on she had to pay another IDR 500,000 to ease the reservation. Yet when the phone was

called, the phone was no longer active and realized she has been tricked. Head of Karangasem Police Public Relation, First Inspector Ketut Pasek Redita as permitted by the head confirmed the case. The report has been investigated further yet it is still not known who has done it. (013)

Syria rebels seize security compound near Golan Reuters

AMMAN - Syrian rebels on Sunday seized a Syrian military intelligence compound in the southern Hauran Plain near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, stepping up attacks in the strategic region which stretches to the outskirts of the capital Damascus, rebel commanders said. The frontier, quiet since Israel and Syria agreed on a U.S.brokered ceasefire in 1974, has turned volatile in recent weeks, after opposition brigades stepped up attacks against army and intelligence compounds dotting the agricultural plain stretching from the border with Jordan to the Damascus outskirts. At least 70,000 people have been killed since a peaceful protest movement led by Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority broke out two years ago against four decades of family rule by President Bashar al-Assad, who belongs to the minority Alawite sect, and his father, the late Hafez al-Assad.

The demonstrations were met by bullets, eventually sparking a Sunni backlash and a mostly Islamist armed insurgency increasingly spearheaded by the al Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front, creating a political dilemma for regional and Western powers and deepening the Shi’ite-Sunni divide in the Middle East. The compound near the Yarmouk River in the town of Shagara, 8 km (5 miles) from a ceasefire line with Israel, fell after a five-day siege, the sources said. “We have completely taken over this security compound this morning. It’s a command center for the shabbiha (pro-Assad mi-

litia). They retreated after strong blows dealt to them during a five day siege,” said Abu Iyas al-Haurani, a member of the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade. “Anyone who was arrested in the Yarmouk Valley was sent to this military intelligence headquarters to be tortured and it has a strategic importance. With its fall we have completed our liberation of the town of Shagara,” he added. Another rebel commander said the aim of the attacks in western Hauran is to open a new front in the fight against Assad that would stretch troops deployed in Hauran, cradle of the two-year revolt, and to secure a supply route to the western and southern approaches of Damascus, where battles have been fierce. Assad’s elite forces, however, remain dug in at Qasioun Mountain in the center of Damascus.

CANBERRA - Australia will ease restrictions on military engagement with Myanmar following democratic reforms since the country’s ruling generals relinquished their half-century grip on power in 2011, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Monday. During a visit to Canberra by Myanmar’s President Thein Sein -- the first leader from the former Burma to visit the Australian capital since 1974 -- Gillard said restrictions would be lifted on military humanitarian aid and peacekeeping, but an arms sales embargo would stay in place. “What we’ve done today is taken a first step on defense relations between our two countries. It is not fully normalizing defense relationships,” Gillard told reporters at a press conference with Thein Sein at Australia’s parliament. Since Myanmar’s military stepped aside and a quasi-civilian government was installed in 2011, triggering a wave of political and economic reforms, western governments have cautiously dropped or eased sanctions against the country. But the government still maintains a constitution drafted by the

generals and reserves a quarter of parliamentary seats for military personnel, while barring Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar last week warned that progress had been erratic in Myanmar, with around 250 political prisoners still behind bars and 120,000 people internally displaced. Gillard said Australia, a rotating UN Security Council member and close U.S. ally, would soon post a defense attaché to its embassy in Myanmar, and would also provide additional aid worth $20 million to train the government in human rights. Thein Sein, a former junta general who has won praise for reforms since taking power in March 2011, said his government was looking to resource powerhouse Australia for investment and expertise in the country’s fledgling resource sector. “We have to make sure that the extraction and exploitation of these resources is done properly,” he said. Shut off from most of the world for decades, Myanmar is Asia’s poorest country.

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks at the National Press Club in Canberra January 30, 2013.

Indian police say 5 admit to raping Swiss tourist

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NEW DELHI — Five men have been arrested and have confessed to raping a Swiss woman who was attacked in central India while on a cycling vacation with her husband, police said. Two other suspects are being sought, said D. K. Arya, a senior police officer. The five men arrested in Datia on Sunday are

from villages near where the attack occurred Friday night as the Swiss couple camped in a forest in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh state. The couple told police that the woman had been raped by seven or eight men, but that it was dark and they could not be sure of the exact number, Arya said. They said the husband also was attacked by the men. The woman, 39, was treated

Saturday at a hospital in the nearby city of Gwalior and was released later that day, police said. Arya said the couple was heading to the Indian capital of New Delhi, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the north, later Sunday. The attack was frontpage news in Indian newspapers and happened three months after the fatal gang rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus, an attack that

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spurred outrage over the treatment of women in Indian society and the country’s justice system. Prior to the attack, the Swiss tourists, who were on a three-month visit, had visited the temple town of Orchha and were planning to cycle to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, nearly 210 kilometers (130 miles) away. They set out from Orchha on Friday and pitched their tent in a

forest near Jatia village when they were attacked by men armed with sticks, police said. The men beat up the husband, tied him to a tree and then raped the woman, police said. They also stole the couple’s cellphone, laptop computer and 10,000 rupees ($185). Police said they recovered the laptop and phone from one of the men who was arrested.


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LA Times hack: Security breach or harmless prank?

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SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors say Reuters’ deputy social media editor conspired with a notorious hacker network to cause an online security breach that should be punished by decades in federal prison. Fervent online supporters of Matthew Keys say the journalist was just taking part in an online prank that briefly altered the Los Angeles Times’ website, and he shouldn’t ever have been suspended from his job. system of Times’ parent company, Tribune Co. Tribune also owns a Sacramento television station Keys had been fired from months earlier. An attorney for Keys said he is not guilty, and that the government is overreaching in its zeal to prosecute Internet pranks. “No one was hurt, there were no lasting injuries, no one’s identify was stolen, lives weren’t ruined,” his Ventura-based attorney, Jay Leiderman, said Friday. “Mr. Keys was no different than any other embedded journalist. The story he was going after was inside this chat room, and he went there.” Keys was hired in 2012 as deputy social media editor for the Reuters news service. He didn’t return a phone call seeking comment. “I’m okay,” he tweeted Friday in response to a journalism colleague wondering how he was doing.

According to Keys’ Facebook profile, he is single and works at Thomson Reuters Corp.’s New York office, where “I get paid to use Twitter and Facebook at work.” He was suspended with pay late Thursday, said Reuters spokesman David Girardin, who did not elaborate. A spokesman for the Chicagobased Tribune Co. declined to comment.

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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2006 file photo, a worker cleans an entrance to the Los Angeles Times building in Los Angeles. Federal authorities allege that Matthew Keys provided hackers with login information to access the Tribune Company’s computer system in December 2010.

Celebrated Keck Telescopes Seek Samsung Galaxy S4 blitz Funding on 20th Anniversary may prompt Apple rethink

A celebration of the W.M. Keck Observatory’s 20th anniversary this week will also include a plea for more money to keep the iconic telescopes running in the next year. “We’re a little concerned because of what’s going on in Washington,” said Debbie Godwin, director of advancement for Keck’s foundation. Roughly $6.5 million, more than a quarter of the Keck Observatory’s annual budget, comes from the U.S. National Science Foundation, but that could change due to across-the-board federal cuts coming under the sequestration process, Godwin said. Half of the Hawaiian observatory’s $23 million budget comes from the University of California and the California Institute of Technology. Representatives from each institution sit on Keck’s board of directors. [10 Amazing Keck Discoveries] It’s not the universities but rather the philanthropists that

Keck hopes will fill the shortfall. Normally, the observatory’s minders “would really be over the moon if we received $5 million of philanthropy a year,” Godwin said. But this year, she said, they’ll really have to step that up. Godwin added that the directors are optimistic the 20th anniversary celebrations will convince philanthropists to be generous. “We are hoping that this anniversary will put a clarion call that says this is something of value in our world,” she said. Larger telescopes coming

At 20 years old, Keck is an invaluable tool for hunting down exoplanets, exploring galaxies on the edge of the universe and occasionally snapping pictures of moons and planets in Earth’s own solar system. The twin telescopes, each with 32-foot (10 meter) diameters, are the largest optical scopes around.

They boast an extensive legacy of discovery, ranging from codiscovering methane on Mars to charting the acceleration of the universe. Competition is fierce for observing time at Keck, with a typical research project receiving a couple of nights annually. Last year, the telescopes generated 315 research papers — almost a paper for every observing night of the year, Godwin pointed out. Look 10-20 years further down the line, though, and Keck will be a small telescope amid newer and larger observatories. For example, the European Extremely Large Telescope in Chile should come online around 2022. Its 129-foot (39.3 meter) mirror will be more than four times the size of one Keck telescope. Godwin anticipates demand for Keck will begin to fade around then, but that decreased traffic will be a boon to astronomers now jostling for observing time.

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Denpasar House urges executive to draft IMTA bylaw

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In an age when the line between tech superstardom and outright hacking grows increasingly blurry, the case against Keys, 26, lays bare sharp divisions about what constitutes Internet crime and how far the government should go to stop it. “Congress wants harsh penalties doled out for these crimes because they don’t want people defacing websites, but there has to be a way that we can bring the law into harmony with the realities of how people use technology today,” said Hanni Fakhoury, an attorney at the San Francisco-based nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation. Keys, a well-known figure in the Twitterverse, was charged Thursday with conspiring with the hacking group Anonymous to alter a Times news story in late 2010. The federal indictment accuses Keys of giving hackers the information they needed to access the computer

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D E N PA S A R - F o l l o w i n g the issuance of the Government Regulation No.97/2012 on the Expatriate Employment Permit (IMTA) where the authority of expatriate employment permit renewal will be transferred to local government. Previously, the permit administration was handled by central government. Unfortunately, local government, including Denpasar Municipality, has not had the legal basis to administer the renewal. Therefore, the rank of Denpasar House urges the executive to immediately submit the bylaw draft to be discussed. The Legislation Agency Head of Denpasar House, I Ketut Sugiata, accompanied by a member of Commission D, AA Putu Wibawa, said in his office on Friday (Mar 15) that executive should immediately follow up the regulation considering the potential of foreign labor in Denpasar was high enough. It would be a pity if it was not worked out seriously. “We will wait for the draft to be discussed shortly,” said Sugiata. Related to this insistence, the Head of Denpasar Manpower, Resettlement and Social Agency, I Made Erwin Suryadarma Sena, said his party would soon submit the bylaw draft on the IMTA. “Probably, we will submit it to the House on Monday,” said Erwin. Erwin said that so far the permit renewal of expatriate employment was handled by central

government. Local government was only authorized to sign it. Meanwhile, the fund was flowing to central government. “With this Government Regulation, the authority to handle the IMTA renewal will be granted to local government. Thus, it’s necessary to be followed up with the making of bylaw,” said the former Spokesperson of Denpasar Municipality. Handover of the authority, said Erwin, would increase the potential of regionally generated revenue (PAD) in Denpasar considering many sectors employed the expatriates. He added that education field also employed expatriates and so did the tourism and fishery sectors. “The potential is quite large, so that the law needs to be worked out properly,” he said. The renewal of IMTA was charged at USD 100 per month. However, for Denpasar it would be coordinated first, so that the amount would be known for sure. “Probably, we will charge it in rupiah currency so that it will be easier,” he said. Due to the absence of regional bylaw on the IMTA, Erwin said, the municipal government had lost revenue approximately USD 3,600 within three months. It happened because starting January 1, 2013 the central government no longer had the authority to charge the IMTA renewal. Meanwhile, local government had not owned a legal basis for charging it, so that it resulted in a loss of revenue. (kmb12)

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SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung’s newest, feature-packed Galaxy S4 may put pressure on Apple Inc to accelerate its pace of smartphone design and venture into cheaper devices - both departures from usual practice. The latest Galaxy, unwrapped with much fanfare in New York on Thursday, out-does the iPhone in most technical aspects. But the challenges it encapsulates run deeper than just a simple specifications comparison. “It would be overstatement to say Apple is far behind,” Charles Golvin, analyst with Forrester, said, but it does need to note the quickening pace of competitive devices being released. “If anything, what Apple needs to respond to is the cadence of their own releases, probably a completely new design every two years and a sort of speed bump every year is not an adequate cadence for Apple to remain at the forefront of smartphone innovation today.” Samsung’s apparent ability to go toe-to-toe with Apple on cutting-edge smartphones may prompt the U.S. titan to finally make its own assault on the lower-end of the market that it has famously stayed away from -- not least to get into untapped markets like China and India. Many analysts now say Apple has to respond in force to Samsung and other rivals that are grabbing attention. Much of Wall Street is now looking ahead to the next iPhone, but expectations are muted. Once the darling of Wall Street, Apple has in six months seen its shares fall 30 percent from a high of $705. Its Maps software was panned for inaccuracies; its once-reliable financial results, that rarely failed to surpass Wall Street estimates, missed analysts’ expectations.

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Following the issuance of the Government Regulation No.97/2012 on the Expatriate Employment Permit (IMTA) where the authority of expatriate employment permit renewal will be transferred to local government.

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Expansion of Ngurah Rai International Airport projects prepared to welcome the APEC summit later this year are nearing completion, a local councilor said.

Infrastructure for APEC nearing completion Antara

DENPASAR - A toll road, an underpass and expansion of Ngurah Rai International Airport projects prepared to welcome the APEC summit later this year are nearing completion, a local councilor said. “The three projects are expected to be completed next June. We were assured of the work progress after having a meeting with the project leaders and officials of relevant institutions on Friday,” Gusti Made Suryanta Putra, chairman of Commission III of the Local Legislative Assembly (DPRD), said. He said the toll road which connected the airport with Nusa Dua, Badung District, was now 83 percent completed. By June, the toll road is expected to undergo a test before being officially opened to the public. The underpass which is build under the Dewa Ruci (Kuta) crossroad has also been 87.5 percent completed. The 38-meter tunnel from the north to the south now remains to be completed with wall ornaments with Bali style architecture. The other remaining work is the installation of its water pump and tunnel lighting system. In the meantime, Suryanta Putra said, the work on the airport expansion has been 61.03 percent completed. “It`s a little bit late from the schedule. It is late by about 1.89 percent,” he added. He hoped that all infrastruc-

tures built in support of Bali in hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) would be completed soon. “If all completed, we will remain to do other preparations,” he added. “We are convinced the construction of the three projects would have been completed by June 2013,” the councilor said. Indonesia will host APEC summit in October 2013 in Nusa Dua Bali for the second time. In 1994, Indonesia hosted the APEC Summit in Bogor, West Java, where APEC leaders adopted the Bogor goals. The goals involved free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region by 2010 for industrialized economies, and by 2020 for developing economies. In order to achieve the Bogor goals, APEC focused on three areas: trade and investment liberalization,

business facilitation, and economic and technical cooperation. In 2013, the APEC meeting will focus on the expansion of trade and investment, as well as on structural reforms. As part of APEC`s efforts to achieve sustainable growth with equity in the region, the meeting will also focus on financial inclusion, food security and health. It will also discuss ways to improve the global competitiveness of small businesses (SMEs). Established in 1989, APEC is an economic cooperation forum for 21 Pacific Rim countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.


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Bali News NEGARA - Safe route of cattle smuggling in West Bali is highlighted by the public and the players of cattle dealers on the Buffalo Race Land. They question about the discrimination by police officers in taking action. So far, the smuggling of productive cattle to outside Bali is neglected, but the slaughtering of local cattle was imposed with fine. A number of cattle dealers in Jembrana told Bali Post on Sunday (Mar 17) that cattle smuggling in West Bali was still taking place and secure. They also asked why the authorities took no action. Saputra, a cattle dealer from Mendoyo said his party wanted in order the apparatus totally eradicated the rampant smuggling. The authorities did not only take action against local butchers based on the Regional Bylaw on the cattle slaughter. Meanwhile, the cattle smuggling still continued. It clearly harmed the state and Bali in particular. Saputra had confidence the illegal cattle dispatch did not pay attention to the limitation

on the kind of cattle dispatched whether they were productive or not. Most importantly, they could dispatch to outside Bali to meet the high demand. One of the cattle skippers from Negara also judged if there was injustice in the prosecution by relevant authorities in Bali related to the cattle protection. Some time ago, a number of beef cattle businessmen in Jembrana claimed to have been fined as they were considered to slaughter productive cattle. “Even, a butcher was fined at IDR 2 million, but why did the authorities not take action against the smugglers? They obviously harm the state, even their turnover is larger,” protested a cattle skipper who declined to mention its name. At the moment, the smuggling only sourced at one location in West Bali. According to local people, the delivery had become common knowledge and been managed by engaging local residents. However, the hamlet chief could not do anything because it did not have the authority to take action. (kmb26)

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The increasingly reduced farmland in Bali will surely become a tough challenge for the government to revive the agricultural sector becoming the unique spirit of Balinese culture. No doubt, this sector seems to be gradually abandoned or even marginalized.

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A blueprint needed for future development of Bali DENPASAR - The increasingly reduced farmland in Bali will surely become a tough challenge for the government to revive the agricultural sector becoming the unique spirit of Balinese culture. No doubt, this sector seems to be gradually abandoned or even marginalized.

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Safe route of cattle smuggling in West Bali is highlighted by the public and the players of cattle dealers on the Buffalo Race Land. They question about the discrimination by police officers in taking action.

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This condition was recognized by an economist, Viraguna Bagoes Oka, recently in Denpasar, because so far the government had not owned a blueprint for the direction of development in Bali. As a result, the handling of the agricultural sector did not have a clear, focused and concrete concept. In addition to non-synergistic and nonintegrated leadership in the management of the agricultural sector to cultivate productive land, all this time the farmers also seemed to make effort independently in the production starting from the process of planting, harvesting through marketing their products. No doubt, many farmers faced crop failures, bad credit and so forth. Consequently, a lot of productive land owners were in despair. “Aside from the land giving less optimal yields, numerous unceasing products coming from outside Bali and high taxes have made them take a short-

cut by converting their productive land into commercial purposes considered to be more promising,” he said. He added it was the government’s failure in its function to become an agent of development and people’s welfare. At separate location, similar opinion was revealed by a player of agriculture, IB Raka Wiryanatha. According to him, the government gave a half-hearted attention to the sector deeply involved by almost 75 percent of Balinese people. “Actually, there is no obstacle to revive the agriculture from adversity if the government indeed has a will. Probably, since the agriculture is still considered less prospective, it has not been handled properly,” he said. Another obstacle becoming a dilemma was that farmers lacked of sufficient market to sell their crops. Establishment of a wholesale market for the agricultural products, especially

the local ones, was admitted as one of the forms to generate the economy of Bali that should be done by the government. “Most farmers sell their product to middlemen, so that the price offered is speculative. Even, during the harvest season, the price of agricultural products declined quite dramatically or the products were rotten due to lack of markets,” he said. To encourage the agriculture, according to him, the government at least should increase the agricultural production, such as grain. It would motivate farmers to develop the agricultural sector. Secondly, the government needed to ensure the availability of agricultural needs including the seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and other needs. “The need for the agricultural tools must be guaranteed so that the processing activities of farmers are not hampered by the limitations,” he said. (kmb28)

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Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Sanak Sapta Resi Banjar Perteluan Sidang Gianyar Pura Puseh Penegil Darma Banjar Kaja Kangin Kubutambahan Singaraja Pura Dalem Maya Blahbatuh Gianyar Linggih Bhatara Kayu Selem Penataran Agung Besakih 14 Mar Warespati paing Julungwangi Pura Sanghyang Tegal Desa Taro Tegallalang 21 Mar Sugian Jawa Pura Kawitan Tangkas Kori Agung Desa Tangkas Klungkung Piura Siang Kangin Tampuagan Desa Peninjoan Temuku Bangli Odalan Ida Ratu Mas Penataran Agung Besakih Odalan Ida Bhatara Bang Tulus Dewa Besakih 24 Mar Penyekeban Pura Jari Desa Batur Kintamani 26 Mar Penampahan Galungan Lan Purnama Sasih Kedasa Bhatara Turun Kabeh Besakih Pura Bukit Jati Bangli Pura Batur Kalanganyar Bangli Pura Masceti Pejengaji Tegallalang Pura Dalem Tangsub Sukawati Pura Penambangan Badung Denpasar Pura Lempuyang Madia Karang Asem Pura Batur Bangli Pura Desa Singakerta Ubud Pura Pasek Gelgel Tatag Kukuh Marga Tabanan Pura Gaduh Ketapian Sumerta Denpasar Pura Pasek Bendesa Batur Tuakilang Tabanan Pura Pasek Agung Tatag kelod Peguyangan Denpasar Pura Agung Pasek Bendesa Tonja Denpasar Pura Pasek Gelgel Angsri Baturiti Pura Pasek Gelgel Baleagung Subamia Braban

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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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Michelle Yeoh honored at Asian Film Awards Associated Press Writer

HONG KONG — Michelle Yeoh is happy to be honored with the “Excellence in Asian Cinema Award” but says she hopes there’s no hidden message. She asked reporters, “I hope it’s not their way of telling me that I need to retire?” The star of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and last year’s Aung San Suu Kyi biopic “The Lady” was being honored at the Asian Film Awards opening Sunday night. Yeoh said she’s happy

to receive the award where her career started, in Hong Kong. And while she acknowledged she’s long heard rumors of a “Crouching Tiger” sequel, she says she’s yet to see a script or other plans on the project. The 2000 original was directed by Ang Lee and won four Academy Awards. The recent reports have attached kung fu star Donnie Yen to the unconfirmed sequel, and Yeoh said she’s a fan and would welcome the opportunity to work with him if a project is developed. The Hong Kong film festival’s open-

NEW YORK — “Oz the Great and Powerful” is living up to its name at the box office. Walt Disney’s 3-D blockbuster led all films for the second week in a row, taking in $42.2 million according to studio estimates Sunday. Sam Raimi’s prequel to the L. Frank Baum classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” also took in $46.6 million overseas, leading to a two-week worldwide total of $281.8 million. In a winter of underperforming releases, that makes “Oz” easily the biggest hit of 2013 so far. “Boy, did we need it,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. “There have been a lot of box-office casualties this year. This is the shot in the arm that we needed, but we’re still waiting for the marketplace to gain some sort of momentum.” The box office is down nearly 13 percent from last year.

Among the weekend’s debuts, the Halle Berry thriller “The Call” far exceeded expectations with a $17.1 million opening for Sony and TriStar Pictures. The Steve Carell magician comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” fared worse, opening with a disappointing $10.3 million for Warner Bros. The performances of the two new releases continued a theme of 2013: Movies targeting female audiences

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have had more success than male-driven films. “The Call,” in which Berry plays an emergency operator, was deliberately marketed to women, who made up 61 percent of its audience, Sony said. “Burt Wonderstone,” starring Carell and Jim Carrey as rival Las Vegas magicians, sought a young male comedy audience that didn’t materialize. Female turnout has driven most all of the box office hits of the year, including the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Identity Thief” and the vampire romance “Warm Bodies.” Macho films like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” and Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head” have fizzled. “Studios should take note,” says Dergarabedian. “There’s a lot of female power going on at the box office.”

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ing night was featuring the premiere of “Ip Man: the Final Fight,” the latest film about the life and work of martial arts master Ip Man. Lead actor Anthony Wong and actress Zhou Chou Chou were among stars walking the red carpet. Veteran Hong Kong directors Johnnie To and Ronny Yu are also premiering works at the festival, which features “Infernal Affairs” director Andrew Lau. The festival closes in April with the Iranian film “Closed Curtain,” which is fresh off a win for best script at the Berlin Film Festival.

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Michelle Yeoh, Hong Kong based Malaysian actress, poses before a cocktail reception to celebrate the recognition of the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award at the 7th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Hundreds join mass tooth filing in Satria Palace

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Hundreds of Hindus joined the mass tooth filling that held by Satria Palace for free. The tooth filling was done on Monday while the procession already started since Sunday.

Bali Post DENPASAR - Hundreds of Hindus joined the mass tooth filling that held by Satria Palace for free. The tooth filling was done on Monday while the procession already started since Sunday.

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The series of matatah kinembulan (mass tooth filing) ritual in Satria Palace, Denpasar, was commenced with the procession of mabyakala prayascita durmanggala and resumed with ngekeb ritual. A total of 850 participants from all counties and municipality across Bali joined the procession held in

the palace in a solemn and amicable atmosphere. The Manusha Yajna ritual was held in Satria Palace in collaboration with the Lumajang Ashram Tabanan and supported by the Indonesian Hindu Dharma Women (WHDI) of Bali and Balinese residents. According to a committee of pro-

gram section, Cokorda Putra Wisnu Wardana, the mabyakala prayascita durmanggala ritual aimed to purify the participants of tooth filing physically and mentally. Meanwhile, the accompanying ngekeb ritual implied a process in life that always began with something empty. In other words, it was a process of transition from childhood to adolescence. “Through this process, they are expected to have self-control in order to be physically and mentally ready to change the status of child to adolescence,” he said while adding that the makala-kalaan ritual was led

by a priest from Penyibeh hamlet of Satria Palace and temple priests throughout Denpasar and principal priest of Kuta Village Temple, AA Kompiang. Semara Ratih

In the ngekeb ritual, he said, the ishta devata was invoked to come down in the form of Lord Semara and Goddess Ratih denoting the god and goddess of affection. After the procession of ngekeb and makala-kalaan, it was resumed with the culmination of matatah kinembulan on Monday (Mar 18).

The ritual procession involving 75 filers or sangging was officiated by Ida Pedanda Istri Raka from Geria Telaga, Tegal, Denpasar. According to Cokorda Putra Wisnu Wardana, the tooth filing was visualized by filing six teeth namely four upper incisors and two canines. It meant to control negative effects of the Sad Ripu (six enemies in human self) arising from the nature of rajas and tamas. “The Sad Ripu influenced by the elements of rajas and tamas will lead the humanity to negative things. Continued on page 6

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