Dr. Ketut Suarjaya, chief of the Bali Provincial Health Service told the State News Agency Antara that the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS discovered on Bali each month numbers between 100 and 110.
Based on data collected by the Bali Health Department through the end of November 2014 there are now 10,524 HIV/AID sufferers on Bali.
Of that total, 5,639 are calculated to be infected with HIV, and the remaining 4,885 afflicted with AIDS. Expressing his concern that the number of HIV/AIDS sufferers may be even more, Suarjaya added, “These are just the cases reported and there are perhaps many more unreported.” [Read More…]
Two Australian men flouted local law and custom when they sought roadside relief and decided to urinate near a religious shrine and inside a local shop in the Canggu area of Bali.
A fight ensued that saw the shopkeeper have his glasses and wristwatch broken, and suffer a head contusion. The Australian also suffered bruises and cuts requiring twelve stitches from a local medical centre after being set upon by a group of angry locals. [Read More…]
The Jakarta Globe recently published an editorial titled “Benoa Bay doesn’t have to be Jokowi’s legacy.”
Well-written and insightful, the editorial urged the President to annul the permits for the controversial reclamation project in Benoa Bay’s wetlands, labelling it a controversial remnant left by former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that Indonesia’s new Chief Executive does not need to embrace as his own. [Read More…]
The local Kutuh Village community in the far south of Bali is earning praise from tourism officials for strictly enforcing rules to ensure local sensibilities are not disturbed. Visitors to the beach are reminded that sexual activity and swimming while menstruating are Strictly Not Allowed
Located about 45 minutes from Bali’s airport travelling via Jimbaran, Pandawa Beach is becoming increasingly popular with visitors.
Local officials, partly in deference to the many religious temples in the area, warn beach users to refrain from any kind of sexual activity that would render the area spiritually unclean. [Read More…]
Child of Qantas, JetStar, will launch a direct service between Cairns and Bali, and also fly between Melbourne and Wellington, New Zealand. The Cairns to Bali service will be the only direct flights offered by a low-cost carrier between the two destinations.
David Hall, CEO of JetStar for Australia and New Zealand, said: “We’re always looking to open up new travel opportunities for our customers and I’m delighted that we’re the first carrier to offer direct flights from Cairns to Bali.” [Read More…]
Freedom of speech is well and good, but when you rudely insult the god of a bunch of crazies who have access to weapons, that’s just arrogant and stupid.
The bad guys couldn’t have scripted the Paris attack any better on the previously largely unknown Charlie Hebdo. They murdered a dozen people who had insulted their god. (What would most Aussie blokes do if someone insulted them?) (Who pokes momma bear with a stick?) The perpetrators were then killed and achieved martyrdom. Then they achieved massive massive publicity by the world wide media whose only god is circulation and listening/viewing audience. [Read More…]
David Warner must be feeling the loss of Phillip Hughes more than most.
I was often taken with the affection and mateship between Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer. Opening batsmen have a degree of camaraderie different to all other players in a team. Yes the bowlers work as a team to find weaknesses in a batsman, and batters work as a team by forming partnerships. But most batsmen only come in as replacements for someone who is out.
Opening batsmen go into battle together to take the brunt of an aggressive and fresh bowling lineup. These two men form a special bond, and now David Warner has lost his mate.
Good luck David, and I hope you find another special mate.
The Last Picasso
The Jakarta Globe reports that the unpopular and controversial reclamation of Bali’s Benoa Bay will proceed, with Tirta Wahana Bali International announcing it now holds the necessary permits to commence its US$2.5 billion project that will dramatically transform the geography of South Bali.
Winata, who heads the Tirta Wahana Bali International project, initially orchestrated a high-profile environmental push by bringing soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo to Bali to be dubbed a ‘Mangrove Ambassador” and plant trees in the Island’s southern mangrove accompanied by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. At the same time he was orchestrating this public display of environmental-mindedness, Winata was spearheading an investment that will eventually eliminate 700 hectares of the once-protected mangrove wetlands. [Read More…]
There is a new exotic wedding location on Bali offering romantic views of the Indian Ocean near Uluwatu. The White Dove, a wedding chapel that opened in the Summer of 2014, is the latest addition to Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali, and another exciting option for those planning a wedding on the island.
The Bali Post reports that illegal buildings under construction in Penelokan on the ridge of the Lake Batur ridge are slowly destroying the once panoramic views of Lake Batur and the still-active Batur volcano that greeted people visiting Kintamani.
We can vouch for this after a visit in 2012. Not only were we charged a fee per person in the car, but when we actually arrived at the viewing area, which used to have only one restaurant, there were many blocking most of the view.
Observers warn that if action is not soon taken to stop the illegal development, the view that forms a major attraction at Kintamani will be completely obliterated.