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BALI UPDATE #987 - 03 AUGUST 2015

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Dates Over Lebaran are Dear
Australian Man Loses AU$2,000 on 'Date' with Two Kuta Transvestites

Metrobali.com reports that visiting Australian tourist, Andre Antonio, had paid for the company of two Bali-based transvestites and ended up another AU$2,0000 (Rp. 10 million) poorer when the two escorts allegedly absconded with his wallet.

According to the news report, the 60-year-old man said he had “booked” Jasmine and Laila, paying each Rp. 300,000 (US$23) for a “short-time” assignation.

Laila told police at the Kuta Police Precinct that Andre had, in fact, paid AU$570 for the evening before the threesome headed off  to a villa in the Legian- Kuta area of Bali.

What happened next remains mercifully vague until Andre report the loss of AU$2,000 allegedly taken by Jasmine and Laila.

The theft took place prior to the Lebaran holidays and police were able to arrest the two transvestites when they returned from Jember after the Lembaran holiday.

Police say that Jasmine and Laila are denying any theft took place.

Police continue to investigate the case.


Jumbo Size Fashion in Bali
Elephants Star in Fashion TV Promotional Videos at Bali Elephant Safai Park

Recently,the owner of Fashion TV, Michelle Adam visited Bali, with his wife, Maria, and group of beautiful model to participate in a “high season party” held at ‘Fashion Hotel” in Legian.

Following the party, Michele and seven gorgeous Rumanian models at the invitation of Nigel and Yani Mason, made their way to the Bali Elephant Park in Taro, Central Bali for a photo shoot.

Spending an entire day with the Park and its team of amiable Sumatra Elephants, the models recorded short video clips that will eventually be used as promotional ID clips on Fashion TV.

Balidiscovery,com offer a sneak preview of the coming promotional video clips via still photos captured during the shoot for “Fashion TV”, proof that even elephants have a good time in Bali.




Ancient Links Shared by India and Bali
Archaeological Discoveries in Bali Reveal a 2,000-Year History of Indian and Balinese Connections

The recent surge of Indian visitors to Bali is nothing new to the popular Indonesian Island. Scientific evidence suggests that the current wave of Indonesian visitors is only one in a number of recurring Indian cultural waves dating back as far as two millennia.
 
Archaelogy.org reports that two-century-old pottery chards and beadwork unearthed in the North Bali towns of Sembiran and Pacung demonstrate ancient an intensive links between Bali and India.
 
Pottery with inscribed names of Indian cities – including Nalanda, Amravati and Varanasi - and the use of those names for the homes of Balinese priests and officials testify to the close connections existing 2 thousand years ago between the Asian subcontinent and the Hindu Kingdom conclave of Bali.
 
Speaking to the Indo-Asian News Service, archaeologist, Wayan Ardika (shown) of Bali’s Udayana University said: “In the early times, Indian traders came and stimulated the social structures [with Sanskrit, and Hindu and Buddhist ideology]. When Bali adopted Buddhism, the second migration from the eighth century A.D. to the eleventh century A.D. came to strengthen the Indian influence. It was the second massive contact with India.”
 
Additionally, DNA found in human remains at Julah indicates intermarriage occurred between visiting Indian traders and the Balinese.


Drowning Death On Bali Off-Shore Island
Chinese Tourist Drowns While Snorkeling at Nusa Penida Island Near Bali

A 46-year-old Chinese female tourist, Liao Ling Hui, has died while snorkeling off a mangrove forest at Nusa Penida Island, located a short distance from Bali Southeast Coast.
 
According to Metrobali.com, the woman was on a snorkeling trip with a group of 15 friends destined for the Srikandi Pontoon at Nusa Penida.
 
The group has rented a local boat operated and crewed by local marine operators.
 
Guides accompanying the group discovered the Chinese woman motionless, floating in the water. Liao was evacuated to a nearby Health Center at Jungutabu where she was pronounced dead by Dr. I Made Suwita, who noted physical evidence of drowning.
 
Water Police brought thewo man’s body back to the mainland and the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, Bali for further investigation.


Mending Fences
Australian Ambassador Paul Grigson Makes First Official Visit to Bali

Kompas.com reports that the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, has concluded his first official visit to Bali that included a call on Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika.
 
Canberra’s man in Indonesia told the press on Thursday, July 20, 2015, that he was impressed with the rapid economic development of Bali in an unsettled international economic setting.
 
Ambassador Grigson said he hoped that good relations between Bali and Australia would only grow closer due to the large number of Australians living in Bali and the many Indonesians living in Australia. Grigson also pointed to the dominance of Australian tourists to Bali amidst the many economic challenges of the day.
 
Bali is also the home to a number of programs of intensive medical cooperation with Australian doctors and hospitals.
 
While making the rounds in Bali Grigson was accompanied by Australia’s Consul General in Bali, Majel Hind.
 
Ambassador Grigson returned to Indonesia in June 2015  after officially abandoning his post for one month in formal protest to the execution of “Bali Nine” members Myruan Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.
 
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Annual Infestation of Bali-bound Bookworms
Program Details Emerge for Ubud Writers and Readers Festival October 28 – November 1, 2015

After successfully luring 26,000 bookworms and literature lovers to Bali in 2014, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) returns to the Island’s heartland October 28 –November 1, 2015.
 
A global melting pot of big ideas and extraordinary stories the UWRF is offering [Early Bird Ticket Prices].
 
Heading UWRF's International line-up is Pakistani author of runaway hit How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Mohsin Hamid; bestselling Chinese-American memoirist Anchee Min; short-story author Nam Lee of The Boat; The Rosie Project’s Graeme Simison; and creators of the worldwide travel institution The Lonely Planet Guides - Tony and Maureen Wheeler.
 
Spanning five days of intimate panel discussions, workshops, literary lunches, book launches, poetry slams, film screenings and more, the UWRF program will also feature debut of novelist of The Fishermen Chigozie Obioma and 2015 Stella Prizewinner Emily Bitto; North Korea defector and TED Talk sensation Hyeonseo Lee; Palestinian scholar Mazin Qumsiyeh and winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award - Sofie Laguna.
 
Exploring the UWRF 2015 theme “17,000 Islands of Imagination” the event will showcase the incredible diversity of Indonesian talent, including leading literary figure Putu Oka Sukanta; controversial award-winning filmmaker Nia Dinata; short-story writer and political journalist Seno Gumira Ajidarma; and winner of the 2013 Southeast Asian Writers Award Linda Christanty.
 
The Festival will also welcome social advocate Andreas Harsono;
celebrated Indonesian novelist Eka Kurniawan; humanitarian and East Timor rights campaigner Galuh Wandita; and Founder of the ASEAN Literary Festival, Okky Madasari.
 
Founder & Director of the UWRF, Janet DeNeefe, said that, now in its 12th year, the not-for-profit Festival is becoming more important to the literary, artistic and cultural landscape than ever before.
 
“Indonesia is not only one of the world’s most rapidly evolving nations, but also home to one of the largest and most diverse populations in the world,” she said.
 
Adding: “Despite the fact that we are increasingly in the global spotlight, we remain in many ways – as expressed so eloquently by Elizabeth Pisani at last year’s UWRF – the ‘invisible nation.’”
 
Concluding, DeNeefe said: “Each year, we host Ubud Writers & Readers Festival as a platform to bring together the world’s leading thinkers and doers, bridging geographical and social divides to discuss the topical issues that affect us all.”
 
The final program for the UWRF will be released on 19th August via the
UWRF website.


Meetings, Bloody Meetings
Bali Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sees Government Meetings and Conferences as Key to Stimulating Growth in Island’s Economy

Beritabali.com reports that data from the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN-Bali) warns that Bali is on the verge of an economic crisis with an economic growth rate of only 4.8%.
 
“The situation is approaching a crisis status. Bali is only growing at a rate of 4,8% and hopefully growth in meetings held at hotels will gradually bring the growth figure above 5%,” said the chairman of KADIN-Bali,  Anak Agung Ngurah Alit Wiraputra in Denpasar on Friday, July 31, 2105.
 
Wiraputra blamed an injunction issued by Indonesia’s newly elected President Joko Widodo early in his term of office against meetings in hotels as having contributed to the lethargy of Bali’s economy that is largely dependent on tourism.
 
Commenting on the Government decision to end official meetings in major hotels, Wiraputra said: “This policy contributed to the widening decline of Bali’s economy. KADIN-Bali is lobbying for this policy to be reviewed and reconsidered. In a meeting scheduled for early August we plan to discuss the policy and follow it up with a presentation to President Joko Widodo.”
 
The KADIN-Bali chairman said a change in policy on government meetings is needed to help revitalize Bali’s economy.


The Yankees Have Landed
U.S. Aircraft Carrier Bonhomme - Richard Makes 5-Day Visit to Bali

The State News Agency Antara reports that the USS Bonhomme- Richard LHD 6 – a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship  with a crew and officer complement of 3,000 is on a visit to Bali from Friday, July 31, 2015 until Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

The ship’s commander, Rear Admiral Hugh D. Wetherhald, paid a courtesy call on the governor of Bali on Friday, July 31, 2015.

Commenting to the press, Governor Pastika welcomed the crew of the USS warship and said he hoped the crew would enjoy their 5-day visit to Bali and assured no effort would be spared in ensuring the American sailors, like all visitors to Bali, would feel safe and secure during their visit.

In response, Rear Admiral Wetherhald expressed his thanks to Bali’s Governor for the warm welcome extended to his ship and crew anchored at the Port of Benoa, saying Bali is always among the most favorite destination for ship’s crew.
 
The American Rear Admiral also expressed the hope that the current visit would serve to strengthen the already strong bond that exists between Indonesia and the United States.


Looming Scandal in Bali Hotel Tax Sector
Prosecutors Examining Possible Corruption of US$3 million in Hotel and restaurant Taxes in Bali

The State News Agency Antara reports that State Prosecutors in Bali are investigating charges of corruption and estimated losses of Rp. 41 billion (US$3 million) in the handling of hotel and restaurant taxes collected in the Bali regency of Badung and the Island’s Municipality of Denpasar.
 
“In addition to checking those connected with the case, we will also soon call officials and former officials of the Province of Bali on Monday, August 3, 2015,” said Ashari Kurniawan, a spokesperson for the Bali Prosecutors Office in Friday, July 31st.
 
Kurniawan would not reveal the name of government officials summoned for questioning.
 
Earlier, Prosecutors had turned their focus to provincial sources after summoning the CEO of the Regional Development (Bank Pembangunan Daerah – Bali), I Made Sudia, on Thursday, July 2, 2015. The reported purpose of that interview was to confirm that tax revenues collected from Hotels and Restaurants in Badung and Denpasar were held by the Bank.


Good Service is in their Veins
Harper Kuta Bali Hotel Celebrates 2nd Anniversary by Giving the Gift of Life

Opened for business on July 29, 2013, the Harper Kuta Bali Hotel – the first Harper Hotel by Archipelago International (formerly Aston Hotel) – has now celebrated its second anniversary by reaching out to the surrounding community.
 
As part of its corporate social responsibility initiative, Harper Kuta Bali hotel  celebrated its second birthday by holding blood donation drive among its employees and civic-minded guests. More than 50 participants turned up to give the "gift of life" and donate in the meeting Room of the Harper Kuta on Thursday, July 23, 2015. The blood donors included hotel guests, staff, and workers from also the sister company of Archipelago International.
 
Since opening Harpers Kuta Bali Hotel has received numerous accolades including TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence, Booking.com Excellence Guest Review Awards 2014, and Agoda Customer Service Award 2014.
 

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Bali’s Musical North
Buleleng Festival to Celebrates Music, Dance and Local Cuisine in North Bali August 4-8, 2015

No less that 84 performing art groups from the North Bali regency of Buleleng will participate in the Buleleng Festival to take place August 4-8, 2015.
 
In keeping with its proclaimed theme of the “Thundering Music of North Bali” the Festival will focus on musical performance.
 
The chairman of the 2015 Buleleng Festival, Gede Suyasa, says those to appear at the event have undergone a careful selection process conducted by a the Buleleng Culture and Tourism Department (Disbudpar) and the Buleleng Council for the Arts (Listibiya).
 
Performances will be held at three locations: the main stage at the Iconic Singa Ambara Raya Monument; Susana Budaya and Kanginan Palace (Puri Kanginan).
 
The performing arts group slated to appear at the Buleleng Festival (BulFest) will perform both traditional and new creations. 20 Sekaa gong kebyar will perform with all 20 groups performing in unison at the opening ceremony of BulFest on August 4, 2015.
 
46 stands presenting culinary specialties from Buleleng will also form part of the Festival, an increase from the 26 stands featured in 2014. The food stands will be operated along Jalan Veteran in Bulelelng.
 
Buleleng Festival Website


More Seats to Sydney
Indonesia AirAsia X to Start Bali – Sydney Service in October 2015. Tickets Go on Sale from August

CNN Indonesia reports that PT Indonesia AirAsia Extra (IAAX) – also known as Indonesia AirAsia X will launch new direct services from Bali to Sydney, Australia in October 2015,
 
The new long-haul service will supplement existing five-time-a-week service from Bali to Melbourne flown by Indonesia AirAsia X.

The president director of IAAX, Dendy Kurniawan, told the press in Jakarta on Wednesday, July 20, 2015: “We will soon launch the Denpasar to Sydney route. We will announce (details) at the beginning of August.”
 
Dendy said that while the formal announcement of flight details would take place in early August, the flights between Bali and Sydney would only start in October. This will allow the period between August and October to be used to book space on the inaugural flights.
 
Because the new flight will be launched during Australia’s holiday season services will fly between Bali and Sydney five times a week.
 
IAAX is an affiliate company of PT Indonesia AirAsia, serving long-haul destinations. Indonesian Air Asia X operates a fleet of Airbus A330-300 aircraft configured to carry 377 passengers considered more economically viable on low-cost long-haul flights than Indonesia AirAsia’s armada comprised of Airbus A320-200 planes carrying only 180 passengers.
 
Dendy told the press that  Indonesia AirAsia X is achieving 80% occupancy levels on its current Denpasar to Melbourne service.
 
Indonesia AirAsia X is targeting to carry 180,000 passengers annually on its new Bali to Sydney service.
 
Currently, Indonesia AirAsia X flies to three destinations; Melbourne and Taipei from Bali and from Jakarta to Jeddah utilizing a fleet of two A330-300 aircraft.
 
Indonesia AirAsia X also has future plans to fly from Bali to Shanghai and Guangzhou in China.
 
In order to materialize their expansion plans Indonesia AirAsia X wants to add additional A330-300 aircraft to its fleet with a the first new plane scheduled to arrive in late 2015 and three planes in 2016.
 
Dendy said discussions are underway as to whether the additional planes needed for the Indonesia AirAsia X armada will be purchased outright or leased.


Thai Concerns
Thai Airways Downsizing May Impact Bali Arrivals

Airwise and Reuters report significant restructuring of Thai Airways that will reduce both seat capacity and operating costs by 20% that is certain to have a “lead-on-effect” for Bali served by daily flights from Bangkok each day as travelers decline into Bangkok on the Airline's feeder network.
 
The restructured Thai Airways will see 1,401 jobs lost through retirement and attrition and the cancellation of loss-making flights from Bangkok to Rome and Los Angeles.

The cost-cutting plans by Thai Airways will take two-years to complete and also includes the sale of aircraft.

Thai Airways president Charumporn Jotikasthira defended the restructuring, saying, "It's normal that we have to cut costs and adjust flights to suit changing situation."

Flight services to Rome and Los Angeles will cease on October 25, 2015.
Thai estimates the two services have cost the airline THB 100 million(US$2.9 million) annually. In 2008, Thai Airways suspended flight to New York City due to losses and the latest move will end its operations to the United States.

All is not doom and gloom. Thai will soon double flight frequencies between London and Frankfurt to Bangkok.

Plans are also afoot to reduce the frequency of flight to Kolkta.

Flights to Hyderabad, India; Changsha, China; and Luang Prabang, Laos will be taken over by Thai Airways mid-range affiliate Thai Smile.


Ministering to Endangered Dolphins
Indonesia Government Takes Serious Note of On-Line Petition Protesting Wake Bali Dolphin Attraction in East Bali

Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment of Forestry Siti Nurbaya is seriously considering widespread international support for an on-line petition on change.org decrying the condition of four dolphins kept in chlorinated pools at the Wake Bali Dolphin attraction on Bali’s East Coast.

Nurbaya’s concern and attention was announced by the Ministry’s director of communications, Desmarita Murni in a press conference on Monday, July 27, 2015.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Desmarita acknowledged the widespread concern for the dolphins via a petition started by Australian surfer Craig Bokensha, saying. “Craig protested the condition of four dolphins stored in a small chlorinated pool at Keramas, Bali.”

Responding to the petition, Minister Nurbata published a statement thanking the public for their concern and protests vocalized via the petition that is assisting Indonesia in the conservation of its natural environment and the protection of endangered species. Nurbaya assured the public that she was aware of the petition from the very onset and she continues to investigate and receive updates on the condition of the dolphins.

The petition was presented to the Minister by members of Jakarta’s Animal Air Network in support of their protest against captive dolphin shows in Indonesia.
 
“If it is proven that there is a violation of the law by the dolphin resort in the form of cruelty or neglect, or if conditions are below standard, we will take action,” warned Siti Nurbaya.
 
The Minister also credited the current controversy as reviving a needed open debate on dolphin attractions in Indonesia.
 
“In the coming few weeks, we will hold public discussions on the protection of dolphins where experts in education, psychology, conservation, animal protection and from organization within civil society will be invited to participate in an open discussion to find a shared solution,” the Minister added.
 
Meanwhile, the originator of the petition, Craig Brokensha, remains steadfast is calling for the release of the captive dolphins in Bali back into the wild.
 
As of Monday, July 27, 2015 a total of 290,000 people had signed the petition protesting the Bali-based dolphin park.
 
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Balinese Need Not Apply!
Leading Bali Academician Warns: New Paradigm Needed for Bali’s Development

A leading professor from Bali’s Udayana University, Dr. Wayan Windia, says economic imbalances in Bali are becoming more acute and the pressure of migrant newcomers to Bali is making itself felt in various aspects of local society.

As quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Dr. Windia, who works at the University’s Agriculture Faculty, said: “The Balinese are increasing oppressed. A situation made worse by an atmosphere of social conflict occurring among a growing impoverished class.”
 
He blamed this condition in Bali as the reason that rice fields are disappearing as they are turned to other uses. Similarly, he warned that Bali’s social-cultural environment is increasing in disharmony with local wisdom and tradition.
 
“The people of Bali find themselves in the midst of an enjoyable milieu, slothful, thinking only for the short term, consumptive and becoming elitist,” said Windia.
 
Balinese Need Not Apply
 
Because of this, he said, it is not surprising that that there are advertisement now appearing on the Internet offering employment but explicitly barring Balinese from applying.
 
“This fact,” said Windia, “demonstrates that a smoldering dichotomy is taking root in the process of Bali’s ongoing development. Because of this, there needs to be an awareness among Bali’s elite that a transformation is needed in the how development in Bali is envisioned form now until 2026.”
 
The respected Balinese academic want all social-economic-cultural activities in Bali to be undertaken with a vision encompassing a minimum 11 years into the future. In the same way, all social conflicts occurring in Balinese society must be adjudicated in accordance with a sound vision regarding Bali’s development.
 
Windia added: “All this must begin with a shared awareness among Bali’s leaders. Without this, don't even bother to hope for Bali’s continued existence.”
 
He reminded that the central tenet of Balinese culture – Tri Hita Karana (THK) – demands balance be maintained between man and God, man and nature, and among mankind as a whole. THK demands that business activities conducted in Bali adopt a “middle road.”
 
The THK or “middle road” to business will eschew business that is dedicated only to profit, but also seek to hold honor in high esteem, Windia concluded.
 
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In The Know
Intercontinental Bali Resort Shares 'Bali Aga' Traditions of Tenganan Village with its Guests

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InterContinental Bali Resorts' unique brand concept “In the Know” offers insider destination tips on the surrounding areas to the hotel and beyond, to ensure guests derive the most from their holiday in Bali. Committed to the principle that there is so much to see, do, and experience on the magical little island, the Resort’s savvy ‘In the Know’ team encourages guests to delve into the soul of Balinese culture, art and heritage, along with the mystic Hindu religion, in order to truly experience what defines their island home.

Located 70 kilometers of a two-hour drive, from InterContinental Bali Resort, Tenganan is a unique 700-year-old walled village, hidden within the hills three kilometers from Candidasa in southeast Bali. Here, the 400 or so residents practice a time-honored lifestyle based on ritual and ceremony, bound by strict customary law (adat) observed to maintain purity. Tenganan is one of Bali’s original pre-Hindu settlements and a living treasure-trove of ancient traditions. The residents are the Bali Aga people, descendants of the aboriginal Balinese who resisted the rule of the post-Majapahit kings, fiercely safeguarding and maintaining their own culture through the conviction that they are descended from the Gods.

Ceremonial longhouses, rice barns, shrines, communal pavilions and the imposing ‘bale agung’, where the ‘krama desa’ (council of elders) make their decisions, are meticulously positioned in accordance with long-established beliefs. Three broad parallel cobblestone avenues run north to south, ascending towards the mountains, while more narrow lanes run east to west forming a grid. Single-storey dwellings line both sides of the main street; doorways and windows have been enhanced with whimsical flair.

The Bali Aga society is communal, with a distinct social organization. All of the village property and surrounding fertile farmland belong in common to the township. The villagers do not actually work the land; instead they lease it to sharecroppers from other villages and receive half the harvest. This leaves the Tengananese free to engage in artistic activities such as weaving, dance and the enjoyment of sacred iron-keyed gamelan “selonding” music. They also faithfully adhere to a calendar of complex ceremonies and ritual trance fighting practiced between the men-folk of Tenganan, known as “perang pandan” or “mekare-kare,” where thorned-filled pandanus leaf whips form weapons in a long-standing blood sport. 
The laws of the village are elaborately inscribed with ink brewed from burnt candlenuts in books created from lontar palm.

Yet, despite these rigid protocols, it would be inaccurate to say that Tenganan remains untouched by the influences of the outside world. The Bali Aga people may be exceptionally conservative and resistant to change, but they have embraced Bali’s tourist economy with visitors welcomed to the village during daylight hours. Today, the fortress-like village of Tenganan has become a living museum, with many houses also functioning as shops and workshops where expert craftsmen and women perform their centuries-old skills. Traditional ‘ata’ vine baskets are laid out in neat rows and artists display their unique lontar-carved books.
 
Inside the workshop-homes, visitors can also see and purchase hand-woven fabrics. Indigenous geometric and floral motifs, and mysterious figures are merged within complex designs, created from natural dyes.  These famous, highly valued double-ikat textiles are the world-renowned magic “Geringsing” textiles of Tenganan. Local women demonstrate the complex weaving process using small makeshift body-tension looms with a continuous warp. Here, the intricate pattern has been tie-dyed into both the warp and the weft threads before the fabric is woven, demanding great skill is to align and loosely weave the two into the desired pattern. A single mistake can spoil years of work.

Villagers believe that a powerful energy is also woven into these textiles used for ceremonial and ritual purposes, and thought to protect those who wear them from sickness and evil vibrations.

A tour to Tenganan Village can be arranged through the concierge at InterContinental Bali Resort.

Intercontinental Bali Resort Website

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A Balinese ‘Aloha’
Historic Polynesian Voyaging Canoe 'Hokulea' Lands in Bali for an 8-day Visit

Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika, represented by the head of the Provinces Economic Development and Social Welfare Section, Ketut Wija, welcomed the historic visit of the “Hokulea” – a sailing ship from the Hawaiian Islands built in the tradition of ancient mariners who once used the Polynesian voyaging canoes for navigating heroic distances using only currents and stars.

Arriving in Bali after a 10-day voyage from Darwin, Australia, the “Hokulea” anchored in an area located a short distance from the Mercure Sanur Resort on Friday, July 31, 2015.

On behalf of the Governor, Wija, visited the vessel at it anchorage to welcome Captain Nainoa Thompson and his crew of 12 mariners and thanked the crew and backers of the “Hokulea” for choosing Bali as a stop on its epic voyage retracing the routes of ancient explorers who traveled and populated the Pacific and Oceania.

Wija told the press and the visiting ship’s crew that Hawaii and its sister island of Bali share many similarities beyond the world-renowned natural beauty of both locales and economies closely linked to tourism.

As quoted by Metrobali.com, Wija said the Governor of Bali and the people of Bali both desire to form a closer relationship with the people of Hawaii as evidenced by the visit of the “Hokulea” and a recent official visit of a delegation from Bali to Hawaii.

Responding, the Captain of the “Hokulea” said he and his crew were deeply moved by the warm reception extended to them by the people and Government of Bali.

He explained that the “Hokulea” traditional sailing vessel is now 40 years old and since its building had embarked on numerous voyages covering 150,000 miles in the Pacific Ocean. The visit to Bali is part of the first visit by the vessel to the Indian Ocean in its 40-year history.

The 62-foot long Polynesian voyaging canoe “Hokulea” was launched on March 8, 1975 and derives its name from the Hawaiian name for the star Arcturus.  “Hokulea” – the brightest star in northern celestial hemisphere was known as the “star of joy” by ancient Hawaiian sailors who sailed their double-hulled vessels from Tahiti and the Marguesas Islands and knew that when “Hokulea” – the zenith star of the Hawaiian Islands, was overhead in the Summer sky they were on the same latitude as Hawaii and would then sail west on the trade winds until they made landfall in Hawaii.

The current voyage left Hawaii on May 30, 2014 on an international visit to the people of the Pacific that will return to Hawaii after a 3 –year journey in June of 2017.

Thus far, the “Hokulea’s” current voyage has brought the ship to French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Darwin (Australia) and, now, to Bali. The ship plans to depart Bali on August 9th for the Cocos Islands on route to Mauritius and Madagascar. 

The current crew complement is comprised of traditional sailors using ancient means of navigation. Two female members of the crew, Lehua Kamalu, who navigated the ship from Darwin to the Ashmore Reef, and Jenna Ishii, who took over navigational chores leading the ship to Bali’s shores.

The ship with a mission is to celebrate “One World, Once Ocean and One People” included Bali in its itinerary in order to learn more about the rich cultural traditions of the Balinese. Before embarking, the four-year voyage was christened as “M'lama Honua” meaning “to care for our Earth.”

Captain Thompson issued his thanks to the Provincial Government of Bali for their support and facilitating permission for their traditionally built boat to land in Bali. Expressing their thank, the crew of the “Hokulea” presented traditional Hawaiian songs of thanksgiving at arriving at a new port-of-call: “Ave Vahitie” and “Oli Kahea.” Other Hawaiian songs performed by the crew were the “Ka Uluwehi” and “Kei Kai” praising peaceful relationships between mankind and nature.

To the delight of the Hawaiian visitors and tourists on the beach at Sanur, students form the SMKN 1 Junior High School in Denpasar reciprocated performing Balinese dances that included the Sekar Jempiring and Tari Joged Bumbung.

Also on hand for the welcome David Day, the chairman of the Hawaii-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce.

Related Link

“Hokulea” Voyage Website


Thaiṅkyū Mister Takkhi
Bali’s Farewells A.A. Takhi - its First Indian Consul General

n evening gathering was convened at Gedung Wiswa Sabha Utama on Monday, July 27, 2015 to bid farewell to the Indian Consul General in Bali, A.A. Takhi and Madam Takhi, leaving soon for a new diplomatic assignment.

Attending the evening reception were Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika and Indian Ambassador to Indonesia, Gurjit Singh.

Both Ambassador Gurjit Singh and Governor Pastika lavished praise on the outgoing Indian Consul General in Bali for establishing an Indian Consulate in Bali and dedicating himself so completely to enhancing relations between the Balinese and the people of India.

As reported by MetroBali,com, Governor Pastika, rising to the occasion, sang an old Hindi Song in its Indonesian version, recalling first learning the song in his youth.

Ambassador Singh told the audience how Consul General Takhi had performed admirably, representing India both in Bali and the eastern provinces of Indonesia. Most notably, Takhi spearheaded the massive “Sahabat Indonesia Festival” featuring Indian art and culture in a series of cultural programs staged in Bali and beyond.

In his farewell remarks, Consul General Takhi thanked the Governor and the people of Bali for their support and encouragement in establishing the Consulate General in Bali. On the same occasion, Takhi took the opportunity to thank provincial and regional officials in 15 provinces in eastern Indonesia covering the islands of Bali, Lombok, Sulawesi, Maluku, Papua, East & South Kalimantan – al included in the diplomatic sphere of the Bali Consulate General for India in Bali.

Governor Made Mangku Pastika and Ibu Ayu Pastika gave the Consul General a sacred Balinese “keris”  (dagger) intended to bring good luck in his next diplomatic assignment.


Bali as the Ultimate Escape
U.S. Policeman Wanted for Questioning in Texas Murder Apprehended in Bali

The Transnational Crime Division of the Bali Police raided The Pondok Bali Villa in Canggu on Friday, July 31, 2015, and took into custody 32-year-old-American Vontrey Jamal Clark.

Clark is a former Austin, Texas police office wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of 29-year-old Samantha Dean who worked in law enforcement and was seven months pregnant when she was shot in head in a vacant parking lot on February 4th.

Clark was placed on administrative leave following Dean’s death and recently fired from the Austin Police Force for withholding information during a criminal investigation and associating with known felons.

The man left the U.S.A. on July 17, 2015 for Indonesia.

Clark’s U.S. attorney said there was no intention on Clark’s part to evade further questioning in the ongoing murder investigation.

While Indonesia does not have an extradition treaty with the United States, Clark was taken into custody at the request of Austin police.

Indonesian and U.S. authorities, in consultation with Vontry Clark, are discussing the former police officer’s return to Texas.


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Trickery
Australian Man Facing Prison for Insurance Fraud and for Filing False Police Reports in Bali

Bali Police are preparing a case of insurance fraud and making false crime reports against Australian Stephen Richard Patrick (56).

As reported by NusaBali, Patrick had reported his Harley Davidson motorcycle had been stolen while parked after suffering flat tire near Sanur at Sidakarya.
 
Suspicious of the man’s report that police felt was inconsistent, police conducted a raid on Patrick’s residence on Jalan Raya Pemogan on Thursday, July 30, 2015. The Australian initially try to prevent the search of his home that eventually revealed boxes of parts originating from the “stolen” motorcycle.
 
Police contend Patrick has disassembled his bike so he could sell the spare parts while enjoying compensation paid by the insurers of the motorcycle he had reported stolen.
 
Confronted with the evidence, Patrick has reportedly confessed his crime to police investigating the case.
 
Both Patrick and the boxes of motorcycle parts are in police custody as formal criminal charges are prepared.


A Dozen Dead
Rabies in Bali Claims its 12th Victim in Bangli

The lack of anti-rabies vaccine (VAR) is being blamed in the death of 23-year-old I Nyoman Kartawan who died on Monday, July 27, 2015.
 
As reported by the Bali Post, Kartawan was bitten on the finger by a neighbor’s puppy on June 21, 2015. Immediately after suffering the bite, Kartawan was taken the Bangli General Hospital where the young man’s wound was washed and he was treated with an antibiotic. The preferred treatment of VAR was not given to Kartawan, however, because the hospital had no stock.
 
On Saturday, July 25, 2015, Kartawan returned to the hospital, complaining of “pins and needles” in his left arm. The Bangli General Hospital then administered VAR, more than one month after the animal bite occurred.
 
Once day after receiving VAR, the young man returned to the hospital reporting nausea and breathing difficulties. He was immoderately transferred to the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar where he died the following day.
 
The head of the Bangli Heath Department, Dr. I Nengah Nadi, confirmed the death of the young man was linked to rabies and a lack of VAR stock when Kartawan was initially treated. Dr. Nadi told the press that advice goven to Kartawan at the time of the bite to observe the puppy and allow the animal’s brain tissue to be analyzed was ignored.
 
Moreover, a letter was prepared by the Bangli General Hospital on June 25th that would have allowed Kartawan to receive VAR at the Sanglah Denpasar Hospital. According to Dr. Nadi, despite repeated calls to Kartawan, the letter was never taken.
 
Following the man’s death, elimination of stray dogs has been intensified in Bangli.


Indonesia as an Economic Leader
Indonesia’s Minister of Finance Say Indonesia Poised to Become a World Economic Powerhouse by 2030

Indonesia is predicted to have the 7th largest world economy by 2030.
 
Indonesia’s Minister of Finance, Bambang PS Brodjonegoro, said that Indonesia’s advance into the ranks of the developed nations would see the Republic assume its rightful role as a world leader.
 
Minister Brodjonegoro’s predictions and comments were made at a forum held in Jakarta on Thursday, July 30, 2015, as reported by Okezone.
 
Brodjonegoro is confident that the advance of the Indonesian economy will be achieved due to the growing number of productively employed Indonesians and the small proportion of "non-productive" children and aged member of the population.
 
Describing the relatively small proportion of “non-productive” members of the population as a “demographic bonus,” the Minister said Indonesia must use this bonus to its competitive advantage in progressing the national economy.



A Festival of Talent in Bali’s Heartland
3rd Ubud Village Jazz Festival August 7-8, 2015

The Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJF 2015) returns for the third year August 7-8, 2015.
 
The Festival will be headquartered at Arma Museum in Ubud and will feature both national and international jazz musicians.
 
Among the Indonesian musicians and groups scheduled to perform are Indra Lesmana, Nial Djiuliarsa, Dewa Budjana, Dodot and Company, Gustu Brahmanta Project, Kirana Big Band, Dion Janapria, Nita Aartsen Trio and Dwiki Dharmawan.
 
International performers include Oran Elkin, Laura Bruner, Julian Banks Trio and Ales Lahey.
 
During UJVF 2015 a special “Bali jazz Summer School” will hold master classes for aspiring local musicians from August 1-6, 2015.
 
Ubud Village Jazz Festival Website


Protecting the World’s Tigers
Bali Safari and Marine Park Working to Remind Everyone What’s Needed to Saver the World’s Endangered Tiger Population

Bali Safari & Marine Park marked its annual commemoration of World Tiger Day by inviting 55 children from the Dharma Widya Kumara Orphanage to participate in fun-filled and educational activities addressing the plight of the world’s tiger populations and what must be done to ensure these magnificent cats continue to flourish in their natural environment. 

And, as in year’s past, valuable information on Indonesia’s endangered Sumatran tiger population was shared with all Park visitors on this special day dedicated to tigers.

Among the interesting activities forming a part of World Tiger Day at the Bali Safari and Marine Park is the special “Tiger Enrichment Project” involving the rare white tigers housed at the Park’s Ranthambore Pavilion and the streak of Sumatran tigers living in the Indonesian section of the popular Safari Journey. 

Intended to enrich their environment by introducing innovation and variety into the daily lives of the Park’s tigers, the living spaces of these big cats were strewn with snake skins and coconut shells stuffed with fresh meat. The natural inquisitive nature and hunting instincts of the tigers were thereby awakened through the presentation of intriguing objects, smells and physical challenges. Such animal enrichment activities at the Park are designed to provide healthful exercise and entertainment for the tigers while maintaining their safety at all times.

After the children were entertained by watching the antics of the tigers at play, they were invited by the Park’s educational staff to fashion handicraft projects inspired by these large jungle cats.

As part of World Tiger Day informative standing displays located at various locations around the park shared interesting facts and figures about tigers and their vanishing habitats.

William Santoso, general manager of the Bali Safari and Marine Park said: “I believe the commemoration of World Tiger Day is extremely important. It is essential that everyone is made aware that the world’s wild tiger population is undergoing a drastic decline with each passing year. Through marking World Tiger Day, we hope to join forces with the public and lobby for the protection and preservation of these great cats. The answer to the problem is at hand: We merely need to be reminded not to over-exploit the natural environment and destroy the natural habitat of the remaining wild tiger populations and other endangered species. At the same time, people must be educated never to purchase items made from the bodies of hunted tiger. When the buying stops, the killing can too. When the public can develop genuine concern regarding the threat posed to our tigers, only then can we all join forces to prevent their extinction.”

The world’s tiger population is at an all time low. Over the past century, 97% of the world’s wild tigers have vanished. While the tigers remain one of the earth’s most admire animals, they are also one of its species most at risk of extinction.

There are only an estimated 3,200 tigers left in the wild. This diminishing population of tigers is under grave threat due to vanishing habitat and the illegal trade in their body parts. Illicit animal traders kill tigers in the wild for the manufacture of traditional medicines, jewelry, charms and talismans, and decorative items.

World Tiger Day is celebrated internationally each year on July 29th. The stated goal of this special day is the promotion of a global system to protect the natural habitat of tigers and make the world aware of the many issues affecting the preservation of the species. As a powerful predator near the top of the food chain, care must also be taken to conserve the prey on which they feed and, in turn, the vegetation on which their prey also feed. In this way, every component link in the food chain can be sustained, maintaining balance in the natural environment and support efforts to nurture a sustainable local eco-system in areas where the world’s tigers continues to live in the wild.


 
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