Bali News Update week 33 N.

A Bali Holiday Gone Terribly Wrong

Police Holiding American Teen and Boyfriend in Killing of 62-Year-Old Chicago Socialite in South Bali Hotel

 

Bali Police have arrested two young Americans at a Kuta area hotel on the suspicion of killing the young woman’s mother and stuffing her body in a suitcase.

 

In police custody are Heather Lois Mack (19) and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer (21) who police believe killed Sheila Von Wiese Mack (62) on Tuesday, August 12, 2014,  in a room at a luxury hotel in South Bali.

The young Americans, believed to be a couple, are refusing the speak to speak to police without their lawyer present.

 

Police theorize that Von Wiese Mack was killed on Monday night or early on Tuesday morning following an altercation with her daughter and her boyfriend. Some reports indicate the daughter argued with her mother wwho refused to pay the accommodation costs of the boyfriend.

 

The murder came to the attention of the police when Schaefer and the younger Mack brought a number of suitcases, one containing the body of Mrs. Von Wiese Mack, through the lobby of the hotel and placed them in a waiting taxi. The couple reportedly refused offers of assistance with the luggage form the Hotel's staff.

 

The couple ostensibly returned to their room in the hotel,  leaving the taxi and luggage waiting for more than two hours. When the taxi driver eventually complained, hotel security alerted police who discovered the grisly contents of the largest suitcase..

 

A review of CCTV footage showed the couple leaving the property via the beach after leaving the luggage with the unsuspecting taxi driver. Other footage shows an eatlier argument between the couple and the murdered woman in the lobby area on the Monday evening.

 

Meanwhile, hotel staff reported a loud argument coming from one of the two rooms rented by the three Americans. The two women, sharing a single room at the hotel, had checked into the resort on Saturday. Schaefer checked in the following Monday.

 

Preliminary forensic examination of the woman’s body showed evidence of blunt force trauma and a struggle, suggesting resistance to an attack that led to her death.

 

Police traced the couple to a Kuta area hotel and arrested them on the morning after the day the woman's bodyt was discovered.

 

The Chicago Tribune identify the deceased woman was the wife of the late James L. Mack, a well-known conductor, composed and music producer, who died in 2006 while on a holiday in Greece.

 

Thee young couple told police of being taken captive at the Resort by an armed gang that they claimed killed the elder Mack. This story, however, does not gel with reports from hotel staff, CCTV evidence, the couple’s role in concealing and moving the woman’s corpse to a waiting taxi, and their moving to another hotel in Bali.

 

Bali police have ordered drug and psychiatric review of the two young Americans, while the daughter has engaged a U.S. Lawyer to help counsel he in the case.

 

The Chicago Tribune said the woman lived in a luxury Chicago Lake Shore Drive Apartment and had once worked for the late Senator Ted Kennedy, as an editor for Studs Terkel and studied with author Saul Bellow.

 

When Wages Take Flight

Merpati Airline Employees Protest Months of Unpaid Wages

 

Hundreds of employee of the grounded State-owned air carrier Merpati Nusantara marched on the offices of the Minister of State-owned Enterprises demanding payment of eight-month wages, holiday bonuses and severance pay.

 

Detikfinance.com said the group comprised of pilots, stewardesses and other employees numbering about 300 arrived on three buses and private vehicles.

 

Wearing their service uniforms, the airline workers also wore yellow headbands carrying the slogan “Pay our Wages and our Holiday Bonus.”

 

10 airline workers representing the larger group met with a senior official of the Ministry to issue their demands.

 

Several members of the group chanted: “Pay our Wages. Pay our Wages.”

 

The group was unable, however to meet with the BUMN Minister, Dahlan Iskan, who was out of town at the time of the group’s visit.

 

 

 

Unplanned Stopover in Paradise

Thai Airways Makes an Emergency Landing in Bali

 

On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, a Thai Airways flight traveling from Sydney to Bangkok diverted and made an emergency landing at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

 

A Boeing 747 with 294 passengers and crew on board had been flying for six hours when a cracked window prompted the captain to make a precautionary landing in Bali at about 5:00 pm local time.

 

Passengers and crew were accommodated overnight in Bali while a new aircraft was dispatched to bring the passengers to Bangkok the following morning. 

 

A repair team was also  dispatched to Bali to supervise the installation of a new window on the affected aircraft.

 

Dangerous Descent

Dominican Trekker Dies on Slopes of Lombok’s Mt. Rinjani

 

The State News Agency Antara reports that a 26-year-old citizen of the Dominican Republic, Mario Alpanso Rodriguez, died while climbing the Mount Rajani volcano in Lombok on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at around midnight.

 

The head of the Gunung Rinjani National Park (TNGR), Agus Budiono, confirmed the fatality involving the foreign climber,

 

“From the information now available, the victim was reportedly sick as he began his climb and he later asked for an urgent evacuation. Eventually a local motorcyclist climbed to his location to bring him down off the mountain,” said Budiono.

 

On the ride down the mountain an accident occurred causing the Dominican to fall into a ravine and die.

 

Budiono said an investigation was underway by police to absolutely confirm that the accident caused the death of Rodriguez.

 

Records confirm that Mario Alpanso Rodriguez commenced climbing Mount Rinjani on his own on Frdiay, August 8, 2014 on a route via Sembalun in East Lombok.

 

The man’s body was evacuated from the ravine by tens of porters assisted by health and TNGR officials and brought to the General Hospital in Selong, Lombok.

 

Budiono confirmed that Park rules prohibit motorcycles from traveling within the park on hiker’s paths and was concerned that the local villager was bold enough to brings a bike to transport the Dominican visitor.

 

The park authorities are awaiting the results of a police investigation surrounding the man’s death.

 

Tourism: The Unfinished Revolution

Head of Indonesia Tourism Promotion Board Calls for a Revolution of Thinking and Practice to Meet the Challenges Ahead

 

The chair of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI) is calling for a revolution in thinking in order to advance to make Indonesian tourism internationally competitive.

 

The BPPI chairwoman, Yanti Sukamdani, quoted in travel.detik.com, said Indonesia needs a twin revolution – a mental revolution and a tourism revolution. Sukamdani was at a luncheon discussing the concept of a quantum Leap for Tourism and the Creative Economy hosted by the BPPI in Jakarta on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

 

According to Yanti, the mental revolution needed calls for battling corruption in order to prevent the loss of State funds that will, in turn, help accelerate the rate of national development. 

 

Continuing, she said the public’s welfare and morality must be enhanced, saying, “Indonesia must have its own identity.”

 

“Indonesia is indeed famed for the friendliness of its people, but in times like these that alone is not enough,” warned the BPPI chair.

 

Referring to what she sees as a necessary revolution in tourism, Yanti called for higher tourism targets of 20-25 million foreign visitors and 275 domestic tourism trips by 2019.

 

In order to achieve these ambitious tourism targets, Yanti said significant improvements must be made in the national infrastructure. In addition, immigration processing must be facilitated for the comfort of foreign visitors. This should also include increasing the number of countries granting visas-on-arrival.

 

“How can it be that tourists wanting to holiday in Indonesia must line up for long periods of time at immigration? We need to fix this,” Yanti insists.

 

Commenting further on the needed tourism revolution, the BPPI chairwoman said the industry needs qualified professionals holding certification in their field of competency.

 

Finally, Sukamdani underlined the need for security in order to foster tourism growth in Indonesia.

 

Only through a revolution in mentality and Indonesia’s approach to tourism can National tourism development goals be realized.

 

 

Bali's Pet Smuggling Trade

Despite Seizure and Slaughter of Illegally Imported Animals

 

The State News Agency Antara reports that live animals are still being smuggled into Bali despite laws against such acts and the frequent seizure and extermination of animals by health and quarantine authorities.

 

On Friday morning, August 15, 2014, police from the Port of Gilimanuk precinct confiscated eight pedigree dogs and one cat hidden aboard a bus entering Bali from Java. 

 

Nyoman Wirya Sucipta of the Gilimanuk police post said,  “The dogs and cat were found in the baggage compartment of a bus from Surabaya to Denpasar.”

 

The driver of the bus said the dogs were to be disembarked at the Ubung Bus Station in Denpasar to be handed over to a man named Yudan.

 

The dogs, reported to be Pit-bull, German Shepherd and Maltese breeds and an Angora cat - are now in the custody of the Gilimanuk quarantine office.

 

Officials at the port also often discover live poultry being smuggled into Bali in violation of an absolute ban on live bird imports intended to prevent thespread of avian influenza. 

 

The modus operandi for smuggling pets and poultry vary little in the many cases encountered in Gilimanuk. The animals are hidden among luggage and cargo on trucks and busses entering Bali.

 

In most instances quarantine officials destroy the confiscated animals.

 

Designer Drug Makes Bali Debut

Bali Customs Official Seize 3.9 kilogram of New Designer Drug and Arrest Lithuanian National

 

Customs officials at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport have managed to block the importation of a new narcotic substance into Bali.

 

Beritabali.com reports that the head of the Ngurah Rai Custom’s post, Budi Harjanto, confirmed the interception of 3.9 kilograms of Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) in a package sent by air cargo to Bali.

 

A psychoactive substance, Methylenedioxypyrovalerone works as a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI).

 

Developed in the 1960s, it made a re-emergence in 2004 when it was sold as bath salts as a recreational drug in U.S. gas stations and convenience stores.

 

The physical effects of the drug are said to be similar to cocaine, methylphenidate and the amphetamines. 

 

“Indication of a new narcotics network are seen in the involvement of a Lithuanian with the initials VL and the origination of the drugs, also from Lithuania," explained Harjanto on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. 

 

The modus operandi for importation was by “false concealment” – hidden in the lining of a suitcase. Closer examination revealed six packages of a clear crystalline powder weighing in total 3.962 kilograms.

 

Confirmation of the narcotics quality of the material made its importation a violation of Indonesia’s tough anti-narcotics law.

 

VL, the suspect, will be charge under sections of that law with a maximum punishment of 20 years behind bars.

 

A Bad Bargain

Tourism Leader Warns Bali Tourism is Discounting itself into a Second-tier Destination

 

While Bali has received many international awards recognizing it among the world’s leading tourism destinations, many leaders in the tourism industry are increasingly concerned that Bali has become a “bargain destination” over the past 3-4 years.

 

The chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Association (GIPI), Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, warned that Bali’s past success is no guarantee of its continued success. Moreover, he remains deeply concerned that Bali’s reputation may be on the downturn.

 

Quoted by Beritadewata.com, Wijaya said: “At this time a price war is underway. This has caused the hotels to sell rooms at cheap prices.”

 

He said that the price war has had a lead-on effect on tourism transportation, tourism attractions, restaurants, art centers and the creative economy. 

 

Wijaya reasons that Bali as one of the best tourism destinations in the world should be boosting other sectors of the economy, when, in fact, the opposite is happening.

 

Comparing Bali to Malaysia as a tourism destination, Wijaya contends Indonesia is failing to compete. While Malaysia is able to attract 24 million foreign visitors each year, Indonesia only garners 8.8 million foreign tourists. 

 

While Wijaya admits the battle is not merely for the total number of tourists who visit, but more for the amount of money that foreign visitors spend. Because of this, the trend to sell accommodation cheaply is accompanied by a diminishing length-of-stay for visitors to Indonesia - now standing at 3-days at five and four star hotels. Three star hotels are recording stays of 4-5 days.

 

“In fact, in the past the length of stay for foreign tourists was 13-14 days. Now they stay for 3 to 5 days. The length of time is diminishing,” explained Wijaya.

 

People visiting Bali are staying shorter periods of time and spending less money. Daily spends are down to US$80 as compared to former levels of $110 in daily spending per day.

 

Wijaya says this problem will only become more acute if the government in Bali allows more accommodation to be built.

 

A Great Notion for a Great Nation

Balidiscovery.com Shares its Thought on 69 Years of Indonesian Nationhood.

 

It was about 10 a.m. on a Friday morning that fell within the Moslem fasting month when, on August 17, 1945, a young and charismatic political activist Soekarno, accompanied by Mhd. Hatta, stepped up to a microphone to make the following powerful and very succinct pronouncement:

 

"We the people of Indonesia hereby declare Indonesia's Independence, Matters concerning the transfer of power and other questions will be executed in an orderly manner in the shortest possible time.

 

Now, some 69 years later, those words still echo as Indonesia celebrates that momentous day and looks back at the intervening years of nation building. That along the way there have been many painful setbacks intermixed among moments of great victory - no one can deny. 

 

Similarly, the early days of the French Republic recorded many cruel excesses while the opening chapters of the great American experiment were tarnished by great wealth built on a slave society and a ruthless near-annihilation of an indigenous people. Likewise, the people of Indonesia have not been exempt from undergoing the trials, errors and tribulations experienced by any people striving to discover their national identity.

 

Like all great nations, Indonesia has from its earliest days set for itself high ideals based on principles of humanity, social justice, national unity and nationalism. Yet, uniting a people spread across a geographic area equal in breadth to any in the world, living on thousands of islands, and comprised of over 300 ethnic groups has proven a formidable and often frustrating task. And, yes, there have been periods when that march forward towards its national destiny when Indonesia has faltered. There have been painful retreats before finally managing a consolidation for the next, bold step into the future.

 

As a nation, Indonesia has suffered and paid dearly for its mistakes and missteps. God willing, we are wiser and more sage for the experience.

 

Principles of unity, social justice, and nationalism proclaimed by the Nation's founders remain with us today. These ideals – when wisely applied by the nation's leaders – have managed to override any narrower interests of race, ethnicity, local culture and religious beliefs, steadfastly nurturing our diversity while strengthening our unity.

 

Indonesia's national motto: BHINNEKA TUNGGAL IKA proclaims the national ideal of "unity in diversity." Clearly, managing that diversity while fostering unity represents at once Indonesia's greatest challenge and it's true destiny among great the community of nations.

 

Balidiscovery.com takes this opportunity to extend its sincere wishes for a future bright with promise to the people of Republic of Indonesia.

 

"Dirgahayu Republik Indonesia H.U.T. ke-69!"

 

Medical Law and Ethics

World Association on Medical Law to Meet in Nusa Dua , Bali August 22-24, 2014

 

The Jakarta Post reports that a World Conference on Medical Law will convene leading forensic experts in Nusa Dua August 22-24, 2014.

 

The president of the conference, M. Nasser, told the State News Agency Antara that a main focus of the meeting would be law enforcement and health-related crime.

 

Traveling to Bali to participate at the meeting will be experts in law, forensic, health law, bioethics and medical ethics.

 

Nasser, who is a ranking Indonesian police official, said, “We aim to discuss the topics because there are a lot of differences in the implementation of health criminal law in each country.”

 

Last year’s World Association on Medical Law (WAML) was held in Zagreb, Craotia.

 

Konnichiwa and Selamat Datang

Japanese Announce Visa-Free Policy for Indonesian Nationals; Indonesia Taking Steps to Reciprocate

 

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has confirmed that his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, used a recent visit to Jakarta to confirm that Indonesian passport holders will soon be allowed to visit Japan without first obtaining a visa. 

 

“He (Kishida) formally advised that his government has taken a decision. He did not say when the change in visa policy would take place, but I heard January 2015,” said Natalegawa.

 

In response to the change in Japanese visa policy towards Indonesian passport holders, Indonesia will soon extend the same courtesy of not requiring a visa for Japanese nationals visiting Indonesia. Natalegawa added: “In accordance with the principle of reciprocity, we will take steps to allowing the Japanese visa-free visits to Indonesia.”

 

While the Indonesian Foreign Minister would not specify dates, he assured the necessary changes would take place quickly. “It would be best if this could be done in synchronization with the change in the Japanese change of visa policy,” he said.

 

Those in Peril on the Sea

2 Passengers Missing from Sunken Tourist Vessel Near Komodo Island

 

Detik.com confirms that Search and Rescue workers continue to search for the remaining 2 missing passengers missing at sea after the sinking of the tourist vessel Forcase Ikan Biru Star on Saturday evening, August 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm off the eastern coast of Sangeang Island, north of Sumbawa.

 

Initial reports suggest the ship began taking on water in rough seas after striking a reef and eventually sinking.

 

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the head of data, information and public relations for the National Disaster Preventative Agency (BNPB), confirmed “the ship departed Lombok toward Komodo Island with 25 passengers, comprised of 20 foreign tourists and 5 locals serving as crew, captain and a tourist guide.”

 

By Sunday evening, 24 hours the ship’s sinking, 10 tourists had been rescued floating at sea near Sangeang Island. 

 

On Monday morning a further 13 were discovered alive floating at sea wearing life vests.

 

The two still missing were part of the contingent of paying passenger/

 

The ten listed as saved on Sunday were:

 

1. Gaylene Ane (Male) – New Zealand 

2. Rafael Matienes (31, Male) – Spain 

3. Hommasel Betran (33, Male) – France 

4. Cantrine Ane (21, Female) – New Zealand 

5. Alice Elisabeth (19, Female) - Great Britain

6. Maria Palonfont (33, Female) - Spanish

7. Eli Visser (29, Female) - Dutch

8. Cayleng Cheryl (53, Female) – Dutch

9. Hannah S. (21, Female) – German

10. Nonen Sokhon (21, Female) – German

 

The additional 13 passengers and crew brought to safety on Monday were:

 

1. Yatman Ammen from Holland.

2. A. Princes from Italu

3. Fabio from Italy.

4. Oriona from Italy.

5. Lisa from Germany

6. Trobert from Holland

7. Maria Fiona from Holland

8. Dio Carolina from Germany

9. M. Nujun from Lombok, Indonesia (Ship’s Captain)

10. Sali from Lombok, Indonesia (crewmember) 

11. Roni from Lombok, Indonesia (crewmember) 

12. Wahyu from Lombok, Indonesia (guide)

13. Yan from Lombok, Indonesia (guide).

 

Sutopo went on to explain that the search for 2 remaining passengers continues carried out by members of national and local Search and Rescue teams, police, volunteers and local fishermen.

 

The names and nationality of the remaining two passengers have not been released by police.

 

All those rescued from the ocean are receiving medical care at a health center in Sumbawa.

 

Bless our Beasts

Bali Safari & Marine Park Seeks God’s Blessing on ‘Tumpek Kandang’ – a Day Dedicated to Animals

 

Important in the calendar cycle of Balinese festivals is Tumpek Kandang Day – dedicated to seeking God’s blessing on the animal kingdom comprised of both the domesticated animals that share close proximity to man and the animals inhabiting the wild kingdom.

 

Tumpek Kandang fell on Saturday, August 9, 2014, and was celebrated with special enthusiasm at the Bali Safari and Marine Park that is home to 600 animals.

 

Gathered at the Bali Theatre inside the park were a broad cross-section of the Safari Park’s residents, including elephants, bearcats, orangutans, snakes and colorful macaws. 

 

Two high-caste Bali-Hindu priests – Ida Pedanda Gde Ketut Oka Jelantik Dwipayana and Ida Pedanda Istri Ketut Oka - presided over prayers and rituals  to seek God’s blessing on all the park animals, ensuring good health and longevity.

 

William Santoso, general manager of Bali Safari & Marine Park explained that it is essential to appreciate the animal kingdom as fellow inhabitants of the planet created by God. 

 

“Human life in enhanced by animals and at the park we are fortunate to have a fine collection of exotic creatures for our visitors to experience. Tumpek Kandang has religious significance but also highlights that the Balinese community is aware of animal welfare just as we are at Bali Safari and Marine Park,” said Santoso.

 

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Mind Your “Qs” and “Pees”

Bali Tourism Transport Drivers Undergo Surprise Urinalysis

 

In an effort to protect tourist visitors to Bali and anticipate the danger posed by drug abuse, a special team comprised of narcotic officers from the Bali police and the anti-narcotics team (BNN) of Gianyar regency conducted urinalysis testing on some 50 tourist transport drivers stopping over at the Goa Gajah Temple, in Bedulu, near Ubud, Bali on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

 

The surprise urinalysis testing of drivers commenced at 10:00 am with plain clothes officers inviting tourism transport drivers to a special testing area.

 

The head of BNN in Gianyar, Made Pastika, accompanied by the chief narcotics officer of the Gianyar police precinct, I Kadek Ardika, said the tests were needed to ensure that drug abuse is absent among tourism transport drivers. Police also argue that drug abuse in certain circles, such as transport drivers, represents a special threat to public safety and Bali’s reputation as a leading tourism destination.

 

Police said that urinalysis is able to deduct any drug use in a period of up to 3 days preceding the testing.

 

The test results of the 50 drivers checked on August 12th were not disclosed by police. Authorities said guidance, however, would be given to companies and drivers found to be involved with drugs.

 

Leave it to a Professional

Tourism Leaders Call for their Next Minister to be Drawn from Circle of Professional Tourism Practitioners

 

National tourism leaders are publicly expressing the hope that the next minister charged with responsibility over tourism in the next presidential cabinet be a professional with experience in the national tourism industry.

 

The chairman of the Indonesian Exhibitors Association (Asperrapi), Effi Setiabudi, and quoted by Bisnis Bali, said in Jakarta that said tourism needs professional management that is able to protect and increase much needed foreign exchange.

 

“The effects of tourism are felt at every level of society, not only among hoteliers, restaurant operators and transportation companies, but also among handicraft makers and informal traders who are impacted by tourism activities,” explained Setiabudi.

 

She continued, saying Indonesia’s next tourism minister must be someone accustomed to handling tourism and creative economy matters because of the wide effect of tourism on large cross sections of Indonesian society. “Therefore, tourism must be handled by a circle of professionals, and not in a slipshod manner,” she said.

 

She also explained that tourism generated US$10 billion dollars in foreign exchange in 2013, becoming the fourth largest source of foreign exchange after gas and minerals, coal and palm oil.

 

Setiabudi said she sees many tourism leaders capable of filling the role of tourism and creative economy minister in the next cabinet. “One example,” she said, “is Yanti Sukamdani who currently heads the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI) . In addition to working for decades in a professional capacity in the country’s tourism business, she has also worked in both national and international tourism organizations proving her expertise in all areas related to tourism.” 

 

Effi Setiabudi added that a minister must have wide-ranging networks and hands that are clean.

 

Echoing Setiabudi’s sentiments is I Nyoman Kandia, the president of the Southeast Asia Tour Guide Association and chairman of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI).

 

“Experience, networks and professionalism – these are what’s important. I think tourism needs an individual to help us rise up and become the main economic force in Indonesia,” said Kandia. 

 

Wiryanti Sukamdani (shown in illustration) is a well-known figure in tourism circles, both in Indonesia and across ASEAN. She serves as the chairman of the BPPI and the chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI). She is a graduate of Cornell University (USA) and has served in the past as the president of ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) and vice-chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN).

 

New Road for Tanjung Benoa?

Talks Continue on Construction of a Tanjung Benoa Ring Road in Bali’s South

 

NusaBali reports discussion continue between the regent of Badung and Central government officials to clear the way for the construction of a ring road on Tanjung Benoa to reduce traffic congestion. 

 

The road measuring 4 kilometers with a width of 30 meters has an estimated cost of Rp. 350 billion (US$30.4 million).

 

Meetings are underway with various agencies of the regional and national government to clear the way for the project.

 

On December 27, 2011, the regent of Badung, Anak Agung Gde Agung, proposed that part of Tanjung Benoa’s redevelopment include the development of the small offshore island of Pulau Pudut as a conservation area for sea turtles. 

 

Bali Prepares to Fight Ebola

Classed as a Worldwide Epidemic by the WHO, Bali Puts Measures in Place to Handle Suspected Ebola Patients

 

Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital has prepared a special isolation unit – the Nusa Indah Room – for use in handling highly infectious diseases, such as Ebola.

 

The head of medical services at the hospital, Dr. Ketut Semarjaya, told DenPost on Saturday, August 9, 2014, that staff handling any suspected Ebola outbreak would also be equipped with special isolation suits and all items touched or used by suspected patients being treated for Ebola would be disposed of and destroyed.

 

In the event of the death of suspected Ebola patient special protocols are also in place for handling human remains .

 

Semarjaya explained that Ebola can be spread via the body fluids of both living and dead victims of the disease.

 

Initial symptoms of Ebola resemble other viruses and include fever, aching joints and headache. More advanced cases manifest vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding typically followed by the death of the patient.

 

Semarjaya said no viable vaccine exist for Ebola that is now classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a worldwide epidemic.

 

Health personnel are now deployed at air and seaports to detect potential threats to the public health, like Ebola.

 

Kura Kura: New Local Travel Option in Bali

Bali Introduces New Kura Kura Shuttle Bus System for Tourist Visitors

 

A new luxury local bus system – Kura Kura Bus – commenced trial operations on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in Bali.

 

Initially comprised of a fleet of 27 vehicle, Kura Kura Bus serve three regencies of Bali – Badung, Denpasar and Gianyar.

 

In Badung the bus will ply Jalan Seminyak, Mal Bali Galeria and the Garuda Wisnu Kencana monument. In Gianyar the Kura Jura buses will serve the Monkey Forest and the Ubud Palace.

 

The buses are all air-conditioned and operate with WiFi.

 

Tickets to travel on the Kura Kura system can be purchased on line or from conveniently located ticket office

 

A Day and Night at the Museum

Morning Coffee at The Museum and Charity Dinner – August 30, 2014

 

In an effort to promote museums and enhance their place in Balinese society two special events are scheduled for Saturday, August 30, 2014 via “A Morning Coffee at The Museum” and a Charity Dinner.

 

Celebrating the appreciation of Indonesian national history and education, and the role played by museums, a “Morning Coffee at the Museum” will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 pm at Rumah Bakau – House of Mask & Puppet Ubud.

 

Led by Prof. Dr. I Wayan Ardika M.A, dean of the faculty of letters at Bali’s Udayana University, the various speakers and participants throughout the day will discuss the role of education in the appreciation of the richness of national history and national heritage

 

Cost of participation in the Coffee Morning is Rp. 300,000 per person and includes lunch and coffee breaks

 

Also on August 30th, a Charity Dinner will be held from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at The Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud. Rp. 700,000 per person covers a fine dining menu and wines.

 

Proceeds from both events go to the BasaBali project and Sanggar TariSandhi Muni Jumara.

 

Arresting Drug Development

Denpasar Police Conduct Raids on Suspected Narcotics Dealers

 

Police have arrested a Brazilian man, identified by the initials GHVM (33) and a Balinese woman Ni Putu Yantini (38) in two separate areas of Denpasar on suspicion of distributing narcotics. 

 

According to Bali Post, the two were apprehended in an anti-narcotics operations conducted by the Denpasar police.

 

The Brazilian’s car that was under surveillance by police when it was stopped on Friday, August 15, 2014 on Jalan Gunung Soputan and searched. A small quantity of hashish, marijuana and narcotic paraphernalia were seized and the man taken into custody.

 

Several hours later, police raided a boarding house in the Tonja area of Denpasar where they found 10.41 grams of methamphetamines and two ecstasy pills in the personal possession of Yantini. 

 

Police continue to investigate the two separate cases. 

 

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