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BALI UPDATE #934 - 27 July 2014

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Peril on Baliís Roads
Bali Police Record Number of Road Accidents in First Six Months of 2013

Surprising no one who travels Bali’s roadways, the Bali traffic police report that traveling by any form of motorized vehicle on the Island is dangerous. In fact, during the first six months of 2013, a total of 1,168 accidents were recorded in the province.

From that total, 166 fatalities and property damage amounting to Rp. 1.9 billion (US$190,000) were recorded.

The highest number of accidents were recorded by the Police precincts in Denpasar with 306 accidents; followed by Buleleng in North Bali with 275 accidents; and Tabanan with 126 accidents.

Quoted by Seputarbali.com, the head of the traffic section for the Denpasar Police, Dedy Udayana, said the high number of accidents in Denpasar was due to many causes, including congested roads and bad driving habits.

In an effort to reduce the high rate of traffic accidents Dedy explained how “Operation Patuh” was currently underway to bring a stricter level of enforcement against those breaking traffic regulations. “We will take steps against violators beginning from those with incomplete documentation to other areas such as people driving without a rear-view mirror. We’ll also enforce other regulations,” emphasized Dedy.

The Capital’s top traffic policeman also concedes that road conditions play a role in the high level of accidents in his jurisdiction.

Police acknowledge the high level of accidents in the Tabanan area of Bali is occasion by over-loaded trucks, resulting in frequent rollover incidents and an accompanying loss of life.

Police Commission Beno Lauhenapessy, who heads the Province’s Traffic Police Division, said the simplest rules that must be obeyed are the use of standardize crash helmets for motorcyclists and seat belts for motor vehicle passengers.



Iíll Huff and Iíll Puff
Bali Government Officials Making Late Start to Enforcement of No Smoking Rules

The provincial regulations on smoke-free zones of 2010 and the Governor’s regulation number 8 of 2012 have yet to be optimally implemented, remaining largely ignored in many parts of the island.

To hasten island-wide compliance with the new  anti-smoking rules, the provincial administration and the Bali Health Department recently undertook an evaluation survey intended to discover the steps needed to rapidly bring the anti-smoking ordinances into force.

As reported by Seputarbali.com, the evaluation was conducted by the Department of Health and covered all regencies and municipalities in Bali. Also participating in the evaluation survey were local enforcement agencies, community associations and selected academics.

The chief of the Bali Health Department, Ketut Suarjaya, said that enforcement of the no-smoking rules in selected areas is being done on an ongoing basis by local enforcement agencies. Suarjaya related how officialS have, in some circumstances, seized evidence of violations in the form of ashtrays and cigarette butts, while reminding shops to stop selling smoking materials in areas where smoking is not allowed.

Moreover, locations where the no-smoking rules have been previously announced and were found to permitting smoking to take place were immediately brought before ad hoc courts. Meanwhile, officials issued verbal warnings to other violators.

Suarjaya said that efforts to educate the public through the print and electronic media would continue until all people recognized the dangers of smoking and obeyed the recently introduced no-smoking rules.

Speaking to the press, Suarjaya bemoaned the cotinued use of large LED signboards owned by the municipal government of Denpasar for cigarette advertising. Adding: “The advertisements are very controversial, especially in the midst of the current campaign to socialize the non-smoking area rules. Perhaps these are long-term contracts. But, if possible, these contract should be reviewed because the cigarette advertisement are in opposition to provincial regulations.”

He went on to explain how several of the large LED billboards have been put in locations near to hospitals and educational institutions where it is expressly forbidden under the new laws to advertise tobacco products.

Following the inspection tour Suarjaya said it is obvious that many citizens, employees and civil servants remain ignorant of the no-smoking laws now in effect in Bali despite being in place for the past two years. Many people continue to smoke in the workplace and no smoking signs have not been installed in numerous locations, as required under the current law.


PDIP-Bali: Reclaim, But Not in Our Name
PDIP-Bali Officially Rejects Plans to Reclaim Portions of Benoa Bay

The governing council of the Bali branch of the People’s Democratic Party for Struggle (PDIP – Bali) has adopted an official position in opposition to plans to reclaim portions of an 838 hectare mangrove forest in Benoa Bay by PT Tirta Wahanan Bali.

A letter issued by the Governor has supposedly given that company a 30-year concession with an extension option for an additional 20 years.

PDIP-Bali has issued a formal position statement  that the reclamation of Benoa Bay will have a negative impact on Bali’s desire to foster cultural tourism.

As reported by Beritabali.com, a coordination meeting of the governing council of PDIP-Bali and members of the party’s fraction at the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, saw the party adopt a unified stance in opposition to the Governor’s decree permitting the reclamation project. Furthermore, the PDIP-Bali declared the Governor’s decree illegal because it was not in accordance with the recommendations of the legislative council, violates a number of laws and was not preceded by a comprehensive feasibility study.

For all these reasons, PDIP-Bali wants the Governor's decree revoked.

Ketut Tama Tenaya, the chairman of the PDI-P fraction at the DPRD-Bali, told the press. “The conclusion of the meeting was that PDIP is steadfast in rejecting the reclamation plan.”

The meeting attended by PDIP-Bali politicians was held behind closed doors and led by the chairman of the Bali chapter of the party, AA Ngurah Oka Ratmadi. The gathering resulted in three resolutions. First, the party firmly rejects any plans to reclaim portions of Benoa Bay and the Governor’s decree authorizing such projects. Secondly, the PDIP-Bali expressed the desire that Bali’s development should be for and by the people of Bali and not done at the bidding of investors. Thirdly, PDIP-Bali remains committed to cultural tourism in Bali, adding that the proposed reclamation project would have a negative effect of the already over-crowded areas of South Bali.

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Bali Airport Hotel Under Construction
Baliís Newly Remodeled Airport to Have a Transit Hotel by End of 2013

Plans have been approved to build a transit hotel within the confines of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

The Bali Post reports that an agreement in principle was issued on May 8, 2013, by the Regent of Bandung for the hotel to accommodate layover and passengers traveling on delayed flights.

The hotel, owned by the airport’s managers PT Angkasa Pura I, is planned to be of four-star standard, have three floors and be accessible from the main terminals.

The hotel is reportedly under construction and scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.

The head of the adjoining tradition village of Tuban, I Nyoman Suwena, told the press that local residents have no objection to the hotel project providing it is built entirely within the airport’s land and does not infringe on village lands. He also called on the new hotel to recruit employees from the village of Tuban who posses the necessary qualifications or aptitude for hotel work.

Separately, questions are being raised by tourism officials asking if PT Angkasa Pura has secured the needed permits and licenses for the operation of a hotel.


Imbeciles Abroad
Estonia Couple Who Had Sex in a Balinese Temple Continue to Cause Anxiety and Hardship on Balinese Community they Despoiled

The impact of the unthinking act of two Estonian tourists to Bali, Urmas Silman (43) and his wife Katrin Silman (32), caught In flagrante delicto performing public sexual acts in Pura Mengening, a Balinese temple located in the traditional village of Sarased at Tampaksiring, Gianyar, last March, continues to be felt.

In an attempt to restore the sanctity and purity of the temple viiolated by the two Estonians, an elaborate Tawur Agung Ceremony was conducted by village members on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

As reported by The Bali Post, the Tawur Agung ritual was the culmination of a chain of sacred and costly rites, including pacaruan tingkat nista and rsi gana ceremonies. As explained by a community chief, Wayan Candra, the Tawur Agung was performed to restore the purity of Pura Mengening.

Requiring the participation of numerous priests performing prayers over a month-long period, the final rites will only be completed on August 15, 2013.

The time-consuming and costly Tawur Agung process has been borne by local villagers who have received an indication that some amount of reimbursement may eventually be provided by the Regency of Gianyar.

In all, 283 households have sacrificed time, materials and money to permit the Tawur Agung to be conducted.

According to The Bali Post, the lasting effect of the outrageous behavior of the two Estonian tourists has been formally advised to the Foreign Ministry of that country through the Consulate in Bali.

The Estonians were not charged with a crime in connection with their defilement of a Balinese temple, but were required to make a nominal contribution towards the cost of the required ceremonies then advised to leave the island.

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A Hair from the Dog
Rabies Confirmation in Feral Dogs Near Ubud, Bali Represents a Setback in Baliís Battle to Eliminate Disease

Laboratory tests conducted by Balinese veterinarians have confirmed the rabies virus in a wild street dog that bit five people in the Petulu community of Gianyar, near Ubud.

Beritabali.com quotes the head of Bali’s Animal Husbandry and Livestock Health Service, Putu Sumantra, saying that one of the obstacles to fighting rabies in Bali is the presences of packs of feral dogs in many areas of the island.

The packs of wild dogs tend to live in jungle areas or open savannahs in Bali. In their hunt for food, the dogs often venture into villages and populated urban areas.

Sumantra added: “The rabies virus has a long incubation period. Perhaps the rabid dog was once bitten by another infected dog hiding in the forest as long as six-months or one-year ago. Perhaps, also, the infected dog fostered puppies, meaning the mother and the puppies are also infected with rabies.”

Sumantra said that until July 2013 only 2 positive cases of rabies have been recorded in Bali during the current year. All these cases have been linked to feral dogs. The five people who were bitten by the rabid dog come from Dusun Kutuh Kelod in the village of Desa Petulu in Ubud.

Two of the five victims suffered serious wounds requiring emergency medical care at a local hospital while the remaining three were treated as outpatients.



Be Our Guest!
Bali Building Special Narcotic Penitentiary in Bangli to Relieve Over-crowding at the Kerobokan Jail

Construction of a new prison near Bangli in Bali dedicated exclusively to housing narcotic offenders is now targeted for completion in 2014.

The State New Agency Antara quoted the head of the Bali office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Asep Kurnia, who said, “We hope that in 2014 the overcrowding at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison can be moved to the Bangli Prison for Narcotic Offenders.”

Kurnia said the Bangli penitentiary is being constructed in phases with the outer wall now being erected.     

Offices and kitchens should be completed this year and prisoner blocks are expected to be completed in 2014.
    
Rp, 4 billion (US$400) has been allocated in State funds for the construction of offices and a kitchen in the prison facility occupying a 2-hectare plot of land.
 
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Yanie and Nigel Raise the Bar in Ubud
Ubud Adventure Center Now Open for Business

On Thursday, July 11, 2013 and after three years in the making, the Ubud Adventure Center in Kedewatan, Ubud was opened by Nigel and Yanie Mason of Bali Adventure Tours.

Part of the extensive Bali Adventure Network that includes white-water rafting, an elephant park, safari lodge, mountain cycling and other tourism activities. The lavish and luxurious Center will serve as the starting and ending point for each rafting trip; provide well-equipped changing rooms with electronic lockers; offer two restaurants and a BBQ center.

th two underground levels of parking and areas reserved for tour bus parking.

Guests arriving for a rafting trip are quickly processed via a check-in counter that also serves as a photo/video counter for guests who have completed their rafting tour. Nearby, the “House of Yannie” gift ship and gallery sells custom souvenirs adjacent to the new Dewatan Deli and Bakery offering freshly baked bread products and selected delicatessen items.

The complex is also hone to an authentic Japanese Spa. The Shinto Spa presents lavish treatment rooms tastefully outfitted in Japanese decors accented by Zen gardens and Koi fishponds.

Upstairs, the fabled Yanies’ Restaurant that closed its doors in Kuta in 1999 has been reborn in grand fashion at the Ubud Adventure Center. Yanies’ features a Sushi Bar, open BBQ kitchen and three different areas, ranging from a luxurious air conditioned indoor section, connected to the lounge and blu Bar area.

The lounge offers stunning views of the rooftop gardens and surrounding scenery and gives a further choice of relaxing while sitting under the stars adjacent to an outdoor dance floor.

Above the main restaurant, accessible via a lift, is the “Canopy” - a used for both daily rafting guests and for private functions.

The Gallery Coffee Shop on the 2nd floor at the front of the building adjoins the “Artspace Art Gallery and Gift Shop.”

The Ubud Adventure Center also has two luxurious private suites connected to a private pool and dining pavilion with seating for 14 diners.

The complex houses the marketing department of Bali Adventure Tours.

Built to anticipate every contingency, the Ubud Adventure Center includes a sick bay and helipad to assist with medical evacuations, should the need arise.

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Smile, Youíre On Candid Camera
More than 100 Remote Surveillance Camera Help Bali Police Maintain Peace and Order

In anticipation of the holiday rush over the 2013 Lebaran period, the Bali Police are enhancing their surveillance capabilities via a system of CCTV cameras in operation at key locations across the Island.

Quoted by the State New Agency Antara, Bali police spokesperson Hariadi, said, “This (CCTV camera surveillance) have become a part of the standard operations of the Bali police, both in the Operations Bureau as well as the Directorate of Traffic, used to monitor the people’s activities at Bali’s gateways and possible public disturbance.”

Hariadi confirmed that more than 100 surveillance camera are now in operations at key points in Bali, including the Port of Gilimanuk in West Bali, the Port of Padang Bai, Ngurah Rai International Airport and a number of tourist centers.

The cameras are connected to monitoring stations at police headquarters in Denpasar.  Hariadi added, “The CCTV cameras help us immensely in observing the situation and coordinating our personnel in the field.”     
     
According to the police, the CCTV camera have played an important role in detecting and solving crimes, such as the recent spat of burglaries at villas in Bali.


Home for the Holidays
Garuda Indonesia Adds 15,354 Seats to Meet Peak Demand during Idul Fitri Holidays

The end of the Ramadan fasting month and the traditional celebration of the Islamic New Year is a peak travel period in Indonesia. The peak travel periods this year will extend from August 3 – 18, 2013.

In anticipation of the surge in traffic the National Flag Carrier Garuda will add 88 flights providing an additional 15,354 seats to their system over entire holiday period.

Garuda is encouraging passengers to use City Check-In services where available or check in for their flight on line in order to reduce waiting time at airport service counters.

People traveling during the holiday period are also well advised to allow for extra time in traveling to and from airports.




Keeping Bali Safe for the Holidays
Large Deployment of Police, Military and Local Enforcement Forces to Keep the Peace in Bali over the Idul Fitri Holidays

The Bali Police will deploy 1,300 personnel as part of “Operation Ketupat” during the Hari Raya Idul Fitri period August 3-18, 2013.

The chief of the operations bureau of the Bali police, I Gede Alit Widana, told the State News Agency Antara that the 1,300 police personnel would be comprised of 341 officers from Denpasar headquarter and 959 officers from the wider Bali territorial command.

In addition to regular police personnel assistance to “Operation Ketupat” would be given by members of the Indonesian Armed Forces, the provincial transportation authority, community enforcement officers (Pamong Praja) and volunteers from the local community (pacalang).

The additional manpower will be deployed at various locations including sea and airports, bus terminals and main tourist attractions.

Routine patrols by the police will also be intensified over the holiday period.


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Crematorium Service Gaining Wider Acceptance Among the Balinese

The Jakarta Post reports how the Santha Yana Crematorium in Peguyangan Kangin, Denpasar has managed to overcome initial neighborhood and Bali religious resistance and gain grudging acceptance for their relatively inexpensive means of disposing of the dead.

Since its opening in 2009, Santha Yana has cremated more than 300 people, mostly Balinese, who have availed themselves of a streamlined and relatively inexpensive cremation ceremony conducted in accordance with Bali Hindu precepts.

Depending on caste, rank and financial capabilities, a traditional cremation (ngaben) ceremony can start from an estimate Rp. 30 million (US$3,000) to hundreds of millions of Rupiahs. Meanwhile, Santha Yana charges only Rp. 12 million (US$1,200) that covers transportation services, offerings, cremation and disposal of the cremains into the ocean.

Inexpensive cremation ceremonies for foreigners are also available at Rp. 16 million (US$1,600).

Established by an ancient Balinese clan grouping, Santha Yana serves all regardless of origin, caste, clan or economic standing. Santha Yana is operated by the clan association - Maha Gotra Pasek Sanak Sapta Rsi (MGPSSR).

Motivating the Clan to create the crematorium were the increasing number of clashes between neighboring banjars in Bali over burial rights and village shared obligations to ritually dispose of the dead. Bali’s rapid urbanization has also created a situation in which people have lost contact with their traditional villages who would normally accept the responsibility of disposing of the dead. Poverty has also made the cost of even a simple traditional village cremation beyond the economic reach of many.

Still a fairly basic crematorium, when funds are available the MGPSSR would like to install a modern crematorium able to process cremations more efficiently and with less smoke.


The Loss of Grace
Graeme ďGraceĒ Wilson of Hulu Bar Fame Dies in Bali

Graeme “Grace” Wilson – a popular member of Bali’s expatriate and the Island’s “Rainbow” community died on July 15, 2013, at the Siloam Hospital due to complications from dengue fever.

Arriving in Bali from his home in Melbourne in the early 1990s, Graeme opened the Hulu Cafe on Garlic Lane in Kuta. Hulu Cafe was renowned for its hamburgers, seafood and its pioneering drag show.

The nightly shows, starring “Grace” and his partner Made, were outrageous for their spirited hilarity, enjoyed by audiences hailing from every point of orientation on the sexual compass.

At its peak and before destroyed by fire in an August 2008, Hulu Cafe entertained thousands of guests where Graeme, or his alter ego Grace, welcomed every guest with a big smile and Wilson's own characteristic brand of madness.

Quiet drinks served in peace were available down the road, but at Hulu Cafe every guest was engage in spirited conviviality, with never a dull moment either on or off stage.

Graeme Wilson's cremation took place at 3:00 pm on Monday, July 22, 2013 at the Mumbul Crematorium in Nusa Dua.

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Pants on Fire
Malaysian Gets 17 Years for Smuggling Heroin into Bali

27-year-old Malaysian Sargunan M Suppiah has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after being found guilty of trying to smuggle 372 grams of heroin concealed in his underwear while passing through Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport on January 5, 2013.

Police estimated the street value of the heroin carried by Suppiah at Rp. 850 million (US$85,000).

The Denpasar District Court handed down the verdict on Monday, July 15, 2013.

According to Beritabali.com, the sentence and an accompanying fine of Rp. 1 billion (US$100,000) matched prosecutors’ sentencing demands in the case. Failure to pay the fine will add 3 additional months to the Malaysian’s prison sentence.

The panel of judges had at their disposal the option of imposing on the man the maximum penalty of death before a firing squad.

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Where the Sun Doesnít Shine
Frenchman Given 6 Years in Prison for Smuggling Hashish into Bali

A French national Vincent Roger Petrone (44) has been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment by a panel of judges in the Denpasar District Court after being convicted of smuggling 69 grams of hashish into Bali on January 29, 2013.

The drugs were concealed in capsules placed inside Petrone’s anal cavity.

As reported by Beritabali.com, chief judge Parulian Saragih found the Frenchman guilty of violating Indonesia’s 2009 anti-narcotics law.

The judges chose to ignore prosecutors’ demands that the man be sent to prison for five years, imposing an additional year and a fine of Rp. 1 billion (US$100,000). Failure to pay the fine will add 2 additional months to the 6-year sentence.

Petrone’s attorney Erwin Siregar told the press he had not expected the court to impose a penalty higher than that sought by prosecutors, saying he was still considering appealing the sentence.

Petrone was caught at Bali’s airport with the hashish concealed in his person after disembarking a Malaysian Airline flight from Kuala Lumpur on January 29, 2013.

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Funny Money
Bank Indonesia Issues Advice on How Detect Faked Rupiah Bank Notes

During the first half of 2013, Bank Indonesia discovered 2,141 counterfeit Indonesian Rupiah bank notes, 97% of which were in the denomination of Rp 100,000 bills.

According to Bank Indonesia, the amount of fake Indonesian Rupiah notes increased 54% from the same period in 2012 when the Bank confiscated 1,386 counterfeit notes in Bali.

The chief of the Bali Branch of Bank Indonesia, Dwi Pranoto, issued a statement on Thursday, July 18, 2013, asking the public to help detect the presence of counterfeit Indonesian Rupiah bank notes by:
  • Looking at a bank note, blurred printing is a sign of counterfeiting. Official Rupiah bank notes have sharp and distinct printing impressions.
  • Rub you fingers along the bank note where the value of the note is shown. The surface should be rough, presenting a slight embossment of the denomination numbers.
  • Hold Indonesia bank bills up to a light. All genuine currency issued by Bank Indonesia has a watermark image depicting an Indonesian revolutionary hero.
Bank officials encourage wider use of non-cash forms of payment, such as credit cards and Internet banking to reduce the incidence of currency fraud.


Indonesia to End Visa-on-Arrival for Iranians
Citing Visa Abuse by Iranian Tourists, Indonesia to End Visa-on-Arrival for Iranian Nationals Effective August 20, 2013

The Jakarta Globe reports that effective August 20, 2013, Indonesia will withdraw the visa-on-arrival facility currently extended to Iranian passport holders visiting Indonesia.

The move has been announced with Indonesia citing problems and abuse of the 30-day-visa-on-arrival facility in the past by Iranian nationals. The change in visa policy coincides with an announcement from Australia that their doors have been shut to asylum seekers with boat people and illegal immigrants to now be sent to Papua New Guinea for resettlement.

Herawan Sukoaji, a spokesperson for the Indonesian Immigration Department told the press: “Many times we found Iranians misusing the visa. They claimed they only wanted to visit the country, but they brought along a lot of friends wishing to seek asylum.”

After August 20, 2013, Iranian visitors will need to apply for a visa in their country of residence before entering Indonesia. “Without visa on arrival, they cannot fly to Indonesia before Indonesian authorities review their intentions and grant them approval,” explained Herawan.

Claiming no formal notification of the change in visa policy has been sent to the Iranian government, the Iranian Embassy in Jakarta has refused comment at this time.

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Reclaiming Baliís Future
Deputy Tourism Minister Joins Environmentalist in Condemning Plans for Reclamation Project in Baliís Benoa Bay

The Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that a senior member of the Indonesian Tourism Ministry who is a well-respected Balinese Tourism figure has joined the growing chorus opposing plans backed by Governor Made Mangku Pastika to turn protected mangrove areas in Benoa Bay into a tourism complex.

I Gde Pitana Brahmanda, who now serves as a Deputy Minister for Resource Development at the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy, has lambasted the proposed project, insisting the development would hurt Bali. Pitana said: “Southern Bali is already overcrowded and overdeveloped. Physical development there should be stopped. Now’s the time to improve the quality of tourism services.”

Pitana once served as a professor in tourism studies at Bali’s Udayana University before becoming head of the Bali Tourism Service (Kadiparda) and, later, a Deputy Minister.

Sounding a warning being echoed by many quarters in Bali, Pitana said Bali’s southern regions is overdeveloped and buckling under the strain of inadequate carrying capacity. He called for new developments in Bali to be diverted to northern or eastern portions of the island.

Citing problems in traffic congestion, safety and security, water pollution, trash disposal, and water and electrical shortages - Pitana repeated the call for an absolute moratorium on new hotel and accommodation development in South Bali.

Registering his objection to the reclamation of Benoa Bay by a company reportedly back by Indonesian businessman Tommy Winata, Pitana added: “I’m sure there will be many impacts following the reclamation project. Not only the direct impact of the reclamation, but also the impact of the development post-reclamation.”

Addressing environmentalists’ concerns that the reclamation project will cause irreversible damage to Bali’s ecology, Pitana said: “Many experts say the reclamation will cause changes in sea currents, damage of mangrove forests, the sedimentation of Benoa seaport and many others.”

Pitana refuted claims made by Governor Pastika that the Benoa Bay development plan formed part of the Masterplan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development (MP3EI) emphasizing that, in any case, any project of this scale must be preceded by a careful environmental impact study

Environmental Outcry

Separately, the chairman of Bali Friends of the Earth (WALHI-Bali), Wayan Suardana, has called on the Governor to immediately revoke a letter of recommendation given to a private investor to reclaim large tracts of Benoa Bay and surrounding mangroves.

Despite claims made to the press made only weeks ago that the Governor knew little or nothing of plans to reclaim parts of Benoa Bay, it now appears clear that Pastika had, in fact, issued a letter of recommendation on December 26, 2013, in support of the project.

In calling for the revocation of the recommendation, Suardana said: “The gubernatorial letter contradicts the 1945 Constitution as stipulated by the Constitutional Court. The governor should revoke the letter soon because it is unlawful. 
In 2010, the Constitutional Court revoked several articles of the law used by the Governor in making his recommendation, removing the right to commercialize coastal zones. 

The fact that the gubernatorial letter referred to a law that has been revoked means the letter is against the law,” Suardana insisted.

The governor’s recommendation granted to PT Tirta Wahana Bali International gives a 50-year concession to build luxury hotels, and F1 racecourse, hospital, entertainment centers, apartments and a theme park on reclaimed land.

Pastika claimed his recommendation was based on a feasibility study conducted by Bali’s Udayana University, a study experts from the University claim has not been completed and remains incomplete. Moreover, University officials also insist that no decision on the project should be made until a detailed environmental impact study is completed. According to the University , the environmental impact study on the project has yet to even be commenced.

The proposed project under the banner of PT Tirta Wahana Bali International includes three additional investors: PT Bangun Segitiga Mas, PT Wijaya Property and PT Garuda Jaya.

Indonesian businessman Tommy Winata’s involvement in a project branded as destructive to Bali’s mangrove forest casts a disingenuous light on the much publicized trip of Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo to Bali and his promotion as a Mangrove Ambassador by the Artha Graha Foundation – a foundation founded by Winata. During that visit, Winata, Ronaldo and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono posed for the press planting trees in the mangrove forest now slated for partial reclamation by the Benoa Bay Project.

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Give a Damn for Your Fellow Man
Solemen & Hard Rock Hotels Host Two Nights of Music to Raise Funds for Disabled Denpasar Residents July 27 & 28.

The Solemen Foundation in cooperation with Hard Rock Hotel Bali are hosting two musical events on July 27 & 28, 2013, with all proceeds going to secure housing for two Denpasar families with seven severely disabled children.
All performers – representing some of Indonesia’s hottest bands - are appearing without charge. In addition, exciting items have been donated for auction between acts.

The concerts take place on the two evenings of Saturday and Sunday, July 27 & 28, 2013. Both shows commence at the Center Stage at 7:00 pm.

Scheduled to Appear:

Saturday, July 27, 2013
  • Navicula
  • German Dmitriev
  • Goldvoice
Sunday, July 28, 2013
  • Superman is Dead
  • Nosstress
  • Garden Grove
Tickets and Prices

Tickets are available on a strictly first-come-first-serve basis for sales from 12 noon until 7:00 pm daily at the Hard Rock Hotel Bali’s Center Stage.

Prices are shown below:
  • FESTIVAL TICKETS – Rp. 100,00 (US$10) per person and include first beer.
  • VIP SEATED TICKETS – Rp. 200,000 (US$20) per person and includes first beer or win.
  • ROCK STAR TICKET – Rp. 1,800,000 (US$180) for six people in couch seating includes Spirit by the bottle package of Larios Vodka, Jim Beam Bourbon or 2 bottles of Plaga Wine.

Limited edition event T shirts will also be available Rp 185,000 (US$18.50).

The SOLEMEN Foundation (Yayasan SOLEMEN Indonesia) is a Bali-based non-profit organization working together with leading charities and community projects dedicate to alleviate suffering and support the disadvantaged in Bali. Bali Solemen provides health, safety and environmental education.


Missing in Action
Statue of Namesake of Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport Moved to New Location Closer to Entrance

Gusti Ngurah Rai – the Balinese revolutionary hero went missing in action, at least temporarily.

At 11:30 pm on Monday. July 15, 2013, the statue of Colonel I Gusti Ngurah Rai left its dais at the round-about near the airport’s entrance and was moved to a new location even closer to the new entrance to the airport.

The move, necessitated by the extensive remodeling and upgrade underway at Bali’s airport, was approved by the family of the illustrious revolutionary leader who perished on November 20, 1946 in the Puputan Margarana near Tabanan, West Bali.

The timing and date of the move was done in accordance with dewasa aya – the Balinese calendar that sets out specific and propitious dates for major undertakings.

The entire move went smoothly requiring only one hour to complete and took place almost one year later than originally planned by the airport authority and four year’s after the monument's initial erection.

Much care and attention was invested in the statue's initial erection in 2009. The statues (including its pedestal) stood 8 meters high and was surrounded by 17 water fountains in order to reflect the founding date of the Indonesian Republic August 17, 1945.

It is not clear if this numerological significance has been preserved in the statue’s new location.

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is home to two commemorative statues honoring the Airport’s namesake. One statue of Gusti Ngurah Rai stands in the newly created roundabout at the airport entrance to the new Bali toll way and the second, the just-move statue now standing near the airport’s entrance.

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Terminal Layover
Details Emerge on 200-room Novotel Airport Hotel at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport

Refuting claims reported in the media that the airport hotel now being constructed at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport lacks the needed licenses and permits, both the airport’s managers PT Angkasa Pura I and the Regent of Badung have forcefully stated that the transit hotel that will open later this year has all the required paperwork. 

Meanwhile, more details are emerging on the Bali Ngurah Rai Airport Transit Hotel.

Operators claim that a transit hotel is an "absolute necessity" for any modern airport, despite the close proximity of Bali’s airport to thousands of hotel rooms within a 3 kilometer radius of the airport and a general consensus that Bali is suffering from a severe over-supply of hotel rooms.

According to Radar Bali, the new airport will have a four-star hotel rating, offer 200-rooms and be operated by Novotel. The hotel, centrally located within the renovated airport, will have three floors and will be the third airport hotel in Indonesia after Jakarta and Surabaya.

The location for the Novotel Bali Airport Hotel will be on the south side of the promenade near the airport's center and around 100-meters from the ceremonial Balinese Candi Bentar - the formal entrance to the air gateway.

The Hotel's Promenade location will be midway on the connecting structure between the domestic and international terminals.

The transit hotel is being built to serve passengers on layover or compelled to stay at the airport due to flight delays.


Farewell, Phil
Philip Randolph Hill, Long-time American Expatriate Hotelier Dies in Bali

Philip Randolph Hill died in the early hours of Monday, July 22, 2013, after a long illness, at his Sanur residence in Bali.

Phil, aged 60, has held management level positions at numerous and numerous international hotels with Indonesian assignments in Jakarta, Bali and, most recently with the Kimo Baja Resort in Manado.

During more than three decades in the hospitality industry he had also worked at hotels in China, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

Hill graduated from the University of the Pacific – Stockton in California and held a post-graduate degree from Cornell University in Hotel Management.


 
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