PGA Golfing Legend Phil Mickelson to Design Trump International Gold Club in Bali
Phil Mickelson, the winner of 42 events on the Professional Golfing Association Tour (PGA), including five major championships and three Masters, has been selected to re-design the 18-hole championship golf course at Tanah Lot slated to be re-launched as the Trump International Golf Club – a brand affiliated with the current 45th President of the United States.
The project, managed by MNC Land – a major investment company in Indonesia – has selected the Mickelson Design Team to revamp the golf course.
Quoted on Golfchannel.com, Mickelson said: "I've been fortunate to work on some great projects, but to contribute to what will be a six-star property is a rare and fabulous opportunity. The site is breathtaking and we will create a golf experience that presents both exciting options for players on the course and memories for a lifetime."
Mickelson other golf course projects include Whisper Rock Golf Club in Arizona; Mickelson National Golf Club in Calgary, Canada; and Mickelson Shanghai International in China. The 47-year-old golfer also works as a design advisor at Greenbrier Course.
The Nirwana Golf Course will close on July 31, 2017, to permit a complete transformation under the Trump Brand and the guidance of Phil Mickelson.
The Bali, Indonesia Golf course, when it re-opens, will be the 19th golf course worldwide and the 4th in Asia managed by the Trump Organization.
Commenting on the project, Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump organization said: "Phil Mickelson's track record as a professional golfer speaks for itself and we are thrilled to have his vision and talent for our latest development in such a beautiful location."
Ashtanga Yoga – A Journey Towards Freedom
Weekly Session of Asthanga Yoga at Heavenly Spa by Westin led by Wellness Specialist, Jitendra Pokhriyal
The Heavenly Spa at the Westin Resort Bali continues its programs of inspiring healthy lifestyles via a range of wellness activities.
Starting in July 2017, Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali’s resident Wellness Specialist, Jitendra Pokhriyal, will be introducing guests to the recharging benefits of Ashtanga Yoga in weekly sessions.
Asthanga Yoga is widely known as ‘the journey towards freedom” and its true miracle is believed to reside in allowing one’s self to appreciate and honor the uniqueness and the freedom of each sentient being. “Ashtanga” is derived from the word “ashta” meaning eight and “anga” meaning limbs or steps.
Accordingly, Ashtanga Yoga is a journey of eight steps towards self-freedom or Samadhi, which refers to ultimate mental and physical freedom. It is a dynamic form of yoga that emphasizes the harmonic connection of breath and movement. The poses in Ashtanga are always performed in the same order allowing students to learn the sequence and focus on the internal, meditative aspects of the practice.
Jitendra Pokhriyal hails from the birthplace of yoga in India and his role at the Bali resort is to cultivate renewal. He is in charge of the Westin’s enriching Wellness Calendar.
Apart from teaching a number of different yoga and meditation styles, Jitendra also conducts a series of regular Life Talks. He touches on universal subjects that are pertinent to embracing a healthier and happier way of life. Jitendra is a gentle soul with wisdom that belies his relatively young age. He is passionate about the history of yoga and his wide-ranging knowledge encompasses aspects such as the anatomy of posture and essential breathing techniques. An accomplished instructor, Jitendra teaches groups and individuals based on their level of proficiency. During these classes, he encourages participants to challenge themselves but is always mindful of personal limitations.
Every Friday at 5.15 pm at Heavenly Spa’s Wellness Platform, Jitendra holds a session of Ashtanga Yoga set in a peaceful garden setting. During this weekly class, guests will learn to connect breath and movement as well as how to perform various poses with the correct methodology and alignment.
For further information and reservations, call +62-(0)361-771 906 or Email
Not So Shore Anymore
Plans for Bali North-South Toll Road Shift from Seaside Route to Inland Foothills
Bali Deputy Governor Ketut Sudikerta was quoted by the State News Agency Antara as saying plans to build a number of roads to Bali’s North have been altered from originally following a coastal route to new plans that will traverse Bali’s mountainous core.
In meetings with local tourism officials, Sudikerta said the change in plans to move proposed toll roads to inland routes was the result of feasibility studies that deemed coastal routes as non-viable for reasons of costs.
“While the original plans were to build new toll roads on the beachside, the cost of land acquisition for coastal routes proved too expensive forcing the decision to pick the cheaper inland routes for road construction,” explained the Deputy Governor.
As a result, new plans will see the planned north-south route pass a number of foothills in the area of Gilimanuk in the regency of Karangasem. The new road route will travel from Pekutatan-Seririt, Bangli-Kubutambahan, Baturi-Gatsu Denpasar.
Sudikerta explained that the foothills of Bali’s mountains are occupied by State-owned land making right-of-way acquisition less problematic.
Earlier, the Provincial Government planned to construct four tollways covering a total length of 156.7 kilometers. Those plans traveled on routes over four sectors: Kuta-Canggu-Tanah Lot-Soka measuring 28 kilometers, Soka-Pekutatan (25,1 kilometers), Pekutatan-Gilimanuk (54,4 kilometers), and Pekutatan-Lovina (46,7 kilometers).
After an initial feasibility study was conducted it was determined that cost of land acquisition would be very high. For instance, if the toll road transverses the Badung Regency the cost of one are (100 square meters) is Rp. 3 billion.
The Official Line for Online Transport
Government Sets Minimum Rates for Online Transportation Operators
PT Go-Jek the online transportation provider in Indonesia has increased their tariffs in accordance with Regulation Number 26 of 2017 from the Minister of Transportation.
Quoted by Kompas.com, the spokesman for PT Go-Jek Indonesia, Rindu Ragilia, said on Friday, July 7, 2017, “The tariff adjustment setting minimum fares has been introduced as instructed by the Government in 25 cities where Go-Car operates.”
As part of the new regulations from the Ministry of Transportation, PT Go-Jek has also shared company data and its digital dashboard with the Government.
“Transparency of our data via a digital dashboard will hopefully convince and educate the Central Government and regional administrations of the positive economic benefits of Go-Car service on public welfare and job creation,” Rindu explained.
The Director General of Land Transportation for the Ministry of Transportation, Pudji Hartanto, has set minimum and the maximum rate for online taxi services depending on the area of operation.
For District I that includes Sumatra, Java, and Bali the minimum rate is Rp. 3,500 per kilometer while the maximum rate is Rp 7,000 per kilometer.
Meanwhile, for District II that covers Kalimantan and Sulawesi, the minimum tariff is Rp. 3,600 per kilometer and the maximum is Rp. 6,500 per kilometer.
The new minimum and maximum tariff rules took effect from July 1, 2017.
Hostile Treatment at a Hostel
Police Arrest East Java Woman for Stealing Money from Guest Rooms in Kuta
A 27-year-old woman from Malang, East Java, has been arrested by police for stealing money and personal belongings of foreign tourists staying at the Nine Dollar Hostel on Jalan Patimura No. 15, Legian, Kuta on Sunday, July 2, 2017.
As reported by Metrobali.com, Muyarofah, also known as Nur, stole from two guests staying at the Hostel, Ichsana Widhyatuti (57) an Australian researcher and Kevin Clarke (25) of the UK.
A police spokesman said the woman stole a range of foreign currency totaling Rp. 55,750,000 in value.
When the foreigners complained of theft from their quarters at the hostel, police were summoned to review CCTV footage that showed suspicious activity by Muyraofah. When police questioned the woman further, she admitted the theft.
The Malang, East Java woman posed as a guest at the hostel to gain access to rooms 101 and 103 where she allegedly stole money from the two Island visitors.
Police believe the woman robbed guest at a number of locations by posing as a guest.
(Photo: Bali Post)
Not Exactly a Stowaway
Woman Gives Birth on a Batik Air Flight from Jakarta to Bali
A pregnant woman flying on Batik Air from Jakarta to Bali suddenly went into labor and delivered a baby boy before the plane landed on Saturday, July 8, 2017.
Nurul Samiah (28) was on board Batik Air BTK 6500 flying from Jakarta to Bali that left at 9:05 am. 40 minutes later the Bali Control Tower received a call for an ambulance to be on standby to assist a passenger who was bleeding. 23 minutes before the plane was scheduled to land, the tower received another call confirming the plane would land with an additional passenger not on the departure manifest – a newborn baby boy weighing 2.4kilogramsm.
The woman was assisted in giving birth by the cabin crew and a doctor traveling as a passenger on the flight.
Both the Mother and her Son were rushed by ambulance from the airplane to the Kasih Ibu Hospital in nearby Kedonganan. Doctors at the Hospital say both mother and child are in a stable condition.
Following the incident, a spokesman from the Ministry of Transportation counseled the public to be truthful in reporting the age of a pregnancy and not to try to circumvent rules prohibiting women in an advanced state of pregnancy from flying commercially.
As reported by NusaBali, Nurul Samiah signed a declaration before boarding the flight stating she was only four months pregnant. It is not clear what, if any, sanctions might be imposed on the woman by the Government or the Airline for signing a false statement prior to boarding the flight.
Global Manhunt Underway for Bali Fugitives
Interpol Now Assisting Search for Two Remaining Escapees from Bali’s Kerobokan Prison
Beritabali.com confirms that Bali Provincial Chief of Police Inspector General Reinhard Golose is cooperating with Interpol in order to capture the two remaining prisoners of the four who escaped from Kerobokan Prison on Monday, June 19, 2017.
Still at large and being sought by police are:
Shaun Edward Davidson a/k/a Eddie Lonsdale a/k/a Michael Bayman (33) an Australian who was serving a 1.5-year sentence for immigration violations and living in Bali using a false identity. He was imprisoned on 5 April 2016 and was scheduled for release in August 2017. Davidson came to Bali on a fake passport after evading trial in Australian on narcotics violations and was expected to be arrested by Australian Federal Police when he had completed his sentence in Bali.
Teek Kok King Bin Tee Kim Sai (50) a Malaysian imprisoned for 7 years and 6 months on September 15, 2016, on a narcotics violation. He had 6 years and 1 month left on his sentence at the time of his escape.
Police continue to investigate to determine who may have assisted the men in their escape. More than 20 people have been interviewed by police, including guards assigned to work at the penitentiary.
Threatening that the strongest action will be taken against any prison official proven to have participated in the escape, General Golose remains incredulous, refusing to accept that the escape tunnel could be built with prison officials being aware of the fact.
General Golose is threatening to send the two escapees captured in Dili and the two remaining prisons still on the run to Indonesia’s notorious prison once recaptures to notorious prison island of Nusa Kambangan.
A female tourist from China, Wang Yumani (27), died in a rafting accident on the Ayung River on Saturday, July 8, 2017.
Balipost.com quotes Wayan Punayasa and Kadek Karyasa who both work as river guides at Tukad Rafting that on Saturday at around 1:30 pm they were bringing a group of 13 tourists in two river rafts.
The first raft carried 6 passengers led by Wayan Purnayasa, while the second raft was led by Kadek Karyasa carried 7 passengers.
10 minutes into the journey at the first set of rapids, the raft led by Purnayasa, capsized sending the guide and six passengers into the rushing waters. Purnayasa managed to bring 5 of his six passengers to the safety of the riverbank. However, the Chinese woman, Wang Yumani, went missing for a period before her lifeless body was found downstream.
When the guide managed to arrive at the scene the woman had no pulse.
The woman’s body was evacuated from the scene at 5:00 pm and eventually sent to the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar.
The guides told police that the rapids on the river were strong at the time of the fatality following recent rains.
Look Sweet on a Bicycle Made from Bamboo.
Bamboo Bike Building Workshop led by Nicolas Masuelli in Bali - August 21 -25, 2017
Ewabi - Bali’s electric bamboo bike company, has announced its next bamboo bike building workshops to be held from August 21 - 25, 2017 at the Green School in Bali.
Argentinean expert bamboo bike builder Nicolas Masuelli is coming to Bali to lead a five-day workshop. The workshop will teach you how to build a bamboo bike frame from scratch. In addition to the basics, this workshop will also explore the folding bamboo bike concept that Nicolas has recently developed.
Police Continue to Investigate Hanging Death of Irish Tourist at Ramayana Hotel
An Irish tourist, Keith James McDonagh (35), has apparently committed suicide by hanging himself in a room at the Hotel Ramayana on Jalan Bakung Sari in Kuta on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at approximately 7:00 pm.
Nusa Bali reports that the Irishman’s body was found suspended on a mosquito net by two housekeepers working at the hotel.
Police say the condition of the room and the Irishman’s body were consistent with suicide.
The man had checked into the hotel on June 29th and was scheduled to leave the hotel on Monday, July 3, 2017. McDonagh initially checked in with a female companion who checked out of the hotel earlier on Sunday at mid-day.
The motive for the Irishman taking his own life is still unknown.
Indonesia by the Numbers: Tourism Arrivals Increase 20.38% in first Five Months of 2017
The National Statistics Bureau (BPS-Indonesia) reports that foreign tourist arrivals nationwide for the period January – May 2017 totaled 5,358,489.
This is an increase of 20.38% compared to the same period in 2016 when 4,433,932 foreign tourists visited the Country.
Of the 5,359,489 visitors coming to Indonesia in the first 5 months of 2017, some 4,687,721 entered the Country through one of 19 main gateways, with the remaining 670,768 entering through secondary or cross-border ports of entry.
During the January-May period, 2,284,426 foreign tourists landed at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport. Meanwhile, Jakarta welcomed 1,004,724 foreign visitors during the first five months of the year.
Indonesia is targeting 15 million foreign tourists for all of 2017.
No Longer Convenient
Gianyar Regency in Bali Pledges to Close Unlicensed Mini Markets and Convenience Stores
The Deputy Regent of Gianyar, Made Mahayastra, has instructed the regency’s enforcement unit (Satpol PP) to take action again unlicensed mini-markets and convenience stores (toko modern) operating in Gianyar.
As reported by Bisnis Bali, Mahayastra has issued instructions at a gathering of Regency employees on Monday, July 3, 2017, that illegal mini-markets and convenience stores must be closed. At the same time, the Deputy Regent has ordered the closure and dismantling of illegal communication towers.
Although there are many pending applications to operate mini-markets and convenience stores in Gianyar, these permits are not being processed or approved due to many public complaints about the proliferation of convenience stores.
Despite criticism made against his office for recommending the issuance of new permits for toko modern, the Deputy Regent insists he has not issued any new permits and that many stores are, in fact, operating illegally.
A Dubai Double
Emirates Airlines Starts Second Daily Flight between Bali and Dubai
Emirates Airlines formally launched its second daily flight connecting Dubai, UAE with Bali when flight number EK 360 touched down at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport on Sunday, July 2, 2017.
The Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft configured to carry 42 business class and 386 economy seats received a grand welcome under an arched shower of water produced by two water cannons mounted on the airport’s fire trucks.
As guests disembarked the aircraft they receive floral leis.
EK 360 departed Dubai on the Sunday at 1:25 am local time landing in Bali at 2:30 pm Bali time.
Emirates international network offers 140 destinations worldwide.
Speeding Up the Landing Process
Bali Airport Preparing to Add More Rapid Exit Taxiways Before October 2018
The State-owned Aviation Navigation Company known as AirNav Indonesia supports the ongoing development of “rapid exit taxiways” (RET) at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport as a means to increase the number of flight slots operating to and from Bali’s sole airport.
Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the general manager of AirNav Indonesia in Bali, Maskon Humawan, said: “RETs will accommodate additional international flights. Many (airlines) have asked for flight slots to Bali if RETs can be added.”
Maskon explained that “rapid exit taxiway” are aircraft pathways constructed at sharp angles to allow landing airplanes to quickly get off the main runway while still traveling at a high rate of speed in order to clear the runway for the next landing.
The plans for the introduction of two RETs additional at Bali’s airport will allow the airport to increase the number of landings it can accommodate in an hour’s time to 30.
There are currently 2 RETs in operation with plans to increase the number to 4.
The Management of the Bali’s Airport plans to have the new RETs in operation before the major conferences of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund scheduled for October 2018.
Busting the Gangsters’ Grip On Paradise
Bali Police Arrest Two More Street Gang Members Caught Coercing Protection Money in Dalung Area of Kuta
Bali Police continue to crack down on protection rackets and extortion schemes purportedly operated in Bali under the auspices and protection or “People’s Organizations” (Ormas).
The most recent action by Bali Police has saw two men arrested as police also seized a sum of money, membership cards in a leafing Ormas, and two weapons.
As reported by NusaBali, Hengky Widjaja, the spokesman for the Bali Police, explained that police had received reports of an Ormas member extorting payment from businesses in the Dalung area of South Bali. Responding to reports from the public, police saw a man fitting the description provided enter the Conato Bakery on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
Police arrested a man, identified with the initials IGS, in front of the Bakery.
At the time of arrest, police found Rp. 150,000 in the man’s possession that he admitted he had just coerced as a protection payment from the Bakery. Following further interrogation by the police, IGS identified and an accomplice, identified with the initials AS. A short time later, police arrested AS.
Preliminary investigations by the police resulted in a confession by the two men that they were collecting money from 15 small restaurant and stores in the Dalung area of South Bali, reaping between Rp. 50,0000 and Rp. 250,000 on each visit. In a month, the men would collect Rp. 1.7 million. The men told police they had been collecting protection money in the area for the past three years.
If shop owners refused to pay, the businesses were threatened and terrorized.
The two gang members told police that of the Rp. 1.7 million collected each month, Rp. 1 million would be paid to the Ormas and the remainder used to purchase alcohol.
After the arrest, police raided the Ormas guard post where they found a further Rp. 350,000, invoices for local businesses and two swords.
Celebrating an Island and its Fast-Growing Wine Industry
Dinner, Gourmet Cheeses and the Wines of Sababay Winery on Friday, July 28, 2017
The Velada Tapasa Bar & Kitchen at The Westin Nusa Dua, Bali will be the venue for an interesting evening of gourmet cheese, a multi-course degustation dinner and a tour de force of wines from Bali’s Award-winning Sababay Winery.
This culinary event takes place on Friday, July 28, 2017, starting at 6:30 pm. What follows is free flow wines and sangria, a selection of gourmet cheeses, an elegant dinner, and a live Salsa Dance performance.
Seating is limited for this evening available at a cost of only Rp. 550,000 plus tax and service. that covers wine pairings, sangria, and dinner.
15% discount available for SPG members.
Wine commentary will be provided by the Sababay Wine Ambassador.
VELADA TAPAS FIESTA
Featuring Sababay Wines Velada Tapas Bar & Kitchen The Westin Nusa Dua, Bali
Friday, 28 July 2017
Starting at 6:30 pm
Dinner, Wines and Gourmet Cheeses
Rp. 550,000 per person plus tax and service
Bali by the Numbers: May Foreign Arrivals to Bali Increase 25.15% Month on Month
As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Bali recorded 2.3 million visitors during the first five months of 2017 (January-May), an increase of 23.66% when compared to the same 5 months in 2016 when 1.86 foreign visitors landed in Bali.
Bali is targeting 5.5 million foreign tourists in 2017, an increase og roughly 30%.
Despite the improvement in arrivals during the first five months of 2017, Bali will need to boost arrivals even further in order to meet current tourism targets.
Month on month foreign arrivals for May 2017 totaled 489,376 and increase of 25.15% over the 391,027 foreign visitors recorded in May 2016.
Second Irish Suicide in Two Days
Irishman Suffering from Terminal Cancer Commits Suicide at Sanur Bali Home Stay
The second suicide in as many days involving an Irish national took place at the Donna Home Stay on Jalan Danau Tamblingan in Sanur when Gerald Mary Clancy (65) from Limerick committed suicide by hanging himself on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
Two days earlier, Keith Jame McDongh (35), also from Ireland, hung himself at the Hotel Ramayana in Kuta.
Metrobali.com reports that Clancy, who was suffering from an advance stage of cancer, left three letters prior to taking his life. In those letters, the Irishman apologized to the home stay owner for committing suicide at his place of business, claiming he could no longer bear the pain of his illness. The man also left instructions for his cremation in Bali.
Clancy has checked into the home stay on June 28, 2017.
Leading Bali Newspaper Labels Jalan Poppies II in Kuta as Unsafe After Dark
Balipost.com reports that Jalan Poppies II in Kuta has become a high-crime area each night after dark. The crime situation has become so acute, says The Bali Post, that local residents have now dubbed the area after a famous war zone as “Jalur Gaza” or the “Gaza Stip.”
The report alleges that almost every evening the screams of tourists who are the victims of snatch thieves or muggings are heard.
One taxi driver, Komang Uban, said he has often seen pickpocketing and muggings taking place that are targeted on foreign tourists. Many tourists who are the targets of such crimes are attacked as they return from local nightspots to their accommodation address on Jalan Poppies II.
Uban described how criminal posing as motorbike jockeys offer transportation to tourists, luring them to a quieter location where they are preyed upon by a group of thieves laying in wait.
Uban said the frequency of such attacks has prompted local residents to call Jalan Poppies II the “Jalur Gaza.” The thieves will attack any unsuspecting tourist, regardless of sex or age, with even underage children falling victim to muggings.
Robert Rahardja, another local resident of Jalan Poppies II in Kuta, confirmed the large amount of criminal activities taking place on Jalan Poppies II, claiming the thieves are both practiced and well-organized.
Those who try to resist the muggers are generally beaten into submission by the criminals, said Rahardja.
Rahardja complained that there appear to be little efforts by the police to bring the thieves to justice nor are there any sign of routine patrols of the area being undertaken by the police.
A Dog Tale
Bali Government Aggressively Investigating Media Reports of Dog Meat Being Sold to Tourists
Beritabali.com reports that the Provincial Government of Bali is following up widespread reports in the international media that dog meat is being sold at sate to tourist at tourist attraction locations across the Island. In response, members of the Provincial Livestock and Animal Health Department have been dispatched to undertake further investigations.
Thus far, the investigative teams have failed to discover any sate vendors selling dog meat at popular tourist attractions. Nonetheless, Provincial authorities continue to survey sate sellers at major attractions that have caused unfavorable press reflection on Bali tourism.
The head of Livestock and Animal Health for Bali, I Putu Sumantra, said on Sunday, July 2, 2017, his office was concerned with reports that stray and pet dogs were being poisoned with cyanide to be butchered and sold as sate.
“As soon as we received this information (from the foreign press), we immediately undertook investigations at the places mentioned (in the articles). But, until today, we have yet to see anyone selling dog sate to tourists,” Sunatra explained.
Sumantra agreed that if the public be consuming meat products from animals killed with cyanide this could have fatal consequences for members of the public consuming such meat.
Sumantra not only wants to continue to search for sate sellers but is eager to trace down the sources claiming dog meat is being sold to tourists.
Stored Inconveniently for 20 Month
American Paul Hoffman Receives 20-Month Prison Sentence for Armed Robberies of Convenience Stores in Bali
American expatriate Paul Anthony Hoffman (57) has been declared guilty by a Denpasar Court of committing a series of armed robberies at convenience stores in Kuta and sentenced to 20 months in prison.
The sentence handed down by the Court on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
State Prosecutors has requested a 2.5-year sentence for the robberies that took place in February 2017 that resulted in Hoffman’s arrest on February 16, 2017.
It is not clear if Hoffman, who is married to an Indonesian woman and has an infant child, will be allowed to stay in Indonesia or be deported and blacklisted at the end of his prison sentence.
Three Men – Including Two Airport Security Workers - Arrested for Stealing Rp. 68.7 million with Credit Card Stolen from AirAsia Passenger
Metrobali.com reports that a group involved in stealing a credit card from a passenger at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has been arrested by the police.
Gede Sutha Asthina (35) and Ahmad Jaenuri (40) who were both employed as contract workers by Aviation Security (AVSEC) at the airport, were arrested at their respective residences on Monday, July 3, 2017.
Police say three people, two of who were AVSEC workers, committed the theft of passenger credit cards. The cards, found in a passenger wallet left on an AirAsia flight, were used to make false purchases.
A third man, IGN Arya Wijaya (56), was arrested several days later. Police say Wijaya has a criminal record for credit card fraud with convictions and jail terms dating from 2012 and 2015.
Police say that Asthina was entrusted to hand carry a wallet found on an airplane to the AVSEC office, but apparently removed a credit card from the wallet in the process that he, with the help of Wijaya, used for fraudulent purposes.
The passenger became aware of the theft when he received SMS confirmation messages for purchases amounting to Rp. 68.7 million for purchases made at a gas station, UFO Bali, Original Levis Bali Collection, Ware House Nike Bali Collection -BTDC Nusa Dua and Gebyar Galleri.
The three men now face charges under the criminal code with maximum sentences of 7 years in prison.
(Photo: Bali Post)
Promoting Australian Education in Bali
Udayana University Opens #Aussiebanget Corner Assisted by Australian Consulate General in Bali
The Australian Consulate-General in Bali launched its first #AussieBanget Corner in Bali at Udayana University, Denpasar on Wednesday, 5 July 2017, in an opening ceremony attended by the Australian Consul-General, Dr. Helena Studdert and the Chancellor of Udayana University, Prof. DR dr Ketut Suastika, Sp.PD-KEMD.
The corner, located on the 2nd floor of the Language Laboratory building at the Udayana University campus on Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Denpasar features a selection of Australian books, resources and a computer with access to the Australian National Library that may also be utilized to search for study and scholarship information at Australian universities.
The Australian Consul-General Dr. Helena Studdert said, “The Corner was created to encourage students in Bali to pursue Australian education by providing relevant information and give students their first taste of Australia.”
There are approximately 8,240 Australia Award scholarship alumni in Indonesia, with around 400 of that number from Bali and West Nusa Tenggara. In addition, there are a large number of people who self-funded their study in Australia.
Bali ranks in the top seven provinces for students studying in Australia.
“We want to remain the number one study abroad destination choice by students in Bali and that is why we are going to continue conveying the benefits of studying in Australia,” Dr. Studdert said
Udayana University Chancellor, Prof. DR dr Ketut Suastika welcomed the establishment of the #AussieBanget Corner as a great addition to the campus’s facilities and resources. “We are targeting to improve our human resources by getting up to 80% of our teaching staff to gain Ph.D. degrees within the next few years. The corner will help provide us with a better access to information about studying in Australia and to achieve our target.”
The opening ceremony included a presentation by Dr. Helena Studdert on Australia-Indonesia bilateral relations, followed by an Australian sausage sizzle. The event was attended by Australian alumni in Bali, Udayana students, lecturers and staff as well as groups of Australian students and teaching staff from Flinders University, University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, University of Sydney, and Edith Cowan University that are currently participating in study and mobility programs in Bali as part of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan program.
The Corner will also be a central area utilized to hold future Australian-related activities on the campus and provide information on future programs and other Australian Consulate-General activities in Bali and NTB.
We Went to a Garden Party
Meet in Nusa Dua Guide Launched at Ayodya Resort Bali
Selected Bali tour operators and attractions together with key hotel and business players within the Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) at Nusa Dua attended an evening garden party on Thursday, July 6, 2017, to celebrate the launch of the “Meet in Nusa Dua Guide” published by Bali Discovery Tours.
in a series of Bali MICE Guides – the latest edition is the only comprehensive handbook for the meeting, conference, exhibition and incentive industry with groups destined for Bali. While past editions of the Guide have focused on Bali as a whole, the 10th edition's focus is limited exclusively on information on ITDC as a meeting and conference destination.
Filled with detailed technical, venue and destination information required by meeting and conference planners, the "Meet in Nusa Dua Guide" is available without charge to qualified decision makers in the Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition (MICE) industry.
The launch party was made possible through the generous support of The Ayodya Resort Bali and Sababay Winery.
rmal launch gathering was attended by senior managers from ITDC hotels and businesses, Bali attraction operators, destination management operators and key tourism officials.
The launch party was made possible through the generous support of The Ayodya Resort Bali and Sababay Winery.
before the VIP gathering, John M. Daniels of Bali Discovery Tours took the opportunity to thank the management of ITDC for inspiring and helping to coordinate the "Meet in Nusa Dua Guide" and the many advertisers who participated. Thanking the Ayodya Resort Bali and Sababay Winery for sponsoring the evening, Daniels said he hoped the “Meet in Nusa Dua Guide” would mark a new chapter in cooperative marketing Nusa Dua as the world’s leading MICE destination.
Shown on Balidiscovery.com are snapshots from the Garden Launch Party of the “Meet in Nusa Dua Guide” held on July 6, 2017, at The Ayodya Resort, Bali.
Motorcycle Gang Allegedly Comprised of Children of DPRD-Bali Members Held in Death of Your West Flores Military Cadet
Tensions have increased in certain sectors of the local community in South Bali with the tragic murder of young military cadet from West Flores.
Chief Private (Praka) Yanuar Setiawan was attacked by a motorcycle gang on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai in Nusa Dua in the early hours of Sunday, July 9, 2017.
The murdered military recruit, who was originally from West Manggarai in Flores, was undergoing training as a member of the Infantry, died from a fatal stab wound to his chest.The man was due to be formally inducted into the military later this month.
Beritabali.com say a 16-year-old motorcycle gang member, identified only with the initials Dewa KDA (see link), is being held by police, together with three other young men CIM (17), RA (19) and Ferdiansyah (22).
Dewa KDA, who lives in the Nusa Dua Hill Residence, is said to be the son of a member of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali).
Eyewitnesses say the attack took place at 4:30 am in front a Sarbargita Bus Halte in Jimbaran.
A companion of the dead soldier, Isra Mihradi, told police that Setiawan had left Tuban with 5 friends destined to Nusa Dua traveling on 4 motorcycles.
When the group neared the Bus Halte in from of the Kelan Mini-Mart at 4:10 am they saw two white Scoopy motorcycles cut in front of them and then pulled onto the shoulder of the road. The young cadet and his companions reportedly scolded the Scoopy drivers for their poor driving, saying: “Be careful brothers, there are motorcycles behind you! If we crash we’ll be blamed.”
The group traveling on the Scoopy motorcycles offered no response to the rebuke but traveled on to Nusa Dua. At about 4:30 when the cadet and his friends passed the traffic light at Taman Griya Jimbaran, the road was block by a large group of motorcyclists laying in wait that included the two Scoopy bikes encountered earlier.
The smaller group was chased and attacked resulting in injuries to member of the group and a stab wound to the chest of Setiawan. Muhamad Johari (22) suffered broken bones and a fractured jaw while Tegar Ananta (19) incurred percussive wounds to his ears. Like the dead cadet, both of the injured men came from West Manggarai, Flores.
Local residence assisted the injured by rushing them to a nearby hospital. Yanuar Setiawan’s body was taken to the morgue at the Sanglah General Hospital.
Police responded rapidly to the incident. Based to reports collected at the scene, only 4 hours after the attack four men were already in police custody.
One source who preferred not to be named told the press that all four men under arrest were thought to be children of members of the DPRD-Bali.
Police Investigate Death of Chinese Woman on Toekad Rafting Trip
Balipost.com reports that on Sunday, July 9. 2017, only one day after a Chinese female tourist, Wang Yumei, died in a rafting accident on the Ayung River near Ubud, the operator - Toekad Rafting’s remains open and is operating normally.
Bali Post reports that despite poor weather, the flow of rafting passengers coming to Toekad Rafting remained strong, predominated by Indian and Chinese travelers.
When reporters from Bali Post attempted to ask questions in connection with the accident that cost the Chinese woman’s life, all staff refused to comment, reportedly even attempting to eject the reporters from their Kedewatan office.
Staff said their supervisors has instructed them to prevent unauthorized photography.
Another employee, Budi, complained that reporters were sitting in chairs at the reception intended for guest's use.
Budi also assured the press that every guest taking a rafting trip was insured. The Company’s website states that rafting participants are insured to a value of US$50,000.
Police who are investigating the incident are interviewing the tourists who were on the trip, the victim's family, and the Company’s employees to determine if criminal negligence played any part in the Woman’s death.
Police are reported to be focusing on whether the Company had standard operating procedures (SOP) and if operating during a period of heavy rain violated the SOP or accepted safety standards.
A conviction of criminal negligence could result in 5 years imprisonment.