After Half a Year as Bali's Top Cop, an Assesment of What General Sunarko Done and What's Ahead for the Island's Constabulary.
July 1st marked the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian police and the end of the first semester in the job as Bali's Chief of Police for Inspector General Drs. Sunarko Danu Ardanto.
The first three months as Bali's "top cop" saw Chief Sunarko consolidate his department by means of internal audits; the creation of a shared vision of the role of the police with the people of Bali; steps to restore the Island's image in the wake of its second terrorist attack; and the continuance of an ongoing program of cracking down on crime.
During the period January-March 2006 the police under Sunarko's command also intensified enforcement efforts against narcotics, gambling and potential terrorist threats to Bali.
Particularly noteworthy during the first few months of Sunarko's rule was a crackdown on local illegal logging mafia who were undoubtedly shocked to see Bali police seize thousands of cubic meters of lumber and a large number ships involved in carrying illicit timber.
During the second quarter of 2006 Chief Sunarko undertook an evaluation of the work synergies among the Balinese police. He required all sub-district Police Chiefs and Division Heads within his Department to sign a moral contract reaffirming their commitment to their jobs and the community they serve.
Sunarko closed his first six months in the job by launching a program of "Police Partners with the People" in which outreach programs with community and religious leaders are being undertaken through safari's to all areas of the island, many heretofore seldom visited by Bali's Chief of Police.
The Bali Police Force
Some interesting facts and figures regarding policing in Bali.
• The Bali police force totals 11,467 officers.
• Through June 2006, the Bali police solved 2,162 cases out of 3,436 criminal cases reported,
• In the same period in 2005, the police solved 1,862 cases out of 3,043 criminal cases reported.
• Police have increased arrests for illegal gambling in the first half of 2006 recording 200 gambling investigations. In the same periods in 2005 and 2004, the gambling cases handled by the Bali police numbered 158 and 125, respectively.
• In recent months police have arrested 22 people in connection with the theft of sacred Hindu religious and ceremonial objects from 46 religious sites.
• During the first half of 2006, a total of 255 Indonesian nationals and 12 foreign citizens were apprehended for narcotic violations. This compares with 459 Indonesians and 23 foreigners arrested for drug violations in the same period in 2005.
Tanah Lot Kite Festival August 11-14, 2006
More than 15 Countries Expected to Participate in Second Major International Kite Event in Bali in as Many Months.
As of July 5th more than 15 countries have registered their interest in participating in the Tanah Lot International Kite Festival set to be held August 11-14, 2006.
Following less than one month after the [ Bali Festival of Kites] to be held near Sanur Beach at Padang Galak Beach July 20-23, 2006, the Tanah Lot kite flying competition will take place in conjunction with a variety of traditional games and contests including Sunari, Pindekan and Petakut.
Local participation will be limited to 40 comprising selected Balinese teams, kite flying contingents from 9 other Indonesian provinces, and the 10 top-rated teams from the Padang Galak event. Meanwhile, foreign teams of kite flyers are expected at Tanah Lot from Germany, U.K., Thailand, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Sweden, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, India, U.S.A. and Australia. Final confirmation of participation is still pending for teams from Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Police Raid Illegal Money Changers in Legian
55 Unauthorized Money Changers Netted in One Day Sweep of Three Streets in Legian.
Responding to numerous complaints from the public regarding fraudulent practices by Bali money-changers, a team of village and local community associations conducted surprise raids on three main streets in Legian on Friday, July 8, 2006. Those raids – affecting Jalan Melasti, Jalan Padma, and Jalan Legian - netted 55 money changers operating without the required permits.
According to data provided by the Association of Foreign Exchange Operators (APVA), only 29 exchange counters are formally registered as foreign exchange operators in Legian, a number far less than the 55 illegal operators discovered in the Friday raids.
Of the 55 illegal money changers uncovered in the raids most were found to be operating without any of the required permits with the remainder found to be operating with expired licenses.
Operating licenses for money changers are only issued by Bank Indonesia. Among the requirements imposed by Bank Indonesia for a legal money changer operation are:
• Possession of local operating permit (SITU/HO).
• A standardized sign to mark the location of an authorized money changer.
• A safe for the storage of funds.
• A detection device for discovering counterfeit funds.
• A calculator.
• Forms for recording exchange transactions.
• Well presented staff to work in the money changer.
• A minimum office size of 2 x 2 meters for the branch office of a money changer.
An Introduction to the Buteyko Breathing Method
Senior Buteyko Practitioner, Jac Vidgen, to Provide Free Introductory Lecture for Revolutionary Breathing Technique on July 17, 2006, in Bali.
Originally devised by Russian respiratory physician, Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, and officially recognized in the 1980s by the Government Committee for Science and Technology of the USSR, the Buteyko Method once focused solely on the treatment of asthma. Wider study and application, however, have now demonstrated the revolutionary approach to re-training how we breathe is also extremely effective for a whole range of related disorders such as allergies, rhinitis, bronchitis, sleeping disorders (such as sleep apnea), and other breathing problems.
Free Introductory Lecture
Jac Vidgen, a Senior Buteyko Practitioner will conduct a free introductory lecture on the Buteyko Method on Monday, July 17, 2006 between 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Prana Spa, Jalan Kunti No. 118X in, Seminyak (opposite Bali Deli).
This introduction to the Buteyko Method will covers its history, some breathing basics, a test to check your own breathing, results of medical trials and the kinds of problems the Buteyko Method can help. Many thousands of asthmatics and those with breathing difficulties have experienced remarkable improvement in their condition with this amazing method, which has allowed them to reduce their dependency on medication and enjoy a quality of life they previously thought impossible.
Buteyko provides a comprehensive approach to achieving safe and effective asthma control. Buteyko helps you to control your asthma through simple breathing exercises and asthma management - without the use of drugs.
According to the founding principles of the Buteyko Method, some 200 diseases are linked to dysfunctional breathing: asthma, allergies and emphysema are just a few examples. More than 40 years of research have produced the Buteyko Method, which can recondition and normalize the breathing and restore the body's most important function.
A Solo Exhibition by Hansen Thiam Sun at Alila Ubud July 14 – September 15, 2006.
Hansen Thiam Sun will exhibit twenty acrylic paintings on canvas from July 14 through September 15, 2006 at the Alila Ubud.
Inspired by two extreme cultures, east and west, Indonesian-born painter Thiam Sun, finds a middle expression through his paintings of figurative, solitary woman.
The Artist's fascination with the two contrasting cultures emanates from the experience of living for ten years in Taiwan and the U.S.A.. Thiam Sun sees the two cultures from two opposing perspectives: different, yet occasionally complimentary. All his paintings depict a single woman.
In rendering his subjects, Thiam Sun employs a flat and cartoon-like impression in order to show comical expression in his female subjects. By using a cartoon approach these works also capture elements of modern western culture while Chinese calligraphy filling the background introduces the East.
Born in Toho, West Kalimantan in 1960, Hansen Thiam Sun showed an early interest in the visual arts. From 1980-1984 he studied mechanical design in Taipei, before moving to the U.S.A. where he worked as a design and technical specialist in an American yacht manufacturing company.
It was during his stay in the USA, that Thian Sum’s talents were influenced by a close association with an architect and painter who helped him develop his individual style: distinctive, simple and spontaneous brush strokes. The results are both subtle and philosophical, a mixture of semi abstract and minimalist art.
Hansen Thiam Sun operates two galleries selling his work and has held exhibitions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Singapore. Taipei, Tokyo and the U.S.A..
"East –West Through Women" a solo exhibition by Hansen Thiam Sun runs daily from July 14 through September 15, 2006 at the Alila Ubud Resort.
For more information contact Yessy Hidayat at ++62-(0)361-975963.
Public Relation Professionals Name New Chairperson
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel Julita Chandra to Head Public Relations Association for Coming Year.
Bali Hotels Public Relations Association (HHPB) installed its new Executive Committee at the association's meeting held at the Hotel Santika Beach Bali on June 28, 2006.
The new Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the HHPB for the period June 2006 – May 2007 are, respectively, Julita Chandra of Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa and Ayu Martiasih of Maya Ubud Resort & Spa. The organization's newly elected secretary is Fretty Zahfithri of Nikko Bali Resort & Spa and with Marianne Budihardja of Grand Hyatt Bali serving as Treasurer.
The new Head of the HHPB, Julita Chandra, is the holder of a Silver Medal from Bali Travel News’s Sympathetic Public Relations Awards 2004. A member of the HHPB since December 2003, she is employed as the Marketing Communications Manager at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa for over 3 years.
The HHPB is a non-profit organization of hotels public relations professionals in Bali that aims to encourage friendship, share information and experiences among its members. Founded in 1999, HHPB has more than 23 members drawn from hotels public relations professionals across Bali.
"We are very excited with our 2006-2007 Program and hope that it will be beneficial for our professional role as hotel public relations," said Julita. "The program includes social and environment friendly activities, interaction with media people, teambuilding, as a continuation of our last (year's) program. Through our activities we could contribute on promoting Bali as a destination and to develop ourselves as professional hotel public relations." she added.
SIA Scholarships for Indonesian Tourism
In an Ongoing Program of Support for Bali, 12 Local Students Receive Scholarships from Singapore Airlines and its Network of Travel & Cargo Agents.
Singapore Airlines (SIA), in cooperation with 27 Bali travel and cargo agencies in Bali, have again granted much-needed scholarship to deserving students attending the Island's tourism and arts academy. At the same time, SIA handed over US$13,000 to the Provincial Government of Bali to support tourism recovery efforts.
According to Desmond Lim, Bali Manager for SIA: "Tourism, as a strategic sector of the economy producing foreign exchange, can only be developed by profession organizations staffed by professionals. One goal of Singapore Airlines is to support the advancement of Indonesian manpower in their efforts to become professional workers in the tourism industry."
To this end, SIA and its travel and cargo agents launched its "Human Resources Development Program" in May 2000. This program presents scholarships to financially needy Balinese students who have demonstrated academic excellence to pursue educations in tourism, the travel industry, and travel logistics at the School of Tourism Studies (STP-Bali) and the National Polytechnic of Bali. Scholarships are also given to students attending the Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI).
The program is supported by yearly contributions from SIA's network of Bali passenger and cargo agents with matching funds contributed by SIA. Beneficiaries of the "Human Resources Development Program" are given training opportunities with SIA and its network of agents with many past graduates now working in the travel industry.
For six years from 2000 through 2006, scholarships have been granted with a value of Rp. 80 million (approximately US$8.500). Since the program's inception, 102 students have received assistance with 16 already actively working in their selected fields. In the latest round of scholarship awards, 12 students – 4 from the STP-Bali, 4 from the Polytechnic and 4 from ISI - are all slated to receive support under the program. Each of the scholarship winners ranked in the top ten of their respective classes and were awarded between Rp. 2.5 million (approximately US$256) and Rp.1.25 million (approximately US$ 128).
"Through participation in this program," according to SIA's Lim, "those of us working in the tourism and cargo industry are setting aside a portion of our profits for the people of Bali."
SIA and its network of cargo and travel agents support similar programs in Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Solo, Manado and Bandung
SIA is also a regular sponsor of TIME - an annual national travel mart for the Indonesian tourism industry.
Silence – by Wayan Karja
Inspired by the Balinese Holiday of 'Nyepi' – an Exhibition of Paintings by Wayan Karja at the Ganesha Gallery July 12 - August 4, 2006.
"I visualize myself as a tree. My branches bear the fruit of intellectual learning and Western approaches to art…but my own Balinese roots naturally grow as strongly as the branches." WAYAN KARJA , 2006
In his latest solo exhibition featuring a series of abstract paintings entitled "Silence" - in honor of the Balinese New Year Nyepi or day of silence, Wayan Karja, displays both his roots and branches.
Karja's story also transects the history of modern art in Bali. As a boy in the 1970s, he was identified as a new emerging talent in Penestanan's Young Artists school, a brash style of painting that had developed under the guidance of artist Arie Smit dating from the 1950s. Not satisfied with the limitations of the style, he became one of a new generation of Balinese artists to attend the Indonesian Institute of Art (ISI) in Denpasar where he was introduced to western concepts. In particular, he found himself attracted to the purity of abstract art.
In his exhibition, Karja presents "silence" as consisting of a series of brilliant canvases dominated by light and color. Meditative yet brimming with movement and force, they are a just homage to Nyepi - a day of ritual introspection that contrasts with the vibrant exterior pulse of daily Balinese life. Karja understands well the challenge of the Balinese to simultaneously walk multiple tightropes between tradition and modernity, materialism and spirituality. This new series display the remarkable Balinese talent of maintaining Cosmic and personal balance in a world of contradictions.
Silence – A Solo Exhibition by Wayan Karja
Ganesha Gallery at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité and Soccer
Celebrating Bastille Day in Bali on Friday, July 14, 2006.
France's loss against Italy in the final of the World Cup on Sunday, July 9th, will be the major topic of discussion and dominate the atmosphere of the party celebrating Bastille Day in Bali on July 14th, 2006.
That loss will provide ample cause for French citizens and Francophiles attending the party to drink copiously.
Bali's Comité des Fêtes du Consulat Français" has organized a "French buffet campagnard" to be held commencing at 8:30 p.m. at the La Canitina Restaurant on Friday, July 14, 2006. An admission cost of Rp. 200,000 (approximately US$21.25) will provide entrance to the event where French cheeses, cold cuts, barbeque, music and dance will be in generous supply.
Organizers assure that all are welcome - even Brazilians, who will receive gratuitous advice on the art of world-class football; and Italians who will also be welcome if they agree to discuss anything "except" soccer.
Tickets to Bali's celebration of Bastille Day are available in advance at:
• Café Moka
• Warung Gossip
• La Cantine
• Café Seminyak
Victory or defeat in the World Cup for France, the party on July 14th promises to be quite a party!
Shown on balidiscovery.com is a picture of the final moments of play in the World Cup match between Italy and Franc.
Oiled & Dangerous - Has Anyone Seen Our Editor?
During a Visits to the Jiwa Spa at Conrad Bali Resort & Spa Balidiscovery.com's Editor Goes Missing!
When balidiscovery.com's Editor was recently sent to survey the Jiwa Spa at the Conrad Bali Resort at Tanjung Benoa, no one even bothered to consider the assignment in any way hazardous - one of those journalistic forays during which a valued contributor goes "missing in action."
Sadly, however, it appears we failed to estimate the inherent dangers of sending an over-stressed, deadline-driven Editor into the luxurious and seductive atmosphere of the "Palace of Pampering" that is the Jiwa Spa.
The Search Begins
Shortly after his his failure to return to the office, members of the staff dispatched to the scene found little trace of our missing Editor, save his reporter's notebook and intermittent reports, dating from the time of his disappearance, mentioning contented sighs of relief emanating from one of the Jiwa Spa's treatment rooms.
Our staff have searched for him everywhere, really we have. We've explored every nook and cranny of the multi-level 439 square meter facility; we've looked in the 10 private treatment rooms and 2 exclusive treatment villas; we've braved the stiffling heat of steam rooms and sauna cabins; we've donned scuba gear and taken underwater cameras to searched for him on the bottom of the Spa's 25-meter outdoor pool, the outdoor Jacuzzi, and the cold and hot plunge pools in the locker/changing areas; and working on a very long-shot, we've even looked in the adjacent fully-equipped fitness club.
Our Editor is No Where to be Found.
Undettered, members of our staff have returned over several days to conduct interviews with the 39 highly-trained spa therapists who work at the Jiwa Spa. Between busy rounds of spa appointments, the therapists have tried to comfort our fears, assuring that guests who suddenly extend theirs stays and course of spa treatments are not uncommon.
Despite the Spa's therapists reputation for lavish pamerping, following days of marathon interviews our staffers found them by and large to be an uncooperative lot; hiding behind old spa trade chestnuts of "guest's privacy and undisturbed enjoyment" in refusing to divulge any additional information that might help us track down our missing Editor.
The Paper Chase
Based on scribbled notes left in his reporter's notebook, we were, however, able to at least partially reconstruct the final moments before our Editor's mysterious disappearance.
Our working theory is that his hastily written notes of "spoiled for choice" and "decisions, decisions, decision!" refer to the his last documented moments in the recpetion area of the Jiwa Spa. According to the receptionist on duty at the time, there he pondered laboriously over the almost endless range of "head-to-toe" therapies and treatments on offer.
Compelled to choose between manicures, pedicures, various massage treatments, a range of soothing aramotherapy oils, reflexology, scented scrubs and soaks accented by natural bath salts – our Editor reportedly became increasingly confused screaming "yes" to every spa and treatment option offered. Perhaps reflecting his recent heavy work schedules and accumulated stress, reports from the scene said his confusion escalated further when he was asked to choose between recorded excerpts of meditative, chill out and light classical musical selections – available as the sound therapies to accompany each treatment session.
Lost at Sea?
Our Editor was last seen to be smiling broadly as we was compliantly led down the stairs to the treatment area for the Jiwa Spa's signature treatment — Ocean Flow which combines elements of rhythmic strokes with acupressure, akin to the movement of ocean waves. Subsequent reports of sightings at the air-conditioned reflexology center, undergoing soothing facials and cream batchs in the Spa's salon, or loudly singing "rubber ducky" in a scented pool of rose petals - all remain unconfirmed.
We also discount suggestions that the situation has degenerated into a "hostage situation" – with our Editor refusing to leave the Jiwa Spa until the Resort Management agrees allow him the right of permanent residence inside the facility.
Anyone seeing our Editor is asked to be gentle with the man who, by all reports, has been spoiled senseless.
While no reward is offered for his return, we'd still like him back.
Central Government Calls on Klungkung's Regent to Stop the Land Grab on Bali's Neighboring Islands at Nusa Penida.
An official from the Directorate General of Fisheries and Oceans has called on Klungkung Regent Wayan Candra to retain local control over the three islands that compose the Nusa Penida group – Nusa Penida Besar, Lembongan and Ceningan.
Dr. I Alex S.W. Retrauban, the Director for Utilization of Small Island from the Directorate General, has warned Bali that local people will be physically and economically displaced if the Regional Government fails to protect property rights on the three islands. Retrauban said that the potential of the three islands demands that government take control of the land, providing access to investors on a lease-only basis.
Responding to the suggestions made by Retrauban, Klungkung's Regent insisted that anticipative steps are in place with his government exercising selective discretion in deciding which investors are granted development permits on the three islands.
The three islands of Nusa Penida located close to the eastern shore of Bali, comprise two-thirds of the total land area in the Klungkung Regency.
The Coming Traffic Jam in Bali
Lack of Public Transport in Bali Results in High Level of Private Vehicle Operations.
Speaking at a seminar on land transportation held in Sanur on Wednesday, June 28, 2006, the Director General of Land Transportation, Iskandar Abubakar warned that Bali's higher than average level of private vehicle ownership portends for traffic jams and added air pollution in the near future.
Citing the rapid increase in private vehicle ownership in Bali, the transportation expert said that there are presently 4 vehicles for every 5 people living Bali, a ratio far above the average in the Nation's capital of Jakarta where there is only one vehicle for every 5 residents.
Not only does Bali have a higher average ratio of vehicles in operation as compared to total residents, but significantly 80% of the vehicles in operation in Bali are registered to private owners. By comparison, private ownership in Jakarta constitutes only 40% of all vehicles on the road. According to Abubakar, the variation in private ownership of vehicles in Bali is due to the very low use of public transport in Bali where only 5% of the population is estimated to travel on public transport.
Emission Testing of Vehicles to be Widened
Abubakar predicted that the recently introduced program of emission testing on public transport will be widened by 2007 to also include mandatory emission testing on all vehicles.
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