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BALI UPDATE #950 - 17 November 2014

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Bali Hotels Make the Grade
Bali Hotel Association Celebrates 10 Year of Supporting Hospitality Scholarship

The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) is celebrating 10 years of helping tourism students in Bali achieve their academic goals. The BHA is this year providing 16 students from the Country’s largest tourism institute with scholarships.

The partnership between Bali Hotels Association (BHA) and the Inspirasia Foundation (formerly the Annika Linden Foundation) has seen 91 students to date, receiving full scholarships or partial scholarships.

“The hotels’ support comes in the form of candidate selection at the initial stage,” said Jean-Charles Le Coz, BHA chairman. “Thereafter, students that are eligible for full scholarship receives financial support provided by the Inspirasia Foundation while students that are eligible for partial scholarship receives funds from 28 BHA hotel members and/or other sources.”

Le Coz cited the example of I Gede Budiman, who was awarded a BHA scholarship in 2005–2006. With a hotel security guard father and a housewife mother, Budiman was invited by the Alila Manggis resort, where his father once worked, to join the program.

Budiman completed the hotel management program at Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata Nusa Dua Bali in May 2009 and was hired by the Alila Manggis resort. In this way, hotels that sponsor scholarships directly benefit from the program. It was also a personal triumph for Budiman, to continue working where his father worked.

“BHA Scholarship Program has made my dream came true to be in the hospitality industry, and I am keen to support the continuity of the program by being an exemplar alumni. I want to be loyal, dedicated, and responsible to my family, the company and community in Bali.”

Le Coz went on to add that BHA is going to launch a book celebrating this one-decade of success. This book, which is expected to inspire similar sustainable program, will be printed and distributed to various government agencies.


Staying Sufficiently Proficient
Bali Hotel and Restaurant Professionals Obtaining Competency Certification in Anticipation of 2015 ASEAN Free Trade Policies

The Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali) has announced that through October 2012 around 7,000 tourism workers in Bali now hold competency certification.

Quoted by Seputarbali.com, Perry Markus, secretary of PHRI-Bali, commenting on the level of certification, said, “That total is still minimal representing only 4.5% of the total tourism work force of 150,000 in Bali.”

Markus stated that the competency certification process is very important to provide protection to members of the public in Bali who have worked for many years in the tourism sector and who will face competitive challenges when the free-trade regime between China and ASEAN is introduced in 2015.

It is expected that beginning in 2015 a number of products, services and employment opportunities will flow freely across Southeast Asia.

Explaining the implications of the coming policy change, Markus said: “This means that foreign workers for Southeast Asian nation can freely work in our country providing they hold a competency certificate. Similarly, our people (Indonesians) can work there (other Southeast Asian countries).”

The certification of competency is issued by the National Agency for Professional Certification and remains valid for three years. The certification is issues after applicants pass testing sessions conducted three times per year, A recent round of competency testing in Bali saw participation from 500 tourism workers representing area hotels and restaurants.

The certification program is being funded by the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy freeing those who participate in the certification of any cost.

The initial demand for competency testing exceeded expectations, causing Markus to say: “Considering the enthusiasm of tourism workers to obtain certification, we increased the quota (on the last round of testing) form 350 to 500 people."

The testing went on for three days, Perry explained that the tests examined 5 mains areas of basic competency. In the future, in order to make Balinese workers competitive with foreign hotel workers, 38 areas of basic competency are targeted for testing.


Outlandish Landing
Sriwijaya Flight Lands with 96 Passengers at the Wrong Airport in West Sumatra

The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation has grounded the pilot and co-pilot of Sriwijaya Airlines flight SJ021 that landed at the wrong airport in Padang, West Sumatra on October 13, 2012.

Bisnis.com reports that the flight landed at the Tabing Padang Airport in Padang when, in fact, it was scheduled to land at the nearby Minangkabau International Airport.

The embarrassing mis-landing has prompted the grounding of the two pilots involved pending a review of the incident by aviation authorities. The investigators are trying to determine how the pilot and co-pilot managed to bring their aircraft carrying 96 passengers from Medan, North Sumatra to the wrong airport in Padang, West Sumatra.

Depending on the results of the investigations, the erring pilots could potentially be issued formal warnings, have their licenses suspended, or see their flight certification reduced.

A preliminary review of the incident indicates the pilots received clearance to land at Minangkabau International Airport from air traffic control (ATC) when the pilots lined their aircraft up on the wrong runway at the wrong airport, now used exclusively by the Indonesian Air Force.

The Captain Pilot of the flight was Captain J. Gisdonious and the co-pilot was Ricky Yusof.

Fortunately, the flight landed safely, albeit at the wrong airport, with no injuries to its crew or passengers.
 


The Penalty Phase
German Chef Working in Bali Facing Prospect of One or Twenty Years in Prison for His Drug Addiction

A German chef working in Bali and caught with 0.1 gram of methamphetamines in July has commenced his trial before the Denpasar District Court that could send him to prison for 20 years.

Sven Hauke Landthaler, heard public prosecutor, Bayu Dunarko, charge him with violating that section of the nation’s anti-narcotics law carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars. At the same time, however, he was  charged under a separate section of the same law carrying a lesser penalty of one-year imprisonment.

The 31-year-old chef was arrested in July after a female acquaintance, Hairani, was arrested on a drug charge. Information provided by the women to police led them to a home in Canggu, North Kuta occupied by the German where police found the small quantity of drugs.

The German chef has confessed to police that he is a habitual user of methamphetamines and a former patient of a rehabilitation program in Germany. After assuming a cooking position in Bali, he resumed consuming drugs, leading to his arrest.

The German's trial continues before the Denpasar District Court.

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Panoramic Views Good Enough to Eat
Lakeview Hotel at Kintamani, Bali – Batur Edible Landscape Fair Saturday, October 27, 2012

Following a successful introduction, Lakeview Hotel at Kintamani, Batur is launching another Batur Edible Landscape Fair on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

The latest edition draws its inspiration from pumpkins, cashews and chilies resulting in such mouth-water delicacies as pumpkin-chili chocolate truffles and truffles presented on a cashew nut base.

ections’ presentations resemble the beautiful volcanic mountains and lake surroundings of the hilltop Lakeview Hotel.

The Batur Edible Landscape Fair begins on Saturday, October 27th at 3:30 pm and will include a farmers’ market of local produce where pickles, sambals and conserves will be on sale together with the sweet confectionary delights.

In response to bumper crops of cashews from villages surrounding the Batur calderas, Lakeview Hotel has been busily processing and packaging cashews in a variety of ways.

In keeping with the approaching Halloween holidays, every child under the age of 13 will be given his or her own pumpkin to decorate. Games and other activities for children will also be organized on the day.

Meanwhile, adults can watch the edible landscapes being created before their eyes, enjoy the live music by Deep Sea Explorers, or sit back and relax while enjoying a cocoa butter hand & foot reflexology massage.

There will also be stands offering the pickles, sambals and conserves with sample platters, as well as food stalls offering Kintamani specialties and Batur Edible Landscape specialties offered at an affordable price.

From sunset onwards guests will be invited to partake in an extensive dessert spread featuring pumpkin, cashews and chilies.

For more details, see the accompanying flier

[Lakeview Hotel & Restaurant]

 


Crime and Punishment in Bali
Russian Drug Courier Gets 8 Years Prison in Bali

The Russian national standing trial in Bali for attempting to smuggle 88 capsules of illegal narcotics concealed in his gut has finally been sentenced to 8 years in prison in Bali by the Denpasar District Court.

Alexander Simonov, a Russian yoga instructor, was ruled “guilty as charged” for trying to smuggle drugs via Bali’s airport on April 24, 2012. In addition to his 8-year sentence, the Russian received an addition fine of Rp. 1 billion (US$104,00), a failure of which to pay will add two more months to his lengthy sentence.

The sentence was 2 years less than the 11 years demanded by prosecutors.

According to The Jakarta Globe, Simonov was branded by the presiding judge as a courier for an international drug syndicate attempting to bring hashish into Bali.

Simonov told the court he would not appeal the sentence but reportedly became violent and tried to strike out at a photographer attending the court session.

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Saving the Forest for the Trees
Criticism Continues to Mount on Appointment of Private Company to Manage Bali’s Protected Mangrove Forest Area

A senior researcher for The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Dr. Suharsono, has joined the debate over the leasing of the Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest in Bali by telling Seputarbali.com he does not agree with the privatization of the management of such areas. “I don’t agree that Tahura (Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest) be given over to private investor management because on the sustainable protection and preservation of the forest is be done on the one hand for reasons of sustainability, while on the other there are plans to build the tourism facilities there,” he said.

Suharsono said the reasons behind the provincial government of Bali’s decision to grant private sector management of Tahura remains unclear. Also perplexing for the highly regarded academic and researcher are plans by the company to develop facilities within the mangrove zone. Adding, “If they are only building a jogging track that will not affect Tahura. But if there are tourism facilities that include restaurants, then these outlets will affect the surrounding environment.”

Professor Suharsono said that mangrove forested areas must be allowed to remain wild, developing freely without any outside intervention. “According to me, it is best if the provincial government manage (the mangrove forest). What’s more, the mangrove forest in this area is very limited. So, if it is managed by an investor, the forest will be exploited.”

Speaking to the press, the LIPI official underlined the importance of the mangrove forest as a barrier against high waves and erosion, while at the same time absorbing carbons as part of efforts to reduce global warming.

Suharsono said that prior to any decision being taken by the provincial government on the management of the mangrove forest, a comprehensive review is first need that involved both the legislature and the general public. In the current situation, he explained, the public feels bypassed with the lease and permit covering the next 55 years being issued without any public hearings.

Separately, the chairman of the environmental impact division of the research center for environmental studies at Udayana University, Dr. Made Sudiana Mahendra, says that the carrying capacity of Bali’s southern region has been surpassed, a situation that will only be worsened by the construction of tourism facilities in the Tahura Mangrove forest. “I am extremely disappointed that that the permit has been issued. Was this discussed beforehand wit the DPRD (House of Representatives)?”

Continuing, Mahendra called on the government to comprehensively reconsider the permit issued to a private company to manage the 102.22-hectare mangrove area.

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Keeping Trade Fair for the Balinese
Balinese Airport Traders Protest for Prioritization in Allocation of New Commercial Space at Renovated Bali Airport

Hundreds of traders operating from commercial spaces at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport marched on the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, to protest plans to open all commercial stands and spaces to rebidding.

Quoted by Beritabali.com, the chairman of the Association of Ngurah Rai Airport Traders Association, Wayan Sukses, complained, “Such a luxurious airport is being built, but there’s no Balinese working inside.”

One of the airport traders, Ketut Siti, told the press that she and her fellow traders had worked for decades in Bali’s airport. Siti said she hoped the expansion of the airport would also mean the area allocated to traders would also be expanded.

Ketut continued: “Our obligations have been satisfactorily met, so there is no justification that we are not allocated space in the new airport. We want to expand our business in the airport, especially with the airport growing 7 times in size.”

The chairman of Commission I of the DPRD-Bali, Made Arjaya, said the parliament hopes that existing traders will not be displaced by the airports massive renovation. “The DPRD-Bali requests that Angkasa Pura delay any plans to tender the commercial spaces until discussions can be held between the traders and Angkasa Pura. That is our recommendation. No tender process before meetings are held between Angkasa Pura and the traders. We will not intervene, but we want the people of Bali to also enjoy the luxury of the newly renovated airport. Don’t allow us (the Balinese) to become guests on our own island,” said Arjaya.

The public relations spokesperson for PT Angkasa Pura, Sherly Yunita, was unavailable to Beritabali.com for comment.

 


Serving Notice on Bali’s Governor
Bali Environmental Group Serves Legal Notice on Governor and Four State-Owned Companies Building Island’s First Toll Way

Friends of the Earth-Bali (WALHI) has sent a formal legal notice to Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika in connection with the construction of the elevated toll road connection Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua.

Beritabali.com reports that a formal legal notice (“Somasi”) was sent by WALHI to the governor because, in the opinion of the environmental group, Made Mangku Pastika has failed to take remedial action against the four state-owned enterprises building the highway in a manner that violates the environmental impact plan for the project.

The Bali chairman of WALHI, Gendo Suardana, told the press on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, that his organization’s demand that the Governor to temporarily halt the road project went unheeded. Such a halt to construction, according to WALHI, is in accordance with regulations on protecting the environment and completely within Pastika’s legal authority.

“The Governor has the authority to first give warnings, second stop activities if those activities threaten the environment, and three even seize equipment,” Gendo explained. Adding, “the governor has this authority and this has become an image for the public that our governor has never been serious about handling violations happening before his very eyes.”

Gendo Suardana added that WALHI is also serving formal legal notice to "cease and desist" on the road project to the four state-owned enterprises forming the consortium to build and operate Bali’s first toll road: PT. Jasa Marga, PT. Pengembang Pariwisata Bali, PT. Angkasa Pura and PT. Pelindo.


Kuta Gets Tough on Taxis
Local Citizens Take Law into Their Own Hands in Dealing with Taxis Failing to Follow standing Rules in Kuta

Community elements from the Kuta area of Bali have begun taking matters into their own hands in dealing with errant taxies illegally parked and waiting for their next fare in their area.

According to Bali Post, the area around Jalan Legian in Kuta saw tens of livery lamps attached to the roofs of taxis forcibly removed by local citizens who also delivered angry rebukes to illegally parked taxis.

The angry public response by Kuta community members that took place on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, arose from the frustration occasioned by the Bali Transportation Office’s continuing inability to bring taxis breaking the law into line.

The chairman of the Kuta’s People’s Association (LPM Kuta), Nyoman Graha Wicaksana, said on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, that taxis parked illegally in Kuta, especially on Jalan Legian, are a major factor in traffic congestion. Steps have been taken to reduce the number of taxis operating in Kuta and place strict limitations on where taxis can park and wait for fares.

Despite these measures, taxis continue to violate the new rules with little or no enforcement from the Bali Transportation office.

Taxis continue to park where they like, with one driver discovered by the press to be asleep in a “no waiting” area while waiting for his next passengers.

On Monday, October 15, 2012, at around 10:00 pm LPM Kuta, members of the local community, officers from the Transportation office and the Communication and Information Office of Badung launched street—based enforcement measures. Taxi drivers caught in the sweep were given warnings. However, once the raids were over the errant taxis quickly returned in force, continuing to break the rules and park in forbidden zones.

“In the end, on Tuesday at around 3:00 am a spontaneous action was undertaken by the LPM and the traditional village of Kuta. Livery lights on the roofs of errant taxis were yanked off and stored. This firm action was taken because they (the taxi drivers) have been repeatedly warned but continue to break the law,” said Graha Wicaksana. He said that by noon the following day some of the drivers had come back to Kuta to collect their confiscated roof lamps.

Graha Wicaksana hopes that taxi driver will show more concern for Kuta. While taxi driver are welcome to earn a living on the streets of Kuta, they must follow the rules on embarking and disembarking passengers. At the same time, he also issued the hope that Bali’s Department of Transportation would adopt a stronger line on enforcing existing rules in order to reduce traffic congestion in Kuta.
 


Signs of the Times
North Bali Enforcement Authorities Tear Down Signage Erected by Buleleng Regency

Showing remarkable equality of treatment before the law, the State News Agency Antara reports that members of the Buleleng enforcement agency (Satpol Pamong Praja Kabupaten Buleleng) in north Bali forcibly removed announcement banners erected by the regency's Culture and Tourism Office (Disbudpar).

Banners advertising the Lovina Festival organized by Disbudpar were removed because they were installed in close proximity to the Singaraja’s Singa Ambara Statue, an area designated under law to remain free of advertising.

“If these banners are reinstalled, we will surely remove them again,” warned the chief of Satpol Pamong Praja - Buleleng, Putu Harthana.

Included in the job description of the Satpol Pamong Praja is the removal of roadside signs that fail to pay advertising taxes or are erected in areas designated to remain free of banners.

Harthana added: “I don’t care who you are, if you disturb the public peace and order, I will take the sign down.”


Public Bus Service to Bali’s Airport
Bali Airport Management Promises to Study Sarbagita Bus Service to Bali’s Airport

Radar Bali reports that continuing demands for an end on the tax monopoly at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport and for easier passengers access to the island’s sole air gateway may yet yield success.

Bali’s ongoing problems with traffic congestion are also fueling calls for urgent steps to ease airport access.

Calls for a change in transportation policy have also come from the Provincial House of Representatives that will end the illegal monopolistic hold on airport transport held by a single taxi cooperative.

In response, the general manager of PT Angkasa Pura, Purwanto, has promised to examine how to provide access to the airport for the expanding Sarbagita Bus System. Purwanto, who heads the Ngurah Rai Airport Authority, said: “I can guarantee (access) for public transport will be provided for. What ever name it goes by.”

Speaking on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, Purwanto said the Sarbagita Bus System represents a possible option in improving airport access. Adding: “As long as it does not violate any existing rules at the airport and can optimize the service, why not? Yes, we’ll grant it.”

He added, however, that any change to the current situation must be carefully studied beforehand.

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Stop! In the Name of the Law!
Provincial Authorities in Bali Blame Regional Autonomy for Inability to Enforce Tourism Rules and Regulations

The Jakarta Post reports that the Bali Tourism Authority (Kadiparda) is promising, once again, a crackdown by municipal and regency authorities on the innumerable illegal tourism businesses operating in Bali.

The highest-ranking tourism official in Bali, Ida Bagus Subhisku, has acknowledged that many accommodation providers, restaurants, travel agencies, guides, spas and adventure operators lack proper licenses.

The very large number of unlicensed tourism operator make a mockery of efforts to regulate and control Bali’s tourism industry; renders the establishment of security, service and safety standards problematic; and results in many tourism business failing to make a proper tax contributions.

Subhisku pointed to autonomy laws as complicating efforts to impose standards and control on the region level. 

“Accommodation businesses, like hotels and villas, as well as other businesses related to tourism, obtain their licenses from the regency and municipal administrations. So, discipline is also part of their authority. We can only urge them to be more selective when giving out permits,” said Subhiksu. 



Recently the Bali deputy chief of police, Brig. General Ketut Untung Yoga, blamed tourist deaths on unlicensed operators, such as dive operators, who have refused any responsibility when their clients perished.

Yoga said that companies without legal standing ensures business owner will act more responsibility in the conduct of their businesses and care of their customers.

The Bali Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI Bali) chairman Tjok Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati admitted robberies and murders had also occurred in unlicensed villas and motels. 

“Such cases sometimes occur in secluded villas and motels without adequate security measures. I really hope that the administration will be stricter on illegal premises,” said Sukawati.

Sukawati’s promise, however, is ironic in that he has admitted in the past that as many as 97% of the hotels and tourism business in his regency of Gianyar are not legally established. [See: Disregarding the Rules] .


Making a Point with a Paint Brush
14 Balinese Artists Make Pointed Social Criticism on Bali’s Condition Through Their Art Through December 10th at Griya Santrian Gallery

The State News Agency Antara reports that some 14 Balinese artists from the Galang Kangin Group are jointly exhibiting their works critically addressing Bali’s current social and environmental condition.

The Exhibition is underway at the Griya Santrian Gallery at the Griya Santrian Hotel in Sanur through December 10, 2012.


Made Supena, who leads the Galang Kangin Group of artists, said: " Our three-dimensional installation art being exhibited at the Griya Santrian Gallery examines current social issues in Bali, such as the increasing sale of agricultural lands and the conversion of those lands to other pursuits and the concern of our artists on Bali’s condition via three-dimensional works.”

The artists displaying their works in Sanur, according to Supena, explore the imagination in order to give voice to criticism and their concern for Bali’s condition via works in three-dimensions.

“We also worry about the condition of Bali’s environment, which is declining rapidly, and the large amount of trash on Bali’s beaches,” Supena added.

One of the 14 artists, I Made Gunawan, presents work that focuses on the increasing rate of sale of agriculturally productive land on the Island of Gods and diversion to non-agricultural uses.

“The popularity of selling agricultural land (in Bali) will reduce agricultural output. I am worried that Bali will import large quantities of rice from Thailand after the rice fields (in Bali) have all been sold,” said Gunawan.

The artists in the Galang Kangin Group hope that their art will persuade the local population and religious leaders of the urgent need to address Bali’s the social and environmental problems that are afflicting Bali.

Contributed to Bali Update by Denny Lim


Seeking Sensation at Bali Hai Cruises
Bali Hai Cruises Now Managing Sails Sensation Cruise

Bali Hai Cruises – the operator of a number of day and evening cruises in Bali and Nusa Lembongan have announced assumption of the day-to-day operation of the Sail Sensations vessel and its range of cruise products effective October 10, 2012.

The motorized sailing catamaran Sail Sensations is 27-meters long and 12-meters wide, capable of carrying 110 day passengers.

In taking over the management of the popular day cruise vessel, Bali Hai Cruises have issued asurances that all contracts and commercial arrangements with local and overseas agents remain in effect.

Salis Sensations current program of departures remains unchanged.

Operated under a long-term charter between the owners of Sail Sensation (PT Nusa Lembongan Resort) and Bali Hai Cruises (PT Bali Cruises Nusantara), the Sail Sensations product joins the Bali Hai range of luxury day and dinner cruises, ocean rafting experiences and existing sailing trips with the Aristocat.

Dick Chandler, managing director, Bali Hai Cruises, explained the negotiation process with Sail Sensation’s owners, saying: “After careful consideration and full confidence in Bali’s tourism growth we reached a satisfactory commercial agreement. The 110-seat vessel will greatly assist our endeavors to attract MICE and GIT business to Bali”.

Recently appointed general manager of Bali Hai Cruises, Andrew Sutherland, added: ” We are very excited at the prospect of adding another vessel to our established fleet. This reinforces our commitment to being the regional leader in Marine Tourism.”

Commenting further, Bali Hai’s marketing director, Pande Ardika, contributed: “This positive move will give Bali Hai increased flexibility and will also enhance the capability of the company to enter new markets.”

Key operational staff members from Sail Sensations will continue in their current positions under the Bali Hai Cruise management.

Sail Sensations guests will continue to utilize the Anchorage Resort on Lembongan Island. While the product will remain separate from current Bali Hai Cruise products, the internal operation and day-to-day activity will under Bali Hai Cruises’ control.


The Sicilian Connection in Bali
Wines of Donnafugata Paired with a Six-Course Degustation Menu by Chef James Ephraim at The Mozaic Beach Club in Bali on Saturday, November 10, 2012

THE Mozaic Beach Club and Chef James Ephraim will present the wines of Donnafugata at a memorable beachside dinner on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

One of Italy’s most talked about wineries, Donnafugata is a venture begun by Giacomo and Gabriella Rallo the patres familias of a Sicilian wine family whose experience stretches back 150 years. Planting their dreams on soil once occupied by the exiled Queen Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon in the 1800s. It is in this area that the Rallo family established a winery that now hosts the next generation of the Rallo clan: son Antonio and daughter José.

Contessa Entellina
is the estate on mainland Sicily, and supplemented by vineyards on the tiny nearby island of Pantelleria.

The name Donnafugata, literally ‘woman in flight,’ refers to the history of Queen Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, who fled Naples in the early 1800s fleeing the arrival of Napoleon’s troops, seeking refuge in that part of Sicily where the winery's vineyards now stand. This event inspired the Donnafugata logo - a woman with windblown hair found on every bottle.

Donnafugata seeks excellence in premium wine by taking painstaking care over every detail: in its vineyards; in its wine cellars; and in its relationship with the environment. Extreme quality reflects the company philosophy; Donnafugata believes that great wine mirrors the land of its origin. The nature of the soil, exposure to sun and wind, altitude, climate and vines are among the principle variables for producing wines - identified as a wine’s unique terroir.

After choosing the right grapes for a specific terroir, targeted viticulture carefully and sensitively “reads” the vineyard in its interaction with the environment to bring the grapes to their qualitative peak. Frequent on-site grape tastings make it possible to pinpoint the ideal time for harvesting each individual vineyard. The vinification processes uses simple technology that respects the integrity of the grapes, musts and wines. Through continual tastings the technical staff checks on sensorial goals linked to the fruit and its terroir. Intervening in the processes underway in vineyard and cellar on a year-to-year application of precision oenology all serve to redefine the boundaries of quality.

A Woman in Flight Meets Chef James Ephraim

A dinner of exquisite foor and wine pairings spanning the miles between Sicily and Bali will take place in the Dining Room of the Mozaic Beach Club on Batu Belig Beach on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

"Dedication of Heart"  - the motto of the winery, inspired the choosing of Donnafugata’s wines for the Bali event - a passion shared with the Mozaic team and Chef James Ephraim. 

On hand to officiate at the wedding of Chef James Ephraim’s six-course degustation menu and the wines of Donnafugata will be Ms. Giulia Lazzarini – a woman "in flight" from her home among the vineyards of Sicily.

DONNAFUGATA WINE DINNER
SATURDAY, 10TH NOVEMBER 2012

Mozaic Beach Club
Batu Belig Beach, Seminyak,Bali

AMUSE BOUCHE

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SEARED YABBIES
Tropical Fruits and Lemon Verbena Balsamic
Donnafugata Polena Viognier IGT, Vintage 2011, Italy

TASTING NOTES: White- Catarratto and Viognier Sicilia IGP Grapes: Catarratto and Viognier Alcohol content: 12,5-13,5%
Fragrant and mineral, this white wine has a floral and fruity bouquet, with scents of citrus and tropical fruits, while on the palate it is fleshy and crispy.

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RICE HUSK SMOKED SALMON
Vanilla Gastrique, Endives and Fresh Pear
Chiarandà, Vintage 2008, Italy

TASTING NOTES: White Contessa Entellina Chardonnay DOC Grapes: Ansonica and Chardonnay Alcohol content: 13-13,5%.
Elegant and round white wine, whose richness is balanced with a tight acidity and minerality. To the nose unfolds scents of ripe yellow fruits, vanilla and peanut butter.

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SEARED FOIE GRAS
Cocoa Reduction and Raspberry Sorbet
Tancredi. Vintage 2007, Italy

TASTING NOTES: Red- Sicilia IGT. Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d'Avola
Alcohol content: 13,5-14%
Elegant and bodied red wine, its bouquet settles on notes of licorice, cocoa, black currant, berries with a hits of mint.

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NEW ZEALAND LAMB RACK
Black Truffles, Celeriac and ‘Tempe’ Crumble
Angheli, Vintage 2008, Italy

TASTING NOTES: Red- Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Sicilia IGP Grapes: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Alcohol content: 13-13,5%
Smooth and tasty red wine, has a silky texture wrapped up with fresh acidity. Ample bouquet with evident fruity notes and a hint of licorice.

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FOURME D’AMBERT CHEESE
Spiced Red Wine Ice Cream
Tancredi, Vintage 2007, Italy

TASTING NOTES: See Above

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CHOCOLATE FONDANT
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Caging Children
17-Year-Old Japanese Boy Sentenced to Six Months Prison for Buying 2.61 grams of Marijuana

The drawn out saga of the teenage Japanese boy caught with a small bag (2.6 grams) of marijuana in his pocket outside a Denpasar gas station in August 2012 has drawn to an end with the Court handing down a six months jail sentence.

The verdict was less than the maximum allowed under law but more than the recommendation of the prison board who wanted the under-aged boy returned to his family for rehabilitation.

Judge Gunawan Tri Budiono said the six-month sentence followed by mandatory repatriation to his home country was the proper sentence given the damage the youth inflicted on Indonesia’s image, the boy’s age, his polite demeanor and dependence on the drug.

The boy was depicted to the court as a habitual user of drugs.

Yoshioka Ryusei, a 17-year- old minor, was arrested with 2.61 grams of drugs in his pocket.

Held in police custody since August, some experts had expressed the opinion that the boy’s parents could file an unlawful detention charge against the police and prosecutors for holding an under-aged boy in general custody, when the law stipulates special treatment for children.

The draws contrast to the recent trial of a 14-year-old Australian boy who was sentenced to just two months (time served) after being convicted in a juvenile court of marijuana possession. That case saw intense lobbying by Australian officials, including then Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd.

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Handing Lion a Line
Italian Painter and Indonesian Wife Arrested in Connection with Bomb Threat Made Against Bali-bound Flight

Italian expatriate Andrea Giovanni Soreti and his wife Umaya have been taken into custody by police, suspected of telephoning a bomb threat to a Jakarta-Yogyakarta-Denpasar (Bali) Lion Air flight on Sunday, October 14, 2012.

The 48-year-old painter was arrested on Wednesday, October 17th by a joint team from the Yogya and Bali police by officers at his home on Jalan Iman Bonjol in Denpasar that he shares with his wife and child. Soretni is identified as a native of Milan.

Police are determining whether or not the Italian can be charged in connection  with angry telephone calls to Lion Air staff  suggesting a bomb was on board Lion Air JT 568 flying from Jakarta to Bali via Yogyakarta, Prior to the incident precipitating his arrest, Giovanni’s Indonesian wife was reportedly denied boarding on the flight.

According to police two separate phone calls were made to Lion Air staff on the Sunday alleging a bomb was in a bag on JT 568 flying from Yogyakarta to Bali. The calls caused the grounding of the flight for several hours at Adisucipto Airport in Yogyakarta while police and bomb squad members swept the plan seeking an explosive device. No bomb was discovered in the search. A second precautionary search was also conducted on the plane when it arrived in Bali.

Prior to the telephone threat, Giovanni’s wife was unable to board the flight. The threats received by Lion Air staff were eventually traced to a cell phone held by the Italian.
 
Police continue to investigate the case.

It is not clear what connection, if any, the man arrested by police in the Lion Air bombing threat has with the then 38-year-old Italian, with the same name and also identified as being from Milan, who was apprehended by police in 2002 for questioning following the Sari Club bombing.


A Stately Pleasure Dome Decreed
Architects and Designers Announced for Water-Palace Style Jumeirah Bali Resort

The State News Agency Antara confirms that PT Asia Pasifik Property (APP) will construct the luxury Jumeirah Bali Resort on a southern beach at Jimbaran.

The resort will be comprised of 80 water-villas and 26 private villas that developers say will draw its inspiration from a 9th century Bali Water Palace.

In order to drive a concept that developers have assured will prioritize “original Balinese style” in its architecture APP have appointed international architectural group including Martin Grounds, director of Grounds Kent Architects; Jean-Michel Gathy a principal designer of Denniston; and Made Wijaya (Michael White) a landscape architects based in Bali.

The team of three will design a prestigious five-star beachside resort at a cost of US$150 million dollars. Developers are targeting for the resort to become operational in 2015.

In keeping with the water palace theme, each villa will have its own swimming pool.

Sukowati Sosrodjojo, CEO of the Rekso Group and a Commissioner of APP cherishes his company’s opportunity to work with a talented group of architects in possession of an extraordinary vision for the new resort.

Located at the Pecatu complex adjacent to an 18-hole golf course, the resort will cover 11 hectares.

APP has signed a joint-venture agreement with the Jumeirah Group – the international luxury hotel company that forms a part of Dubai Holdings group.

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USS Green Bay Makes Three Day Visit to Bali
U.S. Navy Ship Drops Anchor for Three Days Near Bali Port of Benoa

The USS Green Bay (LPD) - a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock often deployed on humanitarian missions by the U.S. Navy, visited Bali on Friday, October 19, 2012 as part of a three-day visit to the island.

The sophisticated ship 25,000-ton ship measures 208.5 meters long, have a draft of 7 meters and has a homeport in California. The ship carries four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two MV-Oprey tilt-rotor helicopters. The ship also carries deployable landing craft.

The Commanding Officer of the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), Col. Potman Browne, told Kompas.com, that the ship was not engaged in war and only performing exercises. Browne clarified further that the ship is frequently assigned to carry out humanitarian missions.

The USS Green Bay was among the first vessels to respond to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.

During the Bali layover the ship with a crew of around 1,000 participated in joint training exercises with the Indonesian Navy.

In visiting the ship in Benoa, the Commander of the Denpasar Naval Command , Col. I Wayan Suarjaya said: “This is a very good ship. We hope that in the future Indonesia can purchase such vessels. While the ship is in Bali the Indonesian Navy and the U.S. will work together extensively.”

The USS Green Bay was built in 2005 and began operations in 2009.

 


Keeping Hotel Guests in Shape
Westin Nusa Dua Bali Unveils New Workout Facility and Gear Lending Program

The Westin Nusa Dua Bali recently unveiled its upgraded Westin WORKOUT facility created for the healthful enjoyment of its in-house guests.

The facility features state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment with interactive touch screen consoles from LifeFitness. The space has also been expanded to accommodate a new warm up area with a full-length mirror and stretching bar.

in WORKOUT will form part of the coming launch of an innovative ‘Gear Lending’ program. Westin has joined forces with New Balance to ensure that guests will soon be able to use all necessary workout gear during their stay. This is a convenient alternative for fitness enthusiasts who do not wish to take up valuable luggage space with bulky items such as running shoes.

“The refreshed Westin WORKOUT represents a new chapter in wellness at the resort. Westin has always endorsed good health through a number of signature initiatives including unique culinary concepts and pastimes to keep guests active. Our brand believes that living well is the key to a balanced existence, especially in today’s fast-paced world,” said Bipan Kapur, managing director of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali.

[Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali]



It’s Party Time at Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua Fiesta Returns to Nusa Dua Bali November 2-5, 2012 Adopting an Ocean-Caring Theme

The Nusa Dua Fiesta (NDF) – once known as the Nusa Dua Festival – will be held again November 2-5, 2012 within the Nusa Dua Complex operated by the Bali Tourism Development Corporations (BTDC).

The four-day event has adopted the theme of “Segara Lelangunan” to encourage the enjoyment and preservation of the seas surrounding Bali. BTDC aims to increase understanding among the public of the need to preserve the ocean’s ecosystem in order maintain the sustainability of  sea tourism.

The chairman of the NDF, Id Bagus Abdi, will also serve to promote a positive tourism image of Bali to the world, demonstrating that the island is safe, secure and well worth visiting.

To mark this year’s Nusa Dua Fiesta a new monument will be installed at Nusa Dua in the form of a 17-meter statue of Kresna and Arjuna intended to become the mascot of the BTDC Nusa Dua complex.

As in years past, the Nusa Dua Fiesta will spotlight Balinese culture, including the presentation of two colossal traditional dancing art performances.

Plans also call for the planting of a new coral reef just off shore from the BTDC complex.

A number of international caliber musicians are expected to attend Nusa Dua to participate in an international musical collaboration led by Indonesian musicologist Franky Raden held in conjunction with NDF.

In keeping with the ocean theme, the Nusa Dua Fiesta 2012 will host an exhibition of underwater photography.

Also forming part of a crowded schedule of events, the Fiesta will host a cooking competition – Bali Culinary Challenge 2012 and a workshop on sustainable seafood organized by the Indonesian Chefs Association (ICA).


Plugging in Bali’s Neighboring Islands
Sub-Ocean Power Line from Bali to Nusa Lembongan to be Installed in November

The National News Agency Antara reports that the State Power Board PT PLN is targeting that new sub-ocean high power connections between Bali and near-by Nusa Lembongan will be in operation by the end of 2012.

The commercial manager of PLN for Bali, Tisna Gunawan, said on Friday, October 19, 2012, “This November, as soon as the ship arrives from China, we will immediately begin laying the cable.”

Tisna Gunawan explained that the 20-kilovolt submarine cable would span a sub-sea distance of 12 kilometers between Gianyar and Nusa Lembongan.

To date, the electricity demands of the 11,000 PLN customers on Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan have been met by two diesel-powered generating stations producing 2.5 megawatts. PLN also operates a solar power system on the islands producing 2 x 30 kilowatts.

Moreover, there is  a wind-powered generating system in place with a capacity of 80 kilowatt, but the system has failed to generate optimal levels of electricity.

Meanwhile, request for new connection across the three islands continue to increase.

The installation of the sub-ocean electrical cable will consume Rp. 160 billion (U$16.7 million) and will reduce the cost of producing power by using expensive diesel fuel to provide the bulk of the island’s electrical requirements.


Got your Goat
Road Side Stockades of Goats Herald Coming Idul Adha Celebrations

As Indonesia approaches the national holiday of Hari Raya Idul Adha 10 Zulhijjah 1433 H that falls on Friday, October 26, 2012, many roadside areas in Bali have been turned into temporary livestock stockades to supply the goats and cows that will be slaughtered on that day to commemorate the animal sacrifice offered to God by Abraham.

As seen at Pasar Kambing in Kampung Jawa on Jalan Maruti, Denpasar, a variety of goats are offered for sale. Most of the goats on sale are males, in keeping with Koranic strictures specifying that animals offered on that day should beboth  male and free of any physical defect.

Radar Bali reports that the average price for a male goat is Rp. 1.7 million (US$177) with the less desire female goats on sale for just Rp. 1.2 million (US$125).

These prices are substantially higher than in periods outside the Idul Adha holiday period.


Ministering to the Ministers in Bali
InterContinental Bali Resorts Hosts VIP Australian Delegation for Bali Bombing Commemoration

During the 10th Commemoration of the Bali Bombing held at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, the InterContinental Bali Resort welcomed Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, along with a delegation of senior politicians and support colleagues. Included in the group staying at the hotel were former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Tony Abbott who serves as Opposition Leader from the Australian Liberal Party.
The morning ceremony took place at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK) amidst tight security. Government representatives attended the event from Indonesia and Australia as well the families of victims and survivors.
“It was indeed a great pleasure to host his Excellency, Ms. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia , former Prime Minister, Mr. John Howard and Mr. Tony Abbott during their stay in Bali. We hope that the island of the gods remains a peaceful destination and continues to be a melting pot for travelers from around the world” commented Stephane Duchenne, Resort Manager of InterContinental Bali Resort.

Shown on Balidiscovery.com is Julia Gillard being welcomed to the InterContinental Bali Resort by Stephand Duchene and a photo from the memorial service held at GWK.


For Your Entertainment
Superstar Adam Lambert Booked to Perform in Bali New Year's Eve 2012

Flamboyant. Fabulous. Theatrical. Phenomenally Talented.

All are accolades that can be laid before American singer-songwriter Adam Lambert whose meteoric path to international stardom dates from his participation on the eight season of American Idol.
Despite winning the runner-up slot on that show, his career has easily eclipsed the winner with the release of top selling albums and singles that include "For Your Entertainment," "Whataya Want from Me" and "If I Had You."

Stardom was cemented further with a sold-out “Glam Nation” Tours breaking new ground in the music industry as the first openly gay performer to secure top music chart positions and sold out concerts.

Possessing an “in your face” stage demeanor and a multi-octave vocal range, Lambert has been nominated for Grammy Awards and numerous European recognitions.

A performer of undeniable international stature, Adam Lambert has been booked to perform at The Mulia Bali Ballroom on New Year’s Eve 2012.

Details remain sketchy on but more information is available by [emailing].


 
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