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UGM TO UNDERTAKE STUDY OF POLLIBNG STATION WORKER’S DEATHS

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The research project involving scientists from Medical School, as well as Faculties of Public Health, Psychology, and Social and Political Sciences, would be conducted for several weeks.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Yogyakarta – Gadjah Mada University (UGM) has been preparing a comprehensive study on the reasons for the deaths of several hundred members of polling station working committees across Indonesia, a researcher of the public university revealed here on Thursday (9/5/2019).

This interdisciplinary research project would comprehensively reveal the factors that led to the deaths and sickness of the polling station working committee members, said Abdul Ghaffar, coordinator of the UGM’s Working Research Group on General Elections.

The research project involving scientists from Medical School, as well as Faculties of Public Health, Psychology, and Social and Political Sciences, would be conducted for several weeks, he said.

In connection with this interdisciplinary research project, Dean of UGM’s Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Erwan Agus Purwanto said his university’s team members would collaborate with their colleagues from 10 other universities.

Among the public universities that would also be involved in this research project are the University of Indonesia, Lampung University, Airlangga University, and Cendrawasih University, he said.

As of May 7, 2019, the General Elections Commission (KPU) said the death toll of the working committee members at polling stations had reached at least 456, while 4,310 others fell ill while fulfilling their electoral duties.

According to the KPU, they lost their lives due to exhaustion or after meeting with traffic accidents amid their hectic work schedules. These people were in charge of different ballot booths across Indonesia.

One of the members who lost their lives was Muriah, a resident of Peulokan Village in Labuhan Haji Barat Subdistrict, South Aceh District, Aceh Province, who reportedly died of exhaustion due to the strain of overwork. The death of expectant mother Muridah had also brought grief to her husband, family, and neighbors.

Vice Presidential candidate number 02 Sandiaga Uno expressed his deep concern over the deaths of so many working committee members at polling stations in different parts of Indonesia, amid the peaceful convening of the recent general elections. (ant)

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ONE KILLED, SEVERAL OTHERS INJURED IN GUNUNG KIDUL BUS ACCIDENT

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A total of 17 people sustained light injuries and 14 others were still traumatized.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Gunung Kidul – A tourist bus overturned in Bundelan Village, Ngawen Sub-district, Gunung Kidul District, Yogyakarta Special Province, on Wednesday (1/5/2019), killing one and injuring tens of others.

“The person dead was identified as Lailla (20), a resident of Kebonbatur 04/06, Mranggen, Demak (district), Central Java. She died due to serious wounds on her head,” Chief of the Traffic Unit of the Gunung Kidul Police Resort Adjunct Commissioner Mega Tetuko said in Gunung Kidul on Wednesday (1/5/2019).

He said a total of 17 people sustained light injuries and 14 others were still traumatized.

It is believed that Agus Riyanto, the driver of the bus, which carried 35 passengers, had little knowledge of the roads in the area.

The bus, Ary Jaya with police number AB 7561 AK, later retreated and overturned.

Even until Wednesday evening, rescue workers of the Gunung Kidul District Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) were still clearing the ill-fated bus from the scene of the accident.

The bus met with the accident at around 03.00 p.m. on Wednesday (1/5/2019) while on its way from Pandanaran Bayat, Klaten district, Central Java, to Sadranan coast in Gunung Kidul. (ant)

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YOGYAKARTA INTENSIFIES NON-FICE FOOD DIVERSIFICATION PROGRAM

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In the food diversification contest held at the Yogyakarta City Hall on Monday, all participants were required to prepare complete menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Yogyakarta – The Yogyakarta City Agriculture and Food Office is intensifying a non-rice food diversification program to allow the public to depend not only on rice but also on other easily obtainable staple foods as carbohydrate sources.

“To increase the public’s awareness and knowledge of other carbohydrate sources, we encourage a family welfare movement team in each area to innovate new menus using non-rice materials,” acting chief of The Yogyakarta City Agriculture and Food Office Sugeng Darmanto said in Yogyakarta on Monday (11/3/2019).

The new menus were put to a contest and the winner of the contest would later take part in a similar contest at a provincial level, he said.

In the food diversification contest held at the Yogyakarta City Hall on Monday, all participants were required to prepare complete menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner using healthy and nutritious materials, he said.

The winner of the contest was the family welfare movement team of Gedongtengen sub-district both at municipal and provincial levels. The winner will later take part in a national contest.

“We prepared all materials needed in the contest. Surely, the food menus displayed are non-rice food creations,” he said.

He said most of Yogyakarta residents still rely on rice as a main source of carbohydrate and now is the time to switch to non-rice foods such as corn, potato and tubers that can easily be obtained.

“In addition to increasing food security, the use of non-rice foods is also aimed at increasing the health degree of the residents now that the number of people suffering from degenerative diseases is quite high in the past few years. One of the causes of the diseases is imbalanced consumption pattern,” he said. (shr)

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MOUNT MERAPI SPEWS HOT CLOUD REACHING 1,200 METERS FROM CRATER

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The volume of volcanic lava domes reached 461 thousand cubic meters, with a growth rate of 1,300 cubic meters per day.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Yogyakarta – Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta released a hot cloud of avalanches on Thursday morning, (Mar 7), with the emission reaching 1,200 meters, Center for Research and Development of Geological Disaster Technology (BPPTKG) reported.

The hot cloud glide of the avalanche occurred at 7:44 WIB, with a duration of 121 seconds, leading to Kali Gendol, according to the BPPTKG on its Twitter Account monitored in Yogyakarta,

“Hot cloud was observed from the CCTV Peak. The community was encouraged to remain calm and move as usual,” the BPPTKG wrote.

The BPPTKG observations, from 00:00 to 00:06 WIB, recorded nine earthquakes having 2-19 mm amplitude and lasting 14.6-64 seconds; one earthquake, with a 5 mm amplitude, lasting for 23 seconds; a low-frequency earthquake experienced twice, with an amplitude of 4-6 mm for 13.7-16.6 seconds; one hybrid earthquake, with an amplitude of 2 mm, for 7.6 seconds; and a local tectonic earthquake that occurred once, with an amplitude of 10 mm and for 25.9 seconds.

Based on visual observations through the Kaliurang PGM, Thursday (7/3/2019) morning, the weather around Mount Merapi was foggy, with the air temperature recorded at 20.3 degrees Celsius, air humidity at 88 percent RH, and the air pressure at 918.2 hPa.

Based on the recent morphology analysis of the lava dome of Mount Merapi released by the BPPTKG, the volume of volcanic lava domes reached 461 thousand cubic meters, with a growth rate of 1,300 cubic meters per day.

Lava domes are still stable, with a low growth rate, on average less than 20 thousand cubic meters per day.

The BPPTKG has, until now, maintained the status of Mount Merapi at Level II, or Alert, and temporarily recommended against conducting climbing activities, except for the purposes of investigation and research related to disaster mitigation.

The BPPTKG has urged the residents to not conduct activities within a three-kilometer radius from the summit of Mount Merapi.

In connection with the occurrence of the avalanche of hot cloud collisions, with its sliding distance farther and farther away, the BPPTKG urged residents living in the Kali Gendol groove area to increase their vigilance.

The community was also urged to not believe unclear sources and avoid being provoked by issues pertaining to the eruption of Mount Merapi and to continue to follow the directions of the local government officials or inquire directly from the Observation Post of Mount Merapi, BPPTKG social media, or the BPPTKG office. (lhk)

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