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Authorities Prosecute Illegal Orangutan Trader
2012-02-24 08:46:47

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) announced today Sumatra's first ever successful sentence of an illegal orangutan owner and trader in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The seven-month prison sentence is only the third for Indonesia, despite orangutans being strictly protected under Indonesian law since 1924. Although there have been over 2,500 confiscations of illegally held orangutans in Indonesia since the early 1970's, the...

2008-08-07 12:01:26

On 6 August, the website of the Indonesian daily Kompas reported that 13 residents of Air Batu Village, Air Batu Sub-district, Asahan District, North Sumatra, were suspected of being infected with Avian Influenza. Two were being treated in the isolation ward at Adam Malik Hospital in Medan. The other 11 were being treated at the Asahan District Abdul Manan Hospital. According to Adam Malik Hospital Spokesperson, Sinar Ginting, the two patients being treated in Medan had been transferred...

2006-04-05 05:40:38

MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Four Indonesian policemen died on Wednesday when an explosive device accidentally blew up during a bomb-disposal training exercise, police said. Several other people were wounded by the blast in a police compound in the northwestern city of Medan on Sumatra island. "Three police members died. Four have critical injuries. They were undergoing training," North Sumatra province police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri told reporters, adding several other...

2006-04-05 05:02:28

MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Three Indonesian policemen died on Wednesday when an explosive device accidentally blew up during a bomb-disposal training exercise, police said. Several other people were wounded by the blast in a police compound in the northwestern city of Medan on Sumatra island. "Three police members died. Four have critical injuries. They were undergoing training," North Sumatra province police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri told reporters, adding several other...

2005-09-05 09:38:11

By Tomi Soetjipto MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - A domestic airliner crashed in a busy residential area of Indonesia's third biggest city just after take-off on Monday, killing 104 people aboard and 39 local residents in an inferno on the ground. Mandala Airlines officials said 13 passengers in the tail section of the Boeing 737-200, including a toddler under the age of 2, survived the crash in Medan, capital of North Sumatra. The plane was carrying 112 passengers and five crew on a...

2005-09-05 09:00:11

By Tomi Soetjipto and Darren Whiteside MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - A domestic airliner crashed in a busy residential area of Indonesia's third biggest city just after take-off on Monday, killing 104 people aboard and 39 bystanders in an inferno on the ground. Mandala Airlines officials said 13 passengers sitting in the tail section of the Boeing 737-200, including a toddler under the age of 2, survived the crash in Medan, capital of North Sumatra. The plane was carrying 112...

2005-09-05 02:48:26

MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - A Boeing 737-200 crashed in a residential area of Indonesia's third biggest city just after takeoff on Monday, killing up to 117 people on board as well as bystanders in an inferno on the ground. The plane, operated by local carrier Mandala Airlines, was carrying 112 passengers and five crew, said Asril Tanjung, the airline's director. The cause of the crash in Medan city was being investigated, but foul play was highly unlikely, he said. "According to...

2005-09-05 01:18:42

MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - At least 100 people are feared dead after a Boeing 737-200 crashed in the center of Indonesia's third biggest city on Monday just after takeoff, breaking into pieces and setting fire to homes and cars. The plane, operated by local carrier Mandala Airlines, had 112 passengers and five crew on board, said Asril Tanjung, the airline's director. The cause of the crash in Medan city was being investigated, but foul play was highly unlikely, he said. The plane...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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