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BALI UPDATE #1093 - 14 August 2017

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Suspended Exhilaration
Bali Hai Cruises Offer ĎHai Flyerí Parasailing Experience to Nusa Lembongan Visitors

Well-known marine boat and island resort operator Bali Hai Cruise has added another option activity for visitors joining their daily cruise to Nusa Lembongan.

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“Hai Flyer” – claimed to be the “most advanced parasailing boat operating in the region" has just been formally launched by Bali Hai Cruise. A custom-built 11.5 meter fiberglass boat powered by two 250 horse-power Suzuki engines and outfitted with a space-age safety and control system and a sophisticated camera system will combine to create a lasting memory of the “Hai Flyer” experience.

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Those along for the ride are towed aloft under a 36-foot parasail capable of safely carrying up to three full sized adults over one hundred feet into the air at one time. Impressively, this is only possible by using the same rope NASA uses on its manned space missions.

Operated by a crew trained by Australia Parasail, participants enjoy an unrivaled 360-degree view of Nusa Lembongan and its surrounding seas. Guests can capture their flight with pictures or video via an onboard HD camera independently controlled by each flyer, the first of its type in Indonesia.

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“Everything about this boat has been built with quality in mind to give future flyers the most immersive experience possible,” says Andrew Sutherland, Bali Hai General Manager.

An 8-10 minute ride costs US$25 for a solo single flight, US$45 for a tandem ride and US$65 for threesome ride.

Trips can be purchased and booked on board Bali Hai Cruise, on the Pontoon and the Bali Hai Beach Club.

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Itís Yu Turn
Vincent Yu Named Country Manager for Indonesia for Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways have appointed Vincent Yu as country manager for Indonesia, replacing Patton Chan who has been given an assignment in Xiamen, China with Talkoo Engine Services – an affiliate of the Swire Group that owns Cathay Pacific.

Yu, a native of Hong Kong, joined the Hong Kong flag carrier in 2006 and has held roles in customer service, project management, revenue management, sales and country management with the Airline.

Cathay Pacific’s new country manager for Indonesia has a degree in international business from York University in Toronto, Canada.

Cathay Pacific offers daily departures to Hong Kong from Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali.


Children at Play in Bali
ĎRareí Bali Festival Celebrates the Children of Bali

The commander of the 9th Udayana Military Command headquartered in Bali, Major General Wisnu Bawa Tenaya, together with the Mayor of Bali’s capital city of Denpasar, Rai Darma Wijaya Manta, jointly opened the “Rare Bali Festival”- a festival dedicated specifically to the Balinese culture as celebrated by the children of the island.

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Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Wisnu Bawa Tenaya opened the festival on Thursday, August 7, 2014, saying, “Let’s raise up the culture of Bali together in order that the energy of the Island is guarded together and out children are prepared to become Indonesia’s future leaders.”

He said he hope the festival of dance and culture dedicated to children performance will provide the momentum to ensure that Bali’s cultural traditions are not forgotten.”

At the opening of the festival the mayor of Denpasar, Ida Bagus Rai Dharma Wijaya, said that the Rare Bali Festival – dedicated to children and the performing arts – has the ability to answer the challenges posed by globalization to preserving tradition and culture.

The festival – filled with music, traditional games and dances performed by children – introduces the love of Balinese culture to children and tries to act as a bulwark against the relentless intrusions of foreign culture.

The festival opened with a baleganjur cultural parade conducted by more than one thousand grade, middle and high school children. The festival continued with cultural shows presented by children at the Puri Agung Palace in Kesiman, painting competitions, demonstrations on how to make Balinese offerings and ritual accoutrements, and traditional dolanan song and dance performances.

The festival also included a painting and photography exhibition – all created by the children of Bali.

The festival came to a close on Saturday, August 9, 2104.

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Lebaran 2014: Safer to Travel
Fewer Road Accidents and Fatalities During Annual Lebaran Exodus 2014

The Indonesian police are releasing information collected during “Operasi Ketupat” – a nationwide traffic and public safety campaign conducted over the Lebaran Holidays.

The State News Agency Antara reports that the National Police Chief General Sutarman counted 3,057 accidents taking place between July 22 and August 6, 2014 - during the annual homecoming process and return.

Sutarman told the press that the number of traffic accidents over the Lebaran period declined by 618 or about 17%, when compared to 2013 when there were 3,675 accidents recorded.

Police estimate some 4.43 million motorcycles took to Indonesia’s highway to travel substantial distances during the Lebaran exodus. This figure is calculated to be lower that the 5.54 million motorcycles that took to the roads during the same period in 2013.

Police cite the lower use of motorcycles as the reason for the lower total of road accidents during “Operasi Ketupat 2014.” Correspondingly, the number of road fatalities and injuries also declined in 2014.

Despite the downturn in accident, Sutarman still views 3,057 accidents counted during "Operasi Ketupat " as excessively high and called for greater efforts to reduce that total in 2015.

Sutarman said accidents could be reduced if modes of intermodality could be achieved in which motorcycles are transported by truck or train to and from Lebaran destinations as a means of reducing the number of cyclists on the road.

The Indonesian police chief reported that the route recording the most number of accidents during the Lebaran holiday period was along the north coast of Java where 232 accidents were recorded.

Police say most accidents recorded over the holidays were due to human error, including sleepiness and fatigue.

In conclusion, Sutarman said that despite any shortcomings, this year’s Lebaran exodus was safer on the roads than the year before.


Hating You Means Never Having to Say Iím Sorry
Bali Bombing II Terrorist Released Early without an Apology

The decision by the Indonesian Department of Prisons and the Minister of Justice and Human Rights to grant an early release to M. Choliy or “Yahya” - the man dubbed the courier of Bali Bomb II has prompted the provincial administration of Bali to express its unhappiness.

Beritabali.com reports that the deputy-governor of Bali, I Ketut Sudikerta (shown in illustration) said he sympathizes with Balinese who feel disappointed with the decision to free Cholily.

He reminded all that the bombings in Bali still linger painfully in the memory and daily lives of the Balinese. “The Bali Bomb has such an extraordinary impact. Bali’s tourism was left in shambles. We all suffered (from the bombing). The Bali bomb damaged us, the people of Bali,” complained Sudikerta speaking at the governor’s office on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

At the same time, Sudikerta, who also serves as the chairman of the Golkar Party in Bali, declared he would not interfere in the legal process, inasmuch as Cholily’s release meets all the legal requirements.

The deputy-governor said, however, any plans to release the terrorist should have been weighed against a public perception of justice. “Consideration should be given to the psychological impact on the Balinese who suffered emotionally from the Bombing, especially those who were victims of the 2nd Bali bombing either materially or spiritually.”

M. Cholily, also known as Yahya, was conditionally released from the Malang Penitentiary on August 6, 2014. He was originally sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2005 by the Denpasar District Court for his role in delivering the explosives used to detonate bombs in three location in Bali in on October 1, 2005 that left 20 dead and more than 100 people injured.

Cholily was also a known associate of Malaysian terrorist Dr. Azhari who planned the second Bali bombing. The now-released terrorist providing a secret sanctuary for Azhari in Malang.

Meanwhile, Cholily says he was not "actually" involved in the second Bali bombing and will therefore not apologize for having killed foreigners. He insists he only assisted in hiding the bombing’s mastermind, Dr. Azhari.

Cholily was released after having only served 9 years of this 18-year sentence.

Am anti-terror law passed in 2012 would have prevented the early release of Cholily, requiring that two-thirds of his sentence be served before any sentence remission could be granted. But this rule, introduced after Choilily's conviction, could not be applied retroactively,

The 2005 bombings took place in Kuta Center and 2 beachside restaurants in Jimbaran.


Bali Pay for View
PT Nonbar Pursues Payment of Broadcast Rights to World Cup from Bali Hotels

PT Nonbar – the company holding the license for exhibiting the recently completed World Cup at public venues in Bali, is questioning the validity of a letter purportedly written by the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali) and sent to Bali’s chief of police.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Fredrik Billy, the lawyer of PT Nonbar, said on Friday, August 8, 2014, “we doubt reports saying that PHRi-Bali is urging hotels in Bali to ignore their financial obligations to PT Nonbar.”

As a result, Fredrik Billy has written to Bali’s chief of policePHRI-Bali, the National Broadcast Commission (KPI) in Bali, and the Department of Justice and Human Rights in Bali questioning the authenticity of the PHRI letter.

PT Nonbar claims it is due fees from hundreds of hotels in Bali who shared broadcasts of games from the World Cup between June 13 – July 14, 2014 without first paying for rebroadcast rights.

PT Nonbar has served multiple official legal warnings to many Bali hotels it accuses of illegal rebroadcasts, demanding punitive payments that are twice the official tariff. A number of hotels have replied, paying the amount demanded.

At a meeting held on July 27, 2104 and attended by hotels, Bali police, KPI Bali, and representatives of the Ministry of justice some of the government representatives in attendance suggested hotels not pay the money requested by PT Nonbar who they said lacked legal standing in the matter as the authorized agent for rebroadcast of the World Cup.

PT Nonbar claims a letter urging non-compliance to their demands was not written on PHRI’s official stationery nor did the letter bear the signature of PHRI’s chairman.

PHRI-Bali is apparently declining public comment on the case.

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The Stars Shine Bright on Seminyak Beach
English Rugby Star Chris Robshaw and Singing Star Camila Kerslake Stay at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort and Spa

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa recently hosed England national rugby star Chris Robshaw and his partner classical crossover singer Camila Kerslake who stayed at the resort from July 3-6, 2014.

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Rugby player Chris Robshaw is captain of both the Harlequins and England’s national rugby union team, while his traveling companion singer Camilla Kerslake has toured with English tenor Russell Watson, The Priests, the All Angels girl band and vocal trio Blakes, She has also appeared in Christmas performances with Il Divo and in arena shows with Andrea Bocelli.

For their holiday at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa, the celebrity couple stayed in an Ocean View Suite. During their Bali interlude, Chris and Camilla joined Spice Spoons Balinese cooking class and supped at an indigenous Indonesian dinner. Making the most of the Resort’s Seminyak Beach setting, they joined a yoga class and surf lesson.

Together with the Resort’s general Manager Clinton Lovell and members of his management team, Chris and Camilla participated in the charity program organized by Solemen Indonesia - a Bali-based non-profit foundation whose projects support the disadvantaged in Bali giving more than 200 children from Denpasar a chance meet the celebrities.

Lovell said: ''We were thrilled to host Chris and Camilla in Bali and to introduce the UK celebrities to the unique culture and beauty of the Island of the Gods, a charitable project that our resort is passionate about, and also some of our resort’s unique signature experiences, culminating in a journey of diverse and rich discovery.”

Shown on Balidiscovery.com are Chris Robshaw and Camilla Kerslake posing with members of the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa team.

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Sanur is Humming this August
Sanur Run on August 16 and 9th Sanur Village Festival August 20-24, 2014

The organizers of the 9th Sanur Village Festival 2014 (SVF 2014) are releasing more information on their event that will take place August 20-24, 2014 on Bali’s historic Sanur Beach.

A busy schedule of environmental programs consisting of beach clean-ups, turtle release, replanting and coral transplantation will be held during the SVF.

Festival and exhibition activities headquartered at the Masionettes at Segera Beach will spotlight agro tourism, musical performances, art exhibitions, a traditional cultural parade, a flower bazaar, Koi Festival, and a chopper festival.

The Sanur Creative Expo will display handicrafts that support the tourism industry.

Sanur Run

On August 16, 2014, in the run-up to the SVF, an inaugural 10-kilometer, 5-kilometer and kid’s dash run will be held starting at 6:00 am from Mertasari Beach in Sanur. Participants in the 10-kilometer run pay Rp. 150,000, the 5-kilometer run costs Rp. 100,000 and the Kids’ Dash Rp. 75,000.

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Major Port Fire in Bali
Fire Destroys Six Fishing Boats at Baliís Benoa Harbor

Joint teams from various fire fighting agencies, search and rescue and other groups combined forces to fight a large fire on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 that blazed for several days and destroyed six fishing ships docked at Benoa Harbor in South Bali.

Putu Sudayana, coordinator for the National Search and Rescue office in Bali, said on Wednesday: “We dispatched 25 search and rescues personnel to help put out the fire.”

According to the State News Agency Antara, staff to help put out the massive fire were also provided by the port administration of the Port of Benoa, the Navy, Police, workers from the Jasa Marga Bali Toll Road and other agencies.

Two-firefighting boat from the Bali Port Administration and the Navy were also engaged in efforts to bring the fire under control.

Authorities say the first began shortly after noon on Wednesday, August 6th and quickly spread to six fishing boats berthed a short distance from Bali’s new toll road.

The fire raged for 22 hours before finally being extinguished on Thursday morning. Smoke from the wreckage continued to be seen 3 days after the initial fire was detected.

Authorities are blaming a short circuit on the MV Samudera Maluku Jaya as the source of the fire. The ship was undergoing engine repairs at the time of the fire. Investigations by forensic teams suggest the electrical fire quickly spread to diesel fuel stored in the engine room, creating flames that were fanned by high winds and soon spread to the other five vessels.

Preliminary estimates put the damaged done by the fire at Rp. 2.5 billion (US$217,000).

In addition to the MV Samudera Maluku Jaya, five other ships were damaged by the fire: Karya Marina, AMJ Dua Baru, Tirta Usaha Mina (TUM) 106, Alex Jaya and EMJ Tiga.

All six ships are owned by PT Afki.


Bali as a Sports Destination
Bali Looking for Investor to Build International Sports Stadium in South Island

Beritabali.com reports that in the near future Bali will own an international sports stadium to be built on a 7-hectare lot at a cost of Rp. 1 trillion (US$87 million).

The provincial assistant in charge of the economy and development, I Ketut Wija, said on Saturday, August 9, 2014: “The international standard stadium will be located near the Bali Pecatu Graha in the Badung regency on land owned by the provincial government of Bali.”

Wija told the press that the 7-hectare site would be home to a football stadium and another closed sports facility that could also be used for sports, tourism, culture and exhibition activities.

Wija said many international sporting clubs have expressed a desire to hold friendly matches in Bali that have been declined by the province due to the lack of a suitable sporting venue.

The province is reportedly sending a team to Palembang and Riau to have a closer look at new international stadiums constructed in those locations.
Design work on the new stadium has begun with Wija projecting that by 2015 the new stadium may be open for events.

The government is looking for an investor from the private sector to build the venue with the land representing the government’s portion of what is hope will become a public-private joint venture. Wija says several investors have approached the province to participate in the stadium project.

The province is also considering building an aquatic sports venue on Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai in Denpasar.

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Bring Back the Night of Tropical Splendor
Prama Sanur Beach Hotel Launches Seaside Bamboo Bar and Lounge

Nearly one-and-one-half year in its planning and development - the Bamboo Bar and Lounge at the Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel is now open for business.

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Heralding the recent rebranding of the Aerowisata Sanur Beach Hotel as the Prama Sanur Beach Bali - the attractive modern beachside Bamboo Bar sits on the popular boardwalk that follows the entire shoreline in Sanur and overlooks Mertasari beach.

Built to embrace its beachside location, Bamboo Bar & Lounge offers a range of seating for those stopping by for a drink or light repast. There are cozy mini-cabanas spreads across a broad white sand beach, contemporary lounge configurations for group chats, a sit down place or the bar and even swinging seating suspended form the ceiling. And, while the choice of seating styles is wide, every seat, without exception, offers relaxing views to the Indian Ocean just a few steps away.

Collaborating in designing the Bamboo Bar was well know artist and sculptor Pintor Sirait, well known for his works in metal and wood. Pintor’s influence dominates the Bamboo Bar via a glass chandelier that claims center stage.

The Bamboo Bar and Lounge at the Prama Sanur Beach Hotel – the perfect stop for Bali’s beach worshippers or for a romantic evening of drinks under the swaying palms.

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Garudaís Cash Crunch
Government Unable to Help Garudaís Need for More Working Capital

The Indonesian government has rejected requests for additional working capital submitted by the State-owned flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.

According to Bisnis.com, the government cites a lack of designated allocations in the State Budget for capital support to the airline as preventing the cash injection sought by the Airline.

The deputy-manager in chare of finance, construction and other service at Garuda, Gatot Trihargo confirmed that the government faces difficulties in financially shoring up the Airline.

As a publicly-traded company owned by the government, whenever a new or additional rights issue is launched the government’s shareholding becomes necessarily diluted.

“Additional capital is not allocated for in the current government budget,” explained Trihargo.

A possible injection of cash or new rights issues has reportedly not been tabled for discussion between Garuda and the Minister for State Owned Enterprises.

Garuda has been seekin new capital sourced from the government in order to meet the Airline’s growing need for cash.

The director of finance for Garuda Indonesia, Hadrito Hardjono, told the press that the Airline’s finances are under pressure with the ratio of debt to equity now a critical juncture.

Hardjono said the debt to equity ratio of the airline is now 1.1 – a situation considered too restricting to maintain normal financial operations. The Finance director declared that any ration exceeding 1.1 would have a deleterious on the Airline’s balance sheet.

At the end of June 2014, Garuda Indonesia’s total dept had reached US$1.2 billion with the company’s assets valued at US$1 billion.

Garuda Indonesia had debts of US$200 to US$300 million that must be settled in the current year.


They've Got to Be Carefully Taught
Bali International School Cited by Government Monitors for Only Having License to Operate a Grade School

According to Beritadewata.com, tighter monitoring of foreigners living in Bali and international schools operating in Denpasar have shown that the Bali International School (BIS) is only legally licensed to operate a grade school, yet continues to receive students for junior high and senior high classes.

The Bali International School is the oldest operating school established on the Island.

This was disclosed by the Head of the Middle Education at the Department of Education and Sport (Disdikpora) for Denpasar, Wayan Suparta, while he was doing a monitoring tour of foreign schools on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

The “monitoring team” included elements from immigration, the police and other agencies. The monitoring team discovered a number of foreigners working illegally at the schools while their working permits were still in the approval process.

Immigration authorities participating in the monitoring tour discovered foreign teachers working at the international schools before their working permits had been formally issued. Daud Satry Bhirawa warned foreign teachers not to commence work before their work permits were officially  in hand.

Wayan Suparta, heading the monitoring team, said: “We have received and reviewed the operational permits of the Bali International School. We discovered that the school only has a permit to operate a grade school. Despite this fact, they continue to accept student at the junior high and senior high level.”

International Schools must hold a license to operate issued by Ministry of Education accompanied by a recommendation issued by Disdikpora-Denpasar.

Added Suparta, “We hope the school (BIS) will quickly process its permits.” He confirmed that all “national plus” schools (Indonesian, but not international schools) in Denpasar have completed their permit and licensing requirements in compliance with the current rules.

The Manager of the Dyatmika School, Lilawati, thanked the monitoring team for their visit and their guidance on how to meet all licensing and permit requirements. The Dyatmika International Plus School employs 23 foreign teachers among its roster of 147 teachers. Of the 23 foreign teachers, 10 are awaiting final approval of their teaching and working permits.

Lilawati said the Dyatmika School would follow guidelines delivered by the monitoring team and would not allow the 10 foreign teachers to work until their permits were formally issued.

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After Satar, Siapa?
Garuda Indonesia Seeking New CEO to Replace Emirsyah Satar Whose Term Ends October 2014

The CEO of Garuda Indonesia Emirsyah Satar will soon be replaced as the man-in-charge of the national flag carrier.

As reported by Bisnis.com, the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), Dahlan Iskan, has confirmed that Emirsyah Satar’s period of appointment as the head of the airline will occur in October 2014. “The president director of Garuda Emirsyah will be replaced. A suitable replacement candidate is now being sought,” confirmed Iskan in Jakarta on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Emirsyah has served two terms as Garuda’s CEO. He was appointed CEO in 2005, promoted internally from his previous job as Finance Director that he held from 2003-2005.

Emirsyah is 55 years old. Government regulations stipulate the CEO of Garuda can serve for a maximum period of to five-year terms.

Dahlan, the Minister responsible for Garuda, remains tight-lipped on who will replace Emirsyah or if his replacement will be sourced internally from the Airline or a professional from the private sector.

Dahlan told the press: “Garuda is now a public company and no longer solely in the hands of its largest shareholder – the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises. The decision must be discussed.”

Two names that have been mentioned in government and aviation circles as a possible replacement for Emirsyah are the former director of marketing for the Airline Elisa Lumbantoruan and the former CEO of Telkom Rinaldi Firmansyah.

In the first semester of 2014 Garuda booked a loss of US$211.7 million, increasing dramatically from the US$10.7 million loss recorded in the second semester of 2013.

A major cause for Garuda’s losses is currency losses and fuel costs.


A Bumís Rush
President to ĎSellí Benoa Bay Reclamation to President-Elect Joko Widodo at September 3, 2014 Gathering

Bisnis.com reports that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono plans to meet with the president-elect Joko Widodo to discuss the reclamation of Benoa Bay in leadership talks scheduled for September 3, 2014.

The director-general of archipelagoes, coastlines and small islands from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Sudirman Saad, confirmed their planned meeting will explain to the President-elect all large-scale projects under development including the reclamation of Benoa Bay.

Plans are for the President and President elect to jointly launch a whole range of large-scale projects during their coming meeting.

Fait Accompli?

Sudirman added: “Essentially SBY will explain to Jokowi that (Benoa Bat) is a large-scale project that has been planned for a long time. There is an international commitment. There is an investor. Please keep the project moving ahead.”

Sudirman emphasized that the Benoa Bay project with an estimated value of Rp. 30 trillion (US$2.6 billion) will have to meet a number of project requirements to ensure it remains “clean and green.”

Refusing to comment further, Sudirman said: “Just let the President explain directly to Jokowi in the company of the media.”

He did add, however, that the Benoa Bay project fulfilled all the criteria for a “good project.” He went on to explain that major projects must pass a three-phase process clearly designating a suitable investor; clearly identifying its usefulness to the public; and verifying that the project will not harm the environment. Adding: “The main point is the project has met all these criteria.”

Meanwhile, a groundswell of opposition to the Benoa Bay reclamation continues to grow in Bali, rejecting a Presidential Decree signed by SBY on May 30, 2014 that revised an earlier decree of 2011 proclaiming the Benoa Bay and surrounding mangroves as a protected conservation area.

The presidential decree would allow 700 hectares once protected as a conservation zone to be rebuilt into a tourism, sports and recreational complex. The project would be developed by Jakarta businessman Tomy Winata and PT Tirta Wahana Bali International who have promoted the planned redevelopment to create an complex the equal of Walt Disney World in the United States.

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Fame Awaits You on Kuta Beach
Hard Rock Bali Hotel Launches Refurbished Meeting Rooms

Bali’s iconic Hard Rock Hotel has recently introduced newly refurbished meeting facilities.

Hall of Fame Ballroom - a versatile space of 430 square meters able to s accommodate 500 people in theatre-style seating. Capable of being divided into two rooms: Hall of Fame 1 and Hall of Fame 2. This meeting area also offers an adjoining 155 square meter pre-function area that can be used for reception or refreshment breaks that overlooks the main pool and world-renowned Kuta Beach.

Located on the 4th level with easy access near the Hotel’s dining venues, Hall of Fame users enjoy amplification via the latest audiovisual technology using an iPad-controlled system.

In keeping with the Hotel’s theme, the rock-inspired Hall of Fame is flanked by six newly-renovated break-out rooms with spaces for 10 to 150 people, the latest touch screen conferencing equipment, computerized conference microphone system, high-definition video and sound system.

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Andrew Khoo, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Bali said: “Hall of Fame Ballroom adds to Bali’s proposition of being a MICE-ready destination with authentic experiences and a variety of options for hosting conferences, meetings and events, especially for companies with a youthful working population and products aimed at the young and trendy.”

Demand for meeting space at Hard Rock Hotel Bali has been brisk, in particular for conferences and weddings.

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The End of Cheap Electricity
Electrical Power Costs to Increase Three Times in Second Half of 2014

Of the 1,044,000 electrical power (PLN) customers in Bali, some 394,000 or 38% using 900 kva or more saw their power bills go up on July 1, 2014.

As reported by Beritabali.com, the general manager of PT PLN Bali, Syamsul Huda, said those using 900 kva or more saw their bill go up on July 1, 2014.

Power bills are scheduled to increase every two months thereafter until the end of 2014.

Household and business electrical tariffs increases between 5-11% on July 1, 2014, depending on the level of electricity provided to the consumer.

On September 1st power costs will again increase substantially, followed by another increase scheduled for November 1st.

The decision to increase electricity tariffs has been mandated by a decision of the House of Representatives (DPR) to take effect nationality to reduce the cost of government fuel subsidies.


Ferry Crossing Fares Set to Rise
Long Delayed 7-15% Increase in Inter-Island Ferry Tariffs Now Considered Imminent

The Ministry of Transportation will increase the cost of inter-island ferry service across Indonesia by between 7-15% on September 1, 2014.

The director general of land transportation for the Ministry, Suroyo Alimoeso confirmed that the Transportation Minister, E.E. Mandindaan, has basically approved an increase in ferry tariffs, with the actual amount of the increase at each crossing still to be decided.

According to Bisnis.com, the Transportation Minister also indicated he did not want to signal the amount by which ferry crossing tariffs would increase before the Lebaran exodus, to allow the public to enjoy the biggest holiday of the year without the burden of higher ferry fares.

When the Minister was asked about the date for the planned increase in ferry tariff, the Minister replied on August 8, 2014, “by the end of this month, at the latest.”

In calculating the amount of any increase the Minister must weigh the operating cost of the ships involved, increases in annual docking costs and the cost of spare parts.

Meanwhile ship operators represented by the Association of River, Island and Crossing operators (Gapasdap) have been seeking an increase from early 2014, claiming severe financial hardship occasioned by rising costs and inadequate ticket revenues. The representative of Gapasdap, Bambang Harjo S. urged the government to increase ferry tariffs at the earliest opportunity, insisting that any increase granted his members would not be inflationary to the economy as a whole.


Merpati: Reaching a Point of No Return?
Merpati Must Resume Operation Before February 2015 or Cease to Exist

NusaBali reports that the director-general of civil aviation from the Ministry of Transportation is warning that unless steps are urgently taken to rescue the State-owned airline Merpati Nusantara, the company will fade into oblivion of its own accord.

The director of civil aviation, Djoko Murjatmojo, said there have been no meaningful steps to save the air carrier. Adding; “The Air Operating Certificate (AOC) is still suspended and we are waiting if one year passes without any flight operations. (At that point) the airline ceases to exists.”

In other word, the Ministry of Transportation will consider Merpati “dead” if it does not resume flight operations by February 2015.

Suggestions to allow Merpati to serve the annual haj pilgrimage as some sort of intermediate life-saving measure were vetoes by the Ministry and Commission VI of the House of Representatives (DPR), both of which urged the airline to focus instead on trying to revive its network of pioneer flights.

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Take This, You Swine
Bangli Village Strives to Restore Balance After Four Young Village Boys Profane the Cosmos

A story that could only be told in Bali opened on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in the small village of Jehem near Bangli when a group of four young Balinese boys aged 7, 10, 13 and 16 were playing near a neighbor’s pigpen.

In circumstances that will perhaps remain forever unclear, the older boys, using dare and the promise of a free kite, persuaded the youngest member of the group, a 7-year-old boy, to simulate sexual intercourse with a 142-kilogram sow while one of the older boys recorded the encounter on a hand phone to later share with the social network.

In the days that followed the video came to the attention of the young boy’s parents and the police who rounded up the children who readily confessed the detail of their perverse game.

Villagers - genuinely concerned that the sordid incident had unbalanced the cosmos and portended great misfortune ahead for both the boys and their village – resolved to cleanse the perpetrators via a “Pemrayascita, Rsi Gana, Ian Pecaruan” ceremony held on Friday, August 8, 2014.

In the course of the ceremony, the pig was sacrificed and floated out to sea near Tulikup, Gianyar.

Meanwhile the four boys, accompanied by their parent were brought to the same beach where caged pig was floated out into the ocean. On the seashore and witnessed by villagers and their families, the fours boys were stripped naked, ceremoniously bathed and saw their clothing tossed into the sea – symbolizing a ritualized death and allowing the boys to return to their normal role in the village.

During the course of the ceremony prayers were offered seeking deliverance from any retribution and good fortune for the boys and Bali in the future.

The cost of various ceremonies and offerings was borne by the boys’ families and the village. The village also paid compensation to the pig's owner.



BII Maybank Bali Marathon September 14, 2014
Registration Remains Open for BII Maybank Bali Marathon Full and Half Marathon, 10 km and Childrenís Sprint

The 3rd edition of the BII Maybank Bali Marathon will be held in Gianyar, Bali on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Held in Gianyar, Bali the race will have three categories a full marathon (42.195 km), half marathon (21.0975 km) and 10 km run.

Both the full marathon and half marathon routes hold International Measurement Certification and are endorsed by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

Registration remains open [on line] or at walk-in registration points listed on the [Bali Marathon Website] .

BII offers 50% discount of the registration fee by using BII credit card. The discount is applicable for both on-line and walk-in registration.

Thousands are expected to participate and watch the race that will have its start and finish line at the entrance to the Bali Safari and Marine Park.

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