Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Recent Testimonial - "Definitely a 5-star experience"

It's testimonials like this that make my day.

Lawrence Bellefontaine holding Hall of Fame award from Tripadvisor 


with his management staff of PT B.A.L.I. and PT. Bali Luxury Villas 

Because it allows us to follow our philosophy that "success is not measured by getting there but by staying there"

"Success is not measured by getting there but by staying there"

Thank you everyone one of our 135 member team for helping to make our villas and services far superior than most.

I appreciate every individuals efforts including managers Gede and Wayan, Conceriges, Security, Gardener's, Poolmen, Engineering, and Accounting. Especially Sinar the Housekeeper.

Reviews are written at the end of a reservation. Reviews you’ve received will be visible both here and on your public profile.

From Anna-Mari V. 2018-11-15

"The pictures don't do this place justice!"

"The villa and it's outdoor area with the pool are gorgeous, and this truly became a home away from home for our group of 5 adults.
For someone like myself the high speed internet was great;
I was able to work without issues. The area is really quiet and peaceful, and we always felt safe with the 24/7 security. Only a few minutes walk to the main road and beach.
Hundreds of shops and restaurants available nearby.
House manager Kadek was a true gem, taking care of everything quickly and smoothly! She made our stay very pleasant. We would highly recommend Massimo's Italian restaurant (the gluten free options were great for one of our group members with celiac disease) and their home delivery was nice when we didn't feel like going out.
Hardy's was a great store for all our daily supplies, and in the opposite direction (about 1,5-2km from the villa) there is an excellent Popular Market that carries a good variety of gluten free foods.
The owner of the villa was always making sure if we needed anything, which we really appreciated. Any minor issues were taken care of immediately. Definitely a 5-star experience!"


With an average satisfaction rate on the four largest Internet services for hotel bookings of 91% and the Hall of Fame award from TripAdvisor, which is the highest award that only 2% of the hotels in the world have, it  makes me very proud to be the President, Director. Lawrence Bellefontaine
and Management Staff 2018.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Free Bali Real Estate Seminars - Jan.2019 - Latest Laws - Earn *10 -20% Yr.

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Trump to provide answers to the F.B.I. investigator Robert Mueller

Bali news and views editor's comments:
Lawrence at work in his office in Sanur dictating newsletters

Here we go. As I predicted previously a week after the midterm elections when Trump lost control of Congress he is having investigations come at him and from several directions.

  1. As the article points out below he is finally going to provide answers to the F.B.I. investigator Robert Mueller "related only to Moscow’s involvement in the election" If he lies can be held in contempt or indicted.
  2. He also may have to answer questions to the IRS who has already stated they may audit him for tax evasion
  3. In addition to that there is allegations that he may have violated election laws when he authorized payment to a former porn star and Playboy model for hush money.
  4. On top of all that a lawsuit was filed against him today by CNN for preventing their key anchor from attending White House briefings. Within that suit I'm sure if they get his spokesman Sarah Huckabee on the witness stand they will ask her why was there a doctored video of the CNN anchor purporting to show that he pushed away the arm of a Trump aide who was trying to recover the microphone when in fact he was simply moving away from the aide as the real tape shows.

I can't help but think a whole bunch of hurt is coming to Trump and Karma is catching up. 

The dollar is starting to sell off which  could be a reflection of the loss of face of the U.S .Pres. and perhaps the US economy. 

In addition in a few short weeks the government will ask for an increase in the budget to prevent a shutdown of the government. In the past it was easy because Trump controlled the government now the Democrats control it and will certainly have him by the short and curly's.

It's going to be an interesting two or three weeks coming up here.

Let's hope  it's over with before Christmas and that either Trump resigns, is indicted or impeached.

When it's all over Lord help us if we have to go through another two years of him holding onto the nuclear briefcase.
______________________________________



Trump could answer written Russia probe questions this week: source

Karen Freifeld

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump is expected to provide written answers to questions from the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as soon as this week, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Trump is preparing to answer relate only to Moscow’s involvement in the election, and not to whether Trump may have tried to obstruct the Russia investigation, the source told Reuters.

Among the topics covered is a June 2016 meeting between the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., other members of Trump’s campaign team and a group of Russians, the source said.
Trump met with his lawyers this week in anticipation of responding to the questions, according to the source.

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, declined to comment, as did Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel.

Trump’s lawyers have been negotiating with Mueller’s team since last year over whether he will sit for an interview. That question still has not been settled, the source said on Tuesday.


Last month, Giuliani told Reuters that Trump would be willing to answer questions in writing on whether his campaign had colluded with Moscow to influence the 2016 election, but not whether he had acted to obstruct the Russia probe.

It is not clear whether Mueller may press Trump to try to answer questions on obstruction at some point.

In an NBC News interview last year, Trump tied his May 2017 decision to fire FBI director James Comey to the investigation into Russian election meddling. At the time of his firing, Comey was leading the investigation.

Trump last summer denied knowing about the Trump Tower meeting with Russians who had promised damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

DHS chief Nielsen headed for the exit -sources

But Trump dictated a statement from Air Force One about the meeting that Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump’s legal team, viewed as false, a person familiar told Reuters in January. The statement issued by Trump Jr. said that he and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children.”

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered in the election to try to tip it toward Trump by undermining Democratic candidate Clinton. Moscow has denied any interference, while Trump has denied any collusion with Russia and any obstruction of justice.

Reporting by Karen Freifeld, Tim Ahmann; Editing by Sandra Maler and James Dalgleish, Grant McCool
Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Bali news and views editor's comments:
Lawrence at work in his office in Sanur dictating newsletters

Here we go. As I predicted previously a week after the midterm elections when Trump lost control of Congress he is having investigations come at him and from several directions.

  1. As the article points out below he is finally going to provide answers to the F.B.I. investigator Robert Mueller "related only to Moscow’s involvement in the election" If he lies can be held in contempt or indicted.
  2. He also may have to answer questions to the IRS who has already stated they may audit him for tax evasion
  3. In addition to that there is allegations that he may have violated election laws when he authorized payment to a former porn star and Playboy model for hush money.
  4. On top of all that a lawsuit was filed against him today by CNN for preventing their key anchor from attending White House briefings. Within that suit I'm sure if they get his spokesman Sarah Huckabee on the witness stand they will ask her why was there a doctored video of the CNN anchor purporting to show that he pushed away the arm of a Trump aide who was trying to recover the microphone when in fact he was simply moving away from the aide as the real tape shows.

I can't help but think a whole bunch of hurt is coming to Trump and Karma is catching up. 

The dollar is starting to sell off which  could be a reflection of the loss of face of the U.S .Pres. and perhaps the US economy. 

In addition in a few short weeks the government will ask for an increase in the budget to prevent a shutdown of the government. In the past it was easy because Trump controlled the government now the Democrats control it and will certainly have him by the short and curly's.

It's going to be an interesting two or three weeks coming up here.

Let's hope  it's over with before Christmas and that either Trump resigns, is indicted or impeached.

When it's all over Lord help us if we have to go through another two years of him holding onto the nuclear briefcase.
______________________________________



Trump could answer written Russia probe questions this week: source

Karen Freifeld

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump is expected to provide written answers to questions from the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as soon as this week, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Trump is preparing to answer relate only to Moscow’s involvement in the election, and not to whether Trump may have tried to obstruct the Russia investigation, the source told Reuters.

Among the topics covered is a June 2016 meeting between the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., other members of Trump’s campaign team and a group of Russians, the source said.
Trump met with his lawyers this week in anticipation of responding to the questions, according to the source.

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, declined to comment, as did Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel.

Trump’s lawyers have been negotiating with Mueller’s team since last year over whether he will sit for an interview. That question still has not been settled, the source said on Tuesday.


Last month, Giuliani told Reuters that Trump would be willing to answer questions in writing on whether his campaign had colluded with Moscow to influence the 2016 election, but not whether he had acted to obstruct the Russia probe.

It is not clear whether Mueller may press Trump to try to answer questions on obstruction at some point.

In an NBC News interview last year, Trump tied his May 2017 decision to fire FBI director James Comey to the investigation into Russian election meddling. At the time of his firing, Comey was leading the investigation.

Trump last summer denied knowing about the Trump Tower meeting with Russians who had promised damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

DHS chief Nielsen headed for the exit -sources

But Trump dictated a statement from Air Force One about the meeting that Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump’s legal team, viewed as false, a person familiar told Reuters in January. The statement issued by Trump Jr. said that he and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children.”

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia interfered in the election to try to tip it toward Trump by undermining Democratic candidate Clinton. Moscow has denied any interference, while Trump has denied any collusion with Russia and any obstruction of justice.

Reporting by Karen Freifeld, Tim Ahmann; Editing by Sandra Maler and James Dalgleish, Grant McCool
Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Indonesia Named World's Most Generous Nation

Bali News and Views Editor's comments;
Lawrence any nation family including wife Azizah

Yet again one more reason why I have lived in Indonesia for the past 22 Years, Specifically in Bali.

Most Indonesians are kind and generous people and will offer you whatever they have since they are excellent hosts. 

Most importantly they do it with a smile and love to get to know foreigners.

My wife is one of the most generous people I have met in my entire life.

My wonderful deceased mother who was also one of the most generous people in the world would've loved her.
Lawrence with Mom who Was a nurse who took care of terminally ill children

The Charities Aid Foundation's World Giving Index allocates scores for various actions, such as helping strangers, donating money and volunteering, with Indonesia having scored 46 percent, 78 percent and 53 percent, respectively. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


By : Sheany | on 12:33 PM November 02, 2018
Category : News, Featured

Jakarta. Indonesia has been named the world's most generous nation in the 2018 World Giving Index, replacing Myanmar, which dropped to ninth place after holding the top spot since 2014.

The annual index, which has been compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) since 2010, measures the generosity of 146 countries, with a combined population of around 5.2 billion people, by evaluating Gallup World Poll data based on surveys of different aspects of life, including giving behavior.

The index allocates scores for various actions, such as helping strangers, donating money and volunteering, with Indonesia having scored 46 percent, 78 percent and 53 percent, respectively.

"Indonesia tops the CAF World Giving Index for the first time. While its three individual giving scores are largely unchanged from last year, it has moved into the top spot," the foundation said in a statement on Tuesday.

The foundation said it used data from polling carried out last year, so this year's index did not include any actions following the recent natural disasters in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi.

Indonesia is also leads in volunteering, followed by Liberia and Kenya, at 47 percent and 45 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Libya was named most generous in terms of helping strangers, with 83 percent of respondents reporting that they had done so.

"The index, now in its ninth year, shows high levels of generosity in some countries experiencing civil war, conflict and unrest, showing how the human urge to help others comes through, even in some of the most troubled nations on Earth," the foundation said in the statement.

Haiti and Singapore both feature in the top 20 for the first time this year, which is a significant jump for the latter, after having ranked as low as 64th only five years ago.

Myanmar's drop to ninth place in the rankings is mostly due to a decline in the number of people volunteering, though the country's scores for helping strangers and volunteering are the lowest ever recorded.

"After the Rohingya crisis reached its peak during 2017, it is hard not to conclude that the country's troubles have contributed to Myanmar's people being less willing or less able to give in these ways," the foundation said.

The 2018 index highlights an increase in giving behavior among people in developed countries – a reversal from a decline observed among most of the top-scoring Western countries last year.

This year, more people across the globe reported helping strangers and having done volunteer work, while fewer have donated money.

The index shows that people in developed countries are most likely to donate money, whereas those in developing countries are most likely to help strangers.

North Korea played Trump for a fool, just as we knew it would


North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Trump (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By Paul Waldman
Opinion writer November 12 at 12:35 PM

About six months ago, attendees at a Trump rally were so giddy about the president’s masterly diplomatic maneuvering in supposedly convincing North Korea to suspend testing of nuclear weapons that they began to chant “Nobel! Nobel!,” taking even President Trump by surprise (though he later claimed that “everyone thinks” he deserved one). Not long after, Trump met with Kim Jong Un and returned to declare that he had achieved what presidents had tried and failed to do for decades:


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Well, about that …

North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed as President Trump claims to have neutralized the North’s nuclear threat.

The satellite images suggest that the North has been engaged in a great deception: It has offered to dismantle a major launching site — a step it began, then halted — while continuing to make improvements at more than a dozen others that would bolster launches of conventional and nuclear warheads.

The existence of the ballistic missile bases, which North Korea has never acknowledged, contradicts Mr. Trump’s assertion that his landmark diplomacy is leading to the elimination of a nuclear and missile program that the North had warned could devastate the United States.

Who could have predicted something like this would happen? Pretty much everyone. Except, apparently, the president of the United States. In fact, it’s precisely Trump’s naive view of foreign policy that brought us to this point.

Let’s recall what happened at that summit in June, when the two leaders signed an agreementunder which the North Koreans promised to “work toward” denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. That pledge was almost completely meaningless; as Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told me at the time, “It’s important to note that that is a weaker commitment to denuclearization than the regime has made in the past.”

Deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl says the best way to negotiate with North Korea on nuclear weapons is to bring up human rights. (Gillian Brockell, Kate Woodsome/The Washington Post)

But the president naturally declared victory. “He’s de-nuking, I mean he’s de-nuking the whole place,” Trump said, an assertion that was obviously false. One can only hope Trump was lying and didn’t actually believe that was what was happening.

So that summit, which seemed so dramatic at the time, turned out to be a failure. Why? Because Trump is gripped by a fundamental misconception about foreign policy.

For Trump, everything is personal and everything is about him. He doesn’t need to understand the history of our relationships with other nations, the forces acting on an an adversary or the incentives its leadership faces. He’s the world’s greatest dealmaker! He’ll get in a room with the guy, employ the same skills he uses to drive down the price on gold-leaf wallpaper for one of his buildings and, bada boom bada bing, we’ve got ourselves a historic bilateral agreement.

You can see it in the way Trump talks about foreign relations. He never tries to understand where other countries are coming from or what they are seeking; it’s all about whether they’re screwing us over and whether he’ll “get along” with another country’s leader, as though a friendly personal relationship will make anything possible. “I hope we get along well. I think we get along well,” he said about Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We had a great chemistry, not good, but great,” he said about Chinese President Xi Jinping. “I liked him and he liked me a lot.” A few weeks ago he described his relationship with Kim this way: “I was really being tough, and so was he, and we’d go back and forth. And then we fell in love. Okay? No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. We fell in love.”

But alas, love can be fleeting. The problem is that no matter how many beautiful letters Kim sends to Trump, the North Korean leader still sees nuclear weapons as the key to his survival. As far as he’s concerned, his weapons mean that no great power would dare to invade his country and destroy his regime; without them, he could wind up like Saddam Hussein or Moammar Gaddafi, i.e., deposed and dead.

It’s vital to understand that while Kim is a brutal dictator, that’s an absolutely rational position for him to take. Which means that getting him to give up those nuclear weapons is difficult and complicated. In fact, it’s possible that there’s nothing we can offer him in exchange that would be sufficiently enticing.

Trump is hardly the first U.S. president to struggle with North Korea’s willingness to deceive and break its promises, nor is he the first who failed to find something compelling enough to offer North Korea in exchange for denuclearization. But no president before him was so naive as to proclaim victory after having accomplished so little. I suppose that makes Trump’s foreign policy just the same as everything else he does.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

5 Myths About Your Smart Phone Battery (and Real Tips for Preserving It)

Bali News & Views Editors Comments:


Very Interesting. Up until now I was following the old school of draining your battery completely before charging.

Now with the new batteries not only do you not want to do this but you want to charge your phone whenever you can.

Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.


Smartphones have the mighty power of super computers in a tiny package that can fit in the palm of our hands. They allow us to communicate, find entertainment, get work done, manage our finances, navigate to our destinations, shop the Web, and so much more. That is… until the battery runs out.

Avoid battery drain—and the anxiety that comes with it—by learning how to make your phone’s battery last longer and keep you connected when you need it most. Here we’ll bust five common myths about charging your iPhone or Android, plus provide helpful tips on getting the most out of every charge.

Myth 1: You shouldn’t charge your phone overnight

It’s absolutely fine to charge your battery overnight. In fact, it’s the best way to make sure you have a full, juicy battery to get you through the day.

This myth came from the days when we had nickel-ion batteries in our phones that suffered from something called “memory charge,” where if you didn’t let them deplete entirely, the batteries would “forget about” the part that didn’t get used.

Today’s phones use lithium-ion batteries, which don’t suffer from memory loss and are smart enough to regulate their power management. When you plug a smartphone into a charger, it will stop charging once it reaches 100 percent, so you don’t need to worry about “overcharging.”

Charging tip: Plug your phone in at night before you go to bed. In the morning, you’ll be ready with a phone that will last you all day.

Myth 2: You should let your battery drain completely before charging

Not only do you not need to do this, but you also shouldn’t. Every lithium-ion battery comes with a fixed amount of charge cycles (the number of times you can charge up to 100 percent and run down to 0 percent). An iPhone has a lifespan of about 400 to 500 charge cycles. But that doesn’t mean you can only plug it in 500 times—it means you have 500 chances to let it go from a full charge to no charge at all. So, if you let your battery drain completely every day, it will last 500 days. If you charge it before it drains and top it off throughout the day, you’ll stretch out the time those 500 charges will last.

There is one reason to let your battery drain completely. If it “dies” when the battery icon is showing a positive charge, it means the battery needs to be recalibrated. Draining it all the way down then charging it up again should fix the issue.

Charging tip: Remember your ABC’s: Always Be Charging. If you have a charger nearby, whether you’re at home, in the car or at the office, plug in your phone.

Myth 3: My battery will last forever if I charge it properly

Batteries are our smartphone’s weak spot, and until someone invents a battery that can last for years and go for days without a charge, we have to accept that they’ll need to be replaced. Lithium-ion batteries lose their capacity to hold a charge as they age, so even if you still have plenty of lifecycles left, you may only be able to charge your phone to 60 percent of its capacity. You can download an app to check on battery wear, and if it’s excessive, consider replacing the battery to give the phone a longer life.

Charging tip: Lithium-ion batteries don’t like being really low or really high. Experts agree that keeping your phone’s battery between 30 and 80 percent most of the time is the sweet spot for promoting its longevity.

Myth 4: I shouldn’t use my phone while it’s charging

There is no danger in using your phone while it’s charging. This myth comes from fears about batteries overheating. Lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous if they have any type of manufacturing defect, but this is rare. However, if your phone is ever excessively warm (while charging or not), get it checked out immediately.

Another issue to consider is counterfeit chargers. Charging cables contain chips in them, and if you are not using a manufacturer-approved cable, you could damage your phone. Buy name-brand chargers for safety and to help charge your phone more effectively.

Charging tip: While you can use it during a charge, having the screen on or apps refreshing in the background uses power, so it will charge at half the speed. If you want your phone to charge more quickly, put it in airplane mode or turn it off. Also, charging from a wall plug is always faster than using a computer or car charger.

Myth 5: Killing apps saves power

This is simply untrue, and it’s also bad advice. By killing and restarting apps again and again, you are actually using more resources (and more power) than if you just let the app stay in the background. Instead of closing your apps, use some of these tips if you’re low on juice and can’t get to a charger:

Power saving tips:
On an iPhone, manually switch to Low Power Mode. Swipe up on the Home Screen to access the Control Panel and toggle on the battery symbol. If it’s not in your Control Center, add it there through Settings.
On Android phones, activate your device’s Battery Saver Feature. (This has different names on different devices—LG calls it Power Saver Mode, Samsung calls it Ultra Power Saving Mode—but they all do essentially the same thing.)
For Android phones, be sure to keep your operating system up to date. Android 6.0 introduced Doze Mode, which shuts down services you're not using to conserve battery life.

Maintain a healthy and powerful battery by keeping these myth-busting facts in mind. For more information on the features of specific smartphones, please visit our devices page.

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