Global Crisis Started to Affect Bali

Impact of global financial crisis has started to affect Bali export business players. A number of Bali export items enjoying significant export volume in the past has been significantly increased.
Statistic exposed by Foreign Trading Department of Bali Industry and Trade Office shown significant decrease on a number of Bali export items. Head of Foreign Trading Department of Bali Industry and Trade Office, Ni Wayan Kusumastuti through her staff Putu Bagiada said on Friday (February 5th) that the most significant decrease recorded by textile and textile products.
Textile product to US has decreased as much as 8 percent. The highest decrease during the last few years was caused by impact of global financial crisis to US citizens. US coidered the largest export destination for textile and textile products along with other Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, Australia, Canada, and Brazil.
If figures Bali earned US$ 129,028,160.04 on export of textile and textile products in 2008, a slight decrease from US$ 130,642,376.77 in 2007. Worsening crisis was predicted to make the situation even more difficult.
Similar opinion was expressed by a number of Bali export business player. Secretary of Bali Exporters Associationm G.W. Ardjawa, S.E. said that decrease on Bali export is predicted to be significant, especially as export of one of Bali’s favorite export product, knock-down wooden gazebo, has been suspended following the newly introduced regulation by the forestry office. “We are encountering significant lost by the new regulation,” Ardjawa said.
I fact, knock-down wooden gazebo has been a well known product by international market and deliver significant stream of foreign revenue. “Export of wooden gazebo delivers multi-million dollar in revenue every year,” he added. He hoped that the government will stop the suspension to allow wooden gazebo export to continue.
Source : balinewsonline.com

2,500 Year Old Stone Sarcophagus Discovered in Gianyar

2,500 Year Old Stone Sarcophagus Discovered in Gianyar
The discovery of a stone sarcophagus in the village of Keramas in the sub-district of Blahbatuh, Gianyar on January 12, 2009, provides further evidence of existence of advanced cultural settlements of Bali dating back at least 2,500 to 3,000 years.

Shaped out of two piece of stone to resemble a turtle (not shown), the important archeological discovery has a length of 1.5 meters, a width of 1 meter and a depth of 2.5 meters. When discovered the stone vessel contained a large quantity of human bone fragments.

The sarcophagus was uncovered by two local men who were quarrying for building stones at a depth of around 3 meters. Once the workmen knew that their discovery was not a large stone, but an artifact with historical significance, they contacted the local village chief and the nearest police stations who quickly cordoned off the site while waiting for representatives of the government archaeology department to arrive on the scene.

Later, the Chief of the Archeology Department of Denpasar, I Wayan Suantika, confirmed an estimated age of between 2,500-3,000 years for the sarcophagus. A preliminary examination of the human bone fragments suggest an age dating from 300 and 500 B.C.E..

Suantika told NusaBali that such elaborate burial vessels were traditionally reserved for religious or traditional leaders. The sarcophagus in the shape of a turtle and, according to Suantika, includes stone handles to permit transport of the coffin to the burial site. The shape of a turtle reflects a belief that the animal depicted would deliver the deceased to a final resting place.

According to Suantika, this is one of 12 sarcophagi discovered in the Keramas area of Bali.

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