Monday, April 12, 2010

Bali Latest Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

Indonesia is promising to liberalize property ownership rules for foreigners in the coming months. Read our editorial appealing to Bali's governor to exclude the island from any rule change until the implications of any chagne can be fully considered.

Top news stories include an appeal from Schapelle Corby to Indonesia's President for clemency; a different sort of appeal by Indonesia's Culture and Tourism Minister for people to gently remember former Bali governor Oka; raids by Custom's officials on illegal booze warehouses in two locations in Denpasar; a sheepish admission by a top traffic officer that many large motorcycles in Bali are not legally registered; and a change of command at Bal's regional military command.

Bali will soon be home to an international-standard boarding school to be built in North Bali. Higher alcohol taxes are seen as bad for Bali tourism. And, a Bali academic provides insights on traditional law enforcement in local villages.

Not pleased with how his fellow countrymen are behaving in Bali, the head of the Indonesia-Australian Business Council wants "bogans" to clean up the acts when on holiday.

If you were at Bali's Ayana Resort recently, you may have been lucky enough to find yourself sitting in their spa pool surrounded by Miss Universe contestants visiting from Western Australia.

Also in local hotel news, read how guests at the Sanur Paradise Plaza now enjoy free high-speed Internet service and about the introduction of more lagoon access rooms at the Melia Bali.

Looking for something to do? Indonesian featherweight WBA champion Chris Johns defends his title in Bali on May 22nd; Jimbaran's Ganesha gallery hosts an important sculpture exhibition May 7-21; the Rama Sesana Foundation is raising money for women's health on April 21st; and there's a not-to-be-missed evening of fine wine and food at Ubud's Mozaic on April 17th.

Just a sampling of the information awaiting you in this week's Bali Update.

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