Maryati

Maryati

07
November

The people of the United States, have cast their votes in mid-term elections on Tuesday local time. This political event in the United States is a characteristic of the state political system that does not occur in other countries including Indonesia. There are at least two interesting things from the mid-term elections in the United States. First, in terms of numbers, voters in the general election are usually less than the presidential election. The impact of this also does not necessarily change the position of the President. The impact that is very likely to occur is a change in the President's policy changes, especially in the country.Through the general election, the people of the United States elected members of the Parliament, Conggres and Senate and also gave opinions on a number of actual political agendas.If at the parliamentary level the results show the victory of the opposition, then at least President Donald Trump will increasingly face obstacles in continuing his main policies in the country. If the results of the mid-term elections increase the number of seats of the Democrats, then the balance of power in Parliament will change. If for example the Democrats have won a majority vote both in the Congress and the Senate, a number of foreign policies will get indirect obstacles. Through the commission in the legislature, the Democratic Party can block the process of selecting government officials who take care of foreign policy. The majority of the Parliament and Senate members from the Opposition faction can also re-strengthen the urge to realize an investigation about indications of Russian interference that allegedly helped Donald Trump won in the last election. Changes in foreign policy did not directly change when the opposition won this mid-term elections.Whatever the Democratic victory in this mid-term election, what will happen is increasing domestic political pressure on Trump's policies. What is certain from this mid-term election is that the international community can see that the model of democracy in the United States is still running well according to the laws of the country.

05
November

Probolingo is one of regencies in East Java, which has many tourism objects, such as Mt. Bromo that is well known overseas. Mt. Bromo is located at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The national park has not only natural mountain tourism object, but also amazing waterfall. The waterfall is Hyang Darungan Bremi. Hyang Darungan Bremi waterfall is administratively located at Bremi village, Krucil district, East java province. To go to the tourism object, you will take around one hour from Probolingo by public transportation to Bremi. From the waterfall’s gateway, you take around 2 hours on foot. The trip from the gateway to Hyang Darungan Bremi waterfall is hard. Because the path is inclining, steep and muddy. It is narrow and can be passed only by one person. Besides, you also must be through river and stones. The trip certainly makes you tired so that you need extra strong stamina to reach the tourism object. At the location of Hyang Darungan Bremi waterfall, there are 2 beautiful waterfalls. One waterfall is above and another one is underneath. Both waterfalls’ stream is fresh and cold. The underneath waterfall has around 15 meters high. At the waterfall, you can take bath to enjoy the freshness of the Hyang Darungan Bremi waterfall. For the above waterfall, you must walk again around 500 meters from the underneath waterfall. The scenery presented by the above waterfall is more beautiful than another one. The waterfall has around 20 meters high with stone’s overlay under it. You can also swim while enjoying amazing natural panorama.

05
November

Indonesia will hold a defense industry exhibition 'Indo Defense 2018 Expo & Forum' with the theme 'Building the Global Defense Partnerships to Secure the Future’ from November 7 to 10 2018. This exhibition is the eighth held by Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia and will be opened directly by President Joko Widodo. Indo Defense is the largest exhibition in Southeast Asia and is included in the calendar of world events. Thirty pavilions of state representatives will be present at the exhibition which is held every two years. At least, there are 867 participants from 59 countries. The Indo Defense 2018 Expo and Forum is considered important by many countries. At least, 10 ministers of defense or the same rank, a number of Chief of Staff of Forces and Commanders of various countries will also attend. This defense exhibition is an event not only as business promotion and technology transfer for the Indonesian Defense Industry, but also as a forum to strengthen the capacity of the local defense industry by building partnerships with foreign parties. In addition, the privilege of the exhibition is expected to attract around 25,000 visitors. President Joko Widodo is scheduled to inaugurate and provide the name of Indonesia's flagship product, "Medium Tank" produced by PT Pindad. The Pindad’s medium tank is targeted to complete various stages of testing before mass production in 2020. The tank is equipped with the latest technology, such as the independent alert system, hunter killer system, passive protection (laser warning system), battle management system, and level-5 protection. Giving the name for the Indonesian first production -medium tank is right moment for Indonesia to officially announce that Indonesia has been able to produce medium tanks for both domestic and international markets. It should be noted, even though it has not yet been officially named, several countries have expressed interest in the tanks. PT PINDAD Indonesia collaborates with FNSS Turkey to produce them. Indonesia's consistency in organizing the Indo Defense Expo is also evidence of carrying out the concept of defense diplomacy to enhance interdependence in a bid to achieve world peace and prosperity. This exhibition will also be an effective communication medium for establishing business contacts and technology transfer. This will contribute significantly to the development of the defense and security industry in Indonesia. In addition, the Indo Defense Expo 2018 Forum will also be an arena to strengthen Indonesia's strong commitment to maintain world peace.

05
November

Six Indonesian young designers from Islamic Fashion Institute -IFI Bandung amazed fashion lovers at Adelaide Fashion Festival (AFF) in Adelaide, Australia (19/10). The festival collaborated with TAFE South Australia. The 6 students are Anita Yuni Kholillah, Annisa Nur Afrisari, Irma Intan, Aninda Nazmi, Runi Siliwati Legan and Reyna Hanifa. Every designer presented 2 designs of modest wear. They were welcomed by audiences. Deputy of Indonesia Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) Sydney, Siti Aisyah, Manager of Islamic Fashion Institute Bandung, Hanni Haerani and Board of Supervisors of the Institute, Euis Saedah also attended the event. International Engagement TAFESA, Aaron Rigano expressed his appreciation on the participation of Islamic Fashion Institute Bandung and hoped to collaborate again with Adelaide Fashion Festival as an annual event.

Memorandum of Understanding of tsunami film project was signed by CEO Shinework Pictures (China), Jonathan Shen and CEO Goshen Media (Indonesia), Allen Jordan. The signing was also witnessed by Head of Creative Economic Agency, Triawan Munaf on last Monday (27/11). The tsunami film is the first project of film production between Indonesia and China, which involves bilateral cooperation of the two countries. Jonathan revealed that he is inspired by Chinese President’s speech, Xi Jinping in 2013 related to humanitarian action of Chinese savior team on natural disaster tragedy of tsunami in Aceh. Some big names have been targeted to be involved in the film. Head of the agency, Triawan Munaf ensured that the cooperation can increase Indonesian film industry which is growing. He also hoped that the tsunami film project can strengthen cooperation of the two countries commercially; viewing that there is large potential of Indonesian and Chinese audiences.

Foreign Affairs Ministry through Indonesian embassy in Brussels, Belgium has visited Banyuwangi to discuss efforts of tourism market. Trade attaché of the Indonesian embassy in Brussels, Meri Astrid Indriasari after meeting with Regent of Banyuwangi, Abdullah Azwar Anas said in Banyuwangi on Friday (2/11) that her side viewed that many festivals in Banyuwangi have potential to be offered to Europe, especially to Belgium. Tourists from Europe love art-culture and beautiful nature. Banyuwangi presents all of them, including agro-tourism. This was stated by Agriculture Attaché of the Indonesian embassy in Brussels, Wahidah Maghriby. At least, there are two things which are targeted by the Indonesian embassy in Brussels: Gandrung dance and Ijen crater to be marketed in Europe. Wahidah also said the Indonesian embassy in Brussels established strong synergy with Pairi Daiza management, a superior destination in Belgium, which is visited by at least one million people every year. Besides, d'Indonesia Festival is held routinely in Belgium. Banyuwangi is promoted over there.