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Kamis, 27 Februari 2020

Ridwan Kamil Vows to Tackle Prostitution in Puncak Bogor - Tempo.co English

Ridwan Kamil Vows to Tackle Prostitution in Puncak Bogor - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, JakartaWest Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said he is committed to eradicating prostitution in Puncak areas, Bogor. He claimed to have instructed his staffers to calculate the economic impact of the efforts.

"We are also calculating the economic impact, who will be affected, and how much the losses, so that we can cover it with our economic programs as the alternative. We want a peaceful, blessed life and prevent the province from that [sexual immorality],” said Ridwan in Bandung, Monday, February 17.

He asserted that his provincial administration supported the law enforcement carried out by the National Police in handling prostitution cases in the region. “We are coordinating with the police’s general crime directorate unit (Bareskrim). We will further conduct the order regularly in Puncak areas of Bogor and Cianjur,” Ridwan said.

Additionally, another effort made by the provincial administration, the governor went on, included the installment of billboards to remind the local residents. “I have ordered [officials] to tackle immorality. As for social punishment, we also install billboards to warn [the locals].”

Ridwan admitted that such negative image lingering Puncak areas was long known. “I cannot set aside this negative branding. It’s been there, even since I was in the elementary school, before there was a toll road,” he said.

“At least, when I act as a Governor, there are actions [taken to eradicate prostitution]. Whether it will succeed or not, we’ll see, but I will fight to ensure West Java is free from negative images and harmful activities,” Ridwan Kamil asserted.

AHMAD FIKRI



2020-02-18 08:00:00Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1309004/ridwan-kamil-vows-to-tackle-prostitution-in-puncak-bogor

Senin, 10 Februari 2020

Business players, local figures urge revision of smoke-free zone bylaw in Bogor - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Business players, local figures urge revision of smoke-free zone bylaw in Bogor - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Business owners and locals have demanded that the Bogor administration remove specific articles in the smoke-free zone bylaw as they are considered to be hurting local businesses.

A number of traders and small and medium enterprise (SMEs) owners filed a judicial review with the Supreme Court over the bylaw on Dec. 5, 2019.

Nina Hanafi, a staple food shop owner who also sells cigarettes, deplored an article in the bylaw that prohibits shop owners from displaying pictures of cigarettes. 

“We want them to assess the impact of that regulation on people who don’t smoke. This has harmed us,” she said during a discussion on the  bylaw in Bogor on Thursday.

She went on to say that she had removed a banner outside her shop despite it did not explicitly showing a particular cigarette brand, only a similar logo color. The banner also served as her shop’s sign.

Nina said her shop was not the only business that had been affected by the regulation.

“This worries traders because displaying the name of our shop is very important,” she said.

Moreover, Nina claimed business owners were not given information about the bylaw. 

“A revision of the bylaw should improve the situation,” she said.

Speaking on the same occasion, Rommy Prasetya, a local, demanded that the Bogor Council be stricter in overseeing the city administration.

“The Bogor Council should oversee regulations made by the city administration. If it is not effective, then what it is for? I don’t know how the council studied the bylaw during its deliberation, especially considering the social and economic impacts,” he said.

He also questioned whether the council had carried out a survey to determine how many civil servants and councillors were active smokers, given that there was no special room dedicated for smoking in the new council building.

“Public spaces lack areas designated for smoking," he said. 

Responding to the issue, Bogor councillor Muaz HD of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), who has expressed a similar sentiment, attempted to raise the topic among councillors.

“I have suggested that the bylaw be revoked in a formal meeting,” he said.

Muaz explained that the 2009 bylaw was not intended to prevent people from smoking but rather to designate more smoke-free areas, such as in public minivans, office buildings and schools.

However, he deplored the city administration for failing to designate more smoking areas. 

“This has caused people to think that the [bylaw] is antismoking,” he said.

Muaz said the Bogor administration had received Rp 43 billion (US$3.14 million) in tax revenue from cigarettes in 2019, deeming that amount to be sufficient to provide designated zones for smokers. (sau)



2020-02-10 07:46:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/02/10/business-players-local-figures-urge-revision-of-smoke-free-zone-bylaw-in-bogor.html

Sabtu, 08 Februari 2020

Bogor to build two training fields for U-20 World Cup - ANTARA

Bogor to build two training fields for U-20 World Cup - ANTARA

Cibinong, Bogor (ANTARA) - The government of Bogor Regency, West Java, will build two training fields for the 2021 U-20 World Cup, after Pakansari Stadium, Cibinong, was officially designated as one of the venues for the international sports event.

The two international-standard fields will be developed in the archery field near the Pakansari Stadium and PPOPM Athlete Complex in Karadenan Village, Cibinong.

"Based on the visit of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing as well as Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI), we are required to build two training fields to support teams that will compete (in the U-20 World Cup)," Deputy Regent of Bogor Iwan Setiawan noted on Saturday.

Although they are only prepared as supporting fields for training grounds, the quality of grass, size, and dressing room must meet the standards set by FIFA.

In the meantime, three stadiums are already being used as training fields for U-20 World Cup athletes, specifically the outdoor Pakansari Stadium, Mini Persikabo Stadium, and Pajajaran Stadium.

With the designation of six main stadiums as the venue for the U-20 World Cup, Indonesia also has to prepare several other supporting stadiums.

In accordance with FIFA's requirements, 30 training fields must also be provided, as each of the main stadiums must be supported by five training fields around it.

FIFA and Indonesia's Ministry of Youth and Sports have confirmed the six main stadiums to be used for the U-20 World Cup held on May 24-June 12, 2021.

The six stadiums are the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, the Pakansari Stadium in Bogor, the Manahan Stadium in Solo, the Mandala Krida Stadium in Yogyakarta, the Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya, and the Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Bali. Related news: Indonesia prepares 10 stadia for U20 World Cup
Related news: President urges PSSI to prepare to host U-20 World Cup

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2020-02-08 12:03:54Z
https://en.antaranews.com/news/140966/bogor-to-build-two-training-fields-for-u-20-world-cup

Bogor Destinations for Weekend Getaway from Jakarta - Tempo.co English

Bogor Destinations for Weekend Getaway from Jakarta - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, JakartaBogor is only some 60 kilometers away from Jakarta. Despite its heavy weekend traffic, Bogor remains an attractive destination to Jakartans who are looking for a quick trip out of town to somewhere cooler.

Sentul, for example, offers green hills with plenty of tree shades. The area is known to host a number of amusement parks as well as nice hotels.

The Giri Jaya Cariu Deer Park is also a lovely place for families to spend a weekend. The reindeer breeding area expands 5 hectares.

There is also the Sindangbarang Cultural Village for travelers who love experiencing the culture—in this case, Sundanese. Admission fees start at Rp25,000 and there are group tour packages as well.

For lovers of nature, the Gunung Pancar Nature Park offers beautiful scenery of pine forest with outbound and camping facilities. Admission is Rp5,000 on weekdays and Rp7,500.

Gunung Pancar Nature Park. ANTARA/Yulius Satria Wijaya.

Lake Quarry Jayamix is famous for its turquoise green water, due to its nature as a former sand mine. Admission fee is Rp2,000 and with an extra Rp10,000 visitors can go on a boat ride to enjoy the lake.

Arguably Bogor's most famous travel spot is the decades-old Botanical Garden. Just 60 kilometers from Central Jakarta, the garden is home to a wide range of trees and plants—including the world-renowned Rafflesia Arnoldi flower. The admission fee is Rp26,000 for foreigners and Rp15,000 for locals. 

President Joko Widodo or Jokowi with former U.S. President Barack Obama at Bogor Botanical Garden. Antara.

Bisnis.com | Galuh Kurnia Ramadhani (Intern Translator)



2020-02-08 06:36:36Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1305012/bogor-destinations-for-weekend-getaway-from-jakarta

Jumat, 07 Februari 2020

West Java offers mine access road project to mining companies, investors - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

West Java offers mine access road project to mining companies, investors - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

The West Java administration is offering a project to construct 24.8 kilometers of road connecting several mining sites across the province to mining companies and investors, as the administration has finished designing the project.

West Java economic and development assistant Eddy Iskandar Muda Nasution said the administration would prioritize offering the project to mining companies first.

“If they are not interested, we will find investors [to fund and complete the project],” Eddy said on Thursday.

He added that the project, worth Rp 524.9 billion (US$38 million), would connect several mining sites in Bogor regency with a toll road in Karawaci, Banten. The road would prevent mining vehicles from using public roads.

“The road will be connected to a toll gate in Balaraja, around 2 km from [our borders with Banten]," said Asep Supriatna, the secretary of West Java Bina Marga road and spatial planning agency.

Read also: New Bogor leaders urged to solve Parung Panjang road problems

The 24.8 km road will start in Rumpin, Bogor regency, and head toward Parung Panjang in the same regency, before eventually entering Banten.

Around 44 hectares of land will be needed for the construction, according to the West Java Bina Marga road and spatial planning agency. The project was designed to go through as little residential area as possible to ease the process for land acquisition.

Asep added that the administration could also propose that the project be included on the national strategic projects list.

The provincial administration initiated the mining road project late last year, following protests from locals on social media about the number of trucks using the public road in Parung Panjang. The hashtag #SaveParungPanjang trended at the time.

Bogor regent Ade Yasin said at least 3,000 mining trucks used the road in the regency to get to a highway in Banten, damaging 9.1 km of the 25 km road in Parung Panjang.

In response, the Bogor regency administration limited the operations of mining trucks in the area. Mining trucks were only allowed to pass through the road in the regency from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. The Tangerang regency administration followed suit by only allowing mining trucks to pass between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

According to data from the West Java Energy and Mineral Resources Agency, there are 55 mining sites within the vicinity of the road development plant. The agency added that 51 sites had permits to mine andesite, while the rest had permits for mining clay, galena sand and tidal sand.

Andesite mining is the most productive form of mining in the area, with 27.7 million tons of the commodity mined last year, followed by galena with 59,000 tons. (eyc)



2020-02-07 09:51:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/02/07/west-java-offers-mine-access-road-project-to-mining-companies-investors.html

Kamis, 06 Februari 2020

West Java to build waste treatment sites to turn plastic into raw materials, fuels - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

West Java to build waste treatment sites to turn plastic into raw materials, fuels - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

The West Java administration will construct waste treatment sites that process plastic waste into diesel fuels and raw plastic materials that it hopes will be used by 2023.

The project is a collaboration between the provincial administration and United Kingdom-based plastic processing company Plastic Energy. The company has helped initiate feasibility studies that the administration is currently running.

Governor Ridwan Kamil said the facilities would be built in five locations, including Bekasi, Tasikmalaya and Cirebon. The other two would be at landfills in Sarimukti, West Bandung, and Galuga, Bogor.

“If everything goes well, the project in Sarimukti and Galuga will begin this year. We are finishing the detailed engineering design [for both projects] this month,” Ridwan said after a meeting with Plastic Energy in Bandung on Wednesday.

There will be two plants in each location. One plant, which will take nine months to build, will separate plastic waste from other waste. Meanwhile, the other plant will include a petrochemical processor that will take around two years to construct.

At the treatment facilities, domestic waste collected from households will be separated based on material, as materials like paper, cardboard, glass and aluminum cannot be processed into hydrocarbons.

Plastic Energy CEO Carlos Monreal said his company allocated at least 50 million euros (US$55 million) for the construction of waste treatment facilities in each location.

Read also: British company to invest $200m in West Java waste-to-fuel plants

“In Europe, we recycle 5 to 6 million tons of plastic in a year. We are aiming for 10 million tons by 2025,” Carlos said. He added the company would ensure the plants in Indonesia follow exact protocols as well as the health and safety standards implemented by their European counterparts.

The company uses patented Thermal Anaerobic Conversion technology to convert end-of-life plastics, turning plastic waste into a new feedstock to create clean recycled plastics or alternative low-carbon fuels.

“We raise the plastic’s temperature to convert it into a fluid of melted plastic. After that, we take it into our reactor, where we raise the temperature once again to turn it into gas. We condense and distill the gas into a different liquid which depends on its function,” Carlos said.

One ton of end-of-life plastic waste can be processed into 816 liters of chemical feedstock (TACOIL), to be used for the production of virgin oil.

Plastic Energy has been building such facilities in Spain for three years. The company signed an agreement last year with Saudi Arabia-based chemical manufacturing company SABIC to provide feedstock for the production of certified circular polymers in the Netherlands.

West Java’s Ridwan said the waste treatment facilities would be part of an upcoming final waste treatment and processing site (TPPAS) project in Legok Nangka, Bandung. The project has yet to commence.

“The handling of Greater Bandung’s waste, in theory, requires a waste-to-energy process in Legok Nangka, as well as in Sarimukti,” Ridwan said.

Read also: Regions lag behind in waste management planning

The TPPAS Legok Nangka government project is deemed as a solution for waste in Greater Bandung, which dumps its trash at a 20-hectare landfill in Sarimukti. The project is scheduled to be ready by 2022.

To prevent any delays in TPPAS Legok Nangka construction, the administration decided to expand the Sarimukti landfill by preparing an additional 20 to 30 ha of land.

West Java Environment Agency head Bambang Riyanto said the administration had proposed the expansion plan to state-owned forestry firm Perum Perhutani and was obliged to pay compensation of Rp 4.5 billion ($329,000) for the additional land.

Separately, Bogor Mayor Bima Arya said the new waste treatment site would help the operation of the 38-ha Galuga landfill, which receives waste from Bogor and its surrounding areas.

“Five-hundred tons of waste is dumped every day in Bogor, 80 tons of which are plastic waste. This will be processed later by Plastic Energy in Galuga, while the non-plastic waste will go to Nambo. We will prepare the system,” Arya said, referring to a landfill in Lulut Nambo, Bogor regency.

The Nambo landfill is an ongoing waste-processing facility project covering 55 ha of land. It is projected to manage 1,600 to 1,800 tons of waste per day coming from Bogor municipality, Bogor regency, South Tangerang and Depok.

The project was expected to finish in November or December this year, Ridwan said. (syk)



2020-02-06 08:51:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/02/06/west-java-to-build-waste-treatment-sites-to-turn-plastic-into-raw-materials-fuels.html

130 Sacks of Illegal Goldmine Tailings in Bogor Confiscated - Tempo.co English

130 Sacks of Illegal Goldmine Tailings in Bogor Confiscated - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, JakartaA joint police and military effort in Bogor confiscated 130 sacks full of goldmine tailings or rocks that contain gold from three illegal mines in Bogor’s Banyu Asih village, West Java. 

The activities of illegal gold mines in the western area of Bogor Regency are reported to have contributed to the landslides happening in the region. This topic emerged nationally after the disastrous landslides and flash floods on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. 

“The investigation managed to secure 130 sacks of rocks containing gold and tools to separate the golds from other minerals,” said Bogor Police Chief Muhammad Joni in a press conference at the Bogor Police Headquarters today, Feb. 6.

According to Joni, authorities initially nabbed seven people from the illegal gold mine site but arrested only four who acted as the person accommodating the illegal gold rocks that were processed by illegal gold mines run by the other three suspects.

In terms of value, each of the goldmines in the Banyu Asih village run by the three suspects is estimated to garner up to Rp50 million each month. 

ANTARA



2020-02-06 10:17:56Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1304324/130-sacks-of-illegal-goldmine-tailings-in-bogor-confiscated

Rabu, 05 Februari 2020

After months-long trial, schizophrenic Bogor woman absolved of blasphemy charge - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

After months-long trial, schizophrenic Bogor woman absolved of blasphemy charge - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Suzethe Margareth, a schizophrenic woman who was charged with blasphemy last year, walked free on Wednesday after a panel of the judges at the Cibinong District Court in Bogor, West Java, absolved her of all charges because of her mental health.

“Thank you to everyone, [to] journalists, NGOs and the panel of the judges that made a just decision because the fact is that [Suzethe] is ill,” Suzethe’s lawyer, Alfonsus Atu Kota, told reporters on Wednesday after the hearing.

Read also: Prosecutors demand 8 months for schizophrenic woman accused of blasphemy

Alfonsus said that ever since the case first commenced last September, everyone involved, including the prosecutors and investigators, were aware of Suzethe’s mental health conditions.

“From her gestures, the way she speaks, we all can see that she is suffering,” he said. “But the case was pursued because there was pressure from certain groups of people.”

The case started after a video of Suzethe entering Al-Munawaroh Mosque in Sentul, Bogor regency, went viral last year.

Believing that her husband was marrying another woman inside the mosque, she stormed inside with her pet dog and wearing her shoes ─ shocking members of the mosque congregation and sparking anger among some Muslims, who regard dogs as impure and do not allow footwear inside mosques.

Read also: Bogor blasphemy trial: 'Mentally ill' defendant did not know about dog ban in mosque

Prosecutors indicted Suzethe under Article 156a of the Criminal Code on blasphemy and demanded that she be sentenced to eight months in jail.

Alfonsus said that, as of Wednesday afternoon, the prosecutors had yet to appeal the court’s verdict, which gave Suzethe’s family time to focus on her health.

With monthly check-ups, Suzethe is still undergoing outpatient treatment at Marzoeki Mahdi Hospital and she takes medicine to help manage her schizophrenia. (hol)



2020-02-05 09:07:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/02/05/after-months-long-trial-schizophrenic-bogor-woman-absolved-of-blasphemy-charge.html

Selasa, 04 Februari 2020

Jokowi Welcomes Singapore President in Bogor - Tempo.co English

Jokowi Welcomes Singapore President in Bogor - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo or Jokowi welcomes Singapore President Halimah Yacob's first state visit to Indonesia at the Bogor Presidential Palace, today, Feb. 4. She is scheduled to be in Indonesia until February 6.

Halimah is also planned to meet with Vice President Ma'ruf Amin at the Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, today.

"Tomorrow, I will visit Yogyakarta, I will meet Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Governor of Yogyakarta. I will also visit the famous Gadjah Mada University, President Joko Widodo's alma mater campus, which has several ongoing partnerships with universities in Singapore," Halimah said at the Bogor Palace, West Java on Tuesday, 4 February 2020. 

President Halimah will also visit the Singapore International Foundation project on occupational therapy for children with special needs. Besides, she will see the industry 4.0 training program that held under a memorandum of understanding between the Singapore Polytechnic and the Indonesian Ministry of Industry.

In the meeting with President Jokowi, Indonesia and Singapore also signed some agreements, including the agreement on avoidance of double taxation (P3B) or effective tax treaty this year.

With this tax treaty agreement, the two countries have agreed on a tax reduction for several financial transactions. Investors who put their money in one of the countries can enjoy income tax exemption.

Dewi Nurita | Galuh Kurnia Ramadhani (Intern Translator)



2020-02-04 10:53:06Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1303467/jokowi-welcomes-singapore-president-in-bogor

Senin, 03 Februari 2020

Indonesia closes down 23 illegal gold mining holes in Bogor - The Star Online

Indonesia closes down 23 illegal gold mining holes in Bogor - The Star Online

BOGOR, West Java (The Jakarta Post): A joint operation involving 700 security personnel was held over the weekend to close down 23 holes from illegal gold mining activities within the area of Mount Pongkor in the Bogor regency.

The 700 personnel comprised police officers from the West Java Police, Bogor Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI), local forest police and security personnel of diversified mining company PT Aneka Tambang (Antam), Bogor Police spokesperson Adj Comr Ita Puspita Lena said.

She said the operation to shut the illegal mining holes was to enforce order and protect the environment, especially following a string of natural disasters in the regency.

The illegal mine holes were mostly located around bushes, each within 5km to 10km from each other, scattered in two different blocks in the mountain area. Authorities had to go up steep hiking trails and cross the river to get to the illegal mining locations, she said.

Thirteen of the 23 illegal mine holes were located in Citorek block, while the remaining 10 were located in Cisuren block, technically within a gold mining area owned by PT Antam.

"Such illegal gold mining activities have damaged the environment and caused natural disasters. They have violated Law No. 4/2009 on mineral resources and coal mining," she said.

Last month, the Bogor Police arrested two people after they were allegedly caught red-handed carrying out mining activities without a permit following an investigation by authorities to find out the cause of massive flooding that struck Sukajaya district in the regency on the first day of 2020.

The police suspected illegal mining activities in Bogor had contributed to the floods, tempo.co reported.

Pongkor is known to attract miners searching for gold despite their lack of skills and proper tools.

Last year, at least five people died after being buried by landslides at in an illegal gold mining area in Pongkor following hours of heavy downpour. It was not the first fatal incident as 12 miners died in a similar accident in Pongkor in 2015. - The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network



2020-02-03 07:29:00Z
https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2020/02/03/indonesia-closes-down-23-illegal-gold-mining-holes-in-bogor

Authorities close down 23 illegal gold mining holes in Bogor - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Authorities close down 23 illegal gold mining holes in Bogor - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

A joint operation involving 700 security personnel was held over the weekend to close down 23 holes from illegal gold mining activities within the area of Mount Pongkor in Bogor regency, West Java.

The 700 personnel comprised police officers from the West Java Police, Bogor Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI), local forest police and security personnel of diversified mining company PT Aneka Tambang (Antam), Bogor Police spokesperson Adj. Comr. Ita Puspita Lena said.

She said the operation to shut the illegal mining holes was to enforce order and protect the environment, especially following a string of natural disasters in the regency.

The illegal mine holes were mostly located around bushes, each within 5 to 10 kilometers from each other, scattered in two different blocks in the mountain area. Authorities had to go up steep hiking trails and crossed the river to get to the illegal mining locations, she said.

Thirteen of the 23 illegal mine holes were located in Citorek block, while the remaining 10 were located in Cisuren block, technically within a gold mining area owned by PT Antam.

Read also: Five dead after landslides at illegal gold mine in Bogor

"Such illegal gold mining activities have damaged the environment and caused natural disasters. They have violated Law No. 4/2009 on mineral resources and coal mining," she said.

Last month, the Bogor Police arrested two people after they were allegedly caught red-handed carrying out mining activities without a permit following an investigation by authorities to find out the cause of massive flooding that struck Sukajaya district in the regency on the first day of 2020.

The police suspected illegal mining activities in Bogor had contributed to the floods, tempo.co reported.

Pongkor is known to attract miners searching for gold despite their lack of skills and proper tools.

Last year, at least five people died after being buried by landslides at in an illegal gold mining area in Pongkor following hours of heavy downpours. It was not the first fatal incident as 12 miners died in a similar accident in Pongkor in 2015. (afr)



2020-02-03 06:46:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/02/03/authorities-close-down-23-illegal-gold-mining-holes-in-bogor.html