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Don’t Miss Lake Sentani Festival 2008

The Papua Tourism Office (PTO) is going to hold the Lake Sentani Festival on July 16-19 to support the annual Lembah Baliem Festival in Jayawijaya District in August, 2008.
“The Lake Sentani Festival will be held as an effort to protect the culture of the Jayapura District, mainly in the Sentani Lake area,” Head of the PTO Elly Weror said in a statement on 2 February 2008. It means there will be two festivals which not only design to ease tourists wishing to enjoy the festivities but also intended to prolong their stays in the province. Previously, there were only three big cultural festivals, namely the cultural festival of Lembah Baliem, that of Asmat and that of Kamoro. PTO was likewise trying to realize the Cendrawasih Bay Festival.Besides holding the cultural events, the province has been reorganizing the tourist sites in the area, including the Holtekam Beach located some 60 kms from Jayapura.
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Fakfak and Jayapura, West Papua

PT. In the book of Nagara-Kertagama writen by Rakawi Prapanca of Majapahit, during the rule of King Hayam Wuruk, in 1365 A.D, it was mentioned that West Papua was belong to Majapahit Kingdom territory. As mentioned in one of its paragraphs that “Muwah tikhan i wandan, ambwan (Ambon) athawa maloko wwanin (Fakfak)” were claimed as the sovereign territory of the kingdom of Majapahit.
Fakfak was likely to be the city center due to its strategic location, such as close to Mollucas. Since the fall of Majapahit 1478, Nusantara has not well organized and in about 1898 the Dutch began serious exploration. During Ducth Colonialization, Jayapura City had been chosen to be a Defense Post of Dutch Army in Pacific area. The Dutch government was assigned P. Windhower at Debi Island, a little island in Yotefa Bay in 1908. In 1912 the post was moved to a mouth of Numbai river, which is a small river that is mouthed in Yos Yudarso Bay. In a formal ceremony, this mouth of Numbai river then named Hollandia on March 7, 1910. The date was then decided to be the birth date of Jayapura. The status of Hollandia City which was a district had become the government Provincial City. Some of the events happened after that moment were the name of Hollandia was changed into Kotabaru (New City), then Sukarnopura and finally Jayapura. However, West Papua is still Indonesia’s “wild east”. Much of it was still unexplored by outsiders in the 1930s. Allied (American and Australian) forces passed through here in 1944 on the way to the reconquest of the Philippines.
After the Indonesians defeated the Dutch in 1949 and 1950, the Dutch insisted on keeping Irian Jaya (West Papua). They finally gave up the colony in 1963, under a combination of military and diplomatic pressure. In 1969, a UN-sponsored referendum led to Irian Jaya becoming a province of Indonesia. The vast development forced the Region Government to split Jayapura to two districts: North Jayapura and South Jayapura. In 1988, Jayapura was become Administrative City and then in 1993 became Jayapura madya City. Lately, with the Act of Region Government number 22 year 1999, it was then becoming Jayapura City. (Lt) Source :http://westpapuapoint.wordpress.com/
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Anggrek Kribo (Dendrobium Spectabile)

Jakarta. WPP. Bunga Anggrek Kribo (Dendrobium spectabile) is a warm growing species native to Papua, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. This flower is also used for Universitas Negeri Papua Symbol together with Kupu Sayap Burung (Ornithoptera sp). The 18 inch to 2 foot long canes produce masses of flowers that look like aliens from another world. This plant typically flowers in the winter and early spring months but can also flower in late August through October. Each flower spike can produce 10 - 20 three inch flowers colored in cream, tan, mahogany, purple, and green. The flowers last a couple of and have a nice honey-like fragrance. There are many other orchids growing in Papua such as Anggrek Macan (Grammatophyllum Sp.), Anggrek Merpati (Dendrobium Lineale), Anggrek Emas (Dendrobium Conanthum) and so on. This long lasting which have a honey like scent is usually sold as high as $ 100. (V10)
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Kunjungan Wapres ke Papua

Jayapura.WPP. Pada Jum’at, 15 Februari 2008 Wakil Presiden H Muhammad Jusuf Kalla tiba di Jayapura. “Dukungan rakyat Papua sangat kondusif,” ujar Dansatgas pengamanan VVIP Kolonel Kav Burhanuddin Siagian yang juga Danrem 172/PWY. Ini tentunya menjadi bukti bahwa rakyat Papua menginginkan pembangunan berkelanjutan. Wapres dan rombongannya tiba di Bandar Udara Sentani sekitar pukul 15.45 WIT dengan pesawat kepresidenan RJ-85 setelah terbang dari Kendari Sulawesi Tenggara. Di Bandara Udara Sentani, Wapres Jusuf Kalla disambut oleh Gubernur Barnabas Suebu, SH, Gubernur Papua Barat Bram O Aturui, Ketua DPR Papua Drs John Ibo, MM, Ketua DPR Papua Barat Demianus Idjie, Ketua MRP Agus Alua, Pangdam XVII/Cenderawasih Mayjend TNI Haryadi Soetanto, Kapolda Irjend Pol Drs Max Donald Aer dan sejumlah pejabat lainnya.Terlihat dalam rombongan Wapres diantaranya Menteri Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional/Kepala BAPPENAS Pazkah Suzeta, Menteri Pekerjaan Umum Joko Kirmanto dan lain-lain. Terlihat juga Menteri Pembangunan Daerah Tertinggal Menteri Departemen Kelautan dan Perikanan (DKP) Fredy Numberi yang sudah tiba sejak Kamis lalu. Setibanya di Bandara Sentani, Wapres Jusuf Kalla langsung istirahat sejenak di ruang tunggu VIP selama kurang lebih 10 menit dan selanjutnya masuk ke mobil kepresidenan yang platnya bertuliskan Indonesia 2 lengkap dengan Bendera Merah Putih. Di mobil tersebut, Wapres didampingi Gubernur Suebu hingga sampai ke Swissbel Hotel Ruko Dok II Jayapura.Sepanjang jalan yang dilalui oleh rombongan Wapres, semuanya berjalan lancar, termasuk cuaca yang bersahabat. Bahkan di sejumlah tempat dipinggir jalan dari Sentani hingga Jayapura terlihat warga yang menyambut rombongan Wapres di tepi-tepi jalan ingin menyaksikan Wapresnya dari dekat. Di SwissbelHotel, Wapres disambut oleh Walikota Jayapura Drs Menase Robert Kambu dan sejumlah pejabat lainnya. Sumber :http://westpapuapoint.wordpress.com/
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A Marine Rapid Assessment of the Raja Ampat Islands, Papua Province, Indonesia

Acknowledgments This Marine RAP survey was financed by generous donations from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Henry Foundation, and the Smart Family Foundation Inc. We are very grateful to the Rector of the University of Cenderawasih, Mr. F. A. Wospakrik, and the Rector of the University of Papua, Dr. F. Wanggai for supporting this project, and providing the necessary permits and excellent  counterparts. Similarly, we thank Dr. Kurnaen Sumadiharga, Director of the Research and Development  Center for Oceanology of LIPI for his continued support of CI RAP surveys. The survey would not have been possible without the additional support of the Research Institute of the University of Cenderawasih, and the Biak Research Station of the Development Center for Oceanology. We also appreciate the assistance of the Museum of Zoology (LIPI), particularly Dr. Siti N. Prijono (Director), Ristiyanti M. Marwoto (invertebrates), Ike Rachmatika (fishes), and Agus Tjakrawidjaja (fishes). We also thank the following government staff for providing permits and sharing data: John Piet Wanane (Head, Regency of Sorong), Joseph Kbarek (Head, Regency Planning Agency), Constant Karel Sorondanya (Head, Nature Conservation Agency), Ahmad Fabanyo (Head, Dinas Fisheries), A. Rahman Adrias (Head, Dinas Tourism), S. Banjarnahor (Head, Dinas Trade), and Mr. Faisal (Head, Sorong Police Station). In addition, the Indonesian Department of Immigration kindly issued permits that enabled our RAP scientists to perform their survey and training duties. Acknowledgments We are grateful to the people of the Raja Ampat Islands who allowed us to conduct this survey and extended their wonderful hospitality. We thank the Kepala Desa and people of the following villages for their assistance and sharing their knowledge: Waiweser,  Arefi, Yansawai, Marandan Weser, Sapokren, Yenbeser, Friwen, Yenbuba, Waiweser, Yenbekwan, Yenwaupnoor, Sawinggrai, Kapisawar, Arborek, Lopintol, Wawiyai, Kabui, Waifoi, Fam, Mutus, Miosmanggare, Manyaifun, Selpele, and Salio. We also express our gratitude to Taher Arfan (Head of Kepulauan Raja Ampat Adat Council), Fatah Abdullah (Head of Kecamatan Samate), Octavianus Mayor (Head of Kecamatan Waigeo Selatan), and our guide Pak Mayor from Yenbuba village, who accompanied us on our visits to various villages. Yuli Supriyanto and Maisyie helped us to obtain permits and to gather information in Sorong. We were capably assisted by CI-Indonesia staff, including the Director Jatna Supriatna, Ermayanti, Myrna Kusumawardhani, Mira Dwi Arsanty, and Hendrite Ohee. Thanks are due Max Ammer, owner of Irian Diving, and his staff, for providing crucial logistic assistance during the RAP, and for sharing their extensive knowledge of the underwater attractions of the region. Additionally, thanks to  Max Ammer and the Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Center for help with final map editing. We also thank the staff of P.T. Cendana Indopearls, particularly Project Manager Joseph Taylor and Assistant Manager David Schonell, for providing accommodation during our stay at Alyui Bay on Waigeo Island. Mark Allen assisted with color scanning and  prepared the layout for the color pages appearing in this report
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GRAVELS: THE CHARM OF RAJA AMPAT ISLANDS AND THE THREAT OF THE MINING INDUSTRY

If around the world there were three books about Marine Biodiversity, the sea potential in Raja Ampat should be written in one book. (.statement made by Ex-Field Officer of Conservation International Papua, after research done in May to April 2001). Raja Ampat Islands is situated in a very strategic point, located between Pacific Ocean on the north and Arafura Ocean on the south; exactly on waters that line the provinces of Papua, Moluccas, and North Moluccas. At this location, rich marine biodiversity is abundant with tuna, grouper, napoleon, shells, purples, sea cucumber, and many other living creatures in the waters of the area. A statement from the Conservation International Papua shows that Raja Ampat Islands has an outstanding and spectacular richness of marine biodiversity. One of the researchers, Dr. John Veron, is an experienced shell expert from Australia. He told the press in Jayapura that the islands are the best shell areas in Indonesia. There are at least 450 kinds of shell identifications during only a two-week research. From the 450 kinds, seven are new finds for the world of shell science, and never have been found in any part of the world. In those two weeks, 950 kinds of shell fish were found; four of which are from new classes, like Eviota, Gobi, Apogon, and a shark spesies called Hemysyllium. "Finding shells during only a single visit has never happened before in my whole life. Never has there been shell research to find more than 450 kinds", says Veron delightedly. The same satisfaction is also revealed by Dr. Gerry Allen, "Unbelievable. Only this time have I succeeded to count 283 kinds of shellfish in a 80-minute dive. This is the highest record in my whole career". Moreover, Dr. Fred Wells from Australia also commented that within a short time, he found 600 kinds of mollusks of all sizes. Wells is very certain that there are many more kinds of mollusks in the area. All these scientific experts agree that Raja Ampet is the best marine area in Indonesia and that the area needs good management to avoid damage to this environment from pollution, bombing, and other sea damage. The experts have also stated that the islands should be proposed for a World Heritage Site. This has already been proposed and recommended to the Indonesian government and global community. The scientists also worry about the massive illegal cutting and fish bombing in the area of West Waigeo, in the Raja Ampat Islands. The people depend on the rich marine biodiversity found there. Nickel Deposit Apart form having richness in marine biodiversity, the area also has a large nickel deposit, export-quality forest wood, and several endemic animals: Kakatua Raja (King Cockatoo), Black-Headed Parrot, Penyu Belimbing, and Penyu Sisir. This nickel deposit is situated on Gag Island, a small arid island, inhabited with 600 people. Nickel mining activity has actually been going on since 1970, but because the Company has suffered recent losses, the operation was shut down. Gag Island is located about 150 km from Sorong, Papua, and is home to a nickel deposit of about 176 million tons. The deposit contains laterite nickel ore (about 1.5% of nickel) and Cobalt (about 0.5% of nickel). The deposit ranks third in the world in size, after Voisey's Bay, Canada, and Goro, New Caledonia. It is estimated that mineral activities will last for another 15 to 20 years, with an average production of 60,000 tons a year. Recently, the three mining companies involved in the Gag Island project include PT Aneka Tambang (25% share), BHP Australia (37.5%) and Falconbridge Canada (37.5% share). A feasibility study is being carried out to the end of 2002. Meanwhile, the land compensation issue remains a major issue for the people of North Waigeo and Saiwei. The Threat to Gag Island The kind of wealth contained in the islands has invited foreign mine investors to do business there. Recently, there have been many companies that use chemical substances, like potassium, cyanide, and dynamite to catch fish. No doubt this will damage the marine ecosystem and break the regeneration chain of specific biota within the area. The sea shells and marine ecosystems of and surrounding the Raja Ampat and Gag Islands have been seriously threatened. Furthermore, mining companies want to dump their tailings into the ocean. These tailings contain poisonous and dangerous (B3) substances that can ravage marine life and consumption of contaminated fish from these waters can harm human health. For the mining investors, exploitation in small islands like Raja Ampat has many advantages. Besides the economical benefits, there are at least two more reasons for them to open a mine in the area. First, geographically, Gag Island is in quite a remote location and hard for people to access. This would allow the company to easily exploit the area, without having to worry about protests from any local communities. Secondly, the Company can use such a location to promote the use of STD since its location is directly next to the sea. Another problem is the conflict between the newcomers and locals. Not to mention there are many more employees brought in from outside the area, like Manado, instead of within Papua. This situation poses a potential source of conflict. In utilizing the natural resources, the indigenous communities of Raja Ampat have applied customs from generation to generation. Not only do the customs contain ways to utilize the natural resources, but they also contain order of utilization zoning and the Right for Traditional Policy between one village community and another. These kinds of rules are applied and are very much a part of life in the Maya, Fiawat, and Beser communities. However, how long will these customary traditions survive if large-scale mining is permitted on the islands?
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DIG IN THE LAND OF BABOs

DIG IN! : The Land of Babos Is Worth Only 15.00 Rupiah to BP The oil and gas giant, BP has squandered the local people's trust in Babo, especially the villages of Tanah Merah and Saengga, Manokwari Regency. Their "noble and accommodating acts" have turned into nothing more than a waste dump, since the Company never shows any real signs to fulfill its sweet promises. Promises of the right to all people, which was earlier mentioned is fundamental. Babo is an area in Manokwari Regency, geographically located in the "Bird's Head" region of Papua Island, precisely around the area of Bintuni Bay. BP intends to explore and exploit the area for natural gas and oil, along with two other municipalities: Bintuni and Aranday. In the beginning, the people gave a warm welcome to the Company's plans to operate in their territory. They optimistically believed the presence of the Company would bring changes and development. Needless to say, it turned out the other way around. "We have been deceived by the company and government; yet we realize we are in a very tough position that up until today we still have not have the courage to voice and fight for our aspirations", stated one villager to PERDU, a NGO in Manokwari Regency that deals with natural conservation and community development. The BP Tangguh LNG project has been presented by BP as win-win contract project (KPS) with a proven LNG deposit of 18,3 TCF, with a possible reserve of 5,4 TCF or more. BP is a multinational company with a majority share in the project. The share division of the Tangguh LNG project, which includes the Weriagar, Berau and Muturi gas fields, includes: BP 50%, Mitsubishi 16%, Nippon 12%, BG 11%, KG (Kanetsu Corp) 10% and Nissho Iwai 1 %. For gas, the share split is 70:30 for Pertamina and the Contractor, minus operational costs. The width of the operational area consists of 3 regencies: Sorong, Manokwari, and Fakfak; all are sacred indigenous lands. In Papua there is no such thing as State Land. The downstream activity (LNG refinery and other infrastructures) consumes about 3,416 hectares of land with later stages of development planning to consume land in the northern coastal area. The Compensation Agreement Based on available information, the Company has made a deal with the local community. In the dialogue, several agreements have been reached, like land compensation, plantation compensation, houses and several social infrastructure constructions (schools, mosques, churches, clean water) at the time of relocation and resettlement, scholarship distribution for the children of Bintuni Bay and the opportunity to become a BP employee. The compensation given turns out to be inhuman. How is it possible that a one-meter-square land be worth Rp 15.00 only, and the community land, a mere Rp 30.00? Moreover, the community land compensation has never really been paid in cash. The company has stolen packets of land for a mere 15.00 Rupiah while resettling the community and promising social infrastructure development. Even today, the people are still dissatisfied with the compensation amount. They are sure they have been deceived by the Company and government. When the negotiation took place, the facilitator called Tim 9, formed by the Manokmawari Regent and lead by a Government Assistant to Bintuni Bay, to press the compensation to such lowness, saying it was based on a decree from the Level II Regent of Manokwari No.213/1997, dated 12 May 1997, about the Standard Compensation Amount for Land and Plantations. The local community was not familiar with the basic compensation amount for land, a right owed to them. The community has entrusted their faith to the mining companies and government. During the process, the first price offered was 300,000,000 Rupiah per hectare; Pertamina-Acro offered 100,000,000 Rupiah per hectare, and so the final price agreed upon was 150,000,000 Rupiah per hectare. The Manokwari Government Administration Region II has always supported and legalized all BP activities. The government also played a strategic role during the negotiation process between the local community and BP. Land compensation was discussed. The compensation amount of Rp 30 per square meter actually did not consider the realistic current and future conditions of the development of the Bintuni Bay area. The location taken over for the LNG refinery, which is as wide as 3000 hectares, in the Tanah Merah village consists of 500 hectares owned by the Simunian ethnic group, 850 hectares owned by the Sowayan ethnic group, and 1600 hectares owned by the Wayurian ethnic group. Meanwhile, the remaining 50 hectares is not compensated. The community voluntarily gave their land to Pertamina-Arco. The Rp 30,000,000, paid was given as compensation for the 200 hectares of loss plant land, based on the Manokwari Regent Decree dated 12 May 2001, No.23/1997. "Not only that, up until now we have not received assurance of when we are going to be relocated. Whereas, BP are now enjoying temporary status to live on the land that is now owned by BP, and we are not allowed to build and plant", stated one Tanah Merah villager. The most dreadful impact that causes fear in the people of Tanah Merah and Saengga are leaky pipes, the refinery and dumping of tailings into the sea, which will pollute and kill an important shrimp resource, fish and crabs, mangroves and will also threaten relocation areas. The air will also be battered by pollution as seen in East Kalimantan. The people are beginning to realize that the agreement they made with BP is a mistake. They do not want similar conditions that are presently occurring in Bintuni Bay to continue and nor do they want what has happened in East Kalimantan. The community must prepare themselves to anticipate bad impacts from the presence of such a refinery. The company continues to parade the positive impacts of such a LNG plant in East Kalimantan and has been involved in socialization programs in each village there. The people are starting to be more critical and are speaking out against the presence of BP. These people generally come from the Sumuri community. This community lives outside the educated Tanah Merah and Saengga areas, like Sorong, Manokwari, and Fakfak. However, there are also those who support the Company, such as the government. Some of the indigenous community of Bintuni Bay call the BP supporters "People who have been bought by BP". Geographically, both Tanah Merah and Saengga villages are situated next to each other in the coastal area of Bintuni Bay. The territory is surrounded by vast land and mangrove forests. An important hydrologic system is existent there, with good water absorbency because of the existing natural vegetation, which has not been spoiled, and the contoured topography. Geologic features include sandy soils. The climate is tropical-wet, with a minimum temperature of 22°C and an average rainfall of 2.688. Fishing, mainly shrimp farming, is the major source of living for the people. The average rate of shrimp production is between 10 to 25 kg/day, especially during peak season periods. The selling price set by PT Usaha Mina and PT Bintuni Mina Raya (Djayanti Group) is Rp 25,000-/kg. This means that the community income in a day reaches about Rp 250,000,- to 625,000,-/kg. But this figure does not include the income gained from selling fish (Rp 7,500,-/kg), shark fin (Rp 400,000,- to 700,000,-/kg), scouts (> Rp 300,000,-/kg), and crocodile skin via several companies. The rich area of Bintuni will become only a memory if BP goes ahead with its LNG operation without any proper environmental care. Source: Information compiled from the Perdu data base
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PLACES OF INTEREST

Jayapura Jayapura is the capital and the biggest city of this easternmost province. It is a neat and pleasant city, built on the slope of a hill overlooking the bay. General Douglas Mc Arthur's World War II quarters still stand here. The Museum Jayapura is located inside the Cenderawasih University campus. Tanjung Ria Beach, known as base G by the Allies during World War II, is a popular holiday resort with facilities for water sports. From Skyline in the hills behind the city, one gets a beautiful view of Jayapura, Jotefa and Humboldt bays and the lake Sentani area. Lake Sentani There is a settlement on the shore of this lake not far from Jayapura where one can observe local traditions as they are practiced in the daily lives of the people. The short trip from Jayapura, pleasant as it is, offers a little foretaste of the province's magnificent sceneries. Biak Biak, a town built on the rocky soil of an island of the same name on the rim of Cenderawasih Bay, is Irian Jaya's gateway. A big Indonesian naval base, it has an infrastructure that is better than in most other places in the province. Japanese caves are found near Ambroben. There are some good beaches on Biak island, the most popular of which are Bosnik on the east coast, good for swimming and skin-diving, and Korem on the north coast, where one can watch young men dive for pearls. Supiori Island, just north of Biak, has a recreation forest and villages where visitors are welcome. Kasuarina Cape Named after the big casuarina trees which grow in the area, Kasuarina Cape is just two kilometers from Sorong town on the Bird's Head peninsula of northern Irian Jaya. Good for swimming and recreation. The Asmat The Asmat people who live along the remote southeast coast around Agats are famed for their artistic "primitive" woodcarving. Modern civilization did not reach this area until recently. Agats has an interesting museum filled with woodcarvings and other objects. The area, however is still largely untamed wilderness. Asmat crafts received a boost in the late 1960s under a United Nations supported project to encourage local craftsmen to keep alive their art. Daily flights are available between Jayapura, Jakarta and Ujung Pandang. In addition, there are weekly flights to and from Ambon, Surabaya and Bali. PT. Pelni has regular service between Jakarta, Surabaya Ujung Pandang, and Jayapura in comfortable passenger ships. Places in the vicinity of Jayapura such as Skyline and Lake Sentani can be reached by taking a minibus. Biak has air and sea links with Jayapura. Sorong, is also served by air from Jayapura. Other destinations are reached by car or boat, or by light aircraft. source : http://www.etm.pdx.edu/htliono/irja.html
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WEST PAPUA

It was the Spaniard Ynigo Ortiz de Retes who, in 1545,    gave the name Nueva Guinea to a strip of land on the north coast of the world's second largest island (after Greenland), which is now half Indonesian, half Papua New Guinean territory. Irian Jaya, the western half of the island, is Indonesia's biggest province of about 410,000 square kilometers, representing almost 21 percent of the country's total land area. More than 75 percent of the land is covered by dense tropical forests, with only about 1.5 million people, with an average population density of 2.8 persons per square kilometer, the lowest in Indonesia. Jayapura, the neat provincial capital on a hillside overlooking the bay, is 3,520 kilometers away from Jakarta. West Papua is a land of exceptional natural grandeur. Its jungles are among the wildest, most impenetrable in the world. Eternal snow capped mountain ridges more than 5,000 meters high, with walls plunge hundreds of meters down onto floors filled with small glacier lakes. It has scenic beaches in abundance as well as immense stretches of marshlands. Cool grassy meadows lie at the foot of the towering mountains. Rivers cut through dark forests until their sluggish, crocodile infested mouths disgorge the water into the sea. The highest peak of the central mountain range is Puncak Jayawijaya (5,500 meters). Second and third are Gunung Trikora (5,160 meters) and Gunung Yamin (5,100 meters), respectively. The biggest lake is Paniai, followed in order of declining size by the lakes Ronbenbai and Sentani, both in the vicinity of Jayapura, and Anggigita near Manokwari. On the basis of physical features and differences in language, customs, artistic expression and other aspects of culture, the indigenous people of Irian Jaya are distinguished into about 250 sub-groups, although they all belong to the Melanesian race, and are related to the people inhabiting the islands along the southern rim of the Pacific. The Negritos are believed to have settled on the island first, probably some 30,000 years ago, followed by the Melanesians. The people of the central highlands still maintain their ancestral customs and traditions, and are virtually untouched by alien influences. Most of the changes have so far taken place among the coastal people, who are being subjected to ever increasing contacts with the world outside. This process of change is being accelerated by the work of missionaries, who have been working for many decades among the local populations. The people of the north and west are mostly Protestants, while those of the south and of the hinterland around Enarotali are Roman Catholics. Those around Fakfak and the Raja Ampat Islands are mostly Moslem. Animism is still practiced by isolated tribes in various parts of the province. Although Irian Jaya is famed for its Bird of Paradise, the province's fauna is not particularly rich. Almost all the animals here are of the Australian fauna type. Copper, oil, timber and sea products like fish and shrimps are among the province's main products. Source : http://www.etm.pdx.edu/htliono/irja.html
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KETEKUNAN ADALAH KEKUATAN ANDA
Apa yang anda raih sekarang adalah hasil dari usaha-usaha kecil yang anda lakukan terus-menerus. Keberhasilan bukan sesuatu yang turun begitu saja. Bila anda yakin pada tujuan dan jalan anda, maka anda harus memiliki ketekunan untuk tetap berusaha. Ketekunan adalah kemampuan anda untuk bertahan di tengah tekanan dan kesulitan. Anda harus tetap mengambil langka selanjutnya. Jangan hanya berhenti, maka anda tidak berada di sini sekarang. Setiap langka menaikan nilai diri anda. Apapun yang anda lakukan, jangan sampai kehilangan ketekunan anda. Karena ketekunan adalah daya tahan anda.
PERSEVERANCE was your STRENGTH What is gained by you now was results of small businesses that were carried out by you continually. The success not something that descended just like that. When you were convinced in the aim and your road, then you must have perseverance to continue to try. Perseverance was your capacity to remain in the middle of the pressure and the difficulty. You must continue to took rare furthermore. Not only stopped, then you was not here now. Every time rare menaikan thought yourself. Anything that was done by you, lest losing your perseverance. Because perseverance was your resistance.
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