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Bali ready to host 2013 APEC Summit Antara

JAKARTA - Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Rajasa said Bali is ready to host the summit meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum 2013 in October.

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“Based on evaluation results the conclusion is that we are ready,” Hatta said after a coordination meeting to discuss preparations for the APEC summit. The meeting was also attended by Foreign Affairs Minister Marty

Natalegawa, Minister of Development Planning/Head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bapenas) Armida Alisjahbana, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu and Deputy Finance Minister Mahendra Siregar.

The photo shows Nusa Dua area, which will be the location for APEC Summit, from above. Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Rajasa said Bali is ready to host the summit meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum 2013 in October.

According to Hatta, one of the preparations that are being made is the use of environmentally friendly vehicles that use a combination of electric and biodiesel energy sources throughout the summit activities. “We will use hundreds of buses, light mini buses, small cars that use a combination of electric and biodiesel energy sources, plus hundreds of biodiesel cars,” he said. Hatta also ensured the readiness of motorways and the hotel venue in Nusa Dua and other supporting

infrastructure for the main event, which will be attended by leaders of APEC member countries. He said that the forum is important, because currently the Asia Pacific region is one of the main contributors to world economic growth. Besides, the meeting will also be beneficial because the global economy is currently experiencing a downturn due to the crisis which is not yet over in Europe. “The APEC meeting is very im-

portant because the growth engines are here while current global conditions are not good,” said Hatta. According to him, economic security and global growth engine will be the topics of the discussion and the main theme of the 2013 APEC summit. Besides the attendance of 21 heads of state who are members of the APEC forum, this event is expected to be also attended by 5,000 delegates and media personnel from a variety of countries.


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Bali News Maintain Balinese characteristic at Ngurah Rai Airport

Bali House asks to setup Balinese ornaments Mangupura (Bali Post)—

Commission III of the Bali House made an inspection to the area of Ngurah Rai International Airport on Friday (Jun 21). It was intended to know more about the progress on the airport expansion prepared to meet the APEC Summit next October. Besides, the legislators would also like to ascertain the installation of Balinese ornaments at the airport because it was very important to show off the identity and characteristics of Bali. Entourage of the legislators was led by Chairman of Commission III of the Bali House, IGM Suryantha Putra, accompanied by Deputy Chairman Gusti Bayu Lanang Wibiseka and members Nyoman Adnyana and Mega Kadjeng as well as the Head of Bali Transportation Agency Dewa Punia Asa. They were met by the Head of the Airport Authority Yuli Sudoso, GM of the Airport Purwanto and Project Leader of the airport expansion Yanus Suprayogi. “Aside from the progress on the development of the airport expansion, we would also like to emphasize and remind again about the installation of Balinese

ornaments. The airport is the showcase of Bali, lest the installation of characteristic of Bali is ignored,” said Suryanta Putra. The politician nicknamed as Sena affirmed the installation was a must in the airport expansion. There should be Balinese ornaments as the characteristic of Balinese culture. Even, his party asked the use of Balinese ornament at least 30 percent around the building at the airport. “In the design of the airport construction we are hard to apply Balinese architecture, so that the Balinese ornament must be at least 30 percent,” said the PDI-P politician. Sena asserted the installation

of Balinese ornament was also in accordance with the mandate of the Regional Bylaw No.16/2009 on the Bali Provincial Spatial Plan (RTRWP). “If there are no Balinese ornaments, it means it has violated the regulation and we can dismantle the violating building,” said the politician from Tabanan. According to Sena, the Balinese ornament was very important because his party did not want if the case of Dewa Ruci underpass would happen again. He pointed that the Balinese ornaments of the underpass were very poor. They were fragmental and the finishing was not good because it only pursued the progress of work. “Do not

Child gamelan troupe plays Gong Pacek instrument Singaraja (Bali Post)—

The artists in Buleleng seem to have a high awareness of preserving the gong pacek gamelan instrument denoting the characteristic of Buleleng.

As evidence, the Eka Wakya child gamelan troupe from Paket Agung village is determined to play gong pacek instrument when making important performances like the

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The kids are playing Gong Pacek

Bali Arts Festival (BAF). Gong pacek is a kind of gamelan instrument set whose blades of gangsa are fastened with iron or large spikes. Underneath the gangsa blades are installed soft material so that the resonant sound of gangsa can still work properly. Gong pacek is different from the gong gamelan commonly found in Southern Bali where the blades of gangsa are suspended with leather straps or other strong rope. Coordinator of the Eka Wakya child gamelan troupe, I Made Pasca Wirasutha, revealed that starting from the exercise to the next performance, the child art troupe would constantly use the gong pacek instrument. This kind of gong would also be featured in the cultural events such as the Bali Arts Festival. “Gong pacek is dominant gamelan instrument used in Buleleng, and we will accentuate it,” he said.

let the installation of Balinese ornaments at the airport be worked on carelessly. Later, we will continue to monitor how it goes,” said Sena. Meanwhile, Project Leader of the airport expansion, Yanus Suprayogi, affirmed his party was committed to featuring Balinese ornaments on the airport building. Similarly, he promised to follow up the inputs given by the House. Even, his party had appointed the people in charge of designing and installing the Balinese ornaments. “We have commitment that Balinese ornament will be worked on by Balinese people. There has been a direct appointment and we just need to wait for the next process,” said Yanus. For Balinese ornaments, there would a sculpture created by Nyoman Nuarta, an artist who was currently working on the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) statue. He did not know Nuarta would make what kind of statue. Obviously, the statue would be installed on the third floor, near the stairs.

When the House asked the project leader to explain further about the details of Balinese ornaments to be installed, Yanus said, his party could not explain the details of such Balinese ornaments. Moreover, there had been a winner for the ornament project and was still in the objection period and they were more familiar about it. On hearing the reply, Sena said his party would hold a meeting and invite the winner to explain more details how the installation of the Balinese ornaments at the airport later would look like. “Do not let the public make a scene after the installation. We do not want such a thing. So, the Bali House will hold a meeting on June 27 by inviting Gung Muda to describe about the concept of Balinese ornaments inside the airport,” said Sena. At the moment, completion of the Ngurah Rai Airport expansion project has reached 84.82 percent and the operation is scheduled on September 15, 2013. (kmb29)

Mayor admits restrictedness of sanitation facilities Denpasar (Bali Post)—

Denpasar City is now aggressively fighting against plastic waste. Unfortunately, this effort stays to be hampered by the lack of sanitation facilities and infrastructure owned by Denpasar Municipality. As a result, the waste problem cannot be handled maximally and always reaps public complaints. “Our constraints lie in the facilities and infrastructure provided by the government such as the Sanitation and Landscaping Agency and the number of waste bank remaining limited. It includes the locations for temporary or final waste disposal,” said Denpasar Mayor, IB Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra when joining the tree planting activity on Mertasari Beach, Saturday (Jun 22). Rai Mantra also admitted if his party was difficult to find out a replacement land for a number of temporary disposal site that currently had received high volume of waste such as on Jalan Pulau Kawe and Jalan Teuku Umar. They were considered to have high density due to locating downtown. Denpasar Municipality was attempting to find a replacement land for the temporary

disposal by using a simple pressure technology so that the waste would not overflow. “It’s hard to look for a replacement land because the area has been very crowded. Yesterday, we were forced to use a pressure box so that the waste normally reaching 10 tons could be compressed into 7 tons. Indeed, it is expensive, but we have no other choice rather than being complained by the public,” said Rai Mantra while hoping the target of some 40 percent could be realized this year as planned by the municipality until 2015. Other than such constraint, his party was also required to provide an understanding to the public regarding the sorting of waste and change the people’s indifferent behavior when disposing waste. Moreover, according to him, the waste issue was a never ending process, so that his party had an obligation to constantly remind, empower and encourage people to care. “We beg the public to dispose the waste in place. So far, we cannot have changed such a habit maximally,” he said. (kmb32)

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Textile industry at risk of ASEAN Free Market in 2015 Denpasar (Bali Post)—

National textile industry is predicted to further get eroded after the presence of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. Chairman of the Indonesian Textile Association (API) Bali, Anak Agung Ngurah Mahendra, when contacted on Friday (Jun 21) said the sector was threatened to lose in the competition against the ASEAN countries. Internal pressure and the better-prepared textile industry of the ASEAN countries were believed to be hindering the development of textile industry of Indonesia in the AEC. “The quality of our textile, chiefly the Bali textile, is still unable to compete against the products of our competitors like China and Thailand flooding the market and offered at cheaper price. Moreover, they are manufactured in mass production,” he explained. Further he said that China was unmatched in terms of mass production and low sellingprice of the products. This would continue until the AFTA in 2015 where the low-priced imported textile products would flood the market. “As a predictable impact, consumers will definitely prefer to choose the cheaper imported textiles. The low-priced imported textiles will cause the per capita need for textile products made in Indonesia, including Bali, to decline,” he said. In response to the implementation of the AFTA, he assessed the government had not been able to provide solutions that could increase the textile products in large quan-

tities and mass production. According to him, the government should begin to take sides in the textile entrepreneurs like Bali that was developing specific products like endek and other weaving textiles. “AFTA is a great and heavy challenge. To that end, there should be a grand design on public and private policy in order the need of 13 kg of textile per person per year of the Indonesian population reaching 240 million people can be fulfilled, not 80 percent supplied by the imported products,” he asserted. AA Mahendra added the seriousness of the government was also demanded in order the textile industry and textile products could dominate the domestic market as well as become an industry absorbing the most labors. Besides, the government, primarily the local government, was also expected to provide facilities including taxes and electricity for textile industry that really brought in foreign exchanges. (kmb28)

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Government encourages investment in marine sector Bali Post

DENPASAR - The Indonesian government has issued policies to create a favorable investment climate to attract new investors and facilitate mediation, promotion and reduction of barriers for investors. These policies are meant to facilitate companies and investors in the effort to realize the investment in marine and fisheries sector. Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Sharif C. Sutardjo, said the provision of mediation, facilitation, incentives and promotion of investment opportunities would be able to provide a thorough overview on the investment opportunities remaining available in the field of marine affairs and fisheries in Indonesia. “Through the ACOFB conference as well as the Marine and Fishery Investment Forum (MFIF) are expected to have an impact on the realization of investments in the field of marine and fisheries to support the concept of blue economy,” said Sharif in Nusa Dua. According to him, the industry was increasingly strategic, considering the marine and fishery industry had linkages to the other sectors. The marine and fishery sector of Indonesian had the potential to be used as a driving force for the regional and national economy. “With the successful industrialization of marine and fisheries in the blue economy concept, it is expected the objective to prosper the society in general and the handling of food security can be achieved,” he said. He said the results of the Asia Conference on Oceans, Food Security and

Blue Growth (ACOFB) 2013 were expected to comply with the Indonesian government’s commitment in managing the marine and fishery sector. The new paradigm shift namely the blue development based on marine and fishery resources indicated that Indonesia acknowledged the role of the sea as the prime mover of development. It was primarily intended for the national economic development, poverty alleviation, reduction of carbon emissions, reduction of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, the environmental function and service optimization as well as acceleration of industrialization within the framework of blue economy. “Marine and fishery development of Indonesia is essentially based on the concept of blue economy where through the blue economy we will maximize the environmental services and the sustainable economic value,” he explained. He mentioned the application of blue economic concept in the marine and fishery industrialization was very important. The role of marine sector in the future had an important contribution to the environment, energy, food and the other environmental services in supporting the food security and economic growth. “The ACOFB Conference and the Indian Ocean and Pacific Conference (IOPAC) will produce maximal output. The support of scientists can result in the creation of blue investment to support the blue growth posing the input of fishery products in supporting the food security,” he said. (kmb27)

Irrigation dead-end

Farmers cultivate water lily Bali Post

DENPASAR - Numerous plots of remaining rice fields amidst the crush of concrete buildings at the area of Panjer, Denpasar, are now being cultivated with water lily. Virtually within the past three years, the rice field formerly planted with rice and pulses have now been turned into the cultivation of water lily. It happens because the incoming water into the rice fields can no longer be disposed maximally because the current condition of the water drain is higher than the rice field itself. Construction of some housing complexes, roads and housing around the rice field has caused the rice field drain to be getting higher. Wayan Warda, one of the farmers met by Bali Post on Sunday (Jun 16) said he cultivated his rice field with water lily because it was the only plant complying with the current condition of the farmland filled with puddles. “When being planted with rice, the water is not flowing to where it used to and the current drain is higher than my rice field. Growing rice needs to flow water all the time and sometimes it must also be dried out,” he said. The rice field of Warda is situated on the roadside and flanked by housing complex. With such humid soil condition and stagnant water,

this sharecropping farmer had been cultivating water lily since 2010. Though requiring no expensive cost for the maintenance like growing rice, he also had to take out water lettuce every day which could interfere with the growth of water lily. From his daily work, the results obtained did not amount to much. Within a day, he was able to harvest about 300 stalks of water lily and he sold them to the market per bundle. Selling price of the water lily was depending on the market needs. In religious holiday season like Galungan, the water lily was sold for IDR 5,000 per bundle. However on normal days, the price could be cheaper than that, even reached IDR 500 per bundle. Moreover, the sale proceeds should also be shared with the owner of rice field. “When compared to the results of building, the results of rice field is not much. However, it will better than being ignored and overgrown with grass,” he said. Another farmer, Suja, also revealed similar opinion. He told that before 1990s around the area where he cultivated rice field had not been filled with many buildings like these days. Today, only few square meters of rice field remained and they had been flanked by concrete buildings. (ina)

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Participants take part in the Bali International Triathlon Competition 2013 in Jimbaran on Bali island on June 23, 2013. Hundreds of participants from 28 countries took part in the competition organized to promote tourism in the resort island.


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Serenity Spanish Bar and Restaurant open in Bali Offering suckling pig with Spanish taste Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant is joining the tourism competition in Bali. The restaurant which offers original Spanish taste is located on Baypass Ngurah Rai Road no 27A, Sanur, Denpasar. The Spanish restaurant which is the most famous one in Singapore was officially opened on June 5, 2013. The General Manager of Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant, Juno said that Serenity is the restaurant offering Spanish concept. The atmosphere of Spain can be enjoyed in every room in the restaurants such as dining area – alfresco dining area, indoor dining area and VIP dining area. The restaurant which is built on the area of 1,000 m2 has skilful waiters and various kind of special menus. The restaurant can accommodate more than 260 guests with the large parking space. “Bali is the development of the one in Singapore. This is our first restaurant in Bali which offers authentic menus from Spain,” Juno said during the media gathering on Thursday, June 20, 2013. He added that the Serenity in Bali is giving a new touch in the culinary market in the island. As one of the most popular tourism destination, Bali is visited by many tourists so it has a broad market. “Similar to the Serenity in Singapore, for the one in Bali we offer Spanish concept and traditional Spanish menu. However, for the beginning, we only offer a few dishes because it is still in the introduction stage,” Juno explained.

He added that among tens of menus offered, there are two special menus w3hich become the signature dishes of the restaurant, they are Authentic Spanish Suckling Pig. This menu consists of a roasted pig which is cooked using a traditional Spanish method and combine with original spices from Spain. The second one is Paellas which is the roasted rice ala Spain which is cooked with various topping such as sapron (special Spanish spice), seafood, chicken, pig, vegetables and also squid ink. “In Singapore, the suckling pig is highly demanded. We try to offer the same dish in Bali because this kind of dish is very popular among the local people and also Bali is the famous tourism destination,” Juno said. In addition to introducing food, Serenity also introducing a traditional Spanish drink which is called Sangria. The drink is a mix between red wine or white wine with fruit juice. “Besides Sangria, there are also various kinds of soft drinks and cocktails. We are offering competitive price so it is affordable for the locals who want to enjoy the originals menu from Spain,” Juno explained.

Charms of Odissi Dance by Supriya Nayak FOLLOWING the fascinating presentation at the arena of the Bali Arts Festival (BAF) 2013 not long ago, the Indian dancer Ms. Supriya Nayak came again to ‘hypnotize’ the lovers of performing arts in Bali through her skill at the staging of Odissi Dance in the Natya Mandala Hall of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar on Thursday night (Jun 20). In the performance, the beautiful-faced dancer having made performance in many major festivals in India and overseas such as China, Canada, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, South Africa including Indonesia as a cultural ambassador presented six Odissi dances. At that night, the stage of ‘Odissi Dance Performance’ was opened with a Kathak Dance from northern India delivered very attractively by the student of the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) Bali, Werdhi Adnyana. For some five minutes, the audience was made amazed to see the agility of the classical dance from northern India following the rhythmic tunes of tabla drum. After the opening dance ended, Ms. Supriya Nayak appeared on stage to perform Odissi dances denoting the typical classical dances from Odisha state in eastern India related to the origin of local temples. Rhythm, bhangis (torso movement) and mudras (hand gestures) played

in the Odissi dance had their own qualities. Most of the Odissi dances had relation to the theme of love between Radha and Krishna and posed an attempt to draw closer to the Lord in order to attain true happiness. Supriya Nayak started spreading her charms with Mangalacharan, a traditional prayer of Odissi dance performance. The dance was commenced with Pushpanjali and Bhoomi Pranam. The subsequent prayer was Jagannath Ashtakam quoted from the work of Shankaracharya. Jagannath was a manifestation of Lord Vishnu or Lord Krishna in Odisha. He was portrayed to play a flute on the river bank of Kalindi and encountered the lotus-faced Gopis. Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, Lord Indra and Lord Ganesh worshiped Jagannath. The dancers invoked the Lord Jagannath to be a guiding light in their life. Mangalacharan ended with trikhandi pranam or three salutations: to the Lord, preceptor and the Rasika. Furthermore, Supriya Nayak presented Stone Dance whose movements were inspired by current carvings on stone. The dance started with a series of movements depicting the composition of four musical instruments: veena (stringed instrument), venu (flute), mardala (percussion) and manjira (cymbals).

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The newly open Serenity Spanish Bar & Restaurant is located in Sanur area. The restaurant offer traditional Spanish cuisine, one of them is Authentic Spanish Suckling Pig.

In Klungkung

Damaged PPI causes state loss worth IDR 7.6 billion Semarapura (Bali Post)— Not far from the project site of Gunaksa Crossing Quay, Klungkung government through the Livestock, Fisheries and Marine Affairs also established a fish landing base (PPI) at Karangdadi Beach, Kusamba. Seeing the current condition, the project planned for the future of fishermen faces not much different fate from the Gunaksa Quay. Since its establishment in 2007, it has not been accomplished yet or turns dormant. As a result, the state suffers a loss of about IDR 7.6 billion. A legislator of the Klungkung House, Made Kasta, strongly deplored such condition on Friday (Jun 21). Much money from the state budget had been spent to complete the PPI project. Unfortunately, high waves at local waters had buried the PPI project and at the same time buried the dream of thousands of fishermen in Klungkung of having a representative fish landing base. “Hopefully, the PPI accomplishes so that it can be utilized by fishermen,” he said. Based on the record of Bali Post, the PPI project was built in 2007 with a project value of IDR 3.1 billion at that time. It was built

to be functioned as fish landing base for fishermen and scheduled to be completed in 2007. However, during the project implementation it got a serious challenge from the condition of high waves and strong currents. As the fact in the field, the breakwater on both sides had been destroyed, so that the main building was buried in the sand, while the compound wall from the north collapsed and then frequently used as a place to do immoral deed by the youth. Many people judged the project location was inappropriate due to natural factors, standing at Karangdadi Beach peninsula, Kusamba, and having huge waves and strong currents. As information from local residents, no fishermen had ever landed their boat at the location since the past time until these days. Another legislator of the Bali House from Klungkung, Ngakan Samudra, once revealed if the location was chosen to make it easier to account for the project because it failed due to natural factor. According to him, it should be processed in accordance with the applicable law as having been causing state losses worth billions of rupiahs. The Head of the Klungkung

Livestock, Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Gusti Ngurah Badiwangsa, said on Friday that his party was actually very much committed to completing the PPI project. However, he deplored the project funded with long installment system from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. “If the budgeting system is the same as Mentigi crossing quay with multiyear system, I’m sure this PPI can have been realized,” he said. He claimed to have fought it since 2010 when beginning to serve as the Head of Livestock, Fisheries and Marine Affairs. He had proposed financial assistance to the ministry at IDR 60 billion, but the realization was only IDR 3.1 billion in 2010, IDR 1.2 billion (2011) and IDR 3.3 billion (2012). With the disbursement of fund, in reality the project could only accomplish the damaged breakwater, while the building was buried in the sand and the collapsed compound wall was neglected. This year, he said the ministry would disburse another budget at IDR 2.4 billion plus matching funds worth IDR 200 million to continue the construction of breakwater after the making of design review.


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Agricultural land conversion alarming

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Agricultural land conversion in Bali in the past five years has been alarming and potentially threatening food resilience in the tourist island, a local university professor said.

Antara DENPASAR - Agricultural land conversion in Bali in the past five years has been alarming and potentially threatening food resilience in the tourist island, a local university professor said. “In the past five years around 5,000 hectares of agricultural land have been converted or averagely 1,000 hectares a year,” Prof Dr I Wayan Windia from state Udayana

University said here on Sunday. The head of the university’s “Subak” irrigation system research center said in the previous five years rice fields in Bali shrank by around

750 hectares a year on average. This shows that more and more rice fields are being sold, adding that agricultural land sales have not only happened in urban but also suburban areas, he said. Prof Windia said the trend showed that local people have become less respectful towards the agricultural lands that their forebears had fought and inherited to them.

He said perhaps people have now become greedy or pragmatic and have lost their idealism in the midst of current globalization. He said globalization was marked by tighter competition, materialism, consumerism and capitalism. He warned “if we lose in the fight we will be run over and as a result all social systems in the community including culture would turn

into dust. Paddy fields, ‘subak’ and farming system meanwhile are the foundation and integral part of the Balinese culture,” he added. He said forebears had sacrificed their lives for developing “subak” because developing terraced paddy fields in hilly areas was not easy. Prof Windia hoped that the existing fields must be preserved and if possible must not be sold.

ACOFB participants agree to create healthier sea Antara NUSA DUA - A number of countries participating in the Asia Conference on Oceans, Food Security and Blue Growth (ACOFB) agreed to assure a healthier sea in the continent by 2030. “A healthy sea in a simple term means a sea with lower pollution,” the director general of processing and marketing of fisheries products of the ministry of marine resources and fisheries, Saut P Hutagalung, said after the closing of the event. The idea emerged in view of the important role of the sea in meeting food needs, he said. Waters in the continent play a very important role in fish production with almost 90 percent of fishery products processed into foods coming from Asia, he said. “Fifty percent of fish catch also comes from Asia,” he added. He said the people meanwhile are also

expected to play a role and to be more resilient in dealing with climate change that could threaten food supplies. One of the strategies for meeting the vision was attracting the interest of the younger generation in the fishery sector which is still small in Asia. “To make the strategy successful massive campaign is needed to promote their interest in the sea,” he said. The ministry has earlier made a call on all parties to jointly exploit the sea potentials for creating food resilience. “The sea plays an important role in improving food resilience and it is expected people would no longer rely on land for their food sources,” minister of marine resources and fisheries, Sharif C Sutardjo said. He said the sea also plays a role in increasing regional as well as international economy. Sea potentials which are renewable are fish, coral reefs as well as minerals and gas.

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Fishermen carrying their catch from the sea. A number of countries participating in the Asia Conference on Oceans, Food Security and Blue Growth (ACOFB) agreed to assure a healthier sea in the continent by 2030.


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Stuntwoman, pilot killed in Ohio air show crash Associated Press Writer

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a speech at the Guildhall in London, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The Prime Minister spoke about Japan’s economic policy.

Voting starts in closely watched Tokyo election

CINCINNATI - A budget analyst with a daredevil streak, Jane Wicker knew she was taking a risk when she signed up to entertain thousands of spectators at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton. She said in a TV interview she felt confident of her ability and said on her website that lots of practice makes her signature stunt a “managed risk.” She planned to hang underneath the plane’s wing by her feet and sit on the bottom of the airplane while it was upside-down. It wasn’t clear Saturday what went so wrong. The biplane glided through the sky, rolled over, then crashed and exploded into flames, killing the wing walker and the pilot, authorities said. No one else was hurt. A video posted on WHIO-TV shows the small plane turn upsidedown as the performer sits on top of the wing. The plane then tilts and crashes to the ground, erupting into flames as spectators screamed. Ian Hoyt, an aviation photographer and licensed pilot from Findlay, was at the show with his girlfriend. He told The Associated Press he was taking photos as the plane passed by and had just raised his camera to take another shot. “Then I realized they were too low and too slow. And before I knew it, they hit the ground,” he said. He couldn’t tell exactly what happened, but it appeared that the plane

stalled and didn’t have enough air speed, he said. He credited the pilot for steering clear of spectators and potentially saving lives. “Had he drifted more, I don’t know what would have happened,” Hoyt said. He said he had been excited to see the show because he’d never seen the scheduled performer - wing walker Jane Wicker - in action. The show was canceled for the rest of the day, but organizers said events would resume Sunday and follow the previous schedule and normal operations. The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the crash. On the video, the announcer narrates as the plane glides through the sky and rolls over while the stuntwoman perches on a wing. “Now she’s still on that far side. Keep an eye on Jane. Keep an eye on Charlie. Watch this! Jane Wicker, sitting on top of the world,” the announcer said, right before the plane makes a quick turn and nosedive. Federal records show the 450 HP Stearmans was registered to Wicker, who lived in Loudon, Va. A man who answered the phone at a number listed for Wicker on her website said he had no comment and hung up. One of the pilots listed on Wicker’s website was named Charlie Schwenker. A post on Jane Wicker Airshows’ Facebook page announced the deaths of Wicker and Schwenker, and asked for prayers for their families.

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TOKYO - Tokyo voters began electing a city assembly on Sunday in a contest that is being closely watched as an indicator of how Japan’s major parties will fare in parliamentary polls next month. The election will decide 127 seats in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly. Japan’s strongest party, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats, was expected to take an overall majority with its junior partner, a Buddhistbacked conservative group. Abe, who has focused on strengthening Japan’s economy and defense policies, has a high national approval rating. The election is the biggest vote before the nation goes to the polls on July 21 to elect members of Parliament’s upper house. Initial turnout was low, according to Japanese media reports,

although the major parties campaigned heavily in the run-up to the vote. Surveys conducted by Japanese newspapers suggestedAbe’s party could win as many as 50 seats, which, with its partner, the Komeito, would make it the ruling bloc in the assembly. Since taking office in December, Abe has focused on the economy. But his wider agenda includes revising Japan’s pacifist constitution to allow a stronger military. Also being watched was the Japan Restoration Party, a new group led by Toru Hashimoto, who is the mayor

of Japan’s second-largest metropolis, Osaka. Though Hashimoto is hoping to build his party into a nationwide political power, he has drawn fire for his recent remarks that sex slavery by Japan’s Imperial Army before and during World War II was a “necessary” wartime evil, and for suggesting U.S. military patronize adult entertainment to help reduce sex crimes committed by American troops. If his party does badly in the Tokyo elections, he will be under pressure to resign as the party chief.

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A wing walker performs at the Vectren Air Show just before crashing, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. The crash killed the pilot and the stunt walker instantly, authorities said.

Australia expects Japanese whaling ban this year Associated Press Writer

CANBERRA, Australia Australia expects the International Court of Justice will outlaw Japanese whaling in the Antarctic before the next whale hunting season begins in January. Australia’s case against Japan will begin in the United

Nations court in The Hague on Wednesday. Australian Attorney General Mark Dreyfus said on Sunday he expects to win before the next southern hemisphere summer. The whaling fleet generally leaves Japan each December to begin harpooning whales in January in the Antarctic Ocean,

where Australia declared a whale sanctuary in 1999. “We’re hopeful of a decision from the International Court of Justice before the end of the year and certainly before the start of the next whale hunting season that’s part of Japan’s so-called scientific whaling program,” Dreyfus told reporters.

“We want commercial whaling to stop and that includes the so-called scientific whaling program that Japan has been carrying on for many years,” he added. Commercial whaling has been banned around the world since 1986 under an International Whaling Commission morato-

rium. But various exceptions are allowed, including whaling for scientific research which Japan says is the motivation for its annual hunt. Whales slaughtered for research can legally be sold as food, which Japan does. Dreyfus said Japan had killed more than 10,000 whales since the moratorium was declared.


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Heat, LeBron securing places in history Associated Press Writer MIAMI — Dwyane Wade was walking down the hallway toward the Miami Heat locker room in the wee hours of Friday morning, still in uniform and fussing with the new championship hat atop his head as his team and their families were in the midst of partying the night away.

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Report: Ullrich admits blood doping with Fuentes Associated Press Writer BERLIN — Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, has admitted for the first time that he received blood-doping treatment from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes during his career, according to an interview with a German magazine published Saturday. Ullrich had previously acknowledged having unspecified “contact” with Fuentes, but went further in an interview with the weekly Focus. “Yes, I received treatment from Fuentes,” the retired German rider was quoted as saying. Asked if he engaged only in blood doping with Fuentes, Ullrich replied that “the doctor’s diagnosis says that.” He said he couldn’t remember how many times he had received treatment from Fuentes. In February 2012, the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Ullrich for two years for blood doping. The CAS ruled that the German was “fully engaged” in Fuentes’ doping program, exposed in the Operation Puerto probe. The court stripped him of his third-place finish at the 2005 Tour. Ullrich retired from racing in 2007. Ullrich didn’t contest the CAS ruling, saying at the time that he wanted to “put an end to the issue.” IOC vice president Thomas Bach, who also heads Germany’s national Olympic committee, said the confession is “too little, too late.” “Jan Ullrich had his chance for a creditable admission a couple of years ago and he missed it,” Bach said in an emailed statement. “Today’s confirmation of some of the already well known and established facts does not help Jan Ullrich nor cycling.” The head of Germany’s cycling union echoed that sentiment. “He would have done himself and cycling a favor years ago with such a confession,” Rudolf Scharping told German news agency dpa. “But this no longer has anything to do with cycling today.”

He stopped briefly and assessed the celebration. “We’re getting pretty good at these,” Wade said. That’s understandable, the Heat are getting plenty of practice at throwing themselves end-of-season parties. Four trips to the NBA Finals since 2006, three championships in that span and with the last two titles coming consecutively, it’s making the decisions that the Heat and LeBron James made three summers ago look pretty smart. By topping San Antonio in Game 7 of a back-and-forth NBA Finals on Thursday, the Heat became the sixth franchise in league history to win consecutive championships. It’s their third title overall; only four clubs have more. And for James, it capped two seasons where he won

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade holds the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy, left, and LeBron James holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 7 of the NBA basketball championships, Friday, June 21, 2013, in Miami.

all he could — two regular-season MVPs, two titles, two Finals MVPs, even an Olympic gold medal. “It feels great. This team is amazing. And the vision that I had when I decided to come here is all coming true,” James said. “Through adversity, through everything we’ve been through, we’ve been able to persevere and to win back to back championships. It’s an unbelievable feeling. I’m happy to be part of such a first-class organization.” James said winning his first title was the toughest thing he’s ever done. It’s now the second-toughest. Defending the crown, he said, was even more arduous. He was exhausted when it was over — and still scored 37 points in the finale, more than he posted in any other postseason game this season. “Believe in LeBron,” Heat President Pat Riley said. Miami did, all the way to the end. The Heat rolled past Milwaukee in a first-round sweep, needed five games to oust Chicago in the second round, but then went to the seven-game limit against Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals and then to the last game again against the Spurs, who

actually were 21 seconds away from ending the series in six games before James and the Heat engineered a huge rally. Without that comeback, a championship-or-bust season would have gone bust. Instead, legacies were enhanced, more trophies were hoisted, and Miami’s place atop the NBA landscape was cemented. “To be in the championship three years in a row, to win two of those three, is unbelievable,” Wade said. “Everybody can’t get to the Finals and win six in a row, like win six and not lose one like Michael Jordan. Everyone don’t do that. But we are excited about the future of this organization. We are still a good team. And we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that we can stay competitive.” Moves will be made, of course. The Heat have some luxury-tax concerns to address, and it would be a shock if they didn’t try to get even better through a trade or free agency. “All it’s about now is what’s in front of us,” Riley said. Then again, if James keeps getting better, Miami’s place in history will probably only rise.

Vesnina and Lopez win Eastbourne finals Reuters Strong winds played havoc with her skirt and brought her a warning for time-wasting but Elena Vesnina rose above the problems to win her second WTA Tour title on the grass of Eastbourne on Saturday, beating American qualifier Jamie Hampton 6-2 6-1. Spain’s Feliciano Lopez won the men’s title, beating second seed Gilles Simon 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 6-0 in a dress rehearsal for their first-round meeting at Wimbledon next week. The Devonshire Park courts at the southern English seaside resort, always known for windy conditions, proved especially tricky for finals day and Vesnina was warned for taking too long to serve early in the second set as she tried to stop her skirt flapping. When the Russian complained, umpire Mariana Alves told her: “I understand, but we can’t wait forever.” Afterwards, Vesnina was all smiles, saying her first tour win, in Hobart in January, had come in similar conditions. “Before I hated to play in the wind, I was struggling so much, but now I just love it,” she told a courtside interviewer. The 36th-ranked Vesnina, who won the French Open doubles title with Ekaterina Makarova this month, picked up a cheque for $117,000 for the Aegon International win which she said gave her

“a lot of confidence and positive emotions” for Wimbledon, which starts on Monday. Left-hander Lopez also received a warning for taking too much time to serve at the start of the second set as he waited, puffing out his bearded cheeks in frustration, for the wind to subside. The unseeded Lopez, whose early season was disrupted by inju-

ries, raced 3-0 ahead in the deciding set. Simon saved five breakpoints in game four before putting a forehand in the net to concede another break and spent the rest of the match berating himself loudly. Luck, too, was against the Frenchman and after saving two championship points in the sixth game he slipped on the grass as he raced in to try to save a third.

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Russia’s Elena Vesnina lifts the tournament trophy as she celebrates winning the final match against USA’s Jamie Hampton during the AEGON International at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, England, Saturday June 22, 2013.


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Brazil beats Italy 4-2 in Confederations Cup Associated Press Writer

SALVADOR, Brazil — Neymar scored his third goal in three matches and Fred added two others as Brazil showed commanding form to defeat Italy 4-2 and finish top of Group A of the Confederations Cup on Saturday. Substitute defender Dante opened the scoring from close range in firsthalf injury time, but Italy equalized through Emanuele Giaccherini’s swift breakaway in the 51st. Dante looked just offside for his goal. Neymar scored in the 55th with a well-placed free kick shot into the top corner of the net as Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon could only watch, and Fred added to the lead from inside the area in the 66th before Italy pulled closer again with a Giorgio Chiellini goal in the 71st. Brazil was furious with Uzbek referee Ravshan Irmatov, who appeared to blow for an Italy penalty but changed his mind and gave a goal when it went in the net a second or so later. Italy almost equalized when an 80th-minute header by Christian Maggio exploded off the crossbar, and Mario Balotelli just missed with a right-footed shot a few minutes later, but Fred sealed the victory from a Buf-

fon parry in the 89th, another goal that looked offside. Brazil ended with nine points, three more than the Italians. Mexico and Japan had already been eliminated. Brazil needed at least a draw to win the group and likely avoid a matchup with World Cup champion Spain, which leads Group B. “Brazil is ready for the semifinal,” Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “We’ve made it with a team with good technical and tactical quality and with a lot of confidence.” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was pleased with some of his team’s performance. “In the second half we played great. I’m very pleased with what I saw, the way we reacted and had desire to attack deep. Of course, against squads like these you always risk something and if you make a mistake you let in a goal. “Matches like these make you grow and if we face Spain we’ll try to play our game,” he said.

The result keeps Italy winless against Brazil in 30 years, since the second round of the 1982 World Cup in Spain. In six matches since, Brazil has won four and there were two draws. Brazil had also beaten Italy 3-0 the group stage of the 2009 Confederations Cup, when it eventually won its second-straight title — and third overall — in the warm-up competition. Brazil hasn’t won any significant title since then. The teams had met only four times since the 1994 World Cup final in the United States, with two victories by Brazil and two draws, including a 2-2 result earlier this year. It was the first time the teams played in Brazil. Brazil took control in the first few minutes but it didn’t take long before Italy leveled the match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. “We feared Brazil a little in the first half and you can’t do that against a team like Brazil,” Prandelli said. “In

the second half we played in a different way. We showed personality and we are satisfied with how the team reacted. I’m happy with the way the team fought back and tried to make it difficult for Brazil.” Dante, who replaced injured starting defender David Luiz in the 34th, put Brazil ahead with a left-footed shot off a rebound from a difficult save by Buffon following a header by striker Fred. Buffon dived to his left to make the stop, but Dante was in position to sidefoot the ball into the net. Dante appeared to be narrowly offside after Fred’s header from the free kick taken by Neymar. Italy equalized with Giaccherini’s powerful shot into the far corner after receiving an acrobatic pass by Balotelli as he was hit by Dante outside the area. Giaccherini had come on in the 26th to replace injured midfielder Riccardo Montolivo. Neymar found the net from the free kick after he was fouled just outside the box following a nice run past Italian defenders. Buffon began going to his right and couldn’t get back after Neymar fired the shot away from the wall instead of going over it. “Neymar can be decisive and that’s what happened with the free kick,” Scolari said. “He had many good quality opportunities but the

key thing was when he realized Buffon was taking a step to the side. Only those geniuses who have a notion of what is happening in the match can do that.” Neymar was replaced in the 69th to a standing ovation by the nearly 50,000 fans packing the Arena Fonte Nova. The recently signed Barcelona player was chosen the man of the match for the third match in a row. Fred took advantage of a long pass by Marcelo and scored his first goal with a firm left-footed shot into the top of the net after battling with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini inside the area. Chiellini pulled Italy closer with a shot from near the penalty spot after a corner kick taken by Antonio Candreva, and after the missed chances by Maggio and Balotelli, Fred found the net again off the rebound of Buffon’s save after a shot by Marcelo in a breakaway. Italy also lost Ignazio Abate because of an injury just 30 minutes into the match. The teams started without some of their most important players. Italy couldn’t count on midfielder Andrea Pirlo because of a strained right leg muscle, while Brazil was without defensive midfielder Paulinho because of a left ankle sprain. The Italians also missed Daniele De Rossi, who was suspended with two yellow cards.

Forlan, 3 others stuck in elevator at team hotel Associated Press Writer

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Brazil’s Neymar celebrates scoring his side’s 2nd goal during the soccer Confederations Cup group A match between Italy and Brazil at Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

RECIFE, Brazil — Diego Forlan and two of his teammates were stuck in the elevator at the Uruguay team hotel for more than 30 minutes on Saturday, delaying the start of their final training session ahead of Sunday’s match. Forlan, Diego Perez, Sebastian Eguren and a trainer were heading down from the seventh floor of their hotel in Recife when it stopped working. “We got stuck in the lift for half an hour, but we could breathe. We could see the light,” Perez said. “The door got stuck.” Uruguay is in the northern Brazilian city to face Tahiti on Sunday in their final Group B match of the Confederations Cup, a warm-up event for next year’s World Cup. A victory will be good enough to put the South American champions into the semifinals, as long as Spain earns at least a draw with Nigeria in the other group match. Perez, a defensive midfielder who plays for Bologna, said he had no intention of making any changes once the team gets back to the hotel Saturday evening, assuming everything is in working order. “I trust that the lift will work,” Perez said. “Otherwise we’ll change floors.”


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Hernandez double gives Mexico 2-1 win over Japan Associated Press Writer

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Greece’s Andreas Bouchalakis, right, scores the opening goal during the Under-20 World Cup Group D soccer match between Mexico and Greece in Gaziantep, Turkey, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Greece beats Mexico in Under-20 WCup Associated Press Writer

ISTANBUL — It was disappointing night for Latin American teams at the Under 20-World Cup as Greece scored late to beat Mexico 2-1 and South American champion Colombia was held to 1-1 by Australia on Saturday. Greece, making its debut in the 24-team tournament, scored first in Gaziantep through Andreas Bouchalakis in the 16th minute. Mexico’s Jorge Espericueta drew the CONCACAF champion level in the 40th of the Group D match with a wonderful free kick from 25 yards. Dimitrios Kolovos then made a turn in the area and scored a late winner in the 88th. In Group C, Colombia came from a goal down against Australia in Trabzon. Sixteen-year-old Daniel De Silva,

the youngest player at the tournament, opening the scoring in the 46th, finishing a strong run by eluding Felipe Aguilar in the area and cooling slotting it in. With time running out, Jhon Cordoba took a pass from Felipe Aguilar, turned and fired past out-of-position goalkeeper Paul Izzo. Security has been stepped up at all seven sites following weeks of sometimes violent protests. The protests began over plans to replace a popular park in Istanbul with a mall and broadened into discontent over what opponents say is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian and meddlesome ways. The matches have not been targeted by protesters but on Saturday Turkish police used water cannon to disperse thousands gathered in

Istanbul’s Taksim Square to observe a memorial for four people killed during recent anti-government protests. The host team showed no apparent effect from the protests as it made an ideal start with a 3-0 win over El Salvador to top Group C. Cenk Sahin launched an attack down the right side in the ninth before sending a low cross for Salih Ucan to slot home. The two teamed up again after halftime, as Ucan slipped a pass to Sahin, who scored the first of his two goals in the 46th. Seventeen minutes later, Sahin slotted home inside the far post to put the match out of reach. In the other Group D match, Paraguay and Mali settled for a 1-1 draw. Mali’s Adama Niane gave his side the lead after three minutes before the favorite Paraguay drew level in the 7th courtesy of Jorge Rojas.

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Javier Hernandez cemented his status as Mexico’s leading striker Saturday, sending his team home from the Confederations Cup on a high by scoring twice to clinch a 2-1 victory over Japan in their final Group A match. With seven goals in his last eight games for Mexico, the 25-year-old Manchester United striker has now climbed up his country’s all-time scoring leaderboard to third spot, which he shares with retired forward Luis Hernandez. “He’s always been a very insistent, determined player,” said Mexico coach Jose Manuel De la Torre, who also managed Hernandez at Guadalajara. “He’s highly competitive, and has a huge dynamic and sense of timing in order to score ... and that is what has taken him to be at these very high levels with Manchester United. Now he’s simply responding with these goals for the national team.” After struggling to threaten in the first half at the Mineirao Stadium, Hernandez met Andres Guardado’s cross in the 54th minute and headed in again in the 66th from Giovani Dos Santos’ corner. Shinji Okazaki pulled one back for Japan in the 86th and Hernandez won a penalty in stoppage time, but his weak effort was saved and he then sent the follow-up against the crossbar. Both Mexico and Japan were playing only for pride, having been eliminated from the Confederations Cup by losing their first two matches at the 2014 World Cup test event. “We have an unpleasant taste in our mouths — we don’t like seeing our team being eliminated early from a tournament,” Hernandez said through a translator. “But Mexico at least made it to the (Confederation Cup) finals ... and this victory helps us in building the confidence back.” Although Japan leaves Brazil having finished bottom of its group without a point, the team’s return trip to Brazil is already guaranteed. The Asian champions were the first World Cup qualifiers while Mexico is still slugging it out for a spot from the CONCACAF confederation.

FIFA suspension looms as Thais fight reforms Reuters

Thailand face a FIFA-imposed suspension on Monday after a lowly fourth tier club refused to balk at pressure from the world governing body to drop a court order halting controversial reforms that has left the game in crisis. Thai FA (FAT) leader and FIFA executive committee member Worawi Makudi has also, so far unsuccessfully, pressured Pattaya FC to drop the court injunction which led to him postponing last Sunday’s FAT presidential elections indefinitely.

The argument centres on one of the FIFA and Worawi backed reforms that would see the slashing of the number of eligible voters from around 180 to just 72. Worawi wanted to push through the new reforms in line with FIFA statues in a vote on June 15 before holding the presidential election a day later, just before his latest term ended. But Pattaya secured an order from Bangkok’s Min Buri court on June 14 that prevented the Thai FA meeting to vote on the matter before the court reaches a

verdict on the club’s claim, local media reported Critics say shrinking the vote is a ploy by Worawi to retain his seat amongst growing unpopularity. The controversial 61-year-old says the new reforms are a FIFA prerequisite. FIFA said they could impose a suspension on Thailand should Pattaya not drop the claim by Monday, which Worawi said would jeopardise lucrative tours by Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea to the Southeast Asian country in the coming weeks.

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Mexico’s Javier Hernandez, left, gestures after failing to score a penalty kick rebound against Japan’s goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima during a soccer Confederations Cup group A match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 22, 2013.


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Nyoman Gunarsa Museum IBP

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This Museum located in band which is strategic enough, Located beside the street in Banda Village, Takmung about 3 Km west of the Town of Semarapura, Klungkung Regency. The Museum built with

a Modern Bali architect. This Museum have various classic painting of Bali, either from the past, new and also former epoch result of masterpiece from its owner, I Nyoman Gunarsa. I Nyoman Gunarsa is one of the painter which distinguish for coming from Bali. Most of his

masterpiece painting was taken from Bali folklore, and Hindu Dharma legend. Thats make his style of painting different from the other. Its masterpieces taken from artistry of Bali, like folk dance, traditional music, Balinese ceremony, and environmental variety.


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Cloud-seeding begins to fight haze Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Indonesia has begun seeding clouds in an attempt to create rain to extinguish blazes that have choked Singapore and Malaysia with smog, officials said Sunday, while launching investigations into plantation firms suspected of starting the fires. The pollution index dropped to “moderate” in Singapore on Sunday after having hit “hazardous” levels but the smog intensified in Malaysia, with its government declaring a state of emergency in two southern districts. An aircraft with cloud-seeding equipment late Saturday managed to unleash rain over Bengkalis district on Sumatra island, where some of the biggest fires are raging, Indonesian disaster management agency official Agus Wibowo told AFP. “We will continue our cloudseeding operations today (Sunday) using two aircraft,” he said. Indonesian police, meanwhile, said it was probing eight companies with possible Malaysian links that are suspected of starting the fires, a day after environment group Greenpeace said the blazes were on palm oil plantations owned by Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean firms. Wibowo said the Pollution Standards Index (PSI) in Indonesia’s Riau province, where the fires are burning, exceeded the hazardous 400 level in several locations. Three helicopters also dropped water to douse fires on hundreds of hectares (acres) of carbon-rich peatland that have engulfed neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia

in smog. Malaysian Environment Minister G. Palanivel said the air pollutant index (API) hit 750 in the town of Muar -- a 16-year high -- on Sunday morning, with two other towns also reaching hazardous levels. “The prime minister has signed a declaration of emergency for Muar and Ledang districts,” Palanivel told AFP in a text message. The highest ever API reading was 860 during the 1997-1998 haze crisis that gripped the region. Hundreds of schools have been closed since Thursday in Muar, which has a population of about 250,000. Many Malaysians have begun wearing face masks as a precaution as the pollution levels have climbed. Malaysia’s API indicated that the capital Kuala Lumpur was also experiencing “unhealthy” air which has limited visibility to one kilometre (less than a mile), according to Palanivel. The annual haze problem is blamed by Indonesia’s neighbours for affecting tourism and public health. The haze hit its worst levels in 1997-1998, costing Southeast Asia an estimated $9 billion from disruptions to air travel and other business activities. Singapore and Indonesia have

lashed out at each other in recent days after the smog hit “critical” levels which the island-state said was potentially life-threatening to its ill and elderly. However, Indonesian officials have become irate at the demands, and on Thursday the minister coordinating Jakarta’s response to the crisis accused Singapore of acting “like a child”. Indonesia has also sought to shift some blame on Malaysian and Singapore-based palm oil companies for allowing slash and burn on estates they own on Sumatra, but the companies insist they have strict “no burn” policies. Indonesian police said eight companies were suspected to have carried out the burning. “They are suspected to be Malaysian,” Riau provincial police spokesman Hermansyah told AFP. “We can’t confirm yet if they are involved but the police and the government officials are on the ground to check and verify the information,” he added. “It’s a very serious crime. Fire starters can be jailed and companies can be sued. They usually do it at night in remote locations, making it difficult for us to trace them. But we will do our best to pin them down,” he said.

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Government raises fuel prices Associated Press

JAKARTA — Fuel prices increased up to 44 percent across Indonesia early Saturday after the government reduced some of the costly subsidies that have kept pump prices in Southeast Asia’s largest economy among the world’s lowest. Long lines of motorbikes and cars snaked around gas stations for hours late Friday as motorists waited to fill up their tanks with cheaper gas before the increase took effect after midnight. The government had ordered stations to stay open to accommodate the crush. The subsidies are a significant drain on the country’s budget. The budget approved Monday sets the 2013 fuel subsidy at $20.2 billion — nearly 4 percent of total economic output. By comparison, the government aims to spend $20 billion on infrastructure in 2013. The new budget also has more than $900 million in cash handouts to cushion the impact of the fuel price increase on 15.5 million poor families over four months. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had asked lawmakers to ensure the poorest people were not left unprotected. The increase — the first in five years — will raise the price of gasoline from about 45 cents to 65 cents per liter and diesel fuel from 45 cents to 55 cents. Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said the hike was actually an adjustment as the country has to spend nearly $30 billion on fuel imports, while about 70 percent of subsidies were merely enjoyed by middle and high classes. Protests had greeted the planned fuel price increase, mainly on Monday when Parliament was acting on the long-delayed plan. Economist Aviliani applauded the move, saying the subsidies have put pressure on the country’s trade and current account deficits as well as local currency. “It will result in inflation and increase of other prices, but on other hand it will make Indonesia more attractive to foreign investors,” said Aviliani, who uses a single name. The government was using text messages and public bulletins in newspapers to lay out the government’s arguments for the fuel price increases. The government has subsidized fuel for decades in Indonesia, where about half of the 240 million people survive on $2 a day. In 1998, increased prices sparked rioting that helped topple longtime dictator Suharto. Last year, Parliament rejected a similar plan to raise fuel prices. But Yudhoyono was able to push the deal through this time despite opposition from some parties, with a vote of 338 to 181 supporting the measure, a year before the next presidential election.

Indonesia allows Freeport to resume operation: company Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - US miner Freeport-McMoRan said Saturday the Indonesian government has allowed it to resume operations in Papua province after a fatal tunnel collapse. The Freeport’s Indonesian subsidiary restarted some operations two weeks after the deadly accident, which killed 28 people in mid May, but the government ordered a halt in all production just days later when another worker was killed in a

fresh incident. “PT Freeport Indonesia has been informed by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources that it may commence milling and open pit operations,” the company said in a statement. Freeport Indonesia president Rozik Soetjipto said that the company would “renew (its) commitment to take all actions required for our worker safety”. The production shutdown hit operations at the Grasberg Mine, one of the largest gold and

copper mines in the world, with Freeport declaring force majeure on shipments on June 12. The company has also suspended its four senior employees who have been accused by its workers unions of being at fault over the accident after workers threatened to strike. In 2011, a three-month workers’ strike crippled production at Grasberg, with the company declaring force majeure after a month to avoid liabilities as it failed to make good on all its orders.

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Motorists queue up to fill up their tanks with cheaper gas before the fuel price hike that was just announced by the government takes effect after midnight at a gas station in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia late Friday, June 21, 2013.


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BUSINESS British, Chinese central banks agree currency swap line Agence France-Presse LONDON - The Bank of England and the People’s Bank of China have signed an agreement to establish a reciprocal, three-year sterling-yuan currency swap line, Britain’s central bank announced. The deal was agreed Saturday

between BoE governor Mervyn King, who steps down at the end of the month, and his counterpart Zhou Xiaochuan of the central People’s Bank of China. “The maximum value of the swap is 200 billion (yuan) renminbi ($32.6 billion, 24.8 billion euros),” the BoE said in a statement.

“The swap line may be used to promote bilateral trade between the two countries and to support domestic financial stability should market conditions warrant.” Zhou and King met in February in Beijing for discussions on the swap line. The City of London financial district launched an initia-

tive in April on making the British capital a centre for yuan business. “It is a testament to the outstanding working relationships between the Bank of England and the People’s Bank of China that this swap line has now been signed,” King said. “In the unlikely event that a generalised shortage of offshore

renminbi liquidity emerges, the bank will have the capability to facilitate renminbi liquidity to eligible institutions in the UK.” It is the latest in a string of bilateral currency agreements that China has signed in recent years to promote use of the yuan in trade and investment.

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In this Thursday, May 30, 2013, file photo, customers line up at a Starbucks Coffee in New York. Starbucks wants a little extra change for that latte. The Seattle-based coffee company says it’s hiking prices on average by 1 percent nationally starting on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, but it says the price for many drinks, such as medium and large brewed coffees and Frappuccinos, won’t change in most its 11,000 U.S. cafes.

Japan’s budget airlines hit rough air Agence France-Presse TOKYO - Japan’s budget airlines have flown into turbulence with AirAsia’s local carrier in danger of being grounded, but analysts say the popularity of discount flying should keep the fledgling sector in the sky. Earlier this month, Malaysiabased AirAsia warned it might pull the plug on its partnership with All Nippon Airways (ANA), citing management tensions. While details of the dispute remain unclear, AirAsia, the region’s dominant budget carrier, said its Japanese business was “facing some challenges attributed to a difference of opinion in management, most critically on the points of how to operate a low

cost business and operating from Narita” airport. It added that AirAsia Japan was suffering from an “inability to manage costs”. A key constraint on the country’s budget carriers is that they have been shut out of Haneda airport, just a short train ride from downtown Tokyo and the staging point for the most profitable domestic routes, which are controlled by ANA and rival Japan

Airlines (JAL). Flying out of Narita requires a one-hour train ride from the city centre, a long-standing headache for travellers including passengers with AirAsia Japan and Jetstar Japan, a joint venture between JAL and Australia’s Qantas. The Japanese aviation industry has long been notorious for skyhigh landing fees and fuel taxes, in a market that was controlled for decades by JAL and ANA, the country’s two dominant carriers. Japanese travellers have become used to paying high fares, unlike flyers in other markets such as North America and Europe who could opt for heavily discounted rates on low-cost carriers such as

Southwest Airlines or Ryanair. A Japanese no-frills carrier, Skymark Airlines, has struggled to offer the kind of heavily discounted fares seen overseas due to high operating costs. But a trio of new entrants have jumped into the market over the past couple of years, hoping to cash in on increases in airport capacity and steal away customers from both regional rivals and the dominant carriers, as well as another popular travel option in Japan: bullet trains. A third new entrant, Peach Aviation -- jointly owned by First Eastern Aviation of Hong Kong, ANA, and a Japanese investment fund -- announced its two-mil-

lionth passenger in May. AirAsia Japan, however, is in trouble less than two years after it got off the ground. The budget giant said it wanted to stay in the Japanese market and “would not rule out any options to make this happen, including dissolution of the joint venture”. A report in Japan’s leading Nikkei business daily said AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes reached an agreement on the dissolution after discussions with senior ANA officials. For its part, ANA said that “nothing has been decided”, but vowed to continue flying a lowcost carrier out of Narita no matter what happens.


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Rivers receding in Calgary, 3 dead in floods Associated Press Writer

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Protesters hold a Brazilian flag as thousands gather for a demonstration at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Turkish police unleash water cannon on protests Associated Press Writer ISTANBUL - Turkish police used water cannon to disperse thousands gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday to observe a memorial for four people killed during recent anti-government protests. The officers later fired tear gas and rubber bullets, and in some cases beat people with batons, to scatter demonstrators who regrouped in side streets. The police move came as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that foreign-led conspirators he alleges are behind the anti-government movement in his country also are fomenting the recent unrest in Brazil. The protests in Turkey erupted three weeks ago after riot police brutally cracked down on peaceful environmental activists who opposed plans to develop Gezi Park, which lies next to Taksim. The demonstrations soon turned into expressions of discontent with what critics say is Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian and meddlesome ways.

Erdogan, who took power a decade ago, denies he is authoritarian and, as evidence of his popularity, points to elections in 2011 that returned his party to power with 50 percent of the vote and gave him a third term in office. On Saturday, demonstrators converged in Taksim, where they laid down carnations in remembrance of at least three protesters and a police officer killed in the rallies. For about two hours, protesters shouted antigovernment slogans and demanded that Erdogan resign before police warned them to leave the square. Some demonstrators tried to give

carnations to the security forces watching over the square, shouting: “Police, don’t betray your people.” But after their warnings to disperse were ignored, police pushed back protesters with water cannon, even chasing stragglers down side streets and apparently blocking entrances to the square. An Associated Press journalist said police drove back protesters into side streets off Taksim - including the main pedestrian shopping street Istiklal - and later fired several rounds of tear gas and rubber bullets to scatter the crowds who refused to disperse. There were no immediate reports of any injuries. Dogan news agency footage showed two police officers hitting protesters with batons and kicking them as they forced their way through Istiklal street. A few demonstrators threw rocks at a police water cannon, while other protesters tried to calm them down and prevent them from attacking police.

CALGARY, Alberta - Water levels dropped, providing a measure of relief to the western Canadian city of Calgary, hit hard by floods that devastated much of southern Alberta province, causing at least three deaths and forcing thousands to evacuate. The flooding forced authorities to evacuate Calgary’s entire downtown and hit some of the city’s iconic structures hard. The Saddledome, home to the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames, was flooded up to the 10th row, leaving the dressing rooms submerged. Flames’ president and CEO Ken King said Saturday that the Saddledome is a “real mess,” with water still up to row 8 of the lower bowl. He said the flooding had caused a total loss on the event level with all mechanical equipment submerged under 15 feet (4.5 meters) of water. “If you were a hockey player walking out of the tunnel to the ice, you’d be underwater yourself,” he said during a news conference. Water lapped at the roof of the chuckwagon barns at the grounds of the Calgary Stampede, which is scheduled to start in two weeks. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has said the city will do everything it can to make sure that the worldrenowned party goes ahead.

Bruce Burrell, director of the city’s emergency management agency, said Saturday they are seeing improvements in the rivers. Dan Limacher, director of water services for the city, said the Elbow river is expected to recede by about 60 percent over the next two days, while the larger Bow river will recede by about 25 percent. The improving conditions Saturday morning prompted Calgary’s mayor to tweet: “It’s morning in Calgary! Sunny, water levels are down, and our spirit remains strong. We’re not out of this, but maybe have turned corner.” However, Nenshi said later Saturday that while the city may have turned a corner, there is still a state of emergency in effect. “Flows on Elbow and Bow (rivers) are dropping slowly. We do believe the peak has passed on the Elbow. However, water levels are still four times higher than 2005 flood levels,” he said during a press conference. Overflowing rivers on Thursday and Friday washed out roads and bridges, soaked homes and turned streets into dirt-brown waterways around southern Alberta. High River, southwest of Calgary, was one of the hardest-hit areas and remained under a mandatory evacuation order. Police said they have recovered three bodies in the town.

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward

A flooded downtown Calgary, Alberta is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Militants kill 9 foreign tourists, 1 Pakistani Associated Press Writer ISLAMABAD - Islamic militants wearing police uniforms shot to death nine foreign tourists and one Pakistani before dawn Sunday as they were visiting one of the world’s highest mountains in a remote area of northern Pakistan, officials said. The foreigners who were killed included five Ukrainians, three Chi-

nese and one Russian, said Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. One Chinese tourist was wounded in the attack and was rescued, he said. The local branch of the Taliban took responsibility for the killings, saying it was to avenge the death of a leader killed in a drone strike. The shooting is likely to damage the country’s struggling tourism in-

dustry. Pakistan’s mountainous north - considered until now relatively safe - is one of the main attractions in a country beset with insurgency and other political instability. The attack took place at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8,126 meters (26,660 feet). Nanga Parbat is notoriously difficult to climb and is known as the “killer mountain”

because of numerous mountaineering deaths in the past. It’s unclear if the tourists were planning to climb the mountain or were just visiting the base camp, which is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The gunmen were wearing uniforms used by the Gilgit Scouts, a paramilitary police force that patrols the area, said the interior minister. The attackers abducted

two local guides to find their way to the remote base camp. One of the guides was killed in the shooting, and the other has been detained and is being questioned, said Khan. “The government will take all measures to ensure the safety of foreign tourists,” said the interior minister in a speech in the National Assembly, which passed a resolution condemning the incident.


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Japan cheers Mount Fuji’s World Heritage listing Associated Press Writer

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Japan cheered the selection on Saturday of its most iconic landmark, Mount Fuji, as a World Heritage site. The 3,776-meter-tall mountain has deep cultural and religious meaning in Japan. Thousands of residents in towns around the mountain watched the UNESCO vote live on large screens in public halls and cheered when the result was announced. A committee of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization selected it in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. More than 960 sites around the world are on the UNESCO list, which recognizes places that are considered to be of exceptional beauty or cultural value. Another world-famous mountain was put on the list earlier this week: Italy’s Mount Etna, known especially for its volcanic activity. China’s Xinjiang Tianshan, part of Central Asia’s Tianshan mountain system, was also honored. Another mountainous area designated a heritage site was Tajik National Park, whose landscapes of alpine lakes and glacial fields cover 18 percent of Tajikistan. Africa’s Namibia had one of its natural wonders put on the list for the first time, with the selection of the Namib Sand Sea, described by UNESCO as “the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive dune fields influenced by fog.” El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico was picked for its diverse landscape, and also boasts impressive archaeological holdings. Also approved was an extension to Kenya’s Mount Kenya Natural Park / Natural Forest, the additional area lying “within the traditional migrating route of the African elephant population” of the park.

AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

FILE - In this Sunday, April 15, 2007 file photo, Mount Fuji’s peak in nearly symmetrical, snowcapped cone is reflected on the surface of Lake Yamanaka, west of Tokyo.

Storm doesn’t halt Brooklyn’s strutting mermaids Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Coney Island nearly went the way of Atlantis when Superstorm Sandy swept up the East Coast last October, but even that couldn’t stop Brooklyn’s strutting mermaids from hitting the boardwalk on the first weekend of summer. Hundreds of thousands of people mobbed the seaside amusement district Saturday for the spectacle of

outlandish floats, wacky costumes and bare skin that is Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade. Billed as the world’s largest art parade, the nautical-themed procession along the boardwalk and nearby Surf Avenue almost didn’t happen this year. Coney Island was hit hard by Sandy. Hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded. One major attraction, the state aquarium, was badly damaged. The offices of

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

A couple walks on the boardwalk at Coney Island Thursday, May 23, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Not all the repairs are finished, not all the sand is replaced and not every nearby businesses has recovered.

Coney Island USA, the organization that hosts the parade, were inundated, too. But the beach’s famous boardwalk was one of the few on the coast that was spared. Most of the carnival rides, including the historic Cyclone roller coaster, have reopened. Parade founder Dick Zigun turned to the Kickstarter website and raised more than $100,000 so the show would go on. Renae Johnson, a 31-year-old art therapist from Manhattan who arrived wearing a seashell bikini top, fishtail skirt and white makeup, said she would not have missed this year’s parade for the world. “I’m not a religious person, so this tends to be my Christmas,” she said. For Seena Ghaznavi, it felt like the storm never happened. “From the energy, you would not be able to tell that Sandy came through here,” said Ghaznavi, 29, who came as a genie in a turban and harem pants. The parade, which began in 1983 and takes place on the Saturday closest to the first day of summer, is a mix of seedy, raunchy and family fun. This year’s version featured dancers, bands, politicians, people costumed as pirates, octopuses and sailors, and many women wearing fake fish tails on their bottoms and nothing but sequined pasties — or less — on top.

Dog birth control shots could limit populations Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — A decade ago, the Rosebud Sioux Indians in South Dakota were paying people to catch and shoot wild dogs. Dogs that weren’t caught were covered in mange and parasites. Some froze. Some starved. In packs, they survived by eating each other. And dog bites were 20 times worse than the national average. Because animals are such an important part of Indian history and culture, tribal leaders called spay and neuter expert Ruth Steinberger. In the next eight years, they worked together to sterilize 7,000 dogs, moving 1,500 of them to other parts of America for adoption. Many U.S. tribes still rely on roundups to manage dog overpopulation, but two tribes in the West are going to take part in an experiment this fall using shots of a different kind. Veterinarians plan to catch and inject 300 wild female dogs with a birth control vaccine that has worked on white-tailed deer, wild horses, wallabies and ferrets. The two-year test using the government vaccine GonaCon is scheduled to begin in September on two isolated Indian reservations in the West, said Steinberger, the project manager. Reservation officials asked not to be identified until

the study is further along. The $60,000 contraceptive study will be conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Center and Spay First, Steinberger’s Oklahoma-based organization working to reduce dog overpopulation in chronically poor places around the world. Right now, the dogs are getting scraps from people who don’t want to see them die — but the litters keep coming. Steinberger, 56, said she learned a long time ago she could do more to help animals by preventing litters rather than rescuing them. Her work at Rosebud is generally considered a textbook example for ending overpopulation. “The reservation is a better place. ... This is easier to explain in Lakota than in English, but dogs are a part of our lives. They have been in the past, and they will be in the future. To be able to take care of them is so important,” explained Belva Black Lance, a Rosebud Sioux community advocate who helps with the dog program. In the GonaCon test, dogs will be caught, microchipped, tattooed, collared, injected and released, she said. After a year, researchers will round up as many as they can and do blood tests to measure reaction to the vaccine, Steinberger said.


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Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Introduces complimentary WiFi service IBP

KUTA - Hard Rock Hotel Bali announced that the Hotel now offers complimentary Wi-Fi Internet for every registered Hotel guest and complimentary access to TABU Teens Club. The Hotel celebrated its 15th Anniversary in May 2013 with major refurbishment in each guestroom, facilities and public area completed. Newly installed Internet access points with the latest wireless broadband technology are in place to enhance every guest experience . “Our complimentary Wi-Fi and free access to Tabu Teens Club show that we understand what is important to our guests. At Hard Rock Hotel Bali, we go the extra mile to ensure your stay is truly authentic, Hard Rocking, and worry-free,” explained Andrew Khoo, M.I.H, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Bali. TABU Teens Club spans 252 sqm and offers a disco equipped with multi-purpose DJ Booth, Internet and Gaming Lounge with WII, Xbox Kinetic and PS3 facilities, private cinema area, bar and lounge with chill out area and pool table. Tabu is for young adults, age 13 – 17 years old. Young rockers and family members are also welcome to enjoy TABU Teens Club and its ever-popular facilities for free. TABU Teens Club is open daily from 10 am to 9 pm.

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

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

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

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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After four decades, Black Sabbath tops U.S. album chart Reuters LOS ANGELES - Veteran heavymetal band Black Sabbath landed its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, more than four decades after the rockers debuted their first album in the United States. “13,” the 19th studio album from Black Sabbath, sold 155,000 copies in its first Photo by Steve C. Mitchell/Invision/AP, file week, according to figures from Nielsen ILE - This Aug. 3, 2012 file photo shows Ozzy Osbourne SoundScan, knocking last week’s No. 1 of Black Sabbath performing at the Lollapalooza fes- album by Queens of the Stone Age off the tival in Chicago’s Grant Park. Black Sabbath’s latest top spot on the weekly U.S. album chart. Black Sabbath, an English rock album “13,” was released this week.

band fronted by lead singer Ozzy Osbourne, released their debut self-titled album in North America in 1970, but were never able to notch the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart in a career spanning 43 years. “The news is absolutely amazing we couldn’t have imagined this would happen,” guitarist and founding member Tony Iommi said in a statement. Osbourne added, “to finally have our first No. 1 album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for Black Sabbath.” French electronic duo Daft Punk held steady for the second week at No.

2 with “Random Access Memories,” which has sold 543,000 copies since its release on May 18. Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” saw a surge in sales last week after the album was discounted for Father’s Day, with 35,000 copies sold and climbing from No. 9 to No. 3. Country band Florida Georgia Line also benefited from Father’s Day promotion sale prices, as their album “Here’s to the Good Times” climbing back into the top 10 at No. 5. Black Sabbath was one of five new debut albums in the top ten this week.

Gaza singer gives Palestinians a reason to smile Associated Press Writer

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinians relished a rare moment of pride and national unity Saturday after a 23-year-old wedding singer from a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip won “Arab Idol,” a regional TV singing contest watched by millions of people. With the announcement of Mohammed Assaf’s victory, fireworks lit up the sky over the West Bank and Gaza. Thousands who had watched the final show on outdoor screens in the two territories broke into cheers and chants of “Palestine, Palestine.” In Gaza City, young men on motorcycles waved Palestinian flags and women dropped candy from balconies. Rasha Salman, 42, an engineer in Gaza City, was moved to tears. “He brought joy to our hearts and dried some of our wounds,” she said. “For a few

moments, he united us behind his cause, which is art.” The singer with the bright smile and warm voice had put Palestinian pride center stage during the competition. In a performance Friday, many in the audience in the TV studio in Beirut jumped to their feet when he struck up his signature anthem to Palestinian nationalism, “Raise the kaffiyeh.” The show, produced by the Saudiowned MBC Group, was broadcast from the Lebanese capital. Now in its second season, this year’s competition began in

March with 27 contestants. Assaf, who was born to Palestinian parents in Libya and grew up in Gaza’s Khan Younis refugee camp, almost didn’t get to compete. He says he had to plead with Hamas to let him leave Gaza, then bribe Egyptian border guards to let him enter the country en route to Lebanon. A fellow Palestinian gave up his slot during the audition phase because he believed Assaf had a better chance at winning. As Assaf advanced in the competition, excitement and national pride kept building in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the territories where the Palestinians one day hope to establish a state. Rooting for the talented performer has allowed Palestinians to feel as one people, forgetting at least briefly their political and geographic split.

Palestinians watch the performance of Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf, a contestant in a regional TV singing contest, on a large screen in the West Bank city of Nablus, Saturday, June 21, 2013.

AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh


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