Daily Archives: December 22, 2018

Shark fishing ban in Raja Ampat continues to be violated

Waisai (ANTARA News) – Shark fishing activities in the waters of Raja Ampat District in West Papua Province continue unabated despite a prohibition through the Regional Regulation (Perda).

“Shark fishing activities still take place in the Raja Ampat waters, despite a regional regulation on the ban on shark capture,” Raja Ampat youth leader Ferdinand Dimara remarked here on Friday.

Hence, Dimara has urged the Raja Ampat District Government to continue to disseminate information on the regional regulation on the ban on shark fishing, so that it is truly understood by the local community.

According to Dimara, the local government and all tourism stakeholders in Raja Ampat must participate in increasing the understanding of members of the community, so that they do not catch sharks in order to facilitate the development of tourism potential.

Dimara explained that shark catching activities are nothing new and have been carried out since generations and become a livelihood before Raja Ampat was known as a world tourism destination.

“It requires a process of mentoring from the local government and tourism stakeholders to change the practices of local communities in accordance with the regional regulations,” Ferdinand, a member of the Raja Ampat Indonesian Guides Association, stated.

Source: ANTARA News

Shark fishing ban in Raja Ampat continues to be violated

Waisai (ANTARA News) – Shark fishing activities in the waters of Raja Ampat District in West Papua Province continue unabated despite a prohibition through the Regional Regulation (Perda).

“Shark fishing activities still take place in the Raja Ampat waters, despite a regional regulation on the ban on shark capture,” Raja Ampat youth leader Ferdinand Dimara remarked here on Friday.

Hence, Dimara has urged the Raja Ampat District Government to continue to disseminate information on the regional regulation on the ban on shark fishing, so that it is truly understood by the local community.

According to Dimara, the local government and all tourism stakeholders in Raja Ampat must participate in increasing the understanding of members of the community, so that they do not catch sharks in order to facilitate the development of tourism potential.

Dimara explained that shark catching activities are nothing new and have been carried out since generations and become a livelihood before Raja Ampat was known as a world tourism destination.

“It requires a process of mentoring from the local government and tourism stakeholders to change the practices of local communities in accordance with the regional regulations,” Ferdinand, a member of the Raja Ampat Indonesian Guides Association, stated.

Source: ANTARA News

VP Kalla reminds students of three important points

Makassar, S Sulawesi (ANTARA News) – Vice President Jusuf Kalla has reminded students of three important points to contribute to the nation and state in future.

The three points are related to technological and scientific advancements, entrepreneurship, and efficient and quick bureaucracy, he remarked during the launch of infrastructure development at the Islamic University of Makassar here on Saturday.

“If they can be realized, (the country) will make greater progress than the others,” he noted.

The first and second points are the challenge that the students will face, and hopefully, they would benefit from them, he remarked.

With the rapid developments in technology, the students will be able to create the best work for public life, he emphasized.

Creating technological innovations that will ease the lives of people is the dire need of the hour, he noted.

The same also applies to entrepreneurship that offers vast areas of potential to students to develop economic activities. The presence of increasingly sophisticated technology has enabled people to conduct transactions more easily.

“Hence, the students must have the courage to become entrepreneurs,” he added.

Source: ANTARA News

281 Dead, Hundreds Injured in Indonesia Tsunami

A tsunami that struck late Saturday has killed nearly three hundred people along Indonesia’s Sunda Straits.

Indonesia’s national disaster agency said Monday that 281 people were killed, 1,016 injured and 57 others were missing.

The number of casualties is expected to rise.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported an eruption of the Krakatoa volcano about 9 p.m. Saturday local time, and the tsunami struck a short time later, about 9:30 p.m.

The cause of the tsunami was due to a combination of undersea landslides after the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatoa and the tidal wave caused by the full moon,” according to BMKG. However, the Indonesian Geological Agency said that they can’t confirm if the tsunami was triggered by the eruption of Krakatoa, since that mountain has been erupting since last June � with even greater strength � and never caused a tsunami.

The chief of the Geological Agency, Rudy Suhendar, told VOA’s Indonesian Service that it was still investigating what caused the tsunami.

The casualties occurred in three regions — South Lampung in Sumatra and the Serang and Pandeglang regions of Java, west of the capital Jakarta — along the Sunda Straits, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNBP), said in a statement.

More than 600 homes, 69 hotels, 60 shops and some 420 boats were damaged, BNBP said Monday, along with dozens of cars and other vehicles.

Jakarta resident Suhada was fishing on Carita Beach and visiting his family for the weekend when he ran from what he described as three waves between 10 and 11pm Saturday night. Suhada was able to flee to higher ground with his family.

“Thank God I could save my family,” he told VOA’s Indonesian service.

Disaster agency head Endan Permana told local media that many people were missing in tourist locale Tanjung Lesung, Banten province, near Jakarta.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is set to visit Banten province Monday.

Earlier, he ordered government agencies to respond quickly to the disaster. “The Ministry for Social Affairs and the chief of the military are already on the ground,” he said.

The Red Cross said Banten is one of the “worst affected areas.” The aid organization, however, said it was able to dispatch “relief goods” from its Banten warehouse, including water, tarpaulins, cleaning equipment, plus family and hygiene kits.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted about the “unthinkable devastation” caused by the tsunami, adding that “We are praying for recovery and healing. America is with you!”

The U.S. State Department also expressed its support: “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in Indonesia affected by the natural disaster. We are currently not aware of any U.S. citizens directly affected, but stand ready to assist as needed.”

As did United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. His spokesman said the U.N. chief was “saddened by the loss of life, injuries and damages caused by the tsunami” and that the world body “stands ready to support the ongoing Government-led rescue and relief effort”.

On September 28, a quake and tsunami that hit near the city of Palu, on the island of Sulawesi, killed more than 2,500 and displaced about 70,000.

On December 26, 2004, an earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

Source: Voice of America