Monday, October 12, 2009

Bali Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

First the hard news of the week: A sensational murder trial in the death of a Balinese journalist started last week in Bali. Japanese diplomats express sincere thanks in the arrest of a man who has confessed to killing a Japanese female tourist. More Rabies deaths in Bali as, for the second time, the main hospital runs out of anti-rabies serum. The Ramada Resort Camakila is threatened with action by Bali’s licensing authorities. And, in a related story, businesses closed in recent licensing crackdown cry "foul" and "selective enforcement."

Bali is warned to expect regular blackouts through early December as repairs are underway at the Gilimanuk Power Station. Our editorial offers a suggestion on how we might creatively overcome the looming power crisis. There’s also a related article on the challenges of stringing high voltage lines over Bali’s sacred temples and precious forest lands.

In other new, the Governor calls on the owners of the Sari Club to donate their land to the proposed peace park project; Bali police urge small hotels to earn security certifications; and work begins in January on US$15 million in renovations on Bali’s airport.

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy in Bali over the coming weeks. Watch 4 nights of classic Balinese films at Ubud’s Amandari Resort October 14-17. The Balinale International Festival of film happens October 20-25. And, the Bali Nusa Dua Fiesta returns October 17-21.

There’s also news of a limited number of Condotel units on sale to the public at Pecatu.

Congratulations to two fine Bali restaurants just named to Miele’s list of the top 10 Asian restaurants. Which restaurants? All will be revealed in this week's Update.

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