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Friday, 19 October

21:00

For PNGs sake, lets hope hosting APEC is for the better "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

APEC Haus, Ela Beach (Post-Courier)

BUSA JEREMIAH WENOGO | PNG Informal Economist

PORT MORESBY - In August, under a headline that read APEC is for you PNG, APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko said the benefits of hosting APEC would last for many years and would strengthen many sectors in the economy.

The ministers statement seems to portray APEC as a defining event in Papua New Guineas history with its impact to resonate for many years to come.

As the date for the APEC leaders forum draws nearer, Papua New Guineans will get a chance to assess whether APEC 2018 lives up to its hype and transforms our fortunes for the better.

Or will it instead become a shadow that will haunt us for many years to come. For PNGs sake, lets hope for the former.

APEC is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific. APEC's 21 members (including PNG) aim to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.

Among its 21 economies PNG is described as the smallest and poorest. In this regard PNG hosting the APEC is fascinating and intriguing to its citizens and the world at large.

Nobody knows how PNG is going to fare in this although the government is adamant it will be a success.

The sheer weight of ensuring the safety of some of the worlds most powerful leaders is in itself a monumental task at a time when there is heightened fear of geo-political tensions and terrorism.

Already Port Moresby is described as one of the most dangerous cities in the world therefore success may help to change this perception. It alone will mean another leap forward in PNGs relatively short history. At the same time failure to deliver will be catastrophic.

Although claims by the government of massive benefits in investment and trade from hosting APEC remain to be seen, the event will at least put PNG in the spotlight.

The APEC summit is already by far the biggest event to date for PNG after it played host to the Pacific Games in 2015, the FIFA Under 20 Womens World Cup in 2016 and the Rugby League World Cup in 2017.

Preparation for the summit so far is experiencing a roller coaster ride.

While the government is trying to sel...

20:00

Big health donors defraud patients by ignoring corruption "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Silver Fox's Den

The Silver Fox's Den - a diagram not directly related to this article but kindly provided by the folk at PNGi to show the network of companies established by David Johnson, the subject of our story earlier this week, Silver Fox goes to ground after APEC intervention goes awry

STAFF REPORTERS | The Tokaut Blog | Extract

You can read the complete PNGi article here

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guineas health system is in crisis.

Tuberculosis is at epidemic levels, polio has re-emerged, maternal and child mortality rates are among the worst in the world, malaria infections have increased nine-fold in just three years, no radiology treatment is available for cancer patients, rural health clinics lie empty and abandoned.

The list goes on and on.

Yet this is a health system that for decades has been financially and technically supported by some of the worlds largest multilateral agencies, the World Bank, the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and many others.

Why is their assistance so manifestly failing?

This year Australia will provide $572 million in overseas direct aid to PNG, 18% or $103m is being targeted at the health sector.

In addition, Australia has just announced an extra K24 million in funding to combat vaccine preventable diseases, starting with Polio.

Australian Minister-Counsellor based in Port Moresby, Benedict David says, under the leadership of Minister Temu and the National Department of Health, this additional support will help protect PNGs children from polio and other childhood illnesses.

It is a worthy aspiration but about as far from reality as it is possible to get. Benedict David is either in...

19:00

How China can help save Papua New Guineas forests "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Governor Gary Juffa
Governor Gary Juffa

GARY JUFFA | The Diplomat

ORO - This summer, my country, Papua New Guinea, became the newest member of Chinas Belt and Road Initiative. This global program already spans dozens of countries and represents over a trillion dollars of planned investments in infrastructure development.

Meanwhile, Chinas aid to PNG is surging: only recently, it committed around $4 billion to developing PNGs national road network.

These initiatives mean that bilateral trade is set to increase but if China does not make significant changes in the way it sources raw materials abroad, the outcome is likely to be a bad one for PNG.

PNGs forests are among our most valuable natural resources. Some 70% of the country is covered in forests that support hundreds of rare and endemic species, making PNG a megabiodiverse country.

These forests are also directly critical to the lives and well-being of most of our people, including the communities in my province. But for decades, weve struggled to responsibly manage this vital resource.

The PNG forest sector has long been marked by corruption and illegality, making the timber we produce considered high risk by independent international groups that monitor this. And were losing money on it: the policy think tank the Oakland Institute has estimated that tax evasion in the sector may be costing PNG over $100 million per year.

Despite these problems, PNG exports a lot of timber over three million cubic meters of logs in 2017. Most of that wood is bought by China, where it is made into commodities like furniture and flooring. Research from the watchdog group Global Witness showed that some of these products are ending up in places like the United States.

Although China doesnt have a law that bans the import of illegal timber, the United States and other major markets like the European Union do, making this trade a risky one for China. In fact, China is falling behind other major economies in not enacting such a law, and continuing to source risky timber from cor...

18:40

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

191018PRESIDENTS VILLA COMPLETED IN TIME FOR OPENING
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Presidents VILLA or official residence has been completed just in time for its official opening next Thursday.
The keys were handed over to the ABG Deputy Chief Secretary, Policy and acting Secretary for Technical services, THOMAS RAIVET this afternoon.
In his speech, MR. RAIVET thanked the local contractor GENIC INVESTMENTS for completing the project and also for confirming that Bougainvillean companies can bid for projects that normally are given to outside companies.
He said this proves that if the ABG gives contracts to locals they can also do it and also raise their standards.
He said he was happy that the technical team under, BENARD TZILU took the risk in awarding contract to GENIC INVESTMENTS but now they have proven themselves.
MR. RAIVET called on other Bougainvilleans operating in different fields to show their talents so that they can have such opportunity to prove their worth.
He said that many local talents are still hidden and they must come out to move Bougainville forward.
The Deputy Chief Secretary Policy said Bougainvilleans destroyed everything and they must stand up now and rebuild Bougainville into a most prosperous region.
The contract was awarded to GENIC INVESTMENTS in 2015.

Ends

KEY HANDING PRESIDENT VILLA 191018 066

18:36

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

191018MUNEI CALLS ON BOUGAINVILLEANS TO STUDY QUESTIONS
New Dawn FM News

A chief from Siwai who lives in KOKOPAU , JOHN MUNEI today called on the people of Bougainville to study the sample ballot paper and educate themselves how they will vote in the coming referendum.
Speaking on New Dawn FM this afternoon, MR. MUNEI said that this referendum vote is very different because the questions to be put are already out for the people to see and decide their choice.
He said there is no excuse for anybody to make their vote invalid as ample time has been given to study the ballot paper.

Ends

18:35

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

191018PNG MEDICAL BOARD TO VISIT ARAWA NURSING SCHOOL
New Dawn FM News

The PNG Medical board which licenses Nurses and Doctors to practice is to visit the Arawa School of Nursing next week.
The Registrar for the School of Nursing, MELCHIOR DARE told New Dawn FM this afternoon that the School will also have its first graduation of pioneers of the Arawa School of Nursing on the 5th of December, 2018.
MR.DARE said he was happy that the School has continued despite the problems it faced since its inception.
He also thanked the National members past and present for their contribution in supporting the School.

Ends

18:35

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

101018POLLING ENDS TODAY
New Dawn FM News
Polling for the three constituencies having By elections ended this afternoon.
The three constituencies are HALIA, TAONITA TEOP and KONGARA.
According to the official program, Counting will be done at the HUTJENA SECONDARY SCHOOL HALL starting 4pm on Monday.
In the morning the counting officials will go through a counting training to make sure they know what they must do once counting starts.
The counting officials for both shift one and two are requested to be at the Hutjena Secondary School hall by 9 am on Monday.
New Dawn FM will update its listeners and its followers on bougainvillenews, bougainville typepad and on 93.9 on FM Band.

Ends

18:34

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

181018MASIU SENDS CONDOLENCE
New Dawn FM News

The member for South Bougainville and Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU today sent his heartfelt condolences to the family of the late PATRICK DUFFY who passed away in London yesterday.
He said that although he met with PATRICK just for few hours in Port Moresby on Monday night, he knew that he was a very experienced man and would really support the chairman to do his work.
MR. MASIU said that on behalf of the people of South Bougainville he wishes to say thankyou for their meeting this week which was the first and the last.
He said that despite the cultural differences and international boundaries people from far and wide are willing to help Bougainville to rise up tall and higher from the ashes of war.
He will go down in the history of Bougainville as well.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Ends
Picture of Bertie Ahern, President Momis and Patrick Duffy taken at Buka by Aloysius Laukai

Ahern Momis Duffy

18:29

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

181018PASSING OF PATRICK DUFFY
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS has also sent his condolences to the family and relatives of the late PATRICK (paddy)DUFFY who was the special adviser to the Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman, the Honourable Bertie Ahern.
President MOMIS said that he only met MR. DUFFY for a short time, but during that time it was clear that he was passionate supporter of peace and had a genuine desire to assist Mr. Ahern in his role as BRC Chairman.
He was engaging, had sharp wit and quickly became a dear friend of Bougainville.
The President extended his sincere condolences and those of Lady Momis and the Government and the people of Bougainville to Mr Duffys family and his dear lifelong friend MR Ahern.
The world is poorer for his passing and may the lord give comfort to loved ones left behind and all those who knew and loved Mr. Duffy.

Ends

18:28

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

181018LOIO WANTS BOUGAINVILLE TO OWN PRISTINE
New Dawn FM News

A former Primary Industry officer, FRANCIS LOIO today called on the management of Pristine 101 not to sell the copra mill in Buka to CPL but let Bougainvilleans own it.
MR. LOIO made these remarks on NEW DAWN FM today after learning the CPL which has been operating in Buka for many years was trying to take over from Pristine again.
He said that as Bougainville was preparing to become a nation it must secure such factories to start raising her own funds.
MR. LOIO called on the ABG to support locals who can run and manage this company.
Our attempts to talk with the management of Pristine 101 on this issue were unsuccessful.

Ends

18:27

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

181018LOIO WANTS BOUGAINVILLE TO OWN PRISTINE
New Dawn FM News

A former Primary Industry officer, FRANCIS LOIO today called on the management of Pristine 101 not to sell the copra mill in Buka to CPL but let Bougainvilleans own it.
MR. LOIO made these remarks on NEW DAWN FM today after learning the CPL which has been operating in Buka for many years was trying to take over from Pristine again.
He said that as Bougainville was preparing to become a nation it must secure such factories to start raising her own funds.
MR. LOIO called on the ABG to support locals who can run and manage this company.
Our attempts to talk with the management of Pristine 101 on this issue were unsuccessful.

Ends

18:26

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

181018ADVISOR DIES
New Dawn FM News

The special advisor to the Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, has died.
The late PATRICK DUFFY was an advisor to MR. Ahern since 1977 until his sudden death yesterday.
He died at the Heathrow airport in London as he was returning from Papua New Guinea after he and MR AHERN were welcomed by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, PETER ONIEL and the ABG President, Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS at the last JSB in Port Moresby.
The two then attended the JSB meeting that approved the questions to be put in the Bougainville referendum.
The late PATRICK DUFFY accompanied the BRC delegation to Buka last Saturday and was welcomed by the ABG President at a special dinner he hosted for the team.
The delegation returned to Port Moresby on Monday afternoon after the BRC Proper sat for the first time in Buka.

Ends

01:37

PNG POWER CEO REMINDS PNG THAT WE ARE STILL IN "THE STONE AGE" "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by ROBERT T MARAPE

PUMA ENERGY which is owned by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and currently supplies diesel to PNG Power conspired with Carolyn Blacklock to sell off the gas powered gensets because they pose a threat to Puma. It's in exchange for writing off Inter Oil K4b tax owed to the PNG government. Some PNG consortiums are interested in buying the gensets to establish gas power stations to supply power to PNG Power at a cheaper rate than that of diesel power. There seems to be conspiracy and conniving between certain top elements in government, Carolyn Blacklock and expatriates in Deloitte, Puma Energy, PNG Power to rob PNG further by selling the gensets that originally cost K50m each or total K100m. Obviously, they will sell to their preferred buyers under shady deals for a private commission

The government has transferred the two GE generators to PPL to utilise local gas for power generation. Under the controversies over APEC spendings etc, PPL, in particular, Carolyn Blacklock and Bruce Colbert have decided that PNG doesnt deserve gas fire power generation and have secretly assigned Delloites to tender these generators to overseas buyers at a huge loss to PNG people.

We have lost huge money in purchasing it and to...

00:24

POM GEN RUNS OUT OF ANTIRETROVIAL DRUGS WHILE APEC FANTASY SPENDING SPREE CONTINUES "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


From Dr. Glen Mola...

Not always good news! Today we heard at our PMGH staff meeting that we have run out of antiretroviral (ART or HIV drugs) medicines. We have many thousands of HIV positive people on treatment in NCD (and several more thousand around the rest of the country) and they may not have any medicine to take unless new supplies arrive in the very near future. People on ART must take their medicine every single day: they they stop and start again they are very likely to breed resistant HIV. This is not only bad (in fact life-threatening) for the patient, but life-threatening for everybody else in the community who might catch the HIV from them.

We also don't have any Syphilis test kits in the country. Syphilis used to be the commonest cause of stillbirth (babies dying inside their mothers) in our audit stats.- and after we started routine testing of all mothers coming to AN clinics (and treating the positives) we virtually eliminated this scourge from our pregnant mums. But now with no test kits available, the syphilis problem will come back again and many babies will die.

And this week we ran out of Oxytocin, the drug that prevents women from losing too much blood when they deliver their babies. The commonest cause of death when oxytocin is not available is post partum hemorrhage (or excessive bleeding after the birth); so we are probably now going to see a lot more mothers dies even when they come to hospital to have a supervised birth.

And we are very short of surgical sutures - the special thread and needle that surgeons use to sew up their patients during and after operations.

Every day we don't have some essential item that is critical to save medical practice.
And the PNG government does not even pay for any of the Family planning commodities - Pills, Depo, Implants etc. - they are all donated to us by UNFPA and other overseas donor agencies. Eventually this will stop, because PNG has recently been upgraded to a "Middle Income Country" because of our oil and gas extractive industries. And if the government does not step up and buy the FP commodities that we need to assist people to plan their families.....??

Most doctors and nurses still try to keep positive about their work, but in the face of a government that does not support the health system - it is becoming more and more difficult.

And then we wee that there are millions of kina available...

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Thursday, 18 October

22:44

500 cars procured by APEC in free-for-all "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Press Statement by SIR MEKERE MORAUTA

APEC Authority documents show that at least 500 vehicles have been procured by the ONeill Government for APEC, many of them Land Cruisers and Prados similar in luxury to the Bentleys, Maseratis and Mahindras.

The astonishing total indicates that a free-for-all of greed is taking place under the guise of APEC, Sir Mekere Morauta, Member for Moresby North-West said today.

Many of them have been claimed by the Prime Minister, the APEC Minister and top APEC Authority officials, who already have vehicles allocated to them as part of their contracts.

Others have gone to Ministers and their outriggers, public servants and the heads of statutory bodies who are also allocated vehicles as part of their contracts.

Sir Mekere said the APEC Authority documents do not reveal the total cost of vehicle acquisitions. But it must be astronomical, he said.

Nor do the documents indicate whether public competitive tenders were called for all these vehicles, as required by the APEC Act, whether their procurement was scrutinized by the APEC Probity Auditor, as required by the Act, or whether they are to be disposed of after APEC by competitive public tender as required by the Act.

The details are:

Prados and Land Cruisers 208

HiLuxes 88

Forerunners 11

Rav 4s 30

Hyundai Accents 23

Ford Rangers and Everests 12
 

Maseratis 40
 

Mahindras 80
 

Bentleys 3
 

Mazda BT50s 5

TOTAL 500


This vehicle procurement by APEC highlights the greed and self-indulgence of the Prime Minister and the APEC Minister, Sir Mekere said.

It highlights their twisted priorities - spending tens of millions of kina on luxury vehicles at a time when ordinary Papua New Guineans are suffering unprecedented hardship, and the nation is almost bankrupt. What is the total cost of vehicles purchased for APEC? K100 million? Or more?

That money should have been spent on health and education and other essential services, not a giant party for foreigners and PNC cronie...

22:19

Real-time plantation map aims to throttle deforestation in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

JAKARTA The developers of a new interactive map hope to shine a light on deforestation in Indonesias easternmost region of Papua, where industrial-scale agriculture threatens one of the worlds last great expanses of untouched tropical forest. The Papua Atlas is developed by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), with financial assistance from Britains Department for International Development (DFID) and is scheduled for publication in 2019. While other platforms are already available that can track deforestation, including Global Forest Watch, the Papua Atlas is set to differentiate itself by tracking the actual progression of plantation areas and road developments. As a result, users will be able to see the number and extent of oil palm or pulpwood concessions or roads cut through the forest over time, says David Gaveau, a research associate with CIFOR whos developing the map with his colleague Mohammad Agus Salim. Combined with a function to search for concessions in various ways, such as by looking at the identity of a parent company of a concession holder, this makes the Papua Atlas a powerful tool to increase transparency in the plantation sector, Gaveau says. The Atlas links this land use and land cover change map that we derive based on satellite imagery with [a] land ownership map, Gaveau tells Mongabay. So one is able to query, not only at individual concessions, but also big groups [behind them]. Gaveua says the map was conceived to address the current lack of information on how concessions are being farmed

21:00

Bel Isi PNG: a world first "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Can family and sexual violence (FSV) be more than the humanitarian concern that we know it to be? The answer is yes. In Papua New Guinea (PNG) FSV has been quantified as a significant cost to business. For example, for one company recently surveyed in Port Moresby the cost was three million kina in one year alone.

One common story is of a person, most often a woman, who experiences family and sexual violence, and is distracted at work, worried about her safety and that of her children. She may miss days at work because of injury or mental stress. She is concerned that disclosing her situation will only create more problems, so she remains silent and is increasingly exhausted from pretending that everything is fine. Her job performance suffers, she is disciplined by her supervisor and this causes even more stress.

Now let us propose a different scenario. The same woman walks into a workplace that is actively committed to providing immediate, practical support to staff. She has access to safety planning, counselling, legal advice and, if required, to a safe haven. She is aware, as are her colleagues, that her company will help her and that there is a safe space to share her situation.

Such is the direction chosen by Bel Isi PNG (Peaceful PNG): to tackle the problem from the angle of the economic impact on the workplace. The initiative has the dual purpose of benefiting both individuals and companies.

Bel Isi PNGs innovation is three-fold. First, it takes a strong partnership approach involving all sectors government, private sector, and community. Second, it increases resources for support through asking companies to pay subscription fees. Finally, it galvanises leadership, both male and female, to prevent violence and improve services. Combined, this model is a world-first public-private partnership to address family and sexual violence.

Bel Isi PNG started with donations a building from Bank of South Pacific to be used as a safe house and an office space from Steamships Trading Co for a case management centre, both in PNGs capital, Port Moresby. The Oil Search Foundation agreed to design, manage and help fund the project, and the Australian Government stepped in with significant financial backing. Since the initiative was launched, G4S a local security firm has donated 24-hour free transport from an unsafe location to a safe one; Nine Mile Farm and Stop and Shop local producers have donated regular food supplies; Brian Bell   a local homeware store is giving furniture and cleaning supplies; and PNG Power all of the power. The operation of Bel Isi services by Femili PNG, a PNG NGO, will assist survivors and support the existing network of s...

21:00

What should be the values of the people running PNG? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Martyn Namorong 2017
Martyn Namorong - PNG's Constitution provides guidance for a clear alternative pathway to the future

MARTYN NAMORONG

PORT MORESBY - At independence, Papua New Guinea adopted Christian values from missionaries who said Jesus was our saviour who would provide for us heaven.

Post-independence, the miners and loggers came along with other neoliberal capitalist missionaries from the World Bank, the IMF and other multilateral institutions and told us capitalism was the way to heaven.

Our forefathers believed in the message of Christ and gave their land and resources to the churches.

Today their children believe in capitalist economic development and are giving PNG's land and resources to the capitalists.

Whereas Christian missionaries called for repentance and behavioural change to attain salvation, nowadays we talk of foreign direct investment and economic growth to attain deliverance.

It is these pathological ideologies that shape the mindsets of Papua New Guineans and which we need to rid ourselves of.

Who is to say, for instance, that if are rid of the O'Neill regime that it will be replaced with something better? We once rejoiced when Peter ONeill replaced Michael Somare.

If the mindsets of those who run PNG now, and who will do so in the future are enslaved by pathological ideologies, we will continue to face the same issues.

The challenge now is to change the narrative and articulate an alternative model of development that is relevant to PNG.

Fortunately for PNG, the alternative model was already in existence for 50,000 years before colonisation.

This model is people-centred and based on the strengths of every citizen of this country.

It is a development model articulated in the PNG Constitutions five national goals and directive principles.

For 50,000 years, our societies were able to survive in this land because of the strength and contribution of every member. That is why, at independence, our people stated through the Constitution that empowering eve...

What should be the values of the people running PNG? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Martyn Namorong 2017
Martyn Namorong - PNG's Constitution provides guidance for a clear alternative pathway to the future

MARTYN NAMORONG

PORT MORESBY - At independence, Papua New Guinea adopted Christian values from missionaries who said Jesus was our saviour who would provide for us heaven.

Post-independence, the miners and loggers came along with other neoliberal capitalist missionaries from the World Bank, the IMF and other multilateral institutions and told us capitalism was the way to heaven.

Our forefathers believed in the message of Christ and gave their land and resources to the churches.

Today their children believe in capitalist economic development and are giving PNG's land and resources to the capitalists.

Whereas Christian missionaries called for repentance and behavioural change to attain salvation, nowadays we talk of foreign direct investment and economic growth to attain deliverance.

It is these pathological ideologies that shape the mindsets of Papua New Guineans and which we need to rid ourselves of.

Who is to say, for instance, that if are rid of the O'Neill regime that it will be replaced with something better? We once rejoiced when Peter ONeill replaced Michael Somare.

If the mindsets of those who run PNG now, and who will do so in the future are enslaved by pathological ideologies, we will continue to face the same issues.

The challenge now is to change the narrative and articulate an alternative model of development that is relevant to PNG.

Fortunately for PNG, the alternative model was already in existence for 50,000 years before colonisation.

This model is people-centred and based on the strengths of every citizen of this country.

It is a development model articulated in the PNG Constitutions five national goals and directive principles.

For 50,000 years, our societies were able to survive in this land because of the strength and contribution of every member. That is why, at independence, our people stated through the Constitution that empowering e...

20:00

Transparency demands full disclosure of APEC vehicle purchases "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bentley
Three Bentleys, 40 Maseratis and many luxury SUVs are said to have been purchased for the 3-day APEC forum in Port Moresby

KEITH JACKSON

PORT MORESBY The Papua New Guinea chapter of Transparency International (TIPNG) has said the only way to stop allegations of corruption is for the government to be honest and transparent in its procurement processes.

Late yesterday TIPNG called for the government and the APEC Authority to publicly disclose the total cost involved in the purchase and import of 40 Maserati and three Bentley sedans and other luxury vehicles which generated controversy in PNG and internationally this week after it was estimated the purchases amounted to at least 40 million kina.

The organisation also said that the government needs to demonstrate that it had complied with public procurement processes.

APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko MP said the government had procured the vehicles in the expectation they would be later sold to private sector buyers after next months APEC leaders forum in the national capital.

We have heard only vehement denials of corruption by the government and the APEC Authority, but they have not been forthcoming with procurement documents, such as an invitation for bids or receipts of purchase, let alone a list of private sector entities willing to purchase the vehicles, the TIPNG board said in a statement.

It is therefore not surprising that the public is suspicious of these purchases.

To assuage these legitimate concerns, the government, particularly the APEC ministry and the Department of Finance, must publicly release these procurement documents, otherwise it may be necessary for the relevant agencies such as the Police or Ombudsman Commission to compel them to do so by investigating the matter.

The statement said that the Government had recently passed the National Procurement Act along with other recent public finance reform legislation which was intended to strengthen public trust in procurement.

However it is difficult to see how the general public can have confidence in a system which, in the absence of tra...

Transparency demands full disclosure of APEC vehicle purchases "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bentley
Three Bentleys, 40 Maseratis and many luxury SUVs are said to have been purchased for the 3-day APEC forum in Port Moresby

KEITH JACKSON

PORT MORESBY The Papua New Guinea chapter of Transparency International (TIPNG) has said the only way to stop allegations of corruption is for the government to be honest and transparent in its procurement processes.

Late yesterday TIPNG called for the government and the APEC Authority to publicly disclose the total cost involved in the purchase and import of 40 Maserati and three Bentley sedans and other luxury vehicles which generated controversy in PNG and internationally this week after it was estimated the purchases amounted to at least 40 million kina.

The organisation also said that the government needs to demonstrate that it had complied with public procurement processes.

APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko MP said the government had procured the vehicles in the expectation they would be later sold to private sector buyers after next months APEC leaders forum in the national capital.

We have heard only vehement denials of corruption by the government and the APEC Authority, but they have not been forthcoming with procurement documents, such as an invitation for bids or receipts of purchase, let alone a list of private sector entities willing to purchase the vehicles, the TIPNG board said in a statement.

It is therefore not surprising that the public is suspicious of these purchases.

To assuage these legitimate concerns, the government, particularly the APEC ministry and the Department of Finance, must publicly release these procurement documents, otherwise it may be necessary for the relevant agencies such as the Police or Ombudsman Commission to compel them to do so by investigating the matter.

The statement said that the Government had recently passed the National Procurement Act along with other recent public finance reform legislation which was intended to strengthen public trust in procurement.

However it is difficult to see how the general public can have confidence in a system which, in the absence of t...

19:30

Once upon a time in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

GreedySIMON DAVIDSON

A man controlled by self-inflation
Did bring great sadness to a nation
Bounteous coffers somehow breached
Untold millions to somewhere leached

Many people deprived of future wealth
Cleverly done, probably by stealth
Then, later, it became more rank
When a whole country became his bank

The peoples wealth became his millions
Which soon enough were untold billions
Then seeking praise and lavish fuss
A feast announced for them not us

By squandering the national treasure
Wasting our wealth in dreadful measure
An insane display of needless luxury
Astounding those with eyes to see

This story of a strange and mythic land
Its wealth disappearing into sand
Caused thoughts of ousting tyranny
And people living in peace and prosperity

Once upon a time in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

GreedySIMON DAVIDSON

A man controlled by self-inflation
Did bring great sadness to a nation
Bounteous coffers somehow breached
Untold millions to somewhere leached

Many people deprived of future wealth
Cleverly done, probably by stealth
Then, later, it became more rank
When a whole country became his bank

The peoples wealth became his millions
Which soon enough were untold billions
Then seeking praise and lavish fuss
A feast announced for them not us

By squandering the national treasure
Wasting our wealth in dreadful measure
An insane display of needless luxury
Astounding those with eyes to see

This story of a strange and mythic land
Its wealth disappearing into sand
Caused thoughts of ousting tyranny
And people living in peace and prosperity

19:00

APEC imbibes our countrys wealth "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

40 maseratisJIMMY AWAGL

APEC brings beauty to Moresby city
At great expense to the peoples funds
Pay cuts, medicine cuts, budget cuts
Pay for greater glory of glorious leaders
With health and education falling apart

Maserati sedans at excessive cost
Sucking scarce resources of the nation
Government desires to appear classy
To impress a sceptical global elite
Notwithstanding some dubious deals

APEC minister indulges in three days joy
While the nation suffers for decades
A PM dedicated to celebrity hospitality
Entertaining foreign dignitaries we do not know
In the hope they may plunder our resources

For the good of the nation, quoth the PM
While the people wail in bitterness
As this government of crooks and cronies
Says theres no money like borrowed money
And foreign banks laugh and applaud

We know not about these deals
For personal gain or national good
We fear there is high level corruption
And ask when will our government step away?
While watching a goat serve APEC as a sheep

Our kina growing worthless by the day
Our schools bashed, smashed, trashed
Our people die needlessly of ancient disease
Our teachers pay cut, public servants on their knees
While leaders look only at Moresby, their citadel

APEC imbibes our countrys wealth "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

40 maseratisJIMMY AWAGL

APEC brings beauty to Moresby city
At great expense to the peoples funds
Pay cuts, medicine cuts, budget cuts
Pay for greater glory of glorious leaders
With health and education falling apart

Maserati sedans at excessive cost
Sucking scarce resources of the nation
Government desires to appear classy
To impress a sceptical global elite
Notwithstanding some dubious deals

APEC minister indulges in three days joy
While the nation suffers for decades
A PM dedicated to celebrity hospitality
Entertaining foreign dignitaries we do not know
In the hope they may plunder our resources

For the good of the nation, quoth the PM
While the people wail in bitterness
As this government of crooks and cronies
Says theres no money like borrowed money
And foreign banks laugh and applaud

We know not about these deals
For personal gain or national good
We fear there is high level corruption
And ask when will our government step away?
While watching a goat serve APEC as a sheep

Our kina growing worthless by the day
Our schools bashed, smashed, trashed
Our people die needlessly of ancient disease
Our teachers pay cut, public servants on their knees
While leaders look only at Moresby, their citadel

17:01

Sir Mekere:500 cars procured by APEC in free-for-all "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


APEC Authority documents show that at least 500 vehicles have been procured by the ONeill Government for APEC, many of them Land Cruisers and Prados similar in luxury to the Bentleys, Maseratis and Mahindras.

The astonishing total indicates that a free-for-all of greed is taking place under the guise of APEC, Sir Mekere Morauta, Member for Moresby North-West said yesterday.

Many of them have been claimed by the Prime Minister, the APEC Minister and top APEC Authority officials, who already have vehicles allocated to them as part of their contracts.

Others have gone to ministers and their outriggers, public servants and the heads of statutory bodies who are also allocated vehicles as part of their contracts."

Sir Mekere said the APEC Authority documents do not reveal the total cost of vehicle acquisitions.

 But it must be astronomical, he said.

Nor do the documents indicate whether public competitive tenders were called for all these vehicles, as required by the APEC Act, whether their procurement was scrutinised by the APEC Probity Auditor, as required by the Act, or whether they are to be disposed of after APEC by competitive public tender as required by the Act.

The details are:
Prados and Land Cruisers 208
HiLuxes 88
Forerunners 11
Rav 4s 30
Hyundai Accents 23
Ford Rangers and Everests 12
Maseratis 40
Mahindras 80
Bentleys 3
Mazda BT50s 5
TOTAL 500

This vehicle procurement by APEC highlights the greed and self-indulgence of the Prime Minister and the APEC Minister, Sir Mekere said.

It highlights their twisted priorities - spending tens of millions of kina on luxury vehicles at a time when ordinary Papua New Guineans are suffering unprecedented hardship, and the nation is almost bankrupt. What is the total cost of vehicles purchased for APEC? K100 million? Or more?

 That money should have been spent on health and education and other essential services, not a giant party for foreigners and PNC cronies.

Just as the need to solicit donations from Australia, China, New Zealand, the USA, Japan, Canada, Indonesia and Korea demonstrates that Papua New Guinea cannot afford APEC, if we really needed 500 cars to host APEC, that also shows that Papua New Guinea cannot afford to host the event.

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06:31

Police to call Krammer in for questioning "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Police Commissioner, Gari Baki
The claim of an assassination plot by Madang MP, Brian Krammer, has resulted in Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, stating that the parliamentarian and former Task Force Sweep chairman, Sam Koim, would be called in for questioning.

According to the Post Courier (October 18), this is in relation to the 2017 murder of former Border Development Authority (BDA) chairman, Fred Konga, which is subject of an ongoing investigation.

Konga was killed in August 2017. He was allegedly followed and ambushed by 2 vehicles that blocked his way along the Poreporena Freeway in Waigani as he was heading to his home in Hohola.

Baki said the social media post by Krammer preempted some very sensitive information which was of interest to police.

Meanwhile, Koim has come out publicly to clarify that his private message between Krammer was to ensure the politician took precaution when moving around, and did not specify an details.

I did not tell Brian that he would be assassinated as I did not receive such. I told him that according to a source, something might be planned against him. I only conveyed a veiled threat I received from a source, only for him to take personal precautions. I did not tell him that it was connected to his politics or political activities. I did not have that information either.


In Krammers Facebook post, he states that he validates his information from several sources and only makes it public when he is absolutely certain about it.

03:29

Benny Wenda: TRWP, TPNPB, TPN OPM Sudah Bersatu! "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tujuan kita hanya satu "Papua Merdeka, lepas dari NKRI", Ya, benar. ULMWP merupakan hasil dari perjuangan kita selama 50 tahun lebih, dan inilah ujung tombak West Papua yang sudah kami siapkan untuk membawa bangsa Papua keluar dari "neraka NKRI". Sebuah pertanyaan: - Apakah kami orang asli Papua ini punya masa depan "hidup" dalam 50-100 tahun

Benny Wenda: TRWP, TPNPB, TPN OPM Sudah Bersatu! was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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02:32

Tidak Puas dengan Kerja ULMWP? Kritik dan Perbaiki ULMWP, bukan Bikin Organisasi Saingan "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Contents1 ULMWP Jalan Kepastian Papua Merdeka2 ULMWP Gagal?3 Mas "Ego", ULMWP dan Ganti ULMWP4 Suara Kami dari Kampung New Guinea5 Apa artinya Menggantikan ULMWP dan Memperjuangkan Papua Merdeka di luar ULMWP? ULMWP Jalan Kepastian Papua Merdeka Ada satu hal yang jelas dan pasti, dan tidak dapat disangkal secara hukum nasional West Papua, hukum internasional di

Tidak Puas dengan Kerja ULMWP? Kritik dan Perbaiki ULMWP, bukan Bikin Organisasi Saingan was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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01:44

Turut Berdukacita atas kepergian Mama Pejuang pembebasan bangsa Papua, Mama Abina Wasanggai "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Turut Berdukacita atas kepergian Mama Pejuang pembebasan bangsa Papua, Mama Abina Wasanggai (28 Nov 1956 - 16 Oct 2018). Tuhan menyertai Mama sampai di rmh Bapa di Surga. Terima kasih Mama atas pengorbananmu bagi pembebasan bangsa dan tanah West Papua. Tuhan menyertai dan memberi damai bagi keluarga dan sermua sahabat2 dlm masa2 yang sulit ini.

Turut Berdukacita atas kepergian Mama Pejuang pembebasan bangsa Papua, Mama Abina Wasanggai was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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01:28

Royal Flush: Rain Soaks Drought Tour As Dubbo Cops Try To Shield Prince From Embarrassment Of Our Cruel Immigration Policies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

He may be a direct descendant of the family that created the first wave of boat people to Australia, but according to Dubbo Police, Prince Harry shouldnt have to read about Australias cruel and inhumane immigration policies. At least not in the form of a protest banner in the main street of a country town. Chris Graham reports.

Dubbo is perhaps best known internationally for its world class open plains zoo. But yesterday, the eyes of the globe were on the iconic Australian country town for an entirely different reason the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (also known as Harry and Meghan) as part of their Royal Tour of Australia to support the Invictus Games (helpfully sponsored by major weapons manufacturers).

The newly wedded couple were in Dubbo to see first-hand the effects of the drought gripping large parts of NSW. That was somewhat spoilt by an untimely downpour, although in a few weeks time Dubbo and surrounds will likely be back where they started before the Brits brought the rain.

Even so, the wet didnt dampen the spirits of Dubbo residents (from an official population of 39,000, an estimated 30,000 turned out for a community barbecue). That job, at least in the minds of Dubbo Police, was left to local resident Laura Volkofsky, who decided to mark the visit by reminding local residents the Royal Tour probably wasnt going to extend to other parts of the Pacific namely Manus Island and Nauru. You know, where we jail men, women and children seeking asylum. Indefinitely.

A screen cap of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured in Dubbo yesterday as part of their Royal Tour.

And thats how Ms Volkofsky came to hang a protest banner from her apartment window in the main street of Dubbo, only to have local police arrive and ask her to take it down. Because, while it may still be legal in Australia to express a political opinion, the Royals shouldnt have to read about it. Right?

Ms Volkofsky who lives above a florists shop in Talbragar Street in the CBD hung the offending sign up on Tuesday night. It read, ARE MANUS AND NAURU ON THE ROYAL ITINERARY? BLOOD ON OUR HANDS. By Wednesday morning, local police were on the case.

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21:00

40 luxury Maseratis (& counting), but little effort on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

One of the controversial Maserati cars
One of the controversial Maserati cars for APEC 2018. The market value is about reportedly about K229,000 each (EMTV News)

PAULINE MAGO-KING | Pacific Media Centre

AUCKLAND - Early in March, Papua New Guinea began its chairmanship of next months Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit by receiving many senior officials for the opening set of planning meetings.

The lead-up to the APEC summit, expected to become a key opportunity for PNG to unlock its economic potential, has been inundated with talks on trade and investment.

As the smallest and poorest member of APEC, Papua New Guinea has framed its chairmanship as an opportunity to cash in on the digital revolution and its benefits in connectivity and employment.

The chair of APEC Senior Officials, Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu, underlined PNGs participation in APEC as leverage to maintain its domestic policies according to the group.

The work that has come out of APEC has allowed investors to come on shore and be part of our business community, Pomaleu told APEC Bulletin.

You really need to think in terms of what sort of structural reform and ease of business activities weve been doing and that have made it possible for new investments in PNG. Those are pegged on important APEC principles.

He added that conversations surrounding connectivity, particularly in sustainable development and climate change, were important to PNG.

A month before the summit, however, this agenda has seemingly been neglected with the import of 40 Maserati Quattroporte luxury sedans to be used by APEC leaders.

The revelation of the PNG governments purchase of these vehicles, which range in cost between $209,000 and $345,000 in Australia, has been widely condemned as an example of poor governance at a time when the country faces pressing health, education, law and order, and environmental issues.

While PNGs APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko has told media that the costs of the Maseratis will be recovered via prospective buyers, this...

20:00

Last week I was a teenager but just look at me now "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

AgeingPHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - About eighteen months ago a friend and I were talking about walking the Heysen Trail in South Australia.

It runs for a mere 1,200 kilometres from the bottom of Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide, through the Mount Lofty Ranges and on to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Range.

Its not an arduous walk, nothing like the Kokoda Trail, just a bit longer. There is, however, some magnificent scenery along the way and, fortuitously, some great wineries.

The trail is named after the South Australian landscape painter, Hans Heysen, famous for his portraits of statuesque gum trees.

Unfortunately my friend got sick and weve had to shelve the idea until he gets better.

In the meantime we have both clicked over into our eighth decade.

No big deal, it was bound to happen, just not as quickly as we had anticipated.

Or so pointedly.

My friends illness is one of those nasty diseases that seem to particularly afflict older people and which require prolonged treatment.

I havent had his bad luck but Ive noticed the rather sudden onset of uncomfortable and unexplained aches and pains.

For some reason Ive developed a crick in my neck that gets worse when I drive too far.

My right knee also seems to have lost some of its padding and tends to grate a bit when I take the dogs for a run.

If I sit on the couch for too long I produce audible snaps, crackles and pops when I stand up.

Ive still got most of my hair but there are some very suspicious grey streaks there that I didnt notice until I looked in the mirror with my reading glasses on.

I thought I still had a blond mop. Not so it appears. My newly grown and very trendy goatee came out 95% white for goodness sake.

Ive taken to wearing a hat when I go out in the sun because the liver spots on my face seem to be getting worse.

I also now wear a long sleeve shirt in the sun to cover the skin on my arms which seems to have got a lot thinner and crinkled; just the slightest knock will produce a purple bruise.

I wish Id known this was going to happen because I would have taken notice of all the exhortations of the medical profession and started covering up a lot earlier.

And when I g...

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