Bali’s Haiti Victims Safe


 Three Balinese women were found alive after being reported missing following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday, January 12.

Luh Made Juini, Ketut Yastri Astiti and Gusti Ayu Putu were among five Indonesians known to be working as United Nations volunteers when the earthquake hit.

“Thank God all of them were alive,” said Indonesia’s Charge d’Affaires at the United Nations Security Council, Hasan Kleib, last Friday.

Hasan said the three women lived at Hotel Caribee but he had been unable to communicate with them immediately because telephone lines in Haiti were not working.

Pricey Show


 A holidaying Austrian policemen lost credit cards and €1,000 (Rp13,312,000 or US$1,435) in cash when his wallet went missing from his pocket while he was watching transvestites in Jl Legian, Kuta.

Franz Schuh, 51, only realised his wallet was missing from his back pocket after returning to his Kuta hotel early on Wednesday morning last week. The theft was reported to Kuta Police.

Circle K Serial Robber Tracked


 Police have arrested a man suspected of systematically robbing Circle-K convenience stores in nine locations since November last year.

Kadek Wariana, 31, also known as Kadek Bola, was arrested near his home off Jl Mataram in Kuta after a closed-circuit TV camera recorded him in action at a Circle K store in Tjokroaminoto, Denpasar.

A police spokesman said the robber had targeted the 24-hour stores in the early mornings and had threatened his victims with a sharp knife before escaping each time with between Rp1 million and Rp3 million (US$108-$320) from the store till.

Police confiscated a knife, Rp1.5 million ($160), two motorcycles believed to be used in the robberies, clothes and a pair of sandals women.

They said the suspect was unemployed and had shared the stolen money with his brother and girlfriend.

New Alila Opens


 Upmarket resort chain Alila opened its fourth Bali property, Alila Soori, this week. Its 48 pool villas, on the beach 20 minutes by road from Tanah Lot temple, are serviced by three restaurants and other resort-style outlets.

To celebrate its opening, the resort has launched a Gift to Share programme, encouraging guests taking advantage of a free night’s stay for every paid night to share some of their savings by donating to one of three selected Bali community projects.

Villagers Destroy New Dam in Water Rights Row


Authorities stepped in last week to separate two groups of villagers after hundreds of people wielding knives and sickles from one village, in Buleleng regency, destroyed a new water reservoir in a village, Kutuh, in neighbouring Bangli’s Kintamani district.

The invaders from Tejakula in eastern Buleleng have claimed traditional ownership of the water in the new reservoir. The water comes from the Baong Kambing River which people in Tejakula regard as sacred and customarily use for irrigation and domestic use.

Last year Tejakula objected to local plans to build the reservoir at Kutuh. The provincial government agreed to halt construction but the dam was completed this month.

Tejakula village head Wayan Resen said he had sent a protest letter to the Buleleng regent asking him to refer the case to Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika for adjudication.

Green Light for Westin


 The Westin Resort has been recognised for its commitment to environmentally sustainable tourism in areas including energy and water conservation, waste reduction and community commitment.

The beachfront resort at Nusa Dua achieved Silver status under the Green Globe Earthcheck Certification programme managed by EC3 Global.

EC3 CEO Stewart Moore said the resort’s voluntary participation and achievement in the programme had resulted in a notably reduced impact on the environment and set an example for other businesses.

Denpasar Drains in ‘Chaos’


The Centre for Environmental Education (PPHL) has assessed Denpasar’s city drainage system as chaotic and has recommended it immediately be redesigned.

Bali PPHL Director Catur Yudha Haryani said the city drainage system could no longer accommodate the flow of rain water and was contributing to puddles and flooding in the area.

The system did not direct the flow of waste water, he said. The problem was compounded by piles of garbage and flooding was inevitable.

Boys Face 15 Years


Four teenagers aged 14 to 18 who allegedly raped an underage girl in a vacant house in Denpasar could be jailed for up to 15 years if convicted.

Police arrested them in the Tukad Badung area of Denpasar, where the alleged offence took place. They said it was alleged the boys gave the girl alcoholic drinks before forcing her to have sex with them.

The offence is alleged to have taken place around 2am on January 12.

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