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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 NSA leaker Snowden expected to fly to Cuba

Spain defeats Nigeria 3-0 to reach semifinals

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A print of Nelson Mandela and get-well messages hanged outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Monday, June 24, 2013. Mandela’s health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said.

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Mandela in critical condition Agence France-Presse

Zuma sought to assure the country that medics were now doing all they JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in could to save his life. “The doctors are doing everything hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is their revered anti-apartheid icon. well-looked after and is comfortable. “The condition of former presi- Mandela on Sunday evening and He is in good hands,” Zuma said, usdent Nelson Mandela, who is still was told by doctors “that the former ing the revered leader’s clan name. Zuma was accompanied to the in hospital in Pretoria, has become president’s condition had become hospital by the ruling ANC deputy critical,” presidential spokesman critical over the past 24 hours.” Mac Maharaj said in a statement Maharaj told AFP on Monday president Cyril Ramaphosa. At the hospital, the two also met late Sunday. there was no update on this condition The frail 94-year-old was admit- overnight. Mandela, who became with Mandela’s wife Graca Machel, ted to hospital over two weeks ago, South Africa’s first black president who has been by Mandela’s bedside in the early hours of June 8, for treat- in 1994, is due to celebrate his 95th since he was taken ill. Zuma appealed to South Africans ment for a lung infection. birthday on July 18. But after intensive treatment at He has been hospitalised four and people worldwide to pray for Pretoria’s Mediclinic Heart Hospital times since December, mostly for Mandela, his family and the medics and some signs of improvement, his the pulmonary condition that has attending to him “during this difficult condition deteriorated. plagued him since his time in an time.” Flowers, cards, balloons and mesPresident Jacob Zuma visited apartheid jail.

sages of support were left outside the gate of Mandela’s Pretoria hospital. “Two weeks in hospital is really a long time for an old man. I’m worried, we are all worried,” said Mthandeni Mjwara in Mthatha, a rural town in the region where Mandela grew up. “It’s quite sad to hear that his health is not improving, I was really hoping for good news.” In Washington, the White House said its thoughts and prayers were with Mandela, as US President Barack Obama prepares to visit South Africa. “We have seen the latest reports from the South African government that former president Mandela is in critical condition,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and the people of South Africa.” Obama leaves Wednesday on a tour of Africa that will take him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. The possibility of a meeting between the first black presidents of both South Africa and the United States has been hotly anticipated for years. The White House has said it will defer to Mandela’s family regarding any meeting. As much as Mandela is loved by South Africans, with the latest hospitalisations many have come to terms with their hero’s fragility. “It is not up to us to decide what happens now. There is nothing we can do,” said Aphiwe Ngesi a teacher in Mthatha. “All we can do is hope for the best.”



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bali News Reveal subsidized fuel abuse

Hotel Balisani broken in

Police secure 40 liters of diesel

Valuables of foreigners plundered

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DENPASAR - Police officers revealed another case on the allegation of commercial transport of subsidized fuel abuse. Criminal Detective Unit of the Denpasar Metro Police secured 40 liters of diesel at the project site of Hotel Amaris Sunset Road on Jalan Sunset Road, Kuta, Friday (Jun 21). Allegedly, the diesel was purchased at subsidized price and would be used for fuel of tower crane equipment at the project. Information in police station on Sunday (Jun 23) mentioned the case disclosure was based on a complaint from the public. The project purchased the fuel at one of the petrol stations at subsidized rate. However, the diesel was used to fuel heavy equipment. “After receiving the complaint, police immediately checked to location (project— Ed),” said the source last Sunday. The source rejecting the name to be published on newspaper explained that after checking, the police found 40 liters of diesel at the project. It was stored in drums and allegedly purchased at subsidized price. “Checking to the project was made

on Friday at 12:00 a.m. Due to the indication of fuel misuse, the diesel was secured to Denpasar Metro Police as evidence,” he explained. Apart from the evidence, police officers also secured Toto Sukamto, 56, et al. to be questioned in Denpasar Metro Police. According to him, the suspect purchased the subsidized fuel by truck and was then transferred to the heavy equipment used to work at the project. “It is true that we revealed the case. However, we are still investigating it,” said Chief of Criminal Detective Unit of the Denpasar Metro Police, Encep Syamsul Hayat, last Sunday. (kmb21)

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DENPASAR - A theft action occurred in Kuta Police jurisdiction. Hotel Balisani on Jalan Padma Utara, Kuta, was broken in by thief on Friday (Jun 21). A number of valuables belonging to foreign dwellers were looted by the culprit. As a result of the incident, the victims suffered losses worth millions of rupiahs. The theft had been reported to Kuta Police and is still under investigation. The theft was just discovered by the victims at 03:00 a.m. where their valuables belonging stored in the safety box were known to have been taken away. Ironically, the incident afflicted to six foreign victims at once. They were respectively Jennifer Ame Mapstone, Peter Allan Spratt, Patrick Gerard Littele, Ross Alan Henry, Damien Michael McLeod and Nocole Barbara Dudli. On knowing the incident, the victims immediately reported to hotel. The management represented by the Hotel Manager, Gede Suamba, 48, then reported the case. In the report, he specified a number

of properties belonging to respective victim taken away by the culprit. The cash stolen consisted of USD 200, CAD 15, AUD 1,800, CHF 550 and IDR 2.6 million and IDR 500,000. Suamba having the address at Pengubungan, Kerobokan, North Kuta, also explained to the investigator that his guests did not only lose their money. A number of passports, credit cards, airline tickets and driving licenses also vanished from their safety box. According to him, the mode of culprit to take action was by gouging and damaging the safety box key. “After being damaged, the valuables were then taken away,” he explained. Chief of Kuta Police, Agus Tri Waluyo, when asked for his confirmation on Sunday (Jul 23) justified the theft. Once his party received the report, a number of criminal detectives were deployed to conduct crime scene and examine witnesses. Unfortunately, police could not have identified the culprit and so far the culprit was still under pursuit. “We are still collecting evidences,” he said. (kmb21)

Bukit Jati Waterboom project not been resumed bali post

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The dormant project of Bukit Jati Waterboom at Samplangan village, Gianyar, has not indicated any continued activity since the beginning of 2013.

GIANYAR - The dormant project of Bukit Jati Waterboom at Samplangan village, Gianyar, has not indicated any continued activity since the beginning of 2013. Though the Waterboom investor has expressed its willingness to make a swimming pool for swimming athlete through an affidavit, there is no indication on the changes that the MoU will be resolved immediately. On Sunday (Jun 23), the Division Head of Gianyar Governance, I Made Watha, when asked for his confirmation said the revision of MoU made by local government and the Waterboom investor related to the development of the water tourist attraction project at Bukit Jati was not final. Though the MoU revision regarding the readiness of the investor to develop a swimming pool for swimming athlete of Gianyar County had been agreed, so far the requirement in the form of design and budget plan had not been prepared. “We are still waiting for the revised design and budget plan from the investor so that the revision of such MoU can be accomplished,” he explained.

According to Watha, the revision of design and budget plan had something to do with the submission of building permit made later on. If the requirement was not complied, local government could not accomplish the revision of agreement and submission of the permit. The affidavit containing the readiness to build the Olympic swimming pool (for swimming athletes) delivered by the investor was inadequate. “We are still waiting for the revised design,” he said. Results of the meeting of Gianyar government with the investor PT Karya Makmur Dewata Group in the office of the Gianyar Development Plan Agency (Bappeda) some time ago mentioned if the investor could approve the revision of the MoU specifically the article 4, point B, point 8. Although the total area of Bukit Jati Waterboom was currently only 1.18 hectares, the investor would prepare an Olympic swimming pool in the east of Waterboom. The investor prepared a land area of 7,300 square meters owned by subak members for the establishment of the semi-Olympic swimming pool. Such capability was also mentioned in an affidavit. (kmb16)

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Haze problem

Minsiter asks Singapore, Malaysia not to exaggerate antara

NUSA DUA - Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik hopes that Singapore and Malaysia will not exaggerate the problem of haze that affects them as a result of forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia. antara

NUSA DUA - Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik hopes that Singapore and Malaysia will not exaggerate the problem of haze that affects them as a result of forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia. “I would like to call the attention of our friends in Malaysia and Singapore not to speak of the haze to the world,” the minister said when opening the 31st ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) here on Monday. He said that it was important (for him to make the statement) in accordance with the spirit of ASEAN cooperation which gave priority to peace and mutual sharing. “We should share the good time and but difficult time should not be

shared with the outside world. It is just like a husband and wife, they should share their good time but should not let others know if they quarrel,” Minister Jero Wacik said. In the meantime, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak declared on Sunday a haze emergency situation in Muar and Ledang, Johor, which were shrouded with haze. The emergency situation was declared due to increasing smoke that blanketed the areas, which had exceeded the air pollution index safe level, reaching over the 500 level. “The emergency status has not yet led to the imposition of a curfew. There is no change in the public services in the Malaysian states and in the federal government,” Najib was quoted by Bernama as saying.

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Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik hopes that Singapore and Malaysia will not exaggerate the problem of haze that affects them as a result of forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia.

MSME sector absorbs 107 million workers bali post

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The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (UMKM) play a major role in reducing the number of the unemployment in Indonesia. They are able to absorb up to 98.16 percent of the workforce or about 107,653,510 million workers through 56.53 million units of business recorded in the Ministry of Cooperatives and the SMEs.

DENPASAR - The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (UMKM) play a major role in reducing the number of the unemployment in Indonesia. They are able to absorb up to 98.16 percent of the workforce or about 107,653,510 million workers through 56.53 million units of business recorded in the Ministry of Cooperatives and the SMEs. “So far, the contribution of the MSMEs to the economy of Indonesia is very large. It is directly proportional to the contribution of GDP and job creation,” said Deputy of Financing Division, Ministry of Cooperatives and the SMEs, Meliadi Sembiring, in Denpasar, last weekend. However, he said, the constraint faced by the MSMEs was the matter of capital. It was caused by their limited access to financial institutions and banks. Based on the existing data, only 25 percent of the MSMEs had access to financial institutions. “Some breakthrough programs to address the capital constraints of MSMEs in this field have been undertaken by the government. Among others, the government rolled out people’s business credit (KUR), cooperative rolling fund management institution and the MSMEs,” he explained. To that end, the effort to channel the ratingbased productive credit needed assessing carefully to assist the MSMEs in accessing finance from banks. Establishment of the credit rating agency for the MSMEs should be discussed because it had to consider the ability of the MSMEs to pay the credit rating assessment services.

“In the future, the credit distributed by banks to the MSMEs should be minimally 20 percent of the loan portfolio of each bank,” he said. Director of the Rural Credit Agency and the MSMEs of Bank Indonesia, Y. Santosa Wibowo, also deplored the MSMEs having a bank account was only 9.027 million or 17 percent of the total MSMEs. Credit share of the MSMEs toward the total bank credit remained low namely at 19.9 percent recently. He said that so far the bank stayed difficult to obtain adequate financial information regarding the reliability and financial condition of the MSMEs that had never been getting in touch with bank because of limited financial records of the MSMEs. Uniqueness of the MSMEs in general was that they had no organized information about the industry, market share, dynamics of competition and management track record. “To overcome the limitations of banking information on the eligibility and financial condition of these MSMEs, it is required a support system or an institution for the MSME credit provision by banks. One of the support systems is the credit rating system for the MSMEs conducted by an independent rating agency,” he said. He mentioned, the benefits of credit rating to the MSMEs was to improve the creditworthiness, encourage the implementation of good governance, have the opportunity to get the good loan interest rate and speed up the process of credit provision. Meanwhile, the bank rating would assist in determining the amount and terms of financing to the MSMEs and serve as an early warning system. (kmb27)


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bali News


Disappointed with rafting companies

Residents block Ayung River channel Bali Post MANGUPURA - Hundreds of residents of Karang Dalem II, Bongkasa Pertiwi village, Abiansemal subdistrict, blocked the channel of Ayung River with tree trunks, Sunday. They performed such an action due to being disappointed with 12 rafting companies that did not pay contribution for 10 months. The residents assessed the rafting companies only took advantage of the river and paid less attention to the condition of the environment and surrounding community. The river blockade at the border

of Badung and Gianyar County was carried out through mutual assistance involving approximately 400 residents. The trunks installed transversely in the river channel caused the rafting activities to come to standstill. As a result, many rafting activities were eventually canceled. According to Headman of Bongkasa Pertiwi, I Made Sarjana, the Ayung River was taken advantage by 12 rafting companies. Five companies located in the west of the river or Badung territory and seven others were located on the east of the river or in Gianyar territory.

According to the agreement, the rafting companies were obliged to pay contribution to the 11 hamlets along the west and east side of the Ayung River. Each hamlet got a contribution of IDR 500,000 per month. However, over the past 10 months, the contribution had never been realized. Sarjana said that his party had even questioned about the contribution arrears. The companies reasoned that they could not afford. Chief of the Karang Dalem II customary hamlet, Made Metra, accompanied by Chief of Karang Dalem customary village, I Made Purna Wijaya, affirmed that his

party did not hamper the rafting companies to operate along the river. However, his party just reminded the employers to be more concerned with the surrounding communities affected by the rafting activities. Proliferation of the rafting activities had been causing difficulties to residents to earn their living along the river. The activities of residents such as fishing, fish farming and collecting firewood previously undertaken in the river were finally interrupted. He affirmed that his party urged the rafting companies to immedi-

ately implement the agreement related to the contribution. Before the agreement was complied with, the tree trunks used to block could not be removed. If they were moved, his party threatened to take such an action again. Meanwhile, Chief of Abiansemal Police, I Gede Putra Astawa, promised to bring together the residents with rafting entrepreneurs to resolve the issues. As planned, the rafting companies would be summoned on Monday and the mediation would be carried out on Wednesday in the office of the Abiansemal subdistrict head. (kmb25) Dormant project in Tabanan seems to increase. At this time, the Tuakilang fish market is feared to become a redundant asset. The project becoming the pride of Tabanan County remains far from the expectation. Due to lacking of visitors, traders are reluctant to sell in the market.

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Lack of visitors

Tuakilang fish market turns dormant Bali Post TABANAN - Dormant project in Tabanan seems to increase. At this time, the Tuakilang fish market is feared to become a redundant asset. The project becoming the pride of Tabanan County remains far from the expectation. Due to lacking of visitors, traders are reluctant to sell in the market. Dozens of stalls are left empty. The project inaugurated last November 2012 spent a budget worth IDR 1 billion. Of the 12 existing stalls, none was awaited by trader. All stalls were closed, including a row of stores beside them were also locked. A number of kitchenware and tables coated with ceramic looked clean and dry. Even, some refrigerators installed in each stall were unplugged from local socket. Similarly, the stench of fish did not smell at all. In conclusion, the activity in the fish market was actually very quiet. Residents in the vicinity of the market said that since it was established, the fish market near the Tuakilang Terminal was never crowded, both the activities of traders and buyers.

“To my knowledge, there are only two active traders here. But, they are more frequently closed because no buyers come,” said the resident rejecting his name to be published, Sunday (Jun 23). He admitted the fish market was less desirable by residents because they did not consume fresh fish every day. Instead, the residents expected the market to not only offer fish commodity but also other staples such as vegetables and kitchen needs. So, people would be eager to shop. “This market specifically sells fish and processed fish. Therefore, the buyers are only a few,” the man said. Less optimal fish market was

widely criticized by a member of Commission II of the Tabanan House, Ida Bagus Kade Suryawan. This Democrat admitted that his party had criticized the fish market development from the beginning because the location was considered inappropriate. “From the beginning, we’ve highlighted the fish market project because it’s located far from fishing activity,” he protested. Ideally, said Suryawan, the fish market was built around the Yeh Gangga Beach or around Pesiapan Terminal. Thus, it was closer to the landing of fish and the activities of the other traders. He was concerned the fish market would also turn dormant following the other projects. One of them was the abattoir at Gubug. According to Suryawan, local government should conduct a thorough study before making any project so that the budget allocated would not be in vain. Though financed by central government, local government remained to allocate a matching

fund and made land acquisition. Head of Tabanan Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Made Subagia, explained the operation of the Tuakilang fish market remained in testing phase before it could be operated maximally. How could it happen? According to Subagia, the existing traders in 12 stalls had entirely signed a contract agreement. In appropriate with the initial program, the traders were residents in the vicinity of the market. “The fish market remains in the testing phase. So, we still continue to make evaluation and provide mentoring to all traders who have signed the contract agreement,” he said. According to concept of central government, he added, the Tuakilang fish market was focused on the provision of fish and processed fish. Therefore, his party did not dare to give the opportunity to traders selling other than fish. However, local government with village authority had provided space near the fish stalls for

traders selling the other commodities. “We are constantly discussing and considering it as well as evaluating the complaints of fish traders lacking of buyers,” added Subagia. To stimulate the other traders, his party invited senior traders at Pesiapan terminal to sell fish at Tuakilang market. As another measure, the Tabanan Fisheries Agency harnessed the stores in the market to open a fish sales service by breeder groups. The service was handled in turns by Fishery officers from the morning to evening. Just for information, such integrated fish market was started on April 27, 2012 and inaugurated seven months later. Indeed, the criticism against the fish market project had emerged when the project started. One of them was from an agricultural expert at the Udayana University from Penebel, Prof. Merta. There were also a number of legislators from the Tabanan House questioning about the location for the market development. (kmb30)

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Padanggalak undergoes periodic abrasion Bali Post

DENPASAR - The Head of Denpasar Environment Agency (BLH), Bagus Sudharsana, denied if the abrasion on Padanggalak Beach happened because of the unstoppable development around the shoreline. According to him, the shoreline scour in the region had been going on for a long time, not suddenly happen due to non-natural causes. “There is no relevance to development. Abrasion is the marine character, especially its waves. All we can do is only to survive. If we do not survive, we will constantly be undermined because the character of the waves is ferocious so that people are forbidden to swim,” said Sudharsana. According to him, Padanggalak Beach was still very affected by the estuary of Ayung River. Moreover, during the season of heavy rain, the estuary often moved around, causing a greater risk of abrasion. It was the most difficult to avoid on Padanggalak Beach. “Why does the abrasion happen? Because the river estuary is on the move so that it sounds like abrasion, whereas it is actually a periodical abrasion occurring due to violent pounding of waves,” he explained. Due to different characters of wave, the handling of coastal revetment system was also made different. On that account, it was protected by levees to withstand the blows of waves so as not to further erode the shoreline. But over time, the levees were gradually eroded and even prone to collapse. “There have been levees to hold the periodic abrasion. Otherwise, the impact can be imagined. On that account, the levees should be maintained by colleagues in the Denpasar Public Works. Indeed, it requires quite expensive cost for safeguarding the beach. Moreover, the location is also taken advantage for melis activity, a Hindu religious purificatory ceremony,” he said. Sudharsana also expected the communities in the upstream area to be willing to care for the environment. They were asked not to litter because the waste like plastic waste from the upstream could also pollute the beach. (kmb32)

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People walk at Padanggalak Beach. The Head of Denpasar Environment Agency (BLH), Bagus Sudharsana, denied if the abrasion on Padanggalak Beach happened because of the unstoppable development around the shoreline. According to him, the shoreline scour in the region had been going on for a long time, not suddenly happen due to non-natural causes.

Puncak Mundi Temple:

A pilgrimage destination in Nusa Penida PROBABLY the classy nickname given to Nusa Penida as a golden egg of Bali does not only refer to its natural potential. In terms of spiritual point of view, Nusa Penida is also often made a destination of Hindu pilgrimage in maintaining the balance of life. The majority of Hindus make the three major temples as their primary destination, including the Penataran Ped, Giri Putri and Puncak Mundi Temple. As the name suggests, the Puncak Mundi Temple is perched on the top of Mundi Hill, exactly at Rata hamlet, Klumpu village, Nusa Penida. Mundi is said to be the highest peak in the plains of Nusa Penida so that the temple remains to look sustainable. Puncak Mundi Temple consists of three elements, namely the Beji Temple as the first praying place, Krangkeng Temple and Puncak Mundi as the abode of Ida Batara Lingsir. Chief of supporting devotees of Puncak Mundi Temple, I Wayan Sukla, said on Saturday (Jun 1) that all the devotees of Puncak Mundi Temple

comprised 504 families scattered in eleven customary hamlets, including the Baledan Duur hamlet, Baledan Beten hamlet, Klumpu Kauh hamlet, Klumpu Kangin hamlet, Angas hamlet, Mentaki hamlet, Rata hamlet, Tiagan hamlet, Bila hamlet, Cubang hamlet and Iseh hamlet. Compiled from various sources, Wayan Sukla told the presence of temples on Nusa Penida Island was inspired by the marriage of Lord Guru (Ishvara) and Goddess Uma. From their love was then born a son named Lord Kumara. However, the birth of Lord Kumara became the beginning of a dispute between the Lord Guru and Goddess Uma. It happened because Lord Kumara was closely taken care of by his father, while he only came to his mother when asking to be breastfed. Being upset, Goddess Uma persecuted Lord Kumara while breastfeeding. With fury, her eyes turned red and her fangs came out. As a result, Lord Kumara was banged up to break his

head and his blood was drunk by Goddess Uma. Apparently, the violence was known by Lord Guru. On seeing her behavior like kala or evil spirit, the Lord Guru was angry. He condemned Goddess Uma to be transformed into a human being to the world. “During undergoing the curse, Goddess Uma was said to have arrived amidst a forest. Within such a lonely place, there grows a large and high banyan tree. There she cried and her milk exuded to the ground. It then grew into a king banana (gedangsaba). That is why, the banana is very good for baby,” he said. After long regretted her actions, she had desire to build a palace being no different from the heaven. She then established an ashram at the top of Bukit Mundi (Mundi Hill) and earned the title as Goddess Rohini. In the ashram, she performed solemn meditation. In short, Lord Guru could not stand alone to care for his son because Lord Kumara kept asking to be breastfed

by his mother. Afterward, Lord Kumara was placed on a platform shrine (pelangkiran) to take care of baby. Suddenly, Lord Guru remembered Goddess Uma who was previously condemned and had been residing at the top of Pucak Mundi. Ultimately, Lord Guru decided to come down to earth, precisely to the abode where Goddess Uma was performing meditation, at the top of Bukit Mundi. Lord Guru himself transformed into a priest named Dukuh Jumpungan and met with Goddess Uma. Later on, this area was named Nusa Panida, derived from the phrase Manusha Pandhita. “Likewise, Goddess Uma then transformed herself into a woman named Ni Puri becoming the wife to Dukuh Jumpungan in the world and permanently settled on Mount Kila or Pucak Mundi. Supporting devotees of the Puncak Mundi Temple then called them Lord Lingsir,” said Sukla. Sukla added that pujawali (anniversary) of the Puncak Mundi

Temple was held every six months, falling every Buda (Wednesday) Umanis Perangbakat and the nearest would fall on Wednesday (next Jun 26). Series of the procession would be commenced by organizing an assembly and notification ritual on Anggara Kliwon Wuku Tambir. Then, it was resumed with the implementation of animal sacrifice (pecaruan), taking down the sanctified effigies and embellishing them with ornamental paraphernalia on Anggara Kliwon Wuku Perangbakat. Afterward, the deities were escorted to do purificatory rite at Peji Temple and offered the anniversary ritual on Buda Umanis Wuku Perangbakat. After the temple anniversary, it was resumed with offering the penganyar ritual on Wrespati (Thursday) Paing Wuku Perangbakat through Sukra (Friday) Pon wuku Perangbakat (Jun 27 to 28) and the closing ritual procession on Saniscara (Saturday) Wuku Perangbakat (Jun 29) around 12:00 a.m. (kmb31)


Tuesday, June 25, 2013




NSA leaker Snowden expected to fly to Cuba Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — The bizarre journey of Edward Snowden is far from over. After spending a night in Moscow’s airport, the former National Security Agency contractor — and admitted leaker of state secrets — was expected to fly to Cuba and Venezuela en route to possible asylum in Ecuador. Snowden, also a former CIA technician, fled Hong Kong on Sunday to dodge U.S. efforts to extradite him on espionage charges. Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said his government had received an asylum request, adding Monday that the decision “has to do with freedom of expression and with the security of citizens around the world.” The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks also said it would help Snowden. Ecuador has rejected the United States’ previous efforts at cooperation, and has been helping WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, avoid prosecution by allowing him to stay at its embassy in London. Snowden gave documents to The Guardian and The Washington Post newspapers disclosing U.S. surveillance programs that collect vast amounts of phone records and online data in the name of foreign intelligence, often sweeping up information on American citizens. Officials have the ability to collect phone and Internet information broadly but need a warrant to examine specific cases where they believe terrorism is involved. Snowden had been in hiding for several weeks in Hong Kong, a former British colony with a high degree of autonomy from mainland China. The United States formally sought Snowden’s extradition from Hong Kong to face espionage charges but was rebuffed; Hong Kong officials said the U.S. request did not fully comply with their laws. The Justice Department rejected that claim, saying its request met all of the requirements of the extradition treaty between the U.S. and Hong Kong. During conversations last week, including a phone call Wednesday between Attorney General Eric Holder and Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen, Hong Kong officials never raised any issues regarding sufficiency of the U.S. request, a Justice representative said. The United States was in touch through diplomatic and law enforcement channels with countries that Snowden could travel through or to, reminding them that Snowden is

wanted on criminal charges and reiterating Washington’s position that Snowden should only be permitted to travel back to the U.S., a State Department official said. Snowden’s U.S. passport has been revoked. U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the case. An unidentified Aeroflot airline official was cited by Russia’s state ITAR-Tass news agency and Interfax as saying Snowden was on the plane that landed Sunday afternoon in Moscow. The Russian report said Snowden intended to fly to Cuba on Monday and then on to Caracas, Venezuela. The White House was hoping to stop Snowden before he left Moscow. Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said, “Given our intensified cooperation after the Boston marathon bombings and our history of working with Russia on law enforcement matters — including returning numerous high-level criminals back to Russia at the request of the Russian government — we expect the Russian government to look at all options available to expel Mr. Snowden back to the U.S. to face justice for the crimes with which he is charged.” Still, the United States is likely to have problems interrupting Snowden’s passage. The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, but does with Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador. Even with an extradition agreement though, any country could give Snowden a political exemption. The likelihood that any of these countries would stop Snowden from traveling on to Ecuador seemed remote. While diplomatic tensions have thawed in recent years, Cuba and the United States are hardly allies after a half-century of distrust. Another country that could see Snowden pass through, Venezuela, could prove difficult, as well. Former President Hugo Chavez was a sworn enemy of the United States and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, earlier this year called President Barack Obama “grand chief of devils.” The two countries do not exchange ambassadors.

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A TV screen shows a news report of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, at a shopping mall in Hong Kong Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Australia PM hits out at critics amid leadership turmoil Reuters

CANBERRA - Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard hit out at critics of her record on Monday as speculation intensified of a fresh challenge to her leadership and opinion polls showed her divided Labor Party headed for a catastrophic September election defeat. With Labor on track for a record low vote following months of tensions between Gillard and her main rival, Kevin Rudd, senior backers of the prime minister called for an end to the

impasse. “We certainly can’t have this go on. It’s just got to be resolved,” said Climate Change Minister Greg Combet, one of Gillard’s most senior ministers, calling for opponents to come clean and mount a party leadership ballot this week. “We can’t have this kind of speculation continuing on through the election.” A Newspoll in the Australian newspaper was the latest to show conservative opponents leading the government, with 57 percent support compared to 43 percent

for Labor. Opposition leader Tony Abbott has also overtaken Gillard as preferred leader with promises to curb government spending if he wins power, as well as scrap a controversial carbon emissions tax and 30 percent profits tax on coal and iron ore mines. Abbott also pledged to introduce tougher border security laws to block thousands of asylum seekers arriving from Sri Lanka and transit points in Indonesia, straining ties with Jakarta but winning over many Australians.

Romania sends plane for victims of bus crash Associated Press Writer

PODGORICA, Montenegro — Romania sent an aircraft on Monday to bring home survivors of a bus crash which killed 18 Romanian tourists in central Montenegro. The plane left Bucharest bound for Montenegro’s capital Podgorica, where 28 injured passengers were hospitalized, defense minister Mircea Dusa said.

The bus fell from a bridge over the Moraca river during a rainstorm and crashed some 40 meters (130 feet) into a ravine on Sunday. It was not immediately clear what caused the driver to lose control as the bus broke through the fence on one side of the bridge. Police initially said Sunday that 13 people were killed, but the number of fatalities grew to 18 overnight. Forensic patholo-

gist Miodrag Soc told the AP that the victims will be identified by their families. Altogether 29 people were injured, including a child who was at the bridge at the time of the crash, officials said. The winding road that leads from Serbia in the north through the Moraca canyon and then to the seacoast is notorious for traffic accidents because it is narrow, and slippery in wet weather.



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Federer relishing challenge of defending title the hard way Reuters LONDON - There are few players who would welcome the prospect of facing Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in succession but Roger Federer is made of sterner stuff than most. The Wimbledon champion will stride confidently onto Centre Court to face Victor Hanescu on Monday, 10 years after winning the first of his seven titles here, and says he is not casting a wary eye beyond the Romanian for what lies in wait. The opening day’s action will also feature Nadal and Murray, after the tennis fates conspired to group three of the game’s dominant quartet in the same side of the draw. The remaining member of that elite group, Djokovic, will keep his powder dry until Tuesday, and is a likely final opponent for whoever battles through. “It was never supposed to be easy winning grand slams,” the Swiss, who is eyeing another title to surpass Pete Sampras and William Renshaw as the most decorated man at the All England Club, told reporters on Sunday. “I’m ready for the challenge. I like tough draws. I don’t shy away from them... “I have a very difficult draw with Rafa being in my quarter... If you want to win the tournament here, you have to beat the best. That’s what I’m here for.” The lopsided draw was thrown up because French Open champion Nadal

endured a seven-month injury absence following last year’s Wimbledon, leaving the Spaniard fifth in the rankings behind compatriot David Ferrer. Nadal, Wimbledon champion in 2008 and 2010, begins his campaign in the less popular surroundings of Court One against Belgium’s Steve Darcis to make way for home hope Andy Murray on Centre. Federer, who won his first title of the season at Halle last week, resisted any temptation to query Nadal’s seeding, choosing to talk tough instead. “For me, it’s not even worth the talk because it is what it is,” the 31-year-old said. “It’s not like he’s unseeded. He is seeded within the top eight. “He is seeded, so you don’t face him in the first round. Quarterfinals are still a long way away.” Murray, last year’s beaten finalist, faces Germany’s Benjamin Becker after women’s number three seed Maria Sharapova’s match against France’s Kristina Mladenovic. The Briton is fuelled with hope following a brilliant year that included a straight-sets gold-medal victory over Federer at the Olympics and a U.S. Open title won in a punishing five-set encounter with Djokovic.

Roger Federer of Switzerland leaves a practice after a training session before the start of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Montoya runs out of gas on last lap at Sonoma Associated Press Writer SONOMA, California — So many things have gone wrong for Juan Pablo Montoya this season that he’s come to expect the unexpected at the most inopportune time. It came Sunday with one lap to go at Sonoma Raceway, where Montoya was desperately hoping to bank a bunch of points. Instead, he ran out of fuel while running

second and had to coast to the finish line. He wound up 34th in a race he expected to contend for the victory. “This is what we’ve been doing all year. We all work together and we’re trying to work the best we can, and then days like this, we throw them away,” Montoya said. “A disappointing day was going to be second but we took a second and made it into a 30-something finish again.” Montoya was miffed because his Chip

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Jimmie Johnson (48), Matt Kenseth (20), and Juan Pablo Montoya (42) crash in Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 26, 2013.

Ganassi Racing crew never warned him to save fuel, which he could have easily done when he no longer had a shot to catch race-winner Martin Truex Jr. Instead, his gas tank suddenly went dry and he had to coast his way around the massive 1.99mile (3.2-kilometer) road course. He wound up inching toward the finish line, where he parked his car, climbed out and made the long walk back to the garage. “They were telling me to go hard and telling me to go after (Truex) as hard as I could,” Montoya said. “We were in the good. They said ‘Keep going, go hard,’ and that’s what I was doing. “Then when I came through (turn) 10 coming to the white, the fuel pressure just dropped and I knew I was dead meat.” Crew chief Chris Heroy was perplexed about the shortage. “We don’t know what happened — we were on the same strategy as (Truex),” Heroy said through a team spokeswoman. “We’re going to go back to the shop and figure it out.” Montoya said the team possibly didn’t get the tank full on his final stop, or that the fuel calculations were off based on a number of variables that could have included his pace while in traffic versus his pace in clean air. “I think we missed it by a lap,” he said.

Pirelli now being too conservative with Formula 1 tyres, says Lotus Lotus has questioned Pirelli’s decision to bring more conservative tyres to the next few Formula 1 races. Following high numbers of pitstops earlier this year, and resistance from teams over Pirelli’s plan for tweaks, the Italian company has elected to be conservative with its next compound choices. Such a move will help teams that have struggled with their tyres, but is not so good for outfits like Lotus that proved better at coping with degradation. Lotus’ track operations director Alan Permane said the tyre choices seemed “conservative and contrary to the supposed approach for the tyre allocations in 2013. “The individual compounds - super-soft, soft, medium and hard – were made softer for each grade this year in order to present teams with a challenge, which is what we saw at some races earlier in the season. “That work is undone if you simply allocate harder compounds for races, as we’ve seen with those nominated for the next three rounds. “It’s certainly unusual to take the same tyres to Hungary as to Bahrain and Silverstone. The situation is quite similar to last year when the allocations went harder late in the year and we just ended up doing one-stop races.”



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Spain’s Jordi Alba celebrates scoring his side’s 3rd goal during the soccer Confederations Cup group B match between Nigeria and Spain at the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Spain defeats Nigeria 3-0 to reach semifinals Associated Press Writer

FORTALEZA, Brazil — World Cup winners Spain defeated Nigeria 3-0 with two goals from Jordi Alba and another from Fernando Torres on Sunday to set up a semifinal showdown with Italy in the Confederations Cup. Although the final score was emphatic, it could have been much closer if Nigeria had accepted some of their many clear chances in the first half. At times Spain looked vulnerable to the African champions’ fast breaks. Thursday’s rematch in Fortaleza will be a chance for Italy to get even for a humiliating 4-0 loss to Spain in last year’s European championship final. “For us, Italy is a challenge in front of us as we try to get to the final,” Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said. “I imagine for Italy it’s very important because the loss is fresh in their minds from the European final, and I am sure they are thinking of revenge.”

Alba, a left-sided defender, scored in the third minute to set the wide-open tone for the match. The goal capped off a series of one-touch passes with Pedro backheeling a clever ball to Andres Iniesta, who found Alba. His low shot beat keeper Vincent Enyeama. Torres scored with a header in the 62nd minute, and Alba picked up his second in the 88th as Nigeria sought to score. Alba was named man of the match. He said it was a first for him. “This is new for me,” he said. “This kind of award usually goes to the types who regularly score goals.” With this win, Spain extended its unbeaten string to 25 matches. But it was on the

defensive more than usual against the young Nigerian side — particularly in the first half. Nigeria played fast-flowing football in the first half creating about as much possession, just as many chances and regularly beat the World Cup winners to loose balls. “Nigeria was tough for us,” Alba said. “Not just the first half, but the whole game. I have to praise them for playing like that against a team like we have.” Spain had played Nigeria only once before, losing 3-2 in the 1998 World Cup. Only poor finishing let Nigeria down, with Joseph Akpala and Sunday Mba squandering chances before the break.

Spain’s striker Roberto Soldado could also have had two but for sprawling saves by Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama. Cesc Fabregas also hit the post. Nigeria’s Gambo Muhammad missed an open goal in the second half with Spanish keeper Victor Valdes out of position, a prime example of the team’s poor finishing. “I think we have so much anxiety in front of the goal line,” Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said. “The good thing is we are creating chances, but we’re not finishing. And that’s something we need to work on. Hopefully it is going to come quickly.” The match settled down in the second half with Spain keeping more possession. Nigeria also settled into a less physical game, perhaps tiring from the heat and high humidity in the tropical northeast of Brazil. Torres’ goal settled matters. Three minutes after com-

ing on, he scored with a diving header from a cross from Pedro. Four minutes later the Chelsea striker was in alone again, but lofted a close-up shot high over the crossbar. Alba got his second in the 88th, dribbling around keeper Enyeama and scoring into an empty net. Nigeria heads home with mixed results. It arrived late from Africa for the first match after a threatened strike over disputed bonus payments. The African champions won only one match in the Confederations Cup, beating tiny Tahiti 6-1 and losing 2-1 to Uruguay. Spain will be hoping for better fortune in this semifinal. Four years ago it reached the semifinals but was beaten by the United States. Spain has won the last two European championships and the 2010 World Cup and is trying to add the Confederations Cup title, the only major title it lacks.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013


South Korea name Hong as new coach AP Photo/Antonio Calanni

Italy forward Mario Balotelli stands up from the pitch during the Confederations Cup group A soccer match between Italy and Brazil at Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Balotelli misses semifinal with thigh injury Associated Press Writer

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Forward Mario Balotelli will miss Italy’s semifinal vs. Spain in the Confederations Cup due to a strained thigh, handing the team another major injury complication before facing the World Cup holder. The Italian Football Federation made the announcement Sunday following medical tests on Balotelli’s left quadriceps. The injury occurred during Italy’s 4-2 loss to Brazil on Saturday. The federation said that Balotelli would continue to be monitored in the hope that he can return for Italy’s next match — either the final or the third-place game. Italy faces Spain on Thursday then the

final and third-place games are scheduled for June 30. Balotelli has been the Azzurri’s most explosive player in the tournament so far. He scored the winner in Italy’s 2-1 victory over Mexico, converted a penalty in the 4-3 win over Japan and set up a goal for Emanuele Giaccherini in the loss to Brazil. Also, Balotelli has started as Italy’s lone true forward in each match thus far. Alberto Gilardino would seem to be the logical replacement if Italy coach Cesare Prandelli sticks with the single-striker lineup. Or he could use several forwards such as Stephan El Shaarawy, Sebastian Giovinco, Alessio Cerci or Alessandro Diamanti.

A few other Italy players are also injured. Key playmaker Andrea Pirlo was expected back for the semifinals after missing the Brazil game with a muscle problem although he only performed a brief, light running session Sunday before being accompanied off the practice pitch by team trainers. Also, midfielder Riccardo Montolivo underwent a cerebral scan after a knock to the head against Brazil although the tests were negative. Still, he will be evaluated over the next few days. Meanwhile, fullback Ignazio Abate was sent home after dislocating his right shoulder. Spain routed Italy 4-0 in their last meeting, last year’s European Championship final.

Iraq draw 2-2 with England at Under-20 World Cup Associated Press Writer

ISTANBUL — Iraq stunned England with a goal in the dying seconds to earn a hard-fought 2-2 draw in the Under-20 World Cup on Sunday, denying the English their first win in the competition since 1997. It was a bitter blow for England, which has had a miserable run at the Under-20 World Cup, even failing to score in the last competition two years ago. A win would have also lifted some pressure off the Football Association following its under-21 team being knocked out early at the European Championships earlier this month. The English started well and were the better side for long stretches of the Group E match, using their physical size and strong passing game to cause headaches for the Iraqi defense. England took the lead when a corner was headed by Harry Kane to allow captain Conor Coady to score in the 41st minute. England doubled its lead in the 52nd courtesy of a nifty run by Kane. He rushed down the right side and fed a charging Luke Williams, who tapped the ball in

for what seemed an insurmountable 2-0 lead. But after England goalkeeper Samuel Johnstone brought down Mohanad Abdulraheem in the area, Ali Faez sent the spot kick into the upper part of the net to cut the lead in half. And in the third minute of injury time, Ali Adnan weaved his way past four defenders in the area and fired a shot that glanced off Johnstone and went into the net. That set off wild celebrations among the Iraqi fans and prompted Iraqi coach Hakeem al-Azzawi to start dancing. Also, 10-man Chile came from behind to beat Egypt 2-1 while Croatia upset Uruguay 1-0. The African champions struck first. Hassan Ahmed won the ball inside the South Americans’ half and slid a through ball to Mahmoud Kahraba, who slotted home in the 10th minute. Chile drew level in the 25th when Nicolas Castillo’s right-foot shot deflected off Egypt captain Rabia Ramy and looped into the net. Egypt had the better chances in the second half but it was Chilean substitute Christian Bravo who made the difference. He controlled a pass

from Bryan Rabello’s knock-down, moved across the penalty area and fired a right-foot shot into the far corner of the net. In Group F, Croatia missed an early penalty but still beat Uruguay, considered one of the favorites to advance. After a listless opening 20 minutes, Croatia had the first opportunity when Dario Canadija received a ball behind the defense but was clipped by Gaston Silva. Marko Livaja’s penalty hit the inside of the post and then goalkeeper Guillermo De Amores before being cleared. Livaja made up for the miss in the 41st when his pass deflected off Manchester United’s Guillermo Varela and into the path of Ante Rebic, who scored. Uruguay wasted several good chances in the second half, including Diego Rolan’s diving header that forced a one-handed save from Oliver Zelenika plus an overhead kick from Giorgian De Arrascaeta that he couldn’t keep down. The team’s final chance came when Diego Laxalt cut the ball back for substitute Nicolas Lopez’s closerange shot to hit the post.


SEOUL - South Korea have named former skipper Hong Myungbo as the new head coach of the national team, the Korean Football Association announced on Monday. Hong, who captained the Koreans to fourth place at the 2002 World Cup on home soil, takes over from Choi Kang-hee, who stepped down last week after guiding South Korea to their eighth consecutive World Cup finals appearance. Hong led the Korean Olympic team to a bronze medal at the London Olympics last year and has long been viewed as a national team coach of the future. However, the KFA have decided it was the right time to give him the top

job after South Korea scraped through to the 2014 World Cup on goal difference after finishing runners-up in Asian qualifying Group A. “The Korea Football Association has named former Olympic team coach Hong Myung-bo as successor to national team coach Choi Kanghee whose contract has expired,” the KFA said in a statement. Choi took over in December 2011 and said at the time his only mission was to get the team to Brazil and that he would step aside after qualification. There was little chance of him being asked to reconsider after an unimpressive end to qualifying, where the Koreans lost twice to Iran, drew with Lebanon and scored lacklustre wins over Qatar and Uzbekistan.

Tahiti uses 3rd different keeper in 3 matches Associated Press Writer

RECIFE, Brazil — Tahiti started its final match of the Confederations Cup with yet another goalkeeper, the third to be used in the team’s three matches at the World Cup warm-up tournament. Gilbert Meriel faced Uruguay in the Group B match at the Arena Pernambuco, losing 8-0 but saving a penalty. Xavier Samin played in the 6-1 loss to Nigeria in the opening match last Monday, and Mikael Roche was in goal for the 10-0 drubbing against Spain on Thursday. Tahiti coach Eddie Etaeta had said it was his intention to use as many of his players as possible. Meriel saved the penalty attempt from Andres Scotti in the 50th minute. He dived to his left to stop the shot and then scrambled to control the loose ball. One minute later, Scotti was sent off with a second yellow card. Tahiti qualified for the Confederations Cup by winning the Oceania Nations Cup.

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Uruguay’s Abel Hernandez celebrates scoring his side’s 2nd goal as Tahiti’s goalkeeper Gilbert Meriel kneels on the pitch during a soccer Confederations Cup group B match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Sunday, June 23, 2013.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013



Kedonganan Beach IBP The beach which is located only 3 kilometers south of Ngurah Rai Airport offers a white sandy beach. The beach is flat and the water is calm so it is very suitable for swimming and sun bathing. On the northern part of Kedonganan Beach, there is a traditional fish market with several “jukung” (traditional boat) which is beautifully placed and it can give a nice view for the tourists. Sailing the beach using boat is also another attraction for the tourist. IBP/File Photo


Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Public transportation fares up by 15 percent Antara

Jakarta - Public transportation fares to increase by 15 percent following the fuel price hike announced by the government last Friday (June 21), Transportation Minister EE Mangindaan said here on Monday. “The government and public transportation companies (land and sea transportation) have agreed on the new fares,” he said adding that he will deploy related officials to the provinces to supervise the implementation of the new policy. However the minister emphasized airplanes and train will not have their fares increased. But the minister doesn’t explain if the taxi fare also influenced. The government last Friday (June 21) announced the price hike of subsidized gasoline from Rp4,500 to Rp6,500 a liter and subsidized diesel oil from Rp4,500 to Rp5,500 a liter. The announcement is made after the House of Representatives (DPR) passed a bill of the revised 2013 state budget into a law at a plenary session on Monday (June 17) night, that approved the government`s proposal to raise the prices of subsidized fuels.

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A man walks past a bushfire in Labersa, Riau province, Indonesia, Monday, June 24, 2013. The blazes in peat swamp forests on Indonesia’s Sumatra island have sent massive plumes of smog across the sea to neighboring Singapore and Malaysia, both of which have grown impatient with Indonesia’s response to the problem that occurs nearly every year.

Number of Sumatra’s fire hot spots increases to 227 Antara

Pekanbaru, Riau - The number of hot spots from forest and plantation fires across Sumatra increased from 118 to 227 on Sunday. Of the total, 159 hot spots were detected in Riau Province, a significant increase from 95 hot spots on Sutarday, Warih Lestari, of the local meteorological, climatology, and geophysics agency (BMKG), said here on Monday. Based on the monitoring by NOAA satellite on Sunday, the 227 hot spots were found in the provinces of Riau (159), West Sumatra (21), South Sumatra (15), North Sumatra (12), Jambi (11), Bengkulu (six), and Aceh (three). In Riau, the hot spots were detected among other things in Rokan Hulu District (41), Pela-

lawan (35), Siak (22), Bengkalis (11), Kuantan Singingi (11), Kampar (nine), Rokan Hulu (eight), Indragiri Hulu (eight), Dumai (seven), and Indragiri Hilir (five). High temperature on Sunday triggered more hot spots in Sumatra, he said. Riau has lately experienced extreme hot weather with above normal temperature, according to Lestari. Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan recently said the government would not tolerate companies burning land and bushes that caused haze to shroud Riau and its surrounding.

“Companies which are proved to have practiced slash-and-burn activities and caused land and forest fires will be acted upon firmly. There will be no compromise,” the minister said when attending a function to see off a land and forest fire extinguisher team in Dumai, Riau, on Saturday. He said that the government was now concentrating on putting out land and forest fires under the coordination of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). The agency team is composed of members from relevant ministries.

Indonesian Air Force holds static show in Biak Antara

Biak, Papua - The national air defense command of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, held a static air defense exhibition at the Manuhua airbase on Sunday. “The air defense exhibition may serve as a means to inform the Indonesian people of the TNI AU`s weaponry in securing the air territory of the Unitary Republic of Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke,” the command`s chief, Air Commodore Asnam Muhidir, said here. He expressed hope the static show can draw the people`s attention to the airspace defense and the TNI AU. Several military planes displayed at the exhibition consisted of four F 16 jet fighter planes and C 130 Hercules cargo aircraft of the TNI AU`s Squadron III. The static show is a part of exercise called Cakra and the command`s operations in Biak. During the show the TNI AU`s Special Forces (Paskas) also conducted skydiving from C 130 Hercules. The exhibition was also aimed at encouraging youths` interests to become TNI AU soldiers. “The exhibition displays the Indonesian military aircraft and weaponry. Through the exhibition, we can see for ourselves the condition of jet fighters and the performance of TNI AU soldiers in defending the air territory of the Unitary Republic of Indonesia,” Fatima, an exhibition visitor, said. Besides serving as a means of learning, she said the exhibition also enabled the public to understand soldiers and get information on air defense equipment of the TNI AU. At least four F 16 jet fighters and a C 130 Hercules plane were parked in the yard of Manuhua airbase. Many visitors took the opportunity to ask about the TNI AU and take pictures of the airplanes as well as air crew members. In order to strengthen the air defense, the TNI AU has several new military planes consisting of EMB Super Tucano, and Sukhoi 30 MK. Indonesia also has put an order for 16 fighter training jets of T 50 Golden Eagle to South Korea. The TNI AU has sent six of its pilots to South Korea to attend sixmonth training on the new jet fighters.



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BUSINESS Vodafone agrees $10 billion Kabel Deutschland deal Reuters

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French Minister for Industrial Recovery Arnaud Montebourg talks to workers during a visit of “Particular operation days” in LVMH, the world’s largest luxury company at the factory of Vuitton, in Asnieres, France, north of Paris Saturday June 15, 2013.

French minister comment “absurd, false” - EU’s Barnier Reuters

PARIS - European Commissioner Michel Barnier struck back on Monday at a French minister who criticised the European Union’s executive arm, calling his remarks “absurd” and saying France should stop blaming others for its own problems. French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg accused European Commission President Manuel Barroso at the weekend of fuelling far-right groups through austerity policies, the latest in a growing war of words over EUimposed measures to cut debt. “I’m tired of seeing ministers like Mr. Montebourg ... saying it’s always the fault of someone else, shirking responsibility and looking for scapegoats,” Barnier, European commissioner in charge of regulation, told France 2 television. “But they won’t be shirking for very much longer because the moment of truth will arrive at some point, it’s arriving for the minister.” Barnier’s reaction, which he

followed up with a Twitter post calling Montebourg’s criticism “absurd & false”, added to tension between Brussels and Paris where politicians are blaming austerity policies for strangling the French economy. It showed the Commission is ready to match eurosceptic French rhetoric with criticism of a political class it says is responsible for France’s lagging competitiveness, high unemployment and flat growth. “Look how some countries in Europe, with the same Commission, are doing better than France ... Germany is doing better because it supports business,” said Barnier, a French former minister, from the centreright UMP party.

The European Commission is waiting to see how France will respond to policy recommendations it made in May, which include reforming the pension system, opening up protected job sectors to competition and continuing to overhaul labour rules. President Francois Hollande has already lowered expectations for a plan to fix a debtladen pension system, saying there would be no rise in the legal retirement age. Montebourg’s blamed austerity for the far-right Front National party scoring 46.2 percent in a local election on Sunday in the former constituency of ex-Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac, who is under formal investigation for tax fraud.

LONDON/FRANKFURT - Vodafone has agreed to buy Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland for 7.7 billion euros ($10 billion), betting on TV and fixed-line services in its biggest deal since 2007. Announcing its second major acquisition for a European fixed-line network in 12 months, Vodafone said it would pay 87 euros ($110) per share for the group to enable it to offer more competitive packages with TV, fixed-line and broadband services to its mobile customers. The world’s second-largest mobile operator, following up its acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide, is however paying a rich price for the German firm and its 8.5 million homes, which it considered buying before it went public in March 2010 at 22 euros per share. One trader who asked not to be named said the offer, Vodafone’s biggest since a 2007 Indian acquisition, valued Kabel Deutschland at 12 times enterprise value against 2013 core earnings, a 35 percent premium to the sector. However, this falls to 8.5 times when

taking into consideration the synergies Vodafone expects to extract. “We believe this is a decent deal for Vodafone,” the trader said. Shares in the group had been trading at 63 euros before Vodafone’s initial interest was reported in February. The UK-based company was forced to raise its offer in the last week after John Malone’s Liberty Global entered the fray, forcing it to up the stakes or face losing ground to Liberty’s own cable operator Unity Media and to Deutsche Telekom. “German consumer and business demand for fast broadband and data services continues to grow substantially, as customers increasingly access TV, fixed and mobile broadband services from multiple devices,” Vodafone Chief Executive Vittorio Colao said. “The combination of Vodafone Germany and Kabel Deutschland will greatly enhance our offerings in response to those needs.” The board of Kabel Deutschland said it expected to recommend the offer to its shareholders, although some analysts thought Liberty Global could still return with a counter offer even though it would likely face high regulatory barriers.

Oil falls toward $93 as China tightens lending Associated Press Writer

BANGKOK — The price of oil fell Monday amid growing worries that China’s decision to clamp down on informal lending could hamper growth in a major energy consuming country. Benchmark oil for August delivery was down 36 cents to $93.33 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.71 to close at $93.69 on Friday. Signs of an economic slowdown are already visible in the world’s No. 2 economy. Last week, a private survey showed manufacturing in China contracted at a faster pace in June to a nine-month low. Moreover, Chinese economic growth slowed unexpectedly in the first quarter to 7.7 percent and forecasters have cut their growth outlook for the year. Asian stock markets fell, and oil prices moved along with them. “Weaker growth and funding concerns in China added another layer of uncertainty to the market psyche,” analysts at Credit Agricole CIB in Hong Kong said in a commentary. Brent crude, which is used to price oil used by many U.S. refineries to make gasoline, was down 19 cents to $100.72. AP Photo/Scanpix, Statoil

This April 26, 2013 photo shows the West Hercules drilling rig in the Skaanevik fjord in western Norway.




Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Lebanon clashes rage overnight; 12 soldiers dead Associated Press Writer

The clashes in Sidon, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Beirut, is the latest bout of violence in Lebanon linked to the conflict in neighboring BEIRUT — Lebanon’s military forces battling followers of a hard-line Sunni Muslim cleric closed in Monday Syria. They are the bloodiest yet involving the army. At least three of on the mosque where they are taking cover in a southern coastal city, the national news agency said. It said a total those killed are officers. The fighting has deepened tensions in Lebanon, on edge since the of 12 soldiers had been killed since fighting erupted a day earlier. Syrian conflict began more than two years ago. Lebanon’s sectarian makeup mirrors that of its neighbor and rival groups back different sides in the Syrian conflict. The National News Agency said the clashes also left fifty wounded. The report said it was not clear how many gunmen were killed or wounded in the clashes, nor whether there were civilian casualties. Machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenade explosions caused panic among residents of Sidon, Lebanon’s third largest city, which until recently had been largely spared the violence hitting other areas. Residents reported power and water outage. The city streets appeared largely deserted Monday, and local media reported many residents were asking for evacuation from the area of the fighting, a heavily populated neighborhood in the city. The news agency said a government building was hit. The local municipality said that the city is “a war zone,” appealing for a cease-fire to evacuate the civilians and wounded in the area. Many people living on high floors came down or fled to safer areas, while others were seen running away from fighting areas carrying children. Others remained locked up in their homes or shops, fearing getting caught in the crossfire. Gray smoke billowed over parts of the city. The clashes erupted Sunday in the predominantly Sunni city. The army says supporters of Sheik Ahmad al-Assir opened fire without provocation on an army checkpoint. It tied the attack to the war in neighboring Syria. Al-Assir is a virulent critic of the powerful Shiite militant Hezbollah group, which along with its allies dominates Lebanon’s government. He supports rebels fighting to oust Syria’s President Bashar Assad. Early Monday, al-Assir appealed to his supporters through his Twitter account in other parts of Lebanon to rise to his help, threatening to widen the scale of clashes. The tweets did not give a clear statement on how the battle began. It AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari Medics transport an injured Lebanese soldier, after clashes between followers of a radical Sunni cleric Sheik came after a series of incidents pitting the cleric’s followers against other Ahmad al-Assir and Shiite gunmen, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sunday, June 23, 2013. groups in the town, including Hezbollah supporters and the army.

Italy’s Berlusconi faces verdict in underage sex trial Reuters MILAN - Judges in a Milan court retired to consider their verdict on Monday in a trial in which former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with a minor and abusing the powers of his office to cover it up. The verdict, which could undermine the fragile coalition government if it goes against Berlusconi, closes a two-year trial that has mesmerized Italy with its accounts of the alleged “bunga bunga” sex parties at the billionaire’s private villa outside Milan while he was premier in 2010. The panel of three judges, all women, were expected to announce their verdict in the afternoon. Prosecutors had asked for a six-year jail term and a ban on holding public office. With two appeals possible, it could be years before a verdict is final. However, if the 76-year-old is found guilty it could weaken Prime Minis-

ter Enrico Letta’s left-right coalition government, which depends on the center-right leader’s support. Several members of Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party have urged him to withdraw his backing, and he may be more tempted to do so if he decides it is giving him no legal protection. “He is expecting it to go against him, he has been telling everyone that the judges are prejudiced,” said James Walston, politics professor at the American University of Rome. Berlusconi is accused of paying for sex with former nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug, alias “Ruby the Heartstealer”, when she was under 18, and of abuse of office to secure her release from police custody on a separate occasion. He denies all wrongdoing and says he is being persecuted by left-wing prosecutors. He says the alleged sex parties were elegant dinners where the female guests performed “burlesque” shows. El Mahroug denies

having sex with Berlusconi. Prosecutors say Berlusconi should be sentenced to a year in jail for paying for sex with a minor, and to five years’ imprisonment plus a life ban from holding public office for abuse of office. Call to police In May 2010, the then-prime minister called a Milan police station to instruct officials to release El Mahroug, who was being held on suspicion of stealing a bracelet. A Brazilian prostitute who lived with El Mahroug had called the premier on his mobile phone to tell him she had been arrested. Berlusconi’s lawyers say he made the call to avoid a diplomatic incident because he believed that El Mahroug, who is actually Moroccan, was the grand-daughter of Hosni Mubarak, then the Egyptian president. The prosecution says he was anxious to cover up the relations he had with her at his sex parties.

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A combo shows file photos of Karima El Mahroug of Morocco posing during a photocall at the Karma disco in Milan November 14, 2010 and Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi waving as he arrives for a meeting of the European People’s Party in Brussels June 28, 2012.



Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Instagram Gets Video: App Update Adds Filter Effects to 15-Second Videos Those selfies and food photos in your Instagram feed might soon be a little less stationary. Starting today, the Facebookowned service will be adding video features to its popular iPhone and Android apps. “We talk about Instagram as capturing and sharing the world’s moments. It’s not just about photography,” Instagram founder Kevin Systrom told “Nightline” anchor Bill Weir in an exclusive interview. “There are a ton of moments in the world that can’t be captured in single images.” They can, however, be captured in video clips under a half a minute long, said Systrom. An update to the current Instagram app, which will be released today, will allow users to capture anywhere between three to 15 seconds of video, apply a new set of filters and then easily share them with their Instagram friends or through other social media services.

Filters, ‘Cinema Mode’ The new version of the app will look

and feel a lot like the older version, because it was meant to be all about keeping the interface “simplicity.” Users will now hit the camera button and get a choice of a still camera or video camera option. Selecting the video option will bring up the usual viewfinder, and then, similar to Twitter’s Vine app, holding down the video icon will capture video. Releasing it will allow you to pause the video, readjust your shot and then start capturing again. Then comes the part that has made Instagram so popular with more than 130 million people: the filters. “We put the power of a photography studio in the palm of your hand. We’ve done the same for video. So now you can take beautiful video and basically share it with the world,” Systrom said.


Air travel changes at less than supersonic speed associated press writer

LE BOURGET, France — When the Concorde started flying in the 1970s, hopes were high that the traveling masses would soon streak through the air faster than the speed of sound or soar in planes that hurtled like missiles above the earth’s atmosphere. Instead, jetliners still look the same as they did five decades ago and travel times have barely budged. To consumers who have watched the world’s technological imagination shift to Silicon Valley, the airline industry seems plodding. Computers and cellphones are obsolete almost as soon as they’re unwrapped. The aviation industry looks stuck in time by comparison.

“Twenty years ago, 10 years ago even, a lot of technology and innovation came from the aerospace industry,” said Larbi Ouchelouche, who is the project manager at Speel Praha, a Czech company that makes black boxes and other flight monitoring systems. “But today, the commercial is going so fast.” Restricted by huge costs, rising fuel prices and safety concerns, the aviation industry is unable to make the same leaps and bounds. It has instead turned its eye to less obvious advances, ones that companies say have allowed more people to fly than ever before. But even some industry insiders revealed a touch of disappointment at the Paris Air Show this week. “Look at all the aircraft ... they’re

AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

The new Airbus A350 jet liner flies above the Bourget airport, during the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, north of Paris, Friday June 21, 2013.

exactly the same (as they used to be), they’re just using different material,” said Gerrard McCluskey, the vice president of engineering at AERO Vodochody, a Czech aerospace manufacturer. One of the most talked about innovations at the show in Le Bourget this week was the use of composite materials — including carbon fibers and plastics; Airbus’ newest jet, the A350, relies heavily on composites. But to the naked eye, it looks just like all the other Airbuses on display. Many plane manufacturers let the military lead the way because the armed forces have the money to play with new technologies, test them extensively and then figure out how to build them efficiently. “We let the military test it, prove it,” McCluskey said. “I think what we have to understand is that aircraft are vehicles, they have to be safe and have to follow certifications.” But he predicted that within the next 10 years, planes won’t contain a fuselage — where the cabin and cockpit are now. They’ll just be one flying wing. Like a fighter jet. Or the gone, but-not-forgotten Concorde, which cut the flight time from London to New York to 3 hours and 20 minutes from nearly eight hours. So what happened to the Concorde? The same thing that happened to the industry at large: the economy. The Concorde was heavily subsidized by the French and British governments and as the industry declined in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it

became clear it was no longer viable. While the experience of air travel has changed little, its global popularity has grown almost exponentially in the past two decades. In its 20-year outlook, Boeing Co. predicted the commercial aircraft fleet would double by

2034, with most of the new passengers in Asia and Latin America, where standards of living are rising quickly. But increased demand and the rising price of fuel have forced manufacturers to focus all their innovation know-how on fuel economy.

New Electronics Can Withstand Bodily Fluids Electronics and bodily fluids don’t mix well. But new technology enables electronic devices to function in direct contact with tissues inside the body. The technology could allow scientists to make sensors that detect the early stages of organ transplant rejection, or create artificial nerves, researchers say. Of course, many electronic devices already reside in the body — pacemakers, for example. But their electronics don’t come in direct contact with bodily fluids because they are enclosed in hermetically sealed stainless steel and sprayed with chemicals that inhibit the body’s immune response (which would otherwise reject them). “What we’re doing here is [developing] electronics working in concert with the body,” study researcher Paul Berger, an electrical and computer engineer at Ohio State University in Columbus, told LiveScience. One of these is a protein sensor that “could be a sort of canary in a coal mine for transplant rejection,” Berger said. [5 Crazy Technologies That Are Revolutionizing Biotech] The majority of electronics contain silicon, the element used in the semiconductors. Silicon is cheap and nontoxic, but the electrolytes inside the body interfere with silicon circuits. Sodium and potassium ions — two of the most common electrolytes in the body — can seep into silicon transistors, causing the sensor signals to drift. “They slosh around inside the transistor, so nothing is really stable,” Berger said. The ions are “an absolute bane for silicon microelectronics,” he said.



Tuesday, June 25, 2013


INNA Hotel is reborn in Kuta ibp

KUTA - With high optimism, the hotel previously known as Inna Kuta Beach, now operates under its new designation as Grand Inna Kuta. It presents a modern minimalistic concept in the form of a new edifice called the Beach Wing with 220 rooms comprising Deluxe, Junior Suite, Grand Junior Suite, Deluxe Suite and Penthouse types that mostly offer ocean views, complete with a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms. Supported by a team highly experienced in hotel services and with a very strategic Kuta beachside location and within Kuta’s main crowd and direct access to the beach and shopping centres, Grand Inna Kuta is optimistic in being able to attract local and international guests as well as the MICE market by providing the best in services and facilities. Considering that a significant number of visitors, particularly foreigners, look forward to enjoying a traditional atmoshpere, Grand Inna Kuta reitains part of its former structures that boast traditional features. Hence Grand Inna Kuta currently has two architectural concepts with different designs, namely a Beach Wing with modern minimalistic styling and a Bali Wing in a traditional Balinese design The rooms total 322 with facilities comprising 4 restaurants, 2 Bars, 3 swimming pools and 9 meeting rooms. One of the restaurants, Breeze Resto, features a unique concept with direct beach views. Grand Inna Kuta looks forward to providing a new touch, a youthful spirit by applying ‘Sandal’ as its icon and ‘All Start Here’ as its slogan, a notion that when you come to Bali, everything begins here, at Grand Inna Kuta.

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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.



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

US art exhibit captures deadly, dazzling snakes Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA — A striking new photography exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences might make people scared of snakes a bit rattled, but there’s no better way to appreciate these incredible creatures up close while staying out of fang’s reach.

A young visitor to the The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University views an exhibition of Mark Laita’s photographs of deadly snakes, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Philadelphia. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

The snake charmer who created the images is photographer Mark Laita, who spent a year visiting zoos, breeders, collectors and venom labs in Central America and the United States. Using a large-format camera and somehow catching the verymuch-alive snakes in dramatic poses, he captured some of the world’s most poisonous creatures with details so vivid and textured that they seem unreal. Academy curators chose 12 of the nearly 100 snakes in his art book, “Serpentine,” for the exhibit running until Sept. 15. Laita photographed each snake right after it molted, when the colors are the most brilliant. “It was hard to pick 12 because all of them are incredible,” said Jennifer Sontchi, the academy’s director of exhibits.

As dazzling as the photo reproductions appear in the book, the actual photographs on exhibit must be seen to be believed. They appear almost three-dimensional, dramatically lit in black frames hung on a black wall, while the acid-bright colors emit an otherworldly glow. “It’s as if these creatures are to their core so inherently beautiful,” the Los Angelesbased photographer says in the book, “that there is nothing they can do, no position they can take, that fails to be anything but mesmerizing.” These slithery subjects didn’t just coil up for Laita — they showed off their sinuous skills to weave into the shape of an ampersand, a fiddlehead, a figure-eight, a braid. He didn’t pose any of his models; he just set them on a black velvet background

and waited for them to show their stuff. “It was a collaboration between him and the snake,” Sontchi said. The project for him was an aesthetic examination of color, form and movement, but the natural human response to snakes — good or bad — adds another layer of meaning for the viewer. Laita paid a price for beauty: He was bitten by one of his models, a deadly black mamba snake. Luckily for him, it was a nonvenomous dry bite, which he inadvertently caught on film the moment it happened. Other snakes in the photo exhibit include a blue Malaysian coral snake, an emerald tree boa, a Brazilian rainbow boa constrictor and the aptly named beautiful pit viper, boasting its neon pink and green scales.

Funeral plans set for actor James Gandolfini Associated Press Writer NEW YORK — Funeral services for actor James Gandolfini will be Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. An HBO spokeswoman speaking on behalf of the family says the funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. The 51-year-old star of “The Sopranos” died Wednesday in Rome. Family spokesman Michael Kobold says Gandolfini died of a heart attack. Port Authority of New York & New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman tells the Star-Ledger of Newark that a Signature Airlines flight carrying Gandolfini’s body arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Rome Sunday night. The body was taken from the airport around 11:20 p.m. but Coleman did not say where. The actor had been headed to Sicily to appear at the Taormina Film Festival, which paid tribute to him Saturday.

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Michael Kobold, a family friend of actor James Gandolfini, holds a press conference at the Exedra Hotel in Rome, Sunday, June 23, 2013.

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