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Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare,
will be seeking a Papua New Guinean citizenship after he retires
from politics, which is any time soon.
He announced his desire to settle in PNG upon retirement, while celebrating Papua New Guineas 42nd Independence Day anniversary in Honiara last Saturday.
Sogavare declared that he was a Papua New Guinean by birth and would be pursuing an official dual citizenship status in PNG.
He was the guest of honour at the Independence Day dinner event hosted by PNG High Commissioner, Fred Yakasa, during which he could not hold back and could not hide his connection with PNG.
Yakasa also confirmed Sogavares retirement plans Monday and commended him for making the announcement on September 16.
I am a Papua New Guinean by birth, Sogavare said at the dinner.
Sogavare is the youngest of five sons of a pioneer missionary, Loko Sogavare, from Choiseul, Solomon Islands, who worked as a Seventh-Day Adventist Church missionary in remote Northern Province in the 1950s.
Two of his elder brothers are buried in PNG, one in East New Britain and the other in Lae, where they married and had children.
Eldest brother, Moses, married a woman from Kerema and Koiari and had settled in PNG, living in Port Moresby. Two brothers, Samson, who married a Manus woman, is buried in Lae and John, who married a woman from Rabaul, is buried in East New Britain.
Only PM Sogavare and his other elder brother Jacob, both born in Northern Province, returned to the Solomon Islands.
Sogavare said he is looking forward to the Dual Citizenship Bill and would be applying for PNG citizenship when he retires from politics.
SBM Online ran the story last weekend after PM Sogavares announcement.
I still have family there in PNG, and yes, I will be applying for dual citizenship once I bow out of politics, he told the Post-Courier.
Speaking from Honiara, Sogavare said he was born in Popondetta in 1955, where his father was based working as a missionary. He added that his family still lives in PNG.
At the Independence Day anniversary dinner, Sogavare described PNG as a big brother who plays an important role in Melanesia and the Pacific.
He said the Solomon Islands wants more Papua New Guinea businesses on top of the 50 already operating t...
Six Pacific island nations are expected to sign a
United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons when it opens for
signature later this week, but the Marshall Islands wont be one of
Island countries that have said they will sign the treaty this week include Palau, Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Tim Wright, Asia Pacific Director, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said Monday.
Heads of state from the first four are expected to sign, while foreign ministers for Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will sign for their nations, he said.
Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine said Monday that her government will be considering whether or not to sign the treaty. Marshall Islands Ambassador to the United Nations Amatlain Kabua joined representatives of over 120 nations earlier this year in casting a vote in favor of the U.N. resolution supporting the treaty, which is open for signature at U.N. headquarters this week.
Obviously the Republic of the Marshall Islands from its own experience doesnt want anyone to ever use nuclear weapons, said President Heine. But the big question is how does the world effectively eliminate this threat. Its actually pretty complicated. This treaty deserves due time for consideration and consultation.
The Marshall Islands was the ground zero for 67 United States nuclear weapons tests conducted at Bikini and Enewetak atolls between 1946 and 1958. It also hosts the Reagan Test Site, a major U.S. Army missile testing facility at Kwajalein Atoll.
While the treaty bans the use or possession of nuclear material, it also prevents its signatories from encouraging other countries to do so. President Heine noted that the treaty touches on two key issues for the Marshall Islands the Compact of Free Association with the U.S. that provides base rights to use Kwajalein through at least 2066 and the countrys nuclear weapons testing legacy.
Heine said the treaty will be the subject of consultations with the public as well as review by legal authorities in the Marshall Islands before a decision is made about formally ratifying the treaty.
SOURCE: MARIANAS VARIETY/PACNEWS
JOHNNY BLADES | Radio New Zealand International
KUNDIAWA - A man who stood in Papua New Guinea's recent election says the country needs to establish an electronic voting system.
Mathias Kin, who stood in Chimbu's regional seat, said that for decades governments have paid lip service to introducing such a system.
He said commitment to this system, and its associated national ID plan, had been lacking at the top political level.
After this year's election threw up a host of problems, including electoral roll and ballot box inconsistencies, Mr Kin said the system needs to change.
While he doubts the system would change before the next election in 2022, Mr Kin said steps must be taken.
"What the government really needs to do is... and the opposition and people around, must push for an electronic system."
"At least it will do some good - not everything good, because the bribery will still go on, the pig killings will still go on, the money being thrown around in the village will still go on.
But at least if the electronic system comes on it will be one person per one vote and I think that's a good idea to go forward to start with," he said.
TUCKER HALLOWELL | The Borgen Project
SEATTLE - As more than 80% of the population lives in remote areas with little to no modern facilities, Papua New Guinea struggles with poor water quality and a lack of awareness about basic human health necessities.
With very little access to clean water, sanitation is poor and disease is rampant.
As access to safe water and sanitation are vital to the basic health needs, the population is at risk.
Poor hygiene leads to poor health and illnesses such as cholera and diarrhoea, which kill people every day - 60 a week the statistics say.
Here are some facts about water quality in Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea has the poorest level of access to clean water in the world, with more than 60 percent of the population living without access to clean water.
Since 1990, access to clean water has only gone up by 6% and improved sanitation coverage actually dropped by one percent.
Of the 15 developing Pacific Island nations, Papua New Guinea has the lowest water and sanitation access indicators.
The average cost of 50 litres of water (the minimum amount of water necessary for human sanitation and well-being) in Papua New Guineas capital is K8 a day, which is half the average daily salary of K16.
Approximately 4.8 million people in Papua New Guinea do not have access to clean water and 6.2 million people do not have a basic toilet.
More than 200 children in Papua New Guinea die of diarrhoea each year due to lack of sanitation and clean water.
Because 85% of the population live in rural areas, education about sanitation and the importance of clean water is scarce.
According to Oxfam New Zealand, contaminated water in PNG kills 368 people every six weeks.
Papua New Guinea launched the national water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) policy in 2015.
These facts about water quality in PNG reveal a serious issue that extends beyond just access to water.
With little to no progress being made toward access to water and sanitation since 1990, Papua New Guinea must look to its foreign donors and its domestic leaders to address this issue.
Indonesia offers increased assistance to Samoa and Pacific
7:16 pm today
Samoa and other Pacific countries are being offered increased technical assistance and capacity building programmes by Indonesia.
TheObserver reported that Indonesia restated its commitment to playing an active role in regional development during the recent Pacific Islands Forum summit in Apia.
The Director for Technical Cooperation for Indonesias Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Syarif Alatas, said the active role was part of his countrys effort to contribute to world peace and prosperity.
He said renewed technical assistance was being made available to Samoa, which recently entered a trade relationship with Indonesia.
Mr Alatas said the assistance is usually in the form of training, apprenticeships and scholarships in various fields.
According to him, Pacific countries have become one of then priority areas for Jakartas international development outreach.
The various capacity building programmes Indonesia offered come in the form of bilateral and triangular cooperation arrangements.
The newspaper reported that between 1999 and 2016 Indonesia conducted at least 182 programmes followed by 1457 participants from countries in the Pacific region.
The programmes were in areas including fisheries, agriculture, democracy and good governance, disaster risk management, seaweed processing technique and entrepreneurship.
The Flag raising ceremony on Saturday attracted
hundreds with provincial and national flags including face paints
in red, black and gold to mark the 42nd Independence Day.
The people turned up as early as 5am to witness the flag raising ceremony at the Independence Hill in Port Moresby. Disciplinary forces, girl guides and boy scouts including students braved the early morning to welcome the guest speaker Prime Minister Peter ONeil and other guests.
At the flag raising ceremony, Prime Minister Peter ONeil told Papua New Guineans to focus on the future and what they can do to play a part in the development of the nation both as individuals and in the communities.
At the same time, we must continue to strengthen National institutions to
better work with the regions in the delivery of core Government servicesPM ONeill said.
Our Government will continue to empower the provinces and the districts to make more informed decisions at the local level. We will maintain our focus on representing the interests of our people, our business community, and our economy around the world, he said. PNGFM/PNG Today
PNG LNG Kumuls will be travelling to Fiji after the
annual Prime Ministers 13 match for their tri- series against the
Fiji Batis and Australian Kangaroos on the 14th of October 2017,
according to PNG Rugby Football League CEO Reatau Rau.
Mr Rau said it is one of the international engagements of the PNG LNG Kumuls. He said this will be the only trial game for them leading up to the World Cup challenge by the end of October. The format will be new where the teams will be playing against each other for 40 minutes.
Meanwhile plans are in place to put an U20 team for the SP Hunters into the Intrust Super Cup competition in 2019.
Mr Rau said all current teams in the Intrust Super Cup already have U20 teams except for the SP Hunters who are yet to field an U20 team. He said PNGRFL have finalised all information to put a Hunters U20 team by 2019.
He added that 2018, they will try to renegotiate the 5 years contract for the Hunters, which will be a big task. They will also be negotiations with the Queensland Rugby League in 2018 to field an U20 team in the Intrust Super Cup competition. PNGFM/PNG Today
Dari Markas Pusat Pertahanan (MPP) Tenrtara Revolusi West Papua (TRWP), General TRWP Mathias Wenda dengan ini menyatakan BERDUKA CITA SEDALAM-DALAMNYA atas wafatnya tokoh penggagas Bendera Bintang Kejora dan penggagas Negara Republik West Papua, Nicolaas Jouwe pada tanggal 16 September 2017 Segenap perwira, pasukan dan rakyat bangsa Papua, yang berjuang untuk kemerdekaan West Papua di seluruhContinue reading
BY GORETHY KENNETH via Post-Courier
Prime Minister Peter ONeill has called on all Papua New Guineans to get behind the countrys sports teams as they continue to strengthen the values of the country all over the world.
In his address to the nation at Independence Hill over the weekend, ONeill also encouraged all Papua New Guineans to welcome international visitors who will be here for the Rugby League World Cup in a months time.
In the next week our Hunters will play in the Grand Final in Queensland, and after our PNG Mozzies won the Aussie Rules International Cup in Victoria and in the coming months we will host overseas teams in the Rugby League World Cup, he said.
This is what we must be proud of. I hope all Papua New Guineans will get behind our team and also welcome our visitors to our country.
Papua New Guineans must get behind all our sportsmen and women, who are continuing to strengthen the values of our country, ONeill said.
Our Government and our people must continue to invest in community development programs and in sports so that we encourage healthy living and strengthen community values.
He said that the Government will continue to strengthen sports in PNG so that the countrys sportsmen and women can have the opportunity to show case and strengthen the value of their cultures and to maintain good sportsmanship. ONeill said he wants Papua New Guinea to be a hub for sports development in the Pacific region.
And when it comes to sports development in the Pacific its very important for us that we take it at every level, he said.
The Government is giving Tari Airport a major facelift with K55 million already earmarked and an agreement signed last week.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Hela Provincial Government and National Airports Corporation last Friday.
Hela Governor Philip Undialu said the project will include fencing, terminal building construction, and runway sealing.
He said work will start in March, next year, and the tender will be out next week to comply with Asia Development Bank standards bidding criteria.
I am so proud and the Hela provincial government stands ready to partner in this project. I want to thank the ONeill Government and NAC for the K55 million injection into to upgrading the Tari Airport, Mr Undialu said.
NAC managing director Richard Yopo raised concerns that there some developments by private and government infrastructures which he wanted to be sorted out with the NAC before the actual construction.
We understand the Tari-Pori district building is there and so we can go into commercial arrangements with the district, he said.
NAC has spoken to PNG Power and had already written to Curtain Brothers to vacate premises and to allow the redevelopment to proceed.
Provincial Administrator William Bando has assured the NAC that the provincial government with meet with the concerned stakeholders and make sure the development will eventuate.
This little airport has played a very key role in delivering the PNG LNG Project. It is therefore an immediate priority for the Airport to get the facelift it deserves, Mr Bando said.
The China Exim Bank have agreed to fund the new plan for the
governments multi-million Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ)
project with a US$152million (K350million) loan.
The loan is concessional and will be repaid by government when the project is operational and generates returns.
This was announced by the Minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry Wera Mori in a statement he issued yesterday.
Mr Mori said the initial Financial Investment Decision (FID) by the Exim Bank was stalled by the lengthy court battle with the Madang Environmental groups.
The initial Financial Investment Decision (FID) by the EXIM Bank of China was stalled by the lengthy court battle with Madang Environmental NGOs, resulting in the withholding of funds that had been earmarked for its development. However, the minister said traction was made on the project under the leadership of his predecessor now Planning Minister Richard Maru.
Under Mr Maru, the PMIZ was redesigned to cater for all the communities and to hall larger ships into the new wharf.
Further for the redesigning and renegotiation of the FID with the EXIM Bank of China, Mr Mori said.
Mr Mori said he would be calling for a general forum to gauge the views of all impacted stakeholders to gauge their views which will be captured in a supplementary Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
He said given the disruptions the project had suffered, this was his initiative for a way forward to discourage any further delays and wastage of resources.
The PMIZ project must be delivered under my leadership without any further delays, the minister stressed.
Visa and passport services by freelance agents have been
suspended pending finalisation of a policy to regulate them.
This was announced by the Immigration and Border Security Minister Petrus Thomas who said that the deferment comes at a time when several changes will be made over the next few weeks to improve detection of fraud and abuse in migration services.
It will also put in place a system to improve revenue collection for the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority.
I have directed acting Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha to immediately suspend the services of all freelance agents dealing with visa and passports and put in a place a policy to regulate agents. This is to deal with fraudulent applications being facilitated by freelance agents, Mr Thomas said.
We are also putting a payment system for collection of migration service fees for the Authority to start directly collecting fees by January 1, 2018. This is to improve revenue collection, client service in creating a one stop shop process and counter fraudulent receipts that are provided to us.
A directive has also been given to review all APEC Business Travel Card holders to deal with abuses of the card by foreigners that use this privilege of the APEC card to gain employment in the country the minister said.
Also in progress is a submission that will go to Cabinet to review the taskforce dealing with unlawful foreigners, they will be working with other law enforcement agencies to conduct spot checks around the country and take appropriate actions against unlawful foreign nationals.
Mr Thomas said that the SME moratorium that came into place last month has also assisted in identifying key positions for foreign workers in the SME businesses for visas to be issued.
The consultation process with relevant agencies is ongoing and we will also work with other key agencies to establish a Foreign Review Committee to vet investors that are coming into PNG to do business and invest in reserved activities, he said.
In the 13th century, English poetry changed dramatically. There were no battles, no pamphleteering, or Ezra Pound-style polemics, and no warring factions. Yet by the end of the century, a poetic revolution had taken place. Modern readers and writers have long since forgotten what happened back then, but poetry today would not be the same without the 13th century.
In the Middle Ages, three major languages were spoken and written in England: Latin, French, and English. English was the least prestigious but, like the others, it had a thriving literary tradition. Before c1200, there was only one way to write poetry in English, known today as alliterative verse. This is the form of poetry used in Beowulf, Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and approximately 300 other poems.
The alliterative metre is a very strange metre, at least by modern measures. The more we learn about it, the stranger it seems. The number of stresses matters, but it isnt consistent from verse to verse. The number of syllables matters, too, but it isnt consistent, either. Whats more, the metre changed quite a bit from the earliest examples, i...
By ROSALYN ALBANIEL
PNG must identify countries that are interested in its products
and immediately commence discussions and signing of trade
This was the push from the Fisheries Minister Patrick Basa at the opening of the First Pacific Seafood and Technology Exposition on Tuesday. Mr Basa said steps which have already been undertaken by the National Fisheries Authority to consider the establishment of a Fisheries Trade Lobby group comprising government sector representatives was a step in the right direction and must be treated as a matter of urgency.
He said the expo which had the backing of the ONeill government was in line with the vision of the Pacific leaders calls for a regional roadmap for sustainable fisheries adding that the region could not afford to sit back and wait for opportunities.
We must be able to have seafood products packed properly and be able to compete in the world market, Mr Basa said.
In doing so, our SMEs will be able to get better returns for their products in turn generating spinoffs and other opportunities not just in PNG but throughout the region. He urged also that given the demand all over the world for seafood and marine products from the Pacific particularly in processed and packaged forming partnerships would be key between the SMEs and processors.
He said this is because it would be able to meet market demand adding such an arrangement would ensure transfer of skills.
Digicel announced Thursday it will be
swapping to the Huawei network in October.
The announcement was made by Digicel PNG chief executive officer Oliver Coughlan during the launch of Huaweis latest edition to its P-series, the P10, in Port Moresby.
These plans are a result of the partnership the Irish mobile company has forged with one of Chinas leading technology firms.
The upgrade could not be anymore timely as it comes at a time when Huawei is launching what Coughlan described as world class phones that will require world class networks.
It also comes at a time when Digicel marks its tenth year of existence in the country.
Speaking at the launch Mr Coughlan said: We will spend tens of billions in US dollars on the network expansion and network upgrade and we are in a lucky position.
Coughlan said Digicel had gone to the market with its plans in search of a partner that could not just best serve the companys needs but that of its customers.
The company had settled for Huawei given its track-record.
A partnership with Huawei meant we would offer our customers the most up to date technology that is available and it is not just up to date it is one that is so advanced because the company is so far ahead of the game, he said.
Coughlan said the plans would be rolled out in Port Moresby during the first week of October in Port Moresby assuring that all its corporate clients and partners would be kept informed of what the company is doing and what the changes will mean for the network.
What we are offering is the most technologically advanced network to our customers, for our partners in this country in the coming weeks and months and for us we are excited, he said.
It takes a lot of effort, a lot of challenge, lots of dollars and in swapping our network we will be building resilience in our network because we know that this is a tough country.
We are also spending money in the bandwidth we are looking forward to talking to our cable providers, we understand the top class phones need top class connectivity and top class net works so we are totally aligned with the Huawei vision, we have our own vision but we are delighted with the partnership we have formed most recently with Huawei..
Meanwhile, Huawei Technologies (PNG) has added another device to its P series.
The issue of West Papua self-determination and
violations of human rights has now progressed beyond the Pacific,
says Vanuatu Parliamentary Secretary (PS) for the Prime Ministers
Office, Johnny Koanapo.
He said the issue that had Vanuatu as its lone advocator for many years and then Solomon Islands during the last two years now has the support of six other countries of the region from Micronesia and Polynesia.
Koanapo briefed the media on how much work government has undertaken on the issue of West Papua.
I wish to say that the government has done a lot of work on the issue of West Papua since the Charlot Salwai government came in in 2016 and the issue remains high on governments international political agenda.
There are a lot of arguments that government has not done enough on the issue of West Papua, but when we look at the events that government through the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers have endorsed Vanuatus participation, there were many.
In March this year, the Council of Ministers under the leadership of Prime Minister Salwai, appointed Honorable Ronald Warsal (Minister of Justice and Community Services) to attend the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva and Koanapo went with him when Vanuatu delivered a statement on behalf of the Pacific Islands Coalition for West Papua.
May be, many people who have been dealing with the issue of West Papua, especially our former leaders like Barak Sope, Donald Kalpokas, the late Edward Natapei, Joe Natuman former Prime Minister now Deputy Prime Minister, have been walking with the people of West Papua for a very long time.
And when we look at the political backup the people of Vanuatu give to the colonised people of West Papua, theres only one country in the world that has been standing behind people who living under colonisation by Indonesia. That country is Vanuatu. Vanuatu is the only country in the Pacific that is standing behind the people of West Papua.
And then at the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders summit held in 2015 in Honiara, at that time Solomon Islands government through Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare came on board. And then as PM Sogavare said to me when I represented government at that time when I was Director General of Foreign and also represented the country at the ministers level that the position or stand the government of Solomon Islands is taking is inspired by the position and stand the...
TOWNSVILLE Heres a medical question which requires some form of scientific explanation.
Theres a body that is 42 years old, sitting on a plate of gold, floating on a sea of oil, powered by natural gas, got all the enablers to grow and still struggling to get on its feet and continuing to receive $500 million in aid annually.
I mean, if a body is 42 years old and still yet to get its footing in the rudiments of life, the chemistry is not working well, is it?
In Papua New Guinea, I was confronted with this burning question so decided to take some time off from the hustle and bustle of politics to search for answers.
For the last three and half months, I have been conducting a diagnosis of this 42-year-old body.
Believe it or not, I have discovered that the body had the symptoms of diabetes. Much of it is overweight, dysfunctional and, most importantly, losing its sight. It has developed a Type 2, insulin-resistant diabetes.
I have identified a number of potential causes.
In its infancy, this body was not treated by real doctors but by copycats. Although the copycats meant well, they were not trained to understand the body. So they experimented on the body in the best way they could.
When one of the organs got dysfunctional, the watchmen started feeding it sweets to gety it to work. The glucose started to seep into the body. Before we realised it, the body was overweight and very unhealthy. It needed trimming. I mean a lot of trimming and weight loss.
That is the body that is celebrating its 42nd birthday.
I have painted a rather gloomy picture of our beloved country and you might be depressed. I am showing you that, until that body is healed and regains its sight, it will never be able to see and help others who are sick.
The good news is that our best days are still ahead of us.
I am convinced that the strength of our country is its people. I have seen on social media that, despite our shortcomings and economic turmoil, our people took time out in colours to hon...
BRISBANE - Im always thankful for an opportunity.
'Opportunity - a time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.'
I particularly cherish and admire individuals who create opportunities to promote the writing and reading of Papua New Guinea-authored literature.
For example Bob Cleland, Michael Dom, Dr Genevieve Nelson, Ed Brumby and PNG journalists Leiao Gerega and Ogia Miamel. And of course there is the ever-supportive duo of Keith Jackson and Phil Fitzpatrick, as well my mentors Joan and Murray Bladwell.
In 2015, following an initiative taken by Bob Cleland to meet the organisers of Brisbane Writers Festival, a small PNG-focused group convened over lunch in Brisbane to discuss the opportunity it presented.
The group comprised Bob, Jimmy Drekore, Joycelin Leahy, Murray Bladwell, Rob Parer and Keith Jackson and the goal was to establish a pathway for PNG writers to participate in this internationally renowned literary gathering.
Thus an opportunity was created that proved to be the beginning of the journey, the backstory if you like, which led to the eventual publication of My Walk to Equality - the first ever collection of PNG womens writing which had dual launches in Port Moresby and Brisbane in March this year.
At the Brisbane launch at Miltons Mary Ryan Bookshop, I was thrilled to meet and then receive an invitation from Zoe Pollock, artistic director and chief executive of the Brisbane Writers Festival, to present MWTE at Queenslands premier literary event.
It was a great opportunity that took us to here. Or, let me rephrase, a series of opportunities created by a handful of people interested in encouraging the growth of PNGs contemporary literature, particularly literature produced by the nations women.
As it transpired, MWTE got two moments in the spotlight at this month's festival: it featured in an all-PNG women writers' panel and again in a domestic-violence-in-literature panel where I spoke alongside prominent authors Kerrie Davies and Michael Sala.
This is a tale of wonderful opportunities. But of the opportunists, I am not fond at all. 'Opportunist: A person who takes advantage of opportunities as and when they arise, regardless of planning or principle...
KERRYN BAKER | East Asia Forum
CANBERRA - For the first time in 20 years, Papua New Guinea has no women at all in its 111-seat national parliament.
While a record 167 women (5% of the total 3,340 candidates), including the three female incumbents, contested the 2017 elections, none was successful.
The electoral contest in PNG is undoubtedly hostile to women, but there are three key pathways that could improve womens electoral prospects.
First, the campaign playing field should be levelled out for women.
Money politics is a pervasive and, in many parts of PNG, a dominant aspect of election campaigning. The practices of vote-buying, vote-selling, gifting and treating are evident in all regions of PNG, and seem to have increased exponentially in the past few general elections both in terms of the number of people engaged in the practice and in the amounts spent.
Although it is illegal, candidates who participate in money politics and this style of campaigning do tend to perform better than those who do not.
Many female candidates, either for ethical or financial reasons, find themselves unable to compete in a contest characterised by money politics.
Women who contest elections are usually less well-resourced than their high-performing male counterparts, and this gender imbalance plays out in the election results.
A concerted effort to change the emerging electoral culture in Papua New Guinea, by tackling the rise of money politics and moving to curb campaign spending, could have real benefits for the competitiveness of female candidates. But this is likely to be politically unpalatable.
Despite the significant barriers to electoral success for women in PNG, it is important to note that there were numerous women who performed very well in the 2017 elections, even if they were ultimately unsuccessful.
So the second initiative that should be pursued is su...
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has hit off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says. The quake struck in the early hours of Monday local time at a depth of 37km, in the sea southwest of Kandrian, the centre added.
Minggu, 17 September 2017 05:58
Kiribati joined, eight countries will bring West Papua issue in UNGA
Papua No. 1 News Portal I Jubi,
Vanuatu Parliamentary Secretary for Prime Minister Johny Koanapo (left) with Jubi journalist Victor Mambor after an interview at UNHRC, Geneva in February 2017 Doc. Jubi
Jayapura, Jubi Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai admitted that although the Pacific Leaders Forum (PIF) in Samoa last week discussed West Papua as an agenda item, some PIF members considered West Papua a sensitive issue and did not want the forum to make a decision.
However, Salwai, who leads the West Papua lobby during the PIF, also acknowledged support for the West Papua issue continues to grow.
"If last year seven countries, including Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, are currently the eight countries that joined the Paciifc Islands Coalition for West Papua (PICWP)," Salwai told the Daily Post last week.
These eight countries will bring the West Papua issue before the United Nations General Assembly session that will begin next week in New York, USA.
"So far, Vanuatu has continued to commit itself to pioneering the West Papua problem, through government, civil society and churches and this year we are bringing this issue to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) forum," Salwai continued.
Vanuatu Parliamentary Secretary for the Prime Ministers Office, Johny Koanapo, told Jubi via e-mail Sunday that the efforts of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands in the Pacific have shown significant progress. If previously, the West Papua issue is just a bilateral issue and a regional issue in Melanesia, now West Papuas advocacy has spread far and wide in the Pacific.
"The West Papua issue has passed the Melanesian Spearhead Groups where we have different opinions on how to deal with the West Papua issue. But this problem has moved beyond the jurisdiction of MSG, "he said.
Not only the Vanuatu government and the Solomon Islands government, Koanapo continued, currently other countries in Micronesia and Polynesia have joined the PICWP established since a year ago.
"Kiribati is a country that joins in 2017 after seven other countries, namely Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu and Tonga established PICWP," Koanapo said.
Widespread issue of West Papua in the Pacific is certainly demanding more jobs for Vanuatu who...
Pangu Pati leader Sam Basil has said
that his defection to the government ranks wasnt at
all desperate for portfolios in the government but the move was to
safeguard the partys future in the coming months and in the 5 years
term of the current government.
There may be casualties in moving into the government ranks or even remaining in the Opposition but in weighing the move as a responsible leader, the casualties of staying in opposition are greater than crossing the floor, said Mr. Basil.
Mr. Basil also denied having any disagreements with the Opposition leadership saying he moved to the government with a good heart and believed in the leadership of Patrick Pruaitch as the Opposition leader.
Pangu Pati also welcomed 2 new members into its camp, in Lae MP John Rosso and Lufa MP Moriape Kavori.
In the studio this week are Dr. Jeff, Dr. Catherine, Dr. Jen and Dr Shane.
First guests: (in the studio) are Cassie Nolan and Charlie Medic science students from Monash University who are investigating the spread of Rainbow Lorikeets across Victoria. 'Where's Lori?' is a 'pop up' citizen science project running through the month of September, 2017. There are also some awesome prizes to be won for participants. https://www.facebook.com/whereslori/ https://www.instagram.com/wheresloriproject/
Third guest: (in the studio) is Yen Ying Lim from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health who talks about Alzheimer's disease and the Healthy Brain Project.
Remember, Science is everywhere, including:
|Justin Olam in action|
PNGi has released the first instalment of a three-part
investigation into the abusive commercial transactions that are
leading to the circulation of overpriced and substandard medicines
and medical supplies and the waste of millions of Kina in
desperately needed funding.
Life expectancy in PNG is twenty years lower than in Australia and the lowest in the region. Eight million people in Papua New Guinea live without access to decent health care and everyone feels the impacts.
If ever there was a sector which should be safeguarded by political leaders to ensure that services are provided in an effective and efficient manner, free from malfeasance, it is public health, but as the the PNGi investigation reveals, that is far from reality.
Profiting from Sickness focuses on controversial medical goods supplier, Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals Limited, its principal, Sir Sang Chung Poh, and a network of business people, former public servants and doctors, connected to him.
Part I of Profiting from Sickness puts the spotlight on Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals Limited itself.
It reveals allegations made against the company from a range of credible authorities, including the Medical Association of PNG, The Global Funds Inspector General, a Special Parliamentary Committee, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Solicitor Generals Office, the National Doctors Association, front-line medical workers, Professor Glen Mola, Governor Gary Juffa, and Sir Mekere Morauta.
The general pattern common to all these allegations, is that Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals benefits from rigged or flawed tender processes, which come at a significant cost to donors and the public. Furthermore, the goods being provided through these flawed tenders, it is claimed, have been found wanting.
All of which, it is argued, result in Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals making engorged profits at the publics financial and physical expense.
The results of this alleged abusive behaviour could not be more serious. Rather than the public health system eroding health inequalities, it is exacerbating them and missing the opportunity to make inroads into primary health care that could make a significant impact on the quality and quantity of life enjoyed by ordinary citizens. This comes at an enormous cost to family life and the national economy.
Part II of Profiting from Sickness, to be published next week, will turn the spotlight on some of Sir Sang Chung Pohs business partners. These include some of the countrys top physicians; some of who have been investigated for...
ARAWA, Papua New Guinea, Former BRA commander opposed to the
reopening of Panguna mine, James Onartoo has denied claims by the media and by the ABG
Vice President, Raymond Masono that he and his group had signed a resolution with pro
mining BRA Commanders, Ishmael Toroama, Sam Kauona and Glyn Tovirika paving way
for the reopening of Panguna.
Mr Onartoo said that while he represented the silent majority who believe that mining was
not the answer to Bougainvilles future, he had no authority to sign anything that will take
away peoples resources and their rights to their land.
I am one of the many who dont support BCL or mining in Panguna or anywhere in
Bougainville but I cannot claim to have the authority to sign a resolution or an agreement on
their behalf, to reopen the mine at Panguna. The reports that you have seen in the Post
Courier and in the statement by ABG Vice President are untrue, he said
Mr. Onartoo also said that he and his group which includes, women, landowners and the excombatants
of South and Central Bougainville remain firm that Panguna must not be
reopened. He pointed out that ABG is weak and lacks laws and systems to effectively regulate
and to deal with a large scale mine. He said that without these mechanisms in place mining
will cause more harm than good to the region.
Mr. Masonos claims that only a minority opposed reopening of Panguna mine is totally
untrue because, the silent majority are with us and our call for no mining in Bougainville is
gaining popularity. More and more people are beginning to realize that mining can easily
strip Bougainville of its independence by taking control of ABG and is already causing
divisons among us the ex-combatants and landowners, Mr Onartoo said.
Mr. Onartoo appealed to BRA commanders and ABG Vice Present not to mislead the people
of Bougainville regarding sensitive issues such as mining. He said that leaders must act
responsively give factual information to avoid confusion that disunity.
Meanwhile, ABG efforts to reopen Panguna were dealt another blow last week when excombatants
and officers of Panguna Mine Negotiations (PMNO) under the influence of
alcohol threatened a community volunteer worker, Theonila Matbob and her family. The
threats were made over the hosting of a referendum awareness program with the help of
visiting Melanesian indigenous rights advocacy group, MILDA. The program was move to
Arawa following the encounter with pro mining elements in Panguna.
Papua New Guinean genetic diversity of populations intrigues
scientists: [gearsofbiz.com] Papua New Guinea is called a
stepping stone in the human movement from Asia to Australia by the
researchers. The team of researchers note that the differences in
the genetic makeup of the population can be dated back to ten to
twenty thousand years only rather than fifty thousand years back
when humans first arrived. They found that agriculture was
independently found on this island around ten thousand years ago,
and this did not change the genetic makeup of the population as was
the case in several populations across Europe and in some regions
Anders Bergstrm, a graduate student at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, who was part of the study team, explained that agriculture tends to homogenize the genetic differences in populations. Sanger Institute geneticist Chris Tyler-Smith, lead researcher further explained that in the Europe for example when agriculture was brought in by the Anatolia farmers, the genetic makeup of the local hunter gatherers that lived then for generations completely got replaced by the new genetic features. This obliteration of the genetic picture is absent in New Guinea and this is a big surprise he said.
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