Aceh Tamiang: Floods force students of 67 schools to stay home

Students of 47 elementary schools and 20 junior high schools in Aceh Tamiang district, Aceh, have been forced to remain home due to floodwaters inundating their schools as well as the road access to schools.

“According to data issued by the district education office, the flooding has inundated 67 school buildings,” Aceh Tamiang district spokesperson Agusliayana Devita informed here on Saturday.

As a result, learning activities in the affected schools have been suspended until further notice, she said, adding that the homes of many students have also been flooded.

Meanwhile, head of the Aceh Tamiang Education Office, Kairuddin, said that he has allowed the affected schools to suspend learning activities due to the impact of the catastrophe that has forced locals to seek refuge elsewhere.


“The permission (for temporarily suspending teaching and learning activities) is being given if the schools are inundated or people must take refuge. But, we have not issued any instruction for a holiday,” he added.

In response to the flooding, which was triggered by the recent downpour and river overflow, Aceh Tamiang district head Mursil said that he has declared a disaster emergency status, which will remain effective for 14 days from October 30, 2022.

Several parts of Indonesia are prone to natural disasters. On October 8, for instance, floods inundated parts of six sub-districts in East Aceh district, forcing 2,436 residents to flee to safer places.

Most of the flood victims took refuge in village centers, buildings for religious rituals (meunasah), mosques, and traditional Islamic schools (dayah), according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

In the initial two months of 2021, several hydrological disasters struck the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi.

On the island of Kalimantan, massive floods and landslides were reported in several parts of South Kalimantan following incessant downpour on January 12, 2021.

The floods affected the districts of Banjar, Tapin, Tabalong, Balangan, and Hulu Sungai Tengah, and the cities of Tanah Laut and Banjar Baru.

They reportedly claimed 15 lives, inundated 24,379 homes, and displaced 39,549 people.



Source: Antara News

Hundreds of Buddhists participate in Atthasilani in Borobudur

Hundreds of Buddhists from the Indonesian Mahanikaya Buddhist Council (MBMI) participated in Upasika Ratana (Atthasilani) at Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java, on Saturday.

“Atthasilani is a Buddhist dhamma-deepening activity to practice the eight precepts. Participants are expected to radiate happiness of love, and full of hope, so that all beings are happy. The love that has been grown will bring happiness because where there is love, there is happiness,” MBMI chairperson Agus Jaya said here on Saturday.

Several Buddhist activities have been organized by MBMI from November 3 to 6, 2022, at Borobudur Temple. One of the activities was Atthasilani, which was attended by 200 women participants. The activity included reading paritta and participating in meditation, dhamma talk, dhamma class, and offering pindapata or alms to monks.

Jaya said that in the Upasika Ratana series, there was a “blowing bubbles” session, where each participant was given the opportunity to blow as many bubbles as possible into the open air.

According to him, the bubbles represent a philosophic release of all burdens and problems.

Meanwhile, president director of PT TWC, which manages the Borobudur Temple area, Edy Setijono, said in Magelang that his party supports the implementation of religious activities at the temple.

The implementation of the activities aligns with the memorandum of agreement signed by the Yogyakarta regional government, Central Java, and several related ministries, he added.

The use of Borobudur Temple for religious activities is a real step by the government toward realizing the strategic program of Super-Priority Destinations, which was launched by President Joko Widodo.

Moreover, Setijono said, the utilization of Borobudur Temple as a religious destination in an integrative and inclusive way must be interpreted as an important aspect of the temple’s preservation program as a world cultural heritage.




Source: Antara News

Central Halmahera celebrates national hero status for Talabuddin

The Central Halmahera district government, North Maluku, has expressed pride over President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) designating Salahuddin Bin Talabuddin, who originated from the region, as a national hero.

“Of course, the designation of Salahuddin Bin Talabuddin along with four other figures as (national) heroes is a special gift for the people of Central Halmahera,” district head Edi Langkara said here on Saturday.

The designation of Talabuddin as a national hero is a matter of pride for the people, who have just celebrated the 32nd anniversary of the district, he added.

He asked the public to welcome the national hero status for Talabuddin, who is known to have fought against the Dutch colonizers.

Talabuddin was born in 1874 in Gamia Patani village and died in Ternate city. His resistance against Dutch colonization led to his imprisonment inSawahlunto, Sumatra, from 1918 to 1923, Nusakambangan from 1941 to 1942, and Bovel Digoel in 1943.

Due to his role in the movement against colonial rule in North Maluku, Talabuddin was executed in 1948 in a village in Ternate city. His name was later enshrined at the village.

Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD informed that President Jokowi has designated Talabuddin as a national hero in a post on Twitter.

Besides Talabuddin, four other figures have been named national heroes: H.R. Soeharto (Central Java), KGPAA Paku Alam VIII (Yogyakarta), Dr. R. Rubini Natawisastra (West Kalimantan), and KH Ahmad Sanusi (West Java).

Indonesians will celebrate Heroes Day on November 10. In 2021, President Widodo acted as the inspector of ceremonies leading the commemoration of Heroes’ Day at Kalibata National Heroes Cemetery (TMP) in Jakarta.


Source: Antara News

Ministry asks youth to help preserve ‘wayang’

The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture has urged all young Indonesians to actively take part in preserving wayang (traditional puppetry) as part of the nation’s heritage.

“The young generation has a strategic role in the attempts to preserve various cultures in Indonesia, including wayang,” deputy for the coordination of mental revolution, culture promotion, as well as sports achievement at the ministry, Didik Suhardi, said on Saturday.

On its part, the government has continued to intensify and optimize various strategic programs for preserving local cultures, he added.

“The cultural promotion programs aim to realize Indonesia as a country based on cultural diversity, which educates, reconciles, and prospers (the community),” he remarked.

Various stories told through wayang performances are relevant to the National Movement for Mental Revolution, he said.

“In wayang (stories), there are many (noble) values, namely work ethic, mutual cooperation, and integrity,” the deputy added.

Hence, his party has strived to bolster a number of programs for developing and preserving wayang so that the younger generation becomes interested in traditional cultural shows.

“The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture continues to carry out dissemination and education about wayang through various performance activities, which aim to make the younger generation love and better know about Indonesian traditional culture,” he stated.

The ministry hopes that the various philosophies contained in the wayang stories, especially those espoused by characters who have integrity, hard work, and the spirit of mutual cooperation, can be disseminated more widely.

Furthermore, the ministry has also invited young people to actively participate in supporting the National Mental Revolution Movement by campaigning for a change in mindsets and lifestyles to realize the Golden Indonesia 2045 vision, Suhardi said.

“The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture continues to highlight that productive and superior youth are the main keys for Indonesia’s development to achieve the Golden Indonesia 2045 (vision),” he added.



Source: Antara News

Flight frequency from China to Indonesia increases before G20 Summit

The frequency of commercial flights from China to Indonesia and vice versa is increasing ahead of the G20 Summit to be held in Bali on Nov 15-16, 2022.

China added eight new flight routes from several cities to Jakarta and vice versa, data from the China Civil Aviation Agency (CAAC) showed here on Saturday.

The new flight services are Jakarta-Beijing vv every Monday by Air China; Jakarta-Chengdu vv every Friday by Air China; Jakarta-Guangzhou vv every Monday, Thursday, and Friday by China Southern Airlines; and Jakarta-Xiamen vv every Monday and Saturday by Xiamen Airlines.

They added to the existing flights serving Shenzhen-Jakarta vv every Tuesday (China Southern), Fuzhou-Jakarta vv every Thursday (Xiamen Air), Jakarta-Kunming vv every Friday (Citilink), Jakarta-Wuhan vv every Monday (Lion Air), Jakarta-Guangzhou vv every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Monday (Garuda Indonesia), and Jakarta-Guangzhou vv every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (Lion Air).

Chinese delegates and over 250 reporters have also started heading to Indonesia ahead of the G20 Summit.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is yet to confirm whether President Xi Jinping will be in Bali. President Joko Widodo had invited Jinping during a visit to Beijing at the end of July 2022.

“There is no information that I can share (about it) as of today,” MFA spokesman Zhao Lijian said.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun had departed from Beijing to Jakarta to prepare to welcome the Chinese delegation. The Immigration Attache of the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing Raden Fitri Saptaji has been on standby in Bali since October 25.

“Warm greetings from Hong Kong,” Ambassador Oratmangun noted in a brief text message to ANTARA Beijing, Friday afternoon, while making a transit at Hong Kong Airport before continuing his flight to Jakarta.



Source: Antara News

R20 delegates’ Kimpulan Temple visit reflects social tolerance

World religious leaders participating in the Religion of Twenty (R20) forum visited the Kimpulan Temple, a Hindu temple located in the middle of an Islamic university’s complex, in Yogyakarta province on Saturday.

“The activity was implemented to provide both religious and cultural experiences to the R20 delegates,” R20 spokesperson and deputy secretary general of the Indonesian Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama’s executive board (PBNU) Muhammad Najib Azca said here on Saturday.

The R20, which is a part of the sherpa track of the Indonesian G20 Presidency’s engagement group, aims to encourage discussions among world religious leaders on solutions to various global problems.

During the visit to the temple, the world religious leaders could directly observe how the Hindu temple, which is estimated to have been built in the 9th century, has been well-maintained although currently, it is located in a Muslim community, the R20 spokesperson said.

The preservation of the temple demonstrated the tolerance of Indonesian Muslims to R20 delegates, he added.

Kimpulan Temple was discovered accidentally on December 11, 2009, when an excavation was carried out to lay the foundation for a library at the Indonesian Islamic University (UII), according to the university’s website.

When the temple was found, it was not demolished, Azca informed. Instead, the university administrator adjusted the design of the library to preserve the temple.

“Thus, instead of using the (planned) design, which might destroy or remove the temple, the design (of the library) was changed, thus the temple (finally) remained in the middle of the library,” he recalled.

Due to the adjustment, the temple has become a symbol of Indonesia’s social and cultural diversity and proved that the community appreciates differences, he added.

Meanwhile, UII Chancellor Fathul Wahid said that since its establishment, the UII campus has been open to social diversity.

The existence of Kimpulan Temple in the UII complex encourages all believers to protect and support each other, he added.

“Thus, social equality can be guaranteed, and everyone has the opportunity to grow and develop,” he said.

The R20 meeting was held in Bali province on November 2 and 3, 2022, and was attended by 338 delegates.

The participants of the meeting were slated to visit a number of cultural tourism destinations in Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces from Friday (November 4) to Sunday (October 6).

In addition to the UII, the destinations included the Yogyakarta Palace, Prambanan Temple, Mendut Temple, Borobudur Temple, and the Pandanaran Islamic Boarding School.



Source: Antara News

UPDATE – Acronis promotes Katya Ivanova to Chief Sales Officer

Ivanova brings more than 10 years of sales and business development experience to the new role and will focus on scaling the global sales organization to continue Acronis’s hyper growth

Katya Ivanova

Katya Ivanova

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, Nov. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Acronis, a global leader in cyber-protection, announced today the promotion of Katya Ivanova as its new Chief Sales Officer to lead the Acronis sales organization globally. Ivanova is a recognized multi-national sales leader with experience in APAC, Europe and the Middle East, North America, and LATAM markets. Most recently, Ivanova managed over 300 professionals as Vice President Worldwide Inside Sales, Acronis.

With proven team leadership, sales expertise, and successful partner relations, Ivanova will expand Acronis’ global sales while increasing awareness of the Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud Platform. Ivanova started at Acronis as Support Engineer in August 2011. She first led a support sales project during her role as Sr. Manager in Global Support Vendor Management and successfully generated more than 70% growth in revenue (in the first year) after which switching over to Sr. Inside Sales and Renewals before assuming her prior position of Vice President Worldwide Inside Sales in Feb 2019.

As Acronis’ Chief Sales Officer, Ivanova will expand upon her documented history of driving double digit sales growth worldwide. “Katya has demonstrated drive and ambition throughout her Acronis career which has seen her quickly rising through the ranks to one of the highest sales positions in the company. I have no doubt this recent promotion will allow her to continue to build upon her successful corporate journey,” said Patrick Pulvermueller, Chief Executive Officer at Acronis.

Managed Service Provider’s (MSP) continue to struggle with increasingly complex security systems involving multiple technologies. According to the 2022 Acronis Cyber Protection Week Global Report, 78 percent of global organizations use as many as 10 different solutions for data protection and security, yet 76 percent of them experience downtime and data loss. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud offers an integrated, single architecture that simplifies the process without sacrificing security. Ivanova will use her industry experience and sales excellence to amplify the reach of Acronis cyber protection solutions which are trusted by over 20,000 global service providers, protecting over 750,000 businesses, and preventing over 100 million attacks.

“I am extremely excited and motivated to expand upon our current success to protect our loyal customer base from the rise in cyber-attacks. I intend to help the team deliver the best possible experience, thereby strengthening the cooperation with our customers and partners,” said Ivanova. “Cyberattacks continue to increase worldwide, so it is more important than ever for security leaders to effectively and efficiently protect their businesses.”

To learn more about Acronis’ integrated endpoint protection solution, visit and register to attend the Acronis #CyberFit Summit 2022 in Miami, Florida from November 7-9, 2022.

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Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated, automated cyber protection that solves the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world. With flexible deployment models that fit the demands of service providers and IT professionals, Acronis provides superior cyber protection for data, applications, and systems with innovative next-generation antivirus, backup, disaster recovery, and endpoint protection management solutions powered by AI. With advanced anti-malware powered by cutting-edge machine intelligence and blockchain based data authentication technologies, Acronis protects any environment – from cloud to hybrid to on premises – at a low and predictable cost.

Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 2,200 employees in 40 locations in 19 countries. Acronis Cyber Protect solution is available in 26 languages in over 150 countries and is used by over 20,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses.

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