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BALI UPDATE #946 - 20 October 2014

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Indonesiaís Ranking as Meeting & Conference Destination
ICCA Ranking Show Advances for Jakarta and Bali as MICE Destinations, But still Lagging Behind Other Southeast Asian Cities

Based on data from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Bali is ranked at 67 worldwide as a preferred destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and Incentives (MICE).

The same ranking placed Jakarta at 112 and Bandung (West Java) at 309.
According to a report published in Kompas.com, among destinations in Southeast Asia the three Indonesian destinations were outpaced by Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok – three cities more preferred by MICE travelers.

In all, 346 locales were ranked for their overall appeal as MICE destination. Bali’s ranking at 67 was an improvement over 2011 when the island placed at 92. Similarly, Jakarta’s current position of 112 is a significant improvement from the 172 slot just one year ago.

The results of the ICCA ranking were revealed by the vice-chairman of the MICE Council for Professional Certification, Christina K Rudatin, at a seminar on the future prospects of the MICE and event market held in Cianjur, West Java on Saturday, June 16, 2012.

“Indonesia is the only country in which the capital city ranked higher inpopularity that one of its outlaying cities (Bali),” explained Rudatin.

Rudatin explained that there are a number of criteria that must be met to qualify as a successful MICE destination. And, in her view, Indonesia fails to meet those criteria in a number of key areas.

“First, there is access. It’s not enough just to have international airports. There has to be international flights to those destinations. The traveling time to arrive at the destination, and the (ease of) visas and customs (are also important),” she explained.

Also important are the availability of accommodation, meeting rooms, the local environment, infrastructure, the availability of information, the reputation of a destination, and recreational opportunities outside meeting hours, shopping and tourism attractions.

Christina went on to cite other criteria relevant to the popularity of a MICE destination, such as promotion and security, together with novel and new attractions that can be offered by a specific destination. “Indonesia is strong in this area,” she explained.“In terms of novelties. We have a number of new tourism destinations, culture and food,” She also said that the support of the government and the local population are equally important. She asked if a given destination possessed a convention bureau supported by the government.

In making her presentation, Christina pointed to the case of Vienna, the Capital of Austria that has ranked as the world’s tope MICE destination for 11 successive years. She contends that the key to Vienna’s success is the government support of a convention bureau, which is run separately from the tourism board.


Like a Wheel Within a Wheel
Learn More About the International Womenís Service Organization Inner Wheel on Thursday, July, 5, 2012 in Bali

Efforts are underway to organize an Inner Wheel Club in Indonesia.

First formed in Machester, England in 1924, Inner Wheel has grown to more than 100,000 members from 103 countries. An international association originally formed for the wives of Rotarians, Inner Wheel adopts programs and projects that uphold the three main objects of the club:
  • To promote true friendship,
  • To encourage the ideals of personal service
  • To foster International Understanding.
An initial organization meeting to discuss the goals and ideals of Inner Wheel will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at the Warisan Restaurant in Kerobokan, North Kuta between 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Simone Wippern, Past District #340 Chairman for Malaysia and Singapore, will lead the gathering.

Afternoon tea will be provided.

All women seeking to learn more about Inner Wheel's activities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

[Email to Reserve a Space or Request More Information

[Inner Wheel Website


Here Comes the Judge
Bali Considers Special Court Sessions to Process Those Caught Smoking in Public Areas

The Bali Provincial Health Service is planning to establish misdemeanor criminal proceedings in order to rapidly process those found violating the 2009 anti-smoking law now officially in effect.

The model for the misdemeanor criminal courts was inspired by Bogor in West Java where such proceedings have proven effective in enforcing anti-smoking rules and raising public awareness to the fact that smoking in public places is both socially unacceptable and against the law.

The State News Agency Antara, quotes Made Suhardana, who led a delegation of Bali health officials on a visit to Bogor, who said, “the Bogor model of establishing special courts to deal with smoking violations worked well in Bogor, so we plan to do the same in Bali.”

He said the effectiveness of the proposed special court proceedings is more to be measured by the change in public behavior than in the actual number of convictions achieved.

A local official in Bogor, Edgar Suratman, told the visiting Bali officials that the anti-smoking law in place in Bogor has been very effective in discouraging smoking in public places, work places, places of worship, recreational areas, places where children gather, public transport, places of education, health centers and sports centers.

Edgar said that those found smoking in these areas are punished  for those breaking the law.

To eliminate smoking in public place the local government in Bogor has also reduced the amount of public advertising for tobacco products in their community. Although this step reduced taxation collected from such signage by more than half, local officials feel any loss in tax revenues is more than offset by improvement in public health.

While in Bogor the Bali officials were allowed to view first-hand the proceeding of the special courts set up to process those caught smoking in violation of the law.

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To Grandmotherís House We Go
Bali Zoning Officials Give Zoning Violation Warning to Grandmaís Hotel in Legian

Radar Bali reports that another new hotel is under the scrutiny of the Badung regency Zoning office (Dinas Cipta Karya Badung - DCK) with an official visit to Grandma’s Hotel, located in Legian.

The inspection on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, discovered a number of zoning violations by the hotel, which have already formed the basis of two formal letters of warning sent by DCK-Badung.

The latest visit by DCK officials, however, dispelled earlier accusations that Grandma’s Hotel had violated building coefficient rules that require 40 percent of the acreage used in a building project remain open to allow water absorption back into the water table.

When officials surveyed the site they determined that the building only filled 52% of the total site, well below the 60% maximum allowed.

Among the remaining violations discovered by the DCK-Badung team during their most recent survey related to a number of discrepancies in the approved building plans for the hotel and the finished building product. Ni Lu Putu Dessy Dharmayanti (photo) cited the hotel for failing to build a roof that conformed with its officialy approved drawings; a failure to implement Balinese architectural ornamentations as shown in the approved drawings; and the installation of emergency escape ladders on the building’s exterior that were not included in the initial drawings.

The hotel has been told to quickly bring the property into conformance with the approved drawing or face the risk of receiving a third and final warnings that could techically result in the hotel’s closure.

The local village chief of Legian, IGN Sudiarsa, complained to the DCK-Badung that the building also violated minimum setback rules from a major roadway. Sudiarsa said the failure on the part of the Grandma's Hotel could add to traffic congestion and create floods threats to the roads surrounding the hotel.

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Settling a Score with a Score of Years
Bali Bomber Umar Patek Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for His Role in Making Bombs that Killed 202

Umar Patek, the bomb maker who helped create the bombs that killed 202 people and maimed scores of others in the 2002 Bali bombing has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

In a verdict handed down on Thursday night, June 21, 2012, the presiding judge said: “First, we find the defendant Umar Patek legally and convincingly guilty of criminally colluding to transport weapons and ammunition for terrorism. Second, he purposely concealed information about terrorism. Thirdly, he committed premeditated murder. Fourth, he used forged documents.” Quoted in detik.com, the judge continued, “Fifth, he falsified legal documents with others. Sixth, he participated in the handling of explosives. (Therefore) He is sentenced to 20 years in prison, less time served.”

In coming to its verdict, the court said that the factors weighing against Patek were that his acts disturbed stability and the national economy; caused public unrest; caused suffering to the families of the victims; cost human lives, and saw Patek run away becoming a fugitive of the law.

In mitigation, the court took into account that Patek freely admitted his crime; behaved politely throughout the trial; stated his regret for his actions; and asked forgiveness to both the Indonesian and foreign communities,

After hearing the verdict, Patek and his legal team said they would consider whether to receive the verdict or to challenge it on legal appeal.

Umar Patek was originally charged with violation section 340 of the Criminal Code regarding premeditated murder, the falsification of documents, and possessing an illegal firearm.

While prosecutors had sought a life sentence for Patek, the panel of judges handed down the less severe 20-year sentence.


Behind Closed Doors
Administrative Hearings Reviewing Presidentís Authority to Grant Remissions in the Prison Sentences of Schapelle Corby Held Behind Closed Doors

The case brought before the Indonesian administrative courts (PTUN) challenging the legal basis for the presidential remission granted Australian Schapelle Corby got underway on Wednesday, June 26, 2012.

The landmark case in which Granat – a community-based anti-narcotics organization is challenging the President’s authority to reduce or remit punishment for those convicted of drug crimes drew many members of the print and electronic media to the Jakarta courtroom. But, at 10:30 am, when the hearing was set to begin, the members of the press were abruptly ushered out of the hearing room as the hearing was  suddenly ordered to be held behind closed doors.

According to detik.com, security guards abruptly screamed “out, out” as they herded the press out of the PTUN hearing room in East Jakarta.

The secretive nature of the hearing extended beyond members of the press and included also the plaintiffs in the case. Granat were allowed by the court to send only one member of the organization to the proceedings.

When the hearing began those present in the room were limited to the panel of three judges, six lawyers representing Granat and five representatives of the government.

The press is reportedly still trying to discover why the proceedings were suddenly held behind closed doors.

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Limited Time Offer for Unlicensed Bali Hotels
Accommodation Providers in Baliís Badung Regency Given August Deadline to Organize Tourism Business Permits

The Tourism Office of Bali’s Badung regency has announced a six-month deadline dating from April 2012 for tourism accommodation businesses to become fully licensed and obtain the tourism business registration (Tanda Daftar Usaha Pariwisata – TDUP).

According to Bisnis Bali, thousands of accommodation businesses have until August to obtain a TDUP.

Since last April, the Badung administration has receive around 20 applications for new TDUPs.

The chief of the Badung tourism office, Cokorda Raka Darmawan (photo), told the press on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, “we have given a deadline of six months. The final deadline will be next August.”

Darmawan told the press that the Badung regency has thousands of tourism business operating as hotels and restaurants. Adding, “there are more than a thousands of established hotels and restaurants in Badung that are licensed. According to regulation number 13 of 2012 issued by Badung’s regent, every tourism enterprise must hold a TDUP.”

He said all new restaurants and hotels must obtain a TDUP. Since April 2012, the regency tourism office has received tens of new applications.

The central government has given direct control over 13 types of tourism business that are now controlled on the regency level, including hotels and restaurants. From those 13 classifications of enterprises, there are 3 types of companies in which the regency is not yet able to take control, namely: tour guides, travel agencies and water sports tourism. These three business categories operate across regency borders and require coordination on a provincial level.

The chief of the provincial tourism office, IB Kade Subhisku, said there were some gaps regarding the issuances of TDUPs for travel agencies, guides and water sports operators. “At this point, Badung is ready with a regulation issued by the regent and Denpasar is in the midst of preparing its rules, while other regencies have yet to draft regulations addressing TDUPs,” explained Subhisku.


Spanish Eyes
Magdalena Martorell Joins MeliŠ Bali as Hotel Manager

The Meliá Bali has announced the appointment of Magdalena Martorell as the resort's Hotel Manager, reporting to Jim Boyles who serves as General Manager.

Originally form from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Martorell brings a wealth of hospitality experience to Meliá Bali. An ESTB University graduate she specialized in Tourism Management, she began her career in 1997.

Magdalena served as resident manager at the Meliá Barcelona Hotel from 2007 until 2008. She then worked as a General Manager in Tryp Barcelona Aeropuerto Hotel from 2010 until 2012.


A Judicious Use of Power
PLN Asks Bali Consumers to Reduce Power Consumption While Power Lines are Upgraded

The State Power Board (PLN) of Bali is recommending that power consumers practice power conservation, particularly at peak usage hours.

The need for reduced power consumption is caused by the ongoing replacement of power transmission lines and cables at a number of power generation stations in Bali.

A spokesman for PT PLN-Bali, Agung Mastika explained that the upgrading of cables to lines capable of carrying higher power loads is needed as Bali continues to upgrade its power supply. The replacement of power cables is expected to be concluded on August 24, 2012.

Agung is recommending that members of the public wishing to help ensure a continuing power supply for the island reduce consumption between the hours of 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm every day.

He also implored the public not to fly kites near power distribution lines. June to August is the height of Bali’s kite flying season.

Bali’s current peak power consumption stands at 532 megawatts. PLN anticipates that at present rates of growth power demand in Bali will reach 1,248 megawatts by 2019.


Ubud Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music
Australian Vocal Coach Yani Holding 5-Day Vocal Workshops in Ubud, Bali

Promoted as one of Australia top vocal coaches, Yani has to her credits the creation and direction of several famous award-winning choirs, led over 500 singers in mass harmonies, and provided music support to prominent singers.

Yani will be in Bali from June 29 – July 3, 2012 holding 5 vocal workshops at Pondok Pekek Community Library (near the soccer field) in Ubud.

Targeted as an inaugural event, organizers plan to bring top directors from around the world to lead future events.

Yani’s open singing workshop will run from 6.30-8.30 pm for all 5 evenings with drop-in participants welcome. Those attending will learn a mixed repertoire of simple world rhythms, African harmonies and gospel, culminating in a live performance (participation is optional) at the Jazz Café on Jalan Tebesaya, Ubud on July 3, 2012 following the final workshop.

A special daytime workshop “Stage Fright to Stage Right” for small groups will embed techniques that will assist participants in overcoming any fear or performance challenges they face. Designed to help participants release blocks, overcome challenges and learn to express their own potential - standing alone or strong in front of a crowd.

Yani will also be available for private vocal training sessions.
Sponsored by Neru Indonesia and Singabout Australia, Yani’s visit will also contribute to the sustainability of Ubud’s community library.

For more information telephone Jennifer M. Richardson at +62 81339572205.

Bookings and enquiries, please [Email] 

[Sing About Australia Web Site



Fare Play on Baliís Bus System
Baliís Bus Service Passenger Loads Surge as Governor Declares Three Months of Free Bus Rides

According to Radar Bali, the decision by Bali’s governor to grant free buss service on the Sarbagita Bus System through the end of August has resulted in a surge in passengers using the service.

Loads have also been augmented by a temporary change in the routes to facilitate people wishing to attend the month-long Bali Arts Festival.
Passenger loads have increased by some 30% in recent weeks, with occupancy levels during weekend periods reaching 100%.

The head of the management team for Sarbagita, IB Parsha, told the press on June 20, 2012, “before the service was made free of charge, the average number of passengers per day stood at 2,812 passengers.” Parsha now estimates that for the week of June 17 the average stood at 5,591 passengers.

Parsha said that in the month since the introduction of the free service the income of the Sarbagita bus system has declined around Rp. 180 million (US$19.400)

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A New Broom Sweeps Clean
New Merpati Airline CEO Asks for Help in Stopping Corrupt Practices Permeating His Company

The newly installed president director of the troubled State airline Merpati Nusantara is complaining openly of “rampant corruption” permeating the state-owned carrier.

According to the Jakarta Globe, Merpati’s CEO Rudy Setyopurnomo, has even resorted to seeking assistance in identifying and removing errant employees to the national Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Setyopurnomo assumed the helm at the financially hemorrhaging national carrier on May 14, 2012, following the sudden dismissal of Sardjono Jhonny Tjitrokusumo (Jhonny Sardjono) by the Minister of State-owned Enterprises (BUMN).

Rudy revealed the wide spread thievery and corruption at Merpati during testimony before Commission XI of the National House of Representatives (DPR) where he told legislators, “the level of internal corruption within Merpati has topped 60 percent.”

He asked KPK to investigate corruption at his airlines, pledging to fire any employee found guilty of dishonesty.

The money-losing airline is targeted by Rudy to turn a profit before the end of the year.

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When a Sentence Bombs
Balinese Express Disappointment with ĎLightí Punishment Handed Down to Bali Bomber Umar Patek

The 20-year sentence handed down to Bali bomb maker Umar Patek has saddened large segments of Balinese society where the terrorist's evil act left 202 people dead and scores of others badly injured.

Quoted by Beritabali.com, one of those injured by the 2002 bombing, Wayan Sudjana said he had hoped that the trial would end in a death sentence for Patek.

“After Umar Patek was captured, I wanted to see him tried in Bali, but this did not happen. Now he’s been punished with 20 years in prison. If you ask me if I am unhappy with this decision, the answer is, yes, I am disappointed,” said Sudjana on Friday, June 22, 2012.

A similar sentiment was espoused by Haji Bambang Priyanto, the much-loved volunteer who worked tirelessly after the 2002 bombing by leading a team of volunteers to help restore normalcy in Kuta. Priyanto said the decision of the court was disappointing and gave no sense of justice to those affected by the atrocity.

“I was a witness against Umar Patek. I have already stated the aspirations of three components of the Balinese people who want to see terrorists punished in the most severe manner possible and executed,” said Priyanto.

Priyanto said the three components seeking the ultimate punishment for Patek included the 202 people who died because of his bomb, the 1,325 people who were severely injured by the blasts and the Balinese who continue to suffer economically because of that terrorist attack.

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High Spirited Travel
Pluralistic Society Leader Anand Krishna Sees Strong Potential for Spiritual Tourism in Bali

Indonesian spiritual and pluralist society champion Anand Krishna says religious and spiritual tourism represents both a need and a trend for the future. He believes that Bali has great potential for the future development of spiritual tourism and travel.

Said Krishna on Friday, June 22, 2012, quoted in Beritabali.com: “Starting from now and into the future, the trend for religious or spiritual travel will steadily grow, because tourists are not only seeking pleasure, but also seeking peace for their souls.”

According to Krishna, each year millions of people will be visiting the places in which they can discover the significance of life, and answer various questions pertaining to the quest for happiness and inner satisfaction.

The world-renowned spiritual figure’s remarks were made to a group from the Indonesian Tour Guide Association in Bali. He told the guides that Bali has a huge potential to be developed as a spiritual tourism destination, for it has many sites that can be offered to those wishing to embrace universal values.

Citing India as an example, he told of how foreigners visit that country to meet a guru or learn yoga or meditate. “They are not Hindu and don’t think of changing their religion either. Their coming to India is to learn ‘core’ or ‘universal values’ of Hinduism that can be observed and applied without having to forsake their own religion. They are spiritual tourists. Their trips to India do not deal with religious affairs, but with spiritual values that may not be connected to rites at all,” he explained.

What is needed, he explained, is ashrams or spiritual communes where spiritual tourists to Bali can learn universal spiritual values of Hindu that are still relevant today.


Death in Paradise
Bali Police Investigate Mysterious Death of Australian Tourist

A 35-year-old Australian man found dead in a field in South Kuta on Thursday, June 21, 2012, has Bali police investigating suspicions that the dead man was a victim of foul play. Mark Ovenden (35) from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, was believed to be staying on Poppies Lane in Kuta prior to his death.

As reported by the Jakarta Globe and Radar Bali, The man’s body was found on Thursday at around 10:00 am by a local villager foraging for feed for his cows.

Ovenden’s shirtless body showed signed of contusions to his face, neck, chest and stomach with initial forensic examination pointing to homicide by strangulation. In efforts to understand what actually happened to the Australian, police are interviewing 12 people in search of further clues and to reconstruct his time-line while I Bali.

When Ovenden’s body was found, he carried a wallet containing Rp. 600,000 (US$64.50) in cash. A Honda motorcycle was found near the body, possibly rented or lent to the dead Australia.

Police are now postulating that the man may have been killed in another location and dumped in the field where Oveden’s body was found. Sources say this theory is supported by the fact that there was no supporting evidence near the body showing signs of a struggle or execution.

Police continue to intensively investigate the man’s death.


Sister Act
Group Gedebong Goyong Ė the Swinging Banana Stem Sisters Thrill Audiences at 34th Bali Arts Festival

An eclectic group of expatriate ladies amused and enthralled the Balinese and international crowd in attendance at the Bali Arts Festival on Friday, June 22, 2012, performing musical skits, stand-up comedy and light-hearted social commentary.


Known as the “Group Gedebong Goyong” or the “Swinging Banana Stem Sisters” – the groups derives it name from a local connotation for foreign women that compares them to succulent pale-colored stems of the banana palm.

Long-time residents of Bali - Rucina Ballinger, Alex Ryan, Suzan Kohlik and Antonella De Santis - are backed up by a group of local ethnic musicians. Dressed to sixes and sevens in traditional Sarong Kebaya’s, the four outlandish ladies leave local audience reeling in laughter, performing spirited renditions of Balinese pop songs while delivering fast-firing one-liners in fluent Balinese.

Featuring non-stop humorous antics, the talented vaudevillian gaggle of gals deliver subtle messages to appreciative young audiences on the dangers of overdevelopment and ununcontrolled villa building together with gentle nudges to preserve and protect Balinese culture.

Rucina Ballinger, a member of the group, told Radar Bali that the Sisters Act was formed during the time of the Bali bomb. Seeing neighbors and friends in deep depression following that tragedy, the women resolved to form a group to entertain and brighten the hearts of neighbors and friends.

Regularly featured at local festivals and gatherings, the “Swinging Banana Stem Sisters” have a growing, loyal fan base eagerly awaiting their next performance.


Can I Have this Dance?
Baliís Batak Community Stage Protest at Malaysian Honorary Consul Over Theft of Cultural Icons

Approximately one hundred Indonesians of Batak ethnic origin living in Bali staged a protest demonstration at the Malaysian Honorary Consulate on Friday, June 22, 2012.

“Batak” collectively refers to an entire range of ethnic groups originating from North Sumatra.

The protestors, calling themselves members of the Association of Batak People in Bali (IKBB), were protesting moves by Malaysia to register two Batak traditional dances as intrinsic parts of Malaysian culture. The two dances – Gindang Sambilan and Tor-tor Mandailing, are locally seen as part of Batak culture and the Malaysian moves as northing short of cultural arrogation.

The Bali protests were part of larger protests taking place across Indonesia.

As reported by Radar Bali, the protestors also called on the Indonesian government to take steps to formally register the two dances as parts of Indonesian heritage.

A spokesman for the group underlined that the protestors have no problem with the two ancesteral dances being performed anywhere in the world providing they are always acknowledged as original elements of Batak culture.

The peaceful demonstrations by the Batak community saw many dressed in traditional costumes from North Sumatra, including the added adornment of red and white armbands. Red and white are the colors of the Indonesian national flag.

The protests that took place near the Alam Kulkul Hotel in Kuta where the Malaysian Honorary Consul is located. included performances of the contested dances, and banners and pamphlets criticizing Malaysia for the attempted theft of two Batak cultural icons.

The protestors greeted passing tourist with shouts of “Horas” – the traditional salutation of welcome in North Sumatra. The peaceful protests that used music and dance to make their point were warmly received by passing tourists who paused to watch the colorful performances.


Before You Do, You Should
Bali Capital City of Denpasar Moving to ĎRecommendí HIV/AIDS Testing for Couples Planning to Marry

Bali’s reputation as a province with the highest number of HIV/AIDS infections in Indonesia has prompted the Denpasar capital city government to consider dramatic steps to help reduce what is still largely a disease with fatal consequences.

To this end a new regulation, still being drafted and discussed, contains “recommendations” to intending newlyweds to undergo HIV/AIDS screening before formalizing their wedding vows.

Quoted in Radar Bali, the head of the special committee to combat HIV/AIDS in Denpasar, A.A. Gede Mahendra, said, “Tests for engaged couples will reveal if they suffer from HIV/AIDS.”

The step, intended to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and reduce casual sex among young people, will also include confidential counseling for any couple that tests prove to be infected with the virus.

Mahendra was quick to explain that the proposed screening program would be completely voluntary,

According the Mahendra, who is also a local legislator, the new regulation is slated for approval in a matter of weeks.

Denpasar, the capital of Bali, has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS infections on the island.


The Triathlon for the Soul
Sixth BIZNET Bali International Triathlon Top Finishersí Race Results

The Sixth annual BIZNET Bali International Triathlon was held in near perfect weather on Jimbaran beach and down the Nusa Dua peninsula on Sunday, June 24, 2012.

A record nearly 900 athletes from 24 countries participated in the Olympic Distance Event, Sprint Distance Event and 5 km fun run.

Top Finishers’ Race Results

Olympic Distance Triathlon Male

1.5 km swim; 42 km cycling; 10 km run
  1. Stephane Vander Bruggen Belgium 2:07:14
  2. Bryan Hoare Great Britain 2:12:21
  3. Tim Green Australia 2:12:27

Olympic Distance Triathlon Female
1.5 km swim; 42 km cycling; 10 km run

  1. Stef Puszka Australia 2:23:50
  2. Michelle Boyes Australia 2:26:18
  3. Sherry Coons-Mueller USA 2:27:40

Sprint Distance Triathlon Male
500 m swim; 20 km cycling; 5 km run
  1. Wayne Veitch Australia 1:04:15
  2. Michael John Varker Australia 1:05:43
  3. Ash Pritchard New Zealand 1:07:44
Sprint Distance Triathlon Female
500 m swim; 20 km cycling; 5 km run
  1. Lesley McDonald Australia 1:15:46
  2. Kim Doyle Ireland 1:16:15
  3. Lisa Christensen Canadian 1:26:13
5 KM Fun Run Male
  1. Stuart R. Gemmel Australia 17:25
  2. Sam Bencheghib France 17:32
  3. Jibrael Taebenu Indonesia 17:51
5 KM Fun Run Female
  1.  Lelani Brown 22:28
  2. Yanuk Dwi Winarti Indonesia 22:45
  3. Lucy Davis 23:45

Race Central for the event was at the InterContinental Bali Resort.
 


Literati to Gather at Ubud Writers and Readers Festival
Anna Funder to Headline Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival recently congratulated Anna Funder for winning this year’s Miles Franklin Award, adding to the growing anticipation on her participation as a headliner in the forthcoming 2012 festival program.

It's been a triumphant year for the Australian-born author of All That I Am and Stasiland. Anna Funder was also awarded the Independent Bookseller’s Award for Best Debut Fiction, Indie Book of the Year 2012, Australian Book Industry Awards' Book of the Year, Literary Fiction Book of the Year and the Barbara Jefferis Award 2012.

"'All That I Am' remains one of the most intensely memorable, disturbing and rewarding books," said Janet de Neefe, festival founder and director.  “I read the book in 2011. I was moved by both the story and the skill with which it was written. I am not surprised the Miles Franklin judges chose this book and we are honored and delighted that Anna Funder has consented to participate in our program. This is a book that not only reflects history but also speaks of its relevance to our world today. Our audiences will flock to Anna's conversations and panel sessions.”

Those attending the Ubud’s Writers and Readers Festival will have the opportunity in October to meet this award-winning author together with more than one hundred other writers and thinkers from across the globe.

Early bird discounts are available now via the [Ubud Writers and Readers Website

A full program of events, including supplementary workshops, literary lunches, dinners and gala events will be published at the end of August.


Last Chance to See
Kamoro Carvings from Papua at Bentara Budaya in Bali Through Sunday, July 1, 2012

A group of native carvers from Papua, the Kamoro, are holding an exhibition of their traditional work at the Bentara Budaya Bali on Jalan IB Mantra Bypass (Ketewel) through Sunday, July 1, 2012.

During the exhibition, the large exhibition hall is home to some 200 exquisite traditional carvings for sale at a fraction of the price they fetch in major galleries in world capitals.

Exhibition Schedule

Tuesday, June 26 2012
1
  • 10:00 am Wood Carving Demonstration (2 hours)
  • 1:00 pm Film Showing: The Kamoro
  • 3:30 pm Dance Performance from Kamoro 
  • 4:00 pm Wood Carving Demonstration (2 hours)
  • 7:00 pm Film Showing:  Mengangkat Seni Kamoro (Elevating the Arts of Kamoro
  • 7.30 pm Cultural Discussion: Understanding Kamoro Carvings with Kal Muller and Timo Samin
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

  • 10:00 am Wood Carving Demonstration (2 hours)
  • 1:00 pm Film Showing:  Seni Ukir Kamoro (Kamoro Wood Carvings)
  • 3:30 pm Dance Performance from Kamoro 
  • 4:00 pm Wood Carving Demonstration (2 hours)
  • 7:00 pm Film Showing: The Kamoro
Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • 10:00 am Wood Carving Demonstration (2 hours)
  • 1:00 pm Film Showing: Mengangkat Seni Kamoro (Elevating the Arts of Kamoro)
  • 4:00 pm Film Showing: Seni Ukir Kamoro (Kamoro Wood Carvings)
  • 7:00 pm Film Showing: Ceremonies of Kamoro
Friday, June 29, 2012
  • 10:00 am Film Showing: Mengangkat Seni Kamoro (Elevating the Arts of Kamoro)
  • 1:00 pm Film Showing:  Seni Ukir Kamoro (Kamoro Wood Carvings)
  • 3:30 pm Film Showing: Ceremonies of Kamoro
Saturday, June 30, 2012
  • 10:00 am Film Showing: Mengangkat Seni Kamoro (Elevating the Arts of Kamoro)
  • 1:00 pm Film Showing: The Kamoro
  • 4:00 pm Film Showing: Seni Ukir Kamoro (Kamoro Wood Carvings)
Sunday, July 1, 2012
  • 10:00 am Film Showing: Mengangkat Seni Kamoro (Elevating the Arts of Kamoro)
  • 1:00 pm Film Showing: Seni Ukir Kamoro (Kamoro Wood Carvings)
  • 7:00 pm Exhibition closing
The exhibition is open daily from 10:00 am - Admission is free.

Kamoro Cultural Exhibition
Bentara Budaya Bali
Jalan By Pass Prof Mantra No 88 A,
Ketewel, Gianyar, Bali


For more information telephone ++62- (0)361-294029


Down on the Beach an Orchestraís Playing
InterContinental Bali Resort Launches Jimbaran Jazz Festival Sunday, July 1, 2012

In what is planned to be a series of memorable musical evenings on one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches, the InterContinental Bali Resort is launching its inaugural Jimbaran Jazz Festival on Sunday afternoon, July 1, 2012.

Non-stop music from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm will be on tap in the verdant seaside Spa Garden on the North side of the resort. Supervised games and attractions will be arranged nearby for children while Mom and Dad relax and listen to the music.

Food and beverage will be on sales from stands operating at the concert area.

On tap for the first Jimbaran Jazz Festival are performances by Indonesian Jazz vocalist Sandhy Sondoro, KSP Band, Rika Roeslan from The Groove, Tropical Transit and the Rio Sidik Quartet.

A first drink charge of Rp. 50,000 (US$5.40) applies, exchangeable for a local beer or soft drink.


 
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