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'Indonesia should scrap fuel subsidy' A number of business associations have called on the government to entirely scrap the fuel subsidy, instead of limiting consumption of subsidized fuel types in certain areas, in a bid to avoid a swell in state spending.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2014 09:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BI: economic slowdown in Q2 in line with stabilization scheme Indonesias economic slowdown in the second quarter of this year was in line with macro-economic stability policy adopted by the government and Bank Indonesia aimed especially to control inflation and current account deficit, the central bank said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 August 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Next president should continue pro-people programs The next president who is elected in the upcoming presidential race should continue pro-people programs laid down by the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a participant of a presidential candidate convention said.

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2014 10:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists advised not to visit Bali during Day of Seclusion Foreign tourists are advised not to visit Bali during the Hindu Day of Seclusion on March 31, 2014, a regional government official said.

Posted in Religion @ 13 March 2014 11:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former minister questioned by anti-graft agency as witness Former minister of forestry MS Kaban here, Thursday, was questioned as a witness by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in connection with the corruption case of Integrated Radio Communication System (SKRT) project in his ministry in 2006-2007.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 February 2014 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy halt treasure raider ship in Riau Islands The Indonesian warship, KRI Teluk Gilimanuk 531, of the Navy Western Fleet (Koarmabar) halted a local flagged KM Trianis ship carrying treasures salvaged from a shipwreck in the Mapur waters, Bintan District, Riau Islands.

Posted in History @ 08 January 2014 22:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to reach zero-hole roads target in 2014 The Government of Jakarta Capital Regions has planned to reach the zero-hole roads target throughout the area in 2014. The government of Jakarta has also allocated Rp50 billion, with a total of Rp250 billion, for street improvements in each of the Capitals regions.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 18 December 2013 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta monorail project also kicked off Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi broke the ground on Wednesday to mark the start of work to build the city`s monorail project. Construction of the project was halted 5 years ago on financial problem after some of pillars had been implanted in some areas.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 16 October 2013 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Government must be responsible for Batavia bankruptcy     The Indonesian Airline Ticketing Association (Astindo) for Riau province office said the government should be responsible for the bankruptcy of Batavia Air as declared by a court on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 01 February 2013 22:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese to refrain from joining transmigration projects Suarapembaruan.com reports that effective immediately the municipal government of Baliís capital city of Denpasar will no longer allow its residents to participate in transmigration programs organized by the central government.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal villa complex in Canggu, North Kuta Badung Enforcement Officials (Satpol PP Badung)†recently descended on the construction site of the Club Residence Canggu in Tibubeneng Village, North Kuta to forcibly halt the ongoing construction of that multi-townhouse development.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2012 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Habibie: N250 still the best Former vice president BJ Habibie said that N250 is still one of the best aircraft. On the sidelines of an open house on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr celebration at his residence on Jalan Patra Kuningan here on Sunday Habibie said the plane will be able to fly in the next five years with some design changes.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2012 22:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power plant on Java to stop using fuel oil The government aims to stop using fuel oil for electricity power plants situated in Java island by June 2012. "In the middle of this year, there would be no more plants using fuel oil in Java," said Jarman, Director General of Electricity Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, here on Friday.

Posted in Power supply @ 20 April 2012 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dengue fever endemic in Malang Fifty-seven sub-districts in Malang city, East Java, are working to halt the spread of dengue fever, local health office spokeswoman Enny Sekar Rengganingati said here on Monday.

Posted in Health @ 17 April 2012 02:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pre-election violence hits district in Indonesia's Papua Supporters of rival political candidates have clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province this week, just days ahead of district elections, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 17 February 2012 04:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


GKI Yasmin church mass disrupted by protest A Sunday mass being held at the house of a congregation member at the Taman Yasmin complex, and which was being attended by around 50 members of the the GKI Yasmin church, was forced to stop when a group of protesters arrived and demanded that the congregation halt the service.

Posted in Religion @ 22 January 2012 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to stop sending domestic workers abroad by 2017 The government of Indonesia has said it will stop sending domestic workers abroad by 2017 following numerous cases of abuse, the Jakarta Post reported on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2012 14:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Permits travel agencies Bali one big mess The results of †a formal letter issued by Baliís governor Made Mangku Pastika calling for a moratorium or a halt to the issuance of new travel agency licenses in Bali has failed to bear any concrete results, despite an eager reception by travel professionals in Bali when the governorís recommendations were initially made public.

Posted in Travel @ 19 December 2011 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt awaiting results of police probe into Papua congress incidents Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said the government would wait for the results of the police investigation into the incidents around the recent Papua People`s Congress in Papua that left some people dead.

Posted in Violence @ 07 November 2011 18:12 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


Mother of passenger aboard crashed plane receives call Authorities have located the crash site of a medium-sized passenger plane which crashed in the western region of Indonesia on Thursday, but rescue workers have been unable to reach the site. There are hopes of survivors.

Posted in Accidents @ 30 September 2011 20:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Panic and electrocution after electric train catches fire Dozens of passengers suffered electric shocks and were caught in a stampede following apparent explosions on an electric-powered train between Rawa Buntu station and Sudimara station in Serpong Tangerang on Thursday afternoon, an eyewitness has said.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 September 2011 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two foreigners missing after plane crash in Indonesia's Papua Two foreigners are missing after their small plane carrying supplies to a remote area crashed during bad weather conditions in Indonesia's Papua region on Friday afternoon, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 September 2011 03:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Lebaran not tomorrow, but the day after' Just a while ago it was decided upon during a sidang istbat - extraordinary 'meeting' with the Indonesian government, Islamic scolars and foreign guests, that the most important day of the Islamic year, the first day of the month of Syawal, or Idul Fitri, not falls on August 30, but one day later on August 31. This news broke after August 30 had been picked as Idul Fitri or Lebaran as official public holiday over a year ago.

Posted in Ramadan @ 29 August 2011 16:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian migrant workers avoid beheading in Saudi Arabia Two Indonesian female migrant workers have been spared from beheading in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2011 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pays 'blood money' for convicted maid in Saudi Arabia The Indonesian government paid Rp 4.6 billion (380.000 euro) in 'blood money' to stop the execution of an Indonesian maid convicted of murder in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 26 June 2011 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans labor workers migrating to Saudi Arabia The government of Indonesia on Wednesday announced that it will temporarily halt sending labor workers to Saudi Arabia as of August 1, while officials consider the possibility of having legal affairs attaches in several countries where national labor workers are facing legal issues.

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2011 02:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on illegal taxi's on Bali continues An informal promise by the Bali Transportation, Information and Communications Agency (Dishub), the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) and the provincial enforcement agency (SATPOL-PP) to temporarily halt the crackdown on illegal transport operators is apparently not being honored.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2011 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One more warning for zoning law violations on Bali The provincial enforcement team for Bali has delivered the second written warning to the Beach World Project within the Nusa Dua Complex.

Posted in Environment @ 26 April 2011 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta busway as a good example Earlier I wrote about the TransJakarta busway as a bad example of how things should be taken care of if implementing public transport. But this system does not only have negative sides of course, so TransJakarta also deserves a more positive piece of writing if you ask me.

Posted in Travel @ 26 March 2011 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two parties interested in buying Mandala Airlines At least two investors are preparing to take over PT Mandala Airlines which is currently experiencing a financial crisis. They are PT LCNC which is a lessor of aircraft and also PT Manunggal Sejati Group Sinarmas Group.

Posted in Travel @ 31 January 2011 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism suffers under ash from Mount Bromo volcano The volcanic activity of the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province has caused heavy damage to the tourism industry in the area. The volcanic ash, emitted by the volcano, covers a large area where normally people make a living from tourists. The areas most heavily hit are Cemorolawang, Ngadisari and Probolinggo.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 December 2010 06:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Yogyakarta airport reopened after Mount Merapi eruptions The airport of Yogyakarta, one of the international airports on the Indonesian island of Java, has reopened on Saturday. Flights from and to the airport were halted soon after the first heavy eruptions of the Mount Merapi volcano late last month.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2010 13:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court lifts law that allowed government to ban books An Indonesian court on Wednesday lifted a 1963 law that allowed the government to ban books deemed as offensive. "The 1960s Law on Securing Printed Materials whose content could disrupt public order is against the Constitution. The law is no longer legally binding," said Mahfud MD, the head of the court.

Posted in Politics @ 15 October 2010 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passenger plane skids off runway in Indonesia A routine domestic flight almost ended in disaster on Tuesday when a jet carrying more than 100 passengers broke apart on landing in Indonesia, injuring about 20 people, officials said. The Merpati airline Boeing 737 bounced off the tarmac at Rendani domestic airport in Manokwari, West Papua.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 April 2010 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you can't compete, banish them Following accusations leveled by Kuta residents and widely reported in the Bali press that the newly opened Tune Hotel on Jalan Ciung Wenara in Kuta was contaminating ground water with fuel oil, the two low cost hotels in Bali affiliated with AirAsia have come in for more sharp criticism, this time by local legislators who question both the hotel's environmental practice and its destructive impact on the market mechanism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 December 2009 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Wings Air plane skids over runway and breaks down An old McDonnell Douglas plane from airline Wings Air has finally broken down. This happened at the Syamsuddin Noor airport near the city of Banjarbaru in South Kalimantan. The plane arrived from Surabaya at 18:15 when it skidded over the runway and broke down right away. The 160 passengers and crew were all safe but were panicked by the incident.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 December 2009 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's governor Pastika committed to culling dogs In a decision certain to anger Bali's animal rights groups who argue the elimination of stray dog populations is an ineffective way to halt the spread of the rabies, the governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, has directed that the extermination of stray dogs continue and be accelerated.

Posted in Health @ 19 December 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Small victory for Yudhoyono: Bibit and Chandra back to work Interim Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputies Waluyo and Mas Achmad Santosa have handed over the leadership posts back to Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M. Hamzah ealier this afternoon. This is a small victory for president Yudhoyono. It was his fight against corruption that moved the Indonesian police earlier to arrest both over a alleged case in which the two were involved.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 December 2009 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Case against KPK members to be dropped The Junior attorney general for special crimes, Marwan Effendi, has publicly said that the Attorney General's Office (AGO) is to drop the charges against the two suspended members of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M. Hamzah. Marwan said that his office would issue a letter in which the prosecution would be halted as soon as possible.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 November 2009 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Outbreak of diseases feared in rainy West Sumatra Health officials said they were trying to keep disease at bay in the aftermath of the powerful quake that hit Indonesia's West Sumatra Province, as search and rescue efforts ground to a halt. Heavy rain drenched parts of West Sumatra on 5 October, bringing fresh air to some but more misery to thousands of people still living without adequate shelter after the magnitude 7.6 earthquake.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 October 2009 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


25 kilometers of traffic jam near Bandung A number of roads used to transport millions of people for the upcoming Idul Fitri holidays has come to a halt over a distance of 25 kilometers. Based on information gathered from around the main roads, there is one big traffic jam from Rancaekek in the regency of Bandung until the border with neighboring regencies Garut and Tasikmalaya.

Posted in Ramadan @ 18 September 2009 11:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only two pilots in simulator, training a success The first reaction from Indonesia on the ban to fly to countries of the European Union for all Indonesian airliners was as clear as it could be. Furious they were, because there were no structural problems at all in the airline industry in the country. President Yudhoyono even canceled a visit to the Netherlands because of the ban. And all this even when there was not a single Indonesian airliner flying to Europe, since Garuda Indonesia had stopped flying to Amsterdam late 2004 already.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2009 06:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Everyday is demonstration day in Jakarta Every single day - maybe excluded of some religious holidays - is demonstration day in Jakarta. The city will never be free of mid-afternoon demonstrations on high-profile locations because of all those demonstrations in one day. But the problem is, that most of those demonstrations consist of a group of less than 50 people, often paid to join their little demonstration to make it look big and have their pictures taken for a local newspaper.

Posted in Protests @ 24 July 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pickpocketed at the Busway It was about to happen of course. But for the first time in ten years Indonesia it happened on a place where I could expect it the most. On the Jakarta Busway. It was a rush hour trip from Halte Bunderan HI to terminal Blok M. I traveled during rush hour because I had a scheduled birthday to attend in southern Jakarta at seven. I would not make it, but that was less of a problem.

Posted in Culture @ 28 June 2009 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stops sending maids to Malaysia immediately Indonesia has ordered employment agencies to stop sending its citizens to Malaysia to work as maids. Indonesian Manpower Minister Erman Suparno said the decision - effective today - would remain in place until safeguards are implemented in Malaysia. ďI have spoken of the temporary halt in bilateral talks with the Malaysian Human Resources Minister (Datuk Dr S. Subrama-niam) during the International Labour Conference in Geneva on June 12,Ē Erman said in a statement yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 27 June 2009 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


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

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


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


The easy life in the kampung The long trip by bus lay behind us when we arrived at what we called home at half past three in the night. Most of the family stayed awake to greet us, so not to be rude I sat down on the wooden bench to eat something. After that it was soon time to excuse me to catch some sleep. I just wanted to go along with the rest here, so getting up early is something obligatory. Of course there is the understanding that I didn't have much sleep, so I could get some sleep without any problems.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2009 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western Hotel Sapta Patala closed before it opens You think you can do anything in Indonesia because it's corrupt as hell? Forget about that one here. Indonesia is corrupt indeed, but if you don't pay enough to all those involved, only forget to pay one or if you encounter someone that is not corrupt, your about-to-open hotel ends up in a situation like this:

Posted in Corruption @ 13 June 2009 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism chief calls for end to custom's raids The Bali Tourism Service (DIPARDA) is urging the Bali Customs and Excise office to halt sweeping raids being conducted against Bali hotels and restaurants in the current drive to halt the sale of wine and liquor bearing counterfeit customs stamps.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2009 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denpasar police crack down on shirtless motorcyclists In addition to issuing tickets to motorcyclists lacking driver's licenses, vehicle title and helmets, NusaBali reports that Denpasar's traffic police will soon also be taking actions against drivers, presumably male, cruising Bali's roads bare-chested. Declared "Operation Sympathetic" and focused primarily on the streets of Kuta, a police official confirmed that special attention would be given to foreign male tourists driving motorcycles while not wearing a shirt.

Posted in General @ 05 February 2009 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia supports Palestinian people's struggle' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Tuesday that the Indonesian government supports the struggle of the Palestinian people to defend their rights and sovereignty. "Israel's unproportional atacks on Hamas with a large number of fatalities is an unforgettable human tragedy," the national Antara News Agency on Tuesday quoted President Yudhoyono as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 02 January 2009 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on freedom of expression in Maluku At least 70 people have been arrested or imprisoned for peaceful pro-independence activities in the province of Maluku, Indonesia over the last two years, Amnesty International revealed today. The Indonesian government should immediately and unconditionally release all those detained for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, belief and association.

Posted in Protests @ 20 December 2008 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Juanda, a beautiful new airport near Surabaya Several years ago I was there for the last time - at that time it was the first time as well - at the airport of Surabaya. A small building which was far too small for the number of passengers that had to be served from the airport there. A common problem at airports, especially in the western part of Indonesia where the airline industry has grown incredibly in recent years following the startup of a number of new routes flown by several different airlines.

Posted in Travel @ 17 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stocks fall as government raises bank guarantee The Indonesian stock-exchange fell by 5 percent at the reopening of trade on Monday after a three-day halt, despite the government increasing the bank guarantee to help restore investor confidence in the economy amid the global financial market crisis. Finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawai announced that the government would extend the bank guarantee deposit from 100 million rupiah (7.500 euro) up to 2 billion rupiah (150.000 euro).

Posted in Economy @ 14 October 2008 08:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia keeps stock exchange closed Indonesia closed its stock exchange for the second day to halt a flurry of selling that sent the main stock index plummeting more than 20 percent this week, while Asian trading ended mixed. Stock exchange president Erry Firmansyah said it will remain closed to give investors a chance to "calm down before they make decisions."

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2008 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia halts U.S. naval lab's activities Indonesia has halted the activities of a U.S. naval medical lab in Jakarta following a dispute over the terms of a contract, the health minister said on Thursday. The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 has been key to efforts to track bird flu in Indonesia, the country with the most human deaths from the H5N1 virus.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2008 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overcrowded buses in Jakarta Overloaded they are and it is not just only on 'Halte Harmoni' where the situation is not really clear. There are even bigger exchange stops. One of the largest might just be 'Halte Senen', a little more to the north. This stop is situated directly at one of the corners of a busy intersection, directly under a fly-over. This is also the meeting point of a number of routes and transferring here is made difficult by hundreds of people that are finding their way here. That is not the only thing however what makes it a mess here.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Full buses in Jakarta Outside the use of the many thousands of - in general - old buses that are still in use today, there is a new option which was introduced just a few years ago. In 2004 these were brand new buses which were used on - then - just two routes. One route ran from north to south and back and the other one from west to east and back. The official name TransJakarta can be found on the buses, but for the rest the company is known as 'Busway'. And that is exactly what it is, because TransJakarta is too common. In the four year that this company exists hundreds of bus stops were constructed from durable materials and four more routes were organized as well. They seem to run all across the city without any logic though.

Posted in Travel @ 09 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysians run into massive bureaucracy for toll road construction Initial approaches by a group of Malaysian investors to build a number of toll road projects in Bali may have come to a sudden halt due to regulatory and bureaucratic restrictions. Tempo Interaktif reports that the plan of Malaysia Datuk Khalid, the husband of singing star Siti Nurhaliza, to build and operate toll roads connecting Sanur beach - Tanjung Benoa and Ngurah Rai Airport - Nusa Dua has run afoul due to procedural rules governing such a project.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2008 04:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Cilacap power plant closed due to lack of coal The coal-fired power plant in Cilacap, which is operated by the private company PT Segara Sumber Prima, will halt it's operations this night due to a disruption in supplies of coal from suppliers, the president of the state-owned power company PLN, Fahmi Mochtar said. The shutdown is expected to last for a few days.

Posted in Power supply @ 24 June 2008 16:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace campaign forces Unilever u-turn on palm oil Greenpeace today welcomed Unileverís call for a moratorium on rainforest destruction in Indonesia, that is wiping out orang-utans and devastating the climate.

Posted in Environment @ 02 May 2008 03:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Government issues latest airline safety rankings As reported in Kompas, the latest review of national airline safety issued by the Governments has determined not to increase the actual safety category rating of any national airline, despite an admission that actual scores have improved a number of air carriers.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2008 12:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods in Karawang spreads The flooding in North Karawang, western Java, is still spreading. More than ten districts in Karawang have been flooded, among them villages and rice fields. Until now 17 out of 30 sub-districts have to deal with flooding, including the sub-districts of Rengasdengklok, Pakisjaya, Batujaya and Jakerta.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 February 2008 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Search halted for missing students on Mount Agung The search on Bali's Mount Agung for two missing students from Bandung's Widyatama University - Eko Saputra Sudirman and Yunita Indah Savitri has been halted. As reported earlier, three trekkers went missing on December 26, 2007, with a search effort commenced on December 30, 2007. The body of one of the hikers, Muhammad Ikbal (21) was discovered by searchers on January 6th but the remaining 2 students are still missing.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 January 2008 10:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet feet in North Jakarta, 3 It didn't get better when I carefully lifted the plastic flap and reached outside with my head. A driver on a motorbike which was in some kind of a hurry could hardly avoid me. In front of us a long row of red lights in the streets. Between the vehicles I could mainly see water and more nearby I heard the water gush out of the draining canal onto the pavement and the street. Ooh well, it must be raining heavily somewhere close, because it was quite an amount of water that came rushing towards us. Slowly the three wheels of the bajaj disappeared under water. I was hoping that the water would not reach too high at the end, because after over half an hour in this kind of transport, sitting becomes quite uncomfortable.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud flow dam breaks, railway closed Rail traffic in eastern Java came to a halt on Friday afternoon after an emergency dam at the mud flow gave away earlier last night. The railway between kilometer 32 and 33 is flooded with mud with heights up to half a meter.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 04 January 2008 14:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bojonegoro city now also flooded The floods in the district of Bojonegoro, eastern Java, on Sunday expanded. Earlier 14 sub-districts were flooded around the city, but earlier today the city itself was partially flooded as well. As reported by a reporter for Metro TV, a number of main streets, including Jalan Gajah Mada, were submerged in floodwaters.

Posted in Flooding @ 30 December 2007 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lava island in Mount Kelud's crater growing The Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java is still active. As is reported by reporters at the scene, the lava island inside the crater lake of the volcano is still growing. This is measured by the number of tremors originating from the crater. Clouds of white steam and smoke are still exhausted by the central part of the crater and reach altitudes of around 1,000 meters. The observation post for the Kelud volcano reported that there were 25 tremors inside the crater which caused the exhaust of white clouds of steam.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 November 2007 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merdeka! Merdeka! With just over two weeks to go, Indonesia is slowly turning into a more colorful country than usual. Independence Day is coming - the 17th of August. That will be celebrated as well. Of course the red and white flags will be everywhere around, but the celebration is more than just raising a flag in the early morning. Like I wrote a year ago, cleaning is done as preparation. Things that haven't been cleaned for almost a year are now cleaned to be finished just a few days short of the 17th - so they don't have to care about it for another year as well.

Posted in Culture @ 31 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Minister: No new accommodation in Denpasar and Badung Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, recently told a business meeting in Bali that the construction of new accommodation in Badung and Denpasar must come to an end with current rooms on offer far exceeding market demand.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 May 2007 02:38 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


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


Global Fund stops assistance; corruption suspected Global Fund, an organization that provides assistance to help deal with AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, stopped it's assistance to Indonesia last March on suspicion of fraud. Firman Lubis, deputy chairman for the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), told that the funds stopped flowing to Indonesia after an audit held by Price Waterhouse Cooper.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 April 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


15-year-old girl dies of bird flu Bird flu has killed a 15-year-old girl from Jakarta today, bringing the death toll in the country to 73, an official said Friday. "The girl died Thursday," said a spokesman from the bird flu information center in Jakarta. "She has been confirmed positive for the virus by two labs." The girl was admitted to an intensive care unit. She was the 93rd confirmed case.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 April 2007 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bad weather hampers ferry operations Java-Sumatra Ferry boats have halted the route between Merak in West Java and Bakauheni in Sumatra during the last 11 days because of extremely bad weather. Waves in the route over the Sunda Strait sometimes reached a height of four meters, as was told by assistant supervisor Mudhofar of state ferry company ASDP.

Posted in Weather @ 12 March 2007 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


War on poverty declared, but hopes not high The president of Indonesia has a very hard job. Being the first directly elected head of state of a country comprised of some 17,000 islands inhabited by the world's fourth largest population, broken down into literally hundreds of distinct languages and cultures, all further divided by five officially recognized religions, of which Islam, currently the world's most controversial, forms the vast majority, requires a juggling act of extraordinary dexterity. Include the dozens of political parties and the fine judgements that have to be made to accommodate all their special interests and it looks like a juggling act done on a high wire.

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


High water level halts evacuation of flood victims High level of water from the ground and fast water flows have halted the efforts of rescuers to evacuate flood victims, who are still trapped on the roofs and second floors of their inundated houses in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WWF: Illegal coffee growing risks Sumatra tigers Illegal coffee bean growing in an Indonesian wildlife park could wipe out already endangered local tigers, elephants and rhinos within 10 years, the WWF conservation group warned on Wednesday. The coffee growers are clearing vegetation in Bukit Barisan Selatan park, a World Heritage Site on the southern tip of Sumatra Island, to make room for the crop which brings much needed export revenue to the impoverished region.

Posted in Environment @ 17 January 2007 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five dead in train accident Central Java A crowded car of an Indonesian passenger train derailed and plunged into a dry river bed early Tuesday morning, killing five people and leaving dozens of others with mostly minor injuries, police said. A 3-year-old child was among those who died in the accident near the Central Javanese town of Purokerto, said police Sgt. Sunaryro.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 January 2007 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to import 520,000 tons of rice The Indonesian government finally made up its mind Thursday to end the rice crisis after stocks were declining and prices soaring with a decision to import 520,000 tons until March 2007. Vice President Jusuf Kalla told reporters here that stocks were run out at the State Logistics Agency (Bulog), and some 250,000 tons of rice were needed to be delivered every month to stabilize the price.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2006 16:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Santos cuts Jeruk to 50 million barrels as woes mount MORE than two years after indicating it had a massive oil discovery in Indonesia, Santos yesterday disclosed reserves at its Jeruk find were "most likely to be less than 50 million barrels". The sharp downgrade - to less than a third of the estimate only four months ago - adds to Santos's Indonesian woes with the company battling perceptions that its involvement in the Banjar Pangi-1 well - which this week was implicated in a fatal gas explosion - might damage its vital relationship with the Indonesian Government.

Posted in Economy @ 27 November 2006 10:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landmark election campaign begins in Aceh The candidates for the leaders of Aceh province in Indonesia began a two-week-long official campaign on Friday to compete over the positions of governor and mayors, the provincial electoral commission said. "The campaign starts today, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 7," M. Jafar, chairman of the commission, told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

Posted in Elections @ 25 November 2006 14:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge hole in Gempol-Porong tollroad The explosion of a gas pipe of state-run company Pertamina near the center of the drilling well of PT Brantas Lapindo in Porong, Sidoarjo (East Java) has caused a hole in the tollroad ahead. The hole is at least three to five meters wide and is located at kilometer 38. A reporter of Antara news on the scene reported earlier today that the hole in the road is more than big enough for a dumptruck.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 November 2006 16:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


French railway in Indonesia may rise again after tsunami A colonial-era railway that was once the lifeblood of Indonesia's Aceh could paradoxically be revived in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami, which obliterated the coastline of the province. Built in 1876 by the Dutch, the 600km single-gauge railway in the north of Sumatra island, linking the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, to the city of Medan, sank into oblivion a century later amid unrest.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 November 2006 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia peacekeepers head for Lebanon this month Indonesian troops are set to join a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon this month, the country's ambassador to the United Nations said on Friday. The Indonesian military has said a 125-member advance team will leave on Nov. 5, Rezlan Jenie, head of the Indonesian mission to the United Nations in New York, told reporters. The main body comprising 725 soldiers will follow in late November.

Posted in Military @ 05 November 2006 02:26 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


A lesson from Malaysia One more time I would like to look back to Malaysia a little bit. However I was only there for a week, I still had time to look around more than enough to get back to it for (maybe) one more time. Maybe it's just that I have too much time here, but I think it's rather because I would like Indonesia to have something of it as well. They will have to do most of the work however, I don't have much to tell here of course. I can at least tell about my ideas a little bit on the internet, to get it of my list and probably to never get back to it.

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


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

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


Calmer after Indonesia executions Conditions were calmer and under control after Indonesian government deployed thousands of security forces to guard public areas Saturday in Central Sulawesi province. Angry mobs had rioted Friday in Christian areas of Indonesia after the government carried out early-morning executions of three Christian men convicted of massacring Muslims during sectarian violence six years ago.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays troop deployment to Lebanon Indonesia has delayed sending troops to join a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon until next month owing to congestion on the ground, a military spokesman said on Friday. Admiral Mohamad Sunarto, an Indonesian army spokesman, said an advance team of 125 would now depart on October 10 and the main body would leave on October 24. The earlier plan had been for the force to be in place by the end of this month.

Posted in Military @ 15 September 2006 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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