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Indonesia's Pertamina hikes price of LPG tomorrow The state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina said on Monday it will hike the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for households by 23 percent starting July 1. Pertamina said the move takes into account the sharp increase in LPG prices in the international market as well as the higher operation and distribution costs as a result of the fuel price hike.

Posted in Economy @ 30 June 2008 04:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono's popularity drops on fuel price hike President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's popularity ratings have fallen because of a recent fuel price increase and he would likely lose if an election were held today, a new poll showed on Sunday. Mr Yudhoyono, a former general, won the country's first direct presidential election in 2004 when he promised to tackle widespread corruption, spur economic growth and create jobs.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2008 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eightteen dead in military plane crash Evacuation was underway for the 18 bodies, including three foreigners, from an Indonesian military plane that crashed in the West Java jungle, officials and local media reports said Saturday. But foggy weather and steep terrain in the Mount Salak area were hampering the joint rescue teams comprised of hundreds of military and police officers and local residents, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 June 2008 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia executes two Nigerian drug smugglers The shots that rang out across an isolated Indonesian island today were a chilling warning for three Australians on death row. Police marched two Nigerian men into Nirbaya forest on an island off Central Java, handcuffed them to two poles and opened fire. Their crime was to smuggle heroin into a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 June 2008 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


 Indonesia to speed up drug executions Indonesia says it will speed up the execution process of drug traffickers, in a major blow for three Australians on death row for heroin smuggling. As authorities prepared for the executions last night of two Nigerian heroin smugglers, Attorney-General Hendarman Supandji said other drug offenders on death row could expect their cases to be expedited.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 June 2008 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Four students washed away by waves, two found dead Four students from the city of Depok were washed away by waves when spending a day at the beach with their schoolmates at the beach of Pasuruan, in Serang, Banten. Two students were found later but they already passed away. Two others are still unaccounted for, but are feared dead as well. Fajrinal and Muhairi were found dead earlier this morning on the shore with injuries to their bodies.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 June 2008 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cilacap power plant closed due to lack of coal The coal-fired power plant in Cilacap, which is operated by the private company PT Segara Sumber Prima, will halt it's operations this night due to a disruption in supplies of coal from suppliers, the president of the state-owned power company PLN, Fahmi Mochtar said. The shutdown is expected to last for a few days.

Posted in Power supply @ 24 June 2008 16:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


40,000 kinds of traditional medicine in Indonesia Indonesia, the largest archipelagic country, has a vast variety of herbal plants, spawning about 40,000 traditional medicines. The 40,000 odd traditional medicines were presented by president director of herbal medicine maker PT Sido Muncul, Irwan Hidayat, to 200 physicians at a health seminar held in Jakarta, on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 23 June 2008 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud lava dome is not expanding anymore The Center for Mitigation of Natural Disasters (PVMBG) in Bandung has confirmed that the lava dome on top of the Mount Kelud (sometimes written as Kelut) has stopped growing. The lava dome is now some 250 meters high and 400 meters in diameter and contains volcanic material from inside the Mount Kelud volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 June 2008 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali government: '28 million euro to stop erosion of beaches' Tempo Interaktif estimates that as much as 25% of Bali's shorelines have suffered significant erosion caused by sea waves. Of the total shorelines abrased by high waves the government of Bali has only been able to take remedial steps on 53% of the affected beaches.

Posted in Environment @ 22 June 2008 05:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Garuda Indonesia goes 'code-share' with Singapore Airlines Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will work together with Singapore Airlines on the operational field starting today. They will work together in offering flights and selling tickets. With this cooperation they hope to increase the number of foreign visitors Indonesia, in special to Bali. "The code-share with Singapore Airlines is the first step towards a daily flight service between Singapore and Bali starting early August," said the general director of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 21 June 2008 06:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of FPI members demonstrate against Ahmadiyah in Makassar Dozens of members of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam) have demonstrated in front of the regional representative office of Ahmadiyah in Makassar earlier today. They asked the government to release a presidential decree about the Ahmadiyah sect because it is said to have stained Islam.

Posted in Religion @ 20 June 2008 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former intelligence official arrested over Munir case The former deputy head of Indonesia's top intelligence body has been arrested, for alleged involvement in the murder of a prominent human rights activist four years ago. Muchdi Purwo-prandjono was arrested as a key suspect in the murder of Munir, the co-founder of Imparsial and Kontras, two groups critical of the military and its methods of quashing dissent and separatism.

Posted in Crime @ 20 June 2008 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rolling blackouts hit Jakarta as power plants fail The state-owned power company PLN in the Greater Jakarta and Tangerang area has scheduled rolling blackouts until next week to overcome an acute shortage of power delivery caused by a number of big power plants in the Java-Bali system. The head of the Tangerang area, Azwar Lubis, said that the power outages were scheduled and are announced at the regional website of PLN as well.

Posted in Power supply @ 19 June 2008 05:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of houses burned down in Jakarta A big fire in a crowded residential neighborhood in Cipinang Besar Selatan, Jakarta, has caused some 1,500 to be forced to look for another place to stay. There are some 800 families which houses were burned down, according to Sudarmono. To house the victims of this fire, the Indonesian Red Cross and the regional government will put up army tents.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 June 2008 08:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Jakarta monorail project in government hands The Jakarta monorail project that has been stalled for years already because a lack of funds is now back in the hands of the central government and the provincial government of Jakarta. Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo said that the involvement of the central government was required because of the big amounts of money involved in the project. "Why has the central government to be involved? Because the provincial government can not pay for it alone," he said.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2008 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Straight through the 'Big Durian' by car What is the fastest way to get from the north of Jakarta to somewhere in the southern part of the city? That is a question which is hard to answer for a city like Jakarta. With some 15 million residents and several hundreds of square kilometers of city it often is such a big unorganized situation that you will not be able to just go somewhere to buy groceries or to pick someone up.

Posted in Travel @ 18 June 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang police seizes 18 kilograms of marijuana As much as 18 kilograms of marijuana was seized by the regional police of Tangerang. They also arrested a person only known by the initials E.S., which is said to be the owner of these illegal goods. In front of cameras E.S. told reporters that the goods originated from Aceh. He bought them in Cilegon, Banten. "The marijuana is from Aceh, and I bought it in Cilegon," he said to reporters. He paid some 800.000 Rupiah (55 euro) per kilogram for it in Cilegon and was able to sell it at around two million Rupiah (138 euro) per kilogram again.

Posted in Drugs @ 17 June 2008 12:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud volcano will take years to cool down The observation team for the Mount Kelud volcano (sometimes written Kelut) near the city of Kediri in central Java has decided not to lower it's alert status in the next two years. The head of the observation post, Khoirul Huda, explained that at this time there are still signs of the seemingly imminent eruption from half a year ago. This causes the character of the volcano to be instable. "We hope that in the next two years the volcano will reach a stable phase again," said Khoirul.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 June 2008 04:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,200 Denpasar police on duty during governor's race The city of Denpasar will deploy 1,200 personnel to ensure the coming race for the governorship of Bali on July 9, 2008 goes smoothly. The contingent of 1,200 Balinese police officers from the Denpasar precinct represent two-thirds of the 1801 police personnel assigned to the Island's capital.

Posted in Elections @ 15 June 2008 12:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four million searches performed at KAMUS-online.com The online dictionary KAMUS-online.com keeps setting records. Less than seven months after the number of searches at the website reached three million, it is now up to the four million mark to be left behind. These searches are performed by users from all over the globe 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 @ 14 June 2008 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI 'general' Machsuni arrested in Cirebon The regional police has finally arrested the 'general' of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam) Mohammad Machsuni Kaloko (40) in the Pondok Griya housing complex in Cirebon, western Java. Machsuni was on a list of 20 people that are fugitive after the June 1 incident at Monas in Jakarta. The police ensured that Machsuni was one of the instigators of the violence between members of the FPI and a peaceful demonstration for religious freedom.

Posted in General @ 13 June 2008 16:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah leader accuses Bashir of undermining unitary state of Indonesia The head of the Ahmadiyah, Paninggilan Gunawan Ahmad, does not agree with the words of Abu Bakar Bashir that members of the Ahmadiyah movement should not be allowed to have identity cards that state that they are Islamic. He said that the "leader of the Koranic school in Ngruki is a crazy person. A mad man talking." According to Ahmad, decisions like this should always originate from the government so people should not take it serious at all.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2008 11:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Bima' train partially derails near Gubeng station One wagon of the Bima train from Jakarta to Surabaya derailed between the stations of Wonokromo and Gubeng just before seven in the morning local time earlier today. "Four wheels have derailed, it is the last wagon on the train," said Sugeng Riyono, head of the 8th operational devision of PT KAI, the Indonesian state-owned railroad company.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 June 2008 07:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Price of electricity to be raised in 2010 The Indonesian government is aiming to raise electricity prices by some 15 percent somewhere in 2010, but not for all customers and not before 10.000 MW of new power plants is put into operation. Purwono, general director of the power department of the Ministry of Minerals and Natural Resources ESDM, said that the government will restructure the prices of power in 2010 with a subsidized tariff and a non-subsidized tariff.

Posted in General @ 12 June 2008 15:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stamps 'Environment Care' now available online The newest issue of stamps from Pos Indonesia is available for sale online starting today via our indahnesia.com store at eBay.com. The issue of these new stamps is related to environment care, in Indonesian 'Peduli Lingkungan'. It is a set of two stamps and a souvenir sheet with two stamps as well. The set of two is also available in a mini sheet of 20 stamps.

Posted in General @ 12 June 2008 08:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian investors ready to build Bali toll road Gridcomm Shd. Bhd. and Isyoda Corporation Berhad, two investors from Malaysia have offered to build the toll road between Denpasar and Nusa Dua with a value of some 4.1 trillion Rupiah (286 million euro). Head of a regional government institution said that there was a big need for this toll road, which should be build to ease the traffic congestion in the area, mainly around the international airport of the island.

Posted in Economy @ 12 June 2008 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Fishers attacked by Australian sea patrol in Indonesian waters' Members of an Australian sea patrol are said to have entered Indonesian waters to arrest dozens of traditional fishermen which were searching for fish and other sea products. The Australians have also set one boat on fire. The entire incident has been recorded by one of the fishermen who happened to have a mobile phone with a camera. The movie apparently shows that the Australians entered Indonesian waters near the island of Timor.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 June 2008 15:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schoolgirl arrested by civil police after kissing in public A female high school student was arrested by civil police (Satpol PP) in the city of Kediri when she was kissing her partner. She was arrested during school hours as well, so she should be in class anyway. The girl was arrested in the natural tourist object of Goa Selomangleng, earlier to day. Outside learning about nature, the couple decided to explore each other as well, still in school uniforms.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 June 2008 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal jamu seized by Banyuwangi police The narcotics brigade of the regional police of Banyuwangi have seized thousands of bottles of illegal jamu - traditional medicine which are suspected to contain medication that is not allowed. Yesterday the police succeeded in seizing some 100 boxes with bottles and packages of illegal jamu with an estimated value of several million Rupiah.

Posted in Crime @ 11 June 2008 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesian workers forced into prostitution in Malaysia Two Indonesian women from the east Javanese town of Banyuwangi working abroad, in Indonesia popularly known as 'TKW', were forced into prostitution when they were caught up in human trafficking. Both of the women were employed in a pub in Malaysia. The young women (24 and 26 years old) were forced into prostitution somewhere in eastern Malaysia without receiving salaries.

Posted in Crime @ 10 June 2008 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians have to work more next year The government has decided that next year, Indonesians will only get four extra holidays outside the official ones, usually to fill one working day between a weekend and an official holiday. This year there are five of these days and last year even got six of them. This decision as made by the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration. "In 2009 there will be 13 national holidays and four extra free days for all," said the Coordinating Minister Aburizal Bakrie in a press conference at his office in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2008 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Extra long buses added to Jakarta Busway route Extra long buses for the Trans-Jakarta bus way system - often named just 'Busway' - will be used on the route Kampung Melayu-Ancol, or Corridor V. The launch of the new buses was executed by the governor of Jakarta, Fauzi Bowo yesterday morning. Ten new extra long buses have been prepared to be operational starting from today. These new buses can only be used on this corridor, because the infrastructure here is completely ready as well.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2008 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Evening trains through Greater Jakarta to start tonight Residents of Jakarta, Depok, Serpong and Tangerang that work into the evening can now possibly make use of the new train services from PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) in the Jabodetabek area, which is going to run an economy fare electric train service starting this evening. The head of the train station in Bogor, Yuherman, said that the state-owned train company is to use trains on the two added timetables for the Jakarta-Bogor and Jakarta-Serpong evening services.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2008 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High waves forecasted for Merauke waters The Meteorological and Geophysical Institute BMG has predicted that waves with heights up to four meters will occur in the seas south of Merauke. Waves this high are dangerous to all kinds of vessels. Based on forecasts from BMG, high waves with heights between three and four meters will also occur in the Arafuru Sea. The conditions are dangerous enough for any passing vessel like freighters, ferries and fishing boats.

Posted in Weather @ 08 June 2008 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration chief promises to fire corrupt officers BisnisBali reports that Bali's immigration chief, Drs. I Nyoman Putra, has vowed to sack any immigration officers found to be accepting payments outside of the official tariff set for document processing. Putra said that the official tariff for document processing is posted at all immigration offices and promised to fire any officials found to be charging "additional fees" for immigration services.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2008 16:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Soputan volcano erupts flow of lava The Mount Soputan volcano in the district South Minahasa, in northern Sumatra, which has been erupting since yesterday morning, has started to erupt a flow of lava earlier this morning. Despite this eruption, the Volcanologic and Geophysics Institute in Bandung has not raised the status of the volcano yet. "We know the volcano is more active, but we already warned for this event yesterday," said the head of the institute, Surono.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 June 2008 06:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police prevents illegal export of wood to Malaysia The regional police of Riau have succeeded in preventing the transport of illegally cut wood, as much as 35 tonnes, which were destined for Malaysia. The wood was discovered on the Mumbul river, in the Bengalis district in Riau. The illegal wood was discovered on a routine inspection by the police in the Rupat river area.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2008 05:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soputan volcano in Minahasa erupts The Mount Soputan volcano in Southern Minahasa has started to erupt around 09:00 local time this morning. Based on information from head of the observation post Sendi Manengke, there were exhausts of dust around that time, as well as a tremor with an amplitude of 45 mm. "Soputan exhausted dust. A number of villages near the volcano are covered with it; Maliku, Kota Menara and Ritey," told Sendi earlier today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 June 2008 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five sub-districts receive ash rains from Semeru volcano Ash rains with volcanic sand originating from an eruption of the Mount Semeru volcano in eastern Java has again hit several sub-districts in Lumajang in the last three days. Five sub-districts received the ash rains; Candipuro, Tempeh, Pasirian, Sumbersuko and the city of Lumajang itself.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 June 2008 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crowds gather at offices of FPI in several cities To prevent any actions by people who want to see FPI disbanded, the regional branch of FPI in Pekanbaru, Riau, has brought itself to readiness to fight possible crowds demanding the disbandment of FPI. The head of the regional branch there, Haris Kampai, said that they would fight anyone near their office demanding the disbandment of FPI. "The Riau branch of FPI has never had any anarchist behavior, it's Ahmadiyah that should be disbanded, not FPI", said Haris, pointing at a sect that is said to deviate from Islam.

Posted in Protests @ 05 June 2008 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High tides cause some flooding in northern Jakarta Floods that are caused by very high tides which flood the Muara Baru area in northern Jakarta are set to raise even further. According to information from Metro TV, the water in the main street is currently just over one meter, while the water at the fish market currently reaches 30 to 40 centimeters. Last night, most residents spent the night at their own homes, amid raising water levels. They have already experienced many floods, so they say they get used to it.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 June 2008 09:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


46 members of radical Islamic FPI released Around half past ten earlier this morning, the regional police of Jakarta officially released 46 members of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam) which were held since Wednesday night. They were brought by police buses then. Earlier this morning the police added another six members to the those already arrested. Together with the leader of FPI, Habib Rizieq Shibab, they are now questioned at the police station.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2008 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.500 police arrest 49 members of radical Islamic FPI An overwhelming police force of some 1.500 personnel have finally made 49 arrests among members of the radical Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) in Jakarta after last Sundays attack on a peaceful demonstration in the city. The arrests were done in an orderly manner without any resistance from members of the FPI. The action was directly overseen by the head of the police of Metro Jaya, the Greater Jakarta police, Adang Firman. He first just wanted to arrest 10 people.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2008 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of police search for FPI members Hundreds of police have gathered at the location of the office of FPI in central Jakarta earlier this morning. Just after six in the morning local time dozens of trucks showed up in Jalan Petamburan Raya. Local residents reported that dozens of trucks rolled in the streets just after dawn.

Posted in General @ 04 June 2008 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian govt mulls freezing FPI over brutality The Indonesian government is considering suspending the FPI (Front Pembela Islam - Islamic Defenders Front) for its attack on activists at the National Monument in Jakarta last Sunday. Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Widodo AdiSucipto said the government was looking at a 1985 law that allows for the suspension of a mass organization.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2008 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


AKKBB: 'FPI tries to divert attention to Ahmadiyah sect' The coordinator for the National Alliance for Free Religion and Belief (AKKBB), Anick Hamin Thohari, said that the delay of the final 'verdict' from the government about the Ahmadiyah sect in Indonesia was not the main reason for the FPI (Front Pembela Islam - Islamic Defenders Front) to stage the attack against a peaceful demonstrations two days ago. He said that the acts of violence were nothing more than anarchism by the FPI.

Posted in Violence @ 03 June 2008 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hardline Muslems clash with moderate mayority after attack Supporters of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation clashed with Muslim hard-liners following a bloody attack on interfaith activists by the radicals. One person was injured in the brawl late yesterday between members of Nahdhatul Ulama and hard-liners from the Islamic Defenders Front in Yogyakarta on Java island. Angry crowds have gathered outside offices and homes of the FPI in two other towns on Java in recent days.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2008 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


More fuel price hikes can not be ruled out The Indonesian government can not rule out any new fuel price hikes before the presidential elections in 2009. This was said by Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The current fuel subsidies have a big impact on the state budget, which should be reduced. The government raised fuel prices of subsidized fuels with almost 30 percent last month, which sparked protests throughout the country.

Posted in General @ 03 June 2008 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air to commence daily service between Bali and Singapore Lion Air will commence direct air service between Bali and Singapore starting from June 6, 2008. Operating the new service with Boeing 737-900ER aircraft, the CEO of the Airline, Rusdi Kirana, said he is confident that the new route will be popular with Lion Air customers, a feeling supported by the fact that tickets on the inaugural flights between the two destinations have been quickly snapped up by an eager public.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 June 2008 07:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


World Bank: 'Jakarta sinks 4-6 cm every year' Every year the area of greater Jakarta sinks with some four to six centimeters because of extraction of ground water. This should also stimulate the government to do something about living environments, according to the World Bank. "Extraction of ground water is worst in industrial areas where water with depths up to 100 meters is taken out, like in the Cengkareng industrial area," said Hong Joo Hahm, an infrastructure specialist of the World Bank in Jakarta.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 02 June 2008 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


51 political parties have passed administrative registration The parties that are allowed to join the general elections next year are finally listed. Seven parties are entitled to join without any checks, they are the biggest seven at this moment. Nine others were preferred and 35 new parties have their administrative registration passed.

Posted in Politics @ 02 June 2008 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic hard-liners break up religious tolerance rally A peaceful rally for religious tolerance was broken up earlier on Sunday afternoon by Islamic hard-liners from the radical FPI (Islamic Defender Front) when they beat other demonstrators with bamboo sticks and calling for the deaths of members of a Muslim sect they consider heretical, witnesses said.

Posted in Violence @ 01 June 2008 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 28 reactions


World Bank warns very high Jakarta of tidal floods The World Bank has warned that northern Jakarta might be hit by tidal flooding next week as the sea level will rise by up to 1.21 meters. The head of infrastructure division of the bank Hongjoo Hahm said that tidal water, predicted to peak at 9:47 p.m. on June 3 and 10:24 p.m. on June 4, would hit coastal areas in north Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 01 June 2008 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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