Monday, November 23, 2009

Bali Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

Some of the top news stories from Bali this week include concern among Bali officials that rabies might spread from the island's dog to monkey populations; a developing scandal in North Bali where hospitals have been caught selling "free" rabies vaccines; a two-year sentence has been handed down to a Sanur-based land swindler; fire destroys one villas at a popular Ubud area resort; and closer scrutiny of North Bali villas is now underway by that areas tax officials.

There's also news of the confiscation of 15 protected pangolin scaly anteaters; an adamant rejection from the people of Serangan island of a government proposal to allow a limited number of turtles to be sold for ceremonial purposes; a call for a heightened awareness of the dangers of pedophilia in Bali; pressure on Bali police to get tough with big bikers; and news from Australia of the death of travel pioneer Jack De Lissa.

Bali continues to earn well-deserved awards. The Como Shambhala Uma Ubud Resort has just been named "Spa Resort of the Year" at the SpAsia awards in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, four Bali hotels get special recognition in London at the World Travel Awards.

Last week, two ministers from the presidential cabinet did an unscheduled inspection of Bali's airport. Read what they found and their promises to improve the airport's service to the public.

Looking for fun activities in Bali? Watch the Tour D'Indonesia Bike race from Jakarta to Bali ending in Bali on December 2 and 3. There's an important contemporary art exhibition at The Ganesha Gallery December 10, 2009 through January 2, 2010. And, if you're free on Thursday, November 26, join the crowd at a special charity evening for the earthquake-stricken kids of West Sumatra where I'll be serving as art auctioneer selling some one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

Just some of the news in this week's Bali Update.

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