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2008-09-12 06:00:29

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Jakarta: A small mortar shell exploded Thursday [11 September] near a US copper and gold mine operated by Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. in the most eastern Indonesian province Papua, but no casualties were reported, local police and a company source said Friday. Papua Police Chief Bagus Eko Danto told Kyodo News from the provincial capital Jayapura the explosion occurred near the mining area of P.T. Freeport...

2008-08-06 00:00:34

InterOil Corporation (TSX: IOL)(AMEX: IOC)(POMSoX:IOC), a Canadian company with operations in Papua New Guinea advises that testing has shown an excellent gas flow at the Elk-4 discovery well. After completion of the well, the following results were obtained from flow testing: - Gas flow of 63 million standard cubic feet (mmscf) per day, second only in Papua New Guinea to InterOil's Elk-1 discovery well; - Estimated condensate rate of 1,130 barrels (bbls) per day; - Surface flowing...

2008-07-22 09:00:55

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE: FCX): HIGHLIGHTS -- Net income applicable to common stock for second-quarter 2008 totaled $947 million, $2.25 per share, compared with $1.1 billion, $2.62 per share, for second-quarter 2007. Net income applicable to common stock for the first six months of 2008 totaled $2.1 billion, $4.89 per share, compared with $1.6 billion, $4.80 per share, for the first six months of 2007. -- Consolidated sales from mines for second-quarter...

2008-05-21 06:00:15

Text of report by Papua New Guinea newspaper The National website on 21 May [by Elizabeth Vuvu] Elders in the Duke of York Islands in East New Britain have expressed concern over global warming which is causing most of their islands to disappear slowly. The islands have 21 wards and some, during the past five to 10 years, have been subjected to rise in sea level, forcing the people to be relocated inland. At the Nakukur ward, about 60 families that used to live near the beach, had...

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2007-12-17 14:05:00

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Researchers in a remote Indonesian jungle have discovered a giant rat that is about five times the size of a typical city rat and a tiny possum, scientists said Monday. Unearthing new species of mammals in the 21st century is considered very rare. The discoveries by a team of American and Indonesian scientists are being studied further to confirm their status. The animals were found in the Foja mountains rainforest in eastern Papua province in a June expedition, said...

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2007-12-07 06:00:00

By CHARLES J. HANLEY KIMBE BAY, Papua New Guinea - For time beyond memory on this remote bay of neon fish and underwater gardens, people have avoided the "masalai," taboo waters, where a monster octopus might lurk or spirits dwell in coral caves. Now it's science that wants no-go zones in Kimbe Bay, and it's because of a new fear. From the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean to the central Pacific, global warming and the sea's rising temperatures have been "bleaching" and killing the world's...

2007-05-18 06:00:56

By Hammar, Lawrence ABSTRACT A three-years-long, multi-sited, multi-method study conducted throughout Papua New Guinea by the Institute of Medical Research revealed a staggering prevalence of sexually transmitted disease (STD) that threatens an already fragile political-economy and health services delivery system. Logistics, methodological complexities, and political and especially religious sensitivities hampered conduct of such research. Extremely little HIV social research has been...

2006-08-14 07:31:03

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia abandoned plans for tougher new asylum laws on Monday after a revolt by government lawmakers, as eight illegal immigrants were found on a remote island in the Timor Sea. The new laws, drawn up to ease Indonesian concerns after Australia granted asylum to 43 Papuans, would have sent all asylum seekers who arrived by boat on mainland Australia to detention camps on the remote Pacific island nation of Nauru. But Prime Minister John Howard...

2006-08-14 00:21:24

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia abandoned on Monday plans for tougher new asylum laws, designed to ease Indonesian concerns, after a revolt by government lawmakers ensured Prime Minister John Howard could not pass the legislation. The revolt handed Howard the biggest parliamentary defeat in his conservative government's 10 years in office, and forced him to withdraw the changes ahead of a vote. "The whole bill is out," Howard told reporters, adding he accepted that he did not have the...

2006-05-28 02:51:51

By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two strong earthquakes shook the South Pacific on Sunday but there were no reports of major damage or injury and seismologists said they did not signal an increase in seismic activity in the quake-prone region. The quakes in Tonga and Papua New Guinea hit within 10 minutes but were unrelated to a strong quake on Indonesia's main island of Java on Saturday which killed more than 3,000 people, seismologists said. There were no immediate fears of...


Latest Papua Reference Libraries

Ropen
2014-02-17 19:11:38

The Ropen is a flying creature claimed to inhabit the area around Papua New Guinea. This creature is part of the local folklore, however, the natives believe it is a real animal. The description varies from being bat-like to Pterosaur-like. Its tail is 25 percent as long as its wingspan. It is said to have a diet of fish, but some claim the creature also consumes human flesh. There have been three expeditions in search of evidence of the Ropen’s existence. In 2006, Paul Nation...

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2007-12-27 10:11:13

Southern Tailed Birdwing (Ornithoptera meridionalis), is the smallest species of butterfly in its genus. It is found in southern Papua New Guinea and in several areas along the south coast of Irian Jaya. It is strictly a lowland species, favouring primary rainforest. A very few specimens have also been collected at altitude in Irian Jaya, however these specimens were reared from immature stages and emerged crippled, suggesting that high altitude forests are not favoured habitats. Males...

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Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'