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Alcohol poisoning kills 25 in West Java Home-brewed alcohol killed 25 people in the districts of Sumedang and Garut in West Java, a spokesman of Garut Public Hospital said on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 December 2014 07:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six die after consuming suspected contaminated alcohol Six residents of the Malang district in East Java died after drinking alcohol suspected of being adulterated in a party in Lawang on Monday. Lawang police sector chief Commissioner Gatot Setiawan said here on Wednesday 15 people binge drank and six of them had died.

Posted in Health @ 16 April 2014 23:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding spreads to other areas in Indonesia In the past two weeks, floods and landslides have hit parts of Indonesia, particularly Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and Kalimantan Islands, and continue to spread further, thereby claiming more lives as torrential rains continue to lash.

Posted in Weather @ 22 January 2014 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police still investigating deaths caused by illegal liqour The police are still investigating the case of four people dying after consuming illegal home-brewed alcohol in Sleman, Yogyakarta. "Investigation is still going on, but we are yet to name a suspect who sold local home-brewed alcohol," Sleman Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Ihsan Amin, said on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2013 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Once again two killed after drinking oplosan in Jakarta Once again two people are killed after drinking oplosan, alcohol mixed with methanol. Supriyadi and Mulyani died after they unknowingly enjoyed themselves this toxic mix in Pademangan, North Jakarta. The two were rushed to a local hospital, only to die there as any aid came too late.

Posted in Health @ 24 August 2013 03:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beer party triggers Tulungagung prison riot A party in which beer was served resulted in a riot, along with escape attempts by dozens of prisoners and detainees, after several inmates became intoxicated after drinking Javanese beer, according to Chief of Tulungagung Penitentiary Muji Widodo.

Posted in Crime @ 04 August 2013 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Second largest dam in the country under construction Expected to start operation in April 2014, the Jatigede dam in Sumedang District, West Java, will be the second largest in Indonesia. Currently the Jatiluhur dam in Purwakarta district, also in West Java, is the largest reservoir in the country.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2013 14:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares Rp6 tln for basic infrastructures The Public Works Ministry is preparing at least Rp6 trillion in funds to build various basic infrastructure facilities in return for the imminent fuel price hike.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2013 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta prepared for floods The Jakarta administration has made adequate preparations in anticipation of floods, according to Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi). "We are well-prepared to deal with floods. The necessary facilities and personnel are ready," he said here on Tuesday, when leading a flood simulation exercise near the National Monument.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 November 2012 14:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Severe drought takes victims in Pekalongan Long drought began to leave its mark with 1,800 people of the regency of Pekalongan, Central Java, hit by acute infection in respiratory tract.

Posted in Health @ 18 September 2012 10:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia issues grant for health and water needs Indonesia The government of Australia has issued a 5 trillion Rupiah (U.S.$555 million) grant to Indonesia to assist regions in need of health facilities and clean water, officials said on Saturday.

Posted in Health @ 28 January 2012 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Woman on drugs kills 9 pedestrians in Jakarta A woman who drove her vehicle into a group of pedestrians in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Sunday morning has tested positive for drugs, officials said on Monday. The incident left nine people killed.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 January 2012 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian brain damaged after drinking toxic cocktail An Australian nurse has fallen ill after drinking a toxic alcoholic beverage at an Indonesian resort island, local media reported on Wednesday. She is currently hospitalized after eventually suffering from brain damage and kidney failure.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 October 2011 06:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


7 people survive over 3 weeks in sea after boat capsizes Over 3 weeks after their boat capsized in the south coast of West Java, Indonesia, seven people were able to survive until a passing ship spotted and rescued them, local media reported Tuesday, adding that five others remained missing.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 June 2011 02:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic material reaches rivers in Yogyakarta city Volcanic material has reached the city of Yogyakarta via a number of rivers in the area. Because of rainfall in the region, these rivers have swollen as well and they are flowing faster than normal. One of the rivers is the Code River which runs directly through the heart of Yogyakarta. It is currently transporting volcanic debris and parts of trees with it's raging currents. The river also threatens to burst it's banks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 05 November 2010 14:22 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


Early hours in NED During the long weekend of last week the island was flooded with Indonesian and foreign tourists that either want to shop cheaper, or want to do things that they can not do at home. Some prefer to get completely wasted on alcohol - more cheap here than in Singapore - in a matter of hours to he can take the boat back a few hours later, the other spends a night on the island to taste some of the forbidden fruits here.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 June 2010 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore is just around the corner And that is something you notice when you have arrived on the island of Batam, at some 45 minutes by boat from Singapore. Jakarta is a western city already with a young population that is not that tight concerning the traditional adat in the country, but in Batam this is exaggerated even more.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight dead after 'alcohol party' in Cirebon Eight people dead and two arrested is the result of a alcohol party that went slightly out of control. The police in Cirebon is still investigating the death of the eight 'party goers', but it is already clear that the two people that were arrested supplied the booze. Although the police reported an alcohol party is was most likely a gathering to get wasted as soon as possible.

Posted in Health @ 08 May 2010 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


School children Yogyakarta drink alcohol after school School children in Yogyakarta have found an adult way of entertainment for themselves after school is out for the day. A group of eight school children from a elementary school in Wates, Yogyakarta province, had decided that drinking liquor would be a fun thing to do when school is our, but they have caused quite a stir in the region.

Posted in Health @ 30 April 2010 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's slums struggle with sanitation In Jakarta's northern Muara Angke coastal area, a lack of access to piped water has forced people to bathe and wash clothes using murky grey water from fish ponds. "I don't feel disgusted at all. I’ve gotten used to it," Ibu Nunung, who shells mussels for a living, told IRIN outside her house in Muara Angke Blok Empang, a slum in the area.

Posted in Health @ 17 April 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two more dead by methanol tainted alcohol Repeating a deadly pattern that claimed 26 lives last year, locally produced alcohol tainted with methanol has sent at least 23 people to the hospital, two of whom have died. Those warded at Denpasar's Sanglah General Hospital all come from the Klungkung district of East Bali and were transferred to the capital for more intensive treatment.

Posted in Crime @ 08 March 2010 00:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight dead after drinking oplosan alcohol Eight men have died after drinking so-called oplosan alcohol in Yogyakarta. Oplosan is alcohol that has been mixed with ethanol and then sold cheap for those who want to get drunk quickly. The local police is currently investigating the case. The first death occurred on Sunday, with the others following on Monday, according to a Yogyakarta police spokesperson.

Posted in Crime @ 09 February 2010 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The wrong kind of home industry: mixing alcohol The police in Surabaya has raided a house of which the owner though it would be a good idea to make some real Indonesian products by himself. Unfortunately he choose to process alcoholic drinks in his own house, which is not allowed unless you have a permit for it. But it didn't end there, so the police did not raid the house for nothing.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2010 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


52 bodies recovered from collapsed hotel Until this moment, 52 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of Hotel Ambacang, one of the biggest hotels in the city of Padang that was flattened during the earthquake of September 30. Eight people were pulled out the rubble alive after some two days of fighting to stay alive in between the rubble of the hotel.

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


Buka botol in B.A.T.S. It was a regular Friday night on which my girlfriend and I decided to go clubbing. Not that same night because that would mean we had to hurry to go out, something that is not really beneficial and something I don't want to do at all. So not tonight, but the next night, the malam minggu (the evening before Sunday, so Saturday night) we would go to Jakarta.

Posted in Nightlife @ 16 September 2009 12:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Being gay in Aceh now punishable by sharia law In another huge step backwards, the regional government of Aceh, in the northern tip of Sumatra, has accepted the new - far more strict - Islamic laws. The ones now in place just tell people how to dress and obliges Muslems to pray, but the laws now accepted include a prison term of eight years for just being gay and being stoned to death if you decided to have sex with someone else then your spouse.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2009 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of underage prostitutes arrested Dozens of underage prostitutes have been arrested in a raid held by the Tegal police in Central Java last evening. Hundreds of bottles of liquor were also seized during the raid. Most of the youngsters were arrested around a number of nightspots in the city. Some of the pimps were also arrested, but the police said is was not that easy to catch them.

Posted in Crime @ 13 September 2009 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One hour delay at Soetta I have just arrived at 'Soekarno-Hatta International Airport of Jakarta', or short just 'the airport' or even shorter Soetta. Later this afternoon, at 16:20 local time, my flight should depart. When I got out of the taxi about half an hour ago I first bought a cup of iced tea at A&W. Not the best choice in the area, but I needed over an hour to reach the airport and had already spend an hour in the bus. Two hours without drinking is far from good for me.

Posted in Travel @ 14 August 2009 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For a NO against sharia in Indonesia As we all know, many Indonesians like to have a beer or some other alcohol sometimes. And why not? It is their right to choose whether they want to have a nice cold beer, a cocktail or some other drink containing alcohol. Even if they are Muslim because it is not up to a state or institution to decide whether people from a certain religion can not drink alcohol.

Posted in Religion @ 21 July 2009 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapindo-like mud eruption occurs in Serang A so-called mud volcano, which resembles the large 'Lapindo' mud volcano near Sidoarjo in East Java, has emerged in Serang, Banten province. The geyser-like structure exhausts sand mixed with mud as high as ten meters and also spreads a bad odor.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 June 2009 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, Stadium However the name might look like you are attending a game of soccer when you enter this piece of 'paradise on earth', it is not anything like it. It could at best be a nice confusion of words if you are smart enough, so you will not be caught for lying when you are telling in all honesty that you went to the stadium, but keep it in English then. The building that calls itself 'Stadium' is not just a club, it is a center of pleasure and entertainment, 24 hours a day, almost all days of the year.

Posted in Nightlife @ 29 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; B.A.T.S. From Aphrodite in Taman Rasuna we took an 'Express' taxi which brought us to the lobby of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in just a matter of minutes - all of a sudden it went quick because of a lack of vehicles on the protocol-roads of Jakarta. I was happy that I dressed myself decently and also brought enough clothes for the coming days, however an extra blouse with long sleeves would be welcome, but that was something to be taken care of later on.

Posted in Nightlife @ 15 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


A deserted Kuta in November I have to admit, it is somewhere far outside any holiday season in the middle of November, maybe that will help create the almost deserted Kuta around this time of year. It was a short trip of about one hour from the beating cultural and religious heart of Bali, Ubud. With a virtually blue sky I left the spiritual village on a rented Mio (scooter), heading for the hot lowlands and crowds of Southern Bali. That crowd was a relative thing here, but seen from Ubud almost everything in the outside world looks crowded.

Posted in Travel @ 25 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


14 die in Indonesia in suspected alcohol poisoning Fourteen people working for cargo ship, including some Thai citizens, have died after drinking mix-drink suspected to contain alcohol, Indonesian national police spokesman Sulistyo Ishak said here Tuesday. The incident happened at a party on Sunday night in Merauke of Papua province in easternmost of Indonesia, the spokesman said.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2008 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


One dead in local 'anti-liquor raid' in Solo With as reason that they wanted to fight against liquor, a resident has become a deadly victim. The incident happened when more than ten youths from the Kusumodilagan area, Joyosuran in Solo, central Java were drinking liquor on Monday evening. A group of members who see themselves as members of the local mosque attacked the youths. Beause the fight was unfair, the drinking youths ran away.

Posted in Violence @ 18 March 2008 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Residents of Siring Barat want financial help for mud flow Some 200 residents of the sub-district of Siring Barat, in the area of Porong in the district of Sidoarjo in eastern Java, demonstrated yesterday in front of the building of the local government of Porong. They want that the area they live in is included in the map on which the mud flow is indicated, so they can claim the right for payment. Last Thursday a dam broke, after which their area flooded with watery mud as well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 January 2008 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 3 The Team for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Observation in Blitar reported today that the temperature of water in the crater continues to increase, albeit slowly. The highest level of alert (level 4) is still in force.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 21 October 2007 09:36 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


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 2 First time to have a drink. I looked in the direction of the only warung that I could find here at the moment. I didn't really want to look for another one. Fortunately there was someone to serve, in the form of a Javanese women which sat on a bench in front of the house. Probably waiting for a customer. A bemo passed. That stopped and the driver got out. Hopefully he didn't bring any passengers, otherwise they had to wait. I wasn't the only one there when I walked into that direction. The driver ordered an iced tea and sat down. I just had picked up the nice idea to drink a coffee here. It had been a long time that I drunk a kopi tubruk actually. That is nice for a change. I found a nice spot at the one big table available.

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


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

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


Flooding in Central Sulawesi Heavy rain since last week has inundated at least 3,600 houses and forced 14,400 people from 10 sub-districts in the Indonesian province of central Sulawesi to leave their homes. The most affected areas are Talise (Palu Selatan), Kolaka (Palu Barat) and Maesa (Palu Utara).

Posted in Flooding @ 15 May 2007 02:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 09 May 2007 00:00 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


Aid flows in as Sumatra buries earthquake victims Dozens of victims of the twin earthquakes in western Sumatra were buried on Wednesday as aid flowed in for thousands of displaced when their homes were flattened during the quakes. Disaster management told that 72 people were killed in these quakes, which were also felt in neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. Many had to spend a night in the open, frightened of another earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 March 2007 02:00 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


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten The UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports has prepared this report.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2007 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


United Nations ready to assist flood-stricken Indonesia The United Nations agencies stand ready to support the Government of Indonesia in response to the severe flooding that has affected the capital of Jakarta and surrounding areas in recent days.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 February 2007 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods hit some 75% of Jakarta, 25 killed Flooding in Jakarta has affected around 75 percent of the city, an official said Monday as the death toll from the disaster hit 25. Some 340,000 others have been forced from their homes. Storm waters that inundated scores of residential areas and shopping districts late last week were still three meters deep in places, witnesses and an official say.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


126 dead after devastating floods in North Aceh recedes Rescuers reaching remote Indonesian villages for the first time since weeklong rains triggered floods and landslides said Friday that survivors are dehydrated and in desperate need of medical attention. The number of people killed stood at 126, with more than 400,000 displaced. In neighboring Malaysia, which is experiencing its most severe weather in a century, authorities found the body of a 14-year-old boy floating in a flood-swollen canal, bringing the tally of dead to 11. Nearly 90,000 have been displaced in Malaysia, where flood waters have caused nearly €15.2 million in damages. Both nations were bracing for continued rains throughout the weekend.

Posted in Flooding @ 29 December 2006 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh demanding gubernatorial candidates recite Koran Election officials in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province have ordered that potential candidates for upcoming provincial polls must be able to recite from the Koran, Islam's holy book, in order to run, a local report said Thursday. The order is the latest in a series of controversial moves to impose a strict version of Islamic Law, or Shariah, in Aceh, despite the rest of Indonesia being secular.

Posted in Politics @ 28 September 2006 05:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Muslims begin observing holy month of Ramadan Indonesia's president urged his people on Sunday to be stronger in facing challenges as the world's most populous Muslim nation began observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk in order to focus on the spiritual.

Posted in Ramadan @ 24 September 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightspots told to 'respect' Ramadhan A band of 70 public order officers will patrol the capital to ensure nightspots and entertainment centers comply with an order to adjust their operating hours during the Ramadhan fasting month. Agency head Hariyanto Badjoeri said his office distributed a circular from the City Tourism Agency to the management of entertainment centers and nightspots in the capital earlier this month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 September 2006 14:39 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


The conmen of Parangtritis What should have been a nice day driving around, became a very funny little adventure. Especially about some remarks that would be made in Parangtritis. Thinking back to this in fact ridiculous fact where four people can laugh about for a long time, it's time to do some efforts to go back writing a little bit. We go back just two days. Not too early the four of us get in the rental car (license plate starting with AB, so we are just like real Yogyakartans), to drive around for the afternoon; some beach, a little bit of disaster area south of Yogyakarta and then simply back home to eat.

Posted in Culture @ 25 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lone Indonesia bird flu survivor goes home Jones Ginting can't remember much of his battle with bird flu, and it's probably for the best. For the first two weeks, he slipped in and out of consciousness at Adam Malik Hospital. His skin stuck to the sweaty sheets as a fever raged. His arms were as rigid as steel pipes. When he did come to, he was delirious and agitated, fighting nurses who were trying to give him the antiviral drug Tamiflu. And always, always, he was struggling to breathe.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 July 2006 13:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt drops relief supplies in flood-hit area Helicopters dropped relief supplies on Sunday to thousands of victims of flooding and landslides on Sulawesi island, officials said. Some 10,000 people have been displaced following two days of torrential rain at the start of the week that flattened homes and turned swathes of land into vast lakes of water.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 June 2006 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Red Cross triples aid appeal for Indonesia quake The International Red Cross has tripled its emergency aid appeal to help survivors of the earthquake, which killed more than 5800 people in Indonesia last month. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said it was increasing its appeal to US$31 million ($49 million), after donors covered its initial May 27 request for US$10.4 million.

Posted in Earthquake @ 08 June 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


River of lava ready to hit villages near Merapi A local volcanologist reiterated Tuesday that huge amounts of molten lava were poised to be expelled from restless Mt. Merapi and blanket communities lying in their path. "The materials will shoot downward to Gendol, Boyong and Woro rivers (in the direction of Klaten, Central Java), reaching from seven to eight kilometers from the crater," said Subandriyo, the head of volcanology of the Yogyakarta Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 May 2006 08:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cholera claims 151 in Papua province A cholera outbreak in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua has killed 151 people in the last month and has made another 3 200 ill, says a health ministry spokesperson on Friday. Sumardi said: "The latest report we received today shows that the death toll has reached 151." He said at least 3 200 people have been affected by the disease since early last month.

Posted in Health @ 29 April 2006 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Is affordable, clean water for all just a dream? The number of Indonesian urban poor without access to running water, an estimated 50 million people, exceeds the combined populations of Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Nearly half of all people currently living in Jakarta, the fourth most populous city in the world, lack a piped water connection; this number of unconnected is greater than the urban population of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Posted in General @ 06 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villages swamped in NTT, Jambi Continuous rain during the past few days has flooded many villages in East Nusa Tenggara and Jambi, with waters more than a meter deep in some areas. Thirteen villages were affected by the flooding in Belu and the Rote Ndao regencies. In Rote Ndao a local wharf was destroyed by floodwaters.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2006 15:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A religious conflict tamed Despite a flurry of warnings about possible violence over the holidays, residents in this capital of Central Sulawesi Province, thought the bomb blast that ripped through a nearby pork-selling market on New Year's Eve was an earthquake. They were convinced, like so many others in the region, that the communal tensions that erupted into deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians five years ago were a thing of the past. Even after finding out it was a bomb, they condemned it as simply the work of a small group of "terrorists."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


14 killed, 112 feared dead in another Java disaster Continuing bad weather and a lack of equipment are hampering rescue efforts in the Central Java village of Cijeruk, where a landslide has killed at least 14 people. It is feared the death toll from the pre-dawn landslide on Wednesday could rise as over 100 others are still trapped under debris. "Fourteen bodies have been evacuated but we estimate that 112 others are still buried in the mud," said Basuki, the secretary of the village that had a population of 655 prior to the disaster. Of its 144 houses, only 44 are left standing.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 January 2006 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Homeless adrift a year after Boxing Day tsunami Billions of dollars have been pledged and thousands of new homes built but the city of Banda Aceh is still a scene of devastation after the Boxing Day tsunami of last year. Tens of thousands are surviving in shanty towns of scrap wood and metal churned up by the terrifying force of the sea. There are 67,500 still living in tents. More than 200,000 survivors are thought to be staying with friends or relatives. Along the coast, towns and villages are nothing more than swampland and rubble. Survivors are jammed together in windowless plywood barracks hurriedly built by the army.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta water shortage likely by 2008 Jakarta's drinking water utility, PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya, says Indonesia's capital Jakarta faces a serious water shortage by 2008, the Jakarta Post reports. Worsening pollution is steadily shrinking the quality and quantity of water from the Jatiluhur reservoir, Jakarta's main drinking water source, the report says, citing PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya's institutional relations director, Kumala Siregar.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono likely to survive fuel price rise protest Indonesia's looming fuel price increases Saturday will power protests that will bruise, but not cripple, the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, analysts say. A government compensation plan and timing of the fuel price increase for the eve of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will help defuse public anger over the cut in price subsidies that have given Indonesians some of the cheapest fuel in the world for decades.

Posted in Politics @ 26 September 2005 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Preachers told to support controversial MUI edicts Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI)'s edicts against secularism, pluralism and liberalism, the Indonesian Council for Islamic Propagation (DDII) will fully support the MUI in its "war on deviant thoughts", a top preacher said on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2005 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Govt says three months to restore power, water on Nias It will take at least three months to fully restore electricity and water to the earthquake-ravaged Indonesian island of Nias, the country's vice president said Saturday. Yusuf Kalla, on a visit to the remote northwestern island where up to 1,300 people may have died in an 8.7-magnitude quake last Monday, said electricity in some areas was back on line, but complete restoration would take weeks.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia starts building refugee camps The United Nations said Wednesday that camps for up to 500,000 tsunami refugees will be built on devastated Sumatra island, while world leaders headed to Indonesia to discuss how to distribute billions of dollars in aid. Indonesia's government has started breaking ground on four camps around Banda Aceh, the main city in northern Sumatra, where an estimated 1 million people were left homeless by the tsunami. The United Nations plans to provide tents and equipment for up to 500,000, said Michael Elmquist, who heads the U.N. relief effort in Aceh.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami death toll in Indonesia approaching 100,000 Catastrophic is the only word that comes close to describing the impact of Sunday’s earthquake and tsunami on the impoverished Indonesian regions in northern Sumatra. As of yesterday, the official death toll had risen to more than 50,000. But government officials are warning that the figure will rise to at least 100,000 as relief teams reach more remote areas, particularly on the west coast.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll hit's 26,000, 8 Americans dead The human toll from the earthquake-spawned tsunamis that swamped an epic swath of South Asia climbed to 26,000 dead yesterday, and with tens of thousands still missing is bound to soar even higher. At least eight Americans were killed and hundreds of other Yanks remain unaccounted for in the region, the State Department said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Capsized boat off Papua kills 13 At least 13 people died and one isstill missing after a motorboat Wednesday overturned in a remote area of Indonesia's Papua province, state news agency Antara reported Friday. The ill-fated boat, with 30 passengers aboard, reportedly left a mangrove forest area in Urfasei, Waropen regency, west of Jayapura, for an undisclosed destination in the same regency when the boat capsized.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Arriving at Yogya by train and getting too little sleep over the last week, would come back to me, I was already preparing for that, and I was hoping to prevent it by getting to bed much more early than the days before. Unfortunately the night became all friendly and nice, which caused it to be a late night again… What a shame.

Posted in Travel @ 15 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


After four years of Indonesia holidays, I have learned several things. A little bit of language ( I’m far from happy with the current results indeed ), a little culture, food, climate and environment. But the thing I would like to tell you about this time is public transport in a variety of different ‘products’ as I call it. In fact it should not be that different from your own means of transport, but remember that you have to give up your bike and car for your transport. A car was not my problem yet, I used to do everything by bike, because the city life in a small city like Eindhoven ( pop. 200,000 ) in the Netherlands is about the same mess as the daily Jakarta life. No harm done, by bike you can enjoy special routes and roads for bikers only. Imagine that..

Posted in Travel @ 28 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

Posted in Culture @ 01 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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