Tuesday, October 24, 2017

1) Telemedicine program to be applied in Papua

2) Hundreds lose homes in fires in Jayapura

3) Govt seeks close Freeport cooperation on Grasberg


1) Telemedicine program to be applied in Papua

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Ubud, Bali (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Diaspora Network Global (IDNG), in collaboration with the Indonesian American Society Academics, will hold telemedicine and educational programs for boarding schools in the provinces of Papua and West Papua in January 2018.

The agreement was discussed during a meeting between IDNG President Herry Utomo and Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDNG Edward Wanandi with Coordinating Minister for Marine Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and Head of the National Development Planning Agency Bambang Brodjonegoro in Washington DC, the US, last week.

In a press release received by ANTARA here on Tuesday, Utomo noted that the two programs were efforts by the diaspora to be directly involved in accelerating development in Indonesia, particularly in Papua and West Papua.

This initiative was welcomed by the minister who said it was time for the Indonesian diasporas expertise and mastery in technology to be used for building the country.

The telemedicine program will be centered at the Jayapura hospital and Merauke hospital and will be connected to five district health centers.

Later on, the "real time" program will be implemented at one hundred frontline district health centers to cover more patients.

Meanwhile, the educational programs will be held at high schools with boarding facilities in Jayapura, Merauke, and Nabire to transform them into high-quality graduate-generating institutions.

The program will begin with recruiting additional educators, designing curriculum and teaching materials, training and mentoring, and building learning infrastructure.

At least 20 professors from the Indonesian diaspora will be deployed alternately throughout 2018 to offer mentoring and guidance using the diasporas self-funding worth $350 thousand.

"This is a form of pure donation from the diaspora donors and sponsors, and these diaspora professors are devoted to fulfilling their duties, so they will not receive salaries or honorariums," Utomo said.(*)



2) Hundreds lose homes in fires in Jayapura
Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura, Papua | Tue, October 24, 2017 | 04:09 pm
Hundreds of residents of Jayapura, Papua, were evacuated to temporary shelters provided by the city administration after their houses caught fire at 3.15 a.m. local time on Tuesday.
The fire broke out in a densely populated area, which is located beside a barracks of the Military Regional Command (Kodam) XVII/ Cendrawasih, around 50 meters from Jayapura Port.
It was difficult for fire trucks to get to the scene as there is only one access point to the residential complex.
“When the incident occurred, most of the adult men were not at home but working at Jayapura Port. They are mostly dock workers. Early in the morning, before the fire broke out, a ship berthed at the port,” local resident Nurjaya said.
Nurjaya said the fire is thought to have started in the room of a man identified as Faisal, 40. He said that Faisal suffered from mental health issues and it was suspected he lit a fire in his room. “He had tried to burn the house twice before but his attempts were thwarted. He once tried to commit suicide as well,” he added.
Faisal suffered burn injuries to his arms and is being treated at Jayapura Dok II Regional Public Hospital.
As many as 200 houses, home to about 700 residents, were damaged in the fire, which is estimated to have caused losses worth about Rp 5 billion (US$ 369,604).
Meanwhile, Jayapura City Police spokesperson First Insp. Jahya Rumra said the police were still investigating the cause of the fire. “The Jayapura Police's Criminal Investigation Unit [Satreskrim] is still investigating it,” he said. The police will question Faisal once he recovers, Jahya said. (dra/ebf)

3) Govt seeks close Freeport cooperation on Grasberg
Jakarta | Tue, October 24, 2017 | 03:58 pm
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno has said the government wants to cooperate closely with gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia to continue exploiting resources from its Grasberg mine in Papua.
“[Freeport has] the capability in the mining sector. We certainly don’t want them to go,” said Rini as reported by kompas.com on Tuesday.
She expressed the hope that PT Freeport Indonesia would remain supportive of the government after its divestment of 51 percent shares to Indonesian entities as required by the prevailing law.
Read also: Indonesia wants SOEs to buy Freeport’s divested shares
PT Freeport Indonesia's agreement to divest its shares was announced on Aug. 29 by Richard Adkerson, the CEO of US mining giant Freeport McMoRan, its parent company.
Government and Freeport representatives are still discussing a number of key issues, including the structure and timing of the divestment. One of the tougher issues include the valuation of Freeport shares.  
Rini has repeatedly said the government wanted to assign state-owned mining firm PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) to buy the Freeport shares.
The government is also preparing a holding company comprising Inalum, PT Tambang Batu Bara Bukit Asam, PT Timah and PT Aneka Tambang as an alternative.
Rini said the government and Freeport needed to build mutual trust so that they could jointly manage the mining site. “We stress the importance of building mutual trust between partners. This could be done by signing an agreement between the [two] shareholders,” she added. (bbn)


Jakarta, Jubi – Kaimana District Government, West Papua is ready to become a field laboratory for blue carbon development that can contribute to national and local carbon emissions reductions.
“This study will be our reference in mangrove conservation governance in Kaimana which not only supports the achievement of national commitments in emissions reductions, but also supports the economic community,” said Kaimana Regent Mathias Mairuma in a discussion in Jakarta on Tuesday (October 17).
Regent Mathias said the study of blue carbon in Kaimana will not only to provide scientific data, but can also provide strategic inputs in conserving mangrove ecosystems, strengthening local conservation governance and developing sustainable livelihood alternatives of communities from mangrove crab cultivation.

Blue Carbon has been echoed as one of the contributions to the world carbon emissions reduction targets at the 22nd UN Conference on Climate Change (COP) in Morocco in 2012.
In the near future, Ministry of Maritime will hold a workshop on blue carbon in Kaimana Regency, West Papua. The Expert Staff of the Coordinating Minister for the Department of Sociopolitical Affairs, Tukul Rameyo Adi, hoped that the workshop could produce a policy that develops blue carbon related instruments for both national and international levels.
In addition, Rameyo also hopes the workshop will produce a “road map” of blue carbon that can be applied nationally and locally.
“The development of such instruments and road maps is a form of support for achieving a national commitment to reduce emissions by 29 percent by 2030,” he said.
Tukul Rameyo Adi said Indonesia has the potential to develop blue carbon to reduce carbon emissions because it has mangrove ecosystems, sea grass beds and tidal swamps.
“The government hopes the study of blue carbon could enrich scientific data in developing a policy on blue carbon in Indonesia,” Rameyo said.
“The development of such instruments and roadmaps is a form of support for achieving a national commitment to reduce emissions by 29 percent to 2030 and achieve Sustainable Development Objectives,” he said.
At least, there are 151 countries that have one of three blue carbon ecosystems, namely mangroves, sea grass beds and tidal swamps. Indonesia is one of the countries that have these three ecosystems with mangrove area of ​​about 3.1 million hectares or equal to 22 percent of global ecosystem.
West Papua is the province with the largest natural mangrove ecosystem of 482,029.24 hectares. The study to examine the uptake and below-ground carbon sinks in Kaimana District has been done since 2015.
Total carbon stocks in Kaimana District covering Arguni Bay, Etna Bay, Buruway and Kaimana City reached 54,091,909 Mg C. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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