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Australian man found hanging in his Bali home An Australian man was found hanging in his house in Dalung residence of Badung District, Bali, on Saturday. Thomas Rick Michael (34) was found lifeless by his wife Restu Wilujeng at 6.39 am local time (GMT+7) in their rented house in Banjar Dukuh, Dalung Village, North Kuta, Badung District.

Posted in General @ 05 July 2014 16:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Australian journalists deported from Bali Two Australian journalists, who broke immigration permission laws, were deported by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province. "They availed the visa on arrival facility but got caught while doing some news reporting in Bali," Chief of Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana stated here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 March 2014 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Islamic parties have possibility to coalesce Islam-based political parties in Indonesia have the possibility to join forces in the presidential race next July, according to a political party chairman. "It is possible for Islam-based political parties to coalesce," General Chairman of the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP) Suryadharma Ali said here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2014 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


18,000 evacuees Mount Sinabung eruption still in shelter Many evacuees from the Mount Sinabung eruptions in North Sumatras Karo district have returned home, with nearly 18 thousand of them still taking shelter as of Saturday, a spokesman said on Sunday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 February 2014 14:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ngurah Rai customs reveal narcotics smuggling from Africa The customs officials at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, revealed that a consignment of 1,540 grams of methamphetamine was smuggled in by a 58-year-old South African Stephen Henri Lubbe.

Posted in Drugs @ 14 February 2014 22:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


27 reported safe after boat capsizes in Mahakam river Twenty-seven people aboard a boat that capsized in the Mahakam River in East Kalimantans Kutai Kartanegara district were rescued on Saturday evening.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 February 2014 22:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 villagers killed by molten debris from Mount Sinabung At least 14 villagers were killed on Saturday by volcanic debris spewed by Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 February 2014 22:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of houses inundated in Manado Hundreds of houses have been submerged in flood water reaching a height of 2.5 meters, following 11 hours of incessant rains in Manado, on Wednesday. "The flood waters reached a height of two meters in Ternate Tanjung. The roof of our house was submerged in water," stated Herry Permata, a local inhabitant of Ternate Tanjung, Singkil.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 January 2014 19:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian mother and daughter dead of food poisoning An Australian mother and daughter died of suspected food poisoning or a severe allergic reaction in Bali on Saturday, a day after arriving on the island to begin a holiday.

Posted in Health @ 06 January 2014 03:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to extradite Italian mob fugitive Antonio Vitale Indonesia will extradite Italian fugitive Antonio Messicati Vitale, following a Bali provincial courts recent approval of the extradition request from an Italian prosecutor, Attorney General Offices spokesman Untung Setia Arimuladi said here on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 November 2013 21:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts three times Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra, erupted three times on Wednesday morning, hurling volcanic ash into the sky. Head of Data Center of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a short text message that the first eruption took place at 2:40 am belching volcanic ash some 2,000 meters into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timorese kidnapper of French boy in court The trial of the Timor Leste woman charged in the attempted kidnapping of a 2-year-old French boy in June has commenced at the Denpasar District Court.

Posted in Crime @ 26 August 2013 03:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan Iskan wants to improve democrat party State-owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has said he wanted to improve Democrat party from its negative image if he is permitted to do so. "Democrat, a middle party, is now corrupt but it can be improved. I will improve it if I am permitted to do so," Dahlan said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 25 August 2013 14:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR team evacuates dead body of Slovenian tourist A search and rescue team from the Denpasar agency has evacuated the body of Slovenian tourist Alexander who died after he was swept away high waves in Sawangan beach, South Kuta, Badung district on Saturday (July 27).

Posted in Accidents @ 30 July 2013 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta beaches littered with trash Strong winds over the past week have brought an annual harvest of flotsam that washed ashore on Baliís popular Kuta Beach. The unsavory sight of plastic, trash, trees and plastic containers has covered the entire length of the beach, requiring a continual and diligent clean-up effort be mounted by local authorities and community members.

Posted in General @ 26 January 2013 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Heroin smuggled from Malaysia seized The customs officers of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali have foiled an attempt to smuggle 372 grams of heroin, worth Rp855 million, from Malaysia into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 January 2013 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police say situation in Kutai Barat returning to normal National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo said situation in Kutai Barat, Kalimantan, has returned to normal while the cause of the conflict was purely criminal and suspects involved had been caught.

Posted in Violence @ 26 November 2012 18:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal villa complex in Canggu, North Kuta Badung Enforcement Officials (Satpol PP Badung)†recently descended on the construction site of the Club Residence Canggu in Tibubeneng Village, North Kuta to forcibly halt the ongoing construction of that multi-townhouse development.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2012 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta residents deal with taxi problem themselves Community elements from the Kuta area of Bali have begun taking matters into their own hands in dealing with errant taxies illegally parked and waiting for their next fare in their area.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


German national on trial for 0.1 gram of meth A German chef working in Bali and caught with 0.1 gram of methamphetamines in July has commenced his trial before the Denpasar District Court that could send him to prison for 20 years.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 October 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims commemorate second Bali Bombings Survivors and families of victims of the second Bali bombings in 2005 gathered to commemorate the tragedy here on Monday. In their message read out on the occasion they called on all community elements, including the government to prevent terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 October 2012 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Implementation of Bali smoking ban too slow A survey conducted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at starred hotels in Kuta carried out by provincial enforcement officers (Satpol PP-Bali) and working units of the provincial government (SKPD) revealed that most properties have yet to implement the Smoke-Free-Law of 2011 in their public areas.

Posted in Health @ 29 September 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six months jail for marijuana possession The Denpasar District Court has sentenced a 54-year-old U.S. Citizen to 6 months imprisonment after finding him guilty of marijuana possession. The six-month sentence was less than the 9 months demanded by prosecutors.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 September 2012 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Escapee captured and thrown in prison again A report in The Jakarta Globe casts questions if not new light on the quality of life behind bars in Baliís.Muhamad Rawi, together with five other men, escaped police detention in Kuta, Bali on September 15, 2011 while awaiting trial on narcotics charges.

Posted in Crime @ 23 September 2012 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A'lian premier to attend 10th anniversary of Bali bombing Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is scheduled to attend the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park in Bali on October 12, 2012.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 September 2012 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police nab two foreigners for using drugs Bali Police arrested two foreigners, a German and a Spanish national, due to their possession of illegal drugs. "From the provisional investigation, they do not know each other and have no relations. They were caught in two different places," said spokesperson Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sri Harmiti.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 August 2012 18:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali customs foils smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine The customs office of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali foiled the smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine by a British national, Lindsay June Sandiford.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 May 2012 13:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to increase number of border patrol soldiers In 2012 the government plans to add an additional battalion of soldiers and build 15 new security checkpoints in West Kutai District, East Kalimantan, said an official here on Monday. "We have only three security checkpoints in the West Kutai region," said Indonesian Army Regional Military Commander VI Mulawarman Major General Subekti.

Posted in General @ 02 April 2012 08:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesian policemen burnt to death in North Sumatra Two Indonesian police officers were burnt to death on the island of Sumatra after locals attacked forces trying to arrest a suspected illegal gambling operator, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 28 February 2012 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Police name 3 suspects over Kartanegara bridge collapse East Kalimantan police have named three people suspects over the collapse of the Kartanegara bridge last November 20 which caused the death of 24 local residents, injuries to 39 and the disappearance of 14 others.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2012 10:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three named suspects for killing orangutans Three men had been named suspects for allegedly slaughtering Orangutans in Kutai Timur district, East Kalimantan, an official said.

Posted in Crime @ 21 December 2011 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More violence in Bounty Discotheque Following the shooting of a security guard at the Santa Fe Cafť on December 5, 2011 , violence has once again occurred on the streets of Kuta.

Posted in Violence @ 19 December 2011 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More violence hits Kuta tourist district Kuta after dark added to its unwanted reputation for crime and violence last week when an off-duty military officer shot and seriously wounded a security guard working at the Santa Fe Bar†in Seminyak.

Posted in Violence @ 15 December 2011 13:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to rebuild Tenggarong bridge in 2012 New bridge construction is expected to be built immediately in Kutai Kertanegara district to replace the recently collapsed suspension bridge, Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono said here on Sunday.

The bridge over the Mahakam river in East Kalimantan province collapsed at 4.30 pm last Saturday (Nov 26) causing a number of vehicles to fall into the river and killed at least 21 people.

"Members of the House of Representatives, the East Kalimantan provincial government officials and the Public Works Ministry have agreed to soon discuss about reconstruction of the bridge," Agung said after visiting the collapsed bridge in Kutai Kertanegara district.

The minister said the local government had allocated a Rp100 billion to rebuild the bridge while the rest of the fund for the reconstruction would be from the central government.

"If all evacuation process have completed, we can start doing the reconstruction of the bridge," said the minister, adding that his ministry was still focusing on the search of 16 bodies of victims of the collapsed bridge.

The minister said his office would also accelerate the evacuation of tens of vehicles and the ruins of the bridge from the bottom of the Mahakam river. Spanning 710 meters over the Mahakam River, the bridge is said to be the longest suspension bridge in Indonesia with a suspended section of 270 meters.

The names of several companies have been mentioned in the media as having participated in the bridge`s construction. PT Perencana Jaya was said to have served as consultant on the project, PT Hutama Karya as the main contractor and PT Bukaka Teknik Utama as provider of maintenance services.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 December 2011 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Collapsed bridge death toll rises to 19 The number of dead victims found at the location of the collapsed bridge in Tenggarong, Kutai Kertanegara, East Kalimatan on Wednesday afternoon was recorded at 19.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 December 2011 01:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll to 12 after bridge collapse Indonesia's Borneo The death toll after a bridge collapsed on the Indonesian island of Borneo during the weekend has risen to at least twelve, officials said on Monday. More than 30 others are still believed to be missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 November 2011 11:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian tourist dies of electric shock in Bali An Australian national died from accidental electrocution at Jalan Legian in Kuta on Saturday morning, police said. "The victim`s name is Jake Mitchell Flannery. He was electrocuted during a stroll on a sidewalk at Jalan Legian ," Chief of the Kuta Police Precinct Adjunct Commissioner Gede Ganefo said here on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 November 2011 01:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


3 dead as bridge collapses in Kutai Kartanegara At least three people died and more than a dozen others were injured when Mahakam II Bridge, connecting Tenggarong and Tenggarong Seberang districts in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, collapsed.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 November 2011 07:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men arrested for killing dozens of orangutans Indonesian police arrested two men on Monday for allegedly killing dozens of monkeys and orangutans in the province of East Kalimantan, the Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 22 November 2011 23:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western opening another brand new hotel in Kuta Best Western International will soon be offering visitors to Bali the choice of a delightful new hotel, when Best Western Kuta Seaview opens in the popular tourist destination of Kuta.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 October 2011 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jellyfish alert for Bali's eastern coasts Bali Post, Nusa Bali and Beritabali.com are both reporting that a species of purple and poisonous jellyfish have invaded the waters off Baliís western beaches near Tabanan in an area stretching from the Tanah Lot Temple, to the Kediri district, Yeh Gangga and Kerambitan.

Posted in Environment @ 18 July 2011 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Accor Group to open 21 new hotels in Indonesia Accor has unveiled aggressive expansion plans in Indonesia, with 21 new hotels across its brands scheduled to open by 2014 in light of the archipelago's robust economy. The group will kick-off the string of openings with a 316-room Pullman property in the capital, the Pullman Jakarta Central Park, later this year.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2011 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western Kuta closed, but still open, over permits As expected, enforcement officers from the Badung regency descended on the Best Western Kuta on Thursday, April 28, 2011, to post a sign in both English and Indonesian declaring hotel closed.

Posted in Politics @ 02 May 2011 03:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign worker reported to immigration by own boss For those who don't really believe that the Indonesian government has rules against doing another job than you are allowed to do, think again. A 62-year-old Englishwoman, Marian Noel Hjelm, is facing the threat of five-years imprisonment for violating immigration rules in Bali.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 April 2011 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Trucks and bulldozers clean Bali's Kuta beach Over two dozen garbage trucks and two loaders were dispatched to Bali's popular Kuta beach last week to undertake an urgent clean up the large piles of flotsam, jetsam and other waste that has washed ashore in recent weeks.

Posted in Environment @ 10 April 2011 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali traffic jams endanger tourism Bali Tourism leaders are warning that tourist may eventually abandon Bali unless urgent action is taken to resolve the island's worsening traffic situation.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 February 2011 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners contract Legionaires' disease in Bali At least 14 foreigners have contracted Legionnaires' disease in Indonesia's Bali island, which is the country's most visited beach resort, local media reported Sunday.

Posted in Health @ 31 January 2011 05:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian woman locked and chained for 20 years A 41-year-old Indonesian woman suffering from a mental disorder has been locked up and chained by her parents for 20 years in a small room, the Jakarta Post reported Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 January 2011 06:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali deploys 8,000 policemen to safeguard Christmas festivities Bali Deputy Police Chief Komang Udayana on Thursday announced that 8,000 police officers were deployed to safeguard Christmas and New Year's eve festivities, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 23 December 2010 23:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali expecting very busy Christmas and New Year Beritabali.com reports that the Bali Tourism Office is saying that, on the average, 80% of all available hotel rooms in Bali have been booked for the coming Christmas and New Years period.

Posted in Tourism @ 19 December 2010 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta nightlife seen as less safe after yet another murder The stabbing death of a 19-year-old Balinese, that was according to one report committed by a drunken security guard at the Bounty Disco, has once again contributed to Kuta's reputation for danger and criminality. Beritabali.com carried two versions in circulation regarding the incident that cost the young man's life.

Posted in Violence @ 08 December 2010 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali: Five million foreign tourists by 2015? Bali's visionary governor I Made Mangku Pastika remains confident that foreign tourist arrivals will continue to grow, reaching 5 million visitors by 2015. If achieved, this would be a more than 100% increase from the 2.3-2.4 million foreign visitors projected for all of 2010.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 November 2010 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saved from the satay stick A total of 87 rare green turtles, some believed to be hundreds of years old, were released back into the seas surrounding the island of Bali. The turtles, now free again, were seized by Bali's Water Police during the course of a raid on turtle smugglers.

Posted in Environment @ 21 November 2010 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Serial child rapist faces 15-year prison term An Indonesian man is facing a 15-year prison term for a series of child rapes carried out in the island of Bali, prosecutors said Wednesday. Mochammad Davis Suharto, also known as Codet, which translates to Scarface, 30, allegedly raped five elementary school girls in Bali, aged 9 to 12, between February and April, as well as another six girls, aged 5 to 11, in Batam, Riau Islands.

Posted in Crime @ 11 November 2010 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Two men on trial for ATM card scheme Two men on trial in Bali accused of stealing funds from Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in various locations across Bali saw State prosecutors demanding prisons terms of 13 years and fines of Rp. 100 million (83.000 euro) for each of the men.

Posted in Crime @ 28 September 2010 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mounting tensions between Malaysia and Indonesia The current wave of anti-Malaysian sentiment sweeping across Indonesia was sparked by the detention of three maritime enforcement offers by Malaysian authorities near Riau island. Indonesian officials are insisting the arrest took place in Indonesian territorial waters on August 16, 2010, with some sources citing the act as retaliation for the earlier arrest of seven Malaysian fishermen caught in Indonesian waters.

Posted in Protests @ 29 August 2010 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The transformation of Kuta Beach A 5.2 hectare complex incorporating hotels, restaurants, recreational and shopping options is gradually raking shape along a 250 meter long stretch of Kuta Boulevard. Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort occupies the land once filled by the Sahid Raya Hotel, now demolished to make way for the existing 4-star Harris Resort Kuta-Bali and the new 200-room 5-star Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. The two properties will be complemented by a high-end retail hub dubbed "beachwalk" featuring over 200 retail and dining outlets.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 August 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four new hotels at indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 700 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 50 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 August 2010 08:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The very dark side of Bali's night life Violence at a Kuta nightspot left one man injured and another dead on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. The tragic incident unfolded at the Red Room Bar on Jalan Dyana Pura where thugs brutally attacked the two men, beating them with blunt objects and stabbing them with knives.

Posted in Crime @ 18 July 2010 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 2,000 orangutans inhabit Kutai National Park At least 2,000 orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) have been found to be inhabiting Kutai National Park in East Kutai, East Kalimantan, the forests of which were thought to have been too damaged.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2010 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Accor to open 16 new hotels in Indonesia by 2012 International hotel operator Accor plans to open 16 new hotels across Indonesia by 2012 to support its expansion plan in the countryís growing hotel industry, says an executive of the hotel chain.

Posted in Travel @ 28 May 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Turtle seller arrested by Bali police A total of 71 green turtles (chelonia mydas) - some weighing more than 200 kilograms and thought to be more than 70-years-old, were saved from the chopping block by Bali police in a raid conducted on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Posted in Environment @ 23 May 2010 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gigolo's arrested after film release At least 28 man were arrested because they would have offered themselves as gigolo on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Female tourist would have benefited from their activities. The chief of security of Kuta Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the island, has said this Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 April 2010 01:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Dutch man arrested for allegedly molesting girl Willem Johan Stegenus, a 65-year-old Dutch citizen, was arrested for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old girl. Karangasem Police chief Jr. Com. I Gede Mustika confirmed that Stegenus had been named a suspect based on reports filed by the girl's parents.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2010 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tax refund: Government decides where you should shop The Indonesian Directorate General of Taxation have appointed eight retail companies to help introduce the first phases of the new value-added-tax (VAT) refund scheme available to visitors to Indonesia effective April 1, 2010.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 April 2010 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Please upgrade Bali airport quickly!' Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, was in Bali on Sunday, February 28, 2010, to officiate at the launching of a book covering the history of Bali aviation. Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport: Gateway to Paradise 1930-2010 which has been published by Angkasa Pura I, the company that manages Bali's only air gateway.

Posted in General @ 03 March 2010 00:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


List of ATM machines used in scam Kompas.com quotes the national police spokesman, Inspector General Edward Aritonang, asking all banking customers in Indonesia to exercise caution when performing transactions at ATM machine. Bank customers are advised to be suspicious of anyone observing their transaction from close range.

Posted in Crime @ 07 February 2010 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #17 The beach of Kuta on Lombok. This beach in the southern part of the island - just like in Bali - is one of the most well-known beaches of the island. It is a nice white sand beach, but the sand is larger in size than that of the southern beaches in Bali. A project to develop this region into another tourist destination failed to materialize, which leaves this area only with a Holiday Inn hotel and houses of local residents. It is a completely different world than the Kuta some 150 kilometers away.

Posted in Picture guess @ 07 February 2010 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Erosion hits beaches in Nusa Dua as well Concerned about ongoing beach erosion, the General Manager of the Melia Bali, Jim Boyles, met with the Bupati of the Badung Regency, AA Gde Agung, last month, to urgently consult on the growing erosion problems threatening Nusa Dua.

Posted in General @ 02 February 2010 09:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eleven new hotels on indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 700 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 49 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Website @ 29 January 2010 14:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you can't compete, banish them Following accusations leveled by Kuta residents and widely reported in the Bali press that the newly opened Tune Hotel on Jalan Ciung Wenara in Kuta was contaminating ground water with fuel oil, the two low cost hotels in Bali affiliated with AirAsia have come in for more sharp criticism, this time by local legislators who question both the hotel's environmental practice and its destructive impact on the market mechanism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 December 2009 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Two Britons in jail over propery fraud Radar Bali carries news of yet another property transaction by foreign nationals attempting to secure land in Bali gone sour. U.K. nationals, Christopher James Forbes, 50, who list his address as the Bali View Apartment, Jalan Nakula 390 in Kuta, and Angus Knowles Jackson were arrested on Christmas Eve pursuant to a criminal complaint filed with the Bali police by Dmitry Chernikov, a Russian national.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2009 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Japanese woman killed in Bali A 41-year old woman from Japan was found dead in the house she rented in the resort town of Kuta on the popular holiday island of Bali. Hiromi Shimada was found naked with her legs tied together. She had multiple stab wounds according to Gede Sugianyar, a spokesperson for the police on the island of Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


22 new hotels on indahnesia.com We have added some new hotels again at indahnesia.com. At the moment you can book over 675 hotels in Indonesia directly from our website. We currently offer hotels in 49 different regions and cities across the Indonesian archipelago, with over 300 unique hotels on the resort island of Bali. For your comfort we have even listed Bali's famous tourist destinations.

Posted in Website @ 05 December 2009 01:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jogjakarta awarded 'Best Travel Destination 2009' Jogjakarta has been awarded the award for Best Travel Destination 2009 by the Indonesian Tourism Award 2009 (ITA 2009). It is the first time that the award has been given by Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism in cooperation with SWA Magazine. Nine other cities, Denpasar, Malang, Surabaya, Tana Toraja, Manado, Kutai Kertanegara, Badung, Solo and Lombok also received awards.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 November 2009 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta Beach shoreline eroding again The investment of substantial sums in recent years to reclaim and protect Kuta's shoreline has done little to prevent severe erosion in the last days of October 2009. A major stretch of Kuta has lost 15 meters of beach depth along a stretch 200 meters long. A member of Commission B of Bali's House of Representatives (DPRD), Wayan Puspa Negara, said the erosion damage was severe and has been taking place over the past several months.

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2009 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali reports hotter than usual weather Tourists and residents across the island are complaining that temperatures on the island are exceptionally hot. According to Kompas.com, Bali's hotter-than-normal-heat-wave have seen sunbathers, who used to spend the entire day on Kuta Beach, abandoning the shoreline at 9:30 a.m. to escape the escalating heat.

Posted in Weather @ 02 November 2009 00:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #3 The third picture in the now almost legendaric series. Still not much reactions, but the views compensate it all. This time an unknown lady that works as a dancer in the Skygarden club in Kuta. That's indeed Bali nightlife. This young woman it willing to dance until she drops as long as security keeps away members of the other sex.

Posted in Sexy @ 30 October 2009 00:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Moderate earthquake hits near Jayapura An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter Scale shook Jayapura and surroundings at around 21:10 local time (GMT+9) last night. The quake caused panic among residents in the capital city. "We were afraid of a repeat of what happened in Padang," told a resident in the district of Kutaraja in Abepura.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 October 2009 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big money is the 'boss' in Bali NusaBali carries the story that the closure of at least four entertainment and accommodation venues by the Badung regency's enforcement agency (Satpol PP) is being criticized as an example of "selective enforcement of the rules." The four closed businesses in the Kuta area - The Wave, Holiday Colada, Wild Catz and Sara Residence are threatening to re-open unless the rules are enforced in a more even-handed fashion.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 October 2009 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


One more Balinese dies of rabies A resident of Kedonganan, in the South Kuta area of Badung on Bali has died as a result of being infected with rabies. However the person was treated in the Sanglah general hospital, Wayan Masri, 57, eventually could not overcome the infection which he got when bitten by an infected wild dog.

Posted in Health @ 11 October 2009 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western opens in a no-hotel zone Two Bali newspapers, NusaBali and BisnisBali, both report that the Best Western Sapta Petala Hotel in Kuta has opened for business, despite lacking the required operating permits and licenses.

Posted in Politics @ 22 August 2009 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to face power outages September - November 							  The state-run power company PLN has warned that Bali can expect period blackouts between the dates of September 23 - November 23, 2009, as repairs are undertaken on a gas-powered electrical generating plant near Gilimanuk in the western top of Bali. Consumers are being warned that the key areas of Kuta, Nusa Dua and Denpasar can expect to experience several hours of blackouts on each day during the specified period.

Posted in Power supply @ 25 July 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Best Western Hotel Sapta Patala closed before it opens You think you can do anything in Indonesia because it's corrupt as hell? Forget about that one here. Indonesia is corrupt indeed, but if you don't pay enough to all those involved, only forget to pay one or if you encounter someone that is not corrupt, your about-to-open hotel ends up in a situation like this:

Posted in Corruption @ 13 June 2009 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bare necessities of Kuta nightlife Responding to numerous complaints from the local community and suggestions that agitated neighbor were getting ready to take matters into their own hands, a team of district and village officials - backed up with a cadre of local citizenry, swooped down on a Kuta night spot rounding up scantily-clad exotic dancers and the bars' management for a late-night "meeting" at the Lurah or Sub-district chief's office.

Posted in Nightlife @ 27 May 2009 20:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drug bust nets two Swedish men at Kuta hotel Two Swedish tourists, Kjell Avald Holst (25) and Karl John Bronell (26), have had an abrupt change of accommodation during their Bali holiday following their arrest by Bali police at a popular Kuta hotel and their removal to holding cells at police headquarters.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 May 2009 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 13 reactions


Six arrested over deadly beating in Bounty Discotheque A 23-year-old New Zealand man, Sean Headifen, died on Sunday, April 12, 2009, after being brutalized by six men at the Bounty Discotheque in Kuta. The man died from head injuries in the early morning hours of Sunday after allegedly being physically set upon by staff of the discotheque with whom he had a verbal altercation after reportedly throwing a bottle at a staff member. The brutalization that followed took place both inside the popular night spot and in outside premises.

Posted in Crime @ 18 April 2009 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


White Rose Hotel in Bali seized by prosecutors Radar Bali reports that the White Rose Hotel. located on Jalan Raya Legian in Kuta, has been seized by officers from the Bali police headquarters in connection with an ongoing investigation of a complaint made by Hari Budihartono on February 21, 2009.

Posted in General @ 24 March 2009 08:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denpasar police crack down on shirtless motorcyclists In addition to issuing tickets to motorcyclists lacking driver's licenses, vehicle title and helmets, NusaBali reports that Denpasar's traffic police will soon also be taking actions against drivers, presumably male, cruising Bali's roads bare-chested. Declared "Operation Sympathetic" and focused primarily on the streets of Kuta, a police official confirmed that special attention would be given to foreign male tourists driving motorcycles while not wearing a shirt.

Posted in General @ 05 February 2009 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali battles against rabies Authorities in Bali, the scenic tourist destination of Indonesia, have culled over 1,000 dogs and vaccinated nearly 20,000 others in a bid to fight against the spread of rabies in the tourist paradise island, a local animal husbandry official Ni Wayan Sukanadi said in Bali on Tuesday.

Posted in Health @ 03 February 2009 01:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta residence project accused of zoning violation Bali Post reports that the Kuta Residence Condominium project on Jalan Majapahit in Kuta has become the center of a debate between local residents, Bali legislators and representatives of the local zoning authority.

Posted in General @ 08 December 2008 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A deserted Kuta in November I have to admit, it is somewhere far outside any holiday season in the middle of November, maybe that will help create the almost deserted Kuta around this time of year. It was a short trip of about one hour from the beating cultural and religious heart of Bali, Ubud. With a virtually blue sky I left the spiritual village on a rented Mio (scooter), heading for the hot lowlands and crowds of Southern Bali. That crowd was a relative thing here, but seen from Ubud almost everything in the outside world looks crowded.

Posted in Travel @ 25 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National tsunami alert system to be tested tomorrow The National News Agency Antara reports that the country-wide tsunami early-warning system will be tested on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 11, 2008. Involving six separate siren-based systems operating in Bali, the alarms will be sounded at 4 p.m. West Indonesia Standard Time. (5 p.m. in Bali which operates on Indonesian Central Standard Time.)

Posted in General @ 10 November 2008 06:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


111 illegal villas facing closure on August 29, 2008 The Regional Tourism office of Badung, acting on the Governor's August 29, 2008 deadline for the legalization of all commercial villas, is preparing two team to move against illegal or unregistered villa operators. According to BisnisBali there are an estimated 111 illegal villa still operating in the North Kuta and Mengwi areas of the island.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2008 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian detained in Bali over alleged child sex offence An Australian man in his late 40s has been detained in Bali after a request from Australian authorities. Bali's Deputy Chief Police Detective, Erwin Chahara Rusmana, says that Paul Francis Callahan was arrested in Kuta around dawn last Saturday. He is wanted in Australia in connection with child sex offences allegedly committed in Canberra more than five years ago.

Posted in Crime @ 16 July 2008 03:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali government: '28 million euro to stop erosion of beaches' Tempo Interaktif estimates that as much as 25% of Bali's shorelines have suffered significant erosion caused by sea waves. Of the total shorelines abrased by high waves the government of Bali has only been able to take remedial steps on 53% of the affected beaches.

Posted in Environment @ 22 June 2008 05:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to face tough competition from Lombok An article in Nusa Bali has spotlighted growing concerns that a tourism mega-project on the nearby island of Lombok, currently being developed by the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), may represent strong future competition to Bali. Located in the southern part of the island, the Lombok project is being financed by an U.A.E. company, Emaar Properties at an estimated project cost of 400 million euro.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 May 2008 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Streets of Kuta to be made more pedestrian friendly The physical infrastructure for streets in Bali is inadequate to meet the safety requirements of pedestrians and vehicular road users. Bad road surface conditions, the lack of sidewalks, insufficient drainage, and the absence of shaded and green corridors - all contribute to Kuta's failure to meet standards of safety needed for tourist areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali cleans its beaches after high waters recede The high waters that washed ashore two days ago have left a lot of trash at some of the southern beaches which has to be cleaned up. In the last two days, many people have started gathering the trash - wood, plastic and others - on big piles on the beaches of Jimbaran, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. In some places with the help of heavy equipment because the trash that washed ashore consists of wooden logs.

Posted in Weather @ 29 December 2007 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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