• Monthly Archives: December 2017

    Not All are Welcome

    (12/24/2017)

    RadarBali reports that for the eleven months January – November 2017, Immigration officers at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport refused entry or sent home some 756 foreign tourists. Among those refused entry include individuals flagged as pedophiles, gang members, fraudsters, murderers and embezzlers.

    Meanwhile, 182 foreigners were deported by Bali’s immigration office in the first 11 months of 2017.

    Rachmat, assigned to the Ngurah Rai Immigration office, said during 2017 some 5,221,703 million arrived in Bali while 5,347,884 foreigners departed via Bali.

    In the same 11-month period, 356,788 Indonesian passport holders landed in Bali with 344,029 Indonesian departing to overseas destinations from Bali.

    January – November 2017 saw 1,355,136 Mainland Chinese visited Bali. In the same period,  990,468 Australians visited Bali followed by 239,014 Japanese nationals.

    The Ngurah Rai Immigration office issued 14,040 Indonesian passports through December 18, 2017.

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    Bali’s world famous Kuta Beach is drowning beneath a sea of garbage

    Bali’s palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favorite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage.

    Plastic straws and food packaging are strewn between sunbathers, while surfers bobbing behind the waves dodge waste flushed out from rivers or brought in by swirling currents.

    “When I want to swim, it is not really nice. I see a lot of garbage here every day, every time,” Austrian traveler Vanessa Moonshine explains.

    “It’s always coming from the ocean. It’s really horrible,” she adds.

    Often dubbed a paradise on earth, the Indonesian holiday island has become an embarrassing poster child for the country’s trash problem.

    The archipelago of more than 17,000 islands is the world’s second biggest contributor to marine debris after China, and a colossal 1.29 million metric tons is estimated to be produced annually by Indonesia.

    The waves of plastic flooding into rivers and oceans have been causing problems for years — clogging waterways in cities, increasing the risk of floods, and injuring or killing marine animals who ingest or become trapped by plastic packaging.

    The problem has grown so bad that officials in Bali last month declared a “garbage emergency” across a six-kilometer (3.7-mile) stretch of coast that included popular beaches Jimbaran, Kuta and Seminyak.

    Officials deployed 700 cleaners and 35 trucks to remove roughly 100 tons of debris each day to a nearby landfill.

    “People with green uniforms were collecting the garbage to move it away but the next day I saw the same situation,” said German Claus Dignas, who claimed he saw more garbage with each visit to the island.

    “No one wants to sit on nice beach chairs and facing all this rubbish,” he added.

    Bali’s rubbish problem is at its worst during the annual monsoon season, when strong winds push marine flotsam onto the beach and swollen rivers wash rubbish from riverbanks to the coast, according to Putu Eka Merthawan from a local environmental agency.

    “This garbage does not come from people living in Kuta and nearby areas,” he told AFP.

    “It would be suicidal if Kuta people were doing it.”

    Damaging Tourism

    Just 72 kilometers from Kuta, Mount Agung has been threatening to erupt for two months, prompting tourists to cancel visits and displacing tens of thousands of villagers living within a 10 kilometre-radius of the volcano’s crater.

    But the island’s waste problem is no less of a threat, said I Gede Hendrawan, an environmental oceanography researcher from Bali’s Udayana University.

    “Garbage is aesthetically disturbing to tourists, but plastic waste issue is way more serious,” he told AFP.

    “Microplastics can contaminate fish which, if eaten by humans, could cause health problems including cancer.”

    Indonesia is one of nearly 40 countries that are part of UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign, which aims to halt the tide of plastic trash polluting the oceans.

    As part of its commitment, the government has pledged to reduce marine plastic waste by 70 percent by 2025.

    It plans to boost recycling services, curb the use of plastic bags, launch cleanup campaigns and raise public awareness.

    Still, the scale of the problem facing Indonesia is huge, due to its population of more than 250 million and poor waste processing infrastructure.

    Hendrawan, who says both locals and tourists are responsible for the island’s rubbish problem, urged authorities to invest more resources to tackle the problem.

    “The Bali government should spare more budget to raise people’s awareness to take care of local rivers, not to dump waste,” he said.

    “The central government should boost the campaign to reduce use of plastic packaging and ban free plastic bags at convenience stores.”

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/balis-world-famous-kuta-beach-drowning-beneath-sea-garbage/
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    Benefits Offered By Freight Forwarders

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    Today, freight forwarders are determined to offer the best in class freight transport services combined with excellent value for their customers. They provide value for money, uninterrupted & speedy services, and reliable delivery services in the shortest possible time. They also specialize in the integration of all the categorized operations and functions of the customer’s firm. They support the basic as well as advanced functionalities of the companies including supply chain, docking, warehousing from sourcing of raw materials, through product manufacturing to the final distribution of the goods.

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    Final Note of 2017 Competitive Exports, Quality of Human Resources from Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) increasingly Vital

    A qualified MSME human resources determine the competitiveness of tailored products produced.

    Various handicraft products namely accessories, knitted fabrics, and others produced small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) in Bali has been quite reliable in the export competition. However, in line with the dynamics of the rapidly growing export market competition, especially in 2017, MSMEs are increasingly demanded their readiness in various ways. What are they? Continue reading

    Minister of Transportation Target, Pelindo Completed Benoa Terminal October 2018

    Budi Karya Sumadi as Minister of Transportation targets Pelindo III to complete the reclamation and increase the capacity of passenger terminal at Benoa Harbor in October 2018.

    In his working visit to the Port of Benoa, Bali, Friday (22/12/2017), Menhub Budi Karya said Pelindo III has only ten months to complete the construction of the cruise terminal in welcoming the IMF World Bank Annual Meetings 2018 in October next year.

    “There will be more than 17,000 people coming in October and the entourage will definitely take the time to sail, cruise or yacht,” said Budi.

    Meanwhile, the IMF World Bank meeting is the world’s largest gathering of economics and finance, presenting the Central Bank Governor and Finance Minister from 189 countries in October 2018.

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    This Plan Three Airports around West Java

    Master plan Kertajati Aerocity – Illustration / skycrapercity.com

    BANDUNG – President Joko Widodo revealed plans to build and develop three new airports in West Java.

    “In mid 2018, God willing, a new airport in Kertajati will be completed and we can use it,” said President Joko Widodo in Bandung, West Java, on Thursday.

    Kertajati Airport, according to Jokowi, is a very big airport, very useful to encourage the mobility of goods and people especially in West Java and we expect really can move the economy, “added the President.

    In addition to Kertajati Airport, as written Antara, the President also explained about the existing airport in Tasikmalaya but its users have not been maximized.

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    Less ‘Extras’ the Holiday Season

    (12/24/2017)

    The number of “extra flights” scheduled over the Christmas and New Years period 2017/2018 has dropped dramatically when compared to the same period one year ago.

    Beritadewata.com quotes the Airport Authority – PT Angkasa Pura who reported on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, that in 2016 there were 613 requests for extra holiday flights, while in 2017 only 477 extra flight have been requested, a reduction of 22%.

    PT Angkasa Pura is unprepared to speculate on why there are fewer requests for extra flights this year, but the perceived view is that the downturn is linked to the ongoing eruption of the Mount Agung volcano and a resulting downturn in Bali visitors.

    The current requests for extra flights over the holiday period cover a period from December 18, 2017 until January 18, 2018.

    An Angkasa Pura spokesperson said that Bali’s airport continues to operate normally following a 2.5-day temporary closure in late November due to volcanic dust in the upper atmosphere seen as a threat to aviation.

    “Many passengers are frightened to fly to Bali because of Mount Agung; frightened that they will be unable to return home if the airport is closed during their visit. In fact, the Government has made all preparations in the event of an airport closure, including free transport overland to the nearest international airport. Passengers do not understand this,” said the Angkasa Pura official.

    The reduced number of extra flights to Bali this holiday season will also result in a corresponding reduction of the number of tourists visiting Bali. Statistics compiled from the airport through December 19, 2017 demonstrate a decline in the number of tourists visiting Bali following the late-November airport closure.

    On December 19, 2017, a total of 14,123 domestic passengers landed in Bali, a decline of 5.21% when compared to the 14,909 domestic passengers who arrived on the same date in 2016.

    The number of departing domestic passengers from Bali’s airport has also declined. On December 19, 2017, a total 14,059 passengers flew out of Bali’s Airport, a number that is 4.03% less than the 14.650 passengers who flew out of Bali on the same date in 2016.

    International passengers leaving Bali on that date in 2017 totalled 12,346, down 12% from the 14,116 who flew in 2016.

    Arriving international passengers have also decreased. On December 19, 2017, a total of 9.261 passengers arrived, a decrease of 13.73% when compared to the 10.735 foreign passengers who arrived in the same date in 2016.

    Total domestic and international passengers coming to Bali declined 8.48 day-on-day for December 19, 2017.

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    Bali’s wildest animal stories of 2017

    Should’ve gone for the sunglasses. Sigh. Photo: Maxpixel

    We sure love animals and it shows in our coverage of the beat. The animals–both wild and pets–of Bali never cease to stop amazing us with the crazy things they do on this island. The year 2017 has been no exception, as we’ve covered everything from dirty monkeys pantsing a tourist to a fish casually “walking” across the ocean floor.

    Here are our wildest animal stories of the year, in chronological order:

    January

    Watch: Video of Ubud monkey pantsing tourist goes viral

    pantsing monkey

    Monkey see, monkey do. Who taught the monkey this dirty trick?

    Balian surfer describes getting bumped by shark minutes before suspected shark attack

    Ryan Boarman

    April

    British tourist finds live scorpion in luggage after returning home from Bali holiday (VIDEO)

    scorpion in cup

    Illustration. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Aussie woman bitten after stepping on venomous snake at Ubud hotel

    snake bite

    Australian woman Renee Cunningham getting treated for her alleged snake bite in an Ubud hospital.

    May

    Elephant kills handler during feeding time at Bali park

    elephant

    Photo: Pixabay

    Bali Monkey Masterminds: Uluwatu macaques steal stuff from tourists, barter back plundered goods for food

    Uluwatu monkey

    Photo: Maxpixel

    June

    WATCH: Fish casually ‘walks’ across ocean floor in Bali

    walking Bali fish

    Footage by diver Emeric Benhalassa shows a fish trotting along in Bali waters.

    July

    Stabbed by a swordfish: Briton had to get ‘sword’ surgically removed from neck after snorkeling trip at Bali’s Nusa Lembongan

    Alan Pope and wife, Sharon, were said to have been exploring Bali as a part of their post-retirement bid to travel the world. Photo: Facebook

    September

    No more monkeying around: ‘monkey selfie’ case settled

    Self-portrait of a female Celebes crested macaque (Macaca nigra) in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, who had picked up photographer David Slater’s camera and photographed herself with it.

    December

    Animal rescuers risk going into Bali volcano danger zone to take care of abandoned pets

    BAWA feeding dogs at Mount Agung

    A dog gets fed in Temukus, a village just three kilometers from Agung’s crater. Photo: Coconuts Bali

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/balis-wildest-animal-stories-2017/
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    No Alert Status For the Island of Bali as a Whole

    Indonesian Energy Minister Clarifies Bali’s Safety and Security Status in Connection with Mount Agung Volcano

    (12/22/2017)

    Indonesia’s Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, Ignasius Jonan, did much to clarify recent loosely formulated statements by Government Minister suggesting the entire Island of Bali was under an Alert Level II – “Waspada” status. 

    As reported by Metrobali.com, Minister Jonan took special pains to emphasize and underline on Thursday, December 21, 2107 that the highest alert warning of “Level IV – Awas” only applied to a radius of between 8-10 kilometers surrounding Mount Agung’s volcanic crater. Outside that exclusion zone, said Jonan, he personally guarantees that Bali remains safe for visitors, adding: “The (alert) status is only for 8-10 kilometers from the peak of Mount Agung. Outside that, Bali is safe and no generalized alert status is in effect for the Island as a while.” 

    At the same time, the Minister ask all parties to remain vigilant and stay abreast of any new developments in relation to Mount Agung. 

    Jonan said he hoped all parties would work to change the incorrect exaggerations on the threat posed by Mount Agung. Illustrating his point, the Minister pointed to the the West Coast of the Island of Lombok that is, in fact, much closer to Mount Agung than the main tourist areas of South Bali where life goes on as normal without any degree of alarm.  

    Clearly, explained the Minister, there is no basis for safety and security concerns in the main tourist areas of Bali in relation to any continuing eruption of Mount Agung. 

     

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    Top 6 most cringeworthy aviation incidents of 2017 involving Bali flights

    This year was a doozy for Indonesian aviation.

    Between pilots testing positive for narcotics and planes missing the runway, there’s hardly ever a dull moment in Indonesian aviation. We hate to say it, but 2017 was particularly memorable, giving us plenty of awful cases of what can go wrong on a flight. While some were amusing, others were downright scary.

    Disclaimer: We fly most of the airlines mentioned in this list quite often, so just because these things have happened doesn’t mean you should straight-off dismiss Indonesian carriers, but do your own due diligence when making travel plans. 

    Here’s a roundup of the most cringeworthy aviation incidents we covered in 2017, involving Bali flights:

    Two pilots working for Indonesian airline test positive for heroin: National Narcotics Agency

    Pilots by day, druggies by night. Who wouldn’t want to get on a plane piloted by these guys?

    Ngurah Rai International Airport

    Ngurah Rai International Airport. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Bad Trip: Pilot of Lion Air flight who missed runway in Bali was under the influence, says BNN director

    Although the infamous runway miss actually happened back in 2013, it was just revealed this year that the pilot who undershot the runway had hallucinated the landing strip as being longer. A big deal since when the story first broke four years ago, it had been reported that he came up clean in his drug and alcohol tests following the incident. Soooo sketchy.

    Lion Air flight

    Bali’s international airport near Denpasar on April 14, 2013. Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

    Bali-bound plane turned back to China mid-flight when crew realizes front door is still open

    This one was blamed as a technical error, with the airline claiming that the indicators in the cockpit inaccurately showed that the door was closed all the way. Clearly that plane was in need of some maintenance.

    Sriwijaya Air

    A plane from the Sriwijaya fleet. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

     

    AirAsia apologizes after terrifying Australia-Bali flight plummets 20,000 feet, scare had passengers ‘saying their goodbyes’

    As a flight dropped down two thirds of its elevation in seconds, tearful crew ran down the aisle in a panic, which of course gave the passengers aboard this terrifying flight no reassurance at all. AirAsia later apologized for “any inconvenience caused” by the flight. Because fearing for your life is so darn inconvenient.

    AirAsia Perth-Bali flight

    Masks dropped down during the scare but “no oxygen came through” says one passenger. Photo: Still via YouTube

    Australian ‘freaks out’ at Bali airport, canceling flight by pounding on cockpit door, later has to get hauled off high ledge (VIDEO)

    In a double incident an Australian freaked out, pounding on the doors of his flight’s cockpit as the plane was taxiing, saying someone was trying to kill him, which resulted in the flight getting cancelled. Good thing he was apparently directly allowed to leave and not held for questioning, because as soon as he got back to the airport, he dangled himself off a 25-meter-high ledge, until an Austrian traveler talked him down.

    Australian Gregory Butler

    The Australian hangs on to a second-floor ledge as an Austrian man tries to talk him down.

     

    Bali-bound flight diverted after inebriated wife checks sleeping husband’s phone, uncovers affair and has outburst

    You snooze, you lose. Not the type of situation that this phrase typically refers to, but it’s actually quite relevant here. It’s no wonder this was one of our most-read stories of 2017.

    Qatar Airways

    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/top-6-cringeworthy-aviation-incidents-2017-involving-bali-flights/
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