Don’t Faint On My Parade, Says Police Chief

DENPASAR

Bali Police chief Hadiatmoko is embarrassed – because a Brimob member fainted and fell out of the ranks during a parade last weekend to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Bali Police Mobile Brigade.

He said it was important that all police were fit – especially members of the elite Brimob unit – and said he would lead Brimob morning exercises himself.

“I will be based at the Mobile Brigade every Tuesday and Friday. Let’s exercise together, run together and be so much stronger,” he said.

Sex Drive

DENPASAR

Forty percent of Bali’s high school students are having sex, according to a survey by the We Love Teens Foundation.

Foundation advisory board coordinator Dr Okanegara said this week the results of the survey were disturbing because of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the community. He said up to 10 percent of sexually active teenagers could end up contracting HIV.

He hopes education authorities will include reproductive health education in school curriculums.

Charges Up

TUBAN

The domestic departure tax charged at Ngurah Rai International Airport will go up by 33 percent from December 1, meaning passengers taking domestic flights will have to pay Rp40,000 (US$4.50) instead of Rp30,000 ($3.35) from that date. Airport general manager Heru Legowo said the increase had been discussed since 2005.

Ngurah Rai is operated by the state airport monopoly, PT Angkasa Pura I. The airport collects about Rp1.2 billion (US$134,000) a day in domestic and international service charges and other fees from 6,000-7,000 passengers.

Hindu Studies

DENPASAR

The Ministry of Religious Affairs is encouraging lecturers and university researchers to undertake research about the Hindu religion to the Netherlands. The programme will begin early next year with 10 to 12 participants who will research the topic in the Netherlands for two to three months.

The planned programme was discussed recently with the Research Institute and Library at Leiden University. The programme is initially designed to run for three years – 2011-2013 – but could be extended.

Many citizens of the Netherlands are of Indonesian extraction.

Brutal Slaying

DALUNG

The stepson of a 64-year-old woman found stabbed and bashed to death at her home in Badung has been arrested and charged with her murder. Badung Police chief Dwi Suseno said last Sunday 12 witnesses had given information that led to the arrest of Ketut Nuanda.

“The victim was stabbed 16 times and struck six times with a piece of wood,” Badung criminal police chief Adnyana Soma said on Sunday. This week investigators were still questioning Nuanda to establish a motive for the killing.

Mine Man

VANCOUVER

Southern Arc Minerals, which is working up a large copper and gold prospect in the Sekotong area of West Lombok, announced this week it had appointed a leading Australian-based geologist to its board of advisers as senior technical adviser. Dr Steve Garwin, who works from Perth as an independent consultant, wrote his PhD thesis on the mineralisation and district geology of Newmont Mining’s Batu Hijau mine in Sumbawa.

He is a research fellow at the University of Western Australia and is regarded as a leading authority on metallogenesis in the Asia-Pacific region.

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