In a remote area of Papua, a box of instant noodles costs 2 grams of gold

first_imgIn a remote area of Papua’s Pegunungan Bintang regency, purchasing staple commodities will put a far bigger dent in your wallet than in most other areas of Indonesia.For a sack of rice, typically weighing 10 kilograms, people in the traditional gold mining area of Korowai have to spend at least Rp 2 million (US$138.5), similar to the cost of a low-end smartphone.For comparison, in Jakarta, 1 kilogram of rice costs Rp 10,000 to Rp 11,000, meaning 10 kg of rice costs people in the capital around Rp 110,000. One can of fish typically costs Rp 150,000, while a cell phone could cost 10 to 25 grams of gold, Hengki said.Compared to other areas in the regency, Korowai is quite isolated and underdeveloped, though it is surrounded by five regencies: Pegunungan Bintang, Yahukimo, Asmat, Boven Digoel and Mappi.Reaching Korowai is difficult. People must take a helicopter from Bovel Digoel regency, and then continue by longboat, traveling along the Boven Digoel river for one day. After this, they must travel by foot for two days before finally arriving at the Korowai mining area.Ben Yarik, a Korowai resident, said the area was populated by members of the Korowai tribe – one of the indigenous ethnic groups in the country’s easternmost region.“For years, the government has not built anything in Korowai,” Ben said, “It is God who has given us gold, so we can mine it to help us [live].”Ben added that traditional mining was the main source of livelihood for the people of Korowai. He said he hoped the government would not shut down the mines as they provided a source of economic stability for the people.“It’s sad. So many people are left behind, even though there is still plenty of gold,” he said as quoted by kompas.com. (asp)Topics : The massive price discrepancies are not limited to rice. A box of instant noodles costs Rp 1 million in Korowai. Sometimes, people even pay with two grams of gold.“A pack of instant noodles costs Rp 25,000,” said Hengki Yaluwo, an administrator of a cooperative in Korowai’s Mining Area 33 on Wednesday.“Ten kilograms of rice costs four grams of gold. If you pay with cash, you need Rp 2 million,” he said.Read also: ‘Stop denying and listen to us’: Papuans hopeful for talk, action to end everyday racismlast_img read more

America’s First LNG Articulated Tug and Barge Unit Launched

first_imgThe US-based shipyard VT Halter Marine has launched Q-LNG 4000, America’s first offshore liquefied natural gas articulated tug and barge (LNG ATB) unit.Named at the end of September 2019, the barge is owned by marine transportation company Q-LNG Transport.The newbuild is designed to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG. Its tug, the Q-Ocean Services, is scheduled to be launched in late October.“The Q-LNG 4000 is dedicated to delivering safe transit to all ships and ports it will serve,” Shane J Guidry, Chief Executive Officer of Q-LNG Transport, said.The LNG ATB Unit is designed to meet the requirements of the American Bureau of Shipbuilding and the International Gas Carrier code as an LNG bunkering barge. The vessel is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2020.Back in November 2017, VT Halter Marine, part of ST Engineering North America, was awarded a contract by Q-LNG Transport to build the ATB LNG unit, which was announced as part of a long-term contract with Shell Trading (U.S.) Company, to deliver LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean.Specifically, the barge is designed to provide ship-to-ship transfers of LNG to vessels that use LNG as a fuel source and also ship-to-shore transfers to small scale marine distribution infrastructure in the US Gulf of Mexico and abroad.It will bunker Carnival Cruise Line’s two new dual-fuel ships and two dual-fuel Siem Car Carrier pure car truck carriers chartered by the Volkswagen Group to transport vehicles from Europe to North America.“We are proud of this successful launch. It marks a significant milestone in our role to deliver cleaner and more efficient fuels for the cruise and commercial ship industries,” Ronald Baczkowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine, commented.In August 2018, Q-LNG Transport told World Maritime News it had signed a letter of intent with Halter Marine for a second LNG ATB. According to the company, the barge would have a much larger capacity reaching 8,000 cbm.last_img read more

Iwobi Picks Eagles over Arsenal

first_imgThe youngster has been in fine form for club and country over the past few weeks with his performance last weekend against Watford catching the eye. Iwobi scored a goal and made an assist as the Gunners beat Watford 4-0.Nigeria won the Olympic football gold in 1996 in Atlanta with a squad that had Iwobi’s uncle Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Victor Ikpeba.Current Under-23 coach Samson Siasia, was in charge at Beijing 2008 as Nigeria won the silver, losing the final to a Lionel Messi inspired Argentine side.The ‘Dream Team’ won the Africa U-23 Nations Cup in Senegal to book a ticket for the Rio Olympics with Siasia in-charge.The former FC Nantes striker will look to go one further than he did eight years ago in China.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s newest kid on the block, Alex Iwobi will likely miss Arsenal’s start to the 2016/17 season after indicating interest to play for Nigeria at the 2016 Rio Olympics this August.Iwobi, who made his international debut in the 1-1 draw with Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna last month wants to line up for Nigeria’s Olympic side in the football event the commences on August 3.Arsenal begins the season ten days after the Olympic tournament starts and if Nigeria gets to the final, Iwobi will still be in Brazil by August 20, a move which might pop up a club vs country clash.last_img read more

Europe Wants 16 Slots in Expanded 48-team World Cup

first_imgFIFA is expected to confirm the quotas for each continental governing body in May.Ceferin was speaking at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Nyon. All members of the committee agreed with the proposals.Other proposals approved at Thursday’s meeting included:Limiting UEFA’s president and executive committee members to a maximum of three four-year terms.Granting membership of the committee to two European Club Association representatives.Ensuring UEFA competitions are selected through a transparent bidding process.FIFA’s members voted unanimously in favour of the World Cup expansion in January.The number of tournament matches will rise to 80, from 64, but the eventual winners will still play only seven games.The tournament will be completed within 32 days – a measure to appease powerful European clubs, who objected to reform because of a crowded international schedule.FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the World Cup has to be “more inclusive”, adding: “Football is more than just Europe and South America, football is global.”Speaking to the BBC at the time of the announcement, he said the decision on who would get the extra qualification slots would be “looked at speedily”.He added: “The only sure thing is that everyone will have a bit more representation than they have.”Speaking on Thursday, Ceferin said: “We can push and be outvoted, but we think it is realistic to ask for 16 slots at least, plus another condition that each European team is in different groups.“Then if it is true that we are so good, that quality is on our side, I think all 16 can qualify.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram European football’s governing body, UEFA, will ask for its teams to be given 16 places at the expanded 48-team 2026 World Cup.UEFA will also request that the European teams who do qualify are kept apart in the first stage.The new-look tournament will begin with an initial round of 16 three-team groups, with 32 qualifiers going through to the knockout stage.Thirteen European teams qualified for the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014, which was won by Germany.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said the requests are “realistic”, and it is his desire for every European team to qualify from the first round.last_img read more

Motivational speaker Jared Estes, survivor of drunk driving accident, to speak Wednesday in Wellington

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Thank you for your input. -13 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 226 weeks ago They say 17% of all accidents are account of alcohol, that leaves 83% of the other accidents are caused by sober drivers. So you tell me, which is more dangerous on the roads, the 17 drivers that are legally over the limit or the 83 drivers that are stone cold sober? I’m not sticking up for the drunks but shouldn’t there be more speakers that survived sober driver accidents. Hard telling how many people out there, like old ladies that are on “granny tranny’z” which make them drowsy are out there driving. So if some want to go by the odds, I’ll take my chances with the drunks. Report Reply 1 reply · active 226 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down SCCDAT · 226 weeks ago In 2009 we had 2 young kids killed in alcohol related crashes. If we can prevent any more of these happening in Sumner Co. then we are going to keep preaching to the kids the dangers of underage drinking. We are not talking strictly about accidents we are talking about the binge drinking and the poor decisions one makes when under the influence of alcohol. You take your chances Turkeyleg we will keep informing the public to hopefully protect everyone from your philosophy. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Just saying · 226 weeks ago Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver (drunk driver). This is one (1) death every 53 minutes. in 2014, 9,697 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic related deaths in the United States. This does not account for the lives that were totally changed that weren’t fatalities. Statistics say nearly 3/4 of the students (72%) have drank (more than a few sips) by the end of high school. More than 1/3 (37%) drank by the 8th grade. *****These Town Hall meetings are great. Several years ago we took our teens to one. They were impressed….it has and did leave a positive impression.***** The meeting told how communities and the Commissioners could help as a whole working together. Several left an impression: 1) Do NOT sponsor Beer Gardens at your local events (such as Wheat Festivals)…do not block off public areas to allow drinking. For the city itself not to involve itself promoting drinking. That was the year our City Commission..sponsored the Beer Garden at the Festival…as well as an interest in one local tavern. Just saying… ***A 13 year old pointed this out…if you think they do not notice….you are dead wrong. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Michelle · 226 weeks ago It’s not the undersge drinking it’s all parents n adults who drink n get behind a wheel. Parents are suppose to be example not to drink but when parents drink then the kids will to or peer pressure if people drink stay home or if at. Bar call a friend these kids like the saying monkey see monkey do so let’s all take responsibility not drink n drive. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow —  Underage drinking is something that is a cause for concern everywhere. In an effort to raise awareness, a town hall meeting will be held Wednesday, April 13 at Memorial Auditorium from 6-9 p.m.Free hotdogs, chips, and water will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a powerful message from speaker Jared Estes, survivor of a deadly drunk driving accident, which killed his young wife. After more than 50 surgeries to save his life, and defying medical odds, Estes is alive and well and has decided to “fire back” by becoming a public speaker and telling his story.“I think it’s important to raise awareness in the community that there is underage drinking, and there are organizations who are trying to help contain and prevent it,” said Darin Goodrum, Sumner County Community Drug Action Team (SCCDAT) Coordinator. “We’re not going to stop it, but we can raise awareness, which is what it’s all about.”The event is sponsored by the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team, or SCCDAT, in partnership with the Sumner County Law Enforcement Underage Drinking Task Force, and is funded by a state grant.SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency, encourages having Town Hall meetings every two years to help raise awareness of underage drinking.The Wellington City Council members will be participating in the event, as well as the local high school S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter, which School Resource Officer James Yunker is in charge of. There are about 60 students involved in S.A.D.D. at the high school, and they will be doing a lot of volunteer work for the event. Mayor Shelley Hansel is a representive of SCCDAT and will emcee the event.“I think it’s very important,” Hansel said. “Underage drinking is not just a high school or parent or student issue, it’s a community issue, and one that we all have to take ownership in. Our businesses, our community leaders, all of us need to send a clear message that Wellington and Sumner County will not tolerate underage drinking or those who condone it.”Local law enforcement, as well as those from Oxford and Belle Plaine, will have drunk driving simulator goggles, and other equipment, for attendees to try out.“Our focus group for the meeting is 4th grade to high school age,” Goodrum said. “Statistics prove that kids take their first drink of alcohol at age 11 or 12.”The SCCDAT and S.A.D.D. groups will pass out cards for students to fill out and sign for a chance to win some great prizes, including hover boards, lap tops, head phones and gift cards.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more