Bali is asking telecoms providers to restrict cellular service for a 24-hour internet blackout from 6 a.m. on Saturday. “Residents of the Hindu-dominated island stop regular daily activities for a day of meditation, fasting and introspection,” part of an annual New Year “Day of Silence.”
A quieter Mt. Agung.
So this clears that up:
Do not imagine that the term “South China Sea” ever implied Chinese ownership. It is a Western construction that dates to about 1900. Previously, European maps referred to it as the China Sea, and before that as part of the Indian Sea. When the Portuguese arrived there in the early sixteenth century they called it the Cham Sea, after the maritime kingdom of coastal Vietnam. Other names at various times include Luzon Sea and (by early Arab traders) the Clove Sea. To China it has long been the South Sea and to Vietnamese the East Sea. The Philippines now refers to it as the West Philippine Sea.
From Philip Bowring, Indonesia and China: The Sea Between in the New York Review of Books online.
Who knew? Fascinating.
Nearly eight minutes of video of volcanic activity on Mt Merapi, Java:
And a note that a new volcano is rumbling in Iceland. Meet Grimsvotn.
"In an effort to protect the resort island's natural environment, the
Bali provincial administration has decided to stop issuing official
recommendations for the construction of new hotels, villas or homestays," according to the article.
"This policy was introduced as part of our efforts to protect the
environment from potential damages," head of the Bali Provincial
Development Planning Board (Bappeda), Nengah Suarca" told the press.
But, "The moratorium is temporary, he added."
(Photo is from the absolutely lovely Amankila Resort, near the village of Manggis in East Bali and far from the crowds of Denpasar. See more photos of Bali and Indonesia in the Indonesia Gallery at EarthPhotos.com.)
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