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Jakarta calls for diplomatic solution to South China Sea conflict Indonesia calls for all parties involved in the South China Sea conflict to refrain from conducting violent acts and prioritize a diplomatic solution, according to Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministrys press statement received here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 16 May 2014 16:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dumai residents panic following oil refinery fire The fires that devoured the oil refinery of the state energy company, PT Pertamina, in Dumai, Riau Province on Sunday at 22.00 p.m., triggered panic among residents and irate officers of the company.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 February 2014 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


North Bali worker dead after bite from rabies-dog A 37-year-old builder in Singaraja, North Bali, died on Friday, January 3, 2014, from rabies lnked to a bite he suffered on December 17, 2013. The deceased is Nengah Suastika who works as a farmer and builder who died at the Buleleng General Hospital.

Posted in Health @ 05 January 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agricultural land conversion in Bali alarming Agricultural land conversion in Bali in the past five years has been alarming and potentially threatening food resilience in the tourist island, a local university professor said.

Posted in Environment @ 23 June 2013 14:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Water surface in several dams in the greater Jakarta alarming The water levels in a number of dams in the Greater Jakarta areas are alarming on Sunday following almost incessant rains over the past week.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2013 10:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


5-year cycle of big floods feared to hit Jakarta in 2013 The five-year cycle of big floods that always put most of Jakarta under water is feared to come early 2013.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 December 2012 01:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua badly needs health care facility Coordinating Minister for the People`s Welfare Agung Laksono expressed concern with the condition of health care infrastructure in Papua and Papua Barat.

Posted in Health @ 22 December 2012 10:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ratifies nuclear test ban treaty The Indonesian parliament on Tuesday ratified a treaty which will ban all nuclear explosions in all environments and for all purposes, officials said, making it the 156th country to do so.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2011 21:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


YPTB: Timo Sea largely destroyed after 2009 Montara oil spill Recent undersea pictures and video have shown that conditions in Indonesia's Timor Sea have deteriorated at an alarming rate, largely caused by the 2009 Montara oil spill, the Care West Timor Foundation (YPTB) said.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2011 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


E. coli bacteria found in 70 percent of Yogyakarta wells Indonesian health officials have expressed concern as reports show that around 70 percent of wells in Java's touristic city of Jogjakarta are contaminated by the E. coli bacteria, officials said Thursday.

Posted in Health @ 23 June 2011 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: 88 percent of logging in Indonesia is illegal The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) on Wednesday said that a Greenpeace report showed that up to 88 percent of Indonesia's logging activity is illegal, greatly affecting the country's environment and economy.

Posted in Environment @ 22 June 2011 20:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Specialists: Antibiotic use 'excessive' in Indonesia Use of antibiotics has reached an alarming level in Indonesia, fuelled by poor diagnosis, ignorance and poor regulation of drugs, experts said.

Posted in Health @ 15 April 2011 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia arrests Indonesian pirates after attacking tanker The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Wednesday was able to prevent a pirate attack on a cargo vessel off the southern coast of Malaysia, officials said Thursday.

Posted in General @ 10 March 2011 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former U.S. Vice President warns Indonesians of global warming Former U.S. Vice President and Nobel laureate Al Gore on Sunday spoke in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, warning of "unprecedented chaos" if global warming continues at its alarming rate.

Posted in Environment @ 10 January 2011 05:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta crime rate falls slightly in 2010 Jakarta Police Chief Sutarman on Tuesday said that the crime rate in the capital this year fell by about 2,000 cases in comparison with 2009, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 29 December 2010 01:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt, religious leaders and UNICEF to promote breastfeeding As Indonesia commemorates national Mothers Day this week, influential leaders from the government and the country's religious community have come together with the support of UNICEF to promote the importance of breastfeeding.

Posted in Health @ 22 December 2010 20:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Kuta nightlife seen as less safe after yet another murder The stabbing death of a 19-year-old Balinese, that was according to one report committed by a drunken security guard at the Bounty Disco, has once again contributed to Kuta's reputation for danger and criminality. Beritabali.com carried two versions in circulation regarding the incident that cost the young man's life.

Posted in Violence @ 08 December 2010 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riverside area threatened by volcanic mudflows The rainy season in Yogyakarta may climax in late December. People living on the river banks of Code River may be affected by volcanic mudflows due to high precipitation.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 November 2010 10:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes south of West Java A magnitude 6.0 earthquake as shaken parts of West Java province around 19:00 local time this evening. The earthquake was located at 147 kilometers southeast of Sukabumi in the same province and was located 13 kilometers under the sea floor. The quake was felt as far away as Jakarta on the northern side of the island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 May 2010 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Two moderate earthquakes hit Aceh The province of Aceh has been shaken by a moderate earthquake twice yesterday. The first quake took place in the early morning while the second one took place somewhere in the afternoon. The first quake had a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter Scale while the second one was measured at 5.1. The earthquakes were not related to each other.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2010 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali health officials ask money for free vaccin Bali's worsening rabies epidemic was scandalized further last week when it was discovered that both the human vaccine and canine inoculations that are supposed to be provided free-of-charge by the government were in fact being sold in the north Bali regency of Buleleng.

Posted in Health @ 22 November 2009 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Maluku Residents of Saumlaki, and some other cities in the Maluku archipelago panicked and alarmed their traditional alarms when a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck their area at 23:40 local time (GMT+9) last evening. Residents fled their houses and sounded the alarm to indicate to others that they had to flee to a safe place told Mouthy Siwabessy, a resident of Saumlaki.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 October 2009 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Damage in western Java after 7.3 earthquake Damage reports from west Java start to come in to several tv-stations reporting the earthquake that struck the area less than one hour ago. People in the area of Tasikmalaya report cracks in walls. Some houses have also collapsed during the two-minute long 7.3 Richter Scale earthquake that took place at 14:55 local time (GMT -7). Several buildings in the capital Jakarta, some 240 kilometers away from the epicenter, had cracked walls.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 10:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


5.1 aftershock follows, no tsunami reported The earthquake with a strength of 7.4 on the Richter Scale that shook large parts of western Indonesia at 14:55 local time (GMT +7) was followed by an aftershock of 5.1 on the Richter Scale. The epicenter of this quake was close to the main earthquake. A tsunami-alarm was broadcasted on Indonesian tv-channels within five minutes of the earthquake. There has not been any report of a tsunami until now.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7.4 earthquake felt over western Indonesia An earthquake with a strength of 7.4 on the Richter Scale shook large parts of western Indonesia at 14:55 local time (GMT +7). The epicenter of the earthquake was located at 102 kilometers southwest of the third largest city of Indonesia, Bandung.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 10:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


BREAKING: 7.3 quake southeast of Tasikmalaya An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter Scale struck 143 kilometers southwest of Tasikmalaya at 14:55 local time. The quake was felt as far as Yogyakarta and Jakarta. A tsunami alarm as been issued.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 September 2009 10:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia likely allowed to fly to Europe soon The European Union will soon partially lift a blanket ban on Indonesian airlines, imposed in 2007 after a series of deadly air accidents, the Indonesian Transport Ministry said Saturday. The EU's Air Safety Committee has recommended that the bloc drop the ban on national carrier Garuda Indonesia and three other airlines which are deemed to have met EU's safety standards, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the ministry.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 July 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A Wings Air flight in the early morning I had to get quite early this time, around four o'clock in the morning. That time is better known here as subuh, about the time at which the first prayer of the day for Muslims is held. However the alarm from my cell phone - no need for a buzzer or watch - was set at exactly four o'clock, I woke up just a few minutes earlier. In the background I could already hear some mosques uttering their first call for prayer at this early time. However that is no reason for me to get up this early, catching a plane is.

Posted in Travel @ 14 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National tsunami alert system to be tested tomorrow The National News Agency Antara reports that the country-wide tsunami early-warning system will be tested on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 11, 2008. Involving six separate siren-based systems operating in Bali, the alarms will be sounded at 4 p.m. West Indonesia Standard Time. (5 p.m. in Bali which operates on Indonesian Central Standard Time.)

Posted in General @ 10 November 2008 06:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace ship 'Esperanza' to visit Indonesia Greenpeace ship Esperanza (Spanish for "hope") will be kicking off the Indonesian leg of its "Forests for Climate' tour from 6th October to 15th November 2008. The ship arrives in in Jayapura, Papua on 6th November to shine the spotlight on what is seen as the last frontier of intact ancient forest in Indonesia.

Posted in Environment @ 26 September 2008 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seminar reveals figures pointing to looming menace of HIV/AIDS The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to mount in Bali with health officials now estimating some 4,000 people have died from the disease on the Island. Each day 2-3 people die of HIV/AIDS adding at least 840 new fatalities to the mounting death toll each year. Meanwhile, health activists are warning that unless issues connected with the treatments, control and prevention of HIV/AIDS receive their proper due, the illness will, as reported in the Bali Post, sweep across the island like a AIDS tsunami.

Posted in Health @ 05 March 2008 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction Turning just one Sumatran province's forests and peat swamps into pulpwood and palm oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands and rapidly driving the province's elephants into extinction, a new study by WWF and partners has found.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Worrying signs from Mount Kelut The Mount Kelut volcano in East Java, which was put on the second-highest alert level last month, shows several alarming signs all indicating that it is about to erupt, said a top volcano expert in Indonesia. "I'm scared about Kelut," said Surono, head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation in Bandung. "Kelut is now on the point of no return."

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 October 2007 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two neighbors but a completely different world It is a completely random day at the end of August. Time to catch a plane to head for a new destination. Fortunately I know what is waiting for me on the other side. This is, for me personally, a lot less stress. I tend to arrange everything into the smallest details, and that from someone that tries to build a life in Indonesia. Yeah, I know, it sounds strange, but until now it was relatively easy for that matter. The bright red AirAsia plane touches down after about two hours of flight. The environment still is tropical and green. It is clouded, that is the only thing I notice directly. That means that here at least I can see what kind of weather it is, because that is a big difference than just two hours ago. Because Jakarta is always covered under a thick layer of brown smog and other lethal stuff.

Posted in Travel @ 06 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake near Sulawesi sparks tsunami alarm - again An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit northeast of the city of Manado, in the border region with the Philippines. The magnitude of the quake directly triggered a fourth tsunami-alarm in less than 24 hours in the Indonesian archipelago. Outside that alarm there is no information yet about damage or casualties.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 September 2007 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freehold land title for foreigners in Bali Foreigners trying to obtain a freehold title on land in Indonesia should note that current law is clear in both its letter and intent: namely, foreigners cannot directly hold freehold title on Indonesian land.

Posted in General @ 12 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Angry Aceh residents break down tsunami system Angry residents in Banda Aceh have broken down the tsunami warning system in the area after a false alarm a few days ago caused widespread panic among residents in the city. Big parts of Aceh were devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2007 05:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Almost 10 million bank accounts closed in three months Around 9.7 million bank accounts have been closed or emptied in the last three months according to the National Development Agenc (Bappenas). This raises alarm bells in the country's banking sector and the entire economy. The data, which was compiled by the Deposit Insurance Agency (LPS), referred mosty to accounts with deposits of less than Rp 100 million (8,333 euro).

Posted in Economy @ 24 March 2007 14:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: 'Malaysian warships should be forced out' "It is time to drive the neighboring country's warships and fighter planes away from the Ambalat Block." Malaysian provocations in Indonesia's territorial waters have reached an alarming level according to a legislator. "Malaysia`s provocative acts in encroaching on Indonesian territorial waters in the Ambalat Block area cannot be tolerated. Therefore, I think it is now time to drive Malaysian warships and fighter planes out of the area," said Suparlan, member of the House of Representatives (DPR) on Friday.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2007 08:02 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


Indonesia asks troops to fight bird flu Indonesia has called on the military to help fight bird flu, a day after a young girl became the country's sixth victim this month. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the military chief to deploy soldiers to help fight the disease, Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi told reporters. "He called on governors, regents, mayors to be more active in leading efforts to fight bird flu in affected areas," Silalahi said after ministers held talks with Yudhoyono.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 27 January 2007 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Mud in East Java threathens railroad The flow of mud after the breaking of the dam near pond A in Desa Kedungbendo, Tanggulangin, is still growing. It doesn't only flood the TAS housing complex, but it also flows to the west and approaches Desa Ketapang, Tanggulangin. Since last Saturday morning, the mud started to overflow the flood channel in front of primary school Kedungbendo 3. Not long after it started to overflow the area of the school, not long after the school had been evacuated.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 December 2006 15:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to the Indonesian embassy It has been a short while, but still I think about that one day that I was headed for the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Because I had obtained a nice booklet of maps of the city, and I also bought a monthly card for the LRT (city trains), I would be able to drop in there to bring my paperwork. The embassy opened at nine o'clock in the morning, like usual, so if I would get up at around eight o'clock I would have enough time to prepare myself. That is what happened. Half past eight the alarm of my telephone went off and I took a short shower. The train station of Chinatown - that's the place where I found a nice little hotel for the week - was located at about 300 meters from the hotel. I waned to the central station of Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) because you can take the monorail from there. This route brought me in the direction of the Indonesian embassy, however I still had to walk quite some distance. With a bottle of water that should be possible however. I also got the chance to use the monorail trains, because waiting until the one in Jakarta is finished would mean I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur a few more times, because that one won't be ready for some time being, if I read the stories about that.

Posted in Travel @ 25 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet markets must be cleaned up to fight bird flu Cleaning up Indonesia's popular wet markets and shifting live birds to separate sanitary locations is a crucial first step in the nation's fight against the deadly bird flu virus, an expert said. Indonesia became the nation worst affected by the H5N1 virus this week, with 44 confirmed human deaths, putting its efforts to combat bird flu under the international spotlight.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 August 2006 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected bomb damages empty church in Sulawesi A homemade explosive went off in an empty church on Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, alarming residents but injuring no one, a senior police officer said Sunday. The blast late Saturday night was heard around three kilometers (nearly 2 miles) away, but caused no major physical damage to the building, witnesses said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 July 2006 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi spews lava and gas in large eruption Indonesia's Mount Merapi hurled lava and gas clouds down its slopes on Thursday in the volcano's largest eruption since it began heating up two months ago, officials and local media reports said. The eruption occurred at about 9:05 a.m. (02:05 GMT), reaching a record distance of five kilometres in the direction of the Gendol River, burning down part of the Kaliadem forest area in the district of Sleman, the state-run news agency, Antara, reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 June 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising radicalism, intolerance threaten Indonesia's diversity Fifty years ago, Clifford Geertz wrote: " ... archipelagic in geography, eclectic in civilization, and heterogeneous in culture, Indonesia flourishes when it accepts and capitalizes on its diversity and disintegrates when it denies and suppresses it". The comment, part of Geertz's assessment of the political situation in Indonesia in the late fifties, also anticipates the future of Indonesia.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


H5N1 kills 2 more in Indonesia Tests have confirmed that two more people have died of bird flu in Indonesia, says a senior health ministry official. One of the victims belonged to a Sumatran family at the centre of fears of human-to-human transmission after six members of the family died this month of bird flu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 May 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt set to examine sharia bylaws The Home Affairs Ministry will review regional bylaws amid the issuance of sharia-based regulations by several administrations, which critics say impinge on the rights of minorities. "We have asked local administrations to send their regional bylaws for evaluation," Home Affairs Minister M. Ma'ruf confirmed Monday. The review process would also involve other related ministries, he added.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Padang mayor defends sharia as good for development Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar dismisses concerns about his mayoralty's gradual enactment of sharia, arguing that Islamic law is beneficial to development because it makes people more devout. Fauzi told The Jakarta Post it was the duty of the state to encourage people to live according to religious teachings, not to prevent it.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


155 die in Java double disaster At least 155 people died in two separate natural disasters that hit Indonesia's main island of Java last week, as authorities Monday decided to end the evacuation process amid worries that more deaths are unaccounted for. In the East Java town of Jember, where a flash flood and mudslide swept through four districts that left 79 people dead and displaced 7,605 others on Jan. 1, the local government ended the evacuation work and shifted focus on rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 January 2006 19:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Tsunami warning system tested on one-year anniversary Indonesia tested its tsunami warning system for the first time Monday, sounding alarms in a town that sent thousands of residents running through the streets exactly one year after a devastating disaster hit for real. "We knew it was just a drill," said Candra Yohanes, 55, who was among those who fled to higher ground when the sirens rang out in Padang in West Sumatra province, which neighbors the region hardest-hit by last year's tsunami, Aceh.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2005 17:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mourners reflect on the year since tsunami Mourners returned to battered shorelines Monday to mark one year since the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed ashore in a dozen countries, laying waste to coastal communities and sweeping away at least 216,000 lives. Under a clear sky and before a gentle sea, survivors, friends and relatives of those who died and world leaders commemorated those lost in one of the worst natural disasters the modern world has experienced.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 December 2005 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Living on a fault line A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be?

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia under threat of 'lost generation' Her name, Sasih, in Sundanese means 'month'. Over the past 14 years, Sasih has given birth to five children -- two boys and three girls -- with the youngest being barely two years old. Along with husband Kadmira, a bajaj driver, the family of seven occupies a two-meter by two-meter rented room in a slum corner of Pejompongan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 14 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue fever claims 80 lives in Semarang The spread of dengue in Central Java province has reached alarming proportions with 80 fatalities having been reported since January this year, a senior health official said on Tuesday. The 80 fatalities were out of a total of 3,531 dengue cases reported to health officials during the same period, said Central Java provincial health office director Budihardja.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 16 November 2005 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


U.N. urging to take stronger action against bird flu U.N. officials are urging Indonesia to take more aggressive steps to contain the bird flu epidemic in poultry before the current human outbreak escalates and spreads beyond the country's borders. With avian influenza now diagnosed among birds in two-thirds of the country's provinces, Indonesia must begin the immediate culling of poultry in infected areas and revamp its campaign to vaccinate fowl against the virus, according to officials from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 October 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confirms fourth bird flu death Indonesia yesterday confirmed its fourth human death from the bird flu virus, taking the death toll in Asia to 63, and said it was investigating whether a neighbor of the victim was also sickened by the disease. Tests from a Hong Kong laboratory showed that a 37-year-old woman who died last week had contracted the H5N1 bird flu virus, said I Nyoman Kandun, the health ministry's director general for illness control and environmental health.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 September 2005 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Govt to raise fuel prices in 2006 Indonesia will raise fuel prices early next year to reduce the impact of soaring global oil costs on its budget, the economics minister was quoted as saying Sunday. Indonesia's economic recovery is being threatened by the impact of global crude oil prices at more than $60 a barrel, dwindling domestic oil output, and strong local demand for energy.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2005 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christian inroads worry top Indonesia Muslim body Christians are making worrying inroads in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, delegates said at a meeting of the nation's top Islamic clerical group, the Jakarta Post newspaper said on Thursday. It said the clerics told the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI), during the meeting in Jakarta that Christians were expanding their presence in the provinces, and in the capital itself.

Posted in Religion @ 28 July 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Indonesia prepares hospitals for bird flu care, checks Indonesia is preparing 44 hospitals across the sprawling archipelago for treatment and detection of bird flu after the country recorded its first deaths from the virus, the health minister said on Thursday. Siti Fadillah Supari also told reporters authorities were yet to determine how a government official and his two young daughters living in a Jakarta suburb contracted the virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 July 2005 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Polio outbreak worsens with 11 new cases Indonesian authorities have reported 11 new cases of polio after a house-to-house search for paralysed children, pushing the total in the two-month outbreak to 111, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday. The newest cases all occurred in the province of Banten on the island of Java, the epicentre of the outbreak, said WHO polio spokesman Oliver Rosenbauer, and indicate that disease may have hit harder than authorities thought previously.

Posted in Polio @ 06 July 2005 15:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Eight other vulcanoes with higher activity Around 25,000 people fled their homes in western Sumatra yesterday after a series of volcanic eruptions from Mount Talang. Eight other large volcanoes in Indonesia are also showing significant increases in activity, raising alarm in the earthquake-prone region. The most active has been Mt Talang, 40 miles east of Padang, the largest city on Sumatra's west coast, sending thick, grey ash and smoke half a mile into the air on Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deadly ground Alinda-Jane Hannah, a New Zealander living in Phuket, was nearly killed by the Dec. 26 tsunami. Driving along a road in the beachside town of Kamala, she and her 3-year-old daughter Nakita-Rose were almost washed away by the waves as they swamped the eastern coast of the island. A sharp intimation of mortality revisited Hannah last week when a loudspeaker in a nearby mosque woke her shortly before midnight, warning of another tsunami on the way. Hannah fled to higher ground, together with tens of thousands of other locals and tourists. Now, she says, after three months of trying to forget the terror of Dec. 26, "all the awful thoughts are back."

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 April 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aftershocks amid relief efforts on Nias Island Strong aftershocks rattled earthquake-devastated Nias island on Thursday as international aid flowed in and rescuers pulled survivors out of the rubble of collapsed buildings. At least three tremors rocked the area off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, one of them measured at 6.3 on the Richter scale by the Hong Kong observatory, causing alarm as rescue efforts and body recovery operations entered a third day.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake toll up to 2000, says Indonesia A massive earthquake is believed to have killed between 1000 and 2000 people on Indonesia's Nias island, the country's Vice President Jusuf Kalla said today. Already reeling from fatalities caused by the Boxing Day tsunami disaster, the 600,000-strong popular surfing island found itself near the epicentre of the 8.7-magnitude quake, which struck at 11.15pm local time (2.15am today AEST).

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh buries dead, peace hopes fade Nearly 5,000 tsunami victims have been buried in Indonesia's Aceh province over the past week, but uncertainty surrounds the region's future after talks between the government and rebels broke down. Five weeks after a quake triggered massive waves around a dozen nations bordering the Indian Ocean, authorities in Indonesia say they found 5,000 more people killed by the disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia scraps foreign troop pull-out deadline Foreign forces including the US Navy can continue tsunami relief operations in Indonesia beyond a March 26 deadline, the government said as the disaster's overall death toll topped 168,000. In Thailand the leaders of Canada, Sweden, Norway and Finland, which all lost citizens in the tragedy, were discussing reconstruction and efforts to identify the dead, while non-governmental organisations said 2,500 Myanmese migrant workers may have died in one province alone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine crew missing off Indonesia after pirate attack Nine crew members of a ship were missing after pirates threw them overboard in Indonesian waters, just a few days before military patrols begin in the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's strategic shipping lanes, an ocean crime watchdog said on Wednesday. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said the attack occurred on a tug called the Global Semesta Satu in the Bangka Straits, south of the Strait of Malacca on Sunday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UK drops Indonesia travel warning The British government has dropped advice urging its nationals to avoid nonessential travel to Indonesia as part of a worldwide review aimed at making terror advisories "more credible." London issued its Indonesia travel warning in October 2002, after al-Qaida linked militants bombed two nightclubs on the resort island of Bali killing more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze stops 7 aircraft from landing at Pekanbaru airport Seven aircraft failed to land at the Sultan Syarief Airport on Tuesday due to the thick haze from forest and bushfires raging in Indonesia's Riau province. Airport chief Sutrisno said visibility increased to about 400 metres at 8am from 300 metres at 6am on Tuesday. As visibility was below the threshold, seven airplanes failed to land at the airport and one airplane failed to take off, he said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt orders pirates, sea terrorists shot on sight Indonesia's naval chief has ordered his commanders to shoot dead armed terrorists or pirates operating in key waterways including the busy Strait of Malacca, which carries a third of world trade. Navy Chief of Staff, Bernard Kent Sondakh, would also meet soon with his counterparts from Malaysia and Singapore to seek ways to increase joint patrols in the Strait, officials said on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 18 June 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombing at Christian market in Ambon city kills one, wounds 13 A bomb killed one person and injured 13 people in the Christian sector of Indonesia's Ambon city and police defused another device planted near a church. The blast at Batumeja market at around 10:30 am -- the third in the city in three days -- sparked panic among residents and shoppers. A nurse at Bakti Rahayu hospital nine injured people were being treated, of whom three were in serious condition. A nurse at the Maluku Protestant Church Hospital said five people were admitted and one of them later died.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 25 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Embattled Christians in Maluku fear return of Jihad fighters Christians in Indonesia's Maluku province and Christian campaigners abroad have reacted with alarm to reports that a disbanded Islamist militia may re-form and deploy to the troubled region amid a new outbreak of violence there. Indonesia's cabinet was meeting Thursday to discuss the violence. At least 36 people have been killed in the city of Ambon since Sunday, in the most serious deterioration there since thousands died between 1999 and 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police declare Bashir terror suspect Indonesian police have named Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir a terror suspect and are focusing on possible links to the Bali blasts and his alleged leadership of an Al Qaeda-linked militant group, officials said on Friday. The 65-year-old Bashir is in jail for immigration offences and is due to be freed on April 30, but the latest legal moves would allow police to keep him under detention.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Campaign violence, public disorder emerge The violent behavior on Thursday by the campaign participants in several cities sent an alarming message to the 24 political parties that they needed to keep a handle on their supporters and improve their street campaign strategies to ensure that the April 5 legislative election would proceed peacefully and democratically. In Surakarta, Central Java, supporters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), chaired by incumbent President Megawati Soekarnoputri, beat up a supporter of the Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). The region has a history of riots, including ethnic violence.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General runs for President in Indonesia As he flew over the coal mines and shrimp farms that dot Indonesia's part of Borneo island, a smiling Gen. Wiranto couldn't contain himself. ``Did you see how they touched me?'' he said. ``It was as if I was Michael Jackson and they were my fans.'' Wiranto had come from a campaign rally in this gritty industrial town 750 miles northeast of Jakarta, where supporters jostled to touch him and chanted ``Long live Wiranto.''

Posted in Elections @ 11 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Before he slipped into unconsciousness, six-year-old Kaptan Boonmanuj told his mother, "Mum, my chest feels like it's going to explode." On Jan. 26, after two weeks in a coma, Kaptan died in Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, becoming Thailand's first victim of avian flu. His parents returned home to the hamlet of Ben Ya Pad, deep in the country's rural western province of Kanchanaburi. Two days had passed since their son's death, and rice farmer Chamnan Boonmanuj and his wife Chongrak sat receiving friends and relatives, the smell of burning incense heavy in the front room of their concrete house. Behind them, Kaptan's body lay in a white coffin. Propped against it was his bicycle, along with a picture of Kaptan wearing his school uniform. Outside, a row of ornate wreaths was placed beside the wall of the house. One was from the Ministry of Public Health.

Posted in Health @ 06 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blast rocks Medan, no casualty reported An explosion rocked the Indonesian city of Medan in North Sumatra province late on Monday evening, but there was no immediate report of casualties, police said. "There was a blast in Patumbak, near the Amplas (bus) terminal but there was no report of casualties," Second Sergeant PM Simanjuntak of the Medan city police headquarters said.

Posted in Violence @ 06 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian movie breaks sexual taboos A candid home-grown tale featuring gay kissing has become an unlikely box office hit in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, challenging and wowing audiences in equal measure. Playing to packed cinemas in Jakarta, "Arisan!" is a satirical comedy mocking the life of the rich in the nation's capital and tackling the taboo subject of homosexuality.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BRI has people queuing If there remains a lack of confidence in Indonesia’s economy, no-one told the “huge crowd” that queued for a slice of the initial public offering of Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) on Thursday (23/10/03). The Jakarta Post noted that very little noise has been made about the float, but word has clearly got around that, of all the banks on the market, this is the one that is producing the goods.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blast rocks Makassar, causes no damage A loud explosion alarmed shoppers here on Wednesday, but caused no damage, police said. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the blast, which occurred in a covered ditch in front of a gold shop in Makassar.

Posted in Violence @ 22 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Several Indonesia Islamic schools preach hard line Crowded around the dusty courtyard of a conservative Islamic boarding school in Indonesia's East Java province, the 20 fresh-faced students hang on their fiery principal's every word. It was God who gave permission for the bomb blasts that tore apart two nightclubs on Bali island a year ago killing 202 people, said Zakaria, calling the bars a sinful "hell" on earth. Some of the suspected bombers were his friends and taught here at the al-Islam school, added the bearded preacher, before steering the conversation to his hatred toward the United States.

Posted in Religion @ 07 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Not long after I had settelled in South Jakarta, the people who live in the house came home, so I had the chance to meet them again. Bapak was home late, but he liked to see me again, same like the sister of my friend here. She’s about to graduate in a few months, and besides wishing her the best, I also got to talk to her for a few hours, on the late evening of that Wednesday. A talk that I in fact never had with her before, so it was a true delight that evening. I went to bed about midnight, remembering that she wanted to go to campus the next day, and I could go with her to the train station, since I was leaving for Bandung tomorrow.

Posted in Travel @ 10 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia piling up political prisoners again TWO of the world’s largest human rights organizations say that the government of Indonesian President Megawati Sukar­noputri is filling the country’s jails once again with political prisoners, only five years after all prisoners of conscience were released with the ouster of former President Suharto.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal logging costing Indonesia dearly Illegal logging is costing Indonesia US$600 million annually, Forestry Ministry Secretary General Wahyudi Wardoyo said after opening the second Asia Forest Partnership (AFP) meeting here. "The loss does not include the ecological destruction of forests and the environment, as well as moral degradation," Wahyudi said on Wednesday, quoting a World Bank report.

Posted in Environment @ 11 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warned of pollution peril Acid rain, hazardous dumping of industrial, fecal waste and other pollutants are having an alarming impact on Indonesia's environment and population, the World Bank reports.

Posted in Environment @ 25 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption in logging war Rampant corruption in Indonesia is hampering attempts to tackle the problem of illegal logging, according to a report. Indonesia's forests, home to endangered species, such as the orang-utan and Clouded Leopard, are being stripped.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials: Gunung Papandayan dangerous Relevant authorities warned on Friday that activity at Mt. Papandayan, which experienced a major explosion early on Friday, has reached alarming levels, forcing thousands of people living within a radius of four kilometers (km) from its peak to flee. Mas Atje Purbawinata, a volcanologist from the directorate general for volcanology affairs and mitigation at Bandung, West Java, declared here on Friday that the volcano's status was raised to that of dangerous due to an increase in its activities after a major eruption at 6:33 a.m. on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traffic and ground transportation have become major headaches for residents of Jakarta. The city administration has failed to deal with the chaotic traffic that clogs the capital's streets, and an integrated transportation system offering safe and fast mass rapid transit remains but a dream. The Jakarta Post's Soeryo Winoto discussed the issue with Jakarta-based urban transportation expert Djamester Simarmata.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 November 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warns of more terror attacks Indonesia's Security Minister says intelligence information points to the possibility of more terrorist acts taking place soon in Indonesia and his security officials are focusing on Ambon and Poso, where sectarian conflicts have spiralled out of controlled. Speaking at a news conference after an internal security meeting, Mr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also said the new attacks are expected to be in a different form from the recent Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia on heightened alert Indonesia has heightened security nationwide amid fresh threats of terror attacks on key economic infrastructures following the Bali bombing tragedy, police have said. The increased security alert comes as intelligence reports point to further terrorist activity after the October 12 night of horror in Bali where more than 180 people were killed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unemployment rate reaches alarmingly high level The unemployment rate in Indonesia has reached an alarmingly high level due to a steady rise in the number of job-seekers from year to year, Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea said. "At present, less than six million people are recorded as unemployed, while over 30 million are semi-unemployed. The government is having difficulty creating jobs for them," the minister said at a one-day seminar here yesterday.

Posted in Economy @ 10 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At first it was the crunchy salad at The Legian's pool bar. It arrived resting on a large dish with a chunk of charcoal-grilled salmon cradled in its lush, green lap. Seasoned with the subtle aromatics found only on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, it became essential to find out the root of these fine-flavored leaves.

Posted in Environment @ 09 April 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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