Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 908

MELANESIA:

1) Solomons Telecom Union Calls For Calm Before Strike
SITWU members cautioned before potential 28-day action

By Jeremy Inifiri

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 12, 2013) – The Solomon Islands Telekom Workers Union Executive (SITWU) has called on all its members to abide by all company job rules during the 28-day-strike notice.

In a memo sent out to all SITWU members, the executive informed all members that the matter will be taken up to the Trade Dispute Panel within the coming days and weeks, therefore until the strike notice lapses, all SITWU members must continue to perform their duties faithfully and in accordance to company regulations.

SITWU Executive also reminded all its members to remain calm and listen out for SITWU memos within the coming days and weeks.

“SITWU wants as much as possible to see this strike notice dealt with in accordance to standard rules and practices, therefore all SITWU staff must abide by rules laid before us.

“We do not want to see people taking advantage of such situation and start engaging in reckless and unacceptable style of behaviour,” the statement by the SITWU executive said.

SITWU President, Noel Nelu also highlighted that within the 28-day-strike notice, the executive will be liaising with its legal counsel and making sure that the matter is dealt with for the good of all employees under the Union.

“We will do everything we can to have this matter resolved,” he said.

Mr Nelu also reaffirmed that at the end of the 28-day-strike notice, all SITWU members will go on strike.

Meanwhile, Our Telekom management have yet to release a statement regarding the matter.

Attempts to talk to the management yesterday were unsuccessful

Solomon Star

2) Vanuatu daily news digest | 13 December 2013

by bobmakin

Lands Minister Regenvanu promised Parliament yesterday thatcustom owners of the land of the Port Vila Municipality will be compensated when the true ownership is established.”We are ready to make compensation for Vila,” he said. He said this was part of the 100 Day Plan which must consider compensation for Port Vila land, although it is not listed amongst the items on the 100 Day List firstly given to the media at the time the new government was sworn in. This list is concerned with negotiations to extend municipal boundaries and formulate anurban master plan. That said, it would seem to be highly desirable to permanently establish custom ownership for every part of the town. However, Minister Regenvanu repeatedly pointed out the continuing need for a determination of ownership. There has been no court or land tribunal case sitting to establish custom ownership. “Until such times as declared land owners are determined, the government cannot pay any Tom, Dick and Harry. The government acknowledges Port Vila land owners have not been compensated. We are waiting for a decision as to who owns Port Vila land.”

The term ‘Mama Graon’ will not longer be used to refer to the Australia assisted project which in future will be the Vanuatu Land Programme. It will be run by the ministries of lands and justice. Regenvanu announced this to MPs in the discussion concerning the land reform legislation.

The Land Management Act was first on the list for debate in Parliament today and MPs learned from Minister Regenvanu how every decision of the Island Court always went to the Supreme Court for appeal. This system was time consuming and expensive and terminated by the Chief Justice. Discussion will continue this morning and can be heard on VBTC and TBV,

The government is seeking donors for a new rig for drilling for water. Lands Minister Regenvanu says a request for such an item under aid and with appropriate support vehicles will cost approximately 60 million vatu. It is urgently needed.

3) Fijian Embassy in Geneva by March

By Online Editor
2:16 pm GMT+12, 13/12/2013, Fiji

Fiji is ready to open its new Embassy in Geneva, Switzerland, in March next year.

This was revealed by Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affiars, Amena Yauvoli.

Yauvoli said the announcement of this new embassy was made earlier last month during the announcement of the 2014 National Budget by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

$2.5 million has been made available for this.

“We are hoping to have the opening done by our Prime Minister in March,” Yauvoli said.

“The officers from foreign affairs are ready and the wait is only for the opening.

“We have already designated a counselor however the ambassador is yet to be appointed by the Prime Minister.”

He said they have received great support from the Swiss government.

SOURCE: FIJI SUN/PACNEWS

4) Forum Secretariat overstep its bounds: Fiji Govt

By Online Editor
09:37 am GMT+12, 13/12/2013, Fiji

Fiji has dismisses the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat’s claim that it has diligently and professionally executed its responsibility in relation to the EPA negations between the Pacific ACP (PACP) and the European Union (EU).

In a statement issued by Fiji’s Attorney General and minister responsible for trade and industry, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji stands by its earlier statement that the Secretariat has failed in its obligation to carry out the decisions of the PACP member states. He said the Forum Secretariat has demonstrated a clear lack of transparency and propriety in the manner in which it organised and conducted the special EPA-related meetings inSolomon Islands this week.

After the EU suspended EPA negotiations due to PNG’s withdrawal, the core group of PACP ministers agreed in Brussels in October that we needed the opportunity, as a united region, to regroup and strategise on contentious and outstanding issues before continuing discussions with the EU.

“The decision for all 14 member states – including PNG – to regroup inFiji before meeting with the EU Trade Commissioner was deliberate and strategic. It was agreed that PACP leaders and ministers needed the opportunity to provide informed political input into the process, with ample time to properly address a number of challenging issues.

“The Secretariat should have focused its efforts on organising this meeting, said Minister Khaiyum.

He said the Secretariat’s circular made no mention of the proposed meeting in Fiji with PNG in attendance.

“Instead, in direct contravention to the ministers’ decision, the Secretariat organised a special meeting between PACP ministers and the EU Trade Commissioner in Solomon Islands with only three days scheduled for preparatory sessions with officials and ministers beforehand.

Contrary to the statement released by the Secretariat to the media, Fiji – a country with one of the biggest stakes in the EPA negotiations – lodged a clear objection to this schedule of meetings in a letter dated the 8th of November to the Tongan Minister for Commerce and Lead PACP Spokesperson, Dr. Viliami Latu, copied to all PACP Ministers and the Secretariat.

In this letter, Fiji stated:

“The proposed schedule of meetings in Solomon Islands makes it extremely difficult to arrive at a consensus based position given the short notice and unavailability of some Pacific ACP States. In addition, in view of the developments in Brussels, ample amount of time is required to address the large number of outstanding and contentious issues.”

As it turned out, Fiji’s fears were confirmed and three PACP countries – including PNG – were not in attendance in Solomon Islands and only seven countries (as confirmed yesterday) were represented at the ministerial level: Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Nauru, Palau and Solomon Islands. The Secretariat’s statement that there were ten ministers present was because three countries (Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu) were represented by both a trade and fisheries minister.

Fiji maintains that the EPA negotiations need input from the highest level and that the PACP’s strength is as a united front.

In contrast, it appears that the Secretariat’s primary interest is concluding the negotiations at any cost, including making concessions that could have negative impacts on the policy space, sovereignty and development of countries in the region.

Khaiyum said Fiji’s objection to this schedule of meetings is also based on the fact that the decision to call them was not the Secretariat’s to make in the first place. The Secretariat should not dictate the nature, scope and agenda of meetings, but should rather seek guidance from PACP states and assist where needed.

The Secretariat is only meant to act as a technical advisory body. In this case, Fiji believes that the Secretariat overstepped its bounds as a technical advisory body and unduly wrested control of the EPA agenda from PACP leaders and ministers.

Promoting and encouraging regional unity has always been at the very centre of Fiji’s position in the EPA negotiations and to be called “un-Pacific” for standing up for the sovereignty and integrity of the PACP is derisory.

Fiji – working side-by-side with its neighbours in the Pacific – will do everything in its power to ensure the best possible future for the region. We will not compromise on our future. We believe that’s truly the Pacific way.

In fact, we acknowledge Tonga’s immediate support after Fiji withdrew from the Joint Trade and Fisheries Ministers meeting on Tuesday.  Furthermore, Tonga questioned the congested agenda proposed by the Secretariat when the region was preparing only for an informal meeting with the Trade Commissioner.

SOURCE: MINFO/PACNEWS

POLYNESIA:

5) France told it can’t ignore French Polynesia’s decolonisation push

Posted at 04:08 on 13 December, 2013 UTC

French Polynesia’s pro-independence party says it is unacceptable for France to ignore the United Nations stance on the territory’s decolonisation.

A further UN General Assembly resolution has asked France to enter a dialogue with the people of French Polynesia to rapidly set up a self-determination process.

Tahiti’s pro-independence leader, Oscar Temaru, says the UN position is a victory for his side.

OSCAR TEMARU: I’d like to say it’s a great victory for us, who have been fighting for the right to self-determination since – my first trip to New York was in 1978 and last May 17th the United Nations has adopted that resolution to replace Tahiti on the list under the oversight of the committee of decolonisation. And from there the Fourth Committee has adopted an order resolution and now it is adopted by the General Assembly, which means the majority of countries throughout the world are asking France to assume its responsibility towards one of its colonies, which is French Polynesia. The attitude of France is well known to us. They’re trying to ignore what has been decided by the United Nations. I think politically it is unacceptable for a country known throughout the world as a country of human rights, a country of freedom. So it is a great victory, but the struggle is not over. We have to educate our people, take time to get together with all our people throughout this big country. Should I remind you that our country Maohi Nui is a big country as big as Europe – 5 million square kilometres – with all the resources we have in this country, the resources are under our sea-bed. That is the main stakehold. We all know that France is looking after those resources also to develop its country, not to develop our own country.

WALTER ZWEIFEL: Now, as recently as two weeks ago, the overseas minister Victorin Lurel was in Tahiti and he gave an address to the Assembly saying that France refuses to subscribe to this decolonisation process. What does that mean for you?

OT: That’s why I told you it’s a great victory. The United Nations is telling France, the administrating power, to assume its responsibility towards our country Maohi Nui.

WZ: By refusing to enter this process, what does it mean? Will it just stall?

OT: Well, you should ask that question to the French state.

Radio New Zealand International

6) Puna announces his new deputy, Teariki Heather

By Online Editor
2:21 pm GMT+12, 13/12/2013, Cook Islands

After six months of wait, the people of Cook Islands will now have a deputy Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Henry Puna announced Wednesday the appointment of Teariki Heather as his new DPM.

Heather replaces Tom Marsters who has taken up the position of Queens Representative in Cook Islands.

PM Puna assured the appointment means that the Cook Islands Party remain united and on track to meet the challenges ahead.

“Consultation to strengthen and solidify the administration of the country is part of our process. That means taking a collective approach and discussing significant developments and such appointments as the DPM with all the members of the team.

“To strengthen the team, the team must have its say – and did have its say, PM Puna told parliament.

He said Heather is a key component of Cook Islands Party’s unified resolve to serve the people of Cook Islands.

“He is a pillar of the community- a person committed to community welfare, and a consistent contributor to public works and national projects on Rarotonga and the Outer Islands.

Heather was formerly minister responsible for infrastructure, planning, the House of Ariki and police.

SOURCE: PACNEWS

TOK PISIN:

7) 19 PNG pipal idai long bikpla san

Updated 13 December 2013, 16:10 AEST
Paulus Kombo

Ol ripot long ol pipol bilong Long Island long Madang Provins bilong Papua New Guinea i bungim ol taim nogut long ol bikpla san na nogat ren i pudaon long longpla taem.

Odio: TPI_pngdrought_20131313

Bihainim ol ripot em ol ofisa bilong Lutheran Sios ibin putim aut long last wik itok 19-pipol ibin idai na moa long 8 thousand pipol igo hangre insait long 15 ol villis long Rai Coast District bilong Madang Province.

Ol ripot itok ino bin igat rain insait long ol despela eria stat yet long mun June tasol bihain ol toktok ikam Acting provincial disaster coordinator bilong Madang, Norman Philemon, offis bilongen ino kisim sampela ripot long desela birua ikam inap nau.

Philemon itok, nau tasol Gavena bilong Madang Jim Kas ikam long provins nau tasol long Port Moresby na makim 30,000.00 bilong halavim ol pipol i bungim birua.http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/

BAHASA:

8) Lagi, Seorang WNI Didakwa di Australia

Diperbaharui 13 December 2013, 16:59 AEST

Seorang warga negara Indonesia (WNI) didakwa di Australia dalam kasus penyelundupan manusia yang berakibat pada tewasnya lima pencari suaka di Christmas Island, Agustus 2013.  Pria berusia 25 tahun yang tak disebutkan namanya, saat itu bertindak mengawaki dan menavigasi perahu yang kemudian mengalami kecelakaan dan tenggelam.

Komandan Operasi Kedaulatan Perbatasan Letjen Angus Campbell, Jumat (13/12/2013) mengatakan, pria WNI tersebut kini ditahan di Pusat Detensi Villawood.

Sebagai kapten kapal, ia dituntut bertanggung jawab atas peristiwa yang mengakibatkan tewasnya lima pencari suaka. Ini bukan yang pertama kalinya awak kapal WNI ditahan di Australia dengan tuduhan penyelundupan manusia.

Menurut Campbell, polisi Australia juga menangkap seorang pria berkebangsaan Iran berusia 28 tahun di Werribee, yaitu daerah pinggiran kota Melbourne. Tuduhannya, pria tersebut terlibat dalam penyelundupan manusia yang membahayakan nyawa orang lain.

Kepolisian menuduh pria tesebut terlibat dalam mengatur berangkatnya perahu pencari suaka yang terbalik dalam perjalanan ke pulau Christmas Island, Maret tahun ini.

Dalam peristiwa tersebut, dua orang tewas. “Setelah terbaliknya perahu, 96 korban ditemukan, tiga orang butuh perawatan medis intensif, dan dua orang tewas,” terang Letjen Campbell.http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/

FRENCH:

9) Nouvelle-Zélande: Xzannjah sacrée meilleure actrice de l’année

Mis à jour 13 December 2013, 19:02 AEST
Caroline Lafargue

Elle a 17 ans, elle est Bougainvillaise, et bourrée de talent. C’est elle qui a incarné Matilda, le rôle principal féminin du film « Mr Pip », tourné à Bougainville, aux côtés de Hugh Laurie, le héros de la série américaine « Dr House ».

Xzannjah (2ème en partant de la gauche), à la première de Mr Pip au Festival de Toronto, en septembre 2012. Elle est entourée de sa mère, et de ses deux co-acteurs, Eka Darville, et Hugh Laurie.
Xzannjah a été couronnée hier pour son tout premier rôle. Jeudi soir, elle a été élue meilleure actrice de l’année en Nouvelle-Zélande. Et elle n’en revient toujours pas :

« Je ne m’attendais pas à gagner le prix. Je m’étais préparée psychologiquement à perdre, je me disais, il faut que tu gardes le sourire, et à ma grande surprise, c’est moi qu’ils ont appelée sur scène. C’était excitant, et très émouvant pour moi. »

Hugh Laurie joue le rôle de M. Watts, un instituteur qui débarque dans un village de Bougainville au début des années 90, et fait découvrir à ses élèves le pouvoir de la littérature et de l’imagination en leur lisant des passages des « Grandes Espérances », le roman culte de Charles Dickens, qui raconte l’histoire de Pip, un orphelin qui devient un gentleman aisé. Derrière la caméra : le Néo-Zélandais Andrew Adamson, auteur entre autres de Shek 1 et 2.  « C’est très important que les Bougainvillais qui réussissent rentrent chez eux, pour aider à la reconstruction », a déclaré récemment le réalisateur de « Mr Pip ».

Mais depuis le tournage, Xzannjah a déménagé à Brisbane avec sa mère, l’unique gynécologue femme de Bougainville. Le film a quelque peu bousculé la vie de la jeune actrice bougainvillaise :

« Ce prix a change ma façon de voir les choses, j’ai envie de continuer à jouer, mais je ne renonce pas à mon rêve de devenir ingénieur en génie pétrolier. Je ne sais plus trop où j’en suis en ce moment. »

La quiétude du village de Matilda, dans « Mr Pip », est brisée par la guerre civile sur Bougainville au tournant des années 90, une guerre civile que très peu de films ont mise en scène.

« Ce film a ouvert les yeux des gens sur ce qui s’est passé à Bougainville, il a fait beaucoup de bien, et il a aussi redonné espoir aux Bougainvillais. Quand nous voterons pour l’indépendance, ce film contribuera à les aider à prendre leur décision. »

Un film hollywoodien avec une grande star de série télé et un réalisateur bankable, qui se consacre à Bougainville, c’est un événement qu’il faut nécessairement faire fructifier, estime Xzannjah :

« Ce film, c’est un événement. Ce n’est pas tous les jours qu’on voit la Mélanésie, la Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, Bougainville, sur grand écran. Ça crée un précédent, qui va ouvrir les portes de l’industrie en Mélanésie, mais particulièrement en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, où il y a plein d’acteurs et d’actrices de talent. J’espère que Mr Pip va encourager le développement de l’industrie du film en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, parce que pour l’instant très peu d’acteurs ont eu, comme moi, la chance de faire un film. »

La Bougainvillaise Xzannjah, premier rôle féminin du film Mr Pip, répondait aux questions de Bethany Keats sur Radio Australie.

WORLD:

10) Nelson Mandela’s remains arrive in boyhood village of Qunu ahead of state funeral

Updated 15 December 2013, 1:17 AEST

The body of Nelson Mandela has arrived at his ancestral home village of Qunu in South Africa’s Eastern Cape ahead of the anti-apartheid leader and former president’s state funeral later today (Australian time).

Mandela’s remains were flown to Mthatha from Pretoria’s Waterkloof air force base after spending three days lying in state.

The coffin carrying the body of South Africa’s first black president was then driven in a hearse from Mthatha airport, 700km south of Johannesburg, with a ceremonial military escort and cheered by crowds lining parts of the road.

Compared to Tuesday’s mass memorial, Sunday’s state funeral at Qunu will be a smaller affair focusing on the family, but dignitaries, including Britain’s Prince Charles and a small group of African and Caribbean leaders, will also attend.

The Qunu event will combine military pomp with traditional burial rituals of Mr Mandela’s Xhosa clan.

South Africa’s retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be conspicuously absent from the funeral for his friend and fellow Nobel peace laureate, his family spokesman said.

The spokesman, Roger Friedman, said the Anglican prelate was not accredited as a member of the clergy for the event, but government officials insisted he was on the guest list.

Mandela had a close friendship with Archbishop Tutu, forged in the struggle against apartheid, so his absence from the global icon’s final farewell raised questions about the outspoken clergyman’s strained relationship with the current South African government and ruling ANC Party.

“The archbishop is not an accredited clergy person for the event and will thus not be attending,” Mr Friedman said, citing a statement made by Archbishop Tutu’s daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu.

But foreign ministry spokesman Clayson Monyela said: “Desmond Tutu is definitely on the guest list”.

“I suspect the issue here is whether he would have provided any official duties as a clergy person … he may have taken a decision not to attend the funeral.”

Since the end of apartheid in 1994, Archbishop Tutu, 82, has become a fierce critic of the ruling ANC, accusing it of losing its way and straying from the ideal of a “Rainbow Nation” of shared prosperity that he and Mandela had envisaged.

He has criticised president Jacob Zuma’s leadership and in 2004, under then-president Thabo Mbeki, he accused the ANC of promoting “kowtowing” and said its black economic empowerment policies were helping only a small elite.

Iranian vice-president Mohammad Shariatmadari will be at Qunu, but former US president Bill Clinton will not attend, a South African foreign ministry spokesman said.

Earlier, more than 1,000 members of the African National Congress paid an emotional tribute to their former leader.

Mandla Mandela reflected on what he observed over the past three days as his grandfather lay in state.

“I have witnessed his army, I have witnessed his people, I have witnessed ordinary South Africans who walked this long walk to freedom with him and I can assure the African National Congress today that the future of this country looks bright,” he said.

Mourners hoping to see Mandela’s body were turned away

Tens of thousands of mourners flocked to South Africa’s central government buildings in Pretoria to say goodbye to the anti-apartheid hero on the final day of his lying in state.

Such was the crush of people wanting to see his body that the government were forced to asked others to stay away if they were not already in the queue.

At least 50,000 people were waiting and there were moments of tension as police tried to turn mourners away.

At the Pretoria Showgrounds, one of the park-and-ride gathering points, the crowd broke through the metal entrance gate when officers tried to stop people coming through.

Some fell to the ground and hundreds streamed past before order was restored.

On another access road, police had to force back people trying to break through crowd barriers.

Winding queues snaked for kilometres from the government site perched on a hill overlooking the city, well into the heart of the capital.

Filing past the coffin, some pausing to bow, mourners viewed the body laid out in a green and gold batik shirt.

On Friday, Mr Mandela’s grandchild Mandla sat beside the coffin, acknowledging mourners with smiles.

Mr Mandela died last week aged 95.

Mandela’s death prompts emotional outpouring and controversy

The week of mourning since his death has seen an unrivalled outpouring of emotion for the statesman and Nobel peace laureate, who was honoured by a host of world leaders at a memorial service in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

But the homage to a man who was a global symbol of reconciliation has not been without controversy.

South African president Jacob Zuma, who is leading the national mourning ceremonies, was booed by a hostile crowd at Tuesday’s memorial, a worrying sign for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) six months before elections.

There has also been a storm of outrage and questions over a sign language interpreter accused of miming nonsense at the same memorial.

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AFP/BBC/Reuters

11( US bolsters military ties in Asia-Pacific

By Online Editor
2:14 pm GMT+12, 13/12/2013, United States

The US says it will deploy two more combat ships to Singapore in the next two years as part of America’s commitment to deepening its military engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he also discussed on Thursday (local time) with his Singaporean counterpart Ng Eng Hen how to expand military co-operation in cyber and maritime security.

The US has just completed the first, seven-month deployment of a littoral combat ship to the Southeast Asian city state. Up to four deployments are planned by the end of 2016.

The next ship will arrive in late 2014.

The two officials also discussed China’s new air defence identification zone, which lies further north.

Hagel repeated the US call for China not to implement it or take similar actions elsewhere in the region.

HEALTH:

12( Nursing a noble profession, says India high commissioner

Salaseini Moceiwai
Saturday, December 14, 2013

Labasa Sangam College of Nursing graduates at the graduation ceremony yesterday. Picture: SALASEINI MOCEIWAI

CHRISTMAS arrived early for 65 student nurses who graduated with Diploma in Nursing Certificates from the Labasa Sangam College of Nursing yesterday.

About 500 people from all walks of life gathered at the Civic Centre building to witness the auspicious event.

Chief guest and India’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Vinod Kumar, told graduates that nursing was a noble profession.

“The services of nurses are recognised across the world and they often have to work in difficult situations,” Mr Kumar said.

“They provide health care in times of conflicts and disasters and their work is demanding.

“With the good relationship India and Fiji has, Sahyadri Hospital in Pune has provided further training to more than 10 local medical personnel including nurses,” he said.

Mr Kumar added the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi had trained three medical personnel from the FNU’s College of Medicine this year.

Mr Kumar challenged the graduates to rise to the occasion for the purpose of serving the people of the nation with the best health care.

“Be a good reflection of this institution and serve the public well.

“Use the knowledge and skills you have attained during your three years of studies well and be a good role model.”

Graduate Elenoa Adi said she was excited about her achievement and looked forward to being a registered nurse.

“I am looking forward to an exciting journey ahead in the medical field,” she said.

Mrs Adi thanked her parents, husband and 10-month-old son for their support.http://www.fijitimes.com/

13) Madang to scale down health service

Source:
The National, Friday December 13th, 2013

PROVINCIAL health director Marcus Kachau has warned Madang residents that there will be a scaling down of health services with the closure of two urban clinics during Christmas.
The two clinics to be closed are Sisiak and Danben which serve more than 10,000 people.
Kachau said staff at the two clinics would be transferred to help out at Jomba and the town clinics.
He said there would also be extra staff rostered at the Modilon General Hospital. He urged all residents particularly school children on holidays to take extra care and stay away from activities which could harm them.
He also urged clinics in rural and remote areas particularly Bogia to support the team conducting awareness into malaria and piloting a World Health Organisation analysis on health care in the province.
He said WHO was dealing directly with the districts to see what was happening on the ground.

14) Malaria kills 627,000 people in 2012, with estimated 207 million cases

Updated 12 December 2013, 7:42 AEST

Despite a global effort to fight malaria which has saved more than three million lives in the past 13 years, WHO says hundreds of thousands are still dying needlessly.

Health authorities estimate that the global fight against malaria has saved more than three million lives in the past 13 years, but say the disease is still a threat in South-East Asia and Africa.

In its latest report, the World Health Organisation says that despite the improvement, the mosquito-borne disease still killed more than 600,000 people last year, mainly children in Africa.

WHO’s Malaria Report 2013 says a shortage of funding and basic remedies like bed nets mean that malaria is still a major threat.

“The fact that so many people are infected and dying from mosquito bites is one of the greatest tragedies of the 21st century,” the organisation’s director-general Margaret Chan said.

The WHO report says a surge in global funding has meant great strides have been made in tackling the disease in the past decade.

But it says even though $2.5 billion was spent on the problem last year, the funds are still only half what is needed to make sure everyone at risk of malaria has access to interventions.

“This remarkable progress is no cause for complacency – absolute numbers of malaria cases and deaths are not going down as fast as they could,” Dr Chan said.

In 2012, there were an estimated 207 million cases of malaria, causing some 627,000 deaths.

The Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria are the hardest-hit among about 10 countries where malaria is a leading killer.

Regional tally of malaria deaths

In the Pacific, the most deaths from malaria in 2012 were recorded in Papua New Guinea, where 301 died, followed by Solomon Islands, with 18 deaths.

Elsewhere in the region, Cambodia recorded 45 deaths, Thailand recorded 37, Laos 44, the Philippines 16, China 14, and Malaysia 12.

Topping the list for the region was India with 519 deaths, Myanmar with 403 and Indonesia with 252.

An estimated 3.4 billion people are at risk of malaria worldwide, with 80 per cent of cases occurring in Africa.

The report says there has been tangible progress in more than half of the 103 countries with ongoing malaria transmission where the incidence rate has decreased since 2000.

Death rates worldwide fell by 45 per cent between 2000 and 2012 in all age groups, and by 51 per cent in children under five.

The main interventions for malaria are indoor spraying, diagnostic testing, artemisinin-based combination drug therapies, and bed nets treated with insecticides.

However, in 64 countries, malaria parasites are showing signs of resistance to insecticides.

Another main concern is the emerging resistance to the core component of anti-malarial medicines – artemisinin – in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Countries are ignoring drug resistance measures

But the report says that despite a WHO recommendation that pills with only artemisinin are removed from the market in favour of combination therapies to better protect against emerging resistance, nine countries – six of them in Africa – continue to make these drugs available.

Overall, access to combination drug therapies rose, with 331 million courses delivered in 2012, up from 76 million in 2006.

The report also raised concerns that international efforts to expand interventions to control mosquitoes had slowed down for the second successive year, particularly the distribution of bed nets.

“We went from a peak of more than 150 million nets distributed in 2010 to much lower numbers in 2011 and 2012,” said Robert Newman, head of the WHO’s Global Malaria Program.

“We know that these are lifesaving tools,” he said, noting that a net costing about $12 can last three years.

AFP

15) Cancer deaths rise to 8.2 million, breast cancer sharply up

By Online Editor
09:35 am GMT+12, 13/12/2013, United Kingdom

The global death toll from cancer rose to 8.2 million in 2012 with sharp rises in breast cancer as the disease tightened its grip in developing nations struggling to treat an illness driven by Western lifestyles.

Cancer deaths were up 8 percent from 7.6 million in a previous survey in 2008 and breast cancer killed 522,000 women last year, up 14 percent in the same period, according to the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

“Breast cancer is also a leading cause of cancer death in the less developed countries of the world,” said David Forman, head of IARC’s Section of Cancer Information, the group that compiles the global cancer data.

He said this was “partly because a shift in lifestyles is causing an increase in incidence, and partly because clinical advances to combat the disease are not reaching women living in these regions.”

An estimated 14.1 million people developed cancer in 2012, up from 12.7 million in 2008. And 1.7 million women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer last year, up by more than 20 percent from 2008.

IARC’s report, called GLOBOCAN 2012, gives the most up-to-date estimates for 28 different types of cancer in 184 countries and offers an overview of the global cancer burden.

It found that the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide in men and women combined were lung, breast and colorectal cancers. The most common causes of cancer death were lung, liver and stomach cancers.

Projecting forward, IARC experts said they expected “a substantive increase” in cancer cases worldwide, with annual new cases predicted to rise to 19.3 million by 2025 as the global population both grows and ages.

Worldwide trends show that in developing countries going through rapid societal and economic change, the shift towards lifestyles more typical of richer industrialized countries leads to a rising burden of cancers linked to reproduction, diet and hormones.

The IARC report said cancer incidence – the number of new cases each year – has been increasing in most regions of the world, but noted what it said were “huge inequalities” between rich and poor countries.

While rates of new cancer cases are still highest in more developed regions, death rates are relatively much higher in less developed countries because people’s tumors are often not detected and diagnosed early enough due to a lack of screening and access to treatment.

“An urgent need in cancer control today is to develop effective and affordable approaches to the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer among women living in less developed countries,” said Christopher Wild, IARC’s director.

He said it was critical to bring rates of disease and death in poorer countries in line with progress made in recent years in treating and curing some cancers on wealthier countries.

One stark example of the inequality is in cervical cancer – which kills hundreds of thousands of women in Africa each year but can be largely avoided with a vaccine or successfully treated if it is picked up early enough with screening.

In sub-Saharan Africa, 34.8 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed per 100,000 women each year, and 22.5 per 100,000 women die from the disease. That compares with 6.6 and 2.5 per 100,000 women respectively in North America.

“These findings bring into sharp focus the need to implement the tools already available for cervical cancer, notably HPV vaccination combined with well organized national programs for screening and treatment,” Wild said.
SOURCE: REUTERS/PACNEWS

EDUCATION:

16) FNU graduates urged to aim for higher

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, December 14, 2013

Laite Vola Tadulala Tuiloma had every reason to smile after graduating yesterday with a postgraduate diploma in eye care from FNU’s School of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA

ABOUT 1300 students graduated yesterday from the Fiji National University (FNU).

While addressing the graduates at the Vodafone Arena in Suva, FNU vice-chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand encouraged them to continue to strive for higher achievements in life.

“Today (yesterday) is the culmination of several years of your hard work and effort, which is being recognised by the award of your certificates, diplomas and degrees. This is an achievement in which you are entitled to take great pride,” Dr Chand said.

“This is a world in which geographical boundaries have become increasingly irrelevant as we move towards a truly global economy.”

He also encouraged them to consider using their skills and accomplishments not only for their betterment, but also for others.

“Our request to you is to use that advantage to the maximum, and to use them not only for the advancement of your careers but also in serving and assisting others who may not possess the advantages that you have.

“We encourage you to return, either to further your studies, take up research, or to contribute in ways you consider most appropriate to support the development of your university.”

Following yesterday’s procession, another 145 individuals are also expected to graduate from the Labasa campus and 245 from the Nadi campus.http://www.fijitimes.com/

BUSINESS:

17) $17.6m increase for mineral products

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, December 12, 2013

THE re-export of gas oil for September this year resulted in an increase of $17.8million to $62.4m for mineral products.

And Kiribati topped Fiji’s major re-export destinations, with the Fiji Bureau of Statistics recording exports to the island nation of $10.1m, an increase of $5.4m.

According to the International Merchandise Trade Statistics report for September, government statistician Epeli Waqavonovono said Fiji’s other major re-export destinations included Tonga, Japan, New Caledonia and New Zealand.

Re-exports to New Zealand, he said, increased by $0.6m (24 per cent) to $3.1m because of increased re-exports of other insulated cables.

He said Japan recorded a decrease because of decreased re-exports of fresh fish.

Compared to 2012, he said, the re-export category recording notable decreases were prepared foodstuff, beverages, spirit and tobacco because of decreased re-exports of pasta and animal products.

Fiji’s major domestic export destinations, he said, were UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu.

He said statistics showed export to the UK dropped because of a decrease in the export of sugar.

The same was noted for Australia because of decreased exports of gold, however, exports were high for three other countries.

Mr Waqavonovono said Fiji’s source of import were Singapore, China, New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia.

“The value of goods imported in September 2012 was $367.4m while total exports were $195.1m.

“Compared with the previous corresponding month, imports increased by $27.3m while total exports decreased by $6.2m.”

He said the September 2013 trade deficit totalled $172.3m, compared with $242.8m a month earlier.http://www.fijitimes.com/

18) Chinese investors looking beyond slump in mine sector
By Online Editor
11:59 am GMT+12, 13/12/2013, Hong Kong

Despite the bearish mood in the global mining sector, participants at a conference in Shenzhen this week said mainland and Hong Kong investors are snapping up mines around the world.

One of them is Samuel Chan Wing-sun, vice-chairman of YGM Trading, a Hong Kong-listed garment firm, who acquired 59 per cent of Crater Gold Mining about 12 months ago and was appointed Crater Gold chairman in February, John Hung, an adviser to Crater Gold, said at the Global Resource Investment Conference. Crater Gold is an Australian-listed firm with gold mines in Papua New Guinea and a metals mine in Australia.

Stewart Cheng Kam-chiu, a nephew of Hong Kong tycoon Cheng Yu-tung, had agreed to co-underwrite a continuing rights issue of A$2.1 million (HK$14.8 million) for Crater Gold, Hung said.

“Before Sam came in, the company suffered from a lack of funds,” he said. “At the moment, it is very difficult to raise funding in Australia because market sentiment is very soft for gold mining companies. The decline in gold prices has forced cutbacks in global gold production. We aim to buck the trend with financial backing.”

Crater Gold managing director Greg Starr said the company was not profitable, but its main gold mine in Crater Mountain, Papua New Guinea, would start production in six months.

John Gravelle, global mining leader at Big Four accounting firm PwC, said falling commodities prices meant “investors no longer want to invest in mining shares”.

The HSBC Global Mining Index fell 33 per cent between January last year and August this year, while the gross profit margins of gold mining companies dropped from 49 per cent in 2010 to 29 per cent last year, Gravelle said.

Mining companies’ revenues stopped growing last year but costs did not stop increasing, he said, so there was a dramatic drop in profits, while the world’s 40 biggest listed mining companies had combined write-downs of US$45 billion.

The poor market conditions are not deterring Toronto-listed Bullman Minerals, which is 60 per cent owned by private Hong Kong and mainland investors.

Bullman planned to buy gold mines in Guinea and neighbouring countries in West Africa to expand its gold ore resources to more than 500 tonnes from 60 tonnes at present, said Peter Yue Shi, its mainland-born chief executive.

The cost of acquiring the mines would run into tens of millions of US dollars, he estimated.

China Shouguan Mining, listed on the US OTC Bulletin Board, planned to buy gold mines in Australia, North America and Southeast Asia, company chairman Zhang Feize said. Shouguan is 40 per cent owned by mainland investors, with the rest held by international investors including some from Hong Kong.

Through its acquisitions, Shouguan hoped to raise its gold ore resources to 100 tonnes in five years from its current 40 tonnes, Zhang said. “Gold is an eternal business,” he said. “We think in one or two years, gold will recover.”

Barry Dawes, head of resources at Paradigm Securities, an Australian stockbroking firm, said the mainland would import 1,200 tonnes of gold this year, while worldwide production was 2,800 tonnes.

Zheng Daling, a senior manager of Shenzhen-listed Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonfemet, was seeking to buy nonferrous metal mines around the world, preferably in developed countries.

Nikolas Perrault, chief executive of Toronto-listed Colt Resources, was seeking investors and strategic partners on the mainland. Colt’s other shareholders are in Europe and the United States.

Colt, which is not profitable, owns gold and tungsten mines in Portugal. Perrault said Colt’s gold mines would start production in 2015 and its tungsten mines would follow suit in 2016.

In July, Worldlink Resources, a Hong Kong firm, paid C$5 million (HK$36.6 million) for a 9.5 per cent stake in the company.

Another Toronto-listed company, Northcliff Resources, will spend C$579 million on a tungsten and molybdenum mining project in New Brunswick, Canada, its chief executive Christopher Zahovskis said. Northcliff’s shareholders include private investors on the mainland.

The New Brunswick project holds one of the world’s largest undeveloped tungsten reserves with 334 million tonnes of ore, Zahovskis said. The mine would probably go into production by 2017, he added.

Gravelle expects mainland companies will also want to invest in iron ore companies to boost production and reduce prices. “Urbanisation in China will continue, so we have a long road to go in metals usage in China,” he said.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST/PACNEWS

19) 18 Deep-Sea Mining Prospecting Licenses Approved By Fiji
Exploration could lead to ways to mine safely: official

By Shayal Devi

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Dec. 12, 2013) – Eighteen special prospecting licences for deep-sea minerals in Fiji’s exclusive economic zone were given to Nautilus Minerals of Canada, Bluewater Minerals Australia and Korea Institute of Science and Technology.

This was according to the director of Mineral and Resources Department Malakai Finau.

Mr Finau stated that Fiji was still in the exploration phase.

“With the current exploration licences issued, hopefully it will lead to identification of economic mineral deposits,” he said.

“Also, it can lead to identifying much more important ways in which it can be mined safely and without adversely impacting the environment and other natural resources of the deep-sea environment.”

Mr Finau said from a mineral development perspective, deep-sea mining meant developing mineral resources sustainably for the benefit of the nation.

“Deep-sea mining can also provide possible sources of employment, economic activity and financial benefits generated from such activity.

“The other major benefit as compared to land-based open cast mining is its low footprint given that it occurs far away from land and at great depths.”

[PIR editor’s note: Meanwhile, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme director general David Sheppard says deep-sea mining should be considered as only one potential use of ocean resources, alongside an integrated approach with conservation, fisheries, and tourism. Sheppard says particular attention should be paid to impacts, setting thresholds, benefits and long-term sustainability.]

He also said deep-sea mining could have an impact on the environment.

“Deep-sea mining is similar to land-based mining in many ways but we are trying hard to learn from the adverse environment impacts of some land-based mining bad practices.

“We also look at other ways of identifying such adverse impacts socially, economically and how it can be better managed so we could all benefit from it.”

So far, Fiji looks good for deep-sea mining and Mr Finau said “we have the experience of hindsight with many years of land-based mining in Fijiand the many lessons there is to learn from.”

“The lessons are not only within Fiji but from the region where mining has been part of economic development in our neighbouring countries namely New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia.”

Fiji Times Online: http://www.fijitimes.com.

20) PNA says up to Pacific nations to reduce tuna catches

Posted at 20:01 on 13 December, 2013 UTC

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, or PNA, says it is now up to Pacific Island nations to take action on managing their fisheries, following a disappointing outcome at the 10th annual Tuna Commission meeting.

The commercial manager for the PNA says he believes the meeting failed to reach a consensus on cutbacks in fishing because of opposing priorities between distant water fishing nations and Pacific Island countries.

Maurice Brownjohn says the distant water fishing nations were more focussed on commercial interests and obtaining more resources whilst showing no interest in tuna management and conservation.

“I think what’s happened this year is probably the worst commission meeting I’ve seen. Really now it’s back into the hands of the islands to just take action themselves because clearly there’s not going to be consensus amongst the industrialised nations who are just looking for more and more fishing opportunities.”

Maurice Brownjohn says the Pacific Island countries can introduce tougher rules in their Exclusive Economic Zones and demand accountability in their adjacent high seas.

Radio New Zealand International

LAW&ORDER:

21) RAMSI welcomes Solomon Islands focus on unity

By Online Editor
2:24 pm GMT+12, 13/12/2013, Solomon Islands

The Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Justine Braithwaite has welcomed the customary ceremony of solovisu as the launch pad of the healing and reconciliation process between the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and the communities of the Weathercoast of Guadalcanal.

Braithwaite was speaking at the ceremony held at Peochakuri Village, in the Duidui Ward in the Weathercoast on 11 December 2013.

The solovisu symbolizes the “calling back” of people who left their settlements and villages to find shelter in other places during the Joint Operation in 2002.

It is for the loss of lives, properties and violations of human rights committed by members of the Joint Operation in the Weathercoast communities as the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and elements of the Guadalcanal militant group Isatabu Freedom Movement hunted Guadalcanal Liberation Front Leader, Harold Keke in October 2002.

Keke did not sign the Townsville Peace Agreement between the Isatabu Freedom Movement and the Malaita Eagle Force in 2000 but formed a new militant group called Guadalcanal Liberation Front (GLF) and continued to operate in the Weathercoast communities causing deaths and other acts of violence.

“The solovisu ceremony is the beginning of a long process, which will culminate in the reconciliation between your communities and those that participated in the Joint Operation, including the RSIPF,” said RAMSI Special Coordinator, Braithwaite.

“I fully appreciate and understand the enormous challenges ahead of you as you move forward towards the final settlement and reconciliation, especially for the victims who will be required to say to those who committed acts of violence against them, Yes I accept your apology and I forgive you. I am also aware of the challenge faced by the offenders who will need the moral courage to come and admit the wrong they have committed, and say sorry to their victims.”

Braithwaite stated: “I am optimistic and confident that despite the many challenges ahead, you can overcome them if you have the will, the drive and the commitment to reach your goal of making this nation Solomon Islands united, peaceful and prosperous.”

“As you take your first step towards reconciliation through this customary ceremony, I humbly request that you focus your attention on those things that unite and bind you together as Solomon Islanders, and not on those the divide and separate you. This will help in the healing of the wounds and the divisions of the past and assist us all in moving forward in a united and harmonious fashion.”

RAMSI Special Coordinator Braithwaite congratulated the Prime Minister and his government for taking the bold step in trying to resolve one of the outstanding issues from the tensions involving the RSIPF and the communities of Wanderer Bay, Vatukulau, Duidui and Talise Wards.

“As Special Coordinator I assure you Hon. Prime Minister, that RAMSI stands ready to support you in your government’s endeavours to rebuilding peace in Solomon Islands,” said Braithwaite.

During the solovisu, the Prime Minister, Hon Gordon Darcy Lilo presented chubus which consisted of local and imported food items to the chiefs of Duidui, Talise, Vatukulau and Wanderer Bay wards. The chiefs also presented the Prime Minister and his delegation with a chubu…..
SOURCE: RAMSI/PACNEWS

CLIMATE CHANGE,CONSERVATION AND ENVIROMENT:

22) Fears in Palau for the bumphead parrotfish

By Online Editor
2:17 pm GMT+12, 13/12/2013, Palau

There are fears in Palau that commercial interests of politicians could influence a decision on protecting the giant bumphead parrotfish.

Stocks of the culturally significant fish have grown rapidly since the government implemented a moratorium to help the endangered species recover.

There’s now pressure to end the commercial fishing ban on the edible fish.

Palau’s International Coral Reef Center has just completed an in-depth study on the fish and will soon provide recommendations to the government on how to handle the stocks.

Its chief researcher Kevin Polloi says he hopes the government listens to its advice.

“There are politicians that have commercial interests like restaurants, maybe ties with hotels,” he told Pacific Beat.

“That might be another obstacle that we have to see how it pans out because they will want the fishery open to commercial interests.

“But I’m pretty confident that there’s enough local support for putting stricter regulations on the fishery.”

The Coral Reef Center’s study includes an assessment of the number fish, a survey gauging the interest of tourists in the animal and interviews with fish markets and restaurants owners.

Polloi says many fishermen have told him they support clearing the way for individual fishing rather than commercial fishing.

But he’s unsure how politicians will view the issue.

“One thing will be interesting is to see how the national leadership takes our recommendations and decides what to do with it,” he said.

“I’m pretty sure that there are other politicians that are more conservation minded.

“They see the benefits of putting stricter regulations on our natural resources.”

Polloi says there are a number of options for handling the stocks.

“(We could have a) seasonal harvest, catch limits or putting in size limits,” he said.

But the calls have been growing louder from restaurant to ease restrictions.

The bumphead is the largest of the parrot fish species, growing as long as 1.3m and weighing up to 50kg.

SOURCE: RADIO AUSTRALIA/PACNEWS

SPORTS:

23) Rugby history

Arin Kumar
Sunday, December 15, 2013

THEY won the battle but lost the war.

That is exactly what happened to the East side in the last AON East versus West challenge at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday when they won 26-19 over West.

But the overall title was won by the West because they had accumulated more points than East in the competition.

Both teams drew 22-all in the first match, West won the second clash 35-21 and their 19-26 loss gave them a total of 76 points while East finished with 69.

East needed to win the match by 15 points or more to win the overall title and that looked to be the case when they were leading 13-5 at halftime.

But West rallied back and scored two converted tries in the second half to close that gap to seven points and prevent East from clinching the title.

East coach Eroni Vereivalu said they were happy to win the final match but the win was not enough to give them the overall title.

“The immaturity of the young players in the first two matches really stood out and that is why we were behind going into this final match,” he said.

“But the inclusion of senior players like players from the Flying Fijians team and those from the Sukuna Bowl added experience in the team and that really helped us win.”

West team manager Tiko Matawalu said East was the better team on the field but at the end of the day, it was the overall title that mattered the most.

“We have created history by becoming the first team to win this new trophy that the Fiji Sports Council has introduced in the revived East versus West challenge,” he said.

“So now all the major rugby titles will rest in the Western Division till next year and we are happy with our performance overall.”http://www.fijitimes.com/

24) United star out

Afp
Sunday, December 15, 2013

MANCHESTER, England – Manchester United received another setback yesterday when manager David Moyes revealed that striker Robin van Persie will be out for a month with a thigh injury.

The Dutchman recently returned from a four-game lay-off due to a groin problem, playing in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United and the midweek victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

However, he injured himself as he took the corner that led to Phil Jones’s 67th-minute winner against Shakhtar and Moyes expects him to be out of action until next year.

“It is unfortunate because I think if you look at our record with Wayne Rooney and Robin in the team, it is actually very good and we have not had them for quite a period recently,” Moyes said.

“Marouane Fellaini has a bit of a back injury. Michael Carrick is missing and Robin is going to miss four weeks with a thigh strain. That is a big blow to us.”

United’s top scorer last season, van Persie has scored seven goals in 11 league appearances this term.

News of his injury comes as United bid to bounce back from successive home defeats in the league, which have left them 13 points behind leaders Arsenal.

However, while Moyes has several alternatives in the forward positions — notably Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck — Carrick’s absence with an Achilles problem leaves him bereft of options in central midfield.

Moyes, whose side visit Aston Villa on Sunday, also moved to quash suggestions that his predecessor Alex Ferguson remains a big influence at the club.

Former United captain Roy Keane believes the former manager, who is now a director at Old Trafford, wants to control the club and still wields a lot of power.

But Moyes insisted that he is the one who gets in touch with Ferguson, rather than the other way round.

“I can only tell you that in my time here Alex has been fantastic and helpful,” he said.

25) Four appear in court for fixing

Afp
Sunday, December 15, 2013

LONDON – Four men appeared in court in Birmingham, central England, yesterday following an investigation into match-fixing in English non-league football.

Footballers Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, both 22, and alleged co-conspirators Chann Sankaran, 33, and Krishna Sanjey Ganeshan, 43, are accused of trying to defraud bookmakers.

The quartet appeared at Birmingham Crown Court for a brief preliminary hearing.

It is alleged that the players, who have been sacked by sixth-tier club Whitehawk FC, and Sankaran and Ganeshan, both of whom hail from Singapore, conspired to influence the results of football matches.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in November.

The two footballers have been released on bail, while Sankaran and Ganeshan remain in custody.

The four men will return to the same court to enter pleas on March 7 next year, with a trial expected to begin in May.

In a separate investigation, also led by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA), six people, including Blackburn Rovers striker DJ Campbell, have been arrested.

The arrests followed reports in two British newspapers that a former Portsmouth player, Sam Sodje, claimed he could arrange for footballers in the second-tier Championship to deliberately get themselves booked in return for payments of tens of thousands of pounds.

He said being down at half-time, they realised the title was slipping out of their hand and so they asked their players to give a better performance in the second half.

“The message at half-time was for the players to settle down and adjust to the weather conditions because it was raining and to adjust to the newlook East side.

“The boys did that and made the right decisions when it mattered the most and managed to score tries.

“It was late but we managed to pull through in the last stages to do just enough to ensure that we win the overall title.”

West started the match on a high note with an unconverted try to fullback Apisalome Waqatabu but then it was East from there for most of the second half.

Flying Fijian Waisea Luveniyali kicked a penalty, halfback Henry Seniloli latched onto a chip kick by hooker Manasa Tuidraki to score under the posts for an easy conversion to Luveniyali for a 10-5 lead.

Luveniyali nailed another penalty a minute from the half-time break to extend their lead to 13-5.

He slotted two more penalties early in the second half and then knocked over another easy conversion when fellow Flying Fijian Levani Botia toed the ball ahead and dotted under the posts to take their tally to 26.

West clawed their way back into the match with tries to Eremasi Radrodro and Waqatabu who also converted both tries to end the match at 26-19.

26) PNG cricketers enjoy strong start to Twenty20 Cup

Updated 14 December 2013, 16:14 AES

Papua New Guinea’s cricketers are enjoying a successful start to their campaign at this weekend’s South Australian Premier League Twenty20 Cup.

Results

13 December 2013

Western Grit 8/127 defeated by PNG Barramundis 2/131
Assad Vala 69* Christopher Kent 45*

14 December 2013

SA Outbacks 6/138 defeated by PNG Barramundis 8/139

The PNG Barramundis have recorded two wins from two games at the competition underway in Adelaide.

They beat the South Australian Outbacks with just 7 balls to spare on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after an easier victory over Western Grit.

The SA Outbacks set the Barras a target of 139 to win which PNG reached in the 19th over.

PNG’s batsmen managed to survive the fast deliveries of former Australian bowler Shaun Tait.

A total of six teams are competing in the three-day Premier League Twenty20 Cup competition.

The top three teams will advance to the finals on Sunday, playing off for the title.

PNG is the first international team to take part in a domestic Australian cricket competition.

The PNG side is looking to prove its worth, after the recent disappointing loss at the Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers.

ABC

27) Eastern Papua Carnival into finals

Source:
The National, Friday December 13th, 2013

THE Eastern Papua (soccer) Carnival enters its knock-out finals at the Sir John Guise Stadium this weekend.
After five hectic weeks of football, top four teams in each of the four pools have confirmed their positions for the finals.
Gabutu and LSC fight it out for the major women’s title.
In the men’s cup finals, reigning champions, Gabutu will put an extra effort to defend their position from young outfit and last year’s runners-up, Kabutuvau.
Other finalists include Simla Green, Pisaia, Mulolou 1, Galea, Auge 1 ,Yalas 1, Maiyela 1, Latama, Mainum and Sogu United. All these sides have one aim., to make the cup final on Sunday at the Bisini Soccer field.
Tournament director Robert Toiveguwa was particularly impressed with display of skill this year.
Apart from Port Moresby players, Toiveguwa stated that the rise in class was partly attributed to the imported players from Alotau, Misima, Esa’ala and the Trobriand Islands.
The carnival has also seen the participation of under-14, U12, U9 and U7s for second year.
EPC president Bede Tomokita, who helped form the junior competition said the children would also thrive in the EPC.
Tomokita thanked PNGFA for their technical assistance and equipment.
He also thanked Milne Bay Governor Philemon Titus and Kiriwina-Goodenough MP Douglas Tomureisa for the financial donation of K10,000 and K15,000 respectively.

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