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BALI UPDATE #943 - 29 September 2014

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Gourmandizing at Kayuputi
In the Competition for Baliís Best Sunday Brunch, St. Regis Bali Wins both First and Second Place. Announcing The Astor Diamond Champagne Sunday Brunch

We suspect the St. Regis Bali found itself immersed in a dilemma of its own making. After establishing their Boneka Restaurant [See: A Feast That's Hard to Fathom]  as home to Bali’s most lavish Sunday brunch, they faced the frustration of regularly having to turn away those who failed to make advance reservations as all seats quickly fill for the Sunday repast.
th an abundance of success, the people at The St. Regis, who are passionate about their food and drink, decided to make lunch at The Boneka “the second best Sunday lunch in Bali” by launching their new Astor Diamond Sunday Champagne Brunch in the Resort’s fine-dining Kayuputi Restaurant.

As shown in the menu gleaned from a recent Sunday Champagne Lunch, the food on offer is mind-boggling in both its range and opulence.

Priced somewhat higher than the “second best” lunch at the nearby Boneka, the Champagne Lunch at Kayuputi is sold for Rp. 995,000 (net) (US$110) and includes welcoming aperitif, Champagne, cocktails and canapés between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 pm at the Kayuputi Champagne Bar.

Lunch on a non-stop on an all-you-can-consume basis follows from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

A separate beverage package priced at Rp. 995,000 (US$110) provides free-flowing Champagne, premium wines and cocktails from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.. Those selecting the beverage package are also encouraged to indulge in a variety of digestives and cigars offered at the Champagne Bar between 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Menu

SERVED AT YOUR TABLE
Amuse
Karat caviar served with blinis and accompaniment
(A onetime served dish)

Freshly baked from the oven
Croissant, Danish pastries and breads, soft butter and preserves

Prime Charcuterie
Pastrami, salami, prosciutto, Serrano ham, black forest ham, homemade terrine and pâté with truffles

PASS AROUND - CONTINENTAL FAVORITES
Homemade Bircher muesli

Flavored low-fat yoghurt with sweet bread crumbles

Fresh seasonal fruits with aromatic light syrup

SEASONAL OYSTERS
A la Mignonette
Lemon cucumber vinaigrette, salmon roe and lime foam

Classic Rockefeller

TRIO OF HOT AND CHILLED SOUP TESTERS
Chilled cucumber dill gazpacho with smoked salmon aspic

Light crustacean bisque with lemongrass and seafood dumpling

Black truffles and mushroom consommé with chicken cappelletti

HEALTHY LEAVES
Wild cress with lemon olive oil vinaigrette

Arugula leaves with poached egg, salmon roe, walnuts and virgin oil

STEAK TARTAR
Served with Sterling Silver Leaf V.S.O.P cognac

LINE CAUGHT FISH
Kobachi served in a small portion with daikon Horoshi

Shirome fresh thin slices of white fish with Tobiko roe, lime, soy and fresh ginger

CRUSTACEANS
Lobster A la Russe

Blue shrimps cocktail with Avruga pearls

HOME COOKING
Classic fish meuniere with lemon garlic butter

Free range chicken casserole with bitter chocolate mole

SPECIALTIES
Vol-au-vent with ragout of escargot

Frog legs fricassee and fresh herb


FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE - A SELECTION OF DUCK FOIE GRAS
Classic foie gras terrine served with brioche toast and dark cherry compote

Pan seared duck foie gras served with caramelized peach and balsamic meat reduction

Duck foie gras - lemon oil confit, served with onion jam, young salad and lemon coulis

Pot-au-feu of duck foie gras in an herbal consommé, braised daikon and enoki mushrooms

Duck foie gras mousse with cranberry compote

SHOWCASED AT THE TABLE
Prime rib wagon
Yorkshire pudding, natural meat jus buttered seasonal vegetables

Cheeses
Matured AOC French cheese Soft and semi hard served with red wine poached figs Walnut bread

Chocolate
Homemade praline

A LA CARTE - PASTA AND GRAIN
Linguini seafood tossed in a white wine butter sauce and fresh herbs

Penne rigati with homemade tomato sauce and shaved Reggiano cheese

Spinach gnocchi with smoked salmon, Avruga pearls, wild cress and Parmesan foam

Pan seared barramundi fillet with zucchini risotto and saffron emulsion

Duck confit and mushroom risotto with shaved foie gras and white truffle foam

Lemon barley risotto with prawns and basil emulsion

MEAT
Wagyu beef tenderloin done medium rare with butter-glazed asparagus and sauce Perigord

Lamb medallion with ratatouille ravioli, mint jelly and rosemary jus

62-hours slow-poached beef oyster blade in a nutmeg broth, root vegetables, steamed potato dumpling

Curd roasted Peking duck breast, braised red cabbage and prunes


FISH AND SEAFOOD
Kayuputi modern walewska with truffles and lobster

King prawns a la Provencal with baby spinach

Half spiny lobster thermidor served with sautéed vegetables

Moule mariniere and crispy garlic herb baguette

SWEET PASS AROUND
Paris-Brest with crème praline and choux pastry Oeuf a la neige Orange-Campari verrine 24 gold leaf macaroon Pumpkin tart with sour cream

Raspberry Charlotte Traditional biscuit with raspberry mousse

Romanoff Marinated fresh strawberries with Cointreau and vanilla ice cream

Tiramisu nouvelle

Seasonal fresh berries sabayon Rhubarb compote with vanilla Chantilly

DESSERT
Classic Grand Marnier soufflé

BGF Deconstructed black forest gateaux

Freeze-dried raspberry, dry-ice ice cream Sneakers toffee crumble

Venezuela Chocolate Amade Chuao 70% vs Valrhona Araguani 72%

More Information and Reservations

Reservations are strongly urged by call the Kayuputi at ++62-(0) 361-3006786


Waste Not Want Not
Maya Ubud Resort & Spa Bali Educate Elementary Students on Waste Management

In keeping with the Maya Ubud Resort & Spa’s steadfast commitment to inculcate sustainable environmental practice in their business and surrounding community, on Saturday, February 18, 2012, the Resort engaged 66 students and their 7 teachers from a nearby grammar school – SDN 3Pejeng Kawan – for a day of education about waste management.
d support from Gita International Yoga of Melbourne, the Resort’s Green Team shared a video and slide presentation with the children and teachers on waste management techniques and procedures. Putting theory into practice, the educational sessions were followed by a cleaning blitz of the schoolyard and surrounding areas during which 97 kilograms of trash and plastic were collected for careful disposal later.

On the same occasion, the Resort installed two large garbage containers in the schoolyard to permit the separation of organic and non-organic wastes, together with separate canvas bags for dry garbage and plastic collection. The Resort has also established a schedule for the weekly collection of garbage followed by its proper disposal at the Temesi Recycling Plant in Gianyar.

During the visit, the school was also presented with waste bins, and wall clocks for all their classrooms and teacher’s office. The teaching area also received wall maps of Bali Province, Indonesia, ASEAN countries and the world.

At the end of a fun day of activities and learning, the students were provided milk and snacks and parcels of stationery for use in their academic studies.


Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun
Indonesia has Ambitious Plans to Almost Double Average Per Capita Income in Three Years

Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Hatta Rajasa, is targeting for Indonesia’s per capita income to reach US$5,500 by 2015 – a level that is far in excess of the average US$3,500-3,600 achieved in 2011.

Quoted in Bisnis Bali, Rajasa said, “this target is in keeping with several government programs to improve the people’s economy, such as the Master plan for the Accelerations and Expansion of the Indonesian Economy (MP3EI).”

He said that in the three years to come the Indonesian government has to make significant improvements in the people’s economy. Adding: “The is not an easy job. But we can do it. The per capita income was between US$3,500-US$3,600 in 2011. And, in 2015, it is hoped that the per capita income rises to US$5.500.”

He also revealed that the Government would build centers of economic development in the province of Riau, with clusters or pockets of industrial growth with the development of three seaports and the renewal of existing ports, such as the Dumai International Port and the Port of Kuala Enok.


Keeping Baliís Traffic Moving
Baliís Capital of Denpasar Getting Automated Area Traffic Control Systems to Keep Traffic Moving Through Crowded Intersections

Traffic authorities in Bali are increasingly concerned with the level of traffic congestion, with several intersections receiving a very negative “F Category” classification reserved for the worst areas of traffic bottlenecks. In order to reduce gridlock, the Bali Traffic Department is installing Area Traffic Control Systems (ATCS) for installation at the worst affected crossroads.

Reported by both Bali Post and Radar Bali, a meeting of legislators from Commission B of the Denpasar House of Representatives (DPRD-Denpasar) heard of the plan to control traffic monitoring systems from the chief of Bali Transportation Department, I Gede Astika, on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

Astika told the lawmakers, “With the ATCS traffic controls can be adjusted in accordance with the congestion levels on the connecting roads.”

A traffic official explained that the ATCS forms a part of an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). The ITS is an information technology system use to monitor traffic flows and reduce pockets of congestion.

The three area identified as having the worst traffic congestion in the Island’s capital are located in West Denpasar, North Denpasar and the eastern portion of South Denpasar.

The six intersections selected for the installation of ATCS are:
  • The intersection of Jalan Mahendrata and Gunung Agung
  • The intersection of Jalan Teuku Umar and Jalan Iman Bonjol
  • The intersection of Jalan Iman Bonjol and Jalan Soputan
  • The intersection of Jalan Gunung Agung and Jalan Setiabudi
  • The intersection of Jalan Teuku Umar and Jalan Gunung Salak
  • The intersection of Jalan Teuku Umar and Jalan Batanta
Other crowded intersections in the capital will also have ATCS systems installed by the Bali Transportation Service.

The use of automated systems on stand-by 24 hours a day are expected to be an improvement over the current manually operated systems.

The cost of installing the six ATCS points in Denpasar is estimated at Rp. 5.3 billion (US$589,000).


All We are Saying, Is Give Peace a Chance
International Bali Meditatorsí Festival Returns to Ubud, Bali September 20-23, 2012

First established in 2009, the International Bali Mediators Festival (IBMF) returns to Ubud September 20-23. 2012.

Headquartered at the Museum Puri Lukisan, this years IBMF adopts the theme up “One Earth One Sky One Humankind; Towards Global Peace & Interfaith Harmony through Meditation.”

During the course of the Festival, Peace One Day will be marked on September 21, 2012 as part of a simultaneous worldwide celebration of peace.

The organizing committee of IBMF paid a call on Bali governor, Made Mangku Pastika, on February 22, 2012, to brief the island’s Chief Executive on the goals of the conference and the audience from around the world it will attract.

In welcoming the continuing commitment of the organizers, Pastika said the IBMF benefits not only the meditators but also people living around the conference. Pastika also expects that the event will contribute to the idea of spiritual tourism in Bali. He believes that spiritual tourism is a better option than forms of religious tourism. There would be an increasing number of seekers visiting a place where they can quench their spiritual thirst and find the true happiness. Bali could be that place, he insisted.

As in past years, the International Bali Meditators’ Festival (IBMF) is expected to attract over 1,000 participants from around the world. Planned activities include seminars, workshops on meditation, an evening of devotion, special events, family events, and a bazaar.

[Website International Bali Meditator’s Festival
 


Oh I Believe I Can Fly
AOC in Hand, Mandala Airline to Commence Flights in April 2012

It now appears certain that Mandala Airlines will soon be airborne once again following the issuance of a new Air Operator Certificate (AOC) on Monday, February 20, 2012. The Director General of Civil Aviation, Herry Bakti Singayuda Gumay, confirmed that the AOC had been issued following Mandala’s successful completion of the government requirements on aircraft ownership.

Quoted in Bisnis.com, Herry said: “The AOC for Mandala was signed on Monday, February 20, 2012. Mandala is ready to fly in April.”

In meeting official requirements imposed on commercial airlines, Mandala is operating two Airbus A-320 aircraft that are now parked at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport. Herry advises that Mandala has confirmed its commitment to operate 10 aircraft by December 2012. The entire fleet will be comprised of Airbus equipment.

In keeping with Aviation Law No. 1 of 2009, Mandala has advanced a formal business plan to the government underlining its preparedness to operate the minimum 10 aircraft required for an Indonesian passenger airline to undertake commercial operations. Of that minimum, at least five of the aircraft must be owned directly by the airline.

Although Mandala is now holding the mandatory AOC, Herry told the press that the Company has yet to be issued route permits by the Ministry of Transportation.

Mandala Airline is expected to operate from Terminal 3 at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport. That terminal will be shared with AirAsia, Wing Air and another new carrier Pacific Royale.

The Commissioner of Mandala, Diono Nurjadi, said the airline will initially operate with three Airbus A320 aircraft, gradually increasing its fleet to 10 planes by December 2012. Diono said the routes to be operated by Mandala will not vary significantly from the routes originally flown by the airline prior to its closure.

Mandala formerly flew 16 domestic routes and four international routes, including Singapore. During the initial phase of operations Mandala will focus on its Singapore route.

Mandala ceased operations on January 13, 2011, when the company leasing aircraft to the Company withdrew the entire fleet.


Child Dies of Bird Flu in Bali
12-Year-Old Child Dies of Bird Flu at Baliís Sanglah General Hospital

Radar Bali reports the death of a 12-year-old child from South Bali due to Bird Flu. The child, identified only with the initials WM, died in the isolation ward of Denpasar’s Sanglah General Hospital at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

The child was transferred to the Bird Flu Unit at Sanglah Hospital only 5 hours prior to its death after being warded for five days at the Puri Raharja Hospital, also in Denpasar.

Dr. Ken Wirasandshi, the head of the Bird Flu Team at Sanglah Hospital, said the child was suffering from respiratory distress with laboratory tests showing the virus for Avian influenza.

The child’s parents, however, deny any contact with poultry prior to the onset of the disease. Initially misdiagnosed, the child was admitted to the Puri Raharja Hospital with a for typhus.


Bali Targets 3 Million Tourists in 2012
Bali Government Predicts Reduced Growth Rate of 8.8% in Tourism Arrivals for 2012

Bali is targeting 3 million foreign tourist visitors in 2012, a number, if achieved, that will represent an increase of 8.8% over the 2,756,579 foreign tourists who took a holiday in Bali in 2011.

The 2012 target also portends a slowing in tourism growth rates, down from  2011 when totals grew a more substantial 10.57% over 2010 results.

For the four-year period 2008-2011, Bali experienced an average annual growth of 10% in foreign tourists.

The Head of the Bali Tourism Service (Kadiparda), IB Kade Subhisku, told Bisnis Bali on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, that, in order to reach the stated target, the government needs the support of all tourism stakeholders and the public to overcome the many problems currently confronted by tourism in Bali.

Subhisku, the highest-ranking tourism official in Bali, said issues of cleanliness and traffic congestion are detracting from the overall enjoyment of visitors to the Island. He also expressed concerns that the world economic crisis might still adversely affect Bali’s tourism sector.

He said hard work is needed by both the government and tourism operators to protect the gains and continuing growth achieved by Bali Tourism. He called on all tourism stakeholders to provide input to the government in the development of the tourism industry.

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Balancing Your Cakras in the Hills of Bali
Globe and Mail Provides an Escape Plan from a Hectic World Via Ayurvedic Treatments at Baliís Como Shambhala Estate

Si Si Penaloza, writing for Canada’s Globe and Mail, has provided an enthusiastic endorsement of a recent visit stay at Ubud’s Como Shambhala Estate.

During her stay, Penaloza sampled the Estate’s world-famous array of wellness therapies including expert nutritional advice, Pilate’s instruction, raw and vegan cuisine, ayurvedic consultations and treatments, and luxuriating spa treatments.

She also has high praise for Como Shambhala’s restaurants, where she enjoyed superb cuisine and the convivial company of the Estate’s Manager, John Halpin.

[Globe and Mail: An Ayurvedic Escape in Bali]  

[Como Shambhala Estate


 


The War of the Melati
Surge in Small Inns and Non-Starred Hotels in South Bali is Causing Tariff Wars and Non-Sustainable Pricing

Radar Bali reports that the development of new hotels in Bali is increasingly uncontrolled; a fact that seemingly does little to deter the appetite of investors for new projects. The unbridled growth in hotel rooms is not reserved to merely starred hotels, but also includes inns and “melati class” properties.

Based on research carried out by the Bali branch of Bank Indonesia, the Island’s southern regions of Denpasar, Badung and Gianyar are being overrun with melati properties.

Speaking on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, Luarensi Yoan Destalinda, a researcher from Bank Indonesia, said that the over-supply of inexpensive hotel rooms in South Bali has resulted in occupancy levels below 30% at non-starred hotels during low season and a “rate war” offering prices that are not economically sustainable.

In order to address this problem, the government is being urged to introduce a moratorium on melati-class hotels in the southern part of Bali. “The tariff war between melati hotel operators is crazy. So this does not continue it is recommended that a moratorium on the construction of new melati properties be introduced in the three southern regencies,” said Laurensia.

It is hope that the proposed moratorium will persuade investors to bring their projects to other less economically robust regions of Bali, such as the island’s east and north.

Further research carried out by Bank Indonesia in collaboration with Bali’s Udayana University showed that agriculture and farming remain major economic sectors in Bali.

Because of the steady decline of the agriculture sector in Bali, it is hoped that policymakers include steps to preserve and promote agriculture in their work.

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Getting Set for APEC
National Committee Set Up to Undertake Preparations for the 2013 Asia-Pacific Economic Summit (APEC) in Bali

The National government has set up a special committee to make sure preparations are in order for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) scheduled to be held in Bali in late 2013.

The team, comprised of a group of cabinet ministers, will be headed by the Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, State Secretary Sudi Silalahi, and Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu. The group will be under the overall supervision of Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Rajasa.

A recent planning meeting held at Hatta’s office saw Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo, Pangestu, Sudi and Energy and Mineral Resource Minister Jero Wacik in attendance.

Indonesia, as the host for the Summit will propose the themes for the conference, which Indonesia says, will be dedicated to improving the economic lot of the poor in the Asia-Pacific region.

Bali is gearing up for the Summit via a number of large infrastructure projects that include a massive rebuilding of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, the construction of a new toll way and the creation of an underpass at the Simpang Siur intersection in Kuta.

Because of the many head of state delegations expected to attend the Bali Summit, the recently completed Selaparang International Airport in nearby Lombok will be used to park their official aircraft during the meetings.

APEC is an international forum comprised of 21 states from the Asia-Pacific region whose populations represent 40% of the world’s population.


Aces are Wild
ĎCok Aceí Ė Popular Regent of Gianyar Bali Announces He Will Not Seek a Second Term of Office

The Regent of Gianyar in Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace), has announced his decision not to seek a second term as Bupati or Regent in the next local election set for November 2012.

The State News Agency Antara, quotes “Cok Ace” saying: “I have decided not to take part in the local elections in 2012 (Pilkada). This is purely my own initiative; I have not been pressured by anyone.”

The Gianyar’s decision was announced at a meeting held at the Gianyar Regency Office after making his periodic accountability report to legislators on the State of the Regency.

Cok Ace also rejected the view that he was lacking in nobility by stepping aside before the end of a second term. “The coming five year term has problems that are more complex and whoever is in charge cannot play around with legal issues,” he added.

The outgoing Regent who is also the Chairman of the provincial Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) pledged he would continue to work on behalf of the people of Gianyar. “I will do my best for the people,” Cok Ace said to a chorus of loud applause from the hundreds who gathered to hear his dramatic announcement.

The Democratic Party in Gianyar is now faced with the challenge of finding a suitable candidate to fill the role of the departing Regent.


Changes at the Top in Bali Law Enforcement
Bali Chief of Police and Heads at Bali Kerobokan Prison Replaced

In the wake of the violent rioting at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison that saw prisoners take complete control of the penitentiary, the Chief of Police for the province of Bali and two lead officials at the prison have been removed from their positions.

Change of Command in the Bali Police

Metrotvnews.com reports that in announcing the change of command at the Bali police, the National Chief of Police General Timur Pradopo insists the reassignment of Brig. General Totoy Herawan Indra has no connection with ongoing unrest at Bali’s main prison.

“Oh, there’s no connection. All this is connected to a normal tour of duty and tour of area. It’s normal,” explained General Timur after Friday prayers at Police Headquarters in Jakarta on February 24, 2012.

The transfer of Totoy was revealed in a “secret telegram” sent on February 23, 2012 that has fallen into the hands of the press. The former Bali Police Chief’s new position is on the Expert Management Staff at Police Headquarters.

Totoy’s tour of duty in Bali was a very short one, lasting only 7 months from his installation as Bali's Police Chief on July 13, 2011.

Bali’s new police chief is Inspector General Budi Gunawan whose last assignment was as the Head of the Professional and Security Division at National Police Headquarters.

Prison Officials Removed

In a rushed ceremony held in the morning hours of February 24, 2012, at an annex just a few meters beyond the walls of the unsettled Kerobokan Prison, the head of the Prison and the Head of Security at the Penitentiary were removed from their posts.

Bowo Nariwono who was the man in charge at the prison has been replaced by Gusti Ngurah Wiratna who moves to Kerobokan from the top post at the Karangasem Prison in east Bali.

The head of the security and guards at the prison Anang Khuzani has also been replaced by Wayan Agus Miriadi, who was formerly in charge of guardsand security at the children’s prison in Karangasem.

No new assignments within the National Prison Service have been announced for either Nariwono or Khuzani.


Sorry, But this May Hurt
Indonesian Cabinet Manager Apologizes for Imminent and Inevitable Increase in Fuel Prices

Indonesia’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Jero Wacik warned everyone what’s coming, but, to his credit, he has also apologized in advance. Quoted by Kompas.com, Wacik said, “Apologies to the people of Indonesia because the price of fuel will increase.”

The Minister’s apology was made to a group of reporters while Wacik was accompanying President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at a session to brief and instruct Indonesian diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, February 23, 2012.

Wacik told the press that the government is still in the process of calculating the size of the hike in fuel prices. “We are in the process of calculating what’s best for the people. The Country will be efficient. There are a couple of government projects which will be postponed,” explained the Bali-born Minister.

He continued, saying the Government would soon discuss the size of the hike in fuel costs. Plans to increase fuel costs, however, may be hampered by Section 7 of the 2012 Law on the State Budget, which forbids increases in fuel costs. In theory, before any increase in fuel costs can take place the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Executive Branch must revoke Section 7 to clear the way for price increases.

Protests Ahead?

Separately, the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Djoko Suyanto said that protests and demonstrations by those opposed to the government’s plans to increase fuel costs are not forbidden. “Protests are allowed, what’s important is that any protests be non-violent; as long as protests are proportional, do no damage and do not disturb public order,” explained Djoko.

Both Wacik and Djoko offered assurances that the government will provide compensations to the public directly affected by any increase in fuel costs.

President Yudhoyono has repeatedly underlined that the decision to increase the subsidized price for fuel cannot be separated from the current world economic crisis. In the midst of the ongoing economic disruption in the Euro zone, there is also rising political tension in the Middle East involving Iran, the U.S. and Europe. The decision by Iran to halt oil sales to all European nations has resulted in an increase in global fuel prices.

“The price of our crude oil increased quickly over the past few weeks. This has had an extraordinary effect on the economies of many countries, including Indonesia,” explained the Indonesian President as he opened a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.

On Wednesday, the price of crude oil in Singapore for delivery in April hit US$106 per barrel. At the same time, the price of crude (ICP) reached US$110 in Indonesia, a figure well above the assumed cost of US$90 per barrel contained in State Budget (APBN) in 2012.

The President admitted that the increase in crude oil prices has delivered a significant blow to the Indonesia economy. Responding to the current situation, Yudhoyono said, “We must respond and develop a number of options and policies aimed at saving our economy, the State Budget (APBN) and the fiscal condition.”

Faced with the certainty of an increase in Indonesian fuel prices, the President said he will continue to urge vehicles be converted to liquefied gas consumption.

The government earlier announced that subsidies on fuel would end on April 1, 2012. The three options before the Government include increasing prices of subsidized fuel at the pumps, converting use from gasoline to natural gas, and compelling private vehicle to only use non-subsidized Pertamax fuel.
 


Quality Over Quantity
Bali Officials Says Future Tourism Policies Will Seek Quality Before Quantity

The State News Agency Antara quotes a ranking provincial leader as calling for Bali to shift its focus from the quantity of tourist visitors to the quality of those holidaymakers. The call comes as the Island’s infrastructure is showing increasing signs of fatigue and strain as it copes with a record number of tourists, both domestic and international.

The 2nd Assistant Secretary for the Province of Bali, Ketut Wija, speaking at a planning meeting on economic development held in Lombok, said, “We no longer will prioritize the quantity of tourist arrivals, but will now place the emphasis on quality of those visitors.”

Wija explained to the meeting how Bali with 5,632 square kilometers of land mass contains only 0.20% of all Indonesian national territory, a small sliver of land which he estimated is occupied by around million residents and between 5-6 million visitors during the course of a single year.

Authorities estimate that Bali is also suffering an influx of migrants from other areas of Indonesia estimated to add 400,000 new residents each year.

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Silent Days and Silent Nights
Nyepi - Baliís Day of Absolute Silence is Friday, March 23, 2012. Hereís Our Guide on What to Expect

Bali’s magical and highly spiritual day of absolute silence – Hari Raya Nyepi falls on Friday, March 23, 2012 marking the first day of the Bali Hindu New Year of Caka 1934.

Unique in all the world, Nyepi Day is preceded by a night of revelry in which elaborately adorned papier-mâché floats are carried through Bali’s street  - with images depicting all manner of daemons and well-known celebraties, carried on the shoulders of village youth who have spent the weeks leading up to the festival creating the colorful displays. As dawn approaches, the celebrants, now rid of their wild impetuosity, slip away to their respective homes for a 24-hour period of mandatory solitude and reflection from which to launch the year ahead.

Nyepi mandates a day of absolute quietude, based on the four precepts of Catur Brata:
  • Amati Geni: Prohibiting the lighting of fires, the use of lighting or the satisfaction of pleasurable human appetites.
  • Amati Karya: Prohibiting all forms of physical work other than those dedicated to spiritual cleansing and renewal.
  • Amati Lelungan: Prohibiting movement or travel; requiring people to stay within their residences.
  • Amati Lelangunan: Prohibiting all forms of entertainment, recreations or general merrymaking.
In keeping with the strict traditions of the holy day, Bali grinds to an absolute halt for 24-hours form 6:00 a.m. on Friday, March 23 until Saturday, March 24, 2012.

The observance of the day is all pervasive and includes:
  • The requirement that Bali visitors stay confined within the grounds of hotels for the 24-hour period and not leave the premises, except in cases of medical emergency.
  • Hotels are asked to limit outside lighting out of respect to the surrounding Balinese communities.
  • Employees of hotels and emergency services must stay confined to their place of employment for the entire 24-hour period.
  • All streets are empty and closed. All businesses are closed. Only emergency vehicles are permitted on the roads.
  • All seaports are closed during the 24-hour period.
  • Bali’s airport is closed during the 24-hour period. No passengers are allowed to land or take off from the airport. Technical stops are allowed but no passenger may disembark or embark on a flight during this period.
  • Television and radio stations are closed and cable broadcast companies are asked to suspend their signals to Bali during the proscribed period.


A Roman Affair Times Two
Casale del Giglio Wines in Twin Engagements at the 'Twin' Four Season Resorts Bali in Sayan and Jimbaran Bay.

Rome has a special affinity for twinning. Founded in ancient times by the twins Romulus and Remus, the Roman tradition that good things come in pairs of twins is transported to Bali via a twin-date dining affair featuring the premier wines of Casale del Giglio at the twinned-resorts of the Four Seasons in Bali on March 8th and 10th 2012.

In two very special nights at, respectively, the Four Seasons Resort  Bali at Sayan and the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, a group of select diners will enjoy a Roman Holiday feasting on exquisite five-course degustation menus prepared by Executive Chef Denny Frederick and Chef de Cuisine, Samuele Baudoino.

Outstanding cuisine must, of course, be “twinned” with extraordinary wines. A task assigned on these "twinned" occasions to wines from the vineyards of the Lazio region of Italy. Outstanding vintages of the Agro Pontino valley produced by Casa del Giglio Estates and the culinary mastery of two of Bali’s most outstanding chefs will create an evening only removed in miles, but not in ambiente and bonhomie, from the experience of dining on the outskirts of Rome.

The wines to be featured on the two evenings include the Satrico Chardonnary Sauvignon & Trebianno Giallo 2009, the Antinoo Chardonnay & Viognier 2008, Casale del Giglio Merlot 2008 and the prized Mater Matuta Syrah & Petit Verdot 2007.

“Mater Matuta 2007 is nothing short of spectacular;
in fact this is easily one of the finest reds being made today”
Wine Advocate

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WINE DINNER – March 8th – Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Prepared by Executive Chef Denny Frederick

Pre-dinner cocktails and canapés, five-course dinner with paired wines at RP. 850,000 per person plus 21% tax and service (US$114).

The Menu

“Tuna sambal matah”
Quick seared tuna steak on fernshoot vegetable salad shallot and lemongrass relish
Casale del Giglio. Satrico a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon & Trebianno Giallo, 2009

“Bebek’s”
Steamed minced duck wrapped in banana leaf Balinese style duck skewer and roasted duck salad
Casale del Giglio. Antinoo Chardonnay & Viognier, 2008

”Sop buntut”
Indonesian oxtail soup, leek, celery leaf and fried shallot
Casale del Giglio, Merlot, 2008.

“Kambing bumbu rujak”
Grilled lamb chops, sautéed baby long bean, red rice pilaf spice tamarind sauce
Casale del Giglio. “ Mater Matuta” 85% Syrah and 15% Petit Verdot, 2007

Ayung’s sweets
Jack fruit custard, layered chocolate rice cake with coffee bean sauce
Casale del Giglio. “ Mater Matuta “ 85% Syrah and 15% Petit Verdot, 2007

Coffee and tea

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WINE DINNER – March 10th – Four Seasons Resort Bali  at Jimbaran Bay

Prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Samuele Baudoino

Pre-dinner cocktails and canapés, five-course dinner with paired wines at RP. 950,000 per person plus 21% tax and service (US$127).

The Menu

Chilled tuna carpaccio with water cress and spicy lemon granite
Casale del Giglio “SATRICO“ Chardonnay, Sauvignon & Trebbiano Giallo, 2009

Home made prawn tagliolini with smoked tomato sauce
Casale del Giglio. “ANTINOO” Chardonnay & Viognier, 2008

Seared foie gras with apple cinnamon compote, truffle brioche
Casale del Giglio, 100% Petit Verdot, 2008

Roast loin of lamb with taleggio wild mushroom crusted, creamy spinach and natural jus
Casale del Giglio, “MATER MATUTA” 85% Syrah & 15% Petit Verdot, 2007

Valrhona chocolate parfait
Caramelized popcorn, salted caramel and peppermint.
Casale del Giglio, “MATER MATUTA” 85% Syrah & 15% Petit Verdot, 2007

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

A “twinned” two-date dinner package covering both evenings and both resorts is available at a special price of RP. 1.65 million per person plus tax and service (US$222)

For reservations and more information telephone:

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
: Telephone ++62-(0)361-977577 or [Email]  

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay:
Telephone ++62-(0)361-701010 or [Email
 


After the Brawl is Over
Calm Returns to Baliís Kerobokan Prison After 5-Day Violent Takeover by Inmates

Bali’s notorious Kerobokan prison was regaining some degree of normalcy on Saturday, February 25, 2012, after five days of rioting that saw the inmates take full control of the facility, sending guards and prison staff scampering for safety outside the prison walls.

The Bali Post reports 37 members of the press were allowed a 10-minute tour of the prison on Saturday, but were forbidden from interviewing any of the inmates.

The interior of the prison suffered significant damage during the siege. The administrative offices of the prison had been gutted by fire, including the office of the prison’s warden. Also destroyed by fire were the areas used for prison visits.

Reporters also saw heavy damage in other parts of the penitentiary. Most windows were broken. The buildings used to house prisoners, however, were left largely unscathed, suffering minimum damage.

After five days of violent standoff with police and prison officials, the visiting reporters witnessed the prisoners engaged in team-building games of physical challenge and group lectures. Prison officials said the contests and classes were being staged to restore "psychological calm" among the prisoners.

While some prisoners have been relocated to other jails in Bali and Java, many prisoners are resisting efforts to place them in new prisons, claiming such a move would require significant and unwanted adaptation to a new living environment.

A special team comprised of representatives of the Bali Police, the Udayana Military Command and other stakeholders has been established to review security and management of Bali’s largest prison. Both the prison's warden and head of security were dismissed from their jobs during the course of the riots.

As a precautionary measure, 250 police personnel are still on stand-by outside the prison. At the height of the prison riot, 1,000 police were called to help quell the violence.

With more than 1,000 inmates, the Kerobokan prison serves 300% more prisoners than for which it was originally designed. There are 60 foreign prisoners housed at the jail. Counted among the 60 prisoners are the 12 Australians known as “The Bali 12” – including two Australian sitting on death row awaiting execution.

The start of the melee is traced to an altercation between two prisoners and an ensuing knife battle that sent at least two Indonesian prisoners to hospital. Later, in the seige that lasted several days, two more prisoners were taken to hospital with injuries suffered in battles with police and at least one police office was also injured. Some reports say the wounded prisoners suffered bullet wounds, denied by police who insist the men were injured by broken glass.

The Jakarta Globe quotes a security official from the Justice Ministry, saying: “We are in control of the prison. The situation has returned to normal. Prisoners are following our orders. I can confirm that no prisoner escaped during the riots.“

Reporters making a quick tour of the prison on Saturday saw groups of prisoners cleaning soot from walls damaged by fires and removing trash and debris from the grounds. Another group of some 500 prisoners were in a main hall of the prison engaged in group songs and dance, part of a “trauma recovery program” organized by prison authorities.

During the five days police tried to storm the prison only to be driven back by angry prisoners wielding stones. Police were able to retake control of the prison on Friday.

14 foreign prisoners were briefly evacuated, only to be returned on the weekend to Kerobokan when they refused to serve their sentences in alternate jails.

The overcrowded jail is also home to 125 female inmates and 11 Indonesian children.

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Bali in Need of Cell Therapy
Everyone Agrees: Baliís Kerobokan Prison Needs to Be Rebuilt in a New Location. But No One Wants a Jail Standing in their Backyard

Kompas.com reports that the regency of Badung in South Bali is calling for the relocation of the Kerobokan Prison to another area of the island, ideally not within their regency.

Saying the continuing pattern of unrest at the over-crowded prison is intolerable, the vice-regent of Badung, I Ketut Sudikerta, added “for a long time we have wanted to see the prison moved to another region.”

Sukikerta said in addition to capacity issues the prison now stands too close to residential areas and villas used by foreigners staying on the island.

Sudikerta, speaking during a visit to the prison still under inmate siege on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, told the press that the regency has been unsuccessful in seeking a new location within the Badung regency. Adding, “so, if possible, don’t build the new prison in Badung.”

Sudikerta said the regency was prepared to make a contribution towards the cost of building a new prison. But he called on the Ministry for Law and Human Rights, who are in charge of prisons, to first conduct a survey. “If, indeed, they recommend the prison be built in our regency, that is not a problem, as long as the building conforms to the Zoning Law,” said Sudikerta.

Commenting on the recent inmate riots at Kerobokan, Sudikerta cited a number of complex, overlapping problems that remained unresolved at Bali’s largest prison. “In the overcrowded condition at the prison, it’s very possible that emotional conflicts have arisen among inmates. If possible, there should be divisions between classes of criminals. Prisoners charged with normal theft should be in separate areas from narcotics, corruption and other cases.”

The vice-regent of Badung said the unrest is affecting the surrounding communities at Kerobokan, including the many long-term foreign residents who live a short distance from the prison's walls.

The prison currently counts 1,015 inmates in a facility built to house only 300. What’s more, only 20 guards are employed to guard the entire prison.

The Director General of Prisons at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Sihabudin, admits that the Kerobokan prison is no longer viable for housing convicted criminals. At the same time, no easy solution is at hand. Sihabudin explained: “It isn't as easy to build a prison as it is to build a community health center. There are various considerations including location, the local environment and security.”


 


Make My Day
Denpasar Bali Lawmakers Up in Arms at Scofflaw Attitude of Blue Eye Karaoke and Hotel Harrads

Administrators in charge of Bali’s capital of Denpasar are becoming increasing frustrated with the management of the Blue Eyes Karaoke and Hotel Harrads complex who are ignoring formal letters of warnings sent from the city’s enforcement agency (Dinas Tramtib Satpol PP).

According to Radar Bali, the deadline given in the most recent formal letter of warning was Friday, February 24, 2012. The complex is being cited by officials for failing to obtain a building permit for a building expansion, having a roof line that violates maximum height rules and building too close to the Ngurah Rai Bypass. In a separate case, the complex is also accused of not paying its sales tax for the past two years.

The Head of Commission C of the Denpasar House of Representatives (DPRD-Denpasar), Kadek Agus Arya Wibawa, accused PT Embrio, who manage the complex, has exhibiting bad faith towards the Denpasar administration via their continuing violation of the law.

Because of this, Wibawa is urging Denpasar officials to take firm steps against PT Embrio.

A. A. Susruta Ngurah Putra, a member of Commission B at the DPRD-Denpasar, joined those calling for enforcement, saying: “The actions of PT Embrio disgrace the Denpasar government. As counselors of the city we are calling for firm steps to be taken. We must show some courage and proper bearing as the government of Denpasar. We should not be pushed around by businessmen.”

Susruta also admonished PT Embrio for its failure to pay sales taxes for two years, causing losses to the people of Denpasar. Pointing to the importance of tax revenues from hotels and restaurants in providing revenues for the municipality, Susruta said PT Embrio’s behavior threatens the investment climate and provides a deplorable example for the general public.

Susruta added: “If the management of PT Embrio has good faith, they must come to Denpasar. Don’t send the General Manager who us unable to make any decision, who becomes only another barrier (to a resolution).”

Another member of Commission B, Wayan Matiyana Wandhira, chimed in, saying: “They (Blue Eyes and Harrads) must have action taken against them. They are operating a business within the boundaries of the City of Denpasar. They must follow the rules and regulations of the City of Denpasar.”

Growing in his anger, Wandhira added: “I am surprised. The House has come to their site and conducted an investigation. But they remain relaxed. Do they hold some kinf of  Ace Card/”

It was later confirmed that the Dinas Tramtib dan Satpol PP Denpasar has delivered a second formal warning to the company. Alit Wiradana, the chief enforcement officer for Denpasar, said, “We have already send the second warning letter to the management.” The second letter has a time limit of 7 days after which Action will be taken against the complex if no corrective steps are taken.

As the rules are written, enforcement officials have the right to demolish offending structures.

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Beans in My Ear
The Heat is on as Baliís Chili Cook-Off Season Commences with First Round Qualify Completion in Ubud

The Melting Pot Game Room Pub on Jalan Pengosekan in Ubud, Bali was the scene of fierce competition on Sunday, February 19, 2012 as a multinational field of competitors vied for top honors in the first round of the 2012 Texas Chili Cook-off Season. The quality of Texas-style chili in Bali's second-ever chili cooking competition suitably impressed the panel of four expert judges, who took their time savoring and deliberating over the entries in three categories; determining which blend had the right balance of flavor, consistency and heat.
veral hours of careful chopping, slicing, spicing and stewing - the entrants in the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) and Vegetarian divisions turned in impressive blends. In the CASI category, Stephen Michaels of Texas who was last year's winner, put on his famous “Road kill Texas Red” while Team M & M Chili produced a noteworthy pot of bubbling chili. Meanwhile, Team Sanur Garden, headed by Indian chef Dipika, created a tasty vegetarian chili using homemade paneer cheese, which scored high marks with the judges. However, in the end, all three teams in both categories were edged out by Team Pothead Chili, with Toby and Greg putting some down home Texas magic into their pots and taking home awards in both the Vegetarian and CASI Categories.

Team M & M Chili were awarded top marks in the Freestyle Category, but not before Mark, a Yankee from New York, was rushed the doctor's clinic for cooling treatment after inadvertently splashing water on his face with hands covered in chili oil. Meanwhile, the other half of the M & M team, Swedish national, Marcus, stood his ground and handed in the judges' favorite in category at the turn-in time of 5:30 p.m..

This year’s competition saw the introduction of a People's Choice Category generating funds to benefit charity. Voting packets, which included tasting bowls, spoons and a voting ballot, were sold with a portion of the proceeds going to support [Plastic Free Bali], a non-profit environmental campaign to reduce single use plastic bags by promoting BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag.

The competition was intense as the crowd milled around the chili cooking stations sampling directly from all the pots before placing their votes at the voting station. Winning the People’s Choice Award was last year's CASI award-winning cook, Stephen Michaels with his 'Road kill Texas Red'. Later, "I'd like to thank the academy...", began a rather lengthy and entertaining acceptance speech by the first second-time winner in Bali’s Texas Chili cooking competition.

All winners from last year's inaugural event, the current qualifying round, together with a second qualifying event to be held in June are automatically included in the end-of-season championship event scheduled for October 21 in Ubud.

For more information on the second qualifying round in June or the finals in October, contact Sherri at by [Email]  or by telephoning ++62(0) 812 364 0490.

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Expat Hotel Owner Jailed in Singaraja
Karl Gunther Meyer, Owner of Hotel Melka Arrested on Suspicion of Fraud and Embezzlement by North Bali Prosecutors

NusaBali reports that the expatriate owner of the Hotel Melka in Singaraja, Karl Gunther Meyer (52), is being held in the Singaraja prison in under suspicion of fraud or embezzlement involving billions of rupiahs allegedly taken from a business associate.

Meyer was taken into custody in Singaraja on Friday, February 17, 2012.

The case still under investigation dates from a complaint filed in January 2010 by a business associate of Meyer, Michael Brag. Once the Bali’s prosecutor’s office verified there was a case to be answered, the case file was sent to prosecutors in Singaraja.

Two officials from the Bali Prosecutor’s Office, Putu Astawa and A.A. Alit Swastika, said the case against Meyer stems from the sale and purchase of shares between Karl Meyer and Michael Brag for the Hotel Melka, located in Kalibubuk, Lovina, Singaraja. A sales document for the share purchase purportedly records Brag purchasing 25% of the hotel’s shares for Rp. 5.9 billion (US$655,000).

With the sales of shares the name of the hotel was changed to the Melka Excelsior Hotel Dolphin and Wildlife Resort. The prosecutors say that on one occasion Meyer introduced Brag as “one of the owners of the hotel” at a meeting attended by all the hotel’s staff.

Astawa explained that at one point in the transaction Meyer asked Brag to deposit 25% of the share purchase price or Rp. 9 billion (US$100,000). Astawa said it was later discovered after the transfer that Michael Brag was not listed as a stockholder, but instead Meyer’s wife was added to the list of shareholders.

Brag unhappiness with the situation was aggravated further when he learned that Meyer had pledged, without his knowledge, all the shares of the Hotel Melka as surety in a credit application with a local bank to borrow more than 4 billion (US$444,000).

On Friday, February 25, 2012, when the evidence file in the case was formally presented, Singaraja prosecutors immediately ordered the detention of Meyer. The chief prosecutor in Singaraja said his incarceration was in anticipation that German national might attempt to flee the jurisdiction and to facilitate the continuing investigation of the case.

Plans are for the case to be brought to trial in the near future. Meyer is charged with violation Sections 372 and 378 of the criminal code for frauds and embezzlement punishable with four years imprisonment.


Make No Bones About It
Seeking to Restore its Good Reputation, Bali Aga Village of Trunyan on Lake Batur Pledges a More Cordial Welcome to Future Visitors

The Jakarta Post reports that tourists visiting the Bali Aga site at Trunyan on Lake Batur can now expect a more hospitable reception than has been the case in the past.

Aggressive, heavy handed and coercive behavior by Trunyan villagers towards tourists crossing the lake to view their unique community had been the source of numerous complaints, causing tour operators to largely avoid sending their guests there.

Trunyan village, approachable only by boat, is home to a Bali Aga village with a unique ancient tradition that leaves the dead unburied and exposed to the elements. Villagers and visitors insist that the decomposing bodies emit no significant odor.

A temple in the middle of the village contains an ancient stone statue honoring Da Tonta or Ratu Sakti Pancering Jagat – a giant, dark figure dating from the Megalithic period dating before Hindu settlement of the island.

In the past, local people at Trunyan have often charged onerous prices for boat rental, guide fees and souvenirs. Complaints were such that the once popular destination within Bali has sunk into oblivion over the past two decades.

In an effort to restore the reputation and tourism fortunes of Trunyan, the village chief, I Ketut Sutapa, has taken broad steps of reform. Said Sutapa, 
“We have declared that the local villagers are ready to guarantee the safety of the visiting tourists as well as the honesty of the locals in carrying out their services.”

The public declaration was made before the regent of Bangli, I Made Gianyar, and representatives from the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI) and the tourism industry representatives.

Sutapa said the bad reputation in the past was tied to the behavior of a small group of his villagers who needed the funds their coercive behavior generated. Explaining, “there may have been one or two people who committed such acts and they did that because they were poor.”

To bring such negative activities to an end, the Trunyan village has undertaken steps to improve their tourism infrastructure, provide training for local guides, and establishing an official tariff for the lake crossing.

“Everything is transparent now, the boat service tariffs are displayed prominently on the crossing facilities in Kedisan and Trunyan.”

52 official guides from Trunyan have now been appointed and an official umbrella organization for local boatmen for the 169 boatmen working on 40 boats has been established.

Trunyan is home to 760 families. Presently only 40 tourists visit the village each day.

The village secretary, I Ketut Jaksa, has called on the public to report any instances of harassment by boat workers, guides, souvenir sellers or local beggars so stern action can be taken.

Commenting on the villages commitment to changing their image, the head of the Bali chapter of the Indonesia Tourist Guides Association (HPI), Sang Putu Subaya, pointed to how boats are now equipped with life jackets, the installation of walking tracks and public toilets at the village.

Subaya said his organization would send guests to the village in recognition of positive changes now underway at Trunyan.
 


Stop in the Name of the Law
Construction at Hotel Ratna Beach Halted by Denpasar Enforcement Authorities

The Denpasar Enforcement Agency (Satpol PP Kota Denpasar) has ordered a halt to the construction of the Hotel Ratna Beach and Restaurant located on Jalan Pantai Segara Ayu No. 10 in Sanur.

The order, reported by DenPost to have been delivered on Friday, February 17, 2012, was made by authorities because the Hotel has no building permit (IMB).

Authorities called the contractor for the Hotel, PT Tehate, who has refused to answer their summons, choosing instead to continue the construction of the errant structure.

Angered by the Hotel’s recalcitrance, the officials paid their call on the Hotel Ratna Beach and Restaurant on February 17th and demanded from the owners that all construction activities cease until such a time as a proper building permit (IMB) is in hand. The officials also seized cement mixers to bring construction to an immediate stop.

The Enforcement agency warned the owners that should they fail to obtain the required IMB within a specified periodthey would not hesitate to take sterner steps, including tearing down the structure.
 


 
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