Monday, November 1, 2010

Bali Latest Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

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Bali escaped the devastating destruction that befell two other locations in Indonesia this past week when a major earthquake and tsunami enveloped the shores of Mentawai island near Sumatra and the Mount Merapi volcano that exploded in Central Java. Hundreds have died and thousands have been left homeless by nature's fury. Although many miles separate the people of Bali from these two communities - prayers and feelings of affection serve to close the distances.

There's also news of the wages of crime in Bali as several foreigner face long prison sentences for their involvement with narcotics; Custom's officials drive bulldozer over 3,000 bottles of smuggled alcohol; and a hotel project in Sanur plays "chicken" with Denpasar zoning officials.

Rabies remains in the news. Bali gets a US$1.63 million from Jakarta to buy inoculations, while elsewhere officials mull the problem of dogs that can't read.

There's also more news on taxis. A recent case in Surabaya raises – by extension – questions about the legality of the monopoly on taxi transportation at Bali's airport. There's also a warning about the large number of taxis in Bali operating with uncertified taxi meters.

Governor Pastika has returned from China with an agreement in hand to build a 780 megawatt coal-driven power plant in North Bali. Spiritual tourism experts call for the halt of building of any kind in the immediate vicinity of sacred Pura Tanah Lot. And, Bali's water police successfully save a stranded whale that wandered into Benoa port.

In aviation news, we've coverage of a looming deadline for many Indonesian airlines to acquire additional planes for their fleet or face closure.

Bali continues to win awards. Read our coverage of the Indonesian Travel and Tourism Awards and how two Bali Spas have just earned recognition in the Crystal Spa Awards.

Indonesia's tourism minister is bullish that he'll achieve 7.5 million foreign visitors in 2011.

There's also coverage of a recent gathering of the world's oldest fine dining fraternity in Bali – the Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Calendars ready? This Saturday, November 6th, there will see an unusual paring of exotic cocktails and gourmet courses at the St. Regis Bali Resort. You can listen to a live-streaming, real-time performance of the compositions of Indonesia's renowned pianist Ananda Sukarlan on November 17th. Finally, hurry up and book one of the limited number of invitations for the chance to savor slow food in Ubud on December 3, 2010.

On Sunday, October 31st, admiring friends laid to rest long-time Bali resident James Murdoch. Read about the life of this remarkable arts administrator, artistic director, manager, promoter of Australian music and musicians, consultant, and writer and broadcaster in this week's Bali Update.

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

Thanks to Gending Kedis and Bali Theatre at the Bali Safari and Marine Park for making this edition of Bali Update possible!
Om Çanti Çanti Çanti Om ...

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