Bali News Update Week 30.

How Wide is the Ocean? How Blue is the Sea?

Celebrate your Love for the Ocean at the Bali Waterman’s “Blues for the Blue” at Tapeo Gastrobar on August 31, 2013

 

Bali News: How Wide is the Ocean? How Blue is the Sea?

(8/5/2013) Bali’s R.O.L.E. Foundation is hosting The Bali Waterman’s Night at Tapeo Gastrobar at Kuta Beachwalk from 6:00 pm until midnight on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

 

A special night of fundraising dedicated to those who love Bali and its surrounding oceans, the evening will be built around blues music or, as the organizers put it – “Blues for the Blue.”

 

Surfers, fishermen, divers, sea captains, beachcombers and seascape gazers are all urged to join a memorable night at Bali’s best Spanish-style venue. They're will be surfing and oceanic memorabilia on display, an art exhibition, raffles and a fashion show. An auction item on offer that evening will be a signed surfboard by the legendary Joel Parkinson.

 

The Bali Waterman's Night will also honor the people who are role models for our children by demonstrating their love for healthy oceans. Four Watermen have been selected for recognition by judges Steve Palmer, Paul Gringo Anderson, Tim Watt, Gede Nirmeda, Marcello and Mike O'Leary.

 

Among those to be honored is Pak Monoh who undertook an epic voyage in an outrigger “jukung” canoe from Nusa Lembongan to Darwin Australia in 1973 

 

All funds raised On August 31st will go towards the “Island Sustainability Education Center” and its programs dedicated to stop waste getting into Bali’s rivers, waterways, beaches and reefs. The center provides job skills and environmental education to disadvantaged and “at risk groups” helping to create future leaders in the struggle to save the environment.

 

About R.O.L.E. Foundation

 

River, Oceans, Lands and Ecology (R.O.L.E.) Foundation is a 100% non-profit humanitarian organization whose aim is to improve the education, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in underprivileged circumstances, whilst ensuring environmental resilience and sustainability. 

 

Since its establishment in 2007, R.O.L.E. Foundation has taught survival skills to area women, environmental sustainability and managed ec0-assistance projects

 

R.O.L.E.’s free education program provides skills and training to economically disadvantaged women as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty. 

 

R.O.L.E.’s sustainability education and social business programs train students in sustainable agriculture, community education, town planning, eco-tourism and eco-friendly product development. The sustainability education programs educate 2,000 primary school students each year about the interrelatedness of environmental and health issues, and sustainable solutions. The foundation’s environmental assistance projects work directly with local communities to revitalize coastal and rural environments and create eco-friendly jobs for some of Bali’s poorest.

 

Tickets are available for Rp. 350,000 (US$35) at R.O.L.E. Campus, Jl. Siligita 22 in Nusa Dua or can be purchased by [Email] 

Tickets cover a welcome drink, tapas, raffle and the evenings entertainment.

Telephone ++62-(0) 361-8078805

 

 

You Ought to be in Pictures

BALINALE International Festival in Bali October 4-10, 2013 to Coincide with APEC Summit

 

Bali News: You Ought to be in Pictures

(8/5/2013) The BALINALE International Film Festival returns for Bali October 4-10, 2013 celebrating the art of global cinema, presenting all genres of film at Cinema XXI located at Kuta Beachwalk in Bali.

 

BALINALE is an international film festival in Indonesia and recognized internationally for the quality and diversity of its programming and its professional delivery of the associated events. Known for its specialized knowledge and role in promoting the growth of the Asian and Indonesian film industry, BALINALE is associated with Asian Film Commissions Network and its 16 member countries. 

 

BALINALE has also played host to an ASEAN Film Focus held during the 18th ASEAN Bali Summit and has been appointed to the Consulting Organization for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Brisbane, Australia) and ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards (Kuching, Malaysia). 

 

This year’s BALINALE is the seventh edition of the Festival and coincides with the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Bali. Many of the organization’s 21 member economies strongly support film industries and the importance of film as a means of promoting a destination and fostering the careers of the creative individuals and industries behind the scenes of each film project.

 

BALINALE serves not only as entertainment, but acts as an agent of economic growth by presenting Indonesia’s film industry, products and services through screenings, exhibition areas, promotional campaigns and distribution network.

 

International productions filmed in Indonesia supported by and/or featured in the festival, include; Sony Pictures Eat Pray Love (Bali); Universal Pictures Savages (Moyo); QED International Alex Cross (Bali), Magidson Films’ Samsara (Java and Bali); Warner Bros. Pictures IMAX Under the Sea 3D (Komodo) and Born to be Wild (Kalimantan).

 

BALINALE program of events for this year’s event include red carpet premieres, film Industry forums, exhibitions, children’s charity program and a year-long series of educational workshops conducted by award winning filmmakers. 

 

The Mark Travis Directing Masterclass  will run from October 2-4, 2013. Travis is considered the “Director's Director” with over 30 directing awards; 60 plus productions in film, TV & theater; and lectures at more than 50 film schools. 

 

About BALINALE

 

Established in 2007 by Bali Taksu Indonesia Foundation, Award-winning Indonesian actor and filmmaker Christine Hakim and Bali Film Center director Deborah Gabinetti.

 

BALINALE presents fiction, documentary, feature and shorts from around the world. Programming comes from global submissions, international film festivals and associations. The festival serves as an important avenue for Indonesian filmmakers to present their work to a global audience, while inviting foreign filmmakers to screen their films and experience Indonesia for possible film projects and co-productions. 

 

For more information [Email] or telephone +62-(0)361-270908

 

Mister, Buy Something Please

Bringing Aggressive Vendors to Curb at Kintamani, Bali

 

Bali News: Mister, Buy Something Please  

(8/5/2013)  The Regency of Bangli in Bali is preparing to create rules regulating vendors operating in tourism destination areas, such as Kintamani and Lake Batur.

 

Beritabali.com reports that the coming regulations will take the form of regional laws (perda) or regulations issued by the Regent (perbup).

 

A statement issued on July 20, 2013 by he Regent of Bangli, Made Gianyar, clarified that the new rules and regulations are needed to control and organize vendors at local tourism areas. 

 

Many tourists complain of the over-aggressive behavior of traders who try to compel visitors to make purchases.

 

Made Gianyar estimates 1,000 traders current operating in his regency.

 

The Bird from a Gilded Cage Sings

Rachel Dougall Claims of Mistreatment in Bali’s Kerobokan Prison Disputed by Prison Warden

 

Bali News: The Bird from a Gilded Cage Sings

(8/5/2013) The Warden at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison, Gusti Ngurah Wiratna, has refuted and denied unfavorable depictions of conditions at his prison made by former inmate Rachel Dougall, recently released from his care after serving one year for possessing cocaine.

 

Rachel Dougall, now back home in the U.K., claimed to the international press that she endured beatings and deprivations while being locked up with drug addicts, HIV-positive fellow inmates and sexually-aggressive lesbians. She also claims that she was compelled to sleep on a straw mat on concrete floor during the period of her imprisonment.

 

While critical of both her facilities and fellow prisoners, Dougall also poured vitriol on 57-year-old fellow-Briton Lindsay Sandiford, describing the woman as “pure evil” and "not the innocent she would like people to believe." Adding: "Everyone thinks she's this poor naive granny, but she's not. She doesn't deserve any sympathy; I've been told by many people in Bali and Britain that she's been bringing drugs into the country for 25 years."

 

Dougal’l’s comments may become negative fodder for Indonesian officials now considering a remission of Sandiford pending death sentence.

 

Sandiford’s arrest while smuggling a huge quantity of cocaine through Bali’s airport precipitated the arrest of Dougall, and two other men, one of whom was Dougall’s partner. 

 

According to Beritabali.com, the warden of Bali’s Kerobokan Prison rejected Dougall’s claim of mistreatment. Upon hearing the accusation, the Warden convened a team of 16 people to look the conditions described by English felon and also invited a representative from the English Consulate to personally tour the prison.

 

“We immediately went to the women’s block (of the prison), we entered Rachel’s former cell. We invited a representative of the British Consulate named Liliana,” explained Wiratna.

 

Wiratna said the accusations on prison conditions leveled by Rachel Dougall are not supported with any substantive proof. He claimed his office has always coordinated the imprisonment of British subjects with the British Consulate who, according to the Warden, also do not believe Dougall’s claims of mistreatment.

 

Wiratna insisted his prison has nothing to hide, and there were no complaints of mistreatment by Rachel Dougall or the Consulate during the actual period of her imprisonment. In fact, the first the Warden heard of Dougall’s complaints was when he was called by the Minister of Justice and Human Rights and advised of Dougall's comments to the international press.

 

Upon receiving that call, the Warden formed an investigative team to visit the woman’s block. Saying his office investigates every complaint, he denied Dougall was tortured or slept on a thin mat. In describing Dougall’s sleeping arrangements, the Warden said Dougall slept on a mattress as large as the one he sleeps on each night.

 

Wiratna confirmed that on one occasion Rachel Dougall was urgently sent to a local hospital for treatment of an asthmatic condition. Thereafter, the prison provided a tank of medical oxygen in Dougall's cell. The Warden shot back: “We went to these extents to look after her (Dougall), but she is defaming us in the way. I don’t know what she’d up to. If I lie, I only do damage to myself.”

 

At the same time, Wiratna admitted that, after all, he was in charge of a prison, rejoining: “If you want air-conditioning, please stay in a hotel. We continue to pay good attention to all aspects.”

 

Keeping Bali in Balance

GIPI Bali Joins Opposition to Governor Pastika’s Benoa Bay Reclamation Project

 

Bali News: Keeping Bali in Balance

(8/5/2013) The Bali branch of the Indonesian Tourism Association (GIPI-Bali) has joined the debate on the reclamation of Benoa Bay by issuing their fervent rejection of the plan supported by Bali’s governor.

 

Ketut Ardana, speaking on behalf of GIPI-Bali was quoted by Beritabali.com saying his organization comprised of leading tourism stake holding organizations in Bali rejects reclamation in the 838-hectare mangrove forest preserve. 

 

Said Ardana on Friday, August 2, 2013: “We do not reject investment coming to Bali. But the government must steer that investment to areas of the island in need of development. Don’t let South Bali become more congested.”

 

GIPI-Bali see Bali’s tourism markets, like many other destinations in ASEAN, as on the decline due to rampant discounting. “Bali should not follow these destinations because it still remains one of the best destinations in the world,” urged Ardana.

 

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association in Bali (PHRI-Bali), Ida Bagus Kadek Astawa, bemoaned the continued constructions of a range of tourist accommodations in South Bali. “Sooner or later, Bali will be sold cheaply. The symptoms are already there. Starred hotels selling rooms between US$40 and US$50 per night. These kind of prices appear to be only happening in Bali,” said Astawa.

 

In the official statement issued by GIPI-Bali, the organization rejects the development and private management of the waterways in Benoa Bay included in the Governor’s decree as inconsistent with the religious and social philosophy of the Balinese people.

 

GIPI-Bali also sees the feasibility review of the project issued by Udayana University used by the Governor to justify his decree as preliminary and insufficiently comprehensive to warrant the issuance of the Governor's decree granting use of the bay to a private company.

 

GIPI-Bali declared the Benoa Bay as an integral part of Bali’s river ways and ocean estuary system meaning that any development of these areas will have consequences on the Bali-Hindu commitment to the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana mandating that balance be maintained between God, Man and Nature. For this reason, GIPI-Bali feels Benoa Bay is best preserved as a conservation zone.

 

Bali Taxi Rates Increase

Bali Taxi Rates Increased On July 29, 2013

 

Bali News: Bali Taxi Rates Increase

(8/6/2013) More than One Month After an Increase in cost of premium fuel, Bali authorities have finally increased taxi fares for licensed taxi operators across the island. 

 

The increase took effect from Monday, July 29, 2013.

 

The increase was agreed following a meeting between government transportation authorities and taxi operators.

 

The chairman of the Bali Taxi Drivers Association, Ketut Witra, expressed his sense of relief that the long awaited for increase is now in effect. Quoted in Bisnis Bali, Witra said: “We have waited a long time, that’s why we pressured the government to quickly implement a taxi rate increase. 

 

The new taxi rates can be introduced any time starting from July 29th although some delays will be experienced while Bali’s hundreds of taxis undergo the process of meter recalibration.

 

The tariff rates have increased between 20-30%. 

Flag falls have increased from Rp. 5,000 (US$0.50) to Rp. 6,000 (US$0.60).

The cost per traveled kilometer has increased from Rp. 4,500 (US$0.45) to Rp. 5,700 (US$0.57) per kilometer.

Waiting time has increased from Rp. 30,000 (US$3) to Rp. 40,000 (US$4) per hour.

The increase in tax fare follows a 44% increase in the cost of premium fuel that took place on June 21, 2013

 

Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat

Bali Governor Pleads for an End to Public Demonstrations Again Benoa Bay Reclamation Project

 

Bali News: Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat

(8/5/2013) After organizing a public hearing Saturday, August 3, 2013, Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika has appealed to the people of Bali to stop demonstrating against the planned reclamation of a large portion of Benoa Bay.

 

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, the Governor told the meeting: “After this, I ask that there be no more demonstrations. It looks bad with a number of international events scheduled to be held in Bali in the near future.”

 

The governor reminded his audience of the many benefits to Bali that will accrue from the successful hosting of events such as Miss World, the APEC Summit, World Culture Forum, and World Trade Organization meeting.

 

Continuing, the governor said: “There will also be thousands of foreign journalists covering these events. This means we get free promotion (from these events) and don't need to undertake international promotion.”

 

The governor warned that if these events fail because Bali is seen to be unsafe due to street demonstrations, then Bali risks low tourist arrivals that will affect the economic condition of the people of Bali.

 

Bali has seen a number of demonstrations in recent days by various environmental action groups opposed to the a decree granted by Governor Pastika to allow a major reclamation project in Benoa Bay adjacent to a protected mangrove forest reserve.

 

Batten Down the Hatches

Strong Winds and High Waves Predicted on Bali’s Shores for August and September

 

Bali News: Batten Down the Hatches

(8/5/2013) The Bali Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) warns that seasonal strong winds and high waves will plagued much of Bali over the busy Idul Fitri Holidays and beyond.

 

As reported by The Jakarta Post, I Nyoman Gede Wirajaya of the BMKG says strong winds and high waves of 3.5 to 4 meters in height will sweep the southern shores of Bali.

 

Local ferry service, yachts and day boat operators will be keeping a close watch on the developing weather situation in concert with local port masters (Syahbandar).

 

Ferry services between Bali and East Java and Bali and Lombok reaches peak levels during the Idul Fitri holidays due to the heavy influx of domestic tourists and the diasporic movement of Indonesian Moslems returning to home villages and cities to celebrate the Islamic New Year.

 

Wiryajaya warned that strong winds of up to 40 kilometers per hour might be generated due to temperature variances between the northern and southern parts of Indonesia and tropical storm disturbances operatng in the South China Sea.

 

BMKG warns the pattern of strong winds and high seas will remain a part of weather conditions for Bali for most of August and September.

 

Forming a Posse Bali Style

Bali Police Enlisting Communities in Maintaining Peace and Fighting Terror

 

Bali News: Forming a Posse Bali Style

(8/5/2013) The Bali Police will involve pecalang or neighbor watch groups in order to anticipate the possibility that terrorist elements recently escaped from the Tanjung Gusta Prison in North Sumatra might infiltrate Bali over the Idul Fitri holidays.

 

The State News Agency Antara quotes the Bali Chief of Police, General Arif Wachyunadi, who said: “I have already provided guidance to Agency for Creating Public Order and Security (Babinkamtibmas), Village Development Constables (Babinsa) and pacalang to be aware of the possibility that terrorist might enter Bali.”

 

The Bali Chief of Police views the involvement of pacalang and members of Bali’s traditional villages in maintaining the peace as important, offering preventative security penetration to the community level. For this reason, pacalang will be synergized with officers from the police and armed forces in every village.

 

Bali has a total of 1,480 traditional villages, each with its own established detachment of pacalang.

 

The total number of Babinkamtibmas officer in Bali is around 736, who together with Babinsa and pecalang will be able to provide input to every community to enhance the level of scrutiny and allow any suspicious information to be quickly relayed to the police.

 

The police are also deploying Special Forces at Bali’s main air and sea gateways. Trained snipers are also standing by 24-hours of every day for rapid deployment, as required.

 

Winded and Watched

Wind Detectors and CCTV Camera Installed on Bali’s New Toll Road

 

Bali News: Winded and Watched  

(8/5/2013)

Bali’s new toll-way built over the waters between Benoa and Nusa Dua, is now equipped with wind-speed and wind-direction detectors.

 

Beritabali.com confirmed that the wind detectors are in the final phase of being connected to a communications grid to provide continuous updates of wind conditions to a central control center.

 

A technician told the press that the wind monitors had been installed at the highest points on the toll way.

 

The roadway’s Traffic Management Control Center will be on guard, raising alerts and taking preventative steps whenever wind speeds in excess of 40 knots an hour are recorded.

 

At that wind speed, toll way officials may bar access to the road to vehicles – especially motorcycles, at risk in high wind conditions.

 

For added overall security CCTV cameras are also in operation at various locations along the new toll way. The camera surveillence system will allow quick dispatch of emergency vehicles in event of accidents or vehicle breakdowns.

 

Being Duly Diligent with the Governor’s Decree

Indonesian Ombudsmen Office Reviewing Legality of Governor’s Decree for Reclamation of Benoa Bay in Bali

 

Bali News: Being Duly Diligent with the Governor’s Decree

(8/5/2013)

The Indonesian Ombudsman Office has announced that it is seeking a formal clarification in connection with a decree issued by Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika authorizing a large-scale reclamation project in Benoa Bay.

 

The head of the Indonesia Ombudsman Office in Bali, Umar Ibnu Alkhatab, quoted by Seputarbali.com said, “I will seek a clarification from the provincial government by reviewing the formal documents to determine if the process took place according to the rules or was wrongly administered.”

 

With Alkhatab’s announcement, the review of the decree issued by the Governor on December 26, 2012 granting permission to utilize, develop and manage Padang Bay has now formally become a part of the Ombudsman’s work plan for the second semester of 2013.

 

“I have seen that this topic has become a matter of widespread public attention and for that reason we are seeking an explanation form the government. While there has been no formal report to the Ombudsmen Office, we have the authority to take the initiative to investigate this,“ said Alkhatab.

 

At the same time, the Bali Ombudsman said it would be helpful if a public report or complaint were sent to his office seeking an official clarification of the Governor’s decree.

 

After the investigation, the Ombudsman’s office can certify the decree and its issuance conforms with the law or, alternatively. identify any procedural or legal shortcomings that might call the legality of the governor’s decree into question.

 

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