Manhunt for Brutal Rapist Underway
Police Suggest They Have Clear Leads in Brutal Rape of Russian Woman in Jimbaran, Bali
(10/14/2013) Bali Police continue to intensively investigate the brutal rape of a 26-year-old Russian women, identified only with the initials MT.
The assault on the woman took place dueing daylight hours at the woman's rented residence in Jimbaran on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Her assailant reportedly dropped a piece of pavement from the roofline while the Russian was washing clothes in her backyard, striking her on her head.
The Russian who suffered a serious head injury was dragged unconscious into her empty house and savagely raped.
The Bali Post says the assailant, believed to be acting on his own, made his escape through the front door of the house but did not steal his victims hand phone, laptop or purse that were all left intact in her bedroom.
The woman was eventually discovered by a friend and rushed to the BIMC Hospital in Nusa Dua where she remains under intensive medical care for a variety of injuries sustained in the attack.
Police from the South Kuta Police Precinct, backed up by additional investigators from Bali Police Headquarters’ Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Unit have combed the residence collecting evidence to lead the capture of the perpetrator.
Police have also questioned some 15 witnesses who were in the area of the house at the time of the crime.
Four days after the incident police had yet to make an arrest. The chief of the South Kuta Police Precinct, Nuriatha, told Radar Bali: “I ask for your prayers and your blessings so we can capture the perpetrator. I also ask your patience for now.”
Nuriatha told the press that police are pursuing a clear lead in the case, which they are unable to share with the police or the public at this time. Adopting an optimistic tone, Nuriatha urged the public to be calm.”
The man in charge of South Kuta police would not confirm if the woman’s assailant was still in Bali or had left the island. “We can’t say where he is. If we say he is in Bali, he will leave the Island. If we say he has left Bali, he will run further,” Nuriatha explained.
Nuriatha assured the public that the case would be brought to a successful conclusion and the assailant arrested. Police are now waiting for the Russian woman’s condition to improve sufficiently to allow police to question her about the assault.
Making Travel Less Burdensome
APEC Conference Explores Means of Enhancing Tourism Flows by Easing Immigration Procedures Among Member Nations
(10/14/2013) The recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) held in Bali October 1-8, 2013 sought to enhance the welfare of member nations through trade and investment.
One of the areas of economic cooperation identified by the Conference delegates was the removal of travel restrictions between member nationals to facilitate business and tourism travel. During the APEC Conference a seminar entitled “Connectivity and Inclusive Growth in the Asia-Pacific” held at the Grand Nikko Hotel examined the problems posed by restrictive immigration policies in efforts to grow national economies.
The Indonesian Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, spoke at the seminar and said, “Through facilitating non-business visas, a total of 1.8-2.6 million jobs will be created in the APEC region.”
The goal agreed at APEC is to facilitate the flow of tourists between borders as a means of increasing investment and integrating the economies of the Asia Pacific.
Tourist travel between APEC Countries is predicted to grow by 38 to 57 million people over the coming two years. This growth is extrapolated to create additional income of between US$62 billion and US$89 billion, creating millions of new jobs along the way.
A number of steps have been identified to ease travel between APEC nations, including simplifying the visa application process and providing for on-line visa processing. The most effective means to increase visitor flows, however, is to increase the number of countries extending “visa-free” facilities and issuing multiple visit visas.
Also discussed as a means of supporting tourist travel is improving service by immigration officials at APEC member airports and seaports.
Apparently, not discussed specifically are the complicated, expensive and time-consuming procedures in place in Bali demanded of tourists trying to extend a 30-day visa-on-arrival for an additional 30 days.
Enough to Get Your Goat
Bali Celebrates the ‘Day of Sacrifice’ – Idul Adha 1434H
(10/14/2013) As part of the celebration of the Islamic holy day of Idul Adha, the Attaqwa Mosque, located at the Bali Police Headquarters in Denpasar, is distributing 2,500 coupons to Bali-based Moslem exchangeable for portions of butchered meat.
Idul Adha or Eid al Adha is a festival commemorating the willingness of the prophet Abraham to unquestionably sacrifice his first-born son Ismail to God. Abraham’s hand was stayed by the Angel Gabriel and a lamb was sacrificed to the Almighty in the boy's stead.
Celebrated as an Islamic holiday in Indonesia, Idul Adha is marked by the donation of livestock by Moslems to neighborhood mosques where the animals are slaughtered on the holiday in accordance with religious tradition and the meat is distributed to the poor.
Three of the world’s great faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam count themselves as Abrahamic religions tracing their roots to Abraham.
The State News Agency Antara quotes the caretaker of the Attaqwa Mosque, Najib, saying, “The coupons will be distributed after the prayers on Idul Adha, while the distribution of sacrificial meat begins at 1:00 pm.”
Meat will also be given to community groups who have applied to be allocated a portion of butchered livestock donated as offerings.
One day before the holiday a total 40 goats and 9 cows had been donated to the Attaqwa Mosque. Traditionally a large number of livestock are donated at the last minute, bolstering officials in their thinking that number of animals to be sacrificed will grow measurably.
The mosque, located within the grounds of the Bali Police Headquarters, has contracted five butchers who will be expected to slaughter and cut the carcasses in a two-hour period.
Across town at the Baiturrahman Mosque n Denpasar, a total of 36 goats are awaiting sacrifice on the morning of Idul Adha.
Last year, the Baiturrahman received 95 goats and 10 cows.
Passengers Left in the Dark by Major Power Failure at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport
(10/14/2013) The power went off for 30 minutes in the newly opened Bali Ngurah Rai international Airport disrupting the flow of passengers. The airport was without power starting from 3:00 pm on Monday, October 14, 2013.
According to travellers preparing to leave on flights, the airport was in the dark covering an area from gate 15 to gate 20.
In addition to leaving passengers in the dark, the air conditioning in the waiting lounges also ceased to operate while shops, cafes and toilets were also in the dark.
In the dark and uncomfortable with the heat of a non-air conditioned environment, passengers resorted to fanning themselves. Meanwhile flight announcements calling passengers to boarding lounges and departing flights were also rendered non-functional by the lack of electricity.
According to Beritabali.com, airport staff were compelled to circle the airport on foot calling out flight departure information.
After the 30 minutes power was returned to the airport only to fail once again after a short time later.
PT Angkasa Pura who manage the airport have not provided an explanation for the power outage or why back up power systems failed to operate.
Run for Someone Else’s Life
Join the 13th Chpater of Rock n’ Run on Kuta Beach on November 3, 2013 to Help the Bali Pink Ribbon Women's Cancer Center
(10/14/2013) On Sunday, November 3, 2013, Hard Rock Hotel Bali will partner with the Bali Pink Ribbon Campaign in this year’s edition of the Rock ‘n Run Fun race.
Proceeds from the eun will help the Pink Ribbon Breast Women's Cancer Center in Bali.
Participants in the race will receive a limited edition Hard Rock-New Balance T-shirt, refreshment and Simpati phone cards with a stored value of Rp. 10,000.
5 KM race STARTS AT 5:00 am.
Registration is Rp. 125,000 until November 2, 2013. Registration on race day costs Rp. 175,000.
A beach bazaar, fun runs and kids sprint will also be organized.
The winner of the 5 km race will win 30,000 AirAsia Miles exchangeable for a round trip fare Bali to Hong Kong.
Birds of a Feather in Bali
Bali Bird Park – a Center for the Conservation and Propagation of Rare Bird Species
(10/14/2013) A number of protected bird species make their home at the Bali Bird Park in Singapdu, in the Gianyar regency of Bali.
Quoted in Bisnis Bali, Nick Blackbeard, the Managing Director of the Bali Bird Park said: “Dedicated to the conservation of endangered birds, we operate a comprehensive breeding program. This is proven by our success in propagating Bali’s rarest bird the Jalak Bali.”
The Jalak Bali, also know as the Bali Starling or Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi) is the mascot of Bali and boasts a white tail, a long, drooping crest and black tops on the wings and tails. Particularly distinctive are the blue bare skin surrounding its eyes, grayish legs and a yellow beak.
The Bali Bird Park occupies a 2-hectare site attracting hundreds of visitors each day to it magnificent exhibit of more than 250 species spread across 1,000 birds.
The intelligent use of native foliage, waterfalls, ponds and walk-through cages gives every impression that visitors are in a tropical jungle rich with bird life.
“Visitors have the opportunity of encountering rare and extraordinary birds from every corner of the globe,” said Blackbeard.
Nick described how former rice fields were converted into a bird reserve with the help of experts from around the world, resulting in a habitant for the birds closely resembling the bird’s native surroundings.
Visitors walking its shaded tropical paths can see Jalak Bali, Macaws, Hornbills, Australian Pelicans, Birds of Paradise, Toucans, Owls, Flamingos, Cassowaries and Komodo Dragons.
The presence of the Komodo dragon in the Bali Bird Park is explained by Nick who said that evolution studies shows birds descended from reptiles, inspiring the Park's choice to adopt the Komodo as a mascot of the Park.
Several of the birds at the Park have been enriched, training them to welcome guests in a variety of languages.
Opportunities are also given for guest to hold and be photographed with rare birds.
The Bali Bird Park was first established in 1994.
Rainy Days and Monday
Bali’s Rainy Season Gradually Embraces the Island
(10/14/2013) The Denpasar office of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BKMG) is predicting that the rainy season in Bali will start gradually in October, encompass all of Bali by December and reach its peak in February
According to BKMG, the rainy season began in September in parts of Tabanan, Ginayar, the middle of Badung and a part of Bangli.
During the first to third weeks of October the rainy season will commence in the southern portions of Jembrana, parts of Tabanan, eastern Buleleng, eastern and northern Gianyar, northwest Bangli.
The region of Bali receiving the least rainfall is the Nusa Penida islands, receiving rain for only 3 months of the year due to reasons of topography and the low amount of vegetative cover.
Meanwhile, Tabanan traditionally receives the largest amount of rainfall in Bali, reflected in the high level of rice cultivation found in that region.
Built for the Long Haul
Renovated Bali Airport Designed to Handle 16 Million Yearly Passengers
(10/14/2013) The renovated Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali when completed will be able to handle a yearly flow of 16 million passengers, more than doubling its former estimated capacity of 7.7 million.
Bisnis.com quotes the director of the airport management company, PT Angkasa Pura I, Tommy Soetomo, who said that now the APEC Conference is over the new international departure terminal is ready for use.
“On Tuesday, October 8 at 8:00 pm passengers flying internationally from Bali were able to fly from the new international departure terminal in Bali,” said Soetomo.
Prior to October 8th and commencing from September 29, 2013, only Garuda Indonesia passengers were allowed to use the new terminal. With the trial period ending on October 8, now all passengers flying internationally from Bali travel via the new terminal.
Occupying the entire third floor of the building, departing passengers are served by 96 check-in counters, 26 immigration counters, 9 departure lounges and 11 air bridges.
Soetomo said that over the past six years the Bali Airport has recorded an annual growth in passenger usage of 14% per year.
All We are Saying: Give Peace a Park
Plans Restarted to Build Peace Park at Sari Club Bali Bombing Site
Plans for the location of the former Sari Club, destroyed by a terrorist bomb on October 12, 2002, to become a memorial park have resurfaced again.
The bombing leveled the Sari Club and badly damaged Paddy’s Bar, located a short distance away, leaving 202 dead and scores badly injured.
Past efforts to build a park in the now vacant plot of land have been thwarted by land ownership and funding issues.
Djinaldi Gosana, the spokesman for the Bali Peace Park (Taman Perdamaian Bali) in Kuta told the State News Agency Antara on Saturday, October 12, 2013: “Through the construction of this park we hope to commemorate the event. For foreigners this is very important, especially for those who lost family members.”
The latest plan for the park included a place of worship for Moslems, Catholics, Protestants, Hindus and Buddhist. “This is the concept we which to put forward as an response to those who wanted to use the bombing to destroy national unity," said Djinaldi.
Australian Made Wijaya has been selected to design the park. He says the park will draw its inspiration from an Australian arts group who plant tens of bamboo in such a manner that they create a wind-chime effect.
Wijaya told the press that the wind-chime at the Bali Peace Park would be made of metal for durability. A garden wall will feature the names of the 202 who died in the Bali bombing.
Less We Forget
Ceremony at ‘Ground Zero’ to Commemorate 11th Anniversary of Bali Bombing. Australian PM Announces Terrorist Compensation Program.
(10/14/2013) On October 12, 2013, surviving family members from among the Indonesians who died in the terrorist attack of on a Bali nightspot on October 12, 2002 gathered at the Bali Bombing Memorial, also known as “Ground Zero” to scatter flower petals and recall the names and lives of the 202 people who died.
This year’s gathering was organized by the Istana Dewata Foundation. The chairperson of the Foundation, Ni Luh Erniyati, told the State News Agency Antara, “Every year we commemorate the moment, even though in a simple manner due to limited funds.”
After the scattering of flowers, prayers were offered and poems recited before a group photo closed the gathering.
I Wayan Radmi, whose husband Made Sujana died in the bombing, said: “At the time my husband worked as a security guard at the Sari Club. I and my family were shocked to hear of the bombing from my sister-in-law who worked at one of the nightspots in Kuta.”
He also had the gruesome memory of how only portions of her husband’s body were sent to the family in envelopes from the Denpasar General Hospital.
“Because the process of identification was time consuming, our family decided to cremate (my husband). After a while, we received a portion of my husband’s body positively identified by DNA tests,” she explained.
During an official visit to Bali to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited the “Ground Zero” monument to lay a commemorate wreath.
Abbott said he came to the bombing site tom “Honor the dead, to commiserate with those who were injured on that night and who still bear the scars, physical and mental”.
88 Australians were counted among the 202 who died in the bombing.
The Australian Prime Minister used the occasion of his visit, just days before the 11th anniversary of the tragedy, to announce a compensation scheme for the victims of overseas terror attacks. The scheme provides for AU$75,000 in compensation to be paid to the next-of-kin of the Australians who died in the blast.
The compensation program, the culmination of a plan originally forwarded by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, can be sought via an application process commencing on October 21, 2013. Gillard’s plan envisioned compensating only future victims of terrorism while Abbott has chosen to make compensation to also apply to Australians who are past victims of terror.
A Final Curtain
Kadek Suardana – Master of Balinese Theater and Dance Dead at 57
(10/14/2013) Bali has lost its second leading contemporary dancer and artistic director to pancreatic cancer in as many months with the death of I Kadek Suardana on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, in Guangzhou, China, where he was undergoing treatment.
In August, Bali mourned the loss of a leading contemporary dancer, Nyoman Sura, also claimed by pancreatic cancer.
Suardana, aged 57, had led many artistic groups on international visits during the course of his career. He has worked as a musical arranger, the composer of Balinese dance-drama, and the producer/director of many international tours of Bali performance groups.
Married to Mari Nabeshima, who was originally from Japan and who preceded him in death in 2010, Suardana had undergone five separate treatments for pancreatic cancer in China over the past two years.
The father of two daughters, Suardana's final trip to China was undertaken only a week before his death, accompanied by members of his late wife’s family.
Suardana, who was an acknowledged expert in the traditional Balinese performing arts, undertook early training in stage production in Jakarta. However, much of his career focused on contemporary theatre. He also completed a musical education at Traditional Music Conservatory (KOKAR) and studied dance at the Indonesian Dance Academy (ASTI).
Collaborating with I Dewa Gede Palguna, Aryantha Soetama and Ulf Gadd he established the Arti Foundation in 1998. His work with the foundation paved the way for a range of performances on local, national and international stages, including the Art of Peace Festival in 2002; Umbul-Umbul Festival in 2004 and a number of artistic missions abroad.
His monumental theatrical productions include: Dancing Demons produced with Australians from The Extra One Company in 1990; Bima – a collaboration with Sweden’s Goetenberg Opera Ballet in 1996; Gumbuh Macbeth (1998); composed the soundtrack for Api Cinta - a film production relating the life of Antonio Blanco in 1998; Ritus Legong (2002); Tajen I (2002); Tajen II (2006) and Sri Tanjung – The Scent of Innocence (2009).
American Woman Dies in Bali Road Accident
Alexandra Garce of Atlanta, Georgia Killed When Struck from Behind on Denpasar-Gilimanuk Highway
(10/14/2013) A 29-year-old American Woman Alexandra Garce from Atlanta, Georgia was killed in a traffic accident on the Denpasar-Gilimanuk road on Monday, October 7, 2013.
The accident happened when the woman who was driving a motorcycle in the direction of Gilimanuk stopped suddenly to avoid hitting another motorcycle mishap only to be hit from behind by a truck and thrown into the patch of an approaching truck.
The woman reportedly suffered massive head trauma and died at the location of the accident.
Garce lived at Jalan Hayum Waruk No. 210X in Denpasar.
The driver of the truck that struck Garce from behind Samsul Arifin (59) from Bayuwangi, East Java was not injured in the accident and is being questioned by police in the road fatality
Lord, Love a Duck
Bali Update Editors Shares a Balinese Tale of Religious Ritual and the Day He Got Given a Duck by God
On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the staff of Bali Discovery organized a traditional Dewa Yadnya Ceremony at its offices located in the Sanur district of Bali.
In Bali Hinduism an Upacara Dewa Yadnya is an act of thanksgiving to the Almighty Hyang Widhi - in all His various manifestations, intended to seek blessings and divine guidance in all future endeavors.
For the blessing at the Bali Discovery offices, days of careful preparations went into making sure that the ceremony and accompanying offerings would meet with God’s approval. Once a propitious day was selected, bamboo stands were erected to elevate on altars the High priest (pedanda) and the many offerings.
A part of the parking lot was excavated creating a pit to receive sacrificial offerings of dead ducks and chickens. Elaborate platters of cakes, suckling pig, confectionaries, cigarettes and fruits were prepared. Holy water was transported to the location and mats laid out for the gamelan orchestra.
At the appointed time, the Pedanda arrived wearing an elaborate gold encrusted mitre that would make a senior abbot envious. He began a program of prayers, chants and mantras recited in ancient Sanskrit. The orchestra played, conch shells were blown, bells and chimes rung, and several circuits of the office made by the devoted sprinkling holy water and chanting along the way to exorcise any lingering omens of ill will.
While the main ceremony progressed, I encountered a forlorn looking Balinese duckling, its bobbing head protruding from a small plastic bag placed among a pile of offerings. Quacking loudly, the duck tried to survey the busy surroundings, unaware that she was just moments away from a beheading and dismemberment, soon to be tossed into an offering pit with the carcasses of equally unfortunate chickens.
Weaned on a childhood diet of Donald and Daisy Duck courtesy of the Disney organization, I have been trained since childhood to view all ducks as adorable creatures capable of human speech. As a result, this forlorn duckling was, to my eyes, a genuine charmer. Moved also by feelings of guilt and pity, I was soon stroking Daisy’s head and providing her with final cooling refreshment from a bottle of Aqua.
A coward at heart, I excused myself from the religious proceedings and entered the office, unable and unprepared to witness poor Daisy’s demise under the knife.
As the ceremony ended, I gingerly walked out of the office to thank the priest and his suppporters for their service. Casting an eye down into the sacrificial pit, I saw the white feathers, blood and dismembered parts of several sacrificed chickens. Holding my breath and determined to say farewell to my new-found feathered friend, I lingered, looking for the soft yellow down of Daisy the Duck that I had lovingly stroked just minutes before.
A female acolyte approached from the middle of the crowd and handed me a quacking and still very much alive Daisy the Duck. Apparently, my minstrations to the duck had not escaped the notice of the High Priest who, via his direct line to God, had decided Daisy could be spared and offered to me.
To cut to the chase, Daisy has now become part of my household in North Sanur, Bali. The gardener, Kadek - a farm boy, is delighted and has immediately familairized Daisy with the swimming pool. The rest of my household, comprised of three dogs named Juju, Pumpkin and Rocky - seem less enthusiastic about Daisy's arrival, plotting, I suspect, their own reception for the duckling if given half a chance.
As every Balinese knows, the Island operates on a never-ending cycle of good and bad Kharma. Bali Discovery’s offerings to Hyang Widhi were intended to secure the Kharma of a safe and prosperous passage through the months and years ahead for our team and the customers we serve. The kind intervention of a Balinese priest was a piece of remarkable Kharma for Daisy who went home with the guy with the water bottle. My own unfolding Kharma of both good and bad sees me integrating a household of three dogs, a rescued duck and a Balinese gardener who has just advised me that Daisy needs a Donald Duck to make her life complete.
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