Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1034 ( Tuesday 14 October 2014 )


1) PNG briefed on new Indonesian government

14 October 2014

Papua New Guinea’s Foreign Minister says he’s had a useful briefing on the incoming Indonesian government of President Joko Widodo at the Bali Democracy Forum.

Having just returned from Bali, Rimbink Pato says Indonesia’s Foreign Minister, Marty Natelagawa, facilitated a briefing for him with senior Indonesian officials to discuss the incoming administration.

Mr Pato says he was very impressed with the briefing on what PNG could expect from the new government of its neighbour.

He says he expects PNG’s O’Neill/Dion Government can continue to build on the warm relations it forged with Indonesia during the term of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Indonesia has offered to provide assistance to PNG in preparing to host APEC in 2018.

Meanwhile, Mr Pato says one of the panels he was on at the Forum enabled him to share PNG’s perspective on transparency and accountability in the government decision making processes and citizen involvement.

He says he shared PNG’s experience in providing mediation between business and landowners to ensure broad stakeholder participation in resource developments.

2) Indonesia Disrupts Papua Rally Calling For Release Of Journalists
29 West Papuans arrested when protest ‘forcibly disbanded’

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Pacific Scoop, Oct. 14, 2014) – The Indonesian government has banned West Papuan activist groups from holding a rally in West Papua to demand that French journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat be released by the Indonesian authorities.

Tabloid Jubi newspaper reported that the police refused to grant permission for this peaceful demonstration yesterday, but that West Papuan activists were determined to go ahead.

The SuaraPapua news website and Radio NZ International reported that 29 West Papua National Committee (KNPB) were arrested after the protest was forcibly disbanded by the Indonesian police yesterday.

The Indonesian government still bans all foreign journalists from entering West Papua. Bourrat and Dandois were arrested in West Papua on August 6 simply for reporting on the situation. They now face a potential five-year jail sentence just for doing their duty as journalists.

The Free West Papua Campaign said:

“The Indonesian government is still systematically trying to cover up their atrocities in West Papua by banning all foreign media. They do not want the world to know the truth because they know that when it is exposed, the international community will help to support the West Papuan people and their struggle for self-determination.

“By holding this protest, West Papuans will pressurise the Indonesian government to stop hiding the truth in West Papua and to let journalists have access so that the world will finally know what is really happening there.

“Please do remember the West Papuan people, as well as Thomas and Valentine in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow as West Papuans will risk their lives to help to bring freedom to journalists who are giving the Papuan people a voice.

Australia’s West Papua Association has written to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, asking her to make sure that the Indonesian authorities do not crack down on the West Papuan protesters.”

[PIR editor’s note: RNZI reported that ‘An Indonesian military commander has been shot by Brimob police in Papua after a heated exchange between officers of both forces. … The Jakarta Globe reports the clash came as a result of a misunderstanding during a raid in Pirime in Lany Jaya district in Papua.’]

‘Crackdown’ concerns

Joe Collins said: “AWPA is concerned that there may be a crackdown on any rallies that are held by the civil society groups as the police have refused to give a permit to allow the rallies to go ahead. They police claim that the organisations are not correctly registered in West Papua and demonstrators may use the symbol of the Morning Star flag on banners or posters which is banned by Indonesia. In the past year the security forces have regularly cracked down on peaceful demonstrators in the territory beating and arresting many.”

The international campaign to free Dandois and Bourrat reported that a petition to the Indonesian government had attracted more than 7000 signatures.

The campaign for freedom for West Papua has gained momentum with the government of Papua New Guinea recognising an historic first ever West Papuan Cultural Day held at the weekend in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The event was organised by West Papuan UPNG Students and featured on Papua New Guinea’s national EMTV news.

The governor of Port Moresby, Powes Parkop and Minister for Tourism and Culture, Boka Kondra, spoke out in favour of freedom for West Papua.

Pacific Scoop
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3a) Solomons reshuffles key government staff

14 October 2014

The Solomon Islands government says local media reports that senior officials have been sacked are untrue.

But it says it has re-shuffled two key staff.

In a statement, the government says the Permanent Secretary of Finance Shadrach Fanega has been moved to Development Planning and Aid Co-ordination.

The new permanent secretary at Finance is Fred Fakarii.

Mr Fakarii will also supervise the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Secretary to Cabinet, James Remobatu, says despite media claims there have been no sackings and the changes are consistent with the Constitution.

Solomon Islands is to hold elections in five weeks.RNZI

3b) Vanuatu daily news digest | 14 October 2014

by bobmakin

  • We have the Third Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue (EPLD) meeting in the Pacific from 16 – 28 of this month. 16 October sees the Emerging Leaders coming together in Nouméa for visits to various countries from 19 – 24 October. They will be looking at the different governance systems of the countries visited and be mindful of long-term development needs and the countries’ stability. 27 – 28 October they will be in Vanuatu, VBTC News reports today, and on those dates they will see their report presented and the official closing of the Dialogue. Princess Anne of the UK, and Port Vila MP and Vanuatu Parliamentary Secretary Edward Natapei, will share the closing presentation.
  • Hard on the heels of Princess Anne and the Emerging Pacific Leaders we have the visit of the African, Pacific and Caribbean Parliamentary-type leaders and their European homologues for the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. This is to be held just a month later from 26 November to 3 December. All these Leaders will at least see the amazing construction requested by an earlier Vanuatu government and being achieved by the Chinese builders to house what might be further dialogues, assemblies, consultations or fora. At least we can hope the huge holes will be filled in. Daily Post today reports Speaker Boedoro traveling to attend a meeting today in Brussels of the ACP Secretariat with a view to try to convince ACP and EU members that the Joint Parliamentary Assembly planned for Port Vila for 26 November to 3 December actually proceed when there seem to be reasons for this not happening (one of which might be Ebola?).
  • Wendy Him Ford brought another allegation against Deep Sea Mining (DSM) to the consultation which was taking place in Port Vila last week. These concerned the possible effects of DSM on volcanic activity and potential for increased seismic and tsunami events for which she has scientific evidence. An EIA of the International Sea Bed Authority was also brought to the forum’s attention by Him Ford. Her additions to the discussion were raised by VBTC News this morning.
  • Daily Post leads with MP Robert Bohn appealing for a government audit of the Shipping Registry. With Vanuatu Maritime Services Limited being run by accountants, it is hard to see what this might prove other than that they keep the books very well. The beginnings of the Vanuatu flag-of-convenience operations are also given space in today’s Post.
  • Another maritime matter was also on Post page one and announced there will be aninvestigation of the tragedy, the sinking of the LC MGY between Hat Island and Devil’s Point with the loss of five lives on 11 July. Richard Coleman (Vanuatu Maritime College CEO) will be leader of a team of maritime professionals.
  • Post also has an excellent photo of an accident involving an Air Vanuatu Islander on take-off at Emae last week. The plane apparently ploughed into bush at the end of the runway. There was no injury to any on board and Air Van and the Civil Aviation Authority have investigated. Unfortunately the small colour printing on the non-headlined photo is likely to be missed by readers.
  • The Reserve Bank has directed the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) management to temporarily cease land purchase in Erangorango (on the north-eastern end of the airport), at least until reviews required by the Bank are completed.
  • This news service strongly feels the ACP and EU Parliamentary Leaders and the Emerging Pacific Leaders and Princess Anne should all be quizzed on whether the planned International Convention Centre really is needed as such or whether it mightn’t be a good idea to convert the structure into new government offices, with a statement from MPs required on their election to promise adequate maintenance funds for the building or they lose their seat.

4) UN role in New Caledonia downplayed

14 October 2014

Anti-independence politicians in New Caledonia have downplayed the possibility of the United Nations mediating between France and the pro-independence Caledonian Union.

This comes after last week’s call by the Caledonian Union for the UN to help overcome an impasse over the make-up of the electoral rolls for any possible independence referendum.

A politician of the anti-independence Caledonia Together Party, Philippe Dunoyer, says while some mediation might be possible, it certainly won’t be by the UN, the French state and the Caledonian Union.

Gael Yanno, who is the president of the territory’s Congress, has told Noumea’s daily newspaper that a UN mediation mission is unimaginable as France is a democratic and sovereign country.

The Caledonian Union boycotted talks about the Noumea Accord in Paris nearly two weeks ago because of concerns about the rolls, likening the flaws in them to electoral fraud.

A week after the boycott, a Caledonian Union delegation secured a meeting with the French president, which Mr Yanno has described as shocking because it has given the impression of there being another discussion group.RNZI


5) Billion-dollar telescope to be built on Hawaii

14 October 2014
Construction has begun on what will become the world’s most advanced and powerful optical telescope, located near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

The 30-metre telescope is a multi-national project which will cost $1.3 billion US dollars and take up to a decade to complete.

Astronomer and member of the Thirty Metre Telescope International Observatory Board , Michael Bolte, says the telescope will allow scientists to look into the deepest parts of the universe and observe ‘first light’, thought to be the Big Bang.

He says scientists using the telescope will literally be looking back in time and that there is no telling what else they might see.

“20 years ago nobody talked that seriously about finding life in our galaxy. But now I think there is quite a bit of excitement about the potential. Now we know there are lots of planets out there whose conditions could support life as its supported here on earth. I think one of the most exciting discoveries in all of science would be if we found evidence for life, elsewhere in the universe.”RNZI

6) Tonga’s Public Service Association Threatens Strike
Civil Servants push for 20-22% salary increase

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Oct. 13, 2014) – Tonga’s Public Service Association (PSA) is threatening a strike on Friday 17 October demanding that the Tongan government agree to a 20-22% salary rise for Civil Servants.

The PSA’s demand was spelled out in a letter to the Public Service Commission dated September 26. A copy of this letter was also attached to a petition that was presented to the king on the same day.

Copies of the same letter were also forwarded to the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the House, Members of Parliament, the Acting Solicitor General and the Auditor General.

The Acting Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, ‘Aholotu Palu said that last week the executive of the PSA met a Cabinet sub committee chaired by the Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Samiu Vaipulu, to negotiate for a settlement, but at the end they did not agree on a favorable conclusion.

‘Aholotu said that the government was exploring legal solutions, and it was evident to them that many civil servants are not keen on going on strike.

Today, the Ministry of finance and National Planning release a statement saying that the Government can not afford to meet the demands.

The statement underlined “the importance for the civil service and the public to understand that Government, is operating under tight fiscal constraints and it cannot afford any further pay increase or COLA within the approved 2014/15 budget estimate.”

The CEO for the Ministry of Finance, Tatafu Moeaki stated that “the economic reality for the business community right now, especially Tongan businesses, is that pay raises are out of the question… Those workers in the business community and church schools are going to have a very hard time swallowing that Government employees are entitled to higher COLA and higher pay increase.”


An Asian Development Bank report on Tonga, released in August, noted Tonga’s budget constraints as result of aid dependency, previous wage increases and Cyclone Ian.

It also pointed out that over 53% of the national budget was spent on staff costs, and many ministries spend 70%–80% of their budget on staff.

A tug of war between the PSA and government has been in progress since the beginning of the year when a report by Dr Ngongo Kioa, sponsored by the Public Service Commission (PSC) showed a 40% rise in the Consumer Price Index since the last Cost of Living Adjustment COLA to Civil Servants’ salaries in 2005.

The most that government could offer prior to the presentation of the 2014-2015 Budget at the end of June was 5% but back-dated to January.

According to Lisiate ‘Akolo, the Minister of Finance at the time, a 5% salary rise for about 4000 civil servants amounted to $5 million, and a 20% rise would mean $20 million.

However, negotiation continued and by the end of August, according to the Minister of Finance, Hon ‘Aisake Eke the PSA negotiators agreed for a 1% increase to go up to 6%.

The PSA refuted the Minister of Finance’s statement in Parliament that a 6% rise had been agreed on.


On 26 September the PSA presented an ultimatum to the CEO of the PSC, Dr Palenitina Langa’oi that they would go on strike in 15 days, on 17 October, if their demands were not met within a week. Their demands were:

A 20-22$ COLA be approved for all employees in Government for the period calculated by Dr Ngongo Kioa, i.e. September 2005-April 2013.

A 6%-10% COLA be approved to be paid from the Contingency Vote of the 2014/2015 Budget.

The remaining COLA from the 20-22% be paid in the 2015/2016 budget estimate.

None of the signatories to the letter would be reprimanded for following what is stipulated in Section 21, Part IV of the Public Service (Grievances 7 Dispute Procedures) Regulations Amendment 2010.

The last time civil servants went on a national strike was in 2005, and became the vanguard for the riots which destroyed Nuku’alofa on 16 November 2006. In the aftermath of that action Tonga remains today heavily in debt, trying to repay its loans for the reconstruction of Nuku’alofa.

Matangi Tonga Magazine


7) Taiwan Asks Kiribati To Account For Mission Aid Money
$1.5 million intended for landing craft goes missing

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 14, 2014) – Taiwan is asking the Kiribati Government to explain what has happened to one and a half million US dollars in aid funding.

The Taiwanese ambassador to Kiribati, Abraham Chu, says the money was intended for a landing craft to service outer islands and should have been in operation for several months.

The Kiribati Independent reports the Government saying the money was wired to an overseas account, but apparently not that of the boat builder.

The Commerce Minister says the money has been stolen and there was nothing the Government could do, but Kiribati police are now investigating.

Mr Chu says Taiwan is very concerned.

“I was told that the minister in charge of this was based in Christmas Island and we tried to contact him but still we couldn’t get any clear picture so instead of this we are still waiting and see what we can do to fix the problem,” Says Chu.

Radio New Zealand International

8) Leak In Palau Requires Daily Water Rationing In Koror, Airai
Supplies to be cut off while repairs are made

By Jose Rodriguez Senase

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Oct. 14, 2014) – Palau is experiencing another water crisis after the Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC) started implementing water rationing over the weekend.

A press release sent by PPUC to all media outlets on October 12, 2014 states that Ngerkesoal Tank – PPUC operations will be filling up the tank regularly and is required to stop distribution lines at KB bridge and implementing water hours starting today, October 12, 2014 at 3pm to 6am affecting Koror and Airai until further notice.

******”We will need this information to assist us in our planning and investigation. Please continue to call PPUC offices and listen to the radio for updated public information. PPUC Customer service – 488-3870/72/77,” the press release concludes.

Read more ; Island Times

TOK PISIN ( Papua New Guinea/Autonomous Bougainville/Solomon Islands & Vanuatu )

9) West Papua activist i laikim America i mekim Indonesia i lusim fri tupla niusman

Updated 14 October 2014, 12:01 AEST

Caroline Tiriman

Benny Wenda i laikim America i toktok strong long Indonesia i rausim tupla niusman blong France em oli kalabus long Indonesia.

Odio: Benny Wenda lida blong West Papua husat istap nau long Washington long America na emi bin toktok wantem Caroline Tiriman

Tupla lida na indipendans activists blong West Papua istap nau long America blong helpim ol wok blong fosim Indonesia i lusim free tupla niusman blong France em oli stap long kalabus long Indonesia.

Wanpla long despla tupla lida em Benny Wenda husat isave sanap makim West Papua long Europe.

Ol militari blong Indonesia ibin pulim kalabusim despla tupla niusman Valentine Bourrat and Thomas Dandois moa long tupla mun igo pinis, long wonem tupla ibin laik kisim ol stori blong ol pipal long West Papua.

Nau laen blong Reporters Without Borders i statim wanpla wok oa kempein blong Indonesia imas rausim despla tupla journalists long kalabus.

Benny Wenda istap nau long Washington itok  olsem emi bin helpim despla tupla journalists long go long West Papua olsem na emi laik halvim oli lusim kalabus.

Mr Wenda itok tu olsem despla pasin em gavman blong Indonesia i mekim long stopim ol niusman-meri igo insaet long West Papua ibin stat iet long ol yiar 1960’s taem Indonesia ibin kisim nating West Papua.Radio Australia

10) Solomon Islands spika bai resis long 2014 ileksan

Updated 14 October 2014, 14:26 AEST

Sam Seke

Sir Allan Kemakesa itok emi gat planti wok long mekim iet long wok politik

Odio: Solomon Islands spika Sir Allan Kemakeza itoktok wantem Sam Seke

Spika blong Solomon Islands palamen husat i risain na bai sanap long ileksan, Sir Allan Kemakesa itok em i laik kamap praim minista gen.

Sir Allan ibin praim minista blong Solomon Islands stat long 2001 inap long 2006.

Em i tok em i gat sampela wok em i laik wokim long Savo-Russells Constituency olsem dispela bikpela RIPEL Coconut project na wanpela multi-billion dollar geo-thermal project long Savo Island.

Sir Allan i tok em i laik to long lukautim unity blong kantry na kamapim gen ikonomi blong Solomon Islands.

Sir Allan itok tu olsem planti pipal long constituensi blong en i askim em strong long resis long ileksan.Radio Australia

BAHASA ( West Papua/Maluku/Flores/Timor )

11) Terapi Seni untuk Sembuhkan Gangguan Kesehatan Mental

Terbit 14 October 2014, 10:44 AEST

Bethany Keats

Sebuah organisasi di Samoa menggunakan terapi seni untuk mempromosikan kesejahteraan mental dan menghilangkan stigmatisasi dikalangan masyarakat mengenai  kesehatan mental.

Ketika Yang Mulia Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Efi, Kepala Negara Samoa, memberikan ceramah di pertemuan tahunan Asosiasi Kesehatan Samoa dan Seminar Ilmiah pada Mei 2014 lalu, ia menyampaikan mengenai kesehatan mental dalam konteks kebudayaan.

“Sebagai warga Samoan saya bukan tipe orang yang penyendiri, saya menganggap bagian dari kosmos, saya berbagi warisan atau tofi dengan keluarga, desa dan bangsa,” kata Tupua dalam ceramahnya.

Kebudayaan Samoa sangat kuat mempertahankan fokusnya pada aiga, atau keluarga, dan layanan kesehatan mental di Samoa menggunakan model pendekatan terhadap Aiga ini sebagai cara untuk mengenali perlunya keluarga besar terlibat dalam proses penyembuhan pasien gangguan mental.

Proyek ini berusaha mempertahankan perasaan saling memiliki dikalangan anggota keluarga dan juga masyarakat.

Namun, meski fokus pada budaya menarik kekuatan dari masyarakat, katanya masih ada stigma besar yang terkait dengan kesehatan mental di negara ini.

Sebuah proyek yang sedang berlangsung di Pusat Seni Tiapapata di ibukota Apia berharap dapat mengubah persepsi itu.

Fa’aāliga o Lagona, yang berarti ‘ekspresi emosi,’ merupakan proyek terapi menggunakan media seni yang dimulai sebagai cara untuk melibatkan korban trauma dan pelecehan yang ditampung di Kelompok Dukungan Korban Samoa.

Program ini telah diperluas untuk mencakup orang-orang dari Badan Kesehatan Mental Goshen,  maupun yang diidentifikasi oleh Unit Kesehatan Mental dan mahasiswa di Sekolah Fiamalamalama untuk anak-anak dengan kesulitan belajar.

Proyek ini dijalankan oleh Kesehatan Mental Asia Australia yang berpartner dengan organisasi internasional dan lokal seperti Tiapapata untuk membantu meningkatkan kesehatan mental di Asia Pasifik.  Program yang didanai oleh program PACMAS ABC Pembangunan Internasional ini bertujuan untuk “mendorong diskusi yang lebih luas dan untuk mendorong pemahaman yang lebih besar dari persepsi, penyakit mental dan trauma melalui seni dan kreativitas di Samoa. ‘

Galumalemana Steven Percival dari Pusat Seni Tiapapata mengaku respon dari para korban yang terlibat dalam proyek ini sangat positif.

“Dilakukan oleh Wendy Percival, guru seni utama di Pusat Seni  Tiapapata, para siswa disini telah mengerjakan banyak kegiatan seni dalam berbagai bentuk media mulai dari menggambar dan melukis, keramik, seni grafis dan lukisan mural,” katanya.

“Dengan melibatkan seluruh anggota kelompok, awalnya korban yang melakukan terapi seni ini hanya menggambar bentuk yang sederhana saja, tapi kemudian gambar yang mereka hasilkan bisa lebih ekspresif ketika mereka saling mengenal dan merasa percaya diri dengan kreatifitas dan media seni yang mereka gunakan,” katanya.

Menuurt Steven, faktor pendorong perubahan di kelompok ini adalah mereka melihat diri mereka sendiri sebagai artis atau seniman, bukan orang yang memiliki gangguan kesehatan mental.

Dr Patricia Fenner, dosen senior & koordinator dari Master program terapi seni di Universitas La Trobe Melbourne yang memfasilitasi terapi lokakarya seni untuk para staf di Pusat Seni Tiapata ini mengatakan terapi seni adalah bentuk pengobatan yang diakui untuk orang dengan masalah kesehatan mental.

“Terapi seni sangat sering digunakan untuk membantu orang mengatasi dampak psikososial negatif kondisi kejiwaan termasuk depresi, gangguan kepribadian dan gangguan psikotik dan sebagainya,” katanya.

Ide di balik terapi seni adalah dengan menggunakan proses kreatif sebagai ekspresi, bukan sebagai diagnosis.

“Efeknya sangat beragam dan mencakup pertumbuhan pribadi dan peningkatan kapasitas sosial melalui hal-hal seperti peningkatan rentang perhatian, partisipasi aktif, meningkatkan wawasan perilaku saat ini, kemampuan untuk berbagi perasaan, peningkatan pemahaman tantangan pribadi termasuk berurusan dengan trauma, kesedihan dan kerugian, “katanya.

Dr Fenner juga menjelaskan bahwa mengingat ketika menggambar lukisan yang kuat yang hendak dihasilkan seseorang dengan gangguan kesehatan mental,  misalnya yang melibatkan trauma masa lalu itu penting dikerjakan dengan bantuan pendampingan oleh terapis seni terlatih.

“Potret visual dapat mencerminkan, atau dalam tingkatan perasaan mewujudkan isu-isu di masa lalu, dan ini dapat menghadapkan klien kita pada situasi yang mengancam jika tidak dikelola dengan baik,” katanya. “Kedua, gambar kadang-kadang sangat eksplisit dan bisa sulit bagi orang lain untuk melihatnya, terutama untuk contoh di mana bahan kekerasan atau trauma dapat digambarkan secara visual.

Dr Fenner menambahkan bahwa karya seni jenis ini bahkan bisa menjadi bagian dari catatan medis pasien.

Fokus utama dari proyek ini adalah untuk meningkatkan kesadaran tentang isu-isu kesehatan mental, dan untuk tujuan menggelar sebuah pameran dari karya klien yang mereka tangani pada bulan November.

“Masyarakat nantinya dapat belajar mengenai pengalaman penyembuhan para klien kami dengan ikut meyaksikan karya seni buatan mereka yang dituangkan dalam berbagai bentuk, termasuk pameran,” kata Dr Fenner.

proyek Faʻaāliga o Lagona ini akan berlanjut hingga tahun 2015 dengan pameran kedua dijadwalkan berlangsung pada Mei 2015.

FRENCH ( New Caledonia/Vanuatu/Tahiti/Wallis&Futuna )

12) Brèves du Pacifique – mardi 14 octobre 2014

Mis à jour 14 October 2014, 17:53 AEST

Caroline Lafargue

Indonésie: l’Alliance des Étudiants Papous organise une manifestation pacifique aujourd’hui à Yogyakarta pour la libération de Thomas Dandois et Valentine Bourrat .

Les deux reporters d’ARTE détenus depuis le 6 août par les services de l’immigration en Papouasie. Les autorités indonésiennes les accusent d’avoir débuté un reportage sans visa de journaliste et d’être entrés en contact avec des indépendantistes. Le procureur doit annoncer cette semaine s’il décide de classer l’affaire sans suite ou de faire un procès. Ils risquent jusqu’à 5 ans de prison.

  • Fidji exporte 100 moutons au Samoa pour aider le pays à développer son élevage et à atteindre l’auto-suffisance alimentaire. Il s’agit d’un croisement, une race créée à Fidji il y a 6 ans et qui a été baptisée Fidji Fantastic.
  • Hawaï: la construction du télescope le plus puissant du monde a débuté au sommet du volcan Mauna Kea. Le télescope fera 30 mètres de long, et il faudra 10 ans pour achever sa construction, pour un coût d’1.3 milliard de dollars. Cet engin sur-puissant permettra entre autres aux astronomes d’observer le premier écho, la première lumière, qui serait celle du Big Bang. Un voyage dans le temps donc.

13) L’actu calédonienne en bref de ce mardi 14 octobre 2014

Par Michel Voisin (avec A.P)
Publié le 14/10/2014 | 10:29, mis à jour le 14/10/2014 | 13:13

L’essentiel de l’actualité en Nouvelle-Calédonie de ce mardi 14 octobre 2014.

Touho: maintien du barrage filtrant

Les paroles d’apaisement et les appels à la patience des élus de la mairie n’ont visiblement pas réussi à convaincre les protestataires qui ont installé un barrage filtrant à l’entrée sud de Touho. Le blocage partiel est toujours en place ce mardi…
Une rencontre est prévue avec un représentant de l’Etat afin d’aborder les deux problématiques soulevées par le collectif Tha Paladje: la réhabilitation du dépotoir et l’adduction d’eau.

Harold Martin n’a pas encore pris sa décision…

Harold Martin fera t-il ou non appel de l’annulation de l’élection municipale à Paita?
Lundi soir en tous cas le premier conseil municipal de la commune après la décision du tribunal administratif était très attendu, mais Harold Martin n’a pas fait de déclaration aux élus municipaux. “Je n’ai toujours pas pris ma décision” a expliqué Harold Martin à la sortie du conseil municipal.

Mais où est le gel des prix?

Selon l’association UFC Que choisir, la grande distribution ne joue pas le jeu du gel des prix en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Après avoir décortiqué les prix de 52 produits à un an d’intervalle, le constat de l’UFC est sans appel… Pour certaines marchandises l’augmentation atteint même 100%!
En testant sept supermarchés du Grand Nouméa, l’association de consommateurs a aussi constaté qu’il n’y a pas de réelle concurrence entre les différentes enseignes et que le nombre de contrôleurs pour surveiller les étiquettes est insuffisant.

Boycott de l’Union Calédonienne: réaction de l’UCF

“Après avoir annoncé son refus de participer au Comité des Signataires, en interpellant vigoureusement le Gouvernement de la République, l’Union Calédonienne s’est précipitée à New-York pour mettre une nouvelle fois violemment en cause la France et demander que l’ONU soit directement impliquée dans le processus de sortie de l’accord de Nouméa” a déclaré l’UCF (Union Pour la Calédonie dans la France).
L’UCF s’étonne de la “prime au boycott” dont a bénéficié l’Union Calédonienne de la part de l’Etat en étant reçue par le président de la République alors qu’il n’a pas reçu les membres du comité des signataires.

Vers une refonte du droit de l’urbanisme

Le Conseil économique, social et environnemental, le CESE, a émis lundi après-midi un avis favorable sur l’avant-projet de loi du pays fixant les principes directeurs relatifs au plan d’urbanisme directeur – le PUD – et au permis de construire.
Cette loi du pays va valider rétrospectivement les décisions des provinces concernant les PUD et les permis de construire. Des décisions qui auraient pu être frappées d’illégalité, car les provinces avaient jusque-là, en quelque sorte, empiété sur les prérogatives du gouvernement telles que définies par la loi organique. La possibilité de révision des PUD sera également ramenée de cinq à quatre ans.
Bernard Deladrière, ainsi que la commission de l’aménagement et des infrastructures du CESE, ont indiqué que cet avant-projet de loi du pays ne représentait que la première pierre d’un toilettage en profondeur du droit de l’urbanisme.


14) Powerful typhoon slams into Japan

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TOKYO – Powerful typhoon Vongfong has slammed into Japan, with at least one person missing, dozens injured and about 320 flights grounded.

Winds of up to 180 km/h whipped ashore as the typhoon made landfall in Makurazaki on Kyushu island about 8.30am on Monday, meteorological officials said.

Three Chinese people were engulfed by high waves triggered by the typhoon in Shizuoka, central Japan, on Sunday afternoon, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK and daily newspaper Mainichi Shimbun said, adding that two of them were rescued but one was still missing.

NHK also said at least 44 people were injured in typhoon-related accidents, while Japanese airlines cancelled at least 329 flights. The arrival of Vongfong, which means “the wasp” in Cantonese, comes just a week after tropical storm Phanfone (Laotian for “animal”) whipped through the country, leaving 11 people dead or missing.

15) 6.5 quake strikes off Bay of Plenty coast/New Zealand.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Update: 5:45PM A “severe” magnitude 6.5 quake that struck hundreds of kilometres off the Bay of Plenty coast was felt in centres across the region.

GeoNet said the 82km deep earthquake struck 455km northeast of Whakatane at 5.12pm.

It was felt in Tauranga, Opotiki, Rotorua, Hamilton, Gisborne, and Napier, according to reports submitted to the GeoNet website.

The reports said the quake was of light or weak intensity.

16) Magnitude 7.4 offshore quake hits Central America

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Update: 6:03PM A magnitude 7.4 underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of El Salvador shook several Central American countries late Monday.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warnings. But power outages were reported in El Salvador, and Nicaragua put out an internal alert, announcing that schools would be closed on Tuesday.

The quake, whose epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean about 169 kilometers (105 miles) southeast of San Salvado, occurred at 9:51 p.m. local time (10:51 EDT; 0251 GMT), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It had a depth of 70.5 kilometers (43.8 miles).

Along with a smaller offshore quake, it shook the southern coast and interior of the region from Guatemala to Costa Rica, according local reports.

The Red Cross in El Salvador and Costa Rica, the two countries closest to the epicenter, had no reports of victims.

17) Fears of eruption

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MANILA – Lava is again flowing out of Mayon, the Philippines’ most active volcano, raising fears an eruption could be imminent, authorities say.

The government has already evacuated around 63,000 people living inside a six-kilometre danger zone around the volcano, after it began to spew out white smoke and some lava last month.

Activity had appeared to quieten down but a fresh cascade — confirmed by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Sunday — this time stretching further down the slopes, has prompted concerns that an eruption may soon take place.

“The first activity started on September 15 and lasted for a few days. After that, there was a lull or no summit activity, but this morning, our volcanologists spotted a lava flow,” said Renato Solidum, head of the government volcanology agency told ABS-CBN television.


18) Ebola now an hour from PNG shores

By Online Editor
00:42 am GMT+12, 13/10/2014, Papua New Guinea

Ebola may be one hour 20 minutes away from Papua New Guinea given the first suspected case now being observed at the Cairns Hospital.

Cairns is full of Papua New Guineans who may be at risk if more cases are to reach that part of Australia.

A Canadian nursing officer who lives in Cairns returned last Tuesday from Sierra Leone, a country swept by the deadly virus, where she was helping as a volunteer. Sue Ellen Kovack, 57, from Cairns, is suffering from the illness she was helping to treat and now there are fears she may be diagnosed.

Kovack is currently under observation for Ebola and has been quarantined at Cairns Hospital. Health authorities ordered her to hospital after she reported feeling a fever on arrival.

Papua New Guinea’s Health Minister Michael Malabag, who is struggling to contain the rapidly spreading TB, said he was already aware of the case in Cairns. The Prime Minister’s office was also aware of the reports of this deadly disease now in Cairns but said there was no reason to panic.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the nurse returned home on Tuesday, where she remained in quarantine as per normal protocol. Then she rang up on Thursday morning to report a “low-grade fever of 37.6 degrees Celsius”. “We felt it important that she come into the Cairns Hospital and be tested for Ebola disease,” Dr Young said.

“She’s been exposed to people with the disease while working in Sierra Leone.”

A sample of her blood is being flown to Brisbane to be tested and results are expected soon.

Kovack lived in Cairns with a flatmate, but Dr Young said it was highly unlikely anyone else was likely to contract the virus if she was infected.


19) Aussies stand ready to help contain deadly Ebola

By Online Editor
00:03 am GMT+12, 14/10/2014, Papua New Guinea

Australia will send help if the dreaded Ebola case presents in Papua New Guinea, says the Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton.

“We would be expected within our region to rapidly respond, and we have the capacity to do that with a team out of Darwin … and resources within Canberra,” Dutton told ABC News.

Papua New Guinea’s Health Secretary Pascoe Kase announced in Port Moresby Monday that plans were underway by the Health Department to fight Ebola if it enters PNG.

Dutton insisted that talking to people arriving in Australia from Ebola-hit countries was the best screening method for the deadly disease at the moment.

He moved to allay fears as a Cairns nurse was being tested for Ebola virus last Thursday after travelling to Africa to help treat people infected with the deadly disease. He reiterated that the World Health Organisation had not asked Australia for on-the-ground health workers in the stricken African countries.

But he said that advice might change over time. Dutton told ABC News that Australia would send help if a case presented in the region, “for example in PNG”. He said doctors believed the best method for now was to identify and contact people arriving from the Ebola-stricken countries.

“I think that’s the more effective screening process at the moment, but these things evolve,” he told the ABC. Introducing a screening in arrivals halls could be problematic,” he said.

“It provides a sort of air of complacency if you like,” he told the ABC. “So people come through, they feel unwell a couple of days later and they think, ‘No, no, I’ve just been through that screening process and I wasn’t picked up, I’m OK.’”

Kase said the fact that the disease was less than an hour away from PNG has raised a lot of concern about measures the department had in place. He said Ebola like any other infectious diseases had affected a lot of people and the chances of it entering PNG were high if people were not careful.

He admitted though that PNG did not have the capacity to respond to this kind of emergency. He said a surveillance team would be stationed at Jackson International Airport to monitor passengers arriving on international flights to ensure that suspected passengers are quickly quarantined.

“The setting up of the surveillance team is one of the major plans that the Health Department is planning to address the outbreak of Ebola if it does come into the country,” Kase said.


20) India trains surgery staff

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ABOUT 50 medical personnel have been trained in India to assist specialists perform complex surgeries on locals.

These personnel were trained at Sahyadri Hospitals in the past 18 months through an arrangement between the Indian and Fijian governments.

Sahyadri Hospitals project co-ordinator Professor Manu Munibhargav said some doctors, nurses and other personnel trained in the past three months were assisting in open heart surgeries.

“Our team of a senior cardiac surgeon, a cardiac anaesthetist and other paramedical staff are being assisted by the locals who were trained by us in India,” he said.

“They were trained in India but their training continues here in Fiji as they assist in the open heart surgeries that are being performed.

“Local skill is getting developed.

“We provide hands-on training free of cost in India as per arrangement between the Indian and Fijian governments. It is supplemented by joint venture arrangements.”

Mr Munibhargav said a 10-member team was in the country to perform open heart surgeries at CWM Hospital in Suva.

“In the beginning, we came with a 17-member team but with the locals getting trained now on the complex surgeries, our number has reduced.”

While each surgery costs between $20,000 and $25,000 in Fiji depending on it’s complexity, Mr Munibhargav said the same surgery would cost about $80,000 if performed in other countries.

21) Free medical service

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ABOUT one thousand people have been treated over the past two weeks and given expert medical advice from a team of international doctors from the Marine Reach Ministries.

They travelled from as far as Lautoka and Nadi to Nagado Village where the team had been based for the past week.

Marine Reach Ministries co-ordinator Bjarte Dyrik Havgstredt said the group had been providing medical services in the country over the past 12 years.

“We go to remote areas providing primary health services and right now we have a team of primary and dental experts along with nurses.

“There are about 20 of them here and for the past week or so we’ve treated more than 500 people and we expect a larger group in the coming days.

“Some of the things that we observed is that a lot of the rural people do a lot of hard labour and their injuries are related to that kind of work.

“Most of them have back injuries, muscle and tissue injuries.”

He said the team would make referrals to local doctors before departing the country.

Nagado Village headman Josaia Degei said villagers were grateful to the team for visiting the village.

“This is a first for the village,” he said.

“We are happy and very grateful to the team for taking time to come to us and offer these services.”

Another villager Vereniki Sagadra said for some, not having to spend $30 on a vehicle to the Nadi Hospital was money well saved.

“When there is an emergency case, we usually spend that much to go right to Nadi but because they were here for more than a week we were able to just consult them for help,” he said.


22) 21,000 students sit for their first examination papers

The National, Tuesday October 14th, 2014

MORE than 21,000 Grade 12 students began their national examinations yesterday with the Advance Mathematics and General Mathematics papers.
The 21,057 students will complete their final paper on Oct 24.
This week, the subjects covered are Biology and Information Communication Technology, Physics and Legal Studies, Geography, Language and Literature One, and Applied English.
Next week, they will sit for Economics and Applied Science, Chemistry and Accounting; Business Studies and Geology; History and finish off with Advance Mathematics, plus General Mathematics Two.  Florance Kangun from Gordon Secondary School, who is the examination invigilator for the 135 Grade 12 students of Jubilee Catholic Secondary School told The National that examinations were special events that determine the students’ future.
“Their input in the examination would reflect the effort and time put in preparing for it,” she said.
She told the students that their academic work in the past 12 years would be reflected on what they achieve in these two weeks.
“The two weeks are very special for you because they will determine your future,” she said.


23) Kanaks meet Hollande over roll row

By Online Editor
01:18 am GMT+12, 13/10/2014, New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s main pro-independence party has taken its concerns about the territory’s flawed electoral rolls to the French president.

Francois Hollande has received a delegation of the Caledonian Union after it raised the matter with the United Nations last week and asked it to mediate.

Ten days ago, the Kanak group boycotted the Paris talks of the signatories of the Noumea Accord because of the dispute over the rolls, saying any future vote won’t be fair unless the rolls are properly constituted.

The Noumea Accord restricts voting rights on any independence referendum to long-term residents, with the Caledonian Union accusing France of refusing to implement the agreement to the letter.

The Kanak group says getting proper rolls has been the mother of all battles in every decolonisation case.

It has recently sharpened its rhetoric and cast doubt on the French stance that Paris is impartial in the discussions between the pro- and anti independence camps.

The French government has said a working group is looking into the make-up of the rolls.

Hollande is due to visit New Caledonia next month.



24) New TV makes entry

The National, Tuesday October 14th, 2014

THE country’s first commercial digital channel – PNG TV – aims to provide Papua New Guineans access to quality locally-made programmes, an official says.
PNG TV is part of the Click TV platform which first ventured into the country with the distribution of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Click’s managing director Richard Broadbridge said viewers would be able to access the channel using PNGTV’s digital set top box. “This is a giant leap for Papua New Guinea. We will take PNG into the digital era and will ensure both an affordable and high quality service to all,” he said.
“We are excited at the prospects of providing PNG high definition. Our solution means every city, town, province, district and village can access television for the first time.”
He said there was an opportunity for those in the television industry given the size of PNG’s population.
“We (Click) will be releasing our boxes into the market shortly. We have several channels available on the box with PNG TV as one of them,” he said.
Click recently signed a contract with the Pacific Games organisers to broadcast coverage of the 2015 Pacific Games in high definition.
The firm has discussed plans with PNG-based institutions to provide training and certification for television production personnel.
Broadbridge said the firm had in place all the requirements to news, current affairs and sports programmes as well as debates and a locally-themed drama programmes.
PNG TV has encouraged Papua New Guineans to apply for positions  as they would form an integral part of this PNG-made venture.

25) Digicel explores purchase of EMTV shares from Fiji TV

By Online Editor
01:13 am GMT+12, 13/10/2014, Fiji

Fiji Television Ltd and mobile operator Digicel have been in talks about the possible purchase of shares, or outright purchase of EMTV, Fiji TV’s subsidiary in PNG, and PNG’s main free-to-air television station.

The revelations were made in the October edition of regional magazine Business Melanesia which highlights Digicel’s growing entry into the Pacific’s media industry.

The magazine reports that the chairman and CEO of Fijian Holdings Ltd, the major shareholder in Fiji Television Ltd, as well as Fiji TV’s board chairman were in PNG last week to discuss options with Digicel, who is looking to purchase 25-30 per cent or all of EMTV, although Digicel’s first offer was deemed to low.

Digicel has announced and is expected to launch its own multi-station television service in PNG later this year, most likely in November.

Business Melanesia reports that the mobile company has purchased or is looking to secure Cable TV networks, free-to-air TV stations and other sporting rights such as the SANZAR (for rugby union tests between South Africa, New Zealand and Australia) in a bid to capture content.

This mirrors the buying spree the mobile giant has been undertaking in the Caribbean where it has acquired at least four television stations, cable TV and content as well as purchased major telecommunication companies, with the intention to use fibre optic to push content.

Digicel was granted a television license in June this year by PNG’s National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA), a decision that a number of Ministers in the PNG Government including Communications Minister Jimmy Miringtoro and Public Enterprise Minister Ben Micah have expressed reservations about.

PNG Communications Minister Jimmy Miringtoro told Business Melanesia he was looking into the issue.


26) PNG’s National Broadcasting Corp. Chairman Charged With Corruption
Shortly after appointment, Tala allegedly demanded funds for personal use

By Daphne Wani

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Oct. 14, 2014) – PNG National Broadcasting Corporation chairman Timothy Tala has appeared in court charged with abuse of office.

Waigani Committal Court Magistrate Cosmas Bidar released him on K2000 bail to await the completion of investigations by police.

Police alleged that on August 11, one week after Tala was appointed NBC chairman, he called a meeting with managing director Memafu Kapera and senior managers at a hotel in Port Moresby to discuss issues related to the State-owned enterprise.

The court heard that at the meeting, Tala directed Kapera and senior managers to arrange for a payment of K20,000 [US$7,800] to him for his personal use.

The court was told that Tala warned them that any failure to do so would result in termination of employment.

Bidar, when allowing bail, told Tala, 41, from Pundia village in Imbonggu, Southern Highlands, that his guarantors would have to pay K500 each.

Prosecution did not object but submitted that Tala be granted bail with conditions.

The court ordered Tala to remain within the National Capital District until the completion of the court case.

Bidar adjourned the case for a month to allow police to complete investigations.

Bidar said bail was the right of any accused person until proven guilty.

He said the allegations were fresh and police needed time to complete their investigations into the case.

Police alleged that Tala abused the authority of his office and his actions were prejudicial to the legal rights of the NBC.

The National


27) PX forges e-ticketing deal with Qatar

The National, Tuesday October 14th, 2014

National flag carrier Air Niugini has signed an e-ticket agreement with a five star airliner – Qatar Airways – to expand its network in Africa, Europe and the Middle-East.
Chief executive officer Simon Foo (pictured) said the agreement – made recently – allowed for Air Niugini to expand its services by using Singapore and Hong Kong as connecting points to go beyond.
“Our passengers travelling to/from Port Moresby to Africa, Europe, Eastern Europe and Middle-East will greatly benefit from this agreement as it encompasses Papua New Guinea destination and Qatar Airways hubs,” he said.
Foo said implementation of e-ticket agreement offers a seamless service for customers travelling between Papua New Guinea and the extensive network in Africa, Europe and Middle East.
He said “Air Niugini and Qatar Airways customers now have easy connections out of Singapore and Hong Kong with all their baggage tagged all the way without hassle. It saves them time from having to re-check for the next flight.”
The airline currently operates 11 weekly west bound services through Singapore, Manila and Hong Kong to connect with Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways is the national flag carrier of Qatar, based at its capital Doha in Middle-East.
It is one of the world’s five-star airlines that operate daily flights to popular cities in Africa, Middle East, Asia Pacific, North and South America.
The recent signing of the interline agreement with Qatar Airways now brings Air Niugini airline agreements to a total 33 airlines.

28) Authority: Internet challenges system

The National, Tuesday October 14th, 2014

THE Investment Promotion Authority has acknowledged the use of internet in the country as a challenge for efficient implementation of its online registry system, an official says.
Investor servicing and promotions divisions director Clarence Hoot said when the national government approved the use of the system, it did take into consideration the use of internet in Papua New Guinea as a hindrance to fully implementing the system.
“When the government approved this project, we asked initially for a full online system. The government has decided that we’ll be running two parallel systems, the current physical paper lodgments will still be operating, which then means that the number of staff will still be maintained until such time the online registration system is on across the country.
“This is in appreciating the fact that internet access across the country is an issue so by providing the physical processing of documents is a complement to the online system,” he said.
Meanwhile, registrar of companies Alex Tongayu said IPA was aware that the new system would bring with it its challenges as well.
“We are not saying that the system is perfect, but we will try to make sure that the system is more efficient, more effective and conducive for people to do investment and business in the country.
“Our aim is to make sure, every Papua New Guinean in the next five years have access to the system and know how to conduct business using the web system,” he said.

29) Move to connect PNG

The National, Tuesday October 14th, 2014

DIGICEL PNG’s investment in the roll out of communication towers has reached K1.7 billion to date, according to the firm.
It has launched a tower in the remote island of Djaul, Namatanai district, New Ireland, last week.
The tower is one of 300 others that the company is installing across the country in an effort to increase communication coverage to 95% of the population. By year end, Digicel will have more than 1100 towers in operation at a total investment of K1.9 billion.
Djaul’s main connection with the outside world was limited to small boats to the mainland.
Namatanai MP Byron Chan encouraged the locals to conduct business transactions and utilise phone banking among others.
He added: “Our people depend heavily on communication services. If a small dingy gets in to trouble, they can now call for assistance. Communication is not only changing lives, but saving them too.”
Digicel’s government relations director Gary Seddon reiterated Digicel’s commitment to the people of PNG.
“It is everyone’s basic human right to have access to reliable, affordable, modern communication. Digicel’s tower programme is testament to what can be achieved in PNG,” Seddon said.
“The challenges can and must be overcome. People need this technology – it is not good enough to simply build a tower in a major city or town. We must connect everyone in PNG and we will.”

30) Requests rejected

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FIJI National Provident Fund’s repeated requests to the central bank to allow for further investments offshore were not successful.

In the fund’s 2014 Annual Report, Reserve Bank of Fiji approved a total of $20million for offshore investments by the fund in the 2014 financial year, despite the fund’s persistent request for additional offshore investment.

RBF continued to be conservative in light of its view of the foreign reserves position.

For offshore equities, the fund said in a report that the offshore portfolio managed by Legg Mason Asset Management Australia Ltd continued its strong performance on the back of the strong Australian economy, stable exchange rates and prudent stock selections.

“The Legg Mason managed portfolio was valued at $98.7m for the end of the financial year, translating to an unrealised gain of $22.8m,” the report stated.

Compared with last year, the fund said the portfolio had grown by over 23 per cent.

“Dividend income generated was over $44m compared $3.7m in 2013.”

In contrast, the fund said local portfolio closed at $351m compared with $344m last year.

“The low growth was the result of a stagnant local market.

“FNPF concentrated on the rehabilitation of non-performing companies and pursuing the diversification of the local portfolio and the value of the new deals has flowed through to financial year 2015.

“The local portfolio generated $18.8m in dividend income compared to $16.4m last year.”

It said the increase was attributed to higher dividends distributed by major subsidiaries such as Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH) and FNPF Investment Limited.

31) Con’ kava warning 

By Online Editor
00:41 am GMT+12, 13/10/2014, Samoa

Members of the public in Samoa have been warned against consuming ‘fake kava’ being sold using local labels.

The warning has come from the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri, who confirmed his Ministry has launched an investigation into the issue.

He did not say if the matter has been referred to the Police.

But Leausa said they believe the kava could have been imported from either Tonga or Fiji and sold in Samoa using illegal means.

“Someone has been conning locals (with the ava) selling it under a different label,” Leausa said. “We’ve had a complainant that had an allergic reaction to the kava and we are investigating.”

While he declined to elaborate on the details, Leausa warned that the kava in question poses health risks and members of the public should double check for the legitimacy of the herb before they purchase it for consumption.

But the revelation has angered one of the biggest kava growers in Samoa, Mau’u Siaosi Puepuemai.

The businessman from Samamea Fagaloa said he was recently approached by customers who were saying that the kava from Fagaloa had gone bitter.

“But I know the kava we grow and it’s quality stuff, it is not bitter, it’s the real thing,” he said.

“So I asked this person to bring me the package and when I opened it, I knew right away it wasn’t kava from Fagaloa.”

Mau’u said the kava from Fagaloa is hand mashed while the fake stuff that’s been passed off as genuine Fagaloa kava appears to have been milled using a machine.

“If you are a kava person like me, you’ll know the difference right away.”

Away from the health risks, Mau’u said he was disturbed that some people had the nerve to use Fagaloa labels to sell the kava.

“Everyone in Samoa knows that the best kava comes from Fagaloa. There is no disputing the fact. So when we hear people say that the kava from Fagaloa is bitter, it’s extremely concerning to us.

“This is why we want to set the record straight.”

Asked if he knew who might have been behind the fake kava, Mau’u said no.

“But I suspect this has been done for several years now in a deliberate attempt to undermine the kava industry in Samoa.”

The businessman questioned how the kava came into the country. If it was done legally, he said it should have gone through Customs where someone would know something.

“But why allow kava to be imported when we’ve got our own,” he said. “I get the feeling that somebody in the know knows something about this and now it has been exposed, it’s time to find out who it is.”

Mau’u added that farmers like himself – and many others – have spent a lot of money and energy to cultivate the herb to make “an honest tala.”

“It hurts us when people associate these dirty businesses with the Fagaloa kava. We want to protect the quality of our products. We’ve got the genuine kava and we will do everything to keep it that way, said Mau’u.



32) Landowner support ‘vital’

The National, Tuesday October 14th, 2014

THE support of landowners is vital to the success of development of projects in the country, National Forest Board chairman Thomas Paka says.
“At the board level we face a number of challenges and the first one is landowners. I must say this because in order for a project to be successful, landowners must be there to support it,” Paka said.
“If you want a school to be built in a certain area but you don’t want to give your land, then it will be very difficult for the company to deliver this obligation. “You want a bridge or an aid post in certain locations too, but when land is not made available, then you cannot have these services.”
He was speaking at the execution of the deed of variation for the Asengseng Consolidated Forest Management area project in West New Britain.
He called on landowners to make their land available for infrastructure and services to be delivered, and to fulfil conditions set in project agreements.


33) FIU seizes assets of property owners for failure to explain wealth

By Online Editor
00:06 am GMT+12, 14/10/2014, Fiji

Fiji’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is now investigating several property owners on the violation of the Proceeds of Crime Act, especially the provision on unexplained wealth.

Unit Director Razim Buksh says a number of assets and properties have been seized that were proven to be proceeds of crime.

Under the provision of Unexplained Wealth in the Proceeds of Crime Act, property owners should be able to explain and prove clearly the source of funds used to purchase any asset.

Failure to do so will result in the restraining of the asset.

”There are a number of cases that is currently being investigated by the Financial Intelligence Unit. In some cases jointly with the police and Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and these cases are yet to translate into any formal investigation as yet,” said the Director of Financial Intelligence Unit  Razim Buksh.

Buksh says the Unit is keeping a close watch on some of these individuals.

Due to complexities in investigating or detecting such cases, the Unit has also embarked on a new networking framework.

“We are now allowing our key partner agencies to access our data  base and under this framework, the agencies will be better networked and so far we have allowed Fiji Police Force, FRCA, Reserve bank and FICA officials are accessing our database.”

Buksh says while challenges are many in fighting money laundering and fraud related cases, having a sound basis of investigation is critical in prosecution process.

“Should be productive as far as the investigators are concerned so they may open a file, they would not have much information about the individuals banks accounts details so the first step is at FIU. So they will come to the Unit and they will know this particular person or the group of people who are subject to information,” he said.

Buksh says anyone found breaching this law will face the full brunt of the law.



34) PNG may host 2017 World Cup matches

The National, Tuesday October 14th, 2014

PAPUA New Guinea’s rugby league mad public are set to be rewarded, with the code’s governing body seriously thinking about adding the Pacific nation as a host in the 2017 rugby league World Cup.
While Australia and NZ will co-host the event, PNG has emerged as a genuine destination for at least one pool game.
Four pools will make up the 2017 tournament. Australia and New Zealand will be based in front of their home crowds, and negotiations are taking place to have PNG as a third host.
Fiji and Western Australia are  being considered.
However, officials are leaning towards PNG, where rugby league is a national sport. .
General manager of league integration and game development, Andrew Hill, said PNG was a realistic destination for at least one pool game.
“Part of our bid to the international federation was to look at how we could assist the broader rugby league strategy in the Pacific,” Hill said.
“PNG have expressed an interest in hosting a game or games.
“We’ve begun discussions with the Sports Minister of PNG and over the next couple of months we’ll get into more detail.
“We’ve had a couple of preliminary discussions. It’s got past the general chat.
“It’s now about the logistics and the contribution PNG would need to make to hosting a match of that status.”
Security, logistics, stadium and broadcast abilities have emerged as major stumbling blocks.
There is little doubt any matches hosted in PNG will be a success, given the reception the Prime Ministers XIII side has received since their arrival on Friday.
Fans crowded the airport while a coaching clinic at a local school attracted about 300 children and at least another 300 spectators on Saturday afternoon.
Those too old for the clinic clung to the fence from the outside, chanting the players names before swarming in on players’ gear as it was tossed out of the team’s bus by the likes of Greg Bird, Josh Papalii and Josh McGuire.
About 300 people attended a sold-out dinner function with the Kumuls and Kangaroos on Friday night.
“It would be great to promote the broader strategy the NRL has for the Pacific,” Hill said. “I don’t think any other Pacific nation has been able to host a fixture of that status. It’ll be great for the region.
“Teams who have come here have been very complimentary with the way in which everything has worked. At the back of the Pacific Games and the PNG Games being held this year and next year, there will be infrastructure built that would be appropriate to host World Cup games.”

35) Legends back women

The National, Tuesday October 14th, 2014

RUGBY league stars from Australia and Papua New Guinea threw their support behind efforts to expand access to sport for local women and girls in Kokopo over the weekend.
They took part in a ‘league bilong laif’ clinic with more than 150 school children on Saturday.
The students got to meet their National Rugby League and local heroes  and took part in a clinic demonstrating the educational and health benefits of sport.
Australian players led by skipper Greg Bird, joined their PNG counterparts, as well as coaches and staff at Kokopo Primary School.
A coaching master class was held for the Raggianas, the national women’s rugby league team.
The event in Kokopo coincided with the International Day of the Girl Child, which is observed globally on October 11 to recognise girls’ unique challenges and rights.
In the coaching master class with the Raggianas, Australian PMs XIII coach Tim Sheens handed over ‘Women in League’ footballs donated by the National Rugby League (NRL) to the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) at Kalabond Oval.
The 500 footballs will be distributed to women’s leagues across the country in a joint initiative with the PNGRFL.
Director for the Women Rugby League programme of the PNGRFL, Wendy Kohun, said: “This assistance is timely as the PNGRFL is rolling out the women’s programme across the region.
“We would like to involve as many women as possible as a way of remedying some social issues faced by our women in the country.”

36) Fans pick 4 Fiji tries among 7 of Gold Coast 7s’ best

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Update: 1:00PM FOUR of Fiji’s tries at the Gold Coast 7s tournament over the weekend have been nominated among the 7 of the best.

Osea Kolinisau’s try against Scotland, Isake Katonibau’s try against Wales, Apisai Domolailai’s try against England and Setefano Cakau’s try against Samoa are among 7 tries that mesmerised the fans and IRB officials at the CBus Stadium.

Currently Cakau is leading on the number of votes given by fans on social media Facebook and Twitter.

To vote for your favourite try, click on:

37) Kenyans dominate marathon

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CHICAGO – Kenyans ruled the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, with Eliud Kipchoge leading a 1-2-3 men’s sweep and compatriot Rita Jeptoo repeating as the women’s winner.

Kipchoge pulled away over the last two miles (3.22 km) for his first major marathon victory, finishing in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 11 seconds.

He was followed by Sammy Kitwara in 2:04:28 and Dickson Chumba in 2:04:32.

Jeptoo was timed in 2:24:35 in winning her fourth straight major marathon. She also captured the 2013-14 World Marathon Majors points championship and took the Boston Marathon in April.

Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia (2:25:37) was second and Florence Kiplagat of Kenya (2:25:57) was third.

The winners earned $US100,000 ($A108,000). Jeptoo receives an extra $US500,000 ($A541,000) for winning the series championship.

Ideal conditions greeted runners at the start. The men’s pack stayed together for about 20 miles before Kipchoge, Kitwara and Chumba drew away.

Kipchoge and Kitwara were side by side with Chumba right behind after 24 miles. But Kipchoge made it look easy down the stretch. He made a quick burst and was in command as he headed toward the finish at Grant Park.

38) Rooney scores winner for England

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BERLIN – England had Wayne Rooney to thank for a difficult 1-0 win away to Estonia which maintained their 100 per cent record in Euro 2016 qualifying on Sunday while Austria and Ukraine earned home victories.

England needed 74 minutes to break down the Estonian resistance which ended when Wayne Rooney curled home a free kick to secure a third win of the campaign.

Estonia had captain Ragnar Klavan sent off for a second yellow card shortly after the break.

Despite making a host of chances throughout the match, England were made to sweat for the win as the Estonians chased and harried throughout the contest.

“It was hard work. We played well in the first half without taking our chances and that meant that there was an air of frustration setting in,” manager Roy Hodgson said.

“Everyone was aware that when you have played well you have to take at least one chance. Luckily we did that in the second half and it’s four wins in a row which is not to be sniffed at.” Rooney’s moment of quality ensured England top Group E on nine points, though Lithuania could join them on this mark with a home win over Slovenia later Sunday.

Austria defeated Montenegro 1-0 as Rubin Okotie bagged the only goal in the first half to put his country top of Group G, two points ahead of Russia who were held 1-1 at home by Moldova.

Okotie was perfectly placed to tap in Marko Arnautovic’s cross in the 24th minute to give Austria a second victory in the space of four days.

Montenegro fall behind Russia in the table but Fabio Capello’s side will be cursing themselves for not keeping pace with Austria.

A 73rd minute penalty kick by Artem Dzyuba appeared to have put them on course against Moldova but just 60 seconds later Alexandru Epureanu powered home an equaliser to earn a first point in the group.

Sweden host Lichtenstein in the other group match.

In Group C Sergiy Sydorchuk’s close range finish gave Ukraine a 1-0 win over Macedonia despite Andriy Yarmolenko missing a second half penalty for the hosts.

Ukraine move second in the group behind leaders Slovakia, who are away to Belarus later, but ahead of Spain who are looking to bounce back from Thursday’s defeat to Slovakia with a win in Luxembourg.

39) Woods in line for Kangaroos Four Nations selection

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SYDNEY – Uncapped prop Aaron Woods may well have played his way into Australia’s Four Nations rugby league squad, after producing a two-try performance in a 34-16 win for the Prime Minister’s XIII against Papua New Guinea in Kokopo, PNG on Sunday.

The Australian selection scored six tries to three in stifling conditions against a team which had no players with NRL experience.

NSW Origin prop Woods ran with gusto in addition to bagging a brace of tries and is set to capitalise on the host of unavailable front rowers for the Four Nations starting later this month.

Woods produced his performance in front of Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens, who occupied that position for the PM’s XIII after original choice Laurie Daley returned home due to a family illness.

Sheens praised the performance of rising Penrith stars Matt Moylan and Josh Mansour, who were prominent figures in the Panthers surge to the NRL finals.

He suggested winger Sione Mata’utia could be in line for a spot in the Australian’s Four Nations squad.

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