Category Archives: News

June 21, 2017

Bali FC players celebrate their diverse religions A symbolic gesture by three footballers from Indonesia’s Bali United FC is being hailed as a celebration of the diversity of their team and country. A photograph of Yabes Roni, who is Christian, along with his team-mates, Miftahul Hamdi, a Muslim, and Ngurah Nanak, a Hindu, in their respective religions’ prayer positions, has been liked and shared more than ten thousand times on the club’s Facebook page after photographer Miftahuddin Halim posted it on his Instagram page. “Because different religious beliefs won’t stop us from achieving the same goals,” the caption under the ... [ Read More ]

June 7, 2017

Australian Drug Convict Schapelle Corby Returns Home from Bali Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby arrived in Australia on Sunday after completing a twelve-and-a-half-year sentence for smuggling marijuana to Indonesia, a case which received huge media attention and soured ties between the two countries. Corby landed at Brisbane International Airport with her sister Mercedes Corby and a bodyguard just after 5 a.m., Australian media reported. She did not leave the airport through the usual exit, evading a large media contingent waiting for her, before being whisked away in a black van with tinted windows. Family spokeswoman Eleanor Whitney thanked Corby’s supporters ... [ Read More ]

May 24, 2017

Australian Man Stephen Richardson Strangled to Death in Bali Villa Australian man Stephen Richardson was strangled to death in his Sanur villa, with Bali police suspecting the killer was known to the 63-year-old. However Denpasar police chief Hadi Purnomo said the witness accounts were yet to lead police to a suspect over the former maritime worker’s mysterious death between dawn and midday on Sunday, May 7. No money or other items were stolen, which has led police to surmise that Mr. Richardson knew the perpetrator. “We don’t know if it is a female or male yet. For the time being we suspect just ... [ Read More ]

May 10, 2017

Family ‘Inconsolable’ After Bali Death The mother of a young Australian who died in a scooter accident in Bali says her family is inconsolable and that the world will be a “poorer place without her”. Ella Knights, 26, was found by a passer-by lying face down in a gutter in Canggu, North Kuta, about 3am on Thursday. A Honda scooter was lying on its side a few metres away with its engine still running. The accident came just days before the Sydney resident was due to fly home on May 1, after travelling for more than two months. In a statement released ... [ Read More ]

April 26, 2017

Schapelle Corby Asks Bali Officials When She Can Return to Indonesia With just weeks to go until she will be deported to Australia, Schapelle Corby has asked Bali immigration and corrections chiefs when she will be allowed to return to Indonesia. Corby, who was arrested with 4.2kg of cannabis in her boogie board bag at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport on October 8, 2004, told officials she would fly back to Brisbane when her sentence ends. The head of Bali corrections, Surung Pasaribu, told Fairfax Media that Corby had tears in her eyes when he told her on Thursday she would ... [ Read More ]

April 12, 2017

21-year-old German Tourist to be Charged in Beating Death of Indonesian Man in Kuta, Bali A 49-year Indonesian man from North Sumatra, Steven Djingga, died on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar, four days after being struck by a German tourist in front of Paddy’s Club in Kuta. Beritabali.com reports that the German, Guiliano Lemoine (21), struck a single blow against Djingga that knocked the Indonesia down in the early hours of Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Giuliano Lemoine was taken into police custody at the Hotel Ixora on Thursday, March 23rd, while Djingga still clung to life ... [ Read More ]

March 29, 2017

Byron Bay Mother Sara Connor won’t Appeal Bali Jail Sentence Australian woman Sara Connor has told her lawyers she will not appeal against her four-year sentence for her role in the death of a Bali police officer. Speaking to reporters after meeting Connor outside Kerobokan jail, her lawyer Robert Khuana said he had told Connor that if she appealed she would have a good chance of being released on the basis that the initial decision was “too shallow”. However, she had been traumatised by the system and was worried about her sentence being increased if she appealed. “We believe that ... [ Read More ]

March 15, 2017

Saudi King Begins 5-Day Visit to Bali On schedule at 5:45 pm on Saturday, March 4, 2017, the Boeing 747 used by the Saudi Arabian King Salman bin AbdulazizAl-Saud landed at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport at the  beginning of a 5-day holiday. The King and his entourage of 1,500 traveling on a total 6 aircraft were greeted by the musical strains of a Balinese orchestra and 50 penditdancers – a traditional welcome in the Balinese dance repertoire. A total of 22 domestic flights and 17 international flights encountered delays in their arrival and departure schedules because of the VVIP arrival in Bali. A specially designed escalator ... [ Read More ]

March 1, 2017

Judge Declines to Give Grandmother Custody of Heather Mack’s Girl A Cook County judge declined to rule Friday on whether the paternal grandmother of Heather Mack’s child could get custody of the girl, who is soon turning 2. Despite the ruling, Kia Walker said she will continue to fight to bring the child back to the U.S. Mack’s daughter, Stella Schaefer, was born in a prison in Bali, Indonesia, where Mack is serving a 10-year sentence for her role in the murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack. Stella’s father, Tommy Schaefer, is serving an 18-year sentence for bludgeoning von ... [ Read More ]

February 15, 2017

One Championship Veteran Casey Suire Dies in Motorcycle Accident in Bali The 40-year-old American who was living and training out of Bali, Indonesia, posted a 6-2 pro MMA record in his five-plus year fight career. A native of Lafayette, La., Suire fought his last five bouts for One Championship, most recently earning a split decision over Xie Bin on Aug. 27. According to local media reports out of Bali, Suire lost control of his Honda Vario on Sunday evening on Batu Bolong road in the Canggu neighborhood, flying off the scooter and going head first into a street gutter, where ... [ Read More ]