MANADO, ZONAUTARA.com – United States Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr, did trip to North Sulawesi Province to demonstrate the U.S ongoing commitment to the U.S.-Indonesian Strategic Partnership.
The partnership across all segments of Indonesian society, including through military-to-military engagement, promoting commercial ties, educational exchanges, and expanded trade ties.
While in Manado, Ambassador Donovan participated in the opening ceremony of the Cope West 2018 exercise on Monday (13/3/2018). It held at Manado Sam Ratulangi International Airport.
This joint military exercise involves fighter aircraft from the U.S approximately 110 members Air Force and and 150 members of the Indonesian Air Force.
Together, the two militaries engaged in training exercises and joint sorties, to advance interoperability and build on the partnership between U.S. military forces and the Indonesian Air Force.
“By participating in exercises with military forces of our partner nations, such as Indonesia, U.S reinforces its commitment to peace and stability in the region,” said Donovan.
Additionally, the Ambasador also met North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey, and Manado Mayor Vicky Lumentut. They discussed ways to increase commercial ties and educational exchanges.
On the same day, Ambassador Donovan also toured the American Shelf at Universitas Sam Ratulangi (Unsrat). He met with alumni from United States Government-sponsored programs, including Fulbright scholars, YSEALI alumni, and participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), along with Unsrat students.
During his remarks, the Ambassador emphasized the benefits of studying in the United States and the positive impacts it has on our bilateral relationship.
“An American education is an investment in your future, and helps strengthen ties between Indonesia and the United States,” said Donovan.
Editor: Eva Aruperes
World Water Day 2018 Had Theme ‘Nature for Water’
MANADO, ZONAUTARA.com – World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year in order to utter how important of water. Because of water is one of most important natural resources. People, animals, and plants depend on water to survive.
The celebration of World Water Day XXVI, Minister of Public Works Housing Basuki Hadimuljojo said that this World Water Day celebration has themed Nature for Water.
Basuki’s speech read by Head of Sulawesi River Region Basin I Djidon R Wantania, World Water Day is commemorated every March 22 since 26 years ago was implemented to remind all parties about importance of water for survival by mankind on this earth .
“We could more concern in preserving nature and access to safe water for everyone on this earth,” he said in Sapu Kuala Malalayang activity to celebrate World Water Day XXVI at PAUD Development Center and Community Education Manado, on Friday (23/3/2018).
He said many challenges are faced about water problems. Today clean water scarcity has affected in 1.9 billion people worldwide.
“The population growth rapidly, water demand will also increase being one third in 2050,” he said.
Editor: Rahadih Gedoan
Blood Donor Is A Part Of Lifestyle
MANADO, ZONAUTARA.com – Blood donor a lifestyle. This slogan is always echoed in various occasions by Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI) or Indonesian Red Cross Society of North Sulawesi.
This slogan is an invitation to the public that blood donor becomes a routine agenda. Regularly, blood donations become part of the lifestyle.
Because of this slogan, North Sulawesi PMI through Giat Donor Darah Team initiated to create a special blood donor booth at mall in Manado City.
It was realized when Vice President Jusuf Kalla inaugurated the Blood Donor Unit in Manado Town Square (Mantos) I, Monday (19/3/2018).
Chairman of Giat Donor Darah PMI Team of North Sulawesi Annie Dondokambey said the idea came up because blood in North Sulawesi has been shortage. Many people complaints in social media.
“We check in hospitals, everywhere, blood is always lacking out. So, we create this outlet, hopefully could supply bloods,” said Annie, Tuesday (20/3/2018).
She thanked to Mantos Owner Hengky Wijaya, who provided an outlet for blood donor.
“Our hope, this outlet makes easy the residents to donate blood. While walking in the mall could stop to donating blood. So that, blood donors become a lifestyle,” said Annie.
Previously, Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla accompanied Hj Mufidah Jusuf Kalla and Vice Governor of North Sulawesi Steven O. Kandouw inaugurated the outlet in front of Mantos Hypermart.
Vice President assessed that opened a blood donor outlet at the mall is a great idea.
“Those who are usual donors blood, while walking to the mall they can donate blood,” said Jusuf.
North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey said the provincial government is fully supportive of PMI efforts to meet the blood needs.
“We asked to owner of Mantos to provide a special place of blood donation,” Olly said.
Editor: Rahadih Gedoan
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