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The Rector of Alma Ata University (UAA), Prof. Dr H Hamam Hadi, stressed that scientific papers in Indonesian’s academia are still lacking. Hamam hopes that academics will work to increase their research and writing culture.Hamam expressed this at the National Literacy Seminar and Workshop with the theme "Unloading the Secrets of Successful Writing of Scientific Work" on the campus of the UAA in Yogyakarta last Wednesday. The seminars and workshops were conducted by the Student Association of the Faculty of Islamic Studies. This seminar is intended to encourage creativity.Hamam further said he was embarrassed by the criticism of the editor of The Lancet (a British health journal), published in 2016. The editor’s statement said that scientific papers from Indonesia are very few compared to how many could be written and shared with the public. "Indonesia is dubbed 'the silent country' because so few scientific papers are produced," Hamam said.Indonesia has a lot of material for research. Among other things, the natural wealth that can be used as herbal medicines. "Indonesia is the second largest herbal medicine plant owner in the world after Brazil," he said. Indonesia also has many tropical diseases that are not found in other countries.Hamam invites Indonesian citizens, especially in the UAA academic community, to work harder to reveal Indonesia's mysteries to the rest of the world through research and solid academic writing.


The growing trend of healthy living has increased public awareness on the side effects of synthetic chemical drugs. People have begun to realise the benefits of herbal medicines. Currently, there us a shift in the pattern of community behaviour that increasingly strengthens the role of herbal medicines.This was expressed by the Vice Rector of Alma Ata University (UAA), Rosma Fyki Kamala, at the opening of seminar and workshop of 'Healthy Living with Herbal' at Yogyakarta last Sunday. Seminars and workshops were themed 'healthy solutions with research-based herbs.'According to Kamala, the development of science and technology has encouraged the use of herbal medicines. This is evidenced by the increasing herbal medicine market from year to year. "Moreover, the increase is happening not only domestically, but also in almost all developing and developed countries," Kamala said.Kamala explained that Indonesia has the potential to become a giant market for herbal remedies. Indonesia has more than 30,000 species of plants, 9,000 of which have been used for treatment. "In Indonesia herbs can be easily found and cultivated at home as a living pharmacy. This certainly facilitates access to health for the community, "she said.Some people are still hesitant in the use of herbal medicine due to lack of information and understanding of herbal processing. The socialisation of herbal medicine needs to be implemented in order to increase the use of herbal medicines.The UAA, Kamala said, is very concerned about the implementation of research in the field of Phyto Pharmacia. "Do not let our wealth in the field of herbal medicine be studied and patented by other countries," she said.


Why did the Conservatives release such a diabolical manifesto? Removing the triple pension lock, abolishing free school lunches, and a dementia tax (now conveniently U-turned) are many policies that been widely condemned.Among the plans to dismantle anything that could be seen as helping the "plebs", the Conservatives have also made sure to also go after endangered animals. The Tory pledge to ban the buying and selling of ivory has been quietly dropped. This comes after intense lobbying from the antique industry, led by Conservative politician Lady Victoria Borwick (president of the British Antique Dealers' Association and friend to Mrs May).A Conservative justification for removing the ban is that there is already an enforced ban on the selling of ivory from elephants killed after 1947, introduced in 2015. Hypothetically, no elephants would be poached as a result of the ban lift.The issue is that this law is not exactly enforced. A loophole means that dealers can claim an item is sourced pre-1947 without having to prove it. As a result, ivory from elephants killed as recently as 2016 could circulating UK markets if the ban is removed.Calls by PETA for the Conservative party to honour the ban have been ignored. The public reaction to the lifting of the ban has so far been overwhelmingly negative, with many taking on Twitter to express their dissatisfaction.Around 20,000 elephants are poached every year (one every 25 minutes) for their ivory tusks. African and Asian elephants are listed as vulnerable and endangered respectively by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.Conservation is now more important than ever, with up to 50% of the species at risk of extinction by the mid-century. It is vital that the UK sets an example instead of turning a blind eye.


The freight service, East Wind, that passed through seven countries before arriving in London, has now arrived back in China. To get to London, it set off on January 1 and covered a 7,500-mile (12,000km) journey.It started out from Yiwu railway station in Zhejiang Province, China, and was loaded with £4 million's worth of goods, including socks and suitcases.The East Wind left Barking Rail Freight Terminal in East London on April 10, which is directly connected to the High Speed 1 rail line to the European mainland and passed through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan during its 20 days trip back to China, two days longer than expected.Its locomotives and carriages had to be changed en-route because of the difference of gauge on railway tracks in the former Soviet Union. It carried 88 shipping containers loaded with whisky, baby milk, pharmaceuticals, and machinery.London is the 15th European city that joined what the Chinese government calls the New Silk Route. It is part of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy aimed at to expand trade and investment between China and Europe. China hopes that the new service will strengthen China-Britain trade ties and improve connectivity with Western Europe.The ancient 'Silk Road' once helped in bringing goods from China to Europe through the 2,000-year-old trading route.The new rail route is longer than Russia's famed Trans-Siberian railway, but about 1,000 kilometres shorter than the famous record holder China-Madrid link that opened in 2014.