Café Girls Netted in Jembrana Swoop


Jembrana local security (satpol) picked up dozens of café girls working illegally in the district in a series of swoops on cafés and a boarding house this week.

The girls, the youngest 17 but most in their 20s and 30s, were taken to satpol headquarters in Negara to explain why they did not have local identity cards needed to work in the district.

In the swoop on the boarding house satpol officers surprised a number of girls taking showers.

Roadside cafés frequently operate as fronts for prostitution.

Man, 42, Found Hanged


A 42-year-old man from Marga in Tabanan – site of the famous 1946 battle in which soldiers led by independence hero Colonel I Gusti Ngurah Rai fought Dutch colonial troops – hanged himself this week, apparently in despair that his long-term tuberculosis was not responding to treatment.

He was found by his brother about 5pm on Monday, hanged in the bathroom of his house.

Neighbours who heard screams ran to the house and helped the man lower the body to the floor. They called police.

The family said the man had suffered from tuberculosis for many years and had been blinded by the disease. They refused to authorise an autopsy.

Police said they were satisfied the death was self-inflicted.

Pink Beats Cancer


Hard Rock Hotel Bali, on the beach at Kuta, has joined sister hotels around the world to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held throughout October. It will donate proceeds from a “Pinktober” pink sheets hotel drive and other activities to the fight against breast cancer.

The funds will go to the Healthy Breast Foundation of Jakarta. 

New Hearing


Results in Tabanan’s disputed April elections have gone back to court, with Tabanan District Court chief judge Dewa Putu Yusmai Hardika hearing further argument from the defeated PDI-P regent/vice regent team.

They are disputing the win recorded by the rival team headed by new regent Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti, who finally took office last month, on the basis of election promises made during the campaign.

Tabanan legislators are now arguing over who should take the seats in the legislature vacated by Regent Wiryastuti and her running mate.

Museum Gets Boost


Senior Bali Museum executive Ida Ayu Arini, head of the museum’s education and preparation section, confirmed this week that Rp3 billion (US$333,000) has been set aside to revitalise the buildings and upgrade facilities.

The museum opened in 1910. Arini said: “The funds come from the directorate of museums of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and are part of the 2011 state budget.

Three of the museum’s century-old buildings – the Tabanan, Karangasem and Buleleng halls – are the focus of the rehabilitation.

Sweet Music


The Bavisch Violin School will be making music tomorrow (Saturday, October 8) when it stages a concert of “Giving, Loving, Caring and Sharing” featuring 141 young players on violins, cello, guitar, piano, bass and drum to raise funds for Yayasan Senyum Bali – the Smile Foundation – that provides life-changing cranio-facial surgery for children with facial deformities.

The concert is at the Bali Padma Hotel Ballroom, Legian. Tickets for the 6-8pm performance are available at the door (Rp30,000/US$3.50) or you can book beforehand by calling 0361 233758 or 0812 3933142.

The Bali Times
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