1) ECONOMIC FACTORS HAS CAUSED SAGO LEAF FOREST CHANGED INTO TIN ROOF
Apr 10, 2017
Part of condition of sago forest impacted by development project – Dok. Hendrik Palo
Jayapura, Jubi – Vice Chairman of Sentani Tribal Council Jayapura regency, Papua, Orgenes Kaway says sago forests in the district of Jayapura has largely changed appearance from trees and leaves of sago to corrugated roof made of tin that commonly called ‘Atap seng’.
Bambar Village Ondoafi (indigenous Sentani) of Waibu District, Doyo Lama, Jayapura said It is caused by economic factors and the rapid development. The customary landowners have no enough power to tame the current of development.
As the result they sell their customary land that was once a sago forest and turn it into ‘shopping house building’ or tin roofs housing complex.
“Whoever they are who initially yelling do not sell the land, but with pressure of economic conditions such as commodity prices, and also the pressure of development that Papua being pushed as a pilot development example for Eastern part of Indonesia. All of these are unstoppable,” said Orgenes Kaway, Wednesday April 5th 2017.
He pointed out; that customary owners in the area of Doyo states may not sell the land, but being pushed by the development in the district of Jayapura that now expand to Doyo area, like it or not the residents might finally sell their land.
“Kalau bisa jangan jual tanah. Dikontrakkan saja. Ini demi generasi berikut. Kalau tanah sudah habis dijual, bagaimana dengan generasi Papua kedepan,” kata Emus.
“If possible, please do not sell the land. Rent it. It’s for the next generation. If the land is up for sale, how about the next generation Papuans?” said Emus.(*)
2) FIVE CITIES DOMINATED FUEL CONSUMPTION IN PAPUA
Apr 10, 2017
Jayapura, Jubi – Fuel (BBM) consumption is concentrated in five cities of 29 counties and cities in Papua Province according to Pertamina Retail Fuel Marketing Manager Operation Region (MOR) VIII Maluku-Papua, Zibali Hisbul Masih.
“Jayapura city dominate, which consumes 28.26 percent, then 12.53 percent in Merauke, following Nabire 11.31 percent, Mimika 10.92 percent and Jayapura regency 8.06 percent. Total consumption is 71.65 percent,” he told Jubi recently.
According to Zibali, due to the use of fuel consumption concentrated in those five cities, controlling inflation should continue to monitor the rise of prices in those five regions if it is based on fix price of fuel.
“It’s a point that we need to be aware of related to price fluctuations in fuel sector that encourage inflation, because those area is fundamental,” he said.
Relate to possible inflation, Zibali argued that the price for premium or subsidized fuel such as diesel and kerosene will remain unchanged because the government decided not to raise subsidized fuel prices on April 1, 2017. Pricing is valid up to three months, until June 2017.
Decisions based on Presidential Decree No. 191/2014 and Regulation Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources No.27 / 2016 has sets price of fuel based on types and of special assignments.
“The concern now is the shift in consumer purchasing power of a premium to non-subsidized fuel by 25 percent, in which the non-subsidized fuel will follow world prices of oil,” he said.
Head of Industry and Trade Agency of Papua Province Max Olua say if Pertamina agree the Irian Bhakti commercial can work for the distribution to districts, so that the same prices of fuel is apply in remote district as well.(*)
Jayapura, Jubi – After decades of fearing that the New Guinea highland wild dog had gone extinct in its native habitat, researchers have finally confirmed the existence of a healthy, viable population, hidden in one of the most remote and inhospitable regions on Earth.
According to DNA analysis, these are the most ancient and primitive canids in existence, and a recent expedition to New Guinea’s remote central mountain spine has resulted in more than 100 photographs of at least 15 wild individuals, including males, females, and pups, thriving in isolation and far from human contact.
“The discovery and confirmation of the highland wild dog for the first time in over half a century is not only exciting, but an incredible opportunity for science,” says the group behind the discovery, the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation (NGHWDF).
“The 2016 Expedition was able to locate, observe, gather documentation and biological samples, and confirm through DNA testing that at least some specimens still exist and thrive in the highlands of New Guinea.”
If you’re not familiar with these handsome creatures, until now, New Guinea highland wild dogs were only known from two promising but unconfirmed photographs in recent years – one taken in 2005, and the other in 2012.
Last year, a NGHWDF expedition made it to the Papua province of western New Guinea, which is bordered by Papua New Guinea to the east and the West Papua province to the west.
Led by zoologist James K McIntyre, the expedition ran into local researchers from the University of Papua, who were also on the trail of the elusive dogs.
Trail cameras were immediately deployed throughout the area, so they could monitor bait sites around the clock. The cameras captured more than 140 images of wild Highland Wild Dog in just two days on Puncak Jaya – the highest summit of Mount Carstensz, and the tallest island peak in the world.
NGHWD explains, “The fossil record indicates the species established itself on the island at least 6,000 years ago, believed to have arrived with human migrants. However, new evidence suggests they may have migrated independently of humans.
In all of the dogs observed so far, their ears sit erect and triangular on the top of the head.
According to the NGHWDF, there are roughly 300 New Guinea singing dogs remaining in the world, living in zoos, private facilities, and private homes, and they’re known for their high-pitched howls, which they will perform in chorus with one another, and sometimes for several minutes at a time:
The research into these amazing dogs is ongoing, and a scientific paper on the discovery is expected to be released in the coming months.(*)