Rumah Sehat Coordinates Visit of 54 Doctors to Northeast Bali
The “Gracillis Group,” comprised of doctors who all graduated from Bali’s Udayana Medical School in 1980, held a free day-long medical clinic in cooperation with the Healthy Home Foundation (Yayasan Kita Peduli Rumah Sehat) on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
The doctors also performed 5 minor surgeries.
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The head of the reunion committee for Gracillis, Dr. A.A. Ngurah Jaya, leading a group of skilled doctors arrived in the village of Purwakerthi where the deputy-regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Artha Dupa, and other local health and community officials formally received them.
The team of visiting doctors included 54 physicians, 21 of which were specialists. Also joining the outing were 10 pharmacists. In all, 450 patients were seen and treated during the visit. The doctors also took the opportunity of the visit to share knowledge on healthy living with the people of the village.
Among the patients seen by the visiting medical team were people suffering from malnutrition, cancer, malaria, strokes and chronic skin diseases.
The doctors also performed 5 minor surgeries.
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This is the 29th consecutive year that the members of Gracillis have conducted their medical outreach program at a remote Balinese village.
The Rumah Sehat Foundation has an ongoing program providing health, hygiene and education in East Karagasem supported by two full-time nurses and visiting doctors. Funding for the Foundation’s work comes, in part, from Rotary Club Bali Taman and the Rotary Clubs of Hope Island and Alfredton in Australia.
Road Closed. Quiet Zone.
Bali Mandara Toll Road to Close for 33-Hours During Nyepi Day of Silence
During the coming celebration of the Bali-Hindu New Year of Saka 1938 on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, Bali Mandara Toll Road will close for 33 hours.
As part of an Island-wide shut-down, Bali’s only toll road will close at midnight on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 only to reopen at 7:00 am on Thursday, March 10, 2016.
As reported by Kompas.com, the closure of the airport for “Nyepi” was confirmed in an announcement made by the technical and operations director for PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol in Denpasar on Friday, March 4, 2016.
The celebration of Nyepi Saka 1938 will be the third time all three access points to the toll road are closed in accordance with religious rules for “Nyepi” that will also see Bali’s airport and all seaports close.
The Bali Mandara Toll Road now serves an average of 55,000 vehicles each day.
Trash Thrown on the Roadside in Denpasar, Bali Gets Heavy Fines from Special Ad Hoc Courts
On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the Municipal Government of Denpasar, Bali, via its Hygiene Parks Department, conducted surprise enforcement exercises aimed at citizens who throwh trash out along public roadways.
The surprise enforcement raids that were held between 5:00 and 7:00 pm apprehended 30 people who were immediately compelled to undergo an abbreviated road-side legal process conducted at the Kedaton Banjar on Jalan Hayum Wuruk in East Denpasar.
The legal proceedings, conducted by Judge Achmad Peten Sili and State Prosecutor Nyoman Bela Putra Atmaja, imposed fines on litterers of between Rp. 1 million and Rp. 2 million.
All those found guilty chose to pay the fines levied by the Court rather than accept the alternative of three months in jail.
According to Beritadewata.com, those convicted by the roadside court, were also made to clean the roadside with brooms and water.
One man "caught in the act" was Sunaryo who was apprehended throwing a box of trash onto the roadside near his shop. The shocked storekeeper was fined Rp. 2 million after which he admitted he was in a state of shock and swore he would never again be guilty of throwing out his trash on a public street.
Bali: Far Too Many Rooms
PHRI Secretary Underlines the Severe Oversupply of Hotel Rooms in Bali
The number of hotel rooms in Bali is severely oversupplied, far exceeding current demand from both domestic and international visitors and resulting in an ongoing price war that many tourism observers view as economically non-sustainable for sound hotel operations.
Bisnis.com reports that the secretary of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali), Perry Markus, claims that a survey conducted in 2015 counted 130,000 rooms on the Island, with 98,000 of those rooms centralized in the Regency of Badung.
The PHRI-Bali room count is based on government data and an online survey of travel-related sites.
Based on this room count, PHRI-Bali extrapolates that Bali needs 92.5 million (sic) tourists every year to achieve 100% occupancy. Meanwhile, the Provincial Tourism Authority (Disparda) recorded only 11.15 million tourists in 2015.
Explaining further, Markus said: “With this many hotel rooms, to achieve a minimum occupancy of 50% with the calculation that every room is occupied by only one person per day, during a year we need 46.28 million tourists."
The PHRI Secretary calculations may be flawed, however, as they apparently fail to factor in the number of rooms occupied by more than one person and the length of stay for tourists in Bali.
In any case, Markus continued his analysis, claiming that hotel occupancies are now declining and averaging only 30-40% per year. Because some hotels enjoy higher occupancies, this means other hotels have occupancy rates as low as 10%.
The current low occupancy rates of Bali Hotel has resulted in what PHRI-Bali officials term as “unhealthy competition” and is attracting low quality tourists to the Island.
To help overcome problems in Bali tourism, PHRI is urging the Government to improve roads and ports. The road infrastructure in Bali is facing capacity limitation as high season results in severe traffic congestion on many roadways in tourist areas.
Improvements are also sought at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport that desperately needs an additional runway.
Villagers Handed a Line
Celukan Bawang Residents in North Bali Demand Promises be Kept to Remove High-Voltage Lines Away from Residential Areas
Hundreds of local residents from the hamlets of Barokah and Tabah in North Bali staged early morning demonstrations on Monday, February 29, 2016 in front of the Celukan Bawang Steam-Power Generating Plant (PLTU) demanding that a promise made by contractors to relocate high-voltage lines outside residential areas be honored.
Beritabali.com reports that the angry residents demonstrated at 8:30 am via a long march from their village to the offices of PLTU Celukan Bawang, carrying pamphlets and protest banners.
The protesting villagers are demanding that promises made more than a year ago that the high-voltage lines, believed by many to be damaging to the health of those living in close proximity, be kept.
The local citizens expressed their disappointment with the Regent of Buleleng Putu Agus Suradnyana who they say has failed to deliver on the promises made at a meeting held between local residents and the CEO of the State Power Board (PLN), Sofan Basyir.
At the meeting held one year ago, local citizens were preventing the new PLTU Celukan Bawang from joining the power grid until firm promises were made to move the high-voltage lines.
When the protestors arrived at the PLTU Celukan Bawang Office they were barred from entering the premises by the security guards assisted by police and military personnel. With officials of the power plant refusing to meet the protestors, the villagers had to content themselves by delivering speeches criticizing the power plant and the Regency’s administration.
East Bali Cashew Wins International Recognition for Positive Impact on Economy and Live of the People of Ban, Karangasem
The Bali-based company East Bali Cashews (EBC) has received the 2015 US Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (“ACE”) on March 1, 2016, for its outstanding societal impact by a small or medium enterprise.
Founder and CEO Aaron Fishman received the award in a ceremony in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the US Department of State.
EBC was nominated by US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert Blake to receive the award.
Joining Fishman at the event were Nyoman Sudiarta, EBC General Manager and Made Sudarma, EBC Head of Purchasing.
The Secretary of State has awarded the ACE each year since 1999 to recognize American companies that are leaders in responsible business conduct worldwide. The companies considered for the award must make important contributions to the growth and sustainable development of the local economies in which they operate.
“It has been a true honor to receive the Secretary of State’s award and be recognized for our efforts,” said EBC Founder and CEO Aaron Fishman. “It has been our mission to enhance the lives of people within the Desa Ban community by creating a business that creates jobs where few had existed. We have been able to create a profitable business that empowers women through employment and education, helps farmers maximize their production, all while keeping the environment in mind.”
EBC uses sustainable, eco-friendly business practices to process unshelled cashews, package and sell them to the domestic and international markets.
The company is based in the rural village of Desa Ban, creating employment opportunities to the community where per capita income was US$2 per day. The company employs approximately 350 people, 85% of whom are previously unemployed women who have never before had an opportunity to earn a steady income.
In addition to its core cashew processing business, EBC has extended its brand to include an early learning center for young villagers and has launched a development platform that enables farmers to collect more products to generate greater income, thus providing them with an increased opportunity to rise out of poverty. The State Department noted that EBC has improved the quality of local agricultural production, modernized its methods and expanded services to address the health and education needs of over 800 children of company employees.
Members of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) private equity teams from Sydney and Singapore and the regional Public Affairs team volunteered time and offered their expertise by developing EBC’s financial model and business plan. As a direct result, EBC was able to raise $900,000 in 2013 and $1.5 million in 2014 in new financing, enabling it to build a second factory, purchase 30 additional cutting machines and 4 state-of-the-art processors, triple the size of its warehouse, hire 250 new employees, and commence exporting.
“At its core, East Bali Cashews is similar to businesses in which KKR has invested – of course on a much smaller scale. It offers a great product to domestic and international markets while using sustainable and eco-friendly business practices. What makes them unique is that they do this as a start-up while focusing on creating employment and supporting education where it is most needed – an impoverished village in Bali where the average income is less than $2 per day,” said Joseph Y. Bae, Member and Managing Partner of KKR Asia.
“We are immensely grateful to our partners KKR and Impact Investment Exchange in Asia for first providing us with the support which put EBC on the path to sustainable business growth while generating greater social impact,” said Fishman.
“Without KKR’s support and guidance, we would never have raised the capital at the pace we have done so. They completely accelerated our growth,” added Fishman.
In 2014, EBC began exporting to Singapore, the company’s first and most important export market in South-East Asia. EBC has subsequently opened sales channels in the US, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand. East Bali Cashews can be purchased in the US on Amazon.
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The Shipping News
Bali Experiencing a Strong Surge in Cruise Ship Visits
Cruise ship visits to Bali’s southernmost Port of Benoa qre experiencing a surge in cruise ship visits. In 2014, 49 cruise ships called at Benoa, increasing to 58 ships in 2015.
In 2016, 56 cruise ships are scheduled to call on South Bali.
Beritabali.com reports that during the period of late February and early March, 5 cruise ships visited Bali in quick succession, almost overwhelming the ability of the management of PT Pelindo III to provide sufficient berths and personnel to support the ships’ visits.
The general manager of PT Pelindo III at Benoa, Bali, Captain Ali Sodikin, said on Tuesday, March 1st: “2016 saw a crowded schedule of cruise ship visits at the Port of Benoa. Through today (March 1st), 13 cruise ship have already visited Benoa. “
Some of the visiting ships have berthed at Benoa Pier while others have dropped anchors when the length of the ship exceeded the capacity of existing pier facilities.
Sodikin said the ship that spent the longest time at the Port of Benoa was the MV Crystal Serenity that berthed for 5 entire days. The combined length-of-time spent by all 13 ships who have visited this far in 2016 is 26 days. These ships have brought 15,312 passengers to the Island.
Continuing, Sodikin said: “The longer the cruise ships spend in one place the bigger the economic benefit to the destination. Data from the Ministry of Tourism estimates that each tourist spends a minimal US$100-US$150 per day. The ‘Domino Effect’ (economically) for the local population is sufficiently large.”
A massive fire that started at around 6:30 pm on Monday, February 29, 2016, and blazed for almost 24-hours has devastated the main market of Pasar Badung on Jalan Gajah Mada in downtown Denpasar.
NusaBali states that the fire that destroyed billions of rupiahs in goods and merchandise affected 1,693 shop and stall owners.
Police have yet to identify the cause of the fire that swept through the 4-floor structure. Some experts are speculating that the fire was started by a short circuit, while others speculate a gas oven exploded. The fire started in the early evening hours of the day when the market is relatively quiet.
Firefighters arriving at the scene 20 minutes after the blaze's estimated start found the fire had enveloped the entire market. Initially, 24 fire trucks from Denpasar responded to the alarm. Concerned about containing the fire and preventing it from spreading to other areas, an additional 24 trucks from Badung, Gianyar, Tabanan, Klungkung and Bangli eventually responded to the fire.
The fire apparently started on the first floor of the market, sending traders still in attendance scampering to safety as the fire quickly engulfed the entire market.
The Badung Market is the largest public market in Bali selling produce, dry goods, general merchandise, religious supplies, textiles and clothing.
Municipal officials are busily seeking new, temporary locations for local trader to continue to carry on the daily business.
This was not the first fire at the market, with blazes also occurring in 1975 and 2000.
No injuries were reported in connection with the most recent blaze.
Tellers who Won’t Tell
Bank Indonesia Announce Banks in Bali will Close for 3-Days over Nyepi Period
The State News Agency reports that Banks in Bali will be closed for three days from Tuesday, March 8th until Thursday in connection with the celebration of the Bali-Hindu New Year “Day of Silence” - Nyepi on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
Dewi Setyowati, the head of the Bali branch of Bank Indonesia, said on Friday, March 4, 2016, “We have already published a circular memorandum that we will be on holiday.”
Bank Indonesia has asked that private banks in Bali ensure their Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are functioning well and sufficiently supplied with cash over the Nyepi period.
Moslems in Bali Receive Special Dispensations for Total Eclipse Prayers on the Bali-Hindu Day of Silence – ‘Nyepi’
The head of the Islamic Council (Majelis Ulama Indonesia-MUI) for Denpasar, Bali, Haji Saefudin, has declared the special conditions for Moslem prayers offered in conjunction with the total eclipse of the Sun.
Prayers for the total eclipse coincide with the traditional “day of silence” or “Nyepi” that represents the first day of the year for the Bali-Hindu New Year of Saka 1938.
“Those who undertake the obligatory prayers for the eclipse should wear their prayer robes and walk from their homes to the nearest mosque where no loudspeaker will be in operation,” explained Saefudin in Denpasar on Friday, March 4, 2016.
Permission to walk to nearby mosques, normally not allowed on “Nyepi” when people must stay behind closed doors, is the result of a coordination meeting held between inter-denominational religious councils in Bali with the Denpasar government on February 25, 2016 at the Religious Ministry.
Local vigilante officers or pacalang who patrol the streets on Nyepi to ensure people stay off the streets will allow Moslems dressed in traditional attire to walk to and from mosques between 7:30 and 9:00 am on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
The total eclipse will not be visible in Bali, but will be highly visible (weather permitting) in an arch stretching traveling from Palembang, Bangka Belitung, Pelangkaraya, Balikpapan, Palu, Poso, Ternate to Halmahera
Haji Saefudin warned local worshippers not to look directly at the sun during the eclipse without using protective eyewear, even though Bali is outside the total eclipse’s shadow track.
The MUI has also called on Moslems in Bali contribute to the overall success of a peaceful celebration of the Bali-Hindu New Year.
Powerful Earthquake Off West Sumatra Leaves Indonesia Largely Unscathed
A powerful 7.8 earthquake, initially reported as 8.2 on the Richter scale, struck off the coast of West Sumatra near the Mentawai Island chain on Wednesday night, March 2, 2016, at approximately 8:49 pm Bali time.
The epicenter of the earthquake was in the ocean 682 kilometers west of the Mentawai Island Group at a depth of 10 kilometers.
When the quake initially struck, the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics (BMKG) issued a tsunami alert covering West Sumatra, Aceh, Bengkulu and Lampung. The alert was lifted several hours after the quake hit when it became apparent that no tsunami had been generated.
On December 26, 2004, one of the world’s greatest natural disasters resulted from a cataclysmic earthquake (9.1) struck off the west coast of Sumatra that caused some 230,000 deaths in 14-countries surrounding the Indian Ocean basin.
Fortunately, no loss of life or widespread destruction was linked to the March 2, 2016, earthquake that shook for an estimated 2-minutes.
When the latest quake struck, people in the Mentawai Islands and in Sumatra panicked and ran from their home.
The location of the March 2, 2016 quake was far removed from Bali, where no shaking from the quake was felt.
Disaster Mitigation Agency Official Reveals that Tsunami Early Detection Systems Across all of Indonesia is Broken
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reports that an elaborate and sophisticated Tsunami Early Warning System (TEWS) that should have sounded evacuation sirens in Padang, West Sumatra when a 7.8 earthquake struck off the coast on Wednesday evening, March 2, 2016, failed to operate.
Residents in North Padang living near the seashore said they heard no tsunami siren as they ran to higher ground.
The failure of the TEWS to operate is due to broken detection buoys and malfunctioning siren towers.
The head of the Data and Public Relations for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, confirmed that all the TEWS buoys owned by Indonesia are non-functioning, despite the floating buoys key role in detecting tsunami threats.
In a concerning admission, Nugroho said: “Among all the buoys for the early detection of tsunamis installed across Indonesian seas there is not a single one that is functioning. There are five buoys owned by neighboring countries, but these are located in areas far removed from areas in Indonesia considered most under threat of a tsunami.”
Sutopo continued, saying the broken TEWS buoys located in Indonesian waters are gravely affecting the Nation’s ability to respond in a timely manner to the threat of tsunamis.
“The broken buoys are certainly affecting the accuracy and speed of the early detection of a tsunami. With the buoys (in operation) we can accurately and quickly know those areas under threat of tsunami destruction. In this way the handling of a disaster can become more focused,” Nugroho explained.
Indonesia deployed 22 TEWS buoys nationwide following the destructive tsunami of December 26, 2004 that left 230,000 dead in 14 countries.
If the TEWS is operating correctly it can provide a critical warning of 10 minutes that allows people to seek safety on higher ground or within secure structures.
The provincial government of Bali provides for the care and maintenance of 9 TEWS siren towers located along the shorelines of the Island that sound test warnings on the 26th day of each month. Despite Governor’s best efforts to make sure the shore warning component of TEWS is operational, this is rendered little more than mere pretense and charade in the light of Nugroho’s shocking revelation.
Man Dies While Swimming with Girlfriend on Berawa Beach, North Kuta, Bali
An afternoon swim by an Indonesian couple on Berawa Beach in North Kuta ended tragically with the death of Agung Priyangga (27).
As reported by NusaBali, Priyangga was swimming with his female companion, Veronika Anggi, on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm when a large wave suddenly swept over the swimmers. Dunked and disoriented, the two managed to briefly hang on to each other until the grasp of the young man from Boyolali, Central Java failed and he floated away.
Anggi, a resident of Denpasar, managed to make it safely back to shore.
A search by local residents, police and search and rescue officials quickly commenced but was suspended at 8:00 pm, due to darkness.
Before sunrise on the following day, the young man’s body was found floating in the surf by local villagers. Police then removed his remains to the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar for forensic examination.
Silence is Golden
Bali Institute for Global Renewal Brings Record Number of Americans to Bali to Experience the Balinese Day of Silence – 'Nyepi'
The Bali Institute for Global Renewal, base in the San Francisco Bay Area of the USA, is bringing a large number of American groups to Bali to experience the Bali-Hindu New Year “Nypei” that falls on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
Operating four separate programs targeted at different age groups and with different themes, Bali Institute for Global Renewal is coordinating a visit by 25 high school students and three teachers from a private school in La Jolla, California to stay in Ubud to study Balinese cultures and conduct outings to study marine biology on Bali’s north shore. Another group is comprised of more than 30 American yogis who will stay at the Royal Pita Maha, practice yoga in the Resort’s gardens and undertake special cultural visits that include a call on a prince and a Balinese Royal Palace. Two additional groups hailing from Dominican University of California and a private group hosted by Dr. Illana Berger from Santa Cruz California will also be on hand during Bali’s official day of silence.
Bali Institute for Global Renewal was founded in 2004 and has hosted a number of global Conferences focused on “Global Healing” through dialogues on peace and the wisdom of indigenous peoples. In the past, global leaders that include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the late Indonesian President Gus Dur, numerous Nobel laureates, and social activists from around the world have joined events organized by the Institute.
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Keeping if Local. Keeping it Luxurious.
New Premier Villas Unveiled at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bali Emphasize the Bali Experience
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay has unveiled its fully-renovated Premier Villas and Deluxe Villas in order to add to the Resort's sense of place and sanctuary and make guests feel ‘at home in Bali.’
Pioneering “Modern Bali Style,” Four Seasons Jimbaran has evolved over the past two decades into a sophisticated, chic destination that embraces the daily rituals and spiritual connections of Balinese village life.
“When the resort opened in 1993, it was the world’s first large-scale luxury villa resort and the first to feature plunge pools in every guest villa,” said general manager Uday Rao. “These physical features have since been imitated, but you can’t copy a feeling. Our guests never wake up and wonder, ‘Where am I?’ They know they’re in Bali and that’s the essence and soul of the resort and this special island.”
Top Indonesian design firm, Jaya International, was commissioned to enliven the villas’ graceful Balinese aesthetic while creating flexible living spaces that maximize the ocean and sunset views. The dramatic renovation has created completely new products – the Deluxe Villas, Premier Ocean Villas and Family Premier Villas – with completely new interiors and landscaping.
Highlights of all three new villa categories include:
Structural expansion to create more spacious interiors – a 50% bigger Bedroom is now combined with a new indoor Living Room featuring double sliding doors to the garden and pool, offering guests both air-conditioned and outdoor living spaces.
Larger plunge pools, increased by 32%, except for Deluxe Villas where the pool size remains unchanged.
Redesigned exteriors to maximize the lofty ocean and sunset views, including a new thatch-roof poolside bale with direct ‘roll-in’ access to the infinity-edged pool, and ironwood sundeck.
Four Seasons Bed by Simmons to complete the new Bedrooms, with a customizable mattress topper featuring heat-absorption and motion-separation design, and the ultimate in luxury linens, pillows and cloud-like duvets.
All new interiors throughout bedroom, living area and bathroom, including roofing, furniture, flooring, fittings and soft furnishings.
An extra children’s room in the Family Premier Villas, with daybed, trundle bed, 40-inch TV and writing desk to comfortably accommodate 2 children.
All new electronics, including 55-inch TV, bluetooth soundbar and bedside media hub.
New décor and artwork to evoke a warmer, softer aesthetic using natural materials and traditional building forms that reflect the timeless beauty of Balinese architecture.
Premier Launch Offer
To celebrate the evolution of its villa experience, Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay has created a Premier Launch Offer. Guests who book by June 30, 2016 will save 30% off the prevailing best available rate on the newly-renovated Premier Ocean Villas, Family Premier Villas and Deluxe Villas, inclusive of daily breakfast and a range of complimentary cultural and recreational activities.
The promotion is valid for direct bookings of minimum two nights, for travel until 20 December 2016, and subject to availability at the time of booking.
For more information Email or telephone +62- (0) 361-701010.
Counting Down to BBTF 2016
Bali & Beyond Travel Fair 2016 Brings its Message to Bali Hotel Industry
The Bali & Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF) organizing committee hosted a meeting for Bali hoteliers at the Harris Sunset Hotel on January 29, 2016.
The meeting showcased BBTF to the Island’s hotel industry and shared information on plans for BBTF 2016. Ketut Ardana, chairman of BBTF 2016, explained that the annual event is now considered a highlight on Indonesia’s tourism calendar and enjoys the full support of the Ministry of Tourism.
Tanto Ruwiyadi, vice-chairman of BBTF 2016, said that of the 275 buyers targeted to attend, 132 had already registered including premium buyers such as Mappamondo, TUI, Airtours, Thomas Cook and Orient Tours. With several months to go, interest remains high for the event with new buyers registering interest on a daily basis
New to BBTF 2016 are a series of post tours arranged by the Ministry of Tourism for buyers and media representatives. There will also be tourism-related talk shows as well as speedy networking sessions between platinum buyers and sellers.
According to Justina Puspawati, executive director of BBTF 2016, speedy networking session will ensure that all sellers have the opportunity to exchange business cards and quickly introduction their respective companies to high potential buyers.
Bali & Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF) is an annual travel & tourism expo hosted every June to coincide with the Bali Arts Festival.
The Bali and Beyond Travel Fair will be held in Nusa Dua June 22-26, 2016.
Dine at Le Bon Vivant on Friday, March 18, 2018 to Help Children from Puspadi Foundation Walk Again
On Friday, March 18, 2016, Le Bon Vivant Restaurant will donate 10% of all food receipts to help buy artificial legs for two deserving children from Bali’s Puspadi Foundation.
Located on Jalan Tamblingan in the Sanur area of Bali, Le Bon Vivant is the creation of well-known Jakarta restaurateur Chris Janssens. His Jakarta restaurant Le Quartier has been ranked by Trip Advisor in the Top 25 from among some 6,000 restaurants in Jakarta.
A talented and innovative restaurateur, Janssens has in Michelin star-rated restaurants in Europe and the USA, and at leading 5 star hotels in Asia.
Located opposite the Maya Resort in Sanur, Le Bon Vivant specializes in French cuisine with specialties of the house including escargot, confit de canard and foie gras.
Prices will be unchanged on Friday, March 18, 2016 with 10% of (excluding alcohol beverages) will go to Puspadi Bali to fund 2 artificial legs for 8-year-old Kadek who lost his leg in a motorbike accident 2 years ago and 13-year-old Bunga who was born with only half a leg.
Currently, Puspadi Foundation has more than 35 people on its rolls waiting prosthetic limbs.
The advanced technology legs manufactured in the workshop at the Puspadi Foundation will provide these two children with the needed mobility to pursue their educations and a meaningful life.
Puspadi Bali is a foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with physical disabilities in Bali and Eastern Indonesia.
Le Bon Vivant Restaurant
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Telephone: 62-(0)361 283 817 or 62-(0)361 282 892
High School Global Issues Conference in Bali March 11-12, 2016
Bali Island School (formerly known as Bali International School) will host the annual High School Global Issues Network Conference (GIN) - an international student-led event on global issues bringing together youth participants from around East Asia March 11-12, 2016.
Planned as an exciting weekend of learning and action with the theme “Turn on the EnGIN,” the conference will be held at the Bali Island School and the nearby Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel. Students will address 20 different global issues and listed to world-class speakers.
Student workshops within the conference will focus on issues ranging from education, global warming, pollution biotechnology, to trade and international labor.
Among the speakers confirmed to attend the conference is a Bali Island School former students, Nino Sean, who founded Mantra, an environmental company that focuses on easy to achieve environmental solutions within the fields of energy, water and waste. Other speakers include Logan Smailey, founding director of TED-Ed - the education initiative of TED, Peter Dalgish, founder of Street Kids International, Anis Hidayah, founder of Migrant Care, Robi Navicula director of Akarumput.com - a social-environmental online magazine and Micah White co-creator of Occupy Wall Street.
Session for educators will provide information for teachers and schools to help include global issues in their curriculums.
“Bali Island School is proud to be the host of such an important event, we believe this will be a valuable learning experience for our participating students and teachers,” said Denise Walsh, head of Bali Island School, “It’s definitely a wonderful event to host in Bali and we hope to set an example for other schools to empower their children to take part in making the world a better place.”
Exercise and Fitness Stations Installed in Downtown Park in Denpasar, Bali
The Puputan Field in downtown Denpasar, the capital of Bali, is now equipped fitness equipment that can be used without charge by residents and visitors to the Island.
Located on the southwest of the Puputan Square are a choice of exercise equipment that includes chin-up bars, a push-up station and stationery bicycles.
In inaugurating the new fitness station the deputy-mayor of Denpasar, IB Ray Dharmawijaya, called on the public to embrace the importance of exercise and help safeguard the new exercise equipment.
A Tragic Ferry Tale
Ferry Sinking Sailing from Bali to Java Claims at Least 5 Victims
A car ferry sailing from the Port of Gilimanuk in Bali to the Port of Ketapang in East Java, capsized and sunk on Friday, March 4, 2016, some 400-meters from the Javanese shore.
The KMP Rafelia II was carrying an estimated 81 passengers and crew, 5 who perished in the incident. Numbered among the dead was an 18-month old infant, the child’s mother, and the Captain of the vessel, identified as Bambang SA.
The ship also carried a full load of vehicles including 4 pick-up trucks, 4 mini-busses, a large truck, 18 goods trucks and a large number of motorcycles.
The ship set sail on the short Bali Straits crossing at 12:05 pm. Mid-way on the journey the ship listed heavily to port and began taking on water, quickly capsizing just 400 meters from shore.
Authorities have expressed concern that the positin of the sunken ship may threaten a submarine high-power cable carrying electricity from Java to Bali.
Dramatic film footage, shown on Balidiscovery.com taken from Youtube.com, captured on bystanders hand phones, show passengers panicking and leaping into the sea during the 15-minutes it took for the large ship to sink.
The KMP Rafelia 2 was built in Japan in 1993 and was powered by two 1500 horsepower engines. The ship's passenger safety certificate permitted the ship to carry 354 passengers and a quantity of motor vehicles. The last docking of the ship was completed on June 23, 2015 in Jakarta and was scheduled for its next dry-docking on 22 March 2016. The ferry was owned and operated by PT Bahari Dharma Utama.
The more than 70 passengers who survived the sinking were brought to shore by local fishing boats and other vessels, with those suffering injuries rushed to a hospital in Banyuwangi.
The cause of the vessel’s seeking is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. As reported by Radar Bali, the corporate secretary of The National Ferry Company (PT ASDP), Christine Hutabarat, discounted claims that the ship had sprung a leak, but refused to speculate further on the specific cause of the sinking.
While strong current are a constant in the narrow straits connecting two oceans, the sea was relatively calm at the time of the incident.
Celebrity Solstice Abruptly Cancels Visit to Bali, Citing Terrorist Concerns
The Celebrity Solstice, a large luxury cruise vessel operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, has abruptly announced the cancellation of a visit to Bali at the last minute while the ship, with a capacity of 2,850 passengers, was heading for the Island.
Passengers and crew were handed a letter signed by the ship’s Master, Captain Yannis Berdos, announcing the port cancellation, citing the potential of a terrorist attack.
The Cruise Company said the last-minute cancellation was taken in consultation with the Australian and U.K. governments and its Global Security Team based in Miami, Florida, USA.
Captain Berdos’ letter states: "The most recent information received in the past few days indicates that the possibility of an incident has increased. Also the Balinese New Year on March 9th, and recent past advisories has named this date as one that would be targeted by terrorists. Based on all of this information we have gathered from various sources, and in discussion with our Global Security team in Miami, we have made a decision to cancel our call to Bali."
Questions have been raised by at least one passenger via postings on Facebook on the timing of the cancellation of the visit to Bali. The last warning from the Australian Government urging extreme caution for those traveling to Indonesia was issued on February 25th – a date well in advance of the Celebrity Solstice’s departure from Australia to Bali.
Questions are being raised as to why the decision and announcement on Bali’s removal from the cruise itinerary not delivered to passengers prior sailing?
The Passengers’ Bill of Right published by Celebrity Cruises on its website proclaims a “right to timely information” on updates and adjustments to the itinerary of the ship.
The Bali cancellation has disappointed both passengers and crew, with many Balinese crew members now denied an opportunity to meet family and friends during the Island stopover.
Darwin in the Australian Northern Territory has replaced Bali on the ship’s itinerary.
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