Greatindonesia.co.id, Surabaya – The Surabaya City Government has installed 100 solar-powered traffic lights, in case of power outages caused by natural disasters such as typhoons, the mayor, Tri Rismaharini said here on Wednesday. In 2016, after a typhoon hit the city, dozens of power poles were damaged and caused a blackout that lasted hours, she explained.
The blackout had led to congestion on some of the main roads, while several public services were paralyzed, Rismaharini added.
The city government planned to add more solar-powered traffic lights in Surabaya, the capital city of East Java Province, Rismaharini noted.
The cost of maintaining solar-powered traffic lights was less than the regular ones, the mayor stated.
It cost only Rp90 thousand for a monthly maintenance check of solar-powered traffic lights, as against Rp1 million per month for the regular traffic lights powered by the State electricity firm’s cable network, she further explained.
Besides traffic lights, the Surabaya City government also used solar cells to power streetlights, water pumps at state schools, bus terminals, public offices, and public water pumps. (gtm)
ANOTHER ENDANGERED WHALE SHARK CARCASS WASHES ASHORE EAST JAVA WATERS
Greatindonesiaraya.co.id, E Java – An official confirmed here on Tuesday (10/9/2019) of villagers at Bambang Beach, Lumajang District, East Java Province, spotting the carcass of another seven-meter-long and 1.5-meter-wide endangered whale shark (Rhincodon typus) on (9/9/2019).
This incident added to the list of endangered fish found dead on the beach in the past months, Chief of the Lumajang District Police Police Commissioner Muhammad Arsal Sahban stated.
“This whale shark we just found was smaller than another fish we found dead sometime earlier. The whale shark might have died due to dehydration, mainly when the fish was dragged by the current from the sea to the beach,” he expounded.
The police chief remarked that several officers will move the carcass from the beach, so it would not be subject to malhandling by the villagers. In several cases of stranded or dead whale sharks, some groups of people would target the fish’s meat for consumption.
The district office will move the body of the whale shark and examine the cause of its death.
“The police had contacted the Natural Resources and Conservation Office in East Java,” he added.
During the January-September 2019 period, two whale sharks were found on Bambang Beach, Lumajang District.
Whale shark, the largest fish species in the sea, was listed as an endangered species by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2016.
According to IUCN’s official website, the population of whale sharks in the Indo-Pacific region had reduced by 63 percent, while in the Atlantic, the population had dipped by 30 percent. On an average, the fish population worldwide has reduced by over 50 percent in the past 75 years.
Major threats to the whale shark population encompass fisheries catches, bycatch in nets, and vessel strikes. According to a latest research conducted by the IUCN, some whale sharks had been targeted in large-scale fisheries in India, the Philippines, and Taiwan. (zsh)
KOREAN IN MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH WANTS TO RETURN HOME
Greatindonesia.co.id, West Java – A Korean national, Sen Hu Sop, 61, a survivor of the multi-vehicle collision on the Cipularang toll road, Purwakarta, West Java, refused medical treatment in Indonesia and asked to be sent back home.
“He wants to get back to Korea as he is willing to be treated only by a Korean medical team,” Abdul Radjak Hospital Spokesman Doctor Sigit Indra Bestari noted at Purwakarta’s police quarter, Wednesday (4/9/2019). Hu Sop was taken to the hospital after suffering approximately 35 percent burns in the accident.
The multi-vehicle crash that involved up to 20 vehicles occurred on Kilometer 91 Cipularang highway towards Jakarta Monday, September 2. Some of those vehicles burst into flames.
Eight people died, while tens of victims were injured, police noted. As many as 12 of the 24 victims who suffered minor injuries had already been sent home after being treated at a local hospital.
Others were treated at a hospital in Bekasi for nerve damage.
The government-owned social insurance company, PT Jasa Raharja, paid Rp20 million to the hospital for the treatment of the injured. They also paid Rp50 million as compensation to the families of the dead. (akm)
TRAVEL BA NO 7 INVOLVED IN RACIST SPEECH
Greatindonesia.co.id, Surabaya – East Java Police has barred seven individuals from travelling overseas for their involvement in racist speeches against Papuan students in East Java’s capital city of Surabaya recently.
“We barred seven persons, including one suspect,” East Java Police Chief Inspector General Luki Hermawan said here Thursday (29/8/2019).
Investigations in the case are still in progress, he added.
The police has named Tri Susanti, the field coordinator of a protest that led to racist abuse against Papuan students, as a suspect for spreading rumors and for other provocative acts.
The police has some evidence including videos and content on social media, Hermawan said.
Previously, investigators questioned 29 witnesses on the case, including seven experts.
Susanti was charged with Articles 45A and 28 of the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law as well as Article 4 of the 2008 law on the elimination of racial and ethnic discrimination, as well as Article 160 of the Criminal Code.
Susanti led members of several mass organizations to storm a Papuan student dormitory on Jl. Kalasan in Surabaya on August 16 after she heard rumors that an Indonesian flag had been defaced and discarded in a ditch near the dormitory building.
The protest, however, led to racial abuse being hurled at the Papuans. (fqa)
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