Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1026 ( Friday 26 September 2014 )

Yadra,

Isa! hope you all fine saraga!
BON WIKEN!
 
You all have a lovely Weekend!
Best
Phil

 
MELANESIA

1) West Papua meeting confirmed for December

26 September 2014
Vanuatu’s West Papua Unification Committee has confirmed its conference in Port Vila will now be held from the 4th of December following the National Day and flag raising ceremony on the first.

The chairman of the committee Pastor Allan Nafuki says the delay will allow the 80 invited West Papuan delegates to raise funds and prepare their travel documentation to ensure maximum attendance.

He says the conference is to provide an avenue for the different groupings in West Papua to come to an agreement on a unified bid for membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

A formal membership application by the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation was knocked back by the MSG earlier this year, whose leaders called for a more representative bid.Radio New Zealand International

1b) Vanuatu daily news digest | 25 September 2014

by bobmakin

  • Radio Vanuatu News today at mid-day has the manager of a Chinese / New Caledonian smelter stating that the company has government permission to start nickel smelting at Santo. The processing place is claimed to be not far from Port Olry on Cape Queiros. The Minister of Lands, however, has said that he is not aware of the project, nor has it been approved. Certainly there would need to be an Environment Impact Assessment for such an industry as the air, sea and land pollution could be colossal, as has already been established in and around the smelters in New Caledonia. It is surely for reasons of shipping the mined nickel off-shore from New Caledonia, and locating the pollution much further away, that the smelting industry is envisaged for Caledonian nickel at Santo. Nickel has never been mined here. One wonders which government agreed to this proposal. And another question is whether the EDC Capital’s “exclusive residential resort community’, only 25 km away at Turtle Bay, is aware of the pollution threat to their island paradise breezes. These raffle prize allotments (presumably lease only rather than land sale which does not exist here) were revealed last weekend in Daily Post. The pre-development land was valued at nine million US dollars in EDC Capital publicity. One wonders which government agreed to this use of real estate as lottery prizes.
  • The francophone community in Port Vila has been enthusiastic in setting up a means for having used batteries disposed of harmlessly and without contributing to harmless chemicals in the soil and surf. The Alliance Française and French Community ADFE is reported by Daily Post to be establishing “battery return” containers for old torchlight and radio batteries at leading shopping centres. They will be sent to Singapore for correct disposal.
  • In Daily Post today the CIIP writer, JT Earl, questions comments from the VFSC Commissioner George Andrews concerning the Vantu Bank as “the Vanuatu financial institution” responsible for receiving all the deposits from the CIIP programmewhich PM Natuman wants to review to ensure government receives maximum proceeds. These CIIP funds all go to the mysterious Vantu Bank. JT Earl questions the VFSC Commissioner as to when the government awarded the tender to VRS to market CIIP.
  • Radio Vanuatu News had Agriculture Minister Tosul seeking assistance from the German scientist who has previously studied the kavas of Vanuatu for this country. Agriculture wins the budget stakes for the national budget next year and Minister Tosul has field officers ready to ensure growers plant the right varieties for their island.
  • Prime Minister Natuman has taken a strong stand on protecting the young “on line” at the Capacity Building Workshop on Child On-line Protection at a Commonwealth meeting and workshop in the capital. A hundred participants have come for the conference from around the island countries, Daily Post revealed yesterday.
  • Dates for the West Papua forum of pro-Independence movements have been changed to November 30 to December 4. This is to allow more time for achievement of travel documentation.
  • In Daily Post today the Asian Development Bank is counseling reform of Vanuatu’s State-Owned Enterprises which have shown a serious decline in revenue production, becoming a significant drain on the economy. ADB is supporting reform of eightCommercial Government Business Enterprises which in the years 2008 – 2012 saw government equity fall by 96%.
  • Justice Harrop has expressed concern at the poor performance of Prosecutionspersonnel, whether from State or Public Prosecutions. A particular case of sexual intercourse without consent had to be dismissed twice because the State Prosecutor had failed to appear on the two occasions for which it was listed. Judge Harrop is drawing the attention of the ministries concerned to this failure of Prosecutions.

POLYNESIA

2) Cook Islands Conference Explores Role Of Internet In Development
‘Internet for everyone’ policy discussed

By Emmanuel Samoglou

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Sept. 24, 2014) – An annual conference is underway this week in Rarotonga which hopes to increase the role the internet plays in the development of the nation’s economy.

Hosted by the government of the Cook Islands, the ‘i-NET conference (PacINET2014)’ is coordinated by the Cook Islands Internet Action Group on behalf of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC).

Yesterday, local stakeholders and a number of overseas officials gathered at the Pukapuka Hostel for the second day of the conference, which featured a session on improving internet accessibility.

“The internet is for everyone,” said Chair Maureen Hilyard of The Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC) Board, who’s based in Rarotonga and works for the Ministry of Internal Affairs. “What we’re doing today is developing an IT policy that’s for everyone.”

Throughout the week, a number of workshops will be held that hope to improve understanding how the internet works, its importance to our economy, and how costs in accessing the internet could be reduced.

Travelling from the Middle East and in attendance was Ali Almeshal, who represents Asia and the Pacific region on ICANN – a global internet multi-stakeholder organization.

Almeshal – who also works as the Director of the Bahrain Internet Society – made a presentation on his organisation and its role in advocating the interests of individual Internet users.

Speaking afterwards, he said there is room for greater participation amongst the public, companies, and greater civil society in the Pacific to advance the technology needs of the region.

Today, a number of keynote speakers from overseas will be making addresses.

Later this week, workshops will be held on the role of the internet in health and education sectors, as well as looking at the development of the internet in the Pacific region. Regional updates, country showcases, and a panel discussion are also scheduled.

The conference concludes this Friday.

Cook Islands News

3) Samoan Teenagers Most Bullied, Violent In Asia Pacific: UNICEF
More report being bullies, getting into fights than elsewhere

By Sophie Budvietas

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Sept. 24, 2014) – Samoan teenagers aged 13-15 are among the most bullied and most violent youth in East Asia and the Pacific, says the United Nations Children’s Fund (U.N.I.C.E.F.).

If you would like to read the report in full please visit http://www.unicef.org/publications/index_74865.html.

Samoa Observer

FRENCH

4) Brèves d’Australie et du Pacifique – jeudi 25 septembre 2014

Mis à jour 25 September 2014, 10:36 AEST

Caroline Lafargue

La riposte de l’Australie contre les djihadistes sera « totale et sans faille ».

Tony Abbott, parlant au Conseil de Sécurité de l’ONU, à New York, mercredi: la riposte de l’Australie contre les djihadistes « sera totale et sans faille ».

C’est ce qu’a déclaré Tony Abbott aujourd’hui devant le Conseil de Sécurité de l’ONU, à New York. Le Premier ministre australien a voté en faveur de la résolution (votée à l’unanimité) destinée à endiguer le flux vers l’Irak et la Syrie des candidats au djihad. Actuellement, environ 12 000 ressortissants de 80 pays sont venus rejoindre les djihadistes. Les États s’engagent à poursuivre en justice leurs ressortissants qui partent combattre avec les djihadistes, mais également toutes les personnes qui les aident et les financent. Les pays qui ne respectent pas la résolution s’exposent à des sanctions.

  • Brisbane: la police recherche les auteurs des graffitis islamophobes sur une mosquée indonésienne. Les taggeurs ont écrit sur les murs : « les Musulmans sont malfaisants et ne respectent pas nos mœurs, qu’ils crèvent ». Ces menaces interviennent le lendemain de l’agression au couteau de deux policiers par un jeune terroriste présumé, Abdul Numan Haider, qui a finalement été abattu mardi soir à Melbourne. Il s’agit de la deuxième profanation d’une mosquée dans le Queensland en l’espace d’une semaine.
  • Vanuatu: le comité d’unification de la Papouasie occidentale a lancé une campagne de collecte de fonds en début de semaine. Objectif : financer, entre autres, le grand sommet d’unification des différents groupes indépendantistes, qui devrait s’ouvrir le 30 septembre à Port-Vila. Les indépendantistes doivent s’entendre sur une candidature commune au Groupe Mélanésien Fer de Lance. Joe Natuman, le Premier ministre vanuatais, a débloqué 50 000 dollars américains pour ce sommet. Plus de 80 représentants papous sont invités, mais ils ne parviendront peut-être pas à sortir du territoire indonésien, si les douaniers les bloquent aux frontières.
  • Manus: quatre demandeurs d’asile homosexuels détaillent les persécutions dont ils font l’objet dans des lettres communiquées au quotidien “The Guardian”. Certains ont fait des tentatives de suicide. Les quatre migrants expliquent qu’ils ont fui leur pays, parce qu’ils y étaient déjà persécutés en raison de leur orientation sexuelle. Et ils se retrouvent dans un centre de rétention, en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, où ils vont devoir refaire leur vie, c’est ce que prévoit l’accord entre l’Australie et le gouvernement papou. Or l’homosexualité est un délit en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, elle est punie de plus de 10 ans de prison.
  • Fidji: le chef d’État major des armées se dit  «soulagé » du bon déroulement des élections. Le général de brigade Mosese Tikoitoga a assisté à la prestation de serment du nouveau gouvernement hier mercredi. 7 ministres sont d’anciens militaires. Pour le général, cela prouve la confiance qu’ont les Fidjiens dans les militaires. Mosese Tikoitoga précise que l’armée continuera de soutenir le nouveau gouvernement Bainimarama pour le maintien de l’ordre, des projets de développement et de lutte contre la pauvreté. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/

HEALTH

5) Rotavirus Kills 2, Sickens 500 In Kiribati
Source of contamination suspected to be ground water supply

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 24, 2014) – Kiribati’s Ministry of Health says rotavirus is responsible for the deaths of two children and around 500 cases of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Dr Teatoa Tira says eighty per cent of the cases are children under five years old and he says the two children who died were also suffering from malnutrition.

The Ministry is renewing calls for families to be careful with hygiene and to take any unwell children to hospitals or clinics.

He says the Ministry suspects the ground water supply is contaminated which happens at both times of heavy rain and during droughts such as the past month.

“We can’t clean up the water supply. We just boil it. The water is there, we have no choice, that’s the only source we have.”

Dr Tira says climate change and overcrowding compound the problem of trying to manage illnesses like rotavirus.

Radio New Zealand International

6) CNMI Hospital Faces Electricity Disconnection For Unpaid Bills
Restraining order could be lifted if CUC misses payment on $12 million debt

By Alexie Villegas Zotomayor

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Sept. 25, 2014) – If no payment is received by the end of the month, the CNMI utilities agency may, with the court’s directive, disconnect the islands’ only hospital from the power grid.

At last Tuesday’s board meeting, the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board looked into the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and other government accounts as it tries to ramp up collections in order to meet the obligations it faces in connection with the stipulated orders.

The acting chief financial officer, Joanne Paraiso, reported to the board that payment had not been received from CHC for August.

The board was told that payment should be made within 21 days after the billing goes out.

Disconnection is usually carried out at the end of the month.

More in4 please visit Marianas Variety

EDUCATION 

7) New distance learning centre opens in Fiji

25 September 2014
The Samoan Minister of Education has officially opened a centre to develop distance learning at the University of the South Pacific’s Laucala Campus.

The Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development will gain funding and governance from the Commonwealth of Learning.

The USP’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rajesh Chandra, says there are enormous opportunities for Pacific countries to gain from new technologies and partnerships in education.

The Director of the new centre, Hasmukh Lal, says he has a passion for flexible learning which has transformed his life and he hopes the centre can do the same for thousands of others in the Pacific.Radio New Zealand International

POLITIC

8) Women MPs take part in programme to develop parliamentary democracy 

Source:

The National, Thursday 25th of September, 2014

WOMEN MPs from Bougainville and Australia are meeting in Canberra this week to share knowledge, build links and contribute to the development of parliamentary democracy in the Pacific.
Minister Rose Pihei, Joan Jerome and Elizabeth Burain travelled to Australia under the Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships programme to observe Australian parliament and meet with federal and state women MPs, including Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and House of Representatives Speaker Bronwyn Bishop.
The MPs said they were looking forward to discussions with Australian parliamentarians on Bougainville’s economic development, peace-building, and building greater opportunities for women’s leadership.
The three MPs met with Australian High Commissioner to PNG Deborah Stokes in Port Moresby on their way to Australia.
The Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships programme brings together parliaments and supporters of parliamentary democracy across the Pacific region.
The programme aims to build the capacity of women parliamentarians in the Pacific, the institutions in which they work and staff who support them, so that women MPs can exert their influence to their maximum ability and raise issues that affect women and their families in their constituencies. The programme is funded under the Australian government’s Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Initiative.
The 10-year initiative recognises that women’s influence through leadership positions is vital if Pacific women are to participate as equals in the development of their countries.

9) MPs: We are with PNC 

Source:

The National, Thursday 25th of September, 2014

THREE Cabinet Ministers have distanced themselves from a move by the political party they were members of during the general election to join the Opposition.
Community Development, Youth and Religion Minister Delilah Gore, Forest Minister Douglas Tomuriesa  and  Labour and Industrial Relations Minister Benjamin Poponawa clarified yesterday that they had left the Triumph Heritage Empowerment (THE) Party to join the People’s National Congress Party led by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
They clarified their positions after a spokesperson for THE Party said its MPs would be joining the Opposition before parliament’s October session.
Deputy Opposition leader Sam Basil yesterday told reporters that he welcomed the decision by THE party leader Don Polye to join the Opposition with Gore, Tomuriesa and Poponawa.
Gore yesterday maintained that she had joined the PNC Party and was in Government.
Tomuriesa said it was all wishful thinking and their support was with the O’Neill Government. Our support is with the prime minister.
“We are no longer with THE party.
“We are with PNC. We’ll give him full support until 2017,” Tomuriesa said.
“I am part of the Government until 2017.”
Poponawa said in a statement: “In July this year, several of my colleagues and I made a collective decision to leave THE Party and join the People’s National Congress Party.
“We joined PNC to ensure stability so the Government can continue to deliver its development programmes for our nation.
“Stability in Government is vital for a rural electorate like my own that has been neglected for so long.”
Basil said he welcomed THE party’s move to cross the floor because the country needed a vibrant Opposition.
He said the Opposition
MPs would later decide who
should be their leader, depending on the number of MPs each party had.

10) Solomon Islands Electoral staff urged to maintain professional ethics

By Online Editor
8:17 pm GMT+12, 24/09/2014, Solomon Islands

With the election fever gaining momentum all electoral staff in Solomon Islands have been urged to practise professional ethics in their job.

This warning was issued to all electoral managers, returning officers (RO) and presiding officers(PO)at a training this week.

They have been reminded to conduct themselves in an ethical manner because they are gatekeepers of democracy in the country.

“You should be courteous, polite and helpful at all times. Remember to treat all voters (women and men) equally with respect,” the commission said.

Electoral training advisor Ross Attrill emphasised this week during the electoral managers’ training that as electoral managers they must act to the highest standard of integrity, neutrality, transparency, fairness and respect for the secrecy of the vote.

These information were given out to the electoral managers as they will take on the important role during the election as coordinators of the election in all the provinces they responsible for.

The election date is yet to be declared and candidates are yet to be confirmed.

Indirect campaigning is also evident as people talked about candidates and supports promised to people for their ballot papers.

The Solomon Islands Governor General is expected to announce the National General Election date soon.

SOURCE: SOLOMON STAR/PACNEWS

11) PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE

New-look Fiji cabinet ministers, with portfolios – Fiji’s new government is complete with the swearing in of cabinet ministers at Government House in Suva today. Below is the listing of ministers sworn in and their respective portfolios. The new parliament is scheduled to sit within two weeks. FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as Prime Minister on Monday. Order of Ministers

1. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum – Minister for Finance, Public Service, Public Enterprise, Trade, Tourism

2. Faiyaz Koya – Attorney General and Minister for Justice

3. Pio Tikoduadua – Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

4. Parveen Kumar – Minister for Local Govt, Housing, Environment

5. Mereseini Vuniwaqa – Minister for Lands, Mineral Resources

6. Osea Naiqamu – Minister for Fisheries and Forestry

7. Inia Seruiratu – Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management

8. Inoke Kubuabola – Minister of Foreign Affairs

9. Timoci Natuva – Minister for Immigration, National Security and Defence

10. Jone Usamate – Minister for Health, Medical Services

11. Mahendra Reddy – Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts

12. Jioji Konrote – Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations

13. Laisenia Tuitubou – Minister for Youth and Sports

14. Rosy Sofia Akbar – Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

15. Lorna Eden – Assistant Minister for Finance, Public Service, Public Enterprise, Trade and Tourism

16. Joeli Cawaki – Assistance Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management

17. Veena Kumar Bhatnagar – Assistant Minister for Health

18. Vijay Nath – Assistant Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts

19. Iliesa Delana – Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports

http://fijilive.com/news/2014/09/new-look-fiji-cabinet-ministers-with-portfolios/59112.Fijilive

http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/23196/20-member-cabinet-announced

Fiji TV News 6pm

FBC TV News 6pm

12) Dr Jiko Luveni is Fiji’s first female Speaker of Parliament

By Online Editor
5:11 pm GMT+12, 24/09/2014, Fiji

Aside from the swearing in of the new Fiji First Cabinet Minister, there was also a notable piece of local history being created on the fringes of the major event.

Former Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni Wednesday vacated her parliamentary seat, also giving way for Laisenia Tuitubou to enter parliament and of course, become Minister for Youth and Sports.

This also paved the way for Dr Jiko to become Fiji and indeed, the South Pacific’s first female Speaker of Parliament.

She confirmed this later at Government House.

“I’m going to be the first woman Speaker and that in itself is an achievement for women,” she told Fiji TV

The career dentist turned politician went on to say,”This is more an achievement for women in general than it is for myself.”

She says her role as Speaker of Parliament will be simple.

“Really all I have to do is ensure that as a woman, I control those Parliamentary sessions to the best of my ability,” says the Fiji First President and now, Fiji’s first female Speaker of Parliament.

And as the country’s first woman Speaker of Parliament, Dr Luveni has a number of expectations and responsibilities as Fiji moves closer to its first parliamentary sitting since 2006.

FemLINKPACIFIC executive director Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls wished Dr Luveni all the best, saying it was a key step for Fiji to take to appoint a woman Speaker.

“I think it’s a really good move to have a woman as Speaker, but we would hope that as a woman who previously held the portfolio for women in the interim government, that her deliberations in Parliament will do several things,” Bhagwan-Rolls said.

“Firstly, to ensure there is greater gender inclusion in the way of parliamentary proceedings – the oversight she provides and brings to parliamentary proceedings.

“Secondly, to continue to guide and offer ways in which women can access the parliamentary proceedings as well and that kind of accountability to the women of Fiji, because that’s going to be one of the challenges right now.”

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said it was a positive move for women in Fiji and the Pacific.

“This is really good. We welcome the appointment and I think it’s an important first step – it’s a proud moment for women in this country.

“This is also a time for collaboration and we need to have women in these positions so that people start accepting women in leadership positions and start recognising and accepting women’s leadership and kudos to this government for being able to do this.”.

SOURCE: FIJI TV/FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS

13a )I wanted to win more seats in parliament – Bainimarama – Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama said he wanted to win more seats in parliament. In an interview with Fijivillage, Bainimarama said in his view people who did not vote for the FijiFirst were misled about their policies by other parties during their election campaign period. Bainimarama also said the school curriculum on the country’s history will also be reviewed by the government to ensure that the events after Fiji’s independence in 1970 are included.

http://fijivillage.com/news/I-wanted-to-win-more-seats-in-parliament—Bainimarama-k2r5s9/

13b) Are you ready: Bainimarama to opposition – Fiji’s democratically elected Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has issued the challenge to the opposition, saying his cabinet is ready to take them head-on with a view to move Fiji forward. “Is the opposition ready? Seriously, we going to go in there and talk about moving Fiji forward, are they ready for that? Moving Fiji forward?,” Bainimarama said while addressing the media. He said the party will live up to their policies as they had promised to the people.

http://fijilive.com/news/2014/09/are-you-ready-bainimarama-to-opposition/59114.Fijilive

FBC TV News 6pm

13c) Assistant Minister for Finance, Public Enterprise, Public Service, Trade and Tourism Lorna Eden said she is looking forward to working with the different teams.

http://fijivillage.com/news/Reactions-from-newly-appointed-Cabinet-Minsters-2k95sr/

13d) Tuitubou surprised with appointment – New Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou was surprised at his appointment. The former Commissioner Central says development will be the key focus during the tenure of his new role. “It was a surprise. I’d like to thank the Prime Minister for having confidence in me. But it will be the continuation of the services that have been granted prior to Elections. In terms of development, it will continue in this ministry, as per our manifesto.”

http://www.fbc.com.fj/sports/23198/tuitubou-surprised-with-appointment#sthash.inwdAzEM.dpuf

13e) Fiji swears in 19 member Cabinet – Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has introduced his new cabinet which includes new and old faces. The 19 posts go to members of his FijiFirst party which won a landslide victory in the election last week. It does not include the former Minister of Women Jiko Luveni who is tipped to be the Speaker of the House. The ministers swore an oath of allegiance at Government House in Suva today. The former Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is to be Minister of Finance, Public Enterprise, Tourism and Trade in the new administration. The Attorney General portfolio and Justice goes to newcomer, Nadi lawyer, Faiyaz Koya.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/255410/fiji-swears-in-19-member-cabinet

13f) Strong group of women MPs in Fiji – A women’s leader in Fiji says there’s a strong group of women in parliament but more are needed. Eight women have been elected to the 50-member house taking women’s representation in Fiji above the regional average of 13 percent. Sharon Bhagwan Rolls of Femlink Pacific says the women elected represent experience, traditional leadership and youth and there are some complete newcomers to politics too. “These are women who are very aware, very knowledgeable from their own experiences and we’re looking forward to working with all of them as well as who were candidates as well because we now have this very strong cadre of women who have emerged through the political process.”

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/255373/strong-group-of-women-mps-in-fiji

13g) Fiji military “relieved” after election – The Commander of Fiji’s military forces Brigadier General Mosese Tikoitoga says the military is relieved about the transition to an elected government. He says there was a lot of worry over the election but it turned out to be very peaceful and there’s happiness and relief that it’s over. Brigadier General Tikoitoga, who attended the swearing in of cabinet on Wednesday after last week’s vote, says there are about a dozen MPs out of the 50 elected who’ve been in the military. He says seven are in cabinet. “That shows the confidence of the Fijian people to work with the military offices and they have done quite a good job in the last eight years and they deserve to be recognised for it. And the Fijian people have recognised them and acknowledged them for it and elected them in and we’re very proud as an institution.”

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/255448/fiji-military-relieved-after-election

13h) Fiji PM brushes off facing an opposition – Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has described becoming an elected leader who has to face an opposition in parliament as no big deal. He swept to victory last week with 32 seats in the 50 member parliament and is poised for its first sitting after the installation of his cabinet at a ceremony in Suva yesterday. He’d said earlier he intended to clean up all fifty seats. Rear Admiral Bainimarama was asked whether he was ready to face the opposition. “Me? Is the opposition ready for me? We’re going to go in and talk about moving Fiji forward, with regards to our economy, bringing in investors, are they ready for that? We’re going to build on our infrastructure … all it takes is a lot of discipline, but there’s really no big deal. You’re going to meet up with the same group of liars I met during the campaign trail.”

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/255433/fiji-pm-brushes-off-facing-an-opposition

BUSINESS

14) Deal To Establish Tuna Processing Plant In Lae, PNG Signed
Chinese developer to invest $22 million in export-oriented plant

By Gynnie Kero

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Sept. 24, 2014) – The Chinese company, Hailisheng Group (PNG) Ltd and the Government have finally signed an agreement to set up a US$22 million (K53.73 million) on-shore tuna processing facility in Lae, Morobe.

Two previous attempts to sign the agreement had to be aborted after public servants failed to turn up at Government House.

Fisheries Minister Mao Zeming said the project at Malahang was expected to generate US$65 million (K158.75 million) annually in export sales.

He said the facility at Malahang would have an estimated production capacity of 120 metric tonnes per day. This is expected to increase to 300 metric tonnes per day, providing 1200 direct jobs and 1000 indirect ones for locals.

“We would like to encourage our investors to go into downstream businesses so that it can help our domestic processing, so that fish that comes out of our exclusive economic zone and the archipelagic waters have maximum benefit to our people,” he said.

“Hailisheng will invest substantial amount and this facility when in full capacity will earn US$65 million in the export market per annum.”

He said the European Union remained PNG’s main market.

“We recently had some issues with EU regarding yellow flagging because of our weakness to implement some of the stringent (EU) regulations,” he said.

“The NFA is already reviewing the fisheries and management development plans, fisheries policies and looking at the Act of 1998.

“We want to show them that we are complying with measures so that our market in EU is secure.”

Morobe Governor Kelly Naru thanked the Group for its confidence in investing in the province.

He said four tuna processing plants were already established – IFC, Frabelle, Nambawan Seafood and Majestic Seafood.

“We are expecting more investors to Morobe, it is healthy for the economy and we will make sure this

project gets off the ground,” Naru said.

Hailisheng Group’s vice president Jiabin Wang said work on the project should start in the next six months.

The National

15) Fiji Casino Construction Work Expected To Pick-Up
Company spokesman ‘pleased’ with election results

By Repeka Nasiko

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Sept. 25, 2014) – Construction work on the $290million [US$152 million] casino near Denarau Island is expected to pick up now that Fiji has entered a stable political climate, says One Hundred Sands Ltd president Tim Manning.

Speaking from New Zealand yesterday, Mr Manning said he was pleased with Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama’s victory.

“We were very nervous about the elections because Mr Bainimarama’s closest rivals had said they would not allow the casino development to go ahead if they won the elections,” he said.

“So we are quite pleased that Mr Bainimarama and his government are returning because now work at the casino can continue and we expect work to go full steam ahead over the next three to four months.”

He said the development would boost Fiji’s economy.

“This is a great opportunity for Fiji and we are quite pleased with the response that Fiji has been getting from the international community especially after having a successful election.

“We are looking forward to working again with the current government and we know that a lot of people are going to benefit from this development.

“It will attract a lot more tourists and a lot more income for the locals.”

Mr Manning added more details of the construction work would be revealed within the next few weeks.

“We are in the process of finalising some more details of our construction work and we hope to complete the first development by early next year.”

Fiji Times Online.

16) Anitua: ‘Infighting’ hauls millions 

Source:

The National, Thursday 25th of September, 2014

Millions of kina have been lost through infighting among stakeholders involved in the development of the gold project on Lihir Island, New Ireland, an official says.
Anitua Group of Companies managing director Colin Vale said the mining project had reached half its production schedule yet; millions of kina had gone out the window without the people seeing real benefits.
He called on all stakeholders, especially the Nimamar Rural Local Level Government and the Lihir Mining Area Landowners Association, to stop their infighting and work together in the remaining mine life for Lihirians to see the real benefits from their resources.
The Group’s business arms include catering, construction, hardware, mining, drilling and security services, and merchandising with branches in East New Britain, New Ireland and Morobe provinces.
Plans were underway to expand to Port Moresby and other parts of the country.
“The Anitua Group is about creating a sustainable business for Lihirians before mine closure.
“We have done well over the years, growing our group of companies to declare profits year after year. Howeverr, such infighting among our major stakeholders will only delay and frustrate these successes,” Vale said.
He was speaking on the island at yesterday’s book launch of “Lihir Destiny’.
“The mine will end one day and we, at Anitua, want to work for the future.
“To help realise our job in creating a sustainable business for Lihirians so that they have an ongoing income base well into the future after mine closure, major players in this project must forget their differences and work together.
“The dreams and aspirations of the Lihirian people and their leaders, past and present, now contained in the Lihir Destiny, will now come to fruition if there is no unity among these stakeholders.
“It is the implementation of strategies that is a challenge for all of us as we focus on the future.

INFRASTRUCTURE:

17) ADB: No road funds if compo is asked 

Source:

The National, Thursday 25th of September, 2014

THE Asian Development Bank-funded road projects in the Highlands region and other parts of the country will be withdrawn if local people continue to make unnecessary demands for compensation, an ADB project engineer has warned.
Senior project engineer Siune Umba issued the warning to the people of Chuave, Movi and Siane in the Chimbu and Eastern Highlands provinces at the opening of ADB co-funded phase-one of the Chuave to Kamaliki Highlands Highway alternate route.
“Anywhere, ADB-funded projects confronted with compensation demands, funding will be stopped, but if people take ownership of the project with respect, funding will continue to come,” he said.
Siune appealed to people living on the corridors of the 60km alternate route from Chuave in Chimbu, to Kamalikiin Eastern Highlands, to maintain respect and develop good relationship with companies working on the road.
Chuave MP and Vice Minister for Mining Wera Mori opened the first phase of the road, a stretch of 17km from Chuave to Movi at the cost of K26 million on Tuesday.
The second phase will start from Movi to Bekuvia, in the Unggai range, a total of 20km that will cost K39 million, according to scoping reports.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister William Duma and Finance Minister James Marape, who were invited to the opening, did not attend because of other commitments.

LAW&ORDER

18) Magistrate: People use technology to trick, steal 

Source:

The National, Thursday 25th of September, 2014

By DAPHNE WANI
THERE is an increase in the number of technology-related trickery, particularly to obtain money, a magistrate said yesterday.
He said people were taking advantage of improved technology to trick others.
Magistrate Cosmas Bidar’s observation and comment came when he allowed bail to two men charged with fraud-related offences at the Waigani Committal Court.
The amount involved is K5,449,777 (three cheques).
“There are many people with intent to steal are using technology to fake documents through scanning and photocopying,” Bidar said.
Bidar ordered K500 bail to Silas Kamawe, 25, from Fatau village, in Daulo, Eastern Highlands, and Peter Saki, 38, from Usa village, in Kagua-Erave, Southern Highlands.
Prosecutor John Wamuru indicated to the court that Kamawe and Saki were charged with nine counts of fraudulently uttering, forgery and conspiring to defraud.
Defence counsel Garry Tine made a verbal bail application, saying that bail was of right of an accused person before conviction. He submitted that the men were willing to pay K400 for bail and their wives pledged K200 each as guarantors.
Wamuru did not object to the application but said the amount should be increased to K1000 as the offenders were unemployed and were unlikely to appear in court.
He said a proper guarantor’s affidavit should be filed in court latter.
Tine said the wives of the men were both employed and were genuine guarantors.
The court considered the allegations and allowed K500 bail on the presumption that if the co-accused were successful with their alleged cheques they would have K5,449,777.
The court adjourned to allow police to complete investigations and matter would return to court on Oct 8 for mention.
Police alleged that on Sept 8 and 12 in Port Moresby, both men conspired to fraudulently facilitate three National Planning and Monitoring cheques with Bank PNG totalling K5,449,777.

19) Gulf Governor Found Guilty Of Misusing PNG LNG Trust Fund
Kavo used infrastructure funds to pay his own salary, expenses

By Adrian Mathias

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 25, 2014) – Gulf Governor Havila Kavo has been found guilty of misusing K130,000 [US$51,000] from a LNG pipeline trust account belonging to the people of Kikori district for infrastructure. Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika reached this decision at the National Court yesterday, saying the governor was dishonest in his application of the funds for personal use.

He said what Kavo did was tantamount to misappropriation because he was paid out of K10 million [US$3.9 million] trust funds allocated by the Government for special development projects in Gulf Province. “You have no right and the Gulf provincial government has no right to convert this project funds to use at will,” Justice Salika told Mr Kavo in a packed courtroom at Waigani.

For more in4 – Please visitPNG Post-Courier

REFUGEE

20) Australia, Cambodia Set To Sign Refugee Resettlement Deal
MOU expected to include up to 1,000 refugees from Nauru detention

By South East Asia correspondent Samantha Hawley

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 25, 2014) – The Cambodian government says Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to the nation on Friday will be used to sign a deal on the resettlement of refugees.

In a brief press statement, Cambodia’s foreign affairs ministry said the country would sign a memorandum of understanding with Mr Morrison in Phnom Penh.

The deal has been months in the making and few details have been made public, including how much Australia will pay Cambodia, one of the poorest nations in South East Asia.

The ABC understands Cambodia will only resettle genuine refugees from Nauru and the Government’s preference has been they live in the community.

It is understood the deal could involve up to 1,000 refugees.

For more in4 please visit – Radio Australia

CLIMATE CHANGE,CONSERVATION & ENVIROMENT

21) Ban Ki Moon still haunted by the experience in Kiribati

By Online Editor
8:25 pm GMT+12, 24/09/2014, United States

United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon endorsed the call for urgent international action by President Anote Tong of Kiribati when he addressed the Climate Summit in New York early this week.

Immediately after President Tong’s three minute speech to more than 100 world leaders, the UN Secretary General personally testified, “If you are searching for the face of climate change you should go and visit Kiribati.”

“Kiribati is greatly affected by the impacts of climate change, I know this because I visited Kiribati in 2011 and up until today I will never forget that experience.” Ban Ki-moon remarked as President Tong was escorted back to his seat after delivering his statement.

The Kiribati leader, who is leading a crusade from Small Island Developing States for international action said time is running out for most of these low lying and atoll nations.

Earlier this year, Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands, Maldives and Tokelau established the Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change.

“CANCC is not only a partnership between Climate Change frontline states, but it also forged partnership with our more developed allies. A partnership underscoring the concerns we jointly share over the slow pace of global action to address the increasing urgency and severity of the challenges we are already facing from climate change. A deep concern that for us time is fast running out, said President Tong.

He reiterated the call of SIDS for strong and decisive global leadership.

“We must get away from the wait to see who is doing what style of leadership before deciding to do what needs to be done.

“For the sake of our children and their children let us do the right thing soon, said the Kiribati leader.

En route to New York, President Tong visited the Arctic.

“One could not fail to make the direct connection between the melting of such a massive amount of ice and the fate of our low lying atoll islands on the equator and indeed all coastal cities. The visit also brought home to me the global nature of the processes involved in climate change and the impossibility of reversing it once it has gone so far, President Tong shared with global leaders.

The UN Climate Change Summit was an initiative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon.

SOURCE: PACNEWS

22a) Dry weather condition takes its toll on farming community – The prolonged dry weather condition is taking its toll on a farming community in the Northern division which is directly affecting their daily income. A farmer of Nabaka Settlement in Savusavu, Suliano Kolinisau said that they are getting water from a nearby spring which is about to dry. He added they are not able to water their crops like dalo and other vegetables which is their only source of income.

http://fijivillage.com/news/Dry-weather-condition-takes-its-toll-on-farming-community-5s9k2r/

22b) Water Authority plans to get more water sources next year – As the country is experiencing the prolonged dry weather spell, the Water Authority of Fiji is planning to get more water sources next year to cater for people during dry weather conditions in the future. CEO Opetaia Ravai said water sources currently are low and they need to have more sources for the long run.

http://fijivillage.com/news/Water-Authority-plans-to-get-more-water-sources-next-year-29rsk5/

22c) SIDs take lead at UN Climate Change Summit – The president of Nauru has told a UN Summit that vulnerable small island states are taking the lead against climate change effects despite their minor emissions. In his role as chair of the Alliance of Small Island States Baron Waqa presented a report containing the views of 30 climate experts on solutions available for reducing emissions. Mr Waqa says no one better understands the grave risks posed by climate change than Small Island Developing States. He says climate change and sea level rise are threatening their viability and existence as sovereign nations.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/255424/sids-take-lead-at-un-climate-change-summit

22d) Western division records highest number of grass & bush fires – NFA – More than 1000 grass and bush fires have been attended by the National Fire Authority in the last three months. The National Fire Authority said the Western division recorded the highest number of grass and bush fire adding that they attended 500 cases in West alone followed by the Northern division. Meanwhile, the public should also be aware that a fire ban remains in place for the Western division.

http://fijivillage.com/news/Western-division-records-highest-number-of-grass–bush-fires—NFA-9k5s2r/

23) Marshall Islander Challenges World Leaders On Climate Change
Poet receives standing ovation from UN Climate Summit

By Giff Johnson

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Marianas Variety, Sept. 25, 2014) – Before hundreds of world leaders at the United Nations in New York City Tuesday, Marshall Islander Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner delivered a memorable oration for climate action in the form of a poem to her daughter.

For more in4 please visit – Marianas Variety

Kiribati leader visits Arctic on climate mission before attending Ban Ki Moon’s Climate Summit

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/in-the-arctic-to-save-his-tropical-nation/article6430093.ece

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/science/article/Kiribati-leader-visits-Arctic-on-climate-mission-5768927.php

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-09-22/news/54199068_1_anote-tong-kiribati-un-climate-summit

24a) PCP Delegation report

Reports and photos on PCP’s delegation to the SIDS Samoa 2014 conference are available to be read on facebook. Please go to the Pacific Calling Partnership page and group on facebook. Reports and photos will also shortly be available on PCP’s website www.erc.org.au/pcp

’24b) Australia is a Pacific island – it has a responsibility’

Pacific island nations that supported Australia’s bid for the UN Security Council feel let down by its stance on climate change, says the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands.
http://www.theage.com.au/world/australia-is-a-pacific-island–it-has-a-responsibility-20140921-10jwdw.html

24c) ‘Hundreds of thousands march in rallies calling for action on climate change'(ABC,22.9.14)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-22/thousands-march-in-new-york-climate-change-protest/5759184

24d) Individual Country Statements to Climate Summit here:

https://papersmart.unmeetings.org/secretariat/eosg/un-climate-summit-2014/statements/

WOMAN,YOUTH,CHILD

25) Focus on student welfare 

Source:

The National, Thursday 25th of September, 2014

Student welfare, quality human resource and the Bougainville Referendum are the main areas of focus for the Bougainville Students’ Association at the University of PNG.
These are contained in the association’s five-year strategic plan launched on Tuesday.
Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Malakai, Tabar who launched the plan, acknowledged the students and planning committee for the efforts they put in when compiling the plan.
“This plan is a picture of what you have painted in your mind and when it comes out, you will be part and parcel of the outcome,” Tabar said.
“By compiling this strategic plan, you have shown that you are the human resources of Bougainville and Bougainville needs you to contribute effectively and meaningfully.”

SPORTS

26) Marlins go south for PNG, Pacific nines tournaments 

Source:

The National, Thursday 25th of September, 2014

A TALENTED breed of athletes will rise to the big stage at the Queensland Papua New Guinea Nines in Brisbane on Saturday.
The Central Coast Marlins rugby league club will take part in the competition that is organised by the PNG community in Queensland.
The 18-man team leaves tomorrow for the one-day competition.
Queensland’s PNG league fraternity will use the competition to pick a representative side of Queensland-based Papua New Guineans to compete with other Queensland-based Pacific nations at the Queensland Pacific Nines tournament.
Marlins coach Nou Asigau said his team was ready to take on the other PNG teams after an impressive tour of the Gold Coast.
Following their successful tour, the team was invited to participate in the nines tournament.
Asigau said the aim of forming the team was to give coastal players from the Southern region a chance to gain experience and hopefully attract scouts from rugby league competitions in PNG and Queensland.

27) Games tourism viable opportunity 

Source:

The National, Thursday 25th of September, 2014

TOURISM is a sustainable industry and the 2015 Pacific Games will provide an opportunity for Papua New Guinea to ensure valuable economic development, Games chief executive officer Peter Stewart said during a tourism exhibition at the University of PNG yesterday.
Stewart said enormous investments in infrastructure and human resources had been made for the 14-day event but sports alone would not be the only beneficiary of the Games.
He said the growth the opportunities were significant and would be felt by the economy particularly in tourism.
Nearly K200 million has been invested by the PNG Government with enormous effort from corporate sector to have the national capital ready for the Games.
Stewart echoed Tourism Arts and Culture Minister Boka Kondra’s statements on sport’s role in showcasing PNG to the rest of the Pacific and the world.
He said for the 4000-plus participants from different cultures, it would be an eye-opener and the success of the Games would have flow on effects on the economy in business and tourism.
The country last hosted the Pacific Games in 1991 in Port Moresby and Lae and that event has been remembered as one of the best Games on record in terms of the cultural experience as much as the sports.
Stewart said the country was blessed with many natural resources however tourism remained an under developed area that had the potential to be a significant earner.
Stewart said Games organisers were working hard to ensure security and other concerns were guaranteed for the event and despite the negative press about the country, he challenged citizens to welcome the visitors and show them the best side of the country and the people.
Globally, PNG will attract attention during the games through the media with up to 10 hours of daily coverage by television and radio stations.
Stewart said capacity building would see 5000 jobs being created and the legacy that the Games left behind would be  lasting.

28) Barras lose two on the trot 

Source:

The National, Wednesday 24th of September, 2014

PAPUA New Guinea lost its second 50-over match of the South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) Premier League against Western Grit by 78 runs at Marrara Cricket Ground in Darwin.
After losing their opening match against the Eastern Edge by six wickets (PNG 231/9, Edge 232/4) on Saturday, the Digicel sponsored-Barramundis fielded first against a star-studded Western Grit outfit which included former Australian one-day player Callum Ferguson, pictured.
Ferguson (52) led from the front scoring a solid half century in his side’s 259/6 off their allotted 50 overs.
PNG medium pacer John Boge Rva was the pick of the Barramundis bowlers, taking 3-55 off 10 overs.  Willie Gavera (1-61), Norman Vanua (1-36) and Mahuru Dai (1-35) were the other wicket.
In reply, PNG started steadily with openers Assad Vala and Tony Ura taking the score to 25 before Ura fell.
Vala followed shortly after, leaving the Barramundis in trouble at 27/2.
Captain Chris Amini (15), Vani Vagi Morea (12) and Jack Vare (17) all got starts, but failed to shift the momentum in their favour.
With PNG in trouble at 94/5 in-form batsmen, Charles Amini Junior (27), Kila Pala (42) and Jason Kila (24) batted sensibly to give the Barras some hope but were eventually dismissed and PNG ended their chase at 181 from 43 overs.
“The boys are playing good cricket in certain aspects but consistency is lacking to remain competitive all through-out the match,” coach Dipak Patel said.
“The batting especially in the middle order needs to step up and bat deep in the innings as we have good finishers late in the line up with Kila Pala and Charles Amini playing late in the innings.”
The Barramundis play their third Premier League match against the Northern Mavericks on Saturday before backing up against the Southern Force on Sunday.

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