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    Why are You Choose Air Freight?

    If you are a business person, then you know the importance of having your goods reach their destination faster but in good condition for that matter. There are so many transportation modes and you will need to make a decision based on what you find the most ideal for your kind of business. Air freight is one of the best you can choose whether you are dealing with low volume shipment or high value shipments. Here are some of the reasons why you will find the option best for your business needs.

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    European Market Lose, Bali Furniture and Handicraft Exports Come Down

    DENPASAR – Entrepreneur of Furniture and Handicraft Industry in Bali admitted that exports of goods abroad are currently declining following the sluggishness of the European market.

    Vice Chairman of Marketing of the Association of Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Industry (Himki) Bali Krisna Pratama Astawa said 70% of entrepreneurs on the Island of Gods send their goods to the European Market.

    Thus, when the European market is sluggish then also impact on the decline in craft shipments to these countries.

    In fact, according to him, the decline in exports to Europe reached 50% of normal shipments.

    “For example the usual 1 buyer’s order 6 containers with me, currently only 3 or half,” he said, Thursday (7/12/2017).

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    Garuda Indonesia’s Explanations Blaming Flight Delays On Mount Agung Eruption Rejected by Both Consumer Agency and Pilots


    The chairman of the Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI), Tulus Abadi, is pointedly calling into question statements made by the national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia blaming flight schedule delays on the eruption of Mount Agung.

    As reported by Kompas.com, Tulus pointedly questioned why only Garuda experienced delays blamed on Mount Agung while other airlines managed to keep their schedules. Speaking on December 2, 2017, Abadi said: “The eruption of Mount Agung cited as a reason by the Airline (for delays) means there should have been massive delays from four or five days earlier when Lombok and Denpasar airports were closed. But, in fact, Garuda’s schedules were fine during that period.”

    Meanwhile, Kompas.com received information from a number of Garuda pilots discrediting the official explanation that delays were due to the eruption of Mount Agung. The pilots blamed the delays on internal changes at the airline being implemented in the computerized scheduling of crews and aircraft, and shortcomings and failures in the new scheduling program.

    One unnamed pilot was quoted saying: “The pilots are here; the planes aren’t. But the management is blaming Mount Agung? They don’t want to be truthful and blame the system.”

    A senior public relations manager at Garuda decline comment when approach by Kompas to comment on the period when almost all flights operated by the airline were delayed between 1 and 4 hours.

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    Bali Weekend Warrior: 5 cool things to do on the island this weekend (Dec. 15-17)

    A winning photo from the last Nusa Dua Light Festival’s selfie contest. Photo: IG @chef.ayukawaii

    BUKIT: Party in Uluwatu’s newest, hottest panoramic space

    Bushwacka! @ Ulu Cliffhouse

    Head on down to the Bukit’s newly opened Ulu Cliffhosue for a pre-Christmas party that will be as lit as Rudolph’s red nose. The free event will feature special guest Bushwacka! who you may know from the acid house explosion of the 80s from the duo Layo & Bushwacka! After checking out Ulu Cliffhouse’s grand-opening party, we can say the cliff-stop space is stunning and the cocktails are delicious.When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 12pm-10pm

    Where: Ulu Cliffhouse, Jl. Raya Uluwatu Pecatu
    Entry is free, but limited daybeds can be reserved in advance (min. spend IDR 2 million; US$147)

    CANGGU: Boutique beach party in the Gu

    La Brisa party

    La Brisa x Basement Love Presents: Cast Away vol 01

    The extremely photogenic Echo Beach hot spot, La Brisa, is launching off the first in a series of boutique beach parties in collaboration with Basement Love, a new Bali music and events collective. Disco balls, DJs, bespoke cocktails, and fun seaside vibes—what more do you need for a Saturday night in Bali?

    When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 8pm to 3am
    Where: La Brisa, Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan
    Free entry

    SEMINYAK: After dark fun at Potato Head

    Night Moves Potato Head

    Night Moves feat. Max & Crown

    You may know Potato Head for its sizable beach-front space, but ever head there for Night Moves, the club’s intimate bar setting? It’s a totally different vibe. This weekend will feature M.A.X. and CROWN, Paul T, and Joey Fitzgerald behind the decks.

    When: Saturday, Dec. 16, from 8pm
    Where: Potato Head Beach Club
    Free entry

    NUSA DUA: Get festive, Bali-style and gaze at ‘jungle lanterns’

    Nusa Dua Light Festival “The Jungle”

    Catch the festival for the three weeks it’s up to see jungle-themed lanterns in the beachy  Nusa Dua area, with a bit of a Jurassic Park twist. Live music, food, and beverage will be on offer. You can also take a hot air balloon ride, if you feel up to it.

    When: Friday, Dec. 8 to Sunday, Jan. 14, open 3pm-10pm
    Where: Peninsula Island, ITDC

    LEGIAN: Pool party at Padma

    Where’s my mojito? At Azul Beach Club

    The rain’s have been fickle this season, but the pool party’s on at the beautiful bamboo-styled Azul this weekend. Swim, splash, dance, and kick back some tropical rum. Sunday’s are more for than just brunching.

    When: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2pm-6pm
    Where: Azul Beach Club, Padma Beach
    Free entry

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/lifestyle/bali-weekend-warrior-5-cool-things-island-weekend-dec-15-17/
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    Export Mandatory Use Local Boat Shipping Companies Greeted Happy

    Vice Chairman of Kadin Indonesia Logistics and Supply Chain Management Rico Rustombi (from left), Chairman Rosan P. Roeslani, and Vice Chairman of Transportation Carmelita Hartoto gave a presentation at the press conference of Indonesia Transport, Logistic & Maritime Week (ITLMW) Exhibition 2017 – JIBI / Felix Jody Kinarwan

    JAKARTA – The Indonesian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA) considers the Ministry of Trade’s step to require the use of ships held by shipping companies to have a positive impact on the shipping industry and other related industries.

    To be recognized, the Ministry of Trade has released Regulation of the Minister of Trade (Permendag) no. 82 of 2017 on Terms of Use of Sea Transport and National Insurance for Export and Import of Certain Goods. This regulation requires the export of Crude Palm Oil (CPO), Coal and Rice using sea transport controlled by local companies and national insurance.

    Carmelita Hartoto, Chairman of DPP INSA said the regulation is a big leap to boost the performance of Indonesia’s trade services balance. During this time, sea transportation has always been in the spotlight because it is often one of the biggest contributor of Indonesia’s trade services trade deficit.

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    Weak End to a Very Strong Start


    While the Indonesian Government has targeted 15 million foreign tourist visitors for 2017, the total number of visitors counted through the end of October stood at only 11.6 million.

    As reported by JawaPos.com, performance to date left Indonesia with only two months to secure the needed 3.4 million foreign tourists to achieve targeted arrival totals.

    Meanwhile, arrivals in Bali made problematic by the increased volcanic activity of Mount Agung that is blamed for arrivals nation-wide in October declining 4.54% when compared to just one month before. In November, the problems visited upon Indonesian tourism by Mount Agung worsened as volcanic dust from the Bali volcano caused a two-day closure of the Island’s Airport and numerous flight cancellations.

    The head of the National Statistics Bureau (BPS), Suhariyanto, said he hoped the disasters happening at Mount Agung would not last through the end of December, saying he feared the 15 million foreign tourist total would not be realized.

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    Bali police investigate deaths of two students who drowned on class waterfall trek

    Police in Bali are investigating the drowning of two female students who died on Monday at a trek to a waterfall in Buleleng, North Bali.

    Seven classmates of the deceased students from SMK Kesehatan Widharba and three chaperone teachers have been questioned related to Monday’s incident, Bali Post reports. Under the Indonesian education system, SMK is a vocational or pre-professional high school.

    Following witness accounts, police say they have not yet concluded who to hold responsible for the deaths of Luh Devi Cahyani, 17, from Pegadungan Village, Buleleng and Kadek Dwi Asmarani, 16, from Tukad Sumaga Village, Buleleng.

    Buleleng Police subdivision chief Nyoman Suartika said that the trek to the waterfall in Barak Sambangan Village had been organized under student initiative. Students decided on the trek and arranged to get three teacher companions for the 21 students on the trip.

    Police do say, however, that teachers had instructed students which spots at the waterfall were too deep.

    “The chaperone teachers gave directions about the location of where to swim, so as not to reach a certain depth limit that had previously been measured by the teachers,” Suartika said on Tuesday.

    “So, we believe that the students trekking were less alert and did not follow the instructions given by their accompanying teachers,” he said.

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/police-investigate-deaths-two-students-drowned-class-waterfall-trek/
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    Mounting Losses

    Tourism Minister Blames Mount Agung for Rp. 9 trillion in Foreign Exchange Losses


    The State News Agency Antara quotes Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism Arief Yahya who has calculated that Indonesia lost around Rp. 9 trillion in foreign exchange earnings because of lost business caused by the Mount Agung volcano in Bali.

    Speaking at the launch of a new metropolitan helicopter service in Jakarta, Yahya extrapolated that the 15,000 tourists he estimates cancelled their holidays in Bali would have spent a total Rp. 250 billion per day. Adding: “Hence, count for yourself how many days since the incident occurred (late November) until Dec 31, it is about 36 days and when multiplied by Rp250 billion, the figure reaches about Rp9 trillion that we will lose in foreign exchange.”

    The Minister also lamented that the national target of 15 million foreign tourists for 2017 would not be achieved because of the volcano. The final total is expected to be closer to 14 million by the end of the year.

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    Bali politician, ex-vice DPRD chairman, made to reenact drug dealing scenes as part of police investigation

    Jero Komang Gede Swastika, also known as Mang Jangol, has been removed from Indoneisa’s Gerindra political party following a drug dealing scandal. Photo via baliprov.go.id

    The former Balinese politician who got kicked out of his party, Gerindra, for allegedly dealing drugs out of his house then went on the run to temporarily evade an inevitable arrest, was made to reenact drug dealing scenes as part of a police investigation.

    Former vice chairman of the Bali Province Regional Legislative Council (DPRD), Jro Gede Komang Swastika, alias Mang Mangol, had to participate in 64 scenes with seven other witnesses on Monday that police reconstructed based on findings from their investigation so far.

    “So, starting at 10:30am, until 1pm, we carried out the reconstruction, including eight suspects,” said Denpasar Police Narcotics Investigation Unit Chief Wayan Arta Ariawan, as quoted by Detik.

    The scene reconstructions, attended by the district attorney and the suspects’ legal counsel, were mostly done at Swastika’s home in Denpasar on Jl. Pulau Batanta, says the police unit chief.

    “Altogether, there were 64 scenes, related to each suspect’s role and also additional activities conducted by suspects outside of the main scene,” Ariawan explained.

    The scenes featured a raid on Jangol’s home on Nov. 4, when police first tried to arrest the politician, but he got away.

    “Based on the statement from the suspect, he admits he was home during the search,” Ariawan said.

    It’s alleged that Jangol dealt drugs out of his home, primarily meth, and that he had five rooms in the house that could be used for dealing to his customers.

    Some of the other suspects in this case include Jangol’s older brother, Wayan Kembar, along with one of his three wives, Dewi Ratna. 

    Under Indonesia’s strict anti-narcotics laws, Jangol will face charges carrying life imprisonment or the maximum penalty of death, according to local reports. Not helping his case is that he evaded arrest for nine days after the raid on his house, when he was finally found hiding out in a cowshed in Gianyar, Bali on Nov. 13.

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/bali-politician-ex-vice-dprd-chairman-made-reenact-drug-dealing-scenes/
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    The Number of Freight Out of Bali Experienced Increase

    Documentation of Benoa Harbor Immediately Developed A number of ships were parked in the waters of Benoa Harbor, Denpasar, on Wednesday (11/1/2017). The port will be developed for capacity building from 2017 to 2020 with the construction of zoning for yachts, domestic, marinas, fish ports and containers. (ANTARA / Nyoman Budhiana)

    Denpasar  – Sea transport passengers from Bali to various destinations in Indonesia as many as 216,699 people during October 2017, decreased 27,985 people or 11.44 percent over the previous month recorded 244,684 passengers.

    “But for freight transport increased by 1,348 tons or 9.23 percent from 14,611 tons in September 2017 to 15,959 tons in October 2017,” said Head of Distribution Statistics of Bali Central Bureau of Statistics I Gede Nyoman Subadri in Denpasar, Monday.

    He said the departure of special passengers through the Port of Benoa, Denpasar during October 2017 as many as 85,930 people, an increase of 10,083 people or 24.72 percent compared to September 2017 which serves 75,857 passengers.

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