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Release of PBL activities by FKM UI students in Bogor

Intense advanced education exercises, characterized by innovation. (Photo: UI Doc)

IO, Jakarta – Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia (FKM UI) conducted debriefing and release of Field Learning Experience (PBL) activities for the FKM S1 Study Program Extension class of 2017. This activity took place at the meeting hall of the Babakan Madang Sub-District Office, Bogor District, Tuesday (1/7) / 2020). 

The release activity was opened by a speech from the Dean of FKM UI, Dr. dr. Sabarinah Prasetyo, MSc., as a representative of FKM UI and Babakan Madang Sub-District Chief, Cecep Imam Nagarasid, SE, M.Sc as a representative from Babakan Madang Sub-District. Also present were representatives of the Bogor District Bappeda, representatives from the Babakan Madang police, as well as other district government officials. 

Also present were representatives from the villages who would be the points where PBL was held. The villages in question are Babakan Madang, Kadumanggu, Citaringgul, and Sumur Batu. 

In the release speech, Dr. Sabrina stressed that PBL activities aim to identify health problems that exist in the local village, recognize health resources available, know health risk factors found in the local village. “Then also intervene and recommend solutions that will be used as a reference for solving existing health problems,” she said, as quoted by the UI website. 

A total of 94 students who participated in this PBL activity were divided into groups in each village and lasted for approximately one month. The hope is that with this PBL activity FKM UI extension program students can apply the knowledge gained during lectures by going directly to the community. (*/est) 

1,742 Unpad students in Thematic Entrepreneurship Community service (KKN)

Unpad Rector and DPL are among students participating in the KKN Thematic Entrepreneurship. (Photo: UNPAD Doc)

IO, Bandung – Chancellor of Padjadjaran University (Unpad), Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, MSIE, released 1,742 Unpad students to take part in Thematic Community Service (KKN). The event was carried out symbolically at Bale Sawala, Unpad Rectorate Building, Jatinangor Campus, Wednesday (01/09/2020). 

The assignment of the KKN Thematic Entrepreneurship participants saw embedding Unpad alma mater suit to student representatives by the Rector of Unpad, accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Arry Bainus, MA; Vice Chancellor for Research, Community Service, Cooperation and Academic Corporations Prof. Dr. Keri Lestari, SSi, MSi Apt; Director of Education and Student Affairs Prof. Dr. Wawan Hermawan, MS; and Regional Secretary of Sumedang Regency, Herman Suryatman, MSc. 

During the implementation of Thematic Entrepreneurship Community Service activities from 9 January to 12 February 2020, participants will stay for 35 days in 88 villages spread across 14 sub-districts in three districts: Sumedang, Bandung, and Pangandaran. Participants were accompanied by 102 field supervisors (DPL) who would guide students and carry out community service under the Three Principles (Tri Dharma) of Higher Education. 

In his remarks, Prof. Rina advised that students appreciate this KKN Thematic Entrepreneurship as an educational process. They are expected to be able to learn to take an experience from the community to be accumulated into knowledge and skills, which will yield benefits for the community. 

“Please impress upon the community that Unpad is a community partner of West Java. Unpad is committed to helping West Java overcome development problems while improving the quality of human resources, one of which is through the Community Service Program,” said Prof. Rina, as quoted by Unpad Public Relations. 

To the DPLs, Prof. Rina advised that they accompany and closely observe the KKN Thematic Entrepreneurship process, both during and until after implementation. Meanwhile, in his speech, Secretary of the Sumedang District hoped that students who carry out community service in Sumedang District would be able to transform the knowledge that had been explored so that entrepreneurial spirit would grow collectively. 

“Thematic KKN is relevant to efforts to reduce poverty in Sumedang District, which is targeted to reach 0.8 percent each year. Further, the pace of our economic growth has not been matched by equity. Hopefully, Unpad KKN can offer a concrete solution,” Herman said. 

He also expressed hope that in the next 1-2 years there would be an increase in welfare to 53 villages where KKN Thematic Entrepreneurship is located in his area. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to act as a trigger for the improvement and equitable distribution of welfare for all Sumedang. 

On this occasion, Dr. Arry said that Thematic Entrepreneurship Community Service activities are different this time, even though the theme of Community Service Entrepreneurship had been carried out before. Modifications include the distribution of locations which has expanded to cover three districts, compared to the previous year which was located only in Sumedang District. 

“We have various instruments to implement this Community Service Program, with the synergy of students going down to the villages, which is to ascertain their economic potential, then to develop such local potential held by the region used as a place for KKN,” he said. (*/est) 

FCS UB Student as Indonesian Delegate to Bali Democracy Student Conference

The Delegate of Bulgaria and Indonesia, Stevano Yosua Natalaga. (Photo: UB Doc)

IO, Malang – A student of the Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) became one of the Indonesian delegates at the Bali Democracy Student Conference (BDSC), last month. Stevano Yosua Natalaga, or “Vano”, from the English Literature Study Program, is one of three UB representatives participating in BDSC. 

BDSC is a part of the “Bali Democracy Forum” held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bali. The event was attended by 73 observing countries and 53 invited countries, including Bulgaria, Tunisia, France, and many others. Total participants numbered more than 500, coming from all over the world. 

The event, which was opened by Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had the theme “Democracy and Inclusivity”. In accordance with the theme, the government wants to know the perspective of the community and students about inclusive democracy that involves all parties. 

To be able to qualify as a delegate at the forum, Vano had to pass several selection stages. There were administration selection, English essay selection, and introduction video, until finally his name became one that was announced to qualify as a BDSC delegate. He felt happy to be able to pass, because from the program, he could gain experience, insight, and many new friends from various countries. While in Bali, his transportation and accommodation expenses were covered by the government. 

According to him, as a young generation, they should be more active in participating and expressing their aspirations in the realm of democracy. He also believes that people have an obligation to aspire and the state has the responsibility to accommodate this. 

“As young people, we must be more active in declaring our voices because our country is a democratic Republic. As an FCS student, it is our duty to concentrate on the issues of democracy and inclusivity because the state has the responsibility to accommodate aspirations and we have the responsibility to express aspirations, so they can be sustainable,” he said, as quote by UB PR, Thursday (9/1/2020). He also advised the FCS UB students to be more active in participating in outside activities. “My suggestion is to increase external activities, because in addition to be able to learn many things, we will also find experiences that we cannot meet in the classroom.” (*/est) 

UGM developes an autonomous drone to eradicate plant pests

Andi Dharmawan is with his drone. (Photo: UGM Doc)

IO, Yogyakarta – Researchers from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (MIPA) of the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta have developed an innovative system to eradicate pests and plant diseases by using autonomous unmanned aircraft. 

“The pest and plant disease eradication system uses an edrone which is a flight controller module for drones made independently, with the ability to fly autonomously,” said the developer of this innovation, Dr. Andi Dharmawan, S.Sc., M.Cs., Thursday (9/1/2020), as quoted by UGM Public Relations. 

Andi said pest and plant disease attacks are a problem often faced by farmers in the country. This results in decreased agricultural and plantation harvests which could threaten food production in Indonesia. Meanwhile, the handling of pests and plant diseases cannot be carried out quickly because the land is quite extensive and spread out. 

Therefore, he and other research teams from the Electronics and Instrumentation Study Program, Department of Computer Science and Electronics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in the university developed innovations to overcome these problems. 

Andi said the system was developed by using a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft (UAV). UAVs are equipped with electronic components such as brushless motors, servo motors, GPS, telemetry, batteries, and IMU6 DOF, while mechanically using a 13 “propeller, a maximum take-off weight of 4 kg, and a body and wings are made of hard foam. 

Also equipped with a flight controller which is a Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR) control method. “The use of the flight controller is needed so that the UAV can fly stably and carry out the mission autonomously,” said the lecturer in Electronics and Instrumentation. 

The UAV can carry pesticides that will be sprayed to eradicate pests and plant diseases. In addition to developing a pest eradication system, Andi also utilizes a UAV for another function, namely, mapping plant diseases. Together with Agus Harjoko, Ph.D., Andi created a technology system for pest and disease recognition to identify various types of plant diseases. 

This time the fixed-wing type UAV is equipped with a flight controller that can be connected to a ground segment supported by a BTS Balloon. Later, the UAV will carry out monitoring and mapping in a specified area. Following this, results are processed using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify areas affected by pests and plant diseases. 

“Mapping is done using 3 fixed-wing vehicles and can map up to 200 hectares,” he said. (*/est) 

Peramun Hill, another attraction of Belitung

(Photo: Pramitha Hendra)

IO – The beauty of the beach and the underwater riches of the Belitung region are common knowledge, but the question is then “Is that the only charm of Belitung”? A tourist location called Peramun Hill is located there. 

The place is a forest whose top is a viewpoint for Belitung from a height. Peramun Hill is located in Air Selumar Village, Bangka Belitung Islands. It is located 21.8 km or about 30 minutes from Hanandjoeddin Airport in Belitung. This forest has 147 species of trees, most of which have medicinal properties, eight types of orchid plants and 30 species of moss. It is managed directly by the local community called Arsel under the guidance of Bank Central Asia (BCA). 

The head of the Arsel community, Adie Darmawan, who is familiarly called Adong, explains that the term ‘peramun’ is derived from the word ‘peramuan’. It is taken from historical evidence that says that around the location there was a village inhabited by herbal medicine experts. The location is now a conservation area and is closed to general visitors. 

“According to the story, there once stood a small village located in a peramun hut or granite aisle. The people are very good at concocting local plants that have medicinal properties. This is reinforced by the discovery of a variety of medicinal plants on the lip of the granite tunnel which was thought to have been a peramun’s hut, “Adong said. 

To reach the peak, which is 129 meters above sea level, tourists have to walk for about 30 minutes with a 35-degree elevation angle. Although the terrain is quite challenging for those who are not used to it, the view presented upon arrival at the summit is really beautiful. 

At the peak, tourists can enjoy the beauty of nature while taking pictures around the granite with various facilities ranging from cars, bicycles, to the top of the tree trimmed for a photo. If the weather supports it, tourists can also enjoy the sunset there. 

Watching tarsius closely 

Entering night, tourists can see the wide-eyed mini monkey, better known as the tarsius. Locals usually call it pelilian. 

The shape of the tarsius is indeed unique. The size of a kitten, monkey-shaped with a long tail and has large eyes and can rotate the neck as much as 180 degrees. It is a nocturnal animal. 

The existence of tarsius is very much protected by residents because of their small numbers. Within one week, only three times are visitors allowed to see tarsius. 

The way visitors can see tarsius is also unique. Residents who let tarsius live freely in the forest will only look for it when there are visitors who want to see. They don’t put tarsius in cages. This was done to preserve the tarsius. 

Tourists can see tarsius at night when they are looking for crickets. The ideal time is 18:30 until 21:00. Usually, tourists are given about 10- 15 minutes with a minimum distance of 1 meter from tarsius. 

It is also not permitted to use a flash during shooting. For lighting, residents will help by using a small lamp that is bright enough that is placed behind the body of the tarsius so that it does not disturb the small animal. 

“Flashlight can damage the eyes of the tarsius. His eyes can run a lot of water and it takes a long time to cure,” said Adong again. 

The time to see the tarsius ends when the animal shows signs of jumping into another tree. If that’s the case, tarsius shooting should end by letting them go. 

The guide will straighten the tree trunk where the tarsius stands as before and let it jump to another tree. (Pramitha Hendra)

Kemaro Island, a tragedy of love and filial misunderstanding

(Photo: IO/Dessy Aipipidely)

IO, Palembang – In the native dialect of Palembang, “kemaro” means “drought”. The island was thus named because it is never had water pooled on it, even when the mighty Musi River is at high tide. On the contrary, Kemaro Island seems to be floating serenely above the raging river. 

In fact, Kemaro Island is a pure island delta formed from the debris carried downstream by the Musi for centuries. It is a tiny island merely 30 hectares in area, with only a few hundred residents. It is reachable from the Kuto Besak Fort Pier using getek raft at IDR 200,000.00-IDR 250,000.00 per crossing. 

Kemaro Island is filled with unique Chinese sites like the 9-story pagoda built in 2006, graves of the Island’s caretakers, and a temple where people burn paper money and put wishes up on the love tree. The Hok Tjing Rio Temple, or Kuan Im (Guan Yin) temple, was built in 1962. It was built behind the empty grave of the legendary Chinese merchant Tan Bun An and his bride, Siti Fatimah. It is said that their tragic love story caused the Kemaro Island to be formed out of the river. 

According to local, a long time ago, the great young Chinese merchant prince Tan Bun An fell in love with Siti Fatimah, the daughter of the King of Palembang. Like the gentleman he was, Tan Bun An formally proposed for her hand in marriage to her father, who accepted the proposal for the sake of his daughter’s happiness. The marriage went off smoothly in Palembang. After the feast, Tan Bun An took his bride Siti Fatimah back home to China to meet his own parents and to pay their respects. When the newlyweds returned again to Palembang, Tan Bun An’s parents gave them seven large urns to start off their married life. When he arrived back in Sriwijaya, Tan Bun An duly submitted his parents’ urns to the King of Palembang. 

Much to Tan Bun An’s shame, the urns turned out to have been filled with vegetables when opened. Ashamed that his parents should dare to give their royal in-laws such a humble gift, Tan Bun An apologized and threw the urns into the river. However, the final urn dropped and broke before it could be cast into the river. It turned out that gold had been hidden under all of the vegetables. Tan’s parents deliberately did this because vegetables are precious for living, and because they want to prevent pirates from stealing the urns on the trip from China to Palembang. Consumed with regret and shame, Tan Bun An jumped into the river to retrieve his parents’ precious gifts. Alas, he never returned. Siti Fatimah jumped after him out of loyalty, and she was never seen again either. However, from the spot where they drowned, a small piece of land rose. It was very fertile and very good for planting vegetables. 

And that was the unique back story of Kemaro Island. The best time to visit it is when the Chinese are celebrating something, like the Chinese New Year or Cap Go Meh. These are the most auspicious times for being blessed with good fortune, especially in love. During such celebrations, people of Chinese descent or adherents of Buddhism or Confucianism pray, burn incense and paper money, and write out their wishes and put them up a tree in the temple yard. (Dsy)

Boyke “Ambo” Setiawan passes away

Goodbye Doctor Boyke! Your devotion and work will never be forgotten. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Bandung – Universitas Kebangsaan Republik Indonesia (UKRI) Rector Dr. Boyke Setiawan has passed away. On 22:25 WIB, Wednesday (8/1) night the doctor, better known as Ambo, started his eternal rest in Muhammadiyah Hospital, Bandung. 

Dr. Boyke was 68 years of age when he died. The news of his passing was first delivered by Dahnil Anzar, a spokesperson for Minister Prabowo Subianto, through his Twitter account on Wednesday (8/1). “Mr. Dr. dr. Boyke Setiawan has passed away in Muhammadiyah. Please pray for him friends, and Inshallah (God willing), he khusnul khotimah (died at his best),” wrote Dahnil Anzar. 

An atmosphere of grief blanked UKRI. Dr. Boyke’s body was laid in Sumitro Djojohadikusumo Hall, UKRI, Jalan Terusan Halimun, Bandung. In attendance was his family, academic community, and Minister of Defense Prabowo. The Minister and his group paid their respects and participated in the Islamic funeral prayers, then conversed shortly with the family and expressed their condolences. “I believe Pak Boyke was someone who was very patriotic, nationalistic, a hard worker and a good leader. I knew him well. This is a great loss for us all,” said Prabowo. 

Dr. Boyke was known as one of Prabowo’s confidantes. As a result, the death of Boyke is a great loss to the 68-year-old minister. 

Representatives of the university shared their memories of Boyke, describing him as relaxed, egalitarian but disciplined, and very dedicated to advancing the university. UKRI Deputy Rector for Academics Arining Wibowo said that during the time of Boyke’s leadership, the university was able to score several achievements. “Among others was the improvement of their accreditation to a “B” score, the addition of study programs, the improvement of prosperity of lecturers and workers, alongside increasing enrollment by twofold,” he said. 

Prabowo Subianto had entrusted Dr. Boyke to serve as Rector of UKRI in 2017. Before that, Boyke had worked for Prabowo as Manager of the Nusantara Polo Club. Through the Nusantara Polo Club, the Indonesian national polo team was born. Dr. Boyke was the first national polo team manager to be able to enable the team to compete in the SEA Games. Dr. Boyke was a doctor and a former soldier in Kopassus, the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD) elite Special Force. 

Doctor Boyke’s remains were interred in Cikutra Heroes Cemetery, Bandung. He will be fondly remembered by his friends and family. (Dsy)

Sadio Mane: No need for luxury

Sadio Mane gives his love to all of the Senegalese people. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – Senegal Liverpool F.C. star Sadio Mane has been chosen as 2019’s African Footballer of the Year, beating out colleague Mohammad Salah and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez. 

“To be honest, I love to play football more than to be in front of many important people to speak,” he said rather nervously as quoted by Tribuna. “I’m really happy and at the same time I’m really proud to win this award. I would like to thank my family, especially my uncle, who’s here today. My national coach, my national team, the staff, the federation. Liverpool Football Club, my teammates, the staff, everybody. 

“It’s a big day for me.” 

“I would love to thank all of the Senegalese people. They’ve been for me all the time. They push me,” he added, extending his gratitude to the people of his home village of Bambali. 

“This award is for you all and for my people, everyone who supported me,” he concluded. 

Mane has been the pride of Senegal and its people, but not just because of his footballing skills is he loved by the Senegalese. 

Locals in Mane’s village, Bambali, even held a gathering to watch their idol win the award. 

It’s not a surprise that he beloved by the people in his village as he himself has never forgotten his roots, once building a school worth IDR 4.1 billion. He has also built a hospital, mosque and stadium. 

Mane also donates IDR 1.2 million per month to underprivileged families in the village, alongside cloths for all the children. 

“Why would I want 10 Ferraris, 20 diamond watches, or two planes? What will these objects do for me and for the world? 

“I was hungry, and I had to work in the field; I survived hard times, played football barefooted, I did not have an education and many other things, but today with what I win thanks to football, I can help my people.” 

“I do not need to display luxury cars, luxury homes, trips and even planes. I prefer that my people receive a little of what life has given me.” (rp) 

Raline Shah: Wants equitable development

Raline Shah plans to build dormitories for students in Nabire, Papua. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – Actor Raline Shah supports the equitable development of disadvantaged, outermost, and borderland regions. Raline, though Tunas Bakti Nusantara Foundation, often carries out social activities in these regions. 

Most recently, the Foundation plans on building dormitories for elementary school to middle school students in Muko Nabire Village in Papua. “They have a school but their children must walk three hours from the mountains and rainforests to school and back,” said Raline as quoted by Antara, Tuesday January 14. 

The building efforts are being supported by a certain company. “In Papua there are many regions like that. The request from the company was indeed to help Papua. So, we were very happy, we met many people who needed help there.” 

Raline hopes this movement can help narrow the welfare gap between regions in Indonesia. 

“Friends here all work very hard every day to ensure that these areas are helped effectively, quickly and correctly,” he said. 

Beyond the matter of support to disadvantaged areas, Raline also received great attention from netizens for uploading videos while crying on her Instagram account with the caption “Cry when you have to cry, because we are all human beings.” A sentence also found in the song Air Mata (Tears) from the band Dewa 19. 

Raline only laughed when her video was brought up later. “Yesterday, on Instagram I cried as part of an audition, so it was a work of art from me.” 

She did not deny that the upload received a lot of responses from netizens, with some even thinking Raline was heartbroken. 

Raline began her career as one of the contestants of Puteri Indonesia (Miss Universe Indonesia) 2008 where she represented North Sumatra, and made it to the final five. Her acting career began when she starred in the film 5 cm (2012) with Herjunot Ali, where she played Riani. Raline starred along with Laudya Chintya Bella and Fedi Nuril in Surga Yang Tak Dirindukan (2015), which won her Best Supporting Female Role at the 2015 Bandung Film Festival and received a nomination at the 2015 Indonesian Film Festival, as well as nomination for the Best Supporting Female Role at the 2016 Indonesia Box Office Movie Awards. 

Apart from her artistic ventures, Raline’s first job was working for the family business. Raline is known to love volunteer work, following the footsteps of her mother and initiates many collaborations with various charities in Indonesia and Internationally (UNHCR, WWF). In 2017 she started her own charity “Rumah Harapan Indonesia” with her two founding partners Valencia Mieke Randa and Vivy Tolgay. Rumah Harapan is a transit home for children under the age of 17 with serious non-communicable diseases, such as leukemia, cancer, tumors, physical abnormalities and bone disorders. Its aim is to provide a comfortable accommodation and support system for children from the rural areas who travel for treatment to the main cities in Indonesia. There are 6 “house of hope” so far in Indonesia. 

In business she is known to work for her family business. On August 8, 2017, Raline was appointed as the independent director of Indonesia AirAsia, an Indonesian subsidiary of the Malaysian low-cost airline company, AirAsia. Her latest entrepreneurial venture is a coffee shop named Kisaku coffee in Jakarta that was launched earlier this year. (rp) 

Zainuddin Amali: Government ready to support Indonesian basketball

Minister of Youth and Sports Zainuddin Amali officially opens the 2020 season of the Indonesian Basketball League in Sahabat Sports Stadium, Semarang, Friday January 10. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO –Bismillahirrahmanirrahim, with this I open the Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) competition,” declared Minister of Youth and Sports, Zainuddin Amali, greeted excitedly by spectators at the Sahabat Sports Stadium in Semarang, during the opening of the 2020 season of the IBL on Friday January 10. 

“This competition is the beginning of our preparations for the 2023 FIBA World Cup which we will (co) host,” said Zainuddin. Indonesia’s national team will participate in the preliminary round under the name “Indonesia Patriots”. Their participation is part of the team’s preparations ahead of the 2021 FIBA Asia Qualifier which will start on February 2020 in Mahaka Square, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Indonesia’s national team must qualify and excel in the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup as part of their requirements to participate in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. 

“The government will also fully support Perbasi (Indonesian Basketball Association) and IBL in advancing basketball in Indonesia,” he asserted. 

After officially opening the season, Zainuddin was asked to take a free throw. Unfortunately, he didn’t make any of the three chances he was given. 

Zainuddin also made time to watch the game between Satria Muda Pertamina and NSH Jakarta. 

The Minister also expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Semarang and surrounding locals who were very enthusiastic during the games. He expressed a hope that the event would go smoothly. 

“The IBL in Semarang this time I think is extraordinary. I was surprised at the crowd. This is a sign that public interest for the development of basketball continues to grow, and they continue to enjoy it. To the organizers, I hope that it can be arranged even better, so that the public can watch quality matches. Thanks to the Semarang City government. To all participating teams: Good luck in the competition and uphold sportsmanship.” (rp)