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BALI UPDATE #947 - 27 October 2014

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All We Need is Love
Valentines Celebrated at Ground Zero by Victims and Survivors of the 2002 and 2005 Bali Bombings

Beritabali.com reports that the families and surviving victims of the Bali bombings, who are members of Paguyuban Isana Dewata, celebrated Valentines Day on February 14, 2013 by gathering at “Ground Zero” – the monument to commemorate the victims of terrorist bombs in Bali.

Those commemorating the “day of love” distributed chocolates and flowers to domestic and foreign visitors passing by the monument.

The chairperson of Isana Dewata, Luh Erniati, told the press that her group was using Valentines Day to spread a message of love and to recall that the tragedy of the Bali bombings can be traced to feelings of hatred.

“The tragedy that happened in Bali, that took away from us people we loved, was motivated by feelings of hate and anger that led to a desire to kill and injure. For that reason,we use this day to remind all people of the importance of cultivating feelings of love,” said Luh Erniati.

She urged all members of the community to help spread the feeling of love as a means of fostering peace.

In addition to sharing flowers and chocolates with passersby, the group also led group prayers at the “Ground Zero” monument.


A Wounded Pigeon?
Director of Operations Publicly Resigns from State-Owned Airline Merpati Nusantara Airline, Underlining his Disaffection with Carrier’s Top Management

In a shocking move, the director of operations as the State-owned Merpati Nusantara Airlines, Asep Eka Nugraha, has tendered his resignation effective Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

As reported by Kompas.com, Nugraha listed four reasons for leaving his management post at Merpati:
  1. A declining amount of productive assets due to the income of Merpati, the limited ability of the company to meet its third-party obligations, and limited resources available to care for the Company’s remaining productive assets.
  2. A growing lack of trust and faith among the Airline’s employees towards management that has now spread to affect operational areas.
  3. Nugraha’s opinion that efforts, as the Director of Operations, to remedy the airline’s situation have been met with arrogance by senior management of the airline resulting in disarray among the management of the operational directorate of the Airline. He further contends that this problem has been allowed to develop without any consideration of the side effects that have occurred.
  4. That the condition of the Company continues to deteriorate not through any lack of hard work by its employees, but due to the lack of proper compensation for their good efforts falling short of worker's expectations. This has resulted in a generalized decline of concern regarding the Company’s performance.
Prior to becoming the director of operations at Merpati, Captain Asep served as managing director of the strategic business unit at the Merpati Training Center (MTC) and a member of the committee entrusted with Performance Management Systems (PMS) at Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

Minister of Transportation Responds

In separate coverage from Bisnis.com, the Minister of Transportation said that Merpati Nusantara Airlines must urgently report on issues relating to the new director's fitness and appropriateness for the subject position (fit and proper test).

The Minister for State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), Dahlan Iskan, has approved the appointment of Captain Antony Ajawaila as Merpati’s new director of operations, replacing Captain Asep Eka Nguraha who has resigned.

The appointment was included in the minutes of a shareholder’s meeting signed by Dahlan. Antony’s job remains an interim appointment pending his successful fulfillment satisfaction of a “fit and proper” review.

Antony Ajawaila’s last posting at the Airline was as vice president of operations. He has 30 year of service with the Merpati.

Meanwhile, the head of the Public Communications office at the Ministry of Transportation, Bambang S. Ervan, said the fit and proper test must be carried out because the director of operations is a key position in any airline.

Ervan said, “Merpati must report to the Minister of Transportation within 2 weeks of this appointment ” He went on to explain that the report to the Minister by the management of Merpati must include all changes in operating specifications and a complete and current list of the names comprising the company’s top management.

“The Ministry of Transportation actually does not want to involve itself in the choice of directors for the Airline, but because the position represents a key person in the airline a fit and proper test must be conducted. This must be done in order that safety standards are maintained.”

Ervan said that when seen from the track record of the person proposed for the director of operations position, there is little concern that he will be able to head operations at the Airline. Nonetheless, a fit and proper review must be undertaken, even if the appointment to the job is temporary in nature.


Staying Connected in Paradise
PT Telkom Targeting 250,000 WiFi Access Point in Bali by End of 2013

The Jakarta Post reports that PT Telkom (PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia) is targeting the installation of 250,000 WiFi access points across Bali to be completed during 2013.

“There will be 50,000 WiFi access points in public places, and 200,000 in housing facilities,” according to Ketut Budi Utama, general manager of the south Bali office of PT Telkom.

The new WiFi spots will represent a major jump from the current 3,800 WiFi spots in public places and the 15,000 previously planned for public areas.

Similarly impressive is the hike in WiFi points in housing areas from the current 3,000 spots to 200,000.

The Bali installations form part of Telkom’s plan to install 1 million wireless Internet service points across all of Indonesia.

 


Dolphins on the Menu
Minister of Forestry Visits Bali Restaurant Illegally Showcasing Live Dolphins and Orders Restaurant to Send Animals to Rehabilitation Center

Indonesia’s Minister of Forestry, Zulkifli Hasan visited the Akame Restaurant located near Bali’s southern harbor of Benoa on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to investigate reports that dolphins were being mistreated and illegally held captive there

Kompas.com reports that upon arriving at the restaurant, Zulkifli found two dolphins were "employed" at the restaurant to entertain dinners.

After interacting with the two mammals, Zulkilfi told the press gathered at the Akame Restaurant: “According to the regulations dolphins can only be held captive at conservation facilities and that can only be done in accordance to strict rules. For me, this place is not appropriate (for dolphins) and I feel pity for the animals.”

The Minister asked to see the applicable permits of the restaurant only to learn that the permit for captive dolphins being used had been issued to PT WSI, a company in Central Java. Seeing the poor condition in which the dolphins were kept, the Minister decided that the two animals must be sent to a new dolphin rehabilitation center established on Karimunjawa Island, north of Java.

“To permit further research, we have agreed with the owner (of the restaurant) that the dolphins will be sent for rehabilitation at Karimunjawa. This requires careful preparations as Karimunjawa is not close by,” explained Zulkilfi.

It is not clear when the relocation process will begin due to the preparation that must undertaken before transporting the mammals. The Minister said that the dolphins must undergo a rehabilitation process before they can be safely released back into the oceans.


Think Before You Drink
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Warns Visitors to NTB to Be Wary of Alcoholic Beverages Offered at Local Night Spots

The West Nusa Tenggara Tourist Promotion Board (BPPD-NTB) is warning people not to lightly dismiss travel warnings issued by the [Australian Department of Foreign Affairs] intended for their citizens traveling to Bali and the islands immediately east of Bali.

The subject travel warns travelers to be specifically wary of “drink-spiking and consumption of alcohol adulterated with harmful substances such as methanol.”

As reported by Kompas.com, the travel warning is connected to the recent death of Liam Davis. Davis is a young Australia believed to have died after consuming methanol mixed with an alcoholic beverage on Gili Trawangan Island during New Year Eve's celebration. 

The head of BPPD-NTB, Awanadi Aswinabawa, told the press that his office had yet to receive any formal notification in connection with the travel warning posted on the Australian government website, but said such developments must be anticipated.

“What’s important is how we choose to counter these negative reports; making sure that we do not create a negative opinion in the process. This is like a snowball, if we are not cautious, this will turn into a genuine travel warning,” said Awanadi.

Awandi called on all parties in both the tourism industry and public sector to take concrete steps to stop the circulation of illegal alcohol. He urged that the distribution of all alcoholic drink should be regulated.

“In this regard,” Awandi warned, “the government cannot work alone and must be assisted by associations and tourism practitioners in order to achieve cross-control.”

He also reminded all parties not to resort to blaming each other. He said that the number of Australian tourists traveling to West Nusa Tenggara has decreased in the past whenever incidents, such as the bombings in Bali, have taken place.

A concerned Awandi warns that current bad press resulting over deaths connected to the consumption of tainted alcoholic beverages has the potential of decreasing visitors to his region.


Waste Not, Want Not
Cooperation Among Community Members at Nusa Dua in South Bali Creates Successful Waste Recycling Project

A successful household organic waste recycling program underway in Nusa Dua, South Bali, is set to soon expand to other parts of the Island.

On February 14, 2013, a graduation ceremony was held for a group of environmental ambassadors. On that date, a truck and shredder organized through Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua was handed over to the local community and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the Ngis Community (Banjar Ngis) of Karangasem, East Bali.

One year ago, the Rivers Ocean Land Ecology Foundation (ROLE) of South Bali pioneered the “Waste to Wonder Project” to teach waste-management skills to the Sawangan community that surrounds ROLE’s Sustainability Center at Nusa Dua.

Villagers were taught how to sort organic from non-organic rubbish, composting the organic materials to become rich natural fertilizers for use in the Foundation’s permaculture gardens.

The garden fed by this compost produce organic fruit and vegetables that are sold to local hotels and businesses. ROLE’s founder, Mike O’Leary, says the Waste-to-Wonder program is proof that communities in Bali can turn the problem of rubbish into an opportunity. 


“Last year Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua generously agreed to finance the program which enabled us to start collecting and processing organic waste in Sawangan banjar,” Michael said. 
 “As with any new program we had to iron out some teething problems, but now we have the program running successfully as a working model of sustainable waste management, ready to be adopted by other communities.”


Continuing, O’Leary said: “ROLE is now looking for investment in the 'Waste to Wonder' program. We have the knowledge from our working example in Sawangan, but now need the funds to get it going in other communities.”


Demand from other communities for the program’s proven expertise is growing as the reputation of the sustainable and profitable gardens spreads to other areas of Bali. Pak Gede from the Banjar Kaja Ngis asked for ROLE’s assistance in establishing a Waste to Wonder program in their community.

“We heard about the success of the 'Waste to Wonder program' in Sawangan, and we hope to replicate it here in our community too,” Pak Gede said.
“We need a better way to deal with our rubbish, and we like the way the ‘Waste to Wonder program’ delivers benefits both for the community and the environment. We hope to recycle our organic waste and reuse it to make compost to help us grow more vegetables.”


Karl Schmelzer, a member of Rotary Club Bali - Nusa Dua, the project represents a big success. “Living in Bali and seeing all this rubbish dumped everywhere makes me really upset. The example of Sawangan shows that it can work. The area around the banjar is a lot cleaner now. I hope a lot more communities all over the island will introduce a system like this to make Bali a cleaner place!”


The Role Foundation believes that poor health, and poverty and environmental degradation are inextricably linked. To address this problem, ROLE has set up education and training facilities for the local communities of Nusa Dua. This has generated income from sustainable, environmentally friendly businesses.

ROLE has continued to grow since its establishment in 2007. In 2012,

ROLE restructured their programs, concentrating programs on women’s education programs at Bali WISE located on Jalan Siligita while environmental education was headquartered at the Island Sustainability Education Centre in Sawangan.
 


[Role Foundation Website]

For more information on Role’s work in Bali contact Liza Dawn at [Email] or by telephoning++62-(0) 81936164636.


Operator, Get Me Jesus on the Line!
Italian Bali-Expat Dies in Custody While Awaiting Trial for Phone Prank Viewed as ‘Terrorism' by Police: The Twisted Story of Andrea Geovani Soreti

On Monday, February 11, 2010, the strange and twisting tale of Bali expatriate Andrea Geovani Soreti (earlier reported as Sorenti) ended in police custody at a Sleman, Central Java hospital where he died, aged 49, reportedly of dehydration, septicemia and kidney failure.

Soreti had been in police custody awaiting trial on charges connected to an alleged telephone bomb threat he made to Lion Air for a flight flying from Yogyakarta to Bali on October 14, 2012.

On that date, the Italian reportedly made a menacing telephone call to Lion Air suggesting a bomb "might" be on board a flight on which his Indonesian wife had just been denied boarding.

The call was later traced to Soreti who was arrested at his home in Bali where he reportedly worked as a painter.

According The Jakarta Globe, Soreti, who was in Cebongan Prison in Sleman awaiting trial on a terrorist charges resulting from his ill-advised phone threat, fell ill and died shortly after his admission to a local hospital.

Press reports suggest Soreti’s wife was serving as a State witness in the charges prosecutors were preparing against Soreti. She was initially taken into custody with Soreti in Bali.

Soreti was said to be suffering from diarrhea, poor appetite and sleeping difficulties in the days prior to his short hospitalization and subsequent death. An autopsy to determine the actual cause of death is planned by police and prison authorities.

Soreti’s imprisonment, while awaiting trial and a possible 15-year prison sentence for making bomb threats, was not the Italian’s first run in with the law. Following the Bali terrorist bombing of 2002, Soreti was arrested by Bali Police for 60 days on suspicion of possible involvement in the bombing that claimed 202 lives.

Soreti involvement in the operation of a nightclub in close proximity to the Sari Club at the time of the 2002 bombing and poorly phrased advertisements using explosive metaphors erved to initially fuel suspicions, later largely discounted, of the Italian’s involvement in the 2002 bombing.

The Italian Foreign Ministry has consistently denied any role by Soreti, then 39, in the Bali bombing.

Exonerated but subsequently deported back to Italy, Soreti eventually returned to Bali several years later where he resumed his business participation in a number of Bali nightspots.

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Awaiting a Formal Explanation
Lawyers Defending Governor and Province in Environmental Suit Vie for Time In Answering WALHI’s Complaint

The legal proceeding by Bali’s Friends of the Earth (WALHI) against Bali’s Governor and the Province continued on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in a Denpasar Courtroom.

The suit filed by WALHI challenges the legality of the lease granted by Governor Pastika to a private firm, PT Tirta Rahmat Bahari, for a 55-year-lease on the 122.22 hectare publicly-owned mangrove forest known as Taman Hutan Raya surrounding Bali’s airport.

The Bali Post
reports that the legal team representing the province have for the second time postponed their response to the WALHI legal challenge put before the Administrative Court (PTUN).

One of the lawyers representing the Governor and the Province, Simon Nahak, told the Court that his legal team is still unprepared to formally respond to the WALHI suit. Nahak said the team of lawyers needs to first coordinate with a number of government departments, including the Forestry and Environmental Departments - in order to properly and fully respond.

Said Nahak: “This is a serious problem because problems connected to the environment are both local and international issues. Because of this, we consider this sufficiently serious and want to present a complete response.”

Meanwhile, seven of the ten lawyers appointed to represent WALHI before the Court expressed their disappointment with the failure of the Governor’s legal team to file their response. WALHI’s lawyers complain that their suit has been in the hands of the Defendants for more than two weeks.

The chairman of WALHI and also a lawyer, Wayan “Gendo” Suardana, is eager that his organization obtains a timely response to their suite against. He is hopeful that the response will be heard when the Court reconvenes for the third time on February 20, 2013.

“The hearing has been postponed for another week. We will see in one week if the Governor’s legal team is ready or not. If we include the coming week, that means the Governor’s lawyers have held our complaint for three weeks. That’s long enough,” complained Gendo.

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Ship to Shore
Indonesian Government to Make Bali Port of Benoa the Largest Cruise Port in Indonesia

Plans are underway between Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry, the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy and the State-owned Company managing major ports - PT Pelindo III to develop Bali’s southernmost port of Benoa into the largest cruise port in Indonesia.

As reported by Beritabali.com and Seputarbali.com, the CEO of PT Pelindo III at Benoa, Iwan Sabatini, has revealed that his Company is in the process of calculating the extent of dredging and port enlargement, and supporting shore infrastructure pursuant to accommodating ships well over 300 meters in length.

The current length of the passenger pier at Benoa is slightly more than 300 meters. Ships longer than 300 meters must drop anchor near Serangan island or near Nusa Dua and use ship’s tenders for passengers landing at the Benoa cruise terminal.

Iwan confirmed that the longest ship to berth to date at Benoa has measured 265 meters.

Benoa is targeting to handle at least 38 cruise ships in 2013. In the months of January and February of 2013, the total number of ships to visit Benoa was around 10, with an average of 2,000 passengers each.

In March 2013 two ships are scheduled to visit Benoa on the same date.

Bali is now becoming known as a “turn-around” port where passengers on international cruise ships can either end or begin an international cruise journey.

Iwan Sabatini reports that in 2012 a total of some 67,000 passengers traveling on 35 cruise ships visited Benoa. He said when compared to 2011, there is a trend for larger ships to visit Bali. In order to anticipate this development, Iwan says Bali must prepare supporting port facilities to handle larger ships.

Benoa is currently working to increase the water depth for ships berthing at Benoa to from its current 10 meters to 11 meters.

Other improvements being added at Benoa include mooring dolphins for ships unable to come alongside, a strengthening of the current passenger pier, and an enlargement of the waiting area in the existing passenger terminal.

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Picture That!
Bali Tourism Expert Lambasts Quality of Bali Photography on UNESCO Heritage Website

A Bali tourism expert and educator Professor I Nyoman Darma Putra doesn’t like the way the Balinese subak system of water irrigation is portrayed on the UNESCO Website. According to the Professor, the pictures chosen and displayed on the UNESCO site are “not representative” of Bali’s ancient system of terraced rice fields.

The distinguished professor from Bali’s Udayana University said on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, “”UNESCO has established the ‘subak’ as part of the World Heritage System, although it is to be regretted that the illustrative photographs shown on their website fall far short of good photography.

The six photos that so displease Professor Darma Putra can be found on the [UNESCO Subak Page]  and were apparently provided to UNESCO by the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Education.

In truth, the copyrighted pictures are far from "best" representations of Bali and its subak rice terrace system.

Quoted by Kompas.com, Professor Darma Putra said: “Many are surprised as to why UNESCO as an international organization did not try harder to obtain an international standard of photography.”

Professor Darma Putra is the author of a book entitled “Tourism Development and Terrorism in Bali.”

Saying the pictures used to showcase Bali’s subak system are of the lowest quality, he contrasted them with other areas of Bali. “Photographs of cultural heritage sites such as Komodo Island and Candi Borobudur can be said to be sufficiently beautiful and representative,” said Darma Putra.

UNESCO elevated the subak system of Bali to World Heritage status in mid-2012 – bestowing the official title of “Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy"

Darma Putra continued to bemoan what he sees as bad photographic editing of the UNESCO World Heritage website, saying the organization had the twin responsibilities of both preserving and promoting heritage.

But, according to the professor, because of the poor quality of photographic illustrations selected by UNESCO, the ability to promote Bali’s subak system has been severely limited. Continuing in the same vein, Darma Putra said: “Anyone who sees the photo of Bali’s subak system on the UNESCO website will not be attracted to visit and see them directly.”

Professor Darma Putra is urging that the photographs of Bali’s subak system on the UNESCO website be replace as a matter of urgency with images of a more international standard in order that the “beautiful rice terraces and the unique rituals surrounding them” can be presented.

Concluding, he said: “Indonesia and Bali has many photographers and they have extensive collections of photographs of terraced rice fields that are beautiful and could be used on the UNESCO website to make the subject pages more beautiful."
 
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The Art of Internecine Warfare
Was Governor Pastika Politically Ostracized by Regent of Tabanan, Bali?

Kompas.com reports that Bali’s governor, Made Mangku Pastika, is barred form making formal visits and undertaking any official duties within the regency of Tabanan.

Pastika told the press that the embargo on official visits to Tabanan was discovered when plans went array to hand over agricultural implements to farmers in the village of Pakedungan in Tabanan on Friday, February 8, 2013.

For reasons that remain unclear, Pastika was not allowed to visit the village, causing his official delegation to suddenly divert to the village of Cemagi in the Badung Regency.

At the time of his “expulsion” from Pakedungan, Pastika says he heard “news” from his staff in the provincial government that the Governor was banned from undertaking any activities in the Tabanan Regency of Bali.

“I am concerned and saddened, how can this happen? Only in order to bar Pastika from entering that area, all official duties of the governor are no longer allowed in Tabanan,” said the governor when speaking at a press conference at his office on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

The Governor, who once served as the Chief of Police for Bali, said he smelled political motivations in his banning from Tabanan in the period leading up to the Gubernatorial elections set for May 2013.

“I am concerned and saddened because of these obvious efforts for political ends that will in the end only hurt the people,” Pastika explained.

Pastika, who ran under Democratic Party for Development (PDI-P) in 2008, has switch parties and become a coalition candidate of the Democratic Party, Golkar and 7 other parties for the 2013 race.

Suspicions exists in come circles that Pastika’s political migration has embittered the leadership of PDI-P and its leader, former Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri

The Regent of Tabanan Responds

Separately, reported by Seputarbali.com, the regent of Tabanan, Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti, is vehemently denying the governor’s allegations that he has been banned by her administration from performing his official duties in Tabanan. Bali’s only female regent is blaming the entire incident on miscommunication. “I think the whole thing is being blown out of proportion. If there has been a misunderstanding, let’s just clarify matters. Don’t go running immediately to the media,” admonished Eka Wiryastuti on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

Wiryastuti, who is from the PDI-P party, dismissed suggestions that she is in any way limiting the activities of the Governor in her region. She pointed out that in the past the Governor has made a number of visits to Tabanan without incident.

Urging that all parties safeguard the conductivity of daily activities in the various regions of Bali in the heightened political temperature prior to the May 15, 2013 election, Eka urged that every development and incident not be immediately linked to political interests and motives, as this will only hurt the public.
 


Deign to Dine Locally, Please
Local Agricultural Expert Wants Indonesian Food to Dominate in Bali Hotels and Restaurants

An agricultural expert from Bali’s Udayana University Prof. Dr. Dewa Ngurah Suprapta is urging hotels and restaurants in Bali to present menus to tourists that maximize the used of local food stuffs produced on the Island.

As reported by Bisnis Bali and The Jakarta Post, Professor Suprapta asks accommodation providers and eateries in Bali to avoid presenting European menus or, for that matter, menus from other foreign climes, that require the use of imported food ingredients, in particular imported beef.

Suprapta contends that tourists visiting Bali are drawn by the Island’s unique culture and panoramic scenery and are are not necessarily seeking food that mirrors that available “back home.”

The Professor applauded steps by the government to halt the import of 13 agricultural commodities into Indonesia, including beef products, viewing such measures as necessary to revitalize the nation’s farmers.

The government’s ban on the import of beef, however,  does not apply to beef products needed as raw material for industry, hotels and restaurants.

Professor Suprapta doe not agree with these exceptions, suggesting the ban on imported beef should be absolute and apply for all sectors.

Concluding, Suprapta said Bali and Indonesia are tropical lands that do not need to prepare menus and food items found from non-tropical regions of the world.


Keeping the Vote Fair
Bali’s Deputy Police Chief Want Police to Remain Impartial in Coming Governor's Race

The Deputy Chief of Police for the province of Bali, Brigadier General I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana, has issued a reminder to the Bali constabulary to remain neutral and impartial in the period leading up to the election of the next governor of Bali set for May 15, 2013.

Quoted in the National News Agency Antara, Yoga, speaking on a visit to the North Bali police precinct at SIngaraja on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, said, “Let’s not have any police show any partisanship for any single candidate.”

Such a reminder, in the view of Yoga, is necessary given that one of the men running for Bali’s Chief Executive is a retired policeman and the former Chief of Police for the Island, Made Mangku Pastika.

Pastika is seeking reelection for a five-year term in 2013 with I Ketut Sudikerta, the vice-regent of Badung, as his running mate. The two men are the coalition candidates of the Democratic, Golkar and 7 other political parties.

Yoga ordered the Bali police, particularly those assigned to intelligence roles, to work tirelessly, seeking out every problem for resolution and promoting pro-active communication to help safeguard peace and public order.


A Fair Trade?
Compromise Reached with Traders at Bali’s Airport to Guarantee Places of Business in Renovated Ngurah Rai Airport

After increasing pressure on a number of fronts, the managers of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP-I), has relented on strict qualifying requirements for traders currently operating from the airport and seeking commercial space in newly renovated air gateway for the Island.

As reported by the Bali Post, AP-I has acceded to demands of airport shopkeepers now working at the airport organized under the banner of The Federation of Airport Traders (P2B).

PAP-I has agreed to provide space to existing traders without the requirement to demonstrate a US$3 million annual turnover or pay a US$3,000 registration fee – both seen by P2B members as onerous and outside their financial capabilities.

The decision to make space for existing airport traders was achieved at a marathon meeting held on Thursday, February 14, 1013. After a 6-hour discussion involving the leaders of P2B, CEO of AP-I, members of Commission VI of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR-RI), a representative of the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung) and other regency officials.

While negotiations continued, the entrance to the Hotel Patra Jasa, located adjacent to the airport, remained closed and paralyzed as employees of the companies comprising the P2B staged a sit-in protest in support of their demands.

The four points agreed at the meeting were:
  1. Commission VI of the DPR-RI have asked AP-I to prepare a location for small and medium-sized traders, comprised of both existing tenants of the airport and others who have received a recommendation from the Badung Regional Administration and are prepared to enter into a commercial partnership with AP-I.
  2. AP-I agrees to prepare an area at the renovated airport for the traders addressed in Point 1 located in the Promenade area, level One of the arrival hall and in via counters located in both the domestic and international terminals.
  3. Commission Vi of the DPR-RI has called for a rental price to be agreed between AP-I and the traders contemplated in Point 1.
  4. AP-I is requested to pay attention to the needs of local traders in accordance with prevailing law.
Following the meeting the chairman of P2B, I Wayan Sukses, was overjoyed with the results of the meeting, saying: “That which we fought for has been answered. We will follow the advice and decisions of AP-I in order to remain commercially productive and create a conducive atmosphere at Bali’s air gateway.”

Tommy Sutomo, the CEO of API-I confirmed that 1,500 square meters of space will be prepared for small and medium-sized traders.

Separately, the regent of Badung, A.A. Gede Agung, saw the consensus achieved as the best solution for all parties. Agung added: “While not all parties will be pleased, nonetheless, an equitable solution for all concerned has been achieved.” He called on AP-I and P2B to ensure that the atmosphere at the airport remains conducive and welcoming to visitors.

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The Joys of Being Well Connected in Bali
BIZNET Networks Gives Away an Automobile to One of its Bali Customers

BIZNET Networks - the leading fixed-line and multimedia telecommunication provider in Indonesia recently presented a brand new Smart Fortwo to one of its Bali customers.

a yearlong program of prizes, the winner was selected via a drawing held in Jakarta on January 7, 2013. On that date, the president director of BIZNET Networks, Adi Kusma, drew the winning ticket held by BIZNET Network Customer: UD Soulmate – a Bali-based company.

The car was presented to representative of the winning company by Bagus Wicaksono, branch manage for BIZNET Networks for Bali, Malang and Surabaya at a special awards ceremony held at the Hard Rock Café Bali on Friday, February 15, 2013.

Among the other prizes presented each month over the past year to loyal BIZNET Networks customers of their MetroNet and max3 products were: 40-inch LCD TV, Canon Ixus 290 Digital Camera, Digital Photo Frame, iMac 21.5", iPad 16 GB, iPod Touch 8 GB, Biznet Prepaid Vouchers and discounts for BIZNET Cloud service. With attractive prizes presented each month, the grand prize for the year was the Smart fortwo car won by a Bali customer UD Soulmate.

When drawing the winning customer, Ad Kusma, the president director of BIZNET Networks, thanked the customers of his company for their loyal support, pledging to increase services and the range of products offered to the Indonesian marketplace over the coming year. He also confirmed that the monthly prize program would continue in 2013.

BIZNET Networks

BIZNET Networks is the leading fixed-lines and multimedia telecommunication operator in Indonesia providing Internet networks, data center, cloud computing and pay-for-view television channels. BIZNET has been offering Fiber Optic networks and data centers in Indonesia since 2000.

BIZNET Networks is also the title sponsor of the [BIZNET Bali International Triathlon]  

[BIZNETnetworks.com


King of the Road
Provincial and Badung Regional Governments Acquire Shareholdings in Bali's New Southern Toll Way

The provincial government of Bali has formally become a shareholder in PT Jasa Marga Tol – the operator of the new toll road set to soon connect Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua.

The National New Agency Antara quotes the 2nd Assistant for the Provincial Government of Bali, Ketut Wija, on Thursday, February 14, 2013, who confirmed that the provincial government of Bali had invested Rp. 100 billion (US$10 million) in the road project.

In meeting its commitment to the project the province will pay its capital commitment in two phases: Rp 35 billion from the 2013 provincial budget and the remaining Rp. 65 from the subsequent budget.

“In this way, the total will reach Rp. 100 billion earning an 8.01% shareholding via shares with a nominal value of Rp. 1.6 million per share,” explained Wija.

The regency of Badung has also taken an 8.1% share in the project at the similar cost of Rp. 100 billion.

The shareholding by the province and the regency awaits final ratificaton from the Minister of Public Works and the agreement of a syndicate of creditors financing the road project that has an estimated total value of US$258 million.

Originally there were seven investors in the Bali toll way comprised of PT Jasa Marga, PT Pelindo III, PT Angkasa Pura I, PT Wijaya Karya, PT Adhi Karya, PT Hutama Karya and PT Bali Tourism Development Coorporation (BTDC).



PT Wijaya Karya has relinquished its shares allowing the province of Bali and the regency of Badung to each acquire an 8.1 % share in the project.

The number of total shareholder in the project with the addition of the province of Bali and the regency of Badung brings the current total number of shareholders to eight.


Technology Boost for the Balinese Language
Basabali Organizes Project To Create Learning Materials For Endangered Balinese Language

BASAbali - a nonprofit organization that provides electronically based vehicles that bring together anthropologists, linguists, and videographers from around the world, have announced plans to release the first multimedia materials for the teaching of the Balinese language.

The Austronesian language of Basa Bali is the native tongue of a diminishing 1 million out of 3 million people living in Bali, with the language’s written script already endangered. As with other minority languages, globalization and tourism encourages the use of English while, at the same time, the national language of Bahasa Indonesia increasing predominates as the preferred language of daily life.

Ayu Mandala, Program Manager of BASAbali, commenting on the importance of the new program that brings together a range of experts to create modern, engaging materials for the teaching of Balinese said: “ it represents tremendous progress for the Balinese language to be recognized as part of the universe of languages and for Bali to be well known not just as paradise island but also one that is rich which indigenous culture. The materials will help Balinese thrive even in the middle of globalization."

Money for the project was raised on Kickstarter.com, an online fundraising tool, which also produced donations of legal expertise, a sound studio, logo design, and publicity. “Desktop volunteers” found through Sparked.com came forward to design the website and produce e-learning modules. Balinese videographers were located via YouTube, while linguistic and cultural listsserves connected BASAbali with linguists and anthropologists. Transparent Language, a leading provider of language-learning technology, donated software and hundreds of hours of technical expertise.

The resulting material comprises 24 dialogue-based videos, language exercises, and grammatical notes that focus on modern, conversational Balinese.

Interactive modules teach the language’s endangered script. Drawing from the extensive body of literature on Bali, the materials also serve as a gateway to resources on Balinese culture.

Launched February 5, 2013, the Balinese language lessons are distributed, free of charge, to nonprofit organizations and community groups and sold to individuals for a modest donation of US$25 which is used to cover the costs of updates, technical support, and an internship program that send Balinese linguist students to elementary schools to teach Balinese.

Professor Windhu Sancaya of Udayana University and leading linguist for BASAbali said: “This project will allow people to learn modern Balinese since the Balinese language dictionaries available today are very traditional and have not developed in accordance with the progress of society and it will provide a new medium to learn the language.”

Professor Sancaya has arranged for 12 middle schools in Bali’s capital of Denpasar to use these materials involving 480 students in a pilot-learning project. This program also involves Balinese university students who assist middle school teachers in adding the new language material to their curriculum.

About BASAbali

BASA: Balinese Language Preservation Corp is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to bring together experts on Balinese language and culture to create the first multimedia language materials for spoken Balinese and the endangered Balinese script and to more generally promote the use and understanding of Balinese. BASAbali will donate all of its materials to nonprofit organizations free of charge.

For more information contact Alissa Stern in Washington, D.C. at telephone 301-229-4573 or [Email

[Basabali Website

 


Rahajeng Kacunduk Ring Google!
Balinese Language now Searchable on Google.co.id

[Google Indonesia’s Homepage] has added Balinese as an official language.

Users who visit google.co.id now have the option of searching in Balinese as well as Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese, or English. Balinese is the second regional language after Javanese supported by Google.

200 students and language experts in Denpasar, Bali who are passionate about promoting the Internet in Balinese undertook the translation effort in March and April of 2012. The language-preservation NGO Basa Bali worked together in partnership with Google to make this possible.

“This would be a tremendous progress for Balinese as a part of the universe of languages as we hope it will develop the Balinese language, particularly among young people of today who like to use the internet and other information technologies. This will also create awareness for the latest generation to preserve and develop their mother language as a part of their life in the midst of globalization,” says Windhu Sancaya, head linguist for the Basa Bali NGO.

Head of Google Indonesia Rudy Ramawy said, “Google is happy to help these efforts to preserve Indonesia’s rich cultural and linguistic heritage. We are most grateful to Basa Bali for their dedication in helping us translate the search interface. As a regional language spoken by 4 million people, we hope the introduction of Balinese on Google will help make it easier for more people to go online and find the information they need.”

Balinese will be available on the Google homepage and search results only; it is currently not available on Google Translate.


Political Temperatures on the Rise in Bali
Governor Ousts Legislator From Discussion Forum for Being Ill-Mannered

Anyone doubting that political temperatures are on the rise in Bali in the period leading up to the election of its next governor on May 15, 2013, need look no further than the ongoing polemic on whether or not the current governor Made Mangku Pastika is barred from making official visits to the regency of Tabanan (see link below) and the report of the expulsion of a Denpasar municipal legislator from a town-forum meeting conducted by the governor on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

The lawmaker, Eko Supriyadi, a PDI-P legislator from the Denpasar House of Representatives (DPRD-Denpasar) was physically ejected from a meeting area at the DPRD-Bali when Governor became angry at Supriyadi’s behavior as a member of an audience participating in a question and answer session.

The expulsion happened at the end of a long exchange in which the governor readily answered a series of tough questions from the audience on topics ranging from his law suit against The Bali Post, the lease of the provincially-owned Mangrove forest in South Bali to a private interest and his working relationship with the Deputy governor AA Ngurah Puspayoga who is seeking to unseat the governor in the coming election.

The most recent monthly open-house conducted by the governor saw the governor’s replies typically relaxed and forthcoming, earning appreciative applause from most of the large audience in attendance.

Supriyadi, however, reportedly chose not to politely join in applauding the governor after each answer, but elected instead to shout “PAS."

“Pas” in the Indonesian language typically means “spot on” and would normally be interpreted as an endorsement of the Governor’s answers were it not for the fact that "PAS" has also has become a rallying cry for Pastika’s political opponents in the governor's race -  AA Ngurah Puspayoga and Sukrawan (PAS).

Increasingly irritated by Supriyadi’s shouts of “PAS,” the governor singled out the lawmaker, ordering him to show better manners and not to cause trouble.

The governor, visibly angry, said that his routine town hall meetings were not political in nature and should therefore not be dragged into the campaign.

When Supriyadi refused Pastika’s order to leave the room, security personnel escorted him out to his waiting car in the parking lot.

[The Art of Internecine Warfare]


Romantic Bliss in the Hills of Bali
Ayung Resort Ubud Celebrates Love with a Honeymoon and Romance Package

in the treetops overlooking Bali’s fabled Ayung River, The Ayung Resort Ubud is a magical, unforgettable venue for honeymoons.

Starry-eyed lovers will find the tropical forest setting of the Resort the perfect place to relax, share intimate moments, dine under swaying palms and star-filled skies or to enjoy the simple ecstasy of togetherness in one of the Resort’s exquisite rooms, suites, villas or residences.

Couples will be seduced by the unique and tranquil setting of the Resort that offers an enchanting blend of dramatic natural surroundings, an eclectic art collection and true Balinese hospitality.

A true romantic escape accompanied by attentive personalized service

The Ayung Resort Romantic Bliss Package includes:
  • 3 nights / 4 days accommodation for two persons
  • Private round trip airport transfers 
  • Tropical welcome drink and fragrant cold towels on arrival
  • VIP amenities waiting in room on arrival
  • Aromatherapy flower bath set-up in room, suite, residence or villa upon arrival
  • A 2-hour spa pampering at Dewi Sri Spa
  • After spa - "Conscious Cuisine" lunch at the Wijaya Kusuma Restaurant
  • A romantic candlelight dinner under the star including a bottle of Champagne
  • An 8-hour countryside tour
  • Exclusive Ayung Resort Ubud departure gift
  • Daily buffet breakfast at Wijaya Kusuma Restaurant
  • Daily afternoon tea at Wijaya Kusuma Lounge from 4.00 pm until 5.00 pm
  • Fully Complimentary Mini Bar 
  • 24-hour Wi-Fi internet connection in all rooms, suites, residences, villas and public areas
  • Shuttle service to and from Ubud Central Market from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm
  • Use of health club
  • Daily scheduled activities: yoga for beginners, nature walks and aerobics
Package rate valid from 1 January 2013 onwards;
  • Superior Room                US$981
  • Princes Suite                   US$1,296
  • Residence                       US$ 1,821
  • Rumah Kudus/Villa          US$ 2,031

Terms and Conditions:
  • Rates are subject to 21% tax and service
  • Benefits not taken are not refundable.
  • Rates are subject to change without notice
For more information telephone Gede (extension 810) at +62-(0)361-900 1333 or [Email

[Website Ayung Resort Ubud


Let’s Make a Diel
Mozaic Beach Club and Chef James Ephraim Present the Wines of Diel on March 2, 2013.

On March 2, 2013, Mozaic Beach Club in South Bali is hosting a wine-pairing event featuring the wines of Diel – the 6th generation family owned-and-crafted wine of Dorsheim, Central Germany.

This dinner of culinary collaboration will take place in the main Dining Room of the Mozaic Beach Club on Batu Belig Beach.

Marking it 200th anniversary in 2002, Schlossgut Diel brings two centuries of winemaking skill to this Bali dinner.

Recently elected one of 113 best wineries outside of France by La Revue du vin de France - one of only eight wineries chosen from Germany, Schlossgut Diel is known globally for its ‘perfectly manicured and irreproachable wines’. Famous for outstanding Rieslings, the Riesling ice wines are even finer, and all of the Grands Crus are classic in style with low alcohols and sugar levels that are perfectly balanced by the acidity.

Armin Diel the current steward of his family’s estate is also the most well known wine writer in Germany. Via a partner ship with Joel Payne, he annually publishes the German Wine Guide.

Chef James Ephraim has carefully crafted a 6-course menu to accompany outstanding wines from Diel that will be introduced by the current scion of the winery – Victor Diel.

“I am thrilled at the presence of Mr. Diel and for Mozaic Beach Club to be serving the wines of this esteemed estate. Finding the perfect flavors and pairing the wines with my dishes was a pure delight,” said Chef Ephraim.

The venue for the evening is The Mozaic Beach Club – the epicurean progeny lovingly reared by Chef Chris Salans and part of the legendary Mozaic Group of Bali. Set on a tropical beach, the large deck and poolside bar and lounge is located on Bali’s uber-hip South Coast.

Chef James Ephraim, a native of England, cooked at the estate of the Duke of Westminster before venturing to the South Pacific and Australasia to widen his culinary experience. Chef Ephraim was part of the opening team of Bracu Restaurant in New Zealand working as chef de cuisine, and extended his stay down-under thereafter at Lizard Island Barrier at the Reef Resort.

Ephraim’s Bali sojourn has seen him eagerly embrace the philosophy of Chef Chris Salans in using Bali’s freshest ingredient at both the Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique and the New Mozaic Beach Club.

SCHLOSSGUT DIEL WINE DINNER
SATURDAY, 2ND MARCH 2013
MENU


AMUSE BOUCHE

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KING CRAB SALAD
Balinese Spiced Crème Fraîche and Fresh Cucumber

Schlossgut Diel - Nahestein Riesling 2010
Tasting Notes
Type: Dry white wine from the Nahe region – Germany
Grape: Riesling
Alcohol Content: 12,5- 13,0 alc./vol

Archetypical dry Riesling from Germany’s Nahe region. Very elegant and fruity. A perfect pair with seafood and fish or just as a long drink. Robert Parker writes about Schlossgut Diel: “Stylistic vision and a fabulous trio of vineyards brought Schlossgut Diel to the forefront of German viticulture. Highest rating: Five Stars!"

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SEARED KING OCEAN SCALLOPS
Vanilla Gastrique, Endives and Fresh Pear Black Truffle Mousseline, Chicken Oysters, Local Lemon Peppers and Crispy Chicken Skin

Schlossgut Diel - Goldloch Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2009
Tasting Notes:
Type: Dry white from the Nahe region– Germany
Grape: Riesling
Alcohol content: 13,0 alc./vol

A very elegant dry Riesling from a splendid, steep, south-facing site. Gold was reportedly mined here in the 17th century. The stony soil date back from the Permian Period and consist of bedrock covered with a thin layer of gravelly loam. Riesling thrives there, yielding powerful wines that number among German wines with the greatest aging potential. Perfect with fish and white poultry.

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CHILLED FOIE GRAS TERRINE
Palm Sugar Reduction, Potato Tuile, Lemon Basil, Sesame Salt and Seasonal Mangosteen

Schlossgut Diel -Pittermännchen Riesling Kabinett 2009
Tasting Notes:
Type: Classical fruity, semi-sweet wine from the Naheregion – Germany
Grape: Riesling
Alcohol content: 8,0-8,5 alc./vol

A wonderful off-dry Riesling from another steep, south-facing site. The rather unusual name, which derives from a smaller silver coin used in the 16th century, apparently was chosen to allude to the high value of the wines from this site. It´s loamy soils are interspersed with gray slate, gravel and quartzite. This composition provides ideal conditions for producing extremely delicate Rieslings. A fabulous aperitif, great with any kind of spicy food.

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VEAL TENDERLOIN
Kaffir Lime Reduction, Bitter Cocoa, Shaved Fennel and Spiced Almond

Schlossgut Diel - Pinot Noir Caroline 2009
Tasting Notes:
Type: Dry red wine from the Nahe region – Germany
Grape: Pinot Noir
Alcohol content: 13,5-14,0 alc./vol

A great Pinot Noir from Germany. The grapes have been picked and destemmed by hand. Fermentation takes place with natural yeasts in a traditional wooden vat. Aging in small wooden barrels for about 20 months. This refined and elegant Pinot Noir has not been filtered. Robert Parker allocates an extra star to Schlossgut Diel for it´s ambitious Pinot Noir Program. A perfect pair with lamb, beef, veal and many kind of cheese.

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A.O.C ‘ST. VERNIER’ CHEESE
French Brioche, Truffle Gel, Wild Mushrooms

Schlossgut Diel - Goldloch Riesling Kabinett 2008
Tasting Notes:
Type: Classical fruity, semi-sweet wine from the Naheregion – Germany
Grape: Riesling
Alcohol content: 8,0-8,5 alc./vol

Another wonderful off-dry Riesling from a splendid, steep, south-facing site. The stony soil date back from the Permian Period and consist of bedrock covered with a thin layer of gravelly loam. A fabulous aperitif, great with any kind of spicy food.

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MOZAIC’S CLAY - CHOCOLATE KAFFIR LIME
‘Lembang’ Pineapple, ‘Andaliman’ Pepper and ′Kemangi′

Schlossgut Diel - Goldloch Riesling Auslese 2008
Tasting Notes:
Type: Noble sweet, elegant white wine from the Nahe region – Germany
Grape: Riesling
Alcohol content: 8,0-8,5 alc./vol

A great nobel sweet Riesling from a splendid, steep, south-facing site. The stony soil date back from the Permian Period and consist of bedrock covered with a thin layer of gravelly loam. Perfect with foie gras pate and any kind of dessert.

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PETITS FOURS


Prix Fixe Menu including Wine Pairing Rp 1.300.000++ (US$157.30) per person.

For more information or essential reservations for this special evening [Emai

[Mozaic Beach Club Website

[Schlossgut Diel Website
 


 
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