Pasaman Society Asks Police to Catch Bookies

Padangekspres-W Sumatera, August 3 (ANTARA) - People in the South Rao Sub-district, Pasaman, West Sumatera, expect the ranks of local police to arrest the illegal RCMS bookies that has begun to fret in the region.

"People have started to fret with RCMS this type of action because gambling has grown up into the corners of the villages or traditional villages, especially in Lansek Kadok," said community leader of Lansek Kadok, Khairani as a dialogue with the Safari Ramadan Team in Pasaman on Thursday night.

He said the gambling type RCMS has been penetrated and sold freely in stalls in Lansek Kadok. Demand not only the thugs, fathers, school children and even women were already part of it.

"We are very concerned that the bookies are not immediately arrested RCMS will be destructive to the community. For that we sincerely hope there is seriousness of the government and the police to solve this problem," he said.

Head of District Attorney (Kajari) Pasaman, Lubis who became head of the group Safari Ramadhan Team then said that he received complaints of local residents and promised to deliver it to the Pasaman District and local police.

He said, from the religious point of view, people involved with gambling were not justified because it can lead to sin. Of the positive law of gambling are also banned because it can cause anxiety for the community.

But to eradicate these activities would be supported by strong evidence for its existence.

"We can only prosecute the perpetrators, especially those airports that already have the RCMS are strong evidence," he said.

He said this information would be very useful as a reference in carrying out the task for the authorities in this matter.

"We will coordinate these reports with elements Muspida Pasaman so that the existence and the truth of these reports can be investigated," he said. (* / cpw6)

West Sumatera Plantation Aid Fund Absorbed 38.56 Percent

Padangekspres-W Sumatera, August 2 (ANTARA) - The provincial government through the Office of West Sumatera Plantations is only able to absorb the central government funding for the program increased production, productivity and quality of crops by 38.56 percent.

"From the total budget allocated by central government Rp23, 93 billion, only absorbed Rp9, 22 billion or 38.56 per cent for the implementation of the program," West Sumatera Governor Irwan Prayitno said in Padang, on Wednesday.

While the physical realization of the implementation of the program, according to him reached 73.19 percent.

He mentioned the physical implementation and realization of central government finances help program for plantation field using state budget funds in 2011, with total funds allocated Rp28, 98 billion.

In addition to finance the implementation of the program increased production, productivity and quality of crops, it also provided funding for the program increased value added, competitiveness, downstream industries, marketing and export of agricultural products.

For the second program was allocated a budget of Rp5, 05 billion in funds absorbed Rp4, 67 billion or 92.52 billion, but the realization of physical activity can be achieved 100 percent.

In addition to the plantation, West Sumatra also received a help budget from the state budget 2011 for agricultural crops in the budget reaches Rp4, 62 billion.

The funds were allocated to finance the implementation of the program in the crop sector, the first increase in production, productivity and quality of food crops in order to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency.

Second, the program increased value added, competitiveness, downstream industries, marketing and export of agricultural products.

He explained that the implementation program increased production, productivity and quality of food crops in order to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency budget provided Rp275 million and Rp256 absorbed, reaching 46 million, or 93.26 percent, but 100 percent of its physical realization.

The program is implemented by the Regional Technical Implementation Unit (UPTD) Seeds THP Hall, Department of Agriculture with the activities of West Sumatra, seed multiplication in BBI Dareh River with rice commodities.

Then in BBI Kinali with commodity soybeans and peanuts and BBI Laweh with commodity corn fields and rice, he said.

Seed multiplication activities carried out in line with the holding of Technical Training Field Crop Seeding followed the participants from West Sumatera.

Furthermore, the second program, the increase in added value, competitiveness, downstream industries, marketing and export of agricultural products help implemented with funds amounting to Rp4, 35 billion.

Implementation of this program can be realized physically reached 100 percent and financial realization of Rp4, 2 billion or 96.73 percent. (*)

Defense minister welcomes BPK audit of helicopter purchase

Blog Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro says he will welcome efforts by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) to audit the ministry’s purchase of seven ill-equipped helicopters from Russia, as urged by the House of

“This is technical. Just look into it — not just into what the order was, but also what we actually got. We welcome any efforts by the BPK to audit the purchase,” Purnomo said Wednesday as quoted by

Earlier, House Commission I announced that it had discovered the Russian helicopters were without six main supporting devices, including a Global Positioning System (GPS), a dumper, communication tools and weaponry.

The ministry purchased six of the Mi-17 V-5 helicopters using the Russian government’s state loan facility, worth around US$56 million.

He said that the funding was not part of his responsibility.

“This is not at my level. It was a technical specification fund. Just match the items [with the orders]. I have no problems,” he said

Wait and see, says SBY on Cabinet reshuffle plans


Blog the brouhaha over statements made Monday by presidential special staff Daniel Sparingga that a Cabinet reshuffle was being mulled and would take place within three weeks, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gave his first public comment on the issue on Tuesday.

“Just wait and see, please," Yudhoyono said, smiling, at the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta.

He declined to comment further on the issue.

The question was raised after Yudhoyono asked reporters what topics were in the news. The reporters told the President that the public wanted to know about his Cabinet reshuffle plans.

The issue of a reshuffle also resurfaced following a survey released Sunday by the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) citing that the public approval ratings for Yudhoyono’s current Cabinet performance had dropped significantly to 37.7 percent this month, as compared to 52.3 percent in January 2010.

The LSI report says the decline is largely attributable to corruption cases implicating several ministers.

A guide to breastfeeding breastfeeding gives baby a great start in life, it can also be a minefield of pain, emotion, frustration and even guilt when it doesn’t happen easily. Here’s a five-point plan to help you through it.

1. Be prepared

"What sets people up for a positive experience is taking a breastfeeding education class before the birth with their healthcare provider or hospital," says Karen Ingram, a spokesperson for the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA). "It’s important not to leave breastfeeding information to the last minute." The ABA also run classes nationwide,

2. Learn the art of attachment

Typically, as soon as a baby is born, they will be given to mum for skin-on-skin contact and should start to “root” or nuzzle in, for a feed. The most important thing to get right at this stage is attachment. Milk comes through many small holes in the nipple, like a sprinkler system, so your baby needs to get a full mouthful of both nipple and areole to attach properly. Incorrect attachment, where the baby latches onto a small part of the nipple instead, may cause nipple damage, cracks, bleeding and mastitis.

3. Overcoming obstacles

If your nipples become damaged you can use nipple shields and work on attachment with a midwife or lactation consultant. Creams such as Lanolips 101 Ointment ($17.95, (02) 9315 9315) or MooGoo Udder cream ($11.90, 1300 213 828), can help soothe and heal sore nipples.

If you do contract mastitis, see your GP as soon as possible for a prescription of antibiotics.

4. Build a support team

Spend the first few weeks resting and feeding yourself and bub. "Limit visitors or if they are coming they should be offering tangible help, such as washing dishes, making tea or bringing a casserole,” says Ingram.

"Your partner can also help by changing, bathing and dressing the baby."

There are also several helplines available including the ABA, 1800 686 268; Tresillian (02) 9787 0855 or 1800 637 357; and Karitane 1300 227 464.

5. Don’t get the guilts

If you have given breastfeeding your best shot and it isn’t working out, don’t blame yourself. "Any mothers who have feelings of remorse, guilt or regret need to talk to someone about it," says Ingram. "(At the ABA) we promote breastfeeding but we realise there are huge emotional issues when it doesn’t work out, and no woman needs to feel guilty about it."

A new mum’s experience

Jo Hegerty is a first-time mum to Alfie, 17 months. Here is her story.

"I'd never considered that breastfeeding would not come naturally until I started reading stories about women struggling through it. Breastfeeding was something I wanted to master, and to do this, I needed to be prepared.

I borrowed every book the library had about the topic and most of them just confused me even more. Nonetheless, it did prepare me for what was ahead. I also watched some of my friends’ breastfeed their babies.

Shortly before Alfie's birth, we did a breastfeeding class at the hospital, and that was fantastic. The best piece of advice I got from a friend was to have a midwife present at every feed in those first 48 hours. Alfie had a tiny mouth and was not keen on opening it wide, so against all advice, I would push his chin down (rather than wait for him to open his mouth). This taught me that you have to do whatever it takes to get the attachment right in those early days.

My top tips are: call a midwife for every feed; watch other mums if you can; and finally, be prepared for the fact that breastfeeding is uncomfortable for at least six weeks, but after that it becomes easy – hang in there!”

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How to teach kids manners the parents of today were growing up, we were told to respect our elders, finish every sentence with either "please" or "thank you" and eat with our mouths closed and elbows in.

Friends' parents were called Mr or Mrs – very good family friends might adopt courtesy titles of "aunty" or "uncle" – and terms like "bum" and "shut up" were swear words.

Today, there's no denying that attitudes towards manners have relaxed. But while our kids call people by their first names and may not have intricate understandings of when they can use their fork as a spoon, the thinking behind manners hasn't changed – that is, to show respect, courtesy and compassion for others.

The good old days?

Brisbane parenting and happiness coach Ronit Baras doesn't hanker after the glory days of old when manners were beaten into every child.

"I have challenged this quest for good manners for many years," she says. "When I was a child, I was very rebellious and hated anything associated with manners.

"I believe I did that because my parents and my teachers used manners as a way to control their children and students, instead of explaining what manners meant and how we would benefit from using them."

Neither is she advocating a ban on teaching kids manners – what Ronit believes works more effectively is showing kids the reasons for having manners.

"I believe that when children know what it means to have manners and how they benefit from them, they are polite and show excellent manners naturally and effortlessly," Ronit says.

"Manners are just social codes of behaviour that people have discovered over time that show you can read and follow social cues."

Parents want help

Three out of four parents think children are less well mannered than in previous generations, a study commissioned by Disney in Australia revealed last year.

More than 90 per cent of parents want values and manners taught in schools, although 96 per cent admit mums and dads should be mainly responsible for instilling values in children.

As part of the study, many parents revealed they were desperate for help in ways to teach basic courtesy to kids.

Parents' hunger for help in teaching their kids how to be polite world citizens is evident in the number of books, eBooks and online resources devoted to the topic. US etiquette queen Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, has been writing three columns a week on courtesy and good manners since 1978, which appear in more than 200 newspapers worldwide.

But, Ronit says, most parents have the best tools to help their kids learn manners – themselves. "Manners are habits and if your kids copy your language (and they will), they will have enough polite, respectful, grateful language to use as reference," she says.

Five manners all kids should learn

  1. Saying "please" and "thank you": Eighty five per cent of people surveyed in a US poll a few years ago said they felt the world would be a better place if we just said "please" and "thank you" more often. And they may just be words, but throwing in a "please" or "thank you" can soften a command, or make a response sound friendly and respectful.
  2. Eating like civilised humans: The subject of table manners could fill pages. But learning some basic politeness like not talking with a mouthful, not reaching in front of others and not burping, passing wind or talking about disgusting topics in public can take kids a long way.
  3. Respecting others' voice space: If someone is talking – whether an adult or one of their friends – kids should learn it's impolite to interrupt. While teaching them to say "excuse me" is good, kids also need to know that saying it over the top of other is not polite.
  4. Don't use rude or disrespectful language: Kids, like all of us, need to learn how speak politely to others and not use rude or inappropriate language and put-downs. This is not about swearing – some non-swear words can hurt a lot more – but continuing the theme of treating others courteously and with respect.
  5. Respect differences: We live in a diverse society now with lots of different cultures, nationalities and traditions. Teach kids to embrace and accept diversity in others.

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