Nusa Penida’s Lifeline Wharf Gets Green Light
The Ministry of Transportation has got behind the push to accelerate the Klungkung wharf project so that Nusa Penida – part of Klungkung regency – can gain economic benefit more quickly from better shipping services.
A meeting in Jakarta on Friday last week between ministry officials and a Klungkung delegation settled technical questions that have delayed the project and agreed the wharf should be in operation by 2012, according to Regent Wayan Candra.
One issue has been how to deal with the lower reaches of the Unda River, which will need channelling work to manage its outflow into the sea near where the wharf is to be built.
Archaeologists are examining two more sarcophaguses in the Keramas area, this time one dating back about 2,500 years. They were dug up by a bricklayer working in a quarry near Keramas.
One was opened on Sunday and found to contain a human skeleton with all its bones intact. The second sarcophagus was opened on Monday.
Denpasar Archaeological Society researcher Ayu Kusumawati said this week the stone coffins had identical outside markings, including a tortoise-shaped relief at the top. A pitcher was found in one of them.
Sixteen sarcophaguses have now been found in the Keramas area in the past four years.
A leaking 50kg gas cylinder left incorrectly sealed because the employee who looks after sealing gas cylinders was away exploded at the Tiara wholesale shopping mall at Tjokroaminoto in Denpasar on Monday, panicking shop staff and customers, who thought it was a bomb.
Tiara’s management said the cylinder, which had been leaking and was placed outside the building because of this, had been temporarily sealed with a plastic cap. But after the explosion people in the immediate area reported there was still a strong smell of gas.
University students staged a protest march to the Malaysian honorary consulate in Kuta last week demanding the row between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta over Malaysia’s arrest of three Indonesian maritime enforcement officers in the Riau Islands on August 16 be quickly settled.
Malaysian honorary consul Feisol Hashim met the protesters and said he would deliver a statement they gave him to the Malaysian embassy in Jakarta.
Laguna Resort & Spa at Nusa Dua has announced it will open 10 private pool villas early next year in an expansion of its services to guests. Eight one-bedroom and two two-bedroom will offer private pools and a bale (gazebo) along with a private massage area.
The villa precinct, separate from the 271-room hotel, will feature ponds and tropical gardens. Villa guests will have a separate check-in area and butler service.
Hong Kong-based Business Traveller magazine has named Bali as its readers’ choice best leisure destination in the Asia-Pacific region.
Readers were polled over April to June. Culture and Tourism Ministry promotions chief I Gede Pitani gave the news while attending a national seminar on tourism and poverty reduction held in Denpasar last weekend.
The poll was based on five questions: attraction of the destination, accommodation options, cuisine choices, friendliness of the people and value for money.
The Bali TimesFiled under: The Island