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2010-11-26 13:10:00

Scientists have discovered a new species of cave fish which has developed without eyes or pigmentation in Indonesia's eastern Papua area. "This is, to our knowledge, the first cave fish that has been discovered in Papua," scientist Laurent Pouyaud told the AFP news agency. Pouyaud and a team of researchers from the Institute of Research and Development in southern France, studied underground rivers, caves and jungles in an isolated region of New Guinea island. A new species of frog that...

2010-06-01 01:07:00

JAYAPURA, Indonesia, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lake Sentani Festival (FDS) to be organized by the Jayapura district administration on 19 - 23 June 2010 will present various of Papua's enchanting potentials under the theme "Loving Culture For Our Future." "The theme motivates us to love human existence through efforts to strengthen culture by caring and preserving Papua's natural potentials, particularly the Lake Sentani community," Head of Jayapura district, Habel Melkias Suwae, said here...

2006-04-07 01:52:02

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will review how it grants visas to asylum seekers, Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday, after Indonesia complained it was not consulted over Canberra's decision to give 42 Papuans protection visas. Australia's Immigration Department recognized the 42 boat people from Indonesia's troubled Papua province as refugees last month after they sailed from their homeland in a traditional outrigger with a banner accusing Indonesia of genocide. Jakarta...

2006-04-05 03:11:20

By Diyan Jari and Michelle Nichols JAKARTA/CANBERRA (Reuters) - A family from Indonesia's troubled Papua province has reached Australia to seek safety and voice its grievances, a Papua-based Catholic priest said on Wednesday as Canberra investigates the truth of the report. If the family's arrival is confirmed, it will be the first boatload of Papuan refugees known to have landed in Australia since Canberra gave three-year protection visas last month to a group of 42, straining ties...

2006-04-05 00:41:25

By Diyan Jari and Michelle Nichols JAKARTA (Reuters) - A family from Indonesia's troubled Papua province has reached Australia to seek safety and voice its grievances, a Papua-based Catholic priest said on Wednesday as Canberra investigates the truth of the report. If the family's arrival is confirmed, it will be the first boatload of Papuan refugees known to have landed in Australia since Canberra three-year protection visas last month to a group of 42, straining ties between the...

2006-04-04 18:16:07

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia is investigating reports on Wednesday that a second boatload of asylum seekers from Indonesia's troubled Papua province had landed in northern Australia. Ties between Australia and Indonesia became strained last month after Canberra granted asylum to 42 Papuan refugees, who arrived in late January after sailing for five days in a traditional outrigger. A spokesman for Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone confirmed there were reports another group of...

2006-03-02 00:02:51

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Indonesia needs to try harder to stop hundreds of illegal fishermen venturing into Australia's northern waters, Prime Minister John Howard said on Thursday. Australia says Indonesian fishermen are venturing into its waters to fish for shark fin because they have depleted their own stocks. Shark fin is a delicacy in Asia and can earn fishermen up to A$200 ($146) a kilo. "There is a case for more effort by the Indonesians," said Howard, who marked a decade as prime...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'