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Tourists crowded at Kuta Beach during holiday peak season. The lineup of tourism businesspeople in Bali ﬁnally spoke up about the installation of X-ray security device owned by Bali government. They asked the government to immediately implement the security system planned to be installed at the two entrance gates into Bali, namely at the Padangbai and Gilimanuk Harbor.
X-ray security device
Installation must not be delayed Bali Post
DENPASAR - The lineup of tourism businesspeople in Bali ﬁnally spoke up about the installation of X-ray security device owned by Bali government. They asked the government to immediately implement the security system planned to be installed at the two entrance gates into Bali, namely at the Padangbai and Gilimanuk Harbor. “Even without the equipment (X-ray—Ed), Bali has been safe, but the sooner, the better. With the installation of such sophisticated security device, Bali will be safer,” said Deputy Chairman of the Indonesia Tourism Industry Association
(GIPI) Bali, Bagus Sudibya. According to him, the installation of security device was budgeted at IDR 58 billion in the main Bali regional budget 2012 to provide security for tourists visiting Bali. Moreover, international
events such as APEC Summit would be held in Bali next October where the security of Bali would be at stake in the eyes of the world community. “Although it does not guarantee 100 percent, Bali will be safe. But at least, the installation of the X-ray scanner will provide a better peace of mind for travelers visiting the island,” he said. He said the security concerns and comfort of tourists should become a major concern for the government and the entire community of Bali. The authorities would
not be able to fully maintain the security of coastal territories due to lack of human resources and personnel. “To maintain the security of Bali, it is needed the community support. At least, they are capable of securing their neighborhood, so that it can create a sense of security,” he revealed. Similar opinion was revealed by the Dean of Tourism Faculty of Udayana University, I Putu Anom. Installation of the X-ray in Bali was very important because Bali was a tourist destination in Indonesia
and the world. Moreover, many international events were planned to be held in Bali such as the World Hindu Summit, APEC Summit, Miss World and Bali Democracy Forum regularly attended by guests like the heads of the state and heads of the government. “The impact of any small incident occurred on the Island of the Gods will be quickly known internationally. On that account, I hope the X-ray security device can be immediately installed,” he said. Continued on page 6
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Bali News Petrol stations strictly guarded by police Negara (Bali Post)—
Ahead of the fuel price hike, a number of petrol stations in Jembrana have been guarded by police since Sunday (Jun 16). Although the situation at some petrol stations remains normal, in terms of the supply and turnover, the armed police are still on guard to anticipate any undesirable things. A number of petrol station operators admitted there were no panic purchases or panic consumers. Like on previous days, their revenue stayed the same. One of the petrol station operators in Negara, Iskandar Alfan, admitted on Monday (Jun 17) that he had spoken to a number of truck and public transport drivers that they averagely did not question about the fuel price hike. Though increasing, it might not be difficult to obtain or cause any
scarcity. “As long as the supply runs smoothly, they do not matter,” said Iskandar. At the moment, the supply stayed safe and not difficult. Even, additional delivery could be made if the stock was considered inadequate. Within a day, the petrol station he operated got averagely 16,000 to 24,000 liters from the Pertamina. All the tanks were deliberately fully supplied to anticipate any surge in the demand. (kmb26)
Causing trafﬁc, Hardys Singaraja parking arranged Singaraja (Bali Post)-
Cars and motorcycles parking on the roadside of Hardys market in Ngurah Rai Street, Singaraja all this time have been stated as the trafﬁc causer to that protocol street. For that, Buleleng Transportation Agency gave a warning letter to Hardys to not use the roadside and brought them to a special parking space owned by the company. Besides the letter, since Monday (17/6) workers from the Agency helped by the Buleleng Trafﬁc Police supervise Hardys roadsides and forbid vehicles to be parked there. It is planned the area will be guarded at all times until there is an awareness of the people to park at its place. This area is too crowded due to being very near from a cross road with Udayana Street.
Head of Buleleng Transportation Agency, Arya Sukerta, who also guards the area, stated there has been two warning letters given to Hardys. It has been suggested if the parking space of the supermarket is full the vehicles owners should be shown to park in the City’s Garden (Taman Kota) parking space. “This front space should be sterile, there has been a sign of forbidden parking,” he stated. Besides in front of Hardys, a disciplinary will also take place in front of Buleleng Hospital which all this time also used the roadside as parking space and caused trafﬁc jams in morning until afternoon or school times as in front of it is Mutiara School and Kindergarten also Bhaktiyasa High School. (kmb15)
The farmer is harvesting red rice
Buleleng targets red rice production at 3.5 tons per ha Singaraja (Bali Post)—
Farmers at three villages in the mountainous areas of Buleleng County, namely at Munduk, Gobleg and Gesing village in Banjar subdistrict are now more enthusiastically cultivating red rice variety. Aside from giving good results, cultivation of the red rice also serves as an effort of farmers to preserve the local rice germ plasm of Buleleng. It was revealed when the members of Subak Munduk, Munduk village, met with the monitoring team of the red rice development of the Buleleng Agriculture and Livestock Agency, Monday (Jun 17). The meeting was made ahead of the red rice harvest at the villages. Almost all the farmers of Subak Munduk expressed their satisfaction with the results of the red rice cultivation belonging to sandalwood variety. Aside from the rice could grow well, a number of prospective buyers began to arrive and offered a high purchasing price for the red rice at IDR 17,000 per kg. Such condition made the subak members more interested to continue growing the red rice in the next planting
season. Even, the production target in the three villages growing the red rice reached 3.5 tons per hectare. The Head of Buleleng Agriculture and Livestock Agency, Nyoman Swatantra, said the land at Subak Munduk planted with red rice reached 55 hectares. From the beginning of the seedling preparation, seedling transplantation to harvest showed a quite good progress. No pest and disease attack was found, so that the red rice development was arguably a success. It could be realized due to the support and willingness of subak members to follow the advice of the government in growing the red rice. Besides, the cultivation of red rice belonging to sandalwood variety was appropriate for the upland paddy ﬁelds having high rainfall. Additionally, the red rice of sandalwood variety was different from the variety produced in Tabanan County. “Its advantages are having red color, when cooked it exudes fragrant aroma and the rice is having good-tasting. With these advantages, at least the production of red rice in Buleleng will be able to compete in the market,” he said. (kmb)
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Closing of World Hindu Summit 2013
From Bali to unite the Hindus worldwide Bali Post
ANTARA FOTO/Asep Fathulrahman
Price hike of subsidized fuel has triggered the price disparity of groceries. Unfortunately, the advantage due to the impact of fuel price hike is only enjoyed by traders, not farmers serving as the producer.
Before fuel price hike
Price disparity, farmers enjoy no advantages Bali Post
DENPASAR - Price hike of subsidized fuel has triggered the price disparity of groceries. Unfortunately, the advantage due to the impact of fuel price hike is only enjoyed by traders, not farmers serving as the producer. It was expressed by Chairman of the Indonesian Farmers Association (HKTI) Bali, Prof. Nyoman Suparta in Denpasar. “Signiﬁcant impact would even occur at consumer level because it gives the opportunity for some traders to take advantage of the moment for proﬁt-taking. That’s why farmers do not enjoy any beneﬁt, though their production will then be sold in the market at more expensive price than before the fuel price hike,” he said. He said the direct impact of fuel in the agricultural production sector only happened at the stage of production costs of farmers during land cultivation, where farmers used tractor and required the fuel for operating it.
“Though having an impact, it is not so great and only reaching around 10-15 percent. In other words, the impact suffered by farmers is smaller than suffered by the other industrial sectors,” he said. According to him, the industrial sector experienced the most serious impact due to the fuel price hike. It happened because fuel was an important component in the processing stage to the end result. Thus, the production costs would also increase. “Such condition will even be burdensome for farmers because other than serving as producer, they also act as consumers on speciﬁc needs,” he said. He added the increase in fuel price would not guarantee the market price
of the agricultural products to surge. Despite the impact of fuel price hike was small on the cost of agricultural production, the impact of price spikes occurred at post-harvest level up to the market level or consumers would be signiﬁcant. “The surge could reach more than 20 percent. And it will not be enjoyed by farmers, but enjoyed by traders or collectors,” he said. He mentioned the issues on fuel price hike would take place longer to reach a new stability point. However, it would impossibly happen at the signiﬁcant price level because the government would certainly anticipate it. “To sum up, farmers do not enjoy the impact of the fuel price hike,” he said. (kmb27)
MANGUPURA - The closing of the World Hindu Summit (WHS) 2013 was made in the Taman Ayun Temple, Mengwi, Badung County. It was ﬁlled with worship and dinner for the delegates, government components as well as the people of Bali, chieﬂy Badung County. Despite being delayed due to rain, the event could still run smoothly and full of togetherness. “Rain symbolizes fertility. It means the blessing for our life and for all of us,” said the Badung Regent AA Gde Agung at the beginning of his speech in the event. Gde Agung was proud because the Badung County could host the implementation of the WHS 2013. Taman Ayun Temple was considered one of the appropriate venues for the WHS event. The temple established around 1634 by Ida Cokorda Sakti Blambangan, he said, had become one of the centers for spiritual activities of the Hindus in Bali. Aside from having been stipulated as a world cultural heritage by the UNESCO, the temple had also become a pilgrimage and tourist destination of people from around the world. “Taman Ayun Temple is unifying all the components of society from generation to generation,” he said. Gde Agung expected the implementation of the WHS 2013 could become one of the unifying moments for the Hindus. “From the tiny Island of Bali, we do hope the Hindu brotherhood will be getting closer and can increase the contribution to the world in the future,” he said. Deputy Secretary General of the World Hindu Parishad, Prof. Suastra, also representing the Working Committee and the WHS Organizing Committee conveyed the WHS 2013 had engendered the World Hindu Parishad and the World Hindu Center. Establishment of the two institutions indicated that Bali had earned the trust of the Hindus all over the world. As consequence, the two institutions should be supported by all the components of Balinese people. The ongoing support to both institutions was necessary in order they could grow and contribute to the development and the future of Hindu in Bali, Indonesia and the world. Meanwhile, the closing of the WHS 2013 was attended by Chairman of the World Hindu Parishad Ida Pedanda Ketut Sebali Tianyar Arimbawa, the WHS delegates from various countries as well as the ofﬁcials of the Badung County and local community. World Hindu Parisadh
World Hindu leaders have set up “WORLD Hindu Parisadh” to develop cooperation between various international Hindu organizations. “(We) have also established a World Hindu Center which will implement programs formulated in the WHP,” the chairman of the steering committee of the World Hindu Summit, Prof. Dr. Made Bakta. The 2nd World Hindu Summit since June 13 had gone smoothly. The secretariat of the WHD and WHC will be located in Bali, Made Bakta said. “The WHC will carry out activities and studies relating to Hindu teachings as well as programs in children’s development, women empowerment, education, economic and other ﬁelds. He said the tasks were not light and therefore efforts had to be made to strengthen the organization and maintain international networks and cooperation with Hindu experts from various countries to implement teachings. “We also need internal consolidation and develop Hindus’ awareness,” he added. He said the WHC Secretariat was expected to be built in 2014. The chief advisor of the World Hindu Summit, Ida Pedanda Ketut Sebali Tianyar Arimbawa meanwhile said studies on Vedas were important so that the Hindu holy books could be implemented in the daily life. The WHS chief organizing committee, I Gde Made Sadguna, said he was proud the meeting had produced results beyond expectation. “Following the declaration of WHP and WHC efforts were needed to improve internal as well as external conditions,” he said. Internally improvement is needed not only on the religious life of Hindus but also their welfare, he said. “Externally meanwhile Hindus in Bali and Indonesia are expected to increase their contribution to peace and harmony. Hindus are expected to also participate in addressing world problems and not only Hindus’ problems,” he said. (kmb25/ant)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Price of bamboo goes up
Turnover of bamboo wall artisans drops ADEQUATELY high rainfall lately has an impact on the survival of woven bamboo wall artisans in several places in Jembrana. Besides, the difﬁculties in obtaining bamboo raw material have caused the artisans to be getting more sluggish. Such condition is experienced by dozens of artisans at Pendem hamlet, Pendem village and Baler Bale Agung, Negara subdistrict. They complain about the decline in production and turnover due to erratic weather. Sunny weather is very signiﬁcant in the production of woven bamboo wall, especially during the drying process of the bamboo that has been thinly split. Additionally, the raw material of woven wall, namely bamboo was quite difﬁcult to ﬁnd. When being available, it is sold for high price in the market. One of the bamboo wall weavers, Wayan Winda, said that his party lately was difficult to get bamboo used for the making of wall. Though being available, the price was more expensive. Formerly, he could purchase at IDR 3,000 to IDR 5,000 per stem, but today it had increased to IDR 7,000 per stem. By and large, to make a woven bamboo wall measuring 2 x 3 meters, he would spend about two stems of bamboo. Meanwhile, the selling price of his woven bamboo wall was about IDR 25,000. However, he could not always sell his product every day. A sheet of
bamboo wall every day. However with such eyesight condition, she could only accomplished two
woven bamboo wall could be completed within 3-5 days. “However, it highly depends on the weather. If it rains continuously, we have difﬁculty to dry out the bamboo material,” he explained. Similar condition was experienced by artisan Ni Ketut Reti, a bamboo wall artisan from Lebah hamlet, Baler Bale Agung village, Negara. This artisan had been familiar with the ups and downs of sales. In contrast to the other artisans, Reti was weaving blindly because her eyesight was damaged due to cataract tens of years ago. Since she did not have any money at that time, the eye disorder was left to date so that she was unable to see at all. However, in the middle of the disability, together with her husband Putu Mastra, 55, and a grandson, she was not desperate and trying to survive by weaving bamboo wall. Even, the making process from the cutting, splitting and weaving the bamboo was carried out alone. Before her eyes were damaged, Reti could complete four sheets of
sheets of woven bamboo wall within a day. Her income was uncertain depending on the order. Ordinarily
A man is arranging his bamboo craft in his store.
Caterpillars attack Kenanga Trees in Serongga Gianyar (Bali Post)Caterpillars started to attack kenanga or sandat trees owned by Serongga Village people in Gianyar. As much as seven trees have been attacked for the
past months yet only got it tackled on Monday (17/6). The trees were owned by I Made Regig while Head of the Village Dewa Made Sujana stated all kind of tackling has been done including matador yet nothing works. This has
The caterpillars that attacked Kenanga Tress in Gianyar Regency.
she sold a sheet of woven bamboo wall between IDR 35,000-IDR 70,000. (kmb26)
been reported to the Village but only just now it got reported to the Agriculture Agency then got it handled. To Regig, these trees’ ﬂowers are his products as it would fulﬁll his disadvantaged family to sell it up to IDR 40,000 per day. Since it got attacked, it has no ﬂowers anymore as most leaves would be eaten and they would crawl to his house also neighbour’s house as well who happens to be Gianyar Regional Development ofﬁcial. These caterpillars can be seen scattered all around and locals would burn them yet none would die; only their furs were burnt. Meanwhile Head of Plant Pests Management Organisation (POPT) from the Agriculture Agency, Ir. Made Suardika, stated that seeing from the caterpillar’s population growth, three houses have been attacked and to avoid it spreading, a Kanon 400 EC injection has been done. Suardika suggested the prevention would be easier if the planter would get active since the beginning. From the mechanism, the little attacks can be anticipated by preserving the environment sanitation. It is known that in Banjar Serongga Kaja there are 65 families who are kenanga trees planters and there are around 1,200 kenanga trees. (kmb16)
English man interrogated at Buleleng Police PPA unit Singaraja (Bali Post)A foreigner from England was reported to the Women and Children Service (PPA) Unit of Buleleng Police Criminal Research last Monday (17/6) named Jhon Burns (58). He has assaulted his own wife, Kadek Suryadi (30), from Pemuteran Village, Gerokgak. For that incident, Suryadi had to be treated at Kertha Usada Hospital, Singaraja as she was wounded on the head, neck and thigh. Up until Monday, Suryadi is still weak while Burns is checked by the PPA. Information stated that the couple have been married for a long time and has three children with the ﬁrst eight years old. The case happened on Sunday (16/6) around 11.30 pm local time when they were ﬁghting. This then led the wife hit which is expected using a hammer. Because of the serious wounds, victim was then rushed to hospital Monday morning at 1 am local time. Head of Buleleng Police Operational Section, PC Ida Bagus Wedanajati, as permitted by Buleleng Police, GAPC Benny Arhanto, conﬁrmed the case and the evidence, a hammer, have been conﬁscated. It is still unknown what the ﬁght was that lead to this and confessions are still obtained from both sides. “Victim can’t be checked just yet due to still being treated,” Wedanajati concluded. (kmb)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Community has got no beneﬁts from geopark Bali Post BANGLI - After the stipulation of Batur as the Indonesia’s ﬁrst geopark by UNESCO, all this time the people have not felt the beneﬁts. Even, people are still confused what actually the geopark is. Similarly, the arrangement plan of the landscaping garden and supporting facilities around the Batur caldera is no longer heard until now. Even, the illegal quarry activities are getting wider until reaching the protected areas and hardly controllable.
After the stipulation of Batur as the Indonesia’s ﬁrst geopark by UNESCO, all this time the people have not felt the beneﬁts.
A local legislator from Songan, Kintamani, Jero Salin Muliawan, said on Monday (Jun 17) that as a legislator he had not understood exactly what geopark was and what beneﬁts could be obtained by people after the region became a geopark. Up to these days, there had been no changes or arrangement to the landscaping garden made by the government. “Of course, it’s very alarming and confusing,” he said. To that end, he hoped the regent could make coordination with central government more intensively. His party did not want the Bangli government to be embarrassed because there had been concrete manifestation of the geopark. “If the main purpose of the predicate is indeed the preservation of the terrestrial park, then what measure should be done?” he said. After being stipulated as a geopark, so far he considered there had been no changes perceived by society. Even, the illegal quarrying and looting of the forest for agriculture in the caldera region was difﬁcult to be minimized because it was the local people’s livelihood and the geopark did not provide any beneﬁts for a better economy. Regarding the tourist arrivals after the stipulation as a geopark, he admitted if it remained as ever before. There was no signiﬁcant change in the number of tourist arrivals. Tourists seeing the beautiful panorama around the caldera had been very common. Almost all the time tourists made a visit, but not in a large number. “Government has not owned a real action in relation to the geopark,” he said. People were actually expecting a change in the arrangement of the environment. From the environmental arrangement, people expected to bring in any change to society through the economy such as in terms of the number of tourist arrival as heralded. (kmb17)
Oney Anwar wins Oakley Pro Bali trials IBP GIANYAR - Lakey Peak’s Oney Anwar defeated Putra Hermawan (Nusa Lembongan) today to win the Oakley Pro Bali Trials and the coveted Indonesian wildcard spot in the Association of Surﬁng Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour (WCT) event that is scheduled at Keramas Beach in Gianyar, Bali. The nineteen year-old from Sumbawa has drawn world no. 3 Jordy Smith (South Africa) in the non-elimination Round One. “I’m so happy to have won this wildcard, especially because it’s here in my home country,” said Anwar. “It’s my second wildcard into a WCT event actually, the ﬁrst one was at Bells Beach in Australia back in March, but this is really special because its here in Indonesia.” In addition to winning the wildcard, Anwar takes home $2,500 USD today as well as 3,500 valuable ASC championship points, which makes him the current ratings leader on the ASC tour. He is also assured of at least another $8,000 USD for his participation in the Oakley Pro Bali. Not bad for a kid from a tiny beachside town in Sumbawa. Anwar was up against Putra
Hermawan in the 35 minute ﬁnal, which took place this afternoon in wind affected 2-3 foot surf at Keramas, and took control from the start, locking into wave after to wave to leave Hermawan out of rhythm and in a combination situation for most of the ﬁnal. Anwar posted some of the highest heat scores of the day in the ﬁnal, ﬁrst a 9.0 (out of a possible 10 points), for a massive air reverse and then putting it away with another 8.0 point wave for a heat total of 17.0 points out of a possible 20. Hermawan and Anwar have been battling it out in ﬁnals since their grommet years here in Indonesia, so it was a familiar situation for both. Hermawan is a previous ISC (Indonesian Surﬁng Championships) Open, Pro Junior and Junior champion, and was clearly disappointed with not putting up better scores. “I wish I could have done better,” said Hermawan, searching for words. “I just couldn’t seem to ﬁnd the good waves and get some points.” Anwar is regarded as Indonesia’s most promising hope to someday join the WCT, and attended Palm Beach Currumbin (PBC) High School on Australia’s Gold Coast. He was a part of the school’s sports excellence program, and over his four-year tour in Australia Anwar
learned to surf in colder conditions and cope with long periods away from his home as well as speak ﬂuent English - all crucial factors in a successful international surfing career.
Both surfers put on great displays of high performance surﬁng over the 3 days of competition, which started off with two days at Canggu before moving over the Keramas today. As an ASC Pre-
mium event, the top 16 ranked ASC surfers were joined by 8 special invitees including Rizal Tanjung, Lee Wilson, Made “Bol” Adi Putra and several others, in the quest for a win and wildcard spot.
IBP/Courtesy of ASC Media
Lakey Peak’s Oney Anwar defeated Putra Hermawan (Nusa Lembongan) today to win the Oakley Pro Bali Trials and the coveted Indonesian wildcard spot in the Association of Surﬁng Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour (WCT) event that is scheduled at Keramas Beach in Gianyar, Bali.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Rowhani’s ‘path of moderation’ also shows limits Associated Press Writer
AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 ﬁle photo, Foreign tourists visit the Hatshepsut Temple, in the ancient southern city of Luxor, Egypt.
Anger in southern Egypt over Islamist governor Associated Press Writer
LUXOR, Egypt — Angry tourism workers and activists in Luxor threatened Monday to block a newly appointed Islamist governor from his ofﬁce because of his links to a former militant group that killed scores of people in a 1997 attack in the ancient city and devastated Egypt’s sightseeing industry. Adel el-Khayat was named to the provincial governor’s post Sunday by President Mohammed Morsi, causing the outrage. El-Khayat is a member of the Construction and Development party, the political arm of Gamaa Islamiya, which waged an armed insurgency against the state starting in 1992 and attacked police, Coptic Christians and tourists. In November 1997, gunmen from the group attacked tourists at Luxor’s 3,400-year-old Hatshepsut Temple, killing 58. More than 1,200 people died in the campaign of violence by the group and another militant organization, Islamic Jihad. Tourism is the lifeblood of Luxor, home to some of Egypt’s most dramatic ancient temples and pharaonic tombs, including that of King Tutankhamun. The city has been hit hard by the downturn in foreign visitors since the Arab Spring unleashed political turmoil since 2011. Hundreds of people protested outside the governor’s ofﬁce Monday night. The tourism workers, opposition politicians and activists in the crowd said they would consider sealing off the site with locks and chains,
and sending el-Kayat back to Luxor’s airport. “When I heard about the appointment, I remembered the whole scene,” said Tharwat Agamy, the head of Luxor’s Tourism Chamber who witnessed the 1997 attack. “With my own arms, I carried the blooded bodies of the women, children and men,” Agamy said, recalling that the victims’ corpses were mutilated. “I still remember the ... newlywed Japanese couple hugging each other and both dead,” he added. “Are these human beings? Do they have mercy inside their hearts?” Not only are the horriﬁc memories of what has been dubbed the “Luxor Massacre” still fresh in the minds of many residents, but they also worry about the impact of a hard-line Islamist running the southern city and surrounding province. El-Khayat’s party calls for strict implementation of Islamic Shariah law, which includes imposing an Islamic dress code for women, banning alcohol, and preventing the mixing of the sexes. Workers in a city as heavily dependent on tourism as Luxor worried that such policies would further
hurt their business. His appointment was also seen as a move aimed at solidifying Morsi’s support among hard-liners ahead of protests planned for later this month by the liberal opposition and youth activists. The Gamaa’s party has threatened to counter opposition demonstrations with an “Islamic revolution.” Both the Gamaa and Islamic Jihad renounced violence in the 2000s amid a crackdown by then-President Hosni Mubarak. Since Mubarak’s ouster in 2011, both have launched political parties, and the Gamaa’s is allied to Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. El-Khayat, who was among 17 new governors appointed by Morsi, said he would not be inﬂuenced by his political afﬁliation. “I am honored to belong to the Islamist current, but now as a governor, I am in the service of the nation,” he said in comments emailed to The Associated Press by the group’s media representative. “It is not fair to judge someone just because of afﬁliation but by evaluating their work, performance and skills.”
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran’s newly elected president showcased his reform-leaning image Monday by promising a “path of moderation” that includes greater openness on Tehran’s nuclear program and overtures to Washington. He also made clear where he draws the line: No halt to uranium enrichment and no direct U.S. dialogue without a pledge to stay out of Iranian affairs. Hasan Rowhani’s first post-victory news conference was a study in what may make his presidency tick. Rowhani may be hailed as a force for change, but he also appears to carry a deep and self-protective streak of pragmatism. He knows he can only push his views on outreach and detente as far as allowed by the country’s real powers, the ruling clerics and their military protectors, the Revolutionary Guard. Many of Rowhani’s statements reflected these boundaries, which could later expand or contract depending on how much the theocracy wants to endorse his agenda. When he appealed to treat “old wounds” with the U.S., he also echoed the ruling clerics’ position that no breakthroughs can occur as long as Washington is seen as trying to undermine their hold on power. Rowhani’s urging for greater “nuclear transparency” as a path to roll back sanctions was also punctuated by a hard-liner stance: No chance to stop the uranium enrichment labs at the heart of the stalemate with the West and its allies. Rowhani spoke eloquently about a “new era” on the international stage but avoided direct mention of the sweeping crackdowns at home since the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009. At the end of the news conference, a spectator - whose identity was not immediately known - yelled out for the release of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has been under house arrest for more than two years. Rowhani smiled but made no comment. “You can make any kind of promises you want,” said Merhzad Boroujerdi, director of the Middle East Studies program at Syracuse University. “At the end of the day, it’s the ruling clerics that decide whether they go anywhere.” There is no doubt, however, that the overall tone of Rowhani’s remarks resonates well in the West. The White House and others have already signaled cautious hope that Rowhani’s presence could open new possibilities on diplomacy and efforts to break the impasse over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program after four failed negotiating rounds since last year. Even so, the Obama administration won’t welcome Rowhani’s election with any new nuclear offer.
Installation... From page 1 He proposed that for the sake of security of tourists visiting Bali, the X-ray security device should be installed at strategic locations and shortcut entries of terrorists. “I worry about the entry of terrorists through beaches posing the unofficial port with fast action and suicide bombing model,” he said. Meanwhile, a member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Nyoman Kandia, deplored the conditions of Bali that had not been as expected. Bali as a world destination should have a security system complying with the international standards. “Obviously, it has an impact on the insecurity of Bali. Then, it will become the consumption of negative news for the competitors such as Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, as well as the countries that send many tourists to Bali,” he said. He added that security issues were very sensitive. Therefore, the government should immediately realize the installation of the X-ray, suppress the incoming flows of the immigrant as well as urge the accommodation owners to implement adequate security system. “Surely, this cannot be done if the officials only sit behind the desk, but should go to the field,” he said. (kmb27)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Back home, Heat try to stop a 5th Spurs NBA title Associated Press Writer MIAMI — The Miami Heat weren’t supposed to be in this situation. Not now, anyway. Coming home from Texas with their season on the line in 2011 was one thing. They were at the end of their ﬁrst year together — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were still learners.
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San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, shoots as Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade defends during the second half at Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball series, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 114-104.
But this season they were the NBA’s best team, one that lost three games in three months and made losing three times in one series look unlikely, if not downright unimaginable. The San Antonio Spurs can ﬁnish Miami off on Tuesday in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, reafﬁrming themselves as one of the league’s greatest franchises. If so, the Heat’s Big Three once again go from celebrated to devastated. “We’re going to see if we’re a better team than we were our ﬁrst year together,” James said. The Spurs took a 3-2 series lead with their 114-104 victory on Sunday. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu
Ginobili were all brilliant again, and Danny Green added to what could become one of the most out-of-nowhere campaigns ever for the ﬁnals’ most valuable player. One more victory makes the Spurs 5-0 in the NBA Finals, keeping pace with Michael Jordan’s 6-0 Chicago Bulls as the only teams to make it here multiple times and never lose. “Obviously, you want to ﬁnish in the ﬁrst opportunity you get,” Parker said. “We understand that Miami is going to come out with a lot more energy, and they’re going to play better at home. They’re going to shoot the ball better. Their crowd is going to be
behind them.” None of that mattered two years ago. Clearly reeling and their psyches shaken after dropping two straight games in Dallas to the Mavericks, the Heat were blitzed early in Game 6. They never recovered. Bosh was inconsolable as he made his way back to the locker room afterward while the Mavericks celebrated at center court. James had to endure the criticisms that came with not getting it done in the ﬁnals, a story line that was put to rest last year but will be back again if the Heat don’t win. The Heat would also host Game 7 on Thursday. They’re trying to join the 1988 and 2010 Los Angeles Lakers and 1994 Houston Rockets as the only teams to rally from 3-2 down by winning the ﬁnal two on their home ﬂoor since the NBA Finals went to a 2-3-2 format in 1985.
Pedrosa says front Wimbledon holds no fear for tyre performance Radwanska any more held him back Reuters
DANI Pedrosa reckons tyres cost him a home MotoGP victory after ﬁnishing second to Jorge Lorenzo at Barcelona. Pedrosa had qualiﬁed his Honda on pole with a record-setting pace on Saturday, but he was beaten by Lorenzo at the start and sat behind the Yamaha rider for the duration of the grand prix. He shadowed his fellow Spaniard throughout much like in the last race at Mugello - but dropped back in the closing stages and fell under attack from his team-mate Marc Marquez. “It was not like yesterday,” said Pedrosa after the race. “I was riding smooth but when I tried to push a little and step up the rhythm I started to feel like the front tyre was giving up almost every corner. “I waited a little more, but so many laps after it was the same thing and I was struggling a lot in the corners.” Pedrosa maintained losing out at the start was not crucial, claiming it was more his lack of performance that made the difference in the battle at the front. “The start was not bad, it was good enough,” he added. “I was quite OK and just trying to let the laps come down. “[But] I could not go very fast in the last two corners, so into the straight Jorge had a little gap on me and it was hard to make a move on him. “Second is good for the championship, but I think today we could have done a little better.”
EASTBOURNE, England - Wimbledon can hold no fear for Agnieszka Radwanska this year, after she survived all the way to the ﬁnal last July. Having got her maiden grand-slam ﬁnal out of the way, conquering her nerves and taking eventual winner Serena Williams to three sets, the Polish world number four is feeling relaxed about returning to the All-England Club next week. “Everything around the ﬁnal was a huge, huge thing and for me it was the biggest day,” Radwanska told Reuters in an interview as she prepared for Wimbledon at the Eastbourne grasscourt tournament on Monday. “It was such a big difference from other ﬁnals I’ve played before and I think it doesn’t matter if you win or lose a grandslam ﬁnal it’s just a great experience, one of the biggest experiences of my life, and hopefully I will have more opportunity to be in major ﬁnals.” Radwanska, who has dyed her brown hair blonde in time for Wimbledon and is known as “Aga” to her friends, smiled as she recalled how she felt when she was preparing for last year’s ﬁnal. “Every match like that is a huge experience and now I know how it is to go on court and play this big match,” said the 24-year-old, who was struck down by a throat infection on the eve of last year’s ﬁnal.
“Everything around it, and even the day before, everything was huge and of course (there was) a lot of adrenalin those days. “I was really nervous before and also on court as well but I think now I know how it is and I think I will go on court feeling more relaxed than before.” JUNIOR WIMBLEDON Grass has long been Radwanska’s favourite surface, even though it was alien to her until midway through her teens.
“I don’t have any grass courts in my home town in Poland so I was playing on synthetic grass for many years,” said the former world number two who hails from Krakow. “It was a little bit similar, it has a low bounce and it was a little bit faster, but my ﬁrst time on grass was when I was playing junior Wimbledon. “The ﬁrst time I played on grass I was 16 and just after the ﬁrst practice I said I really like that surface and I really enjoyed every point.”
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Poland’s Agniezska Radwanska returns against Italy’s Sara Errani in their quarterﬁnal match at the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday June 4, 2013.
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Sp rt Hoffenheim sign Norway international Elyounoussi Reuters
BERLIN - Hoffenheim have signed Norway forward Tarik Elyounoussi as they prepare for another campaign in the Bundesliga following their narrow relegation escape last season. Hoffenheim, who needed a relegation playoff against second division Kaiserslautern in May to secure their top ﬂight status for next season, have agreed a three-year deal with the player until 2017. No ﬁnancial details were released. “Tarik is very skilled, ﬁt and can be deployed in attack in a number of positions,” Hoffenheim ﬁrst team director Alexander Rosen said in a statement on Monday. “He ﬁts our idea of football and we are delighted to have succeeded in signing him.” Moroccan-born Elyounoussi, who joins from Rosenborg Trondheim, has won 21 caps for Norway.
Real, City have made offers for me - Malaga’s Isco AP Photo/Eugenio Savio
Nigeria’s Nnamdi Oduamadi, right, scores his side’s 5th goal past Tahiti’s Xavier Samin during the soccer Confederations Cup group B match between Tahiti and Nigeria in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013.
Missed chances against Tahiti trouble Nigeria Associated Press Writer
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Nigeria scoring six goals in its ﬁrst Confederations Cup match suggested that the impact from chaotic preparations had been minimal. With a 6-1 victory over Tahiti on Monday, the African champions took control of Group B. At times the Nigerians were ruthless, but they were also proﬂigate in front of goal against a team making its debut at an international tournament. Nigeria nearly didn’t make it to Brazil after threatening to go on strike last week in a row over bonuses. FIFA had to scramble to ﬁnd ﬂights to get Nigeria to Belo Horizonte in time to play in the eight-nation warm-up tournament for the 2014 World Cup. Given that they arrived with barely 36 hours until kickoff, the players were fortunate to be playing a team sitting 107 places below them in the FIFA rankings at 138. “Due to the stuff we had delayed ﬂights,” said Nnamdi Oduamadi, who scored a hat trick and wouldn’t discuss the strike-threat. “This
victory will give us a big morale (boost). We are topping the group now. We just have to do everything the coach says and let’s see what happens on the pitch.” Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama said Sunday that the players would resume their battle over bonuses with the Nigerian Football Federation after the tournament, but the camp appeared to be more harmonious after Monday’s rout. “It has been settled,” Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said. “We don’t have anything holding us back any more. All we need to do is play football now.” And to ensure his players’ aren’t as wasteful in the remaining group games against Uruguay and Spain when there will be no margin for error.
Keshi rued the fact his team didn’t score even more goals against Tahiti, and allowed the minnows from a tiny Paciﬁc Ocean island to ﬁnd the net from a corner. “Yes we lost a lot of chances today but it’s one of those things that happen in football,” Keshi said. “So we will go back and try to make it right.” At several times, Nigeria players seemed to be clean through on goal only to waste their chances while looking too casual. “I was a little bit worried. I was worried because we had clear chances, 100 percent chances and you need to bury the goals,” Keshi said. “The game in total wasn’t bad,” he added. “I think the Tahitians played a good game considering their level of game.”
MADRID - Malaga’s Spain Under-21 playmaker Isco has conﬁrmed that Real Madrid rid and Manchester City have made offers to buy him and nd said he will decide his future after Tuesday’s European an championships ﬁnal against Italy. The 21-year-old midﬁelder, valued at 20 million euros ($26.7 million) on website transfermarkt.com, ansfermarkt.com, helped Malaga reach the last eight of the he Champions League last season and has caught the eye with several scintillating performances at the Euro Under-21 r-21 tournament in Israel. Asked about offers from Real al and City, Malaga native Isco told Spain’s As sports dailyy on Monday they were “on the table”. “I know that both Manchester anchester City and Real Madrid are two great clubs,” he added. ded. “I want what is best for me and for Malaga.” Isco said he had not spoken to City’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini since the Chilean ean decided to leave Malaga and move to the Premierr League at the end of last term. However, Pellegrini’s presence ence at City might help swing his decision cision the way of the Manchester club, Isco added. “He is a great coach who has done some impressive workk at Malaga, as he did at other clubs, and I am sure things will go well for him (in England),” he said. “It’s true that I know Pellegrini rini already, I know how he works and he has been fundamental in my career during the two years I have ve been at Malaga with him. “It’s a point in favour that wee worked together and that I know w how he works but it’s not deﬁnitive. ve. “I am going to take a holiday day (after the Euro Under-21 championpionships), which I need, and then decide my future.” REUTERS/Nir Elias
Isco of Spain reacts during their UEFA European Under-21 Championship soccer match against Germany at Netanya Municipal Stadium in Netanya June 9, 2013.
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After Euro, Balotelli conﬁrms worth in Brazil Associated Press Writer
RIO DE JANEIRO — If last year’s European Championship was the moment Mario Balotelli revealed himself to a global audience, this year’s Confederations Cup is shaping up as confirmation that he is a force to be reckoned with on the international stage. And if Italy appeared hesitant at times to heap too much pressure on Balotelli in Poland and Ukraine, that’s no longer an issue. When Balotelli scored the winning goal inn Sunday’s 2-1 win over Mexico, Mexico it didn’t come to be c ome as a surprise. He was a force fo reckoned with throughout the gam game at the Maracana Maracana Stadium. Gianluigi According to Italy captain G Buffon, Balotelli is that B uffon, the difference for Balote he he has gained more confidence by playing regularly for AC Milan since his January transfer from Manchester City. After 2 1/2 years of often bbeing relegated to the substitutes’ bench in England, Balotelli returned to Italy aat the start of of this year and scored 12 goals in i just 13 appearances a ppearances for Milan. “Talent-wise, he’s the same as a a year ago, always be exa go, because Balotelli will alwa traordinary trr aordinary in the way he plays football, but with b ut now he’s also found continuity continu his club, which is something he h didn’t have before,” Buffon said Monday. “That gives him serenity and sere extra self-confidence. self-confid “It’s a huge hug advantage to have a player
on, the senior member like him,” added Buffon, of the Azzurri at 35 and one of the few uad that won the 2006 remnants from the squad World Cup. Italy was still well stocked with members of the 2006 squad ad at the 2009 Confederations Cup and it also opened that tournament with a win, n, beating the United States 3-1. But then the Azzurri lost to Egypt 1-0 and were humiliated umiliated 3-0 by Brazil, resulting in an embarrassing barrassing first-round elimination for the World Cup holders at the time. The following year, ar, Italy was again eliminated after the first st round of the World Cup in South Africa. “There’s a substantial ntial difference between now and 2009,”” Buffon said. “Over these last three years we’ve really matured in all aspects. This is a national team on the way up, and we’re hoping ping to keep moving forward.” Balotelli tied as top scorer for the tournament with three ee goals when Italy reached the final of Euro 2012, including two spectacular goals in the 2-1 semifinal win over Germany, and nd he sees no reason why the Azzurri can’tt go just as far here. “We’re here to do thee best possible, to reach the final,” Balotelli said. “And I think this squad uad has the quality to get there.” Quality was certainly inly evident in the decisivee goal for the first official match at the renovated Maracana racana stadium. It was a goal al that combined beauty andd
brute strength. l ong It started with a long Daniiele vertical pass from Daniele De Rossi. With his back baa ck Emanuu ele to the goal, Emanuele Giaccherini then volleyed volleeyed the ball on to Balotellii with an acrobatic maneuver maneuvee r and Balotelli did the rest, outmuscling defenders on o n both sides of him and slotting slo o tting the ball past the goalkeeper goalkeepeer as he slid along the pitch. The only negative aspect of the goal came when Balotelli Balottelli pulled off his shirt, earning a yellow y ellow card. If Balotelli picks up another ano other yellow in Italy’s next match against agaainst Japan on Wednesday in Recife, he’ll miss the Group A finale against host Brazil. AP Photo/Felipe Dana
Italy’s Mario Balotelli jumps over Mexico goalkeeper Jose Corona during the soccer Confederations Cup group A match between Mexico and Italy at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 16, 2013.
French footballers stand trial in underage prostitution case Reuters
French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema go on trial in Paris on Tuesday accused of paying for sex with a teenage call girl. Bayern Munich winger Ribery and Real Madrid striker Benzema have been under investigation in their home country for more than two years on allegations of paying Zahia Dehar, then a minor, for sex in 2008 and 2009. None of them are expected to appear at the criminal court for the trial that is expected to run until June 26. The ruling could come later. The scandal, which exposed footballers’ tastes for ﬂings and partying, came ahead of the 2010 World Cup, further damaging the image of a French squad already tarnished by internal
bickering, public tantrums and defeats. Algerian-born Dehar, now 21, has since become designer Karl Lagerfeld’s muse and protegee, launching her own lingerie line. The footballers could be sentenced to up to three years in jail and ﬁnes of 45,000 euros ($60,000) if found guilty of soliciting the services of an underage prostitute. State prosecutors have requested that the case be dropped, however, arguing the footballers did not know Dehar was a minor. Under France’s legal system, prosecutors, who represent the state, can open an investigation and appoint independent judges to lead it. As the investigation moves along, prosecutors can change their mind and recommend dropping the case, but the judges can ignore this advice and call a trial anyway. According to court documents, Dehar had been a prostitute since the age of 15 or 16, but would tell clients she was 18. She said she was ﬂown in from Paris to Munich in 2009 for Ribery’s 26th birthday
party in a luxury hotel, and that he paid her 700 euros for sex. Ribery has acknowledged the encounter but said he did not know she was underage, nor that she was a prostitute. He said he only gave her 200 euros for a taxi ride to the airport. Ribery’s lawyer, Carlo-Alberto Brusa, said his client was innocent and should not be expected to show up in court. “In French law, it’s not forbidden to make love to a woman and even to pay her for it, what is forbidden is to do it with a minor,” he told Reuters. “When a woman travels around Europe by plane, can you imagine thinking for one second that she’s a minor?” Benzema is suspected to have paid 500 euros in May 2008 to have sex with Dehar, then 16, in the suite of a Paris hotel. He has denied any encounter and his lawyer said he would not comment on the case before the beginning of the trial. Dehar’s lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.
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Beratan Lake IBP Beratan Lake is a shallow lake with the high caldera about 1231m above sea level and it is located at Bedugul, the famous tourist destinations in Bali. This lake have wide 3,8 km2 and also its deepness is up to 22 meters. The water volume in this lake is about 0,049 km3, so Beratan Lake is the closed lake. Tourist can access the Beratan Lake through the dock which have been provided or desist around Ulun Danu Beratan Temple. In this place, the visitor can do various activities like doing recreation to look around in dock or do the other outdoor activities. The various water recreation activities can also be conducted here, for example riding the boat motorize to circle the lake, parasailing, canoeing with the traditional boat, banana
boating, water skiing, and others. Fishing activities are also available in this places for who one love ďŹ shing in the lake. Beratan Lake is situated in the plateau area with cool atmosphere surround it. It is an ideal place for relaxation while enjoy the beautiful panorama of lake. The accommodations are also available in this area where is the perfect place for overnight stay, resting and enjoy the beautiful panoramic of lake with the Ulun Danu Temple as a magniďŹ cence. The small scale of agriculture activities are likely conducted around this lake and can be perceived at the same time circle around it. If we encircle it, we can take photograph with the beautiful background view or make the picture sketch face in painting mini studio at the lakeside with a short time as a souvenir.
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Parliament steps toward fuel hike despite protests Associated Press
JAKARTA — Indonesia’s Parliament voted to approve a budget package on Monday that lays the groundwork for the slashing of government fuel subsidies, as police ﬁred tear gas and water cannons outside to disperse hundreds of angry protesters. The package, which passed after repeated interruptions from lawmakers on both sides, includes a provision for about $900 million in cash handouts to help cushion the impact on 15.5 million impoverished families. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was expected to move swiftly ahead with the plan to cut the subsidies, which will increase fuel prices an average of 33 percent. In 2011, the subsidies cost close to $20 billion, the same amount the government aims to spend on infrastructure in 2013. The issue is highly sensitive — a fuel price hike in 1998 triggered rioting that helped topple former dictator Suharto. Last year, Parliament rejected a similar plan to raise fuel prices. In a speech after the voting, Finance Minister Chatib Basri said the legislators have made the best decision for the country by ensuring that the poorest people are not hit by a sudden spike in fuel costs. “With the fuel price hike, the poor will increase by 4 million if there are no cash handouts,” he said. The compensation will be paid over four consecutive months. Even before the vote, street protests erupted in major cities and clashes with authorities were reported. More than 18,000 police and soldiers were deployed to secure the capital, Jakarta. Thousands of police also guarded gas stations across the country. At least 14 people were injured nationwide. After setting tires on ﬁre near Parliament’s main gate, hundreds of protesters blocked both lanes of trafﬁc in front of the complex for hours. Police later used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd after the rally continued beyond the time limit set for the protest. The proposed plan would raise the price of gasoline from around 50 cents to 65 cents per liter and diesel fuel from 45 cents to 55 cents. The subsidies have kept pump prices in Southeast Asia’s largest economy among the cheapest in the region, but experts warn they are weakening the economy. “If fuel prices are not raised, there will always be threats to Indonesia’s ﬁscal strength, especially threats to the exchange rate, consumption and price of crude oil,” said economic analyst Said Didu. “All three are difﬁcult for the government to control.” Indonesia, with 240 million people, is the region’s largest oil producer, but has been forced to turn to imports amid skyrocketing demand and decades of declining exploration and extraction. Each year, a million new cars and 8 million new motorbikes hit the streets, according to the Central Statistics Agency. The government has set the 2013 fuel subsidy at $20.2 billion — nearly 4 percent of total economic output — in the revised budget. It said without the price hike, subsidies would jump to about $29.7 billion this year.
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Student protesters wear Guy Fawkes masks during a rally against the government’s plan to raise fuel prices outside the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 17, 2013.
Asian oceans supporting world food reserve Antara
JAKARTA - Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sharif C. Sutardjo has said Asian oceans play a central role to support regional and global economic growth. “Asia has of two oceans - Indian and Paciﬁc Oceans. Both have important and strategic roles, not only for environmental services, but also for world’s ocean food supply,” the minister said here on Tuesday when opening the Asia Conference on Oceans, Food Security and Blue Growth (ACOFB). Oceans are vital for commodities supplies, services, and also the world trade, the minister said in the conference being organized by his ministry in cooperation with the Dutch Government and with the support of the World Bank as well as UN-FAO, the ministry said in a press statement. The Asian region is covered by water of about 66 percent from the total of Earth’s surface and that half of the region is covered by water, he added.
The minister believed that the role of Asian marine sector in the future will have signiﬁcant contribution to the environment, energy, food, and other environmental services in supporting food security and economic growth. Asian oceans is also has the role to slow down global warming and climate change, as well as for physical variability that has wide impact on all life aspects, he added. Non-biological resources from Asian region have provided supplies and economic prospects such as sea minerals, gas, and energy. Meanwhile, abundant marine biological resources and its high level of biodiversity,both capture ﬁsheries and aquaculture, contribute to the community’s food supply. Coinciding with the ACOFB, Bali is also hosting The Indian Ocean and Paciﬁc Conference (IOPAC) and the Marine and Fisheries Investment Forum (MFIF). The results of these conferences will further develop a Road Map which is
signiﬁcant to the region’s future, and will be submitted to the Global Ocean Action Summit to be held in the Hague, the Netherlands on September 9-13, 2013. The minister said Indonesia has played a major role in food security issue. The successful The World Ocean Conference 2009 in Indonesia has redeﬁned the critical role of oceans to respond to climate change and food security. Therefore, through this Asia Conference Indonesia takes the initiative to pursue world’s ocean vision into action that would be Asia’s road map to blue growth. According to Minister Sharif, the result of ACOFB 2013 is expected to be in accordance with the commitment of Indonesian government in managing marine and ﬁsheries sector. The shift to new paradigm, which is blue growth-based for marine and ﬁsheries resources, shows that Indonesia acknowledges the significance of oceans as the main driving force for development.
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EU and US launch talks on vast free trade deal Agence France-Presse ENNISKILLEN - The European Union and the United States on Monday launched longawaited formal negotiations on a vast trade pact. Speaking just before the formal start of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “We are talking about what could be the biggest bilateral deal in history.” US President Barack Obama said the ﬁrst round of negotiations would take place in Washington next month. The negotiations to create the world’s biggest free-trade pact will start despite a hard line by France to protect its cherished ﬁlm and culture sectors from Hollywood. A EU-US trade deal is touted as a potentially huge boost to business, economic growth and job creation, but the culture issue is seen as potentially offering a bargaining chip to the US side. Obama said the deal “will support hundreds of thousands of jobs on both sides of the ocean”. “There are going to be sensitivities on both sides... but if we can look beyond the narrow concerns to stay focused on the big picture... I’m hopeful we can achieve (a deal).” The US president said reaching an agreement “will be a priority of mine and my administration”. The head of the EU executive, Jose Manuel Barroso, speaking at the same news conference, said a deal could create “huge economic beneﬁts”. “These negotiations will not always be easy but I am sure they will be worth it,” Barroso said. “The current economic climate requires us to join forces and to do more with less.”
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From right, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, US President Barack Obama and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy attend a media conference regarding EU-US trade at the G-8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland on Monday, June 17, 2013.
Huawei to offer smartphone for high-end market Agence France-Presse SHANGHAI - Chinese telecoms giant Huawei will launch a new smartphone on Tuesday to better compete with high-end rivals like Apple and Samsung overseas, a company ofﬁcial said. Huawei will unveil the Ascend P6 in London in one of its major smartphone launches of the year, Huawei spokesman Roland Sladek told AFP. The move is “signiﬁcant” because it marks a global launch held outside Huawei’s home base of China and will be a stand-alone event, unlike previous launches at
industry trade shows, he said. The venue for the launch is London’s Roundhouse, Dow Jones Newswires reported, a legendary cultural venue which has previously hosted shows by rock icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. “It’s a very well-designed, very appealing phone -- one of the thinnest phones in the world,” Sladek said. “It’s certainly competing with Apple but beyond that it’s really looking for an audience who look for a piece of modern fashion,” he said. Starting as a provider of telecom network equipment, Huawei has
sought to make inroads into mobile devices by selling smartphones under its own brand over the past three years. The company, founded by a former engineer in the Chinese army, has also found controversy overseas for its traditional line of business. The US Congress last year warned network equipment supplied by Huawei could be used for spying and called for its exclusion from government contracts and acquisitions. Huawei has denied those claims and accused the US government of protectionism. In China’s highly competitive
smartphone segment, Huawei held a 10.1 percent share in the ﬁrst quarter of this year, higher than Apple’s 6.4 percent, according to consultancy Analysys International. South Korea’s Samsung was the market leader for smartphones in China with 17.3 percent for the period, its data showed. “The handset products Huawei launched before were relatively low-end and low-priced,” said Wang Jun of Analysys International. “The launch of this higher quality handset is related to Huawei’s own strategy of product excellence,” he said. “The value of its brand was not
well reﬂected before, when it used low-priced products to grab market share.” Although a major vendor in China and some other international markets, Huawei has limited smartphone sales in the United States, where it launched a phone using Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. Huawei has a reputation for secrecy which the company has tried to shed after US claims it was a security threat. Company founder Ren Zhengfei gave his ﬁrst media brieﬁng outside China by speaking to journalists in New Zealand in May.
G8 exposes rift among leaders on Syria
Protesters break into a sandals’ store during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. Thousands took to the streets in largely peaceful protests in at least eight cities in Brazil Monday.
Associated Press Writer
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Biggest protests in 20 years sweep Brazil Reuters SAO PAULO - As many as 200,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities on Monday in a swelling wave of protest tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. The marches, organized mostly through snowballing social media campaigns, blocked streets and halted trafﬁc in more than a half-dozen cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia, where demonstrators climbed onto the roof of Brazil’s Congress building and then stormed it. Monday’s demonstrations were the latest in a ﬂurry of protests in the past two weeks that have added to growing unease over Brazil’s sluggish economy, high inﬂation and a spurt in violent crime. While most of the protests unfolded as a festive display of dis-
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sent, some demonstrators in Rio threw rocks at police, set ﬁre to a parked car and vandalized the state assembly building. Vandals also destroyed property in the southern city of Porto Alegre. Around the country, protesters waved Brazilian ﬂags, dancing and chanting slogans such as “The people have awakened” and “Pardon the inconvenience, Brazil is changing.” The epicenter of Monday’s march shifted from Sao Paulo, where some 65,000 people took to the streets late in the afternoon, to Rio. There, as protesters gathered throughout the evening, crowds
ballooned to 100,000 people, local police said. At least 20,000 more gathered in Belo Horizonte. The demonstrations are the ﬁrst time that Brazilians, since a recent decade of steady economic growth, are collectively questioning the status quo. BIG EVENTS LOOM The protests have gathered pace as Brazil is hosting the Confederation’s Cup, a dry run for next year’s World Cup soccer championship. The government hopes these events, along with the 2016 Summer Olympics, will showcase Brazil as an emerging power on the global stage. Brazil also is gearing up to welcome more than 2 million visitors in July as Pope Francis makes his ﬁrst foreign trip for a gathering of Catholic youth in Rio.
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland - Deep differences over Syria’s ﬁerce civil war clouded a summit of world leaders Monday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin deﬁantly rejecting calls from the U.S., Britain and France to halt his political and military support for Syrian leader Bashar Assad’s regime. But there were also fissures among the three Western nations, despite their shared belief that Assad must leave power. Britain and France appear unwilling - at least for now - to join President Barack Obama in arming the Syrian rebels, a step the U.S. president reluctantly ﬁnalized last week. The debate over the Syria conﬂict loomed large as the two-day summit of the Group of 8 industrial nations opened Monday at a lakeside resort in Northern Ireland. The lack of consensus even among allies underscored the vexing nature of the two-year conﬂict in Syria, where at least 93,000 people have been killed as rebels struggle to overtake Assad forces buttressed by support from Hezbollah, Iran and Russia. Obama and Putin, who already have a frosty relationship, did little to hide their differing views on the matter while speaking to reporters following one-on-one talks on the sidelines of the summit Monday evening. The two-hour meeting marked the ﬁrst time the leaders have met in person since last year. “We do have different perspectives on the problem,” Obama said of their divergent views on Syria. The Russian leader, speaking through a translator, agreed, saying, “our opinions do not coincide.” But despite their seemingly intractable differences, Obama and Putin did express a shared desire
to stop the violence in Syria and convene a political conference in Geneva, Switzerland. U.S. ofﬁcials said they were still aiming to hold the summit next month, though that prospect was looking increasingly unlikely given the deepening violence. It’s also unclear who would participate in such a meeting or whether the rebels, given their weakened position, would have any leverage if they did. U.S. ofﬁcials say Obama’s decision to send the rebels weapons and ammunition for the ﬁrst time was an attempt to increase their military strength in order to bolster their political bargaining power. But the American inventory for the rebels is not yet expected to include the highpowered weaponry sought by the opposition, raising questions about whether the deepening U.S. involvement will be effective in changing the situation on the ground. The White House also announced Monday an additional $300 million in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighboring countries absorbing refugees escaping the violence. The new money brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to $800 million, according to the White House. Obama’s decision to arm the rebels coincided with the White House’s announcement last week that it had deﬁnitive evidence of multiple instances of chemical weapons use by Assad’s regime against the opposition. Britain and France have also accused Assad of using the deadly agent sarin, while Russia has publicly questioned the credibility of chemical weapons evidence. “It’s necessary to refrain from unproven claims by either party,” Putin adviser Alexei Kvasov told reporters at the summit Monday. “We have no evidence proving it.”
Peru protesters push to stop $5 billion Newmont mine Reuters PEROL LAKE, Peru - Thousands of opponents of a $5 billion gold project of Newmont Mining circled a lake high in the Andes on Monday, vowing to stop the company from eventually draining it to make way for Peru’s most expensive mine. Lake Perol is one of several lakes that would eventually be displaced to mine ore from the Conga proj-
ect. Water from the lakes would be transferred to four reservoirs that the U.S. company and its Peruvian partner, Buenaventura, are building or planning to build. The companies say the reservoirs would end seasonal shortages and guarantee year-round water supplies to towns and farmers in the area, but many residents fear they would lose control of the water or that the mine would cause pollution.
“Hopefully, the company and the government will see the crowd here today and stop the project,” said Cesar Correa, 28, of the town of Huangashanga in the northern region of Cajamarca. He was one of many protesters who arrived at Lake Perol on foot or on horseback, some wearing ponchos, as well as traditional broad-brimmed straw hats or baseball caps.
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Police ofﬁcers remove knitted signs left by protestors from a security fence on the perimeter of the G-8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland on Monday, June 17, 2013. The summit is taking place under heavy security, with some 7,000 police lining roads and checking vehicles.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Businessman tries his luck at building pot brand Associated Press Writer
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In this Monday, April 23, 2013 photo pediatrician Fyodor Lapiy examines a child before administering him a combined vaccine against diphtheria, whopping cough and tetanus in Children’s Hospital No. 1 in Kiev,Ukraine.
Ukraine kids at risk from low vaccination rates Associated Press Writer
KIEV, Ukraine — When the time came to vaccinate her 4-year-old daughter, Yelena Hlushko hesitated, spooked by widespread fears in Ukraine about vaccines and by a boil her older child developed after an immunization shot. Eventually she decided to follow the government’s recommendation — only to ﬁnd her local health clinic was out of the vaccine. A combination of suspicion, funding problems, alleged corruption and inefﬁciency leave Ukraine with the lowest vaccination rate of the 15 former republics of the Soviet Union, even though it is one of the best developed — and the rate has fallen sharply in recent years. International health ofﬁcials warn that the problems leave Ukraine vulnerable to an outbreak of polio, a disease that Europe has largely stamped out. Only about half of Ukraine’s children are fully immunized against polio, measles, rubella and other diseases that vaccines can prevent, despite a government policy calling for free universal vaccination, according to UNICEF, the United Nations children’s agency. That compares with a rate of some 90 percent or higher in most Western European countries. Ukraine doesn’t mandate vaccination, but encourages it by requiring children to show certiﬁcation of vaccination to be admitted to public schools. However, many parents who refuse to vaccinate arrange for fake certiﬁcates.
Widespread fears about vaccines prompted the government to cancel a U.N.-backed measles vaccination campaign in 2009 and the number of measles cases skyrocketed from about 40 in 2010 to 13,000 last year, including one lethal case, according to the Health Ministry. Possibly more worryingly, Ukraine is at risk of a polio outbreak, according to the World Health Organization. Only 74 percent of the population is immunized against it, compared with 93 percent in the United States. To boost preparedness, Ukraine last month hosted a WHO-led polio simulation exercise, in which health ofﬁcials worked out ways of better detecting, isolating and treating polio cases, should an outbreak occur. “What really worries us is that polio, a disease which we hardly see anymore ... will come to Ukraine,” said Dr. Dorit Nitzan, the head of the WHO office in Ukraine. “Only then will people understand that vaccination could have saved them.” Ukrainian health guidelines say children should be vaccinated
against 10 infectious diseases. UNICEF estimates that full compliance declined from 70-80 percent in 2008 to about 50 percent in 2012. The Health Ministry disputes those ﬁgures, with Health Minister Raisa Bohatyryova estimating coverage at 60-70 percent. “Ukraine is a high-risk country for communicable diseases because the immunization coverage rate, especially among children, is very low,” said Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF’s representative in Ukraine, adding that the rate resembles that seen in destitute sub-Saharan African countries. Economic problems and political crises of recent years have led to delays in vaccine procurement in the government-run health system. Some state clinics that provide free health care are without certain vaccines for months. Ukraine is battling a recession and the Health Ministry says the state budget ﬁnances only some 65 percent of its vaccination needs — 302 million hrvyna ($38 million or euro30 ) of the needed 465 million ($58 million or euro45 million).
SEATTLE — For the activists who led the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington state last fall, Jamen Shively was one of their biggest fears: an aspiring pot proﬁteer whose unabashed dreams of building a cannabis empire might attract unwanted attention from the federal government or a backlash that could slow the marijuana reform movement across the country. With visionary zeal, the 45-year-old former Microsoft manager described his plans to a conference room packed with reporters and supporters last month, saying he was tired of waiting for a green light from the Obama administration, which still hasn’t said how it will respond to the legalization of recreational pot in Washington and Colorado. Shively vowed to quickly raise $10 million and eventually build his company, Diego Pellicer, into an international pot powerhouse. Though he promised a “cautious and measured” expansion, Shively’s approach nevertheless contrasted with that of state regulators who want to avoid repeating the national experience with Big Tobacco and Big Alcohol, industries that proﬁted wildly on addiction and abuse. Mark Kleiman, who heads the team hired to be Washington’s ofﬁcial marijuana consultant, responded on his blog: “It was inevitable that the legalization of cannabis would attract a certain number of insensate greedheads to the industry.” Shively’s ambitions — “We are Big Marijuana,” he proclaimed — don’t merely raise questions about what marijuana legalization might look like in the long run and whether large corporations will come to dominate. He also risks getting himself indicted. The Justice Department has said while it doesn’t intend to prosecute sick people for using marijuana, it will go after those who try to get rich from commercial sales. It hasn’t said yet whether it will sue to block Washington and Colorado from licensing pot growers, processors and stores. The legalization votes in Washington and Colorado have created a fever for cannabis-related investing, to an extent. Conferences have focused on the parameters for legally investing in “ancillary businesses” — those that supply equipment needed by pot grows, for example — without ﬁnancing the actual production or distribution of marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law.
Saudi Arabia says MERS coronavirus kills four more Reuters
DUBAI - Four more people have died and three more have fallen ill in Saudi Arabia from the new SARS-like coronavirus MERS-CoV, the Saudi Health Ministry said on Monday. The ministry said the four deaths were among previously registered cases. The new infections were in Eastern Province, in the capital Riyadh and in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. Saudi Arabia has been the country most affected by the respiratorysystem virus, with 49 conﬁrmed cases, of whom 32 have died, according to data from the ministry. In a statement conﬁrming the four additional deaths and three additional cases in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the worldwide toll now stood at 38 deaths from a total of 64 laboratoryconﬁrmed cases. The virus, which can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, has spread from the Gulf to France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and Britain. The WHO has called it the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). It is a relative of the virus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which emerged in China in 2002 and killed about a tenth of the 8,000 people it infected worldwide. The origin of the MERS virus is still unclear. So far, it appears to spread between people only when there is close, prolonged contact. The WHO is advising healthcare providers around the world to be vigilant, especially with recent travellers returning from the Middle East who develop respiratory infections.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
GHM plans year-end opening for The Chedi Sakala IBP
NUSA DUA – The most expansive resort to date by luxury hotel management group GHM is set to welcome its ﬁrst guests on the tranquil beaches of Tanjung Benoa at the end of 2013. Occupying 2.4 hectares of pristine coastline on the Nusa Dua Peninsula, the 261-room Chedi Sakala will be GHM’s third property to debut on Bali. Located on the northern tip of the peninsula, a 30-minute drive from Kuta, The Chedi Sakala will feature 247 suites and 14 private one- and two-bedroom pool villas, two swimming pools, a wellness spa, health club and lagoon bar. A Kids’ Club will cater to youngsters, leaving parents free to explore the destination’s famous coastline, water sports and local attractions. A capacious ballroom, top-notch catering service and four private dining areas with prime beachfront views will be on offer for corporate events and weddings. Neighbouring the resort grounds is Sakala Bali, a 150-seat contemporary French ﬁne dining restaurant. Already operational, Sakala Bali and its outdoor tapas area maintain direct access to
the Benoa beach. Leading the group’s newest ﬁvestar venture as its general manager is seasoned Australian hotelier Evan Pavlakis. Pavlakis, who was in semi-retirement when approached by GHM to lead this development, had previously spent ﬁve years as GHM’s senior vice-president and served as general manager at The Leela Goa and The Lalu Taiwan. “I have worked with Evan for many years and I am conﬁdent that his experience, knowledge and global network of contacts will be invaluable as he spearheads this landmark project,” said GHM President Hans R. Jenni. Pavlakis brings more than four decades of international experience in the hospitality sector to his new post in Bali, including 26 years in general manager and vice-president positions with leading ﬁve-star hotel groups in locations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and China.
“I’ve managed hotels in some of the most talked-about corners of the globe; but there is an untouched beauty about this stretch of shore that is impossible to resist,” said Pavlakis. “Benoa is Bali at its best.” The resort follows a well-known precedent set by GHM’s two acclaimed properties on the island, The Legian Bali in Seminyak and The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah in Ubud. Also on the Nusa Dua Peninsula, GHM has partnered with Singapore’s Sinni Villas to build the Chedi Nusa Penida in Crystal Bay. The 100-villa resort is scheduled to open in 2015. “Bali is an irresistible destination, both for travelers and hotel operators,” said Jenni. “Though we’re currently operating two other hotels on the island, with Sakala to debut at the end of the year, and a fourth to debut soon after, and yet a ﬁfth on Nusa Penida under development, we have yet to fully tap our interest in the Island of the Gods.”
Calendar Event for May 1 through June 19, 2013 1 May Buda Kliwon Pahang Pura Luhur Puncak Padang Dawa Desa Bangli Baturiti Pura Silayukti Padang Bai Karangasem Pura Aer Jeruk Sukawati Pura Dangin Pasar Batuan Sukawati Pura Penataran - Batuyang Batubulan Pura Desa Lembeng Ketewel Sukawati Pura Pasek Bendesa Dukuh Kediri Tabanan Pura Kawitan Dalem Sukawati Gianyar Pura Kresek Banyuning Buleleng Pura Puseh Bebandem Karangasem Pura Sad Khayangan Batu Medahu Desa Swana Nusa Penida Pura Buda Kliwon Penatih Denpasar Pura Penataran Dukuh Nagasari Bebandem Karangasem Pura pasek Bendesa Tagtag Peguyangan Pure Pulesari - Bantas Kelod Desa Sibang Gede Abiansemal Pura Batur Sari Ubud Pura Penataran Agung Sukawati Pura Panti - Kucupin Ketewel Ketewel 6 May Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan Pura Pasek Gelgel Kekeran Dlod Yeh Mengwi Merajan Pasek Subadra Kramas Gianyar 9 May Tilem Sasih Jiyestha Pura Bujangga Waisnawa Gumbrih Jembrana Pura Dalem Desa celuk 11May Tumpek Klurut Pura Pasek Gelgel Banjar Tengah Buleleng Pura Dalem Pemuteran Desa Jelantik Tojan Klungkung Pura Pedarman bujangga Waisnawa Besakih Pura Taman Sari Desa Gunung Sari Penebel tabanan Pura Dalem Tarukan - Bebalang Bangli Pura Benua Kangin Besakih Pura Merajan Kangin (Ida Betara Empu Baradah) Besakih
12 May R edite Umanis Merakih Pura Parangan Tengah Ceningan Kangin Lembongan Nusa Penida Pura Desa Ubud 15 May Buda Wage Merakih Pura Bendesa Mas Kepisah Pedungan Pura Natih Banjar Kalah Batubulan Pura Desa lan Puseh Silakarang Singapadu Pura Dalem Petitenget Kerobokan Kuta Pura Dalem Pulasari Samplangan Gianyar Pura Kubayan - Kepisah Pedungan Denpasar Selatan Pura Pasek Gelgel - Tanah Pegat Tabanan Pura Paibon lan Pura Bengkel Sumerta Denpasar Pura Pasek Lumintang Denpasar Pura Panti Penyarikan Medahan Sanding Tampak Siring Pura Pasar Agung Banjar Dauh Peken Kaba Kaba Pura Dadia Buda Cemeng Pulasari Batuan Sukawati 21 May Anggar Kasih Tambir Pura Dalem Puri Batuan Sukawati Pura Dalem kediri Silakarang Singapadu Pura Dalem Sukawati Pura Dalem Lembeng Ketewel Sukawati Pura Paibon Pasek Tangkas Peliatan Ubud Pura Puseh Ngukuhin Kramas Gianyar Pura Pamerajan Agung Ki Telabah Tuakilang Tabanan Pura Karang Buncing Blahbatuh Pura Dalem Bubunan Seririt Buleleng Pura Desa Badung Kota Denpasar Pura Luhur Pedenganan Bedha Bongan Tabanan Pura Pucak Payogan - Lungsiakan Kedewatan Ubud Gianyar Pura Tanah Kilap “Griya Anyar” Suwung Kauh Denpasar Selatan
Pura Selukat Keramas Blahbatuh Gianyar Pura Dalem Tampuagan Peninjoan Tembuku Bangli Pura Waturenggong Desa Taro Pura Dalem Bentuyung Desa Ubud Pura Puseh Ubud Pura Dalem Puri Peliatan Ubud Pura Batur Hyang Bulan Muntig Karangasem 22 May Buda Umanis Tambir Pura Sari Banjar Titih Kapal Pura Gulamanikan Bendesa Manik Mas Serongga Gianyar 24 May Purnama Sasih Sadha Pura Amrta Sari Rempoa Jakarta Selatan Pura Maospahit Banjar Grenceng Denpasar 5 Jun Buda Kliwon Matal Pura Puseh lan Desa Sukawati Pura Pasek Gelgel Bebetin Sawan Buleleng Pura Maspahit Sesetan Denpasar Selatan Pura Pasek Bendesa Manik Mas Dukuh Kendran Tegallalang Pura Panti Pasek Gaduh Sesetan Pura Pedharaman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih 15 Jun Pura Puseh lan Desa Kota Gianyar Pura Luhur Dalem Segening Kediri Tabanan Pura Sang Hyang Tegal (TARO) Tegallalang 19 Jun Buda Cemeng Menail Pura Dalem Tarukan Cemenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Pura Puseh Manakaji Peninjoan Bangli Pura Kawitan Gusti Celuk Baler Pura Sada Pemebetan Kapal Mengwi Pemerajan Agung Ubud Pura Taman Limut Pengosekan Mas Ubud
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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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Gender report of Shah Rukh Khan baby investigated Associated Press Writer NEW DELHI — Health ofﬁcials in Mumbai are investigating reports that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his wife know the sex of a baby they are having through a surrogate mother. Sex determination tests are banned in India to stop the practice of aborting female fetuses due to a preference for sons. Khan was not at home when municipal authorities tried to question him about reports that the woman had such a test, Press Trust of India reported.
A complaint ﬁled by an unidentiﬁed, non-governmental organization alleged that Khan and his wife know they are expecting a boy. Khan has refused to comment. The 47-year-old actor is popularly known as ‘King Khan’ in the Indian ﬁlm industry. He has acted in around 75 Hindi feature ﬁlms, including many box-ofﬁce hits. He has also hosted a season of the Hindi version of the game show, “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” He and his childhood sweetheart Gauri have a son and a daughter. India’s 2011 census showed that the
country had 914 girls for every 1,000 boys under age 6, a gender ratio mainly attributed to sex-selective abortions despite the ban on prenatal gender tests.
In this Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, ﬁle photo, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, poses with his wife, Gauri, during the premiere of his ﬁlm “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” or “As long as I Am Alive” in Mumbai, India.
‘World War Z’ draws massive crowd in NYC Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK — Thousands of screaming fans brought Times Square to a standstill as they waited to catch a glimpse of Brad Pitt at the premiere of his new thriller, “World War Z.” The 49-year old actor took his time to talk to reporters on the appropriatelydesigned “Z-shaped” red carpet, often breaking away to sign autographs and pose for photographs with fans. “We’re not doing this small... we’re going big this summer,” Pitt said of the premiere that resembled a music festival. Pitt stars in and produced the apocalyptic thriller based on the book by Max Brooks. He’s the son of the legendary comic actor and director Mel Brooks. Pitt plays a former United Nations investigator who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie
pandemic that is threatening to decimate humanity. “We liked this idea of taking a genre and using that as, I guess, a metaphor for pandemics, and what if one of these pandemics jumped the tracks. Would we be ready? What countries would be in better shape, what countries would take the biggest hit?,” Pitt said of the zombie thriller. While Pitt sees the ﬁlm as more of a summer thriller than a cautionary tale, he’s nonetheless intrigued by the political subtext. “A movie is only good if it speaks about our time, if it’s personal in
some way, and it plugs into the zeitgeist to irritate a little bit. I think we got that here,” he said. As for letting his children see it, Pitt feels the movie is not appropriate for the younger ones. “My two oldest I’ve let see it, and they’ve loved it. Parental guidance, it’s called parental guidance,” Pitt said of only allowing Maddox, 11, and Pax, 8, to see the ﬁlm. Pitt, and ﬁance’ Angelina Jolie, have six children. Jolie has long been recognized for her humanitarian work, and served as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR. In 2012, she was promoted to Special Envoy. So how does Jolie feel about Pitt representing the U.N in the ﬁlm? Pitt laughed, saying: “She just didn’t want me to embarrass them.”
Actor Brad Pitt, right, being interviewed by E! entertainment reporter Alicia Quarles at the premiere of “World War Z” in Times Square on Monday, June 17, 2013, in New York.
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