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The Royal Cremation of Anak Agung Oka Jelantik
June 11th, 2007

The royal cremation of Anak Agung Oka Jelantik was held on Sunday, 06/10/2007. Thousands of mourners from all over Bali came to pay homage to the son of the late King of Karangasem.

The Royal Cremation of Anak Agung Oka Jelantik

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Newly Finished Trunyan-Cemara Landung Road Collapsed
June 2nd, 2007

Newly finished road, which connect ancient Trunyan village and Cemara Landung collapsed into

Lake Batur. The road collapsed due to heavy rain and instability of the soil. This winding road was built on the slope of

Mount Abang
that has high soil instability. The process of collapsing has been going for three months but the government takes no significant prevention and reparation effort.

This road plays important role for the inhabitant of Trunyan village. Before the road had been built, Trunyan village can only be reached by crossing

Lake Batur with speedboat or outrigger. The collapsing road puts into halt most of the economic activities of Trunyan’s residence.

Though small portions of the road remain intact, the Trunyan’s residents are afraid to use the remaining road due to the instability of the road soil.

President Yudhoyono launches Bali tourism logo
June 1st, 2007

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to launch Bali`s tourism logo when he opens the 29th Bali Arts Festival on June 16.

“The launching of the logo will be crowded as it will involve hundreds of artists and in the presence of 14 foreign ambassadors and 10 Indonesian cabinet ministers,” Bali Governor Dewa Beratha said on Wednesday.

He hoped the branding would enhance the province’s tourism image in international forum, and also hoped that tourists would consider Bali as a safe and comfortable place for a vacation.

Head of the local tourism agency I Gede Nurjaya said the logo was designed by a team on the basis of the result of a research and study.

He added that the team had interviewed at least 1,500 public figures of different backgrounds.

He said the launching the logo followed the launching of the 2008 Tourism Visit Year by President Yudhoyono. Source antara

G-8 agreement in differences on environment
May 31st, 2007

POTSDAM, Germany: Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday stressed their agreement on the need to fight global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, despite persistent sharp differences over how to go about it.

“I think that no one wishes to underestimate or to set aside the very difficult issue of climate change and the need to address it, the need to do something about it,” Rice said at a news conference with Steinmeier and other top diplomats.

Germany, which will chair the June 6-8 Group of Eight summit meeting in Heiligendamm, is pushing agreement on specific targets for reduction of the carbon emissions believed to cause global warming.

But the United States has said it rejects all-encompassing goals for emissions and instead is promoting technological solutions such as cleaner coal and fuels made from crops – a point emphasized again by Rice at a meeting of G-8 foreign ministers in Potsdam before the summit.

She also took a jab at Germany‘s decision to phase out nuclear power in the coming years, questioning whether it was a wise move in light of global warming.

“One has to wonder if you are really concerned about greenhouse gas emissions, why you are not interested in nuclear power? And we are interested in nuclear power,” Rice said. “It just shows that there might be different solutions for different countries.”

Nuclear power avoids the burning of fossil fuels, which release greenhouse gases.

In any case, Steinmeier said the two sides agreed that the topic was pressing. “I don’t think that anyone here disputes that it is time to act,” he said.

Steinmeier stressed Germany‘s goal of getting an agreement that could be taken up at talks in Bali, Indonesia, later this year to find a successor to the limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

The protocol, which exempts developing countries and was signed but not ratified by the United States, expires in 2012.

“What it comes down to is that our international efforts will bring us closer together and that hopefully the Bali conference will be a chance to work out a plan to follow up on the Kyoto protocol,” he said.

Separately, the German environment minister cautioned Wednesday that predicting a G-8 failure on climate change could undermine hopes of a future U.S. “leadership role” on the issue.

The BUND environmental group and the Attac anti-globalization organization suggested that no final declaration on climate would be better than an insufficient one. However, Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel dismissed that

“I believe that such a discussion in the week before the summit begins is extraordinarily damaging,” Gabriel said at a news conference. “Why should the Americans negotiate if we already say in public, ‘It doesn’t matter, it can go ahead and fail?’ “

“The issue is too important,” he added. “The heads of government are not meeting in Heiligendamm so that they can play the blame game afterward; what is important is that we really try to launch the necessary negotiating steps.”

On another troublesome issue, the G-8 foreign ministers threatened to support “further appropriate measures” if Iran failed to comply with UN resolutions demanding that it suspend nuclear enrichment.

The chief nuclear negotiator for Iran, Ali Larijani, reiterated that he would not give in to demands that his country suspend uranium enrichment over fears it is developing nuclear weapons. Iran denies that it is secretly developing atom bombs.

Larijani is scheduled to hold talks on Thursday with the European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, amid a long-running argument between Iran and the West over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Diplomats do not expect a breakthrough.

On another issue discussed here Wednesday, Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to deepen cooperation between their governments “at all levels,” particularly in the fight against terrorism and repatriating Afghan refugees.

In a joint statement, the foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the G-8 all said they needed to act together in joint operations to stamp out terrorist bases. Source www.iht.com

Artist jailed in Bali
May 24th, 2007

AN Australian artist has been jailed for three months for drug use on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Ian Pieter van Wieringen, 64, was yesterday found guilty in Gianyar District Court of one charge of using an illegal drug as an addict.

Police, acting on a tip, raided the painter’s Ubud home in March and found 4.1 grams of hashish in a flower pot.

The Australian citizen, who was born in the Netherlands, had faced a maximum penalty of 10 years.

But prosecutors asked for only a four-month sentence after van Wieringen’s lawyers argued he was an addict and should get a light penalty.

His lawyer Erwin Siregar said van Wieringen would be released in eight days, given time already served.

In 2002, van Wieringen was sentenced for the same crime.

Tidal Waves Hit Coastal Areas of Bali
May 18th, 2007

Three-meter-high tidal waves pounded Bali’s Kuta beach on Friday (5/18/2007) forcing domestic and foreign tourists to desert the popular seaside vacationing area.

The local water tourism safety agency (Balawisata) had asked its workers to take anticipatory measures as the waves could kill people, agency coordinator I Made Suparka said.

“We are working hard. We have fielded 80 workers to keep tourists from coming to the beach. Many of them have been tasked to keep an eye on the tourists from 12 towers along the 20-km Bali beach,” he said.

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Appeasing the Wrath of God Ceremony
May 16th, 2007

Sunday, 4/15/2007, thousand of Hindu devotees attended the Bendu Piduka (appeasing the wrath of God) ceremony. This ceremony was held to restore the holiness of Yeh Poh estuary. Yeh Poh estuary is a sacred source of holy water located in Northern Kuta. This estuary had been framed with concrete block by an investor but this framing was opposed by local citizens and considered as an act of disturbing the harmony of nature and holiness of the sacred estuary.

This ceremony was held to appease the wrath of the God and his servants who resides in this sacred estuary, for fear that the God and his servant will disturb the local citizens. In addition to the ceremony, hundred of turtle hatchling was released to the sea as a symbol of preservation of the nature.


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