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Wednesday, 12 December

01:26

High-impact eruption at Manam volcano, heavy ashfall blocking sunlight, P.N.G. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A powerful eruption started at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea around 03:00 UTC on December 8, 2018. Heavy ashfall is falling on the island, blocking out sunlight. Volcanic ash rose up to 13.7 km (45 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Darwin VAAC, forcing...... Read more

00:14

Electrification Partnership beginning of new era for PNG Power "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Carolyn Blacklock, the acting Managing Director of PNG Power, says the money that will come from the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership established at APEC will greatly assist the roll-out of electricity. She says PNG Power has sharply increased the number of connections and will concentrate on hydropower.

Carolyn Blacklock, acting MD of PNG Power. Source: BAI

The Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership has been struck with Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. It has the goal of connecting 70 per cent of the population to electricity by 2030.

Currently only about 13 per cent of Papua New Guineas population have reliable access to electricity.

What it says is: if you have good governance, they will back you, Blacklock told business leaders last week.

The PNG Electrification Partnership is not loans; it is not tied aid.

It is real money, starting with US$45 million from January next year. We dont have to go through hoops.

This Electrification Partnership stops PNG Power from having to borrow money.

We will procure, and they will come and check we have done the connections.

Then they will give us the money. It is that simple.

Piecemeal

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00:04

New majority owner of Port Moresby Stock Exchange outlines its plans "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Port Moresby Stock Exchange has new majority owners. So, whos behind Pacific Capital Markets Development and what are their plans for Papua New Guineas bourse? In this exclusive interview, one of the Principals of Pacific Capital, Frank Dunphy, reveals all to Business Advantage PNG.


Last week, Pacific Capital Markets Development Pty Ltd announced it had reached agreement to acquire Bank South Pacific 62.5% majority holding in the Port Moresby Stock Exchange (POMSoX).

POMSoX opened for business in June 1999. For most of its life, it has been under the joint ownership of the countrys two licensed stock brokers, BSP Capital (a subsidiary of Bank South Pacific, or BSP) and Kina Securities (part of Kina Bank).

There are currently 14 companies listed on PNGs exchange, including both BSP and Kina.

Next, the exchange badly needs an electronic settlement system.

The new deal will put the future of the exchange in the hands of two experienced capital markets specialists: Frank Dunphy (a former Chair of the POMSoX) and David Lawrence, former Chief Operating Officer of the Sydney Stock Exchange.

Dunphy says the two have plans to broaden the operations of the exchange.

The two banks have done a good job of creating and developing a market, Frank Dunphy tells Business Advantage PNG.

The new Capital Markets Act stipulates that a company listed on the exchange cannot also be a member (or owner) of it. While passed in 2015, the Act has not been fully enacted, meaning there is no current obligation for either bank to sell immediately. BSP has decided to sell now, however; Kina has not.

Plans

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Tuesday, 11 December

20:00

Counting down at the traffic lights "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Traffic-in-MoresbyBEN JACKSON | Sun-Earth-Sea Blog

PORT MORESBY - I feel the outline of the little red panic button hidden behind my steering wheel.

The lights are red at one of Port Moresbys notorious intersections. It is a city with an unfortunate and unenviable reputation for carjackings.

My podcast continues playing but fades in to subconscious background noise. My focus is outside the car, scanning between the mirrors, the windscreen and little clock on the traffic lights.

The countdown to green begins. Green is important. It means movement, speed and the safety they bring.

120 seconds.

People flood the busy four-lane arterial road and engulf the vehicle, which feels as though it has shrunk down to the size of a matchbox car with me still sitting inside.

Commuters alight from diesel-puffing shuttle buses and stream nearby trade stores and markets to shop for the evenings food.

Packs of kids run across the road, grasping lollies and cans of soft drink, laughing in delight as they make their way home from school.

Street sellers march up and down the lines of traffic and each intersection has its own selection of wares.

At a different, more health-orientated set of traffic lights one can find bananas, guavas, pineapples, peanuts (roasted or fresh), earphones - and earbuds too.

I once saw a man selling a live cuscus an indigenous possum.

Another time there was a guy who, for the right price, was willing to part with two eagles.

At this intersection they only offer and ice-cold soft drinks, cigarettes and buai betel nut the remnants of which leave a visceral red stain that is splattered across road.

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19:24

Armed Papuan rebels who killed workers should be crushed: Politician "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://en.antaranews.com/news/121185/armed-papuan-rebels-who-killed-workers-should-be-crushed-politician
Armed Papuan rebels who killed workers should be crushed: Politician
Reporter: antara 9 hours ago

Jakarta (ANTARA News) The Indonesian security personnel should crush the armed Papuan rebels who had brutally killed 31 construction workers of the Trans-Papua Road project, and find the four missing workers, a politician said.

"This shooting case must be a lesson for all related institutions, including the National Police, Military, and National Intelligence Agency (BIN)," Deputy Chairman of the Great Indonesian Movement (Gerindra) Party, Sufmi Dasco Ahmad, said on Monday.

According to Ahmad, as revealed in his press statement made available to ANTARA here, the slaying of 31 Indonesian citizens is not a simple case. It needs to be handled comprehensively, but the priority should be given to the four missing workers.

No one can point fingers at a certain institution. Instead, the priority should be to find the four ill-fated workers whose whereabouts remain unknown, as the state should be able to protect each of its citizens, he remarked.

Capturing the perpetrators who killed the workers in Nduga District, Papua Province, on Dec 2, should also be conducted immediately to prevent them from repeating their acts of crime, he revealed.

In making this collaborative effort a success, all related institutions must be able to work in synergy by using all networks, resources, and technological capability.

The people, at large, have been awaiting the state`s tough actions against the armed Papuan rebels, he added.

According to Lt Col Dax Sianturi, the spokesman of XVII/Cendrawasih regional military command, as of last Friday, the Indonesian military and police personnel have found 16 corpses of workers in the sub-districts of Yigi and Mbua, Nduga District.

The security personnel continued to update information on the victims, including the workers of PT Istaka Karya. On the day of the shootings, 28 workers of PT Istaka Karya were on the ground, he noted.

Seven of them survived the brutal killings. Nine others were confirmed dead, while seven workers, who also died, could not as yet be identified. Five other workers were still missing, he noted.

The armed rebels also killed a soldier named Handoko and injured two other security personnel Sugeng and Wahyu, he added.

Reporting by Imam Budilaksono
Editing by Rahmad Nasution, Yoseph Hariyadi

Editor: Heru Purwanto

19:00

From arrows to M16s: highlands tribal fights get deadlier "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Enga manSTAFF CORRESPONDENT | AFP

PILIKAMBI - Tribes in Papua New Guinea's rough and rugged highlands have fought one another for centuries, but a recent influx of automatic weapons risks turning minor beefs into all-out war.

Israel Laki misses the old days - just a few years ago - when clansmen would settle fights in what he deems the proper way: with bows, arrows, axes and spears.

It was honourable, he insists, even if an arrow once thumped within millimetres of his heart as he tried to axe a rival tribal fighter to death.

The wiry 69-year-old still carries the scars and spirit of the old ways from this picturesque part of central Papua New Guinea, which Westerners reached only in the 1930s.

Even today, the modern state is little more than an abstract concept in the isolated region, where few respect the government.

Old rivalries persist, as do fights over rape, theft and tribal boundaries.

But tradition is increasingly melding with modernity, to devastating effect.

Locals now speak darkly of an influx of American M16s and AR-15s and Belgian FNs - all brutally effective rifles designed for the military - and of roving mercenaries and arms dealers willing to work for cash, pigs or women.

Papua New Guinea's population has more than doubled since 1980, placing increasing strain on land and resources and deepening tribal rivalries.

Elsewhere in the country, however, tribal fights have become rare or ritualistic, thanks, in part, to urbanisation and the fear of firearms igniting an ever-escalating conflict.

But in Enga province, regional police commander Joseph Tondop has already seen dozens die during the three months he has been on the job.

"I was surprised to see people armed with very high-powered weapons and they were just killing one another by the side of the road," he told AFP.

The surge in violence has prompted a company of around 100 government soldiers under the command of a Sandhurst-trained major to establish a makeshift garrison at a hotel in the main town of Wabag.

"They decide to take the law into their own hands and apply justice amongst themselves. Jungle justice," said commander Tondop.

Under this system, "one person's problem becomes everyone's problem".

Military intelligence suggests the guns come...

18:00

Bougainvilles tinderbox threatens to reignite "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PangunaALAN BOYD | Asia Times

SYDNEY - Foreign mining companies are jostling for exploration rights on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville ahead of a crucial independence vote next year that some fear could revive tensions that sparked a civil war that killed 20,000 in the 1980s.

The island will need mining royalties to maintain a viable economy if the referendum backs independence, but unresolved issues over the Panguna copper mine are still a sensitive point with traditional landowners. Villagers shut the pit down in 1989, triggering the previous lethal conflict.

The referendum is the culmination of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, which formally ended the decade-long bloody civil war. It will take place as the US and Australia aim to work closely with Papua New Guinea to develop its Lombrum Naval Base to counterbalance Chinas growing maritime influence in the region.

In January, the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) said that an indefinite moratorium had been imposed on work at Panguna, which was the worlds biggest open-cut copper mine when it was being operated by Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL), a unit of Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto.

Rio exited in 2016, transferring its 53.8% shareholding to the ABG and the PNG government, but there has been speculation the mine could reopen. PNGs government gave its shareholding to traditional landowners in the Panguna area.

If we went ahead now, you could be causing a total explosion of the situation again, ABG president John Momis said after the moratorium was declared.

As far as the people are concerned and as the government, we cannot allow foreign companies to be causing division and using a very emotional situation [on] the ground to cause another war.

In 1972, there were suggestions of colonialism and commercial exploitation over a decision to grant a mining license to Rio Tinto after minimal consultation with local villagers. Bougainville was then being ruled by Australia under a United Nations mandate that ended with PNGs achievement of independence in 1974.

The Panguna mine effectively underwrote that process: at one point copper from the mine was contributing 45% of PNGs annual export earnings and generating more than US$740 million from tax income and dividends.

But little of this money reached tribal groups; instead, they compl...

13:11

Ramu Nickel Mining accused of Ignoring Community obligations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Ramu Nicco Mine Management has been accused of ignoring its community obligations to the mine impacted villages at the mine site, along the pipeline and at the refinery at Basamuk at Raikos District of Madang Province.

Basamuk Landowners Association Chairman Steven Saud says communities in the impacted areas still lack the basic necessities of power and water supply which is a must for mine impacted areas.

He says it is the landowners who own the land and they have every right to such services which the company must provide through its community obligations program and given a fair treatment of developments in their area.

Mr. Saud says they have also missed out on the business aspect of the mine through spin offs where the Landowners should be given the opportunity to participate and they have suffered for the past 13 years which is utterly unjust as royalties are one off and through spin offs, they will fully benefit.

He says he will support the Kurumbukari landowners at the mine site to shut down water supply to the mine if their demands to the Ramu Nicco Management are not met.

07:31

Fundamental change needed with Papua New Guinea state-owned enterprises "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kumul Consolidated Holdings, the holding company for Papua New Guineas state-owned enterprises (SOEs), has released its Year in Review. It says that 2018 has been particularly difficult and challenging for the countrys SOEs and that a fundamental change is necessary if the enterprises are to expand.

Workers at PNG Power, one of Kumul Consolidated Holdings SOEs Source: KCH

Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH)s review states that, at the end of 2017, PNGs nine state-owned enterprises had net assets of K5.06 billion, employing 7117 people.

Collectively, they paid K103 million in dividends to the State in 2017. However, the slowness of PNGs economy has had an impact on revenues.

The past 12 months have been particularly difficult and challenging as greater emphasis has been placed on mergers, labour rationalisation, reduction to operating expenses, and budget-focused micro-management to deliver profitable outcomes, the report states.

Not all our planned outcomes have been achieved and realised in 2018.

The report provides financial information on some of PNGs biggest SOEs.

A fundamental change in the way the SOEs perform is necessary to ensure they are appropriately positioned for expansion.

This is not hiding the fact that our assets in some cases are simply not performing to expectations.

Key projects

The report identifies four key projects currently being undertaken by KCH:

  • The K410 million Port Moresby Sewerage System Upgrade, which was handed over to Eda Ranu in October
  • The 180MW Ramu 2 hydropower project, which will be built, owned and operated by a consortium headed by Chinas Shenzhen Energy Group, with early works starting in 2019. The ass...

05:25

APEC hailed by organisers as a success for Papua New Guinea despite tensions "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guineas hosting of APEC 2018 was a success, say three senior figures involved in its organisation. Ivan Pomaleu, PNGs APEC Ambassador, suggests that the country achieved all of its goals in spite of the lack of a consensus within the group of 21 nations.

PNGs APEC Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu Source: APEC

Justin Tkatchenko, Minister for Lands and Physical Planning, said APEC improved PNGs international profile.

We have proved all our critics wrong and have successfully hosted one of the biggest events of our history.

I like to think that, in a roundabout way, we helped with the discussions.

We have now put Papua New Guinea on the map, like never before.

Key projects

PNGs APEC Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu acknowledged there were some tensions in the meeting between China and the United States.

PNG was trying to referee a couple of big boys in the roomthat was interesting.

I like to think that, in a roundabout way, we helped with the discussions.

Good outcomes are those which are relevant to the different levels of stakeholders.

Were we successful? PNG initiated a number of key projects for 2018. We hosted and supported our deliverables.

We achieved 100 per cent of what we set out to achieve.

Lessons

Pomaleu believes there were some key lessons from the APEC experience.

Prepare well, get plenty of practice, build capacity, stick to a core number of ideas and deliver those well.

Keep a good balance between local issues and ongoing issues relevant to bigger economies.

Good outcomes are those which are relevant to the different levels of stakeholders, especially those at the lower end. And be creative.

We received many commitments from our friends in APEC, from the other 20 economies.

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03:27

In brief: US$8 billion Frieda River feasibility study released and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Feasibility study for Frieda River mine in Sepik Province reveals expanded project, government accounts close this Friday and Pacific nations look to extended their exclusive economic zones. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Credit: PanAust

The feasibility study for the PanAust-led Frieda River copper-gold project in Sepik Province has been released by Highlands Pacific. The project is now referred to as the Sepik Development Project, and involves not only a mine, but also major port and road infrastructure works in the province, a hydro-electric power plant and a power transmission grid.

With required capital estimated at US8 billion (K26.5 billion), the project is likely to be the second largest capital investment in PNG after the Exxon Mobil LNG project, says the study.

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All financial commitments by the National Government will be paid by this Friday, when government accounts shut-down for the year, EMTV reports the Treasurer Charles Abel as saying.

A big element of that is making sure that that some of our private sector arrears are paid out, Abel told a media conference this week.

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The eight nations that are Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), including Papua New Guinea, are to investigate ways to claim their current 200-mile exclusive economic zones before they lose land to climate change-induced sea level rise, reports the Post-Courier.

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02:45

People Moves: Bank South Pacific, PNG Air "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New head of BSP Digital, CFO departs PNG Air.

Ms Nuni Kulu has been appointed General Manager Digital at Bank South Pacific, effective 1 January 2019.

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Ali A Contractor has resigned as the Chief Financial Officer of PNG Air Limited. The companys current Financial Controller, Sujeewa Samaranayake, will step into the Chief Financial Officer role in an acting capacity pending a permanent appointment to the position.

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The post People Moves: Bank South Pacific, PNG Air appeared first on Business Advantage PNG.

01:00

ICP News: Escalation of violence in Nduga | Mass arrests & Torture at 1st December commemorations | Failed crowd control operation in Merauke "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

International Colition for Papua

News on West Papuas human rights and conflict situation

Violence escalates in the highland regency of Nduga at least 24 people killed in armed conflict

An armed attack against construction workers on 2 December 2018 in the remote highland regency of Nduga have allegedly resulted in the deaths of at least 15 civilians and one Indonesian army member, while leaving three further civilians injured. Subsequent clashes between the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), which is the armed wing of the independence movement, and the Indonesian military forces (TNI) allegedly caused the deaths of five military members and at least four civilians. The TPNPB has claimed responsibility for the attack against the construction workers. The number of fatalities reported varies between Indonesian authorities and various media sources. Hundreds of indigenous Papuans from the villages Mbua, Yall and Yigi fled into the surrounding forests because they feared repressive acts by Indonesian security forces
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00:58

ISAAC "DIRTY UNDERWEAR" LUPARI WITHHOLDING K2 MILLION DSIP CHEQUES FOR THE 4th WEEK "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by JAMES PARAKISAN
Im compelled to write about the most recent turn of events that unfolded before us in the light of Mr ONeills desperate moves to cling onto power. A case in point is the unpopular and unconstitutional tactics applied to withholding the K2 million DSIP cheques for all opposition MPs for the last 4 weeks.

That is 2 Provinces and 21 districts suffering as a result of such evil agendas being pursued relentlessly by people who are not yet done with corruption. If average population for each of the 21 districts is 40,000 and 200,000 in average for the two provinces than you are looking at more than a million people in this country are suffering for this gross neglect. Realistically there could be close to a quarter of the entire population in PNG suffering as we speak. As if the people havent suffered long enough due to their deliberate failures to fairly appropriate care and now has the audacity to hide and keep the DSIP cheques for 4 weeks in a row now. These money do not belong to the opposition MPs but they belong to the people they represent and its them who are suffering

Reliable informations from the corridors of Waigani prove that the cheques trail leads all the way to the Chief Secretary Issack Luparis office. Rumor has it that the Chief Secretary has been nicknamed the Super Minister where all MPs (accept the opposition MPs) pay reverence or be submissive to his office to have access to their rightful funds.

That calls into question why the Chief of all Public servants abruptly becomes the Chief of all elected MPs or Chief Minister and demean the people of which the submissive MPs represent.

But that is the Engan way where if even one with a smaller status is given a slightest hint of power can even use it to play giants into submission. Look at likes of Chan, Wingti, Ipatas, Nali, Duma etc... to name a few.

For years Ive always thought that the people of Wabag Open were so dumb to not elect such a national elite as Mr Lupari to represent them in the parliament. Someone whose resume does not stop to impress the eyes of the beholder. The very reason why theyve been prompted to elevate him to the highest of the civil servants position in this land.

But with the blind selfish ego of the man and his series of deliberate evil neglectful decisions uttered from his office, put to rest my question of old why Mr Lupari is not their num...

00:15

The effects of -elemene on the expression of mTOR, HIF-1A, survivin in lung adenocarcinoma A549 cell. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PMID:  Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2013 ;10(4):18-23. Epub 2013 May 16. PMID: 24146496 Abstract Title:  The effects of-elemene on the expression of mTOR, HIF-1A, survivin in lung adenocarcinoma A549 cell. Abstract:  The purpose of this manuscript was to study the regulation effects of-elemene combined with radiotherapy on three different gene expressions in lung adenocarcinoma A549 cell. mTOR gene, HIF-1 gene, Survivin gene were included in the gene group. Cell culture and RT-PCR were applied to finish this research. Hypoxia Control group, Hypoxia -elemene group, Hypoxia -elemene combined with irradiation group were set to compare the differences of three different gene expressions. The most active effects were found in the group of Hypoxia irradiation combined with -elemene. In this group, the mTOR gene, HIF-1 gene, Survivin gene expressions were all down-regulated when compared with the single treatment groups, and there were significantly statistical differences.

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Monday, 10 December

20:00

Sangumas Poisoning Democracy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The politicianWARDLEY BARRY

I

You stole from me and called it tax payment.
You abused my rights as I begged for mercy;
Drove me from my land for development
And showed me neither care nor courtesy.
To plunder my forest is investment
And lying through your teeth is diplomacy.
You told me that we are independent
Yet I'm suffering from illiteracy.
Because of this I am still dependent
On foreign people for advocacy.
You murdered at will through law enforcement,
Mocked and defrauded the judiciary.

What are you but rascals in parliament?
Sangumas poisoning democracy?

II

You made a thieves' den of the parliament,
And replaced justice with your lunacy.
You give sweet excuses through press statements
Thinking we won't see your hypocrisy.
You claimed to be the people's government
But what do you leave behind for all to see?
Poverty and more squatter settlements,
Health and political degeneracy,
Ridiculous loans and a permanent
Place at the bottom of Transparency
International's corrupt government
Index. Corruption is your legacy!

What are you but rascals in parliament?
Sangumas poisoning democracy

19:30

Those were the days my friend. They ended & this is where we are "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Write drunkPHILIP FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - During my high school years I hung out with friends who were interested in art and literature. A few of those with longer and hairier arms also had an interest in sport but culture was the main thing. And the opposite sex was also of interest. Of course.

We were all going to dedicate our lives to pursuing the finer things in life. We also intended to be millionaires by the time we were 30.

It was only in later years that we came to realise that art and literature were not necessarily compatible with wealth.

When this reality dawned, most of us compromised our ambitions and opted for wealth over art and literature and set out to achieve financial success.

Now that Im in my seventies Ive got enough spare time to contemplate how this worked out.

One of my friends wanted to be a painter. He was reasonably talented but not good enough to make a living out of it. Instead he became an art teacher.

That worked out for a while but he always had a nagging suspicion that he had somehow sold out. Finally, after his marriage hit the rocks and he had developed a serious drinking problem, he took the plunge, bought an old house in a small country town and began to paint seriously.

I used to visit him but after a while his drinking and slovenly existence drove me away. Its only recently I caught up with him again.

Hes still boozing and smoking like a haystack, hes got some serious health problems and hes not selling many paintings. But hes as happy as a pig in mud.

Another of those teenage friends wanted to be a writer. He was constantly scribbling poems and assailing us with his rambling creations.

I dont know how it happened but he ended up writing stories for a newspaper and scripts for television advertising. Hes now worth a lot of money. He was the one I least expected to sell his soul to Mammon but he seems to be extremely happy with the way life has turned out.

Whenever I see him he shows me the latest technological gadget hes bought and explains how it is going to make money for him.

I must admit have a great deal of trouble staying in the same room with him for more than an hour but Im happy he has had a good life.

Both of these friends know each other and whenever I see one of them they devote a great deal of ti...

19:00

The quest to find whats happening to PNGs children "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG childELIZABETH FINKEL | Cosmos | Extract

ADELAIDE - Popular images of the people of Papua New Guinea tend to concentrate on colourful costumes, decorations and ceremonies such as this picture showing locals at the city of Mt Hagen but away from tourist spots the situation is very different.

Amidst yapping dogs and swaying palms, the nervous young mother sits at the sturdy table set up in the dusty yard of her village.

Local health workers Pele Melepia and Priscah Hezericlad stretch out her one-year-old baby girl and measure her length with a contraption that resembles those used to measure foot size. The baby is also weighed carefully on a set of digital plastic scales.

Next it is the mothers turn. Cleared of the clunky devices, the table is quickly transformed into a state-of-the-art pathology lab. Atop a sterile blue paper cloth appears a small blue box, two white strips of filter paper and a small graduated glass rod.

A large drop of blood ebbing from the mothers pricked finger will reveal whether she is anaemic or carries malaria parasites. A vaginal swab, which she has discretely provided, will take stock of any genital tract infections.

The entire exercise has taken the four-member team also comprising Primrose Homiehombo, who interviewed the mother, and Dukduk Kabiu, the community liaison officer half a day.

The potholed three-kilometre dirt track that leads to the village situated within the Tokua plantation is one reason. Waiting for the mother to return from an excursion is another.

Its not unusual. For the last two years the dedicated Papua New Guinean staff of the Melbourne-based Burnet Institute have repeated this exercise thousands of times to track down mothers and babies in remote villages across the province of East New Britain).

Populated by some 400,000 people, the island is a microcosm of the mainland, nestled to the south-west. Villages are isolated by rugged terrain and accessing them is often a one-to-two-day journey down potholed dirt tracks and across footbridges, carrying equipment and ice buckets to keep tissue samples cold.

Their ded...

18:30

Land grabs causing irreparable damage to human rights in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Our Land (Greenpeace)ASAD REHMAN | War on Want

LONDON, UK - Private companies are illegally occupying land in Papua New Guinea for logging and palm oil plantations, according to a new report published by War on Want and its partner in Papua New Guinea, Act Now.

The report, The SABL land grab: Papua New Guineas ongoing human rights scandal, reveals the devastating impact of corporate land grabs on the indigenous population.

Foreign companies are exploiting Special Agricultural Business Leases (SABLs), without due process, and are illegally using land owned by customary landowners.

The land and its inhabitants are exploited for profit, the rich natural resources exported to countries like China, and the indigenous peoples forced to work on their own land for poverty wages.

So far, SABLs have been used to transfer control of over five million hectares of land, primarily to Malaysian logging and palm oil companies.

The ongoing land grabs in this former colony are a grave injustice.

Our report shines a spotlight on the brave resistance of communities defending their lands and fighting for their rights. But the situation demands action, not only by the PNG government, but also by various United Nations bodies and other national governments.

As long as the illegal SABLs continue to exist, they will continue to cause irreparable harm to the human rights of PNGs indigenous peoples, enriching foreign companies that are plundering the land.

As a result of the land grab, thousands of people, most living in remote rural communities, have seen their traditional subsistence livelihoods and environments destroyed.

The indigenous population has suffered a wide-range of serious and ongoing human rights abuses since SABLs were introduced in 2007.

Logging and palm oil companies have forced agreements out of customary land owners through intimidation and bribing corrupt officials, ignoring due process to obtain the leases for the maximum term of 99 years. When land defenders resist, they face further violence.

The SABL land grab: Papua New Guineas ongoing human rights scandal, can be downloaded here: https://waronwant.org/resources/sabl-land-grab

18:00

Empowered women increase crop yields & improve lifestyle "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Family_UnitSTAFF WRITER | World Bank

PORT MORESBY A World Bank study has found that when women in Papua New Guinea are empowered to make decisions in the sale of cocoa and coffee, their households ultimately benefit.

The Household Allocation and Efficiency of Time in PNG report, part of a K360 million World Bank project, analysed how domestic responsibilities impact the ability of women to allocate their labour to cultivate, harvest and process cocoa and coffee in PNG.

The report, supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, said men and women do not share the same tasks within the household: mens work being geared towards cocoa or coffee production and women more focused on other agricultural and off-farm activities as well as on domestic work.

This leaves women little time to engage in more value-added agricultural activities.

However, the results showed that household welfare outcomes are higher when women have more control over the sale of cocoa and coffee and the resulting income.

More empowered women are also more likely to have an equal relationship with their male partner, with whom they are not afraid to disagree over household decision making.

Patricia Veevers-Carter, the World Banks PNG country manager said:

This report demonstrates that when women are given more equal control over domestic and financial decisions, as well as better access to technology such as mobile phones and the internet, there is a direct correlation with increased cocoa and coffee sales, as well as improvements in childrens health, nutrition, education and poverty reduction.

These issues are key to understanding and ultimately improving the performance of agribusiness supply chains in PNG, said Allan Oliver, the World Banks senior agricultural specialist for East Asia and Pacific.

Read the full Household Allocation and Efficiency of Time in Papua New Guinea report here.

15:10

Massacre a sign of increased trouble in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/massacre-a-sign-of-increased-trouble-in-papua/

The Strategist

Massacre a sign of increased trouble in Papua

10 Dec 2018|John McBeth
The Indonesian governments long and difficult task of developing Papua just got a lot harder after Free Papua Movement (OPM) rebels slaughtered at least 16 construction workers who were building a 4,320-kilometre highway that will bring migrants into the once-remote Central Highlands in greater numbers than ever before.
It is thought to be the bloodiest single incident in Papua since the controversial UN-administered 1969 Act of Free Choice made the former Dutch-controlled territory a formal part of Indonesia, sparking an independence struggle that continues today.
The OPMs armed wing, the West Papua National Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the massacre, which suggests that the decades-long conflict may have entered a dangerous new stage despite the rebels having very few modern firearms.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo made it clear that the attack wouldnt discourage the government from finishing the long-delayed Trans-Papua Highway by the end of next year. This only makes us more determined to continue our great duty to develop Papua, he said.
With the highway and Jakartas new mass rapid transit system as centrepieces, Widodo has presided over arguably the biggest infrastructure construction boom in the nations history, using it to press his claims for a second term when Indonesians go to the polls next April.
The OPM wants to stop the road, which cuts a meandering path through challenging terrain from the coastal city of Sorong in the western Birds Head region across the Central Highlands to Merauke on the southeast coast bordering Papua New Guinea.
In March last year, separatist gunmen upped the ante by ambushing and killing four construction workers on a section of the highway in the rugged district of Puncak Jaya, 120 kilometres northwest of Wamena, the quasi-highland capital in the Balian Valley.
While the highway will sharply reduce the costs of fuel and other basic needs in Papuas interior, local leaders worry about the social impact, saying the tribes arent prepared for the influx of migrants, who now outnumber native Papuans by as much as 60:40 across the once-roadless region.
The combined population of Papua and West Papua provinces is estimate...

14:49

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

081218 BOUGAINVILLE FORMER COMBATANTS PETITION ABG
NEW DAWN FM NEWS

The Autonomous Bougainville Government has been put on notice by Service Providers to the ABG.
A signed petition signed by 13 signatories wants the Autonomous Bougainville Government to engage an independent auditor to audit its books as they were not comfortable with the current auditors.
Their claim states mal practices in Government and mentioned number of payments that have been unbudgeted and not been audited and still paid by the Autonomous Bougainville Government.
They also called on the office of the President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS to be audited as they claimed more funds were released through the office of the President on projects that have not beared fruits.
The service providers also called on the Chief Secretary to step down and allow the process to investigate his dealings when working with the Immigrations office in Port Moresby.
The Bougainville Executive Council will deliberate on this petition tomorrow.
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NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

101218MINISTER STRESSES ON HUMAN RIGHTS
New Dawn FM News

The Minister for Community Development, JOSEPHINE GETSI today called on the people of Bougainville to know their rights and the rights of other people within our communities.
Speaking at the Human Rights Program organized by the UN in partnership with the Department of Community Development, MS GETSI said that the UN has recognized 30 rights that the people are protected in.
She said that a person is born with rights that nobody has the right to take away from a person.
Meanwhile, UN Spokesman, RAY KENNEDY also mentioned Freedom of Expression and freedom of association as important rights that the people of PAPUA NEW GUINEA must withhold.
He said that any suppression of these rights is the start of the damage of the democratic system that we enjoy today.

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Picture of Member Josephine Getsi by Aloysius Laukai

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101218MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TAKES OVER SOLMAL
New Dawn FM News

The ABG Minister for Economic Services and Member for HAKU, ROBERT TULSA CHIKA today took over the management of SOLMAL the ABG/CHINESE partnership company which operates as SOLMAL Supermarket IN Buka town.
Last Friday the company Manager, JASON FONG of the partnership company (BIEG) or Bougainville Import Export Group wrote to the Minister that the Company will shut-down its operations because it had no money to operate.
The Minister this morning assured staff of SOLMAL that they would do everything to make sure the company does not shut down.
And this afternoon, Minister CHIKA went live on New Dawn FM and said that the company had assets worth Millions and also had stocks that can be sold to re-start the operations.
He said that Shareholders capital was worth 14 MILLION KINA.
Minister TSIKA said that they have started stocktake and will announce a local Bougainvillean management group to take over as soon as possible.
He said that the former manager JASON FONG said that the company made substantial losses with the February looting and several BECH DEMER debts by the people of Bougainville and therefore can not continue under such atmosphere.

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NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

101218MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TAKES OVER SOLMAL
New Dawn FM News

The ABG Minister for Economic Services and Member for HAKU, ROBERT TULSA CHIKA today took over the management of SOLMAL the ABG/CHINESE partnership company which operates as SOLMAL Supermarket IN Buka town.
Last Friday the company Manager, JASON FONG of the partnership company (BIEG) or Bougainville Import Export Group wrote to the Minister that the Company will shut-down its operations because it had no money to operate.
The Minister this morning assured staff of SOLMAL that they would do everything to make sure the company does not shut down.
And this afternoon, Minister CHIKA went live on New Dawn FM and said that the company had assets worth Millions and also had stocks that can be sold to re-start the operations.
He said that Shareholders capital was worth 14 MILLION KINA.
Minister TSIKA said that they have started stocktake and will announce a local Bougainvillean management group to take over as soon as possible.
He said that the former manager JASON FONG said that the company made substantial losses with the February looting and several BECH DE MER debts by the people of Bougainville and therefore can not continue under such atmosphere.

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Regional Member JOE LERA Picture by Aloysius Laukai

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Member for Hagogohe ROBERT HAMAL SAWA
Picture Aloysius Laukai

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101218SASALAM HIHIKUMA OPENED
New Dawn FM News
The five-days SASALAM HIHIKUMA festival was officially opened by the Regional member for Bougainville, JOE LERA.
The festival started amidst heavy downpour which suddenly changed into a hot sunny afternoon.
Speaking at the Opening, MR. LERA called on the people of HAGOGOHE to maintain their culture and the festival in which they can make monies through sales of their products to the show goers.
He said with the falling prices of commodities and the inability of the ABG to find ways in which the people can actively participate in economic activities, the only possible way is through tourism and by showcasing ones culture.
The member for HAGOGOHE and Minister for Public services ,ROBERT HAMAL SAWA thanked his people for coming together again to showcase their culture.
He also paid tribute to the founding father of the festival the late PATRICK KIROHA for his efforts in uniting the people of Hagogohe.
He also announced some prizes that the member will pay for the best Referendum song and for mentioning the member and the other members present at the festival.
The show proper will start tomorrow with a visit by CRUISE NORTH Tourist boat arriving in Buka on Wednesday.

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Crowd at the reconciliation picture by Aloysius Laukai

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NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

101218 NOBETAU RESPONDS TO PETITION
New Dawn FM News
The ABG Chief Secretary, JOSEPH NOBETAU has responded to the petition by former combatants and service providers dated 3rd of December, 2018.
In his response he made the following comments,
* That one the rule of law must prevail. No Government should be held hostage to unlawful demands and threats. As I have stated publicly, on multiple occasions, grievances such as those stated in the petition should be pursued through the appropriate channels. Any person who has information that shows a breach of the law or the Leadership Code can refer those matters to the police or the Ombudsman.
* There is no limit to the scope of current investigations being undertaken by the Fraud Squad and the Ombudsman Commission. No leader is above the law and I would again encourage the petitioners to allow these matters to take their proper lawful course.
* Threats to shut down government and cause major disruption damage the reputation of Bougainville in the international community, impact our economy and deter potential investors. He would encourage the petitioners to think carefully about the implications of any actions they may propose to take.
* He said that he has addressed the matter of Joko Tjiandra previously. He also attached a copy of his prior public statements, noting that (a) the granting of permanent residence to Mr Tjiandra was a decision of the then Minister for Immigration, counter to advice from me, and (b) I was not Chief Migration Officer at the time Mr Tjiandra was granted citizenship, and prior to leaving that role I provided clear and unequivocal advice to the then Minister on the matter. His conscience is clear and he has encouraged the Ombudsman Commission to pursue those who were responsible.
* He said that he will not be standing down as Chief Secretary. Any decision on my future is a matter for the Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee in the context of my administrative and professional conduct, or the Ombudsman Commission in regard to any alleged breach of the leadership code.
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04:52

The mirage of lower renewable energy driven electricity prices "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Josh Frydenberg claimed the last week in Parliament was a poor one for the opposition and the triumph for the government. He made mention of the Oppositions inability to get Peter Dutton and its failure to deliver its preferred outcomes regarding Manus Island detainees.

He also mentioned as a success the governments energy policy proposals.  One such proposal, the Prohibiting Market Misconduct Bill 2018, was clearly not a success for the government. The proposal was referred to the Senate for investigation and cannot emerge from that process until the least April of next year.

Wrapped in the normal cautious verbiage about last resort measures, the Bill is a desperate attempt to see electricity prices reduced before the next election. To do so it forces retailers to reduce their prices and generators to ensure they operate their businesses fairly.  With thirty odd retailers around the nation and dozens of differently owned generators, the electricity market is just about the least susceptible to the monopoly activities against which these measures were targeted. The provisions would allow the government to have the ACCC examine suspect behaviour which could result in fines of $10 million or divestiture.  Divestiture is clearly aimed at AGLs Liddell Power Station.

Among the media outlets criticising the bill was the AFR. Ben Potter assailed it as socialist. The AFR had previously not opposed the carbon tax, renewable subsidies or the NEG all of which involved the expropriation of fossil fuel generator investments.  It could be that such epithets are reserved for actions against industries that do not meet the PC test!

The governments nightmare is that its promised fall in prices will not materialise.  And such fears are justified.  Notwithstanding the chimeric bonanza of ever cheapening supplies of wind and solar, wholesale prices remain at double those that prevailed prior to the impact of subsidised renewables destroying the competitive market that had been developed.

And there was no sign of Australias supposed solar induced competitive advantage officials and lobbyists alike had promised (in fact Australia enjoys no such advantage except in the remote interior).

In addition to these wholesale costs, the market manager feels obliged to incur other costs for frequency contr...

04:50

Where is the radical queer imagination? On Going Postal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Collective outrage was growing in August 2017, when Australias mandatory detention regime killed another asylum seeker, Hamed Shamshiripour, on Manus Island. As argued by Maddee Clark at Deakins Gender and Sexuality Studies seminar series, the Australian parliament sought to distract the public from the asylum seeker issue, and so a two-month long postal survey emerged on marriage equality.

00:23

PNG resource extraction law at stake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The truth is that our country is at a crisis point. If we do not correct some very serious faults and failures in how we approach the extraction of resources such as minerals, gas and oil we will not only continue to fail to deliver progress to our people, we will put the very survival of our country at peril.

Editorial | The Sunday Bulletin | 2 December 2018

THIS week Papua New Guineas expanding resources industry will be showcased at a three-day PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference.

Widely regarded as the nations premier international conference, will be held from 3 to 5 December 2018 at Sydneys Hilton Hotel in Australia.

We understand that speakers will include the PNG Prime Minister, Peter ONeill, along with a number of government ministers who will provide delegates with insights into the...

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Sunday, 09 December

23:45

Morrisons Bluff "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Back in September 2014 a young man died in a Brisbane hospital after he had contracted a leg infection on Manus Island where he had been held in detention by Australian immigration authorities. Brisbane Coroner Mr Terry Ryan found his death followed a series of clinical errors and delays, including a lack of antibiotics on

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20:00

Police storming of parliament a sign of things to come? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bryan Kramer at parliament houseBRYAN KRAMER MP

MADANG - On Tuesday 23 November, just two days after APEC summit concluded, more than 300 police and correctional services personnel stormed parliament house, smashing windows, furniture and assaulting parliament security guards.

They were protesting unpaid allowances for providing security during APEC.

The incident occurred around midday, two hours before parliament was to convene at 2pm for the opposition to respond to the government's 2019 budget that had been presented a week earlier.

The storming of parliament was broadcast around the globe and also sent shock waves through PNG's political establishment. Not since the Sandline Crisis in 1996 had security forces personnel converged with hostility on parliament house.

The incident in 1996 had been led by the PNG military, challenging the Chan government's decision to engage overseas mercenaries to engage in the Bougainville conflict. It was planned and led by Major General Jerry Singirok who was pressuring then prime minister Julius Chan to resign.

However, this time the issue was a civil dispute in which police and correctional officers were angry at the O'Neill government's failure to settle unpaid allowances. Eyewitnesses confirmed they were shouting that they had enough of the corrupt O'Neill government.

After the incident, parliamentary officers and government members were quick to suggest the opposition was behind the storming of the Haus Tambaran.

When the media sought a response from Chris Hawkins, the APEC CEO and ONeills chief media officer, he suggested they contact the opposition.

As parliament convened at 2pm, the speaker of parliament, Job Pomat, announced he wanted an investigation into who was responsible, making reference to the opposition.

Two days after incident, the police commissioner staged a press conference and implied I had something to do with the protest.

This has been referred to since, including at last weeks Mining and Petroleum Conference in Sydney.

So what credible evidence was produced to establish my involvement?

Short answer - none.

If I had command and control over 300 plus security forces, I would not have wasted their time breaking glass windows and stealing water coolers, I would have sugge...

19:00

Move over, big momma "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Big MamaMARLENE POTOURA | A Celebration of Writing

LAE - I looked around and couldnt see an empty space. Big momma occupied three quarters of the last double-seat in the bus. 

It was obvious that the other passengers did not want to share that one quarter with big momma.

I looked at big momma.

Goodness me, a generous amount of body, decorated with accessories.

Big momma had huge arms that dangled with bracelets, bangles and gold rings.

She had her hair up in a bun, decorated with frangipani flowers.

Her flowery attire did not hide the rolls of blubber beneath.

She wore white slippers and had rings on her extremely large manicured toes.

Big momma attracted more stares from the other seat occupants, with her gold rimmed glasses, her flash of poppy red lipstick and her whole solid being.

She looked up at me and smiled. Gracious me, she had gold tooth fillings too.

Come sit, sweetie, Momma patted one quarter of her seat.

As I sat down, I caught a whiff of Elizabeth Arden.

But big momma was a better cushion, than that rickety old buss seat.

18:30

Beloved fatherland. A true story of trust & betrayal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Marlene PotouraMARLENE POTOURA | A Celebration of Writing

In loving memory of my late father, Nehemiah Potoura. Rest in peace, beloved. God is our only judge

BOUGAINVILLE - We were all fugitives, hiding in the bushes and jungles, fleeing from both the rebels and the Papua New Guinea government soldiers.

We crawled through the jungle like bush beings, not domesticated creatures. I was totally fed up with this kind of forced and at your own will banishment. I was restless and dreamt of fish and chips, hamburgers and ice-cream.

I dreamt of civilization, where there were shopping malls, theatres and I wanted to watch television and see who was who on the red carpet.

I wished I was with my dad in Rabaul where he went to sort out logging royalties for the landowners. But, because of the blockade, we were separated from him. I was at my wits end and couldnt stand being exiled in the jungles any more. That night, I had a big argument with my mother.

Very early in the morning, I left our hiding place and went back to the village. I slept in my room the whole day right into the night. I did not make any noise. I was more like an animal, a prey hiding camouflaged in a dangerous zone.

I awoke at 4 am and just lay in bed listening to the sounds that were familiar to my village ears. At 5, I dozed off and then, a few minutes later, suddenly woke to the sound of my fathers voice.

Now, I knew I was truly missing my father, or were there enemies who saw me entered the village?  Again I heard noises downstairs. Yes, someone was walking and moving about. I pricked up my ears, like a wild dog, petrified but ready to pounce.

Hey, are you people still sleeping? It was clearly my fathers voice. But I felt hesitant to move. He was in Rabaul and there was this blockade. All this hiding in the jungle must be making me lose my sanity.

Marlene, Linda, anybody home? It was clearly my fathers voice. Without a second thought, I jumped out of bed and ran down the stairs into my fathers arms. He was drenched by the heavy rain. I held him and cried for a while. I heard him sniffing too.

Marlene, where is everybody? he asked after a while, as he realised our house and the village were strangely quiet.

Papa, all our people are in hiding, I said quietly.

Papa, how...

18:00

When Rifles Reign "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

When rifles reignMARLENE POTOURA | A Celebration of Writing

This poem is dedicated to my beloved father and to the innocent people who were assassinated in Bougainville by rebels who had lost what the true fighters were fighting for. May forgiveness reign among all peoples of Bougainville and may the souls of those killed so mercilessly rest in peace - MP

Thus embedded in my heart
Dawn came as a curse
Grandpa mist dragged them in
Not his fault though
My awakening that stood still
For  rifles rule I saw!

Came hurdling at my door
Sleepy eyed, I witnessed
Nest I called home destroyed
Ransacked to ashes and ruins 
Scattered, as I fled and escaped
Rifles fired over my head!

Mothers held their daughters hands
And wept, as the distance closed
Fathers and sons bounded
As they bled and cried
Leave our daughters be
Leave our mothers be
Rifles whacked them!

Brotherhood and colour
Came all to nothingness
Bloodlines and dynasties
Disrespected and destroyed
Love, respect and honour
Erased by the power of rifles!

A long march you took
Beaten and disgraced
No court, no magistrate, no judge
Heard your case
A man without summons
Sentenced by the mandate of rifles!

Two sons turned away
Their backs they gave you
Not hate, not cowardice, not fear
It was love, it was respect, it was admiration
For blood was about to be shed
As rifles were raised and aimed!

For on the bridge you stood
Bravely, powerfully, peacefully
A man sentenced without a hearing
A failed constitution, a failed court house
A failed race, a failed lineage
Rifles fired!

Gift of life ended! 
Rolled over that bridge!
Like a criminal!
Like a murderer!
Like a convict!
Like a nothing!

Innocence; twice proven by Divine powers
By One who Created! Magistrate!
By Only Life Giver! Judge!
Crocodiles mouths He shut!
Like lions of Daniel!
Rifles ruled; Creator is Ruler!

Now, you rest dear papa
...

01:40

Massacre of workers rekindle forgotten insurgency in Indonesias Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.dailysabah.com/asia/2018/12/08/massacre-of-workers-rekindle-forgotten-insurgency-in-indonesias-papua

Massacre of workers rekindle forgotten insurgency in Indonesias Papua

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The recent massacre of civilian workers by separatist rebels in Indonesias restive Papua province has cast a spotlight on one of the worlds longest-running insurgencies, with no end to the bloody conflict in sight.

The killings are a marked escalation from decades of mostly sporadic skirmishes between poorly armed and disorganized guerrillas and a powerful Indonesian military accused of human rights abuses against civilians.

Rebels demanded that the government hold negotiations on their territorys self-determination and warned of more attacks following a raid on a construction site that left at least 16 dead and three others missing.

An insurgency has simmered in mineral-rich Papua since the early 1960s, when Indonesia annexed the region that was a former Dutch colony. It was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot that was seen as a sham by many. More recent grievances fanned by marginalization of the ethnic Melanesian population and widespread rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings.

Sebby Sambom, spokesman for the West Papua National Liberation Army, the military wing of the Free Papua Movement, said in a telephone interview Friday that they attacked a government construction site last weekend because they believe the project is conducted by the military.

Security forces have retrieved the bodies of 16 workers hired to build bridges on a section of the trans-Papua road, Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said.

Authorities believe the armed group killed 19 workers, based on the accounts of survivors. They have rescued 24, including seven workers, and are searching for two missing as well as the bodies of three others. A soldier at a military post near the site was also killed.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ordered the military and police to arrest the perpetrators of the worst separatist attack during his administration and said he will not tolerate "armed criminals" in Papua or the rest of the country.

He said the attack will not dissuade his government from continuing to develop Papua, including the 4,600-kilometer (2,875-mile) trans-Papua road, which his administration has claimed is widely supported by local people.

The road, which will stretch from Sorong in West Papua province to Merauke in Papua province,...

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Saturday, 08 December

22:41

West Papua independence leader urges calm after killings "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The exiled leader of the West Papuan independence movement has called for calm after independence fighters attacked and killed up to 31 people in a remote West Papuan district on Sunday.

On Thursday the Indonesian military said it had retrieved 16 of the bodies from the district of Nduga, which would be sent to the main town of Timika. None were identified.

Benny Wenda, the chair of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), said it was hard to know exactly what happened at Nduga, amid conflicting reports on the long-running tensions, and without free access for media or human rights groups.

Indonesian authorities, which have not responded to requests for comment from the Guardian, have said civilian construction workers were killed by separatist militants.

Independence movement the Papuan liberation army, TPNPB, under commander Egianus Kogeya, claimed responsibility but said those killed were all members of the Indonesian military (TNI).

Wenda told the Guardian he couldnt stop the liberation army but wanted to tell them the UMLWP wanted to solve the issue diplomatically. We dont want any bloodshed, we want Indonesia to come to the international table to discuss and we can agree to a referendum thats what our campaign is about, he said.

In order for us to fix what is going wrong we have to know the truth, but we cannot trust the Indonesian governments account about Nduga, or any incidents in regard to West Papua, and this is a problem.

If the dead were not military the incident would mark the first time West Papuan fighters have fatally attacked civilians, and an extraordinary escalation in the more than 50-year-old conflict.

Wenda said Indonesia had a history of creating violence and using it to justify an increased military presence, and that this incident occurred just days after Indonesia arrested more than 500 people, reportedly including Indonesians, at West Papuan independence rallies.

Indonesia has seen that ordinary Indonesian people have come out in support of our rights, and it sent a strong signal, said Wenda. Then, just after that, this incident happened. Thats a little bit of concern to me.

Translations of TPNPB social media posts, accounts from members of the independence movement and local media reports suggest 24 men were killed in the initial attack while five of seven escapees were then tracked down and killed.

Two are believed to be still missing, according to Victo...

22:39

Pacific push for Albacore measures at WCPFC meeting in Hawaii: Preview "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Pita Ligaiula in Waikiki, Hawaii

Proposals on important measures for albacore tuna the most important tuna for temperate Pacific countries - are expected to be prioritised by Pacific nations at this years Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii next week.

Last year the meeting in Manila, Philippines, failed to reach agreement on Albacore tuna.

Albacore is vital to countries such as Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga and other members of the Tokelau Arrangement.

Because large quantities of albacore are also caught in international waters, the Pacific fishing industry will only be profitable if the WCPFC sets strong fishing rules.

A target reference point (TRP) - an ideal stock level from which future decision-making takes its cue is the starting point for all rule-making.

The WCPFC has committed to set a TRP for Albacore at this meeting.

Tropical tuna species - skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye - will also be high on the agenda.

The 26 nations that govern the worlds biggest fishery left it to the last minute to agree to new rules for the three economically crucial tropical tuna species at last years WCPFC meeting.

The adoption of a new Tropical Tuna Bridging Measure was designed to ensure skipjack, bigeye and yellowfin tuna stocks are maintained at recent average levels and capable of producing maximum sustainable yield.

The Tropical Tuna Measure, which regulates a catch worth billions of dollars, is a three-year agreement but some of its provisions are due to expire this year.

With the latest science easing concern about fish numbers there is expected to be a push by distant water fishing nations to increase their catch.

Pacific nations are also expected to step up the fight against Illegal Unreported Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

WCPFC has committed to approve a new conservation measure to protect sharks.

After last years tense late night meeting the WCPFC praised the 27 nations for staying the course to agree on the Tropical Tuna Measure and the highlighted the role of Japan, in particular to broker deals and work in the margins to reach consensus at last years meeting in Manila.

Commission Chair Rhea Moss-Christian started looking to the future.

My goals for 2018 are...

20:00

PNG governments total disdain for writers & for literature "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Phil (crop)PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - Over the years of my involvement in the Crocodile Prize and in running Pukpuk Publishing, one of the most frustrating aspects I have experienced has been my limited ability to help talented Papua New Guinean writers.

This is one reason I get angry with the Papua New Guinea government.

Its total lack of interest in literature has been criminal.

The Australian government has not been much better. It has helped here and there but has never contributed to anything permanent.

Both governments have been and are in a good position to help an emergent national literature many burgeoning writers, but have consistently failed to do so.

To me, Marlene Potoura is more than just a struggling writer. She is a symbol of many great talents, both male and female, rejected by ignorant and uncaring governments.

Added to this is the fact in Marlenes case is that she is a single mother. Single mothers in PNG are a significant part of the population and yet their needs are ignored.

It is not as though they deserve to be in the position in which they find themselves. Unlike Australia there are no supposedly attractive welfare benefits to encourage single women to have children.

In PNG the women who find themselves in this position are usually fleeing abusive relationships or some other sort of exploitation by men. None of them chose to be single mothers.

Marlene, therefore, represents both the plight of talented PNG writers and the plight of PNG single mothers. That's one heavy burden.

Fortunately the good readers of PNG Attitude can help Marlene but, as you do and I hope you do, please think of those other women in Marlenes position and all those other talented writers, both men and women, who get no help at all.

19:00

This Sensitive Woman "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Marlene Potoura and newspaperISO YAWI

Dedicated to Marlene Dee Gray Potoura

In my quest for literature, her ink dropped on my way, 
Like molecules of wisdom, falling as the rain
Each gentle droplet reforming as a ripple
Droplet, ripple, wave, heading to the shore

A creative wave of story, poem, insight
An ocean of narrative, and gentle humour,
In her luminous wake, grace and compassion
Shining through the squall, the storm, the loss

In her words I met them, old and young
The creatures of her creative urge
Each one guiding me along the way 
Until, my surprise, I met their owner

A black woman writer in her chair,
The smiling source of all my wonder,
Looked at me and said hello, Mr Polite Fan
Hit nail on head, alert to Mr Sensitive

As sensitive as the way she writes 
She even taught me some of her style
One single drop of ink at a time
As days go by more ink is added

Eventually a beautiful place created
A place on the mountain peak
Or a place dark deep in the sea
Each word a sceptre in a kings hand

To build a kingdom from imagination
Fresh words and narratives from a drop of ink
Shaped to be inhaled by eager readers
Framed to belong to each one of us

And as I pen this little piece, this note
I remember the wisdom of this writer
This woman of truth and sensibility
This Marlene from Bougainville

18:00

Its International Anti-Corruption Day "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

TiMEDIA RELEASE | Transparency International

BERLIN - Today is International Anti-Corruption Day. Around the world anti-corruption activists are highlighting that no country is immune to the effects of corruption.

Most countries are making too little progress in ending corruption, as we found in our Corruption Perceptions Index 2017. 

Similarly, weve found that despite lofty promises the G20 is moving too slowly on implementing its anti-corruption commitments, and OECD members are not actively enforcing laws against bribing abroad.

Even some United Nations agencies, like the International Maritime Organization, are not doing enough to combat corruption.

As UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres said, The World Economic Forum estimates that the cost of corruption is at least $2.6 trillion or 5% of global gross domestic product.

Corruption begets more corruption and fosters a corrosive culture of impunity.

This might sound all doom and gloom, but there is hope.

Ordinary citizens all over the world are coming together to fight back against corruption and they are making a real difference.

Find out more here by visiting the Transparency International PNG website

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20:00

Transparency energetically fights land & other corruption in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

CorruptionSTAFF WRITER | Transparency International PNG (TIPNG)

PORT MORESBY - Betty, a resident of southern Papua New Guinea, is in a dispute over traditionally-owned family land which was passed to her by her late father. Situated within the capital, Port Moresby, the land has high commercial value.

Other members of Bettys village disagree about which parts of the land she can use. In 2016, the local land court appointed two local mediators to assist in resolving the dispute.

After they had conducted an inspection and spoken with both parties, the mediators demanded payments from Betty as the complainant. This was improper, since they were court officials and had not been engaged by her.

Betty contacted TIPNG to raise her concerns.

Like many Transparency International chapters around the world, TIPNG runs an Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC), which gives free legal advice to people who have experienced or witnessed corruption.

Land corruption takes many forms, disproportionately impacts the poorest and most vulnerable in society, and makes up a large part of the complaints we receive.

TIPNG advised Betty on the laws governing village mediators and of the illegality of the demand for payment. Anti-corruption officers then wrote to the countrys chief magistrate on Bettys behalf to raise the issue.

Both mediators were suspended.

Bettys case is still before the courts and she is still seeking advice from TIPNG as she tries to navigate Papua New Guineas legal system. Hers is just one of the many types of land issues faced by Papua New Guineans who have reached out to TIPNG for assistance. ALAC has received around 600 complaints since 2009.

Due to the increasing amount of land corruption complaints, TIPNG successfully lobbied to have a complaints box at the Lands Department changed into a complaints desk. This has since been expanded into a fraud and complaints unit.

TIPNG meets officials from the department on a regular basis to follow up land complaints that come to ALAC.

Community engagement and institutional reform can be successful. However, there are also instances where cases of alleged corruption need to be raised publicly with the responsible government agencies.

Confronting the government is not easy and sometimes we face attack for flagging politically sensitive i...

19:00

Another splendid Simbu Writers Association publication "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Quest for EducationPHIL FITZPATRICK

Quest for Education: From Selling Firewood to Yale University by Pole John Kale, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018, 148 pages, ISBN: 978-1729671146, US$8.00 plus postage from Amazon Books

TUMBY BAY - Thomas Kale, the son of Delku Pole of the Koiaku clan of the Mian tribe of Gumine, had a problem. He had inherited large tracts of land from his father but had no male heir to pass it all on to as he approached old age.

To this end he decided to marry a second wife. Unfortunately he had no idea where to find one or who she might be.

Then he heard that one of his close clan brothers had divorced his wife and was sending her back to her village and clan.

Thomas set out to ambush and kidnap his clansmans ex-wife as she made her way through the bush back to her clan.

So surprised was the woman and afraid of what Thomas might do to her if she refused his sudden offer of marriage, she reluctantly agreed.

Over time the woman put the trauma and embarrassment of her kidnapping aside and settled down with Thomas and his first wife.

After giving birth to two daughters she finally presented the increasingly anxious Thomas with a son.

That son, born to Thomas and his second wife, Nirua, was Pole John Kale.

Thomas wanted his only son to grow up healthy but also quickly so he could show him all his land and its boundaries while he was still alive.

He had noticed that those children who went to school seemed much healthier and physically bigger than those that stayed in the village.

The idea that a good education could lead to a good career and relative affluence didnt figure in his calculations.

He duly enrolled his son in school.

However, although he had plenty of land, Thomas was otherwise quite poor and it was a struggle to raise the money for his sons education.

To this end he took on the lowly job of cutting and selling firewood.

Through many trials and tribulations Thom...

18:38

Papua mass killing: What happened "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/07/papua-mass-killing-what-happened.html
Papua mass killing: What happened

Karina M. Tehusijarana The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, December 7, 2018 | 09:43 am

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/07/papua-mass-killing-what-happened.html

Ready for action: Indonesian Military personnel prepare to board a helicopter in Wamena in Papua on Wednesday to retrieve the bodies of the construction workers killed in Nduga. The soldiers hunted for rebels suspected of killing 19 construction workers and one soldier in the restive province of Papua, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution. (AFP/Anyong)

At least 20 people have been killed in Nduga regency, Papua, by an armed group with ties to the Free Papua Movement (OPM).

The casualties include 19 workers of state-owned construction company PT Istaka Karya, who were assigned to build a 275-kilometer section to connect Wamena and Mamugu as part of President Joko Jokowi Widodos flagship trans-Papua road project. One Indonesian Military (TNI) soldier was also killed.

What happened?

According to the account of surviving Istaka Karya worker Jimmi Aritonang, which he relayed to the Cendrawasih Military Command, an armed group kidnapped 25 workers from the Istaka Karya camp in Nduga regency on Saturday and forcefully marched them to the nearby Karunggame River.

On Sunday, the workers were once again forced to move, this time toward the Puncak Kabo hill. On the way there, they were ordered to squat and line up in five rows. The gunmen then shot at the workers, killing 14 on the spot, while the remaining 11 pretended to be dead.

Read also: They played dead on the ground: Survivor recounts OPM massacre

The gunmen then left the victims and continued their journey to Puncak Kabo. The 11 workers who had played dead attempted to escape, but they were spotted. The rebels caught and killed five of them, while the other six managed to escape toward Mbua. Four, including Jimmi, have been secured by TNI forces, but the other two were still missing as of Wednesday.

Early on Monday, the TNI post where Jimmi and his friends were being protected was reportedly attacked by a group of rebels armed with guns, arrows and spears. One soldier was killed and another injured in the attack.

How many casualt...

18:00

In remote Kodoro village, Enoch has a lighter load to carry "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Enoch WedewaMAUREEN LESLEY | World Vision Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY - Twenty-year-old Enoch Wedewa (pictured) has experienced a change that directly benefits him in school and in his community.

The implementation of the Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) project in Western Province by World Vision has enabled Enoch to attend school, move around freely, drink clean water and be happy in his community.

Enoch was born with physical disabilities to his left hand and feet. He has had a slow development through life.

There was lack of knowledge and the means for managing disabilities and, because of the cultural and traditional perspectives influencing the lives of people with disabilities, they were unable to join community life or go to school or work.

Enoch, the second born of 12 children, is from Kodoro village, which is about three hours drive from Daru.

Western Province is the largest PNG province in area and has several large rivers running through it. Kodoro is a remote upriver village without infrastructure like roads, airstrips or electricity.

Despite the cultural norms associated with disability, Enoch attends Kodoro Primary School and is in Grade 6. He likes school and enjoys his studies, especially mathematics, language and science.

More than 85% of Papua New Guineans live in rural villages where access to social services such as health and rehabilitation, mobility equipment, employment and education are difficult and limited.

Before World Vision implemented the WASH project, Enoch and the rest of the community depended on the river for everything. Clean drinking water was not existent because of the absence of water catchment amenities like roofing iron and water tanks.

Before World Vision came to put water tanks, we drank from the river and it did not taste good, Enoch said.

The children accessed the main river for drinking and cooling off and went into the bushes because there were no proper latrines. During the rainy season, the slippery river banks posed many problems for Enoch. The impairments to his left hand and leg caused him particular difficulties.

The water from the river was not boiled or purified causing diarrhoea and other water borne sicknesses.

The World Health Organisation estimates that about 975,000 people in PNG are living with some form of disabi...

14:11

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

071218IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A MODEL YOUTH PARLIAMENT
New Dawn FM News

The Bougainville House of Representatives, Speaker, SIMON PENTANU this morning welcomed 28 Bougainville youths for the 2018 Model Youth Parliament at the ABG House of Representatives Parliament.
In his opening remarks, MR. PENTANU explained the need for youths and other citizens be it school students or community elders to understand how their parliamentarians operate when they are elected to parliament.
As youths represent more than 60 percent of Bougainvilles population there is a need for youths to practice in mock parliaments such as todays .
MR. PENTANU explained that since the Bougainville Parliament became a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association a lot has been done to connect with other parliaments within the Commonwealth.
Speaker PENTANU also explained that the Bougainville Parliament has a twinning arrangement with the New South Wales Parliament and through these arrangements more collaboration has taken place which resulted in trainings of ABG Members and staff of the ABG Parliamentary Services.
He told the youths that Bougainvilles Parliament is growing and continues to connect with other parliaments around the world.

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14:09

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

071218MODEL YOUTH PARLIAMENT DEBATES REAL ISSUES
New Dawn FM News
The 2018 Model Youth Parliament debated real pressing issues affecting Bougainville today.
New Dawn FM which filmed todays proceedings saw that our youths are well vested with issues affecting Bougainville today and can make a difference if they have their opportunity to become members in the future.
The youths discussed the need for the Bougainville Referendum Commission to look at the voting age in the coming referendum.
The debate was for the voting age to be reduced to 15 or 16 years so that more youths who will be directly affected by the decision that will be made at the referendum to be part of the decision making for their future.
One other issue that they discussed was the Presentation by the President and also grievance debate looked at issues that are real in the constituencies.
The Youth Parliament rose this afternoon and will sit again in 2019 at a date to be set by the Organizers.
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Thursday, 06 December

23:25

A high-profile deep-sea mining company is struggling "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Nautilus has multiple problems, including the loss of an expensive ship

The Economist | December 5 2018

AFTER LISTING on the Toronto stock exchange in 2006 Nautilus Minerals became the public face of a daring new industry: deep-sea mining. It planned to pursue riches on the ocean floor, mining metals such as gold, zinc and copper, desired respectively for lustre, alloys and electronics. Robotic machines would cut, grind and gather volcanic rock at a site called Solwara 1, located 1,600 metres beneath the surface of the Bismarck Sea near Papua New Guinea (PNG). The resultant rocky slurry would be pumped up to a support vessel, then shipped to a site at which the metals could be extracted. Investors were convinced; Nautiluss shares doubled from their initial price of C$2 ($1.80) in a few months.

Today a Nautilus share is worth just a few Canadian cents. Three problems have changed sentiment. First, the firm has had substantial contractual trouble with...

20:00

Left, right, centre where does PNGs government sit? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG parliamentPHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - In Australia and in other parts of the world there seems to be a monumental power struggle going on between the political forces of the right and the political forces of the left.

If you believe the pundits its an urgent existential struggle that will determine the very survival of our planet.

The terminology has been subtly changing too. We are now openly calling the political right conservatives and the political left progressives.

In simple terms the battle that is raging is between people who not only want to preserve the status quo but take us back to what they see as the halcyon days of the past and people who are saying those ideals dont cut it anymore and the world needs a new political and social model if it is going to survive.

This is all heady stuff and its hard for the average person to work out where they stand in the struggle. Or if they want a position at all. Many people seem to have given up and buried their heads in the sand.

As the constant barrage rings out on televisions, radios and websites, there is a gathering sense of impending doom. It is as if the end of days is imminent.

As respite and as a diversion, Ive taken to watching old movies and reading books well out of print.

Last night I watched John Fords classic 1939 movie Drums Along the Mohawk about the American war of independence.

The night before I was reading Chinua Achebes 1958 novel Things Fall Apart about the impact of colonialism on Nigeria.

Im not burying my head in the sand, I just think its wise to take a breather every now and again for the sake of ones sanity.

In the process of exploring some of this old literature and drama it occurred to me that this idea of a left and right, a conservative side and a progressive side in society is by no means new or unusual.

It is a concept that has always existed at the family level, the clan and tribal level and the national level.

Those elders who resisted colonialism in places like early America, Africa and Papua New Guinea, strangely enough, had much in common with the conservatives who are reverting to isolationism and protectionism in the present time.

No one called them right wing hardliners or terms like that but that...

19:30

R. I. P. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

RipWARDLEY BARRY

Today, I farewelled the world but it wished me not well;
I waved goodbye but it kept about its pursuits.
So I took to the grave with a pen, a paper and a shovel.
Let hell grant me a miracle and heaven dress me in suits.

Today, I penned a poem (might be, and I pray, the last)
As I sit beside a grave, dug in the darkest shades of a blank paper.
The pen sped across its borders capturing my life, love and lust;
It quickly turned to ashes when Morpheus swept away my lover.

Today, I kneeled beside the grave staring at the bowl
Filled with forbidden fortunes and decapitated dreams.
Boxed in a wall of soil, silence awoke and stirred my soul.
I tried to capture its whispers but I can only pen its screams.

Today, I found myself one with the graveghosts are more my kind.
As I lay my head to rest, my fathers spirits sing a welcome tune.
The pen twitched, the paper squirmed and a thought came to mind.
One truth exceeds all: Fawn not fathers, for fate fathers fortune.

Today, I buried my soul deep in a grave of paper and pen:
A pauper's burial with a poet's brain. Alone I lived, alone must I leave.
Suits and ties are for the gods. In rags I clothe for I am man.
There must be gods. But must gods be there? The grave doesnt grieve or give.

Today, I shall leave where ghosts are meant to be. To remain is unjust.
The life I live has its clock; the life I love is without one.
When the spirit of a man is exhausted, he dreams with the dust,
And merging zombies and cyborgs, becomes a zomborg. I am one!

Today, I lay in my gravepaper on lap, pen in hand, a poem at heart.
When I was not, I knew not. When I came to be, blood and tears opened the womb.
How can beauty without be bane within? Am I cursed from the start?
These mysteries I cherish. Here silence defines peace. Whats more quiet than the tomb?

Tomorrow, should a curious child ask of me, let her read the epitaph:

Here lies one whose pen
Fought for men and women
Against a heartless hypocrisy;
A saint without saintly sophistry
And holy history.
Here a sinner lies,
Whose short life testifies,
All true love is happiness in half;
...

19:00

The Crooked Pacific King "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Skull-crown-angry-kingJIMMY AWAGL

Feel the tremor of fraud and corruption
Roaring and roiling like thunder
So characteristic of a crooked king

Evil is rooted in his crown
Autocracy the emblem of this tsar
Dictatorship embedded in his identity

Supposedly a peoples king
But blinded by gold and gas
Borrowing to keep us poor forever

Our land misused for private gain
The peoples funds become his own
Deceitful deals and boomerangs

Can 40 Maseratis drive eight million souls?
Can crony deals save schools and lives?
No, a nation suffers from singular greed

The king feeds on deceit and deals
Steals from the pockets of his people
An empire of wealth never complete

Vainglorious political and business king
Some brand him the Pacific billionaire
Ruling, ripping and ruining over PNG

Seventy-one cronies surround their king
Feeding on spoils not rightly theirs
Saying yes to the peoples no; and no to their yes

They preserve a bubble for the king to reign
With continuing misuse, abuse and fraud
Denying a great nation of its strength and promise

18:03

From arrows to M16s: PNG tribal fights get ever deadlier "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by ANDREW BEATTY -AFP
Tribes in Papua New Guinea's rough and rugged highlands have fought each other for centuries, but a recent influx of automatic weapons risks turning minor beefs into all-out war.

Israel Laki misses the old days -- just a few years ago -- when clansmen would settle fights in what he deems the proper way: with bows, arrows, axes and spears.

It was honourable, he insists, even if an arrow once thumped within millimetres of his heart as he tried to axe a rival tribal fighter to death.

The wiry 69-year-old still carries the scars and spirit of the old ways from this picturesque part of central Papua New Guinea, which westerners only reached in the 1930s.

Even today, the modern state is little more than an abstract concept in the isolated region, where few respect the government.

Old rivalries persist, as do fights over rape, theft and tribal boundaries.

But tradition is increasingly melding with modernity, to devastating effect.

Locals now speak darkly of an influx of American M16s, AR-15s and Belgian FNs -- all brutally effective rifles designed for the military -- and of roving mercenaries and arms dealers willing to work for cash, pigs or women.

- Tribal arms race -

Papua New Guinea's population has more than doubled since 1980, placing increasing strain on land and resources and deepening tribal rivalries.

Elsewhere in the country however, tribal fights have become rare or ritualistic, thanks, in part, to urbanisation and the fear of firearms igniting an ever-escalating conflict.

But in Enga province, regional police commander Joseph Tondop has already seen dozens die during the three months that he has been on the job.

"I was surprised to see people armed with very high-powered weapons and they are just killing each other by the side of the road," he told AFP.

The surge in violence has prompted a company of around 100 government soldiers under the command of a Sandhurst-trained major to establish a makeshift garrison at a hotel in the main town of Wabag.

"They decide to take the law into their own hands and apply justice amongst themselves. Jungle justice," said Tondop.

Under this system "one person's problem becomes everyone's problem".

...

18:00

Is this the message - forget reading, watch more television? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bell - Create design festivalRASHMII BELL

BRISBANE A question was thrown into the Twitterverse for perfect strangers to consider and respond to: Who has been your *biggest* fictional crush? Unabashed in my public declaration, I declared, Count Vronsky, closely followed by Pacey Witter.

Every Thursday at 6pm, the nations only television station would filter into homes for its once-a-week broadcast.

The meagre three-hour program anchored by a host who would dutifully read the news then linger for the remaining scheduled shows. Reappearing to announce each, the announcer would convey a preview of the upcoming minutes and then rematerialize at the segments end to recap what we had just seen.

This included the minutes allotted to a lone man who, nestling in his armchair in the television studio, would read aloud from a novel.

This story of a childhood in Iceland was told with humour by Queensland academic and author Dr Kari Gisalon, who spoke of how the absence of television spurred the mammoth publishing efforts of his homeland. The authors were predominantly Icelandic men who talked, wrote and published books about themselves.

Forget reading, you should watch more TV was the provocation for a debate at the recent CreateX Design Festival moderated by the charismatic Gisalon.

At this event hosted by Queensland University of Technologys creative industries faculty, Australian authors Trent Dalton, Kristina Olsson, Sandra Johnson and Steve Irwin wrangled the relative merits of screen and print.

Doubling as adjudicators, the audience needed to be convinced that screen, rather than print, take precedence in their personal media consumption habit.

People familiar with Anna Karenina and Dawsons Creek will understand my bewilderment at the suggestion that I discriminate. Early in my life, both the imagination of Tolstoy and the screenwriting team of the US television series engaged my (regrettably, fictional) romantic interests.

For me to now select approval for one format over the other was an impossibility.

Besides, as with all of us who rail against producing repetitive and monotonous content, scouring the respective mediums is something of an antidote to episodes of writers block.

There in my hallowed......

12:53

West Papua: conflicting reports surround attack that killed up to 31 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/06/west-papua-independence-leader-urges-calm-after-killings

West Papua independence leader urges calm after killings

Helen Davidson Thu 6 Dec 2018 16.17 AEDT Last modified on Thu 6 Dec 2018 16.48 AEDT

Sixteen bodies retrieved as leader Benny Wenda calls for diplomacy and transparency on what happened in Nduga

The exiled leader of the West Papuan independence movement has called for calm after independence fighters attacked and killed up to 31 people in a remote West Papuan district on Sunday.

On Thursday the Indonesian military said it had retrieved 16 of the bodies from the district of Nduga, which would be sent to the main town of Timika. None were identified.

Benny Wenda, the chair of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua(ULMWP), said it was hard to know exactly what happened at Nduga, amid conflicting reports on the long-running tensions, and without free access for media or human rights groups.

Indonesian authorities, which have not responded to requests for comment from the Guardian, have said civilian construction workers were killed by separatist militants.

Independence movement the Papuan liberation army, TPNPB, under commander Egianus Kogeya, claimed responsibility but said those killed were all members of the Indonesian military (TNI).

Wenda told the Guardian he couldnt stop the liberation army but wanted to tell them the UMLWP wanted to solve the issue diplomatically. We dont want any bloodshed, we want Indonesia to come to the international table to discuss and we can agree to a referendum Thats what our campaign is about, he said.

In order for us to fix what is going wrong we have to know the truth, but we cannot trust the Indonesian governments account about Nduga, or any incidents in regard to West Papua, and this is a problem.

If the dead were not military the incident would mark the first time West Papuan fighters have fatally attacked civilians, and an extraordinary escalation in the more than 50-year-old conflict.

Wenda said Indonesia had a history of creating violence and using it to justify an increased military presence, and that this incident occurred just days after Indonesia arrested more tha...

00:27

Nautilus setting JV to secure support vessels for Solwara 1 project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Nautilus floating base.

UPDATE: 6 Dec. Nautilus Minerals is reported to have been referred to the Toronto stock exchange for misleading investors over the fate of its mining vessel which it is claimed has already been sold to a third party despite Nautilus claims below that it is preparing to buy the ship.

Cecilia Jamasmie | Mining.com | 5 December 2018

Shares in Canadas Nautilus Minerals (TSX:NUS), one of the worlds first seafloor miners, climbed more than 10% on Monday as the company disclosed is negotiating the terms of an agreement with arms length third parties that would involve the creation of a joint venture company.

The purpose of the new firm, Nautilus said, would be to fund the acquisition of the Production Support Vessel (PSV) that Nautilus had previously arranged to be procur...

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Wednesday, 05 December

23:36

Bougainvilles tinderbox threatens to reignite "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bougainville Revolutionary Army fighters look down on the Panguna mine in 1996

An independence referendum and unresolved issues over the rich Panguna copper mine threaten to tilt Papua New Guineas tumultuous autonomous island back to civil war

Alan Boyd | Asia Times | December 4, 2018

Foreign mining companies are jostling for exploration rights on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville ahead of a crucial independence vote next year that some fear could revive tensions that sparked a civil war that killed 20,000 in the 1980s.

The island will need mining royalties to maintain a viable economy if the referendum backs independence, but unresolved issues over the Panguna copper mine are still a sensitive point with traditional landowners. Villagers shut the pit down in 1989, triggering the previous lethal conflict.

The referendum is the culmination of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, which formally ended the decade-long bloody civil war. It will take place as the US and Australia aim to work closely with Papua...

20:00

Tenacious Mathias Kin tells Chimbu story from the people's side "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

My Chimbu CoverPHIL FITZPATRICK

My Chimbu: a short history of Chimbu in the highlands of PNG by Mathias Kin, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018, 418 pages, ISBN: 978-1729711309. Available from Amazon, US$80 plus postage [availability may be limited]

TUMBY BAY - PNG Attitude readers may remember the vigorous debate that occurred when an extract from an early draft of Mathias Kins book was published.

The controversy related to allegations of extra-judicial killings carried out by officers of the Australian Administration during the exploratory and pacification years in colonial Chimbu from the 1930s (see, for example, The truth about the Highlands frontier and the comments that follow).

I should point out that these events make up just a small part of what is a more comprehensive and expansionary account of the history of the Chimbu people that this book reveals.

It should also be noted that many of the views and opinions that emerged during the killings debate have been taken into account by the author, and he explores them in detail in this final version.

This does not detract from Kins original thesis nor does it diminish his contention that the colonisation of the province had some of the hallmarks of invasion and that the Chimbu people had every right to feel affronted by the disruption to what they considered their perfectly serviceable way of life.

You can argue the inevitability of western expansionism and mollify it by advancing that the largely benign Australian administration was the least offensive colonial option on offer at the time, but in the end it comes down to the replacement of one way of life by another claiming a dubious superiority.

And this is the nub of the importance of this book because it presents a view from the opposite side of what has so far been accepted as established fact.

The account of colonisation presented in My Chimbu comes from the point of...

19:00

Bougainville consultation never really got off the ground "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Leonard Fong RokaLEONARD FONG ROKA

ARAWA - The entire Bougainville Peace Agreement signed in 2001 has plenty of loopholes, but these weak points are catered for by one word that repeatedly appears. It is the word consultation.

When complications occur or conflict erupts, the peace agreement suggests it is consultation that can be initiated to address such hurdles.

The issue today is that many problems brought about the Bougainville crisis (1988-97) were not covered by the peace agreement and have since been ignored by both the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and the PNG national government.

In June next year, Bougainville will hold a referendum on its political future and, as the months roll by, both governments are rushing everything often in the absence of care, consideration and even good faith.

The thick documents they have compiled by this December of 2018 are certainly great in quantity but not in quality.

Last year, between September and October, with me as one of their officers, the Department of Bougainville Peace agreement and Implementation held what was planned as a Bougainville-wide public consultation.

From the beginning, to me, the consultation lacked both quality and quantity in terms of both practice and ethics and I could not accept it as being appropriately managed by a professionally functioning bureaucracy.

In their wandering, our team leaders engaged only with an average of about seven persons each from local level government, former combatants, women and people in the street.

The ABG referendum directorate began this public consultation as scheduled in September 2017 as a two-three month project. We kicked off at Nigeria Guest House in Buin Town, driving there from Arawas Arevai Guest House which was our base camp.

Upon reaching Nigeria on the morning of 21 September, the Buin district stakeholders arranged by our advance officers were not there. So our leaders sent the two hired Landcruisers to collect them.

When they returned having still not reached the expected numbers, the leaders ordered the vehicles to go to Buin Town to pick up any Tom, Dick and Harry they could. The consultation happened but, as the officer tasked to conduct and pay for the referendum research, I was sick thinking about the ethics of what we were doing.

From that very first day the......

18:00

PNG's foreign relations in an era of Sino-American rivalry "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Patrick-kaikuPATRICK KAIKU

PORT MORESBY - Observers outside Papua New Guinea may find it a somewhat puzzling experience to pinpoint PNG's exact position in the current geopolitical manoeuvrings between the United States and its allies and China.

On the one hand there are difficulties in determining the basis for PNG's relations with China, and on the other hand in defining its relations with the United States and Australia.

On the whole, PNG's foreign relations are not informed by any rigorous process of foreign policy engagement and what is touted as being in PNG's interest is not necessarily a product of a serious refining of priorities. Rather, more than any structured decision-making, official foreign relations are determined by personalities, circumstances or perceived material benefits.

Cabinet and ministerial prerogatives in most instances frame how the foreign policy agenda is prosecuted on behalf of PNG. References to cornerstone foreign policy principles are used, but often as an afterthought. Domestic stakeholders are disconnected from influencing foreign policy outcomes.

The recent move to rebuild a naval facility in Manus Province provides a good example of this approach.

The proposed Lombrum base will be the first time since 1975 that a facility housing foreign powers has been constructed in PNG.

The joint naval base agreement starts with something of a democratic deficit because no Papua New Guinean input was sought. But Papua New Guineans can live with the impact of such deals.

Allan Gyngell and Michael Wesley argue that "foreign policy-making is a realm of government that needs to be subjected to a greater amount of public accountability and transparency". The Manus naval base agreement is an example of a foreign policy strategy that did not reflect Papua New Guinean designs.

Already, there are objections to this decision by Manus political leaders, who feel that the people of the province were not consulted on the matter. The decision by PNG to be party to the naval base agreement was never debated in PNG's parliament, even though parliament - as the highest law-making body in the land - has powers to ratify international treaties and agreements.

The parliamentary foreign affairs committee is non-existent and, in any event, was never allowed to c...

11:30

Lady Hannah Dadae dies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

It is with great sadness that the Office of the Governor General Government House hereby informs the people of Papua New Guinea of the passing of Lady Hannah Dadae, wife of Governor General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae.

Acting Official Secretary Mr. Bill Toraso has confirmed that Lady Hannah passed away from a short illness at around 2pm yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 4h December 2018, in Brisbane, Australia.

Lady Dadae had been receiving medical treatment for the past three months when she succumbed to her illness yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 4h December 2018).

Lady Dadae was a teacher by profession and had taught in schools throughout Morobe province for 29 years before retiring a few years ago.

After retirement, Lady Dadae became involved in charitable and Christian ministry which she continued to pursue when Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae became the Governor General.

Lady Dadae was passionate about issues affecting women and children which she advocated and spoke passionately about throughout her travels with the Governor General.

Lady Dadae had been hosting Christian fellowship with female prisoners at Bomana Prison and had announced her intention to extend fellowship to female prisons throughout the country.

Lady Hannah Dadae comes from Garaina in Morobe Province. She was 53 years old. Lady Dadae is survived by Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae and their five children.

The body of the late Lady Dadae will return to Port Moresby on Friday, December 7th accompanied by Governor General Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae. Funeral arrangements will be announced soon after. Statment

00:26

Kainantu profitable and will have long mine life, says K92 CEO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A core from Kainantus Kora deposit Source: K92 Mining

David James | Business Advantage | 4 December 2018 

Canadian miner K92 has found new ore and is ramping up its operations at its Kainantu mine in Papua New Guineas Eastern Highlands Province. In this exclusive interview, Chief Executive John Lewins tells Business Advantage PNG that the company is now profitable and has an anticipated mine life of over 15 years.

New ore discoveries are at the heart of Kainantus current health. When the mine was bought by K92 from Barrick Gold in 2015, John Lewins says the focus was initially on restarting mining operations on the Irumafimpa ore body.

The expectation in the previous owners original design was that this would yield about 20 grams of gold per tonne, but it was closer to 8.5 grams.

It was still pretty good but, when you are expecting 20, it is not so good, he tells Business Advantage PNG.

It was recognised that this ore body was also relatively difficult mining, in terms of...

00:03

Introduction Of Mining Bill Pushed To Next Year "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke

Post Courier | December 5, 2018

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke told the Mining and Petroleum Conference in Sydney that proposed amendments to the Mining Act (1992) will be made next year.
He said this despite previous indication of last month being the sitting that would introduce the proposed amendments.
Citing concerns from the industry and the need for independent review from within government circles, he said the amendment would still take place nonetheless citing an over 9 years consultative period.
One of the principle priority for my ministry was to ensure the proposed mining bill is introduced in parliament in the November session in accordance with the NEC decision No 8 of 2018, he said.
The ministry had put together a working team comprising the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management, the Mineral Resources Authority, the Department of Treasury and the Office of the State Solicitor and the First Legislative Council under the oversight of the Chief Secretary to Government to prepare the min...

Tuesday, 04 December

23:47

Peter ONeill: Government to Ensure Better Deal for Communities "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Meriba Tulo | EMTV | 4 December 2018

Negotiating a better deal for Papua New Guinea will be the mantra for the National Government as it looks to finalizing some major projects within the Extractive Industries in the months ahead.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill made these comments when speaking to EMTV News on Day one of the 2018 PNG Mining & Petroleum Investment Conference.

Addressing the opening session of the PNG Mining & Petroleum Investment Conference, Prime Minister Peter ONeill elaborated on the efforts by his government in pushing for better deals for upcoming projects within the mining and gas space.

His comments on the back of concerns regarding the perceived unfair distribution of wealth from existing projects operating in PNG.

According to Mr ONeill, the lessons from current projects will not be repeated, with the National Government aiming to ensure that the country receives a better deal, financially, but more importantly, socially, through respective project agreements.

A major aspect of upcoming projects that the government is keen to complete, is the all-important landowner and clan-vetting exercise, especially within the gas sector...

23:20

Porgera landowners sue PNG Govt for billions "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A protest against Barrick Gold. Photo: Facebook/ Kelly Taila

Radio New Zealand | 4 December 2018 

A landowners group in Papua New Guineas highlands region is suing the national government for $US13.28 billion over a breach of contract.

The Justice Foundation for Porgera and other landowners whose land is inside the boundaries of the Porgera gold mine are behind the suit.

They claim that Barrick Nuigini, a subsidiary of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold, has destroyed their environment and livelihoods, and has not kept to the commitments made in the contract signed in 1989.

The Foundations Jonathan Paraia said the amount of money they are seeking is justified.

That is based on the contract for Porgera Mine signed between the state and Porgera landowners, but the state has got its own agreement with the Candian mining company, Barrick. So we expect the g...

22:39

PAPUA NEW GUINEA DEVELOPMENT VIEW "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by TONY CHARLES KEROWA

Papua New Guinean development aspirations are all jumbled up and not in order. The National Government should invest its resources including Money where it will improve the lives of its people.

From my observation and experience, there is more grandstanding on the political level building statuesque and echo more than planning on bringing tangible development to communities and towns by elected representatives from both sides of the house.

The following important key development areas should be prioritized.

1. Improving Road and Bridges :
Opening up and connecting the rural PNG communities through improved Road and Bridges will give an opportunity for our people to work on their land by converting ideal land to economic value by planting cash crops and livestock on a commercial scale. The Department of Works should be reviewed and upgraded to function independently. The Department should operate as independently as possible

2. Improving and empowering Department of Agriculture and Livestock.
Department of Agriculture and Livestock must be empowered through training and improving the industry. All AGRICULTURE colleges should be funded and improved to impart new knowledge with students joining the workforce. Through constant support, this industry will one day be the highest income earner contributing to the National Government Budget.

3. Improving Human Resources through quality education.
The country's most important asset is its human resources. The government should focus on training its human resources including citizens who are considered as system dropouts. Everyone passing through the Education system should be able to get engaged in various capacities so their service should be rendered. Any positive change in society is achievable only through an Educated population.

4. Improving Health system in the country.
The government must improve our country's Health system giving as the country needs a healthy population to pursue its development aspirations.

5. The Provincial Government system should be abolished and be replaced with Local authorities to drive the National Government development agendas. Employees at the provincial government should be absorbed into the public service domain so their performance criteria are measured through ther...

20:00

Marlene Potoura & the state of society & writing in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rashmii & KeithRASHMII BELL talks with KEITH JACKSON

BRISBANE - I was saddened to read of the recent robbery of Marlene Potouras possessions at her home in Lae.

This incident was just the latest of a series of burglaries and worse - going back some years, which have placed Marlene and her children in heartbreaking circumstances.

Yet in my online interactions with Marlene, she is by no measure a victim but always future-oriented, persevering to find an effective solution as issues arise.

These personal traits encapsulate how and why Marlene is like many of those people who make up the PNG Attitude virtual family. 

Being invited to connect with Marlene was to share her lived experience as a Papua New Guinean women living in present day PNG society. It is a privilege I do not take for granted. It takes courage to put your experiences and feelings into writing when challenges become overwhelming.

And I note that Marlene never asked for help. Her only response to another serious assault on her well-being was a cry of frustration. Thats why Marlene is an inspiration to so many of us.

This blog and its virtual family have been instrumental for nearly 13 years advocating for PNG women (domestic and in the diaspora) so I thought Id ask the publisher and editor, Keith Jackson AM, a few questions to highlight the importance of the appeal currently underway to assist Marlene and her children.

RASHMII BELL: The first piece of writing I sent you in 2014 was drawn from a few posts Id written for a blog Id begun. They were me having a rant about motherhood including the outrageous contradictions and challenges faced by women raising children in PNG. In that, Ive a few things in common with Marlene. How often do you receive contributions from PNG women who are raising children? Are there any recurring themes and issues?

KEITH JACKSON: I think the field on that particular topic has been limited to you and Marlene, who have drawn from your personal experiences to offer more general lessons about the terrible predicament of many, if not most, Papua New Guinean women.

RB: Marlene has been a contributor to PNG Attitude for many years, has authored several...

19:00

Panguna politics distracting us from independence referendum "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Leonard RokaLEONARD FONG ROKA

ARAWA - To us Panguna people this once was Rio Tinto mine in our heartland has had far reaching impacts since its birth in the 1960s. It has affected us physically, socially and spiritually.

So, for as long as the governments that control our island keep meddling with the wound, we will always be tangled, confused and unable to attain positive political, social and economic advancement for ourselves as a district, as a community, as families and as individuals.

In mid-2017, a group calling itself Panguna New Generation Leaders (PNGL) appeared in our midst.

It had previously operated under a number of different names corresponding to various changes in roles and circumstances under the boiling Panguna mine politics

PNGL was funded by the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) to champion unity amongst the many spontaneously sprouting groups and individuals, local and foreign, who were eager to reopen the Panguna mine.

Many of these have found better opportunities, or not, and have disappeared without trace.

The most notable fact about PNGL was that it gave some significance to a handful of unemployed persons and a few former civil war combatants from the Panguna District.

Many of these people were among those who initiated the Bougainville crisis in 1988-1990 but who were not educationally equipped to perform the task of fostering unity.

Since last year, under PNGLs banner, they have employed aggression and threat to defend their unestablished (and unwanted) interest on the Panguna people.

Maybe the words and tactics had been decanted upon them by ABG or BCL but they certainly pushed them on the people; in fact, they were known for this virtue.

At the time BCL, through Justin Rogers, was praising them but it seems that, when BCL and ABG did not meet their expectations for payment, they deviated to the next rising Panguna mine contender, RTG Mining and its accomplice Central Meekamui Resources Limited (CMRL).

So we have two potential mining entities that today are permeating our psyche as Panguna people, who have this ore body in our land: BCL supported by ABG; and RTG is partnering with the Meekamui faction under the name CMRL.

The people in Panguna really are not sure of where we are today with t...

18:00

Ex solicitor-general applies for asylum over payback fears "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Neville DeveteYARA MURRAY-ATFIELD | Pacific Beat | Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Read the complete article here

MELBOURNE - Papua New Guinea's former solicitor-general is allowed to apply for a protection visa in Australia, a court ruling has found, based on fears of harm after raising corruption allegations in what has been called the country's "biggest" alleged fraud case.

The Federal Circuit Court (FCC) of Australia heard that when Neville Devete (pictured) was the solicitor-general in 2012, he made a complaint to PNG's National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Squad in relation to alleged "improper payments" made to PNG's biggest law firm, Paul Paraka Lawyers.

The court heard Mr Devete received a death threat and that he and his family faced intimidation following the complaint.

In a judgement just published, the FCC ordered his application for an Australian protection visa be allowed to proceed.

The Anti-Corruption Squad alleged the PNG Government paid about $30 million to Paul Paraka and his law firm for inflated or invented legal cases.

In a letter before the court, detective chief superintendent Matthew Damaru called it Papua New Guinea's "biggest" alleged fraud case so far and stated Mr Devete was the initial complainant in the case against Mr Paraka.

The scandal embroiled a number of PNG Government members, including Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, although an arrest warrant against him was quashed late last year.

Mr O'Neill has long argued the allegations were politically motivated, and in August, the police officially closed the case against him.

Mr Paraka announced in March this year he would be launching a lawsuit to clear his name, saying his citizen's rights had been breached, but the Anti-Corruption Squad's case against him remains open.

According to the letter from Mr Damaru, Mr Devete had been due to be a witness in upcoming prosecutions related to the alleged corruption, where he would have to provide evidence against members of the PNG Government, including Mr O'Neill, and was concerned for his safety if he returned.

He has bee...

14:29

Papua New Guinea's Ox & Palm hits Fijian shelves "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Ox & Palm Papua New Guinea, a subsidiary of the worlds fifth-largest food and beverage company Kraft Heinz, have announced after lengthy of negotiations between themselves and potential suppliers, the iconic brand is now available on shelves in Fiji as of last month.

Steve Woods, National Head of Sales and Marketing for Kraft Heinz Hugo Canning said that After several visits to Fiji this year to meet with potential wholesalers and retailers and as well as with the responsible Fiji government departments, we are pleased to be able to confirm that PNGs Ox & Palm Corned Beef is available to consumers in Fiji.

It what has been a long process, and with the full approval of the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) and our trading partners Morris Hedstorm Supermarkets, the first container of Ox & Palm arrived in Fiji and is available on shelves last month.

The success in Fiji now means that Ox & Palm from PNG is now available in three countries around Pacific Region (Solomon Island, Vanuatu, and Fiji).

Betty Mumbru, import and export manager for Kraft Heinz Hugo Canning also added We are always proud to be able market our PNG Business Product outside PNG. It is a great moment for PNG Business and for PNG People in general.

We are also continuing our plans to expand the brand throughout the Pacific region and we hope to make our products available in Tonga and Samoa in 2019.

We would also like to show our gratitude to Carpenters Fiji Limited who through their Morris Hedstorm Supermarket group, will partner up with Kraft Heinz Hugo Canning to distribute OX&PALM through their 13 stores in FIJI," Betty add.

The entry of Ox & Palm into the Fijian market signals a good sign of improved relations not only in the business fronts but also on government regulatory front since 2016 when the product was subject to a trade row between the governments of both Melanesian countries.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

12:20

Unknown Armed Men Kill Dozens of Workers in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2018/12/04/055923964/Unknown-Armed-Men-Kill-Dozens-of-Workers-in-Papua

TUESDAY, 04 DECEMBER, 2018 | 11:06 WIB
Unknown Armed Men Kill Dozens of Workers in Papua

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta A group of armed men is believed to have murdered 31 workers at the Trans Papua construction site located at Nduga District, Papua. The Papua Police is currently investigating the possible planned execution.

According to the Papua Police, the killing began when the armed group killed 24 workers which are employees of state-owned PT Istaka Karya. The remaining 8 people that managed to rescue themselves after seeking refuge at a Legislative Members house were picked up by the armed group, which followed with the killing of seven people.

One of the workers that managed to flee is yet to be found.

Papua Police Spokesman Grand Commissioner Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said that police have mobilized its joint team comprised of police and Army Forces.We are always prepared to evacuate the victims and arrest the suspects, said Ahmad in a written statement on Monday, December 3.

News about the killings initially broke out after it was announced by Pastor Wilhelmus Kogoya, a known figure at the Yigi district where the bloody scene took place. The murders were strongly suspected to take place on Sunday, December 2.

TEMPO.CO

05:09

People moves: Credit Corporation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new chairman for Credit Corporation

Syd Yates is the new chairman for Credit Corporation (PNG) Ltd. His career includes 20 years with Kina Securities, where he was Managing Director and CEO.

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The post People moves: Credit Corporation appeared first on Business Advantage PNG.

05:09

Dates and location set for 2019 Papua New Guinea Investment Conference "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The dates and venue for the 2019 Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference have been announced. The investment promotion event will take place on 19 and 20 August 2019 at the prestigious Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, Australia.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill at the 2018 Business Advantage PNG Investment Conference. Source: BAI

It will be the seventh investment promotion event Business Advantage has run on Papua New Guinea and follows its widely-acclaimed 2017 and 2018 conferences, held in Sydney and Brisbane respectively.

Its main focus will be on business and investment opportunities, with case studies highlighting companies that may form part of PNGs next wave.

The conference is designed primarily for senior executives, investment advisers, financiers and board-level delegates. Readers of this website are especially welcome.

Emerging market

PNG has emerged from its APEC year with an increased International profile and geopolitical importance, says Andrew Wilkins, Publishing Director at Business Advantage International and member of the conferences organising committee.

Globally, investors are starting to take this market seriously, which we have been doing since 2006.

As content experts, we curate the conference program from scratch each year to ensure it is reflects the latest developments in PNGs economy and features the hot topics that current and potential investors need to understand.

Partners in the conference include the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group) and the Asian Development Bank.

Program

Details of the conference program will be announced in due course and registrations will open in the New Year.

Without giving too muc...

05:06

In brief: Lihir most productive mine in PNG, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Lihir most productive mine, apprentice of the year named, and a public-private partnership for power in Hela. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in briefLihir Gold Mine in the New Ireland Province has topped the mining sector in the country as the most productive mine, according to Mining Minister Johnson Tuke. In 2017, it achieved a record level of export revenue of K3.686 billion and production and revenue to date in 2018 are ahead of last year, he said.

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PNG Apprentice of the Year Perpetua Oseia. Source: Oil Search

Oil Search Process Technician apprentice Perpetua Oseia is the 2018 PNG Apprentice of the Year.  Oseia was...

05:01

Kina Bank sees opportunity to be Papua New Guineas leading digital bank "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kina Banks vision is to be the Papua New Guineas leading digital bank, CEO Greg Pawson tells Business Advantage PNG. He also reveals the ASX-listed banks plans to absorb ANZs retail, commercial and SME businesses in PNG.

Kinas Chief Executive Greg Pawson

What does digital banking mean? Effectively, for our customers, it means they can transact with us anywhere, anytime, anyhow, says Greg Pawson.

Quality, convenience and simplicity are the key themes of our banking proposition.

We were recently crowned the Most Innovative Business in PNG. Were building best-in-class digital capabilities that support the growing middle market demographic.

Customers want to transact digitallythey have smart phones and theyre very tech-savvy.

 Mass retail market

In June 2018, Kina Bank announced it would seek regulatory approval to buy ANZs retail, commercial and SME banking business in PNG for K24.2 million (AUD$10 million).

If approved, the sale gives Kina Bank an additional 15 retail branch premises, 72 ATMs and more than 1800 EFTPOS terminals.

It will increase its lending market share from 5.8 per cent to 8.8 per cent and double its market share of deposits to 9.9 per cent to become the second largest bank in PNG.

This is a tremendous opportunity for us. The proposed acquisition is very much in line with our current target and strategy to reach the emerging mass/affluent segment in retail banking, and commercial and SME customers, Pawson tells Business Advantage PNG.

Papua New Guineans are buying their first homes. Some are starting to buy investment properties and so forth. Were seeing that trend and its good.

Our focus on the customer experience means were offering innovat...

04:42

Kainantu profitable and will have long mine life, says K92 CEO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Canadian miner K92 has found new ore and is ramping up its operations at its Kainantu mine in Papua New Guineas Eastern Highlands Province. In this exclusive interview, Chief Executive John Lewins tells Business Advantage PNG that the company is now profitable and has an anticipated mine life of over 15 years.

A core from Kainantus Kora deposit Source: K92 Mining

New ore discoveries are at the heart of Kainantus current health. When the mine was bought by K92 from Barrick Gold in 2015, John Lewins says the focus was initially on restarting mining operations on the Irumafimpa ore body.

K92s John Lewins. Source: BAI

The expectation in the previous owners original design was that this would yield about 20 grams of gold per tonne, but it was closer to 8.5 gr...

03:26

Production from Papua LNG in Papua New Guinea could start in 2024, says Total Managing Director "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

French super major Total will look to have a final gas agreement with the Papua New Guinea government for the Papua LNG project by March 2019. If the project gets the final go-ahead, production should start in 2024, according to Jean-Marc Noiray, Managing Director of Total E&P PNG.

Total E&P PNGs Jean-Marc Noiray

Jean-Marc Noiray says Total is looking to start a conclusive engineering study in the second quarter of next year and to make a final investment decision before 2020.

We sometimes call it a deep onshore operation, meaning it is so remote in pristine jungle, he said in a speech this week to industry leaders.

The challenges are enormous from a logistical point of view and an environmental point of view.

We have to respect the environment in which we work.

The sites will feed, over a 15 years plateau, 5.4 million tonnes per year of LNG production.

The most important thing is the relationship with the communities and land owners.

Plateau

Noiray says the appraisal drilling conducted on the Elk and Antelope fields in Gulf Province is now complete.

Total is now pretty confident that the sites will feed, over a 15 years plateau, 5.4 million tonnes per year of LNG production.

It was important to understand the navigability.

We have done a lot of work in our studies. We have completed the pre-FEED [front end engineering and design] studies, which are a lot more advanced than is usual.

We have done a lot of exhaustive surveys trying to anticipate a lot of the challenges which are coming from the logistic point of view, the topographic issues and the poor soil quality.

It was important to understand the navigability. Most of the reserves are at Antelope, actually.

One of the most challeng...

01:25

Paska Concerned UPNG VC Selection Tainted "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The PNG Trade Union Congress has expressed grave concerns about the governance process at the University of Papua New Guinea.

PNGTUC president John Paska said reports coming out of the university painted a very disturbing picture which gave cause for alarm over administrative anomalies which were apparently being swept under the carpet because people were either too apprehensive to expose them or too comfortable to care.

I am here not only as president of the PNGTUC but also as a concerned sponsor of students at UPNG and other institutions, Mr Paska said.

A case in point relates to the present assessments and interviews being conducted to appoint a new vice-chancellor.

All citizens desire that a new competent vice-chancellor be confirmed and that such person is of the highest integrity.

He should also be a person of good standing that passes the fit and proper persons test.

Seven persons were shortlisted. We do not question their rights to apply for the position. However what we are compelled to question of the impartiality, governance processes and guidelines that were used to do the selection.

A conspicuous inclusion for instance is the names of an applicant who has been the subject of much criticism over his role in the use of an amount of K23 million which remains unacquitted and accounted for.

It is bad enough that large amounts of money have apparently been inappropriately used. What is mine boggling is why with such knowledge in hand was it still possible for such a person to slip through the selection process to get his name on the shortlist.  Press Release

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