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Jakarta to provide 100 free public buses The Jakarta Provincial Administration plans to provide 100 free city buses to reduce the use of private vehicles and to ease traffic congestion in the city. "This program is aimed to lessen the use of private vehicles, especially motorcycles," Acting Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaya Purnama stated here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2014 19:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta begins towing illegally parked vehicles The Jakarta provincial administration on Monday has initiated to tow and impose fines for illegally parked vehicles on the citys streets.

Posted in General @ 08 September 2014 21:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to implement parking meters to improve service The Provincial Administration of Jakarta has planned to enforce parking meter system to improve its parking service. "We hope to boost Jakartas parking service. In the future, we will impose official parking system in all regions using parking meters," Jakartas Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 05 August 2014 23:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


US grant of F-16 fighter jets to arrive in October The first batch of the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets, which are a grant from the United States, is expected to arrive in Indonesia in October, according to Indonesia Air Force Chief of Staff Air Marshal Ida Bagus Putu Dunia.

Posted in Military @ 19 March 2014 22:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hong Kong grants Indonesia request over Century assets The High Court of Hong Kongs Special Administrative Region has complied Indonesias request to confiscate Bank Centurys assets stashed in that country with regard to a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2014 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud volcano erupts A volcano on the main island of Indonesia has sent plumes of smoke and ash high into the air, while tens of thousands have gone to shelters for safety, the Antara state news agency reported Thursday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi to modernize people's markets in capital city Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is popularly called, made another breakthrough by starting the modernization of peoples markets in the capital city on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 4,000 passenger buses needed, quickly Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi said the city administration gives priority to procurement of 4,000 buses to serve as means of mass transport to reduce congestion in the city`s streets.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 October 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army to help Jakarta handle street vendors, illegal parking The Indonesian Army (TNI AD) is prepared to help the Jakarta provincial administration solve problems relating to street vendors and illegal parking, according to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Moeldoko.

Posted in Military @ 14 August 2013 22:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Joko Widodo ensures MRT to begin in April Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has ensured that the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project would begin in April 2013. "I want to make sure that the MRT project will start this month without delay," the governor said when giving a general lecture at Pelita Harapan University in Karawaci on on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2013 14:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangkuban Parahu volcano suddenly erupts The Mount Tangkuban Parahu volcano, north of the large city of Bandung, has erupted earlier today. The eruption was clearly visible this time. The volcano has been increasinly active since the start of this year and earlier showed signs of being in eruption, but those were only visible with sensitive instruments.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 March 2013 12:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Political temperatures on the rise in Bali Anyone doubting that political temperatures are on the rise in Bali in the period leading up to the election of its next governor on May 15, 2013, need look no further than the ongoing polemic on whether or not the current governor Made Mangku Pastika is barred from making official visits to the regency of Tabanan and the report of the expulsion of a Denpasar municipal legislator from a town-forum meeting conducted by the governor on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2013 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong quake hits Banggai Islands A 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Banggai Islands district in Central Sulawesi province on Monday evening, sparking panic among local residents but no damage reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 December 2012 23:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil sales of 49.2 kilograms of marijuana Police said they had arrested two suspects of drug dealers with 49.2 kg of marijuana in this Bali capital city this week.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 December 2012 20:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court rules oil, gas law against constitution The Constitutional Court (MK) has ruled that articles governing the tasks and functions of the Upstream Oil and Gas Executive Agency (BP Migas) in the oil and gas law run counter to the 1945 Constitution.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2012 19:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ketawanggede site in Malang stunted by McDonald`s A historian and archaeologist from Malang University, Dwi Cahyono has claimed to have discovered the existence of Ketawanggede, an archaeological site from the megalithic era, and has blamed the local branch of McDonald`s for neglecting its importance in the Dinoyo area, Malang in East Java.

Posted in Culture @ 11 October 2012 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs along main road cause parking problems A member of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) is calling on nightspots along the busy Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, stretching from the Ngurah Rai Airport to Sanur, to stop using the shoulder of the road for visitor parking.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali needs off-street parking A group calling itself the People’s Group for Indonesian Transportation (Masyarakat Transportasi Indonesia – MTI) has called on the provincial government of Bali and the municipal administration of Denpasar to bring greater order to cars parking on the island’s roads.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2012 08:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Security brought under control after attack on Freeport office Security in Kuala Kencana city has been brought under control following an attack by a group of people on the office of PT Freeport Indonesia, company spokesman Ramdani Sirait said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 22 September 2012 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi pledges to start Jakarta development from slum areas Joko Widodo (Jokowi) pledged he would start Jakarta`s development from the slum area if he is elected governor of the capital city for the next five years.

Posted in Politics @ 15 September 2012 13:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK investigating judges at prosecution office The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is investigating the three bribery suspects it arrested earlier on Friday at its central Java high prosecution office, a spokesperson said.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2012 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests 2 corruption court judges The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested two ad hoc judges and a suspected broker at a Semarang corruption court (Tipikor) in central Java, KPK Deputy Chairman Bambang Widjojanto said on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2012 17:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta metropolitan police arrests human smuggler Jakarta Metropolitan Police personnel has arrested a people`s smuggler from Uzbekistan, Salim Mustafa alias Theodoros Ioannis alias Musaev Samir, listed as Interpol`s wanted people (DPO).

Posted in Crime @ 11 June 2012 16:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawmaker angry seeing luxury car with TNI plate number A lawmaker from the House of Representatives (DPR)`s Defense Commission has asked for an immediate confiscation of a luxurious car found using a military (TNI) plate number at a parking lot at Soekarno-Hatta airport.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 May 2012 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police seized over 30 kg of meth last month Jakarta police confiscated 30.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and 382,000 ecstasy pills - all coming from Malaysia and China - and arrested 15 suspects in the past month.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 May 2012 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President says labor policies not politically motivated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that the government has no political interests with regard to its recent plans to improve the welfare of workers in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 03 May 2012 13:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Condoms from 'ATM' for users of prostitutes in Malang The regent of Malang, Rendra Kresna, has made it easier for users of prostitutes in Malang to get their hands on a condom. Not to promote prostitution - efforts to close down several red light areas in the district fail over and over again because of resistance from the population - but to curb the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDS.

Posted in Health @ 14 February 2011 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


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

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


Three dead, damage after Papua earthquakes A series of powerful earthquakes rattled Indonesia on Wednesday, killing at least three people, triggering landslides and demolishing dozens of homes. A tsunami warning sent panicked residents fleeing buildings to high ground.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 June 2010 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip to Cagar Alam Pangandaran Still coughing from the drive home the night before I woke up quite early in the morning after being quite reluctant to get up this early. It was finally dry by now, but it kept on raining for quite some time especially for this time in May. Most people here do not complain about it though; although roads are not repaired yet the newly planted rice and such are growing rapidly in return.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 May 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali customs destroy illegal alcohol cache Bali's Customs Office bulldozed 2,824 bottles of contraband alcohol on Friday, May 6, 2010, in the parking lot of their Bali Ngurah Rai Airport offices. The bottles of wine and hard liquor were estimated to have a value of Rp. 600 million (US$ 65,200) were seized in a number of raids conducted by Bali Customs Officers in 2009 and 2010 on illegal caches of booze not bearing official duty stamps.

Posted in Crime @ 12 May 2010 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport of Surabaya to be enlarged in 2011 PT Angkasa Pura I, the state-owned company that manages airports in Indonesia, has announced that 2011 will be the starting point for new extensions of the international airport of Juanda near Surabaya in East Java province. The airport, that has been extended in recent years, has already reached its maximum capacity.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 11:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blackout prevents Lion Air from landing A Lion Air commercial plane failed to land at Fatmawati Soekarno Airport in Bengkulu on Friday evening due to a blackout that affected the facility, Antara reported. The aircraft hovered above the airport for a while before it flew back to Jakarta as the airport was too dark to land.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 13 March 2010 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Delays in opening of Lombok's new airport Plans to conduct a "soft opening" of the new Lombok International Airport (BIL) in March 2010 are going to be delayed, according the Chief of the Transportation, Communication and Information (Dishubkominfo) office for West Nusa Tenggara province, Ahmad Baharudin.

Posted in Travel @ 01 March 2010 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Peddlers to be removed from kraton square Yogyakarta The southern square (alun-alun kidul) belonging to the kraton in Yogyakarta will slowly be stripped from it's peddlers that are earning a living around the square. Since several days, it is not allowed anymore to set up shop on the pavement, this information was released by the head of a government tidiness service in the city.

Posted in Economy @ 13 February 2010 01:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parking fees to be checked after complaints The provincial government of Jakarta has announced to get into action against parking companies that apply fees that are higher than the maximum fees allowed in the province. Fauzi Bowo, governor of the capital city, has said that raising fees for parking is not allowed and can only be done by governor's decree.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2010 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #5 After a month of 'uncertainty' I headed for the local office of PLN once more late last week. I was still hoping to be able to pay my electricity bill. It was the fifth time I was here, just to pay the bill for the power that I had consumed since the time I moved in here last June. Earlier attempts to pay failed because of several reasons, see the related blog articles for that.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 24 December 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


A bigger and much improved airport for Bali PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP), the State-owned company that manages Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, recently outlined the major renovation and upgrading work at Bali's only airport soon to get underway. Quoted in Beritabali.com, the general manager of Angkasa Pura I, Heru Legowo, said the total cost of the planned modifications at Bali's airport is budgeted at Rp. 1.6 trillion (110 million euro).

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali international airport to be expanded The expansion of the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the island of Bali will start early next year. Both the domestic as well as the international passenger terminals will be extended, and supporting facilities like parking lots will be upgraded.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2009 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of visitors flock to Yogya beaches The second day of Lebaran, yesterday, has moved thousands of local tourists from different parts of Yogyakarta and surrounding areas to visit the beaches on the southern side of the province. The beaches of Depok and Parangtritis were flooded with tourists looking for a nice scenery and the fresh sea-food. There was even a shortage of parking space at certain moments.

Posted in Tourism @ 22 September 2009 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials fear rising death toll after Java quake At least 33 people died in a powerful earthquake, which struck off Indonesia’s populous island of Java on 2 September, officials said. “At least 33 people are confirmed dead. The death toll could be much higher. The area is quite remote and communication is limited,” Health Ministry crisis center chief Rustam Pakaya told IRIN from Jakarta, the capital.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 September 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's Airport: where does the money go to? While Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is the focus of much criticism concerning poor management, over-commercialization and appalling service, the managers of the airport recently presented “the other side of the story” detailing the many financial contributions made by the airport’s operation to the local economy.

Posted in Economy @ 18 August 2009 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old and dirty money; how to get rid of it You will all probably have experience with it. You have just paid in the local supermarket and your change is a pile of banknotes that are just a few euro cents in value. If you are lucky enough, they will add a handful of aluminum coins with even less value than those uang kertas ('paper money') as well.

Posted in Culture @ 06 August 2009 15:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The little ones are back again! I had to do without them for quite some time as they were very rare in Yogyakarta. The last time I remember receiving one of them must have been more than two years ago by now. Not because they are not needed, it's just because making them is costly enough. Distribution is another problem, because of the sheer weight when you need to distribute a lot of them throughout the country.

Posted in Culture @ 28 July 2009 07:40 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


Destroying imported food part of strict import policy The Bali branch of the Agency for the Supervision of Food and Drugs (BPOM) has conducted on-site destruction of imported food items at several locations around Bali. On Friday, July 10, 2009, a total of 277 different products were crushed and burned in the parking lot of the Bali Deli. The items, not included on the BPOM's list of approved imports included products from Portugal, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, South Korea, U.S.A. and China.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 July 2009 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air MD90 skids of runway on Lombok airport An MD90 plane with flight number GT 652 which belongs to Lion Air skidded off the runway at the Selaparang airport on the island of Lombok. The plane had just arrived from Jakarta when it skidded over the runway. Based on information the pilot should have turned the plane at the end of runway 09, but did this earlier on the runway. The airport was closed for 3.5 hours and two other flights had to wait for their departure.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 June 2009 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia Bisa! They stole my motorbike already It was just my second night in my new neighborhood of Lippo Cikarang when I woke up and found out that something was wrong. As I was preparing to go to Jakarta by bus - a one hour drive to Komdak bus shelter - I wanted to get my motorbike from the parking space which is fenced off with an iron fence. I wanted to get the key first, but no key at the place where it should be. And then; no motorbike there. Oops, what had gone wrong and where is the thing?

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 June 2009 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Dragonfly Along one of the main streets of Jakarta is the anonymous Graha BIP, a office building like others along the same street. It is just a little stroll to the Kartika Chandra Hotel and the offices of government agencies like LIPI and BKPM are just around the corner as well. No clear indication that the basement of Graha BIP is home to a place that is currently known as Dragonfly.

Posted in Nightlife @ 13 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, the women of B.A.T.S. The later it gets the more clear it becomes that it is not all about the music, the band and the alcohol here. Pleasure is okay, but there is much more to get here that just that. The later it gets, a part of the people here starts to show more and more lowbrow attitude. In some areas you will see women hopping from one man to another. It could just be to greet them a 'bye bye', but all changes if you know better than that, because there is more to it.

Posted in Nightlife @ 22 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Aphrodite It is a humid night - like most nights in Jakarta indeed - after some light rain when I sit in a taxi on my way to meet two female friends. First something to eat and then enjoying the nightlife until the early hours of the next day, that was the deal we made by SMS during the course of the day. SMS-ing is much more convenient than calling each other all the time because connections are often not optimal. Another important thing is that SMS-es can be read again in case you forgot something.

Posted in Nightlife @ 08 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesian cleric arrested over underage marriage Police arrested a Muslim cleric in Indonesia's Central Java province for marrying a 12-year-old girl in violation of the country's child-protection law, an officer said Wednesday. Pujiono Cahyo Widianto, 43, revealed in August that he had taken the girl as a second wife in a traditional Islamic wedding ceremony, sparking criticism from child-protection groups.

Posted in Religion @ 18 March 2009 09:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesians flock to see partial solar eclipse Indonesians in several provinces on Monday viewed a partial solar eclipse, but thick clouds blocked the sighting for many others. The annular eclipse, in which the moon is on the far side of its orbit and can't completely cover the Sun, while not as dramatic as a total eclipse, attracted wide attention throughout the archipelago nation.

Posted in General @ 26 January 2009 03:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (II) The later it gets, the more clear it becomes that Kedai Kopi Jakal - Jakal is a subtraction Jalan Kaliurang, the street where the coffee house is located - has become a real gathering place. After ten in the evening the first groups of people decide to go out already. They will most likely be headed for one of the several nightclubs that Jogja has to spend the rest of the evening. Empty seats are filled up again in quite a short time, but they brought their laptop this time, so most likely they will be around for some time to come. That should not be a problem as well because they serve you until three in the morning of the next day.

Posted in Culture @ 12 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Vice-President ends Bali airport depate Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla has apparently brought to an end the long-standing debate on the future of Bali's international airport by instructing that a Rp. 1.2 trillion (80 million euro) expansion must be completed by 2011. As reported by Bisnis Indonesia, the Vice President issued his instructions following an inspection visit to the airport over the Christmas/New Year period. He was accompanied on his visit by the Minister of Communications Jusman Syafii Djamal and the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik.

Posted in Economy @ 11 January 2009 04:14 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


Thousands of supporters clash with police Thousands of people gathered for the funerals of three Indonesians executed on Sunday for the 2002 Bali bombings, sparking clashes between police and emotional supporters. The three men from the group Jemaah Islamiah, Imam Samudra, 38, and brothers Mukhlas, 48, and Amrozi, 46, were executed by firing squad in central Java shortly after midnight, claiming to want to die as "martyrs" and having shown no remorse for the attacks.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2008 08:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


107 additional flights during Lebaran holidays The Lebaran Holiday period, which stretches for more than two weeks in the periods prior and post the Idul Fitri celebrations on October 1-2, 2008, will be the busiest travel period of the entire year in Bali and the rest of Indonesia.

Posted in Ramadan @ 27 September 2008 06:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fuel subsidies may rise to 14.1 bn euro President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday oil subsidies may rise to 14.1 bn euro this year if crude prices average $140 a barrel and urged parliament to work with the government to tackle the issue. Fuel prices were increased in May due to ballooning subsidies on the back of soaring global oil prices, sparking protests in a country where millions are already suffering from higher food prices.

Posted in Economy @ 04 July 2008 07:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police on alert for oil price protests ndonesia's police have been told to be be on alert for any signs of unrest over fuel prices ahead of an expected price hike. The government is believed to be considering a fuel price rise of between 20 and 30 percent, a move that is sure to fan inflation at a time of already high food prices.

Posted in Protests @ 10 May 2008 04:10 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


Strong 7.5-magnitude quake hits Western Sumatra A strong 7.5-magnitude quake struck Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, triggering mass panic here and sparking tsunami alerts locally and in Thailand, officials and residents said. There were no immediate reports of damage. The US Geological Survey said the undersea quake struck at 3:08 pm (0808 GMT) some 312 kilometres west-southwest of the North Sumatra capital Medan, at a depth of 34 kilometres.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 February 2008 13:04 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


Streets of Kuta to be made more pedestrian friendly The physical infrastructure for streets in Bali is inadequate to meet the safety requirements of pedestrians and vehicular road users. Bad road surface conditions, the lack of sidewalks, insufficient drainage, and the absence of shaded and green corridors - all contribute to Kuta's failure to meet standards of safety needed for tourist areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


No more parking mafia! You know them, the ever friendly people who always know where to find that parking space you need. If not on the pavement, in front of an entrance or on a dead-end part of the highway system in Jakarta. There is always place for just one more car, motorbike or bikes, which are folded together near a trash can or tree. No problem at all and we are all happy that we can park at a distance less than ten meters from where we want to go. Nothing wrong with paying a little extra on top of the set prices. Gladly even, because 'better be lazy than tired', is something you have to pay for. Of course we are not talking huge amounts here and for hat few thousand Rupiah's you won't push aside cars yourself, I won't believe that.

Posted in Culture @ 05 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 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


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's bird-flu death toll hits 64 An Indonesian woman has died from the avian influenza virus, bringing the total number of human deaths from the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus in the country to 64, a health official said on Sunday. The 20-year-old female, who has been identified only with her initial as E, died in a local hospital in Garut regency in west Java on Saturday night after undergoing a two-day treatment, according to Nurdin, an official at the Health Ministry's bird-flu information centre.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 11 February 2007 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools closed in Poso after clashes Some schools were closed in Indonesia's troubled Poso region on Tuesday a day after 12 people were killed in a clash between police and suspected Islamic militants, but there was no more violence, officials said. One policeman was among those killed in the clashes after a raid on a militant hideout.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 January 2007 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Sulawesi police say they killed senior JI militant Indonesian police shot dead what they called a senior member of the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah on Thursday on Sulawesi island, the same day a mob killed a policeman at a funeral for another militant. National Police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam said the militant, named as Riyan and also known as Abdul Hakim, died in a raid in Maengkol Poso in Central Sulawesi.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2007 15:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 431 Indonesian hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia A total of 431 Indonesian Hajj pilgrims died in the Holy Land until late Monday (Jan 8) at 10 p.m. Saudi time, according to information from the Hajj Media Center of the Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry on Tuesday. Up to Sunday (Jan 7), about 404,569 Hajj pilgrims from various countries left Saudi Arabia via the Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and the Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Madina.

Posted in Religion @ 09 January 2007 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


Indonesia considering widening polygamy ban after popular preacher takes second wife Indonesia is considering banning ministers, lawmakers and other government officials from practicing polygamy after the country's most popular Islamic preacher took a second wife, sparking renewed debate about the practice. There are no plans to outlaw polygamy all together in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Currently, men are only allowed to have a second wife if his first is an invalid, terminally ill or infertile. The regulation, however, is rarely enforced and most commentators say the practice is becoming more common.

Posted in Politics @ 07 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Woman dies from bird flu, raising death toll to 57 An Indonesian woman died of bird flu early Tuesday, raising the country's death toll to 57, a hospital official said. The 35-year-old woman died after being treated for almost three weeks in a hospital in the capital, Jakarta, said spokesman Sardikin Giriputro. Health officials were still investigating the source of infection. Health Ministry tests confirmed on Nov. 13 that the woman from the city of Tangerang, on the western outskirts of Jakarta, was H5N1 positive. The World Health Organization has not confirmed the death.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 28 November 2006 16:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu death toll hits 56 as toddler dies in hospital The human death toll from bird flu in Indonesia rose to 56 after a 2-year-old boy who died Monday in a Jakarta hospital from the H5N1 virus, health officials said. In addition, the country also posted a new confirmed human bird flu case, with a 36-year-old woman who has been undergoing treatment for the virus at the same hospital since Friday, said Ningrun, an official at the Health Ministry's bird flu centre.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 November 2006 02:43 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


Christian pastor shot dead in Sulawesi An unidentified gunman shot dead a Christian pastor on Monday in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, officials and church groups said, sparking fears of a return to sectarian fighting that once gripped the region. Reverend Irianto Kongkoli was shot in the head when he was buying construction materials at a shop in the provincial capital of Palu, 1,650 km (1,030 miles) northeast of Jakarta, the Central Sulawesi government said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 16 October 2006 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3 put to death for leading attacks on Muslims Three Christian militants were executed by firing squad early Friday for leading attacks on Muslims six years ago that left 70 people dead, sparking fresh sectarian clashes on restive Sulawesi island, police said. Mobs torched cars and police posts in several villages before security forces restored order, said Maj. Rudy Sufahriyadi, the Poso police chief. Elsewhere they blockaded roads and threw stones at houses and government offices. At least three people were hurt.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 September 2006 15:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia asks Malaysia for explanation of fatal shooting Indonesia is seeking clarification from the Malaysian government about a report that five Indonesian citizens were killed in a shooting incident involving police in the country's Pahang state during the weekend. "We asked our officials in Kuala Lumpur to seek an official explanation from the Malaysian government about what really happened that day as soon as we heard the news," Foreign Ministry director for Indonesian citizens protection Ferry Adamhar told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2006 09:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia steps up security at Timor border Indonesian authorities have stepped up security at the border with East Timor to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader who escaped from jail from entering the country, a report said Sunday. Major Alfredo Reinado escaped with 56 other inmates from his Dili jail last week, triggering an ongoing manhunt by UN police and international peacekeepers.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2006 10:25 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


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

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


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


6.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Sunda Strait An earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Java, sparking fear two days after an undersea quake triggered a tsunami which left at least 550 dead on the southern coast. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, but people in the capital Jakarta fled from offices and homes as tall buildings shook. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no risk of tsunami, but people have been urged to be on guard.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 July 2006 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between earthquakes and tsunami's The news of the heavy earthquake off the southern coast of Java came in unexpected, as usually the case with earthquakes. Initially BMG (the Weather and Geology office) reported a 6.8 magnitude quake almost 300 kilometers south of the central Javanese city of Bandung. That means the quake occurred at sea, at only a depth of around 33 kilometers. That's 'good' enough to cause a tsunami as well, and so it happened. A several meters high wave struck many parts of the southern coast of the entire island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spread of bird flu ‘likely’ by personal contact Human-to-human transmission is the most likely cause of bird flu last month in seven members of a family living on Indonesia's Sumatra Island, the country's Ministry of Health said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 June 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Two trapped after Mount Merapi volcano erupts Rescuers dug through volcanic debris Thursday to reach two people trapped when Indonesia‘s most volatile volcano erupted, nearly enveloping a village with a searing gas cloud and forcing thousands of residents to flee. "The situation is ... life-threatening," said Yousana Siagian, head of the government‘s Vulcanology and Disaster Mitigation Center, after the alert level for Mount Merapi was raised to its highest status again and it dumped thick ash on scores of houses.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 June 2006 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu in Indonesia, one death every 2.5 days in May Indonesia averaged one human bird flu death every 2 1/2 days in May, putting it on pace to soon surpass Vietnam as the world's hardest-hit country. The latest death, announced Wednesday, was a 15-year-old boy whose preliminary tests were positive for the H5N1 virus. It comes as international health officials express growing frustration that they must fight Indonesia's stifling bureaucracy as well as the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saturday's quake displaces some 660,000 people Some 660,000 people have turned into homeless in Yogyakarta province after their houses were flattened by a powerful earthquake, killing more than 5,800 people, an official said on Wednesday. Saturday's magnitude-6.3 quake pounded more than 135,000 houses into piles of bricks, tiles and wood in less than a minute.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hospitals overflow amid fear, death Hundreds of injured men, women and children packed the grounds of Sardjito Hospital in this historic city Saturday, stretched out on pieces of bloody cardboard, as cries of agony pierced the evening air. Several relatives read the Quran to victims as they anxiously awaited treatment. But the staff was stretched to its limits by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 3,000 people and injured thousands when it struck central Java island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 May 2006 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia remembers downfall of Suharto Protesters wearing Suharto masks demanded the ailing former dictator face trial Sunday, the eighth anniversary of the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that ousted him. Suharto, 84, remained in the hospital following colon surgery two weeks ago to stem intestinal bleeding. Doctors said Sunday that the former strongman, who has been weakened by several strokes, was recovering, but remained seriously ill.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 May 2006 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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