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US Navy works with Indonesia to protect sunken gravesite US Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is "consistent with the identification" of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), and that divers documented conclusive evidence of a pattern of unauthorized disturbance of the gravesite.

Posted in History @ 19 August 2014 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK saves rp248.89 trillion in state funds The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said corruption courts have handled hundreds of corruption cases so far in the country. The anti graft agency which was established in 2004 had saved the state a total loss of Rp248.89 trillion from the cases, its deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto said.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 June 2014 16:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor would like to see ten milion as minimum wage Bali's Governor told those attending his monthly open-house town meeting he wants to see every worker in the tourism sector to earn a minimum Rp. 10 million ( US$870) per month. Adding: “In principle, I want to see workers in Bali prosper. Don't let them suffer privations, even though (the privations) are permitted within the law.”

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


Long list of complaints for Bali’s renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Island’s tourism industry concerned with the many complaints about the airport received form the traveling public.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo's electability unaffected by human rights issue Political observer from Pelita Harapan University (UPH) Emrus Sihombing has opined that human rights issue will not affect the electability of Prabowo Subianto, the presidential hopeful from Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) party.

Posted in Politics @ 03 April 2014 16:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four-meter long croc captured in Bangka A four-meter long crocodile weighing almost 300 kilograms was captured by villagers of Gedong, Belinyu district, Bangka Belitung Province, on Thursday. "I and other residents managed to catch the four-meter long crocodile by using a mangrove monkey as bait to lure it," stated Mang Yasak, a Sungailiat resident here on Friday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 February 2014 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President summons East Java governor over zoo problem President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono summoned East Java Governor Soekarwo and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharani to discuss the problem being faced by the Surabaya Zoo (KBS).

Posted in General @ 21 January 2014 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High handling fees at Ngurai Rai burden for charters Charter aircraft operators are complaining bitterly about mandatory ground handling fees being imposed on visiting aircraft by a joint-veture partner of  PT Angkasa Pura I  who manage of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK adds graft charges for suspended chief justice The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has added an additional charge of graft to the charges pending against Akil Mochtar, the suspended chief justice who KPK recently named as a suspect in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 October 2013 20:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Orangutans habitat displaced by oil palm expansion' The massive expansion of oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan has led to increased environmental damages and displacement of protected animals, such as orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus).

Posted in Environment @ 03 August 2013 17:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human rights protest mars Indonesia’s state visit to UK A demonstration by Survival International and dozens of human rights protesters has marred the start of Indonesia’s first state visit to London in 33 years.

Posted in Protests @ 01 November 2012 01:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Visa fee threathens tourism development' Bisnis.com reports that Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has expressed her concern that the permanent imposition of the US$25 visa-on-arrival fee threatens the future development of tourism to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 September 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Call for corruption death sentence gains support Non-governmental organization Lumbung Informasi Rakyat (LIRA) said it fully supports Nahdlatul Ulama in calling for death sentence for corruption convicts. "It is not a new move but since it came from a big organization like NU it should carry greater weight," LIRA president H.M. Jusuf Rizal said here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 September 2012 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor urges Solo people to stay calm after terror attacks Central Java Governor Bibit Waluyo has called on the residents of Solo to keep calm despite a series of terror attacks in the city over the past two weeks. "The police are investigating the cases, so I want all people in Solo city to stay calm," he said here on Friday, adding that all the parties should cooperate in dealing with the problem.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 August 2012 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two tourists drown, 2 missing at Palabuhanratu beach Two local tourists have died and two others are missing, and are expected to have drowned at sea while visiting the Palabuhanratu beach of Sukabumi in West Java during the Idul Fitr holiday, a rescuer said on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 August 2012 19:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono appoints Nafsiah Mboi new Minister of Health President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has named Nafsiah Mboi as the new health minister to replace minister Endang Sedyaningsih, who recently died from cancer.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2012 11:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lady Gaga concert in Jakarta canceled after Islamist threats Controversial US singer Lady Gaga is having a bad romance with her fans in Indonesia, dubbed as “Little Monsters”, with her scheduled concert in Jakarta officially cancelled by her management amid strong reactions from hard line Indonesian groups.

Posted in Religion @ 27 May 2012 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clemency for drug offender draws harsh criticism   The decision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut the sentence of Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years on humanitarian grounds, has drawn harsh criticism at home.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator questions Corby clemency Member of the House of Representatives Commission III Aboebakar Alhabsyi questioned the motives of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who granted a five-year clemency to convicted Australian drug peddler Schapelle Leigh Corby.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 10:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More power needed to power Bali Bali Post predicts that by 2013 Bali will be facing an electrical crisis made all the more acute by large scale infrastructure projects scheduled to come on line in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) Summit scheduled for late 2013. Among the projects cited as placing an added, and possibly unsupportable burden, on Bali’s electrical grid are the new toll way, the expansion of Bali’s airport, the Bali International Park Project (BIP) and the opening of a number large hotel projects.

Posted in Power supply @ 13 March 2012 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians arrested for murder Taiwanese boat captain Two Indonesian deckhands have been taken into custody after allegedly killing the Taiwanese skipper of a fishing boat last December, the Antara news agency reported on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 05 January 2012 10:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rescues hijacked tug boat in Malacca Strait Indonesian authorities have rescued a tug boat with nine crew believed to have been hijacked in the Straits of Singapore, a sea lane seeing a rise in attacks, an official said Monday, as AFP told.

Posted in Crime @ 03 January 2012 01:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati Nusantara cancels flights over unpaid fuel bills Despite disruption to its flight schedules operating to other destinations, Merpati Nusantara (MZ) flights to and from Bali operated without interruption on Saturday, October 15, 2011.

Posted in Travel @ 17 October 2011 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: Larger awareness for human rights concerns in Indonesia Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should raise military accountability for abuses, freedom of expression, and the rights of religious minorities during her visit to Indonesia from Thursday through Sunday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 July 2011 03:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police backs govt efforts tackle Islamist movement Indonesia's national police says it is ready to back up the religious affairs ministry in efforts to prevent propagation of the Islamic State of Indonesia (NII) movement. "To prevent more potential victims, cooperation with the ministry is needed," national police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said Thursday.

Posted in Religion @ 06 May 2011 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Philippines join to fight crime and terrorism The governments of Indonesia and the Philippines on Tuesday agreed to boost cooperation in their efforts to fight terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 March 2011 15:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Theaters may stop screening imported films The uncertainty over the future of imported films in the country could cost filmgoers a chance to enjoy Academy Award nominated films such as Natalie Portman’s Black Swan, James Franco’s 127 Hours and Jeff Bridges’ True Grit on the big screen.

Posted in Culture @ 20 February 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Microsoft to invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia Microsoft on Friday announced that it will invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia to develop cloud-computing systems, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Economy @ 21 January 2011 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A full Bali for Christmas and New Year Hotels in Bali are fully booked for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the head of the island’s hotel association said on Sunday, while police said there had been no indication of an increased threat of terrorist attack.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2010 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. President Obama to visit Indonesia despite volcano threat U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive on Tuesday for a 24-hour visit to Indonesia as part of a 10-day Asian tour, despite concerns resulting from the ongoing eruptions at Mount Merapi, Indonesian and U.S. officials said on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 09 November 2010 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burger King to stop buying oil from Sinar Mas Environmentalists on Saturday praised Burger King's decision to stop buying palm oil from an Indonesian company accused of destroying rainforests. The U.S. hamburger chain giant said Friday that it was canceling its contract with PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology over concerns it had not adopted sustainable farming practices.

Posted in Environment @ 05 September 2010 01:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The transformation of Kuta Beach A 5.2 hectare complex incorporating hotels, restaurants, recreational and shopping options is gradually raking shape along a 250 meter long stretch of Kuta Boulevard. Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort occupies the land once filled by the Sahid Raya Hotel, now demolished to make way for the existing 4-star Harris Resort Kuta-Bali and the new 200-room 5-star Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. The two properties will be complemented by a high-end retail hub dubbed "beachwalk" featuring over 200 retail and dining outlets.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 August 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Civet cat dung coffee may be haram Indonesia's top Islamic body says it may forbid followers from drinking the world's most expensive coffee - extracted from the dung of a civet cat - over concerns it is unclean. Kopi Luwak is made from hard beans that have been eaten by the nocturnal critters and then fermented in their stomachs before being pooped out and roasted.

Posted in Religion @ 20 July 2010 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Internet facilitates illegal kidney trade in Indonesia Thomas, 30, said mounting debt forced him to take the desperate step of selling a kidney on the internet for 300 million rupiah (25.000 euro). "I have to take my chances because that's the only way I can get the money to pay off my debt," Thomas, who declined to give his surname, told.

Posted in Health @ 12 January 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo Island drops to 17th place in voting Komodo Island has slipped to the 17th place in the race for a place among the world’s new seven wonders of nature. Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said Sunday concerns about security in the country might have caused the decline.

Posted in Environment @ 21 December 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beyond reality: 'Condoms are only for married couples' A person responsible for social welfare in the region of Papua, Indonesia's easternmost region, Lathifah Husna, has said that condoms should only be used by married couples. "The campaign promoting condoms does not explicitly say that sexual relations - and thus condoms - are only allowed within marriage. The focus in the campaign is only laid on the fact that condoms are safe," said Husna.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2009 00:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Diseases strike West Sumatra quake survivors Survivors of a severe earthquake that struck Indonesia's West Sumatra province have developed illnesses caused by poor living conditions, say medical workers, while shelter and food remain key concerns almost two weeks after the disaster.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 October 2009 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Underage marriages still common practice The Commission for the Protection of Indonesian Children (KPAI) has expressed concerns about the high number of marriages involving underage children. According to the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) some one third of all marriages taking place in Indonesia each year involve at least one person that is under the age of 18.

Posted in Culture @ 12 September 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: 'Papuans tortured by Indonesian army' Indonesia's controversial special forces, which are trained by Australia, have been accused of new human rights abuses in the troubled province of Papua. In a report by US-based Human Rights Watch, off-duty members of the elite Kopassus branch of the Indonesian army are said to have tortured and abused Papuans.

Posted in Violence @ 26 June 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes to the polls today Indonesia holds legislative elections today, amid concerns about vote buying, fraud and some regional violence in the country. But the elections mark a transition for the young democracy. Indonesia's legislative elections span thousands of islands with more than 40 political parties and tens of thousands of candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Manokwari airport closed after quakes Authorities in Rendani Airport, Manokwari, West Papua has stopped activities in the airport following series of powerful earthquakes that hit the city earlier on Sunday, Kompas.com reported. The authorities and airlines operating in the airport agreed to stop every activity on security and safety concerns.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 January 2009 05:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rihanna cancels concert in Indonesia amid safety concerns Just a day before she was set to take the stage, pop singer Rihanna has canceled a concert in Indonesia amid concerns about her safety. The Bajan beauty was scheduled to perform in front of a sold-out crowd in the capital Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2008 00:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia’s debut rupiah sukuk falls short of expectations Indonesia has sold only 4.7 trillion rupiah of its debut rupiah-denominated Islamic bond, or sukuk, an amount slightly below its target. As a result, the government is likely to increase the size of its global dollar sukuk later this year in a bid to make up for the shortfall, people close to the deal told Dow Jones Newswires on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 24 August 2008 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to face tough competition from Lombok An article in Nusa Bali has spotlighted growing concerns that a tourism mega-project on the nearby island of Lombok, currently being developed by the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), may represent strong future competition to Bali. Located in the southern part of the island, the Lombok project is being financed by an U.A.E. company, Emaar Properties at an estimated project cost of 400 million euro.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 May 2008 04:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to triple rice seed budget to lift output Indonesia is planning to spend 6 trillion Rupiah (416 million euro) to provide farmers with rice seeds this year. These seeds include high-yielding hybrid varieties to boost output, told vice-President Jusuf Kalla earlier today. Authorities in Indonesia have been trying to take measures to cushion the impact of soaring food prices, particularly for the staple rice, amid concerns over social cohesion in the country.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2008 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief of Indonesian central bank arrested on graft charges The anti-corruption commission in Indonesia has finally arrested the country's central bank governor on graft charges, a spokesman for the body said Thursday. The watchdog, which has been investigating Burhanuddin Abdullah since last February over the alleged misappropriation of 100 billion Rupiah in bank funds, said he was taken in for questioning early Thursday and later arrested.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2008 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising food prices raise security concerns in Indonesia The soaring cost of rice and other basic food in Asia has raised security concerns across many Asian countries. In Indonesia, the high cost of staple foods is hurting the poor and raising fears of social unrest.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2008 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police ban soccer final after fan riot The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) said Friday it would switch the venue of the final match to Bandung after the Jakarta Police headquarters banned the match in the capital for security concerns. "The Jakarta Police have warned against having the final match in Jakarta, as the situation here is not conducive," PSSI secretary-general Noegraha Besoes said in a press conference.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2008 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hoisting of Morning Star flag to be stopped directly Hundreds of students who name themselves the Morning Star Youth Movement Anti-colonial Indonesia have raised the Morning Star flag yesterday. Hoisting the flag took place in a ceremony held in the deep forests near Jayapura. The ceremony was held to remember the day that the independence of Papua Barat was proclaimed. Outside a number of youth, the ceremony was attended by a number of members of the National Freedom Army of the Papua Independence Organisation TPN OPM.

Posted in Protests @ 01 December 2007 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lowers alert on volcano as activity drops Thousands of people who fled from a volcano on the eastern island of Halmahera are being advised to start returning to their homes after the activity of the volcano cooled down, told an official earlier today. The alert status was raised to the highest just last week after the Mount Gamkonora volcano started shooting out towering columns of ash and smoke, which sparked concerns of a major eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 16 July 2007 12:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU to send air safety experts to Indonesia The European Union will send safety experts to Indonesia for the review of an EU ban on Indonesian airlines which started last Friday, said the ambassador of the EU to Indonesia. All 51 airlines, including national carrier Garuda Indonesia, have been barred from entering European airspace because of safety concerns. Although no Indonesian airline currently flies to the EU, the ban obliges tourist agencies to warn customers that the airlines are unsafe if they sell package tours with these carriers.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2007 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU bans flights by Indonesian airlines All airlines that have their base in Indonesia will be banned from flying to the European Union because of safety concerns. This information has been released by the European Commission. "Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers traveling worldwide but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety," said Jacques Barrot, commission vice president in charge of transport.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2007 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Indonesia bans sand exports Indonesia has announced a ban on land sand exports. Land sand is used in the construction industry to produce cement. Singapore says it is disappointed but it believes the ban is unlikely to have a significant impact on the construction industry. Indonesia says the ban on the export of sand is due to environmental reasons and to protect Indonesia's borders.

Posted in Economy @ 25 January 2007 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu claims 62nd human life in West Java Bird flu has killed a woman in Indonesia, the 62nd death from the virus in the country with the highest human fatality rate, a health ministry official said on Saturday. The 19-year-old woman from West Java died on Friday, Dr. Muhammad Nadirin at the ministry's bird flu centre, told Reuters. "She was sick since Jan. 11, got a high temperature and cough and then entered Garut hospital on Jan. 17," he said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 January 2007 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braces as bird flu flares anew in Asia in winter Indonesia readied more hospitals to deal with a spike in bird flu cases while Japan confirmed its first outbreak of H5N1 in poultry in three years on Tuesday as the virus flared anew in Asia, mirroring past winters. Concern about the disease have rippled across the region, with an Indonesian hospital overwhelmed by human cases this week, and the virus spreading among flocks in Vietnam and flaring again in Thailand.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 January 2007 07:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Fuel spill may be new clue on missing Adam Air jet Indonesian rescue workers scouring the seas for a commercial airliner that went missing two weeks ago have found a fuel spill believed to be from the doomed jet, an official said on Monday. Small pieces of the Adam Air Boeing 737-400 that vanished from radar screens on New Year's Day with 102 people aboard have been found in the past few days floating in the sea or washed up on beaches off the west coast of Sulawesi island.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 January 2007 11:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Piece of missing jet found off Sulawesi A fisherman found a piece of a Boeing 737 that disappeared more than 10 days ago, the first hard evidence that the plane carrying 102 people had crashed into the sea off Sulawesi, a top search official said Thursday. The piece of tail from Adam Air Flight KI-574 was recovered Wednesday in the Makassar Strait, 185 miles off Sulawesi Island's coast, said Eddy Suyanto, the head of search and rescue operations.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 January 2007 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia plane pilot said to alter path A jetliner with 102 people aboard that disappeared after encountering 80 mph winds over northern Indonesian waters twice changed course, an official said, as authorities widened the search Friday for the Boeing 737. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived to help investigate the apparent crash of Adam Air Flight KI-574, which disappeared from the radar Monday near the Sulawesi coastal town of Majene without issuing a mayday.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 January 2007 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crash brings safety of budget airlines into question The proliferation of budget airlines across Asia has made air travel affordable for millions, but this week's aircraft disaster in Indonesia has underlined the challenge for governments to ensure safety standards are met. Analysts say there is no hard evidence that budget airlines are more accident-prone than full-service carriers, but admit they have a harder job convincing the public they are not cutting corners as well as costs.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[Update] 12 survive Adam Air jet crash; 90 dead [Update] 02 January 2007 20:37 WIB - Senior Indonesian officials said on Tuesday reports that an airliner with 102 people on board had been found on Sulawesi island were wrong, and the plane was still missing. Officials had earlier said that wreckage of the Adam Air plane had been found after it had crashed into the mountains in heavy rain. There were reports 12 people had survived the crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia worried TB fight might be overshadowed Indonesia's battle against tuberculosis, which kills one person every four minutes in the country, should not be overshadowed by other high-profile diseases such as bird flu, the health minister said on Wednesday. Indonesia has the most deaths from bird flu with 57 fatalities since 2005 and has become one of the frontlines of the battle to prevent a possible human pandemic in which millions could die.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla: 'Rupiah's strength is a concern' The Indonesian rupiah's strength is a concern and businesses in Southeast Asia's biggest economy may feel more comfortable if it weakened to about 9,500 against the dollar, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 November 2006 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament drafting bill to ban cigarette advertising and sponsorship Indonesian lawmakers are drafting a bill that would ban tobacco companies from advertising or sponsoring sporting and entertainment events, local media reported Tuesday. The bill, which is sure to face opposition from Indonesia's powerful and wealthy tobacco lobby, also envisages doubling taxes on cigarettes to more than 60 percent in the country of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bush doesn't receive warm welcome in Indonesia Ignoring monsoon rain and thunder, hundreds of people gathered in Indonesia's former colonial capital of Bogor on Monday to demonstrate against a visit by US president George W Bush. Amid security concerns, the president only made a short stop-over in Indonesia, the last leg of an Asia tour that included Singapore and Vietnam which was hosting the APEC summit.

Posted in Politics @ 21 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anarchy reigns in West Lombok Back to Lombok after almost two years - my last visit to this beautiful and quiet island east of the messy Bali dates back to January 2005 - I noticed that certain things had changed, and too bad not only for the good of the island. It has nothing to do with increased tourist numbers to the island or the fact that big positive points are to be awarded.

Posted in Culture @ 05 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia: '100 percent ownership for private sector' Indonesian Transportation Minister Hatta Rajasa assured investors Wednesday that private firms -- both local and foreign -- would still be allowed to own up to 100 percent of infrastructure projects despite the upcoming amendment of the existing transportation legislation. "I can assure you that there will be no change to the 100 percent private-sector ownership principle in transportation-sector projects," Hatta told the press yesterday (Nov 1) after addressing a discussion held in conjunction with the "Indonesia Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition 2006".

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2006 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeking US$12 billion for infrastructure projects Indonesia Indonesia will seek US$12 billion (€9.4 billion) in private capital to fund infrastructure projects at a conference that kicks off Wednesday, but it faces challenges overcoming an image of corruption that may scare off investors. Topping the list of deals on offer are the construction of a US$1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) fiber optic network and two coal-fired power plants worth nearly US$2.48 billion (€1.9 billion), said Conference Chairman Chris Kanter.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia steps up security in Java Indonesian security forces have tightened measures in the Central Java region to deter any terrorist acts during Muslim post-Ramadan festivities. The region has been known as one of the havens for terrorists to escape to or hide.

Posted in General @ 14 October 2006 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air quality in Singapore improves after PSI hit high of 150 Singaporeans woke up to clearer skies on Sunday morning after a hazy Saturday. Air quality in Singapore on Saturday moved into the "unhealthy" range for the first time this year. The 3-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit 150 at 9pm, the highest this year. But it later eased to 136 at 12 midnight and on Sunday morning, the PSI dropped further to 57 at 7am. The highest 3-hour average PSI reading recorded was in September 1997 when it hit 226.

Posted in Forest fires @ 08 October 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.

Posted in Forest fires @ 06 October 2006 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesters pour 700 kg of mud outside Aburizal's office Protesters dumped a truckload of mud outside the office of State Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie on Wednesday to demand more help for thousands of people affected by a mud flow that swamped a large swath of East Java province. The sludge was collected from the torrent, which began surging from the ground four months after an accident at a gas well owned by a company linked to the family of Aburizal.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 September 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia mudflow breaks barriers, injures six Barriers built to control a torrent of mud gushing out from an exploratory oil well in Indonesia failed to hold late on Monday, injuring six workers and inundating nearby villages. Several experts have said the mudflow, which started to spurt in late May, could have been triggered by a crack about 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) deep in East Java province's Banjar Panji well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for speed in Indonesia Two years into his five-year term, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presents himself as a sincere, hard-working reformer, a long-distance runner pacing himself on a marathon run. But many Indonesians think the country needs a sprinter.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2006 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lobbies for greater Asian voice, more investment Indonesia is adding its voice to calls for Asian countries to be allowed a greater voice in international institutions like the IMF and World Bank. Indonesia also says that eradicating poverty is its national priority, something both the World Bank and IMF also want to see. So the Indonesian delegation, which has come to Singapore for the IMF/World Bank annual meetings, wants to use this opportunity to promote their country as an investment destination.

Posted in Economy @ 16 September 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia drops plan to raise phone tariff The Indonesian government will not raise charges on fixed-line phones due to concerns about low consumer purchasing power despite a planned hike to take effect in January next year, an official has said. "Our economic condition is not that conducive. This is a result of the low purchasing power of the people and the recent natural disasters," the Communications and Information Ministry's director general of post and telecommunications, Gatot Dewa was quoted Tuesday by The Jakarta Post daily as saying. "Therefore, the fixed-line telephone rates will not be increased."

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: Economy to expand 6% amidst reforms Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he’s targeting 6% growth in the economy this year as he pledges more reforms to draw investors into projects from biofuel to infrastructure and housing.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2006 15:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ICG: Women, the poor singled out by Aceh sharia enforcers Women and the poor are experiencing unfair treatment due to overzealous enforcement of sharia bylaws in Nanggroe Aceh Darusssalam, an influential think tank said. The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday that haphazardly recruited, poorly disciplined and inadequately supervised sharia police were practicing a form of moral vigilantism that singled out women and the poor.

Posted in Religion @ 02 August 2006 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Main Islamic group mulls ban on TV gossip programs Indonesia's largest Islamic movement, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is considering issuing an edict that would ban Muslims from producing or watching popular television gossip shows, an NU official said Sunday. "It is still being debated and any final decision will have to be taken in a plenary later today," said Ali Machsan Musa, head of NU's East Java chapter.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Bali bombers at island jail Indonesia's attorney general, Abdul Rahman Saleh, says three key Bali bombers on death row are to be executed at jail on Nusakambangan island, and not on Bali. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Ali Ghufron have been convicted over the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 July 2006 06:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abu Bakar Bashir addresses quake survivors Abu Bakar Bashir has blamed Indonesians' "damaged morals" for the devastating earthquake that hit Java last month and urged the government to implement Islamic law. In his first major public appearance since his release from prison after serving 26 months for conspiring in the Bali bombings, the militant cleric addressed around 1,000 people outside the headquarters of his hardline Islamic organisation in Yogyakarta.

Posted in General @ 26 June 2006 17:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia releases militant islamic cleric A militant cleric alleged to be a top leader in an al-Qaida-linked terror group was released from prison Wednesday to cries of "God is great" from supporters. Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, had served 26 months for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people and thrust Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, onto the front lines of the war on terror.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2006 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi activity slows down, but still dangerous Activity of Mt. Merapi slowed down on Saturday, but Yogyakarta's Volcano Research Center had not removed the red code status of the volcano as its activity could still increase anytime, an official said. Data collected by the Center from midnight to 6 a.m. on Saturday showed that the volcano spewed 43 times of hot gas, flowing some one kilometer away from the peak.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 June 2006 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano lava dome raises eruption concerns The lava dome on Indonesia's Mount Merapi is increasing, raising concerns the volcano will erupt and add to the chaos in central Java after last month's earthquake that killed more than 5,800 people. Mount Merapi, which is about 60 kilometers (35 miles) from the center of the May 27 earthquake near the city of Yogyakarta, has been emitting more gas, lava and ash in recent days, Agus Sampurno, an officer on duty at the Volcano Development and Research in Yogyakarta, said in a phone interview today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 June 2006 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia placed on U.S. trafficking watch list Israel and Egypt, both U.S. allies, were demoted in a State Department ranking of countries judged on efforts to combat forced labor and other forms of exploitation. Three countries in Asia -- Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan -- were added to the watch list, cited as destinations or transit countries for forced labor and sexual exploitation. The Philippines was moved off the list.

Posted in General @ 06 June 2006 08:13 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


Three bird flu deaths confirmed The biggest case yet of humans possibly infecting others with bird flu prompted the World Health Organization to put the maker of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu on alert for possible shipment of the global stockpile for the first time, officials said Saturday.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 May 2006 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO reports 2 Bird Flu deaths Two young boys died of bird flu in Indonesia - one from a family that has already lost four members to the disease, the World Health Organization said Friday. In Rome, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warned that the state of emergency surrounding the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry and other animals will last for years.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 May 2006 10:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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