Monday, April 18, 2016

1) Papua named worst region for income equality, Babel the best

2) Ministry hopes Papuan traditional house to be listed in UNESCO
3) Floods, Landslides Leave 6 Missing in Eastern Indonesia
4) President to Open ISC on April 29 in Papua

1) Papua named worst region for income equality, Babel the best
Ayomi Amindoni
Reporter/Writer  Posted: Mon, April 18 2016 | 05:45 pm
The vast, mineral-rich province of Papua has the worst income equality in the country, with a Gini ratio of 0.43 percent, exceeding the national ratio of 0.4, according to the Central Statistics Agency’s (BPS) latest report.
Yogyakarta, West Java and Jakarta also recorded above-average gaps of inequality. At the opposite end of the scale, Bangka Belitung (Babel) province recorded the lowest ratio at 0.27, followed by Maluku with 0.29 and Central Kalimantan with 0.3.
BPS social statistics deputy head M. Sairi Hasbullah explained that the presence of mining companies in Papua, such as copper giant PT Freeport Indonesia, had create a huge gap in the region.
"In Papua, there are modern businesses such as those run by Freeport and others, while people are still living very traditionally. So it is very likely that there is a wide gap," Sairi said on Monday in Jakarta.
Meanwhile, the wide inequality gap in Yogyakarta was because low-income people in the region recorded low consumption compared to other regions.
"Actually, the consumption of the high-income group in Yogyakarta is not as high as in Jakarta. But the very low consumption of the low-income group there led to the gap being wider," he said.
The Gini ratio is an indicator measuring income distribution inequality. A coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality, while one (100 percent) implies maximal inequality. Indonesia's Gini ratio slightly declined by 0.01 to 0.40 in September 2015.
Sairi explained that the average Gini coefficient in urban areas had improved slightly from 0.43 to 0.42 because of sluggish export-import business activity, while in rural areas it was relatively stable at 0.33.
"The economic performance was down until September 2015 due to the sluggish global conditions. Exports fell, which decreased public income. Meanwhile, the Gini ratio in rural areas is relatively stagnant at a low level due to the wage increase," he said.
According to BPS data, the average spending per capita in urban areas increased to almost Rp 3,000,000 in September 2015, compared to Rp 2,600,000 in March 2015. In rural areas, average per capita spending increased from Rp 1,400,000 to 1,500,000 in the same period. (ags)


2) Ministry hopes Papuan traditional house to be listed in UNESCO

Senin, 18 April 2016 23:06 WIB | 389 Views
Manokwari, W.Papua (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Tourism hopes a Papuan traditional house, locally called "kaki seribu" (a thousand legs), will be listed as world heritage in the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) list.
The Assistant Deputy of Natural and Artificial Tourism Development, the Ministry of Tourism, Azwir Malaon, said here on Monday that it is an Arfak tribal house in the Arfak mountains, West Papua province.
He explained that the traditional house is owned by the Arfak tribe and such structure can only be found in the district and in the surroundings of the Arfak mountains.
According to him, the house is a legacy of the Arfak society. Such structure is constructed on the basis of the philosophy of life pursued by the local community.
He explained that nothing like an Arfak traditional house or culture can be found in other regions and countries. Therefore, it should be recognized as a world heritage and should be preserved well.
Azwir remarked that if UNESCO recognizes it as part of the worlds heritage, no other parties or countries will be able to lay a claim to this culture.
He said the process of making a submission to UNESCO takes a long time and will not be easy, but it should be done in order to retain this heritage.
"Many tourists will visit the Arfak mountains as the traditional house is going to be a tourist attraction," Azwir added.
According to him, this wooden stilt house is very strong and unique in that it serves as a residence for many family members, reflecting the value of togetherness.
The uniqueness and specialty of this house, Azwir said, make it very worthy to be promoted as the world cultural heritage.(*)

3) Floods, Landslides Leave 6 Missing in Eastern Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Apr 18, 2016, 11:20 AM ET
Rain-triggered floods and landslides left six villagers missing in eastern Indonesia, an official said Monday.
National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said two days of rain caused the damage Sunday in a remote mountainous district of West Papua province.
He said land transportation between the area and the provincial capital, Manokwari, was largely cut, isolating about 1,000 families.
A rescue team with food supplies was sent to help search for the villagers, Sutopo said, adding that heavy equipment was still needed to clear roads and remove wreckage.
The region on the western end of New Guinea is about 3,100 kilometers (1,920 miles) east of the capital, Jakarta.
Seasonal rains often cause landslides and flooding in Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or near fertile flood-prone plains close to rivers.

SATURDAY, 16 APRIL, 2016 | 17:00 WIB
4) President to Open ISC on April 29 in Papua
TEMPO.COJakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is set to open the Indonesia Soccer Championship (ISC) in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua on April 29.
"The president is ready to attend the championship. He will also open it," manager of Persib Bandung soccer club Umuh Michtar said after a meeting between the representatives of the soccer clubs, the Indonesian association of provincial soccer clubs and the president, at the Merdeka Palace on Friday.
During the meeting with the president, they discussed a wide range of issues including continuing soccer championships, the freeze on the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI), assistance from regional budget for soccer clubs, and a call to hold an extraordinary congress of the PSSI.
Umuh said the meeting with the president was aimed at seeking his support for the continuation of the ISC.
"What is important is that the ISC will be opened in Papua on April 29. That is a good thing," he said.
With the revival of the ISC, soccer clubs will receive Rp5 billion in funds, he said.
"The champion, runner up and semifinalists, will also receive Rp6.5 billion in cash," he said.
He expressed the hope that the organizer of the ISC will be professional.
At the meeting, many small and financially-strapped soccer clubs asked the president to help them receive funds from regional budget, he said.

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