Monday, November 29, 2010
Bali Latest Updates
Om Swastiastu ...
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There may be storm clouds on the horizon as Bali traditionalists are closing frank, vowing a "Puputan" against those trying to prevent implementation of the new, strict zoning law for Bali.
Garuda is blaming human error and a loose cable for the massive crash of a computerized scheduling system that largely grounded the airline for over three days last week. Will heads roll and, more importantly, will Garuda's IPO price plummet?
In other top news stories this week: The State oil company Pertamina has a grounded oil tanker off Sanur Beach; Medical officials are keeping a close watch on a patient, fearing the man may have contracted rabies from a rat bite; Bali police are cash strapped in the fight against crime; and police and prison officials are drafting an agreement to stop the free flow of drugs at Bali's Kerobokan prison.
Bali's governor is predicting that tourist numbers to Bali will double by 2015. Plans to preserve Bali's role as a decorative tropical fish trading center may be threatened by over-harvesting. Jakarta is proposing the building of a slow-rail system round Bali to relieve traffic congestion. And, the provincial government allocates money to create an international standard hospital for Bali.
In hotel news, a Denpasar hotel goes "Halal" and the saga of the Hotel Harrad and its refusal to play by the rules goes on and on.
Air traffic is booming between Bali and Dili, Timor Leste with Batavia Air and Merpati Airlines given the green light to fly this international sector.
Tourism circles are likely to be worried by a new customs regulation intended to enforce strict personal belonging limits for people arriving into Indonesia.
We've have an interview with the lovely Ruth Zukerman, preparing to fondly farewell her adopted home of Bali. The story of how Balinese armed with rakes and pitch forks conquered Naples, Florida after making a beachhead in the U.S.A.. And some lovely pictures of Bali through the kind courtesy of Joe Kennedy Photography.
Feeling gothic? Iron Maiden on board "Ed Force One" is inbound for a Bali with a scheduled landing on February 20, 2011.
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