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Japan pop group AKB48 cancels events after attack Associated Press Writer

TOKYO — Japan’s hugely popular female pop group AKB48 canceled fan events Monday after a saw-wielding man attacked two members and a staffer, shocking the nation and raising questions over security. The two group members, Anna Iriyama, 18, and Rina Kawaei, 19, suffered hand and head injuries, and the male staffer who tried to stop the attack Sunday at a fan event in northern Japan had cuts on his hand. All three left the hospital by late Monday. The women, wearing hats and covering their hands with white towels, appeared in front of a huge crowd of reporters outside the hospital and thanked fans for their concern. “We’ve caused you worry, but we are returning to Tokyo now,” Kawaei said. “Thank you very much.” The attack on the group, whose members are dubbed “idols you can meet” because of their fan events, has rattled people in a nation known for public safety. The news topped TV entertainment shows and even the two nationwide newspapers Yomiuri and Mainichi. On Sunday, the group gave a miniconcert for hundreds of fans in Takizawa city which was followed by a handshaking event, in which fans who buy special CDs can shake hands and chat briefly with their favorite member. As soon as

the handshaking event started, a man took a foldable saw from his jacket and went toward the two women, who were standing at the entrance of one of several tents set up inside a gymnasium. Police arrested Satoru Umeta, a 24year-old unemployed man, on suspicion of attempted murder. Iwate prefectural police official Takahiro Fujibayashi said Umeta told investigators that he was not an AKB48 fan and just wanted to commit random murder. Fujibayashi said there were no full security checks of bags and the suspect might have hidden the saw inside a bag he had at the time of his arrest. AKB manager Hiroshi Yuasa told reporters he believed the security checks were appropriate but would review safety measures. Dozens of AKB48 handshaking events are held in Japan every year.

Bouncers — called “peelers” here — are assigned to these events to remove fans who linger, but no major attacks have been previously reported. “It’s nice they are close to the fans, but we have to remember there is a possibility that people like (the attacker) may sneak in,” popular talk show host Seiji Miyane said on his NTV program. He said handshaking is one of the main appeals of AKB48 but the risk needs to be reduced. Twitter and other social networking sites were flooded with comments about the incident, many of them raising concerns about security checks. AKB48 members kept quiet about the case. “Such an incident should never have happened. Even if they recover from their physical injuries, their emotional scars will never heal,” former AKB48 member Erena Ono tweeted. AKB48 management announced Monday it was canceling a concert at its main theater in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, as well as several other events around Japan. Affiliates SKE48 in central Japan and NMB48 in Osaka also canceled or postponed events. Established in 2005, the group has a rotating cast of more than 90 young women and affiliates across the country and in Indonesia, China and Taiwan.

Taylor Swift cancels Bangkok concert after coup FILE - In this April 6, 2014 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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BANGKOK — Taylor Swift has canceled a sold-out concert in Thailand, which came under military rule last week after a coup d’etat. Concert promoter BEC-Tero announced Tuesday on its website that the concert was canceled “due to recent events in Thailand.” It didn’t elaborate but called the move “a difficult decision for all parties.” The concert in Bangkok would have been the night of June 9. The country is under a nighttime curfew though it’s loosely enforced. “I’m sending my love to the fans in Thailand,” Swift tweeted.” I’m so sad about the concert being canceled.” The American singer-songwriter has other performances throughout Asia during her current Red Tour. Several other international performers have canceled or postponed appearances in Thailand during the recent months of political protests and the coup carried out last Thursday.

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Foreign tourist is playing Parasailing at Tanjung Benoa Beach. The arrivals of Indian tourists to Bali increased 29.24 percent to 28,468 people in the January - April 2014 period compared with the same period in the prior year, when it was 23,686.

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In this Jan. 29, 2014 photo, Rina Kawaei of AKB48 poses in a promotion event in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Kawaei and Anna Iriyama, members of the all-female Japanese pop group AKB48 and one staffer have been injured by a saw-wielding man at a fan event.

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DENPASAR - The arrivals of Indian tourists to Bali increased 29.24 percent to 28,468 people in the January - April 2014 period compared with the same period in the prior year, when it was 23,686. “The tourism promotions conducted by the Indonesian government yielded concrete results,” tourism observer and operator in Bali Made Sudana said. The local government of Bali is providing a chance for religious leaders to conduct a tirtayatra (holy) trip to India every year so that it will strengthen the relation between the religious communities of the two countries. He said this was also expected to attract more Indians to Bali because the people in India also needed to know the development of the Hindu religion in the island. The tourism observer said the holy trip was also an

example of concrete promotion in India, expecting that the Indian tourist visits to Bali will increase. He said the Indian tourists arriving in Bali in the past four months accounted for 2.16 percent of foreign tourists visiting the province in the same period. In the JanuaryApril 2014 period, 1.1 million people visited Bali. Meanwhile, the Indonesian Association of Tourism Industries (GIPI) of Bali said the country’s tourist island will gain from the unfavorable political conditions after the military takeover of power in Thailand. Most of the foreign tourists will change their destination

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from Thailand to Bali, GIPI chairman Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya said here on Monday. “Bali will certainly receive more tourists originally planning to visit Thailand,” Ngurah Wijaya said. Thailand has been the main rival of Bali in attracting foreign tourists, especially those coming to enjoy the beauty of the beaches, he said. In addition, Thailand now has low season, he said. He said Chinese tourists, who favor visiting Thailand and Vietnam, where anti-China protest is increasing, are expected to change their destination to Bali. A surge was already recorded in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Bali, he pointed out. At least 45 countries have issued warnings to their citizens against visits to Thailand. Foreign tourists are sensitive to security problem, he said.


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Bali News When Facing harvest failure

Farmers promised insurance, not realized so far

ASIDE from Jatiluwih, the paddy fields in the area of Belimbing, Pupuan, Tabanan, also has beautiful terraces with a unique tourism selling point. Unfortunately, the farmers in this region do not receive any compensation for the tourist visit. The government is still half-hearted. Even, it seems indifferent to the existence of this ancestral heritage. Chief of Subak Suradadi, Belimbing village, Pupuan, Nyoman Suardika, admitted that his party was often promised insurance in case of experiencing harvest failure. Ironically, the promise had never been realized so far whereas the issue of harvest failure was always mentioned in every meeting that involved the provincial and county government official. Moreover, this issue was discussed in the interactive dialogue with one of the governor and deputy governor candidates in the last gubernatorial election. “In the meeting was often mentioned about the crop failure and we were promised to get insurance. The initiative has long been made, but has not been realized so far,” he told Bali Post, Sunday (May 25). However, Suardika admitted the government still gave assistance to farmers, especially in the subak area he led. However, to get a help, it was said that farmers should be diligent to come to the related agencies. “We indeed get the assistance after we diligently inquire to the related agencies,” explained Suardika. According to him, the assistance and insurance were still urgently needed by farmers because the production cost was much more expensive than the selling price of unhulled rice during the harvest. Not to mention, within the

past two years farmers were still totally dependent on hybrid seeds. It was purchased at IDR 90,000 per 10 kg. “The price of seeds is considered expensive because the price of unhulled rice is only IDR 3,200-IDR 3,400 per kg. Moreover, we also have to buy three different kinds of fertilizer, namely the organic, NPK and urea. Due to this little income, young generation rarely want to become a farmer. As has been known, the work in the paddy field is pretty heavy,” he explained. Suardika added that such incomparable results also triggered the land conversion. Currently, the land conversion at Subak Suradadi had reached 10 hectares of the total 82 hectares of wetland. Farmers were said to have converted their paddy fields into coffee and cacao plantation because the production was easier, cheaper and having more expensive selling price. Mouse attack

Chief of Subak Gemuh, Pupuan, I Nengah Sutarsa, admitted that another threat faced by farmers was the mouse attack. Similar condition was also recognized by Chief of Subak Belimbing, Nyoman Suarnata. Though having

The beautiful scenery of Jatiluwih sprayed or poisoned, the mouse attack was still haunting farmers. “Mouse poses our major obstacle, where our rice in the middle of paddy field can be entirely eaten, so it will only leave the paddy plant on the edge of paddy field. Automatically it diminishes the production, especially when it rains and the selling price of the unhulled rice also drops dramatically,” he complained. Suarnata admitted that without mouse attack

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the profit of farmers was only a few because they had to buy factory-made fertilizers and seeds. Meanwhile, to make their own seed was impossible due to frequent rain flushing the village. “We expect the government to subsidize fertilizer and keep the price of the unhulled rice to remain stable during the harvest season. By and large, the high selling price commonly lasts for one week, after which it declines drastically,” he explained. (kmb32)

North Bali such as the Subak Kloncing, Subak Lanyahan, Subak Babakan (Sawan subdistrict) and some farmers in other subak areas. The ready-toharvest unhulled rice had not been sold and left in the fields. In the meantime, the condition of yellowed rice began to fall. This condition made farmers to suffer losses. Their unhulled rice could have been sold after being bid by middlemen at a low price. The middlemen bid at a low price because the rice was attacked by disease and its bore uneven fruits. This condition affected the quality of the unhulled rice after harvest.

Farmers who did not want their unhulled rice to be bid at low price attempted to harvest themselves though having to spend on labor cost and faced the risk of loss. Ketut Warsa, a farmer at Kerobokan village, Sawan subdistrict, said that the price offer of unhulled rice in this harvest season was very low compared to the price in previous harvest seasons. He gave an example the paddy planted on an area of 0.56 hectare was bargained at a total price of IDR 2 million. The middlemen bid at low price because the condition of the unhulled rice was attacked by

disease. Responding to this condition, the farmers serving as sharecroppers did not sell the unhulled rice to middleman. Afterward, the unhulled rice was harvested alone despite having to face a risk of having to pay labor costs. “The paddy plant was said to be damaged as attacked by disease so that the bid is very low. Rather than being sold a very low price, we’d better harvest it alone,” said the farmer at Kerobokan village, Sawan subdistrict. Meanwhile, the Head of the Buleleng Agriculture and Livestock Agency, Nyoman Swatantra, when

asked for his confirmation claimed to have not received the report on the price drop of unhulled rice at a number of subak groups in Buleleng. Although having not received any official report from the field extension officers (PPL), possibly the middlemen had deliberately bid at low price in order to obtain multiple profits. Moreover, this year’s harvest season belonged to rainy transplanting season (TMH). During which the paddy plant was not usually much attacked by disease or pests that could degrade the quality of the unhulled rice after harvest. (kmb38)

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UBUD - Petani Restaurant at Alaya Ubud is excited to host Road to Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJF) 2014 set for Friday June 27. This Jazz Rendez-Vous event will be leading to the actual festival on August 8-9 in Ubud.

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Price of unhulled rice slumps

SINGARAJA - The price of unhulled rice during the harvest season of this year slumped if compared to the previous harvest season. Such price drop happened due to disease. Middlemen bid the unhulled rice at low price. As a result, this condition made farmers lose money and they were forced to sell their products for covering the production cost during the previous growing season. As field observation of Bali Post on Sunday (May 25), the price drop of unhulled rice was widely experienced by several leading subak groups in

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Petani Restaurant to host Road to UVJF

Entering its second year as sponsor for this international jazz event, Petani at Alaya Ubud will host well known Jazz musicians Balawan, Rio Sidik and German Band Michael Haack in a night of intimate Jazz performances. Petani Retaurant at Alaya Ubud ideally located on busy Hanoman street in Ubud offers a delightful menu of flavoursome fare from around the Indonesian archipelago, Asia and beyond.

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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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Kiwi DNA link spurs rethink GIPI: Bali to gain more tourists of flightless birds Turmoil in Thailand

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DENPASAR - The Indonesian Association of Tourism Industries (GIPI) of Bali said the country’s tourist island would gain from the unfavorable political condition after the military take over of power in Thailand.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Research linking New Zealand’s diminutive kiwi with a giant extinct bird from Africa is prompting scientists to rethink how flightless birds evolved. A report published Friday in the journal Science says DNA testing indicates the chicken-size kiwi’s closest relative is the elephant bird from Madagascar, which grew up to 3 meters (10 feet) high and weighed up to 250 kilograms (550 pounds) before becoming extinct about 1,000 years ago. The authors say the results contradict earlier theories that the kiwi and other flightless birds, including the ostrich and emu, evolved as the world’s continents drifted apart about 130 million years ago. Instead, they say, it’s more likely their chicken-size, flight-capable ancestors enjoyed a window of evolutionary ascendancy about 60 million years ago, after dinosaurs died out and before mammals grew big. Those birds, the authors say, likely flew between the continents, with some staying and becoming the large, flightless species we know today. Alan Cooper, a professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia and a co-author of the paper, said the DNA results came as a huge surprise given the differences in size and location between the kiwi and elephant bird. “This has been an evolutionary mystery for 150 years. Most things have been suggested but never this,” he said. “The birds are about as different as you can get in terms of geography, morphology and ecology.” Cooper, a New Zealander by birth, is hoping the paper will also bring him a measure of redemption. That’s because two decades ago, Cooper and other scientists discovered genetic links between the kiwi and two Australian flightless birds, the cassowary and the emu. That led to New Zealanders believing their iconic bird might have come from Australia, a traditional rival. “There was a huge outpouring of angst,” Cooper said. “New Zealanders weren’t too impressed.”

Most of the foreign tourists would change their destination from Thailand to Bali, GIPI chairman Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya said. Bali would certainly receive more tourists originally planning to visit Thailand,” Ngurah Wijaya said. Thailand has been the main rival of Bali in attracting foreign tourists especially those coming to enjoy the beauty of beaches, he said. In addition, Thailand now has low season, he said. He said Chinese tourists, who favor visits to Thailand and Vietnam, where anti-China protest is growing lately are expected to change their destination to Bali. A surge was already recorded in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Bali, he pointed out. At least 45 countries have issued warning to their citizens against visits to Thailand. Foreign tourists are sensitive to security problem, he said. AP Photo/Brian Choo

This undated artist impression, shows an elephant bird, or Aepyornis maximus, with its head towering 3 meters in the air, wanders through the spiny forest of ancient Madagascar.

More whales being hit by ships along US East Coast Associated Press Writer

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In this April 16, 2014 file photo, a deceased 55-foot long finback whale sits on a dry dock in Jersey City, N.Y., after it was pulled out of the water.

A cruise ship heading for New York this month struck and killed a whale and dragged it into the Hudson River, part of a higher-than-usual rate of strikes along the Eastern Seaboard for this time of year, a federal agency said. There were three recent whale strikes recently, including one in which a cruise ship hit a sei whale and did not discover it until it reached port, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. In a similar case, a sei whale was found dead and attached to a container ship that was docking near Philadelphia, NOAA said. The whales may be following food sources closer to shore, NOAA said. An increased food supply has recently been cited for a large increase in the number of humpback whales off Massachusetts. The agency issued a reminder to mariners of measures already in place to protect whales, including speed limits and distances. “Nobody wants to hit a whale,” said Marjorie Mooney-Seus, a spokeswoman. “So we want people to have a greater awareness that they’re out there now.” The usual rate of whale strikes by ships is about one every few weeks, she

said, compared with the three in the past few weeks. NOAA said it counted 28 whale strikes in Northeastern waters between 2006 and 2010. Worldwide, a National Marine Fisheries Service survey covering 1975 through 2002 found 292 records of confirmed or possible ship strikes to large whales. Rob DiGiovanni, who heads a marine mammal rescue group on Long Island, said he’s seeing “more evidence of ship strikes and that’s definitely a concern.” In the past, his Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation would go a couple of years without seeing a large whale that had been hit by a ship. “Now we get a couple a year,” he said. The New York cruise ship incident was discovered May 4, the Philadelphia case on May 7, Mooney-Seus said. She did not have details about the third recent strike except that it involved a fin whale; NOAA is investigating. A necropsy on the New York whale found it was killed by blunt force, confirming that it was killed by the ship, MooneySeus said. The other two whales were not retrieved. NOAA said there have been no recent reported strikes of endangered North Atlantic right whales.

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Tourists play surfing at Kuta Beach. The Indonesian Association of Tourism Industries (GIPI) of Bali said the country’s tourist island would gain from the unfavorable political condition after the military take over of power in Thailand.

Garden of the Gods

A new undersea tourist object at Pemuteran Bali Post

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Some divers came down directly to about 22-meter depth to put the statues of the gods that previously had been given initiation rites or consecrated beforehand.

SINGARAJA - To support the undersea tourism of the Panji Sakti region, a total of 41 statues of Dewata Nawa Sanga (gods of nine directions) were placed under waters of Pemuteran village, Gerokgak. The making of such undersea garden or known as the Garden of the Gods was initiated by I Nyoman Chris Brown, a man from Australia, who paid great attention to the marine life preservation in Buleleng, Saturday (May 24). Existence of the garden of the gods took the philosophy of Dewata Nawa Sanga depicted with the statue of the gods in every corners of the compass. All the statues were nicely arranged in such a way to resemble a garden, and became a unique attraction to divers. “Two years ago, I found this interesting idea. Originally a friend of mine dived in the Pemuteran area. At that time, he admired the undersea beauty of marine life at Pemuteran. Armed with such inspiration, I finally had an idea of making the Garden of the Gods, taking the concept of the Dewata Nawa Sanga,” he said. Chris Brown explained the existence of the Dewata Nawa Sanga statues would become the development point of the other marine life. Some organisms such as coral reefs and ornamental fish could grow well around the statue of the gods. Having been lived in the Pemuteran area for 20 years, previously he received the support for the undersea conservation from

Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. “In addition to preserving the marine life, I want Pemuteran to be visited by domestic and foreign travelers without damaging the underwater biota of Pemuteran,” he explained. Some divers came down directly to about 22-meter depth to put the statues of the gods that previously had been given initiation rites or consecrated beforehand. Arrangement of the undersea statues was adjusted to the nine directions to the compass direction, in accordance with the concept of Dewata Nawa Sanga. “Through the establishment of the undersea Garden of the Gods, I personally appreciate and support. Hopefully, this could create job opportunities for residents surrounding the Pemuteran. Besides, it serves as a kind of preservation of nature,” said I Gede Mudita, headman of Pemuteran. The Head of Buleleng Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, I Nyoman Sutrisna, said that his party was providing support to the action of the marine life preservation through the making of the Garden of the Gods. “In building a region, there should be a synergy of various parties. One of them is the role of private sector that has helped the preservation of natural life under the sea by creating the garden of the gods at Pemuteran. We will help the new marine tourism promotion in Buleleng, while developing the innovation in other areas of Buleleng. Thus, the public must also jointly preserve the ocean along with its contents,” said Sutrisna. (kmb34)


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The grass which grows uncontrollably is filling Lake Batur

Lake Batur overgrown by najas grass Bali Post

BANGLI - Condition of Lake Batur in Kintamani is ceaselessly plagued by environmental problems. Aside from siltation and the threat of waste, now the lake becoming the pride of the people of Bangli is also invaded by najas grass (Najas indica Willd). Although it does not directly disrupt the ecosystem around it, the presence of such grass results in shabby impression around the lake. Based on observation on Sunday (May 25), the najas grass widely grew around the Kedisan Pier. The grass grew to vine and float in the water of the lake. It mostly grew around the garden of local residents that had been submerged in flood water of the lake.

One of the local residents, Jro Bau, said the najas grass usually grew just before the dry season arrived. “By and large, the grass grows ahead of dry season. Typically, it grows to vine quickly,” he explained. Similar opinion was also ex-

pressed by another resident, Jro Nik. He said the najas grass frequently grew in the muddy bottom of the lake. Moreover, the location where the grass grew was formerly a garden area. According to him, the grass then grew extensively along the edge of the lake. “Actually, the

grass can be taken advantage as organic fertilizer. On the other hand, its presence can also accelerate the silting of the lake,” he said. Responding to the problem, he hoped the grass could be cleaned up together by all components, both the society and government. The grass should not be let worsen the condition of the Lake Batur. Moreover, all this time the Lake Batur was one of the leading objects of Bangli visited by many travelers. (ina)

TABANAN - The discipline of modern stores in Tabanan County conducted by a judicial team seemed not to run optimally. Evidently, one of the modern stores having been closed by Municipal Police (Satpol PP) some time ago had been in operation after re-naming it. Meanwhile, the products on sale as well as the system remained under the name of modern chain store. Besides, the member card issued is still bearing the logo of one of the modern chain stores. Just a reminder, on February 4, one of the famous modern chain stores located on Jalan Abiantuwung was closed by Municipal Police because it had not owned the business location permit (SITU), trade business permit (SIUP) and company registration (TDP) in accordance with article 2, chapter 7 and chapter 20. The closure was also based on the Tabanan Regional Bylaw No. 5/2013 and Regional Bylaw No.18/2011 on the suspension of the modern store construction in Tabanan. However, not long after, the store was back to operation by using a new name. Unfortunately, the renaming was not followed with replacement of the internal system where it stayed to use the name of the modern chain store. When contacted separately, the Head of Tabanan Licensing Office, I Gusti Nyoman Arya Wardana, admitted the renamed modern store had owned a permit and the submission was on behalf of the individual entity. Related to the logo and corporate identity of the modern chain store remaining to be used on a number of products sold, he claimed not to know anything. “We will soon assign a team to check the truth in the field, even if necessary, it will be made as soon as possible,” he said. If the results of checking still found things related to the modern chain store, his party would firmly reprimand the owner because it was contrary to the permit having been issued. “If it is proved, the permit will be then revised,” he explained. Previously, when the sealing of the modern chain store was carried out, a representative of the store management objected and regretted it. His party suspected many other stores operating illegally so far. “We obey the rules, but if possible, the others must also be disciplined, so the law enforcement does not run discriminatively,” he said. His party recognized that the permit of modern chain store at Abiantuwung village had been under process. (kmb28)

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BANGKOK — Armed troops detained a Thai Cabinet minister who defiantly emerged from hiding on Tuesday to condemn last week’s military coup and urge a return to civilian rule, in the first public appearance by any member of the ousted government. About half a dozen soldiers took Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang into custody in a chaotic scene at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, where he had just finished giving a surprise news conference. The junta, which seized power Thursday, is already holding most top members of the Southeast Asian country’s elected administration and has ordered the rest to surrender. Chaturon called for elections and warned that resistance to the army overthrow could grow, which could lead to “a disaster for this country.” When the news conference was finished and Chaturon was being interviewed by a group of Thai journalists, soldiers entered the room, surrounded him, and escorted him out through a crowd of reporters. He was calm and smiling as he was taken away. Before being hustled into an elevator, Chaturon said: “I’m not afraid. If I was afraid, I wouldn’t be here.” The military takeover, Thailand’s second in eight years, deposed an elected government that had insisted for months that the nation’s fragile democracy was under attack from protesters, the courts, and finally the army. The country is deeply split between an elite establishment based in Bangkok and the south that cannot win elections on one side, and a poorer majority centered in the north that has begun to realize political and economic power on the other. A “coup d’état is not a solution to the problems or conflicts in Thai society, but will make the conflicts even worse,” Chaturon said. Chaturon said he told only a few people in advance of his appearance. He said he would not resist arrest or go underground, but since he does not “accept the coup, I could not report to those who staged it.” “I still insist to use my own rights and liberty to call for returning the country to democracy,” he said.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shakes hand with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Modi met with the leader of rival Pakistan and other neighboring nations on his first day on the job Tuesday.

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NEW DELHI — New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the leaders of rival Pakistan and other neighboring nations on Tuesday, a day after being sworn in. Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif smiled warmly as they posed for photographs ahead of their nearly hourlong meeting. No details were immediately released about their discussion. Modi was expected to ask Pakistan to hasten its investigation into the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai, India’s financial hub, in which Pakistani militants killed 166 people, and put its perpetrators on trial.

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Former Thai Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang, center, walks after being detained by soldiers after a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

He was also likely to urge Pakistan to take action against Islamic militant groups operating out of Pakistani territory to prevent further attacks on India. The future of Kashmir, the disputed Himalayan territory over which they have fought two of their three wars, was another likely topic. Analysts say Sharif’s visit to attend Modi’s inauguration could signal an easing of tensions between the often-hostile, nuclear-armed neighbors. Modi also held brief meetings with the leaders of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Mauritius and Maldives, who also attended his inauguration Monday. He was to meet with the speaker of Bangladesh’s Parlia-

ment later Tuesday. On Monday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told an Indian television channel that the Pakistanbased militant group Lashkar-eTaiba was behind last Friday’s attack on an Indian consulate in western Afghanistan. Gunmen armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked the building in Herat, but the diplomatic staff escaped unharmed. Karzai said he received the information from “a western intelligence agency.” Lashkar-e-Taiba was also blamed for the Mumbai attack. On Tuesday, a man who identified himself as a Lashkar-eTaiba spokesman named Abdullah Ghaznavi denied that the group

was responsible for the consulate attack. “We have nothing to do with any attack in Afghanistan,” he told The Associated Press. Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won a solid majority in the 543-member lower house of Parliament, enabling him to set priorities without being constrained by coalition partners. Modi has picked 45 Cabinet ministers, who were sworn in alongside him. Former BJP President Rajnath Singh was named home minister, former opposition leader Sushma Swaraj is the new foreign minister, and BJP spokesman Arun Jaitley will head the ministries of finance and defense.


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DENPASAR - Indonesia still lacks experts in the field of pharmacoeconomics, which refers to the scientific discipline that compares the value of one pharmaceutical drug or drug therapy to another, noted an official. “We still have very few pharmacoeconomists, while our neighbors, Malaysia and Singapore, have many experts in pharmacoeconomics,” President of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics Outcome Research (ISPOR) Indonesia Chapter Ahmad Fuad Afdhal Ph.D stated. He noted that Indonesia actually needs many more pharmacoeconomists whose research work will contribute positively to provide efficient and inexpensive health services in the country. But, Ahmad pointed out that in three years after the establishment of ISPOR in Indonesia, the pharmacologists have begun focusing their attention on pharmacoeconomics. “Three years after ISPOR was established, it has published guidebooks on pharmacoeconomic research and started the pharmacoeconomic study program at the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Public Health,” he remarked. Pharmacoeconomic evaluation is an analytical tool used increasingly to assist in decision-making in the financing and management of pharmaceutical products in the health care system or national health insurance programs of a country. Pharmacoeconomic guidelines can be used as a standard for preparation of studies to be included in the application for reimbursement, a guide for designing and conducting a study, or a template for evaluating the economic study reports.

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NEW YORK — They’re the $10 million dollar men and women. Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study. with their CEOs’ performance and the stock market has provided a big boost,” says Gary Hewitt, director of research at GMI Ratings, a corporate governance research firm. “But we are still dealing with a situation where CEO compensation has spun out of control and CEOs are being paid extraordinary levels for their work.” The highest paid CEO was Anthony Petrello of oilfield-services company Nabors Industries, who made $68.3 million in 2013. Petrello’s pay ballooned as a result of a $60 million lump sum that the company paid him to buy out his old contract. Nabors Industries did not respond to calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. Petrello was one of a handful of chief executives who received a onetime boost in pay because boards of directors decided to re-negotiate CEO contracts under pressure from shareholders. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold CEO Richard Adkerson also received a one-time payment of $36.7 million to renegotiate his contract. His total pay, $55.3 million, made him the third-highest paid CEO last year. The second-highest paid CEO among companies in the S&P 500 was Leslie Moonves of CBS. Moonves’ total compensation rose

9 percent to $65.6 million in 2013, a year when the company’s stock rose nearly 70 percent. Media industry CEOs were, once again, paid handsomely. Viacom’s Philippe Dauman made $37.2 million while Walt Disney’s Robert Iger made $34.3 million. Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes earned $32.5 million. The industry with the biggest pay bump was banking. The median pay of a Wall Street CEO rose by 22 percent last year, on top of a 22 percent increase the year before. BlackRock chief Larry Fink made the most, $22.9 million. Kenneth Chenault of American Express ranked second with earnings of $21.7 million. CEO pay remains a divisive issue in the U.S. Large investors and boards of directors argue that they need to offer big pay packages to attract talented men and women who can run multibillion-dollar businesses. “If you have a good CEO at a company, the wealth he might generate for shareholders could be in the billions,” says Dan Mitchell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. “It might be worth paying these guys millions for doing this type of work.” CEOs are still getting much bigger raises than the average U.S. worker.

Accor buys 97 hotels in Europe for 900 mn euros Agence France-Presse

PARIS - Hotel group Accor on Tuesday announced the purchase of 97 hotels in Europe through its HotelInvest business for a total of 900 million euros ($1 billion). The group is buying a first portfolio of 86 hotels, representing 11,286 rooms across Germany and the Netherlands, which have been operated by Accor since 2007 under the Ibis, Ibis budget, Mercure and Novotel brands. These hotels, worth 722 mil-

lion euros, are being sold by Moor Park Fund I and II. A second portfolio of 11 hotels in Switzerland, operated by Accor since 2008, includes Ibis, Ibis budget, Novotel and MGallery hotels, the operator said in a statement. They are being sold by Axa Real Estate. “These transactions send a strong signal of our capability to rapidly implement the strategy of restructuring the HotelInvest portfolio,” said Sebastien Bazin, Accor’s chief executive.

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Last year was the fourth straight that CEO compensation rose following a decline during the Great Recession. The median CEO pay package climbed more than 50 percent over that stretch. A chief executive now makes about 257 times the average worker’s salary, up sharply from 181 times in 2009. The best paid CEO last year led an oilfield-services company. The highest paid female CEO was Carol Meyrowitz of discount retail giant TJX, owner of TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. And the head of Monster Beverage got a monster of a raise. Over the last several years, companies’ boards of directors have tweaked executive compensation to answer critics’ calls for CEO pay to be more attuned to performance. They’ve cut back on stock options and cash bonuses, which were criticized for rewarding executives even when a company did poorly. Boards of directors have placed more emphasis on paying CEOs in stock instead of cash and stock options. The change became a boon for CEOs last year because of a surge in stocks that drove the Standard & Poor’s 500 index up 30 percent. The stock component of pay packages rose 17 percent to $4.5 million. “Companies have been happy

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“They are fully aligned with our selective asset acquisition criteria: hotels located in key European cities and delivering excellent operating performance in our most profitable market segment.” HotelInvest wants to raise the proportion that hotels contribute to its net operating income from 68 percent to over 75 percent in the medium term. The hotel operator runs 3,600 hotels, a total of 460,000 rooms in 92 countries.

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The art of barong bangkung (female pig barong) habitually performed street show or gallivanting show at village in order to jazz up the Galungan and Kuningan feast, showed off their capability in the competition held at the Tabanan Urban Park, Sunday (May 25).

Barong Bangkung staged at Urban Park

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Nabors Industries CEO Anthony Petrello becomes the highest-paid CEOs who made $68.3 million in 2013. Petrello’s pay ballooned as a result of a $60 million lump sum that the company paid him to buy out his old contract.

Top 10 highest-paid CEOs 1. Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries, $68.2 million 2. Leslie Moonves, CBS, $65.6 million 3. Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, $55.3 million 4. Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor, $39 million 5. Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million 6. Leonard Schleifer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, $36.3 million 7. Robert Iger, Walt Disney, $34.3 million 8. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $33.3 million 9. Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner, $32.5 million 10. Brian Roberts, Comcast, $31.4 million

TABANAN - The art of barong bangkung (female pig barong) habitually performed street show or gallivanting show at village in order to jazz up the Galungan and Kuningan feast, showed off their capability in the competition held at the Tabanan Urban Park, Sunday (May 25). Followed by about 17 participants from the hamlets around the Tabanan customary village, this art performance got tremendous attention from the surrounding communities. Evidently, despite the hot weather, the audience did not move from the place to just see the barong bangkung art attraction where this year it took the theme nangluk merana (disease prevention). Chairman of the competition committee doubling as the chief of customary village youth club association across the Tabanan town, Gusti Bagus Surya Aditya, said the competition of this year posed the second implementation

in which six months earlier was also held a similar event in the Ketut Mario cultural hall, Tabanan. “This competition is one of the work programs of the customary youth club that has been agreed in the customary village youth club assembly of Tabanan town. One of the aims is to foster creativity, especially in the field of religion, art and culture, especially the art of barong bangkung. At the same time, we also would like to provide an entertainment with artistic, cultural and religious nuance in a series of the Galungan and Kuningan festivity,” he explained. The competition was assessed

by three judges denoting the prominent artist figures of Tabanan. In the competition, the participants competed for cash prizes and awards. The first winner got cash worth IDR 2 million, the second winner (IDR 1.5 million) and the third winner (IDR 1 million). Criteria of the assessment included the dance of barong, harmony of the theme with the storyline, gamelan music accompaniment, completeness or property used in the appearance and the whole performance. “Each participant has also received guidance fund from the committee worth IDR 200,000,” said Gusti Bagus Surya Aditya. (kmb28)

IAEA countries meets in Bali Antara

KUTA - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) member states are holding a meeting in Bali to evaluate and review the use of radio tracer nuclear technology in Indonesian industries. Indonesian National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) researcher Sugiarto said the radiotracer engineering application in industries are mostly in the form of gamma ray radiation that can penetrate intervening materials so that it can be used to detect the characteristics of the target material. “The state oil and gas company, PT Pertamina, is using the radiotracer technology to detect damages in oil refineries. Radiotracer examination can be done without stopping the operations of the oil refineries,” Sugiarto said. In addition, the radiotracer technology can be used to detect oil and gas reserves underground, underground cables damage, and mercury levels in certain materials. “Unfortunately, the use of radiotracer technology is not wide because its use is not well disseminated, although the technology application is cheap and effective,” Sugiarto added. Batan is developing software and hardware for gamma scanning equipment and developing radiotracer methodologies and CFD computer simulations, by applying the technology. The use of radiotracer technology was agreed by 14 IAEA member states, in a meeting that was held in Jeju, South Korea, in 2012. “This technology is categorized as a nondestructive testing technique. Radiotracer will follow the motion of the injected material flow that is to be investigated, such as fluid flow velocity and flow pattern in the pipeline,” Sugiarto said. Representatives from Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China and Vietnam are attending the meeting. The meeting is being held in Kuta, Bali, on May 26-30, 2014, and is facilitated by Batan and the Center for Application of Isotopes and Radiation (PAIR).


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Egyptians vote for 2nd day for new president Associated Press Writer

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Local people watch as a seized APC that was set alight smolders in the center of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Mayor says 40 people killed in eastern Ukraine

CAIRO — The government and media outlets in Egypt urged voters to the polls on Tuesday, the second and final day of the country’s presidential election, amid signs of a weaker-than-expected turnout in the balloting. Election monitoring groups said the turnout on the first day of the vote was moderate and often thin or non-existent in towns and areas where Islamists dominate. Whatever the turnout, former military chief Abdel-Fattah elSissi, who removed Egypt’s first freely elected president last year, is poised for an almost certain victory. His only rival in the race is left-wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi, who finished third in the 2012 presidential vote but is not believed capable of taking more than a symbolic amount of votes from the retired field marshal. However, the 59-year-old el-Sissi and his supporters have been counting on a large turnout to send a message to the West — as well as his opponents, mainly from the Muslim Brotherhood group, which is boycotting the balloting — that his removal of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was not a coup but a popular revolution, similar to the 2011 uprising that ended autocrat Hosni Mubarak’s almost 30-year-long rule. Egypt’s deep divisions were on full display Monday, the first day of voting. At some Cairo polling stations, lines of el-Sissi supporters waved Egyptian flags and wore clothes in the national red-whiteand-black colors. Men and women, including ones wearing the conservative Muslim veil, danced to pro-military pop songs. In strongholds of the Brotherhood — which has dominated all other elections since Mubarak’s ouster — the polls were virtually deserted, a fact likely to reduce the turnout from among the country’s nearly 54 million registered voters. Also, many of el-Sissi’s secular critics who supported Morsi’s removal but now fear the former army chief will enshrine a Mubarak-style autocracy, appeared to also have stayed away from the polls. This apparently prompted the government to declare Tuesday a public holiday to allow millions of government employees — there are roughly 5.5 million government workers in this country of about 90 million people — time to go and cast ballots, and extended voting hours by one hour. Banks and the stock market were also given the day off. Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb appealed to the private sector to follow suit. In a clear warning, election commission officials said they will implement a rarely applied article slapping fines on all able-bodied voters who do not cast their ballots. The fines, set at $72, are a hefty sum for most Egyptians.

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INDONESIA Indonesian ambassador returns to Australia Associated Press

CANBERRA — Australia said Tuesday that Indonesia’s ambassador has returned to Canberra, six months after he was called home during a diplomatic spat over spying allegations. Indonesian ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema’s return marks a significant thawing in relations since he was recalled in November when media reported phone-

tapping revelations from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The reports said that Australia had spied on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his

wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009. A Foreign Ministry statement confirmed that Kesoema had returned to the Australian capital.

He could not be immediately contacted Tuesday for comment. Indonesia had suspended some bilateral cooperation, recalled the ambassador and demanded that Australia sign a code of conduct before the two countries could start working together again on people smuggling, defense and intelligence sharing. The two sides are still negotiating wording

SDA return mandate to president Antara

BOGOR - Suryadharma Ali (SDA) returned his mandate as religious affairs minister to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday who in turn asked him to write a resignation letter in the next few days. “Suryadharma Ali has returned the mandate as religious affairs minister to the President,” Minister/ State secretary Sudi Silalahi said in a press conference following a meeting between the President and SDA at the Bogor Presidential Palace. The religious affairs minister has been named suspect by the Corrup-

tion Eradication Commission (KPK) in connection with his alleged involvement in a corruption case related to hajj pilgrimage program. Sudi said Suryadharma Ali met with the President that day to report his naming as a suspect by KPK. He said Suryadharma Ali felt he was not guilty and reported that the performance of his ministry in the hajj pilgrimage service had been improving from year to year. President Yudhoyono on the occasion said he hoped the case of SDA would not disrupt this year’s hajj pilgrimage service. He also told SDA that the KPK’s

decision was not the end of the world and advised him to prepare well to deal with his legal case. “We respect the principle of presumption of innocence,” the President has said, according to Sudi. SDA arrived at the palace at around 11.45 and met with the President who was accompanied by vice president Boediono, coordinating minister for people’s welfare Agung Laksono and Sudi Silalahi. SDA would be the second minister to resign from the current cabinet after Andi Mallarangeng, the sports minister, in December, 2012, over alleged involvement in corruption.

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DONETSK, Ukraine — The eastern city of Donetsk was in turmoil Tuesday after a day of heavy fighting in which government forces used combat jets to stop pro-Russia separatists from taking over the airport. The mayor said 40 people were killed and went on television to urge residents to stay at home. The city of 1 million was engulfed by fighting Monday when rebels moved to seize the airport, Ukraine’s second largest. They were repelled by government forces using combat jets and helicopter gunships. Associated Press journalists witnessed intensive gun fire throughout the day and into the night. Plumes of black smoke rose into the air and officials shut down Donetsk airport and nearby streets to traffic amid the fighting. Donetsk mayor Oleksandr Lukyanchenko was quoted by the local news portal Ostrovas saying that 40 people, includ-

ing two civilians, were killed in Monday’s fighting. The bodies of about 30 insurgents showed up at a hospital in Donetsk on Tuesday, according to a rebel fighter who wouldn’t give his name because of security concerns. Speaking outside the hospital, he said the truck carrying the bodies was still parked nearby, waiting for explosives experts to check it for any unexploded ordnance. There was no immediate confirmation yet from the hospital about the bodies. The battles came as billionaire candy magnate Petro Poroshenko claimed victory in Sunday’s pres-

idential vote, which authorities in the capital of Kiev had hoped would unify the deeply divided nation. Poroshenko, who is yet to be sworn in, has vowed to negotiate a peaceful end to an insurgency in the east but also has called the separatists “Somali pirates” and promised he would stop them from sowing more chaos. Early Tuesday, unidentified men stormed Donetsk’s main ice hockey arena and set it ablaze, according to the mayor’s office. The arena, owned by a local Ukrainian lawmaker, was to host the 2015 world championships.

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An Egyptian woman casts her vote at a polling site in the upscale Zamalek district of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, the second and final day of the presidential election with the country’s former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi poised for an almost certain victory.

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Suryadharma Ali (SDA) returned his mandate as religious affairs minister to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) on Monday who in turn asked him to write a resignation letter in the next few days.

of the code. Yudhoyono had offered Prime Minister Tony Abbott an olive branch by inviting him to an international summit in Bali early this month, but Abbott declined, citing work commitments. Abbott phoned Yudhoyono and the two leaders discussed potential dates for a face-to-face meeting, as early as next month.

Indonesia is potential investment destination for Russia Antara

JAKARTA - The Indonesian Ambassador for Russia and Belarus, Djauhari Oratmangun, said Indonesia is a country that has huge potential as a destination for Russian investments. Djauhari noted that Indonesia has become a country with the strongest economy in ASEAN and the world. Thus, he invited Russia to improve cooperation with Indonesia. “Indonesia has become a country that has a great potential market, which frequently is the focus of attention of some speakers,” Djauhari said on Monday. He delivered the speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) held in St Petersburg, Russia, on May 22-24, 2014. The annual forum is held by the Russian government together with several Russian and international companies, such as Gazprom, Rusal, Sberbank, Danone, Microsoft and Ernst & Young. Some 6,500 delegations, including from local businesses, diplomats and the media, participated in the event. He said Indonesia has become one of the countries that has a strong economic power. The country also has 600 million of total population and a gross domestic product of about US$3 trillion. Thus, he said Indonesia has the potential market for Russian and international investors. The Economic Development Ministry of Russia said Russia intends to invest in the ASEAN region, particularly in Indonesia that has at least 17 thousand islands, which should be connected. The Abraaj Group also said the ASEAN region is a huge market and has not become the target of international investors. The group said there should be a business exploration forum to introduce potential investments. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Suryo Bambang Sulisto, also participated on the Global CEO Summit of the SPIEF that focuses on the challenges and solutions to handle the obstacles for business development. Suryo delivered a speech that focused on the challenges of business development in Indonesia and emphasized the importance of Indonesia and the ASEAN potential given the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community.


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MIAMI — Chris Bosh got them started and LeBron James took over in the second half. In the end, the Miami Heat moved one win from yet another Eastern Conference title. James had 32 points and 10 rebounds and Bosh added 25 points — nearly matching his output from the first three games of the series combined — as the Heat grabbed control of the East finals by topping the Indiana Pacers 102-90 in Game 4 for a 3-1 lead.

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KUTA - This monument was built to remind us of a terrible incident, namely the bomb blast in Kuta Bali on Saturday night October 12, 2002 on Jalan Legian Kuta. It caused death toll as many as 202 people from 22 countries and 324 people suffered from serious injuries and wounds. Such very powerful bomb blast also caused damage to buildings and vehicles within a radius of one kilometer. Since the tragedy, tourism industry as the backbone of Bali’s economy suffered the most serious slump in the history, but thanks to the persistence of the whole society and government, now slowly but surely it has now undergone at restoration. The monument itself was established in the former area of explosion (Ground Zero). Most prominent part of the monument is Kayonan with a large white wooden leaf symbolizing the universe and its contents. At the bottom of this kayonan, there are inscription of `victims’ name list that died in the incident and their nationality.

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Dwyane Wade added 15 points and Miami never trailed, leading by 23 at one point. “We try to get better every single day, every single game,” James said. “When you do that and go out and play the type of game that you are capable of playing, you can be satisfied with the results. And that’s what we’ve built over the years.” Only the Celtics and Lakers franchises have been to the NBA Finals in four straight seasons. The Heat now have three chances to join that club, starting with Game 5 at Indiana on Wednesday night. “We got outplayed by the Heat,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “I wasn’t disappointed in our fight. I was disappointed in the result.” Paul George scored 23 points and David West added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who got 15 points from George Hill. But Lance Stephenson — who made news in the days between Games 3 and 4 by IBP/File Photo

suggesting he was in James’ head — was held to nine and 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert was scoreless in 22 minutes for Indiana. Miami has won the last three games in the series, and going back to the point in Game 3 when the Heat trailed by 15, they have outscored the Pacers by 39 points in a span of about 6½ quarters. The Pacers won two elimination games in the first round against Atlanta, and need to win three more if their yearlong plan of topping Miami is going to become reality. The odds are obviously stacked against them. When holding a 3-1 lead, Miami is 8-0 in Game 5s over the past four postseasons. “We have a chance to play an NBA game on our home floor,” West said. “We are going to try to do something that’s very tough.” Miami outscored Indiana 31-20 in the third quarter and kept pulling away before the Pacers used a 15-3

run to make things more interesting. Stephenson had a layup with 3:20 left that would have gotten Indiana within nine — but it was waved off after he was called for fouling Wade on his way to the basket. Stephenson scored with 1:31 left to make it 99-90, but James snuffed out any comeback hopes right there with a three-point play. It was the 74th playoff game where James had at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists, passing Michael Jordan for the most in NBA history. Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) shoots over the defense of Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) in the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball game at the Barclays Center, Monday, May 12, 2014, in New York.

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PARIS - Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka came back to earth with a thump on the sodden clay at the French Open when he was beaten by Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round on Monday to become the tournament’s first big casualty. The Swiss third seed threw away a 3-1 lead in the first set and even though he pulled level by winning the second set he capitulated to a 6-4 5-7 6-2 6-0 defeat against a man who has never gone past the third round at Roland Garros. Dealing with expectation has never been a problem for Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal and they both raced into the second round on a damp day in the French capital. Second seed Novak Djokovic played the funny man as he slithered to a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa while defending champion Nadal slipped into his customary role of cold-blooded assassin against Robbie Ginepri. Djokovic had criticised the surface on the Philippe Chatrier show court for being too damp after several days of rain and Wawrinka got bogged down in the heavy conditions against an inspired opponent. He is the first Australian Open champion to lose in the first round of the following French Open since Czech Petr Korda in 1998, and Wawrinka admitted the defeat had shown him how far he was from joining Nadal and Djokovic at the top of the game. “The match wasn’t good at all,” said Wawrinka, who was close to tears in the post-match interview. “I was trying to find something and I didn’t - I don’t have an answer why I didn’t play that good. It’s a tough loss, for sure.” Wawrinka admitted a first grand slam title had changed his life and expectations more than he could have imagined. “It’s a different story now and a different picture for my career. I need to put the puzzle back together and I didn’t find all the pieces yet. Everything was terrible today, I was completely flat.”


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Lukaku opened the score in the 3rd minute, scrambled a second home in the 23rd and made it three with a solo effort in the 54th minute. The Everton forward was replaced on the hour. “It was a good performance,” said Lukaku of his game in Genk. “What makes me happy is that we performed as a team.” Substitute Nacer Chadli added a fourth in the 71st minute and Kevin De Bruyne finished off with a penalty in the 90th. Luxembourg had earlier scored their only effort through Aurelien Joachim in the 13th minute. In Brazil, the Red Devils will play Algeria, Russia and South Korea in Group H. The game was also noteworthy for the debut of Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, who only chose to play for the national team last month. With flowing onetouch football and moves on both sides of the pitch, he immediately had an impact. “He gives us an extra dimension,” said coach Marc Wilmots, but warned Januzaj was

still far off getting his spot on the starting lineup. “He faces a lot of competition.” Belgium had Sammy Bossut in goal, who would normally be the fifthchoice keepers but because of injuries and an extended rest for No. 1 Thibaut Courtois, he had a winning debut. Simon Mignolet was still suffering from a sore muscle in his hip and Wilmots decided to rest him. Belgium plays Sweden on Sunday and Tunisia on June 7 in its final warm-up games ahead of leaving for Brazil.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay’s star striker Luiz Suarez is “evolving well,” the national team’s doctor said on Monday following knee surgery last week. Suarez is believed to have picked up the knock in Liverpool’s last league game of the season and had an operation last Thursday. Doctor Alberto Pan refused to rule the striker out of the World Cup but couldn’t give the assurances that he would be fit to play in Brazil. “Luis is evolving very well, but it’s still premature to give out times for his return to training,” Pan said at a news conference held at the team’s complex in Montevideo. “Today, Luis is not feeling any pain; he’s working on his muscles and putting only the essential pressure on his leg.” For now, Suarez will work on his recovery from his home in Montevideo and he will later continue therapy at a sports complex, Pan said. “The first week is all observation, rest and working on muscles. After

that, it will be more demanding.” Uruguay’s coach Oscar Washington Tabarez told reporters on Monday that the team’s main concern will be to take care of Suarez’s health and guaranteed that his return will not be hastened nor forced. “The periods will not be fasttracked,” he said. “We won’t take any unnecessary risks. We want to be very cautious.” The tournament kicks off on June 12 and Uruguay plays its World Cup opener against Costa Rica on June 14. The team then faces England on June 19 and Italy on June 24. Suarez had his best season with Liverpool, scoring a league-leading 31 goals, and was voted player of the year in England by the players’ association. He is still expected to be Uruguay’s main threat at the World Cup. “We were all hit by his injury,” his teammate, midfielder Walter Gargano, said on Monday. “But we hope Luis can be with us as soon as possible. It would very difficult for us to play without him.”

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FILE - This is a Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 file photo of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, as he reacts after falling during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador.

Protestors attack coach carrying Brazil players Reuters

Deco doping ban scrapped Croatia midfielder Kranjcar due to Rio lab’s errors ruled out of World Cup

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Brazilian-born Portugal player Deco has been cleared of doping because of faulty testing by a Rio de Janeiro laboratory which has since been suspended from World Cup duty. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday that a settlement between Deco, the Brazilian football federation and FIFA annulled his one-year ban which was imposed last September. “It could not be established that (Deco) has committed an anti-doping rule violation,” the CAS’s published ruling said. The lab, known as LADETEC, is further discredited after being suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency last August. It was then dropped from the World Cup testing program, forcing FIFA to organize and pay for flying players’ samples to Lausanne. The lab’s intended role in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics is also unclear because of its competence

issues. It was previously exposed for mistakenly labelling a volleyball player as a doper. The case against Deco, who retired last year, collapsed when his samples were re-tested in Lausanne. The 36-year-old playmaker allegedly tested positive for two banned substances in early 2013 after playing in a Rio state championship match for Fluminense. The lab said his samples contained hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic which can mask the presence of other drugs, and tamoxifen, which can help cope with the side effects of using steroids. Lausanne lab director Martial Saugy recommended “first that WADA investigates directly with the Rio lab on the reliability of the results,” the court ruling said. Saugy noted that Deco’s samples arrived in Switzerland in an “unusual container” and that the “chain of custody cannot be guaranteed.” Deco played for Portugal at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, and for European clubs sides Barcelona, Chelsea and Porto.

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LONDON - Midfielder Niko Kranjcar has become the third player to withdraw from the Croatia World Cup squad due to injury in the last week and will miss the finals in Brazil, the Croatian Football Federation said on Tuesday. The 29-year-old was injured playing for Queens Park Rangers in their 1-0 Championship playoff win over Derby County at Wembley on Saturday when they won promotion back to the Premier League. The Croatian FA confirmed the injury on their official website (www.cff.hr) stating: “Niko Kranjcar will miss the World Cup due to a hamstring injury.” The decision was taken after tests at their training camp in Austria. Kranjcar, who has 81 caps and scored 16 goals for his country, follows Dnipro

defender Ivan Strinic and SV Hamburg midfielder Ivo Ilicevic out of coach Niko Kovac’s squad. Kovac said the injury would sideline Kranjcar for two-to-four weeks. “I’m extremely sorry for Niko - he is one of the most experienced players in our squad and he deserved to be part of it in Brazil,” Kovac said. “I needed Niko with his experience and good shape but we have to go on. “We know how difficult this must be for him, since the World Cup in Brazil is one-ina-lifetime event. “He deserved to be in Brazil. I wish him a speedy recovery, and now we have to figure out the best possible solutions”, Kovac continued. Croatia start their World Cup campaign in the opening match on June 12 against Brazil in Sao Paulo before playing Mexico and Cameroon in their other Group A matches.

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Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku salutes after he scored against Luxembourg, during a friendly soccer match at the Cristal Arena stadium in Genk, eastern Belgium, Tuesday, May 26, 2014. Belgium will play against South Korea, Russia and Algeria in Group H of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

BRUSSE — Romelu Lukaku scored a hat trick to lead Belgium 5-1 past Luxembourg in a World Cup warm-up game on Monday. The triple boosted Lukaku’s chances to be Belgium’s striker at the World Cup after Christian Benteke withdrew injured almost two months ago. Belgium had gone four matches without a win but ended that run against its tiny neighbor.

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Demonstrators hold up signs that read in Portuguese “There won’t be a Cup. There will be strikes,” center, and “We need schools, not stadiums” as they walk in front of the bus carrying members of Brazil’s national soccer team as it leaves a hotel for the Granja Comary training center, where the team will train and reside during the World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, May 26, 2014.

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil - The bus carrying Brazil’s World Cup squad to their first day of training on Monday was kicked and punched by demonstrators angry at what they consider exorbitant spending on football and not enough on social programmes. A small group of striking teachers attacked the bus as it left Rio de Janeiro for the mountain town of Teresopolis, where the squad will be based during the tournament. The teachers covered the bus with stickers as Barcelona players Neymar and Dani Alves looked on from inside. When the bus arrived in Teresopolis, 100kms away, another group of around 30 people chanted anti-World Cup slogans. “This country’s priority shouldn’t be the World Cup, it should be improving health, education, housing and public transport,” said Rui Costa, a striking teacher who helped organise the protest. Costa said none of the houses promised to victims of a deadly flood in the area that killed around 1,000 people in 2011 had been delivered. Protesters allied to a far-left political party held up a banner in English that read, “Billions for the FIFA’s World Cup, No housing for the victims of the heavy rains of 2011. Do you think it is fair?”

The demonstrations ended peacefully but they provided another warning of the potential pitfalls that Brazil faces as it struggles to host soccer’s biggest extravaganza. Last year during the Confederations Cup, the dress rehearsal for next month’s tournament, hundreds of thousands of people took to streets across the country to protest bus fare hikes. The grievances soon expanded to cover a lack of social spending and excess investment in football stadiums. None of the matches were affected but fans fought with riot police outside the arenas and tear gas was used. “No one here is rooting against Brazil,” said Alex Trintino, the coordinator of a local teachers’ union. “This was a symbolic act against a country that doesn’t have money for health and education.” The 23 players charged with helping Brazil win a record sixth World Cup title will be based at the refurbished Granja Comary complex on the outskirts of Teresopolis throughout the month-long tournament, the first staged in Brazil since 1950. Most of the players are scheduled to arrive Monday and undergo a battery of tests before they start physical and ball work on Wednesday. They face friendlies against Panama on June 3 and Serbia on June 6 and then kick off the World Cup in Sao Paulo against Croatia on June 12.


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Lukaku opened the score in the 3rd minute, scrambled a second home in the 23rd and made it three with a solo effort in the 54th minute. The Everton forward was replaced on the hour. “It was a good performance,” said Lukaku of his game in Genk. “What makes me happy is that we performed as a team.” Substitute Nacer Chadli added a fourth in the 71st minute and Kevin De Bruyne finished off with a penalty in the 90th. Luxembourg had earlier scored their only effort through Aurelien Joachim in the 13th minute. In Brazil, the Red Devils will play Algeria, Russia and South Korea in Group H. The game was also noteworthy for the debut of Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, who only chose to play for the national team last month. With flowing onetouch football and moves on both sides of the pitch, he immediately had an impact. “He gives us an extra dimension,” said coach Marc Wilmots, but warned Januzaj was

still far off getting his spot on the starting lineup. “He faces a lot of competition.” Belgium had Sammy Bossut in goal, who would normally be the fifthchoice keepers but because of injuries and an extended rest for No. 1 Thibaut Courtois, he had a winning debut. Simon Mignolet was still suffering from a sore muscle in his hip and Wilmots decided to rest him. Belgium plays Sweden on Sunday and Tunisia on June 7 in its final warm-up games ahead of leaving for Brazil.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Uruguay’s star striker Luiz Suarez is “evolving well,” the national team’s doctor said on Monday following knee surgery last week. Suarez is believed to have picked up the knock in Liverpool’s last league game of the season and had an operation last Thursday. Doctor Alberto Pan refused to rule the striker out of the World Cup but couldn’t give the assurances that he would be fit to play in Brazil. “Luis is evolving very well, but it’s still premature to give out times for his return to training,” Pan said at a news conference held at the team’s complex in Montevideo. “Today, Luis is not feeling any pain; he’s working on his muscles and putting only the essential pressure on his leg.” For now, Suarez will work on his recovery from his home in Montevideo and he will later continue therapy at a sports complex, Pan said. “The first week is all observation, rest and working on muscles. After

that, it will be more demanding.” Uruguay’s coach Oscar Washington Tabarez told reporters on Monday that the team’s main concern will be to take care of Suarez’s health and guaranteed that his return will not be hastened nor forced. “The periods will not be fasttracked,” he said. “We won’t take any unnecessary risks. We want to be very cautious.” The tournament kicks off on June 12 and Uruguay plays its World Cup opener against Costa Rica on June 14. The team then faces England on June 19 and Italy on June 24. Suarez had his best season with Liverpool, scoring a league-leading 31 goals, and was voted player of the year in England by the players’ association. He is still expected to be Uruguay’s main threat at the World Cup. “We were all hit by his injury,” his teammate, midfielder Walter Gargano, said on Monday. “But we hope Luis can be with us as soon as possible. It would very difficult for us to play without him.”

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FILE - This is a Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 file photo of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, as he reacts after falling during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer game against Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador.

Protestors attack coach carrying Brazil players Reuters

Deco doping ban scrapped Croatia midfielder Kranjcar due to Rio lab’s errors ruled out of World Cup

Associated Press Writer

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Brazilian-born Portugal player Deco has been cleared of doping because of faulty testing by a Rio de Janeiro laboratory which has since been suspended from World Cup duty. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday that a settlement between Deco, the Brazilian football federation and FIFA annulled his one-year ban which was imposed last September. “It could not be established that (Deco) has committed an anti-doping rule violation,” the CAS’s published ruling said. The lab, known as LADETEC, is further discredited after being suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency last August. It was then dropped from the World Cup testing program, forcing FIFA to organize and pay for flying players’ samples to Lausanne. The lab’s intended role in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics is also unclear because of its competence

issues. It was previously exposed for mistakenly labelling a volleyball player as a doper. The case against Deco, who retired last year, collapsed when his samples were re-tested in Lausanne. The 36-year-old playmaker allegedly tested positive for two banned substances in early 2013 after playing in a Rio state championship match for Fluminense. The lab said his samples contained hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic which can mask the presence of other drugs, and tamoxifen, which can help cope with the side effects of using steroids. Lausanne lab director Martial Saugy recommended “first that WADA investigates directly with the Rio lab on the reliability of the results,” the court ruling said. Saugy noted that Deco’s samples arrived in Switzerland in an “unusual container” and that the “chain of custody cannot be guaranteed.” Deco played for Portugal at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, and for European clubs sides Barcelona, Chelsea and Porto.

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LONDON - Midfielder Niko Kranjcar has become the third player to withdraw from the Croatia World Cup squad due to injury in the last week and will miss the finals in Brazil, the Croatian Football Federation said on Tuesday. The 29-year-old was injured playing for Queens Park Rangers in their 1-0 Championship playoff win over Derby County at Wembley on Saturday when they won promotion back to the Premier League. The Croatian FA confirmed the injury on their official website (www.cff.hr) stating: “Niko Kranjcar will miss the World Cup due to a hamstring injury.” The decision was taken after tests at their training camp in Austria. Kranjcar, who has 81 caps and scored 16 goals for his country, follows Dnipro

defender Ivan Strinic and SV Hamburg midfielder Ivo Ilicevic out of coach Niko Kovac’s squad. Kovac said the injury would sideline Kranjcar for two-to-four weeks. “I’m extremely sorry for Niko - he is one of the most experienced players in our squad and he deserved to be part of it in Brazil,” Kovac said. “I needed Niko with his experience and good shape but we have to go on. “We know how difficult this must be for him, since the World Cup in Brazil is one-ina-lifetime event. “He deserved to be in Brazil. I wish him a speedy recovery, and now we have to figure out the best possible solutions”, Kovac continued. Croatia start their World Cup campaign in the opening match on June 12 against Brazil in Sao Paulo before playing Mexico and Cameroon in their other Group A matches.

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Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku salutes after he scored against Luxembourg, during a friendly soccer match at the Cristal Arena stadium in Genk, eastern Belgium, Tuesday, May 26, 2014. Belgium will play against South Korea, Russia and Algeria in Group H of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

BRUSSE — Romelu Lukaku scored a hat trick to lead Belgium 5-1 past Luxembourg in a World Cup warm-up game on Monday. The triple boosted Lukaku’s chances to be Belgium’s striker at the World Cup after Christian Benteke withdrew injured almost two months ago. Belgium had gone four matches without a win but ended that run against its tiny neighbor.

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Demonstrators hold up signs that read in Portuguese “There won’t be a Cup. There will be strikes,” center, and “We need schools, not stadiums” as they walk in front of the bus carrying members of Brazil’s national soccer team as it leaves a hotel for the Granja Comary training center, where the team will train and reside during the World Cup, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, May 26, 2014.

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil - The bus carrying Brazil’s World Cup squad to their first day of training on Monday was kicked and punched by demonstrators angry at what they consider exorbitant spending on football and not enough on social programmes. A small group of striking teachers attacked the bus as it left Rio de Janeiro for the mountain town of Teresopolis, where the squad will be based during the tournament. The teachers covered the bus with stickers as Barcelona players Neymar and Dani Alves looked on from inside. When the bus arrived in Teresopolis, 100kms away, another group of around 30 people chanted anti-World Cup slogans. “This country’s priority shouldn’t be the World Cup, it should be improving health, education, housing and public transport,” said Rui Costa, a striking teacher who helped organise the protest. Costa said none of the houses promised to victims of a deadly flood in the area that killed around 1,000 people in 2011 had been delivered. Protesters allied to a far-left political party held up a banner in English that read, “Billions for the FIFA’s World Cup, No housing for the victims of the heavy rains of 2011. Do you think it is fair?”

The demonstrations ended peacefully but they provided another warning of the potential pitfalls that Brazil faces as it struggles to host soccer’s biggest extravaganza. Last year during the Confederations Cup, the dress rehearsal for next month’s tournament, hundreds of thousands of people took to streets across the country to protest bus fare hikes. The grievances soon expanded to cover a lack of social spending and excess investment in football stadiums. None of the matches were affected but fans fought with riot police outside the arenas and tear gas was used. “No one here is rooting against Brazil,” said Alex Trintino, the coordinator of a local teachers’ union. “This was a symbolic act against a country that doesn’t have money for health and education.” The 23 players charged with helping Brazil win a record sixth World Cup title will be based at the refurbished Granja Comary complex on the outskirts of Teresopolis throughout the month-long tournament, the first staged in Brazil since 1950. Most of the players are scheduled to arrive Monday and undergo a battery of tests before they start physical and ball work on Wednesday. They face friendlies against Panama on June 3 and Serbia on June 6 and then kick off the World Cup in Sao Paulo against Croatia on June 12.


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Heat take command of East finals with 102-90 win

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MIAMI — Chris Bosh got them started and LeBron James took over in the second half. In the end, the Miami Heat moved one win from yet another Eastern Conference title. James had 32 points and 10 rebounds and Bosh added 25 points — nearly matching his output from the first three games of the series combined — as the Heat grabbed control of the East finals by topping the Indiana Pacers 102-90 in Game 4 for a 3-1 lead.

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KUTA - This monument was built to remind us of a terrible incident, namely the bomb blast in Kuta Bali on Saturday night October 12, 2002 on Jalan Legian Kuta. It caused death toll as many as 202 people from 22 countries and 324 people suffered from serious injuries and wounds. Such very powerful bomb blast also caused damage to buildings and vehicles within a radius of one kilometer. Since the tragedy, tourism industry as the backbone of Bali’s economy suffered the most serious slump in the history, but thanks to the persistence of the whole society and government, now slowly but surely it has now undergone at restoration. The monument itself was established in the former area of explosion (Ground Zero). Most prominent part of the monument is Kayonan with a large white wooden leaf symbolizing the universe and its contents. At the bottom of this kayonan, there are inscription of `victims’ name list that died in the incident and their nationality.

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Dwyane Wade added 15 points and Miami never trailed, leading by 23 at one point. “We try to get better every single day, every single game,” James said. “When you do that and go out and play the type of game that you are capable of playing, you can be satisfied with the results. And that’s what we’ve built over the years.” Only the Celtics and Lakers franchises have been to the NBA Finals in four straight seasons. The Heat now have three chances to join that club, starting with Game 5 at Indiana on Wednesday night. “We got outplayed by the Heat,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “I wasn’t disappointed in our fight. I was disappointed in the result.” Paul George scored 23 points and David West added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who got 15 points from George Hill. But Lance Stephenson — who made news in the days between Games 3 and 4 by IBP/File Photo

suggesting he was in James’ head — was held to nine and 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert was scoreless in 22 minutes for Indiana. Miami has won the last three games in the series, and going back to the point in Game 3 when the Heat trailed by 15, they have outscored the Pacers by 39 points in a span of about 6½ quarters. The Pacers won two elimination games in the first round against Atlanta, and need to win three more if their yearlong plan of topping Miami is going to become reality. The odds are obviously stacked against them. When holding a 3-1 lead, Miami is 8-0 in Game 5s over the past four postseasons. “We have a chance to play an NBA game on our home floor,” West said. “We are going to try to do something that’s very tough.” Miami outscored Indiana 31-20 in the third quarter and kept pulling away before the Pacers used a 15-3

run to make things more interesting. Stephenson had a layup with 3:20 left that would have gotten Indiana within nine — but it was waved off after he was called for fouling Wade on his way to the basket. Stephenson scored with 1:31 left to make it 99-90, but James snuffed out any comeback hopes right there with a three-point play. It was the 74th playoff game where James had at least 25 points, five rebounds and five assists, passing Michael Jordan for the most in NBA history. Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) shoots over the defense of Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) in the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball game at the Barclays Center, Monday, May 12, 2014, in New York.

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Wawrinka woe, Djokovic lifts mood at damp Open Reuters

PARIS - Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka came back to earth with a thump on the sodden clay at the French Open when he was beaten by Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round on Monday to become the tournament’s first big casualty. The Swiss third seed threw away a 3-1 lead in the first set and even though he pulled level by winning the second set he capitulated to a 6-4 5-7 6-2 6-0 defeat against a man who has never gone past the third round at Roland Garros. Dealing with expectation has never been a problem for Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal and they both raced into the second round on a damp day in the French capital. Second seed Novak Djokovic played the funny man as he slithered to a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa while defending champion Nadal slipped into his customary role of cold-blooded assassin against Robbie Ginepri. Djokovic had criticised the surface on the Philippe Chatrier show court for being too damp after several days of rain and Wawrinka got bogged down in the heavy conditions against an inspired opponent. He is the first Australian Open champion to lose in the first round of the following French Open since Czech Petr Korda in 1998, and Wawrinka admitted the defeat had shown him how far he was from joining Nadal and Djokovic at the top of the game. “The match wasn’t good at all,” said Wawrinka, who was close to tears in the post-match interview. “I was trying to find something and I didn’t - I don’t have an answer why I didn’t play that good. It’s a tough loss, for sure.” Wawrinka admitted a first grand slam title had changed his life and expectations more than he could have imagined. “It’s a different story now and a different picture for my career. I need to put the puzzle back together and I didn’t find all the pieces yet. Everything was terrible today, I was completely flat.”


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Local people watch as a seized APC that was set alight smolders in the center of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 10, 2014.

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CAIRO — The government and media outlets in Egypt urged voters to the polls on Tuesday, the second and final day of the country’s presidential election, amid signs of a weaker-than-expected turnout in the balloting. Election monitoring groups said the turnout on the first day of the vote was moderate and often thin or non-existent in towns and areas where Islamists dominate. Whatever the turnout, former military chief Abdel-Fattah elSissi, who removed Egypt’s first freely elected president last year, is poised for an almost certain victory. His only rival in the race is left-wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi, who finished third in the 2012 presidential vote but is not believed capable of taking more than a symbolic amount of votes from the retired field marshal. However, the 59-year-old el-Sissi and his supporters have been counting on a large turnout to send a message to the West — as well as his opponents, mainly from the Muslim Brotherhood group, which is boycotting the balloting — that his removal of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was not a coup but a popular revolution, similar to the 2011 uprising that ended autocrat Hosni Mubarak’s almost 30-year-long rule. Egypt’s deep divisions were on full display Monday, the first day of voting. At some Cairo polling stations, lines of el-Sissi supporters waved Egyptian flags and wore clothes in the national red-whiteand-black colors. Men and women, including ones wearing the conservative Muslim veil, danced to pro-military pop songs. In strongholds of the Brotherhood — which has dominated all other elections since Mubarak’s ouster — the polls were virtually deserted, a fact likely to reduce the turnout from among the country’s nearly 54 million registered voters. Also, many of el-Sissi’s secular critics who supported Morsi’s removal but now fear the former army chief will enshrine a Mubarak-style autocracy, appeared to also have stayed away from the polls. This apparently prompted the government to declare Tuesday a public holiday to allow millions of government employees — there are roughly 5.5 million government workers in this country of about 90 million people — time to go and cast ballots, and extended voting hours by one hour. Banks and the stock market were also given the day off. Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb appealed to the private sector to follow suit. In a clear warning, election commission officials said they will implement a rarely applied article slapping fines on all able-bodied voters who do not cast their ballots. The fines, set at $72, are a hefty sum for most Egyptians.

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INDONESIA Indonesian ambassador returns to Australia Associated Press

CANBERRA — Australia said Tuesday that Indonesia’s ambassador has returned to Canberra, six months after he was called home during a diplomatic spat over spying allegations. Indonesian ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema’s return marks a significant thawing in relations since he was recalled in November when media reported phone-

tapping revelations from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The reports said that Australia had spied on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his

wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009. A Foreign Ministry statement confirmed that Kesoema had returned to the Australian capital.

He could not be immediately contacted Tuesday for comment. Indonesia had suspended some bilateral cooperation, recalled the ambassador and demanded that Australia sign a code of conduct before the two countries could start working together again on people smuggling, defense and intelligence sharing. The two sides are still negotiating wording

SDA return mandate to president Antara

BOGOR - Suryadharma Ali (SDA) returned his mandate as religious affairs minister to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday who in turn asked him to write a resignation letter in the next few days. “Suryadharma Ali has returned the mandate as religious affairs minister to the President,” Minister/ State secretary Sudi Silalahi said in a press conference following a meeting between the President and SDA at the Bogor Presidential Palace. The religious affairs minister has been named suspect by the Corrup-

tion Eradication Commission (KPK) in connection with his alleged involvement in a corruption case related to hajj pilgrimage program. Sudi said Suryadharma Ali met with the President that day to report his naming as a suspect by KPK. He said Suryadharma Ali felt he was not guilty and reported that the performance of his ministry in the hajj pilgrimage service had been improving from year to year. President Yudhoyono on the occasion said he hoped the case of SDA would not disrupt this year’s hajj pilgrimage service. He also told SDA that the KPK’s

decision was not the end of the world and advised him to prepare well to deal with his legal case. “We respect the principle of presumption of innocence,” the President has said, according to Sudi. SDA arrived at the palace at around 11.45 and met with the President who was accompanied by vice president Boediono, coordinating minister for people’s welfare Agung Laksono and Sudi Silalahi. SDA would be the second minister to resign from the current cabinet after Andi Mallarangeng, the sports minister, in December, 2012, over alleged involvement in corruption.

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DONETSK, Ukraine — The eastern city of Donetsk was in turmoil Tuesday after a day of heavy fighting in which government forces used combat jets to stop pro-Russia separatists from taking over the airport. The mayor said 40 people were killed and went on television to urge residents to stay at home. The city of 1 million was engulfed by fighting Monday when rebels moved to seize the airport, Ukraine’s second largest. They were repelled by government forces using combat jets and helicopter gunships. Associated Press journalists witnessed intensive gun fire throughout the day and into the night. Plumes of black smoke rose into the air and officials shut down Donetsk airport and nearby streets to traffic amid the fighting. Donetsk mayor Oleksandr Lukyanchenko was quoted by the local news portal Ostrovas saying that 40 people, includ-

ing two civilians, were killed in Monday’s fighting. The bodies of about 30 insurgents showed up at a hospital in Donetsk on Tuesday, according to a rebel fighter who wouldn’t give his name because of security concerns. Speaking outside the hospital, he said the truck carrying the bodies was still parked nearby, waiting for explosives experts to check it for any unexploded ordnance. There was no immediate confirmation yet from the hospital about the bodies. The battles came as billionaire candy magnate Petro Poroshenko claimed victory in Sunday’s pres-

idential vote, which authorities in the capital of Kiev had hoped would unify the deeply divided nation. Poroshenko, who is yet to be sworn in, has vowed to negotiate a peaceful end to an insurgency in the east but also has called the separatists “Somali pirates” and promised he would stop them from sowing more chaos. Early Tuesday, unidentified men stormed Donetsk’s main ice hockey arena and set it ablaze, according to the mayor’s office. The arena, owned by a local Ukrainian lawmaker, was to host the 2015 world championships.

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An Egyptian woman casts her vote at a polling site in the upscale Zamalek district of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, the second and final day of the presidential election with the country’s former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi poised for an almost certain victory.

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Suryadharma Ali (SDA) returned his mandate as religious affairs minister to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) on Monday who in turn asked him to write a resignation letter in the next few days.

of the code. Yudhoyono had offered Prime Minister Tony Abbott an olive branch by inviting him to an international summit in Bali early this month, but Abbott declined, citing work commitments. Abbott phoned Yudhoyono and the two leaders discussed potential dates for a face-to-face meeting, as early as next month.

Indonesia is potential investment destination for Russia Antara

JAKARTA - The Indonesian Ambassador for Russia and Belarus, Djauhari Oratmangun, said Indonesia is a country that has huge potential as a destination for Russian investments. Djauhari noted that Indonesia has become a country with the strongest economy in ASEAN and the world. Thus, he invited Russia to improve cooperation with Indonesia. “Indonesia has become a country that has a great potential market, which frequently is the focus of attention of some speakers,” Djauhari said on Monday. He delivered the speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) held in St Petersburg, Russia, on May 22-24, 2014. The annual forum is held by the Russian government together with several Russian and international companies, such as Gazprom, Rusal, Sberbank, Danone, Microsoft and Ernst & Young. Some 6,500 delegations, including from local businesses, diplomats and the media, participated in the event. He said Indonesia has become one of the countries that has a strong economic power. The country also has 600 million of total population and a gross domestic product of about US$3 trillion. Thus, he said Indonesia has the potential market for Russian and international investors. The Economic Development Ministry of Russia said Russia intends to invest in the ASEAN region, particularly in Indonesia that has at least 17 thousand islands, which should be connected. The Abraaj Group also said the ASEAN region is a huge market and has not become the target of international investors. The group said there should be a business exploration forum to introduce potential investments. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Suryo Bambang Sulisto, also participated on the Global CEO Summit of the SPIEF that focuses on the challenges and solutions to handle the obstacles for business development. Suryo delivered a speech that focused on the challenges of business development in Indonesia and emphasized the importance of Indonesia and the ASEAN potential given the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community.


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DENPASAR - Indonesia still lacks experts in the field of pharmacoeconomics, which refers to the scientific discipline that compares the value of one pharmaceutical drug or drug therapy to another, noted an official. “We still have very few pharmacoeconomists, while our neighbors, Malaysia and Singapore, have many experts in pharmacoeconomics,” President of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics Outcome Research (ISPOR) Indonesia Chapter Ahmad Fuad Afdhal Ph.D stated. He noted that Indonesia actually needs many more pharmacoeconomists whose research work will contribute positively to provide efficient and inexpensive health services in the country. But, Ahmad pointed out that in three years after the establishment of ISPOR in Indonesia, the pharmacologists have begun focusing their attention on pharmacoeconomics. “Three years after ISPOR was established, it has published guidebooks on pharmacoeconomic research and started the pharmacoeconomic study program at the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Public Health,” he remarked. Pharmacoeconomic evaluation is an analytical tool used increasingly to assist in decision-making in the financing and management of pharmaceutical products in the health care system or national health insurance programs of a country. Pharmacoeconomic guidelines can be used as a standard for preparation of studies to be included in the application for reimbursement, a guide for designing and conducting a study, or a template for evaluating the economic study reports.

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NEW YORK — They’re the $10 million dollar men and women. Propelled by a soaring stock market, the median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study. with their CEOs’ performance and the stock market has provided a big boost,” says Gary Hewitt, director of research at GMI Ratings, a corporate governance research firm. “But we are still dealing with a situation where CEO compensation has spun out of control and CEOs are being paid extraordinary levels for their work.” The highest paid CEO was Anthony Petrello of oilfield-services company Nabors Industries, who made $68.3 million in 2013. Petrello’s pay ballooned as a result of a $60 million lump sum that the company paid him to buy out his old contract. Nabors Industries did not respond to calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. Petrello was one of a handful of chief executives who received a onetime boost in pay because boards of directors decided to re-negotiate CEO contracts under pressure from shareholders. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold CEO Richard Adkerson also received a one-time payment of $36.7 million to renegotiate his contract. His total pay, $55.3 million, made him the third-highest paid CEO last year. The second-highest paid CEO among companies in the S&P 500 was Leslie Moonves of CBS. Moonves’ total compensation rose

9 percent to $65.6 million in 2013, a year when the company’s stock rose nearly 70 percent. Media industry CEOs were, once again, paid handsomely. Viacom’s Philippe Dauman made $37.2 million while Walt Disney’s Robert Iger made $34.3 million. Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes earned $32.5 million. The industry with the biggest pay bump was banking. The median pay of a Wall Street CEO rose by 22 percent last year, on top of a 22 percent increase the year before. BlackRock chief Larry Fink made the most, $22.9 million. Kenneth Chenault of American Express ranked second with earnings of $21.7 million. CEO pay remains a divisive issue in the U.S. Large investors and boards of directors argue that they need to offer big pay packages to attract talented men and women who can run multibillion-dollar businesses. “If you have a good CEO at a company, the wealth he might generate for shareholders could be in the billions,” says Dan Mitchell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. “It might be worth paying these guys millions for doing this type of work.” CEOs are still getting much bigger raises than the average U.S. worker.

Accor buys 97 hotels in Europe for 900 mn euros Agence France-Presse

PARIS - Hotel group Accor on Tuesday announced the purchase of 97 hotels in Europe through its HotelInvest business for a total of 900 million euros ($1 billion). The group is buying a first portfolio of 86 hotels, representing 11,286 rooms across Germany and the Netherlands, which have been operated by Accor since 2007 under the Ibis, Ibis budget, Mercure and Novotel brands. These hotels, worth 722 mil-

lion euros, are being sold by Moor Park Fund I and II. A second portfolio of 11 hotels in Switzerland, operated by Accor since 2008, includes Ibis, Ibis budget, Novotel and MGallery hotels, the operator said in a statement. They are being sold by Axa Real Estate. “These transactions send a strong signal of our capability to rapidly implement the strategy of restructuring the HotelInvest portfolio,” said Sebastien Bazin, Accor’s chief executive.

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Last year was the fourth straight that CEO compensation rose following a decline during the Great Recession. The median CEO pay package climbed more than 50 percent over that stretch. A chief executive now makes about 257 times the average worker’s salary, up sharply from 181 times in 2009. The best paid CEO last year led an oilfield-services company. The highest paid female CEO was Carol Meyrowitz of discount retail giant TJX, owner of TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. And the head of Monster Beverage got a monster of a raise. Over the last several years, companies’ boards of directors have tweaked executive compensation to answer critics’ calls for CEO pay to be more attuned to performance. They’ve cut back on stock options and cash bonuses, which were criticized for rewarding executives even when a company did poorly. Boards of directors have placed more emphasis on paying CEOs in stock instead of cash and stock options. The change became a boon for CEOs last year because of a surge in stocks that drove the Standard & Poor’s 500 index up 30 percent. The stock component of pay packages rose 17 percent to $4.5 million. “Companies have been happy

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“They are fully aligned with our selective asset acquisition criteria: hotels located in key European cities and delivering excellent operating performance in our most profitable market segment.” HotelInvest wants to raise the proportion that hotels contribute to its net operating income from 68 percent to over 75 percent in the medium term. The hotel operator runs 3,600 hotels, a total of 460,000 rooms in 92 countries.

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The art of barong bangkung (female pig barong) habitually performed street show or gallivanting show at village in order to jazz up the Galungan and Kuningan feast, showed off their capability in the competition held at the Tabanan Urban Park, Sunday (May 25).

Barong Bangkung staged at Urban Park

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Nabors Industries CEO Anthony Petrello becomes the highest-paid CEOs who made $68.3 million in 2013. Petrello’s pay ballooned as a result of a $60 million lump sum that the company paid him to buy out his old contract.

Top 10 highest-paid CEOs 1. Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries, $68.2 million 2. Leslie Moonves, CBS, $65.6 million 3. Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, $55.3 million 4. Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor, $39 million 5. Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million 6. Leonard Schleifer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, $36.3 million 7. Robert Iger, Walt Disney, $34.3 million 8. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $33.3 million 9. Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner, $32.5 million 10. Brian Roberts, Comcast, $31.4 million

TABANAN - The art of barong bangkung (female pig barong) habitually performed street show or gallivanting show at village in order to jazz up the Galungan and Kuningan feast, showed off their capability in the competition held at the Tabanan Urban Park, Sunday (May 25). Followed by about 17 participants from the hamlets around the Tabanan customary village, this art performance got tremendous attention from the surrounding communities. Evidently, despite the hot weather, the audience did not move from the place to just see the barong bangkung art attraction where this year it took the theme nangluk merana (disease prevention). Chairman of the competition committee doubling as the chief of customary village youth club association across the Tabanan town, Gusti Bagus Surya Aditya, said the competition of this year posed the second implementation

in which six months earlier was also held a similar event in the Ketut Mario cultural hall, Tabanan. “This competition is one of the work programs of the customary youth club that has been agreed in the customary village youth club assembly of Tabanan town. One of the aims is to foster creativity, especially in the field of religion, art and culture, especially the art of barong bangkung. At the same time, we also would like to provide an entertainment with artistic, cultural and religious nuance in a series of the Galungan and Kuningan festivity,” he explained. The competition was assessed

by three judges denoting the prominent artist figures of Tabanan. In the competition, the participants competed for cash prizes and awards. The first winner got cash worth IDR 2 million, the second winner (IDR 1.5 million) and the third winner (IDR 1 million). Criteria of the assessment included the dance of barong, harmony of the theme with the storyline, gamelan music accompaniment, completeness or property used in the appearance and the whole performance. “Each participant has also received guidance fund from the committee worth IDR 200,000,” said Gusti Bagus Surya Aditya. (kmb28)

IAEA countries meets in Bali Antara

KUTA - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) member states are holding a meeting in Bali to evaluate and review the use of radio tracer nuclear technology in Indonesian industries. Indonesian National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) researcher Sugiarto said the radiotracer engineering application in industries are mostly in the form of gamma ray radiation that can penetrate intervening materials so that it can be used to detect the characteristics of the target material. “The state oil and gas company, PT Pertamina, is using the radiotracer technology to detect damages in oil refineries. Radiotracer examination can be done without stopping the operations of the oil refineries,” Sugiarto said. In addition, the radiotracer technology can be used to detect oil and gas reserves underground, underground cables damage, and mercury levels in certain materials. “Unfortunately, the use of radiotracer technology is not wide because its use is not well disseminated, although the technology application is cheap and effective,” Sugiarto added. Batan is developing software and hardware for gamma scanning equipment and developing radiotracer methodologies and CFD computer simulations, by applying the technology. The use of radiotracer technology was agreed by 14 IAEA member states, in a meeting that was held in Jeju, South Korea, in 2012. “This technology is categorized as a nondestructive testing technique. Radiotracer will follow the motion of the injected material flow that is to be investigated, such as fluid flow velocity and flow pattern in the pipeline,” Sugiarto said. Representatives from Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China and Vietnam are attending the meeting. The meeting is being held in Kuta, Bali, on May 26-30, 2014, and is facilitated by Batan and the Center for Application of Isotopes and Radiation (PAIR).


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The grass which grows uncontrollably is filling Lake Batur

Lake Batur overgrown by najas grass Bali Post

BANGLI - Condition of Lake Batur in Kintamani is ceaselessly plagued by environmental problems. Aside from siltation and the threat of waste, now the lake becoming the pride of the people of Bangli is also invaded by najas grass (Najas indica Willd). Although it does not directly disrupt the ecosystem around it, the presence of such grass results in shabby impression around the lake. Based on observation on Sunday (May 25), the najas grass widely grew around the Kedisan Pier. The grass grew to vine and float in the water of the lake. It mostly grew around the garden of local residents that had been submerged in flood water of the lake.

One of the local residents, Jro Bau, said the najas grass usually grew just before the dry season arrived. “By and large, the grass grows ahead of dry season. Typically, it grows to vine quickly,” he explained. Similar opinion was also ex-

pressed by another resident, Jro Nik. He said the najas grass frequently grew in the muddy bottom of the lake. Moreover, the location where the grass grew was formerly a garden area. According to him, the grass then grew extensively along the edge of the lake. “Actually, the

grass can be taken advantage as organic fertilizer. On the other hand, its presence can also accelerate the silting of the lake,” he said. Responding to the problem, he hoped the grass could be cleaned up together by all components, both the society and government. The grass should not be let worsen the condition of the Lake Batur. Moreover, all this time the Lake Batur was one of the leading objects of Bangli visited by many travelers. (ina)

TABANAN - The discipline of modern stores in Tabanan County conducted by a judicial team seemed not to run optimally. Evidently, one of the modern stores having been closed by Municipal Police (Satpol PP) some time ago had been in operation after re-naming it. Meanwhile, the products on sale as well as the system remained under the name of modern chain store. Besides, the member card issued is still bearing the logo of one of the modern chain stores. Just a reminder, on February 4, one of the famous modern chain stores located on Jalan Abiantuwung was closed by Municipal Police because it had not owned the business location permit (SITU), trade business permit (SIUP) and company registration (TDP) in accordance with article 2, chapter 7 and chapter 20. The closure was also based on the Tabanan Regional Bylaw No. 5/2013 and Regional Bylaw No.18/2011 on the suspension of the modern store construction in Tabanan. However, not long after, the store was back to operation by using a new name. Unfortunately, the renaming was not followed with replacement of the internal system where it stayed to use the name of the modern chain store. When contacted separately, the Head of Tabanan Licensing Office, I Gusti Nyoman Arya Wardana, admitted the renamed modern store had owned a permit and the submission was on behalf of the individual entity. Related to the logo and corporate identity of the modern chain store remaining to be used on a number of products sold, he claimed not to know anything. “We will soon assign a team to check the truth in the field, even if necessary, it will be made as soon as possible,” he said. If the results of checking still found things related to the modern chain store, his party would firmly reprimand the owner because it was contrary to the permit having been issued. “If it is proved, the permit will be then revised,” he explained. Previously, when the sealing of the modern chain store was carried out, a representative of the store management objected and regretted it. His party suspected many other stores operating illegally so far. “We obey the rules, but if possible, the others must also be disciplined, so the law enforcement does not run discriminatively,” he said. His party recognized that the permit of modern chain store at Abiantuwung village had been under process. (kmb28)

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Thai troops detain gov’t minister who blasted coup

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BANGKOK — Armed troops detained a Thai Cabinet minister who defiantly emerged from hiding on Tuesday to condemn last week’s military coup and urge a return to civilian rule, in the first public appearance by any member of the ousted government. About half a dozen soldiers took Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang into custody in a chaotic scene at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, where he had just finished giving a surprise news conference. The junta, which seized power Thursday, is already holding most top members of the Southeast Asian country’s elected administration and has ordered the rest to surrender. Chaturon called for elections and warned that resistance to the army overthrow could grow, which could lead to “a disaster for this country.” When the news conference was finished and Chaturon was being interviewed by a group of Thai journalists, soldiers entered the room, surrounded him, and escorted him out through a crowd of reporters. He was calm and smiling as he was taken away. Before being hustled into an elevator, Chaturon said: “I’m not afraid. If I was afraid, I wouldn’t be here.” The military takeover, Thailand’s second in eight years, deposed an elected government that had insisted for months that the nation’s fragile democracy was under attack from protesters, the courts, and finally the army. The country is deeply split between an elite establishment based in Bangkok and the south that cannot win elections on one side, and a poorer majority centered in the north that has begun to realize political and economic power on the other. A “coup d’état is not a solution to the problems or conflicts in Thai society, but will make the conflicts even worse,” Chaturon said. Chaturon said he told only a few people in advance of his appearance. He said he would not resist arrest or go underground, but since he does not “accept the coup, I could not report to those who staged it.” “I still insist to use my own rights and liberty to call for returning the country to democracy,” he said.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shakes hand with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Modi met with the leader of rival Pakistan and other neighboring nations on his first day on the job Tuesday.

India’s new PM meets leader of rival Pakistan Associated Press Writer

NEW DELHI — New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the leaders of rival Pakistan and other neighboring nations on Tuesday, a day after being sworn in. Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif smiled warmly as they posed for photographs ahead of their nearly hourlong meeting. No details were immediately released about their discussion. Modi was expected to ask Pakistan to hasten its investigation into the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai, India’s financial hub, in which Pakistani militants killed 166 people, and put its perpetrators on trial.

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Former Thai Education Minister Chaturon Chaisang, center, walks after being detained by soldiers after a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

He was also likely to urge Pakistan to take action against Islamic militant groups operating out of Pakistani territory to prevent further attacks on India. The future of Kashmir, the disputed Himalayan territory over which they have fought two of their three wars, was another likely topic. Analysts say Sharif’s visit to attend Modi’s inauguration could signal an easing of tensions between the often-hostile, nuclear-armed neighbors. Modi also held brief meetings with the leaders of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Mauritius and Maldives, who also attended his inauguration Monday. He was to meet with the speaker of Bangladesh’s Parlia-

ment later Tuesday. On Monday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told an Indian television channel that the Pakistanbased militant group Lashkar-eTaiba was behind last Friday’s attack on an Indian consulate in western Afghanistan. Gunmen armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked the building in Herat, but the diplomatic staff escaped unharmed. Karzai said he received the information from “a western intelligence agency.” Lashkar-e-Taiba was also blamed for the Mumbai attack. On Tuesday, a man who identified himself as a Lashkar-eTaiba spokesman named Abdullah Ghaznavi denied that the group

was responsible for the consulate attack. “We have nothing to do with any attack in Afghanistan,” he told The Associated Press. Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won a solid majority in the 543-member lower house of Parliament, enabling him to set priorities without being constrained by coalition partners. Modi has picked 45 Cabinet ministers, who were sworn in alongside him. Former BJP President Rajnath Singh was named home minister, former opposition leader Sushma Swaraj is the new foreign minister, and BJP spokesman Arun Jaitley will head the ministries of finance and defense.


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Kiwi DNA link spurs rethink GIPI: Bali to gain more tourists of flightless birds Turmoil in Thailand

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DENPASAR - The Indonesian Association of Tourism Industries (GIPI) of Bali said the country’s tourist island would gain from the unfavorable political condition after the military take over of power in Thailand.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Research linking New Zealand’s diminutive kiwi with a giant extinct bird from Africa is prompting scientists to rethink how flightless birds evolved. A report published Friday in the journal Science says DNA testing indicates the chicken-size kiwi’s closest relative is the elephant bird from Madagascar, which grew up to 3 meters (10 feet) high and weighed up to 250 kilograms (550 pounds) before becoming extinct about 1,000 years ago. The authors say the results contradict earlier theories that the kiwi and other flightless birds, including the ostrich and emu, evolved as the world’s continents drifted apart about 130 million years ago. Instead, they say, it’s more likely their chicken-size, flight-capable ancestors enjoyed a window of evolutionary ascendancy about 60 million years ago, after dinosaurs died out and before mammals grew big. Those birds, the authors say, likely flew between the continents, with some staying and becoming the large, flightless species we know today. Alan Cooper, a professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia and a co-author of the paper, said the DNA results came as a huge surprise given the differences in size and location between the kiwi and elephant bird. “This has been an evolutionary mystery for 150 years. Most things have been suggested but never this,” he said. “The birds are about as different as you can get in terms of geography, morphology and ecology.” Cooper, a New Zealander by birth, is hoping the paper will also bring him a measure of redemption. That’s because two decades ago, Cooper and other scientists discovered genetic links between the kiwi and two Australian flightless birds, the cassowary and the emu. That led to New Zealanders believing their iconic bird might have come from Australia, a traditional rival. “There was a huge outpouring of angst,” Cooper said. “New Zealanders weren’t too impressed.”

Most of the foreign tourists would change their destination from Thailand to Bali, GIPI chairman Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya said. Bali would certainly receive more tourists originally planning to visit Thailand,” Ngurah Wijaya said. Thailand has been the main rival of Bali in attracting foreign tourists especially those coming to enjoy the beauty of beaches, he said. In addition, Thailand now has low season, he said. He said Chinese tourists, who favor visits to Thailand and Vietnam, where anti-China protest is growing lately are expected to change their destination to Bali. A surge was already recorded in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Bali, he pointed out. At least 45 countries have issued warning to their citizens against visits to Thailand. Foreign tourists are sensitive to security problem, he said. AP Photo/Brian Choo

This undated artist impression, shows an elephant bird, or Aepyornis maximus, with its head towering 3 meters in the air, wanders through the spiny forest of ancient Madagascar.

More whales being hit by ships along US East Coast Associated Press Writer

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In this April 16, 2014 file photo, a deceased 55-foot long finback whale sits on a dry dock in Jersey City, N.Y., after it was pulled out of the water.

A cruise ship heading for New York this month struck and killed a whale and dragged it into the Hudson River, part of a higher-than-usual rate of strikes along the Eastern Seaboard for this time of year, a federal agency said. There were three recent whale strikes recently, including one in which a cruise ship hit a sei whale and did not discover it until it reached port, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. In a similar case, a sei whale was found dead and attached to a container ship that was docking near Philadelphia, NOAA said. The whales may be following food sources closer to shore, NOAA said. An increased food supply has recently been cited for a large increase in the number of humpback whales off Massachusetts. The agency issued a reminder to mariners of measures already in place to protect whales, including speed limits and distances. “Nobody wants to hit a whale,” said Marjorie Mooney-Seus, a spokeswoman. “So we want people to have a greater awareness that they’re out there now.” The usual rate of whale strikes by ships is about one every few weeks, she

said, compared with the three in the past few weeks. NOAA said it counted 28 whale strikes in Northeastern waters between 2006 and 2010. Worldwide, a National Marine Fisheries Service survey covering 1975 through 2002 found 292 records of confirmed or possible ship strikes to large whales. Rob DiGiovanni, who heads a marine mammal rescue group on Long Island, said he’s seeing “more evidence of ship strikes and that’s definitely a concern.” In the past, his Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation would go a couple of years without seeing a large whale that had been hit by a ship. “Now we get a couple a year,” he said. The New York cruise ship incident was discovered May 4, the Philadelphia case on May 7, Mooney-Seus said. She did not have details about the third recent strike except that it involved a fin whale; NOAA is investigating. A necropsy on the New York whale found it was killed by blunt force, confirming that it was killed by the ship, MooneySeus said. The other two whales were not retrieved. NOAA said there have been no recent reported strikes of endangered North Atlantic right whales.

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Tourists play surfing at Kuta Beach. The Indonesian Association of Tourism Industries (GIPI) of Bali said the country’s tourist island would gain from the unfavorable political condition after the military take over of power in Thailand.

Garden of the Gods

A new undersea tourist object at Pemuteran Bali Post

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Some divers came down directly to about 22-meter depth to put the statues of the gods that previously had been given initiation rites or consecrated beforehand.

SINGARAJA - To support the undersea tourism of the Panji Sakti region, a total of 41 statues of Dewata Nawa Sanga (gods of nine directions) were placed under waters of Pemuteran village, Gerokgak. The making of such undersea garden or known as the Garden of the Gods was initiated by I Nyoman Chris Brown, a man from Australia, who paid great attention to the marine life preservation in Buleleng, Saturday (May 24). Existence of the garden of the gods took the philosophy of Dewata Nawa Sanga depicted with the statue of the gods in every corners of the compass. All the statues were nicely arranged in such a way to resemble a garden, and became a unique attraction to divers. “Two years ago, I found this interesting idea. Originally a friend of mine dived in the Pemuteran area. At that time, he admired the undersea beauty of marine life at Pemuteran. Armed with such inspiration, I finally had an idea of making the Garden of the Gods, taking the concept of the Dewata Nawa Sanga,” he said. Chris Brown explained the existence of the Dewata Nawa Sanga statues would become the development point of the other marine life. Some organisms such as coral reefs and ornamental fish could grow well around the statue of the gods. Having been lived in the Pemuteran area for 20 years, previously he received the support for the undersea conservation from

Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. “In addition to preserving the marine life, I want Pemuteran to be visited by domestic and foreign travelers without damaging the underwater biota of Pemuteran,” he explained. Some divers came down directly to about 22-meter depth to put the statues of the gods that previously had been given initiation rites or consecrated beforehand. Arrangement of the undersea statues was adjusted to the nine directions to the compass direction, in accordance with the concept of Dewata Nawa Sanga. “Through the establishment of the undersea Garden of the Gods, I personally appreciate and support. Hopefully, this could create job opportunities for residents surrounding the Pemuteran. Besides, it serves as a kind of preservation of nature,” said I Gede Mudita, headman of Pemuteran. The Head of Buleleng Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, I Nyoman Sutrisna, said that his party was providing support to the action of the marine life preservation through the making of the Garden of the Gods. “In building a region, there should be a synergy of various parties. One of them is the role of private sector that has helped the preservation of natural life under the sea by creating the garden of the gods at Pemuteran. We will help the new marine tourism promotion in Buleleng, while developing the innovation in other areas of Buleleng. Thus, the public must also jointly preserve the ocean along with its contents,” said Sutrisna. (kmb34)


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Farmers promised insurance, not realized so far

ASIDE from Jatiluwih, the paddy fields in the area of Belimbing, Pupuan, Tabanan, also has beautiful terraces with a unique tourism selling point. Unfortunately, the farmers in this region do not receive any compensation for the tourist visit. The government is still half-hearted. Even, it seems indifferent to the existence of this ancestral heritage. Chief of Subak Suradadi, Belimbing village, Pupuan, Nyoman Suardika, admitted that his party was often promised insurance in case of experiencing harvest failure. Ironically, the promise had never been realized so far whereas the issue of harvest failure was always mentioned in every meeting that involved the provincial and county government official. Moreover, this issue was discussed in the interactive dialogue with one of the governor and deputy governor candidates in the last gubernatorial election. “In the meeting was often mentioned about the crop failure and we were promised to get insurance. The initiative has long been made, but has not been realized so far,” he told Bali Post, Sunday (May 25). However, Suardika admitted the government still gave assistance to farmers, especially in the subak area he led. However, to get a help, it was said that farmers should be diligent to come to the related agencies. “We indeed get the assistance after we diligently inquire to the related agencies,” explained Suardika. According to him, the assistance and insurance were still urgently needed by farmers because the production cost was much more expensive than the selling price of unhulled rice during the harvest. Not to mention, within the

past two years farmers were still totally dependent on hybrid seeds. It was purchased at IDR 90,000 per 10 kg. “The price of seeds is considered expensive because the price of unhulled rice is only IDR 3,200-IDR 3,400 per kg. Moreover, we also have to buy three different kinds of fertilizer, namely the organic, NPK and urea. Due to this little income, young generation rarely want to become a farmer. As has been known, the work in the paddy field is pretty heavy,” he explained. Suardika added that such incomparable results also triggered the land conversion. Currently, the land conversion at Subak Suradadi had reached 10 hectares of the total 82 hectares of wetland. Farmers were said to have converted their paddy fields into coffee and cacao plantation because the production was easier, cheaper and having more expensive selling price. Mouse attack

Chief of Subak Gemuh, Pupuan, I Nengah Sutarsa, admitted that another threat faced by farmers was the mouse attack. Similar condition was also recognized by Chief of Subak Belimbing, Nyoman Suarnata. Though having

The beautiful scenery of Jatiluwih sprayed or poisoned, the mouse attack was still haunting farmers. “Mouse poses our major obstacle, where our rice in the middle of paddy field can be entirely eaten, so it will only leave the paddy plant on the edge of paddy field. Automatically it diminishes the production, especially when it rains and the selling price of the unhulled rice also drops dramatically,” he complained. Suarnata admitted that without mouse attack

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the profit of farmers was only a few because they had to buy factory-made fertilizers and seeds. Meanwhile, to make their own seed was impossible due to frequent rain flushing the village. “We expect the government to subsidize fertilizer and keep the price of the unhulled rice to remain stable during the harvest season. By and large, the high selling price commonly lasts for one week, after which it declines drastically,” he explained. (kmb32)

North Bali such as the Subak Kloncing, Subak Lanyahan, Subak Babakan (Sawan subdistrict) and some farmers in other subak areas. The ready-toharvest unhulled rice had not been sold and left in the fields. In the meantime, the condition of yellowed rice began to fall. This condition made farmers to suffer losses. Their unhulled rice could have been sold after being bid by middlemen at a low price. The middlemen bid at a low price because the rice was attacked by disease and its bore uneven fruits. This condition affected the quality of the unhulled rice after harvest.

Farmers who did not want their unhulled rice to be bid at low price attempted to harvest themselves though having to spend on labor cost and faced the risk of loss. Ketut Warsa, a farmer at Kerobokan village, Sawan subdistrict, said that the price offer of unhulled rice in this harvest season was very low compared to the price in previous harvest seasons. He gave an example the paddy planted on an area of 0.56 hectare was bargained at a total price of IDR 2 million. The middlemen bid at low price because the condition of the unhulled rice was attacked by

disease. Responding to this condition, the farmers serving as sharecroppers did not sell the unhulled rice to middleman. Afterward, the unhulled rice was harvested alone despite having to face a risk of having to pay labor costs. “The paddy plant was said to be damaged as attacked by disease so that the bid is very low. Rather than being sold a very low price, we’d better harvest it alone,” said the farmer at Kerobokan village, Sawan subdistrict. Meanwhile, the Head of the Buleleng Agriculture and Livestock Agency, Nyoman Swatantra, when

asked for his confirmation claimed to have not received the report on the price drop of unhulled rice at a number of subak groups in Buleleng. Although having not received any official report from the field extension officers (PPL), possibly the middlemen had deliberately bid at low price in order to obtain multiple profits. Moreover, this year’s harvest season belonged to rainy transplanting season (TMH). During which the paddy plant was not usually much attacked by disease or pests that could degrade the quality of the unhulled rice after harvest. (kmb38)

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Price of unhulled rice slumps

SINGARAJA - The price of unhulled rice during the harvest season of this year slumped if compared to the previous harvest season. Such price drop happened due to disease. Middlemen bid the unhulled rice at low price. As a result, this condition made farmers lose money and they were forced to sell their products for covering the production cost during the previous growing season. As field observation of Bali Post on Sunday (May 25), the price drop of unhulled rice was widely experienced by several leading subak groups in

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Entering its second year as sponsor for this international jazz event, Petani at Alaya Ubud will host well known Jazz musicians Balawan, Rio Sidik and German Band Michael Haack in a night of intimate Jazz performances. Petani Retaurant at Alaya Ubud ideally located on busy Hanoman street in Ubud offers a delightful menu of flavoursome fare from around the Indonesian archipelago, Asia and beyond.

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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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Japan pop group AKB48 cancels events after attack Associated Press Writer

TOKYO — Japan’s hugely popular female pop group AKB48 canceled fan events Monday after a saw-wielding man attacked two members and a staffer, shocking the nation and raising questions over security. The two group members, Anna Iriyama, 18, and Rina Kawaei, 19, suffered hand and head injuries, and the male staffer who tried to stop the attack Sunday at a fan event in northern Japan had cuts on his hand. All three left the hospital by late Monday. The women, wearing hats and covering their hands with white towels, appeared in front of a huge crowd of reporters outside the hospital and thanked fans for their concern. “We’ve caused you worry, but we are returning to Tokyo now,” Kawaei said. “Thank you very much.” The attack on the group, whose members are dubbed “idols you can meet” because of their fan events, has rattled people in a nation known for public safety. The news topped TV entertainment shows and even the two nationwide newspapers Yomiuri and Mainichi. On Sunday, the group gave a miniconcert for hundreds of fans in Takizawa city which was followed by a handshaking event, in which fans who buy special CDs can shake hands and chat briefly with their favorite member. As soon as

the handshaking event started, a man took a foldable saw from his jacket and went toward the two women, who were standing at the entrance of one of several tents set up inside a gymnasium. Police arrested Satoru Umeta, a 24year-old unemployed man, on suspicion of attempted murder. Iwate prefectural police official Takahiro Fujibayashi said Umeta told investigators that he was not an AKB48 fan and just wanted to commit random murder. Fujibayashi said there were no full security checks of bags and the suspect might have hidden the saw inside a bag he had at the time of his arrest. AKB manager Hiroshi Yuasa told reporters he believed the security checks were appropriate but would review safety measures. Dozens of AKB48 handshaking events are held in Japan every year.

Bouncers — called “peelers” here — are assigned to these events to remove fans who linger, but no major attacks have been previously reported. “It’s nice they are close to the fans, but we have to remember there is a possibility that people like (the attacker) may sneak in,” popular talk show host Seiji Miyane said on his NTV program. He said handshaking is one of the main appeals of AKB48 but the risk needs to be reduced. Twitter and other social networking sites were flooded with comments about the incident, many of them raising concerns about security checks. AKB48 members kept quiet about the case. “Such an incident should never have happened. Even if they recover from their physical injuries, their emotional scars will never heal,” former AKB48 member Erena Ono tweeted. AKB48 management announced Monday it was canceling a concert at its main theater in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, as well as several other events around Japan. Affiliates SKE48 in central Japan and NMB48 in Osaka also canceled or postponed events. Established in 2005, the group has a rotating cast of more than 90 young women and affiliates across the country and in Indonesia, China and Taiwan.

Taylor Swift cancels Bangkok concert after coup FILE - In this April 6, 2014 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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BANGKOK — Taylor Swift has canceled a sold-out concert in Thailand, which came under military rule last week after a coup d’etat. Concert promoter BEC-Tero announced Tuesday on its website that the concert was canceled “due to recent events in Thailand.” It didn’t elaborate but called the move “a difficult decision for all parties.” The concert in Bangkok would have been the night of June 9. The country is under a nighttime curfew though it’s loosely enforced. “I’m sending my love to the fans in Thailand,” Swift tweeted.” I’m so sad about the concert being canceled.” The American singer-songwriter has other performances throughout Asia during her current Red Tour. Several other international performers have canceled or postponed appearances in Thailand during the recent months of political protests and the coup carried out last Thursday.

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Foreign tourist is playing Parasailing at Tanjung Benoa Beach. The arrivals of Indian tourists to Bali increased 29.24 percent to 28,468 people in the January - April 2014 period compared with the same period in the prior year, when it was 23,686.

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In this Jan. 29, 2014 photo, Rina Kawaei of AKB48 poses in a promotion event in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Kawaei and Anna Iriyama, members of the all-female Japanese pop group AKB48 and one staffer have been injured by a saw-wielding man at a fan event.

Indian tourists to Bali increase Antara

DENPASAR - The arrivals of Indian tourists to Bali increased 29.24 percent to 28,468 people in the January - April 2014 period compared with the same period in the prior year, when it was 23,686. “The tourism promotions conducted by the Indonesian government yielded concrete results,” tourism observer and operator in Bali Made Sudana said. The local government of Bali is providing a chance for religious leaders to conduct a tirtayatra (holy) trip to India every year so that it will strengthen the relation between the religious communities of the two countries. He said this was also expected to attract more Indians to Bali because the people in India also needed to know the development of the Hindu religion in the island. The tourism observer said the holy trip was also an

example of concrete promotion in India, expecting that the Indian tourist visits to Bali will increase. He said the Indian tourists arriving in Bali in the past four months accounted for 2.16 percent of foreign tourists visiting the province in the same period. In the JanuaryApril 2014 period, 1.1 million people visited Bali. Meanwhile, the Indonesian Association of Tourism Industries (GIPI) of Bali said the country’s tourist island will gain from the unfavorable political conditions after the military takeover of power in Thailand. Most of the foreign tourists will change their destination

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from Thailand to Bali, GIPI chairman Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya said here on Monday. “Bali will certainly receive more tourists originally planning to visit Thailand,” Ngurah Wijaya said. Thailand has been the main rival of Bali in attracting foreign tourists, especially those coming to enjoy the beauty of the beaches, he said. In addition, Thailand now has low season, he said. He said Chinese tourists, who favor visiting Thailand and Vietnam, where anti-China protest is increasing, are expected to change their destination to Bali. A surge was already recorded in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Bali, he pointed out. At least 45 countries have issued warnings to their citizens against visits to Thailand. Foreign tourists are sensitive to security problem, he said.


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