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Monday, August 12, 2013

Bali Update: Allan Bryne killed, More condoms, Turtle poachers

Om Swastiastu ...

Everyone at Bali Discovery was saddened this week by the death of a remarkable Indonesian dancer and choreographer – I Nyoman Sura, who has died of cancer at 37. Another death, that of New Zealand surfing legend Allan Bryne, also occurred this past week, the result of a traffic mishap.

We also have news on a possible delay in the planned August 14th inauguration of Bali’s new toll way; a update on the delayed start-up of large x-ray machines for surveillance of vehicles passing through the ports of Gilimanuk and Padang Bai; rising indications that money laundering is rife in Bali; and the tale of the beating of a local travel agent by the angry owner and manager of a leading Chinese restaurant in Kuta.

There’s also information on the need for greater use of Condoms among sex workers to stem Bali’s very high rate of new HIV/AIDS infections; the arrest of two men for turtle poaching at Serangan island; the opening of a new Cardiac Care Center at Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital; and news that 31 foreign students are now studying music and dance at Bali’s Institute of Fine Arts (ISI).

Urged on by growing opposition to plans to reclaim parts of Benoa Bay, senior tourism officials issue a call for better and wiser leadership of Bali that prevents the further marginalization of the Balinese people.

We share news on a decline in Balinese exports; tell how the Hard Rock Hotel and Sole Men raised US$39,300 for two desperately needy Balinese families; and provide more information on the Sanur Village Festival coming in September.

The sliding value of the Australian dollars has been “nicely” set off by the concurrent slide in the value of the Indonesian Rupiah. We explain how that works.

We also provide links on worthwhile articles in the international travel press on Bali, including one regarding Bali’s attraction for disabled travelers.

Need dental work? Find out why an increasing number of holiday visitors are flocking to the Island to get quality dental care at bargain prices.

In Hotel news there’s a new appointments to report at The Westin Nusa Dua and The Rimba Resorts.

Aviation coverage looks at private aircraft parking availability for VVIP guest in Bali attending APEC in October and the grounding of an expatriate co-pilot working for Garuda due to suspected drug use.

Catch out editorial addressed to the Governor and the Regent of Badung on the need to be “hard headed” about motorcycles operating on Bali’s new toll road.

Looking Ahead:
Jansz Estate, The Naked Range Wine Dinner at The Laguna Luxury Resort on Friday, August 30
Michelin Chef Christophe Schmitt at Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant at Banyan Tree Resort August 16-24, 2013
On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever – Musical Fund Raiser for the John Fawcett Foundation at The Kejora Villas in Sanur, August 26, 2013.
Blues for the Blues – Music in Support of Bali’s R.O.L.E. Foundation at Tapeo Gastrobar at Kuta Beachwalk August 31, 2013.
Bromo Full & Half-Marathon, East Java Sunday, September 1, 2013.
IETS 2013 – a Conference on E-tourism comes to Bali September 4-6, 2013.
Miss World Competition at the Bali International Convention Center on September 8, 2013.
Sanur Village Festival VIII September 24-28, 2013.
1st Annual International Conference on Animal Training andEnrichment (ATEC) at Bal Safari and Marine Park December 1-5, 2013
Bali and Beyond Travel Fair in Bali June 10-14, 2014


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J.M. Daniels, Editor
Bali Update
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