Monday, September 7, 2009

Bali Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

Nature's fury was felt in far away West Java last week via a 7.3 earthquake. A death toll approaching 100 and vast property damage resulted, but Bali remained untouched and unscathed, excepting some mild swaying in local multi-storey buildings

Today’s reportedly the day Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik must decide if he wants to take his new seat in the next national legislature or hold out for a post in the next presidential cabinet. Read more in this Bali Update.

In other leading news stories: Garuda is charged with price-fixing in Australia; another hotel opens in Kuta, apparently without permits and licenses; Bali dive operates get snared in sweep of illegal operators; aviation security is stepped up after aterror suspect discovered to be a former Garuda employee; and there’s an interview with Gede Pitana on rebuilding of Indonesia’s tourism image abroad.

Passengers arriving on Garuda from Tokyo will soon have their visa processed on board the airplane, meaning less time spent in immigration lines.

Religious leaders in Bali are cooperating to end discrimination against those afflicted with HIV/AIDS.

Starting on January 1, 2010, tourist visitors to Bali can claim sales tax rebates when they spend more than US$500.

Sub-Terrain water price have increased ten-fold. Hotels are complaining. Find out to whom, in this week’s edition.

Which Bali eateries have been singled out for their excellent selection of wines by Wine Spectator magazine? Bali Update has the list.

Is there a song in your heart? Bring it on Tuesday nights to the weekly Bali Community Choir practice in Sanur. All are welcome. No auditions. Talent is optional. Details in this week’s Bali Update.

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