Monday, August 31, 2009

Bali Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

Details are unfolding on the tragic loss of 9 lives in the sinking of a local ferry sailing from Kusamba to Nusa Penida on August 28. Captain and Port Master facing possible criminal prosecution. Details in this week's edition.

Other top news stories this week include a call from the governor to preserve the site of the former Sari Club for a park or museum; an indication that PLN electricity rates may again rise; the elimination of "poverty certificates" for Bali residents seeking free medical treatment; the introduction of new and sophisticated "biometric" identity cards for Bali residents; cooperation agreement signed between Garuda and the Indonesian Air Force; and continuing moves to "patent" Bali's cultural heritage.

In other news, Garuda hopes to raise US$400 million in its coming IPO; the Bali legislature is seeking to permanently preserve certain areas of the island as agricultural heritage sites; and transportation officials prepare additional vehicles. while Garuda adds more than 42,000 extra seats, to meet the coming Lebaran Holiday surge.

Bali was graced last week by the visit of SKAL International President Hulya Aslantas, paying homage to Bali's very successful SKAL Chapter.

Read how Bali's major export has become its young people working on foreign cruise ships.

Mark you calendar for an important exhibition of sculptures at the Ganesha Gallery in Jimbaran.

These are just some of the stories in this week's edition.

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