Thursday, September 10, 2015

1) UPDATE 1-Freeport Indonesia cuts copper sales forecast due to El Nino

2) Education in Villages to Be Indicator of Papua Otsus Failure
3) Poor Services for Patients with Leprosy

4) Applicants Rejected Because Admission Regulation


Markets Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:44am EDT
1) UPDATE 1-Freeport Indonesia cuts copper sales forecast due to El Nino
Freeport Indonesia cuts 2015 copper sales by 25 mln pounds
* Grasberg exports already hurt by new rules, smelter closure
* Govt to push ahead with changes to contract renewal (Adds copper price, additional comments/details)
By Michael Taylor
JAKARTA, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Freeport-McMoRan has revised down its 2015 forecast for copper concentrate sales from its Indonesian unit by 3 percent, an official at the U.S. mining giant said, after milling operations were hurt by the El Nino dry weather pattern.
Freeport, which runs one of the world's largest copper mines in Papua in eastern Indonesia, said a lack of water supply would cut its 2015 sales by 25 million pounds from an earlier sales estimate of 860 million pounds for the year.
"During the third quarter, milling operations have been impacted by a reduction in process water available under current El Nino conditions," company spokesman Eric Kinneberg said in an email late on Wednesday.
Indonesia is expected to face moderate El Nino conditions from July to November, affecting provinces from Sumatra to eastern Indonesia, although the weather pattern could strengthen from September to December.
An intensifying El Nino is also impacting Ok Tedi Mining Ltd's Papua New Guinea copper mine, which a company executive said earlier this month is likely to stay shuttered until the first quarter of 2016.
The past month has also seen a stream of output cuts at copper mines in response to prices mired at six-year lows.
Any lengthy disruptions to supplies could support benchmark copper prices that have fallen around 15 percent so far this year and currently trade at about $5,340 a tonne.
"It helps protect the downside, but if we see a deceleration in China, it won't stop prices going down to the $4,500 range," said Dominic Schnider of UBS Wealth Management in Hong Kong, referring to Freeport.
Exports from Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg mine complex in remote Papua have already been hindered this quarter by new payment rules for buyers and the closure of the company's domestic smelter.
Freeport Indonesia usually produces about 220,000 tonnes of copper ore per day, which is then converted to copper concentrate. Kinneberg declined to provide daily output details for the mine.
Union officials said last week that Freeport sent a letter to employees on Aug. 20 asking for greater efficiency and emphasizing the need for cost-saving.
On Thursday, Indonesia's energy and mines minister said the government plans to push ahead with changes that would allow miners to seek an earlier renewal of expiring mining contracts.

Freeport has for years been seeking contract certainty before investing the more than $15 billion needed to turn its Indonesia asset into the world's biggest underground mine after 2016. The company's current deal is due to expire in 2021. (Additional reporting by Melanie Burton in MELBOURNE; Editing by Tom Hogue)
2) Education in Villages to Be Indicator of Papua Otsus Failure
Jayapura, Jubi – The Indonesian Papua Highland Student Association (AMPTPI) said the state of education in villages is an indicator of how the government does not properly use Papua Special Autonomy Funds to build human resources.
The measurements and standards are there in the villages instead of the city. If referring to the villages, the Special Autonomy Fund for education is not useful for Papuans. Education in the villages is so far behind,” the Secretary General of AMPTPI, Yanuarius Lagowan, said in Waena, Jayapura City on Monday (07/09/2015).
He named some local educational institutions that he was visited are not running well, either it’s private or public school. Those schools seems stagnant to run the learning activities due to the lack of teachers and other related facilities. “Some private and public schools are closed. In several areas in Paniai, Keerom, in particular at the border area, the lack of teachers made the Military personnel taking over their role. Meanwhile in Wamena, schools are not running in Elabukama region due to the road access to the schools.
About the closure of schools, Markus Mawel, resident of Waga-Waga village of Kurulu Sub-district, Jayawijaya Regency confirmed it. He said one of schools in his village, namely Sekolah Dasar Yayasan Pendidikan dan Persekolahan Katolik was temporarily closed due to the lack of teachers.
“This elementary school was closed in 2001-2002 due to the lack of teachers but reopen in 2006. Now it is running well,” he told by phone to Jubi from Wamena on Monday (07/09/2015). (Mawel Benny/rom)
3) Poor Services for Patients with Leprosy
Timika, Jubi – Health care services to hundreds of patients with leprosy in Kampung Mumugu, Sawaerma district, Asmat, Papua, remain poor because staff are rarely at work, a pastor said.
Pastor Hendrik Hada Pr, acting head of Alfons Sowada Agats foundation that treats lepers in Kampung Mumugu in Timika, on Monday (7/09/2015) said that leprosy cases were found around 2004. Asmat regency sent a number of health workers in the Sawaerma district when the local government opened health services in the district in order to monitor and treat patients with leprosy.
The number then was growing when former Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi visited Mumugu at the end of 2013. Sadly, he said, one by one left Mumugu.
“It’s been the last few months, none of the health workers in the health centers, “he added.
Former chairman of the Secretariat of Justice and Peace of the Diocese of Agats said it has requested additional nurses and doctors to local health department and provincial health department for the service program of leprosy patients in Mumugu, yet the request was not responded.
Until now, he said, the Foundation has five medics to serve about 165 lepers in Mumugu, where four of whom are nuns of the Congregation of Princess Reinha Rosary (PRR), based in Lebao, East Flores, NTT.
They are in turn provide health care services and assistance to hundreds of lepers who live in the village. According to him, the major obstacles faced are the lack of means of transportation and geographical conditions that are difficult.
He added the location can only be reached by using a motor boat transportation for hour.
“Everything is transported by boat both foodstuffs, medicines and medical personnel. When the river is dry, transportation will be jammed, “he said.
Agats Bishop Mgr Aloysius OFM Murwito some time ago said the nuns of the congregation PRR have particular expertise in dealing with patients with leprosy. The reason, they have experience in dealing with leprosy patients in a number of areas in NTT as Lembata and East. (*/ Tina)

4) Applicants Rejected Because Admission Regulation

Jayapura, Jubi -Dozens of people seeking positions in the Village Empowerment Agency of Papua Province were disappointed after their applications were rejected because they failed to satisfy requirements.
One of the applicants, Nataniel Bahabol, who came from Yalimo, said only applicants who graduated before 2011 were eligible for the hiring process. He said he was told of the requirements by the admission committee of the Provincial Community Empowerment Agency in Kotaraja on Monday (07/09/2015).
“If you only want to recruit personnel who graduated before 2011, why were we not told beforehand or why wasn’t it was announced. We have come from far-away to Jayapura,” said Nataniel.
According to him, most applicants came from other regencies by plane just to submit their applications.
“Obviously we are disappointed with the actions of the leadership of BPMK Papua province that did not give clear information. We are not government officials, we came here after borrowing some money, “he added.
Both applicants and the admissions committee argued it for a while but because of regulations made by the central government (Pempus), the applicants accepted despite coming from remote areas, such as Puncak , Timika, Paniai, Serui, Tolikara, Yalimo, Yakuhimo, and Pegunungan Bintang.
Other applicant, Yonas Tebai from Dogiyai hoped that in the recruitment process, it must prioritize native Papuans.
“We ask to prioritize Papuans. This program is for Papuans and must based on the mandate of Law No. 21 of 2001. Do not immigrants, “he hoped.
Earlier, head of Village and Community Empowerment Agency (BPMK) of Papua, Donatus Motte, in Jayapura, Sunday (06/09/2015), said currently, BPMK seeks as many as 76 facilitators to be placed in 29 regencies / city.
“We postponed to announce it since there is new regulation that need to be reviewed. So. The total of facilitators that we are going to recruit is 76 people and each regency will have 5 facilitators, “he explained.
As for facilitators that experts in the finance etc, BPMK requires 75 people. “So we need about 150 facilitators,” he said.
He also added that BPMK will employ as many as 2,691 local village assistants/ facilitators, to be placed in 29 regencies /city.
“The candidates must be graduated from junior and senior high school and live in the village,” he said. (Abeth You/ Tina)

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