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Haze disrupts oil palm production in Riau Haze from the ongoing forest fires in the Riau province had disrupted the harvest of oil palm fruits, a local farmer Rohim, 57 years old, said here on Friday. "The thick haze makes it hard for farmers to see the palm fruits that are ready to be harvested," Rohim noted.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 March 2014 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Victims due to haze to receive compensation The Ministry of Social Affairs will provide compensation for a haze victim who died in Riau province, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Syamsul Maarif. "The amount of the compensation will be decided later, after holding coordination discussions with the local government," the BNPB chairman said here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 07 March 2014 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost all Sumatran forest fires deliberately set Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Syamsur Maarif stated that around 99 percent of forest and plantation fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan were deliberately set.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 February 2014 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau forst fire hot spot multiplied 150 times forest fire hot spots in Riau have multiplied 150 times, from 64 on Sunday (Feb. 23) to 1,234 on Monday, across eight districts and cities, as detected by Terra and Aqua Satellites, BMKG stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 February 2014 13:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satellite detects 81 hotspots in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite detected 81 hotspots of forest, plantation and peat land fires in Riau Province on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 February 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


West Aceh shrouded in smoke after peatland fire West Aceh District of Aceh Province is shrouded in smoke after peatlands in the region caught fire due to illegal land clearing by burning. Head of Emergency Department of West Aceh Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency Dedek Risman said in Meulaboh on Monday that the agency does not have sufficient tools to extinguish the fire.

Posted in Forest fires @ 23 September 2013 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze forces temporary closure of schools in Pekanbaru The Pekanbaru education office has temporary closed kindergartens and elementary schools partly in the city, which have been hit by haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 29 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra haze might affect Malaysia due to wind direction Haze from land-clearance fires in Riau Province, Sumatra Island, might affect Malaysia, with the wind blowing toward the neighboring country, said a weather analyst.

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


297 hotspots for forest fires detected in Riau The Terra and Aqua satellite has detected 297 hotspots for forest fires throughout the Riau Province, according to the Pekanbaru meteorological, climatology, and geophysics station (BMKG).

Posted in Forest fires @ 27 August 2013 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine choppers readied to put out land fires The National Disaster Mitigation Body (BNPB) has again readied nine helicopters to put out land and forest fires in Riau province.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 July 2013 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Take firm action against forest fire perpetrators The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) has asked the government to take the firmest possible action against forest and land fires perpetrators.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 June 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign firms allegedly involved in Riau forest fires Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya has alleged that a number of foreign firms are involved in the current forest and woodland fires in Riau province. "It seems that (the fires) also involved foreign firms," he said in the State Palace compounds in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2013 14:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President orders ministries to put out forest fires President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered all ministries and relevant institutions to put out forest fires in Sumatra in one month. "The President has given us directives that hotspots and haze in Sumatra should be overcome immediately," Chief Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa told a press conference after a cabinet ministers` plenary meeting here on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 23:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNPB sets aside Rp25 billion to battle forest fires The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has set aside Rp25 billion (around 2.5 million US Dollar) to make artificial rain over forest fires in Riau Province to battle haze looming over the region and neighboring countries.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 13:42 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Preachers and revenge push terror in Indonesia Basri - one of Indonesia's most wanted Islamic militants - wears a tattoo of Mickey Mouse on his wrist and drank alcohol when he was young. He jammed on Nirvana songs in a rock band. He wasn't religous and even now he struggles remembering the verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. As Islamic militant he is accused of beheading three Christian girls and other attacks on the island of Sulawesi, a front for Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 February 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to declare bird flu a national disaster Indonesia will declare bird flu a national disaster, giving the government access to special funds to combat the disease that has killed 63 people nationwide, the planning minister said Wednesday. "It has become an epidemic," Paskah Suzetta told reporters in the capital, where authorities were preparing for the compulsory slaughter of thousands of backyard chickens as part of high profile efforts to fight the H5N1 virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 January 2007 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong monsoons could mean increased droughts in Indonesia Fears of strengthening monsoons in Asia could spell trouble for parts of Australia and Indonesia which will see longer and more frequent droughts in the future, according to a study published in Nature on Thursday. By examining the chemical makeup of corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, researchers found that stronger monsoons in Asia 6,500 years ago led to greater ocean cooling in the eastern Indian Ocean, which reduced evaporation and, in turn increased the droughts in Indonesia and Australia.

Posted in Environment @ 18 January 2007 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Haze from forest fires paralyses Indonesia airports Thick smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has shut airports and slashed visibility to below 100 metres (330 ft) -- and there is no respite in sight, officials said on Wednesday. The fires have been raging for weeks, spreading smoke across much of Southeast Asia and triggering fears of a repeat of the environmental disaster in 1997-98 when dry conditions linked to the El Nino weather pattern caused a choking haze that cost the region billions of dollars in economic losses.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 October 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia haze worsens, airplanes warned Indonesia on Wednesday urged airports in areas shrouded by thick smoke from forest fires caused by deforestation to close if conditions made landings’ hazardous, after a jet with more than 100 on board skidded off a runway in Borneo. The passenger jet operated by Mandala Airlines skidded off the runway upon landing amid thick haze in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province on Tuesday as fires spread choking haze to neighboring Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 October 2006 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot acquitted in activist murder The Supreme Court of Indonesia has acquitted the only person convicted in the murder of leading Indonesian human rights activist in 2004, the Antara news agency reported Wednesday. A Supreme Court spokesman said he had not seen the ruling and could not immediately confirm the report. The court does not have a set system for announcing decisions to the public.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 October 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia battles hundreds of forest fires Firefighters battled hundreds of forest fires on the Indonesian island of Borneo Friday, as haze blanketed at least two cities in the region, officials said. "There are fires burning all over farmers' land," said Yohannes Sudarto, a forestry ministry official coordinating firefighting efforts in Central Kalimantan, a province on Borneo island. He said that 45 firefighters were trying to put out the fires, but were struggling because in many places they had no access to water.

Posted in Forest fires @ 18 August 2006 13:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security advisory: Labour Day strikes planned in Indonesia "As Indonesian Workers' Unions continue to defy government appeals to all workers not to go on a mass strike on World Labor Day (May 1st), Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Firman Gani plans to deploy some 12,000 police personnel across the capital in anticipation of widespread rallies on 1 May. The Jakarta Military Command is also scheduled to have approximately 5,000 soldiers standing on alert and the Jakarta Public Order Agency will have 7,000 public order officers on stand-by as well, a day before the planned strike action commences.

Posted in Protests @ 28 April 2006 17:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pilot jailed for murder of activist A Jakarta court on Tuesday sentenced an off-duty Indonesian pilot to 14 years in jail for planning the murder of a top human rights activist during a flight on the national carrier Garuda last year. Human rights groups have said the trial over the killing of Munir Thalib was a litmus test of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's promise to build a more open and accountable Indonesia after decades of authoritarian rule and rights abuses.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 December 2005 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


US issues new warning on Indonesian security The United States has issued a fresh warning to Americans to avoid non-essential travel to Indonesia, calling bombings that killed 23 people in Bali on October 1 "a reminder that terrorists remain active". "The possibility remains that terrorists will carry out additional attacks in Bali, Jakarta or other areas of Indonesia in the near future," says the warning, e-mailed on Thursday to U.S. citizens in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2005 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Dozens hurt in clashes in Indonesia Hundreds of pro-independence demonstrators clashed with police in Indonesia's Papua province on Tuesday after two activists went on trial for flying a separatist flag, local media reported. The clashes erupted outside a court in the provincial capital, Jayapura, about 3,500 km northeast of Jakarta, after the two appeared in court on charges of subversion in connection to the incident last year.

Posted in Violence @ 11 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta hotels offer high-speed internet access Star-rated hotels in Yogyakarta are competing to offer wireless, high-speed Internet connections to meet customers' demands for rapid access to information. The five-star Melia Purosani Hotel on Jl Suryotomo offers a 24-hour wireless service in its lobby area, Soka Lounge, Parangsari Poolside Garden and in its Ching San, and El Patio restaurants.

Posted in General @ 07 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists fear another major quake may strike Indonesia Seismologists say there is a heightened risk that a major earthquake may soon strike the western coast of Sumatra as a result of the monster quake that generated the December 26 tsunami. They warn that the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh, which was already badly hit by the killer wave, could be at risk from a quake measuring up to 7.5 on the Richter scale and there is a potential for a tsunami-making 8.5 quake offshore.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'No mercy' for illegal loggers in Indonesia Indonesia's president pledged to wage war against deforestation, promising harsh penalties for officials involved in the illegal logging that continues to destroy massive areas of woodland annually. Both foreign and Indonsian perpatrators must be "severely punished" as they cost the country millions of dollars, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on a visit to the Borneo island province of East Kalimantan, one of the hard-hit areas.

Posted in Environment @ 07 March 2005 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt vows to check raging fires in Sumatra Indonesia is seeking help to put out the raging fires in Sumatra – the source of the haze over neighbouring Malaysia – and taking to court those who carry out open burning. Indonesian Embassy deputy chief of mission Suherman Obon said his country would be happy to accept Malaysia's assistance. “Our ambassador has reported the situation in Malaysia to Jakarta.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze stops 7 aircraft from landing at Pekanbaru airport Seven aircraft failed to land at the Sultan Syarief Airport on Tuesday due to the thick haze from forest and bushfires raging in Indonesia's Riau province. Airport chief Sutrisno said visibility increased to about 400 metres at 8am from 300 metres at 6am on Tuesday. As visibility was below the threshold, seven airplanes failed to land at the airport and one airplane failed to take off, he said.

Posted in Forest fires @ 22 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tight for Indonesia polls Indonesians have begun voting in parliamentary elections in a crowded contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Polling stations opened in stages across the world's most populous Muslim nation amid tight security in what is billed as the biggest one-day vote in history, and is only Indonesia's second democratic election since Suharto's fall in 1998.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian churches and cops beef up security Around 150,000 police officers, about two-thirds of the total force, will be deployed in Indonesia to thwart possible terrorist strikes against churches during the Christmas season. At the same time, Christian communities from around the country are stepping up their own vigilance following warnings of possible attacks by Al-Qaeda and its Muslim militant associates during the year-end festive season.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes kill 12 in Papua province At least 12 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and separatist fighters in Indonesia's troubled Papua province. Eight separatists were killed and several injured after troops raided a camp in the Wamena region on Wednesday morning, an army officer told El-Shinta radio. "We launched the raid at 5am and confiscated weapons from them... It is suspected that they had been planning to carry out attacks on a regency office and local military headquarters," Colonel Agus Mulyadi said.

Posted in Violence @ 06 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mediator: Decrease in civilian killings The killing of civilians has dropped sharply in Indonesia's Aceh province since the signing of a landmark peace accord between the central government and rebels, a Geneva-based organisation that brokered the deal said. The Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue said that in the four weeks since the agreement was signed, there had been 11 unconfirmed civilian deaths connected to the conflict. That compared to an average of 87 reported civilian killings a month for most of last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 04 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opens door to FBI on papua probe Indonesia opened the door on Friday to FBI involvement in a faltering investigation over the killing last August of two American school teachers and an Indonesian in restive Papua province. Police have said weapons used in the August 31 attack near a U.S.-owned mine such as M-16 rifles were mainly the same type as those carried by troops stationed near the site, but that it was too early to point fingers at military involvement.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 27 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to stay night in restive Aceh Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri will visit Aceh province on Tuesday, a week after the signing of a landmark peace accord with separatist rebels, a minister said on Thursday. Indonesia and separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels signed the accord, aimed at ending over two decades of violence in which thousands have died in the staunchly Muslim province on the northern tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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