Jakarta Animal Aid Network Responds to the Bali Wake Dolphin Management
Balidiscovery.com’s coverage of the Bali Wake Dolphin Park’s management response to criticism of the standards of facilities and care provided to their pod of four dolphins at Who Speaks for Flipper prompted Femke den Haas of the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) to write to Bali Update.
Below is Ms. den Haas’ response:
Who is speaking up for ‘Flipper’ is just the person who had been involved training Flipper in the early sixties. So, if anyone knows about the dark trade in captive dolphins, it’s the trainer of Flipper himself.
Richard (Ric) O’Barry started out capturing and training dolphins for the captive industry and became head trainer for the five dolphins used in the Flipper Show.
In early 1970, Kathy, the dolphin who most often played Flipper, did not resurface for air, O'Barry considered the possibility that she had committed suicide, and concluded that capturing, displaying and training dolphins to perform tricks was wrong.
Ric gave up the glamorous life and decided to found the dolphin project. Ever since, he has dedicated his life to ending the misery of captive dolphins.
In an act not unlike chasing mushrooms popping up around the world, the battle to end the practice of captive dolphin shows continues. And, while in the western world pools with captive dolphins are closing down for ethical reasons, meanwhile in Southeast Asia and other locations the highly chlorinated pools keeping dolphins for moneymaking enterprises continue to multiply. Among those countries opening captive dolphin exhibits are Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Slovenia, Switzerland, India, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Chile and Costa Rica.
Yet, in Indonesia, the world’s last travelling show with dolphins continues. Dolphins are loaded inside trucks to be placed inside temporary, highly chlorinated plastic pools in order to perform five times a day in locations across Java.
Three companies once ran these traveling dolphin shows, one of which closed after March 2013 protests took place in Bali protesting traveling dolphin shows that were flying dolphins from nearby Java. After the transport of the dolphins was captured on film, Garuda Indonesia received a torrent of protests from around the world prompting a ban on the future carrying of dolphins by the Indonesian national carrier.
In 2010, JAAN collected evidence of the captures of wild dolphins for the travelling shows in which the owner of the dolphin show in Keramas (Bali) was also involved. This same businessman later open the Wake Dolphin Park over a year ago.
Ric O'Barry assisted the Indonesian government in 2011, following a request from the then director general of the forestry, Harry Santoso, in developing a plan to rehabilitate the illegal captive-held dolphins seized from the sea without the required capture permit.
The capture of the dolphins continues today to fuel the illegal trade in dolphins. Loopholes Biodiversity Law Number 5 1990 are used to allow the commercial centers to take in "rescued" dolphins, that, in fact, are ordered from local fishermen.
Dolphins can’t cope in captivity. The fact that the blind dolphin was replaced with a "new, fresh dolphin" weeks ago, only confirms the fact that the fresh dolphin who had arrived one year before had become ill and had to be replaced in only little more then a year’s time. It is truly shocking that after more then 500,000 people have signed a petition demanding dolphins from Wake be freed in an initiative started by a surfer, the government decided to send in new dolphins, also taken from the wild. And, the fate of the sick dolphins taken away by truck to Central Java remains unclear.
Wake Dolphin Park management claims they have fulfilled all legal requirements set forth in government regulations, including animal welfare standards. The newly made protocol titled ‘General Guidelines to Dolphin Exhibitions’ by the Forestry Department is nothing more then a very generalized paper seeking to comfort the captive dolphin industry by merely codifying the existing practices at facilities in Indonesia. These protocols fail to address important issues such as noise levels at Dolphin exhibits. Noise-control is very important for the acoustically oriented marine mammals, according to Doctor Naomi Rose (May 2015).
These same protocols claims that a veterinarian is needed to be on constant stand-by to check the condition of the dolphins, but fails to provide any standards or qualifications needed for these veterinarians or dolphin caretakers.
It is also important to note that the diseases – such as stomach ulcers, skin disease and blindness caused by chlorine prevalent among captive dolphins are almost never found within wild populations.
Wake also claims that the pool in which their dolphins are kept can hold up to 8 dolphins are used for “only four” dolphins. The “official standards” state that captive dolphins need only a pool that is twice the dolphin’s length and only 2 meters deep are extremely outdated.
Wake also insists that their pools use seawater pumped in from the ocean, requiring the minimal use of chlorine as a disinfectant. But, in fact, it is impossible to keep four large marine mammals in a pool without using large amounts of chemicals. The tourists paying a high price to swim with these very unlucky dolphins wouldn’t be happy if dolphin “poop” in the water is visible. This problem is resolved by adding lots of chemicals to the water.
JAAN thanks Wake Dolphin Park for the offer to visit their pools. But, in truth, the last time we were there we were welcomed with much aggression.
In the end, the main point is that these dolphins were taken from the ocean. They belong in the ocean.
Their families await them there.
ASEAN Law Officials to Meet in Bali October 18-22, 2015
Bali will serve as the host for a gathering of legal ministers from across ASEAN (ASEAN Senior Law Officials – ASLOM) in October 2015.
As reported by sindonews.com, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika said he hoped the hosting of the ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting in Bali will add to both Indonesia’s and Bali’s credibility in legal circles.
The Governor said every effort must be made to ensure the conference goes smoothly and that Balinese cultural elements are incorporated into the conference’s proceedings. Pastika said that the inclusion of the Balinese arts would indirectly represent the Island and its good name to all delegates, making it necessary to ensure that the quality of the dancers and their performances remains high.
“Please safeguard the standard of the dances that will be presented, especially their quality. Don't allow the Event Organizer make a mistake and the dances presented are mundane. Bali could be embarrassed by mundane dances. This is important. The power of Bali as a tourism destination is contained within its cultural attractions,” said the Governor on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
While speaking on Bali tourism, the Governor also touched on the problem of immigration services at Bali’s airport.
Governor Pastika said the high number of foreign tourist arriving in Bali each day overwhelms the limited number of immigration officers on duty.
The limited number of Immigration officers at Bali’s airport working in three shifts are overburdened causing them to fail to be less than diligent in reviewing documents and sometimes resort to malfeasance, especially in the early morning hours of the day.
The Governor is calling for more immigration officials to be assigned to Bali’s Airport and that work should be expanded to 5 shifts each day to improve service and curb abusive practice.
The ASLOM conference will take place in Bali October 18-22, 2015.
Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle Comes to Bali
3rd Annual Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards Held at the Trans Resort Bali
The 3rd Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards were held at the Trans Resort Bali on Saturday, September 19, 2015.
Hotel, resorts and supporting tour facilities recognized for excellence and luxury traveled to Bali to share insights and receive their increasingly coveted awards proudly displayed by the “best of the best” in the respective categories.
Held at Bali’s newest luxury resort’s lavish ballroom and lobby, the evening began with a convivial cocktail reception in the marbled lobby of the The Trans Resort Bali before being ushered to the Grand Ballroom to enjoy 5-courses of fine dining and carefully paired wines
World-renowned Bali-based fashion designer Paul Ropp presented a dazzling fashion show of his line of women fashions.
Seven Star Luxury panel members traveling to Bali for the gala evening included HSH Prince Massimiliano della Torre e Tasso, Frank M Pfaller, Khalil El-Mouelhy, Nicola El-Mouelhy, Karine Lackner, Mohammed Riyaz, Marina Noble, Dr Andreas Lindner, Thanos Liontos and Hungarian media personality Ece Vahapoglu who served as the official presenter of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.
Frank M Pfaller, Honorary Chairman of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality & Lifestyle Awards, President of the Hoteliers Guild welcomed the attendees and officially launched the world’s first International Hospitality Hall of Fame to a roaring applause.
The torch for hosting next year's event was passed to the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in Marbella Spain for the 2016 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.
Special Awards were also presented to:
Outstanding furniture Design for Luxury Hospitality to Dsign Furniture.
Remarkable and Exceptional achievements in Luxury Hospitality to Katara Hospitality.
Seven Stars Travel Technology Award to Illusions Online.
Award for the preservation and promotion of Heritage and Heritage Hospitality to HRH Hotel Group.
Seven Star Development Award to Al Marjan Island.
Poshberrry received Seven Star Luxury Flight booking services
The event concluded with an "after party" at the 18th - the Trans Resort Bali’s open-air roof top bar.
Khalil El-Mouelhy, chairman and president and founder of Seven Stars Luxury commented: “I am truly impressed with the hospitality and uniqueness of the Trans Resort Bali and we are delighted with the turnout for our 3rd event. Mr. Alexander Jovanovic and his team did a fantastic job and ensured that guests had an exceptional stay. The Facilities of the Trans Resort Bali are exceptional and the quality of the resort and its accommodations are second to none. I look forward to working with Mr. Jovanovic again in the very near future. It was a great pleasure working with the team at the Trans Resort Bali, their Awards are very well deserved and knowing Mr. Jovanovic, things will just keep getting better. The Next Stop for Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards will be the stunning Villa Padierna Palace Hotel in October 2016 and we are all very excited!”
Alexander Jovanovic, director development-hotels & resorts CT Corp and general manager of the Trans Resort Bali added: “We are extremely proud that The Trans Resort Bali has been recognized on an international level as part of the most outstanding properties worldwide. I would like to thank all of our staff for helping make this event a great success. To be awarded on such a level is a testament to the exceptional standards and unique level of service that CT Corp represents in the luxury Hospitality industry.”
Winners at the 3rdSeven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards attending the Bali events were
Park Hyatt Chennai
HRH Group of Hotels
Trans Luxury Hotel
Layana Resort & Spa
Villa Padierna Palace Hotel
Hanging Gardens of Bali
Ayung Resort Bandung
Shiv Niwas Palace
Los Flamingos Golf
Pacific Resort Aitutaki
Pullman Timi Ama
Park Chalet Shahdag
Bali Food Safari
Lagacio Mountain Residence
Marinis on 57
Thermas de Carratraca
Medical Wellness Centre Villa Padierna Palace Hotel
Join Associates of Starwood Hotels in Bali and Lombok to Join 5-Km ĎRun to Giveí Event on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Nusa Dua, Bali
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific will conduct “Run to Give" charity runs simultaneously at 105 locations across Asia Pacific on October 11, 2015.
Joining this Asia Pacific-wide initiative will be The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali, The St. Regis Bali Resort, The Laguna A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Nusa Dua Bali, Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Four Points by Sheraton Bali, W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak and Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort in Lombok - all joining hands to raise funds for a housing renovation project for needy Bali residents.
“Run to Give” also marks the kick-off in Asia Pacific of “Together As One (TAO)” - Starwood’s annual global volunteer campaign.
Now in its second year, Starwood has dedicated the entire month of October to TAO to encourage additional volunteer efforts and also celebrate its associates’ volunteer work that takes place year-round making a positive impact in their communities across the globe. Within the Asia Pacific region alone, Starwood associates have volunteered more than 6,500 hours of community service in 2014.
“’Run to Give’ underscores Starwood’s commitment to drive meaningful impact to the local communities as we recognize that the vitality of our business is directly linked to the vitality of the places where we operate,” said Stephen Ho, president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific. “Last year was the first time we organized the charity run to an immense response; this year with the continued support from our associates, we are confident that ‘Run to Give’ will accomplish more than we ever could alone.”
The 5K race to be held in Nusa Dua in Bali follows a route across Nusa Dua's tropical gardens, past the iconic Water Blow, Bali’s historical Rama & Lesmana statue and along Nusa Dua’s Beach.
Registration costs Rp.100,000 for the general public and Rp. 75,000 for students. Included in the registration are race participation, a running t-shirt and the chance to win exciting prizes from Starwood.
Inaugurated in 2014 as the Hotel Charity Run, the inaugural event saw over 20,000 runners take part at 92 locations across Asia Pacific and raised a total of US$ 228,000. Associates from Starwood hotels across the region now organize these runs to raise funds for a local charities.
Run to Give in Bali expects to gather more than 1,000 of participants from Starwood associates, running enthusiasts and philanthropists in Bali and Lombok.
Funds raised through the charity run in Bali will go towards a housing renovation project for Bali residents in need.
Cathay Flight from Perth to Hong Kong Makes an Emergency Landing in Bali
A Cathay Pacific flight traveling between Perth, Western Australia and Hong Kong was forced to make an emergency landing in Bali at 3:35 am on Friday morning, September 25, 2015, when the starboard engine on a twin-engine Airbus A330 malfunctioned.
CX 170 was carrying 245 passengers and 13 crew whenthe engine shut down in flight. Passengers on the flight reported a loud explosion and that the plane shook after which flames and sparks were seen coming from the engine.
Cathay says that no fire occurred on the damaged engine that suddenly stopped operating. With the Airline stating that an Airbus A330 aircraft can continue to fly for three hours on a single engine, the decision was made to make a precautionary landing at Bali’s nearby Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Although met with firetrucks standing by at the runway's edge, the emergency landing in Bali went smoothly with passengers later shifted to local hotels while substitute flights to Hong Kong could be secured. Passengers were required to wait for several hours on board the plane, but a warm breakfast was served and in-flight movies continued to be shown.
Most passengers were required to pay for an entry visa to Indonesia, but were told they would be reimbursed for this expense by the Airline in due course.
Lessons about the Birds and the Birds
Begawan Foundation Gives Back to Bali
Begawan Foundation is continuing the program for a new generation of students at the school starting from August 2015.
The inaugural program was launched in September 2014 with the year-4 grade school students at SDN 1 Sibangkaja, Bali, who were taught to looked at their own role in their homes, their school and their communities – all with an eye on conservation and the need to take care of the environment.
For the latest batch of students, Begawan Foundation volunteers re-devised the curriculum to persuade students to examine their relationships with their surroundings, using the proven method of “learning by doing.”
The Foundation's recently hosted a field trip to the Sibang Bali Starling Conservation Site where the students participated in activities at the four stations and received first hand experience with the Bali Starling. Staff and volunteers involved in the program were pleased that the students now recognized the Bali Starling as not so different from human beings – both eat fruit and vegetables, both take care of their young, both sing, dance and enjoy life!
The lessons learned from this year curriculum encourage students to reflect and understand in practical terms their own lives and that of a highly endangered bird.
Education; A Founding Tenet of Begawan Foundation
While the Begawan Foundation was still based at Begawan Giri Estate, local kindergarten students participated in a variety of activities, with small groups visiting each day. Led by the staff, they learned English, looked at conservation issues, and met the doctors and nurses at the clinic to take part in hygiene and health lessons. The program was based on the belief that lessons are best taught in a hands on manner.
So successful was the program, in fact, that the numbers of participants increased with up to 100 students visiting on a weekly basis. The program continues to this day, with small groups of kindergarten children still visiting the Estate on a regular basis.
Once Begawan Foundation moved to Sibang in an area adjacent to Bali’s famed Green School, the staff worked with the teachers on several different projects, all based on conservation and student awareness of the endangered Bali Starling. Many students visiting the site over the past few years have chopped food to be fed to the birds, observed birds playing in the socialization enclosure, and assisted in formal bird audits on Nusa Penida.
The goal of this education program is to inform students and bring to their attention the problem of extinction, treatment of animals - especially birds, and environmental problems that result when birds lose their natural habitat.
Garuda Bali to Labuan Bajo Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Lombok
GA 7026 on a flight from Bali to Labuan Bajo in West Flores was forced to divert and make an emergency landing at Lombok International Airport at 8:15 am on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, when a passenger went berserk shortly after leaving Bali.
Yoswaldionsi Arigo, a 21-year-old man who had been working as a ship’s crew, was flying home to Ulunua Village in West Manggarai when he began disturbing passengers’ hand luggage an pounding on the cockpit door of the ATR-100 aircraft carrying 29 passengers.
As a precaution, the Garuda pilot decided to make an unscheduled intermediate stop in Lombok where Arigo was handed over to security and medical personnel.
After a brief delay, the plane continued on its journey to Labuan Bajo.
Eco Warriors Land on Baliís Seminyak Beach
Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort Participates in International Coastal Cleanup 2015
Demonstrating a commitment to preserving Bali’s natural environment, Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort took part in the annual International Coastal Cleanup project on Seminyak Beach on Saturday, September 19, 2015.
Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup project, now in its 28th year, has become the world’s largest volunteer effort dedicated to ocean health. Each year millions of eco-friendly warriors from all over the world help to clear waste from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers and oceans. These eco volunteers recording the amount and the composition of every article collected during a clean up provide meaningful insights into the man-made waste so negatively impacting the planet’s health.
For this year’s International Coastal Cleanup, Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, members of the Bali Hotels Association, local resorts and schools gathered at 7:00 am on the Saturday morning to spend two hours cleaning Seminyak Beach. The "Green Army" covered a distance of two-kilometers, picking up all kinds of rubbish along the way. Plastic bags, containers, cutlery, cans, cigarettes and household waste, along with abandoned shoes and fishing debris - were just some of the 11,965 items collected. The total trash haul weighed in at over 170 kilograms.
As a Green Globe Certified hotel, Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort remains committed to environmental, social and cultural preservation. Clinton Lovell, general manager of Anantara Seminyak Bali and executive director of Environment for the Bali Hotels Association stated, “Thank you to Anantara’s green team and all the eco warriors who participated in the International Coastal Cleanup project this year. They successfully transformed the image of Seminyak’s coastline, enabling beach lovers to enjoy the pleasure of pristine sands. Even more importantly, it prevented a huge amount of rubbish from polluting the Indian Ocean. We hope that locals and tourists alike will take note of our achievements and be even more considerate about the items they purchase and how they dispose of their garbage, and go on to spread the word.”
Nusa Penida: The Next Channel Islands?
Indonesian Tourism Minister Wants Bali and Nearby Islands to Become Centers of Financial Services
As reported by detik.finance.com, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, has announced that he wishes the Island of Bali to not only be known for its many tourist attractions, but also to become famous for its financial service industry equal, he hopes, to Dubai and Singapore.
Yahya’s vision was shared during a press conference for the 2015 Nusa Penida Festival at the Tourism Ministry office in Jakarta on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Indonesia’s Tourism Minister declared it is not impossible for Bali to be equal to Dubai in the financial service offered to the world.
Explaining his desire for Bali’s tiny off-shore island of Nusa Penida to become a world financial center, Arief Yahya explained: “Just try to Google this, the top industry is not tourism, but financial services. Financial services include banking, securities and insurance. As an example, look at Dubai where financial services are number one and tourism is number two. I want Bali to be like this, for instance using Nusa Penida.”
Bali and Beyond
Arief also expressed his wish for Bali to serve as a travel hub or departure point to other regions in Indonesia, such as Banyuwangi and Lombok.
Elaborating, Yahya added: “Lombok is very clever in using its close proximity to Bali. 90% of the tourists who come to Lombok arrive from Bali. Banyuwangi (East Java) must also follow this example. It must be regretted if Bali is not developed as a hub."
Dining Like a Maharaja in Bali
Baliís Queen Tandoor Chain of Restaurants Praised as 'Manna from Heaven' by Indian Press
Kavita Bajeli-Datt writing for The Hans India has given a praiseful review of the Queen’s Tandoor group of Indian restaurants in Bali.
Describing the quality of the Queen’s Tandoor menu offered from four Bali locations in Seminyak, Kuta, Nusa Dua and Ubud as “manna from heaven,” Bajell-Datt reviews the restaurant’s fare representing delicious samplings from North Indian (tandoori), South Indian (dosa, uthapam) and Western Indian (Gujurati, thalil).
Predominant among the growing number of Indian restaurants in Bali, Queens opened its doors in 2004 and appears to be the “restaurant of choice” for the increasing flow of Indian tourists coming to the Island.
Quoted in the article, Puneet Malhotra who owns and manages the Queens Tandoor restaurants, said, "At our chain of restaurants, we understand the basic principle of cooking food - it is not good food unless it titillates your taste buds into a happy submission.”
Follow the links to or visit the Queens Tandoor Website or read Kavita Bageli-Datt's article on line to learn more about the excellent Indian cuisine available in four Bali locations
International Schools in Bali told to Charge Tuition Fees in Rupiah
In its continuing efforts to stabilize and strengthen the Indonesia Rupiah, the Bali branch of Bank Indonesia has issued instructions that school fees, particularly those paid to International schools in Bali, be transacted in Indonesian Rupiahs.
As reported by Beritabali.com, the instruction was issued by Dewi Setyowati, the head of Bank Indonesia in Bali office on Monday, September 21, 2015.
Dewi confirmed that her office is persuading schools in Bali to charge in Indonesian Rupiahs and has sent an instruction to all International schools in Bali.
“While this rule cannot not be immediately obeyed, slowly this will become the norm. We will continue to socialize this change immediately to the schools,” Dewi said.
In addition to schools, Dewi said Bank Indonesia is socializing the need to price goods and services in Rupiah to all companies operating in Bali. Adding: “The requirement to use the Rupiah is absolute with clear sanctions for those failing to follow the rule.”
The requirement to use the Indonesian Rupiah is set forth in Law No. 7 of 2012 on Currency and Bank Indonesia Regulation No. 17/3/PBI/2015 requiring the use of the Rupiah within the boundaries of the Republic.
Bank Indonesia Study Suggests Bali Tourism is Distancing Itself from Baliís Native Culture
The State News Agency Antara reports that Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has warned that tourism on the Island cannot be detached from the concept of “cultural tourism” as provided for under provincial and regional rules and regulations.
The Governors, speaking before the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), said the whole world knows the greatness of Balinese culture, but limitations exist in opportunities to see and experience the Island’s cultural traditions when visiting the Island.
Referring to a recent Bank Indonesia – Bali survey that shows only 22% of the tourists coming to Bali have an interest in cultural tourism, Pastika said such results require further examination inasmuch as Bali’s main tourism draw is its culture and natural beauty.
Saying that the variety of cultural attractions in Bali remains limited, Pastika commented: “If someone comes to Bali, how many times do they want to watch a Barong Dance? If they come for a second time, would they want to watch another Barong Dance? That is not a certainty, and most probably they would not. This is what’s meant when we say we need new ‘destinations.’”
Governor Pastika sees an increasing tendency for tourists to seek out spectacular experiences, with younger tourist less attracted to traditional cultural programs and presentations.
Continuing and referring to the month-long celebration of the arts held in Bali each June, Pastika said, “Each year we host the Bali Arts Festival in order to develop, explore and seek new creativity.”
Members of the DPRD-Bali are asking the government to carefully review the Bank Indonesia survey that said 56% Bali’s foreign visitors are interested in "created" tourist attractions, and only 22% each are drawn to nature or cultural objects.
Days of Reckoning
Corruption Trial of Balinese Former Tourism Minister and Tourism of Energy Begins in Jakarta
The criminal trial has commenced in Jakarta of the Bali-born former Minister of Culture and Tourism (2004-2011) and Minister of Energy (2011-2014), Jero Wacik.
During the opening session of the corruption trial on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, the former ministers who held two ministerial portfolios was charged with three acts of corruption and enriching himself by Rp. 8.41 billion and the extortion of a further 10.3 billion.
Wacik, who originally hails from the village of North Batur, was major luminary in the Democratic Party and a close ally and loyalist of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The three criminal corruption charges against Jero Wacik are:
The misappropriation of Ministerial operation funds totaling Rp. 8.4 billion while serving as the Minister of Culture and Tourism.
The extortions of Rp. 10.38 billion in funds via his subordinates in the form of kickback from suppliers while serving as the Minister of Energy that were used for personal enrichment.
The receipt of personal gratification worth Rp. 349 million as Minister of Energy used to pay for the birthday party of his wife at a luxury hotel in Jakarta.
As reported by NusaBali, Wacik has objected to the charges against him as without basis and constructed of overblown administrative errors. For this reason, he has asked the Court to decriminalize the charges against him.
Protests Against Ship and Ferry Operators at Gilimanuk Demanding Repairs be Undertaken on Pura Segara
Ship operators across the Bali Straits between Bali and Java are being called on by local residents to address erosion threatening the seaside Pura Segara Temple located near the port of Gilimanuk in the Regency of Jembrana.
As reported by the States News Agency Antara, a group of legislators from the Jembrana House of Representatives (DPRD-Jembrana) led by House Chairman Ketut Sugiasa were concerned that waves may soon cause the temple to topple into the sea.
“Abrasion and the deterioration of walls protecting the Temple from waves are damaged by the waves created by the ships that pass back and forth every day at the Gilimanuk Port. The Ship operators must also take responsibility and deal with this problem,” insisted Sugiasa.
He explained that if the abrasion threatening the Temple was due to natural causes, he would be asking for assistance from the Central Government in Jakarta. But, because the damage to the temple is caused by ships and the State Ferry Company he is calling on ship operators to repair the damage.
Sugiasa confirmed that on each of four separate visits to the Temple he has seen an increasingly deteriorating situation caused by erosion of the sea walls.
“We will give one month to the ship operators and the State Ferry Company to make repairs. If this does not happen, we will call for thousands of local citizens to protest at the port. Please pay attention to nature first and not only be profit oriented,” he demanded.
The lawmaker continued, saying that repairing the Temple does not pose a great burden to the 48 ships operating from the port. If he ship sent ten truck of stones to protect the Temple that would be enough to protect the Temple from the waves.
Sugiasa also complained that the ships sailing in and out of Gilimanuk are pumping offensive effluents into the sea that accumulate at the shore in front of the Temple.
The Legislator object strongly to calls from ship operators asking for the local village to first submit a proposal for the needed repairs, saying the entire responsibility of saving the Temple rests with the boat owners.
Repairs were carried out on the Pura Segara Temple in 2012 by the State Ferry Company (PT ASDP).
This Little Piggy Went to Market . . .
Urban Pigsty Putting 1,800 kilograms of Raw Sewage into River in Sidakarya Area of Denpasar, Bali
The already heavily-polluted urban river way adjoining Jalan Kresek in the Sidarkarya area of Bali’s capital of Denpasar is being made worse by the a daily contribution of waste from 300 pigs kept in pens located along the river’s edge.
As reported by Beritadewata.com, the pigsty was discovered on Monday, September 21, 2015 on a visit to the river by a member of Commission I for the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Nyoman Tirtawan and representatives of the Provincial Environmental Agency (BLH).
According to Tirtawan, a 30-meter stretch of the river’s edge is covered by a pen holding 300 pigs, with the raw sewage from the animals flowing directly into the river.
“The pig pens touch the river’s edge. These are large pigs. The manure from one pig equals 6 kilograms a day. So, the sewage from 300 pigs equals 1,800 kilograms each day. This is polluting the river,” said Tirtawan.
The Provincial legislators said the condition of the river is shocking. The smell from the pigpens is sickening and can be detected tens of meters from the river. Adding: “After receiving many complaints from local residents and environmental activists from the Bali Harum Foundation, we came to check the situation directly. We encountered a disgusting scene. The river is truly polluted. The smell is unbearable. The waste from the pigs is clearly visible. Local residents feel uncomfortable because of the smell of the pig waste and the pollution of the river. This can no longer even be called a river, but is now a septic tank.”
Tirtawana bemoaned that pig waste and plastic is now clogging the river’s flow and has turned the river black.
The National Democrat Party Member is asking if the party owning the pigs has an operating license from the Denpasar Municipalit? Saying it is hard to believe that the government would allow a pig farm in a developed urban area, he cited environmental laws that provides for fines of up to Rp. 3 billion and imprisonment of 3 years for those guilty of such polluting acts.
Sugiasa admonished the Denpasar Government to not be content to merely" sit in their plush chairs" and do nothing. If an operation permit has been issued to those owning the pigs, he called for an investigation to determine how this is possible.
Wine, Chocolate & Pearls Awaits in Baliís North
Visit North Bali Website Reveals the Many Wonders Awaiting on Islandís North Coast
The Visit North Bali Alliance have launched a website dedicated to promoting Visit North Bali www.visitnorthbali.com.
The Visit North Bali Alliance is comprised of three established companies operating on Bali’s northern coast. Dedicated to promoting the beauty and hidden tourism gems of Bali’s North, the website aims “to remind guests there is a part of Bali away from the hustle and bustle, rich in beauty and culture and offering stunning, interesting and diverse products coming from the region.”
The North Bali Experience, the facilities and services of the three founders are featured on the website: Atlas Pearls, BT Cocoa and Hattens Wines.
All three businesses operate from Jalan Singaraja – Gilimanuk.
BT COCOA celebrates all things cocoa. A place to relish curiosity of everything cocoa with fun facts, games as well as chocolaty treats. Cocoa Grounds is embedded with Balinese culture including its people and its décor, providing a true Balinese experience for visitors. Cocoa Grounds aim is to be the go-to provider of all information relating to cocoa, a place to enjoy chocolate as well as an outlet to give back to the cocoa community.
Visitors can also adopt a cocoa tree with any purchase of Cocoa Grounds souvenir. For a minimal purchase of Rp. 100.000 a donation is automatically made for the planting of 1 cocoa tree at the Cocoa grounds.
ATLAS PEARLS AND PERFUMES
Atlas Pearls is a global leader in eco-pearling, specializing in the highly sought after silver and white Pinctada Maxima, commonly known as the South Sea pearl. Atlas has five farms spread across the Indonesian archipelago, with the biggest farm located in North Bali. A visit to North Bali can now include a visit to the Pearl Cultivation Center and a guided tour of a working pearl farm to view firsthand the pearling process from hatchery to harvest. Complete with a boutique, the facility is awe-inspiring: employing women of nearby villages and supporting hundreds of family members on the north coast.
The vineyards of Hatten Wines are just a few steps away from the pearl farm - 14.5 hectares under active cultivation from a total land area of 34.5 hectare. Cultivating their crops and also purchasing grapes from Balinese farmers, Hatten Wines has recently opened a Welcome Center at its vineyard.
After 21 years of winemaking, Hatten Wines is an acknowledged pioneer in the Asian wine industry, producing 7 award-winning wines made from the grapes grown along Bali’s North Coast. Wines are produced from the Belgia and Alphonse-Lavallée grapes grown in the vineyards using in the pergola system, harvesting 3 crops each year. Grapes from the North travel across the Island to Hatten’s winery in Sanur where all their wines are carefully crafted.
From the reception center, 45-minute tours of the vineyards are offered that include a visit to the Observation Deck that affords a breathtaking views of the vineyard and a wine tasting of the wines made from the grapes harvested in North Bali.
In announcing the launch of the North Bali tour program, IB Rai Budarsa, owner of Hatten Wines said: “Every visit to our vineyards reminds me how pretty the North Coast is. This Alliance wants to protect and support sustainable development, hence we invite tourists to come now and see how beautiful it is up there. Hopefully we will later have more voices to support us in the conservation and protection of the North Coast’s beauty.”
TOURING BALI’S NORTH
Tours to Bali’s North originating from the South can be customized into a leisurely tour of several days or presented in a single day. On the way to the North travelers will drive through the beautiful mountain-lake district at Bedugul and Munduk.
The three featured stops on the North Bali program are located within a 45-kilometer stretch along the coast with excellent dining and accommodation options within easy reach ranging from inexpensive home stays to five star luxury resorts.
Survey Lists Indonesia as Top International Destination for Child Sex Tourism
Reporting from a forum on “Tourism and the Sexual Exploitation of Children” held in Sanur, Bali on Saturday, September 26, 2015, Metrobali.com quoted the country manager-Indonesia for Terre Des Hommes, Sudaryanto, who provided discomforting data and observations on the dark nature of some aspects of Indonesian tourism.
Terre des Hommes International Federation – an alliance of ten organizations supporting children rights and promoting equitable development without racial, religious, political, cultural or gender-based discrimination – announced disquieting results of three years of research carried out from 2012-2014. That survey determined that Indonesia holds the unenviable top ranking internationally as the “favorite destination” for sexual predators seeking to prey on children.
“Research carried out over three years from 2012-2014 saw Indonesia consistently rank at the very top as the tourism destination for the criminal sexual exploitation of children,” Sudaryanto told the forum’s participants.
Following Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia ranked #2 and #3 as the most-favored destinations for child-sex-tourism, according to the Terre des Hommes survey.
Sudaryanto said that in Indonesia the three tourism domestic destinations most visited by pedophiles are Batam, Lombok and Bali. Elaborating, he said: “Generally, they (the pedophiles) seek place where there is weak law enforcement; where the law is weak is where they will visit.”
Sudaryanto categorizes tourists who are sexual predators of children as falling into three categories:
First, pure pedophiles afflicted by a sexual perversion that targets children under the age of 12.
Second, those with a preference for sex with children based on a personal perception that these young victims are more virginal, cleaner and more likely to be disease free.
Third, those who exploit children due to situational or opportunistic motives. These people do not necessarily target children, but if there is an opportunity to exploit kids they will do so.
Sudaryanto focused on the important role of law enforcement in curbing child-sexual-exploitation, saying: “We must repair our law enforcement. There are many criminal pedophiles who cannot be brought to justice for a variety of reasons.” Among the reasons he cited is passive law enforcement that will only take action if a formal complaint is filed.
“The law must be user-friendly and respect the rights of children,” Sudaryanto concluded.
Two Immigration Officers from Bali Airport Arrested on Suspicion of Extortion
Sindonews.com reports that two immigration officers from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport have been taken into custody by the Denpasar Police Post in connection with the alleged extortion of a Chinese tourist on September 12, 2015.
The two officers, identified by DenPost as immigration officers Henri Ridwan Purba and Wachid, have been officially named as suspects in connection with the incident.
Their men’s arrest has been confirmed by Reinhard Habonaran, head of the Criminal Division of the Denpasar Police on Monday, September 21, 2015.
Police have charged the two based on CCTV footage taken at the airport and a hand phone found in the men’s possession believed to have been taken from the Chinese tourist during the incident.
“In the CCTV it is not completely clear that a theft took place. Earlier it was reported that the victim was robbed,” said Habonaran.
The arrest of the two immigration officials was also confirmed by the Head of the Denpasar Police Precinct, Anak Agung Made Sudana (shown). “The immigration officer have clearly made a mistake. The evidence meets the requirements for a prosecution, so we have arrested them,” said Sudana.
The arrest have taken place following a formal press conference convened by the Ngurah Rai Immigration office on September 17, 2015 at which it was vehemently denied that the two immigration officers committed extortion against a Chinese tourist names Zhang Tao.
U.K. Postal Survey Names Bali as Cheapest Destination for 3rd Consecutive Year
A strong British Pound and a number of other factors has resulted in Bali being ranked again as the cheapest long-haul destination for U.K. travelers.
An article published in thisismoney.co.uk provide a detailed comparison of 33 international tourism destination comparing everything from the price for a room, a bottle a beer, a cup of coffee and dinner for two with wine.
The survey concluded that that a strong Pound Sterling, a declining Indonesian Rupiah and other factors now make the cost of a Bali holiday as much as 41% cheaper for UK visitors.
Bali has now won the race for the destination with the lowers cost of living for the third year in the row.
The survey is conducted by the U.K. Post Office that looks at the cost of a meal, a bottle of wine, a bottle of beet, a glass of wine, a cocktail, a chocolate bar, a 1.5 liter bottle of mineral water, a tube of suncream and even insect repellent.
According to the survey, the top-ten cheapest destinations for long-haul destinations from the U.K are listed below.
Bali Freezes All Development Activities at Jatiluwih World Heritage Site
The Provincial Government of Bali has taken firm action in response to reports of the rampant development and environmental destruction occuring at the Jatiluwih area of West Bali.
Following a coordination meeting convened at the Governor office on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, a “Status Quo” or freeze on all development activities at the World Heritage Site of Jatiluwih has been ordered until a formal zoning code (RDTR) can be finalized for the area.
Attending the coordination meeting led by the Provincial Secretary Ketut Widja, were the head of Tabanan Regency’s Culture and Tourism Department Wayan Adnyana and Udayana University academician Wayan Windia.
The “freeze” issued by the Province of Bali stipulates that no development can be carried out in the area of World Heritage Zone and its rice terraces at Jatiluwih before a comprehensive zoning plan is in hand.
NusaBali reports that Widja will soon meet with Bali’s Governor to form a management committee for the World Heritage Zone.
The “freeze” takes place one month in advance of an expected visit by a UNESCO representative coming to Bali to asses the success of local conservation efforts of the Jatiluwih Heritage area and following a call for a tourism boycott of Jatiluwih by subak activist Professor Wayan Windia.
Windia has been an outspoken critic of plans to build a luxury hotel near the scenic rice terraces of Jatiluwih and the bulldozing of terraced areas to make way for development projects.
As part of UNESCO’s recommendations for the future development of the World Heritage Area, accommodation in the area should be reserved exclusively for home stays owned by local residents.
Smile, Youíre on YouTube
Angry Guide Records Encounter with Ticket Attendants at Kintamani Volcano Charging More than Ticketed Receipts
Bali Post is covering a developing story surrounding a series of YouTube uploads purportedly showing kickbacks extracted from tourists visiting the popular Kintamani volcano area in the regency of Bangli.
The two uploads entitled “Pungli Mafia Ticket di Kintamani” part 2 & 3 running 2:36 and 2:35, respectively, show a tour guide in an animated argument with security and ticket attendants at an admission booth on a main road accessing Kintamani.
The guide in the video is angered by attempts to charge admission fees for 8 people while only receiving ticket receipts for 4.
The videos were uploaded on YouTube by an account owned by “Dompo Made” on September 19, 2015.
The guide angrily protested the inability of the ticket attendant to provide tickets equivalent in value to the amount being charged his group of 8 tourists, complaining on the film that this malfeasance is something he has encountered on repeated visits to Kintamani.
The security guard pictured in the video, later identified as Jro Dang, is seen apologizing and explaining that he will take the additional tickets from another location. Meanwhile, in Part II of the video, several associates of Jro Dange are seen coming to his defense.
The guide, however, refuses to be placated, telling the security and ticketing attendants that they were destroying the image of Bali as a tourism destination.
Two days after the video was launched on YouTube, legislators from the Bangli House of Representatives (DPRD-Bangli) visited one of the ticket posts. Led by DPRD-Bangli chairman Ngakan Kutha Parwata, the delegation questioned Jro Dang and local tourism officials in Bangli.
Jro Dang confirmed to the lawmakers that the incident depicted on the film took place on the previous Saturday, claiming he only had four ticket left at his post when the incident occurred.
The lawmakers said they would seek out the guide for further explanation.
Parwata also said there is a desire to introduce an automated ticket system at Kintamani but this is made difficult by the fact that tourist visitors charged for their visits to Kintamani share a common road with through traffic destined for other locations in Bali who are not charged.
Aggressive and sometimes unscrupulous behavior by security officials and ticket attendants at Kintamani is a long-standing complaint from many working in Bali’s tourism sector and bringing visitors to the popular tourist destination.
Wide-Eyed Wonder as 60 Disabled Children from Solemen Foundation Enjoy a International Rhino Day at Bali Safari and Marine Park
Bali Safari & Marine Park marked International Rhino Day 2015 by inviting 60 disabled and disadvantage children from the Indonesian Solemen Foundation to the Park where they enjoyed an unrivaled encounter with the natural world while learning more about the world’s endangered rhinos population – animals believed to represent a direct living link to the world’s prehistoric animal kingdom.
Celebrated around the world every September 22nd since 2010, World Rhino Day seeks to raise concern and awareness of all five species of endangered rhinos found in Asia and Africa: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.
The Indonesia Solemen Foundation (Yayasan Solemen Indonesia) is a non-profit organization founded in October 2010 to provide care and support to some of Bali’s least fortunate residents – individuals suffering from severe physical and mental disabilities, who otherwise oftentimes fall through the Island’s still rudimentary social assistance network.
Established by “Mr. Sole Man” - Robert Epstone, who, after undertaking an epic barefoot 535-kilometer barefoot walk around Bali, pledged to carry on living his life without shoes until he successfully raises US$1 million for the work of Solemen – an act of solidarity “with those who have a choice to wear or not wear shoes.”
With the support of the Bali Safari and Marine Park, 60 Solemen beneficiaries were taken on a heretofore unimaginable journey through the Park that serves as home to hundreds of animal representing some 60 different species. A highlight of the day for the kids and their families were center-stage seats at the spectacular Bali Agung Show – the theatrical retelling of of a mythic epic story of Bali’s history presented on the largest stage in Southeast Asia and performed by a bevy of animals, more than 200 dancers and a full gamelan orchestra.
The kids of Solemen sat in wide-eyed amazement when house lights dimmed and the one-hoour theatrical extravaganza began with a parade of elephants marched through the audience accompanied by the show’s elaborately costumed cast of characters.
A full day of fun-filled activities was also presented for the Solemen children and their families, including educational experiences that challenged the children to create handicrafts inspired by rhinos. Those works considered most worthy have now joined a prestigious collection that remains on display at the Park’s educational center.
Regular visitors to the Park on Rhino day were also encouraged to join the “save the Rhino” campaign by posting pictures on various social media with the hash tags #BaliSafari #Iam4Rhino #RhinoDay.
“As with our commemoration of all the many dedicated endangered species days at the Park, the celebration of International Rhino Day was no less important. On this day we have the opportunity to again remind the citizens of the world to join efforts in protecting these majestic and awe-inspiring animals. The day was made even made more memorable for the Safari Park team who were able to share it with the children of the Solemen Indonesia Foundation. These economically and financially disadvantaged kids are precious members of the Bali community; too often forgotten despite their compelling need for the love and support of their Island neighbors. We hope that our efforts today and the continuing support provided by Solemen will allow these kids to become quality members of our local society and actively involved in conservation efforts,” said William Santoso, general manager of the Bali Safari and Marine Park.
There are only 5 species of rhino left is the world, 2 of which are only found in Indonesia – the Java Rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) and Sumatran Rhino (Dicherorinus sumatrensis). Both Indonesian species of rhino are listed as critically endangered species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list.
The population of Javan Rhinos is estimated at 50 animals – an extremely small wild population especially vulnerable to extinction and all living in the Ujung Kulon National Park on the southwestern tip of the Island of Java. Meanwhile, the surviving Sumatran Rhino population is put at around 200 animals, concentrated in small groups at the Gunung Leuser National Park in Aceh, and the South Bukit Barisan Park and Way Kambas Reserve both in Lampung, South Sumatra.
The Bali Safari and Marine Park is also home to two African White Rhinos, known to Park workers as “Hima” and “Nelson,” or, on more formal occasions as “Mr. and Mrs. Nelson.” Nelson is 18-years-old, while his mate Hima is 26-years-old. Animal keepers are amazed by the very close attachment the two rhinos have formed for each other, exhibiting aggressive and unusual behavior whenever the two are separated.
The Digital Marketing Advantage
Hotel Link Solutions-Indonesia Enhances its Digital Marketing Skill-Set with Google AdWords Certified Consultants
Two members of the Hotel Link Solutions’ Indonesia team recently acquired Google AdWord certification – awarded by examination and demonstrating a professional proficiency in digital marketing techniques employed in AdWords – a proven cost effective way to drive targeted customers to websites.
Earning certification were Rikardus Guru and Yonathan - both who undertook the course of study leading to certification in order to meet the growing demand for digital marketing services from the growing base of Hotel Link Solution clients in Indonesia seeking quick, affordable, effective and well-targeted means of increasing occupancy rates or selling specific hotel services.
Commenting on the Google AdWord certification of his two team members, the CEO of Hotel Link Solutions Indonesia, Chandra Himawan, said: “First of all, congratulations to both Yonathan and Rikardus for successfully completing the certification process with Google. Their decision to seek certification is a direct response to numerous requests from our clients seeking marketing tactics that are both measureable and effective. The sophistication and focused targeting capabilities of Google AdWords is a proven winner with out clients. In the current challenging market situation we embrace that it’s basically results that count for our clients. That is the same 'results-oreinted' premise that drives the growing success of the websites and booking engines produced by Hotel Link Solutions. It is also this same result-oriented approach that distinguishes every aspect of the digital marketing consulting services we extend to all our clients in Indonesia.”
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Readers Write in about Recent Articles on www.balidiscovery.com that Piqued their Interests
Recent email letters received from some of the 40,000 weekly subscribers to Bali Update were prompted by articles that appeared recent newsletters
Why Tourists Avoid Besakih Temple examining the many negative comments recorded from tourist visitors to Bali’s most sacred Pura Besakih Temple generated some spirited replies:
- John Maasland wrote:
“In the last 15 years I have seen the changes that took place in area's like Besakih and also Tanah Lot and how they treat foreigners. I still come to Bali every year, now for 35 years. I always like to tour this beautiful island because I know where to go. But because of the unhealthy situation around some of these places, I do not go there anymore and give advice to visiting friends also not to go there. I am very sorry for that.”
- Rick Powell said:
“I have lived in Bali for 6 years and only visited Besakih once, never to return or recommend to others because of rude and aggressive people selling there. This is too common throughout many Bali locations. Sindu beach is another bad one and should be stopped.
When Fighting Corruption is Taboo - the lamentations of Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika about the difficulties of eradicating corruption at Bali’s airport. Saw one reader contribute:
- Terry Hill wrote:
“This airport corruption is not the best kept secret in Bali. The governor would have been aware of the problems a long time ago. It took a complaint and the news media to get involved for some supposed action to be taken but nothing will happen and the corruption will continue. Too much money is involved going to the people who could stop this corruption.”
“As an Aussie who comes every year for 2-6 weeks at a time, my only grievance is the entry visa cost. So sad they can't put Australia on the free list, too. Don't punish the tourists for their Prime Minister’s political views.”
- Grahame Cherrett added:
“Been to Bali every year since 1994. Will never return - visa charges for Australians and high taxes on inedible food in some cases. Conditions getting dirtier. Last year my wife contracted Dengue fever from hotel in Sanur.”
“This is both disturbing and frightening! Harassing a group of 6 people and stealing a phone. One can only hope the Polisi actually does something about this.
- Rob in Bali also wrote:
“And while they are at it - stop the 'one choice only' taxi service from asking for Rp. 270,000 for a 20 minute journey to Tirta Nadi, Sanur. The whole airport needs to come under TOTALLY new management.”
A Bali Boondoggle? detailing a frivolous “study tour” top Bali undertaken by Jakarta politicians. . .
- Long time Bud resident Garrett Kam expressed his disdain, saying:
“Study tours for school kids are to be with their friends for a few days and they paid their own way. These politicians should pay back the government for their waste of public funds. They should be publicly named and shamed. Same goes for those ministers who went to the Trump rally in the USA at great public expense just to get personal business deals that don't benefit Indonesia.”
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