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New Species of Bird Found in Rote Island


Myzomela irianawidodoae sp.nov, new species of bird that found in Rote island .(Foto: Agus Priyono)

MANADO, – Research team of Center Biological Research – LIPI led by Dr. Dewi M. Prawiradilaga publish a new type of bird from Rote island, Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).

The team working with researchers from the National University of Singapore, (Ass Prof. Frank Rheindt et al) believes that the endemic bird of Myzomela spp is a new species.

The announcement of the new type of bird was delivered by the Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya while in Manado, Thursday (11/1/2018).

“President Joko Widodo has permitted the use of his wife name to the bird species found on this Rote island,” said Siti Nurbaya

This species has the name Myzomela irianawidodoae sp.nov. This is the first time in Indonesia, the name of the bird using the name president’s wife.

“This is an expression and appreciation to the President’s wife who is very concerned about bird life, her dedication can be an example in saving the environment in Indonesia,” said Siti Nurbaya.

Myzomela irianawidodoae birds are small with 11.8 cm long body, weighs 32.23 grams and half-length of 1.79 cm; the wingspan is 17.2 cm and the wing length is 5.8 cm, the tail length is 3.7 cm and the height of the foot is 1.67 cm.

Black beak, dark brown eyes, black legs and fingers with yellow nail pads. The hairs on the head to the upper chest,  the neck are red blood, the black bridle color and the thin black line around the eyes, the black ribbon in mid-chest and gradually becoming gray with olive stroke on the lower chest, abdomen, thighs.

The back and tail of the bird are black, and the middle of the back to the red tunggir and black wings mixed with dark gray.

This bird is a nectar eater, the sweet liquid contained in flowers. They also like some small insects, including spiders.

“This bird inhabits in forests, bushes, farm and flowering trees,  sometimes can be found eating nectar on the flowers of teak trees around the village. The sound of the chirp singing while flying,” said Dr. Dewi M. Prawiradilaga.

As a nectar eater, M. irianawidodoae birds have the potential to become pollinators. But this role in nature needs to be proved deep in research and observation.

Rote is the largest island in the Rote Archipelago in NTT Province. The island is in the southernmost region of Indonesia.

This bird belongs to the Meliphagidae family as a protected bird according to Law No. 5 of 1990 on the Conservation of Biological Natural Resources and its Ecosystem, in Government Regulation Number 7 of 1999.

The discovery of this new type requires a very long process, starting from Forbes’s statement in 1879 that there are still many types of Myzomela spp. in the undiscovered Wallacea region.

In 1996 Johnstone and Jepson reported the alleged new type of Myzomela from Rote Island on the list of bird species based on their observations in 1990 and 1993.

Then in 2009 an environmental activist Philip Verbelen reported his observations in Rote Island on the same bird species, and successfully  take photos and sound recordings.

Finally in 2017, the research team of the Center for Biological Research – LIPI and the National University of Singapore research team publish this new species in the scientific journal Treubia Volume 44, December 2017 edition, pages 77-100.


Editor: Eva Aruperes



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Memed Plants Cannabis Tree in the Bathroom


BNNP arrested man from Gorontalo because planted cannabis tree at his house. (Foto: Kaligis)

MANADO, – National Anti-Narcotics Agency of North Sulawesi or Badan Narkotika Nasional Provinsi (BNNP) had arrested MA aka Memed on Thursday (11/1/2018). He was arrested for cultivating a marijuana plant at his residence, located at Sam Ratulangi Road No. 62, RT 002 RS 003, Limba U-2 Sub-District, South Kota District, Gorontalo City, Indonesia.

Memed revealed that his cannabis plant was not for sale but for him consumption. Seeds are ordered from the UK via online.

“I pay it per seed. The price is varies between US $ 18 to US $ 20,” said Memed, on Monday (15/1/2018).

Before being arrested, he had already ordered seeds that delivery through Surabaya. However, the seeds are ordered at the first time, only one tree is work out. And second order delivery via Manado. This second time makes Memed being arrested.

Memed said, he planted the marijuana in bathroom using Hydroponic technique so that not to be known by others.

“I studied this Hydroponic planting system through the internet. And I learnt it only in one month,” he explained.

For equipping the supporting plant with Hidroponic system, Memed willing to reach quite a lot of funds, which is about Rp 10 million. While caring the crops, he hopes in the harvest he would be picked and worn just the flower, and the other part will be thrown away.

Unfortunately, before taste his harvest of cannabis plants, he triggered arrested BNNP North Sulawesi.

In his house also secured evidence in the form of Narcotics Group I of marijuana type plants about 220.61 grams and two cannabis trees.

In addition to the Narcotics evidence, BNNP also secures white paper wrapping, which reads Sealed Air, Ozone maker brand Hanako, digital temperature, PH 8 TDS Monitor brand Aquarium, PH Down botil, AQ water bottle AWARNA Bening, bottle of liquid fertilizer in maroon color, RO water machine, fan branded Regency Tornado Fun, Smartphone Vivo 171 U.

In addition, also secured two bottles of green liquid fertilizer, seven LED lights, and 14 pieces sized 1 inch.


Editor: Eva Aruperes



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Here Are Five Women Who Compete in North Sulawesi Election


They are five women who compete in North Sulawesi election.(Foto editing: Rarung)

MANADO, – The concurrent election of Regional Head in North Sulawesi is very interesting. Because there are five women who participated in the fight to seize the people vote.

In North Sulawesi, there are six regions that will do regional head election, they are Talaud Regency, Sitaro Regency, Kotamobagu City, North Bolaang Mongondow Regency, Minahasa Regency and Southeast Minahasa Regency.

In Talaud, Sri Wahyumi Manalip progresses back to fight through the individual path. In the last few days she has become a concern, because of being disabled by the Minister of Home Affairs from his position as Regent, because she went abroad without permission.

Sri paired with Gunawan Talanggoran to compete with 3 pairs in Talaud.

In addition to Sri, there is Clartje Silvia Awulle who advanced in the second-board position (vice regent candidate) paired with Handri Piter Poae also from the individual path.

From Sitaro, the wife of the Regent Tonny Supit, Evangelian Sasingen advanced on the one-board position (regent candidate) pairs with John Palandung. Eva has accompanied her husband who served two periods in Sitaro Regent.  Eva-John couple will compete with 3 pairs of other candidates.

Eva who carried PDI-P Party will be fight with fellow women, Siska Salindeho who is also on one-board paired with Gernimus Makainas. Salindeho – Makainas advancing through individual path.

“We are supported by thousands residents of Sitaro,” Siska said while did medical checkup in Manado, on Sunday (14/1/2018)

Siska is Sitaro’s current Vice Regent. She accompanied Tonny Supit who is Eva’s husband.

Another woman is Tatong Bara advanced on a one-board pairs with Nayodo Koerniawan. She is a mayor of Kotamobagu City. Theese couple is supported by PAN Party, Golkar, PDI-P, Democrat, Gerindra, PKB, PKS, and Nasdem.

In North Sulawesi, many women are choosen to be a regional heads. South Minahasa Region, led by Tetty Paruntu. This beautiful regent also became Chairman of DPD Golkar party of North Sulawesi.

Then there is Vonnie Panambunan, a formidable female figure who became the Regent of North Minahasa. In addition there is Yasti Mokoagow who became Regent of Bolaang Mongondow at this current time.

Will they progress in 2018 elections will increase the number of women in the ranks of regional heads in North Sulawesi? It is so interesting to wait for.


Editor: Rahadih Gedoan



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