392 Ducks Confiscated and Destroyed in Gianyar Regency on April 25, 2006 After Avian Influenza Virus Found in Population of Smuggled Birds.
Authorities confiscated and destroyed 392 ducks discovered on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 in Blahbatuh, Gianyar Regency. The ducks, 16 of which tested positive for Avian Influenza (AI), had been smuggled into Bali the previous day, evading controls at the Gilimanuk Port after being landed by private vessel on a remote beach in Jembrana, West Bali.
Quarantine officials swooped on the home of a local resident, IB Widnyana, where all the contraband birds were immediately euthanized and blood samples taken before the carcasses were incinerated and buried on site. Bio-security measures, including the disinfecting of the areas surrounding the site at which the infected birds were discovered and the burning of the cages and enclosures used by the birds were also undertaken.
The confirmation of the latest cases of Avian Influenza(AI) in Bali brings to three the total incidents of AI infected bird populations identified on the Island. In March, 25 imported chickens in Jembrana and 13 more imported chickens in Karangasem were detected and destroyed by officials.
No confirmed cases of Avian Influenza among people living in Bali have been confirmed to date.
Reacting to the latest confirmation of AI cases in Bali, Bagus Sudibya, Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB) reminded the public of the absolute prohibition on the import of poultry from other islands into Bali, warning "it is not enough to place all the responsibility on officials charged with monitoring illegal imports. Everyone – including the people, those involved in the poultry trade and the Government – must all take an active role in preventing the spread of the Bird Flu virus." Echoing widespread calls in the community for stern action against those violating the import restriction, Sudibya added, "violations of the prohibition against the import of poultry are criminal acts. We trust that our law enforcement officers will bring the full force of the law to bear on those responsible."
On Going Steps to Control Avian Influenza in Bali
The Livestock Services of Bali are taking a number of steps in towns and villages across Bali to prevent the spread of the disease, including:
• Ongoing education of local farmers, those working in commercial poultry capacities, and local bird markets to increase bio-security measures.
• An ongoing and intensifying program of vaccination of local poultry populations.
• Increased security scrutinizing the movement of live poultry around the island.
• Official appeals to the public to immediately provide information to the police whenever they see evidence of the illegal importation of birds and poultry into Bali.
• Strict programs of bio-security measures and vaccination in any area in which birds and poultry are stored or traded.
• A program of education via the electronic and print media advising the public of the dangers and the potential threat of Avian Influenza.
• Direct "street-level" educational contact regarding Avian Influenza with those employed in the poultry trade at their places of business.
• A cooperative program of monitoring and surveillance coordinated between the Government, the Bali Veterinarian Service and the Veterinarian Faculty of Bali's Udayana University.
Gianyar Regency Introduces Preventive Measures
Responding to the latest confirmed cases of AI in his regency, the Regent of Gianyar A.A. Gde Agung Bharata, has implemented a number of emergency steps to prevent a worsening of the situation:
• Following the destruction of the affected population of smuggled birds, coordinated command posts have been set up for villagers in the surrounding areas to report any symptoms of AI in either the human or local bird populations.
• Special teams including members of the Health Service, Agricultural Service, local law enforcement and the special command posts have been put in the place in the Regency for the 10 days following the most recent discovery of infected birds in Gianyar.
• All birds within a 100 meter radius of where the inspected birds were caged have been destroyed with the Government providing cash compensation at half of the market value of the destroyed livestock.
• Those involved in the cases of illegal importation of poultry are now being processed through the legal system. Current regulations (Law No. 16 of 1992) provide for up to 3 years in prison and Rp. 150 million (approximately US$16,666) in fines for each conviction. At present, 5 suspects are now under being detained by Bali Police in connection with violations of the import ban.
On Thursday, April 27, 2006, Bali's Governor Made Beratha instructed all Regents across the island of Bali to increase their vigilance against the spread of Avian Influenza asking for strict enforcement of the absolute prohibition on the import of birds and poultry from outside Bali into the island.
BIWA Fund Raising Fair Sunday, June 11, 2006
Bargains Galore, Entertainment, and Delicous Food & Drink – All Await Visitors to Bali International Women's Association Fair. Merchant Booth Now Available.
Bali International Women's Association (BIWA) has announced that they will once again be holding their popular annual fund-raising BIWA Fair. This year's event will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2006 at the North Wing of Kuta's Discovery Shopping Mall.
One of the main events on BIWA's annual calendar of events, proceeds will be used to fund educational and scholarship programs for under-privileged children in Bali and provide critical supprt for children whose parents are drug users and living with HIV/AIDS. The funds raised will also support women's programmes on topics of domestic violence; skill development and health papsmear retreatments; the operations of the BIWA Mobile Dental Clinic; and various Bali environment management programs.
The BIWA Fair will run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday June 11, 2006. Last year's fair drew drew more than 3,200 visitors and organizers are hoping to better that record attendance at this year's event which is open to the public without charge.
A Kids' corner will be available with games, drawing and paintings to allow parents greater time and freedom to explore the Fair. There will also be a food corner offering home-made food and refreshing drinks. Throughout the day on a centerstage raffle winners will be announced, and music and fun games will be presented.
Booths Still Available
200 bazaar stalls are available at a cost of Rp. 300,000 for members and Rp. 400,000 for non-members (approximately US$33.33 or US$44.44). Booths traditionally disappear quickly and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis.
For more information contact the BIWA Center at Jalan Tambak Sari, Blanjong, Sanur at telephone ++62-(0)361-7469607 or ++62-(0)361-285552.
Award Winning Composer and Musician Special Guest at Private Dinner on Friday, May 12, 2006 to Assist Jodie O'Shea Orphanage.
After two decades of a highly successful career as a composer/producer that earned him seven Emmy awards and six ASCAP awards for his work in film and television, commercials and CD productions - award winning Gary Malkin decided to take his music to a higher level. Determined to use his talents to serve humanity, Malkin now focuses on supporting film and TV projects spreading a message of tolerance, environmental protection, children's welfare and interfaith cooperation.
A well know speaker and performer, Malkin recently acted as musical director for Voices from 9-11: A Gathering of Faith, Hope and Love held at the Washington National Cathedral.
A Special Evening in Bali with Gary Malkin
Alison Chester and her husband, Yanto, are opening their home in Canggu to Gary Malkin and 100 guests for an evening of food, drink and fund-raising on behalf of 18 children who live at the Jodie O'Shea Orphanage. Named in honor of a young Australian woman who died in the Bali bombing of October 2002, the orphanage represents the single hope for a productive future to all the children who live there.
balidiscovery.com readers are encouraged to help make a difference by joining a special evening at Alison and Yanto's villa near Bali's Tugu Hotel in Canggu on Friday, May 12, 2006. Dinner, wines, and entertainment by Gary Malkin are available for Rp. 500,000 per person (approximately US$ 55.55). The fun begins at 7:30 p.m..
For reservations or more information telephone ++62-(0)81933102611 or ++62-(0)361-735523.
May 3 and May 13, 2006 Mark Celebration of Galungan and Kuningan – a Most Colorful and Interesting Part of the Year to be in Bali.
Galungan - this year falling on Wednesday, May 3, 2006, begins a 10 day celebration of fundamental importance on the Bali Hindu calendar and a particularly interesting time for visitors to be on the most spiritual of islands.
Marking the beginning of a window lasting ten days, Galungan and Kuningan is the period when the spirits of deceased ancestors descend to earth to once again be among their families. In order to welcome and appease both ken and kin, ancestral temples are cleaned, special offerings are made, and dances are presented to humor the hearts and bring contentment to those members of the family, now deceased, back for a brief reunion with family and friends.
Celebrating the triumph of good over evil, Balinese also see this as a period of introspection and self-correction; a time to repudiate those negative elements in their personality - such as deceit, thievery, violence, anger and jealousy. Balinese staff working across the island are given leave days at this time to return to their home villages and attend to ancestral temples during the celebration of Galungan and its complementing holiday of Kuningan, ten days later.
Visitors driving across the island during these holidays are certain to see giant Penjor - bamboo altar-poles, decorating streets and doorways of every village. Their looming presence, forming hallowed tunnels of palm leaf left and right down villages lanes, proclaim an ancient victory of Dharma over King Mayadanawa, an evil and godless king who once controlled Bali.
Galungan and the celebration of Kuningan ten days later on Saturday, May 13, 2006, when ancestral spirits again take their leave of this earth, is a very special period when the people of Bali are on their very best behavior: every village bustles with musical and dance performances; streets are clogged with elegantly dressed families carrying huge mounds of breathtakingly beautiful offerings to nearby temples; and the Balinese feel a very special attachment with their families, friends and the island they love.
A New Gateway at Bali's Gateway
Security Upgraded at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport with Inauguration of New Exit Tollgate.
In part of a program of enhanced security measures at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, a new exit tollgate together with a 1.2 kilometer access road were formally opened on Friday, April 28, 2006.
The gateway and connecting road, built at a cost of Rp. 7 billion (approximately US$ 777,000), is part of an ongoing program to reduce the danger of terrorist attacks at Bali's only international airport. The new gateway and road will divert road traffic off the current access road, judge by security experts to be too close to aircraft parked on the airport's tarmac. Additional work is now underway that will eventually close the current access road to all public traffic, diverting both inbound and outbound vehicular traffic to the new gate and roadway.
Extensive Safety Improvements
Other safety improvements recently introduced at Bali's airport, include:
• Improved perimeter fencing encircling the entire airport.
• A state-of-the-art "Crisis Center" coordinated by the Airport Authority Administrator and under the command of the Denpasar Chief of Police to act as a monitoring and command post control center for airport security.
• Regular large-scale emergency drills enacting a whole variety of emergency situations ranging from unidentified packages, to air disasters, to a simulated hijacking.
• All passenger, baggage and cargo screening equipment now undergo daily operational reviews with a staff now specially dedicated to maintenance and repair.
• An increase from 217 to 650 the number of trained security personnel employed at the Airport. Security staff are further supplemented by elite security personnel provided by the Indonesian Armed Forces.
Give the Man a Cigar!
Ritz Carlton Bali Resort & Spa to Hold 'Cigar Under the Stars VI' on Saturday, May 6, 2006.
One of Bali's long awaited evenings of fine food, premium wines and cigars will return on Saturday, May 6, 2006 with Cigars Under the Stars VI on the naturally ventilated Asmara Terrace, adjacent to Davaat the Ritz Carlton Bali Resort & Spa.
As in the past, the emphasis will be on camaraderie, excellent wines, an outstanding menu and the very finest Cuban cigars. Guest arriving at 7:00 p.m. will be greeted by Dalmotte Brut Champagne and canapés on the terrace where master cigar roller Seńor Gustavo Garcia Bello of Partagás will be producing and distributing Petite Caronas.
Well met, guests will then retreat to an extended and lavishly presented dining table for a memorable meal accompanied by premium wines and individually paired cigars.
Champagne & Canapés
Delamotte Brut, NV
Petit Corona hand-rolled cigar by Gustavo Garcia Bello from Partagás
Cinnamon Beetroot Sorbet on Pink Sea Salt Granite
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Ox Tongue to Tail
Smoked Tongue Carpaccio, Tartar, Rillete, Braised, en Gellee
Martin Codax, Rias Baxias (Albarino), 2004
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Creamed Lobster Broth with Sea Salt Cured Foie Gras and Braised Root Vegetables
Marc Kreydenweiss, Andlau Riesling, 2002 - COHIBA Siglo III
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Salt Water Watermelon Sorbet on Green Peppercorn Granite
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Sparkling H2O Poached Monkfish and Black Caviar Paste, Liver with a Light Mustard Emulsion and White Asparagus with Creamy Morel Mushrooms
Vincent Girardin, Beaune 1er Cru Vignes Franches, 2003
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Tomato – Strawberry Sorbet on Parmesan Granite
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Oven Roasted Baby Chicken "en Crepine" with Black Truffle, Straw Mushrooms, Sweetbreads and Silken Tofu on Stir fried Greens
Finca Valpiedra, Rioja, 1997
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Dessert - Buffet of Chocolate
• White and Bitter Chocolate Ice Cream • Candied Orange and Bitter Chocolate Mouse• Chocolate-Almond Floating Island’s on Chilled Cocoa Milk • Fresh Cocoa Pods with assorted Citrus Fruits and Chocolate Fondue • Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake• Tetley's Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Cherries • White Chocolate-Vanilla Bavaroise •Chocolate Pudding with Rum Raisons• Dark Chocolate Grelot Bailey's Milk Chocolate Sauce • Almond Crunchy White Chocolate Mousse • Coffee and Dark Chocolate Tart
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COHIBA Sublimes Edición Limitada 2004 • Full bodied, exploding with cocoa, coffee and heavenly tobacco flavors, this cigars is the largest Habana currently in production with its colossal 54 ring gauge. The leaves for this blend were carefully selected from the top of the plant and were aged for two years prior to blending. The Lafitte Rothschild of Havana.
Laphroaig Single Malt, 10 years old
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Seating is strictly limited for the evening and immediate booking is recommended.
Date and Time: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Place: Asmara Terrace, adjacent to Dava - Ritz Carlton Bali Resort and Spa
Price: Rp. 1,400,000 net (approximately US$ 155) per person
Reservations: Telephone ++62-(0)361-702222 extension 7165 or email via the link provided.
Five of Nine Australians Get Life Sentences Reduced to 20 Years.
The nine young Australians caught, tried and convicted for smuggling heroin through Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport passed yet another phase of the Indonesian judicial process last week that will determine there fate or future imprisonment in Bali.
• The original death sentences handed down by the Denpasar District Court for Andrew Chan, 21, and Myran Sukumaran, 25, marked as ringleaders by the Court, were affirmed. The two Australians final hope for redemption from the firing squad now rests with an appeal to the Supreme Court and, finally, a plea for clemency to the Indonesian President.
• Tach Duc Thanh Nguyen, 28, Matthew Norman, 19, Si Yi Chen, 21, Michael Czugaj, 20, and the sole female among the nine - Renae Lawrence, 28, all succeeded in seeing their life sentences reduced from life in prison to 20 year terms as the result of their appeals. Judge Lanang Prabawa, an Appeals Court Judge, told the press that the jail terms were cut because the five has acted only as mules and in deference to their young ages.
• Scott Rush, who also received a life sentence at the original trial, opted not to appeal his penalty; avoiding the possibility that the appeal court might decide to either reduce his penalty, uphold his life sentence or even increase his penalty by instating the death penalty originally demanded by State Prosecutors. However, in light of the court's reduction of the sentence for five of the 'Bali Nine', Rush’s lawyer is now reportedly considering using a technicality in the law to seek an appeal or new trial for his client.
• Martin Stephens, 28, was unsuccessful in his appeal, seeing his life sentence upheld by the Appeals Court.
Indonesian presently has 35 people on death row in connection with narcotics convictions.
Destroyed by a Bomb on October 1, 2005, Raja's Restaurant Reopens for Business.
The bombing attacks on October 1, 2005, devastated two popular spots: a seafood restaurant on Jimbaran Beach and Raja Restaurant in downtown Kuta. In all, 23 people lost their lives and over 100 suffered injuries resulting from the blasts.
On that night at Raja's, 3 employees – a female cashier, a waiter and a security guard died, while at least 4 employees suffered serious injuries.
Refusing to surrender to terror, the owner of Raja's Restaurant, Rudi Limas resolved shortly after the tragedy that his restaurant would reopen. In keeping with that commitment, Rudi continued to pay his employees and provide assistance to injured employees who survived the blast and the families of his dead employees.
Now, 6 months after its closure, Raja’s Restaurant has opened its doors once again, but in a new location in Seminyak. At a happy opening party on Wednesday, April 12, 2006, staff members of the “old” Raja welcomed guests to the new second-floor outlet located at the Bintang Supermarket Complex in Seminyak.
Pleased to be offer re-employment to all of his staff who were welcomed back to their old positions, Rudi displayed an equanimity of spirit, rare in most places but common in Bali, telling the Indonesian-language DenPost that he bears no resentment or hatred for those who destroyed his business and caused death and misery among his staff and customers. Explaining, Rudi said he saw the bombing perpetrators as "victims of indoctrination and brainwashing," who would never have committed their terrible acts if fully aware of their actions and its consequences. Similarly, Ni Wayan Sudeni, the fiancée of waiter I Gusti Ketut Sudan, to whom she was scheduled to marry just one month after the date of his death in the blast, said she preferred to leave the justice system to resolve the case, praying only that Bali would never again be affected by another bombing. Several service staff, still bearing residual scars and injuries from the fateful night six months earlier, were unanimous in expressing their happiness at being back on the job, able to welcome guests back to Bali.
A New and Safer Bali
Like the rest of the Island, Raja’s Restaurant & Coffee Lounge has been fundamentally changed by the events of the recent past. Guests entering the restaurant are now routinely checked by security staff and 8 CCTV cameras maintain a constant vigil on the restaurant and all its approaches.
Government Backs Down on Phone Deadline
Unregistered Prepaid Subscribers Will Encounter Limited Service Starting from May 1, 2006.
In the end, security concerns took a back seat to consumer pressure with the Government of Indonesia deciding to extend the April 28, 2006 deadline for registration of personal details from prepaid phone cards users.
Information and Communications Minster, Sofyan A. Djalil, who starred in a campaign of television commercials sternly warning of the impending "absolute" deadline for registration on April 28th, eventually backed down from imposing the final cut-off date. Just two days before that deadline, the Minister announced that an additional two months would be given for prepaid telephone subscribers to submit personal details with their telephone service providers.
Unregistered Subscribers Likely to Encounter Limited Service
According to Minister Djalil quoted in The Jakarta Post, "between May 1 and May 15, there will be what we call a soft deactivation stage, in which sending short messages and receiving incoming calls will still be possible but all outbound calls will be blocked." Following the period of "soft deactivation" unregistered telephone customers will continue to receive limited access until the new expiration date. On that date at the end of July, those still unregistered will have their telephones blocked and any remaining prepaid value will be forfeited.
The decision to extend the registration deadline was made by the government on the eve of the impending deadline when an estimated 70 percent of the nation's 44 million prepaid card users remained unregistered. Prepaid telephone card users are now required to submit ID numbers, names, date and place of birth, and their addresses to telephone service providers in a step designed to prevent the use of hand phones for criminal acts.
He is Watching Us, From a Distance
Bali Viewed Superficially: Exciting Images from NASA Provide a Gods' Eye View of Bali's Topography.
We recently happened upon some breathtaking imagery of Bali made by NASA's Shuttle Topography Mission (SRTM) that was just too good not to share.
Shown on balidiscovery.com are advance technology representations of Bali's surface seen from the heavens. Using both shading and color coding for topographic height, green represents lower elevations changing to yellow and tan, and finally to white at the very highest elevations. NASA's clever computers also gave added richness by shading the image as though it was lit by the sun sitting in the northwest; northwest slopes of the volcanoes are brilliantly illuminated, while the southeast slopes of the mountains appear in shadows.
Created by data provided in February of 2002 from the Space Shuttle Endeavour, special masts, antennas and additional sophisticated navigational equipment were deployed to acquire the highly accurate relief maps of Bali.
Bali, sitting astride a major subduction zone where the Indo-Australian tectonic plates meet, is highly volcanic with no less than 6 peaks of at east 2,000 meters dotting the island, east to west. Our highest volcano is the sacred Mt. Agung, viewed as the world's navel in local religious folklore, measuring 3,412 meters above sea level.
Our special thanks to the folks at NASA, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) of the U.S. Department of Defense, and the German and Italian Space Agencies who cooperated in making these amazing images possible.
Clear the Clutter – Workshops by Karen Kingston
Karen Kingston - Bali Resident and Leading Expert on Feng Shui Clearing Workshops at Dancing Dragon Cottages May 10-18, 2006.
A resident of Bali, when not globe trotting on her latest speaking tour, and a leading world authority on the science of "Space Clearing" or "Feng Shui," Karen Kingston is once again conducting a series of workshops in East Bali from September 8-21, 2006.
The author of a number of books on her favorite subject, Karen's Creating Sacred Space (1996) and Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui (1998) are international best sellers that have been translated into 21 languages. Born in England, Karen has appeared on TV and radio around the world and her workshops in the U.K., U.S.A., Australia, Singapore and Bali draw packed audiences.
The venue for the program is the charming small hotel Amed, Karangasen [Dancing Dragon Cottages], owned by Karen and her husband.
This Year' Program
The schedule for this year's workshops:
• May 10, 2006: A Sacred Way of Life
• May 11, 2006: Clear Your Clutter
• May 13-14, 2006: Space Clearing
• May 15, 2006: Advanced Space Clearing
• May 17, 2006: Personal Purification Ceremony
• May 18, 2006: Change Your Bedroom, Change Your Life!
Tickets to each day’s workshops are US$165, with the 2-day Space Clearing workshop on May 13-14, 2006 costs US$295.
Special Offer to Bali Update and balidiscovery.com Readers
Karen has very graciously extended a special 10% discount on the cost of any workshop or 20% when booking all the events to readers of Bali Update or balidiscovery.com
Monthly Open Mike Poetry Nights to be Launched in Ubud on Thursday, May 4, 2006.
Ubud literary roots grow deeper!
Already renowned as the annual venue of the Ubud’s Writers and Readers Festival, Bali's hillside artists' Bohemia will launch another celebration of the spoken and written word with its first Saraswati Poetry Slam on Thursday, May 4, 2006.
"To Be or to Wannabe. . . "
In what organizers hope will become a monthly event, the Saraswati Poetry Slam will focus on original works from aspiring and established poets, of all nationalities and linguistic persuasion.
Set to run from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the Indus Restaurant, the first open-mike poetry night will be hosted by the famous Australian Performance Diva - Jan Cornall, who has promised an evening of hilarious and entertaining prose.
Open to All – Anyone Can Win!
Judges will be drawn at random from the audience which means almost anyone can win the prizes comprised of books by authors scheduled to appear at this years' Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, September 28- October 3, 2006.
To book a table at the Saraswati Poetry Slam telephone ++62-(0)361-977684.