From sushi to ice cream and candy, even shampoo to house paints, medication, car lubricants and much more. These are the daily household products that are developed from seaweed, aquatic cultured-grass that can be planted in the calm and clear water of coastal areas.
I once plugged in an appliance and accidentally blacked out my whole school. I was an instant hero. I later told the head teacher that jumping around yelling “woohoo” was how we expressed deep sorrow where I come from, but he wasn’t buying it. My achievement was eventually topped by a friend who dug a hole in his garden and short-circuited the street.
The controversy over Aceh’s flag and symbol between the Aceh administration and the central administration in Jakarta lingers on, despite weeks of “cooling down”, and is now at a crucial phase in which, if disagreement remains, the President is expected to decide the issue by special instruction.
Reading Inferno, the latest novel by Dan Brown, I realize how wrong we have been in believing the myth of nature’s limitless resources. Unfortunately, this myth — thanks to Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret and its successors — now believed by most motivators, is actually “a state of denial”, as Brown reminds us.
As with humans, the environment also has fundamental rights. The environment as the basic capital of human life has the right to react when its equilibrium is disrupted by humans. A harmonious relationship between humans and their environment will enable the former to develop and improve their lives, without disrupting the sustainability of the latter.
A gathering of some 200 chief editors in Nusa Dua, Bali last week had a number of noble objectives. They included a “campus media empowerment program, capacity-building for local journalists, as well as infrastructure assistance to improve education in remote areas nationwide.”
The world has collectively sighed in relief on witnessing the change seeping into Iran following the surprise victory of reformist-backed presidential candidate Hasan Rohani, although some of Iran’s long-time foes — like Israel — have warned the international community against any wishful thinking about new developments unfolding in the Islamic republic.
Despite persistent political noise over the alleged malfeasance in the November 2008 bailout of Bank Century (now renamed Bank Mutiara), the bank has made remarkable progress over the past two years, with its equity capital rising to Rp 1.4 trillion (US$140 million) from minus Rp 2.2 trillion and capital adequacy ratio exceeding 11 percent, an astronomical increase from minus 36 percent.
It was a bitter farewell for national badminton player Taufik Hidayat when he was forced to make an early exit at the Djarum Indonesia Open before the home crowd. Losing to Indian qualifier Sai Praneeth 15-21, 21-12, 21-17 in the first round of the tournament was not an expected finale to his career, which saw him win six Indonesia Open champion titles.
The dispute over the contract between the Jakarta city administration and PT Pam Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) has become so serious that the administration has signaled that it will unlikely continue its partnership with the tap water operator, which serves the western part of the capital city. The eastern part of the city is served by PT Aetra Air Jakarta.
It is wonderful to know that Scottish oil drilling expert Malcolm Primrose was released unharmed 48 hours after his abduction by a group of unknown gunmen in East Aceh on Tuesday. But the kidnapping attempt itself, reportedly over a huge ransom, is embarrassing for a province in dire need of new finds to renew the oil and gas industry as it peters out.
The General Elections Commission (KPU) deserves a thumbs-up for its courage to uphold the rules of the game for the 12 political parties contesting the 2014 legislative election. Law No. 8/2010 on elections clearly requires the parties to meet the 30 percent quota for female candidates, therefore the disqualification of eight parties in several electoral districts for their failure to do so is a bold move that we support.
We could easily blame the steep fall in the rupiah exchange rate to below 10,000 to the US dollar and the 3.5 percent decline in local share prices on Tuesday on the US Federal Reserve’s plan to tighten its monetary policy, assuring the public that our economy remains robust with one of the highest growth rates in the world.