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Hazardous waste conference opens in Bali
June 25th, 2008

Bali (Indonesia), June 23 (DPA) Representatives from 170 countries kicked off their five-day informal meeting on the Indonesian resort island of Bali Monday, to discuss how to manage the trans-boundary traffic of hazardous waste.

Indonesia’s Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar opened the conference, which will focus on the impacts of hazardous waste on human health and livelihoods in terms of the UN’s millennium development goals, conference organisers said.

‘The fact that there are cases whereby hazardous waste and its trans-boundary movement brings serious risks toward human health and the environment will emphasise the strong and mutually dependent relationship between environmentally sound waste management and sustainable development,’ Witoelar said.

Witoelar said Indonesia’s long coastline – the second longest in the world – made it particular vulnerable to the illegal dumping of toxic waste under the Basel Convention.

‘The Basel Convention meant to arrest the risks of environmental degradation caused by trans-boundary movement of hazardous waste,’ he said, adding that the Basel Convention is ‘not only a matter of controlling trans-boundary movement of hazardous waste but it is a part of larger framework for ensuring environmental sustainability.’

The conference will discuss legal aspects of waste import bans, regional cooperation in strengthening the Basel Convention’s position, and holding a world forum on waste management related to human health.

The more than 1,000 participants would also discuss the disposal of massive amounts of electronic waste such as old mobile phones.

The Basel Convention was adopted in the late 1980s and entered into force in 1992. It requires the export and import of all hazardous waste to be banned to protect human health and the environment against their adverse effects.

However, only 62 member countries have so far ratified the amendment, including Indonesia.

International activist groups, including Greenpeace and the Basel Action Network, have repeatedly called on the Basel parties to enforce the ban amendment immediately to prevent further environmental damage.

The conference is expected to issue a ‘Bali Declaration’ aimed at highlighting the importance of health and waste management for global development strategies such as reducing poverty.

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Garuda Ind0nesia-Singapura Airlines cooperate to lure more tourists
June 24th, 2008

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesian Flag career PT Garuda Indonesia has announced that starting Friday (June 20) it will carry out a cooperation agreement with Singapore Airlines in flight opertations and ticket sales to lure more foreign tourists flying to Bali through Singapore.

“In the first stages of the cooperation with Singapore Airlines flights cover the Bali-Singapore route vice versa once a day starting on August 1, 2008,” Emirsyah Satar, Garuda CEO told the press here Friday after the singing of an MoU on the cooperation, while siging the MoU for Singapore Airlines was its CEO Chew Choon Seng.

Emirsyah said, Garuda under a special prorate agreeemt (SPA)will fly from Singapore to Europe, United States and the Middle East. It means that Garuda can sell its tickets to several parts of world through Singapore Airlines, he cited.

Garuda under this cooperation sets its load factor at up to an average of 80 percent, he said, adding that the number of passengers in the first semester this year has been estimated at 4 million.

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Despite recession American tourist flow to Bali increasing
June 22nd, 2008

Denpasar (ANTARA News) – The economic recession currently hitting the Americas seems not to have discouraged people in those countries to spend vacations in Bali, provincial tourism data show.

The number of American tourists who came to Indonesia`s “island of gods” during the January-April period in 2008 rose 29.5 percent from 24,148 to 31,280, according to a report released by the Bali provincial tourism office on Saturday.

Local tourism business circles had assumed the economic recession in the Americas would cause a decline in tourist arrivals from those countries but the data disproved this belief.

The monthly number of American tourists who flew directly to Bali increased continously during the January-April period. In January the number was 6,620, in February 7,282, in March 9,304 and in April 8,074.

With the continuous rise in the number of American tourists coming to Bali, the continent is now one of the 10 biggest contributors to the foreign tourist flow to the resort island, accounting for 5.2 percent of the overall number of 594,068.

Of the 32 countries in the American continent, the United States, Canada and Brazil were those from where most of the American tourists came. During the January-April period the number of tourist arrivals from the US was 19,939, from Canada 7,334 and from Brazil 1,636.

Most of the overall number of foreign tourists who flew directly to Bali in the January-April period came from Asia-Pacific countries, namely 355.029.

The second biggest number of foreign tourists came from Europe (152.005), followed by ASEAN member countries (51.854), Africa (3.271), America (31.280) and the Middle East (629).

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President wants colossal film on Balinese culture, arts made
June 17th, 2008

Denpasar, (ANTARA News) – Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had instrcuted him to make a colossal film on Balinese traditional culture and arta, how they developed, and remained vibrant and full of vitality until the present.

“How Balinese traditional culture and arts evolved since the Majapahit era should be documented and be the theme of a colossal film,” Wacik said on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of a Balinese traditional arts festival here on Saturday.

However, he admitted the President`s instruction had yet to be realized because around Rp 1 trillion in funds would be needed to produce such a film.

“I am still trying to figure out how such a film can be produced with a relatively small amount of funds,” the minister said.

Wacik said he had recently invited a world-class film producer to discuss the process of making the proposed film but it turned out the project would require an enormous amount of funds.

“But hopefully, the problem of funds to make the film can be overcome somehow ,” Jero Wacik said, adding he would count on the support of many parties to realize the president`s instruction.(*)

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Jerry sells dress she wore to her Bali nuptials with Mick Jagger
June 11th, 2008

The knee-length, off-the-shoulder creation in white lace which Jerry Hall wore for her 1990 Hindu wedding ceremony on Bali to Mick Jagger has remained in the Texan model’s wardrobe for almost three decades.

Now, however, the 51-year-old – who split with the Rolling Stone in 1999 – says she feels ready to “move on and let go” of the Anthony Price gown, and is to auction it in aid of a homeless charity.

“It’s really odd to think that some other woman might wear it at her wedding,” muses Jerry, who still maintains a friendship with Sir Mick, the father of her four children. “I just hope whoever she is has more luck than I did.”

The wedding dress, which is expected to fetch £400 when goes under the hammer in London on Tuesday, is one of the 60 designer outfits Jerry is parting with. Other highlights of the collection – which she hopes will raise up to £25,000 – include a Dolce & Gabbana cocktail dress and a ballgown by British designer Vivienne Westwood.

“For me, this is a time of letting go, simplifying and getting my priorities right,” says Jerry of the clearout. “I love it that my dresses can have a new lease of life in someone else’s wardrobe.”

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Garuda Indonesia meets increasing demand to Bali with additional flight from Darwin
June 3rd, 2008

Garuda Indonesia will introduce more capacity from Darwin to Denpasar with the introduction of an additional service from 25 June, 2008.

The new flight is a response to the strong visitor numbers from Australia to Bali, which are up by almost 60% from last year when comparing figures for January to March 2008.

And, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the growth of holiday makers from Northern Territory is even higher than the national trend at 71%I which is a strong indication that Northern Territory residents are again seeing Bali as a desirable holiday destination.

Mr. Syahrul Tahir, General Manager, Garuda Indonesia, NT, said, “Garuda’s already strong network between Australia and Indonesia will be even further strengthened with this additional flight bringing flight numbers to 28 per week between Australia and Indonesia.”

He said, “It is so pleasing to see Bali again becoming the destination of choice for leisure travelers from Australia, and with Garuda Indonesia in the lead as the preferred carrier to Bali and Indonesia.”

Garuda Indonesia’s additional service will supplement two existing flights per week between Darwin and Denpasar. The new inbound flight, GA710, will operate on Wednesdays, departing Bali at 0110hrs local time and arriving in Darwin at 0520hrs. It will depart as GA711 at 0730hrs and arrive in Bali at 0835hrs. The timings are as per the existing Monday and Friday flights.

Garuda Indonesia Darwin have launched some excellent promotional fares starting at $AUD190 plus taxes for a two day fare to Bali

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Yudhoyono to officially kick off Bali cultural fiesta
June 3rd, 2008

Denpasar (ANTARA News) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to officially kick off the 30th Bali Cultural Fiesta (PKB) on June 14, 2008.

“The head of state to be accompanied by a number of ministers will watch cultural attractions involving thousands of artists from Bali as well as other regions,” Organizing Committee Chairman of the 30th Bali Cultural Fiesta I Made Adi Djaya said here on Tuesday.

The organizing committee invited 12 foreign ambassadors to the inaugural ceremony of the annual cultural fiesta.

“The 12 foreign ambassadors get special invitation because their countries will participate in the annual arts event on the Island of Gods (Bali),” he said.

The invited ambassadors will include those from the United States of America, Japan, Singapore, India, South Korea, Thailand, Britain, and Malaysia.

During his stay in Bali, the President would also open the first Bali Cultural Congress and watch a colossal classical dance-drama created by the Denpasar-based Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI), he said.

This year`s theme of the cultural fiesta is “Self-Control Towards Balance and Harmony.

The event will involve arts troupes from nine districts and one city of Bali, five arts groups from other provinces, and several arts groups from the 12 invited countries.

Last year, the 29th Bali Cultural Fiesta was participated in by arts groups from Japan, China, Korea, India, the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands, and China. (*)

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