Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 1045 ( Monday 17 November 2014 )


MELANESIA

1) Vanuatu daily news digest | 17 November 2014

by bobmakin

  • Daily Post leads today with the “Benford Funds” which were held by European Bank having to be released to the US Federal Trade Commission acting for the victims of a fraud. A May judgement of the Supreme Court was upheld in the Appeal Court on Friday. The fraud committed by one Kenneth Taves resulted in millions of credit card victims being cheated of small amounts of money and 7-million dollars of the proceeds of this crime lodged with European Bank in Port Vila. Kenneth Taves is serving an 11-year gaol term in the United States over the crime. Suggestions that the Republic should seize the funds were refused as “taking the money would do nothing to deter people like Taves who may use this country to try and hide stolen property.”
  • Front page in Daily Post today also sees eviction notices going to residents on VNPF land around the Mango area of Luganville. This is the former Milae Ltd land. Some 15 families are likely to be affected. Residents blame the Luganville Municipal Council (LMC) and former leaders for allowing settlement there. Some families even paid municipal building permits to construct their houses.
  • Radio Vanuatu News understood this morning that MP parliamentary allocations will be amongst the items to be considered in the second ordinary (“budget”) sitting for 2014 starting tomorrow. There will be a ceremonial opening presided by the new Head of State, Fr Baldwin Lonsdale.
  • PM Natuman insisted the new hospital departments must receive adequate maintenance when he participated in the opening of the new buildings, VBTC reported. Maintenance should not be a problem in a world-class facility such as we now have, he said. Japanese aid has enabled the building of the new theatre, laboratories and Outpatients Department.
  • Chinese aid is coming next month to upgrade the South Tanna and North Malekula roads Raymond Nasse reports to Post from China. The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation will undertake the project.

2) Vanuatu daily news digest | 16 November 2014 (a day late)

by bobmakin

  • Daily Post’s weekend edition has Prime Minister Natuman meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping again this week in Fiji subsequent to their meeting at the UN General Assembly. (PM Natuman is also scheduled to meet French President Hollande this week in Nouméa.) Post carries an article from the Chinese Ambassador Xie Bohua concerning the “milestone” in China and Pacific relations represented by this 22 November Nadi summit.
  • Lands Minister Regenvanu paid a tribute to the community of Ernas near Erakor at the opening of their electricity and water services, Friday. He sees Ernas as a “model community,” he said. “Those of us who live and work in the capital must recognize the Efatese for giving us land and accepting our coming to live with them.” He paid a tribute to the chief, custom owners and people of Erakor for permitting people from other places to come and stay at Ernas and to enjoy a good life there. Regenvanu performed the opening of the services at the celebration reported VBTC News.
  • Radio Vanuatu also reported the Codex Alimentarius provisions required for registration of kava as a regional commodity for human consumption being under discussion in a conference in Samoa recently, saying this will help its acceptance in countries outside the region. There was not a lot of detail. However, the three-day retreat of Agriculture personnel at Pele island, North Efate was described by Minister Tosul as giving clear work directions for the ministry to follow in future.
  1. Post also has Public Prosecutions files reaching the National Archives with Australian assistance in refurbishing the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) worth VT 9 million. Acting Public Prosecutor Leon Malantugun applauded the efforts which went into the re-opening of the PPO on Wednesday,
  • Post seems to have Opposition Leader Carcasses’s complaints against the Natuman Government based on it not achieving repairs to Bauerfield in their short existence.One has to say that neither did the Carcasses Government achieve these repairs in a year. Post also has the PM’s Office political adviser Iapson responding to Carcasses complaints over allegedly a wealth of proof of bribery on the part of the Greens Confederation. He says “The Greens and Mr Carcasses must be the richest and biggest political benefactors in the country’s political landscape.” The Independent gives over all of page one to Carcasses’ 5 million vatu loan agreements for support of the Greens.
  • The reporting of bribery is usual before a Parliament sitting (this week) as are, often enough, reports of MPs not receiving their copies of Bills for debate. MP Willie Jimmy declares he needs to know the source of the nearly 18 billion vatu expenditure for government services next year. There always was a revenue budget along with expenditure in the past. He gives us to understand this is no longer the case.
  • Showing the prominence tourism achieves in the nation’s perspective, the Australia-Pacific Technical College – APTC – this year reported its highest number of graduates. It was 193 for 2014 and brings the total graduated to 1,143. The PM, it was noted on their graduation day, had sponsored six successful students from his electorate.
  • And the anchor of the Astrolabe has turned up, Post reports. It used to be located in front of the Public Library downtown. It disappeared with changes to the front of the building, but is now likely to undergo repairs and beautification.

3) Anti-Independence Rally Held As Hollande Visits New Caledonia
Thousands march in Noumea in support of remaining French


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 17, 2014) – Thousands of people in New Caledonia have staged a march in Noumea to show their wish to stay French.

The march was called by a group of pro-French politicians to coincide with a visit of the French president, Francois Hollande, who arrived last night.

On arrival, he said he it would be up to the Caledonians to have the final word on their future as the territory is to hold an independence referendum by 2018 under the terms of the Noumea Accord.

Mr Hollande is in the territory’s north for much of the day but will meet local leaders in Noumea tonight after addressing the Secretariat of the Pacific Community about climate change challenges.

Pro-French groups accuse the French state of failing to say what its view is on the independence question which is to be put to a vote during the term of the newly elected New Caledonian Congress.

Both Mr Hollande and the prime minister, Manuel Valls, have said the French state is impartial.

Radio New Zealand International 

POLYNESIA

4) Associate Ministers Allege Samoa PM’s Actions Hurting Party
MPs says Tuilaepa is treating them as ‘second class’ members

By Sophie Budvietas 

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Nov. 16, 2014) – The rift within Samoa’s ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.R.P) is widening.

And Associate Ministers, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang and Tu’u’u Anasi’i Leota blame Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, saying he is causing further discord by continuing to show “favouritism” towards the former Minister of Finance, Faumunia Tiatia Liuga.

During an interview with the Sunday Samoan, the Associate Ministers cited an incident last week where Faumuina, who is now the Associate Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E), signed off on millions of tala worth of development partner funding.

The $28.2 million project aimed at incorporating climate change risks mitigation measures and adaptation opportunities across relevant sectors, is between Samoa and U.N.D.P. It is “the largest national project ever funded by the Least Developed Countries Fund of the Global Environment Facility (G.E.F), considered a strategic departure move for Samoa as it shifts out of its L.D.C status.”

Both Papali’i and Tu’u’u fail to understand why the Prime Minister has taken such a shine to the former Finance Minister.

On top of the U.N.D.P project, Faumuina also signed a key Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U.) concerning the protection of migratory sharks.

“It is a slap in the face,” said Papali’i.

The Associate Minister for Public Enterprises, Papali’i said it was protocol that if the Minister of the Department signing the M.O.U. is unavailable, then the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister or Acting Prime Minister was responsible to do this on behalf of government.

“As Associate Ministers ourselves, we know that this has never happened,” he said. “We were very surprised that Faumui signed it. Maybe it’s because of his role in the M.N.R.E. (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment), but we think that it is not right.

“I am not saying this because I am jealous or whatever but it is how we judge things.”

“And to me it is not right for someone who is implicated in corrupt practices and yet appear in public signing off on millions of dollars worth of funds on behalf of government.”

“I mean how do you feel as an ordinary person?”

“For those who understand what is happening that is a question in their mind – who is this guy?”

“I don’t understand, simply put I don’t understand.”

Tu’u’u echoed Papali’i’s anger saying the Associate Ministers were being treated like second class Members of Parliament (M.P.s).

“I fully agree with what Papali’i has said,” the Associate Minister for Education said.

“Faumui is my brother, he is a good friend, but that doesn’t mean that we do not speak for what is right and what we feel is not right.”

“Now we are being more or less treated as second class M.P.s by our Prime Minister.”

The Member of Parliament for Siumu said his resentment towards the situation had been simmering for some time.

“He (Tuilaepa) is not walking the talk,” said Tu’u’u.

“We feel that he is trying to push us away.”

“He is not doing something to ease the tension within the Party, he is putting in things that will create more bad feelings within the Party. That is how we feel at the moment.”

Further, Tu’u’u said Tuilaepa would have had to give the okay to Faumuina to sign the agreement.

“He is the one who gave the green light to Faumui to go and sign the M.O.U.s and that sort of thing. We just don’t why, why he is so in favour with this guy?”

“There is a Samoan saying – (said in Samoan) who is the boy you carry or hold close, and who is the boy you drag?”

Papali’i added: “So we feel we are all being dragged and he is hugging Faumui.”

Papali’i further questioned the validity of Faumuina’s post as an Associate Minister.

“After he resigned as Minister, we don’t remember any time that he was sworn in as an Associate Minister,” he said. “There were already two associate ministers for the M.N.R.E.”

“And then Faumui decided which Ministry he wanted to go and he went there and allowed the other member who was already there to just go and find another Ministry.”

Furthermore, the Individual Voters’ Member said Faumuina was hand picked for key Parliamentary Committees when he should have filled the vacancy on Committees that was left when Lautafi Selafi Purcell was promoted to the Minister of Public Enterprises.

“The protocol is if someone has vacated because he is promoted then a new member should represent (that Committee) but not just come and represent another (Committee), that is my view,” he said.

“And to me I already made an opinion on that because to me I don’t care. But it is just the protocols…because the Prime Minister makes all these decisions.”

Tu’u’u said it is favouritism in its truest sense.

“Why is he so wanting this guy to be put in place in a very important select Committee?” he asked. “So we are looking at these things and we are not happy.”

Papali’i agreed with his colleague’s favouritism call on Faumuina – calling on those H.R.R.P. members who were unhappy with the situation to speak out.

“To us is not right as Party members,” he said.

“Some other members are not satisfied with this and yet they cannot speak out.”

“But we heard them complaining about this issue – Faumuina signing these things – so speak out, we have a Caucus so speak out. Hopefully we will have a Caucus meeting so we can speak out on these issues.” 

Samoa Observer

5) Theft, Forgery Trial Of Samoa Associate Minister Gets Underway
Muagututagata pleads not guilty to instructing company to alter invoice

By Lanuola Tupufia

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Nov. 13, 2014) – The hearing involving an Associate Minister accused of theft, false pretense, forgery and offering a forged document started in the Supreme Court yesterday.

The Associate Minister of Trade, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him, has pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

The hearing follows a lawsuit by a Chinese company, Grand Oceania Industries. It claims that the Member of Parliament gave instructions to alter an original invoice of $32,45 so that with “special costs,” it came to the sum of $62,454.50.

The costs were from fees and Customs duty on two containers sent from China in January 2013.

The company is accusing the M.P of forging the invoice, which had been presented to him as a genuine document.

They also claim that he defrauded the company by making up invalid costs and failing to deal with the money, as he was obligated to.

Muagututagata is a shareholder of Grand Ocean Limited.

A customs agent company called Savea Savelio got involved when Muagututagata contacted them to clear the containers from Customs.

The Chinese company claims that he later instructed them to alter the figures.

Presiding over the matter is Justice Vui Clarence Nelson.

Lawyer, Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i, is representing Muagututagata.

Leone Su’a-Mailo and Lucy Sio, of the Attorney General’s Office, are prosecuting.

Yesterday, the first witness called was the owner of Savea Savelio Customs agent, Taito Savea, from Falefa.

Taito told the Court he received a call from the M.P on the 21st January 2013, wanting to clear two containers belonging to Grand Ocean.

“I don’t know the company but I do know Muagutu because we do services for his company, Apia Business Machines (ABM),” Taito told the Court.

Taito said the total invoice he issued to Muagututagata was $32,454. The invoice covered Customs duties, fees for Betham and Brothers Enterprises the shipping agent, Samoa Ports Authority fees and his company’s services.

Taito said the invoice number 5517, dated 31st January 2013, was for Grand Ocean. It was delivered to ABM.

Later, they received a call from Muagutu’s wife, Sala, saying their cheque was ready.

Days later, he received another call from Muagututagata.

“He told me that his land is being used for the containers and if my invoice can be used to have those charges, called special charges on it,” said Taito.

“So I did so adding the special charges and he thanked me after…it was done with a good heart and no bad intention”.

At this point Justice Vui intervened.

He asked the Prosecution if the witness had been charged for anything.

Mrs. Mailo replied no.

“Does he understand he has privilege to self incrimination,” said Justice Vui.

When Mrs. Mailo responded that the witness is giving evidence that he altered the document with instruction from Muagutu, Justice Vui dismissed this.

“It does not change the fact that he can be prosecuted for altering the documents. But you haven’t considered that”.

Justice Vui suggested for the prosecution to look into it.

A separate invoice no.4850 was presented in Court for Taito to examine how it is different from the original invoice he prepared, no. 5517.

Looking at the invoices, Taito pointed out that one had a different invoice number, different writing, different date of shipment, shipments from New Zealand instead of China,

No special services charges on 5517 and the total amount in the other invoice is $62, 454.50 whereas the other one has $30,000.

The witness added the invoice no.4850 was from his company to ABM in 2011, not for Grand Ocean.

The hearing continues.

Samoa Observer

6) Depopulation In Cook Islands Concerns Government
Major economic, social, cultural impacts highlighted in report


By Phillipa Webb 

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Nov. 13, 2014) – The loss of a productive young labour force to the bright lights and big bucks of New Zealand and Australia continues to have major economic, social, and cultural impacts, says the Government.

The latest budget has produced a special report on depopulation, income and cost of living, said Finance Secretary Richard Neves. 

“There is always a lot of debate in the community about depopulation, and we thought it would be reasonable to put out some of our own research to inform that discussion.”

Depopulation has a number of problematic facets to it, he said.

“There are obviously the cultural and social impacts of depopulation – they would be obviously apparent.

“The major concern is the economic loss – any economy requires a productive labour force and we are losing quite a few productive young people who are then replaced by often cheaper foreign labour.”

It is not a new phenomenon, easy and free mobility into two developed economies with some of the best quality of life indicators in the world, makes it difficult to compete for that labour, he said. 

The report summarises that the much higher average income for Cook Islanders in Australia is enough to compensate individuals for the higher likelihood of being unemployed and the much higher cost of living, but once these factors are included the difference between the Cook Islands and Australia on income measure is much reduced.

It also stated that Cook Islanders were more likely to be unemployed in New Zealand with an unemployment rate of 19 per cent almost three times higher than the 8.3 per cent they face if the lived in the Cook Islands.

The difference in average income with Australian-based Cook Islanders is $24,638.87, though taking higher cost of living and higher unemployment into consideration this difference reduces to around $11,889.33 – overall making Australia the best place economically for Cook Islanders to live.

For those choosing to migrate to either New Zealand or Australia without jobs already secured the potential income gap between the Cook Islands and the two countries is much lower than average figures would suggest.

While Australia still has a clear advantage in income potential, other factors such as future earning potential, access to education and health services or access to retail markets may play a large role particularly in relation to Cook Islands-New Zealand migration. 

Cook Islands News

MICRONESIA

7) Guam government website hacked

17 November 2014

A message was posted on the Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio’s website calling Mr Tenorio and the Governor “cowards” and asking them to tell President Obama that “Khilafah is very soon”.

A Khilafah or Caliphate is a form of islamic political leadership.

The Governor’s cybersecurity assistant Wil Castro says despite the claim, there has been no validation that AnonGhost is responsible for the hack.

Mr Castro says although no sensitive material was accessed, the attack is alarming.

“It raises the level of awareness. We’re in the midst of a review of the Governor establishing the Cybersecurity Working Group which is an inter-agency working group. We acknowledge the threat, we know that there’s growing concerns relative to cybersecurity and the government is taking proactive steps to build the necessary infrastructure and intellectual capital necessary to address future steps.”

Guam’s Bureau of Statistics was also hacked and the Tongan government has had to repair its Ministry of Infrastructure website because the page was replaced by a AnonGhost graphic.RNZI

8) Nauru Reportedly Reneged On Deal To Pay Off Fund Debt
Agreement with Firebird during ‘secret meeting’ called off next day


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 17, 2014) – An Australian newspaper reports Nauru has reneged on a deal to settle a 27-million US dollar lawsuit involving global fund manager Firebird, following a secret meeting in Washington.

The Australian Financial Review reports that Nauru’s Finance Minister, David Adeang, and the Minister for Home Affairs, Ludwig Scotty, met with representatives from Firebird in mid-October.

It is reported the deal made would have seen the Nauru government commit to paying Firebird 4.3 million US dollars upfront, secured by a trust derived from phosphate sales.

A further 4.3 million US dollars would be paid within 12 months, and 4.3 million US dollars every year after until the debt was paid in full.

Firebird reportedly agreed to the terms, but the next day a member of the Nauruan travelling party called off the deal.

Firebird’s appeal at the High Court in Australia is due to start on December the 1st following a lower court’s dismissal of its claim against the Nauru government. 

Radio New Zealand International 

9) U.S., Kiribati Sign Cooperative Marine Conservation Agreement
Joint support of research, conservation in U.S. Monument, Phoenix Islands

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Nov. 14, 2014) – In a joint effort to further protect vital marine habitats in the Pacific, the U.S. and the South Pacific island of Kiribati have signed a “cooperative arrangement” which calls for both countries to, among other things, conserve and protect pristine areas in the region.

According to a joint statement released by the U.S. Department of Interior, the cooperative arrangement document is to coordinate and jointly support research and conservation activities for nearly 490,000 square nautical miles in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM) of the U.S. and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) in Kiribati.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Kiribati President Anote Tong signed the cooperative arrangement documents yesterday in Sydney, Australia, during the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s 2014 World Parks Congress.

“With this cooperative arrangement, our two nations are embracing a shared vision of marine conservation that crosses political boundaries and helps protect pristine areas in the Pacific,” Jewell said in a statement. “It is a commitment we are making together for the health of our ocean as it faces growing pressure from climate change, ocean acidification and other threats.”

Tong is quoted in the statement saying that the collaborative arrangement “will enhance efforts in strengthening enforcement and surveillance and we look forward to working closely with the U.S. on this.” (Tong was nominated this week by Fiji as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work around climate change issues.)

Kiribati established PIPA in 2008 to protect 157,630 square miles in the central Pacific and during the Ocean Conference in Washington D.C. in June this year, Tong announced the closure of PIPA to commercial activities to be enforced starting in January next year.

For the “cooperative arrangement”, it strengthens cooperative management of the two protected areas (PIPA and PRIMNM)—collectively called the Phoenix Ocean Arc— that make up a wide swath of the Pacific, including entire island ecosystems, coral reefs, seamounts and marine areas, according to the DOI statement.

Collaborative activities may include scientific research, law enforcement, the removal of shipwrecks, conservation of seabirds and eradication of non-native species, such as rats from atolls, it says.

The PRIMNM, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, now protects nearly 490,000 square miles around tropical islands and atolls (including seven national wildlife refuges) in the south-central Pacific Ocean and is the largest marine reserve in the world that is completely off-limits to commercial resource extraction, including commercial fishing.

DOI says PIPA and the PRIMNM are sites with strong conservation mandates; opportunities for global research; challenges to managing and enforcing regulations; and threats from illegal or unregulated fishing and trespassing.

Jewell said the Pacific Ocean provides food security, global weather and climate stability, recreation and inspiration, jobs and prosperity.

“Protecting the health and integrity of these vast wild areas and their marine wildlife is good national and international policy and demonstrates to the world the benefits of cross-border marine protection,” she said.

The White House announced this year that the PRIMNM expansion will affect only three of the five main components of PRIMNM: Wake Island, Jarvis Island, and Johnston Atoll and will extend the current 50 nautical-mile boundary to the 200 nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

All commercial fishing as well as deep-sea mining of seabed minerals will be prohibited in the expanded zones, while recreational and traditional fishing methods will be permitted.

However, there have been some concerns over the expansion of the PRIMNM. For example, Tri Marine International told Samoa News in September that while appreciative that Howland Baker and Kingman Palmyra were excluded, “we still have some concerns that the loss of traditional fishing grounds will negatively impact the availability of fish supply for the American Samoa tuna industry.”

On the other hand, Tri Marine is encouraged by the collaborative process and recognizes that the exceptions outlined in the PRIMNM “will help our business, and the Samoans who rely on continuous sustainable tuna for their livelihoods.”

Tri Marine’s operations in the territory include a locally based U.S. fishing fleet, a freezer storage facility and a tuna cannery set to open soon. 

The Samoa News

10) Visa Interview Waiver Program for Kiribati Seafarers

By Online Editor
6:33 pm GMT+12, 13/11/2014, Kiribati 

The U.S. Embassy in Suva has announced a visa interview waiver program for Kiribati seafarers effective immediately.

 
From now onwards Kiribati seafarers who qualify for visa renewals will no longer need to travel to the Embassy in Suva for face to face interviews.
 
As an alternative, a shipping agent, South Pacific Marine Services, will send the respective seafarers’passports and applications by mail to the Embassy. After processing the visas the Embassy will then ship the passports back to Kiribati.
 
The courier service fees will also be accommodated by the U.S.Embassy in Suva.
 
Noting that remittances from workers in the fishing industry was one of the major sources of income for the people of Kiribati and recognizing its benefit to Kiribati economy, the U.S. has implemented this interview waiver program for crew visa renewals.
 
This new program will reduce the time and expense of renewing the seafarer’s visas making them more competitive for jobs in the maritime industry.
 
Currently crew visa renewals make up about 65% of the annual crew visa requests from Kiribati and the Embassy looks forward to seeing a positive impact of this program on the Kiribati seafarers and the Kiribati economy.
 
A similar arrangement is also being looked into for Tuvaluan seafarers..

SOURCE: US EMBASSY/PACNEWS

11) Palau Plans Uniform Street, House Address System
State governments responsible for naming roads


By Peter Erick Magbanua

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Nov. 13, 2014) – A bill has been passed on third reading at the House of Delegates that aims to develop a uniform street and house address system in Palau.

House Bill No. 9-110-6 states that it time for Palau to implement a uniform system for street names and addresses. Street names and addresses will assist emergency personnel to locate people in a timely manner, will further increase economic growth and development, and will assist in master planning efforts at the state and national level.

The technology already exists for the uniform system of street names and addresses. With the growing population and economy in Palau, the need for a uniform street and house address system has become a need for every household. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology has been widely used in recent years for numerous projects in Palau and the Palau Automated Land and Resources Information System (PALARIS) has the expertise to carry out the said endeavor.

The bill further states that PALARIS will develop a uniform national system to assign the name adopted by the state government to each public road; they will also assign street numbers consisting of no more that five digits for each dwelling unit and place of business on all public and private streets; and furnish free of charge to each unit owner a certificate designating the unit’s street number and location.

Upon the effectivity of the bill, all state government shall adopt a name for each road, including secondary and public access roads, within its state, and shall promptly inform PALARIS of the adoption of the road name. Whenever a new road is constructed, or any amendments by the state government are made to the name of an existing road, the state government will inform PALARIS of the adoption of the road name. PALARIS will keep and maintain in a regular basis a national address index which will be a public record of all streets and numbers assigned.

In the bill it also says that the owner of the said establishment or business place must affix the number or street name to the front entrance of the said structure visible to the road or to a sign number post that can be seen clearly by the road.

Street number must be post not less than three inches in height, it shall be in different color from the background in which they are placed; street numbers shall be affixed permanently to the building or post; use of effaceable materials such as chalk is prohibited; and all buildings shall be numbered at the expense of the owner.

For street names, PALARIS must place the street signs at each intersection no more that 20 feet from the intersection; signs must be no less than 18 inches by six inches in size and must be posted below than three feet above the ground and no higher than 20 feet above ground.

Persons or individuals found tearing down, defacing or changing any number put up will be guilty of misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine of not more than $10.

Any owner of a building who neglects to number such buildings as provide in the bill or shall place, maintain or allow to remain thereon any number other than that assigned by PALARIS, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction will be punished with a fine of not more than $20.

The bill was introduced by Del. Lee Otobed.

Island Times 

TOK PISIN

12) Noken salim peles long ol foran kampani: Kenn Mondiai

Postim 17 November 2014, 15:51 AEDT

Caroline Tiriman 

Wanpla environment lida long Papua New Guinea i askim gavman long kamapim ol strongpla loa long lukautim ol bikbus, solwara na ol wara long kantri

na noken salim nabaut long ol foran kampani.

Odio: Kenn Mondiai, direkta blong Partners with Melanesians NGO i toktok 

Kenn Mondiai, direkta blong Partners with Melanesians NGO i toktok (Credit: ABC) 

Kenn Mondiai, direkta blong Partners with Melanesians emi save wok blong helpim ol asples pipal long lukautim ol graon blong ol i mekim despla toktok long bikpla miting blong “World Parks Congress” emi go hed nau long Sydney.

PNG istap olsem namba tri kantri long World bihaen long Brazil long South America, na Congo long Africa em oli gat ol bikpla rainforest.

Tasol Mr Mondiai i tok PNG i gohet long yusim ol risosis blong kantri na i luk olsem kantri ino tingting bik long taim bihain.

Em i singaut long gavman imas bihainim gut ol intenasenal loa em ibin sainim blong lukautim peles wantaim ol bik bus na wara.Radio Australia

13) Morobe PNG Games i stat long Lae

Updated 17 November 2014, 15:14 AEDT

Sam Seke 

Namba 6 PNG Games i stat isi-isi long tede long Lae Citi long Morobe Provins bihain long official opening long aste.

Jerry Tave, Executive Producer blong NBC Current Issues i toktok (Credit: ABC) 

Olgeta 22 provins blong PNG i stap insait long Games, tasol Executive Producer blong NBC Current Issues husat i stap tu long Lae Games, Jerry Tave itok Western Province igat wanpela athlete tasol ibin kamap.

Em i tok Gulf Provins tu i salim liklik lain tasol long wanem ol igat problem long sait long moni.

Tasol Jerry Tave itok namel long ol athletes blong East New Britain em i sampela kalabus man blong Kerevat Jail.

Em i tok ol Correctional Service ofisa i kam wantaim ol long ol iken makim provins long PNG Games long Lae.

Mr Tave itok narapela interesting stori em i olsem Minista blong Education Nick Kuman i makim Simbu Provins blongen long sait long golf.Radio Australia

14) Biometric sistim blong vout i gutpela long Solomon Islands

Postim 17 November 2014, 15:36 AEDT

Caroline Tiriman 

Nupla vouting system em oli kolim biometric system bai helpim lon daonim korapsan long taem blong ileksan long despla wik long Solomon Islands.

Caretaker Solomon Islands PM Gordon Darcy Lilo ibin rejista long biometric vota sistim 

Odio: Professor Clive Moore, blong University of Queensland i toktok 

Professor Clive Moore, blong University of Queensland i toktok (Credit: ABC) 

Planti taim long olpela sistim, ol vouta long Solomon Islands i save rejista planta tain na ol i save vout hait planti taim long ileksan.

Tasol Professor Clive Moore, blong University of Queensland dispela biometric sistim ba mekim had long ol pipol long bihainim dispela korap pasin.

Dr Moore husat igat planti save long ol politik long Solomon Islands i mekim despla toktok tede taem ol pipal i redi long vout long trinde.
 
Laen blong Electoral Commission itok olsem oli stretim pinis ilektoral roll na samting olsem  280,000 pipal bai vout long 50 ol ilektorate long kantri long makim ol nupla memba blong ol long palaman. 

Haus Palaman ibin oraetim pinis tu Politikal Party integriti bill oa loa blong stopim ol Palaman memba i kalap kalap nabaut insaet long palaman.Radio Australia

FRENCH

15) Brèves du Pacifique – lundi 17 novembre 2014 

Mis à jour 17 November 2014, 12:41 AEDT

Caroline Lafargue 

Médecins Sans Frontières utilise des drones pour soigner la tuberculose en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée. 

Les premiers essais sont couronnés de succès. Un drone a transporté des échantillons pour analyse, puis les résultats des analyses, et enfin les médicaments, jusqu’à Kerema, une zone très enclavée de la province du Golfe, sur la côte sud du pays, en face de l’Australie. Selon l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé, 25 000 nouveaux cas de tuberculose ont été diagnostiqués en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée en 2013. 

  • Pêche au thon: Greenpeace fait pression sur le gouvernement de Kiribati. L’ONG s’oppose au renouvellement des permis de pêche des deux plus grands thoniers senneurs au monde en 2015. Il s’agit de deux navires espagnols, l’Albatun Tres et l’Albatun Uno, qui utilisent tous deux des dispositifs de concentration des poissons pour maximiser leurs prises. Or les ressources en thon de Kiribati ont considérablement baissé. « Les pêcheurs locaux doivent aller de plus en plus loin des côtes pour trouver du thon », regrette Logi Toribau, le responsable de Greenpeace à Kiribati.
  • Nouvelle-Zélande: un puissant séisme a frappé l’île du Nord lundi matin. La secousse, d’une magnitude de 6.5 sur l’échelle de Richter, a été enregistrée à 155 kilomètres à l’est de Te Araroa, au nord-est de l’île du Nord. Pas d’alerte au tsunami ni de dégâts à déplorer, mais certains bâtiments ont été évacués par précaution. Radio Australia

16) FIFA: « c’est proprement hallucinant » 

Mis à jour 14 November 2014, 18:16 AEDT

Caroline Lafargue 

L’Australie n’est pas une grande nation du football, et pourtant elle est au coeur d’un scandale de corruption à la FIFA, la Fédération Internationale de Football. 

En cause: le processus de sélection du pays-hôte des Coupes du Monde de foot en 2018 et 2020, qui a eu lieu en 2010. 

Le comité d’éthique de la FIFA a sorti son rapport mercredi. On peut y lire que le gouvernement australien a versé des pots-de-vin à quelques décideurs de la FIFA. Et selon le rapport, la Fédération Australienne de Football était parfaitement au courant. Le rapport pointe, entre autres, de l’argent donné par l’Australie à la Confédération Océanienne de Football pour obtenir sa voix, même chose pour la Confédération de football de l’Amérique du nord, central, et des Caraïbes. 

En tout l’Australie a dépensé 46 millions de dollars pour sa candidature, mais elle n’a reçu qu’un seul vote. C’est le Qatar qui a été choisi pour organiser la Coupe du Monde en 2022, et la Russie pour celle de 2018. 

Le même rapport conclut que le Qatar et la Russie ont gagné sans tenter de corrompre les décideurs. L’Australie coupable ; le Qatar et la Russie blancs comme neige, Andrew Harper, commentateur sportif de la chaîne de télé Fox, n’y croit pas un instant: 

« La principale revelation de ce rapport, c’est que la Russie et le Qatar n’ont pas essayé de tricher. Une affirmation que je trouve proprement hallucinante, complètement hallucinante. » 

Certains hommes politiques australiens estiment que l’Australie joue le rôle de bouc-émissaire, mais reconnaissent le besoin d’une réforme urgent. Richard Di Natale, sénateur vert du Victoria:

« Cela fait longtemps qu’il y a de gros doutes pèsent sur le processus de sélection des pays-hôtes par la FIFA. Mais c’est très difficile pour l’Australie de jouer un rôle constructif dans la réforme de la FIFA. Après bien sûr, c’est à l’Australie de montrer l’exemple et de se conduire de manière exemplaire. » 

L’auteur du rapport, l’avocat américain Michael Garcia, assure que son rapport a été modifié avant parution, et se désolidarise du comité d’éthique de la FIFA.  Radio Australia

17) Brèves d’Australie – jeudi 13 novembre 2014 

Mis à jour 13 November 2014, 19:19 AEDT

Caroline Lafargue 

Le Pacifique uni à Sydney pour rappeler l’urgence climatique. 

Ils étaient des milliers hier dans le port de Sydney pour accueillir une flotte de va’a qui vient de parcourir 6000 milles à travers notre océan. Objectif: attirer l’attention sur l’impact du changement climatique dans les îles du Pacifique. Plusieurs chefs de gouvernement et d’État des pays du Pacifique sont montés à bord des va’a pour faire leur entrée dans la baie de Sydney. Entre autres: Tommy Remengesau, le Président de Palau, Henry Puna, le Premier ministre des Îles Cook, et Anote Tong, le Président de Kiribati. A la tête de cette flotte traditionnelle, ils sont venus demander aux grands pays de faire des efforts pour lutter contre le changement climatique, à l’occasion du Congrès mondial des Parcs, organisé à Sydney par l’UICN, l’Union Internationale de Conservation de la Nature. Dans la foule, il y avait principalement des militants écologistes, des scientifiques et des représentants de diverses associations.  

  • L’Australie justifie le placement en détention de ses migrants auprès du comité contre la torture de l’ONU, qui recommande l’abandon de cette politique. Mais le ministère de l’Immigration affirme que la menace de la detention est le meilleur moyen de décourager les migrants de monter dans un bateau en direction de l’Australie, et contribue à éviter des naufrages et affaiblit les réseaux de passeurs. Radio Australia

18) Climat: l’Australie de plus en plus isolée

Mis à jour 13 November 2014, 19:13 AEDT

Caroline Lafargue 

Mercredi les États-Unis et la Chine ont annoncé des efforts historiques, moins ambitieux certes que ceux de l’Union européenne fin octobre. Mais pendant ce temps-là, l’Australie prend du retard. 

Tony Abbott assure que l’Australie atteindra la cible de 5% de réduction des émissions d’ici 2020, par rapport au niveau de 2000. 

La Chine, le plus gros pollueur de la planète, s’engage à atteindre le pic de ses emission en 2030 – en clair, à commencer à réduire ses emissions à partir de cette date. Les États-Unis, eux veulent baisser leurs emissions de 26 à 28% d’ici à 2025 par rapport au niveau de 2005. 

On est bien en deçà des engagements pris par l’Europe fin octobre. Car les 28 membres de l’Union ont décidé de réduire de 40% les émissions de gaz à effet de serre d’ici 2030, par rapport au niveau de 1990. 

Mais l’accord sino-américain est bien au-delà des objectifs bien modestes de l’Australie: réduire ses emissions de 5% par rapport au niveau de 2000, d’ici 2020. 

Alors bien sûr, l’accord entre la Chine et les États-Unis n’est pas contraignant. Mais il reste un signe fort à la veille de la conference de Lima, début décembre, censée preparer un accord contraignant à Paris en décembre 2015.  Christine Milne, la cheffe de file des Verts australiens: 

« D’un côté vous avez Tony Abbott, le déni du changement climatique, l’éloge du charbon, et de l’autre, la Chine et les États-Unis en partenariat avec l’Europe qui disent: allez on y va. » 

Le gouvernement de Tony Abbott a abandonné la taxe carbone qui devait devenir un marché carbone, et il négocie en ce moment avec l’opposition travailliste la révision à la baisse des objectifs d’énergies renouvelables – 26 000 gigawatts heures d’ici 2020 au lieu des 41 000 annoncés en 2008- négociagtions suspendues par les Travaillistes en début de semaine devant l’inflexibilité du gouvernement. 

Pour comparaison, l’Union européenne a décidé fin octobre de porter porter la part des énergies renouvelables à 27% de la consommation, et cet accord-là est contraignant.  Bill Shorten, le chef de l’opposition travailliste: 

« Le gouvernement australien doit rejoindre le reste du monde, il doit se ranger derrière l’opinion de la plupart des citoyens australiens et prendre de vraies mesures contre le changement climatique, et cesser de se comporter en sceptique du changement climatique. » 

Mais le ministre australien de l’Environnement rejette ces accusations. Il salue même l’accord entre la Chine et les États-Unis: 

« Cet accord pose les fondations d’un bon accord mondial et l’Australie souhaite un bon accord mondial, qui réunisse les plus gros pollueurs. Et nous voulons prendre part à cet accord. » 

Face à la pression internationale, Tony Abbott a du justifier sa politique climatique. Hier le Premier ministre a estimé que l’Australie réduirait efficacement ses émissions grâce à son plan d’action directe. Il s’agit de subventions aux entreprises pour qu’elles émettent moins. Une mesure destinée à remplacer le marché carbone. Mais la loi n’a été votée qu’il y a deux semaines au Parlement. L’Australie a pris du retard. Radio Australia

WORLD

19) Doors close to Syrians

Bbc
Friday, November 14, 2014

SYRIA’S neighbours Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq are cutting back sharply on the number of Syrians they allow on to their soil as they can no longer cope with the influx of refugees, two prominent humanitarian agencies said on Thursday.

The number of refugees able to flee their country’s civil war fell 88 per cent in October compared with the 2013 monthly average, to 18,453 people from more than 150,000, the International Rescue Committee and the Norwegian Refugee Council reported.

“Humanitarian organisations have repeatedly warned that the capacities of the host communities have been stretched to the limits and argued for better international burden-sharing,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq have taken in more than three million Syrians since the conflict began in 2011, while countries outside the region have agreed to accept about 50,000, or less than 2 per cent of the total refugee population.

“What we are witnessing now are the results of our failure to deliver the necessary support to the region. We are witnessing a total collapse of international solidarity with millions of Syrian civilians,” said Mr Egeland.

HEALTH

20) Ebola claims 5160 lives

Afp
Friday, November 14, 2014

GENEVA – The World Health Organization says 5160 people have so far died of Ebola across eight countries, from a total 14,098 cases of infection.

The numbers supersede figures the UN health agency gave last Friday, when it reported 4960 deaths and 13,268 cases.

WHO has acknowledged though the number of deaths is likely far higher, given that the fatality rate in the current outbreak is known to be around 70 per cent.

The fresh toll released on Wednesday, which runs through November 9, comes as the outbreak appeared to be spreading in Mali, with four Ebola cases, all of whom died, confirmed or suspected in that country.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever meanwhile continues to affect Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone the most.

In its latest toll, the WHO said 2836 deaths were recorded in Liberia, out of a total of 6822 cases.

In Sierra Leone, 1169 people had died from the virus out of 5368 cases.

In Guinea, there were 1142 deaths from 1878 cases.

Data from Nigeria and Senegal remained unchanged, and both countries have been declared Ebola free.

Nigeria had eight deaths and 20 cases, while Senegal had one case and no deaths.

In Mali, WHO reported three additional Ebola deaths, but said they were not linked to the only other case and death recorded in the country — that of a two-year-old girl from Guinea.

21) Tailor-made advocacy materials for mental health

Mere Naleba
Friday, November 14, 2014

THE Youth Champs 4 Mental Health is able to organise suicide prevention workshops using materials that are tailor-made to suit Fijians through a program called the Rise Project.

The project, focusing on empowering youths in the country, will feature members of the YC4MH team reaching out to 15 rural areas in their bid to control and stop the “alarming increase in suicide statistics”.

Project co-ordinator Pene Nakaora said for many years NGOs trying to tackle the issue of suicide and mental health had been forced to use advocacy material from foreign countries which Fijians could not easily relate to.

“We used videos and materials that were not contextualised and could not fathom the struggles our people faced.

“Youth champs now has the opportunity to create a new awareness that our young people will learn from,” Mr Nakaora said.

The Rise Project is funded by the United Nations Development Programme and the EU through its Strengthening Citizens Engagement in Fiji program.

Mr Nakaora said the first stage of the project had just been completed after holding auditions where Eroni Dina was selected to perform an original piece about the project.

“For the past six years, Youth Champs 4 Mental Health has noticed the steady increase in negative coping mechanisms that our young people are turning to and the alarming increase in suicide statistics among our more youthful population,” Mr Nakaora said.Fijitimes

22) WHO Calls Diabetes Rates In Pacific ‘Extreme’
Data shows Am. Samoa rates at 47% of adult population


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 14, 2014) – The World Health Organisation says the incidence of diabetes in the Pacific is now extreme and some countries have the highest rates in the world.

Today is World Diabetes day and the WHO’s non communicable disease technical officer Peter Hoejskov says complications from diabetes, such as amputations and blindness, have a huge personal cost on lives and economic cost on a country’s development.

He says diabetes in Pacific countries is now extremely common.

“We have seen some preliminary figures coming out of American Samoa saying 47 per cent of the adult population; Cook Islands 24 per cent; Fiji down to 16; Federated States of Micronesia just over 30 per cent; Niue 38 per cent; and so on. So it ranges a bit but most of them are in the very high end.”

Peter Hoejskov says sadly diabetes is now being seen by some as an inevitable disease but it can be prevented and turned around with a healthy diet, 30 minutes daily exercise and medical treatment if necessary. 

Radio New Zealand International 

EDUCATION

23) Campus extension

Dawn Gibson
Friday, November 14, 2014

THE University of Fiji began a new chapter as it officially started construction of its new campus extensions in Samabula, Suva on Wednesday.

And the two-storey extension has come as a result of an increase in campus student and teacher numbers and interest, says university vice-chancellor Professor Richard Coll.

“What happened is the university established initially a law school here about two or three years ago and there’s been pretty spectacular growth in the area.

“And at the same time, it started offering in-service education and some languages here as well and growth has been great,” Prof Coll said.

“The growth has been to the extent that we’ve outgrown our facilities and have had to develop to give us more capacity.”

He said the new extensions would include two large lecture theatres, difference offices, an expanded library and a book store.

“We have about 400 students now, which is quite a lot and we’re expecting to at least double that going forward.

“The first phase, which is the bottom floor, is planned to be available for the first semester 2015 and the second phase, which is the whole building, is expected to be completed for the second semester 2015.”

He said feedback from students was encouraging and that present students looked forward to the new facilities.Fijitimes

POLITIC

24) PNG Prime Minister Referred To Leadership Tribunal
O’Neill won’t resign as involvement in UBS loan investigated

By Malum Nalu

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Nov. 17, 2014) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has no intention of stepping aside or resigning after the public prosecutor referred him to a leadership tribunal.

He made that clear to reporters in Port Moresby on Saturday after being informed in a letter on Friday by Public Prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin of the referral.

Kaluwin, as part of the process of such referral, has formally asked Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia to set up a leadership tribunal to look into O’Neill’s involvement in the K3 billion UBS loan last year to buy 10.1% shareholding in Oil Search Ltd.

“Why should I step aside or resign? You don’t step aside if you’re referred. It’s for the tribunal to make that decision. It’s not for me to make,” he said.

[PIR editor’s note: The PNG Post-Courier reported that while speaking about the referral ‘Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says countries all over the world are focusing on growing their economy while Papua New Guinea is focused on destroying leaders.’]

O’Neill said a precedent was set by his predecessor, Sir Michael Somare, when he refused to resign after being referred to a leadership tribunal.

“I think the precedent is there when the former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare was referred,” he said.

O’Neill said: “When we go before the tribunal, the tribunal will make those decisions. 

“Of course, I’m elected by the people, I’m elected on the floor of Parliament. The only way I can be removed is through those two means – by the people and by Parliament. 

“Of course I will continue to run the affairs of the country. This (referral) in no way implicates my personal gain on these matters. I have been able to maintain the highest degree of transparency on all these (loan) transactions.”

The National

25) No ‘Break Down’ In Airlin

High Court Upholds Solomon Islands’ Political Integrity Bill
Unregistered parties cannot contest upcoming elections

By Tony Kando

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Times, Nov. 17, 2014) – The Solomon Islands High Court has upheld the integrity Bill following a challenge by outgoing MP for Auki/Langa Langa, Mathew Wale.

Mr Wale had argued that the political parties integrity bill, which requires political parties to be registered with the Political Parties Commission, went against his constitutional right to freedom of association.

But the court disagreed, and upheld that the Electoral Commission’s right to ban parties that have not registered from participating in the election.

The ruling means that unregistered political parties will not be able to contest as a party in this week’s elections.

However, the ruling does not stop candidates of unregistered parties from contesting as independents. As independents they are free to join other coalitions and/or other registered political parties.

The Registrar of the Political Parties Commission, Calvin Ziru, in a recent interview with Radio Australia, says the ruling is important for the future of politics in the Solomon Islands.

“I think the Chief Justice was very clear, the act does not contravene the right or freedom of association of any individual and or political party and that police parties must be registered under the act in order for them to contest the elections.”

Mr Wale’s party, the Solomon Islands Democratic Party (SIDP), has not registered with the Political Parties Commission for this year’s elections. Gabriel Suri, legal counsel for the SIDP, has confirmed that an appeal will be lodged.

Solomon Times

26) e Talks With Fiji: Solomons Ministry
Discussions about impasse over Air Service Agreement to continue

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, Nov. 13, 2014) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade states, there is no ‘break down’ of talks between respective Governments of Fiji and Solomon Islands over the current airlines impasse as stated by the print media last Friday and today.

The Ministry says, the talks in Suva were the first of its kind as a means of consultation provided for under an existing 1990 government to government Air Services Agreement between Fiji and Solomon Islands.

It adds, the consultation provision purports to “enable the parties to discuss on any related issues arising thereto and any changes wanting by a party to propose and discuss with the other at any relevant time”.

It further explains, the process of consultation was dis-continued by Solomon Islands because there is need for further consultation between the Government of Solomon Islands and relevant stakeholders such as the Solomon Airlines and the Civil Aviation Authority on issues arising during the first talks in Suva recently.

The consultation will continue as both governments have expressed keen interest to resolve the impasse amicably.

The Government, Solomon Airlines and the Civil Aviation Authority are consulting and addressing issues raised and will liaise closely with the Solomon Islands High Commission in Fiji in working towards resolving the matter.

The Air Service Agreement provides that both Governments can consult from time to time and this is the channel for talks between the parties that will be used for further discussions on issues relating to the airlines impasse.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

27) Vanuatu Police Investigate Reports Opposition Leader ‘Bankrolling’ MPs
Government worries Carcasses attempting to ‘buy’ no-confidence measure

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 17, 2014) – Vanuatu’s acting commissioner of the police, Aru Maralau has appointed a special team to investigate allegations relating to the bankrolling of opposition MPs by the opposition leader Moana Carcasses.

This comes amid reports that Mr Carcasses has deposited about 170,000 US dollars into opposition MPs’ bank accounts.

Mr Carcasses has only confirmed to local media that there is a loan scheme to members of his the Green Confederation party.

However, the Prime Minister’s first political advisor, Georges Iapson urged the police to look into the allegations, including claims that 360,000 US dollars vatu has been paid to the account of Mr Carcasses’ spouse.

Mr Iapson says the government of Joe Natuman is concerned by the bank transferrals, especially given Mr Carcasses’ ongoing moves to advance a motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister.

Mr Iapson has also questioned the source of the Green Confederation’s financial coffers. 

Radio New Zealand International 

BUSINESS

28) 3000 Fiji workers bound for NZ next year

17 November 2014

Reports from Fiji say 3000 workers from Fiji will be offered job opportunities in New Zealand under the Seasonal Workers Scheme from next year.

Fiji Broadcasting reports the Fiji government has confirmed that arrangements have been finalised with Wellington and a pilot group of 30 workers will leave the country in the first quarter of 2015.

A Fiji government official told the broadcaster the target is to increase numbers to one-thousand by June.

FBC reports an agreement for Australia’s expanded seasonal workers program is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.RNZI

29) Fiji To Unveil Five Year Development Plan
Plan ‘to enhance Fiji’s capability and development’

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 17, 2014) – Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has announced plans to unveil a five-year plan early next year aimed “to enhance Fiji’s capability and development.” Making the announcement in Suva this morning, Bainimarama says the development plan will set the country’s agenda focus in a transparent manner for the next five year.

He says it will also assist the country’s development partners to identify areas they can work with the country on a sustained basis for the benefit of all Fijians.

Bainimarama also spoke about his meetings with senior officials from the World Bank and the Asian Development both of which he said was successful.

World Bank is assisting the government with the planned Civil Service reform while the ADB is offering financial and technical assistance with their development and reforms in infrastructure and the public sector.

Fijilive 

30) Vital for Pacific

Post Courier
Friday, November 14, 2014

BEIJING – Papua New Guinea is the link for trade between Asia and Pacific Island countries, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said on Monday.

As he began the first full day of APEC related meetings in Beijing, China that started on Monday, he said PNG was the gateway for Asian countries.

In bilateral meetings with counterpart leaders, PM O’Neill highlighted a range of issues that were central to further strengthening PNG’s economy.

“We are utilising our position as a crossroads between Asia and the Pacific Islands to strengthen trade, increase skills and improve the lives of people in our region”

The bilateral meetings undertaken by PM O’Neill and his delegation were with the leaders of Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and China.

PM O’Neill also participated in the APEC CEO Summit, a dialogue of more than 1000 CEOs from around the world that takes place in conjunction with the APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit.

Appearing alongside PM O’Neill on the panel were llanta Humala, President of Peru; Richard Adkerson, president and vice-chairman of Freeport-McMoRan; and, Akio Mimura, the Honorary chairman of Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation.

The topic of the panel discussion was: “Towards Inclusive Growth: Is Economic Growth the Answer to Rising Global Inequality?”

PM O’Neill provided perspective on inclusive growth as this related to PNG’s approach to economic development.

31) NEC wins Solomon Islands microwave backhaul contract

By Online Editor
6:41 pm GMT+12, 13/11/2014, Solomon Islands 

NEC Australia is set to deploy microwave radio technology in three of the largest provinces of the Solomon Island Territory to boost mobile and fixed line broadband capacity.
 
Solomon Telekom Company Limited (STCL), the major full service carrier of the Solomon Islands and branded as Our Telekom, has selected NEC Australia’s iPasolink IP microwave transmission technology as the core of a major network upgrade that will support over 100 base stations in the territory and extend the reach of their domestic fixed network services.
 
The microwave backhaul deployment will significantly improve fixed line and mobile broadband speeds across three key provinces. The deal was won through a competitive tender.
 
NEC will also provide ongoing training and design services to Our Telekom engineers and deliver a state of the art network management platform.

Our Telekom chief operating officer, Keir Preedy, said the company was committed to connecting and delivering better fixed line and mobile broadband services to consumers, schools and businesses throughout the Solomon Islands, no matter how remote they were.
 
“This project is a key investment to grow the reach of broadband services and allow greater participation in the dramatic speed and latency benefits that will come with the future submarine cable.
 
NEC Australia demonstrated that the network could be deployed within a tight schedule and budget,” he said.
 
“Further to proposing the best technical solution with highest transmit power hence the smallest antenna size to meet our unique weather and tower loading conditions, we valued NEC’s high level of competence in providing network design and training for our engineers that will ensure we have the skills to maintain the network in future.”  
 
Our Telekom will initially deploy the NEC solution in three main provinces of the Solomon Islands, with plans for future expansion to other provinces.
 
The systems will boost capacity to base stations in Malaita Province, one of the largest regions in the territory; Honiara Province, the Solomon Islands’ capital on Guadalcanal Island; and Western Province, which encompasses several islands. In Malaita, it will supply and install backhaul links with an initial 500 Mbps capacity that is upgradeable to 1Gbps with software license, and a large number of last mile links that will initially deliver 50-100Mbps and connect to its existing and new base stations.
 
NEC Australia group manager, social infrastructure, David Cooke, said the technology would be at the heart of fixed line and mobile services in the Solomon Islands.
 
“We believe our proposal, supported by NEC’s class leading high capacity iPASOLINK microwave radios, offers Our Telekom the best opportunity to achieve a cost-effective and rapid deployment,” he said.

NEC’s microwave solutions will be central to Our Telekom’s operations over the next ten years and will provide terrestrial fixed network capacity to carry low latency IP services for future submarine or satellite systems connecting the Solomon Islands to the rest of the world.

SOURCE: ARN/PACNEWS

32) Council audits numbers 

Ropate Valemei
Friday, November 14, 2014

THE Consumer Council of Fiji is keeping a close watch on two companies it believes is mixing up mobile numbers and misleading consumers.

The council recently released an audit on mobile number allocations by Vodafone Fiji Ltd and Inkk Mobile Fiji and raised concerns that the mixing of mobile numbers was unfair and caused confusion among mobile phone users.

Council CEO Premila Kumar urged consumers to exercise caution when calling numbers outside their network because they may be losing out on purchased credit especially during promotions.

She said the audit showed Inkk mobile numbers started with 84, 87, 95 and 96 prefixes while Vodafone mobile numbers started with 80, 83, 86, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 97 and 99 prefixes.

“We are concerned that there is no sequence in the allocation of these numbers, which consumers can remember easily and differentiate Inkk numbers from Vodafone.”

However, Vodafone Fiji head of e-commerce and corporate affairs Shailendra Prasad said the administration and issuance of telephone numbers was the authority and responsibility of the Telecommunications Authority of Fiji (TAF).

“As an operator, we in turn allocate numbers to our customers based on the number series being allocated to us by TAF,” he said.

He said the mixing of the number range had nothing to do with Vodafone.

“Customers are unable to distinguish the difference between a Vodafone and Inkk number, unlike Digicel numbers which are operating with one range of mobile numbers starting with the number seven.

“A good example is Inkk’s real freedom pass promotion. This particular advertisement stated $250 real freedom free money, unlimited free SMS, unlimited free PXT and 3G video callings are for Inkk-to-Inkk services only.

“This means a consumer will end up using their normal purchased credit if he or she calls a Vodafone customer unknowingly, when the intention is to call on Inkk numbers.”

He said customers would not know that the number would belong to Vodafone or Inkk because of the mixing of numbers.

Mr Prasad said it was a difficult task on the part of TAF to manage the big demand for telephone numbers against a limited stock of available phone numbers.

“It is interesting to note that the Consumer Council has seen it fit to go to the media to raise this issue when a representative from the Consumer Council itself sits on the TAF national intergroup working group (NIWG) that is tasked with the responsibility to look at the number range issue.

“It seems the council is being ignorant of this issue and failing to raise this at an appropriate time in the NIWG to protect the interest of the consumers is now trying to raise this issue through the media to cover themselves.”

Efforts to obtain a comment from Inkk Mobile remained futile yesterday.

However, in a letter to the council on September 3 this year, Inkk Mobile sales and marketing general manager Chandima Gunawardana said Inkk Mobile was only a mobile virtual network operator.

“We do not own our network but rather utilise the network infrastructure of Vodafone Fiji to provide our services.

“The issue is apparently due to a lack of sufficient stock of available numbers to Vodafone Fiji by TAF, who have to manage the number allocation within the limited number range,” he said in the letter.

Mr Gunawardana said they had disclosed the Inkk number range on their official website and customers could make free calls to their customer care helpline if they were still confused about the number allocation.Fijitimes.

LAW&ORDER

33) PNG Court allows AG Pala to fight arrest warrant

By Online Editor
6:29 pm GMT+12, 13/11/2014, Papua New Guinea 

 Papua New Guinea Attorney-General Ano Pala, who was charged with conspiring with others to defeat the course of justice in relation to the Paul Paraka Lawyers legal bills payments case, will review the issuance of warrant of arrest against him in the National Court.
 
He also obtained interim injunctions from Justice Colin Makail Thursday, restraining the police from executing that warrant of arrest until his matter is heard and determined.
 
Pala, who is also Minister for Justice, claimed in his leave application for judicial review in the National Court that the principal magistrate of Waigani District Court, Cosmas Bidar, had erred by relying on wrong facts to issue the warrant of arrests on him on July 11 this year.
 
Ralph Saulep, representing Pala, submitted that the facts relied on by Bidar to issue warrant of arrest were wrong because Pala was not Attorney-General at the time when court proceedings in relation to payments of legal bills by the State to Paraka Lawyers were instituted.
 
Justice Makail granted the leave application after he was satisfied that Pala has standing as the Attorney-General, he has raised serious questions in relation to his bid for judicial review, he had an arguable case with the balance of convenience favouring him and the overall interest of justice.
 
The facts arose out of an allegation leveled against the Attorney-General, that he conspired with certain named lawyers, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Finance Minister James Marape and others to pervert the course of justice.
 
It was alleged on July 11 that Pala as Attorney-General, along with the above named persons, conspired to pervert the course of justice by instituting proceedings titled OS 115 of 2014 – James Marape vs Paul Paraka Lawyers.
 
However, Saulep submitted that a charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice under Section 128 of the Criminal Code was misconceived, saying this could have misled the magistrate, who made the Arrest Order ex parte (meaning, in the absence of Mr Pala).
 
The court noted that a charge under Section 128 of the Criminal Code was an indictable offence and as such was a serious matter and must be fully tried.
 
Judge Makail ordered that the matter returned to court on December 10, at 9.30am for directions.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

34) Port Moresby Market Gangs Vow To Give Up Criminal Activities
Gordon’s market raskols turn in weapons, ask for youth programs

By Tony Sii, UPNG journalism student

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 14, 2014) –Port Moresby’s Gordon market gang members have disarmed themselves and vowed to help police clean up one of the city’s worst crime-infested hotspots.

More than 120 youths from Moresby Northeast handed in an assortment of weapons yesterday at Gordon witnessed by Moresby Northeast MP Labi Amaiu, NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Andy Bawa and Gordon police station commander Inspector Mark Mosinakave.

In turn they asked Mr Amaiu to fund projects that would turn them into useful members of the community.

The MP welcomed their decision to turn a new leaf in their lives, adding he wanted to see their project proposals before he gives them a positive response within two weeks.

Gordon bus stops and market are notorious for petty crimes such as bilum and handbag snatching, thefts of valuables in locked vehicles, harassing of the elderly and women, sale of stolen goods, drugs, disorderly behaviour, stabbings and even daylight rape attempts.

There had been fatal stabbings at bus stops when victims tried to challenge their attackers who work in groups.

At yesterday’s meeting, also attended by NCDC commissioner Janet Sape, the young men announced that they had formed the Moresby Northeast Reformed Youths Association. They said they had made the commitment to change their evil ways after realising the negative impact it had on their lives and the lives of innocent city residents, vendors and buyers of Gordon market.

“The youths engage in crime only to sustain their lives but they are fed up with that and we want to change, starting from this gathering onwards,” association president Mark Kelle said.

He said the youths were willing to cooperate with police to achieve peace and order in their communities but the government and local MP must initiate programs that would pre-occupy them.

“The more you help us, the more they are willing to change but the longer it takes, the higher the chances they might return to crime,” Mr Kelle said.

Mr Amaiu saidthey must be genuine that they wanted to change their bad ways.

“Through your association you must outline your plan and submit to me and I promise I will respond in two weeks time but you must be genuine,” Mr Amaiu said.

PNG Post-Courier

CLIMATE CHANGE,CONSERVATION &ENVIROMENT

35) Solomons’ Heritage Site In East Rennell ‘Critically Endangered’
Raised coral atoll threatened by ongoing logging


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 17, 2014) – The outlook for a natural world heritage area in Solomon Islands is critical according to a new report by a conservation agency.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has made an assessment of the world’s 228 sites and found East Rennell to be among 8 percent of sites which are critically endangered.

East Rennell is the world’s largest raised coral atoll with a dense forest canopy that has been likened to a natural laboratory for scientific study.

Last year East Rennell was inscribed on a list of endangered sites by UNESCO because of the effect of logging on the island’s ecosystem.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has found invasive species and climate change are the most significant threats to sites in Oceania.

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati and Palau’s Rock Islands Southern Lagoon were assessed as good with some concerns. 

Radio New Zealand International 

36) Pacific Leaders Hope For French Support On Climate Change
SPC to host dialogue between Hollande, island leaders

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Pacific Scoop, Nov. 16, 2014) – Pacific Island leaders are looking to French President François Hollande to take their compelling case for action on climate change all the way to the United Nations conference in Paris in 12 months’ time.

France will host the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in late 2015, where a new, universal climate agreement is due to be reached.

With climate change seen as an emerging crisis for the Pacific, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is bringing Pacific leaders face-to-face with President Hollande for a High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change at the organisation’s headquarters in Noumea.

“Despite our collective efforts, the voice of the Pacific Islands is too often drowned out at international climate talks so there’s a bridging role many in the Pacific hope that France can play in taking forward the case of the Pacific on the global stage,” SPC Director-General Dr Colin Tukuitonga said.

Among those attending the high-level dialogue are Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna, Kiribati President President Anote Tong, Niue Premier Toke T. Talagi, New Caledonian Territorial President Cynthia Ligeard, President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch, Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga, and Vanuatu Prime Minister Joe Natuman as well as ministers from across the Pacific region.

French Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius and the French President’s Special Envoy for the Protection of the Planet, Nicolas Hulot, will also take part in the high-level event as well as a roundtable and bilateral meetings with Pacific leaders tomorrow.

The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and SPC scientific data suggest that projected changes to the climate in the Pacific over the coming decades are likely to have profound impacts on the development aspirations of all 22 Pacific Island countries and territories, which include current and former French territories.

Tsunami damage

For example, a 2009 tsunami caused damage in Samoa estimated at US$147 million, equivalent to more than one quarter of the country’s gross domestic product, and this toll was repeated following Cyclone Evan in 2012.

SPC hopes the high-level dialogue will broaden understanding of the critical nature of issues in the Pacific region linked to climate change and spur further action.

“The impacts on food and water security, health and tourism linked to climate change present a range of difficult challenges that could undermine the economies and livelihoods of Pacific Island communities, particularly considering our high dependence on fisheries and agriculture,” Dr Tukuitonga said.

“Any reduction in ocean productivity and the health of coral reefs due to ocean acidification as a result of climate variability will have life-changing implications for Pacific Islanders. Many of the region’s major commodity export crops, such as coffee, copra and sugar, are also likely to be seriously affected,” he said.

The other organisations to accept the SPC invitation to contribute to the dialogue are the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), University of the South Pacific (USP), European Union, GIZ, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Pacific Scoop
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37) Canoes Bring Urgent Message About Climate Change To Sydney
Mua Voyage to Australia totaled 6,000 nautical miles


By Matariki Wilson 

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Nov. 13, 2014) – Traditional Pacific island canoes sailed into Sydney Harbour on Wednesday after a journey across a vast expanse of ocean, bringing an urgent message to the world about climate change.

The leaders of three nations were on board for a short final stretch of the epic Mua Voyage by four double-hulled canoes, which sailed from the Cook Islands via Samoa and Fiji or from New Zealand covering routes totalling more than 6,000 nautical miles. 

They sailed under the Sydney Harbour Bridge before arriving at the Australian National Maritime Museum for the official welcoming ceremony.

The flotilla was symbolic of how Pacific Islanders had lived for thousands of years as one with nature, harnessing the power of the sun, wind and currents.

“Unfortunately our environment now is under enormous pressure from development and climate change,” commented Tommy Remengesau, the President of Palau at a colourful ceremony at Sydney’s Darling Harbour which included a large and vocal congregation of Cook Islanders living in Australia. 

Remengesau called on the world to appreciate the value of the Pacific islands and ocean, saying that island nations needed to work with developed countries to protect the planet.

“We are all in this together, we are all in one canoe,” he said.

He said the once-a-decade World Parks Congress hosted by Sydney and opened on Wednesday was a golden opportunity for Pacific leaders to repeat their urgings for the world to deal with climate change.

Kiribati President Anote Tong said that global warming presents an existential challenge to low-lying countries facing rising sea levels, but added it is also a wake-up call to the world.

“What we are experiencing now in our islands is just an early warning of what will happen further down the line if we do not act,” he said.

“It’s only a matter of time. We are the early warning system, the canaries in the coal mine.”

Tong spoke of a growing global momentum towards action on climate change in the lead-up to major talks in Paris later this year saying there was a great improvement from climate talks a decade ago.

“Initially nobody listened,” he said. “There was a major preoccupation with terrorism and nobody was even listening about climate change.”

“I think the global community is coming around to acknowledging the reality of climate change,” he said, adding: “We are running out of time.”

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna agreed momentum was building.

“The challenge is to make sure they walk the talk and not just make the talk,” he said.

“Not just for the Pacific Islands but for the whole world because science tells us that the Pacific ocean is the biggest absorber of carbon dioxide.”

Delegates from 168 different countries, including 30 international environment ministers and five heads of state, will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas and conservation for the decade to come.

Building on the theme of Parks, People Planet: Inspiring Solutions, the event will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda. 

Cook Islands News

SPORTS

38) Putting Off-Field Issues Aside, Manu Samoa Beats Canada
Rugby team criticized by PM for threatening strike over pay issues


APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Nov. 16, 2014) – The Manu Samoa put their off-field concerns aside yesterday to defeat Canada, 23-13, on its second match of the its Northern Hemisphere tour.

Played in Vannes, France, the men in blue who had been under the spotlight during the past few days had to really rally to avoid a second consecutive defeat on tour.

Replacements Anthony Perenise and Winston Stanley scored second-half tries for Samoa, with Michael Stanley converting both and adding three penalties.

The Manu Samoa players had threatened to boycott next week’s Test against England unless their concerns about the management of the Samoa Rugby Union were addressed.

The strike was averted thanks to action by the International Rugby Board (I.R.B) and the International Rugby Players’ Association (I.R.P.A).

But Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, heavily criticised the players, saying their threat to boycott showed that they have placed money above country.

[PIR editor’s note: Talamua reported that ‘Manu Samoa players either play for money or for their country is the underlying message from the Samoa Rugby Union Chairman and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. … Talking on his weekly radio programme last night, the agitated Chairman said if players only play for money “then they can let the Union know, as there are many other players.” … He has received the players letter which he said was written after a dismal performance against Italy last weekend and a performance he had alluded to earlier in the week as a hindrance to securing sponsorship. … “The SRU has no money,” he said. “Cabinet and the Government are not blind to the situation and have always been on the standby to fund Samoan rugby given its importance to the country.” … The players letter and threat to strike, he said may have been premature and called the players action “childish”.’]

Yesterday, captain David Lemi and his responded the best possible way.

Mike Stanley, in his first start for Samoa, kicked 13 points and the Pacific Islanders never trailed on a wet pitch at Stade de la Rabine.

The 17th-ranked Canadians, who had a much better second half, closed the gap to 16-13 with less than 10 minutes remaining but gifted the Samoans a try on the ensuing restart and never recovered.

Stanley made five of eight kicks — three penalties and two conversions.

The New Zealand-born England-raised fly half, who qualifies for Samoa through his father, made his Samoa debut last week in the loss to No. 14 Italy that dropped the Samoans two places in the world rankings.

Replacement prop Anthony Perenise and back Winston Stanley — no relation to Mike or the former Canadian star winger of the same name — scored tries for Samoa.

Outside centre Conor Trainor scored Canada’s lone try, which was converted by James Pritchard. Gordon McRorie added two penalties, including a long-range effort.

Samoa beat Canada 42-12 the last time the two met, two years ago in Wales.

Samoa heads to London next for its date with No. 4 England at Twickenham.

Canada started poorly, conceding four penalties in the first 12 minutes. Stanley put Samoa up 9-0 on three penalties before McRorie hit back with a kick from the halfway line.

Trainor was sent to the sin-bin in the 28th minute as referee Gordon Clancy produced the yellow card for persistent infringement by Canada. Samoa led 9-3 at the half.

A different Canadian side came out in the second half and attacked the Samoans, narrowing the gap to 9-6 with an early McRorie penalty kick.

Winger DTH van der Merwe made a fine run down the sideline, only to lose his balance on the wet turf. Canada missed another chance when McRorie dropped the ball near the goal-line after a slashing run by Trainor.

Perenise scored the first try of the game in the 60th minute, rumbling over the line. Trainor’s converted try in the 71st minute drew Canada within three at 16-13 and it seemed game on.

But on the ensuing restart, Nanyak Dala’s pass to Patrick Parfrey deflected back and Samoa recovered, with Winston Stanley going over for the try.

Samoa Observer

39) Four Nation: Kiwi forwards ready to hit Aussies hard

NZ Newswire
Friday, November 14, 2014

Update: 12:55PM Melbourne Storm teammates Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor are primed to provide the power up front as the Kiwis hunt back-to-back wins over Australia in Saturday’s Four Nations final Wellington.

A dynamic effort through the middle of the park set up New Zealand for their opening 30-12 Four Nations defeat of Australia three weeks ago in Brisbane.

The win was particularly satisfying for Bromwich and Proctor, part of an uncompromising forward pack who hit the Kangaroos hard at Lang Park.

But the duo are well aware of the danger posed by a fired-up Australian team determined to avenge the upset loss.

“I don’t think we can dwell on that win against them,” Proctor said.

“They’re obviously a great side and they can bounce back – they’ve got the players to do it.

“We’ve got one up on them this tournament, but that doesn’t count for anything if they get us here.”

Proctor says it’s notable how much the Australians have improved over the past three weeks, with the introduction of players like Ryan Hoffman, Corey Parker, Josh Jackson and David Klemmer providing a real boost.

“I think their completion rate in the Samoa game was outstanding,” he said.

“They’ve got a few new faces in there, so they’ve got a fresh side and they’ll be dangerous all over the park.”

Bromwich says the Kiwis are confident they can also lift, with last week’s 16-14 win over England in Dunedin showing the ability is there to close out the tight wins – a habit that served the Storm well early this season.

“Grinding a game out like that can only be good for us,” he said.

“Our Storm team won a few in a row like that at the start of the year, winning games by one or two points.

“It does become a habit, and it’s been good for us.”

All three tries against England last week came from the wingers for the Kiwis, but Bromwich says there’s no guarantee that success out wide will be repeated against the Kangaroos.

“I’m just a front rower who bashes it up. But we’ve got some great finishers there, and if we do our jobs correctly in the middle, we might see a bit of that at the weekend.”

40a) French revolution has Wallabies wary

AAP
Friday, November 14, 2014

Update: 2:35PM THE Wallabies are bracing for a backlash from a new-look French team as they look to extend their winning start under former Parisian Michael Cheika.

Australia prevailed 3-0 in June’s home series against Les Bleus but expects to face a “different beast” at the intimidating Stade de France in their second Test of the spring tour.

“It’ll be nothing like when we played them at home,” said lock James Horwill.

“For them it’s all about winning at home and the Stade de France is their home.”

The match in the French capital represents another key chance for a host of players to enhance selection claims under Cheika, while the coach admits a sense of personal pride will also be on the line at one of his old stomping grounds.

Top 14 club Stade Francais was Cheika’s last coaching stop prior to joining the New South Wales Waratahs in 2013 and arguably the toughest stint of his career.

He was sacked after three years in which the club struggled with results and off-field issues but he still holds fond memories and strong connections with former colleagues.

“I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be (sweet to win in Paris),” Cheika said.

“It’s always to good to have a bit of niggle when you’ve been somewhere and then you come back and you go up against them.”

France’s humiliation in June prompted an overhaul of the squad with less than half of the side which lost the final match of the series in Australia named to start on Saturday.

The new-look side beat Fiji 40-15 win last weekend, with exciting backs Scott Spedding and Teddy Thomas impressing on debut.

Cheika also believes the inclusion of internationally inexperienced five-eighth Camille Lopez could indicate a new aggressive, attacking approach.

“I think they’ve made a decision by picking Lopez about the certain type of way they want to play,” Cheika said.

“He’s a great distributor of the ball and with himself and (half-back) Sebastien Tillous-Borde they’ll be able to switch between playing with the backs and playing with the forward power like they do.”

Cheika made just one change from the starting side which beat Wales 33-28 in his first Test in charge in Cardiff last week, with former skipper Horwill replacing Sam Carter.

The coach finalised his eight-man bench on Thursday, with playmaker Quade Cooper restored to the squad and Cheika indicating he would get his chance to impress off the bench.

“He (Cooper) was relatively unfortunate not to get a run on off the bench last week because I decided to go with (six forwards and two backs) but it’s a different challenge this week and that’s what I think we might need come the end of the game,” Cheika said.

“While I’m here, I need to learn about guys and see them in different situations.”

Wallabies squad

Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Leali’ifano, Joe Tomane, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps; Ben McCalman, Michael Hooper (capt), Sean McMahon, Rob Simmons, James Horwill, Sekope Kepu, Saia Fainga’a, James Slipper. Res: James Hanson, Benn Robinson, Ben Alexander, Will Skelton, Matt Hodgson, Will Genia, Quade Cooper, Rob Horne.

France squad

Scott Spedding, Yoann Huget, Alexandre Dumoulin, Wesley Fofana, Teddy Thomas, Camille Lopez, Sebastien Tillous-Borde; Damien Chouly, Bernard le Roux, Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape, Nicolas Mas, Guilhem Guirado, Alexandre Menini. Res: Benjamin Kayser, Uini Atonio, Xavier Chiocci, Alexandre Flanquart, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Yannick Nyanga, Charles Ollivon, Rory Kockott, Remy Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud, Maxime Mermoz, Maxime Medard (four to be omitted).

40b) IRB avoids Samoa boycott of England test

By Online Editor
9:09 pm GMT+12, 12/11/2014, United Kingdom 

” Action by the International Rugby Board and the International Rugby Players’ Association has averted a threatened boycott by Samoan rugby players of next week’s match against England in protest at the management of the Samoan Rugby Union.
 
In a statement Wednesday, the IRB said it learned late last month “of concerns raised by the Samoa senior men’s national squad regarding the administration of the Samoa Rugby Union. This included an indication that the players would withdraw from the match against England on November 22 if their concerns were not heard.”
 
The IRB said it had “engaged in dialogue with the Samoa Rugby Union and the International Rugby Players’ Association to facilitate urgent and collaborative resolution” and the England test at Twickenham would take place as scheduled.
 
“With all parties, including the players, committed to ongoing dialogue, just under two weeks ago the players withdrew their proposed action to withdraw from the England match and the IRB fully expects the Union to undertake its obligation to honor its November test program commitment in full,” the statement said.
 
The Samoan players outlined their concerns about the Samoan Rugby Union in a letter to the IRB on Oct. 27.
 
They are reported to have cited dissatisfaction with the union’s financial management and transparency, along with concern over its general administration and alleged interference in team selection.

SOURCE: AP/PACNEWS

40c) Manu Samoa Rugby Players Reportedly Threaten To Strike
CEO of Samoa Rugby Union not commenting on demands


By Joshua Lafoa’i

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Nov. 13, 2014) – The CEO of the Samoa Rugby Union has no comment on the threat by Manu Samoa players to go on strike and not play England 22 November in Twickenham due to what the players say is “the lack of financial transparency and mismanagement in the SRU”.

Chief Executive Officer Fred Afoa told Talamua Online today that they (SRU) have been made aware of the threat made by Manu Samoa players of a public strike if they do not fix a problem within the management.

“As of this stage, I have no comment to make but there will be a time where we will give out a press release,” Amoa stated.

“It’s best to wait for the outcome,” he said.

“We have been made aware but we have no comments for now.”

In a letter sent to the IRB, players of the Manu Samoa team threatened that they will not play the test against England 22 November if issues in SRU are not dealt with which Talamua understands partly deals with players allowances.

While news of the strike filters through to Samoa through the internet and social media, the news of the strike has been spreading like fire in the rugby world with coverage in major newspapers such as the Telegraph in London.

Manu Samoa lost their first match of the Northern Hemisphere tour against Italy last weekend and faces Canada tomorrow.

The IRB has assured the Samoan players that the points they raised will be investigated and averted a possible public strike.

Manu Samoa’s 2011 World Cup Campaign in New Zealand was also marred by mismanagement of players and funds and resulted in a huge fall out that resulted in the captain not being selected again despite his form playing Super 12 Rugby in the last season. Captain Mahonri Schwalger broke his silence and wrote to the Prime Minister and pinpointed mismanagement issues that need to be addressed that impacted on the teams’ performance.

Management changed but a few old hands remained in management and Board who are hearing the same old issues again.

Talamua

40d) Netball wants more sponsors

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, November 14, 2014

NETBALL Fiji has started working on getting the sponsors on board for the inaugural Oceania Netball Tri Series to be held from January 19 to 22 in Suva.

Apart from the major sponsor, The Pearl South Pacific Resort, which sponsors the national side, Netball Fiji president Wainikiti Bogidrau said they had other potential sponsors lined up.

She said negotiations were underway, adding they wanted to finalise the talks by next month.

The series, which will also have New Zealand and Samoa participating, will be held at the Vodafone Arena.

Bogidrau said they were working closely with the Fiji Sports Council to get the facilities ready for the series.

Meanwhile, Netball New Zeeland chief executive Hilary Poole says the matches are important for the development of netball in the Oceania region.

“We recognise the importance of supporting the development and preparation of Oceania countries and we’re thrilled for the Silver Ferns to be given the opportunity to play our island neighbours Fiji and Samoa,” Poole said in a statement.

“It’s great for netball in the Oceania region and is a milestone event which we hope can be repeated in the future.”

Test match dates are on Monday, January 19 Silver Ferns-Fiji, Tuesday, January 20 Silver Ferns-Samoa, Wednesday, January 21 Fiji-Samoa, Thursday, January 22 Silver Ferns-Fiji.Fijitimes.

40e) Vanuatu 2nd at Oceania Beach Volleyball Champs

17 November 2017

Vanuatu duo Miller Elwin and Linline Mansale have been beaten in the final of the Oceania Beach Volleyball Championships in Manly.

The duo, who won gold in recent events in Hong Kong and Thailand, went down in straight sets to Australia’s Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy.

The victorious pairing were beaten by a Vanuatu duo earlier in the year and Clancy says it was good to finish on the winning side of the ledger.

“It was a different match-up this time – different team, they’ve changed one of the second team players has come into the first team, and they are very tough. You’ve got to come out and play your best and they’re very tricky. I’m very happy with how we performed today”.RNZI

w: www.voiceofmelanesia.com

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