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Monday, April 16, 2018

Keeping Paloh’s Turtles Safe

Each night, Hermanto sets aside time to patrol beaches. The 43-year-old, known simply as Pak Tam, rides his motorcycle around beaches in the Paloh District, West Kalimantan. Tam covers over a dozen kilometers per night of Paloh’s over 100 kilometers of sandy beaches. Two weeks ago, on a Wednesday, he patrolled a 15-kilometer stretch.

Tam could cover more ground if he wanted to, but he prefers to take…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

A Dark Debacle in the Bay

Two weeks have passed, and the cargo ship MV Ever Judger has not left the waters of Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan. This ship, which sails under the flag of Panama, should have set sail on March 30, leaving Balikpapan with a cargo of 74,000 tons of coal, headed for Lumut, Perak, Malaysia. The captain had been authorized to leave by the port authority.