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BALI UPDATE #950 - 17 November 2014

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South Bali Bus Tragedy
Six Dead in Crash of Chinese Tour Bus near Uluwatu, Bali

Officials at Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital confirmed on Monday evening, November 18, 2013, that 6 of 15 passengers on a tourist bus that fell into a ravine near Pecatu in South Bali had died as a result of the accident.

The tour bus carrying a group of Chinese tourists from Henan Province in China fell some 15-2020 meters into a ravine near the Padang Padang Bridge at Uluwatu. The accident occurred late on Monday afternoon.

The Bus was operated by Happy Tours.

The bus reportedly stalled while climbing a hill, rolled backward and tumbled into the ravine.

The casualties were rushed by ambulance to Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital and the BIMC Hospital in Kuta. The head of forensic medicine at Sanglah, Dr. Dudut Rustiadi, told the State News Agency Antara that after checking both medical facilities he could confirm six had died because of the crash.

Dead are the bus driver Agus Bachtiar Usman (36), the tour guide Priscilia Esther Budi Hardjojo (40) and four Chinese tourists: Ding Guo Zeng (male,52), Qin Ping Tao (lmale, 56), Jin Li Tao (male, 55), and Bao Serang Liu (male, 55).

There were unconfirmed reports of a possible seventh victim, another Chinese tourist, who had died at the BIMC Hospital and was in the process of being removed to Sanglah Hospital's mortuary. Police later said the report of a seventh victim was incorrect.


White Truffle Dinner
Chef James Ephraim Presents White Truffles and the Wines of Batasiolo at Mozaic Beach Club - Saturday, November 30, 2013


Shave that bitch!

- Musician Puff Daddy’s order to chef serving truffles


At costs approaching US$14,200 per kilogram, precious white truffles merit in price alone their reputation as the “diamond of the kitchen.

While truffles are rare, rarer still are the fragrantly exquisite “white truffles” or “trifola d’Alba” found attached to the root systems of oak, hazel, poplar and beech trees in the Langhe and Montferrant areas of the piedmont region of northern Italy.

Harvested in October and November of each year, white truffles are pale cream or brown in color with white marbling, Sought after by gourmands and gourmets alike, the roots are harvested using specially trained dogs or pigs who root out a wild crop that is increasingly elusive and expensive with each passing season.

Musty with a smell likened by some to moldy locker room, the taste of the truffle is both delicate and complex. Sliced wafer thin, they are often served raw - garnishing soups, pasta, pureed potatoes, eggs or salads. Thin slivers of truffles are also cooked in meat dishes, served with foie gras or used in stuffing for poultry.

One Night Only - November 30, 2013

Suffering from a serious over-demand world-wide, the precious truffles that will grace the table of executive chef James Ephraim at the Mozaic Beach Club on Saturday, November 30, 2013 will be hand carried to Bali directly from the Fiera del Tartufo (truffle fair) in Alba, Italy held during the harvest period each Fall.

The special six-course degustation menu using white truffles will be paired with premium Basasiolo Wines that are nurtured by the same calcareous terroir that foster the rare fungi of the Piedmont Region.


White Truffle Dinner
Mozaic Beachclub – Batubelig Beach Seminyak
Crafted by Chef James Ephraim



AMUSE BOUCHE

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A SALAD OF SEARED OCEAN SCALLOPS
White Truffle Gel, New Season Asparagus and Black River Caviar

Batasiolo 7 Cascine NV Prosecco Collio,
TASTING NOTES: A sparkling accompaniment to hors d’oeuvres and seafood, prosecco share many similarities with moscato - slightly effervescent, lower in alcohol fruity and mildly sweet. right, straw yellow with a light hint of green. Look for aromas and hints of citrus, apples and honey. The palate is light and fizzy – hinting at the sparkling night ahead

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RISSOTO OF WHITE TRUFFLE & SEARED LOBSTER
Bedugul Vegetables, Truffle Butter Sauce, Iberico Ham and Tempe Crumble

Gavi di Gavi Granee DOCG
TASTING NOTES: One of the Piedmont’s leading white wines, Gavi covers an area stretching from the village Novi Ligure to the foothills of the Ligurian Appennines. To wear the DOCG designation Gavi di Gavi Granee only comes from the village of Gavi.

Produced from 100% Cortese grapes, the juice is yielded through soft pressing and static decanting. Slow maturation under strict temperature controls, this wine is only bottled after a process of malolactic fermentation, rendering a “buttery” quality to the final product.

The color is delicate, straw yellow with deep green reflections. The taste is soft, with aromas of fresh fruit and white flowers. Dry and refreshing, this wine is well balanced. Look for hints of apple, lemon and melons.

Dry but refreshing, keen and well balanced.

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SLOW ROASTED KINTAMANI SUCKLING PIG
Artichokes, “Boundan Noir” and Truffle Emulsion

Barbera d’Alba DOC Sovrana
TASTING NOTES: The product of a single vineyard, this wine is aged 12-15 months in oak. Harmonious flavors of red berries and spice. Delicious with red meats, ham and cheeses.

This wine dates back to 1882 and is now made by the largest land-owning family in Barolo. 14% alcohol this wine begins with a very pleasant aroma featuring cherry pie, a little cedar and a little chocolate. Tasting the medium-bodied wine reveals silky smooth flavors of plum, cedar, cherry, cranberry and other oaky notes. It ends dry with slightly chewy tannins and long lasting notes of sour fruit.

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SEARED WAGYU BEEF
Burnt Cauliflower, Batasiolo Shiraz Reduction, Shaved White Truffle

Barolo DOCG Briccolina
TASTING NOTES: Produced in limited quantities from a single 40-acre vineyard in the village of Serralunga d’Alba, Briccolina is aged in small French oak barrels. Grapes grown on south-facing slopes of limestone and calcium carbonate the resulting wine is well-structured, full-bodied and decidedly long lasting wine with intense color and persistence.

Described as “rich and chewy” this red wine evokes sweet cherry, cinnamon, mint, licorice, spice flavors and, of course, oak. Produced with 100% Nebbiolo grapes that produce an intense garnet red color turning to brick red with age.

Full with notes of cinnamon and ripe fruits, enhanced by traces of oak.

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NEW SEASON VACHERAN CHEESE
White Truffle Honey, Fresh Peach and Coconut Sable

Moscato d’Asti DOCG Bosc dla Rei
TASTING NOTES: Moscato is a straw-yellow wine with golden highlights, an intense nose reminiscent of the grape, and a full, lingering, sweetly soft flavor with an aromatic aftertaste. Grown at high-altitude in the Serralunga Hillsides, this is a luscious, fruity dessert wine with only 5,5% of alcohol. It offers a foamy mousse with peach and honey on the finish.

Full taste with a lingering, sweetly soft flavor and an aromatic aftertaste. Excellent with cheese and the rich chocolate dessert to follow

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MILK CHOCOLATE COOKED IN LIQUID NITROGEN
White Truffle Ice Cream and Kaffir Lime Infusion

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PETIT FOURS & WHITE TRUFFLE

Cost Rp. 1.4 million net (US$122) including wine pairings and welcoming cocktails with the chef.

Both space and truffles are strictly limited – one night only - Saturday, November 30, 2013.

For more information or to book telephone +62-(0)361-4735796 or [Email Mozaic Beachclub


A Matter of Course
Post-Race Criticism Mounts From Participants in Bali Highway Half Marathon

Many of the star athletes who participated in the Bali Highway Half Marathon held on Sunday, November 17, 2013, have been left embittered by the experience, expressing anger and frustration at the last minute changes announced by the organizers only one day before the race’s start.

Original plans to hold a combined after-sunset 21-kilometer half-marathon, 10-kilometer and 3.14-kilometer race on Bali’s newly opened Bali Mandara Tollway were changed on the eve of the race due to the failure of the organizers to obtain the needed permits from the Minister of Public Works to allow the road to be used.

As a result, the race was moved to the Nusa Dua Complex in South Bali with the Half-marathon distance reduced to only 16-kilometers.

Following the failure to run the race on the newly opened highway suspended over Benoa Bay, a series of incriminations have taken place between the race organizer and PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol who operate the roadway.

At the heart of the dispute are claims by the toll operators that the organizers failed to include them in their planning or request permission to use the road from the Minister of Public Works as required under law.
Runners in the troubled race have shared their dismay via social media and comments to the press, with many claiming the revised route was not viable from a safety standpoint.

Joseph Dennis a Kenyan runner told ASATUNEWS after the race: “I am very disappointed with the organization of this marathon because that which was publicized in the mass media did not match the reality. Not only was the route changed by the course was extremely difficult.” He bemoaned that plans announced by the organizers to hold the race on the Bali Mandara Toll Road were suddenly changed to a new location. He added: “Having the race at night in accordance with the original plans is not a problem. But for all the runners who don’t know the new route, (the changes) were very dangerous. It looks as though the race operators just ‘made do.’”

Dennis went on and condemned the preparations of the organizing committee, saying they were very poor, with little thought given to the safety of the runners. He said those marshalling the course were few and runners had to negotiate a running path through motorbikes.

Will Tanni, another elite runner who had traveled from Ethiopia to compete, voiced similar complaints. Tanni, who said this was his first night race, called the course the worse he had ever experience since he began participating in international running events. “This was the worst route I have encountered. I am really disappointed. I came here not just to win a prize, but what was more important for me was how the organizers prepared for this international event,” Tanni complained.

Meanwhile, another runner Osias Kamlase from Indonesia who has won the Bali 10 kilometer in the past admitted that the route chosen by the organizers was not fit for a marathon. “This was the most unsuitable route I have encountered since I began running in the 1980s. All along the road runners were worried because the route was not sterile.”

The chief organizer of the race Andreas Kansil admitted that the change in route was a sudden deviation from the original plan to conduct the race on the Toll Road. “I am aware of the complaints and disappointment of these runners, but we did not anticipate the cancellation of plans to use the toll road,” said Kansil.

Kansil said the organizers would evaluate the results of the Bali Highway Half Marathon in order to avoid repeating past mistakes.

Final participation in the 2013 event was less than 1,000 runners. The original projection for participants listed on the events Face Book page was 13,000, later reduced to 3,000 runners on the event's official website.

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Back in the Flow of Things
Subak Museum in Tabanan Reopens Following Partial Structural Collapse

The Subak Museum in Sanggulan, Tabanan (west Bali), 20 kilometers west of Denpasar, has reopened to the public after being closed for a period for repairs.

Shortly after the museum’s formal inauguration on October 28, 2013, the museum dedicated to Bali’s ancient water distribution system, was closed when a wall collapsed injuring  three visiting school children.

The main exhibition hall is now open again to visitors. The older halls located in the southern complex of the museum remains closed.

The chief of the Culture and Tourism Department for Tabanan said that repairs on the damaged sections of the museum is under review with representatives from the Department of Public Works.

The museum complex occupies a 6-hectare site educating visitors on traditional forms of water irrigation and rice agriculture. First opened in 1981, some of the items on exhibit date back centuries, chronicling a system of traditional form of cultivate that is at least a thousand years old.

The Subak Museum is open Monday through Saturdays from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, except on Fridays when the museum closes at 1:00 pm.

Located on Jalan Gatot Subroto in Sanggulan, the museum is just off the Denpasar to Gilimanuk highway. Watch for the signs.
 


A Blow Most Foul
41-Year-Old Australian Surf Instructor in Grave Condition After Attack by Tourist at Seminyak Night Spot

A 41-year-old Australian who operates a surf school on Bali’s Kuta Beach suffered severe head injuries requiring multiple surgeries and air evacuation to Perth Australia.

Matt Scarff was reportedly “sucker punched” by a stranger outside the Townhouse Club in Seminyak on Friday, November 15, 2013.

Details about the attack remain sketchy, but several accounts tell of how Scarf was trying to assist an intoxicated lady into a taxi to avoid the unwanted advances of another male guest when he was sucker-punched in the face by the man.

Left unconscious from the blow, Scarf underwent emergency surgery in Bali to relieve a blood clot before being flown to Perth where another surgery was performed.

On Friday, November 22, 2013, Scarf remained in critical condition in intensive care in Perth.

In the days following the attack friends and colleagues held fund-raisers to help defray medical costs for Scarf who had no insurance.

Meanwhile, a search for the man, who attacked Scarff, believed to be a black man form Great Britain, is being circulated internationally on social media via Instagram and Facebook where a picture of the assailant is published.

Meanwhile, the family of Scarff has requested privacy for the family.


Don’t Go There Just Now
In Wake of Worsening Relations Between Jakarta and Canberra, Australian Issues Heightened Caution on Travel to Indonesia

In a worsening diplomatic rift between Indonesia and Australia and Jakarta’s decision to recall its ambassador from Canberra, the Australian government has modified its travel advisory to Indonesia.

While the general caution from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs for Australians to “exercise a high degree of caution” in traveling to most areas of Indonesia remains unchanged. demonstrations held outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on November 21, 2013, have prompted the additional warning to “monitor local media, avoid protests, maintain high levels of vigilance and security awareness. Australians should expect traffic delays and restricted access to and from the Embassy during demonstration activity.”

Australians are also warned to call the Embassy before paying a visit.

The worsening state of relations between Indonesia and Australia marks its start from recent revelations from intelligence-community whistle-blower Edward Snowden who released documents showing Australia had been bugging the telephone of top Indonesian officials, including the Indonesian President and his wife.

Confronted with the revelation of spying on a declared ally, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to apologize to President Yudhoyono. This prompted President Yudhoyono to tweet his displeasure with the Australian leader, calling him arrogant.

In anticipation of possible protest in Bali, police have place additional personnel outside the Australian Consulate in Denpasar.

Growing anger with the Australian leader has caused President Yudhoyono to suspend bilateral cooperation with Australian in a number of areas, including immigration and military defense.

The Indonesian President has sent a formal letter to the Australian Government demanding a complete explanation surrounding the electronic eavesdropping on his family and inner political circle.
 
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Go to Hell Schapelle
National Legislators Call on President to Revoke 5-Year Sentence Reduction for Schapelle Corby]

The State News Agency Antara reports a call by a member of Commission III of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR-RI), Ahmad Basara, to withdraw a 5-year sentence remission given by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Corby.

Saying Indonesia earned no strategic or advantage from the Presidential remission of sentence, Basara said: “Because of that, I urge the President to revoke the sentence remission he gave to the convicted narcotics smuggler Corby. This is important to demonstrate the anger of the Indonesian people for behavior unbecoming a sovereign neighboring nation.”

The national legislator said the sentence remission for Schapelle Corby sent a wrong message to international drug networks that Indonesia had a permissive attitude towards those choosing to deal drugs in the Republic.

Clearly angered and reflecting a sentiment shared by many Indonesian leaders, Basara said Australia had attacked the people of Indonesia by eavesdropping on its leaders, insisted they had done nothing wrong in doing so, and refused to offer an apology for their actions. Concluding, he said there remains no reason for Indonesia to maintain a strategic relationship with the government of Australia.

Meanwhile, another member of Commission III of the DPR-RI, Bukhori Yusuf, also insisted that Yudhoyono revoke the remission given to the Australian woman. “I very much agree that President SBY must revoke the decree giving a remission because from the beginning the granting of remission was problematic,” said Bukori

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Rubbish Heap of Humanity?
Governor Wants to Relocate Bali’s Main Prison to Island Largest Rubbish Dump

Bali is considering moving its overcrowded prison at Kerobokan to the location of the Island's largest landfill in Suwung, near the port of Benoa.

As reported by The Jakarta Post, Governor Made Mangku Pastika has met with the Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin to discuss the relocation of the prison.

Said Pastika: “I met the law and human rights minister recently. He said that Kerobokan Penitentiary was too overcrowded and should be relocated. I hope we can follow up on the plan.”

22-hectares of the current 32-hectare plot used for the disposal of rubbish could be used to build a prison on what is essentially a massive mound of rubbish.

Pastika says better management of how trash is handled could reduce the amount of land needed for waste disposal to only 10-hectare, freeing up the remaining land for the proposed prison facility.

The Governor said a review and study would be carried out to examine the viability of the proposal.

Sunar Agus, the head of Bali’s Correctional Division in charge of prisons, sees the need for a new and larger prison in Bali as acute. 

“The overcapacity problem in Kerobokan Penitentiary has a negative impact on the coaching programs held for inmates. Relocation is urgent,” Agus said.



Agus has not heard of plans to relocate the prison to the Suwung Rubbish Dump but said any prison would need a proper infrastructure and access to clean water.

Bali is currently attempting to complete a special penitentiary in Bangli on a 4.5-hectare plot dedicated to housing narcotic offenders. Agus said: 

“The new penitentiary will have capacity for 500 inmates. It will be very helpful in solving the overcapacity problem in Kerobokan.”

Bali currently has nine prisons with a total rated capacity of 900 inmates but housing, in fact, 1,800 inmates. The main prison at Kerobokan is rated for 300 prisoners but is home to around 1,000 prisoners.
 


Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest!
Bali Hai Cruises Say “Welcome” for the 100,000th Time in 2013

Bali Hai Cruise welcomed its 100,000th guest of the year on November 18, 2013, while embarking Mr. and Mrs. Pointer from the United Kingdom.

Guests number 100,000 and 100,001 received a surprise welcome as they boarded Bali Hai II with 200 other passengers for day of relaxation and fun at Nusa Lembongan.
ters were welcomed via a simple ceremony attended by fellow passengers, Bali Hai management and Crew. The lucky couple was advised of a private celebratory lunch that awaited them at the new Hai Bar overlooking mushroom bay at Nusa Lembongan.

Business is brisk at Bali Hai Cruises with the 100,000th passenger being welcomed one month earlier than last year on their program of day cruises, sail boat adventures, ocean raft outings and evening dinner cruises.

The pointers, shown on Balidiscovery.com with members of the cruise company’s management expressed gratitude, saying, “it was such a pleasant surprise and really topped off our holiday in Bali.”

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It's a Mad, Mad World
Tourism Leader from Indonesian Promotion Board Brands as ‘Crazy’ Plans to Charge Foreign Tourists a US$10 Bali Heritage Fee

The Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI) is pouring disdain and scorn on a proposal from the provincial government to collect a US$10 heritage protection fee from arriving international tourists.

BPPI has labeled the proposal as “crazy.”

As reported by Bisnis Bali, BPPI says the tourism infrastructure in Bali is poor and the security systems fails to protect Island visitors. Nyoman Mangku Kandia, a member of BPPI, speaking bout the heritage protection fee said on Friday, November 22, 2013: “It’s a crazy idea. Payment of the airport tax does not go smoothly - let alone the payment of other fees and contributions. Overseas people are not charged airport tax.”

Kandia said he hoped that the provincial government would focus on infrastructure problems at tourism objects that are the subject of many complaints from tourism visitors. He wants the government to also address matters of waste disposal, security for visiting tourists, fraud practices against visitors and criminality in general.

“Don't present strange ideas before we address the many problems that form the basis of international visitors to Bali’s complaints. Don’t charge a lot of fees while the security and comfort of tourists remains unsecured. To do this is to commit suicide,” warned Kandia.

He said such a proposal in the midst of a downturn in the quality of the Bali tourism experience is ill timed. Kandia pointed to the declines in the length-of-stay and average-spend as proof of declining quality.

Kandia added: “We must enhance the quality of tourist visiting Bali. If the fee is introduced now, the foreign tourists will complain. Not all tourists coming to Bali are rich, many are traveling on a budget.”

Mangku Kandia urged the province focus on developing the traditional villages as a means to achieve a more equitable distribution of the benefits of tourism. “Via tourism villages and traditional villages as cultural envoys the heritage of Bali can be safeguarded because these locations (will) enjoy growth in tourism; not like now when everything is focused on the south of Bali,” he said.

To do this Kandia said the government needs to create supporting infrastructure such as access road and provide for the care and maintenance of tourism objects to more fairly share the economic benefits of tourism.

Plans announced by the government to charge US$10 on foreign tourists in 2014 has ignited a lively debate in Bali involving tourism industry officials and academics. Members of the tourism industry view the heritage protection fee negatively fearing the heritage protection fee will cause tourism totals to decline. Meanwhile, academics are generally in favor of the fee as a means to collect a share of the Visa-on-arrival windfall.
 


Heritage by the Yard and Meter
Museum Kain – a Museum Dedicated to Indonesia’s Rich Textile Tradition Opens in Bali

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 a simple ceremony marked the opening of the Museum Kain or Cloth Museum located on the top floor of the Kuta Beachwalk Shopping Center.

The brainchild of Indonesian traditional textile doyen Josephine “Obin” Komara and her late husband, Roni Siswandi, the Museum Kain mixes “high-tech” with one of Indonesia’s oldest cultural traditions of cloth production and weaving. Set is a lavishly modernistic museum, a priceless collection of textiles are presented in modern museum settings accompanied by touch screen computer displays explaining each exhibit.

Obin is a tireless promoter of threatened textile traditions in Indonesia and operates a chain of chic shops featuring high-end modern textile condition.

Quoted in The Jakarta Post, Obin spoke at the opening of the museum saying: "What we are trying to do today, through this museum, is to remember the past, to cherish the present and to prepare the future. This museum should be a place where our youngsters learn about the beautiful works created and passed on by their ancestors and at the same time be inspired to create their own.”

Speaking of her late husband, Roni Siswandi, who died earlier this year in the midst of preparing for the Museum's opening, Obin added: “It was his dream to build me a museum. When he left I was so heartbroken that I decided to stop the project. But then my son stepped up and took to the reins. So, this museum was Roni’s dream and Elang’s achievement.”

At the close of a ceremony containing both Javanese and Chinese cultural elements, Roni’s surviving older brother led invited guests through the museum holding a kerosene lamp to light the way. The museum resembles a cocoon-like labyrinth underlining the theme of metamorphosis much embraced by Roni Siswandi.

The museum is home to sixty pieces of priceless batiks, part of a 600-piece collection owned by Obin who will regularly rotate the collection shared via the museum.

A museum shop forms an annex to the Museum where piece of textile are on sale to the public.

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Taking the Cure
Bali Wants to Establish Treatment Centers for Drug Abusers at Bali Hospitals

Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika has expressed the desire to build hospitals in Bali specializing in the treatment of narcotic users. The medical facilities, once built, would help the national government in its efforts to rehabilitate drug users.

As reported by Beritabali.com, the idea was discussed during a meeting between the Governor and the head of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN), Anang Iskandar, on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

At that meeting, Iskandar declared that the biggest obstacle in his job of leading the Nation’s fight against narcotics is changing the mindset of the public in how they view drug users.

Narcotics users are generally seen in Indonesia as criminals who must be arrested and thrown into jail. BNN want to see this changed so drug users are no longer incarcerated but, instead, sent to rehabilitation centers.

Severe punishment, in Iskandar’s view, should be reserved for drug dealers and couriers.

To provide medical rehabilitation for drug users in Bali cooperative programs need to be established with hospitals in the regions.

The Governor said: “The Provincial Government of Bali is prepared to help facilitate cooperation with hospitals in Bali, although the issue of funding needs to be clarified. Once everything is clear, then BNN can make cooperation agreements with the hospitals.”

Describing the plan for rehabilitative hospitals for narcotic users as part of his future plans for Bali, the Governor said the latest data estimates 55,530 narcotics users are living in Bali and 20,000 of that number are believed to be intravenous drug users who face an added risk of contracting HIV/AIDS

The Governor described the battle against narcotics as a moral responsibility needed to keep Bali safe and peaceful.


Parked with the Doors Locked
AirAsia Passengers Forced to Spend More than 35 Minutes on Parked Aircraft to Allow Presidential Party to Land at Bali Airport

The passengers arriving in Bali on board AirAsia flying from Jakarta to Bali on Friday, November 22, 2013, were forced to remain on their aircraft for some 35 minutes when their arrival coincided with the arrivals of an aircraft carrying the Indonesia President and his entourage.

The AirAsia flight departed Jakarta at 8:35 a.m. and landed in Bali at around 11:15 a.m. local time.

According to Kompas.com, as the passengers prepared to leave the airplane, the AirAsia Captain made an announcement telling everyone they would need to stay on board because a VIP aircraft was landing.

The passengers were informed they would need to remain on the plane until 12:00 noon.

Looking out the windows of their airplane, the passengers saw a deployment of Air Force personnel guarding the tarmac and runway.

Approximately 10 minutes after the AirAsia plane landed, a Garuda Boeing 737-800 touched down as the Air Force detail swung into action.

Only later did the delayed passengers learn that the arriving Garudaflight carried Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his entourage coming to Bali for a five-day working visit.

Held on board the AirAsia flight until the Presidential Party disembarked and left the apron area, the Bali visitors spent more than 35 minutes on their plane before being allowed to disembark.

One passenger on the AirAsia flight complained, asking why, if the VIPS left the airport on a special route, the regular passengers were forced to wait?

President Yudhoyono and his wife, Ibu Ani, were in Bali to attend the World Culture Forum that is set to open on Monday, November 11, 2013.

The official Presidential Website said the President was accompanied on his visit to Bali by the Minister for the State Secretariat Sudi Silalahi, the Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam and the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Jero Wacik.

Scheduled to arrive on subsequent flights were the Coordinating Minister for Politics, law and Security Djoko Suyanto, the Minister of Forestry Zulkilfi Hasan, the Minister of Education and Culture Mohammad Nuh, the Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu, the Minister of the Environment Balthazar Kambuaya and the Minister for the Empowerment of Woman and the Protection of Children Linda Amalia Sari.


Boosting the Creative Economy
Government Explores Ways to Boost Bali’s Handicraft Sector

The Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy has noted six handicraft areas that support Bali’s skill base and have great potential for further development.

As reported by Bisnis.com, research carried out by the Economics Unit of the Ministry also identified impediments holding back the potential of the craft sector in Bali.

Metal Working

First, the Ministry singled out the metal working sector as able to produce ritual items for religious practice, accessories, jewelry and household items.

Ni Komang Ayu Astiti, a researcher from the Ministry, said the main problem holding back Bali’s metal workers is the lack of competition within the sector and the minimum use of technology by those employed in that sub-sector.

Traditional Weaving

Balinese textile weaving is capable of being fashioned into a number of styles, motifs, quality and shapes.

In the textile making process in Bali, Ayu discovered that very few are actually employed in this sector and there was little understanding on how to register intellectual property rights.

Textile weavers also encounter difficulties getting their product to market.

Spa Products

Spa products such as exfoliates, massage oils, natural soaps and essential aromatherapy oils have strong potential in Bali but still encounter problems in the areas of securing raw products, marketing and manpower.

Shell Ware and Mother-of-Pearl

Bali has a large supply of shell products that can be fashioned into accessories and jewelry. To change shell products into handicraft products, problems of capital and skilled workers remain hurdles to overcome.

Handicrafts Made from Glass Waste

Handicrafts made from disposed glass can be turned into accessories and decorative items. Because these are made from waste products, raw materials, together with skilled workers and marketing, remain problematic.

Silver

Bali is well known for its skilled silver workers who fashion jewelry and accessories, religious paraphernalia and modified daily accessories.

A lack of technology, raw materials and skilled workers remain basic problems to the silver-working sector.

Summary

A final written report submitted to the Ministry surveyed a whole range of obstacles confronting Indonesia’s handicraft sector ranging from skilled labor, competition, technology, marketing, capital and supplies of raw material.

To overcome these challenges the Ministry has prepared a number of strategies. To provide needed capital the Ministry is seeking payment channels suitable to traditional craftsmen.

Memorandums of Understanding between the craftsmen and banking/payment agencies have been drawn up.


You’ll Be Right
Indonesian Police Assure Australians their Safety is Guaranteed in Indonesia

The Indonesian Police have pledged to safeguard and protect Australian tourists and all Australian facilities in Bali and throughout the rest of Indonesia.

The Chief of the Indonesian Police, General Sutarman, speaking from National Police Headquarters in Jakarta on Friday, November 22, 2013, made the pledge of protection for Australians visiting Bali, saying his guarantee was “absolute.”

General Sutarman told beritadewata.com that the was no connection between the increased political tensions linked to revelations of electronic surveillance by Australia against Indonesia’s leadership and the safety and security of visiting Australians to Bali. Adding: “Tourists must have their security guaranteed. The safety of embassies and the consulate generals are also guaranteed. And that security is the responsibility of the Indonesian Police.”

Addressing fears that certain groups in Indonesian society might take steps outside the law against Australian interests in Indonesia, Indonesia’s top policeman called for calm and submission to the law.

Promising that the police will prevent any anarchical actions, Sutarman said he would not hesitate to seek assistance from the Indonesian Armed Forces, if that was required.

Australia remains the top source of visitors to Bali. As tensions increased between Jakarta and Canberra following the revelations of espionage by Australia against the Indonesian President and his cabinet, the Australian government issued a formal travel caution to Australians in Indonesia

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Bali Conference and Meeting Leader Brands Plans for US$10 Heritage Protection Fee as Irrelevant

The chairman of the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Congress and Convention Association (INCCA), Ida Bagus “Lolec” Surakusuma, has spoken out against Bali’s plans to charge foreign tourists a US$10 Heritage Protection Fee beginning in 2013.

Lolec told Bisnis Bali that tourists visiting Bali could be broken down into three categories: leisure travelers, meeting and conference participants (MICE), and cruise passengers.

The well-known veteran in the Bali travel industry warned that the government of Bali would encounter many obstacles and complaints in its plans to levy the US$10 fee.

Lolec foresees that MICE operators will be required to add US$10 per person to every delegate coming to a meeting or conference in Bali. Saying this charge will shock the market and make conference bids non-competitive, he sees a risk that business will divert to other destinations, such as Singapore.

Also presenting challenges is the cruise sector, according to Lolec. When an 1,000 passengers cruise ships calls on Bali, but only 300 go on Bali land programs, will the US$10 charge be applied to all passengers – even those who do not disembark the ship?

Delving further into the topic, Lolec asks whether domestic tourists by both air and via the overland route would also be charge the US$10 heritage protection fee? How would plans to divert US$5 from the US$10 fee to provide accident and health insurance in Bali work with domestic visitors? Meanwhile, most tourists coming to Bali have already arranged insurance coverage before they travel. Branding the US$10 fee as “irrelevant,” he sees the fee as a further unnecessary complication in addition to the already high hotel and restaurant tax (10%) and visa-on-arrival fees.

“Tourists need to be facilitated, not the reverse of encountering difficulties by adding another US$10 fee,” said Lolec.

Lolec warns that the heritage protection fee has the potential to “boomerang.” He says Indonesian travelers would complain if charged a similar US$10 fee every time they visited Singapore, he called on the government to stop viewing tourists as “commodities.”

Ida Bagus Surakusuma said the government needs to consult with tourism stakeholders before introducing the proposed US$10 heritage fee. He said practitioners in the tourism industry have a much more sophisticated understanding how tourism actually operates than that held by lawmakers.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Commission II of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) Tutik Kusuma Wardhani declared that the US$10 heritage protection fee was still under discussion and that the opinion of stakeholders would be sought before any change is made in policy.


Islamic Youth Threaten Bali Consulate
Islamic Youth Movement Threaten to March on Australian Consulate in Bali if Australian PM Response to Bugging Deemed Inadequate

Speaking in Bali on Saturday, November 23, 2013, the Deputy Secretary General for International Relations for the Moslem Youth Movement (GPI), Donny Arman, threatened sweeping operations will be launched against Australians in Indonesia if Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s formal reply to Indonesia complaints about eavesdropping fails to meet the expectations of the Indonesian public.

Quoted by Metrobali.com, Donny Arman warned: “We await to hear the contents of the letter from Australia. If the answer is unsatisfactory, we will take strong action by conducting sweeps against Australians."

Arman was in Bali speaking at the installation of the Bali Board for the Islamic Youth Movement in Bali.

Separately, he called on the Indonesian President to be firm in dealing with Australia, saying the problem extended well beyond electronic surveillance and touched upon Indonesia’s standing within the international community.

Addressing his comments to President Yudhoyono, who was also in Bali attending an international Conference, Arman said GPI would act if the President failed to do so.

Meanwhile the chairman of GPI-Bali, Nur Arianto, said the government was late in reacting to the eavesdropping by Australia. Arianto said the Bali membership of GPI would march on the Australian Consulate General if Australia’s response to Indonesia’s complaints is deemed inadequate.

“We will take to the street. We will organize our members and occupy the Consulate General of Australia if Australia’s response is unsatisfactory,” threatened Arianto.


Let’s Talk About HIV/AIDS
Free Ubud Concert on Saturday, December 14, 2013 to Raise Awareness About HIV/AIDS in Bali

Bali Spirit Festival presents another AYO! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS or Hey! Let’s Talk About HIV & AIDS Awareness Concert on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 6:00-11:00 pm at the public soccer fielding central Ubud.

The latest in a series of concerts held since 2010, the HIV/AIDS Awareness Concert is a free community concert to disseminate accurate information about HIV & AIDS, and encourage individuals and local communities to take stronger action in reversing negative social and cultural behavior.

The first concert attracted more than 3,000 people. The second year attract more than 6,000 people. This year’s event should be the biggest yet.

Targeted for Balinese youth the Concert features Balinese comedy sketches and Balinese-language MC, the all-star performance line-up includes Nanoe Biroe, Nosstress, Suicidal Sinatra and Griya Faria.

On site HIV/AIDS confidential testing will be available during the concert

Everyone is invited to attend this free concert and help raise awareness on HIV/AIDS.

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Catching Up on Correspondence
Indonesia Reviews Letter from Australian PM Tony Abbott While Seeking to Reverse Downward Spiral in Worsening Indonesian-Australian Relations

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is said to be carefully studying a written response to the revelation of electronic surveillance of the Indonesian leaders sent by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

The explanation arrived from Australia on Saturday, November 23, 2013, during the course of a five-day working visit by the Indonesian President to Bali.

Indonesian Presidential Spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha told the State News Agency Antara that Yudhoyono was carefully reviewing Abbott’s response.

Pasha said the Indonesian Foreign Minister relayed Abbott’s letter on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

A Presidential Advisor on International Affairs, Teuku Faizasyah, also confirmed that the Indonesian President was reviewing Abbott’s response.

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Tiger Airways Launched Thrice Weekly Direct Service Between Singapore and Lombok

Singapore-based Tiger Airways now operate a thrice-weekly Singapore to Lombok (BIL) service that commenced Friday, November 22, 2013.

Tiger Airways operates Airbus A320s with single class seating for 180 passengers offering low cost air transportation from Singapore to regional destinations.

In order to grow Lombok’s tourism market and take full advantage of the new Lombok International Airport, West Nusa Tenggara Tourism officials are reportedly also wooing Cathay Pacific Airways to also commence direct services from Hong Kong to Lombok.

Lombok authorities are promoting the relatively light usage of their new airport and the easy availability of flight slots for air operators.


Hotels as Temples
Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel Bali Pays Homage to a Higher Power

On Sunday, 17 November 2013, Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel held a ceremony to celebrate the anniversary of Pura Dalem Pesanggrahan Kuta located within the Resort.

Next to the La Cucina Restaurant in the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel’s Villas compound, the temple is known locally as the "fisherman’s temple” it is regularly visited by local community members before they set to sea in search of a daily catch.

The recent rituals processions started November 11th leading to the main ceremony on November 17, 2013. Guests staying the hotel were treated to watching large groups of traditionally dressed Balinese villagers presenting offerings of farm produce, flowers and fruit to God.

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Penalties Apply
Bali Airport Parking Fee Corruptors Headed to Trial

Three men suspected of involvement in large-scale corruption in how parking fees were handled at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport were flown from Jakarta to Bali on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, to meet with Denpasar Prosecutors.

No less than 10 officials from the Prosecutor’s Office accompanied the men suspected of stealing Rp. 28 billion (US$2.34 million) in parking fees while operating the Airport’s parking concession on their trip from Jakarta.

Prosecutors now say the evidentiary files are complete and they are prepared to proceed to trial.

One of the men charged in the crime is Indra Pura Barnoza (26) who held the job of general manager at PT Panata Sarana Bali – the company holding the concession for the Bali Airport.

The second man charged is Rudi Jhonson Sitorus (31) worked as an administrator for the parking company.

The third man going to trial is Mikhael Maksi (42) operational manager at PT Panata Sarana Bali.

A fourth man wanted in the case, Cris Wisnu Sedana, is still being sought by police.

The three men are being held at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison while they await trial at the Denpasar District Court.

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Indonesia Shoots Pakistani in What May be a Spurt of Executions Before Year’s End

Indonesia executed its 5th prisoner in 2013 on Sunday, November 17, 2013, when a Pakistani Muhammad Abdul Hafeez (44) was put before a firing squad just after midnight,

The Pakistani was executed in South Tangerang, near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, as part of a promise to intensify the program of executions for the estimated 132 people sitting on death row in Indonesia.

Indonesia has said 10 prisoners would be shot before the end of 2013 suggesting 5 more prisoners will be shot within the coming month before the end of the year.

Hafeez was arrested in 2001 trying to smuggle more than one kilogram of heroin into Indonesia from Peshwar, Pakistan.

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Ship to North Shore
Passenger Ships to Call in North Bali at Celukan Bawang

The far-north port of Celukan Bawang in Gerokgak, Buleleng, Bali is being sized up as a possible port for visiting cruise ships.

The port-of-call for Dutch ships visiting Bali in the 1930s, the Celukan Bawang port is seen as having several technical advantages over other cruise ports in Bali.

The head of Buleleng’s planning department, Gede Suyasa, has obtained reports from the Regent of the region, Putu Agug Suradnyana, who has heard from the Captains of major shipping lines expressing an interest in ships' visits at the port during a recent visit to London.

As reported by Bisnis Bali, the cruise ship captains praised Celukan Bawang for its sea conditions and pier location. The ship’s operators also liked the access to new tourism areas in Bali that stops at Celukan Bawang would permit.

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Aging Gracefully
InterContinental Bali Resort Donates US$40,000 to Bali Life Foundation

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the InterContinental Bali Resort, the management of the property presented a US$20,000 check to the Bali Life Foundation. In a festive mood, the Media Group and China Sonangol - owners of the resort, added a matching check to bring the total contribution to US$40,000.
rContinental Bali Resort has supported the work of the Bali Life Foundation with its outreach programs for street children, children’s homes, women’s refuge, education and sustainability.

Piter Panjaitan, Director, Bali Life Foundation, remarked on the donation and the work of his organization, saying: “Our vision is to provide hope, dignity, and purpose to children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or rejected. By supporting our work you have helped us to fulfill this vision in the most tangible way. You have also contributed towards establishing a home for them, in which they shall continue to thrive, heal, and grow towards their respective destinies. The work of Bali Life is only made possible by the generosity, support, and partnership of groups of people such as InterContinental Bali Resort, Media Group and China Senangol. We are humbled by your involvement in Bali Life Foundation.”

Responding, Michel Chertouh, general manager of the InterContinental Bali Resort, commented: “For twenty years, InterContinental Bali Resort has contributed significantly to the hospitality industry and the local community in Bali. We have a strong Corporate Social Responsibility program in place. This entails carrying our initiatives that support the local community and taking eco-friendly measures to reduce its overall impact on the surrounding environment. We make a difference in the lives of those that we touch every day.”

Over 400 dignitaries, owning company representatives, travel partners and media personalities attended the 20th anniversary celebratory party held on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

Shown on Balidiscovery.com from left to right: Michel Chertouh - Area General Manager of InterContinental Bali Resort, Amadeo Zarzosa - Director of Operations Resorts Asia Australasia, Piter Panjaitan – Director, Bali Life Foundation, Rerie Moerdijat - Deputy Chairman Media Group, Alain Fanaie - CEO China Sonangol and Marcella Sapardan - Head of Hospitality, Media Group.

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23 Skiddoo
Final Call for Great Gatsby Night at AYANA Resort and Spa on Saturday, November 30, 2013.

With a theme borrowed by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby –AYANA Resort and Spa and the fabled Rock Bar will spin back in time to 1922 for a charity night in support of Bali WISE’s programs for the education and advancement of indigent women in Bali.

A four-course degustation menu will be followed by a lavish dessert buffet. Magicians, Hungarian violinist and singer Helga Sedl, Lisa Soul and Band and famous Rock Bar DJ Martin East, will provide great Entertainment

Strictly limited to 140 participants who will enjoy a 4-course dinner followed by the fun and gaiety of an after dinner party, there will be auctions, valuable door prizes and a US$2,000 pearl necklace from Atlas Pearls given to the woman best dressed in keeping with the evening’s theme. The best-dressed man will receive a valuable set of pearl cuff links.

In keeping with the Great Gatsby theme, look forward to classic roaring 20s cocktails, Cuban cigars and other indulgences emblematic of the golden era.

A few tickets remain at Rp. 850,000 (US$74) each covering the evening’s entertainment and the four-course dinner.



The fun starts at 7:00 pm on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the AYANA Resort and Spa Bali.

Email for tickets and information or telephone +62-(0)361-702222 (extension 40).



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