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BALI UPDATE #920 - 21 April 2014

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Driving Takes a Toll
The Party’s Over: Effective October 1, 2013 We Have to Pay to Use the Mandara Bali Toll Road

After a week of free usage on October 1, 2013 the new Mandara Toll Road began charging passing motorists the official toll.

During the period of free use, daily usage peaked at 134,00 vehicles on Saturday September 28, 2013.

The new toll road will accept cash or e-payments arranged initially by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and Bank Mandiri.

Passenger sedans will pay Rp. 10,000 per entry to the toll way while motorcycles will pay Rp. 4,000.

Trucks and large busses, depending on their size, will pay fares ranging from Rp. 15,000 to 30,000.

 


Don’t Fly a Kite During APEC
Security Teams Order No Kites, No Parasailing or Aero Modeling October 1-8, 2013 During APEC Summit

As part of the unprecedented level of precautions being put into place for the APEC Conference in Bali October 1-8, 2013, residents in Kuta and Nusa Dua will be prohibited from flying kites during that period.

Kite flying is a popular pastime on the Island of Bali.

Lt. Col. Kadek Arya, in charge of VVIP security for the APEC Conference, told Beritabali.com that a number of daily activities in Bali would be altered or eliminated to enhance safety.

“Not only will access be limited to the Nusa Dua area where the Summit is being held, but other activities surrounding that location will be controlled,” explained Arya on Monday, September 30, 2013.

Arya is urging people living in Kuta and Nusa Dua to halt all kite flying activities during the APEC conference. Also included in the ban are parasailing and aero-modeling.

Arya said the ban on activities utilizing Bali’s “air space” is needed to avoid possible accidents with aircraft or the inappropriate use of these activities as a front for more nefarious terrorist activities.


Hoping Barry Comes to Bali

Will U.S. Budget Shutdown Scuttle President Obama’s Visit to APEC in Bali?

U.S.A. Today suggests that the  shut down of the U.S. government resulting from lawmakers’ inability to approve a new federal budget, could put President Barack Obama’s visit to Bali to attend the APEC Summit in jeopardy.

The White House has President Obama scheduled to leave Andrew Air Force Base on Air Force One on Saturday, October 5, 2013 for a one-week trip to Bali for APEC, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines.

White House spokesman Jay Carney has told the press corps that the trip is still on, but acknowledged plans could change as the week unfolds.

U.S.A. Today says that if the budget impasse remains unresolved as he wings off to Asia, it could prove politically problematic for him to continue the trip.


How to Score a Touchdown in Bali
The Southernmost Landing in Bali - The Helipad at BTDC

arations for the APEC Conference in Bali includes the construction of a large helipad within the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) complex at Nusa Dua in South Bali.

The helipad constructed at a cost of Rp. 2 billion (US$174,000) is claimed to be the largest rotary-wing landing facility in all of Indonesia.

The helipad’s location is on the Nusa Dua peninsula, near the Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Bali Collection shopping arcade.

Nyoman Cakra, a director of BTDC, said the pad was needed to accommodate the visit of more than 20 heads of state during the APEC Conference.

Measuring 46 meters in diameter, the helipad required two months to construct.

The helicopter-landing base has undergone extensive testing to ensure it is ready to handle VVIP helicopter landings during APEC.


A Shortened Itinerary
Obama’s Asia Tour Shortened by Continuing U.S. Government Shutdown

Voice of America (VOA) reports that the continuing budget impasse in Washington D.C. has caused U.S. President Barack to eliminate two stops in a four-country Asian tour slated to start on Friday, October 5, 2013.

As the U.S. budget crisis entered its second day, the White House announced that planned visits to Malaysia and the Philippines have been cancelled. VOA said that Obama would continue with plans to visit Brunei and Bali to at attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC).

The continuing shutdown of the U.S. Government started on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, as Congress missed a deadline to fund the ongoing operations of the government.

Republicans in the House of Representatives are stubbornly seeking to use the budget approval process to derail President Obama's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

The budget approval process requires separate approval by both the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate. The Democrats who control the Senate are expected to reject any eventual budget put forward by Congress that attempts to defund Obamacare.

An estimated one million U.S. federal workers remain technically “unemployed” and without pay as the result of the shutdown. National parks and many federal agencies were closed on October 1st as the shutdown commenced.

Obama in Bali

Meanwhile, Air Force One carrying President Obama is expected to touch down in Bali on October 5, 2013, to attend the APEC Summit.


APEC Summit Disrupts Bali Air Connections
AirAsia Cancel Flights and Changes Timing for Bali Flights During APEC Summit

AirAsia Indonesia has cancelled 81 flights and altered the schedules of 53 more flying to and from Bali in connection with disruptions caused by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC).

Audrey Progastama Petriny, Communications Manager for AirAsia Indonesia, told the State News Agency Antara, “the management offered several solutions in connection with the changes in schedules and cancellation of flights due to VIP flight movements during the 2013 APEC CEO Summit.”

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport will be closed during selected periods during the APEC Summit.

The airport will be closed to commercial flights during the following periods:
  • October 6, 2013: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • October 8, 2013: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 9, 2013: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Air Asia is offering a number of alternatives to their passengers affected by flight disruptions occasioned by the APEC Summit. Passengers ticketed on cancelled flights will receive a credit equal to the purchase price of their ticket for use on another AirAsia flight over the coming 90 days or full cash refund.

AirAsia Passengers are also being offered to use existing tickets in exchange for a flight over the same sector at no additional charge for flights departing in the next 10 days.

Passengers requiring more information should have their booking code in hand when calling the AirAsia National Call Center at ++62-(0)21-29270999.

AirAsia is emailing passengers holding tickets to and from Bali affected by cancellations or schedule changes.

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BAWA Barks No More
Large Team of Gianyar Regency Official Seal the Doors of Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA)

Radar Bali (Jawa Post) reports that on Thursday, October 3, 2013, the Regency of Gianyar dispatched a coordinated team to forcibly shut and seal the doors of the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) in Lodtunduh, Ubud.

A team comprised of officers from the regency, animal husbandry (Disnak), manpower (Tenaga Kerja) and the Agency for the People’s Unity, Protection and The Agency for the National Preservation of Societal and Political Unity (Kesbanglinmaspol) participated in closing of the BAWA clinic. Gede Daging, the head of community enforcement in Gianyar (Satpol PP), explained, “Because there were so many violations committed by BAWA, we invited all these agencies to participate.”

A third and final warning letter was issued and delivered to BAWA on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, approved by the Regent of Gianyar, AA Gede Bharata.

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Please Prepare Correct Change
After One Week of Free Passage, Mandara Bali Toll Usage Drops Dramatically as Tolls are Charged.

While more than 120,000 vehicles travelled Bali’s new Mandara Toll Road in a single day during its opening week of free usage, those numbers declined markedly when the toll booths opened and began charging fees on October 1, 2013.

On the first day of tollbooth operation the number of vehicles on the road totaled 38,436 – a total roughly in line with daily projections by the road’s operator PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol of 40,000 but one-third of the peak usage during the free-trial period.

Of that total, 53% of the passing traffic was comprised of motorcycles using the specially designed separate motorcycle lanes with the remaining 47% comprised of cars, vans, busses and trucks. The composition is a variance somewhat with the operator’s projection that 55% of all traffic would be four-wheeled sedans or larger and 45% motorcycles.

Motorcycles are charged Rp. 4,000 (US$0.35), while sedans are charged Rp. 10,000 (US$0.87). Busses and truck pay higher fees.

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Up There, Where the Airway is Energized
In-Flight Internet Connectivity Lunched on Garuda Indonesian

Garuda Indonesia, the National Flag Carrier, continues to boldly pursue its Quantum Leap in customer service with the introduction of both WiFi connectivity and live TV.

Bisnis.com quotes the vice-president of corporate communications for Garuda, Pujobroto, saying, “Garuda passengers flying on the Boeing 777-300ER can enjoy Live TV from six international channels.”

The channels available to passengers include: CNN International, BBC World, BBC Arabic, HK World Premium, Euronews and CNBC.

The news service was launched on October 2, 2013 on all Boeing 777-300ER  aircraft flown by Garuda.

The director of passenger service for Garuda, Faik Fahmi, said he hoped the in-flight connectivity offered by the Airline would represent an important added value to passengers allowing them to continue to work on the Internet or enjoy live TV while they travel.

“This service is offered in conjunction with a ‘New Service Concept’ now being launched, including a new ‘First Class Service’ and improved service to ‘Business Class’ and ‘Economy Class,’” added Fahmi.

First class passengers on Garuda will enjoy WiFi service without charge, while executive and economy passengers will purchase vouchers at US$11.95 for unlimited Internet for 1 hour and US$21.95 for 24-hours unlimited Internet.

While the new service will initially only be available on the Airline’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet, plans are in place to gradually introduce in-flight connectivity on all Garuda Airbus 330-200 and Airbus 330-300 planes.

The new “Inflight Connectivity” service of Garuda represents a collaborative effort between Garuda Indonesia and Telkom. Permission to operate the new service has been issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information.


The Summit of Fashion
Heads of State attending APEC Summit to be adorned in Traditional Textiles and Immersed in Balinese Culture

The Bali Post confirms that the heads of state attending the gala dinner hosted on their behalf by Indonesia at the APEC Summit will wear Balinese endek cloth.

The regent of Badung, A.A. Gde Agung, told a press conference on Thursday, October 3, 2013: "Balinese endek cloth will be worn during the gala dinner attended by the world’s leaders, including Barack Obama. This is part of our effort to promote local culture.”

In addition to promoting the hand-made local textile of endek Gde Agung said that main roads, particularly in the Nusa Dua area, will be adorned with rows of traditional penjor flags and Balinese carvings to ensure the delegates come into contact with Balinese culture during their stay.

“We will also present the 'Sekar Jepun' dance as the mascot of the Badung regency. A group photo of the heads of state in a Balinese setting will also done,” Gde Agung added.


Obama Cancels Bali Visit
Budget Impasse with U.S. Congress Forces President Obama to Cancel Asia Tour and Visit to Bali APEC Conference

A continuing U.S. government shutdown with no end in sight has seen President Barack Obama cancel a planned 4-nation tour of Asia, including a stop in Bali to attend the APEC Summit.

The president was originally scheduled to visit Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei and the Philippines. The White house, in its initial response to the congressional budget crisis, removed Malaysia and the Philippines from the schedule, only to finally cancel the entire trip 3 days before Obama’s planned departure from Washington on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

An official White House statement attributed the cancellation of the Asian trip to the government shutdown.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will now lead the U.S. delegation to Bali and contine on to a subsequent stop in Brunei.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, plans for bi-lateral meetings at a Chief Executive level in Bali between Obama and Indonesian President Yudhoyono will be necessarily scuttled by the cancellation of the trip.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told the press that discussions planned between President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Barack Obama will now need to be recast to a lower level during the APEC Summit October 1-8, 2013.

Natalegawa said: “The cancellation of the visit by President Obama will not have a negative effect on the relations between Indonesia and the U.S.A.”


Careful Where You Put Your Nose
Police Make Major Cocaine Bust in Bali

Police from the national police headquarters in Jakarta on Thursday, October 3, 2013, thwarted an effort to smuggle 1.8 kilograms of cocaine from Columbia to Bali.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the Director IV of the Criminal Narcotics Division of the Indonesian Police, Brigadier General Arman Depari, said, “Two suspects with the initials SF and ED have been arrested.”

The two were arrested in the Blogor area of Denpasar after they brought Columbia cocaine through Bali’s Airport.

Arms identified ED as a dealer of cocaine for tourists visiting Bali and Lombok.

Police continue to seek a Columbian named "Brother" who is suspected of smuggling cocaine into Bali for eventual sale by ED and SF.

Arman credited cooperation between Customs Officials and police in making the arrests.


Summit Preparations Costs Casualties
One Death and One Injury Among Indonesian Armed Forces During Pre-APEC Exercises

Two accidents during training exercises by Indonesian Army Special Forces (TNI Kopassus) in preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) have resulted in one death and one serious injury.

Beritabali.com quoted the chief of communications for 9th Udayana Military Command in Bali, Col. Handoko, who said a training incident that claimed the life of First Sergeant Eko Wahyu Setiawan who suffered from acute asthma. “Wahyu was hospitalized for two days at the Army Hospital. He died at mid day,” explained Handoko on Friday, October 4, 2013.

Meanwhile, another Kopassus member suffered an injury while performing an exercise at sea. The officer has been identified as First Lieutenant Rienlas Wideslatu. “He works as a commander of a Kopassus Assault Unit,” said Handoko. Wideslatu was injured while practicing a beach landing on Serangan Island near Sanur Beach.

Handoko said that due to fatigue resulting from battling currents, Wideslatu is now resting and now recovering at the Army Hospital.


A Northern Defense
Bali’s North Coast Under a Protective Shield During APEC

ecurity umbrella in place for the APEC Summit underway in the south of the Island, the Regency of Buleleng in Bali's far north is under tight security stretching from the port of Gilimanuk to the borders between the regencies of Karangasem and Klungkung.

The APEC Summit will bring leaders from 21 countries to Bali October 1-8, 2013.

According to the State News Agency Antara, police and military personnel are maintaining a tight watch on ports, shorelines and even back trails across North Bali in anticipation of anyone who might wish to disrupt the world summit.

The chief of the 1609 Military Command in Buleleng, Lt. Col. Nugroho, said: “Up until now, we have yet to encounter any suspicious circumstances, not even on the back roads. Security remains under our control.”

While police and military maintain a watch on ports and road, a simultaneous program of checking the documents on migrants from other parts of Indonesia present in underway in Bali’s northernmost regency.


Waiting for a ‘Get Out of Jail' Card
Schapelle Corby Urged to be Patient While Awaiting Parole from He Bali Prison Cell

The Chief Warden of Bali’s Kerobokan Prison, I Gusti Ngurah, on Friday, October 4, 2013, publicly denied that “marijuana queen” Schapelle Leigh Corby has been freed on parole.

Australian Corby was arrested on October 8, 2004 at the Bali International Airport carrying 4.2 kilograms of marijuana in her checked baggage. After a highly publicized trial, Corby was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Ngurah explained to The Bali Post that the process of parole from prison, especially when involving a foreigner, was time-consuming matter. Corby has served the requisite two-thirds of her total remaining sentence and paid a Rp. 100 million fine imposed by the Courts, leaving only a number of administrative steps, including Ministerial approval, to be addressed before her prison door can swing open.

The Prison’s Warden explained that Corby must still submit a photocopy of her verdict, undergo investigation and review by the prison, submit to a public review board and a be the subject of written declaration to the Denpasar prosecutors’ office testifying to her good behavior.

Also, In the case of a foreign prisoner, the individual’s consulate in Bali has to accept responsibility for their national who must live in Bali until the period of parole is completed.

Ngurah said local and international media reporting that Corby is free or will imminently be released is premature and creating a misconception with the public.

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Conspicuous Conferencing
Budget Watchdog Group Criticizes ‘Lavish' Spending on APEC Conference in Bali

The Jakarta Globe reports that the large sums spent by the Indonesian government on hosting the 2013 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit has come under fire for being wasteful.

In a statement issued as the conference got underway on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Uchok Sky Khadafi, director of advocacy and investigation at the Indonesian Forum for Budget Transparency (Seknas Fitra) said: “For the APEC summit, the government has wasted a large amount of the budget and forgotten the poor and has neglected damaged infrastructure.”

Ucok described the APEC Summit as expensive and unnecessarily lavish.

Criticizing the way in government funds were handled and allocated, Ucok decried the fact that the Rp. 352 billion (US$30 million) spent on the Summit was spread across and managed by four separate government ministries.

The dispersion of APEC funds were roughly divided across the following ministries:
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rp. 222.427 billion
  • Ministry of Finance Rp. 16.587 billion
  • Ministry of Trade Rp. 16.587 billion 
  • Ministry of Communication Rp. 57.5 billion
Other amounts were distributed to the Corruption Eradication Agency (KPK).

Seknas Fitra believes one statuary body as opposed to the current involvement of 5 government agencies would have more efficiently handled the government funds spent on APEC.

“It should have been managed and distributed through one single door to prevent overlapping spending and programs. The government should appoint one ministry to manage the budget so the spending can be more efficient,” Ucok explained.

He also bemoaned that the funds spent on premium services for visiting guests that might have better been spent on Indonesia’s damaged infrastructure.

Uchok describes APEC as having more disadvantages than advantages for Indonesia, pointing to the national trade deficit of US$2.31 billion in July of this year. APEC officials have set as major target of the Summit the strengthening of free trade and investment in the region.


Just in Case
Special Anti-Terrorist Forces Undertake Emergency Drill at Bali Airport

olice and Military Special Force (Satgas Pengamanan APEC) put in place to safeguard the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) in Bali performed a terrorist simulation at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Thursday, October 3, 2013.

As reported by Kompas.com, the simulation drill involved four F-16 jets from the Indonesian Air Force and hundreds of personnel from joint military response team for APEC

The simulation drill began with the arrival of an unauthorized aircraft penetrating the air zone surroundings Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. Identified as a threat, four F-16 armed fighter jets were dispatched to escort the suspicious aircraft, forcing it to land at the Bali airport.

Once escorted under arms to Bali’s airport, the suspicious airplane was surrounded by Special Forces from Satgas Pengamanan APEC. As the simulation continued, the highly armed and specially-trained forces rushed the aircraft taking four “terrorists” into custody.

After being subdued, the four “terrorists” were then secured in a remote post and interrogated.

The entire exercise, from beginning to its successful end, took only 30 minutes.


Hemps Harsh Harvest
Iranian Man Gets One-Year Prison for 5 Grams of Grass

The Denpasar District Court has sentenced an Iranian national to one year in prison after being found guilty of smuggling 5.44 grams of marijuana through Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Republika.co.id reports the verdict handed down on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, found Anthony Simonian Kordolia Alexander (30) had violated the National Narcotics Act.

The verdict of the panel of judges was less that the five years and Rp. 1 billion fine sought by prosecutors.

Customs Officials arrested the Iranian on April 7, 2013 at the Airport after disembarking a flight from Kuala Lumpur.

In handing the man the lighter sentence, Judges noted that the Iranian had been polite throughout the course of the trial, but at the same time weighed that Alexander has damaged the image of Indonesia.

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A House of Cards: Holding a Florida Flush
Arrest of Chief Judge of Indonesian Constitutional Court Cast Doubts Over the Recent Election of Bali’s Governor

A major corruption scandal in Jakarta has called into question the fundamental veracity of the Indonesian legal system and carries the potential of wide-ranging ramifications, both politically and geographically, as the declared results of a number of numerous provincial and regional leadership elections are now being called into doubt.

The arrest of the chief justice of the Indonesian Constitutional Court Akil Mochtar by the Corruption Eradication Agency (KPK) is threatening to change the very face of next year’s presidential with its propensity of proving rampant corruption at the very highest level of government,.

Mochtar, a former legislator and a leader in the Golkar Party, was arrested at his home in Jakarta meeting with protagonists in regional elections in Kalimantan and Bantem presently being decided by the Constitutional Court.

KPK officials confiscated a large sum of foreign currency at Mochtar's home while indicating they have a collection of taped conversations confirming Mochtar’s venality, recorded over the course of a prolonged investigation by KPK.

In rapid response to the arrest and the mounting evidence against Mochtar, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took the unprecedented step of temporarily suspending Mochtar as chief justice.

Mochtar’s arrest calls into question a number of rulings made by the Court that decided winners in provincial and regional elections, including the extremely close race for Bali Governor that saw the Court rule Made Mangku Pastika the legal winner of that race.

The Jakarta Globe quotes an official of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Hasto Kristianto, claiming the Court was paid Rp. 80 billion to rule Governor Made Mangku Pastika and Ketut Sudikerta the winner of the Bali gubernatorial race, defeating the PDIP candidates.

Akil has served in the Constitutional Court since 2009,

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

A conundrum of almost unfathomable proportions has been precipitated by Akil Mochtar’s arrest. While the authority of provincial and regional leaders governing because of decisions by the Court has been fundamentally undermined by indications of the Courts culpability in rendering election rulings in return for cash payment, at the same time the law provides that all decisions rendered by the Constitutional Court are final and irrevocable

Meanwhile, President Yudhoyono is being urged from a number of quarters to immediately suspend the Constitutional Court's right to decide local elections, returning that power to the Indonesian Supreme Court.

Many politcal leaders, including leading members of the Indonesian House of Representatives, are calling for the imposition of the death penalty against Mochtar should he be finally convicted of corrupting his role as the leader of the Constitutional Court.

Whle the penalty of death is an punishment option should Mochtar be convicted,  it has never been imposed in a major corruption case in Indonesia.


Seeking Permission to Land
700 Commercial Bali Flight Cancelled to Accommodate VVIPs at APEC Summit

As previously announced by the Indonesian government, Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport was closed to commercial aircraft for 8 hours on Saturday and 10 hours on Sunday, October 5 and 6, 2013, to facilitate the arrival of VVIP aircraft ferrying heads of state to Bali to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) underway in Bali.

Similar closures were also put in place for the VVIP’s departure on October 8 & 9, 2013.

Beritabali.com reports that during the 10-hour shut-down on Sunday, October 6, 2013, eleven separate VVIP delegations arrived from Peru, the Philippines, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Brunei, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Canada and Vietnam.

As a result, for an entire 10-hour period no commercial flights were allowed to land or take off from the airport, disrupting normal tourist flows and causing a share of the cancellation of an estimated 700 commercial flights throughout the APEC conference period.

Down the road at the Nusa Dua Complex where the conference was headquartered cars and their occupants were screened at both an outer perimeter when entering Nusa Dua and again the entrance gate of each hotel and conference venue. People without credentials certifying them as part of the conference were denied entrance to the entire area.

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Life Lived in a Cage
Life in Prison for Two Indonesian Women Caught in Bali Cocaine Bust

The Denpasar District Court sentenced two women found guilty of smuggling 2.5 kilograms of cocaine into Bali to life imprisonment on Thursday, October 3, 2103.

Chef Justice Hasoloan Sianturi declared the women, Yulianti and Vivi Veronika, guilty of receiving the cocaine from a man identified as Junaidi bin Ali Kanino who is undergoing a separate trial in a related case.

The sentence was more severe than the 13 year sentence demanded by State Prosecutors, but less than the option of death before a firing squad also at the disposal of the Court.

Their accomplice, Junaidi, was arrested at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on March 9, 2013 after he landed on Malaysian Airline MH 715 from Kuala Lumpur with the narcotics concealed in a suitcase.

The drugs were given an estimated street value of Rp. 5 billion (US$435,000).

In a separate but interconnected trial, Dewi Khurmaeni was sentenced to six years in prison.


Setting a Table for APEC
Restaurants in Nusa Dua Complex Not Sharing in the Tourism Income Generated by Bali APEC Conference

Restaurant operators in the Nusa Dua Complex at South Bali are not reaping a whirlwind of business despite the fact that surrounding hotels are running occupancy levels of 100% due to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC).

Tight security measure barring transient visitors to Nusa Dua and the crowded itineraries of cocktails and dinners already in place for APEC delegates have left eateries in and around Nusa Dua largely empty.

The State News Agency Antara quoted Suwirya, a restaurant manager in Nusa Dua, on Sunday, October 6, 2013, saying, “We are suffering and our turnover has gone down dramatically because the Nusa Dua area has been ‘sterilized’ and is under strict guard by security forces.”

Continuing, Suwirya said: “Usually every day our sales reach Rp. 10-20 million. But with this international event the best we can do is Rp. 2 million a day.”

Worst affected by the downturn in business is the grouping of bars and restaurants centered n the Bali Collection within the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) enclave.

Suwirya said he hoped the government and organizers would consider the impact on area businesses when hosting future international events.

Lamenting further, he said: “No doubt the aim of the APEC Conference is to increase tourism. But it’s best if international events are not just held in Bali, but also in Jakarta.”

The restaurant operator claims the he has suffered losses in the tens of millions of Rupiah due to the APEC Conference in South Bali.


International Honors to Bali and Indonesia
Bali Hotels Win Honors at 20th World Travel Awards

At a gala event hosted by Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, the World Travel Awards Asia and Australia were recently bestowed on those considered to be the best in their respective fields of the worldwide travel industry.

Now in its 20th year, World Travel Awards celebrates those companies, organizations and brands determined to be pushing the boundaries of industry excellence both in product and service.

Among the Asian recipients of honors were Intercontinental Asiana Saigon winning the title of Asia’s Leading Hotel, Leading Conference Hotel and Leading Business Hotel.

Asia’s Leading Airline went to Malaysian Airlines, while the accolade of being Asia’s Leading Hotel Brand went to Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts.

Voters selected Singapore as Asia's Leading Meetings & Conference Destination.

Indonesian tourism operators winning honors at The World Travel Awards were:
  • Indonesia’s Leading Business Hotel: Hotel Mulia Senayan Jakarta
  • Indonesia’s Leading Golf Resort: Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort
  • Indonesia’s Leading Hotel: The St. Regis Bali Resort
  • Indonesia’s Leading Hotel Residences: Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta 
  • Indonesia’s Leading Service Apartment Brand: Ascott The Residence
  • Indonesia’s Leading Service Apartment: Ascott Jakarta 
  • Indonesia’s Leading Spa Resort: AYANA Resort and Spa Bali


Better in Pink!
Gala Fundraiser at the W Resort and Spa, Bali on October 19, 2013 to Aid Bali’s Breast Cancer Support Center

Mark your calendars!

Saturday, October 19, 2013 will be an evening of glamour, cocktails, canapés and gourmet dining at the W Resort and Spa, Bali – all in aid of Bali’s first Breast Cancer Support Center located on Jalan Dewi Sri in Kuta, Bali.

The Pink Pibbon
fund-raising evening will a feature a specially prepared four-course dinner prepared by W Resort and Spa Bali’s executive chef Richard Millar complemented and complimented by carefully paired free-flowing wines.

Saxophonist Chiko Asamoto will entertain during cocktails with dancing will follow to the music of Tropical Transit.

Cocktails begin at 6:30 pm on October 19, 2013, followed by music and entertainment.

Tickets are only Rp. 1.5 million (US$130) and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information or to book telephone ++62-(0)361-8352299 or [Email Bali Pink Ribbon]  

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A Really Big Shoe
U.S. Private Sector Gathers with U.S. Commerce Secretary at APEC Cocktail Event

As the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference commenced in South Bali, a welcoming U.S. Private Sector Cocktail Reception was held at the Grand Nikko Hotel and Spa at Nusa Dua.
00 representatives of leading corporations from around the Pacific Basin were treated to canapés and free-flowing American wines presented on from a cliff-top vantage with views to the Indian Ocean. A traditional Balinese Jegog Orchestra played and a tableaux vivant depicting a Balinese wedding scene provided entertainment during the sundowner event.

Also hosted as special guests at the reception were members from the Nusa Dua Roteract Club, providing an opportunity for the next generation of Indonesian business and community leaders to network with key personnel from the Asia-Pacific's leading corporations.

Acting as special guest of honor for the evening was the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Sue Pritzker, in Bali participating as part of the U.S. official delegation to APEC led by U.S. State Department Secretary John Kerry.

During the course of the evening, Danny Hughes President of AmCham Indonesia presented a pair of specially prepared Converse HiTop Sneakers to US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker for delivery to U.S. President Obama upon her return to Washington, D.C.. Denoting the country in which the sneakers were produce, the cloth design on the shoes was rendered in an ancient batik design specific to Indonesia.
Balidiscovery.com and pictured left to right: Former US Senator Kit Bond; Arian Ardie 2nd VP AmCham Indonesia; Danny Hughes President AmCham Indonesia and Chief Financial Officer for PT Freeport Indonesia; Erec Issacson 1st Vice President AmCham Indonesia and President & General Manager at ConocoPhillips Indonesia; Darrell Johnson Governor of AmCham Indonesia and Senior Foreign Legal Consultant SSEK; U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Sue Pritzker; Jon Gibbs Governor of AmCham Indonesia and President and General Manager of ExxonMobil Indonesia; Charles Taylor managing director of PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia; and Tom Donahue Sr of the US Chamber of Commerce.

Bali Discovery Events provided event management for the U.S. Private Sector Welcome Reception.

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