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Thousands throng president Yudhoyono's open house Thousands of people flocked to the presidential palace on Thursday to shake hands with President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono on the occasion of Idul Fitri.

Posted in General @ 08 August 2013 21:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Baby with two heads born in Cilacap A baby with two head was born in Duta Mulya Maternity Hospital of Cilacap, Central Java, with his newborn weighing 4.2kg. "The baby boy is the son of Usman (36) and Munjiah (27), residents of Purwosari Village, Wanareja Subdistrict of Cilacap," Director of Duta Mulya Maternity Hospital Tatang Mulyana said here Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 27 June 2013 19:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Monkey attacks, kill baby in Riau A wild monkey attacked and killed a six-month old baby in Menaming village, Rambang Sub-district, Rokan Hulu District, Riau province, on Friday (March 29), a village head said. "It was a horrible and sad event for the baby`s family," Menaming Village Head Firdaus Daulay said here.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 March 2013 10:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police searching other suspects in baby trafficking case West Jakarta Metropolitan Resort police are still investigating the case of baby trafficking uncovered recently for possible other suspects involved in it.

Posted in Crime @ 06 February 2013 15:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


500 pregnant women in Bali infected by HIV/AIDS every year Bali`s Aids Controlling Commission (KPA) said around 500 pregnant women in Bali carry HIV/AIDs every year.

Posted in Health @ 01 September 2012 20:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Three-headed baby born in Sumatra, Indonesia A three-headed baby was reportedly born in North Sumatra, Indonesia, this weekend, medical officials told local media on Monday. The baby is not expected to survive for long.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 October 2011 16:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Over 5,000 return home after Mount Lokon eruptions Over 5,000 evacuated residents following the eruptions in Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, have begun returning to their homes, officials said on Monday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 25 July 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Teenage girl expelled from Indonesian school after giving birth A 16-year-old student was expelled on Thursday after giving birth in the high school's clinic in Madiun, Indonesia, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 December 2010 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 6 reactions


Nestle to invest $100 million in new Indonesian factory Nestle S.A. on Thursday announced that it is planning to invest $100 million to open a new factory in Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 09 December 2010 14:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll after tsunami rises to 370, almost 400 still missing As aid workers arrive in the remote Indonesian islands of Mentawai, the latest death toll after the tsunami caused by a 7.7-magnitude earthquake has risen to at least 370 with almost 400 still missing, officials said Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 October 2010 06:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


238,400,000 Indonesians ... and counting The head of the department of Demographics at the Faculty of Economy at Universitas Indonesia, Sonny Harry B. Harmadi has said that the most recent estimation of the total number of Indonesians at the end of 2010 stands at 238.4 million. This number has been calculated based on a population growth of 1.26 per cent a year.

Posted in General @ 10 August 2010 06:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2010 For five years, Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival (2005 - 2009) was held at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC). It was a deeply memorable period for us, and the visitors of Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival. We surely still remember that it was in JCC that we first witnessed a festival which would later establish itself as one of the best and largest in the world, a festival that is the pride of Indonesians.

Posted in Culture @ 07 February 2010 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving turtles in Bali Bali's negative reputation as a center for the slaughter and sale of turtles is slowly changing, due to a number of heroic efforts such as the establishment of the Bali Turtle Education and Conservation Center established on Serangan Island five years ago.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waiting for the umbilical cord to fall off I didn't tell anything yet about the fact why we are in the kampung all of a sudden. In fact there is not much to tell since there is only one reason why we are here now and that is the birth of a new member of the family. A nice gave birth. She gave birth to a two-kilogram weighing, but healthy, son named David on December 3.

Posted in Culture @ 10 December 2009 01:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the quiet of the desa After a completely messed up trip with a DAMRI bus from Jakarta we have arrived in the rural area of Java in the area of Cilacap. We have landed in the desa of Binangun in the kampung Sidamulya to be more precize. Most likely there are much more places named Binangun, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 07 December 2009 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The pregnant umbrella-girl During rainstorms, children gather at pedestrian bridges, bus stops and other crowded places to be able to rent out their oversized umbrella's to those who rather stay dry then soaking wet before they reach their destination or hop into a taxi without being soaked with rain in a matter of seconds.

Posted in Culture @ 03 December 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 22 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #5: ME model Baby This sexy young lady listens to the name Baby and has been modeling for some time now. She has modeled for the well-known Indonesian men's magazine ME, which is similar to the Indonesian Playboy, but they have stopped publishing after being forced to do so. Fortunately there are still plenty of other magazines in Indonesia.

Posted in Sexy @ 22 November 2009 02:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Saving Bali's Serangan island The government of Denpasar is targeting to restore the badly damaged natural environment of Serangan island by establishing a turtle refuge as part of plans to create the island into a marine sports center.

Posted in Environment @ 18 November 2009 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The biggest baby of Indonesia born in Sumatra The biggest baby ever born in Indonesia draws crowds to the general hospital in Kisaran in North Sumatra. The baby - named Akbar, which means 'great' in Arabic - was born with a weight of 8.7 kilograms. Akbar Risuddin was born from a diabetic mother during a cesarean delivery which was quite hard to round off because of high unusual weight and size.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 September 2009 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unregistered children at risk Satri Rama's youngest children do not have birth certificates, but that does not bother the 39-year-old mother of five. "We don't need birth certificates, we need to eat," she said, standing in a damp shack in the centre of Indonesia's capital.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Baby with two heads born in Indonesia A male baby with two heads has been born in Pekanbaru, Sumatra. It has only one complete body. The baby was born with two arms, two legs, one pair of kidneys, one pair of lungs and one anus. Doctors do not know yet if the baby has one or two hearts. If it has only one, it will not survive. After the news became public, local flocked the hospital to catch a glimpse of the baby.

Posted in Health @ 28 July 2009 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withdraws Chinese dairy products Indonesia has withdrawn all dairy produce from China because of the recent scandal involving melamine in Chinese milk products. On Tuesday, the Indonesian government banned imports of milk products from China. A number of other Asian countries have introduced similar measures. Following the news that more articles had been found to contain melamine, Taiwan has ordered the removal of Chinese dairy produce from the shops.

Posted in Health @ 24 September 2008 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 29 Avian Influenza virus has hit Indonesia killing three people with 13 others admitted to hospital with symptoms. Residents in Asahan district of North Sumatra province say last week, villagers began showing symptoms of avian flu after a large number of chickens died suddenly. A baby boy and a seven year old girl were transferred early this morning to a bird flu isolation unit at Adam Malik hospital in the provincial capital of Medan.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 08 August 2008 16:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


When life is made impossible Together we are sitting below a blue plastic cover that is used as roof for a bed and some personal possessions. That is all that Kudasi has left. Together we look back at the earthquake that struck some one and a half year ago first. It caused the death of several thousand people and tens of thousands ended up in the same situation as he is in now. He was lucky then, in Parangtritis, a village at the southern beach directly south of the city of Yogyakarta, damage was limited. Now however he became one of the victims, but not from an earthquake. It were the 'new colonials' as he describes it. It is a commonly used term to represent a government that is pushing it's own ideas forward not listening to the people they ought to represent.

Posted in Culture @ 04 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's life expectancy rises Life expectancy in Indonesia has increased from 66.2 years in 2004 to 69.4 years in 2006, the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Wednesday. The president said that the rise due to the improvement of health and nutrition condition of the world's forth most populous country. "The life expectancy in our country rose from 66.2 years in 2004 to 69.4 in 2006," he said in a prepared speech at the anniversary of national health day at the sport stadium here.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2007 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 1 On 16 October 2007 at 18:00 local time, the Directorate for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Management in Bandung, West Java Province, raised the alert status of Kelud Volcano to the highest level 4. This indicates that an eruption is imminent. Mount Kelud is located approximately 90 kilometres southwest of Surabaya in East Java.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 October 2007 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The quiet kampung; the daily life It is a very normal Thursday afternoon when I sit down on the veranda. A light rain shower crosses my path here after a long and humid day on which it didn't want to raining the first place. The rain was not enough to clean the humid air and so tomorrow will be another of those warm and slow days. Last year the wet season only lasted until the middle of March, but now there is still rain on a regular base. Not a changing climate, but just a slight change in ocean temperatures. As far as on the other side of the world this impacts tropical areas as well, because weather here isn't that monotonous as it looks like when you see those holiday pictures with a blue sky. For sure there is much sun, but there are clouds as well and rain of course, even during the dry season. Maybe it's just a different type of rain, more light instead of a complete tropical downpour.

Posted in Travel @ 08 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Baby killed, 23 injured in train derailment near Tegal A crowded passenger train derailed and skidded into rice fields, killing a baby and injuring 23 others, as was told by a railway official. One of the victims was stuck beneath the train and is said to be in critical condition. "We are still evacuating the crashed train," said Suprapto, spokesman for the state-run railway company.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 April 2007 06:58 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


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


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


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


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


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 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


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


12 more rescued from sea after ferry accident A 6-year-old boy and 11 men who were on an Indonesian ferry that sank last week with more than 600 others aboard were rescued Wednesday from an offshore oil rig, navy officers said. The survivors, who were weak after spending more than four days in the Java Sea, were picked up some 120 miles from where the ferry sank after drifting in heavy waves, said Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Tony Syaiful.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2007 12:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top Golkar official quits over sex video A senior official of the ruling Golkar party resigned from his post after being linked to a sex scandal that tarnished the image of the party. Mr Yahya Zaini, 42, the head of the religious affairs committee in Golkar's Executive Board, had been identified as the man seen in a steamy video cavorting with a singer in a hotel room.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2006 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Indonesia bars medical workers from performing female circumcision Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has barred doctors and nurses from performing female circumcisions, a Health Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. The prohibition against the practice — also known as female genital mutilation or cutting — came in the form of a notice sent to doctors and nurses in April, said Soemardi, who goes by a single name. There is no punishment for those who ignore it, he said.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2006 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gap, Banana Republic stores to open in Indonesia Singapore's FJ Benjamin, a franchise partner of US specialty retailer Gap Inc, said Tuesday it plans to open 15 Gap, BabyGap and GapKids stores and five Banana Republic stores in Indonesia by 2011. The company said in a statement that the first Gap and Banana Republic stores will open in Jakarta in March next year, followed by the remainder opening in Surabaya, Bandung and on the resort island of Bali before 2011.

Posted in General @ 04 October 2006 06:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Java deaths rise to 531 amid the search for survivors Indonesia pledged to build a nationwide tsunami alert system as soldiers pulled bodies from ravaged beaches, homes, and hotels yester day. Parents searched tearfully for their children and the death toll hit at least 531, with nearly 280 people missing.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 July 2006 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake death toll at 5,427 International relief efforts picked up on Tuesday for survivors of a weekend earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people on Indonesia's Java island, with over a score of countries now involved. Planes carrying vital supplies from abroad reached the stricken region, while the airport at the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta re-opened to commercial traffic despite a heavily damaged terminal.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aid for Java earthquake victims More than 3.000 people have been killed in Indonesia and 1,000 injured after an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck the densely populated area of southern Central Java on Friday 26 May 2006. Hundreds of Indonesian Red Cross volunteers responded immediately to the scene, distributing food, mineral water, tents, tarpaulins and baby kits to those affected.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2006 21:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia reports 23rd confirmed bird flu fatality The World Health Organization has confirmed one more death from bird flu in Indonesia, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 23, a health official said here Friday. The one-year-old baby girl from Jakarta died recently at a local Hospital, I Nyoman Kandun, director-general of the disease control and environmental health under the Indonesian Health Ministry told Xinhua over phone.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 March 2006 17:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pregnant woman dies of suspected bird flu in Jakarta A pregnant woman died of suspected bird flu in the Indonesian capital Jakarta early today, doctors said. They were awaiting laboratory test results to confirm the cause of death. The 25-year-old patient was admitted to Sulianti Saroso Hospital last week with fever and respiratory problems – symptoms of the H5N1 virus that has killed 20 people in Indonesia, said Ilham Patu, a doctor at the hospital. She was five months pregnant. The baby also died.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 March 2006 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java flood death toll hits 59, villages cut off Hundreds of rescue workers and soldiers struggled to reach villages devastated by floods and landslides in Indonesia's East Java on Tuesday as the death toll from the disaster climbed to at least 59. Eddy Susilo, head of the Information Ministry branch in the town of Jember, not far from the scene, said the bodies of 57 villagers had been found. Two rescue workers had also drowned in swollen rivers on Tuesday, he added.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 January 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami baby boom on the horizon Giggling women swarm outside a little gray tent in Block D of a sprawling refugee camp. The attraction is one tiny miracle — 2-month-old Asmaul Tzuchina, swaying peacefully in a cloth hammock. The baby simply known as Tzuchi, which means “pure” in Acehnese, represents new life and hope for the women who lost children to the earthquake-spawned tsunami nearly a year ago.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2005 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Preliminary tests show eight-month-old baby has bird flu An eight-month-old baby is the latest patient to test positive for bird flu in Indonesia. Doctors believe the baby may have caught the disease from an infected pigeon. A spokesman at the Sulianti Soroso hospital says preliminary tests, yet to be confirmed by the World Health Organisation in Hong Kong, show that the child is suffering from the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza.

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


One-third of Indonesians want more sex An online, global sex survey carried out by condom manufacturer Durex revealed that 31 percent of the Indonesian respondents said they wish to have sex more frequently, while only 34 percent of the total 1,112 respondents said they are happy with their sex lives.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2005 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


 20 arrested in raid on sect in Palu Penetrating rugged hills in Palu, police on Wednesday arrested 20 suspected members of a shadowy religious sect who were assumed responsible for the killing of three police officers on Tuesday.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 27 October 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Solutions sought for decline in orangutan population The government says a comprehensive assessment process is underway on the plight of the orangutan due to mass deforestation, but it will avoid scaring off foreign investors. Minister of Forestry Malam Sambat Kaban said over the weekend that his office was in talks with other authorities and the government of Malaysia on the decreasing number of orangutans -- Asia's only great ape -- which are only found in Kalimantan, parts of Malaysia and Brunei, and in Sumatra.

Posted in Environment @ 17 October 2005 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New suspected bird flu cases emerge in other regions Four people in Bandung, Semarang and Bandar Lampung have been hospitalized with suspected avian influenza after showing symptoms of the disease. Chicken vendor Suprat, 58, was admitted to Dr. Kariadi Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, on Tuesday with a high fever, cough and respiratory problems.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 September 2005 08:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Mass poultry culling planned to halt bird flu Indonesia will slaughter poultry and pigs in areas most infected by bird flu, 10 days after a fourth person died from the disease, a minister said today. The government also plans to draft a law that will allow it to punish farmers who refuse to kill their poultry, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono told reporters after a meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to discuss ways to halt the spread of the avian influenza virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Baby born in public minivan A young mother delivered a baby boy in a public minivan on her way to the Tangerang General Hospital late on Friday. Three months before the baby was due, Jumani, 21, started having contractions and was rushed to the hospital from a maternity clinic she sought treatment at.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 April 2005 00:02 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


Thousands killed in massive tsunami Legions of rescuers spread across Asia today after an earthquake of epic power struck deep beneath the Indian Ocean, unleashing 20-foot tidal waves that ravaged coasts across thousands of miles and killed more than 13,340 people and left millions homeless in the fourth-largest temblor in a century. The death toll along the southern coast of Asia -- and as far west as Somalia, on the African coast, where nine people were reported lost -- steadily increased as authorities sorted out a far-flung disaster caused by Sunday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake, strongest in 40 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Experts look for clues as death toll tops 26 Dozens of experts were sifting through the wreckage of passenger plane Lion Air on Wednesday in search of clues in the deadly crash in Surakarta, Central Java as the death toll rose to 26. Up until Wednesday evening, the plane's black box had not been found, leading authorities and airline staff to theorize that bad weather had caused the accident, the country's worst in the past seven years.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Finally we found ourselves in the heart of Tana Toraja, seen as one of the few places in Indonesia where tourists go to see something that has to do with the everyday life, which is also ‘protected’ by the Indonesian government. It’s good that they see that such an important part of Sulawesi (and so Indonesian) history is preserved. And I was about to see some of it. I realised that it was not possible to see everything as thoroughly as I normally would, with my little four days in the area.

Posted in Travel @ 20 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two more die as aftershocks continue in eastern Indonesia Two people died on the eastern Indonesian island of Alor on Sunday as aftershocks continued two days after a powerful earthquake, a relief official said. The latest deaths bring to 21 the number who have died since Friday when the pre-dawn quake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hit the island near East Timor. In the hardest-hit district of Northeast Alor, an eight-month-old baby died Sunday during an aftershock, said Alberth Ouwboly, of the government relief center.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On several different occasions, I travelled by train over Jawa. Some of the trips were made in the evening or at night, so there wasn’t much to see except some white lights from distant villages and every once in a while a train station where we made a short stop to let other trains pass, since most of the rail network still is single-lined.

Posted in Travel @ 30 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Baby among ten dead at level crossing Ten women travelling to an Islamic Koran recital and a baby were killed today when a passenger train hit a utility at a level crossing in Indonesia, police said. Another woman and a small girl were in hospital with serious injuries after the accident in the Talun district of East Java province. The train was travelling from Surabaya to Blitar when it hit the truck on an unguarded crossing. The ute's driver escaped with minor injuries.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 1,000 lose homes in Kebon Melati inferno Siti Rohayah's eyes were brimming with tears while she watched firefighters struggling to put out the fire that destroyed her home on Wednesday morning in the Kebon Melati subdistrict, Central Jakarta. The 30-year-old mother, who is expecting her eighth baby in several days, lost everything in the fire. Helped by her mother Umayah, 55, she rescued her children from the fire that quickly spread from one house to another. Her husband, Umar Faruk, was still working at the nearby Tanah Abang market when the incident took place.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 July 2004 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus crash kills 14 in Sumatra A passenger bus slammed into a minibus on Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing 14 people, including a 1-year-old baby, police said Tuesday. The accident occurred late Monday in the town of Lampung, about 300 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of Jakarta, Lampung police chief Maj. Eriyadi Wibowo. Wibowo said the 14 passengers killed were on the minibus, and that victims included a 1-year-old baby.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt mulls death penalty for illegal loggers Illegal loggers and corrupt officials who help them plunder vast tracts of virgin tropical forests may face the death penalty under a presidential decree to be issued next month, a senior an official said Monday. "These illegal loggers are environmental terrorists. They steal millions of dollars worth of revenue and destroy the environment," said Fachrir Fathoni, a senior official at the nature conservation directorate at the Forestry Ministry. "We are seriously considering the death penalty. We want to get the big players," he said.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boney M to hold concerts in Bali, Jakarta Jamaican group Boney M, which was very popular in Indonesia in the 1970s, will put on a concert in Bali on Dec. 28, a spokeswoman for the concert organizer said here on Sunday. The group had a number of hit songs in the 1970s, including Rivers of Babylon and Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday. The concert will take place at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana monument here, event organizing committee spokeswoman Grace Jeanie said.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 6 dead after ferry sinks A ferry boat traveling from Indonesia's Bali (search) island sank early Sunday, killing at least six people and leaving dozens missing, news reports said. About 150 people were rescued by fishing boats after the Wirmala Dharma ferry sank on its way to Lombok island in eastern Indonesia (search), private El-Shinta radio said.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Birth of half goat half man Hundreds of people in the village of Petir in Serang regency, Banten province, were shocked by the birth of a baby goat whose body resembled that of a human baby, on Tuesday. However, later in the evening the baby died. The owner of the goat, Sarkim alias Akong, 45, said the ewe had been pregnant for over a year before giving birth to the anomalous baby.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three dead, 26 missing in Flores mudslide Three people are dead and 26 are missing after heavy rains triggered a mudslide on theeastern Indonesian island of Flores, a government official saidon Tuesday. Official Paulinus Domi said the dead, two adults and ababy, were found in the town of Ende, about 75 km (47 miles) from Maumere city, early on Tuesday. He said three more wereseriously injured.

Posted in Weather @ 01 April 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 100,000 march in Jakarta Chanting "America imperialist, number one terrorist!" tens of thousands of protesters in Indonesia marched on the U.S. Embassy Sunday in what appeared to be this nation's largest anti-war demonstration to date. Estimates of the crowd's size ranged from 100,000 to 300,000. Many of the protesters were dressed in traditional Muslim attire and represented the country's largest Islamic groups.

Posted in Protests @ 30 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Village stormed; 14 Christians killed Assailants in black masks hacked, shot and burned to death 14 Christians, including a six-month-old baby, in the religiously divided capital of Indonesia's Maluku province Sunday, threatening a fragile peace pact. Carrying automatic rifles, grenades and daggers, about a dozen men yelling "kill them all" stormed the mainly Christian village of Soya on Ambon's outskirts, 1,600 miles east of Jakarta, witnesses said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Around the world the bleaching and dyeing of coral reef, as a way of recognizing the destructive changes in ocean and climate conditions, has begun. Along with these changes, the coral reef ecosystem has been devastated, affecting people whose lives depend on them. Changes in climate conditions will continue to affect coral reefs for some time.

Posted in Environment @ 19 February 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pemuteran village, Gerokgak subdistrict, Buleleng, Bali, is gaining fame as a haven for tourists with a deep love for meditation and the sea as well as a site for a captive breeding program of three rare turtle species. Until the 1980s, many turtles were laying eggs in the sands of Bali's beaches. Of the world's six turtle species, five have their home in Bali. Unfortunately, turtle hunting has not only left the island's turtles nearly extinct but has also discouraged them from ever visiting Bali's beaches any more.

Posted in Environment @ 29 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From his grief-gouged eyes to the way he presses his hands together to stop them from shaking, it's clear that if Syamsudin Noor makes it through the next few weeks, he is still a dead man inside. Syamsudin has pushed through a crowd of fellow refugees to tell his story, describing in patient detail how a visitation of almost unimaginable brutality destroyed his remote village of Sangai in Indonesia's Kalimantan province. "All my children, my grandchildren were killed," he mourns. "They cut off their heads and then cut them up and took them away to eat. There were a lot of Madurese in Sangai. Now 95% of us are dead."

Posted in Violence @ 10 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blood. countless gallons of blood soaked deep into the clay of a soccer field. There have been two heavy thunderstorms in the four days since 118 children, women and men—Madurese refugees huddled together and promised safe passage—were systematically butchered on the high-school playing field in Parenggean, a logging town deep in central Kalimantan. Those rains weren't cleansing enough: in the still of a tropical afternoon, the sweet stink of putrescence hangs in the air like the unquiet spirits of those murdered here. Halerin, a stocky sawmill hand in his thirties, was at the field that night. His account:

Posted in Violence @ 08 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombs at TMII provided by fugitive Tommy: Police Police said on Saturday a woman arrested at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) on Friday in the possession of three bombs admitted she received the bombs from Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the fugitive son of former president Soeharto. They also said they had uncovered a number of clues that pointed to Tommy's possible involvement in the Christmas Eve bombings.

Posted in Crime @ 20 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas Eve bombings kill at least 15 people At least 15 people were killed and dozens others injured when bombs exploded almost simultaneously outside churches in several towns in Indonesia on Sunday night as the country's minority Christian community prepared to celebrate Christmas. The casualties so far include two churchgoers and a cigarette seller in Jakarta, three in Sukabumi (West Java), including a woman and a baby after attending a church sevice in Sukabumi, five in Pekanbaru (Riau)including four police officers guarding a church, two in Bandung (West Java) and one each in Mojokerto and Sidomulyo, both in East Java.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed, 15 injured in two church blasts in Sukabumi Two people, including a baby, were killed and 15 other seriously injured when two bombs exploded in Sukabumi, West Java, Sunday evening. The first bomb exploded in a Kijang van in front of the Gereja Sidang Kristus church at around 9:15 p.m. The victims were members of a family who had just attended mass at the church.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2000 00:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just recently I even had Indonesian television on the internet. I regularly listen and read reports and messages like they are presented over there. We all know there is no better result to get than the duo of "Gus Dur" ( Abdurrahman Wahid ) and Sukarnoputri ( Megawati ). Of course the Wiranto-army thought about a coup d'état, but they didn't, because they knew they would get a war between Indonesia and the rest of the world for sure. It only were the first democratic elections ever in Indonesia, and Indonesia is one of the most rich countries in the world. If there was nothing to get, the world wouldn't care more or less about Indonesia at all. . Our evolution learned us that one of the three magic words, God, Money and Health, won clearly. Nowadays I write in my letters and other stories God as well as Money with a capital "M". Money doesn't make happy, but is most important in this world. Above all it's not easy to enjoy your happieness without any money. . Pathetic Trading . In the tourist places like Kuta and Ubud ( Bali ), and undoubtedly somewhere else either, young women who are to lame to work can rent a baby to get money from the tourists, begging at tourists that is.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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