An employee walking along a thermal pipe at the Kamojang geothermal
power plant near Garut, West Java, on March 18. State utility provider
 Perusahaan Listrik Negara is targeting an additional 135 megawatts of
electricity from three new geothermal plants. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,.. etc.)
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) - (Text version)

“.. Nuclear Power Revealed

So let me tell you what else they did. They just showed you what's wrong with nuclear power. "Safe to the maximum," they said. "Our devices are strong and cannot fail." But they did. They are no match for Gaia.

It seems that for more than 20 years, every single time we sit in the chair and speak of electric power, we tell you that hundreds of thousands of tons of push/pull energy on a regular schedule is available to you. It is moon-driven, forever. It can make all of the electricity for all of the cities on your planet, no matter how much you use. There's no environmental impact at all. Use the power of the tides, the oceans, the waves in clever ways. Use them in a bigger way than any designer has ever put together yet, to power your cities. The largest cities on your planet are on the coasts, and that's where the power source is. Hydro is the answer. It's not dangerous. You've ignored it because it seems harder to engineer and it's not in a controlled environment. Yet, you've chosen to build one of the most complex and dangerous steam engines on Earth - nuclear power.

We also have indicated that all you have to do is dig down deep enough and the planet will give you heat. It's right below the surface, not too far away all the time. You'll have a Gaia steam engine that way, too. There's no danger at all and you don't have to dig that far. All you have to do is heat fluid, and there are some fluids that boil far faster than water. So we say it again and again. Maybe this will show you what's wrong with what you've been doing, and this will turn the attitudes of your science to create something so beautiful and so powerful for your grandchildren. Why do you think you were given the moon? Now you know.

This benevolent Universe gave you an astral body that allows the waters in your ocean to push and pull and push on the most regular schedule of anything you know of. Yet there you sit enjoying just looking at it instead of using it. It could be enormous, free energy forever, ready to be converted when you design the methods of capturing it. It's time. …”

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Unlicensed lodges on the rise at popular beaches

Prodita Sabarini, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar

The rocky beaches of Bali's southern coastline have long been a shared secret of surfers seeking the perfect break.

Dreamland, Bingin and Padang-Padang beaches near Bali's southernmost beach, Uluwatu, are like sugar to ants for surfers from around the world. Once the secret surf spots of just a few surfers, the beaches are now renowned worldwide, with regular surf competitions held there.

However, with rising fame comes rapid development, threatening the very source of the attraction to the area; the secluded pristine beaches.

The development of lodges without permits in Dreamland, Bingin and Padang-Padang began in the 1990s. With the exception of Dreamland, the construction of unlicensed lodges has increased with the rising popularity of the beaches.

Under Badung regency's spatial planning, Bingin and Padang-Padang are classified as limited areas; where construction is prohibited.

In Dreamland, officials are currently tearing down by-the-beach lodges and small shops as construction of a massive resort there continues.

Developers of the Pecatu Indah Resort this year continued the construction a golf course, condominium and marina complex on a 650-hectare Indian Ocean beachfront property.

The project, conceived by former president Soeharto's son, Hutomo Mandala Putra, began in 1997 but was stalled after the Asian financial crisis and the toppling of Soeharto.

Many warung and lodges -- mostly owned by locals -- that been evicted from the area and have migrated to the neighboring beach of Bingin.

Bingin beach, located under a cliff, has perfect waves for surfing. During the 1990s, locals started building small cottages on the sides of the cliff, with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.

This perfect spot has attracted other locals and foreigners to also set up cottages, resulting in dozens of unlicensed accommodation premises on both sides of the cliff and also on top of it.

During the months of March to June, the places are packed with surfers from around the world.

Although a number of construction projects are currently underway at Bingin, Badung Regency's Housing, Planning and Urban Development agency head Suwandi said his office had never released permits to build there.

"It's a limited area, meaning there should be zero construction there," he said.

Suwandi said Bingin and Padang-Padang were supporting areas in the South Kuta district.

"The steep cliffs there have been deemed unsafe to build on, with the possibility of a landslide," Suwandi said.

However, locals at Bingin refuse to admit the cottages were built without permits.

Gusti, who works at one of the cliff-side cottages, said all the cottages had received permits from the village heads.

"We pay monthly fees to the village leaders," he said.

Gusti said the land at Bingin was customary land owned by village heads.

"I do not know whether the village leaders forwarded the official paperwork to the regency administration or not," he said.

Gusti said the cottages were mostly rented by surfers.

"The cottages are also a source of income for the local people here. If they don't work at the cottages, they would have to work in their fields," he said.

Suwandi said the situation was a dilemma for the regency administration.

"The cottages have long been there and have fed the people. So, we need to be really careful about what action we take," he said.

"If it is a good place for tourism to be developed, we should develop it. But, with proper planning."

The regency administration, he said, had spoken to village leaders and is currently looking into whether it is possible to establish Bingin as a tourism location.

"We have yet to come to a final decision," Suwandi said.

Meanwhile, as officials conduct their research, laborers in Bingin are diligently working on a new cottage and gardeners are planting tropical plants at another; all in an area where construction is allegedly prohibited.

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