Monday, March 21, 2011

BALI Latest Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

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As fatalities numbers continue to mount in Japan following the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, a call has been issued by a Bali disaster-management official for more offshore tsunami warning buoys. Meanwhile, we assess the impact of the tragedy on Bali's Japanese tourist arrivals and exports to that country. Less concern, however, is exhibited at the national level where the Minister of Culture and Tourism sees no need to adjust 2011 arrival targets, insisting that any resulting downturn in business will be temporary.

In local Bali news: Electrical official remain baffled and unable to explain a widespread power outage that hit Bali on March 14th. Another death – this time a 6 year-old child, has been blamed on rabies. Bad weather and bad catches over the past three months are keeping fisherman ashore in Bali. And, the police launch a high-profile campaign to stop bribes being paid to traffic policemen.

There's interesting coverage on a special cremation ceremony held in Mengwi for hundred of rats captured in local rice fields. Also going to the "fire" is Bali's thriving roast suckling pig industry - the topic of one of this week's articles.

Development news looks at why the Tanah Ampo International Port Project in east Bali is stuck. There are plans afoot to connect Kuta in Bali's south with Seririt in the island's north. Ground has been broken on a US$40 million resort project in Jembrana. And, we look at the diminishing fortunes and uncertain future of Bali's agricultural sector.

The 2009 zoning law remains in the news. A special commission of the DPRD-Bali urges the governor to do "what he has to do" to implement and enforce the new zoning rules. Similarly, two NGO's are threatening legal action against the regent of Badung unless he revokes the permits for the "Beach World Complex" in Nusa Dua.

Aviation coverage reports more flights from Jakarta and Bandung to Bali by Air Asia. Mandala Airlines, grounded since early January, has declared its intentions to be back in the air again by May.

Time on your hands? Mark your calendars for:
• A rawfully good "Taste of Thailand" on Friday, March 25th at the Como Shambhala Estate north of Ubud.
• Michelin-starred chef Michel Portos cooks for two nights at the Mozaic Restaurant in Ubud on March 25-26, 2011.
• Governor Pastika confirms the Miss World Beauty Pageant will come to Bali in 2014.

Just some of the news coming your way in this edition!

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