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102.47 km of beach under threat of abrasion IBP/File Photo
Coastal abrasion occurred in Bali is increasingly alarming. Based on data of the Friends of the Earth Indonesia (Walhi) Bali sourced from the Bali Environment Agency (LBH), along 102.47 km of coastal areas in Bali is threatened by abrasion. Bali Post
DENPASAR - Coastal abrasion occurred in Bali is increasingly alarming. Based on data of the Friends of the Earth Indonesia (Walhi) Bali sourced from the Bali Environment Agency (LBH), along 102.47 km of coastal areas in Bali is threatened by abrasion. Such amount is divided into 104 points of the overall beach length coming to 438.8 km across Bali. More surprisingly, among the length of the beaches experiencing abrasion, only some 64 km can only be saved or restored. According to a geomorphologist, R. Suryanto, abrasion was deﬁned as erosion of land due to reduction of hydrodynamic activity (sea waves). By and large, the resistant beach to abrasion was the one having hard structure such as rocky cliff as well as muddy shore. Meanwhile, the vulnerable beach to erosion was the area with land condition directly adjacent to the sea and having small amount and thin sand. “Almost all the beaches in Bali have thin
sand and are prone to abrasion,” he said. The lecturer at the Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Udayana University, said that one of the causes of erosion on a number of beaches in Bali, other than climate change and uncertain natural factors, was human act. Rampant sand dredging at a number of points would become one of the factors triggering the damage to beaches in Bali.
He added that another factor contributing to coastal abrasion was the progressive decrease in coastal protection. Suryanto pointed out the reduction of pandanus plants on Soka Beach. “Lots of pandanus plants have disappeared whether it was on purpose or because of being swept away by waves,” he said. According to him, if there was a cafe establishment with a clean beach view, the coastal plant should not necessarily be cleared. Coastal plants could serve as protection to the beach itself. Another factor expanding the abrasion was the persistent collection of mosaic stones getting more rampant in the eastern coast of Bali. According to him, persistent taking of mosaic stones in the coastal region was no less hazardous than dredging sand because stone was one of the coastal safeguarding elements. Without serious handling, the threat of abrasion would be faster and wider. “It’s even much more hazardous than the sand dredging,” he said. (ina)
Friday, May 31, 2013
Bali News Ngerebeg ritual to neutralize human bad nature
The ofﬁcer is ﬁlling up liqueﬁed petroleum gas into the tube.
LPG consumption in Bali increases by 10 percent Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Consumption of liqueﬁed petroleum gas (LPG) in Bali has increased in keeping with the public demand. The use of LPG measuring 3 kg, 5 kg, 12 kg and 50 kg is recorded to show an increase by 10 percent or 2,430 metric tons per day compared to ever before reaching 2,000 metric tons per day. Regional Sales Representative of LPG Pertamina for Bali Nusa Tenggara, Walid Akbar, said the surge in LPG consumption stayed fairly reasonable. Such phenomenon was prevalent in almost all counties/municipality across Bali averagely reaching around 10 percent. The condition remained in a reasonable limit and well covered by Pertamina. “Ahead, the supply condition of Bali region remains secure. Our current LPG supply amounts to 7,000 metric tons for 3 to 4 days ahead,” said Walid Akbar in Denpasar, Tuesday (May 28). He said his party had not found any indication related to distribution or hoarding. The increasing consumption
was possible due to a number of factors. Among them, it happened due to population growth so that many small businesses appeared. Related to possibility of switching use of the LPG with the content of 12 kg to 3 kg by consumers due to consideration of quite high price disparity was denied by Walid Akbar. According to him, it could not be ascertained. Therefore, people did not have to worry about running out and he suggested using LPG as needed. He explained that for LPG containing 3 kg had normal consumption of 430 metric tons per day, while the nonsubsidized LPG was averagely 1,500-2,000 metric tons per month. “Sales of LPG at petrol
station are one of the optional outlets always having the stock so that people can easily find if the LPG runs out in sub-agents or bases,” he said. Meanwhile, some traders preferred to use the LPG containing 3 kg to 12 kg. Even, the 3-kg LPG size should be used by middle to lower class, but in practice it was greatly favored by the upper class community. As admitted by Nengah Rasmi, a gas trader in Denpasar, the middle and upper class had recently been starting to switch to 3-kg LPG because it was considered cheaper than the tube containing 12 kg. “The gas sizing 12 kg intended for the upper class society is now only stored or exchanged for a 3-kg size,” he said. (kmb27)
Ngerebeg ritual to neutralize human bad natureThousands of children and teenagers in horriﬁc attires and facial makeup surrounded the village while screaming all the way on Wednesday (May 1). They went around the village to carry out ngerebeg tradition, ahead of piodalan or temple anniversary in the Duur Bingin Temple at Tegallantang customary village, Gianyar. Ngerebeg ritual symbolizes the presence of spirits or wong samar within the human self to be further neutralized so that the bad natures will disappear. It is a tradition passed down through generations. Aside from children and teenagers dressed in strange clothing with facial make up looking too scary, they also carried an ornament made from young coconut leaf. The supporting devotees of Duur Bingin Temple also believed if the ritual was not performed they worried that a disaster would hit the local village. When surrounding the village, every participant would present the offerings in each temple and cemetery passed through. At that time, the bad nature would be neutralized by degrees. Having arrived back in the temple, they were expected to have puriﬁed their mind so that the ritual could have been performed in good faith and sincerity. According to the priest of the Duur Bingin Temple accompanied by local chief of customary village, Pande Wayan Karsa, the ngerebeg ritual was believed to have signiﬁcance as an attempt to neutralize the negative nature of human (sadripu) ahead of the ceremony held in the Duur Bingin Temple. Horriﬁc ornaments in use represented bad nature in human beings. Six enemies (sadripu) within human self that should be neutralized were represented by facial ornaments and mask produced by the participants. For instance, Kama or uncontrolled lust of the participant was expressed with the appearance of people in early pregnancy. In essence, the lust should be controlled, so as not to destroy the human self and did not bother anyone else. The ritual was commenced by presenting the offerings in the form of pica gede and pica alit to all the participants in the outermost courtyard of the Duur Bingin Temple. Furthermore, they would convoy throughout the village. When surrounding the village, every participant would put the offerings in every temple and cemetery passed through. Having arrived back in the temple, their mind was expected to have been puriﬁed so that the ritual could have been performed sincerely.
Illegal villas in Northern Kuta ensnared in a raid Mangupura (Bali Post)—
The Badung Government Tourism Ofﬁce and Public Order Ofﬁcer held a licensing raid on Wednesday (May 29) to tourist accommodation in Northern Kuta. As a result, a number of villas were found operating without permission alias illegal. The Division Head of Facilities and Infrastructure, Government Tourism Ofﬁce, Nyoman Suardana, said his party held the inspection in response to the rise of villa promotion in Northern Kuta via the internet. Actually, some of those villas promoted via the internet had not been registered in the Badung Government Tourism Ofﬁce. Based on the tracing made by his party, many villa owners becoming the target could not present their operating permit, including the building permit (IMB), while the villas had been in operation for long time. Some of them included the Villa Teras, Villa Echo Beach, Villa Batu Bolong and Villa Echoland. Despite being found to violate, the Government Tourism Ofﬁce just imposed a reprimand and coaching. All the villa owners were asked to submit their permit. “So far, we are providing guidance for them in order that the villa owners could submit their permit,” he said. Meanwhile, the North Kuta subdistrict head, Putu Yuyun Hanura Eny, said that many tourist accommodations like villas had been established at Canggu. However regarding the completeness of licensing, her party argued if it was the authority of the Government Tourism Ofﬁce. Subdistrict government, she said, only had the task to provide assistance. (kmb25)
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Friday, May 31, 2013
Bali needs breakthrough to increase industrial manufacturing Antara
DENPASA - Bali needs to make a breakthrough to increase industrial manufacturing development in terms of quality and number in order to face the increasingly rigorous competition in the era of globalization, an ofﬁcial has said. “Besides, the province must also be able to meet the demands of the diversity and the quality of industrial products at local,
national, and export markets,” provincial Bureau of Statistics Chief Gede Suarsa said here on Thursday.
Condition of agriculture in Bali getting more critical Bali Post
DENPASAR - The agriculture and farmers in Bali seem to lead to the verge of extinction. Indication of the endangerment to agriculture in Bali is easily seen from the farmland conversion reaching 1,000 hectares each year. Moreover, the investment in Bali is dominated by investment in tertiary sector or tourism. That is why young generation of Bali no longer wants to work as farmer being synonymous with poverty. An agricultural analyst doubling as professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, Udayana University, Wayan Windia, said on Wednesday (May 29) that based on such condition it could be ascertained if the agricultural sector in Bali started to turn critical. Further, he said the efforts to promote the agriculture of Bali was then faced with four issues namely the reduction of watershed (DAS), high farmland conversion, unwillingness of young people to farm and lack of concern of the government. “Such conditions indicate if the agriculture is excluded. To that end, the spatial plan of Bali should be consistently implemented. Development must be carried out with the alignment to culture and agriculture,” he said. Indeed, he admitted the efforts to promote the agricultural sector required macro policies at national level, while Bali should dare to take a stand by regional bylaw connecting the agriculture to tourism and never let the tourism sector in Bali be transformed into capitalistic tourism. “Watershed in Bali should be saved. Balinese life lies in the watershed centered in the middle of Bali. If the watershed is destroyed, then Bali will be destroyed as well,” he said. Meanwhile, when contacted separately, the Head of the Indonesia Farmers Union (HKTI) Bali, Prof. Dr. Nyoman Suparta, assumed the government so far to have not optimally boosted the agricultural production amidst the farmland conversion to a number of sectors. Actually, according to him, the potential was still possible to be optimized, considering the results of rice farming in Bali today was quite high compared to other regions in Indonesia. “At the same time, it is a critical measure that must be performed by Bali government amidst the continued farmland conversion to other sectors,” he said. According to him, through the extension effort, the rice production achievement could still be improved and so could the production of local fruits such as papaya, mangosteen and others. With the application of appropriate technology in the sector, it could be improved further to attain a better quality. “The effort can be realized by allocating a greater budget for the development of the agricultural sector than the existing budget,” he said. The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded that in 1999 the farmland area in Bali reached 86,071 hectares. Such figures shrank up to 4,140 hectares or remained 81.931 hectares in 2009. Vast wetland was dominated by Tabanan County with 22,465 hectares, Gianyar came in second with an area of 14,743 hectares, and Buleleng with dry hill ranges and forest area had the largest non-rice field area of 70,516 hectares. Most of the productive agricultural lands were converted into dry land like farms, estates and non-agricultural land such as designated for tourist accommodation, residential and industrial sector. (kmb28)
He also called on the government to provide ample room to the private sectors in supporting market-oriented industrial development. Gede said the growth of manufacturing sector in Bali was 6.04 percent in 2012, or lower than the local economic growth of 6.65 percent.
He added that manufacturing industrial sectors contributed 8.90 percent against gross regional domestic product in 2012, or lower that that of previous year at 8.92 percent. Viewed from the value added manufacturing industries amounting Rp7.47 trillion in 2012, the figure was much lower
than Rp25.37 trillion from trade, hotel, and restaurant sectors in the same year. Therefore, Gede said the existence of manufacturing industries in Bali should continue to be stepped up because they were very strategic as a link between the agricultural and tourism sectors.
Beach facilities at Delod Berawah abandoned Bali Post
JEMBRANA - A number of coastal tourism supporting facilities at Delod Berawah, Mendoyo, are neglected. Even, their condition looks shabby as filled with rubbish strewn around the central statue of the coast. Based on observation on Tuesday (May 28), many resort buildings were not well maintained. Even, some of them were not worth visiting. Besides, the seats had been damaged and the roof had vanished. As soon as coming into the entrance gates, visitors would see shabby scene.
When the inspection was resumed to the east side of the statue or heading for the pool, there could be found a damaged wantilan building seeming unkempt. Meanwhile, in the west of the statue lay a classy and newly culinary center building built last year and then the other facilities such as children playground had been damaged. Other than plastic and leaf rubbish around the statue there were also found too many growing shrubs. A visitor from Negara, Ketut Duniada, said there had been no significant change in the coastal tourist attractions.
He said the coastal panorama was formerly very beautiful and far from shabby look. Recently, there was a gradual improvement after the disciplining of illegal cafés around the statue. However, the sanitation around the beach was still lacking. The Head of Jembrana Government Tourism Office, I Gede Arimbawa Yasa, said that related to the sanitation handling his party had made cooperation with customary village and beach cleanup was held every week. Perhaps, Wednesday was not the schedule of the mutual assistance so that it had not been cleaned up yet. (kmb26)
A number of coastal tourism supporting facilities at Delod Berawah, Mendoyo, are neglected.
Friday, May 31, 2013
A bus carrying students moves to brink Tabanan (Bali Post)—
Excitement of the SMPN 1 Bangkalan, Madura junior high school students making a trip to the area of Bedugul, Baturiti, suddenly came into commotion, Thursday (May 29). It was triggered by the bus carrying the students moved to brink at roadside of Batunya village. There was no casualty in the accident. It happened at 12:00 a.m. when all the students were having lunch in a restaurant. Allegedly, the incident occurred because the brake of the bus loosed. Thus, the tourist bus with license plate L 7909 UR moved backwards and plunged into the edge of the abyss. Luckily, the rear wheels stuck in the rocks so that the bus body did not fell into the bottom of the abyss. Its position just perched with the uplifting front wheel. “The bus was parked and then left to have a lunch. Not long after, the bus moved backward and stuck on the brink,” said Chief of Baturiti Police, Gede Selonog. When seeing the bus moving to the brink, the bus driver, Salman Alfarizi, 32, immediately ran. Bus crews including the students also panicked. They could only feel relieved after knowing if the bus did not fall into the abyss as the rear wheels stuck in the rocks. According to police chief, the bus body could be evacuated after getting a help of a tow truck. Such unlucky bus only got minor damage on the rear. “The bus could be evacuated quickly,” he said. The incident did not trigger trafﬁc jams because the bus was parked away from the roadside. Similarly, the evacuation process did not interfere with the passing vehicles. The red bus was carrying 54 students. As scheduled, they would travel to several places at Bedugul. Such incident drew the attention of residents. Despite being ﬂushed by rain, some residents still took a closer look. Strangely, the bus parking lot was actually very ﬂat and the land was also solid. However, the wheels of the bus abruptly moved backward without a cause. Allegedly, the manual brake of the bus did not work properly. (kmb30)
Encourage the agriculture of Bali
One of the trans java vessel that cannot be used dur to the damage.
Denpasar (Bali Post)—
Torrent causes Trans Jawa vessel to ﬂoat off Negara (Bali Post)—
Trans Jawa 9 vessel that was about to berth onto the Gilimanuk Harbor was swept away by torrents on Wednesday (May 29). Engine of the cargo vessel carrying 13 trucks from Ketapang, Banyuwangi, was suspected to be not strong enough to hold the tide so that it was dragged and ran aground. The vessel controlled by the skipper Selamet ran aground in the shallow waters near Segara Temple at Gilimanuk. Luckily, the water immediately rose so that it could quickly re-move around 10:00 a.m. Based on information, the vessel was sailing from Ketapang approximately at 08:30 a.m. As long as crossing the Bali Strait, the vessel did not have any problems. When it got its turn to berth at the cargo quay or Landing Craft Machine (LCM) it got a trouble. The vessel carrying six large trucks
and trailer truck as well as one medium size truck was swept away by torrents toward the north. Allegedly, the engine was not balanced with the length of vessel so that it was difficult to move. Ultimately, it was swept away into shallow waters. It could move again when the tide was up at around 10:12 a.m. When running aground, the personnel of Harbor Police and Gilimanuk Marine Police secured the vessel. Chief of Gilimanuk Marine Police, Made Prihenjagat, said the security was intended to anticipate if any vessel passenger
Subak needs equipping with information technology
needed to be evacuated. Having been able to move and about to berth, the vessel got another trouble to push back leading to the quay. After several attempts, the vessel ram door ultimately touched the quay and it could last for berthing. The Head of Gilimanuk Harbor Authority, Made Rai Ardana, said when the vessel ran aground the stream was swift enough. After berthing and being examined, the vessel did not get any trouble so that it was then allowed to serve crossing again. (kmb26)
In order to raise the agricultural sector in Bali, it was time for subak institution to be equipped with technology resources. As in the agricultural centers in developed countries, every subak should have resources with the internet and so on. By that way, subak members could access information about price ﬂuctuation of the agricultural products including promoting their agricultural products. An agricultural researcher and observer from the Faculty of Agriculture, Udayana University, Dr. Gusti Ngurah Alit Susanta Wirya, revealed it on Wednesday (May 29). Alit Susanta Wirya hoped that subak members started thinking about the post-harvest processing to increase the production value of the agricultural products on sale. For example, at Jatiluwih there was outsider being capable of cultivating Balinese rice. It should also be done by Balinese farmers through their subak organization if they were not technology illiterate. In this context, the government was required to provide access to technology and information to empower the farming communities. “In this increasingly tighter free competition era, the sources of information should be available in every subak if we want it to remain sustainable and become something favored by younger generations because it is promising in terms of improvement of quality of life,” he said. Further, he requested the private parties such as tourism industry in Bali to increase their concern and alignments to agricultural products of Bali. With high awareness, they should be willing to take advantage of the agricultural products yielded by local farmers or reduce the use of imported ones. As the other form of awareness, the tourism industry should also be able to portray themselves as foster father to farmer groups in their area. Through such relation, the tourism industry could forge farmers so as to produce quality agricultural products as required by tourism industry. “Do not persistently argue to be unwilling to take advantage of local agricultural production because of low quality and say it is not equivalent to the imported products. If it’s the problem, please help and forge farmers in Bali through a foster father so that they are able to produce agricultural products in accordance with the standards required by tourism industry,” he suggested. (kmb13)
Friday, May 31, 2013
Pucak Padang Dawa Temple:
Guarded by Deities at Nine Directions BTN
TABANAN - Pucak Padang Dawa Temple is known to have a unique function, namely as a sanctum to invoke taksu or life to profession and pasupati of the barong efﬁgy. On that account, every piodalan or anniversary of the temple perching on the hillside is always crowded by barong sanctiﬁed efﬁgies. Various kinds of barong from different regions across Bali are present and accompanied by bleganjur gamelan music as well as involve thousands of devotees. Procession of those barongs becomes a beautiful moment for tourists. Precisely, this temple is situated at Bangli village, Baturiti – Tabanan or approximately 43 km north of Denpasar. It is closed enough from Bedugul, namely around 8 km, 15 km from Jatiluwih and 25 km from Batukaru Temple. This temple belongs to khayangan jagat or universal temple as sanctum to worship the greatness of Supreme God in His manifestation as Hyang Shiva Pasupati. Local shamans (healers) and dancers commonly invoke their taksu in this temple. Pucak Padang Dawa has a set of sanctiﬁed efﬁgies in the form of puppet characters. They totally amount to nine and symbolize the Supreme God in the manifestations as the Gods of Nawa Sanga abiding in the nine directions. They consist of: (1) Anoman, in white color, symbolizing the Lord Ishvara, holding thunder-hammer weapon, symbolized with sacred script ‘Sang’ and abiding in the East; (2) Menda, light red, symbolizing Lord Maheshvara, incense weapon, sacred script ‘Nang’ and abiding in the Southeast; (3) Anggada, red, symbolizing Lord Brahma, club weapon, sacred script ‘Bang’ and abiding in the South; and (4) Sugriva, orange, symbolizing the Lord Rudra, sword weapon, sacred script ‘Mang’ and abiding in the Southwest. Then, (5) Sangut, yellow, symbolizing Lord Mahadev, snake-snare weapon, sacred script ‘Tang’ and abiding in the West; (6) Anila, green, symbolizing Lord Shankar, banner weapon, sacred script ‘Cing’ and abiding in the Northwest; (7) Delem, blackish, symbolizing Lord Vishnu, chakra weapon, sacred script ‘Ang’ and abiding in the North; (8) Anala, gray, symbolizing Lord Sambu, trident weapon, sacred script ‘Wang’ and abiding in the Northeast, and (9) Ravana, multicolor, symbolizing Lord Shiva, lotus weapon, sacred script ‘Ing’ and abiding in the Central. Temple anniversary of the Pucak Padang Dawa is based on pawukon system, namely falling on Buda Kliwon Pahang (March 7, 2012) celebrated once every 210 days. According to local tradition, the grandiose
anniversary is held once a year. Each anniversary is always attended by tens of barongs from Badung, Tabanan, Gianyar, Bangli and Jembrana. This temple is supported by some customary hamlets such as the Apit Yeh, Uma Poh, Titi Galar, Bangli, Munduk Andong, Sandan and Angseri. I Gusti Ngurah Darma Putra, a senior ﬁgure of Marga Grand Palace becoming the patron of the temple said that Pucak Padang Dawa Temple was founded around the seventeenth century. The Purana Dewa Bangsul mentioned the name of Pucak Padang Dawa was derived from the name of Mount Padang Dawa, the place where the temple sat. Padang meant light in Balinese language while dawa mean long. Therefore, padang dawa meant the very long light towering into the sky in the form of vertical line. “According to local people, such a wonder was once seen by devotees on the grandiose temple anniversary, precisely on Buda Kliwon on July 14, 1976. It was a very beautiful sight,” he explained. Ahead of the temple anniversary, it was preceded with puriﬁcatory rite. Sanctiﬁed efﬁgies are escorted to the temples existing at the villages. Southwards, they did puriﬁcation to Sadha Temple at Kapal village; eastwards they did it at Campuan Ubud and Lake Beratan; then, the processions were resumed to Batu Bolong temple at Canggu - Badung. This ngelawang or gallivanting show tradition was carried out every 5 years. “When people had a starvation, plague, or economic crisis, the sanctiﬁed efﬁgies in the Pucak Padang Dawa would be escorted to perform gallivanting show,” he added. Good destination for excursion
Atmosphere exuded by this temple is very cool because it is surrounded by rice fields and plantation where people grow rice, maize and vegetables. Similarly, some emerging volcanic rocks can be seen here. In the morning, the sun shining brightly and breaking the ridge fogs makes the mountain setting look so beautiful. Meanwhile, at the surrounding lies a garden planted with flowers like champak, hibiscus and others supporting the religious activities in the temple. They engender a peaceful and beautiful impression. In this temple, you will feel cool because every day the mountain blows moist natural air. This area was once used as tourism route by some entrepreneurs in Tabanan, by starting from Bedugul and then watched magnificent sunset at Tanah Lot within a one-day trip. (015)
Onslaught of the abrasion along the coastal areas of Tabanan belongs to critical category. Nearly 75 percent of the beaches in the region are damaged as battered by abrasion.
Abrasion in Tabanan critical Bali pPost
TABANAN - Onslaught of the abrasion along the coastal areas of Tabanan belongs to critical category. Nearly 75 percent of the beaches in the region are damaged as battered by abrasion. More tragically, Tabanan government does not have enough budgets to make improvement, especially reclamation. As a result, each year the damage level is worsening. Of the existing damage, only ﬁve hectares of coastal areas get a forestation program by planting 8,250 trees. The length of beach in Tabanan approximately reaches 37 kilometers. Of this length, only 10 kilometers remains in beautiful condition, while the rest is badly damaged as crushed by coastal abrasion. “High waves and coastal currents trigger the abrasion in Tabanan. Its condition is quite alarming,” said the Head of Tabanan Public Works, Gusti Ngurah Anom Antara, Tuesday (May 14). The damage, said Anom, was divided into severely, moderately and lightly damaged. The most severe damage occurred at some points such as Kedungu Beach, Nyanyi Beach, Yeh Gangga up to Kelating and several locations in West Selemadeg. According to him, the damage was the responsibility of the Water Resources Agency for Bali and Nusa Penida Region. “Improvement of coastal infrastructure lies in the authority of Water Resources Agency for Bali-Nusa Penida Region. We are only limited to providing supporting movement, such as reforestation and others,” he
explained. He added that his party made regular monitoring to coastal damage every three months. The results were then reported to the Water Resources Agency. Inadequate budget of local government made the handling of abrasion just wait for the help from central government. All this time, he said, more budgetary support was obtained from central government so that the process was longer. Meanwhile, the Bali government recently gave a project for handling the Yeh Gangga beach, Sudimara village, Tabanan. “Bali government budget is emergency nature for handling coastal region, while the regular budget is not available,” he said. Nevertheless, his party remained to make a program for coastal conservation. One of them was by organizing greening movement to save the beach. However, the raging sea waves often harmed the existing safeguarding infrastructure. Moreover, the position of Tabanan beach was directly in contact with the fero-
cious Indonesian Ocean. Chairman of the Indonesian Fishermen Association (HNSI) Tabanan, Ketut ‘Sadam’ Arsana Yasa, also deplored the abrasion overwhelming the coast of Tabanan. He noted that many beaches were in critical point due to the onslaught of abrasion. Even, the numbers continued to grow. “Unfortunately, the abrasion handling by government remains very minimal,” he protested. It was discernible from many damaged beaches and had not got maximal handling. Sadam said due to the abrasion, condition of the beach was increasingly steep. Formerly, around in 1970s, the distance of beach from sea water was quite far. But after the abrasion, sea water distance to the beach was only about one meter with the width of only some three meters. The man from Pasut, Tibubiu village, Kerambitan, proposed a green initiative rather than making concrete safeguarding on the beach because it was more easily destroyed by waves. (udi)
Friday, May 31, 2013
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A collapsed power line sits on a vehicle as debris are seen on a street after Hurricane Barbara passed through Arriaga, in the state of Chiapas May 29, 2013.
Barbara weakens to tropical storm, kills 2 people Associated Press Writer
OAXACA, Mexico — Hurricane Barbara drenched a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico’s southern Paciﬁc coast with rain Wednesday after making the second-earliest landfall since reliable record-keeping began in 1966. It quickly lost strength over land but not before killing at least two people, including a man identiﬁed by local ofﬁcials as a U.S. surfer. By evening, Barbara had weakened to a tropical storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The director of civil defense for Oaxaca state, Manuel Maza Sanchez, said a 61-year-old man from Colorado died while surﬁng at Playa Azul, a beach near the resort town of Puerto Escondido, when Barbara made landfall at midafternoon as a Category 1 hurricane about 120 miles (200 kilometers) to the east. He said the man was dragged out by waves kicked up by Barbara and then battered against the shore. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City was not immediately able to conﬁrm the man’s name, nationality or hometown. Maza Sanchez also said a 26-year-old Mexican man drowned in the nearby city of Pinotepa Nacional while trying to cross a rain-swollen creek. Farther to the east, near the landfall
area, 14 ﬁshermen who set out to sea Wednesday morning from the town of Tapanatepec had been reported missing, Maza said. Barbara came ashore with winds of about 75 mph (120 kph) and lost power as it moved inland. By Wednesday night, maximum sustained winds had dropped to 50 mph (85 kph) as the storm slogged northward, but ﬂooding was reported in some areas and remained a threat. On May 23, the National Hurricane Center had said odds favor a below-normal hurricane season in the eastern Paciﬁc for 2013. It said 11 to 16 named storms were likely, below the 15-storm annual average for 1981-2010. But Barbara appeared to start the Paciﬁc season unusually early, and it also made landfall farther east than any other Paciﬁc hurricane since 1966. Such storms often form closer to the
resort of Acapulco, to the west. Ofﬁcials in Oaxaca had rushed to prepare emergency shelters and suspended school for children in coastal communities as rain began lashing the coast when the storm formed close to shore. The area ﬁrst hit by the storm is a largely undeveloped stretch of coastal lagoons, punctuated by small ﬁshing villages. The major Gulf oil port of Coatzacoalcos is located on the other side of the narrow waist of Mexico known as the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. But the hurricane center predicted Barbara would dissipate into a rain system well before reaching Coatzacoalcos. Maza Sanchez said classes would be suspended at schools along the coast for the rest of the week. Storm shelters were set up in 20 towns and hamlets, and such shelters are often installed at schools.
LASHIO, Myanmar - Hundreds of Muslim families sheltered in a heavily guarded Buddhist monastery on Thursday after two days of violence in the northern Myanmar city of Lashio left Muslim properties in ruins and raised alarm over a widening religious conﬂict. About 1,200 Muslims were taken to Mansu Monastery after Buddhist mobs terrorized the city on Wednesday, a move that could signal the resolve of a government criticized for its slow response to previous religious violence. The unrest in Lashio, a city about 700 km (430 miles) from Myanmar’s commercial capital of Yangon, shows how far anti-Muslim violence has spread in the Buddhist-dominated country as it emerges from decades of hardline military rule. One man was killed and ﬁve people wounded in Wednesday’s clashes, presidential spokesman Ye Htut said in a statement. A senior police ofﬁcer, who declined to be identiﬁed, told Reuters the dead man was a Muslim and the ﬁve injured were Buddhists, including a journalist attacked by a Buddhist mob. He said 300 soldiers and 200 police were enforcing security in Lashio, a city of 130,000 people near Myanmar’s northeastern border with China. The authorities moved quickly to stem the violence in Lashio by deploying troops, banning unlawful assembly under a state of emergency, and setting up roadblocks to stop troublemakers entering the city. Spokesman Ye Htut said 25 people were under investigation for the violence.
Saudi Arabia reports 3 more deaths from new virus Associated Press Writer
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia has reported that three more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths globally to 30. The Ministry of Health said Thursday the three deceased, ranging in age from 24 to 60, had chronic diseases, including kidney failure. It says they were hospitalized a month ago. The Ministry also announced a new case of the respiratory virus called MERS, bringing to 38 the number of those infected in the kingdom. It identiﬁed the afﬂicted person only as a 61-year-old from the Al-Ahsa region where the outbreak in a health care facility started in April. The World Health Organization said the new germ, a respiratory infection, was ﬁrst seen in the Middle East and sickened more than 49 people worldwide.
German anti-euro leader open to working with Merkel Reuters
BERLIN - The leader of Germany’s new anti-euro party has signalled a readiness to cooperate with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc after elections in September if it takes a tougher line on aid to struggling euro zone members. The comments by Bernd Lucke, an economics professor and founder of the “Alternative for Germany” (AfD), suggest a newfound willingness to work within the established political system if the party makes it into parliament. In its ofﬁcial programme, approved in mid-April, the AfD demands an “orderly dismantling” of the euro zone and return to national currencies. But in an interview with Reuters, Lucke suggested the party might be satisﬁed with a course that stops short of a full breakup of the currency bloc if it could exact concessions on bailouts from established parties. “I could imagine cooperating with a centre-right government if this coalition was prepared to accept signiﬁcantly tougher conditions on aid from the ESM,” Lucke said, referring to the euro zone’s rescue mechanism. “In other words, only paying out aid tranches when bailed out countries really fulﬁll their obligations. At the moment, when a country like Greece or Portugal fails to meet the criteria, they receive aid regardless, because we are told they made a decent effort.”
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Marquez admits Mugello will be the toughest test yet Marc Marquez concedes that Mugello could be one of the most testing rounds of his debut MotoGP campaign. Aside from retirements, the Italian track was the only venue at which Marquez failed to ﬁnish on the podium during his run to last year’s Moto2 crown. The Spaniard, who lost the championship lead to Dani Pedrosa following a wet Le Mans race, stressed the importance of hitting the ground running at the Italian venue. “Mugello is perhaps one of the most difﬁcult [circuits] in the world championship,” Marquez said. “It has many changes of direction so we must work hard from the beginning to ﬁnd the right set up. “These coming races will be very important as they are difﬁcult circuits and we must remain focused.
“The other riders are so fast in Mugello so I’m sure it’s going to be tough, but as always we will try our 100 per cent.” The 20-year-old did triumph at Mugello during his 2011 Moto2 campaign and also the previous year in 125cc, when he fought his way through from sixth on the grid. His works Honda stablemate Dani Pedrosa, whose dominant win at Le Mans moved him into an sixpoint championship lead, added: “Mugello is a nice track and one that I really enjoy to ride. “It’s a fast track with long corners so it’s important to have a good feeling with the bike. “I’ve managed to relax this week and I feel good physically, so I hope we can arrive in Mugello, the bike works well there too and we can do a good race.”
Mayweather announces Alvarez ﬁght on Twitter Associated Press Writer LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather will ﬁght young Mexican star Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand. “I chose my opponent for September 14th and it’s Canelo Alvarez,” Mayweather said Wednesday night on Twitter. “I’m giving the fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand.” Alvarez sent a tweet in Spanish announcing the ﬁght. The 36-year-old Mayweather is unbeaten in 44 ﬁghts, the last a unanimous 12-round decision over Robert Guerrero on May 4 at the MGM Grand in defense of his WBC welterweight title ﬁght. Alvarez is 42-0-1. The 22-year-old ﬁghter uniﬁed the WBC and WBA super welterweight titles April 20 in San Antonio with a unanimous victory over Austin Trout. The ﬁght will be contested at a catch weight of 152 pounds (69 kilograms) and offers a rare bout between two unbeaten ﬁghters in their primes. “Floyd has said from Day 1 that he wants to give fans the best ﬁght out there and here it is,” Mayweather’s co-manager, Leonard Ellerbe, told the AP. “We have the two biggest stars in the sport and they’re ﬁghting each other Sept. 14.” The bout will be the second in Mayweather’s six-ﬁght, 30-month contract with Showtime that could pay him more than $200 million.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, reacts toward his father Floyd Mayweather Sr. after defeating Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision during a WBC welterweight title ﬁght, Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Las Vegas.
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Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns against India’s Somdev Devvarman in their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Federer won in three sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.
Federer dishes out brutal lesson to Devvarman Reuters
PARIS - Somdev Devvarman discovered one of tennis’s most brutal truths on Wednesday that after 17 grand slam titles there is little room for mercy in Roger Federer’s relentless pursuit of success. The Swiss inﬂicted a bruising 6-2 6-1 6-1 French Open defeat on his Indian opponent in a second round tie that lasted a little over an hour and was so one-sided that it did nothing to ﬁrm up the 2009 champion’s title credentials. Yet for 188th-ranked Devvarman, it was a painful lesson in what separates the very best from those who ply their trade on the other side of the tennis tracks. “I felt like I was playing wheelchair tennis and he was just playing on a PlayStation,” he said, showing as much sensitivity to political correctness as his groundstrokes had bite. Not that Devvarman, who had never been past the second round of a grand slam and came through the exhausting qualifying competition, was expecting any favours. “It is a grand slam and you just don’t expect a guy to take their foot off the pedal. He was probably a little worried about the rain or the light and didn’t want to spend too much time on court.” The difference between the two players stood out as soon as the pair
walked out to greet fans on Roland Garros’s second showpiece court, Suzanne Lenglen. There was an authority about the way the Federer strode into the arena compared to his more difﬁdent opponent, and when the action began, every shot he made had a bucket load of extra ﬁzz. He was never put under pressure and ruthlessly exploited his opponent’s frailties. The Swiss did not lose a point until the third game and took the ﬁrst set in just 23 minutes with two breaks of serve. He broke a further three times in both the second and third sets as Devvarman wilted further. “Nobody out there is excited to see Roger on the other side of the net,” was how Devvarman analysed the occasion. “You feel like he can really hurt you from any part of the court. “Whenever I felt I was ahead in the point, he hits a big slice or he a forehand that you don’t see coming and the next thing you know you are back on neutral terms.
“Then the guy’s offense is probably the best in the game and he has no holes. His record speaks for itself and I don’t think I have to boast for him.” For Federer, it was more than anything a test of concentration rather than an opportunity to iron out creases in his game. He is expecting a tougher test against third round opponent, Julien Benneteau who beat him in Rotterdam in February and pushed him hard in a ﬁve-setter at Wimbledon last year. “I deﬁnitely think the next match is going to be a big test for me to see exactly where I stand,” the Swiss said. “I’m happy that I have played offensive and aggressive tennis in the ﬁrst two matches, because I had the opportunity. “I didn’t back off and start to play passive tennis and wait for mistakes. So I took it to my opponent, and I think that’s what’s good about it. “But to be honest, I will only know more after the Benneteau match.”
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La Liga braces for nervewracking season ﬁnale Reuters
MADRID - Champions Barcelona have the chance ﬁnish with a record-equalling 100 points in La Liga’s ﬁnal round of matches, but the main drama will be in the ﬁght to avoid the three relegation berths on Saturday. Barca coach Tito Vilanova has already secured a league crown in his ﬁrst season at the helm, but can ensure a special place in the history books with a win at home to Malaga (1700 GMT) that would see them match Real Madrid’s record points haul from last season. Standing in his way is Manuel Pellegrini, who has already announced he is leaving Qatariowned Malaga and on Wednesday said he had a verbal agreement to join Manchester City. Runners up Real will also be bidding farewell to their boss Jose Mourinho, widely tipped to be making a return to Chelsea, when they host Osasuna at the Bernabeu (1500) in a game with nothing riding on it. The rest of La Liga’s matches all kick-off at 1900 with one place into the Champions League play-offs and three into the Europa League to be decided. At the foot of the standings, four teams separated by two
points are battling to avoid the three tickets into the second division. Most eyes will be focused on Real Sociedad’s trip to play Deportivo La Coruna at the Riazor where the ﬁnal result affects top and bottom. One of the season’s most entertaining sides Sociedad slipped down to ﬁfth with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Real Madrid last weekend, and lie two points short of their only rival for the last slot in Europe’s elite club competition, Valencia. Sevilla, in ninth, play hosts when former boss Unai Emery could spoil hopes of a much needed ﬁnancial windfall for fourth-placed Valencia. Deportivo hold the key to the relegation battle in 17th with 35 points as a win would condemn 18th-placed Celta Vigo (34), 19thplaced Real Zaragoza (34) and basement side Real Mallorca (33) to the drop regardless of their re-
TERMINALLY ILL “We’ve had three coaches, the club has gone into administration, and we were almost declared terminally ill,” Depor’s leading scorer Riki, 32, told a news conference. “If we manage to stay up it will be the most important event of my career, even better than winning promotion last year.” Depor’s Galician rivals Celta host Espanyol with 17-year-old goalkeeper Ruben Blanco set make his ﬁrst start for the club, having debuted last weekend as a substitute after Javi Varas dislocated his elbow. Reserve keeper Sergio Alvarez is also injured. “We know what he can do because he has been training with us all season; the squad have complete and absolute conﬁdence in him,” Celta midﬁelder Natxo Insa said of Blanco.
Pellegrini says he has verbal deal with Man City Associated Press Writer
MALAGA, Spain - Manuel Pellegrini has told a Spanish television network that he has a verbal agreement with Manchester City to become the Premier League club’s next manager. “Even though until we have signed nothing is done, City has shown a lot of interest in me becoming its next coach,” Pellegrini told Canal Sur on Wednesday. “My agent has spoken a lot with them. The deal is not done, but there shouldn’t be a problem. I have a verbal agreement with them and I hope that it is honored.” The 59-year-old Chilean coach announced last week he was leaving Spanish club Malaga despite having two seasons left on his contract. He has since been linked to a move to City to replace the fired Roberto Mancini. Pellegrini said that he had “many offers” but that he chose City because it represents a “great project.” Pellegrini, who earned his reputation as a strategist at Villarreal before spending one season at Real Madrid, will coach his last game for Malaga on Saturday at Barcelona. Malaga is trying to secure a Europa League spot despite being barred by UEFA from European competition for one season for not paying player wages and taxes on time. It has appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Belgium downs US 4-2 in friendly Associated Press Writer
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FC Barcelona’s Pedro kicks the ball to scores against Espanyol during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Sunday, May 26, 2013.
CLEVELAND - Christian Benteke scored two of Belgium’s three second-half goals in a decisive 4-2 win over the United States in an international friendly Wednesday. Boasting a squad including 10 English Premier League players, Belgium overpowered a U.S. team that has some work to do on defense before it can think about making the field for next year’s World Cup in Brazil. After Kevin Mirallas opened the scoring for Belgium in the sixth minute, Geoff Cameron equalized in the 22nd to leave the scores level at 1-1 at halftime. Aston Villa striker Benteke scored in the 56th and 71st minutes for Belgium - ranked 15th in the world - and Marouane Fellaini added another in the 64th. Clint Dempsey converted a penalty in the 80th minute for the United States. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann expected Belgium to offer a stiff challenge for his evolving team, which is missing several key players. And while the Americans had some nice moments, the Belgians controlled the game from the outset. Klinsmann said it was a good learning experience for his squad to play against one of the world’s best teams. “This is why we want to play teams like Belgium and like Germany and like Russia.” Klinsmann said, “because there is so much that you can read from those games and there is so much you can see. Obviously, you want to win them. But I would rather play Belgium 10 more times than El Salvador 100 times because that is when you learn.”
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Stoke hires Mark Hughes as manager Associated Press Writer
STOKE, England — Mark Hughes returned to football management on Thursday with Premier League club Stoke, hoping to prove his critics wrong after a disappointing spell at Queens Park Rangers. The 49-year-old Hughes, a former Manchester United and Chelsea striker, was ﬁred by struggling London club QPR in November. “(Stoke) have looked maybe beyond my last position and taken my career as a manager as a whole,” Hughes said. “It was difﬁcult (at QPR), mistakes were made. Certainly I made mistakes which I will learn from.” Hughes was hired by Stoke on a three-year contract to replace Tony Pulis, who left earlier this month after seven seasons following a 13th-place ﬁnish. “I have listened to what people have said as my managerial ability and I will use it as a motivation,” Hughes said. Hughes, who also played for Barcelona and Bayern Munich, will be hoping to revive his managerial fortunes, which have been patchy since making his debut in the dugout with Wales. After playing 72 matches for Wales, Hughes took charge of his national team in 1999 and came close to reaching a ﬁrst major tournament since 1958. He left in 2004 to move into club management at Blackburn, transforming the northern English club from relegation candidates into a side that twice qualiﬁed for the UEFA Cup through top-six ﬁnishes. Hughes was enticed to Manchester City in 2008 but, after a change in ownership to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour, he was ﬁred the following year after failing to deliver a title despite more than $300 million being invested in players. Hughes was back in work with Fulham ahead of the 2010-11 season, but resigned at the end of the campaign to “further my experiences.” That turned out to be managing London rival Queens Park Rangers from January 2012. After keeping QPR in the Premier League on the ﬁnal day of that season in May, Hughes was ﬁred in November after a dismal start to the new campaign that saw the club fail to win in 12 games. From afar, he saw QPR ultimately relegated earlier this month. At Stoke, Hughes will be expected to carry on the work done by Pulis, who guided the team into the Premier League and stabilized them. Despite an FA Cup ﬁnal appearance in 2011, when Manchester City won, some fans had grown tired of what they considered a dated style of football and Stoke ultimately decided it was time for Pulis to leave. Hughes wants to turn the team into a stronger, attacking force, but will not rush any changes. “It’s not a case of wiping away the hard work that’s been put in place in previous seasons,” Hughes said.
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English Premier League soccer club Stoke City present their new manager Mark Hughes at their Clayton Wood training ground, Stoke-on-Trent, England, Thursday, May 30, 2013.
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Republic of Ireland’s supporters cheer on their team during their international friendly soccer match against England at Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
England held 1-1 by Ireland in peaceful match Associated Press Writer
LONDON - At least this time England and Ireland managed to complete their match. A scrappy, but peaceful, 1-1 draw on Wednesday left both teams at Wembley Stadium breathing a huge sigh of relief. This was the ﬁrst time the rivals had faced each other on a football pitch since hooliganism forced the abandonment of a game between them after 28 minutes, 18 years ago. England fans, who rioted during the 1995 game in Dublin, heeded the warning of England coach Roy Hodgson by mostly refraining from anti-Irish chanting at Wembley Stadium. “There’s so much negativity around,” Hodgson said. “But both sets of fans were vocal and ... behaved well. The only thing which stops this evening being a really good evening for me is that we
didn’t win the game.” The potential for provocation was avoided during the national anthems as the music was turned up to full volume, leaving some speakers crackling and the few “No surrender” chants by England fans inaudible to most of the ground. As England and Ireland held each other to a 1-1 draw for the third consecutive match, the only troublesome moment came when ﬂares were set off, shrouding part of the pitch in green smoke. The game was largely uneventful. Shane Long headed Ireland in front after 13 minutes and Frank Lampard leveled 10 minutes later with his 29th England goal. In the second half, Ireland goalkeeper David Forde denied Theo Walcott twice and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. “We had sufﬁcient dominance and sufﬁcient goal chances to win the game,” Hodgson said before
stressing: “I thought that we played well enough.” While England heads to Brazil for a friendly against the 2014 World Cup hosts on Sunday, Ireland - fourth in its qualifying group - prepares for a qualiﬁer against the Faro Islands on June 7. England’s sloppy play reﬂected its struggle to qualify for the World Cup. England is second in its group, two points behind Montenegro with ﬁve games remaining. “We do have a lot of ﬁrepower not available for us,” Hodgson said. “I’ll just have to hope that ﬁrepower is available in September and October.” More signiﬁcant on Wednesday was the chance to show that tensions between the countries have thawed. “Everyone was a bit worried, but the two sets of fans were great,” Ireland captain Robbie Keane said.
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Ceking, a Sweet and Panoramic Tourist Attraction IBP
It is the atmosphere offered by Ceking tourist attraction located in Tegallalang, Gianyar. The attraction relies on the natural beauty and has indeed become a favorite place to foreign tourists. Such amazing view is often taken advantage as a photo background. “Tourists visiting Ceking are surely taking pictures with the background of terraced rice ﬁelds,” said Ms. Dayu, one of the souvenir sellers at the object. Indeed, it is the ﬂagship attraction of Ceking tourism village. The attraction and charm it offers are truly compelling. Every day, more than ﬁve hundred tourists are making a visiting. Other than from Europe, they also come from many other countries like Asia, Australia and Russia. “From 09.00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. the Ceking tourist attraction is visited by myriad tourists,” she said. Having meals at this object also offers a fantastic atmosphere. Bijou gazebos perched on a cliff are spectacular. Alternatively, visitors can sit by crossing leg amidst the nuance of local plants. Aura of the location is very pleasant as graced by streams of the river
nearby. Menus on offer are very diverse. “Sometimes, there are tourists who just come for lunch, whether individually or in group,” said the woman having got involved in selling for 23 years. Tourists making a visit usually come after watching Barong Dance in Batubulan. Meanwhile, some others are going directly to Kintamani. “Besides, there are also tourists coming back after lunch,” she added. Chief of Ceking customary village, Pande Wayan Karsa, said the Ceking attraction lately had been doing some improvements. One of them was designing a trekking route to the area of rice paddies. “Management has prepared a tourist attraction by providing a route of trekking. Hopefully, this can run smoothly,” he said. The tourist attraction was managed by customary village through a management agency. To preserve the rice ﬁeld, the management made cooperation with the rice ﬁeld owners. “On that account, all tourists coming to Ceking tourist attraction are charged with a levy,” he concluded.
If you travel to Kintamani attraction through Ubud, you will ﬁnd a very beautiful and sweet place. Its beauty is almost the same as Jatiluwih. Green terraced rice ﬁelds, towering coconut trees, birds and beetle perch on tree branches are only some of the attractions. Farmers are working on their farmland diligently. Their style and activities generate a very unique moment to enjoy. Sometimes, their activities are accompanied with the sound of water and cool breeze, while the old farmers become the attraction to visiting tourists. When expressing a friendly smile, they greet visitors familiarly while saying ‘Hello ... hello ....!’
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Freeport starts activities after incident Antara
SENTANI - Operational activities at open pits and mills at USowned PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua have resumed following a training facility incident recently that killed 28 people. Daisy Primayanti, the company’s corporate communications vice president, said here on Thursday that mining inspectors of the Indonesian ministry of energy and mineral resources had already finished their initial investigation of the incident and given recommendation for the operational activities. “Based on the recommendation maintaining activities have been carried out at PTFI’s underground operational facilities,” she said. In view of that she said production activities are expected to resume immediately after inspection is done in coordination with the authorities concerned. “The company is currently still conducting evaluation in connection with the impact (of the incident) on production activities and would inform about the result later,” she said. Daisy said the company would abide by recommendation from the ministry of energy and mineral resources and would continue to cooperate fully with the government, adding that the company has also informed about it to all workers. “Today our workers and contractors have continued their working activities like before. The company would keep emphasizing the importance of safety following the resumption of activities,” she said. Daisy said the company would put safety as its main priority and workers as its main assets.
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Displaced residents immerse themselves in massive mud deposits from the mud volcano in Sidoarjo village, located on Indonesia’s eastern Java island on May 29, 2013 to dramatize their sufferings during a protest marking the seventh year of the disaster. Experts believe the gas drilling company Lapindo Brantas, controlled by the family of powerful Indonesian tycoon Aburizal Bakrie, was responsible for the disaster that permanently buried 12 villages.
Policeman publicly caned in Indonesia’s Aceh Government draws up action plan for addressing illegal ﬁshing
BANDA ACEH - An Indonesian policeman has been publicly caned for gambling, an official said Wednesday, the first police officer in the staunchly Muslim province of Aceh to receive the punishment. A 500-strong crowd watched as Irwanuddin, who goes by one name, received six strokes on a stage outside a mosque in the town of Sabang, which lies on a small island, said public prosecutor Darwin. A court in Aceh, the only Indonesian province to enforce strict Islamic law, found him guilty of taking bets for a lucky numbers game. Two other civilians were also found guilty but they fled and were not caned alongside the policeman on Tuesday, said Darwin. Irwanuddin was originally due to be caned on Thursday last week, but a group of police officers intervened and took him away before the punishment could be carried out. However, the incident provoked a public outcry which forced the police to hand over the convicted officer. Aceh, on the northwestern tip of the Indonesian archipelago, was granted broad autonomy under a 2005 deal to end a long-running separatist conflict, including the right to implement sharia law.
JAKARTA - The government through the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is drawing up a national action plan for addressing illegal fishing, a ministry official has said. In a written statement to Antara here on Thursday, the Director General of Marine and Fisheries Resources Surveillance, Syahrin Abdurrahman, said the national action plan was being drawn up for preventing and addressing the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. Syahrin said the draft of the national action plan has been signed by Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Sharif Cicip Sutardjo as the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Decision No.50/ MEN/2012. The director general of Marine and Fisheries Resources Surveillance noted that the the Maritime
Affairs and Fisheries Minister Decision was also intended to be reference for every organizational unit within the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry in its effort to prevent and address the illegal fishing activities. “The tackling of illegal fishing is done through a cooperation and coordination with ministry of transportation, navy, and water police,” Syahrin said. He explained that the act aimed to support the orderly and sustainable management and development of fisheries. According to him, efforts to combat illegal fishing activities in Indonesia were made by among others adopting or ratifying international rules. Syahrin said Indonesia had asked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help control illegal fishing activities in the country.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Newsweek up for sale, again Agence France-Presse
WASHINGTON - IAC chairman Barry Diller said Wednesday that longtime news magazine Newsweek, which ended its print publication last year in favor of digital, was back on the auction block. “Yeah, we’d like to,” Diller said during an AllThingsD conference interview when asked whether IAC was trying to sell Newsweek. “I want to get back to focusing on The Daily Beast, because I think The Daily Beast has an unlimited future and it is how we started,” he continued. “I got seduced into Newsweek.” Newsweek merged with the online news site in 2010, although each continues to have its own brand. The ﬁnal Newsweek magazine hit newsstands in December featuring an ironic hashtag as a symbol of its Twitterera transition to an all-digital format. The second-largest weekly news magazine in the United States had been grappling with a steep drop in print advertising revenue, steadily declining circulation and the migration of readers to free news online. “We started The Daily Beast and were the ﬁrst one to do a non-aggregation news site on the Internet, and it worked really well,” Diller said. “We somehow got into Newsweek, this print book,” he continued. “It has taken this year-and-a-half of focus, very unpleasantly.” The ﬁrst report on the possible sale came from Variety, which quoted unnamed sources familiar with the intentions of parent company IAC. But a staff memo circulated online from Newsweek chief Baba Shetty and editor-in-chief Tina Brown appeared to conﬁrm the report. “Our obligation was to turn the business around, and develop a breakthrough digital product. We’ve done just that,” the memo said. “So why explore a sale now? The simple reason is focus. Newsweek is a powerful brand, but its demands have taken attention and focus away from The Daily Beast.” The Washington Post sold Newsweek to California billionaire Sidney Harman for one dollar in 2010, ahead of a deal with IAC to merge the magazine with the online operation to become known familiarly as “Newsbeast.” At the time of the sale in 2010, Newsweek had piled up more than $70 million in losses over the prior two years and had forecast more red ink. After Harman’s death in 2011, his family ended its contributions to Newsweek.
Customers select the pieces of pork at a supermarket in Yichang, central China’s Hubei province on May 30, 2013. Optimism about proﬁtability among European companies in China has fallen to an all-time low, a survey showed Thursday, with only 29 percent saying the outlook was positive in the world’s number two economy.
EU business optimism in China at all-time low Agence France-Presse
BEIJING - Optimism about proﬁtability among European companies in China has fallen to an all-time low, a survey showed Thursday, with only 29 percent saying the outlook was positive in the world’s number two economy. The statistic in the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China poll of more than 500 of its members was down from 34 percent last year and the lowest since the ﬁrst survey in 2004. “Financial performance is worsening and optimism about proﬁtability is at its lowest ebb,” Davide Cucino, president of the Euro-
pean Chamber, said in a statement. The survey, which was carried out in March, showed 64 percent of respondents reported proﬁtability for 2012, down from 73 percent in the previous year. The underperforming Chinese economy was a key reason dampening market sentiment as a stronger recovery had been expected, Adam Dunnett, secretary general of the European Chamber, told a press conference. “The ﬁgures that we’ve seen coming out of the National Bureau of Statistics... have shown... we are in for a longer haul, so I think that has caught some people by surprise that it hasn’t been a sooner recovery,” he said.
China’s economy grew 7.8 percent in 2012 -- its slowest pace in 13 years -- and registered a surprisingly weak 7.7 percent expansion in the ﬁrst three months of this year, well below forecasts. Other challenges faced by European companies operating in the country included increased competition, rising labour costs and a sluggish global economy, according to the survey. The situation was exacerbated by China’s limits on market access and a demanding and sometimes discriminatory regulatory environment, which led to lost revenues estimated at 17.5 billion euros ($22.7 billion) last year, said Davide.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Man accused of killing UK soldier appears in court Associated Press Writer
LONDON — A man accused of killing a British soldier in London appeared in court to conﬁrm his name, address and date of birth. Michael Adebowale, 22, was handcuffed during the brief appearance Wednesday. He was allowed to sit down while giving information because he is still recovering from being shot by police. He is one of two men suspected of attacking Lee Rigby. The other, 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo, remains hospitalized and has not been charged. The daylight attack on Rigby by two men wielding knives and meat cleavers has raised tensions in Britain. It is being seen as a possible terror attack by Muslim extremists. Security was extremely tight for Adebowale’s ﬁrst court appearance. He is scheduled to be back in court Monday for another hearing and remains in custody.
China says has no need to steal U.S. military secrets Reuters AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon
In this May 29, 2013 photo, South Korean protesters stage a rally urging China to stop repatriating North Korean defectors in front of the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea.
Activists criticize reported NKorean repatriation Associated Press Writer
SEOUL, South Korea — Human rights groups on Thursday demanded that North Korea guarantee the safety of nine of its citizens who reportedly ﬂed to Laos, only to be apprehended and sent back home. Seven men and two women were flown home Tuesday via China despite a request from South Korea that Beijing not repatriate them, the Chosun Ilbo daily newspaper in Seoul reported Thursday, citing unidentified South Korean government officials. The Yonhap news agency provided the same information, citing a Foreign Ministry official in Seoul. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry declined to confirm the report. Close to 25,000 North Koreans have come to South Korea since the end of the Korean War. The vast majority of them hid in China and Southeast Asian countries including Laos, Thailand and Vietnam before flying to Seoul. China, North Korea’s foremost ally, does not recognize the defectors as asylum seekers and has been known to return them to Pyongyang. Activists say defectors caught leaving North Korea without state permission could face prison and even torture. Under North Korean law, de-
fectors face a minimum of five years of hard labor and as much as life in prison or the death penalty in cases deemed particularly serious. “North Korea has to come clean on where these nine refugees are and publicly guarantee that they will not be harmed or retaliated against for having fled the country,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch. “As a result of their return, they are at dire risk.” The Yonhap report said the defectors, aged between 15 and 23, entered Laos through China on May 9 and were caught by Laotian authorities May 16. According to the North’s ofﬁcial Korean Central News Agency, a delegation from the Laotian capital of Vientiane visited North Korea on May 20. Laos sent the defectors to China on Monday before they were sent to North Korea a day later, Yonhap reported. Several attempts to contact ofﬁcials in Laos, a secretive and strict socialist regime in Southeast Asia, were unsuccessful.
“It’s tragic and disappointing,” Kim Eun-young, an activist with the Seoul-based Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, said Thursday of the reported repatriation. “We fear defectors will now feel more intimidated about trying to come to South Korea through Laos or other Southeast Asian countries.” In Seoul, protesters pleaded Wednesday with the South Korean government to step up efforts to stop the repatriation of the North Koreans. Nine “young lives were in your hands,” read one sign addressed to Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. The number of North Koreans who settle in South Korea had been rising over several years before peaking in 2009 with nearly 3,000 arrivals. The South Korean constitution guarantees North Koreans citizenship after the government can establish that they are not spies. Flows have slowed significantly since then. Last year, just over 1,500 arrived in South Korea, according to the government in Seoul.
BEIJING - China’s Defense Ministry dismissed as ridiculous on Thursday a U.S. report that Chinese hackers have gained access to designs of more than two dozen major U.S. weapons systems, saying the country needed no outside help for its military development. The Washington Post cited a U.S. Defense Science Board report as saying that the compromised U.S. designs included those for combat aircraft and ships, as well as missile defenses vital for Europe, Asia and the Gulf. Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng dismissed the report, which the Pentagon and other U.S. defense ofﬁcials have downplayed as outdated and overstated. “It both underestimates the Pentagon’s defensive security abilities and the Chinese people’s intelligence,” Geng told a monthly news brieﬁng, according to a transcript on the ministry’s website (www. mod.gov.cn). “China absolutely has the ability to build the weapons needed for national security,” he said. “Recently China’s aircraft carrier, new ﬁghter jets and transport aircraft ... have clearly shown this.” China routinely denies hacking allegations leveled at it. President Barack Obama will discuss cyber security with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in California next week, as Washington becomes increasingly worried about Chinese hacking of U.S. military networks.
A Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldier stands guard in front of ‘Unit 61398’, a secretive Chinese military unit, in the outskirts of Shanghai, February 19, 2013.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Fashion writer Suzy Menkes to sell her own clothes online Reuters
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FILE - In this April 6, 2013 ﬁle picture Dortmund’s Santana . reacts during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg in Dortmund, Germany.
Adidas and Puma take rivalry to European soccer ﬁnal
LONDON - Suzy Menkes, doyenne of the fashion press, says she plans to auction off part of her own label-strewn wardrobe at a twoweek online sale in July. The International Herald Tribune fashion editor, a regular on the front row at catwalk shows of the world’s top designers from Giorgio Armani to Diane von Furstenberg, will open bids for 80 lots of clothes on July 11 in the Christie’s sale. “I have never thrown anything out of my wardrobe since 1964,” she said in a statement on Tuesday. Menkes will sell coats, dresses, skirts, tops, jackets and accessories that she has laid in a “tomb of trunks” from designers such as Ossie Clark and Emilio Pucci, to Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Lacroix. “They need to live again and this auction provides the opportunity for them to walk out in the sunshine, to dance the night away and to give someone else the joy that they gave to me,” she said. Estimates for individual lots start at 200 pounds ($300), with the majority on offer for under 1,000 pounds. The star lot of the sale is an Yves Saint Laurent cocktail jacket from his 1980 collection ‘le soleil’ estimated at up to 2,000 pounds. Menkes follows in the footsteps of British designer Vivienne Westwood, fashion trendsetter Daphne Guinness, English model Erin O’Connor and Italian fashion writer Anna Piaggi by selling much of her collection via a single-owner auction at Christie’s. The New York Times Co, which owns the Herald Tribune said earlier this year that it would be rebranding the paper as the International New York Times.
Cannes festival hit by second suspected jewellery theft Reuters
FRANKFURT/LONDON - German sportswear makers Adidas and Puma renew their own decades-old rivalry when soccer teams Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund meet in Europe’s Champions League Final at Wembley on Saturday. Adidas is the long-standing kit supplier to Bayern and owns a stake of around nine percent in the Bavarian club, while Puma became the sportswear partner of Dortmund a year ago. The German companies were set up after a falling out by the Dassler brothers in the Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach in the late 1940s and remain among the best known global sports brands. However, while Adidas and U.S. rival Nike dominate a soccer market estimated to be worth up to 4.5 billion euros ($5.8 billion), Puma is playing catch-up after years of focusing more on fashion than performance sportswear. As well as supplying Bayern’s kit, Adidas is also providing the match ball and uniforms worn by the referee and his assistants for the ﬁrst all-German Champions League ﬁnal. Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer said new Bayern replica shirts were selling
well, as was the “Finale Wembley” souvenir ball. “This is not only an opportunity to showcase the brand to the world but also to have some commercial successes,” Hainer told Reuters at an Adidas promotional event in London.
DORTMUND DECISION PAYS OFF Puma’s decision to partner with Dortmund yielded an instant return when the club made it to the ﬁnal - the biggest prize in European club soccer and expected to attract a global television audience of over 150 million. “They have overachieved our expectations,” Puma Chief Commercial Ofﬁcer Stefano Caroti told Reuters. “The exposure that we are having, especially this weekend, will make the club not just a local asset but it will become a truly global player,” he added in a telephone interview.
Retailers in Japan, Malaysia and Britain have been signing up to buy the new Dortmund kit which will be launched next month, Caroti said, adding that the publicity the team has generated created a “halo effect” that would boost sales by bringing more customers into stores. Dortmund’s success has provided a rare bright spot for Puma, which warned last week of shortfalls in sales and proﬁt. Adidas by contrast reported its highest ever gross proﬁt margin earlier this month. A renewed focus on soccer has seen Puma pull out of sailing and European rugby, saving money in order to plough it into sponsorship deals that will bring it more business. Caroti said the success of Dortmund and individual deals Puma has done with top players including Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona and Radamel Falcao of Atletico Madrid had helped to give its “leaping cat” brand renewed credibility in soccer.
CANNES - The Cannes ﬁlm festival was hit by a second suspected jewellery heist on Thursday after a diamond necklace worth 2 million euros ($2.6 million) disappeared during a star-studded party, according to upmarket jeweller De Grisogono. Fawaz Gruosi, the founder of the Swiss ﬁrm, said the necklace was part of the company’s 20th anniversary collection paraded by 20 models at the glitzy event at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes outside Cannes on Tuesday night. Sharon Stone and Paris Hilton were among the guests. Gruosi said 80 bodyguards, local police, hotel security, and De Grisogono staff had been on duty but when a check was made at the end of the night the diamond necklace was missing. “We don’t know exactly what happened ... it was one of the most beautiful items we had,” Gruosi told Reuters Television. “The police are trying to ﬁgure out what happened.” A Cannes police source said authorities were investigating whether it was a theft, a problem of inventory or a loss, the source said. Another Swiss jeweller, Chopard, had gems worth $1.4 million stolen in the ﬁrst week of the 12-day festival on the glamorous French Riviera, which attracts thousands of actors, ﬁlmmakers and journalists. Police said the Chopard jewellery had been in the safe of a room at the Suite Novotel hotel in central Cannes, which had been rented by an employee of the jeweller. The entire safe was removed from the wall and taken during the night of May 16. Someone entered without forcing the door or using the magnetic key card, a police source said. A spokesman for Chopard, a sponsor of the Cannes festival, later played down the report, saying the value had been exaggerated. Jewellers and fashion houses use the world’s largest ﬁlm festival at Cannes as a promotional showcase, lending gowns and accessories to celebrities who are photographed on the famed red carpet and at parties along the palm-lined Croisette waterfront.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Lexington hotels launch its entrance to Indonesia IBP
Lexington by Vantage announced it’s taking over of New Kuta Hotel management which will be a Lexington Legacy Hotel. The new management introduces their presence at the Rebranding Party, last May 24th 2013. Why announce it six months after they ﬁrst arrived in Indonesia? New Kuta Hotel – a Lexington Legacy Hotel General Manager, Alexander Dorus, said on his opening speech, “If we show the property on its initial condition, why bother showing them at all. The purpose of this event is to show to our partners; media, agents and all of the guest where we are today, and the directions we are headed in the future. We don’t want to increase rates, but we do want to increase the quality of the hotel.” Also present at the event is Mr. Michael Wetzlar, CEO Lexington by Vantage Hospitality Group. In his opening speech he stated that Lexington Hotels are happy to be a part of New Kuta Hotel in Bali, Indonesia. After China, Vietnam, now they have Bali, Indonesia. And this is only the beginning as they are planning to expand their business in Indonesia. The opening of this hotel fuels Lexington by Vantage remarkable growth trajectory in Asia Pacific. Vantage Hospitality Group is the 8th largest hotel company worldwide, currently operating over 1,000 properties in the region.
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Lexington Legacy Hotel General Manager, Alexander Dorus (left) accompanied by Michael Wetzlar, CEO Lexington by Vantage Hospitality Group during the rebranding party.
Calendar Event for May 1 through June 19, 2013 1 May Buda Kliwon Pahang Pura Luhur Puncak Padang Dawa Desa Bangli Baturiti Pura Silayukti Padang Bai Karangasem Pura Aer Jeruk Sukawati Pura Dangin Pasar Batuan Sukawati Pura Penataran - Batuyang Batubulan Pura Desa Lembeng Ketewel Sukawati Pura Pasek Bendesa Dukuh Kediri Tabanan Pura Kawitan Dalem Sukawati Gianyar Pura Kresek Banyuning Buleleng Pura Puseh Bebandem Karangasem Pura Sad Khayangan Batu Medahu Desa Swana Nusa Penida Pura Buda Kliwon Penatih Denpasar Pura Penataran Dukuh Nagasari Bebandem Karangasem Pura pasek Bendesa Tagtag Peguyangan Pure Pulesari - Bantas Kelod Desa Sibang Gede Abiansemal Pura Batur Sari Ubud Pura Penataran Agung Sukawati Pura Panti - Kucupin Ketewel Ketewel 6 May Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan Pura Pasek Gelgel Kekeran Dlod Yeh Mengwi Merajan Pasek Subadra Kramas Gianyar 9 May Tilem Sasih Jiyestha Pura Bujangga Waisnawa Gumbrih Jembrana Pura Dalem Desa celuk 11May Tumpek Klurut Pura Pasek Gelgel Banjar Tengah Buleleng Pura Dalem Pemuteran Desa Jelantik Tojan Klungkung Pura Pedarman bujangga Waisnawa Besakih Pura Taman Sari Desa Gunung Sari Penebel tabanan Pura Dalem Tarukan - Bebalang Bangli Pura Benua Kangin Besakih Pura Merajan Kangin (Ida Betara Empu Baradah) Besakih
12 May R edite Umanis Merakih Pura Parangan Tengah Ceningan Kangin Lembongan Nusa Penida Pura Desa Ubud 15 May Buda Wage Merakih Pura Bendesa Mas Kepisah Pedungan Pura Natih Banjar Kalah Batubulan Pura Desa lan Puseh Silakarang Singapadu Pura Dalem Petitenget Kerobokan Kuta Pura Dalem Pulasari Samplangan Gianyar Pura Kubayan - Kepisah Pedungan Denpasar Selatan Pura Pasek Gelgel - Tanah Pegat Tabanan Pura Paibon lan Pura Bengkel Sumerta Denpasar Pura Pasek Lumintang Denpasar Pura Panti Penyarikan Medahan Sanding Tampak Siring Pura Pasar Agung Banjar Dauh Peken Kaba Kaba Pura Dadia Buda Cemeng Pulasari Batuan Sukawati 21 May Anggar Kasih Tambir Pura Dalem Puri Batuan Sukawati Pura Dalem kediri Silakarang Singapadu Pura Dalem Sukawati Pura Dalem Lembeng Ketewel Sukawati Pura Paibon Pasek Tangkas Peliatan Ubud Pura Puseh Ngukuhin Kramas Gianyar Pura Pamerajan Agung Ki Telabah Tuakilang Tabanan Pura Karang Buncing Blahbatuh Pura Dalem Bubunan Seririt Buleleng Pura Desa Badung Kota Denpasar Pura Luhur Pedenganan Bedha Bongan Tabanan Pura Pucak Payogan - Lungsiakan Kedewatan Ubud Gianyar Pura Tanah Kilap “Griya Anyar” Suwung Kauh Denpasar Selatan
Pura Selukat Keramas Blahbatuh Gianyar Pura Dalem Tampuagan Peninjoan Tembuku Bangli Pura Waturenggong Desa Taro Pura Dalem Bentuyung Desa Ubud Pura Puseh Ubud Pura Dalem Puri Peliatan Ubud Pura Batur Hyang Bulan Muntig Karangasem 22 May Buda Umanis Tambir Pura Sari Banjar Titih Kapal Pura Gulamanikan Bendesa Manik Mas Serongga Gianyar 24 May Purnama Sasih Sadha Pura Amrta Sari Rempoa Jakarta Selatan Pura Maospahit Banjar Grenceng Denpasar 5 Jun Buda Kliwon Matal Pura Puseh lan Desa Sukawati Pura Pasek Gelgel Bebetin Sawan Buleleng Pura Maspahit Sesetan Denpasar Selatan Pura Pasek Bendesa Manik Mas Dukuh Kendran Tegallalang Pura Panti Pasek Gaduh Sesetan Pura Pedharaman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih 15 Jun Pura Puseh lan Desa Kota Gianyar Pura Luhur Dalem Segening Kediri Tabanan Pura Sang Hyang Tegal (TARO) Tegallalang 19 Jun Buda Cemeng Menail Pura Dalem Tarukan Cemenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Pura Puseh Manakaji Peninjoan Bangli Pura Kawitan Gusti Celuk Baler Pura Sada Pemebetan Kapal Mengwi Pemerajan Agung Ubud Pura Taman Limut Pengosekan Mas Ubud
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long ﬂags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
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Friday, May 31, 2013
Seoul music rivals soul for some Latins Associated Press Writer
LIMA, Peru — Teenagers throughout Latin America have long looked north for pop music inspiration. Now the East is rising, with a large and enthusiastic cult of fans in some countries following the K-pop music from Korea. It’s a movement especially strong in Peru and Chile, and it goes far beyond Psy and “Gangnam Style.” Some 13,000 fans attended an April concert in Lima by the group Super Junior. Another group, Big Bang, drew 14,000 in November. They’ve drawn similar crowds in neighboring Chile. Hundreds of fans such as Araceli Galan gather each week in a downtown park in Lima to dance to the energetic music. Some dress up as Korean comic book characters. “I’ve liked K-pop since I was 10,” said Galan, now a 16-year-old student at a local university. “I learned everything from the Internet because here in Peru you don’t ﬁnd much on radio or television.” She’s amassed a collection of posters, bracelets, T-shirts and records of her favorite, Kim Hyun Joong, who was met by thousands of fans when he arrived at the airport in Peru’s capital in February. “Although you won’t believe it, in Peru the K-pop groups are starting to be more popular than Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga or Demi Lovato,” said Diana Ro-
driguez, who is capitalizing on the trend by organizing Korean dance contests throughout Peru. While there’s little hard data on that, there’s no questioning the fervor of the fans who turn up at Ramon Castilla Park each Saturday and emulate the dances of K-pop bands. “We start at 10 in the morning and we stay until 6 in the afternoon,” Galan said. A bus trip away is the small Arenales shopping center where entire ﬂoors are dedicated to South Korean music, clothes and food. “I like the ‘sujebi’ soup and another dish that combines a sweet and salty ﬂavor that I can’t remember the name of,” Galan said. Some try to solve the language problem by having the songs translated into Spanish and posting them on the Internet. “The lyrics are pretty. It’s not as eroticized as reggaeton. It’s more romantic,” said Pamela Diaz, a 26-year-old fan. “It’s made me want to learn Korean,” said her 14-year-old sister, Sabrina. The trend has surprised Peruvian parents, just as the onslaught of rock-and-
AP Photo/Martin Mejia
In this May 25, 2013 photo, Silvia, who did not give her last name, holds a fan as she poses for a photo at a party held at a school that was rented for the occasion in Lima, Peru. roll once alarmed an earlier generation. “My father listens to rock in English; he doesn’t like K-pop at all,” Galan said. “He tells me, ‘Why do you listen to that music if you don’t know Korean?’ And I tell him that he doesn’t know how to speak English either. Music you only need to feel.”
Winfrey to speak at Harvard commencement exercises Associated Press Writer
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is the featured speaker during afternoon exercises at Harvard University’s commencement. Harvard’s 362nd commencement begins Thursday morning with the annual conferring of degrees and honorary degrees. Winfrey and Harvard President Drew Faust will both address attendees during afternoon exercises, which serve as the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. Faust calls Winfrey’s rise to global prominence one of the great American success stories. Winfrey’s private foundation has awarded hundreds of grants to organizations that promote education and support women, children and families worldwide. Forbes listed Winfrey as the 11th most powerful woman in the world last year. She has a net worth of $2.7 billion. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013 ﬁle photo, Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of “Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream” at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.