MANGGO TREE FRUITFUL BANANA



Residents Kenteng Hamlet, Village Mangunsari Sawangan District, Magelang, Central Java tantrum. Because of garanya, there is a mango tree to bear fruit compound, similar to a comb of banana bunches!

From the observation AFP Sunday (02/27/2011), mango trees which bear fruit that grows in the yard unique mango trees owned by Bejo Asmoro (45).

Trees more than 3 years old, had about 7 meters high. From the trunk, there are about 20 mango bergerumbul compound, so as to resemble a banana comb.

Mango trees bear fruit 'banana' is already known Bejo two weeks ago. However, the new Sunday (02/27/2011) this afternoon to local residents, and residents outside the village, visiting the gardens look crowded Bejo. They were intrigued by the news and wanted to see first hand the uniqueness of the tree.

"After the eruption of Merapi, I initially ignored by the emergence of fruit 'banana' in my mango tree. I will examine why the greater and similar to a banana tree, so be it after the news spread from mouth to mouth finally my yard now so crowded, "Bejo story.

To anticipate the destruction of fruit trees and 'banana', the Bejo then ask for help of local people to fence around the tree using bamboo. Bejo explain mango trees bear fruit 'banana' is the first time in her garden. Bejo also had to pick a 'banana' is growing.

"I had picked it and it smells very fragrant. So I do not dare to work especial more fruit like bananas, "explained Bejo.

Until now, Bejo to keep fruit trees that grow mango banana as a spectacle like saying 'Where there is sugar, there is an ant'. Speculation is emerging from the residents was mixed.

There is a suspect, the mango tree 'affair' with a banana. Because, not far from the tree manggga found some banana trees.

"It could be the tree having an affair," joked Bejo.

Praise (23) Village residents Kalegen, Bandongan District, Magelang when visiting a strange tree that claimed to be surprised and amazed.

"This was the first time I came here out of curiosity, what's really why fruiting banana mango tree. After I see how can ya like this? "Said the man who came to unique mango tree with the children and his wife.

Number of residents who saw the tree was made Bejo berinisitaif to install the charity box in his garden. As a result, donations from citizens will be used for development musala not far from his home and to care for a unique tree.

12 KM TRAFFIC JAM HIGHLIGHTS WOES INFRASTUCTURE





For several days, hundreds of frustrated truck drivers have had to eat and sleep on the road to the port city of Merak, Banten. 

A shortage of ferries making the crossing to Lampung has been blamed for the 12-kilometer snarl of vehicles that has almost led to a riot among the tired and hungry drivers. 

About a hundred officers from the police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) were dispatched on Saturday to defuse the situation, and by nightfall local residents were reportedly seen bringing food to the drivers. 

With 14 of the 33 ships that normally serve the route in disrepair — blamed on factors including poor port management, capacity and policies — the government over the weekend dispatched ferries to help clear the backlog, which officials said would take at least five days. 

The damage has been done, though. Perishable goods like fruit and vegetables have rotted. Reports say the prices of chili and tofu in some markets in Lampung have already increased as a result. Some of the drivers reportedly resorted to selling some of their cargo to buy food and drink. 

Unfortunately, this kind of bottleneck is not uncommon for Indonesia, which ranked 75th in the World Bank’s recent Logistics Performance Index, below neighboring Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. 

“The government is being irresponsible because the gridlock in Merak happens every year,” Sofyan Wanandi, chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo), told the Jakarta Globe on Sunday. 

“If the government can’t manage the ports, leave it to the private sector or open up competition.” 

Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo acknowledged on Friday that poor infrastructure was hampering the government’s target of 7 percent growth by 2014. 

“So far, infrastructure development has not progressed as expected,” he said. “There are a lot of public-private partnership programs that don’t work.” 

To address the issue, Agus said the government may start making cuts to the budget. “It’s time to tighten our belts and set our priorities straight,” he said. 

This year, the transportation budget is set at Rp 43.8 trillion ($4.95 billion), lower than the budget for defense (Rp 45.2 trillion), social welfare (Rp 61.5 trillion) and food and energy subsidies (Rp 108 trillion). 

“Infrastructure is the key to development,” Agus said. “Investors are looking for guarantees and the government is ready to meet that.” 

Sofyan said the government itself should be tightening its belt, though. “Why not reduce the cost of holding seminars, travel visits, conferences and government summits?” he said.  

NORTH KOREA TREATERNS YO ATTACK SOUTH KOREA, US


North Korea threatened Sunday to attack South Korea and the United States, as the allies prepared to start annual joint military drills - maneuvers Pyongyang says are a rehearsal for an invasion.

The North has routinely issued such war rhetoric against South Korea and the U.S. The latest warning, however, came nearly three weeks after the rival Koreas failed to reach a breakthrough in their first dialogue in months.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula rose sharply last year over two deadly attacks - the sinking of a South Korean naval ship blamed on the North and a North Korean artillery barrage that killed four people on a front-line South Korean island. North Korea denies it was involved in the ship sinking, which killed 46 South Korean sailors.

On Sunday, the North used harsh rhetoric against South Korea and the U.S., calling their joint drills a "dangerous military scheme."

"Our military and people will take stern military countermeasures against the American imperialists and the (South Korean) traitors' group, because they are challenging us with aggressive military action," the North's military said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

It accused South Korea and the U.S. of plotting to launch "limited war" and topple Pyongyang's communist government. If provoked, the North will start a "full-scale" war and turn Seoul into a "sea of fire," the statement said.

Earlier Sunday, the North's military warned that it would fire directly at South Korean border towns and destroy them if Seoul continued to allow activists to launch propaganda leaflets toward the communist country.

In a separate statement carried by KCNA, it accused South Korean activists and lawmakers of flying balloons carrying hundreds of thousands of leaflets critical of North Korea's government, one-dollar bills, DVDs containing corrupt animation files and other materials on the North's most important national holiday, an apparent reference to leader Kim Jong Il's 69th birthday, which was Feb. 16.

It was unclear whether activists have launched more balloons since then and if they plan additional leafletting in coming days.

The South Korean Defense Ministry confirmed it had received the North's warning. A ministry official said South Kore's military keeps a close watch on North Korean military movement. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department rules.

Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told parliament Friday that North Korea may launch new attacks this spring and that South Korea's military was ready to cope with any typesof hostilities.

On Monday, South Korea and the U.S. are to launch drills aimed at rehearsing how to respond to any potential emergency on the Korean peninsula.

About 12,800 U.S. troops and some 200,000 South Korean soldiers and reservists will take part in the drills, which will last 11 days and invole computer war games, live-firing exercises and other field training, according to the U.S. and South Korean militaries.

Pyongyang has called the drills a preparation to invade North Korea, though South Korean and U.S. officials have repeatedly said the maneuvers are purely defensive and that they have no itention of attacking.

After weeks of tension following November's bombardment of the island, North Korea pushed for dialogue with South Korea and expressed a desire to return to stalled international disarmament talks on its nuclear program.

Military officers from the two Koreas met earlier this monthbut failed to produce any progress, with both sides accusing the other of rupturing the dialogue. North Korea later threatened not to hold any more military talks with Seoul.

The two Koreas are still technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treay. About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea to help deter potential aggression by the North.