Monday, November 30, 2009

Bali Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

Rabies continues to be a topic dominating Bali’s news. The government plans to undertake a census of all dogs on the island. Lawmakers call on the governor to issue a special set of rabies decrees. And, a public hearing on rabies declares that vaccination, not extermination, is the only way to eliminate the rabies scourge.

Crime, both organized and official, gets attention in several articles this week. The Vice-Regent of Badung says illegal commercial villas in Bali face demolition. The Bali Villa Association calls on the police to introduce standardized security measures for commercial villas. Last week’s story on illegal big bikes in Bali continues to gain steam. A local newspaper alleges tourism officials are asking for illegal licensing fees from hotels, restaurants and bars. And there’ disturbing news of a racket selling the names of Bali visitors to unethical time-share sales people.

Business is good in Bali. Tax officials report collection of hotel and restaurant taxes are on the increase.

Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik reveals more details on his work plan for the first 100 days in office. Local activist call for the establishment of an HIV/AIDS hospice in Bali. Governor’s Pastika request for 1,000 green turtles for ceremonial purposes gets denied by Jakarta.

There’s also coverage of a wonderful day out organized for Bali orphans by the Hard Rock Hotel.

Is Bali a romantic island? High birth rates from the family planning office provide proof that this is indeed an island of love.

This deal won’t last. Round trip Bali to Singapore on KLM for just US$90.

Beaujolais Nouveau 2009 will be arriving in Bali this week on December 4th.

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

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