Ellen Aragay, First Papuan to Represent Indonesia in International Beauty Pageant

Ellen Rachel Aragay, a West Papuan English teacher, represents Indonesia in the Face of Beauty International 2018 in India, 7-17 September 2018. She was the first runner up of the 2014 Miss Indonesia and by participating in the beauty contest, she hopes to bring campaign to stop domestic abuse.

“We will campaign on how to stop violence against women both in the household and in relationships,” Ellen told Ata Hasegem, who interviewed her for BBC Indonesia.

The Face of Beauty International was known as Miss Teen Face of Beauty International and first held in 2012. This contest aims to share the visions and ideas of women throughout the world, according to her who was an alumni of International Miracle Institute in Florida. She also competed in the last ASEAN Basketball Cup in 2018.

Her experiences as a teacher also give her an important role to elevate education in Papua particularly through English education.

According to Ellen, her participation in the beauty contest confirms that Papuan or Melanesian are equal to other people.

“We are the same, have competitiveness, achievement, and creativity that are not inferior to other people in the world. Like intellectual intelligence and the ability to socialize,” she said.

Ellen said that her participation in this contest was also a kind of personal achievement. She told that she was once a victim of bullying when she was in junior high school because of her physical appearance. Because of that, she once didn’t want to go to school for about three months. But then she used it as a motivation for her success.

“I struggled, Then I was able to I graduated with good grades. So I proved,” she said while laughing.


Source: BBC Indonesia

Papuan Athletes Win Medals for Indonesia in Asian Games 2018

Six Papuan Athletes won two silvers and a bronze in Asian Games 2018. Emiliana Deau, Stevani Maysche Ibo, Alvonsina Monim, and Since Lithasova Yom, won a silver in Female Canoe/Kayak Sprint while Spens Mehue Stuber and Erwin David Monim won silver and bronze from Male Canoe/Kayak Sprint.

Two of the medalists (Emiliana Deau and Stevani Maysche Ibo) are sent by National Sports Committee (KONI) of Papua while others are sent to represent other provinces. KONI Papua sent 28 athletes including one coach to Asian Games 2018. The contingent consists of 16 female athletes and 12 male athletes.

KONI Papua secretary, Kenius Kogoya told Tabloid Jubi that the athletes would participate in 9 games in Asian Games 2018.

Our athletes from Papua have joined Pelatnas (National Training) since a few months ago. The athletes will also join Papuan contingent in the upcoming National Sports Week (PON) in 2020,” he added.

West Papua Movement Started to Lose Support from Pacific Countries

Vanuatu’s Government planned to submit a draft resolution to the Pacific Islands Forum, calling for Indonesian-ruled Papua to be inscribed on the list at next year’s UN General Assembly.

The intention was conveyed at this month’s meeting of Pacific Forum foreign ministers in Apia.

Despite claims in Vanuatu, however, that other Pacific governments had indicated they would back the draft, no other countries committed support in Apia.

Vanuatu’s announcement of its intention to table the draft was met with demur by Papua New Guinea, Australia and Fiji, while other countries did not make a comment.

Mr Salwai said he would take the draft resolution to Nauru where Pacific Forum leaders hold their annual summit next month.

Vanuatu’s Government could be alone among regional administrations in its bid to have West Papua inscribed on the United Nations de-colonisation list.

Earlier on July, the Melanesian Spearhead Group Director General, Amena Yauvoli also said political discussions about West Papua don’t belong in the organisation.

Mr Yauvoli told the Fiji Times human rights issues relating to West Papua should be dealt with by international organisations.

Speaking during a working group meeting in Nadi on Thursday, he said the MSG’s common enemy is crime and politics should be set aside.

Earlier this week Vanuatu Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu said the MSG was failing because of a lack of political engagement.


Source: Radio NZ

1,000 Energy-saving Lamp Packets Distributed to Yahukimo, Papua

Around 1,000 solar-powered energy saving lamps ( LTSHE ) that had been stored in a transit warehouse in Sentani, Papua, were distributed to the inland people of Yahukimo regency in Papua on Aug. 11.

“This LTSHE packet will be sent from Sentani to Yahukimo using a caravan airplane, with each trip carrying 100 packets that are already unboxed to save space on the airplane,” said Dadan Kusdiana, an expert staff member of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s natural resources economy department, on Aug. 10.

According to Dadan, Yahukimo has been given priority for distribution of LTSHEs as it is a frontier, outermost, remote and transmigration ( 4T ) region. “The challenging terrain in Yahukimo is the reason why state-owned PLN electricity hasn’t been able to reach this area. This is where the role of the government comes in to do pre-electrification through the distribution of LTSHEs,” Dadan said.

Hadi M. Djuraid, an expert staff member at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s public communication department, added that other criteria for eligibility in receiving LTSHEs included places that had not received electrical currents for three to five years. “We will not let these places be dark. PLN will reach these areas,” Hadi said.

The LTSHE distribution program by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry began in 2017 through state budget funding. For 2018, the ministry has established a target of illuminating 167,064 households in 15 provinces, or 1,259 villages.

LTSHEs are categorized according to three types of brightness: maximum, medium and dim. The maximum type provides five hours of light. On medium mode, it can last 11 hours. On dim mode it can stay on for 47 hours non-stop. Each LTSHE packet has its own barcode, and is already registered, verified and distributed to specific destinations. It cannot be traded.

Residents eligible for LTSHE will undergo an introductory understanding course on how to use LTSHEs prior to having them installed. Each LTSHE has a three-year warranty. In case of damage or issues, a service center team is ready to provide help in each district.

“The lights have a three-year warranty. If there are complaints, there are service centers in each district. We have also done socialization beforehand, but there are sometimes language barriers, so we sometimes involve public figures in the socialization process,” said Wawan Supriatna, the ministry’s Renewable Energy and Conservation Directorate General secretary.

The ministry aims to distribute 400,000 LTSHEs to 2,500 villages as part of this program, which runs until 2019. Each LTSHE packet consists of a photovoltaic panel with 20 Watt peak, four LEDs at 3 Watts with a lithium battery, four 5-meter cables, two hubs, a USB to charge cell phones, and a 1-meter aluminum support pole.



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New Face of Indonesia-PNG Cross Border Post

The newly polished Indonesia-Papua New Guinea (PNG) integrated border post in Skouw, Papua is now being a new tourist destination as ordered by President Joko Widodo. The building that stands as the border of Indonesia and PNG looks different than ever before. Officially opened on May 2017, it was built and designed with the cultural taste of Skouw.

The twin building outer design, a replication of entangled spouses, symbolizes the value of unity. Other distinguished cultural patterns and symbols are also embellished on every side of the building. Not only Skouw patterns, we can also find gecko patterns as a symbol of people in the border as well as a shield design on it.

Second Stage Construction

Currently, the main zone of Skouw border post includes the building which has been officially launched. Meanwhile, the construction of the second zone has begun and is expected to finish by the end of this year. The second stage construction includes the building of a church, a mosque, a market with 400 stands, a plenary hall, Wisma Indonesia (Indonesian House), and residential area for the staffs, police and military officers. The security fences and sea cliff’s fences would be built consecutively. Once the fences are erected, there would be no opening for illegal routes, eliminating the possibility of illegal border crossers.

“The first stage construction has completed. The second stage has reached 80 percent and to be wrapped up this year. There is two-hectares area for the national development,” Frans Imbiri, the Deputy of Skouw Border Post Area Development, explained in Muara Tami District, Jayapura (24/5).

Tourist Site and School’s Visit Destination

Not only Skouw Integrated Border Post is a symbol of a rapid development in border area, it is hyped as a new tourist site. Looking back to the old days, most border areas are usually crowded by visitors only during the market days. Now, there is no day without visitors coming from all regions, simply to take photos around the border post.

In order to anticipate the increasing numbers of visitors, the building of public toilets is included in the development agenda. Currently, there have been 10 toilets available inside the main building, and the construction for 10 additional toilets outside the building will soon be started.

Administrator of Skouw Integrated Border Post, Yan Z. Numberi said that President Jokowi instructed that this border post should be made as a new tourist destination. Therefore, people from any region can come and see. According to Yan, tourists’ enthusiasm is lived up after the post launching a year ago.

“Before the construction, the area was only used to cross the border. Not many people passing by here. But now thousands of people from all area of Indonesia visit it as a tourist destination,” Yan explained.

Most of the visitors come to the border post to take pictures of several unique and distinguished spots, such as the SKOUW sign in front of the post, the red-white Border Post of Indonesia sign, the front-side of the Garuda statue, and green areas around the post as well as the border gate. Some even asked the military officers to take picture together.

Not only tourists, groups of students often come to witness the new building of Skouw integrated border post. One of the groups visiting the border on the weekend are children from Children Empowerment Center in Skanto District, Keerom Regency. Those kids wearing green uniform walk along the border area to the neutral zone between Indonesia and PNG while listening to the the tour guide.

“We want to show the children the border and the monument. Many children haven’t been here before, thus we want to introduce them to our country’s border,” Yusfita, the tutor explained.


Source: Okezone.com