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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Baked Alaska: Unusual heat wave hits 49th state

Platini praises Israel as Spain take spoils once again

Obama’s Berlin speech: History raises the stakes

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Indonesia to use rain-making technology to stop fires Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Indonesia plans to use weather changing technology to try to unleash torrents of rain and extinguish raging fires on Sumatra island that have cloaked neighbouring Singapore in thick haze, an official said Wednesday.

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The city-state, which is home to 5.3 million inhabitants, has been pressing Jakarta to take action to put out the blazes, which have pushed air pollutant levels on the island to a 16-year high. Indonesian forestry ministry official Raffles Panjaitan said the government planned to use a technology called “cloudseeding” to try and put out the fires, that are mainly centred on peatlands in Riau province. Helicopters would be sent into the skies above Sumatra to inject chemicals into clouds, which prompt the formation of heavy ice crys-

tals, and so speed up the production of rain. But the helicopters, from the disaster management agency, would not be dispatched until Friday at the earliest as preparations first needed to be made, said Panjaitan. About 100 firefighters tackling the blazes were finding them difficult to extinguish as they were smouldering underground in carbon-rich peatland, mostly in palm oil plantations, he said. “It is extremely difficult to extinguish the fires which are burning under the surface of the peatland,” he said. He said the cloud-seeding operation would

depend on weather conditions. “Hopefully there will be lots of clouds so that we can produce a lot of rain,” he added. The worst affected area was Bengkalis district, where 650 hectares (1,600 acres) of land was ablaze, he said, adding that 555 fires had been detected in Riau up from 356 the previous month. In Singapore, the Pollutant Standards Index soared to 172 at 3:00 pm (0700 GMT), well past the officially designated “unhealthy” threshold of 100, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) website. Continued on page 6

A boat sails along the Marina bay in front of buildings blanketed by haze in Singapore on June 19, 2013. Singapore’s Pollutant Standards Index again shot above the “unhealthy” threshold of 152.



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bali News French child kidnapper went mad Denpasar (Bali Post)-

Two accused of French child kidnapper named Sonia Gonzales alias Zon alias Gerandong and Manuel Soares, a couple from Timor Leste, went mad at Kuta Police as they declined their case release. They did not want to get out of their cells and so in the press conference, they were not present. It was explained they have violated many sections in the law such as section 328 on kidnapping with 12 years jail, section 83 on Child Protection Law No. 23 Year 2002 with possible 15 years jail and section 362 on robbery with 7 years jail. Their motive behind crime was becuase they needed

money to go back to their village. Kuta Police Vice Head, APC Gatra, stated it was not a problem if they don’t want to be known by the media as they have the right to decline it. It is expected that they went mad when they were called out for the press conference. Gatra who was accompanied by Head of Criminal Research Unit, First Inspector M. Agustiawan, stated that Sonia has lived in Bali since 1990 and has been in and out jail three times. She was captured once by South Denpasar Police due to robbery, then captured by Kuta Police due to fraud and lastly due to robbery by Bangli Police. (kmb21)

Abrasion getting more severe

Pengambengan residents expect revetment Negara (Bali Post)— IBP/File

The farmer is working on his ricefield. the profession as a farmer is no longer interesting for the youth in Bali.

Farmer, a profession lacking of enthusiasts FARMER is one of the professions rarely favored by community, especially by younger generation. Farmer is considered a profession that cannot provide steady income and unable to prosper families. It is evident from the large number of farmers in Bali that still live in poverty line and far from prosperous condition. Moreover, it is also aggravated by the diminishing area of farmland in Bali that has been converted into residential areas and other permanent buildings. At the moment, Balinese people living the life as farmers averagely belong to the age of 45 years. Regeneration of Balinese farmers seems to have been crushed by the time. Young people in Bali are reluctant to follow their parents’ footsteps living the life as rice farmer. Most of them prefer to take other jobs considered to provide a steady income and prestigious status. It is also inseparable from the stigma that farming is dirty and poor, so that it is not attractive to youth. “Young people are reluctant to

farm. It shows that farming is not profitable, enjoyable and making proud,” said Prof. Wayan Windia, a lecturer from the Udayana University, Tuesday (Jun 18). According to him, an attempt used to alleviate the problems was the existence of real programs that could further empower and benefit farmers. One of them was to develop farming technologies in the narrow land. Thus, farmers could get higher profit and be able to improve their living standards. In addition, said Windia,

there should be a significant action from local government in Bali in empowering young people especially young intellectuals having the knowledge and skills in the agriculture. The presence of young people, in this case the agricultural scholars, was expected to contribute significantly to the advancement of agriculture in Bali. “The scholars can be asked by the government to assist subak in the matter of economic activity and technology,” he said. (ina)

Abrasion at Pengambengan village, Negara, has been getting worse lately. Residents accused the harbor reclamation project by adding rock of being the cause. After completely destroying five homes at Ketapang Lampu, the abrasion then reached the Indonesian Naval post and other neighborhoods. Meanwhile, the factories located on the beachside have made revetment with chunks of big rocks. However, it is only used to protect the factories. A number of residents expected there should be a protection for people’s settlement. “The government is expanding the harbor, but it is not counterbalanced by considering the impact on the surrounding neighborhoods. At least we also get protected,” said Suryati, a resident of Ketapang hamlet, recently. So far, the government provided solutions for relocation as well as tents. However, the residents actually expected revetment to protect their land. “We have been living here for tens of years. Previously, the land was still far from the beach, but it has now run out and continues to decrease after the harbor project,” she added. Now, the factories have started to build revetment, but it is limited to protect the factories’ land. “As a small community, where else should we ask for help, other than to the government?” she said. Spokesperson of Jembrana government, Suherman, confirmed on Tuesday (Jun 18) that local government could have just made relocation for handling the abrasion. Meanwhile, the setup of revetment was the authority of central government. Especially at Pengambengan, five families had been relocated this year. The other three families located near the post of the Indonesian Navy had been checked by village authority and remained under process. “We check first whether they are truly residents of Pengambengan and the process has been proposed. Based on the recent checking, their house was indeed destroyed,” said Suherman. Furthermore, the relocation process would be funded by the village like the previous five families. Based on observation, some factories had initiated to build revetment by chunks of large rocks as carried out by the Indohamafish that had also been threatened by waves. According to resident, the construction had been undertaken since several months ago by means of heavy equipment. Other than revetment, on the rocks was also made a path leading to back door of the factory. However, the revetment only protected the factory land area. Headman of Pengambengan, Samsul Anan, claimed not to know about the project and his party would check it. “During my service for just a few weeks, we have received no report, but we will check it. According to information, it is indeed meant to protect the factory,” he explained. Meanwhile, regarding the residents affected by the abrasion, his party had also made coordination to report it to local government. (kmb26)

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Thursday, June 20, 2013


Poverty alleviation program must be changed Bali Post

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Bali fishery production still exceeds the needs of the community. The Bali Marine and Fisheries Agency noted that Bali in 2012 was capable of producing 237,000 tons. The production consisted of the aquaculture reaching 40 percent or about 101,000 tons, while the catch was 81,000 tons.

Fish production in Bali reaches 237,000 tons Bali Post

MANGUPURA - Bali fishery production still exceeds the needs of the community. The Bali Marine and Fisheries Agency noted that Bali in 2012 was capable of producing 237,000 tons. The production consisted of the aquaculture reaching 40 percent or about 101,000 tons, while the catch was 81,000 tons. “Fish consumption rate of Balinese community stays quite low, so that the food supply of marine and fishery results in this region is very abundant,” said the Head of Bali Marine and Fisheries Agency, I Made Gunaja, in Nusa Dua, Tuesday (Jun 18). He said the low need was also influenced by the low consumption rate of fish in the society. Fish consumption rate on the Island of the Gods remained at the average of 30 kg per capita and the number was still very low. “Compared to fish consumption rate of Japan reaching 400 kg per capita, we were still far behind. To that end, we target the fish consumption rate this year reaches 30.61 kg per capita from 29 kilograms per capita,” he said. Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Sharif C. Sutardjo assessed it was necessary to build synergy with various parties to increase fish consumption in the society so that it maintained the food security around the world regions. “Sea plays important role in the future food security, so that it will not only rely on food ingredients from the mainland,” he said.

He said the sea also played an important role in improving the economy both regionally and internationally. All this time, the renewable marine potential included fish and coral reefs, while the unrenewable consisted of minerals and gas. “To be able to explore the marine potential, there should be synergy between the various parties, ranging from the investors, banks to the legislative that certainly have relations to the funding,” he said. According to him, the results of the Asia Conference on Oceans, Food Security and Blue Growth (ACOFB) 2013 were expected to comply with the commitment of the Indonesian government in managing the marine and fisheries sector. The new paradigm shift namely blue development based on marine resources and fisheries indicated that Indonesia acknowledged the important role of the sea as the prime mover of the development. It was primarily intended for national economic development, poverty alleviation, reduction of carbon emission and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, environmental function and service optimization as well as the acceleration of industrial-

ization within the framework of the blue economy. “Development of marine and fisheries of Indonesia is essentially based on the concept of blue economy. Blue economy is our next deadline where through the blue economy we will maximize the environmental services and sustainable economic value,” he explained. Application of the blue economic concept in marine and fisheries industrialization was essential. To encourage the investment in the marine and fisheries industry, the Indonesian government had issued policies to create a favorable investment climate to attract new investors and facilitate mediation, promotion and reduction of barriers for investors. “Basically, this policy is to facilitate companies and investors in order to realize the investment in marine and fisheries sector,” he said. By providing mediation, facilitation, incentives and promotion of investment opportunities, said Sharif, it was expected to provide a comprehensive illustration on the remaining open investment opportunities in the field of marine affairs and fisheries in Indonesia. (kmb27)

DENPASAR - It seems very hard to diminish the poverty rate both in Indonesia and developed countries like the United States. Even, Bali known as a world famous tourist destination remains to have poor families although the number has declined. On that account, a number of economists suggested the Bali government to change the poverty alleviation programs undertaken so far. An observer from the Udayana University, Dr. I Gusti Wayan Murjana Yasa, said on Tuesday (Jun 18) the efforts to alleviate the poverty and unemployment were still not optimal. He said that based on the data of Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Bali, in general the poverty and unemployment rate had showed a decline, but stayed relatively high. In 2007, the poverty rate reached 4.88 percent and had declined to 4.18 percent in (Mar) 2012. On the other hand, the open unemployment rate dropped from 3.57 percent in 2010 to 2.11 percent in (Feb) 2012. Nevertheless, behind the reduction lay something interesting in the poverty and unemployment rate where the percentage of poor people in rural areas increased from 4.65 percent in 2011 to 4.79 percent in 2012. The number of poor people as a whole (rural and urban) amounting to 166,200 people in 2011 increased to 168,800 in 2012. Murjana Yasa affirmed that resolving the unemployment and poverty problem had to be undertaken comprehensively. Besides, there should be political will of the Bali leaders to develop from the village. No less importantly, the participatory development should be prioritized. Similar opinion was expressed by the economist from the Undiknas University, Prof. Dr. Gede Sri Darma. According to him, the leader should be good at planning and have a good control function because it was recognized if the control all this time was still weak. “Poor supervision causes various government programs to run without direction, even the planning is only theoretical. Ideally, the government and relevant agencies come down to see the real conditions in the field. Then, the result is brought directly to the office or instantly decided on the spot and surely adjusted to the existing budget,” he explained. In terms of budget, Sri Darma confirmed the matter put into priority was the strengthening to human resources and it was then followed by the provision of economic infrastructure. Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. IB Raka Suardana said the program initiated by Bali government in fighting against the poverty all this time could not have run 100 percent and not have been widely understood by the public. Moreover, the fuel price hike this year was feared to increase the poverty rate if it would not be addressed properly. “The budget of Bali government should reach directly a number of planning such as the infrastructural improvement, not even be deposited and the development of Bali should be based on the regional potential,” he explained. Not only that, the pro-poor programs should be at least in details. And most importantly, it should not be just a jargon on paper, but should be immediately implemented. (kmb28)

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Officers from Denpasar’ Social Welfare Department asking a beggar in the street to get in the car during a raid that conducting to minimize street beggars in Denpasar area. Even, Bali known as a world famous tourist destination remains to have poor families although the number has declined. On that account, a number of economists suggested the Bali government to change the poverty alleviation programs undertaken so far.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bali News


Gunaksa quay project spends IDR 144.5 billion

Ultimately taken advantage for fishing point Semarapura (Bali Post)— For more than four years, realization of the Gunaksa crossing quay project in Klungkung remains unclear. Since its inception in 2008, the project built with shared funding of the Ministry of Transportation, Bali Province and Klungkung County has spent IDR 144.5 billion. As a result, it is not more than just a fishing point for Klungkung community. The Head of Klungkung Transportation, Communication and Informatics Agency, Nengah Sukasta, said on Tuesday (Jun 18) the budget worth IDR 144.5 billion consisting of IDR 94.7 billion from the Ministry of Transportation, IDR 28.3 billion from Bali regional budget and IDR 21.5 billion from Klungkung regional budget. In a letter from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) No.2608/D. VI/2013 per May 1, 2013 was described the total funding having been allocated since 2008 to 2013 amounted to IDR 94.7 billion, of the total budget needs from the state budget after the review of breakwater design worth IDR 188.3 billion. “The budget plant worth IDR 188.3 from the state budget was allocated for marine works in the form of breakwater, quay works in the form of sheet pile, breasting, dolphin and bollard as well as the dredging works of quay pond,” said Sukasta. Then, the Bali regional budget worth IDR 28.3 billion, according to Sukasta, was allocated for marine works in the form anchor sheet pile and empty stone revetment, MB construction in the form of MB pedestal, tackle hanger and MB protector. In addition, the Bali regional budget was also allocated for land works in the form of retaining wall, pavement, sidewalk construction, drainage and lighting installation. Sukasta added the Klungkung regional budget worth IDR 21.5 billion had run out for the project related to the Gunaksa crossing quay since 2006. Among others, as much as IDR 749.5 million was spent for the making of Detail Engineering Design (DED) in 2006, IDR 14 billion for land acquisition of the quay and road access (2007) and for the making of Environmental Impact Assessment or Amdal as well as IDR 4.1 billion for land acquisition and road access (2008). Realization of the budget in 2008 was also allocated for the making of entry road body

into the quay and its landfill. In 2009, the Klungkung government realized again a budget worth IDR 1.4 billion for the making of the entry road body into the quay, land clearing of the quay as well as the preparation of the Development Master Plan (RIP) for the Gunaksa Quay working area and area interest. Budget realization continued in the next three years. In 2010, local government re-realized a budget worth IDR 475 million for the cost of technical studies of the alternative road to the quay and the making of detail engineering design of road access to the quay. Then in 2011, local government re-realized the budget of IDR 194 million to conduct a study on the Environmental Management Effort and Environmental Monitoring Effort (UKL/UPL) for the road access leading to the quay and pedestal construction of Padmasana. In 2012, the Klungkung regional budget was taken as much as IDR 505.7 million for the construction of Padmasana shrine with its compound wall as well as implementation of technical study, in the form of intersectional study and the study on the planning of alternative road from the Fish Auction Base (PPI) to Gunaksa Quay. On that account, the Klungkung regional budget spent from 2006 to 2012 totally amounted to IDR 21.5 billion. In 2013, the Klungkung government through the Transportation, Communication and Informatics Agency re-allocated a budget worth IDR 3 billion for land acquisition of 3,300 square meters for road access to the quay. However, from such amount of budget expended, based on monitoring at location, the Gunaksa crossing quay project could only be taken advantage by residents for fishing point. It was unlike the original plan, namely becoming the counterpart of the Mentigi crossing quay in Nusa Penida.


Sekumpul waterfall.

Sekumpul village to promote waterfall Singaraja (Bali Post)— Waterfall at Sekumpul village in Sawan subdistrict is now relied upon by local residents to boost the image of nature tourism at the village. To that end, the Tourism Awareness Group (Darwis) at the village is now heavily promoting the Sekumpul Waterfall. Chairman of the Darwis Tirta Bhuana Lestari, Sekumpul village, Nyoman Arnaya, when being assessed in the tourism awareness competition on Tuesday (Jun 18), said the Sekumpul Waterfall had been known as one of the spiritual tourist attractions offering beautiful and tranquil atmosphere. According to him, at one tourist object visitors could see multi-tiered waterfalls so that tourists got a different view from the other

waterfalls. Arnaya said the waterfall was managed by local residents so as to improve the welfare of community. Having been developed, it could create many job opportunities at the village, such as becoming tourist guides and selling handicrafts. Meanwhile, the Head of Buleleng Culture and Tourism Agency, Ketut Warkadea, stated the uniqueness of Buleleng tourism indeed gave more emphases on nature tourism such as the Sekumpul Waterfall. To that end, through the tourism awareness was expected the community could raise their awareness in developing the tourism potential while maintaining the natural beauty of the environment at the village. (kmb15)

Libyan accused of rape Denpasar (Bali Post)A woman with the initial VY that lives at Gunung Sari Street, Perum Amerta Wisata Alley 1B (green lodge house) came to Denpasar Police Criminal Research to report that she was raped and abused. The crime

committed by a Libyan named Amjed Ali Aboshouesha. As explained on Tuesday, June 18, the act happened in her lodge house’s room when she was asleep. Around 4 am local time, victim knew who knocked at her door yet she won’t open it until she had to as she felt guilty if her neighbors

felt disturbed. As the door was opened, the suspect went mad and started to forced open victim’s clothes then asked for an intercourse. Victim tried to avoid him yet her face was then hit many times. To stop the hitting, victim had to hand herself in and

let it happened. After the incident, victim could not do anything but to report it to the police. The case was then investigated and witnesses were interrogated. Head of the investigation tean, Encep Syamsul, stated that the report hasn’t been received. (kmb21)

Bali News


Thursday, June 20, 2013


India weaves magic of her classical dances IBP DENPASAR - The Ksirarnawa Auditorium at the Bali Art Centre was overflowing when Indian Classical Dances – Odissi, Bharatanatyam & Kathak – were performed by Supriya Nayak from India and the students of the Indian Culture Centre (ICC) as well as Ashram Gandhi Puri in Bali. The audience greatly loved and applauded the mudras (hand gestures) and subtle movements as well as abhinaya of the artist. Odissi dance troupe led by Supriya Nayak rendered various dance items for over one hour as part of India’s presentation at the XXXV Bali Art Festival. There are eight classical dance styles of India - Bharatnatyam from the State (Province) of Tamil Nadu, Kathak from Uttar Pradesh, Kathakali from Kerala, Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh, Manipuri from Manipur, Mohiniyattam from Kerala, Odissi from Odisha and Sattriya from Assam. Indian classical dance forms are traced back to the Natya Shastra of Bharata Muni written in 400 BC. The Odissi dance is the typical classical dance form of the Eastern Indian State of Odisha and has its origin in the temples. Odissi dance is an effort to come near God and experience true bliss. The most popular deity in Odisha is Jagannath, an avatar of Lord Krishna. The Odissi repertoire is influenced by the tales of Krishna. Supriya Nayak performed different items of the Odissi dance style such as Mangalacharna, Batu, abhinaya, pallavi, ashtapati and dashavatar. During his remarks at the Bali Art Festival, the Consul General of India in Bali emphasized the close cultural relationship between India & Indonesia and the Province of Bali, in particular. He elaborated that their efforts are focused on

deepening people-to-people relations between India and Indonesia through a series of cultural activities, promoting educational ties, enhancing tourism exchanges and capacity building. He also informed of various scholarships scheme available to the Balinese civil servants, professors, lecturers & teachers as well as the students for pursuing higher education in Indian universities, including on subjects such as performing arts. He also informed that currently scholarships scheme for learning Ayurveda, Yoga & Hindi are open for applications. He informed that Sanskrit can be learned at the Bali-India Sanskrit Institute in Denpasar. He further elaborated that the State of Odisha has a special relationship with Bali as the people in Odisha still organize every year “Bali Yatra” in Mahanadi River Bank at Cuttak on the full moon day of Kartik month (October), to commemorate the glorious past of commercial voyages to the island of Bali by Odisha (Kalinga) traders. These traders also facilitated close cultural interaction between India and Indonesia. The tradition of establishing a Jagannath temple in every city of Bali is influenced by the centuries-old relationships enjoyed by the peoples of India and the Province of Bali. The scholars and practitioners of Balinese dance art forms observe several similarities between the movements of Odissi dance and the Balinese dance forms. Another common feature is

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An Indian artist performed Indian Classical Dances – Odissi, Bharatanatyam & Kathak.

ASEAN Free Trade 2015

Prevent local market from being dominated by imported products Bali Post DENPASAR - Less than two years to go, Indonesia, especially Bali, the business community in particular must be ready to face

the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015. An economist, Prof. Dr. Gede Sri Darma, said on Tuesday (Jun 18) that in the era of the ASEAN free trade, the flow of goods, services,

capital, investment and employment in the region would be free without tariff barriers and non-tariff. If it would be enacted, the ASEAN Economic Community inevitably required the readiness in various

ANTARA FOTO/Iggoy el Fitra

Less than two years to go, Indonesia, especially Bali, the business community in particular must be ready to face the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015.

sectors, both in terms of trade and production. Concretely, the local market would be more likely controlled by imported products and services if they were not supported by an increase in the competitiveness and quality. “Amidst the good economic growth, low inflation and stable exchange rate become the main economic challenges for Bali to continuously remind and make people aware of the arrival of the ASEAN free trade in 2015 and globalization in 2020,” he said. Even according to him, in order the Bali’s economy always grew and the Balinese would not only become the low and middle level, the business community should continue to upgrade the knowledge in all lines. “All the components of community must work hand in hand to improve the knowledge and technology so that it will not be easily fooled by other nations,” he said. Regarding how to grow the economy of Bali today, this Rector of the Undiknas University said that Bali’s economy was highly dependent on the stability, safety

and comfort. For the majority of the business community in Bali, entering the era of the ASEAN free trade was not really a new thing. The reason, during the past decades various types of commodities whether they belonged to the agriculture, plantation, manufacturing industrial products, various kinds of handicrafts or even human resources could have competed in the market of several Southeast Asian countries. The data issued by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Bali indicated the export value of commodities originating in Bali province dispatched via some harbors in Indonesia in April 2013 reached USD 55,602,843. Most of the exports in April 2013 were sent to the United States, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and Singapore, with the respective proportion of 21.85 percent, 15.99 percent, 12.04 percent, 6.46 percent and 5.34 per cent. Five main commodities exported in April 2013 were non-knitted apparel products, fish and shrimp products, jewelry/ gem product, wood product, wood handicraft, furniture product and home lighting. (kmb28)


Thursday, June 20, 2013



Baked Alaska: Unusual heat wave hits 49th state Associated Press Writer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A heat wave hitting Alaska may not rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of the 49th state, the days of hot weather feel like a stifling oven - or a tropical paradise. With temperatures topping 80 degrees in Anchorage, and higher in other parts of the state, people have been sweltering in a place where few homes have air conditioning. They’re sunbathing and swimming at local lakes, hosing down their dogs and cleaning out supplies of fans in at least one local hardware store. Mid-June normally brings high temperatures in the 60s in Anchorage, and just a month ago, it was still snowing. The weather feels like anywhere but Alaska to 18-year-old Jordan Rollison, who was sunbathing with three friends and several hundred others lolling at the beach of Anchorage’s Goose Lake. “I love it, I love it,” Rollison said. “I’ve never seen a summer like this, ever.” State health officials even took the unusual step of posting a Facebook message reminding people to slather on the sunscreen. Some people aren’t so thrilled, complaining that it’s just too hot. “It’s almost unbearable to me,” said Lorraine Roehl, who has lived in Anchorage for two years after moving here from the community of Sand Point in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. “I don’t like being hot. I’m used to cool ocean breeze.” On Tuesday, the official afternoon high in Anchorage was 81 degrees, breaking the city’s record of 80 set in 1926 for that date. Other smaller communities throughout a wide swath of the state are seeing even higher temperatures. All-time highs were recorded elsewhere, including 96 degrees on Monday 80 miles to the north in the small community of Talkeetna, purported to be the inspiration for the town in the TV series, “Northern Exposure” and the last stop for climbers heading to Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain. One unofficial reading taken at a lodge near Talkeetna even measured 98 degrees, which would tie the highest undisputed temperature recorded in Alaska. That record was set in 1969, according to Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the online forecasting service Weather Underground. “This is the hottest heat wave in Alaska since ‘69,” he said. “You’re way, way from normal.” It’s also been really hot for a while. The city had six days over 70 degrees, then hit a high of 68 last Thursday, followed by five more days of 70-plus. The city’s record of consecutive days with temperatures of 70 or above was 13 days recorded in 1953, said Eddie Zingone, a meteorologist


A year on, Assange stays put in Ecuadorean Embassy Associated Press Writer

LONDON - A year ago, Julian Assange skipped out on a date with Swedish justice. Rather than comply with a British order that he go to the Scandinavian country for questioning about sex crimes allegations, the WikiLeaks founder took refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. He’s still there - and now says he won’t emerge even if Sweden drops the case that triggered the strange diplomatic standoff. In comments that appear to put a resolution farther off than ever, Assange said his fear of U.S.-ordered arrest for his secret-spilling activities means that “if the Swedish government immediately drops their request tomorrow, I still cannot leave this embassy.” “If I walk out the front door I could be arrested in relation to the United States,” Assange said in an interview with a small group of journalists to mark Wednesday’s one-year anniversary of his embassy stay. Assange believes extradition to Sweden is merely a first step in efforts to remove him to the U.S., where he has infuriated officials by publishing secret documents including 250,000 State Department cables. U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning has admitted passing those documents to WikiLeaks.

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AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, Bob Hallinen

Liz Gobeski soaks up the sun on the beach at Point Woronzof as a Polar Air Cargo jet comes in for a landing at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport as the temperature reached into the 80’s in Anchorage, AK on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. with the National Weather Service who has lived in the Anchorage area for 17 years. The heat wave also comes after a few cooler summers - the last time it officially hit the 80 mark in Anchorage was 2009. Plus, Tuesday marked exactly one month that the city’s last snow of the season fell, said Zingone, who has lived in Anchorage for 18 years. “Within a month you have that big of a change, it definitely seems very, very hot,” he said. “It was a very quick warm-up.” With the heat comes an invasion of mosquitoes many are calling the worst they’ve ever seen. At the True Value Hardware store, people have

grabbed up five times the usual amount of mosquito warfare supplies, said store owner Tim Craig. The store shelves also are bare of fans, which is unusual, he said. “Those are two hot items, so to speak,” he said. Greg Wilkinson, a spokesman with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, said it’s gotten up to 84 degrees at his home in the Anchorage suburb of Eagle River, where a tall glass front lets the sunlight filter through. “And that’s with all the windows open and a fan going,” he said. “We’re just not used to it. Our homes aren’t built for it.” Love or hate the unusual heat, it’ll all be over soon.

It was Singapore’s worst haze reading since September 1997 when the number peaked at 226. The haze problem is a recurring one which happens in the dry season as a result of forest fires in the sprawling Indonesian archipelago, some of them deliberately started to clear land for cultivation. “We are going to leave Singapore two days early because we are having trouble breathing,” said Zac Kot, 40, a business owner from the United States who was on holiday with his wife and two young girls. Indignant Singaporeans attacked their own government on the web for its handling of the problem. Disposable medical masks flew off drugstores’ shelves as consumers and companies bought them in bulk and placed orders for more. Even tourists from Indonesia -- traditionally the largest source of visitors to Singapore -- protested about the smoky haze from Sumatra island, where some farmers and plantations deliberately set off fires to clear land for cultivation. “It’s not very good, and it’s getting harder to breathe. I just don’t know where to go,” said Rangga Adisapoetra, 30, a risk management executive from Indonesia’s main island Java who was attending a mobile communications and broadcasting expo. “Maybe tomorrow, I’ll visit Universal Studios. Since we are in Singapore, we might as well visit attractions,” he told AFP, temporarily lifting a grey face mask to speak as he waited outside a convention centre for his friends. The pollution problem peaks during the June-September dry season, when monsoon winds transport thick clouds of smoke from Sumatra to neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia. Singapore is a densely populated city-state of 5.3 million inhabitants which welcomed 14.4 million visitor arrivals in 2012 -- 14.5 percent of them from Indonesia. Air quality also worsened on Wednesday in Malaysia, where readings in seven areas monitored by the Department of Environment entered “unhealthy” levels by midday, mainly in the country’s south near Singapore. Just four areas were rated “unhealthy” the day before. Southeast Asia’s worst haze crisis took place in 1997-1998, causing widespread health problems and costing the regional economy billions of dollars as a result of business and air transport disruptions. Singapore officials continued to take to social media on Wednesday to address citizens’ rising anger over the smog. Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam strongly rebutted online criticism that the Singapore government was being soft on Indonesia -- a sprawling archipelago of more than 240 million people. “Every country is sovereign and we can’t intervene in the actions in other countries,” he said in a Facebook posting on Wednesday. “The burning is taking place in Indonesia. What do you think Singapore can do about that?” he wrote. Shanmugam and Singapore’s environment minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Tuesday spoke with their Indonesian counterparts to emphasise “the urgency of the situation” and offer help to fight the fires in Sumatra, a government statement said. On Monday, an Indonesian forestry ministry official, Hadi Daryanto, shifted some of the blame to Malaysia and Singapore, saying their palm oil companies that had invested in Indonesia were also responsible.



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Heat beats Spurs in OT, forcing Game 7


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Associated Press Writer MIAMI — The Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 after overtime on Tuesday to square the series at 3-3 and force the NBA Finals to a decisive Game 7. Miami’s LeBron James shrugged off a poor start to get 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds while Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds to play to force overtime. James scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Heat from a 10-point deficit. He hit a 3 with 20 seconds to go and Allen drilled another to tie it. James’ layup with 1:43 to play in overtime gave the Heat a 101-100 lead, and Allen added two free throws to force Game 7, which is on Thursday night in Miami. “If we were going to go down tonight, we’re going to go down with me leaving every little bit of energy that I had on the floor,” James said. The Spurs had one final chance when they were down 103-100, but Chris Bosh blocked Danny Green’s 3-point attempt from the corner as time expired. Tim Duncan scored 30 points for the Spurs, his most in an NBA Finals game since Game 1 in 2003, but was shut out after the third quarter. He added 17 rebounds. Thursday’s

decider will be the first Game 7 to be played in an NBA Finals since the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in 2010. “They’re the best two words in sports: Game 7,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. The Spurs looked headed to a fifth title in five chances when they built a 13-point lead with under 4 minutes left in the third quarter, then again when they recovered from blowing that lead to take a fivepoint edge late in regulation. Miami, which hasn’t lost consecutive games since Jan. 8 and 10, is trying to become the fourth team to win the final two games at home since the NBA went to the 2-3-2 format for the finals in 1985. James came in averaging 31.5 points in elimination games, highest in NBA history, according to a stat provided through the NBA by the Elias Sports

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San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) blocks a shot by Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Miami.

Bureau. He was well off that form early, sinking just 3 of 12 shots over the first three quarters. With the Heat trailing by 10, frustration was apparent among the players and panic was setting in among the fans. However he finished 11 of 26, even making a steal after his basket had given Miami a lead in OT. This wasn’t quite the 45-point performance in Game 6 of last year’s Eastern Conference finals in Boston, but given the higher stakes may go down as more important — if the Heat follow it with another victory Thursday. The Heat were in the same place as they were in 2011 at the end of their Big Three’s first season together, coming home from Dallas facing a 3-2 deficit in the finals and on that occasion they couldn’t rally. This time they said they welcomed the challenge and the chance to show they how much mentally tougher they were than the team the Mavericks easily handled in Game 6 that year. Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs. Tony Parker had 19 points and eight assists, but shot just 6 of 23 from the field. When the ball came to Green at 3-point range for the final shot, Miami fans had their hearts in their mouths — Green had shot 25 of 38 (65.8 percent) from beyond the arc over the first five games of the series. Bosh had vowed Green would not be given as much as space as he had in the previous five games and proved true to his word by producing the game-saving block, leaving Green with a 1-from-5 performance on 3-pointers. The Heat, the NBA’s 66-win powerhouse during the regular season, will be playing a seventh game for the second straight round, having needed to go the distance to beat the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals. The Heat are 13-0 after losses over the last five months, though this was nothing like the previous 12 that had come by an average of nearly 20 points. Nor was it like the previous four games of this series, which had all been blowouts after the Spurs pulled out a four-point victory in Game 1. San Antonio had an 11-0 run in the first half, then a 13-3 burst in the third quarter for a 71-58 lead, and a final flurry late in regulation that seemed to have them ready to walk off with another title.

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Venus Williams pulls out of Wimbledon, citing back Associated Press Writer After 16 consecutive years of always showing up at Wimbledon, winning five titles along the way, Venus Williams pulled out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament on Tuesday, citing a lower back injury. Williams, who turned 33 on Monday, never had missed Wimbledon since making her debut there in 1997, although she lost in the first round a year ago. She won the singles trophy - it happens to be called the Venus Rosewater Dish - in 2000-01, 2005 and 200708, to go with two more major championships at the U.S. Open in 2000-01. But Williams has been dealing with a bad back for a while, playing only three matches in the last two-plus months. She was clearly hampered by the injury during a three-set, three-hour loss to 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland in the first round of the French Open last month, then cited her back when she and younger sister Serena withdrew from the doubles competition in Paris. The older Williams said after the singles loss at Roland Garros - her first opening-round exit there in a dozen years - that the inflammation in her back made it painful

to serve hard, limiting one of the best parts of her game. Once ranked No. 1, Williams is currently No. 34. Still learning to live as a professional athlete with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, she has two first-round losses in the past four Grand Slam tournaments. That includes her defeat at Wimbledon last year, the first time she’d left a major championship that early since she lost in the first round of the Australian Open in 2006. “With what I’ve gone through, it’s not easy. But I’m strong and I’m a fighter. You know, I don’t think I’m just playing for me now. I think I’m playing for a lot of people who haven’t felt well,” Williams said after her loss to Radwanska. “I think for me today, it’s a positive to be able to play three hours. I’m constantly finding ways to get better and to feel better.” Play begins at Wimbledon next Monday. Serena Williams, who is ranked No. 1, will be a big favorite to win what would be her sixth Wimbledon title and 17th major championship overall. She’s won 31 matches in a row, the longest single-season streak on the women’s tour since Venus put together a 35-match run in 2000.



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Spain players celebrate after defeating Italy in the European U21 Soccer Championship final match in Jerusalem, Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Platini praises Israel as Spain take spoils once again Reuters

JERUSALEM - Israel came in for warm praise from European soccer’s supremo Michel Platini as the Euro Under-21 soccer championships ended with Spain thrashing Italy 4-2 to retain the title. “The stadiums were wonderful and well organised, the pitches excellent and the atmosphere in the stadiums was great with many families with young children attending. That is exactly the type of tournament that I like to see,” Platini told a news conference. Spain stood out above all their opponents, winning all their matches without conceding a goal until the final and their flowing style

captivated the crowds. They won a fourth title in Jerusalem, one fewer than the record held by Italy. Israel qualified as hosts and were on paper the weakest team in the event, although they managed to beat England in a meaningless encounter and forced a draw with eventual semi-finalists Norway. It was a disappointing outing for Germany, Russia and England, who never threatened to advance

to the semi-finals, while the Netherlands showed flair but were frail defensively. The 13-day tournament was the most important international sporting event to be held in the Jewish state since the 1968 Paralympics and was held amid tight security following a politically-charged build-up. Before the biennial event began, UEFA held firm against calls

from pro-Palestinian activists to move it away from Israel as they argued that the Jewish state did not deserve to be rewarded for restricting the movement of Palestinian athletes. Platini said that because of the popularity of soccer, it was an obvious vehicle to promote political and other messages but added it was important to keep the two separate. “I would like there to be a world where one can play football peacefully, even though I know the local context ... Often (soccer) is used for political, economic, communication reasons, reasons of image ... It can be taken hostage

... because it attracts a lot of media and journalists,” he said. Israel controls the borders in and out of the Palestinian territories and cites security concerns as the reason for imposing travel restrictions, although it says it has eased the movement of Palestinian athletes. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said last month he would personally intervene to try to ensure Israel lifts travel restrictions on Palestinian soccer players and facilitate entry for visitors. Keeping matches safe, always a worry in Israel which in the past has been prone to attacks by Palestinian militants, is a top priority for security officials.

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Man United to begin title defense at Swansea Associated Press Writer

MANCHESTER, England — David Moyes was given a challenging start to life as Manchester United manager Wednesday, with his new team handed fixtures against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the first five matches of its Premier League title defense. Moyes already has a tough job replacing the great Alex Ferguson, who retired after nearly 27 trophyladen years at Old Trafford, and the release of the 2013-14 fixture list

hasn’t given him any respite. After opening its title defense at Swansea, United hosts Chelsea — also under a new manager in Jose Mourinho — the following weekend. Then United plays great rival Liverpool away before a trip to City on the weekend of Sept. 21. Mourinho’s first match in his second spell with Chelsea is at home to newly promoted Hull while Manuel Pellegrini’s first taste of action as City’s new manager comes at home to Newcastle. The opening round of the season takes place on the weekend of Aug.

17-18. Given all the managerial appointments among the big clubs, it is anticipated that this season’s title race will be one of the most hotly contested in years. If it goes down to the last day — as it did two seasons ago — United will be away at Southampton, City is at home to West Ham and Chelsea visits Cardiff, one of the other promoted teams. Arsenal begins the season at home to Aston Villa, Liverpool hosts Stoke and the first game in charge for new Everton manager Roberto Martinez is at Norwich.

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Australia’s Mark Bresciano, left, kicks the ball behind his back during their World Cup soccer Asian qualifying match against Iraq at the Sydney Olympic Stadium in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

Australia celebrates another trip to World Cup Associated Press Writer

SYDNEY — Hundreds of fans greeted members of Australia’s national football team at downtown Sydney’s Circular Quay on Wednesday after the Socceroos qualified for next year’s World Cup in Brazil with a 1-0 win over Iraq. “It’s been a tough four years, teams are getting tougher ... we’re just delighted that we have achieved our goal,” Australia captain Lucas Neill said at a public reception in which the late Australian singer/songwriter Peter Allen’s signature “I Go to Rio” was prominently featured. There were more than 100,000 tweets about Australia’s qualification for its third consecutive World Cup tournament, including congratulatory messages from former Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero, who plays with the A-League’s Sydney FC, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Del Piero tweeted: “C’mon Socceroos! Congrats for the qualification fifaworldcup 2014. Ciao Ale.” It will be a veteran Australia squad next year in Brazil. The 35-year-old Neill will be joined by Mark Schwarzer (40), Mark Bresciano (33), Archie Thompson (34) and Tim Cahill (33). “Had we not made it to Brazil, there would be a few guys questioning if they wanted to keep going,” Neill said. “It’s now given us great motivation. What better way to top off a long career than to play in a World Cup? “But we won’t be there just to make up the numbers. We are there to go further than we have before and to make it very memorable.” Neill praised coach Holger Osieck’s late substitution which brought off Cahill for Josh Kennedy, who scored the winning goal in the 83rd minute Tuesday before more than 80,000 fans at the former Olympic stadium. “It was a brave call taking off Australia’s equal top goal scorer for someone who hadn’t played much football,” Neill said. “Coaches get paid to make big decisions. He made one, he backed himself and it resulted in a goal.” Kennedy, who plays for Nagoya Grampus in Japan, has battled back problems for the past 18 months. “He’d peaked just in time to come back into the squad, he was unlucky not to take the field in the previous two matches but when he was given his chance he took it,” Neill said. “That is the quality of a guy like Josh.” Kennedy said his feat was “starting to sink in.” “The game was positioned perfectly for me, coming on with 10 minutes to go,” Kennedy said Wednesday. “I didn’t get much sleep last night, but hopefully spending a few days with friends and family will start to make it feel real.” Australia finished second in its group behind Japan, which also qualified along with Iran and South Korea from Asia. Uzbekistan and Jordan, which finished third in their respective groups, will play off to determine which side plays the fifth-place South American side in the final round of qualifying.

US, Costa Rica win to close on WCup spots Associated Press Writer

SANDY, Utah — The United States and Costa Rica both closed in on place at next year’s World Cup by winning their home matches in Tuesday’s CONCACAF qualifiers. The U.S. had a 1-0 win over Honduras, with Jozy Altidore scoring the sole goal in the 73rd minute, while Costa Rica recorded a 2-0 victory over Panama. With six of ten games played in the six-team group, the U.S. is in top spot in the standings on 13 points while Costa Rica is second with 11 points. With the top three teams to qualify directly to Brazil 2014, Mexico is in third place on eight points, just a point ahead of Honduras in fourth, which yields a place in a further intercontinental playoff. Panama is a point further back in fifth while Jamaica is last on

just two points. Honduras was the last visiting team to win at the United States in a World Cup qualifying match, back in 2001. The Americans have won or drawn 25 straight at home since then. The visitors made it difficult on the Americans for much of the game by slowing the pace before Altidore broke through, taking a cross from Fabian Johnson and shooting across the goalkeeper and inside the right post. “The team now understands it’s not only a physical grind you put into these games. It’s a mental one,” coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “Mentally we’re getting stronger. We’re getting tougher. We are now prepared to go through the games.” It was Altidore’s ninth goal in a qualifier as he finally develops into the scoring threat the United

States has hoped for. “We are very happy for Jozy,” Klinsmann said. “We always told him from a coaching perspective that it takes a lot of hard work, it takes a lot of adjustment, it takes the right moment to be there, it takes the hunger. The energy he has put in the last four or five games has been tremendous. It’s not only that he scored those goals, the work he does for the team is awesome.” Costa Rica also had to wait until the second half to break through against Panama. Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz opened the scoring on a free kick in the 49th minute, and Celso Borges clinched it just about two minutes later from long distance in a steady rain at National Stadium. The CONCACAF qualifying campaign now goes into recess before resuming in September. Honduras’ Roger Espinoza (15) falls as United States’ Jermaine Jones (13) defends in the first half during a World Cup qualifying soccer match at Rio Tinto Stadium on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in Sandy, Utah.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013



Trunyan IBP/File Photo

IBP The village of Trunyan is squeezed tightly between the lake and the outer crater rim of Batur, an almighty volcano in Kintamani. This is a Bali Aga village, inhabited by descendants of the original Balinese, the people who predate the arrival of the Hindu Majapahit kingdom in the 16th century. It is famous for the Pura Pancering Jagat temple, but unfortunately visitors are not allowed inside. There

are also a couple of traditional Bali Aga-style dwellings, and a large banyan tree, which is said to be more than 1,100 years old. At Kuban subvillage close to Trunyan is a mysterious cemetery that is separated by the lake and accessible only by boat - there is no path along the steep walls of the crater rim. The village of Trunyan itself is situated at the edge of Batur Lake. This location is inaccessible except by boat, and it takes around half an hour across the calm waters. Getting

to Lake Batur takes around two hours drive to the northeast of Denpasar along the main road to Buleleng and through Bangli Regency. Unlike the Balinese people, the people of Trunyan do not cremate or bury their dead, but just lay them out in bamboo cages to decompose, although strangely there is no stench. A macabre collection of skulls and bones lies on the stone platform and the surrounding areas. The dead bodies don’t produce bad smells because of the perfumed

scents from a huge Taru Menyan tree growing nearby. Taru means ‘tree’ and Menyan means ‘nice smell’. The name of Terunyan was also derived from these two words. The women from Trunyan are prohibited from going to the cemetery when a dead body is carried there. This follows the deeply rooted belief that if a woman comes to the cemetery while a corpse is being carried there, there will be a disaster in the village, for example a landslide or a volcanic eruption.

Such events have been frequent in the village’s history, but whether women had anything to do with it is a matter of opinion... You can visit both the village of Trunyan and the Kuban cemetery by chartered boat from Kedisan. Sadly, nowadays the boat trips are now blatant tourist traps, as touts and guides strongly urge you to donate your cash to the temple project or leave a donation for the dead. These touts ruin an otherwise fascinating experience.


Thursday, June 20, 2013


President defends fuel hike plan after protests Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday defended his government’s plan to hike fuel prices for the first time since 2008, a day after police battled demonstrators outside parliament. Thousands protesting the plan to reduce fuel subsidies fought running battles with police firing tear gas and water cannon Monday, as lawmakers approved measures paving the way to lower the payouts in Southeast Asia’s top economy. But Yudhoyono insisted escalating public anger at an expected price increase of more than 30 percent would not deter his government from pushing through the sorely-needed measure. “We want to protect our macro economy,” he said during a speech in Jakarta. “This is important -- it concerns us all.” Yudhoyono, who is expected to announce a hike in the coming days after parliament voted through a revised budget, also insisted that the government was “being forced into hiking fuel prices to cope with rising crude oil prices”. Economists have long been calling for Indonesia to reduce the subsidies, which eat up a huge chunk of the budget and are blamed for a widening current account deficit, but the government has in the past backed down in the face of public anger. Protesters took to the streets again on Tuesday but fewer than the previous day, when thousands demonstrated in the capital Jakarta and across the country. Several hundred protested in front of the office of state energy firm Pertamina in Medan, on Sumatra island, while small groups of demonstrators set tyres alight and blocked roads in other cities. Jakarta was quiet. Meanwhile, reports started emerging that people were stockpiling subsidised fuel in anticipation of a price hike. Police in West Java and Lampung provinces seized thousands of litres of fuel that people had allegedly been hoarding, while Pertamina said sales had increased three to four percent in recent days. The price of fuel is expected to increase on average 33 percent, with petrol jumping from from 4,500 rupiah ($0.46) a litre to 6,500 rupiah, and diesel from 4,500 rupiah to 5,500. Following a marathon parliamentary session on Monday, lawmakers agreed on a revised budget that included a package of measures to compensate the millions of poor people likely to be hit hardest. Poor households will receive $15 a month each for the next four months to offset the impact of the fuel hike, which is expected to cause the cost of everyday goods to go up as they will be more expensive to transport. Yudhoyono had insisted on the measures before any fuel hike, which will come at a sensitive time as parties gear up for elections in 2014. Eight thousand people demonstrated across Jakarta during the debate, with thousands outside the national parliament hurling Molotov cocktails, fireworks and bottles at police in riot gear, who fought back with tear gas and water cannon. One person received a minor injury, while at least 14 others were injured in protests across the country. Yudhoyono has been seeking to lower the huge subsidies for some time and last year came close. But parliament rejected the measure in the face of huge protests, which were bigger and more violent than this year’s. As demand for fuel has increased, the government has been forced to pay increasingly bigger bills to cover the subsidies, causing the current account deficit to expand. The urgency for action increased this week after the rupiah, which had already lost value due to the ballooning deficit, plunged to four-year lows after a sell-off on emerging markets that hit Indonesia hard.

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An Indonesian youth with painted face and body holds plastic jerrycans during a protest against the government’s plan to raise fuel prices in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Writings on the jerrycans say “No to increased fuel prices” and “We oppose increased fuel prices”.

Police uncover illegal selling subsidized oil to industry Antara

JAKARTA - Jakarta police have uncovered illegal selling of subsidized diesel fuel to an industry in Cipayung, East Jakarta. “We have arrested a driver and a truck owner known by his initials as IF and confiscated two trucks used to deliver the subsidized oil to

industries,” the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Command’s head of public relations division, Senior Commissioner Rikwanto, said here on Wednesday. He said IF had two trucks that had been modified into tanks able to carry up to 8,000 liters of oil each. If bought oil using the trucks at

filling stations and sold the oil to a collector who later sold it to factories at a non-subsidized price of around Rp9,000 per liter. The suspects are facing a prison term of up to four years and a fine of Rp4 billion for violatng Article 53 of Law Number 22 of 2001 on oil and gas.

Dumai airport cancels two flights due to haze Antara

DUMAI - Dumai city’s airport in Riau province cancels two flights here on Wednesday due to thick haze from the forest fire that hit the area, the airport management’s spokesman, Catur Hargowo, said. “Current visibility at the airport is below 1,000 meters due to haze. Therefore we are cancelling two flights today namely from Sky Aviation and Pelita Air,” he said. However Catur said the airport will not be closed down. “We only cancels two flights which will carry regular passengers and employees of

oil company Pertamina and Chevron,” he added. Meanwhile Dumai city’s Chief of Forestry Office Hadiyono said his staff are still trying to extinguish the forest fire which happen in various locations in the city,” he said. Meanwhile Marjoko Santoso, the head of the Dumai health office, said haze from forest fire in Sumatra has increased the number of respiratory problem cases in Dumai, Riau Province, over the past few weeks. In the early June 2013, the number of respiratory problems was 351 cases and increased to 393

cases now. The increase reached around four to five percent every week and 0.8 to one percent per day, he said. He urged Dumai residents particularly children, pregnant women, senior citizens and asthma patients, to stay indoor when the city is being covered by haze. The Dumai health office has distributed 25,000 face masks to people on streets. Some 138 hot spots from forest fire were detected across Sumatra Island, an increase from 83 hot spots on the previous day.



Thursday, June 20, 2013

BUSINESS Boeing wins order for 30 newgeneration 737 jets Agence France-Presse

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CIT aerospace president Tony Diaz, left, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive officer Ray Conner, second from left, CIT Group transportation finance president Jeff Knittel, third from left, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice president of global sales John Wojick attend a press conference after CIT Group placed an order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s.

LE BOURGET, France — Boeing Co. says it is selling 30 of its new generation 737-MAX 8 jets, extending the popularity of the fuel-efficient short-haul aircraft at the Paris Air Show. The 737-MAX 8 planes have a list price of $100.5 million, although most customers negotiate steep discounts. Aircraft leasing company CIT Aerospace, which placed the order Wednesday, is responsible for a fleet of 350 aircraft, including 128 Boeing jets, according to the company. Smaller jet purchases have made up the bulk of the orders this year as airlines renew their fleets or expand into new markets, notably in Asia and Latin America. The 737 carries between 150 and 200 passengers and is Boeing’s most popular model. First deliveries of the MAX are expected in 2017.

Japan May trade deficit widens on import costs Agence France-Presse TOKYO - Japan extended a string of trade deficits in May, official data showed Wednesday, as the country’s import costs rose on the weak yen but shipments to the United States and China soared. The strong export data -- up 10.1 percent over last year -- comes after earlier figures showed the world’s third-largest economy grew faster than expected in the first quarter, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe works to stoke growth. The yen’s sharp drop since late last year makes Japanese exporters more competitive overseas and inflates the value of their repatriated overseas earnings. The trade data is a key signal for economists who have been trying to pin down whether “Abenomics”

-- a program of big government spending and aggressive monetary easing -- is rippling through the economy. “This (export data) shows Japanese companies are increasingly in better shape” Junko Nishioka, chief economist at RBS Securities Japan, told Dow Jones Newswires. “Their profitability is also rising these days, meaning they are becoming more resilient to potential external shocks.” The finance ministry data Wednesday showed Japan’s trade

deficit expanded 9.5 percent from a year earlier to 993.9 billion yen ($10.4 billion), the eleventh consecutive shortfall and the longest string of monthly deficits in three decades. But May’s deficit was smaller than expected as the market had forecast a shortfall of around 1.2 trillion yen. Exports rose 10.1 percent to 5.76 trillion yen, growing for the third straight month on higher shipments to the United States and China. Exports to recession-hit Europe remained weak, falling 4.9 percent. Imports meanwhile also climbed 10.0 percent, the seventh consecutive month of increases, as costs of fuel and other items jumped due to the weaker yen.

The jury is still out on Japan’s economy-boosting plan although export volumes are moving in the right direction, said Masahiko Hashimoto, economist at Daiwa Institute of Research. “Export volumes, which we should look at for a link with the economy, were lower than the yearbefore level but the margin of decline is shrinking... that is a good sign.” A return to trade surplus, however, could be some way off, he added. “It will be quite difficult to return to surplus,” Hashimoto said. “Import volumes will stay high due to fuel demand. That situation would not change drastically unless nuclear power plants resume operations.” Japan’s fuel imports have soared

as most of its atomic reactors remain off-line since the huge earthquake and tsunami in 2011 sparked the world’s worst nuclear accident in a generation. The disaster knocked Japan’s already lumbering economy, which Abe pledged to kickstart as he swept December elections. In April, new leadership at the Bank of Japan -- handpicked by Abe -- vowed to hit a two-percent inflation target within two years, jack up asset purchases including government bonds, and double money supply. The ambitious target, a key part of Abe’s bid to revive the economy, is aimed at reversing years of falling prices that have crimped private spending and business investment.




Thursday, June 20, 2013


Obama’s Berlin speech: History raises the stakes Associated Press Writer BERLIN - Five years and 50 years. As President Barack Obama revisits Berlin, he can’t escape those anniversaries and the inevitable comparisons to history and personal achievement. With his own 2008 speech at Berlin’s Victory Column and former President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 historic denunciation of the Soviet bloc as markers, Obama will use an address at the city’s Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday to renew his call to reduce the world’s nuclear stockpiles.

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US President Barack Obama, left, waves as he meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

The White House said Obama will draw attention to his plan for a one-third reduction in U.S. and Russian arsenals, rekindling a goal that was a centerpiece of his early first-term national security agenda. Obama will also hold an afternoon news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting between the two leaders. His 26-hour whirlwind visit to the German capital caps three days of international summitry for the president and marks his return to a place where he once summoned a throng of 200,000 to share his ambitious vision for American leadership. That was 2008, when Obama was running for president and those who supported him at home and abroad saw the young mixed-race American as a unifying and transformational figure who signified hope and change. Five years later, Obama comes to deliver a highly anticipated speech to a country that’s a bit more sober about his aspirations and the extent of his successes, yet still eager to receive his attention at a time that many here feel that Europe, and Germany in particular, are no longer U.S. priorities. A Pew Research Center poll of Germans found that while their views of the U.S. have slipped

Bombing at Pakistani funeral kills 29 Associated Press Writer PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of hundreds of mourners attending a funeral in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 29 people. Among the dead was a newly elected lawmaker who may have been the target, authorities said. The blast was the deadliest attack in the region since May 11 national and regional elections installed a new government in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The carnage poses a challenge for cricketerturned-politician Imran Khan, whose party won the provincial election there on a platform of negotiating with the Pakistani Taliban to bring an end to the years of fighting and attacks there. The bombing in the village of Sher Garh near the city of Mardan killed 29 people and wounded at least 57, said a senior police officer in Mardan, Tahir Ayub Khan. Pakistani TV channels showed footage of the bombing scene, splashed with blood and scattered body parts, as many of the survivors, their clothes soaked with blood, scrambled to get away. Local residents comforted the families of the victims as they cried out in anguish and beat their chests. “Are you Muslim?” screamed an eyewitness, Nisar Khan, addressing the attackers. “Are you animals? Are you beasts?” Many of the

wounded were taken to hospitals in the provincial capital of Peshawar, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) away. Speaking as doctors were examining him, Azeem Khan said a local cleric was leading the funeral prayers when he heard a deafening explosion and was knocked to the ground. “People were running away for safety,” he said. “Mourners at the funeral were crying for help after the blast.” Another eyewitness told Pakistan’s Dunya television that 700 to 800 people were attending the funeral when the suicide bomber detonated the device. The lawmaker, Imran Khan Mohmand, ran in Pakistan’s May 11 elections as an independent candidate and later supported the party of Imran Khan, the ex-cricketer. He was the second provincial lawmaker affiliated with the party to be killed since the election. The other lawmaker, also an independent who later joined Khan’s party, was shot dead earlier this month. The Pakistani military has been fighting to root out Pakistani Taliban and affiliated militants from the tribal areas, a region that borders Afghanistan. The militants have vowed to overthrow the government and have carried out a campaign of bombings and shootings, mostly in the northwest, that have killed tens of thousands of civilians and security forces in recent years.

since Obama’s first year in office, he has managed to retain his popularity, with 88 percent of those surveyed approving of his foreign policies. Obama also has an arc of history to fulfill. Fifty years ago next week, President Kennedy addressed a crowd of 450,000 in that then-divided city to repudiate communism and famously declare “Ich bin ein Berliner,” German for “I am a Berliner.” Since then, presidents from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton have used Berlin speeches to articulate broad themes about freedom and international alliances. Obama, fresh from a two-day summit of the Group of Eight industrial economies, placed his hand over his heart outside the sunny presidential palace as a German military band played “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the American national anthem. He and German President Joachim Gauck inspected a lineup of German military troops before entering the palace, stopping to greet children who waved American and German flags. The high point for Obama on Wednesday will be a speech at the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of Germany’s division and later reunification. It is a venue that Merkel denied him in 2008, saying only sitting presidents were granted such an honor.

Floods close Lourdes pilgrimage site in Pyrenees Associated Press Writer PARIS — Heavy floods in southwest France have forced the closure of the Catholic pilgrimage site in Lourdes and the evacuation of pilgrims from nearby hotels. Floodwaters swirled Wednesday in the grotto where nearly 6 million believers from around the world, many gravely ill, come every year seeking miracles and healing. It has been a major pilgrimage site since a French girl’s vision of the Virgin Mary there in 1858. Lourdes Mayor Jean-Pierre Artiganave said on BFM television that the site will not reopen until safety can be assured. Rescue services are evacuating hundreds of people from nearby hotels. Heavy rains around the region inundated town centers and prompted road closures. The interior minister is heading to Lourdes later Wednesday.

AP Photo/Bob Edme

The sanctuary of Lourdes flooded, in Lourdes, southwestern France, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. French rescue services and police are evacuating hundreds of pilgrims from hotels threatened by floodwaters from a rain-swollen river in the Roman Catholic shrine town of Lourdes.


Thursday, June 20, 2013



Scientists: Timber in Lake Michigan centuries old Associated Press Writer

AP Photo/Heng Sinith

In this photo taken on June 28, 2012, Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temples complex stands in Siem Reap province, some 230 kilometers (143 miles) northwest Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Airborne laser reveals hidden city in Cambodia Associated Press WRiter

FAIRPORT, Michigan — A wooden beam embedded at the bottom of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries, underwater archaeologists announced Tuesday, a crucial finding as crews dig toward what they hope is the carcass of a French ship that disappeared in the 17th Century. Expedition leaders still weren’t ready to declare they had found a shipwreck or the long-lost Griffin. The ship, commanded by the French explorer La Salle, was never seen again after setting sail in September 1679 from an island near the entrance of Green Bay, in what is now northern Wisconsin, with a crew of a six and a cargo of furs. But Michel L’Hour, director of France’s Department of Underwater Archaeological Research, said the timber appears to be a bowsprit, which is a spur or pole that extends from a vessel’s stem. It also appears to be attached to a hard surface below the lake bed. “All the details could be interpreted as part of a bowsprit and there’s no details which contract this hypothesis,” said L’Hour, who inspected the beam Monday with two French colleagues. “It’s why it’s the main hypothesis now. A bowsprit which has been buried in the sediment of the lake for many centuries.” Scientists and divers began excavating last week at the base of the wooden beam, hoping to determine whether it is part of the Griffin. Steve Libert, a diver and shipwreck enthusiast who has searched three decades for the Griffin, discovered the timber in 2001 and recently obtained state and federal permits to probe beneath the muddy surface. The wooden beam extends 10.5 feet (3.2 meters) above the lake bed, and underwater excavators are opening a pit at the base of the beam to determine whether it’s attached to anything beneath. In another key development Tuesday, they reported that a probing device had detected a hard surface 18 to 20 feet (5 ½ to 6 meters) below the lake bed. “In essence, we have found a floor under that exposed wooden timber,” said Ken Vrana, the project manager. “We have more excavation to do before verifying what that surface is.” Libert said he was excited by the reports and had “no doubt” the beam was part of a ship. But it remained uncertain when the team might be able to positively identify the vessel. “I think that maybe Steve found the Griffin,” L’Hour said at a briefing for reporters. “I can’t be sure, which is why I’m waiting and waiting and waiting for the proof.”

SYDNEY — Airborne laser technology has uncovered a network of roadways and canals, illustrating a bustling ancient city linking Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple complex. The discovery was announced late Monday in a peer-reviewed paper released early by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The laser scanning revealed a previously undocumented formally planned urban landscape integrating the 1,200-year-old temples. The Angkor temple complex, Cambodia’s top tourist destination and one of Asia’s most famous landmarks, was constructed in the 12th century during the mighty Khmer empire. Angkor Wat is a point of deep pride for Cambodians, appearing on the national flag, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Archaeologists had long suspected that the city of Mahendraparvata lay hidden beneath a canopy of dense vegetation atop Phnom Kulen mountain in Siem Reap province. But the airborne lasers produced the first detailed map of a vast cityscape, including highways and previously undiscovered temples. “No one had ever mapped the city in any kind of detail before,

and so it was a real revelation to see the city revealed in such clarity,” University of Sydney archaeologist Damian Evans, the study’s lead author, said by phone from Cambodia. “It’s really remarkable to see these traces of human activity still inscribed into the forest floor many, many centuries after the city ceased to function and was overgrown.” The laser technology, known as lidar, works by firing laser pulses from an aircraft to the ground and measuring the distance to create a detailed, three-dimensional map of the area. It’s a useful tool for archaeologists because the lasers can penetrate thick vegetation and cover swaths of ground far faster than they could be analyzed on foot. Lidar has been used to explore other archaeological sites, such as Stonehenge. In April 2012, researchers loaded the equipment onto a helicopter, which spent days crisscrossing the dense forests from 800 meters (2,600 feet) above the ground. A team of Australian and French archaeologists then confirmed the findings with an on-foot expedition

through the jungle. Archaeologists had already spent years doing ground research to map a 9-square-kilometer (3.5-squaremile) section of the city’s downtown area. But the lidar revealed the downtown was much more expansive — at least 35 square kilometers (14 square miles) — and more heavily populated than once believed. “The real revelation is to find that the downtown area is densely inhabited, formally-planned and bigger than previously thought,” Evans said. “To see the extent of things we missed before has completely changed our understanding of how these cities were structured.” Researchers don’t yet know why the civilization at Mahendraparvata collapsed. But Evans said one theory is that possible problems with the city’s water management system may have driven people out. The next step for researchers involves excavating the site, which Evans hopes will reveal clues about how many people once lived there.

AP Photo/David J. Ruck, Great Lakes Exploration Group

In this photo made June 16, 2013, and provided by Great Lakes Exploation Group, diver Jim Nowka of Great Lakes Exploration Group inspects a wooden beam extending from the floor of Lake Michigan that experts believe may be part of the Griffin, a ship that sank in 1679.



Thursday, June 20, 2013


Amarttera Villas Bali IBP

NUSA DUA - Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua opens as Bali’s second upscale resort in the MGallery Collection. Accor, the largest international operator of hotels in Asia-Pacific and Indonesia, open of Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua, as the newest member of the MGallery Collection in Bali. This resort is a newly-built, all-villa property boasting one of the best locations in Bali in the heart of the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) complex in Nusa Dua.“We are delighted to add Amarterra Villas Bali situated on the southern coast of the island. This exclusive villa resort combines lavish facilities and amenities, with traditional Balinese elements set among lush, landscaped gardens, Nusa Dua to the MGallery Collection of memorable hotels,” says Gerard Guillouet, Senior Vice President of Accor Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. “Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua is the perfect resort for upscale customers who enjoy a hotel with a unique story and distinguish concept. This resort combines its exceptional location with the excellence of its services and individual attention, making every stay a memorable experience.” He added. MGallery is a collection of unique upscale hotels selected through their individual personality and characteristics. MGallery hotels are categorized according to three themes – Signature, Heritage and Serenity. Due to its superb ambience blending perfectly with the outstanding architectural designs, Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua is categorized under MGallery’s “Serenity”

category. This resort will be the third hotel in the MGallery Collection in Indonesia and the second in Bali. Pascal Bellon, Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua’s General Manager says, “The opening of this memorable sanctuary of villas in heavenly Bali offers upscale guests unprecedented level of privacy, five-star hospitality and a sense of ‘Serenity’. Combining contemporary comforts with respect to the environment, the resort is inspired by the daily life of a traditional Balinese village.” Staying true to the values of tranquility, serenity and memorable hospitality, Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua is an oasis of exotic beauty with lush gardens and private

pools while providing easy access to Bali’s main convention centre and just a stone’s throw away from the sublime white sand beaches of Nusa Dua. Amarterra, which comes from the words “Amarta” which means water and “Terra” meaning earth, reflects how these two elements combine to allow sophisticated guests - from honeymooners to business and leisure travellers - to rest and relax amongst Bali’s renowned natural surroundings. The traditional architecture and designs are influenced by the 13th century Majapahit Kingdom when Javanese culture had a strong influence in Bali. Guests will experience this enchanted concept from the moment

they arrive at the splendid Chandra Suriya Gate, a symbol of harmonious life, before entering through to the inspirational villas. With just 39 villas – from one, two and three bedroom villas - each is designed to become a tranquil haven for full relaxation. Artfully crafted with richly-textured materials, the villas’ décor is accentuated by intricate furnishings and colorful finishes. The villas are equipped with state-of-the-art entertainment systems, open lounges, a dining area, and private swimming pool and gazebo, plus luxurious bathroom for guests to enjoy a delightful soak. Styled as a tropical garden retreat, the resort’s Terra Terrace restaurant

Calendar Event for May 1 through June 19, 2013 1 May Buda Kliwon Pahang Pura Luhur Puncak Padang Dawa Desa Bangli Baturiti Pura Silayukti Padang Bai Karangasem Pura Aer Jeruk Sukawati Pura Dangin Pasar Batuan Sukawati Pura Penataran - Batuyang Batubulan Pura Desa Lembeng Ketewel Sukawati Pura Pasek Bendesa Dukuh Kediri Tabanan Pura Kawitan Dalem Sukawati Gianyar Pura Kresek Banyuning Buleleng Pura Puseh Bebandem Karangasem Pura Sad Khayangan Batu Medahu Desa Swana Nusa Penida Pura Buda Kliwon Penatih Denpasar Pura Penataran Dukuh Nagasari Bebandem Karangasem Pura pasek Bendesa Tagtag Peguyangan Pure Pulesari - Bantas Kelod Desa Sibang Gede Abiansemal Pura Batur Sari Ubud Pura Penataran Agung Sukawati Pura Panti - Kucupin Ketewel Ketewel 6 May Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan Pura Pasek Gelgel Kekeran Dlod Yeh Mengwi Merajan Pasek Subadra Kramas Gianyar 9 May Tilem Sasih Jiyestha Pura Bujangga Waisnawa Gumbrih Jembrana Pura Dalem Desa celuk 11May Tumpek Klurut Pura Pasek Gelgel Banjar Tengah Buleleng Pura Dalem Pemuteran Desa Jelantik Tojan Klungkung Pura Pedarman bujangga Waisnawa Besakih Pura Taman Sari Desa Gunung Sari Penebel tabanan Pura Dalem Tarukan - Bebalang Bangli Pura Benua Kangin Besakih Pura Merajan Kangin (Ida Betara Empu Baradah) Besakih

12 May R edite Umanis Merakih Pura Parangan Tengah Ceningan Kangin Lembongan Nusa Penida Pura Desa Ubud 15 May Buda Wage Merakih Pura Bendesa Mas Kepisah Pedungan Pura Natih Banjar Kalah Batubulan Pura Desa lan Puseh Silakarang Singapadu Pura Dalem Petitenget Kerobokan Kuta Pura Dalem Pulasari Samplangan Gianyar Pura Kubayan - Kepisah Pedungan Denpasar Selatan Pura Pasek Gelgel - Tanah Pegat Tabanan Pura Paibon lan Pura Bengkel Sumerta Denpasar Pura Pasek Lumintang Denpasar Pura Panti Penyarikan Medahan Sanding Tampak Siring Pura Pasar Agung Banjar Dauh Peken Kaba Kaba Pura Dadia Buda Cemeng Pulasari Batuan Sukawati 21 May Anggar Kasih Tambir Pura Dalem Puri Batuan Sukawati Pura Dalem kediri Silakarang Singapadu Pura Dalem Sukawati Pura Dalem Lembeng Ketewel Sukawati Pura Paibon Pasek Tangkas Peliatan Ubud Pura Puseh Ngukuhin Kramas Gianyar Pura Pamerajan Agung Ki Telabah Tuakilang Tabanan Pura Karang Buncing Blahbatuh Pura Dalem Bubunan Seririt Buleleng Pura Desa Badung Kota Denpasar Pura Luhur Pedenganan Bedha Bongan Tabanan Pura Pucak Payogan - Lungsiakan Kedewatan Ubud Gianyar Pura Tanah Kilap “Griya Anyar” Suwung Kauh Denpasar Selatan

Pura Selukat Keramas Blahbatuh Gianyar Pura Dalem Tampuagan Peninjoan Tembuku Bangli Pura Waturenggong Desa Taro Pura Dalem Bentuyung Desa Ubud Pura Puseh Ubud Pura Dalem Puri Peliatan Ubud Pura Batur Hyang Bulan Muntig Karangasem 22 May Buda Umanis Tambir Pura Sari Banjar Titih Kapal Pura Gulamanikan Bendesa Manik Mas Serongga Gianyar 24 May Purnama Sasih Sadha Pura Amrta Sari Rempoa Jakarta Selatan Pura Maospahit Banjar Grenceng Denpasar 5 Jun Buda Kliwon Matal Pura Puseh lan Desa Sukawati Pura Pasek Gelgel Bebetin Sawan Buleleng Pura Maspahit Sesetan Denpasar Selatan Pura Pasek Bendesa Manik Mas Dukuh Kendran Tegallalang Pura Panti Pasek Gaduh Sesetan Pura Pedharaman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih 15 Jun Pura Puseh lan Desa Kota Gianyar Pura Luhur Dalem Segening Kediri Tabanan Pura Sang Hyang Tegal (TARO) Tegallalang 19 Jun Buda Cemeng Menail Pura Dalem Tarukan Cemenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Pura Puseh Manakaji Peninjoan Bangli Pura Kawitan Gusti Celuk Baler Pura Sada Pemebetan Kapal Mengwi Pemerajan Agung Ubud Pura Taman Limut Pengosekan Mas Ubud

and bar offer guests all-day dining with fusion cuisine blending authentic Indonesian gastronomy with modern influences. The Amarterra Spa provides a spa experience using Dharma Bali therapy that will rejuvenate and refresh both the body and mind. The treatment menu is inspired from Bali’s heritage and traditions using natural products, mostly made from different parts of a coconut tree. Amarterra Spa’s signature treatments include Virgin Coconut Oil Body Scrub, Sirodhara and Balinese “Urut” Massage. The resort also provides a variety of facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, a beach club, a gymnasium, boutique shop and gallery, and a meeting room.

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.



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cher credits luck for her lengthy career


Associated Press Writer

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Cher is no stranger to tabloid attention. The 67-year-old singer, who has spent most of her life in the spotlight, offered this advice to young artists on navigating the world of paparazzi interest: “You’re screwed. That’s my advice.” “You don’t deal with it. You just try to get a place where no one can find you and that’s your little sanctuary,” the “Believe” singer said in an interview Tuesday. “I have a fabulous house that I love and it’s my sanctuary.” Looking ever the rock star in leather and studs, Cher took the stage Tuesday for the season finale of NBC’s “The Voice.” She performed “Woman’s World,” the first single off her upcoming album of the same name — her 26th album since she began recording in the 1960s. Cher said reality singing competitions are simply a modern incarnation of classic star-makers like “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.” “It’s just another vehicle, you know what I mean? Talent is talent,” she said on the red carpet following the finale which crowned 16-year-old country singer Danielle Bradbery the winner. The young powerhouse from Blake Shelton’s team beat out indie rocker Michelle Chamuel and country duo the Swon Brothers for the season four title. Cher credits luck, not necessarily talent, for her incredible staying power. “If you have an idea, you tell me because I haven’t got a clue,” she said of the secret to career longevity. “I believe that luck has a lot to do with it. There are lots of people who are more talented or whatever, but somehow this has been my path. So this is what I’m doing.”

Selma Blair abruptly exits ‘Anger Management’ Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES — Selma Blair is making a sudden exit from the Charlie Sheen TV comedy “Anger Management.” In a statement Tuesday, producer Lionsgate says the actress won’t be returning to the FX comedy. The company says it wishes her “the very best” but has no further comment. Blair’s departure comes while the comedy is about halfway through completing its 90-episode order from FX. The actress’s publicist didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Sheen’s manager, Mark Burg, declined comment, as did FX. The show represents Sheen’s TV series comeback after he was fired from CBS’ hit comedy “Two and a Half Men” in 2011 after clashing with producers. Sheen has an ownership stake in “Anger Management.” Blair played a therapist and colleague to Sheen’s character on the show.

AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2011 file photo, actress Selma Blair arrives at amfAR’s Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles.


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