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This file photo shows tourists passing the hotel’s project in Kuta area, Bali Island. Based on consideration that the growth above six percent was only enjoyed by outside investors, Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) of Bali asked the government to slow down the economic growth.

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Stoner says he is consequently hoping for dry conditions at Barcelona, a circuit at which he won in 2011 and has finished on the podium in every year since 2007. “Catalunya is one of my favourite races and it was the first major grand prix circuit I tested on. Ever since that moment I fell in love with the track,” Stoner said. “The big fast sweeping corners [mean] there’s a lot of control in the middle of the turn trying to get grip for the exit.

We know the Honda works well here and we had a good race here last year. I just hope this weekend will be dry, that would be great.” Stoner’s Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa said missing last year’s race - the result of his Le Mans crash with Marco Simoncelli – has only added to his enthusiasm for what is effectively his home grand prix. “Catalunya is obviously one of my favourite races because all my family, friends and fans are there supporting me and it’s a very special date

Red Bull plays down its advantage in Formula 1 constructors’ battle Red Bull does not feel it has stamped its authority on this year’s Formula 1 constructors’ championship, despite extending its lead in Monaco by becoming the first team to win two races. The reigning champion team currently holds a 38-point margin over closest rival McLaren in the teams’ standings. But with F1 proving so competitive this season, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner knows that one slip up can be enough to wipe away its advantage. “It [leading the championship] is the result of good team work, but there is an awfully long way to go,” explained Horner. “Points can disappear just as quickly as they came. The team is working

tremendously well, and it is a tough year this year because of the regulation changes and particularly the tyre complexities. But I feel we are working in a really great way.” McLaren had started the campaign as the team to beat, but its form over recent races has slipped away. Even so, Horner reckons that any of the frontrunning outfits this year have what it takes to win the title. “This weekend has not been a great weekend for them [McLaren], but as you see, form has see-sawed. Don’t forget that Pastor Maldonado lapped us two weeks ago, so form does vary. It would be foolish to discount a team of the quality of McLaren or Ferrari.”

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on the calendar,” he explained. “I’m really looking forward to getting there after missing the race last year. I want to feel the atmosphere again and I’m very excited and motivated to do well and fight for victory.” Both riders also expressed how important Honda’s post-race test at the Catalan track would be in helping shape its future direction. “The test on Monday will be very important for the team,” Pedrosa confirmed. “Catalunya is a very good track to test the new tyres because it is one of the circuits where you stay on the edge of the tyre longer and a long time turning right, you need good feeling in the front. “It will be important to have a good test to arrive at Silverstone with the best information possible.”

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DENPASAR - Based on consideration that the growth above six percent was only enjoyed by outside investors, Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) of Bali asked the government to slow down the economic growth.

“Indeed, the economy of Bali grows, but we do not feel any equity. The growth without equity or without being enjoyed by the perpetrators means nothing,” said Chairman of the Bali Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gde Sumarjaya Linggih, in Denpasar, Monday. According to him, some countries like China and India had slowed down their economic growth today because their government

was unable to do equity and to make the perpetrators grow. The economic growth should be qualified and able to grow the capabilities of the perpetrators. “Even, the economic growth of Bali marginalizes the people of Bali. On that account, we must set to slow down the economic growth and not boost it excessively,” he said.

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Casey Stoner believes the fast, sweeping nature of the Catalunya circuit will play to the strengths of Honda’s RC213V in this weekend’s MotoGP race. The Australian struggled to match title rival Jorge Lorenzo in wet conditions at Le Mans, surrendering the lead of the championship to the Yamaha rider after being bumped down to third by Valentino Rossi on the final lap.

MILAN — At least nine people are reported dead in a magnitude 5.8 earthquake that struck the same area of northern Italy stricken by another fatal tremor on May 20. Premier Mario Monti pledged This picture shows a view of the bell tower of Santa Barbara church in Mantova after a 5.8 magnitude eartquake in northern Italy on May 29, 2012.

in a hastily called news conference two hours after the quake that the government will do “all that it must and all that is possible in the briefest period to guarantee the resumption of normal life in this area so special, so important and so productive for Italy.” The United States Geological Survey said the quake on Tuesday, which struck at 9:00 a.m. local time (0700 GMT), was centered 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the city of Bologna. It hit the area where a 6.0 temblor

killed seven people earlier this month — and just as citizens had begun to resume some semblance of normality. The news agency ANSA reported that nine people had died, while news agency LaPresse said others were buried under the rubble of collapsed homes and factories. Monti said at the time of the quake he was meeting with emergency officials in Rome to discuss dealing with the impact of the earlier quake. Continued on page 6


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30 percent of protected Forest was damaged

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The police officers are inspecting the illegal guide in Alas Kedaton Tourism Destination in Tabanan Regency.

Alleged to leak, raid to illegal tourist guides gets no violator

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Alleged to have leaked, the raid against illegal tourist guides at two tourist attractions in Tabanan, Monday (May 28), was only able to capture few violators. Investigation team of the public order officer (Satpol PP) of Bali Province was unable to capture any single illegal tourist guide after exploring the tourist attraction of Batukaru and Alas Kedaton. On the contrary, the team could only secure 19 illegal drivers. Those who had been captured directly underwent a dossier examination (BAP) and would be prosecuted. The raid was started to target the tourist area of Batukaru Temple, Penebel. Once arrived, the joint team instantly found a number of drivers conveying foreign tourists. As soon as being checked, in fact no single driver had a permit. Even, permit of some drivers had expired. “We immediately imposed a sanction to them and processed their dossier examination,” said the Section Head of Law Enforcement of Bali public order officers (Satpol PP), Ketut Nayaka, accompanied by civil servant investigator, Ketut Sadar, amidst the raid. In addition, the raid also involved the personnel of Special Criminal Detective of Bali Police, Regional Revenue Service, Bali Government Tourism Office and Immigration Office. Having done surveillance at Batukaru for few hours, the joint

team could only encounter six drivers of travel agency who had no permit. No single illegal tourist guide was found whereas the destination was usually filled with many tourist guides accompanying foreign guests. “Allegedly, the raid has indeed leaked. We could see a notice regarding the raid against illegal tourist guides through a social media,” said Ketut Sadar. From Batukaru, the raid was resumed to Alas Kedaton tourist attraction in Marga. In this monkey forest tourist attraction, the joint team should be disappointed again. None of the illegal tourist guides was found. The team could only ensnare totally 13 drivers of tourist transport who had no license. They were caught when dropping off foreign guests in the parking lot of Alas Kedaton.

Since they were unable to present their license, the drivers should be subject to sanctions in accordance with the Bali Regional Regulation No. 10/2001 regarding the Permit of Human Passenger Transportation. According to Ketut Sadar, penalty for such infringement was subject to 3-month imprisonment and a fine worth IDR 5 million. He described that such raid would continue to be held at all tourist attractions across Bali. Hopefully, the raid could discipline the actions of illegal drivers and tourist guides that were widely complained. Additionally, the raid also targeted the vehicles with police plate of outside Bali used for transporting tourists. Previously, similar raids were also held at the tourist attraction of Ulun Danu, Baturiti and Tanah Lot, Kediri, Tabanan. (kmb30)

As much as 4,767.72 hectares or 30 percent of Pempatan Protected Forest at Karangasem is damaged due to illegal logging. Even though several times those who did it got captured it is still going on. This was stated by forest police, I Nyoman Siaba, during a trial on illegal loggers at Amlapura District Court last Monday (28/5) in front of Head Judge I Ketut Wiarta, SH. It was also stated this illegal logging is not disadvantaging government that much but it will threaten more nature disasters coming as water source lessening, flood and landslides could be happening. The two illegal loggers group were then punished with first group I Ketut Sukadana from Geliang, Besakih, Karangasem and two partners got eight months prison and fine IDR 8 million subsiding 2 months of prison proved to have violated Forestry Law No. 19 Year 1999 in stealing woods while

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Merta Asih Cooperative Office located at Sudirman Street 22, Batuagung, Jembrana, got robbed where IDR 64 million was taken as known on Monday (28/5) morning around 6 am local time by worker Made Abdi Negara. It was expected the robber went in through an office window as it is opened and has marks of being forcedly open. Besides that, the cup-

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second group robbed and logged trees at Munduk lebah, Abang-Agung Protected Forest involving three Pempatan residents I Wayan Suradnya, I Wayan Tis and I Wayan Sukarata alias Manok. Head Judge also asked responsible officers from Forestry police and Forestry Agency to keep on socializing surrounding locals about the protected forest and that there is a law to illegal logging violation and other laws on logging including trees on owned lands so they know that they are violating if they do any illegal loggings. Siaba then stated the socialization have been done frequently with the latest done last month in two villages involving head of villages, Forestry Agency and babinkamtibmas. “We the forestry police have limited officers and with little facilities still do our patrols. With illegal loggings still keep on happening we have also worked with the police,” Siaba stated. (013)

PARIS - First-round victories at the French Open put Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in reflective mood on Monday, with the Swiss chalking up a new landmark and the Serbian world number one considering the pressure of always trying to win. Federer equaled Jimmy Connors’s record of 233 grand-slam match wins with a 6-2 7-5 6-3 defeat of German Tobias Kamke, the first step, he hopes, on the road to a record 17th title at one of the big four tournaments.

board where the cash was also opened as if this robber knows where the money was as other documents was not taken. The incident then reported to Head of KSU Nyoman Arsadana which then forwarded to Negara Police. Head of Jembrana Police Public Relation, APC Wayan Setiajaya, as permitted by Head of the Police, confirmed the incident and now the case is still being investigated. (kmb26)

Development parking lot and building of Sanjiwani Hospital stopped Gianyar (Bali Post) –

Even though it has the term as Regional Public Services (BLUD) Sanjiwani Hospital still became the Gianyar Representatives worry as it is still not finished after five years as many problems were found and still unsolved according to Head of Gianyar House of Representatives Commission D, I Wayan Tagel Winarta. The building’s facilities are still seen untidy including its parking, ceilings holed and more. For that it has to be managed first before being used by the public. The same thing stated by its member, Nyoman Arjawa, which stated there are still a lot of health ‘homework’ need to be done by the government. Not that he blamed the Main Director who has been working hard to find fund from the central government yet it is hoped that regional government and the representatives all think on how to solve the situation. The crowded parking can be coordinated with Transportation Agency of the Regency and if renting a land is needed it could be discussed as there is an empty land on the back of the hospital which so created a bigger parking space even though it’ll be priced high. (kmb16)

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Wins give Federer and Djokovic food for thought

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Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns the ball to Germany’s Tobias Kanke during their first round match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May, 28, 2012.

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Djokovic, though, has a record of his own on his mind and, after a mostly straightforward, 7-6 6-3 6-1 win over Italian Potito Starace, turned his thoughts towards trying to complete his grand-slam collection and becoming the first man in 43 years to hold all four titles at once. “The situation that I found myself in this year before Roland Garros is to make history eventually if I go all the way through,” Djokovic told a news conference. “But, look, it doesn’t give me an extra negative pressure; I really think it’s a challenge and something to embrace and to enjoy.” Djokovic will now play Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia, who ended former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt’s tournament with a 7-6 6-3 6-7 6-3 win after the injury-hit Australian had been given a wildcard. Federer took time to look back on his long career as he began his 50th consecutive grand slam event. “I obviously love the big tournaments,” the Swiss said. “I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that (Connors’s) record, (at) 30 years old is pretty incredible, so I’m very happy. “When you look at the tournaments like this and you step back, you realize you have been playing for quite a long time. “When I started, I loved playing against those famous players I used to see on TV. Now I’m playing against younger players, a new generation. It’s also very nice.”

Federer, on course to meet Djokovic in the semi-finals if both men survive, will now meet Adrian Ungur of Romania, who knocked out Argentine David Nalbandian 6-3 5-7 6-4 7-5. MISERABLE MOMENT

Victoria Azarenka also had much to chew over after coming within five points of going down in the record books as the first women’s top seed to lose in the opening round of the claycourt grand-slam event. Thoughts of flights home to Minsk flitted through her mind at 6-7 0-4 down against Italian Alberta Brianti, 10 years her senior at 32, the Belarussian admitted. “The important thing in that really miserable moment, I stayed strong and I just went for my shots,” Azarenka added after turning the tide to win 6-7 6-4 6-2. One-sided victories in the sunshine by defending champion Li Na and third seed Agnieszka Radwanska flagged up the lack of depth in women’s tennis with both players detained on court for less than an hour. Li, a superstar at home in China after last year’s Roland Garros win, beat Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-1, while Pole Radwanska showed even less mercy, thrashing Serbian Bojana Jovanovski 6-1 6-0. Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, buoyed up by the crowd on the Suzanne Lenglen Court, was also a swift winner, defeating Czech qualifier Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-3.

James and Heat too much for Celtics

MIAMI - Led by LeBron James’ 32 points, the Miami Heat enjoyed a convincing 93-79 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday to grab a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference championship series. Apart from a second quarter where Boston came alive with 35 points and Miami lost their intensity, the Heat and James had too much for the 17times NBA champions. It says much about James’ current form that it did not feel like an outstanding display yet he produced 32 points on 13 for 22 shooting from the field for his sixth 30-point game in this season’s playoffs. It was by no means a classic, with the game lacking the

intensity of the conference semi-finals both teams had to battle through, but Miami will take confidence from winning by 14 points while never really hitting their stride. “We feel like we didn’t play our best basketball,” said James who also ended with 13 rebounds. “We had some great looks offensively but we had a lot of breakdowns defensively, so we didn’t play our best. “It’s a good sign, a good thing for us but we will prepare and we will be better on Wednesday.” Boston, who did not secure their place in the conference final until Saturday’s win over Philadelphia, lacked sharpness on offense and struggled at times with Miami’s pace. “They crushed us in the 50-50 game,

anything loose or rolling, they got there,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “Offensively we have to be more efficient. I didn’t think we did great defensively but we still kept them to 93 points.” Boston also picked up five technical fouls, including one for Rivers for disputing a call which he described as “the worst I’ve ever had”. James outscored the Celtics by himself in the first quarter, making 13 points as Miami, seeking their second successive NBA finals appearance, established a 21-11 lead - the fewest points they had allowed in this season’s playoffs. But Boston dominated the second, drawing level by halftime helped by two threepoint throws from Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

finally getting into the paint and Ray Allen doing a good job keeping Miami’s Dwyane Wade quiet. Miami came out with determination after the break though, outscoring Boston 26-15 in the third quarter with James making 10 of those points to see the Heat to a 72-61 lead. The Heat, solid in defense, were never in danger in the fourth quarter and were able to rest James and Dwyane Wade (22 points) in the latter stages. “At times it was a strange game with some good runs from both teams,” said Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra. “We felt we could play better, I am sure they felt the same, but we found a way to grind it out, you have to against this team.” Game Two is in Miami on Wednesday.


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Hazard to join Chelsea

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Highly-regarded Belgian international midfielder Eden Hazard has opted to join European champions Chelsea ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United, the player said on Monday. “I am signing for the Champions League winner,” Hazard, 21, said on his Twitter feed (@ hazardeden10). Hazard, named the best Ligue 1 player in the last two seasons, had been expected to join either Premier League champions Manchester City or runners-up Manchester United after he said he would choose between the two. The gifted playmaker, capped 27 times by Belgium, led Lille to the French title in 2011 and scored 20 goals this season, including a hat-trick in his farewell game, as they finished third to qualify for next season’s Champions League playoff. He announced in October that he would leave Lille at the REUTERS/Paul Vreeker/United Photos

Klaas Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands (R) fights for the ball with Georgi Milanov of Bulgaria during their friendly soccer match leading up to Euro 2012 in Amsterdam May 26, 2012.

Dutch aim to fix attack, defense against Slovakia

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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — The Netherlands’ fearsome attack failed to click against Bulgaria and its shaky defense was leaky in an unexpected 2-1 defeat that piled more pressure on the team before the European Championship. Coach Bert van Marwijk has his first chance to fix t h e problems on Wednesday against Slovakia, less than two weeks before the Netherlands’ opening match at Euro 2012, against Denmark in Kharkiv. Van Marwijk also is waiting to hear if Joris Mathijsen will be fit in time for the tournament after the Malaga central defender strained his left hamstring early in Saturday’s defeat. It is also waiting to see how its forward line gels. Van Marwijk started Saturday’s match with Bundesliga top-scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar at center forward, English Premier League top-scorer Robin van Persie on the right flank and Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart on the left. Van Persie scored, but Huntelaar had only glimpses of the ball until his substitution in the second half and never seriously threatened. In his weekly newspaper column, Dutch icon Johan Cruyff appealed on Tuesday for more depth and crosses from

the flanks, and implicitly questioned Marwijk’s lineup. “Because Van der Vaart and Van Persie were not using the full length of the pitch, there were hardly any crosses,” Cruyff wrote. “That in turn meant few balls being cleared out of the penalty area to be picked up by the Dutch midfield and fired back at goal. “Even an average team like Bulgaria can defend against that,” he added. Cruyff was not the only armchair analyst criticizing Van Marwijk’s decision to play Van Persie on the wing. The coach’s predecessor, Marco van Basten, also accused him of picking players and then trying to squeeze them into a formation — even if it meant playing them out of position. Van Marwijk rejected the claim, but is already feeling the pressure from a nation that is willing the 2010 World Cup runner-up to go one better at the tournament in Poland and Ukraine. Wednesday’s match at Feyenoord’s De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam could

mark the return to the Netherlands team of Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay after months sidelined by a torn ligament in his left knee. Afellay underwent surgery to his knee in October and only recently returned to Barcelona’s first team. But he says he feels ready to play again at the highest level, thanks to training with his Barcelona teammates. “I quickly got back a certain feeling,” he said. “But that’s not surprising when you are training with some of the best players in the world.” The Netherlands has to survive the toughest group at the European Championship if it is to emulate its success at the last World Cup. Van Marwijk’s team faces Denmark, Germany and Portugal in a Group B made up entirely of teams in the top 10 of FIFA’s rankings.

end of the season. Hazard made his league debut for Lille as a 16-year-old and quickly had scouts flocking to the club’s Metropole stadium. His performances earned the Ligue 1’s top prospect award for successive seasons, before he secured the full accolade in the last two campaigns. With tremendous pace and an eye for goal, Hazard prefers to play on the left flank and his penetrating runs and tight ball control are a menace to any defence. Chelsea won the Champions League for the first time this month, adding to their FA Cup final success. The London side endured a disappointing league campaign, however, finishing sixth after sacking manager Andre Villas-Boas in March. Former player Roberto Di Matteo took interim charge and guided the team to an unexpected Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.

Yanga Mbiwa and Gourcuff dropped from France squad

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PARIS - France coach Laurent Blanc dropped midfielder Yoann Gourcuff and defender Mapou Yanga Mbiwa when he named his 23man squad for Euro 2012 on Tuesday. Olympique Lyon playmaker Gourcuff had a mediocre domestic season and failed to convince in a 3-2 friendly win against Iceland on Sunday. France are drawn in Group D against England, co-hosts Ukraine and Sweden in the June 8-July 1 tournament. Les Bleus, who are unbeaten in their last 19 games, will start their campaign against England in Donetsk, Ukraine, on June 11.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Girondins Bordeaux) Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan), Adil Rami (Valencia), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Anthony Reveillere (Olympique Lyon Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Alou Diarra (Olympique Marseille), Yann M’vila (Stade Rennes), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain) Forwards: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Jeremy Menez (Paris St Germain), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille). Yoan Gourcuff

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Many farmers fail to harvest crab at Kelan Suspected to be caused by mangrove contamination Mangupura (Bali Post)—

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The motor vessel which was stranded in Kusamba, Klungkung

KM Tarisa runs aground on Kusamba Beach Semarapura (Bali Post)—

High waves and strong winds in the area of Kusamba waters, Klungkung, caused a motor vessel KM Tarisa to run aground on Monday (May 28). The motor vessel with four crews and one captain is now being investigated by police. From confession of the crews, the KM Tarisa transported 300 kilograms of grouper fish from Sapeken Islands, Sumenep, East Java, to Serangan Island, Bali. However, police investigation in fact found a number of protected endangered marine resources such as napoleon fish, coral and octopus. “All the crews and captain are still secured for further investigation. It has also been in accordance with the procedures for handling a case where the initial examination is performed within 1 x 24 hours,” said the Dawan Police Chief, IB Jata. A crew, Ainul Muttakin, 28, from Madura when met on the Kusamba Beach last Monday mentioned that KM Tarisa departed from Sapeken Islands, Madura, around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday (May 27). When passing through the Kusamba waters at 06:00 a.m., the vessel had an engine trouble. Due to high waves and heavy currents plus high winds, the vessel vacillated for some 10 minutes before running aground onto the Kusamba Beach. Definitely, it made the crews and captain panicky. The KM Tarisa held four crews consisting of Ainul Muttakin, 28, Sahrin, 21, Amri, 30, Nasir, 60, and captain, Maslan, 35, where they were all from Madura. “I happen to know about engine matters and then tried to fix it, but I could not. Engine of the vessel did not work, presumably it happened because its

(diesel) fuel mixed with sea water,” said Muttakin. He said the KM Tarisa had two engines, where an engine had the capacity of 24 HP and another was car engine with the capacity of 280 HP. Muttakin claimed to frequently join the voyage from Madura to Serangan, Bali. However, he had an engine trouble for that time only. Even, both engines suddenly did not work. When the vessel ran aground, the fish owner from Serangan directly came to Kusamba to pick up the fish aboard and then conveyed it by land transport. “A number of boxes containing fish have been transported by using a unit of pick-up truck. Meanwhile, the remaining has not been transported and was taken to Dawan Police station for examination,” said Dawan Police Chief, IB. Jata accompanied by several police officers. From preliminary investigation, in fact the boxes contained some endangered and protected marine resources such as napoleon fish, green coral usually used for fish nesting place, and octopus. There were at least eight

boxes and now being secured by police. “There are allegations of illegal fishing. However, we are still developing the investigation. If finding any violation, we automatically proceed to the investigation. Otherwise, the fish will be released. Meanwhile, the crews and captain are still being secured for 1 x 24 hours,” he said. A number of boxes conveyed to Serangan before police arrived on the scene where the KM Tarisa ran aground also carried about 50 napoleon fishes with a weight of over three kilograms per head. Similarly, it also contained coral and octopus that were previously admitted as groupers. Since transporting the protected and endangered marine resources, such an action was alleged to have violated the Decree of Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs No. 5/2010 regarding the Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. During the preliminary investigation, the crews and captain could not present their document requirements regarding the fish transportation and crossing. (kmb20)

The fishermen undertaking crab aquaculture in the area of mangrove forests around Kelan, Kuta subdistrict sighed. Their harvest yield continued to decline in recent years. Not a few among the fishermen experienced a harvest failure. Presumably, this occurred due to contamination around the mangrove forests. The government was also urged to immediately intervene. Complaint of the fishermen was revealed by Chief of Kelan customary village, I Wayan Sugita. He said that many fishermen were actually ready to harvest, but ultimately they only reaped disappointment because the crabs harvested suddenly died. In response to the public reports, his party then checked the area around the cultivation. From the checking carried out, the death of crabs becoming the commodity with high selling price was alleged to have been caused by waste pollution happened to their habitat in the mangrove forest area. Crabs were very sensitive to changing environmental conditions. In the event of contamination, the crabs would die or at least they could not grow

optimally. Where did the source of pollution come from? Sugita doubling as a legislator in the Badung House alleged the source of pollution came from household waste and business premises such as salon and spa, and laundry established around the cultivation area. “Such contamination should not be left too long. Moreover, we suspect that many businesses and households have intentionally discharged their waste into the mangrove area,” he said. Sugita further urged the government through relevant agencies to immediately intervene and make a site inspection. If in the investigation made by the government later on was found any parties who deliberately disposing waste into the mangroves, then the government should take decisive action. A decisive action should be taken because if the pollution was left without any action from the government, it would be very detrimental to the public. Moreover, the mangrove forest around the Kelan coastal area was projected as the development of large-scale crab cultivation. (kmb25)

Suspended five months, hundreds of Bangli’s street lights died

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Hundreds of street lights in Bangli cut off by State Electricity Company (PLN) as Bangli Government have suspended five months their payment as stated by Head of Bangli House of Representatives, IB Raka Mudarma, last Monday (27/5). The condition was known after public complained about it face to face and through SMS. The complaint was also received by PDI-P Party regional head for Bangli, NM Kutha Parawata which then coordinated to PLN. It was later found that the Bangli Government haven’t paid and its budget is no longer under Bangli Public Secretariat yet under Village Budget Allocation (ADD) without Village’s acknowledgement. This policy was sadden as it was not socialized well moreover the responsible head to this condition did not give the real explanation to the Regent of all programs progressed. “Officers should be giving real explanation and discussion to Regent of its consequences, it’s advantage and disadvantage on the programs run such as paying this fee being placed under the village’s budget which seemed the responsible head is being irresponsible which Regent got hit later,” Mudarma stated. (kmb17)


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US military denies parachuting into N.Korea Agence France Presse

The US military Tuesday vehemently denied a media report that special forces had been parachuted into North Korea on intelligence-gathering missions, saying a source had been misquoted. Current affairs magazine The Diplomat quoted Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of special forces in South Korea, as saying soldiers from the US and South Korea had been dropped across the border for “special reconnaissance” missions. But Colonel Jonathan Withington, public affairs officer for US Forces Korea, said some reporting of the conference had taken Tolley “completely out of context”. “Quotes have been made up and attributed to him,” he said, denying that any US or South Korean forces had parachuted into the North. “Though special reconnaissance is a

core special operations force (SOF) mission, at no time have SOF forces been sent to the north to conduct special reconnaissance,” he said in a statement. The Diplomat quoted Tolley as saying that the North had built thousands of tunnels since the 1950-53 Korean War. “The entire tunnel infrastructure is hidden from our satellites,” the magazine reported him as saying at a press conference in Florida last week. “So we send (South Korean) soldiers and US soldiers to the North to do special reconnaissance.” According to the magazine, he said commandos parachute in with minimal supplies to watch the tunnels undetected. At least four of the tunnels built by Pyongyang go under the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, Tolley was reported as saying. “We don’t know how many we don’t know about.”

Toru Hashimoto: Japan’s would-be dictator

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Japan’s Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto speaks to reporters in Tokyo in April 2012. Agence France Presse

He admires cockroaches, once allegedly offered on air to impregnate a TV personality and openly admits to a lust for power. Oh, and the mayor of Osaka thinks Japan needs a dictatorship. Welcome to the world view of one of the country’s most popular politicians, Toru Hashimoto, a 42year-old with naked ambitions who is shaking Japan’s political foundations to their core. A few years ago he was a corporate lawyer advising companies at the grubby end of personal finance -- a sector filled with businesses offering loans at punishingly high interest rates, some of which are rumoured to have connections to Japan’s organised crime networks.

Now Hashimoto, an almost nightly fixture on news broadcasts, is being courted by Tokyo’s politicians as he looks to take his local party onto the national stage. With 2,000 followers signed up to a school he established to teach would-be parliamentarians, Hashimoto has a ready-made army aiming to take the political highground from squabbling lawmakers who have produced little more than a string of short-term, powerless premiers. “What Japanese politics needs now is dictatorship -- the power enough to be called ‘dictatorship’,” Hashimoto said last year while adding that power needs to be checked by local assemblies, voters and the mass media. “The source of power is the will of the people... Japan’s biggest misfortune is that people cannot elect their prime minister directly,” he said, referring to the system that sees lawmakers vote on who gets the top job. This authoritarian streak has been termed “Hashism” by academics and opponents. But opinion polls have shown the one-time rugby playing former lawyer -- and father of seven -- has his finger firmly on the nation’s political pulse. One survey found 55 percent of voters want his Osaka Isshin no Kai (Osaka Renewal Party) to win “an influential number of seats” in the next general elections, while another saw him top a list of politicians “most suitable” to lead Japan, well ahead of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

FILE - This March 5, 2007 file photo shows workers harvesting bluefin tuna from Maricultura’s tuna pens near Ensenada, Mexico.

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US paratroopers are dropped by a US airforce C17 (not pictured) during a training exercise over Maniago near Aviano air base, in 2011. The US military Tuesday vehemently denied a media report that special forces had been parachuted into North Korea on intelligence-gathering missions, saying a source had been misquoted.

Romney warns of a weakened military under Obama Associated Press Writer

SAN DIEGO—Mitt Romney warned Monday that the “world is not safe” and cast the upcoming election as a choice between a nation that is weakened militarily versus “a strong America.” Speaking at a Memorial Day event at a veterans museum in San Diego, Romney made no direct mention of the upcoming election or President Obama. But his message was clear, as he said Americans “have two courses we could follow” when it comes to the direction of the country. “One is to follow the pathway of Europe, to shrink our military

smaller and smaller to pay for our social needs… and hope for the best,” Romney said. “But if we followed that course, there would be no one stand and protect us.” “The other,” Romney continued, “is to commit to preserve America as the strongest military in the world, second to none, with no comparable power anywhere in the world.”

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, and San Diego Veteran of the year Marine David Dickey stand together during a campaign stop at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, Monday, May 28, 2012 in San Diego.

Listing off a litany of risks— including “Iran rushing to become a nuclear nation” and the growing military strength of China— Romney said protecting America’s military strength isn’t just to “win wars and prevent wars” but to deter wars. “A strong America is the best deterrent to war that ever as been invented,” Romney declared. The event, held at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in San Diego, attracted roughly 5,000 people—one of the largest crowds that Romney has addressed as a presidential candidate. But it was unclear how many people turned up to hear Romney. The event, sponsored by the museum and the Vietnam Veterans of America, is an annual event that regularly attracts thousands of people each year. Organizers were careful to note that the event was not political and said they had warned Romney to not make his remarks specifically about the campaign. But the crowd was unmistakably friendly to Romney. Many wore Romney 2012 shirts and stickers, and most stood and cheered, waving tiny American flags as the former Massachusetts governor took the stage. At one point, a woman stood and screamed, “Romney! We want YOU!” On stage, Romney was introduced as a “friend of veterans” and “someone we hope will be the next Commander in Chief.”

Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

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LOS ANGELES — Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance. “We were frankly kind of startled,” said Nicholas Fisher, one of the researchers reporting the findings online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The levels of radioactive cesium were 10 times higher than the amount measured in tuna off the California coast in previous years. But even so, that’s still far below safe-to-eat limits set by the U.S. and Japanese governments. Previously, smaller fish and plankton were found with elevated levels of radiation in Japanese waters after a magnitude-9 earthquake

in March 2011 triggered a tsunami that badly damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors. But scientists did not expect the nuclear fallout to linger in huge fish that sail the world because such fish can metabolize and shed radioactive substances. One of the largest and speediest fish, Pacific bluefin tuna can grow to 10 feet and weigh more than 1,000 pounds. They spawn off the Japan coast and swim east at breakneck speed to school in waters off California and the tip of Baja California,

Mexico. Five months after the Fukushima disaster, Fisher of Stony Brook University in New York and a team decided to test Pacific bluefin that were caught off the coast of San Diego. To their surprise, tissue samples from all 15 tuna captured contained levels of two radioactive substances — ceisum134 and cesium-137 — that were higher than in previous catches. To rule out the possibility that the radiation was carried by ocean currents or deposited in the sea through the atmosphere, the team also analyzed yellowfin tuna, found in the eastern Pacific, and bluefin that migrated to Southern California before the nuclear crisis. They found no trace of cesium-134 and only background levels of cesium137 left over from nuclear weapons testing in the 1960s.

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Political Polarization ‘Dangerous,’ Psychologist Says

CHICAGO - For the first time in American political history, Democrats and Republicans have sorted themselves into a perfect left-right split, a prominent political psychologist said this week, calling the result a “dangerous era” in U.S. politics. Traditionally, political parties have been coalitions of broad groups of people, based more on industry, region and interest group than basic morals, University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt said here during a lecture at the annual meeting of the Association of Psychological Science. Since the 1970s and 1980s, however, Americans have increasingly sorted themselves by liberalism and conservatism, resulting in two political parties that seem almost alien to one another. We’ve never had a perfect left-right sort before, and now we do,” said Haidt, author of “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” (Pantheon, 2012). This is

troubling, he said, because people tend to cluster around their moral in-group and view outsiders with only suspicion, not understanding. “You engage all these tribal moral dynamics,” Haidt said. The basics of morals

The first psychologists to study the psychology of ideology and morals focused on two main issues: harm versus care, and fairness and judgment. Haidt and his colleages, however, have found evidence that humans base their moral code on far more than “does it hurt someone?” or “is it fair?” In fact, Haidt has added four more moral dimensions to the mix, bringing the grand total of basic moral drivers to six. The first three — harm and care, fairness and justice, and liberty versus oppression — motivate both liberals and conservatives, he said. Liberals tend to care about harm and care most, and conservatives least, but everyone takes these issues into consideration.

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Photo of protesters at the capitol in washington dc on 9/12/09. These people are part of the tea party tax protest protesting Barack Obama’s health care program and overall government spending.

Cambodian girl, 10, dies from bird flu: WHO Agence France Presse

A 10-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, the World Health Organization said Monday, the country’s third fatality from the virulent disease this year. The child developed a fever and shortness of breath on May 20 and died on Sunday, the WHO said in a joint statement with the Cambodian

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health ministry. Hospital tests confirmed she had contracted the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. “There is evidence of recent deaths among poultry in the village and the patient prepared sick chicken for food prior to becoming sick,” the statement said. The girl, from southwestern Kampong Speu province, is the 21st person in Cambodia to become

Workers wearing protective suits inspect a poulty farm after a bird flu outbreak. A 10-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, the World Health Organization said Monday, the country’s third fatality from the virulent disease this year

infected with the H5N1 virus since 2003. Nineteen of those cases have been fatal. The H5N1 strain has killed 357 people worldwide since 2003, according to WHO statistics. Concerns about avian influenza have risen in the region with China, Vietnam and Indonesia all reporting deaths from the virus this year. The virus typically spreads from birds to humans through direct contact, but experts fear it could mutate into a form easily transmissible between humans, with the potential to kill millions in a pandemic.


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LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a complaint that Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber roughed up a man who was taking pictures of the performer at a suburban shopping center, police said on Monday. Deputies were called on Sunday to an outdoor shopping area in Calabasas, about 23 miles northwest of Hollywood, by a man who reported having just had an altercation with Bieber, the sheriff’s department said in a press statement. According to the statement, the man said he was taking pictures of Bieber, who was with his girlfriend, actress Selena Gomez, when the singer “physically battered” him. Bieber’s publicist with Island/Def Jam Music Group could not immediately be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for the sheriff ’s department, Lillian Peck, declined to give further

details about the nature of the alleged confrontation or any injuries suffered by the man. But Peck said the man, who was not identified by police, complained of pain, and after requesting medical attention was treated on the scene by paramedics, then taken to a local hospital, where he was examined and later released. Bieber, 18, who has professed a determination to maintain a squeaky-clean image, had left the shopping center with Gomez, 19, before officers arrived, according to the man with the camera. Peck said sheriff’s deputies are investigating the case as a misdemeanor battery complaint and were looking for any possible eyewitnesses, but she did not know whether they had contacted Bieber about the incident. The Hollywood news website TMZ.com reported that the man behind the complaint was a professional celebrity photographer.

Justin Bieber attends the 3rd annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at NYU Paulson Auditorium in New York April 27, 2012.

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LOS ANGELES - “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips had kidney surgery eight times during his journey to victory, his father revealed after Wednesday’s finale. And he’s not done with the doctors just yet. Phillips was plagued by kidney stones as he strummed and sang his way to the “Idol” title, though his chronic health issues nearly knocked him out of the running. His many trips under the knife over the

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Director Michael Haneke (2ndL), actress Emmanuelle Riva (L) and actor Jean-Louis Trintignant (2ndR) react after receiving the Palme d’Or award for the film “Amour” (Love) during the awards ceremony of the 65th Cannes Film Festival, May 27, 2012.

Popular winner in Cannes, U.S. films the big losers

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CANNES, France - Critics lauded the Cannes film festival jury on Monday for awarding director Michael Haneke’s “Love” (Amour) the coveted Palme d’Or for best picture, justifying its status as favorite going into Sunday night’s awards ceremony. The Austrian has now won the top prize at the world’s biggest cinema showcase twice, joining a small elite of multiple winners and cementing his place as a master of film making. Slow and understated, Love’s portrayal of an elderly French couple facing the last stages of life had audiences in tears and critics rushing off to write five-star reviews virtually across the board. Its victory was particularly welcome in France, with the stars of the movie, both in their 80s, highly respected names in French cinema. “The names of Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant ... will play in the public eye like a French victory,” said Le Parisien newspaper. Conspicuous in their absence from the awards ceremony that wrapped up the 12-day festival on the French Riviera were U.S. productions, five of which made it into the main competition of 22 entries. Not even the acting talent of Alisters Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt,

alongside hot emerging Hollywood names like Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy and Zac Efron, was enough to win over the judges led by Italian director Nanni Moretti. Turn the clock back a year, and U.S. director Terrence Malick was winning the Palme d’Or for “The Tree of Life” and Kirsten Dunst scooped the actress award for her role in Lars Von Trier’s apocalyptic epic “Melancholia”. “FEELING LET DOWN”

Cannes critics were cool towards most U.S. productions, although New Zealand-born Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly”, starring Pitt as a mob enforcer in a recession-hit U.S. city, was reasonably popular. “None set the town on fire and clearly can’t count upon widespread critical

support down the line,” said The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy, in reaction to the awards. “The feeling of letdown about these films running from vague to severe created the feeling of a mixed-bag festival.” What the strong North American presence did do, however, was put stars on the red carpet, a key ingredient to success at a film festival which thrives not only on high-brow cinema but also on glamour, fame and celebrity buzz. The other big loser on the night was French-born director Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors”, an audacious and surreal film about a man, played by Denis Lavant, who adopts 10 alternative lives in a single day. Featuring Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes in cameo roles, as well as a character who is married to a monkey, an aroused man-monster and stretch limousines which talk at night, the movie was the main talking point of the festival as it sharply divided opinion.

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course of the competition enabled him to stick it out and clinch the win, but he’s gearing up for yet another operation in coming days - this one to reconstruct his kidneys. “I’ve been sick this whole show,” Phillips admitted to Kelly Ripa during a call-in chat on Thursday’s “Live with Kelly,” adding that he was “getting prepared” to have the new surgery soon. “I’m ready to feel better, feel like myself,” he said. Philips Sr. told People that his son did his best throughout the season despite the

eight surgeries but clearly hadn’t been able to give 100 percent. He said it would take “two to four weeks” for him to recover before heading out on the “Idols Live” tour. “He’s healthy, he’s good,” his dad said. “He’s going to have some fun.”

Winner Phillip Phillips poses in the backroom after the 11th season finale of “American Idol” in Los Angeles, California May 23, 2012.

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Welcome to the delightful Candi Beach Cottage in peaceful east Bali, escape from the hustle and bustle, and embrace the tranquility. Our enchanting and intimate 4-star resort rests amid swaying palm trees within the quiet and natural environs of the beautiful Mendira Bay, Candidasa in the royal Balinese regency of Karangasem. Our charming, cottage-style Cottages, comfortable rooms, beachside restaurant, cosy bar, lobby lounge, two refreshing swimming pools, and blissful massage pavilions, are set within a coconut grove garden that gently rolls on to a beautiful private white sand beach. Natural colours and local materials have been blended to create a resort that harmonises with the environment. The traditional architecture utilises local materials from Bali and neighbouring Indonesian islands, while the turquoise waters of the dreamy, palm fringed swimming pool appear to overflow into the azure sea. Candi Beach Cottage is a magical destination where you can raft dramatic rivers, shop for bargains in vibrant local markets, enjoy cultural performances of Hindu dance epics, cycle through gently swaying fields of rice, visit ancient kingdoms and mystical water palaces, climb mighty volcanoes or dive into an exotic world of psychedelic fish. Marriage proposals are proffered and accepted. This welcome oasis is where the dream begins.

Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for May 20 through June 20, 2012 26 May Tumpek Wayang Pura Majapahit Jembrana Odalan Betara ratu Gede Desa Celuk Sukawati Odalan Betara Ratu Wedyadari Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Panti Gelgel Pengembungan Sesetan Denpasar Betara Ratu Alit & Ratu Lingsir Singakerta Ubud Pura Pedarmaan Dalem Sukawati Besakih Pura Pedarmaan Mengwi Besakih Pura Pedarmaan Kaba-kaba Besakih Pura Pedarmaan dalem Bakas Besakih Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Gelgel Pegatepan Gelgel Klungkung Pura Pemrajan Agung Sulang Kec Dawan Klungkung. Merajan Pasek Bendesa Kori Agung Pengatepan Pura Pedarmaan Dinasti dalem sri Aji Pura Besakih Pura Penataran Giri Purwa Banyuangi. Pesraman Dusun Kuto Rejo Banyuangi. 30 May Buda Wage Kelawu. Pura Penataran Agung Teluk Padang Karangasem Pura Melanting Desa Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Ped Nusa Penida. Pura Pasek Gelgel Pangembungan Bongkase Abiansemal. Pura Pasek Bendesa Reyang Gede Penebel Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Br. Jawa Tengah Buleleng Pura Gaduhan Jagat Desa Singakerta Ubud Pura Masceti Tegeh Mancawarna Sanding Tampaksiring Pura Penataran Batu Lepang Kamasan Klungkung Pura Paibon Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Desa Kedonganan Kuta Pura Goa Besakih Pura Basukian Besakih Odalan Ida Ratu Pucak Pameneh Penataran Agung Besakih Merajan Pasek Gelgel Pejeng Merajan Pasek Gelgel Songan Merajan Pasek Prateka Pekandelan Sidemen Merajan Pasek Prateka Taman Sari Sukasada. Pura dadia Pasek Gelgel Sidemen Karangasem Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tampuagan Tembuku, Bangli.

5 Jun Anggar Kasih Dukut. Pr. Dalem Batuyang Batubulan Pura Pasek Gelgel Mengening Kediri Tabanan Pr Pasek Undagi Timpag Kerambitan Tabanan Pura Desa/ Pura Pucak Banjar Taman Bedulu Gianyar. Merajan Pasek Tangkas Kori Agun Sulahan Merajan Pasek Padang Rata Padang Pura Puser Jagat Dalem Dukut Puri Sukun Nusa Penida. 6 Jun Buda Umanis Dukut Pura Agung Pasek Gelgel Sibang Kaja Abiansemal Pura Dalem Samplangan Gianyar 16 Jun Saraswati Pura Pasek Tangkas Gempinis dalang Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel sayan Bongkase Abiansemal Pura Watugunung Bima Pura Agung Jagatkarana Surabaya Pura Aditya Jaya Rawamangun Jakarta Timur Pura Pemaksan Banyuning Timur Buleleng Pura Agung Wira Lokha Natha Cimahi Jawa Barat Pura Dadia Agung Bendesa Tangkas Kori Agung Pusat Gerih Desa Gerih Abiansemal Badung. Pura Giri Jaya Natha Balikpapan Pura Agung Santi Bhuana Brugelette Belgia. 18 Jun Some Ribek. Pura Jati Jembrana Pura Kawitan Batugaing Bangli Pura Tirta Wening Tambak Sari Surabaya 20 Jun Hari Raya Pagerwesi Pura Laban Sindu Jiwa Kedewatan Ubud Pura Kehen Bangli Pura Wirabuana Magelang Jawa Tengah Pura Padang Sakti Tangtu Denpasar Timur Pura Jogan Agung Ketewel Sukawati Pura Gadung Pengiasan Dauh Puri Denpasar Pura Pasek Gelgel Buruan Kaja Tabanan Pura Pasek Gobleg Kerambitan tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Meliling Tabanan

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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Assad faces new international pressure after massacre

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Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, delivers his speech to delegates on the final day of the party’s conference in Gateshead, northern England March 11, 2012.

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LONDON - Britain’s political class competed to “bow and scrape” before media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Tuesday, in comments aimed at setting his Liberal Democrats apart from the country’s two other main parties. The Lib Dems, Britain’s thirdlargest party, has had relatively few dealings with Murdoch and his News Corp media empire, which paid them little attention until they came to power in 2010 as part of a coalition government. Both the Conservatives, who head the coalition, and the opposition Labour party admit to getting too close to media proprietors such as Murdoch, owner of Britain’s best-selling Sun tabloid newspaper and the influential Times broadsheet. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair - who once likened the media to a “feral beast” - said on Monday leaders had to court media barons or risk savage press attacks. “Almost the entire political class competed to bow and scrape in front of Rupert Murdoch. The

whole thing was rotten, and it inevitably came crashing down,” Clegg said in extracts from a speech he is expected to make later on Tuesday at the opening of a summit tackling “Britain’s broken establishment”. Voters have punished the centrist Lib Dems for joining the centre-right Conservatives in power. Analysts say that highlighting the Lib Dems’ distance from Murdoch could help give the party a much needed boost in the polls. Allegations last year that a Murdoch-owned newspaper hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl triggered an investigation that lifted the lid on ties between politicians, police and the press, embarrassing both the Conservatives and Labour. Lib Dem Business Secretary

Vince Cable was in 2010 secretly recorded saying he had “declared war” on Murdoch, and was subsequently stripped of his powers to review a News Corp bid for pay-TV operator BSkyB. Clegg warned Prime Minister David Cameron against the appointment of former Murdoch newspaper editor Andy Coulson as the prime minister’s communications chief. Coulson has since resigned and been arrested as part of the phone hacking probe. “We’ve got a track record over a number of years of being the awkward squad and taking on vested interests,” said a Lib Dem spokesman late on Monday. “Tomorrow is an event to reaffirm that commitment, and point out that while no one has completely clean hands, some hands are cleaner than others.”

AMMAN - President Bashar al-Assad faces renewed international pressure to end the bloodshed in Syria but, with peace envoy Kofi Annan visiting Damascus, his government blamed Islamist militants for a massacre in which U.N. observers had implicated his army. Annan, on a mission from the United Nations and Arab League, is scheduled to meet Assad on Tuesday, when he can be expected to urge compliance with the tattered ceasefire deal which he brokered between government and rebels nearly seven weeks ago. In Damascus on Monday, Annan called on the authorities to act to end the killing after what the special envoy called the “appalling crime” late last week at Houla, near Hama, in which at least 108 people, many of them children, were killed. Russia and China, long defenders of Assad against Western lobbying for U.N. sanctions, backed a non-binding Security Council text on Sunday that criticized the use against the town of artillery and tanks - weaponry Syria’s rebels do not have. But on a day when opposition activists said at least another 41 people had died in shelling of the city of Hama, Moscow and Beijing showed little sign of adopting the Arab and Western view that Assad should go. Both sides must come together to ensure a peaceful resolution, Russian and Chinese officials said. Annan called on the Syrian government to “take bold steps to signal that it is serious in its intention to resolve this crisis peacefully” before adding: “This message of peace is not only for the government, but for everyone with a gun.”

9 dead... From page 1 Television footage on Sky News 24 on Tuesday showed evacuees from the May 21 quake peering out of shaking emergency tents in disbelief. The earlier quake was described by Italian emergency officials as the worst to hit the region since the 1300s. In addition to the deaths, it knocked down a clock tower and other centuries-old buildings and caused millions in losses to a region known for making Parmesan cheese. Its epicenter hit about 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Bologna.

Economic... From page 1 Sumarjaya Linggih asked the government to work together with local entrepreneurs in facing the competition arising from the entry of outside investors. Such cooperation would not only help the government survive, but also help it remain to exist. One of the endeavors that should be taken by the government was making policies that supported the local entrepreneurs, aside from helping provide fund for promotion, training, facilities and other infrastructure. “If the local businesspeople are let run by themselves, they will give up. Then, it is required a synergy between the government and private sector to work together in facing the outside competition. Otherwise, we will get run over by big businesspeople, like the law of the jungle,” he said. He said the number of investors in Bali at this time was hardly detected. Although the Act No. 1/1987 emphasized that all enterprises, either private enterprises, state owned enterprises (SOEs), and the cooperative, should become a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “If the policy has been implemented and executed properly, the unfair competition tending to disserve small businesses will not occur. Any company that has not been a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry means it is not yet legally established, not valid for bidding and not valid to be given any facility, help, and so on,” he concluded. Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the Banten Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in charge of Tourism Affairs, Ahmad Sari Alam, said that Banten government had made a good synergy with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in developing the economic sector. Even, the local government allocated a budget worth IDR 9 billion from the regional budget to conduct a study of SMEs, training, research and promotion. “We did receive a great support from the government in implementing the programs related to the economic acceleration,” he said. (kmb27)

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BUSINESS Japan and China to start direct currency trading Agence France-Presse

TOKYO - Japan and China will start direct currency trading this week, Tokyo said Tuesday, the first time Beijing has let a major unit other than the dollar swap with the yuan. The move, which will scrap the greenback as an intermediary unit, comes as China introduces measures as part of a long-term goal of internationalising its currency to rival the dollar. The two-way trade will also be allowed to move in a wider range than the narrow band at which the dollar and yuan change hands, Dow Jones Newswires and the Nikkei business daily reported. China will set a daily rate based on dealer quotes with trade allowed to move within a 3.0 percent band above or below that rate, the reports said, compared with a 1.0 percent band fixed to yuan-dollar trading. The Chinese central bank earlier Tuesday introduced a rate of 7.9480 yuan for every 100 yen, Dow Jones said. However, there will be no fixed rates in Tokyo trade with the currencies trading freely, according to the same media reports which provided no further details. The yen does trade freely against other major currencies on global foreign-exchange markets, including the greenback, with the dollar buying 79.50 yen in Asian afternoon trade on Tuesday. “From June 1, the yen-yuan exchange rate will be constantly indicated in both markets, facilitating full-fledged direct exchange trading,” Japan’s Finance Minister Jun Azumi told a regular press briefing. By not using the dollar as an intermediate currency “we can lower transaction costs and reduce settlement risks at financial institutions as well as making both nations’ currencies more useful”, he added. The announcement comes as China introduces measures as part of a long-term goal of internationalising the yuan to rival the dollar as the world’s benchmark currency. Beijing’s tightly managed currency policy has triggered huge trade deficits in the United States, which accuses China of artificially undervaluing the yuan to boost exports, and has been a long-running source of friction between the world’s two largest economies. On Tuesday, Beijing described yuan-yen trade as an “important step” in “strengthening cooperation between China and Japan in developing financial markets and mutually promoting direct trading between the two currencies based on market principle.” China overtook Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy in 2010, and the neighbours are forging closer business ties despite frequent diplomatic spats over territorial claims and lingering historical animosities.

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A Chinese man smokes at the entrance to an underpass in Beijing Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Frustrated by China’s market barriers, European companies might shift future investment to other economies, a business group said Tuesday, in an unusually pointed warning about a possible backlash over Beijing’s trade policies.

Companies might cut China investment

Associated Press

BEIJING — Frustrated by China’s market barriers, European companies might shift future investment to other economies, a business group said Tuesday, in an unusually pointed warning about a possible backlash over Beijing’s trade policies. Beijing faces a flurry of complaints by the European Union, the United States and other nations that it is violating its trade commitments by protecting or subsidizing its companies in industries from steel to solar power. With a weak global economy threatening to push up unemployment, Washington and other governments face political pressure to respond. Half of some 557 European companies that responded to a survey say regulatory barriers have limited

their business opportunities and hurt profits, according to the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. One in five companies said that might prompt them to shift future investment to other economies. “Companies feel as if they missed business opportunities, and if this continues, they might consider to shift their business operations outside of China,” the group’s president, Davide Cucino, said at a news conference. Cucino said that if he were a Chinese official, “I would think this sounds alarming.” He appealed to Chinese authorities to give foreign companies access to banking, insurance and a wide array of other “strategic industries” that are dominated by state enterprises. Foreign business groups have

complained for years that Beijing improperly favors Chinese enterprises but global companies have continued to invest and are reluctant to talk publicly about their frustrations for fear of angering communist authorities. Thursday’s report was unusually explicit in saying companies’ frustration has grown so severe that they might scale back investment plans. The potential threat to investment could be a setback to Chinese government efforts to reverse a sharp economic downturn. The Cabinet said last week it wants more private sector spending but gave no indication whether foreign companies would be eligible for tax cuts and other proposed incentives. Tensions over Beijing’s industrial policies have led to a volley of trade complaints.

British PM meets bank chief over eurozone crisis

Agence France-Presse

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron met the head of the central bank and the chief of Britain’s financial watchdog on Monday to discuss the country’s response to the eurozone crisis, Downing Street said. Finance minister George Osborne attended the hour-long meeting with Bank of England governor Mervyn King and Financial Services Authority chairman Adair Turner, a spokesman said. He said they held a “long planned meeting as part of a series of meetings throughout government to ensure

the UK is properly placed to deal with the eurozone situation and the issues arising from it”. The spokesman earlier denied it was “an emergency meeting”. Cameron warned at an EU summit last week that the crisis gripping the European single currency, of which Britain is not a member, could have a serious knock-on effect on Britain’s economy and banking system. He called for a “decisive” plan for debt-hit Greece and for the longer-term future of the eurozone, which is Britain’s biggest trading partner, saying that the European Central Bank should step in to help.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Trekking in Plaga IBP

MANGUPURA - Plaga is a village located in Bali, exactly in the region of North Badung. The village is rich in natural resources and the potential of tourism is also promising. Many things can be explored there. Besides several tourist attractions such as Puncak Mangu and Tukad Bangkung Bridge which called the highest in all of Asia, in this area there is also an area that can be used for tracking which of course will be very interesting for tourists who love adventure and outdoor sports activities. The trekking path to be followed is through the plantation where there are many different kinds of plants and crops that we can meet. In detail, the trekking activity begins at Banjar Kiadan pavilion to do breakfast or lunch depending on the time set to start the trekking itself. Then proceed to the inn as a place to stay for the tourists. Not far from the inn, there is a building that is used to store coffee beans. If we go farther we will find the plantation that stretched wide variety of plants contained in them. When we are entering the plantation, we will be greeted by some herbal plants arranged neatly, then passed to the area of chayote which grows fertile. Farther then we will arrive in an area with a majority of bamboo plants that are embedded. Then spin a little bit we will find garden full of oranges and papayas. From that place, we will have two options, continue the trekking or back to the inn. If we want to continue then there are many more interesting things that we can find. With such a vast plantation areas, beautiful scenery, beautiful surroundings and all natural resources within it then this is a good and very interesting tracking area which can be served as another option of tourism in North Badung region.

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German man shot in Indonesia’s restive Papua Agence France-Presse

JAYAPURA - A German tourist was shot three times in a gun attack Tuesday in Indonesia’s restive Papua province, national police said. The man was on a beach at Port Numbay in the provincial capital Jayapura when shots were fired from an Avanza minivan, hitting him in the back, chest and leg, national police spokesman Saud Usman Nasution told reporters. “The victim’s name is Dietmar Pieper, 55. He is a German national

and he is being treated in a hospital in Jayapura,” he said. Pieper, a doctor who was on holiday to Papua with his wife, had checked out of his hotel that morning and gone to the beach for a swim, Papua police chief detective Wachyono told AFP. “He was shot as he took a break

in a hut on the beach,” he said. The German embassy in Jakarta could not immediately confirm the victim was a German national, but Wachyono said the victim had been travelling on a German passport. Gun attacks are not uncommon in the Papua region in Indonesia’s extreme east, where poorly-armed separatist groups have for decades fought a low-level insurgency for the mostly ethnic Melanesian population.

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Three dead as football fans clash

Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Three people were killed and five badly injured when fans pelted each other with rocks and bricks in a violent clash at a football match in Indonesia, police said on Monday. Fighting broke out on Sunday night at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, where the home team Persija Jakarta were playing rivals Persib Bandung in front of a packed house of 80,000. It is the same venue where two people were killed in a stampede during a Southeast Asian Games match between Indonesia and long-standing rivals Malaysia last year. “Three people died after a fight broke out among the crowd at a football match on Sunday night,”

National police spokesman Saud Usman Nasution told AFP. “We have so far identified one, who was wearing a Bandung jersey. He was a motorcycle taxi driver and was killed after being struck with a brick.” Jakarta police spokesman Rikwanto, who goes by one name, said security officers acted in line with standard procedures but police would tighten restrictions on issuing of football match permits. Smaller stadiums might be used in future, he said. Several incidents of violence have occurred in recent years at the stadium. Last year, fans let off flares and lobbed bottles at Bahrain’s national team after the visitors scored in a World Cup qualifier. Sunday’s game ended 2-2.

Lady Gaga: Indonesian hardliners’ latest victory LADY Gaga’s decision to cancel the Indonesian leg of her world tour due to threats by Muslim hardliners highlights how groups pushing a strict view of Islam are growing increasingly powerful, analysts say.

Home to the world’s largest Muslim population, officially secular Indonesia is often touted by Western leaders as a beacon of moderate Islam and a model for the Muslim world -- as visiting US President Barack Obama did in 2010. But a series of attacks on Christians, Muslim minorities and those deemed “enemies of Islam”, combined with the apparent unwillingness of the government and courts to clamp down has sparked concerns over the rise of the hardliners. In the case of pop diva Lady Gaga, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) had threatened to “burn the stage” if she brought her trademark leotards, racy choreography and support for gay rights to Indonesia. Branding her the devil, they said they would mobilise 30,000 supporters to create “chaos” if she performed. International Crisis Group analyst Sidney Jones said groups such as the FPI were becoming increasingly confident in their push to get Islamic laws accepted by the mainstream, thanks to a series of successful campaigns. “What’s clear is that there wouldn’t have been a thought of cancelling the concert if these groups hadn’t mobilised,” she told AFP. “It shows the power they have to affect the statements and policy of police.” “Incident after incident, they organise a protest and see that pulling a group of people together for

the television cameras and pressing a particular agenda has worked,” Jones said. The impunity that hardliners often enjoy is due partly to the fear that officials have of taking them on, Ismail Hasani, programme manager at the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace, told AFP. “The police and courts have proved they cannot handle these issues fairly. They’re often worried of a violent backlash if they punish hardliners.” “Hardliners often foster close relationships with local governments, and some police even use them to help enforce the law through violent means.” He identified the main problem as “not really related to the law or religion, but political power”. The pressure that led the police to deny Lady Gaga a permit to perform in Jakarta was just the latest example of authorities buckling under threats by the FPI and similar groups. Earlier this month, police shut down events by Canadian author Irshad Manji, who supports gay rights in the Muslim world, under pressure from hardliners who attacked the author, injuring her and a colleague. Also this month, hardliners wanting officials to shut down a Protestant church on the outskirts of Jakarta threw bags of urine and pelted rocks at worshippers preparing to hold a service. In one of the most shocking episodes, a mob of more than 1,000 people in western Java last year beat to death three leaders from the Ahmadiyah Muslim minority sect while police looked on, smoking cigarettes. Such incidents have usually resulted in hardliners receiving either no sanction at all or lenient punish-

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This file photo taken on May 24, 2012 shows Indonesian activists taking part in protest against US pop diva Lady Gaga in Jakarta before the US singer’s show was cancelled.

ments. The FPI, which sees its role as an enforcer of morals and Islamic law, accompanies police in some parts of the country on violent raids on bars and brothels, particularly during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. The group’s Jakarta chairman Habib Salim Alatas described the relationship with police as like a marriage. “When we want to raid places of sin and cults, the police side with us to stop them,” Alatas said. Hardliners gained more traction in 2008, when the government issued a decree restricting the activities of the Ahmadiyah sect.

The same year, the government passed an anti-pornography law that hardliners had long pushed for through televised rallies and an attack on the office of Indonesian Playboy magazine in 2006 just after it opened. While the FPI is the most visibly violent group, many others are active behind the scenes, said Jones, from the International Crisis group, singling out Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Islamic People’s Forum (FUI). Gauging how much support the hardliners enjoy among Indonesia’s 240 million people -- 90 percent of whom identify themselves as Muslim -- is hard to say.

One recent survey by the Jakartabased Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture among 1,500 Muslims, showed 74 percent were opposed entertainers wearing “minimal clothing” on stage. In a separate survey by the Indonesian Survey Circle of 1,200 Muslims aged 15 to 25, 99 percent said they opposed homosexuality. But among the 50,000 people who bought tickets to see Lady Gaga in Jakarta, some used Twitter to express their feelings. “Really devastated and sad that extremist people ruined what could of been an amazing 2 hour night,” wrote one fan. (Agence France-Presse)


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Three more Britons arrested over Bali ‘drug ring’ Agence France-Presse

DENPASAR - Weakening purchasing power that happened to some countries has an impact on the fall in the export value of Bali. The Bali Industry and Trade Agency is now exploring cooperation with a number of new export destinations to cover up the decline. Data of the Bali Central Statistics Agency recorded that export value of the commodities from Bali Province dispatched through some harbors in Indonesia in March 2012 reached USD 54.45 million. This amount decreased by 3.96 percent compared to the situation in March 2011 where the export value reached USD 56.69 million. Division Head of Domestic Trade, Bali Industry and Trade Agency, IGB Ardhana, said the destination countries of Bali exports so far were only focused on the Europe and the United States. The decrease in the export value was caused by the weakening purchasing power of a number of existing destination countries. “Currently, the government is exploring cooperation with some alternative destination countries to re-boost the export volumes from Bali. A number of new destinations are being mapped out in terms of their potential, needs and capacity,” said Ardhana in Denpasar, Monday (May 28). According to him, the government would formulate an interregional trade to sell local products. “We’re sorry that we cannot inform the countries targeted in details for the time being,” he said. Meanwhile, the Head of the Bali Central Statistics Agency, Gde Suarsa, said that most export commodities in March 2012 were dispatched to the United States, Japan, Singapore, Australia and France, with the proportion of exports respectively amounting to 22.20 percent, 12.54 percent, 9.10 percent, 5.95 percent and 5.03 percent. Five major commodities exported in March 2012 consisted of the product of jewelries or gems; non-knitted apparel products; fish and shrimp products, wood products and wooden articles, and furniture products, home lighting; with respective percentage of 15.71 percent, 13.97 percent, 13.15 percent, 11.27 percent and 7.17 percent. In the meantime, in February 2012, the data of Bali Industry and Trade Agency complemented the largest decline occurred in handicrafts sub-sector which amounted to 22.58 percent. The value of handicraft sub-sector decreased from the record in February 2011 at USD 31.50 million to USD 24.39 million in February 2012. Another decline happened to agricultural sub-sector which included the agricultural and fishing products. The decrease was recorded at 6.73 percent from the amount of USD 16.62 million to USD 15.50 million in February 2012. The highest decrease in this commodity sub-sector happened to seaweed. In February 2011, Bali dispatched tuna worth USD 13.85 million while in the same period in 2012 it only dispatched the commodity with the value of USD 10.88 million. Then, the output of industrial sub-sector inhibited the decrease with the increasing rate of1.03 percent. Such an increase was recorded to reach USD 29.49 million in February 2012 with a percentage of total export amounting to 42.01 percent. Meanwhile, in February 2011, it only reached 37.38 percent and valued at USD 29.19 million. (kmb27)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Workers moving frozen fishes to the container on Benoa Port. Weakening purchasing power that happened to some countries has an impact on the fall in the export value of Bali. The Bali Industry and Trade Agency is now exploring cooperation with a number of new export destinations to cover up the decline.

African sentenced 15 years for drug smuggling Antara

DENPASAR - The Denpasar district court on Monday sentenced a South African national to 15 years in jail for smuggling in more than five grams of crystal methamphetamine (shabu-shabu) in October last year. The court also required the 38year-old South African national,

identified as Kedibone Sheilla Motsweneng, to pay a fine of Rp1 billion or face another year in jail. In his court verdict, judge AA Ketut Anom Wirakanta who presided over the panel of judges said the defendant had proven guilty of importing first-class narcotic of shabu-shabu type weighing more than five grams.

Customs officers caught Kedibone at Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar on October 23 last year upon arrival from Singapore by SQ 942 flight. The customs officers found 2.458 kg of shabu-shabu wrapped up in paper coated with black cellophane tape on the hollow of her suitcase.

DENPASAR - Four Britons and one Indian national were arrested on the resort island of Bali for drug smuggling, police said Monday, and could face death under Indonesia’s stiff anti-drug laws. Briton Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, was arrested on May 19 with almost five kilos (11 pounds) of cocaine at the airport in Denpasar, arriving on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok, a customs official said. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $2.5 million. Four others connected to Sandiford were arrested in a sting operation, Bali police narcotics head Mulyadi told reporters. “For over a week, we conducted a controlled drug delivery through the suspect, Sandiford, to uncover a drug ring,” Mulyadi said. “Four Britons, including Sandiford, and one Indian citizen were arrested,” he said, without naming the other suspects. The police monitored Sandiford for over a week as she stayed in a hotel in Ahmed, on the eastern part of the holiday island, on the orders of another British woman who was also later arrested, Mulyadi said. A British man who allegedly collected cocaine from Sandiford at the hotel was also arrested, with

IBP/Eka Adhiyasa

Four Britons and one Indian national were arrested on the resort island of Bali for drug smuggling, police said Monday, and could face death under Indonesia’s stiff anti-drug laws. the substance in his car. Police seized 3.36 grams of hashish from another British man, and 78 plastic satchels containing what police suspect are ecstasy pills from the Indian national before both were arrested, Mulyadi said. Denpasar airport customs chief I Made Wijaya said they found the haul of cocaine in the lining of

Sandiford’s suitcase. “We conducted an X-ray scan on the luggage, found a suspicious substance in it and then examined it,” he said. The cocaine found in Sandiford’s bag has a street value of more than 23 billion rupiah ($2.5 million), an amount large enough to warrant a maximum sentence of death by firing squad, Wijaya said.

Tambusan Be Pasih

(Diced Fish Roasted in Banana Leaf) OVERVIEW: The spicy fish dish is excellent for barbeques. INGREDIENTS: 600 gr (1¼ 1lb) boned mackerel fillets, skin removed and cut in 2.5 cm (1in) cubes ½ cup basic marinade 1 heaped tbsp tamarind pulp, soaked in ¼ cup warm water and juice extracted 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed 1 ½ tsp salt 3 lemon leaves, cut in hair like shreds 3 tbsp oil 2 salam leaves 2 square of banana leaf 30x30cm (10x10 in) PREPARATION: In deep bowl combine mackerel cubes, spice paste, tamarind juice, crushed black pepper, salt, lime leaf and oil, and mix very well in order to coat fish evenly. Cover and marinate in cool place for 2 hours. Place one salam leaf in center of each piece of banana leaf. Top with half of seafood mix and fold the same way as for Tum Bebek. Place parcels directly onto moderately hot charcoal and roast very slowly for one hour. Alternatively, bake on rack in a moderate oven or under a grill for about 30 minutes. Serve with Sambal Matah, Sambel Tomat, wedges of lime and steamed rice. (www. baliguide.com/balifood)

Base Gede

(Basic Spice Paste) INGREDIENTS: 300 gr large red chili halved, seeded and chopped 100 gr garlic, peeled and chopped 75 gr ginger, peeled and chopped 500 gr shallot, peeled and chopped 75 gr laos, peeled and chopped 100 gr kencur root, peeled and chopped 175 gr fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped 2½ tbsp dried shrimp paste, roasted 2½ tbsp coriander seed crushed 75 gr candlenut 1¼ tbsp black pepper corn crushed 2½ pinch nutmeg, freshly grated 8 cloves 150 ml coconut oil 250 water ¾ tbsp salt PREPARATION: Combine all ingredients except water in food processor and grind coarsely. Place in heavy sauce pan, add all remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat for approximately 60 minutes or until all water is evaporated and marinade changes to golden color. Cool before using. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)

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International

Bali Today Exports of Bali in 2012 slump Bali Post

Balinese Culture

Three more Britons arrested over Bali ‘drug ring’ Agence France-Presse

DENPASAR - Weakening purchasing power that happened to some countries has an impact on the fall in the export value of Bali. The Bali Industry and Trade Agency is now exploring cooperation with a number of new export destinations to cover up the decline. Data of the Bali Central Statistics Agency recorded that export value of the commodities from Bali Province dispatched through some harbors in Indonesia in March 2012 reached USD 54.45 million. This amount decreased by 3.96 percent compared to the situation in March 2011 where the export value reached USD 56.69 million. Division Head of Domestic Trade, Bali Industry and Trade Agency, IGB Ardhana, said the destination countries of Bali exports so far were only focused on the Europe and the United States. The decrease in the export value was caused by the weakening purchasing power of a number of existing destination countries. “Currently, the government is exploring cooperation with some alternative destination countries to re-boost the export volumes from Bali. A number of new destinations are being mapped out in terms of their potential, needs and capacity,” said Ardhana in Denpasar, Monday (May 28). According to him, the government would formulate an interregional trade to sell local products. “We’re sorry that we cannot inform the countries targeted in details for the time being,” he said. Meanwhile, the Head of the Bali Central Statistics Agency, Gde Suarsa, said that most export commodities in March 2012 were dispatched to the United States, Japan, Singapore, Australia and France, with the proportion of exports respectively amounting to 22.20 percent, 12.54 percent, 9.10 percent, 5.95 percent and 5.03 percent. Five major commodities exported in March 2012 consisted of the product of jewelries or gems; non-knitted apparel products; fish and shrimp products, wood products and wooden articles, and furniture products, home lighting; with respective percentage of 15.71 percent, 13.97 percent, 13.15 percent, 11.27 percent and 7.17 percent. In the meantime, in February 2012, the data of Bali Industry and Trade Agency complemented the largest decline occurred in handicrafts sub-sector which amounted to 22.58 percent. The value of handicraft sub-sector decreased from the record in February 2011 at USD 31.50 million to USD 24.39 million in February 2012. Another decline happened to agricultural sub-sector which included the agricultural and fishing products. The decrease was recorded at 6.73 percent from the amount of USD 16.62 million to USD 15.50 million in February 2012. The highest decrease in this commodity sub-sector happened to seaweed. In February 2011, Bali dispatched tuna worth USD 13.85 million while in the same period in 2012 it only dispatched the commodity with the value of USD 10.88 million. Then, the output of industrial sub-sector inhibited the decrease with the increasing rate of1.03 percent. Such an increase was recorded to reach USD 29.49 million in February 2012 with a percentage of total export amounting to 42.01 percent. Meanwhile, in February 2011, it only reached 37.38 percent and valued at USD 29.19 million. (kmb27)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

IBP/Yudi Karnaedi

Workers moving frozen fishes to the container on Benoa Port. Weakening purchasing power that happened to some countries has an impact on the fall in the export value of Bali. The Bali Industry and Trade Agency is now exploring cooperation with a number of new export destinations to cover up the decline.

African sentenced 15 years for drug smuggling Antara

DENPASAR - The Denpasar district court on Monday sentenced a South African national to 15 years in jail for smuggling in more than five grams of crystal methamphetamine (shabu-shabu) in October last year. The court also required the 38year-old South African national,

identified as Kedibone Sheilla Motsweneng, to pay a fine of Rp1 billion or face another year in jail. In his court verdict, judge AA Ketut Anom Wirakanta who presided over the panel of judges said the defendant had proven guilty of importing first-class narcotic of shabu-shabu type weighing more than five grams.

Customs officers caught Kedibone at Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar on October 23 last year upon arrival from Singapore by SQ 942 flight. The customs officers found 2.458 kg of shabu-shabu wrapped up in paper coated with black cellophane tape on the hollow of her suitcase.

DENPASAR - Four Britons and one Indian national were arrested on the resort island of Bali for drug smuggling, police said Monday, and could face death under Indonesia’s stiff anti-drug laws. Briton Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, was arrested on May 19 with almost five kilos (11 pounds) of cocaine at the airport in Denpasar, arriving on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok, a customs official said. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $2.5 million. Four others connected to Sandiford were arrested in a sting operation, Bali police narcotics head Mulyadi told reporters. “For over a week, we conducted a controlled drug delivery through the suspect, Sandiford, to uncover a drug ring,” Mulyadi said. “Four Britons, including Sandiford, and one Indian citizen were arrested,” he said, without naming the other suspects. The police monitored Sandiford for over a week as she stayed in a hotel in Ahmed, on the eastern part of the holiday island, on the orders of another British woman who was also later arrested, Mulyadi said. A British man who allegedly collected cocaine from Sandiford at the hotel was also arrested, with

IBP/Eka Adhiyasa

Four Britons and one Indian national were arrested on the resort island of Bali for drug smuggling, police said Monday, and could face death under Indonesia’s stiff anti-drug laws. the substance in his car. Police seized 3.36 grams of hashish from another British man, and 78 plastic satchels containing what police suspect are ecstasy pills from the Indian national before both were arrested, Mulyadi said. Denpasar airport customs chief I Made Wijaya said they found the haul of cocaine in the lining of

Sandiford’s suitcase. “We conducted an X-ray scan on the luggage, found a suspicious substance in it and then examined it,” he said. The cocaine found in Sandiford’s bag has a street value of more than 23 billion rupiah ($2.5 million), an amount large enough to warrant a maximum sentence of death by firing squad, Wijaya said.

Tambusan Be Pasih

(Diced Fish Roasted in Banana Leaf) OVERVIEW: The spicy fish dish is excellent for barbeques. INGREDIENTS: 600 gr (1¼ 1lb) boned mackerel fillets, skin removed and cut in 2.5 cm (1in) cubes ½ cup basic marinade 1 heaped tbsp tamarind pulp, soaked in ¼ cup warm water and juice extracted 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed 1 ½ tsp salt 3 lemon leaves, cut in hair like shreds 3 tbsp oil 2 salam leaves 2 square of banana leaf 30x30cm (10x10 in) PREPARATION: In deep bowl combine mackerel cubes, spice paste, tamarind juice, crushed black pepper, salt, lime leaf and oil, and mix very well in order to coat fish evenly. Cover and marinate in cool place for 2 hours. Place one salam leaf in center of each piece of banana leaf. Top with half of seafood mix and fold the same way as for Tum Bebek. Place parcels directly onto moderately hot charcoal and roast very slowly for one hour. Alternatively, bake on rack in a moderate oven or under a grill for about 30 minutes. Serve with Sambal Matah, Sambel Tomat, wedges of lime and steamed rice. (www. baliguide.com/balifood)

Base Gede

(Basic Spice Paste) INGREDIENTS: 300 gr large red chili halved, seeded and chopped 100 gr garlic, peeled and chopped 75 gr ginger, peeled and chopped 500 gr shallot, peeled and chopped 75 gr laos, peeled and chopped 100 gr kencur root, peeled and chopped 175 gr fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped 2½ tbsp dried shrimp paste, roasted 2½ tbsp coriander seed crushed 75 gr candlenut 1¼ tbsp black pepper corn crushed 2½ pinch nutmeg, freshly grated 8 cloves 150 ml coconut oil 250 water ¾ tbsp salt PREPARATION: Combine all ingredients except water in food processor and grind coarsely. Place in heavy sauce pan, add all remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat for approximately 60 minutes or until all water is evaporated and marinade changes to golden color. Cool before using. (www.baliguide.com/balifood)

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Trekking in Plaga IBP

MANGUPURA - Plaga is a village located in Bali, exactly in the region of North Badung. The village is rich in natural resources and the potential of tourism is also promising. Many things can be explored there. Besides several tourist attractions such as Puncak Mangu and Tukad Bangkung Bridge which called the highest in all of Asia, in this area there is also an area that can be used for tracking which of course will be very interesting for tourists who love adventure and outdoor sports activities. The trekking path to be followed is through the plantation where there are many different kinds of plants and crops that we can meet. In detail, the trekking activity begins at Banjar Kiadan pavilion to do breakfast or lunch depending on the time set to start the trekking itself. Then proceed to the inn as a place to stay for the tourists. Not far from the inn, there is a building that is used to store coffee beans. If we go farther we will find the plantation that stretched wide variety of plants contained in them. When we are entering the plantation, we will be greeted by some herbal plants arranged neatly, then passed to the area of chayote which grows fertile. Farther then we will arrive in an area with a majority of bamboo plants that are embedded. Then spin a little bit we will find garden full of oranges and papayas. From that place, we will have two options, continue the trekking or back to the inn. If we want to continue then there are many more interesting things that we can find. With such a vast plantation areas, beautiful scenery, beautiful surroundings and all natural resources within it then this is a good and very interesting tracking area which can be served as another option of tourism in North Badung region.

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German man shot in Indonesia’s restive Papua Agence France-Presse

JAYAPURA - A German tourist was shot three times in a gun attack Tuesday in Indonesia’s restive Papua province, national police said. The man was on a beach at Port Numbay in the provincial capital Jayapura when shots were fired from an Avanza minivan, hitting him in the back, chest and leg, national police spokesman Saud Usman Nasution told reporters. “The victim’s name is Dietmar Pieper, 55. He is a German national

and he is being treated in a hospital in Jayapura,” he said. Pieper, a doctor who was on holiday to Papua with his wife, had checked out of his hotel that morning and gone to the beach for a swim, Papua police chief detective Wachyono told AFP. “He was shot as he took a break

in a hut on the beach,” he said. The German embassy in Jakarta could not immediately confirm the victim was a German national, but Wachyono said the victim had been travelling on a German passport. Gun attacks are not uncommon in the Papua region in Indonesia’s extreme east, where poorly-armed separatist groups have for decades fought a low-level insurgency for the mostly ethnic Melanesian population.

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Three dead as football fans clash

Agence France-Presse

JAKARTA - Three people were killed and five badly injured when fans pelted each other with rocks and bricks in a violent clash at a football match in Indonesia, police said on Monday. Fighting broke out on Sunday night at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, where the home team Persija Jakarta were playing rivals Persib Bandung in front of a packed house of 80,000. It is the same venue where two people were killed in a stampede during a Southeast Asian Games match between Indonesia and long-standing rivals Malaysia last year. “Three people died after a fight broke out among the crowd at a football match on Sunday night,”

National police spokesman Saud Usman Nasution told AFP. “We have so far identified one, who was wearing a Bandung jersey. He was a motorcycle taxi driver and was killed after being struck with a brick.” Jakarta police spokesman Rikwanto, who goes by one name, said security officers acted in line with standard procedures but police would tighten restrictions on issuing of football match permits. Smaller stadiums might be used in future, he said. Several incidents of violence have occurred in recent years at the stadium. Last year, fans let off flares and lobbed bottles at Bahrain’s national team after the visitors scored in a World Cup qualifier. Sunday’s game ended 2-2.

Lady Gaga: Indonesian hardliners’ latest victory LADY Gaga’s decision to cancel the Indonesian leg of her world tour due to threats by Muslim hardliners highlights how groups pushing a strict view of Islam are growing increasingly powerful, analysts say.

Home to the world’s largest Muslim population, officially secular Indonesia is often touted by Western leaders as a beacon of moderate Islam and a model for the Muslim world -- as visiting US President Barack Obama did in 2010. But a series of attacks on Christians, Muslim minorities and those deemed “enemies of Islam”, combined with the apparent unwillingness of the government and courts to clamp down has sparked concerns over the rise of the hardliners. In the case of pop diva Lady Gaga, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) had threatened to “burn the stage” if she brought her trademark leotards, racy choreography and support for gay rights to Indonesia. Branding her the devil, they said they would mobilise 30,000 supporters to create “chaos” if she performed. International Crisis Group analyst Sidney Jones said groups such as the FPI were becoming increasingly confident in their push to get Islamic laws accepted by the mainstream, thanks to a series of successful campaigns. “What’s clear is that there wouldn’t have been a thought of cancelling the concert if these groups hadn’t mobilised,” she told AFP. “It shows the power they have to affect the statements and policy of police.” “Incident after incident, they organise a protest and see that pulling a group of people together for

the television cameras and pressing a particular agenda has worked,” Jones said. The impunity that hardliners often enjoy is due partly to the fear that officials have of taking them on, Ismail Hasani, programme manager at the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace, told AFP. “The police and courts have proved they cannot handle these issues fairly. They’re often worried of a violent backlash if they punish hardliners.” “Hardliners often foster close relationships with local governments, and some police even use them to help enforce the law through violent means.” He identified the main problem as “not really related to the law or religion, but political power”. The pressure that led the police to deny Lady Gaga a permit to perform in Jakarta was just the latest example of authorities buckling under threats by the FPI and similar groups. Earlier this month, police shut down events by Canadian author Irshad Manji, who supports gay rights in the Muslim world, under pressure from hardliners who attacked the author, injuring her and a colleague. Also this month, hardliners wanting officials to shut down a Protestant church on the outskirts of Jakarta threw bags of urine and pelted rocks at worshippers preparing to hold a service. In one of the most shocking episodes, a mob of more than 1,000 people in western Java last year beat to death three leaders from the Ahmadiyah Muslim minority sect while police looked on, smoking cigarettes. Such incidents have usually resulted in hardliners receiving either no sanction at all or lenient punish-

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This file photo taken on May 24, 2012 shows Indonesian activists taking part in protest against US pop diva Lady Gaga in Jakarta before the US singer’s show was cancelled.

ments. The FPI, which sees its role as an enforcer of morals and Islamic law, accompanies police in some parts of the country on violent raids on bars and brothels, particularly during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. The group’s Jakarta chairman Habib Salim Alatas described the relationship with police as like a marriage. “When we want to raid places of sin and cults, the police side with us to stop them,” Alatas said. Hardliners gained more traction in 2008, when the government issued a decree restricting the activities of the Ahmadiyah sect.

The same year, the government passed an anti-pornography law that hardliners had long pushed for through televised rallies and an attack on the office of Indonesian Playboy magazine in 2006 just after it opened. While the FPI is the most visibly violent group, many others are active behind the scenes, said Jones, from the International Crisis group, singling out Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Islamic People’s Forum (FUI). Gauging how much support the hardliners enjoy among Indonesia’s 240 million people -- 90 percent of whom identify themselves as Muslim -- is hard to say.

One recent survey by the Jakartabased Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture among 1,500 Muslims, showed 74 percent were opposed entertainers wearing “minimal clothing” on stage. In a separate survey by the Indonesian Survey Circle of 1,200 Muslims aged 15 to 25, 99 percent said they opposed homosexuality. But among the 50,000 people who bought tickets to see Lady Gaga in Jakarta, some used Twitter to express their feelings. “Really devastated and sad that extremist people ruined what could of been an amazing 2 hour night,” wrote one fan. (Agence France-Presse)


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Assad faces new international pressure after massacre

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Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, delivers his speech to delegates on the final day of the party’s conference in Gateshead, northern England March 11, 2012.

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LONDON - Britain’s political class competed to “bow and scrape” before media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Tuesday, in comments aimed at setting his Liberal Democrats apart from the country’s two other main parties. The Lib Dems, Britain’s thirdlargest party, has had relatively few dealings with Murdoch and his News Corp media empire, which paid them little attention until they came to power in 2010 as part of a coalition government. Both the Conservatives, who head the coalition, and the opposition Labour party admit to getting too close to media proprietors such as Murdoch, owner of Britain’s best-selling Sun tabloid newspaper and the influential Times broadsheet. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair - who once likened the media to a “feral beast” - said on Monday leaders had to court media barons or risk savage press attacks. “Almost the entire political class competed to bow and scrape in front of Rupert Murdoch. The

whole thing was rotten, and it inevitably came crashing down,” Clegg said in extracts from a speech he is expected to make later on Tuesday at the opening of a summit tackling “Britain’s broken establishment”. Voters have punished the centrist Lib Dems for joining the centre-right Conservatives in power. Analysts say that highlighting the Lib Dems’ distance from Murdoch could help give the party a much needed boost in the polls. Allegations last year that a Murdoch-owned newspaper hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl triggered an investigation that lifted the lid on ties between politicians, police and the press, embarrassing both the Conservatives and Labour. Lib Dem Business Secretary

Vince Cable was in 2010 secretly recorded saying he had “declared war” on Murdoch, and was subsequently stripped of his powers to review a News Corp bid for pay-TV operator BSkyB. Clegg warned Prime Minister David Cameron against the appointment of former Murdoch newspaper editor Andy Coulson as the prime minister’s communications chief. Coulson has since resigned and been arrested as part of the phone hacking probe. “We’ve got a track record over a number of years of being the awkward squad and taking on vested interests,” said a Lib Dem spokesman late on Monday. “Tomorrow is an event to reaffirm that commitment, and point out that while no one has completely clean hands, some hands are cleaner than others.”

AMMAN - President Bashar al-Assad faces renewed international pressure to end the bloodshed in Syria but, with peace envoy Kofi Annan visiting Damascus, his government blamed Islamist militants for a massacre in which U.N. observers had implicated his army. Annan, on a mission from the United Nations and Arab League, is scheduled to meet Assad on Tuesday, when he can be expected to urge compliance with the tattered ceasefire deal which he brokered between government and rebels nearly seven weeks ago. In Damascus on Monday, Annan called on the authorities to act to end the killing after what the special envoy called the “appalling crime” late last week at Houla, near Hama, in which at least 108 people, many of them children, were killed. Russia and China, long defenders of Assad against Western lobbying for U.N. sanctions, backed a non-binding Security Council text on Sunday that criticized the use against the town of artillery and tanks - weaponry Syria’s rebels do not have. But on a day when opposition activists said at least another 41 people had died in shelling of the city of Hama, Moscow and Beijing showed little sign of adopting the Arab and Western view that Assad should go. Both sides must come together to ensure a peaceful resolution, Russian and Chinese officials said. Annan called on the Syrian government to “take bold steps to signal that it is serious in its intention to resolve this crisis peacefully” before adding: “This message of peace is not only for the government, but for everyone with a gun.”

9 dead... From page 1 Television footage on Sky News 24 on Tuesday showed evacuees from the May 21 quake peering out of shaking emergency tents in disbelief. The earlier quake was described by Italian emergency officials as the worst to hit the region since the 1300s. In addition to the deaths, it knocked down a clock tower and other centuries-old buildings and caused millions in losses to a region known for making Parmesan cheese. Its epicenter hit about 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Bologna.

Economic... From page 1 Sumarjaya Linggih asked the government to work together with local entrepreneurs in facing the competition arising from the entry of outside investors. Such cooperation would not only help the government survive, but also help it remain to exist. One of the endeavors that should be taken by the government was making policies that supported the local entrepreneurs, aside from helping provide fund for promotion, training, facilities and other infrastructure. “If the local businesspeople are let run by themselves, they will give up. Then, it is required a synergy between the government and private sector to work together in facing the outside competition. Otherwise, we will get run over by big businesspeople, like the law of the jungle,” he said. He said the number of investors in Bali at this time was hardly detected. Although the Act No. 1/1987 emphasized that all enterprises, either private enterprises, state owned enterprises (SOEs), and the cooperative, should become a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “If the policy has been implemented and executed properly, the unfair competition tending to disserve small businesses will not occur. Any company that has not been a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry means it is not yet legally established, not valid for bidding and not valid to be given any facility, help, and so on,” he concluded. Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the Banten Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in charge of Tourism Affairs, Ahmad Sari Alam, said that Banten government had made a good synergy with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in developing the economic sector. Even, the local government allocated a budget worth IDR 9 billion from the regional budget to conduct a study of SMEs, training, research and promotion. “We did receive a great support from the government in implementing the programs related to the economic acceleration,” he said. (kmb27)

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TOKYO - Japan and China will start direct currency trading this week, Tokyo said Tuesday, the first time Beijing has let a major unit other than the dollar swap with the yuan. The move, which will scrap the greenback as an intermediary unit, comes as China introduces measures as part of a long-term goal of internationalising its currency to rival the dollar. The two-way trade will also be allowed to move in a wider range than the narrow band at which the dollar and yuan change hands, Dow Jones Newswires and the Nikkei business daily reported. China will set a daily rate based on dealer quotes with trade allowed to move within a 3.0 percent band above or below that rate, the reports said, compared with a 1.0 percent band fixed to yuan-dollar trading. The Chinese central bank earlier Tuesday introduced a rate of 7.9480 yuan for every 100 yen, Dow Jones said. However, there will be no fixed rates in Tokyo trade with the currencies trading freely, according to the same media reports which provided no further details. The yen does trade freely against other major currencies on global foreign-exchange markets, including the greenback, with the dollar buying 79.50 yen in Asian afternoon trade on Tuesday. “From June 1, the yen-yuan exchange rate will be constantly indicated in both markets, facilitating full-fledged direct exchange trading,” Japan’s Finance Minister Jun Azumi told a regular press briefing. By not using the dollar as an intermediate currency “we can lower transaction costs and reduce settlement risks at financial institutions as well as making both nations’ currencies more useful”, he added. The announcement comes as China introduces measures as part of a long-term goal of internationalising the yuan to rival the dollar as the world’s benchmark currency. Beijing’s tightly managed currency policy has triggered huge trade deficits in the United States, which accuses China of artificially undervaluing the yuan to boost exports, and has been a long-running source of friction between the world’s two largest economies. On Tuesday, Beijing described yuan-yen trade as an “important step” in “strengthening cooperation between China and Japan in developing financial markets and mutually promoting direct trading between the two currencies based on market principle.” China overtook Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy in 2010, and the neighbours are forging closer business ties despite frequent diplomatic spats over territorial claims and lingering historical animosities.

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A Chinese man smokes at the entrance to an underpass in Beijing Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Frustrated by China’s market barriers, European companies might shift future investment to other economies, a business group said Tuesday, in an unusually pointed warning about a possible backlash over Beijing’s trade policies.

Companies might cut China investment

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BEIJING — Frustrated by China’s market barriers, European companies might shift future investment to other economies, a business group said Tuesday, in an unusually pointed warning about a possible backlash over Beijing’s trade policies. Beijing faces a flurry of complaints by the European Union, the United States and other nations that it is violating its trade commitments by protecting or subsidizing its companies in industries from steel to solar power. With a weak global economy threatening to push up unemployment, Washington and other governments face political pressure to respond. Half of some 557 European companies that responded to a survey say regulatory barriers have limited

their business opportunities and hurt profits, according to the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China. One in five companies said that might prompt them to shift future investment to other economies. “Companies feel as if they missed business opportunities, and if this continues, they might consider to shift their business operations outside of China,” the group’s president, Davide Cucino, said at a news conference. Cucino said that if he were a Chinese official, “I would think this sounds alarming.” He appealed to Chinese authorities to give foreign companies access to banking, insurance and a wide array of other “strategic industries” that are dominated by state enterprises. Foreign business groups have

complained for years that Beijing improperly favors Chinese enterprises but global companies have continued to invest and are reluctant to talk publicly about their frustrations for fear of angering communist authorities. Thursday’s report was unusually explicit in saying companies’ frustration has grown so severe that they might scale back investment plans. The potential threat to investment could be a setback to Chinese government efforts to reverse a sharp economic downturn. The Cabinet said last week it wants more private sector spending but gave no indication whether foreign companies would be eligible for tax cuts and other proposed incentives. Tensions over Beijing’s industrial policies have led to a volley of trade complaints.

British PM meets bank chief over eurozone crisis

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LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron met the head of the central bank and the chief of Britain’s financial watchdog on Monday to discuss the country’s response to the eurozone crisis, Downing Street said. Finance minister George Osborne attended the hour-long meeting with Bank of England governor Mervyn King and Financial Services Authority chairman Adair Turner, a spokesman said. He said they held a “long planned meeting as part of a series of meetings throughout government to ensure

the UK is properly placed to deal with the eurozone situation and the issues arising from it”. The spokesman earlier denied it was “an emergency meeting”. Cameron warned at an EU summit last week that the crisis gripping the European single currency, of which Britain is not a member, could have a serious knock-on effect on Britain’s economy and banking system. He called for a “decisive” plan for debt-hit Greece and for the longer-term future of the eurozone, which is Britain’s biggest trading partner, saying that the European Central Bank should step in to help.


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LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a complaint that Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber roughed up a man who was taking pictures of the performer at a suburban shopping center, police said on Monday. Deputies were called on Sunday to an outdoor shopping area in Calabasas, about 23 miles northwest of Hollywood, by a man who reported having just had an altercation with Bieber, the sheriff’s department said in a press statement. According to the statement, the man said he was taking pictures of Bieber, who was with his girlfriend, actress Selena Gomez, when the singer “physically battered” him. Bieber’s publicist with Island/Def Jam Music Group could not immediately be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for the sheriff ’s department, Lillian Peck, declined to give further

details about the nature of the alleged confrontation or any injuries suffered by the man. But Peck said the man, who was not identified by police, complained of pain, and after requesting medical attention was treated on the scene by paramedics, then taken to a local hospital, where he was examined and later released. Bieber, 18, who has professed a determination to maintain a squeaky-clean image, had left the shopping center with Gomez, 19, before officers arrived, according to the man with the camera. Peck said sheriff’s deputies are investigating the case as a misdemeanor battery complaint and were looking for any possible eyewitnesses, but she did not know whether they had contacted Bieber about the incident. The Hollywood news website TMZ.com reported that the man behind the complaint was a professional celebrity photographer.

Justin Bieber attends the 3rd annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at NYU Paulson Auditorium in New York April 27, 2012.

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LOS ANGELES - “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips had kidney surgery eight times during his journey to victory, his father revealed after Wednesday’s finale. And he’s not done with the doctors just yet. Phillips was plagued by kidney stones as he strummed and sang his way to the “Idol” title, though his chronic health issues nearly knocked him out of the running. His many trips under the knife over the

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Director Michael Haneke (2ndL), actress Emmanuelle Riva (L) and actor Jean-Louis Trintignant (2ndR) react after receiving the Palme d’Or award for the film “Amour” (Love) during the awards ceremony of the 65th Cannes Film Festival, May 27, 2012.

Popular winner in Cannes, U.S. films the big losers

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CANNES, France - Critics lauded the Cannes film festival jury on Monday for awarding director Michael Haneke’s “Love” (Amour) the coveted Palme d’Or for best picture, justifying its status as favorite going into Sunday night’s awards ceremony. The Austrian has now won the top prize at the world’s biggest cinema showcase twice, joining a small elite of multiple winners and cementing his place as a master of film making. Slow and understated, Love’s portrayal of an elderly French couple facing the last stages of life had audiences in tears and critics rushing off to write five-star reviews virtually across the board. Its victory was particularly welcome in France, with the stars of the movie, both in their 80s, highly respected names in French cinema. “The names of Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant ... will play in the public eye like a French victory,” said Le Parisien newspaper. Conspicuous in their absence from the awards ceremony that wrapped up the 12-day festival on the French Riviera were U.S. productions, five of which made it into the main competition of 22 entries. Not even the acting talent of Alisters Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt,

alongside hot emerging Hollywood names like Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy and Zac Efron, was enough to win over the judges led by Italian director Nanni Moretti. Turn the clock back a year, and U.S. director Terrence Malick was winning the Palme d’Or for “The Tree of Life” and Kirsten Dunst scooped the actress award for her role in Lars Von Trier’s apocalyptic epic “Melancholia”. “FEELING LET DOWN”

Cannes critics were cool towards most U.S. productions, although New Zealand-born Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly”, starring Pitt as a mob enforcer in a recession-hit U.S. city, was reasonably popular. “None set the town on fire and clearly can’t count upon widespread critical

support down the line,” said The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy, in reaction to the awards. “The feeling of letdown about these films running from vague to severe created the feeling of a mixed-bag festival.” What the strong North American presence did do, however, was put stars on the red carpet, a key ingredient to success at a film festival which thrives not only on high-brow cinema but also on glamour, fame and celebrity buzz. The other big loser on the night was French-born director Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors”, an audacious and surreal film about a man, played by Denis Lavant, who adopts 10 alternative lives in a single day. Featuring Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes in cameo roles, as well as a character who is married to a monkey, an aroused man-monster and stretch limousines which talk at night, the movie was the main talking point of the festival as it sharply divided opinion.

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course of the competition enabled him to stick it out and clinch the win, but he’s gearing up for yet another operation in coming days - this one to reconstruct his kidneys. “I’ve been sick this whole show,” Phillips admitted to Kelly Ripa during a call-in chat on Thursday’s “Live with Kelly,” adding that he was “getting prepared” to have the new surgery soon. “I’m ready to feel better, feel like myself,” he said. Philips Sr. told People that his son did his best throughout the season despite the

eight surgeries but clearly hadn’t been able to give 100 percent. He said it would take “two to four weeks” for him to recover before heading out on the “Idols Live” tour. “He’s healthy, he’s good,” his dad said. “He’s going to have some fun.”

Winner Phillip Phillips poses in the backroom after the 11th season finale of “American Idol” in Los Angeles, California May 23, 2012.

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Welcome to the delightful Candi Beach Cottage in peaceful east Bali, escape from the hustle and bustle, and embrace the tranquility. Our enchanting and intimate 4-star resort rests amid swaying palm trees within the quiet and natural environs of the beautiful Mendira Bay, Candidasa in the royal Balinese regency of Karangasem. Our charming, cottage-style Cottages, comfortable rooms, beachside restaurant, cosy bar, lobby lounge, two refreshing swimming pools, and blissful massage pavilions, are set within a coconut grove garden that gently rolls on to a beautiful private white sand beach. Natural colours and local materials have been blended to create a resort that harmonises with the environment. The traditional architecture utilises local materials from Bali and neighbouring Indonesian islands, while the turquoise waters of the dreamy, palm fringed swimming pool appear to overflow into the azure sea. Candi Beach Cottage is a magical destination where you can raft dramatic rivers, shop for bargains in vibrant local markets, enjoy cultural performances of Hindu dance epics, cycle through gently swaying fields of rice, visit ancient kingdoms and mystical water palaces, climb mighty volcanoes or dive into an exotic world of psychedelic fish. Marriage proposals are proffered and accepted. This welcome oasis is where the dream begins.

Temple Ceremony Calendar Event for May 20 through June 20, 2012 26 May Tumpek Wayang Pura Majapahit Jembrana Odalan Betara ratu Gede Desa Celuk Sukawati Odalan Betara Ratu Wedyadari Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Panti Gelgel Pengembungan Sesetan Denpasar Betara Ratu Alit & Ratu Lingsir Singakerta Ubud Pura Pedarmaan Dalem Sukawati Besakih Pura Pedarmaan Mengwi Besakih Pura Pedarmaan Kaba-kaba Besakih Pura Pedarmaan dalem Bakas Besakih Pura Dadia Agung Pasek Gelgel Pegatepan Gelgel Klungkung Pura Pemrajan Agung Sulang Kec Dawan Klungkung. Merajan Pasek Bendesa Kori Agung Pengatepan Pura Pedarmaan Dinasti dalem sri Aji Pura Besakih Pura Penataran Giri Purwa Banyuangi. Pesraman Dusun Kuto Rejo Banyuangi. 30 May Buda Wage Kelawu. Pura Penataran Agung Teluk Padang Karangasem Pura Melanting Desa Camenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Ped Nusa Penida. Pura Pasek Gelgel Pangembungan Bongkase Abiansemal. Pura Pasek Bendesa Reyang Gede Penebel Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Br. Jawa Tengah Buleleng Pura Gaduhan Jagat Desa Singakerta Ubud Pura Masceti Tegeh Mancawarna Sanding Tampaksiring Pura Penataran Batu Lepang Kamasan Klungkung Pura Paibon Pasek Gelgel Gobleg Desa Kedonganan Kuta Pura Goa Besakih Pura Basukian Besakih Odalan Ida Ratu Pucak Pameneh Penataran Agung Besakih Merajan Pasek Gelgel Pejeng Merajan Pasek Gelgel Songan Merajan Pasek Prateka Pekandelan Sidemen Merajan Pasek Prateka Taman Sari Sukasada. Pura dadia Pasek Gelgel Sidemen Karangasem Merajan Pasek Gelgel Tampuagan Tembuku, Bangli.

5 Jun Anggar Kasih Dukut. Pr. Dalem Batuyang Batubulan Pura Pasek Gelgel Mengening Kediri Tabanan Pr Pasek Undagi Timpag Kerambitan Tabanan Pura Desa/ Pura Pucak Banjar Taman Bedulu Gianyar. Merajan Pasek Tangkas Kori Agun Sulahan Merajan Pasek Padang Rata Padang Pura Puser Jagat Dalem Dukut Puri Sukun Nusa Penida. 6 Jun Buda Umanis Dukut Pura Agung Pasek Gelgel Sibang Kaja Abiansemal Pura Dalem Samplangan Gianyar 16 Jun Saraswati Pura Pasek Tangkas Gempinis dalang Tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel sayan Bongkase Abiansemal Pura Watugunung Bima Pura Agung Jagatkarana Surabaya Pura Aditya Jaya Rawamangun Jakarta Timur Pura Pemaksan Banyuning Timur Buleleng Pura Agung Wira Lokha Natha Cimahi Jawa Barat Pura Dadia Agung Bendesa Tangkas Kori Agung Pusat Gerih Desa Gerih Abiansemal Badung. Pura Giri Jaya Natha Balikpapan Pura Agung Santi Bhuana Brugelette Belgia. 18 Jun Some Ribek. Pura Jati Jembrana Pura Kawitan Batugaing Bangli Pura Tirta Wening Tambak Sari Surabaya 20 Jun Hari Raya Pagerwesi Pura Laban Sindu Jiwa Kedewatan Ubud Pura Kehen Bangli Pura Wirabuana Magelang Jawa Tengah Pura Padang Sakti Tangtu Denpasar Timur Pura Jogan Agung Ketewel Sukawati Pura Gadung Pengiasan Dauh Puri Denpasar Pura Pasek Gelgel Buruan Kaja Tabanan Pura Pasek Gobleg Kerambitan tabanan Pura Pasek Gelgel Meliling Tabanan

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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US military denies parachuting into N.Korea Agence France Presse

The US military Tuesday vehemently denied a media report that special forces had been parachuted into North Korea on intelligence-gathering missions, saying a source had been misquoted. Current affairs magazine The Diplomat quoted Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of special forces in South Korea, as saying soldiers from the US and South Korea had been dropped across the border for “special reconnaissance” missions. But Colonel Jonathan Withington, public affairs officer for US Forces Korea, said some reporting of the conference had taken Tolley “completely out of context”. “Quotes have been made up and attributed to him,” he said, denying that any US or South Korean forces had parachuted into the North. “Though special reconnaissance is a

core special operations force (SOF) mission, at no time have SOF forces been sent to the north to conduct special reconnaissance,” he said in a statement. The Diplomat quoted Tolley as saying that the North had built thousands of tunnels since the 1950-53 Korean War. “The entire tunnel infrastructure is hidden from our satellites,” the magazine reported him as saying at a press conference in Florida last week. “So we send (South Korean) soldiers and US soldiers to the North to do special reconnaissance.” According to the magazine, he said commandos parachute in with minimal supplies to watch the tunnels undetected. At least four of the tunnels built by Pyongyang go under the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, Tolley was reported as saying. “We don’t know how many we don’t know about.”

Toru Hashimoto: Japan’s would-be dictator

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Japan’s Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto speaks to reporters in Tokyo in April 2012. Agence France Presse

He admires cockroaches, once allegedly offered on air to impregnate a TV personality and openly admits to a lust for power. Oh, and the mayor of Osaka thinks Japan needs a dictatorship. Welcome to the world view of one of the country’s most popular politicians, Toru Hashimoto, a 42year-old with naked ambitions who is shaking Japan’s political foundations to their core. A few years ago he was a corporate lawyer advising companies at the grubby end of personal finance -- a sector filled with businesses offering loans at punishingly high interest rates, some of which are rumoured to have connections to Japan’s organised crime networks.

Now Hashimoto, an almost nightly fixture on news broadcasts, is being courted by Tokyo’s politicians as he looks to take his local party onto the national stage. With 2,000 followers signed up to a school he established to teach would-be parliamentarians, Hashimoto has a ready-made army aiming to take the political highground from squabbling lawmakers who have produced little more than a string of short-term, powerless premiers. “What Japanese politics needs now is dictatorship -- the power enough to be called ‘dictatorship’,” Hashimoto said last year while adding that power needs to be checked by local assemblies, voters and the mass media. “The source of power is the will of the people... Japan’s biggest misfortune is that people cannot elect their prime minister directly,” he said, referring to the system that sees lawmakers vote on who gets the top job. This authoritarian streak has been termed “Hashism” by academics and opponents. But opinion polls have shown the one-time rugby playing former lawyer -- and father of seven -- has his finger firmly on the nation’s political pulse. One survey found 55 percent of voters want his Osaka Isshin no Kai (Osaka Renewal Party) to win “an influential number of seats” in the next general elections, while another saw him top a list of politicians “most suitable” to lead Japan, well ahead of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

FILE - This March 5, 2007 file photo shows workers harvesting bluefin tuna from Maricultura’s tuna pens near Ensenada, Mexico.

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US paratroopers are dropped by a US airforce C17 (not pictured) during a training exercise over Maniago near Aviano air base, in 2011. The US military Tuesday vehemently denied a media report that special forces had been parachuted into North Korea on intelligence-gathering missions, saying a source had been misquoted.

Romney warns of a weakened military under Obama Associated Press Writer

SAN DIEGO—Mitt Romney warned Monday that the “world is not safe” and cast the upcoming election as a choice between a nation that is weakened militarily versus “a strong America.” Speaking at a Memorial Day event at a veterans museum in San Diego, Romney made no direct mention of the upcoming election or President Obama. But his message was clear, as he said Americans “have two courses we could follow” when it comes to the direction of the country. “One is to follow the pathway of Europe, to shrink our military

smaller and smaller to pay for our social needs… and hope for the best,” Romney said. “But if we followed that course, there would be no one stand and protect us.” “The other,” Romney continued, “is to commit to preserve America as the strongest military in the world, second to none, with no comparable power anywhere in the world.”

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, and San Diego Veteran of the year Marine David Dickey stand together during a campaign stop at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, Monday, May 28, 2012 in San Diego.

Listing off a litany of risks— including “Iran rushing to become a nuclear nation” and the growing military strength of China— Romney said protecting America’s military strength isn’t just to “win wars and prevent wars” but to deter wars. “A strong America is the best deterrent to war that ever as been invented,” Romney declared. The event, held at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in San Diego, attracted roughly 5,000 people—one of the largest crowds that Romney has addressed as a presidential candidate. But it was unclear how many people turned up to hear Romney. The event, sponsored by the museum and the Vietnam Veterans of America, is an annual event that regularly attracts thousands of people each year. Organizers were careful to note that the event was not political and said they had warned Romney to not make his remarks specifically about the campaign. But the crowd was unmistakably friendly to Romney. Many wore Romney 2012 shirts and stickers, and most stood and cheered, waving tiny American flags as the former Massachusetts governor took the stage. At one point, a woman stood and screamed, “Romney! We want YOU!” On stage, Romney was introduced as a “friend of veterans” and “someone we hope will be the next Commander in Chief.”

Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US

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LOS ANGELES — Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan’s crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance. “We were frankly kind of startled,” said Nicholas Fisher, one of the researchers reporting the findings online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The levels of radioactive cesium were 10 times higher than the amount measured in tuna off the California coast in previous years. But even so, that’s still far below safe-to-eat limits set by the U.S. and Japanese governments. Previously, smaller fish and plankton were found with elevated levels of radiation in Japanese waters after a magnitude-9 earthquake

in March 2011 triggered a tsunami that badly damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors. But scientists did not expect the nuclear fallout to linger in huge fish that sail the world because such fish can metabolize and shed radioactive substances. One of the largest and speediest fish, Pacific bluefin tuna can grow to 10 feet and weigh more than 1,000 pounds. They spawn off the Japan coast and swim east at breakneck speed to school in waters off California and the tip of Baja California,

Mexico. Five months after the Fukushima disaster, Fisher of Stony Brook University in New York and a team decided to test Pacific bluefin that were caught off the coast of San Diego. To their surprise, tissue samples from all 15 tuna captured contained levels of two radioactive substances — ceisum134 and cesium-137 — that were higher than in previous catches. To rule out the possibility that the radiation was carried by ocean currents or deposited in the sea through the atmosphere, the team also analyzed yellowfin tuna, found in the eastern Pacific, and bluefin that migrated to Southern California before the nuclear crisis. They found no trace of cesium-134 and only background levels of cesium137 left over from nuclear weapons testing in the 1960s.

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Political Polarization ‘Dangerous,’ Psychologist Says

CHICAGO - For the first time in American political history, Democrats and Republicans have sorted themselves into a perfect left-right split, a prominent political psychologist said this week, calling the result a “dangerous era” in U.S. politics. Traditionally, political parties have been coalitions of broad groups of people, based more on industry, region and interest group than basic morals, University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt said here during a lecture at the annual meeting of the Association of Psychological Science. Since the 1970s and 1980s, however, Americans have increasingly sorted themselves by liberalism and conservatism, resulting in two political parties that seem almost alien to one another. We’ve never had a perfect left-right sort before, and now we do,” said Haidt, author of “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” (Pantheon, 2012). This is

troubling, he said, because people tend to cluster around their moral in-group and view outsiders with only suspicion, not understanding. “You engage all these tribal moral dynamics,” Haidt said. The basics of morals

The first psychologists to study the psychology of ideology and morals focused on two main issues: harm versus care, and fairness and judgment. Haidt and his colleages, however, have found evidence that humans base their moral code on far more than “does it hurt someone?” or “is it fair?” In fact, Haidt has added four more moral dimensions to the mix, bringing the grand total of basic moral drivers to six. The first three — harm and care, fairness and justice, and liberty versus oppression — motivate both liberals and conservatives, he said. Liberals tend to care about harm and care most, and conservatives least, but everyone takes these issues into consideration.

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Photo of protesters at the capitol in washington dc on 9/12/09. These people are part of the tea party tax protest protesting Barack Obama’s health care program and overall government spending.

Cambodian girl, 10, dies from bird flu: WHO Agence France Presse

A 10-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, the World Health Organization said Monday, the country’s third fatality from the virulent disease this year. The child developed a fever and shortness of breath on May 20 and died on Sunday, the WHO said in a joint statement with the Cambodian

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health ministry. Hospital tests confirmed she had contracted the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. “There is evidence of recent deaths among poultry in the village and the patient prepared sick chicken for food prior to becoming sick,” the statement said. The girl, from southwestern Kampong Speu province, is the 21st person in Cambodia to become

Workers wearing protective suits inspect a poulty farm after a bird flu outbreak. A 10-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, the World Health Organization said Monday, the country’s third fatality from the virulent disease this year

infected with the H5N1 virus since 2003. Nineteen of those cases have been fatal. The H5N1 strain has killed 357 people worldwide since 2003, according to WHO statistics. Concerns about avian influenza have risen in the region with China, Vietnam and Indonesia all reporting deaths from the virus this year. The virus typically spreads from birds to humans through direct contact, but experts fear it could mutate into a form easily transmissible between humans, with the potential to kill millions in a pandemic.


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Hazard to join Chelsea

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Highly-regarded Belgian international midfielder Eden Hazard has opted to join European champions Chelsea ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United, the player said on Monday. “I am signing for the Champions League winner,” Hazard, 21, said on his Twitter feed (@ hazardeden10). Hazard, named the best Ligue 1 player in the last two seasons, had been expected to join either Premier League champions Manchester City or runners-up Manchester United after he said he would choose between the two. The gifted playmaker, capped 27 times by Belgium, led Lille to the French title in 2011 and scored 20 goals this season, including a hat-trick in his farewell game, as they finished third to qualify for next season’s Champions League playoff. He announced in October that he would leave Lille at the REUTERS/Paul Vreeker/United Photos

Klaas Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands (R) fights for the ball with Georgi Milanov of Bulgaria during their friendly soccer match leading up to Euro 2012 in Amsterdam May 26, 2012.

Dutch aim to fix attack, defense against Slovakia

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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — The Netherlands’ fearsome attack failed to click against Bulgaria and its shaky defense was leaky in an unexpected 2-1 defeat that piled more pressure on the team before the European Championship. Coach Bert van Marwijk has his first chance to fix t h e problems on Wednesday against Slovakia, less than two weeks before the Netherlands’ opening match at Euro 2012, against Denmark in Kharkiv. Van Marwijk also is waiting to hear if Joris Mathijsen will be fit in time for the tournament after the Malaga central defender strained his left hamstring early in Saturday’s defeat. It is also waiting to see how its forward line gels. Van Marwijk started Saturday’s match with Bundesliga top-scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar at center forward, English Premier League top-scorer Robin van Persie on the right flank and Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart on the left. Van Persie scored, but Huntelaar had only glimpses of the ball until his substitution in the second half and never seriously threatened. In his weekly newspaper column, Dutch icon Johan Cruyff appealed on Tuesday for more depth and crosses from

the flanks, and implicitly questioned Marwijk’s lineup. “Because Van der Vaart and Van Persie were not using the full length of the pitch, there were hardly any crosses,” Cruyff wrote. “That in turn meant few balls being cleared out of the penalty area to be picked up by the Dutch midfield and fired back at goal. “Even an average team like Bulgaria can defend against that,” he added. Cruyff was not the only armchair analyst criticizing Van Marwijk’s decision to play Van Persie on the wing. The coach’s predecessor, Marco van Basten, also accused him of picking players and then trying to squeeze them into a formation — even if it meant playing them out of position. Van Marwijk rejected the claim, but is already feeling the pressure from a nation that is willing the 2010 World Cup runner-up to go one better at the tournament in Poland and Ukraine. Wednesday’s match at Feyenoord’s De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam could

mark the return to the Netherlands team of Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay after months sidelined by a torn ligament in his left knee. Afellay underwent surgery to his knee in October and only recently returned to Barcelona’s first team. But he says he feels ready to play again at the highest level, thanks to training with his Barcelona teammates. “I quickly got back a certain feeling,” he said. “But that’s not surprising when you are training with some of the best players in the world.” The Netherlands has to survive the toughest group at the European Championship if it is to emulate its success at the last World Cup. Van Marwijk’s team faces Denmark, Germany and Portugal in a Group B made up entirely of teams in the top 10 of FIFA’s rankings.

end of the season. Hazard made his league debut for Lille as a 16-year-old and quickly had scouts flocking to the club’s Metropole stadium. His performances earned the Ligue 1’s top prospect award for successive seasons, before he secured the full accolade in the last two campaigns. With tremendous pace and an eye for goal, Hazard prefers to play on the left flank and his penetrating runs and tight ball control are a menace to any defence. Chelsea won the Champions League for the first time this month, adding to their FA Cup final success. The London side endured a disappointing league campaign, however, finishing sixth after sacking manager Andre Villas-Boas in March. Former player Roberto Di Matteo took interim charge and guided the team to an unexpected Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.

Yanga Mbiwa and Gourcuff dropped from France squad

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PARIS - France coach Laurent Blanc dropped midfielder Yoann Gourcuff and defender Mapou Yanga Mbiwa when he named his 23man squad for Euro 2012 on Tuesday. Olympique Lyon playmaker Gourcuff had a mediocre domestic season and failed to convince in a 3-2 friendly win against Iceland on Sunday. France are drawn in Group D against England, co-hosts Ukraine and Sweden in the June 8-July 1 tournament. Les Bleus, who are unbeaten in their last 19 games, will start their campaign against England in Donetsk, Ukraine, on June 11.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Girondins Bordeaux) Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan), Adil Rami (Valencia), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Anthony Reveillere (Olympique Lyon Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Alou Diarra (Olympique Marseille), Yann M’vila (Stade Rennes), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain) Forwards: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Jeremy Menez (Paris St Germain), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique Marseille). Yoan Gourcuff

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Many farmers fail to harvest crab at Kelan Suspected to be caused by mangrove contamination Mangupura (Bali Post)—

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The motor vessel which was stranded in Kusamba, Klungkung

KM Tarisa runs aground on Kusamba Beach Semarapura (Bali Post)—

High waves and strong winds in the area of Kusamba waters, Klungkung, caused a motor vessel KM Tarisa to run aground on Monday (May 28). The motor vessel with four crews and one captain is now being investigated by police. From confession of the crews, the KM Tarisa transported 300 kilograms of grouper fish from Sapeken Islands, Sumenep, East Java, to Serangan Island, Bali. However, police investigation in fact found a number of protected endangered marine resources such as napoleon fish, coral and octopus. “All the crews and captain are still secured for further investigation. It has also been in accordance with the procedures for handling a case where the initial examination is performed within 1 x 24 hours,” said the Dawan Police Chief, IB Jata. A crew, Ainul Muttakin, 28, from Madura when met on the Kusamba Beach last Monday mentioned that KM Tarisa departed from Sapeken Islands, Madura, around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday (May 27). When passing through the Kusamba waters at 06:00 a.m., the vessel had an engine trouble. Due to high waves and heavy currents plus high winds, the vessel vacillated for some 10 minutes before running aground onto the Kusamba Beach. Definitely, it made the crews and captain panicky. The KM Tarisa held four crews consisting of Ainul Muttakin, 28, Sahrin, 21, Amri, 30, Nasir, 60, and captain, Maslan, 35, where they were all from Madura. “I happen to know about engine matters and then tried to fix it, but I could not. Engine of the vessel did not work, presumably it happened because its

(diesel) fuel mixed with sea water,” said Muttakin. He said the KM Tarisa had two engines, where an engine had the capacity of 24 HP and another was car engine with the capacity of 280 HP. Muttakin claimed to frequently join the voyage from Madura to Serangan, Bali. However, he had an engine trouble for that time only. Even, both engines suddenly did not work. When the vessel ran aground, the fish owner from Serangan directly came to Kusamba to pick up the fish aboard and then conveyed it by land transport. “A number of boxes containing fish have been transported by using a unit of pick-up truck. Meanwhile, the remaining has not been transported and was taken to Dawan Police station for examination,” said Dawan Police Chief, IB. Jata accompanied by several police officers. From preliminary investigation, in fact the boxes contained some endangered and protected marine resources such as napoleon fish, green coral usually used for fish nesting place, and octopus. There were at least eight

boxes and now being secured by police. “There are allegations of illegal fishing. However, we are still developing the investigation. If finding any violation, we automatically proceed to the investigation. Otherwise, the fish will be released. Meanwhile, the crews and captain are still being secured for 1 x 24 hours,” he said. A number of boxes conveyed to Serangan before police arrived on the scene where the KM Tarisa ran aground also carried about 50 napoleon fishes with a weight of over three kilograms per head. Similarly, it also contained coral and octopus that were previously admitted as groupers. Since transporting the protected and endangered marine resources, such an action was alleged to have violated the Decree of Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs No. 5/2010 regarding the Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. During the preliminary investigation, the crews and captain could not present their document requirements regarding the fish transportation and crossing. (kmb20)

The fishermen undertaking crab aquaculture in the area of mangrove forests around Kelan, Kuta subdistrict sighed. Their harvest yield continued to decline in recent years. Not a few among the fishermen experienced a harvest failure. Presumably, this occurred due to contamination around the mangrove forests. The government was also urged to immediately intervene. Complaint of the fishermen was revealed by Chief of Kelan customary village, I Wayan Sugita. He said that many fishermen were actually ready to harvest, but ultimately they only reaped disappointment because the crabs harvested suddenly died. In response to the public reports, his party then checked the area around the cultivation. From the checking carried out, the death of crabs becoming the commodity with high selling price was alleged to have been caused by waste pollution happened to their habitat in the mangrove forest area. Crabs were very sensitive to changing environmental conditions. In the event of contamination, the crabs would die or at least they could not grow

optimally. Where did the source of pollution come from? Sugita doubling as a legislator in the Badung House alleged the source of pollution came from household waste and business premises such as salon and spa, and laundry established around the cultivation area. “Such contamination should not be left too long. Moreover, we suspect that many businesses and households have intentionally discharged their waste into the mangrove area,” he said. Sugita further urged the government through relevant agencies to immediately intervene and make a site inspection. If in the investigation made by the government later on was found any parties who deliberately disposing waste into the mangroves, then the government should take decisive action. A decisive action should be taken because if the pollution was left without any action from the government, it would be very detrimental to the public. Moreover, the mangrove forest around the Kelan coastal area was projected as the development of large-scale crab cultivation. (kmb25)

Suspended five months, hundreds of Bangli’s street lights died

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Hundreds of street lights in Bangli cut off by State Electricity Company (PLN) as Bangli Government have suspended five months their payment as stated by Head of Bangli House of Representatives, IB Raka Mudarma, last Monday (27/5). The condition was known after public complained about it face to face and through SMS. The complaint was also received by PDI-P Party regional head for Bangli, NM Kutha Parawata which then coordinated to PLN. It was later found that the Bangli Government haven’t paid and its budget is no longer under Bangli Public Secretariat yet under Village Budget Allocation (ADD) without Village’s acknowledgement. This policy was sadden as it was not socialized well moreover the responsible head to this condition did not give the real explanation to the Regent of all programs progressed. “Officers should be giving real explanation and discussion to Regent of its consequences, it’s advantage and disadvantage on the programs run such as paying this fee being placed under the village’s budget which seemed the responsible head is being irresponsible which Regent got hit later,” Mudarma stated. (kmb17)


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30 percent of protected Forest was damaged

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The police officers are inspecting the illegal guide in Alas Kedaton Tourism Destination in Tabanan Regency.

Alleged to leak, raid to illegal tourist guides gets no violator

Tabanan (Bali Post)—

Alleged to have leaked, the raid against illegal tourist guides at two tourist attractions in Tabanan, Monday (May 28), was only able to capture few violators. Investigation team of the public order officer (Satpol PP) of Bali Province was unable to capture any single illegal tourist guide after exploring the tourist attraction of Batukaru and Alas Kedaton. On the contrary, the team could only secure 19 illegal drivers. Those who had been captured directly underwent a dossier examination (BAP) and would be prosecuted. The raid was started to target the tourist area of Batukaru Temple, Penebel. Once arrived, the joint team instantly found a number of drivers conveying foreign tourists. As soon as being checked, in fact no single driver had a permit. Even, permit of some drivers had expired. “We immediately imposed a sanction to them and processed their dossier examination,” said the Section Head of Law Enforcement of Bali public order officers (Satpol PP), Ketut Nayaka, accompanied by civil servant investigator, Ketut Sadar, amidst the raid. In addition, the raid also involved the personnel of Special Criminal Detective of Bali Police, Regional Revenue Service, Bali Government Tourism Office and Immigration Office. Having done surveillance at Batukaru for few hours, the joint

team could only encounter six drivers of travel agency who had no permit. No single illegal tourist guide was found whereas the destination was usually filled with many tourist guides accompanying foreign guests. “Allegedly, the raid has indeed leaked. We could see a notice regarding the raid against illegal tourist guides through a social media,” said Ketut Sadar. From Batukaru, the raid was resumed to Alas Kedaton tourist attraction in Marga. In this monkey forest tourist attraction, the joint team should be disappointed again. None of the illegal tourist guides was found. The team could only ensnare totally 13 drivers of tourist transport who had no license. They were caught when dropping off foreign guests in the parking lot of Alas Kedaton.

Since they were unable to present their license, the drivers should be subject to sanctions in accordance with the Bali Regional Regulation No. 10/2001 regarding the Permit of Human Passenger Transportation. According to Ketut Sadar, penalty for such infringement was subject to 3-month imprisonment and a fine worth IDR 5 million. He described that such raid would continue to be held at all tourist attractions across Bali. Hopefully, the raid could discipline the actions of illegal drivers and tourist guides that were widely complained. Additionally, the raid also targeted the vehicles with police plate of outside Bali used for transporting tourists. Previously, similar raids were also held at the tourist attraction of Ulun Danu, Baturiti and Tanah Lot, Kediri, Tabanan. (kmb30)

As much as 4,767.72 hectares or 30 percent of Pempatan Protected Forest at Karangasem is damaged due to illegal logging. Even though several times those who did it got captured it is still going on. This was stated by forest police, I Nyoman Siaba, during a trial on illegal loggers at Amlapura District Court last Monday (28/5) in front of Head Judge I Ketut Wiarta, SH. It was also stated this illegal logging is not disadvantaging government that much but it will threaten more nature disasters coming as water source lessening, flood and landslides could be happening. The two illegal loggers group were then punished with first group I Ketut Sukadana from Geliang, Besakih, Karangasem and two partners got eight months prison and fine IDR 8 million subsiding 2 months of prison proved to have violated Forestry Law No. 19 Year 1999 in stealing woods while

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Merta Asih Cooperative Office located at Sudirman Street 22, Batuagung, Jembrana, got robbed where IDR 64 million was taken as known on Monday (28/5) morning around 6 am local time by worker Made Abdi Negara. It was expected the robber went in through an office window as it is opened and has marks of being forcedly open. Besides that, the cup-

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second group robbed and logged trees at Munduk lebah, Abang-Agung Protected Forest involving three Pempatan residents I Wayan Suradnya, I Wayan Tis and I Wayan Sukarata alias Manok. Head Judge also asked responsible officers from Forestry police and Forestry Agency to keep on socializing surrounding locals about the protected forest and that there is a law to illegal logging violation and other laws on logging including trees on owned lands so they know that they are violating if they do any illegal loggings. Siaba then stated the socialization have been done frequently with the latest done last month in two villages involving head of villages, Forestry Agency and babinkamtibmas. “We the forestry police have limited officers and with little facilities still do our patrols. With illegal loggings still keep on happening we have also worked with the police,” Siaba stated. (013)

PARIS - First-round victories at the French Open put Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in reflective mood on Monday, with the Swiss chalking up a new landmark and the Serbian world number one considering the pressure of always trying to win. Federer equaled Jimmy Connors’s record of 233 grand-slam match wins with a 6-2 7-5 6-3 defeat of German Tobias Kamke, the first step, he hopes, on the road to a record 17th title at one of the big four tournaments.

board where the cash was also opened as if this robber knows where the money was as other documents was not taken. The incident then reported to Head of KSU Nyoman Arsadana which then forwarded to Negara Police. Head of Jembrana Police Public Relation, APC Wayan Setiajaya, as permitted by Head of the Police, confirmed the incident and now the case is still being investigated. (kmb26)

Development parking lot and building of Sanjiwani Hospital stopped Gianyar (Bali Post) –

Even though it has the term as Regional Public Services (BLUD) Sanjiwani Hospital still became the Gianyar Representatives worry as it is still not finished after five years as many problems were found and still unsolved according to Head of Gianyar House of Representatives Commission D, I Wayan Tagel Winarta. The building’s facilities are still seen untidy including its parking, ceilings holed and more. For that it has to be managed first before being used by the public. The same thing stated by its member, Nyoman Arjawa, which stated there are still a lot of health ‘homework’ need to be done by the government. Not that he blamed the Main Director who has been working hard to find fund from the central government yet it is hoped that regional government and the representatives all think on how to solve the situation. The crowded parking can be coordinated with Transportation Agency of the Regency and if renting a land is needed it could be discussed as there is an empty land on the back of the hospital which so created a bigger parking space even though it’ll be priced high. (kmb16)

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Wins give Federer and Djokovic food for thought

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Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns the ball to Germany’s Tobias Kanke during their first round match in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May, 28, 2012.

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Djokovic, though, has a record of his own on his mind and, after a mostly straightforward, 7-6 6-3 6-1 win over Italian Potito Starace, turned his thoughts towards trying to complete his grand-slam collection and becoming the first man in 43 years to hold all four titles at once. “The situation that I found myself in this year before Roland Garros is to make history eventually if I go all the way through,” Djokovic told a news conference. “But, look, it doesn’t give me an extra negative pressure; I really think it’s a challenge and something to embrace and to enjoy.” Djokovic will now play Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia, who ended former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt’s tournament with a 7-6 6-3 6-7 6-3 win after the injury-hit Australian had been given a wildcard. Federer took time to look back on his long career as he began his 50th consecutive grand slam event. “I obviously love the big tournaments,” the Swiss said. “I have been so successful for such a long time and to already tie that (Connors’s) record, (at) 30 years old is pretty incredible, so I’m very happy. “When you look at the tournaments like this and you step back, you realize you have been playing for quite a long time. “When I started, I loved playing against those famous players I used to see on TV. Now I’m playing against younger players, a new generation. It’s also very nice.”

Federer, on course to meet Djokovic in the semi-finals if both men survive, will now meet Adrian Ungur of Romania, who knocked out Argentine David Nalbandian 6-3 5-7 6-4 7-5. MISERABLE MOMENT

Victoria Azarenka also had much to chew over after coming within five points of going down in the record books as the first women’s top seed to lose in the opening round of the claycourt grand-slam event. Thoughts of flights home to Minsk flitted through her mind at 6-7 0-4 down against Italian Alberta Brianti, 10 years her senior at 32, the Belarussian admitted. “The important thing in that really miserable moment, I stayed strong and I just went for my shots,” Azarenka added after turning the tide to win 6-7 6-4 6-2. One-sided victories in the sunshine by defending champion Li Na and third seed Agnieszka Radwanska flagged up the lack of depth in women’s tennis with both players detained on court for less than an hour. Li, a superstar at home in China after last year’s Roland Garros win, beat Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-1, while Pole Radwanska showed even less mercy, thrashing Serbian Bojana Jovanovski 6-1 6-0. Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, buoyed up by the crowd on the Suzanne Lenglen Court, was also a swift winner, defeating Czech qualifier Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-3.

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MIAMI - Led by LeBron James’ 32 points, the Miami Heat enjoyed a convincing 93-79 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday to grab a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference championship series. Apart from a second quarter where Boston came alive with 35 points and Miami lost their intensity, the Heat and James had too much for the 17times NBA champions. It says much about James’ current form that it did not feel like an outstanding display yet he produced 32 points on 13 for 22 shooting from the field for his sixth 30-point game in this season’s playoffs. It was by no means a classic, with the game lacking the

intensity of the conference semi-finals both teams had to battle through, but Miami will take confidence from winning by 14 points while never really hitting their stride. “We feel like we didn’t play our best basketball,” said James who also ended with 13 rebounds. “We had some great looks offensively but we had a lot of breakdowns defensively, so we didn’t play our best. “It’s a good sign, a good thing for us but we will prepare and we will be better on Wednesday.” Boston, who did not secure their place in the conference final until Saturday’s win over Philadelphia, lacked sharpness on offense and struggled at times with Miami’s pace. “They crushed us in the 50-50 game,

anything loose or rolling, they got there,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “Offensively we have to be more efficient. I didn’t think we did great defensively but we still kept them to 93 points.” Boston also picked up five technical fouls, including one for Rivers for disputing a call which he described as “the worst I’ve ever had”. James outscored the Celtics by himself in the first quarter, making 13 points as Miami, seeking their second successive NBA finals appearance, established a 21-11 lead - the fewest points they had allowed in this season’s playoffs. But Boston dominated the second, drawing level by halftime helped by two threepoint throws from Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

finally getting into the paint and Ray Allen doing a good job keeping Miami’s Dwyane Wade quiet. Miami came out with determination after the break though, outscoring Boston 26-15 in the third quarter with James making 10 of those points to see the Heat to a 72-61 lead. The Heat, solid in defense, were never in danger in the fourth quarter and were able to rest James and Dwyane Wade (22 points) in the latter stages. “At times it was a strange game with some good runs from both teams,” said Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra. “We felt we could play better, I am sure they felt the same, but we found a way to grind it out, you have to against this team.” Game Two is in Miami on Wednesday.


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Stoner says he is consequently hoping for dry conditions at Barcelona, a circuit at which he won in 2011 and has finished on the podium in every year since 2007. “Catalunya is one of my favourite races and it was the first major grand prix circuit I tested on. Ever since that moment I fell in love with the track,” Stoner said. “The big fast sweeping corners [mean] there’s a lot of control in the middle of the turn trying to get grip for the exit.

We know the Honda works well here and we had a good race here last year. I just hope this weekend will be dry, that would be great.” Stoner’s Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa said missing last year’s race - the result of his Le Mans crash with Marco Simoncelli – has only added to his enthusiasm for what is effectively his home grand prix. “Catalunya is obviously one of my favourite races because all my family, friends and fans are there supporting me and it’s a very special date

Red Bull plays down its advantage in Formula 1 constructors’ battle Red Bull does not feel it has stamped its authority on this year’s Formula 1 constructors’ championship, despite extending its lead in Monaco by becoming the first team to win two races. The reigning champion team currently holds a 38-point margin over closest rival McLaren in the teams’ standings. But with F1 proving so competitive this season, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner knows that one slip up can be enough to wipe away its advantage. “It [leading the championship] is the result of good team work, but there is an awfully long way to go,” explained Horner. “Points can disappear just as quickly as they came. The team is working

tremendously well, and it is a tough year this year because of the regulation changes and particularly the tyre complexities. But I feel we are working in a really great way.” McLaren had started the campaign as the team to beat, but its form over recent races has slipped away. Even so, Horner reckons that any of the frontrunning outfits this year have what it takes to win the title. “This weekend has not been a great weekend for them [McLaren], but as you see, form has see-sawed. Don’t forget that Pastor Maldonado lapped us two weeks ago, so form does vary. It would be foolish to discount a team of the quality of McLaren or Ferrari.”

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on the calendar,” he explained. “I’m really looking forward to getting there after missing the race last year. I want to feel the atmosphere again and I’m very excited and motivated to do well and fight for victory.” Both riders also expressed how important Honda’s post-race test at the Catalan track would be in helping shape its future direction. “The test on Monday will be very important for the team,” Pedrosa confirmed. “Catalunya is a very good track to test the new tyres because it is one of the circuits where you stay on the edge of the tyre longer and a long time turning right, you need good feeling in the front. “It will be important to have a good test to arrive at Silverstone with the best information possible.”

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DENPASAR - Based on consideration that the growth above six percent was only enjoyed by outside investors, Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) of Bali asked the government to slow down the economic growth.

“Indeed, the economy of Bali grows, but we do not feel any equity. The growth without equity or without being enjoyed by the perpetrators means nothing,” said Chairman of the Bali Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Gde Sumarjaya Linggih, in Denpasar, Monday. According to him, some countries like China and India had slowed down their economic growth today because their government

was unable to do equity and to make the perpetrators grow. The economic growth should be qualified and able to grow the capabilities of the perpetrators. “Even, the economic growth of Bali marginalizes the people of Bali. On that account, we must set to slow down the economic growth and not boost it excessively,” he said.

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Casey Stoner believes the fast, sweeping nature of the Catalunya circuit will play to the strengths of Honda’s RC213V in this weekend’s MotoGP race. The Australian struggled to match title rival Jorge Lorenzo in wet conditions at Le Mans, surrendering the lead of the championship to the Yamaha rider after being bumped down to third by Valentino Rossi on the final lap.

MILAN — At least nine people are reported dead in a magnitude 5.8 earthquake that struck the same area of northern Italy stricken by another fatal tremor on May 20. Premier Mario Monti pledged This picture shows a view of the bell tower of Santa Barbara church in Mantova after a 5.8 magnitude eartquake in northern Italy on May 29, 2012.

in a hastily called news conference two hours after the quake that the government will do “all that it must and all that is possible in the briefest period to guarantee the resumption of normal life in this area so special, so important and so productive for Italy.” The United States Geological Survey said the quake on Tuesday, which struck at 9:00 a.m. local time (0700 GMT), was centered 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the city of Bologna. It hit the area where a 6.0 temblor

killed seven people earlier this month — and just as citizens had begun to resume some semblance of normality. The news agency ANSA reported that nine people had died, while news agency LaPresse said others were buried under the rubble of collapsed homes and factories. Monti said at the time of the quake he was meeting with emergency officials in Rome to discuss dealing with the impact of the earlier quake. Continued on page 6


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