Monday, February 28, 2011

BALI – Latest Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

Prepare for something magical and unique if you are privileged to be in Bali this Saturday, March 5, 2011, for Nyepi observances. That's the day Bali goes absolutely quiet for 24 hours. Streets empty. The airport and seaports close. Homes are shuttered and the lights are turned off. Even broadcasting to the island is shut down. Nyepi must be experienced to be believed. We hope that you manage to enjoy this peaceful day in Bali in an otherwise all-too-hectic world.

In Nyepi news: We've got details on police measures to keep the peace over the holiday and what you should do if you suffer a medical emergency on the special day of quiet.

Bali Update will turn 13 in two more days. We reflect on the past and ask your continued support to help keep the world informed on developments in Bali.

News stories this week: University student stage peaceful protests in support of the new zoning law. Flash floods in Bali's north flood at least 600 homes. 52 illegal aliens from Afghanistan and Iran are caught on a boat headed for Australia. And petitions are filed by the public seeking to stop a pool-restaurant-spa complex being constructed at the BTDC complex in Nusa Dua.

Meanwhile, Bali's rabies death toll has risen to 124 people while the cost of anti-rabies vaccines is put at US$633,000 for every three months of the ongoing drive to eradicate that disease from the island.

Last week's comments form the chairman the APINDO, Panudiana Khun has drawn angry responses from many corners. This week, Mr. Khun clarifies his earlier comments we quoted from

In tourism and development news: Governor Pastika wants to open tourism information centers at major religious temples in Bali. Legislators in Karangasem call again for a moratorium on new hotel and villa construction in that region. The Indonesian Association of Travel Agents (ASITA) warns that traffic congestion is threatening to negatively impact Bali's tourism flows. And some heartening news: officials and private citizens are working together to help save Bali's turtle populations.

We've got the year-end wrap on tourist arrivals comparing 2008-2009-2010 in the latest installment of 'Bali by the Numbers.'

And news of a birthday party held last week in Ubud for that community's resident population of monkeys.

Coming events include:

An exhibition by Alex Valenzuela at the Gata Art Space in Ubud March 11- April 11, 2011.
The Fremantle to Bali Yacht Race is back and set to sail on April 26, 2011.
The BIZNET Bali International Triathalon is now just four months away and set to run on June 26, 2011.
All this and more in this week's Bali Update.

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