Monday, September 12, 2011

BALI latest updates

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Good news this past week as Badung officials remain optimistic that South Bali will be rabies free by December 2011, signaling that Bali may be turning the corner on its war on rabies.

Drugs remain in the news. Just days after the death by overdose of a Ugandan female drug-mule, a South African woman has been arrested with more than 1 kilogram of drugs concealed in her undergarments at Bali’s Airport. In related news, a national anti-narcotics officer says Bali has become an international transit point for the drug trade.

There are also reports that managers at Matahari Square may be facing criminal charges related to a malfunctioning escalator. Read about the renewed pledge by Bali’s chief of police to seek arrests in the large number of outstanding murder cases on the island.

In aviation news, Garuda pilots are breaking off negotiations with their airline and preparing to go on strike in September. If you’re traveling from South Kuta to Bali airport we have news on a road closure that you may wish to note. There’s also an update on Bali’s plans to build an airport in North Bali.

Development news reports on a desperate need for a plasmapheresis machine at the Bali Blood Center. “Trash marshals” looking to prosecute residents tossing rubbish onto roadways are now on patrol in Denpasar. And Tourism Minister Jero Wacik insists that, despite widespread opposition, the Bali International Park project must move ahead.

We have the latest installment of ‘Bali by the Numbers’ point the way to more than 2.7 million total foreign visitors by year’s end.

Hotel news this week focuses on lobbies. In Sanur the roof of the esteemed Bali Hyatt collapses while in Nusa Dua the Nusa Dua Beach Resort & Spa ‘raises the roof’ of their lobby with a new life-style lounge.

Rendang and Nasi Goreng receive well-deserved culinary recognition in a CNN poll. Mary Northmore of the Bali Smile Foundation returns to Bali after receiving a MBE from the Prince of Wales.

Read our thought-provoking editorial “Unsafe at Any Speed” on why we think the threatened imprisonment of a Dangdut singer in Java may pave the way for better road safety in Bali.

Looking Ahead :
• Don’t Trust What You See’ – an exhibition trough September 28th by Suliyat Bumar at Adi’s Gallery.
• September 16th at the Biasa Art Space in Semyak ‘Artwork for a House’ to help secure a shelter for Bali’s street children.
• Join the 'Hope for Life ' Fun Walk and Fun Bike Ride Sponsored by the Four Seasons Resorts on September 18th.
• Walk the Bukit for a Sustainable Future’ with the ROLE Foundation and Bali’s Solemen September 22-25.
• September 23rd a lavish five-course dinner with wines from Baron Edmond de Rothschild.
• September 23rd cocktails and dinner at the Warisan Restaurant in Seminyak to assist the handicapped children of YPAC.
• September 28th join a dinner at La Luciola in support of Bali Peduli and their new HIV Clinic.
• The 24th Conference on Open & Distance Learning at Nusa Dua October 2-5.
• Carlo Pessina Design retrospective at the Ganesha Gallery in Jimbaran October 6-31, 2011.
• October 12th – join a unique cruise to East Bali on the Bali Hai II for a unique perspective on the island's rich culture. Read More....
• The Kuta Karnival Returns for the 9th time October 14-16, 2011.
• The National Festival Flower and Plants comes to Sanur Beach November 19-22, 2011.
See the exciting video clip on "Devdan – Treasures of the Archipelago" - the latest breathtaking theatrical show opening the Nusa Dua Theatre.

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