Indonesia morning news for October 3

Indonesia morning news for October 3

Indonesia morning newsRupiah at Its Weakest Level Since 1998; Economy ‘Adjusting Well’: Finance Minister
The rupiah fell to its weakest in more than 20 years on Tuesday (02/10) and other emerging Asian currencies also slid as the dollar held its overnight gains rooted in the striking of a revised North American trade pact.
— Jakarta Globe

Death toll from Indonesia’s quake, tsunami up to 1,234: disaster agency
The confirmed death toll from an earthquake and tsunami on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has risen to 1,234, from 844, the national disaster mitigation agency said on Tuesday.
— Thai PBS World

Indonesia rejects US military aid for Palu quake victims
Indonesia has rejected US military personnel and hospital ship aid during emergency response period in the earthquake and tsunami-devastated province of Central Sulawesi on the ground as the country has adequate capacity, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.
— Antara News

Australia pledges $5m in aid to Indonesia with time running out for trapped survivors
Australia has announced an additional $5 million in aid to assist Indonesia with the fallout from a devastating earthquake and tsunami that has left more than 1,200 dead.
— ABC News

Emergency Supply Cache from Direct Relief to Aid Indonesian Tsunami Survivors
Emergency supplies pre-positioned in Southeast Asia by Direct Relief have been made available to Indonesian authorities responding to survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi.
— All AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Forest Fire Rages in Mount Ciremai National Park in West Java
A joint team is currently fighting to extinguish a forest fire on the slopes of Mount Ciremai National Park in Kuningan district, West Java.
“We are still handling the situation because the fire has not been extinguished completely,” Agus Mauludin, head of the ‎Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) in Kuningan, said on Tuesday (02/10).
— Jakarta Globe

Negative sentiments push residents to transform slum area
For decades, residents of community unit (RW) 01 in Babakan subdistrict in Tangerang, Banten, conceded to the fact that their neighborhoods were dirty and unlivable. But strong collective will to change that perception has brought them to where they are now; an award-winning kampung that attracts foreign tourists.
— The Jakarta Post

UN system mobilizing to support Indonesia, following earthquake and tsunami disaster
The quake subsequently caused a tsunami that hit coastal areas in Palu City and Donggala which has left more than 48,000 people sheltering in some 200 displacement sites.
— All AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

International Medical Corps Responding to Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami
International Medical Corps has sent an emergency response team to Indonesia following a series of powerful earthquakes that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, September 28.
— All AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Central Sulawesi quake: Foreign aid aircraft restricted from Palu
Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu, Central Sulawesi, remains closed off to foreign airlines seeking to provide aid for the thousands of earthquake victims, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

East Nusa Tenggara hit by series of quakes
A string of fresh earthquakes of varying magnitudes shook East Nusa Tenggara on Tuesday morning, sending residents into a panic.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) posted a tweet on its official Twitter account, confirming that at 7:16 a.m., a 6.3-magnitude earthquake occurred 66 kilometers from the southwestern part of East Sumba regency, East Nusa Tenggara at a depth of 10 kilometers.
— The Jakarta Post

Riau fire spreads haze to nearby areas
Some 270 hectares of land in Indragiri Hilir regency, Riau province, were burned on Sunday, spreading haze to its surrounding areas, according to Indragiri Hilir Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Christian Rony Putra.
— The Jakarta Post

Bridge collapses in E. Sumba as quakes continue to jolt region
A bridge has collapsed in the district of Wula Waijelu in East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, after a series of earthquakes of varying magnitudes jolted the region on Tuesday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Three closed churches in Jambi face relocation
After days of public outrage and uncertainty over the sudden closure of three churches in the provincial capital of Jambi due to permit issues, members of the churches’ management met with city administration officials to discuss potential relocation.
— The Jakarta Post

127 hotspots detected across Sumatra island
Pekanbaru, Riau (ANTARA News) – As many as 127 hotspots were detected on Tuesday in some provinces across Sumatra Island indicating land and forest fires in the region.
— Antara News

Some 1,273 military, police officers arrive in Palu
A total of 1,273 military and police personnel arrived in Palu City, Central Sulawesi, on Tuesday to help accelerate the evacuation of the earthquake victims in the province.
— Antara News

President issues orders to repair tsunami detection buoys
President Joko Widodo has given instructions to conduct repairs of tsunami detection buoys that have been damaged and not functional for years.
— Antara News

Opening – Minute of silence for victims of earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia
President Tajani led Parliament in remembering the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, at the opening of the session in Strasbourg.
— All AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Indonesia rejects US military aid for Palu quake victims
Indonesia has rejected US military personnel and hospital ship aid during emergency response period in the earthquake and tsunami-devastated province of Central Sulawesi on the ground as the country has adequate capacity, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.
— Antara News

Sealing of churches in Jambi shows Jokowi’s forgotten promise to protect minorities: Amnesty International
Videos of the churches’ congregations crying hysterically as police shut the doors on their houses of worship went viral and have led many to accuse the government, both local and national, of failing to stand up for the rights of religious minorities.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Lutheran World Relief Responds to Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami
On Friday, September 28, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and an 18-foot tsunami struck the Indonesian city of Palu and the surrounding coastline.
— All AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Police confiscate stolen ATM machine, motorcycle, clothes from 45 suspected looters in Palu
There have been numerous reports of looting in the Central Sulawesi capital of Palu and surrounding areas after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck last Friday, and it appears that the looters took much more than basic necessitie
— Coconuts Jakarta

Taiwan offers halal tourism to Indonesians
Taiwan, with more than 200 hotels and restaurants on the island having received halal certificates from local authorities, offers halal tourism to the people of Indonesia.
— Antara News

Cirebon Attempts to Recapture People`s Interest on Batik
In hopes of capturing people’s enthusiasm towards one of Indonesia’s traditional clothing, batik entrepreneurs of Cirebon, West Java, held a masquerade festival in commemorating the National Batik Day that is celebrated annually on October
— Tempo.co

Indonesian elections: Conservatism versus moderation
Indonesia’s coming election has its heavy-metal-fan president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo – widely perceived as a moderate Muslim – in one corner and Prabowo Subianto, a former lieutenant general, in the other.
— The Asean Post

British Council Indonesia Foundation in Indonesia announces launch of IELTS on computer
IELTS, the world’s most popular English test for higher education and migration, can now be taken on a computer from 13 October 2018 onwards.
— All AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Mount Anak Krakatau Spews Incandescent Lava
Bandar Lampung – Mount Anak Krakatau, in Sunda Strait, South Lampung, through a visual observation of CCTV from Monday night, October 1, until Tuesday at dawn, showed firelights, incandescent lava spewed to the south and flares were seen in all directions.
— Tempo.co

18 Countries Offer Aid in Aftermath of Palu Quake
The 18 countries include the United States, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Turkey, the European Union, Australia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, India and China. International organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) also has stated its willingness to help.
— Tempo.co

Wings Air Opens Commercial Flights to Palu
Wings Air Airlines on Tuesday morning, Oct 2, opened commercial flights from Gorontalo to Palu, Central Sulawesi.
— Netral English

UK sends team to Indonesia following earthquake and tsunami
Five humanitarian experts deployed to help co-ordinate the international response following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
— All AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

UN ready to support gov`t in handling C Sulawesi disaster
The United Nations said that it stands ready to support the government of Indonesia, as it responds to the earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi last week.
— Antara News

President Jokowi sees off contingent to Asian Para Games 2018
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) saw off the country`s athletes who would compete in the Asian Para Games 2018 here on Tuesday.
— Antara News

 

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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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