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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

‘Capt. America’ tops box office for third week Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp’s new movie. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” added another $26 million to its coffers, according to studio estimates Sunday, while Depp’s science-fiction thriller, “Transcendence,” opened in fourth place with $11 million. Directed by longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister, the Warner Bros. film is Depp’s third consecutive box office disappointment. He played Tonto in last summer’s “The Lone Ranger” — one of the biggest flops of 2013 — and starred in 2012’s comedy-horror dud, “Dark Shadows.” “As we approach the summer movie season, box-office drawing power becomes more about the concept of the movie rather than its star,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “It may not have been so much (about) Johnny Depp, but audiences right now like brands that they know.” That doesn’t bode well for original ideas, such as “Transcendence,” penned by first-time screen-

writer Jack Paglen. Dergarabedian notes that 12 sequels are expected this summer alone. Another new movie, the religious-themed “Heaven Is for Real,” debuted in third place over Easter weekend, while another sequel, the animated “Rio 2,” held on to the second spot. Faith-based films are performing well, Dergarabedian said, with four releases in the domestic top 20. “The Winter Soldier” set a box-office record as the biggest April release ever when it opened with more than $96 million domestically. Starring Chris Evans as comic book hero Capt. America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, the Disney release has earned more than $200 million to date in North America — the 12th Marvel film to do so.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

This image released by Marvel shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from the film, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

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Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

Messi helps Barcelona end skid, beat Bilbao 2-1

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Tyre bursts

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Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing

Dark humor wins in ‘Cripple of Inishmaan’

Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Contradictions of human nature are the fodder that playwright Martin McDonagh often mines in his masterfully satirical dark comedies about quirky rural Irish characters. Now director Michael Grandage has brought the original, mostly Irish cast of his recent sold-out London production of McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” to Broadway, with a very talented ensemble featuring Daniel Radcliffe as Billy. Grandage’s lively production, both raucous and tender, opened Sunday night at the Cort Theatre. It’s the first Broadway appearance of McDonagh’s

1996 tale about the insular denizens of a remote Irish island in the 1930s. Previous New York productions were off-Broadway, in 2008 at the Atlantic Theater and in 1998 at the Public Theater. So boring is life for the residents of this small seaside village that a new feud between once-good friends is huge news, and they while away the time playing minor unkind tricks upon one another. A Hollywood movie being scouted on a nearby island soon sends them dreaming. Radcliffe, who made his Broadway debut in a 2008 production of “Equus” and returned in 2011 to star in the Frank Loesser musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” works

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This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Daniel Radcliffe, left, and Sarah Green performing in “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” opening April 20 at the Cort Theatre in New York.

as an integral part of the cast. To his generally callous neighbors, teenage Billy is just a target of ridicule, and how he became handicapped is one of the secrets that twist and turn throughout the play. Without showboating his twisted arm and leg, Radcliffe gives Billy a physical frailty and inner toughness combined with yearning that makes him a very sympathetic figure. Billy’s desire to escape from the stifling loneliness and tedium of his narrow-minded country village is at the core of the story. McDonagh ricochets between crass humor, careless cruelty and tender sorrow, all the while poking fun at Irish folklore, toying with stereotypes, and setting his characters up to have their dreams crushed. He suddenly reverses their backstories or presents unseen sides to their personalities that upend what the audience thinks it knows. Pat Shortt is blustery fun as the town’s gossip-monger, who fancies himself the town crier while bartering his news tidbits for food. Far from being the loving son who lives at home with his sainted mother, he’s been plying his foul-mouthed, ancient Mammy (a marvelously dour, rubbery-faced June Watson) with liquor for years, in hopes of killing her. Billy’s secret crush is Helen (played with gleeful meanness and a perfect touch of insecurity by Sarah Greene). She’s a beautiful young redhead who seems unnecessarily cruel. Her sharptongued, egg-tossing ways too easily escalate to possible animal brutality. She also provides brittle, anti-Catholic comedy with her casual references to the clergy whose groping she’s violently fending off since childhood, at one point boasting, “I ruptured a curate at age 6.”

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 bound for Bangalore turned back towards and parked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Monday, April 21, 2014, after its right landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff. The airline says Flight 192 carrying 166 people landed safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport early Monday, four hours after it departed.

Agence France-Presse

KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday in another blow to the flagcarrier’s safety image after the loss of flight MH370. Flight MH192, bound for Bangalore in India, turned back to Kuala Lumpur shortly after it was discovered that a tyre had burst on take-off, the airline said. “As safety is of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines, the aircraft was required to turn back to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport),” the airline said in a statement. The episode caused deep anxiety among passengers, with some crying or reciting prayers as the

plane circled for hours off the coast, Malaysian media reported. The plane circled in order to burn up fuel -- a common practice in such landings, designed to make the plane lighter and minimise fire risks. “The passengers were very scared when we learnt that the flight was having trouble,” the New Straits Times quoted a Dutch traveller as saying. “Some were crying, while most of us had already started reciting

prayers.” The plane landed safely at 1:56 am (1756 GMT), nearly four hours after take-off, and all 159 passengers and seven crew members disembarked, the airline said. The airline said tyre debris discovered on the runway had led to the decision to bring the Boeing 737-800 aircraft back. “They have landed safely -thank God,” tweeted Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. The passengers would be accommodated in local hotels until the flight’s re-scheduled take-off at 3:30 pm local time on Monday, the airline said. Malaysia Airlines is still reeling from the loss and presumed crash of MH370, which disappeared on

March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane is now believed to have crashed into the remote Indian Ocean with 239 people aboard after inexplicably diverting from its route. Malaysia Airlines had previously enjoyed a good safety record, as did the Boeing 777 aircraft used for MH370. An Australian-led multi-nation search effort is now scouring a remote area of the Indian Ocean in a bid to find the jet’s wreckage and recover its flight data recorders to determine what happened. No surface debris has been found despite a month of searching, but search crews earlier detected now-silent signals believed to

have been from the beacons of the plane’s data recorders. A US Navy submersible sonar scanning device is now scouring the seabed for wreckage at depths of around 4,500 metres (15,000 feet). Nothing has yet been found and authorities have indicated they may reassess within days how to approach the extremely challenging search -- expected to be the costliest in aviation history with estimates of more than $100 million. Malaysia’s government and the airline have come under harsh criticism from Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers -- two thirds of its 227 passengers were from China -- who have alleged a bungling response and a cover-up.


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International

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bali News

ATM machine at Mitra 10 fails to be burglarized twice

Bali Post

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The big waves which happen in Tanah Lot make the tourists must be extra careful during their visit

Fishermen and travelers alert for high waves Bali Post

TABANAN - Fishermen and travelers were encouraged to be alert for high waves estimated to reach 3 meters. High waves accompanied with powerful currents were predicted to occur in the Indonesian Ocean in the south of Bali Island for two days from Sunday (Apr 20) until Monday (Apr 21). Chairman of the Indonesian Fishermen Association (HNSI) of Tabanan Chapter, I Ketut ‘Sadam’ Arsana Yasa, said the waves on the south coast of Bali could sometimes be very large up to three meters. In addition, the high waves were also followed by strong currents. Such condition, he said, would be very dangerous. To that end, his party urged people not to take a bath in the ocean nor play around the beach area. “We’d like to advise people to keep away from the beach temporarily as high waves and strong currents can happen any time,” he said. Other than travelers and local people, Saddam also appealed to fishermen who used small boat to be more careful. He also advised fishermen not to go to sea for the time being in order to prevent undesirable things. “High waves reaching up to three meters accompanied with very strong currents are feared to drag the boat to even drown. You’d better wait until the weather is fine,” he advised.

He added the presence of large waves could also threaten the existence of the beach in South Bali. Besides, the large waves were also feared to cause abrasion in South Bali to be getting worse. To that end, at least it was required an effort to prevent such worsening coastal abrasion. One of the ways was by preventing the theft of sea sand or planting trees such as leadwood tree or mangroves to prevent abrasion. “We’ll see the beach in Tabanan ranging from Nyanyi in Kediri to Selabih in West Selemadeg bordering with Jembrana County continues to undergo abrasion and requires immediate handling,” he said. (kmb28)

DENPASAR - The ATM machine of Bank Central Asia (BCA) at Toko Mitra 10 on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Suwung Kauh, South Denpasar, was burglarized again by criminal, Sunday early morning (Apr 20). Previously, the same ATM machine was burglarized in May 2013. However, both criminal actions failed. The case has now been handled by the officers of South Denpasar Police Criminal Investigation. As information got at police station on Sunday, the ATM machine burglary occurred about 00:30 a.m. The witness named Rinto Plygol, 22, a local security guard, was patrolling at that time with other colleagues namely Topan and Arta. ”When patrolling, the witnesses were using a flashlight,” said Chief of South Denpasar Police, Nanang Prihasmoko. Once the flashlight was directed to the ATM machine, the witnesses saw an unknown helmeted person fleeing. The offender jumped over the wall. “All the three witnesses then gave a chase, but the traces of the offender disappeared in the darkness of the night,” he told reporters. Although it was not found, the search continued and the man was seen walking around the Jalan Griya Anyar, South Denpasar. So, they chased again and even going to crash with a motorcycle. Apparently the fortune was

still siding with the offender and he could flee into an alley. There, the traces of the offender were not found. Having been examined, the ATM machine condition looked damaged. On the ATM containing hundreds of millions of cash was seen a poking trace. The offender failed to burglarize the content of the ATM as being caught first by the witnesses. “No money vanished. However, the ATM machine was in damaged condition as having been poked,” he said. Chief Nanang admitted that his party was still investigating the case. A number of officers had been deployed in the field. From testimony of witnesses, the offender had characteristics such as having the height of 155 cm and wearing a white shirt, jean pants and black helmet. “We have also checked into beds, but did not give a result,” he said. Just for information, the ATM of BCA at Toko Mitra 10 on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Suwung, South Denpasar, has been burglarized twice. In May 2013, the ATM was also burglarized and even the offender brought along a gun. It was known the offender involving five persons had smothered the local security guard. Fortunately, the offender failed to take away the contents of the ATM. (kmb21)

Connecting vessels concept applied to reduce water overflows in Lake Batur NUMEROUS phenomena in daily life have something to do with natural sciences. Being realized or not, the understanding on natural sciences can actually become a solution to resolve a problem such as the application of natural science with the experiment of using the connecting vessels concept whose application is being tried by the community to resolve the rising water of Lake Batur in Kintamani. All this time it has become a disaster for a number of villages in the vicinity. The Head of the Bangli Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Wayan Sugiarta, revealed on Sunday (Apr 20) that the experimental activity implementing the connecting vessels method was performed in order to help find solution related to the normalization of Lake Batur. The activity initiated by Wayan Rena and Kadek Sandi Sadewa had actually been carried out since three weeks ago. “By using the connecting vessels method, the water of Lake Batur that has risen since the past few months will be put up from Songan to Bukit Pulak Songan and then will be flowed to Santi River,” he said. In an effort to normalize the Lake Batur, the experimental activity was also assisted by a number of parties, including the 1626/Bangli military district command, BPBD Badung, BPBD Karangasem, Kintamani military area

command and society. Sugiarta hoped the experiment with the application of a branch of physics could become an alternative solution to normalize the Lake Batur that increasingly overflowed. All this time, the overflow of Lake Batur had been a disaster and resulted in moderate losses. The flood waters of the lake reaching several meters did not only soak the agricultural area of residents, but also soaked dozens of houses in the vicinity. One of the incidents happened at Trunyan village, Kintamani. As a result of the overflow of the lake, dozens of homes belonging to residents at Trunyan village were inundated with the height reaching half a meter. Such condition caused a number of people were forced to leave their home. So far, there had been no signs that the water would recede. Even, the condition was getting worse. As proof, the inundation of road along tens of meters at Trunyan village almost made the village isolated. Meanwhile, the Bangli government had not been able to do much. To cope with the condition, the Bangli Environment Agency (BLH) so far just made coordination with relevant central government related to the siphoning efforts of the silt of the lake bottom touted as the trigger of the overflow of the lake water. Unfortunately, it was unclear when the plan could be realized. (ina)

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Activities

International

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Newest favehotel at West Java IBP

JAKARTA – From capital cities to the heart of Mother Nature, Archipelago International will soon be introducing the favehotel brand to the mountainous region of Garut, West Java. Scheduled to open in early May for a soft opening, favehotel Cimanuk Garut will be the latest favehotel destination for savvy travelers. With endless views of Rocky Mountains that seem to encircle the region, Garut is known as the Switzerland of Java. The northern part of the region is reserved for the development of the city of Garut, while the southern region is rich with a beautiful coastline, nature preserves and stunning scenery. Nature lovers can enjoy hikes to the natural hot springs, nearby lakes and villages of great charm. In the hub of the city and just two hours east of Bandung, favehotel Cimanuk Garut is ideally located on Jalan Raya Cimanuk, one of the city’s most accessible and central addresses. It is surrounded by shopping, dining and entertainment destinations and offers the best option for business and leisure travelers seeking a contemporary, comfortable, and proficient hotel with an affordable price tag. The 79 guest rooms are fully equipped with contemporary furnishings then topped off with a design that is both modern and stylish whilst capturing the unique character of the local environment. Guests can make use of the hotel’s swimming pool and the signature all-day café-shop and lounge, whilst business travelers can stay connected thanks to the hotel’s 6 modern meeting rooms and ample parking spaces.

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Calendar Event for March 5 through May 21, 2014 5 Mar Hari Urip 6 Mar Hari Patetegan 7 Mar Pengeradanan Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Kabayan Penebel Tabanan 8 Mar Saraswati Pura Pasek tangkas Gempinis Dalang Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Sayan Abiansemal Pura Watu Gunung Bima Pura Agung Jagat Karana Surabaya Pura Aditya Jaya Jakarta Pura Pemaksan Banyuning Timur Pura Agung Wira Loka Cimahi Jawa Barat 9 Mar Hari Banyu Pinaruh 10 Mar Soma Ribek Pura Jati Jembrana Pura Kawitan Bayu Gaiyang Bangli Tirta Wening Surabaya Pura Desa Lingga Wana Abang Karangasem 11 Mar Sabuh Mas 12 Mar Hari Pagerwesi Pura Labang Sindu JiwaUbud Pura Kehen Bangli Pura Wira Bhuana Magelang Jawa tengah Pura Padang Sakti Denpasar Timur Pura Payogan Agung Ketewel Gianyar Pura Gaduh Pangiasan Dauh Puri Denpasar Pura Masceti Tampak Siring Pura Dalem Ularan Denpasar Pura Siwa Penebel Tabanan Pura Luhur Sliki Banyuwangi Pura Gunung Lebah Ubud Pura Puseh Sukawati 15 Mar Purnama Sasih Kesanga Pura Nataran Sasih Pejeng Gianyar Pura Bukit Mentik Gunung lebah Batur Kintamani 17 Mar Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan 22 Mar Tumpek Landep Pura Mutering Jagat Dalem Sidakarya

Denpasar Pura Agung Pasek Tabanan Pura Pasek Tangkas Tabanan Pura Kerta Banyuning Buleleng Pura Dalem Tenggaling Singapadu Gianyar Pura Bhujangga Jembrana Pura Dalem pingit Tegalalang Pura Penataran Pande Pandean Mengwi Pura Ida Ratu Pande Besakih Pura Penataran AGung Tulikup Pura Kumuda Saraswati Ubud Pura Batur Arya Tabanan 23 Mar Radite Umanis Ukir Sanggah Gede Dukuh Segening Tegal Tugu Gianyar 26 Mar Buda Cemeng Ukir Pura Pajenengan Kawitan Arya Gelgel Kelungkung Pura Pasar Agung Besakih Pura Pasek Bendesa Legian Kuta Badung Pura Gde Gunung Agung Munggu Badung Pura Puseh Bebalang Bangli Pura Dalem Peruncak Badung Pura Pasek Bendesa Hyang Krobokan Badung Pura Kereban Langit Mengwi Badung 28 Mar Melasti Pakiyisan Ke Segara Pura Pasek Gelgel Kukuh Marga 30 Mar Tilem Kesanga Tawur Agung 31 Mar Hari Raya Nyepi 1 May Buda Kajeng Kliwon Enyitan 2 May Bhatara Sri Ida Ratu Geng Besakih Pura Penataran Agung Besakih Ida Ratu Raja Puraus Besakih Merajan Saloding Besakih 6 May Anggara Kasih Juluwangi Pura Thirta Harum Tegal Wangi Bangli Pura Baratan Baturiti Pura Batu Klotok Klungkung

Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Wanasari Tabanan Pura Ibu Wanagiri Selemadeg Tabanan Pura Manik Bingin Dukuh Sidemen 7 May Pura Penataran Gana Bebalang Bangli Pura Dalem Gede Pande Bangli Pura Puncak Sari Sangeh Abian Semal Pura Puseh Penegil Dharma Kubu Tambahan Bangli Pura Dalem Maya Blahbatuh Gianyar Pura Linggih Betara Kayu Selem Penataran Agung Besakih 13 May Purnama Sasih Jiyestha Pura Dwija Warsa Malang Pura Pucak Tinggah Angsri Baturiti Pura Kawitan Luhur Bhujangga Jati Luwih Penebel Pura Kawitan Batur Pande Tonja Tonja Denpasar Pura Penataran Agung Sidemen Karangasem Pura Maospahit Grenceng Denpasar 15 May Sugihan Jawa Pura Kawitan Tangkas Kori Agung Tangkas Klungkung Pura Siang Kangin Peninjoan Tembuku Bangli Pura Ida Ratu Mas Penataran Agung Besakih Pura Ida Bhatara Bang Tulus Besakih 16 May Sugihan Bali Dan Kajeng Kliwon 18 May Penyekeban 19 May Penyajaan Galungan 20 May Penampahan Galungan 21 May Hari Raya Galungan Pura Wakika Kupang NTT Pura Agung Girinatha Sumbawa Besar NTB Pura Dukuh Sakti Dukuh Kediri Tabanan Pura Atambuananta Kutamba NTT Pura Webananta Kupang NTT Pura Giripati Mulawarman Pontianak Pura Mustika Dharma Cijantung Jakarta Timur

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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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Science

International

NASA: Engineer vital to 1969 moon landing dies Associated Press Writer

AP Photo/The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This undated combo photo, provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shows corn residue after grain harvest, left, adjacent to a field section where corn residue was baled and removed after grain harvest in Jefferson County, Neb.

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA’s successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Maine of complications from Parkinson’s disease, his son-in-law Tucker Withington confirmed Saturday. As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely. His efforts in the early 1960s are largely credited with convincing NASA to focus on the launch of a module carrying a crew from lunar orbit, rather than a rocket from Earth or a spacecraft while orbiting the planet. Houbolt argued that a lunar orbit rendezvous, or lor, would not only be less mechanically and financially onerous than building a huge rocket to take man to the moon or launching a craft while orbiting the Earth, but it also was the only option to meet President John F. Kennedy’s challenge before the end of the decade. NASA describes “the bold step of skipping proper channels” that Houbolt took by pushing the issue in a private letter in 1961 to an incoming administrator. “Do we want to go to the moon or not?” Houbolt asks. “... why is a much less grandiose scheme involving rendezvous ostracized or put on the defensive? I fully realize that contacting you in this manner is somewhat unorthodox, but the issues at stake are crucial enough to us all that an unusual course is warranted.” Houbolt started his career with NASA’s predecessor in 1942, served in the Army Corps of Engineers and worked in an aeronautical research and consulting firm before returning to NASA in 1976 as chief aeronautical scientist. He retired in 1985 but continued private consulting work. Houbolt earned degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned a doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich in 1957.

Associated Press+ Writer

WASHINGTON — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight climate change. A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline. While biofuels are better in the long run, the study says they won’t meet a standard set in a 2007 energy law to qualify as renewable fuel. The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law. About half of the initial market in cellulosics is expected to be derived from corn residue. The biofuel industry and administration officials immediately criticized the research as flawed. They said it was too simplistic in its analysis of carbon loss from soil, which can vary over a single field, and vastly overestimated how much residue farmers actually would remove once the market gets underway. “The core analysis depicts an extreme scenario that

no responsible farmer or business would ever employ because it would ruin both the land and the long-term supply of feedstock. It makes no agronomic or business sense,” said Jan Koninckx, global business director for biorefineries at DuPont. Later this year the company is scheduled to finish a $200 millionplus facility in Nevada, Iowa, that will produce 30 million gallons (114 million liters) of cellulosic ethanol using corn residue from nearby farms. An assessment paid for by DuPont said that the ethanol it will produce there could be more than 100 percent better than gasoline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. The research is among the first to attempt to quantify, over 12 Corn Belt states, how much carbon is lost to the atmosphere when the stalks, leaves and cobs that make

up residue are removed and used to make biofuel, instead of left to naturally replenish the soil with carbon. The study found that regardless of how much corn residue is taken off the field, the process contributes to global warming. “I knew this research would be contentious,” said Adam Liska, the lead author and an assistant professor of biological systems engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I’m amazed it has not come out more solidly until now.” The Environmental Protection Agency’s own analysis, which assumed about half of corn residue would be removed from fields, found that fuel made from corn residue, also known as stover, would meet the standard in the energy law. That standard requires cellulosic biofuels to release 60 percent less carbon pollution than gasoline.

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File-This Oct. 9, 2003, file photo shows John C. Houbolt explaining the size of different rockets required to launch various methods for landing on the moon at Grainger Engineering Library in Urbana, Ill.

International

Bali News

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Fifth mass vaccination held to become rabies-free

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DENPASAR - The fifth mass vaccination program against rabies has been ongoing across the Island of Bali since April 15, targeting 350 thousand stray dogs as part of the government’s efforts to make Bali free from rabies. Bali has resolved to become rabies-free by the year 2015, in order to maintain its reputation as the world’s most famous resort island. Nationally, the central government has targeted the entire country to be rabies-free by 2020. Over the past few years, Bali authorities have routinely carried out mass vaccination programs against rabies, targeting strays, as well as domestic dogs. Officially launched in Gunung Sari village, Seririt, Buleleng District, where several dog bite cases were reported recently, the fifth mass vaccination program is to continue until July 31. “We have deployed 90 staff members during the ongoing mass vaccination program,” Putu Sumantra, the head of the Bali animal husbandry and health office, said recently. A total of 120 thousand doses of vaccines have been distributed across nine districts in Bali, while 250 thousand more doses were scheduled to arrive soon. The system being applied during the vaccination campaign is different from the ones used in previous campaigns. This time, officers are targeting stray dogs wandering in hilly and mountainous areas, and puppies, which were not vaccinated before. Vaccinations will also be given to puppies as young as two weeks to protect and strengthen their immunity. “Cats and monkeys that we encounter will also be vaccinated, but they are not our targets, because our main targets are dogs,” he reiterated. He called upon the cooperation of the local residents to help make the rabies-free Bali program a success. In several villages in Buleleng, the vaccination program has began April 7. Since January 2014, 17 dogs have been found infected with rabies in seven districts in Bali, including six cases in Buleleng. This was a significant decrease, given that last year 44 dogs were infected with rabies, particularly in Buleleng, Jembrana and Bangli. The first fatal rabies case in Bali was found in 2008. Since then, the disease has claimed 146 lives. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s Crisis Management Centre for Animal Health conducted a mission to Bali in December of 2008. Since 2011, FAO has been supporting Indonesia in working to rapidly control the deadly rabies virus on the island, through an innovative strategy centered on comprehensive mass vaccinations of dogs. “This was to be achieved by es-

tablishing an effective programme to coordinate and facilitate rabies control with government agencies and partner organizations,” FAO said on its official website. As a result of the programme, human rabies cases were reduced from eleven per month in 2010 to just one per month the following year. Following a mass vaccination of dogs, there was another major reduction in 2012 and 2013, bringing the number of reported cases down to only one human case in all of 2013. The previous four mass vaccination programs, which were organized in 2010, vaccinated 95 percent of targeted dogs. “The model developed in Bali is now being modified as appropriate and used in other affected parts of Indonesia to progressively control and eliminate the virus from the entire country,” the FAO added. In line with the Agriculture Ministry’s Regulation No. 1696/2008, Bali has been labeled a mad dog disease quarantine area. Animal smuggling violates the Bali Governor Regulation No. 88/2008 and the Law No. 16/1992. “According to the regulation, animals, such as dogs, cats, and monkeys, which could carry the rabies virus, are banned from entering Bali. The regulation is still effective and has not yet been revoked,” he emphasized. However, to create a rabies-free Bali is not without a price. Recently, 31 expensive dogs, from breeds such as Siberian Husky, Pomeranian, miniature Pomeranian, and Leci, were euthanized by officers of the Gilimanuk agricultural quarantine, Jembrana district. The dogs, worth hundreds of millions of rupiah, were smuggled from Java to Bali on April 11, and they were euthanized after no one claimed their ownership after 24 hours, Ida Bagus Eka Ludra of the Bali Agricultural Quarantine Office reported. Two Persian cats and several birds, which were also smuggled onto the island the same day, were returned to Java, since the identity of their owners were known. He pointed out that the animals smuggled into Bali were not automatically euthanized. The authorities will wait 24 hours to obtain the necessary documents, before returning the animals to their places of origin or culling them if no one claimed ownership.

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Lately, the rice fields around the tourist area of Lovina, Buleleng, are getting narrower. Many productive rice fields are now converted into buildings.

Green belt violations rampant at Lovina area

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BULELENG - Lately, the rice fields around the tourist area of Lovina, Buleleng, are getting narrower. Many productive rice fields are now converted into buildings. Interestingly, the converted wetland is not transformed into tourist accommodation, but predominantly into settlement area, shop-house and ready-to-build plots of land. Based on data collected in the field by Bali Post on Sunday (Apr 20), many paddy fields around Banyualit village, Kalibukbuk (Buleleng subdistrict) and Kaliasem village (Banjar subdistrict) had been sold to local capital owners (investors). At Subak Banyualit, the remaining farmland areas amounted to 17 hectares, Subak Celuk Buluh (15 hectares), Subak Enjung Sanghyang (50 hectares), Subak Kaliasem (12 hectares) and Subak Bingin Banjah (20 hectares). Most of the wetland areas had been transformed into residential buildings and shop-houses. In addition, there were also farmlands transformed into a ready-to-build plot of land. Surprisingly, none of the wetland conversion in this tourist area was utilized to build hotel and restaurant. The Head of Buleleng Agriculture and Livestock Agency, Nyoman Swatantra, did not dismiss the rampant wetland conversion in Buleleng last Sunday. He said the rice field conversion to the building was very difficult to control. Even, many agricultural lands in green belt had also been violated lately. In addition, the government

could not prohibit farmers to sell their rice field. Conversely, the government could only remind and give guidance to farmers in subak groups to still cultivate their paddy fields as the origin function. As the government effort to suppress the farmland conversion, the Agriculture and Livestock Agency had regularly invited farmers to increase rice intensification for boosting production. Thus, farmers were expected to survive with their farming activity without having to sell the paddy fields considered less favorable. “Actually many paddy fields at the Lovina tourist area are productive with quite large supplies of irrigation water. However, based on our observation, many paddy fields seem to have converted into buildings,” he said. Meanwhile, the Head of Buleleng Development Planning Agency (Bappeda), Gede Suyasa, said that as long as there was no new rule governing the green belt, local government would still referred to the old rules. In other words, the agricultural land having long been ‘protected’ by the government through the appeal of prohibition of building should still be adhered to. However, in practice, the appeal seemed still less optimal to suppress the wetland conversion belonging to the area of green belt. “I think before there is an issuance of new regulation concerning with the green belt, the old provisions must still be complied with. However, if we observe the conversion of farmland belonging to green belt remains to exist,” he explained. (mud)


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Feed a deer, bitten by Komodo dragon

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A ranger in charge in the Komodo National Park was rushed to Sanglah Hospital, Sunday (Apr 20) by harbor ambulance after being bitten by a Komodo dragon at his right leg. The officer named Tarsan, 47, arrived around two o’clock in the afternoon and immediately got treatment in Emergency Room of Sanglah Hospital. According to his wife, Siti Nur, the incident took place early morning around 06:30 a.m. Local Time. At that time, Tarsan was feeding a deer on Loh Baru Island in the south of Rinca Island, Labuan Bajo.

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Pro-Russian armed men walk past activists hanging up a “Donetsk Republic” flag outside the mayor’s office in Slaviansk, April 21, 2014. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday accused Ukraine of violating an accord reached in Geneva last week aimed at averting a wider conflict.

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Condition of Maria Cultural Hall in Tabanan worrying Bali Post

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TABANAN - Condition of the Ketut Maria cultural hall located on Jalan Gunung Agung, Tabanan, is increasingly apprehensive. At some parts of the building built by the Tabanan government as a tribute and people for the services extended by the artist I Ketut Maria look damaged. Even, a number of roofs seem to have hollowed. Besides, the floor of the building also looks to exfoliate, walls have been porous, ceiling perforates and floors of the overhang collapses. These conditions are then completed with toilet sanitation that is not well maintained on a regular basis. Sometimes it is easy to smell of urine because the water does not flow. More seriously, two statues of the Oleg Tamulilingan dancers have been mossy and fragile. Even, the hand of one of the statutes has vanished. The cultural hall has been frequently used for a variety of activities either in the subdistrict, county or provincial level. However, condition of the cultural hall seems to get no attention at all. Similarly, it never gets any touch of improvement from the Tabanan government. When the building condition of the Ketut Maria cultural hall was confirmed to the Tabanan Sanitation

and Landscaping Agency (DKP), in fact the rehabilitation was just a planning. “We have made a rehabilitation plan of the building, including the detailed engineering design (DED). However, we find obstacle in the matter of funding so that we cannot confirm it. Simply ask to the Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda),” said the Head of DKP Tabanan, I GN Supanji, Sunday (Apr 20). In addition, his party was also attempting in order that central government could provide funding for the rehabilitation. Even, the working unit of the Bali Public Works had been reviewing the condition of the building located in the west of the town park. “For the time being, this year we just get assistance for the paving block installation in front of the Tabanan Palace,” added Supanji. Just a reminder, the building was established as a cultural center, especially for the performance of creation dances. This building has frequently hosted the art performances and competitions of Kebyar Duduk Dance and Oleg Tamulilingan Dance created by I Ketut Maria that have been well known overseas. The Ketut Maria cultural hall is located about 26 km west of Denpasar and will take you about 40 minutes by car. (kmb28)

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Group concerned for activist missing in Thailand

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When he was absorbed in feeding the deer, Tarsan did not realize if a Komodo dragon came nearby. Position of the Komodo dragon was right behind Tarsan so that he did not see the arrival of the ancient animal. Suddenly, the right calf of Tarsan was directly bitten. Luckily there were colleagues who saw the incident and helped Tarsan release from the Komodo dragon bite and drove it away. As a result of the bite, his right calf was torn. He was then rushed to Labuan Bajo public health center by speedboat. Around 08:30 a.m. the victim got standard treatment and he was then referred to Sanglah Hospital to get further treatment. “At 12:00 a.m., we set off on a plane to Bali and were directly picked up with ambulance to Sanglah Hospital,” said Siti. Until Sunday, Tarsan was still under treatment. His wound was treated and given antibiotics to prevent infection. (san)

The damage Maria Building in Tabanan Regency

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BANGKOK — An international human rights group urged Thai authorities on Monday to investigate the disappearance of a prominent environmental activist. Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen, known as “Billy,” was detained in Petchaburi province’s Kaengkrachan National Park on Thursday for carrying illegal wild honey and has not been seen since shortly after he was released. He was en route at the time to meet ethnic Karen villagers and activists in preparation for an upcoming lawsuit that accuses park officials of burning and destroying the homes and property of more than 20 families in the area. “National parks should be a place to enjoy natural beauty and serene vistas, not a place for officials to abuse people,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “So long as Billy’s

whereabouts are unknown, a sense of fear will stalk the park communities demanding their rights.” Park chief Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn said that the activist was released because the illegal honey he was allegedly carrying was deemed a petty offence. A witness contacted by The Associated Press, Issara Seuksahet, confirmed Billy was freed and was last seen Thursday riding a yellow motorcycle in the rain. Police Col. Woradet Suanklaai said that a missing person complaint has been filed but Billy’s whereabouts remained unknown. Human Rights Watch said that Chaiwat himself was under investigation for allegedly masterminding the killing of an activist from Billy’s network in 2011, who had helped ethnic Karen villagers report on abuses, violence, illegal logging, and poaching allegedly committed by park officials.

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KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - An agreement reached last week to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering as the new week began, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. Washington says it will hold Moscow responsible and impose new economic sanctions if the separatists do not clear out of government buildings they have occupied across swathes of eastern Ukraine over the past two weeks. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was due in Kiev later on Monday. Kiev and Moscow traded accusations over a deadly shooting on Easter Sunday morning, when at least three people were killed at a checkpoint manned by armed separatists. Moscow and its separatist allies accused Ukrainian nationalists of attacking the checkpoint; Kiev said Russia had provoked the violence. In a later incident, the Ukrainian defence ministry said gunmen on motorcycles fired on an army checkpoint between Donetsk and Slaviansk shortly after dark on Sunday. The troops opened fire, wounding one attacker and capturing two, it said. Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States signed off on an agreement in Geneva on Thursday, designed to lower tension in the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War. The agreement calls for occupied buildings to be vacated under the auspices of envoys from the Organization for Security and

Cooperation in Europe, a security body. All sides are meant to refrain from force. But no sooner had the accord been signed than both sides accused the other of breaking it, while the pro-Moscow rebels said the pledge to withdraw from occupied buildings was not binding on them. “Steps are being taken - above all by those who seized power in Kiev - not only that do not fulfil, but that crudely violate the Geneva agreement,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, describing the attack on the separatist checkpoint as a crime. President Vladimir Putin overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy by announcing last month that Russia has the right to intervene on the territory of its neighbours to protect Russian speakers. He then seized and annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. Moscow has since massed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border, and

Kiev and its Western allies say Russian agents are directing the uprising in the east, including the “green men” - heavily armed, masked gunmen in unmarked uniforms. In his latest move, likely to be seen by the West as a further threat to the post-Cold War order, Putin signed a law on Monday making it easier for Russian speakers across the former Soviet Union to obtain Russian citizenship. Eastern Ukraine is largely Russian speaking and many residents are deeply suspicious of the pro-European government that took power in Kiev in February when Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich fled the country after mass protests. Separatists have declared an independent “People’s Republic of Donetsk” in the east’s biggest province and have named themselves to official posts in towns and cities, setting up checkpoints and flying Russian flags over government buildings.

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Former Police Lt. Gen. Somkid Boonthanom arrives at Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand Monday , March 31, 2014.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Road of BangliPenelokan tourism stripe crack

Europe’s mergers and acquisitions market heats up Agence France-Presse PARIS - Europe’s mergers and acquisitions market is rebounding after years in the doldrums, as improving market sentiment is prompting companies to spend piles of cash built up during the financial crisis. A flurry of new deals have been announced in the past month alone, including Numericable’s purchase of Vivendi’s SFR mobile phone unit in France, the merger of Swiss cement group Holcim and French rival Lafarge and the tie-up of Sopra and Steria to create a new French technology services giant. British companies have also been on the move, with mobile phone giant Vodafone launching a 7.2-billion-euro purchase of Spanish cable operator Ono and private equity firm CVC capital taking a controlling stake in Spanish olive oil producer Deoleo. And German private equity group Triton bought French engineering giant Alstom’s boiler and heat transfer equipment unit for 730 million euros ($1 billion). “Activity has been gathering pace since the start of the year, globally, in Europe and now in France. The first quarter was very strong in terms of announcements,” said Fabien Laurenceau, a strategist equity analysis at Aurel BGC. Worldwide, the value of deals announced in the first three months of the year jumped 26 percent to $637 billion compared to 2013, the best start to the year since 2007, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Two of the world’s biggest investment banks -- Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley -- this week reported better-than-expected first-quarter results, buoyed by a rebound of profits in their M&A advisory arms. The rise in deals has been driven, in part, by the huge war chest of ready money built up by companies during the global financial crisis which erupted in 2008. Consultancy Deloitte in January estimated that the world’s top 1,000 firms had accumulated about $2.8 trillion of cash on their balance sheets as they waited out the storm in financial markets. A KPMG survey of over 1,000 dealmakers earlier this year found that almost two-thirds were expecting to launch bids during 2014, mainly because of the size of their reserves. Of that, 29 percent of respondents believe that western Europe will have the most active mergers and acquisitions market worldwide this year -- the same amount as in China. “The European debt crisis is creating many opportunities,” said KPMG managing director Phil Isom in the report. Rising equity market valuations have also given bosses of stable companies more opportunities to take on debt and pounce on weaker rivals, according to Laurenceau.

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Condition of the main roads section connecting Bangli to Kintamani often reaps complaints. Aside from having many potholes, a number of road sections in the path towards the tourist attraction of Penelokan, Kintamani, has also cracked and been bumpy.

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 file photo, recruiter Valera Kulow, left, speaks with job seeker Leonardo Vitiello during a career fair in Dallas. Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring U.S. businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association of Business Economics.

Higher costs pressured US businesses in 1Q Associated Press

NEW YORK — Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring U.S. businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association of Business Economics. During the first quarter of the year, 31 percent of businesses surveyed reported higher material costs, more than double the 15 percent that saw costs rise in the previous survey. Additionally, 35 percent reported rising wages and salaries at their businesses in the past three months, up from 23 percent in January. Yet those who said they raised the prices they charge in the past three months remained unchanged at 20 percent, according to the latest NABE survey of 72 members, which was conducted between March 18 and April 1. “It appears that businesses were not able to pass on costs increases, resulting in increased pressure on margins,” the survey findings said.

The quarterly survey by NABE is intended to gauge business conditions at members’ firms or industries. The April survey reflects first quarter results, as well as the near-term outlook. Despite the cost pressures, businesses seem more upbeat about the direction of the broader economy. The survey found that 80 percent said they expect the GDP to rise at least 2 percent over the next year. Nearly three-quarters also said they expect labor market conditions to improve, with unemployment easing to between 5 percent and 6 percent in the next one to three years. And over the next six months, 43 percent of respondents expect their firms to expand employment. Still, a majority expect wage growth to

remain subdued, with growth of up to 3 percent over the next three years. The number of businesses that reported rising sales in the first quarter fell to 53 percent, down from 63 percent in the previous quarter. Jack Kleinhenz, president of NABE and chief economist at the National Retail Federation, attributed the decline to “a very rough winter” in a statement. Capital spending rose for 38 percent of respondents, up from 28 percent in January. Meanwhile, those reporting rising profit margins during the period declined slightly to 32 percent, from 34 percent in the previous survey. Looking ahead to the coming quarter, 41 percent said they expect costs to increase up to 5 percent. Whether they’ll be able to pass that on to customers is uncertain; 31 percent said they expect their businesses to raise prices. That’s down from the 43 percent who said they planned to raise prices in January, but still an elevated level from most of last year.

KINTAMANI - Condition of the main roads section connecting Bangli to Kintamani often reaps complaints. Aside from having many potholes, a number of road sections in the path towards the tourist attraction of Penelokan, Kintamani, has also cracked and been bumpy. Although it is quite disturbing the smoothness and endangers road users, so far there has been no visible improvement efforts made to repair the damaged road. Based on observation, a number of points in the path looked to crack. It particularly happened on the track in the east to the Penelokan tourist attraction. All this time, the

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government just did patchwork technique on a number of those potholes. However, the repair by such a technique could not long survive so that it caused the road

to crack. Such condition forced the road users to be more careful when passing, considering the condition was quite hazardous. Such poor road condition was recognized by Deputy Chairman of the Bangli House, Nyoman Basma. This people’s representative from Suter, Kintamani, admitted that the road to Penelokan was damaged and needed a repair. According to him, the damage of the road leading to Kintamani tourist area was accelerated by the frequent passing trucks that transported quarry materials.

Responding to such condition, he hoped the cracked and bumpy road could be repaired as soon as possible. Moreover, it was the path of tourism and should not be let be getting more damaged and tarnish the tourism image of Kintamani considered to have been shabby. “If this condition is abandoned, it is worried that travelers will disseminate the shabby condition so they will finally leave Kintamani. Hopefully, our provincial government can immediately fix the road, not just patch it,” he said.

Similar matter was once expressed by a legislator from Kintamani, Nyoman Adnyana. He was really concerned about the condition at a few tourism lines in Bangli. Other than on the BangliPenelokan road section, condition of the provincial road along SusutBangli also looked the same. He hoped the provincial government could immediately cope with the condition. Moreover, the number of provincial roads in Bangli County was not too much compared to other counties in Bali. (ina)

HIV/AIDS in Buleleng reaches 1,992 cases

SINGARAJA - Increasing cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) become a serious problem for Buleleng. In March 2014, a total of 25 new cases of HIV/AIDS were discovered. It is inseparable from the result of people living with HIV/AIDS who have a free lifestyle and promiscuity. Whether being realized or not, the AIDS mitigation commission (KPA) of Buleleng has recorded 1,992 HIV cases in Buleleng County. The increase in Buleleng averagely reached 20 cases per month. Transmission of the HIV/AIDS has tendency to be caused by heterosexual intercourse without using a safety tools. Another cause is the use of unsterile needles in turn. Deputy Regent of Buleleng, Nyoman Sutjidra, said the development

of HIV/AIDS continued to indicate increasing graph every month. Even, in February 2014 the figure reached 1,967 cases. The increasing HIV/ AIDS case in Buleleng was not a good indication, but should be taken seriously by the government, while the public had to be aware of the hazards of the HIV/AIDS. “The number of people living with HIV is increasing. This condition resembles an iceberg phenomenon, where it looks small from a distance but is really bigger at the bottom. Volunteers for providing assistance continue to be spread to some areas to perform socialization as well as prevention in the areas considered vulnerable enough to transmission of the HIV/ AIDS,” he said. Everyone was vulnerable to be affected by HIV/AIDS. Development of this virus did not know any boundaries of age and occupation of a person. Sutjidra added that a total of 347

housewives and children in Buleleng had been affected by ferocity of this virus. Furthermore, two of them died last March. Some mitigation efforts had been taken seriously such as socialization by involving people group who cared for the AIDS. Some of the groups included the student group caring for AIDS and drugs (KSPAN), village AIDS care cadre (KDPA), and several NGOs. “The problem of HIV/ AIDS is shared responsibility, let’s keep family and children away from promiscuity and drugs, so that HIV/ AIDS can be avoided,” he added. All the volunteers are actively spread to provide socialization, assistance to prevention. The number of volunteers reaches 400 people and work in every area in Buleleng County. The HIV/AIDS case has continued to increase from January 2014, where in January had reached 1,931 cases, in February (1,967 cases) and in March (1,992 cases). (dgk)

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Increasing cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) become a serious problem for Buleleng.


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In this Feb. 14, 2014 photo, visitors rest near sculptures at Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province.

Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension Associated Press Writer

NANJING, China — Strolling through China’s sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound. “Japan is a country without credibility. They pretend to be friendly, but they can’t be trusted,” Qi Houjie said as a frigid wind swept the austere plaza of the Nanking Massacre Memorial Hall. Across the waters, Japanese visiting a Shinto shrine in Tokyo that enshrines 14 convicted war criminals among 2.5 million war dead say they’re tired of Chinese harping, underscoring a gradual hardening of attitudes toward their neighbor. China criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday for having a “wrong attitude to history” after he sent a traditional offering to Yasukuni Shrine at the start of a 3-day spring festival. “Yasukuni Shrine is a damaging element to Japan’s relations with its neighbors,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said. “It is a negative asset for Japan. If the Japanese leaders are willing to continue carrying this negative asset on their back, the negative asset will become increasingly heavier.” Such statements don’t sit well with Ayumi Shiraishi, a 28-yearold hotel employee who decided to see Yasukuni on a recent trip to the Japanese capital. “The harsher they criticize, the more strongly I feel it’s not their business,” she said of the Chinese. “It’s a matter of the prime

minister’s belief, as he has said, and there is nothing wrong with that.” The Tokyo shrine and the memorial hall in Nanjing, as Nanking is now called, are physical embodiments of divergent views of history that still strain China-Japan relations, 70 years after the war. They complicate America’s objective of maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific, as President Barack Obama starts a four-country Asian tour in Japan this week. The implications are potentially serious, particularly over contested uninhabited islands called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. Following Japan’s nationalization of the islands in September 2012, violent protests targeting Japanese businesses and brands broke out in many Chinese cities, inadvertently underscoring the vital economic relationship between the sides that continues to defy the political chill. More recently, Abe set off a diplomatic firestorm by visiting Yasukuni in December. Soon after, newly installed officials at public broadcaster NHK drew fire when

one denied the Nanking massacre — in which China claims 300,000 civilians and disarmed soldiers were murdered — happened and another downplayed the Imperial Army’s use of sex slaves, an issue that has chilled Japan’s relations with South Korea too. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called those statements “regrettable” and said they don’t represent the government’s views. The government apologized to the former sex slaves in 1993 and more generally for its “colonial rule and aggression” on the 50th anniversary of the end of the World War II in 1995. Such explanations carry little weight among a Chinese public raised on highly negative portrayals of Japan. No perceived slight is too obscure to go unnoticed. When a smiling Abe posed in a fighter jet last year, Chinese observers were quick to note that the plane was marked 731, the number of a notorious wartime chemical and biological weapons unit. Abe’s office said it was pure coincidence.

HONOLULU — A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet (11,500 meters) and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. “Kid’s lucky to be alive,” Simon said. Simon said security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning. The teen had run away from his family after an argument, Simon said. When the flight landed in Maui, the boy hopped down from the wheel well and started wandering around the airport grounds, he said. “He was unconscious for the lion’s share of the flight,” Simon said. The flight lasted about 5½ hours. Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle said airline personnel noticed the boy on the ramp after the flight arrived and immediately notified airport security. “Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived,” Croyle said. Simon said the boy was medically screened and found to be unharmed. “Doesn’t even remember the flight,” Simon said. “It’s amazing he survived that.” A call and email message to a Mineta San Jose International Airport spokeswoman were not immediately returned. Officials at Kahului Airport referred questions to the State Department of Transportation, which did not return a phone call seeking comment. A Transportation Security Agency spokesman who declined to be named referred questions to the FBI and airport authorities. The boy will not be charged and was referred to child protective services, Simon said. In August, a 13- or 14-year-old boy in Nigeria survived a 35minute trip in the wheel well of a domestic flight after stowing away. Authorities credited the flight’s short duration. Others stowing away in wheel wells have died, including a 16-year-old killed after stowing away aboard a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Boston in 2010 and a man who fell onto a suburban London street from a flight from Angola in 2012.

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A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014.

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A nurse is tidying bed for election candidates that having mental health problem due to election result in one of hospitals in Indonesia.

Mental health problems plague election hopefuls

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JAKARTA - His body shaking violently, Sofyan screamed loudly as a traditional healer sought to calm the Indonesian election candidate, one of a growing number seeking treatment for mental health problems after polls last week. “Don’t take my votes away. I have spent so much money,” he shouted, as the healer chanted softly and poured water mixed with flowers over his body. Many of the approximately 230,000 candidates running for seats in local and national legislatures across the world’s biggest archipelago nation invested huge amounts of their own money to fund campaigns, but some are now paying an even greater price. Some become stressed or depressed at the prospect of losing everything while others appear to have suffered more severely, such as one who reportedly went stealing his neighbours’ sandals before taking refuge up a coconut tree. “They have lost their money, land, houses, and one candidate even lost his wife to another man because he was too busy campaigning,” said Muhammad Muzakkin, from a traditional healing centre on main Java island, who has treated 51 candidates for stress in the past week. Many are willing to take the risk however as the rewards from gaining office in Indonesia can be huge - a businessman will find it is easier for his company to win

contracts if he is also a politician, and there is ample opportunity to get rich by accepting bribes in a country with a notoriously corrupt political culture. The lack of campaign funding from parties means that people seeking to run for office in Indonesia generally have to provide money, a huge undertaking that many underestimate before launching their political careers. Sofyan, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, sold two motorcycles and took out loans to raise more than 300 million rupiah ($26,000) to fund his campaign for a local parliament seat in Cirebon district, in West Java province. Official results are not released until May but his political team believes he may be on course to win the seat for the Democratic Party of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Nevertheless, he is worried something will go wrong and the prospect that such a huge sum of money could have gone to waste has sent him tumbling into an abyss of depression. Other candidates lose their tempers when they believe they

have lost, with some storming polling stations and making off with ballot boxes while one angrily demanded the return of donations he had made to a local mosque. Psychiatric units at hospitals have said they are ready to treat depressed candidates but many seek help from traditional healers in a country where indigenous beliefs remain strong. Muzakkin from the clinic on Java said that healers there were using prayers to “shoo away the genies” plaguing depressed candidates, many of whom are at a very low ebb when they arrive. “One man threw a tantrum and stripped himself naked so he had to be put in an isolation room,” he said. The problem has started to concern the government to such a degree that it wants to amend legislation so that candidates are required to undergo a mental health check before they can run in elections. Eka Viora, the health ministry’s director of mental health, said that the elections could be a “disaster” for candidates, particularly those who lose.

JAKARTA - Former general Prabowo Subianto, who has struggled to shake off accusations of human rights abuses, received the backing of Indonesia’s oldest Islamic party on Friday, bringing him close to being able to run in the July 9 presidential election. None of the major parties, including Prabowo’s Gerindra party, won enough votes in the April 9 parliamentary election in the world’s third-largest democracy to be able to nominate a presidential candidate alone, forcing them to team up with smaller parties. He is currently running a distant second in opinion polls for the presidency behind hugely popular Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo whose Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) won the most votes in the parliamentary election and has teamed up with another more moderate Muslim party to ensure he can run for president. Indonesia is home to the world’s biggest Muslim population but populist parties dominate politics. However, Islamic parties did better than expected in the parliamentary election, giving them some more leverage in the subsequent horse-trading to nominate presidential candidates. “PPP (the United Development Party) considers Prabowo the right figure to lead Indonesia towards a better country,” party chairman Suryadharma Ali told reporters after talks with the former son-in-law of long-time autocratic ruler Suharto. Ali is the religious affairs minister in the outgoing government which has come under criticism for failing to curb intolerance against minority religions. Ali’s own party had been split in support for Prabowo and media reports said he had expelled several top party members for trying to oust him for his very public support of the ex-general. Prabowo still needs to tie up with another party to ensure his candidacy. Prabowo bills himself as a strong leader and his party has issued a detailed election platform that is heavily nationalist. It puts strong focus on lifting up the agricultural sector which is the biggest single source of employment but where incomes are mostly low and production often inefficient. The son of one of the country’s most prominent economists, Prabowo has been accused of human rights abuses during the unrest that led to Suharto’s downfall in 1998, allegations he denies. Much of the current election speculation is now focused on who the popular Jakarta governor will pick as his running mate.

Indonesia wants to host the Asian Games Associated Press

JAKARTA — Indonesia has the will and the funds to stage the 2019 Asian Games, a government minister confirmed Sunday as regional organizers scrambled for a host to replace Vietnam. The 2019 event was due to be staged in Hanoi but the Vietnamese government last week announced it would withdraw as host, citing a lack of money and the potential damage to its reputation if the event — second only to the Summer Olympics in terms of the number of athletes competing — was a flop. Indonesia, with the largest economy in Southeast Asia, was runnerup in the initial bidding process for the games. “We have been waiting for this opportunity for decades and don’t want to wait for another decade,” Indonesia’s youth and sport minister Roy Suryo told The Associated Press late Sunday. “Indonesia is ready and there will be no problem with funds.” Suryo said the games could be held in Surabaya, the country’s second largest city. But in a measure of the potential problems ahead, Indonesia Olympic Committee chairwoman Rita Subowo questioned whether the government had enough time to properly prepare. “The government should realize that Surabaya will only be ready to host the Youth Games in 2021, not in 2019,” Subowo said She also noted that a new government would be elected later this year that might not agree to pay for the games, injecting more uncertainty into the bid. The cost of hosting the event depends on how much infrastructure needs to be built or upgraded. Vietnam would have needed to spend at least $500 million, economists and experts have said. Subowo said an Olympic Council of Asia team would visit Indonesia early next month to assess its suitability to host the games.


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Penglipuran IBP BANGLI - A pleasant, cool village with breathtaking views is located not far from the road to Bangli from Kintamani. It is only some 700 meters above sea level. There is a traditional village called Penglipuran that belongs to the administrative regency of Kubu. There are different versions of the meaning of Penglipuran, One version says that the word Penglipuran is philologically derived from two words, pengeling literally means remembrance and pura means temple. The villagers formerly migrated from the village of Bayung Gede near Kintamani. To remember their original village and beloved ancestors, they then built the same temple as their own at Bayung Gede village. The layout of this completely unique village is like a ‘housing complex’ where the space arrangement is neat and carefully designed. It is quite different from other villages in general. This village stretches from the north to the south following the direction of the mountain. The village temple is located on the highest point and at the end of the village. Nearly all the main houses still use the traditional roof of artistic bamboo blades with walls painted in natural colors like that of soil. And each compound consistently maintains the original design of the versatile bale (pavilion). Walking along the spacious paved street in the middle of the traditional village and small garden along the telajakan (the space between the compound and the street) will give you the impression o fa beautiful park. The village looks neat as there are no high rise buildings. It is the harmonious combination of a traditional concept with modern techniques. When you see the uniform kori (entrance gate) with a bamboo roof you will be reminded that it is a traditional village. This kind of structure is now widely adopted for tourist accommodation.

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Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters Associated Press Writer

MONACO — Stanislas Wawrinka showed that his first Grand Slam title wasn’t a fluke, upstaging his more illustrious countryman to add a maiden Masters trophy in Monte Carlo on Sunday. Wawrinka came from a set down to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final, another milestone in the late-blooming 29-year-old’s career. Having beaten Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to his Australian Open victory this year, Wawrinka showed again he can compete with the best by earning just his second career victory against Federer in the first all-Swiss ATP final in 14 years. “When I go into a match against them, I think I can beat them. I’m on the court to win,” Wawrinka said. “I’m more consistent and I have better results. The difference is that now I have more trust in myself.” Wawrinka, whose ranking has climbed to third, has won all three finals he’s played this year. “It

already changed last year when I start to first make my first quarter in French Open, final in Madrid, my first semifinal in U.S. Open,” he

said. “I start to realize I am able to beat all the players. That’s what I am doing this year and I’m doing well.” Djokovic, hampered by a sore right wrist, lost to Federer in the semifinals, while eight-time champion Nadal was beaten by David Ferrer in the quarters. That opened the way for Wawrinka, but he still had to get past 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who held a mighty 13-1 advantage over him before the final. “When I came here, for me it was more like a test,” Wawrinka said. “I knew I was playing good tennis.” The fourth-seeded Federer, who accepted a wild card invitation to play in the tournament, was also looking to win the Monte Carlo tournament for the first time after losing his three previous finals here to Nadal from 2006-08.

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Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) goes up for a shot against the Houston Rockets during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Houston. The Trail Blazers won 122-120 in overtime.

Aldridge leads Portland over Houston 122-120 in OT Associated Press Writer

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HOUSTON — LaMarcus Aldridge scored a club playoff record 46 points before he fouled out, leaving Damian Lillard to put the finishing touches on Portland’s 122-120 win over Houston Rockets in a thrilling first-round series opener on Sunday. Aldridge fouled out with about a minute left in overtime and Lillard, who was making his playoff debut, scored Portland’s next five points and put the Trail Blazers on top by one point with a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left. “When you’ve got your best player playing like that, it fires you up,” said Lillard, who finished with 31 points. “When he went out of the game, I felt like our team ... had to come through for him.” Aldridge also had 18 rebounds and two blocks. “He’s been a handful for us all year long,” Houston coach Kevin McHale said. “We just didn’t have any answers for him.” James Harden and Dwight Howard each scored 27 points for Houston, and Howard grabbed 15

rebounds. Houston could have tied it, but Harden missed a short jump shot at the buzzer. He had missed a 3-pointer on Houston’s second-tolast possession. “I’ve got to shake it off,’ Harden said, “but it will be better in Game 2.” Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston. In other playoff series openers, Nene dominated with 24 points and Trevor Ariza scored 18 as the Washington Wizards rallied from 13 points down to beat the Bulls 102-93 in Chicago, while LeBron James scored 27 points and Dwyane Wade added 23 as Miami beat Charlotte 99-88. The Spurs had a 90-85 win over the Mavericks at San Antonio, with Tim Duncan scoring 27 points. The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5½ minutes during a late stretch, their lone field goal coming as time expired. Tony Parker had 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas.


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Messi helps Barcelona end skid, beat Bilbao 2-1 Associated Press Writer

BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi ended Barcelona’s run of three straight losses and kept it in the Spanish league title chase by scoring a late free kick to complete its 2-1 comeback win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Messi’s 75th-minute goal answered some of the criticism the club’s all-time leading scorer had received for his lackluster performances in the team’s recent losses in the league, Champions League and Copa del Rey final. Barcelona was on its way to another defeat when Aritz Aduriz scored in the 50th, provoking a smattering of white handkerchiefs in the Camp Nou stands, but Pedro Rodriguez equalized when he slotted in Alexis Sanchez’s scuffed strike in the 72nd. Barcelona still needed defender Javier Mascherano to block Mikel Rico’s point-blank try in injury time to protect the three points after Cristian Tello had wasted one of numerous opportunities to put the result beyond doubt. “After the first half I thought that this wasn’t to be our day after missing so many chances,” said Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino, whose job probably depends on Barcelona catching Atletico to defend its title. “But we kept fighting. We played with a lot of heart to overcome a difficult week and a game that had turned against us. Messi defends himself on the pitch and I am happy for him.” Barcelona moved provisionally into second place, four points behind leader Atletico Madrid. Madrid is two points behind Barcelona but with a game to play. Messi set up his winner after earning a foul on the edge of the area, and the Argentina forward used his left foot to finally beat Gorka Iraizoz after the goalkeeper had denied him twice. While not exactly his electrifying old self, Messi was active creating scoring chances from the start, but Alexis Sanchez sent Pedro’s pass off the bar from close range in the 38th. Barcelona’s attack was working. Its defense, however, showed the same frailties that have plagued it in the second half of the season. Aduriz’s beautiful bicycle kick crashed into the post before goalkeeper Jose Pinto palmed away Markel Susaeta’s follow-up at the half-hour mark. The patience of Barcelona’s fans began to fray when Bartra lost the ball near his area and Aduriz expertly drove the ball into the corner of the net. And when Messi sent the ball wide one-on-one against Iraizoz a collective groan filled the stadium. But Pedro was finally able to steer the ball in when Dani Alves began a move from the right flank to start Barcelona on its way to a much-needed victory. “We knew that after all the opinions and criticism that we have received that we had to do our job and be professionals,” Mascherano said. “We have to hold on to that small hope that if we win our games we can then see what happens. We can’t just let (Atletico and Madrid) slip up and not be there.” AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, from Argentina, gestures after scoring against Athletic Bilbao during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday April 20, 2014.

Atletico looking to land another blow on Mourinho

River Plate moves into top spot in Argentina

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Associated Press Writer

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — River Plate moved into top spot in the Argentine first division with a 1-0 win over Velez Sarsfield on Sunday. Teofilo Gutierrez scored in the 30th minute, taking advantage of a mistake by Velez keeper Sebastian Sosa. Sosa’s poor goal kick wound up at the feet of the Colombian, who slotted home from close range. River improved to 27 points from 15 matches, one clear of Estudiantes and Colon. Colon drew 0-0 with Belgrano and Racing won 1-0 at Argentinos Juniors in other matches Sunday. Gimnasia plays Monday against All Boys and could reach 27 points with a victory. River’s victory may have been costly. Gutierrez went off in the 62nd with an injured right knee, and fellow Colombian Eder Alvarez Balanta left a few minutes later with an injured thigh. Gutierrez said he hoped to be back on the field quickly. “Thanks to God and the team, we are where we are,” said Gutierrez, who dedicated the victory to his grandmother in Colombia. “I’m confident everything will be OK and I’ll bounce back from the injury.” In results Saturday: Rosario Central 0, Estudiantes 0; Quilmes 0, Olimpo 1; San Lorenzo 0, Newell’s 0.

PEC Zwolle humbles Ajax 5-1 in Dutch Cup final Associated Press Writer

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — PEC Zwolle won its first Dutch Cup title by stunning Ajax 5-1 in the final Sunday, with Ryan Thomas and Guyon Fernandez scoring two goals each. Ajax had a good start to the match as Ricardo van Rhijn opened the scoring in the fifth minute. But the game was then halted after Ajax fans threw fireworks onto the field, many of them landing around the team’s goal. When play resumed around 30 minutes later, Thomas scored twice in four minutes to silence the Ajax fans. Fernandez followed with a shot under goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer and he headed in the fourth before halftime. Bram van Polen scored the fifth soon after play resumed. Ajax pushed forward for the last 30 minutes but couldn’t pull any closer.

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Manchester United’s manager David Moyes looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday April 20, 2014.

Moyes endures horror return to Everton as Martinez outwits United Reuters

Everton’s past and future collided in a nightmare return to Goodison Park for former manager David Moyes whose Manchester United side were outwitted by his successor Roberto Martinez in a 2-0 defeat on Sunday. The result ended United’s slim hopes of Champions League football next season as Everton stayed firmly in contention for a place in the top four with a clinical victory that highlighted their opponents’ struggles under Moyes. The Scot, who enjoyed 11 successful years at Goodison Park before replacing Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford at the end of last season, was booed by the home fans when he appeared from the tunnel at the start of the game. His fortunes did not improve as Everton took command with a Leighton Baines penalty in the 28th minute following a Phil Jones handball, before the hosts doubled their lead through Kevin Mirallas’s low finish just before the break. Despite controlling possession, a toothless United struggled to carve out any meaningful chances and rarely troubled Everton keeper Tim Howard before falling to their 11th Premier League defeat of the season. “We had a lot the ball, passing, and controlled the majority of the game,” said Moyes, whose side are seventh in the table with 57 points from 34 games. “But we didn’t have a cutting edge and got done on the counter attack. We gave away two dreadful goals.” United fielded the attacking quartet of Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata, Nani and Wayne Rooney, but lacked a creative spark when they got into Everton territory. Moyes, however, said the wheels were in motion to strenghten the squad for next season. “We couldn’t find the telling pass, or clever play in the final third that makes the difference,” he said. “I thought we did well, were the better team at 2-0 down in the first half. “We’ll do everything we can to win the remaining four games. We are under way with what we are doing to improve next season and try to give ourselves a better chance to compete at the top end of the table.” Martinez again showcased his managerial talents to mastermind a seventh victory in eight matches which kept them one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal with three games to play. The Spaniard, who led Wigan Athletic to FA Cup success last season, has been a revelation since taking over from Moyes and his team have played an attractive and positive style of football which has earned many plaudits. Everton enjoyed just 38 percent possession against United, their lowest of the season, but were rarely troubled by the visitors and Martinez praised their “electrifying” counter-attacking performance. “Sometimes you need to adapt to what you face on the pitch,” he told the BBC. “It was a case of the quality United had on the pitch, we had to be solid, organised and use the dynamic football we have. “The 2-0 lead allowed us to be more economical with our performance. We were very clear in what we had to do and we did that. We were electrifying on the counter.”

MADRID - Atletico Madrid sent Jose Mourinho packing without a major trophy in his final season in Spain and the surprise Champions League semi-finalists are itching to land another blow on the Portuguese coach. Mourinho’s Chelsea play their last four, first leg at the Calderon on Tuesday against an Atletico side riding high in La Liga and through to the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years. In Mourinho’s third and final campaign at Real in 2012-13, they had been knocked out of the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona had wrapped up the La Liga title when they hosted Atletico in the King’s Cup final at their own Bernabeu stadium. But Miranda’s extra time header secured a 2-1 comeback win for Diego Simeone’s inspired Atletico side in an action-packed and ill-tempered clash in which Mourinho and forward Cristiano Ronaldo were both sent off. “You don’t have to be a magician to tell that the result of the final was not fair, that Atletico is not a just winner,” Mourinho told a post-match news conference.

Now back at Chelsea, Mourinho is seeking to avenge that bitter reverse as he makes his latest bid to become the first manager to win the European Cup with three different teams after triumphing with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010. He and his expensively assembled squad face a stiff task against an Atletico team who are top of La Liga and closing on a first domestic league title since 1996 when a team featuring Simeone won a La Liga and King’s Cup double. Atletico warmed up for Tuesday’s clash with a 2-0 win at home to Elche, while Chelsea slipped to a shock 2-1 home reverse to Premier League strugglers Sunderland, Mourinho’s first league defeat at Stamford Bridge in 78 matches. Mourinho refused to answer questions after the game and appeared to blame the referee for Chelsea’s setback, which severely damaged their title chances, rather than his players. “They did everything they could,” he told a news conference. “They fought, they played from the first to the last second and they deserve that (praise),” added the 51-year-old. “Sometimes we praise them when we win but I think it’s fair to praise

my players after a defeat.”

LOAN DEAL

There has been some doubt over whether Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan from Chelsea, would be able to play against his parent club but Simeone said after the Elche game the Belgium international will feature. As part of the loan deal, the two clubs agreed a penalty clause that meant Atletico would have to pay a hefty fee to deploy Courtois against Chelsea but governing body UEFA said such a clause was against competition rules. “Nobody has said anything to me so as it stands he will play,” Simeone said. “It is not an issue for dialogue as far as we are concerned.” The Cup final defeat to Atletico was the only blemish on Mourinho’s record against them with Real, who won all eight of their other meetings during his tenure. However, Atletico are the only unbeaten side left in the Champions League and have won all five of their home matches in the latest edition, including superb victories against former winners AC Milan and Barca. The winners of the tie will play Real or Bayern Munich in the final in Lisbon on May 24.

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Atletico’s Diego Costa gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Getafe and Atletico Madrid at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, April 13, 2014.


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Messi helps Barcelona end skid, beat Bilbao 2-1 Associated Press Writer

BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi ended Barcelona’s run of three straight losses and kept it in the Spanish league title chase by scoring a late free kick to complete its 2-1 comeback win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Messi’s 75th-minute goal answered some of the criticism the club’s all-time leading scorer had received for his lackluster performances in the team’s recent losses in the league, Champions League and Copa del Rey final. Barcelona was on its way to another defeat when Aritz Aduriz scored in the 50th, provoking a smattering of white handkerchiefs in the Camp Nou stands, but Pedro Rodriguez equalized when he slotted in Alexis Sanchez’s scuffed strike in the 72nd. Barcelona still needed defender Javier Mascherano to block Mikel Rico’s point-blank try in injury time to protect the three points after Cristian Tello had wasted one of numerous opportunities to put the result beyond doubt. “After the first half I thought that this wasn’t to be our day after missing so many chances,” said Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino, whose job probably depends on Barcelona catching Atletico to defend its title. “But we kept fighting. We played with a lot of heart to overcome a difficult week and a game that had turned against us. Messi defends himself on the pitch and I am happy for him.” Barcelona moved provisionally into second place, four points behind leader Atletico Madrid. Madrid is two points behind Barcelona but with a game to play. Messi set up his winner after earning a foul on the edge of the area, and the Argentina forward used his left foot to finally beat Gorka Iraizoz after the goalkeeper had denied him twice. While not exactly his electrifying old self, Messi was active creating scoring chances from the start, but Alexis Sanchez sent Pedro’s pass off the bar from close range in the 38th. Barcelona’s attack was working. Its defense, however, showed the same frailties that have plagued it in the second half of the season. Aduriz’s beautiful bicycle kick crashed into the post before goalkeeper Jose Pinto palmed away Markel Susaeta’s follow-up at the half-hour mark. The patience of Barcelona’s fans began to fray when Bartra lost the ball near his area and Aduriz expertly drove the ball into the corner of the net. And when Messi sent the ball wide one-on-one against Iraizoz a collective groan filled the stadium. But Pedro was finally able to steer the ball in when Dani Alves began a move from the right flank to start Barcelona on its way to a much-needed victory. “We knew that after all the opinions and criticism that we have received that we had to do our job and be professionals,” Mascherano said. “We have to hold on to that small hope that if we win our games we can then see what happens. We can’t just let (Atletico and Madrid) slip up and not be there.” AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, from Argentina, gestures after scoring against Athletic Bilbao during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday April 20, 2014.

Atletico looking to land another blow on Mourinho

River Plate moves into top spot in Argentina

Reuters

Associated Press Writer

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — River Plate moved into top spot in the Argentine first division with a 1-0 win over Velez Sarsfield on Sunday. Teofilo Gutierrez scored in the 30th minute, taking advantage of a mistake by Velez keeper Sebastian Sosa. Sosa’s poor goal kick wound up at the feet of the Colombian, who slotted home from close range. River improved to 27 points from 15 matches, one clear of Estudiantes and Colon. Colon drew 0-0 with Belgrano and Racing won 1-0 at Argentinos Juniors in other matches Sunday. Gimnasia plays Monday against All Boys and could reach 27 points with a victory. River’s victory may have been costly. Gutierrez went off in the 62nd with an injured right knee, and fellow Colombian Eder Alvarez Balanta left a few minutes later with an injured thigh. Gutierrez said he hoped to be back on the field quickly. “Thanks to God and the team, we are where we are,” said Gutierrez, who dedicated the victory to his grandmother in Colombia. “I’m confident everything will be OK and I’ll bounce back from the injury.” In results Saturday: Rosario Central 0, Estudiantes 0; Quilmes 0, Olimpo 1; San Lorenzo 0, Newell’s 0.

PEC Zwolle humbles Ajax 5-1 in Dutch Cup final Associated Press Writer

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — PEC Zwolle won its first Dutch Cup title by stunning Ajax 5-1 in the final Sunday, with Ryan Thomas and Guyon Fernandez scoring two goals each. Ajax had a good start to the match as Ricardo van Rhijn opened the scoring in the fifth minute. But the game was then halted after Ajax fans threw fireworks onto the field, many of them landing around the team’s goal. When play resumed around 30 minutes later, Thomas scored twice in four minutes to silence the Ajax fans. Fernandez followed with a shot under goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer and he headed in the fourth before halftime. Bram van Polen scored the fifth soon after play resumed. Ajax pushed forward for the last 30 minutes but couldn’t pull any closer.

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Manchester United’s manager David Moyes looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday April 20, 2014.

Moyes endures horror return to Everton as Martinez outwits United Reuters

Everton’s past and future collided in a nightmare return to Goodison Park for former manager David Moyes whose Manchester United side were outwitted by his successor Roberto Martinez in a 2-0 defeat on Sunday. The result ended United’s slim hopes of Champions League football next season as Everton stayed firmly in contention for a place in the top four with a clinical victory that highlighted their opponents’ struggles under Moyes. The Scot, who enjoyed 11 successful years at Goodison Park before replacing Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford at the end of last season, was booed by the home fans when he appeared from the tunnel at the start of the game. His fortunes did not improve as Everton took command with a Leighton Baines penalty in the 28th minute following a Phil Jones handball, before the hosts doubled their lead through Kevin Mirallas’s low finish just before the break. Despite controlling possession, a toothless United struggled to carve out any meaningful chances and rarely troubled Everton keeper Tim Howard before falling to their 11th Premier League defeat of the season. “We had a lot the ball, passing, and controlled the majority of the game,” said Moyes, whose side are seventh in the table with 57 points from 34 games. “But we didn’t have a cutting edge and got done on the counter attack. We gave away two dreadful goals.” United fielded the attacking quartet of Shinji Kagawa, Juan Mata, Nani and Wayne Rooney, but lacked a creative spark when they got into Everton territory. Moyes, however, said the wheels were in motion to strenghten the squad for next season. “We couldn’t find the telling pass, or clever play in the final third that makes the difference,” he said. “I thought we did well, were the better team at 2-0 down in the first half. “We’ll do everything we can to win the remaining four games. We are under way with what we are doing to improve next season and try to give ourselves a better chance to compete at the top end of the table.” Martinez again showcased his managerial talents to mastermind a seventh victory in eight matches which kept them one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal with three games to play. The Spaniard, who led Wigan Athletic to FA Cup success last season, has been a revelation since taking over from Moyes and his team have played an attractive and positive style of football which has earned many plaudits. Everton enjoyed just 38 percent possession against United, their lowest of the season, but were rarely troubled by the visitors and Martinez praised their “electrifying” counter-attacking performance. “Sometimes you need to adapt to what you face on the pitch,” he told the BBC. “It was a case of the quality United had on the pitch, we had to be solid, organised and use the dynamic football we have. “The 2-0 lead allowed us to be more economical with our performance. We were very clear in what we had to do and we did that. We were electrifying on the counter.”

MADRID - Atletico Madrid sent Jose Mourinho packing without a major trophy in his final season in Spain and the surprise Champions League semi-finalists are itching to land another blow on the Portuguese coach. Mourinho’s Chelsea play their last four, first leg at the Calderon on Tuesday against an Atletico side riding high in La Liga and through to the semi-finals of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years. In Mourinho’s third and final campaign at Real in 2012-13, they had been knocked out of the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona had wrapped up the La Liga title when they hosted Atletico in the King’s Cup final at their own Bernabeu stadium. But Miranda’s extra time header secured a 2-1 comeback win for Diego Simeone’s inspired Atletico side in an action-packed and ill-tempered clash in which Mourinho and forward Cristiano Ronaldo were both sent off. “You don’t have to be a magician to tell that the result of the final was not fair, that Atletico is not a just winner,” Mourinho told a post-match news conference.

Now back at Chelsea, Mourinho is seeking to avenge that bitter reverse as he makes his latest bid to become the first manager to win the European Cup with three different teams after triumphing with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010. He and his expensively assembled squad face a stiff task against an Atletico team who are top of La Liga and closing on a first domestic league title since 1996 when a team featuring Simeone won a La Liga and King’s Cup double. Atletico warmed up for Tuesday’s clash with a 2-0 win at home to Elche, while Chelsea slipped to a shock 2-1 home reverse to Premier League strugglers Sunderland, Mourinho’s first league defeat at Stamford Bridge in 78 matches. Mourinho refused to answer questions after the game and appeared to blame the referee for Chelsea’s setback, which severely damaged their title chances, rather than his players. “They did everything they could,” he told a news conference. “They fought, they played from the first to the last second and they deserve that (praise),” added the 51-year-old. “Sometimes we praise them when we win but I think it’s fair to praise

my players after a defeat.”

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There has been some doubt over whether Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan from Chelsea, would be able to play against his parent club but Simeone said after the Elche game the Belgium international will feature. As part of the loan deal, the two clubs agreed a penalty clause that meant Atletico would have to pay a hefty fee to deploy Courtois against Chelsea but governing body UEFA said such a clause was against competition rules. “Nobody has said anything to me so as it stands he will play,” Simeone said. “It is not an issue for dialogue as far as we are concerned.” The Cup final defeat to Atletico was the only blemish on Mourinho’s record against them with Real, who won all eight of their other meetings during his tenure. However, Atletico are the only unbeaten side left in the Champions League and have won all five of their home matches in the latest edition, including superb victories against former winners AC Milan and Barca. The winners of the tie will play Real or Bayern Munich in the final in Lisbon on May 24.

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Atletico’s Diego Costa gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Getafe and Atletico Madrid at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, April 13, 2014.


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Penglipuran IBP BANGLI - A pleasant, cool village with breathtaking views is located not far from the road to Bangli from Kintamani. It is only some 700 meters above sea level. There is a traditional village called Penglipuran that belongs to the administrative regency of Kubu. There are different versions of the meaning of Penglipuran, One version says that the word Penglipuran is philologically derived from two words, pengeling literally means remembrance and pura means temple. The villagers formerly migrated from the village of Bayung Gede near Kintamani. To remember their original village and beloved ancestors, they then built the same temple as their own at Bayung Gede village. The layout of this completely unique village is like a ‘housing complex’ where the space arrangement is neat and carefully designed. It is quite different from other villages in general. This village stretches from the north to the south following the direction of the mountain. The village temple is located on the highest point and at the end of the village. Nearly all the main houses still use the traditional roof of artistic bamboo blades with walls painted in natural colors like that of soil. And each compound consistently maintains the original design of the versatile bale (pavilion). Walking along the spacious paved street in the middle of the traditional village and small garden along the telajakan (the space between the compound and the street) will give you the impression o fa beautiful park. The village looks neat as there are no high rise buildings. It is the harmonious combination of a traditional concept with modern techniques. When you see the uniform kori (entrance gate) with a bamboo roof you will be reminded that it is a traditional village. This kind of structure is now widely adopted for tourist accommodation.

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Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters Associated Press Writer

MONACO — Stanislas Wawrinka showed that his first Grand Slam title wasn’t a fluke, upstaging his more illustrious countryman to add a maiden Masters trophy in Monte Carlo on Sunday. Wawrinka came from a set down to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final, another milestone in the late-blooming 29-year-old’s career. Having beaten Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to his Australian Open victory this year, Wawrinka showed again he can compete with the best by earning just his second career victory against Federer in the first all-Swiss ATP final in 14 years. “When I go into a match against them, I think I can beat them. I’m on the court to win,” Wawrinka said. “I’m more consistent and I have better results. The difference is that now I have more trust in myself.” Wawrinka, whose ranking has climbed to third, has won all three finals he’s played this year. “It

already changed last year when I start to first make my first quarter in French Open, final in Madrid, my first semifinal in U.S. Open,” he

said. “I start to realize I am able to beat all the players. That’s what I am doing this year and I’m doing well.” Djokovic, hampered by a sore right wrist, lost to Federer in the semifinals, while eight-time champion Nadal was beaten by David Ferrer in the quarters. That opened the way for Wawrinka, but he still had to get past 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who held a mighty 13-1 advantage over him before the final. “When I came here, for me it was more like a test,” Wawrinka said. “I knew I was playing good tennis.” The fourth-seeded Federer, who accepted a wild card invitation to play in the tournament, was also looking to win the Monte Carlo tournament for the first time after losing his three previous finals here to Nadal from 2006-08.

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Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) goes up for a shot against the Houston Rockets during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Houston. The Trail Blazers won 122-120 in overtime.

Aldridge leads Portland over Houston 122-120 in OT Associated Press Writer

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HOUSTON — LaMarcus Aldridge scored a club playoff record 46 points before he fouled out, leaving Damian Lillard to put the finishing touches on Portland’s 122-120 win over Houston Rockets in a thrilling first-round series opener on Sunday. Aldridge fouled out with about a minute left in overtime and Lillard, who was making his playoff debut, scored Portland’s next five points and put the Trail Blazers on top by one point with a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left. “When you’ve got your best player playing like that, it fires you up,” said Lillard, who finished with 31 points. “When he went out of the game, I felt like our team ... had to come through for him.” Aldridge also had 18 rebounds and two blocks. “He’s been a handful for us all year long,” Houston coach Kevin McHale said. “We just didn’t have any answers for him.” James Harden and Dwight Howard each scored 27 points for Houston, and Howard grabbed 15

rebounds. Houston could have tied it, but Harden missed a short jump shot at the buzzer. He had missed a 3-pointer on Houston’s second-tolast possession. “I’ve got to shake it off,’ Harden said, “but it will be better in Game 2.” Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston. In other playoff series openers, Nene dominated with 24 points and Trevor Ariza scored 18 as the Washington Wizards rallied from 13 points down to beat the Bulls 102-93 in Chicago, while LeBron James scored 27 points and Dwyane Wade added 23 as Miami beat Charlotte 99-88. The Spurs had a 90-85 win over the Mavericks at San Antonio, with Tim Duncan scoring 27 points. The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5½ minutes during a late stretch, their lone field goal coming as time expired. Tony Parker had 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas.


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16-year-old survives in wheel well of US flight

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

INDONESIA Prabowo edges closer to presidential race

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In this Feb. 14, 2014 photo, visitors rest near sculptures at Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province.

Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension Associated Press Writer

NANJING, China — Strolling through China’s sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound. “Japan is a country without credibility. They pretend to be friendly, but they can’t be trusted,” Qi Houjie said as a frigid wind swept the austere plaza of the Nanking Massacre Memorial Hall. Across the waters, Japanese visiting a Shinto shrine in Tokyo that enshrines 14 convicted war criminals among 2.5 million war dead say they’re tired of Chinese harping, underscoring a gradual hardening of attitudes toward their neighbor. China criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday for having a “wrong attitude to history” after he sent a traditional offering to Yasukuni Shrine at the start of a 3-day spring festival. “Yasukuni Shrine is a damaging element to Japan’s relations with its neighbors,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said. “It is a negative asset for Japan. If the Japanese leaders are willing to continue carrying this negative asset on their back, the negative asset will become increasingly heavier.” Such statements don’t sit well with Ayumi Shiraishi, a 28-yearold hotel employee who decided to see Yasukuni on a recent trip to the Japanese capital. “The harsher they criticize, the more strongly I feel it’s not their business,” she said of the Chinese. “It’s a matter of the prime

minister’s belief, as he has said, and there is nothing wrong with that.” The Tokyo shrine and the memorial hall in Nanjing, as Nanking is now called, are physical embodiments of divergent views of history that still strain China-Japan relations, 70 years after the war. They complicate America’s objective of maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific, as President Barack Obama starts a four-country Asian tour in Japan this week. The implications are potentially serious, particularly over contested uninhabited islands called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. Following Japan’s nationalization of the islands in September 2012, violent protests targeting Japanese businesses and brands broke out in many Chinese cities, inadvertently underscoring the vital economic relationship between the sides that continues to defy the political chill. More recently, Abe set off a diplomatic firestorm by visiting Yasukuni in December. Soon after, newly installed officials at public broadcaster NHK drew fire when

one denied the Nanking massacre — in which China claims 300,000 civilians and disarmed soldiers were murdered — happened and another downplayed the Imperial Army’s use of sex slaves, an issue that has chilled Japan’s relations with South Korea too. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called those statements “regrettable” and said they don’t represent the government’s views. The government apologized to the former sex slaves in 1993 and more generally for its “colonial rule and aggression” on the 50th anniversary of the end of the World War II in 1995. Such explanations carry little weight among a Chinese public raised on highly negative portrayals of Japan. No perceived slight is too obscure to go unnoticed. When a smiling Abe posed in a fighter jet last year, Chinese observers were quick to note that the plane was marked 731, the number of a notorious wartime chemical and biological weapons unit. Abe’s office said it was pure coincidence.

HONOLULU — A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet (11,500 meters) and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. “Kid’s lucky to be alive,” Simon said. Simon said security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning. The teen had run away from his family after an argument, Simon said. When the flight landed in Maui, the boy hopped down from the wheel well and started wandering around the airport grounds, he said. “He was unconscious for the lion’s share of the flight,” Simon said. The flight lasted about 5½ hours. Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle said airline personnel noticed the boy on the ramp after the flight arrived and immediately notified airport security. “Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived,” Croyle said. Simon said the boy was medically screened and found to be unharmed. “Doesn’t even remember the flight,” Simon said. “It’s amazing he survived that.” A call and email message to a Mineta San Jose International Airport spokeswoman were not immediately returned. Officials at Kahului Airport referred questions to the State Department of Transportation, which did not return a phone call seeking comment. A Transportation Security Agency spokesman who declined to be named referred questions to the FBI and airport authorities. The boy will not be charged and was referred to child protective services, Simon said. In August, a 13- or 14-year-old boy in Nigeria survived a 35minute trip in the wheel well of a domestic flight after stowing away. Authorities credited the flight’s short duration. Others stowing away in wheel wells have died, including a 16-year-old killed after stowing away aboard a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Boston in 2010 and a man who fell onto a suburban London street from a flight from Angola in 2012.

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A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014.

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A nurse is tidying bed for election candidates that having mental health problem due to election result in one of hospitals in Indonesia.

Mental health problems plague election hopefuls

Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - His body shaking violently, Sofyan screamed loudly as a traditional healer sought to calm the Indonesian election candidate, one of a growing number seeking treatment for mental health problems after polls last week. “Don’t take my votes away. I have spent so much money,” he shouted, as the healer chanted softly and poured water mixed with flowers over his body. Many of the approximately 230,000 candidates running for seats in local and national legislatures across the world’s biggest archipelago nation invested huge amounts of their own money to fund campaigns, but some are now paying an even greater price. Some become stressed or depressed at the prospect of losing everything while others appear to have suffered more severely, such as one who reportedly went stealing his neighbours’ sandals before taking refuge up a coconut tree. “They have lost their money, land, houses, and one candidate even lost his wife to another man because he was too busy campaigning,” said Muhammad Muzakkin, from a traditional healing centre on main Java island, who has treated 51 candidates for stress in the past week. Many are willing to take the risk however as the rewards from gaining office in Indonesia can be huge - a businessman will find it is easier for his company to win

contracts if he is also a politician, and there is ample opportunity to get rich by accepting bribes in a country with a notoriously corrupt political culture. The lack of campaign funding from parties means that people seeking to run for office in Indonesia generally have to provide money, a huge undertaking that many underestimate before launching their political careers. Sofyan, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, sold two motorcycles and took out loans to raise more than 300 million rupiah ($26,000) to fund his campaign for a local parliament seat in Cirebon district, in West Java province. Official results are not released until May but his political team believes he may be on course to win the seat for the Democratic Party of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Nevertheless, he is worried something will go wrong and the prospect that such a huge sum of money could have gone to waste has sent him tumbling into an abyss of depression. Other candidates lose their tempers when they believe they

have lost, with some storming polling stations and making off with ballot boxes while one angrily demanded the return of donations he had made to a local mosque. Psychiatric units at hospitals have said they are ready to treat depressed candidates but many seek help from traditional healers in a country where indigenous beliefs remain strong. Muzakkin from the clinic on Java said that healers there were using prayers to “shoo away the genies” plaguing depressed candidates, many of whom are at a very low ebb when they arrive. “One man threw a tantrum and stripped himself naked so he had to be put in an isolation room,” he said. The problem has started to concern the government to such a degree that it wants to amend legislation so that candidates are required to undergo a mental health check before they can run in elections. Eka Viora, the health ministry’s director of mental health, said that the elections could be a “disaster” for candidates, particularly those who lose.

JAKARTA - Former general Prabowo Subianto, who has struggled to shake off accusations of human rights abuses, received the backing of Indonesia’s oldest Islamic party on Friday, bringing him close to being able to run in the July 9 presidential election. None of the major parties, including Prabowo’s Gerindra party, won enough votes in the April 9 parliamentary election in the world’s third-largest democracy to be able to nominate a presidential candidate alone, forcing them to team up with smaller parties. He is currently running a distant second in opinion polls for the presidency behind hugely popular Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo whose Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P) won the most votes in the parliamentary election and has teamed up with another more moderate Muslim party to ensure he can run for president. Indonesia is home to the world’s biggest Muslim population but populist parties dominate politics. However, Islamic parties did better than expected in the parliamentary election, giving them some more leverage in the subsequent horse-trading to nominate presidential candidates. “PPP (the United Development Party) considers Prabowo the right figure to lead Indonesia towards a better country,” party chairman Suryadharma Ali told reporters after talks with the former son-in-law of long-time autocratic ruler Suharto. Ali is the religious affairs minister in the outgoing government which has come under criticism for failing to curb intolerance against minority religions. Ali’s own party had been split in support for Prabowo and media reports said he had expelled several top party members for trying to oust him for his very public support of the ex-general. Prabowo still needs to tie up with another party to ensure his candidacy. Prabowo bills himself as a strong leader and his party has issued a detailed election platform that is heavily nationalist. It puts strong focus on lifting up the agricultural sector which is the biggest single source of employment but where incomes are mostly low and production often inefficient. The son of one of the country’s most prominent economists, Prabowo has been accused of human rights abuses during the unrest that led to Suharto’s downfall in 1998, allegations he denies. Much of the current election speculation is now focused on who the popular Jakarta governor will pick as his running mate.

Indonesia wants to host the Asian Games Associated Press

JAKARTA — Indonesia has the will and the funds to stage the 2019 Asian Games, a government minister confirmed Sunday as regional organizers scrambled for a host to replace Vietnam. The 2019 event was due to be staged in Hanoi but the Vietnamese government last week announced it would withdraw as host, citing a lack of money and the potential damage to its reputation if the event — second only to the Summer Olympics in terms of the number of athletes competing — was a flop. Indonesia, with the largest economy in Southeast Asia, was runnerup in the initial bidding process for the games. “We have been waiting for this opportunity for decades and don’t want to wait for another decade,” Indonesia’s youth and sport minister Roy Suryo told The Associated Press late Sunday. “Indonesia is ready and there will be no problem with funds.” Suryo said the games could be held in Surabaya, the country’s second largest city. But in a measure of the potential problems ahead, Indonesia Olympic Committee chairwoman Rita Subowo questioned whether the government had enough time to properly prepare. “The government should realize that Surabaya will only be ready to host the Youth Games in 2021, not in 2019,” Subowo said She also noted that a new government would be elected later this year that might not agree to pay for the games, injecting more uncertainty into the bid. The cost of hosting the event depends on how much infrastructure needs to be built or upgraded. Vietnam would have needed to spend at least $500 million, economists and experts have said. Subowo said an Olympic Council of Asia team would visit Indonesia early next month to assess its suitability to host the games.


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Road of BangliPenelokan tourism stripe crack

Europe’s mergers and acquisitions market heats up Agence France-Presse PARIS - Europe’s mergers and acquisitions market is rebounding after years in the doldrums, as improving market sentiment is prompting companies to spend piles of cash built up during the financial crisis. A flurry of new deals have been announced in the past month alone, including Numericable’s purchase of Vivendi’s SFR mobile phone unit in France, the merger of Swiss cement group Holcim and French rival Lafarge and the tie-up of Sopra and Steria to create a new French technology services giant. British companies have also been on the move, with mobile phone giant Vodafone launching a 7.2-billion-euro purchase of Spanish cable operator Ono and private equity firm CVC capital taking a controlling stake in Spanish olive oil producer Deoleo. And German private equity group Triton bought French engineering giant Alstom’s boiler and heat transfer equipment unit for 730 million euros ($1 billion). “Activity has been gathering pace since the start of the year, globally, in Europe and now in France. The first quarter was very strong in terms of announcements,” said Fabien Laurenceau, a strategist equity analysis at Aurel BGC. Worldwide, the value of deals announced in the first three months of the year jumped 26 percent to $637 billion compared to 2013, the best start to the year since 2007, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Two of the world’s biggest investment banks -- Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley -- this week reported better-than-expected first-quarter results, buoyed by a rebound of profits in their M&A advisory arms. The rise in deals has been driven, in part, by the huge war chest of ready money built up by companies during the global financial crisis which erupted in 2008. Consultancy Deloitte in January estimated that the world’s top 1,000 firms had accumulated about $2.8 trillion of cash on their balance sheets as they waited out the storm in financial markets. A KPMG survey of over 1,000 dealmakers earlier this year found that almost two-thirds were expecting to launch bids during 2014, mainly because of the size of their reserves. Of that, 29 percent of respondents believe that western Europe will have the most active mergers and acquisitions market worldwide this year -- the same amount as in China. “The European debt crisis is creating many opportunities,” said KPMG managing director Phil Isom in the report. Rising equity market valuations have also given bosses of stable companies more opportunities to take on debt and pounce on weaker rivals, according to Laurenceau.

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Condition of the main roads section connecting Bangli to Kintamani often reaps complaints. Aside from having many potholes, a number of road sections in the path towards the tourist attraction of Penelokan, Kintamani, has also cracked and been bumpy.

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 file photo, recruiter Valera Kulow, left, speaks with job seeker Leonardo Vitiello during a career fair in Dallas. Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring U.S. businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association of Business Economics.

Higher costs pressured US businesses in 1Q Associated Press

NEW YORK — Rising costs for materials and labor appear to be pressuring U.S. businesses, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association of Business Economics. During the first quarter of the year, 31 percent of businesses surveyed reported higher material costs, more than double the 15 percent that saw costs rise in the previous survey. Additionally, 35 percent reported rising wages and salaries at their businesses in the past three months, up from 23 percent in January. Yet those who said they raised the prices they charge in the past three months remained unchanged at 20 percent, according to the latest NABE survey of 72 members, which was conducted between March 18 and April 1. “It appears that businesses were not able to pass on costs increases, resulting in increased pressure on margins,” the survey findings said.

The quarterly survey by NABE is intended to gauge business conditions at members’ firms or industries. The April survey reflects first quarter results, as well as the near-term outlook. Despite the cost pressures, businesses seem more upbeat about the direction of the broader economy. The survey found that 80 percent said they expect the GDP to rise at least 2 percent over the next year. Nearly three-quarters also said they expect labor market conditions to improve, with unemployment easing to between 5 percent and 6 percent in the next one to three years. And over the next six months, 43 percent of respondents expect their firms to expand employment. Still, a majority expect wage growth to

remain subdued, with growth of up to 3 percent over the next three years. The number of businesses that reported rising sales in the first quarter fell to 53 percent, down from 63 percent in the previous quarter. Jack Kleinhenz, president of NABE and chief economist at the National Retail Federation, attributed the decline to “a very rough winter” in a statement. Capital spending rose for 38 percent of respondents, up from 28 percent in January. Meanwhile, those reporting rising profit margins during the period declined slightly to 32 percent, from 34 percent in the previous survey. Looking ahead to the coming quarter, 41 percent said they expect costs to increase up to 5 percent. Whether they’ll be able to pass that on to customers is uncertain; 31 percent said they expect their businesses to raise prices. That’s down from the 43 percent who said they planned to raise prices in January, but still an elevated level from most of last year.

KINTAMANI - Condition of the main roads section connecting Bangli to Kintamani often reaps complaints. Aside from having many potholes, a number of road sections in the path towards the tourist attraction of Penelokan, Kintamani, has also cracked and been bumpy. Although it is quite disturbing the smoothness and endangers road users, so far there has been no visible improvement efforts made to repair the damaged road. Based on observation, a number of points in the path looked to crack. It particularly happened on the track in the east to the Penelokan tourist attraction. All this time, the

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government just did patchwork technique on a number of those potholes. However, the repair by such a technique could not long survive so that it caused the road

to crack. Such condition forced the road users to be more careful when passing, considering the condition was quite hazardous. Such poor road condition was recognized by Deputy Chairman of the Bangli House, Nyoman Basma. This people’s representative from Suter, Kintamani, admitted that the road to Penelokan was damaged and needed a repair. According to him, the damage of the road leading to Kintamani tourist area was accelerated by the frequent passing trucks that transported quarry materials.

Responding to such condition, he hoped the cracked and bumpy road could be repaired as soon as possible. Moreover, it was the path of tourism and should not be let be getting more damaged and tarnish the tourism image of Kintamani considered to have been shabby. “If this condition is abandoned, it is worried that travelers will disseminate the shabby condition so they will finally leave Kintamani. Hopefully, our provincial government can immediately fix the road, not just patch it,” he said.

Similar matter was once expressed by a legislator from Kintamani, Nyoman Adnyana. He was really concerned about the condition at a few tourism lines in Bangli. Other than on the BangliPenelokan road section, condition of the provincial road along SusutBangli also looked the same. He hoped the provincial government could immediately cope with the condition. Moreover, the number of provincial roads in Bangli County was not too much compared to other counties in Bali. (ina)

HIV/AIDS in Buleleng reaches 1,992 cases

SINGARAJA - Increasing cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) become a serious problem for Buleleng. In March 2014, a total of 25 new cases of HIV/AIDS were discovered. It is inseparable from the result of people living with HIV/AIDS who have a free lifestyle and promiscuity. Whether being realized or not, the AIDS mitigation commission (KPA) of Buleleng has recorded 1,992 HIV cases in Buleleng County. The increase in Buleleng averagely reached 20 cases per month. Transmission of the HIV/AIDS has tendency to be caused by heterosexual intercourse without using a safety tools. Another cause is the use of unsterile needles in turn. Deputy Regent of Buleleng, Nyoman Sutjidra, said the development

of HIV/AIDS continued to indicate increasing graph every month. Even, in February 2014 the figure reached 1,967 cases. The increasing HIV/ AIDS case in Buleleng was not a good indication, but should be taken seriously by the government, while the public had to be aware of the hazards of the HIV/AIDS. “The number of people living with HIV is increasing. This condition resembles an iceberg phenomenon, where it looks small from a distance but is really bigger at the bottom. Volunteers for providing assistance continue to be spread to some areas to perform socialization as well as prevention in the areas considered vulnerable enough to transmission of the HIV/ AIDS,” he said. Everyone was vulnerable to be affected by HIV/AIDS. Development of this virus did not know any boundaries of age and occupation of a person. Sutjidra added that a total of 347

housewives and children in Buleleng had been affected by ferocity of this virus. Furthermore, two of them died last March. Some mitigation efforts had been taken seriously such as socialization by involving people group who cared for the AIDS. Some of the groups included the student group caring for AIDS and drugs (KSPAN), village AIDS care cadre (KDPA), and several NGOs. “The problem of HIV/ AIDS is shared responsibility, let’s keep family and children away from promiscuity and drugs, so that HIV/ AIDS can be avoided,” he added. All the volunteers are actively spread to provide socialization, assistance to prevention. The number of volunteers reaches 400 people and work in every area in Buleleng County. The HIV/AIDS case has continued to increase from January 2014, where in January had reached 1,931 cases, in February (1,967 cases) and in March (1,992 cases). (dgk)

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Increasing cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) become a serious problem for Buleleng.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Feed a deer, bitten by Komodo dragon

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A ranger in charge in the Komodo National Park was rushed to Sanglah Hospital, Sunday (Apr 20) by harbor ambulance after being bitten by a Komodo dragon at his right leg. The officer named Tarsan, 47, arrived around two o’clock in the afternoon and immediately got treatment in Emergency Room of Sanglah Hospital. According to his wife, Siti Nur, the incident took place early morning around 06:30 a.m. Local Time. At that time, Tarsan was feeding a deer on Loh Baru Island in the south of Rinca Island, Labuan Bajo.

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Pro-Russian armed men walk past activists hanging up a “Donetsk Republic” flag outside the mayor’s office in Slaviansk, April 21, 2014. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday accused Ukraine of violating an accord reached in Geneva last week aimed at averting a wider conflict.

The officer of Komodo National Park which was bitten by the komodo dragon IBP/File

Condition of Maria Cultural Hall in Tabanan worrying Bali Post

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TABANAN - Condition of the Ketut Maria cultural hall located on Jalan Gunung Agung, Tabanan, is increasingly apprehensive. At some parts of the building built by the Tabanan government as a tribute and people for the services extended by the artist I Ketut Maria look damaged. Even, a number of roofs seem to have hollowed. Besides, the floor of the building also looks to exfoliate, walls have been porous, ceiling perforates and floors of the overhang collapses. These conditions are then completed with toilet sanitation that is not well maintained on a regular basis. Sometimes it is easy to smell of urine because the water does not flow. More seriously, two statues of the Oleg Tamulilingan dancers have been mossy and fragile. Even, the hand of one of the statutes has vanished. The cultural hall has been frequently used for a variety of activities either in the subdistrict, county or provincial level. However, condition of the cultural hall seems to get no attention at all. Similarly, it never gets any touch of improvement from the Tabanan government. When the building condition of the Ketut Maria cultural hall was confirmed to the Tabanan Sanitation

and Landscaping Agency (DKP), in fact the rehabilitation was just a planning. “We have made a rehabilitation plan of the building, including the detailed engineering design (DED). However, we find obstacle in the matter of funding so that we cannot confirm it. Simply ask to the Regional Development Planning Agency (Bappeda),” said the Head of DKP Tabanan, I GN Supanji, Sunday (Apr 20). In addition, his party was also attempting in order that central government could provide funding for the rehabilitation. Even, the working unit of the Bali Public Works had been reviewing the condition of the building located in the west of the town park. “For the time being, this year we just get assistance for the paving block installation in front of the Tabanan Palace,” added Supanji. Just a reminder, the building was established as a cultural center, especially for the performance of creation dances. This building has frequently hosted the art performances and competitions of Kebyar Duduk Dance and Oleg Tamulilingan Dance created by I Ketut Maria that have been well known overseas. The Ketut Maria cultural hall is located about 26 km west of Denpasar and will take you about 40 minutes by car. (kmb28)

Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

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Group concerned for activist missing in Thailand

Associated Press Writer

When he was absorbed in feeding the deer, Tarsan did not realize if a Komodo dragon came nearby. Position of the Komodo dragon was right behind Tarsan so that he did not see the arrival of the ancient animal. Suddenly, the right calf of Tarsan was directly bitten. Luckily there were colleagues who saw the incident and helped Tarsan release from the Komodo dragon bite and drove it away. As a result of the bite, his right calf was torn. He was then rushed to Labuan Bajo public health center by speedboat. Around 08:30 a.m. the victim got standard treatment and he was then referred to Sanglah Hospital to get further treatment. “At 12:00 a.m., we set off on a plane to Bali and were directly picked up with ambulance to Sanglah Hospital,” said Siti. Until Sunday, Tarsan was still under treatment. His wound was treated and given antibiotics to prevent infection. (san)

The damage Maria Building in Tabanan Regency

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BANGKOK — An international human rights group urged Thai authorities on Monday to investigate the disappearance of a prominent environmental activist. Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen, known as “Billy,” was detained in Petchaburi province’s Kaengkrachan National Park on Thursday for carrying illegal wild honey and has not been seen since shortly after he was released. He was en route at the time to meet ethnic Karen villagers and activists in preparation for an upcoming lawsuit that accuses park officials of burning and destroying the homes and property of more than 20 families in the area. “National parks should be a place to enjoy natural beauty and serene vistas, not a place for officials to abuse people,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “So long as Billy’s

whereabouts are unknown, a sense of fear will stalk the park communities demanding their rights.” Park chief Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn said that the activist was released because the illegal honey he was allegedly carrying was deemed a petty offence. A witness contacted by The Associated Press, Issara Seuksahet, confirmed Billy was freed and was last seen Thursday riding a yellow motorcycle in the rain. Police Col. Woradet Suanklaai said that a missing person complaint has been filed but Billy’s whereabouts remained unknown. Human Rights Watch said that Chaiwat himself was under investigation for allegedly masterminding the killing of an activist from Billy’s network in 2011, who had helped ethnic Karen villagers report on abuses, violence, illegal logging, and poaching allegedly committed by park officials.

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KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - An agreement reached last week to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering as the new week began, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. Washington says it will hold Moscow responsible and impose new economic sanctions if the separatists do not clear out of government buildings they have occupied across swathes of eastern Ukraine over the past two weeks. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was due in Kiev later on Monday. Kiev and Moscow traded accusations over a deadly shooting on Easter Sunday morning, when at least three people were killed at a checkpoint manned by armed separatists. Moscow and its separatist allies accused Ukrainian nationalists of attacking the checkpoint; Kiev said Russia had provoked the violence. In a later incident, the Ukrainian defence ministry said gunmen on motorcycles fired on an army checkpoint between Donetsk and Slaviansk shortly after dark on Sunday. The troops opened fire, wounding one attacker and capturing two, it said. Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States signed off on an agreement in Geneva on Thursday, designed to lower tension in the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War. The agreement calls for occupied buildings to be vacated under the auspices of envoys from the Organization for Security and

Cooperation in Europe, a security body. All sides are meant to refrain from force. But no sooner had the accord been signed than both sides accused the other of breaking it, while the pro-Moscow rebels said the pledge to withdraw from occupied buildings was not binding on them. “Steps are being taken - above all by those who seized power in Kiev - not only that do not fulfil, but that crudely violate the Geneva agreement,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, describing the attack on the separatist checkpoint as a crime. President Vladimir Putin overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy by announcing last month that Russia has the right to intervene on the territory of its neighbours to protect Russian speakers. He then seized and annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. Moscow has since massed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border, and

Kiev and its Western allies say Russian agents are directing the uprising in the east, including the “green men” - heavily armed, masked gunmen in unmarked uniforms. In his latest move, likely to be seen by the West as a further threat to the post-Cold War order, Putin signed a law on Monday making it easier for Russian speakers across the former Soviet Union to obtain Russian citizenship. Eastern Ukraine is largely Russian speaking and many residents are deeply suspicious of the pro-European government that took power in Kiev in February when Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich fled the country after mass protests. Separatists have declared an independent “People’s Republic of Donetsk” in the east’s biggest province and have named themselves to official posts in towns and cities, setting up checkpoints and flying Russian flags over government buildings.

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Former Police Lt. Gen. Somkid Boonthanom arrives at Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand Monday , March 31, 2014.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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NASA: Engineer vital to 1969 moon landing dies Associated Press Writer

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This undated combo photo, provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shows corn residue after grain harvest, left, adjacent to a field section where corn residue was baled and removed after grain harvest in Jefferson County, Neb.

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA’s successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Maine of complications from Parkinson’s disease, his son-in-law Tucker Withington confirmed Saturday. As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely. His efforts in the early 1960s are largely credited with convincing NASA to focus on the launch of a module carrying a crew from lunar orbit, rather than a rocket from Earth or a spacecraft while orbiting the planet. Houbolt argued that a lunar orbit rendezvous, or lor, would not only be less mechanically and financially onerous than building a huge rocket to take man to the moon or launching a craft while orbiting the Earth, but it also was the only option to meet President John F. Kennedy’s challenge before the end of the decade. NASA describes “the bold step of skipping proper channels” that Houbolt took by pushing the issue in a private letter in 1961 to an incoming administrator. “Do we want to go to the moon or not?” Houbolt asks. “... why is a much less grandiose scheme involving rendezvous ostracized or put on the defensive? I fully realize that contacting you in this manner is somewhat unorthodox, but the issues at stake are crucial enough to us all that an unusual course is warranted.” Houbolt started his career with NASA’s predecessor in 1942, served in the Army Corps of Engineers and worked in an aeronautical research and consulting firm before returning to NASA in 1976 as chief aeronautical scientist. He retired in 1985 but continued private consulting work. Houbolt earned degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned a doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich in 1957.

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WASHINGTON — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight climate change. A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline. While biofuels are better in the long run, the study says they won’t meet a standard set in a 2007 energy law to qualify as renewable fuel. The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law. About half of the initial market in cellulosics is expected to be derived from corn residue. The biofuel industry and administration officials immediately criticized the research as flawed. They said it was too simplistic in its analysis of carbon loss from soil, which can vary over a single field, and vastly overestimated how much residue farmers actually would remove once the market gets underway. “The core analysis depicts an extreme scenario that

no responsible farmer or business would ever employ because it would ruin both the land and the long-term supply of feedstock. It makes no agronomic or business sense,” said Jan Koninckx, global business director for biorefineries at DuPont. Later this year the company is scheduled to finish a $200 millionplus facility in Nevada, Iowa, that will produce 30 million gallons (114 million liters) of cellulosic ethanol using corn residue from nearby farms. An assessment paid for by DuPont said that the ethanol it will produce there could be more than 100 percent better than gasoline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. The research is among the first to attempt to quantify, over 12 Corn Belt states, how much carbon is lost to the atmosphere when the stalks, leaves and cobs that make

up residue are removed and used to make biofuel, instead of left to naturally replenish the soil with carbon. The study found that regardless of how much corn residue is taken off the field, the process contributes to global warming. “I knew this research would be contentious,” said Adam Liska, the lead author and an assistant professor of biological systems engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I’m amazed it has not come out more solidly until now.” The Environmental Protection Agency’s own analysis, which assumed about half of corn residue would be removed from fields, found that fuel made from corn residue, also known as stover, would meet the standard in the energy law. That standard requires cellulosic biofuels to release 60 percent less carbon pollution than gasoline.

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File-This Oct. 9, 2003, file photo shows John C. Houbolt explaining the size of different rockets required to launch various methods for landing on the moon at Grainger Engineering Library in Urbana, Ill.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Fifth mass vaccination held to become rabies-free

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DENPASAR - The fifth mass vaccination program against rabies has been ongoing across the Island of Bali since April 15, targeting 350 thousand stray dogs as part of the government’s efforts to make Bali free from rabies. Bali has resolved to become rabies-free by the year 2015, in order to maintain its reputation as the world’s most famous resort island. Nationally, the central government has targeted the entire country to be rabies-free by 2020. Over the past few years, Bali authorities have routinely carried out mass vaccination programs against rabies, targeting strays, as well as domestic dogs. Officially launched in Gunung Sari village, Seririt, Buleleng District, where several dog bite cases were reported recently, the fifth mass vaccination program is to continue until July 31. “We have deployed 90 staff members during the ongoing mass vaccination program,” Putu Sumantra, the head of the Bali animal husbandry and health office, said recently. A total of 120 thousand doses of vaccines have been distributed across nine districts in Bali, while 250 thousand more doses were scheduled to arrive soon. The system being applied during the vaccination campaign is different from the ones used in previous campaigns. This time, officers are targeting stray dogs wandering in hilly and mountainous areas, and puppies, which were not vaccinated before. Vaccinations will also be given to puppies as young as two weeks to protect and strengthen their immunity. “Cats and monkeys that we encounter will also be vaccinated, but they are not our targets, because our main targets are dogs,” he reiterated. He called upon the cooperation of the local residents to help make the rabies-free Bali program a success. In several villages in Buleleng, the vaccination program has began April 7. Since January 2014, 17 dogs have been found infected with rabies in seven districts in Bali, including six cases in Buleleng. This was a significant decrease, given that last year 44 dogs were infected with rabies, particularly in Buleleng, Jembrana and Bangli. The first fatal rabies case in Bali was found in 2008. Since then, the disease has claimed 146 lives. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s Crisis Management Centre for Animal Health conducted a mission to Bali in December of 2008. Since 2011, FAO has been supporting Indonesia in working to rapidly control the deadly rabies virus on the island, through an innovative strategy centered on comprehensive mass vaccinations of dogs. “This was to be achieved by es-

tablishing an effective programme to coordinate and facilitate rabies control with government agencies and partner organizations,” FAO said on its official website. As a result of the programme, human rabies cases were reduced from eleven per month in 2010 to just one per month the following year. Following a mass vaccination of dogs, there was another major reduction in 2012 and 2013, bringing the number of reported cases down to only one human case in all of 2013. The previous four mass vaccination programs, which were organized in 2010, vaccinated 95 percent of targeted dogs. “The model developed in Bali is now being modified as appropriate and used in other affected parts of Indonesia to progressively control and eliminate the virus from the entire country,” the FAO added. In line with the Agriculture Ministry’s Regulation No. 1696/2008, Bali has been labeled a mad dog disease quarantine area. Animal smuggling violates the Bali Governor Regulation No. 88/2008 and the Law No. 16/1992. “According to the regulation, animals, such as dogs, cats, and monkeys, which could carry the rabies virus, are banned from entering Bali. The regulation is still effective and has not yet been revoked,” he emphasized. However, to create a rabies-free Bali is not without a price. Recently, 31 expensive dogs, from breeds such as Siberian Husky, Pomeranian, miniature Pomeranian, and Leci, were euthanized by officers of the Gilimanuk agricultural quarantine, Jembrana district. The dogs, worth hundreds of millions of rupiah, were smuggled from Java to Bali on April 11, and they were euthanized after no one claimed their ownership after 24 hours, Ida Bagus Eka Ludra of the Bali Agricultural Quarantine Office reported. Two Persian cats and several birds, which were also smuggled onto the island the same day, were returned to Java, since the identity of their owners were known. He pointed out that the animals smuggled into Bali were not automatically euthanized. The authorities will wait 24 hours to obtain the necessary documents, before returning the animals to their places of origin or culling them if no one claimed ownership.

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Lately, the rice fields around the tourist area of Lovina, Buleleng, are getting narrower. Many productive rice fields are now converted into buildings.

Green belt violations rampant at Lovina area

Bali Post

BULELENG - Lately, the rice fields around the tourist area of Lovina, Buleleng, are getting narrower. Many productive rice fields are now converted into buildings. Interestingly, the converted wetland is not transformed into tourist accommodation, but predominantly into settlement area, shop-house and ready-to-build plots of land. Based on data collected in the field by Bali Post on Sunday (Apr 20), many paddy fields around Banyualit village, Kalibukbuk (Buleleng subdistrict) and Kaliasem village (Banjar subdistrict) had been sold to local capital owners (investors). At Subak Banyualit, the remaining farmland areas amounted to 17 hectares, Subak Celuk Buluh (15 hectares), Subak Enjung Sanghyang (50 hectares), Subak Kaliasem (12 hectares) and Subak Bingin Banjah (20 hectares). Most of the wetland areas had been transformed into residential buildings and shop-houses. In addition, there were also farmlands transformed into a ready-to-build plot of land. Surprisingly, none of the wetland conversion in this tourist area was utilized to build hotel and restaurant. The Head of Buleleng Agriculture and Livestock Agency, Nyoman Swatantra, did not dismiss the rampant wetland conversion in Buleleng last Sunday. He said the rice field conversion to the building was very difficult to control. Even, many agricultural lands in green belt had also been violated lately. In addition, the government

could not prohibit farmers to sell their rice field. Conversely, the government could only remind and give guidance to farmers in subak groups to still cultivate their paddy fields as the origin function. As the government effort to suppress the farmland conversion, the Agriculture and Livestock Agency had regularly invited farmers to increase rice intensification for boosting production. Thus, farmers were expected to survive with their farming activity without having to sell the paddy fields considered less favorable. “Actually many paddy fields at the Lovina tourist area are productive with quite large supplies of irrigation water. However, based on our observation, many paddy fields seem to have converted into buildings,” he said. Meanwhile, the Head of Buleleng Development Planning Agency (Bappeda), Gede Suyasa, said that as long as there was no new rule governing the green belt, local government would still referred to the old rules. In other words, the agricultural land having long been ‘protected’ by the government through the appeal of prohibition of building should still be adhered to. However, in practice, the appeal seemed still less optimal to suppress the wetland conversion belonging to the area of green belt. “I think before there is an issuance of new regulation concerning with the green belt, the old provisions must still be complied with. However, if we observe the conversion of farmland belonging to green belt remains to exist,” he explained. (mud)


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bali News

ATM machine at Mitra 10 fails to be burglarized twice

Bali Post

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The big waves which happen in Tanah Lot make the tourists must be extra careful during their visit

Fishermen and travelers alert for high waves Bali Post

TABANAN - Fishermen and travelers were encouraged to be alert for high waves estimated to reach 3 meters. High waves accompanied with powerful currents were predicted to occur in the Indonesian Ocean in the south of Bali Island for two days from Sunday (Apr 20) until Monday (Apr 21). Chairman of the Indonesian Fishermen Association (HNSI) of Tabanan Chapter, I Ketut ‘Sadam’ Arsana Yasa, said the waves on the south coast of Bali could sometimes be very large up to three meters. In addition, the high waves were also followed by strong currents. Such condition, he said, would be very dangerous. To that end, his party urged people not to take a bath in the ocean nor play around the beach area. “We’d like to advise people to keep away from the beach temporarily as high waves and strong currents can happen any time,” he said. Other than travelers and local people, Saddam also appealed to fishermen who used small boat to be more careful. He also advised fishermen not to go to sea for the time being in order to prevent undesirable things. “High waves reaching up to three meters accompanied with very strong currents are feared to drag the boat to even drown. You’d better wait until the weather is fine,” he advised.

He added the presence of large waves could also threaten the existence of the beach in South Bali. Besides, the large waves were also feared to cause abrasion in South Bali to be getting worse. To that end, at least it was required an effort to prevent such worsening coastal abrasion. One of the ways was by preventing the theft of sea sand or planting trees such as leadwood tree or mangroves to prevent abrasion. “We’ll see the beach in Tabanan ranging from Nyanyi in Kediri to Selabih in West Selemadeg bordering with Jembrana County continues to undergo abrasion and requires immediate handling,” he said. (kmb28)

DENPASAR - The ATM machine of Bank Central Asia (BCA) at Toko Mitra 10 on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Suwung Kauh, South Denpasar, was burglarized again by criminal, Sunday early morning (Apr 20). Previously, the same ATM machine was burglarized in May 2013. However, both criminal actions failed. The case has now been handled by the officers of South Denpasar Police Criminal Investigation. As information got at police station on Sunday, the ATM machine burglary occurred about 00:30 a.m. The witness named Rinto Plygol, 22, a local security guard, was patrolling at that time with other colleagues namely Topan and Arta. ”When patrolling, the witnesses were using a flashlight,” said Chief of South Denpasar Police, Nanang Prihasmoko. Once the flashlight was directed to the ATM machine, the witnesses saw an unknown helmeted person fleeing. The offender jumped over the wall. “All the three witnesses then gave a chase, but the traces of the offender disappeared in the darkness of the night,” he told reporters. Although it was not found, the search continued and the man was seen walking around the Jalan Griya Anyar, South Denpasar. So, they chased again and even going to crash with a motorcycle. Apparently the fortune was

still siding with the offender and he could flee into an alley. There, the traces of the offender were not found. Having been examined, the ATM machine condition looked damaged. On the ATM containing hundreds of millions of cash was seen a poking trace. The offender failed to burglarize the content of the ATM as being caught first by the witnesses. “No money vanished. However, the ATM machine was in damaged condition as having been poked,” he said. Chief Nanang admitted that his party was still investigating the case. A number of officers had been deployed in the field. From testimony of witnesses, the offender had characteristics such as having the height of 155 cm and wearing a white shirt, jean pants and black helmet. “We have also checked into beds, but did not give a result,” he said. Just for information, the ATM of BCA at Toko Mitra 10 on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Suwung, South Denpasar, has been burglarized twice. In May 2013, the ATM was also burglarized and even the offender brought along a gun. It was known the offender involving five persons had smothered the local security guard. Fortunately, the offender failed to take away the contents of the ATM. (kmb21)

Connecting vessels concept applied to reduce water overflows in Lake Batur NUMEROUS phenomena in daily life have something to do with natural sciences. Being realized or not, the understanding on natural sciences can actually become a solution to resolve a problem such as the application of natural science with the experiment of using the connecting vessels concept whose application is being tried by the community to resolve the rising water of Lake Batur in Kintamani. All this time it has become a disaster for a number of villages in the vicinity. The Head of the Bangli Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Wayan Sugiarta, revealed on Sunday (Apr 20) that the experimental activity implementing the connecting vessels method was performed in order to help find solution related to the normalization of Lake Batur. The activity initiated by Wayan Rena and Kadek Sandi Sadewa had actually been carried out since three weeks ago. “By using the connecting vessels method, the water of Lake Batur that has risen since the past few months will be put up from Songan to Bukit Pulak Songan and then will be flowed to Santi River,” he said. In an effort to normalize the Lake Batur, the experimental activity was also assisted by a number of parties, including the 1626/Bangli military district command, BPBD Badung, BPBD Karangasem, Kintamani military area

command and society. Sugiarta hoped the experiment with the application of a branch of physics could become an alternative solution to normalize the Lake Batur that increasingly overflowed. All this time, the overflow of Lake Batur had been a disaster and resulted in moderate losses. The flood waters of the lake reaching several meters did not only soak the agricultural area of residents, but also soaked dozens of houses in the vicinity. One of the incidents happened at Trunyan village, Kintamani. As a result of the overflow of the lake, dozens of homes belonging to residents at Trunyan village were inundated with the height reaching half a meter. Such condition caused a number of people were forced to leave their home. So far, there had been no signs that the water would recede. Even, the condition was getting worse. As proof, the inundation of road along tens of meters at Trunyan village almost made the village isolated. Meanwhile, the Bangli government had not been able to do much. To cope with the condition, the Bangli Environment Agency (BLH) so far just made coordination with relevant central government related to the siphoning efforts of the silt of the lake bottom touted as the trigger of the overflow of the lake water. Unfortunately, it was unclear when the plan could be realized. (ina)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Newest favehotel at West Java IBP

JAKARTA – From capital cities to the heart of Mother Nature, Archipelago International will soon be introducing the favehotel brand to the mountainous region of Garut, West Java. Scheduled to open in early May for a soft opening, favehotel Cimanuk Garut will be the latest favehotel destination for savvy travelers. With endless views of Rocky Mountains that seem to encircle the region, Garut is known as the Switzerland of Java. The northern part of the region is reserved for the development of the city of Garut, while the southern region is rich with a beautiful coastline, nature preserves and stunning scenery. Nature lovers can enjoy hikes to the natural hot springs, nearby lakes and villages of great charm. In the hub of the city and just two hours east of Bandung, favehotel Cimanuk Garut is ideally located on Jalan Raya Cimanuk, one of the city’s most accessible and central addresses. It is surrounded by shopping, dining and entertainment destinations and offers the best option for business and leisure travelers seeking a contemporary, comfortable, and proficient hotel with an affordable price tag. The 79 guest rooms are fully equipped with contemporary furnishings then topped off with a design that is both modern and stylish whilst capturing the unique character of the local environment. Guests can make use of the hotel’s swimming pool and the signature all-day café-shop and lounge, whilst business travelers can stay connected thanks to the hotel’s 6 modern meeting rooms and ample parking spaces.

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Calendar Event for March 5 through May 21, 2014 5 Mar Hari Urip 6 Mar Hari Patetegan 7 Mar Pengeradanan Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Kabayan Penebel Tabanan 8 Mar Saraswati Pura Pasek tangkas Gempinis Dalang Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Sayan Abiansemal Pura Watu Gunung Bima Pura Agung Jagat Karana Surabaya Pura Aditya Jaya Jakarta Pura Pemaksan Banyuning Timur Pura Agung Wira Loka Cimahi Jawa Barat 9 Mar Hari Banyu Pinaruh 10 Mar Soma Ribek Pura Jati Jembrana Pura Kawitan Bayu Gaiyang Bangli Tirta Wening Surabaya Pura Desa Lingga Wana Abang Karangasem 11 Mar Sabuh Mas 12 Mar Hari Pagerwesi Pura Labang Sindu JiwaUbud Pura Kehen Bangli Pura Wira Bhuana Magelang Jawa tengah Pura Padang Sakti Denpasar Timur Pura Payogan Agung Ketewel Gianyar Pura Gaduh Pangiasan Dauh Puri Denpasar Pura Masceti Tampak Siring Pura Dalem Ularan Denpasar Pura Siwa Penebel Tabanan Pura Luhur Sliki Banyuwangi Pura Gunung Lebah Ubud Pura Puseh Sukawati 15 Mar Purnama Sasih Kesanga Pura Nataran Sasih Pejeng Gianyar Pura Bukit Mentik Gunung lebah Batur Kintamani 17 Mar Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan 22 Mar Tumpek Landep Pura Mutering Jagat Dalem Sidakarya

Denpasar Pura Agung Pasek Tabanan Pura Pasek Tangkas Tabanan Pura Kerta Banyuning Buleleng Pura Dalem Tenggaling Singapadu Gianyar Pura Bhujangga Jembrana Pura Dalem pingit Tegalalang Pura Penataran Pande Pandean Mengwi Pura Ida Ratu Pande Besakih Pura Penataran AGung Tulikup Pura Kumuda Saraswati Ubud Pura Batur Arya Tabanan 23 Mar Radite Umanis Ukir Sanggah Gede Dukuh Segening Tegal Tugu Gianyar 26 Mar Buda Cemeng Ukir Pura Pajenengan Kawitan Arya Gelgel Kelungkung Pura Pasar Agung Besakih Pura Pasek Bendesa Legian Kuta Badung Pura Gde Gunung Agung Munggu Badung Pura Puseh Bebalang Bangli Pura Dalem Peruncak Badung Pura Pasek Bendesa Hyang Krobokan Badung Pura Kereban Langit Mengwi Badung 28 Mar Melasti Pakiyisan Ke Segara Pura Pasek Gelgel Kukuh Marga 30 Mar Tilem Kesanga Tawur Agung 31 Mar Hari Raya Nyepi 1 May Buda Kajeng Kliwon Enyitan 2 May Bhatara Sri Ida Ratu Geng Besakih Pura Penataran Agung Besakih Ida Ratu Raja Puraus Besakih Merajan Saloding Besakih 6 May Anggara Kasih Juluwangi Pura Thirta Harum Tegal Wangi Bangli Pura Baratan Baturiti Pura Batu Klotok Klungkung

Pura Pasek Tohjiwa Wanasari Tabanan Pura Ibu Wanagiri Selemadeg Tabanan Pura Manik Bingin Dukuh Sidemen 7 May Pura Penataran Gana Bebalang Bangli Pura Dalem Gede Pande Bangli Pura Puncak Sari Sangeh Abian Semal Pura Puseh Penegil Dharma Kubu Tambahan Bangli Pura Dalem Maya Blahbatuh Gianyar Pura Linggih Betara Kayu Selem Penataran Agung Besakih 13 May Purnama Sasih Jiyestha Pura Dwija Warsa Malang Pura Pucak Tinggah Angsri Baturiti Pura Kawitan Luhur Bhujangga Jati Luwih Penebel Pura Kawitan Batur Pande Tonja Tonja Denpasar Pura Penataran Agung Sidemen Karangasem Pura Maospahit Grenceng Denpasar 15 May Sugihan Jawa Pura Kawitan Tangkas Kori Agung Tangkas Klungkung Pura Siang Kangin Peninjoan Tembuku Bangli Pura Ida Ratu Mas Penataran Agung Besakih Pura Ida Bhatara Bang Tulus Besakih 16 May Sugihan Bali Dan Kajeng Kliwon 18 May Penyekeban 19 May Penyajaan Galungan 20 May Penampahan Galungan 21 May Hari Raya Galungan Pura Wakika Kupang NTT Pura Agung Girinatha Sumbawa Besar NTB Pura Dukuh Sakti Dukuh Kediri Tabanan Pura Atambuananta Kutamba NTT Pura Webananta Kupang NTT Pura Giripati Mulawarman Pontianak Pura Mustika Dharma Cijantung Jakarta Timur

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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LOS ANGELES — Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp’s new movie. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” added another $26 million to its coffers, according to studio estimates Sunday, while Depp’s science-fiction thriller, “Transcendence,” opened in fourth place with $11 million. Directed by longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister, the Warner Bros. film is Depp’s third consecutive box office disappointment. He played Tonto in last summer’s “The Lone Ranger” — one of the biggest flops of 2013 — and starred in 2012’s comedy-horror dud, “Dark Shadows.” “As we approach the summer movie season, box-office drawing power becomes more about the concept of the movie rather than its star,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “It may not have been so much (about) Johnny Depp, but audiences right now like brands that they know.” That doesn’t bode well for original ideas, such as “Transcendence,” penned by first-time screen-

writer Jack Paglen. Dergarabedian notes that 12 sequels are expected this summer alone. Another new movie, the religious-themed “Heaven Is for Real,” debuted in third place over Easter weekend, while another sequel, the animated “Rio 2,” held on to the second spot. Faith-based films are performing well, Dergarabedian said, with four releases in the domestic top 20. “The Winter Soldier” set a box-office record as the biggest April release ever when it opened with more than $96 million domestically. Starring Chris Evans as comic book hero Capt. America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, the Disney release has earned more than $200 million to date in North America — the 12th Marvel film to do so.

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This image released by Marvel shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from the film, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

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Tyre bursts

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Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing

Dark humor wins in ‘Cripple of Inishmaan’

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NEW YORK — Contradictions of human nature are the fodder that playwright Martin McDonagh often mines in his masterfully satirical dark comedies about quirky rural Irish characters. Now director Michael Grandage has brought the original, mostly Irish cast of his recent sold-out London production of McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” to Broadway, with a very talented ensemble featuring Daniel Radcliffe as Billy. Grandage’s lively production, both raucous and tender, opened Sunday night at the Cort Theatre. It’s the first Broadway appearance of McDonagh’s

1996 tale about the insular denizens of a remote Irish island in the 1930s. Previous New York productions were off-Broadway, in 2008 at the Atlantic Theater and in 1998 at the Public Theater. So boring is life for the residents of this small seaside village that a new feud between once-good friends is huge news, and they while away the time playing minor unkind tricks upon one another. A Hollywood movie being scouted on a nearby island soon sends them dreaming. Radcliffe, who made his Broadway debut in a 2008 production of “Equus” and returned in 2011 to star in the Frank Loesser musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” works

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This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Daniel Radcliffe, left, and Sarah Green performing in “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” opening April 20 at the Cort Theatre in New York.

as an integral part of the cast. To his generally callous neighbors, teenage Billy is just a target of ridicule, and how he became handicapped is one of the secrets that twist and turn throughout the play. Without showboating his twisted arm and leg, Radcliffe gives Billy a physical frailty and inner toughness combined with yearning that makes him a very sympathetic figure. Billy’s desire to escape from the stifling loneliness and tedium of his narrow-minded country village is at the core of the story. McDonagh ricochets between crass humor, careless cruelty and tender sorrow, all the while poking fun at Irish folklore, toying with stereotypes, and setting his characters up to have their dreams crushed. He suddenly reverses their backstories or presents unseen sides to their personalities that upend what the audience thinks it knows. Pat Shortt is blustery fun as the town’s gossip-monger, who fancies himself the town crier while bartering his news tidbits for food. Far from being the loving son who lives at home with his sainted mother, he’s been plying his foul-mouthed, ancient Mammy (a marvelously dour, rubbery-faced June Watson) with liquor for years, in hopes of killing her. Billy’s secret crush is Helen (played with gleeful meanness and a perfect touch of insecurity by Sarah Greene). She’s a beautiful young redhead who seems unnecessarily cruel. Her sharptongued, egg-tossing ways too easily escalate to possible animal brutality. She also provides brittle, anti-Catholic comedy with her casual references to the clergy whose groping she’s violently fending off since childhood, at one point boasting, “I ruptured a curate at age 6.”

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Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 bound for Bangalore turned back towards and parked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Monday, April 21, 2014, after its right landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff. The airline says Flight 192 carrying 166 people landed safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport early Monday, four hours after it departed.

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KUALA LUMPUR - A Malaysia Airlines plane with 166 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday in another blow to the flagcarrier’s safety image after the loss of flight MH370. Flight MH192, bound for Bangalore in India, turned back to Kuala Lumpur shortly after it was discovered that a tyre had burst on take-off, the airline said. “As safety is of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines, the aircraft was required to turn back to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport),” the airline said in a statement. The episode caused deep anxiety among passengers, with some crying or reciting prayers as the

plane circled for hours off the coast, Malaysian media reported. The plane circled in order to burn up fuel -- a common practice in such landings, designed to make the plane lighter and minimise fire risks. “The passengers were very scared when we learnt that the flight was having trouble,” the New Straits Times quoted a Dutch traveller as saying. “Some were crying, while most of us had already started reciting

prayers.” The plane landed safely at 1:56 am (1756 GMT), nearly four hours after take-off, and all 159 passengers and seven crew members disembarked, the airline said. The airline said tyre debris discovered on the runway had led to the decision to bring the Boeing 737-800 aircraft back. “They have landed safely -thank God,” tweeted Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. The passengers would be accommodated in local hotels until the flight’s re-scheduled take-off at 3:30 pm local time on Monday, the airline said. Malaysia Airlines is still reeling from the loss and presumed crash of MH370, which disappeared on

March 8 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane is now believed to have crashed into the remote Indian Ocean with 239 people aboard after inexplicably diverting from its route. Malaysia Airlines had previously enjoyed a good safety record, as did the Boeing 777 aircraft used for MH370. An Australian-led multi-nation search effort is now scouring a remote area of the Indian Ocean in a bid to find the jet’s wreckage and recover its flight data recorders to determine what happened. No surface debris has been found despite a month of searching, but search crews earlier detected now-silent signals believed to

have been from the beacons of the plane’s data recorders. A US Navy submersible sonar scanning device is now scouring the seabed for wreckage at depths of around 4,500 metres (15,000 feet). Nothing has yet been found and authorities have indicated they may reassess within days how to approach the extremely challenging search -- expected to be the costliest in aviation history with estimates of more than $100 million. Malaysia’s government and the airline have come under harsh criticism from Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers -- two thirds of its 227 passengers were from China -- who have alleged a bungling response and a cover-up.


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