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November

Online Jarasandha Wayang Performance in English in London - Diplomatic Corner                                                                                                                            KBRI LONDON

A classic wayang or shadow puppet show in English on the story of Jarasandha from Mahabharata was held at Wilton's Music Hall London on Friday (20/11). The show led by Ki Sujarwo Joko Prehatin was accompanied by the Greater London Gamelan Prayers. Ki Sujarwo Joko Prehatin told Antara after the show that the three-hour performance was held online on Instagram Live and Indonesian Embassy's YouTube chanlle, and all was following the health protocol. 

 

Most of the Gamelan players are British citizens from various gamelan groups in England namely Oxford and Cambridge. The sinden or singers who accompanied the show were Cathy Eastburn, Cecily, and Aga Ujma. A gamelan player Peter Smith from Oxford said he was happy to play gamelan again since the lockdown.

 

Education Attaché of Indonesian Embassy in London M Arif Rokhman who watched the performance said the show was very entertaining because in this hard times, the players still followed the health protocol.

Meanwhile, Counsellor of Indonesian Embassy in London Hartyo Harkomoyo said the digital cultural show was held jointly by Indonesian Embassy in London and artists in England joined in the Greater London Gamelan Players. Hartyo said the wayang show, besides to celebrate the Wayang Day, was also aimed to promote Indonesian culture to the public in England and Irelan by using the online platforms amid the pandemic.

23
November

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Expert Staff to the Minister of Trade for International Relations, Arlinda and Under Secretary of the US Department of Commerce, Joe Semsar discussed the possibility of drafting a joint action plan to increase trade between Indonesia and the United States (US). It is expected that its value will double in the next five years. The discussion took place at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC, USA on Tuesday (17/11) Washington DC time. In 2019, the total trade between the two countries was recorded at US$ 27.11 billion. This amount is targeted to be US$ 60 billion. This idea was previously raised in 2019, but it has not been followed up because both sides focus on resolving the issue of the Generalized Systems of Preference (GSP).

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Jakarta and the Faculty of Science and Technology of the State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta held a Webinar with the theme "Renewable Energy Prospects" on Thursday (19/11). Those who were present as the main speakers were Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Abdulla Salem AlDhaheri, Lily Surayya Eka Putri and Fatima Al Madhloum Al Suwaidi from the UAE Masdar Mubadala Company, and Rizal Broer Bahaweres, a lecturer at the Faculty of Science and Technology. UAE Ambassador Abdulla AlDhaheri shared his country's experience in various fields, including science and technology. He also wants to improve bilateral relations between Indonesia and the UAE.

20
November

Two Indonesian students from Ambon, Maluku made achievements in the international arena in the 2020 International Conference of Young Social Scientists (ICYSS). Both of them are Angelica Hitijahubessy and Fiodory Leuwol. These students, who are currently pursuing junior high school education at the GenIUS School, won 2nd place in the field of psychology, with a research entitled "Mikaniki's Effect in Improving Cognitive Pattern Recognition".

Chairperson of the GenIUS School Committee, Edwin Matatula said in Ambon, Tuesday (Nov 17) that Mikaniki is a digital game prototype developed by Azalia Herma, S.Si and Dr. F.X. Ivan, Ph.D. Mikaniki focuses on using patterns and numbers as symbols, and has an interesting storyline. In this study, Mikaniki was used to improve cognitive abilities in pattern recognition. 

According to Edwin, based on research, this game is able to improve the cognitive ability of pattern recognition of elementary school students from eastern Indonesia by 37.4 percent. However, this research will continue to be studied further. It was explained that this research emerged after the two students played the Mikaniki game. Then, they were interested in introducing it to others. In this study, they examined the effects of Mikaniki's game on elementary students from eastern Indonesia.

Edwin Mataluta further said that this proud achievement was inseparable from the Ambon City Government's policies in the education sector. The International Conference of Young Social Scientists (ICYSS) is a competition for youth scientific work in the fields of psychology, history, geography, sociology, and economics, which is designated for the best high school students around the world.

The 2020 International Conference of Young Social Scientists is the third time it has been held since 2018. This year, it was held in Serbia. Students who become participants are representatives of the country or cannot be sent individually. In 2019, with the same research, Angelica and Fiodory won the first place in the 2019 Youth Papua Research Competition and became participants in the 2019 National Youth Research Competition. Then, this achievement led them to an international event held in Serbia. They competed with participants from eight other countries, namely Guam, Macau, Malaysia, Slovenia, Turkey, Republic of Moldova, and Mexico.

20
November

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The animation film, "Battle of Surabaya" is screened at the Argentine cultural festival

The animation film, “Battle of Surabaya” created by Indonesia, was shown online at the Vive Asia cultural festival in Argentina. It succeeded to attract the attention of local audiences who watched the film. This film was chosen to commemorate “Heroes' Day” every 10th of November. The film is complemented in Spanish, written by Indonesian Diasporas in Argentina so that it was able to be enjoyed by the local community.  Indonesian Ambassador to Argentina, Niniek Kun Naryatie stated on Thursday (19/11) that the screening of the film “Battle of Surabaya” is a very good opportunity to introduce Indonesia to the Argentinian people.

By involving the Indonesian male and female Diasporas in making the subtitles of the film in Spanish, the Spanish people are expected to learn more about Indonesian language that is no longer used routinely in their daily conversations.

In the translation process, they must be assisted by their parents who are the first generation of the diaspora. Although the background is World War II, the story in the Battle of Surabaya film does not focus on war; it narrates about sacrifice in protecting the beloved one. The message of the film is how war always brings about loss, destruction and regret. The film audience who watched gave appreciation and warm welcome.

Meanwhile, for the Indonesian Diasporas, the film succeeded in treating nostalgia and at the same time, it brings them to remember the services of heroes who fought to defend Indonesia's independence. Besides the screening of the film, Battle of Surabaya, the Indonesian Embassy in Buenos Aires also presented Gamelan performances from Sang Bagaskara.

18
November

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Minister Retno: adaptation and international cooperation are key to resolve transnational crimes

Organized crimes continuously happen even in the health aspect such as drug counterfeiting and cyber-attacks on vital health infrastructure amid the coronavirus pandemic. This was stated by Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi in her speech at the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) which was held virtually from the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday (13/11).

This commemoration was also attended by Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres and President of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir. Minister Retno conveyed 3 points to face the challenges of transnational organized crime. First, there is no one-size fits all solution that can handle all types of organized crimes. She also emphasized that the characteristics of transnational organized crimes tend to be different from one country to other countries. Therefore, the approach taken must be situational.

Second, it’s important to build and maintain cooperation among countries globally. Particularly, Minister Retno also delivered about the issues of Rohingya refugees as a form of crime of smuggling and organized human trafficking in the region. Currently, Indonesia is accommodating more than 900 people who have become victims of human trafficking and displaced on the high seas. Indonesia re-emphasizes the importance of solving the Rohingya problem from the root of the problem through voluntary, safe and dignified repatriation. Third, the approaches and solutions taken must experience adaptation based on the characteristics of crimes. In this regard, Minister Retno re-affirmed   the importance of continuous adaptation so that the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) remains relevant in handling organized transnational crimes both now and in the future.

16
November

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Indonesian exporters offer marine commodities to Singapore.

As many as 14 Indonesian exporters offered various marine commodities to Singapore’s importers through a webinar held by the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore, Wednesday (11/11). Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore, Suryopratomo stated that the result of the webinar in collaboration with Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Seafood Industries Association Singapore (SIAS) and Singapore Food Agency (SFA) aims to bridge business relations between the two countries in order to increase exports of fisheries from Indonesia.

From Singapore, the webinar was attended by around 50 importers from various companies that are members of Seafood Industries Association of Singapore (SIAS). Ambassador Suryopratomo stated that as an archipelagic country, Indonesia has the potential in the marine and fisheries sector which must be utilized properly. The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore is ready to assist exporters who face problems in exporting to Singapore.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Seafood Industries Association of Singapore, William Tan said that Indonesia is one of the main suppliers of fishery products to Singapore. Representative of the Seafood Association of Singapore, Peh Zi said that imports of Indonesian fishery commodities to Singapore reached 22 percent of total seafood imports. Various commodities which are imported from Indonesia are shrimp, squid, crab and various types of fish. However, the Marketing Director of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Machmud Sutedja said that there was a downward trend in fishery commodity exports to Singapore in 2019 and 2020. This indicates that there are opportunities that have not been optimized to increase exports of fishery products to Singapore.

13
November

Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW) is held again amid the Covid-19 pandemic. However, for 2020, the fashion show is to take place virtually from November 14-15. The implementation of IFW 2020 proves that the Indonesian Fashion Designers and Entrepreneurs Association (APPMI) is consistent to support the progress and to provide promotional space for fashion industry players to rise and to create something amid the pandemic.

President of IFW and concurrently Chairperson of APPMI, Poppy Dharsono said at a press conference on Monday (Nov 9) that Indonesia Fashion Week has a moral responsibility to the public and to the government, as well as all stakeholders who always support the APPMI. Everyone learns to adapt to new life, new behavior, and new steps. Just like the previous year, IFW 2020 again highlights the theme of Kalimantan culture, entitled "Tales of the Equator - Treasure of the Magnificent Borneo". As is well known, Kalimantan has cultural elements that are diverse, and unique. They also have many dimensions that can be explored as a source of inspiration for the Indonesian fashion industry.

Even though it is held virtually, this 9th IFW is packaged with an interesting concept. Dozens of designers from home and abroad will take part in this new era fashion show. A number of well-known designers such as Ida Royani, Agnes Budhisurya, Sugeng Waskito, Tuty Ayib, and Jenny Cahyawati will also show off their best collections. In addition, there will be a Fashion Talk with inspirational and informative themes about the world of fashion by presenting speakers who are competent in their fields.

The Young Fashion Designer Competition (IYFDC) will also be held in a series of IFW 2020 events. The jury from IYFDC consisting of Aam Kekean, Misan Kopaka, Jacky Suharto, Bimo, and Alya Dimitri will assess the works of the ten best young designers who have been selected previously.

At this year's IFW, the Indonesian Fashion Designers and Entrepreneurs Association (APPMI) is collaborating with the Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGNC), an alliance of the United Nations (UN) for sustainable fashion. This is to make the environmentally friendly fashion industry increase in number and grow in Indonesia.

11
November

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The promotion of online Ramayana ballet in Chicago is successful

The Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago collaborated with the International Ramayana Institute of North America (IRINA) succeeded to promote the  culture through the appearance of the Ramayana ballet that was held virtually on Saturday (7/11).  President of the Executive Committee of IRINA, Martino Tangkar stated that this year’s IRC event coincided with  the 20th anniversary of the cultural promotion cooperation among the people of Indonesia, India and Thailand. In an official statement received by rri.co.id in Jakarta on Sunday (8/11), Martino explained that the togetherness had so far has further strengthened the relations among the three countries, not only in the cultural field, but also  aspects of relationships in broader fields.

The continuous performance of the Ramayana ballet has a strong influence on the cultural heritage of the three countries. On the same occasion, the Indonesian Consul General in Chicago, Meri Binsar Simorangkir expressed his appreciation for IRINA's enthusiasm to continuously encourage dialogue among the community of cultural actors, analysts and observers of the Ramayana story, not only in the USA but also in some other countries. He also said that the Ramayana story does not only play an important role as part of the cultural heritage that is spread all over the world, but it is also able to bring noble values into the life of modern society.

Furthermore, in his remarks, Meri Binsar invited the participants of the conference to visit Prambanan Temple after the pandemic is over, to witness the Ramayana ballet performance directly. Besides the performance of the dance team from the Indonesian Consulate General in Chicago, which presented a scene from the Ramayana story entitled "The Abduction of Sinta", the participants were also presented with the Ramayana dance performance in various versions and scenes, including the Indian Dance School-Choreography dance team with the title "Rama's Birth to Rama and Sita's Wedding, ”and the Thai Cultural and Fine Arts Institute of Chicago with a dance entitled“ Floating Sita”.

09
November

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Exceeding the target, Minister Agus Suparmanto says that the interest of the Indonesian Trade Expo participants is high

Minister of Trade, Agus Suparmanto said that the interest of the participants ahead of the 35th Trade Expo Indonesia Virtual Exhibition (TEI-VE) is high. There are 692 export-oriented businessmen. They consist of large companies and national Small and Medium Enterprises (UKM). The number of participants exceeds the initial target of 200 to 300 participants. Since the registration on October 9, 2020 to November 2, 2020 was opened, 692 export-oriented businessmen and 1,400 buyers from 86 countries have been registered.

In press release in Jakarta on Friday (6/11), Minister Agus Suparmanto said that the number of buyers and visitors is expected to keep increasing, because the registration is still open until the 35th TEI-VE event takes place from 10 to 16 November 2020. He also stated that the five countries with the highest number of buyers apart from Indonesia are the United States with 46 buyers, Australia with 41 buyers, Hong Kong with 39 buyers, Saudi Arabia with 23 buyers and Japan with 18 buyers.

Minister Agus Suparmanto explained that the participants in the Trade Expo Indonesia Virtual Exhibition come from the manufacturing, fashion, food and beverage, service industry, innovative creative products, strategic industries, and handicrafts. He hopes that the implementation of the Trade Expo Indonesia Virtual Exhibition can encourage small and medium enterprises (UKM) to develop business and investment networks. Minister Agus also emphasized that the main focus of the Trade Expo Indonesia Virtual Exhibition is long-term and international business-to-business transactions. This is aimed to increase Indonesia's exports. Even though it ends on November 16, this virtual exhibition can still be accessed for one month until December 10, 2020.

06
November

Faculty of Animal Husbandry at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) developed Gama Umami grass or mutation of elephant grass or Bulrushthat has been irradiated with gamma rays to produce superior grass. Elephant grass was chosen because it is a superior type of grass and is preferred by ruminants or grazing livestock such as cows or goats. In addition, elephant grass is also very suitable to be developed in Indonesia, which is a tropical country. The yield of Gama Umami grass is higher than the local elephant grass and in one year, it can be harvested up to 6 times.

Nafiatul Umami, Ph.D., a Lecturer at the Faculty of Animal Husbandry at UGM as well as head researcher of grass Gama Umami said that the mutations with gamma ray radiation can affect morphology, anatomy, and physiology plant to produce plants that are superior to their parents. Application of gamma ray radiation is used on vegetative organs, flowers, and seeds of elephant grass plants. The radiation process on elephant grass produces a variety of plant types and produces more productive plants, seen from the morphology, anatomy, biochemistry, production and physiology of plants.

This research was conducted by the Faculty of Animal Husbandry at UGM in collaboration with the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) through the Isotope and Radiation Application Center (PAIR). From this study, it is known that the radiation results affect the hair on the elephant grass Gama Umami which greatly affects the ability to taste food in ruminants.

Gama Umami grass has been introduced and developed by breeders, especially in the Yogyakarta and surrounding areas. Satria Aji, for example, a farmer from Bumi Kayangan Farm Gunung Kidul who has planted Gama Umami on his land said that the grass has an extraordinary growth power. The percentage to  grow is good from tall stem cuttings, large shoots, and it can reach 10 shoots at the initial planting in the dry season.

Meanwhile, Cahyo Kurmai, a farmer from Banyumas, said that besides being easy to develop, Gama Umami has greener leaves than other grasses. He added that the umami grass has soft stems. So, the cattle can eat it all without chopping it.

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