Music that Heals
New Sanur-based Foundation Holds Fund-Raiser to Help People Stop Addiction and Rebuild Lives
The Lighthouse Bali - a new non-profit foundation in Sanur, Bali dedicated to helping people overcome addiction is holding a evening of music and food in order to raise funds in order to expand its outreach programs to the community.
The event will be held at a private residence on Jalan Pantai Karang #8 in Sanur (the same street as The German Consulate) on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
The donation at the door of Rp. 200,000 covers the entertainment and food donated by leading Bali restaurants.
Headlining the night will the acoustical sound of independent singer-songwriter Sue-Anne Stewart. Based in Queensland, Australia, Sue-Anne has performed at musical festivals around the world, sharing the stage with leading performance artists.
Her music bespeaks a solid folk heritage, reflected in her powerful voice and unique vocal styling that are at once strong, clear and unwavering – both in sound and the message her songs convey.
Sue-Anne most recent voyage of motherhood has awakened a new joy in her music seen in her new album “Gypsy Blood” produced with the famed Anthony Lycenko.
“Gypsy Blood” is Sue-Anne's fourth album.
According to Lighthouse Bali director, Alice Dill, the organization’s mission is to provide alcohol and drug addiction treatment to both international and local clients at the lowest possible cost. Operated as a registered Indonesian charitable foundation, there is no waiting list for treatment at Lighthouse Bali. Utilizing a proven program taught by the world famous Halzeden Addiction Treatment Center in the U.S.A.,
Their tailor-made holistic programs follow the Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, which brings together the realms of the spirit, the human world and nature. This combination helps each client connect with their individual strengths and weaknesses, landing on a solid platform of self-awareness and recovery.
Food for the August 29th fundraiser is provided by a selection of Bali’s top restaurants and all proceeds will benefit this not for profit centre that made affordable treatment plans to western and Indonesian clients.
On the Street Where You Live
Denpasar, Bali Street Views Now Available on Google Maps
On Thursday, August 21, 2014, Google Indonesia launched Google Street View in Indonesia.
In Indonesia the ability to zoom in on a Google map for a 360-degree street view iscurrently limited to Jakarta, Bogor, Surabaya and Denpasar (Bali).
Andrew McGlinchey, product manager for Southeast Asia for Google APAC told Kompas.com that the street view is now available for 90% of the streets in the listed cities.
In addition to tours of the residential and business areas of the cities surveyed, Google Street View also records some of Indonesia’s more iconic destinations, including Ubud, Bali and the coral reefs of Komodo.
Rudy Rumawy, country director for Google Indonesia promised the Google Street View service would soon be extended to more cities in Indonesia as their sophisticated survey vehicles crawls more streets recording 360-degree views using advanced GPS technology.
The Google manager said one of the obstacles in recording Street Views is the need for the survey vehicle to operate at a more-or-less constant rate of speed, a requirement often made problematic by congested traffic conditions in Indonesia.
Farming Still an Economic Centerpiece in Bali
Bali Farming Families Earn US$3,096 per year
The average household income of a farming family in Bali, based on the 2013 provincial census, is equal to Rp. 35,61 million (US$3,096) or Rp. 2.97 million (US$258) per month.
Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the head of the Center for Statistics (BPS), Panasunan Siregar, said, “That income is derived from both agricultural work and income from other sources.”
Income from farming sources equals 33.61% of total farm family income or Rp. 11.97 million per annum. The remaining shares of household income are derived from wages earned working on other owner’s parcels of land and other non-agricultural sources of employment.
Many farmers reported supplemental income from small-scale fish farming.
147,887 families in Bali live as rice farmers, a total comprising 67.65% of all farming families on the Island.
Agricultural activity remains the economic cornerstone of Bali with 218,591 farming families living in Bali.
Bali: Heaven or Hell?
Governor Pastika Challenges Image of Bali as Heaven on Earth
Governor Made Mangku Pastika has taken the occasion of the opening of a photo exhibition to explore the other side of Bali, warning that it is not appropriate to describe Bali of an "Island Paradise" or a "heaven on earth."
Quoted in Beritabali.com, Pastika said: “Who was it, in fact, who first called Bali a heavenly paradise? In Bali there are still many of our brothers and sisters who are living in poverty, in conditions far from heavenly. And, after all, none of us hear have been to heaven!”
The governor’s comments were made on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the opening of an international photo exhibition “Terpasung di Pulau Surga” at the Bentara Budaya Hall. The photo exhibition depicts how the mentally ill in Bali are still sometimes kept in chains or locked in stocks.
In a heart-felt address, Pastika told those at the exhibition that “heaven” or “paradise” should be identical with beauty, a cool environment and is, of course, filled with angels.
Continuing, Pastika said: “In heaven there are no poor people; there is no libel, hate or conflict. Meanwhile, in Bali all these things still exist. Bali, as I see it, is not fit to be called an Island Paradise. When it is, in fact, for some an island of hell.”
Pastika said paradise-like conditions in Bali can only be found in Ubud. But even that is (now) a hotel area, quite comfortable and filled with beautiful vistas.”
Pastika painted an emotional image for his rapt listeners: “Meanwhile in other areas of Bali, the conditions are more hell-like. For instance, in Karangasem, elderly women are living in poverty with their sick children and grandchildren. And, just 15 minutes from the city of Denpasar, in the area of Jalan Bung Tomo - there is a single home not fit for habitation occupied by 27 people living in the poorest conditions. This group is comprised of 3 families, 7 of whom are paralyzed and laying on the ground, urinating and defecating together on a filthy floor. That is 15 minutes from the center of Denpasar. This is not a paradise, but a hell.”
Bali as a Seaside Destination
Bali Governor Praises Water Sport Tourism Ability to Create Employment and Preserve the Environment
Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika has describe the development of water sports tourism as a double-edge sword capable of generating incomes for local populations, while at the same time, protecting the natural environment.
As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Pastika appraisal of water sports tourism were outlined in his remarks read at the 18th Inter-islands Tourism Police Forum (ITOP) held in Phuket, Thailand on Thursday, August 21, 2014.
Bali was one of the four-founding members of ITOP together with Hainan, China; Jeju, South Korea and Okinawa, Japan. Since its founding 18 years ago, ITOP has now grown to include 10 destinations including Phuket, Thailand.
The Phuket meeting was used for each of the ten member regions of ITOP to set forth their plans and strategies for developing water sports tourism projects in keeping with the meeting’s theme of a “Sustainable Maritime Tourism Network.”
The Bali representatives delivered Governor Pastika’s view that while Bali was developing cultural tourism as a major attraction, the Island’s beaches and surrounding reefs are beautiful and suitable for tourism development projects as well.
Bali outlined to the other ITOP members the water sports tourism taking place in Sanur, Tanjung Benoa, Uluwatu, Kuta, Lembongan and Nusa Penida, Lovina and Amed.
Referring to the northwestern shore of Bali, Pastika remarks to the Phuket meeting said: “Pemuteran is known to the entire world for its success in rehabilitating sea coral and its ability to draw back tourism to enjoy sea tourism in Bali’s north.”
Pastika describe how fishermen using bombs to catch fish had destroyed the coral reef in Bali’s north. Working together with scuba operators, community leaders and the local population steps were made to re-grow damaged reefs. Over time the people living in the area have begun to enjoy the benefits of tourists visiting the area to dive and snorkel.
In turn, local hotels have guests and are developing nicely, insisted the Governor.
Bali representatives at the ITOP meeting described how Bali’s cultural attractions in concert with sea tourism would attract 3 million foreign tourism to Bali this year.
Indonesia to Double Tourism Totals in 5 Years?
Indonesia’s President Elect Joko Widodo Sets Ambitious Tourist Target of 20 million Foreign Tourists by 2019
Mari Elka Pangestu, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy warns that Indonesian President-Elect Joko Widodo plans to attract 20 million foreign tourists by 2019 will require hard work.
Quoted by Metrobali.com Pangestu said on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, “The target of 20 million foreign tourist in five years will require a lot of hard work.”
In the past two years, Indonesian tourism has managed to grow by 8%, growing to the current total of bwteen 8-9 million foreign tourists each year. The Minister was still optimistic that Indonesia would end 2014 with 9.5 million foreign tourists, increasing from 8.7 million in 2013.
“This means that in order to achieve 20 million, our tourism needs to grow at an average rate of 16% or more each year, or at rate twice the current rate of growth in arrivals,” Pangestu explained.
Prior to President-elect Joko Widodo’s setting an ambitious five-year target of 20 million foreign tourists by 2019, Minister Pangestu had set her own target for tourism growth of 13.5 million tourists by 2019.
Saying Joko Widodo’s higher target will demand additional attention be paid to repairing the infrastructure, improving airline connections, greater preparations for tourism in the provinces, enhancements at tourist objects and preparation of qualified tourism workers.
The goal of 20 million foreign tourists to Indonesia by 2019 was set forth in the book “22 Clever Solutions for Indonesia” written by Indonesia’s next president.
Japanese Tourist Falls Ill and Dies in Tanjung Benoa Hotel
A 30-year-old Japanese tourist, Imai Toshiaki, was discovered dead in a five-star hotel at Tanjung Benoa near Nusa Dua on Tuesday, August 19, 2104.
A companion of the man, Ayao Kamura, informed the duty manager of the hotel that Toshiaki was sick at 1:30 a.m. who in turn immediately informed the hotel doctor.
A doctor from the BIMC Hospital in Nusa Dua was called and confirmed the man was dead at 2:06 a.m..
As reported by Radar Bali, Dr. Ida Bagus Putu Alit of the forensic section of the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar said a preliminary inspection of the man’s body showed no signs of outward physical injury.
The Bare Facts
Dutch Tourist Makes Midnight Visit in the Nude to Local Neighborhood
DenPost that a 20-year-old Dutch tourist, J. Schuurmans, was apprehended drunk as he walked naked into a private residence in the Abian Base neighborhood of Kuta, Bali.
The incident that occurred in the early house of Wednesday, August 20, 2014, came as a surprise and a shock to the residents of the house when they discovered the naked man walking around their home.
The village chief arrived at the scene and ordered the naked man to return to his hotel in Tuban, South Kuta.
When questioned, Schuurmans admitted he was intoxicated and could offer no explanation as to why he was naked and how he came to be in a neighborhood near the Bali Bakery on Jalan Raya Kuta, some distance from his hotel in Bali.
The tourist, now clothed with items donated by local residents, was last seen by village security staggering in the general direction of his Tuban hotel.
The Cost of Life (Saving) is Cheap
Bali’s Lifeguards Having a Hard Time Staying Afloat Financially
A group of 17 lifesavers representing members of the Bali Lifeguard Association (Balawista) and accompanied by Wayan Sandra - a member of the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung), have paid a call on the Badung Tourism Service to question the salary paid to those who guard Bali’s more crowded beaches.
As reported by DenPost, the average wage paid to a Balawista in Bali is only Rp. 1,728,000 (US$150) a month.
Although this amount is in keeping with the official minimum wage for Badung, the lifeguards claim that their rate of pay is not in keeping with their training requirements and the inherent risks in their work.
Sandra told of how a lifeguard was recently injured in the course of his lifesaving duties resulting in injuries that required treatment costing Rp. 7.5 million (US$652). The Badung Tourism service offered the man Rp. 500,000 (US$44), an amount the lifeguard in indignation refused.
The legislator said he was disgusted by the neglect endured by those who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep Bali’s beaches safe. Sandra called on the regional government of Badung to provide insurance coverage to lifeguards. “I am sure that if the lifeguards weren’t on duty on our beaches the tourists would refuse to visit Kuta beach,” he said.
It was also pointed out that the manner in which lifeguards are employed as contract workers was in violation of Indonesian labor law. While the law only allows contract workers to be employed for a maximum period of two years there are a number of lifeguards who have worked for as much as 8 years without guarantee of permanent employment.
There are currently 168 lifeguards working in Badung, 123 of which are classified as “contract workers.”
The government is promising to try to increase the current salary level of lifeguards to Rp. 1,980,000 (US$172) per month in 2015.
There are no plans at present to include insurance coverage for the Bali lifeguard service.
A Trip of a Lifetime
512 Moslems from Bali to Depart on Haj Pilgrimage in September 2014
The Island of Bali will embark 512 Moslems on their haj pilgrimage to Mecca in September 2014.
This represents a decrease from the 613 people from Bali who joined the haj in 2013.
Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Any Haniah of the Ministry of Religion office in Bali said, “Of the 512 haj pilgrims, 7 are departing from points outside of Bali, leaving only 505 people actually leaving from Bali.”
The 505 pilgrims originate from 8 regencies and one city in Bali and will depart by air from Surabaya on September 26, 2014.
The group will depart Bali by bus two days before on September 24, 2014, spending one night at the Haji Dormitory in Surabaya.
A Sinful Indulgence
Reports of Travel Fraud on Australians who Booked Holidays with Bali Indulgence Operated by Chivonne Betts
The Western Australian and the social media reports that many people planning a holiday in Bali have been caught up in a travel scam.
Consumer Protection in Western Australia have published an alert for West Australians who may have paid for flight and accommodation via an unlicensed company operating as Bali Indulgence.
An Australian woman named Chivonne Betts reportedly operated Bali Indulgence. People who paid Betts or her company for holidays discovered they did not hold flight tickets or hotel bookings in connection with their promised holidays.
Gary Newcombe, the Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection said: "We understand people who have used Bali Indulgence have been turning up at the airport to find they have no valid ticket for the flight, arriving in Bali to discover the hotel has no record of their booking or discovering the lack of bookings prior to travel."
"Anyone who has booked with Bali Indulgence or Ultimate Indulgence Specialist Chivonne Betts and is yet to travel should confirm their bookings directly with the airline and/or accommodation provider."
"Consumers who have made a booking using a credit card and not received what they paid for should seek a chargeback [transaction reversal] from their card provider.”
People who paid by cash transfer will find it problematic to obtain a refund as no viable contact now exists for Ms. Betts or her travel company.
The Face Book page and Website for Bali Indulgence have both been suspended.
Consumer Protection and police in Western Australia and Bali remind visitors to Bali to only transact travel business with licensed travel agents, hotels, villas and transportation providers.
Vector at Sea
Governor Continues to Support Idea of a North Bali Airport Built on Reclaimed Land in the Indian Ocean
Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika is urging that 600 hectares of offshore ocean area be reclaimed near Kubutambahan, Buleleng, North Bali to serve as the runway for the new North Bali Airport.
The proposed runway is estimated to require 134 million cubic meters of landfill to create a new landmass in a sea area not exceeding more than 100 meters in depth.
Kinesis – a Canadian consulting firm, first proposed the offshore airport concept to Governor Pastika.
As reported by Beritabali.com, Governor Pastika issued his appreciation to Kinesis for the dynamic plan for an airport constructed in the ocean on reclaimed land. The Canadian consultants, accompanied by the commercial attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Canada, Tommy Ruslim, made a formal presentation at the Governor’s office in Bali on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
Pastika has been involved in seven separate redrafts of the North Bali Airport plan and is reported to now be pleased with the proposal now under active consideration. The governor favors the airport built over reclaimed land as a means of eliminating the expensive and time-consuming steps of land acquisition.
Governor Pastika explained: “It’s certain that the airport will be in Kubutambahan where there is a great deal of ‘first class’ rice fields. So if we use this land (for the airport), we are worried that it will disrupt rice production in the area.”
At the same time Pastika has asked for a careful study of the ocean to be carried out in Kubutambahan where it is well known that the water depths are deep and the waves large.
Pastika has also called on the consultants involved with the airport to prepare detailed reviews of the cost of construction, management costs and future income of the airport once it is constructed.
“I am asking you to explain (the project in detail) in terms of what you are offering to us, because in addition to proposal from Airport Kinesis Canada there are two other consultants competing for this project,” said Pastika.
The Governor said he has yet to receive formal approval for the North Bali Airport from the Ministry of Transportation. He share his concern that the current transition of power in Indonesia may delay the needed green light for the project to proceed,
It is understood that the proposal put forth by Kinesis includes a hospital, an aviation academy and supporting facilities for the operation of an air gateway.
Far and Away Forever
42-Year-Old Australian Commits Suicide in Sanur Bali
Metrobali.com reports that the forensic department of the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar has conducted an autopsy on the body of Australian Rees Gremea Robert (42).
Rees Gremea Robert was found hanging in the bathroom of his room at a boarding house located on Jalan Danau Tempe in Denpasar on Thursday, August 21, 2014.
Doctors performing a preliminary autopsy said the results suggested suicide by hanging with no signs of other violence on the man’s body.
The man was found hanging in the bathroom wearing only his underwear by a female companion, Lina, who reported the death to the boarding house’s landlady.
Hospital officials are waiting for a request form the man’s family or the police to perform a full autopsy on the man’s remains.
English Tourist Dies in Kuta
73-year-old Englishmen Dies During Stay at Kuta Hotel
A 73-year-old Englishman, Edwin Homphreesh, has died while staying at the Panorama Cottage on Jalan Sri Wijaya in Legian, Kuta on Thursday, August 21, 2014.
The man was vomiting shortly before friends rushed him to the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar early in the morning of August 21.
Homphreesh was dead, however, when he arrived at the hospital.
Hospital authorities are awaiting authorization from the man’s family or the police to conduct an autopsy and determine the exact cause of death.
You'll Need a Number
PIN Number Required for Credit Card Purchases in Indonesia after January 1, 2015
Beginning January 1, 2015, those paying in Indonesia by credit card will be required to authorize their purchase via a 6-digit PIN number.
The change in policy is being introduced by Bank Indonesia and applies to all credit card users who Indonesia who will be required to both sign for their purchases and manually input a secret 6-digit PIN code.
Credit holders in Indonesia should contact their banks in advance of the January 1, 2015 deadline to secure the necessary PIN number.
Foreign visitors using credit cards issued abroad will also be require to utilize a PIN number to consummate the purchases.
Lost and Presumed Dead
2 Presumed Lost as Search Abandoned for Survivors of Komodo Cruise Boat Sinking Near Sangeang Island
Rappler.com reports that Indonesian Search and Rescue workers have abandoned the search for two missing Spanish men missing after their live-aboard dive boat sunk off Sangeang Island, north of the island of Sumbawa, near the Komodo National Park.
The search was called off on August 23, 2014, one week after the boat sunk while brining a group of 20 foreign tourists and 5 crew to Komodo on August 16, 2014.
The remaining 23 crew and passengers on board the Forcase Ikan Biru Star were rescued by local fishermen and Search and Rescue workers who found them floating in the ocean in the 2 days following the sinking.
The ship carried 5 Indonesian comprises of a Captain, two crew and two tour guides - all were among those rescued.
3 rescues boats and 3 local fishing boats have been scouring the area for one week prior to calling off the search.
"We found no sign of the men at all. There are many fishermen in the area looking out for them, and they will continue to do so, even though we've ended our official search," said local search and rescue chief Budiman, quoted by Agence France-Presse.
The names of the two missing Spaniards was not available from Search and Rescue teams, but Spanish media report the Spanish Foreign Ministry has identified one of the men as a 43-year-old lawyer Victor Garcia Montes from Seville.
13 of the 22 survivors were rescued from the ship’s lifeboat that held only seven people; necessitating that 6 took turns swimming alongside the lifeboat until they were rescued.
The remaining 10 survivors managed to swim some 5 kilometers to safety on Sangeang Island where they ate foliage and drank their own urine awaiting rescue. The two missing man were among the group who opted to swim to shore, but became separated from the group and remain missing.
President SBY and President-elect to Hold First Confab in Bali August 27-28, 2014
Metrotvnews.com reports that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is tentatively planning his first formal meeting with President-elect Joko Widodo in Bali on August 27-28, 2014.
President SBY has ordered the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security, Djoko Suyanto, to meet and set up a meeting with the President-Elect to discuss matters related to the handover of power.
The preliminary meeting between Joko Widodo and Djoko Suyanto took place in Jakarta on Saturday, August 23, 2014, where it was decided that the best time and place for the proposed meeting would be in Bali on August 27-28, 2014 between Presidential visits to Raja Ampat and Timor Leste.
Joko Widodo & Jusuf Kalla Declared Winners of Presidential-Vice Presidential Race by Indonesian Constitutional Court
On Thursday, August 21, 2014, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) rejected challenges made to the results of the July 9th presidential election made by Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa.
Prabowo’s defeat in both the polls and the election appeal process have cleared the way for Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla to assume, respectively, the presidency and vice-presidency of the Republic on October 20, 2014.
The Court found the objections and anomalies cited by Prabowo’s election team insufficient to nullify the results of the poll or call a new election.
Clashes were reported on the streets of Jakarta as the MK took six-hours to read their decision affirming Joko Widodo’s election. Dozens were sent to the hospital with minor injuries and for tear gas irritation.
Bemoaning the quality of the election process, Prabowo Subianto has refused to offer a message of congratulation to Joko Widodo who is now officially declared to become Indonesia’s 7th President.
Joko Widodo has promised that his presidential cabinet will depart from the assortment of political hacks selected for their political party association rather than any professional expertise. To the delight of many, Widodo is expected to appoint professionally qualified and highly skilled technocrats needed to achieve the ambitious development goals laid out by the new president.
Many believe Joko Widodo’s transition team is asking the outgoing administration to eliminate fuel subsidies and substantially increase fuel costs before the swearing in of the new government. Such a move, though politically unpopular, would free up large amounts of capital for much needed infrastructure projects.
Better Safe than Sorry
Bali Hotels Warned to Obtain Security Management Certification
Hotels in Bali are required to obtain a Verification Certificate for Management of Hotel Security (SMPH) with hotels and resorts failing to secure certification threatened with closure and the loss of their operating license.
The chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association for Bali (PHRI-Bali), Tjokorda Artha Sukawati told Bali Post that SMPH certification was an absolute requirement for both starred and non-starred hotels in Bali.
The requirement for certification is set forth in regulations established by the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy in 2014.
Tjokorda warned that failure to obtain SMPH certification could result in a hotel losing its operating license and could also impact in future reviews of its star rating.
The PHRI chairman for Bali said security for Island visitors is fundamental to maintaining the Island’s reputation as an International tourism destination.
Tjokorda admitted that the lack of qualified surveyors remains an obstacle in achieving SMPH certification for all hotels in Bali.
Coming Bubble for Condotels in Bali?
Bali to Soon Have 13,000 Condotel Units
Bisnis Indonesia reports in its July 17, 2014 edition that developers of Condominium Hotels (Condotels) in Bali need to take into consideration the trend of declining occupancies being experienced by hotels.
A study from the Research and Advisory division of Cushman & Wakefield Indonesia estimates there are currently 5,000 Condotel Units operating in Bali with an additional 8,000 Condotel units expected to come on line in the coming few years.
The study calculates that 29% of all Condotel units can be found in Legian and Seminyak, 24% in Jimbaran, 14% in Nusa Dua and the remaining 33% in other locations on the Island.
Cushman & Waverly predicts that Condotel developers will be offering extra points and other incentives to condotel purchasers, enhanced return on investment schemes and options for profit shares after tguarantee periods have ended.
Condotel sales estimated at 93% of available unite may decline over the coming years due to robust development.
To be watched with keen interest is the resale value of Bali’s first generation of condotels to determine theses units true market value as an investment in an arguably oversupplied market.
Chefs Who Play Golf
Bali Culinary Golf Tournament January 18-20, 2014
Bali Culinary Professionals – a grouping of people working in Bali’s food and beverage industry – will host the 3rd BCP Golf Tournament in Bali January 18-20, 2015.
Highlights of the event include:
Welcome cocktail reception on Sunday, January 18, 2015.
Two rounds of 18-holes of golf at Bali’s best courses on Monday and Tuesday, January 19-20. 2014. Rounds include caddies and golf carts.
Goodies bag including official tournament hat and shirt.
Hole-in-one prizes including airline tickets, golf equipment and 2-week holiday in Australia for four people.
All ground transportation in Bali.
All food and beverage on tournament days.
Novelty prizes to be won.
Cocktail reception, award night and gala dinner with fashion show and entertainment.
The tournament is open to the public and generally attracts food and beverage professionals from across the region.
Past tournament have attracted some 70 players hailing from Indonesia, North America, Australia, the South Pacific, and neighboring Southeast Asian countries.
Angry Local Residents Close Access Road to Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park in Bali
Residents of Banjar Giri Darma in Ungsan and adjacent to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument Park (GWK) have blocked the main access road to the park with piles of soil and banners on Sunday morning, August 24, 2014, preventing people from entering the park visited by thousands of each day.
As reported by Beritabali.com, the closure of the road by local residents was done in retaliation for a perceived failure by the management of the Park to keep promises made to the surrounding community to build an access road to a local cemetery and a village temple complex.
“The action of closing the entrance to GWK was done after the management of GWK did not keep its promise to the community. Earlier, the management of GWK promised to provide a ‘rurung agung’ access road for the people to access the village cemetery and the village temples for the village of Ungasan. However, that promise made three months ago has not been kept by the management of GWK,” explained Wayan Kurma, the village chief of Giri Darma on August 24.
The villagers are pledging to continue the blockade until the promise by the management of GWK is kept.
Added Kurma: “Basically we want to meet with the owner of GWK - the representatives of Alam Sutra, not their representatives in Bali. We need to do this to avoid empty promises.”
The management of GWK has not commented on the protest that effectively prevents access to the Park. Security guards are turning visitors away, saying there is a problem and they are following the orders of their supervisor.
Join a Table of Chefs
Bali Culinary Professionals Monthly Gathering August 30, 2014 at Basilico Prama Sanur Beach Restaurant.
The Bali Culinary Professionals will hold their next monthly gathering on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the seaside Basilico Prama Sanur Beach Restaurant.
Guests and visitors are welcome, space available, to join the lunch hosted by BCP – Bali's association of food and beverage professionals.
The luncheon meeting and drinks starts at 12:00 pm at the Basilico Prama Sanur Beach Restaurant (former Sanur Beach Aerowisata Hotel).
Cost is Rp. 250,000 (US$22) for members and Rp. 350,000 ($31) for non-members and covers lunch and drinks.
A door prize of a chef’s jacket from Chef Work’s will be given away.
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