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Thursday, 26 October

22:30

PNG Prime Minister condemn acts of violence against women "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill has condemned acts of violence against women, saying a man is a coward if he thinks it is right to hit a woman.

He also called on community and church leaders not to turn a blind eye to violence against women.

ONeill Wednesday responded to the recent public outcry over the increasing acts of violence against women, re-ignited this week by the death of Post Courier journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara who her family claimed was a victim of violence.

Evaras funeral on Tuesday had to be cancelled after a court order was issued by the coroner to have a proper autopsy conducted on her. The autopsy was conducted yesterday by Dr Seth Fose. The cause of her death is expected to be revealed in two weeks time. Her death on Oct 15 is also being investigated by the police.

ONeill called on the people to stand up against any act of violence against women, and for men to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

A man is a coward if he thinks it is ok to hit a woman. These abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they (would) hit a woman who is smaller, he said.

We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women. But no government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable.

ONeill said any community or church leader who turned a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let the people down, and has abandoned Christian principles our nation holds dear.

He called on men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

He told sons that if your father beats your mother, you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your mother.

Your mother gave you life. Now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you, he said.

The same goes for all the men brothers, uncles and other male family members. Do not turn a blind eye.

ONeill said the Government would increase public awareness to prevent domestic violence. This...

22:15

New class action over asylum seeker detention "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton faces a new class action case from asylum seekers, who feel they have been maltreated by the Australian government over the last 6 years.

Documents have been lodged in the Federal Court, where the case is to be heard in December.

Prominent law firm Maurice Blackburn is representing, what could be a case involving thousands of individuals.

In a separate case only a month ago, the government was compelled to reach a $70 million settlement, involving about 2,000 claimants and had to pay a further $20 million in legal costs.

The difference with the new claim according to Maurice Blackburn, is that it is proceeding on new grounds that have not previously been tested.  It could have far ranging implications.

For example, one of the plaintiffs is a four year old boy, who was  locked up on Christmas Island with his parents for 480 days. The matter being pursued here is that the government failed to detain him for removal offshore and that is visa claim was not processed. It is alleged that because it had no clear purpose, the detention had no legal basis.

Strengthening the claim is that fact that when officials eventually turned to process the application, the boy was quickly given a bridging visa. This suggests that he always had a good case.

The class action was lodged at the time of release of a report from Human Rights Watch, about the  seething unrest at Manus Island detention centre, associated conditions of its closure.

The report is based on interviews with 40 refugees and service providers and it paints a picture of alleged brutal attacks that have never been properly investigated.

Elaine Pearson, directors of the organisation in Australia, suggested that because of the threat to their safety, inmates had reason to resist the method of the closure.

In response, the Australian government has denied that there is such a safety risk.

Gillian Triggs, former boss of the Australian Human Rights Commission, blasted what has been going on at Manus as illegal, cruel and unworkable, and part of a shameful history of chronic failure to comply with our human rights obligations.

The post New class action over asylum seeker detention appeared first on The Pen.

22:00

Media council says silence on domestic violence must be broken "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

NEWSDESK | Pacific Media Watch

PORT MORESBY - The Media Council of Papua New Guinea is calling for an investigation into the untimely death of senior journalist and Post-Courier business editor Rosalyn Albaniel Evara.

While the council respected the wishes of her immediate family to proceed with her burial, it acknowledges that the pain that late Rosalyn had to endure is no longer just hers, and a pain that many more women in the country may be going through every day, the Media Council said in a statement.

Ms Evara, 41, was rushed to hospital last week on October 15 after collapsing in her home. She died in Port Moresby General Hospital later that day.

Pacific Media Watch reports her funeral on Monday was overshadowed by abuse allegations, after her aunt, Mary Albaniel, said her niece had been a victim of violence.

The Media Council is now calling on PNGs media fraternity to push for justice for the victims of gender-based violence.

It has happened to one of our own, and it is time to acknowledge that it needs to stop.

More needs to be said about this cancer, which thrives behind closed doors and breeds on fear, it said.

The Media Council said many female journalists in PNG suffered from violent and abusive relationships, which affected their work and families.

It said the media could no longer keep silent and must continue to report on the issue despite cultural and social challenges.

It is not too late to help those who are living with the same fear she had to endure, it stated.

Human Rights Watch has stated PNGs government has taken insufficient steps to address gender-based violence.

Described as an emergency which needs addressing in their 2015 report Bashed Up: Family violence in Papua New Guinea, domestic violence rates in PNG remain among the highest in the world and are rarely prosecuted.

https://www.hrw.org/report/2015/11/04/bashed/family-violence-papua-new-guinea

21:00

Nautilus mining project not as bad as its cracked up to be "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Solwara
Artists's impression of the Solwara production support vessel

JOE FERNHOUT

CALIFORNIA - Everyone take a deep breath.  We need some clarity of thought on the Solwara 1 project in the territorial waters of New Ireland and East New Britain.  

Sir Arnold Amet is the latest person to jump on the anti-Nautilus bandwagon.  He served as Attorney-General and is familiar with many of the details of the Solwara 1 agreement.

In PNG Attitude recently, Sir Arnold made what I believe to be unfounded accusations against Nautilus Minerals, claiming that Solwara 1 is a dodgy project and Nautilus is not a professional outfit.

To the contrary, Nautilus has demonstrated its professionalism by investing at least K1.7 billion in the project. It has done due diligence in research, sending experts to dive into the Bismark Sea to ascertain the feasibility of the project and has engaged in 10 years of research and experimentation for the project.

Papua New Guinea is one of the few places on earth where very hot water shoots up through hydrothermal vents and then mixes with the cold water on the ocean floor to form hydrothermal chimneys rich in gold, zinc and copper.

These chimneys, which grow to sizes of three to 30 meters, eventually tip over and fall to the ocean floor. Its been happening that way for thousands of years. 

At 7%, the concentration of copper on these chimney shards is exponentially higher than the 0.7% found in land-based mines and the gold concentration is four times greater than land-based mines.   

Very few countries have such valuable resources lying on the floor of their territorial waters. Those resources are not doing anyone in PNG any good as long as they continue to lie one-mile deep on the ocean floor.  Experts agree these shards are definitely worth mining.

Land-based mines in PNG and elsewhere in the world are hard on the environment, with blasting, u...

20:45

Armed group attacks patrol vehicle near Freeport "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/113206/armed-group-attacks-patrol-vehicle-near-freeport

Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) An armed group attacked a patrol vehicle at the 60-mile mark on an access road to PT Freeport Indonesias mine in Tembagapura, Mimika District, Papua Province, on early Wednesday.

The companys Vice President Corporate Communications Riza Pratama has confirmed the incident.

Following the attack, Pratama said a convoy of the workers Schedule Day Off vehicles from lowlands to the highlands of Tembagapura District was canceled.

"We heard the shootings, but there is no detailed information yet. For now, we have stopped the convoy," he said.

Meanwhile, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar said there were no victims in the shooting incident that took place at the 60-mile mark, as the police had anticipated such an attack.

"Yes, there was a shooting attack. However, as of now, there were no victims. Based on our analysis, there was a plan to launch such an attack at around the 60-67 mile mark, and we have anticipated that," he remarked.

Earlier on Saturday, the police Mobile Brigade of Batalyon B Timika was involved in an exchange of fire with an armed group during a sweeping operation around Banti Village in the Utikini area following an attack on two patrol cars of PT Freeport at the 67-mile mark on the same day.

On Sunday, First Brigadier Berry Pramana Putra from the mobile brigade corps was shot dead at Utikini Bridge in Tembagapura District.

The armed group resumed the attack on early Monday when the police attempted to retrieve the body of Putra, and in the process, four personnel suffered injuries.

On Tuesday, the group attacked a vehicle of Tembagapura Hospitals medical team that was carrying a post-natal patient in Utikini Village. The patient Serina Kobogau was shot in her right thigh.

During the sweeping operation in pursuit of the armed group, the police managed to take over the groups base camp and other camps around the Utikini hills in Tembagapura.

The police have also found handmade weapons, a walkie-talkie, and some other devices.(*)


20:00

Three key economic questions I hope the PM answered "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Paul Flanagan
Paul Flanagan - pertinent questions

PAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics

CANBERRA Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter ONeill addressed a business lunch in Sydney yesterday and spoke about the policies of his government.

Before he did so, I wrote the following piece hoping that his speech would answer three questions.

First, what will the government do to help restore ongoing balance in the foreign exchange markets?

A small injection of $US100 million in treasurer Charles Abels 100-day plan will not address the underlying issue that PNGs imports have been cut to an historic low and even basic trade financing has been cut off.

The emphasis appears to be on large scale import-substitution (especially through special deals and protectionist arrangements) rather than becoming a diverse exporting nation to Asia.

Foreign exchange restrictions are a major business issue and the current approaches of high budget deficits squeezing out the private sector, rationing foreign exchange, dramatically cutting imports, stopping trade financing, and stopping repatriation of capital all act to undermine confidence and prospects for new foreign investment.

Having PNGs central bank even deny there is a foreign exchange shortage, or claim it is all the private banks fault, also undermines growth potential which is vital for fixing the budget.

 

Second, will the prime minister clarify whether he has agreed to the 2017 cuts in the local direct funding programs channelled to provinces and districts (DSIP and PSIP)?

Clear agreement between himself and his new treasurer is vital for giving credibility to the recent 2017 supplementary budget.  Without such an agreement, over 70% of the planned budget savings will not eventuate and another large budget deficit b......

12:55

PNG Foreign Affairs recalls heads of missions "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea  Department of Foreign Affairs has found some anomalies with the financial records at PNG's Mission in Manila, Philippines, as it begins recalling its heads of missions abroad.

Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato, confirmed in a statement, that several heads of diplomatic missions overseas are being recalled as their posts and terms of appointment have expired.
Heads of missions affected include Washington D.C, Manila, Jakarta and Sydney, with China and Honiara to be returned at a later date.

Mr. Pato says the Department is in the process of recall and repatriation exercise for the returning heads of missions as well as preparing ground works for replacements who are to be appointed by the National Executive Council soon.
He says as part of the recall, the financial records of the affected missions need to be checked and updated.

In case of the PNG Mission in Manila, some anomalies were found.
The Department is working with the officers at the mission to verify the financial records in a fair and transparent manner consistent with the Public Finance Management Act.

Minister Pato hopes the change over arrangements will be orderly and business like and that all new appointees will take over from where their predecessors left off.
NBC News/ PNG Today

12:53

Namatanai MP Schnaubelt queries Lihir Royalties "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Namatanai MP Walter Schnaubelt has tasked the New Ireland Provincial Government to explain the whereabouts of his district's share of mine royalties, as per an Agreement with the Lihir Gold Mine.

He says since the start of the mine's operations in 2007, his District has not received its 20 per cent share of the funds.
Mr Schnaubelt told NBC Radio the New Ireland Government must furnish expenditure reports of the payments.
"The concern now is the 50% portion blong New Ireland Provincial Government which is responsible to dispatch 20% to Namatanai district and 20% to Kavieng district na 10 percent is retained by the provincial government blo administration purposes.
"Orait, the provincial government component paid to date is K264m and you know since 2007 i kam nao, Namatanai district and Kavieng district have missed out on their 20% share."
NBC News/PNG Today

12:51

Inquiry starts into million kina debt "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Retired Judge, Don Sawong is heading a team to investigate over K40m debt incurred by the Provincial Government over the years.

Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu told a recent conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bulolo that he wants to establish how the province has incurred the massive bill.
The investigation started last week and is expected to continue.
The Morobe Governor says the people have the right to know how the money was expanded because it is public money.

Saonu says starting from the top post in the Provincial Administration, how to the service providers all off them will be questioned on how the figure has accumulated.
He says he's mandated by the people to do the right thing, therefore, he believes finding out where the money has gone to is the right thing to do.
"Husait i mekim na displa K44m i kammap?
"Ol public servants or politicians?
"Disla em moni blo ol pipol.
"Sevis imas go na pipol blo Morobe laikim disla moni, na why na disla issue i kamap."
Governor Saonu says a report will be tabled for further deliberation by the Morobe Provincial Executive Council after the investigation is completed.
NBC News - Gabriel Jamine

12:47

PNG Kumuls positive to win at home "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Aizowe OTU/PNGFM

PNG LNG Kumuls are positive and in high spirits to win all 3 sets of their home World Cup matches starting with their World Cup opener against the Wales this Saturday at the National Football Stadium.

Kumuls have never beaten the teams in our pool but are definitely looking forward to meeting the chargers on home soil, said Assistant Coach Stanley Tepend.

Tepend said the team is not just as excited to play the World Cup in PNG but are proud to put on the PNG colours on home soil and want to create history for the country and its people.
Kumuls Nene McDonald who is expected to play a pivotal role in the centre said it wont be any easy for the boys but with their composure in the camp, and assistance from former Kumul greats in Marcus Bai, John Wilshire and others, he anticipates a good finish.

James Segeyaro said he will take in all the criticism as a stepping stone for him to perform for his countrymen. He is said the Kumuls select side is by far the best and is confident they will perform to the best to raise the red, black and gold colours on high masts.

12:44

Tribal fight, food shortage force school closure in Hela Province "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Humburu Primary School, a government agency school in the South Koroba in Koroba Lake Kopiag District, Hela province is yet to resume formal class.

This is the result of shortage of food supply and tribal fight in the villages, between clans sharing the border.
School Head Master Agilo Wakia said the tribal fight in Humburu has prompted them to close the school after two classrooms and teachers houses were burnt down.

He said the other factor is the shortage of food seeing students leaving school to help their parents do planting during the short period of heavy rainfall.
He said food is an important factor in our lives and having no food to eat and go to school is a problem that needs urgent attention.

He urged the government to assess the situation address as a matter of urgency.
A spokesperson from the Prime Ministers Department said they have been made aware of the situation in South Koroba and have responded by informing the disaster office to assess the situation. PNGFM

05:49

Ministry to Tackle Housing Issues "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 
The government, through the ministry of housing, is taking steps to address the dire problem of housing in the city.
 
And it will achieve this through an initiative, by the Housing Minister, to set up a housing policy steering committee.
 
The committee held its first meeting on Wednesday, Oct 25.
 
The Housing Policy Steering Committee is made up of the National Housing Corporation and line agencies, including the Department of Lands and Physical Planning, Justice and Attorney General, Office of Urbanization and the National Research Institute, among other stakeholders.
 
The Committee has been tasked to come up with a housing policy for PNG that is workable to address affordable housing, especially in cities like Port Moresby. The last housing policy for PNG was 23 years overdue for a review.
 
Heading the housing policy steering committee is acting NHC managing director, Kenneth Cooke.
 
Housing Minister John Kaupa said the ONeill-Abel government, under its housing policy, will try its best to provide affordable housing for PNG citizens, and the committee will play a major role in achieving this.
 
While PNG continues to face the chronic problem of affordable housing, the Minister also acknowledged the fact that NHC over the years has a lot of controversial issues that hinder its progress to provide good housing for PNG families.
 ...

05:45

Stabbed, beaten, and robbed: refugees on Manus to be abandoned in danger "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Todays report from Human Rights Watch lays bare the fear, cruelty and danger the refugees and people seeking asylum face on Manus Island.

Human Rights Watch visited Manus in September and spoke to dozens of men about their fears, including those who have been stabbed, beaten, and robbed when theyve left the guarded centre. Some men were too scared to leave the centre to meet with the HRW team. The Australian Government intends to push a further 600 men towards this danger when the guarded centre is closed in six days.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been to Manus three times to speak with the men there, said:

"Today Human Rights Watch calls Manus a dangerous failure. Last week the UN called it a humanitarian disaster. These men have had four years of their lives ripped away from them. Theyve been beaten. Theyve been shot. And theyve suffered the sheer torment of not knowing if or when their ordeal would ever end.

"After four years of fear, violence and suffering, these men deserve a future. But instead our Government is trying to bludgeon them into returning to persecution or moving from one dead end camp to another. Its the height of cruelty," said Mr Webb.

A notice posted inside the Manus Island detention centre last week warned refugees that from the 31 October 2017, all food, water and electricity will be disconnected, protective fences will be removed and the facility will be handed over to the PNG Defence Forces.

On Good Friday this year, drunk soldiers from the PNG Defence Forces attacked the centre, ramming the centre fence with a vehicle to try to gain entry and firing over 100 shots, including from an M-16 Assault Rifle, into the centre where hundreds of refugees feared for their lives.

"It beggars belief. PNG military personnel have attacked these men before. Now our Government is tearing down the fences and putting them in charge. Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull can't just sit back and wait for further bloodshed. Every single man on Manus must be immediately evacuated to safety in Australia," said Mr Webb.......

04:25

Freedom is relative "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The demolition of the Manus Island centre is set to begin in one week, which means the water supplies are steadily decreasing, resources are diminishing, and power is being progressively shut off. The men are being smoked out, but they dont plan on leaving. As Aziz (Abdul Aziz Muhamat) said in a recent mini-episode of The Messenger, we are determined to go ahead with our resistance and we are not going to give up.

03:12

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women ; PM Calls for Communities and Churches to Show Leadership "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Approved for Release: 25 October 2017

Office of the Prime Minister Papua New Guinea 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women, and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men. This is the message from the Prime Minster, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

A man is a coward if he thinks it is ok to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller, the Prime Minister said.

We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable.

Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our Nation holds dear.

The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your Father beats your Mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your Mother.

Your Mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.

The Prime Minister said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.

 


Filed under: Awareness, Community, Criminal, Governance, Growth,...

02:24

ONeill On Violence Against Women "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men.

 
This is the message from the Prime Minster Peter ONeill to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

 
A man is a coward if he thinks it is okay to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller, the Prime Minister said.

 
We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

 
There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

 
Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

 
Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable. Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our nation holds dear.

 
The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

 
I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your father beats your mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your mother.

 
Your mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

 
The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.

 
He said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.


Filed under: Awareness,...

02:14

Australia heavily responsible for biodiversity loss and more Zedlines. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A study published today reveals Australia is among the top seven nations responsible for more than fifty percent of global biodiversity loss. (Imagery sourced Wikipedia)

Scientific findings are based on the worsening in conservation status of species between 1996 and 2008 on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list.

Of the 109 countries studied, Australia is ranked as the second worst offender with Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China and the United States (primarily Hawaii) also ranking.

Tweed Heads Host Social Inclusive Walk.

This Saturday Tweed Heads will be hosting an inaugural diversity walk to celebrate social inclusivity in the community.

02:02

Attack on GetUp and the Australian Workers Union is a set up "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Contributed by Ugly

The raid on the Melbourne and Sydney of the Australian Workers Union is a disgrace that has the stink of a hatched government plot, to use a strong arm to deflect attention from its own failures.

Thanks to an error made by someone in the minister Michaelia Cashs office, it is known that the raid was known about before it took place and it looks like the media was deliberately notified for the purposes of a photo shoot.

The error was not in doing it, but in admitting that it has happened.

It is a direct violation of what is supposed to be a separation between government and the forces of the law and some serious questions need to be answered. If these answers are not forthcoming, the minister and her government must be held to account for what can only be described as a gross violation of democratic rights.

As it is, the targeted union is being tried by media. This is not the first time this has occurred, and it is a sad commentary on the degeneration of the Australian political process in recent times.

Senator Cash has been exposed as a liar, after having denied any prior knowledge, before undeniable proof that this is unlikely was put before her.

She had to back down by saying:  I have just been advised that, without my knowledge, one staff member in my office in the course of discussions with journalists indicated that he had received information that a raid may take place.

This is not good enough. The incident deserves a thorough public investigation. Without this, people are going to rightly consider that a cover up is taking place.

Whether one is for them or not, it doesnt take all that much to realise that a desperate attempt to smear Bill Shorten and the Labor Party is taking place.

It also throws into relief the effort being made to destroy GetUp, by creating a picture that ties in the accusation that the organisation is a political tool being used by Shorten and Labor, not on the back of evidence, but by creating a media.

The second violation of democratic rights that has occurred is that the charge is made first and then action is taken to make sure it sticks. It is a reversal of just and fair legal process that created a very dangerous precedent.

The Australian Workers Union was selected because Bill Shorten was once its secretary.

GetUp is being attacked and had its office raided as well, because of its campaigns have proved to be a thorn in the governments side. To run these campaigns, it receives donations from many places. This does not compromise its independence.

To suggest otherwise is to target all organisations that rely on public donations.

The union....

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23:56

Manus Island refugees fear for lives "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A trip to the supermarket can be an exercise in dicing with death on Manus Island, according to a new report.

An Iranian asylum seeker claims to have been attacked by local men who left him unconscious after fracturing his skull with a metal rod as they robbed him of his mobile phone and money.

He was flown to Brisbane for treatment.

The incident is highlighted in a report by Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 40 refugees and asylum seekers who live at the Manus Island immigration detention centre or in the community.

The detention centre is slated for closure on Tuesday and more than 600 people are refusing to leave over safety fears.

The report claims young intoxicated local men have been robbing and attacking refugees and asylum seekers using sticks, machetes, rocks, knives and screwdrivers.

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker claimed a man put a knife to his throat when he went to the nearby Lorengau township to buy a chicken.

He required medical evacuation to Port Moresby.

A Rohingya refugee from Burma told the rights group he was too scared to leave the detention centre compound.

The locals have no understanding of people from other countries, he said.

We are walking around in nice clean clothes with mobile phones. The locals dont know what it means to be a refugee. They only know we are prisoners. They were told we are bad people.

The report says refugees have stopped informing police because incidents are not investigated or they are arrested for disturbing local people.

The Australian government insists arrangements are in place to accommodate all refugees and asylum seekers at nearby Lorengau after Tuesday.

Services including mental health services will continue to be provided at the alternative accommodation.
The immigration department has previously insisted any allegations of refugees and asylum seekers being victims of crime on Manus Island are a matter for the PNG police and government.

The post Manus Island refugees fear for lives appeared first on Echonetdaily.

23:12

Surgeon Comforts Orphaned Wombat In The Middle Of The Night "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A little wombat lost everything along a road in Australia after her mother was hit and killed by a car but now she's getting the love and comfort she needs. 

"That is a common reason for wombats and other species coming into care," Dr. Howard Ralph, a veterinary surgeon who founded Southern Cross Wildlife Care (SCWC), told The Dodo. "Rosie came to us because she had been hiding in her dead mothers pouch for several days and the carer rightly felt that Rosie was very unwell and was not interested in drinking a bottle."

Credit: Howard Ralph

It was the early hours of the morning when Dr. Ralph comforted Rosie, giving her treatment for severe dehydration and pneumonia. This is often the life of a wildlife veterinarian so devoted his patients.

"We often are involved in late night care of patients," Dr. Ralph said. "The need is enormous ... The days are usually consumed by the urgent matters that often continue into the night and early morning with intensive care." 

Credit: Howard Ralph

Credit: Howard Ralph

Dr. Ralph has been helping wildlife for many years even as a kid he was fascinated by wild animals. Later, he knew he wanted to become a veterinarian.

"During my time at university studying veterinary medicine, it became apparent to me that wildlife generally did not receive the degree of respect that was due and that existed for other species such as domestic patients," Dr. Ralph said. "During my childhood and later as a teacher in Papua New Guinea I had regular contact with wild creatures so that a certain rapport became established early. After graduation the contact with wild patients gradually increased until eventually I undertook post graduate study in wildlife medicine."

Now that he founded and runs SCWC, he gets to spend much of his time helping all kinds of animals who live...

21:00

Death of journalist sparks national debate about domestic violence "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rosalyn Albaniel Evara
Rosalyn Evara

HELEN DAVIDSON | The Guardian

Read Helens full report for The Guardian here

PORT MORESBY - The death of a high-profile Papua New Guinean journalist at the age of 41 has sparked a national debate about the countrys continuing epidemic of violence against women, after graphic photographs were shown at her funeral.

Family members of Rosalyn Albaniel Evara, who was an editor at PNGs largest newspaper, the Post-Courier, have received support from the Port Moresby governor for their calls for a police investigation into her death.

Evara died last week after she collapsed at her Port Moresby home, and was rushed to hospital. The journalist was farewelled at a funeral in Port Moresby on Monday, where an aunt, Mary Albaniel, used her eulogy to allege Evara had been violently assaulted.

Albaniel, wearing a say no to violence tee-shirt, showed photographs of her battered body and alleged a history of abuse.

When I heard that you died, I regretted that I should have done more than just talk to you, but how? said Albaniel.

She said they discovered the bruises when preparing Evaras body, and decided to take photos in the hope it may lead to criminal prosecution.

Albaniel told The Guardian she felt compelled to raise the allegations at the funeral, which was attended by Evaras husband.

Im using the same surname as the deceaseds maiden name. To continue advocating in my job as a defender of human rights would be useless if I cant get justice done, she said.

I strongly advocate against all forms of violence against women. Thats why I decided to wear my job cap yesterday.

On Tuesday morning Port Moresby governor, Powes Parkop, reportedly ordered the womans burial be deferred for a post mortem and investigation, overriding the initial wishes of Evaras mother,...

20:00

Smart editing tips for writers who want to be read "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Pro-writing aid
The Prowriting app can help improve your writing

JORDAN DEAN

PORT MORESBY - So youve drafted a short story or a novel and want to polish it before sending it to potential publishers.

You dont wish to put your work out there unpolished, because thats a good way to make sure no one ever reads it.

You understand the importance of having a good editor look at your work. But, if youre struggling to make ends meet and cant afford an editor, dont sweat it.

There are several options to get your work polished without spending tons of money. Its a lot of work and will take up a lot of your time, but if you really want get your best work out for public consumption, its worth it.

First, read through your own work and use the Microsoft Word tools to improve it.

Use the Spelling & Grammar tab to correct spelling errors and the Navigation feature to search for overused words. Remove these words or replace them with synonyms from a Thesaurus.

Chop away extravagant detail and avoid purple prose, writing that is flowery and pretentious and uses big words to appear clever. All of these can be done on MS Word.

Then theres several free online editing applications like the Hemingway App and the ProWritingAid. Im using Prowriting to edit my novel. You can download the application and install it as an add-on to MS Word.

The Hemingway app is a great copy editing tool that will fend off typical writer errors. It helps identify long sentences, passive voice, overly complex words and too many adverbs. In short, it tightens up your writing.

The ProWriting app will find everything that Hemingway App didnt, including clichs, sticky sentences and overused words.

However these applications are only aids. They dont tell you whether your work is good, bad or needs improvement.

Automated applications are not a replacement for human editors. Than...

08:36

Manus a potential fisheries hub "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There is much potential for Manus to become a major fisheries hub and in turn generate substantial revenue and jobs for the island province and the country.
A high level delegation led by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Hon Richard Maru, visited the proposed industrial site NDrahukei on the West Coast of Manus Island on Sunday (22 October 2017) to learn more about its prospects. NDrahukei consists of 260 hectares of unused State land.
The delegation also included the European Union Ambassador, H.E. Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos, National Fisheries Authority Managing Director, John Kasu, Speaker and Manus MP Job Pomat, Governor for Manus, Charlie Benjamin, and representatives from PNG Power, Water PNG, and Telikom PNG.
Minister Maru said Manus province will soon see a fall in the K25million revenue it has enjoyed in the past after the closure of the Regional Processing Centre at the end of this month.
This means that jobs will be lost and small businesses will also make losses. Therefore, the ONeill-Abel government is keen to ensure the people of Manus are supported through sustainable projects like a fisheries and cannery project. Your greatest asset is the sea, Minister Maru told the local coastal community.
Manus Island is 5th largest island in Papua New Guinea and is the largest of the Admiralty Islands. It is surrounded by the Bismark Sea and naturally its waters are littered with vast marine resources.
Minister Maru highlighted that the European Union has a population of about 500 million.
They are the richest region in the world and they provide a massive market for our fisheries products, Minister Maru said.
He added it was time the national and provincial governments became partners in business such as those in the fisheries sector.
EU Ambassador, Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos, said his visit was to learn as much as he could about Manus.
I think it is necessary to bring Europe over to Papua New Guinea and I will try hard with the Minister and the Trade Minister and other Ministers, Governors and the Private Sector. Papua New Guinea has potential in fisheries. There is a need and there is potential to bring investors also because Europe brings standards.
It is true that the European Union is a big market for fish and tuna in particular of Papua New Guinea. It is also true that the European Union has been a partner of Papua New Guinea for over 40 years now, which also include trade and economic cooperatio...

08:33

Culture Restored "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier

Many aspects of the reformist project by the former Speaker of Parliament Theo Zurenouc should not be part of the restoration exercise as ordered by the National.
This includes the proposed unity pole to be introduced in the grand hall of the National Parliament.

The inclusion of the proposed unity pole would be unconstitutional because it represents the views of a sectarian group of evangelical Christians
This was highlighted yesterday by the founding father of the nation Sir Michael Somare when commending the Speaker of Parliament Job Pomat for taking action in compliance with an outstanding National Court order issued last year for the restoration of cultural decorations.

The matter became controversial in 2013 when former Speaker Theo Zurenuoc declared the cultural decorations evil and ordered their removal to cleanse the House from unclean spirits.

It sparked a legal challenge resulting in the court ruling which Parliament failed to comply in restoring the artifacts within six months of the decision.
On realization of the oversight Mr Pomat a week ago ordered actions to comply with the court orders to avoid Parliament being slapped with contempt of court charges.
Sir Michael hailed the actions of the Speaker saying the intention of the Constitution was to maintain the diversity of the nations cultural heritage.

He said as such the ruling does not cover retaining the additions including the unity pole.
He said fresh legal proceedings will have to be sought to retain them.
The Court has ruled that this sectarian interest group of Christian evangelicals cannot impose their views on the freedom of thought, religion and conscience on the rest of Papua New Guinea. They would have to initiate a fresh legal proceeding to introduce the unity pole into the National Parliament, Sir Michael said.

The current Speaker has made a good decision to honour and comply with the decision of the National Court. However it must be made clear that the decision of the National Court does not mean aspects of the reformist project initiated by the Speaker will become part of the restoration work.

When we wrote our Constitution, we consulted our people widely. We opened the preamble to our Constitution by acknowledging the worthy customs of our ancestors the source of identity and intellectual strength.
When we built the National Parliament in the 1980s, w...

08:31

PNG database Website launched "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires good data. Accurate and up to date is vital for monitoring progress, informing policy decisions, and ensuring accountability to citizens. In localising the SDGs, the Government has highlighted the urgent need for the consolidation of key data to enable better analysis and inform planning. Establishing good baseline information and measuring progress enables evidence-based decision-making, and more efficiently allocated resources that can lead to better outcomes.


Today, His Excellency, Honourable Richard Maru, Minister for Planning and Monitoring, launched the #PNGdata4development Network website during United Nations Day 2017 Celebrations marking the 72nd Anniversary of the United Nations.

The immediate action is to build on the important accomplishments of the Department of National Planning and Monitoring and shape a modern planning approach. This has to be backed by having a good and working information system in place that can generate timely, economic, social, administrative and population data that enables more informed decision making. There is critical need to strengthen the existing systems and ensure that the Governments priority to have a National Data Centre is supported and established accordingly, stated, Minister Richard Maru.

The #PNGData4Development Network was established to better coordinate development data by identifying opportunities through partnerships. Under the leadership of the Government, all sectors are represented in the Network, including businesses, social enterprises, community organizations, academia and development partners. Today, the Network has successfully launched the #PNGData4Development Website which is an open platform for all citizens. Members of the Network will disseminate data, studies, papers, reports and information about upcoming events and other information through this platform to make all development data more easily accessible.

The first national multi-sectoral Data for Development Stocktaking Workshop, he...

07:33

INDONESIA: Student in West Papua tortured and ill-treated by police officers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-177-2017

INDONESIA: Student in West Papua tortured and ill-treated by police officers

October 23, 2017
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-177-2017


24 October 2017


...

01:57

Kumuls Named for Wales Clash "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG LNG Kumuls Coach, Michael Marum has named his team for this weekends world cup clash against Wales.

 

James Segeyaro has been named in the extended 20 member bench along with Paul Aiton in the Lock position.

 

Ase Boas has also been named in the starting line-up, but will go through final medical tests on Thursday to see if hes able to play this weekend.
The 20 man squad is:
1. Davis MEAD (Captain)

2. Justin OLAM

3. Kato OTIO

4. Nene McDonald

5. Garry LO

6. Ase BOAS

7. Watson BOAS

8. Stanton ALBERT

9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr

10. Luke PAGE

11. Rhys MARTIN

12. Rod GRIFFIN

13. Paul AITON

14. Kurt BAPTISTE

15. Willie MINOGA

16. James SEGEYARO

17. Enock MAKI

18. Lachlan LAM

19. Stargroth AMEAN

20. Wellington ALBERT

(Three to be omitted)

Coach: Michael MARUM

 

Coach Marum will confirm the starting 17 on Thursday. The PNG LNG Kumuls Captains Run will be held at 11am on Friday at the National Football Stadium.


Filed under: Awareness, Information, National, Sports Tagged: Development, Sports ...

00:45

In brief: Kagamuga Airport upgrade to allow jet landings, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Airport upgrade to see night flights and early landings at Western Highlands airport, calls to properly fund the fight against coffee berry borer, and Tkatchenko moves on illegally approved land sales. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

A contract between National Airports Corporation and Essar Projects PNG will enable Boeing 737 jets to land at Kagamuga Airport in Western Highlands. NAC CEO Richard Yopo told The National this would cut down the number of flights from Fokker 100s. Essar Projects Ltd, an Indian company, will work on the runway strengthening, new air traffic control tower building and other associated work at the Mt Hagen Airport. Yopo says the project will also enable night-landings and early-morning takeoffs.

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Sir Brown Bai

The Rural Industries Council has called on the Government to properly resource the coffee industry in the 2017 Budget, to allow it to fight the coffee berry borer. Chairman Sir Brown Bai says the K2 million allocated in the 2017 Supplementary Budget falls far short of the K60 million requested last year by former Agriculture Minister, Tommy Tomscoll.

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Lands Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, says he expects a legal challenge by a company claiming a title over public land that he wants returned to the state, according to RNZI. Tkatchenko said the title for prime coastal land in Koki, for which Malaysian-owned Kitogara Ltd gained a title, was illegally approved. Tkatchenko says he has sought to bring 26 titles back into public ownership in the last six weeks, adding that 70 more are planned, including all public space in the National Capital District.

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The National Fisheries Authority has paid a dividend of K60 million to th...

Tuesday, 24 October

22:00

Rejecting anger & sincerely wanting PNG to succeed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Lively Tales from PNGPHIL FITZPATRICK

Lively Tales from Papua New Guinea by Bev Floyd, Watson Ferguson & Co (Boolarong Press), Salisbury Qld, 120 pages, 2017. ISBN: 978-0995410541. Available from the author here

TUMBY BAY - What seems ordinary to some people can appear quite exotic to others. Thus it is with the experiences of many Australians in Papua New Guinea prior to independence in 1975.

In reading Bev Floyds story of her eleven odd years as a teacher in Papua New Guinea, beginning in 1964, I came across nothing remarkable but that is only because I was there myself.

To someone unfamiliar with Papua New Guinea, Bevs time there will be read quite differently.

As she says, the privilege that many Australians enjoyed working in Papua New Guinea was special and like many the experience formed us and shaped our future lives.

Trying to convey that to those outside this privileged group is often difficult; many have tried and many have failed.

This dilemma probably explains the twofold approach Bev decided to take in presenting her story.

To breach the gap between readers in the know and readers to whom Papua New Guinea is an unknown she has integrated her own personal story into an array of historical and factual information gleaned from a variety of sources, not least the internet and Wikipedia.

For the most part it works. Here and there, however, the introduced material tends to overwhelm the personal.

However, for many old and knowledgeable Papua New Guinea hands wading through this information to get to the more interesting personal memories may be a minor irritation.

To my mind, for instance, there is too much data related to World War II and the Pacific campaign. That may just be bias on my part however.

Another concern I have is the potential for inaccuracy in data taken from the internet, especially Wikipedia. That said, I didnt come across anything too outrageously off beam. Bev obviously did some extra curricula homework.

Towards the end of the book, following an account of a revisit to Papua New Guinea after 50 years, Bev presents an interesting assessment of the state of play and what the future might hold for the nation and its people.

S...

21:45

Samoa PM sends congratulatory message to new NZ Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has sent a congratulatory message to Labour leader Jacinda Ardern on her appointment as Prime Minister of New Zealand.

In his letter to the PM-elect, Tuilaepa said Samoa and New Zealand have enjoyed warm relations in various areas of mutual interest and he looks forward to working with Ardern to further strengthen the ties between the two countries and her people.

Similarly I look forward to our close collaboration on issues of importance to our Pacific region and the cooperation arrangements between the Pacific Forum countries.

Ardern was appointed New Zealand Prime Minister last week.



Photo file Loop Samoa. Caption: Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

LoopSamoa

21:43

King Tupou VI Commissions Tongas Largest Solar Farm "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Matatoa Solar Farm Tongas Largest Solar Facility commissioning ceremony was held yesterday at Tofoa.

Officiated by His Majesty, King Tupou VI, the commissioning marked a new milestone in private sector investment in the development of renewable energy generation in Tonga.

The project is the first large scale Independent Power Producer facility to be installed in the Kingdom.

Occupying 6.3 acres of land and comprising of 7440 panels, the Matatoa Solar Farm, built and operated by Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology Co. Ltd, is expected to generate over 2,828,84 kWh of electricity over the first year of operation which is the equivalent of 680, 000 litres of diesel savings for the first year of operation.

The plant should save Tonga 680, 000 litres of diesel over the first year and displaces 1,600 tons of carbon dioxide not being emitted to the atmosphere, said the Minister of Public Enterprises and MEIDECC, Hon Poasi Tei.

The USD$4.4 million project or the equivalent of $9 million paanga, is the largest Independent Power Producer investment in Tonga created 20 local jobs during construction.

The solar plant alone is expected to add another 5% towards the nations renewable energy target, said the Minister for Public Enterprises and MEIDECC, Hon. Poasi Tei.

Carl Sanft, the Chairman of the Combined Utility Board said, To date 12% of the renewable energy target for Tonga has been achieved.

The project, permitted by Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology, is selling all the electricity generated from the plant to Tonga Power Ltd to assist the Government with the 50% renewable target by 2020 at TOP 0.33 per kWh which will remain the same for the next 25 years, said the Chairman of the Utility Board Mr. Carl Sanft.

 In order for TPL to help the Government achieve 50% renewable energy generation by 2020, grant financed investments of between US$32-$35 million is needed to help generate an additional 43% in renewable energy penetration through investments in solar, wind farms, as well as installation of much needed battery storage. This means that we can reduce the power tariff by 20 to 30 seniti per kWh, he added.

The Government of China and Tonga Power Ltd have also commenced a dialogue, for the installation of a 2 Megawatt wind power generation project in Tonga and the Government of Japan had granted funding for a 1.3...

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