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20 new shark and ray species found in Indonesian waters Twenty new species of rays and sharks have been found in Indonesian waters during a five-year study of catches at local fish markets. The study, organized by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or CSIRO, is the first real in-depth look at sharks and rays in Indonesia after Dutch scientist Pieter Bleeker described more than 1100 species between 1842 and 1860.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2007 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: age limit of acquired planes at 10 years The government is preparing new regulations that will limit the age of newly acquired planes to stimulate domestic operators to give priority to safety, an official announced earlier today. Domestic airliners will be banned from hiring or buying planes that do not meet this new requirement.

Posted in General @ 28 February 2007 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 400 died of dengue this season so far The number of victims to the seasonal dengue fever outbreak since last January has reached 380 out of 27,000 infected people. This was announced by the Health Ministry on Tuesday. The head of the Sub Directorate of Arbovirosis, Rita Kriastuti, warned to be cautious for the aedes aegipti mosquito as it's favorable moment to infect people lasts until the end of the wet season.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 28 February 2007 04:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud volcano swallows concrete balls The plan to drop giant concrete balls into the still active mud volcano to slow it's flow may be changed after these balls slid far deeper than expected, Rudi Novrianto, a spokesman said earlier today. The balls slid as far as one kilometer into the crater, roughly twice as deep as expected. Many more of these concrete balls were required to slow down the mud flow now.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 February 2007 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalimantan deports Thai, Myanmar, Vietnamese fishermen A total number of 65 fishermen from Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam were deported from West Kalimantan today. This was said by a navy officer. "This morning, at 6.45 a.m., the fishermen left Pemangkat harbor, Sambas District, for their respective countries," said commander of the naval base in Pontianak, Lt. Col. Taufik Harun.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2007 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Border between Indonesia and East Timor closed Indonesia has closed it's border with East Timor temporarily to prevent fugitives from sneaking into Indonesia. This move comes ahead of a tense lead-up to presidential elections, as was said by the military on Monday. Australia, with 800 troops in East Timor, has warned that violence may increase ahead of the April poll. This was said after clashes with it's peace keepers and East Timorese refugees left two civilians dead.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2007 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian pedophile jailed for ten years Australian pedophile Peter William Smith is sentenced to ten years in prison for sexually abusing street children in Jakarta. Judges in the South Jakarta District Court found that Smith had used 'economic coercion' in paying the teenage male victims to perform sexually related acts on each other and on him. The judges took in account this coercion and fined the English teacher 75 million Rupiah (6,276 euro) on top of the jail term.

Posted in General @ 26 February 2007 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Veterinarian team says disinfectant kills bird flu virus A team of veterinarians says it has developed a disinfecting spray that is said to kill the bird flu virus on contact. The team from the Airlangga University in Surabaya said that the spray could be used to spray cages and areas where fowl have died from the virus, which can be lethal in humans. This to prevent it from spreading.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 26 February 2007 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods anticipated in Southern Sumatra Weather forecasts for the coming days show a big portion of heavy rain will be arriving in Sumatra, especially the southern part of the island. CNN reported that however the rains would not be there for days, the intensity would be very high, indicating that local floods may occur in the coming hours to days.

Posted in Weather @ 26 February 2007 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch government to return historic documents on Aceh The Dutch government will return historic documents and books on Aceh to the provincial administration in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD). This was told by governor Irwandi Yusuf. "Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia Nikolaos van Dam is scheduled to return the copies of all documents and books on the history of Aceh on February 28," Irwandi said.

Posted in General @ 26 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






One dead, three missing as burned out ferry sinks The burned out Indonesian ferry Levina I, which caught fire last Thursday, sank yesterday. 16 people on board had to jump in the water, one cameraman from Lativi was killed and three others went missing. Just after midday Jakarta time the remaining hull of the Levina I turned over without any warning. Sixteen people from the national safetey commission, the forensic laboratory and local media were on the third floor. They started panicking and jumped in the sea from windows.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 February 2007 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More bodies found after ferry fire, 41 dead Navy ships and fishermen have found 21 more bodies floating in the Java Sea, this doubles the number of dead from the ferry fire last Thursday. This was told by a Navy spokesman. The fire started on the car deck of the Levina I just before dawn, sending hundreds of passengers jumping overboard, including children and women.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 February 2007 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ferry fire survivers get 600.000 Rupiah compensation Several survivors of Thursdays fire on boat the ferry Levina I complained that they received compensation worth only 600.000 Rupiah (50,20 euro) from the operating company. Helu, one of the survivors, said he received a mere 600.000 Rupiah in an envelope. "They said it was a refund worth four times the price of the ticket which cost 150,000 Rupiah," he said. The staff of the operator told him only it was a refund.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 February 2007 04:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, US sign agreement on tsunami detection Indonesia, represented by the chairmean of the Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Prof. Dr. Said D. Jenie and United States embassy representative John Heffern signed an agreement on technological as scientific cooperation in tsunami technology and a warning system. The agreement between BPPT and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will help BPPT develop an early warning system for tsunamis in Indonesia. This includes the U.S. contribution of two tsunami detection buoys, tsunami forecast modeling, development and training to improve the countries ability to issue tsunami warnings and alerts.

Posted in General @ 24 February 2007 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia signs rice import deal with Thailand and Vietnam Indonesia has agreed to sign a preliminary agreement with Thailand and Vietnam to import some 400,000 tonnes of rice via government-to-government deals. This was reported by a senior trade ministry official on Friday. These agreements on rice imports are part of the governments prevously announced plans to buy up to 1.5 million tonnes of rice this year alone to bring stability to prices in Indonesia. “We will import 400,000 tonnes of rice via government-to-government deals and we have a Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam and Thailand,” said Diah Maulida, director general of foreign trade at the trade ministry.

Posted in General @ 24 February 2007 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Giant concrete balls in attempt to stem mud eruption Authorities will try to slow down the gushing mud volcano today. The volcano has already inundated villages and factories. They will drop hundreds of giant concrete balls into the location of the mud volcano, an official reported. Every single day, around one million oil drums of hot, noxious mud - about 50 Olympic swimming pools - flows out of the hole at a drilling site. This is a continuing event for the last nine months. Already 11,000 people have been evacuated from the area.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 23 February 2007 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 dead in ferry fire At least 15 people have died in a fire earlier today on a ferry which was located in Jakarta Bay. A navy official reported that the fire was extinguished and that the 300 odd passengers were in the proces of being evacuated from the ferry. The Levina I was en route to Bangka Island, near Sumatra, when it caught fire just after dawn, 80 kilometers from Tanjung Priok, Jakarta's port. The fire has probably started in a truck parked on the car deck.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 February 2007 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HFH Indonesia to start house rehabilitation for Jakarta flood victims Habitat for Humanity Indonesia has put its wheels into motion with a fast response to rehabilitate 1,000 flood-damaged homes in Jakarta in three months. HFH Indonesia kicked off the project on 17th February with the rehabilitation of five houses in Sukakarya, Bekasi, one of the most affected areas. This will involve mostly repairs of the houses' earth flooring. Come next week, Habitat will start rehabilitation works in Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 February 2007 04:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air grounds six Boeing 737-300 planes Budget carrier Adam Air has grounded six of it's Boeing 737-300 planes. They should have their safety inspection first after one of it's aircrafts fuselage broke during a rough landing at Surabaya's Juanda airport an official of the airline said today. All Boeings 737-300, almost one third of the entire airlines fleet, will not fly until they had passed the governments safety inspection, as was said by Hartono, safety director of Adam Air.

Posted in General @ 22 February 2007 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: free political prisoners in Papua At least 18 Papuans are serving sentences in Indonesian jails simply for peaceful acts of freedom of expression and opinion, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Such imprisonment violates international law and Indonesia's international legal obligations. The 42-page report, "Protest and Punishment: Political Prisoners in Papua," documents how the Indonesian government continues to use the criminal law to punish individuals who peacefully advocate for independence in the eastern Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya (hereafter referred to as Papua). All the prisoners have been convicted for treason or spreading hatred against the government, for nonviolent activities such as flag-raising, or attendance at peaceful meetings on self-determination options for Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2007 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air plane breaks upon landing in Surabaya Adam Air plane flying from Jakarta to East Java capital of Surabaya posed hard landing at Juanda international airport in the East Java's city, a report says. MetroTV television reported that the incident caused two following flights to the airport transferred to Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali resort island.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 February 2007 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes in Maluku A powerful earthquake rocked northern Maluku province yersterday evening, but there was no risk of a tsunami. Indonesia's meteorologiy agency (BMG) had earlier warned people on the island of Bacan to be watchful over changing sealevels. The earthquake with a magnitude 6.5 on th Richter scale was powerful enough to create a local tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 February 2007 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Sulawesi situation may be exploding soon Australian and Indonesian intelligence reports signal that murderous sectarian violence is to return to the area of Poso, Central Sulawesi. Last week, information was released concerning islamic militants that have been blamed for a series of deadly bombings in Jakarta and Bali could be in the last stages of planning fresh attacks in Poso. Australia warned nationals to avoild travelling to Central Sulawesi. The United States and New Zealand have issued similar warnings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 February 2007 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven killed in Magelang landslide At least seven people from the villages of Tanjungsari and Pasangsari, district Magelang, Central Java, were killed in a landslide Sunday. This was reported by the village head of Tanjungsari. Four others were wounded and three were still missing. Rescue workers have already evacuated the dead and wounded, and they were still looking for the three missing persons.

Posted in Weather @ 19 February 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


519 houses damaged in Yogyakarta after whirlwind Atleast 519 houses were slightly or more badly damaged by a whirlwind that hit downtown Yogyakarta Sunday afternoon. "The damaged houses are located in the subdistricts of Gondokusuman, Umbulharjo, Pakualaman and Danurejan," said the head of the Fire Department in Yogyakarta, Wahyu Hidayat on Sunday night. Wahu also reported that at least 45 of the whirlwind victims had been brought to hospitals. Around 500 others had taken refuge elsewhere.

Posted in Weather @ 19 February 2007 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Preachers and revenge push terror in Indonesia Basri - one of Indonesia's most wanted Islamic militants - wears a tattoo of Mickey Mouse on his wrist and drank alcohol when he was young. He jammed on Nirvana songs in a rock band. He wasn't religous and even now he struggles remembering the verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. As Islamic militant he is accused of beheading three Christian girls and other attacks on the island of Sulawesi, a front for Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 February 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV population among fastest-growing in Asia The HIV population in Indonesia is among the fastest growing in Asia, officials said yesterday at the presentation of a World Health Organisation (WHO) review concerning the epidemic. Director general of the contagious diseases department of the Health Ministry, I Nyoman Kandun said HIV was spreading quickly among so-called high-risk groups and in parts of the country where health care is of low quality.

Posted in Health @ 18 February 2007 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Chinese observe lunar New Year throughout Indonesia Ethnic Chinese throughout Indonesia celebrate the Chinese New Year today. Many of them will bring a visit to temples for praying to their gods and ancestors. The Dharma Bhakti, Sam Njan Kiong and Amorva Bumi temples in Jakarta were filled with visitors celebrating 'Imlek', as the Chinese New Year is also known in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


14 Leptospirosis patients in Tarakan hospital After the recent floods in some parts of West and Central Java, new cases of Leptospirosis rose to 14. All of the patients are in a hospital in Tarakan. Dr. Nazir, the hospital's internist told Antara News that two of the freshly admitted patients were in serious condition. He also told that most of the patients were brought in in a serious condition.

Posted in Health @ 18 February 2007 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta declares 88 areas 'dengue red zone' Jakarta increased the number of so-called 'dengue red zones' from 61 to 88 according to Antara News Agency. "In our weekly evaluation of the dengue fever situation, there were 88 zones in Jakarta been established as red-alert areas today, " told Salimar Salim, deputy head of the Jakarta City Health Office on the day of the launch of a dengue prevention program.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 17 February 2007 06:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government should pull military out of business The Indonesian government should end military ownership of businesses without further delay, Human Rights Watch said today as it launched the 159-page Indonesian translation of a study on military self-financing in Indonesia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 February 2007 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Sulawesi on terror-alert after attack warnings Police and army in Central Sulawesi are put on high alert after warnings that Islamic militants are planning attacks in the area. This was told by the regional police chief late Friday. Earlier that day the Australian government had announced it had credible information that militants were already in an advanced stage of planning attacks in Central Sulawesi, which has been the scene of tensions between Christians and Muslims for quite some time now.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 17 February 2007 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to resume sharing H5N1 samples with WHO Indonesia and the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed today that Indonesia will resume sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples while the WHO will work to ensure that developing countries have access to pandemic vaccines based on viruses they supply.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 February 2007 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists to get longer visas for Indonesia Indonesia has announced that foreign visitors will soon have the chance to apply for a longer visa than the current 30-day visa on arrival. Vice President Jusuf Kalla told AFP that foreigners visiting Indonesia will be able to apply for visas up to 120 days, longer than most other countries in the region.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 February 2007 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 33 reactions


Thousands face food shortage in East Nusa Tenggara Thousands of people in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara faced serious food shortage after farmers in the regency failed to harvest their rice fields for two consecutive seasons. Secretary to Sikka regental administration Genyo Kerong said Thursday that residents of 80 out of 160 villages in the regency have ran out their food stocks following the failures of the twice rice harvests sparked by long drought there.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2007 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 February 2007 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends flu vaccine deal Indonesia has defended its decision to stop sharing samples of the deadly bird flu virus with the World Health Organisation after it signed an agreement with a US drug manufacturer. The government said it would resume cooperation with the WHO only if it stopped providing samples to other commercial vaccine makers.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 15 February 2007 10:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two million searches performed at KAMUS-online.com Today yet another milestone for KAMUS-online.com. Less than two weeks after the number of phrases reached 200.000, it is now the celebration of the number of searches that has been performed. That number reached a magical 2 million. All these searches are performed via the website and include free searches which visitors can perform, but also paid searches that are performed by users with personal access to the online dictionary.

Posted in General @ 15 February 2007 04:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Domestic workers In Indonesia subject to beatings and rape A new Amnesty International report alleges domestic workers in Indonesia face withheld wages, workdays of up to 22 hours, beatings, sexual violence and forced confinement. The report also says attempts by the government to address the problem are falling short, leaving millions of women vulnerable to abusive employers.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Dengue fever kills 307, sickens over 20,000 in Indonesia A seasonal dengue fever outbreak in Indonesia has killed at least 307 people and sickened more than 20,000 others this year, health officials and local media reports said Wednesday. Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari warned of a possible major spike in mosquito-borne dengue fever cases during the next two weeks because of torrential rains last week that flooded the capital Jakarta and two neighbouring provinces.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 14 February 2007 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian company sued over Indonesia mudspill The Australian mining company Santos has been named in a Jakarta lawsuit lodged by an Indonesian environmental organisation. As Indonesia correspondent Geoff Thompson reports, since May last year a 'mud volcano' has spewed from the earth submerging villages, factories and fields and displacing thousands in Sidoarjo in East Java.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 14 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to reopen international tourism offices as arrivals sag In an attempt to boost the declining number of foreign visitors to Indonesia, the government will re-open a dozen international tourism offices this year, local media reports said Tuesday. Indonesia missed its tourist arrival target of 5.5 million in 2006, with only 4.8 million foreign visitors to the country, according to Tourism Minister Jero Wacik. Indonesia has set a target of 6 million foreign visitors for this year and 8 million in 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 February 2007 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


A third of Borneo to be conserved, new declaration passed An historic declaration to conserve the "Heart of Borneo" was officially signed today between the three Bornean governments - Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The tri-country declaration will conserve and sustainably manage one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. The Heart of Borneo is an area of equatorial rainforest larger than Kansas, covering nearly a third of the island.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 February 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yeo: Linking Indonesian sand ban to extradition treaty unfortunate Indonesia's ban on sand exports to Singapore was one of the key concerns in Parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament were keen to find out about the impact of the ban on the construction industry and Singapore's relations with Indonesia. In his reply, Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said linking the sand ban to the extradition treaty being sought by Indonesia and border talks would be unfortunate and counterproductive.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West-Java farmers struggle to survive Farmers living outside Indonesia's flood-hit capital said Monday they were struggling to survive after hundreds of square miles of land were inundated, destroying rice and other recently planted crops. With waters receding, many returned to their washed-out fields Monday to survey the damage.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 February 2007 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia flood toll rises to 85 Floods which have inundated at least three Indonesian provinces including the capital Jakarta for more than a week have claimed 85 lives, officials said on Sunday. Nearly half a million people are still unable to return to their homes. The death toll rose by five after more deaths in West Java, said an official at the national disaster agency.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 February 2007 01:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's bird-flu death toll hits 64 An Indonesian woman has died from the avian influenza virus, bringing the total number of human deaths from the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus in the country to 64, a health official said on Sunday. The 20-year-old female, who has been identified only with her initial as E, died in a local hospital in Garut regency in west Java on Saturday night after undergoing a two-day treatment, according to Nurdin, an official at the Health Ministry's bird-flu information centre.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 11 February 2007 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation update: Erupting mud volcano The first scientific report reveals that the 2006 eruption will most likely continue to erupt and emit several thousand cubic metres of mud a day for months, if not years to come. This will leave at least 10 km2 around the volcano vent uninhabitable for years and over 11,000 people permanently evacuated.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 February 2007 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Money on the way for flood victims in Java The European Commission on February 7 said it was sending some 600,000 Euro in emergency aid to help the victims of ongoing floods in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. EU funds will be used to provide some 340,000 most affected people with food, clean water, emergency shelter and health services.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 February 2007 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to disinfect flood-hit capital Tens of thousands of people remained camped out in shelters or under bridges in Indonesia's flood-hit capital yesterday, as authorities said they would spray the city with disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2007 01:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue fever kills 252 in Indonesia As many as 252 people have died of dengue fever in Indonesia since early this year while the number of dengue cases in the country has reached 15,005, Health Ministry spokesperson Lily S Sulistyowati said at a press conference here on Friday. 27 people died in 1,807 cases recorded across the country this month, the Antara news agency quoted the spokesperson as saying.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 10 February 2007 01:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chickens rule the world Earlier this month it finally came through - Jakarta was to forbid all chickens in, on, around, below and besides houses, huts and other structures - but since then not much happened elsewhere to reach the same effect. Of course that will not be easy. Not outside Jakarta but also not within the city limits of a city of 15 million souls. Whether the city is flooded or not, chickens will always be there. Just recently a small group of people started to understand that chickens and humans can be a dangerous combination. This are probably people which already lost someone dear to this disease with incredibly high mortality rates. For all the others they can't care less, they have to make some living from it. Without chickens no food and that is what the local government realizes.

Posted in Health @ 10 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten The UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports has prepared this report.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2007 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rains bring fresh floods to Jakarta Residents working in waist-high mud salvaged family photos from washed-out neighborhoods as fresh rains Thursday triggered more flooding, compounding the misery for hundreds of thousands forced from their homes. A week after the Indonesian capital was struck by the worst floods in recent memory, waters had receded in many middle-class districts, but conditions remained grim in narrow riverside alleys where the city's poor live.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 February 2007 15:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents clear flood waste in Indonesia Deadly floods receded from much of the Indonesian capital Wednesday, leaving stinking debris blocking streets and a daunting cleanup for residents, many angry at the country's leaders following the latest in a string of disasters. "Every year the government promises there will be no more floods, but just look around you," said Endang Trisilowati as her children hauled sacks of black mud out of her house in downtown Jakarta. "I have to buy a new sofa, new beds, everything. It is a disgrace."

Posted in Flooding @ 08 February 2007 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warns citizens in Indonesia on threat from cats The U.S. embassy warned its citizens in Indonesia on Wednesday that the country's wild and stray cats may carry the deadly bird flu virus and should be avoided and that care needed to be taken with pet cats. Most known cases of humans getting the H5N1 virus have involved contact with chickens or other infected birds. But last month experts called for closer monitoring of other animals after Indonesian scientists found it in cats near poultry markets.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 February 2007 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia accused of risking flu fight Public health experts have warned that an exclusive H5N1 vaccine deal Indonesia has struck with a pharmaceutical company may jeopardise the world's access to a pandemic vaccine, if the country becomes the epicentre of a global outbreak. Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with US drug manufacturer Baxter Healthcare to develop a human bird flu vaccine.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 February 2007 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta flood victims face stinking garbage, mud Thousands of residents of the Indonesian capital began returning to their homes on Wednesday as flood waters receded, but they faced a huge task clearing up streets and homes caked in stinking garbage and mud. The death toll from the floods, the worst for at least five years, rose to 50 people, a health ministry official said.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 February 2007 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Baxter sign MOU on bird flu vaccine Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with a unit of U.S. company Baxter International Inc. on Wednesday to develop a human bird flu vaccine, as Jakarta came under fire for not sharing samples of the virus. Earlier reports of the deal had stirred controversy because it had been linked to Indonesia's decision not to share H5N1 bird flu virus samples with foreign laboratories.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 07 February 2007 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia floods begin to recede amid disease risk Flood waters receded in parts of Indonesia's capital on Tuesday, but huge areas remained submerged heightening the risk of disease amid questions over why more had not been done to prevent the disaster. Businesses were also trying to assess the economic impact of the floods, which have caused blackouts, cut telecommunications and made many key roads impassable.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 February 2007 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More rain adds to misery in Indonesia's capital Overnight downpours sent storm waters coursing back into some low-lying areas Tuesday, as authorities warned of the threat of diseases and anger mounted at the government's response to the disaster that has killed at least 44 people in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 13:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KAMUS-online.com online dictionary now contains 200.000 phrases With pride KAMUS-online.com announces it has reached 200.000 unique phrases in it’s online dictionary. In just over six years KAMUS-online.com has become one of te biggest online dictionaries of the Indonesian language on the internet. “The rapid growth in new phrases caused the counter to hit 200.000 earlier today, now we are already over that,” said Jeroen van der Linde, webmaster of KAMUS-online.com

Posted in General @ 06 February 2007 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


United Nations ready to assist flood-stricken Indonesia The United Nations agencies stand ready to support the Government of Indonesia in response to the severe flooding that has affected the capital of Jakarta and surrounding areas in recent days.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withholds vital bird flu data Indonesia, the country worst hit by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, has stopped sharing human genetic samples of the highly pathogenic illness with foreign laboratories, raising fears it could slow international efforts to prepare for a pandemic. Officials say Indonesia stopped providing samples internationally last month, hindering efforts to confirm whether the virus killing its citizens is H5N1 and limiting production of vaccines to help prevent its spread.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 February 2007 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


War on poverty declared, but hopes not high The president of Indonesia has a very hard job. Being the first directly elected head of state of a country comprised of some 17,000 islands inhabited by the world's fourth largest population, broken down into literally hundreds of distinct languages and cultures, all further divided by five officially recognized religions, of which Islam, currently the world's most controversial, forms the vast majority, requires a juggling act of extraordinary dexterity. Include the dozens of political parties and the fine judgements that have to be made to accommodate all their special interests and it looks like a juggling act done on a high wire.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit some 75% of Jakarta, 25 killed Flooding in Jakarta has affected around 75 percent of the city, an official said Monday as the death toll from the disaster hit 25. Some 340,000 others have been forced from their homes. Storm waters that inundated scores of residential areas and shopping districts late last week were still three meters deep in places, witnesses and an official say.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High water level halts evacuation of flood victims High level of water from the ground and fast water flows have halted the efforts of rescuers to evacuate flood victims, who are still trapped on the roofs and second floors of their inundated houses in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue kills 75 in Indonesia in January A seasonal dengue fever outbreak in 14 of Indonesia’s 33 provinces has killed at least 75 people and sickened more than 4,800 others since New Year’s Day, health officials and local media reports said yesterday. But this month’s figure was much less than the same period of last year when dengue fever infected more than 18,900 people in all 33 provinces and claimed the lives of 192 people, said Erna Tresnaningsih, the health ministry’s director for animal-borne diseases control.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 05 February 2007 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakartans warned more rain on the way The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) has warned Jakartans to expect another week of torrential rains that triggered massive flooding and paralyzed large parts of the city in the last two days. BMG climatologist Endro Santoso said the heavy rains that have pounded Jakarta over the last several days would likely continue for at least another week.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia floods kill 20, nearly 200,000 homeless Floods in the Indonesian capital have killed at least 20 people and made nearly 200,000 homeless, with the deluge of muddy brown water up to 4 metres (13 feet) deep in some areas, officials said on Sunday. Downpours over Jakarta weakened at the weekend, but heavy rain in upland areas sent more water into already swollen rivers criss-crossing the low-lying city.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Jan crude output edges up to 859,000 bpd Indonesia’s crude oil output rose 0.2 percent to 859,000 barrels per day (bpd) last month from December levels as some wells returned from maintenance and February production may increase further, an official said on Saturday. “Indonesia’s crude production may be higher in February because some wells will produce at maximum, although the increase may not be much,” said the official from oil watchdog BPMIGAS, who declined to be identified. Daily production in December was at 857,000 barrels.

Posted in Economy @ 04 February 2007 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to be allowed access to militant Hambali Indonesia will be allowed to interrogate an alleged Asian terrorist chief being held at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a police spokesman said Saturday. U.S. officials had previously refused Indonesian investigators access to Hambali, also known as Riduan Ismaddin, because they said doing so could compromise their own investigation of his activities.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 February 2007 02:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia floods leave 100,000 homeless Flooding killed five people and more than 100,000 others were left homeless in the Indonesian capital, an official said Saturday as neck-high waters submerged large sections of the city.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2007 13:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta poultry ban implemented The capital of Indonesia has been cleared of all domestic poultry in the government's efforts to manage bird flu that has claimed a total of 63 human deaths, almost a third of the world's total. Authorities conducted door-to-door checks to implement the prohibition of raising domestic poultry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 February 2007 02:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods strike Jakarta, West Java, thousands stranded Torrential rain triggered floods in the capital, Jakarta, on Friday, blocking roads and trapping residents in their homes as torrents of muddy water reached a depth of 2m, police and witnesses said. Floods during the rainy season in Indonesia are common, but the heavy rains this week have caused chaos on roads and shut some train lines around Jakarta, police said.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2007 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans new tactic to curb massive mud flow Indonesia will drop hundreds of concrete balls into a mud volcano in a bid to brake the flow of hot liquid that has displaced more than 10,000 people and inundated entire villages in Java, an official said on Friday. The torrent of hot mud has been flowing since an oil drilling accident in May in Sidoarjo, an industrial suburb of East Java's Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 03 February 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso residents fear alleged arrival of millitants Residents of the troubled Muslim town of Poso, in Central Sulawesi province, have expressed concern over allegations that jihadist paramilitary troops have left Java and are due in Poso, where another police raid led to the arrest of two suspected terrorists on Thursday. The latest raid followed two more in January that left 17 Islamic militants dead. Levi Bagu, resident of the Kapompa Village, Labuan, Poso, is worried that the arrival of militants could unsettle Poso even more. "I just want to live in peace," Bagu told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 February 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes to bolster lagging tourism figures Tourist arrivals into Indonesia dropped in 2006 by 4.1% in comparison to 2005, recording just over 4.79 million visitors, so this year at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) the delegates hope to generate a more positive beat for Indonesia. The Indonesian Ministry of Cultura and Tourism and industry representatives this year will be concentrating their energies toward TRAVEX at ATF, with 49 hospitality properties and 18 tour operators.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2007 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police arrest two wanted Muslim militants Policemen arrested on Thursday two men wanted as top members of a local Islamic militant group that has terrorized the country's Central Sulawesi province and had links to an Asian terror network, police said. Officers wounded one of them who had fired at the security forces, said a senior police official in Central Sulawesi's Poso regency, where raids on hideouts of suspected militants have intensified recently.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 February 2007 02:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's 'Hobbit' indeed a new species: scientists A tiny human-like skull discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003 warrants the designation of a new human species, a group of international anthropologists have confirmed. The skull is believed to have belonged to a woman who grew to be only about a metre in height, and who lived on the island east of Bali about 18,000 years ago.

Posted in General @ 01 February 2007 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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