Rupiah strengthens at Rp11,372 on Monday evening ->Mon, March 10 2014
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian rupiah continued appreciating against the dollar in late Monday evening trading due to market confidence in Indonesias stable political situation prior to the April 9 elections.
The rupiah edged up 68 points to close at 11,372 per dollar on Monday evening, compared with 11,440 per dollar earlier.
“The domestic money market is convinced that the political situation will be conducive, so this has a positive impact on the rupiah,” money market analyst Lukman Leong said on Monday.
Further, confidence in the domestic situation will increase foreign investment in the local money market, he said.
On a fundamental basis, Lukman said the domestic economy has been on the right track towards recovery, with the countrys trade deficit expected to fall this year.
“The domestic economic recovery is underway while, at the same time, the countrys trade deficit is becoming narrower,” he said.
Also, that Bank Indonesia is actively involved in bilateral cooperation with central banks of other countries may support the performance of the local currency, he said.
“The cooperation will not only forge cooperation with other countries, but also support bilateral trade with other nations,” he said.
According to Bank Indonesias mid-rate on Monday, March 10, the rupiah weakened to Rp11,449 per dollar from last Fridays close of Rp11,395 per dollar.(*)
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Malaysia denies wreckage of its plane found in Vietnam
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Malaysian government has denied a report that wreckage of a missing Malaysian plane flight number MH370 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday morning was found in Vietnam.
In a MetroTV news broadcast on Saturday evening, broadcast in Jakarta, Acting Malaysian Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the Malaysian government was closely working with the governments of several countries, such as China, Vietnam and Indonesia, to search the missing airplane.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Airlines’ spokesman, Liu Guoha said his company had sent a team to search for the missing Malaysian airplane.
A Malaysian Boeing B-777-200ER, flight MH370, was flying 239 passengers, including seven Indonesians, during a Saturday flight to Beijing.
The Indonesian government has expressed its concern over the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, which lost contact with authorities while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday morning.
Discussing the missing plane, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said here on Saturday, “We are concerned and praying for the safety of all passengers on board the plane,” Marty said.
The minister also confirmed that there were seven Indonesians on board the Malaysian Airlines aircraft, which was carrying 239 passengers.
“The ministry has received information about the names of the seven Indonesians. Right now, the airline is contacting the families of the passengers,” Natalegawa said.
The minister added he had instructed the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing to monitor the ongoing search for the missing plane.
The passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 consisted of 15 nationalities, including citizens from China (152 plus 1 infant), Malaysia (38), Indonesia (7), India (5), Australia (7), France (3), United States of America (3 plus 1 infant), New Zealand (2), Ukraine (2), Canada (2), Russia (1), Italy (1), Taiwan (1), Netherlands (1) and Austria (1).
Flight MH370 was operated using a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. It departed Kuala Lumpur at 00.41 am on Saturday morning bound for Beijing.
The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time. However, the aircraft lost contact with Subang air traffic control at about 02.40 am.
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Trying the Untried
Arif Suryobuwono, Contributor, Jakarta | Sun, 03/27/2011 9:51 PM | Lifestyle
What to drink with dim sum? A good rule of thumb is to have it with its two time-tested companions — tea and champagne. But rules are made to be broken.
The first common companion, tea, uses its sequestering properties to remove fat and flavors left on the palate, putting it back on track. It also aids in digestion, soothes and stimulates the mind. The second offers its acidity and effervescence to clean, and its yeasty, bready, fruity flavors and other elements of complexity to excite the palate.
However, “rules are made to be broken”, said Wine and Spirits Circle (WSC) Deputy Chairman Brian Billdt during one of the Circle’s events in recent months — a Sunday brunch “experiment” in which dim sum was paired with a variety of wines.
Held at South Beauty, a Chinese restaurant in Central Jakarta, the experiment presented an array of possible suitors for the Chinese breakfast — red wines from Australia (Vasse Felix Margaret River Shiraz 2007) and Chile (Concha y Toro Marques Carmenere 2007), a New Zealand white (Otuwhero Single Vineyard 2008) and an Aussie white (Lost Valley Cortese 2007) made from a rather unknown grape variety, Cortese or Gavi as it is known in Italy.
As in any experiment, a control was quietly introduced. It was, to my great delight, Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brut Non Vintage (NV), which was served as an aperitif.
In spite of being non-vintage and carrying a price tag lower than Rp 1 million, it was surprisingly excellent: fresh, toasty, yeasty, creamy, fruity and well balanced with good acidity and very small bubbles.
It even exhibited a degree of sophistication and complexity, albeit to a lesser extent, that made the other sparkling wine, a chalky, simpler Spanish cava (Noche y Dia Brut Nature NV), pale in comparison.
Moreover, the champagne, a fresh supply of which I managed to keep in my flute throughout the meal, was so flexible with food. It matched all the small-portioned dishes (except the dessert) so well that the other wines seemed redundant.
Nevertheless, the cava was a more affordable alternative to the champagne for accompanying the first course (a dumpling with bits of black mushroom and sea cucumber and a lot of shrimp inside).
This uncomplicated wine, made in the same method used to make champagne, had no outstanding characteristics so it did not challenge the highly savory flavor of the dish. Its acidity, which was snappy, was noticeably higher than that of the champagne.
The grip of such acidity, underlined by its mineral, earthy flavors, made the wine taste bone-dry even though it was not without sugar (which can amount to up to 15 grams per liter).
The other two white wines, in spite of being non-sparkling wines, have a sort of “affinity” to them in their refreshing, zesty characters with the Cortese even exhibiting some spritz thanks to its lively acidity.
However, unlike the delightful and yet versatile champagne, these were exciting New World wines with strong individual characters — each was treated with a different approach to pairing.
The Otuwhero was markedly Sauvignon Blanc as apparent in its rambunctious disposition and the intensity of its straw, grassy, herbaceous, flavors which, together with some stony and smoky notes, somehow kept its vivid fruitiness in check. This Marlborough star — pronounced oar-two-fare-raw — was paired with light-flavored rice flour rolls with fresh shrimps.
The strategy was to match attention-demanding wine with simple food, so as to allow the nuances of the wine to be fully experienced without being masked by intense food flavors.
The Cortese was a great crowd pleaser. Fruitiness, refreshing acidity, honeyed flavors, and crispiness were interwoven so deliciously and seamlessly in it, giving the palate a great thrill. It was obvious why Qantas Airways reportedly offered it to its first-class passengers.
Even those who don’t drink white wine may like it very much. It was paired with three delicacies — fish maw, mushroom, chicken; beef balls with dried tangerine peel; and a dumpling stuffed with shrimp, chicken and crab roe.
So, the idea was to create comparable food and wine combinations as both the food and the wine were supposedly equally rich in flavors. But the food’s flavors were not as intense as the wine’s and the wine’s personality was so forceful it squarely put its food companion on the sidelines.
The experiment with the reds was a challenge. The very sweet papaya pastry puff, suitable for dessert, subdued the taste of sweetness in the 5-year-old Shiraz — making it taste rather flat.
Containing an 11.5 percent Malbec component and coming from a benchmark vintage, this Shiraz demonstrated a degree of refinement, giving it so European feel and making it different from rich, overpowering East- Australian Shiraz.
So, it did not smother the dumplings with dried shrimp and beef and a fritter of twisted dough stuffed with shrimp paste presented in the next course. But it didn’t easily go with the dish either and the fritter’s mayonnaise sauce was a jarring rather than amusing note.
The divergence of gustatory profiles continued with the pairing of the last red — Concha y Toro Marques Carmenere 2007, and glutinous rice with chicken and dried scallops wrapped in lotus leaf.
Chicken and scallop complement each other. They form the basis for Cantonese “superior stock”. The Carmenere, fortified by 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, got a robust platform to put on stage an exciting show of blackberry, dark chocolate in the finish and hints of vanilla. Both presented different worlds of flavors, each of which are best left on their own.
As in the vicissitudes of life, there are occasions in which partnering up is desirable and going in separate directions is better. And the breaking of rules does not always lead to fantastic encounters with the untried.
PSSI secretariat ignores eviction notice
The Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) secretariat is operating as usual in spite of an order issued by the Youth and Sports Affairs Minister Andi Mallarangeng for the association’s leader Nurdin Halid to step down, and for all PSSI staff to vacate their office.
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium’s management and development director Mahfudin Nigara on Wednesday dropped off a letter at the PSSI office in the compound ordering Nurdin to halt to all activities at the office.
The letter called for the PSSI’s staff to vacate the office. However, the staff chose to stay put.
“The employees still want to work as they feel comfortable. Everything is continuing as normal and the secretariat is still running,” a member of the PSSI’s executive committee, Togar Manahan Nero, said on Wednesday.
He said the PSSI was prioritizing its running of soccer’s Indonesian Super League.
“It is important that the secretariat keeps functioning so that all administrative work can continue to be done. If the secretariat closes down, what will happen to the [PSSI] members and the clubs?” he said, as reported by kompas.com.
Five countries eying South Sumatra geothermal resources
Investors from five countries have shown interest in the natural gas resource of South Sumatra. The province reportedly has the potential to generate up to 1,911 mega watts of electricity from six different areas containing geothermal energy.
South Sumatra Investment Agency chief Permana said that the five countries were Turkey, India, the US, Canada and Italy. At least three energy companies have undergone the tender process for the utilization of South Sumatra geothermal energy.
“We will accept [the company] that offers the best and highest offer,” he added on Wednesday.
According to Permana, natural gas resources are just one of a number of local resources on offer to foreign investors, adding that they possess the skills and resources to process natural gas.
The natural gas, however, must still be sold to state electricity utility PLN to fulfill the local need for energy, Permana said, as reported by kompas.com.