Wednesday, October 8, 2014

1) Hefty Fine for Helping Armed Group

1) Hefty Fine for Helping Armed Group
2) Drought drives water prices in Merauke

3) Reading skill among Indonesians is considered low

1) Hefty Fine for Helping Armed Group

Jayapura, Jubi -  Anyone caught helping armed rebels in Puncak Jaya will be ordered to pay a fine of 2 billion rupiah, Regent Wilem Wandik said.
“We do it because helping the armed group is harming society. People are not comfortable and safe,” Wandik said.
He himself thanked all strains of society for their commitment to reject the armed group’s existence in the area.
He confirmed that the recent shooting that killed a member of the military at the Ilaga market was carried out by an armed group from Mulia. (Roberth Wanggai)


2) Drought drives water prices in Merauke

Merauke, Jubi- Water levels at Rawa Biru Village, which is the only water source for Merauke City and its surrounded area, have decreased due to the dry season for the past few months.
The director of PT. Wedu, Abdul Aziz, said there was not enough drinking water for residents.
“We have checked the water condition at Rawa Biru. But it’s still enough to supply the drinking water for the local residents,” he said.
However, he said local residents could use several wells in the city areas to supply their water needs.
“We also have seven water trucks which are ready to serve the residents. For those who need some help, they can come directly to our office. They also could become our customers, he said.
For the service, people must pay Rp 100,000 for 4 tons of water, and Rp 125,000 for 25 tons.
“Once they ordered, they will get the service immediately. No need to wait for two or three days,” Aziz said.
Further Aziz said, the service is also ready for the periphery areas such as Semangga or Tanah Miring sub-districts, but for different prices. “We usually charge Rp 300,000 for a tanker of water,” he said. However, he explained they often encountered some difficulties when transporting the water.
“Our trucks broke down several times, because the road was badly damaged. In the future, we will take it into account our service cost,” he said.
A legislator of Merauke’s Parliament, Francis Ohoiwutun said he acknowledged that in the last few months, people have been struggling to get the drinking water. “We should admit that the drought has impacted the water levels in Rawa Biru for the last few months,” he said. (Frans L Kobun/rom)

3) Reading skill among Indonesians is considered low

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, citing a study, said Indonesians’ reading skills is still considered lowest among 30  countries.
The phenomenon shows reading is not yet a habit among elementary school-age children, he said.
“This study also reveals the same result among junior high school students,” said Enembe in a speech read out by the Provincial 3rd Assistant, Rosina Upesy while announcing the winners of a reading and book review competition for high school students of Jayapura Municipality on Tuesday (7/10).
Yokbet Merauje, a student of SMP 4 Jayapura was announced as the First Winner of this competition.
Upesy further said this competition a good way to help improve the studentsí skills and competency.
“A reading culture is an indicator of a nationís civilization. A developed community has made a reading as part of their basic needs among other physical and social requirements. There is a close relationship between the development of a nation and the reading culture growing in the community,” she said.
She also said the reading culture is part of learning process, because in general it also means a condition to the learning community and an effort to the character building since an early age.
“Today, the reading culture was only rooted in the certain groups of Indonesian community, namely the intellectuals, public and religious figures, and those who because of their positions and opportunities to develop their knowledge and wisdom. Therefore, this reading competition and other similar competitions are important to develop the childrenís interest in reading in Papua,” Upesy said.
Earlier, the Provincial 1st Assistant, Doren Wakerkwa asked the Regional Archiving and Library Body to accommodate the public needs on the books and other reading materials to support and improve their knowledge and reading skills.
“We can’t deny the important role of library and reading for education and technology, from the primary schools to universities. It is part of the government’s vision and mission in developing the quality of human resources in Papua,” said Wakerkwa.
According to him, the library is part of the teaching and learning facilities. But on the other hand, it needs some technological innovations in order to provide best services to the library users as part of facilities.
“The improvement of the role of library is very important, as stated in the Law No. 23/2007. Actually, it is to educate the nation. Therefore, the government have obligation to guarantee the availability of the library in each region of this country,” he said. (Alexander Loen/rom)

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