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Official: No mechanical issues in Walker car crash

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Page 8 The photo shows villas built near the rice field at Bali Island. Decline in the hotel occupancy rate in Bali causes a dilemma amid the rise of tourist arrival to the island. The Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) of Bali claimed it happened due to uncontrolled accommodation development.

LOS ANGELES — Investigators have found no evidence that the Porsche carrying actor Paul Walker had mechanical problems before it crashed, killing the “Fast & Furious” star. The investigation also has ruled out debris or other roadway conditions as causing the car in which Walker was a passenger to slam into a light pole and tree. ficial would not disclose the current speed estimate. It is calculated through a formula that uses factors including the arc of tire marks from the scene and how well the tires would grip the roadway, said Chris Kauderer, chairman of the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists. The sheriff’s office has said speed was a factor in the one-car crash in an industrial park about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. A spokesman on Wednesday had nothing to add. Though the car exploded in flames, its three data recorders survived and may produce information to pinpoint the speed. If they produce usable data, the recorders would be able to tell investigators whether seat belts were fastened, air bags deployed and whether Rodas hit the brakes before impact. Because the car is so rare, investigators will need Porsche’s help to retrieve the data. A

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People stand around a roadway memorial at the site of the auto crash that took the life of actor Paul Walker and another man, in the small community of Valencia, Calif., Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. spokesman for the car company declined to comment. The official said sheriff’s investigators also have enlisted the help of California Highway Patrol accident reconstruction specialists, who tested the brakes on the wrecked car and found that at least one of the tires was made in 2004. The CHP did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The official told AP that the Porsche appeared to have negotiated a curve in the road successfully before crashing.

‘The Voice’ champ quips about Jamaica’s bad roads Associated Press Writer

n this photo provided by NBC, Tessanne Chin sings during the season five finale of “The Voice” on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Los Angeles. Chin was announced the season five winner. AP Photo/NBC, Tyler Golden

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Waterway widening in Mati River hampered by land

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The car, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, is notoriously hard to handle. “We’re looking at speed and speed alone,” a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. The Nov. 30 crash also killed the driver, Walker’s friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas. Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, co-owned an auto racing team. Rodas also was a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races this year. Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have calculated a range of the speed at which they think the car was traveling, but they won’t disclose that number until Porsche engineers come to California next month in the hope of extracting information from onboard data collectors. The of-

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin just might motivate the government of her Caribbean homeland to fix the country’s chronically rutted roads. Chin became the season five champ of “The Voice” TV show Tuesday, eliciting jubilation in Jamaica. Her performances on the NBC singing competition were a big topic on the island for weeks and politicians lost no time in congratulating her. When Chin won a car with the other show finalists, she quipped to host Carson Daly that “we have the worst roads” in Jamaica. National Works Agency Deputy CEO Earl Patterson said Wednesday that he got the message, telling reporters: “Certainly the point that Tessanne made that the roads could do with more investment, that point is noted.” However, he quickly added that the island’s fiscal constraints must be considered.

Occupancy rate slumps amid uncontrolled accommodation growth

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MANGUPURA - Decline in the hotel occupancy rate in Bali causes a dilemma amid the rise of tourist arrival to the island. The Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) of Bali claimed it happened due to uncontrolled accommodation development. “Low occupancy is indeed inseparable from the uncontrolled development of accommodation and illegal accommodation. The development of illegal villas, tourist inns and other illegal accommodation exceeds the growth of tourist arrivals,” said Deputy Chairman of PHRI Bali, IGN Rai Suryawijaya. According to him, the occupancy rate of star hotel in 2013 only reached 56 percent and it decreased when compared to the occupancy rate in 2012 reaching more than 60 percent. Tourists visit in 2013 reached 3.279 million, while in 2012 only reached 2.892 million. This indicated the growth of hotel room in Bali was excessive. “With the amount of tourist arrival reaching 3 million more to Bali, the occupancy rate can reach 65-70 percent. However, it happens on the contrary where the occupancy rate is only 50 percent. This means that hotel room growth exceeds the foreign tourist arrival,” he complained.

According to him, the growth in tourist arrivals to Bali reaching 10 percent was far exceeded by the growth of hotel room reaching 15 percent. “By all means, the occupancy is low because the growth of hotel room exceeds the tourist arrival. Unavoidably, this condition will automatically trigger a tariff war that will harm the government because the taxes paid will be smaller because the hotel profits diminished,” he said. He advised the government to immediately form a regional tourism promotion board to offset the growth of

hotel room. Existence of this institution was expected to improve the image of Bali tourism, increase foreign and domestic tourist arrival and increase tourist expenditure during their visit in Bali and evaluate the tourist arrival. “With the number of rooms reaching over 80,000, ideally the tourist arrival reaches 4 million in order to cover the average occupancy of up to 70 percent. On that account, it is required to establish a tourism promotion board (BPPD) in this region,” he said. Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association GIPI) of Bali, Bagus Sudibya, admitted the hotel occupancy rate decline was not a new issue that happened in Bali. Even, this condition would continue to occur as long as the amount of supply and demand between the number of accommodation and tourist arrival was imbalanced. “The growth in the number of tourist arrival over 13 percent cannot pursue the growth in the number of room because the growth in the number of hotel room in Bali is very high,” he affirmed. Continued on page 6


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NEGARA - Supervision against the fishery traffic is currently more tightened. It happens because there is an onslaught to the aquaculture products harming the pond owners in Jembrana. The senders of fishery products from outside the island dare to lower the price so as to make fishery farmers in Bali and Jembrana in particular oppressed. the origin and be traced what caused the price to go down. “It is intended to get clear information about the origin of the fishery products, who knows it was stolen and then sold at cheap price,” he explained. Existence of the freshwater and brackish water ponds managed by farmer groups was expected to boost the economy. Currently, the fresh water farmers considered the price competition was quite striking, particularly the fishery product invasion from outside Bali. The selling price of fish such as carp was very competitive as the price of feed made from fish flour was expensive. Indeed, added Maharimbawa, with the current price in the market farmers could have reached the Break Even Point (BEP). Since the price ever exceeded the higher price than the present one, farmers still expected the price to return to normal. (kmb26)

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Hotel Santika Premiere Beach Resort Bali is delighted to announce the launch of Sands, a contemporary styled restaurant and outdoor lounge by the beach. This smart new venue is all about taking the time to unwind against a backdrop of inspiring ocean views. Sands has been designed to capture the laid-back ambience of life in the tropics. The main dining room is a simple structure made from glass and timber. It blends seamlessly into the outdoors where decorative waterways and swaying coconut palms add an exotic touch to this relaxing setting. A series of open-air decks elevated at different levels create defined areas to wine, dine or just chill out. The bar is a free-standing space with comfortable seats to enjoy drinks throughout the day or watch Kuta’s famous

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sunset. There is also an ice cream counter strategically positioned to catch the passing trade of guests strolling a l o n g t h e b e a c h p a t h w a y. Sands serves a refreshing menu to excite the palate. House specialties include a

signature hot stone cooking concept as well as an array of tasty tapas. There is also a separate children’s menu featuring favourite dishes with a healthy twist. Sands has all of the appeal of an exclusive beach club.

It is a multi-functional venue available for private events and small functions such as a wedding celebration at sunset. The opening of Sands is the first of several new guest facilities intended to update Hotel Santika Premiere Beach Resort

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Official car toppled over by electric pole leads traffic jams Bali Post

The car which was damaged by a fallen electric pole

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Onslaught of fishery products from outside Bali harms prices The Head of Jembrana Forestry, Fishery and Maritime Agency, Made Dwi Maharimbawa, recently said the issues faced by fishery farmers was price competition against the products from Java. Onslaught of the pond products from outside Bali was very detrimental to ponds in Bali including Jembrana, chiefly a number of farmer groups due to competitive price. Selling price of fishery product from Java was cheaper because they got a cheaper feed price, not to mention the more competitive labor costs. “The production cost there (in Java) is cheaper, so it should be considered to protect the fish farmers in Bali and Jembrana in particular,” he explained. On that account, there should be a strict control in the border by Fish Quarantine officer. Besides, it was also needed a Certificate of Origin (SKAU) to ensure that the fish had clear origin. By that way, it could be known

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SINGARAJA - An official vehicle owned by Bali government was wrecked after toppled over by electric pole on Jalan Raya Singaraja-Denpasar, precisely at milepost 15 at Gitgit village, Sukasada subdistrict, Wednesday (Dec 18). As a result of the incident, the traffic flow was jammed on the track about three hours. Information at the location told that the incident happened around 12:30 a.m. At that time, the vehicle with red license plate DK 1532 was used by the Bali Environment Agency coming from Denpasar. The official vehicle was driven by Agus Krisna, 26, and carried three people. At that time, it was thickly foggy and the vehicle drove slowly. Once arrived at milepost 15, two electric poles unexpectedly collapsed and one of them toppled over the vehicle. Suddenly the vehicle stopped and could not move. As a result, the rear part of the vehicle was wrecked and the back door could not be closed. Luckily, no passenger

suffered injuries. However, a passenger named Nurhayati was shocked and had to receive light treatment at Sukasada Health Center. A number of residents said that before the incident the power line at the milepost 15 was very low as buffeted by rain and strong wind. Before the fateful official passed, a tourist bus from Denpasar also passed on the street in front of it. When the bus passed, the power line had been caught at the air conditioner box on the rooftop of the bus. However, the bus forced itself to pass through the power line so the power line pulled the electrical pole to the ground. Chief of Sukasada Police Traffic Affairs, Nyoman Adika, with his ranks directly arranged the traffic flows as it was jammed. Until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, only private cars and four-wheeled trucks could pass, while buses and large size trucks could not. ”For a while, we apply an open and closed system,” he said. (kmb15)

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Bali. The entire area along the beach is currently being transformed with a collection of private suites and a spa centre dedicated to personal rejuvenation. Sands opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 07.00 – 23.00 hours daily.

Balinese Temple Ceremony Every Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.


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Fashion

The pretty to the ugly: 2013’s key fashion moments

Nobody would call bangs a new trend, but when the first lady’s involved, things take on more significance. In fact, President Barack Obama actually called his wife Michelle’s new hairdo the most significant event of his second inauguration. Unveiled just in time for the festivities, the new hairdo made enough news to have its own (unofficial) Twitter account, FirstLady’sBangs, which issued alerts like “Just got a text from Hillary Clinton’s side-part.”

QUEEN OF THE RUNWAY, AIRWAVES AND EVERYWHERE ELSE:

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DENPASAR - Denpasar still has a number of location points being very vulnerable to floods as happened at Padangsambian not long ago.

KATE MAKES US FEEL GREAT:

Much has been said about the fashion sense of the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, but in 2013, it was something a bit different that caught our eye. Peeking out under her blue-

Remember those popular yoga pants that had the unintended effect of being see-through? Well, ladies, turns out the ongoing fabric problems with those pants, including pilling, was YOUR fault. Or rather: the fault of YOUR THIGHS. Founder and chairman Chip Wilson of Lululemon Athletica noted in a TV interview that “Frankly, some women’s bodies just actually don’t work” for the pants, because of thighs rubbing against fabric. Now Wilson just actually won’t be working as chairman of Lululemon; the company announced his resignation from the post in December.

TAKING IT ALL OFF:

No thigh-rubbing problem for Gwyneth Paltrow, who was happy to show just how little cellulite she has when she appeared at the “Iron Man 3” premiere in a dress with sheer mesh panels on the sides, leaving little of her lower body and, er, posterior to the imagination. But we all nearly forgot about Gwyneth when we saw actress Jaimie Alexander at the “Thor” premiere, her black gown expanding the see-through effect to the midriff and upper regions. Let’s just say these actresses are saving money on underwear.

Ironically, some locations in West Denpasar subdistrict hit by flood were new locations. Meanwhile, the efforts to anticipate the flood by widening the waterway in Mati River still had obstacle as hampered by land acquisition. Local residents whose land located around the river seemed to object if their land was used for public purpose. The Head of Denpasar Public Works, I Ketut Winarta, revealed the matter on Wednesday (Dec 18). Winarta did not dismiss if the effort of widening the waterway in Mati River was still hampered by land acquisition. Meanwhile, the waterway normalization in Muding River Denpasar whose water overflowed all this time and triggered the flooding on Jalan Gunung Talang and Jalan Tangkuban Perahu had been under process. It was said the cultivation of the project would begin in the fiscal year 2014. “Previously, the activities at the location (Muding River—Ed) also faced difficulty in land acquisition. However, after we socialized through the local village officials, hopefully in 2014 the expansion plan of waterway in the river can be realized,” he said. According to Winarta, the normalization activities in Muding

DESIGNER MOVES:

A Paris runway show full of mournful symbols — and lots of black — was designer Marc Jacobs’ somber goodbye to Louis Vuitton in October after 16 years in the influential post of creative director. Under Jacobs, who also has his own eponymous brand, Louis Vuitton became the most lucrative fashion house in the world, in part thanks to Jacobs’ creation of a ready-to-wear line. He was replaced by Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly at Balenciaga.

TAKING DESIGNERS TO TASK:

Iman and Naomi Campbell are legendary supermodels, but this year they lent themselves to something different: promoting diversity on the runway, by calling out designers whose catwalks were almost completely white. The two women joined modeling agent Bethann Hardison in their Balance Diversity campaign. Explaining their purpose, Iman, now 58, said she was shocked to hear there were fewer black models on the runway than when she stopped modeling in 1989. LESBIAN COUTURE:

The message was unmistakable: At the Karl Lagerfeld haute couture show in Paris, the designer sent not one, but two brides down the runway for the finale. The brides walked hand in hand in their feathery concoctions, a clear vote of support by the designer for France’s gay marriage law. The show came only nine days after hundreds of thousands of people marched in Paris in opposition to the law.

River denoting the tributary of Mati River indeed had been designed for a long time. The flood inundating the settlements all this time was caused by the constriction of waterway in Muding River. “Normalization of Muding River is expected to prevent flooding in the area of Jalan Marlboro, Jalan Gunung Talang and Jalan Tangkuban Perahu Denpasar that all this time became regular victims of flood. If the project can be realized in the fiscal year 2014, it will be made a waterway widening up to seven meters in the upstream,” he said. He added that similar plan would also be implemented in the waterways of Mati River whose overflowing water caused flood in the area of Padangsambian Klod as happened to Taman Wira Housing on Jalan Gunung Payung recently. At that time, dozens of people’s home were inundated. “We get instruction from the mayor to immediately normalize the Mati River considering the waterway condition at the location of flood was minimal and narrowed. Unfortunately, the activities are still constrained by land acquisition around the Mati River,” he said. Based on the results of map-

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The efforts to anticipate the flood by widening the waterway in Mati River still had obstacle as hampered by land acquisition. ping, he said, the West Denpasar subdistrict was considered the most vulnerable area to flood during this rainy season. Some flood-prone areas in the region included the Jalan Gunung Talang 1 and 6, Jalan Tangkuban Perahu and Umadui

area. Other areas in this region being quite prone to flood were Jalan Imam Bonjol and Demak Temple area. Other locations considered vulnerable to flood in North Denpasar subdistrict were such as Jalan Indrajaya Ubung Kaja, Jalan

Nangka Utara and the area of Anyar Market Batu Kandik. Meanwhile, the prone area in East Denpasar subdistrict was Jalan Kaliasem and then in South Denpasar subdistrict included Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur. (kmb13)

Anti-rabies vaccine stock in Bali almost runs out FILE - This Nov. 4, 2013 file photo shows actress Jaimie Alexander at the U.S. premiere of “Thor: The Dark World” in Los Angeles. Alexander wore a black Azzaro Couture dress expanding the see-through effect to the midriff and upper regions.

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By the time she appeared in a lovely Stella McCartney floral frock and high red leather pumps as a judge on “Project Runway,” it was clear: In the realm where Hollywood meets fashion, Kerry Washington is royalty. On her hit show, “Scandal,” playing professional fixer Olivia Pope, she was all professional Washington — Washington, D.C., that is — but on the red carpet, she was glamour personified. Case in point: that Marchesa gown she wore at the Emmys, all cream and white and flower appliques, fit for a queen.

LULULEMON, NOT SO MUCH:

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NEW YORK — It was a year for pixie haircuts, chunky flat shoes, bangs on our first lady and bare skin ... lots of it, on movie actresses and pop stars. Fashion always has its royalty, and this year, Kerry Washington was a queen. For real royalty, we had Kate Middleton, making the rest of us mortals feel a little better by flashing her mommy tummy. If Kate made us feel good, Lululemon didn’t, when its chairman appeared to blame women’s own bodies for problems with those popular yoga pants. A look back at these and other key fashion moments of 2013: and-white polka dot dress as she emerged from the hospital post-childbirth was a pronounced “mommy tummy,” a normal development but something most celebrities keep under wraps, until their personal trainers have whipped them back into magazine-cover shape. Thanks, Kate!

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MICHELLE’S BANGS:

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The stock of anti-rabies vaccine (VAR) runs thin. Even, Sanglah Hospital as one of the rabies centers in Bali has run out of vaccine stock since two months ago.

DENPASAR - Dog bite cases afflicting a few people in Negara generate more awareness of rabies. On the other hand, when the bite cases in Bali are high enough, the stock of anti-rabies vaccine (VAR) runs thin. Even, Sanglah Hospital as one of the rabies centers in Bali has run out of vaccine stock since two months ago. According to an official, as long as the anti-rabies vaccine was empty, the treatment could be provided was only wound care. As for getting the vaccine, patients were suggested to go to other rabies centers or could purchase at a pharmacy providing the vaccine. Responding to such condition, the Head of Bali Health Agency, Ketut Suarjaya, when contacted

on Wednesday (Dec 18) admitted the current stock of the anti-rabies vaccine was diminishing. “So far, the stock of anti-rabies vaccine amounts to 9,000 vials and 200 vials of anti-rabies serum (SAR),” said Suarjaya. Although the unavailability or depletion of stock happened in some rabies centers like Sanglah Hospital and county hospitals, it could still be ordered to each Health Agency of the county/municipality throughout Bali. When it was urgent and could not wait until the vaccine stock was available, added Suarjaya, people were given the option to purchase it at pharmacy that provided the vaccine or monitor the biting dog. If within the span of two weeks the dog was still alive, it meant the victim was safe from rabies. “Pro-

curement of the vaccine stock will be made later this month as many as 41,000 vials,” he said. Regarding the case of the dog biting a few people in Negara, according to Suarjaya, his party had handled it through the administration of anti-rabies vaccine and anti-rabies serum as well as the deployment of the district surveillance officer (DSO) to make observation against the victim bitten by rabies dog. Even though there was a bite of dog alleged to be positive to rabies, according to Suarjaya, the target of Bali Rabies-Free 2015 would not delay. The target of being RabiesFree would only delay if within the period of two years there were casualties due to rabies. “The last death occurred in June 2013,” he said. (san)


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Secure Christmas and New Year, number of personnel doubled

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SINGARAJA - Bali Police ranks would double the number of personnel to secure the celebration of Christmas and New Year 2014. If at one point was usually deployed four personnel, it would be doubled to eight personnel. It was revealed by Chief of Bali Police, Albertus Julius Benny Mokalu, during his visit to Buleleng, Wednesday (Dec 18). According to police chief, other than doubling the number of personnel deployed at each post, his party also invited all people of Buleleng and Bali in general to make the security condition conducive. Moreover, many national and international events were held in Bali. “Well, let’s keep the reputation of Bali that has been trusted. Security responsibility is not solely the task of police, but also the responsibility of all of us,” he said. During the visit on Wednesday, Chief Benny Mokalu had been the inspector of rally in the courtyard of Buleleng Police Headquarters.

The rally was also participated by Chief of Buleleng Police Benny Arjanto, Regent of Buleleng Putu Agus Suradnyana and officials of the Buleleng leadership council. Police chief emphasized that village police as the spearhead in the community should make more frequent interaction with the members of community ahead of the general election in 2014. “As the spearhead in the community, at least the village police can visit three houses each day. The more often they communicate, the better will be,” he said. Besides, the ranks of county

leadership council were also expected to make more frequent communication and synergy with the ranks of county police. According to him, in such informal communication could be discussed about the matters relating to security and order condition in the respective region. After leading the rally, police chief further conducted a face-to-face meeting with community leaders and political parties. The entourage then headed to Seririt to inaugurate five subdistrict police command headquarters including the one in Seririt and Sawan. (kmb15)

DENPASAR - Bali government through the regional development planning board (Bappeda) invited a number of figures and elements, Wednesday (Dec 18) to arrange and establish the assessment team membership of the 11 National Tourism Strategic Areas (KSPN) in Bali following the pros and cons over the policy of the central government. Unfortunately, the last meeting could not reach final result regarding the formation of the assessment team and the attendance was also minimal. The meeting only yielded the elements or institutions to be involved in the team and asked to send the names of their representative later. “Establishment of the KSPN Assessment Team is not final. Right now, we are compiling a list of the elements or agencies to be involved in the team. We ask the agencies or elements established to be the team members to submit the names that will represent. When the names have been collected and agreed, it will be formally endorsed through a Gubernatorial Decree,” said the Head of Bappeda Bali, Putu Astawa, after the meeting. In the meeting last Wednesday, the attending parties who provided inputs were also very minimal. Actually, the Bappeda Bali had invited nearly more than 20 elements or institutions related to the KSPN issues. Bali government was represented by the Head of Legal Bureau Wayan Sugiada, Bali Government Tourism Office, Culture Agency, Governance Bureau and others. Meanwhile, other elements attending the meeting consisted of the Dean of Tourism Faculty (Udayana University) Putu Anom, IB Negarayana from Bali Tourism Institute (STP) Nusa Dua, humanist Nyoman Gunarsa and the Head of Bappeda Karangasem Ketut Sedana Merta. In the meantime, elements of the Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI) and customary village general assembly (MUDP) were not present. In the meeting was agreed the parties involved in the team consisting of the elements of the Bali government, Bali House, county/municipal government across Bali where the KSPN was located, academicians and elements of the Bali Rector Forum, religious leaders from PHDI Bali and county/municipality across Bali, customary leaders (MUDP, MMDP, MADP), elements of the mass media and journalists like the Indonesian Journalist Association (PWI) and Indonesian Journalist Alliance (AJI), environmental NGOs and Interfaith Communication Forum (FKUB). However, there was possibility of additional elements to be involved pursuant to the need of the assessment and aspiration. “For academician, we advise the Bappeda Bali to write a letter to rector forum in Bali, so they can determine the experts in this matter to be included in the KSPN team,” said the Dean of the Faculty of Tourism, Udayana University, Putu Anom. The Head of Bappeda Karangasem, Ketut Sedana Merta, approved the establishment of the KSPN assessment team. The team would also be expected to inventory the KSPN input and issues surrounding it. “We agree to the formation of this team, but its output should also be clear. The team must also be completed with technical working group, supervision working group and other working groups. Do not let us be blamed in the county and province,” he explained. In particular, he also asked to involve the customary village, temple priests and community leaders of Besakih in the team and be involved in the next discussion because the main problem was the KSPN Besakih, Mount Agung and surrounding areas. “We specifically ask to involve the chief of customary village and temple priests of Besakih because this team is not formed if there is no problem related to the KSPN Besakih,” he said. The Head of Bappeda Bali, Putu Astawa, added the KSPN Assessment Team to be formed would be an independent team consisting of all the elements of both the pros and cons party so they could obtain a comprehensive input. Within this week, his party would re-invite a number of community members to immediately set up a team and the team could immediately conduct a study. Later on, the results of the assessment team would be forwarded as a proposal to central government. “We actually follow up the result of gubernatorial social gathering on November 5, 2013 to make an assessment team. But, we also need a fairly long time to establish this team because we want this team can be completely independent. So, there will be no impression if it will be pro to certain things. Having been agreed, the names will be included in this KSPN team. Though the decree on the establishment of this team is signed by the governor, this team will actually work independently. Obviously, we are still committed to the provisions in the existing bhisama (stipulation) and Regional Bylaw No.16/2009 on Bali Spatial Plan and this team will work independently,” he concluded. (kmb29)

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A United Nations flag flies at half mast in front of the UN headquarters in honor of the late Nelson Mandela in New York, December 6, 2013.

United Nations calls for end to excessive electronic spying

NEW DELHI - Residents of the Indian capital woke on Wednesday to a third day of thick gray smog in one of the worst episodes this year, which disrupted dozens of flights and train services and caused a rash of health complaints. New Delhi is among several Asian cities, including Beijing, that are suffering from toxic levels of pollution fuelled by industrial growth and a surge in the numbers of vehicles crowding their roads. The cloak of fog draping much of north India forced dozens of flights to be diverted or canceled, disrupted train schedules and led to a doubling in the number of medical emergencies caused by breathing difficulty, officials said. Runway visibility has been dropping to as low as 50 m. (164 ft) in Delhi over the past few days. “Both departures and arrivals were stalled,” said airport spokesman Kapil Sabarwal, as planes hovered in holding patterns, waiting for conditions to clear. Two passenger trains were canceled on Wednesday, while 60 trains were running late and 25 had been rescheduled on the third straight day of disruptions, said railways spokesman Neeraj Sharma. The fine particles suspended in the fog ranged as much as seven times beyond the concentration that India considers safe, to reach a level the United States Environmental Protection Agency calls “hazardous”. At that point, the agency urges that all outdoor physical activity be avoided and that victims of heart or respiratory ailments stay indoors, along with children and the elderly. The fog mingled with high pollution was an extreme event “when the air quality goes from very poor to dangerous,” said Gufran Beig, a scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology. Calm wind conditions and a smaller gap between extreme temperatures helped trap pollutants in the air, Beig said. The frequency and duration of such events have been rising every year since government records started in 2010, he added.

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UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday called for an end to excessive electronic surveillance and expressed concern at the harm such scrutiny, including spying in foreign states and the mass collection of personal data, may have on human rights. The call was included in a resolution drafted by Germany and Brazil which the 193-member General Assembly adopted by consensus. The United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand - known as the Five Eyes surveillance alliance - supported the resolution after language that had initially suggested foreign spying could be a human rights violation was weakened to appease them. The resolution does not name specific countries but comes after former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden released details this year of a global spying program by the NSA, sparking international outrage. General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, unlike resolutions of the 15-nation Security Council. But assembly resolutions that enjoy broad international support can carry significant moral and political weight. After the resolution was adopted last month by the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals

with human rights issues, U.S. delegate Elizabeth Cousens told the committee: “We firmly believe that privacy rights and the right to freedom of expression must be respected both online and offline.” Cousens said it was imperative that human rights and civil society activists be able to use the Internet freely and without fear of reprisal to protect “dignity, fight against repression, and hold governments, including mine, accountable.” The resolution notes “that while concerns about public security may justify the gathering and protection of certain sensitive information, States must ensure full compliance with their obligations under international human rights law.” It calls on states to review procedures, practices and legislation on communications surveillance and “to establish or maintain existing independent, effective domestic

oversight mechanisms capable of ensuring transparency, as appropriate, and accountability for State surveillance of communications, their interception and collection of personal data.” It also asks U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay to present a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council and the U.N. General Assembly on the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in domestic and extraterritorial surveillance and the interception of digital communications and collection of personal data, including on a mass scale. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both condemned the widespread spying by the U.S. National Security Agency. The NSA is accused of accessing tens of thousands of French phone records and monitoring phone calls by Merkel and Rousseff.

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People cross railway tracks on a foggy winter morning in New Delhi December 18, 2013. Residents in New Delhi woke to the third day of thick grey smog on Wednesday, among the worst this year, with a forecast set to trigger emergency health warnings in the coming days.


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Investors talk next to the stock price monitor at a private securities company Thursday Dec. 19, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Asian markets were mixed Thursday after investors took the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to trim its stimulus as a vote of confidence the American economy is strengthening.

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HONG KONG - Asian markets were mixed on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve said it would start cutting its stimulus programme next month, in a sign of confidence in the country’s economic recovery. lower, surrending earlier gains. Manila fell 0.64 percent, or 38.43 points, to end at 5,923.12 while in the afternoon Bangkok lost 0.27 percent, but Jakarta was up 1.17 percent. The Fed on Wednesday said it would reduce its bond-buying by a modest $10 billion to $75 billion a month from January, citing data indicating the economy is strengthening. “In light of the cumulative progress toward maximum employment and the improvement in the outlook for labour market conditions, the committee decided to modestly reduce the pace of its asset purchases,” the bank’s policy committee said in a statement. It added that it would likely take “further measured steps at future meetings” if the economy

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US Senate passes budget deal

The announcement that the bank will whittle down the scheme by $10 billion a month to $75 billion, while keeping interest rates at record lows, sent US shares surging to new records. Tokyo jumped 1.74 percent, or 271.42 points, to 15,859.22, Sydney rallied 2.08 percent, or 106.1 points, to 5,202.2 and Seoul was flat, edging up 1.02 points to 1,975.65. Shanghai fell 0.95 percent, or 20.50 points, to 2,127.79 and Hong Kong lost 1.10 percent, or 255.07 points, to close at 22,888.75 on concerns about China’s economic outlook. Shares in emerging economies -- which have been in turmoil at the prospect of an end to the bond-buying -- were mostly mostly

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continues to improve. Policymakers also said they would keep interest rates at record lows “well past the time” that the unemployment rate declines below 6.5 percent -- its previous cut-off point before tightening monetary policy. While global markets have been falling on expectations of a taper, the relatively small reduction, and the likelihood of interest rates being kept ultra-low, provided a boost. The Dow soared 1.84 percent and the S&P 500 jumped 1.66 percent, both hitting new records, while the Nasdaq rose 1.15 percent. Edward Fung, investment advisory head at Kim Eng Securities in Hong Kong, told Dow Jones Newswires: “From how the US

market reacted, it seems to me that $10 billion tapering is nothing to investors compared to the Fed’s commitment to hold interest rates at a low level.” Despite a late dip in their markets, the news was also welcomed in developing countries, which have declined in recent months as investors repatriate cash back to the United States. Bank Indonesia deputy governor Perry Warjiyo said: “The amount of tapering is slightly less than expected. More importantly, the announcement provides more clarity to the direction of Fed monetary policy. That will be positive for financial market stability.” The dollar hit new five-year highs in New York after the announcement. It peaked at 104.36 yen at one point -- up from levels below 103 yen earlier in Tokyo -- before settling at 104.13 yen. In afternoon Japanese trade Thursday it fetched 103.96 yen.

WASHINGTON - The US Senate passed a compromise two-year budget accord Wednesday, marking a truce in the fiscal wars that have plagued Washington and reducing the likelihood of a government shutdown in January. The measure, which passed 64-36 with the support of nine Republicans and the entire Democratic caucus, lays out top-line spending limits for 2014 and 2015, while erasing $63 billion in automatic spending cuts that were to kick in on January 1. It is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama before he heads to Hawaii on Friday for his Christmas break. The legislation was one of the final major accomplishments for Congress in 2013, which by all accounts has been a miserable year for US lawmakers. Following the expected approval of a massive defense spending bill later this week as well as several executive and judicial nominations, the Senate heads to recess until early January. Budget experts from the Senate and House of Representatives have until January 15 to craft a series of spending bills under the new limit, or risk another shutdown like the one that paralyzed Washington in October. The bill increases the $967 billion cap for 2013 spending to $1.012 trillion next year and $1.014 trillion in 2015, and brings some normalcy to a process recently rocked by chaos. Many Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted against the deal, arguing it slightly increases spending, breaking the limits set in 2011 legislation. But for others, there was a sense of relief that Congress managed to pass its first budget agreement in years. “With passage of this compromise budget deal, we’ll replace $63 billion in non-strategic sequester cuts and prevent another government shutdown, restoring muchneeded certainty to... our economy as a whole,” Senator Tim Kaine said shortly after passage. “There is more work to be done to replace the remaining non-strategic sequestration cuts and address our long-term fiscal challenges, but Congress has now shown that we can work together in a bipartisan way, as the American public demands and deserves.”

Exist since the time of Mpu Kuturan IBP

DENPASAR - According to the lecturer of customary law of the Udayana University, Prof Dr. Nyoman Sirtha, the customary village in Bali was estimated to have existed since the presence of the sage Mpu Kuturan during the administration of Dalem Waturenggong. Earlier, in Bali lived and developed about nine schools of Hinduism that were worried to result in disharmony. The King Waturenggong asked Mpu Kuturan to take any measure to anticipate the matter. Mpu Kuturan then unified the nine schools or sects into ShivaBuddha. After organizing a congregation in the Samuan Tiga Temple, it was born the concept

of customary village along with its trinity temple namely the Puseh Temple, Baleagung Temple and Dalem Temple. Pursuant to the concept of Tri Murti (trinity), each

family temple was equipped with three-chambered shrine. Since then, the social and religious life in Bali was getting organized and better. The chief of customary

village was called bendesa adat or uluampad. His responsibility was to lead the indigenous village related to religion and customary affairs. In carrying out the duties, the customary village was completed with by-laws in what the so-called awig-awig adat. According to the book entitled Pemberdayaan Desa Pakraman (Empowerment of Customary Village) written by Prof. Dr. IB Gunadha, the by-laws regulated three key points namely harmoni-

ous relationship of human to God (Parahyangan), human to fellow humans (Pawongan) and human to its environment (Palemahan). Meanwhile, based on the data of General Assembly Customary Village (MUDP) of Bali, there were totally 1,483 customary villages in Bali, where according to the data of Section Head of Customary Affairs of Bali Cultural Agency the customary hamlet amounted to 3,200 in 2009. Today, it was estimated to reach 2,700. (kmb)

Old Mask: Reflection on wisdom of a commander IBP

The Old Mask is one of the central figures in the performing art of the Pajegan Mask ritual. As the name implies, the Pajegan mask dance drama (pajegan or majeg meaning to buy up) is a single dancer performing a variety of characters. The main characters contained in the Pajegan mask dance drama consist of the pangelembar (hard mask and old mask), panasar, prince (king and chief minister) and bondres (folk) and ends with the appearance of the Sidakarya mask dancer. According to a lecturer from the Faculty of Performing Arts, the Indonesia Institute of Arts (ISI) Denpasar, Tjokorda Raka Tisnu, the staging of the old mask was an integral part in the staging of Pajengan mask presented in religious procession in the innermost courtyard (uttama mandala) of temple and cremation ritual. By and large, the storyline presented originated in the chronicle history. Performance of the Pajegan mask was begun with the presentation of figure with strong character. The mask had reddish dark color, bulging eyes, and a pair of thick black mustache. Its movement was agile, elegant and having authoritative steps. Appearance of this character was followed by the appearance of the elderly character. Its hair, eyebrows and mustache turned white with slow motion but displayed wise eyes. “In staging this Pajegan mask, the two figures performed first are called pangelembar masks. Movement of the old mask dance was entirely improvised where the dancer showed off its expertise at dancing and animating the character of the elder,” said Raka Tisnu, a figure known by the lovers of the art in Bali usually playing the antagonistic role as Duryudana and Ravana in ballet performance. Raka Tisnu asserted, the old mask actually reflected the figure

of chief minister or a commander who served as adviser. It meant the old mask was actually a serious role with wise and prudent character. The dancers understanding about the role and position of the old mask as royal advisor would never ‘derail’ the wise figure into a farce intended to provoke laughter of the audience. “Unfortunately, in the current development, there are a number of dancers that derail the old mask dance so that it no longer fits with the norms or character of a wise and authoritative chief minister. Lately, there are a number of dancers who dance by inserting jokes in the old mask dance like catching fleas and discarding snots indiscriminately. I think it is an excessive and improper improvisation by the artist. Such creativity is excessive and must be corrected. If there is indeed a chief minister behaving like that, he will be dismissed by the king because he does not reflect the behavior of a chief minister that should become a paragon,” he criticized. Furthermore, this famous Balinese dancer from Singapadu village, Gianyar, reminded the Balinese artists not to make ‘wild’ improvisation and creativity that would ‘hurt’ the meaning, nature and function of the character that should be presented seriously. Moreover, in the presentation of the Pajegan mask an artist was truly given the freedom to improvise and develop the dance movement that could provoke laughter of the audience through the performance of bebondresan figures. According to Raka Tisnu, the Old Mask dance in the past was a series of Pajegan masks where a dancer was demanded to expertly present all the existing characters and roles. In other words, a figure should be capable of playing the hard mask, old mask, penasar, king, bondres and the sanctified Sidakarya mask becoming the core in the staging for the sake of religious rites. (ian)

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Demonstrators gather in Piazza del Popolo square to protest against Government’s austerity measures in Rome, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. What started out as the so-called “pitchforks protest” by Sicilian farmers nearly two years ago is now a nationwide expression of citizen impatience over rising unemployment, stubborn recession and national lawmakers and government.

Thousands demand Italian government resign in Rome rally Reuters

BEIJING - Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman said on Thursday he was not going to North Korea to talk about politics or human rights, despite political tension surrounding the execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle. Rodman has visited Pyongyang twice before, spending time dining as a guest of Kim, with whom he says he has a genuine friendship. His latest visit follows the rare public purge of Kim’s powerful uncle Jang Song Thaek, who was executed last week. South Korean President Park Geun-hye has described recent events as a “reign of terror”. The purging of Jang, considered the second most powerful man in the North, indicated factionalism within the secretive Pyongyang government. “It has nothing to do with me. I mean, whatever his uncle has done, and whoever’s done anything in North Korea, I have no control over that. I mean, these things have been going on for years and years and years,” Rodman told Reuters at his hotel in Beijing on Thursday before he left for the airport. “I’m just going over there to do a basketball game and have some fun,” he said. The U.S. State Department has sought to distance the U.S. government from Rodman’s visit. Ahead of the trip, Seoul-based North Korean human rights activist Shin Dong-hyuk said in an open letter in the Washington Post that Rodman should talk to Kim about human rights abuses in North Korea. Rodman said it was not his place to talk about such issues. “People have been saying these things here and there. It doesn’t really matter to me. I’m not a politician. I’m not an ambassador,” he said. “I’m just going over there to try and do something really cool for a lot of people, play some games and try to get the Korean kids to play,” he said. “Everything else I have nothing to do with. If it happens that he wants to talk about it then great. If it doesn’t happen I just can’t bring it up because I don’t (want) him to think that I’m over here trying to be an ambassador and trying to use him as being his friend and all of a sudden I’m talking about politics. That’s not going to be that way,” Rodman said. Rodman is expected to provide North Korea’s national basketball team with four days of training during the trip.He also intends to return to Pyongyang in January with a team of fellow former National Basketball Association stars to hold basketball games on Kim’s birthday. Rodman’s trip was arranged by Irish bookmakers Paddy Power, which has a history of controversial advertising campaigns.

forms to help struggling citizens. About 3,000 people attended the Rome rally, fewer than expected after some original leaders of the movement refused to endorse the event, saying they feared it could be infiltrated by violent protesters. Ringed by police, the crowd waved Italian flags while leaders of the movement from around Italy gave angry speeches blaming the government for impoverishing the country. EUROSCEPTIC

“We do not want to be ruled by this government anymore. They don’t represent us, they don’t listen to us, they only steal and that’s it. We want new elections,” said protester Valerio Lorusso, 41, a farmer from Foggia in southern Italy. The pitchfork protests have taken on increasingly Eurosceptic tones, with some blaming Europe for years of austerity and economic hardship. The movement has won support from several far-right groups,

and several speakers and those in the crowd said Italy should abandon the euro. One banner read “Dear old Lira, you were worth half but you went twice as far!” and several in the crowd said they wanted a return to Italy’s former currency. “Never before have policies so impoverished the people. If it continues like this we are finished with Europe,” said Daniele Iamilli, 42, a security guard from Rome. Members of Casapound, a neofascist group whose deputy leader was sentenced to three months in prison for tearing down the EU flag from the European Commission headquarters in Rome on Saturday, were among those protesting in the square. National data released this week showing almost one in three Italians risk poverty or social exclusion underlined the scale of a crisis that has fuelled disillusionment with the government and state institutions.

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JAKARTA - The Jakarta Higher Court sentenced former Chief of Traffic Police Unit Inspector General Djoko Susilo to 18 years in jail for involvement in a corruption and money laundering case, according to the court’s official website. The sentence is heavier than the previous verdict of 10 years in jail as had been decided by the AntiCorruption Court. Djoko was charged with corruption in the procurement of Rp196.8 billion worth of simulators for driving licenses during his tenure as chief of the police traffic corps. Apart from the jail sentence, Djoko is also under obligation to pay

Rp32 billion as compensation money to the state. In an event that he fails to do so, the court is authorized to seize all of Djoko’s properties and auction them to procure the compensation money. According to the Jakarta Higher Court’s website, Djoko’s right to vote and to be voted to a public office is currently being revoked.

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The Jakarta Higher Court sentenced former Chief of Traffic Police Unit Inspector General Djoko Susilo to 18 years in jail for involvement in a corruption and money laundering case, according to the court’s official website.

Cooperation between Indonesia, Malaysia continues to progress JAKARTA - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated that the cooperation between Indonesia and Malaysia has continued

to increase and has the potential to expand further. “Our cooperation and partnership has improved year on year. We often do not realize that we have achieved

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North Koreans look down from a balcony as former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman enters the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

Occupancy... From page 1 According to him, the increase in the number of rooms in Bali was very worrying. Many illegal villas or hotels were indeed allowed to grow without control. “I worry about the price war and it will eventually harm the local tourism industry. A lot of examples have happened where small local hotels should be closed down. Even, the more severe one is cannibalism that will happen in the tourism industry,” he said. He hoped that government could take firm action pursuant to the policy. As happened in Bogor, local government had dismantled the illegal villas. “If it is prohibited, do not build any accommodation. When there are illegal or unauthorized villa, simply dismantle them and never give them exemption,” he said. (kmb27)

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ROME - Thousands of protesters furious about high unemployment and a political class they regard as corrupt rallied in central Rome on Wednesday demanding the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s government. With the highest debt burden in the euro zone after Greece, Italy - mired in its longest post-war recession - is closely watched by financial markets and European partners as a flashpoint for instability in the bloc. Thousands of Italians have marched in cities across the country over the last nine days in protests fuelled by falling incomes, unemployment above 12 percent and over 40 percent among people below 25. “The ruling class is made up of thieves and mafiosi, and they are destroying our country! We are better than this ... Out out out!” Danilo Calvani, a farmer who has emerged as one of the leader of the protests shouted to the cheering crowd in the Piazza del Popolo. Attempts to address Italy’s economic woes have been held up by squabbling between the coalition partners since the left and right were forced into an awkward alliance to end a political stalemate in April. The wave of “pitchfork” protests, which began among a loosely organized group of farmers in Sicily, has prompted President Giorgio Napolitano to warn Italy could be plunged into violent social unrest unless the government swiftly introduced re-

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, is greeted by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono prior to their annual consultation meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

a lot. We should maintain this momentum so that it further improves in the future,” stated Yudhoyono in his opening remarks of the bilateral meeting between the Indonesian and Malaysian delegations at Merdeka Palace, here on Thursday. He added that the bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, tourism and education should be further intensified based on mutual benefit. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak affirmed that Indonesia is very important and therefore he has visited the country five times on various occasions during 2013. President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Razak held a bilateral meeting on Thursday morning. Among Indonesian ministers attending the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Political and Legal, Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa, Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, National Police Chief General Sutarman, and Chief of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) General Moeldoko.

2013 budget deficit may reach 2.41 percent of GDP

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JAKARTA - Indonesia’s 2013 state budget is projected to record a deficit of Rp225.5 trillion or 2.41 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) at the end of this year, Finance Minister Chatib Basri stated. “This year’s deficit is still relevant to the target,” he noted in a meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR)’s Commission XI, here on Wednesday. The projected deficit is slightly higher than the target of Rp153.3 trillion or 2.38 percent of the GDP set in the revised 2013 state budget. Chatib explained that the deficit forecast is based on state revenues, which are projected to touch Rp1,411.7 trillion or 94 percent of the targeted Rp1,502 trillion, and on state expenditures, which are predicted to reach Rp1,637.2 trillion or 94.8 percent of the ceiling of Rp1,726.2 trillion. As per November 29, state revenues were recorded at Rp1,224 trillion and state expenditures, at Rp1,386.8 trillion. The state revenues and expenditures account for 81.5 percent and 80.3 percent respectively, of the target or ceiling set in the revised 2013 state budget. The minister also added that by the end of this year, the tax receipts are projected to reach Rp1,061.6 trillion, or 92.4 percent of the target of Rp1,148.4 trillion set in the state budget. “The lower-than-projected tax receipts in 2013 will be the result of declining exports. However, the tax receipts can still offset the deficit,” he confirmed. Until the end of November 2013, tax receipts had reached Rp936 trillion or 81.5 percent of the target, while tax receipts throughout last year had touched Rp980.5 trillion.


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MIAMI — Miami’s Ray Allen hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute as the Heat rallied from a late deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 97-94 on Wednesday in a clash of NBA divisional leaders. The Heat-Pacers clash was the highlight of a day when Minnesota made a powerful start which overwhelmed Portland, San Antonio ended Phoenix’s winning streak, and father Doc Rivers got the bragging rights over son Austin Rivers as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated New Orleans.

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GIANYAR - Gianyar Regency is indeed the hub to watch barong dance, sculpture and other types of arts. However, one time try to enjoy its natural attractions because this region also retains many attractions highlighting the interest in nature. Tegenungan Waterfall, for instance, is one of them. The attraction located at Kemenuh Village offers a unique charm. Its natural aura can really be perceived. Once visiting this nature tourism will definitely make visitors addicted. Tegenungan Waterfall is different from any other waterfalls in Bali. Though it is not situated on a highland or mountain, it remains to offer beautiful natural scenery. Its height is about 4 meters and has very heavy torrents. Its crystal clear water is very suitable for bathing or just playing around. It is approximately 30 km from Denpasar or 13 km from the city of Gianyar. Its scenery is so beautiful and enriched by lush tropical green trees growing on the riverbank. Around the area, there are several bathing places with multiple showers coming out from natural springs. Surrounding residents frequently take bath and fetch water here for daily consumption. Similarly, travelers coming here often take advantage of the shower. By and large, they use it to cleanse their face or refresh the body. At particular time, the shower located near the temple is crowded with local residents because they perform a melasti procession, a series of deva yajna ceremony held by the Hindus community in Bali. If you want to capture an amazing picture, you should come in the afternoon or evening. This happens because the waterfall overlooks the west, so that it will be difficult to get an interesting photograph in the morning as disrupted by sunlight. To reach the waterfall from parking lot, you should go down some 150 stairs. Afterward, go along the banks of the Petanu River.

Miami’s Dwyane Wade scored 32 points to help the Heat to a victory which moved them within one game of Indiana, which leads the Eastern Conference. LeBron James set up Allen for the 3-pointer that put Miami in front for good with 59.5 seconds left, capping a 10-0 run. Paul George scored 25 points for the Pacers but missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it with 4 seconds left. Down by one, the Pacers saw their best chance go awry when George Hill turned the ball over on a bad pass with 14 seconds left. Allen made two free throws with 10.3 seconds remaining to put Miami up by three, and that capped a big comeback win for the twotime defending NBA champions. Minnesota’s Kevin Love had 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine asIBP/File Photo

sists, powering the Timberwolves to a 120-109 win over Portland. Nikola Pekovic had 30 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves, who led by 32 in the second quarter and held off a charge in the second half from the Blazers. Damian Lillard had 36 points, six assists and six rebounds for the weary Trail Blazers, who were completing a four-game road trip. San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili scored 11 of his 24 points in the final 4-plus minutes, steering the Spurs to a 108-101 win over Phoenix. and San Antonio pulled away to snap Phoenix’s five-game winning streak. Tim Duncan added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs, who were without injured point guard Tony Parker. Channing Frye scored 15 of his

22 points in the first quarter for the Suns, who had won their previous five games. They led 95-93 late but Ginobili led San Antonio on a 15-6 scoring run in the closing stages. Los Angeles’ Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each had a double-double as the Clippers beat New Orleans 108-95. Griffin had 21 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 4:05 left, and Jordan added 14 points and 20 boards in the Clippers’ third straight victory. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 24 points and 12 rebounds in his return from a broken hand. Austin Rivers, the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, had two points in a reserve role for the Pelicans. Houston made a big third-quarter run which set up a 109-94 win over Chicago.

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Indiana Pacers’ C.J. Watson (32) shoots as Miami Heat’s Norris Cole (30) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Miami.

Old rivalries resume as Djokovic hires Becker Reuters

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a shot during his exhibition tennis match against Rafael Nadal of Spain in Buenos Aires November 24, 2013. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Boris Becker once shared a bitter rivalry with Ivan Lendl across the net and now the two former world number ones will try to outwit each other from courtside after the German’s shock appointment as coach to Novak Djokovic. After Djokovic was named ITF World Champion for 2013, despite being overshadowed by Spain’s Rafa Nadal, Serbia’s world number two announced the first shake-up of his team since a short and unsuccessful spell with Todd Martin in 2009. Djokovic’s decision to work with 46-year-old Becker means two of the current “Big Four” are now coached by former greats with Lendl helping Britain’s Andy Murray to the 2012 U.S. Open title and this year’s Wimbledon crown. “I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Boris,” the 26-year-old Djokovic said in a statement on his website (www. novakdjokovic.com). “He is a true legend, someone who has great tennis knowledge and his experience will help me win new trophies from the grand slams and other tournaments.

Becker is a great person, too, and I am sure he will fit in our team in the best possible way.” Becker, like Djokovic a sixtimes grand slam champion, will replace the Serb’s long-time coach Marian Vajda, although the Slovakian will remain part of the team. The last time Djokovic tinkered with his close-knit entourage he brought in former American player Martin but the relationship was terminated in 2010 after a less than fruitful year together. Becker will travel to all the grand slam tournaments with Djokovic, starting with next month’s Australian Open where the world number two is bidding for a fourth consecutive title, having twice beaten Murray in the final. “I am proud Novak invited me to become his head coach,” Becker, the youngest player to win Wimbledon when aged 17, said in the statement. “I will do my best to help him reach his goals, and I am sure we can achieve great things together.” ENTICING PROSPECT

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camps is an enticing prospect. The 22 matches they played in the 1980s and early 90s always contained an undercurrent of friction, with the stony-faced Czech Lendl clearly agitated by the man nicknamed Boom Boom. While Lendl edged their rivalry 12-10 it was Becker who won the three grand slam finals they contested, most notably the 1986 Wimbledon final which Lendl had set his heart on winning. Becker once accused Lendl of not being “mentally tough” while Lendl hit back saying Becker did not have the guts to say things to his face in the locker room. The passing of years has mellowed both men but their competitive edges will return in a few weeks when the new season starts with the build-up to the Australian Open. Djokovic will hope Becker has a similar impact to Lendl’s on Murray as he strives to regain the world number one ranking from Nadal who dominated 2013, winning the French Open and U.S. Open titles on the way to the top of the rankings. “My goal for 2014 is to play my best tennis and to get in shape for the Grand Slams and Masters 1000,” Djokovic said.


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The match at Stoke was interrupted in the 29th minute because of hail with a delay of more than 10 minutes before Young scored a spectacular goal from the edge of the box in the 62nd following a 1-2 with Javier Hernandez. Evra then sealed the Red Devils’ win by curling home a right-footed strike in the 78th. “Sunderland played well to beat Chelsea so anything can happen but we are really pleased to be in the last four,” Manchester United manager David Moyes said. “The conditions were a leveler and it was really difficult to play in tonight. It’s some of the worst conditions I’ve played or managed in. But once we got the first goal we felt confident. This club is used to winning trophies, it is business as usual.” In the first match since Andre Villas-Boas’ dismissal on Monday - following a 5-0 home loss to Liverpool - Tottenham interim manager Tim Sherwood made six

changes as Emmanuel Adebayor enjoyed his first start of the season. Adebayor, who had played only 45 minutes this season after being ignored by Villas-Boas, put Spurs in front with a spectacular volley in the 68th but West Ham got back into the match when Modibo Maiga flicked the ball to Matt Taylor, who found Matt Jarvis before the winger scored with a clean finish in the 80th. Maiga then jumped higher than the Tottenham defenders five minutes from time and headed home past Lloris to silence the Spurs fans with his first goal of the season. After West Ham secured a second consecutive win at White Hart Lane following a 3-0 victory in October in the Premier League, Sherwood said his immediate future at the club was still “up in the air.” The list of potential candidates touted to succeed Villas-Boas in the long term includes Fabio Capello and Glenn Hoddle.

“I don’t know if I’ll be Spurs manager, I haven’t spoken to the chairman,” Sherwood said. “We have to have a chat and see. It has to fit me and the club. The club have to make the right appointment, as you can imagine the list is as long as your arm.” With Adebayor up front alongside Jermain Defoe, Sherwood also started Danny Rose, Vlad Chiriches, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andros Townsend. Tottenham got off to a strong start, creating a first chance almost immediately as Aaron Lennon surged down the right flank before crossing the ball for Defoe, whose shot ended just wide. With Tottenham applying constant pressure on the visitors, West Ham defender Joey O’Brien almost headed the ball into his own net as he struggled to cope with Lennon’s cross from the right in the 7th minute, moments before Adebayor sent a looping header wide. Struggling to string passes

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together, West Ham was forced to watch and rarely entered Tottenham’s half in the first 30 minutes. Looking uninspired, Sam Allardyce’s players relied on basic tactics, unsuccessfully sending long balls to Carlton Cole. Lennon w e n t close after the interval after West Ham’s defense failed to clear Rose’s cross, but the Spurs winger saw his deflected effort ending inches wide. It was then Sigurdsson’s turn to miss a chance from close range before West Ham captain James Collins almost lobbed Lloris from 70 meters. Tottenham finally got rewarded after a flash of genius from Townsend released Defoe on the left flank, with the striker sending a perfect cross that Adebayor converted with a fierce volley under the crossbar in the 68th. Townsend limped off the pitch with a suspected hamstring injury soon after. Matt Taylor went close in the 75th, forcing Lloris to a good save to keep Spurs in command.

MADRID - Barcelona are looking to extend their record run at the top of La Liga and sign off for the winter break with a win when they play at eighth-placed Getafe on Sunday but the modest Madrid-based club are eyeing an upset. Barca will travel to the Spanish capital without injured World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, who is continuing his recovery from a muscle strain in his native Argentina and is not due back

until the middle of January. Coach Gerardo Martino is also missing in-form Brazil forward Neymar, who is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Villarreal, and Getafe president Angel Torres believes the absence of the two forwards boosts his side’s chances. Sunday’s game is the first of three meetings between Barca and Getafe over the next few weeks as they also clash over two legs in the last 16 of the King’s Cup early next month.

“Let’s see if we can get them this time, it’s a good moment for it,” Torres, whose side knocked Barca out of the Cup in 2007, told reporters at a charity event on Wednesday. “Messi is the best player in the world and Neymar is coming into good form but it must be said that they have plenty of backup,” he added. “We will have to play at 150 percent on Sunday as well as in the Cup. “We will have a go. We did it in 2007 and we will give it the best possible shot.” With Messi and Ney-

BARCELONA, Spain — Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid advanced to the Copa del Rey’s round of 16 after dispensing with thirddivision opponents on Wednesday. Five-time cup winner Sevilla became the night’s only topflight team to be upset by a lower-division team when third-tier Racing Santander won 2-0 in Seville to overturn a 1-0 first-leg loss. Madrid, which had been held to a scoreless draw by Olimpic Xativa in the first leg, scored twice in the first half to win 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Asier Illarramendi put Madrid ahead in the 16th with his first goal since the midfielder transferred from Real Sociedad last summer. Jese Rodriguez set up Illarramendi to end Olimpic’s run of keeping a clean

West Ham United’s Modibo Maiga, lower, celebrates his goal against Tottenham Hotspur with teammate Matt Taylor during their English League Cup quarterfinal soccer match at White Hart Lane, London, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

mar unavailable, the goal-scoring burden will likely fall on the shoulders of Alexis Sanchez, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas. Spain forward Pedro has seven goals in La Liga this term, one more than Neymar, and scored Barca’s opening goal in Tuesday’s King’s Cup victory against third-tier Cartagena. “Scoring always helps with your confidence,” he told reporters. “I am pleased with the goals I am bringing to the team and also for having a chance to play.”

sheet in nine consecutive matches. Angel Di Maria doubled the advantage in the 28th with a penalty that goalkeeper Francisco Solar palmed off his post, only to see it trickle over the line. Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas had an awkward fall late but finished the game after team doctors examined his back on the pitch. “We tried to score more goals but we couldn’t manage it,” said Madrid’s Pepe. “The important thing is that the team played well.” Madrid will face Osasuna in the next round in January. Defending champion Atletico needed a lastgasp header by defender Tobias Alderweireld to edge Sant Andreu 2-1, advancing 6-1 on aggregate. After Alberto Carroza scored for Sant Andreu in the 15th, Adrian Lopez missed a penalty for Atletico

before he set up substitute Hector Hernandez to equalize in the 79th. The Barcelona-based side still seemed set to celebrate a surprising draw at Vicente Calderon Stadium until Alderweireld flicked in Gabi Fernandez’s free kick three minutes into stoppage time. Atletico will face the winner of the tie between Valencia and Nastic Tarragona, who play on Thursday after 0-0 in the first leg. Sociedad, Almeria, and Real Betis also finished off lower-division opponents to advance. Sociedad routed Algeciras 4-0 with goals by Javier Ros, Haris Seferovic, Antoine Griezmann and Carlos Vela, advancing 5-1 on aggregate. Griezmann has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season.

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LONDON — Shock therapy failed to produce the desired result at Tottenham as Spurs conceded two goals in the last 10 minutes to go out of the League Cup in the quarterfinals after a 2-1 home defeat to West Ham on Wednesday. Manchester United also advanced with a 2-0 win at Stoke courtesy of goals from Ashley Young and Patrice Evra. The Red Devils next face Sunderland, with a potential final against bitter rival Manchester City after the Blues were drawn against West Ham in the other semifinal.

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MARRAKECH, Morocco — Raja Casablanca converted a late penalty kick to upset Ronaldinho’s Atletico Mineiro 3-1 Wednesday and set up an unexpected encounter with Bayern Munich in the Club World Cup final. The Moroccan club will play the Champions League winner on Saturday after an improbable victory set off by captain Mohsine Moutaouali’s 84th-minute penalty, awarded when Atletico defender Rever was judged to have tripped Mouhssine Iajour inside the area. Iajour had put the local favorite ahead in the 51st before more than 35,000 fans at the Marrakech Stadium before Ronaldinho equalized for the Brazilian team from an exquisite free kick in the 63rd. But stunned Atletico coach Cuca could only look on in silence as substitute Vivien Mabide put the result beyond doubt with a stoppage time goal. Now the Moroccans must pull off an even bigger upset over Bayern. “Who would have believed we would come to this,” Raja coach Faouzi Benzarti said through a translator. Despite Ronaldinho’s equalizer, the Brazilian playmaker was the one leaving the field redeyed after the Copa Libertadores champion’s unexpected loss. Ronaldinho was mobbed by jubilant Raja players who competed for his jersey, some even untying laces to remove his shoes as a souvenir of

perhaps their most memorable night of football. The more than 10,000 Atletico fans left in a state of shock, many sobbing. Atletico certainly did not look the expected class above Raja, which used its speed on the counter to upset Atletico’s backline of Leonardo Silva and Rever, who was exposed throughout but especially in the deciding spot kick.

Raja defender Zakaria El Hachimi celebrated the penalty by performing ‘the worm’ along the grass. “In every team there are some drawbacks, and I felt they were very slow,” said Benzarti, who has won all three games since taking over coaching duties just before the start of the tournament. “To score three goals against a great team is not a bad thing.”

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Raja Casablanca’s Mohsine Moutaouali, left, kicks the ball as Atletico Mineiro’s Victor dives during the semi final soccer match between Morocco’s Raja Casablanca and Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

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Real’s Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring a penalty during a round-of-32, 2nd leg Copa del Rey soccer match between Real Madrid and third-division club Xativa Olimpic at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

Leverkusen primed to close on absent Bayern Reuters

BERLIN - As Bayern Munich take a break from domestic action to pursue more silverware overseas, Bayer Leverkusen will be hoping to close within four points of the all-conquering Bavarians with a win over Werder Bremen ahead of the German winter break. Bayern will be aiming to claim a fifth trophy of 2013 when they face surprise package Raja Casablanca in the Club World Cup final in Morocco on Saturday and with their 17th league game put back to January, Leverkusen have a chance to cut their lead. As third-placed Dortmund struggle for consistency, Leverkusen have emerged as Bayern’s main challengers for the Bundesliga title despite suffering a 1-0 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt last week that halted a four-game winning streak. After clinching a Champions League knockout stage berth last week, they bolstered their squad with the loan signing of 20-year-old South Korean forward Ryu Seung-woo on Wednesday from FC Jeju for the second half of the season. For coach Sami Hyypia’s team, the Bremen game on Saturday represents a last chance to turn on their attacking style before the winter break against a team with the joint worst defensive record in the league after conceding 37 goals in 16 matches. “Every time our opponent gets into the penalty area, it becomes extremely dangerous for us,” Werder sports director Thomas Eichin said of the 14th-placed side’s fragile defence. Werder have conceded 14 goals in the last three games in the absence of injured central defender Sebastian Proedl and their 16 point-haul after as many matches represents their lowest Bundesliga tally in 39 years. Tensions have also risen off the pitch with captain Clemens Fritz involved in a scuffle with a team mate during training this week. Werder coach Robin Dutt is well aware that another defeat following the 7-0 drubbing at Bayern and a 3-2 loss at Hertha Berlin in the past two weeks could cost him his job. “We are having a bad run, there’s no question about it,” Dutt told reporters. “But it does not do us any good to talk about the standings. I can read the table and there are not many teams behind us.”


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The match at Stoke was interrupted in the 29th minute because of hail with a delay of more than 10 minutes before Young scored a spectacular goal from the edge of the box in the 62nd following a 1-2 with Javier Hernandez. Evra then sealed the Red Devils’ win by curling home a right-footed strike in the 78th. “Sunderland played well to beat Chelsea so anything can happen but we are really pleased to be in the last four,” Manchester United manager David Moyes said. “The conditions were a leveler and it was really difficult to play in tonight. It’s some of the worst conditions I’ve played or managed in. But once we got the first goal we felt confident. This club is used to winning trophies, it is business as usual.” In the first match since Andre Villas-Boas’ dismissal on Monday - following a 5-0 home loss to Liverpool - Tottenham interim manager Tim Sherwood made six

changes as Emmanuel Adebayor enjoyed his first start of the season. Adebayor, who had played only 45 minutes this season after being ignored by Villas-Boas, put Spurs in front with a spectacular volley in the 68th but West Ham got back into the match when Modibo Maiga flicked the ball to Matt Taylor, who found Matt Jarvis before the winger scored with a clean finish in the 80th. Maiga then jumped higher than the Tottenham defenders five minutes from time and headed home past Lloris to silence the Spurs fans with his first goal of the season. After West Ham secured a second consecutive win at White Hart Lane following a 3-0 victory in October in the Premier League, Sherwood said his immediate future at the club was still “up in the air.” The list of potential candidates touted to succeed Villas-Boas in the long term includes Fabio Capello and Glenn Hoddle.

“I don’t know if I’ll be Spurs manager, I haven’t spoken to the chairman,” Sherwood said. “We have to have a chat and see. It has to fit me and the club. The club have to make the right appointment, as you can imagine the list is as long as your arm.” With Adebayor up front alongside Jermain Defoe, Sherwood also started Danny Rose, Vlad Chiriches, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andros Townsend. Tottenham got off to a strong start, creating a first chance almost immediately as Aaron Lennon surged down the right flank before crossing the ball for Defoe, whose shot ended just wide. With Tottenham applying constant pressure on the visitors, West Ham defender Joey O’Brien almost headed the ball into his own net as he struggled to cope with Lennon’s cross from the right in the 7th minute, moments before Adebayor sent a looping header wide. Struggling to string passes

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together, West Ham was forced to watch and rarely entered Tottenham’s half in the first 30 minutes. Looking uninspired, Sam Allardyce’s players relied on basic tactics, unsuccessfully sending long balls to Carlton Cole. Lennon w e n t close after the interval after West Ham’s defense failed to clear Rose’s cross, but the Spurs winger saw his deflected effort ending inches wide. It was then Sigurdsson’s turn to miss a chance from close range before West Ham captain James Collins almost lobbed Lloris from 70 meters. Tottenham finally got rewarded after a flash of genius from Townsend released Defoe on the left flank, with the striker sending a perfect cross that Adebayor converted with a fierce volley under the crossbar in the 68th. Townsend limped off the pitch with a suspected hamstring injury soon after. Matt Taylor went close in the 75th, forcing Lloris to a good save to keep Spurs in command.

MADRID - Barcelona are looking to extend their record run at the top of La Liga and sign off for the winter break with a win when they play at eighth-placed Getafe on Sunday but the modest Madrid-based club are eyeing an upset. Barca will travel to the Spanish capital without injured World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, who is continuing his recovery from a muscle strain in his native Argentina and is not due back

until the middle of January. Coach Gerardo Martino is also missing in-form Brazil forward Neymar, who is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Villarreal, and Getafe president Angel Torres believes the absence of the two forwards boosts his side’s chances. Sunday’s game is the first of three meetings between Barca and Getafe over the next few weeks as they also clash over two legs in the last 16 of the King’s Cup early next month.

“Let’s see if we can get them this time, it’s a good moment for it,” Torres, whose side knocked Barca out of the Cup in 2007, told reporters at a charity event on Wednesday. “Messi is the best player in the world and Neymar is coming into good form but it must be said that they have plenty of backup,” he added. “We will have to play at 150 percent on Sunday as well as in the Cup. “We will have a go. We did it in 2007 and we will give it the best possible shot.” With Messi and Ney-

BARCELONA, Spain — Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid advanced to the Copa del Rey’s round of 16 after dispensing with thirddivision opponents on Wednesday. Five-time cup winner Sevilla became the night’s only topflight team to be upset by a lower-division team when third-tier Racing Santander won 2-0 in Seville to overturn a 1-0 first-leg loss. Madrid, which had been held to a scoreless draw by Olimpic Xativa in the first leg, scored twice in the first half to win 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Asier Illarramendi put Madrid ahead in the 16th with his first goal since the midfielder transferred from Real Sociedad last summer. Jese Rodriguez set up Illarramendi to end Olimpic’s run of keeping a clean

West Ham United’s Modibo Maiga, lower, celebrates his goal against Tottenham Hotspur with teammate Matt Taylor during their English League Cup quarterfinal soccer match at White Hart Lane, London, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

mar unavailable, the goal-scoring burden will likely fall on the shoulders of Alexis Sanchez, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas. Spain forward Pedro has seven goals in La Liga this term, one more than Neymar, and scored Barca’s opening goal in Tuesday’s King’s Cup victory against third-tier Cartagena. “Scoring always helps with your confidence,” he told reporters. “I am pleased with the goals I am bringing to the team and also for having a chance to play.”

sheet in nine consecutive matches. Angel Di Maria doubled the advantage in the 28th with a penalty that goalkeeper Francisco Solar palmed off his post, only to see it trickle over the line. Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas had an awkward fall late but finished the game after team doctors examined his back on the pitch. “We tried to score more goals but we couldn’t manage it,” said Madrid’s Pepe. “The important thing is that the team played well.” Madrid will face Osasuna in the next round in January. Defending champion Atletico needed a lastgasp header by defender Tobias Alderweireld to edge Sant Andreu 2-1, advancing 6-1 on aggregate. After Alberto Carroza scored for Sant Andreu in the 15th, Adrian Lopez missed a penalty for Atletico

before he set up substitute Hector Hernandez to equalize in the 79th. The Barcelona-based side still seemed set to celebrate a surprising draw at Vicente Calderon Stadium until Alderweireld flicked in Gabi Fernandez’s free kick three minutes into stoppage time. Atletico will face the winner of the tie between Valencia and Nastic Tarragona, who play on Thursday after 0-0 in the first leg. Sociedad, Almeria, and Real Betis also finished off lower-division opponents to advance. Sociedad routed Algeciras 4-0 with goals by Javier Ros, Haris Seferovic, Antoine Griezmann and Carlos Vela, advancing 5-1 on aggregate. Griezmann has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season.

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LONDON — Shock therapy failed to produce the desired result at Tottenham as Spurs conceded two goals in the last 10 minutes to go out of the League Cup in the quarterfinals after a 2-1 home defeat to West Ham on Wednesday. Manchester United also advanced with a 2-0 win at Stoke courtesy of goals from Ashley Young and Patrice Evra. The Red Devils next face Sunderland, with a potential final against bitter rival Manchester City after the Blues were drawn against West Ham in the other semifinal.

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MARRAKECH, Morocco — Raja Casablanca converted a late penalty kick to upset Ronaldinho’s Atletico Mineiro 3-1 Wednesday and set up an unexpected encounter with Bayern Munich in the Club World Cup final. The Moroccan club will play the Champions League winner on Saturday after an improbable victory set off by captain Mohsine Moutaouali’s 84th-minute penalty, awarded when Atletico defender Rever was judged to have tripped Mouhssine Iajour inside the area. Iajour had put the local favorite ahead in the 51st before more than 35,000 fans at the Marrakech Stadium before Ronaldinho equalized for the Brazilian team from an exquisite free kick in the 63rd. But stunned Atletico coach Cuca could only look on in silence as substitute Vivien Mabide put the result beyond doubt with a stoppage time goal. Now the Moroccans must pull off an even bigger upset over Bayern. “Who would have believed we would come to this,” Raja coach Faouzi Benzarti said through a translator. Despite Ronaldinho’s equalizer, the Brazilian playmaker was the one leaving the field redeyed after the Copa Libertadores champion’s unexpected loss. Ronaldinho was mobbed by jubilant Raja players who competed for his jersey, some even untying laces to remove his shoes as a souvenir of

perhaps their most memorable night of football. The more than 10,000 Atletico fans left in a state of shock, many sobbing. Atletico certainly did not look the expected class above Raja, which used its speed on the counter to upset Atletico’s backline of Leonardo Silva and Rever, who was exposed throughout but especially in the deciding spot kick.

Raja defender Zakaria El Hachimi celebrated the penalty by performing ‘the worm’ along the grass. “In every team there are some drawbacks, and I felt they were very slow,” said Benzarti, who has won all three games since taking over coaching duties just before the start of the tournament. “To score three goals against a great team is not a bad thing.”

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Raja Casablanca���s Mohsine Moutaouali, left, kicks the ball as Atletico Mineiro’s Victor dives during the semi final soccer match between Morocco’s Raja Casablanca and Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

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Real’s Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring a penalty during a round-of-32, 2nd leg Copa del Rey soccer match between Real Madrid and third-division club Xativa Olimpic at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

Leverkusen primed to close on absent Bayern Reuters

BERLIN - As Bayern Munich take a break from domestic action to pursue more silverware overseas, Bayer Leverkusen will be hoping to close within four points of the all-conquering Bavarians with a win over Werder Bremen ahead of the German winter break. Bayern will be aiming to claim a fifth trophy of 2013 when they face surprise package Raja Casablanca in the Club World Cup final in Morocco on Saturday and with their 17th league game put back to January, Leverkusen have a chance to cut their lead. As third-placed Dortmund struggle for consistency, Leverkusen have emerged as Bayern’s main challengers for the Bundesliga title despite suffering a 1-0 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt last week that halted a four-game winning streak. After clinching a Champions League knockout stage berth last week, they bolstered their squad with the loan signing of 20-year-old South Korean forward Ryu Seung-woo on Wednesday from FC Jeju for the second half of the season. For coach Sami Hyypia’s team, the Bremen game on Saturday represents a last chance to turn on their attacking style before the winter break against a team with the joint worst defensive record in the league after conceding 37 goals in 16 matches. “Every time our opponent gets into the penalty area, it becomes extremely dangerous for us,” Werder sports director Thomas Eichin said of the 14th-placed side’s fragile defence. Werder have conceded 14 goals in the last three games in the absence of injured central defender Sebastian Proedl and their 16 point-haul after as many matches represents their lowest Bundesliga tally in 39 years. Tensions have also risen off the pitch with captain Clemens Fritz involved in a scuffle with a team mate during training this week. Werder coach Robin Dutt is well aware that another defeat following the 7-0 drubbing at Bayern and a 3-2 loss at Hertha Berlin in the past two weeks could cost him his job. “We are having a bad run, there’s no question about it,” Dutt told reporters. “But it does not do us any good to talk about the standings. I can read the table and there are not many teams behind us.”


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MIAMI — Miami’s Ray Allen hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute as the Heat rallied from a late deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 97-94 on Wednesday in a clash of NBA divisional leaders. The Heat-Pacers clash was the highlight of a day when Minnesota made a powerful start which overwhelmed Portland, San Antonio ended Phoenix’s winning streak, and father Doc Rivers got the bragging rights over son Austin Rivers as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated New Orleans.

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GIANYAR - Gianyar Regency is indeed the hub to watch barong dance, sculpture and other types of arts. However, one time try to enjoy its natural attractions because this region also retains many attractions highlighting the interest in nature. Tegenungan Waterfall, for instance, is one of them. The attraction located at Kemenuh Village offers a unique charm. Its natural aura can really be perceived. Once visiting this nature tourism will definitely make visitors addicted. Tegenungan Waterfall is different from any other waterfalls in Bali. Though it is not situated on a highland or mountain, it remains to offer beautiful natural scenery. Its height is about 4 meters and has very heavy torrents. Its crystal clear water is very suitable for bathing or just playing around. It is approximately 30 km from Denpasar or 13 km from the city of Gianyar. Its scenery is so beautiful and enriched by lush tropical green trees growing on the riverbank. Around the area, there are several bathing places with multiple showers coming out from natural springs. Surrounding residents frequently take bath and fetch water here for daily consumption. Similarly, travelers coming here often take advantage of the shower. By and large, they use it to cleanse their face or refresh the body. At particular time, the shower located near the temple is crowded with local residents because they perform a melasti procession, a series of deva yajna ceremony held by the Hindus community in Bali. If you want to capture an amazing picture, you should come in the afternoon or evening. This happens because the waterfall overlooks the west, so that it will be difficult to get an interesting photograph in the morning as disrupted by sunlight. To reach the waterfall from parking lot, you should go down some 150 stairs. Afterward, go along the banks of the Petanu River.

Miami’s Dwyane Wade scored 32 points to help the Heat to a victory which moved them within one game of Indiana, which leads the Eastern Conference. LeBron James set up Allen for the 3-pointer that put Miami in front for good with 59.5 seconds left, capping a 10-0 run. Paul George scored 25 points for the Pacers but missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it with 4 seconds left. Down by one, the Pacers saw their best chance go awry when George Hill turned the ball over on a bad pass with 14 seconds left. Allen made two free throws with 10.3 seconds remaining to put Miami up by three, and that capped a big comeback win for the twotime defending NBA champions. Minnesota’s Kevin Love had 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine asIBP/File Photo

sists, powering the Timberwolves to a 120-109 win over Portland. Nikola Pekovic had 30 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves, who led by 32 in the second quarter and held off a charge in the second half from the Blazers. Damian Lillard had 36 points, six assists and six rebounds for the weary Trail Blazers, who were completing a four-game road trip. San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili scored 11 of his 24 points in the final 4-plus minutes, steering the Spurs to a 108-101 win over Phoenix. and San Antonio pulled away to snap Phoenix’s five-game winning streak. Tim Duncan added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs, who were without injured point guard Tony Parker. Channing Frye scored 15 of his

22 points in the first quarter for the Suns, who had won their previous five games. They led 95-93 late but Ginobili led San Antonio on a 15-6 scoring run in the closing stages. Los Angeles’ Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each had a double-double as the Clippers beat New Orleans 108-95. Griffin had 21 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 4:05 left, and Jordan added 14 points and 20 boards in the Clippers’ third straight victory. Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 24 points and 12 rebounds in his return from a broken hand. Austin Rivers, the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, had two points in a reserve role for the Pelicans. Houston made a big third-quarter run which set up a 109-94 win over Chicago.

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Indiana Pacers’ C.J. Watson (32) shoots as Miami Heat’s Norris Cole (30) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Miami.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a shot during his exhibition tennis match against Rafael Nadal of Spain in Buenos Aires November 24, 2013. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Boris Becker once shared a bitter rivalry with Ivan Lendl across the net and now the two former world number ones will try to outwit each other from courtside after the German’s shock appointment as coach to Novak Djokovic. After Djokovic was named ITF World Champion for 2013, despite being overshadowed by Spain’s Rafa Nadal, Serbia’s world number two announced the first shake-up of his team since a short and unsuccessful spell with Todd Martin in 2009. Djokovic’s decision to work with 46-year-old Becker means two of the current “Big Four” are now coached by former greats with Lendl helping Britain’s Andy Murray to the 2012 U.S. Open title and this year’s Wimbledon crown. “I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Boris,” the 26-year-old Djokovic said in a statement on his website (www. novakdjokovic.com). “He is a true legend, someone who has great tennis knowledge and his experience will help me win new trophies from the grand slams and other tournaments.

Becker is a great person, too, and I am sure he will fit in our team in the best possible way.” Becker, like Djokovic a sixtimes grand slam champion, will replace the Serb’s long-time coach Marian Vajda, although the Slovakian will remain part of the team. The last time Djokovic tinkered with his close-knit entourage he brought in former American player Martin but the relationship was terminated in 2010 after a less than fruitful year together. Becker will travel to all the grand slam tournaments with Djokovic, starting with next month’s Australian Open where the world number two is bidding for a fourth consecutive title, having twice beaten Murray in the final. “I am proud Novak invited me to become his head coach,” Becker, the youngest player to win Wimbledon when aged 17, said in the statement. “I will do my best to help him reach his goals, and I am sure we can achieve great things together.” ENTICING PROSPECT

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camps is an enticing prospect. The 22 matches they played in the 1980s and early 90s always contained an undercurrent of friction, with the stony-faced Czech Lendl clearly agitated by the man nicknamed Boom Boom. While Lendl edged their rivalry 12-10 it was Becker who won the three grand slam finals they contested, most notably the 1986 Wimbledon final which Lendl had set his heart on winning. Becker once accused Lendl of not being “mentally tough” while Lendl hit back saying Becker did not have the guts to say things to his face in the locker room. The passing of years has mellowed both men but their competitive edges will return in a few weeks when the new season starts with the build-up to the Australian Open. Djokovic will hope Becker has a similar impact to Lendl’s on Murray as he strives to regain the world number one ranking from Nadal who dominated 2013, winning the French Open and U.S. Open titles on the way to the top of the rankings. “My goal for 2014 is to play my best tennis and to get in shape for the Grand Slams and Masters 1000,” Djokovic said.


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Demonstrators gather in Piazza del Popolo square to protest against Government’s austerity measures in Rome, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. What started out as the so-called “pitchforks protest” by Sicilian farmers nearly two years ago is now a nationwide expression of citizen impatience over rising unemployment, stubborn recession and national lawmakers and government.

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BEIJING - Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman said on Thursday he was not going to North Korea to talk about politics or human rights, despite political tension surrounding the execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle. Rodman has visited Pyongyang twice before, spending time dining as a guest of Kim, with whom he says he has a genuine friendship. His latest visit follows the rare public purge of Kim’s powerful uncle Jang Song Thaek, who was executed last week. South Korean President Park Geun-hye has described recent events as a “reign of terror”. The purging of Jang, considered the second most powerful man in the North, indicated factionalism within the secretive Pyongyang government. “It has nothing to do with me. I mean, whatever his uncle has done, and whoever’s done anything in North Korea, I have no control over that. I mean, these things have been going on for years and years and years,” Rodman told Reuters at his hotel in Beijing on Thursday before he left for the airport. “I’m just going over there to do a basketball game and have some fun,” he said. The U.S. State Department has sought to distance the U.S. government from Rodman’s visit. Ahead of the trip, Seoul-based North Korean human rights activist Shin Dong-hyuk said in an open letter in the Washington Post that Rodman should talk to Kim about human rights abuses in North Korea. Rodman said it was not his place to talk about such issues. “People have been saying these things here and there. It doesn’t really matter to me. I’m not a politician. I’m not an ambassador,” he said. “I’m just going over there to try and do something really cool for a lot of people, play some games and try to get the Korean kids to play,” he said. “Everything else I have nothing to do with. If it happens that he wants to talk about it then great. If it doesn’t happen I just can’t bring it up because I don’t (want) him to think that I’m over here trying to be an ambassador and trying to use him as being his friend and all of a sudden I’m talking about politics. That’s not going to be that way,” Rodman said. Rodman is expected to provide North Korea’s national basketball team with four days of training during the trip.He also intends to return to Pyongyang in January with a team of fellow former National Basketball Association stars to hold basketball games on Kim’s birthday. Rodman’s trip was arranged by Irish bookmakers Paddy Power, which has a history of controversial advertising campaigns.

forms to help struggling citizens. About 3,000 people attended the Rome rally, fewer than expected after some original leaders of the movement refused to endorse the event, saying they feared it could be infiltrated by violent protesters. Ringed by police, the crowd waved Italian flags while leaders of the movement from around Italy gave angry speeches blaming the government for impoverishing the country. EUROSCEPTIC

“We do not want to be ruled by this government anymore. They don’t represent us, they don’t listen to us, they only steal and that’s it. We want new elections,” said protester Valerio Lorusso, 41, a farmer from Foggia in southern Italy. The pitchfork protests have taken on increasingly Eurosceptic tones, with some blaming Europe for years of austerity and economic hardship. The movement has won support from several far-right groups,

and several speakers and those in the crowd said Italy should abandon the euro. One banner read “Dear old Lira, you were worth half but you went twice as far!” and several in the crowd said they wanted a return to Italy’s former currency. “Never before have policies so impoverished the people. If it continues like this we are finished with Europe,” said Daniele Iamilli, 42, a security guard from Rome. Members of Casapound, a neofascist group whose deputy leader was sentenced to three months in prison for tearing down the EU flag from the European Commission headquarters in Rome on Saturday, were among those protesting in the square. National data released this week showing almost one in three Italians risk poverty or social exclusion underlined the scale of a crisis that has fuelled disillusionment with the government and state institutions.

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JAKARTA - The Jakarta Higher Court sentenced former Chief of Traffic Police Unit Inspector General Djoko Susilo to 18 years in jail for involvement in a corruption and money laundering case, according to the court’s official website. The sentence is heavier than the previous verdict of 10 years in jail as had been decided by the AntiCorruption Court. Djoko was charged with corruption in the procurement of Rp196.8 billion worth of simulators for driving licenses during his tenure as chief of the police traffic corps. Apart from the jail sentence, Djoko is also under obligation to pay

Rp32 billion as compensation money to the state. In an event that he fails to do so, the court is authorized to seize all of Djoko’s properties and auction them to procure the compensation money. According to the Jakarta Higher Court’s website, Djoko’s right to vote and to be voted to a public office is currently being revoked.

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The Jakarta Higher Court sentenced former Chief of Traffic Police Unit Inspector General Djoko Susilo to 18 years in jail for involvement in a corruption and money laundering case, according to the court’s official website.

Cooperation between Indonesia, Malaysia continues to progress JAKARTA - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated that the cooperation between Indonesia and Malaysia has continued

to increase and has the potential to expand further. “Our cooperation and partnership has improved year on year. We often do not realize that we have achieved

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North Koreans look down from a balcony as former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman enters the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

Occupancy... From page 1 According to him, the increase in the number of rooms in Bali was very worrying. Many illegal villas or hotels were indeed allowed to grow without control. “I worry about the price war and it will eventually harm the local tourism industry. A lot of examples have happened where small local hotels should be closed down. Even, the more severe one is cannibalism that will happen in the tourism industry,” he said. He hoped that government could take firm action pursuant to the policy. As happened in Bogor, local government had dismantled the illegal villas. “If it is prohibited, do not build any accommodation. When there are illegal or unauthorized villa, simply dismantle them and never give them exemption,” he said. (kmb27)

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ROME - Thousands of protesters furious about high unemployment and a political class they regard as corrupt rallied in central Rome on Wednesday demanding the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s government. With the highest debt burden in the euro zone after Greece, Italy - mired in its longest post-war recession - is closely watched by financial markets and European partners as a flashpoint for instability in the bloc. Thousands of Italians have marched in cities across the country over the last nine days in protests fuelled by falling incomes, unemployment above 12 percent and over 40 percent among people below 25. “The ruling class is made up of thieves and mafiosi, and they are destroying our country! We are better than this ... Out out out!” Danilo Calvani, a farmer who has emerged as one of the leader of the protests shouted to the cheering crowd in the Piazza del Popolo. Attempts to address Italy’s economic woes have been held up by squabbling between the coalition partners since the left and right were forced into an awkward alliance to end a political stalemate in April. The wave of “pitchfork” protests, which began among a loosely organized group of farmers in Sicily, has prompted President Giorgio Napolitano to warn Italy could be plunged into violent social unrest unless the government swiftly introduced re-

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, is greeted by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono prior to their annual consultation meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

a lot. We should maintain this momentum so that it further improves in the future,” stated Yudhoyono in his opening remarks of the bilateral meeting between the Indonesian and Malaysian delegations at Merdeka Palace, here on Thursday. He added that the bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, tourism and education should be further intensified based on mutual benefit. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak affirmed that Indonesia is very important and therefore he has visited the country five times on various occasions during 2013. President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Razak held a bilateral meeting on Thursday morning. Among Indonesian ministers attending the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Political and Legal, Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa, Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, National Police Chief General Sutarman, and Chief of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) General Moeldoko.

2013 budget deficit may reach 2.41 percent of GDP

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JAKARTA - Indonesia’s 2013 state budget is projected to record a deficit of Rp225.5 trillion or 2.41 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) at the end of this year, Finance Minister Chatib Basri stated. “This year’s deficit is still relevant to the target,” he noted in a meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR)’s Commission XI, here on Wednesday. The projected deficit is slightly higher than the target of Rp153.3 trillion or 2.38 percent of the GDP set in the revised 2013 state budget. Chatib explained that the deficit forecast is based on state revenues, which are projected to touch Rp1,411.7 trillion or 94 percent of the targeted Rp1,502 trillion, and on state expenditures, which are predicted to reach Rp1,637.2 trillion or 94.8 percent of the ceiling of Rp1,726.2 trillion. As per November 29, state revenues were recorded at Rp1,224 trillion and state expenditures, at Rp1,386.8 trillion. The state revenues and expenditures account for 81.5 percent and 80.3 percent respectively, of the target or ceiling set in the revised 2013 state budget. The minister also added that by the end of this year, the tax receipts are projected to reach Rp1,061.6 trillion, or 92.4 percent of the target of Rp1,148.4 trillion set in the state budget. “The lower-than-projected tax receipts in 2013 will be the result of declining exports. However, the tax receipts can still offset the deficit,” he confirmed. Until the end of November 2013, tax receipts had reached Rp936 trillion or 81.5 percent of the target, while tax receipts throughout last year had touched Rp980.5 trillion.


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Investors talk next to the stock price monitor at a private securities company Thursday Dec. 19, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Asian markets were mixed Thursday after investors took the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision to trim its stimulus as a vote of confidence the American economy is strengthening.

Asian markets mixed after Fed stimulus taper

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HONG KONG - Asian markets were mixed on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve said it would start cutting its stimulus programme next month, in a sign of confidence in the country’s economic recovery. lower, surrending earlier gains. Manila fell 0.64 percent, or 38.43 points, to end at 5,923.12 while in the afternoon Bangkok lost 0.27 percent, but Jakarta was up 1.17 percent. The Fed on Wednesday said it would reduce its bond-buying by a modest $10 billion to $75 billion a month from January, citing data indicating the economy is strengthening. “In light of the cumulative progress toward maximum employment and the improvement in the outlook for labour market conditions, the committee decided to modestly reduce the pace of its asset purchases,” the bank’s policy committee said in a statement. It added that it would likely take “further measured steps at future meetings” if the economy

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The announcement that the bank will whittle down the scheme by $10 billion a month to $75 billion, while keeping interest rates at record lows, sent US shares surging to new records. Tokyo jumped 1.74 percent, or 271.42 points, to 15,859.22, Sydney rallied 2.08 percent, or 106.1 points, to 5,202.2 and Seoul was flat, edging up 1.02 points to 1,975.65. Shanghai fell 0.95 percent, or 20.50 points, to 2,127.79 and Hong Kong lost 1.10 percent, or 255.07 points, to close at 22,888.75 on concerns about China’s economic outlook. Shares in emerging economies -- which have been in turmoil at the prospect of an end to the bond-buying -- were mostly mostly

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continues to improve. Policymakers also said they would keep interest rates at record lows “well past the time” that the unemployment rate declines below 6.5 percent -- its previous cut-off point before tightening monetary policy. While global markets have been falling on expectations of a taper, the relatively small reduction, and the likelihood of interest rates being kept ultra-low, provided a boost. The Dow soared 1.84 percent and the S&P 500 jumped 1.66 percent, both hitting new records, while the Nasdaq rose 1.15 percent. Edward Fung, investment advisory head at Kim Eng Securities in Hong Kong, told Dow Jones Newswires: “From how the US

market reacted, it seems to me that $10 billion tapering is nothing to investors compared to the Fed’s commitment to hold interest rates at a low level.” Despite a late dip in their markets, the news was also welcomed in developing countries, which have declined in recent months as investors repatriate cash back to the United States. Bank Indonesia deputy governor Perry Warjiyo said: “The amount of tapering is slightly less than expected. More importantly, the announcement provides more clarity to the direction of Fed monetary policy. That will be positive for financial market stability.” The dollar hit new five-year highs in New York after the announcement. It peaked at 104.36 yen at one point -- up from levels below 103 yen earlier in Tokyo -- before settling at 104.13 yen. In afternoon Japanese trade Thursday it fetched 103.96 yen.

WASHINGTON - The US Senate passed a compromise two-year budget accord Wednesday, marking a truce in the fiscal wars that have plagued Washington and reducing the likelihood of a government shutdown in January. The measure, which passed 64-36 with the support of nine Republicans and the entire Democratic caucus, lays out top-line spending limits for 2014 and 2015, while erasing $63 billion in automatic spending cuts that were to kick in on January 1. It is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama before he heads to Hawaii on Friday for his Christmas break. The legislation was one of the final major accomplishments for Congress in 2013, which by all accounts has been a miserable year for US lawmakers. Following the expected approval of a massive defense spending bill later this week as well as several executive and judicial nominations, the Senate heads to recess until early January. Budget experts from the Senate and House of Representatives have until January 15 to craft a series of spending bills under the new limit, or risk another shutdown like the one that paralyzed Washington in October. The bill increases the $967 billion cap for 2013 spending to $1.012 trillion next year and $1.014 trillion in 2015, and brings some normalcy to a process recently rocked by chaos. Many Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voted against the deal, arguing it slightly increases spending, breaking the limits set in 2011 legislation. But for others, there was a sense of relief that Congress managed to pass its first budget agreement in years. “With passage of this compromise budget deal, we’ll replace $63 billion in non-strategic sequester cuts and prevent another government shutdown, restoring muchneeded certainty to... our economy as a whole,” Senator Tim Kaine said shortly after passage. “There is more work to be done to replace the remaining non-strategic sequestration cuts and address our long-term fiscal challenges, but Congress has now shown that we can work together in a bipartisan way, as the American public demands and deserves.”

Exist since the time of Mpu Kuturan IBP

DENPASAR - According to the lecturer of customary law of the Udayana University, Prof Dr. Nyoman Sirtha, the customary village in Bali was estimated to have existed since the presence of the sage Mpu Kuturan during the administration of Dalem Waturenggong. Earlier, in Bali lived and developed about nine schools of Hinduism that were worried to result in disharmony. The King Waturenggong asked Mpu Kuturan to take any measure to anticipate the matter. Mpu Kuturan then unified the nine schools or sects into ShivaBuddha. After organizing a congregation in the Samuan Tiga Temple, it was born the concept

of customary village along with its trinity temple namely the Puseh Temple, Baleagung Temple and Dalem Temple. Pursuant to the concept of Tri Murti (trinity), each

family temple was equipped with three-chambered shrine. Since then, the social and religious life in Bali was getting organized and better. The chief of customary

village was called bendesa adat or uluampad. His responsibility was to lead the indigenous village related to religion and customary affairs. In carrying out the duties, the customary village was completed with by-laws in what the so-called awig-awig adat. According to the book entitled Pemberdayaan Desa Pakraman (Empowerment of Customary Village) written by Prof. Dr. IB Gunadha, the by-laws regulated three key points namely harmoni-

ous relationship of human to God (Parahyangan), human to fellow humans (Pawongan) and human to its environment (Palemahan). Meanwhile, based on the data of General Assembly Customary Village (MUDP) of Bali, there were totally 1,483 customary villages in Bali, where according to the data of Section Head of Customary Affairs of Bali Cultural Agency the customary hamlet amounted to 3,200 in 2009. Today, it was estimated to reach 2,700. (kmb)

Old Mask: Reflection on wisdom of a commander IBP

The Old Mask is one of the central figures in the performing art of the Pajegan Mask ritual. As the name implies, the Pajegan mask dance drama (pajegan or majeg meaning to buy up) is a single dancer performing a variety of characters. The main characters contained in the Pajegan mask dance drama consist of the pangelembar (hard mask and old mask), panasar, prince (king and chief minister) and bondres (folk) and ends with the appearance of the Sidakarya mask dancer. According to a lecturer from the Faculty of Performing Arts, the Indonesia Institute of Arts (ISI) Denpasar, Tjokorda Raka Tisnu, the staging of the old mask was an integral part in the staging of Pajengan mask presented in religious procession in the innermost courtyard (uttama mandala) of temple and cremation ritual. By and large, the storyline presented originated in the chronicle history. Performance of the Pajegan mask was begun with the presentation of figure with strong character. The mask had reddish dark color, bulging eyes, and a pair of thick black mustache. Its movement was agile, elegant and having authoritative steps. Appearance of this character was followed by the appearance of the elderly character. Its hair, eyebrows and mustache turned white with slow motion but displayed wise eyes. “In staging this Pajegan mask, the two figures performed first are called pangelembar masks. Movement of the old mask dance was entirely improvised where the dancer showed off its expertise at dancing and animating the character of the elder,” said Raka Tisnu, a figure known by the lovers of the art in Bali usually playing the antagonistic role as Duryudana and Ravana in ballet performance. Raka Tisnu asserted, the old mask actually reflected the figure

of chief minister or a commander who served as adviser. It meant the old mask was actually a serious role with wise and prudent character. The dancers understanding about the role and position of the old mask as royal advisor would never ‘derail’ the wise figure into a farce intended to provoke laughter of the audience. “Unfortunately, in the current development, there are a number of dancers that derail the old mask dance so that it no longer fits with the norms or character of a wise and authoritative chief minister. Lately, there are a number of dancers who dance by inserting jokes in the old mask dance like catching fleas and discarding snots indiscriminately. I think it is an excessive and improper improvisation by the artist. Such creativity is excessive and must be corrected. If there is indeed a chief minister behaving like that, he will be dismissed by the king because he does not reflect the behavior of a chief minister that should become a paragon,” he criticized. Furthermore, this famous Balinese dancer from Singapadu village, Gianyar, reminded the Balinese artists not to make ‘wild’ improvisation and creativity that would ‘hurt’ the meaning, nature and function of the character that should be presented seriously. Moreover, in the presentation of the Pajegan mask an artist was truly given the freedom to improvise and develop the dance movement that could provoke laughter of the audience through the performance of bebondresan figures. According to Raka Tisnu, the Old Mask dance in the past was a series of Pajegan masks where a dancer was demanded to expertly present all the existing characters and roles. In other words, a figure should be capable of playing the hard mask, old mask, penasar, king, bondres and the sanctified Sidakarya mask becoming the core in the staging for the sake of religious rites. (ian)

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SINGARAJA - Bali Police ranks would double the number of personnel to secure the celebration of Christmas and New Year 2014. If at one point was usually deployed four personnel, it would be doubled to eight personnel. It was revealed by Chief of Bali Police, Albertus Julius Benny Mokalu, during his visit to Buleleng, Wednesday (Dec 18). According to police chief, other than doubling the number of personnel deployed at each post, his party also invited all people of Buleleng and Bali in general to make the security condition conducive. Moreover, many national and international events were held in Bali. “Well, let’s keep the reputation of Bali that has been trusted. Security responsibility is not solely the task of police, but also the responsibility of all of us,” he said. During the visit on Wednesday, Chief Benny Mokalu had been the inspector of rally in the courtyard of Buleleng Police Headquarters.

The rally was also participated by Chief of Buleleng Police Benny Arjanto, Regent of Buleleng Putu Agus Suradnyana and officials of the Buleleng leadership council. Police chief emphasized that village police as the spearhead in the community should make more frequent interaction with the members of community ahead of the general election in 2014. “As the spearhead in the community, at least the village police can visit three houses each day. The more often they communicate, the better will be,” he said. Besides, the ranks of county

leadership council were also expected to make more frequent communication and synergy with the ranks of county police. According to him, in such informal communication could be discussed about the matters relating to security and order condition in the respective region. After leading the rally, police chief further conducted a face-to-face meeting with community leaders and political parties. The entourage then headed to Seririt to inaugurate five subdistrict police command headquarters including the one in Seririt and Sawan. (kmb15)

DENPASAR - Bali government through the regional development planning board (Bappeda) invited a number of figures and elements, Wednesday (Dec 18) to arrange and establish the assessment team membership of the 11 National Tourism Strategic Areas (KSPN) in Bali following the pros and cons over the policy of the central government. Unfortunately, the last meeting could not reach final result regarding the formation of the assessment team and the attendance was also minimal. The meeting only yielded the elements or institutions to be involved in the team and asked to send the names of their representative later. “Establishment of the KSPN Assessment Team is not final. Right now, we are compiling a list of the elements or agencies to be involved in the team. We ask the agencies or elements established to be the team members to submit the names that will represent. When the names have been collected and agreed, it will be formally endorsed through a Gubernatorial Decree,” said the Head of Bappeda Bali, Putu Astawa, after the meeting. In the meeting last Wednesday, the attending parties who provided inputs were also very minimal. Actually, the Bappeda Bali had invited nearly more than 20 elements or institutions related to the KSPN issues. Bali government was represented by the Head of Legal Bureau Wayan Sugiada, Bali Government Tourism Office, Culture Agency, Governance Bureau and others. Meanwhile, other elements attending the meeting consisted of the Dean of Tourism Faculty (Udayana University) Putu Anom, IB Negarayana from Bali Tourism Institute (STP) Nusa Dua, humanist Nyoman Gunarsa and the Head of Bappeda Karangasem Ketut Sedana Merta. In the meantime, elements of the Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI) and customary village general assembly (MUDP) were not present. In the meeting was agreed the parties involved in the team consisting of the elements of the Bali government, Bali House, county/municipal government across Bali where the KSPN was located, academicians and elements of the Bali Rector Forum, religious leaders from PHDI Bali and county/municipality across Bali, customary leaders (MUDP, MMDP, MADP), elements of the mass media and journalists like the Indonesian Journalist Association (PWI) and Indonesian Journalist Alliance (AJI), environmental NGOs and Interfaith Communication Forum (FKUB). However, there was possibility of additional elements to be involved pursuant to the need of the assessment and aspiration. “For academician, we advise the Bappeda Bali to write a letter to rector forum in Bali, so they can determine the experts in this matter to be included in the KSPN team,” said the Dean of the Faculty of Tourism, Udayana University, Putu Anom. The Head of Bappeda Karangasem, Ketut Sedana Merta, approved the establishment of the KSPN assessment team. The team would also be expected to inventory the KSPN input and issues surrounding it. “We agree to the formation of this team, but its output should also be clear. The team must also be completed with technical working group, supervision working group and other working groups. Do not let us be blamed in the county and province,” he explained. In particular, he also asked to involve the customary village, temple priests and community leaders of Besakih in the team and be involved in the next discussion because the main problem was the KSPN Besakih, Mount Agung and surrounding areas. “We specifically ask to involve the chief of customary village and temple priests of Besakih because this team is not formed if there is no problem related to the KSPN Besakih,” he said. The Head of Bappeda Bali, Putu Astawa, added the KSPN Assessment Team to be formed would be an independent team consisting of all the elements of both the pros and cons party so they could obtain a comprehensive input. Within this week, his party would re-invite a number of community members to immediately set up a team and the team could immediately conduct a study. Later on, the results of the assessment team would be forwarded as a proposal to central government. “We actually follow up the result of gubernatorial social gathering on November 5, 2013 to make an assessment team. But, we also need a fairly long time to establish this team because we want this team can be completely independent. So, there will be no impression if it will be pro to certain things. Having been agreed, the names will be included in this KSPN team. Though the decree on the establishment of this team is signed by the governor, this team will actually work independently. Obviously, we are still committed to the provisions in the existing bhisama (stipulation) and Regional Bylaw No.16/2009 on Bali Spatial Plan and this team will work independently,” he concluded. (kmb29)

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A United Nations flag flies at half mast in front of the UN headquarters in honor of the late Nelson Mandela in New York, December 6, 2013.

United Nations calls for end to excessive electronic spying

NEW DELHI - Residents of the Indian capital woke on Wednesday to a third day of thick gray smog in one of the worst episodes this year, which disrupted dozens of flights and train services and caused a rash of health complaints. New Delhi is among several Asian cities, including Beijing, that are suffering from toxic levels of pollution fuelled by industrial growth and a surge in the numbers of vehicles crowding their roads. The cloak of fog draping much of north India forced dozens of flights to be diverted or canceled, disrupted train schedules and led to a doubling in the number of medical emergencies caused by breathing difficulty, officials said. Runway visibility has been dropping to as low as 50 m. (164 ft) in Delhi over the past few days. “Both departures and arrivals were stalled,” said airport spokesman Kapil Sabarwal, as planes hovered in holding patterns, waiting for conditions to clear. Two passenger trains were canceled on Wednesday, while 60 trains were running late and 25 had been rescheduled on the third straight day of disruptions, said railways spokesman Neeraj Sharma. The fine particles suspended in the fog ranged as much as seven times beyond the concentration that India considers safe, to reach a level the United States Environmental Protection Agency calls “hazardous”. At that point, the agency urges that all outdoor physical activity be avoided and that victims of heart or respiratory ailments stay indoors, along with children and the elderly. The fog mingled with high pollution was an extreme event “when the air quality goes from very poor to dangerous,” said Gufran Beig, a scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology. Calm wind conditions and a smaller gap between extreme temperatures helped trap pollutants in the air, Beig said. The frequency and duration of such events have been rising every year since government records started in 2010, he added.

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UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday called for an end to excessive electronic surveillance and expressed concern at the harm such scrutiny, including spying in foreign states and the mass collection of personal data, may have on human rights. The call was included in a resolution drafted by Germany and Brazil which the 193-member General Assembly adopted by consensus. The United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand - known as the Five Eyes surveillance alliance - supported the resolution after language that had initially suggested foreign spying could be a human rights violation was weakened to appease them. The resolution does not name specific countries but comes after former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden released details this year of a global spying program by the NSA, sparking international outrage. General Assembly resolutions are non-binding, unlike resolutions of the 15-nation Security Council. But assembly resolutions that enjoy broad international support can carry significant moral and political weight. After the resolution was adopted last month by the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals

with human rights issues, U.S. delegate Elizabeth Cousens told the committee: “We firmly believe that privacy rights and the right to freedom of expression must be respected both online and offline.” Cousens said it was imperative that human rights and civil society activists be able to use the Internet freely and without fear of reprisal to protect “dignity, fight against repression, and hold governments, including mine, accountable.” The resolution notes “that while concerns about public security may justify the gathering and protection of certain sensitive information, States must ensure full compliance with their obligations under international human rights law.” It calls on states to review procedures, practices and legislation on communications surveillance and “to establish or maintain existing independent, effective domestic

oversight mechanisms capable of ensuring transparency, as appropriate, and accountability for State surveillance of communications, their interception and collection of personal data.” It also asks U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay to present a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council and the U.N. General Assembly on the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in domestic and extraterritorial surveillance and the interception of digital communications and collection of personal data, including on a mass scale. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both condemned the widespread spying by the U.S. National Security Agency. The NSA is accused of accessing tens of thousands of French phone records and monitoring phone calls by Merkel and Rousseff.

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People cross railway tracks on a foggy winter morning in New Delhi December 18, 2013. Residents in New Delhi woke to the third day of thick grey smog on Wednesday, among the worst this year, with a forecast set to trigger emergency health warnings in the coming days.


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The pretty to the ugly: 2013’s key fashion moments

Nobody would call bangs a new trend, but when the first lady’s involved, things take on more significance. In fact, President Barack Obama actually called his wife Michelle’s new hairdo the most significant event of his second inauguration. Unveiled just in time for the festivities, the new hairdo made enough news to have its own (unofficial) Twitter account, FirstLady’sBangs, which issued alerts like “Just got a text from Hillary Clinton’s side-part.”

QUEEN OF THE RUNWAY, AIRWAVES AND EVERYWHERE ELSE:

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DENPASAR - Denpasar still has a number of location points being very vulnerable to floods as happened at Padangsambian not long ago.

KATE MAKES US FEEL GREAT:

Much has been said about the fashion sense of the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, but in 2013, it was something a bit different that caught our eye. Peeking out under her blue-

Remember those popular yoga pants that had the unintended effect of being see-through? Well, ladies, turns out the ongoing fabric problems with those pants, including pilling, was YOUR fault. Or rather: the fault of YOUR THIGHS. Founder and chairman Chip Wilson of Lululemon Athletica noted in a TV interview that “Frankly, some women’s bodies just actually don’t work” for the pants, because of thighs rubbing against fabric. Now Wilson just actually won’t be working as chairman of Lululemon; the company announced his resignation from the post in December.

TAKING IT ALL OFF:

No thigh-rubbing problem for Gwyneth Paltrow, who was happy to show just how little cellulite she has when she appeared at the “Iron Man 3” premiere in a dress with sheer mesh panels on the sides, leaving little of her lower body and, er, posterior to the imagination. But we all nearly forgot about Gwyneth when we saw actress Jaimie Alexander at the “Thor” premiere, her black gown expanding the see-through effect to the midriff and upper regions. Let’s just say these actresses are saving money on underwear.

Ironically, some locations in West Denpasar subdistrict hit by flood were new locations. Meanwhile, the efforts to anticipate the flood by widening the waterway in Mati River still had obstacle as hampered by land acquisition. Local residents whose land located around the river seemed to object if their land was used for public purpose. The Head of Denpasar Public Works, I Ketut Winarta, revealed the matter on Wednesday (Dec 18). Winarta did not dismiss if the effort of widening the waterway in Mati River was still hampered by land acquisition. Meanwhile, the waterway normalization in Muding River Denpasar whose water overflowed all this time and triggered the flooding on Jalan Gunung Talang and Jalan Tangkuban Perahu had been under process. It was said the cultivation of the project would begin in the fiscal year 2014. “Previously, the activities at the location (Muding River—Ed) also faced difficulty in land acquisition. However, after we socialized through the local village officials, hopefully in 2014 the expansion plan of waterway in the river can be realized,” he said. According to Winarta, the normalization activities in Muding

DESIGNER MOVES:

A Paris runway show full of mournful symbols — and lots of black — was designer Marc Jacobs’ somber goodbye to Louis Vuitton in October after 16 years in the influential post of creative director. Under Jacobs, who also has his own eponymous brand, Louis Vuitton became the most lucrative fashion house in the world, in part thanks to Jacobs’ creation of a ready-to-wear line. He was replaced by Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly at Balenciaga.

TAKING DESIGNERS TO TASK:

Iman and Naomi Campbell are legendary supermodels, but this year they lent themselves to something different: promoting diversity on the runway, by calling out designers whose catwalks were almost completely white. The two women joined modeling agent Bethann Hardison in their Balance Diversity campaign. Explaining their purpose, Iman, now 58, said she was shocked to hear there were fewer black models on the runway than when she stopped modeling in 1989. LESBIAN COUTURE:

The message was unmistakable: At the Karl Lagerfeld haute couture show in Paris, the designer sent not one, but two brides down the runway for the finale. The brides walked hand in hand in their feathery concoctions, a clear vote of support by the designer for France’s gay marriage law. The show came only nine days after hundreds of thousands of people marched in Paris in opposition to the law.

River denoting the tributary of Mati River indeed had been designed for a long time. The flood inundating the settlements all this time was caused by the constriction of waterway in Muding River. “Normalization of Muding River is expected to prevent flooding in the area of Jalan Marlboro, Jalan Gunung Talang and Jalan Tangkuban Perahu Denpasar that all this time became regular victims of flood. If the project can be realized in the fiscal year 2014, it will be made a waterway widening up to seven meters in the upstream,” he said. He added that similar plan would also be implemented in the waterways of Mati River whose overflowing water caused flood in the area of Padangsambian Klod as happened to Taman Wira Housing on Jalan Gunung Payung recently. At that time, dozens of people’s home were inundated. “We get instruction from the mayor to immediately normalize the Mati River considering the waterway condition at the location of flood was minimal and narrowed. Unfortunately, the activities are still constrained by land acquisition around the Mati River,” he said. Based on the results of map-

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The efforts to anticipate the flood by widening the waterway in Mati River still had obstacle as hampered by land acquisition. ping, he said, the West Denpasar subdistrict was considered the most vulnerable area to flood during this rainy season. Some flood-prone areas in the region included the Jalan Gunung Talang 1 and 6, Jalan Tangkuban Perahu and Umadui

area. Other areas in this region being quite prone to flood were Jalan Imam Bonjol and Demak Temple area. Other locations considered vulnerable to flood in North Denpasar subdistrict were such as Jalan Indrajaya Ubung Kaja, Jalan

Nangka Utara and the area of Anyar Market Batu Kandik. Meanwhile, the prone area in East Denpasar subdistrict was Jalan Kaliasem and then in South Denpasar subdistrict included Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur. (kmb13)

Anti-rabies vaccine stock in Bali almost runs out FILE - This Nov. 4, 2013 file photo shows actress Jaimie Alexander at the U.S. premiere of “Thor: The Dark World” in Los Angeles. Alexander wore a black Azzaro Couture dress expanding the see-through effect to the midriff and upper regions.

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By the time she appeared in a lovely Stella McCartney floral frock and high red leather pumps as a judge on “Project Runway,” it was clear: In the realm where Hollywood meets fashion, Kerry Washington is royalty. On her hit show, “Scandal,” playing professional fixer Olivia Pope, she was all professional Washington — Washington, D.C., that is — but on the red carpet, she was glamour personified. Case in point: that Marchesa gown she wore at the Emmys, all cream and white and flower appliques, fit for a queen.

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NEW YORK — It was a year for pixie haircuts, chunky flat shoes, bangs on our first lady and bare skin ... lots of it, on movie actresses and pop stars. Fashion always has its royalty, and this year, Kerry Washington was a queen. For real royalty, we had Kate Middleton, making the rest of us mortals feel a little better by flashing her mommy tummy. If Kate made us feel good, Lululemon didn’t, when its chairman appeared to blame women’s own bodies for problems with those popular yoga pants. A look back at these and other key fashion moments of 2013: and-white polka dot dress as she emerged from the hospital post-childbirth was a pronounced “mommy tummy,” a normal development but something most celebrities keep under wraps, until their personal trainers have whipped them back into magazine-cover shape. Thanks, Kate!

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The stock of anti-rabies vaccine (VAR) runs thin. Even, Sanglah Hospital as one of the rabies centers in Bali has run out of vaccine stock since two months ago.

DENPASAR - Dog bite cases afflicting a few people in Negara generate more awareness of rabies. On the other hand, when the bite cases in Bali are high enough, the stock of anti-rabies vaccine (VAR) runs thin. Even, Sanglah Hospital as one of the rabies centers in Bali has run out of vaccine stock since two months ago. According to an official, as long as the anti-rabies vaccine was empty, the treatment could be provided was only wound care. As for getting the vaccine, patients were suggested to go to other rabies centers or could purchase at a pharmacy providing the vaccine. Responding to such condition, the Head of Bali Health Agency, Ketut Suarjaya, when contacted

on Wednesday (Dec 18) admitted the current stock of the anti-rabies vaccine was diminishing. “So far, the stock of anti-rabies vaccine amounts to 9,000 vials and 200 vials of anti-rabies serum (SAR),” said Suarjaya. Although the unavailability or depletion of stock happened in some rabies centers like Sanglah Hospital and county hospitals, it could still be ordered to each Health Agency of the county/municipality throughout Bali. When it was urgent and could not wait until the vaccine stock was available, added Suarjaya, people were given the option to purchase it at pharmacy that provided the vaccine or monitor the biting dog. If within the span of two weeks the dog was still alive, it meant the victim was safe from rabies. “Pro-

curement of the vaccine stock will be made later this month as many as 41,000 vials,” he said. Regarding the case of the dog biting a few people in Negara, according to Suarjaya, his party had handled it through the administration of anti-rabies vaccine and anti-rabies serum as well as the deployment of the district surveillance officer (DSO) to make observation against the victim bitten by rabies dog. Even though there was a bite of dog alleged to be positive to rabies, according to Suarjaya, the target of Bali Rabies-Free 2015 would not delay. The target of being RabiesFree would only delay if within the period of two years there were casualties due to rabies. “The last death occurred in June 2013,” he said. (san)


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NEGARA - Supervision against the fishery traffic is currently more tightened. It happens because there is an onslaught to the aquaculture products harming the pond owners in Jembrana. The senders of fishery products from outside the island dare to lower the price so as to make fishery farmers in Bali and Jembrana in particular oppressed. the origin and be traced what caused the price to go down. “It is intended to get clear information about the origin of the fishery products, who knows it was stolen and then sold at cheap price,” he explained. Existence of the freshwater and brackish water ponds managed by farmer groups was expected to boost the economy. Currently, the fresh water farmers considered the price competition was quite striking, particularly the fishery product invasion from outside Bali. The selling price of fish such as carp was very competitive as the price of feed made from fish flour was expensive. Indeed, added Maharimbawa, with the current price in the market farmers could have reached the Break Even Point (BEP). Since the price ever exceeded the higher price than the present one, farmers still expected the price to return to normal. (kmb26)

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A contemporary lounge by the beach IBP

Hotel Santika Premiere Beach Resort Bali is delighted to announce the launch of Sands, a contemporary styled restaurant and outdoor lounge by the beach. This smart new venue is all about taking the time to unwind against a backdrop of inspiring ocean views. Sands has been designed to capture the laid-back ambience of life in the tropics. The main dining room is a simple structure made from glass and timber. It blends seamlessly into the outdoors where decorative waterways and swaying coconut palms add an exotic touch to this relaxing setting. A series of open-air decks elevated at different levels create defined areas to wine, dine or just chill out. The bar is a free-standing space with comfortable seats to enjoy drinks throughout the day or watch Kuta’s famous

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sunset. There is also an ice cream counter strategically positioned to catch the passing trade of guests strolling a l o n g t h e b e a c h p a t h w a y. Sands serves a refreshing menu to excite the palate. House specialties include a

signature hot stone cooking concept as well as an array of tasty tapas. There is also a separate children’s menu featuring favourite dishes with a healthy twist. Sands has all of the appeal of an exclusive beach club.

It is a multi-functional venue available for private events and small functions such as a wedding celebration at sunset. The opening of Sands is the first of several new guest facilities intended to update Hotel Santika Premiere Beach Resort

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The car which was damaged by a fallen electric pole

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Onslaught of fishery products from outside Bali harms prices The Head of Jembrana Forestry, Fishery and Maritime Agency, Made Dwi Maharimbawa, recently said the issues faced by fishery farmers was price competition against the products from Java. Onslaught of the pond products from outside Bali was very detrimental to ponds in Bali including Jembrana, chiefly a number of farmer groups due to competitive price. Selling price of fishery product from Java was cheaper because they got a cheaper feed price, not to mention the more competitive labor costs. “The production cost there (in Java) is cheaper, so it should be considered to protect the fish farmers in Bali and Jembrana in particular,” he explained. On that account, there should be a strict control in the border by Fish Quarantine officer. Besides, it was also needed a Certificate of Origin (SKAU) to ensure that the fish had clear origin. By that way, it could be known

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SINGARAJA - An official vehicle owned by Bali government was wrecked after toppled over by electric pole on Jalan Raya Singaraja-Denpasar, precisely at milepost 15 at Gitgit village, Sukasada subdistrict, Wednesday (Dec 18). As a result of the incident, the traffic flow was jammed on the track about three hours. Information at the location told that the incident happened around 12:30 a.m. At that time, the vehicle with red license plate DK 1532 was used by the Bali Environment Agency coming from Denpasar. The official vehicle was driven by Agus Krisna, 26, and carried three people. At that time, it was thickly foggy and the vehicle drove slowly. Once arrived at milepost 15, two electric poles unexpectedly collapsed and one of them toppled over the vehicle. Suddenly the vehicle stopped and could not move. As a result, the rear part of the vehicle was wrecked and the back door could not be closed. Luckily, no passenger

suffered injuries. However, a passenger named Nurhayati was shocked and had to receive light treatment at Sukasada Health Center. A number of residents said that before the incident the power line at the milepost 15 was very low as buffeted by rain and strong wind. Before the fateful official passed, a tourist bus from Denpasar also passed on the street in front of it. When the bus passed, the power line had been caught at the air conditioner box on the rooftop of the bus. However, the bus forced itself to pass through the power line so the power line pulled the electrical pole to the ground. Chief of Sukasada Police Traffic Affairs, Nyoman Adika, with his ranks directly arranged the traffic flows as it was jammed. Until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, only private cars and four-wheeled trucks could pass, while buses and large size trucks could not. ”For a while, we apply an open and closed system,” he said. (kmb15)

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1 Jan Buda Kliwon Matal, Kajeng Kliwon And Tilem Sasih Kenam Pura Desa Sukawati Sukawati Pura Pasek Gelgel Gelgel Bebetin Pura Maspahit Sesetan Pura Padharman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih 11 Jan Tumpek Kandang Pura Desa Gianyar Pura Luhur Dalem Sagening Kediri Tabanan Pura Sang Hyang Tegal Tegalalang 15 Jan Purnama Sasih Kapitu Pura Dalem Tarukan Cemenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Pura Puseh Manakaji Peninjauan Bangli Pura Taman Limut Pengosekan Mas Ubud Pura Benua Besakih Pura Gunung Rena Sidemen Karangasem Pura Pasek Gelgel Abadi Karangasem Pura Pucak Gunung Mangun Kubu Karangasem 16 Jan Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan 17 Jan Hari Bhatara Sri 21 Jan Anggara Kasih Prangbakat Pura Bukit Buluh Gunaksa Klungkung Pura Tirtha Sidamala Bebalang Bangli Pura Gunung Pangsong Lombok Pura Dalem Benawah Gianyar Pura Dalem Bitra Gianyar Pura Pura Hyang Haluh/Jenggala Besakih

Pura Tengkulak Tulikup Gianyar Pura Taman Sari Ubud Pura Penataran Badung

Pura Penataran Giri Purwo Tegal Delimo Banyuwangi Pura jala Sidhi amerta Juanda Surabaya

29 Jan Hari Siwaratri

19 Feb Buda Cemeng Kelawu Pura Penataran Agung Teluk Padang Karangasem Pura Melanting Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran ped Nusa Penida Pura Gaduhan Jagat Singakerta Ubud Pura Masceti Sanding Tampak Siring Pura Penataran Batu Lepang Kamasan Kelungkung Pura Paibon Pasek Gelgel Kedonganan Kuta Pura Guwa Besakih Pura Basukian Besakih Pura Jati Ubud Pura Melanting Ubud Pura Dalem Peed Nusa Penida Pura Sad Kayangan Nusa Penida Pura Penataran Agung Gunung Karangasem

30 Jan Tilem Sasih Kepitu Pura Buana Kawan Besakih Pura Ulun Kulkul Besakih 31 Jan Kajeng Kliwon Enyitan 5 Feb Buda Kliwon Ugu Pura Dalem Tarukan Peninjauan Tembuku Bangli Pura Pemayun Banyuning Tengah Buleleng Pura Kayangan Tiga Seririt Buleleng Pura Agung Gunung Raung Taro Tegalalang 6 Feb Pura Dalem Puri Besakih 14 Feb Purnama Sasih Kawulu Pura Dalem Batur Bangli Pura Ida Ratu Pasek Besakih Pura Dalem Suci Sidemen Karangasem Pura Buana Kawan Besakih 15 Feb Tumpek Wayang & Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan Pura Majapahit Jembrana Pura Panti Gelgel Pengembungan Sesetan Pura Pedarman Dalem Sukawati Besakih Pura Pedarman Mengwi Besakih Pura Pedarman Kaba-kaba Besakih Pura Pedarman Dalem Bakas Besakih Pura Pedarman Dinasti Dalem Besakih

21 Feb Hari Bhatara Sri 25 Feb Anggara Kasih Dukut Pura Dalem Batuyang Batubulan Pura Pasek Gelgel Mengening Kediri Tabanan Pura Pasek Undagi Krambitan Tabanan Pura Pucak Taman bedulu Gianyar Pura Puser Jagat Nusa Penida Pura Dalem Purwa Kawan Bangli Pura Desa Ketewel Gianyar 26 Feb Pura Agung Pasek gelgel Sibang Kaja Abian Semal Pura Dalem Samprangan Gianyar

Bali. The entire area along the beach is currently being transformed with a collection of private suites and a spa centre dedicated to personal rejuvenation. Sands opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 07.00 – 23.00 hours daily.

Balinese Temple Ceremony Every Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long flags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.


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Page 8 The photo shows villas built near the rice field at Bali Island. Decline in the hotel occupancy rate in Bali causes a dilemma amid the rise of tourist arrival to the island. The Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) of Bali claimed it happened due to uncontrolled accommodation development.

LOS ANGELES — Investigators have found no evidence that the Porsche carrying actor Paul Walker had mechanical problems before it crashed, killing the “Fast & Furious” star. The investigation also has ruled out debris or other roadway conditions as causing the car in which Walker was a passenger to slam into a light pole and tree. ficial would not disclose the current speed estimate. It is calculated through a formula that uses factors including the arc of tire marks from the scene and how well the tires would grip the roadway, said Chris Kauderer, chairman of the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists. The sheriff’s office has said speed was a factor in the one-car crash in an industrial park about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. A spokesman on Wednesday had nothing to add. Though the car exploded in flames, its three data recorders survived and may produce information to pinpoint the speed. If they produce usable data, the recorders would be able to tell investigators whether seat belts were fastened, air bags deployed and whether Rodas hit the brakes before impact. Because the car is so rare, investigators will need Porsche’s help to retrieve the data. A

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People stand around a roadway memorial at the site of the auto crash that took the life of actor Paul Walker and another man, in the small community of Valencia, Calif., Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. spokesman for the car company declined to comment. The official said sheriff’s investigators also have enlisted the help of California Highway Patrol accident reconstruction specialists, who tested the brakes on the wrecked car and found that at least one of the tires was made in 2004. The CHP did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The official told AP that the Porsche appeared to have negotiated a curve in the road successfully before crashing.

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n this photo provided by NBC, Tessanne Chin sings during the season five finale of “The Voice” on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Los Angeles. Chin was announced the season five winner. AP Photo/NBC, Tyler Golden

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The car, a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, is notoriously hard to handle. “We’re looking at speed and speed alone,” a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. The Nov. 30 crash also killed the driver, Walker’s friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas. Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, co-owned an auto racing team. Rodas also was a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races this year. Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have calculated a range of the speed at which they think the car was traveling, but they won’t disclose that number until Porsche engineers come to California next month in the hope of extracting information from onboard data collectors. The of-

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin just might motivate the government of her Caribbean homeland to fix the country’s chronically rutted roads. Chin became the season five champ of “The Voice” TV show Tuesday, eliciting jubilation in Jamaica. Her performances on the NBC singing competition were a big topic on the island for weeks and politicians lost no time in congratulating her. When Chin won a car with the other show finalists, she quipped to host Carson Daly that “we have the worst roads” in Jamaica. National Works Agency Deputy CEO Earl Patterson said Wednesday that he got the message, telling reporters: “Certainly the point that Tessanne made that the roads could do with more investment, that point is noted.” However, he quickly added that the island’s fiscal constraints must be considered.

Occupancy rate slumps amid uncontrolled accommodation growth

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MANGUPURA - Decline in the hotel occupancy rate in Bali causes a dilemma amid the rise of tourist arrival to the island. The Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) of Bali claimed it happened due to uncontrolled accommodation development. “Low occupancy is indeed inseparable from the uncontrolled development of accommodation and illegal accommodation. The development of illegal villas, tourist inns and other illegal accommodation exceeds the growth of tourist arrivals,” said Deputy Chairman of PHRI Bali, IGN Rai Suryawijaya. According to him, the occupancy rate of star hotel in 2013 only reached 56 percent and it decreased when compared to the occupancy rate in 2012 reaching more than 60 percent. Tourists visit in 2013 reached 3.279 million, while in 2012 only reached 2.892 million. This indicated the growth of hotel room in Bali was excessive. “With the amount of tourist arrival reaching 3 million more to Bali, the occupancy rate can reach 65-70 percent. However, it happens on the contrary where the occupancy rate is only 50 percent. This means that hotel room growth exceeds the foreign tourist arrival,” he complained.

According to him, the growth in tourist arrivals to Bali reaching 10 percent was far exceeded by the growth of hotel room reaching 15 percent. “By all means, the occupancy is low because the growth of hotel room exceeds the tourist arrival. Unavoidably, this condition will automatically trigger a tariff war that will harm the government because the taxes paid will be smaller because the hotel profits diminished,” he said. He advised the government to immediately form a regional tourism promotion board to offset the growth of

hotel room. Existence of this institution was expected to improve the image of Bali tourism, increase foreign and domestic tourist arrival and increase tourist expenditure during their visit in Bali and evaluate the tourist arrival. “With the number of rooms reaching over 80,000, ideally the tourist arrival reaches 4 million in order to cover the average occupancy of up to 70 percent. On that account, it is required to establish a tourism promotion board (BPPD) in this region,” he said. Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association GIPI) of Bali, Bagus Sudibya, admitted the hotel occupancy rate decline was not a new issue that happened in Bali. Even, this condition would continue to occur as long as the amount of supply and demand between the number of accommodation and tourist arrival was imbalanced. “The growth in the number of tourist arrival over 13 percent cannot pursue the growth in the number of room because the growth in the number of hotel room in Bali is very high,” he affirmed. Continued on page 6


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