Bali News Update week 38 N.

Dereliction of Duty by Bali’s Regulators?

Calls Continue for Urgent Step to Stem the Unregulated Construction of New Hotels in Bali

 

Detik.finance.com reports that local hotel operators, speaking through the Bali branch of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association  (PHRI-Bali), are calling on both the regional and national governments to regulate property investment, especially in the hotel sector. PHRI-Bali contends that control can be achieved via a more selective control of permits and licenses issued for the construction of new hotels based on existing zoning rules.

 

“We hope that the government will take control of hotel investment,” said the Secretary of PHRI-Bali, Perry Markus, to DetikFinance on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

 

Markus believes that through proper control, hotels will be built in a more orderly fashion. This would also result in business operators paying more attention to the legal procedures in establishing hotels. The current situation, in his opinion, is one of completely uncontrolled development of new hotels in Bali.

 

Continuing, Markus said: “For example, small shops (ruko) are suddenly being converted into hotels. But, hotels are not that easily constructed. Issues of energy and waste management must also be attended to.”

 

PHRI desires that through greater control on the building of new hotels a more equitable distribution of such projects can be achieved across all areas. It is also hoped that a more even distribution of new hotels will avoid the current overcrowding of hotels in certain areas where zoning rules are ignored.

 

Warning that the conversion of rukos into hotel is dangerous and not a legitimate part of current development plans for Bali, Markus complained that Bali is being overrun with the development of 3 star hotel projects, duplicating a situation occurring in other cities across Indonesia.

 

The executive director of Indonesian Property Watch, Ali Tranghanda, said the rapid development of three-star hotels is happening in Bali against a background of very high property prices and a situation of declining hotel occupancies. “This is causing the owners of hotels to engage in a price wars. Room rates that were once Rp. 600,000 (US$52) a night have declined to RP. 350,000 (US$30) a night,” he added.

 

Tranghanda thinks the declining prices and occupancies will threaten the long-term viability of hotel investments in Bali. He said the low price of hotel rooms is good news for the consumers, but very unhealthy for the national hotel industry.

 

 

Djoko’s Gone Walkabout in Niugini

Indonesian Attorney General Continues to Try to Extradite Property and Hotel Developer Djoko Tjandra from Papua New Guinea

 

The deputy Attorney General of Indonesia, Andhi Nirwanto, admits he remains stymied in efforts to extradite the Indonesian businessman Djoko Tjandra wanted in connection with the liquidity scandal and diversion of assets of Bank Bali from Papua New Guinea.

 

Tjandra, widely linked in the press as the financial backer of The Mulia Hotel project in Sawangan, South Bali, managed to flee Indonesian and seek refuge in Papua New Guinea one day before a 2009 decision of the Indonesian Supreme Court ordered his imprisonment for two years and three months.

 

Describing the difficulties in bringing Tjandra to justice, Nirwanto told Suara Pembaruan on Friday, September 12, 2104: “(This is difficult) because it involves bilateral relations and international law. The main point is that we continue to try to extradite him.”

 

Nirwanto continued, explaining that the successful recapture of a fugitive who has sought refuge abroad requires time and must follow the complicated procedures for extradition.

 

Papua New Guinea is in the process of formulating rules for extradition that are scheduled for completion by the end of 2014. 

 

Once the rules for extradition between Indonesian and Papua New Guinea are in hand, those rules must be ratified by the legislatures of both countries.

 

Andhi Nirwanto could not confirm if the extradition of Djoko Tjandra would continue to be pursued when the leadership of the Attorney General’s Office changes in October with the commencement of the administration of President Joko Widodo.

 

Djoko Tjandra is the sole remaining executive of Bank Bali who has failed to serve his sentence handed down by the court. 

 

 

Can Do, Can Do, They Say that Horse Can Do!

Celebrate Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the Bali Canggu Club

 

A virtual national holiday in Australia, Melbourne Cup Day falls on the first Tuesday in November when the 3,200-meter race at the Flemington Race Club in Melbourne “stops the nation” as it has done each year since 1861.

 

This years running of the Melbourne Cup on November 4, 2014, will also be celebrated in Bali with a lavish lawn party at Bali’s Canggu Club that will be transformed to resemble trackside in Melbourne. Accordingly, there will be no shortage of champagne, fashion and fun to those attending  - many of who will be dressed in outrageous hats that are all part of the Melbourne Cup tradition. 

 

A number of options are offered for Melbourne Cup enthusiasts in Bali.

Take in the Moet Marquee - a sit down affair delivering delicious canapés, a three-course lunch on the lawn and three hours of free flow Moet Champagne, Heineken beer, Babich wines, soft drinks and water.

For those who prefer to mix and mingle throughout the day, the Chandon Cocktail Party will offer Moet Chandon Champagne, Babich wines, beer and an array of canapés while enjoying the race and the passing parade of race day fashion.

Multiple screens throughout the venue means ensure everyone will be able to enjoy the race day action.

 

Gates open at 10:00 am and free flow packages for the Moet Marquee or Chandon Cocktail Party commence from 11:00 am. 

 

Post race entertainment by Ian Moss of 'Cold Chisel' and Natalie Gillespie from 'Yothu Yindi' will support dancing throughout the afternoon and into the evening as the race day party continues until 8:00 pm.

 

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the community enhancement work of Solemen.

 

Ticket Prices

 

Moet Marquee Tickets

 

Available for Rp. 1,650,000 per person (US$143) or Rp. 1,500,000 (US$130) per person for those ordering a table of 8.

 

Moet Marquee Tickets include:

3 Hours Free Flow Drinks ( Moet Chandon Champagne, Heneiken Beer, Babich Wines, soft drinks and water)

Canapés

3-Course lunch

Entertainment

Fashions on the Field & Best Dressed Prizes

Tax and Service Charge

Chandon Cocktail Party

 

Available for Rp. 900,000 (US$78) per person and includes:

3 Hours Free Flow Drinks (Chandon Sparking, Bintang Beer, Babich Wines, soft drinks, water)

Canapés

Entertainment

Fashions on the Field & Best Dressed Prizes

Tax and Service Charge

For more information and tickets contact the New Canggu Club at Telephone ++62-(0)361-848 3939 or [Email]

 

 

A Wing, A Prayer, a Higher Price

Government Expected to Approve a 10% Hike in Indonesian Domestic Air Fares Before the End of September

 

Jakarta Post reports that Indonesian domestic air carrier expect a government decree before the close of September 2014 that will allow them to raise the maximum fare chargeable.

 

The air transportation director of the Ministry of Transportation, Djoko Murtaymodjo, confirmed the new ceiling prices would be announced in September and that the increase would be in the vicinity of 10%.

 

The price increase is being justified by the government and air operators who cite the depreciation of the Rupiah and increases in the cost of aviation fuel.

 

Currently, the maximum airfare between Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) is Rp. 1,478,000 (US$154). The base price is expected to increase by approximately 10%. The base price does not include VAT tax of 10%, travel insurance and passenger service charges.

 

The passenger service charge for domestic flights in Bali recently increased to Rp. 75,000 (US$6.50).

 

Government regulations further stipulate that only full-service carriers (e.g. Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air) are allowed to charge the full base price. Medium carried can charge a maximum of 90% of the ceiling rate while low-cost airlines are allowed to apply fare up to 85% of the tariff.

 

The CEO of Citilink and chairman of the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA), Arif Wibowo is calling for an increase in base tariffs and the elimination of import taxes for aircraft spare parts in order to keep Indonesian airlines competitive.

 

 

Funny Money

Bali and Semarang Police Bust Counterfeit Money Ring

 

The Bali Police have broken up a counterfeit money based in Semarang, Central Java and arrested three people suspected to be acting as producers and distributors of bogus Indonesian Rupiah banknotes.

 

The State News Agency Antara quotes the head of the Denpasar Police Resort, Police Commissioner Djoko Hariutomo, who said on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, “The details of the case were disclosed after the arrest of the distributor of the counterfeit money, Diana Wahyuni (40), in Denpasar.”

 

Diana, originally from East Jakarta, was taken into custody on Monday, September 1, 2014 at shipping company located on Jalan Kapten Regug in Denpasar.

 

The woman, who lists her temporary address as Jalan Ahmad Yani in Denpasar, was caught in the process of taking delivery of a package containing 210 counterfeit bank notes with a face value of Rp. 21 million (US$1,8260).

 

During police interrogation Wahyuni admitted that she has received four previous shipments of fake bank notes in the past. She also said that the notes were subsequently delivered to 3 people, identified as Kosim, Bambang and Misdi who were responsible for distributing the money in Bali and East Java.

 

Based on the information provided by Diana, Bali police flew to Semarang to arrest the counterfeiter.

 

Bali and Semarang police arrested Agustinus Handoyo on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang before proceeding to the man’s home located on Jalan Damar Raya, Banyumanik.

 

Agustinus has confessed to police that in the course of an average week he prints 120 million in fake bills (US$10,500).

 

Agustinus, a know recidivist, told police that he was a self-taught counterfeiter who worked alone that he would send his notes to others for distribution in Central Java, Cali and East Java.

 

Police estimate that the man had been printing counterfeit money since 2012 and has printed Rp. 9 billion (US$782,000) in bogus notes.

 

During the raid of the man’s home police confiscated papers stocks, a substantial amount of counterfeit bills denominated at Rp. 100,000, and large quantities of printing ink.

 

In addition to arresting Diana Wahyuni and Augustinus Handoyo, police have also arrested Abdul Rohman (45) of Grobogan, Central Java who was captured with Rp. 10 million in fake bills in his possession.

 

The distributors of the counterfeit money, according to police, discounted the bogus bills, exchanging Rp. 400,000 in fake money for Rp. 100,000 in legitimate currency.

 

The fake bills had a strong resemblance with genuine currency, including a watermark.

 

When the fake money is rubbed it has a rough feeling, again resembling the real thing.

 

Only on a closer examination are discrepancies noted, including the lack of several safeguards found only on legal tender.

 

Smash, Cash and Carry

Police Poised to Arrest Denpasar, Bali Thief Breaking Car Windows to Steal Large Sum of Cash

 

Bali Police have told the State New Agency Antara that they have the identity in hand of the individual who has recently been robbing parked vehicles by breaking windshields and fleeing with valuables left unattended by the car's owners.

 

Police Commissioner Djoko Hariutomo of the Denpasar Police Resort said on Wednesday, September 17, 2014: “We have a description of the perpetrator. His identity is now in hand.”

 

Police confirm that a manhunt is now underway to arrest the man.

 

Police are reminding the public that when they withdraw large sums of money from the bank they should first contact the police to request a security escort. Hariutomo added: “There’s no charge; it’s free.”

 

Two robberies have recently taken place in Denpasar in which windshields were smashed in parked vehicles in order to commit a robbery.

 

On Monday, September 15, 2104, a member of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Wayan Kariarta lost Rp. 100 million (US$8,700) from his parked vehicle after its windshield was smashed.

 

On day later, a similar incident occurred when Ni Putu Ayu Sri Widya, a customer of the Hasanudin branch of Bank BCA, lost Rp. 115 million (US$10,000) she had hidden beneath her vehicle’s dashboard.

 

 

Gaseous Inflation

Pertamina Increases Price of a 12-Kilogram Tank of LPG in Bali

 

The cost of LPG, used primarily as a home cooking fuel, increased in Bali on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. A 12-kilogram tank of LPG increased by Rp. 1,500 per kilogram becoming Rp. 114,300 (US$9.95) at appointed agents.

 

The increase in price implemented by PT Pertamina took effect at midnight on Tuesday, September 9th after receiving final approval from the government. In confirming the price hike, the director of marketing and commerce for the State Oil Company Pertamina, Hanung Budya, said: "I wish to announce, in accordance with the decision of a meeting held at the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, the price for a 12 kilogram tank of LPG beginning from September 10, 2014 at 00:00 house increased by Rp. 1,500 per kilogram from Pertamina."

 

Accordingly, explained Hanung, there is an increase of Rp. 18,000 per 12-kilogram tank of LPG. The increase applied by agents varied between Rp. 21,000 and Rp. 22,000.

 

Pertamina continues to subsidize public purchases of LPG to an amount of Rp. 4,600 per kilogram, a savings for the government that prior to the latest increase paid out a subsidy of Rp. 6.000 per kilogram.

 

In order to reduce the burden of government subsidies even further, the government plans to increase the price of LPG again on January 1, 2015. On the New Year the price for LPG will once again increase Rp. 1,500, subject to final approval from the government. 

 

If the price of LPG is increased Rp. 1,500 per kilogram every six months the price paid by the public would be on a par with the international market price for LPG in January 2016.

 

The smaller 3-kilogram tanks of LPG, seen to be used by people of lower economic means, remain more heavily subsidized by the government. A 3-kilogram tank of LPG sells at Rp. 4,250 per kilogram equating to a subsidy of Rp. 8,000 per kilogram. Pertamina, in cooperation with the police, has measure in place to prevent the heavily subsidized 3-kilogram tanks from being used for speculative purposes.

 

Quoted by NusaBali, the vice-president of communications for Pertamina, Ali Mundakir, insists the latest increase in the cost of LPG will not be overly burdensome to the public given the fact that the larger, 12 kilogram tanks are purchased by middle-class and above consumers with incomes above Rp. 5 million a month.

 

Quoting a survey conducted by AC Nielsen, Ali said LPG use via 12-kilogram tanks represents only 15% of total use. Saying the increase in price was essential to stem losses suffered by Pertamina who claim losses of Rp. 6 trillion (US$522 million) in the sale of 12 kilogram LPG tanks each year.

 

The official price of a 12-kilogram tank of LPG charged by Pertamina varies across the region with Lombok charging Rp. 126,400 per tank, higher than Bali's price of Rp. 110,800. Meanwhile, in Banyuwangi, East Java a 12-kilogram tank of LPG now costs Rp. 114,200.

 

 

Middle Kingdom Fluency

Bali Guide Association Working to Add More Chinese-Speaking Tour Guides.

 

The Bali Guide Association (HPI) is providing Mandarin language classes in order to increase the number of Chinese speaking licensed guides needed to serve the fast-growing Mainland Chinese market.

 

HPI is focusing on helping its existing members achieve a fluency in Chinese rather than recruiting Chinese speakers to be trained as guides.

 

The chairman of HPI-Bali, Sang Putu Subaya told Bali Post: "At this time there are 700 Mandarin-speaking guides, Meanwhile, 52 guides are currently studying Chinese language. Hopefully, the increase in the number of HPI guides will adequately anticipate the need for Mandarin-speaking guides during high season (for Chinese travelers), such as Chinese New Year."

 

The chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Association of Travel Agents (ASITA-Bali), Ketut Ardana explained that the continuing lack of Mandarin-speaking guides causes travel agent to employ unlicensed guides. He said ASITA is cooperating with the government to help meet the anticipated demand for Chinese-speaking guides in order to eliminate the need to employ unlicensed tour guides.

 

 

Hop, Skip and a Ticket to Ride

Ferry Tariffs to and From Bali Increase by Approximately 10%

 

Inter-island ferry tariffs to and from Bali have increased an average 10%, effective September 15, 2014.

 

The new tariff between Gilimanuk (Bali) and Ketapang (East Java):

Adult passenger   Rp.    8,000

Child Passenger   Rp.    6,000

Pedal Bicycle   Rp.    9,000

Motorcycle < 500 cc   Rp.   25,000

Motorcycle > 500 cc   Rp.   39,000

Sedan < 5 meters long   Rp.  135,000

Pick-up truck < 5 meters long   Rp.  120,000

Passenger vehicle 5-7 meters long Rp. 225,000

Goods vehicle 5-7 meters long  Rp.  205,000

Passenger vehicle 7-10 meters long Rp. 430,000

Goods vehicle 7-10 meters long  Rp.  340,000

Vehicle 10-12 meters long   Rp.  455,000

Vehicle 12-16 meters long   Rp.  685,000

Vehicles > 16 meters   Rp.1, 015,000

The new tariff between Padang Bai (Bali) and Lembar (Lombok):

Adult passenger   Rp.   45,000

Child Passenger   Rp.   30,000

Pedal Bicycle   Rp.   65,000

Motorcycle < 500 cc   Rp.  125,000

Motorcycle > 500 cc   Rp.  250,000

Sedan < 5 meters long   Rp.  780,000

Pick-up truck < 5 meters long   Rp.   730,000

Passenger vehicle 5-7 meters long Rp. 1,580,000

Goods vehicle 5-7 meters long  Rp. 1,290,000

Passenger vehicle 7-10 meters long Rp. 2,670,000

Goods vehicle 7-10 meters long  Rp. 2,120,000

Vehicle 10-12 meters long   Rp. 2,170,000

Vehicle 12-16 meters long   Rp. 4,020,000

Vehicles > 16 meters   Rp. 6,050,000

The manager of inter-island ferries at Bali's westernmost port (ASDP Pelabuhan Gilimanuk), Wahyudi Susianto, dismissed the idea that the increase in ferry tariffs is connected to rumors of an imminent increase in fuel prices, but was made necessary to pay operating costs - including both fuel and maintenance of ships operating between the islands.

 

 

Merpati at an Impasse

Out of Cash with No Assets Left to Sell,ia Merpati Airlines Beyond Redemption?

 

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Dahlan Iskan, the Minister for State-owned Enterprises in charge of the grounded state-owned Merpati Nusantara Airline has all but surrendered to the fact that the airline is now past redemption.

 

“We can say it is at dead end because all options prepared, such as reorganization, asset sales, cannot be done,” explained Dahlan on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

 

Grounded since February 2014, Merpati remains unable to pay its many debts, including wages to staff and crew.

 

Dahlan estimates Rp. 15 trillion (US$1.25 billion) is needed for the airline to meet its outstanding bills from suppliers, cover losses and pay past due salaries.

 

If plans to sell Merpati's subsidiary - Merpati Maintenance Facilities by the Indonesian Asset Management Company (PPA) that sale would net perhaps Rp. 300 billion, an amount insufficient to help restart the carrier.

 

The Minister says Merapti's options are at an end. Debtors cannot be asked to postpone their desire to collect on their debts and the company has no assets to liquidate to service those debts.

 

Said Dahlan: “There should be collateral to postpone debt payment. [But] it can not be done as there are no assets that can be put up as collateral.”

 

The airline's debt to third parties is put at Rp. 7.6 trillion.

 

Is the Under Over?

Plans for Pedestrian Underpass at Ngurah Rai Statue Park Now in Doubt

 

Radar Bali reports that plans to build a pedestrian underpass at the Ngurah Rai Statue at the entrance to Bali's airport are now in doubt.  The Rp. 3.7 billion (US$322,000) project has yet to obtain approval from the Ministry of Public works.

 

Ida Bagus Surya Suamba of the Badung Regency said on September 18, 2014: "We are still awaiting approval from the Central Government. We hope to obtain permission because the underpass will permit use of a public park area."

 

Suamba explained that while the Ngurah Rai Statue and surrounding park are located wholly within the regency of Badung, the actual asset is owned and controlled by the Ministry of Public Works. He added that if the needed permission from Jakarta is not received in October the project can not be completed in the current fiscal year and would therefore have to be abandoned.

 

The Statue and the surrounding park area are deemed suitable for public recreation but are made inaccessible to the public by four lanes of heavy traffic that continually circle the area. The regency's plan to build a pedestrian underpass is intended to provide a new green park area to the public.

 

 

They Have to be Carefully Taught

Bali Officials from Badung Regency Allow Illegal Villas in North Kuta to Continue Operations

 

Radar Bali reports that the refusal, failure or inability to enforce the law on the part of the judicial team from the Badung regency was revealed during field inspections conducted at a number of villas in Kerobokan, North Kuta, 

 

During inspections carried out by regency officials on Thursday, September 18, 2014, a number of villas discovered without the required permits were not closed or put under seal - actions that were within the powers of inspectors. Instead, the officials from the regency enforcement team (Satpol PPP) accompanied by police officials simply elected to issued summons to the villa management present themselves and explain the status of their illegal structures.

 

The four villas subjected to inspections were the Bali Nyuh Gading Villa on Jalan Uma Alas; Putu Bali Villa on Jalan Petitenget; Villa Illan on Jalan Batu Belig - Gang Gelatik and The Ulin Villa on Jalan Merta Nadi (Banjar Taman).

 

Upon inspection only two of the villas were found to be in possession of the required permits and licenses: the Bali Nyuh Gading Villa and Putu Bali VIlla.

 

According to Badung's head of Satpol PP, I Ketut Martha, the Ulim Villa has an operating license but was found to be operating what is suspected of being an illegal spa. Meanwhile, the Villa Ilam, when visited by officials, was unable to present any type of permit. Officials were only able to question workers at the villa with the owner not present for the inspection.

 

Marta said he suspects that the Ulim Villa and Villa Illam both lack complete licenses and permits. Adding: "For both villas we have taken the next step of calling the owners to our offices next Monday (September 22, 2014). We hope they will come and clarify the legality of the villas.

 

 

When the Past is Pasta

Uma Cucina at Uma by Como Ubud Celebrates its First Anniversary with Three Italian Culinary Events

 

Uma by Como Ubud celebrates the first anniversary of its Italian-inspired Uma Cucina Restaurant via a weeklong series of events September 22-27, 2014.

On Sunday September 21, 2014, a special Sunday lunch features six-course set menus showcasing the range of cuisine on offer at Uma Cucina. Cucina Tavola features Tonkuzen sirloin Carpaccio with grilled balsamic mushrooms, lamb spiedini with salsa verde and pizza with a wide range of toppings. Dishes are served "family style" between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Priced at Rp. 350,000 per person (US$30), specially priced Italian wines are also available.

On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, guest chef Paola Vitaletti will conduct a past-making workshop. Assisted by Uma Cucina's executive chef Nicolas Lazzaron (shown)i, Paolo will demonstrate how to make a range of pasta. Rp, 650,000 (US$57) covers the cost of the workshop that starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. that also includes a delicious lunch. Bookings are essential as participation is strictly limited to 15.

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, Uma Cucina will host a grand celebration dinner between 6:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The evening begins with welcoming drinks at the bar followed by a five-course menu recreating a traditional familial feast. Individual antipasto plates, an entree-sized past course followed by a main course of meat or fish served with sides, followed by desserts, and coffee and teas. There will be live music to complement the night. Cost of dinner is Rp. 650,000 (US$57) with wine pairings available at Rp. 350,000 (US$31).

All prices are subject to 21% tax and service.

 

For more information or to make bookings telephone ++62-(0)361-972448 or [Email]

 

Book a Stay at Uma by Como Ubud

 

 

Happy Landings Galore

Operator of Bali’s New Airport Claims it to be the Most Beautiful in the World

 

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has ambitions to become not only Indonesia’s most beautiful airport, but arguably among the most beautiful in the world with international standard facilities and a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean.

 

As reported by Beritabali.com, Tommy Soetomo, the CEO of PT Angkasa Pura I – the company that manages the airport, the concept employed in designing the revamped Bali airport unique among all other airports in Indonesia.

 

“The standards of service and arrangement of systems have made the Ngurah Rai Airport have unique advantages. You can see for yourself, the arrival terminal is sufficiently wide reaching 65,000 square meters. The passengers are very comfortable,” proclaimed Soetomo on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

 

Soetomo described the “last-minute” shopping zone featuring clean outlets, attractive merchandising and items produced in Bali that impart an attractive local nuance. 

 

“From the standpoint of concept (Bali’s airport) is different from the 13 other airports managed by Angkasa Pura. Passengers can have direct views of the movement of aircraft. Passengers can also view the beauty of the seashore and the setting sun. Where else can you see an airport like this?” Soetomo asks.

 

The CEO of the State-owned airport management company pointed out that the only other airport in the world where passengers can see the seashore is in the Maldives. 

 

He went on to describe how, with the completion of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport has given the Island a facility capable of handling 25 million passengers each year. Adding: “At this time, Bali’s airport is handling 15 million passengers, a total fare below its ultimate capacity.”

 

Domestic Terminal Begins Operation

 

On Monday, September 17, 2014, after undergoing more than a year of renovation, the domestic terminal at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport commenced operations. 

 

“The domestic terminal is uniquely decorated, decorated with kites connected with the Bali Kite Festival held each year at Padang Galak in Sanur, Bali,” said Soetomo.

 

The first passengers using the new domestic terminal on the morning of September 17th were greeted showers of Jepun flowers, gifts of Balinese textiles and commemorative bracelets.

 

“The very first passenger passing through the domestic terminal was booked on GA 241 flying to Yogyakarta at 6:40 a.m.” said Soetomo.

 

Passengers using the domestic terminal on its first day of operation were invited to become a part of history and sign a special wall in the domestic terminal designated to record their participation. 

 

“Not only that, the departure terminal has prepared a range of entertainments including musical show, a photo booth, kids face painting and even dart games. Passengers taking part in the dart games have the chance to win a cup of coffee and shopping vouchers that can be used on the same day in the commercial area of the domestic terminal,” said Angkasa Pura’s CEO. 

 

400% larger than the former domestic terminal, the new domestic facility is equipped with 62 check-in counters, 4 transfer and transit counters, 19 ticketing counters. 8 boarding gates equipped with boarding bridges, 7 arrival gates and 5 conveyer belts. Capable of handling 9.4 million passengers over the course of a year, the domestic terminal is supported with a common-use check-in system to increase the efficiency of baggage handling for departing flights.

 

An Enigma of Non-Arrival

Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipual Removed from Program for 11th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

 

V.S. Naipaul, the Nobel laureate author who was to headline the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) has been dropped from the program after the 81-year-old literary superstar made an “11th-hour request” for a US$20,000 appearance fee.

 

The UWRF founder and director Janet DeNeefe regretfully announced the removal of the Trinidad-born writer from the official program, explaining: “After having committed to the festival months ago, Sir V.S. Naipaul made an 11th-hour request for a $20,000 appearance fee that would have jeopardized the longevity of the UWRF and all of those involved.” 

 

Continuing, DeNeefe said: “As a not-for-profit festival, we rely on the goodwill and generosity of our sponsors, partners and the authors and artists who so graciously donate their time and resources to make the UWRF such a magical event.”

 

Those who had paid US$130 to attend “An Evening with V.S. Naipaul” are being refunded their money.

 

Naipaul won the 2001 Nobel Prize for literature. His publicist claims the cancellation was due to a schedule conflict and was not a matter of fees.

 

The author of both fiction and non-fiction books and articles, among Naipul’s well-know books are A Bend in the River (1979), The Enigma of Arrival (1987), A Way in the World (1994), Half a Life (2001) and Magic Seeds (2004).

 

The festival, now in its 11th season, will be headquartered in Ubud October 1-5, 2014. 

 

Over 150 writers from 25 countries are expected to attend.

 

Last Minute Confirmation of Accommodation for UWRF

 

 

Longer Hauls; Lower Fares

Indonesia AirAsia Targets Offering Long-Haul Low-Cost Flights to Australia by End of 2014

 

Indonesia AirAsia Extra, an affiliate in the growing network of AirAsia hybrids, has announced plans to commence flights from Bali by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

 

CEO of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, announced plans for the long-haul flights from Bali on Monday, September 15, 2014 in Jakarta.

 

Promoted as the first long-haul low-cost carrier in Indonesia, Indonesia AirAsia X is expected to operate to Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.

 

Melbourne and Sydney in Australia would be airline operator’s initial destinations. Future destination may include Japan and South Korea.

 

Indonesia AirAsia X received its Air Operating Certificate on September 4th from the Director General of Civil Aviation.

 

The airline will be using Airbus 330-300 aircraft for flights of up to 10 hours duration from Bali, and eventually from Jakarta and Medan.

 

Indonesia AirAsia X is a joint venture between Malaysian AirAsia X and the Indonesia AirAsia Group (Kirana Anugerah Perkasa). The long-haul low-cost airline is expected to fee passengers from the existing domestic network of Indonesia AirAsia.

 

Fernandes describes the new carrier as “AirAsia on Seteroids." AirAsia will bring tourists from ASEAN to Indonesia. AirAsia X can bring [tourists] from Asia and Europe to Indonesia.”

 

Cleared for More Landing?

Deputy-Governor of Bali Calls for Extra Runway at Island’s Airport

 

Bali’s newly renovated airport continues to be served by a single runway of 3,00 meters. Too short to handle a number of long-haul aircraft fully-loaded with both passengers and fuel, the Ngurah Rai International Airport’s overriding limitation on passenger handling capacity is its dependent a single and relatively short runway.

 

Moreover, an aircraft accident involving Bali’s runway 09/27 has the potential of closing airport operations of hours or, in the worst case, weeks.

 

As reported by Beritadewata.com, Bali’s deputy-governor I Ketut Sudikerta recently highlighted this situation, recommending that the current runway be widened to accommodate two runways.

 

“A lengthening and widening of the runway is very needed in order to accommodate 2 runways to allow the airport to grow and handle more passengers,” said Sudikerta on a visit to Bali’s air gateway on September 17, 2014.

 

When asked by reported if the provincial government of Bali would invest in widening the runway, Sudikerta said all would have to “wait and see.”

 

The CEO of Angkasa Pura I, Tommy Soetomo, said that the carrying capacity of the airport must also be seen from the perspective of taxis, terminals and parking facilities. In these regards, Soetomo said the Bali airport was still sufficient to meet current and future demand.

 

The airport is expected to handle 15 million domestic and international passengers in 2014, a number well under the stated capacity of 25 million.

 

Factory Direct

Bali Police Raid Two Narcotics Factories in Denpasar and Buleleng

 

Bali police are continuing to investigate drug busts on Wednesday, September 16, 2104 at methamphetamine and ecstasy factories on Jalan Buana Kubu in West Denpasar and at the Villa Lumbung in Kaliasem, Buleleng. In the course of the separate raids police confiscated almost 20 kilograms of precursors used in the production of methamphetamine.

 

As reported by DenPost, in addition to precursors, an unnamed source revealed that police also took possession of a blender, oven, hoses, funnels, jars, filters and tablet presses. 

 

Four people have been arrested in connection with the raids: I Wayan Artawa also known as Tawok from Sidatapa, Buleleng; I Gusti Ngurah Surya whose address is listed as Jalan Buana Kubu Gang Asem, Denpasar; Komang Sudarmawan whose address is listed as Jalan Gunung Batok, Denpasar; and Dion Donisius of (Jalan Tukad Batanghari, Panjer. Police report that their investigations show the four are not part of the narcotics network of Novi Hendrik Indrawan from Malang who was arrested at a rooming house in Denpasar on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 with 19 kilograms of marijuana.

 

Police were able to make the raids on the methamphetamine and ecstasy factories based on information provided by the public who reported suspicious behavior in their neighborhoods. This lead to an arrest of a man on Jalan Buana Kubu Gang Asem in West Denpasar who provided information that led to the two narcotics production facilities.

 

Police are withholding further comment as the arrests and closure of the drug factories remains under intense investigation by police.

 

Chicago Lovers Come Clean in Bali

Bali Police Say Tommy Schaefer and Heather Mack Confess to Roles in Murder of Chicago Socialite Sheila von Weise Mack

 

Bali Police report that American Tommy Schaefer (21) has confessed to police that he killed Sheila von Weise Mack (62) in a hotel in South Bali on August 12, 2104 in the course of an argument over money.

 

Schaefer was in Bali at the time of the killing to accompany Mack’s teenage daughter, Heather Mack, who police say helped stuff the dead women’s body into a suitcase that the two later abandoned in the trunk of a Bali taxi.

 

Heather, who is three-months pregnant with a child believed to be Schaefer’s, was arrested a day after the murder in a Kuta hotel room she was sharing with Schaefer.

 

After their initial arrest, the two told police that terrorists who forced their way into the murdered woman’s room murdered Sheila Mack. No physical evidence, including CCTV surveillance tapes from the hotel’s public areas, corroborated the two’s story.

 

The two will only be formally charge when prosecutors bring their case before court. If charged with premeditated murder either or both of the two young Americans could face the death penalty before an Indonesian firing squad.

 

Bali police say both Schaefer and Mack have admitted to the respective roles in the murder in recent days, after weeks of refusing to speak with police. Heather Mack says she watch her boyfriend murder her mother and later helping him stuff her body into the suitcase.

 

Flying High and Fancy with Garuda

Garuda Indonesia Named as Best Passenger Experience in Asia Pacific Region

 

The Indonesian Flag Carrier Garuda Indonesia has won honors as the best airline in the region for Australia and Asia at the Passenger Choice Awards 2014 announced on September 15, 2014 by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX). 

 

This year’s award from APEX represents a repeat performance for Garuda who won the same accolade in 2013.

 

The award was presented to Garuda at a ceremony held in Anaheim, California on Monday, September 15, 2014. Receiving the award on behalf of Garuda was the Airline’s director of service, Faik Fahmi.

 

In winning “Best in Region” Garuda managed to outperform Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air and EVA Air.

 

Selection for the award was made based on comprehensive surveys addressing product, service, innovation and overall satisfaction from passengers experience the “flight experience” offered by the contending airlines.

 

 

We’re Going to Change the World!

Young People Invited to Joining Bali’s Global Initiatives Networking Conference at Canggu Community School October 3-5, 2014

 

The Bali Global Initiatives Networking Youth Conference 2014 (GIN-2014 ) returns for the second year at the Canggu Community School October 3-5, 2014.

 

Following its successful inauguration last year, GIN-2014 will introduce students to presenters working to make this a better world a better place for all comprising eco-warriors, sustainable farmers, keepers of culture and tellers of stories.

 

Presentations, activities, shows and workshops will align to the UN Millennium Development goals. Participant will have the opportunity to take away knowledge and experiences to help shape the way the future will unfold. By sharing knowledge and insights, the young participants aim to establish shared goals and understanding towards the creation of effective and authentic global values.

 

Students from all over Bali and abroad are invited to attend this three-day workshop at Canggu Community School that includes the showing of the documentary "Jalanan" by Ubud-based filmmaker Daniel Ziv. Young eco-activists Kodi Twiner and Chris Gautier will also be attending to introduce the film “Rise of the Eco Warriors” documenting their time in Borneo rehabilitating orangutans with Dr Willi Smits. Kodi will also be running a workshop with Indonesia's celebrated grunge rock musician Robi Navicula. Meanwhile Chris will be hosting a workshop with the Bali Animal welfare Association (BAWA) and the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OUTROP) orangutan research group from East Kalimantan.

 

Skateboarders from Indonesia and Myanmar will host a skill-sharing event at Motion skate park with Malou Rose who has spent four years in Ulaan Batur setting up a skateboarding association. Look also for activities involving surfing, movie making and permaculture gardening.  

 

All are Welcome

 

All international middle school students are invited to attend the conference with students leaders from Canggu Community School ready to assist in advising and hosting students who come from overseas with pre-conference communications, billeting information and logistics advice.

 

Friday, October 3, 2014

 

On Friday, October 3, 2014, in cooperation with the Ubud Reader’s & Writer’s Festival, GIN 2104 will hear from acclaimed author Alison Lester regarding her work that is loved for its ability to create stories that celebrate difference and the unique aspects of the individual.  At GIN 2014 Alison will lead a workshop for a mixed age group interested in writing children’s stories.

 

The talented graphic illustrator Reinhard Kleist will also present on guiding student participants on how to create a graphic novel. Also on hand will be AJ Betts who saw her first poem published when she was 12, leading a session on creativity for lower secondary students.

 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

 

Kosal Khiev and Abraham Nouk will appear on Sunday, October 5, 2014, to share creative stories of  survival that will engender appreciation and a passion for creativity.

 

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