Bali News Update Week 43.

Tales of Hoffman

American Lawyer Rescued from Ubud River Ravine by First Response Team of Toya Medika Clinic

 

(11/11/2013) An American lawyer on holiday in Bali narrowly escaped tragedy on a late-night ride in Ubud, Central Bali on a newly purchased bicycle left him semi-conscious and badly injured at the bottom of a ravine.

 

Michael Hoffman from San Francisco had finished his dinner at an Ubud Restaurant and decided to ride his mountain-bike back to his hotel.

 

Operating from memory, Hoffman turned onto Jalan Kajeng, just after passing the Starbuck Café. Further down the quiet street he turned again into a small alley that led to a path through a local rice field.

 

A wrong turn and a miscalculation saw the America and his bicycle fall into a deep river ravine at Juwuk Manis. 

 

A fall of more than 15-meters down the steep riverbank left Hoffman dazed and bleeding, and sufficiently far off the beaten track in Ubud that his calls for help at that late hour were not heard over the sounds of the rushing water.

 

With broken ribs and other injuries that prevented him from climbing back up the vertical embankment, Hoffman managed to find his hand phone in his backpack and, lacking any local number, called a friend in San Francisco to describe his predicament. He was only able to offer a landmark of a road near Starbucks and his personal sense that he was in a ravine near a waterfall. 

 

The resourceful San Francisco colleague soon found the name and 24-hour number of the Toya Medika Clinic in Ubud on the Internet and called at 1:30 a.m. in an urgent appeal for assistance to help his injured friend/

 

A well-trained first-response team immediately commenced a search pattern based on the scanty information relayed by Hoffman via San Francisco. When the Clinic’s ambulance could not pass narrow alleyways, the recue team moved to motorbikes searching up and down the riverbanks of the several streams that converge in Central Ubud. 

 

After two hours and responding to a small blinking light seen in a deep ravine, Nik, a rescuer, stopped his motorbike and called out “Mike” to which he received an immediate response of a plea for “help”. Nik thentold the American to stay quiet and conserve his energy as help was on the way. 

 

In a scene worthy of a Hollywood adventure film, first responders gathered at the ravine's edge and rappelled down to the injured man with ropes, pulleys and medical gear. Mike later described how a strong Balinese man “built like a soldier” took command of his 6’2”, 200 pound frame like he was rag doll, fitted him into a full body harness and, with the help of the rescue team, hauled him up to the ravine’s edge.

 

Despite the enveloping darkness, the team also managed to mount a rescue of Mike’s new bike that was, in fact, much better off after the fall than its owner.

 

A short ride on a motorbike brought Hoffman to a waiting ambulance and another short ride to the Toya Medika Clinic where X-rays confirmed two broken ribs and a broken nose.

 

Following his harrowing rescue, Michael Hoffman is full of praise for the first-response team of the Toya Medika Clinic in Ubud, permitting us to share his story and a picture taken upon arrival at the Clinic.

 

Fortunately, Hoffman is making a full recovery and planning a return visit to Bali in a few months’ time.

 

For a more detailed account of Michael Hoffman’s mishap and his heroic rescue visit the Ubud Now and Then Website 

 

A word to the wise: some numbers worth keeping at hand, whether you live in Ubud or San Francisco:

 

Toya Medika Clinic

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Telehone: +62-(0)361-978078 or++62-(0)361-2189000

Website: toyamedikaclinic.com

Skype: toyamedika

 

That’s When Neighbors Become Good Friends

Australia’s Northern Territory Seeking Closers Ties with Bali and Indonesia

 

(11/12/2013) Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika received a visit from the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory in Australia, the Honorable Graham Miles MLA on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. 

 

Accompanying Miles on his visit was the Mayor for Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim who is on a tour with Miles to improve relations with Indonesia and East Timor.

 

In Indonesia, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara have been identified by Australia as territories in the closest proximity to Australia and, as a result, worthy of special attention. Also, given the large number of Australians who travel to Bali and make the Island their second home, the Australian government sees the need to intensify cooperation with Indonesia in general and Bali in particular.

 

As reported by Metrobali.com, main areas of cooperation between the Northern Territory and Bali will be in the areas of health, education and trade.

 

As the same time, the Government of Australia is seeking to open employment opportunities for workers and students seeking to undergo brief periods of training in Darwin and Australia. The reputation of the University of Darwin is internationally recognized and offers excellent opportunities for training qualified Indonesians.

 

Governor Pastika welcomed his visitors and the offer of assistance from Australia’s North. Explaining that bi-lateral cooperation was the purview of Indonesia’s Foreign Minister, he said he would nonetheless adopt a pro-active role in seeing their offer is brought before the Indonesian Foreign Minister and comes to fruition.

 

Pastika said he was confident that the cooperation between Northern Australia and Bali would be mutually beneficial to both parties. Underlining this point, Pastika told of the existing cooperation between the Indera Hospital in Bali and the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Center in Darwin. That project encompasses assistance in the area of hospital management, manpower training and equipment.

 

The Indera Hospital performs 3,000 cataract operations each year. Pastika is hopeful that in the future such medical cooperation could be extended to include Denpasar's Sanglah General Hospital.

 

Explaining that the ASEAN Economic Community will take effect in less than 2 years easing the flow of materials and manpower, including medical personnel, between Bali and the rest of ASEAN. “To meet these challenges, we need to prepare ourselves. Hopefully through training we can improve the quality of our medical personnel,” said the Governor.

 

The Governor also expressed the wish that the University of Darwin will be able to lend educational assistance to universities in Bali, such as Udayana University.

 

Dead Man Walking

Indonesia Prepares to Resume Executions in November 2013

 

(11/11/2013) Indonesia appears poised to resume executions with the Jawa Pos reporting that at least one person under sentence of death for a narcotics violation will be brought before a firing squad this month. 

 

This was confirmed by the Junior Prosecutor for Crime (Jampidum), Mahfud Manan, on November 11, 2013 in Jakarta. The formal statement by Manan said: “This month a convict under the sentence of death will be executed by the Prosecutors office in its role as executioner. The case is a narcotics conviction.”

 

Manan refused to provide more details to the press or provide the name of the prisoner to be executed; citing the need to protect the privacy of the prisoner and ensure the process goes smoothly. “Be patient. I can't tell you anything, not the identity or the location for the execution,” he added.

 

The coming execution will bring to a total of 5 the number shot by firing squads thus far in 2013 from a targeted total of 10 death row inmates slated for execution before the end of 2013.

 

If the target of 10 is to be maintained, the government will need to quickly execute 5 more prisoners in the remaining month and a half of 2013.

 

In May of 2013 three people were put to death on the Indonesian prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilicap, Central Java. Two months earlier, in March 2013, a Nigerian, Adamie Wilson, was executed in the Thousand Islands off the coast of Jakarta.

 

The number of prisoners sitting on death row in Indonesia numbers 133. Of this total 71 are convicted of drug offenses, 2 of terrorist acts and 60 of capital offenses.

 

Ring Around the Rigmarole

Badung Government Seeking US$26 million to Build a Tanjung Benoa Ring Road in Bali’s South

 

(11/12/2013) A preliminary feasibility study for a ring road encircling the Tanjung Benoa Peninsula of South Bali has been completed.

 

The study estimates for building the one-way road that would circle through the popular accommodation, dining, shopping and water sports area are put at Rp. 300 billion (US$26 million).

 

The Badung Regency administration is now busily trying to find a way to fund the project.

 

As reported by The Bali Post, the head of Public Works and Water Supply for Badung, Ida Bagus Surya Suamba, said on Sunday, November 10, 2013, that the results of the study will soon delivered to the Regent for his comments and approval. Once approved by the Regent, the next step would be the execution of a detailed engineering design that would be completed in 2014 before actual construction commences in 2015.

 

Suamba said the need for a Tanjung Benoa ring road was made urgent by the rapid pace of development in the area and the severe traffic congestion now found on Jalan Pratama.

 

The high density of physical development on the peninsula makes land acquisition for the proposed ring road extremely problematic. As a result, current plans are to use the western beach on the peninsula to create a 30-meter wide roadway.

 

The options being explored to finance the proposed road are funding by the Regency of Badung, funding from the Central Government or a joint operation with private interests operating as a toll road.

 

Adventures in Paradise

Join Explorer and Adventure Travel Expert Mike McDowell on a Komodo and Eastern Indonesia Adventure April 28 – May 12, 2013

 

(11/10/2013) A few cabins remain on a first-come-first-served basis to join a select group of interested and interesting voyagers on an exclusive 14-day sailing around the island of Flores and the Komodo National Park departing Maumere, Flores on April 28, 2014.

 

Join Explorer Mike McDowell on a Unique Voyage of Discovery

 

The voyage will be led and hosted by Mike McDowell, an internationally acclaimed expert in Adventure Travel who is returning to Eastern Indonesia revisit some of the dive spots and island visits he first pioneered by boat in the late 1970s and 1980s.

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Mike’s adventure tourism company, Quark Expeditions, started operations in 1985 specializing in small focused diving trips in remote regions, particularly around eastern Indonesia. The business developed into a thriving adventure tourism and eco-tourism venture.

 

Before that, Mike worked on polar travel expeditions with the famous little ship - the Lindblad Explorer. The Lindblad made multiple polar visits, journeying to many islands and atolls in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans, and visited remote ports of Africa and South America.

 

A love of adventure lured Mike back to the polar regions for a number of years, but, by the 1990s, he had shifted focus once more to concentrate on deep ocean exploration and travel into space.

 

Another of Mike’s ventures, Deep Ocean Quest, took passengers in the deep-sea MIR submersibles to visit the RMS Titanic in over 3,700 meters of water in the Atlantic, and to the Bismarck, which sank in over 4,700 meters of water and now rests on the side of an extinct underwater volcano. Mike has also organized visits to the fantastic abyssal hydrothermal vents of the mid-Atlantic ridge.

 

Mike was included in the first group to dive 4,500 meters under the ice to reach the true North Pole in 2007. In 2012, Mike organized the logistics and participated in the search for the elusive giant squid in the deep waters off the coast of Japan, which was filmed as a documentary for NHK TV Japan and Discovery Channel US.

 

Greg Mortimer and Mike together were the first Australians to climb Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica. Mike has also climbed Mt Everest, to 8,000 meters.

 

Not content with splashing about in the ocean, dog sledding across Greenland and scaling difficult heights, Mike is also involved in Zero Gravity Corporation, to provide people with the opportunity to experience weightlessness. He is also involved with Space Adventures, the only company that presently can take private adventurers into space to visit the International Space Station.

 

In between, Mike loves to organize natural history and scuba diving expeditions in the remote equatorial regions of Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Indonesia and Pacific Ocean atoll groups. Every trip is an adventure, and every time Mike says he is reminded of his great fortune in being able to travel to see such marvels.

 

Commenting on his coming trip to Eastern Indonesia, Mike says: “They say our world has shrunk, that global technology and modern travel have diminished remaining frontiers. That’s never going to be true while there are people with enthusiastic hearts and a sense of curiosity. This dive trip around Komodo in April and May 2014 is a gentle, relaxing charter on a very special boat. Guests wishing to chill out on board, or hike along distant beaches, or come for a dive, are warmly welcomed.”

 

The Seven Seas – is a 45-meter, traditionally built Buginese schooner known for its high standards as an Indonesian live aboard ship. Custom-designed to accommodate up to 16 guests in spacious comfort over three decks, she is perfect for both diving and relaxation.

 

The rooms, main dining room, and deck areas are all wonderfully arranged. The four double & four twin state rooms are finished to a high standard and come with king size beds in the doubles and large single beds in the twins. The en-suite bathrooms have powerful hot and cold-water shower, hot and cold water washbasins, full-sized WC and a hairdryer. The main lounge and inside dining areas is fully air-conditioned but all windows can be fully opened to let the breeze through, which is usually the nicest experience. Two double cabins are situated on the upper deck, commanding panoramic views from the windows.

 

A shaded lounging area aft on the upper deck, as well as shaded lounge beds in front of the wheelhouse are great areas for sunsets and cocktails.

The spacious dive deck, multiple compressors, fully equipped dive shops, comfortable speedboats and first-rate dive guides promise a world class diving experience. 6 double sea kayaks are available for further adventures.

 

The state-of-the-art galley serves mouth-watering buffets & a selection of fine wines to complete the experience.

 

The 14-day exploration allows full days of shore and diving explorations with stops at seldom visited parts of Flores and the Komodo National Park. 

 

The itinerary will serve only as a rought indication of the awaiting 14-day exploration program that will allow participants to a consultative role in deciding the next stop, often plotting a stop an an unexplored region still possible in the Indonesian archipelago of more than 17,500 islands.

 

Komodo National Park is a World Heritage site situated in the straits between Sumba and Flores and consists of the three larger islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller ones. Because of its unique geology, the islands have developed equally unique wildlife. With dragons on land and a utopia underwater, you there are an array of dive sites and hiking trails to suit every level of experience.)

 

From pristine corals, mantas, sharks, turtles, dolphins, dugong and giant pelagics to tiny pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and frogfish, the diversity of marine life is both inspiring and mind-boggling. The islands feature a dramatic wild savannah landscape with patches of forest, especially on the southern hills of Komodo and Rinca. White and red sand beaches, blue lagoons teeming with fish and some of the most spectacular underwater scenery in the world entices divers and guests from around the world.

The underwater topography is as varied as the marine life it homes. Dive sites vary from gentle coral slopes to sheer cliff walls, channels, flat bottoms, pinnacles, caves, swim-throughs and a host of hard and soft corals.

 

Komodo boasts countless beautiful deserted beaches, hiking trails, great wildlife, and shallow reefs for snorkeling and lagoons for water-skiing and 

superb for diving and snorkeling

Hikes of 45 minutes to 2.5 hrs to see the Komodo dragons, wild deer, horses and buffaloes

Deserted beaches and surrounding hills are ideal for sunset drinks on the beach

Bays where the boat will anchor are perfect for afternoon water-skiing

Slow tours with one of the tenders or kayaks to explore the coastline from the water

Fishing is allowed in the pelagic fishing zone and outside the National Park

The Nuts and Bolts

 

A limited number of cabins are still available at the cost of US$5,150 per person  based on twin-sharing and covering meals, snacks, coffee-tea, drinking water, and diving and shore excursions.

 

Flights between Denpasar and Maumere on April 18 and from Labuan Bajo to Bali on May 2 are not included and will cost an estimated US$250. 

 

Indonesia’s Eastern Boom

Sky Aviation Launches Daily Flights Bali to Maumere and Kupang

 

(11/11/2013) Sky Aviation commenced scheduled flight service between Denpasar (Bali) – Maumere (Flores) and Kupang on Thursday, November 7, 2013. The flight route commences and ends in Surabaya, East Java.

 

The daily flight will use a Sukhoi SSJ 100 aircraft configured for 75 economy seats and 12 business class passengers.

 

The Sky Aviation flights will offer full-service in business class and medium service in business class.

 

This Sukhoi SSJ 100 are able to land on 1700 meters runway, 4 tons of cargo carrying capacity, very roomy and comfortable passenger seating, a large luggage storage area and low fuel consumption.

 

A unique feature of all Sky Aviations flights in Indonesia is the automatic inclusion of Rp. 1.25 billion is loss of life coverage on all flights.

 

Sky Aviation currently operates 12 aircrafts: Sukhoi Superjet 100 (2 ) Boeing 737-300 (1), Fokker 100 VIP (1), Fokker 50 (5), Cessna Grand Caravan (1) and Cirrus (2).

 

Sky Aviation has purchased 12 Sukhoi Superjet 100 for delivery through 2015. 

 

Bali: Island of a Thousand Temples

Governor Pastika Proposes Making Leading Temples Across Bali Off-Limit to Tourist Visitors

 

(11/11/2013) Perhaps an outcome of the continuing debate over the establishment of the Besakih Temple and the surrounding slopes of Mount Agung as Strategic National Tourism Areas (KSPN), Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika has declared he intends to close major temples (Pura Sad Kahyangan and Pura Dang Kahyangan) to tourist visitors. The Governor also says he will communicate to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cancel plans to establish 11 KSPN on the Island.

 

The Governor made his shocking pronouncement at the closing of a workshop on the “Future Development of Bali’s Tourism” held at his office on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

 

The workshop, that was held to discuss the pros and cons of creating a KSPN at Besakih and Mount Agung, was attended by a wide range of community leaders. Among those in attendance was the Deputy Minister for Resource Development from the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Dr. I Gede Pitana; the vice-governor of Bali Ketut Sudikerta and a cross sample of religious and community leaders from across Bali.

 

The Governor told the group that he was committed to closing all Pura Sad Khayangan and Pura Dang Khayangan to tourist visits and tourist activities at some point over the coming five years. Pastika said he wanted to finally end the strong disagreements and the developing polemic on the sanctity of Balinese temples. 'Pura (temples) - it is decided - should be clean of activities outside the interest of the Hindu faithful, at least at 'Pura Sad Kahyangan' and 'Pura Dang Kahyangan'.”

 

Continuing, the Governor said: “This is not retaliation. Let’s be done with it. 'Pura' shall no longer be considered as tourism attractions, (let’s) close the 'pura' for tourism activities. What’s more, someone read the 'bhisama' to me (Hindu dogma). If this touches on the leader receiving Gods punishment, I am genuinely afraid.”

 

There are six pura sad kahyangan (temples of the word) proposed by the Governor to be off-limits to tourists visitors are:

Pura Besakih on the slopes of sacred Mount Agung.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu – the much visited inhabited by a troupe of monkeys located on the Bukit Peninsula, near Nusa Dua.

Pura Lempuyang Luhur at Karangasem in East Bali.

Pura Goa Lawah – the much-visited Bat Cave near Kusamba in East Bali.

Pura Batukaru on Gunung Batukaru.

Pura Pusertasik in Gianyar.

The six pura dang khayangan are temples dedicated to religious teachers and their lesson.

Pura Dasar Buana near Gelgel.

Pura Silayukti located on a hilltop near Padang Bai.

Candi Agung Gumuk Kancil near Banyuwangi, West Bali.

Pura Gunung Raung near Taro, Gianyar.

Pura Bukit Sinunggal located in the village of Tajun, Kubutambahan.

Pura Rambut Siwi located 17 kilometers east of Negara in West Bali.

Pastika emphasized that all puras in Bali will be required to protect all components, including tourism areas. “Later, we will talk with the tourism sector about this situation. I offer my apologies to friends who already have pan to celebrate the anniversary ('piodalan') of puras,” Pastika said.

 

Pastika has also declared that for the present time the establishment of KSPN in Bali would not go ahead. This prohibition would not apply to only to Besakih-Mount Agung, but to all 11 KSPN mentioned in the 2011 declaration by the central government, namely:

The Pura Besakih and Mount Agung Area.

North Bali and Singaraja

Menjangan Island and Pemuteran Area.

West Bali National Park and surrounding areas.

Bedugul and surrounding areas.

Sanur - Nusa Dua - Kuta Cooridor

Nusa Penida Island and surrounding areas.

Ubud and surrounding areas.

Lake Batur and surrounding areas.

Tulamben-Ahmed and surrounding areas.

Amuk and surrounding area.

Rp. 5 billion had already been allocated to fund the proposal phase of the KSPN project in Bali,  with all areas listed in the KSPN plan slated to eventually receive funding support from Jakarta for upgrading and tourism infrastructutre support.

 

The Governor said that in the course of the spirited debate on KSPN for Besakih-Gunung Agung many had urged him to abandon plans to safeguard the areas by abandoning the KSPN plan. “I therefore concluded, don’t introduce KSPN to Bali yet, because there are so many pura. It will only become more difficult. Therefore areas must be kept clean within a certain radius of a pura. This is a sensitive problem. Those looking for problems are indeed clever; they look for sensitive points such as this. Miss World has come to pray at the Besakih Temple; that is enough!” said Pastika.

 

Pastika said he would report to President Yudhoyono who was attending the Bali Democracy Forum, asking that the 11 KSPN designations in Bali be suspended. Adding: “I will ask that this be considered. If necessary, the Rp. 5 billion allocated by the Central Government to pay for a KSPN Consultant will be returned.”

 

The Governor’s bold pronouncement to close major Balinese temples across Bali to tourist visits has ignited a new a very lively debate among religious leaders, academics, students, tourism industry managers, and political and community leaders.

 

Some are accusing the Governor of pique, involving himself in payback to those opposed to efforts to his now- abandoned plan to transform Pura Besakih into a KSPN. Those most vehemently opposed to the change-of-status for Besakih argued that Bali’s Mother Temple was a sacred place of worship, threatening Pastika and Bali with damnation (e.g. earthquakes, tsunami, plague and floods) if the Governor persisted with his plans for special national heritage status for the area.

 

Others, in sympathy with the Governor’s plans for KSPN status for Besakih, point to blatant power grabs and over-commercialization by small traders and illegal tours guides who victimize tourist visitors to Bali most sacred temple.

 

The Governor’s plans would make the listed temples only available for those involved in prayer and religious ceremonies. Tourists would be relegated to viewing the sites from the outside only.

 

It is assumed that the closure of the temples may also include a strict enforcement of rules prohibiting tourist activities within a pre-set radius around sacred temples.

 

Foreign Investment Cleared for Landing

Indonesia Preparing to Allow Foreign Investors to Provide Airport Services

 

(11/8/2013) Reuters reports that moves by the Indonesian government to bolster the economy will open new areas for foreign investment, including the nation's airports.

 

The Indonesia list of “negative investments” or areas closed to foreign investment will be shortened and liberalized, opening new areas to overseas investors.

 

The Coordinating Minister for the Economic Affairs, Hatta Rajasa, and the head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Mahendra Siregar. have proposed to the President that foreign investors be allowed to operate airport services in join-ventures with national investors.

 

Proceed with Care

Three-Day Road Blockade of Bali’s Northern Coastal Highway Ends as Chief of Police Meets with Protesting Villagers

 

(11/10/2013) After being blockaded for almost three days, the major road connecting Bali’s former northern capital of Singaraja and the western port of Gilimanuk was re-opened to traffic early on Saturday morning, November 9, 2013.

 

The road, blocked by villagers from Sumberkelampok seeking permanent title to their squatter land, was reopened after Bali Chief of Police Inspector General Albertus Julius Benny Mokalu came to the location of the protest and met with villagers.

 

Mokalu arrived at Sumberkelampok on Friday, November 11, 2013 arriving at 10:30 pm. He was accompanied by the Deputy Chief of Police for Bali, General Dewa Putu Anom the Head of Police Operations in Bali Commissioner Alit Widana, and the head of the Buleleng police precinct Benny Arjanto.

 

Arriving in the middle of the night, Bali’s top cop met with the protestors from Sumberkelampok. Mokalu listened to local citizens’ demands to obtain formal ownership of their squatter-land that been their adress for decades.

 

He also heard protestors’ demands that Governor Pastika come to their village and explain why a promised recommendation to obtain land title on thier state-owned land has not been issued.

 

Chief Mokalu told the protestors that he would facilitate their desires and bring their aspirations to the Governor.

 

During that meeting, Mokalu called on the people to re-open the road and end their disruption of public activities.

 

At 2:00 am the citizens meeting with the Police Chief announced they would re-open the road. A short time later, assisted by police, 40 separate roadblocks were removed from the road and tents set up on the road were dismantled.

 

Heavy construction equipment form the Department of Public Works were also deployed to remove fallen trees and lime stone boulders placed by the protestors on the road.

 

Shortly before sunrise traffic began moving again on the road.

 

The Bali Post reports that policemen helping to clear the road sang songs to the villagers, while the Chief of Police gave supplies to children and materials to help repair a local hall.

 

Chief Mokalu thanked the people of Sumberkelampok for taking the initiative to reopen the road.

 

A village spokesman refused the offer to meet with the Governor in Denpasar, insisting that Pastika must  travel to Sumberkelampok to meet with the squatters.

 

Separately, as reported by DenPost, the Governor said he acknowledged the desire of the people to have title on the land, but any such transfer of ownership would require the recommendation of the Bali Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD). In order for the land ownership to be assigned to the people of Sumberkelampok, an appeal needs to be made to the DPRD.

 

To this end, Governor Pastika said he would try to convene a meeting on between the DPRD-Bali, DPRD-Buleleng and the Regent of Buleleng as soon as possible.

 

Toke 'n Punishment

Belgium Painter Gets All Expensed 10-Month Holiday in Bali for Marijuana Possession

 

(11/10/2013) A 38-year-old Belgian Man Nicholas Lottefier has been sentenced 10 months imprisonments, found guilty of carrying 0.23 grams for of marijuana through Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

 

The small amount of cannabis were found in Lottefier’s possession after he disembarked AirAsia 2970 from Bangkok on March 24, 2013.

 

Lottefier who lists his occupation as a house painter in Belgium, told the court he has smoked marijuana since the age of 14 and had purchased the small amount of marijuana for personal use during a stop in New Delhi.

 

The Denpasar District Court handed down the sentence.

 

London Pride to Sydney Side

Indonesian Ambassador to U.K. Proud Garuda to Commence London-Jakarta-Sydney Thrice-Weekly Service in May 2014

 

(11/8/2013) The Indonesian Ambassador to London and Ireland, Hamzah Thayeb, has expressed his pride at the coming resumption of service to London by the Indonesian National Carrier Garuda Indonesia and the prospects for further growth in U.K. Visitors to Indonesia.

 

Speaking to the State News Agency Antara, Hamzah said: “I am proud that Garuda will once again serve the route London-Jakarta. The service of Garuda stands out in comparison to other international carriers.

 

Ambassador Hamzah’s comment was made while attending World Travel Mart (WTM) in London.

 

Visiting the Indonesian stand at WTM, the Ambassador sampled a business class seat on display from the Boeing 777-300ER that will operate on the London to Jakarta route commencing on May 24, 2014.

 

The Boeing 777-300ER will fly non-stops London to Jakarta and depart for Sydney after a short technical stop.

 

Garuda will join other Asian carriers serving the U.K. market in May – a circle of competitors that includes Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Thai Airways, Philippine Airlines and Brunei Airlines.

 

Garuda has recently received two prestigious awards. Skytrax has acknowledged the quality of Garuda’s economy class service and as having the best economy seating in the world.

 

Erik Meijer, the director of marketing and sales for Garuda Indonesia, who was also attending WTM, said, “Garuda Indonesia is the only airlines that flies directly Europe to Australia via Jakarta.”

 

Garuda will fly three times a week between London and Sydney with an intermediate stop in Jakarta.

 

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