Monday, June 27, 2011

BALI latest updates

Om Swastiastu the full report at

In local news there was a fatal bus crash in north Bali on June 18th claiming the life of a domestic traveler and injuring tens of others. Dead fish and changing watercolors at Lake Batur continue to baffle local scientists. And, "Bali Nine" member Australian Andrew Chan's appeal to have his death sentence commuted to life in prison fails before the Indonesian Supreme Court.

The BIZNET Bali International Triathlon was held Sunday, June 26th with a record number of participants. Read our coverage in this week's update.

The chairman of the ASITA committee focused on the Chinese market is hopping mad that the people behind the now-closed SAY LOVE BALI travel agency have not been put in jail. Find out why in our coverage. The Bali Consumer Protection Agency complains Bali taximeters need closer scrutiny to prevent visitors from being victimized while on holiday..

In development news: Bali's governor says Bali is too attractive to Indonesian job seekers, resulting in crowding and overpopulation. We have two articles on a Bali rail system, now promised to be up-and-running by 2014. There's information on beach erosion and some thoughtful comments from "Pak" Lolec and what Bali must do to regain its fading charms.

In aviation news, Garuda is appealing a court decision that found their in-flight magazine in the wrong in how it portrayed the Son of Indonesia's former president Soeharto in an article on a Pecatu entertainment complex.

We have a video clip from Jonas Thomassen – a Norwegian musical star who chose Bali and a Bali filmmaker for his new MTV video clip.

We also have news of a change of command at the Bali Culinary Professionals Association.

Looking ahead:
• On July 7th there is a special dinner at The Laguna Luxury Collection featuring Donnafugata Sicilian Wines.
• August 5 – 25 an exhibition of paintings by Davina Stephens at the Ganehsa Gallery at the Four Seasons Resort on Jimbaran Bay.

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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