Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1036 ( Monday 20 October 2014 )
- The news today begins with two warnings spelled out by VBTC News. Vanuatu should prepare for two tropical cyclones this coming cyclone season. The Department of Meteorology and Geohazards released the prediction on Friday. Some eight cyclones of category 3 and above are predicted for the entire Pacific region. The prediction will be regularly updated.
- The virus Ebola is the other warning from government. The WHO has advised that because of the limited resources of Small Island Developing States, health professionals here should soon be trained in the management of Ebola, and appropriate protective uniforms obtained for Health and Medical staff to use if the virus arrives in Vanuatu.
- The Minister for Youth and Sport has terminated work on the demolition of the existing Korman stadium to make way for a new complex at that location for the 2017 Mini-Games. Minister Don Ken had asked for reports on the finances to date but not been offered them by the committee concerned (Daily Post today). Korman Stadium is another public building which enjoyed generous Chinese aid funding but never had any worthwhile maintenance from the Vanuatu Government: thus the need for its demolition for another such structure. The public needs to be advised immediately that PWD has funds in place for new Korman maintenance along with Convention Centre maintenance.
- And today in Post, Vanuatu Trade Development Limited’s Mr David Mak is proposing to build new airport cities in Vanuatu. He is mentioned by the Straits Times as “clearing the air”. The tobacco company executive did not think any lawsuits would be necessary.
- A new TVET Centre has opened in Torba. Education Minister Loughman, Australian High Commissioner Bruer and SG of the Province Ketty Napwatt were on hand for the opening. High Commissioner Bruer believes the TVET Centre model will enable owner / manager “life changing stories” for increasing skills and providing development.
- And now some important stories from last week, missed from this bulletin until now …
- Saturday’s Post and the Independent drew attention to the big-time gambling moving in with Amax International Holdings. Now that the Chinese are preventing Macau from offering the kind of corruption-littered services that city and tourist mecca has previously done, Junkets for off-shire on-line gambling now move to places like Vanuatu and North Cyprus. The Junket provides tickets for the gamblers of substance to get away from China and arrive in a place like Vanuatu for a break of online / offshore gambling in which mega-bucks will be won and lost.
- The support the Asian Development Bank is giving the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission in the creation of its online library of registries will be appreciated by both government and the private sector. An MoU on the subject was signed last week and will give round-the-clock access to company details when they are correctly lodged with the VFSC. Australia and New Zealand are assisting ADB. The project will mean lowered cots for companies and increasing transparency.
- Daily Post also reported the formation of a Virgin Coconut Oil Association. It will help promote Vanuatu coconut oil and ensure the market is reserved for ni-Vanuatu. Neil Netaf and Albert Williams are the first Chairman and Vice-Chairman.
- The Transparency page last week (Friday) raises the now-becoming-perennial questions concerning the management of cases by the Public Prosecutor. TIV urges the government to consider the issues involved and ensure the Public Prosecutions Office is operating effectively.
- Friday in Post “Frustrated members” of the VNPF raised a number of questions concerning the management of the Fund. Everyone is interested in making VNPF a success and such concerns must be heeded by management. The weekly good news accounts of what’s going on in the VNPF are insufficient to put aside the main worries concerning investments into which the Fund has bought. Not mentioned by the “Frustrated members”, but by me here … the purchase of Club Vanuatu for $3 million.What is to become of it?
- Climate Change was the subject of last week’s demonstration which saw the Deputy Prime Minister, making an environmental point, jump into the sea at the Seafront. More particularly the march was a call for the developed countries to reduce emissions of CO2 – carbon dioxide. As DG Napat said “It is about our very survival.”
1b) Fiji, Tuvalu sign Maritime Boundary Treaty
By Online Editor
10:31 pm GMT+12, 19/10/2014, Fiji
Fiji and Tuvalu have signed a Treaty under the the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The Fiji-Tuvalu Maritime Boundary Treaty formally establishes the extent of the national areas of jurisdiction between Fiji and Tuvalu
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the treaty will put to rest any grey areas the two countries may have faced in the past on the extent of their maritime boundaries
“As neighboring countries which not only share maritime boundaries but also close economic, political and cultural ties, we have set the pace for the negotiations on the other outstanding maritime boundary treaties that we have yet to conclude, as pacific small island developing states, we have proven to the international community that we are no strangers to concluding highly technical and complex negotiations under the UN convention on the law of the sea.”
The last time Fiji signed a maritime boundary treaty was in 1983 with France, which administers Pacific territory such as New Caledonia, French Polynesia, as well as Wallis and Futuna.
Meanwhile, Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga is the first regional leader to visit Fiji since the conclusion of the general elections.
The Tuvalu PM took the opportunity to personally congratulate the country’s new government.
“We want to extend again a warm congratulation from the people and the government of Tuvalu, to you your Excellency Bainimarama, your leaders, for very successful general elections and thank you also for the support, and we always enjoyed from the government and the people of Fiji, for Tuvaluans in many aspects of development.”
Sopoaga was here to participate in the inaugural International Conference on Oceans and Rivers at the Fiji National University in Nadi.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
2) Hawaii has highest rate of homelessness in America
20 October 2014
A report shows Hawaii has the highest levels of homelessness in the United States.
The 2014 State of Homelessness in America report shows Hawaii has 465 homeless people per 100,000 followed by New York with 399 and California with 367.
But an activist with the Ho’opae Pono Peace Project, Laulani Teale, says the figures are misleading and the situation on the ground is much worse.
She says the Government has passed laws that allow businesses to physically remove homeless people who are seen as bad for the state’s promoted tourism image.
“Well basically the disenfranchisement and displacement of the people, has been the price for all of that. For the luxury beaches, for the tourist attractions, for the, you know, Disneyland playground, all of that.”
Hawaii activist Laulani Teale.RNZI
3) Unease over new massive church in Wallis
20 October 2014
Reports from Wallis and Futuna say there is unease over the cost of a new massive Catholic church hoped to help the territory become a pilgrimage site.
The 70-metre long church in Lausikula on the southern tip of Wallis cost an estimated four million US dollars to build and was consecrated by the bishop last month.
Reports say the initiative of a priest had prompted fundraisers as far away as New Caledonia and left many contributors in debt.
Wallis and Futuna has an almost exclusively Catholic population.
There is an expectation that more pilgrims will visit the French territory as the home to the relics of Pierre Chanel, who is the patron saint of Oceania.
However, the territory has only basic hotel infrastructure and its only regular link to the outside is an air service to Noumea.RNZI
4) Chikungunya Virus Outbreak Spreads In French Polynesia
83 confirmed cases with many more suspected
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, ) – The chikungunya virus is spreading in French Polynesia with almost 100 cases of the mosquito-borne illness confirmed and many more suspected.
The government has declared an epidemic and confirmed 83 cases of the virus.
It says investigations into the origin and extent of the transmission of the virus are underway.
The publisher of the Tahiti Pacificque monthly, Alex du Prel, says the territory must tackle the chikungunya outbreak while also coping with dengue fever and zika virus outbreaks.
“We have had almost every disease that has been going around except Ebola. [Chikungunya] is not a deadly disease or very rarely but you have aches and pains. What can you do? There is nothing much we can do. Our islands [are] high islands, they are kind of tropical jungle.”
Alex du Prel says the Government has said it is considering postponing the popular Hawaiki Nui canoe race due to rising number of chikungunya cases.
Radio New Zealand International
5) Tonga Opposition MP Ordered To Pay Outstanding Legal Courts
Pohiva loses court battle to postpone court ordered payments
NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Oct. 17, 2014) – Chief Justice Michael Scott today ordered ‘Akilisi Pohiva to pay $22,000 [US$11,200] in legal costs to the Registrar of the Supreme Court by close of business on 21 October 2014.
The decision was in response to two applications filed by ‘Akilisi’s counsel, H E Harrison QC, SC, seeking the deference of a Magistrate’s Court order for ‘Akilisi to pay $22,000 [US$11,200] legal cost.
The basis of the applications was that unless the order awarding costs was set aside or at the very least stayed, prior to the close of nominations for the November General Election, the applicant would be prevented from standing for election.
Candidates for Tonga’s 2014 Parliamentary Election must register on October 22-23.
Chief Justice Michael Scott, in passing his decision today, stated, “In my opinion this application is an attempt to circumvent the effect of Clause 65 (of the Tonga Constitution)… Despite everything that has been urged upon me I find it clear beyond doubt that there is an order of the Court which has not been satiafied and therefore, until the order has been complied with, Clause 65 applies.”
Clause 65 of the Constitution reads – “Representatives of the people shall be chosen by ballot and any person who is qualified as an elector may nominate as a candidate and be chosen as a representative of the electoral constituency in which he is registered save that no person may be chosen against whom any order has been made in any Court in the Kingdom for the payment of a specific sum of money the whole or any part of which remains outstanding…”
Matangi Tonga Magazine
6) Samoa’s Auditor ‘Optimistic’ Corrupt Practices Being Addressed
Improvements made since deficiencies identified in 2009/10 report
By Lanuola Tupufia
APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Oct. 19, 2014) – Samoa’s Controller and Chief Auditor’s report revealed allegations of “corrupt practises” that had apparently been perpetrated within certain government corporations over a number of years is optimistic.
Controller and Chief Auditor, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, tells the Sunday Samoan the mere fact that his 2009/2010 Report to Parliament has been widely discussed both inside and outside of the House is a step in the right direction.
“We are happy with the improvements being made from Parliament and government since the 2009/2010 report to Parliament,” Chief
Auditor Fuimaono says. “This is a continuous process of good governance and accountability. It does not stop with just one report to parliament.”
Read More : Samoa Observer
7) Marshalls Pharmacy Manager Gets 5-Years For Bribing Officials
Health workers directed hospital contracts to company
By Giff Johnson
MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Marianas Variety, Oct. 20, 2014) – A former pharmacy manager who pleaded guilty to 26 counts relating to bribing Marshall Islands Ministry of Health workers to win hospital contracts has been sentenced to serve five years in jail in Majuro.
The former Genesis Island Enterprise RMI manager, Ariane Jay Demayo, initially pleaded not guilty to 52 charges filed earlier this year in the High Court in Majuro. Recently, he changed his plea as part of an agreement with the Attorney General’s Office. He agreed to plead guilty to 13 counts of “bribery in official matters” and 13 counts of “criminal conspiracy.”
A total of 26 charges of “theft by deception” and “securing execution of documents by deception” were dismissed by the AG’s office, which was represented in the case by Assistant Attorney Johnathan Kawakami. Demayo was represented by Chief Public Defender Russell Kun.
Demeyo was charged along with the Pohnpei-based owner of Genesis Island Enterprise RMI, but Demeyo was the only one sentenced. The AG’s case has proceeded against Demeyo and was expected to go to trial early next year. His guilty plea confirms the attorney general’s and auditor general’s investigation that showed numerous bribes paid to hospital workers to win contracts for medical supplies and equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Chief Justice Carl Ingram sentenced Demeyo to seven years in jail, with five to serve and two years of probation. He has started serving his sentence and is eligible for release from Majuro Jail in October 2019.
Ingram in his decision reported that Demeyo spoke at the sentencing hearing, apologizing to the government for his conduct. He spoke about his personal agony and family shame, and said it is his hope that this will make him a better person.
The chief justice said he was giving the jail sentence to discourage the defendant from ever committing bribery and conspiracy again and to discourage other residents of the Marshalls from committing bribery and conspiracy.
Currently, two Marshall Islands government workers are facing criminal charges related to bribery for contracts at Majuro hospital that involved Demeyo.
8) Italy Helping Palau Establish National Marine Sanctuary
Effort to protect entire EEZ gets $300,000 from Italy
KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Oct. 16, 2014) – President Remengesau and the Minister for the Environment, Land and Sea of Italy, Ms. Silvia Velo announced a new joint initiative in support of Palau’s establishment of the world’s first National Marine Sanctuary with Italy pledging $300,000 for the initiative becoming the first country to contribute funding towards Palau’s pioneering efforts to create such sanctuary.
The announcement was made at a high-level meeting, ‘Healthy Oceans & Seas: Paving the Way Toward a Sustainable Development Goal,’ organized on the occasion of the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly, hosted by Italy, Monaco, and Palau, in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information.
As part of the Partnership, which has become a highly successful model of cooperation for sustainable development, the initiative will be managed by Palau. It will also include the participation of stakeholders and communities that benefit from it and will be overseen by all Parties to the Partnership. This is to ensure its inception, the sharing of lessons learned and its future replicability.
The initiative will be carried out within the framework of a partnership between Italy and the Pacific Small Island Developing States (Pacific SIDS). Since its inception in 2007, the Pacific SIDS has since then seen developed countries and pacific small island developing states alike grow more interested in being part of it and more active in nurturing the Pacific SIDS into an agent of change and regional cooperation in the Pacific. The initiative comes about on the heels of the successful United Nations Conference on the SIDS, which has called on the international community to support the sustainable development of small island countries like Palau, and encourages support for the conservation, protection, management and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and their resources.
9) Concerns Raised On Plan To Explore, Drill For Oil In Palau
Palau Conservation Society chairman: We do not need this industry
By Jose Rodriguez T. Senase
KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Oct. 16, 2014) – The Chairman of the Board of the Palau Conservation Society (PCS) has expressed some concerns regarding the plan to explore for oil in the Palau North bank (PNB) in Kayangel State.
xxxxxxxxxxCiting a compilation by Rainforest Action Network, Ueki pointed out over its lifetime a single rig can:
Dump more than 90,000 metric tons of drilling fluid and metal cuttings into the ocean;
Drill between 50-100 wells, each dumping 25,000 pounds of toxic metals, such as lead, chromium and mercury, and potent carcinogens like toluene, benzene, and xylene into the ocean.
Pollute the air as much as 7,000 cars driving 50 miles a day.
“Our islands are small and our reefs are connected by currents travelling throughout this archipelago. Were you aware that currents in northern Palau travel toward the south? The Palau International Coral Reef Center has current models that illustrate this. This means that the 90,000 metric tons of drilling fluid output from an oil rig in our northern waters can contaminate waters all the way to the Rock Island Southern Lagoon, a World Heritage Protected Site and the premier tourism market in Palau,” Ueki further stated.xxxxxx
Read More : Island Times
10) Australian Court Action Continues Freeze On Nauru’s Bank Accounts
Appeals court ‘reserves’ decision on Firebird fund management case
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 15, 2014) – An Australian court has reserved its decision in an appeal which has seen a continuing freeze on Nauru’s bank accounts.
The US-based fund management company Firebird has been trying to recover 27 million US dollars owed in government bonds issued in the late 1980s.
Earlier this month the Nauru government won a court challenge to the freeze on its accounts, saying as a sovereign nation it was immune and Firebird has been appealing against the decision.
Nauru has been unable to access its accounts pending the appeal which was heard this week by a three-judge bench of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.
Nauru says its services, including those for asylum seekers, would be affected without access to the money which includes aid funds from both Australia and New Zealand.
Radio New Zealand International
11) New Indonesian President To Australia: Don’t Enter Our Waters
Widodo warns Abbott about turning back asylum seeker boats
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Pacific Scoop, Oct. 20, 2014) – Indonesia’s incoming president has issued a blunt warning to Prime Minister Tony Abbott that it is unacceptable for the Australian Navy to enter Indonesian waters uninvited while turning back asylum seeker boats.
President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who is due to be sworn in today, has told media that Australia and Indonesia have closely overlapping strategic interests but he promised a tough approach to issues of sovereignty.
The former Jakarta governor outlined plans to strengthen ties, including boosting military and intelligence links.
But Joko warned he would be “stronger” on questions of sovereignty even than his army-general election opponent, Prabowo Subianto.
Joko raised concerns about Australia ‘ asylum seeker policies and warned against Australian naval vessels venturing into Indonesian waters without permission as they did on five occasions last year.
[PIR editor’s note: The National reported that ‘Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday made an unexpected visit to Port Moresby on his way to attend the presidential inauguration of Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Indonesia. … It is understood that Abbott met Prime Minister Peter O”Neill and discussed the threat of the Ebola virus as well as resettling asylum seekers.’]
“We will give a warning that this is not acceptable,” he said.
“We have international law, you must respect international law.”
Bilateral relations were damaged by revelations of Australia s naval incursions and its spies tapping the phone of outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono s wife.
But Joko said he would rebuild security ties, including cooperation to combat terrorism.
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12) New Zealand Secures UN Security Council Seat
Prime Minister calls vote ‘a victory for small states’
APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Oct. 19, 2014) – A special friend of Samoa, New Zealand, has done it.
Yesterday morning, it secured a historical seat on the United Nations’ most powerful body, the UN Security Council.
New Zealand had Samoa’s support all along.
In the aftermath, that country’s Foreign Minister, Tupa’i Murray McCully is vowing to follow through on New Zealand’s bid to reform the Security Council.
After six years living and breathing New Zealand’s UN council bid, traversing hundreds of thousands of kilometres in search of votes, and overseeing an army of diplomats engaged in the campaign, Tupa’i’s response on winning the vote was huge relief.
“We nailed it,” Tupa’i said from New York.
In the vote at the UN’s New York headquarters yesterday morning, New Zealand picked up 145 votes, claiming one of the “Western Europe” and “Other nations” seats ahead of Turkey and Spain in the first round of voting.
New Zealand won overwhelming backing after campaigning as a voice for smaller countries and being sharply critical of UN paralysis in the face of crises such as Iraq.
Tupa’i has already confirmed talks with Malaysia’s foreign minister about the two countries working together to bring about changes to the council.
“We’ve been critical of the way in which the Security Council has operated and we know we have to be seen to be working hard to improve that,’ Tupa’i said.
“Some new countries have been elected with us to the council today.
“One of those is Malaysia, and with the issues going on in Iraq and Syria, obviously the close relationship we have with a Muslim country in our own region is going to be the platform for some joint work on the council.”
Securing a seat on the council has been New Zealand’s “number one” foreign policy priority since National came into office six years ago and picked up the bid from the outgoing Labour Government.
Tupa’i and New Zealand’s Ambassador to the UN, Jim McLay, were at the General Assembly for the vote along with the team of diplomats who have been working on the bid.
When the vote was read out it was more emphatic than any of them had dared hope. New Zealand picked up votes from blocks where it was not expected to be strong, including the Caribbean and Africa. It also had strong backing from Asia.
Tupa’i acknowledged the work of New Zealand’s diplomats, and special envoys including former prime minister, Nanai Jim Bolger and former foreign minister, Don McKinnon.
“There have been a lot of compliments around here over the last couple of days around the campaign,” he said.
“Also there’s been a sense that we’ve gone and done the hard yards around the world attending the regional meetings and built strong relationships.”
The vote was “a wonderful expression of confidence in our country by the members of the UN and its something we’re going to have to live up to when we move on to the council on January 1,” Tupa’i said.
McLay will sit on the council but there will be occasions when Tupa’i will take the seat and Prime Minister To’osavili John Key is also expected to sit on the council at ceremonial events, including possibly next year’s General Assembly.
New Zealand will hold the seat for two years, starting on January 1, 2015. The last time New Zealand sat on the council was 1993-94.
To’osavili said the seat was a victory for small states.
“We have worked very hard on the bid for close to a decade because we believe that New Zealand can make a positive difference to world affairs and provide a unique and independent voice at the world’s top table,” he said.
“It has been more than 20 years since New Zealand was last on the Council and we are ready to contribute again.”
13) Askim blong ol West Papua i long niupela Indonesia President
Postim 20 October 2014, 13:52 AEST
Long tede taim niupela president blong Indonesia, Joko Widodo i mekim promis blongen, ol pipol blong West Papua i askim em long em i mas kipim ol promis em ibin mekim pinis long ol.
Ol West Papua i askim niupela president blong Indonesia i mas kipim promis blong em long lukautim ol.
Odio: Ronnie Kareni emi wanpla West Papua politikal activis long Australia i toktok
Nupla President blong Indonesia Joko Widodo imas bihaenim tok promis blong en long helpim ol pipal blong West Papua na noken maus wara nating.
Depsla toktok i kamap tede taem oli bin makim oa swerim in Joko Widodo olsem nupla President tru tru blong Indonesia.
Wanpla bikpla wok em President i laik mekim em blong apim wok blong helt na edukeisan long tupla provins blong Papua na West Papua we planti pipal iwok long fait blong bruk lusim Indonesia.
Planti pipal long despla tupla provins itok ples blong oli pulap tru long ol risosas tasol oli pua iet long wonem olgeta moni isave go long Indonesia.
Ronnie Kareni emi wanpla West Papua politikal activis long Australia i tok President Widodo i mas kipim promis blongen long ol pipol blong West Papua.Radio Australia
14) Solomon Islands Yut ino hamamas tumas wantem ileksan
Updated 17 October 2014, 14:50 AEST
Ol yangpla pipal blong Solomon Islands i laikim ol pipal long makim ol gutpla lida husat bai no nap mekim ol korap pasin taem oli go long Palaman.
Odio: Caroline Tiriman i ripot long ol yangpla blong Solomon Islands ino hamamas tumas iet long ileksan long mun bihaen
Despla askim blong ol i kamap long taem we ol pipal i redi long go long ileksan long namba 19 dei blong mun November.
Mak blong ol yangpla pipal oa youth i winim mak blong ol narapla laen pipal long kantri.
Solomon Islands, wankaen olsem ol narapla kantri long Melanesia olsem Papua New Guinea na Vanuatu igat bikpla wari long korapsan, na despla wari isave mekim ol yangpla pipal i les long harim toktok blong ol lida long wonem oli save ting olsem ol politikal lida isave giaman tumas na iusim nating moni blong public.
Sandra Bartlett, emi go pas long NGO blong ol yangpla em oli kolim youthatwork, na emi tok olsem ol yangpla pipal ino hamamas tumas long harim ol toktok long ileksan.
Long despla taem ol youth at work memba i wokbung wantem laen blong Transparency Solomon Islands long givim ol toksave long ol pipal long despla ileksan, tasol blong wonem na emi bikpla samting blong ol yangpla imas luksave long ileksan..mi putim despla askim igo long Philip Manakako research ofisa blong Transparency Solomon Islands.Radio Australia
15) Brèves d’Australie et du Pacifique – lundi 20 octobre 2014
Mis à jour 20 October 2014, 17:20 AEST
Tonga va interdire la pêche, la transformation et l’exportation des concombres de mer à partir de novembre, pour les cinq années à venir.
Un concombre de mer en cours de transformation en bèche de mer.
Le concombre de mer frais est coupé, salé, cuit, fume, séché, pour devenir de la bèche de mer, un mets très apprécié dans les pays asiatiques. Il a été victime de la surpêche, comme dans beaucoup de pays du Pacifique, et le ministère tongien de la Pêche a décidé d’un moratoire sur cinq ans pour permettre à la population de concombres de mer de se renouveler.
- Vanuatu: la police a commencé l’éviction de 300 squatters autour de l’aéroport de Port-Vila ce matin. C’est l’association des propriétaires traditionnels de l’aéroport qui a demandé l’intervention de la police. Le bidonville, baptisé Destination, était principalement people de Vanuatais venus d’autres îles. Une dizaine d’entre eux ont été arêtes, parce qu’ils ont érigé des barrages routiers avec des troncs d’arbre pour empêcher la police de passer. Les autres squatteurs ont accepté de partir, mais ils se sont installés le long de la route en attendant l’aide du gouvernement.
- Ça y est, c’est officiel. L’Australie a signé un accord avec le gouvernement irakien, pour déployer 200 membres des forces spéciales dans le pays. Les militaires australiens attendaient le feu vert depuis la mi-septembre dans une base militaire en Arabie Saoudite. Leur mission sera de conseiller et de former les officiers de l’armée irakienne, et Julie Bishop, qui s’est rendue à Bagdad pour signer l’accord, precise que l’Australie n’enverra pas de troupes régulières en Irak.
- Le procès de Thomas Dandois et Valentine Bourrat s’est ouvert ce lundi à Jayapura, la capitale de la Papouasie indonésienne. Les deux reporters d’ARTE sont accusés d’avoir fraudé leur visa touristique pour mener un reportage sur les indépendantistes papous. Un cas de figure courant, car la Papouasie est une province fermée aux journalistes étrangers. Selon les autorités indonésiennes, la Papouasie serait trop dangereuse pour les journalists à cause de la guérilla indépendantiste. Radio Australia
16) China Pledges To Strengthen Ties With FSM, Rest Of Oceania
Vice President Alik Alik visits Beijing, welcomed by Chinese counterpart
SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Oct. 20, 2014) – Top Chinese legislator Zhang Dejiang on Tuesday last week met with visiting FSM Vice President Alik Alik, pledging to seek stronger ties with the subregion of Oceania, which compromises thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean.
Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, reviewed the smooth development of bilateral relations since the two countries forged diplomatic ties in 1989.
Zhang underscored the importance China has placed on developing ties with Micronesia, saying China has offered support to Micronesia without any strings attached.
Zhang appreciated Micronesia’s adherence to the one-China policy.
China would like to take the 25th anniversary of China-Micronesia diplomatic relations as a new starting point, step up friendly exchanges, deepen pragmatic cooperation and lift bilateral ties to a new high, Zhang said.
He said the NPC would like to work with the Micronesian congress, share more experience on state governance and legislature and play their roles in the political life of the two countries.
Alik said the two countries have a robust relationship and thanked China for its generous support.
Alik said Micronesia has always adhered to the one-China policy and would like to work with China to boost bilateral relationship.
Earlier Tuesday, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao gave a welcome ceremony in honor of the FSM vice president’s visit.
17) Hurricane Gonzalo spares Bermuda
Monday, October 20, 2014
HAMILTON, Bermuda – Bermuda residents breathed a collective sigh of relief after Hurricane Gonzalo appeared to have spared the Atlantic archipelago from major damage.
The category two storm knocked down trees, damaged a hospital and cut power to most of the island’s residents.
But “all in all, we came out of this storm much better than we expected,” Premier Michael Dunkley said in a broadcast.
Mr Dunkley said Bermuda “took a licking” but praised residents for their storm preparations.
There were no immediate reports of fatalities.
“We are a bit bruised. But we will recover from this,” Mr Dunkley said.
Gonzalo, which had already killed one person and caused damage across the Caribbean, buffeted Bermuda with winds of 175km per hour, forecasters said.
The hurricane was heading toward the coast of Newfoundland on Canada’s east coast, the US National Hurricane Center said in its latest forecast.
“As far as roads and infrastructure, we are in a much better position than many people might have thought,” Mr Dunkley said.
He added that many major roads were open, but reported some damage to the hospital.
Forecasters were also keeping watch on Tropical Storm Trudy, which was drenching southern Mexico, and Hurricane Ana, the centre of which was predicted to pass about 241 km southwest of Hawaii’s Big Island, triggering heavy downpours.
Gonzalo was the seventh storm of the Atlantic season, which stretches from June to November.
Hurricane Cristobal left at least four people dead in late August when it thrashed the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos.
18) Depression and suicide
Monday, October 20, 2014
PRESCRIBING drugs for depression and anxiety could reduce suicides in Fiji, says University of Texas’s psychiatric expert Dr Cheryl Person.
Health professionals met over the weekend to talk on treating depression in primary care.
Dr Person said general practitioners could be saving more lives if this step was taken.
According to Dr Person, Fiji’s suicide rate was the third highest in the world.
At 34 suicides per a population of 100,000, Fiji lags slightly behind only Belarus and Ukraine, she said.
Dr Person said it was important to understand the relationship between depression and suicide and this should be identifiable at primary care, when the patient goes to a general practitioner.
She said niggling headaches or stomach aches were sometimes caused by stress, anxiety or depression.
She said a simple prescribed questionnaire was available, through which it could be found if a person was depressed or not and from there on, if needed, prescribe the drug which was available in Fiji.
Dr Person also highlighted that tools for suicide or access to lethal means was more readily available in Fiji.
She said general practitioners should also realise that even children were at risk of depression.http://www.fijitimes.com/
19) Pacific TB control summit begins today
By LITIA VULAIDAUSIGA
Monday, October 20, 2014
Update: 10:45AM THE Seventh TB Control Meeting for the Pacific Islands begins at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi this morning.
The Health Ministry says objectives for the three-day summit will include reviewing the progress of tuberculosis control and identifying challenges to strengthening control efforts in Pacific Island countries.
Participants are from 19 Pacific Island countries.http://www.fijitimes.com/
20) Very Long Waits The Norm At PNG Hospital Emergency Room
Patients reportedly die before receiving care at Port Moresby General
By Maureen Gerawa And Alfred Kaniniba
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Oct. 20, 2014) – Patients are waiting for hours – even days – to be seen by a doctor or a nurse at the accident and emergency department of the Port Moresby General Hospital.
It has become a norm. Last week, a staff from the Post-Courier joined the queue and had to wait for 15 hours before he was seen by a doctor.
Attempts by the newspaper to get comments from the hospital chief executive officer Grant Muddle were unsuccessful.
The Post-Courier staff reported that one of the patients died while waiting. Another patient complained that he had waited for one week to see a doctor after being referred by the Nine-Mile clinic.
“An old man Bome (one name) from Lufa, in Eastern Highlands had come at 7.30am hoping to beat the crowd, but was left waiting as the clerks misplace his book and x-ray – a daily occurrence. This photo was taken at 3.42pm on Monday, when the clerks eventually served him,” the Post-Courier staff said.
“He had checked three times during the day. When I thought about my predicament, it paled into insignificance considering Bome’s plight.”
The old man, who uses a walking stick, did not ask for sympathy but showed his resilience to get served like any other. He had fallen while doing maintenance work at a church in East Boroko and he was still getting medical attention for it. East Boroko resident Rose Yombo, 32 of Ialibu, Southern Highlands Province, said she had waited for four days to see a doctor for her teen daughter who was suffering of heart pains.
She was concerned that there did not seem to be enough doctors at the department. Another patient who was referred from the Nine-Mile clinic had waited since Monday, October 6, and on Monday, October 13 had still not seen a doctor. The patient from Chimbu Province and was referred because he had high blood pressure.
Many other patients spoken to were clearly distraught at the chaos in delivery of medical service to patients, saying that there was no clear pathway way to help in efficient flow of service to patients which was a serious issue.
On Monday October 13, at 8am Dr Koreinformed an overcrowded accident and emergency section that she would be the only doctor that day and would be dealing with the “very sick” and those who were not so sick would have to wait until a doctor came along. She also clearly informed patients that “this is not an outpatient and therefore the very sick would be given priority.”
True to her words, Dr Kore worked tirelessly, skipping lunch, and at 4.30pm was still there. If there was a worker who gave exemplary service without fear and favour, Dr Kore would fill that category.
21) Dramatic rise in female teacher numbers in PNG
20 October 2014
A survey has found the proportion of women working in Papua New Guinea’s education sector has increased dramatically in the past decade.
A decade ago only one-quarter of PNG’s primary school teachers were women but that has increased to 50 percent.
The findings are part of a report undertaken by Australian National University and PNG’s National Research Institute.
The director of the university’s Development Policy Centre, Stephen Howe, says the survey also found the number of girls attending primary school has sharply increased.
“PNG hasn’t reached gender equity at primary school yet but it has got very close. It has got from 30 percent of girls to 46 percent girls. So I don’t want to underestimate the problem but I just want to say it is not all bad news and there are some positive trends.”
Stephen Howe says while PNG is still a patriarchal society, the survey indicates promising social change.
The report compares a 2012 survey of 360 primary schools and health clinics across eight provinces in PNG with data from 2002.http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/
22) Business study launch
Friday, October 17, 2014
A NEW business qualification study program will be launched by the Fiji National University, says vice-chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand.
While opening the 19th National Convention on Quality at the FNU’s campus in Nadi yesterday, he alluded this qualification would encompass various aspects of business.
“Productivity will be a critical element of this particular program” he said.
“Traditionally, all have been producing graduates in accounting, economics, and Information Technology etcetera.
“But none have been producing the business value — someone who knows accounting and can also be responsible for shopping for goods and services for the organisation and can also manage human resources and can also manage IT, so we are working towards that.”
Dr Chand said through the National Training and Productivity Centre, they would place more focus on productivity as a training provider and university. http://www.fijitimes.com/
23) Frogier calls for another New Caledonia accord
By Online Editor
10:30 pm GMT+12, 19/10/2014, New Caledonia
A leading New Caledonian politician, Pierre Frogier, says a new accord for the territory’s future is needed after the expiry of the 1998 Noumea Accord.
Frogier, who was an Accord signatory and is now a member of the French Senate, made the comment in a newspaper interview as urgency grows to prepare a referendum on independence by 2018 as outlined in the Accord.
He says he expects that there will be no resolution after the referendum because a majority is against independence.
Frogier also says this year a virtuous circle has been completed that began in 1988 when the first accord was drawn up.
He says his move in 2010 to push for the joint use of both the French and the Kanak flag as a step towards a common destiny was used by his anti-independence rivals for electioneering purposes.
Frogier says little has been done since 1998 apart from the Paris meetings with their conclusions drawn up in advance to be then given to the media.
At the last Paris meeting of the signatories, Frogier walked out, accusing the French government of being silent about its plans for New Caledonia.
24) Observers draft final election report
By Online Editor
7:43 pm GMT+12, 19/10/2014, Fiji
The Multinational Observer Group is in the process of drafting their final report on their assessment of Fiji’s 2014 Election.
Responding to FijiLive queries, observer Mihai Sora did not give a timeframe, but says the MOG “hope to deliver the report to the government of Fiji in coming weeks.”
“The report requires careful consideration of the full body of observations compiled by the 92 observers and consultation of all 15 countries and organisations that participated,” Sora said.
The MOG expects the report to be made public. The MOG began their assessment of Fiji’s election early August, in the country to witness the National Candidate List draw on August 23 up till the release of the final election results on 22 September.
Meanwhile, the 2015 Budget will reflect the FijiFirst party manifesto and policies and it is unlikely to include policies offered by other political parties in the 2014 Election.
Opposition’s Shadow Finance Minister and National Federation Party Parliamentary leader Biman Prasad had expressed hope that the Fijian Government would consider good policies that were offered by other parties in the 2014 Election.
However, speaking to FijiLive, Fiji’s Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the FijiFirst party was elected under a particular mandate under the leadership of the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and it had specific policies and guidelines to consider.
“FijiFirst party under the leadership of our PM has been elected overwhelmingly by the majority of the Fijian people,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.
“Obviously the reason why they voted for FijiFirst because they believed in what the FijiFirst stands for and policies it said it will put in place when it comes into government.
“So obviously those policies will be put in place and a major way of putting these policies in place is through the budget announcement.” Sayed-Khaiyum said the budget would be a reflection of the FijiFirst manifesto, FijiFirst policies and the continuation of the “vastly acclaimed work of the Bainimarama Government prior to the election.”
The 2015 Budget announcement is likely to be held on 07 November. The Fijian Parliament resumes on 21 November.
SOURCE: FIJI LIVE/PACNEWS
25a) Fiji Opposition MP: Review Of 2007-2013 Financial Reports Critical
Prasad urges Public Accounts Committee to thoroughly scrutinize reports
SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 18, 2014) – National Federation Party (NFP) Parliamentary leader and Opposition’s head of Public Accounts Committee Biman Prasad says the committee needs to start working on the recently released Auditor General’s reports.
Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum tabled the reports for 2007 to 2013 in the Fijian Parliament yesterday.
The opposition is awaiting word from the Secretary General on when they will convene their first meeting.
Prasad could not give a timeframe as to how long the assessment will take saying they needed to scrutinise each report thoroughly for the benefit of the public who deserved to know government’s spending and finances between 2007 and 2013.
“It’s gonna take a bit of time for the committee to go through all those reports and then make a report to parliament for the people of this country know exactly exactly how government’s finances were in the last seven years,” Prasad said.
“As we have been saying it was long overdue. The hardwork begins now, and the committee will have to thoroughly scrutinise all those reports.”
The PAC also includes three government reps whose names have yet to be released.
Opposition leader Ro Teimumu Kepa said the PAC needed to sit soon given the release of the Auditor General’s report this week.
25b ) Detailed report
Friday, October 17, 2014
THE detailed breakdown of Government finances dating back to 2007 will be tabled in Parliament today.
This was confirmed by Attorney-General and Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during his maiden speech in Parliament following discussions with the Auditor-General on Wednesday.
“I wish to inform the House that following discussions with the Auditor- General’s Office last night, I have been informed that the reports going back to 2007 will be printed and ready for submission to this House tomorrow morning,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said yesterday.
Opposition leader Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa said the announcement by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was a welcoming one and would bring to the forefront the use of taxpayers’ money by Government dating back to 2007.
“I am looking forward to the tabling of these reports as he says it goes right back to 2007 which we have been asking for sometime,” Ro Teimumu said.
“It is very important for us to know what has been the expenditure of government and whether the finances are health up until that point and than the Public Accounts Committee will be sitting very shortly to look at the years after 2007,” she said.
Opposition member and NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad also welcomed the announcement as he in his maiden speech on Wednesday called on Mr Sayed-Khaiyum and Prime Minister to immediately release the report.
“Both before the general election and in Parliament on Wednesday, the NFP has been calling for the release of the Auditor-General’s Reports in the interest of transparency and accountability,” Prof Prasad said.
He said while the reports should have been released much earlier, government’s tabling in Parliament comes after repeated calls for government to do so.
Prof Prasad said the reports should consist the following:
– Report on the audit of the whole of government accounts;
– Reports on the audit of ministries and departments;
– Audit reports on government commercial companies and statutory authorities and
– Audit reports on municipal councils.
He said the Opposition expects nothing less other than reports of a comprehensive audit given the serious qualifications of the Auditor-General in the financial and appropriation statements of the last seven years. http://www.fijitimes.com/
26) Fiji media rules apply to all – MIDA
20 October 2014
Fiji’s media authority has defended its silence over a breach of the electoral decree by the public broadcaster.
Since Fiji Broadcasting Corporation flouted the three-day media blackout before the September 17th election, by featuring FijiFirst advertising on its website, the chair of the Media Industry Development Authority, Ashwin Raj, has been silent.
He says no official complaint was received, but the matter is worth investigating, and he has been told FBC is carrying out its own investigation.
“I do want to allay any kind of anxiety that people might have that there is some kind of preference given to a particular news outlet or given some kind of exemption. Let me assure you that the law applies equally and consistently to everybody.”http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/
27) Air Niugini forms subsidiary company for local travel
By Online Editor
01:59 am GMT+12, 17/10/2014, Papua New Guinea
Air Niugini has set up a subsidiary company to service domestic routes from November 1 “to open a new era in air travel for the people of Papua New Guinea”.
Airline company board chairman Sir Frederick Reiher said the move to set up Link PNG geared Air Niugini “to engage in smarter business practices in the delivery of its services, and in a cost effective manner”.
“This is a challenge to many people involved to make this work. We’re here on equal grounds. We have to work together – the board, management and the employees through your unions or you (the 2000 employees) directly.”
Daniel Wanma has been appointed the chief executive officer of Link PNG. The senior management team has selected and “have satisfied the Civil Aviation Safety Authority requirements as fit and proper persons”.
Link PNG will operate from premises near the Air Niugini cargo premises in Port Moresby.
It will service routes to centres around the country currently being served by the Dash-8 Classic fleet.
Sir Frederick said the airline would maintain “the services that we have and improve on them in spite of the ownership restructure that’s going to happen”.
He said Link PNG would be a separate company “to operate on its own so it’s not linked to whatever happens to the Air Niugini restructure”.
Link PNG will have its own logo, own board and management and staff drawn initially from Air Niugini “under an interim arrangement to be agreed between the two companies”.
Air Niugini chief executive officer Simon Foo said they were aware of Government’s intention to restructure Air Niugini. He said the management held meetings with the union groups following the approval by Independent Public Business Corporation for Air Niugini work plans this year to 2015.
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS
28) Broadband internet for Solomon Islands in 2016
20 October 2014
The Solomons Oceanic Cable company says it will have a broadband network up and running in three of Solomon Islands major urban centres by March 2016.
Its chief executive, Robin Russell, says tenders for the project are already out and most of the world’s major network providers have registered.
Mr Russell says bidding will close on the 12th of December and a tentative start date for construction has been set for March 2015.
“The bid itself is a turnkey construction contract for construction of a network that will connect Honiara to Sydney and to Auki in Malaita Province and Noro in western province so that’s in total about 75 percent of the Solomon Islands population.”
Solomons Oceanic Cable chief executive, Robin Russell.http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/
29) Telekom now locally owned
By Online Editor
7:49 pm GMT+12, 19/10/2014, Solomon Islands
Solomon Telekom Company Limited is now a 100-percent locally owned company.
This came following the signing ceremony to mark the transfer of 32.58 percent shares held by Cable and Wireless Company (CWC) to Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) last Wednesday in Honiara.
SINPF paid off the shares from CWC for a total of SBD$100 million (US16.5m).
SINPF board chairmen Baoro Koraua said the fund will now own 97.32 percent in Solomon Telekom with the remaining 2.68 percent shares held by the Investment Corporation of Solomon Islands (ICSI).
Koraua said the purchase was made after CWC shifted its business interest from the pacific to the Caribbean region therefore decide to sell its shares.
“CWC has now divested its interest in the Pacific region. Therefore by having NPF owning majority shares in Solomon Telekom, we can pick and choose who to sell the shares to,” Koraua said.
He said there are some buyers who have already indicated their interest to purchase the shares.
However, he said the board will have to critically look at these interested investors to select the best one that have the same interests to participate accordingly in the development of telecommunication in the country.
Koraua said although the board is yet to decide on the amount of shares to sell to the interested investor, the most important thing is to choose who to sell the shares to.
“This will ensure that company remains competitive in the market and continue to grow its services and business while meeting national targets of opening rural areas to better communication,” Koraua added.
The chair stressed that Solomon Telekom is the full incumbent telecom operator in the country providing mobile, fixed voice and broadband services.
Over the past years, Cable and Wireless has been benefiting a lot in dividend payments despite contributing very little in terms of technical and manpower into Telekom’s operation in the country, it was highlighted.
Thus the purchase of shares from CWC has been seen by the board as a positive step forward to ensure fund members get maximum benefits from their contributions.
The purchase of shares was made possible through the Caretaker Minster of Finance’s (Rick Hou) approval.
Although consent was given by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) for the NPF board to purchase the shares, it was given on the condition that the shares are sold within an 18 months period.
Solomon Telekom has been one of the most profitable companies owned by SINPF over the years which accounted for 32 percent of the Fund’s cash income dividend last year.
SINPF’s other major subsidiaries include South Pacific Oil Ltd (100%), Solomon oceanic Cable Company ltd(51%), Solomon Islands Home Finance(100%), Soltuna Ltd (32.1%), Heritage Park Hotel Ltd (10%) and Sasape International Shipyard ltd (25%).
SOURCE: SOLOMON STAR/PACNEWS
30) Shipping Companies Prefer Fiji To PNG For Regional Hub
New Zealand Ambassador makes comment at Fiji Conference
By Felix Chaudhary
SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 17, 2014) – Shipping companies and businesses in New Zealand want Fiji to be the hub of the Pacific.
Speaking at the opening the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation’s TOPEX 2014 Conference this morning, New Zealand’s ambassador Pacific Economic Development, Matua Shane Jones, said while countries like Papua New Guinea had aspirations to establishing itself as a Pacific hub, shipping companies and businesses were more supportive of Fiji being the hub of the Pacific.
Fiji Times Online.
31) PNG MP Found Guilty Of Misusing Public Funds
Francis Potape, district committee illegally paid themselves ‘allowances’
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Oct. 17, 2014) – Komo-Magarima MP Francis Potape has been found guilty by the National Court of misusing K330,000 [US$130,000] of public funds.
Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika told a packed courtroom in Waigani that the decision by Potape and his joint district planning and budget priorities committee to pay themselves the amount “as allowance” was a scam. “To me these payments amounted to unjust enrichment,” Sir Gibbs said.
“I find that the accused and the joint district planning and budget priority committee members had no authority to award the accused K60,000 allowance.
“The award of the K60,000 was unlawful and dishonest. I find that the members of Komo-Magarima JDP and BPC conspired to unlawfully award themselves the K60,000 payment to the chairman (Potape) and K30,000 to the other members and advisors.”
The court extended Potape’s bail to November 3 when a decision on sentencing is expected.
State prosecutors charged Potape with one count of conspiracy and two counts of misappropriation of state funds totalling K330,000.
According to State’s evidence, Potape and the other committee members had passed a resolution in November 2010 at Tari in Hela to increase their sitting allowances.
Potape was paid K60,000 and the other nine committee members K30,000 each. Potape pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The court ruled that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission was the only body that had the authority to make determination relating to allowances paid to MP’s, members of provincial and local level governments.
32) EU gives green light for Fiji fish exports
By Online Editor
10:32 pm GMT+12, 19/10/2014, Fiji
Fiji now has more opportunities to increase its fish exports to the European Union.
This follows the European Commission’s decision to withdraw its formal warning against Fiji, after the country implemented successful measures to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.
Fiji had received a formal warning or known as a “yellow card” from the European Union in November 2012.
Since then the country has taken concrete measures to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing challenges.
“There was a team which came here 3 or 4 times to talk directly to different partners, the fisheries ministry and so on. The cooperation was very close , very effective and we were very pleased that Fiji bought in new legislations very much in line with international standards to combat illegal unregulated fishing , there’s a national plan of action approved by the cabinet now, there’s a tuna management plan and there’s a lot going on to build capacity control and inspection staff so a real comprehensive plan to fight illegal fishing so we were extremely pleased with the cooperation we had with Fiji. I’m very pleased that the green card is now there and there’ll be absolutely no problem in continuing exports to the EU of Fiji and fisheries products from Fiji,” said the EU Ambassador to the Pacific Andrew Jacobs
The European Union said such measures have to be taken, as 65% of the fish they consume are imported.
“We realize that a lot of the fish that were being consumed in the European Union had been caught illegally which meant that licenses were not paid, there is no real protection of fish docks and this is something which is very damaging for the countries themselves particularly for the vulnerable members of society who can really make a good living if fisheries are handled in the proper way,” said Jacobs
The EU said inaction could have ultimately resulted in fish from Fiji being excluded from the European Union market.
Now given the ‘ green card ‘, it shows Fiji has made progress, opening up opportunities for our exporters.
“ I think the biggest export to the EU of fish is PNG and then the Solomons then Fiji which means there’s a lot of opportunities for more exports from Fiji to the EU. The EU is the biggest consumer, the European citizens are hungry for fish and I’m pleased there’s a lot of opportunities for exporters from Fiji in Europe and we look forward to those opportunities being taken up,” said Jacobs
The estimated global value of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing is approximately 24 billion Fijian dollars a year.
Between 11 and 26 million tonnes of fish are caught illegally each year, which corresponds to at least 15% of the world’s catches.
SOURCE: FIJI TV/PACNEWS
33) Forum Fisheries Agency Clears The Air On U.S. Tuna Treaty
Reports sensationalized: Kiribati fishing day cut dealt with before deal
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 15, 2014) – The Forum Fisheries Agency says an historic 90 million US dollar deal between Pacific island countries and the United States tuna fleet remains intact.
This is despite reports a rift had developed due to Kiribati allegedly selling its fishing days to China and Taiwan and excluding boats from other nations.
The FFA’s deputy Director General, Wez Norris, says the media reports have been grossly sensationalised.
He says Kiribati’s cuts to its fishing days for distant water nations was dealt with in a spirit of regional cooperation which saw the other FFA states allocating more of their own days to close the US deal.
“Each country makes its sovereign decisions on how to allocate its fishing access and in doing so it has to balance a whole range of considerations including its development opportunities, its national interests and so on. And so we encourage a very keen appreciation by the members of what their national interests are, to guide their decision making.”
Wez Norris says he has no knowledge of any sale to China or Taiwan.
He says Kiribati is growing its own fishing fleet and this is the reason it has cut the number of fishing days it is selling.
[PIR editor’s note: Samoa News reported that ‘The American Tunaboat Association and Tri Marine International say they are both “shocked” by the major loss of fishing grounds in the Kiribati exclusive economic zone (EEZ) under the tuna treaty negotiated between the U.S. and 17 Pacific Island nations. And Tri Maine says such a loss of fishing grounds means a reduction of fishing by American Samoa purse seiners, while ATA says the deal is not good for US vessels. … While the treaty is being touted as a big win for Pacific nations, concerns have been raised by San Diego-based American Tunaboat Association as well as Tri Marine, whose operations in American Samoa include an 11-vessel fishing fleet and the Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. – to be opened soon in Atu’u.’]
Radio New Zealand International
34) PNG Kumuls beat Tonga 38 – 18
By Online Editor
7:56 pm GMT+12, 19/10/2014, Papua New Guinea
The Papua New Guinea Kumuls were not decisive but showed a lot of character in beating a classier Mate Ma’a Tonga 38-18 in a one-off Test match at the Lae Rugby League Oval Sunday.
The Kumuls struggled to maintain pace in the first half (12-12) but managed to cut-down the bulkier Tongans down to size with a purposeful second-half performance.
Even the Tongan outfit boasting a horde of NSW Cup and National Rugby League (NRL) players struggled to keep pace with the no name Kumul outfit when it really mattered the most.
The Kumuls, with only three survivors from last year’s World Cup in skipper Israel Eliab, Sebastian Pandia and Mark Mexico, lacked the experience but brought on some of that SP PNG Hunters ‘magic’ to give the 3000 strong crowd their money’s worth in a barnstorming second-half.
The Kumuls needed a spark, and that was ignited by the Kumuls inter-change in Lawrence Tu’u, Noel Zemming, Brandy Peter and the ‘Wapanamanda mac truck’ Willie Minoga.
They did it for the Hunters as it was just another day in the office for the quartet as they pounded a soak drenched Tongan defence-line in an opening 20 minute blitz to the second-half.
Tonga and PNG have similar whether patterns so the heat was not an issue, it was came down to who wanted to win the most.
And the ‘dog fight’ in the Kumuls came out barring its teeth through an uplifting performance from prop Mark Mexico, Timothy Lomai and Rhyse Martin who led by example to humble their beefy counterparts that threatened to spoil the Kumuls first Test on home-soil in over a decade.
Lo showed why he is the Intrust Super Cup top try-scorer when he dissected the Tongan right-edge to bag his second try and the momentum grew from there.
Despite Tongan skipper Viliami Sikamanu efforts to sway the match referee, the home-side punished the visitors with their kicking game when a Roger Laka bomb was spilled for winger Wera to score his second try and take a commanding 22-12 lead.
Tonga were denied by stifling Kumul defence until midway into the second half when left wing Pio Tupou gave them some hope with a converted try to take to within four points.
The Tongans dared to fight back and a bulldozing run that left Kumul lock Adam Korave knock-out cold only signaled to add fuel.
Kumuls dominated the remaining 20 minutes with a sizzling try to right-centre Thomson Tete and then rake Wartovo Puara Jnr rammed the nail in the coffin with his 60 meter solo effort four minutes to the full-time hooter.
PNG 38 (G.Low 2, A.Wera 2, T.Teteh, W.Puara Jnr tries; N.Zemming 2, R.Martin, I.Eliab conv.) d Tonga 18 (S.Kaita 2, P.Tupu, U.Taai tries; S.Kaita conv.).
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
35) League targeting Pacific Islands growth
By Online Editor
7:59 pm GMT+12, 19/10/2014, Australia
Rugby League International Federation boss Nigel Wood wants the sport to continue to make strides in the Pacific Islands.
The islands contribute hugely to player numbers in the NRL and Super League and last year’s World Cup proved there’s a big appetite there for more international games.
At present that hunger isn’t being met as Tonga and Fiji play just one game this year, though Samoa have a busier schedule because they qualified for the Four Nations.
With the right resources, league could overtake rugby in the islands. The NRL have looked to up the profile of the game there this year with promotional visits by some of their star players.
“It’s no secret that rugby league is very strong in the Pacific Islands,” Wood said.
“They have got a ready supply of natural athletes and they light up every tournament in which they participate.
“It’s also no surprise the NRL are developing strategies to continue to develop the sport in those islands.
“The same applies in other parts of the world where the sport is not quite as advanced as in the Pacific Islands, but there is still a strong rugby league presence in North America, East Europe and South Africa.”
The profits from last year’s successful World Cup are being used to grow the sport in places likes the islands, plus money was kept aside for the sport’s international governance.
“That (World Cup) money was remitted to the international federation at the start of the year,” Wood said.
“Some of that has been used around the international game to provide grants for members and some of it is being held over to fund things like the independent executive.”.
SOURCE: STUFF NZ/PACNEWS
36) Exposure for young players
Monday, October 20, 2014
CRICKET Fiji is aiming to get maximum exposure for its younger players when they depart for their Australia tour later this week.
The senior men’s national squad, laced with a few under-19 players, will depart the country on October 26 for Sunshine Coast in Australia where they will play a few games.
On November 10 they would move to Brisbane where the overseas-based players would join the squad.
Then on November 16, they would move to Lismore where they would compete in the ICC World Division 6 qualifiers and the T20 World Cup qualifiers.
Cricket Fiji general manager Inoke Lesuma said they would play six matches when in Lismore and they would need to win them all in order to achieve their target.
“We are trying to get back in to the World Cricket League Division 6,” he said.
“In Lismore, we would face Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Japan, Indonesia, Samoa and the Cook Islands.”
He said since they had a lot of younger players, exposure would be their main target.
“We have a couple of under-19 players who are new to the senior mens team and maximum exposure for these players would be really good.
“It would be good to test them out in the international scene now so that in another couple of years, they are fully fledged players for the national team.”Fijitimes
37) Ronaldo scores double in Real Madrid victory
Monday, October 20, 2014
MADRID – Real Madrid ensured they will head into a big week full of confidence with a 5-0 thrashing of Levante ahead of their meetings with Liverpool and Barcelona.
Cristiano Ronaldo stretched his fine scoring streak at club level to nine games as he opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Javier Hernandez headed home to double Madrid’s lead before half-time.
Ronaldo powered home his 15th league goal in just seven appearances this season to make it 3-0 before sweet finishes from James Rodriguez and Isco rounded of a seventh consecutive win for the European champions.
Madrid now lie just a point adrift of leaders Barcelona, but the Catalans can restore their four-point advantage with a win over Eibar later on Saturday.
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is hoping Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos will be able to overcome their respective injury problems for the trip to Anfield on Wednesday.
“I think we are arriving well into this week. We had a difficult game to prepare here, but we played very well and seriously. We were very concentrated and it all went well,” said Ancelotti.
“Now we have time to, firstly recover some players, and then think about the game on Wednesday.”
Despite missing a host of first team players, the visitors could still have put the game to bed inside the first 15 minutes but Ronaldo was uncharacteristically wasteful in front of goal.
The Portuguese captain sliced wide with just Diego Marino to beat after a wonderful through ball from Luka Modric and then pulled another shot wide from the edge of the box moments later.
Ronaldo, though, wasn’t to be denied on 12 minutes as Hernandez was tripped inside the area by Juanfran and the World Player of the Year slammed home the resulting penalty.
38) Liverpool move to fifth in Premier League
Monday, October 20, 2014
Update: 1:15PM LIVERPOOL profited from an own goal in the fifth minute of injury time to escape with a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers after one of the more chaotic finishes to a Premier League game.
Four goals were scored in a pulsating final eight minutes at Loftus Road the last unwittingly netted by Steven Caulker, who turned the ball into his own goal to gift Liverpool a fortunate victory.
A madcap finale began in the 67th minute when QPR defender Richard Dunne put Liverpool 1-0 ahead with his record-extending 10th own goal in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s second straight win left QPR in last place and increased the pressure on its manager Harry Redknapp.
Liverpool climbed to fifth in the standings after an error-strewn display that heightened the concerns about its brittle defence, particularly with back-to-back games against Real Madrid coming up in the Champions League.
The frantic nature of the closing stages may spare Mario Balotelli from criticism after another below-par display from the Italian striker, capped by a dreadful miss from about seven metres out in front of an empty goal in the 61st. Balotelli’s performance contrasted with that of Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, who has been the subject of headlines in the British media this week for telling England manager Roy Hodgson that he was too tired to play an international game last weekend.
Sterling was ubiquitous against QPR, with his foraging runs upfield in added time helping set up Philippe Coutinho’s goal that made it 2-1 and then Caulker’s match-clinching intervention.
Sterling was also instrumental in the opening goal by playing a quick free kick to Glen Johnson, whose cross was deflected in by Dunne.
“It was great courage and cleverness from him today,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said of Sterling.
QPR is bottom on goal difference but manager Redknapp is defiant about his future at the club.
“I can’t do any more and there isn’t anyone (who) could do any better here at the moment than me, I don’t think,” Redknapp said.