Indonesian Government Warns that Bali’s Airport will Be Closed for Periods during APEC Conference October 5-9, 2013 to Facilitate Movements of Heads of State
(6/29/2013) As reported by The Jakarta Post, people visiting Bali during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) in early October 2013 can expect Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to be closed for brief periods of time to accommodate VIP flight movements for the many heads of state expected in Bali.
The Indonesian Transportation Ministry has confirmed that Commercial flights will be diverted or delayed between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on October 5 & 6, 2013 and again on October 8 & 9, 2013 as VIPs arrive and depart the Island.
Ministry spokesman, Bambang S. Ervan, said: “Whenever we host large conferences or meetings, we need to adjust the air slots because important people are going to attend and they need clearance, one hour before and after [their flights]. We have communicated this issue with every airline operating in the country so that they can make new arrangements for their flights.”
Official Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) have been issued to the worldwide aeronautical community advising of the planned closures and advising pilots and airlines to adjust their flight plans accordingly.
So many private jets carrying Heads of State to Bali are expected that special arrangements have been made for visiting aircraft in Surabaya and Lombok due to the lack of parking space.
APEC is expected to see delegations from 23 countries in attendance traveling to Bali to economic and trade cooperation.
Fancy Footwork by Ronaldo?
Environmental Groups Cry Foul as President and Cristiano Ronaldo Plant Trees in Bali Southern Mangrove While Plans to Reclaim Fragile Bottom Lands Move Ahead
(6/29/2013) As reported by Beritabali.com, Bali Friends of the Earth (WALHI-Bali) are depicting the visit to Bali by soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and his participation in a tree-planting ceremony with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at Bali’s southern People's Mangrove Forest (Taman Hutan Rakyat – Tahura) as little more the political posturing and "window dressing."
In making their harsh review, WALHI points to the fact that the location selected for the nationally televised planting by Cristiano Ronaldo and President Yudhoyono is in fact the same area they claim will soon be reclaimed for use a range of water recreation activities and a Formula-1 racing facility.
The chairman of WALHI-Bali, Wayan Gendo Suardana, describes Ronaldo as a victim of political image-building, saying the soccer star was probably not aware that the location used for the symbolic tree planting is slated for reclamation.
“I also pity Ronaldo, while he was praising SBY (the president) for extending the moratorium on deforestation, he was actually standing in an area that violates that Presidential order, all this standing next to the President. This is only imagery and has no basis in fact. The proof is that he would later travel on a toll road, feeling proud at the extended moratorium on deforestation was in effect while, in fact, passing over an area that violates that very same moratorium,” explained Gendo.
Gendo went on to emphasize that while Ronaldo’s intent was honorable in trying to create added awareness among young people to protect the mangrove, his presence in Bali was being used by investors to camouflage and window dress there environmentally destructive reclamation plans.
Meanwhile, Radar Bali reports that Bali’s new toll way already has put in place platforms for additional ramp access, precisely positioned to connect the new roadway with the controversial island proposed to be built on reclaimed lands in Benoa Bay.
PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol, the developers and operators of the toll road, insist the platforms extruding from the side of the toll way are not in place to be joined to any definite extension to the current road. The spokesman of PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol, Drajad Hari Suseno, claimed to have no knowledge of any plans for a reclaimed island, which he freely admits would destroy the aesthetic quality of the bay. Said Drajad; “If (the land) is reclaimed. It will no longer be beautiful. And, many members of the public will oppose such a reclamation.”
Drajad said the tapers or platforms were not connected with any specific plan to connect the toll way to new roads, but only an engineering feature to eficiently facilitate any possible future expansion of the road network.
Meanwhile, news is circulating in the local press that PT Tirta Wahana Bali International (PTTWBI) have filed a proposal to reclaim land in the mangrove area, creating an island not far from the new toll way. The area of the new island is also reportedly close to the taper or widened platforms on the new road that could, in the future, accommodate on and off ramps.
PTTWBI has commissioned an academic study of the project in cooperation with Bali's Udayana University. According to Radar Bali, the proposed development calls for a 100-hectare island on the western side of the toll for use as an Formula One Racing Track. On the eastern side of the toll road a series of small islands connected by bridges are on the planning boards for development as high end accommodation.
While governor Made Mangku Pastika initially claimed no knowledge of the proposed reclamation project, when pressed by reporters he eventually admitted that plans for such a program had been brought to his desk by the Provincial Planning Agency (Bappeda Bali).
Pastika told the press: “Actually there is (such a plan). But that (plan) has many components. We are currently making zoning regulations. That (the area for the proposed islands) is located in the ocean and is therefore under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Sea and Fisheries. There are also mangrove forests in this area putting the matter under the supervision of the Minister of Forestry. If you want to build anything there, the Minister of Public Works must also be consulted. So, the oceans are not under our control, but that of the central government.”
The governor any plans for reclamation would need careful local study by the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali).
Meanwhile, The Bali Post reports that the regent of Badung, A.A. Gde Agung, insists he has no knowledge of the proposed reclamation project.
Radar Bali also cast a suspicious eye over the much publicized planting of trees by the President and Ronaldo on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The chief of the Agency for the Management of River Basins (BPDAS), Sasmitahhadi, said the area selected for the symbolic planting is unsuitable for tree plantings and the trees planted by the President and Ronadlo will most probably die. Mud from another area of the mangrove will have to be imported to the area of the tree planting in order for the trees to survive,
Radar Bali concluded that the media event involving the President and Ronaldo was, indeed, mere image building intended to prevent any local resistance to the planned reclamation project.
If the reclamation goes ahead, an estimated 22% of the current mangrove area designated for protection would be sacrificed to the new developments.
Environmentalists are vowing to protest and oppose by all means possible any plans to reclaim area now covered by the southern mangrove forest.
Tidings of Tidal Changes
Udayana University Experts Warn Proposed Reclamation Projects to Create Islands in Bali’s Benoa Bay will Have Far-Reaching Negative Effects on Surrounding Waters and Shorelines
(7/1/2013) The Bali Post quotes experts in hydrology from Bali’s Udayana University saying that plans to reclaim parts of Benoa Bay and the adjoining mangrove forests will bring disastrous results to Bali's natural environment.
I Nyoman Sunarta, a hydrologist from Udayana University warns that if current plans to reclaim portions of Benoa Bay come to fruition, current and tidal patterns will be significantly altered in the Bay.
Moreover, Sunarta said a pattern of confusion already exists in tidal flows around Benoa Bay. This situation he feels will only be exacerbated if planned reclamation projects are undertaken.
Referring to plans to create new islands near the Island’s new toll road Sunarta explained: “Ocean currents have to enter Benoa Bay, but with of the creation of new islands, the water will not have the opportunity to enter the bay and be diverted to Sanur beach. There the waters will collide.”
The professor warns that serious abrasion will occur on the shores in areas surrounding Benoa harbor if the reclamation project is allowed to go ahead.
A geomorphology expert from Udayana University, R. Suryanto, has issued a similar warning. He predicts that changes in how water circulates in and around Benoa Bay will be affected by any changes to the Island’s southern mangrove forest. The flora, fauna and marine life in the mangrove, he adds, will also be impacted by the proposed reclamation project in the mangrove reserve.
Experts warn that the reclamation to create new islands in Benoa Bay will also alter water depths in the adjoining harbor, potentially making it problematic for commercial shipping to enter and navigate the harbor.
Suryanto said plans to harvest sand from the beach at Sawangan does not represent a significant threat to that area, providing the sand is harvested from a minimum depth of 30 meters of water. Harvesting closer to shore or at shallower depths will threaten the shape and structure of adjoining shorelines in Sanur.
A World of Beauty Centered in Bali
Miss World Competition in Bali in September Seen as Vital to Bali’s International Promotion
(7/1/2013) The Regent of Badung in Bali, Anak Agung Gede Agung, sees the Miss World Competition to be held in Bali on September 8, 2013 as an outstanding opportunity to promote Bali’s culture, natural beauty and hospitality to the world.
Quoted in Bisnis Bali, Agung, commenting on an ongoing controversy surround the traditional swimming suit competition, said: “I hope the appearance of the contestants in Miss World can be adjusted to Balinese culture, such as the beach fashion section by wearing Balinese sarongs.”
The Regent’s comments were made while receiving a visit by the organizing committee of Miss World 2013 led by its local chairperson Jeby Philippi on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
Agung underlined that the Badung administration was very supportive of the coming Miss World competition in Bali as a means of promoting Bali to a wider audience and enhancing the meeting, conference, incentive and exhibition (MICE) sector.
The Regent used the occasion to underline the Badung Regency’s overwhelming dependence on the Island’s tourism sector. Of the total Rp. 2.8 trillion annual operating budget for Badung Rehemcy (US$2.8 billion), Rp. 1.8 trillion (US$1.8 billion) is secured via hotel and restaurant taxes. Adding: “Tourism gives such a large contribution to Badung’s income.”
Agung said the growth rate of the economy in 2012 for Badung stood at 7.15% with unemployment at only 1.70%. At the same time the population of Badung is growing at an annual rate of 4,63%, due mostly to migration.
Continuing, Agung told the organizers of Miss World to do their best to make the contest a success, coordinating the event with the National Police Headquarters, the Bali Police and the Bali military command.
The Miss World competition takes place at the Hotel Westin in Bali on September 8, 2013 with contestants from 142 countries, including Indonesia participating.
The contestants will arrive in Bali September 2-5, 2013 staying initially at the Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort near Tanah Lot.
While in Bali the contestants will participate in a golf tournament before the opening ceremony at the Bali International Convention Center on September 8, 2013.
The beauties will remain in Bali until September 14th before traveling to Yogyakarta to visit the Borobudur Temple and the Sultan’s Palace.
Higher Ferry Tariff Bali to Lombok
Ferry Charges Increase on Bali to Lombok Public Ferry Between 10-15%
The State News Agency Antara reports that the tariff from the ferry crossing between Padang Bai in Bali and Lembar in Lombok increased effective at midnight on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
The rate increase came as a surprise to many inter-island travelers.
Nengah Widiasa (40), a motorcyclist at Padang Bai wishing to travel to Lombok, said: “Usually I pay Rp. 101,000 (US$10,10), but I was just charged Rp. 112,000 (US$11.20). That’s an increase of Rp. 11,000 (US$1.10).
Widiasa, who lives, Amlapura, East Bali, said he was unhappy that there was apparently no prior announcement about the increase in fares.
Separately, the supervisor for PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry in Padang Bai, I Wayan Rosta, explained that the new tariff for the inter-island ferry took place on Monday, June 24th in accordance with a decree of the Minister of Transportation (63/2013) allowing tariff increases of between 10 and 15%.
That decree stipulated that the cost of an adult fare on the ferry between Padang Bai and Lombok increased from Rp. 36,000 (US$3.60) to Rp. 40,000 (US$40) and for children from Rp. 23,000 (US$2.30) to Rp. 25,000 (US$2.50).
The other increases taking effect on June 24:
Group I vehicles (push bikes) increased from Rp. 52,000 to Rp. 57,000 (US$5.70).
Group II vehicles (motorcycles) increased from Rp. 101,000 to Rp. 112,000 (US$11.20).
Group III vehicles (large motorcycles) unchanged at Rp. 323,000 (US$32.30).
Group IV vehicles (sedans) increased from Rp. 659,000 to Rp. 733,000 (US$73.30).
Group IV vehicles (goods vehicles) increased from Rp. 617,000 to Rp. 687,000 (US$68.70).
Group V vehicles (small busses) increased from Rp. 1,364,000 to Rp. 1,484,000 (US$148.40).
Group V vehicles (Good vehicles) increased from Rp. 1,112,000 to Rp. 1,213,000 (US$121.30).
Group VI vehicles (large buses) increased from Rp. 2,310,000 to Rp. 2,513,000 (US$251.30).
Group VI vehicles (large trucks) increased from Rp. 1,833,000 to Rp. 2,001,000 (US$200.10).
Group VII vehicles (Trucks with 10 or more wheels) increased from Rp. 2,355,000 to Rp. 2,567,000 (US$257).
Group VIII vehicles (heavy equipment) increased from Rp. 3,158,000 to Rp. 3,834,000 (US$384).
Group IX vehicles (articulated trucks) increased from Rp. 5,268,000 to Rp. 5,741,000 (US$574,10).
The Summit of Power
PLN Assures Plenty of Electricity in Bali During Coming Lebaran Holiday and APEC Conference
(6/30/2013) The General Manager of the State Power Board (PT PLN) in Bali, Ida Bagus Mardawa, is assuring the government and Bali businesses that the Island's power supply for the October APEC Summit will be more than sufficient.
Quoted in Beritabali.com, Mardawa said, “We promise that the power supply for the APEC and Lebaran holiday will be delivered without interruption to the consumer.”
For the period of the Lebaran holidays until the APEC Conference, PLN will be adding only 50 megawatts of additional power via the Denpasar Pensanggaran Sub-Station. This power will also remain in place for the coming Christmas and New Year’s celebration.
Additional transmission capacity is also being brought on line via the Sub-Station Pandak Gede at Tanah Lot in West Bali.
An additional transformer has also been brought on line near Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport as back up for electrical transmission to the airport and the Nusa Dua area.
The Bali Road to More Visitor Arrivals
Bali Tourism Leader Believe New Toll Way Will Increase Visitors and Become a Tourism Attraction in its Own Right
The Indonesia Tourism Association (GIPI) views the imminent opening of Bali's first toll road as likely to help increase the number of tourist visitors to Bali and the income produced by the Island’s tourism industry.
Quoted by Seputarbali.com, the chairman of GIPI-Bali, Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, said on Thursday, June 27, 2013: “I fee optimistic that the new toll bridge road will increase the number of tourist visitors, both from domestic and foreign sources. This is because the road will become a tourism destination in its own right.”
Wijaya says the new road connecting Sanur-Kuta-Nusa Dua provide a unique picturesque view of Bali’s southern shores.
Moreover, he says the toll way will play a key role in reducing traffic congestion in Bali and reduce the negative image Bali’s traffic has created over the past years.
Wijaya sees the new road as reducing anxiety among tourist visitors and the genuine fear that outbound passengers might miss their flight connection.
For all these reasons, Wijaya, speaking on behalf of GIPI-Bali, is confident the new road system will help tourism arrival numbers to grow.
Take a Bus to Your Air Bus
Limited Public Bus Service to Bali Airport to Start on July 1, 2013
Bali’s Trans Sarbagita Bus Network is scheduled to expand its current service network to include Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on July 1, 2013.
As quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the chief of the Transportation, Information and Communications Agency for Bali, Dewa Punia Asa, said on June 29, 2013, “In accordance with requests from the public, on July 1st we will operate what we have to serve a route to the airport.”
He said the new route to the airport would initially use 10 medium-sized buses on Corridor II traveling from Batubulan via Denpasar to the Airport on the way to the end of the line at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument.
During the ongoing renovation of Bali Airport a temporary halte will be used while awaiting the completion of construction work when a permanent location for the airport bus stop will be established.
An Explosive Situation
Bali Security Measures Heightened Following Theft of 50 Kilograms of Dynamite from West Java Mining Company
The theft of 250 sticks of dynamite weighing 50 kilograms on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from a mining truck in West Java has resulted in higher levels of security surveillance by the Bali police.
Kompas.com quotes Inspector General Arif Wachyunadi, chief of the Bali Police, speaking at the celebrations in Bali marking the 67th anniversary of the Indonesian police, saying, "I am concerned with the loss of dynamite and we are now inspecting both individuals and vehicles to ensure the explosives don’t enter Bali.”
He went on to explain that surveillance has been heightened at all gateways to Bali including the ports of Gilimanuk, Pandang Bai, Celukan Bawang, Benoa and Bali’s international Airport. Checks are also in place at all bus terminals.
For added security, police are also keeping a watch on informal ports that could serve as a back door for the explosives to the island.
The Bali police are involving community law enforcement and traditional neighborhood watch groups to discern any suspicious individuals or behavior across the entire island.
The Bali precautionary steps are part of a nation-wide heightened alert in the wake of the loss of the 50 kilograms of dynamite.
The Central Police Headquarters in Jakarta have mobilized Indonesia’s elite Densus 88 Anti-Terrorist Unit to prevent any acts of terror linked to the loss of the explosives.
Bali will host a number of important international meetings in the coming months, including the Miss World Competition, APEC, a meeting of the World Trade Organization and the Bali Democracy Forum.
In light of the missing explosives, extensive security measures already in place can be expected to be hitched up yet another notch.
David Hasselhoff Preparing to Open Bar and Restaurant on Gili Trawanagan
Perthnow.com is reporting that Hollywood actor David Hasselhoff is making plans to become a pub and restaurant operator on Gili Trawangan, the island getaway located a short distance off the northwest coast of Lombok.
The star of the television series Knight Rider and Baywatch, Hasselhof told the press that he has two Western Australian backers in his Indonesian venture.
Tight-lipped about the identity of his financial backers or details of the project, Hasselhoff did reveal that he has secured a location for the establishment that will be called “Bask.”
Hasselhoff (60) has a history of alcohol abuse and a reputation for drinking binges, is reported to be dating a 32-year-old former shop assistant from Wales, Hatley Roberts.
Designers Against AIDS
Leading Bali and International Designers Join Forces to Establish a Website to Combat the Spread of HIV/AIDS Among the Younger Generation
(7/1/2013) In a move to educate young Balinese about the risk of HIV/AIDS, Designers Against AIDS (DAA) are joining forces with the leading icons of video, fashion, music and other realms of entertainment to create a positive message of interest to young people on how to protect themselves and their sexual partners from HIV/AIDS.
Operating principally from the website [www.baliagainstaids.org] run by local Balinese activists and available in both Bahasa Indonesia and English versions, this platform will feature educational campaigns and outreach programs.
The website was developed by social activists working with DAA over the past months and will be maintainws by DAA with assistance of students based at their educational center in Belgium.
Also in the advances planning stage is a concert to be held in June of 2014 in downtown Denpasar featuring leading Balinese, national and international musicians.
Designers Against AIDS
Founded in 2001, Designers Against AIDS (DAA) seeks to educate youth about HIV/AIDS and safer sex practices. DAA recruits key fashion designers, musicians and celebrities with large fan bases among the younger generation to acts as spokespersons and instigate a continuing dialogue on responsible sex and personal health.
In 2006, DAA partnered with Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) to create yearly capsule collections and print, billboards, online campaigns banner of “Fashion Against AIDS.” Sold worldwide for 5 years, the campaign featured reasonably priced and issue-oriented pieces designed by Katy Perry, Rihanna, N.E.R.D., Timbaland, Yoko Ono, Ziggy Marley, Robert Smith (The Cure) and many others. DAA went on to partner up with Eastpak, Playboy Design, Marc Jacobs, Delvaux, JBC and Six Scents Perfumes – all sharing a theme of HIV/AIDS education.
In 2010 DAA launched an International HIV/AIDS Awareness Education Center (IHAEC). The training center in Antwerp, Belgium hosted students from around the world, sharing techniques on how to establish effective and creative HIV prevention campaigns, using DAA’s pop-culture-based methodology. The students are encouraged to build up equally successful campaigns in their respective home countries.
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