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BY PRISCILLA HARRY
Despite a successful campaign in the 2017 RLWC, PNG Kumuls arrived into the country yesterday on a quite mode.
PNG Rugby Football League (RFL) Chairman Sandis Tsaka praised the efforts of the team and said despite going down to England in the quarter final, PNG Kumuls now have the opportunity to take on other nations in the upcoming world Cup in 2021.
The Kumuls are now split up, with several NRL players based in Australia remaining.
The other Super League and PNG based players arrived in the country and will depart for their home provinces.
Tsaka thanked the efforts of coach Michael Marum with his coaching staff, the players, and officials behind the scene to participate in the competition.
Tsaka said PNGs ranking will now change as a result depending on their finish on the quarterfinals but will wait after the end of the World Cup to determine PNGS new ranking in the world.
This year has being a good one for the code itself, PNG was ranked 16th in the last World Cup but we know we can take on from this experience to improve the code through junior programs starting next year, he added.
Meanwhile, coach Marum was hopeful of the teams performance and said the boys had displayed to the best of their ability in all four matches.
Marum said without the support of the coaching staff, players and supporters, the team would not have made it to the quarterfinals.
However, Kumuls captain David Mead who seemed disappointed due to him missing out on the match said the team put a bravery show on their performance.
It was great being part of the team for the last seven weeks of the World Cup, he added.
Mead said it was an emotional experience, but the exposure has brought a new stepping stone and adventure for the code of rugby league in PNG.
For Meads career, he said he will still show up in the next World Cup in 2021 but will travel to Australia to continue his contract with the NRL Brisbane Broncos in the next season.
The PNG Kumuls will meet again for another camp for the 2018 Pacific...
It was obviously very frustrating sitting on the sideline and watching. It was pretty hard to accept at first four or five hours after the game.
As a player, you dont ever want to miss a single game at a World Cup. But that stuff happens in rugby league so you have to learn to accept it.
It would have been good to finish, but it wasnt to be.
Ive learned to accept it and move on.
On the game, Mead said the whole team was shattered after Sundays loss, and breaking camp was very emotional.
The boys were disappointed. But we can be better going forward.
Valentina Ruiz Leotaud | Mining.com | November 21, 2017
Vancouver-based Diamond Fields International announced that it is set to resume its mining activities off the coast of Namibia in 2018.
In an alliance with International Mining and Dredging Holdings, the Canadian miner ran a bulk sampling program whose results officials say were extremely encouraging, with an unexpected high frequency of large, high-value stones.
According to a press release signed by DFIs CEO Sybrand Van Der Spuy, diamonds recovered from the so called concession ML 111 are of the highest gem quality. The recent testing, he said, even exceeded his...
The PNG economy has been through boom and bust cycles over the years, largely because the successive governments have depended on one sector of the economy, the resources sector, Prime Minister Peter ONeill told the conference.
When the commodity prices for copper, oil, gold and gas go down, our economy takes a huge dive.
For example, about 10 years ago, we used to earn K2 billion in oil and gas taxes. Last year, we would have been lucky if we got K200 million. No country can afford that kind of decline and that it is why it is crucial that we continue to build the potential we have in other sectors of the economy, building the base of our economy so it can sustain such shocks.
A mining project at the mouth of Fijis second biggest river undermines the governments stated commitment to green development.
Kate Wheeling | Pacific Standard | 21 November 2017
Some years back, Angie Lalabalavus grandson dipped a fishing net into a hidden pool he discovered in the stretch of shoreline in front of her house on Fijis Viti Levu island, right where the Sigatoka River meets the Pacific Ocean. When he pulled it out, the net was crawling with hundreds of mud crabs. They picked out the very biggest and threw the rest back, and the family frequently harvested dinners from the pool.
Now the pool is gone, and the crabs with it, and Lalabalavu doesnt think theyll ever come back.This place was full of fish, crabs, and prawns, the 60-year-old says, gesturing to the break in the tree line. In earlier...
LEONARD FONG ROKA
ARAWA - It was in June 2008, whilst he was still in office, that Joseph Kabui, the founding president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, died.
Conflict immediately broke out over the burial place of the deceased between Kabuis matrilineal family of Enamira Village in the Panguna District of central Bougainville and his widow and her four daughters from Tadolima Village in the Bana District of south Bougainville.
The friction developed because, to the Nasioi people, a deceased chief of a family must be buried in his original homeland amongst his family so the power and respect he had will flow down his family line.
This Nasioi belief however was not in line with what the public wanted during the funeral ceremony of the president. Many of them stood up to the concerned nieces of the president and said the casket was state property and the rightful owners should be his wife and daughters.
Only now has that conflict been resolved. On Saturday 21 October the argument was laid to rest in a small reconciliation ceremony beside President Kabuis tomb at Tadolima village.
The confrontation erupted on the same day the president was pronounced dead at his official Hutjena residence in Buka in 2008.
It persisted as the presidents casket travelled throughout locations in PNG and in Bougainville and it went on for nine years during which there was no interaction between the two parties.
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has called on tribes to end ritualistic torture, after a six-year-old child was attacked with knives on the suspicion she brought a hex on her community. O'Neill said violent abuse, largely perpetrated by men, against women and girls accused of sorcery must stop. His call comes after the Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation, a charity to help indigenous peoples, revealed the rescue of a young girl from a village in Enga province last week. The girl had been accused of 'sanguma,' a fabled practice of witchcraft. According to the charity, the girl received burns and slash wounds from heated knives.
PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guineas population is growing at an explosive rate, which makes retaining control of customary land vitally important.
Customary land is very valuable. It sustains a huge economy and provides employment for three million local farmers.
Customary land is also vital for food security and it makes people strong and self-reliant.
The 2011 national census reported PNGs population to be 7.2 million but, at a growth rate of over 2% a year, it has already grown to an estimated 8.3 million.[
That is a 1.1 million or 15% increase in just 6 years.
By 2030, it is estimated our population will be 10.5 million - an increase of 2.2 million or 26% on todays figure.
This increase in population cannot go unnoticed by the government, which must stop its efforts to register customary land as that opens the door to illegal land deals and land alienation.
The government must also stop encouraging and allowing foreign owned industries to take control of customary land.
Our customary land is already valuable and, when we allow outsiders onto it under the guise of logging, mining, oil palm or other activities, we lose a vital asset; one that is only going to be even more crucial for our children and their children's children.
Retaining control of customary land will help reduce the impacts of PNGs population explosion by providing a home, food security and employment for our children.
Since the days of the Tampa, seventeen years ago, Ive heard it said repeatedly that Australians dont care about what happens to asylum seekers and refugees who arrived here by boat, perfectly legitimately, seeking only sanctuary. Obviously after seventeen years, during which the treatment of boat arrivals has only gone downhill, I must finally accept
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The never-say-die attitude of the Vodafone Fiji
Bati players on Saturday showed how important brotherhood was to
Towards the end of the game, players were slower to get up and looked injured, but stood up anyway playing their hearts out.
"It is a sign of team spirit and harmony. They are prepared to do anything for each other. The credit goes to the senior player Kevin Naiqama, who instilled a proud culture," former Fiji Bati captain Petero Civoniceva said.
"We are proud of the brotherhood, which has grown throughout the course of this tournament."
A former Kangaroo himself, Civoniceva said if Fiji's defensive line held, the Bati could also surprise the Australian Kangaroos on Friday.
"We have a wonderful occasion for the boys to take on the world's best. It would be a game that many outside our time wouldn't think we would be capable of playing.
"But we've given ourselves every chance and we have shown last week that anything is possible.
"With the style we played last week, we showed that we could control the ball really well, we completed our sets well and that gave us a chance and defence was the cornerstone of that victory."
Civoniceva said defence would be critical when playing against players such as Cooper Cronk, Bill Slater and Cameron Smith.
"Your defence has to be on point, if it's not, Australia's got players who can really hurt or expose you," Civoniceva said.
Meanwhile, Fiji Bati team spent most of Monday relaxing, but had an hour or so of recovery session at the Southbank in Brisbane, Australia.
Players had a pool session and finished with stretching exercises.
"I think for all of us we want to put what happened in the week behind us now. Now we focus on the next few days really to get preparation right.
"We need to make sure we have enough time to get over the bumps and bruises from the weekend and be ready.
"We have pretty much come through the game in good shape, only few bumps and bruises.
"It was a tough physical match(on Saturday)for Mick Reid (trainer), in his program it is all about rest and recovery and for the body to be back to 110 per cent as quickly as possible."
While Fijian fans celebrated all over the globe on Sunday, the Fiji Bati team travelled to Brisbane.
201117INTERNATIONAL CHILDRENS DAY HAHELA
By Aloysius Laukai
Early Childhood learning centres from North and Central Bougainville combined and commemorated the International Childrens Day at the Hahela Parish on Buka island.
Schools from as far as Wakunai, Tinputz and Selau Suir plus Schools on Buka island, Halia, Hagohe and Tsitalato met at the Hahela Parish and commemorated this day.
Bougainville Diocese Early Childhood coordinator, MARIETHA RUMINA said that celebrating childrens day after four years of operation throughout Bougainville was a big achievement.
She called on Parents to support their children at these early age as these are the critical years of learning for the Children.
She said that children are the future leaders and must be supported by all.
Since the days of the Tampa, seventeen years ago, Ive heard it said repeatedly that Australians dont care about what happens to asylum seekers and refugees who arrived here by boat, perfectly legitimately, seeking only sanctuary. Obviously after seventeen years, during which the treatment of boat arrivals has only gone downhill, I must finally 
211117SPECIAL ABG MEET
By Aloysius Laukai
The ABG Speaker, SIMON PENTANU has called for all ABG members to attend a Special ABG Parliament session tomorrow November 22nd, 2017 starting TEN AM.
Speaker issued the notice last Friday as the time for the ABG next sitting.
The aim of the special parliament session is for the ABG President, CHIEF DR.JOHN MOMIS to brief the house on ABGs position on matters to be discussed in the forthcoming JOINT SUPERVISORY BODY(jsb) meeting on the 14th and 15th December, 2017 and the Referendum preparations.
The President will also use this opportunity to listen to the peoples representatives on ABGs position on matters before the Joint Supervisory Body meeting.
Meanwhile, the ABG members will also get briefing on the directions by Ombudsman Commission on the duties and responsibilities of the leaders.
New Dawn FM understands that one area of concern is that the constituency development grants by ABG members should not be deposited in the members private accounts.
The members will also get briefing on the UN Peace building fund.
Prime Minister Peter ONeill says his government has signed a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese government and the China Railway Corporation that will deliver a number of new infrastructure projects in the Eastern and Western Highlands. These projects are taking place as part of the One Belt One Road initiative that is creating more efficient trade corridors between the Asia-Pacific and Western Asia, he said. The three MOUs cover the China-PNG Integrated Agriculture Industrial Park; the High Priority Economic Roads Project; and the Goroka Town Water Supply Upgrade Project.
New Britain Palm Oil Country Manager Robert Nilkare has reportedly called for the restructure of the National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority and the Department of Agriculture and Livestock. He called for the removal of regulatory powers from all commodity boards and the p...
Bougainville Copper Limited has appointed Bougainvillean Mel Togolo as Chairman of the Board, replacing Robert Burns, who is retiring. Togolo, who only joined the board in October this year, has had a long involvement in the mineral sector and served on the BCL board in the early 1990s. He chairs his first meeting in February, 2018.
Westpac has appointed Kip Hanna as its new Regional Head, Pacific. He was most recently Head of Asia-Pacific Business Development for ANZ, including PNG and Fiji.
Air Niugini has appointed Robin Taman as the new Regional Sales Manager to look after its business operations in the New Guinea Islands region.
The National Executive Council has appointed Solomon Kantha as the new Chief Migration Officer at the PNG Immigration & Citizenship Service Authority, effective immediately and for four years. The decision comes after Kantha was acting in the position since the death of Mataio Rabura.
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After four years of recruiting expatriates into diverse roles across PNG, I have worked with hundreds of candidates looking to move abroad. Based on this experience, there are seven traits I have consistently found in the candidates who thrive.
Living life as an expat provides you with a unique opportunity to experience a different corner of the world than your own, but it wont always be easy.
You may find yourself having to get a little more hands-on than you would at home, or getting a little more creative with the resources you have. Resilience is incredibly important.
If you are the kind of person who is willing to stick it out and looks for an opportunity to learn something from every challenge, you are likely to flourish in an expat role.
Papua New Guinea is one of the worlds most culturally and linguistically diverse nations in the world. As an expat, it is your responsibility to respect and honour the culture in every way that you can and integrate into the community.
It might not be in your job description but, as an expat in PNG, you need to be willing to be a mentor to your team
If your partner or family is joining you, it is important that they feel they can make PNG their home too. This is why it is essential to find ways to get involved in the community and make sure you arent just staying within expat c...
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter ONeill, presides over a country where, according to Mdecins Sans Frontires, the women are the most abused in the world outside of a conflict zone and where they endure some of the most extreme levels of violence in the world, according to the Lowy Institute. (Reported in an article published in The National by journalist Grace Maribu.) Over this humanitarian crisis the Prime Minister expresses his outrage but does little. When the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea finally came out with a press statement on the recent torture of a six-year-old girl over four days at the hands of a baying, adult male mob, it was with weasel words. Weasel words are words and phrases aimed at creating an impression that a specific or meaningful statement has been made, when instead only a vague or ambiguous claim has actually been Continue reading Weasel words from the Tin Man: The Prime Ministers response to the torture of a 6yr old girl.
Megan Van Wyngaardt | Mining Weekly | 20 November 2017
ASX-listed Crater Gold Mining has secured a $4-million unsecured loan facility with major shareholder Freefire Technology that will enable it to continue to advance its flagship Crater Mountain gold project, in Papua New Guinea.
The loan will be used to restart exploration activities at the mine, including drilling, and also the restart of mining operations at the high-grade zone (HGZ).
The funds will also further exploration activities at Craters North Queensland polymetallic and graphite projects.
The first $1-million in...
20 Nov 2017 | PusakaSiaran pers mengecam tindak kekerasan aparat Brimob yang bertugas di areal perkebunan kelapa sawit PT. Permata Putera Mandiri (PPM, anak perusahaan ANJ Group)warga Kampung Puragi, Sorong Selatan, Papua Barat.
Over 6,000 government employees in the public
service, teaching service, the police, parliament and those under
the Official Salaries Act, will receive a pay rise for the first
time in 11 years that will cost the Government of Vanuatu nearly
Vt1.9 billion (US$17.65 million).
The last increase was in 2006 to increase the salary of all government workers. Hence, this pay rise has been a long time coming, the Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) Board and all the stakeholders agreed.
On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the three-member GRT Chairperson, Marie-Antoinette Nirua, Vice Chair, Chris Kernot, and Member Roan Lester, signed the documents approving the pay rise of 22 per cent that will become effective on January 1, 2018.
These documents included the salary review reports and salary scale determinations.
Stakeholders representatives Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Martin Mahe, Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission, Derek Alexander, Commander Job Esau representing the Police Service Commission, and the Acting Clerk of Parliament, Leon Teter were present to witness the signing ceremony of the pay rise by the GRT Board and the Acting Director General of the Office of the Prime Minister, Gerard Metsan.
This week the new salary increase will be recorded in the Government Gazette by the State Law Office.
Also a workshop will be held by the Office of the Department of GRT with stakeholders to help with the implementation of the pay rise to be effective on January 1, 2018.
A total of 3,731 teachers under the Teaching Service Commission will receive the new salary grading approved by the GRT Board, and over 2,000 civil servants, over 600 police officers, all Members of Parliament and staff of the Parliament of Vanuatu, all government ministers and their political appointees of the government.
The government employees in the following sectors Parliament, officers under the Official Salaries Act (OSA) comprising of government ministers and their political appointees, support staff of government ministries and the Leader of the Opposition, Chiefs of Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs, Public Service, Police and its civilian staff, teaching service, and workers in government institutions including Vanuatu Institute of Technology, Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education, Vanuatu Maritime College, and Vanuatu Agriculture College, will be affected.
This work (new sal...
His Majesty King Tupou VI has appointed Lord Tangi
as Interim Speaker of Tongas Legislative Assembly, with effect from
Friday 17 November.
The appointment was made under Clause 61 of the Constitution of Tonga.
A government statement said the Interim Speaker will invite elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly to submit a nomination for Prime Minister designate.
Lord Tangi will call a meeting of the elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly, who will then vote in a secret ballot to elect the Prime Minister from the nominated representatives. The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga will also be elected.
The writ of election will be returned on or before the 30 November 2017. This date is crucial as it triggers the time period specified by law for the nomination of candidates for Prime Minister Designate and the meeting to elect the Prime Minister
Media Statement via Prime Ministers Office PNG
Monday, November 20, November 2017
The Government of Papua New Guinea has signed a serious of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of China and the China Railway company that will deliver a number of new infrastructure projects in the Highlands.
Witnessing the signing of the MOU today in Port Moresby, the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, said the new projects will have direct positive impacts on the lives of people in Eastern and Western Highlands provinces.
These projects will enhance agriculture, roads and water supply in parts of the Highlands will improve lives and help people to be more active in the economy.
China is one of our strongest development partners, and this direct investment is an example of the huge confidence that China and Chinese companies have in Papua New Guinea.
Despite the challenges in the global economy in recent years, the outlook for the Papua New Guinea economy is very positive and we thank our partners for their commitment to our country.
The projects that we initiated today will be delivered in some of the most remote parts of our country where there is a need to improve connectivity and services.
These projects are taking place as part of the One Belt One Road initiative that is creating more efficient trade corridors between the Asia-Pacific and Western Asia.
As this initiative grows we are seeing infrastructure improvements across many developing countries.
At the eastern end of the initiative, Papua New Guinea is deriving benefits that will strengthen capacity to trade across borders.
The Prime Minister thanked the President of the China Railway International Group, Mr. Zhang Zongyan, for visiting Papua New Guinea to see for himself where support can be allocated.
I thank the Government of China and the China Railway Company for their ongoing commitment to Papua New Guinea.
The projects we have agreed on today will deliver positive change for people in many towns and villages.
Your support for Papua New Guinea will be remembered long into the future.
On 21 November 2017, the UK Court of Appeal will hear an appeal on behalf of over 40,000 villagers from the Ogale and Bille communities from the Niger Delta in the latest stage of their legal battle against the oil giant Shell.
The villagers claim that they have been severely impacted by years of oil pollution from pipelines owned by Shell and that both the London based parent company, Royal Dutch Shell Plc., and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, are responsible for the pollution.
The extensive pollution of the Ogale Community was documented in detail by the United Nations in 2011, which also recommended an urgent clean-up programme be undertaken, however, no such clean-up has taken place.
Shell resists the villagers claims, arguing that the parent company has no responsibility for the pollution and that the claims should be heard in Nigeria rather than the UK.
Kalesi Mele | The Fiji Times | November 20, 2017
LION One Ltd Mines will soon have a new mill and processing site after a groundbreaking ceremony at Tuvatu, Sabeto in Nadi.
The new development is set to create employment for about 200 locals.
The company had set up in Fiji eight years ago and was only issued a special mining lease in January 2016.
Acting Prime Minister Faiyaz Koya, who officiated at the event on Friday, said the development was set to have direct contributions to the economy.
It is evident how the company has forged ahead in meeting its exploration targets and is now advancing into the next stage of finalising its deposits for mine production, he said.
This is a positive sign as it portrays the commitment of Tuvatu Gold Mine to produce to its full capacity by th...
Cambodias Supreme Court has dissolved the countrys main opposition party, denying millions of Cambodians the opportunity to vote for their elected representatives in elections next year.
The verdict follows a sweeping crackdown on democracy and political freedoms in the country where Australia has an agreement to send refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.
More than half of the leaders of the National Rescue Party (CNRP), which Prime Minister Hun Sens government asked the court to dissolve, are already in jail or have fled the country.
The court also ordered a five-year ban on political activity for 118 members of the party, which had emerged as a threat to Mr Hun Sens three decade-rule.
The government has accused the party of plotting to overthrow the government with help from the United States, which strongly Washington denies.
Party leader Kem Sokha was jailed in a raid on his home by more than 200 police on September 3.
Human rights group slammed the verdict in the country, where they say the courts ar...
The National aka The Loggers Times | November 20, 2017
A man from Aseki in Morobe has built
a simplified alluvial gold dredging machine using pieces of scrap
The machine, powered by electricity and water, will greatly assist small-scale alluvial miners.
Sam Sky is a Grade 6 dropout from Asini in Salamaua and Bangulum in Bulolo. His alluvial gold-dredging machine was launched during the 103rd Yabem district conference in Aseki which was attended by 14 circuits in the presence of Morobe deputy governor Waka Daimon.
Daimon last Thursday delivered 44 bags of 10kg rice to support and feed the delegations.
Sky said that his first invention was a machine used to husk peanuts after a woman farmer in Markham requested him to build it.
Sky said that it took him two weeks to design and four months to collect materials and tools and another four months to build the peanut pulper.
Sky later designed and built the alluvial mining machine launched last week.
My aim is to help small coffee farmers and alluvial miners who did not have easy access to services in Lae, Sky said.
The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre was officially closed on October 31 and given back to the Papua New Guinea government. Men move daily in and out of the closed centre but reports indicate that approximately 420 men are left. All of these men have refused to move to new transit centres in Lorengau. How 
Air Niugini has appointed a new Regional Sales
Manager to look after its business operations in the New Guinea
Islands region. He is Robin Taman from Taulil village in the
Gazelle Electorate of East Britain Province.
Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Simon Foo in announcing the new appointment last week said Taman is a career officer, having worked with Air Niugini for 25 years.
Taman commenced work with Air Niugini in 1992 as a domestic check in officer, then moved to ramp, traffic and sales before he was appointed Port Manager. For the last 10 years, he managed Air Niuginis office in Moro, Southern Highlands serving the airlines mining clients.
Mr Foo said Robin is a very experienced staff member and with his new appointment, we are confident that he can manage the regional sales performance and bring the sales target to the next level.
The new NGI Regional Sales Manager is based in Rabaul and also oversees Air Niuginis sales operations in Hoskins, Buka, Kavieng and Manus. Each sales manager in these ports report to him. His job basically is to manage the sales performances and create and maintain a high level sales culture focused on delivering results by providing on going coaching and development of support staff.
Taman said Rabaul is one of Air Niuginis major domestic ports linking the rest of the NGI region, handling more than seventy flights a week.
He added that the new role requires full commitment and dedication to achieve the companys goals and objectives and he is confident of taking up the challenge.
Taman said Good leadership is needed to lead and guide our staff at both the sales office and the airport so that we provide quality customer services and at the same time meet Air Niuginis goals. This is a big shoe for me to fill but with GOD nothing is impossible.
He thanked Air Niugini Management and the CEO for having trust and confidence in him. Robin was Sales and Airport Manager at Gurney airport, MilneBay prior to his new appointment.
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First up, youll hear a conversation that Bursts had with a refugee seeking asylum in Australia. His name is Walid, he is 24 years old and from Afghanistan. Manus Regional Processing Centre, where Walid is being held alongside nearly 450 other men, is a facility on Papua New Guinea on the PNG Lombrum Naval Base. The processing center, from here out called Manus for short or MRPC, was run up until October 31st by the Spanish multinational company Grupo Ferrovial on behalf of the Australian Government as a way of off-shoring the housing of people seeking asylum. The center was closed October 31st after the Papuan Supreme Court determined the facility unconstitutional in breech of the promise of personal liberty.
So, the Australian government withdrew its medical workers, shut off electricity and water and food shipments. However, the residents of MRPC have refused to be resettled into other facilities in PNG due to fears of physical harm by members of the PNG Defence Forces, as is alleged to have happened in April of this year, as well as violence coming from local gangs wielding machetes and other weapons. The population of the island is just short of 6,000 people and locals have expressed concern that resettlement would affect their economy greatly. In the conversation, Walid mentions two fellows from the MRPC who were found recently hung by their necks in the jungle near the Processing Centre as a proof of danger the refugees face if they leave the premises.
The Obama administration had agreed in 2016 to resettle many of Australias asylum seekers. However, do you remember that first presidential phone call that Trump made, where he ended by saying it was a stupid deal and it was the worst conversation ever? That was #45 chatting with Australias Prime Minister Turnbull about the resettlement deal for refugees on Nauru and Manus Islands. Cancelling that at the time fed into the issues in PNG & Australias national politics with the refugees being caught in the middle as pawns. The U.S. has now apparently changed its tune about the Asylum seekers, having applied for whatever extreme vetting it was seeking and has taken....
LEONARD FONG ROKA
ARAWA In Nagovis we were the first people to uphold the Bougainville Revolutionary Armys fight in 1990, recalled Thomas Kolouko of Biroi village in the Bana District.
But when the [PNG] army came to Sovele in late 1992, Thomas continued, we decided not to flee but remain in our villages with hope for better change for Bougainville.
[But] under Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) control we suffered the most.
He directed my eyes to a concrete cell behind the padres house.
This was our death bunker whenever we did wrong - like drinking - or whenever we were suspected of dealing with the BRA. We were urinated at and defecated over and we died in here.
My visit to Sovele Catholic Mission in south Bougainvilles Bana District had led me to this house, behind which, half-buried in the soil, was the concrete cell measuring about five metres by five metres and four metres in height.
The German priest who constructed it in 1990 used it to store mission records.
Before the PNGDF came, Thomas said in the cells semi-darkness, there were shelves all over this wall. Mission records and so on were stored in here.
But when the army came from Boku, they destroyed all mission records and converted this cell into their sewage tank.
So as time went by and many of our men got into trouble, especially us Biroi and Bakoram villagers, or if we were suspected of having connections with the BRA, we were thrown here.
Some of us were executed around this building while we inside listened to the gunshots and their last cries or the thud of their bodies landing on the ground.
According to Thomas Kolouko, during the PNGDF occupation of Sovele, the mission was the killing yard of Bougainvillean men suspected of interacting with the BRA.
Suspects from all over Bana District were tortured in and around the church. Some were left to bleed their lives away ther...
LIAM FOX | Pacific Beat, ABC
ENGA - A young girl has been brutally tortured in Papua New Guinea after being falsely accused of practising sorcery.
The girl, believed to be about six years old, is now in hospital receiving treatment for extensive wounds and burns after members of her community tortured her with hot knives.
Lutheran missionary Anton Lutz was in the party that rescued the girl from her remote village near Sirunki in Enga province in PNG's highlands late last week.
"It's the first time that I've had to deal with anything with a young child like this and it's always confronting," Mr Lutz said.
The girl is believed to be the daughter of Kepari Leniata, who was burned alive in Mt Hagen in 2013, after also being accused of practicing sorcery, or sanguma, as it is a locally known.
Her brutal death prompted news headlines around the world and drew pledges from PNG leaders to combat so-called sorcery killings but incidents of torture and murder have continued unabated.
Mr Lutz said the torture of the girl was directly related to the accusations laid against her mother.
"Part of the urban legend of sanguma, that women are witches, includes the belief that this thing can pass from mother to child," he said.
"Of all the children in the village, this one was singled out because of her parentage and they believed she was responsible for bad things happening in the village."
PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has expressed outrage at the abuse of the girl.
"Let's be clear, sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish," Mr O'Neill said in a statement.
"In the modern day sanguma is not a real cultural practice, it is false belief and involves the violent abuse...
Lurking behind the debates about offshore processing lies a little-known historical irony: white Australians were once locked up in immigration centers that bore a striking resemblance to the Manus Island and Nauru detention centers, which were recently harshly criticised by the UN Human Rights Committee. And unsurprisingly, they were far from happy about it.
Back in 1921, the United States introduced immigration restrictions based on national quotas. The quotas were tightened in 1924, and again in 1929, and remained in place until 1965.
The restrictions were part of a racist program to close the borders to undesirable migrants, but they carried the pretense of being color-blind. As a result, these quotas affected even Australia a fellow white mans country that proudly advertised its own White Australia policy and boasted of a 98% British population.
Australians of that era violently protested their restriction and the traumatizing border detention that followed. Yet todays Australians have been more than willing to subject refugees and asylum seekers to similar (or worse) treatment. There is also one key difference: Australian immigrants detained and deported in 1920s America were not admissible under US law, whereas it is perfectly legal to seek asylum.
From July 1921 Australias quota for US immigration came out at a measly 279, later reduced to 100 far less than the tens of thousands allocated to more populous nations.
Prior to this point, white Australians had enjoyed a virtually unfettered right to roam the globe. As British subjects, who traveled on British passports, Anglo-Australians could move at will around the still vast British Empire. They also typically enjoyed a warm welcome in the States.
The situation was different for the small number of non-Anglo Australians, who faced many more restrictions on their mobility. Chinese-Australians, for example, had long been excluded from the US by virtue of their Chinese race.
Coming at a time when Anglo-Australians were used to crossing borders with ease, the US restrictions came as a shock. At first, they were effectively ignored, but it soon transpired that the quotas would be strictly enforced.
Within months, Australians who ventured to the States in excess of the quota were being detained and deported. In almost all cases, these were not shady underworld figures, but respectable citizens who had casually disregarded or misunderstood the new law. From late 1921, dozens of prosperous and even high-profile Australians would be locked up and expelled like hardened criminals..........
The professor of Jewish studies passes under an ornate archway, leading to another part of the sprawling History of the Bible floor. Keeping up with him isnt easy, as we dodge workers who continue to install museum panels before opening day.
Theres nothing false anywhere, Professor Lawrence Schiffman says over his shoulder, gesturing towards dozens of Torah scrolls carefully lit for preservation. Ive been walking around even today, reading more labels. We keep criticizing little picky things; thats our job as scholars.
Led by Schiffman, who sports a Brooklyn accent and traditional kippah head covering, the scene would fit more at a New York synagogue than a Bible museum founded by evangelical Christians. Director of Hebraic and Judaic studies at New York University, he has served as a Hebrew manuscripts consultant since early 2016 for Museum of the Bible, which opened last weekend in Washington DC.
This museum is not a hijacking of Jewish tradition to serve another religion, he says bluntly when asked about its mostly Christian funding. Its legit.
Proving legitimacy has been an uphill battle since its announcement in 2011. Brimming with technology and artifacts that illuminate the sacred text, Museum of the Bible has been hounded by various critiques. Theres either too much God or not enough Jesus, depending on the critic.
Yet even skeptics are wowed by the high-tech museum once they see it. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Kennicott called Museum of the Bible rich in content [and] stocked with historic treasures. His front-page Washington Post story was effusive: It sets a new standard for how this countrys museums fuse entertainment and education.
Envisioned by Hobby Lobby craft chain owners Steve and Jackie Green, the Museum of the Bible reflects a kaleidoscope of faith traditions, story formats, and artistic approaches. A closer look at the multi-faceted museum offeringswith commentary from the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant scholars at the heart of itilluminates the 430,000-square-foot experience.
I grew up in Oklahoma, the Bible belt of the country, in a very small community, says Jackie Green. Everybody knew everybody. Its been such a delight for me to be able to rub shoulders, so to speak, with people who arent just like mebut they still have a great love for the Bible.
From the first floor, the variety at Museum of the Bible can be jarring. Ornate....
The Earth seems to have been smoking a lot recently. Volcanoes are erupting in Iceland, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ecuador and Mexico right now. Others, in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, erupted recently but seem to have calmed down. Many of these have threatened homes and forced evacuations. But among their spectators, these eruptions raise this question: Is there such a thing as a season for volcanic eruptions? While volcanoes may not have "seasons" as we know them, scientists have started to discern intriguing patterns in their activity. Eruptions caused by a shortened day The four seasons are caused by the Earth's axis of rotation tilting toward and away from the sun. But our planet undergoes another, less well-known change, which affects it in a more subtle way, perhaps even volcanically. Due to factors like the gravitational pull of the sun and moon, the speed at which the Earth rotates constantly changes. Accordingly the length of a day actually varies from year to year. The difference is only in the order of milliseconds. But new research suggests that this seemingly small perturbation could bring about significant changes on our planet - or more accurately, within it.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was sent to a detention centre on Manus Island overnight after he was unable to name a single song when asked to nominate a favourite track by iconic rock band AC/DC in an interview following the death of founding guitarist Malcolm Young.
Former NSW Premier Mike Baird, who cited Dirty deeds done dirt cheap as the song that inspired his career, was quick to put his hand up for the top role.
I retired from politics to help members of my family through serious illness six months ago but everyones fine now, he said. Its amazing what $887,000 can do for your health.
Baird has already launched his election campaign, promising to get the greyhound racing industry back in [the] black and everything else in the country on the highway to hell in record time.
Turnbull issued a statement saying that he could reel off the name of every piece ever written by Mozart, Beethoven and Bach like every other regular Aussie bloke and shouldnt be punished for this one small lapse in cultural knowledge.
The Prime Minister Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, has expressed outrage on behalf of the Nation after the serious abuse of a 6-year-old girl in Enga Province by adult males claiming sanguma as their excuse.
PM ONeill said police had been dispatched to investigate the abuse, and any individual who tries to impede the lawful investigation will be arrested.
The Prime Minister said the attacks cannot be tolerated and the abusers must be exposed, and this requires leadership from community elders.
Lets be clear, sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish, the Prime Minister said.
In the modern day sanguma is not a real cultural practice, it is false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.
The men behind these murders are cowards who are looking for someone to blame because of their own failure in life.
These violent acts are against our values as a nation and are completely unacceptable.
The Prime Minister said local communities hold the key to ending sanguma activities, but leaders must step up and be strong.
In the case of the young girl who was recently attacked in Enga, we are grateful for the brave people who gave her first aid and took her to a safe location.
The nation needs more of these unsung heroes who do the right thing, even when it means standing up against people in their own communities.
At the same time, any community leaders who allow this abuse to continue are just as bad as the men who carry out the crimes.
As a Christian Nation these abuses are also an attack on our religion, that goes against all the teachings of the Church.
The Christian faith that we share teaches us to love one another and uphold the rights of the young and the weak.
In Churches around our country, I call on Leaders to discuss this issued and how you would deal with this violence if it was tried in your communities.
Our Government will keep working with Churches and communities, as well as the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, to end these false beliefs and to protect the lives of all Papua New Guineans.
171117TWO MORE COMPANIES TO JOIN EXPLORERS
By Aloysius Laukai
Meanwhile, The ABG President, Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS also announced that the BEC will be considering two more mineral exploration applications and four alluvial mining applications that are currently being processed by the Department of Minerals and Energy Resources.
He said that the government anticipates to grant some more licenses from these applications before the end of the year.
President MOMIS said that whilst the Government pursue these economic opportunities for Bougainville it is also building its regulatory capacity to prudently manage these resources to ensure the associated social and environmental risks are mitigated and the benefits are shared equally with all Bougainvilleans and our investors get their fair share from their investments.
171117TWO LOCAL COMPANIES GET EXPLORATION LICENSES
By Aloysius Laukai
The Bougainville Executive Council today approved to grant mineral exploration licenses for the TORE and ISINA areas of Bougainville thus setting the stage for the Bougainville mining industry to move forward towards achieving the ABGs agenda of attaining fiscal self-reliance.
ABG President, CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS when making the announcement today said that the licenses were awarded to joint venture companies between landowners of these areas and foreign partners.
He said that he believed this was an unique opportunity because for the first time traditional landowners are involved in large mineral exploration activities in PNG and Bougainville.
DR MOMIS said that the Bougainville mining law recognises the Rights of traditional landowners over their minerals and it is only fair that they are involved in the exploration and development of these mineral resources from the start.
In the Isina area, CENTRAL BOUGAINVILLE, the exploration license was awarded to Isina Resources Holding Limited and the TORE area, TINPUTZ, two exploration licenses were given to joint venture companies, KALIA INVESTMENT LIMITED and TOREMANA RESOURCES LIMITED.
The President said that the government expects these companies to commence activities immediately.
171117UN LEADER VISITS BOUGAINVILLE
By Aloysius Laukai
As the date of the Bougainville Referendum draws near many UNITED NATIONS leaders are visiting Bougainville to make sure Bougainville is on the right track.
And today the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, MR.MIROSLAV JENCA and delegation arrived in Buka for a two-days visit to Bougainville.
They were met at the Buka airport by UN staff and ABG Ministers including the ABG Vice President, RAYMOND MASONO.
A Nissan Cultural group performed their traditional dance for the first time to welcome the delegation which included to National members, WILLIAM NAKIN and TIMOTHY MASIU and the ABG Speaker, SIMON PENTANU.
The team then met with the ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS ,the Speaker of ABG House of Representatives, SIMON PENTANU and Ministers for Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU and other ministers.
The delegation will meet the Bougainville women leaders tomorrow morning at the Malasang Womens resource centre and meet the Bougainville ex-combatants before returning to Port Moresby tomorrow afternoon.
It was a solid game against England, says Prime Minister Peter ONeill.
Our team played hard, and they can now learn from the experience and look towards the next World Cup.
The PM says regardless of the result in Melbourne, outstanding games have been played by the Kumuls in this World Cup tournament.
They have again united the nation as we watched the games, and we have all been impressed, continues ONeill.
Throughout the world cup home games our stadium was full, and all eyes in the country glued on the television sets with children and families cheering.
I again congratulate everyone who has been involved with the 2017 Rugby League World Cup matches in Papua New Guinea.
We look forward to welcoming our boys home to Papua New Guinea.
The PNG LNG Kumuls bowed out of the Rugby League World Cup after going down to England 36-6 in the quarter-finals Sunday afternoon (Nov 19) at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.
New Guinea Air is increasing its travel capacity in preparation for
the festive season.
PNG Air obtained its seventh ATR 72-600 (P2-ATF) aircraft last Thursday.
Chief commercial officer Paul Abbot said the airlines latest addition to its fleet would increase capacity and the frequency of domestic flights.
As we prepare ourselves for the very busy peak period in December, the additional capacity will help ensure we are able to meet the travel needs of more people looking to go home for the holidays, he said.
The aircraft is currently undergoing the modifications required to prepare it for commercial operations.
Its services will begin on Dec 4.
The project for Tonga to buy crops and other
products from locals and export them to New Zealand will begin in
February 2018, said Labour and Commerce CEO Edgar Cocker.
The Ministry has secured about $1.5 million paanga (US$1.1 million) to start the project with, he said.
A deal in April for Tonga to send food, fish and handicrafts direct to New Zealand suppliers was struck at the time after a team of government officials from Tonga met with J & P Turner Ltd, the parent company of importer Fresh Direct Ltd and other supplier officials in Auckland.
I already have the money. But we will begin by buying and exporting yams, arum, cassava, taros and water melons, Cocker said.
The project will start in Eua because it already has a multi-purpose pack house funded by the Australian government.
Cocker gave Kaniva News copy of a conceptual design of a new pack house the Ministry planned to build in Vavau, Lapaha and Vain.
It will follow with two more new pack houses planned to be built in Houma and Hihifo in Tongatapu.
Cocker thanked the Ministrys former CEO Kulufeinga Anisi Bloomfield as he was the one who initiated the project.
I am happy to do this as I did it before with FIMCO the exporting of Tongan food and products overseas before I left the company, Cocker said.
Jeff Turner from J & P Turner Ltd told Kaniva News the company has had discussions regarding the receiving and distribution of Tongan produce.
We have a long and deep connection with Tonga and are certainly keen to be doing all we can to help with Tonga economy which in turn helps the individual growers and farmers in Tonga, Jeff Turner said.
It is understood the company was waiting for further developments in Tonga.
Turners, New Zealands biggest food and nutritional supplier, will sell Tongan produce and products to their New Zealand markets.
Other New Zealand suppliers also agreed to receive and sell Tongan body tuitui oil and handicrafts.
Cocker said the Ministry was looking for more New Zealand suppliers.
SOURCE: KANIVA TONGA NEWS/PACNEWS
New Zealand suffered an upset at the hands of
Pacific island rivals for the second week in a row to bow out of
the Rugby League World Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 4-2
loss to Fiji on Saturday.
Apisai Koroisau kicked penalties either side of half time at Wellington Regional Stadium to give Fiji victory in a dogfight of a test match and a ticket to a semi-final against reigning champions Australia in Brisbane next week.
Tonga, who beat Lebanon in Saturdays other quarter-final, will take on England or Papua New Guinea, in the other semi in Auckland.
New Zealand had been looking to get back on track after a stunning upset at the hands of the Tongans last week, the first by a tier two nation against tier one opposition at a World Cup.
One of only three countries to have won the World Cup, the 2008 champions instead found themselves under huge pressure from the off and but for Fijis decision to tap penalties rather than take the points, could have faced a heavy deficit at the break.
As it was, the two points from hooker Koroisaus successful 15th minute effort were all that divided the teams.
New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson levelled up the scores from the kicking tee five minutes after the break but the hosts were unable to build on that as winger Jordan Rapana was sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul two minutes later.
Koroisau restored Fijis lead with his second penalty just after the hour mark and the islanders held out for the remaining 19 minutes to reach the last four of the World Cup for the third straight tournament.
Captain Kevin Naiqama was reduced to tears after Fiji stunned New Zealand to set up a World Cup semi-final against Australia.
The Kiwis were highly fancied to progress despite last week's shock defeat by Tonga but they produced a flat performance and Fiji took advantage to claim a 4-2 win in a tryless game.
Full-back Naiqama was named man of the match and he gave an emotional post-match interview.
He said: "It's indescribable. I'm so proud of these boys.
"I had the utmost belief from the moment we went into camp. I never stopped believing. I always said we could win this game. It's a dream come true to get it done."
Star half-back Jarryd Hayne said: "We slayed a giant tonight.
"We prepared for it all week, we prepared for it all tourna...
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