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Minister: 'Cockpit voice recorder already lifted' The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the doomed AirAsia QZ8501 has already been lifted, Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan stated here on Tuesday. It is yet to be confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) whether the retrieved CVR actually belongs to the AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 January 2015 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash from Mount Kelud eruption spreads over all of Java Volcanic ash from Mount Kelud in East Java has reached as far as Bandung, the capital of West Java 600 kilometers away, helped on its way by strong winds. “The ash first appeared around midday, after the Friday prayers,” said Deswanti Fitri, an owner of a bookstore in Balubur Town Square, Bandung.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 February 2014 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Indonesia loses 3.5 billion euro a year over counterfeit goods The Indonesian economy loses at least Rp. 43.2 trillion (3.5 billion euro) a year in potential taxes due to counterfeit goods being imported into the country, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 15 November 2011 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD 22! agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) today announced a chic selection of hotel deals in the exciting Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 November 2011 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving Bali’s traditional markets Regents across Bali are being urged by the governor to impose a moratorium on the opening of all new supermarkets or chain convenience stores. Beritabali.com reports that the widening network of convenience stores and supermarkets, even in otherwise remote regions of Bali, are seen as a threat to traditional markets.

Posted in Economy @ 29 August 2011 07:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


End to growth of 24 hour convenience stores in Denpasar The Jakarta Post reports that the Denpasar city administration will no longer give licenses for convenience stores in order to protect the interest of traditional traders. The 24-hour convenience shops are being blamed for declining sales at traditional markets and small local traders in Denpasar.

Posted in Economy @ 16 April 2011 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Muslim mob attacks Indonesia churches after blasphemy trial A Muslim mob on Tuesday destroyed at least three churches and clashed with Indonesian police in central Java after a Christian man was sentenced for blasphemy against Islam, the daily Kompas reported.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2011 17:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor confirms elimination of 110,000 dogs Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika confirmed via Kompas.com that 110,000 dogs have been eliminated thus far in the island's continuing drive to stem an outbreak of rabies." In the meantime, some 200,000 dogs have been vaccinated. The total number of dogs on the island is put at 540,000 animals," explained the governor in a meeting with the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.

Posted in Health @ 31 August 2010 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali restaurants make Miele's top 10 Asian list Bali's Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique and KuDeTa have been voted among the Top 10 Restaurant in Asia in the 2009 edition of the Miele Guide. At an award ceremony held in Singapore on September 30, 2009, Mozaic Restaurant was ranked #6 and KuDeTa #9 among the 10 dining venues considered the very best in Asia by Miele.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2009 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A world of snow and ice in Yogyakarta Yeah, the title looks like pure fraud, but that doesn't seem to be completely true though. For some time now, about one and a half year, Yogyakarta has its own ice rink for those who want to skate some rounds or just want to do crazy on two of those thin metal strips under your feel. That is at least what they say in advertisements for the ice rink. That reality is slightly different than in those advertisements, is not really amazing. However the leaflet got in a pile 'still to do' somewhere on my desk, I already had the chance to have a look what the fuss was all about.

Posted in General @ 08 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stamps 'Environment Care' now available online The newest issue of stamps from Pos Indonesia is available for sale online starting today via our indahnesia.com store at eBay.com. The issue of these new stamps is related to environment care, in Indonesian 'Peduli Lingkungan'. It is a set of two stamps and a souvenir sheet with two stamps as well. The set of two is also available in a mini sheet of 20 stamps.

Posted in General @ 12 June 2008 08:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction Turning just one Sumatran province's forests and peat swamps into pulpwood and palm oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands and rapidly driving the province's elephants into extinction, a new study by WWF and partners has found.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia to restrict Carrefour, Matahari expansion Indonesia is planning to introduce a law that will restrict new stores for hypermarket operators including Carrefour SA and PT Matahari Putra Prima as soon as next month in a bid to protect small retailers, said Mari Pangestu, Minister of Trade. Hypermarket operators will have to obtain clearance from the Ministry of Public Works before being allowed to open new stores, told Mari in an interview in Kuala Lumpur.

Posted in Economy @ 29 May 2007 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy editor faces two years in prison Government prosecutors today demanded two years in jail for the editor of Playboy Indonesia for violating anti-indecency laws. They are supposed to have published 'porn' pictures in the magazine. Security was high when Chief Prosecutor Resni Muchtar told the court in South Jakarta that editor Erwin Arnanda 'damaged the nation's morality'. He has been given time until 22 March for their defense.

Posted in General @ 13 March 2007 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Playboy trial closed to public The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor-in-chief was closed to the public Thursday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings. Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2006 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indecency, Indonesian-style I do not have any official role within the Indonesian judicial system. But I do feel like I can provide an important advisory service in the trial of Erwin Arnada, editor of the new Indonesian edition of Playboy, who faces up to 32 months in prison for putting out a magazine with indecent pictures. I may not know much about the law or Islam, but I do know an awful lot about indecency.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Gap, Banana Republic stores to open in Indonesia Singapore's FJ Benjamin, a franchise partner of US specialty retailer Gap Inc, said Tuesday it plans to open 15 Gap, BabyGap and GapKids stores and five Banana Republic stores in Indonesia by 2011. The company said in a statement that the first Gap and Banana Republic stores will open in Jakarta in March next year, followed by the remainder opening in Surabaya, Bandung and on the resort island of Bali before 2011.

Posted in General @ 04 October 2006 06:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Muslim hardliners vow to protest Playboy's second edition Hardline Muslim groups in Indonesia vowed to take to the streets to protest the second edition of the Indonesian Playboy magazine, local media reports said Friday. The June edition hit news stands this week after protests over the premier edition two months ago led editors of the Indonesian version of the US magazine to postpone publication of the second edition.

Posted in Protests @ 10 June 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tightened after Bali suicide bombings Security was tightened across Indonesia Sunday after suicide bombers detonated a string of explosions at tourist hot-spots on the island of Bali, killing 19 and injuring at least 132. The attacks -- two at cafes near Jimbaran and one at a restaurant in Kuta's main square -- came less than two weeks ahead of the third anniversary of 2002's deadly nightclub bombings in Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Ciputat traders may lose land to overpass The Tangerang regency administration plans to employ controversial Government Regulation (PP) No. 36/2005 to force traders to sell their land for the Ciputat flyover project. "We have no choice. As a last resort, the administration must turn to PP No. 36/2005 on land clearance for public projects so construction on the flyover can start soon," Regent Ismet Iskandar said on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2005 08:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Starbucks will open two new outlets in Jakarta Indonesia's PT Sari Coffee, a unit of listed PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, will open two Starbucks outlets later this month in Jakarta, an official with Sari Coffee said Tuesday. Sari Coffee will open an outlet at a new upmarket shopping mall in the southern Jakarta satellite town of Pondok Indah, and open its first drive-through store along the busy Jakarta-Cikarang toll road, said Kiki Soewarso, the company's public relations manager.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2005 10:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy grew 6.7% in 4th quarter Indonesia's economy expanded at its fastest pace in at least four years in the fourth quarter as the cheapest credit since 1998 spurred consumers to increase spending on goods including cars, motorcycles and mobile phones. Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 6.7 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31 from a year earlier, the statistics office said in Jakarta. The economy expanded 5.1 percent last year, the most since 1996.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Matahari to open 50 hypermarkets over 5 years Indonesian retailer PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA.JK) said Thursday it plans to invest around one trillion rupiah ($1=IDR9,145) over the next five years to expand its business. "This investment will include a plan to open up to 50 new hypermarkets across the country," Matahari said in a statement. Matahari, which has a 20% share of the domestic retail industry excluding traditional markets, has opened eight supermarkets and seven department stores this year.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Matahari opens high-end supermarkets Indonesian retailer Matahari Putra Prima is to open two upscale supermarkets later this month and plans to open three more by the end of the year. The two supermarkets, which will be operated under the Matahari Marketplace banner, will open in Serpong, a town outside Jakarta, and Makassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi.

Posted in Economy @ 12 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the midst of a true anti-teroris atmosphere I was leaving for Jakarta today. Very early in the morning (read in the night) polisi was driving around Bogor with a hurry. The newspapers now reported that they are behind several terrorists in Surabaya, the same is happening with those in Bogor, because the police were in a hurry for a mass-arrest. I don’t know whether they actually found someone, probably they arrested a few for display in “Patrolli”.

Posted in Travel @ 08 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just as they have in the developed world, big-box hypermarkets, which are taking over the top end of the retail trade, are causing severe dislocations in the rest of Indonesia's food chain, from smaller supermarkets down to wet markets to the warungs where housewives sell cigarettes and candy out of their living room windows.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


American companies feel impact boycotts Companies that were once proof of American entrepreneurial skill are having to retreat in the face of a boycott by Muslims of US products in protest against the US's support for Israel. Although it is not sanctioned by Muslim governments, which are fearful of American reprisals, the boycott has hit such American giants as McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks, Coke and Pepsi.

Posted in General @ 08 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Medical supplies to Bali boosted Australia today boosted emergency assistance to Bali, donating an extra $300,000 to help health services after Saturday's bomb blast. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the extra funding was in addition to assistance such as IV fluids, analgesics, bandages and blood provided over the past two days.

Posted in Health @ 15 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The president director of the State Electricity Company (PLN), Eddie Widiono, seems to be clairvoyant. Two years ago, at a seminar on electricity in Jakarta, he made a prediction that by 2003, Java-Bali would be shrouded in darkness. The reason: scarce electricity supply due to minimum PLN investments. Widiono's estimate might just be optimistic. On September 12, Asep, a resident of Cibinong, Bogor, nearly had a heart attack. A huge explosion shook his house, followed a second later by total darkness. The thundering noise came directly from next door, an electrical relay station handling extremely high voltages. Rushing outside, Asep saw one of the poles inside the station burning. "Wow, the noise was totally deafening, just like a bomb," he said. "Then there were fireworks and a sharp burning smell," he said.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One killed in Pasuruan as unrest continues One person was killed and four others injured in a fierce clash between people claiming to be President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters and security officers in tense Pasuruan on Wednesday, while another group of people ransacked and torched a Muhammadiyah senior high school in neighboring Situbondo. However, in general the situation remained under control in East Java, the stronghold of Abdurrahman, contrary to people's belief that on Tuesday more people would take to the streets to protest the House of Representative's (DPR) plenary session in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 31 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Business as usual for Jakartans despite rumors Jakartans appear to have attained a certain level of nonchalance when confronted with rumors of disturbances connected with the current political tension, saying simply that they've seen it all before. In separate interviews with The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, a number of interviewees said that they had heard rumors of riots, but so far they had failed to materialize.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Glodok are shakes off the gloom once again Business activities at Harco Glodok electronics center in West Jakarta stated to show signs of life on Tuesday amid fears of further rioting in the predominantly ethnic-Chinese business district. Several stores opened their doors to customers under the watchful eyes of dozens of uniformed police officers, while others whose stores were burned or vandalized by mobs during rioting on Saturday were still busy cleaning up the mess.

Posted in Violence @ 18 May 2000 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shift blame for Glodok raid Top police officers blamed each other on Sunday for the botched raid on sellers of illegal Video Compact Discs (VCDs) in Glodok on Saturday which triggered widespread rioting in the West Jakarta commercial district. "The National Police Headquarters did not inform the city police about the planned VCD raid. Our operational and control forces were taken by surprise, when they heard about the raid," Jakarta Police chief Maj. Gen. Nurfaizi said after a coordination meeting with the capital's five precinct chiefs at city police headquarters.

Posted in Violence @ 15 May 2000 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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