Photos: Prehistoric Village Holds Bronze-Age Treasures

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Photos: Prehistoric Village Holds Bronze-Age Treasures


Vihara, pagodas burned down, plundered in N. Sumatra

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Vihara, pagodas burned down, plundered in N. Sumatra

  • Apriadi GunawanThe Jakarta Post

Medan, North Sumatra | Sat, July 30 2016 | 03:13 pm

Vihara, pagodas burned down, plundered in N. Sumatra

In riot: Residents gather in front of Dewi Samudera, a Chinese temple or pagoda in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra, which was plundered and set ablaze by an angry mob on Friday evening. (Courtesy of

Hundreds of people plundered and burned down several Buddhist temples orvihara in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra, on Friday evening. No fatalities or injuries occurred in the anarchic acts, which took place until early Saturday.

It is estimated that the attacks have caused billions of rupiah in losses.

North Sumatra Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Rina Sari Ginting said the riots began when a 41-year-old of Chinese descent, only identified as Meliana, reprimanded an administrator of the Al Maksum Mosque to lower its microphone volume.

Rina further said Meliana had previously conveyed similar warnings to the administrator, hence, the mosque’s congregation members visited her house following her complaint for the umpteenth time on Friday evening.

The meeting between Al Maksum congregation members and Meliana heated up, forcing Tanjung Balai Police officers to safeguard Meliana and her husband at the police station. Angry mobs continued to flock to Meliana’s house, however. Some had even attempted to burn down the house but it was prevented by people living in the neighbourhood.

People who had been seized by emotion later moved to the Juanda Vihara, which is located approximately 500 meters from Meliana’s house. “The mob attempted to set ablaze the vihara but the police managed to prevent them. They could only pelt the house of worship with projectiles, damaging it. This was the start of the anarchic acts,” Rina told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

The police officer said that in the riot, the angry mob damaged and burned down several vihara and Chinese temples or pagoda. They comprised onevihara and three pagodas on Jl. Pantai Amor, one vihara on Jl. Imam Bonjol and one pagoda on Jl. Ade Irma.

Onsite at the vihara and pagodas, Rina added that the mob destroyed prayer equipment, Buddha statues, tables, chairs, lamps, and several cars and motorbikes.

Seven people were taken into custody for allegedly plundering the houses of worship when the attacks occurred. Meanwhile, Rina said, Meliana and her family were still in protection at the Tanjung Balai Police station. The situation in Tanjung Balai reportedly has calmed down. (ebf)

SATURDAY, 30 JULY, 2016 | 11:50 WIB
7 Worship Houses in Tanjung Balai Burned

TEMPO.CO, Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra – Two monasteries and five temples located in Tanjung Balai, Medan, North Sumatra, were burned by an angry mob. This incident was triggered by a misunderstanding.

The incident eventually got all under control at around 03:30 WIB, after the Police mediate with the mob and kept on urging them to go home.

According to Tanjung Balai Police Chief, Adjunct Commissioner Ayep Wahyu Gunawan, the incident started yesterday, July 29, 2016, around 17:55 Western Indonesia Time (WIB). A woman with with the initials `M` felt disturbed by the sound of Adzan (calling of prayer) from a mosque, which is located in front of her house, and complained about it.

M and the people at the mosque then quarreled; the police and the urban village authorities immediately tried to mediate them.

In the mediation, said Ayep, someone spread a false information via a broadcast in an instant messenger service. The message broadcasted through the social media stated that the mosque was prohibited to sound any Adzan. That message ultimately made some people in Tanjung Balai went on a rampage.

“At first, they came to M`s house to do some property damage, but then they move on and multiply in number. The false info spread so fast that it actually deviated from the fact of what is actually happened,” stated Ayep when contacted by Tempo, Saturday, July 30, 2016. At this moment, Ayep said that M is still secured in the local police office to avoid the possibility of mass fury.

Because of the incident, not only several Buddhist monasteries and temples were burned, but also three cars, three motorbikes, and one pedicab bike. Fortunately, there were no casualties. “Part of the buildings were burned, because of the praying equipments such as incense and praying papers which are prone to fire. A number of vehicles also got burned,” said Ayep.


Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week

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Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week

Each week we find the most interesting and informative articles we can and along the way we uncover amazing and cool images. Here you’ll discover 10 incredible photos and the stories behind them.


A giant piece of a recently launched Chinese rocket fell to Earth Wednesday night (July 27), blazing a spectacular sky trail that left observers all over the western United States dazzled and slack-jawed.

[Full Story: Amazing Fireball Over Western US Caused by Chinese Space Junk]

Sea blob:

What is this strange purple sea orb found near the Channel Islands?

[Full Story: Mysterious Purple Sea Orb Stymies Scientists]

Bloody lake:

Iran’s briny Lake Urmia recently appeared in satellite images with blood-red waters resembling the aftermath of a particularly gruesome crime scene.

[Full Story: ‘Blood Lake’ Blooms in Iran]

The smell of death:

Normally, the smell of putrefying, decaying flesh wouldn’t be cause for celebration, but it is today, with the blooming of the rare but stinky corpse flower at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).

[Full Story: Putrid-Smelling Corpse Flower Finally Blooms: Watch It Live]

Oh Orion:

A live event combining virtual reality and musical performance in Brooklyn will be — literally — out of this world.

[Full Story: ‘The Hubble Cantata’ Weds Live Music with VR Views of the Cosmos]

Supper time:

“Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to swim with your mouth full?”

[Full Story: Great White Shark Dangles Seal Meal from Its Maw]

Dragon ant:

New ant species’ dragon-like appearance inspired scientists to name it for the fire-breathing star of Game of Thrones.

[Full Story: ‘Game of Thrones’ Ant Has Dragon-Like Spikes]

A new viper:

The newfound pitviper lives in a Costa Rican cloud forest and kills prey with a neurotoxin also used by rattlesnakes.

[Full Story: New Speckled Venomous Snake Discovered in Cloud Forest]

Starburst scorpionfish:

Pink and yellow starbursts decorate the orange-red skin of the newly discovered stellate scorpionfish.

[Full Story: Vibrantly Colored ‘Starburst’ Scorpionfish Discovered in the Caribbean]

3D Forest:

This powerful camera gives insight into the effects of climate change in Alaska’s Tanana Valley.

[Full Story: Unique 3D Views of Alaskan Forest Captured with 3D Scanner]

Fiery flare:

The sun fired off its strongest solar flare of 2016 during an active weekend that saw three eruptions from star’s surface.

[Full Story: Sun Blasts Out 2016’s Strongest Flare (Video)]

How to Perform a Dermaroller Treatment

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If you are interested in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, or even cellulite dimples on your skin, a Dermaroller (or Derma Roller) treatment might be a good option for you, but what exactly is it? More importantly, how does it work and how effective is it?

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Understanding Where Skin Problems Come From

You can’t really understand what Dermaroller treatment is or how it works until you understand where skin problems come from. There are several environmental factors, such as too much sun, that can lead to skin problems. However, sometimes it’s just about getting that little bit older. As we get older, our skin cells stop producing elastin and collagen, proteins that help the skin cells stick together and create the smooth appearance of youthful skin. As there is less elastin and collagen to go around, skin gets saggier and wrinkles develop.

Defining Dermaroller Treatments

Dermaroller treatments are done with a small hand-held device called a Dermaroller, or Derma Roller. The device is covered in tiny little needles. As the device is rolled over a section of skin, the needles puncture the skin, causing the cells to react as if they are under attack.

How Cells Respond to the Attack

Having an ‘attack’ on your skin might sound like a bad idea, but it’s the way in which your skin responds to this ‘attack’ that is the clever part – your cells will try to repair and stengthen themselves. That means that they will produce more elastin and collagen and your cells will bind together in a tighter way. Another benefit is that the procedure helps to improve the supply of blood to skin cells.

Problems Dermaroller Treatments Can Help With

Not only can Dermaroller treatments be anti-aging, but they can also help to reduce the appearance of old acne scars.
Of course, the biggest issues most people tend to want to treat with Dermaroller procedures are wrinkles, stretch marks, and general skin tone. So, if you have any of those issues, you should definitely talk to a skincare professional about which option is more appropriate for you – Aesthetic Lasers or  the Dermaroller needle, in any case you should be aware of the Pros and Cons of each method and do own research.

How Long Does It Take

Each treatment tends to take under half an hour, which is one reason why many people like them. However, the actual treatment times do vary a bit from one person to another. It all depends on how much skin you want to treat.
You should also keep in mind that a single Dermaroller treatment isn’t usually enough to give you the results that you want. Typically it may take around three treatments before you start to see your skin looking noticeably better. So, you should factor in the time and expense of multiple treatments before making your final decision about whether or not to undergo the procedure. It’s definitely something I’m looking into, I’ve had a look at a lot of before and after pictures online and the results look great.

How to Perform a Dermaroller Treatment

There are many common skin ailments that can be treated using a Dermaroller device. Among them are wrinkles, skin sags, getting rid of unwanted hair, reducing the appearance of scars, and reducing stretchmarks.
Regardless of which one you’re trying to treat, there is a certain method to follow.
That goes for you or your technician, depending on whether you go to a clinic or use a home kit yourself.

Dermaroller Treatments Have to be Done in Sterile Places

Since Dermaroller procedures pierce the skin with tiny needles, infections are a risk.
That’s why it’s important to only have them done in sterile places.
Yours or your clinicians hands should be washed, and so should the part of your body that you plan to treat.
You should also sterilize the tools you plan to use and anything else that will be touching your body during the procedure.

Be Sure to Prepare if You’re Doing Dermaroller Treatment at Home

Keep in mind that being treated with <a href=”
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It’s up to the clinician to prepare the tools, lotions, numbing agents, and other required items ahead of time.
If you are performing the procedure on yourself at home, it’s your responsibility to have all the products you need ready before you start.

 Performing Simple Dermaroller Treatments at Home

It’s fairly easy to perform simple Dermaroller treatments at home, as long as you maintain a sterile environment.
All you have to do is roll the device across your skin one way and then repeat the process going the other three directions in an almost star-like rotational pattern.
Be sure to apply just enough pressure, but not so much that you have pain.
You should perform the at-home treatment no more than once a day. You can perform it less than that, if you prefer.
In fact, taking a day or two a week off is probably a good thing. That way your skin can repair itself between sessions

More Thorough At-Home Dermaroller Treatments

More thorough at-home Dermaroller treatments involve treating your skin with special
creams or lotions ahead of time.
You may have to apply those creams for a few days in a row before you use the stronger Dermaroller device with harder pressure applied.
But the good news is that those treatments tend to only be needed once a month,
or at most once every two weeks.

Caring for your skin post-Dermaroller Treatment

Aftercare is very important, whether you have treatment done in a clinic or do it yourself.
In fact, one reason to do Dermaroller in the first place is that the tiny temporary holes it creates in your skin allows medicated creams to penetrate the skin faster.
That’s why you should have a routine where you apply those creams and lotions soon after treatment.
In general, Dermaroller is less invasive than lasers or microdermabrasion, especially when done at home.
However, there are certain parts of your body that aren’t suited to Dermaroller,
like the area around your eyes or mouth.
There are also certain things you have to remember to do, like clean your roller after each use and never share it with others.
But as long as you follow the instructions that come with the home kit or the instructions given for aftercare at your clinic, you should start to see results after several sessions.