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BALI UPDATE #947 - 27 October 2014

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Update: Bird Flu Causes 2 Deaths in Bali
Two Children Infected with H5N1 Virus Have Died at Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital.

The brother and sister, aged 10 and 5, admitted to Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital and diagnosed as infected with the H5N1 (Avian Flu) virus on Friday, October 7, 2011, have died.

The two children, Wayan Aldiawan (10) and Nengah Rika Ani (5), died over a three-hour period during the night of Sunday October 9, 2011, while being warded in the Nusa Indah Isolation Ward  of Sanglah General Hospital reserved for patients suspected of suffering from infectious diseases.

Prior to their deaths, the two children were diagnosed as suffering from the H5N1 virus via tests conducted at the Sanglah General Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine at Udayana University. Results of similar confirmatory tests conducted by the Indonesian Ministry of Health in Jakarta have now also confirmed the children were infected with the H5N1 virus. 

During their period of hospitalization the children were treated with Tamflu and other drugs in an unsuccessful effort to stabilize their conditions.

Prior to being moved to Denpasar, the two children were warned In Bagli. Before falling ill, the children were known to  have been in close contact with chickens that suddenly died, fueling suspicions that they may have contracted Bird Flu.

World Health Organization (WHO) reports that Indonesia has had more than 148 deaths linked to bird flu, the highest number for any nation.

The parents of the dead chldren are now threatening the Bangli Hospital with a legal claim, contending that the hospital's lateness in correctly diagnosing the diseases delayed correct treatment resulting in the two's deaths.



And They’re Off!
Melbourne Cup Day Comes to Bali on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

For al intents and purposes celebrated as an “unofficial holiday” in Australia, the annual running of the Melbourne Cup sees that nation grind to a halt as all eyes turn to the horse race action at Flemington Racecourse for a contest between three-year-old vying for AU$6 million in purses.

This year’s running of the Melbourne Cup will mark the 151st anniversary of a race first held in 1861

The excitement of race day and this esteemed Melbourne sporting tradition is also celebrated each year in Bali, Indonesia where expatriate Australians and friends gather to share in the festivities underway in far away Victoria.

Melbourne Cup 2011 in Bali will be celebrated at the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel where a live satellite action projected on a large screen will display all the race action. And, as in years past, participants are urged to come dressed for the races with ladies often sporting hats that set new and outlandish standards for the millinery world.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. in the Denpasar Room of the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel where a gate pass of Rp. 350,000 (US$39) earns admission to a day of fun, fashion, sweeps, a Brett’s Tote, live book, welcome glass of Artisan Chardonnay, three-course luncheon and live broadcast of the pre-race festivities and the actual race set to start at 12:00 noon Bali time.

The food on offer will include a range of Australian favorites, including roast lamb, baked fish, beef Wellington, lamingtons and Pavlovas.

For more information and to order tickets contact Delma at Telephone ++62 – (0)81338014610


Bali Shaken by Earthquake
Bali Shaken by 6.8 Earthquake on Thursday, October 13 and 11 Aftershocks. Post Quake Round Up of Earthquake-Related News from Bali.

An earthquake measured at 6.8 on the Richter scale shook all of South Bali at 11:16 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2011 and was followed by at least 11 aftershocks during the ensuing afternoon and evening.

According to the Bali chief of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Wayan Surardana, the strongest aftershock hit the island at 3:52 p.m. local time measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale.

The epicenters of the series of earthquakes were located in an area approximately 150 kilometers off the southern coast of Bali.

None of the series of seismic events was considered to pose a threat of tsunami.

A round up of the latest earthquake–related news from Bali:
  • The Carrefour Supermarket on the Sunset Road in Kuta sustained large cracks on its exterior walls with roofing tile also shaking loose and falling to the ground. The popular shopping center was closed on Thursday afternoon to allow management to survey the damage to the building.
  • A small office complex, not far from the Bali International Medical Center Hospital (BIMC) at Simpang Siur, was damaged. Falling debris at the building  crushed a parked car in front of the building.
  • When the initial earthquake occured, the BIMC Hospital took the precautionary step of temporarily evacuating all patients from the hospital.
  • The office of a cellular operator – XL Center on Jalan Sunset in Kuta is reported to have suffered “significant damage.”
  • Local telecommunication providers report a 40% surge in SMS and telephone calls in the ten mintes immiedately after the initial earthquake.
  • Roofing tiles showered the surrounding parking areas at the Kasih Ibu Hospital on Jalan Teuku Umar in downtown Denpasar and the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet on Jalan Gatot Subroto Barat.
  • One person is reported to be in a coma at the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, believed to be a casualty from a junior high school in Denpasar damaged by the quake. 45 student and 1 teacher were injured by falling debris at the SMK Negeri 2 in Denpasar with 3 requiring hospitalization.
  • In all, according to the Bali Post, a total of around 60 people have been hospitalized at 3 hospitals, with 46 warded at the Sanglah General Hospital for injuries connected with the earthquake. Most these victims are from two Denpasar schools where falling debris struck the children and teachers.
  • A car rental company at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport was damaged by the initial earthquake. A total of 40 points of minor damage were recorded to various structures at the airport.
  • The earthquake did not significantly disrupt scheduled flight operations at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, although officials say passengers standing in line during the boarding process panicked and momentarily sought refuge when the eathquake first shook the airport building.
  • Following the initial earthquake, a number of schools in Bali sent their pupil home early as a means of alleviating emotional trauma suffered by the children resulting from the initial quake.
  • The Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali) reports that a few guests form member hotels chose to move from multi-storey hotels to smaller, single story bungalows following Thursday’s earthquake. The PHRI also confirms that none of its member hotels suffered significant damage in connection with the quake or its aftershocks.
  • The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) has issued a statement affirming that all its member hotels reported no injuries or major structural damage in connection with the earthquake. Shortly after the initial earthquake, an emergency BHA communication center went into operation that updated hotels on the developing situation and actively monitored any potential tsunami threat.
  • Shortly after the quake, government authorities ruled the earthquake had no potential for the creation of a tsunami.
  • The Denpasar Disaster Relief Center’s preliminary count shows 19 buildings were damaged by the earthquake, including 8 schools, the provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), The Alam Puri Museum in Penatih, a fire station on Jalan Juanda, one hospital and six private residences. Damage was generally confined to roofing materials and cracked walls.

Bali’s Earthquake History 

A list of Bali’s earthquake history compiled by the Bali Post show the following events and the estimated loss of life:
  • Gejer Bali Earthquake of 1815 15.000 dead
  • Buleleng Earthquake of 1862 - fatalities unclear
  • Jembrana Earthquake of 1890 - fatalities unclear
  •  Bali Earthquake of 1917 1.500 dead
  • Seririt Earthquake of 1976 - 560 dead
  • Karangasem Earthquake of 1979 – No deaths
  • Karangasem Earthquake II of 1979 - 24 dead
  • Karangasem Earthquake of 2004 – No deaths
  • Nusa Dua Earthquake of 2010 – No deaths
  • Nusa Dua Earthquake of October 13, 2011 - No deaths Reported


Catching the Wave Before it Catches You
Bali’s Aerowisata Sanur Beach Hotel is now ‘Tsunami Ready’

Aerowisata Sanur Hotel in Bali has been certified “Tsunami Ready” – the first property on Sanur beach in Bali to earn that distinction.

'Tsunami Ready' certification is granted by a private consulting company that assists its client hotels in defining and implementing tsunami safety standards.

The company advises trains and certifies mainly hotels and tourism-related businesses on how to prepare for tsunami. [www.tsunamiready.com

Actively supported by the Bali Hotels Association [BHA] and in cooperation the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 'Tsunami Ready' hotels and business have carefully reviewed their operations in the context of a possible tsunamis or earthquakes in the areas of practical knowledge, decision making, evacuation procedures, evacuation routes and shelter, post-tsunami recovery and community relations.

Final certification is only granted after the successful completion of an  on-site audit conducted by Tsunami Ready including rigorous simulation exercises.

Aerowisata Sanur Hotel certification was granted on October 10, 2011.

The highlight of the certification session was a comprehensive test evacuation involving both guests and hotel staff. After the hotel’s internal tsunami warning siren was sounded, guests were rushed to the evacuation points by members of an established evacuation team dressed in orange signal vests for easy identification. While guest are rushed to safety, other members of the team jump into action closing down major departments of the hotel, shutting off gas supplies to prevent fires and explosions and securing essential documents.

When guests and staff arrive at the designated muster points, evacuation spot managers perform surveys to make sure no one has been left behind. The evacuation spot is equipped with food and water sufficient for 2 days together with essential medical and hygienic equipment.   


Bali on Bird Flu Alert
Heath Officials Raise Alert Level Against Bird Flu for Bali After Death of Two Children Positively Linked to H5N1 Virus.

According to NusaBali, Bali has been declared “in extraordinary circumstances” (Kejadian luar biasa – KLB) following the death of two young children from Bangli confirmed to have succumbed to the H5N1 (Avian Flu Virus).

The “KLB” status has been confirmed by the vice-chairman of Commission IV of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-BALI), Ketut Kariyasa Adnyana, on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Said Kariyasa: “The KLB status is automatically implemented whenever deaths are confirmed. It is important to remember that in the near future Bali will host the ASEAN East Asia Summit attended by the president of the U.S.A. Barack Obama.”

In Kariyasa’s opinion, the KLB status signifies that it is time for the government to allocate tactical funds and social funding to control the spread of bird flu. He added that both the provincial government of Bali and the regional/municipal administrations across Bali must consider how best to prevent the further spread of the H5N1 virus.

“The provincial and regional/municipal administrations of Bali must continuously be on guard against this illness. What’s more, this disease has again taken the life of two children this past week,” explained the legislators from north Bali. Kariyasa insisted that corrective action cannot be further delayed; action must be taken soon. Adding, "if this is not done, we fear the plague of bird flu could damage the (Bali) tourism image." 

Kariyasa said government action alone will not be insufficient to battle bird flu. The public who keep poultry stocks must immediately report to livestock officials whenever their birds died unexpectedly in order that preventative steps can be taken. The livestock service, in turn, must be diligent in spraying poultry pens. Adding, “the government and affiliated agencies must tighten security at ports to prevent the smuggling of undocumented poultry.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, in Bali to attend a festival at Lake Batur - Kintamani, said,“ don't let the plague of bird flu widen to the point where it reduces the number of tourist arrivals to Bali.”


Nostalgia
Paintings by George Wagner at the Ganesha Gallery – Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran, Bali November 3-28, 2011

          
              Nostalgia is the crutch of the old wishing to slumber
                off into dreamland perhaps never to awake again.

                                                                                        - Arie Smit

On an island famed as a tourist destination and billed as “Paradise on Earth” for over a century, the subject of nostalgia is, as the wry Bali-based artist Arie Smit notes above, is something of a loaded question after so many devoted generations have fallen in love with their individual versions of Bali.
In a series of paintings drawn from traditional subjects – the cockfight, the marketplace and the rice fields – the Dutch-Australian artist, George Wagner, presents memories of the past clad in new clothing.

Although this is his first exhibition in Bali, Wagner is no stranger to the island or to Indonesia. Indeed he was born and spent much of his youth, in what is now Jakarta, during the Dutch colonial era. While his father was Dutch his maternal grandmother was of Javanese royal blood. George lived in Holland for a time after Indonesia’s Independence, before migrating to Australia in 1959 at age 27.

Beginning as a performer of Indian dances, Wagner established himself in Sydney as a textile and interior designer in the 1960s. An economic downturn brought his successful business to an end and he returned to visit Holland in 1971.

During a visit to Donald Friend, the Australian artist suggested Wagner should visit fellow Dutchman, Han Snel in Ubud. Over the next decades the two artists would become close friends with Wagner spending a great deal of time in Ubud.

There he would develop his unique style to capture his vision of Bali. As described by his good friend Andrew Charles, “George paints life as a dramatic dance. His figures are at once celebratory, mythical and narrative. With fiery color and subject matter, George paints allegorical scenes that touch both timeless and contemporary issues.”

George’s style is distinctive and inimitable. Using pure color, he boldly applies the paint directly onto surfaces that vibrate with energy. Again in the words of his friend Andrew, “these paintings blend the tribal energies of his Australian home and Balinese mystics that reflects George’s commitment to his expressive vision.”

While the title of the current exhibition in Bali may be “Nostalgia” and draw its inspiration from iconic Balinese themes, George Wagner brings more to the table. Indirectly the show is also a tribute to his great friend Han Snel who passed away in 1998.

Now 79 years old, George Wagner displays all the signs of an ambitious young man at the beginning of his career.

                                           Nostalgia
                            Paintings by George Wagner

  Ganesha Gallery at the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay

                                   November 4-28, 2011
                Open Daily from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
 


Which Fare is Fair?
Bali Taxi Drivers Wary of Growing Popularity of Island’s New Sarbagita Bus System

Bisnis Bali reports that taxi drivers in Bali are concerned over the growing popularity of the new Sarbagita Bus Service, with drivers claiming many tourist visitors are abandoning taxis in favor of a ride on the bus.

The chairman of the taxi cooperative Komotra, H. Hasbi Asegaf, said on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, admitted that the newly introduced bus service has yet to have a significant impact on the income of Bali’s taxi drivers. Said Asegaf:  “But, based on the complaints of our members, there is a small effect on the financial turnover of taxi drivers. Passengers who use to take taxis noware beginning to shift to the Sarbagita bus system, especially from Sanur to Nusa Dua."

Acknowledging that the purpose of the new bus system is to reduce traffic congestion in Bali, Asegaf admitted that his members must first observe the future developments of the Sarbagita Bus System. Hopefully, he added, the outcome will see the bus system reduce congestion while finding a supporting role for the island’s taxi fleet.


A New Wrinkle to a Bali Holiday
BIMC Anti-Aging and Cosmetic Center Opening at Nusa Dua

Want to look truly beautiful and refreshed after you next Bali holiday?

The BIMC Hospital in Kuta is now expanding to a new location in Nusa Dua to meet the burgeoning demand for cosmetic medical procedures among visitors to the island.

The Nusa Dua Cosmetic Center will have its own private entrance to ensure client privacy and comfort with two dedicated operating theatres, four consultation rooms, and a luxurious lounge and waiting area.

After more than thirteen years of service to Bali and known for its international standard of medical service, the new BIMC Nusa Dua facility is scheduled to open its doors in late 2011, complementing the BIMC Hospital’s existing facility at Kuta.

The opening of the BIMC Nusa Dua Cosmetic Centre represents a first of its kind in Bali, offering state-of-the-medical arts beauty technologies, including an array of beauty services ranging from room non-invasive to full fledged surgical procedures.

BIMC Nusa Dua's stated aim is to provide affordable cosmetic procedures performed by accredited plastic surgeons. Among the services available are breast augmentation, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, face lifts to name but a few.

Non-invasive procedures at BIMC Nusa Dua will involve the latest cutting-edge beauty services, such as ablative lasers rejuvenation and resurfacing, non ablative lasers for skin rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction, pain-free laser hair removal, ultrasound-radiofrequency body contouring system, microdermabrassion, as well as the botox, fillers and Aptos stitch.

BIMC Anti-Aging and Cosmetic Centre in Nusa Dua is committed to establishing Bali as the next cosmetic holiday destination in the world.

For more information contact the BIMC Anti-Aging and Cosmetic Centre’s Australian Consultant, Robyn at ++62-(0) 813 3866 8755 or [email


On Final Approach for North Bali
Minister Wacik Hints on Possible Location for the Buleleng International Airport in north Bali.

Beritabali.com reports that Indonesia’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, is not prepared to divulge the exact location of a planned airport for Buleleng in north Bali. However, while officiating at a festival at Lake Batur, Kintamani, Wacik hinted to the press that the Bali’s second major air gateway will be located "either behind or alongside" Mt Batur.

Responding to reporters’ questions on the location for the Buleleng International Airport, Jero Wacik refused to reveal the exact location. However, while presenting a speech at the opening of the Lake Batur Festival, Wacik told his listeners that a new airport would be built either behind or beside Mount Batur.

Bali Map from Nasa
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Dropping a clue, Wacik said, “the economy and tourism surrounding Batur and Kintamani, Bangli will continue to progress because behind Mount Batur will soon stand a new airport.”

He went on to say that once the exact location is fixed the land acquisition process could commence, paving the way for the construction of the airport.

The Minister said design work has already begun on the new airport.

The Minister said he was unable to give the exact location of the new airport in order to prevent land speculators from misusing such information.

Speculation places the new airport on the north side of Mount Batur, somewhere between Kutambahan and Tejakula

Wacik said construction on the new airport would begin before the end of the year.


A New Right Hand for Minister Jero Wacik
Sapta Nirwandar Appointed to New Post as Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has appointed the Director General of Marketing at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Sapta Nirwandar, to the new post of Vice-Minister of Culture and Tourism.

The newly created post will make Nirwandar the nation’s second highest tourism official after the current Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik.

In accepting the new post, Nirwandar, after meeting the President on Thursday, October 13, 2011, said: “I ask for help in becoming the Vice-Minister of Culture and Tourism. This represents an honor for me. My duty awaits.”

Sapta said that during his meeting with the President, Yudhoyono asked him to develop national tourism. Saying this was the job of everyone in his Ministry, he called on his colleagues to work harder, adding, “no more business as usual.”

The President also called on Sapta to develop tourism on a basis that is both creative and culturally-based.

Nirwander was born 57 years ago in Lampung, South Sumatra. He graduated from the Economic Faculty of UNPAD University in Bandung in 1978 before undertaking post-graduate studies in Paris.

A career spent in public service, he has held important posts in the National Secretariat, Ministry of Sea and Fisheries and most recently with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.


Bali Chefs Triumph at Salon Culinaire Malaysia 2011
The Young Balinese Chefs Win Top Honors at International Cooking Competition in Kuala Lumpur.

Dias Raditya Widjaja represented Bali splendidly by securing a Silver Medal and the highest point score for his performance at the Salon Culinaire Malaysia 2011 held in Kuala Lumpur, September 20-23, 2011.

Representing the Bali Culinary Professional Association, Dias triumphed over 27 competitors from local and international hotels, restaurants and educational institutions. Joining him in his quest for cooking glory were other team members from Bali - Helmy Wijaya and Mardhika Prasetya Nugraha Homan.

Dias Raditya Widjaya, who comes from the kitchens of the Bulgari Bali Hotel, prepared a fish course. Helmy Widjaya, who trained ay the St. Regis Bali, cooked a poultry dish. Mardhika Prasetya Nugraha Homan from the Nikko Bali Resort entered in the apprentice chicken/salmon main-course category.

Describing the rigorous 3-months of preparations provided by the Bali Culinary Professionals, Dias said: “We had sleepless nights practicing and fine-tuning our technical skills for the competition! I am very happy that our hard work and efforts paid off. I have our mentor chefs, family and friends to thank for what I have achieved at this competition.”

Culinaire Malaysia

Organized by the Malaysian Association of Hotels, Chefs Association of Malaysia and The Malaysian Food & Beverage Executives Association - Culinaire Malaysia is the region’s largest culinary competition and is held in conjunction with the Food & Hotel Malaysia Exhibition (FHM).

Held on a biannual basis, this year’s Culinaire Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center attracted over 1,500 participating entries from Malaysia Germany, China, Taiwan, Korea, Nepal, Macau, Singapore, Philippines, Mexico and a number of other countries.

Bali Culinary Professionals

Bali Culinary Professionals is a non-profit organization with members comprising chefs from hotels and restaurants across the Island, food and beverage managers, business owners and suppliers to the hospitality industry. The organization’s goals are to create, maintain and improve professional standards of chefs, highlighting and encouraging new and needed skills, facilitating new ideas and exposing Balinese food and their craftsmen locally and overseas.

As part of their range of activities they support talented young Indonesian chefs in coordinating their participation in regional and international culinary competitions.

Andrew Skinner, president of the Bali Culinary Professionals (BCP), commenting on the performance of the young Balinese chefs in Kuala Lumpur, said: “I congratulate and thank the team who helped in adding this win to BCP’s notable list of achievements. This win made it more meaningful as we look forward to even greater achievements in the future of young chefs development. This is definitely only the beginning of more to come. BCP is very excited with this latest success. Competing with industry professionals was a great eye opening experience and excellent opportunity for the young chefs’ development.”

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Readers Know Best
Bali Ranks High in 2011 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards

Conde Nast Traveler has published the 2011 edition of the “Readers’ Choice Awards” naming the best hotels, resorts, destinations, cruise lines and airlines in the opinion of the more than 800,000 paid subscribers with an audited circulation of 3.5 million.

In the words of the magazine’s editors: "These awards reflect the combined opinions of 28,876 Condé Nast Traveler readers rating the cities, islands, and hotels they visited in the past year, and the airlines and cruise ships they traveled with. For its range and depth, the Readers’ Choice Awards are a unique and trusted source of advice globally."

Bali and its range of outstanding properties, as in years past, won recognition in the 2011 awards.

Here’s the Bali highlights:

World Best Hotels

In the ranking of the top hotels in the world, the following Bali properties won honors.

Top Islands in Asia

Bali was ranked #2 with a core of 84.3. Winning top post as Asia’s best island was the Maldives (score 87.5). Phuket ranked #3 with a score of 80.0.

Asia’s Best Resorts

World’s Best Airlines

The following airlines serving Bali won Readers’ Choice recognition:
  • Ranked #1 Singapore Airlines
  • Ranked #4 Cathay Pacific
  • Ranked #7 Korean Air

World’s Best Small Airlines

In this category, one airline serving Bali from Australia was:

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Barge Aground off Nusa Dua, Bali
After 2 Months No Signs that Chemical Barge Aground off Bali’s Nusa Dua Beach is Going to Be Moved.

A large chemical barge – the Jemms Marine 3001 – has been aground on a reef off the popular tourist area of Nusa Dua since August 16, 2011, raising concerns by tourism operators and local residents that permanent damage has been inflicted on the reef and fears that the vessel will leak hazardous substances into the local marine eco-system.

Radar Bali reports that the barge, owned by a Banjarmasin-based ship operator PT Lingga Marintama, broke loose from a tow line in 3 meter seas while the barge and tug were inbound to Bali’s port of Benoa. The loose tugboat line fouled one of the tug’s propellers, making it impossible to regain control of the barge. Buffeted by the heavy seas, the barge eventually went hard aground on the Nusa Dua reef where it has remained for the past two months.

The Nusa Dua Reef Foundation (TKNS) have protested to local marine authorities over the lack of action to remove the ship and prevent further damage to the surrounding reef on Mengiat Beach, Nusa Dua.

The director of TKNS, Priama Hutasoit, said, “it’s been almost two months there. Aground on the reef it’s damaging the sea’s eco-system by destroying coral and the beach view at Nusa Dua. "

The ship was reportedly carrying crude palm oil from Kalimantan to Bali.

The ship now rests on the reef some 300 meters from the major hotels that occupy Bali’s prestigious tourist enclave at Nusa Dua.

Hutasoit confirmed that divers have inspected the area near the ship and discovered significant damage to the reef. There are further feRs that hazardous liquids will start seeping from the ship causing further damage to the reef and adjoining shoreline.

Indonesian law holds ship operators responsible for ships that have run aground, allowing port officials to salvage a ship deemed a danger to the public or maritime navigation. Letters sent to the Port Administrator at Benoa demanding that the ship be impounded until compensation is paid to permit repair of environmental damage caused by the ship.

The Benoa authorities have, however, washed their hands of the matter saying it falls under the purview of Nusa Dua maritime officials.


Preparing to Welcome the ASEAN Summit
Vice-President Boediono Presents a List Alterations and Improvements to Better Serve the 18 Heads of Stare Expected in Bali for 19th ASEAN Summit

Intense preparations are underway for the 19th ASEAN Summit in Bali, Nov 14-19, 2011.

The event will be headquartered at the recently opened Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) that will serve as host for meetings to be attended by the various delegations and some 18 heads of state expected in Bali.

Indonesia’s vice-president Boediono visited the island on Tuesday, October 1, 2011, to personally inspect all venues and facilities to ensure their readiness to receive the bevy of world leaders.

Boediono spent substantial time at the BNDCC observing finishing work still underway on the new convention center that will host its first major conference with the coming ASEAN Summit.

Among the last minute alterations and additions requested by the vice-president and the organizers for the coming conference include, increasing the height of perimeter fencing; creation of an emergency gate; construction of VVIP toilets for use by the heads of state; and renovations to the lounge prepared for the president. Other additional work includes the construction of a medical clinic; the provision of additional parking; and the widening of access roads.

Danny Budiharto, the CEO of PT Nusa Dua Indonesia (PTNDI), the managers of the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), assured the vice-president that all of the additional works would be completed within one week, well in advace of the coming Summit.

Budiharto is also confident that a media center covering an area of 2,000 square meters on the third floor of the BNDCC will be ready to handle the world media expected to be on hand in Bali.

The BNDCC was built by the Kompas Gramedia Group and has a capacity to host 5,000 people. The facility covers a land area of 70,000 square meters with 25,000 square meters of covered building space. Parking for 600 vehicles is also available.

During his stay, vice-president Boediono also inspected the Ayodya Hotel at Nusa Dua selected for informal meetings between heads of state during the ASEAN Summit, the peninsula at Nusa Dua that will be the site for an ASEAN Fair, and the Bali International Convention Center.

Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika told Kompas that he was very confident Bali was prepared for the coming conference. Said Pastika, “Bali is safe, there are no factor delaying our preparations, impeding our stability or the readiness of our personnel.”

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has made special parking arrangement to accommodate six wide-body aircraft used by heads of state together with a group of fighter jets from the Indonesian Air Force that will escort the arrival and departure of each official aircraft.

Due to space limitations, some official aircrafts will be deployed to Surabaya for parking, necessitating a short positioning flights to pick up their passengers at the close of the meetings.


Running on Empty?
Merpati Threatened with System Closedown as Pertamina Refuses to Sell Aviation Fuel to the State-Owned Airline.

Despite disruption to its flight schedules operating to other destinations, Merpati Nusantara Indonesia (MZ) flights to and from Bali operated without interruption on Saturday, October 15, 2011.

According to Kompas.com, until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday 8 out of 18 scheduled flights by MZ via Bali had flown without delay. Over the course of the day, MZ had 11 flights departing from Bali and 8 inbound flights to the island.

The airport service manager for MZ in Bali, Abdulrachman Fagih, said, “until now all are on schedule.”

Concern is growing that Bali might see MZ flights via Bali come to a halt, as flights via Makassar and Surabaya haveceased as the state-owned oil company, Pertamina, is refusing to provide fuel to MZ in those locations due to large, unpaid fuel bills.

Effective October 15, 2011, Pertamina announced that it would no longer provide fuel to MZ aircraft in Surabaya and Makassar, creating concerns that the embargo could widen to other areas of the country.

An agreement was signed on February 12, 2011, between Pertamina, Merpati and PT Perusahaan Pengelolaan Aset (PPA) – the company charged with managing state-owned assets. That agreement was to have provided bridging funds to allow the state-owned airline to pay its outstanding fuel bills. To date, however, according to Pertamina no payment has been made while the balance owed continues to escalate.

MZ reportedly owes US$62.15 million in overdue fuel bills to Pertamina.
Meanwhile, Pertamina officials appear to be adamant that fuel supplies to MZ may be tightened even further unless payments are made on the overdue fuel bill.
 


Bali's Roots Grow on its Rice Terraces
Bali Struggles to Find a Way to Preserve the Subak Rice Agriculture System

Bali loses of 1,000 hectares of land use for rice cultivation each year, a fact that threatens the continuance of the island’s ancient subak tradition of water management and rice agriculture.

Quoted in Bisnis Indonesia, Alit Artha Wiguna, secretary of the Council for the Management of Bali Cultural Heritage (Dewan Pengelola Warisan Budaya Bali), said: “At this time only 82,000 hectares of rice fields remain from an original total of 102,000 hectares. The daily lives of the farmers, who tend to be impoverished, make agriculture unappealing (as a field of work). This is Bali’s challenge for the future.”

Steve Lansing, a professor of anthropology from the University of Arizona who has spend decades studying Bali, sees an opportunity for Bali’s rice terraces to become a World Heritage site. He hopes that the government will take a serious approach in seeking to preserve and protect the unique qualities of Bali’s subak system of agriculture, adding value to the lives of subak agriculturalists.

Wayan Windia, an expert from Bali’s Udayana University has described the subak system as much more than a source of food production, but also as a cultural medium . The cultural value of preserving the subak system for future generations demands its protection and the provision of government subsidies.

Said Windia: “Let’s avoid behaving in a self-contradictory way. The world acknowledges (the subak) while there is no effort from our people to guarantee its continuity. The subak needs protection and subsidies. “

Past efforts by the government to have the subak areas of Jatiluwih included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site lists have been unsuccessful when auditors found local concepts for preservation of the subak areas lacking.

A UNESCO team is presently in Bali reviewing applications for World Heritage status for a number of areas on the island.

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Currying Favor with the Indian Market
Bali Seeks to Host Annual Conference of Indian Travel Agent

The state news agency Antara reports that the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) is actively considering Bali for its annual conference.

Representatives from TAAI recently visited the Nusa Dua area of Bali to undertake an assessment of services and facilities for their coming conference.

TAAI is the largest travel association of India. Established in 1951, the association now has a membership database of 2,400 members comprised of travel agents, airlines, hotels and tour operators.

M. Igbal Mulia, the chairman of the TAAI, told Antara, “at this time we are undertaking a survey to determine the place for our annual members’ meeting.”

The TAAI team was welcomed in Bali by officials of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Bali Tourism Office, the Bali Guide Association (HPI), and the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Congress & Convention Association (INCCA).

The TAAI has conducted similar surveys in Turkey and South Africa.

The TAII team was reviewing conditions and carrying capacity for the annual conference, hotels, security and supporting services to complement the hosting of their annual conference.

Mulia said he was impressed with the condition, atmosphere and natural beauty, and welcoming culture of Bali.

During the survey visit, the chairman of the Bali chapter of INCCA, Ida Bagus Surasana, told the press that that the facilities in Bali and Nusa Dua were perfect for the TAII conference. Said Surasana, known locally as Lolec, “international scale conferences are often held in Nusa Dua, supported by its international standard of starred hotels.”

Lolec added: “For meetings that require facilities for 5,000 to 10,000 people I feel we have the facilities. Meeting rooms are not a problem. Especially now that we have the large new Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC).”

Nyoman Wardana of the Bali Toursim Office also alluded to the growing number of Indian tourists coming to Bali each year. Wardana pointed out that from only 6,972 Indian tourist visits to Bali in 2005, that number has grown to 40,777 in 2010.


Dealing with the Threat of Bird Flu
Leading Bali Tourism Figure Calls on Government for Decisive Action and Comprehensive Information on Bird Flu Control

The coordinator of the Bali and West Nusa Tenggara Chapter of Association of Indonesian Travel Agents (ASITA), Bagus Sudiya, has called on the government to respond to the H5N1 Avian Flu situation in Bali by providing comprehensive explanations on the steps being taken to eliminate the threat of the disease spreading.

Sudbiya, as reported by Bisnis Bali, said Bali visitors need complete and clear explanations to permit people to make informed decision on whether or not to visit Bali. Without such information about concrete steps being taken by the government to control Bird flu, tourists will be unable to make informed decisions on whether or not to continue with their plans to visit Bali.

Moreover, according to Sudibya, urgent action by the government is needed to control bird flu together with informed statements of reassurance to the worldwide media will also help avoid travel warnings being issued by foreign nations which could have a detrimental impact on Bali tourism.


Bali Picks up the Pieces
Latest Count of those Injured in October 13th Earthquake Put at 90

The latest report from the National Disaster Management Agency (BPNPB) has raised the number to 90 for the total number of people injured as the result of Thursday, October 13, 2011 earthquake.

Quoted in The Jakarta Post, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, confirmed on the weekend that only four people remained hospitalized due the injuries suffered in the earthquake measured at 6.8 on the Richter scale.

Said Sutopo: 
“All the other victims have been sent home. Most of them suffered head injuries. The local administration is covering medical expenses.”

He also calculated 51 building had been damaged with losses estimated at Rp.2.9 billion (US$327,700).

After being closed briefly for safety inspections, the Carrefour outlet on Jalan Sunset has reopened for business.

Balidiscovery.com issued a special roundup edition of Bali Update on the day following the earthquake surveying damage in the aftermath of the seismic event [See: Bali Shaken by Earthquake]  


18 and Pretty as a Picture
InterContinental Bali Resort Celebrates its 18th Anniversary

InterContinental Bali Resort celebrated its 18th anniversary on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, in a series of joyous celebrations involving both the resort's staff and guests.

The happy day began with an early morning, traditional tumpeng ceremony on the lawn of Taman Gita Terrace. A yellow cone of rice, surrounded by spicy side dishes, the tumpeng was ceremoniously cut by the resort’s general manager, Tom Meyer. The tumpeng ritual is a part of many Indonesian ceremonies, symbolizing thanksgiving and the sharing of prosperity. Department heads dressed in Balinese costumes distributed small portions of the rice to well wishers, colleagues and guests.

Later, an anniversary luncheon was held in the Puri Kencana Ballroom for all resort co-workers. The happy lunch featured a number of Balinese delicacies, such as roast suckling pig. A huge birthday cake was cut as balloons dropped from the ceiling. A special video presentation was also shown of milestone moments in the Resort’s history over the past 18 years.

To add to the festive spirit, guests staying at the hotel on the anniversary were offered selected "2 for the price of 1" body and beauty treatments at Spa Uluwatu. Guest were also extended happy hour benefits until midnight at the Sunset Bar. Throughout the day, every guest also received a complimentary welcome cocktail at check in, a glass of wine or beer during dinner.

InterContinental Bali Resort was opened 18 years ago at a ceremony officiated over by Indonesia’s President Soeharto. The first luxury property of its kind to be built on the shores of Jimbaran Bay, the hotel was designed to harmonize with the surrounding environments and pay tribute to the island’s artistic and cultural heritage.

Many original staff members are still working at the Resort and participated in the anniversary celebrations.
 


Another One Bites the Dust
Bali Customs Authorities Arrest an Indonesian Woman Carrying US$10,000 of Methamphetamine.

The Customs and Excise officials at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport have arrested an Indonesian woman carrying 3.755 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Theresa Avilla Tanti Siwi (39) arrived in Bali on board Qatar Airways Flight 638 on Monday, October 10 on a trip that started in Nairobi, Kenya.

Suspicious of the woman and her baggage, repeated x-ray examination by Customs officers eventually yielded the drugs with an estimated street value of Rp. 9 billion (US$1 million).

The woman’s arrest has also led police to Erika, a cousin of Theresa, and Nurhadi Imron who was to have received the narcotics in Indonesia. Police say Erika had a Nigeria boyfriend who is believed to have set up the entire transaction of illegal drugs.

Theresa, a post-graduate student in the English language in Malang, East Java, claims that she did not know she was carry methamphetamine, but was offered Rp. 7 million for delivering the “unknown substance” to Indonesia.

The woman now faces possible charges under the anti-narcotics law of 2009 that carry a maximum penalty of Rp. 10 billion in fines and the death penalty.


 
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