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BALI UPDATE #941 - 15 September 2014

IN THIS UPDATE


Powerless Flight
Passengers Left in the Dark by Major Power Failure at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport

The power went off for 30 minutes in the newly opened Bali Ngurah Rai international Airport disrupting the flow of passengers. The airport was without power starting from 3:00 pm on Monday, October 14, 2013.

According to travellers preparing to leave on flights, the airport was in the dark covering an area from gate 15 to gate 20.

In addition to leaving passengers in the dark, the air conditioning in the waiting lounges also ceased to operate while shops, cafes and toilets were also in the dark.

In the dark and uncomfortable with the heat of a non-air conditioned environment, passengers resorted to fanning themselves. Meanwhile flight announcements calling passengers to boarding lounges and departing flights were also rendered non-functional by the lack of electricity.

According to Beritabali.com, airport staff were compelled to circle the airport on foot calling out flight departure information.

After the 30 minutes power was returned to the airport only to fail once again after a short time later.

PT Angkasa Pura who manage the airport have not provided an explanation for the power outage or why back up power systems failed to operate.


Enough to Get Your Goat
Bali Celebrated the ‘Day of Sacrifice’ – Idul Adha 1434H on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

As part of the celebration of the Islamic holy day of Idul Adha, the Attaqwa Mosque, located at the Bali Police Headquarters in Denpasar, distributed 2,500 coupons to Bali-based Moslem exchangeable for portions of butchered meat.

Idul Adha or Eid al Adha is a festival commemorating the willingness of the prophet Abraham to unquestionably sacrifice his first-born son Ismail to God. Abraham’s hand was stayed by the Angel Gabriel and a lamb was sacrificed to the Almighty in the boy's stead.

Idula Adha 1434H was celebrated in Indonesia on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. 

Celebrated as an Islamic holiday in Indonesia, Idul Adha is marked by the donation of livestock by Moslems to neighborhood mosques where the animals are slaughtered on the holiday in accordance with religious tradition and the meat is distributed to the poor.

Three of the world’s great faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam count themselves as Abrahamic religions tracing their roots to Abraham.

The State News Agency Antara quotes the caretaker of the Attaqwa Mosque, Najib, saying on the day before the holid, “The coupons will be distributed after the prayers on Idul Adha, while the distribution of sacrificial meat begins at 1:00 pm.”

Meat will also be given to community groups who have applied to be allocated a portion of butchered livestock donated as offerings.

One day before the holiday a total 40 goats and 9 cows had been donated to the Attaqwa Mosque. Traditionally a large number of livestock are donated at the last minute, bolstering officials in their thinking that number of animals to be sacrificed will grow measurably.

The mosque, located within the grounds of the Bali Police Headquarters, has contracted five butchers who will be expected to slaughter and cut the carcasses in a two-hour period.

Across town at the Baiturrahman Mosque n Denpasar, a total of 36 goats were awaiting sacrifice on the morning of Idul Adha.

Last year, the Baiturrahman received 95 goats and 10 cows.


Making Travel Less Burdensome
APEC Conference Explores Means of Enhancing Tourism Flows by Easing Immigration Procedures Among Member Nations

The recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) held in Bali October 1-8, 2013 sought to enhance the welfare of member nations through trade and investment.

One of the areas of economic cooperation identified by the Conference delegates was the removal of travel restrictions between member nationals to facilitate business and tourism travel. During the APEC Conference a seminar entitled “Connectivity and Inclusive Growth in the Asia-Pacific” held at the Grand Nikko Hotel examined the problems posed by restrictive immigration policies in efforts to grow national economies.

The Indonesian Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, spoke at the seminar and said, “Through facilitating non-business visas, a total of 1.8-2.6 million jobs will be created in the APEC region.”

The goal agreed at APEC is to facilitate the flow of tourists between borders as a means of increasing investment and integrating the economies of the Asia Pacific.

Tourist travel between APEC Countries is predicted to grow by 38 to 57 million people over the coming two years. This growth is extrapolated to create additional income of between US$62 billion and US$89 billion, creating millions of new jobs along the way.

A number of steps have been identified to ease travel between APEC nations, including simplifying the visa application process and providing for on-line visa processing. The most effective means to increase visitor flows, however, is to increase the number of countries extending “visa-free” facilities and issuing multiple visit visas.

Also discussed as a means of supporting tourist travel is improving service by immigration officials at APEC member airports and seaports.

Apparently, not discussed specifically are the complicated, expensive and time-consuming procedures in place in Bali demanded of tourists trying to extend a 30-day visa-on-arrival for an additional 30 days.


Manhunt for Brutal Rapist Underway
Police Suggest They Have Clear Leads in Brutal Rape of Russian Woman in Jimbaran, Bali

Bali Police continue to intensively investigate the brutal rape of a 26-year-old Russian women, identified only with the initials MT.

The assault on the woman took place dueing daylight hours at the woman's rented residence in Jimbaran on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Her assailant reportedly dropped a piece of pavement from the roofline while the Russian was washing clothes in her backyard, striking her on her head.

The Russian who suffered a serious head injury was dragged unconscious into her empty house and savagely raped.

The Bali Post says the assailant, believed to be acting on his own, made his escape through the front door of the house but did not steal his victims hand phone, laptop or purse that were all left intact in her bedroom.

The woman was eventually discovered by a friend and rushed to the BIMC Hospital in Nusa Dua where she remains under intensive medical care for a variety of injuries sustained in the attack.

Police from the South Kuta Police Precinct, backed up by additional investigators from Bali Police Headquarters’ Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Unit have combed the residence collecting evidence to lead the capture of the perpetrator.

Police have also  questioned some 15 witnesses who were in the area of the house at the time of the crime.

Four days after the incident police had yet to make an arrest. The chief of the South Kuta Police Precinct, Nuriatha, told Radar Bali: “I ask for your prayers and your blessings so we can capture the perpetrator. I also ask your patience for now.”

A Clear Lead

Nuriatha told the press that police are pursuing a clear lead in the case, which they are unable to share with the police or the public at this time. Adopting an optimistic tone, Nuriatha urged the public to be calm.”

The man in charge of South Kuta police would not confirm if the woman’s assailant was still in Bali or had left the island. “We can’t say where he is. If we say he is in Bali, he will leave the Island. If we say he has left Bali, he will run further,” Nuriatha explained.

Nuriatha assured the public that the case would be brought to a successful conclusion and the assailant arrested. Police are now waiting for the Russian woman’s condition to improve sufficiently to allow police to question her about the assault.


Power to the People
PLN Adds Four New Coal-Power Plants to the Java-Madura-Bali Power Grid

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has inaugurated the operation of four steam-generated power plants (PLTU) in Java with a total power capacity of 2,550 megawatts. The four new power plants are located in Pacitan, East Java.

The senior manager of corporate communication for the Sate Power Board (PLN), Bambang Dwiyanto told Beritabali.com that the four coal-driven power plants will enhance the Java-Madura-Bali power grid. “Although the power reserves for Java-Madura-Bali power grid are currently sufficient, with power consumption increasing 7% each year and peak consumption at 22,381 megawatts, we need to add a minimum additional capacity of 1,500-2,000 megawatts annually, “ he explained.

Bambang Dwiyanto said the four new plants form part of an accelerated program to use coal-powered stations to increase power capacities by 10,000 megawatts in part of what is known as Phase One of the Fast Track Program (FTP-1).

To date, 5,070 megawatts of the targeted 10,000 megawatts have been successfully brought on line. Meanwhile, 2,115 megawatts are currently undergoing testing prior to commissioning, while a final 2,119 megawatt are in the construction process and scheduled for completion in 2014.


Asphalt Jungle
Following Civil Unrest in Bali’s Capital, Governor Wants Mass Organizations Registered and Controlled

Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika has called on a number of mass organizations operating in Bali to be registered in order that the government can know their leadership and can help guide these groups.
y the State News Agency Antara, the Governor said: “The government cannot disband organizations that make mistakes if those organizations are not formally registered with the Political Solidarity Bureau (Kesbangpol). How can we disband them is they aren’t registered?”

The Governor’s comments come after two Denpasar groups – Baladika and Laskar Bali participated in street fights on Monday, October 14, 2013, on Jalan Mahendradatta. The Governor said the two groups involved in public unrest are not registered with Kesbangpol.

Referring to the violent outbursts in downtown Denpasar, Pastika added: “If these people embraced the principle of brotherhood (persaudaraan), the this incident would not have happened.”

Pastika took the opportunity to express his appreciation for the peaceful steps initiated between the two organizations following a facilitation processes initiated by Bali Chief of Police and leaders of the community, while at the same time insisting legal steps must be taken in relation to the recent unrest.

“Because of this I wish to remind that violent acts cannot be tolerated. If damage is done and injuries inflicted, then there must be a legal response,” said Pastika.

The governor acknowledged that freedom of association is guaranteed by the 1945 Indonesian Constitution, which means that the government cannot outlaw mass organizations providing these groups are peaceful and do not involve themselves in open conflict.

Baladika and Laskar Bali reached a peace agreement on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, after one participant in street violence suffered a serious stab wound the day before.

The “peace agreement” was signed by the head of Laksar Bali and Baladika, witnessed by I Gusti Nguruah Jayanegara on behalf of the City of Denpasar and the chief of the Denpasar Police Precinct Djoko Hariutomo.

Also attending the signing were the military commander of Military District 1611/Badung Lt. Col. I Made Kusuma, Col. Anton Nguroho of the 1633/Wirasatya Military Command and Bali’s Police Chief General Albertus Julius Benny Mokal.

The Bali Chief of Police said the root cause of the recent violent conflict between the two groups was a personal problem and a simple misunderstanding.

He warned both groups that if future conflict erupts the Bali police would enforce the letter of the law.

It remains unclear if any prosecutions will result for the most resent outbreak of violence that caused property damage, resulted in injuries and disrupted a large area of downtown Bali.


Bali – Where Smart Travelers Holiday
Island of Bali and Bali Hotels Win Honors in Smart Asia 2013 Survey

Asia 2013 has announced the results of its latest travel poll of the best brands in travel.

A prestigious survey of truly “smart travelers” - those voting in the poll took an average of 12.32 air trips each year and earn an average of US$156,307

Readers of Smart Travel vote for the best brands based on use of the products, feedback from friends and brand visibility in their browsing space.

The award program is now in its ninth year and is a distillation of readers’ perceptions and favorite travel brands. Votes are based on substantial hands-on travel experience.

In a side and very interesting survey of respondents, 50.6% of those survived said they make travel booking through their travel agent, 35.2% through an on-line-travel-agent (OTA) and 14.2%

The Island of Bali was named the 2nd best holiday destination after Bangkok, slipping one place from the top position won last year.

Bali hotels predominated in the rankings for top leisure hotel and resorts.

Highlights from the Smart Travel Asia 2013 Awards:
  • Singapore Airlines and Emirates were ranked as the Best Airline.
  • Singapore Airlines ranked as the top Business Class while Garuda entered the ranking at #10. 
  • Singapore Airlines won top billing in terms of Airline cabin service with Garuda joining the top ten at #9.
  • AirAsia was ranked as the best very best budget carries. Virgin Air came in at #10
  • Bangkok won the best holiday destination. Bali who ranked #1 in last year’s survey came in as #2 in 2013.
  • Singapore was named the world’s best airport.
  • Shangri-La won best Hotel Brand. But brands represented in Bali did well with Four Seasons (2); Grand Hyatt (3); Conrad (6); Aman Resorts, JW Marriott and W Hotels tied at (7); Sheraton (8), Sofitel and Westin tied at (9); Hard Rock Hotels and InterContinental Hotels tied at (10).
  • The Best Conference Hotel ranking went to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. The Bali inclusions in the list were The Westin Nusa Dua Bali at (12) and Grand Hyatt Bali (14).
  • The Banyan Tree in Phuket, Thailand was named best Spa and Hotel and Resort. Included in this category form Bali were: Bulgari Hotel and Resort (2), AYANA Resort and Spa Bali (3). Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay (5), Grand Hyatt Bali (7), The Royal Pita Maha Bali (10), Hotel Tugu Bali and The Legian Bali (12), The Samaya Seminyak (16), The W Retreat and Spa (17), The St. Regis Bali (18), Como Shambhala Estates Bali (21), and InterContinental Bali Resort (22).
  • The contest for the 25 Top Leisure Hotel and Resort saw #1 garnered by The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam. Bali hotels making the top 25 in this division were: Amankila Bali, Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay and The Legian Bali – all tied for (4); Amandari Resort in Ubud (5); Grand Hyatt Bali (6); Bulgari Resort Bali (7); Alila Villa at Uluwatu, Bali (9); AYANA Resort and Spa Bali (10); The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud and The Royal Pita Maha Bali tied at (15); Jimbaran Puri Bali (18); The St. Regis Bali and W Retreat and Spa Bali tied at (19); InterContinental Bali Resort (20); The Mulia Bali (23); and Conrad Bali (25),
Complete Results of Smart Travel Asia 2013


Pray, Go to Prego
Westin Resort Nusa Dua Launches Family Fun Brunch Every Sunday

er 13, 2013, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali launched a weekly Prego Sunday Family Brunch.

Adopting the theme of ‘Superheroes and Fairytales,’ Prego’s Family Brunch features lively activities, entertaining gimmicks, and arguably the island’s most extensive buffet of authentic Italian cuisine.
diners enjoy a private buffet and play area where in addition to a healthful lunch, freshly spun ferry floss (cotton candy) and “just popped” popcorn are also available.

Mom and dad can enjoy a leisurely lunch while their children spend time between dining or engaging in a friendly game with other kids at at an adjoining miniature soccer field. Inside kids can participate in supervised activities such as cupcake decorating, photo sessions with Pipo – The Squirrel, of use waiting Play Stations.

Designed to bring fun and family back into Italian dining, the Prego Family Brunch showcases a visually inspiring decor of bright accents reminiscent both in sight and aroma of the wholesome home-style Italian food and fresh bread cooked in an open-plan kitchen. Generous portions of classic pasta dishes along with regional specialties and wood-oven pizzas emphasize value-for-money for dining families.
o Family Brunch operates every Sunday from 11.30 am to 3:00 pm with rotating entertainment themes and consistently excellent cuisine in a “come as you are” ambient.

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A Sales Wizard for Oz
Grand Nikko Bali Appoint Brisbane-Based Director of Australian Sales

Grand Nikko Bali has appointed Carmelina Vitale as director of sales - Australia, based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Carmelina will oversee the sales and marketing for the important Australia and New Zealand markets for the Grand Nikko Bali. In this role, she will also be responsible for analyzing and predicting market trends; proactively researching and recommending strategies to further promote the hotel in these markets.

Carmelina career in the Australian travel industry began in 1992 as a travel consultant before moving to the airline industry working for Ansett Australia. She later joined Garuda Indonesia in Brisbane overseeing the airline's sales and Garuda Orient Holidays before that office closed in 2007.

A mother of two, she has also worked in a family-owned business.

"Her strong background in the travel industry, especially in sales will play a critical part in her new role," explained Jean-Charles Le Coz, general manager of Grand Nikko Bali. Adding: "She understands Bali and knows what the customer wants. Carmelina will be a great asset for the company and we are sure that she will bring something new for both the customer and the resort."


Taming a Tardy Lion
Ministry of Transportation Summons Lion Air to Explain Delays and Poor Communication with Passengers

The spokesman and public affairs officer for the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, Bambang S. Ervan, told Bisnis.com that he would urgently summon the management of Lion Air to explain delayed flights, including the 3 hour delay of a flight on Thursday, October 17. 2013.

“We will wait to see what action will be taken by the Director General of Civil Aviation. The (latest) information is that on Monday (October 21, 2013) the management of Lion will be called to evaluate this case,” said Ervan on Friday, October 18, 2013.

Bambang said that an early report from Lion Air confirmed the delay of a flight in connection with the late replacement of a tire for the aircraft.
The management of Lion Air had reportedly compensated passengers affected by the delay in accordance with government guidelines. Ervan said that the government had previously given warnings to Lion Air to improve its level of service to the public.

Separately, Bambang said that while many airlines in Indonesia have experienced delays, Lion Air has been the center of several incidents of passenger unrest, compelling the government to evaluate the way in which the airline communicates with its passengers.

Many passengers have complained that they are left in waiting rooms and sometimes on parked airplanes with little or no information from the airline.

“This case can become part of Lion Airs introspection because late flight do not only happen at Lion, other airlines are also late, but the unrest seems to always affect Lion. There’s a communication problem, not only in communication but in the actual connection between the passengers and the management,” said Ervan.

The head of public relations of Lion Air, Edward Sirait, admitted at a press conference that the Airline had a problem with the importation of reconditioned tires that resulted in a delay with several flights on October 17, 2013.

He said these mistakes caused unnecessary delays in clearing the tires from the Port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta. “We were not aware of the rules,’ Said Sirait.

Edward Sirait explained that in order to use reconditioned tires the airline must present proof that they have permission from the relevant authorities. Because Lion Air had not processed the required permits, the tires were held up at Tanjung Priok.

He said that Lion Air uses a combination of reconditioned and new tires, but because the two are shipped together, the clearance process through customs becames problematic.

Edward said he wished to apologize on behalf of Lion Air to their passengers, insisting passengers in the very worst instance experienced delays of only 5-6 hours, and not more than 10 hours as reported in some media.

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A strong Scent form a Fragrant Harbor
TigerAir Mandala Launching Daily Flights Between Bali and Hong Kong

Tigerair Mandala have announced the opening of a new route between Hong Kong and Bali beginning December 15, 2013 and from Surabaya to Hong Kong on December 16, 2013.

Tigerair is also adding its fifth daily frequency between Jakarta and Singapore on October 27, 2013, bringing to nine (including Tigerair Singapore) the number of daily flights between those two cities.

Paul Rombeek, the president director of Tiger Mandala, told the press on Thursday, October 17, 2013: “This is an important achievement for us, at this time we are the only low cost carrier flying directly between Jakarta and Hong Kong and now we are connecting two more cities in Indonesia with Hong Kong.”

He explained that at the beginning of this year (2013), Tigerair had no routes between Jakarta and Singapore. But, now, only six months after opening that route the airline is flying five daily flights between Jakarta and Singapore. “This shows the rapid development of Tigerair Mandala and our commitment to continue to grow our network and expand our business,” said Rombeek.

Denpasar (Bali) and Surabaya will become the second and third cities in Indonesia to offer direct flights on Tigerair Mandala to Hong Kong following the launch of the airlines Jakarta-Hong Kong service in July 2013.

Denpasar remains one of Indonesia’s most popular tourism destinations, while Surabaya is one of the Country’s busiest business hubs.

To launch the new service, Tigerair Mandala is offering fares beginning from Rp. 1.6 million (US$139) for Surabaya-Hong Kong and Rp. 1.8 million (US$156) for Denpasar-Hong Kong. These prices are before taxes and other charges.


Bali Tourism Development Off Course
Former Tourism Ministers Says Bali Is Losing its Core Commitment to Culture and Tradition

The former Minister of Tourism and Culture for Indonesia, Gede Ardika, is calling on Bali’s artists to create works of arts that raise the consciousness of policy and decision makers to make them aware that development of tourism in Bali has strayed badly from the Island’s traditional cultural core values.

Speaking in Bali on Friday, October 18, 2013, and quoted by Bisnis Bali, Ardika said, “Bali’s development involving a number of areas should not be done to meet the desires of foreigners, falling out of step with the character of the Balinese and Indonesians as a whole.”

Ardika, speaking at a seminar on the arts conducted by the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy, said the development of Bali’s culture and performing arts in support of tourism stands as a separate case from the rest of Indonesia.

The development of Bali’s lively arts, as a part of Balinese culture, stems from Bali’s long cultural heritage, possessing traditional and aesthetical elements that are capable of creating spectacular works.

Ardika feels that because of this, Bali’s artists must create works that can help influence policy makers to develop the Island in conformance with the rich natural potential of Bali’s endemic culture and traditions.

“It is these differences concerning the arts, culture, traditions and the ritual life of Bali that have enabled the Island to attract the attention of the world’s travelers,” said Ardika, who, since his retirement from government service, has remained active in a number of organizations seeking to preserve and protect Balinese culture.

Ardika, who was born in Singaraja, North Bali in 1945, maintains that Balinese culture is founded on religious belief, a local aesthetic, ethics, logic, creativity and practicality. He feels that these elements form a unity that is part of the daily life of the Balinese reflected in the unique artistic life of the Balinese.

For these reasons, Bali’s artistic and cultural face is singularly able to attract world attention. The rich cultural diversity of Bali’s culture is at the very heart of its role as a leading world tourism destination. To this end, Bali’s culture and natural environment must be preserved, said Ardika.

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Mam, Can I Carry Your Bag?
Norwegian Woman Robbed by Purse Snatchers in Kuta, Bali

Bali Post reports that a 25-year-old Norwegian tourist, Anita Kvernrod Sletold, became the victim of a purse-snatcher on Jalan Double Six in Kuta on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm.

In the theft, two men on a motorbike made off with the woman’s cell phone, a sumof cash and important documents. Total value of Sletold’s loss was put at Rp. 9 million (US$780), according to police reports.

The men had apparently been trailing the Norwegian woman when they grabbed her bag and made off at a high rate of speed. Trying in vain to hold on to her belongings, the woman screamed for help as the men sped off.

Efforts by locals responding to the woman’s call for help, failed to capture the thieves..

Sletold was staying at a villa in Seminyak at the time of the theft.

The case remains under investigation by the Kuta Police Precinct.



Life’s a Beach
Balinese Seeking a Beachhead on the Island of their Birth

The Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) ran an article “Beaches are closed to public and surfers, sorry!” in its October 16, 2013 edition underlining the increasing problem of Bali’s disappearing shorelines, illegally commandeered and usurped by villa and resort developers.

Despite zoning laws that principally keep beaches open to public use, many tourist-related facilities manage to exert hegemony over adjacent beachfronts, barring the public and the Balinese from lawful access.

Making the problem socially acute, a number of traditional Balinese rituals and celebrations include elements that must be performed on the edge of the sea, are chased away by security teams of hotel and villas who find Balinese culture a bother and an inconvenience.

Wayan Rasna a professional surfer from Jimbaran said he and his fellow villagers are now banned from using public beaches in front of hotels.

At a recent conference held in Ketewel in Bali, Rasna said that the next generations of aspiring Balinese surfers are encountering difficulties to practice as hotels and villas prohibit their access to the beach. Said Rasna: “These hotels and villas have been built along the coastline and have closed almost every access to the public. We have to use a very narrow alley between hotels or villas if we want to access the beach.”

He cited the loss of public beaches as happening on Bali's favorite beaches, including Jimbaran, Uluwatu and Dreamland. Balinese surfers and local villagers seeking to perform purification ceremonies are now told to stay off beaches that both the law and ancestral tradition mandates should be open to all.

Continuing, Rasna also said: “Fishermen find almost no space to moor their boats along these beaches.”

He bemoaned a failure of authorities to enforce zoning laws and set back rules as leading to the diminishing area of public beaches in Bali.


The Stars Shine in Bali
7th BALINALE Audience Choice Awards Draws Top Actors and Filmmakers from Around the World

r’s "Audience Choice Awards" selection films included:
  • Best Documentary Film: Go Grandriders - ChineseTaipei
  • Best Feature Film: Air Mata Terakhir Bunda (Indonesia)
  • Best Short Film: Linear (Brazil)
  • Best Overall Film: 9 Summers 10 Autumns (Indonesia)
  • Special Recognition: Tatarakihi: The Children Of Parihaka (New Zealand)
International filmmakers and artists from over 20 countries attended this year’s BALINABLE International Film Festival. 

Among the Indonesian artists in attendance were: Raditya Dika, Titi Rajo Bintang, Happy Salma, Donny Damara, Julia Perez, Alex Komang, Agus Kuncoro, Tika Bravani, Ario Bayu, Rizky Hanggono, Rima Melati, Didi Petet and festival co-founder Christine Hakim.

Visiting filmmakers included; Donna Smith, Michael Altman, Paora Joseph, Jan Chapman, Emmanuel Palo, Jong Pil Lee, Ryu Hyun-Kyung and Hua Tien-Hao.

Other highlights from The 7th BALINALE International Film Festival:
  • A visit by Indonesian Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu to attend the world premiere of Rahabi Mandra and Hanung Bramantyo’s highly anticipated" 2014”.
  • Screening of Studio Box Office "Don Jon" and "About Time".
Shown on Balidiscovery.com are photographs from the 7th BALINALE International Film Festival.


More Gang Violence in Bali
Just Days After Bali Police Negotiate a Peace Between Warring Gangs in Bali, Thugs Attack Construction Site Sending Guard to Hospital

Just five days after gang violence on Jalan Mahendradatta in West Denpasar between the "mass organizations" of Laskar Bali and Baladika sent one person to hospital with stab wounds, street thugs have launched yet another attack on a construction site in Denpasar.

DenPost reports that “tens of suspected mass organization” members carrying swords and sharp weapons attacked the TS Suite Hotel and Restaurant project on Jalan Nakula on Friday, October 18, 2013 at approximately 4:30 pm.

The security coordinator for the project, Welem Patubalo (30), suffered head and stab injuries in the attack.

Police are reportedly investigating the motive behind the incident, trying to determine if it started from a private dispute or a turf dispute between rival Bali gangs.

Police estimate 30 men carrying weapons attacked the Hotel TS construction site. The men damaged a fence surrounding the project. causing construction workers to run for safety as the thugs ransacked interior portions of the building.

Destroying the fence and gaining access to the site, the gang members entered the project’s basement and headed towards the security office. The men were said to be seeking Andrian Paso, the chief of security for the Hotel who hails from Kupang, who was not at the site at that time.

Angry at their inability to meet Andrian, the men attacked Welem, hitting him with planks of wood, double sticks and bamboo. During the assault Walem was also stabbed in the stomach. Seeing the man on the ground covered in blood, the gang members quickly ran from the site.

The remaining security guards and workers re-entered the site after the gang’s departure and quickly brought Walem to the nearby Bali Med Hospital on Jalan Mahendradatta.

Upon receiving the report police declared the construction site a crime scene and began interviewing the many witnesses to the attack.

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BAWA Barks Back
BAWA Issued Statement on Current Status and Continuing Efforts on Behalf of Bali Dogs

Following the publication on Balidiscovery.com of BAWA Barks No More, Paula Hodgson on behalf of the Bali Street Dog Fund (Australia) and BAWA has written seeking to clarify a number of points.

Paula Hodgson’s Letter to Bali Update

I would like to correct impressions created by your 3 October article, BAWA Barks No More, sourced from Radar Bali.

While BAWA’s Ubud clinic has been forcibly closed, the Association continues to operate its 24/7 emergency hotline, its free animal rescue service (now restricted) and island-wide free animal care and disease control education programs in schools and villages.

Closure of the clinic has halted BAWA’s animal adoption program that was finding homes for 70 former street dogs every month. Adopted dogs were sterilized, vaccinated, socialized and presented in good condition to families who were educated to care for their new pets. Free follow-up care was provided.

Official action has deprived Balinese families of these free services. BAWA encourages the Balinese people who account for 60% of up to 40 calls a day to its hotline to keep calling +62- (0)811389004.

BAWA
will continue to help – while, where and how it can.

The article reports that officers from 3 agencies and Gianyar Satpol PP closed the BAWA clinic and quotes Satpol’s Gede Daging, “Because there were so many violations committed by BAWA, we invited all these agencies to participate.”

The statement is misleading. BAWA had only recently been officially advised that it was operating without an Amdal – an environmental permit introduced only last year and of which the association was unaware.

BAWA’s application for an Amdal is in process. Most Bali businesses, including vet clinics, do not have an Amdal.

BAWA’s animal rescue activities have been severely curtailed in accordance with a regulation prohibiting the transport of animals across regency borders. The regulation was introduced specifically to prevent movement of animals from rabies-positive regencies to rabies-negative regencies. Now, all Bali regencies are rabies-positive and the regulation is redundant. At the very least, the authorities should urgently consider changing the restriction for animal ambulance transport.

The regulation means that people are breaking the law by taking their injured animals from Gianyar or Klungkung, regencies, for example, to veterinary clinics in Badung, where most of the clinics are. To take an injured animal to a quarantine clinic is far safer than leaving it on the street or beach.

Some officials in Bali seem determined to axe an association that for 7 years has provided free services to Bali’s animals, communities and industries such as tourism. Bali will suffer if common sense does not prevail.

Already, BAWA’s wide network of international supporters is outraged at what is widely viewed as a persecution campaign that disgraces the island.

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Bali Airport Pioneers Sustainable Eco-Friendly Design

Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that the management of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has gone green in some aspects of the operation of the Island’s newly renovated airport.

PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP I) has installed solar energy panels in an effort to reduce electricity usage.

Tommy Soetomo, the president director of PAP I, told the press that in addition to solar panels steps were also underway to reduce water resumption.

Describing the design of the “new” air gateway in Bali, Soetomo said: “The architectural design, selection of materials and energy uses refer to energy efficiency concepts adopted by many international airports across the world.”

The wave-like design of the airport’s roof not only creates a powerful visual impact but also aid cross ventilation within the airport’s premises, reducing air conditioning demands. Extensive use of glass wall will maximize the use of natural lighting, reducing the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.

“We will continue eco-airport developments in other places,” Soetomo pledged.

Seeking to advance the concept of eco-airports in Indonesia, 

PT Angkasa Pura has signed an agreement with Sintesa Group-Sun Edison. The signing of the agreement was a breakthrough in realizing the development of eco-airports in Indonesia,” according to Farid Indra Nugraha, corporate secretary of PAP I. 



Meanwhile the CEO of the Sintesa Group, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, praised the agreement as a step forward in sustainable development principles.




It’s a Bali-Holiday
Government Offices Closed October 22-24, 2013 for Galungan Celebrations

Bali government offices will be closed for three days from October 22-24, 2013 to mark the Holy Day of Galungan – the day celebrating the triumph of Good (Dharma) over Evil (Adharma).

Bali provincial spokesman, I Ketut Teneng, told the State News Agency Antara, the three day holiday will be in effect for all educational institutions beginning from grade school, junior high, high school and tertiary bodies.

The governor has also declared the holiday for all provincial employees for the three days to assist them in meeting their ritual and religious obligations.

Private businesses, including hotels, are being urged to provide similar facilities to their Hindu employees.

The three days encompass Tuesday (October 22nd) to prepare for the celebration, Wednesday (October 23rd) for Hari Raya Galungan and Thursday (October 24) for Hari Umanis Galungan.

Essential institutions such as hospitals, firehouses and public utilities will remain open with work schedules decided by their individual managements.

The three-day celebration of Galungan form part of the 21 local holidays in Bali set for 2013 in accirdance with Bali-Hindu religious practice.

There are a separate 14 national holidays celebrated in Bali in 2013.

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Don’t Let your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys
TIME Magazine Explore Role of ‘Kuta Cowboys’ in Bali’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic

An article by Charlie Campbell for TIME Magazine cast dubious fame on Bali’s male sex worker industry and its role in the growing HIV epidemic on the Island.

Campell’s article - “Bali’s ‘Gigilos,” Carefree Sex Industry Leads to HIV Crisis” cites 100 new cases of HIV discovered each month in Bali and the role “Kuta’s Cowboys” may play in spreading the disease.
ravelers, depicted in the article as the love forlorn, follow in the steps of Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2010 screenplay “Eat Pray Love” lavishing clothes, meals, motorbikes on charming young men of easy virtue.

The very existence of “male sex tourism” in Bali has been a long and hotly debated topic in Bali. But a 2010 documentary “Cowboys in Paradise” forced the hand of local police who arrested 28 young men on morals charges.

The article cites experts from a local medical clinic providing care to those infected with HIV saying the estimated 26,000 confirmed cases of HIV/AIDS in Bali is merely the “tip of the iceberg” with many case as yet undiscovered.

Heterosexual contact remains the main source of new infections, with alarming increases reported among women and children infected by sexually errant husbands who patronize the Island’s houses of prostitution.

Meanwhile, men, engaging in sex-for-pay to support an intravenous drug habit may add yet another invidious layer of risk for both the male and female customers of these sex workers.

Those working to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS also bemoan the resistance to condom use among some segments of society as representing another impediment in efforts to stop the spread of sexually transmitted disease.

Meanwhile, Bali clinics providing antiretroviral treatment to those confirmed to be suffering from HIV are doing a brisk trade, not unrelated to the burgeoning pace of Bali’s booming commercial sex trade.

Read the TIME Magazine article: Bali’s ‘Gigolos,’ Carefree Sex Industry Lead to HIV Crisis
 


Feeling the Hyatt Touch
Bali Hyatt Relents and Agrees to Keep Employees on Payroll During Coming Renovation

Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that after intense lobbying by the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), the management and owners of the Bali Hyatt in Sanur have relented on plans to terminate employees during a planned two-year renovation of the iconic Bali hotel scheduled to begin in November 2013.

The chairman of the Bali Hyatt Worker’s Union, Wayan Sudarsa, told the press that he has received a letter from the hotel’s management confirming staff would not be retrenched during the renovation period.

Previously, workers from the hotel staged rallies and protests, demanding that 352 employees remain gainfully employed in recognition of service periods ranging from 10 to 30 years at the hotel.

197 of the 352 have, in fact, already accepted severance payments of up to Rp. 70 million (US$6,067), while the remainder held out demanding continued employment.

It is unclear if the 197 who accepted dismissal from the hotel will be affected by the latest decision by the hotel’s management not to terminate staff over the two-year shutdown.

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Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort Introduces Open-Air Market Sunday Brunch

The intensely competitive Sunday brunch market in Bali is getting a fresh makeover at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort with the introduction of “Market Brunch ” with the theme of Sip, Savor and Shop.

Intended to transform the traditional brunch concept, the Sheraton Sunday Brunch ia an open-air market of delicious food, handmade crafts and services from local farmers, artisans and vendors. Located on Kuta’s famed Beachwalk, “Market Brunch” is a chance for families and friends to savor and enjoy a Sunday out at Kuta Beach.

The Beachwalk Market Brunch boasts a large array of culinary choices with an option of Duval Leroy Brut Champagne, fine wines or handcrafted fruit and tea-inspired beverages.
e’re delighted to re-introduce Sunday brunch Kuta-style,” said Dario Orsini, general manager of the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. “Perfect for the whole family to celebrate a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Market Brunch at Feast has something for everyone with a variety of delectable selections and to-go items in casual down-to-earth ambiance with live entertainment and kids’ corner and other fun activities for the entire family.”

The brunch runs each Sunday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm with a variety of live stations and buffets emphasizing tapas and small bites so guests can sample a variety of Asian favorites. The menu changes each week in keeping with seasonal ingredients’ availability.

Market Brunch
will feature retail stalls selling fresh produce, groceries and pre-made items to go – perfect for guests who want to explore Kuta Beach and Bali for the afternoon – as well as enjoy live entertainment provided by local bands and DJ’s.

Sunday Market Brunch is home to some 20 live stations and an extensive buffet. Typical offerings include artisanal cheeses and sliced meats; hand-picked fruits and vegetables; fresh-made sushi; Japanese Teppanyaki; Middle Eastern delicacies; seafood barbeque; eggs made-to-order and fresh pastries.

Sip Illy coffee accompanied by homemade gelato, freshly made breads and pies, and Bali’s own fantastic Pod Chocolate.

The Market Brunch is attractively priced at Rp. 270,000 (US$24) for adults and Rp. 135,000 (US$12) for children aged 4-12 years.

A selection of locally-crafted beers, fine wines and signature cocktails are available on a free-slow basis for an additional Rp. 200.000 (US$18) and free-flow Duval Leroy Brut Champagne and wines from Starwood Wines of the World selection at an additional RP. 450.000 (US$39).

All prices are quoted in Indonesia Rupiah and are subject to 21% local government tax and service charge.


Smoqee Gets in Your Eye
Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar at Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran

ridien Bali Jimbaran has unveiled its new urban-chic venue – Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar.

Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar features two separate spaces for sophisticated crowds to chill out over sunsets at Jimbaran Bay or dance nearby in stylish rhythm.

Smoqee Sky Bar sets a new standard for idyllic open-air imbibing with a wide selection of signature drinks crafted by one of the world’s most distinguished mixologists – Joseph Boroski.

Offered at no additional charge, dramatic sunset views can be enjoyed while sitting on the loungers cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean.

Completing the experience, Smoqee Lounge presents music and dancing with vibes created by homegrown and International DJs.

Smoqee Sky Bar opens every day from 5.00 pm till midnight at an unique open-air water deck with an elevated viewpoint to the unparalleled ocean views and rhythms to inspire.

This new venue also provides an ideal setting for exclusive social gatherings, celebrations or private parties for up to 150 guests.

A selection of complimentary sunset tapas are served daily from 05:45 pm to 06: 30 pm.

Located on the top floor of the Le Meridien Jimbaran Bay Resort, Smoqee Sky Bar can be accessed through the hotel or via the beach side entrance located just opposite the popular range of seafood restaurants on Muaya Beach.


Bali Arrivals Through August 2013
Bali by the Numbers: Bali Set to Record 3.2 million Foreign Arrivals in 2013

Foreign tourist arrivals to Bali in August 2013 totaled 309,180 that's a 22.17% increase over the 254,020 visitors in August 2012.

On a cumulative basis for the first eight months of 2013, foreign tourist arrivals to Bali hit 2,100,079 - a total that is 11.55% ahead of the same period in 2012.

On the assumption that Bali will sustain an 11.55% growth rate through the end of 2013, the Island will end the year with 3.226 million foreign visitors.
The Winners

Growth in foreign tourists visitors to Bali is coming primarily from the following markets:
  • Mainland China up 23.59% year-to-date and now the 2nd largest source of tourist visitor to Bali after Australia.
  • Japan up 14.19% year-to-date. The 3rd largest source of foreign visitors to Bali is staging something of a comeback, steadily regaining lost ground after five years of steadily declining arrivals.
  • Taiwanese arrivals are up 27.3%, dramatically regaining ground lost in 2012.
  • Singapore arrivals are at an all-time high, increasing 13.05% year-to-date through the end of August. Singapore is now the 7th largest source of Bali visitors.
  • U.S.A. arrivals have increased 10.42% during the first eight months of 2013 and are operating at record levels.
  • German visitors are up 17.25% year-to-date with 62,690 visitors through the end of August.
  • Russian visitors year-to-date have increased 10.07%.
  • The Dutch market has improve 10.07% year-to-date through the end of August with 44,484 visitors.
  • Indian visitors are a new and emerging source of visitors to Bali. Now ranked 14th among all markets, Indian visitors increased 42.85% totaling 42,616 through the end of August. Indian visitors are poised to soon outpace Dutch visitors to the Island.
The Runners Up
  • Australian visitors remain the top source of visitors to Bali totaling 530,861 through the end of August. But, the days of double-digit growth from the Australian market appear to be at an end with year-to-date arrives ex-Australia down 0.64%.
  • U.K. arrivals to Bali have also gone flat, decreasing 0.50% year-to-date through the end of August. 


Where Running is a Shore Thing
AirAsia Beach Run 2013 on Sunday, November 23, 2013

st beach run takes place on Sunday, November 24, 2013 along fabled Kuta Beach.

The AirAsia Beach Run 2013 will be operated in 10 kilometer and 5-kilometer categories along the beach and the roads of Petitenget.

The event is open to the public with participation expected by both professional and amateurs.

“We invite as many as possible participants to join the event so they can experience the enjoyment of beach running," said Hendra Lapus, founder of the Bali Beach Run 2013.

The race starts at 6:00 am for the 10-kilometer run from Kuta Beach – Petitienget – Kuta Beach followed a short time later by the 5-kilometer run.

Registration is now open and closed on November 10, 2013.

Register on Line 

 


Ticking Down to ATEC 2013
Bali’s First Animal Training & Enrichment Conference December 1-5, 2013

The clock is ticking down on Indonesia’s first Animal Training and Enrichment Conference to be held at the Bali Safari and Marine Park December 1-5, 2013 (ATEC 2013).

World leaders and innovators in animal training and enrichment techniques for use with captive animal populations will be traveling to Bali to trade insights and share cutting edge methodologies for use by zoos, sanctuaries and animal parks.

Thos attending ATEC 2013 will experience a number of highlights:
  • Meet Joe Coe who has designed zoos in more than 40 countries including the magnificent Bali Safari Marine Park. Joe will conduct walking tours while sharing his expertise on creating enriching animal exhibits.
  • Share with Valerie Hare of The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. (SHAPE). Valerie is the guru of animal enrichment and a worldwide ambassador for best practice in animal care. Valerie currently serves on the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment Committee (ICEE) and Bear Care Group BOD.
  • Steve Martin of Natural Encounter, Inc. will be traveling to Bali after appearing at the World Aquarium Zoo Association (WAZA). An recognized animal trainer for more than 30 years, Steve has worked with Disney’s Animal Kingdom, San Diego Wild Animal Park, AZA Animal Training School and the Elephant Management School in Hamburg Germany. He is also President of both Natural Encounters, Inc. (NEI) and Natural Encounters Conservation Fund, Inc. (NECF) - a company dedicated to raising money for conservation programs.
  •  The Venue: Bali Safari and Marine Park - Indonesia’s leading wildlife park has been awarded “A’ class accreditation as a wildlife and animal conservation institution. Home to the groundbreaking Bali Agung Theatre, participants  ar ATEC will gain privileged “behind the scene” insights from a team that prides itself on its care and expertise in the area of animal training and enhancement.
  • Special events have been organized at the Bali Safari and Marine Park Bali Agung Theatre – a 1200 seat state-of-the-art performance center where Balinese culture and a wide range of wildlife are the stars.
  • An exclusive night safari and dinner at the Bali Safari and Marine Park.
Special accommodation packages with pre and post conference options are available.

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