Sunday, July 26, 2009
Om Swastiastu ...
In the week following the Jakarta bombings it was clearly not "business as usual in Bali." Hotels and events are making every effort to scrutinize access, while surprise police check points may be waiting around every bend in the road. We have the latest statement on security from the Bali Hotel Association; the cancellation of a major international karate tournament in Bali link to the Jakarta attacks; plans by police to place an officer in every one of Bali's 732 villages; the allocation of nearly US$ 1 million by the government to bolster tourism promotion in the post-bombing period; and a report from Garuda that passenger loads remain constant on inbound flights to Bali.
We also have an editorial on what we think remains a major lapse in island security – "Bali Security: The Elephant in the Room."
PLN – the people who run the National Power Utility, are warning Bali to expect power outages on an almost daily basis September – November. Read this week's update and find out why.
There's news of protests at the Balinese port of Gilimanuk; anger from the people of West Flores regarding plans to move a population of ten Komodo dragons to Bali; and the opening of new Garuda Corporate offices in Jakarta.
Celebrity Michelin Chef Joel Antunes is cooking in Bali this week, July 27-30 at the Ayana Resort. Book now!
For your calendar there's news of the Bali 10K run on August 10, 2009 and an important one-man exhibition by Made Wianta August 6 – 31, 2009 at the Ganesha Gallery.
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Om Çanti Çanti Çanti Om ...
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