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 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.
On our recent visit to Bali during late October and early November 2014, we noticed a significant reduction in the number of dubious money changing ‘shops’, and a proportionate increase in the number of legitimate premises. The following extract from Bali News explains why.
The chairman of the Association of Moneychangers (APVA) on Bali, Ayu Astuti Dharma, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, recommended that Bank Indonesia create new official stickers to clearly differentiate legal from unauthorized moneychangers.
He said a change in the logo from the APVA is needed as many illegal moneychangers have simply made illegal copies of the Association’s current emblem.
Following the successful launch in Jakarta, AirAsia is preparing to offer “Fly-Thru AirAsia” at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.
“Fly-Thru AirAsia” will allow travel to international destinations via Bali’s airport. The president director of AirAsia Indonesia, Sunu Widyatmoko, said, “Customers can now travel with more comfort and efficiency to a number of destinations such as Darwin, Perth and Melbourne via Bali flying with AirAsia Indonesia (QZ) and Indonesia AirAsia X (XT).” [Read More…]
You can get away with this in a country town on a Sunday morning, and probably any other time.
But how do you get out?
You can get away with this too in a country town in Australia, and just about anywhere else in the world outside Australia.
So the G20 has been and gone from Brisbane. Hasn’t anybody ever heard of video conferencing? It would have saved a lot of time, money, inconvenience, and maybe embarrassment for Tony Abbott.
During the two day conference the temperatures were significantly above average (about 40°C) for all of S.E. Queensland as Tony tried to convince the world there was no such thing as Global Warming.
And then he made a brilliant deal with China to allow them to buy freehold land in Australia – no questions asked. What did Australia get in return? We got the right to have Chinese workers come to Australia and produce and freely export goods from the Chinese landowners.
The two reasons I could never live on Bali would be that you can’t drink the tap water – and the traffic.
Not only are there very few rules other than Might is Right, but white lines mean nothing, and traffic lights are only ‘advisory’. Oh, and if a non-Balinese is involved in an accident with a local, the non-Balinese is always in the wrong. Some locals have been known to ’cause’ an accident and suffer a while in hospital (at the non-Balinese driver’s expense) just to get a new motor bike (at the non-Balinese driver’s expense).
And don’t call the police. That will just cost you more money.