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Jumat, 31 Januari 2020

Sempur English Camp in Bogor preps children for brighter future - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Sempur English Camp in Bogor preps children for brighter future - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

“Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, good night.”

One afternoon, a group of children practiced saying these words in Rambutan hamlet in Sempur, Bogor, West Java. Ranging in age from 6 to 9, they sat on bamboo chairs in a resident’s house and all seemed eager to learn English.

Sempur English Camp (SECA) was founded by its own residents in a ceremony led by Bogor Mayor Bima Arya in December last year. Subdistrict head Marisa said SECA was founded to solve poverty problems through education in the village, home to around 415 families. With children learning English from an early age at SECA, they acquire an added skill that could benefit their future.      

There are around 140 students of SECA, all of whom go to a kindergarten or elementary school in Sempur. The children can take SECA courses at the Sempur subdistrict office, residential houses and integrated health posts.

Children learn English with Irmanda Sri Amri, a student of Jakarta State University (UNJ) and volunteer at the Sempur English Camp in Bogor, West Java, on Jan. 21. Children learn English with Irmanda Sri Amri, a student of Jakarta State University (UNJ) and volunteer at the Sempur English Camp in Bogor, West Java, on Jan. 21. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

In developing SECA, Marisa is supported by her husband, Royno Sholeh Mayang, who is the head of SECA and works as an English teacher at Bina Insani High School in Bogor. Royno said the camp was founded after the Bogor mayor encouraged all subdistrict heads in the city to come up with innovations that benefited residents.

Read also: English for Indonesia comes to Gontor Islamic boarding school

Marisa and Royno decided to establish SECA after English was removed from the elementary school curriculum, and also because they found that many underprivileged residents found it difficult to enroll in an English course. They expressed hope that the program would continue to flourish and eventually become a tourist attraction.

Prior to making the SECA program, they visited the English Village at East Java’s Kediri. During their time there, they observed all learning activities. They then decided that unlike Kediri village with its abundant English courses and professional teachers, Sempur would be developed based on the residents’ resources. The teachers would be university students and housewives who would volunteer their skills.

SECA started its classes in August last year. Learning activities are held twice a week with two semesters in one year. The fees range from Rp 25,000 (US$1.83) to Rp 125,000 per month, and parents can choose the package they find most suitable.

Yohana, a resident of Sempur, said she warmly welcomed SECA as she found it to be affordable. She also said that all residents of Sempur would gladly lend their houses for the program’s learning activities. “Mastering English is highly important, as it is a global language,” she said.   

Bogor Mayor Bima Arya said he felt responsible for preparing the city’s youth for their future. “With SECA, I hope Sempur will be able to welcome foreign tourists. This movement needs to go on,” he said. (wng)



2020-01-31 09:29:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/youth/2020/01/31/sempur-english-camp-in-bogor-preps-children-for-brighter-future.html

Rabu, 29 Januari 2020

Bogor to Build Facility to Turn Plastic Waste into Fuel - Tempo.co English

Bogor to Build Facility to Turn Plastic Waste into Fuel - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Bogor city administration has announced it agreed to build a plastic waste treatment plant in Galuga landfill in partnership with British-based Plastic Energy Limited.

The city mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto said he has signed the MoU on the waste management project, which was aimed to turn the waste into diesel fuel.

According to Arya, the partnership was in line with his plastic-free city program dubbed Botak (Bogor tanpa plastik/Bogor without plastic) as mandated in the Bogor Mayoral Decree No. 61/2018 on the restriction of plastic bag use.

"It means the investment plan of Plastic Energy Limited is in line with the city's program," said Arya today, January 29.

Bima received the British firm's representatives in Bogor City Hall on Tuesday, January 28. On this occasion, a representative Kirk Evans said his company had the technology to convert a one-use plastic product into diesel fuel through the pyrolysis process.

Evans said the plastic waste facility in Galuga landfill would ease the Bogor administration in processing the waste and also create local employment.

ANTARA



2020-01-29 09:04:19Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1301106/bogor-to-build-facility-to-turn-plastic-waste-into-fuel

Selasa, 28 Januari 2020

'I was under pressure': Protester on trial claims police coerced him during questioning - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

'I was under pressure': Protester on trial claims police coerced him during questioning - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

A defendant accused of assaulting a police officer during the September student protests has claimed he was assaulted and coerced into making false testimony during questioning by the police.

Ariyanto, 22, who is currently undergoing trial at the Bogor District Court, told the panel of judges on Monday that he was under pressure from the police while they questioned him for their investigation report.

The trial continued on Monday with presiding judge Friska and judges Arya and Melisa conducting the questioning of Ariyanto, during which his lawyer, Ardin Firanata, provided proof of the alleged assaults against the defendant, including photographs of Ariyanto's bruised face.

The case started when Ariyanto wanted to participate in the large student protests on Sept. 25, 2019, in front of the House of Representatives complex in Central Jakarta.

Ariyanto and some of his peers wanted to go to the capital by using the commuter line trains from Bogor Station in West Java, but they were dispersed by police officers stationed there.

He and his peers then went to Bogor City Hall to stage the protests there instead. Ariyanto testified that during the rally he hit a Bogor City Police officer named Chandra Nelson in response to being bumped by someone from behind, Ardin said.

Ariyanto told the judges that he only hit the police officer once.

“Have you read the police investigation report? It is said there that you hit a police officer twice, which the eyewitnesses said was so,” Friska said during the trial session on Monday.

“I only hit him once. I was under pressure during the making of the police report,” Ariyanto told the court.

Ariyanto said he wanted to join the protests after seeing posts on Facebook calling for people to rally against controversial bills, including the revision to the Criminal Code and the revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law.

Read also: Police ‘torture’, ‘electrocute’ to coerce false confession: Student flag bearer

The court is to summon Chandra Nelson, who reported Ariyanto, and other police officers who questioned Ariyanto during the investigation, to testify.

Ariyanto worked as an employee for a convenience store in Bogor, which his family relied on.

Sahata, Ariyanto's father, said that he did not expect that his son was going to be arrested by the police.

“I had [...] forbidden Ariyanto from joining the protests. I wanted him to focus on his job. I only knew Ariyanto was arrested by the police after he did not come home for two days,” Sahata said.

Ariyanto was charged under Article 170 and Article 212 of the Criminal Code for assault against state officials, which upon conviction can result in a five-year prison sentence, seven years if grave wounds were caused and 12 years if the actions resulted in death.

The defendant is not the only person claiming to have been pressured by the police during interrogation after being accused of attacking officers during the September student rallies.

Dede Luthfi Alfiandi, whose picture became an emblem of the student protests after he was photographed clutching an Indonesian flag to his face, also told the judges at the Central Jakarta District Court that he was tortured by police officers to falsely confess to having attacked authorities.

He was accused of violating articles 212 and 218 of the Criminal Code for resisting officers’ orders more than three times.

According to the prosecutors, Luthfi and the other student protesters were asked to disperse but resisted and instead attacked the police officers by throwing stones.

Luthfi was also charged under Article 170 of the Code for allegedly taking part in destroying public facilities. (ami)



2020-01-28 09:51:00Z
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'We are tired of this state of affairs'. Bogor scrambles to curb student brawls - Jakarta Post

'We are tired of this state of affairs'. Bogor scrambles to curb student brawls - Jakarta Post

In response to student brawls plaguing Bogor in West Java, Mayor Bima Arya summoned various officials to a meeting on Monday to figure out ways to prevent future student brawls. Bima said the Bogor city administration would intensify the 24-hour patrols within the city to anticipate and prevent student brawls. “We are talking about a big agenda. We don’t want our children to become criminals, but to become leaders. We will make sure that there are no children loitering around, we will disperse crowds of students, and I have tasked the [city’s] senior officials with assisting the police,” Bima said on Monday. In January 2020 alone three student brawls occurred in Bogor. The first one was at 1 a.m. on Jan. 21 in Cimahpar subdistrict, North Bogor district, in which a student identified only as WA, 18, received slash wounds to his wrists. Another brawl occ...



2020-01-28 07:44:00Z
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Jumat, 24 Januari 2020

Bogor city to bring history to life in new, revamped museums - Jakarta Post

Bogor city to bring history to life in new, revamped museums - Jakarta Post

The city administration of Bogor in West Java plans to improve its historical tourist destinations by revamping existing museums and building a new one. Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto said that, unlike neighboring cities, Bogor was rich in historical heritage, hence there was a need to revitalize museums in Bogor. “We, the people of Bogor, are very lucky. Our place is rich in a history that has created cultures, habits and folklore. The long history gives us characteristics that distinguish us from people from anywhere else. The history gives us a lot to learn,” he said in a discussion about museums on Monday. He went on to explain that one of the first steps the city had taken was to draw up a preservation plan for the Batu Tulis complex. Batu Tulis is a historical site holding a masterpiece epigraph from the Pajajaran kingdom. There is also an almost forgotten t...



2020-01-24 05:09:00Z
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Minggu, 19 Januari 2020

BNPB: Tackling Flood, Landslide Must Not Create Social Problems - Tempo.co English

BNPB: Tackling Flood, Landslide Must Not Create Social Problems - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Endeavors to tackle the root causes of flooding and landslides in Bogor District and Puncak resort areas, West Java, must not create social problems in society, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency's (BNPB's) official stated.

"We must seek solutions that do not trigger social problems, such as the local people losing their jobs," the agency's head, Doni Monardo, told journalists at the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force's base in East Jakarta on Saturday.

Monardo, who had recently returned from an aerial observation of the flooding- and landslide-swamped areas in Bogor District aboard a helicopter, remarked that massive landslides had occurred.

The landslides resembled "melted ice-cream" owing to their massive spread.

Drawing reference to the result of his aerial surveillance in the upstream areas, he spoke of having seen hundreds of buildings, including the tents of illegal miners.

Monardo stated that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had ordered the BNPB and the Environment and Forestry Ministry to conduct reforestation and revitalize the river banks that had become farming and housing areas.

"We have invited experts and consulted with several related parties. Experts from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) are expected to map the areas that need to be planted with economically-and-ecologically important plants," he stated.

Among the targeted plants are durian and avocado, he noted. During the aerial surveillance, Monardo was accompanied by Deputy Police Chief Commissioner General Gatot Eddy Pramono and Bogor District Head Ade Yasin.

Early this month, several areas in the provinces of Banten, Jakarta, and West Java were swamped by flash floods and landslides. The BNPB recorded that the catastrophe killed at least 60 people.

The floods, caused by high-intensity rainfall for several days, submerged several areas of 18 sub-districts in Bekasi District, 17 sub-districts in Jakarta, and 13 sub-districts in Bogor District and Tangerang City respectively.

The disaster also affected 12 sub-districts in Bekasi City, 11 sub-districts in Depok City, and six sub-districts in Lebak District, Bogor City, and Tangerang Selatan City respectively.

Consequently, floodwaters, submerging houses, led to the forced displacement of several hundred thousand people in cities, such as Bekasi and Jakarta, the BNPB recently revealed.

ANTARA



2020-01-19 10:24:00Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1297027/bnpb-tackling-flood-landslide-must-not-create-social-problems

Rabu, 15 Januari 2020

Situation Report #2 Humanitarian Assistance for the people affected by floods in Jabodetabek - Indonesia - ReliefWeb

Situation Report #2 Humanitarian Assistance for the people affected by floods in Jabodetabek - Indonesia - ReliefWeb

Entering the second week after the big flood, floods have receded significantly in some areas of Jakarta but some location in the upstream area. Monitoring of rainfall conditions and potential flooding from upstream and downstream is carried out jointly between the regional government (city/district) and the central government.

URGENT NEEDS

  • Management of shelter: Many temporary shelters and logistical posts have been set up, but they still need to be managed that ensures inclusion, health and safety aspects.

  • Personal hygiene kits.

  • Post-flood hygiene equipment: with water receding at some points, the communities have begun to carry out activities to clean their house and the environment. The equipment includes shovels, gunny sacks and spray water to clean mud.

  • Health: paramedics and medicine supplies, especially for patients who complain of itching, fever and diarrhea.

  • Food: food supplies are still safe for several days, but if flooding conditions last for a long time, then the public kitchen still needs food supplies.

YEU'S RESPONSE

The YEU response team will conduct a flood emergency response until 21 January 2020. The team has registered at the Local Disaster Management Agency's Posts in Bekasi and Bogor and continue the assessment according to the direction of the post managers.

Overall, YEU is responding to 5 locations as target area for intervention both in Bekasi and Bogor:

  • Temporary shelter at GPIB "Menara Kasih" Jatiasih, Bekasi

  • Temporary shelter of Cenderawasih in Jatirasa Village, Jatiasih Sub-District, Bekasi

  • Temporary shelter managed by Kagama Care in Bojong Kulur Village, Gunung Putri Sub-District, Bogor

  • Assessment in Malasari Village, Nanggung Sub District, Bogor with around 300 survivors and Cileuksa Village, Sukajaya District, Bogor with survivors around 100 people

YEU's emergency response activities include:

WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene)

  • Distribution of personal hygiene packages to 317 families in GPIB Menara Kasih (269 packages) and Cenderawasih Post (48 packages).

  • Distribution of cleaning equipment packages consisting of 20 shovels, 434 plastic sacks, 48 ​​floor cleaners (disinfectants) and 1 wheelbarrow and have been distributed at 3 temporary shelters at GPIB, Cenderawasih and Kagama Care post.

Shelter:

  • 193 sleeping mats were distributed to the survivors in Kagama Care post (150 units) and the Cenderawasih post (43 units).

  • Distribution of 1 water pump machine for survivors at GPIB Menara Kasih and 1 generator set at the Cenderawasih post

  • Support for public kitchen activities through the distribution of a total of 220 food packages provided for 4 days at GPIB Menara Kasih post.

  • Conducted a meeting concerning management of shelter which was attended by 50 survivors (one person is a person with a disability)

NFI (Non-Food Item):

  • 30 mask boxes were distributed at 2 temporary shelters.

ACTION PLAN

Based on the assessment on 11-12 January 2020, YEU will continue the response until 21 January and focused on:

  • Management of shelter

  • Continuing the distribution of tarpaulins, sleeping mats, cleaning tools

  • Distribution of hygiene kits

  • Completing latrine facilities (bathing, washing and toilet) to meet health standards during emergencies

  • Logistics distribution of public kitchens, including food ingredients

NETWORKING AND COORDINATION

HFI, Jakomkris, Pelkesi, GPIB Menara Kasih, Kagama Care Post

CONTACT

Anastasia Maylinda (tel .: +62 812-1560-898, email: maylinda_yeu@yahoo.com)



2020-01-15 04:03:49Z
https://reliefweb.int/report/indonesia/situation-report-2-humanitarian-assistance-people-affected-floods-jabodetabek

Minggu, 12 Januari 2020

'Invisible' bamboo orchid rare gem of Bogor Botanical Gardens - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

'Invisible' bamboo orchid rare gem of Bogor Botanical Gardens - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Among the many plants at the Bogor Botanical Gardens in Bogor, West Java, the anggrek bambu, or bamboo orchid, is arguably one of the most interesting.

A rare species, this gorgeous, tiny white flower that lives on bamboo clumps is known for heralding the end of the dry season whenever it appears.

The gorgeous bamboo orchid that is rarely seen even by the gardens' employees is pictured on Oct. 4.The gorgeous bamboo orchid that is rarely seen even by the gardens' employees is pictured on Oct. 4. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

The Didymoplexis pallens is not an endemic species, as it spreads quite far and wide, including in Southeast Asia.

Anggrek bambu is known to have grown at the Bogor Botanical Gardens since the Dutch colonial era, particularly the 1900s. Belgian-born Dutch botanist Johannes Jacobus Smith (1867-1947), who used to head the Herbarium Bogoriense, Southeast Asia's oldest herbarium located in Bogor, wrote about the species in one of his books.

Researcher Sofi Mursidawati, who studies rafflesia as well as anggrek bambu at the Plant Conservation Center of the Bogor Botanical Gardens, called it the “invisible orchid” as it only appeared at certain times, hence it is described as antara ada dan tiada (between existent and nonexistent).

Read also: Rare flower Rafflesia needs saving, says Bogor Botanical Gardens researcher

Its seasonality is due to its symbiotic dependence on a certain fungus species for nutrition. If the flower gets enough nutrition, it will bloom.

The species is also known as the achlorophyll orchid, since it doesn't have leaves as a photosynthetic tool. It is a flower without roots, only tuber, and it is only spotted when blooming.

The orchid only appears at the beginning of the rainy season or at the end of dry season, and will only bloom for one day. Due to this characteristic, some species of achlorophyl orchid families in nearby countries are dubbed "ghost orchid" as they don't have any green leaves.

"For me, anggrek bambu's complicated existence as it is dependent on things that are very specific and rare, namely its symbiotic fungus and insect pollinators, which leads to a higher risk of extinction, makes it very special. If its habitat, the bamboo clumps, is ruined, it will be gone as well. The orchid cannot live in just any bamboo clumps; in the Bogor Botanical Gardens, for instance, it can only be found on bamboo clumps in an area behind the Bogor Post Office," said Sofi.

As it blooms for only one day, people rarely see the flower, including the employees of the gardens.

A visitor from Ciomas, Bogor, West Java, recently told The Jakarta Post that she had never heard of the orchid despite being a frequent visitor of the gardens.

"I come here all the time, but I've never seen the anggrek bambu. I read about it on the information sign provided at the Bamboo Park, but I have never seen the actual orchid," said Diah. (kes)

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2020-01-12 07:31:00Z
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Jumat, 10 Januari 2020

Period of Searching for Bogor Landslide Victims Extended - Tempo.co English

Period of Searching for Bogor Landslide Victims Extended - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.COBogor - The period of searching for the survivors of floods and landslides in Sukajaya, Bogor, was being extended for the next three days. The disaster incident commander of Bogor District, Lt. Col. of Infantry Harry Eko Sutrisno conveyed the information. 

Harry stated they had done everything to search for the victims, including deploying the heavy equipment. "The search is being extended for the next three days. Hopefully, there is a good result," he said in the main post of Sukajaya, Thursday, January 9, 2020. 

The search, being executed by armed forces (TNI), police, and the Search and Rescue team, was done at some points; starting from the identification of the victims' houses until the suspicious area where the victims might be carried away by the current or landslide material. 

Three victims (Amri, 65; Maesaroh, 25; and Cicih, 10) have yet to be found until today. "We'll work hard for the search. Hopefully, the extended time will bring a good result," said Harry. 

The joint team also used West Java Police's K9 unit sniffer dogs to help search for the buried victims.

Yuli, parent of the victim (Cicih) said that she was expecting her daughter to be found even she's dead. Yuli said that Cicih was with her when the landslide occurred about 70 meters from her residence.

"The incident happened on January 1 at 8 in the morning when I was cleaning the house," said Yuli who is now hospitalized in the health center of Sukajaya. 

While the daughter of another missing victim (Amri), Amnah, said that her father was the first person who knew about the landslide. Amnah said that Amri was shout out to all the residents to leave their homes and save themselves from the disaster.

Mahfuzulloh Al Murtadho | Safira Andini



2020-01-10 04:37:24Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1293420/period-of-searching-for-bogor-landslide-victims-extended

Kamis, 09 Januari 2020

Bogor Student Murder Case Stagnates, Victim's Father Upset - Tempo.co English

Bogor Student Murder Case Stagnates, Victim's Father Upset - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The murder case of female vocational student, Andriana Yubelia Noven Cahya, in Bogor has stagnated for a year. Father of the victim, Yohanes Basko Wijanarko, has expressed his concerns on the police’ inability to apprehend the perpetrator, even though his face has been identified.

“As the father, I am very upset with (the lack of progress in) my daughter’s murder case, that after a whole year, is yet to be solved and the perpetrator apprehended by the police,” Yohanes said to Tempo, on Thursday, January 9th 2020.

Yohanes has voiced his bewilderment as to why the police have yet to apprehend the perpetrator. While, according to him, the case is purely a criminal one and the face as well as the actions of the perpetrator, as he committed his vile deeds, has been recorded by a nearby housing complex CCTV.

“This case has to be solved, as we hope that law in Bogor is not dead and the case not dismissed,” he said.

Noven, as the victim was commonly known, passed away on December, 29th 2018, as she was on her way back to her residence on Riau Street, Baranangsiang Complex, Bogor.

Yohanes had previously complained to President Jokowi and Tito Karnavian, while the latter was still Chief of Police. However, his social media complaints were not well received, as it made no impact in the progress of the case.

The Bogor Police has stated that they had previously involved America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist in analyzing the CCTV footage. However, the effort was equally futile in solving the case, as the resolution of the footage was deemed to be of a low quality.

MUHAMMAD SIDIK PERMANA | DIO SUHENDA



2020-01-09 05:00:00Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1292966/bogor-student-murder-case-stagnates-victims-father-upset

Selasa, 07 Januari 2020

Jokowi visits flash flood victims in West Java's Bogor District - ANTARA

Jokowi visits flash flood victims in West Java's Bogor District - ANTARA

When the president and his entourage arrived in Harkat Jaya Village, they faced difficulties in reaching the villages due to poor access. Hence, the president only visited victims taking refuge at a command post located in Cibuluh Hamlet, Harkat.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited flash flood and landslide victims in Sukajaya Sub-district, Bogor District, West Java Province, on Tuesday.

The president and his entourage departed from the Bogor Presidential Palace for Harkat Jaya Village, Sukajaya Sub-district, at 7:30 a.m. local time. It took two hours for the president to reach the village by land.

The disaster has severed access to six villages of Kiarapandak, Kiara Sari, Urug, Cileuksa, Pasir Madang, and Cisarua in Sukajaya Sub-district.

However, the president and his entourage were unable to visit some of the villages owing to difficult access.

Related news: Jokowi orders mily to restore Sukajaya Village's landslide-hit road

Related news: Jokowi sends 6,000 packages of basic necessities to landslide victims

"When the president and his entourage arrived at Harkat Jaya Village, they faced difficulties in reaching the villages due to poor access. Hence, the president only visited victims taking refuge at a command post located in Cibuluh Hamlet, Harkat Jaya Village," ANTARA TV reported.

The president's entourage comprised Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Health Minister Terawan Agus, Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara, and Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono.

The government has also provided food aid to the flash flood and landslide victims.

A flash flood and landslide, triggered by torrential rains on New Year's Eve 2020, engulfed the villages the following day.

During a plenary cabinet session on Monday, Dec 6, 2020, the president instructed relevant ranks and files to step in to help victims of floods and landslides in several parts of the country.

Related news: Destroyed school buildings extend Lebak's students' stay at home

Related news: Death toll climbs to 46 in early 2020 floods, landslides Close

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2020-01-07 06:06:03Z
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Senin, 06 Januari 2020

‘I’m not Avatar’: Bogor regent reacts to Anies’ demand to curb water flows into Jakarta - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

‘I’m not Avatar’: Bogor regent reacts to Anies’ demand to curb water flows into Jakarta - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Bogor Regent Ade Yasin gave a "cartoonish" response to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s argument that recent flooding in Jakarta was mainly caused by excessive water flows from Bogor regency and other adjacent areas.

“What does he mean by that? I’m not an Avatar who could bend water,” said Ade on Saturday, referring to popular cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, as quoted by tempo.co.

Avatar, produced by American television network Nickelodeon, centers on the titular character who can control natural elements such as water, earth, fire and air.

She said her administration had toiled to clear reservoirs to increase their water capacity and was running river normalization programs.

Ade said both regional and provincial administrations and the central government should work together to mitigate floods.

“We should work hand in hand, from the local and provincial [levels] to the central government, to mitigate this disaster, not blame [each other],” she said.

Previously, Anies said flood prevention must start upstream by building dams and basins to control the water flow.

“Water management in the upstream region [is needed] by building dams, ponds and water retention basins to control the volume of water that flows downstream, but it’s all under the authority of the central government,” he said on Thursday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil also responded to Anies’ statement, saying that rivers had been flowing from Bogor to Jakarta for ages and thus the blame should not be put on the rivers.

“We couldn’t say that water flow from Bogor wouldn’t go through Jakarta because it’s been like that since the beginning,” he said.

“The problem is how we manage [the water]. Isn’t it extreme to construct a huge dam in Bogor?” he added.

He also said that Indonesia is not the only country that suffered from extreme weather and natural disasters.

“The weather is extreme. According to Google, even developed countries were hit by floods, even though they have greater knowledge and resources,” he said.

The West Java administration declared an emergency status on Friday after floods and landslides hit several areas in the province since New Year’s Eve, killing more than 30 people and displacing more than 170,000.

Bogor regency recorded the most casualties in the province with 16 people, while another nine died in Bekasi municipality.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency reported that the death toll from floods and landslides in West Java, Jakarta and Banten climbed to 60 as of Sunday. (mpr)



2020-01-06 05:31:00Z
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Minggu, 05 Januari 2020

Corpse flower alive and kicking at Bogor Botanical Gardens - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Corpse flower alive and kicking at Bogor Botanical Gardens - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

A rare corpse flower was reported as blooming at Bogor Botanical Gardens' Plant Conservation Research Center (PKT) in Bogor, West Java, on Saturday.

The flower, the Indonesian name of which – bunga bangkai – translates into English as “carcass flower”, is 1.94 meters tall and has a diameter of 1 m. It is estimated to wither in the next few days.

The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), which runs the Bogor Botanical Gardens, reportedly obtained the tuber of the giant flower through a collaboration with the Liwa Botanical Gardens in Lampung.

Bogor Mayor Bima Arya, who joined a group that witnessed the blooming on Saturday, said the corpse flower as well as the parasitic flowering plant Rafflesia, were two gems of the gardens.

"The Bogor Botanical Gardens serve not only as a center of research, conservation and education but also a recreational spot," Bima said, adding that not many cities in the world had such a place.

Read also: World’s largest 'Rafflesia tuan-mudae' blooms in West Sumatra

Though Rafflesia is also locally known as bunga bangkai for its pungent smell, the two plants are different.

The corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanium) is a rare species that can only be found in the jungles of Sumatra. A plant of the Araceae family, the giant flower boasts a giant tuber as well, which can weigh up to 117 kilograms.

The Bogor Botanical Gardens currently have two old tubers and four young tubers of the species, the latter of which are around seven years old.

According to LIPI researcher Dian Latifah, the corpse flower has different growth stages of leaves and flower. The growth of the leaves can take one to two years. Afterward, the tuber will enter a dormant phase that can take more than 1.5 years before the flower finally blooms.

The plant actually has some tiny male and female flowers lingering on the base of its yellow spadix, which is surrounded by purple red spathe. The spadix can reach 3 meters in height, which is why it is considered a giant flower.

Read also: Rare flower Rafflesia needs saving, says Bogor Botanical Gardens researcher

The tuber is said to have health benefits for humans, as it contains glucomannan, which is useful as a thickening substance, dietary fiber and dietary supplement for to control cholesterol, blood sugar and weight.

However, researching the many benefits of the tuber is challenging, since the plant requires 10 to 15 years to bloom if it is grown from seeds, and more than 20 years if it is grown using tissue culture.

PKT head Hendrian said the conservation of threatened plant species in Indonesia was one of the main goals of LIPI this year. Similar to the Rafflesia, the Amorphophallus titanum is threatened by many factors, such as illegal logging, habitat destruction and the decreasing number of pollinators.

Therefore, the corpse flower has been included in the rare plant category based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s classification and is protected by Government Regulation (PP) No. 7 of 1999.

According to PKT research done by Poerba and Yuzammi, saving the corpse flower requires human intervention in the form of mass and fast breeding, such as through tissue culture followed by reintroduction to nature.

Other than conservation, PKT also plans to significantly increase its exploration activities of such species and revitalize facilities at the gardens, starting with building a new orchid greenhouse and laboratory in early 2020. (kes)

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2020-01-05 06:02:00Z
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Sabtu, 04 Januari 2020

53 dead in landslides, flash floods in Indonesia's capital - RiverBender.com

53 dead in landslides, flash floods in Indonesia's capital - RiverBender.com

A woman rides a tricycle on a flooded street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged parts of greater Jakarta and caused landslides in Bogor and Depok districts on the city's outskirts as well as in neighboring Lebak, which buried a number of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

People queue up to receive food at an aid distribution point for those affected by the floods in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged parts of greater Jakarta and caused landslides in Bogor and Depok districts on the city's outskirts as well as in neighboring Lebak, which buried a number of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A woman reacts as she wades flood water in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged parts of greater Jakarta and caused landslides in Bogor and Depok districts on the city's outskirts as well as in neighboring Lebak, which buried a number of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A young boy reacts as he rides on a tricycle with his father and sister at a flooded neighborhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged parts of greater Jakarta and caused landslides in Bogor and Depok districts on the city's outskirts as well as in neighboring Lebak, which buried a number of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A woman wades flood water in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged parts of greater Jakarta and caused landslides in neighboring regions which buried a number of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

People queue up to receive food at an aid distribution point for those affected by the floods in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged parts of greater Jakarta and caused landslides in Bogor and Depok districts on the city's outskirts as well as in neighboring Lebak, which buried a number of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

People check their phones at a charging station for those affected by floods in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged parts of greater Jakarta and caused landslides in Bogor and Depok districts on the city's outskirts as well as in neighboring Lebak, which buried a number of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A man navigates an inflatable boat at a flooded neighborhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged parts of greater Jakarta and caused landslides in neighboring regions which buried a number of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Landslides and floods triggered by torrential downpours have left at least 53 people dead in and around Indonesia's capital, as rescuers struggled to search for people apparently buried under tons of mud, officials said Saturday.

Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged a dozen districts in the greater Jakarta area and caused landslides that buried at least a dozen people.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said the fatalities included those who had drowned or been electrocuted since rivers broke their banks early Wednesday after extreme torrential rains hit on New Year's Eve. Three elderly people died of hypothermia.

It's the worst flooding in the area since 2007, when 80 people were killed over 10 days.

Rescuers recovered more bodies as flash floods and mudslides destroyed Sukamulia village in Bogor district. They were searching for a villager who was missing in a landslide in Lebak, a district in neighboring Banten province, Wibowo said.

The number of fatalities was expected to increase, with rescuers and villagers also searching for at least three people believed to be buried in another landslide in Cigudeg village in Bogor district, said Ridwan, the village's secretary, who goes by a single name.

Ridwan said bad weather, blackouts and mudslides were hampering rescue efforts. He said rescuers on Saturday managed to reach eight hamlets that had been isolated for days by cut-off roads and mudslides and rescued more than 1,700 villagers in weak condition.

Four days after the region of 30 million people was struck by flash floods, waters have receded in many middle-class districts, but conditions remained grim in narrow riverside alleys where the city's poor live.

Government data showed that some 173,000 people were still unable to return home and were crammed at damp emergency shelters, mostly in the hardest-hit area of Bekasi. Much of the city was still submerged in muddy waters up to 2 meters (6.5 feet) high, according to the disaster agency.

Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said that more downpours were forecast for the capital in the coming days, and that the potential for extreme rainfall will continue until next month across the vast archipelago nation. The government on Friday started cloud seeding in an attempt to divert rain clouds from reaching greater Jakarta to prevent possible flooding, the agency said.

Indonesia is hit by deadly floods each year, and Jakarta, the capital of Southeast Asia's largest economy, is not immune. But this year's have been particulary bad, with about 397,000 people seeking refuge in shelters across the greater metropolitan area as floodwaters reached up to 6 meters (19 feet) in some places.



2020-01-04 09:39:01Z
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Rabu, 01 Januari 2020

Landslide in Bogor claims one life - ANTARA

Landslide in Bogor claims one life - ANTARA

The sliding cliff was around 15 meters wide and 10 ,meters high and comprised red clay

Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) - A landslide, triggered by torrential rains, killed a 30-year-old woman in Kedung Badak, Bogor City, West Java, on Wednesday morning.

"The victim died due to landslide and her body has been taken to the Islamic Hospital in Kedung Badak, Bogor City," Head of the Bogor City Disaster Mitigation Office Rr Juaniarti Estiningsih remarked.

The landslide also affected two houses located under a cliff in Kedung Badak at around 7 a.m. local time on Wednesday following torrential rains that began on Tuesday afternoon.

One of the houses belonged to Kusmiyati, who was found buried under the rubble of the landslide.

"The sliding cliff was around 15 meters wide and 10 meters high and comprised red clay," she added.

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2020-01-01 09:12:09Z
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