Bali News Update Week 44.

Let a Smile be Your Umbrella

Bali Weather Bureau Confirms Rainy Season has Arrived. Warns of Possible Landslides, Wind Storms, Flooding and High Seas

 

(11/17/2013) After experiences a prolonged dry season, Bali has now entered its rainy season confirmed by torrential rains that swept across South Bali on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

 

The Bali Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BKMG) is urging people residing in Bali to be prepared for extreme weather conditions over the coming weeks and months.

 

As reported by Beritabali.com, Nyoman Suarsa of the BKMG-Denpasar office confirmed that the rains have now begun to regularly fall in all parts of Bali, except Nusa Penida. “The appearance of low-pressure systems is producing high winds and high waves,” said Suarsa on Friday, November 15, 2013.

 

Suarsa warned that Bali is at risk of destructive small whirlwind storms (angin putting beliung) and strong coastal winds. He said current weather conditions have accelerated the creation of rain clouds, especially in Central and North Bali. 

 

“In the north the public needs to be aware of the danger of landslides and in the south of the threat of flooding,” said Suarsa. He reminded that rain is now regularly falling in all parts of Bali testifying to the fact that the rainy season has commenced.

 

The BKMG is predicting that low-pressure systems in the southern part of Bali will increase over coming weeks, peaking in December and January. The highest levels of rainfall are expected in January and February.

 

 

Back in the Flow of Things

Subak Museum in Tabanan Reopens Following Partial Structural Collapse

 

(11/21/2013) The Subak Museum in Sanggulan, Tabanan (west Bali), 20 kilometers west of Denpasar, has reopened to the public after being closed for a period for repairs.

 

Shortly after the museum’s formal inauguration on October 28, 2013, the museum dedicated to Bali’s ancient water distribution system, was closed when a wall collapsed injuring a three visiting school children.

 

The main exhibition hall is now open again to visitors. The older halls located in the southern complex of the museum remain closed.

 

The chief of the Culture and Tourism Department for Tabanan said that repairs on the damaged sections of the museum remain under review with representatives from the Department of Public Works.

 

The museum complex occupies a 6-hectare site educating visitors on traditional forms of water irrigation and rice agriculture. First opened in 1981, some of the items on exhibit date back centuries, chronicling a system of traditional form of cultivate that is at least a thousand years old.

 

The Subak Museum is open Monday through Saturdays from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, except on Fridays when the museum closes at 1:00 pm.

 

Located on Jalan Gatot Subroto in Sanggulan, the museum is just off the Denpasar to Gilimanuk highway. Watch for the signs.

 

 

A Matter of Course

Post-Race Criticism Mounts From Participants in Bali Highway Half Marathon

 

(11/20/2013) Many of the star athletes who participated in the Bali Highway Half Marathon held on Sunday, November 17, 2013, have been left embittered by the experience, expressing anger and frustration at the last minute changes announced by the organizers only one day before the race’s start.

 

Original plans to hold a combined after-sunset 21-kilometer half-marathon, 10-kilometer and 3.14-kilometer race on Bali’s newly opened Bali Mandara Tollway were changed on the eve of the race due to the failure of the organizers to obtain the needed permits from the Minister of Public Works to allow the road to be used.

 

As a result, the race was moved to the Nusa Dua Complex in South Bali with the Half-marathon distance reduced to only 16-kilometers.

 

Following the failure to run the race on the newly opened highway suspended over Benoa Bay, a series of incriminations have taken place between the race organizer and PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol who operate the roadway.

 

At the heart of the dispute are claims by the toll operators that the organizers failed to include them in their planning or request permission to use the road from the Minister of Public Works as required under law.

Runners in the troubled race have shared their dismay via social media and comments to the press, with many claiming the revised route was not viable from a safety standpoint.

 

Joseph Dennis a Kenyan runner told ASATUNEWS after the race: “I am very disappointed with the organization of this marathon because that which was publicized in the mass media did not match the reality. Not only was the route changed by the course was extremely difficult.” He bemoaned that plans announced by the organizers to hold the race on the Bali Mandara Toll Road were suddenly changed to a new location. He added: “Having the race at night in accordance with the original plans is not a problem. But for all the runners who don’t know the new route, (the changes) were very dangerous. It looks as though the race operators just ‘made do.’”

 

Dennis went on and condemned the preparations of the organizing committee, saying they were very poor, with little thought given to the safety of the runners. He said those marshalling the course were few and runners had to negotiate a running path through motorbikes.

 

Will Tanni, another elite runner who had traveled from Ethiopia to compete, voiced similar complaints. Tanni, who said this was his first night race, called the course the worse he had ever experience since he began participating in international running events. “This was the worst route I have encountered. I am really disappointed. I came here not just to win a prize, but what was more important for me was how the organizers prepared for this international event,” Tanni complained.

 

Meanwhile, another runner Osias Kamlase from Indonesia who has won the Bali 10 kilometer in the past admitted that the route chosen by the organizers was not fit for a marathon. “This was the most unsuitable route I have encountered since I began running in the 1980s. All along the road runners were worried because the route was not sterile.”

 

The chief organizer of the race Andreas Kansil admitted that the change in route was a sudden deviation from the original plan to conduct the race on the Toll Road. “I am aware of the complaints and disappointment of these runners, but we did not anticipate the cancellation of plans to use the toll road,” said Kansil. 

 

Kansil said the organizers would evaluate the results of the Bali Highway Half Marathon in order to avoid repeating past mistakes. 

 

Final participation in the 2013 event was less than 1,000 runners. The original projection for participants listed on the events Face Book page was 13,000, later reduced to 3,000 runners on the event's official website.

 

 

Soaring Ambitions for Indonesia and Garuda

Garuda Purchasing Short-Haul Aircraft to Speed Development in Eastern and Western Indonesia

 

(11/15/2013) In support of Indonesia’s Master Plan to Accelerate Millennial Development (MP3I), Garuda Indonesia is purchasing 15 Bombardier CRJ 1000 aircraft from Canada.

 

The first phase of the purchase will see 12 units delivered before the end of 2013 with the remaining 3 aircraft to arrive in 2013.

 

Garuda plans to deploy the CRJ 1000 aircraft in the eastern and western regions of Indonesia serving remote area in order to widen the spread of national development programs.

 

Over the coming three years, Garuda Indonesia will also be adding Brazilian-built ATR 72 aircraft. Starting in December 2013 the first of a total of 25 new ATR 72 will be delivered to the Indonesian carrier.

 

 

Breaking News: South Bali Bus Tragedy

Six Tourists Feared Dead in Crash of Chinese Tour Bus near Uluwatu, Bali

 

(11/18/2013) Officials at Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital confirmed on Monday evening, November 18, 2013, that 6 of 15 passengers on a tourist bus that fell into a ravine near Pecatu in South Bali have died.

 

The tour bus carrying a group of Chinese tourists from Henan Province in China fell some 20 meters into a ravine near the Padang Padang Bridge at Uluwatu. The accident occurred late on Monday afternoon.

 

The Bus was operated by Happy Tours.

 

The casualties were rushed by ambulance to Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital and the BIMC Hospital in Kuta. The head of forensic medicine at Sanglah, Dr. Dudut Rustiadi, told the State News Agency Antara that after checking both medical facilities he could confirm six had died because of the crash.

 

Dead are the bus driver Agus Bachtiar Usman (36), the tour guide Priscilia Esther Budi Hardjojo (40) and four Chinese tourists: Ding Guo Zeng (male,52), Qin Ping Tao (lmale, 56), Jin Li Tao (male, 55), and Bao Serang Liu (male, 55).

 

There are unconfirmed reports of a possible seventh victim, another Chinese tourist, who had died at the BIMC Hospital and was in the process of being removed to Sanglah Hospital's mortuary.

 

 

Less than Half

Kenyan Runners Dominate Winners Platform at Truncated Bali International Half Marathon

 

(11/17/2013) A Kenyan runner has claimed line honors in the truncated Bali International Half Marathon held ay Nusa Dua Bali on Sunday night, November 17, 2013.

 

Due to the organizer’s inability to obtain permission to operate the race on Bali’s new Mandara Toll Road, the race routes and distances were changed on the day before the race. The Half Marathon race was shortened to 16-kilometers. A 10-kilometer and 3.13 kilometer (Pi) event were also held after sunset on a somewhat rainy night.

 

The first three across the finish line among the males running the 16-kilometer race were all Kenyans:

Collins Kipkorir Kimosop 52:38 (Kenyan)

Jonah Kipngok 52:40 (Kenyan)

Willy Tanui 55:52 (Kenyan)

Meanwhile, the top two female times in the 16-kilometer race were also won by Kenyan athlete with the third place among the ladies claimed by an Indonesian runner:

Peninah Kigen 59:34 (Kenyan)

Jackline Nzivo 1:02:14 (Kenyan)

Supriati 1:04:31 (Indonesia)

Indonesian male runners in the 16-kilomter race saw top performances turned in by :

Ari Swandana 56:37 – overall 5th place

Thomas Alvian Baitanu 57:37 – overall 7th place 

Lamek Yunias Banu 58:06 – overall 8th place

Female Indonesian top runners’ honors in the 16-kilometer race went to:

Supriyati 1:04:31. –overall 15th place

Rukmini 1:07:35 – overall 18th place

Shinta Wanti 1:09:23 – overall 20th place

The State News Agency Antara estimates 1,000 athletes joined in the event, initially projected to attract 13,000 athletes to Bali (Facebook) and reduced to 3,000 (official website). 

 

Sportstate.com reports that the 16-kilometer race had 137 runners while the 10-kilometer race attracted 273 participants. No on line results on times or participants were published for the “Pi” 3.14-kilometer event.

 

15 international elite athletes traveled to Bali to compete in the event.

 

 

A Travel Offer He Can't Refuse

Convicted Mafia Gangster Awaiting Extradition from Bali

 

(11/17/2013) A man wanted by Interpol and Italian police will soon be extradited from Bali back to Italy to serve a long prison term for assault and death of a man in 2011.

 

Antonio Messicati Vitale (40) has was apprehended in Bali on December 7 of 2012 at a local villa and has been resisting extradition since then as Indonesian prosecutors review warrants and evidence files in his case. 

 

Indonesia and Italy do not have a formal extradition treaty.

 

Prosecutors say their files are now ready for presentation to the Courts in order that a final order of extradition can be issued. 

 

According to NusaBali, Vitale fled Bali in 2011 following an incident involving a physical assault and subsequent death. Before the Italian Courts could render a final verdict in the case and a possible sentence of 24 years in prison, the Italian fled his native land on April 16, 2012.

 

The press depicts Vitale as a member of an organized crime organization involved in narcotics, arms dealing, human trafficking and other criminal activities. Vitale is the son of well-known mobster Pietro Messicati Vitale of the Villabate crime family. When, in 1985, famed anti-Mafia policeman Beppe Montana arrested the elder Vitales, Montana was killed in a gangland execution a few days after the arrest.

 

Pietro, the father of Vitale, was released from prison in 1988. Fifty days after his release he, too, was killed in a Mafia-style slaying while riding a motor scooter in Palermo, Sicily.

 

 

Ban on Boondoggles

Buleleng Lawmakers Say Money Expended on Overseas Tourism Promotion Trips Better Spent on Repairing North Bali Tourism Attractions

 

(11/17/2013) As reported by Bali Post, Legislators in the regency of Buleleng in North Bali are protesting the use of public funds for overseas promotion trips, saying these funds would best be used for the repair and maintenance of tourism objects. 

 

Commission B of the Buleleng House of Representatives (DPRD-Buleleng) has told a number of regional officials, including the head of Buleleng Culture and Tourism Office, that it would be better if they stayed at home and avoided spending large amounts on tourism promotion trip to London and elsewhere.

 

At a meeting held at DPRD-Buleleng on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the chairman of Commission B, Putu Mangku Budiasa, declared overseas promotion trips were ineffective. Instead, he suggested that the monies spent on travel should be used to repair and upgrade Buleleng tourism objects; a move Budiasa think a program of repairs would bring a better return on investment to local taxpayers.

 

Among the tourism objects and area Budiasa feels are in need of funding for repairs and maintenance are:

The Gitgit Waterfall

Wanagiri Stopover

Munduk

Lovina

Air Sanih

Batuampar

Budiasa called for a freeze on spending for overseas promotion in 2014 by Buleleng officials.

 

The head of the Culture and Tourism office for Buleleng, Ketut Warkadea discounted the DPRD’s criticism, saying funds allocated for promotional trips comes from pre-set allocations in the Hotel and Restaurant Tax that cannot be unilaterally reallocated to new areas. 

 

Saying Budiasa’s recommendation was “extremely naïve,” Warkadea said his office would continue to undertake both domestic and international promotional trips funded by Hotel and Restaurant Tax.

 

 

Julia Noordraven 1932-2013

Indonesian Tourism Industry Mourns the Loss of Julia Noordraven, Dead at 81

 

(11/17/2013) Indonesia’s travel industry has lost another pioneer with the death of Julia Ch. Noordraven in a Kuala Lumpur Hospital on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, where she was being treated for a heart condition.

 

Julia Ch. Noordraven was 81.

 

Julia Noordraven established Vista Expess in 1971 becoming one of the earliest purveyors of Inbound tours including Java-Bali overland tours. Later, her agency broadened its scope of work handling shore visits in all parts of Indonesia for visiting cruise ships.

 

A hard worker with an indefatigable love of her Country, Julia was a popular fixture at international travel trade shows where her encyclopedic knowledge of Indonesia was widely sought after. 

 

Julia Noordraven also established the popular Putri Gunung Resort on the outskirts of Bandung, West Java and a successful transportation company Vista Touristama.

 

Vista Express and Julia Noordraven were the recipients of numerous awards from the national and regional governments in Indonesia for their contributions to national tourism development.

 

Her husband, a former Air Force officer, preceded her in death. The Noordravens had two children, a daughter who died in childhood, and a son, Otje, a professional pilot, who survives.

 

 

All Things Come to Those Who Procrastinate

L Hotel and Resort Seminyak Offers Special Last Minute Deal Through November 30, 2013

 

Bali News: All Things Come to Those Who Procrastinate

(11/18/2013) Voted the “Favorite resort Asia Pacific among small luxury Hotels of the world 2013 and one of the top three boutique hotels in Indonesia” by Hospitality Investment World Indonesia the L Hotel Seminyak is rewarding those who have put off taking a quick holiday break to Bali with a special price of US$ 140 per night for a limited number of rooms through the end of November.

 

Located in the very heart of Seminyak’s Petiteget sub-district, the L Hotel Seminyak has become the darling of couples and single in search of pampering as practiced and defined in the post modern world.

 

Its busy street side location belies the bespoke service and attention awaiting within – all in keeping with L Hotel’s credo of “Live Life.”

 

Professional butler service, rain showers and luxurious Kiehl’s in-room amenities are all in keeping with the quiet attention to detail and understated anticipation of a guest’s every need that has made the Bali property the darling of international designers and fashionistas who like to “hang” at this 30-room boutique property.

 

Meditate and relax in a cocoon of comfort or venture out to sample the heart of Bali’s nightspots and fine dining venue, such as KuDeTa, LaLuciola and Potato Head – just outside the door and all within easy striking distance of L Resort Seminyak. Closer to home, relocate at the close of the day to the Luna Roof Bar for a relaxing sunset view

 

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, L Resort Seminyak is operated by the Singapore-based hospitality management company helmed by Resident Tastemaker, Adeline Quek who, together with co-founder & entrepreneur Kumar Manchharam, have worked with internationally recognized Indonesian architect Popo Danes and Interior Designer Meriem Hall to make the 30-suite hotel blend in with Seminyak’s reputation as a modern life style destination. An indoor and outdoor pool, L’SPA and private beach access complete the L Hotel Seminyak experience.

 

Available for a very limited number of Lifestyle Rooms for bookings now through the end of November – the available allotment will be sold on a first-come-first served basis at only US$140 per night, room only, inclusive 21% tax and service.

 

 

Tunnel Trouble

Bali Legislator Expresses Flooding Concerns Regarding Bali's First Underpass

 

Bali News: Tunnel Trouble

(11/17/2013) Beritabali.com reports that the arrival of Bali’s rainy season is raising concerns surrounding the ability of Bali’s first underpass at the Dewa Ruci Monument in Kuta to operate safely during rainstorms.

 

Reports that the tunnel is subject to flooding during heavy rains, despite the installation of an elaborate pumping system, are raising safety concerns. Meanwhile, large volumes of water are also reportedly causing manhole covers on the road to “pop” - creating a hazard to both motorists and motorcyclists.

 

The chairman of Commission III of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Gusti Made Suryanta Putra, said on Friday, November 16, 2013: “We remind PT Adhi Karya as the main contractor and leader of the project to inspect the underpass. Recent reports from the public indicate flooding in the tunnel during rainstorms. Moreover, on Thursday we heard that a manhole cover was open.”

 

The legislator warned PT Adhi Karya that if his warning were not heeded, the contractor would be called to account before the DPRD-Bali.

 

Saying that the majority of the funding for the project came from the Central Government in Jakarta, Suryanta Putra said the Bali legislators still had every right to enquire on conditions at the underpass used by Bali's residents and visitors.

 

Suryanta Putra used the occasion to repeat a list of long-standing complaints on the management and construction of Island’s first underpass. “We will demonstrate how well the water pumps work during rain storms. From the beginning of the project, we have warned (the Contractor) about inferior work, such as the walls on the tunnel and the roadbed. The roadbed should have used cement, but because of a failure in the cementing process, the road is now covered in asphalt,” said Suryanta Putra.

 

The legislator said changing the roadbed from cement to asphalt is a variation from the original plans. He warns that this change may result in future road damage due to the lability of land in the area.

 

 

Back in the Flow of Things

Subak Museum in Tabanan Reopens Following Partial Structural Collapse

 

(11/21/2013) The Subak Museum in Sanggulan, Tabanan (west Bali), 20 kilometers west of Denpasar, has reopened to the public after being closed for a period for repairs.

 

Shortly after the museum’s formal inauguration on October 28, 2013, the museum dedicated to Bali’s ancient water distribution system, was closed when a wall collapsed injuring a three visiting school children.

 

The main exhibition hall is now open again to visitors. The older halls located in the southern complex of the museum remain closed.

 

The chief of the Culture and Tourism Department for Tabanan said that repairs on the damaged sections of the museum remain under review with representatives from the Department of Public Works.

 

The museum complex occupies a 6-hectare site educating visitors on traditional forms of water irrigation and rice agriculture. First opened in 1981, some of the items on exhibit date back centuries, chronicling a system of traditional form of cultivate that is at least a thousand years old.

 

The Subak Museum is open Monday through Saturdays from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, except on Fridays when the museum closes at 1:00 pm.

 

Located on Jalan Gatot Subroto in Sanggulan, the museum is just off the Denpasar to Gilimanuk highway. Watch for the signs.

 

 

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