NEWS ( Melanesia/Pacific ) 9 October 2012.

1) Meeting to focus on border issues

By Online Editor
3:15 pm GMT+12, 09/10/2012, Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea’s Consulate General Jayapura Simon Namis says they expect to offer constructive mechanisms to help find solutions to border issues at the ninth Border Liaison conference with Indonesia.

The Acting Consul General is heading the PNG delegation at the four-day meeting in Port Moresby.

“This meeting will strive to find common ground to amicably address concerns and contentious issues of interest to both our countries pertaining to the operational and management aspects of our common border,” he told the conference yesterday.

PNG is faced with problems of human trafficking, possible drug and arms trafficking, illegal entry of unwarranted food and items, illegal border crossing and illegal fishing in international waters which are threatening its social, economic and political security.

The sensitivity of the issues have raised concern from the PNG government which realises the need to establish regulations quickly to monitor the border while working with Indonesia on common interests.

Representatives of the two countries met previously at the Border Liaison Meeting and the Joint Border Committee meeting to address matters agreed under the basic agreement on border arrangement.

This conference, which meets tomorrow, will also cover the JBC.

Reports and update developments in the border will be presented, discussed and analysed for possibly better resolutions.

Among the issues will be health, quarantine, law and order, fisheries, education and cultural topics. Both parties will discuss a workable solution.

Namis said developments in the agenda included road and transport infrastructure at Wutung in Vanimo, a border post office complex, border plaque monument, border markers and maintenance of lit monuments and beacons as official demarcations of territorial boundaries, voluntary repatriation of PNG citizens and inappropriate use of the traditional border crossing cards.


2) ANU to offer new Melanesian pidgin course

By Online Editor
5:24 pm GMT+12, 09/10/2012, AustraliaThe Australian National University has announced it will offer a revamped Melanesian pidgin and Creoles language course.

The one-semester course, which is part of the university’s Pacific Studies degree, will cover Tok Pisin (PNG), Pijin (Solomon Islands) and Bislama (Vanuatu).

Bethwyn Evans, from ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific, told Radio Australia each of the three pidgin languages was distinct.

“Each of them has developed within their own culture and nation states. Solomon Pijin is certainly the closest to English and the easiest for an English speaker to understand,” she said.

“Tok Pisin can sound a very long way from English to an English speaker despite the number of words that have come from English, and of course in Bislama you have some words that have come from French as well as from English.” Evans said.


3) Air Niugini improves its fleet

By Online Editor
5:16 pm GMT+12, 09/10/2012, Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea’s national airline, Air Niugini is embarking on increasing its fleet and staff number to meet the demand for air services.

Currently, three Q-400 and a Dash 8 aircraft are being sourced to increase redundant capacity to improve service reliability.

The airline expects these deliveries to be completed by the end of this year.

With the rapid expansion of the number of aircraft operated by the airline, Air Niugini has recruited a large number of new staff to maintain its scheduled operation.

The airline has already recruited in excess of 100 cabin crew to support the operation and the recruitment is still progressing for further cabin crew requirement.

Meanwhile, Air Niugini has advised the travelling public that several of its aircraft are undergoing major checks, hence current operating fleet does not have any redundant capacity to manage disruptions.

Air Niugini in a statement says from time to time due to unscheduled maintenance requirements, disruptions to services are unavoidable, however, it further states that safety is paramount in its operations and it will not operate aircraft that does not meet safety requirements.

Meantime, the airline management apologized to its customers for the delay to its flights in the domestic sector at the weekend.

It says the incident on Saturday was further aggravated by a certain staff member not available for duty, resulting in a disruption to Goroka service.

The airline management says investigation is underway to establish facts and if found necessary, appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken


4) Calls for overseas help in tracking the proceeds of corrupt PNG officials

Posted at 07:53 on 09 October, 2012 UTC

Transparency International Papua New Guinea has called for countries like New Zealand to help track proceeds of corruption in PNG that have been accrued abroad.

The call comes as the Asian Development Bank estimates that PNG’s investment in Australia has reached US$1.2 billion.

TI PNG’s Lawrence Stephens says the pattern of Papua New Guinean officials acquiring property and bank accounts well beyond their official earning capacity extends further than Australia.

He says there are also many questionable investments in New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and Solomon Islands.

“And we think that action could be taken in the countries that I’ve spoken of by ordinary people simply demanding that the laws be looked into, strengthened, if neccessary changed, so that people don’t just walk off with millions from one country and plonk it down, aided and abetted by the slack laws of another country.”

Lawrence Stephens

Radio New Zealand International

5) Manus, PNG Asylum Center To Open In A Few Weeks
Asylum seekers ‘will have freedom of movement’


By Jeffrey Elapa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Oct. 8, 2012) – The Manus asylum processing centre is ready to take the first lot of asylum seekers within the next few weeks, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said.

O’Neill said after a meeting with Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen at the Prime Minister’s Office at Morauta Haus, in Port Moresby, last Friday: “Work on the processing centre has been completed and the first lot of people would arrive within the next few weeks.”

Australian soldiers have been on Manus Island for over a fortnight, rebuilding the dilapidated John Howard-era detention centre.

The number for the first intake had been disclosed, O’Neill added.

He said the establishment of the processing centre was the result of the continuous understanding between the two countries. “Both governments will be working closely with the Manus provincial government to establish and help with its development programmes.”

Critics claim the detention plan at Manus Island is illegal because PNG’s constitution only allows for lengthy detentions when someone has been charged with a criminal offence.

But O’Neill said the asylum seekers will not be detained and will have freedom of movement on the island and be subject to the country’s laws.

“Manus Islanders have already stated that they are free to move around in the community as freely as possible,” he said. Bowen thanked the government and the people of PNG for accepting the request of the Australian government to house an asylum centre.

He said the centre was important to Australia to save the lives of people who seek refuge.

Bowen, who flew into Port Moresby after visiting the Nauru asylum centre, met with the Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin in Port Moresby and discussed development and contact opportunities in Manus.

He said service providers had been told to consider benefits for the people of Manus.

O’Neill said the issue of stringent visa laws of Australia for Papua New Guineans was discussed and that talks were still going on to ease visa requirements.


The National:

6) Chief Lera supported- Bougainville News: 

By Aloysius Laukai in Haisi

The people of Tokunutui in the Haisi area of Siwai, South Bougainville yesterday created history by commiting themselves to supporting their son the newly elected regional member for Bougainville, JOE LERA in the next five years of his reign as the representative of the 300 thousand plus people of Bougainville in the Papua New Guinea national parliament.

In a moving ceremony that started from his village,first the immediate family blessed him to go and serve the people of Haisi, then the clan installed him to be the chief to go and serve the region.

The procession started from the village and went to the parish area where the community witnessed the traditional ceremony in which he had to climb the traditional platform(lauku) for him to be ordained the the chief Aloysius.

The ceremony included traditional singing and dancing.

At the end of the 30 minute procession, students of Haisi Primary school sang the national and Bougainville anthems as the two community policemen present raised the flags.

The activity also had speeches from all sections of the community acknowledging their support for the new Tokunutui chief who was then send to serve the people of Bougainville with their fully pledged support.

7) 081012PIPIRO WANTS SCHOOL-Bougainville News:

By Aloysius LaukaiMDF Panguna commander, MOSES PIPIRO has requested his people to be rehabilitated first before any development for Panguna is discussed.

Mr.Pipiro said that his people in and around Panguna must be educated so that they can be in a better to decide the type of development they want for their area.

He was speaking in Panguna this morning during the special meeting with Panguna landowners and the Regional member for Bougainville, JOE LERA.

The meeting was attended by Panguna district administration staff,chiefs,women,youths and the general public.


TUESDAY, 09 OCTOBER 2012 10:35
National Parliament week officially kicked off yesterday in Honiara.And for the first time it had being organised out of the parliament house to allow members of the public to learn and see some of their work and programs.The event was hosted at the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) grounds in central Honiara.

The event was organised to allow the public to come and learn about the roles and functions of parliament.

This was the first time for parliament to have an open week.

In previous years, it only organised an open day at the National Parliament House.

Former parliament speaker and the country’s first Prime Minister Sir Peter Kenilorea hailed the initiative.

“This shows parliament belongs to the people,” Sir Peter said.

He appealed to the public to go and see what’s on display and learn more about parliament.

“This is your chance to seeking information about the roles and functions of parliament.”

The event has been organised under the theme: “Herem, Lukim and Save lo Parliament blo iumi.”

National Parliament Speaker Sir Allan Kemakeza officially opened the event.

Former Prime Minister and MP for East Choiseul Manasseh Sogavare gave the keynote address and hailed the work of parliament and the importance of it.

The event kicked off with a parade from the Honiara City Council car park through the streets of Honiara.

A number of schools, organisation and parliament staff joined in the parade.

The program continues today and the public are encouraged to visit the grounds and learn about the work of parliament.Solomon Star.


9) Seasonal work opportunities in New Zealand – Know your agents

Posted on October 9, 2012 – 2:33pm | Vanuatu Daily Post.

The New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme or “RSE” is set for another very busy year over the 2012/13 season, with over 2000 workers expected to travel to New Zealand to take up seasonal employment. Over the coming weeks and months, employers, licensed recruitment agents and the Employment Services Unit (ESU) will be working hard to screen workers and get them ready to travel to New Zealand.

Labour Commissioner Lionel Kaluat says a large number of ni-Vanuatu men and women each year take up the opportunity to work in horticulture and viticulture in New Zealand, allowing them to develop new skills, while contributing to their communities, villages and families here athome.
“The scheme is of critical importance to Vanuatu’s economy” says Commissioner Kaluat.

This is a message echoed by New Zealand High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Bill Dobbie: “The New Zealand RSE programme is a great example of a ‘win-win’ policy, as it fulfils a critical labour shortage in New Zealandwhile providing employment opportunities tohard working ni-Vanuatu.”

The Employment Services Unit (ESU)is responsible under Vanuatu’s Seasonal Employment Act No.23 of 2007 for monitoringlicensed agents who assist New Zealand employers to undertake RSE recruitment. Even New Zealand employers who wish to recruit directly from Vanuatu must hold a permit, monitored by the ESU.

It is important that workers know that it is prohibited for agents to charge recruitment fees or commissions to workers. Licensed agents can, however, collect official fees on behalf of workers for New Zealand immigration services or health and police certificates for example. Licensed agents work on behalf of New Zealand employers and are paid by New Zealand employers, not by workers.

Anyone aware of recruitment fees being charged to the workers themselves is encouraged to contact the ESU team on 00 678 29937.

New Zealand RSE National Manager, Emily Fabling, says that Immigration New Zealand’s RSE policy explicitly prohibits employers using recruitment agents who charge workers for the job.

“If a potential worker was made to pay such a fee, he or she could well come to New Zealand already in debt. It might also mean that some workers could gain unfair access to RSE opportunities,” says Ms Fabling.

Vanuatu celebrated its fifth year of participation in the New Zealand RSE programme in April this year, and is still the biggest sending country for RSE workers to New Zealand.

For more information about the RSE, or any worker interested in joining the RSE, please contact the ESU team in the first instance.

10) Fiji celebrates 42 years of independence this week

Posted at 23:25 on 08 October, 2012 UTC

Fiji is celebrating its independence this week with special events around the country and a focus on national unity.

Fiji Day on Wednesday will mark 42 years since independence.

Alex Perrottet reports.

“Under the theme ’Celebrating a United Fiji’, the Government has spent over 50,000 US dollars organising cultural celebrations such as mekes, police jazz band performances, and military parades. There will be a friendship march in the main towns of in Suva, Labasa, Lautoka and the old capital Levuka. The date has also been chosen by the country’s airline Air Pacific, to unveil new designs of its re-branded A330 aircraft’s, which are due to arrive next year when the airline converts back to Fiji Airways. The Ministry of Information says there is a sense of unity about Fiji Day, with businesses and tourists also getting involved. The national celebrations coincide with the final day for the constitutional commission to receive written submissions from citizens.”

Radio New Zealand International

11) Chief calls for honest leaders

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, October 09, 2012-FijiTimes

FIJI needs a responsive government with leaders who fulfil their promises to the people.

A Cakaudrove chief made the statement in his submission to the Constitution Commission at Buca Village last week.

Tui Kama, Ratu Seru Taqali, said the constitution should have provisions that ensured the government was more responsive to the peoples’ needs.

He told the commission that politicians and government officials had a tendency of making promises they don’t fulfil.

Ratu Seru said on a few occasions, government officials visited villages, made promises and forgot them after leaving the village.

Prof Christina Murray told Ratu Seru the commission had taken note of his views and that many other citizens had shared the same opinion about a having a responsive government.

12) Fiji, Cuba Sign MOU On Sports Cooperation
Cuba to assist Fiji with scholarships, training, facilities


By Leone Cabenatabua

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Oct. 6, 2012) – Fiji has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote co-operation on physical education and sports development with Cuba in Havana yesterday.

Head of Fiji’s delegation, Minister for Youth and Sports, Commander Viliame Naupoto signed the historical agreement with the National Institute for Sports, Physical Education and Recreation president of the Republic of Cuba Christian Jimenez Molina.

The agreement now allows Cuba and Fiji to assist each other in the exchange of sporting delegations, expert coaches and specialists in the field of physical education, sports development and sports science.

Boxing Commission of Fiji director Malakai Veisamasama said the agreement allows Cuba to assist Fiji in things like scholarship programmes, high performance and training programmes for athletes, sports facilities and equipments, formation and upgrading of coaches and specialists.

“We will also offer Fiji the best in sports science, sports management and programme management,” Molina told Naupoto after the signing ceremony.

In addition, Molina said Cuba will share disciplines that have contributed to their success at the world and Olympic level.

“These are things like sports management and leadership, anti-doping control, information technology in sports. Most importantly, technical assistance and attachment programme in amateur boxing.”

Molina added that Cuba has just started a rugby sevens programme in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.”

“For that we will look to the expert assistance from Fiji, as we realised that your national team are world beaters.”

Naupoto said boxing and other sports in Fiji are now heading towards exciting times.

“The ball is now in the sporting federations’ court and that is to take advantage of the Government initiative and work towards the next Olympic Games in Rio. It’s time to take advantage of Cuba’s offer to assist us. Cuba is recognised in the highest level in international sports and the opportunities available are for our sporting federations to grab it with both hands,” he said.

The Cuban Sports Business general manager Carlos Rodriquez Acosta also added that it was only logical at this stage to work with elite and semi-elite athletes first as we aim for Rio and expand that further to the younger athletes.

To mark Cuba solidarity and seriousness in assisting Fiji, yesterday’s MOU signing was witnessed by past and present Cuban sporting legends like Maria C. Colon who was Cuba’s first women Olympic gold medallist in javelin in the 1980, Lazaro Betancourt, a triple jumper and 110 hurdler in the pre and post Cuban revolution in 1959, a boxing legend and gold medallist in three World Boxing championship in the 81 kg class Paulo Romero Ernades and the silver medallist in pole vault Yarisley Silva from the recent London Olympic Games, leaving Russian world champion, Yelena Isinbayeva with the bronze medal.



13) Women’s group says Tonga opposition wasting time

By Online Editor
5:42 pm GMT+12, 09/10/2012, TongaA women’s group in Tonga, which is critical of the vote of no confidence provision in the constitution, is pleased the government survived yesterday’s vote and says it is time the opposition stopped wasting time.

The Democratic Party first put forward the motion for a vote of no confidence in the government more than three months ago and it was finally tested but rejected by a 13-11 majority.

Dr Ana Koloto, from the women’s group, Fakatouhama says the claim by the opposition leader Akilisi Pohiva that the government had lost the backing of the people, was not true.

She says when her group went around the community people wanted the government to serve its full term.

“We will not be distracted anymore but focus on getting things and working. We need to build a nation and get on with our lives because the last two months has been basically wasted and we cannot allow them to play around with our lives anymore.”

Dr Koloto says her group will push for a national survey to find out if people want the vote of no confidence facility in the constitution.


14) Micronesian Festival In Guam Highlights Cultural Similarities, Differences
Festival good opportunity to showcase local products


By Cameron Miculka

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Oct. 8, 2012) – During the last day of the Micronesian Island Festival, visitors yesterday explored the music, food and handiwork of the islands of Micronesia.

As attendees strolled around Gov. Joseph Flores Memorial Park at Ypao Beach listening to the music of the islands, visitors from various parts of Micronesia also showed off their skills at making crafts to sell at the festival.

Nika Wase, a weaver, came to the festival from the Marshall Islands to share crafts from her island country far to the east of Guam.

Wase said the festival provided a great opportunity for the people of Micronesia to get together and share in cultural similarities and differences.

“It’s great for collaboration and sharing, as well as learning cultures so we can teach the youngsters,” she said.

Wase said the festival also provided a good opportunity for the islands to promote locally crafted products, such as the Marshallese woven gifts on display at the festival.

“We get to see how others are doing their culture,” she said. “People should come out and look at all of the islands’ products.”

Haruna Sasaki, a festival attendee said the festival is a good thing for Guam residents who emigrated here from other parts of Micronesia.

“It’s nice that they can have their own culture represented,” she said.

Seth Brown, who attended the festival with Sasaki, said organizers should do more to promote the festival beyond its cultural value.

“There needs to be an economic value,” he said.

Brown, who is from Maine, compared the festival here to folk festivals in that state. He explained the festivals there sustain themselves over the long term because the vendors earn money from them.

Furthermore, the festival should market itself more for tourists, he said. “Tourists would come if they knew about it.”

Better publicity

Rudy Monteagut, who’s been on island about two months, said he didn’t know about the festival until he drove by it yesterday, though he did say he was enjoying it.

“Everyone seems pretty festive,” he said.

Monteagut said the festival could benefit from some more exposure, such as more signs or television air time.

Overall, though, he said he’s both been able to have fun and learn about the cultures of Micronesia.

Kate Boyd said she had a similar experience at the festival.

“It’s fun to see all the different art,” she said.

Boyd said the cultural aspect of the festival was very important for everyone on the island.

“Particularly for the military, it’s nice to be introduced to all the islands,” she said. “It’s just a good opportunity to get out and explore.”


Pacific Daily News:

15) Pacific concern at lack of equipment to deal with major maritime disaster

Posted at 05:54 on 09 October, 2012 UTC

Representatives from six Pacific Islands have told a conference many of them are lacking the right equipment and training to deal with a major maritime disaster.

The representatives and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme are meeting at a workshop hosted by Maritime New Zealand in Auckland.

The Cook Islands, Niue, Fiji, Samoa, Tokelau and Tonga called for more equipment such as booms to rope off oil spills.

Some countries also said they need more training to deal with a disaster.

The General Manager of Niue’s Bulk Fuel Department, George Valiana, says Niue’s geographical isolation makes the need for better equipment even more pressing.

“A lot of the responses or regional assistance will take time. So what’s important is that we have our own systems and equipment to deal with major spills should they happen.”

George Valiana says a major oil spill could wipe out the tourism and fishing industries in Niue.

Radio New Zealand International

17) Gideon Simon blong PNG igat neim insait long AFL Richmond tim

Updated 9 October 2012, 14:56 AEST-Radio Australia

Bikpela stori long sait blong Australian Rules Football, em yumi save kolim tu Aussie Rules, i makim stret bikpela drim blong dispela yangpela man blong Bougainville.

image - gideon simon, PNG in AFL Richmond Club

Gideon Simon blong Papua New Guinea nau i joinim AFL club Richmond. (Credit: ABC)

Insait long ol recruitment program blong Australian Rules Football, ol i bin lukim planti ol yangpela pleia i kam long ol ovasis kantri, wantaim tu, long Ireland, Canada na China.

Tasol bikpela selebreisin dispela taim i kam long wanpela yanpela boi blong Autonomous Region blong Bougainville blong Papua New Guinea.

Neim blongen, Gideon Simon, husait bai kamap hap blong wanpela long ol Victoria klab, em long Richmond AFL tim.

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