Common Prayer, Interfaith, will be held

SLEMAN – Government of Sleman regency, Yogyakarta, will hold a joint prayer across religious and humanitarian fund-raising for victims of the eruption of Mount Merapi.

“Interfaith prayer and fund raising is planned be held on Thursday, November 18, at 19.30 pm on Jogja Kembali Monument (Monjali),” said Head of Culture and Tourism Budiharjo Untoro Sleman, Sleman, Tuesday (16/11 / 2010).

According to him, the unfortunate eruption of Mount Merapi is a humanitarian disaster that require attention and support from all parties to overcome them.

“Until now the incident has invited sympathy and attention from the various elements of society, including culture and tourism community that sporadically has conducted humanitarian activities,” he said.

In addition, refugees numbering in the hundreds of thousands of people are spiritually also require assistance.

“For this reason, the activities of the prayer is expected to help foster the spirit of the refugees post-disaster re-eruption of Mount Merapi,” he said.

Untoro said these activities will involve cultural communities such as sekar sedah, bergada soldier, Cultural Council, Pepadi and tourism community, such as HPI, ASITA, PHRI, Java Promo, Cultural Council, and other elements.

“They will also be invited to attend a regional heads DIY and agencies in Sleman district, universities, amounting to around 500 people,” he said.

In addition to fund-raising event of the participants also will be filled with macapat by Sekar Manunggal Sembada Sleman, reflection and prayer.

“With activity expected to be collected funds for the victims of Merapi with more coordinated,” he said.

Merapi Tiger Starts Down to Magelang

MAGELANG – Tigers of the slopes of Mount Merapi seen wandering Karanganyar Hamlet, Village Ngargomulyo, Shaman District, Magelang regency, Central Java, since two nights ago.

“It’s been two nights in a row we know there are signs of leopard presence in our village,” Kemis (47) said, Chief of Hamlet Karanganyar, in Magelang, Monday (15/11/2010).

He said the animal sounds on Thursday and Friday night was a tiger. In fact, on Thursday night, he had shined the flashlight into a tiger near the cattle sheds when he was patrolling the local residents.

Most of the villagers, about six miles west of Mount Merapi’s peak, it is still located in various refugee camps.

This step was taken to avoid casualties due to the volcanic eruption of aftershocks in the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta.

The number of local residents as much as 45 heads of families or 130 souls. During an eruption of Merapi, since October 26, 2010 to the present, about 10 residents, especially men, still survive in the local hamlet.

As for others, especially women, children and the elderly, are in refugee camps, especially in Muntilan.

“I know exactly if it is a tiger. There was spotted. Approximately of goats,” he said.

As he highlights the tiger, with a flashlight, the beast is then walked slowly left the corral local residents. “We do not interfere with the important principle,” he said.

Other local residents, Surandi (70), said she heard the sound tiger on Friday night.

“That night, a vigil in the village we deliberately did not approach the sound source. But it is the voice of a tiger,” he assured.