Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1014
1a) Vanuatu PM faces possible confidence vote
29 August 2014
Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Joe Natuman may face a vote of no confidence at the end of next week.
Our correspondent reports a motion has been lodged with the Speaker, which, if accepted, could lead to a vote next Friday.
The motion has the backing of 27 of the 52 MPs – the minimum required for such an action.
It has been placed by the opposition leader, Moana Carcasses, but no reasons have yet been given for why he feels the Prime Minister should go.
There were two unsuccessful attempts last month to unseat Mr Natuman.Radio NZ
2) Vanuatu daily news digest | 29 August 2014
- The Daily Post report today on the resolution of the Vanua’aku Pati (VP) elections yesterday is the clearest available. Natapei retains the party leadership as President, and as the VP Constitution does not require the President of the Party to become PM, the parliamentary business already dealt with (the election of Natuman to the leadership of government) will be honoured by all. Post also reports the Iauko Group (so ready to split at the Tongoa Congress) being ready to re-unite with the Vanua’aku Pati. Daily Post lists other executive positions now filled without further concern over the electoral process.
- Head of State Iolu Abbil leads the Radio Vanuatu News with a call on all leaders of the country today to honour the Independence vision of the founding fathers of Vanuatu – the foundation of the nation of Vanuatu. “The strength of the country and our independence greatly depend on that foundation,” he said. He was speaking in advance of the election which will choose his successor in the near future, his term ending Tuesday.
- The first National Green Export Review Workshop is reported by Radio Vanuatu News as having learned that the quality of copra exported by Vanuatu must – as always – be a matter for concern as claimed by the private sector at the meeting.
- A Chinese navy ship will make a goodwill visit to Port Vila from the weekend until 7 September (except September 3 when a cruise ship is in port) all media report. Chinese doctors and medical teams on board will be available to conduct examinations of persons wishing medical advice. At certain times the professionals will be available at the Chinese Club, downtown, and at others they will be in Mele village.
- Today’s Daily Post Transparency page carries a full report on the unlawful granting of citizenship to Juris Gulbis Saken (a name we thought had dropped from this news blog for ever.) It shows the need for ongoing vigilance in the matter of citizenships. Gulbis Saken had been “adopted” (although he was of mature years) by a Santo family. This is an unsatisfactory basis for adoption. Transparency also applauds the establishment of the Police Professional Standards Unit which will look into police actions claimed to be unethical.
- Post reports conflicting information about the detention of Vanuatu Ferry. The full story will undoubtedly come to light in the not distant future.
3a) Polynesian Airlines gets US approval
30 August 2014
Polynesian Airlines has been granted approval by the US Department of Transportation to provide temporary air service to American Samoa’s Manu’a.
The approval was granted on Thursday and according to Polynesian General Manager Seiuli Alvin Tuala the Samoa carrier is set to begin twice daily flights to Ta’u Manu’a on the 1st of September.
Seiuli says they look forward to providing the service to assist American Samoa and especially the people of Manu’a.Radio NZ
3b) Samoa opens turbine wind project
30 August 2014
The Samoa government has officially opened the country’s first wind energy project at Vailoa Aleipata on the southern coast of Upolu island.
The Aleipata wind farm includes two 55 meter high wind turbines in which each produces 275 Kilowatts of electricity with a total output of 1.5 million units.
It will be directly connected to the Electric Power Corporation’s electricity network.
The Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says the new wind farm is a significant step forward for Samoa’s transition to a more sustainable energy future.
The project was made possible through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development of the United Arab Emirates-Pacific Partnership Fund, which is allocating 50 million US dollars in grant for renewable energy projects for Pacific nations.
Samoa is one of the six Pacific Islands, to receive the funding, for installation of renewable energy schemes in the Pacific region.Radio NZ
3c ) Australian Think Tank: PNG Women Face Extreme Challenges
Need better access to justice system
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 29, 2014) – The Australian think tank, the Lowy Institute, says women in Papua New Guinea continue to face extreme challenges, including gaining access to the justice system.
The institute has just held a panel discussion to highlight the range of issues Pacific women encounter, particularly in PNG.
Its programme director for Melanesia, Jenny Hayward-Jones, says international partners such as Australia and New Zealand could provide more support, especially when it comes to improving PNG’s justice system.
“One of the big problems identified was that women had to report to hospitals basically with the husband who bashed them in tow, so there was no getting away from the perpetrators which is a huge problem and one that wasn’t going to be resolved quickly.”
Jenny Hayward-Jones says a 2013 Medecins Sans Frontieres study found 70 per cent of PNG women will be raped or assaulted in their lifetime.
Radio New Zealand International
4) PNG Mosquitoes i soim AFL International Cup long Port Moresby
Postim 29 August 2014, 14:53 AEST
Ol pilaia, ofisal na sponsa blong Mosquitoes AFL Internasenal tim blong Papua New Guinea i bin raun long Port Moresby city tede blong soim AFL Internasenal Cup ol ibin winim.
AFL PNG Senior Football Operations Manager, Rex Leka i toktok (Credit: ABC)
Ol Mosquitoes ibin winim AFL Internasenal Cup long faenol agensim Ireland long Sarere long wik igo pinis long Melbourne.
AFL PNG Senior Football Operations Manager, Rex Leka itok ol i hamamas long planti sapot ol i kisim long PNG na tu long Australia.
Em i tok hamamas tu long sapot bilong gavman we Sports Minista i makim long em i stap long lukim faenol long Melbourne.
Mr Leka i tok long tede, ol player i raun long kar ol i bilasim na hamamas long win blong ol wantaim ol pipol na sapota long Port Moresby.
Em i tok bikpela sponsa blong ol, MVIL nau i oganaisim dispela raun blong ol pilaia long Port Moresby tede.Radio Australia
5) Brèves d’Australie et du Pacifique – vendredi 29 août 2014
Mis à jour 29 August 2014, 13:41 AEST
Papouasie indonésienne: des pêcheurs ont découvert le corps de l’indépendantiste Martinus Yohame dans un sac qui flottait sur l’océan, dans la région de Sorong, à l’extrême ouest.
Peu avant sa disparition, Martinus Yohame avait critiqué publiquement la visite du Président indonésien à Sorong, et l’exploitation forestière illégale dans la région.
Ses bras et ses jambes étaient ligotés, son corps était criblé de blessures par balles. Martinus Yohame était le responsable du comité national de la Papouasie occidentale à Sorong. Martinus Yohame a disparu mardi dernier, juste après avoir donné une conférence de presse dans laquelle il a dit son opposition à la visite du Président indonésien dans la région, venu inaugurer une course nautique. Martinus Yohame avait aussi critiqué l’exploitation forestière illégale dans la région. Le comité national de la Papouasie occidentale milite pour l’organisation d’un référendum d’autodétermination.
- 43 casques bleus fidjiens ont été capturés par des opposants syriens sur le plateau du Golan jeudi. Cette zone démilitarisée sépare Israël de la Syrie, et elle est surveillée depuis 1974 par une force de l’ONU, qui veille au respect du cessez-le-feu entre les deux pays. Les casques bleus fidjiens sont retenus en otages près de Kuneitra, à la frontière entre le plateau du Golan et la Syrie, où de violents combats opposent en ce moment l’armée et les rebelles syriens. Vendredi matin le chef d’état-major de l’armée fidjienne, le général de bridage Mosese Tikoitoga, a confirmé que les 43 Fidjiens sont détenus dans de bonnes conditions.
- Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée: le Tavurvur est entré en éruption vendredi matin sur l’île de Nouvelle-Bretagne. L’observatoire volcanologique de Rabaul, la ville voisine, recommande aux habitants de rester dans leurs maisons, ou de quitter la ville. Le volcan a craché beaucoup de fumée et de pierres, détruisant des jardins potagers. Depuis ce matin, l’éruption s’est un peu calmée. Mais les volcanologues s’attendent néanmoins encore à quelques explosions.
- Samoa: l’inauguration du tout premier casino du pays aura lieu samedi. Il est situé près de l’aéroport international et emploie 100 personnes. Le premier ministre, Tuilaepa Sailele compte sur le casino pour attirer plus de touristes au Samoa, les inciter à prolonger leur séjour et à dépenser plus. Les Samoans, eux, n’auront pas le droit d’aller jouer leur argent au casino.
- Samoa: des enquêteurs néo-zélandais sont arrivés à Apia hier pour enquêter sur la mort de Leighton Muir. Ce pêcheur kiwi est décédé à bord du thonier-senneur Captain MJ Souza dimanche, dans les eaux de Kiribati. Depuis, le navire est rentré au Samoa, où il fournit en thons la conserverie Starkist. Le propriétaire du thonier senneur, le groupe Talley, affirme qu’il s’agit d’une mort accidentelle.
- Australie: la nouvelle zone de recherches du MH370 devrait être définie la semaine prochaine. Jeudi, le numéro 2 du gouvernement, Warren Truss, a indiqué qu’elle pourrait être étendue plus au sud. Depuis trois mois en effet, les experts ont ré-analysé les appels passés par téléphone satellite par les autorités de l’aviation civile malaysienne à l’équipage de l’avion, quand il a commencé à dévier de sa route. Conclusion : l’avion de la Malaysia Airlines se serait dérouté plus vite qu’on ne le pensait, et aurait donc parcouru plus de chemin vers le sud. L’exploration du fond de l’océan dans la nouvelle zone devrait commencer d’ici quelques semaines.
- Tasmanie: il n’avait que 23.5 kilo de laine sur son dos. Shaun a été tondu hier jeudi. Âgé de 6 ans, ce mouton, n’avait jamais été tondu. Il s’est vraisemblablement échappé d’une ferme très jeune et a survécu tout seul. Sa tonte a pris 20 minutes, et il y avait un public nombreux, mais malheureusement Shaun n’a pas battu le record du monde de la toison la plus lourde. Shrek, le mouton néo-zélandais, conserve son titre – il a donné une toison de 27 kilos en 2004. Radio A ustralia
6a) Unemployment and poverty major factor in Pacific
30 August 2014
The International Monetary Fund says unemployment and poverty are two pressing issues facing the South Pacific region.
The Fiji Times reports that during an IMF Workshop at the Reserve Bank of Fiji in Suva on Thursday, IMF resident representative for Pacific Island Countries Yongzheng Yang said the increase in poverty levels was a common factor in the region.
He says another challenge is how to raise growth and create more jobs for young people in the region.
Mr Yang says the IMF did not directly involve itself in policies concerning poverty but indirectly addressed the issue by working in collaboration with governments.Radio NZ
6b) NZ Academic: Pac Leaders Must Address Inequality
Gender and social inequalities need platform such as SIDS
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 29, 2014) – A New Zealand academic is urging Pacific leaders to use the upcoming Small Island Developing States Conference in Samoa as an opportunity to address blatant inequalities in the region.
3,000 people, including 20 government leaders, are expected to attend the conference.
The director of Auckland University’s development studies programme, Yvonne Underhill-Sem, says leaders need to take a stand on social issues, such as gender inequality.
“It is very hard to draw attention to things that we are not really happy about or may even be ashamed about but our leaders need to be a bit braver. These social inequalities won’t go away by just ignoring them and we need to redirect resources into those areas.”
The director of Auckland University’s development
7) PNG Parliamentary Staff Hold Protest Over Pay
Waiting on promised new pay structure implementation
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 29, 2014) – Members of Papua New Guinea’s parliamentary staff staged a protest on Thursday over their pay, briefly holding up parliament proceedings.
The staff are demanding the Speaker’s office implement a new pay structure promised to begin last January.
This protestor said they’ve had enough of waiting years for a new structure.
“Because all the top management and the middle management, they’ve got their new structures and we are still left out. You can see Moresby’s a very expensive place to live in. Staff especially, they are struggling: rental, food, the salary cannot cater for.”
The Speaker sent his first secretary to hear the protesting staff and said the new pay structure would arrive in September.
Radio New Zealand International
8) No change comes overnight: FijiFirst
By Online Editor
7:45 pm GMT+12, 28/08/2014, Fiji
The FijiFirst party says they have a vision for a modern and progressive Fiji which is the reason of the introduction of free education.
The party in a statement said that though they understand that many are still crying for the unaffordable school equipments, free education is a start.
“By introducing free education we have paved the way for our children’s future. Now a child can get free education from Class 1 right until Form 7.”
“They may say that many parents still cannot afford to pay for schoolbags, shoes and uniforms. But guess what? No change as BIG as this comes overnight,” the statement reads.
“We as a nation will eventually get there. We need to work together to move FijiFirst into the future.” “We also have the Toppers Scholarships, which takes to top students of our nation and provides a scholarship for them. The important thing about this scholarship is that it looks at what Fiji needs, like nurses and doctors, engineers and then offers scholarships in those areas.”
The statement further goes on to say that Fiji does not need lawyers and this was a reason they do not have a category for law school in the toppers program.
“We don’t need lawyers, so we don’t have a toppers category for law school. It helps our nation grow.” However the party believes that with the education policies that have been introduced Fiji should reap its rewards in years to come.
SOURCE: FIJI LIVE/PACNEWS
9) PNG PM queried over Air Niugini catering using Fijian Made Water
By Online Editor
3:55 pm GMT+12, 28/08/2014, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister O’Neill was taken to task to explain why Papua New Guinea’s flag carrier Air Niugini was still serving Fijian made water and Australian made biscuits in all its international flights.
Maprik MP John Simon, who is also one of the assistant Speakers of Parliament, standing up to thank Speaker Theo Zurenuoc for allowing him to travel to other parts of the world, specifically singling out one of the Pacific Island nations for a conference, said that he was disappointed travelling on national carrier Air Niugini and served with foreign food and drinks.
“Fiji water must be sweeter than PNG water,” Simon told Parliament.
“Mr Speaker, Air Niugini is our flag carrier and why is it that they still serve biscuits made in Australia and Water made in Fiji when we have our own water and biscuits made right here in PNG?” he asked.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill agreed that we should be looking at promoting our own products and that it didn’t display well for a PNG flag carrier to serve other country’s products.
O’Neill said one reason was because of the price of the goods and how Air Niugini was being cost efficient and saving costs by buying products from abroad. However, he said he will definitely have an audience with the Minister responsible so that the PNG Made products could be taken on-board international flights on Air Nuigini.
This would promote our local industries and would further create employment opportunities for more Papua New Guineans, the Prime Minister said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
10) Key factors for Fiji’s economy
By Online Editor
8:10 pm GMT+12, 28/08/2014, Fiji
As Fiji prepares for a return to a democratically-elected government, progress towards the election has led to increasing confidence in the economy, the International Monetary Fund has revealed.
According to IMF Asia and Pacific Department assistant director Chikahisa Sumi, this will also be supported by increased disposable income and credit expansion.
An IMF mission was in the country last month to conduct discussions with Fijian authorities.
Sumi said GDP growth was projected to accelerate to 3.8 per cent this year, well above the average growth rate over the past decade.
“There are both domestic and external risks to the outlook. Domestic risks are focused on the complex political situation,” he said in a statement.
“On the upside, successful election and a smooth transition to reform-oriented democratic government could result in stronger confidence in the economy and higher capital inflows,” he said.
On the external risks, he said Australia and New Zealand, the two most important tourism markets for Fiji, could be adversely affected by lower commodity demand from China and elsewhere.
IMF said inflation had remained low partly because of low import prices but pervasive price controls clouded inflation assessment. And while good progress had been made in recent years, it stated structural reforms needed to continue for the country to achieve sustainably high growth and increase resilience to external shocks.
The IMF executive board is expected to discuss the 2014 Article IV consultation in October, this year.
SOURCE: FIJI LIVE/PACNEWS
11a) Soldiers to guard Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border
By Online Editor
7:52 pm GMT+12, 28/08/2014, Indonesia
About 450 Indonesian Army (TNI) soldiers will secure the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border area in late September 2014 to replace the previous security personnel.
Chief of 174/Anim Ti Waninggap Military Rayon Command Brigadier General Supartodi said on Thursday that the soldiers will guard the area for the next six months to keep regional stability.
“TNI soldiers and Papua New Guinea officers will work in cooperation to maintain harmony,” Supartodi noted.
He expressed hope that the soldiers should respect to each others policy and must prepare physically and mentally to cope with the weather.
Although security conditions in the area is generally safe, Supartodi has urged the soldiers to be vigilant to prevent unwanted actions.
The TNI soldiers had conducted the second preduty exercise in Bangga, Sigi District.
To prepare the soldiers for the weather, TNI had chosen Bangga as their training area because the region has similar geographical conditions to Merauke, Papua.
The two-week training program was completed on August 15, 2014.
The soldiers who were mostly from 711/Raksatama Infantry Battalion will replace 715/Mololiatu Infantry Battalion.
At the next border guard period, Raksatama soldiers will be replaced by 713/Satyatama Infantry Battalion from Gorontalo.
SOURCE: ANTARA NEWS/PACNEWS
Updated at 7:17 pm on 30 August 2014
Fiji’s military commander says he and the United Nations still have no idea where 44 of his soldiers captured by Syrian rebels are being held
A crisis centre has been set up in Fiji for the families of the UN peacekeepers captured in the Golan Heights, as negotiations continue.
Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga says the soldiers were detained near Quneitra during fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces on Thursday.
He says UN negotiators have talked with the captors, the al-Nusra front, and the soldiers are believed to be safe and well.
“We can’t confirm the location of our troops, where they are at the moment. We know that the al-Nusra group is responsible for holding them and they are the group that is now negotiating with the UN. We know that the UN is now taking the lead and sending professional negotiators into Syria.”
Australia’s foreign minster has offered her country’s support and intelligence resources to Fiji.
The Golan Heights is a demilitarised zone between Syria and Israel monitored by UN peacekeepers.
Mr Tikoitoga says withdrawing Fijian troops from the Golan Heights is out of the question, as Fiji has an international responsibility it has committed to.Radio NZ
CHANGE,CONSERVATION & ENVIROMENT
12) MEDIA RELEASE
Sydney, Friday, 29th August 2014
‘Climate justice!’ Pacific call at UN SIDS conference in Samoa
Delegation leaving Sydney to promote human rights perspective on Pacific climate change impact.
A delegation of four climate change advocates from the Pacific Calling Partnership will leave Sydney today for the Samoan capital, Apia to promote the calls of Pacific communities for ‘climate justice’ at the 3rd UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, ‘SIDS’.
“The fears of Pacific Island communities in climate-vulnerable atoll nations continue to grow as impacts of climate change incrementally disrupt traditional living in our home villages,” said Pacific Calling Partnership spokesperson Maria Tiimon Chi-fang.
“Climate change displacement is a growing reality for the people of the atoll nations of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and Kiribati, for the people of PNG’s Carteret Islands and too for Australian atoll communities in the Torres Strait,” affirmed Ms Tiimon Chi-fang, an I-Kiribati woman living in Sydney whose climate advocacy work was featured in the award-winning SBS documentary The Hungry Tide.
“During this conference we will see leaders within the UN system, together with high-level representatives from many governments from throughout the world, turn their attention to specifically consider the challenges for sustainable development that are being confronted by small island developing states. In this context the goal of our delegation in Apia will be to highlight the additional obstacles to development that climate-change-related sea-encroachments pose for atoll communities. We’ll underline to the world community the need not only for the promised funding for adaptation programs but also for national governments to implement selfless unilateral processes to urgently reduce carbon emissions,” emphasised Ms Tiimon Chi-fang, who is community outreach officer for the Pacific Calling Partnership.
“The Abbott Government is committed to reduce Australia’s emissions by 5% below 2000 levels by 2020,” added PCP coordinator Jill Finnane. “This is the same commitment promised by Labor – but it is by no means an adequate response to the evidence. I urge Prime Minister Abbott to visit these atoll communities in order to witness the damage first hand, and thus to see the bigger picture, and to commit to substantially reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions,” she said. “I hope Mr Abbott could visit an atoll nation before the 23rd September UN Climate Summit in New York which over 100 heads of state will attend. The Apia SIDS Conference will be a curtain raiser to the New York Leaders’ Summit. UN Secretary General has called for bold action to reduce emissions and wants major announcements in New York.”
Ms Tiimon and Ms Finnane will attend the UN SIDS Conference in Apia, Samoa from Mon 1st to Fri 5th Sptember 2014 together with Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning and also with 19 year old youth climate advocate from Kiribati Mr Apisaloma Tawati who was a training participant earlier this year in Sydney and Canberra in PCP’s Kiribati Australia Tuvalu Exchange Program (KATEP).
For interview or comment contact:-
Edmund Rice Centre: (02) 8762-4200
Since 2006 the Edmund Rice Centre initiative ‘Pacific Calling Partnership’ (PCP), has worked to promote knowledge of and action with the people of the low-lying Pacific Island communities most threatened by the effects of climate change. PCP delegations, with representation from Australia & from affected low-lying Pacific Island communities, have participated in UN Climate summits: COP13 Bali; COP15 Copenhagen; COP16 Cancun; COP17 Durban & COP18 Doha.
13) Dry weather in Fiji driven by El Nino
By Online Editor
7:43 pm GMT+12, 28/08/2014, Fiji
A prolonged dry weather is affecting Fiji, permanent secretary for public utilities Commander Frances Kean confirmed.
Cdr Kean revealed that the effects of this was visible especially in the Western, Northern divisions and parts of the Central division.
“The situation began in the latter parts of May, 2014 caused by below average to well-below average rainfall through the months of June and July,” he said.
“In August, almost all divisions are registering well-below average rainfall, indicating this dry condition has spread across the country.”
The dry spell is said to be driven by the potential El Nino that had been trying to develop fully in the Pacific since May, 2014. Cdr Kean said that this was also happening during Fiji’s usual dry season, therefore worsening the dry conditions.
“Some significant cooling in the waters of the Eastern equatorial Pacific in recent weeks has forced a slow-down of the development of this potential El Nino.
“Despite this slow down, global numerical climate models are predicting a 60 per cent to 70 per cent chance of an El Nino developing during the October to December 2014 period.
“Should El Nino develop then, it is likely to be a weak event, rather than strong, as earlier predicted.”.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
14) Guam Corals On Threatened List
Does not restrict access to locations
By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno
HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, August 29, 2014) – Four coral species found in Guam waters are on a new list of 20 threatened coral species in U.S. waters, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration announced yesterday.
It’s the first time coral on Guam has been listed as endangered or threatened, said Wende Goo, with the NOAA Fisheries for the Pacific Islands Region.
The new designation doesn’t restrict access to locations where the coral species can be found, according to NOAA representatives, who made the announcement during a teleconference yesterday morning.
With the designation of 20 coral species as “threatened,” they will be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
The law gives the agency the tools to conserve and work toward the recovery of those corals ?most in need of protection, said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for NOAA Fisheries.
The San Francisco-based nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity filed the petition to list 83 corals as threatened species.
“The world’s coral reefs are in crisis from global warming and acidifying oceans, and it’s great news that 20 coral species will get the safety net of Endangered Species Act to help them survive these threats,” said Miyoko Sakashita, the center’s oceans director.
Sometimes called rainforests of the ocean, the coral reefs’ decline takes away the benefits they provide, including enhancing marine diversity, shoreline protection, and supporting fisheries, tourism and local economies, the center stated.
“This is a wake-up call that our amazing coral reefs are dying and need federal protection, but there’s hope for saving corals … if we make rapid cuts in greenhouse gas pollution to stop global warming and ocean acidification,” Sakashita said.
The four threatened coral species found on Guam are Acropora globiceps, Acropora retusa, Pavona diffluens and Seriatopora aculeata.
Of the four found on Guam, two — Acropora globiceps and Pavona diffluens — also are found in waters in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Eight of the species are found in American Samoa.
The petition included coral species that can be found in Hawaii, but Hawaii’s corals didn’t make it on the final list.
Fiji Times Online.
15) Child labour,trafficking is common in Pacific
By Online Editor
3:50 pm GMT+12, 28/08/2014, Solomon Islands
labour and trafficking is common in the Pacific Island countries but proper information on the issue was never passed on to people who need to know of such issue.
The trend, according International Labour Organisation (ILO) world report, has in the past years declined by millions, and in the last four years further reduced by 28 million.
This information was relayed to the ILO forum on child labour and trafficking held in Honiara this week.
The forum was told parents in Solomon Islands need to be educated on the issue.
It also heard that the concepts and knowledge of child rights and the issue of child labour and trafficking do not reached down to the rural homes where these practices were mostly found.
The forumcame up with an idea that lots of awareness and information must be given to the rural homes.
Participants said the forum was timely as it coincides with the passage of the Family Protection Bill yesterday in Parliament.
Lily Chekana of Development Services Exchange (DSE) said child labour and trafficking is not a stand-alone issue for only a particular sector to work on.
“It’s everyone’s business,” she said.
The ILO representative who facilitated the forum, Marie Fatiaki, said occurrences of child labour are alarmingly common in the Pacific.
“The issue is common in the Pacific Islands and it needs a multi-sectoral approach to tackle I,” Fatiaki said.
Participants have in the last two days learned about ILO and child labour trends and the international legal framework on child labour and trafficking.
Child labour is said to be mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children.
It interferes with children’s schooling by: depriving them of the opportunity to attend school; obliging them to leave school prematurely; or requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.
Trafficking or Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is for the purpose of exploitation of any child- male or female- under 18 years old in sexual activities remunerated in cash or in kind.
According to the ILO, there are more than 200 million child labourers between the ages of 5-15. 100 million children trapped in the worst forms of labour such as working in mining, serving as child soldiers, working in farms, and handling noxious fumes and dangerous chemicals.
It also pointed out that millions never and will never attend schools.
ILO said children need our help to protect them from such harsh forms of labour.
SOURCE: SOLOMON STAR/PACNEWS
16) IRB ushers in new era with name change to World Rugby
By Online Editor
6:19 pm GMT+12, 28/08/2014, Ireland
The International Rugby Board will become World Rugby from November 19, 2014 as part of a major rebranding programme.
The new brand, including a new logo, will be launched at the IRB World Rugby Conference and Exhibition in London on November 17-18.
Global Rugby participation has boomed by more than two million to 6.6 million players over the past four years, driven by the commercial success of Rugby World Cup, the IRB’s development strategies and record investment, strong and vibrant Unions and Rugby’s re-inclusion in the Olympic Games.
With Rugby aspiring to inspire and engage new audiences and players around the world, the rebrand reflects the organisation’s mission to build a stronger connection with fans, players and new audiences worldwide.
The rebrand will have no impact on Rugby World Cup 2015 branding or positioning, which will remain as it is with its iconic logo throughout the current event cycle.
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Rugby continues to thrive, reach out and engage new audiences and participants in record numbers and the IRB has been at the heart of that growth.”
“We are committed to furthering that growth beyond our traditional family and fan base with a public that expects to be entertained, informed and interacted with. This move is more than just a name change, it is a mission statement.”
IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper added: “In a crowded global entertainment and sporting marketplace, the role of the IRB has evolved from Game regulator to Game inspirer.”
“With this we must continue to appeal to those who know and love the sport and its heritage, while attracting, engaging and inspiring those who have no connection with the sport across multiple cultures and languages around the world.”
“World Rugby collectively has the ingredients and tools to do just that. Rugby’s global appeal is founded and positioned on its unique character-building values and inclusive ethos and we want everyone to feel connected with the sport and Rugby’s ongoing success story.”
“World Rugby clearly aligns our name with our mission and allows us to organise new and existing consumer facing properties in a way that they will be more impactful and more appealing to the sport’s growing global fan base.” .