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    Delaying a Visit to Paradise

    Indonesian Hotels Say Mount Agung Alert Status Causing Postponement of Some Group Travel to Bali.


    Balipost.com reports that most of the sudden downturn in visitors to Bali connected to the increased warning level for volcanic Mount Agung is due to group cancellations while the individual (FIT) market remaining relatively unaffected

    I Nyoman Astama, the chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel General Managers Association (IHGMA), said on Tuesday, October 3, 2017: “What’s actually happened is a decrease in group tourism. Individual travelers are not much affected, but there is (also) a decline. The biggest (impact) is from MICE (meetings, conferences, conferences and exhibitions).”

    Astama said he expects more cancellations over time as all members of IHGMA report in.

    The IHGMA chairman said that cancellations had reached 6,000 room nights from all hotels in Bali. Based on the assumption that each stay is for 3 nights, this mean some 2,000 cancellations have been received. He said he expected this number to at least double.

    The cancellations, he said, are coming from countries that have issued travel cautions to their citizens. Adding: “This is what is triggering the postponement of trips (to Bali). These postponements are affecting not only this month but also the entire year. This is the actual case we are encountering.”

    Individual tourist, said Astama, continue to visit Bali. “We are urging those with fears, to simply postpone the date of their travel. Maybe they can come next month, two months, six months or a year from now. We are flexible,” Astama explained.

    He suggested that villas are suffering less from cancellation due to the fact they serve individuals, while hotels seeking group travel are most affected by any cancellations.

    The chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali), Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, estimates overall hotel bookings have declined 20-30 percent.

    Tjokorda said that if the volcano warning stays in place, November might see even more cancellations with November marking the beginning of Bali’s “shoulder season” for hotel bookings.

    Meanwhile, Bali’s Governor continues to urge calm, saying only 28 out of 78 villages in Karangasem fall within the danger zone. To provide perspective, this is only a portion of the Regency of Karangasem and Karangasem is only one out of 8 regencies and one metropolitan area that comprise the Province of Bali. To people harking back in fear to the 1963 eruption of Mt. Agung, the Governor says that any eruption of Mount Agung at this time will be mitigated by the sophisticated equipment, well-trained manpower, and detailed contingency plans now in place.

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    Australian drug suspect mentally ill and could die in Bali jail without meds, says lawyer

    The lawyer representing Australian Joshua James Baker, who was arrested earlier this month after Bali customs found drugs in his luggage, fears her client could die in custody without his medication, though she did not specify precisely what medication he was lacking.

    Attorney Pande Putu Maya Arsanti — who has served as defense counsel in a number of high-profile drug cases involving foreigners in Bali — also argued that her client is mentally ill and cannot be held accountable.

    But while she reasons that his alleged state is enough to justify deportation to his home country for treatment, Indonesian police are moving forward anyway to have Baker prosecuted.

    Baker was stopped at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport on Oct. 8, where 28 grams of marijuana and 37 pills of the sedative Diazepam (originally known as Valium) were allegedly discovered in his luggage.

    The Aussie made a getaway from the toilet when he was doing a routine urine test on Oct. 9, climbing through a ventilation shaft. But his escape was brief — police tracked him down just 10 hours later in Canggu.

    Dr. Denny Thong, a psychiatrist that previously treated the Aussie back in 2015 for hallucinations and mental instability, was brought to the jail yesterday, but police did not allow him to see Baker.

    “I got the impression that he’s very unstable,” Thong said, as quoted by News Corp Australia, adding that he had previously prescribed the Aussie psychotropics and a mild anti-psychotic.

    “From my part, for his mental health, he certainly needs professional help.”

    It was not immediately clear if Dr. Thong now lives in Bali or if he had been flown there to provide an independent medical evaluation.

    Arsanti said police doctors treating Baker couldn’t speak English, weren’t familiar with his medical history, and had stopped giving him his medication, which she feared could kill him.

    “He said that if he doesn’t get the medicine, he feels that something presses his chest,” Arsanti said, without specifying whether she was describing a heart condition or a psychosomatic reaction brought on by his alleged mental illness. 

    “My client said that he felt like his chest was pressured. It’s very dangerous,” she added. “We want to give letters, evidence, that he cannot be charged legally because he has a mental illness. People with mental illness cannot be charged.”

    That said, the Australian has already been formally named a suspect for drug possession and importing narcotics, which could land him between five and 15 years behind bars if convicted.

    Arsanti says her client had been prescribed the Diazepam by a doctor in Cambodia. While that’s certainly possible, it’s worth pointing out that Cambodian drug stores are notorious for not requiring prescriptions and a vast array of painkillers and opioids that would be illegal without a prescription elsewhere are readily available over the counter. 

    “He uses drugs, maybe he also went to a healer. He went to Cambodia for treatment (errrrr). He went to many places for medication. He used drugs, he used anything, but it doesn’t work, he is still sick.”

    Baker was moved on Tuesday from a police hospital to a regular holding cell.

    On the police side of things, however, Bali deputy director of narcotics Sudjarwoko says Baker is not so mentally ill that he can’t be held accountable.

    Baker could answer all questions police asked him, Sudjarwoko said.

    “If the person was crazy, if we asked him one thing, he would answer another thing. He would then need to be released under the law. But [Mr Baker] could answer the questions we asked him,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

    “Anybody who has a legal problem with the police suffers some sort of mental problems. No one would happily face such a time.”


    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/australian-drug-suspect-mentally-ill-die-bali-jail-without-meds-says-lawyer/
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    Beauty of Eruption Gunung Agung

    BNPB Will ‘Sell’ Mount Agung Eruption as a Tour Package, It’s 3 Safe and Beautiful Points Seeing It


    AMLAPURA – National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) began to design the concept of beauty of eruption Gunung Agung for the benefit of Bali tourism.

    The new tourism concept that offers the beauty of Mount Agung eruption is intended for foreign tourists who come to the Island of the Gods.

    Deputy Prevention and Preparedness BNPB, Wisnu Widjaja, explained that the beauty of eruption was initiated in order to restore the condition of tourism in Bali.

    Known, lately a bit lethargic due to increased activity of Mount Agung.

    “The beauty of the mountain when the eruption is very good, and has a high selling value for tourism,” said Wisnu, Wednesday (18/10/2017), in Karangasem.

    The eruption of Mount Agung, according to Wisnu, is very good to be a tourist attraction or spectacle for tourists.

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    Garuda Indonesia Fly the Silangit-Singapore Route

    President Director of Garuda Indonesia Pahala N.Mansury (from left), Director General of Air Transportation of Kemenhub Agus Santoso, Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, and Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi got off the plane, on the sidelines of the release of Garuda Boeing 747-400 in Hanggar 4 GMF Aero Asia, Tangerang, Banten

    JAKARTA – Along with the inauguration of Silangit Airport in North Tapanuli as an international airport, PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. officially opened the Silangit-Singapore route.

    President Director of PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. Pahala N Mansury said the Silangit-Singapore flight will officially commence October 28, 2017.

    This flight uses the Bombardier CRJ 1000 aircraft with a capacity of 96 people.

    This is an effort of GIAA-coded airlines to support government efforts and commitments in developing the potential of Lake Toba as an international tourism destination.

    Not only that, the opening of this route is done because Garuda Indonesia wants to develop the aviation network and increase connectivity between regions with the potential of tourism and a promising economy. Moreover, direct flight access from Singapore is known as one of the busiest economic centers in Southeast Asia.

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    ALFI Urges Evaluation of All Tariffs of Port of Priok Services

    Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) at Tanjung Priok, Jakarta –

    JAKARTA – The Indonesian Logistics and Forwarders Association (ALFI) urges the improvement and evaluation of the service tariff structure at Tanjung Priok Port.

    The evaluation is for the services of the port of Priok to refer to Regulation of the Minister of Transportation No: 72/2017 on the type, structure, class and mechanism of port service tariff determination signed by MoT Budi Karya Sumadi on August 11, 2017.

    General Secretary of DPW ALFI DKI Jakarta, Adil Karim said that the improvement and evaluation of tariff in Priok port become the authority of the local Port Authority.

    “ALFI urges OP Priok to be able to initiate the evaluation of port service tariff in Priok.” There should be a refresher and review because the existing tariff structures and mechanisms do not create cost-efficiency logistics services through Priok port, “he told Bisnis.com Wednesday (18 / 10/2017).

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    Rabies Death Reported in Buleleng


    Ketut Restiada, a 32-year-old man from the Village of Bebetin, Buleleng, North Bali died at the Buleleng General Hospital on Friday morning, October 6, 2017, after having been bit twice by a local dog.

    Restiada, who worked as a guide, was brought to the hospital two days before his death complaining he was unable to urinate. After doctors installed a catheter, the man was allowed to return home for continued care as an outpatient.

    Later, on the same day, Restiada returned to the hospital suffering respiratory problems.

    A relation said Restiada said he was bitten on the ankle by a 6-month-old puppy 3 days before but, due to other commitments, sought no treatment for the bite. More important, however, the man had also been bitten six months prior to that by a dog that died and was later determined to be rabies positive. Restiada, despite the positive rabies finding on the dead dog, did not seek treatment with an anti-rabies vaccine.

    In the final 24 plus hours at the Buleleng General Hospital, Restiada exhibited classic rabies symptoms including rage, hydrophobia, and foaming at the mouth.

    Restiada is survived by a wife and three small children.

    Hospital officials have confirmed that the man’s death was probably due to rabies, a diagnosis to be confirmed by laboratory tests.

    Hospital officials urged the public to always seek medical treatment if a dog bites them.

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    Sources: http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=17553
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    Bali Police hunt down man posing with ‘AK-47’ in viral photo, weapon turns out to be airsoft gun but guy arrested anyway as raid uncovers stockpile of knives

    Police found the Balinese man posing with in these viral photos had quite the blade collection.

    Police hunted down a Balinese man after photos of him posing with what looked like an “AK-47” went viral.

    Ketut Sri Wibawa, a Bali hotel security guard, uploaded the pictures to Facebook months ago on April 19, 2017, captioning the post in Indonesian, “for fun.”

    Police say a number of people reported the photos to them, leading to Wibawa finally just being arrested in Nusa Dua on Oct. 13.

    Upon raiding Wibawa’s home, police found that the weapon pictured wasn’t a dangerous assault rifle after all, but just an airsoft gun that the man had borrowed from his neighbor.

    However, the 37-year-old wasn’t off the hook. Police arrested him anyway for ‘stockpiling’ bladed weapons.

    At the raid on the man’s house, police found he had all sorts of knives, spears, and swords.

    When questioned, Wibawa said he had the weapons to “take care of himself,” police told reporters on Tuesday.

    Wibawa technically committed no offense by having all the weapons, but his arrest was justified by Bali Police Criminal Investigation Unit Subdirectorate III, Supt. Made Sinar Bawa, as an “emergency,” who said police were deepening their investigation into the man.

    “In this case, the suspect is being held by Bali Police not for ownership of an airsoft gun that resembles an AK-47. However, because he had knives everywhere. the reason, is just to keep watch on him,” Bawa said, as quoted by Tribun Bali.

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/bali-police-hunt-man-posing-ak-47-viral-photo-weapon-turns-airsoft-gun-guy-arrested-anyway-raid-uncovers-stockpile-knives/
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    Site & Safety Check by Tourism Minister

    Tourism Minister Visits Karangasem as Tourism Activities Continues in Both Karangasem Regency and Entire Bali Despite Volcano Alert for Mount Agung


    On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, visited Bali to review safeguards in place for visiting tourists during the current period of increased alert levels for volcanic Mount Agung.

    Upon arrival in Bali, the Minister travelled the more than 60 kilometers from Bali’s airport to tourism objects in the Regency of Karangasem, the regency which is home to volcanic Mount Agung and a large number of tourism objects located outside the limited “danger zones” demarcated within a 12-kilometer radius of Mt. Agung’s peak.

    During his whirlwind visit to Karangasem, Minister Yahya met with tourism operators and members of the mass media. In Karangasem, the Minister encountered and spoke with a number of tourists enjoying their holidays in the Regency. The Minister personally thanked the visitors for understanding how safe it is to holiday in Bali and the Regency of Karangasem during the current period of heightened volcanic activity.

    Reviewing the threat posed by Mt. Agung and how any danger has been mitigated through careful planning by a number of official agencies, the Minister met with, among others, officials of the Central for Volcanic Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), the Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), and the administration of the Karangasem Regency.

    Minister Yahya told the press that in the current situation that anticipates an eruption of Mount Agung, the tourism sector is focusing on “The Three A’s” – maintaining accessibility, amenities, and attractions.

    Accessibility is being preserved and safeguarded through coordination with land transportation providers, the Ministry of Transportation, the regional transpiration authority, the state-owned airport authority company Angkasa Pura, airlines, airport management and seaport authorities.

    Amenity support is being promulgated through coordinating efforts with the tourism sector, such as the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), in order to promote special offers, discount prices to visit local tourist attractions, free local transportation offers, and travel bonuses such as free health checks.

    Tourist attraction enticements include presenting special entertainment programs and information on alternative tourism destinations.

    During the Minister’s visit, the Bali chapter of the Association of Recreational Parks (DPD PUTRI) announced it is staging “Gebyar Wisata 2017” (A Tourism Spectacular) October 6-8, 2017 at the Beachwalk Mall in Kuta with 16 PUTRI members slated to participate. The organizers are championing the 3-day event as further proof that Bali remains a very safe tourism destination.

    On October 15, 2017, the 10th Herbalife Bali Triathlon will be held on Sanur Beach Bali with 2000 athletes registered to join in the Olympic Distance, Sprint Distance and 5-kilometer fun run representing more than 22 countries.
    The Media Center of the Bali Tourism Hospitality Task Force has been established and will be regularly publishing accurate updates on developments on Mount Agung and how major tourism centers are very well removed from any direct threat of a volcanic eruption.

    © Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.

    Sources: http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=17552
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    Harley-Davidson showroom in Bali goes up in flames, estimated damages at least IDR200 million

    A fire broke out at the Harley-Davidson showroom in Jimbaran, Bali on Monday, causing at least IDR200 million (US$14,812) in damages.

    While thankfully no one was injured, two ‘hogs’ reportedly didn’t escape the flames.

    Although damage to the building’s structure wasn’t so severe, those bikes were expensive—total estimated losses range from IDR200 million to IDR300 million (US$22,216), Bali Post reports.

    Starting around 1:30pm, it’s alleged that the fire was due to a short circuit. It’s believed that sparks came from a loose AC cable.

    Chief of the Badung Fire Department, Wayan Wirya says that three fire trucks rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire, but they came later than intended due to heavy traffic as they tried to reach the showroom on Jl. Uluwatu.

    “Access on the entire way was jammed. There were many motorists who did not want to make away, so we were late getting to the location,” Wirya said.

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/harley-davidson-showroom-bali-goes-flames-least-idr200-million-damages/
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    Advantages Of Ocean Freight Over Air Freight

    Air and ocean freight are two major methods of shipping cargos on international grounds. With increasing globalization and technology advancement, more opportunities have become available to businesses which help them in exploring a wide network of their consumers and in expanding. Transactions, unlike ever before, have become easier to make in the international market owing to the introduction of new communication tools.

    Today, hardly any business can elude the inevitable activity of international shipping. For the same, they hire international shipping companies, which are on continuous rise owing to the fact that they perform this function perfectly. The best oversea shipping services are available with these firms. Though, a wide variety of shipping methods are available in the present era, only sea freight was used to ship products to different locations earlier.

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