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15
January

Musamus is a nest of a unique type of termite which lives in Merauke, Papua. Its name is Nasutitermes triodiae, a type of blind subterranean termite that only exists in Merauke, Papua and northern Australia. The subterranean termites are 5 millimeters in size which live in groups led by a termite queen and eat plants. In Merauke, the place where these subterranean termites make a home becomes an attractive tourism destination. When visiting the 1000 Musamus  in Merauke, you can see how strong the home made by termites is. The location of this tourism destination is in Kampung Selor 2, Kurik district, Merauke. The location is inside the Wasur National Park area. To arrive there, it takes about 2 hours from Merauke city.

When arriving at this 1000 Musamus tourism attraction, you will feel amazed by what you see. There are various Musamus which reach the height of 5 meters with a diameter of more than 2 meters and the size is various above the ground surface. The termite home has conical shape with the bottom supported by supporting poles which look like sheets or the outer shape of a star fruit. The surface texture of Musamus is squiggly and reddish brown like the color of the ground where it is located. When you look into it, you will find a very complicated room of hallways. These hallways function as a living space and a ventilation cavity which keep the temperature stable inside Musamus in order to keep it warm. It is the existence of these hallways that makes the nest safe for termite colonies because they will be protected from extreme temperature changes, even from forest fire.

Musamus is formed from the basic materials of dry grass, soil and the termite's saliva. These termites build their palace solidly and strongly, even it is able to withstand the weight of an adult human. For Merauke people, Musamus has its own philosophical meaning. Like Musamus termites, they work diligently without talking much and the result is visible in the form of Musamus' palace towering into the sky splendidly. Likewise, what the people of Merauke believe that by keeping working without complaining much and without destroying nature, we will see a magnificent result.

15
January

Ambassador Andri Hadi hands over Letters of Credentials to the King of Belgium, Philippe 

Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium Andri Hadi handed over letters of credentials to King of Belgium, Philippe in Brussels on Wednesday (13/1) by following the health protocols to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. While meeting the King, Ambassador Andri conveyed the respectful greetings of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to King Philippe, who had met during the visit of the Indonesian President to Belgium in 2016. The meeting at that time was impressed for President Joko Widodo. Therefore, he invited King Philippe to visit Indonesia, if the Covid-19 pandemic condition has been better.

In a statement of the Indonesian Embassy in Brussels on Thursday (14/1), Ambassador Andri stated that as a country with a population of around 270 million, Indonesia faces several challenges in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. However, with the vaccine, it is expected that Indonesia will be able to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. To King Philippe, Ambassador Andri also informed that Indonesia has started a Covid-19 vaccination program, with the first injection given to President Joko Widodo on Wednesday (13/1).

King Philippe expressed his condolences and sympathy of the government and the people of Belgium for the Sriwijaya airplane accident that occurred last week. In a response to the statement, Ambassador Andri explained that the plane's black box had been found for further investigation to find out the cause of the accident. Moreover, Ambassador Andri also conveyed several bilateral issues, such as cooperation in countering terrorism and palm oil. 

To King Philippe, Ambassador Andri explained that Indonesian palm oil is a sustainable palm oil product which is strictly regulated and has both national (ISPO) and international (RSPO) certification. King Philippe and Ambassador Andri Hadi agreed for the need of an immediate settlement of Agreement negotiations namely Indonesia-European Union (I-EU CEPA) Comprehensive Economic Partnership in order to optimize the huge potential of both countries. 

During the 30-minute meeting, Ambassador Andri Hadi provided an interesting book on the history of Indonesia's independence struggle entitled "Revolusi" which was written by a historian who is also a leading archaeologist in Belgium, David Van Reybrouck. King Philippe appreciated for giving of the book. Moreover, Ambassador Andri Hadi arrived in Belgium on November 11, 2020. Besides serving as the Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium, Ambassador Andri is also entrusted to be Indonesian Ambassador to Luxembourg, the European Union and the World Customs Organization.

15
January

Covid-19 Pandemic changes the order of people's lives, including in the world of education. Online education services are in demand during the corona pandemic. Earlier this year, two Indonesian edutech startups also won funding. Indonesian education startups: Titik Pintar and Zenius received fresh funds in early 2021. Titik Pintar obtained investment from the Indonesia Women Empowerment Fund (IWEF), while funding to Zenius was led by OpenSpace Ventures and Alpha JWC Ventures. This is the first time for Titik Pintar to obtain institutional investment from IWEF. Previously, this startup received grants from the Dutch government, as well as investments from individual investors in Indonesia and abroad.

Titik Pintar provides an EduTainment ecosystem, including customized self-learning services and remote micro lessons from teachers. The material is in Indonesian and English. Lessons and videos are made directly by the teacher on the SahabatPintar.id website. Thereby, teachers can get additional income. Meanwhile, children and parents can independently organize the learning experience and content needed. Currently, Titik Pintar has more than 15 thousand users.

Another educational startup, Zenius also received funding from OpenSpace Ventures and Alpha JWC Ventures. The fresh funds will be used to develop services and applications. Online learning services like Zenius are in demand during the corona pandemic. This has driven the company's revenue to grow 70% year on year / yoy more during the second semester of 2020. The number of users also grew more than 10 times during March to December 2020. Meanwhile, the average number of users in each class is 400 students.

15
January

The transition process of the United States leadership will officially take place on January 20 with the inauguration of Joe Biden, the elected president of the United States. Various preparations for the ceremony which is considered sacred are now being carried out. But apparently not only that, the US House of Representatives has convened and voted to impeach the previous president, Donald Trump. After being successful in the House, this process will be forwarded to the Senate. The Senate hearing will be held after Trump leaves office on Wednesday (20/01) next week.

If it goes without a hitch in the Senate, then Trump will likely be impeached. This means Trump will not have a chance to run again in future Presidential elections. In addition, various facilities as a retired president as received by his predecessors are likely to be revoked. This is the second impeachment attempt for Trump during his tenure as President of the United States. 

All of this is in the aftermath of the Trump supporters' attack on the Capitol Hill Building, during the House session on the result of Electoral College votes, declaring Joe Biden as the US President-elect. Trump is held responsible for the action that resulted in 5 deaths.

Support for impeachment is strong in the House. Although insignificant, 10 politicians who support Trump, namely the Republican Party, even expressed support for Trump's impeachment process. However, everything is not certain, because it is still waiting for the process in the Senate. As is known, currently the US House of Representatives is controlled by the Democratic Party while the Senate is controlled by the Republican Party.

Whatever the final outcome of the political process that is currently taking place in that country is a lesson for all parties. The hard work of the party is ensured not only when selecting the proposed presidential candidates and passing them on to become president, but also how the party's president ended his term of office.