Monday, June 20, 2011

BALI Latest Updates

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Three tough prison terms were handed down last week to foreign visitors to Bali for narcotics violations.
The Customs office at Bali's airport has issued a statement regarding the strip search of two Pilipino women alleging they were profiled.

There's news on the sudden death of thousands of fish in Lake Batur at Kintamani; security measures are being planned and practiced for the November visit of President Barack Obama; and Bali resident Mary Northmore is at Buckingham Palace this week to receive her MBE award from QEII for work with the Bali Smiles Foundation.

A Bali traffic official predicts total gridlock in five year's; we look at the sad numbers behind suicide in paradise; more problems and criticism plaguing the Sarbagita Mass Transit Bus system; why hawkers and beggars are rarely seen in Sanur; and how the crackdown on illegal transport may spell trouble ahead for the popular VW Safari tours in Bali.

Tourism Minister Jero Wacik has proposed three Bali sites for UNESCO Heritage status.
Lombok's airport is scheduled to open in October, more than one year behind schedule; the Ubud Hanging Garden's permits appear still not to be in order; and we have news of a new, large luxury hotel complex coming to Nusa Dua – The Mulia.

Going to visit Tanah Lot in 2012? Prepare to pay 200% more for your admission ticket. We've got more background on the Balawista – Bali's lifeguard service. And, the 2nd edition of "Treasures of Bali" loaded with information on Bali's many museums, has just been launched. Bali has also signed a major electrification conference for October of 2012.

Looking ahead:
• The BIZNET Bali International Triathlon isthis week on June 26th. Join the Full Triathlon or Half Triathlon as an individual or as a team. Feeling less energetic? Join the 5 Km Fun run and have a chance to win a lucky draw for a free round-trip ticket to Australia from Virgin Australia. Visit
• "Rock the Race" with a special post race cocktail party at The AYANA Bali Resort and Spa on June 26.
• Historic films from the 1930s – mainly about Bali – from June 25-29 in Ubud sponsored by the Amandari Resort.
• A cultural performance group form Payangan, Ubud is touring France in July and August.

See the exciting video clip in this week's article on "Devdan – Treasures of the Archipelago" the latest breathtaking theatrical show opening the Nusa Dua Theatre.

Om Çanti Çanti Çanti Om ...

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