Monday, May 22, 2017

1) Two dead in latest spate of violence in Papua

2) Indonesian Institute of Sciences cultivates 120 species of Papuan Rhododendron


1) Two dead in latest spate of violence in Papua
3:44 pm today 
There's been more deadly violence in Indonesia's Papua province.
The body of a 45-year old woman from Maluku province was discovered outside a power plant in Waena, near Jayapura, early on Saturday morning.
As police moved the following day to make arrests in connection with the alleged murder ,a mob of around two hundred Moluccans gathered in Waena to avenge the woman's death.
The mob stirred unrest, with Tabloid Jubi reporting that two Highlands men were stabbed - one died and the other was seriously injured.
Jayapura City Police Chief Tober Sirait, who led the team responding to the first murder, confirmed eight suspects had been arrested.
Chief Sirait described them as alleged masterminds in a number of recent cases of violence in Jayapura and Keerom regencies.
He said one of the eight was shot in the process of being arrested.
The weekend's violence in Waena is the latest in a series of reported cases of violence in Jayapura in the past two months.
At least five people have been killed in these attacks, including a University of Cenderawasih lecturer eleven days ago in Waena.
On this case, a member of Indonesia's National Commission for Human Rights, or Komnas HAM, has claimed to have been the subject of an attack by police conducting investigations.
Nareky Kogoya he was assaulted and detained by police after being accused of protecting the perpetrators of the murder.
Mr Kogoya claims he was trying to help the police who subsequently pressured him not to reveal their attack on him to the public.
Chief Sirait told local media that not all of the witnesses they have questioned have been co-operative.

2) Indonesian Institute of Sciences cultivates 120 species of Papuan Rhododendron

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Wamena, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) is cultivating 120 different species of the Papuan Rhododendron in the Biological Botanical Garden of Wamena, Papua Province, in a bid to save indigenous Indonesian plants.

Soekarno, a researcher at LIPI in Wamena who is also a colleague at the botanical garden, said Rhododendron is a flowering shrub, and most of its species widely grow in Papua.

"As many as 120 species of Rhododendron grow in Papua, and all of them have not been well identified. Typical Rhododhendron plants here are yellow and red," Soekarno noted here on Monday.

Based on data from LIPI, Soekarno said, overall, there are 180 species of Rhododendron plants in Indonesia, and most of them grow in Papua.

"Until now, only 28 of the 120 species of Rhododendron plants in Papua have been identified. In a nursery area of Wamenas Biological Botanical Garden, several species of Rhododendron have been bred but are not yet in bloom, so we are still confused while differentiating one flower from another based on their differences," he revealed.

He added that the preservation of Papuas various native plant species is being done on 165 hectares of the Biological Botanical Garden, with the aim of preventing the plants from becoming extinct.

"We have built a 500-square-meter special garden for Rhododendron conservation. The flowers of the Rhododendron plants that grow in the area are not just of different colors but also different sizes, and it helps us to determine the different types of flowers," he noted.

He added that LIPI will also conduct research on May grass, which are wild grass plants that always change color from green to pink and purple in May in Wamena.(*)

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