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As it seeks to diversify its sources of fuel, India is looking to get in on the ground floor of coal mining in previously unexploited deposits in Indonesian Papua. In exchange for technical support and financing for geological surveys, officials say India is pushing for special privileges, including no-bid contracts on any resulting concessions a prospect that could run afoul of Indonesias anti-corruption laws. The details of an Indian mining project in Papua are still being negotiated, but Indonesias energy ministry welcomes the prospect as part of a greater drive to explore energy resources in the countrys easternmost provinces. In the future, the ministry hopes mining for coking coal will support the domestic steel industry, while also bringing economic benefits to locals. Rights activists, however, fear the launch of a new mining industry could deepen tensions in a region where existing extractive projects have damaged the environment and inflamed a long-running armed conflict. Forest clearance and plantation development in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya (PT MJR) palm oil concession in Papua. New Guinea Island is home to the worlds third-largest rainforest, but is facing intense pressure due to the logging, palm oil and mining industries. Image by Ulet Infansasti/Greenpeace. Indonesias new coal frontier When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Jakarta last month, joint efforts to extract and process Indonesias fossil fuels, including coal, were on the agenda. Indias interest in investing in a new coking coal mining concession in Papua can be traced 2017, when officials from the Central
WEWAK Resources firm Pan Aust (wholly owned by the Chinese state company, Guangdong Rising Assets Management, GRAM), has lost its way with the Frieda River copper-gold project in Papua New Guineas Sandaun Province.
It is now time for the PNG government to exercise leadership and rein in control over the Frieda asset if the PNG is to sustain its free education and health policies and lift the rest of the country out of poverty, disease and ignorance.
The view from Frieda is now very different compared with the corporate carnage of 2013 following Glencores hostile takeover of Xstrata Mining. In that epic battle for world copper supremacy, Mike Daviss Xstrata lost to Ivan Glasenbergs Glencore and with it went a chunk of PNGs national asset, the K260 billion Frieda mine.
Glasenberg has gone on to become the king of copper and head of the number one mining house in the world.
But then, for a deposit of just K80 million, little known Australian miner Pan Aust Ltd moved in and acquired Frieda from Glencore while PNG government advisers and ministers slept on the job despite warnings from industry that the government should exercise control and reclaim ownership over its strategic asset.
Pan Aust went on to the sell out to GRAM in 2015 for a reported K1.2 billion although officially the deal was closed at K450 million.
GRAM is owned by the municipality of the city of Guangzhau in southern China, although the deal maker in this transaction was a leading Australian Chinese billionaire Dr Chau Chak Wing, the subject of a current controversy because of allegations that he is an agent of the Chinese Communist Party.
Additionally, the influential South China Morning Post reported in September last year that the chairman of GRAM, Li Jinming, as well as the CEO and chief financial office...
KAYLA OSBORNE | Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser (NSW)
CAMDEN - Charlie Lynn has crossed the strenuous Kokoda Track 92 times, served in NSW parliament and been awarded Papua New Guineas second highest honour.
Yesterday he added another achievement to his list as a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia.
Mr Lynn was given the prestigious title for service to the people and parliament of NSW.
The Camden resident said he was humbled to receive the Queens Birthday Honour.
I was greatly honoured to receive the Officer of the Order of Logohu in Papua New Guinea two years ago and I feel greatly honoured again, Mr Lynn said. Honestly it was a real surprise there are people out there who have done much more than me.
During his 20 years in parliament Mr Lynn was a member of the legislative council, parliamentary secretary for veterans affairs and shadow parliamentary secretary to the opposition leader.
I did the best I could to help as many people as I could, he said.
Mr Lynn served in the army for more than 20 years, being posted in many places across the world including Vietnam and America.
During his travels Mr Lynn visited the site of the Kokoda Track campaign. I had seen many beautiful memorials at battlefields but there was nothing at Kokoda, he said.
I have been working with Network Kokoda for about 22 years establishing a relationship with indigenous people in Papua New Guinea to preserve the Kokoda Track.
We have had to earn their respect and trust through creating agriculture programs and health programs and we are also building a tuberculosis isolation unit there.
Mr Lynn also runs Adventure Kokoda which is a company that operates tours of the historic battle trail. We want to generate awareness about the significance of the track, he said.
I have always wanted the Australian government to co...
She hangs around the sidewalk
right under the streetlight
on Second 22nd Street
where shes seeable
She wears a skirt
too short for her legs,
and a top
to squeeze out her breasts;
her Daddy recommended it.
She tucks her bum out
and thumbs passing SUVs;
used to be Mummys trick.
A CRV honks, slows down
a ride for a ride,
the fare is fair.
barely out of kids-school,
but this is her seventeenth.
with a horde of grandkids
and shes his umpteenth.
They say love is blind.
Yea, blinded by want
and toyed by wealth.
but like the air in his nostrils,
useless when used.
She picks up whats left
of her worth
and leaves with whats left
of his wealth.
She used to hang around the sidewalk
right under the streetlight.
on Second 22nd Street.
She died at sixteen
and no one noticed.
Kensington Palace says Prince Harry, and his wife,
the former actress Meghan Markle, will be touring Australia, Fiji,
the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall.
The royal couple, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be making the tour around the time of the Invictus Games in Sydney, which is set for Oct. 20-27.
Harry, a British military veteran who served in Afghanistan, created the Paralympic-style games as a way to inspire wounded soldiers toward recovery. About 550 competitors from 17 countries competed in 12 sports during the event in Canada last year.
The couple joined the pageantry Saturday of the annual Trooping the Color ceremony in London for the first time since their wedding three weeks ago. The event celebrates Queen Elizabeth IIs official birthday.
The Papua New Guinea Hunters returned to winning
ways in the Intrust Super Cup rugby league competition with a 26-12
victory over bottom club Mackay Cutters.
The home side raced out to a 20-6 half-time lead at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby after tries to Thompson Teteh, Watson Boas and Adex Wera.
Stanton Albert extended the Hunters' buffer to 20 points with a try just after the hour mark before halfback Cooper Bambling managed a consolation score for the visitors nine minutes from time.
The Hunters improved their season record to six wins from 13 matches, including four in the last five, and are just two points outside the playoff positions.
League leaders Burleigh suffered a 30-28 home defeat by Northern Pride while Townsville Blackhawks went outright second after thrashing Easts Tigers 32-0.
The Hunters are away to the Ipswich Jets this weekend, who have an idential record but trail the PNG side on points differential. RNZ
Seorang bupati di Kalimantan mengubah wilayahnya menjadi lautan kebun sawit. Apakah hal ini untuk keuntungan masyarakat atau keluarganya?
Pada tanggal 29 November 2007, di lantai sepuluh bangunan kantor yang berselubung marmer di Jakarta, pewaris dari salah satu keluarga terkaya di Indonesia kedatangan seorang tamu dari Kalimantan.
Arif Rachmat, pemuda berusia 32 tahun, adalah pewaris kerajaan bisnis dan harta kekayaan yang akan menjadikannya sejajar dengan orang-orang terkaya di dunia. Ayahnya bangkit sebagai seorang industriawan besar dibawah kepemimpinan rezim Soeharto. Setelah krisis moneter menimpa Asia yang memaksa sang presiden turun dari tahta pada 1998, ayah Arif mendirikan konglomerasi sendiri, Grup Triputra. Dia membawahi berbagai bidang usaha dari pertambangan hingga manufaktur.
Arif tumbuh sebagai salah seorang generasi pasca-Soeharto yang paling diuntungkan berkat kekayaannya. Dia mengenyam bangku kuliah di salah satu universitas Ivy League yang paling bergengsi di Amerika Serikat, dan mengawali karirnya dengan bekerja di perusahaan besar di negara itu.
Baru-baru ini, dia pulang untuk bergabung dengan perusahaan keluarganya, dengan mengambil alih usaha perkebunan milik Triputra. Saat ini, dia berniat untuk menjadi pemain terkemuka dalam kancah industri kelapa sawit yang sedang booming di Indonesia.
Holly Niner, Aline Jaeckel, Jeff
Ardron and Lisa Levin |
World Economic Forum | 8 June 2018
In 2017, Japan became the first country to test mining ocean minerals on a significant scale. While its operation took place at depths of about 1,600 metres, many deep seabed minerals are much deeper more than four kilometres down. These are pitch-black environments in which pressures are bone-crushingly high, and life operates on a completely different timescale. At these depths, mistakes can be costly for both industry operators and the environment.
Mining the deep seabed for minerals such as copper, nickel, tin, zinc, cobalt and gold is a fledgling industry. Some suggest that it could become part of the ocean economy, which is projected to double its worth by 2030, to more than $3 trillion. However, the pote...
Once the trials are completed, Nautilus will deploy the rig on its South Pacific tenements subject to securing additional funding
Nautilus Minerals begins wet testing of new diamond drill rig
Mining Technology | 8 June 2018
Canada-based underwater resource exploration company Nautilus Minerals has started wet testing of its new seafloor diamond drill rig, which has been developed to relieve the drilling requirements of its future exploration programmes.
The move comes after the rig, which is nicknamed the Hobbit, was subjected to a series of land-based trials, focused on rod handling, functional drilling, and landing stability tests.
To be carried out over a period of two weeks, the wet test programme will expand the testing parameters to include submerged operations and mechanical endurance.
Nautilus Minerals CEO Mike Johnston said:
According to our recently released preliminary economic assessment for Solwara 1, a si...
TUMBY BAY - The current paranoia among Australias political class about Chinese expansionism in the south Pacific region is interesting to watch.
The politicians seem to be developing a kind of siege mentality much like they did during the war with Japan, except with an emphasis on economic and social matters rather than the military, although thats there too.
Australia has only ever been invaded once as far as we know, and that was well over 200 years ago. That invasion was ruthless and overwhelming, and changed life for the original indigenous inhabitants absolutely and completely.
If you believe the politicians the incursion we are now facing is going to be subtle and nuanced, a kind of invasion by stealth that many of us will not even notice.
It wasnt that long ago when one of our prime ministers was telling us the exact opposite. He said we had to stop trying to be so European and look towards Asia.
Others were telling us that this would be the Pacific century. They just hadnt counted on the fact that it might not be us pulling the strings and benefitting.
The cocoon we are now intent upon weaving around ourselves doesnt seem to be in the spirit of any of these things.
Modern Australians dont know, and probably cant imagine, what it would be like to be taken over by a totally alien culture. But our nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, certainly does.
Maybe PNG can give us some tips. Take the best and reject the rest, that sort of thing.
Then again, they are still dealing with the repercussions and might not even know the best way to handle things themselves yet.
They didnt have much choice in the matter of their subjugation and I suspect that Australia, despite what the politicians say, will have little choice either.
But is it such a big deal? If you look at history Austral...
Extract from a talk by ANTHONY REGAN to last weeks Bougainville referendum conference in Port Moresby. You can read here the full Bougainville News coverage of the conference
PORT MORESBY - The impacts of the Bougainville conflict were severe. Varying estimates of the numbers of conflict-related deaths have been made from 3,000 up to 20,000.
When it is realised that Bougainvilles population immediately before the conflict was about 150,000, and that 10,000 to 15,000 left Bougainville as a result of the conflict during 1989 and the first half of 1990, then even 3,000 deaths was an appalling outcome.
The deaths include perhaps 1,000 or more from conflict, inclusive of both Bougainvilleans and several hundred PNGDF and RPNGC personnel.
In addition, there were many extra-judicial killings by all groups involved in the conflict, as well as unknown numbers caused or contributed to by the Papua New Guinea blockade of Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA)-controlled areas.
These deaths, and the many more injuries that occurred, caused grave trauma for Bougainville and also for the rest of PNG.
Another source of grave trauma for Bougainville was the displacement of 60,000 people from their hamlets and villages to displaced persons camps, called care centres.
Trauma in Bougainville was also caused by the deep divisions amongst Bougainvillean communities caused by the conflict.
Other impacts included destruction of virtually all public infrastructure and private sector productive assets, and destruction of the capacity of Bougainvilles provincial government (which was suspended in June 1995) and of the national gov...
MEDIA STATEMENT | Transparency International PNG
PORT MORESBY - Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is gravely concerned by a recent statement by prime minister Peter ONeill who has told parliament PNG should go back to the first-past-the-post voting system and abandon the limited preferential voting (LPV) used in the 2012 and 2017 national elections.
The LPV system has increased the democratic mandate of elected leaders and any step back to first-past-the-post will risk diminishing the voices of the people of Papua New Guinea in our national elections, said TIPNG chairman Lawrence Stephens.
The voting system is a non-issue in comparison to other more pressing administrative challenges to ensuring the integrity of national elections that should represent the views of Papua New Guineans.
Preferential voting systems like LPV are seen to be more democratic than first-past-the-post as they allow voters the opportunity to spread their votes amongst multiple candidates with the winner of a majority of votes after elimination and redistribution of votes being quantitatively more representative especially in electorates with many candidates.
In PNG, LPV can give minority candidates a stronger chance to present themselves as potential representatives of communities beyond those of their immediate clans and language groups, allow voters to choose candidates outside of their immediate clans, and can reduce the impact of electoral fraud in an election.
The PNG Electoral Commission has stated that systems like LPV are seen to be more indicative or reflective of the will of voters said Mr. Stephens.
Contrary to what has been announced on the floor of parliament, multiple observer groups, such as the Commonwealth and TIPNG, support the use of LPV and have been justifiably concerned about more pressing issues such as updating rolls, compliance with and enforcement of election laws, procurement and financing, personnel issues and security during the election periods....
On the Referendum Awareness, ABG President Chief
DR. JOHN MOMIS told the National Conference of the Bougainville
Referendum that in preparing for the Referendum, we must ensure
that awareness programs ensure that our people understand that
lasting peace is the central goal of the referendum
He said that the Bougainville Governments Communication and Media Bureau is working closely with key actors in Bougainville to develop a very good awareness program.
It includes radio programs, a bi-monthly newspaper which prints 30,000 copies distributed to all 33 constituencies, through schools, churches and community governments and it also includes posters and SMS messages sent to phones.
President Momis said despite all these, he was concerned that so far very little awareness has been made about the main options about which people will be asked to vote in the referendum, they are Autonomy and Independence.
He said that we need a strong awareness campaign that helps our people have a good understanding of both options.
President Momis said that because implementing the referendum arrangements is a joint responsibility of the two governments, the awareness campaign should be done jointly by the two governments, with both governments being neutral on which option they want the people to support.
He said that we need objective presentation of the facts of both options.
President Momis said that if there are more than two options to be voted on, then awareness will be needed in all options.
Furthermore, he said that awareness must also be directed to encouraging all sections of the Bougainville community to take responsibility for achieving peace.
And this includes former combatants, Panguna landowners, Churches, Youths and Women Organizations.
He said that the current awareness campaign is focussed on the roles of the ABG and the international community in relation to the referendum and is not calling on all Bougainvilleans to contribute to a lasting peace.
New Dawn FM/ PNG Today
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