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At least 20 people were injured in an explosion at a cathedral in Indonesia believed to have been cause by 2 suspected suicide bombers involved in an Islamist militant network.

The blast went off at 10:30am, just after the Palm Sunday Mass had just finished at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassa, a major port city in South Sulawesi. People were walking out of the while others were walking in to attend the next service.

The attackers, a man and a woman, were killed instantly while the blast wounded 4 security guards and many churchgoers, police said, according to the Associated Press.

The priest at the cathedral, Wilhelmus Tulak, says security guards confronted 2 men who seemed suspicious and wanted to go inside the cathedral. The reverend says one of them ended up being a suicide bomber.

Reports say police have identified that attacker and suspect he is linked to the 2019 suicide attack at a cathedral in the Philippines where 23 people were killed.

In response to Sunday’s bombing, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in a broadcast “I call on people to remain calm while worshipping because the state guarantees you can worship without fear.” He also called on the national police chief to crackdown on militant networks.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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    Yan

    Monday, March 29, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Look how they destroy European countries, social security, politics, etc…keep them out…

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    “Look how they destroy European countries, social security, politics, etc…keep them out…”

    I wonder if “they” felt the same way, Yan ….

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Indonesia designates 3 areas of Bali as Covid-19 ‘green zones’ to welcome foreign tourists

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In a move that Thai officials may watch with some interest, the governor of Bali, Indonesia, has designated 3 areas of the province as Covid-19 “green zones” to welcome international tourists. The popular tourist destinations of Ubud, Sanur, and Nusa Dua, have all been labelled “green zones” as Indonesia takes tentative steps towards re-opening its borders.

Bali governor, Wayan Koster, says the creation of the 3 zones is part of a wider “Covid-19 safe travel” strategy and the initiative was done with the co-operation and approval of Indonesia’s Health Minister and the Tourism and Creative Economy Minister. The green zones are part of what officials describe as a Covid-free corridor, where all residents and people who conduct business within Ubud, Sanur and Nusa Dua, will be vaccinated against Covid-19.

According to a Coconuts report, 50,000 Ubud residents will be vaccinated against the virus, along with 60,000 in Nusa Dua and 27,000 in Sanur. The vaccination drive will cover all residents in officially-selected villages and sub-districts.

However, Dicky Budiman, an epidemiologist at Australia’s Griffith University, warns that Bali should set a target of at least 2 weeks with no new deaths from the virus, as well as a number of other conditions, before the province re-opens for tourism.

Since the start of the pandemic, Indonesia has recorded 1,398,578 infections and 37,932 deaths. The country began its vaccine rollout in January, with President Joko Widodo receiving the first dose.

SOURCE: Coconuts

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Body parts and debris found after Indonesia’s 737 plane crash

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Body parts and debris from Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 crash are being found today near the capital as the Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus detailed the findings, which leave little hope of any survivors.

“As of this morning, we’ve received two (body) bags, one with passenger belongings and the other with body parts.”

62 passengers and crew were on board, including 10 children, all of them Indonesians. The 90 minute flight was scheduled to land in Pontianak city on Borneo, but after climbing to an altitude of nearly 11,000 feet, it dropped suddenly and lost contact with air traffic control. According to coordinates, the head of Indonesia’s military, Hadi Tjahjanto, says the plane crashed into the Java Sea near tourist islands off the coast.

“From our observation, it is strongly believed the coordinates match the ones from the plane’s last signal contact.”

Divers marked 3 sites, where the plane is suspected to have crashed, with orange balloons as officials continue their search using sonar radar to detect the remains of the jet.

Sriwijaya Air did not immediately comment on the news when contacted by AFP again today, but has recently said it was only investigating the loss of contact between the plane and air traffic control. The airline has around 19 Boeing jets that fly to Indonesian and Southeast Asian destinations. Boeing issued a statement that did not speculate over the cause of the crash.

“We are aware of media reports from Jakarta regarding Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182. Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families.”

“We are in contact with our airline customer and stand ready to support them during this difficult time.”

Indonesia’s aviation sector has had a history of poor maintenance and mismanagement, including poor safety, and its airlines were once banned from entering US and European airspace. But yesterday’s plane crash did not feature the Boeing 737 Max, which was grounded by aviation regulators around the world for nearly 2 years in order to totally rehaul its software systems after the ‘MCAS’ system was blamed for 2 crashes in the past few years.

Instead, this crash featured a 26 year old Boeing 737-500 model, one of only a few older models that are still in operation. Authorities say they will continue to search for the wreckage of the plane as well as any survivors despite the outlook appearing to be grim.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Burger King Indonesia urges diners to share the love – by ordering at McDonald’s

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The fast food chain Burger King has come in for online praise (and no doubt, some helpful PR) after suggesting its customers in Indonesia should order from other struggling businesses, including rival burger joint, McDonalds. Burger King Indonesia is believed to have followed the example of its UK counterpart, who posted the same suggestion, in a tweet that has since gone viral.

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“We never thought we’d be asking you to do this. Just like we never thought we’d be encouraging you to order from Flip Burger, Carl’s Jr, Wendy’s, Klenger Burger, KFC, CFC, Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Bakso Boedjang, Sate Khas Senayan, HokBen, J.Co, Ta Wan, Sederhana, Warteg, or any other independent food outlets, too many to mention here, whether they’re fast food joints or not. Getting a Whopper is always best, but there’s no harm in ordering a Big Mac.”

Burger King says the post was its way of signalling support for the fast food industry as a whole, pointing out that it employs thousands of people and is also feeling the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The burger outlet’s tweet received many positive comments, as social media users praised the company for putting aside business rivalries – at least for a while.

“What the admin meant was that these fast food chains are not rivals in this condition, but they’re going hand-in-hand to rise again.”

While Burger King’s action could be dismissed by some as a clever PR stunt, it will have helped raise awareness of how Covid-19 is affecting all operators in the fast food industry. And if that’s the case, they may well feel that sending a potential Whopper customer to purchase a Big Mac instead was worth it.

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