Hard Rock Hotel Bali Celebrates Founder’s Day With Beach Clean Up & Turtle Release
On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Hard Rock celebrated 45 years since its founding with a visit to Bali’s Fire Brigade, a beach clean up and turtle release.
Two music-loving Americans – Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, established the first Hard Rock Café in 1971 in a former Rolls Royce London showroom. Today, 45 years later, the brand has grown to include 157 cafes, 22 hotels and 11 casinos.
Celebrated globally, the Hard Rock brand in Bali marked its anniversary by paying tribute to Bali’s hard working and dedicated fire fighters. The team members of Hard Rock in Bali also organized a beach clean-up day on Kuta Beach. The anniversary started at 7:00 am when 45 members of management and band members released 45 turtles back into Bali’s oceans.
“On this 45th Anniversary of Founders’ Day, we look forward to celebrating with local heroes and all Hard Rock fans around the world. Today we will honor and be of service to those who serve and protect us every day. Thank you to all the band members in celebration on this special day’’ said Shane Coates, general manager of Hard Rock Hotel Bali.
Quest No More
Woman Commits Suicide by Leaping from Quest Hotel in Kuta
A 26-year-old English tourist has apparently committed suicide by leaping from the fifth floor of the Quest Hotel on Jalan Kediri in Kuta, Bali in the early hours of Friday, June 24, 2016.
As reported by the Bali Post, Rebecca Rachael NA was killed on impact with the parking lot of the hotel.
A member of the Hotel’s security team told police that he was on duty and heard a woman screaming from the top of the hotel and went to investigate, arriving only in time to see the woman jump from room #501.
A receptionist working at the hotel said the woman asked for a key to her room at 12:30 am when her original key would not open the room. Shortly after 2:00 am, the hotel’s security alerted the front desk to try to prevent a screaming woman from jumping. When approached by security officers, the woman reportedly ran a few steps and dove from her fifth floor room.
Hotel workers say the woman who has been staying at the hotel from some days seldom left her room, not even to attend a buffet breakfast each morning.
Kuta police continue to investigate the case in an effort to find a motive for what appears to have been a suicide.
Home for the Holidays
Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport Adding Additional Flights for Idul Fitri Holidays
Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has received applications for additional flights to accommodate increased passenger flows over the coming Idul Fitri 2016 Holidays.
As reported by Beritadewata.com, Trikora Harjo, the general manager of PT Angkasa Pura - the Airport’s authority, said on Thursday, June 23, 2016, the request for additional flight frequencies has come from airlines flying between Bali and cities including Surabaya, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Makassar, Semarang and Medan.
“Generally, there (are requests) for 80 extra flights, but I don’t know the breakdown for each airline,” said Trikora.
Despite the request for extra flights, Trikora projects that there will be a 2% decrease in the number of passengers flying home from Bali for the holidays. This decrease, he said, is due to this year’s three-week gap in the timing for school holidays and the Idul Fitri holidays.
Among the airlines seeking extra flight frequencies for the holiday period are Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, AirAsia and Sriwijaya Air. Several international airlines serving Bali are expected to seek additional capacity over the same period.
When members of the press quizzed Trikora on reports that three Australian airlines were canceling Bali flights as the result of the Zika Virus scare, he said he had no knowledge of any such cancellations and would need to investigate such news.
Present application provides for 96 extra Citilink flights between Cengkareng to Denpasar, 20 extra Air Asia flights between Surabaya and Denpasar, 24 extra Sriwijaya flights between Cengkareng and Denpasar, 6 extra Garuda Indonesia flights between Cengkareng and Bali and 4 extra Garuda Indonesia flights between Bandung and Denpasar. In total, the extra flights will add 27,718 additional seats.
Meanwhile, international fights to be added over the holiday period include 2 flights by Malaysian Airline from Kuala Lumpur, 9 flights by Chinese Airlines from Taipei. Together, this will provide for an additional 1,754 international passenger seats. Airport officials predict that the rush in holiday traffic will run from June 5 until June 9, 2016.
Misinformation as a Virus
Bali Hotel Association Brands Australian Government and Australian Media Statements on Zika Virus as “Hype”
The Bali Hotel Association (BHA) – a grouping of starred hotels operating on the Island – have taken umbrage with reports in the Australian media and warnings issued by the Australian government cautioning visitors to Bali about the dangers of infection by the Zika Virus.
In an official release from the BHA, the Bali hoteliers have characterized the Zika virus alerts as “hype” that are being sensationalized through the Australian media.
Saying that the BHA wished to “clarify the situation,” pointed to a statement from the Indonesian Ministry of Health that Australians need not fear contracting the Zika virus in Indonesia, as the virus did not exists in the Country.
Citing a report from the World Health Organization (WHO), Indonesia is not included among the official list of countries afflicted with a Zika outbreak.
The BHA statement said: “We can only deplore as we have done so for the last few years that the Australian travel warning system relays information that is often linked to hearsay, is not location specific and most importantly that each time new information (regardless of its importance) is posted, it pops-up as a 'change in travel warning' and every time replicating fears that are unfounded.”
The Bali Hotel Association said it wishes to reassure the public that they are in regular communication with the Indonesian Ministry of Health and the WHO as well as safety-related agencies to ensure that BHA member hotels and their guests remain well informed on the Zika virus.
LOT Polish Now Flies to Bali
Twice-Weekly Warsaw to Bali Flights on LOT Polish Airlines Commence Service to Bali
LOT Polish Airlines inaugurated its new flight service from Warsaw to Denpasar, Bali when a Boeing 787 Dreamliner carrying 251 passengers landed at Ngurah Rai Airport on Thursday, June 23, 2016.
Ushering in a new transportation connection between Poland and Eastern Europe with Bali, the departure of the new flight from Chopin Airport in Poland was attended by Indonesia’s ambassador to Warsaw, Peter Frans Gontha, and a director of LOT Polish Airlines, Stefan Malczewski.
Members of the Indonesian Embassy staff were on hand in Warsaw to distribute flowers and small souvenirs to all departing passengers bound for the island of Bali.
The new Warsaw to Denpasar flights will operate twice each week, with plans to expand the flight service during the busy winter season.
Bali Bounces Bogans Back to Base
Badly Behaving Drunken Perth, Australia Man Deported from Bali Just 24-Hours After Arrival
RadarBali.com reports that a 28-year-old Australian tourist, Matthew Akker, was taken into custody at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport on Thursday, June 23, 2016, shortly after landing on JetStar Airline JQ 116 at 9:25 pm.
Akker, said to have disembarked the plane in an intoxicated condition, became obstreperous while going through passport control causing airport security and immigration officials to take him into custody.
Akker was escorted to an immigration holding room in the International Departure area of the airport where he spent the next 24-hours. Following an interrogation by security personnel, Akker's Bali Holiday ended when he found himself seated on JetStar 107 at 10:05 pm bound back for Perth on Friday evening.
Airport security officials said that because Matthews had was acting in a drunken manner and caused a public nuisance, the decision was made to deport him back to him home country.
Meanwhile, The Western Australian reports that the Australian man claimed upon landing back in Perth that he was detained and beaten in Bali without reason.
Akker claimed he experienced a 12-hour ordeal of repeated beatings by men who boasted they could kill him without fear of retribution.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade responded that Akker was drunk on the flight from Perth and was belligerent toward staff when he arrived in Bali.
Akker denies these statements
Keeping the Islamic New Year Safe
Bali Boosts Security for Idul Fitri Holiday Rush
Some 1,500-security personnel are deployed to Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport to ensure security over the busy Idul Fitri Holiday period.
The general manager of the Bali airport authority, Trikora Harjo, told the press on Friday, June 24, 2016, that a range of security agency will synergize to enhance security over what is traditionally the busiest travel period of the year.
The agencies that will join forces in ensuring security at Bali sole airport are the police, airport authority, airport security, the Air Force, the Army, Navy and National Search and Rescue Agency.
Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Trikora said: “We will minimize those negative factors such as illegal infiltration or those desiring to disrupt airport operations by this year including the Indonesian Navy and National Search and Rescue Agency to guard all approaches from the sea.”
While airports around Indonesia normally experience an outflow of people involved in returning to their ancestral home during the Idul Fitri holiday, Bali experiences a reverse trend of a sudden surge in inbound travelers coming to Bali on holiday.
To handle the sudden increase in passengers, domestic airlines are adding 161 flights while a number of international carriers will also be adding seats to Bali.
RIP: Raymond Maurice Butler 1952-2016
Ray Butler, Bali Hotel Veteran Dies from Prolonged Illness at Siloam Hospital
A well-known and popular member of the Bali tourism community, Raymond Maurice Butler died on Friday, June 24, 2016, at Bali’s Siloam Hospital.
Butler died of a lingering respiratory illness.
Born in Dorset, UK, Butler had a long career in hospitality working in Sri Lanka, Maldives Jakarta, Lombok and Bali.
For the past ten years, he had been affiliated with SwissBel-Hotels managing the SwissBel-Hotel Segara Resort and Spa in South Bali and the Pat Mase Resort in Jimbaran.
In the past, Butler once managed two resorts for the Saphir Group in Bali.
His remains were cremated on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Bali.
Butler was 63.
Bali Calls for Direct Flights Between India and Bali
The Provincial Government of Bali has expressed its desire for direct flights connection with India in order to boost visits between an Island and a Nation where the majority populations are comprised of a Hindu majority.
Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the deputy-governor of Bali, Ketut Sudikerta, told the Indian Ambassador to Indonesia, Nengcha Lhouvum Mukhopadhaya, “With direct flights, we will not only shorten travel time but also reduce the cost of travel (between India and Bali).”
Currently, Indian tourists traveling to Bali are compelled to transit via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Hong Kong.
Bali’s deputy-governor said that direct flight from India to Bali would also intensify promotion of Bali tourism and handicrafts by both the private sector and the government.
The deputy governor for Bali told the press that he would soon be trying to persuade Garuda Indonesian Airlines and other Indonesian carriers to commence flights with India.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Mukhopadhaya said that a significant amount of educational and spiritual travel continues to prosper and grow from Bali to India.
India is now the sixth largest source of foreign tourist visitors to Bali, increasing year-on-year by 57.49% in the first four months of 2016.
Explosive Sewage System at Paragon Hotel in Jimbaran Sends two Staff Members to Hospital
The Bali Post and NusaBali report that a part sewage treatment plant at the Hotel Paragon on Jalan Kampus Udayana in Jimbaran, South Kuta exploded on Monday, June 26, 2016, sending two employees of the hotel to hospital.
Injured were a female hotel security team member Kholiawati (41) and a trainee I Gede Eka Saputra (17).
The incident took place at 12:45 pm with the explosion destroying windows and doors near the blast.
The trainee and the employee were rushed to the nearby Udayana University Medical Center in Jimbaran.
The recently constructed hotel is still under the supervision of the project contractor.
The young trainee suffered cuts to his head requiring 8 stitches to close and abrasions to his left calf and right thumb. Kholiawati was knocked unconscious by the blast and suffered burns to the face requiring warding at the hospital.
Regency Environmental Agency Cites Violations
Following the explosion, a check of the location by the Badung Regency Environmental Agency (BLH-Badung) uncovered a sewage pipe draining into a dry riverbed in the front of the hotel.
As reported by DenPost, the chief of BLH-Badung immediately ordered the hotel to close the pipe. That was done without delay by the hotel’s engineering department.
The hotel was also ordered to remove all sewage that had drained into the riverbed. The BLH-Badung authorities said that no business is allowed to dispose of untreated and raw sewage into the local environment. Officials said that the Hotel Paragon was guilty of illegally disposing its raw sewage.
Sukarta of BLH-Badung said that in the past the Bali Paragon Hotel has been given a written warning and, as a result, had remained under the scrutiny of his department.
BLH-Badung accuses the hotel of trying to cover up their illegal waste disposal practices by their actions following the issuance of the first warning. As a result, a second, undisclosed sewer line has now been sealed and closed, with BLH ordering the hotel to clean and restore the areas they have contaminated with raw sewage,
BLH officials say the explosion that injured two staff was caused by a failure to follow an agreed environmental impact plan established with the government for the hotel.
Meanwhile, despite the recent explosion, the Bali Paragon Resort Hotel appears to be operating normally, reaching nearly 100% occupancy due to a large number of private sector and government groups booking the 379-room hotel.
Outgoing Denpasar Prosecutor Names Head of Denpasar Parking Authority as Suspect in Rp. 15.5 billion Corruption Case
State Prosecutors in Denpasar, Bali have named the CEO of the Denpasar Parking Authority (PD Parkir Kota Denpasar), I Nyoman Gede Sudiantara (also know as Punglik), as a suspect in the corruption of Rp. 15.5 billion.
NusaBali said the public naming of Punglik as a suspect was done at a ceremony marking a change of command at the Denpasar Prosecutor’s office from Imanuel Zebua to Erna Normawati Widodo Putri on Monday, June 20, 2016.
As Imanuel Zebua prepared to leave his post he announced that the politically connected Partai Demokrat politician had been formally listed as a suspect. “The naming (on Punglik) as a suspect took place sometime during the 10-13th of June 2016,” said Zebau.
Zebua said the listing of the CEO of PD Parkir Kota Denpasar as a suspect in the corruption case was done after prosecutors conducted an ongoing investigation consuming more than one year’s time. Prosecutors say Punglik abused his authority as the manager of the parking authority acquiring Rp. 11 billion in 2014. He is also accused of misusing money allocated for insurance totaling Rp. 4.5 billion over the course of nine years.
The outgoing prosecutor said the total losses suffered by the State in the case are still being calculated.
Lawyers for the Denpasar Parking Authority are questioning the public naming of Punglik as a suspect, and also questioning the credibility of Zebua’s public naming of a suspect after he no longer held the job of prosecutor. The lawyers working for the parking authority also complain that they have received no written confirmation that Punglik’s status has changed from a mere witness to a suspect, as would normally be the procedure.
Meanwhile, the new chief prosecutor for Denpasar Erna Normawati Widodo Putri is declining to comment on the case.
Bastards & Baksheesh
Public Outcry as Official at Gilimanuk Border Checkpoint Caught on Film Taking a Bribe
A concealed camera recording a border enforcement officer (Satpol PP) in Balitaking a bribe of Rp. 50,000 at the identity card inspection post at Gilimanuk on Monday, June 26, 2016, is receiving close scrutiny from the Inspectorate office in Jembrana, West Bali. The official caught on film receiving the bribes, identified with the initials ES of the Satpol PP Jembrana Regency, has been interviewed by his superiors.
Bali Post reports that investigators have called for the questioning five members of the Satpol PP who were on duty at the identity card inspection point at the time the bribe was filmed. In all, 13 people have been interviewed by investigators.
ES has apparently admitted to investigators to receiving the Rp. 50,000 bribe in order to turn a blind eye to the lack of an identity card (KTP) from a man entering Bali via Gilimanuk. ES told investigators that he used the bribe money for personal needs. He has also said that the small box thrown by passing truck driver contained only 2-thousand rupiah notes.
The investigative file has been turned over to the Regent of Jembrana to decide how to dispose of the case.
In the video now showing widely on social media, the official working as an identity card checker is shown inspecting a KTP. The 2 minute 13 seconds video clearly shows a Satpol official receiving Rp. 50,000 from a man whose identity card is out of date. At first, in accordance with established procedures, the official ordered the man to return to Java, but then offered to allow the man to pass with a payment of a fine of Rp. 50,000.
In the same video, the official is seen receiving a “handshake” containing Rp. 2,000 from a passing motorist that he placed in his duty kiosk.
The video has reignited widespread anger across Bali, reinforcing the view that officials at border crossings and weigh stations are easily bribed to forsake their official responsibility and leaving Bali at risk of terror attack.
The Regent of Jembrana, also angered at seeing the video, said he would seek the dismissal of the official involved, including those charged with supervising those who work at the inspection stations.
Bali’s Main Hospital Explains its Color-Coded Response to Medical Emergencies
Bali Post reports that the Emergency Room Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, Bali handles on the average of 3-4 “code blue” – a medical emergency in which breathing and heartbeats have stopped.
Meanwhile, the polyclinic heart center at Sanglah Hospital services 100-150 patients and 20-30 cardiac emergencies daily.
All areas of the emergency rooms and cardiac polyclinic are supplied with an emergency trolley equipped with a defibrillation machine and special medications. Also on close at hand at all times are specially-trained teams ready to handle any cardiac emergency whenever a “code blue” is declared. These teams are normally comprised of a cardiac specialist, an anesthesiologist, a nurse and a pharmacist.
Speaking to the press, Dr. IGN Gunadhi, a heart specialist at Sanglah Hospital explained that a “code blue” is designed to prevent sudden death due to respiratory or heart failure through a rapid medical response.
According to Dr. Gunadhi, in order to be effective, “code blue” emergencies must be called within 5 minutes.
Separately, Dr. Ken Wirasandi, the head of Medical Services at Sanglah Hospital explained that different codes are used to describe various medical situations. “Code Blue” declares a respiratory or cardiac emergency. “Code Green” signifies an emergency medical situation involving a baby, fetus or maternity case. “Code Brown” is declared when there has been a disaster with many victims. “Code Black” is declared when a personal threat to hospital staff is involved.
By using color-codes the hospital is able to mobilize a rapid and appropriate response to any specific situation.
Haunting Surfeit of Human Remains
Backlog of Unburied Corpses at Sanglah General Hospital Morgue Poses a Logistics and Spiritual Risk.
The morgue at Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital has a backlog of 85 unclaimed corpses waiting for disposition. The current over-accumulation of dead bodies dates from at least 2011.
Among the dead are those with no identity, bodies deemed “evidence” by police, and human remains abandoned by families for emotional or financial reasons.
As reported by Balipost.com, Dr. Ida Bagus Putu Alit, chief of forensic medicine at Sanglah Hospital, explained on Monday, June 20, 2016, that the extended storage of human remains at the morgue is no longer merely tied to temporary safekeeping over holiday periods.
Every day the Sanglah morgue receives an average of 2 bodies to be stored for 3-5 days. Due to the backlog of bodies on “hold,” the hospital’s cooling units for storing human remains designed to hold only one body are routinely used to store two bodies. With coolers insufficient to meet the need for storage, some bodies are left outside cooling units and preserved through the administration of formalin.
The official tariff for the storage of human remains at Sanglah is Rp. 75,000 per day, Rp. 100,000 per day for storage in a cooling unit. The bodies of foreign nationals kept at the facility are charged Rp. 300,000 a day.
For Bali’s majority population of Hindus, the prolonged storage of human remains violates religious mores that stipulates the dead must be buried or cremated in a timely manner.
Hindu beliefs hold that a body that has remained buried and not received final ritual disposition through cremation for five years are at risk of becoming “bhuta cuil” – potentially inimical earth-locked spirits prevented from continuing their spiritual transition.
Hospital officials are concerned that the balance and tranquility of Sanglah General Hospital is threatened by the storage of human remains that now predate 2011.
Officials are working to amass sufficient funding for a mass cremation to dispose of the backlog of corpses stored at the morgue that will also help safeguard the spiritual sanctity of Bali.
Hot and Bothered in Bali
Bali Airport Installs Thermal Scanner to Detect International Passengers Infected by the Zika Virus
Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is installing thermal scanners in the international arrivals terminal to identify inbound passengers with raised body temperatures indicating possible infection with the Zika virus.
Quoted by Beritabali.com, the general manager of the Bali Airport Authority – PT Angkasa Pura I, Trikora Harjo, confirmed the installation of the thermo scanners on Saturday, June 25, 2016, following a meeting with the Minister of Transportation to discuss preparations for the Lebaran Holiday rush of travelers.
The airport is cooperating with Airport Health Officials and preparing formal procedures for handling passengers identified as infected with the Zika virus. These include the rapid isolation of affected travelers on special isolation areas.
However, to date, there have been no confirmed cases of Zika in Bali despite an Australian government travel advisory suggesting travelers to Bali may be at risk of infection.
The Australian travel advisory, in turn, has earned a quick response from the Provincial Government of Bali and the Bali Hotel Association who point to World Health Organization reports confirming that the Zika virus has not been endemically found in Bali.
Indonesian Transportation Minister Not in Favor of Reclaiming Land to Extend Length of Bali’s Airport
Kompas.com reports that the Indonesian Minister of Transportation, Ignasius Jonan, has stated he is not in favor of plans to extend the runways at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport by reclaiming land at the end of the runway to accommodate an extension.
Saying he does not agree with reclaiming land in Bali to extend the runway, Jonan said such a product would be expensive. Moreover, Jonan says a runway built on reclaimed land requires extraordinary care and maintenance and may have a short useable life span.
The Transportation Minister made his comments at Bali’s Airport on Saturday, June 25, 2016, during an inspection visit to view preparations for the rush of passengers during the Lebaran Holidays.
The Minister admitted that the Bali Airport is one of Indonesia’s busiest air gateways; a fact aggravated by its single runway.
A Kemenuh Conondrum
Kemenuh Butterfly Park in Gianyar, Bali: Illegally Constructed, Illegally Operated and Failing to Pay Taxes
The development of a new Butterfly Park in Sukawati, Gianyar in Bali underlines the many problems existing in Bali caused by poor law enforcement and uncontrolled development.
While Taman Kupu-Kupu or the Kemenuh Butterfly Park, located just 10 minutes from Ubud, has been in operation since 2015 displaying a wide range of adult butterflies in a tropical garden setting, it is for all intent and purposes an illegal venture operating outside the law.
As reported by The Bali Post, the Butterly Park was constructed without the required building permit (IMB) that, strictly speaking, the law requires be in hand before construction begins. The legal issues surrounding the Park are complicated further by the fact that, also according to law, the Park should technically never be granted a building permit because the land on which it is built is in an area classified as a “green zone” on which any kind of permanent structure cannot be erected.
From a bureaucratic standpoint, the Kemenuh Butterfly Park is a “Catch 22 Scenario” riddled with contradiction and irony. While the Park is open for business and even taking online bookings, it is also in violation of local tax laws, failing to pay taxes because tax authorities say they cannot levy tax bills against companies not holding valid operating licenses.
The Gianyar House of Representatives (DPRD-Gianyar) is promising to convene a meeting with the Regency’s Administration in order to determine how to handle the embarrassing conundrum presented by the Kemenuh Butterfly Park.
Local legislators will have to decide whether to change Gianyar’s planning and zoning laws to accommodate a project that ignore these rules in its establishment or to declare the Park illegal and order its demolition.
The chairman of the DPRD-Gianyar, Wayan Tagel, displaying a local readiness to accommodate investors at any costs, is urging a change in zoning laws that would change the borders of the green zone that would make the errant Park instantly legal.
At the same time, any revision in the zoning rules must be preceded by a review by a panel of experts that would take time, meaning the Park would continue to operate illegally and tax-free for at least the short to medium term.
Connected in Kuta
Kuta, Bali Launches 115 Free Wireless WiFi Points
The Badung Regency’s pledge to create a “smart city” in Bali has begun to take hold with the launching on Friday, June 24, 2016, of the “Badung Free WiFi” system in the Kuta area of South Bali.
In a ceremony presided over by the Regent of Badung, I Nyoman Giri Prasta, a free wireless network with 140 access points operated by BIZNET Network was "switched on" to serve Kuta visitors.
The new Free WiFi Network will be expanded over time to include other areas of the Badung Regency.
Operators of Sunken KMP Rafelia II Given Deadline of September 4, 2016, to Remove Sunken Ferry Boat in Java-Bali Straits
The operator of the KMP Rafelia II, the Bali to Java Ferry that sank near Banyuwangi on March 4, 2016, has been given a six-month deadline by Indonesia’s Minister of Transportation to remove its sunken hull that has become a hazard to navigation or face the possibility of the government undertaking the task at the operator’s expense.
The six-month deadline runs from the date the ship sank meaning PT Putra Dharma Bahari must haul away their sunken ship before September 4, 2016.
In issuing the warning to the shipping company during a visit to Banyuwangi on Thursday, June 16, 2016, Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan reminded all ship operators to fully insure their vessels, including insuring the cost of ship evacuation of wrecks in the event of a sinking.
The place where the KMP Rafelia II sunk lies perilously close to high voltage submarine cables carrying electricity from Java to Bali.
A representative of PT Putra Dharma Bahari told Bali Post that the evacuation of the sunken hull is made problematic by a lack of funds to pay for the project.
The ship that sunk on March 4 resulted in 6 deaths and the loss of a large number of vehicles. The Port Master of Gilimanuk has been named as a suspect by police for allowing the ship to set sail in an overloaded condition.
Balinese Participants in a Bedugul Canoe Race Dies of Heart Attack.
A participant in the open paddleboat competition on Lake Buyun, near Bedugul, North Bali has died of an apparent heart attack.
Dead is Wayan Winawa (58) a resident of Munduk who was one of the oarsmen in a race between paddles Lion Boats (Lomba Perahu Singa) held on Thursday, June 23, 2016.
In a three-boat finish, Winawa became faint as his boat approached the finish line. Attended on the scene by the deputy-regent of Buleleng, Nyoman Sutjidra, who is also a physician and was attending the race, Winawa’s condition continued to decline until he died a short time later while being rushed to a nearby clinic.
Winawa was said by his family members to have suffered from a heart condition, hospitalized for treatment at least one time in the past.
Attempted Identity Theft
Two Bulgarian Tourists Arrested on Suspicion of ATM Crime in Bali
Police have taken two Bulgarians into custody at the Sukawati Police Precinct on suspicion of their involvement in an effort to rob money from a Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) ATM located at the Coco Mart in Batubulan, Sukawati in the early hours of Saturday, June 25, 2016.
Held by police are Toma Haralampiev Kelevski (33) and another man identified only as Kiril (32), both of whom are Bulgarian nationals.
Beritabali.com says the attempt to rob an ATM machine was first detected by technicians supervising BNI ATM operations who were able to remotely monitor when problems occurred with the CCTV monitor at 10:00 pm on June 24, 2016.
When a technical response team arrived at the ATM they discovered a modem was missing. 15 minutes after the repair team visited the ATM, 3 foreigners were observed entering the ATM for an extended period. When they left the booth, the missing modem had been reinstalled. Suspicious, the repair team, assisted by surrounding residents and police form the Sukawati precinct in set up a surveillance of the ATM.
At around 3:00 am, the three foreign nationals returned to the ATM at which time police moved in placing two under arrest while a third person managed to evade capture.
Police in Sukawati said the two Bulgarians, Toma Haralampiev Kelevski (33) and Kiril (32), were staying at Villa Mafanalia on Jalan Ketut Lestari Gang II in Sanur.
Because the case involves foreign nationals the criminal case has been transferred to the Police Command in Gianyar.
A police spokesman suggested the two arrested might be part of an international crime syndicate involved in stealing money from ATM machine customers.
In addition to the two Bulgarians, police have also taken in custody 2 folding knives, a bayonet and 2 Honda Vario motorcycles.
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
Fête Nationale – Celebrating France’s National Day at The Trans Resort Bali on Friday, July 15, 2016
French National Day or La Fête Nationale – Bastille Day marking the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789 will be celebrated in high Parisian style on Friday, July 15, 2016 at The Trans Resort Bali in Seminyak.
Bali’s annual grande soirée commences at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 15TH with cocktails, music and welcoming remarks from H.E. the French Ambassador to Indonesia, Madam Corinne Breuzé. The festivities continue with a French Buffet accompanied by magical entertainment and music from the 1970s and 80s for guests’ dancing pleasure.
Attractive raffle prizes will be given away that include air transportation from Thai Airways and 2-meter high wooden replica of the Eiffel Tower.
The evening concludes with dancing on the rooftop at The 18th Rooftop Bar.
Commenting on the coming celebration, Alexander Jovanovic, general manager of the Trans Resort Bali said: “It is a point of great personal pride for every member of the team at our Resort that the Trans Resort is often ‘the hotel of choice’ for Bali’s French community. We believe our shared love of fine food and drink, and our embrace of the joie de vivre that marks every gathering of Bali’s French Community has earned our Resort the opportunity to welcome the French Ambassadress and the French people of Bali on their National Day 2016. We look forward to a full house with a broad representation from every walk of Bali’s diversified community in attendance. Vive La France!”
Cost covering a sumptuous dinner and cocktails is only Rp. 200,000 per person. A special celebration feast for children aged 4-12 years will also be available for Rp. 50,000 each.
Tickets are available in advance at Cafés Moka, The Junction, Café Bali, Batik, Bahiana, Poule de Luxe, Alliance française de Bali and the French Consulate.