Island Cattlemen Protect their Breed


CATTLE farmers on Nusa Penida have told the provincial and regency animal husbandry departments and banks seeking to lend them money for stock improvement they don’t want the island’s distinctive cattle inseminated with sperm from animals in other parts of Bali.
At a meeting late last week the farmers told both Bali and Klungkung regency officials, as well as banks seeking to lend money earmarked for medium and small businesses, that Nusa Penida cattle had distinctive markings farmers did not want them to lose through interbreeding or for their herds to become susceptible to diseases not now present in island cattle.
One farmer said some Nusa Penida cattle had already lost their white markings on the lower legs and buttocks.
Klungkung animal husbandry head Gusti Ngurah Badiwangsa said Nusa Penida cattle were able to survive in extreme environments and to resist disease which afflicted stock on mainland Bali.
“Nusa Penida farmers therefore do not have to worry about using sperm from outside of their region,” he said.

Karaoke Stabbing


AN air force serviceman died at Kasih Ibu Hospital in Denpasar last weekend after being stabbed with a bayonet in a brawl outside a West Denpasar karaoke bar.
Pratu Pramono Hasan, 25, from Solo in Central Java, was serving at Ngurah Rai Air Force Base on assignment from Abdul Rahman Saleh Air Force base at Malang, East Java.
Police said the brawl was apparently over a woman at the New Star Karaoke venue, in Jl Soputan. A man was arrested later and police retrieved a bayonet, believed to be of military issue, from a river at Canggu.
A policeman received stab wounds at the same venue last month.

Rp25m Helping Hand


ONE hundred groups of poor people throughout Bali will each receive Rp25 million (US$2,722) to develop their life skills in areas that can provide them with a source of revenue and enhance their welfare.
Distribution of the Rp2.5 billion ($270,220) Provincial Government budget for Life Skills Education programmes will be prioritised in the regencies of Karangasem, Buleleng, Bangli and Klungkung where the recorded numbers of poor families is relatively high.
Poor communities wanting to access the programs should make submissions to the Department of Education, Youth and Sports.
“We do not limit the types of life skills that can be learned, because it depends on the best possible potential to be exploited and developed to improve the welfare of local communities,” said the department’s head of Formal and Informal Education Made Mertanadi.
Separately, Denpasar’s education authorities have allocated Rp66.8 million ($7,274) to develop life skills among women in the city’s poor communities.
Skills learned include producing traditional snacks and religious items from local materials.

Call to Mould Leaders


THE national education system needs to nurture future leaders by mobilising and directing individuals to set specific goals and achieve desired results, says Denpasar city education board chairman Putu Rumawan Salain.
Inclusion of separate leadership courses and incorporation of leadership learning in local subject content would help address national problems such as lack of competitiveness, talent, interest and entrepreneurial ability, said Salain, a lecturer in engineering at Udayana University.
He said the spirit of democratic reform apparent in the education system was not enough to meet Indonesia’s needs and desires and education institutions were the ideal environment to teach leadership on the basis on noble values, personality and national ideals.
Salain said leadership learning should be incorporated in all school levels from elementary to vocational.

Education the Key


BALI hopes priority given to education development will lift it from 16th to 10th place on the Human Development Index (HDI), which assesses success in Indonesia’s 33 provinces according to the nation’s millennium development goals.
Development of education in primary schools through to high schools in Bali is a priority which has received budget support from the National Government as well as Bali’s provincial administration and district and city councils.
An E-Learning programme alone has received Rp25 billion (US$2.82 million) from Bali’s 2010 budget to implement media-based integrated learning of information and communication technology.
Bali public relations and protocol bureau official Ketut Tenang said last weekend the priority given to education development would see Bali reach its minimum target of 10th place on the HDI.
The HDI also assesses success in health, the economy and poverty reduction.

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