Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 843


MELANESIA:

1) Business process challenge

Shayal Devi
Monday, August 05, 2013

PNG High Commissioner Peter Eafeare, left, and Kaliopate Tavola at the MSG Investment roadshow and trade fair at the Sheraton Hotel in Nadi. Picture: JAI PRASAD

STARTING a business in any Melanesian Spearhead Group is a major challenge and is something our policy makers need to address.

This was the statement made by the permanent secretary for Industry and Trade, Shaheen Ali, at the closing of the MSG Investment roadshow and trade fair at Sheraton Fiji on Denarau on Saturday.

“We need to reduce and streamline procedures that reduce time taken with approvals and eliminate some of the restrictive requirements we have, such as capital deposit requirements and to protect and promote our investors,” he said.

Mr Ali also said this inaugural MSG workshop had been a good platform and provided a wonderful opportunity for the business communities to come together and meet not only each other, but government officials as well.

“These sessions of the seminar is structured in a manner to allow participation and to allow participants to participate in trade and investment opportunities.

“I think this forum has been useful because we have shared ideas, lessons, experiences and have had some insights moving and promoting business and trade in the MSG. In the first session we saw MSG countries need to improve doing business by involving streamlined processes.

“We need to encourage policy makers present to facilitate business in their respective countries.”

Mr Ali said during the presentation of the different officials, they had found many countries that have had developments in the fields of trade and investment.

He mentioned Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea now had online registration services and Fiji was moving towards a single window registration payment system. http://www.fijitimes.com/

2) Ratu Epeli: Focus on single MSG market

Shayal Devi
Monday, August 05, 2013

Tomohito Zukashi, President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Harumi Zukashi at the MSG Investment roadshow and trade fair at the Sheraton Hotel in Nadi. Picture: JAI PRASAD

THE time for resolute leadership is now and we must ensure that we build on our successes and continue to drive our vision forward towards the ultimate goal of having a single Melanesian Spearhead Group market.

These were the comments by President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at a cocktail reception for members of MSG countries and trade partners who were attending the MSG Investment roadshow and trade fair at the Sheraton Fiji on Denarau on Saturday.

“When trade and investment increases, with them comes improved infrastructure, better education and more employment and generally a better standard of living,” he said.

Ratu Epeli also said this MSG seminar helped in opening up new channels of dialogue within the MSG.

“In forging further ties, this will ultimately bind us closer together.

“It marks another important step on the path to closer regional ties and the creation of a strong integrated lot at the heart of a strong integrated Pacific.

“I believe that it had been particularly important that in the seminar held today, the focus was on identifying barriers in trade and also underlined the steps taken to remove impediments to facilitate trade and having the ease of doing business in the MSG.

“During the course of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, the presence of the investment approval agents for all the MSG countries, the MSG secretariat and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation provides a unique opportunity to develop relationships to seek out new opportunities.” http://www.fijitimes.com/

3) PM’s dinner raises K3.86m for charities

By Online Editor
6:34 pm GMT+12, 05/08/2013, Papua New Guinea

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his People’s National Congress celebrated their first 12 months in office by raising K3.86 million (US$1.65 million) for charities in the country through the PM O’Neill Foundation.

The money was raised at a fundraising event in Port Moresby on Saturday night, as well as through donations and pledges.

More than 600 guests heard O’Neill give a review of his first 12 months in office through an onstage interview with journalist John Eggins, and were later entertained by Australian superstar Tina Arena and local sensation, Honlly Isaac alias “Jokema”.

Australian entertainment guru Richard Wilkins was the master of ceremonies.

“Tonight, we have raised K3.868 million,” O’Neill said.

“I believe this is the highest any charity organisation (in PNG) has ever raised.

“Thank you for your support tonight which has raised the money for the foundation.

“It will go to many charities across the country that are not able to raise funds themselves.”

The crowd cheered and sang along with Arena as she sang favourites such as I just don’t know what to do with myself, Burn and Now I can dance.

Isaac, a 28-year-old singer from Butibam village, in Lae, was unfazed as he performed a duet with Arena, singing Foreigner’s 1984 classic I want to know what love is.

Earlier, Isaac brought the house down with Moment in time a song especially composed for the occasion, which was about people taking a moment off from their busy lives to help those in need.

“It was a really nice experience,” he said.

“It was the first time for me to do a duet with an international superstar and I’m really looking forward to more to come.”

Sports and National Events Minister Justin Tkatchenko said the event set the bar for political fundraisers in PNG.

“It has set a new trend for political party fundraisers, instead of raising money for the party, we raised money for charity.

“Thank you prime minister for showing the initiative, said Tkatchenko.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

4) Vanuatu Acting Prime Minister Reshuffles Cabinet
Natapei makes changes while Carcasses is in Singapore

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Aug. 4, 2013) – Vanuatu’s deputy prime minister and acting prime minister, Edward Natapei has made a sudden ministerial reshuffle while prime minister Moana Carcasses is in Singapore for medical treatment.

Mr Natapei appointed the first deputy speaker of parliament, Jonas James as new minister of justice yesterday, and removed Daniel Toara from the ministry to become new minister for tourism, trade and commerce.

Mr Toara replaces Marcelino Pipite who was terminated last month by Mr Carcasses because he signed the motion of no confidence against him.

Mr James and Mr Toara also signed the motion which was deposited in parliament last month against the prime minister but withdrew their signatures on 11th July.

Mr James and Mr Toara wrote a letter to the speaker of parliament saying that their signatures were forged by the opposition.

It is the fourth time the minister of justice has been changed since Mr Carcasses took power from Sato Kilman in March.

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

5) Vanuatu opposition promise to appeal court ruling on confidence vote

Posted at 03:29 on 05 August, 2013 UTC

Vanuatu’s opposition leader, Ham Lini, says they are preparing to appeal a court ruling that dismissed their attempt to bring a motion for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, Moana Carcasses Kalosil.

Vanuatu’s Supreme Court last week threw out the opposition’s application after the speaker of parliament, Philip Boedoro, had refused their request for an extra-ordinary session, saying some signatures on their no confidence motion were invalid.

The chief justice Vincent Lunabek ruled Mr Boedoro was right to reject the opposition push after the signatures of four MPs were withdrawn from the motion.

Mr Lini says he cannot elaborate at this stage but that the opposition will definitely appeal the court decision.

Radio New Zealand International

6) New Caledonia Nickel Plant Fire Brings Review Of Emergency Response
Doniambo smelter fire created disruption, no injuries

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Aug. 4, 2013) – The French High Commission in New Caledonia has ordered a review of the emergency responses following last week’s massive fire at the SLN nickel plant.

The fire at the Doniambo smelter in central Noumea caused huge disruptions but was brought under control without any of the staff or firefighters suffering injuries.

The authorities have given SLN until the end of the year to communicate a review of its security procedures.

SLN has also been instructed to notify the government and support services immediately, should there be a similar incident at the plant.

It has been given a month to supply its internal response plan to the fire service and the emergency services.

The High Commission has also instructed the city of Noumea to provide within two months its plans on how it would cope with a major incident at the plant.

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

7) Mel’s offer

Nasik Swami
Monday, August 05, 2013

Hollywood actor Mel Gibson is keen to assist the Fijian Government in the agricultural sector.

And there was confirmation that Gibson, 57, has already met senior government officials to express his interest.

Speaking to The Fiji Times from China yesterday, Agriculture Minister Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu confirmed having a meeting with Gibson.

“I met him last month. I will comment on the matter when I return to Fiji,” Lt-Col Seruiratu said.

However, a report published by The Daily Telegraph newspaper said the film star was set to work as an agricultural consultant to the Fijian Government. The Australian actor, whose love affair destroyed his marriage and to some extent his career, has offered his service as a prime producer of beef and meat products to strengthen the Fijian tourism industry.

Gibson runs a cattle farm on Fiji’s Mago Island, which he bought from Japan’s Tokyu Corporation for $15million in 2005.

The report revealed that he met with Lt-Col Seruiratu and invited government officials to inspect his facilities.

The minister was quoted by The Daily Telegraph saying he appreciated the fact that private sector players like Gibson were involved and could be drivers in the industry.

Also Agriculture deputy secretary Uraia Waibuta said: “They have a lot of beef already on the island. It depends how well they can slaughter those animals and send it over to this niche market especially to the hotels here on Viti Levu.”

Gibson visited the Fijian Department of Fisheries and Forests in June to discuss farming and fisheries-related projects he could undertake on his island.

It is also understood that Gibson expressed an interest in native forest species and clam breeding. Gibson starred in many movies which went on to become hits here in Fiji. In 1995, he produced, directed, and starred in the Academy Award-winning Braveheart.

Some of his movies include the Mad Max series, and the Lethal Weapon series. http://www.fijitimes.com/

POLYNESIA;

8) Samoa To Launch National Human Rights Institution
Ombudsman’s office adding staff, doing training in preparation

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, August 2, 2013) – The Office of the Ombudsman has gained two new staff members and completed training with regional representatives as it prepares for the launch of Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).

Solamalemalo Hai-Yuean Tualima has been recruited as Human Rights Education and Communications Officer and is the first permanent member of the NHRI. Prior to joining the Office, Hai-Yuean worked with the Samoa Law Reform Commission, with carriage of the National Heritage Board Project and assisting with other various projects. Additionally, she has worked in private practice in New Zealand specialising in Māori legal issues and commercial law.

Dr Melanie O’Brien is the newest member of the team, as Human Rights Legal Officer. Melanie comes to the Office from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where she is a Research Fellow specialising in various fields of international law, including human rights law, criminal law, and humanitarian law.

Melanie is in the role through Australian Volunteers for International Development, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative. She has previously worked at the International Criminal Court and the Human Rights Legal Centre at Nottingham University.

This month, staff of the Office of the Ombudsman participated in a high-level dialogue training workshop led by Ms Rosslyn Noonan, consultant for the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) and former New Zealand Chief Human Rights Commissioner, and Dr Nancy Robinson, the Regional Representative for the Pacific of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR).

“The assistance of both the APF and UN OHCHR has been instrumental in the establishment of the NHRI, and will continue to be vital as the Office of the Ombudsman works to set up a functional NHRI in Samoa,” the Ombudsman, Afioga Maiava Iulai Toma, said.

In June 2013, legislation was passed to grant the Office of the Ombudsman an additional role: that of the new National Human Rights Institution of Samoa (NHRI). Thus the Office of the Ombudsman now operates under two mandates, namely to promote good governance and for the protection and promotion of human rights.

“The NHRI will serve to protect and promote the rights and dignity of the Samoan people in the development of our wonderful country,” Hai-Yuean said. “The expanded Office will play a fundamental role in safeguarding the principles upon which our country is built, by empowering and educating people to decide on the future direction of the country.”

To date, staff have been working towards the official launch of the NHRI later this year. They are in the process of approaching Government Ministries, non-governmental organisations, private sector and the community to establish cooperation and collaboration for the implementation of human rights through all agencies.

This information will assist in the preparation of effective activities to raise awareness and to educate on human rights in pursuit of the new objectives of the Office of the Ombudsman. These objectives are found in the amended Ombudsman (Komesina O Sulufaiga) Act 2013: “Promoting and protecting the dignity of human kind enshrined in the Constitution, international human rights law, as the foundation of a fair, just and peaceful society.”

“Fa‘a Samoa and human rights are not mutually exclusive and for the main part are one and the same: a respect for one another and the promotion of human dignity,” Hai-Yuean said. “By introducing a National Human Rights Institution to this country we have the opportunity to build upon our already great society and become a shining example to the world in how we can live in peace and dignity, yet prosper and develop at the same time.”

Talamua: http://talamua.com/index.php

9) Tuvalu Parliament elects new Prime Minister Sopoaga

Posted at 01:56 on 05 August, 2013 UTC

The Tuvalu parliament has elected the opposition leader, Enele Sopoaga, as Prime Minister, following months of a political crisis.

Mr Sopoaga says he was elected by secret ballot and won by eight votes to four, with the Speaker abstaining.

The former prime minister, Willie Telavi, had attempted to stall a motion of no confidence in him, which opposition members had tried to bring for months.

After failing to call the parliament, the Prime Minister was ordered by the Governor-General to resume, however the Speaker Kamuta Latasi promptly adjourned Parliament again, citing the need for a by-election brought on by a resignation.

Late last week the Governor-General and the Prime Minister each attempted to sack the other in a constitutional stand-off, but politicians resumed yesterday to hear the motion of no confidence.

Mr Sopoaga says it is a victory for the people of Tuvalu, and after being sworn in today, will get down to the work of delivering to the people on issues like standards of living and security.

News Content © Radio New Zealand International

MICRONESIA:

10) Traditional Palau Chiefs Question Construction In Rock Islands
Koror state asserts authority to build platform on Ngemelis

By Aurea Gerundio-Dizon

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, August 1, 2013) – The House of Traditional Leaders has expressed once more their objection to the construction of a platform on top of Uchul a Rois at Ngemelis by Koror State Government.

The chiefs wrote Gov. Yositaka Adachi yesterday (August 1) asking him to reconsider their objection.

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On January 30, the chiefs first wrote Adachi expressing that the project is not in the best interest of Koror. The chiefs find such project as an eyesore and that it contradicts the vision of preservation of the natural beauty, cultural heritage and the pristine environment of the Rock Islands and Ngemelis in particular.

They requested the governor to cease the construction of the outpost and dismantle it. However, Adachi denied the chiefs’ request through a letter dated February 1.

The governor explained in his response letter that the outpost will provide shelter for Koror State law enforcement officers while allowing them to monitor illegal fishing activities in the protected Ngemelis Islands complex, which includes world-class dive spots such as Blue Holes and Blue Corner.

Adachi said that the small structure built on top of Uchul a Rois on Ngemelis is a minimal intrusion compared to the increased monitoring capabilities of the state, as law enforcement officers can now monitor the marine environment for miles around Ngemelis. He added that there is nothing in the law that prohibits the construction of the outpost for law enforcement and conservation purposes.

Adachi also stated that the state constitution does not delegate any authority to the HOTL to protect the environment, or to exercise any custom or traditional law relating to the environment. It is the government of Koror, according to the governor, that was entrusted by the people of Koror to exercise governmental functions, such as enactment and enforcement of statutes to protect the environment.

The chiefs told Adachi in their August 1 letter that “the Koror Rock Islands have always been owned by the Klobak of Oreor and their people and clans.”

“In your three pages letter to us, you cited public laws, case laws and legal opinions upon which you proceed to make the assumption that they give you authority over the administration and ownership of the Rock Islands of Koror. However, having reviewed you letter thoroughly and the legal arguments entailed, we strongly differ with your misguided legal conclusion. We find nothing, in all the legal issues cited in your letter, which gives you the sole authority over the Rock Islands as you seem to claim, and therefore, we remain strong in our commitment to the long established tradition of Koror that the Klobak of Oreor is the responsible authority over the Rock Islands. Governments come and go, but this tradition of Koror has always been there, still remains as is today, and shall continue to exist for future generations to come,” the chiefs stated.

The chiefs also questioned the construction as it did not reportedly go through the required governmental review and permitting procedures, such as those required by EQPB regulations and Koror State Building and Zoning Laws and regulations.

According to the chiefs, they called EQPB Office and Koror Planning Commission Office to verify existence of building permits during the time of construction and both offices reportedly said no such permits existed at the time.

The chiefs said that in Koror State Constitution, Article VI Traditional Leadership of the State of Koror, the HOTL is given “the supreme authority over all matters relating to traditional law.”

“Accordingly, the HOTL wish to advice that from here forward, all planned developments, including but not limited to those that stand to impact on sensitive cultural/historical sites, within the Rock Islands of Koror, be subjected to HOTL approval,” the chiefs said.

The letter to Adachi was signed by (Ngarameketii chiefs) Ibedul Yutaka Gibbons, Ngiraikelau Francisco Gibbons, Rechucher-ra-Ioulidid Earnest Ongidobel, Rechucher-ra-Techekii Alexander Merep, Kloteraol James Littler, Rubasch Adolf Ngiraikelau, Rekesiuang Gabriel Adelbai, Kldnguul-ra-Ngermeriil Dale Pasqual, Kldnguul-ra-Techemding Rebluud Umang, (Rubekul Kldeu chiefs) Recheiungel Minoru Ueki, Adelbairekesoaol Harry Fritz, Iechaderchemai Kalisto Joseph, Rdulaol Hussein Derbai, Iechadribukel, Uchel Albert Amalei and Espangel Santos Ikluk.

Island Times: www.islandtimes.us

AUSTRALIA:

11) Australia, Nauru Sign Agreement To Resettle Refugees
$26.6 million in aid promised as part of deal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Aug. 4, 2013) – Australia has enlisted Nauru in its revised policy of keeping asylum seekers out of Australia.

The prime minister, Kevin Rudd and the President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, signed a memorandum of understanding providing for asylum seekers arriving by boat to be sent to Nauru where they can opt for resettlement after their claims for refugee status are processed.

Last month, Australia signed a similar deal with Papua New Guinea.

Australia will provide Nauru with 26.6 million US dollars in aid as part of the deal.

However, according to Fairfax media, Nauru says it will still only be a transit country for Australia’s asylum seekers.

Canberra already runs two detention centres in Nauru – one of which was badly damaged in a riot last month.

Critics say Australia’s new approach violates the UN Refugee Convention.

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

TOK PISIN:

12a) Muslim Soceity blong PNG ilaik wok wantaim Gavman na ol narapela Lotu

Updated 2 August 2013, 12:23 AEST

Kenya Kala

Muslim Soceity blong PNG i tok ol i laik wok wantaim Gavman na ol narpela Sios bilong halvim sidaun blong ol asailam sika na refuji i kamap long Manus Island.

Odio: Yaqub Amaki, wanpela mausman blong Islamic Society bilong Papua New Guinea i toktok

Liklik taim bihain tasol long Papua New Guinea i kisim Indipendence long  1975, namba blong  pipol ibin save bihainim lotu Muslim ibin stap long 120 samting,na olgeta bilong ovasis.

Tete despela namba i sut igo antap olgeta long moa long 5-tausen na planti bilong ol i bilong Papua New Guinea.

Nupla tok orait wantaim Australia na PNG long salim moa asailam pipol igo long Manus Island Detention Centre, Islamic Society long PNG i askim Praim Minista Peter O’Neill long lukim Mosque na toktok wantaim ol na painim aut moa long Islam long PNG.

Bihainim planti planti ol stori na nius ripot ikam long ol over seas long ol lain isave bihainim lotu muslim isave kamapim ol pasin terorist na bigpela birua long World Trade Centre long 2001, i mekim planti pipol  long PNG i wari long despela namba bilong ol lain i bihainim lotu muslim.

Yaqub Amaki, wanpela mausman blong Islamic Society bilong Papua New Guinea i tok, displa ol wari ino nupla , na wanpela we bilong daunim ol wari , oli laik wokbung wantaim ol narapela lotu na Gavman long hau best ol iken wokbung wantaim long givim halvim blong ol igo long ol asailam sika na refuji. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/

12b) Solomon Islands Central Bank i halivim ol Credit Union long kantri.

Updated 2 August 2013, 20:08 AEST

John Papik

Solomon Islands Credit Union League i kisim bigpela halavim  moni bilong sapotim em long wok bilongen long stat bilong despela wik.

Despela i kamap bihain long Central Bank bilong  Solomon Islands i statim ken ol sapot bilongen igo long wok bilong Credit Union League long taim em ibin sainim ken wanpela memorandum of understanding long mande bilong despela wik.

Trevor Manemahaga emi deputy Gavana blong Solomon Islands Central Bank ibin tokaut long despela agreement.

Solomon Islands Credit Union isave mekim gutpela wok blong em taim emi save givim ol banking sevis igo long ol komuniti raun long Solomon Islands long wanem moni wari oli gat.

Igat samting olsem 170 ol registered Credit Union long Solomon Islands.

Long igo hed wantaim dispela wok blong ol, Central Bank blong Solomon Islands ibin nap long kamap wantaim sampela moni halivim inap klostu 1 million dollar.

Long despela yiar  Central Bank  ibin igo hed na apim halavim bilongen igo antap moa inap long  900-thousand dollar insait long narapela tripela yiar. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/

BAHASA:

13) AS perpanjang penutupan kedubes di Timteng dan Afrika

Diperbaharui 5 August 2013, 10:16 AEST

By North America correspondent Ben Knight, wires

Dipicu kecemasan akan serangan dari Al Qaeda, Amerika Serikat memperpanjang penutupan kantor kedutaan besar dan konsulatnya di kawasan Timur Tengah dan Afrika sampai 10 Agustus.

Namun kantor kedubesnya di Baghdad dan Kabul, telah dibuka kembali.

Selain penutupan 21 kedubes di Afrika Utara dan Timur Tengah sejak Jumat lalu, AS juga mengeluarkan peringatan perjalanan bagi warga negaranya.

Pengamanan paling ketat dilakukan di ibukota Yaman.

Menurut keterangan para pejabat, ini adalah penutupan kedutaan dan kekonsulatan paling besar yang dilakukan sebagai respon terhadap ancaman serangan.

Senator negara bagian Georgia, Saxby Chambliss, wakil ketua komite intelijen senat, mengatakan pada kantor berita NBC bahwa “banyak celotehan di luar sana”, yang berarti komunikasi antara tersangka teroris.

“Ini adalah ancaman paling serius yang pernah saya lihat selama beberapa tahun terakhir,” ucapnya.

Menurut dia, ancaman tersebut antara lain dideteksi melalui program pengawasan milik National Security Agency (NSA) yang mengumpulkan informasi tentang komunikasi melalui ponsel dan email.

“Kalau kita tidak memiliki program tersebut, kita tidak bisa menguping [pembicaraan] para penjahat,” ucapnya.

Namun, sampai sejauh mana agen-agen intelijen AS dapat memonitor komunikasi melalui internet dan telepon saat ini tengah menjadi topik perdebatan.

ABC/wires

FRENCH:

14a) SeaSim, la Grande Barrière de Corail en miniature

Mis à jour 2 August 2013, 15:13 AEST

Caroline Lafargue

Le simulateur marin de l’AIMS, l’Institut Australien des Sciences Marines, a été inauguré hier jeudi par Kim Carr, le ministre de la Recherche et de l’Innovation.

La couronne d’épines, étoile de mer dévoreuse de coraux, fera son entrée dans l’aquarium du simulateur marin de l’AIMS. Mais d’autres menaces qui pèsent sur les récifs coralliens seront également simulées et analysées. (Source: www.alamy.com)

Jamie Oliver, le directeur de l’AIMS nous explique en quoi cet aquarium est un petit bijou de technologie unique au monde :

« Il y a d’autres aquariums de recherche dans le monde, mais à notre connaissance, notre simulateur marin est le plus sophistiqué de la planète. Il présente deux avantages majeurs. D’abord, l’exceptionnelle qualité de l’eau de mer que nous pouvons maintenir dans l’aquarium, cela nous permet de garder les animaux et les organismes marins plus longtemps en vie, particulièrement les coraux qui sont très sensibles à la qualité de l’eau. Jusqu’à présent, on n’arrivait à maintenir en vie les coraux que pendant un peu plus d’un mois, et ensuite ils tombaient malades. Avec notre nouveau simulateur marin, les coraux vivront pendant des années, et pourront donc se reproduire, nous pourrons produire des juvéniles, ce qui nous permettra de mener des expériences sur le long terme. »

L’équipe de l’Institut Australien des Sciences Marines a voyagé dans le monde entier, visitant une quarantaine d’aquarium servant à la recherche. Et elle est rentrée avec un projet ultra sophistiqué. Jamie Oliver :

« Le deuxième avantage, c’est que nous pouvons changer les conditions environnementales dans l’aquarium. Ce qui nous permettra de faire des recherches sur des questions comme qu’est-ce qui se passe si la température augmente d’un ou deux degrés ? Et on peut complexifier le contexte, non seulement en augmentant la température, mais aussi en augmentant l’acidité de l’océan, ou le rayonnement solaire. Avec ce simulateur marin, nous pouvons enfin manipuler plusieurs variables environnementales en même temps et donc analyser l’impact d’une combinaison de facteurs sur les récifs, et sur le long terme. Ce n’est pas un simple aquarium, c’est bien un simulateur des conditions qui pourraient s’imposer dans cinquante ans, étant donné que les hommes continuent à alimenter le changement climatique. »

Cet aquarium qui reproduit les conditions de la vie sur les récifs de coraux a coûté 37 millions de dollars australiens. Le retour sur investissement sera au rendez-vous, car comme l’a rappelé le ministre de la Recherche, l’océan rapporte 40 milliards de dollars par an à l’économie australienne et représente des milliers d’emplois.

« Notre intérêt économique et environnemental est de rechercher le bon équilibre entre l’exploitation durable des ressources de l’océan et sa protection », a déclaré Kim Carr. La Grande Barrière de Corail est menacée de tous les maux : la surpêche, les navires transportant du gaz et du charbon, et qui passent à côté, le tourisme, l’impact de l’agriculture et de ses pesticides, les étoiles de mer couronnes d’épine, qui croque les coraux, et bien sûr, le changement climatique – avec son cortège d’effets : le réchauffement, l’acidification et l’élévation du niveau de l’océan, qui tuent le corail.

Tous ces dangers seront au centre des recherches des biologistes marins de l’Institut Australien des Sciences Marines. Mais il y en a aussi d’autres, encore très peu étudiés, comme le dragage du fond de l’océan, par exemple, qu’il s’agisse de l’extraction de granulats marins pour le secteur du BTP, ou d’une technique de pêche utilisée pour certains coquillages. Dans tous les cas, ce sont les coraux qui trinquent.

«  Nous essayerons aussi de comprendre l’impact du dragage du fond de l’océan et aussi les conséquences d’une marée noire. Nous devons déterminer le niveau acceptable de dragage des sédiments, le niveau critique à partir duquel le dragage tue les coraux, car nous devons conseiller les décideurs. Ils accorderont des permis d’exploitation en fonction de ça aux entreprises de dragage. Pour le moment nous ne sommes pas du tout sûrs du seuil acceptable. »

Jamie Oliver, le directeur de l’Institut Australien des Sciences Marines de Townsville, au micro de Campbell Cooney sur Radio Australie. Le simulateur marin SeaSim accueillera des équipes de recherche du monde entier. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/

14b) Australie: les élections auront lieu le 7 septembre

Mis à jour 5 August 2013, 15:41 AEST
Caroline Lafargue

Après cinq semaines de suspense, le Premier ministre Kevin Rudd a enfin arrêté son choix. Il pouvait choisir une date d’ici la fin octobre.

« L’enjeu de ces élections est de savoir en qui les Australiens placent leur confiance pour les diriger au mieux dans la période de difficultés économiques qui s’amorce. Des difficultés liées à la fin du boom des matières premières créé par la demande chinoise. Et nous devrons affronter ces difficultés. Le boom minier a apporté beaucoup de richesse à notre nation, mais ce boom est terminé. L’enjeu de cette élection sera donc largement de savoir en qui les Australiens placent leur confiance pour prendre les bonnes décisions en cette période de transition économique. Si notre nation échoue à bien gérer cette période de transition, les emplois et le niveau de vie de tous les Australiens seront menacés. »

C’était le Premier ministre australien Kevin Rudd dimanche, après avoir annoncé la date des élections par email aux militants du Parti Travailliste, et rendu visite à la gouverneure-générale Quentin Bryce, représentante de la Reine Elisabeth II en Australie, à qui il revient de publier le décret ordonnant la tenue des élections le 7 septembre.

« Je pars perdant », a déclaré Kevin Rudd, ajoutant que si les élections avaient eu lieu ce week-end, il aurait perdu face à Tony Abbott, le chef de l’opposition libérale et nationale.

Effectivement, selon le dernier sondage de Newspoll, publié ce matin par « L’Australien », la Coalition d’opposition est toujours en tête, à 44% d’intentions de vote, contre 37% pour les Travaillistes. Kevin Rudd reste le Premier ministre préféré des Australiens face à Tony Abbott, mais les électeurs voteront pour un parti, plutôt que pour une personnalité, vu qu’en Australie le Premier ministre n’est pas élu directement, mais par le Parlement.

Kevin Rudd a placé sa campagne sous le maître mot de la « confiance », et son rival, lui, approfondit le sillon qu’il a creusé depuis trois ans qu’il est à la tête de l’opposition libérale. Tony Abbott:

« Le choix est très simple, entre le programme positif de la Coalition ou la poursuite de la même politique sous le Parti Travailliste et M. Rudd. Je suis déterminé, mon équipe est déterminée à construire une Australie meilleure. Nous construirons une économie plus forte pour que chacun puisse aller de l’avant. Nous annulerons la taxe carbone, nous maîtriserons le budget, nous construirons les infrastructures du futur, et nous repousserons les bateaux. M. Rudd vous a posé la question : en qui avez-vous le plus confiance ? Eh bien la question, c’est qui est le plus authentique, le plus honnête ? Sur qui pouvez-vous compter pour construire un avenir meilleur ? Ceux qui ont toujours été cohérents, avec les mêmes propositions depuis trois ans, ou un gouvernement profondément divisé et dysfonctionnel, et qui offrirait la même prestation s’il était reconduit? »

Le gouvernement Rudd est officiellement entré ce matin en mode minimal, il ne gèrera que les affaires courantes d’ici le scrutin. Ce qui n’a pas empêché Kevin Rudd de démarrer cette campagne avec l’annonce d’un plan de soutien de 200 millions de dollars pour l’industrie automobile australienne.

PASIFIK:

15) Pacific Islands Forum dominated by few: Fiji PM

By Online Editor
6:37 pm GMT+12, 05/08/2013, Fiji

Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama told the inaugural gathering of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF)is for all stakeholders in the Pacific community.

Bainimarama took a swipe at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF)saying that the 40-year-old body of which Fiji is a founding nation, is currently dominated by just a few governments.

Without mentioning the metropolitan powers of Australia and New Zealand, Commodore Bainimarama said the Pacific Islands Forum no longer represents the needs of Pacific Islanders.

“Why do we need a new body, a new framework of cooperation? Because the existing regional structure for the past four decades – the Pacific Islands Forum – is for Governments only and has also come to be dominated only by a few. In too many instances, it no longer genuinely represents our interests and needs.

“We want to stand up as Pacific Islanders and with one voice send a clear message to the world at large; that Pacific-SIDS are vulnerable and face unique sustainable development challenges”,  Commodore Bainimarama told the delegates at his welcome address.

“For instance, the international community must face up to its responsibilities to tackle the issue of climate change, which threatens the very existence of some of our nations.We are not interested in arcane debates about the cause of climate change. It is happening and rising sea levels are, for us, a real and present danger. We are not interested in the excuses of the carbon-emitting countries selfishly trying to protect their own economies by refusing to sign up to emission targets. They must act and act now,” he  explained.

He said the leaders gathered today to launch a new era of regional cooperation, solidarity and friendship.

“We are building a new framework for Pacific islanders -wherever they live – to confront the many challenges and opportunities that face us.

“And we are doing it in the Pacific Way – through genuine consultation between Governments, civil society groups and the business community.

“It is a historic occasion.  It has never been done this way in our region before. And I have the great honour to welcome you all to Fiji to the inaugural Pacific Islands Development Forum,” he said.

“Until now, Ladies and Gentlemen, sovereign governments have largely determined how the Pacific will respond to its many challenges. The small island territories, dependencies and protectorates haven’t had a direct say. And neither have civil society groups and businesses. The people most affected by government decisions – the grassroots and their representatives – have largely been excluded from the decision-making process.

“Not any longer. The PIDF recognises that Governments don’t have all the answers. We cannot merely prescribe solutions to the challenges we face in keeping the Pacific Green and Blue,” Commodore Bainimarama explained.

“We need to listen more to our people and the common sense towards problem-solving that comes with grassroots participation. We need to listen more to our business communities, whose investment generates the jobs we need to raise living standards and improve the lives of our people.

“So for the first time, we are bringing all these stakeholders together to discuss common solutions to our common problems in a practical and holistic way. And we will take those ideas and contribute them to the global debate in other Forums – including the United Nations -, the Pacific speaking with one voice based on the consensus we reach here.

“These are practical solutions to the most pressing of problems, to secure the Pacific’s future as Green and Blue.

“So our vision, Ladies and Gentlemen – is for sovereign governments, territories and dependencies, civil society groups and the business community, forming a grand coalition to protect our environment. To make sure that development is sustainable. To make sure that the common good comes before sectional interests, that we leave the Pacific to our children and grandchildren in a better state than when we inherited it.

“The other Small Island Developing States around the world share many of the same challenges we do. We can also cooperate with them to address these challenges. That is why it is even more important for the Pacific island countries to speak with one voice,” he said.

He expressed disappointments that some Pacific Islands Governments chose not to attend the Forum and view it as a political Forum.

“It is unfortunate that certain Pacific countries are not here with us. They have chosen to regard this Forum as a political event rather than grasp its true purpose – which is to address the very real threat that our people face and could be catastrophic if we don’t act in a collaborative and unselfish manner.  As leaders, we must always put our people first.

“We are one ocean, one people, seeking common solutions.

“And so today we join hands with each other and with our development partners from outside the region to strive for a Green-Blue Pacific economy,” Commodore Bainimarama reiterated.

He said the PIDF must be tailored to suit the needs and aspiration of the people.

“Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, our time is running out. Too often, these gatherings end in fancy words and formal declarations that don’t necessarily translate into action.

“Therefore this Forum must deliver outcomes that are achievable, affordable and tailored to our specific needs.

“Now with the PIDF, we bring together a grand alliance of sovereign nations, territories and dependencies with the political will to implement change, civil society groups with the passion to drive change, and businesses that are job creators for our people.

“This is a winning combination. I wish you well in your deliberations on behalf of every Pacific Islander who looks forward to a better future,” Commodore Bainimarama said.

The three day Pacific Islands Development Forum will end on Wednesday with the theme “Leadership Innovation & Partnership for Green/Blue Pacific Economies”

SOURCE: PACNEWS

 16) Pacific on historic journey: Gusmao

By Online Editor
6:30 pm GMT+12, 05/08/2013, Fiji

The Prime Minister of Timor Leste, Xanana Gusmao says the establishment of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) marks the begin of historic journey for the Pacific.

Speaking at the opening of the inaugural PIDF meeting in Nadi, Fiji, Gusmao told delegates the voices of the Pacific will not be heard if a country is speaking alone.

“Our countries are subjected to increasingly unexpected, even random threats, requiring greater adaptation capacity and a joint response, through dialogue, tolerance and mutual understanding between nations, with an imperative to respect the specific needs of each country and their peoples.

“The imminent global challenges in this century are increasingly diverse with the Pacific Islands being particularly vulnerable, as we all know, to climate change as well as to challenges resulting from security in the areas of energy, food and humanity’s most precious resource: water.

“The economic region of the Pacific Islands has great potential to overcome the difficult obstacles to which it is exposed if every country works together under an integrated plan, with new synergies and strategic partnerships.

I think that by now we all know that our voices will not be heard if we are speaking alone,” Gusmao told delegates.

He said the threat brought about by the effects of climate change in the region requires regional support.

“It is not with isolated efforts that we will be able to overcome the fact that Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu faces from the permanent and irreversible threat of drowning into the vastness of the ocean.  The developed countries, which are the ones that contribute the most to climate change, must by moral obligation think of a plan of financial compensation to enable these countries to safeguard the dignity of their States and their peoples.

“And it was the developed economies that caused the great global financial crisis which does not give us much hope that the post-2015 Development Agenda will be achievable in the medium term. And these highly developed countries allowed, in their own nations, very serious social and economic problems being created throwing millions into unemployment and making them fearful for their future, as can be seen, for example, throughout Europe.

“We need to change the global macroeconomic policy model that is too rigid and of little use, and that only benefits the wealthy countries to the detriment of the poor.

“In this topsy-turvy world, global priorities are still muddled. International policies should focus on human beings as an end – rather than as a mean to achieve less dignified goals,”  Gusmao said.

He said Timor-Leste, as well as in the Pacific Islands can find a combination of the best that nature has to offer.

“We share the same conviction that the Timorese, and all peoples of the Pacific, will know how to take advantage in a peculiar way of their precarious resources transforming them into major achievements. And because of this, we can achieve our dreams of building sustainable industries for selling our products in local and international markets.

“We have tropical forests, stunning mountains and idyllic beaches.  We have in the depths of our seas our wealth of corals and other maritime fauna, with incredible biodiversity.

“Our tourism will have to be developed alongside other sectors, such as agriculture, rural and infrastructure development, under an integrated plan that will contribute to the sustainable development of the population, he said.

“In the near future we will be investing in better mechanisms of disaster risk management through acquiring early warning systems that will enable us to anticipate threats in order to be better prepared to respond.  In addition to this, we know that preparation for natural disasters demands a great effort to mitigate our vulnerabilities.

“The challenge is enormous: the poverty of our peoples instils in our minds an urgent need for growth. However, we are aware that this growth cannot be achieved by compromising the means future generations,” he explained.

Gusmao said Pacific countries need to ensure ownership over the development process more than development for all.

He said it is time to talk about development by all.

“Pacific Islands have special importance in terms of the “green and blue economy”, since they own the world’s largest ocean.

“This entails enormous economic and commercial potential, but also great responsibility, since protecting the oceans is vital for the well-being of the peoples of the Pacific and for all of humanity.

“I believe that the large ocean Island States should receive international recognition and greater support, both for protecting this world heritage and for overcoming the specific challenges they face and their vulnerabilities,” he said .

“If today the role of the forest is well known and advocated in the international arena, then the same must be true of the oceans, particularly the Pacific Ocean, which is a living deposit of biodiversity and a lung for our planet.  It is important that the Pacific Ocean benefits from a strengthened protection mechanism and from an awareness-raising strategy that changes the global agenda in an effective and substantial manner.

“The defence of a “green economy” will always be limited if we focus entirely on land and forget the greater area that are the oceans.

“The countries in our region are in the frontline to lead this debate, both due to necessity and strategy. This debate must be coordinated and integrated, so that we may have strategic cooperation to ensure better living conditions for our peoples. After all, they are the curators of this enormous heritage of humanity.

“Alone we are a drop in the ocean, together we have the power to set a sustainable future for our natural resources, our economies and our peoples, he explained.

SOURCE: PACNEWS

WORLD:

17) http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-08-05/indian-government-urged-to-improve-conditions-for-abandoned-women-in-city-of-widows/1171198

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HEALTH:

18) Eye team treats more than 400 Marshall Islanders

Posted at 17:19 on 04 August, 2013 UTC

Over 400 Marshall Islanders have benefited as a result of a visiting American eye team that spent two weeks in the country’s main hospital.

The 14-member team was led by Jacque Spence, a co-founder of the California-based Canvasback organisation, which sends surgical teams throughout Micronesia.

This time a specialist Optomology Team made the trip and hundreds of people, some blind in one or both eyes, lined up for treatment at Majuro Hospital.

Jacque Spence says they did at least 200 surgeries, including retinal surgery, and the first corneal transplants to happen in Majuro in 40 years.

“And they had to be led into the clinic they were totally blind and then it was exciting the next day for them to be able to walk and see, it was just so neat to see those who all of a sudden just coming in with a bounce and step.”

Jacque Spence says there were several cases of advanced cataract issues that had gone untreated for many years due to a lack of specialists and money.

Radio New Zealand International

19) Guam Faces Shortage Of Psychiatric Medications
Behavioral Health Center has difficulty finding drugs to procure

By Mar-Vic Cagurangan

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, August 5, 2013) – The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center is experiencing difficulty in meeting its goal to maintain a three-month supply of scheduled drugs due to a continuing nationwide shortage of such medications.

In a status report submitted to the federal court, Behavioral Health Center Director Rey Vega said the department’s suppliers don’t have certain scheduled drugs in stock.

“The center has been closely monitoring the drugs inventory level,” Vega reported to court.

“Our psychiatrists are advised and given a list of our drug inventory count weekly in an effort to provide them options when prescribing medications. There are alternative plans in place on those very difficult to procure,” he added.

The list of drugs short in supply was not available at press time.

The United States continues to experience drug shortages, which reached an all-time high in 2011. It has caused frustration and reluctant prescription switches among physicians, and prompted investigations by Congress.

National media reports said the medical industry is facing shortage of medications for ADHD, psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, and addiction.

Despite the drug shortage, Vega noted the “incremental progress made in many areas” identified by clinical consultants who inspected the center last month to follow up on the key findings from the March visit.

Dr. Dave Wanser and Deb Kupfer conducted their second visit to the center from July 22 to 26.

“It is evident that the staff has become more proactive in addressing needed changes,” the status report said. “In particular, work toward increasing the focus on community-based and consumer-oriented treatment teams appears to produce better outcomes and improved access for clients.”

Marianas Variety Guam: www.mvguam.com

EDUCATION:

20) Students protest against Govt’s deals

By Paeope Ovasuru

Papua New Guinea is not a dumping ground and the country’s sovereignty, integrity and political stance must be respected at all times.
Peter Numu, the Student Representative Council (SRC) president of the country’s premier university, the University of Papua New Guinea, made this statement when he led the students in a protest demonstration last Friday.
The students gathered at the institution’s Forum Square and marched around the campus to show their frustration and disagreement on issues. Among their grievances is the recently signed regional resettlement agreement by the PNG and Australian governments.
Mr Numu said they were marching in protest because the Government had not responded to their petition they presented on July 19. “We gave the Government 14 days to respond to our petition; our 14 day ultimatum lapsed yesterday (last Thursday). We want answers and we are speaking for the silent majority of this nation,” he stated.
The petition presented to the Government called for the repealing of amendments to section 124 and 145 of the Constitution, removal of the death penalty and to bring back the Sorcery Act.
“The passing of laws in a short period of time is not good for a democracy like ours. The Government should have sought the opinion of the wider community before passing these laws,” he added.
Mr Numu highlighted that the amendments to section 124 and 145 of the Constitution was not good as it is the core provision of parliament. “It allows for checks and balances in the system,” he said.
Section 124 and 145 of the Constitution relates to the calling of parliament and the motion of the vote of no confidence.
The proposed amendment to section 124 is to make it clear the number of days Parliament can sit and section 145 is to increase the number of days required – from seven days to one month – for a notice of no confidence to be given.
On the death penalty, he said it was not relevant to PNG and should be done away with while the Sorcery Act should be brought because it was a part of our life. “Sorcery has been part of our life since time immemorial and to remove it will only bring more law and order problems,” he added.
He stated that without responding to their petition and the community’s grievances on the passing of the laws, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill went ahead and signed the asylum deal without consulting the people and the Parliament. “The asylum deal is not good for the people of this country. We are not against Kevin Rudd or Peter O’Neill but we are not happy with the decision itself. PNG is not a dumping ground and our sovereignty as an independent nation should be respected at all times,” he said.
After the protest march, the students went back to the forum square to await senior ministers of the government to meet with them. http://www.postcourier.com.pg/

21) Concerns raised over university programs

By NELLIE SETEPANO

MANY course programs taught in the country’s four universities are questionable.
Questionable in the sense as to whether they are compatible or designed for current time.
This was a concern raised by the Minister for Higher Education, Research Science and Technology David Arore.
During a separate event last week, Mr Arore said quality assessments or audits were currently underway in universities with a focus to improve.
He pointed out that some of these courses were not compatible to current time and students go in search of these programs ending up in universities abroad.
The Office of Higher Education also released a statement announcing the external quality assessments of the state universities. The assessment gives effect to the Namaliu-Garnaut Report on the PNG university system.
The assessments will look into all aspects of the universities including course programs.
The quality assessments are undertaken by an independent panel of local and international experts.
The University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) asked to be the first university to be assessed and ran its own self-assessment to kick off the process.
The UNRE panel visited Vudal campus in East New Britain last week and met with one time prime minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu and heard his views first-hand.
Chair of the Panel, Professor Paul Gadek from James Cook University, said that the panel was honoured and privileged to have had the opportunity to meet Sir Rabbie and to advise him that the report’s findings were being acted upon.
The quality assessments are coordinated by the Office of Higher Education, which will monitor the implementation of the panel’s recommendations by each university.
Also on the panel is Director General of OHE Professor David Kavanamur. He said: “The external assessments will help to enhance the quality of the universities. They provide a focused roadmap for each university and there will be assistance to implement changes. We expect these types of assessments, focused on improvement, to become a regular event.’’
The panel’s site visit to UNRE was held between July 25 and 30. The other three State universities will complete their quality assessments this year and early 2014. http://www.postcourier.com.pg/

BUSINESS/TRADE+:

22) New report provides roadmap to transform Pacific tuna fisheries

By Online Editor
6:44 pm GMT+12, 05/08/2013, Fiji

A new report, launched today by Greenpeace Australia Pacific, provides a blueprint for how Pacific Island governments and regional bodies can promote a more sustainable and locally owned and operated tuna fishery in the region.

The report – titled Transforming Tuna Fisheries in Pacific Island Countries: An Alternative Model of Development – makes detailed recommendations for how to develop smaller-scale and locally owned fisheries that will maximise economic returns, create local jobs and better protect countries’ precious tuna reserves for the long term.

Oceans campaigner Duncan Williams says Greenpeace is advocating support for sustainable and equitable tuna fisheries to prevent a tuna crisis in the Pacific – the biggest tuna fishery in the world.

“In Australia and the UK all major tuna brands and retailers are now committed to buying only responsibly sourced tuna. Pacific Island countries can put themselves in the driver’s seat and reap the benefits of this shift.”

Lead author of the report, Dr Kate Barclay from Sydney’s University of Technology (UTS) says, “While the Western and Central Pacific Ocean supplies over 60 per cent of all tuna consumed globally, profits made out of this resource are not reaching the small island economies from where the tuna is sourced.

“A shift away from the large-scale industrial model of fishing, towards smaller-scale vessels operated in coastal island countries by communities and local entrepreneurs should result in greater economic benefits for Pacific countries, and place management of the resources more effectively within their control.”

Most tuna fishing in the Pacific is done by foreign vessels which pay access fees to island countries, usually only 5-6 percent of the landed value of the fish.

Greenpeace’s Duncan Williams says, “This report shows how governments and regional organisations can encourage the development of small and medium scale fishing entities, particularly artisanal fisheries.

“Emerging market opportunities for socially responsible and environmentally sustainable seafood offer a new route to develop domestic tuna fisheries in the Pacific,” said Mr Williams.

The report was compiled over a period of two years and is a collaborative effort between academic experts, tuna fisheries practitioners and Greenpeace.

Key recommendations focus on:
•    Better managing the tuna fishery – eg exclude large-scale and destructive foreign-owned vessels from national waters or parts thereof.

•    Boosting Pacific Islander involvement and investment – eg address unfavourable cost structures for domestic fisheries through taxation reform and introduce higher access costs for distant water vessels.

•    Promoting artisanal fisheries – eg reserve inshore and archipelagic areas for sustainable artisanal fisheries only.

•    Raising awareness of sustainable and responsible tuna fisheries to build and sustain market demand for pole and line, handline and artisanal tuna fisheries.

SOURCE: GREENPEACE

23) Fonterra boss: We are deeply sorry

By Online Editor
6:27 pm GMT+12, 05/08/2013, New Zealand

Chief Executive Theo Spierings says the dairy giant “deeply apologises” for the food safety scare, but stressed that there have been no reports of illness.

Fonterra is at the centre of an international storm since announcing that a single raw ingredient – a concentrated whey product – could contain bacteria linked to botulism.

Spierings told a media conference in China today that Fonterra had three priorities of: public health and food safety, working quickly with customers and regulators to resolve the issue, and working with customers and regulators to take corrective actions.

He said Fonterra’s commitment to China was “very high” and it was an important market for the company.

Botulism fears were raised on Saturday after Fonterra made public a “potential quality issue” in whey concentrate from a plant in Hautapu, Waikato.

Spierings said he was informed of the situation on July 31. He then informed eight customers and the New Zealand Government.

He said the chance of infection was “very low” and that there have been no reports of anyone becoming ill, and that no consumer complaints have been received.

Spierings said Fonterra would “learn from this” and an immediate step would be to increase testing on everything that leaves New Zealand.

His comments came swiftly after Prime Minister John Key said he was confident New Zealand can regroup from the food safety scare.

PM Key said the Government takes health issues “very seriously” and there are gap issues with information Fonterra is providing.

“Knowing how damaging this is to the economy depends on how long it takes to get perfect information out there,” he said.

But the Prime Minister said China will take comfort in the fact that New Zealand has good systems.

Trade Minister Tim Groser said he would get on a plane tomorrow if the advice was that would help the situation, but he said this should not be seen as a political matter.

Meanwhile, the Ministry for Primary Industries has warned that new information about the issue may lead to further advice or recalls.

Acting Director General Scott Gallacher says Fonterra gave the Ministry and formula producer Nutricia new information this morning which may lead to further advice to the public later today or tomorrow.

Gallacher says they have visited the plant to make sure the line is no longer in use but reiterate that there are currently no concerns over supply of formula to Kiwi consumers.

Nutricia has recalled all stage one and two formula as a precaution.

The products are Nutricia Karicare Infant Formula Stage 1 for babies from birth and Nutricia Karicare Stage 2 Follow-on formula for children from six months old.

Contamination at the plant in Hautapu had been traced to a pipe and three batches of whey, which were turned into 900 tonnes of varied food products sold by eight companies in seven countries.

The product was manufactured in May 2012, and the first signs of a problem emerged during testing in March this year. However, Fonterra discovered the scale of the potential problem only on Wednesday and the Government was told of it on Friday afternoon.

SOURCE: TVNZ/PACNEWS

24) Sustainably caught tuna possible boon for local Pacific fishery

Posted at 01:44 on 05 August, 2013 UTC

A new study says international consumer support for sustainably caught tuna could support Pacific nations moving towards a more locally owned and operated fishery.

The report is a collaborative effort between academic experts, tuna fisheries practitioners and Greenpeace.

The lead author of the report, Dr Kate Barclay from Sydney’s University of Technology, believes it’s time to move away from solely relying on large-scale foreign fishing of the tuna resource.

“At the moment with demand for ethically scourced tuna seemingly commercially significant in some of the big markets around the world at the moment, there seems to be more opportunity for that and the price has also been good enough to make it less difficult to get into fishing and make a profit out of it than it has been perhaps ten of fifteen years ago.”

Dr Kate Barclay says previous less successful operations have generally been run by governments and she says lessons have to be learnt from the past

Radio New Zealand International

LAW&ORDER:

25) Mobile police deployed to shooting region in Papua

Posted at 03:29 on 05 August, 2013 UTC

A platoon of the Indonesian Police Mobile Brigade, or Brimob, has been deployed to Mulia, in Papua province’s Puncak Jaya regency, in response to a fatal shooting last week.

The newspaper, Kompas, reports that the Brimob platoon has been sent to pursue the gunmen who reportedly shot at an ambulance last week, killing one person and injuring several others including medical officers.

It is the same area where reports from rights activists and church groups in May claimed that up to forty Papuans had been executed in a mass killing by Indonesian security forces.

The stories were dismissed by Indonesian authorities but a reported increase in the security forces deployment in the area is being linked to casualties.

Radio New Zealand International

26) Guns, drugs cross border

By ROMULUS MASIU in Buin

GUNS trade across the PNG-Solomon Islands border through Bougainville is rife and needs to be addressed quickly by relevant authorities.
Executive Manager for Buin District John Itanu highlighted this on Friday at the launching and commissioning of two buildings for the Border Development Authority in Buin. The two houses with office spaces will be used by officers from BDA and Customs to oversee the proposed Kangu Border Post. “Weapons and drug smuggling across the PNG-Solomon Islands border through Bougainville is an everyday activity and needs to be addressed as soon as possible,” Mr Itanu said.
He added that for the last two years it had been noted that more guns were being moved in and out of Bougainville through the PNG-Solomon Islands borderline, urging authorities concerned to step in quickly and address the ongoing issues.
Mr Itanu told BDA executive chairman Fred Konga, Customs Commissioner Ray Paul, Bougainville Regional Member Joe Lera, and Bougainville Affairs Minister Steven Kamma Pirika and other leaders in the presence of the people of Buin that it is high time the BDA project is fast tracked and implemented to address such issues occurring along the border. “Fast track infrastructural developments for the border post to collectively address the issues of guns, drugs and people moving across the border. Agencies must come and help out to monitor the border,” Mr Itanu said. He said the projects in Buin had been shelved for a long time with money diverted to other places to do other projects pinpointing the BDA project as one of these projects where K10 million earmarked for the Kangu Border Post has been diverted to build the Wutung Border Post in West Sepik Province.
Other projects in Buin that have been shelved and funding diverted to other projects in other areas include the renovation of Buin Secondary School, Buin Health Centre and Buin Vocational School.
Mr Itanu challenged and urged leaders to seriously look at Buin as one of the economic centers through its PNG-Solomon Islands border status and start funding vital projects such as road, infrastructural developments. He called on BDA to also assist in developing the Buin-Kieta section of the highway as it will greatly benefit the Kangu Border Post development. http://www.postcourier.com.pg/

27) Solomons Academic Questions Continuity After RAMSI Leaves
Intervention created institutions government can’t afford: Kabutaulaka

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Aug. 4, 2013) – A Solomon Islands academic says as the Regional Assistance Mission to the country is scaled down it will be important to ask whether the intervention has created institutions that the government cannot afford.

Last month marked a decade of RAMSI, which was deployed originally to end an ethnic conflict that killed 200 people and displaced tens of thousands of others.

Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka of the Centre for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaii, says while RAMSI has been very successful in some areas, it may also have created dependency.

He says the police force may be one example of that and so it is important to ask what kind of policing Solomon Islands needs.

“Is appropriate for Solomon Islands and can be afforded by Solomon Islands? So, our police force does not need to necessarily have to resemble and function in the same way as the federal police force functions. But we could look at other ways of policing.”

Tarcisius Tara says there have been discussions about community policing but he is not sure how far they have been explored.

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

28) Malaita Premier Apologies For Solomons Ethnic Tension
Governor General also tells Guadalcanal premier “I apologize”

By Charley Piringi

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, August 2, 2013) – Malaita premier Edwin Suibaea on Thursday apologised to the people of Guadalcanal over what had happened during the “ethnic tension” period.

“I would like to say sorry for the dark days we’ve been through during the tension,” Mr Suibaea said.

He made the apology when speaking at Guadalcanal’s second appointed day celebrations at Doma, west Guadalcanal.

Mr Suibaea was the only provincial premier Guadalcanal invited to be part of their provincial day.

Governor General Sir Frank Kabui, also a Malaitan, used the occasion to apologise to the people of Guadalcanal.

“I would like to apologise for any wrongs done to your province and the people of Guadalcanal by the people of Malaita and other provinces over the years which resulted in the conflict we had in 1998 to 2000,” Sir Frank said.

“Those of us from other Provinces are well aware of the contribution made by your Province to the economy of our country,” he added.

“I am aware of the social and other problems that are created and do exist because of the location of Honiara in your Province.

“These problems are created because of the location of Honiara in your Province.

“Law and order, land problems, social problems, cultural problems and so forth.

“There are negative problems connected with Honiara due to its location here.

“I do recognise this fact and do feel for you but I cannot solve them.

“I can only say that out of this seemingly dark cloud hanging over Guadalcanal and its people as you may say, there is much light coming through.

“In fact, there is no dark cloud. There is much hope and your future is bright. This is the positive side.”

An exchange of traditional money and goods took place between Mr Suibaea and Guadalcanal provincial speaker Abel Arabola.

Mr Arabola told Mr Suibaea the presentation of these goods is the beginning of a long journey towards reconciliation between the two provinces.

Leaders of Guadalcanal and Malaita have been talking about a major reconciliation between their provinces but this has yet to happen.

Solomon Star

29) PNG Task Force Says Billions Lost To Corruption
Funds earmarked for development projects disappear

By Alexander Rheeney

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Aug. 2, 2013) – About K1.4 billion [US$600 million] in public money earmarked for development projects this year will be lost to corruption, says the Investigation Task Force Sweep.

Sam Koim, the chair of the Government’s anti-corruption unit, took out four full-page advertisements in the Post-Courier today to give the public an update on the scale of corruption within the government machinery, his unit’s current investigations, prosecution and how the judiciary was handling the cases.

While acknowledging that it would be difficult to quantify the impact of corruption in Papua New Guinea, the ITFS said it believes K3.1 billion [US$1.3 billion] was lost to fraud and corruption from the K12.67 billion [US$5.4 billion] which the Government appropriated for its development budgets between 2009 and 2012. The K3.1 billion represents 24.5 per cent of development funds, and if one is to use that trend to calculate how much from K5.8 billion [US$2.5 billion] (which was allocated for development projects this year) would be siphoned, the ITFS estimates that at least K1.4 billion would be lost.

Putting the country’s 2007 to 2012 national budgets under the radar, the unit said K19 billion [US$8.2 billion] was allocated to development projects during that period but Papua New Guineans had yet to see the projects.

This compelled the ITFS to conclude that about K7.6 billion [US$3.3 billion] was lost to corruption and mismanagement. “The national budget records a staggering K19 billon in development projects (includes additional priority spending in 2007 and 2008) over the period of six years. That is so much money and would have translated into high impact projects around the country. How many of those high impact projects can we see now? Proceeding on the basis of our estimation, at least K7.6 billion was lost through corruption and mismanagement over the last 6 years since 2007,” the unit stated in its report.

The performance of the bureaucracy also came under scrutiny with the ITFS slamming civil servants for the lack of service delivery despite K27.2 billion [US$11.7 billion] allocated to the recurrent budgets between 2007 and 2012. “Has the public service improved in the delivery of goods and services to our people? We believe that most of these funds were leaked through the various holes burrowed by corruption while some of it was claimed by the wastage pits that exist within the public service.”

[PIR editor’s note: The National reports that Treasure Don Polye also said that “Millions of kina are disappearing into thin air to pay a large number of ‘ghost employees’ in the provinces.”]

Under prosecution, the unit published a table of cases that passed the committal stage and were now before the National Court for trial. The list included current politicians Paul Tiensten (Pomio), Mark Maipakai (Kikori) and Francis Potape (Komo-Magarima).

The unit has so far made 59 arrests with 27 committed to stand trial and 16 cases currently at the committal stage.

PNG Post-Courier: http://www.postcourier.com.pg/

30) Fijian soldiers impress UN

Fijian troops have quickly adapted in Golan Heights, Syria and their discipline and commitment has impressed the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
UN department of peacekeeping operations spokesman Kieran Dwyer told FijiLive the 501 soldiers have all arrived safely into Syria and the Mission is close to its full mandated number of troops, which is 1250.
“The Mission and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations is very pleased with the way that the Fijian troops have quickly adapted to this challenging environment and is getting on with this important job,” Dwyer said.
“The Fijian troops are engaged in the Mission’s work on monitoring the ceasefire between Syria and Israel, which has been a critical element in regional peace since 1974,” he said.
“Due to the security situation in the area of operations in the context of the internal conflict in Syria, the Mission has adjusted the way it fulfills its monitoring tasks. This means that Fijian troops are monitoring both parties to the ceasefire mostly from static monitoring positions.”
“The Mission reports any allegations of breaches of the ceasefire, and liaises between the parties when necessary, in particular to lower tensions and prevent any potential flare-ups.”
The last batch of Fijian soldiers left the country last Sunday.

SOURCE: FIJI LIVE/PACNEWS

REFUGEE:

31) Not too late for PM to worm out of refugee deal, says PNG opposition MP

Posted at 01:44 on 05 August, 2013 UTC

A senior Papua New Guinea opposition MP says it’s not too late for the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to review the refugee resettlement agreement he signed with Australia.

Under the agreement, all boat people arriving in Australia who are subsequently found to be refugees will be resettled in PNG.

Dr Allan Marat says Mr O’Neill failed to consult parliament about this agreement, which he says opens PNG up to a wide range of problems, should hundreds of refugees from foreign cultures settle in the country.

Dr Marat, who is a former Attorney General, says in his view the agreement lacks legitimacy.

“Even the Grand Chief, Sir Michael Somare, who is in government, he is openly opposed to it. I don’t think it’s too late for Peter O’Neill to worm himself out of it. I keep referring to it as his agreement – it’s not an agreement for Papua New Guinea… because parliament never debated it.”

Dr Allan Marat

Radio New Zealand International

32) PNG Opposition Resurrects Court Challenge To Detention Center
First effort challenging asylum seeker policy thrown out of court

By Todagia Kelola

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Aug. 2, 2013) – Opposition Leader Belden Namah has resurrected his court challenge on the Government’s decision on Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island.

The Opposition’s court challenge was filed yesterday as the first group of asylum seekers numbering 40 arrived on the island with the new resettlement policy agreed between Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Australia’s Kevin Rudd coming in to play.

The new policy denies asylum seeker boat arrivals entry to Australia and they are sent to Manus Island for processing and potential resettlement here in the country.

The Opposition’s first constitutional challenge was thrown out on technicalities in that it did not use the correct mode to apply for a Constitutional Reference.

The Constitutional Reference is basically asking the court to rule that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries is unconstitutional and should be scraped.

In the application that was filed yesterday, the Opposition leader is requesting the Court to declare that the proper interpretation or application of Section 42 of the Constitution is that transferees brought to Papua New Guinea by Australian Government and detained at the relocation centre on Manus Island is contrary to the constitutional rights of the transferees to personal liberty guaranteed by Section 42 of the Constitution; and that Section 42(i)(g) of the Constitution does not apply to transferees under the MoU.

Lawyer for Namah and a very senior Constitutional Lawyer Loani Henao told Post-Courier that this was the same application that they had tried to prosecute earlier.

He said: “We will be arguing that all persons coming into the country are guaranteed their personal liberty except in the case where they come to the country without a visa or proper work permit,”

When asked about the new resettlement policy, Mr Henao said he will have to seek instructions from his client but if the need arises than there may be some amendment to the application. The matter will go to court on Monday for directional hearing.

PNG Post-Courier: http://www.postcourier.com.pg/

33) Refugee Advocates Concerned About Australian Deal With Nauru
Safety of asylum seekers in doubt as hostility against them rises

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, August 4, 2013) – Refugee advocates are concerned for the safety of asylum seekers in Nauru after large-scale riots at the island’s detention centre late last month.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed a deal with Nauru’s president that will see asylum seekers who arrive by boat in Australia sent to Nauru to have their claims processed and possibly resettle there.

The deal, which is similar to the one struck recently with Papua New Guinea, comes just a fortnight after asylum seekers being held on Nauru rioted, causing $60 million in damage to the facilities.

The latest announcement is part of the Federal Government’s plan to ensure no asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will be resettled in Australia.

But refugee advocates say they are worried about hostility towards asylum seekers on Nauru.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre spokeswoman Pamela Curr says she has received reports about the local people’s negative stance on asylum seekers who are currently on Nauru in the wake of the destructive riots.

“There is a tremendous antipathy toward the asylum seekers, such that they will never be allowed out to roam freely on the island,” she said.

“There’s a kind of lynch mob mentality amongst the Nauruans towards asylum seekers.

“Our politicians keep saying ‘it’s not a detention centre, they will have freedom of movement’. That is rubbish.

“They couldn’t let the asylum seekers out in Nauru for their own safety.”

Resettlement in Nauru a joke, refugee advocate says

Other refugee advocates have labelled the Federal Government’s asylum seeker deal with Nauru as cruel and absurd.

Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul says Nauru is already struggling with high unemployment and will not cope with an influx of refugees.

“Nauru is not capable of providing any form of sensible resettlement,” he said.

“You know, 40-odd per cent [of people] are unemployed, [it has] a housing crisis of its own, the money that the government is meant to use for the welfare of the Nauruan people is running out.

“The idea that Nauru could resettle refugees is just beyond a joke.

“Nauruan politicians don’t stay on Nauru mostly, they find themselves houses in Australia and that’s exactly what should happen with refugees, they should be brought to Australia.”

Human rights lawyer and friend of Mr Rudd, Father Frank Brennan, has accused Labor of engaging in a “race to the bottom” on asylum seekers.

Father Brennan says the deal is clearly designed to appease voters in western Sydney ahead of the election.

“There’ll be no children sent to Nauru under this scheme before an election, so obviously it’s designed for consumption in western Sydney and not in the streets of Indonesia, where people are waiting to get on boats,” he told ABC News 24.

Greens leader rubbishes resettlement plan

Greens leader Christine Milne says the Government is simply bribing its poorest neighbours.

“Out of sight, out of mind. Outsource the cruelty we want to impose on people and put it on you,” she said.

“Is he (Mr Rudd) expecting a country like Nauru to be able to resettle families when they don’t produce their own food, when there are virtually no jobs for people to go to when the education services are minimal.

“Realistically this will fall in a heap the minute you have a look at the logistics.”

The Government will provide financial support to Nauru as part of the arrangement.

The Federal Government says there may be more resettlement deals with regional neighbours.

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

CLIMATE CHANGE/CONSERVATION AND ENVIROMENT:

34) US Pacific Islands oppose endangered coral species list

Updated 5 August 2013, 11:26 AEST

The US Pacific Islands are concerned a mainland US environmental group’s proposed list of endangered coral species can impact the islands’ ability to manage its resources.

The US Pacific Islands are concerned a mainland US environmental group’s proposed list of endangered coral species can impact the islands’ ability to manage its resources.

The Center for Biological Diversity has proposed a list of 66 reef building corals under the Endangered Species Act.

Dr Takiora Ingram, the Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Partnership secretariat, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat 59 of the coral species listed under the act are found in the Pacific and that involves management issues.

“There’s a big issue there about how this is going to be done, who’s going to be responsible for managing this,” Dr Ingram said.

Audio: Dr Takiora Ingram speaks to Pacific Beat (ABC News)

“What kind of enforcements are going to be available and where is the money going to come from to advance all of these big management issues.”

Dr Ingram says an alternative solution to protecting the corals should instead be sought after given climate change affecting the environment.

“The real issues are global warming, climate change and their impact… these are the greatest threats to corals,” Dr Ingram said.

“Managing things like poor land use, cause of sedimentation, nutrients and toxin run off into the ocean…We need to be addressing those issues in addition to managing corals more effectively.” http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/

SPORT:

35a) No quorum for FRU SGM

By Matai Akauola
5:01 pm GMT+12, 05/08/2013, Fiji

The Fiji Rugby Union’s Special General Meeting did not eventuate Saturday after officials were unable to form quorum at the Fiji Golf Club in Vatuwaqa in Suva.

Officials needed 40 members of which only 38 turned up for the meet with Suva, Rewa and Northland, being the only unions not represented.

The protest against Namosi on player eligibility and Nadroga’s appeal with regard to point deductions, an independent body will be formed to discuss matters on Monday.

This new body will be neutral to all parties and separate from the FRU games committee.

It was also decided today that the promotion relegation match would be played in Vanua Levu as proposed by Macuata Rugby Union officials.

SOURCE: FBC/PACNEWS

35b) Winging in

By Matai Akauola
5:03 pm GMT+12, 05/08/2013, Fiji

Chiefs winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma has been eyed by Flying Fijians head coach Inoke Male for the end of the year northern hemisphere tour.

Tikoirotuma told Times Sport that he was interested in playing for the national side after helping his Waikato franchise win back-to-back Super Rugby titles.

Chiefs defeated Brumbies 27-22 in the final in Hamilton, New Zealand on Saturday night.

Male confirmed talks with the 27-year-old flyer and his intention to include him in the team for the tour in which Fiji will play Portugal, Italy and the Barbarians.

Tikoirotuma said he was ready to play for his home country and hoped to make the national side for the November tour.

The Ono-i-Lau native’s ultimate dream is to play for Fiji in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

“I’m out for eight to 10 weeks because of the rib injury I sustained in the Super Rugby final so I will miss the early rounds of the ITM Cup competition,” Tikoirotuma said.

“But I will try my best when I get back in action to impress the selectors and stay in contention for the World Cup.”

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/ PACNEWS

35c) Mini Games to provide sporting legacy for Wallis and Futuna

By Matai Akauola
4:56 pm GMT+12, 05/08/2013, Wallis and Futuna

Organisers of the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna say the event will provide a lasting legacy to local sport in the territory.

809 athletes from 20 countries and territories will contest eight different sports when the Games get underway on 02 September.

The Executive Director of the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna, Eddy Filipponi says the investment in new facilities will benefit the territory for years to come.

“The fct that the local sport movement can now evolve with high performance sport facilities can only be beneficial for the entire population. This is a stepping stone to organise in the coming years all the sports or cultural events

“Wallis and Futuna can prove its capacity to receive these kinds of events and it certainly opens the door to future collaboration with the Islands in the area.”

Filipponi said the construction of the venues and other Games infrastructure has also provided a welcome boost to the local economy.

SOURCE: RNZI/ PACNEWS

35d) Focused Tua a ‘dangerous beast’

By Matai Akauola
4:54 pm GMT+12, 05/08/2013, New Zealand

David Tua is one punch away from making the sort of noise that will demand he be given a second shot at sports’ greatest prize – boxing’s heavyweight crown.

That’s the call from the famed boxing commentator Colonel Bob Sheridan as Tua and his opponent for August 31 Alexander Ustinov came face-to-face for the first time today at a press conference in Auckland.

Tua, who took on Lennox Lewis in 2000 for the world title, will battle the odds against the giant Russian who stands eight inches taller than the Tuamanator, is ranked inside the top ten of both the IBF and WBA and has just one career loss from his 29 professional bouts.

In contrast Tua (40) hasn’t fought for two years and hasn’t knocked out an opponent for an incredible 46 rounds stretching back to his destruction job on Shane Cameron in 2009’s Fight of the Century.

Interesting though, the bout at Claudelands Arena will be the first fight in nine years when Tua hasn’t had an elongated court case or multiple personal and financial issues clouding his fight preparation.

Couple that with the expert conditioning work of Lee Parore and the renewed energy that has accompanied the arrival of top Australian trainer Dave Hedgcock into the Team Tua ranks, and you begin to understand the confidence coming from the Swinging Samoan’s corner.

“A fit and focused David Tua is a dangerous beast,” said Sheridan.

“Throw the word ‘urgency’ in there and you can’t help but think that the Tua we see on August 31 will be more like the Tua that has knocked out four world champions than the Tua we saw a couple of years ago.

“David Tua knows that father time is calling. He’s got a few years left in the game but if he wants those years to be spent contending and working his way to another title shot then he has to win this fight.

“And make no mistake about it – if David can win this fight then he will be knocking on the door of a title shot.”

Ustinov (36) is promoted by the Klitschko brothers Vitali and Wladimir who between them hold all of the world’s major heavyweight belts.

“The best thing that can happen for the Klitschko’s is that David Tua beat their guy and they give him a pathway to a title shot. Wlad or Vitali fighting Tua would legitimise what they are doing in Europe because David Tua is an international name and his left hook is known by everyone in boxing.

“If they want to reach a truly global audience – they need David Tua.”

Of course for that scenario to play out, Tua needs to beat Ustinov. And Sheridan – who has called 945 world title fights over a career spanning 45 years – knows what the fight plan should be.

“Everyone will talk about the difference in size. But that’s a non-factor. David is used to being the smaller guy in the ring. He’s always been the smaller fighter in the ring.

“The key to his fight is to get Ustinov to drop his hands and expose himself to David’s left hook. To do that David will need to hit him with some ferocious left hooks to the body.

“Ustinov will try and maul him but David can’t allow him to do that. He needs to be the general in the ring. The only way to do that is by burying a right hand in his gut then hitting him in the jaw with his left in the first round.

“That will set the tone for the war that will follow. But he’s got to get the Russians attention early.

SOURCE: TVNZ/ PACNEWS

35e) Weepu dumped by All Blacks

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Monday, August 05, 2013

AUCKLAND – World Cup hero Piri Weepu has been dumped from the All Blacks for the Rugby Championship as coach Steve Hansen looks to the future.

Uncapped Hurricanes player TJ Perenara’s call up alongside fellow halfbacks Aaron Smith and Tawera Kerr-Barlow left no room for Weepu in the 28-man New Zealand squad named on Sunday ahead of their opening match against the Wallabies in Sydney on August 17.

It could spell the end of a great international career for 71-Test veteran Weepu, who became something of a folk hero in New Zealand as he also took on the goalkicking duties late in their victorious 2011 World Cup campaign.

The other omissions from the squad that swept the recent three-match series against France are loose forwards Victor Vito, making way for Steve Lautua, and Matt Todd, who is replaced by returning skipper Richie McCaw, plus prop Ben Afeaki and outside back Rene Ranger. http://www.fijitimes.com/

35f) England fights back

Aap
Monday, August 05, 2013

MANCHESTER, England – Kevin Pietersen proved he rightly deserves to sit amongst the great batsmen of the modern era with a crucial innings for England that exhibited every ounce of his bravado and class.

The 33-year-old was in grave doubt to even play the Test match, but fought through calf and knee trouble to blast a brilliant 113 that gave England a realistic chance of still closing the Ashes series out at Old Trafford.

Back in 2005, Pietersen’s 158 in the second innings at The Oval virtually secured the Ashes for England.

This series isn’t on the knife’s edge of a fifth Test, but if England can get a draw in Manchester, it’s Pietersen’s maiden century of the series, and at the venue, that will once again be remembered as the clincher.

Pietersen’s 23rd Test ton took him past Geoffrey Boycott and placed him outright second on the all-time list for England, behind current captain Alastair Cook (62) who has 25 centuries.

He needs little more than 1000 runs to overtake Graham Gooch as England’s greatest run-scorer.

Pietersen’s knock on day three secured him the most combined international runs (across all formats) for England.

That slightly misleading record went over Pietersen’s head a little: “wow” was about all he could muster.

But Pietersen made it clear, Ashes cricket, is what he thrives on.

“It’s the big stage. I like performing on a big stage when the team needs me,” said one of cricket’s great spotlight-hunters, who raised both arms in boastful triumph when 100 was up.

“I like to try and stand up to be counted and I think as an English player or an Australian player your career is defined by how you play in Ashes cricket.

“It’s a see ball, hit ball mentality.”

Pietersen came in at 3-64 and looked nervous early — before willing himself back into form.

The turning point came when he was on 11 facing Mitchell Starc and he smashed back-to-back boundaries through mid-wicket.

The second shot had a difficulty rating of 10, as he whipped away a good short ball outside off-stump with a power and precision that lesser batsmen can only dream about.

Pietersen departed with the score 7-280, largely thanks to a 115-run stand with Ian Bell (60).

At stumps England still trailed by 233, but in a match Australia must win to keep the series alive — Pietersen ensured the pressure was back on the tourists to force the issue for a result.

35g) Brumbies vow to go one better

Aap
Monday, August 05, 2013

HAMILTON, New Zealand – Shattered Brumbies have vowed to turn Super Rugby final heartbreak into 2014 title triumph as their stars eye much earlier solace with the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup.

Coach Jake White admitted starkly contrasting bench input by the teams was crucial as the Chiefs rallied from a late 10-point deficit to overrun his Brumbies by 27-22 and retain the Super Rugby crown before delirious home fans in Hamilton on Saturday night.

While the Chiefs again made heavy use of their classy bench — labelled spark plugs by coach Dave Rennie — White did not show similar faith in his reserves despite the rigours of a frantic match and his team’s arduous finals travel schedule back from South Africa.

It was a decision that will haunt the Brumbies after the Chiefs’ replacements made a huge impact, including utility back Robbie Robinson with his spectacular match-winning first-touch try, while the Brumbies made uncharacteristic late errors.

“I thought we needed calm heads and boys who could handle the pressure,” White said.

“I suppose the lesson I learned is that we need to have a stronger bench and make sure that bench understands the pressure.”

White will give players outside the Wallabies squad just a seven-day break before beginning work toward winning the 2014 title and, with great flanker George Smith, lock Peter Kimlin and prop Dan Palmer the only frontline players leaving, the young team should be right in the mix again.

“It starts again from nought,” White said.

“The ride’s not over yet, we’re two years into a four-year campaign so there’s a long way to go.”

For skipper Ben Mowen and 11 of his teammates there is an opportunity to reset their focus much sooner as they join other members of new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie’s extended 39-man national squad in camp in Sydney today.

They will be hoping a decent number of them have staked strong enough claims to Wallabies berths.

35h) Lions are back

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Monday, August 05, 2013

JOHANNESBURG – Golden Lions regained Super Rugby status on Saturday despite losing 23-18 at home to Southern

Kings in the second leg of a promotion play-off.

In a thrilling finish to the two-leg contest, the Johannesburg outfit won on points difference after each

team collected five log points — a seven-point victory last week

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