Deadly Kids' Play
Death Toll of Underage Drivers Continues to Climb
Bali’s tolerance for children operating motorized vehicles have left another child dead and a person in critical condition following a late night accident on Monday, July 28, 2014 in Klungkung.
13-year-old I Putu Eka Yasa, a junior high school student from Banjar Sangging in Klungkung, was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed in a reckless manner on Jalan Puputan Klungkung at 10:00 pm when he lost control of his motorcycle and drove into a roadside ditch.
Riding as a pillion passenger on the bike was 19-year –old Putu Gunawan.
I Putu Eka suffered severe head injuries and died a short time later at the Klungkung General Hospital.
His companion, Putu Gunawan, from Banjar Tengah in Klungkung, suffered a broken leg and jaw and has been sent the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar where he remains in critical condition.
The minimum age to hold a driver’s license in Indonesia is 17 year.
According to Metrobali.com, the motorcycle use in the accident had no license plates and no operating headlight.
Police say the two students were most probably intoxicated at the time of the mishap.
Preying on Travelers
Touts and Uniformed Extortionists Rounded Up at Jakarta Airport
The Jakarta Globe reports that as the result of action by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), a crackdown is underway against the widespread and flagrant victimization of foreigners and migrant workers at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta.
At least 18 people have been arrested during weekend raids carried out by KPK officials Starting on July 22, 2014.
Police and KPK officials are now examining closed circuit TV recordings.
Police and military officers and illegal taxi drivers allegedly carried out the extortion of foreigners and returning migrant workers.
Among the 18 people taken into custody over the weekend we a soldier, two police officers and 15 illegal taxi operators.
Those arrested are alleged to have colluded in charging foreigners and migrant workers to pay as much as US$250 for exorbitantly priced taxi fares.
The two police officers are undergoing a disciplinary review that could result in their discharge from the police force.
The single police officer has been handed over to his superiors where it is unclear if further action will be taken against him.
Police have released the 15 drivers due to a lack of evidence sufficient to bring the men to trial.
Police are asking members of the public who may have been victimized while passing through the airport to contact the police.
Tell Bali, Jackie Chan Sent Us
Jackie Chan Appointed as Indonesian Tourism Ambassador
The State News Agency Antara reports that international action movie star Jackie Chan has been appointed as a special tourism ambassador for Indonesian to the Chinese market.
Confirming the news of Chan’s appointment, the Director of Overseas Tourism Promotion from the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Nia Niscaya, said the appointment would be officially bestowed at the China International Travelmart to be held in Guangzhou on August 30, 2014.
Press reports say that Jackie Chan will celebrate his appointment by singing the well-known Indonesian song “Bengawan Solo” in Chinese.
The song will be recorded and eventually available for download on line.
Chan said he hopes to assist the Indonesian government in its goal to attract 1 million Chinese tourists in 2014.
Niscaya told the press that Jackie Chan is donating his time and services to assist Indonesian tourism.
Straight Talk on HIV/AIDS
Bali Governor Renews Call for Closure of Island’s Backstreet Cafes
Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika has renewed his call for the closure of Bali’s backstreet “Cafes” that often serve as fronts for prostitution.
As reported by Beritabali.com, the Governor want various agencies and the people of Bali to form ranks to stop the rampant spread of HIV/AIDS by, among other steps, closing the illegal cafes.
Pastika said: “Pity the poor HIV/AIDS activists, their efforts to reduce the disease are pointless if places like this are allowed to operate.”
The Governor also attack the mentality of those Balinese who operate such businesses, calling on them to close their illicit business in order to protect the next generation of Balinese.
The governor proclaimed a five-point program for the control and eradication of HIV/AIDS in Bali:
Abstinence from high-risk sexual activity.
Be Faithful – have sexual relations only with your partner.
Condom – to always use a condom when engaging in high-risk sexual activity.
Drugs – Avoid them, particularly intravenous drugs.
Education – learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it.
Speaking before a HIV/AIDS event dedicated to raising awareness of the disease, Pastika ask the public to take definite steps to save the people of Bali form the threat of the disease.
“Let us work together to prevent HIV/AIDS by inviting all elements of the community to learn more about this disease and undertake free testing,” said the Governor.
The Governor early detection of the disease will allow treatment and prevent its spread.
Bali Adds More China Flights
Citilink Commences Limited Season of Charter Flights from Bali to China
The State News Agency Antara reports that the Garuda Indonesia subsidiary Citilink Indonesia has commenced charter flights from Bali to Chongqing Jiangbei, China using the Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam as an intermediate stop.
Commenced on July 26, 2104 the charter service will continue initially until September 30, 2014.
Flights in both directions will include a technical stop at Batam.
The Citilink flight from Denpasar will operate with flight designation QC-8802 departing at 12:35 pm and landing in Batam at 14:05 pm local time. The same flight leaves Batam at 14:35 and continues on to Sinchian, China where it lands at 20:25 pm local time.
The Bali-bound flight QC 8801 departs Chongqing Jiuangbei International Airport at 21:40 pm landing in Batam at 01:30 a.m.. After a short layover, the plane leave Batam at 2:00 a.m. to land in Denpasar at 5:30 a.m..
The remaining charter dates will operate from Bali on August 5, 9, 14, 19, 23 and 28. The flight dates from Bali in September are 2, 6, 11, 16, 20, 25 and 30.
The flights will be operated with a brand new Airbus A-320 owned by Garuda Indonesian Airlines.
The Hang Nadmin International Airport in Batam commenced 24-hour operations in May 2014.
Plans are for other Indonesian airlines, including the Lion Air Group, to use Batam as an air hub for the western region of the Country.
To date, international flights from Batam have been limited to Malaysian flights flown by Malindo Air and Firefly. The charter flight operated by Citilink will be the first international flights from Batam to a destination outside Malaysia.
In the past a number of international flight destined to Australia used Batam, but those flights no longer operate.
Lion Air Group has announced plans to fly to destinations in East Asia and the Middle East from a hub in Batam.
A Limited Welcome
Bali Lawmaker Calls on Authorities to Keep Track of Newcomers Expect in Post-Lebaran Period
Metrobali.com has published a call from the vice-chairman of Commission I of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Gusti Putu Widjera, for the relevant government agencies to closely supervise the massive flood of returning people to Bali after the Ramadan holidays.
Putu Widjera has asked that people traveling to Bali from other islands carry with them identity papers and, if planning to migrate to Bali, a letter verifying employment in Bali.
“I hope the government, beginning from the provincial level to the village of banjar level, selectively keep records on new arrivals entering the island in the post-lebaran period,” said the legislators on Thursdays day, July 31, 2014.
Gusti Putu Widjera confirmed that Bali offers a range of employment opportunities connected with the Island’s tourism industry. Such opportunities lure migrant workers to Bali who must, by law, carry complete identity information to safeguard public order.
“Everyone is entitled to come to Bali as long as they have a work capacity or expertise in keeping current job openings. But if newcomers are only coming to Bali to try their luck at finding a job here, it is better if they reconsider their desire to come to Bali,” said Widjera.
He continued, saying he hoped newcomers wishing to work in Bali would follow local administrative rules. Adding: “I hope the administrations on the village and banjar level will record data on new arrivals, ensuring complete information is on file.”
Widjera called on people in Bali who own rental houses or boarding houses will record the details of renters and submit this data to local authorities.
“Public order and peace will be achieved if all residents follow the administrative rules in place that require everyone who enters Bali or takes up residence on the Island and reports to local community chiefs,” he said.
How Do You Plead?
Trial of Men Charged in Murder of American Paul Latourell Commences in Bali
According to the website of the Denpasar District Court, the two men charged in the killing American Paul Latourell on February 14, 2104, will make their first court appearance on Monday, August 4, 2014.
Going on trial are Multazam Aulawi (19) of Lombok and Marsianus Simarto (30) of Flores.
Both men have been charged under Paragraphs 340, 338 and 335 of the criminal code (KUHP) addressing premeditated murder and murder in the course of a household robbery with special circumstances.
According to the statutes, prosecutors can call for sentences ranging from 15 years to the death penalty.
Simarto is facing an additional charge of fencing stolen property taken by Aulawi form the murdered American.
Going Ape Wild in Bali
Surge of Monkey Attacks at East Bali Religious Site See Canadian Backpacker Bitten
In recent weeks monkeys populating Pura Sad Kahyangan Lempuyung – an important religious site in the traditional village of Purwayu in Karangasem, East Bali, have taken to attacking visitors.
On Thursday, July 31, 2014, one day after one of the primates attacked and bit a female Hindu Devotee, Ni Ketut Sutarmi, praying at the temple, a Canadian tourist Boris Gionet Blanchet (19) also suffered serious bites to his calf.
While there have been a number of Balinese worshippers bitten by the temple’s monkeys in recent months, this is the first time the monkeys have attacked an overseas visitor.
Blanchet was taken to the nearby Karangasem General Hospital in Amlapura where his wounds were treated and he was released.
Local residents living near the temple reported the attack to the Village Chief (Kelian) of the traditional village of Purwayi, I Nyoman Jati.
Jati, who is also the chairman of the committee charged with the development and care of Pura Sad Kahyangan Lempuyung Luhur, asked the Karangasem Disaster Prevention Team (BPBD) to assist.
BPBD officers from Karangasem, coordinated by I Wayan Sueta, responded by visiting the temple to help evaluate the injured tourist.
Reports in NusaBali sayt that the Canadian and his companion refused the assistance of local guides who carry air-powered rifles when accompanying tourists to ward off the increasing frequent monkey attacks.
According to those in charge of the temple complex, over the past four months at least five people have been bitten by monkeys who make their home at the religious site.
In response to the attacks, the regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Geredeg, promised to quickly take steps to end the monkey attacks by seeking assistance from the police and armed forces.
Separately, traditional Balinese ceremonies are planned at the complex to bring spiritual power to end the attacks.
Bali’s John Hardy Acquired by Catterton Partners
Reuters report that Bali-inspired international jeweler John Hardy has been acquired by a U.S. private equity firm Catterton Partners.
John Hardy was established in Indonesia by Mr. Hardy who first came to Bali in 1975. He later sold the company in 2007 to senior members the Company’s management team.
The John Hardy Brand is administered from corporate headquarters in Hong Kong with jewelry designed and manufactured by hundreds of skilled craftspeople based at a Bali production facility and exported to the world.
Catterton has acquired a 22.4% share of the Company held by 3i – a British private equity firm.
While the amount paid for the share in John Hardy was not disclosed, the company has been valued at between US$100-120 million.
Damien Dernoncourt who has served as CEO of John Hardy and was the controlling stakeholder will retain a stake in the company and serve as non-executive chairman.
The new CEO of John Hardy is Robert Hanson who was once CEO of American Eagle Outfitters and a former global president of Levi's.
John Hardy Sells World-Famous Bali Jewelry Brand
Bali is a Bargain
Malaysia Star Lists Bali Among Ten Cheapest Places to Go in 2014
The Malaysian Star has ranked Bali at #2 in its list of the 10 cheapest places to go on Holiday in 2014.
That Bali is popular with Malaysian travelers is demonstrated by its ranking as the third largest source of foreign visitors to Bali after Australia and Mainland China.
For the first half the year through the end of June 109,298 Malaysians visited Bali.
The article says great accommodation options still exist in Bali at RM 27 per night (US$8.40).
Visitors More Welcome than New Residents
Bali Screens Island Newcomers Arriving at the Port of Benoa
As many as 58 people were rounded up in a joint operation by Denpasar Municipal Officials, local law enforcement (Satpol PP), Armed Forces and Police conducted at the Port of Benoa on Friday, August 1, 2014.
As reported by Metrobali.com, those identified in the raid were newcomers to Bali apprehended as they disembarked from ships landing in Bali. When checked by officials those taken into detention for eventual expulsion lacked official identification cards (KTP) and/or were unable to demonstrate fixed employment in Bali.
“They were netted in the raids because they had no KTP or other form of identification,” explained the chief of population mobility for Denpasar, I Made Rapog.
Many of those taken into custody were underage children.
Because those caught by officials had family members waiting on the dock who guaranteed the newcomers, most were allowed to leave the port area with their families.
Officials conducting the raid checked identity cards and interrogated arriving passengers about their plans to take up residency on the Island of Bali.
The raids are intended to discourage the creation of a floating mass of unemployed people in Bali and to supplement data maintained by the province on unemployment levels.
Bali Anti-Narcotic Officers Warn of New Drugs Appearing on the Illicit Narcotics Market
The State News Agency Antara reports that the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN) in Bali is warning the public and law enforcement officials of more than 261 new forms of synthetic narcotics – in both powder and liquid forms – that are increasing encountered in Indonesia's illicit drug circles.
The head of prevention for BNN-Bali, Ketut Adi Lisdiani, said:
“In Indonesia we have encountered 261 new narcotic drugs. However, in Bali we have also found two new drugs in the form of ‘japa-japa’ that resembles marijuana and ‘chatinone’ that resembles methamphetamines.”
Lisdiani said among the 261 new narcotics there are 26 new synthetic forms of drugs including: Synthetic Cannabinoids (9), Piperazines (3), Plant-based substances (2), Ketamine (2) and a miscellaneous unnamed type (1).
BNN officials are concerned that these new forms of drugs will widen the penetration of illicit drug use among the younger generation in Indonesia.
Ketut Adi underlined the role of the family and parents as the first line of defense against the use of narcotics by young people and monitoring their relationships within the community.
The BNN official called on the public to report suspicions on the use of drugs within their surrounding communities.
Keeping Official Travel Economical
Provincial Government Orders all Air Tickets for Official Travel be Purchased Directly from the Airlines
The Provincial Government of Bali has issued a regulation for all elements of Bali’s administration to purchases air tickets for official travel directly from the airlines, ending the practice of purchasing official duty air tickets from travel agents.
The change in policy follows a report form the State Audit Board (BPK) auditing expenditures in 2013.
The chief of the Provincial Inspectorate Office, Ketut Teneng, told Radar Bali that his office is now monitoring the situation and has issued orders to all parts of the provincial government that excess funds allocated for tickets be returned to the provincial treasury.
Teneng, the former spokesman for the province, confirmed that funds allocated for visits to the region were overfunded by as much as Rp. 30 million (US$2,600) per trip.
Auditors found variations in prices for the same air ticket from different travel agents. As a result, all provincial government offices must purchase their tickets directly from the airlines.
5 Months Awaiting Trial
Balinese Cruise Line Steward Spends 5 Months in a Florida Jail Awaiting Trial for Rape and Attempted Murder on Holland America Cruise Ship
Ketut Pujayasa, the 28-year-old former Holland America Cruise Line MV Nieuw Amsterdam steward charged with rape and attempted murder in connection with a brutal attack on a female passenger during a “nude cruise” in the Gulf of Mexico, remains behind bars in a Boward County, South Florida jail awaiting trial.
The Balinese man has pleaded “not guilty” to the charges laid against him, claiming he was only defending his family’s honor against the woman who called him a son-of-a-bitch” through a closed door when he tried to deliver a morning breakfast tray.
Putuyasa is facing a potential 22-28 years in prison in response to the multiple criminal charge of rape and attempted murder in connection with the February 25, 2014 attack.
On Thursday, July 31, 2014, family members, friends and neighbors of Pujayasa in Bali organized a traditional prayer service at the Pura Dalem Purwa at the traditional village Suwung in Buleleng, North Bali.
Members of his family carried photos on the man taken in better times when he had just graduated from a cruise shipping academy.
In their prayers family members sought divine help in order that Pujayasa can be released from the threat of 26 years in prison.
Pujayasa is being assisted by a court-appointed defense attorney assisted by the Indonesian Consulate in Houston, Texas.
Tektok, Who’s There?
Spectacular Dance Performance Presented Four Nights Per Week at Bali Culture Center in Nyuh Kuning, Ubud
Adding to the growing number of spectacular dance and stage performances available to Bali visitors, the Bali Culture Center (BCC) in Nyuh Kuning Ubud now presents a rare and mesmerizing presentation of the Tektok Dance four nights per week.
Taken from the epic Mahabrata story of India, the Ubud presentation tells of a struggle between King Yudhistira and his brothers and his archrival Duryodhana (Kurava). Lured into a game of chance, Kurava manages to persuade Yudhistira to wager and lose his entire Kingdom.
Claiming the defeated Yudhistira and his brothers as slaves, Kurava seeks the ultimate humiliation of forcing the losing King to undress his Queen and offer her to his nemesis.
A battle of the demi-gods proceeds with Truth and Goodness eventually triumphing over the evil Kurava in the end.
Originating from Lombok, the Tek Tok Dance has been reworked by celebrated choreographers I Made Sidia and I Gusti Gde Jelantik. The music that accompanies the dance is produced solely by syncopations and harmonies from a chorus of human voices.
Working with the seminal influence of a traditional dance form found in Lombok, Sidia and Jelantik have created an entirely new addition to the Bali-Lombok dance repertoire that is now presented every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening at 6:30 pm.
Presented on a colossal scale, tickets are only Rp. 190,000 for adults and Rp. 140,000 for children.
Fill in the Blanks
Details Emerge of Plans by PT Tirta Wahana Bali International to Reclaim 910 hectares of Benoa Bay
The Bali Post has published a page-one expose gleaned from an official publication by PT Tirta Wahana Bali International (PT RWBI) the company designated to undertake the reclamation of 810 hectares of what was once a protected mangrove forests area in Benoa Bay.
According to the plan drawn up by PT TWBI:
The 810-hectare reclamation project is estimated to take 34 months.
40% of the reclaimed area is to be set aside for “green areas”
The cost of the reclamation and development of the new lands is estimated at Rp. 30 trillion (US$2.6 billion).
84.2 hectares of the development is designated for meeting, conference, incentive and exhibition facilities (MICE).
37.2 hectares will be designated for mixed commercial and residential purposes.
116.9 hectares will be dedicated to recreation and resort development.
29.4 hectares will be used for office space.
389.7 hectares will be used for apartments, villas and villas suspended over water.
8.3 hectares for public facilities.
Only 10.95 of the reclaimed area or 85 hectares will be reserved for “open spaces.” This is apparently at variance with initial plans put forward that said 40% of the reclaimed land would be for green “open spaces.”
Soil for reclamation will be taken from dredging in the Benoa Bay and surrounding islands in Benoa Bay. More sand and landfill will be taken from Sawangan, Nusa Dua and Sekotong in Lombok, and Karangasem.
No date for the commencement of work has been declared,while widespread protests against the project continue to come from broad segments of the Balinese community.
The Battle for Bali
Australia’s SBS TV Explores Development Strain in Bali
SBS TV in Australia broadcast a segment entitled “The Battle for Bali” produced by senior correspondent David O’Shea.
The segment raises fundamental questions asking if Bali is being overdeveloped and presents a fairly balance report on the current controversy over the reclamation of Benoa Bay.
Hospitality Golf Party
Bali National Golf Club Presents a Day of Golf for Travel Industry Members
The Bali National Golf Club at Nusa Dua is celebrating Indonesia’s 69th birthday with a special rate of US$69 exclusively for members of the Island’s hotel, tour operators and airline staff on Friday, August 15, 2014.
The rate includes tee-off starting from 12 noon and includes a BBQ meal at the Golfer’s Terrace.
Qualified members of the Island’s travel industry can contact Ms. Ridha at the Bali National Golf Club by telephoning +62-(0)361-771791 or [Email] .
The Road Less Traveled
Bali Toll Way Seeks Higher Traffic Volumes
On October 1, 2104 Bali’s only toll way – The Bali Mandara Toll Road will celebrate its first anniversary.
The road over Benoa Bay was built at a cost of Rp. 2.5 trillion (US$217 million) in order to reduce severe traffic congestion in the Island’s southern region.
Despite the construction of the toll way and new underpass traffic congestion remains a problem as evidenced during the just completed Idul Fitri holidays.
When the toll road was initially opened, managers targeted a traffic volume of 39,000 vehicles each day as being needed to cover operating costs and make a return on the investment to shareholders. Traffic volumes in March (33,662 vehicles) and May (36,509) continue to fall short of these expectations.
The managers of the toll way claim the failure to meet targeted vehicle volume was a failure on their part to calculate the impact of the new Dewi Ruci Underpass.
Planning ahead, the toll operators are targeting a volume of 44,000 vehicles each day comprised of 45% motorcycles and 55% four-wheeled vehicles.
In order to increase loads even further a traffic study review is planned for later this year and a publicity campaign to encourage higher usage of the roadway.
Will the toll road increase its rates? A spokesman for PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol told Radar Bali that increases do not typically take place during the first two years of a new road’s operation.
The Fruit of our Labors
Provinces Considers Requiring the Use of Local Fruits in Bali Hotels and Hindu Religious Ceremonies
The province of Bali is seeking ways to increase the income of Bali farmers and bolster the Island’s agricultural sector.
The trend towards trade liberalization is a double-edge sword for Bali’s agriculturalists. On one level it will open the door of world trade to Balinese farms products, while, at the same time, allowing a freer flow of imported fruits and vegetable into Bali.
To safeguard the livelihoods of Bali farmers, the provincial administration is considering legislation requiring hotels to purchase 50% of all fruit produce from Bali sources.
Quoted by Radar Bali, the vice-governor of Bali Ketut Sudikerta insists that Bali is already producing high quality fruit, admitting, also, that further improvements in quality are possible to enhance their competitive position vis-à-vis imported fruit.
Sudikerta is also encouraging legislation that would require the use of local fruit in Balinese religious offerings.
Ideally, according to Sudikerta, sanctions would be imposed on hotels and religious worshippers who failed in their legal responsibility to use local fruits.
Meanwhile, many hotels admit that local fruit quality is improving, but problems remain in obtaining a continuing, sustainable supply across the entire
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