City Council Orders Smoking Off-Limits
Healthcare facilities, schools, playgrounds, places of worship, public transport, workplaces and other public areas – including the mayor’s office – have been made smoke-free zones
City health chief Dr Luh Sri Armini said when she announced the stub-it-out order that Denpasar already had Bali’s lowest smoking rate (16.8 percent of people aged 10 or over) and she wanted to capitalise on this healthy trend.
Armini said other Indonesian cities, including Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Bandung, already operated smoke-free zones and Denpasar needed to do so also, even though it was not provincial government policy.
Bali’s overall smoking rate is 20.2 percent. Five million Indonesians a year die from causes doctors identify as smoking-related.
Klungkung regency legislators have hit out at bad management and sub-standard materials that they say have put a major public building project at risk.
The project, to build new offices for the vice-regent, has been using non-standard materials and incorrect sand mixes in concrete, they say. The work programme had also been prolonged.
Papers studied by the legislature show the project should be 20 percent complete but is only 16 percent complete. The project is being managed by PT Cipta Gria Karsa, whose site supervisor, Dayu Reni, has told legislators he has complained in writing to the public works department about supply of materials not meeting contract requirements.
New Gili Boat
Gili Cat, one of a number of companies providing so-called “fast boat” services from Bali to Lombok’s holiday Gili islands, hopes to have a new US$1.5 million, 20-metre, 70-passenger boat in service by December to meet growing demand for cross-strait services.
The company said this week the boat, built in Australia and with an interior fit-out completed in Indonesia, was big enough to cope with most weather and sea conditions on the 34-nautical-mile crossing between Padang Bai and the Gilis.
The Lombok Strait has strong currents and occasional high seas.
VOA Tourists Pay US$23m
Visa-on-arrival tourists using Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport paid US$23 million into Indonesia’s national coffers in the six months to the end of June, according to local Bank Indonesia chief Jeffrey Kairupan.
He told reporters this represented a 28-percent increase on revenue in the same period last year and showed that Bali was benefiting from increased tourist traffic in part generated by political difficulties in competing markets.
Tourists and locals have a new attraction in Denpasar – a go-kart track where they can drive miniature cars, go-karts, moto-cross and buggies, and special all-terrain vehicles.
Dubbed Adrenalin Forum, the new facility is on Jl Danau Tempe. There is no entrance fee but patrons pay to park and use the equipment available. The track is a one-kilometre circuit. The operators say people using the track must wear protective gear. Charges range from Rp10,000 (US$1.10) for a mini go-kart to Rp200,000 ($22.25) for a buggy.
Youths from two West Denpasar banjars (neighbourhoods) brawled last Sunday in a row over destruction of ogoh-ogoh figures used in the annual pre-Nyepi traditional parades and competitions.
No one was hurt but witnesses said swords were used by some of the youths. Banjar leaders sorted out the argument without the need to call in police.
The Bali TimesFiled under: The Island