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Minister: 'Cockpit voice recorder already lifted' The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the doomed AirAsia QZ8501 has already been lifted, Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan stated here on Tuesday. It is yet to be confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) whether the retrieved CVR actually belongs to the AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 January 2015 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plan to ban low-cost carrier operation regrettable Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonans plan to ban low-cost carrier operation in Indonesia is unfortunate as it will deprive consumers of cheap flight fares, said former Chairman of Indonesian Consumers Foundation Indah Sukmaningsih.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 January 2015 20:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Profesional divers to lift AirAsia plane`s tail The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has deployed 20 professional divers, divided into two teams, to lift the tail of the ill-fated AirAsia QZ8501 flight. "Each team comprises 10 divers," Commander of the First Squad Indonesian Diver Ebram Harimurti stated here on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 January 2015 16:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pinger locators of AirAsia QZ8501 not yet operated Pinger locators that can help detect the black box of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 have yet to be operated in the search area where the jets tail was found, the Indonesian search agency authority said here Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2015 18:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Basarnas: '30 bodies of AirAsia victims evacuated' Some 30 bodies of the victims of the ill-fated AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft have been evacuated, according to National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief Rear Marshal F Henry Bambang Soelistyo.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 January 2015 08:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Minister: 'Presidential election proceeds peacefully' The presidential election had run smoothly and peacefully without any significant obstacles, stated Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "The implementation of the election has proceeded well," the defense minister noted after observing the pacification of the election at the Jakarta Military Commands Post in East Jakarta on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 July 2014 19:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK confiscates documents from mayor's residence The investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confiscated eight bundles of documents from the residence of Tangerang Selatan Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany in Alam Sutera, Serpong, Banten, on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 January 2014 19:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize drugs worth eight billion rupiahs in Lampung The Lampung police arrested three suspected drug dealers and secured eight billion rupiah (around 666 thousand US Dollars) worth of narcotics in the form of five kilogram of methamphetamine crystal and 3 thousand ecstasy pills.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 December 2013 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two cultural heritage relics missing from Musirawas Two cultural heritage relics, a gold-plated elephant statue and a Tunggul Wulung spear, kept in the Musirawas Culture and Tourism Office in South Sumatra Province have gone missing.

Posted in History @ 26 December 2013 13:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK completes investigations of Rudi Rubiandini The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it has wrapped up investigations of former chief of the upstream oil and gas regulator (SKK Migas) Rudi Rubiandini , who is charged with corruption and money laundering.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 December 2013 20:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to question energy and mineral resources minister The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) intends to question Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik as a witness soon in an alleged graft case involving the Upstream Oil and Gas regulatory special task force (SKK Migas).

Posted in Corruption @ 26 November 2013 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rudi Rubiandini named suspect in money laundering case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named former Chief of Special Task Forces for the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory (SKK Migas) Rudi Rubiandini as a suspect in a money laundering case.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 November 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina president answers anti-graft body summons President Director of the states oil and gas company PT Pertamina Karen Agustiawan responded to the anti-graft bodys summons as a witness in the oil and gas bribery case of 2012-2013.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 November 2013 19:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK searches office of Ratu Atut`s brother The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has searched the office of Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah`s younger brother, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, in connection with his alleged involvement in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 October 2013 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive Harrison Ford President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to receive Hollywood top movie star Harrison Ford and his team at the Presidential Office here on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 10 September 2013 13:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia breaks democracy myths' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said Indonesia had broken a number of myths and stereotypes about democracy during his democratization processes.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2013 15:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Burglar steals Rp208 million in Public Housing Ministry A burglar reportedly stole a cash of 208 million rupiah in the Public Housing Ministry building, located in Jalan Raden Patah I no. 1 Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta on Monday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 February 2013 21:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta customs foil attempt to smuggle beef  from Australia The Customs office in cooperation with the Quarantine Agency of the agriculture ministry has foiled an attempt to smuggle into the country 1.4 tons of beef from Australia via Jakarta`s Tanjung Priok port.

Posted in General @ 05 February 2013 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six months jail for marijuana possession The Denpasar District Court has sentenced a 54-year-old U.S. Citizen to 6 months imprisonment after finding him guilty of marijuana possession. The six-month sentence was less than the 9 months demanded by prosecutors.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 September 2012 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police find explosives during Depok house raid Personnel from anti-terror police force and Jakarta police office found stocks of explosives while raiding a house in Bojong Gede, Depok district, West Java, on Monday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2012 00:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police declare Toriq terrorist Jakarta Metropolitan Police (Polda Metro Jaya) have confirmed that Muhammad Toriq, a 30-year-old man who has been absconding ever since the police found a half-finished home-made bomb at a house in Tambora, West Jakarta, on Wednesday afternoon (September 6), is a terrorist.

Posted in Terrorism @ 06 September 2012 14:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Govt considering to freeze Greenpeace Indonesia' Justice Minister Amir Syamsudin said the government is studying the possibility of freezing Greenpeace Indonesia due to various violations it has made so far. "We will see the stages for it. We hope the bill on mass organizations could give the answer. In essence foreign organizations must submit to laws effective in our country," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 02 August 2012 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has comprehensive design on Papua The government remains committed to developing Papua into a land of peace as declared by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2004. President Yudhoyono is pursuing peaceful and dignified approaches and dialogs to solve the problems in Papua, Velix Wanggai, a presidential special staff in charge of regional development and autonomy, said in a press statement here Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2012 15:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ill-fated Sukhoi`s flight data recorder found The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) reported that local residents of Cijeruk have found the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) of the ill-fated Sukhoi Superjet 100 at the crash site on Mount Salak area, West Java Province.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 May 2012 09:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sukhoi's black box found by Kopassus team The black box of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 that crashed at Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java, recently, has been found. A joint team members from the army's Kopassus special force and the Indonesia Rock Climbing Federation discovered the black box at the site of the crash on Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 May 2012 18:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Evacuation of Sukhoi lies 1,500 meters deep The Sukhoi Superjet-100 airliner crashed in a location 1,500 meters deep in Mount Salak. "The debris of the ill-fated plane are scattered at the site at a depth of 1,500 meters," Suryakancana Military Area Commander Col AM Putranto said as OSC chief in the evacuation of Sukhoi at the Command Post in Cipelang, here, Tuesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 May 2012 08:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Complete investigation into Sukhoi crash could take a year The Head of the National Committee of Transportation Safety (KNKT)`s Investigation Field, Masruri, said it would take about 12 months to complete a thorough investigation into the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) plane crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 May 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sukhoi`s black box not yet found: official The ill-fated Sukhoi aircraft`s black box has not yet been found, Chairman of National Search and Rescue Agency Daryatmo said here on Saturday. "We have not yet found the black box," he said, adding that the evacuation team has located the plane`s tail at an elevation of 300 meters.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 May 2012 13:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'alleged terrorists caught were collecting funds' The Jakarta Metropolitan police suspect that the alleged terrorists arrested in Pondok Aren, South Tangerang, in the Banten province, West Java, were fund collectors. "We suspect that they are members of a `fai` (fund collecting) group," command spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto said here on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 April 2012 02:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shoot dead two suspected terrorists Police have shot dead two suspected terrorists at Pondok Aren in the southwestern outskirts of Jakarta. "True, we have shot dead two terrorist suspects and arrested two others," Chief of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Insp Gen Untung S Rajab confirmed on Friday night.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 March 2012 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unknown man attacks public prosecutor Sistoyo Public prosecutor Sistoyo was attacked by an unknown man after attending a session as a defendant at a corruption court in Bandung, West Java, around 10 am on Wednesday. Sistoyo is tried for having allegedly received a bribe.

Posted in Crime @ 01 March 2012 10:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


French archaeologist discover 12th century shipwreck Fragments from a 12th century shipwreck have been discovered in Medan's China Town, supporting earlier claims about the discovery of an ancient shipwreck. Medan is a major city in Indonesia that support local and regional economy activities since a long time ago.

Posted in History @ 25 February 2012 01:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia investigates deaths of two children in police custody Indonesian police are investigating the deaths last week of two young brothers inside a police prison in the province of West Sumatra, the Jakarta Globe reported on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2012 21:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian tourist dies of electric shock in Bali An Australian national died from accidental electrocution at Jalan Legian in Kuta on Saturday morning, police said. "The victim`s name is Jake Mitchell Flannery. He was electrocuted during a stroll on a sidewalk at Jalan Legian ," Chief of the Kuta Police Precinct Adjunct Commissioner Gede Ganefo said here on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 November 2011 01:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Polonia security nab passenger carrying 7.4 kg of meth Security officers of Polonia Airport here on Friday nabbed a Garuda Indonesia passenger for carrying 7.4 kg of methamphetamine. The smuggler was identified as Noerdin M Amin (42) from Bekasi, West Java, a source said.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 November 2011 17:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 3 school board members wanted for terrorism after bomb blast Three board members from the Umar Bin Khatab (UBK) Islamic boarding school, where a bomb blast over two weeks ago killed one person, are still wanted for their involvement in terrorist attacks, officials said Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2011 06:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie suspend cattle exports over slaughterhouse cruelty The Australian livestock export industry on Monday said it would be suspending the supply of live cattle to three Indonesian slaughterhouses, after a documentary broadcast on national TV showed extreme animal cruelty.

Posted in Crime @ 30 May 2011 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono demands answers on Merpati air crash Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday demanded the cabinet answers on the Merpati airplane crash that killed 27 people.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 May 2011 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crews recover black box from Merpati plane crash site A search team on Sunday afternoon recovered the black box from a Merpati Nusantara Airlines passenger plane which crashed in the sea off Indonesia's West Papua province on Saturday, officials said. All 27 people on board were killed.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 May 2011 19:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Cigarettes and tobacco get warning image in Indonesia The Indonesian government is to put warning images on cigarettes and tobacco. No longer will the black text in a white box be enough to warn the people. An image will be added in the near future to point smokers at the dangers of smoking. Several countries in the region already have this kind of images printed on every pack of cigarettes.

Posted in Health @ 13 January 2011 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chris John retains WBA Featherweight title for 13th time WBA Featherweight Champion Chris John, of Indonesia, defended his title for the 13th consecutive time after defeating Fernando David Saucedo, of Argentina, by unanimous decision on Sunday.

Posted in Sports @ 06 December 2010 17:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus canít remember where he got Rp 74 billion The National Police says it is having trouble investigating Gayus H. Tambunanís graft case because Gayus claims he cannot remember where he got cash and gold amounting to Rp 74 billion (US$8.2 million). Gayus said he "forgot' where he got the cash and gold that was stored in his safety deposit box.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 December 2010 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus admits to receiving $3 million from Bakrie companies Former junior tax officer Gayus Halomoan Tambunan, a key player in an alleged legal mafia and tax mafia, confirmed on Tuesday that he had received Rp 28 billion (2.3 million euro) from three companies controlled by the family of Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 September 2010 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11 dead in Surabaya night club fire Eleven people were killed, including one Japanese and one Australian, and scores of others were injured after fire engulfed a night club in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province earlier Friday, officials said. Police officer at the scene named only Ngadiran told over the phone that one of the killed was a pregnant woman.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 June 2010 05:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A short break in Taman Menteng At a normal weekday I took a reasonable early air-conditioned bus to Jakarta. I regularly make this trip because it enables me to travel cheap as well as fast - as fast as traffic allows the bus to go - to downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian soccer fan does it on his own A supporter of Indonesia's beleaguered national side was so frustrated by their lacklustre performance against Oman that he ran on to the pitch, dribbled the ball into the opposing box and had a shot on goal. The fan, Hendri Mulyadi, 25, later apologised although many online postings cheered his antics. Turn of the sound if you don't want to hear the comments in Arabic.

Posted in Sports @ 08 January 2010 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


That water is really cold! However I don't see myself diving into the river to wash myself, it is still common practice here in the desa ('rural village'), especially for the children, to wash themselves when they are playing in the water they are already in. It doesn't get more easy, so why not just enjoy it? That is what they do indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 08 December 2009 06:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volunteers NU hand out condoms in prostitution zones Volunteers of the second largest Muslim movement in Indonesia, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) handed out hundreds of condoms in a number of prostitution zones along the northern highway near the city of Tegal in Central Java. The volunteers also handed out leaflets with information about the dangers of HIV/AIDS at several points of the national highway.

Posted in Health @ 04 December 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #3 I woke up again early in the morning when we already had made a short stop in Cirebon before departing again. Slowly a new day started and the first people were already working on their rice paddies. The colorful fields range from fresh green young plants to the brown colors of a newly harvested field and the left-overs on the dry fields.

Posted in Travel @ 24 November 2009 05:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to Yogya: twelve hours by bus How to get to Yogyakarta? Of course the plane is a good solution from Jakarta, but we didn't want to. My plan was to catch the bus in the morning, so we would arrive in Yogya in the evening, but as we found out there were no morning buses departing for Yogya from Cikarang, so we just took the bus departing in the evening, because we wanted to go to Yogya anyway.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #4 Just a few days after I had reported myself to the offices of PLN (the state-owned energy company_ two men reported to the house on a Friday afternoon. They were from PLN, at least that is what they said, because they did not bring a company car nor was there any logo on their clothes to prove they were indeed sent by PLN.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 11 November 2009 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playing fire chief in Jodoh It is something that children do, as well as adults. For adults it is a full-time job or volunteer job and not something you just do incidentally. But that last one is what happened two nights ago. It was just after six in the evening when a Dutch friend and I were having a beer in one of the many cafe's in the Jodoh area on the island of Batam. One of the Australians that entered before we did walked outside but came right back in. "There is a fire," he said with a normal voice.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 October 2009 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


89 kilograms of marijuana found in one room The local police in Depok have succeeded in seizing 89 kilograms of marijuana ready to be distributed in a boarding house in the Pancoran Mas Permai housing complex in the city in West Java province. The police was not able to arrest the person who was about to distribute the drugs, only known by his initials A.Y.

Posted in Drugs @ 12 August 2009 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Not detected or too lazy to detect? How could the tourist that was infected with Mexican Flu still enter Indonesian territory without being detected by the recently installed body temperature scan equipment at the international airport of Denpasar, Bali? Of course the equipment functioned, according Ms. Decease Comes from Outside Indonesia, Siti Fadhilah Supari.

Posted in Culture @ 27 June 2009 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A goodbye to the kampung After a day or four, which was a few days back by now, it was time to go back home to the 'civilized world', however that is a wrong choice of words if you ask me. My girlfriend and I decided that four days was enough, above all it was a 'mere' eight hours shaking by bus and 55.000 Rupiah to get here, so it was not something impossible if you want to go.

Posted in Travel @ 22 June 2009 09:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six arrested over deadly beating in Bounty Discotheque A 23-year-old New Zealand man, Sean Headifen, died on Sunday, April 12, 2009, after being brutalized by six men at the Bounty Discotheque in Kuta. The man died from head injuries in the early morning hours of Sunday after allegedly being physically set upon by staff of the discotheque with whom he had a verbal altercation after reportedly throwing a bottle at a staff member. The brutalization that followed took place both inside the popular night spot and in outside premises.

Posted in Crime @ 18 April 2009 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (I) It is still fairly early in the afternoon for a nice evening, but still life slowly comes out of the starting blocks. It isn't a nightclub, where the doors will be kept closed until around ten in the evening. It now happens in other locations in Jogja where preparations are made. All across the city students and young adults have created meeting points to start their Saturday evening together. One of those meeting points, to say it bluntly, is Kedai Kopi Jakal. This is the name that the place has earned already, because it is not the official name.

Posted in Culture @ 09 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 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


Cargo officials suspected of smuggling sea shells 16 boxes about to be boarded on a departing Qantas flight were intercepted by local authorities who found thousands of rare shells hidden among local handicrafts and textiles. Authorities estimate the value of the protected sea shells to be in the hundreds of millions of Rupiahs.

Posted in Environment @ 05 October 2008 07:23 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


The southern edge of Yogya: The eroded beach of Samas Some days you will most likely not have a full agenda so you can finally do something that has been waiting for some time. Earlier this month I had such a day, I have more than one a month fortunately, but I can not always do what I want because the weather often has to be nice as well. This time it was jack pot; a nice blue sky in the early morning and some small clouds at the time I was about to depart for a days out. My plan was to take a motorbike trip to the beach of Samas.

Posted in Travel @ 13 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Day and night at the alun-alun in Malang During the last year I regularly brought a visit to Malang. There I visited a Dutch friend who had stayed in Indonesia some years more than I did, and please read that 'some' as a big understatement. It doesn't really matter in fact, however someone who has lived here for so many years can be a huge source of information about many subjects. He sure is for me at least. Every once in a while I can learn from specific situations which still make me go 'huh?'. Outside that I like to spend some of my time there at a somewhat crowded place. Like in many cities and villages that is the central square or alun-alun. Often a nice place to submerge yourself entirely in the local situation and current events.

Posted in Travel @ 22 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time It is half past two in the afternoon on a warm Tuesday afternoon at the start of the wet monsoon. No guarantee for rain however, it has been strange weather for over a week now in Yogyakarta and elsewhere in Java it seems to be more of the same. The wind blows from the wrong direction I was told. Maybe that is just good, because that would mean I could have a dry trip to Bandung. However using the train is less reliable on the weather than flying, it is still prone to various delays.

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


Black boxes from Adam Air plane found Salvage crews have retrieved the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from an Indonesian aircraft that crashed in almost 9 months ago. The recorders will now be sent to the United States to determine the cause of the accident. fforts to recover the so-called "black boxes" have been delayed for months due to disagreements over who should pay.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 August 2007 01:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search underway for black box Adam Air plane A salvage ship operated by the United States has arrived in Indonesia to hunt for the black box of an Adam Air plane that crashed into the sea on New Years' day, killing 102 passengers and crew. The Boeing went missing off South Sulawesi and sparked a massive search in the early days of this year. The body of the plane is thought to lay on the floor of the Makassar Strait. No bodies have been found until today.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 August 2007 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists are back again Sometimes you have those days that you want to enjoy the evening after a day of traveling around. This enjoying will work perfectly having a cold beer and some company. Earlier that day I had enjoyed the celebrations of Independence Day in and around Yogyakarta and after that I headed for Jalan Malioboro to do some shopping. That has to be done as well, and to combine it with something good, I decided to look for a place in one of the many bars or restaurants in the first small street off Jalan Malioboro, Jalan Sosrowijayan.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Situation report: Gamkonora volcano Mount Gamkonora, located in South Ibu Sub-district, West Halmahera District, North Maluku Province, erupted yesterday at 14:50 hrs East Indonesian Time or 12:50 Jakarta time. Mount Gamkonora is located 3.5 hours from Ternate, capital of North Maluku Province. The mountain spewed cold lava and the dust is now piling up to 30 cm high with the radius of around 7.5 km from the epicenter. The Center for Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation has increased the level of alertness from Level III to Level IV (the highest one) since yesterday. SATKORLAK PB reported that there have been five eruptions since 07:30 Jakarta time this morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 July 2007 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


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


Rebuilding Yogyakarta; One rice cone at a time A year ago today, the historic heartland of Java - Yogyakarta - was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. More than 6,000 people lost their lives and another 30,000 were injured in this densely populated part of Indonesia. The whole nation, just recovering from the onslaught of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, was again in tears. The international community responded with their generosity.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2007 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landing speed key factor in Yogyakarta plane crash The Garuda passenger yet that crashed earlier this month killing 21, was landing with a speed much higher than normal. This was said by the chief inspector on Saturday. The plane with 140 people on board overshot the runway at Adi Sucipto airport of Yogyakarta. It crashed in rice fields and bust into flames.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 March 2007 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first plane It was less than one week before it really happened. I was in Kuala Lumpur to settle some official stuff, and when drinking an iced tea I took some time off in the evening to visit a friend. It was getting late and however we usually only 'speak' to each other on the internet, we had some serious issues as well. Sometimes it's best to make a small joke about accidents and disasters. The people on board of the missing Adam Air plane are having a splendid time diving there, things like that, whether they are fun or not. As long as it doesn't happen in your own direct environment, you can still say things like that. I also told that I always missed such events; earthquakes when I'm away; other disasters beyond my easy reach and other things like that.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda flight recorder forwarded to U.S. The so-called 'black box' - or flight recorder - from the Garuda Indonesia passenger plane that crashed on the airport of Yogyakarta city last week, has been send to the United States after the Australian experts failed to retrieve the most vital data. This was told by an investigator on Monday. A team of Australians worked on the two flight recorders over the weekend, but they were not able to retrieve the cockpit voice recordings. Other information had been retrieved successfully however.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 March 2007 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No signs of sabotage in crash There is no evidence of sabotage of terrorism involved in the Garuda Indonesia plane crash three days ago. This was told by Indonesian police. "We conclude there is no evidence of sabotage, terrorist acts or bomb explosions that may have caused the accident," Sisno Adiwinoto, national police spokesman told in an interview broadcast by El-Shinta radio yesterday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 March 2007 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Planes landing gear failed before crash Investigators that work on the crash of a Boeing 737-400 that burst into flames after skidding of he runway, said that it's front wheels broke off as is touched down. "We are trying to find out why the wheel broke," said investigator Marjdono Siswo Suwarno. Forensics struggled to identify the victims from Wednesday's accident on the airport of Yogyakarta, central Java. Many were burned beyond recognition.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 March 2007 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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 needs foreign help to lift crashed plane black boxes Indonesia will ask technological support from Japan, the United States and France to lift black boxes of the missing Adam Air plane from the sea floor in Majene water, Sulawesi, local press said Monday. Local authorities said the government had no equipment to pick up the cabin voice recorders from the sea bed at a depth of 1,700 meters, reported major national newspaper The Jakarta Post's website.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 January 2007 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. Navy reported to have detected Adam Air plane's black box The USNS Mary Sears` Towed Ping Locater (TPL) was on Wednesday reported to have detected the black box of the missing Adam Air jetliner in waters off the coast of West Sulawesi provinceThe black box was first detected on Tuesday at 8 a.m. local time in waters off the coast of West Sulawesi`s Majene district, at the coordinate points of 03 41 02 southern latitude and 118 08 53 eastern longitude.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 January 2007 13:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


DAS plane breaks wheel upon landing An passenger plane broke its front wheel while landing after aborting a flight Thursday, an airport spokesman said, in the latest of string of aviation incidents here. All 18 passengers and three crew were unhurt after the accident, involving a Dirgantara Air Services Casa-212 plane at Hasanuddin airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 January 2007 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plane likely spiraled into sea A jetliner with 102 people onboard probably went into a spiral at cruising altitude and plunged into the sea, a top transport safety official said Tuesday, deeming a mid-flight explosion unlikely. Setyo Rahardjo, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the chance is small the Boeing 737 blew up because search and rescue teams have not found burnt wreckage or human remains since New Year's Day, when the Adam Air plane went missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 January 2007 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Probe into Indonesia jet crash hampered Soldiers hunted on beaches and in the sea on Saturday for the black box from an Indonesian jetliner that crashed with 102 people aboard, but ocean depths of more than 1 1/2 kilometers (0.93 miles) were hampering the search. Experts said authorities had to find the box -- also know as a flight data recorder -- or significant pieces of wreckage such as the engines, cockpit and wings to determine what caused the Boeing 737 to crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 January 2007 07:20 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


A handful of tickets, 6 Quite a lot back in time, about two-and-a-half to three years already, but when I found these bills again there were certain memories returning to my mind. It's time once more to write down some of them here on this virtual paper, so I can reduce my current heap of entrance- and parking tickets and other useless prove of payment. I always keep all of them, just in case. But there is never a just in case until I find them again, like today.

Posted in Travel @ 01 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra: Another killer tsunami looms Scientists predict a repeat of the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that killed more than 280,000 lives. Their warnings gained added weight with a fresh earthquake that killed seven and injured 100 more when it struck Sumatra on Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 December 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speaking in Islamic tongues in Indonesia For those recently heaping praise on Indonesia for its moderate Muslim and emerging democratic credentials, consider the case of Islamic preacher Yusman Roy. Last year Roy was sentenced to two years in prison on blasphemy charges for leading Muslim prayers at an East Java Islamic school in his native Bahasa Indonesia rather than Arabic as conservative religious councils require. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, the language issue pitches modern, liberal interpretations of Islam, known broadly here as abangan, against conservative orthodox views, represented broadly as santri.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rating Improvement for SBY any adults in Indonesia are content with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, according to a poll by the Indonesian Survey Institute. 67 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the presidentís performance, up 12 points since March.

Posted in Politics @ 16 October 2006 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's monorail struggles to get on track Gridlocked cars. Noxious traffic fumes. Indonesia's capital is crying out for a new transport network, but stop-start plans for a monorail illustrate the country's chequered efforts to build badly needed infrastructure. The idea of a gleaming monorail gliding above the congested tropical city of nearly 9 million people is an enticing one and proponents point to neighbouring Bangkok's Skytrain or Kuala Lumpur's monorail in at least easing equally grim transport woes.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2006 14:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 5 Looking back in a bunch of old airline tickets, entrance ticket and whatever more, I again found some 'remarkable' items. A part of a boarding pass for a flight with Garuda Indonesia, which haven't been flying to the Netherlands for quite some time now. Also an entrance ticket to the Prambanan temple complex as well as a lunch in the Via Via Cafe in the well-known Jalan Prawirotaman in Yogyakarta. Several months after the earthquake I happened to be there accidentally because I was looking for something completely different. Still a reminder to get on my motorbike and see what became of the place. Especially going there for that one thing didn't have to, because I would go there anyway for renting a car for some friends coming over from Bali.

Posted in Travel @ 09 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia confiscates record 950 kilos of crystal methamphetamine Indonesian police on Tuesday confiscated nearly 1 ton of crystal methamphetamine apparently smuggled into the country from Hong Kong in what was believed to be the largest seizure in the country's history, a senior official said. The national police chief, General Sutanto, said about 950 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as "shabu-shabu," was seized by the Jakarta city police during routine patrols in the Tanggerang district on the western outskirts of Jakarta, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 August 2006 15:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Children from Mblali On a late afternoon late last week I was to receive a short text message. I get a lot of them here as it is a cheap way to communicate here during the day, but this one was more special, or more important however you want to call it. It was from a foundation that has done emergency response after the earthquake in Central Java - today two months ago - as well as to tsunami-stricken Pangandaran just a while ago. They are still active in the area of Mblali, a village where people from other villages have found shelter after the earthquake. As one of the few they have maintained their outpost on the local field there, while most other organizations have already wrapped up their 'on-the-spot' emergency efforts.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police find 43 bombs in Pasuruan, motive unclear Police found a box full of bombs in central Indonesia after one of the explosives accidentally detonated, but refused to speculate whether the cache was intended for terrorist attacks or dynamite fishing. "We are investigating,'' Lt. Col. Ari Subiyanto, a senior police official in East Java province, said Thursday after 43 homemade bombs were discovered in a house in the city of Pasuruan. "We don't know yet what they were for.''

Posted in General @ 08 June 2006 13:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prayers in Java as looters hinder quake aid Survivors of the Indonesian earthquake have held their first prayers since the disaster after looters raided aid convoys bringing food and medicines to stranded victims. As thousands flocked to mosques across Central Java, many survivors who had spent six nights in the open were still waiting for help as trucks loaded with badly-needed supplies were ambushed en route, a disaster relief official said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 08:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake survivors wait patiently for help Muddin gently tries to lift his injured two-year-old daughter from the hospital trolley she shares with her injured mother and five-year-old brother. The half-naked little girl is hot and crying. Iksanu Khoirun Nisa wants her father, but the drip in her arm -- held in place by a piece of cardboard and bandage -- and her splinted leg makes it difficult, so instead he fans her with an old box.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 17:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Supplies arrive in Javanese quake zone Emergency aid began arriving Monday in areas devastated by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia, but officials said the supplies were not reaching survivors quickly enough as victims pleaded for money on debris-filled roads to buy food. An aid plane chartered by the U.N.'s children agency arrived in the city of Solo, about three hours from the hardest-hit district of Bantul on Java island. It was loaded with water, tents, stoves and cooking sets that officials said would be distributed later Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 May 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search for survivors as Indonesia quake tops 3,000 Rescue workers dug desperately for survivors on Sunday as residents returned to ruined homes on Indonesia's densely populated island of Java a day after a powerful earthquake killed more than 3,000. Trucks full of volunteers from Indonesian political parties and Islamic groups, as well as military vehicles carrying soldiers, headed south from the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta to Bantul, hardest hit by the quake, to help in the effort.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore Red Cross to send relief team to Indonesia Singapore Red Cross will send a relief team to Indonesia's Magelang on Thursday to help people affected by the recent eruption of Mount Merapi volcano, Channel News Asia reported Wednesday. The team, comprising a logistics administrator and four nurses,will work with its Indonesian counterpart to provide medical aid and assist in relief distribution in the district for two weeks. They will bring with them five boxes of medical supplies.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 May 2006 18:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 2 For the second time I look back at a handful of tickets that is in a box or plastic bag in my room. They are laying there, some of them already for about seven years now. Time to give them some attention and have a talk about hem. This time some attention to tickets of Taman Safari in Prigen, near Malang in east Java. Some attention as well to the parking tickets craze that seems to rage in Indonesia. Sometimes it's kind of funny where you will get tickets for however.

Posted in Travel @ 09 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malls main target of smoking ban check It's getting down to the wire for owners of buildings that house cafes and restaurants to install exhaust fans and post no-smoking signs. On Thursday, the city administration will deploy a task force to enforce sanctions against smoking-ban violators. The main targets of Thursday's raid are 14 buildings in five municipalities, most of which are malls.

Posted in General @ 05 April 2006 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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