Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 988

MELANESIA

1) Port Moresby set for arts festival

By Online Editor
3:28 pm GMT+12, 02/06/2014, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is ready to host the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in Port Moresby.

This was the assurance from the Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Boka Kondra during a gala dinner at the Dynasty Restaurant last week.

The dinner was hosted by the minister to celebrate the commissioning of the festival venues and infrastructure.

“Melanesian culture is under threat and the festival is a way of promoting and preserving the culture,” Kondra said.

“Tourism and culture is very important in our society and the festival is a way to exchange culture and traditions with other Melanesian countries.”

The festival is from the 28th of this month.
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

2) Autonomous Bougainville:

010414MOMIS SAYS KAUONA’S ATTACK SILLY AND OFFENSIVE

NEW DAWN FM NEWS

KAUONA’S ATTACK ON ABG “SILLY & OFFENSIVE: MOMIS
Bougainville’s President, Chief John Momis, today commented on what he called a ‘surprising, silly and offensive statement’ by Mr. Sam Kauona. Published as a paid advertisement in The National Newspaper on Monday 26th May, the statement was made by Kauona as Chair of the Bougainville Resource Owners Representation Committee (BRORC). It claimed that in developing Bougainville mining law, the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) was controlled by Australian companies, BCL/Rio Tinto, and Australian advisers. Kauona attacked the ABG for planning to pass its new Mining Law in June.

The President said:
“Kauona’s statement is surprisingly silly. The draft ABG mining law has not been rushed. It has not been developed to help BCL, Rio Tino or Australia.

“It has been under development for two years now, since July 2012. It was first developed to stop foreign companies trying to control mining development in Bougainville through the back door. Those companies were Invincible Resources and Morumbi Resources. They were fully supported by Mr. Kauona. The former Australian, Lindsay Semple, has been the main spokesmen for those companies. Semple is still working closely with Kauona.

“The ABG has been carefully consulting many Bougainville groups about its draft mining law. There have already been four main drafts of the law. Each new draft has been changed in many ways to deal with concerns and problems raised within the ABG and by those consulted. In the third draft, there was a draft provision recognising BCL’s existing rights under PNG law. But many groups, including the Bougainville Women’s Forum in March, and ex-combatants, including Mr. Kauona, said they rejected any recognition of the Bougainville Copper Agreement (the BCA).

“Mr. Kauona knows full well that in meetings in March and April, the ABG agreed to change those draft provisions. Those changes have now been prepared. They say that the BCA will not apply in Bougainville, and that BCL’s special mining lease will no longer be recognised. Yet Mr. Kauona now attacks us for doing what we agreed with him. He should be ashamed.

“The Kauona statement also attacks the ABG for speeding up work on the Mining Bill to stop any National Government action to take over Panguna. He says that was never planned. But in February, Prime Minister O’Neill proposed to me directly that the National Government would repeal the BCA Act and expropriate all Rio Tinto shares in BCL. That would make PNG the majority owner of BCL. I knew Bougainvilleans would object to PNG controlling the development of mining at Panguna. So I wrote to the PM, opposing what he proposed, in the strongest terms. After that I met him. He then agreed that he would leave all issues about Panguna to be decided by the ABG.

“But I also directed that the ABG must pass its own mining law as soon as possible. In this way we send the strongest possible signal that only the ABG will make decisions about mining in Bougainville. We need such a strong signal not just for the National Government. There are just too many outsiders trying to get control of our mineral resources.

“Mr. Kauona says that the ABG has a neo-colonial mining policy. His reason? Because the ABG has an Australian adviser, who has worked with us for over 30 years, working on the mining law. But he is the only non-Bougainvillean amongst 20 or more officers and advisers who have worked on the draft law. They have included three Bougainvillean lawyers. All directions about their work, and all final decisions on the drafts of the law, are made by the Bougainville Executive Council. All of its members are Bougainvilleans. Does Mr. Kauona really think that all these Bougainvilleans can be pushed around, and told what to do, by one Australian? If the Australian tried to do that, he would be thrown out. We are happy to use him because he does what we direct. If Mr. Kauona has any complaints, they should be made about the Bougainvilleans who are giving the directions here.

“Finally, it’s a sick and shameful joke for Kauona to complain about neo-colonialism – which really means coming under control of foreigners after the colonial masta has gone. But its Mr. Kauona who is under control of a new masta.

He is under the control of Mr. Semple, a former Australian, now a Canadian citizen. When Semple and Kauona were working to give Canadian company, Invincible, control of Bougainville mining, all the documents were prepared in Canada, by Canadian lawyers. Bougainville officers were specifically prevented from being involved. These documents done in Canada included major contracts between the ABG and Invincible. Most shameful of all, an ABG law passed in December 2008 was drafted by a Canadian, in Canada, and sent by them to Buka to be passed. That was the Bogenvil Resources Development Corporation (AROB) Ltd. (Kabui Model) Authorization Act. It was a law passed only to help Invincible get control of mining in Bougainville.

“The same is true of all the very unfair MOUs signed between Semple’s second Canadian company, Morumbi, and small groups of landowners, in 2012 and 2013. The MOUs aimed to give Morumbi 55 years control of resources in Bougainville’s most highly prospective mineral areas. They were prepared in Canada, and trumpeted on Morumbi’s Canadian website.

“I remain ready to work with Mr. Kauona. But I will not be lectured by him about foreigners controlling the ABG.”

020614LERA EMPHASIZES LAW AND JUSTICE

By Aloysius Laukai

Bougainville Regional member,JOE LERA says that he has used SEVEN MILLION KINA of his PIP funds on the Law and Justice sector because he wants this sector’s capacity to be improved to address pressing law and order issues affecting the region today.

He made these remarks when officially welcoming the National Minister for Justice Jim B Simatab at the Buka airport this morning.

MR LERA said that the population of Bougainville tripled after the crisis from 170 thousand to 350 thousand of which 60percent are youths.

He said that from the sixty percent youth 40 percent have not gone to school and these groups can destroy the region if not handled properly.

MR LERA said his pillar on Education and Law and order is to address these people.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Justice, JIM SIMATAB said that his trip to Bougainville was to see where his department can assist Bougainville in terms of capacity building for the CIS facility on Bougainville.

The minister said that under the present arrangement, they have been facilitating technical assistance to Bougainville only and after this trip they hope to develop a MOU that can map the way for future collaboration between his department and Bougainville.

He said that his team would also see the BEKUT JAIL and also see the former CIS land at Kuveria to see if they can re-establish the centre there.

The minister will visit Kuveria and talk with officials in Arawa before returning to Port Moresby on Wednesday.

01 June 2014

ME’EKAMUI’S MIRIORI CHALLENGED TO BE HONEST ABOUT MINING
BY NEWBDAWNNFM NEWS

President of Bougainville, Chief John L. Momis, today challenged “Me’ekamui Government’s” Philip Miriori to be honest about Bougainville mining issues. He was responding to a statement saying discussions about mining can happen only after the referendum on independence, and calling for Australian advisers to “go home”.
President Momis said:
“It’s amusing to see Mr. Miriori say mining can happen only after the referendum. For it’s widely known in Bougainville just how deeply involved Miriori is already involved in mining. It was he who worked closely with the Americans involved in Tall J Foundation Ltd. That company tried to do industrial mining of gold on the tailings on the Jaba River. But the people chased them away. Then a Chinese investor in Tall J. Tried to get his lost money back by bringing in Chinese to gather and sell scrap metal from Panguna. Then there is the Australian, Ian Renzie Duncan, at different times involved with Australian mining companies Zeus Resources and Trnaspacific Ventures. It was he who wrote Mr. Miriori’s speech delivered when Prime Minister O’Neill visited Panguna. It’s widely talked about in central Bougainville that Miriori is investing with Mr. Duncan, and that Duncan is taking alluvial gold supplied by Miriori.
“These are just a few of the mining interests that Mr. Miriori is involved in. It’s these and other mining interests that have take him off so regularly to meetings in Cairns, Brisbane, Perth, Singapore, and other business tourist destinations. Everyone around Panguna knows one thing for sure: no other Me’ekamui President has done more foreign travel than Miriori!
“But with all his deep involvement in mining already, how can he talk about decisions on mining waiting until after the referendum? I challenge him to be honest about his long history of mining interests.
“I also challenge him to be equally honest about foreign advisers. He says Australian funded advisers are not welcome. But these advisers have all been requested by the ABG to help us fill in gaps and weaknesses in the Administration. Although Australian funded, many are not Australian. They include Bougainvilleans. Until recently our legislative drafting adviser was from Vanuatu. Our Policy Adviser was from Bermuda – all paid for By Australia.
“For the ABG, the two most important things about our advisers are these. First, we only have them when we have a gap we cannot fill with a Bougainvillean. Second, they must follow the directions of the Bougainville Government. I am absolutely confident that they do
that. They do not control the ABG. They are not here to make money for foreign companies.
“I challenge Mr. Miriori to tell us about his foreign advisers, and what they are doing to make money for foreign interests. They included two Americans with the Tall J Foundation, Stewart Sytner and Thomas Megas. There are documents freely available on the Internet that show they claim that Mr. Miriori sold them mining rights in areas to the north of the Panguna Special Mining Lease. I challenge him to tell us is what Sytner and Megas claim is true.
What about the other investors in Tall J? What advice did they give to Miriori? What about the Tall J investor who brought in the Chinese scrap metal dealers? What advice did he give? What about the advice that Mr. Ian Renzie Duncan gives?
“Mr. Miriori is not being honest about the future of mining. His hands are not clean in relation to mining.
“Mr. Miriori is not being honest about foreign advisers. Again his hands are not clean.
“I challenge him to be honest on these matters. I challenge him to enter these debates only when he has clean hands.

3) VITI ( Fiji) F1J1. Ministry of Information 

  • NFP candidates speak to supporters in Labasa – Some candidates for the National Federation Party spoke to their supporters in Labasa for the first time today during the parties campaign at the Labasa Civic Center. Party announced some candidates yesterday. More than 400 people gathered at the campaign today. NFP President, Tupou Draunidalo has promised that if the party wins, they will review the high cost of living, health services and road structure.

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=310514fccb33417ddacfa77cd420a2

  • Embassy in Geneva opened by PM Fiji’s Embassy in Geneva will be officially opened today by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. The newly established missions will handle international obligations under the United Nations which Fiji is a signatory to. Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Amena Yauvoli says this is also in line with the government policy to enhance relationship and cooperation with other countries.

http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/20326/embassy-in-geneva-opened-by-pm#sthash.GsH39A8v.dpuf

  • Key stressed the return of Fiji to Pacific Islands Forum– New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is reiterating potential support for Fiji to return to the Pacific Islands Forum. Key’s comments come as he leaves for a tour to visit Samoa, Tonga and Niue. Key says the return of Fiji to the forum was likely to be a topic of conversation on his tour.

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=0206141c1d35e9329b3da1aec05df2

  • No shortage of medicine – MOH- There is no shortage of medicine as claimed by the Fiji Labour Party. The Fiji Pharmaceuticals and Biomedical Services Center has been allocated 37 million dollars this year to provide quality, safe and effective essential pharmaceuticals at affordable prices to customers and affordable fees for private patients. The Ministry of Health says the center currently has $16 million worth of pharmaceuticals to cater for any upsurge in medicine demand.

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=0206149bb28a2557acc176e6f014d8

  • New biogas company to set up in Fiji- A business is hoping to set up in Fiji to produce energy using biogas and help better the economy. Called ‘Biogas and Bioenergy Fiji’ the company has already plans on having their headquarters in Suva. Company works manager Ken Davey explains the advantages that Fiji has in the area of energy. “Fiji hasn’t got traditional fossil fuel energy like coal or oil or gas but it’s wrong to say that Fiji doesn’t have its own energy.

http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/20328/new-biogas-company-to-set-up-in-fiji

  • RADIO FIJI ONE                                                  Fiji National Sports Commission representative Elesi Ketedromu appeared for the morning talkback show. Ms Ketedromu emphasized the role and the importance of the commission in the development of the sports sector in Fiji with the funding of the government through the budget allocation. She spoke on the achievements of the commission in the implementation of the sporting programs which includes the sports outreach programs into the rural areas. The commission works with various stakeholders to implement the basic skills development for different sports which encourages youths to participate and the coaches too. These areas include Bukuya village, Ba Nakalou of Macuata, Matainasau, Naitasiri, Burerua, Tailevu, Namosi, Burebasaga, Rewa and Tavuki, Kadavu. There are plans in the pipeline for more outreach programs in other rural areas. Ms Ketedromu further explained the second quarter plans. She also briefly explained the deployment of International coaches and the sports development programs in the nation.
  • FRU Board members ousted PM elected President – The Fiji Rugby Union’s Annual General Meeting in Nadi took an interesting turn today. The Lautoka Rugby Union put forward a vote of no confidence on board members Mosese Taga, Dr Esther Williams and Filimone Vatuvoka which was passed at the AGM. Replacing them are new board members John O’Connor, Tiko Matawalu and Waisea Luveniyali while Daniel Whippy remains a board member. Another interesting twist today is the appointment of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as the new FRU President.

http://www.fbc.com.fj/sports/20311/fru-board-members-ousted-pm-elected-president
http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=3105141c610f5f4f4b053629b743c0

  • World Cup likely to be shown on all TV stations – The FIFA World Cup is likely to be shown on all TV stations in Fiji after the Fijian government announced a last-minute decree which gives free-to-air stations rights to share certain events. Mai TV which has the exclusive rights to show the FIFA World Cup which starts in Brazil next week, had done a deal with Fiji TV to show certain matches on their paid Super Channel. Announcing the Television (Cross-Carriage of Designated Events) Decree 2014 which came into effect today, Communications Minister and Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Mai TV has until Monday to submit their costing documents to allow other companies to buy and share their rights.

http://www.fijilive.com./sports/news/2014/05/world-cup-likely-to-be-shown-on-all-tv-stations/34839.Fijilive

POLYNESIA

4) Thousands celebrate Samoan independence with march

2 June 14

Several thousand people in Apia have attended Samoa’s official celebration of 52 years of independence.

Prominent leaders from around the Pacific including the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, and his team of delegates, took part in today’s ceremony.

The celebrations had begun earlier, with a service at the newly-built Catholic cathedral at Mulivai, where the Ola Toe Fuata’ina choir from Tafaigata prison sang.

The Vice Chancellor and President of Samoa’s National University, Asofou So’o, marched in this morning’s parade alongside many others.

He says he is proud that Samoa has grown in leaps and bounds.

“It’s a celebration of the endeavours of our fore bearers. Everyone is proud, everyone is happy to join every year to celebrate. In the last fifty years we’ve achieved so much. Education, our health system…look around, we are able to come this far.”

Asofou So’o, the Vice Chancellor and President of Samoa’s National University.Radio NZ

5) Cook Islands Elder Concerned About Language Loss
Too many young people can’t speak CI Maori, Pastor laments

By Ben Chapman-Smith

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, May 31, 2014) – A forthright community elder says he is deeply concerned about the number of young people who cannot speak the Cook Islands Maori language.

Pastor Ngarima George is placing the blame on the Ministries of Culture and Education, saying both must to do more to ensure the language is promoted and preserved.

“Today when I speak Cook Islands Maori to any kids, they say “Huh? What did you say?’ A generation is growing up not knowing the language.”

George said he believes Cook Islands Maori is being taught in schools but, based on his interactions with children, not well enough.

“They have got programmes but maybe they’re not functioning very well.”

He called on staff at the Ministry of Education to take the issue more seriously and ensure every child is being taught the language in an effective and relevant way.

Knowing the language is central to understanding your identity as a Cook Islander, he said.

“It’s very important that every Cook Islander comes to know who they are, where they come from and where they’re heading.”

He is also pointing the finger at the Ministry of Culture, which he believes has taken its eye off the ball.

“I would say the team there are not doing much.”

He said the Ministry must run more events and activities which keep the language alive and thriving. George worked at the Ministry of Culture in the 1970s and again more recently, from 2004 to 2010, when he was eventually dismissed.

He said a strong team existed in his time, which started a number of programmes to preserve the culture and language, including mire tarai vaka (making of the traditional canoe), mire kaa (making of ropes), and mire maooro (traditional massage).

“Today all these activities have been pushed aside. It’s sad.”

He added that parents are not being encouraged to speak the language to their kids.

George, who is developing a dictionary of the Manihiki dialect, said he and his wife will happily start teaching Bible in schools, in Cook Islands Maori, if they are allowed.

Cook Islands News

6) Tonga Named Most Overweight Country In The World
5 of top 10 most obese countries found in the Pacific Islands

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, May 30, 2014) – Tonga is the world’s most overweight country, according to a study published yesterday by a well-known medical journal, The Lancet.

It states that 88.3% of Tongan women and 83.5% of Tongan men over the age of 20 are overweight. The study measured rates across 188 countries. Five of the ten most overweight countries recorded were Pacific Island countries (Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, and Federated States of Micronesia).

Samoa came second best to Tonga. The report stated that 85% of Samoan men and 83% of Samoan women over the age of 20 were overweight. Kiribati was third heaviest country, with 81.8% of Kiribati women and 76.5% of Kiribati men over the age of 20 overweight.

The study also stated that 52.6% of Tongan girls and 34.5% of Tongan boys under the age of 20 are overweight. An interesting fact was that Tongan boys were much lighter compared to Samoan boys (42%) and I-Kiribati boys (47.7%).

A notable exclusion to the study was Nauru, a country, which has been dubbed the world’s fattest country in the past.

Tonga has been struggling with obesity for the last decade, and it is not the first time that Tonga has been recorded among the world’s most overweight nations.

These findings may come as a surprise to many as for the last year there have been large and genuine efforts to curb obesity in Tonga. These include advertising campaigns, a rise in mass aerobic sessions, body building competitions as well as organised netball tournaments for women.

However, irregular exercise and an irresistible addiction to unhealthy food continues to be a mental challenge for the overweight Tongan.

Global health challenge

The Lancet report pointed out that because of the established health risks and substantial increases in prevalence, obesity has become a major global health challenge. “Not only is obesity increasing, but no national success stories have been reported in the past 33 years. Urgent global action and leadership is needed to help countries to more effectively intervene.”

The study ‘Global, regional, and national prevalence of overweight and obesity in children and adults during 1980-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013’ looked at the alarming trend worldwide.

“Our analysis has drawn attention to countries where most adult women and more than a third of adult men are obese. No countries had significant decreases in obesity in the past 33 years. This raises the question as to whether many or most countries are on a trajectory to reach the high rates of obesity seen in countries such as Tonga or Kuwait,” stated the report.

The rising prevalence of overweight and obesity in several countries has been described as a global pandemic In 2010, overweight and obesity were estimated to cause 3·4 million deaths.

The research was supported by funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Matangi Tonga Magazine

MICRONESIA

7) Some CNMI Agencies Have Phone, Internet Cut Over Unpaid Bills
Accuracy of $2 million in outstanding bills being discussed

By Andrew O. De Guzman

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, June 2, 2014) – IT&E cut the phone and internet connections of some government offices on Friday morning for failure to pay outstanding bills.

These government offices included the Arts Council, the Public Defender’s Office, the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality and the Retirement Fund.

Asked for comment, IT&E marketing manager Hans Mickelson cited the confidentiality of their records.

During a hearing on the motion for the preliminary injunction in the lawsuit against the Saipan casino law in Superior Court on Friday afternoon, Department of Finance Secretary Larissa Larson said the CNMI government had been closely working with IT&E to resolve outstanding phone bills, amounting to $2 million.

“Our issue with IT&E is something that is still under discussion. Right now, IT&E is claiming that we owe $2 million. What we are doing is we are reconciling billings that date way back before my time in office,” said Larson, adding that they were past due accounts from various government agencies.

She said government agencies are doing their own research to certify what bills were truly owed or what bills needed to be disputed.

“That’s how we are addressing that amount,” Larson said. “We’ve been going through [the list] one by one.”

When asked by this reporter if the government could pay IT&E through a tax off-set, Larson said: “We don’t plan to do an off-set of tax obligations. Our primary goal is paying all of our obligations and that means all government agencies will have to submit their bills, and then we will pay them.”

She added, “What we feel is when the government, just like private citizens, incur expenses, then it should pay them. That’s what we are doing here.”

Marianas Variety

NEW ZEALAND

8) Air New Zealand buys 13 new Airbus A320s

By Online Editor
1:31 pm GMT+12, 02/06/2014, New Zealand

Air New Zealand has signed a deal to purchase 13 next generation Airbus A320s in a move that will cut its fuel use by up to 15 per cent on its trans-Tasman and Pacific Islands flights.

The aircraft, with a list price of $NZ1.6 billion, will replace its current fleet of 13 international short-haul A320s. The A320neo, or “new engine options”, have more fuel efficient engines and sharklet wing tip devices to assist in lower operating costs. The first A320neo is due in late 2017, with the remainder of the aircraft to be delivered at intervals until 2019.

A minimum of three of the aircraft will be the largest A321neo, which has 38 more seats than the planes Air NZ currently operates on trans-Tasman routes.

Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon said the new order would ensure his airline continued to operate one of the world’s youngest fleets.

“This new fleet will further enhance the experience for our customers and will drive fuel efficiency enabling us to minimise our carbon footprint by saving around 3,600 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year,” he said after announcing the order on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association annual meeting in Doha, Qatar.

Luxon said this order confirmed Air NZ had decided to operate an Airbus narrow body fleet to bring efficiences in training, maintenance and operating costs. It is phasing out its ageing 737-300s, and as part of the latest order, it will also add a single older generation A320 to its domestic fleet by early 2015.

Air NZ, which is the largest shareholder in Virgin Australia Holdings, operates a trans-Tasman alliance with the Australian carrier. The pair, which have a combined market share of 55 per cent on trans-Tasman routes, compete against a separate alliance comprised of Qantas Airways, Emirates and Jetstar.

Jetstar operates A320s on trans-Tasman routes in addition to its domestic Australian operations.

Jetstar has A320neos on order but the number and delivery date is unclear after Qantas restructured its order book in February as part of broader cost-cutting measures.

Airbus is targeting the first A320neo delivery in 2015.

SOURCE: SMH/PACNEWS

FRENCH

9) Brèves d’Australie et du Pacifique – lundi 2 juin 2014

Mis à jour 2 June 2014, 13:01 AEST

Caroline Lafargue

  • Nuage de cendres du Sangeang Api: les aéroports ont rouvert dimanche après-midi dans le nord de l’Australie.

Vendredi soir, l’éruption du volcan indonésien Sangeang Api a en effet provoqué la formation de trois nuages de cendres, poussés par les vents au-dessus du centre et du nord de l’Australie, ainsi que de Bali.

Plus de 2000 passagers étaient restés cloués au sol pendant le week-end. Vendredi soir, l’éruption du volcan indonésien  Sangeang Api a en effet provoqué la formation de trois nuages de cendres. Ils ont été poussés par les vents vers le sud-est, à plus de 3200 km, c’est-à-dire sur le nord, et le centre de l’Australie. Le ciel de Bali est également obscurci par le nuage. Les cendres volcaniques peuvent endommager sérieusement les avions, particulièrement les moteurs. Les compagnies aériennes ont donc annulé leurs vols au départ et à l’arrivée de Darwin pendant le week-end. Lundi matin, les vols d’Australie vers Bali étaient toujours suspendus.

  • L’avenir s’assombrit pour les Papous d’Indonésie. L’élection présidentielle aura lieu le 9 juillet, et le favori, Joko Widodo, sera moins tendre que le Président sortant Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, qui a fait des efforts pour calmer les tensions en Papouasie. C’est l’analyse de Damien Kingsbury, professeur à l’Université Deakin, interrogé par la radio néo-zélandaise internationale. Selon lui Widodo laissera les rênes aux militaires en Papouasie occidentale. « Il y aura toujours des violations des droits de l’homme, l’aspiration des Papous à l’autodétermination ne sera pas prise au sérieux », prévoit Damien Kingsbury.
  • Nauru: 18 autres demandeurs d’asile obtiennent leur statut de réfugié – des Pakistanais, des Iraniens et des Birmans. Ils s’ajoutent aux 23 migrants qui ont reçu leur titre de séjour il y a une semaine. Tous ont été libérés et installés temporairement dans un lotissement. 5 autres ont vu leur demande rejetée, ils restent en detention pour le moment.
  • Des centaines de demandeurs d’asile ont entamé une grève de la faim au centre de rétention de Christmas, l’île australienne située au sud de l’Indonésie. 7 migrants auraient cousu leurs lèvres, d’après la Coalition d’Action pour les Réfugiés. Ils protestent contre leur transfert imminent vers Nauru ou Manus. Et ils réclament  aussi que les meurtriers de Reza Berati soient enfin jugés. La semaine dernière le gouvernement australien a publié son rapport d’enquête. Un employé de l’Armée du Salut a porté le coup fatal. Mais personne n’a été mis en examen pour le moment.
  • « Les allocations ne doivent pas servir à payer les doses des drogués. » Ce sont les mots du ministre des Affaires sociales australien. Mais Kevin Andrews a finalement renoncé à imposer des tests de dépistage de drogues aux bénéficaires des allocations, le fameux dole australien. L’idée, venue de Nouvelle-Zélande, est pourtant dans l’air en ce moment. Un député libéral, George Christensen, milite ainsi pour le dépistage des drogués, pour les allocataires. Il souhaite aussi tester les hommes politiques. Le Premier ministre Tony Abbott a déclaré ce week-end qu’il n’avait pas l’intention de prendre cette mesure.
  • 21% de croissance en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée. Ce sont les prévisions de juillet 2014 à juin 2015. Et c’est un chiffre record, qui place le pays parmi les économies les plus dynamiques de la planète. Cela, grâce à l’entrée en production des usines d’Exxon Mobil. Le premier chargement de gaz naturel liquéfié a été exporté vers le Japon il y a 10 jours. Le ministre papou du Trésor s’en réjouit. Les dollars américains vont rentrer en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, ce qui va consolider la monnaie locale, le kina, prévoit Patrick Pruaitch.
  • Un Australien champion du monde de boxe IBF dans la catégorie des poids moyens. Sam Soliman a facilement vaincu le champion du monde sortant, l’Allemand Felix Sturm samedi soir. Une victoire aux points par décision unanime des juges, 118 à 110. C’est une revanche savoureuse pour Sam Soliman, originaire de Melbourne. Il avait en effet été privé de sa précédente victoire sur l’Allemand Sturm, en 2013, car il était dopé pendant le combat. La victoire de Sam Soliman efface le mauvais souvenir de la défaite d’Alex Leapai, l’Australien d’origine samoane, face à Vladimir Klitschko fin avril.

10) PNG: invasion imminente du grand prédateur des caféiers

Mis à jour 2 June 2014, 13:01 AEST

Caroline Lafargue

Il a été retrouvé au début du mois en Papouasie indonésienne, à 20 kilomètres de la Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée. Le scolyte des baies du caféier pourrait bientôt passer la frontière.

Il est la hantise des producteurs papous. Car il n’y a pas pire prédateur pour les caféiers. On écoute les explications de Tom Khukang, de la Corporation de l’Industrie du Café en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée:

« Si rien n’est fait pour l’éradiquer, le scolyte des baies du caféier est capable de détruire 70% d’une plantation. Une fois qu’il est installé, les producteurs doivent vivre avec. Le scolyte donne du travail en plus, car il faut pulvériser plus d’insecticides sur les caféiers. Et ces produits chimiques sont très chers. Or pour l’instant nous avons un avantage compétitif par rapport aux autres pays producteurs, car le scolyte n’a pas encore colonisé nos plantations. »

Le scolyte a colonisé tous les caféiers du monde, sauf ceux du Népal et de la Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, dont la majorité des plantations sont en altitude. Il s’agit donc principalement de la variété arabica, le robusta étant un caféier de plaine. Le scolyte n’aime pas le froid, mais avec le réchauffement climatique, il trouve le courage de s’attaquer à des plantations plus en altitude.

Le scolyte représente donc une menace inquiétante pour la Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée. Le café est en effet le premier moyen de subsistance des Papous. 80% des producteurs sont en effet de petits agriculteurs. Les baies nourrissent 40% de la population, l’argent du café sert à payer les dots, les compensations coutumières, les droits de scolarité, etc.

« Nous avons un plan d’action pour les petits producteurs de café qui vivent le long de la frontière avec la Papouasie indonésienne. Les grands ports du pays sont aussi surveillés. Nous n’avons pas encore pu visiter tous les petits producteurs, nous attendons des fonds du gouvernement, pour leur apporter des pesticides. »

Tom Khukang, de la Corporation de l’Industrie du Café en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, répondait à Geraldine Coutts sur Radio Australie. Le Centre australien de Recherches sur l’Agriculture internationale a lancé un programme de surveillance du scolyte du caféier dans le pays. Radio Australia

12) L’actu calédonienne en bref de ce vendredi 30 mai

·                         Par Charlotte Mestre (A.P)

·                         Publié le 30/05/2014 | 10:33, mis à jour le 30/05/2014 | 17:05

  • L’actualité en Nouvelle-Calédonie ce vendredi 30 mai 2014 avec une situation qui semble s’apaiser à Saint Louis et l’organisation d’ une réunion publique à la province sud sur l’avenir de l’usine de VALE NC. ..

Vers un retour à la normale à Saint Louis ?

A Saint-Louis, la situation revient peu à peu à la normale aux abords de la tribu.
Toute la journée de jeudi a été calme et la circulation est restée fluide, idem pour la nuit dernière.
Les gendarmes restent en place au rond-point de la Coulée et à l’entrée Nord de la tribu.
Pendant ce temps à Goro un groupe de jeunes déterminés est resté posté devant l’usine pour réclamer sa fermeture;

A noter qu’une réunion publique d’information est prévue ce matin à 9h à la province Sud. Au programme de cette rencontre notamment, la présentation de l’enquête INERIS demandée par la Province sur la fuite d’acide du 7 mai dernier mais aussil’examen des conditions de la réouverture de l’usine de Vale.

L’avenir de l’Usine du Sud, ce sera l’objet du débat de votre magazine radio “C’est-à-dire” de ce vendredi.
Pour en discuter, après le journal de midi, Angélique Souche recevra notamment, Sylvain David, le directeur de l’usine.
Un débat qui sera suivi de l’invité politique de la semaine. Aujourd’hui,  Gaël Yanno, le nouveau président du Congrès répondra aux questions d’Angélique Souche, mais aussi aux vôtres, que vous pourrez poser en appelant le   258 258.

  • Drame sur la route à Pouembout

Nouvel accident mortel jeudi à Pouembout : un violent choc frontal entre deux voitures qui a fait trois morts et deux blessés graves.
Une enquête a été ouverte pour déterminer les circonstances exactes, mais d’après les premiers témoignages, la vitesse serait la principale cause  de cet accident.Un drame qui porte à  26, le nombre de personnes décédées sur nos routes depuis le début de l’année. Soit 2 fois plus que l’an dernier à la même période.

  • Les Océanias d’haltérophilie

18 nations de la région participent à cet évènement avec déjà une première médaille pour la Nouvelle-Calédonie.
A 16 ans et après seulement 2 mois de pratique, Jason Mafutuna a décroché l’argent dans la catégorie des moins de 77 kg. Il obtient ainsi sa place pour les Jeux du Pacifique de l’an prochain et pour les préparatifs des championnats de France. http://nouvellecaledonie.la1ere.fr/2014/05/30/l-actu-caledonienne-en-bref-de-ce-vendredi-29-mai-156835.html

13) Un futur gouvernement de Nouvelle-Calédonie sans surprise

·                         Par Angela Palmieri

·                         Publié le 31/05/2014 | 13:45, mis à jour le 31/05/2014 | 13:50

Les listes de candidats ont été officiellement déposées au Congrès de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Sauf bouleversement de dernière minute, ce qui est peu probable, le futur gouvernement sera composé de six “loyalistes” et de cinq indépendantistes. Le détail…

Cynthia Ligeard à la présidence

Conformément à l’accord entre les trois partis non indépendantistes, Calédonie Ensemble, le Front pour l’Unité-Rassemblement et l’Union pour la Calédonie dans la France, la présidence de l’institution sera confiée à Cynthia Ligeard (FPU), la Province sud étant dirigée par Calédonie Ensemble et le Congrès par l’UCF ( Gaël Yanno).
En position éligible aux côtés de Cynthia Ligeard, Bernard Deladrière (FPU)…

Calédonie Ensemble a choisi de proposer les candidatures de Philippe Germain, d’André-Jean Léopold et Thierry Cornaille. Sonia Backès, membre du gouvernement sortant, sera la seule représentante de l’UCF dans cette nouvelle configuration.

Déwé Gorodey toujours présente..

Membre du gouvernement depuis la création de cette institution calédonienne, Déwé Gorodey (UNI-Palika) a été désignée par son parti pour poursuivre son action gouvernementale. Une autre femme indépendantiste, elle aussi issue du parti Paul Néaoutyine, Valentine Eurisouké, siégera aussi dans ce premier gouvernement de la mandature 2014.
Pas de surprise dans les rangs de l’Union Calédonienne, Gilbert Tyuiénon et Antony Lecren membres sortants sont placés en position éligible par leur parti, à noter simplement le retour de Jean-Louis d’Anglebermes, membre du gouvernement Gomès entre 2009 et 2011.

Les 54 élus du Congrès de Nouvelle-Calédonie se réuniront ce jeudi 5 juin pour élire le gouvernement.
Concernant la répartition des portefeuilles entre les onze futurs nouveaux membres les négociations sont toujours en cours… http://nouvellecaledonie.la1ere.fr/2014/05/31/un-futur-gouvernement-de-nouvelle-caledonie-sans-surprise-157149.html

PASIFIK

14) PNG names woman candidate for top Pacific post

By Online Editor
10:13 am GMT+12, 02/06/2014, Papua New Guinea

High flying Papua New Guinea woman, Dame Meg Taylor, is the country’s nominee for the post of the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said Dame Meg had a wealth of experience and knowledge that spanned 20 years in active service to the Government of Papua New Guinea.

Her father was the famed kiap and explorer James Lindsay Taylor and her mother, Yerima, was from the Wahgi area.

“Dame Meg Taylor is a qualified lawyer with a LLB Degree from Melbourne University, Australia and a LL.M Degree from the Harvard University, USA.  She was also the Ambassador of PNG to the United States, Mexico and Canada in Washington DC from 1989 to 1994.”

She has held a number of key portfolios and today serves as vice president, compliance adviser ombudsman for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank Group.

As the current Secretary General’s Tuiloma Neroni Slade tenure has come to its end, the PIF Secretariat has advertised the position of a new candidate for the term 2014 – 2016.

The PIF Secretariat based in Suva, Fiji, acts as the Secretariat for forum-related events and implements decisions by the leaders, facilitates the delivery of development assistance to member states, and undertakes the political and legal mandates of Forum meetings.

Fiji and Solomons Islands have also nominated their candidates, Ambassador Kaliopate Tavola for Fiji and Dr Jimmy Rodgers for the Solomon Islands.

O’Neill has instructed Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato and State Enterprises Minister Ben Micah to hold talks with Melanesian Spearhead Group countries to lobby support for PNG’s candidate.

Minister Micah will flew to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu over the weekend to begin the lobbying.

SOURCE: LOOP PNG/PACNEWS

15) Five Pacific women on NZ Honours list

2 June 14

Five women have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours for their work in the Pacific community in New Zealand.

Christopher Gilbert reports.

“Maliaga Erick was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for advocacy work on behalf of Pacific children with mental illness.

Dr Leslie Tongati’o was made an honorary member for leading the Ministry of Education’s Pasifika team since 1993 and heavy involvement with childhood education.

Piripo Elisaia is awarded a Queens Service Medal, for founding Pacific Homecare, an award winning organisation which provides free services to Pacific elderly in Auckland.

As was Fereni Ete, who spent thirty five years in community education promoting the Samoan language and chairing Samoan Capital Radio.

The Honorary Queen’s Service Medal went to Aufaga Tuimauga for her work producing resources for the teaching of Samoan, and English as a second language, in schools.”Radio NZ

EDUCATION

16) USP student scholarship terminated for political involvement

2  June 14

The Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board in Fiji has confirmed that a student at the University of the South Pacific has had his scholarship taken away because of his association with politics.

A hotel management student, Tamani Seruiraduvatu, received a letter from the board last week.

Mary Baines reports.

“The letter says Tamani Seruiraduvatu has been associating himself in political agendas without taking into consideration his obligation to the Ministry of i-Taukei Affairs. The letter does not outline what those obligations are but says his actions amount to personal negligence and misconduct. The board says Mr Seruiraduvatu will have to pay back all his scholarship money he has received so far. He says the letter arrived after a local newspaper published an item showing him doing voluntary work, collecting signatures for independent candidate, Roshika Deo. Mr Seruiraduvatu says he has not been given an opportunity by the board or the USP to explain his point of view. He says he intends to keep working for Ms Deo.”Radio NZ

17) RMI Government Buys Hotel To Establish USP Campus
Conversion of Long Island Hotel reduces available hotel rooms on Majuro

By Giff Johnson

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Marianas Variety, June 2, 2014) – The Marshall Islands government has bought a hotel in Majuro and will turn it into a campus for the University of the South Pacific.

The government made a $2 million down payment on the $3.8 million price tag for the 36-room Long Island Hotel. The government purchase reduces available hotel rooms in Majuro to about 150, with most of those at the other government-owned Marshall Islands Resort.

“A $2 million down payment was approved toward $3.8 million required to procure the Long Island facility for the purpose of establishing the University of the South Pacific campus in Majuro,” said president’s office spokesperson Denise deBrum-Reiher on Friday.

“The Attorney General’s Office is to develop and execute a bill of sale and necessary sub-lease agreement.”

Development of a north Pacific campus for USP in Majuro has been discussed by government leaders for many years. Currently, USP operates a college preparatory “foundation” program as well as an extension center that provides both classroom and distance learning options, including a master’s program.

The $2 million down payment was made from funding generated by the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority from its commercial fisheries operations. The $1.8 million balance due will reportedly be funded by Taiwan.

“The Marshall Islands has received tremendous support for establishment of a Majuro USP campus,” said deBrum-Reiher. During two recent Micronesian Chief Executives summits, island leaders have endorsed setting up a campus here, and the Nitijela (parliament) approved $500,000 in its FY 2013 national budget as seed funding for establishing the campus, she said.

Long Island Hotel was inspected last year as a possible campus site, and this assessment was followed by a visit to the hotel by officials from the Properties and Facilities Department at USP in Suva. The USP evaluation verified the earlier assessment and prepared initial recommendations for modifications that will be required to turn the hotel into a school, she said. A cost estimate for renovations required to turn the hotel into a school has not yet been provided.

This is the third major private sector facility to be purchased by government over the past two decades. Previously, the government bought two medium-sized retail store/restaurants, turning one into the office of the Public Service Commission and the other into an elementary school.

Marianas Variety

POLITIC

18) Bainimarama’s FijiFirst Officially Recognized As Political Party
Major parties not surprised at endorsement despite breaches of decrees

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, May 30, 2104) – Registrar of Political Parties has today endorsed FijiFirst’s application as a political party. In a statement, Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem says the party can now operate and hold itself as a political party under section 16 of the decree.

FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama welcomed the news, thanking all who had signed up.

“I also wish to thank all those Fijians who have come out to openly support FijiFirst and who have sent their best wishes,” he said in a statement.

“As our FijiFirst Constitution states, we are a national movement dedicated to the service of our nation and to the advancement of the well-being of all our people.

“We are committed to serve the best interests of all Fijians and to put Fiji first. FijiFirst will bring all Fijians together in a united Fiji. A united Fiji which has justice and compassion. A united Fiji that recognises the different and special needs and protection that is to be afforded to our citizens.”

[PIR editor’s note: Fijilive reported that Fiji’s other major political parties were not ‘surprised by the endorsement of the FijiFirst party, welcoming the competition and remaining confident ahead of the September 17 election. Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said “with their own people making the decision” that was to be expected. “This is despite the party having breached the Electoral Decree and the Political Parties Registration Decree. “Reports have been lodged but no action has been taken. It appears the rule of law doesn’t apply to the government in power.”’]

Bainimarama who is currently overseas says he will officially launch FijiFirst upon his return. In the meantime, he says people on the ground will start freely spreading the word about FijiFirst.

“We will also call for expressions of interest from those Fijians who wish to stand as candidates for FijiFirst and those who want to participate as volunteers in our political movement,” Bainimarama said.

Meanwhile, there were five objections received by the Fijian Elections Office against the party’s application – one each from Tupeni Baba, from Mick Beddoes, from Nazia Rauf, Dalip Kumar and one from the United Front for a Democratic Fiji (UFDF).

The particulars of the objections were in accordance to Section 9 of the Political Parties Registration Decree.

Fijilive

BUSINESS

19a ) PNG needs to grow its own food: Minister

By Online Editor
10:31 am GMT+12, 02/06/2014, Papua New Guinea

After 39 years of Independence, PNG continues to import many goods that can be easily produced locally, says Minister for Trade Commerce and Industry Richard Maru.

Maru said these include beef where the country imports 50 percent of the annual requirements, dairy, milk and many dairy products, rice, fruits and vegetables and much more.

“PNG must find new trading partners who will assist us by entering into major joint venture companies to produce food products that we can produce locally. This is the Asian Century and we must take advantage of the rise of many Asian based companies who should be encouraged to invest in PNG, especially in investments that will result in PNG being able to replace imports like rice,beef,sheep,vegetable, fruits and furniture etc”, he said.

Maru said PNG had an urgent need to negotiate and enter into new trade and investment agreements with Indonesia, Philiphines, China and Malaysia.

“Apart from the Asian Region, we need to deepen our trade and investment relationship with the European Union who under the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement give us special duty free market access to our fisheries and oil palm.

“PNG has greatly benefited from such a generous terms of Trade agreement,” Maru said.

SOURCE: LOOP PNG/PACNEWS

1b) Solwara 1 eyes 2016

By Online Editor
3:43 pm GMT+12, 02/06/2014, Papua New Guinea

The seafloor production tools for the Solwara 1 project by Nautilus Minerals are 90% complete with production expected in 2016, country manager Mel Togolo said.

He said the project has been gaining momentum since the company and the state signed an agreement in April.

Providing an update on the project last Friday, Togolo said the second tool has been assembled and the final tool would be assembled this month.

“The riser and lifting system which will be used to transfer the mined material from the seafloor to the surface within an enclosed system is over 50% complete,” he said.

Nautilus Minerals has started work on expanding its offices in Port Moresby and Kavieng, New Ireland.

Togolo said the Canadian seafloor miner was committed to train locals and has begun recruitment positions for human resources, administration and women’s affairs.

He said: “It is Nautilus’s vision to train Papua New Guineans to be the first in the world to operate the seafloor production tools which is truly an exciting and rewarding opportunity for nationals.

“The Solwara 1project will provide real benefits to the people of Papua New Guinea. Nautilus Minerals is now working on a variety of initiatives which they plan to implement by fourth quarter this year.

“We’ll bring additional 15% workforce every year, when we reopened office in New Ireland we’ll have two or three people there.

“I want Papua New Guineans to get maximum benefit through increase of local hire.

“Important thing is Papua New Guineans own 15% of the company, with an option to take an additional 15%.”

In terms of regular awareness conducted by the firm, Togolo said: “We’ve been doing serious awareness on a quarterly basis since 2007, on the West coast of New Irelands and East New Britain during that time we have talked to more than 10,000 people.”

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

20)Pruaitch: Gas export worth K10bn a year to PNG

By Online Editor
3:46 pm GMT+12, 02/06/2014, Papua New Guinea

Now that LNG exports have started, the nation’s export revenues will grow by some K10 billion to K12 billion (US$3.7 – US$4.4 million) in a full calendar year, Papua New Guinea Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch says.

He said these revenue flows would greatly boost PNG’s balance of trade with the inflow of US dollars from LNG exports contributing to a strengthening of the Kina.

Pruaitch was responding to deputy opposition leader Sam Basil’s claim that he was unable to explain how the LNG exports would boost the economy and improve the country’s exchange rate.

“The deputy opposition leader went on to add that the kina was now trading at an all-time low which is absolute nonsense,” he said in a statement.

He said LNG exports would provide PNG with wide-ranging social and economic benefits, adding that the benefits started before the first LNG export last month.

“The benefits to this country from the LNG project have been explained on numerous situations both inside and outside Parliament.

“Most people are already aware that a significant part of PNG’s strong economic growth in the past four years was directly related to the start of construction of the LNG project.

“It has been stated often enough, by the prime minister and others, that the PNG economy is anticipated to grow by a record 21%, making it one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The project has employed several thousands of Papua New Guineans in recent years.

“It has been stated often enough, and debated in the media and elsewhere, that PNG needs to guard against the ‘Dutch Disease’ caused by the strengthening of the kina in the face of surging LNG revenues.

“It has been stated that part of the reason for the Government decision to set up a Sovereign Wealth Fund has been to try and cushion some of the negative impacts of the ‘Dutch Disease’.

“It could be well that Basil had missed out on some of these debates because he might have been on one of his extensive holidays.”.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

21) Don’t get in Govt’s way: PM to Ombudsman

By Online Editor
10:04 am GMT+12, 02/06/2014, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on the Ombudsman Commission not to impede the work of the executive government.

The Prime Minister met with Chief Ombudsman Rigo Lua and officers of the commission on Thursday, during which he stressed the government’s support of their independent investigations into decisions of the Executive Government.

But he pointed out that those investigations must not impede its work or go against the nation’s overall interest.

The Ombudsman had directed a freeze on the interest payments on the UBS loan as part of its investigations. Such a freeze would trigger a default which would have disastrous consequences for PNG, including the loss of all the Oil Search shares and the gains made in the rise of the share price.

“If we default on this payment as a result of Ombudsman Commission direction, all the upside of our shares and what LNG project has delivered to us through Oil Search shareholding would be lost.

“It would also rattle and erode investor confidence in doing business with PNG.

“I respect the Ombudsman Commission and the work it does. And I’m sure the commission realises that the task of running the country lies with the executive government.”

SOURCE: LOOP PNG/PACNEWS

LAW&ORDER

22) Residents in Vanuatu warned as only one of seven escapees returns to jail

2 June 14
One of the seven notorious inmates who have escaped from jail in Vanuatu has surrendered to his chief and returned to the facility.

The remaining six are still at large and Correctional Services authorities have appealed to the public to take extra care, especially women and girls, as some of them are known rapists.

It is not clear if the new Minister for Home Affairs will issue a shoot-to-kill order for the police who are hunting the escapees.

Two years ago, police killed an escapee who did not surrender when caught.Radio NZ

23) Convicted MP Tiensten threatened in prison, lawyer says

By Online Editor
3:31 pm GMT+12, 02/06/2014, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s convicted MP Paul Tiensten has been subjected to violence and death threats at Bomana Prison, outside Port Moresby, according to his lawyer Greg Sheppard.

Sheppard revealed this in the Supreme Court in Waigani last Friday while applying for bail pending his substantive appeal challenging his conviction and sentence.

A panel comprising Justice Bernard Sakora, Justice David Cannings and Justice Goodwin Poole will rule on the bail application tomorrow.

Tiensten was jailed for nine years for misappropriating K10 million of State funds to airline company Travel Air when he was the Minister for National Planning.

He filed the appeal in the Supreme Court on May 2.

Tiensten said in his affidavit that there had been verbal and physical attacks on him, including a rock thrown at him by inmates.

Sheppard told the court that Tiensten’s safety at Bomana prison was not guaranteed and that he feared for his  life.

Tiensten reported the threats and incidences to the prison commander but no action had been taken to resolve the situation.

Sheppard argued that this was an exceptional circumstance where bail should be granted.

“If a threat on the life of a person which is uncontested evidence is not an exceptional circumstance, what
will there ever be?” Sheppard said.

State prosecutor Anthony Kupmain objected to bail saying there was no exceptional circumstance for Tiensten.

Kupmain said if Tiensten’s constitutional rights had been breached in prison,the alternative was to file proceedings in the National Court under the human rights track.

Sakora told Kupmain that a threat to a person’s life should be treated seriously.

Cannings also told Kupmain that the State prosecution had not brought any evidence to contradict the evidence provided by Tiensten.

SOURCVE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

SPORTS

24) Bainimarama back as Fiji Rugby president

By Online Editor
3:57 pm GMT+12, 02/06/2014, Fiji

Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is back to head Rugby House after being nominated unopposed for the post of president at Fiji Rugby Union’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Nadi on Saturday.

He was nominated by Naitasiri during the AGM where it is also believed Rugby House recorded a profit, for the first time in years.

FRU board chairman Filimone Waqabaca said the normal process was followed and the council endorsed it accordingly.

Bainimarama replaces Ratu Sikeli Tasere who died last year. He joins an almost new-look interim board with three new members who come in as replacement for Dr Esther Williams, Waisea Vatuvoka and Mosese Taga who were voted out by the council.

Waqabaca confirmed there was a move of vote of no confidence from the floor against the council’s selection which included Daniel Whippy. Whippy was retained.

In are Tiko Matawalu, Marika Luveniyali and National Fire Authority chief executive John O’Connor. They join Dr Berlin Kafoa, Whippy, Baljeet Singh and Waqabaca.

The interim board will stay on and call another AGM most likely in June where the interim board will table the FRU’s finances for 2013 and its revised constitution.

“There was a move from the floor of no confidence on the current FRU board in particular those that were appointed by the council.

Four are normally voted from the council apart from Director Legal and Director Finance, there are four other names voted by council in such meetings as these,” Waqabaca said.

“They will be an interim board who will arrange for the next AGM which we are hoping will happen soon, maybe during one of the Test series in June to go through the finances of the FRU in 2013 and the constitution.

“We are contemplating to have it on one of Saturday June Test days. We could have it in the morning and then the game in the afternoon.”

SOURCE: FIJI LIVE/PACNEWS

25) Former Manu Samoa captain found guilty of assaulting ex-wife

By Online Editor
3:54 pm GMT+12, 02/06/2014, Samoa

Samoan rugby legend Brian Lima has been found guilty of charges relating to a public attack on his ex-wife.

The 42-year-old – a popular former captain of Manu Samoa – appeared in the island nation’s Supreme Court late last week.

He was found guilty of three charges: causing grievous bodily harm, being armed with a dangerous weapon and using threatening words. Two other charges were dismissed.

Lima stared straight ahead as the verdict was read out on Friday, the Samoa Observer reported.

Supreme Court Judge Ida Malosi said Lima had been armed with a beer bottle during a confrontation with his former wife, Lemalu Sina Retzlaff, outside a nightclub in Apia last December.

Lima hit Ms Retzlaff and threw the bottle at her male companion.

Addressing members of the public on the street, Lima then made the threat: “The person who touches me will die,” Justice Malosi told the court.

Ms Retzlaff, who had been separated from Lima for almost two years when the attack happened, was left with a battered, bruised face and black eyes. The pair have three sons together.

After the attack, Ms Retzlaff took out a protection order against her former husband and spoke out about the incident to the local newspaper, the Samoa Observer, which also ran a photo of her badly bruised face.

“I should have gotten a protection order earlier and I learned that the hard way,” she said.

“My face is saying you should have gotten a protection order … I thought it would have angered him. It was the eggshell approach – I thought ‘anything to keep the peace’.”

Lima – who had been Manu Samoa’s defence coach – apologised to the island nation’s rugby union and resigned from all active roles in early January.

He has long been a favourite son of Samoa, as well as an international rugby hero. Nicknamed “the chiropractor” for his severe tackles, he has played in five Rugby World Cup tournaments.

He will be sentenced on June 20.

SOURCE: NZ HERALD/PACNEWS

26) Toulon wins French title

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Monday, June 02, 2014

PARIS – England legend Jonny Wilkinson played a starring role in his final match as a professional as Toulon added the French Top 14 title to their European crown with an 18-10 victory over holders Castres yesterday.

Wilkinson bowed out from a stunning career not only as a winner but as the most influential player on the pitch, landing Toulon’s first 15 points, including a trademark drop goal.

And the French did not miss the opportunity to pay tribute to the England legend, playing God Save the Queen over the tannoy after the final whistle.

“It’s impossible, all I can do is thank everyone in the group, the coaches, it’s incredible to explain, it’s just a pleasure,” Wilkinson told France 2.

“I’ll keep following the Top 14 because it has changed my life.

“I’ve spent half my life with a ball, it’s going to be a huge shock after rugby but I’ll have a lot of good memories with the whole of the team here.”

In truth, the match itself wasn’t a great spectacle but neither Toulon, who won their first Bouclier de Brennus since 1992, nor Wilkinson will care too much as they took revenge on Castres for their defeat in last year’s final.

And having added two European crowns and a French title in his final two seasons as a professional, Wilkinson will no doubt be delighted with his glorious farewell to the sport he graced with such distinction.

This final had been more billed as Wilkinson’s retirement than Toulon’s revenge mission and the England legend didn’t disappoint.

He took first blood in the eighth minute with a penalty after Toulon had bulldozed up to the Castres line, forcing a desperate infringement from the champions.

But on 11 minutes, Scot Max Evans ran almost the length of the field to score a stunning try and turn the final Castres’ way.

The European champions put pressure on at the scrum and won a penalty, which Wilkinson converted.

Almost immediately, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe came in at the side of a ruck and Kockott kicked Castres into a 10-6 lead on 29 minutes.

Once again Toulon cranked up the pressure at the scrum and Wilkinson closed the gap to one point from the tee.

The biggest cheer of the half then greeted the former England fly-half as he set up a good attacking position with a clever kick in behind a high Castres line before landing a drop-goal with his right foot on 35 minutes.

Shades of the 2003 World Cup final and a Wilkinson speciality in his final match. It was party time.

Things got better for Toulon as despite Australian Matt Giteau being harshly pinged for a high tackle, Kockott slipped on his run up and put the penalty wide before missing with a long-range effort on the stroke of half-time.

Wilkinson was to the fore again on 54 minutes as he landed a penalty from wide out on the right touchline after Castres collapsed a maul.

With seven minutes left, Castres gave away a penalty for not releasing and Wilkinson handed over kicking duties to Armitage who scored the final points of the match.

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