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

3 Antiqueños nabbed for illegal cockfighting

first_imgPolice identified them as resident NoratoPilosopo, 54, Rizalday Lamprea of Barangay Mojon, 32, and Exequiel Canja, 32,of Barangay Guisijan, Lau-an. The suspects were detained in the lockupcell of the San Jose municipal police station. Recovered from their possession werethree game fowls and bet money which amounted to P700, the police added. SAN JOSE, Antique – Four persons werecaught engaging in illegal cockfighting in Barangay Magcalon.center_img The suspects were caught on April 10,police said. Charges for violation of PresidentialDecree 1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegal gambling and forviolation of enhanced community quarantine will be filed against them./PNlast_img

Diaz, Lorenz lead UW to victory

first_imgIt only took two-and-a-half minutes of brilliance for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (9-4-2, 3-1-1 Big Ten) to score a pair of second-half goals in its 2-0 defeat over Penn State (4-8-2, 2-2-0) Sunday. With a goal by freshman Scott Lorenz in the 61st minute and a second strike by sophomore Victor Diaz in the 63rd, the Badgers moved one conference victory closer to claiming the 2006 Big Ten title.After the match, Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman attributed the win to hard work, good ball movement and strong field vision.”When we’re moving the ball and moving off of the ball and seeing things quickly and playing quickly — there are a lot of good things that can happen with our team,” Rohrman said. “I thought [Sunday] we did a good job of that. I think it was obviously a tremendous win, and I was really pleased with the effort and the performance today.”After a scoreless first half, the Nittany Lions produced some dangerous opportunities in the first 15 minutes of the second half — including a chance from six yards out that was bounced off the crossbar. However, it was the Badgers who got on the scoreboard first, following some tactical passing that would make the Dutch national team jealous.In the 61st minute, sophomore Zack Lambo sent a through ball in the direction of Diaz near the center of the field. Rather than play the ball, Diaz ducked and allowed the ball to go through — right into the run of freshman Andy Miller. Miller carried the ball into the 18-yard-box and surgically split a pair of Penn State defenders with a pinpoint pass to a wide-open Lorenz. With the ball near the penalty spot, Lorenz took a touch and then slotted it into the lower right corner of the net to give Wisconsin the all-important lead.In his first career start as a Badger, Lorenz definitely made his match memorable with the game-winning goal in such a crucial conference showdown. After the match, Lorenz expressed his excitement with the opportunity and his overall performance.”[Coach] told me yesterday that I would be starting, so I was pretty excited all of yesterday and then this morning,” Lorenz said. “I just wanted to come out and play my game — not really do anything different, just try not to do too much. Luckily, I got a gift-wrapped goal. I had plenty of time and was able to take a touch on it. … It just felt really good to get [that goal].”Just two minutes after Lorenz’s memorable strike, Diaz continued his cheeky play with a goal of his own. After receiving a pass from senior defender Aaron Hohlbein, Diaz juked his way past three defenders before slipping it past a desperate Nittany Lion goalkeeper. Although the keeper got a hand on the shot, it wasn’t enough to stop it from rolling into the back of the net for Diaz’s team-leading fourth goal of the season.In the defensive third, for the sixth time in the past seven matches, the Badger defense produced yet another shutout. Rohrman praised senior goalkeeper Jake Settle and his back line for the accomplishment. “I thought [the defense] was very good,” Rohrman said. “Positionally, we were smart. We were in the right places at the right times, and we were very alert and aware of where we needed to be. We also had a good understanding of when to play out and when not to play out. I thought the coordination between Jake [Settle] and our backs was very good in terms of dealing with some of the longer balls that [Penn State] was playing.”After Sunday’s important victory, the Badgers are now only one conference victory away from bagging the 2006 Big Ten hardware. The only team standing in their way is No. 9 Indiana (10-3-2, 3-0-1). Although Wisconsin must first handle Northern Illinois and UW-Green Bay before traveling to the Hoosier State, Rohrman and his club certainly have the Big Ten title on their minds. “We’re going to Indiana with a chance to win it,” Rohrman announced emphatically. “We posed that to our boys before the [Penn State] game, and certainly they responded.”last_img read more

East entrance to Woods Park to be closed today

first_imgSumner Newscow report — BNSF will be replacing track panels over the east entrance to Woods Park today and will be closing a section of the road near the Wellington Municipal Golf Course maintenance building for most of the day.  Entrance to Woods Park will only be open on the west end.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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 commentslast_img read more

Week 17 Fantasy Rankings: Defense

first_imgMORE: Which players are sitting out Week 17?Reminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for updates.WEEK 17 DFS:DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! GPP | FD Cash | ValuesWeek 17 Fantasy Defense RankingsRankTeam1New England Patriots vs. Dolphins2Baltimore Ravens vs. Steelers3Indianapolis Colts @ Jaguars4Denver Broncos vs. Raiders5Los Angeles Rams vs. Cardinals6Green Bay Packers @ Lions7Pittsburgh Steelers @ Ravens8San Francisco 49ers @ Seahawks9Cleveland Browns @ Bengals10Buffalo Bills vs. Jets11Houston Texans vs. Titans12Seattle Seahawks vs. 49ers13Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chargers14New Orleans Saints @ Panthers15Dallas Cowboys vs. Redskins16Atlanta Falcons @ Buccaneers17Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Colts18Philadelphia Eagles @ Giants19Cincinnati Bengals vs. Browns20Minnesota Vikings vs. Bears21Oakland Raiders @ Broncos22Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Falcons23New York Giants vs. Eagles24New York Jets @ Bills25Miami Dolphins @ Patriots26Carolina Panthers vs. Saints27Tennessee Titans @ Texans28Chicago Bears @ Vikings29Washington Redskins @ Cowboys30Los Angeles Chargers @ Chiefs31Arizona Cardinals @ Rams32Detroit Lions vs. Packers Week 17 fantasy defense rankings will have some unpredictability added to them by playoff seeding scenarios. Our top two D/STs for the week are slated to be the Patriots and Ravens. Baltimore has nothing to play for, while the Pats have been known to play it safe in Week 17, although they still have seeding to compete for. Most fantasy leagues that continue to the final regular season week think about players sitting out for how it affects offense, but with whole defensive units possibly impacted by single absences, there could be question marks on the defensive side of start ’em, sit ’em questions, too.Now in the cases of Baltimore and New England, you should probably be starting those D/STs anyway. The Patriots take on mistake-prone Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins, which should lead to fantasy goodness regardless of who’s on the field. We’d also feel great about the Ravens’ defense against either Mason Rudolph or Duck Hodges. Either way, there are turnovers waiting to happen. WEEK 17 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | KickerBeyond the top two, it’s about matchups as usual. The Colts (@ Jaguars), Broncos (vs. Raiders), Rams (vs. Cardinals) and Packers (@ Lions) all have great matchups that should be attacked this week. You can also feel good about San Francisco, which hasn’t been amazing of late but faces a Seattle offense that is reeling and now without Chris Carson (hip).If you’ve been streaming the Chargers lately, now is the time to drop them. A meeting with Patrick Mahomes in the season’s final week doesn’t bode well for L.A. You may also have streamed the Redskins against the Giants or the Jets against Pittsburgh. If so, look elsewhere this week.WEEK 17 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endThe final big question centers around Pittsburgh’s defense. Normally, you’d avoid a D/ST at all costs playing against Lamar Jackson. The thing is, the Ravens could sit Lamar. If that happens, everything changes. For now, the Steelers are ranked to reflect a matchup with Jackson. If he sits, vault Pittsburgh into the top 10 against Robert Griffin III and company. (Update: Jackson and Mark Ingram will sit out for the Ravens, and we’ve adjusted the Steelers D/ST accordingly).last_img read more