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11
July

Komodo National Park goes international after it officially becomes one of seven natural wonders of the world. The natural beauty in the region cannot be missed. Even, before entering the tourism object, you will be amazed on the natural beauty from its gate, namely  Lawadarat island or in local language called ‘Gili Lawadarat’. Before arriving on Komodo island, tourists will pass Gili Lawadarat. The island is located at the North part of Komodo island and it includes in one island which has existed at Komodo National Park since 1980. Interestingly, here, you can find sea as well as cluster of exotic islands. Gili Lawadarat is one of islands which protects the biggest lizard habitat in the world besides Komodo, Rinca, and Padar island. Almost the entire island is overgrown with grass. The grass overlay has captivated tourists who visit the island. Tourists, who want to get relaxed, can do trekking for 30 minutes to the peak of the island in order to be able to enjoy the beauty of panorama and the exotic nature. The right time to visit Gili Lawadarat is before sunrise. Because at that time, you will see sunrise which is really extra ordinarily beautiful. If you are lucky, you can see the beauty of sun and moon at the same time. Moreover, sea surface makes this place unforgettable to its beauty. If you visit this tourism destination, you can pass two routes, namely through Lombok or Flores island. But to save your time, we suggest you to take Flores route. Because the airport in Flores is near with Labuan Bajo. From  Labuan Bajo, the trip is continued to Gili Lawadarat by speed boat for several hours.

11
July

Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Indian Embassy in Jakarta, and the government of Aceh Province held India-Indonesia Investment Forum on Monday (9/7). The event was the follow-up of “Shared Vision of India-Indonesia Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific" which was planned by President Joko WI dodo and Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Business delegation of Andaman and Nicobar Islands which are the closest Indian territory with Indonesia, was met with delegation of Acehnese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The forum was attended by 50 participants which consisted of entrepreneurs of the two counties and also regional and central officials. The event was opened by expert staff of Governor in economic, financial and development sector of Aceh Province, Iskandar Syukri. Iskandar Syukuri hoped an increase of investment and trade among Aceh and India. Indian Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Pradeep Kumar Rawat, also conveyed the necessity to establish business connectivity between Sumatera with Andaman and Nicobar. Ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat also explained a number of potential and opportunities for economic cooperation of the two regions, among others tourism, air connectivity, sea connectivity and hospital service.

Indonesian Consulate in Tawau, Malaysia, officially released 235 children of Indonesian migrant workers who will continue their study to Indonesia. Indonesian consulate of Tawau, Sulistijo Djati Ismojo said that the returning of the children will continue their study in senior high school post-graduate from Community Learning Centre (CLC) in Sabah, Malaysia. The children are completed with official documents which guarantee their return. Consul of Tawau on Monday (9/7) appreciated the students, teachers and parents who take care the legal travel documents for the children to return to Indonesia. Coordinator of Sabah Bridge, a group of Indonesian teachers in Sabah, Aksar said that from 235 students, 135 students will continue their study to senior high school in Nunukan and Sebatik island, while the others will continue their study in a number of regions in Java, Sulawesi and Sumatera. As many as 65 students who continue their sudy in Indonesia after receiving scholarships from Sabah Bridge. Aksar added although their parents work as Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia but some students after continuing their study in senior high school in Indonesia, recorded achievement and even received scholarships so they can continue their study in Indonesia’s state university based on the facility and recommendation of Educational and Cultural attache of the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Sabah Bridge is a teacher social movement established by the Indonesian government to teach Indonesian children in Sabah, Malaysia.

Towards the Asian Games 2018, Indonesian athletes from various sports keep doing preparations. Indonesian karate national teamalso conducted sparring in a number of countries. Specially for kumite number, a number of karate athletes followed tarining in Cairo, Egypt. At least 10 karate athletes participated in training camp program in Cairo, Egypt. The activity held from June 28 – July 10, 2018. During the training, the karate athletes tried their ability by sparring with Egypt national athletes. Indonesian ambassador to Egypt, Helmy Fauzy welcome the attendance of Indonesian national athletes in Egypt. The ambassador recognized that the government of Egypt gives attention to develop sport achievement. Egypt has plenty sport facilities and the enthusiasm and participation of its people is very high. The ambassador hoped this can be learned and transmitted in Indonesia. 

11
July

Almost a year since leaving the EU, the British government is facing problems in realizing its policies. Prime Minister Theresa May, struck by an internal political crisis, had to concentrate on taking steps after Britain officially left the European Union in March 2019. The decision was taken two years after a referendum that ruled the conservative party's government out of the EU. 

The internal split in Prime Minister Theresa May's administration, manifested itself when two Ministers declared their resignations. They are two key holders of the Brexit implementation, namely, Minister of Brexit Affairs, David Davis, and Foreign Minister Boris Johnson. The resignations of Davis and Johnson from the government, did not seem to worry Theresa May. The second female British prime minister after Margaret Tatcher, immediately overhauled her cabinet and appointed two ministers to fill in the post left by Davis and Johnson.

This decision prompted expectations that the referendum could still be validated in March 2019 though many are is still questioning it. Politically, the opposition party gets more power to criticize government policy. The exit of David Davis and Boris Johnson is like being a new bullet for the opposition to launch a cornering attack. Both Davis and Johnson, after their resignations, argued that this was due to the fact that they were no longer in line with the Prime Minister's policy. The two stated they could no longer cooperate and support the government's steps to follow up on the results of the referendum. Both Davis and Johnson, rate the Prime Minister's policy as too pragmatic and compromising. In this regard, Britain can not completely free itself economically from EU member countries and EU policy. Economically, Britain still has an attachment to other European countries. As a producer of Airbus, BMW, Jaguar and Landrover, England is unlikely to take a drastic policy that cuts off business with European countries that are related to the export of goods production. On that basis the Theresa May Government should adopt a more pragmatic policy.

 Prime Minister Theresa May should concoct a post-Brexit policy that combines idealism and reality. This difficult move has led to a government crisis that is indeed not a majority in Parliament. In addition to corroborating the opposition, this government crisis could have made Northern Ireland, that initially opposed the Brexit, once again voice its pressure.These conditions reinforce the view that the future of the conservative government under the leadership of Theresa May, becomes questionable. The future of Brexit before March 2019 can also be questioned again.

09
July

Culture or tradition of a nation is the national identity, because with the existence of the culture, we know who we are and where we come from. Indonesian has many cultures and traditions because every region has different and unique culture, such as West Nusa Tenggara –NTB which has Gendang Beleq. Precisely, Gendang Beleq is from Sasak tribe, Lombok, NTB. The word of Beleq is from Sasak language meaning big. Earlier, Gendang Beleq was for the spirit of the soldiers who fought in the war and returned after the war.  The sound, which was produced, was believed to make the soldiers be braver defending the kingdom. Now, Gendang Beleq is played to accompany traditional ceremony, such as wedding, circumcision, Aqiqah, and other ritual ceremonies. Gendang Beleq is made from Meranti tree which is flourish in Lombok. It produces big and echo sound. The sound is produced with 50 diameters and length 1.5 meters of tree trunk. Its center of the tree is perforated and covered with leather of goat, cow or buffalo. Gendang Beleq is traditional instrument which is played in a group. It is usually played along with other instruments such as gong, terumpang, pencek, oncer, and fluteWith a thunderous sound, Gendang Beleq performance is more interesting and entertaining. Gendang Beleq player is called “Sekaha”. Sekaha consists of 2 main players. Those Sekahas perform by wearing Lombok traditional clothes including “Sapo”, Lombok typcal headband. Although the size of Gendang Baleq is big, Sekahas have no difficulty to play it by hanging on their shoulder.