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Letters from Lennon killer to NY cop on sale in LA Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Letters from John Lennon’s killer detailing his obsession with the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” to the police officer who arrested him went on sale Monday through a Los Angeles auction house. The four missives from Mark David Chapman to Stephen Spiro are for sale through Moments In Time, which specializes in historical documents and rare autographs, at a fixed price of $75,000, auction house owner Gary Zimet said. Zimet is selling the letters on behalf of Spiro, who arrested Chapman on Dec. 8, 1980, shortly after he shot Lennon outside The Dakota, the ex-Beatle’s Manhattan apartment building. The letters are typed and signed by Chapman. They were written over several months in 1983, after he had pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. In the first letter, from Jan. 15, 1983, Chapman says his reason for

writing, besides wanting to be Spiro’s friend, is to ask for help in locating his copy of “The Catcher in The Rye,” which he was reading at the time of his arrest. “Have you read ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ yet?” Chapman asks. “I would like you to read it and tell me what you think of it. As you remember, in the copy that was taken from me I had written ‘This is my statement.’” Spiro said he received the first letter at the Manhattan precinct where he worked and wrote Chapman back because he was hoping to get evidence on a possible hit list of other victims and people acting with Chapman. “I was trying to get information from him to admit why he

did it and what his motives were,” said Spiro, who had the other letters sent to a post office box. In one letter, Chapman said he’d let Spiro decide whether Lennon was a “phony” or not, a reference to troubled “Catcher in the Rye” narrator Holden Caulfield, who refers to people as “phonies” in the book, written by J.D. Salinger. Spiro said he re-read the novel on Chapman’s request. “I wanted to try to relate to him in the letters,” he said. The letters stopped abruptly, and Spiro said he believes someone told Chapman not to write to the police department anymore. An injury ended Spiro’s job as a New York police officer in 1983, but he said he kept the letters in a file for more than 30 years. He decided to sell them in part to pay off hefty medical bills from cancer and other illnesses and because he thought they should be in the public domain.

‘Argo,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ win at Writers Guild

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LOS ANGELES — The CIA thrillers “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America. The guild’s adapted screenplay award Sunday went to Chris Terrio for “Argo,” director Ben Affleck’s tale of the CIA’s daring masquerade of six U.S. diplomats as a Hollywood film crew to rescue them from Iran during the hostage crisis there. Mark Boal won the prize for original screenplay for “Zero Dark Thirty,” director Kathryn Bigelow’s chronicle of the CIA’s manhunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Director Malik Bendjelloul won the documentary award for “Searching for Sugar Man,” his portrait of acclaimed but largely forgotten 1970s musician Rodriguez. The guild was the last of Hollywood’s major trade unions to weigh in on the year’s top films before next Sunday’s Academy Awards. “Argo” has emerged as the best-picture favorite for the Oscars after sweeping top prizes at earlier film honors, including the Golden Globes and awards from the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild and the Producers Guild of America. Among the guild’s TV winners:

- Drama series: “Breaking Bad,” written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz and Moira Walley-Beckett. - Comedy series: “Louie,” written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman and Louis C.K. - New series: “Girls,” written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman and Dan Sterling. Jessica Chastain attends the 2013 Writers Guild Awards at the JW Marriott on Sunday, Feb. 17., 2013 in Los Angeles.

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FILE - This May 15, 2012 file photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections shows Mark David Chapman at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y.

Used for camping for two days, Bedugul slope cleared The beautiful scenery of Bedugul is threaten to be damaged due to the extensive removal of tress in the area. Tabanan (Bali Post)—

Forest clearing emerged in the slope of Bedugul tourist area, Candikuning village, Baturiti. Actually this area belongs to protected forest. Uniquely the clearing was only used for camping for two days by an environmental group. The cleared area reaches about 200 square meters and is located just in the southern verge of Lake Beratan. As monitoring made by Bali Post on Monday (Feb 18), the cleared land resembled a parking area project. The whole wild plants were cleared and cleaned up, while large trees were untouched. Two tents were still visible at the site, including a small building resembling a toilet made of woven bamboo. The land cleared was verging with

the lakeside and the green slopes of Bedugul. Location of the clearing was also adjacent to an inn. Such land clearing was a little awkward because the Baturiti subdistrict authority was not aware of the action, including its designation. Baturiti subdistrict head, Putu Adi Supraja, admitted not to hear about the forest clearing activity at the

lakeside. This official only learned after asking for an explanation from the hamlet chief of Candikuning 2. “No prior coordination was made related to the land clearing. But, according to local hamlet chief, it was said to be used for camping,” he said via phone. He confirmed to immediately trace the existence of such forest clearing area. Hamlet chief of Candikuning 2, Nyoman Redana, justified the forest clearing. However, he affirmed the clearing was only carried out to shrubs. According to him, the land was used for disaster response training by local youths in cooperation with the National SAR Agency (Basarnas). “It’s for the disaster

response training camp, while the camp ground is at Wana Pesona Candikuning,” said Redana. Why should it clear the forest? The man could not explain. He admitted just to learn it after a call from the Baturiti subdistrict head. Redana had confidence if the forest clearing had got approval from the Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) as the responsible agency for the protected forest area. “Reportedly, the training also involves the BKSDA,” he said. The training and camping were held over two days ago. Clearing of the lakeside reaped criticism from some residents around the lake. They worried the land

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clearing would result in a landslide because it was located on a cliff and verging with the lake. “It’s a protected forest, why it should be cleared?” criticized a resident of Candikuning asking to unpublish the name. Another bizarre thing, if it was only used for a two-day camping, it was necessary to open a new land in the protected forest area. Moreover, Candikuning had many open spaces that could be used for camping and outbound activities. Residents worried if the land clearing would be followed by other activities on the lakeside. Headman of Candikuning, Made Mudita, could not be contacted regarding such conditions. (kmb30)


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The Puputan Badung field where the basement parking is being planned to be built

Denpasar House deplores the delay of basement parking Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Non realization of the museum and basement parking plan at Puputan Badung Square is seriously responded by the ranks of Denpasar House whereas the detailed engineering design (DED) of the project has been accomplished by planning consultant CV Sastra Disain some time ago. However, it fails to be realized this year as the funding from provincial government is inadequate. To build a museum and basement parking are estimated to cost around IDR 40 billion. A member of Commission B of the Denpasar House, I Wayan Suadi Putra, said on Monday (Feb 18) he did not understand about the policy of provincial government that was not serious in helping the museum construction downtown Denpasar. Moreover, Denpasar was also the capital of Bali Province. “We highly deplore because the development plan is delayed. We worry if the plan will not work later,” said the politician from Sidakarya. He assessed the basement parking and museum project was very strategic for the provision of urban infrastructure. Moreover, it was getting more difficult to get an open space for parking in Denpasar. On that account, the breakthrough of basement parking at Puputan Badung Square was very appropriate. Moreover, the function of square on it would not be disturbed or did not convert. “Therefore, what we’ve planned will be useless. The fund

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allocated for DED was pretty much,” he said. Previously, the Head of Denpasar Spatial Planning and Housing (DTRP) Agency, Kadek Kusuma Diputra, admitted if the basement parking plan at Puputan Badung Square could not be realized this year as the fund allocated by provincial government for the museum construction was only IDR 5 billion. “Probably, the project cannot be realized this year,” said Kusuma Diputra. Uncertainty regarding the basement parking development plan at Puputan Badung Square was also evident from the existing budget in the DTRP. In 2013, the DTRP did not allocate any budget for the basement development. In the presentation some time ago, the DTRP had planned a number of physical developments throughout the year 2013. “Meanwhile, the basement parking at Puputan Badung Square is indeed not allocated this year,” he explained. (kmb12)

Because of having no working permit, 12 foreign workers working in the Celukan Bawang coal-fired power plant (PLTU) were repatriated by the Singaraja Immigration Office to their home country. Other than having no working permit, the citizens from China did not have a limited stay permit document (KITAS). The Head of Singaraja Immigration Office, Filanto Akbar, confirmed in his office on Monday (Feb 18) if his party had repatriated 12 people out of hundreds of foreign workers in the area of Celukan Bawang power plant mega project in Gerokgak subdistrict. He said the workers were repatriated to their home country after the Singaraja Immigration Office monitored and investigated the project. From the investigation, it was found 12 workers having no working permit and limited stay permit. They only armed with tourist visit permit. “We repatriated them a month ago, and it was based on the results of investigation and monitoring to the project site,” he said. According to Akbar, pursuant to regula-

tions any foreign worker should have two permits in its workplace. The first permit was limited stay permit (KITAS) issued by the immigration office. After being issued, it was valid for two months and it should be renewed every month up to six months. Meanwhile, another permit to be carried by foreign worker was working permit. It was issued by the Ministry of Manpower and Resettlement. This permit should be submitted to the Manpower and Resettlement Agency where the foreign workers worked. “We continue to monitor and after the repatriation there were no longer violations. If any violations found, we will take firm action pursuant to the applicable regulations,” he explained. Previously, Commission B of the Buleleng House had frequently raided the area of Celukan Bawang power plant. As a result of the raid, the House encountered that most workers from China did not have identity as a foreign worker. In response to such findings, the House asked the Singaraja Immigration Office to check and take firm action against the violations committed by foreign workers. (kmb)

Pavement at Negara Field destroyed

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The stone paved street in the area of Negara Field exactly in front of Jembarana House of Representatie leader’s house seemed destroyed when actually it’s not a year old yet. According to information received last Sunday (17/2), the path was not destroyed due to the weather but due to being used by trucks weighing tons knowing there are a lot of warehouses around that street.

As seen from Arjuna Street, holes can be seen on those paved street. It was stated that it has been like that the past week and some had to be moved in avoiding any accidents. It is a shame that trucks are allowed to go through it. Head of Jembrana Public Works I Gusti Putu Mertadana stated that he hasn’t received any report about the paved road damages. Even so reparation will take place soon. (kmb26)

Recently opened in Ubud is the beautifully designed Petani Restaurant. They greeted the guest of Alaya Resort Ubud as they are located next to Alaya’s lobby. Who’s responsible for themouth-watering dishes of Petani Restaurant? One of the quiet heroes of the Balinese landscape; Executive Chef Made Siharta. Chef Made Siharta is an enlightened chef, passionate about environmental and health standards. “We need to think and live as sustainably as possible,” he explains. “This also means that we have to be creative when it comes to cooking techniques and preparation methods.” Quite simply, he goes the extra mile for fresh local produce. It makes all the difference. It’s the only way to pull off deliciously healthy, organic raw soups or sashimi tuna rolled with fresh vegetables. His experience as an executive chef at staple style spa restaurants such as the Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali and Kayumanis Private Villa give him that extra edge with health conscious cuisine.

Other than imported cheese, including some unusual ones like halloumi, he seeks his ingredients hours from the kitchen. Fish arrive fresh from the ocean, delivered twice daily; chickens are raised on local farms. Vegetables are gathered in a local market. Juicy strawberries are plucked from northern mountains of Bedugul. Freshly-brewed coffee is grown in the Kintamani mountain range. One particular tradition he values: wrapping common Indonesian dishes such as Nasi Bungkus and Mie Goreng in banana leaves. Imagine a culture before plastic! With all the eco-consciousness, Siharta doesn’t forget your sweet tooth. Try the Balinese favorite klepon - glutinous rice with palm sugar centre and grated coconut.

Calendar Event for January 27 through February 27, 2013 27 Jan Redite Umanis Ukir Sanggah Gede Dukuh Segening Tegal Tugu Gianyar 30 Jan Buda Cameng Ukir Pura Pejenengan Kawitan Arya Tauman Banjar Jelantik Kuri Batu Desa Tojan Gelgel Klungkung Pura Pasar Agung Besakih (Alit) Besakih Pura Pasek bendesa Pasar Badung Legian Kuta Pura Gede Gunugn Agung Dukuh Munggu Badung Hyang Agung Pura Ibuwanasari Tegal Pura Puseh, Desa di Bebablang Bangli Pura Dalem Peruncak Badung Pura Pasek Bendesa Hyang Selat Kerobokan Badung Pura Kereban Langit Desa Sading Mengwi Badung Pemerajan Sareng Kangin Baleran Ubud 5 Feb Anggara Sasih Kulantir

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The damage pavement is seen at Negara Field

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Homemade ice cream is a favorite too. Or for a unique cultural combo, try the Black Rice Cream Brule. It’s so good you will want to order two. Throughout his career he has taken on extra trainings, received awards, crafted special dinners for those Very Important People, and ensured guest satisfaction with a unique flair. His leadership abilities, warm modest manner and attention to detail keep everything running smoothly. Walking a tight rope between demands of traditional culture, the environment, breaking news about health and innovative cuisine, and of course sublime art of taste, he doesn’t falter. He leaves us all drooling for more. Truly it’s the best of all worlds in a bite.

Pura Penataran Tangkas Sukawati Pura Dalem Lagan Babalang Bangli Pura Puseh Lembeng Ketewel Sukawati Pura Pasek Gelgel Penulisan Kerambitan Tabanan

Pura Gaduh Sanding Pura Dalem Gandamayu Klungkung Pura Sang Hyang Tegal Banjar Tarokaja-Tegalalang

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10 Feb Tilem Kawulu Pura Dalem Alas Harum - Tegal Kepuh kabe - kabe Kediri Tabanan Pura Ulun Kulkul Besakih Pura Dalem Yang Taluh Sidemen Karangasem Pura Dalem kangin Dusun Dukuh Sidemen Karangasem 11 Feb Soma Umanis Tulu Pura Puseh/Balai Agung Ubung Kupang Penebel Tabanan P ura K aw itan S akula G otra Pasung Grigih Banjar Tegal Kepuh Kaba-kaba Kediri Tabanan Pura Bhujangga Rsi Tumbak Bayuh P u r a P a i b o n Ta n g k a s K o r i Agung C eningan Kangin lembongan Pura Batu Madeg Besakih Pura Penataran Agung penatih

13 Feb B uda Pon Tolu Pura Catur Buana Sanding Tampak Siring

20 Feb Buda Kliwon Gumbreg Pura Pasek Gelgel Kukuh Marga Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Dukuh Selemadeg Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Mambang Selemadeg Tabanan Pura Puseh, Pura Desa Desa Guwang Sukawati Merajan Pangeran Tangkas Kori Agung Jeroan Sanding Pura Dalem Setra Batu Nunggul Desa Swana Nusa Penida Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Gelgel Ketewel 25 Feb P urnama Sasih Kesanga Pura Nataran Sasih Pejeng Gianyar Pura Bukit Mentik - Gunung Lebah Batur Kintamani 27 Feb B uda Paing Wariga Merajan Pasek Gaduh Kayubihi Bangli

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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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Texas woman has two sets of identical twins in one day

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A Texas mother had a one-in-70-million kind of Valentine’s Day this year when she gave birth to two sets of identical twin boys, a Houston hospital announced on Monday. The four brothers were delivered at 31 weeks to Tressa Montalvo, 36, via Cesarean section at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston, according to a news release from the hospital. million, according to the hospital. Two boys shared one placenta and the two other boys shared another placenta. Ace and Blaine were born at 8:51 a.m. on February 14 and weighed 3 pounds, 10 ounces (1.64 kg), and 3 pounds, 15 ounces (1.79 kg), respectively. Cash and Dylan followed a minute later, weighing 2 pounds, 15 ounces (1.33 kg), and 3 pounds, 6 ounces (1.53 kg), respectively. “We tried to stick to the A-B-C-D theme when naming them,” Tressa Montalvo said. “We didn’t expect it, we were trying for just one and we were blessed with four.” Manuel Montalvo said in the release that they’re not done yet - he still wants a girl.

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Deadly new virus is well adapted to infect humans, study finds Reuters

LONDON - A new virus that emerged in the Middle East last year and has killed five people is well adapted to infecting humans but could potentially be treated with drugs that boost the immune system, scientists said on Tuesday. The virus, called novel coronavirus or NCoV, is from the same family as the common cold and as SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. There have been 12 confirmed cases worldwide - including in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Britain - and five patients have died. In one of the first published studies about NCoV, which was unknown in humans until it was identified in September 2012, researchers said it could penetrate the lining of passageways in the lungs and evade the immune system as easily as a cold virus can. This shows it “grows very efficiently” in human cells and suggests it is well-equipped for infecting humans, said Volker

Thiel of the Institute of Immunobiology at Kantonal Hospital in Switzerland, who led the study. NCoV was identified when the World Health Organisation issued an international alert in September saying a completely new virus had infected a Qatari man in Britain who had recently been in Saudi Arabia. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that includes those that cause the common cold as well as the one that caused SARS - which emerged in China in 2002 and killed about a 10th of the 8,000 people it infected worldwide. Symptoms of both NCoV and SARS include severe respiratory illness, fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. Of the 12 cases confirmed so far, four were in Britain, one was a Qatari patient in Germany, two were in Jordan and five in Saudi Arabia. POSSIBLE TREATMENT

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Cleaned up, landslides burying a house at Panji Anom

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Tressa and Manuel Montalvo Jr. were not using any fertility drugs and had just hoped for a little brother or sister for their 2-year-old son, Memphis, according to the release. “We planned the pregnancy - I guess we just succeeded a little too much!” said Tressa Montalvo, quoted in the release. When Montalvo was 10 weeks pregnant, her physician told her she was having twins, and on a subsequent visit, the doctor detected a third heartbeat. The Montalvos were later informed they were having four babies - not quadruplets but two sets of twins. The odds of delivering two sets of naturally occurring identical twins is somewhere in the range of 1 in 70

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animals. Experts at Britain’s Health Protection Agency say preliminary scientific analysis suggests its closest relatives are bat coronaviruses. What is also unclear is what the true prevalence of the virus is - since it is possible that the 12 cases seen so far are the most severe, and there may be more people who have contracted the virus with milder symptoms so are not picked up. “We don’t know whether the cases (so far) are the tip of the iceberg, or whether many more people are infected without showing severe symptoms,” said Thiel, who worked with a team of scientists from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark. “We don’t have enough cases to have a full picture of the variety of symptoms.” Thiel said that although the virus may have jumped from animals to humans very recently, his research showed it was just as well adapted to infecting the human respiratory tract as other coronaviruses like SARS and the common cold viruses.

Landslides burying the house of Putu Artana at Abasan hamlet, Panji Anom village, Sukasada subdistrict, began to be cleaned on Monday (Feb 18). Such cleaning was carried out by local residents with the assistance of personnel of the Buleleng Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD). The Emergency Section Head, Wayan Dana, with permission from the Head of the BPBD Buleleng, Putu Dana, said that for the first step his party had cleaned up the landslide materials burying the victim’s house. In addition, the officers also cut down a tree above the victim’s house because it was feared to fall when it rained or was blown by gale. To renovate the house, Dana estimated to cost IDR 10 million. Such amount was used to repair the victim’s room wall collapsing after buried by landslides. “Having cleaned up, we will propose rehabilitation to damaged wall to the province. The fund will be allocated for the damaged wall, while the revetment will be attempted to get help from other sources,” he said. Meanwhile, the Headman of Panji Anom, Putu Mudita, when joining the inspection affirmed that village authority promised to provide cash worth IDR 1 million. Mudita said it was pursuant to financial capability of the village and hoped it could ease the suffering burden of Artana and family. Besides, he personally donated as much as IDR 1 million for the

family. He hoped related agencies could promptly help the restoration of the seriously damaged house. Thus, the Artana’s family would not too longer take refuge in the relative’s house. Moreover, his house was built after a getting a help from one of the foreign foundations in 2004. “We are deeply sorry and based on financial capability of the village we also provide assistance to alleviate the suffering of our resident,” he said. According to Mudita, the area of Abasan hamlet directly bordering with state forest was prone to landslides and so was Pancoran hamlet. As being a disaster-prone area, his party had frequently called on the residents to be vigilant during rainy season. Even, a ban to build on steep slope areas had been delivered. “In every meeting, we ask the residents to be cautious and vigilant when it rains because Abasan and Pancoran lie in steep and hilly area and are prone to landslides,” he said. As reported earlier, the landslide buried the house of Putu Artana on Saturday (Feb 16). Two bedroom owned by Artana collapsed after buried by landslides from a steep cliff behind his house. In addition, the kitchen space adjacent to the bedrooms was also partially buried by the landslides. Not only that, the disaster virtually claimed a victim. The victim’s son, Komang Suardiasa, was almost buried. Luckily, Luh Suartini, his mother quickly ran out of the kitchen and saved her son. (kmb)

Ogoh-ogoh Parade Held on March 11, 2013

Ogoh-ogoh Parade Held on March 11 2013On Pengrupukan Day falling on March 11, 2013, the City of Denpasar will hold the Parade of Ogoh-ogoh Bhutakala. This parade is to welcome the Nyepi or Day of Silence and the Caka New Year 1935 held downtown of Bali province. The matter was revealed when the parade team consisting of the artists and humanists made socialization to all participants (customary village youth club) of four subdistricts across Denpasar.The Head of Denpasar Culture Agency, Made Mudra, said the parade would be held to explore and motivate the youth clubs (sekaa taruna) especially in the matter of creativity. “For smooth implementation, it has been disseminated the technical matters and security system,”

he said. Design and theme of the ogohogoh (papier mâché demon) should be adapted to the book A Guide to the Ogoh-Ogoh of Pengerupukan issued by the Culture Agency. The assessment is started from their respective subdistrict and will select 5 pieces as the best ogoh-ogoh. “Well, the five selected ones will be included in the parade held in the Catus Pata (central intersection) of the Catur Muka Statue,” he explained. Meanwhile, the elements assessed included the compositions such as design, anatomy, color, proportion and accessories. Then, the creative elements include the technique and design, materials, complexity and ornamentation and expression of the appearance, character and theme suitability.

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The umbrella rent is wanted by tourists during rainy season

Rainy season, tourist umbrella services most wanted Tabanan (Bali Post)—

Rainy season does not always bring in misfortunes. Even, it can bring in abundant lucks. As experienced by providers of umbrella service at Ulun Danu Beratan, Baturiti, the persistent rain pouring the region caused tourists to need an umbrella to get around. The rate offered was not expensive, only IDR 5,000. Dayu Mita, 40, for instance, one of the umbrella service providers, said that she could rent out up 100 umbrellas per day. She collaborated with several other residents. When it rained, the umbrella service providers were waiting in front of the entrance counter. When guests dropped out of a car, they were directly approached. “It’s good when there are many tourist arrivals. The result is for a living,” said Dayu Mita, Monday (Feb 18). This woman had deeply involved in the profession since her teenage. While carrying some umbrellas, Dayu Mita continued to walk back and forth and approached each guest entourage. On average,

the arriving guests never refused the offer of her umbrella service. Understandably, when it rained, they had to use an umbrella to get around. The rental process was also very easy. Tourists paid in advance and then brought along the umbrella around. Duration of the rental was not specified, depending on the need of guest. “They just pay for IDR 5,000 and it’s up to them long they would like to use it,” said Dayu Mita. The umbrellas rented would be returned at the exit of tourist attraction. According to Dayu, offering an umbrella service was not riskfree. In some cases, the umbrellas rented disappeared and were never returned. By and large, the

umbrellas were missing due to rogue tenants. They put the umbrellas haphazardly and were not returned. “Almost every day we lose our umbrella, but it’s the risk of business,” she explained. She did not know how long she would undergo the profession. The increase of family needs forced her to make a living. Her proceeds were the used to earn living and send her children to school. She hoped there would tourists coming to Ulun Danu Beratan incessantly. Thus, the umbrella services she offered could keep going on. Moreover, such a service was also needed by tourists and did not interfere with the activities of guests enjoying the beauty of the lake. (kmb30)


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Handicrafts of JAS in Badung Regents OfficeThe magnificent office of Badung Government in fact has a space of the art exhibition. The work of arts showcased were creative works of Badung community that have been popular in their own era. They are ranging from sculpture, painting, engraving relief to sculpture handicraft in combination with perforated coins. The exhibition is opened in accordance with office hours. On the left side is showcased the statues made by people of Jagapati, Angantaka and Sedang or known as JAS. Theme of the statues is the same, namely depicting the people that are fishing, catching fish by fish net and people with rooster in a cage. In terms of size, there are small, medium and large with natural color. Placement of the statues lined up neatly tempts visitors to collect them. The sculpture works look very interesting and nice to display in the room. In the right room, there are statue handicrafts wrapped in perforated coins. They are works of art creatively made by Mengwi community. Most of them depict deities. Meanwhile, the large-size engraving relief is the work of artist from Tangeb village, Mengwi. In the meantime, on the wall is displayed various works of art on canvas. Among those paintings, some are made of dried banana sheath. The theme varies, but most of them highlight the beauty of nature. In the center is displayed various kinds of brochures of tourist object and attractions in Badung ranging from rafting adventure, Bukit Sari at Sangeh, Kuta Beach and others

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The case of robbery that happened at Susi Naruto Restaurant, Darmawangsa Street No. 82, Kampial, South Kuta, Badung last Monday (18/2) midnight caused a Korean resident, Kim Seong Cheol (42), got slashed on the hand and neck after his Suzuki AVP car taken. Victim managed to be treated in a hospital and allowed to go home after receiving some stitches. Meanwhile, the robber named Alexander Sakan (29) from Kuanfatu RT/17 RW/06, Kupang managed to be captured after the incident and attacked by locals. Information stated the incident happened around 12.30 am local time when victim left the area and about to take something from his car. Without a doubt, robber who drove a Yamaha Vega motorcycle and a sword attacked the owner. As Cheol was totally wounded, Sakan took the car straight away. Luckily during the incident two witnesses, Fredy Firdausi (24) and Alfian were there and chased the robber. Sakan seemed panicked and hit the car to a Operator Diving Office in Tanjung Benoa. Robber tried to run to the beach yet the two witnesses shouted ‘Robber!’ which then locals helped witnesses chased him. “Robber was about to get to a boat in the shores. And when chased, robber challenged the mass,” a police source stated. Robber tried to turn on the machine but it did not work. The mass of locals then hit robber and wounded all over the body. Robber is now critical and has been brought to Sanglah Hospital by the South Kuta Police. Meanwhile the evidences, car and sword, is now at the headquarters. Head of South Kuta Police PC I Wayan Nuriata, confirmed the case and investigation can’t be taken further yet due to robber is still unstable. (kmb21)

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CAIRO - Fighting broke out in a Sudanese border state between the military and rebels trying to overthrow President Omar Hassan alBashir, both sides said on Monday, and the government said its forces had killed scores of insurgents. The rebels gave a different account, saying the government forces had attacked civilian areas.

The conflict in Blue Nile started in September 2011, a few months after neighboring South Sudan seceded under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war. Rebels in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, another Sudanese border state, fought as part of the southern rebel army during that war, but were left on the Sudanese side of the border after partition. Hundreds of thousands of people

have fled their homes because of the fighting since 2011. On Monday, Sudanese state media reported the armed forces had taken the Muffa area in Blue Nile and “expelled the remnants of the rebels,” who had been backed by tanks and artillery. The army killed 66 rebels, it said, quoting the armed forces spokesman al-Sawarmi Khalid. The armed forces suffered a “small number” of casualties, it said, without giv-

ing details. The rebels, known as the SPLMNorth, said the Sudanese armed forces and allied militia had started a “military dry season campaign” on February 14 in a heavily populated area at Muffa. It said the fighting had forced thousands of civilians to flee toward Ethiopia and South Sudan. Events in the two states are difficult to verify independently

because of government restrictions on media, and the two sides often give conflicting versions of the fighting. Some 2 million people died in Sudan’s north-south civil war, which ended in 2005 with the peace deal that paved the way for South Sudan’s independence. Khartoum accuses Juba of continuing to back the rebels in Blue Nile and South Kordofan. South Sudan denies the accusation.

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The unused kioks in Semarapura Market

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Hundreds of kiosks in Semarapura Market dormant

Iberia workers protest at Barcelona airport in Prat Llobregat, Spain, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Workers at Iberia airlines began the first of 15 days of strikes to protest the company’s plan to cut almost a fifth of its workforce.

Hundreds of kiosks in Semarapura Market are not utilized by traders in Klungkung. As a result, the kiosks in six blocks are dormant and damaged. Even, those kiosks are often used as a place to urinate by market visitors. The upset traders due to the urine smell then make graffiti on kiosk wall saying “Do not urinate outside the toilet, except for dog.”

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As seen on the second floor of Block B on Monday (Feb 18), the kiosk doors had rusted and collapsed and so did some parts of the ceiling and roof. Therefore, when it rained, the rainwater would flood the market floor. Other kiosks were also available on the second floor, but they were having no door, dirty and giving vile impression. A gold trader on the second floor, Nyoman Ranih, told on Monday if the kiosks were often taken advantage by people for urinating so that it generated bad smell. “Having made graffiti on the respective kiosk wall (Do not urinate outside the toilet, except for dog—Ed), no people care about it,” said Ranih. He said the kiosks had already been occupied such as by traders of clothes and ritual paraphernalia. However, as being deserted of buyers, traders then find out another loca-

tion on the first floor at the market. Other than Block B on the second floor, similar dormant condition also happened to block A, C, D, E and F. They were damaged as not being utilized by traders. Ranih added when the levy was increased in the Semarapura Market from IDR 1,000 to IDR 4,000, local traders had proposed to relevant agencies through the Chief Unit of Semarapura Market in order the use of empty kiosk could be maximized. Besides, the traders also complained because residents often used the dormant kiosks as a place to urinate. “I am surprised because so many kiosks are still empty, but government even builds the other new market. Then, what are the empty kiosks used for? Ideally, this market should be optimized first, then build another. Now, the government has built Galiran Market.

Later on, I think it to undergo the same condition as these kiosks,” complained Ranih. The Acting Head of Klungkung Cooperatives Agency, Wayan Tika, declined to comment on the market condition. Tika still serving as a staff expert on Law, Politics and Governance disappeared when looked for to his room whereas when contacted via phone previously, it was picked up and replied if he was in the room of expert staff. Meanwhile, the Chief of Semarapura Market, Nyoman Mudiartha, doubling as Besan Headman, could not be asked for his confirmation regarding the trader aspiration. Previously, the complaints regarding the dormant kiosks in Semarapura Market denoting as an art market of Klungkung had been expressed by traders during a rally to the office of the Klungkung County government. At that time, Tika promised if he would see in person the real conditions. Unluckily, the agency did come up to location. As consequence, traders were getting lazier to express their aspiration as it was never seriously responded to get solution. (kmb31)

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Workers and police clash at airport during Iberia strike MADRID - Striking union workers clashed with police at Madrid’s Barajas airport on Monday on the first day of a week-long strike over more than 3,800 pending job cuts at Spain’s flagship airline Iberia. More than 80 Iberia flights were canceled as workers at the carrier began a series of five-day walkouts that are expected to cost the airline and struggling national economy millions of euros in lost business. Hundreds of workers flooded into Terminal 4 at Barajas - the biggest airport in Spain - to noisily protest, chanting and whistling, with one group staging a sit-in. About 2,000 people demonstrated outside the terminal. The police beat some strikers with truncheons to keep them away from the doors of the international airport, Iberia’s Madrid hub, and forcefully threw others out of the terminal. At least five protesters

were arrested. Previous strikes have cost Iberia between 2 million euros and 3 million euros a day, a spokesman told Reuters. Flights from other airlines were delayed at airports across Spain, including at Madrid and Barcelona, as Iberia baggage handlers, also working for other airlines, joined strikers. Air stewards and ground staff are holding three five-day strikes in February and March to protest against management plans to axe jobs and cut salaries at the lossmaking airline. Some 10 percent of long-haul flights and half of domestic flights will be grounded this week.

Labor unions kicked off the strikes with demonstrations in the morning at most Spanish airports, including Barcelona. At an 8 km march (5 miles) around Barajas, protesters blamed British managers at the airline group for job cuts threatened in Spain. Demonstrators waved Spanish flags and banners saying “British go home”. Iberia, which merged with profitable British Airways in 2011 to form the International Airlines Group (IAG), reported a loss of 262 million euros ($349.78 million) in the first nine months of 2012. “Nobody is safe from being sacked,” said Elias Gonzalez, a maintenance supervisor at the Barajas protest who has worked for Iberia for 27 years. “There was an initial deal with the company when the merger with the British was agreed, but now there is disagreement.”

BRUSSELS — The European Union imposed trade and economic sanctions on North Korea while condemning “in the strongest terms” the nation’s latest nuclear test. The 27 EU finance ministers also demanded North Korea abstain from further tests and urged it to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty without delay. The statement came as the ministers met Monday in Brussels. Their action brings the number of North Koreans subject to a travel ban and an asset freeze to 26, and the number of sanctioned companies to 33. The ministers also banned the export

of components for ballistic missiles, such as certain types of aluminum, and prohibited trade in new public bonds from North Korea. The United States is currently negotiating in the Security Council for stronger U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang after the council quickly condemned the Feb. 12 atomic blast, the third conducted by the North since 2006. North Korea says its nuclear program is a response to what it called a U.S. threat and has warned of further, unspecified measures of “greater intensity” if Washington remains hostile — possibly signaling it would conduct further tests if sanctions are tightened further.

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A North Korean musical performance is held in Pyongyang with the words “Let’s strike the imperialists mercilessly with the same success we had carrying out the 3rd nuclear test” projected on a screen, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.


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In the APEC Summit, Bali judged unready to use electric cars

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In the APEC Summit held in November this year, the government will prepare electric cars as a means of transportation for the APEC Summit participants, except for the heads of state that will bring their own vehicle. The use of electric cars is to demonstrate the commitment of Indonesia to eco-friendly vehicles.

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TOKYO - Former top financial bureaucrat Toshiro Muto is the leading candidate to become Japan’s next central bank governor, suggesting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hopes for a more radical policymaker are fading. Abe will pick a nominee as early as this week, sources close to the process told Reuters. The prime minister said he would make an announcement “soon” on a nominee, who would need to be confirmed by both houses of parliament. Abe led his party back to power in December with promises of aggressive monetary and fiscal stimulus to lift an economy dogged for years by deflation. He reiterated on Monday that he wanted the new BOJ governor to pursue bold monetary easing. “I’d like the new BOJ governor to be someone who has the strong determination and ability to pull Japan out of deflation,” he told parliament, suggesting that revising a law guaranteeing the central bank’s independence was possible if the authority failed to act aggressively enough. He said buying foreign bonds, considered an extreme measure by many officials, may be one policy option for the BOJ. “I’d like to reflect the government’s determination (of beating deflation) through the nomination, which is likely to be made soon,” Abe said. His push for looser monetary policy prompted the central bank in January to take its boldest action to date, doubling its inflation target to 2 percent and agreeing to an “open ended” asset buying program from 2014. But some policymakers and government officials worry that radical measures could unsettle financial markets and add to Japan’s debt burden, already the highest among industrialized countries. A sharp yen decline since Abe started pushing for bold BOJ measures has already sparked global concern over Japan’s policies, although Tokyo avoided direct criticism in a G20 meeting last weekend. Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s underlined what is at stake for Abe if his policy mix fails. It reaffirmed its AA minus rating with a negative outlook, which means a one-in-three chance of a downgrade in the coming fiscal year. It will take time to determine if Abe’s policies will work, S&P said.

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In this May 15, 2012 file photo sheep rest in front of furnaces in Duisburg, Germany. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, will avoid the recession that has engulfed many of its partners in the region and return to growth in the first quarter of 2013, the Bundesbank said on Monday.

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FRANKFURT - Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, will avoid the recession that has engulfed many of its partners in the region and return to growth in the first quarter of 2013, the Bundesbank said on Monday. “As it currently looks, a plus in economic output can be expected in the first quarter of this year,” the German central bank said in its February monthly report. German gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 0.6 percent in the last quarter of 2012, as weak demand in other eurozone countries hurt exports. Were its economy to decline again in the current quarter, Germany would technically be in recession, defined as two quarters running of economic contraction. But the Bundesbank joins other economic experts and observers who believe last year’s dip in growth will prove short-lived. “For the rest of this year, the economy is expected to pick up

gradually, even if the external economic environment will provide no trigger for a sharp surge in demand,” it wrote. Although Germany has fared much better than its eurozone partners in the long-running debt crisis, it has not been able to escape completely unscathed and growth slowed throughout 2012. German GDP grew by 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012 and then by 0.3 percent in the second quarter and 0.2 percent in the third quarter. With the contraction of 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter, the economy expanded by just 0.7 percent across the whole of 2012, compared with 3.0 percent in 2011, according to the latest

data compiled by federal statistics office Destatis. At the same time, the 17nation eurozone slid deeper into recession in the fourth quarter of 2012, when the region’s economy shrank by 0.6 percent after already contracting by 0.1 percent in the preceding quarter. But in Germany, at least, experts believe the economy is already back on the growth path. Economy Minister Philipp Roesler said last week he believed that the current weakness would be “only temporary.” The minister forecast: “During the course of the year, the German economy will find its way back to growth. Current indicators, such as business surveys, confirm

this.” The government is pencilling in growth of 0.4 percent for 2013. But German industry is more optimistic and the DIHK federation of chambers of commerce recently projected growth of 0.7 percent given brighter export prospects and a stabilisation in corporate investment and hiring. Turning to Germany’s public finances, the Bundesbank said it is forecasting a slight deficit of around 0.5 percent of GDP this year, compared with a fractional surplus of 0.1 percent in 2012. Under eurozone rules, member states are not allowed to run up deficits in excess of 3.0 percent of GDP.

Apparently, the plan seems to face some obstacles. A member of Commission IV of the Bali House, Tjokorda Gede Asmara Putra Sukawati, assessed that Bali was unready to use electric cars due to many obstacles related to readiness of supporting facilities and human resources. “Moreover, the preparation is too short so that it is very difficult to make electric cars the only transportation facilities of the APEC Summit. The timing is so short,” he said on Monday (Feb 18) after a parliament plenary session in the Bali House. According to this Democrat, the APEC Summit mobility was so high so that smoothness of the traffic was very important. If only electric cars were allowed in the meeting area, he said, it was quite burdensome for participants because the facilities owned was limited. “The committee seems to be difficult to fulfill such a means in a very short time. If forced, I worry it will result in a problem,” he said. This politician from Ubud Palace, Gianyar, justified the use of electric cars would help the promotion of the eco-friendly tourism in Bali and Indonesia. However, the lack of infrastructure and limited human resources were feared to become a stumbling block for the continuity of such prestigious event. “The availability of electric car-literate human resources is very limited. If imposed, a short training will be less optimal. It deals with the safety of participants. They are state guests, so the safety aspect should be a concern. If it is indeed required to use electric cars and other cars outside the area, we surely refuse it. When combined, it’s okay as long as with the enforcement of strict criteria,” concluded Cok Asmara. (kmb29)

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The case of committed suicides by hanging themselves in Karangasem seemed to increase. Recently an elderly, I Wayan Temu (80), from banjar Sukaluwih, Selat, Karangasem, last Monday (18/2) 8 am local time was found hanging dead on a tree, 40 meters from his house, by locals. It seemed that Temu couldn’t face anymore his diabetes illness that is still on him Temu’s family was saddened by this while Selat Police investigated of what happened. Before, Made Wrespati (38) from banjar Eka Adnyana, Kubu, Karangasem was also found dead hanging in his bedroom. It seemed he committed suicide because of his tuberculosis illness that he had all this time. His parent, Made Ugu, suggested victim to get treatment yet victim decline it and chose to die instead. (013)

The underpass project on Dewa Ruci Junction is carried out to avoid traffic jam during the APEC Summit

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Pekutatan Community Health Center Ambulance damaged Negara (Bali Post)-

The ambulance car used by Pekutatan Health Community Center destroyed after hit by a pick-up car last Monday (18/2) at Dusun Dauh Pangkung, Pekutatan. There were no casualties in the incident as Ketut Ariasa (28) the ambulance driver from Banjar Pasar, Pekutatan was safe. The Kijang Innova ambulance has its back hit and windows shattered. The pick-up driver, Zaenal (35) from Ketugtug, Negara, was also safe but his car’s front part was damaged. Head of Pekutatan Police, PC Komang Kardika as permitted by Head of Jembrana Police,GAPC Komang Sandi Arsana, confirmed that the incident happened when the pick-up was coming from Gilimanuk. The case has been settled and closed. (kmb26)

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The damage ambulance owned by Pekutatan Community Health Center, Jembrana


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Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez take part in a gathering at Plaza Bolivar in Caracas February 18, 2013.

Chavez back in Venezuela, on Twitter with four million followers Reuters

CARACAS - After Hugo Chavez spent two months out of the public eye for cancer surgery in Cuba, the Venezuelan government hailed his homecoming on Monday and said the president had achieved another milestone - four million followers on Twitter. The 58-year-old flew back from Havana before dawn and was taken to a military hospital. No new details were given on his health, and there were no images of his arrival. Officials say his condition remains delicate. The normally loquacious socialist leader, who is struggling to speak as he breathes through a tracheal tube, took to Twitter with a passion back in April 2010, tweeting regularly and encouraging other leftist Latin American leaders to do likewise. His @chavezcandanga account quickly drew a big mixed following of fans, critics and others just curious to see how his famously long speeches and fiery anti-U.S. invective would work within the social media network’s 140character limit. But as he fought the cancer and underwent weeks of grueling chemotherapy and radiation therapy, he began to tweet less and less frequently, before stopping altogether on November 1. Early on Monday morning, he made his reappearance. “It was 4:30, 5 a.m. He got to his room and surprised everyone: rat-tat-tat, he sent three or four

messages, and at that moment fireworks began to go off around the country,” Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised cabinet meeting. During the day, Maduro added, the president’s number of followers had shot up to well over four million. “It’s incredible, in just a few hours ... he’s the second mostfollowed president in the world (after Barack Obama), and the first if we make the comparison by per capita,” he said. Obama has more than 27 million Twitter followers and is No. 5 most followed globally. Chavez is Twitter’s No. 190 globally. 4TH MILLION FOLLOWER

Maduro said Chavez’s four millionth follower was a 20-yearold single Venezuelan woman named Alemar Jimenez from the gritty San Juan neighborhood in downtown Caracas, near the military hospital where the president arrived earlier in the day. “She’s one of the golden generation of youth who support the fatherland and have been waiting with growing love for

commander Hugo Chavez,” Maduro said, before presenting a dazzled-looking Jimenez to the cameras and giving her a bunch of flowers. “We were really emotional” she said, recounting how she was with her mother when they heard Chavez had returned. “I sent him a message on Twitter saying he must get better.” There are still big questions over the president’s health. He could have come back to govern from behind the scenes, or he may be hoping to ease political tensions and pave the way for a transition to Maduro, his preferred successor. Chavez has often ordered followers to fight back against opposition critics of his self-styled revolution by using social media, leading from the front himself on Twitter and referring to the Internet as a “battle trench.” As his ranks of followers grew, Chavez said he hired 200 assistants to help him respond to messages - which he said were a great way to receive first-hand the requests, demands, complaints and denunciations of citizens in the thousands.

SYDNEY — Papua New Guinea police have charged two people with the grisly killing of a woman who was tortured and burned alive in front of hundreds of people, including young children, after being accused of witchcraft. Janet Ware and Andrew Watea were charged with murder over the slaying of Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old mother who was stripped, tortured with a hot iron rod, doused in gasoline and set alight on a pile of car tires and trash by a mob earlier this month. Leniata had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a 6-yearold boy who had died in a hospital. Ware and Watea are believed to be the boy’s mother and uncle, police said in a statement. The two charged Monday were among more than 40 people who were detained last week in connection with Leniata’s slaying. The others were eventually released due to lack of evidence, but police said more arrests are expected. In rural Papua New Guinea, witchcraft is often blamed for unexplained misfortunes, but the brutal killing was met with outrage across the South Pacific island nation, drawing condemnation from the prime minister, police and diplomats. Police said the hundreds of onlookers, many of whom were children and teenagers, were powerless to stop the mob who participated in Leniata’s killing in the Western Highlands provincial capital of Mount Hagen. Police officers were also among the spectators, but were outnumbered and couldn’t save the woman, national police spokesman Dominic Kakas said. An internal investigation is under way into the police’s actions at the scene. Murder is punishable by death in Papua New Guinea, although no one has been hanged since the country became independent in 1975.

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CONAKRY - Opposition supporters held protests across Guinea on Monday to demand a free and fair parliamentary election, fearing the first such vote in more than a decade will be cheapened by fraud. The May 12 election is intended to be the last step in Guinea’s return to civilian rule following the death of veteran strongman Lansana Conte in 2008 and two years of violent army rule. President Alpha Conde was elected in 2010 and has promised prosperity for Guinea’s 10 million people. The West African nation’s economy produces only about $1.50 per person per day despite a wealth of natural resources, including the world’s largest untapped iron ore deposit. But delays in the legislative vote have deepened a political deadlock and led to intermittent violence, unnerving investors as they wait to tap into Guinea’s abundant iron ore, bauxite and gold reserves. Opponents of Conde say preparations for the longdelayed vote have been flawed. They point to a contract awarded to two companies to update the voter roll, saying the two firms have been skewing the list to favor the president’s allies. “The opposition will not accept dictatorship, the violation of the constitution or laws of the Republic,” said former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo. “If Mr Alpha Conde continues to violate these laws then we’ll ask him to leave.” The European Union, one of Guinea’s major donors, warned in November that it needed a credible and detailed timeline for the election to unblock about 174 million euros ($234.28 million).

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INDONESIA Australian dies in motocross event

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KUTAI KARTANEGARA - An Australian man died in the thick jungle of Indonesian Borneo during a weekend motocross event, officials said Monday. Rescuers on Sunday retrieved the body of Michael Adrian Headley, 35, who died of a heart attack during the rally, and rescued 20 local riders, event organiser Harin

Tasmida told AFP. “He had a heart attack and died instantly. He seemed to have forced himself beyond his physical ability,” Tasmida said.

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streets in December to protest. Students and women’s rights activists in Garut demanded that he resign, trampling and spitting on photos of his face before setting them ablaze outside his council building. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono responded by issuing a rare public condemnation of the 40-yearold official and his illegal marriage. The Supreme Court late last month recommended that the president dismiss Fikri for violating the marriage law, and police are investigating the case because it involves a minor. Outrage also erupted in social media in January after Judge Muhammad Daming Sunusi told a parliamentary selection panel for Supreme Court positions that it could be a mistake to impose the death penalty for rape because both the attacker and the victim “might have enjoyed” it. The remark reportedly drew laughter from panel members. Sunusi later apologized and said he been joking.“Enough is enough!” said Muhammad, of the commission on violence against women. “Our officials should no longer mess around and issue ridiculous statements even as a dumb joke.” Not only was Sunusi rejected for a job on the Supreme Court, but the country’s Judicial Commission has recommended that he be dismissed from his position on the South Sumatra High Court. But the Supreme Court would have to agree, and it has said such punishment would be too severe because he made the remark in an interview, not during a trial. Sunusi is hardly the first in Indonesia to be criticized for his comments about rape. In 2011, after a woman was gang raped on a minibus, then-Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo drew protests after warning women not to wear miniskirts on public transportation because it could arouse male passengers. Bowo lost his re-election bid last year. A sex-trafficking case involving a 14-year-old girl prompted Education Minister Mohammad Nuh to say last

The riders were forced to spend the night in the jungle after heavy rains muddied the track. “Many motorcycles broke down on the trail and riders had no choice but to stay overnight in the jungle without food and water, many suffering from fatigue,” local rescuer Trembli Vemberiyanto said. Tasmida, however, denied the

event was poorly organised, saying they responded as quickly as possible. “Nobody went missing. They only got stuck in the jungle because of the muddy terrain as it was raining a night before. We sent them food and water,” he said. The 140-kilometre (87-mile) “Balikpapan Two Days Enduro”

began Saturday with around 800 participants in the city of Balikpapan, where the Australian lived with his family and worked for a mining company. The event was part of the city’s 116th anniversary celebrations. The organiser said Headley had undergone a physical examination in Singapore two months earlier and had been in good condition.

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JAKARTA — A judge being interviewed for a Supreme Court job jokes that women might enjoy rape. A local official takes a 17-year-old second wife, then quickly divorces her by text message. Both cases reflect attitudes toward women’s rights and safety that have persisted for years in this Southeast Asian archipelago nation of 240 million people. The difference now: Both officials are at risk of losing their jobs. Women in this social-media-obsessed country have been rallying, online and on the streets, against sexist comments and attacks on women. The response is seen as a small step for women’s rights in Indonesia, where the government is secular and most people practice a moderate form of Islam. “We are living in a different era now,” said Husein Muhammad of the National Commission on Violence Against Women. “... Now we have supporting laws and social media to bring severe consequences and social sanctions.” Still, rights groups say the country remains far behind on many issues involving gender equality and violence. Rape cases often are not properly investigated, and victims are sometimes blamed. And although it is rare to divorce by text message, as Aceng Fikri did last summer, unregistered polygamous marriages such as his are common. Fikri, chief of Garut district in West Java province, called it quits four days after marrying his teenage bride in July. He claimed she was not a virgin, which she denied. A photo of the couple posted on the Internet slowly began to stoke chatter — and then rage. The outcry spread by local media and on Twitter, blogs, Facebook and popular mobile phone networking groups such as BlackBerry and Yahoo Messenger. Thousands of people took to the

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In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 photo, Indonesian women take part in the “One Billion Rising” campaign that calls to an end to violence against women, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Women in this social media-obsessed country have been rallying, online and on the streets, against sexist comments and attacks on women. The response is seen as a small step for women’s rights in Indonesia, where the government is secular and most people practice a moderate form of Islam. year that not all girls who report such crimes are victims: “They do it for fun, and then the girl alleges that it’s rape,” he said. His response to the criticism he received was that it’s difficult to prove whether sexual assault allegations are “real rapes.” Growing concern in Indonesia over women’s rights reflects that in India, where a brutal and deadly New Delhi gang rape in December has drawn nationwide protests and demands for change. That case also resonated in Indonesia. “Let’s imagine the suffering of women who are treated badly by their husbands and the rape victims. What if it happened to our own families?” said Ellin Rozana, a women’s rights activist in Bandung, capital of West Java province. “We need government officials who will be on the front line to protect women, and judges who can see that violence against women is a serious crime.”

In the West Java official’s case, it was the text-message divorce that prompted outrage more than his unregistered second marriage, though such weddings raise issues about women’s rights. They are regularly performed for Indonesians ranging from poor rice farmers to celebrities, politicians and Muslim clerics. Polygamy remains common in many Muslim countries, based on Islamic teachings that allow men to take up to four wives. In Indonesia, men are allowed to marry a second wife only after the first gives her blessing. Since most women refuse to agree to share their husbands, unregistered ceremonies, or “nikah siri,” are often secretly carried out by an Islamic cleric outside the law. Some of the marriages are simply a cover for prostitution. A cleric is paid to conduct “contract marriages” as short as one night in some parts of Indonesia, usually for Middle Eastern

tourists. Without a marriage certificate, wives lack legal rights. Children from the marriage are often considered illegitimate and are typically not issued birth certificates, creating a lifetime of obstacles ranging from attending schools to getting a passport. However, in another sign of Indonesia’s changing attitudes, the Supreme Court this month ordered all judges to obey an earlier Constitutional Court ruling granting rights such as inheritance to children born out of wedlock, and to punish fathers who neglect them. The women’s commission on violence is now pushing for a revision of Indonesia’s 1974 marriage law to grant more protections to women and children. “I hope Indonesian women can take a lesson from Fikri’s case,” said Ninik Rahayu of the commission. “At least it has awakened their awareness to not marry in an illegal way.”


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NBA to resume, with Lakers in funk and Heat on top

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Mas Village is one of villages in Bali fundamentally identified as an artistic countryside by focusing in artistic of wood carving. Mas Village is located in Ubud sub district and Gianyar Regency, east part of Bali. It owns the typical style of wood carving art by placing forward the distinguish synergy the humanism and naturalism. The village’s popularity as an art village is famous in the national and world level which is not forgetting from the highness name of some maestros which has borne and found the spirit (taksu) and soul. The famous maestro who was borne in this village is Ida Bagus Tilem. This Artistic countryside owns the long history root. The result of wood carving art in this village owns the immeasurable and wide dimension like idol for the devoting (arca idol), representative dimension of everyday Balinese social society life (farmer, fisherman, worker, intellectual, merchant etc), the abstract dimension as existing of actor imagination which is listening carefully of reality, dynamics and life philosophy. The villagers are same as villagers at other tourism countryside in Bali that have also experienced the transformation from agrarian society to the crafting society. Even nowadays, it is continued to service society from commerce service until levying service of the souvenir for overseas and domestic tourist. It is strategically located in the main road from Denpasar to Ubud and it can be reached from several of angle. It is about 15 km easterly go to the majors road to Ubud from Denpasar town. If you wish to go to this place from Denpasar, the starting spandrel points step into Mas Village is Sakah, where a big baby idol monumentally existing in the middle of road. The Baby idol is a symbol and representative of human being life early which is believed by local residents with full of philosophic value, religious and dynamism.

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HOUSTON -- Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers turned their attention Monday from bad basketball and trade talk to more somber matters. The death of Jerry Buss, their longtime owner, was a blow for a franchise that was so often in championship chase under his leadership. With Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bryant and

Shaquille O’Neal, and finally Bryant and Pau Gasol, the Lakers won 10 titles under since Buss became owner in 1979. The Bryant-Gasol-Dwight Howard-Steve Nash combination wasn’t

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West Team’s Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks as Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and France’s Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls watch him during the second half of the NBA AllStar basketball game Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Houston.

working nearly as well. The Lakers are 25-29, currently in 10th place in the Western Conference, miles behind the Clippers in their division and their own building, and out of the playoff race. Gasol is hurt and Howard has been unhappy, leading to speculation he could be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline even though the Lakers have said otherwise. Yet Bryant spoke confidently of a turnaround Sunday after the AllStar game, just hours before Buss’ death at 80. ‘’I think we’ve been playing pretty well coming into the break,’’ Bryant said. ‘’We laid a couple of eggs there against the Celtics and the Clippers, but all in all we’ve been playing pretty well, much better than we have been. We just have to continue to improve and we’ll do much better in the second half.’’ It starts Tuesday, with the Lakers looking to get back on track, the Miami Heat in command in the East and LeBron James in command of everyone. Bryant blocked James’ shots twice in the final minutes of the West’s 143-138 victory over the East on Sunday in the All-Star game. It was a rare failure for James, who has been sensational all season and whose Heat have hit their stride. Miami ran off seven straight victories going into the break and starting to build a comfortable lead in the conference. ‘’We just want to play our game,’’ he said. ‘’We want to continue to get better each and every game. Not waste an opportunity when we get on the floor. Play as a team and if we do that, we’ll be fine. The Heat overwhelmed the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Thursday in an NBA Finals rematch, improving to just 13-11 on the road. All-Star forward Chris Bosh said Miami is only a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, believing the Heat still have to put together a string of road victories to prove they are really in championship form.

Formula One viewing figures down in 2012 Reuters

A significant drop in Chinese viewers pushed down Formula One’s global television audience last year, according to figures compiled by the sport’s commercial

rights holder. “The majority of our established markets brought larger audiences throughout 2012 than they delivered in 2011,” Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said in a foreword to the 2012 global broadcast report.

“A small handful of territories didn’t meet expectations in terms of reach, with the Chinese market suffering a decrease which could not be absorbed by a significant number of increases elsewhere,” added the 82-year-old.

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Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic returns the ball to Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during the first day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

Ivanovic reaches Dubai second round, Stephens bows out

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DUBAI - Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 7-6 in the first round of the Dubai tennis championships on Monday while U.S. teenager Sloane Stephens was eliminated in three sets to cap a miserable debut trip to the Gulf. Ivanovic’s career has dipped since she won the French title in 2008, sinking from number one in the world rankings to 13th, and she was far from flawless on the floodlit Dubai court. The Serb slipped from 4-0 up in the second set to 6-6 as her first serve percentage plunged, before winning the subsequent tiebreak 7-5. She was still too strong for 21year-old Pavlyuchenkova, breaking in the first game and remaining largely in control thereafter, with her Russian opponent’s forehand too often found wanting to really put her higher-ranked adversary in trouble. “I really want to, you know, break into the top 10 again,” Ivanovic said. “I feel I have the game, but I just haven’t been consistent enough, especially against the top players.” Ivanovic broke for a second time to go 4-1 up in the first set, a fierce cross-court return earning a break point she converted after Pavlyuchenkova thumped a forehand into the net. Yet Ivanovic immediately lost her own serve to love as the world number 29 closed to 4-3 but the 25year-old roused herself again, dropping only two points in the next two games as Pavlyuchenkova doublefaulted to gift her the first set. The Serb blamed her second set slump on a troubled shoulder.

“I have been struggling for weeks now,” Ivanovic said. “I was kind of afraid to hit the ball because it was getting a bit sore, but I was just so happy to win in two (sets) so I can regenerate more and try to be ready for the next one.” STEPHENS STRUGGLES AGAIN

Stephens, who suffered a secondround exit in last week’s Qatar Open, was beaten 5-7 6-3 6-2 by Romania’s Sorana Cirstea and the world number 16 said she had found it tough going in her first trip to the Gulf. “It’s two tournaments in a place I have never been before, a very different situation for me,” Stephens said. “Some days you’re going to be on court and it’s not just going to turn out the way you want. Today I didn’t play my best tennis, and last week I didn’t play my best tennis.” The 19-year-old, who defeated newly installed world number one Serena Williams on the way to reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January, started confidently in front of a sparse Dubai crowd. She broke in the first set to take a 5-4 lead, but then showed her inexperience, serving a double-fault on set point to allow Cirstea to make it 5-5. The world’s top-ranked teenager immediately broke again as she went on to claim the first set. Stephens then took a 3-1 secondset lead, winning nine points in a row, but Cirstea fought back by taking five straight games to square the match. Cirstea won the last set in 33 minutes as the young American’s serve collapsed, losing five of six service games.


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Sp rt Nani inspires United to laboured Cup win over Reading Reuters

LONDON Substitute Nani reminded manager Alex Ferguson of his qualities by inspiring Manchester United to a laboured 2-1 home win over Reading in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday. The mercurial Portuguese winger was sent on just before halftime in place of the injured Phil Jones and he scored United’s opener before setting up Javier Hernandez for the second. Reading pulled one back through Jobi McAnuff but United held on to set up a quarter-final against second-tier Middlesbrough or European champions Chelsea. The Premier League leaders dominated the match but struggled to make the breakthrough in the face of resolute Reading defending and a fine performance by goalkeeper Adam Federici. “It was a really good Cup tie, when they got the goal they went for it and piled men in the box,” Ferguson told ESPN. “We played some great football and could have scored a lot of goals tonight. “I’m satisfied with the quality of our play. We should have punished them better though. At 2-0 you are never comfortable. “Nani deserved to be man of the match, his contribution was terrific. I had a feeling he would win the match for us.” Nani, linked with a move away from Old Trafford, struck the post with a fierce angled volley shortly after coming on and he injected energy into a much-changed United side from the 1-1 Champions League draw at Real Madrid last week. Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand started on the bench and Wayne Rooney was left out of the squad after suffering a

bout of sinusitis. United won 4-3 at Reading in a dramatic Premier League match this season and they started brightly by creating several chances to open the scoring. But Federici made a succession of good saves and the visitors slowly established a foothold in the match. Nani grabbed the first goal with a cute volley from 12 metres after 69 minutes and his pinpoint cross set up Hernandez for a trademark near-post header soon afterwards. Reading refused to lie down and McAnuff scored nine minutes from time with a neat finish from close range. The side third-bottom of the Premier League table continued to press forward but the hosts, bolstered by the reassuring presence of experienced Serbian Nemanja Vidic at the heart of their defence, hung on. United, record 11-times FA Cup winners but who have not lifted the trophy since 2004, remained on course to repeat their treble of 1999, 12 points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League and level at 1-1 with Real Madrid after the Champions League last16 first-leg match. AP Photo/Clint Hughes

Manchester United’s Nani celebrates after he scored the first goal of the game for his side during their English FA Cup fifth round soccer match against Reading at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Monday Feb. 18, 2013.

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Late April Donovan return a blow for U.S. coach Klinsmann

Rival Indonesian factions agree to hold congress

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The rival factions whose power struggle has left Indonesian soccer in crisis have agreed to hold a joint congress in Jakarta next month to settle their differences, the sports minister said. The near two-year battle for power between the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) and t h e I n d o nesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI) has resulted in the populous Southeast Asian nation having two domestic leagues and two national teams. But Youth and Sports Minister Roy Suryo was optimistic that the March 17 congress would find a resolution. “Hopefully, if everything goes well, KPSI will merge with PSSI,” Suryo told reporters late on Monday. “I have received a letter from the world soccer ruling body FIFA on Feb. 13, which set a new deadline of March 20.” The internal strife reached a humbling low in December when Diego Mendieta, a Paraguayan striker, died of a treatable viral infection last month after going four months without being paid in the KPSI league with the PSSI refusing to help. World players’ union FIFPro criticised the PSSI last month after further cases of sick, unpaid players were discovered. FIFA have long threatened Indonesia with punishments and bans if the row was not resolved but time and again, deadlines have been extended. “I think it was quite a Christmas or end of year gift to Indonesia that they haven’t been suspended,” Blatter told a news conference after FIFA’s executive committee meeting in Tokyo in December extended the deadline once again.

Siena moves out of last with 3-0 win over Lazio

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SIENA, Italy — Switzerland forward Innocent Emeghara extended his impressive start in Serie A by scoring twice Monday as Siena moved out of last place with a 3-0 win over Lazio. The loss left Lazio tied with AC Milan in third place, 11 points behind Italian league leader Juventus. Emeghara put Siena ahead six minutes in with a header, Alessandro Rosina doubled the lead in the 23rd and Emeghara scored again in the 61st after accelerating past defender Giuseppe Biava. The 23-year-old Emeghara has four goals in three matches since joining Siena on loan from French club Lorient. He was born in Nigeria but plays for Switzerland’s national team. Lazio playmaker Hernanes had a dangerous free kick tipped over the bar by Siena goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo in the 77th.

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AC Milan midfielder Kevin Constant, right, of Guinea, is tackled by Parma midfielder Aleandro Rosi during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Parma at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

Milan left dwelling on past ahead of Barca visit

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MILAN - AC Milan have been left dwelling on the past as they prepare to host Barcelona in a Champions League last-16 first leg tie on Wednesday when Lionel Messi will try to score for the Catalans for the 15th match in a row. The Italians were forced to hold a firesale of their top players to try and balance the books at the end of last season, with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Thiago Silva among those to leave. Alexandre Pato has also left since Milan were eliminated by the same opponents in the quarter-finals just under a year ago. Mario Balotelli, their only marquee signing this season, is cup-tied against Barca, leaving the seven-times European champions a pale shadow of their former selves. Milan seem to have struggled to come to terms with their new reality - a reflection of the difficulties facing Serie A where clubs can no longer compete with the financial clout of other top

European leagues. At times Milan have been happy to play the role of underdogs, with president Silvio Berlusconi and coach Massimiliano Allegri emphasising they are now a young team building for a financially sustainable future. But there was none of that talk on their website in the build up to the match as the club preferred to hark back to their past record. “A great European city and a fabulous stadium are ready to host the game of the year,” it said proudly, casting a veil over Milan’s current situation. “Certain stadiums bring out a certain atmosphere especially when it comes to European fixtures. Milan-Barcelona is the match between (one of) the most successful clubs in the world and currently the best club in the world.”

POOR MILAN RUN

Things have certainly changed since Milan outclassed Barcelona 4-0 in the 1994 final. The Italians have won only one of 10 meetings since then, a 1-0

win at San Siro in 2004, and none of the last seven. The teams have twice met in the knockout stages with Barcelona winning 3-1 on aggregate in last season’s quarter-finals and 1-0 on aggregate in the 2005/06 semi-final on their way to winning the title. Without Balotelli, who has scored four goals in three games since his move from Manchester City, Milan’s hopes of reversing that sequence would appear to be minimal despite an impressive domestic run which has seem them climb to third in Serie A. Four-times World Player of the Year Messi looks unstoppable for Barcelona. Midfielder Xavi is back in the Barcelona squad after missing the last two games but David Villa will not make the trip as he is still recovering from kidney stones. Striker Pedro churned out the usual platitudes when he faced the Spanish media on Monday. “Milan has always been difficult,” he said. “They have titles and a great history. It will be difficult, as it always is. They are always dangerous.”

United States winger Landon Donovan is expected to miss the first two months of the Major League Soccer season, leaving national team coach Juergen Klinsmann without a key player for two vital World Cup qualifiers. The L.A. Galaxy player announced in December he was taking a break from the game but it was unclear whether he would be back in time for the start of the team’s 2013 campaign on March 3. The Galaxy announced that Donovan would return to the club at the end of March and head coach Bruce Arena said on Monday it would take another month to get the player match fit. “Sure, it could be earlier but it is what it is. It will just set him behind the group by a couple of months,” Arena told the league’s website (mlssoccer.com). “Am I unhappy about it? No, I’m not unhappy,” he said. “Whether I think it’s unnecessary or not is probably not important. “That’s the player, how he feels and what he thinks he needs. It’ll set him back. He comes back at the end of March, he’ll probably be playing somewhere close to the end of April.” That would mean Donovan misses the two World Cup qualifiers for the U.S. against Costa Rica in Denver on March 22 and the highly anticipated clash with Olympic champions Mexico in Mexico City four days later. The U.S. then have three qualifying games in June which Donovan should be ready for - if Klinsmann chooses to pick him. Former Germany international Klinsmann and his team are under pressure after losing their opening CONCACAF qualifying final round game at Honduras earlier this month and the absence of the country’s record scorer hardly helps. Donovan has featured in the past three World Cup finals and, at 30 years of age, was expected to play a key role in his country’s qualifying campaign and then in Brazil. But the winger, who has spent two spells on loan with Everton in England, said in interviews last season that he had lost motivation and was not sure he would even be playing in 2014. Three teams out of the six left in CONCACAF qualifying will book automatic places in the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with the fourth placed team forced into a two-legged playoff against the champion of the Oceania region.

AC Milan: 32-Christian Abbiati; 20-Ignazio Abate, 17-Mario Yepes, 5-Philippe Mexes, 21-Kevin Constant; 8-Antonio Nocerino, 10-Kevin-Prince Boateng, 18-Riccardo Montolivo, 4-Sulley Muntari; 11-Giampaolo Pazzini, 92-Stephan El Shaaraway.

Barcelona:

1-Victor Valdes; 2-Dani Alves, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 18-Jordi Alba; 6-Xavi, 16-Sergio Busquets, 8-Andres Iniesta; 4-Cesc Fabregas, 10-Lionel Messi, 17-Pedro.

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Sp rt Nani inspires United to laboured Cup win over Reading Reuters

LONDON Substitute Nani reminded manager Alex Ferguson of his qualities by inspiring Manchester United to a laboured 2-1 home win over Reading in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday. The mercurial Portuguese winger was sent on just before halftime in place of the injured Phil Jones and he scored United’s opener before setting up Javier Hernandez for the second. Reading pulled one back through Jobi McAnuff but United held on to set up a quarter-final against second-tier Middlesbrough or European champions Chelsea. The Premier League leaders dominated the match but struggled to make the breakthrough in the face of resolute Reading defending and a fine performance by goalkeeper Adam Federici. “It was a really good Cup tie, when they got the goal they went for it and piled men in the box,” Ferguson told ESPN. “We played some great football and could have scored a lot of goals tonight. “I’m satisfied with the quality of our play. We should have punished them better though. At 2-0 you are never comfortable. “Nani deserved to be man of the match, his contribution was terrific. I had a feeling he would win the match for us.” Nani, linked with a move away from Old Trafford, struck the post with a fierce angled volley shortly after coming on and he injected energy into a much-changed United side from the 1-1 Champions League draw at Real Madrid last week. Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand started on the bench and Wayne Rooney was left out of the squad after suffering a

bout of sinusitis. United won 4-3 at Reading in a dramatic Premier League match this season and they started brightly by creating several chances to open the scoring. But Federici made a succession of good saves and the visitors slowly established a foothold in the match. Nani grabbed the first goal with a cute volley from 12 metres after 69 minutes and his pinpoint cross set up Hernandez for a trademark near-post header soon afterwards. Reading refused to lie down and McAnuff scored nine minutes from time with a neat finish from close range. The side third-bottom of the Premier League table continued to press forward but the hosts, bolstered by the reassuring presence of experienced Serbian Nemanja Vidic at the heart of their defence, hung on. United, record 11-times FA Cup winners but who have not lifted the trophy since 2004, remained on course to repeat their treble of 1999, 12 points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League and level at 1-1 with Real Madrid after the Champions League last16 first-leg match. AP Photo/Clint Hughes

Manchester United’s Nani celebrates after he scored the first goal of the game for his side during their English FA Cup fifth round soccer match against Reading at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Monday Feb. 18, 2013.

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Late April Donovan return a blow for U.S. coach Klinsmann

Rival Indonesian factions agree to hold congress

Reuters

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The rival factions whose power struggle has left Indonesian soccer in crisis have agreed to hold a joint congress in Jakarta next month to settle their differences, the sports minister said. The near two-year battle for power between the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) and t h e I n d o nesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI) has resulted in the populous Southeast Asian nation having two domestic leagues and two national teams. But Youth and Sports Minister Roy Suryo was optimistic that the March 17 congress would find a resolution. “Hopefully, if everything goes well, KPSI will merge with PSSI,” Suryo told reporters late on Monday. “I have received a letter from the world soccer ruling body FIFA on Feb. 13, which set a new deadline of March 20.” The internal strife reached a humbling low in December when Diego Mendieta, a Paraguayan striker, died of a treatable viral infection last month after going four months without being paid in the KPSI league with the PSSI refusing to help. World players’ union FIFPro criticised the PSSI last month after further cases of sick, unpaid players were discovered. FIFA have long threatened Indonesia with punishments and bans if the row was not resolved but time and again, deadlines have been extended. “I think it was quite a Christmas or end of year gift to Indonesia that they haven’t been suspended,” Blatter told a news conference after FIFA’s executive committee meeting in Tokyo in December extended the deadline once again.

Siena moves out of last with 3-0 win over Lazio

Associated Press Writer

SIENA, Italy — Switzerland forward Innocent Emeghara extended his impressive start in Serie A by scoring twice Monday as Siena moved out of last place with a 3-0 win over Lazio. The loss left Lazio tied with AC Milan in third place, 11 points behind Italian league leader Juventus. Emeghara put Siena ahead six minutes in with a header, Alessandro Rosina doubled the lead in the 23rd and Emeghara scored again in the 61st after accelerating past defender Giuseppe Biava. The 23-year-old Emeghara has four goals in three matches since joining Siena on loan from French club Lorient. He was born in Nigeria but plays for Switzerland’s national team. Lazio playmaker Hernanes had a dangerous free kick tipped over the bar by Siena goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo in the 77th.

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AC Milan midfielder Kevin Constant, right, of Guinea, is tackled by Parma midfielder Aleandro Rosi during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Parma at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

Milan left dwelling on past ahead of Barca visit

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MILAN - AC Milan have been left dwelling on the past as they prepare to host Barcelona in a Champions League last-16 first leg tie on Wednesday when Lionel Messi will try to score for the Catalans for the 15th match in a row. The Italians were forced to hold a firesale of their top players to try and balance the books at the end of last season, with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Thiago Silva among those to leave. Alexandre Pato has also left since Milan were eliminated by the same opponents in the quarter-finals just under a year ago. Mario Balotelli, their only marquee signing this season, is cup-tied against Barca, leaving the seven-times European champions a pale shadow of their former selves. Milan seem to have struggled to come to terms with their new reality - a reflection of the difficulties facing Serie A where clubs can no longer compete with the financial clout of other top

European leagues. At times Milan have been happy to play the role of underdogs, with president Silvio Berlusconi and coach Massimiliano Allegri emphasising they are now a young team building for a financially sustainable future. But there was none of that talk on their website in the build up to the match as the club preferred to hark back to their past record. “A great European city and a fabulous stadium are ready to host the game of the year,” it said proudly, casting a veil over Milan’s current situation. “Certain stadiums bring out a certain atmosphere especially when it comes to European fixtures. Milan-Barcelona is the match between (one of) the most successful clubs in the world and currently the best club in the world.”

POOR MILAN RUN

Things have certainly changed since Milan outclassed Barcelona 4-0 in the 1994 final. The Italians have won only one of 10 meetings since then, a 1-0

win at San Siro in 2004, and none of the last seven. The teams have twice met in the knockout stages with Barcelona winning 3-1 on aggregate in last season’s quarter-finals and 1-0 on aggregate in the 2005/06 semi-final on their way to winning the title. Without Balotelli, who has scored four goals in three games since his move from Manchester City, Milan’s hopes of reversing that sequence would appear to be minimal despite an impressive domestic run which has seem them climb to third in Serie A. Four-times World Player of the Year Messi looks unstoppable for Barcelona. Midfielder Xavi is back in the Barcelona squad after missing the last two games but David Villa will not make the trip as he is still recovering from kidney stones. Striker Pedro churned out the usual platitudes when he faced the Spanish media on Monday. “Milan has always been difficult,” he said. “They have titles and a great history. It will be difficult, as it always is. They are always dangerous.”

United States winger Landon Donovan is expected to miss the first two months of the Major League Soccer season, leaving national team coach Juergen Klinsmann without a key player for two vital World Cup qualifiers. The L.A. Galaxy player announced in December he was taking a break from the game but it was unclear whether he would be back in time for the start of the team’s 2013 campaign on March 3. The Galaxy announced that Donovan would return to the club at the end of March and head coach Bruce Arena said on Monday it would take another month to get the player match fit. “Sure, it could be earlier but it is what it is. It will just set him behind the group by a couple of months,” Arena told the league’s website (mlssoccer.com). “Am I unhappy about it? No, I’m not unhappy,” he said. “Whether I think it’s unnecessary or not is probably not important. “That’s the player, how he feels and what he thinks he needs. It’ll set him back. He comes back at the end of March, he’ll probably be playing somewhere close to the end of April.” That would mean Donovan misses the two World Cup qualifiers for the U.S. against Costa Rica in Denver on March 22 and the highly anticipated clash with Olympic champions Mexico in Mexico City four days later. The U.S. then have three qualifying games in June which Donovan should be ready for - if Klinsmann chooses to pick him. Former Germany international Klinsmann and his team are under pressure after losing their opening CONCACAF qualifying final round game at Honduras earlier this month and the absence of the country’s record scorer hardly helps. Donovan has featured in the past three World Cup finals and, at 30 years of age, was expected to play a key role in his country’s qualifying campaign and then in Brazil. But the winger, who has spent two spells on loan with Everton in England, said in interviews last season that he had lost motivation and was not sure he would even be playing in 2014. Three teams out of the six left in CONCACAF qualifying will book automatic places in the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with the fourth placed team forced into a two-legged playoff against the champion of the Oceania region.

AC Milan: 32-Christian Abbiati; 20-Ignazio Abate, 17-Mario Yepes, 5-Philippe Mexes, 21-Kevin Constant; 8-Antonio Nocerino, 10-Kevin-Prince Boateng, 18-Riccardo Montolivo, 4-Sulley Muntari; 11-Giampaolo Pazzini, 92-Stephan El Shaaraway.

Barcelona:

1-Victor Valdes; 2-Dani Alves, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 18-Jordi Alba; 6-Xavi, 16-Sergio Busquets, 8-Andres Iniesta; 4-Cesc Fabregas, 10-Lionel Messi, 17-Pedro.

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Mas Village is one of villages in Bali fundamentally identified as an artistic countryside by focusing in artistic of wood carving. Mas Village is located in Ubud sub district and Gianyar Regency, east part of Bali. It owns the typical style of wood carving art by placing forward the distinguish synergy the humanism and naturalism. The village’s popularity as an art village is famous in the national and world level which is not forgetting from the highness name of some maestros which has borne and found the spirit (taksu) and soul. The famous maestro who was borne in this village is Ida Bagus Tilem. This Artistic countryside owns the long history root. The result of wood carving art in this village owns the immeasurable and wide dimension like idol for the devoting (arca idol), representative dimension of everyday Balinese social society life (farmer, fisherman, worker, intellectual, merchant etc), the abstract dimension as existing of actor imagination which is listening carefully of reality, dynamics and life philosophy. The villagers are same as villagers at other tourism countryside in Bali that have also experienced the transformation from agrarian society to the crafting society. Even nowadays, it is continued to service society from commerce service until levying service of the souvenir for overseas and domestic tourist. It is strategically located in the main road from Denpasar to Ubud and it can be reached from several of angle. It is about 15 km easterly go to the majors road to Ubud from Denpasar town. If you wish to go to this place from Denpasar, the starting spandrel points step into Mas Village is Sakah, where a big baby idol monumentally existing in the middle of road. The Baby idol is a symbol and representative of human being life early which is believed by local residents with full of philosophic value, religious and dynamism.

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HOUSTON -- Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers turned their attention Monday from bad basketball and trade talk to more somber matters. The death of Jerry Buss, their longtime owner, was a blow for a franchise that was so often in championship chase under his leadership. With Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bryant and

Shaquille O’Neal, and finally Bryant and Pau Gasol, the Lakers won 10 titles under since Buss became owner in 1979. The Bryant-Gasol-Dwight Howard-Steve Nash combination wasn’t

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West Team’s Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks as Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and France’s Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls watch him during the second half of the NBA AllStar basketball game Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Houston.

working nearly as well. The Lakers are 25-29, currently in 10th place in the Western Conference, miles behind the Clippers in their division and their own building, and out of the playoff race. Gasol is hurt and Howard has been unhappy, leading to speculation he could be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline even though the Lakers have said otherwise. Yet Bryant spoke confidently of a turnaround Sunday after the AllStar game, just hours before Buss’ death at 80. ‘’I think we’ve been playing pretty well coming into the break,’’ Bryant said. ‘’We laid a couple of eggs there against the Celtics and the Clippers, but all in all we’ve been playing pretty well, much better than we have been. We just have to continue to improve and we’ll do much better in the second half.’’ It starts Tuesday, with the Lakers looking to get back on track, the Miami Heat in command in the East and LeBron James in command of everyone. Bryant blocked James’ shots twice in the final minutes of the West’s 143-138 victory over the East on Sunday in the All-Star game. It was a rare failure for James, who has been sensational all season and whose Heat have hit their stride. Miami ran off seven straight victories going into the break and starting to build a comfortable lead in the conference. ‘’We just want to play our game,’’ he said. ‘’We want to continue to get better each and every game. Not waste an opportunity when we get on the floor. Play as a team and if we do that, we’ll be fine. The Heat overwhelmed the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Thursday in an NBA Finals rematch, improving to just 13-11 on the road. All-Star forward Chris Bosh said Miami is only a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, believing the Heat still have to put together a string of road victories to prove they are really in championship form.

Formula One viewing figures down in 2012 Reuters

A significant drop in Chinese viewers pushed down Formula One’s global television audience last year, according to figures compiled by the sport’s commercial

rights holder. “The majority of our established markets brought larger audiences throughout 2012 than they delivered in 2011,” Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said in a foreword to the 2012 global broadcast report.

“A small handful of territories didn’t meet expectations in terms of reach, with the Chinese market suffering a decrease which could not be absorbed by a significant number of increases elsewhere,” added the 82-year-old.

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Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic returns the ball to Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during the first day of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.

Ivanovic reaches Dubai second round, Stephens bows out

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DUBAI - Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 7-6 in the first round of the Dubai tennis championships on Monday while U.S. teenager Sloane Stephens was eliminated in three sets to cap a miserable debut trip to the Gulf. Ivanovic’s career has dipped since she won the French title in 2008, sinking from number one in the world rankings to 13th, and she was far from flawless on the floodlit Dubai court. The Serb slipped from 4-0 up in the second set to 6-6 as her first serve percentage plunged, before winning the subsequent tiebreak 7-5. She was still too strong for 21year-old Pavlyuchenkova, breaking in the first game and remaining largely in control thereafter, with her Russian opponent’s forehand too often found wanting to really put her higher-ranked adversary in trouble. “I really want to, you know, break into the top 10 again,” Ivanovic said. “I feel I have the game, but I just haven’t been consistent enough, especially against the top players.” Ivanovic broke for a second time to go 4-1 up in the first set, a fierce cross-court return earning a break point she converted after Pavlyuchenkova thumped a forehand into the net. Yet Ivanovic immediately lost her own serve to love as the world number 29 closed to 4-3 but the 25year-old roused herself again, dropping only two points in the next two games as Pavlyuchenkova doublefaulted to gift her the first set. The Serb blamed her second set slump on a troubled shoulder.

“I have been struggling for weeks now,” Ivanovic said. “I was kind of afraid to hit the ball because it was getting a bit sore, but I was just so happy to win in two (sets) so I can regenerate more and try to be ready for the next one.” STEPHENS STRUGGLES AGAIN

Stephens, who suffered a secondround exit in last week’s Qatar Open, was beaten 5-7 6-3 6-2 by Romania’s Sorana Cirstea and the world number 16 said she had found it tough going in her first trip to the Gulf. “It’s two tournaments in a place I have never been before, a very different situation for me,” Stephens said. “Some days you’re going to be on court and it’s not just going to turn out the way you want. Today I didn’t play my best tennis, and last week I didn’t play my best tennis.” The 19-year-old, who defeated newly installed world number one Serena Williams on the way to reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January, started confidently in front of a sparse Dubai crowd. She broke in the first set to take a 5-4 lead, but then showed her inexperience, serving a double-fault on set point to allow Cirstea to make it 5-5. The world’s top-ranked teenager immediately broke again as she went on to claim the first set. Stephens then took a 3-1 secondset lead, winning nine points in a row, but Cirstea fought back by taking five straight games to square the match. Cirstea won the last set in 33 minutes as the young American’s serve collapsed, losing five of six service games.


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Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez take part in a gathering at Plaza Bolivar in Caracas February 18, 2013.

Chavez back in Venezuela, on Twitter with four million followers Reuters

CARACAS - After Hugo Chavez spent two months out of the public eye for cancer surgery in Cuba, the Venezuelan government hailed his homecoming on Monday and said the president had achieved another milestone - four million followers on Twitter. The 58-year-old flew back from Havana before dawn and was taken to a military hospital. No new details were given on his health, and there were no images of his arrival. Officials say his condition remains delicate. The normally loquacious socialist leader, who is struggling to speak as he breathes through a tracheal tube, took to Twitter with a passion back in April 2010, tweeting regularly and encouraging other leftist Latin American leaders to do likewise. His @chavezcandanga account quickly drew a big mixed following of fans, critics and others just curious to see how his famously long speeches and fiery anti-U.S. invective would work within the social media network’s 140character limit. But as he fought the cancer and underwent weeks of grueling chemotherapy and radiation therapy, he began to tweet less and less frequently, before stopping altogether on November 1. Early on Monday morning, he made his reappearance. “It was 4:30, 5 a.m. He got to his room and surprised everyone: rat-tat-tat, he sent three or four

messages, and at that moment fireworks began to go off around the country,” Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised cabinet meeting. During the day, Maduro added, the president’s number of followers had shot up to well over four million. “It’s incredible, in just a few hours ... he’s the second mostfollowed president in the world (after Barack Obama), and the first if we make the comparison by per capita,” he said. Obama has more than 27 million Twitter followers and is No. 5 most followed globally. Chavez is Twitter’s No. 190 globally. 4TH MILLION FOLLOWER

Maduro said Chavez’s four millionth follower was a 20-yearold single Venezuelan woman named Alemar Jimenez from the gritty San Juan neighborhood in downtown Caracas, near the military hospital where the president arrived earlier in the day. “She’s one of the golden generation of youth who support the fatherland and have been waiting with growing love for

commander Hugo Chavez,” Maduro said, before presenting a dazzled-looking Jimenez to the cameras and giving her a bunch of flowers. “We were really emotional” she said, recounting how she was with her mother when they heard Chavez had returned. “I sent him a message on Twitter saying he must get better.” There are still big questions over the president’s health. He could have come back to govern from behind the scenes, or he may be hoping to ease political tensions and pave the way for a transition to Maduro, his preferred successor. Chavez has often ordered followers to fight back against opposition critics of his self-styled revolution by using social media, leading from the front himself on Twitter and referring to the Internet as a “battle trench.” As his ranks of followers grew, Chavez said he hired 200 assistants to help him respond to messages - which he said were a great way to receive first-hand the requests, demands, complaints and denunciations of citizens in the thousands.

SYDNEY — Papua New Guinea police have charged two people with the grisly killing of a woman who was tortured and burned alive in front of hundreds of people, including young children, after being accused of witchcraft. Janet Ware and Andrew Watea were charged with murder over the slaying of Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old mother who was stripped, tortured with a hot iron rod, doused in gasoline and set alight on a pile of car tires and trash by a mob earlier this month. Leniata had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a 6-yearold boy who had died in a hospital. Ware and Watea are believed to be the boy’s mother and uncle, police said in a statement. The two charged Monday were among more than 40 people who were detained last week in connection with Leniata’s slaying. The others were eventually released due to lack of evidence, but police said more arrests are expected. In rural Papua New Guinea, witchcraft is often blamed for unexplained misfortunes, but the brutal killing was met with outrage across the South Pacific island nation, drawing condemnation from the prime minister, police and diplomats. Police said the hundreds of onlookers, many of whom were children and teenagers, were powerless to stop the mob who participated in Leniata’s killing in the Western Highlands provincial capital of Mount Hagen. Police officers were also among the spectators, but were outnumbered and couldn’t save the woman, national police spokesman Dominic Kakas said. An internal investigation is under way into the police’s actions at the scene. Murder is punishable by death in Papua New Guinea, although no one has been hanged since the country became independent in 1975.

Thousands in Guinea demand graft-free vote Reuters

CONAKRY - Opposition supporters held protests across Guinea on Monday to demand a free and fair parliamentary election, fearing the first such vote in more than a decade will be cheapened by fraud. The May 12 election is intended to be the last step in Guinea’s return to civilian rule following the death of veteran strongman Lansana Conte in 2008 and two years of violent army rule. President Alpha Conde was elected in 2010 and has promised prosperity for Guinea’s 10 million people. The West African nation’s economy produces only about $1.50 per person per day despite a wealth of natural resources, including the world’s largest untapped iron ore deposit. But delays in the legislative vote have deepened a political deadlock and led to intermittent violence, unnerving investors as they wait to tap into Guinea’s abundant iron ore, bauxite and gold reserves. Opponents of Conde say preparations for the longdelayed vote have been flawed. They point to a contract awarded to two companies to update the voter roll, saying the two firms have been skewing the list to favor the president’s allies. “The opposition will not accept dictatorship, the violation of the constitution or laws of the Republic,” said former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo. “If Mr Alpha Conde continues to violate these laws then we’ll ask him to leave.” The European Union, one of Guinea’s major donors, warned in November that it needed a credible and detailed timeline for the election to unblock about 174 million euros ($234.28 million).

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KUTAI KARTANEGARA - An Australian man died in the thick jungle of Indonesian Borneo during a weekend motocross event, officials said Monday. Rescuers on Sunday retrieved the body of Michael Adrian Headley, 35, who died of a heart attack during the rally, and rescued 20 local riders, event organiser Harin

Tasmida told AFP. “He had a heart attack and died instantly. He seemed to have forced himself beyond his physical ability,” Tasmida said.

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streets in December to protest. Students and women’s rights activists in Garut demanded that he resign, trampling and spitting on photos of his face before setting them ablaze outside his council building. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono responded by issuing a rare public condemnation of the 40-yearold official and his illegal marriage. The Supreme Court late last month recommended that the president dismiss Fikri for violating the marriage law, and police are investigating the case because it involves a minor. Outrage also erupted in social media in January after Judge Muhammad Daming Sunusi told a parliamentary selection panel for Supreme Court positions that it could be a mistake to impose the death penalty for rape because both the attacker and the victim “might have enjoyed” it. The remark reportedly drew laughter from panel members. Sunusi later apologized and said he been joking.“Enough is enough!” said Muhammad, of the commission on violence against women. “Our officials should no longer mess around and issue ridiculous statements even as a dumb joke.” Not only was Sunusi rejected for a job on the Supreme Court, but the country’s Judicial Commission has recommended that he be dismissed from his position on the South Sumatra High Court. But the Supreme Court would have to agree, and it has said such punishment would be too severe because he made the remark in an interview, not during a trial. Sunusi is hardly the first in Indonesia to be criticized for his comments about rape. In 2011, after a woman was gang raped on a minibus, then-Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo drew protests after warning women not to wear miniskirts on public transportation because it could arouse male passengers. Bowo lost his re-election bid last year. A sex-trafficking case involving a 14-year-old girl prompted Education Minister Mohammad Nuh to say last

The riders were forced to spend the night in the jungle after heavy rains muddied the track. “Many motorcycles broke down on the trail and riders had no choice but to stay overnight in the jungle without food and water, many suffering from fatigue,” local rescuer Trembli Vemberiyanto said. Tasmida, however, denied the

event was poorly organised, saying they responded as quickly as possible. “Nobody went missing. They only got stuck in the jungle because of the muddy terrain as it was raining a night before. We sent them food and water,” he said. The 140-kilometre (87-mile) “Balikpapan Two Days Enduro”

began Saturday with around 800 participants in the city of Balikpapan, where the Australian lived with his family and worked for a mining company. The event was part of the city’s 116th anniversary celebrations. The organiser said Headley had undergone a physical examination in Singapore two months earlier and had been in good condition.

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JAKARTA — A judge being interviewed for a Supreme Court job jokes that women might enjoy rape. A local official takes a 17-year-old second wife, then quickly divorces her by text message. Both cases reflect attitudes toward women’s rights and safety that have persisted for years in this Southeast Asian archipelago nation of 240 million people. The difference now: Both officials are at risk of losing their jobs. Women in this social-media-obsessed country have been rallying, online and on the streets, against sexist comments and attacks on women. The response is seen as a small step for women’s rights in Indonesia, where the government is secular and most people practice a moderate form of Islam. “We are living in a different era now,” said Husein Muhammad of the National Commission on Violence Against Women. “... Now we have supporting laws and social media to bring severe consequences and social sanctions.” Still, rights groups say the country remains far behind on many issues involving gender equality and violence. Rape cases often are not properly investigated, and victims are sometimes blamed. And although it is rare to divorce by text message, as Aceng Fikri did last summer, unregistered polygamous marriages such as his are common. Fikri, chief of Garut district in West Java province, called it quits four days after marrying his teenage bride in July. He claimed she was not a virgin, which she denied. A photo of the couple posted on the Internet slowly began to stoke chatter — and then rage. The outcry spread by local media and on Twitter, blogs, Facebook and popular mobile phone networking groups such as BlackBerry and Yahoo Messenger. Thousands of people took to the

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In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 photo, Indonesian women take part in the “One Billion Rising” campaign that calls to an end to violence against women, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Women in this social media-obsessed country have been rallying, online and on the streets, against sexist comments and attacks on women. The response is seen as a small step for women’s rights in Indonesia, where the government is secular and most people practice a moderate form of Islam. year that not all girls who report such crimes are victims: “They do it for fun, and then the girl alleges that it’s rape,” he said. His response to the criticism he received was that it’s difficult to prove whether sexual assault allegations are “real rapes.” Growing concern in Indonesia over women’s rights reflects that in India, where a brutal and deadly New Delhi gang rape in December has drawn nationwide protests and demands for change. That case also resonated in Indonesia. “Let’s imagine the suffering of women who are treated badly by their husbands and the rape victims. What if it happened to our own families?” said Ellin Rozana, a women’s rights activist in Bandung, capital of West Java province. “We need government officials who will be on the front line to protect women, and judges who can see that violence against women is a serious crime.”

In the West Java official’s case, it was the text-message divorce that prompted outrage more than his unregistered second marriage, though such weddings raise issues about women’s rights. They are regularly performed for Indonesians ranging from poor rice farmers to celebrities, politicians and Muslim clerics. Polygamy remains common in many Muslim countries, based on Islamic teachings that allow men to take up to four wives. In Indonesia, men are allowed to marry a second wife only after the first gives her blessing. Since most women refuse to agree to share their husbands, unregistered ceremonies, or “nikah siri,” are often secretly carried out by an Islamic cleric outside the law. Some of the marriages are simply a cover for prostitution. A cleric is paid to conduct “contract marriages” as short as one night in some parts of Indonesia, usually for Middle Eastern

tourists. Without a marriage certificate, wives lack legal rights. Children from the marriage are often considered illegitimate and are typically not issued birth certificates, creating a lifetime of obstacles ranging from attending schools to getting a passport. However, in another sign of Indonesia’s changing attitudes, the Supreme Court this month ordered all judges to obey an earlier Constitutional Court ruling granting rights such as inheritance to children born out of wedlock, and to punish fathers who neglect them. The women’s commission on violence is now pushing for a revision of Indonesia’s 1974 marriage law to grant more protections to women and children. “I hope Indonesian women can take a lesson from Fikri’s case,” said Ninik Rahayu of the commission. “At least it has awakened their awareness to not marry in an illegal way.”


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In the APEC Summit, Bali judged unready to use electric cars

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In the APEC Summit held in November this year, the government will prepare electric cars as a means of transportation for the APEC Summit participants, except for the heads of state that will bring their own vehicle. The use of electric cars is to demonstrate the commitment of Indonesia to eco-friendly vehicles.

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TOKYO - Former top financial bureaucrat Toshiro Muto is the leading candidate to become Japan’s next central bank governor, suggesting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hopes for a more radical policymaker are fading. Abe will pick a nominee as early as this week, sources close to the process told Reuters. The prime minister said he would make an announcement “soon” on a nominee, who would need to be confirmed by both houses of parliament. Abe led his party back to power in December with promises of aggressive monetary and fiscal stimulus to lift an economy dogged for years by deflation. He reiterated on Monday that he wanted the new BOJ governor to pursue bold monetary easing. “I’d like the new BOJ governor to be someone who has the strong determination and ability to pull Japan out of deflation,” he told parliament, suggesting that revising a law guaranteeing the central bank’s independence was possible if the authority failed to act aggressively enough. He said buying foreign bonds, considered an extreme measure by many officials, may be one policy option for the BOJ. “I’d like to reflect the government’s determination (of beating deflation) through the nomination, which is likely to be made soon,” Abe said. His push for looser monetary policy prompted the central bank in January to take its boldest action to date, doubling its inflation target to 2 percent and agreeing to an “open ended” asset buying program from 2014. But some policymakers and government officials worry that radical measures could unsettle financial markets and add to Japan’s debt burden, already the highest among industrialized countries. A sharp yen decline since Abe started pushing for bold BOJ measures has already sparked global concern over Japan’s policies, although Tokyo avoided direct criticism in a G20 meeting last weekend. Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s underlined what is at stake for Abe if his policy mix fails. It reaffirmed its AA minus rating with a negative outlook, which means a one-in-three chance of a downgrade in the coming fiscal year. It will take time to determine if Abe’s policies will work, S&P said.

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In this May 15, 2012 file photo sheep rest in front of furnaces in Duisburg, Germany. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, will avoid the recession that has engulfed many of its partners in the region and return to growth in the first quarter of 2013, the Bundesbank said on Monday.

Germany to escape recession and return to growth Agence France-Presse

FRANKFURT - Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, will avoid the recession that has engulfed many of its partners in the region and return to growth in the first quarter of 2013, the Bundesbank said on Monday. “As it currently looks, a plus in economic output can be expected in the first quarter of this year,” the German central bank said in its February monthly report. German gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 0.6 percent in the last quarter of 2012, as weak demand in other eurozone countries hurt exports. Were its economy to decline again in the current quarter, Germany would technically be in recession, defined as two quarters running of economic contraction. But the Bundesbank joins other economic experts and observers who believe last year’s dip in growth will prove short-lived. “For the rest of this year, the economy is expected to pick up

gradually, even if the external economic environment will provide no trigger for a sharp surge in demand,” it wrote. Although Germany has fared much better than its eurozone partners in the long-running debt crisis, it has not been able to escape completely unscathed and growth slowed throughout 2012. German GDP grew by 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012 and then by 0.3 percent in the second quarter and 0.2 percent in the third quarter. With the contraction of 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter, the economy expanded by just 0.7 percent across the whole of 2012, compared with 3.0 percent in 2011, according to the latest

data compiled by federal statistics office Destatis. At the same time, the 17nation eurozone slid deeper into recession in the fourth quarter of 2012, when the region’s economy shrank by 0.6 percent after already contracting by 0.1 percent in the preceding quarter. But in Germany, at least, experts believe the economy is already back on the growth path. Economy Minister Philipp Roesler said last week he believed that the current weakness would be “only temporary.” The minister forecast: “During the course of the year, the German economy will find its way back to growth. Current indicators, such as business surveys, confirm

this.” The government is pencilling in growth of 0.4 percent for 2013. But German industry is more optimistic and the DIHK federation of chambers of commerce recently projected growth of 0.7 percent given brighter export prospects and a stabilisation in corporate investment and hiring. Turning to Germany’s public finances, the Bundesbank said it is forecasting a slight deficit of around 0.5 percent of GDP this year, compared with a fractional surplus of 0.1 percent in 2012. Under eurozone rules, member states are not allowed to run up deficits in excess of 3.0 percent of GDP.

Apparently, the plan seems to face some obstacles. A member of Commission IV of the Bali House, Tjokorda Gede Asmara Putra Sukawati, assessed that Bali was unready to use electric cars due to many obstacles related to readiness of supporting facilities and human resources. “Moreover, the preparation is too short so that it is very difficult to make electric cars the only transportation facilities of the APEC Summit. The timing is so short,” he said on Monday (Feb 18) after a parliament plenary session in the Bali House. According to this Democrat, the APEC Summit mobility was so high so that smoothness of the traffic was very important. If only electric cars were allowed in the meeting area, he said, it was quite burdensome for participants because the facilities owned was limited. “The committee seems to be difficult to fulfill such a means in a very short time. If forced, I worry it will result in a problem,” he said. This politician from Ubud Palace, Gianyar, justified the use of electric cars would help the promotion of the eco-friendly tourism in Bali and Indonesia. However, the lack of infrastructure and limited human resources were feared to become a stumbling block for the continuity of such prestigious event. “The availability of electric car-literate human resources is very limited. If imposed, a short training will be less optimal. It deals with the safety of participants. They are state guests, so the safety aspect should be a concern. If it is indeed required to use electric cars and other cars outside the area, we surely refuse it. When combined, it’s okay as long as with the enforcement of strict criteria,” concluded Cok Asmara. (kmb29)

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The case of committed suicides by hanging themselves in Karangasem seemed to increase. Recently an elderly, I Wayan Temu (80), from banjar Sukaluwih, Selat, Karangasem, last Monday (18/2) 8 am local time was found hanging dead on a tree, 40 meters from his house, by locals. It seemed that Temu couldn’t face anymore his diabetes illness that is still on him Temu’s family was saddened by this while Selat Police investigated of what happened. Before, Made Wrespati (38) from banjar Eka Adnyana, Kubu, Karangasem was also found dead hanging in his bedroom. It seemed he committed suicide because of his tuberculosis illness that he had all this time. His parent, Made Ugu, suggested victim to get treatment yet victim decline it and chose to die instead. (013)

The underpass project on Dewa Ruci Junction is carried out to avoid traffic jam during the APEC Summit

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Pekutatan Community Health Center Ambulance damaged Negara (Bali Post)-

The ambulance car used by Pekutatan Health Community Center destroyed after hit by a pick-up car last Monday (18/2) at Dusun Dauh Pangkung, Pekutatan. There were no casualties in the incident as Ketut Ariasa (28) the ambulance driver from Banjar Pasar, Pekutatan was safe. The Kijang Innova ambulance has its back hit and windows shattered. The pick-up driver, Zaenal (35) from Ketugtug, Negara, was also safe but his car’s front part was damaged. Head of Pekutatan Police, PC Komang Kardika as permitted by Head of Jembrana Police,GAPC Komang Sandi Arsana, confirmed that the incident happened when the pick-up was coming from Gilimanuk. The case has been settled and closed. (kmb26)

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Handicrafts of JAS in Badung Regent’s Office

Handicrafts of JAS in Badung Regents OfficeThe magnificent office of Badung Government in fact has a space of the art exhibition. The work of arts showcased were creative works of Badung community that have been popular in their own era. They are ranging from sculpture, painting, engraving relief to sculpture handicraft in combination with perforated coins. The exhibition is opened in accordance with office hours. On the left side is showcased the statues made by people of Jagapati, Angantaka and Sedang or known as JAS. Theme of the statues is the same, namely depicting the people that are fishing, catching fish by fish net and people with rooster in a cage. In terms of size, there are small, medium and large with natural color. Placement of the statues lined up neatly tempts visitors to collect them. The sculpture works look very interesting and nice to display in the room. In the right room, there are statue handicrafts wrapped in perforated coins. They are works of art creatively made by Mengwi community. Most of them depict deities. Meanwhile, the large-size engraving relief is the work of artist from Tangeb village, Mengwi. In the meantime, on the wall is displayed various works of art on canvas. Among those paintings, some are made of dried banana sheath. The theme varies, but most of them highlight the beauty of nature. In the center is displayed various kinds of brochures of tourist object and attractions in Badung ranging from rafting adventure, Bukit Sari at Sangeh, Kuta Beach and others

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The case of robbery that happened at Susi Naruto Restaurant, Darmawangsa Street No. 82, Kampial, South Kuta, Badung last Monday (18/2) midnight caused a Korean resident, Kim Seong Cheol (42), got slashed on the hand and neck after his Suzuki AVP car taken. Victim managed to be treated in a hospital and allowed to go home after receiving some stitches. Meanwhile, the robber named Alexander Sakan (29) from Kuanfatu RT/17 RW/06, Kupang managed to be captured after the incident and attacked by locals. Information stated the incident happened around 12.30 am local time when victim left the area and about to take something from his car. Without a doubt, robber who drove a Yamaha Vega motorcycle and a sword attacked the owner. As Cheol was totally wounded, Sakan took the car straight away. Luckily during the incident two witnesses, Fredy Firdausi (24) and Alfian were there and chased the robber. Sakan seemed panicked and hit the car to a Operator Diving Office in Tanjung Benoa. Robber tried to run to the beach yet the two witnesses shouted ‘Robber!’ which then locals helped witnesses chased him. “Robber was about to get to a boat in the shores. And when chased, robber challenged the mass,” a police source stated. Robber tried to turn on the machine but it did not work. The mass of locals then hit robber and wounded all over the body. Robber is now critical and has been brought to Sanglah Hospital by the South Kuta Police. Meanwhile the evidences, car and sword, is now at the headquarters. Head of South Kuta Police PC I Wayan Nuriata, confirmed the case and investigation can’t be taken further yet due to robber is still unstable. (kmb21)

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CAIRO - Fighting broke out in a Sudanese border state between the military and rebels trying to overthrow President Omar Hassan alBashir, both sides said on Monday, and the government said its forces had killed scores of insurgents. The rebels gave a different account, saying the government forces had attacked civilian areas.

The conflict in Blue Nile started in September 2011, a few months after neighboring South Sudan seceded under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war. Rebels in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, another Sudanese border state, fought as part of the southern rebel army during that war, but were left on the Sudanese side of the border after partition. Hundreds of thousands of people

have fled their homes because of the fighting since 2011. On Monday, Sudanese state media reported the armed forces had taken the Muffa area in Blue Nile and “expelled the remnants of the rebels,” who had been backed by tanks and artillery. The army killed 66 rebels, it said, quoting the armed forces spokesman al-Sawarmi Khalid. The armed forces suffered a “small number” of casualties, it said, without giv-

ing details. The rebels, known as the SPLMNorth, said the Sudanese armed forces and allied militia had started a “military dry season campaign” on February 14 in a heavily populated area at Muffa. It said the fighting had forced thousands of civilians to flee toward Ethiopia and South Sudan. Events in the two states are difficult to verify independently

because of government restrictions on media, and the two sides often give conflicting versions of the fighting. Some 2 million people died in Sudan’s north-south civil war, which ended in 2005 with the peace deal that paved the way for South Sudan’s independence. Khartoum accuses Juba of continuing to back the rebels in Blue Nile and South Kordofan. South Sudan denies the accusation.

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The unused kioks in Semarapura Market

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Hundreds of kiosks in Semarapura Market dormant

Iberia workers protest at Barcelona airport in Prat Llobregat, Spain, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Workers at Iberia airlines began the first of 15 days of strikes to protest the company’s plan to cut almost a fifth of its workforce.

Hundreds of kiosks in Semarapura Market are not utilized by traders in Klungkung. As a result, the kiosks in six blocks are dormant and damaged. Even, those kiosks are often used as a place to urinate by market visitors. The upset traders due to the urine smell then make graffiti on kiosk wall saying “Do not urinate outside the toilet, except for dog.”

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As seen on the second floor of Block B on Monday (Feb 18), the kiosk doors had rusted and collapsed and so did some parts of the ceiling and roof. Therefore, when it rained, the rainwater would flood the market floor. Other kiosks were also available on the second floor, but they were having no door, dirty and giving vile impression. A gold trader on the second floor, Nyoman Ranih, told on Monday if the kiosks were often taken advantage by people for urinating so that it generated bad smell. “Having made graffiti on the respective kiosk wall (Do not urinate outside the toilet, except for dog—Ed), no people care about it,” said Ranih. He said the kiosks had already been occupied such as by traders of clothes and ritual paraphernalia. However, as being deserted of buyers, traders then find out another loca-

tion on the first floor at the market. Other than Block B on the second floor, similar dormant condition also happened to block A, C, D, E and F. They were damaged as not being utilized by traders. Ranih added when the levy was increased in the Semarapura Market from IDR 1,000 to IDR 4,000, local traders had proposed to relevant agencies through the Chief Unit of Semarapura Market in order the use of empty kiosk could be maximized. Besides, the traders also complained because residents often used the dormant kiosks as a place to urinate. “I am surprised because so many kiosks are still empty, but government even builds the other new market. Then, what are the empty kiosks used for? Ideally, this market should be optimized first, then build another. Now, the government has built Galiran Market.

Later on, I think it to undergo the same condition as these kiosks,” complained Ranih. The Acting Head of Klungkung Cooperatives Agency, Wayan Tika, declined to comment on the market condition. Tika still serving as a staff expert on Law, Politics and Governance disappeared when looked for to his room whereas when contacted via phone previously, it was picked up and replied if he was in the room of expert staff. Meanwhile, the Chief of Semarapura Market, Nyoman Mudiartha, doubling as Besan Headman, could not be asked for his confirmation regarding the trader aspiration. Previously, the complaints regarding the dormant kiosks in Semarapura Market denoting as an art market of Klungkung had been expressed by traders during a rally to the office of the Klungkung County government. At that time, Tika promised if he would see in person the real conditions. Unluckily, the agency did come up to location. As consequence, traders were getting lazier to express their aspiration as it was never seriously responded to get solution. (kmb31)

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Workers and police clash at airport during Iberia strike MADRID - Striking union workers clashed with police at Madrid’s Barajas airport on Monday on the first day of a week-long strike over more than 3,800 pending job cuts at Spain’s flagship airline Iberia. More than 80 Iberia flights were canceled as workers at the carrier began a series of five-day walkouts that are expected to cost the airline and struggling national economy millions of euros in lost business. Hundreds of workers flooded into Terminal 4 at Barajas - the biggest airport in Spain - to noisily protest, chanting and whistling, with one group staging a sit-in. About 2,000 people demonstrated outside the terminal. The police beat some strikers with truncheons to keep them away from the doors of the international airport, Iberia’s Madrid hub, and forcefully threw others out of the terminal. At least five protesters

were arrested. Previous strikes have cost Iberia between 2 million euros and 3 million euros a day, a spokesman told Reuters. Flights from other airlines were delayed at airports across Spain, including at Madrid and Barcelona, as Iberia baggage handlers, also working for other airlines, joined strikers. Air stewards and ground staff are holding three five-day strikes in February and March to protest against management plans to axe jobs and cut salaries at the lossmaking airline. Some 10 percent of long-haul flights and half of domestic flights will be grounded this week.

Labor unions kicked off the strikes with demonstrations in the morning at most Spanish airports, including Barcelona. At an 8 km march (5 miles) around Barajas, protesters blamed British managers at the airline group for job cuts threatened in Spain. Demonstrators waved Spanish flags and banners saying “British go home”. Iberia, which merged with profitable British Airways in 2011 to form the International Airlines Group (IAG), reported a loss of 262 million euros ($349.78 million) in the first nine months of 2012. “Nobody is safe from being sacked,” said Elias Gonzalez, a maintenance supervisor at the Barajas protest who has worked for Iberia for 27 years. “There was an initial deal with the company when the merger with the British was agreed, but now there is disagreement.”

BRUSSELS — The European Union imposed trade and economic sanctions on North Korea while condemning “in the strongest terms” the nation’s latest nuclear test. The 27 EU finance ministers also demanded North Korea abstain from further tests and urged it to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty without delay. The statement came as the ministers met Monday in Brussels. Their action brings the number of North Koreans subject to a travel ban and an asset freeze to 26, and the number of sanctioned companies to 33. The ministers also banned the export

of components for ballistic missiles, such as certain types of aluminum, and prohibited trade in new public bonds from North Korea. The United States is currently negotiating in the Security Council for stronger U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang after the council quickly condemned the Feb. 12 atomic blast, the third conducted by the North since 2006. North Korea says its nuclear program is a response to what it called a U.S. threat and has warned of further, unspecified measures of “greater intensity” if Washington remains hostile — possibly signaling it would conduct further tests if sanctions are tightened further.

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A North Korean musical performance is held in Pyongyang with the words “Let’s strike the imperialists mercilessly with the same success we had carrying out the 3rd nuclear test” projected on a screen, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.


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A Texas mother had a one-in-70-million kind of Valentine’s Day this year when she gave birth to two sets of identical twin boys, a Houston hospital announced on Monday. The four brothers were delivered at 31 weeks to Tressa Montalvo, 36, via Cesarean section at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston, according to a news release from the hospital. million, according to the hospital. Two boys shared one placenta and the two other boys shared another placenta. Ace and Blaine were born at 8:51 a.m. on February 14 and weighed 3 pounds, 10 ounces (1.64 kg), and 3 pounds, 15 ounces (1.79 kg), respectively. Cash and Dylan followed a minute later, weighing 2 pounds, 15 ounces (1.33 kg), and 3 pounds, 6 ounces (1.53 kg), respectively. “We tried to stick to the A-B-C-D theme when naming them,” Tressa Montalvo said. “We didn’t expect it, we were trying for just one and we were blessed with four.” Manuel Montalvo said in the release that they’re not done yet - he still wants a girl.

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LONDON - A new virus that emerged in the Middle East last year and has killed five people is well adapted to infecting humans but could potentially be treated with drugs that boost the immune system, scientists said on Tuesday. The virus, called novel coronavirus or NCoV, is from the same family as the common cold and as SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. There have been 12 confirmed cases worldwide - including in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Britain - and five patients have died. In one of the first published studies about NCoV, which was unknown in humans until it was identified in September 2012, researchers said it could penetrate the lining of passageways in the lungs and evade the immune system as easily as a cold virus can. This shows it “grows very efficiently” in human cells and suggests it is well-equipped for infecting humans, said Volker

Thiel of the Institute of Immunobiology at Kantonal Hospital in Switzerland, who led the study. NCoV was identified when the World Health Organisation issued an international alert in September saying a completely new virus had infected a Qatari man in Britain who had recently been in Saudi Arabia. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that includes those that cause the common cold as well as the one that caused SARS - which emerged in China in 2002 and killed about a 10th of the 8,000 people it infected worldwide. Symptoms of both NCoV and SARS include severe respiratory illness, fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. Of the 12 cases confirmed so far, four were in Britain, one was a Qatari patient in Germany, two were in Jordan and five in Saudi Arabia. POSSIBLE TREATMENT

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Cleaned up, landslides burying a house at Panji Anom

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Tressa and Manuel Montalvo Jr. were not using any fertility drugs and had just hoped for a little brother or sister for their 2-year-old son, Memphis, according to the release. “We planned the pregnancy - I guess we just succeeded a little too much!” said Tressa Montalvo, quoted in the release. When Montalvo was 10 weeks pregnant, her physician told her she was having twins, and on a subsequent visit, the doctor detected a third heartbeat. The Montalvos were later informed they were having four babies - not quadruplets but two sets of twins. The odds of delivering two sets of naturally occurring identical twins is somewhere in the range of 1 in 70

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animals. Experts at Britain’s Health Protection Agency say preliminary scientific analysis suggests its closest relatives are bat coronaviruses. What is also unclear is what the true prevalence of the virus is - since it is possible that the 12 cases seen so far are the most severe, and there may be more people who have contracted the virus with milder symptoms so are not picked up. “We don’t know whether the cases (so far) are the tip of the iceberg, or whether many more people are infected without showing severe symptoms,” said Thiel, who worked with a team of scientists from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark. “We don’t have enough cases to have a full picture of the variety of symptoms.” Thiel said that although the virus may have jumped from animals to humans very recently, his research showed it was just as well adapted to infecting the human respiratory tract as other coronaviruses like SARS and the common cold viruses.

Landslides burying the house of Putu Artana at Abasan hamlet, Panji Anom village, Sukasada subdistrict, began to be cleaned on Monday (Feb 18). Such cleaning was carried out by local residents with the assistance of personnel of the Buleleng Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD). The Emergency Section Head, Wayan Dana, with permission from the Head of the BPBD Buleleng, Putu Dana, said that for the first step his party had cleaned up the landslide materials burying the victim’s house. In addition, the officers also cut down a tree above the victim’s house because it was feared to fall when it rained or was blown by gale. To renovate the house, Dana estimated to cost IDR 10 million. Such amount was used to repair the victim’s room wall collapsing after buried by landslides. “Having cleaned up, we will propose rehabilitation to damaged wall to the province. The fund will be allocated for the damaged wall, while the revetment will be attempted to get help from other sources,” he said. Meanwhile, the Headman of Panji Anom, Putu Mudita, when joining the inspection affirmed that village authority promised to provide cash worth IDR 1 million. Mudita said it was pursuant to financial capability of the village and hoped it could ease the suffering burden of Artana and family. Besides, he personally donated as much as IDR 1 million for the

family. He hoped related agencies could promptly help the restoration of the seriously damaged house. Thus, the Artana’s family would not too longer take refuge in the relative’s house. Moreover, his house was built after a getting a help from one of the foreign foundations in 2004. “We are deeply sorry and based on financial capability of the village we also provide assistance to alleviate the suffering of our resident,” he said. According to Mudita, the area of Abasan hamlet directly bordering with state forest was prone to landslides and so was Pancoran hamlet. As being a disaster-prone area, his party had frequently called on the residents to be vigilant during rainy season. Even, a ban to build on steep slope areas had been delivered. “In every meeting, we ask the residents to be cautious and vigilant when it rains because Abasan and Pancoran lie in steep and hilly area and are prone to landslides,” he said. As reported earlier, the landslide buried the house of Putu Artana on Saturday (Feb 16). Two bedroom owned by Artana collapsed after buried by landslides from a steep cliff behind his house. In addition, the kitchen space adjacent to the bedrooms was also partially buried by the landslides. Not only that, the disaster virtually claimed a victim. The victim’s son, Komang Suardiasa, was almost buried. Luckily, Luh Suartini, his mother quickly ran out of the kitchen and saved her son. (kmb)

Ogoh-ogoh Parade Held on March 11, 2013

Ogoh-ogoh Parade Held on March 11 2013On Pengrupukan Day falling on March 11, 2013, the City of Denpasar will hold the Parade of Ogoh-ogoh Bhutakala. This parade is to welcome the Nyepi or Day of Silence and the Caka New Year 1935 held downtown of Bali province. The matter was revealed when the parade team consisting of the artists and humanists made socialization to all participants (customary village youth club) of four subdistricts across Denpasar.The Head of Denpasar Culture Agency, Made Mudra, said the parade would be held to explore and motivate the youth clubs (sekaa taruna) especially in the matter of creativity. “For smooth implementation, it has been disseminated the technical matters and security system,”

he said. Design and theme of the ogohogoh (papier mâché demon) should be adapted to the book A Guide to the Ogoh-Ogoh of Pengerupukan issued by the Culture Agency. The assessment is started from their respective subdistrict and will select 5 pieces as the best ogoh-ogoh. “Well, the five selected ones will be included in the parade held in the Catus Pata (central intersection) of the Catur Muka Statue,” he explained. Meanwhile, the elements assessed included the compositions such as design, anatomy, color, proportion and accessories. Then, the creative elements include the technique and design, materials, complexity and ornamentation and expression of the appearance, character and theme suitability.

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Rainy season, tourist umbrella services most wanted Tabanan (Bali Post)—

Rainy season does not always bring in misfortunes. Even, it can bring in abundant lucks. As experienced by providers of umbrella service at Ulun Danu Beratan, Baturiti, the persistent rain pouring the region caused tourists to need an umbrella to get around. The rate offered was not expensive, only IDR 5,000. Dayu Mita, 40, for instance, one of the umbrella service providers, said that she could rent out up 100 umbrellas per day. She collaborated with several other residents. When it rained, the umbrella service providers were waiting in front of the entrance counter. When guests dropped out of a car, they were directly approached. “It’s good when there are many tourist arrivals. The result is for a living,” said Dayu Mita, Monday (Feb 18). This woman had deeply involved in the profession since her teenage. While carrying some umbrellas, Dayu Mita continued to walk back and forth and approached each guest entourage. On average,

the arriving guests never refused the offer of her umbrella service. Understandably, when it rained, they had to use an umbrella to get around. The rental process was also very easy. Tourists paid in advance and then brought along the umbrella around. Duration of the rental was not specified, depending on the need of guest. “They just pay for IDR 5,000 and it’s up to them long they would like to use it,” said Dayu Mita. The umbrellas rented would be returned at the exit of tourist attraction. According to Dayu, offering an umbrella service was not riskfree. In some cases, the umbrellas rented disappeared and were never returned. By and large, the

umbrellas were missing due to rogue tenants. They put the umbrellas haphazardly and were not returned. “Almost every day we lose our umbrella, but it’s the risk of business,” she explained. She did not know how long she would undergo the profession. The increase of family needs forced her to make a living. Her proceeds were the used to earn living and send her children to school. She hoped there would tourists coming to Ulun Danu Beratan incessantly. Thus, the umbrella services she offered could keep going on. Moreover, such a service was also needed by tourists and did not interfere with the activities of guests enjoying the beauty of the lake. (kmb30)


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The Puputan Badung field where the basement parking is being planned to be built

Denpasar House deplores the delay of basement parking Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Non realization of the museum and basement parking plan at Puputan Badung Square is seriously responded by the ranks of Denpasar House whereas the detailed engineering design (DED) of the project has been accomplished by planning consultant CV Sastra Disain some time ago. However, it fails to be realized this year as the funding from provincial government is inadequate. To build a museum and basement parking are estimated to cost around IDR 40 billion. A member of Commission B of the Denpasar House, I Wayan Suadi Putra, said on Monday (Feb 18) he did not understand about the policy of provincial government that was not serious in helping the museum construction downtown Denpasar. Moreover, Denpasar was also the capital of Bali Province. “We highly deplore because the development plan is delayed. We worry if the plan will not work later,” said the politician from Sidakarya. He assessed the basement parking and museum project was very strategic for the provision of urban infrastructure. Moreover, it was getting more difficult to get an open space for parking in Denpasar. On that account, the breakthrough of basement parking at Puputan Badung Square was very appropriate. Moreover, the function of square on it would not be disturbed or did not convert. “Therefore, what we’ve planned will be useless. The fund

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allocated for DED was pretty much,” he said. Previously, the Head of Denpasar Spatial Planning and Housing (DTRP) Agency, Kadek Kusuma Diputra, admitted if the basement parking plan at Puputan Badung Square could not be realized this year as the fund allocated by provincial government for the museum construction was only IDR 5 billion. “Probably, the project cannot be realized this year,” said Kusuma Diputra. Uncertainty regarding the basement parking development plan at Puputan Badung Square was also evident from the existing budget in the DTRP. In 2013, the DTRP did not allocate any budget for the basement development. In the presentation some time ago, the DTRP had planned a number of physical developments throughout the year 2013. “Meanwhile, the basement parking at Puputan Badung Square is indeed not allocated this year,” he explained. (kmb12)

Because of having no working permit, 12 foreign workers working in the Celukan Bawang coal-fired power plant (PLTU) were repatriated by the Singaraja Immigration Office to their home country. Other than having no working permit, the citizens from China did not have a limited stay permit document (KITAS). The Head of Singaraja Immigration Office, Filanto Akbar, confirmed in his office on Monday (Feb 18) if his party had repatriated 12 people out of hundreds of foreign workers in the area of Celukan Bawang power plant mega project in Gerokgak subdistrict. He said the workers were repatriated to their home country after the Singaraja Immigration Office monitored and investigated the project. From the investigation, it was found 12 workers having no working permit and limited stay permit. They only armed with tourist visit permit. “We repatriated them a month ago, and it was based on the results of investigation and monitoring to the project site,” he said. According to Akbar, pursuant to regula-

tions any foreign worker should have two permits in its workplace. The first permit was limited stay permit (KITAS) issued by the immigration office. After being issued, it was valid for two months and it should be renewed every month up to six months. Meanwhile, another permit to be carried by foreign worker was working permit. It was issued by the Ministry of Manpower and Resettlement. This permit should be submitted to the Manpower and Resettlement Agency where the foreign workers worked. “We continue to monitor and after the repatriation there were no longer violations. If any violations found, we will take firm action pursuant to the applicable regulations,” he explained. Previously, Commission B of the Buleleng House had frequently raided the area of Celukan Bawang power plant. As a result of the raid, the House encountered that most workers from China did not have identity as a foreign worker. In response to such findings, the House asked the Singaraja Immigration Office to check and take firm action against the violations committed by foreign workers. (kmb)

Pavement at Negara Field destroyed

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The stone paved street in the area of Negara Field exactly in front of Jembarana House of Representatie leader’s house seemed destroyed when actually it’s not a year old yet. According to information received last Sunday (17/2), the path was not destroyed due to the weather but due to being used by trucks weighing tons knowing there are a lot of warehouses around that street.

As seen from Arjuna Street, holes can be seen on those paved street. It was stated that it has been like that the past week and some had to be moved in avoiding any accidents. It is a shame that trucks are allowed to go through it. Head of Jembrana Public Works I Gusti Putu Mertadana stated that he hasn’t received any report about the paved road damages. Even so reparation will take place soon. (kmb26)

Recently opened in Ubud is the beautifully designed Petani Restaurant. They greeted the guest of Alaya Resort Ubud as they are located next to Alaya’s lobby. Who’s responsible for themouth-watering dishes of Petani Restaurant? One of the quiet heroes of the Balinese landscape; Executive Chef Made Siharta. Chef Made Siharta is an enlightened chef, passionate about environmental and health standards. “We need to think and live as sustainably as possible,” he explains. “This also means that we have to be creative when it comes to cooking techniques and preparation methods.” Quite simply, he goes the extra mile for fresh local produce. It makes all the difference. It’s the only way to pull off deliciously healthy, organic raw soups or sashimi tuna rolled with fresh vegetables. His experience as an executive chef at staple style spa restaurants such as the Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali and Kayumanis Private Villa give him that extra edge with health conscious cuisine.

Other than imported cheese, including some unusual ones like halloumi, he seeks his ingredients hours from the kitchen. Fish arrive fresh from the ocean, delivered twice daily; chickens are raised on local farms. Vegetables are gathered in a local market. Juicy strawberries are plucked from northern mountains of Bedugul. Freshly-brewed coffee is grown in the Kintamani mountain range. One particular tradition he values: wrapping common Indonesian dishes such as Nasi Bungkus and Mie Goreng in banana leaves. Imagine a culture before plastic! With all the eco-consciousness, Siharta doesn’t forget your sweet tooth. Try the Balinese favorite klepon - glutinous rice with palm sugar centre and grated coconut.

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Homemade ice cream is a favorite too. Or for a unique cultural combo, try the Black Rice Cream Brule. It’s so good you will want to order two. Throughout his career he has taken on extra trainings, received awards, crafted special dinners for those Very Important People, and ensured guest satisfaction with a unique flair. His leadership abilities, warm modest manner and attention to detail keep everything running smoothly. Walking a tight rope between demands of traditional culture, the environment, breaking news about health and innovative cuisine, and of course sublime art of taste, he doesn’t falter. He leaves us all drooling for more. Truly it’s the best of all worlds in a bite.

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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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NEW YORK — Letters from John Lennon’s killer detailing his obsession with the novel “The Catcher in the Rye” to the police officer who arrested him went on sale Monday through a Los Angeles auction house. The four missives from Mark David Chapman to Stephen Spiro are for sale through Moments In Time, which specializes in historical documents and rare autographs, at a fixed price of $75,000, auction house owner Gary Zimet said. Zimet is selling the letters on behalf of Spiro, who arrested Chapman on Dec. 8, 1980, shortly after he shot Lennon outside The Dakota, the ex-Beatle’s Manhattan apartment building. The letters are typed and signed by Chapman. They were written over several months in 1983, after he had pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. In the first letter, from Jan. 15, 1983, Chapman says his reason for

writing, besides wanting to be Spiro’s friend, is to ask for help in locating his copy of “The Catcher in The Rye,” which he was reading at the time of his arrest. “Have you read ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ yet?” Chapman asks. “I would like you to read it and tell me what you think of it. As you remember, in the copy that was taken from me I had written ‘This is my statement.’” Spiro said he received the first letter at the Manhattan precinct where he worked and wrote Chapman back because he was hoping to get evidence on a possible hit list of other victims and people acting with Chapman. “I was trying to get information from him to admit why he

did it and what his motives were,” said Spiro, who had the other letters sent to a post office box. In one letter, Chapman said he’d let Spiro decide whether Lennon was a “phony” or not, a reference to troubled “Catcher in the Rye” narrator Holden Caulfield, who refers to people as “phonies” in the book, written by J.D. Salinger. Spiro said he re-read the novel on Chapman’s request. “I wanted to try to relate to him in the letters,” he said. The letters stopped abruptly, and Spiro said he believes someone told Chapman not to write to the police department anymore. An injury ended Spiro’s job as a New York police officer in 1983, but he said he kept the letters in a file for more than 30 years. He decided to sell them in part to pay off hefty medical bills from cancer and other illnesses and because he thought they should be in the public domain.

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LOS ANGELES — The CIA thrillers “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America. The guild’s adapted screenplay award Sunday went to Chris Terrio for “Argo,” director Ben Affleck’s tale of the CIA’s daring masquerade of six U.S. diplomats as a Hollywood film crew to rescue them from Iran during the hostage crisis there. Mark Boal won the prize for original screenplay for “Zero Dark Thirty,” director Kathryn Bigelow’s chronicle of the CIA’s manhunt for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Director Malik Bendjelloul won the documentary award for “Searching for Sugar Man,” his portrait of acclaimed but largely forgotten 1970s musician Rodriguez. The guild was the last of Hollywood’s major trade unions to weigh in on the year’s top films before next Sunday’s Academy Awards. “Argo” has emerged as the best-picture favorite for the Oscars after sweeping top prizes at earlier film honors, including the Golden Globes and awards from the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild and the Producers Guild of America. Among the guild’s TV winners:

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Used for camping for two days, Bedugul slope cleared The beautiful scenery of Bedugul is threaten to be damaged due to the extensive removal of tress in the area. Tabanan (Bali Post)—

Forest clearing emerged in the slope of Bedugul tourist area, Candikuning village, Baturiti. Actually this area belongs to protected forest. Uniquely the clearing was only used for camping for two days by an environmental group. The cleared area reaches about 200 square meters and is located just in the southern verge of Lake Beratan. As monitoring made by Bali Post on Monday (Feb 18), the cleared land resembled a parking area project. The whole wild plants were cleared and cleaned up, while large trees were untouched. Two tents were still visible at the site, including a small building resembling a toilet made of woven bamboo. The land cleared was verging with

the lakeside and the green slopes of Bedugul. Location of the clearing was also adjacent to an inn. Such land clearing was a little awkward because the Baturiti subdistrict authority was not aware of the action, including its designation. Baturiti subdistrict head, Putu Adi Supraja, admitted not to hear about the forest clearing activity at the

lakeside. This official only learned after asking for an explanation from the hamlet chief of Candikuning 2. “No prior coordination was made related to the land clearing. But, according to local hamlet chief, it was said to be used for camping,” he said via phone. He confirmed to immediately trace the existence of such forest clearing area. Hamlet chief of Candikuning 2, Nyoman Redana, justified the forest clearing. However, he affirmed the clearing was only carried out to shrubs. According to him, the land was used for disaster response training by local youths in cooperation with the National SAR Agency (Basarnas). “It’s for the disaster

response training camp, while the camp ground is at Wana Pesona Candikuning,” said Redana. Why should it clear the forest? The man could not explain. He admitted just to learn it after a call from the Baturiti subdistrict head. Redana had confidence if the forest clearing had got approval from the Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) as the responsible agency for the protected forest area. “Reportedly, the training also involves the BKSDA,” he said. The training and camping were held over two days ago. Clearing of the lakeside reaped criticism from some residents around the lake. They worried the land

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clearing would result in a landslide because it was located on a cliff and verging with the lake. “It’s a protected forest, why it should be cleared?” criticized a resident of Candikuning asking to unpublish the name. Another bizarre thing, if it was only used for a two-day camping, it was necessary to open a new land in the protected forest area. Moreover, Candikuning had many open spaces that could be used for camping and outbound activities. Residents worried if the land clearing would be followed by other activities on the lakeside. Headman of Candikuning, Made Mudita, could not be contacted regarding such conditions. (kmb30)

Edisi 20 Februari 2013 | International Bali Post  

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